This Quote is The Absolute Secret to Success

At Atlantic Solutions (Somerset, 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 (Somerset, 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 (Somerset, 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 Somerset to South Beach, He’s Making Atlantic Solutions Proud!

In Somerset, 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 (Somerset, 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 Somerset, 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.

 

Atlantic Solutions President to Become a “Big Brother”

ufvrefr8Giving back is a core value of Atlantic Solutions in Somerset, NJ. So we can’t say that we’re surprised that our president has decided to volunteer his time as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York City. We can say, though, that we’re so impressed and proud to have a leader who has made this a priority in his very busy life.

BBBS has expressed that one of their biggest challenges at the moment is closing the gap between the number boys on their waitlist and the pool of male volunteers. Thankfully, our president is stepping up to the plate! He shared, “There are a lot of kids who don’t have that person to look up to. I’m the man I am today in part because of my dad.”

This is an activity that our president and his wife will be doing together, and both are excited to have the opportunity to support some great kids. They started the journey with BBBS on November 9th in Brooklyn at an orientation program. They went over the history of the program, shared the success stories of their kids, and addressed the steps to officially get going. Our president learned that it takes two to three months for the background checks and matching process to take place before a Big Brother or Big Sister can begin mentoring a child. While, of course, our president is anxious to get going, he is thankful to have the opportunity to mentor a child in need.

Did you know that in New York City there are over 500,000 children living at or below the poverty level? All of us at Atlantic Solutions would like to encourage anyone reading this to consider taking part in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program as well.

Leading the youth mentoring movement since 1904, the BBBS mission is to give children who face adversity the opportunity to build a relationship with a great mentor. The results of the program are impressive, to say the least. We learned that 96% of “Littles” who graduated from high school were accepted into college.

We will keep you updated on our president and his wife’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, so be sure to stay tuned! You can connect with Atlantic Solutions on Linked In here!

 

Recently Graduated and Already Standing Out at Atlantic Solutions

The Somerset, New Jersey team at Atlantic Solutions will only be as successful as the people who make up that team. Why? Because they grow together. As the company continues to deliver high results for clients, more leadership within the company is needed to keep up with the growth. Lately, there has been a standout member of this leadership team that we couldn’t help but learn more about!

Before starting with Atlantic Solutions, Hassan Wehbeh attended Brooklyn College and graduated with a degree in Finance and Investment in 2016. There he stayed insanely busy. First, he joined the Varsity Soccer team, for two principle reasons — to learn more English, and play the game that he loves. During his sbrooklyn_college_logo-svgecond year, he found opportunities within the business school to get more involved, learn more about the stock market and get connected on and off campus. He actually started a club called BC StockTrading Club. Within the club, he hosted speakers from big investment banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank — as well as Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young. And if that wasn’t enough, he decided he wanted to become the president of the Investment Club… so he did. As the savvy business man that Hassan was becoming, he even helped create joint events with the marketing club to raise more awareness for both of his clubs.

You’d think he had his hands full, right? Well, apparently not enough becaatlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbehuse he added four internships into his experience while at Brooklyn College. They included a non-profit called DonorsChoose.org (which is the first non-profit to ever make on the fortune magazine), a wealth management firm called E. J. Sterling on Wall Street, ABC Global Systems doing credit risk, and an on-campus program called “The Liebowitz Entrepreneur Program,” where he had to create his own business and present it to potential investors. Now, Atlantic Solutions does not require previous experience to join the team, but wow! Talk about a full resume before having any “real world” work history.

Many people worry about “using their college degree”, but this is what Hassan had to say about that, “I studied finance and investment, I am supposed to be sitting in a cubicle at a bank analyzing data right now. NO, that is absolutely not what I wish for myself. I want to be my own boss and mentor atlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbeh2anyone and everyone that wants to become like me. So am I utilizing my degree? Not in the traditional way, but yes I am because I still invest in the stock market and in the future I’ll only utilize it even more.”

Working at Atlantic Solutions was Hassan’s first job after graduating so we wanted to see what his advice would be to someone graduating college this year and looking to start their first job?

“Your first job should be an investment in your future and not someone else’s future. Any college graduate should use their education for themselves, and make themselves successful and richer in knowledge and money. I would never advise a college graduate to use his education to work and make someone else richer and successful, because this is average, and we are all looking to be above average.”