Mike Marchev

Don’t allow strangers to dictate your future.

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 Some Real Timely Advice! 

I was catching up with a friend of mine this past week when he shared with me some advice that merits repeating.

LF (Let’s refer to him as Larry, as that is his name) reminded me to pass on the following directive to all sales professionals who still have “eating regularly” as one of their 2018 yearly objectives:

“Stop reading the news and stop watching the news!”

Mike, surely you are joking? You’re kidding, right?

 No, I am not joking. People who make their living in this media feel that they are being paid to ruin our day. 

Case in point:

Here in south Florida, the weather guy comes on and reports that “today was a beautiful day here in south Florida.” (PAUSE) And then he adds, “But how long is this going to last?” Hey! Give me a few minutes to enjoy the sunshine before you put a damper on things to come.

I’m not saying we all should be walking around with bags on our heads, but the way the news people keep banging on the same subject until another one takes its place kind of … yep …pisses me off.

If it is not hurricanes … it is tornados … or the housing market … or mortgages … or what some priest said about some guy pursuing a political career … or some political guy from New York who had a fancy for high priced female companionship. And the list goes on … and the beat goes on. It seems like the news media often times treat us all like we are bunch of morons And I am assuming YOU ARE NOT A MORON.

What happens here, and you can take this to the bank, is that sooner or later, you will begin believing what you read and take it as Gospel. The real estate agent soon starts saying, “I can’t sell a house. We are in a recession. People have stopped buying houses. The paper tells me so.”

The home buyer says, “I can’t buy a home. I can’t secure a mortgage.” 

The weekend athlete says, “I can’t play golf, some stranger on the TV with an ugly tie told me it might rain … or worse.”

 The news says it. You believe it. It comes true. Isn’t this known as a self-proclaiming prophecy? I am not talking about “fake news.” I am talking about purposely avoiding “good news.”

Ask any professional athlete if he believes anything he reads. 

Those guys just lace em up week after week and go out, play to the best of their ability and allow the chips to fall where they may.

Enough already.

I don’t care what you do for a living, There are people out there who need to meet you. And it is not their job to meet you. You must make it your business to get up, get out, and meet them.

There are houses to be sold. Mortgages to close. Cruises to take and computers to buy, putts to be made and articles to write.

The decision is yours. Do you want to hitch your wagon on to the weatherman/news gal, or some whining, boring deadbeat, or do you want to take control of your own destiny?

I know which one I choose and it does not take any longer than a New York minute for me to make my decision. 




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Posted on September 19th, 2017 by  in Mike’s Morning Missives

Sunday afternoons are special to me since I get to watch the last round of the weekly PGA golf tournament. These guys are good. These guys are really good. Yet every once in a while, you see the human side of really good millionaires. They too miss-hit golf balls now and then and bring hope to us amateurs. Hey! I’ve missed a number of gimme putts a number of times. In fact, more times than I would like to remember.

Lets see how many “State-of-the-art” motivational buzz words you can list in 10 seconds: GO!

Focus; energy; commitment; goals; objectives; planning; results; outcome; vision; positioning; success; fear; trial; error; fun.


Right you are.  There are a million of them.  But there is one thing they all have in common: they are all  “empty” thoughts, unless you introduce a second word to each. We are reminded shot after shot on Sunday afternoon. “It’s a matter of execution.” These five words clearly position today’s message.

Execution is the key my friends.  That’s the secret. Execution is the differentiating factor.  Talk is cheap!  The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Sooner or later, you have to do something. You can read about it. You can study it. You can talk about it. You can even write about it. But sooner or later, (preferably sooner) you have to do something about it.

Two strategies come to mind when I think of execution:

Strategy #1.  Ready! Aim! Fire.

Strategy #2. Ready. Fire! Aim.

The operative word in both scenarios is the word “fire.”  In today’s message, the word fire equates to the concept of execution.

Fire = Execution

Looking back on my 68 years more often than not, I find myself practicing strategy number Strategy #2.  By adopting #2 (Ready/Fire/Aim) one is immediately introduced to a few more blunders coupled with a plethora of  painful miscues, along with more than one’s share of public embarrassments and humiliations.

But on the other hand, choice #1 (Ready/Aim/Fire) comes with a lot less fun, jocularity, and unbelievable heart stopping war stories.

I guess it all boils down to the way you want to arrive at your personal “finish line.” Either way, whether you decide to play with a carefully thought out game plan, or with reckless abandonment coupled with a modicum of impetuous behavior, the key will always be how effectively you execute.

I want you to focus on the concept of execution.  Put another way…..MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!

Are You Asking For The Business?

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mike & guitarI recently asked a seasoned travel professional what he thought the difference was between an average salesman and a special sales professional.

His answer was quick and was shared without hesitation. He said, “Professionals ask for the business. Amateurs don’t.”

Contrary to a popular belief, asking to be of service has nothing to do with aggressive or manipulative behavior.) The question is, “Do you want to sell by accident or do you want to position yourself as a leader in your field?”

The choice is yours but here are a few facts that might influence your decision:

There are a number of people who are going to think you are being pushy no matter what you do or say.

  1. Some people are going to tell you to “buzz-off.”
  2. Some people are going to threaten to call the cops.
  3. Some people are lazy and although they are looking at you straight in the eye, they don’t have clue what you just said to them or asked them to do.
  4. Some people will be reluctant to do business with you but they will agree just the same.
  5. Some people will be glad you asked … others will take offense.
  6. Some people won’t wait for you to ask and they will demand you to take their money.
  7. Some people are looking for someone like you who knows what they are talking about.
  8. Some people are shy and are depending on you to make the first move.
  9. Some people just don’t know what to ask, what to say, or what to do.
  10. Some people are really glad that you came upon the scene.

There are many people who need your expertise and who appreciate and are grateful for your contributions. The truth is that most people will not.

This is what makes the travel industry so challenging. We are all involved in a competitive game. It takes all kinds. As long as you are not a crook, thug, or a dishonest ex-con, you have nothing to apologize for if all you are trying to do is to help people make better travel-related decisions.

Stick to your knitting. Go out there and mix with the people. And keep asking for the business. You are a professional and true professionals ask for the business.

Mike presents a business-building webinar on the third Thursday of every month sponsored by AmaWaterways. To receive monthly invitations send Mike an email with the words “AamWaterways” in the Subject Box. You will also receive a link to the recorded version.

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Are You As Useful As You Can Be?

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I want to start Blogging again more regularly. 

By definition a Blog consists of the personal thoughts and opinions of the writer, and in this case, that would be me. I have both: Thoughts & Opinions.

But that being said and understood, I do need your help if my thoughts and opinions are to in some way, shape or form benefit you, my reader. So, please email me topics that you feel warrant a third party’s thoughts and opinions.  mike@mikemarchev.com

Today I want you to think about the word “useful.”

I believe that by just thinking about this word your contribution to your prospects and clients is bound to improve. By following your thoughts and becoming “more” useful your life will immediately change for the good.

Question: Are you useful? Are there opportunities for you to be more useful?

Think about it. I am certain your performance and the way you approach prospects and clients will begin to change just by addressing these two questions.

How you can become more useful is something you will have to arrive at. I don’t know what you are doing now so I can’t intelligently recommend a training program.

I do know that if you are just a middle-person, a taker, or somebody who feels it is okay to simply skate through life without “bringing something to the party,” your days as an entrepreneur are just about to come to an end

Now it is your turn. Email me topics I can respond to. I want to help you.   mike@mikemarchev.com


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