The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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The Growth Mindset at Atlantic Solutions

At Atlantic Solutions (Cherry Hill, NJ) we are committed to delivering measurable results to our clients and because of that, we are making waves in the sales and marketing world! One of the reasons that we have been able to continuously exceed our client’s expectations is the on-going training that we provide our team. Not only do we make sure that they are confident in their job responsibilities, but we also attempt to provide them with skills and mentalities that will enhance both their careers and their personal lives. James Schnell, who has been working with us for just over two months, enlightened us with some of the things that he has learned so far. Check it out!

“The most important professional skill that I have learned thus far working with Atlantic Solutions is training and developing others to learn what I was taught. I feel that having what I call a student/teacher mentality is extremely key in a career. Someone who can learn something, then teach it to the next person will be very successful in business. Someone who can take advice/constructive criticism then apply it to not only their work but their development of others will succeed. It is something that I will take with me throughout my time here with the company and further.”

Not only did James share his professional growth, but also how he has grown as an individual;

“In my time with the company, I have learned many things about myself. If I had to narrow it down to the biggest personal lesson, I would have to say that it is taking initiative. I have never been one to step up and take the lead. I have always been laid back and very shy, but this position has taught me that in life, taking initiative is what gets you to where you want to be. It is like a domino effect. People will do what others do, especially if they are confidently stepping up to do the right thing and they will respect you for it.”

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This Quote is The Absolute Secret to Success

At Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) we love a good motivational quote. And this is one of our absolute favorites. Are you ready for it?

“To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments.” -Brian Koslow

 

Have any of these things ever happened to you?

  • You’ve accepted a job offer. You’re really excited about your new journey. You commit to working your way up at the firm. But then you have a really bad day at work. Maybe you have a disagreement with a co-worker, maybe your boss gives you some negative feedback, maybe you lose a sale, maybe you miss a deadline, or maybe you’re just feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So you start rethinking the commitment you made to yourself that you would advance and build your career. You’re feeling tempted to quit so you stop giving 100%.
  • You notice that you’re not getting enough sleep at night. You’re feeling tired and are having trouble focusing. You don’t have enough energy to work a full day and then hit them gym. So you decide that you’re going to start going to bed by 11:00 in order to get 8 hours of sleep. But then… you notice that you DVRed one of your favorite shows! You’re excited. You’ve been dying to watch it. So you end up saying up until midnight. You wake up the next morning really tired and struggle through the work day.
  • You have a great conversation with a mentor and he emphatically recommends that you take the time to plan your week every Sunday. You commit to making this a habit because you know that doing so will help you be successful. But then… you have an aggravating conversation with your mother. It sours your mood. Suddenly, you no longer feel like planning your week, so you don’t. Consequently, you feel scatterbrained when Monday comes and your week is less productive.

If these three examples don’t sound familiar, there are probably loads of other similar scenarios that come to mind for you.

The real secret to success lies in self-discipline. It’s about having grit. It’s about understanding that the difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people do the things they don’t feel like doing. When you subordinate your emotions to your commitments you will be well on your way to achieving greatness.

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Are You a Leader? Here’s a Survival Kit For You

Here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ), we don’t just throw our staff into leadership roles. We coach them, develop them, and prepare them to take on more and more responsibility. And once our team members are in leadership roles, you can bet that their training doesn’t stop there! Our philosophy is to always be learning, growing and improving.

In the spirit of strong leadership, we’ve pulled together a list of “tools” that you’ll need to survive and thrive in your role as a leader. Enjoy!

A rubber band to remind you to snap out of it when you lose your attitude.

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All human beings experience ups and downs. But, part of being a leader is setting the pace for your team. This, in part, means having a great attitude and remembering that your people are always watching. It means taking things in stride when they don’t go as planned. It means staying positive even when you suffer a setback. It means not letting one negative event keep you from going after your goals (and your team’s goals!) with the same vigor and enthusiasm as when you started. Your team will follow suit. And for a fun summertime activity — try the watermelon experiment above! (We recommend doing it outside!)

A mirror to remind you to lead by example.

So much of great leadership is modeling the attitudes and behaviors that you want to see in your team. It’s not money say monkey do, it’s monkey see monkey do!

Clear tape to remind you to be transparent.

When you’re the leader of a team, it is essential to be honest, open, and communicative with your people. Don’t keep secrets, make sure your team members know where they stand, what’s to come, and how they can improve.

Binoculars to remind you to share your vision.

Part of transparency is sharing your vision. Not only is doing so an important part of open communication, but it’s also a huge motivator for the people on your team.

An eraser to remind you that no mistake is permanent.

One of the worst habits is making a mistake and then giving up. As a leader, it is important to teach your team how to learn from their mistakes and move on. Most problems can be fixed.

Headphones to remind you to listen.

Listening is one of the most important activities of a leader. Take the time to hear your team members out. Find out what they’re afraid of. Find out what they’re excited for in the future. Listen to what they’re most passionate about. Welcome their feedback. Just hear them out!

Smarties to remind you that you are smart and capable.

Having self-confidence is crucial when in a leadership role. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything — and it doesn’t mean you have to pretend to know everything. What it means is that you should be humbly self-assured so your team has a strong leader to follow.

A dollar bill to remind you to invest in yourself and your team.

And we don’t actually mean financially! Investing in your team means spending quality time with them, having great conversations, getting to know their struggles and dreams, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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7 Ways Your College Sports Background Will Translate into Career Success

Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) will be the first to tell you that college athletes make some of the best employees! Here are seven reasons why a college sports background is a valuable asset in the eyes of many employers.

1. You know how to handle criticism.

Whether it’s on the hardwood or in the locker room during halftime, you’ve been conditioned to take harsh, negative feedback and channel it into motivation. When your boss gives you pointers, much like your coach, you keep a student mentality and understand that he or she has your best interest at heart.

2. You manage time well.

Morning training from 6:30am to 8am. Class from 9am to 1pm. Help Desk from 2pm to 3pm. Practice from 4pm to 7pm. You’ve juggled academics, sports, and extracurriculars basically your whole life. The real world won’t be a problem for you!

3. You’re an opportunist!

Whether it’s a chance to take that game-winning shot, to fill in for a starting player, or attend an optional preseason practice, you know that every opportunity is a chance to prove yourself — and improve yourself. You take this belief to heart and into your career.

4. You have a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset.

You’ve accepted that you’re not a 6’8 mega-athlete. However, because of those days of endless training resulting in impossible athletic improvements, you’ve developed a growth mindset. You know that anything can be done as long as you put in the work. So in the future when your co- workers are squirming in their seats about an impossible task, you’ll already be halfway done.

5. You’re a team player!

You know that communication is key. You’re constantly discussing how to overcome tough situations. You know how to work with teammates even if you don’t fancy them. You also know how to adjust, whether it’s being more of a role player or becoming the vocal leader. These intangible skills stick with you for the rest of life, and they’re especially helpful in the workplace.

6. You’ve dealt with failure repeatedly.

You’ve missed crucial shots and lost rivalry games. The feeling of failure is excruciating, but over the years you’ve learned how to rebound. You see failure as a chance to grow from your mistakes. Failure will continue to appear throughout your career, but you’ll know how to handle it no matter the circumstances.

7. LEADERSHIP.

There are many employees who have the opportunity to lead but don’t have what it takes. Not you. Your leadership skills on the field are tried and true, and ready to be applied. In fact, many office leaders were college athletes just like you!

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Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part II)

We told you we’d be back with more! Let’s hear more what the Atlantic Solutions assistant managers learned about during their recent business seminar on the West Coast. If you missed the first part of the series you can read it here!

Time Management

Tashaun and JalilMost business leaders will tell you that the way the manage their time is a factor that makes or breaks their success. So, Tashaun, Jalil and Milady were understandably grateful that this subject matter was covered at the seminar in such depth.

The first step in time management, they learned, is to determine your “why.” In other words, who do you want to be, what do you want to accomplish, and what choices are you going to make in order to achieve your goals.

The next step in planning is writing down a list of roles and relationships and prioritizing the top three, or the “big rocks.” The group watched a wonderful video, based upon Stephen Covey’s teachings, that provided a visual illustration of what happens when you fail to prioritize your most important tasks. The important takeaway was this: when planning your week, first schedule what is vital. Then schedule what is important, and only add what would be ‘nice to do’ at the very end. If you do this in the wrong order, the vital tasks will either never get done, and/or you will find yourself stressed and overwhelmed!

JalilWork Hard, Play Hard: A Successful Event!

There were so many other highlights of our assistant managers’ California excursion that we would be remiss to leave them out!

There was the dance-off on Saturday… which Jalil won and picked up $100 cash. Tashaun remarked, “He’s a dancer so I wasn’t surprised. He was very confident going in. The odds were definitely in his favor.”

Then, of course, there was lots of fun on Venice Beach with the whole group!

Tashaun shared with us that he most enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the other professionals at the seminar. He enjoyed hearing about their struggles and strengths. His biggest takeaway was this:

“If you don’t like helping people you’ll never get ahead. Your most valuable skill is transferring knowledge. Helping others is your opportunity.”

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Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part I)

Jalil and TashaunOne of the greatest perks of moving up in the ranks at Atlantic Solutions is the opportunity to travel across the country to learn from others. We recently sent our three assistant managers, Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady, to California for a pretty spectacular seminar, a business boot camp intended to prepare them for their next steps.

The long weekend of training was extremely thorough and covered a variety of topics. We had a chance to hear all about it and have decided to spread the love. We hope you enjoy this 2-part series!

Crucial Conversations

One of the most interesting parts of the seminar was the subject of “crucial conversations,” which is a discussion had between individuals when opinions vary, the stakes are high, and emotions are running strong. The group talked about how to have a conversation that avoids a fight or flight response from the other person. They discussed the importance of having the right tone and asking open questions to prevent the other person from going on the defensive. Tashaun, reportedly, was particularly struck by the amazing examples that the speaker, a widely respected president of a large corporation, gave from her personal life. This segment of the seminar ended with the incredibly useful exercise of role-playing a variety of high-stakes conversations.

Leading by Example

image3Another impactful part of the event was the joint discussion of leadership by example and integrity. The group got to hear from an impressive self-made millionaire about some of the most important lessons he’s learned along the way. He described some of the work habits that were most influential in achieving success. He also talked about the importance of always treating people well and having a great attitude no matter what. He reflected on the practice of behaving in such a way that you would be proud for others to emulate — whether in your capacity as a business leader, spouse, parent, or friend.

Don’t worry, Atlantic Solutions has more tips to share from Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady’s business seminar! You can keep reading here.

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From South Plainfield to South Beach, He’s Making Atlantic Solutions Proud!

In South Plainfield, NJ at Atlantic Solutions, we deliver high-quality results to our clients through personalized strategies. Our secret to unmatched success? Developing the hardest working, morally sound, and driven team behind us. In just three short months, Brian Baccarella has made a lasting impact on the leadership team at our company and we couldn’t be more proud.

Brian was recently invited by our president, DK, to an exclusive event in South Beach, Miami. In addition to being able to explore South Beach and enjoy the Miami nightlife, he also spent time with a top industry consultant. His business get-away was the true definition of ‘work hard, play hard.’ At Atlantic Solutions we believe in rewarding top performers, regardless of their tenure with our firm, and Brian is a great example of this! After only a few weeks on the job, he earned a promotion and has since been trained in leadership development and is taking on new responsibilities within the company.

One of the keys to our success lies in the internal training and development that we provide to our employees. What sets us apart is the fact that we cross train specific job skills with personal development so our people are prepared for success in every facet.

“For me, personally, the most important professional skill I have learned is how to take control of your mind and emotions. It can be the most difficult thing to do when things aren’t going your way, and some days it will be a constant battle but it’s one of the few things you actually can control in life,” said Brian.

Brian explained to us how focusing on the things that are going wrong will negatively affect your body’s own biochemistry, whereas focusing on the opportunities hidden underneath the muck will do the exact opposite. The good news is that you get to choose! The bad news is that it isn’t always going to be easy, and you’ll have days when you fail regardless. “But most people will let the bad news stop them and you can choose to not be like most people,” added Brian.

Brian also shared some of the things that he has learned in his time so far with Atlantic Solutions that will add value to his personal life:

Being a team player and developing others is crucial in business (and life.) When you teach others, they teach you. You can’t do anything alone, and even if you could, why would you want to? I’ve also come to realize that you cannot control the outcome of a day. You can only control the steps you take to achieve the outcome. Focus on the right steps and your desired outcome will usually follow.”

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Two Quotes We Love That Will Catapult Your Career

16300255_693175424176003_5333113245236163095_oAtlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) shares two of our favorite quotes that are packed with the wisdom necessary to succeed in any career.

Becoming successful in business is hard! If it were easy, everyone would be successful. Perhaps that’s why we love it so much. It brings out our most competitive spirits, pushing us to be our best. Thankfully, we’ve got great mentors and role models who are chock full of success tips. Let’s take a look at two quotes that anyone can learn a lot from…

“Take care of your character above all other things and your reputation will take care of itself.” –Lolly Daskal

At Atlantic Solutions, we believe that integrity is black and white. Having good character is about doing the right thing. It’s about being transparent and honest with people. It’s about acting ethically whether or not there will be consequences. It’s about behaving honorably even if know one will know that you did.

Many people worry about their reputations, but reputation is really just the surface-level representation of a person or company’s perceived character. Instead of worrying about what others think about you, worry about being a good person and always doing what’s right (especially when it’s the hardest). As Daskal wisely notes, in doing so, your reputation will take care of itself.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

Mister Franklin was a key player in American history and an incredible trove of wisdom, and this quote is a great embodiment of that. In any worthwhile endeavor, the road to success is filled with one speed bump and road block after another. Many people fail to achieve their goals because they become demoralized when they realize how hard the journey is. The vibrant energy with which they started their undertaking starts to wane. Listless and discouraged, they stop pushing.

The secret to ‘conquering,’ however, is persistence. Everyone knows this in theory, but not many people realize what persistence really looks like. Often, it means doing the very last thing in the world that you feel like doing. It means pushing yourself harder than you even knew you could. It often means sacrifices, hard work, and long hours. It means pulling yourself together even when you’re sad, frustrated, or tired. Persistence means staying the course. Those who are energetically persistent are sure to see their efforts pay off.

Successful business professionals have achieved some level of mastery over both integrity and persistence. These are mentalities that we strive to impart (on a daily basis!) to everyone who works at Atlantic Solutions.

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The President of Atlantic Solution, Self-Professed ‘Foodie’ Talks About Food!

The Atlantic Solutions organization is not shy about the fact that we love food. Really, we love it. We just love it. The person who loves it the most? Our esteemed leader, the president of our firm, DK.

We stole a few minutes from his busy schedule to ask him some very pressing questions about his passion for food. Enjoy…

On the thing we’d be most surprised to learn about him.

Before we realized that this interview would be all about food, we actually learned something truly hilarious about this entrepreneur. “I don’t like touching food with my hands,” he confessed. Say what? Don’t worry, we followed up to get the details on this. DK can’t tolerate the feeling of greasy fingers — so much so that he uses excessive amounts of napkins to prevent the travesty. The Atlantic Solutions team enjoys a good laugh on a weekly basis when their president wraps his chicken wings, pizza, burger, or sandwich in a napkin. “Every so often I’ll grab a french fry if I’m in a rush, but then I’ll quickly go wash my hands” he shared.

On the food he can’t stand.

Our original question was as to whether there was a food that he couldn’t be paid to eat; but, we quickly found out that DK is a major foodie, and there was really no such thing. We did discover, however, that the ‘corner’ Chinese restaurant would be his least desired form of cuisine. He told us, “If I eat at a Chinese restaurant it needs to be authentic!” He continued, “I love food from all different cultures. I’m in Rhode Island visiting our branch office right now and I always look forward to the chicken at the local Jamaican restaurant here.”

We also learned that DK lives for sushi. In fact, it’s a Friday night tradition in his household. His favorite is the salmon avocado roll. #getinmybelly

On the weirdest thing he’s ever eaten.

Upon discovering that few things would perturb the palate of this food lover, we had to ask this question. Fair warning, if you’re a vegetarian, you might want to skip this question! DK shared, “Iguana is a delicacy in Honduras, where I grew up.” “I’ve also eaten ocean turtles… so tasty,” he added. He’s reportedly yet to find these delicacies in South Plainfield, NJ, but he’s discovered them in Miami and New Orleans. We ended this mouth-watering conversation by hearing about an interesting appetizer that DK has yet to forget: rattle snake served in tartar sauce, which he tried at a restaurant in Arizona. “It’s like popcorn chicken, I lovvvvveedddd it,” he raved! #nomnom

Not to worry, our interview didn’t stop there. You’ll have to stay tuned to hear what we talked about next! Keep in touch with Atlantic Solutions by following us on LinkedIn.