7 Ways to Use This Time to Craft Simplicity Into Your Life

We have spoken with so many people over the least two weeks who are sharing with us they have worked harder and their schedule seems more complex than ever before.  One might think, without commutes and cross-country or global flights, the days would get easier.  Yet juggling, in some cases, entire families working from home – whether it be professional or school – cooped up and possibly getting a little cabin fever, many are finding working from home far more challenging than they had hoped.

How can we take advantage of the change and intentionally add a little simplicity to our new routines?

 A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence. The ultimate end is to complete a final, simple task that makes you wonder why the bizarre, ingenious and complex interconnection of events was even necessary, while amusing.  The source of bemusement is named after American cartoonist and inventor of such contraptions, Rube Goldberg.

Mr. Goldberg once described his inventions as a “symbol for man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results.”  Over the years, the expression has extended beyond just describing these complex machines to describe any confusing or complicated system which deliberately slows progress and serves as a complex barrier to productivity and transparency.  Examples include the IRS Tax Code, healthcare, banking and financial services, the legal system, and customer service in most large corporation,  just to name a few.  They have consciously chosen complexity over the virtue of simplicity, and we are all paying for it dearly.

Today, Simplify Your Life, and flip Rube Goldberg on its head.  In this time of quarantine, this goal could become this simple – get intentional about removing complexity and confusion from your life, your relationships, your day and your business to accomplish maximum results with minimal effort.

Simplicity vs Complexity

Simplicity is a beautiful word meaning the condition of being easy to understand or do.  By its mere mention alone, simplicity creates this real sense of relief and freedom in this increasingly complex world.  We need to actively pursue it, use it as a benchmark measurement, and include it as a part of every decision we make.

Complexity is a barrier to success.  It is intellectual pollution which smothers clear thinking and has a negative impact on productivity, customer delight, corporate profitability and your own peace of mind.  Complexity is also the curse of the digital age; whether in product design, decision making, education, or any daily function, it is to be avoided at all costs. 

Simplicity, on the other hand, denotes beauty, elegance, purity, clarity and ease.  Leonardo Da Vinci described it as the ultimate form of sophistication.  It is a virtue worth striving for, yet it all too often seems difficult to find or deliver, even if and when we actually have time to think about it at all.

Simplicity must be designed

And that is where the problem starts.  Simplicity doesn’t happen on its own.  It must be designed into things.  Without a constant awareness and sustained effort to produce simplicity, the opposite – increased complexity –  is certain to be manifested.

Throughout history, the tools and technology we use have changed our bodies, our arts, our buildings, and our minds.  Now, the digital tools we are using and developing are even more quickly changing us and, in many ways, controlling us.  Our modern world generates complexity at warp speed.  

Where we once communicated with the outside world by fixed phone lines or regular post only, we now must deal with a powerful computer in our pocket, fax, email, text, voicemails, Skype, FaceTime, posts on social platforms….the list goes on…!  Where we once had a simple paper file cabinet, we now have a desktop, a laptop, tablets, smart phones, iPads, the cloud, thumb drives, multiple apps with multiple passwords and an entire suite of encryption, firewall, antispam and privacy controls, all combined to coordinate the complexities of our digital lives.

In these examples only linked to technology, consider the complexity imposed upon us by the ever-increasing number of choices available to us at every turn, or lack thereof in lockdown  Simple acts such as choosing a paint color for a room can quickly become a labyrinth of complexity…a black hole that consumes your time and distracts your attention.

Cost of Complexity

The consequences of complexity are loss of focus, loss of productivity, wasted time, and an increase in uncertainty, second guessing and paranoia.  In a world characterized by constant change, volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, there really is only one rule – simplicity beats complexity.

Simplicity is a very good thing.  It often does not precede complexity but follows it.  As Einstein said, “Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler”.  This is a scientist’s statement of knowledge – of lightness, completeness and accuracy.  Simplicity removes waste from our value chains.  It saves time and money.  It improves decision making to give you a new competitive advantage – a leg up on less effective teams who fail to peel away complexity in their organizations.

As a matter of course, modern business evolution contains the seed for complexity.  It does not encourage simplicity. Have you seen anyone advertise any tech piece with less features or an automobile offering downgrades?  Wall to wall complexity and unlimited options are here to stay.  It is a new normal.

That leaves us with two choices:  1.)  get swept away on the big wave of complexity, becoming increasingly rushed and distracted while we attempt to absorb everything thrown at us; or 2.) make conscious decisions to trade off that boundless expansion of complexity for efficiency in our business and our lives by pruning away the unnecessary and getting back to the essential.

Creating Simplicity

Recently, a friend of mine and his wife purged their attic.  For a few days, they were taking at least 2,000 pounds of stuff to the Salvation Army –old uniforms, books, binders, office supplies, toys and clothes that occupied that unused space in their home, and lives, for too long.  Some of it was found in boxes that had not been opened in the last twenty years….over three moves!  He describes it as being cathartic and says they recognized, “Wewere significantly unburdened by shedding the complexity brought in boxes of unused things.”

Reaching perfect simplicity is something none of us is going to ever achieve; however, if we do not make the concerted effort and train ourselves to look for ways to simplify, we are guaranteeing our lives will become even more complex, busier and highly stressful.  

Most people are not taking voluntary actions to live more simply as acts of sacrifice, but rather, to seek deeper sources of satisfaction away from the immediacy of the distractions found in our digital, consumption-based and stress filled lives.  Regardless of motive, the solution requires radical acts of simplicity, new rituals, and a little common sense.  For example, many high-tech gurus and are now giving their staff mandatory electronic free days.

The opportunities for radical simplicity abound when we know where to look, which is right under our nose.  Know, too, the simple life is not simple.  Temptation will present itself with new features, greater, speed, clever design, luxury and other fascinating gimmicks.  But, if we are to leapfrog forward in the quality of our lives, that will certainly include a shift toward simpler, sustainable and more satisfying ways of living.

Simplicity is not the process of dumbing down, as nothing could be farther from the truth.  In fact, when we embrace simplicity, when we invite it into our lives and bake it into our businesses, true genius flourishes as earnest effort to make the complex simple is an example of superior thinking.  That’s why your challenge today is to:

1.     Begin by creating a flow chart of your daily activity, and then aim each act toward simpler work with greater results.

2.     Look for simple solutions, simple pleasures and simple ways to accomplish maximum results with minimal effort.

3.     Stop multitasking.  Study after study has proven it never works…for anyone, even those that claim they are great at it.

4.     Examine your work for the Rube Golbergs that are sapping your energy.

5.     Then, ask yourself things like:

a.     How can I simplify my sales effort?

b.     How can I help simplify marketing?

c.      How can I maximize follow up efforts?

d.     How can I simplify our returns process?

e.     How can I simplify the In-service of clients?

f.      How can I simplify the buyers’ journey?

g.     How can I simplify our billing efforts?

h.     How can I simplify gaining referrals?

6.     Then, do the same thing in your personal life.

7.     Focus on simplicity in everything, every day.

I assure you, once implemented, you will be delighted by the results.  You will feel lighter and more alert.  You will experience far more energy and greater peace of mind — something we can all use a hefty dose of right about now.

Take care. Be well. Keep it simple.


Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses. 

As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott is an intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside. 


Cerca Talent+ is a full-service Executive Search Firm with a strategic focus in the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology, Genomic and Genetic Medicine. Our clients choose to work with Cerca because of our deep understanding of the industries we serve. They continue to work with us based on our extensive market knowledge, vast connections and quality of results. 

That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Email Scott Rivers today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call direct at 201-594-2101, and we will begin the process of finding you Allstars that help you set records.

Adapted from 100 Day Challenge

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12 Ways Your Career Can Benefit From Solitude in This COVID Crisis

For most, it is important to spend time around and engaged with other people. In social groups and at work, by surrounding ourselves with colleagues, family members and associates who challenge us to think and move outside our comfort zone, we find we can improve our habits and learn new things. Of course, much of life’s biggest joys and most lasting memories stem from our relationships, and in times like these, those can become absent, strained or even strange.

And some say too much “people time” might also be a bad thing. Our digital devices often make us feel like we need to be connected 24/7. All of the noise, activity, constant contact and hustle can wear us out and, ironically, can leave some feeling lonelier than ever. If our electronics are all we have right now to get our work done and stay in touch, truly disconnecting during this isolation may become even more important.

While we may not all be enjoying the global forced cloistering we find ourselves in today, let us think a bit about how some alone time, and maybe even this particular version of alone time, well used, can be an essential component to improving our health and well-being.  What follows are the benefits of alone time, ways to create it, and ideas on how to maximize its advantages.

The benefits of being alone

As a leader who routinely counsels people to sit with and examine themselves, convincing people to spend time alone can be a tough sell. In a world where we are all trying to cram 48 hours’ worth of information and activity into 24, the benefits of solitude are rarely discussed. 

Consider this quote from Nikola Tesla, the famed inventor, who discovered and freely shared much of what moved us into the common use of electricity: “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone – that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”

Amy Morin, an author and “mental strength trainer,” believes being alone makes you more compassionate, increases empathy, builds mental strength, leads to greater introspection and gives you an opportunity to think about, “your goals, your progress and changes you want to make in your life.” Here is a list from the author and her contemporaries that extols the great reasons for finding occasional isolation.

1. Solitude helps you get to know yourself

An ancient Greek sage was asked, “What is difficult?” His reply was, “To know yourself.” A clear view of our true self does not come naturally, compared to how easily we perceive the environment and goings on that surround us. It also requires humility to bridge the gap between who we think we are and who we are in reality.

For any of us to achieve peak performance, and perhaps what every one of us needs most in this time, is to get clear on who we are. We might take this chance to sit and truly get close to the person in the mirror.

Connections with our inner self can be lost in the constant distraction of friends, gadgets and unnecessary demands. Against the popular notion that being alone is somehow strange, we can also take this time to search for peace and create calm within ourselves.

Some solitude also offers you the opportunity to discover this reality — that you are unique and wonderfully made — you do not need any comparison with anyone to validate this fact. Success, then, can be found in understanding who you are, what you are called to, and what you want out of life.

When you’re by yourself, you may be allowed to make choices without outside influence. You can choose how to spend your time without worrying about anyone else’s feelings. Making choices on your own will help you develop even better insight into who you are as a person and be much clearer in your guiding principles.

Solitude can eventually create a sense that you do truly know yourself, more than anyone knows you. Spending time alone for just 20 minutes each day offers you the clarity and space you need to grow yourself independently and diminishes the herd mentality. It equips you with knowledge and the necessary qualities to achieve personal development and success. It gives you an introspection on who you are and what you want. And understanding your thoughts, actions and reactions gives you the power to have utmost control over your life.

The more you know yourself, the better equipped you’ll be to be your authentic self when others are around. Get clear in this time about who you are and ensure, when things return to normal, you bring your very best self back into the fray.

2. Alone time could improve your relationships and help you develop empathy

Spending time with friends, family and colleagues sometimes contributes to a “us vs them” mentality. Although unintentional, you’ll see people who don’t fit into your inner circle as different from you, and you’ll develop decreasing empathy for them.

Spending time alone breaks down those barriers. Studies show you’ll develop more compassion for other people when you set aside time for solitude.

Just as time alone offers you a better understanding of yourself and what you desire in life, it can also help you better identify the relationships that will make your life richer and that are necessary to your growth. All relationships are better appreciated after you spend some time alone.

3. Solitude boosts creativity and productivity

There is good reason artists, musicians, and authors seek solitude when they want to create something. A private space, whether it’s a secluded studio or a cabin in the woods, allows them to be far more inventive. Studies confirm being alone often fosters creativity

Throughout history, great accomplishments have begun as tiny seeds or flashes of inspiration in someone’s imagination birthed in isolation. Such moments have triggered great ideas for icons like Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Thoreau.

Solitude works opposite to the way in which distractions work. While distractions block most noteworthy progress and valuable contribution we can make in life, solitude helps develop a more involved experience with yourself and your ideas. The brain integrates internal and external information while at rest in silence, Joseph Moran, Ph.D., wrote in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal. He says the brain processes things more deeply when it is not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks.

Solitude allows you, then, to listen to yourself and focus on what you really want. Sometimes distractions can alter our thoughts and stop us from thinking out of the box. Spending time alone offers us the time to reflect and tap into our most innovative self.

It is important to consider how our forced solitude could increase and boost your level of success and how you might best use some planned alone time in the future to do the same.

4. Solitude improves psychological well-being and mental strength

We’re social creatures, and it’s important for us to have strong connections with other people. Learning how to be comfortable by yourself may take some getting used to, but solitary skills could help you become mentally stronger. Studies have found people who set aside time to be alone tend to be happier. They report fuller overall satisfaction and lower levels of stress. They’re also less likely to suffer from depression. 

5. Being alone gives you an opportunity to plan your life

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Be intentional during this time about planning out your journey, similar to the way you might plan for goal achievement or retirement.  Spending time alone can give you a chance to ensure there’s a purpose to all of your hustling and bustling. Quiet space provides an opportunity to think about your goals, your progress, and contemplate changes you want to make in your life when we get back to a new normal.

Setting aside time to be alone can help you reflect on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Take a break from the whirlwind to think about whether you’re living life according to your values and highlight areas where you might want to make some changes.

Dream Big • Be Bold • Dare Mightily

6. You can find relief from anxiety in isolation

Stress builds up in our lives, and it grows increasingly difficult to differentiate between the stress within and the outside pressures bearing down on us. Spending time alone, without distraction, offers us the opportunity to slow down, catch a deep breath and set our minds straight. During this process, we can rid ourselves of thoughts that are negative and unnecessary. Calming the noisy mind and releasing anxiety allows for that time of innovation and self-searching described above.

7. You can make smarter decisions

Solitude gives you the opportunity to think through every action you are about to take. You can be willing to stand for anything you want to commit yourself to. Solitude helps you find your own voice and your identity instead of following the herd.

8. You can use this time to become more focused

According to a study, students who studied alone fared better than students who studied in groups. Such study identified that students who spent time during solitary reflection had a more improved concentration. Better concentration leads to success in both your personal and professional lives.

9. You can recharge

The human mind was designed to take breaks and recharge so that it can be replenished. Without distraction, spending “alone time” allows you to clear your mind and think more clearly. Your body also takes advantage of this time to revitalize, recharge and re-energize itself.

10. You can attack problems effectively

No one’s life is free of problems or challenges. Yet, with constant noise and distractions, it is difficult to have a clear head as to what actions should be taken. You need some time to analyze and actualize. Solitude makes you see problems as temporary setbacks rather than becoming overwhelmed in them.

11. You might gain an appreciation of the simpler things in life

Solitude makes you see life from a clear perspective. You are not looking for sophistication and can avoid ambiguity. You can appreciate just, well, being. Your time becomes more valuable and details that you may never have been aware of begin to surface. You can sift thoughts and cherish what has true worth.

12. Focus on the development of your skills, or new skills, and review their effectiveness

This time can be invested to help you continuously improve your life, rather than just tediously plod on with some form of status quo. Spend time really challenging your strengths and be honest with yourself about weaknesses. Build plans to amplify the good and minimize the deficits. Her clear about what it means to be your best self and ensure all you are doing brings that to life. This forced isolation can prove an essential time of self-learning and self-discovery.

How to Set Aside Time to Be Alone

Strange question for today? Right now, many of us are experiencing more solitude than we would like, quite possibly. But what if you are not? What if you are, like many, discovering the difficulties and navigating the complexities of two spouses working from home trying to juggle a full work schedule, and maybe even with kids riled up from being cooped up. Some of us may be more “together” right now in ways we never have been and haven’t prepped for..

You don’t need to set aside huge chunks of time to be by yourself in order to benefit from solitude as described above. Just 10 minutes of alone time each day could be enough to help you rejuvenate from the daily grind of this new together time. If you think you don’t have time to sit quietly and think, you probably need alone time now more than ever. The busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time.

Whether you decide to meditate, write in a journal, or take a moment to sit outside in nature, it’s up to you. Whatever you do, silence your electronics and allow yourself to be alone with your thoughts.

If you’re not used to solitude, the silence and lack of activity can feel uncomfortable at first. Just the thought of spending time alone paralyzes some people. In fact, research studies show some participants are unable to endure six minutes of time all by themselves in a room. They said they would rather do mundane activities than sit, thinking, alone in a room. In an article in The Atlantic, Brent Crane correctly observed, “Humans have long stigmatized solitude. It has been considered an inconvenience, something to avoid, a punishment, a realm of loners.” Maybe that’s why some fear being alone so much they would opt for electric shocks rather than focus on their own thoughts.

But, setting aside time to be alone is an essential component of building mental strength and living a rich and full life. As Picasso said, 

Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

 Every day, spend time in solitude. Soon, those few minutes alone could become the single most important part of your day, so much so it could even nourish your soul.  %20the%20more%20likely%20you%C2%A0are%20to%20benefit%20from%20some%20quiet%20time.%20@AmyMorinLCSW&xid=fr1585175725590jig" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">The busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time, so:

1. Learn how to appreciate silence.

It’s as simple as turning off the outside distractions, and specifically electronics. “Today’s digital world means we have the opportunity to be constantly surrounded by noise,” Morin says. “Our electronics help us stay constantly connected, and it often takes extra effort to find a few quiet minutes each day.”

Once you’re comfortable in a completely silent environment, you can begin using it to your advantage.

2. Take a few minutes to be alone with your thoughts.

“For many people, slowing down seems like a waste of time, But our brains need a chance to process what’s going on around us,” notes Marin.

All it takes is finding 20 minutes each day to allow your brain to relax and process the day. 

3. Learn how to meditate to quiet your mind.

Meditation benefits your body and your mind. Learning to meditate intensely can take time, but here is a simple, three-step beginners guide from her book:

  • Sit in a relaxed and comfortable position that allows you to keep your spine straight.
  • Focus on taking deep, slow breaths, and “really feel your breath as you inhale and exhale.”
  • Return consciousness to your breath because “your mind will wander, and thoughts will enter your mind.”

4. Practice mindfulness skills to focus on one task at a time.

“The more you practice, the more you’ll become fully aware, and fully awake, throughout all your daily activities,” Morin writes. It takes practice to focus on activities as simple as eating or brushing your teeth.

But we need to take a step back and refocus our attention spans. “Eventually, you can learn to train your mind to stop replaying what you did yesterday or worrying about what you need to get done tomorrow,” she notes. 

5. Start a journal to sort out ”the tough stuff” and record ideas.

A daily journal can help you interpret your emotions and identify and manage your stress. Basically, it’s a chance to vent on paper, rather than to a family member or friend.

Just a few sentences each day about what you did or how you’re feeling can help you stay on track, and it “often promotes healing, sparks creativity, and strengthens your resolve to reach your goals,” she notes.

6. Reflect on your progress and goals daily.

“Long-term goals require you to have healthy habits that you practice on a daily basis,” Morin writes. “Reflecting on your goals every day can help remind you of why you want to reach them.”

Solitude VS Loneliness

Some people feel lonely even among 100 people and some people don’t feel lonely even in silence. The difference lies in their level of connection with themselves. Solitude is the antithesis of loneliness. It gives us the strength and the confidence that we will be OK if we act per our standards and not per others’ expectations. For us, while it hasn’t come out of choice, we can realize the benefits of holding to our guiding principles and appreciate the independence it offers.

Being alone and feeling lonely are two completely different things. In fact, building more solitude into your daily life might actually reduce your feelings of loneliness. Solitary skills take practice if you’re not used to being alone, but over time, you can grow more comfortable with being by yourself.

But shirking loneliness isn’t the only reason you should spend more time in solitude. There are many other reasons spending time alone can help you build the mental strength you need to reach your greatest potential.

Often, we get loneliness and solitude confused. But in essence, the two are very different aspects of the same physical manifestation. Solitude is by definition, being alone, whereas loneliness is a negative emotional response, typically to solitude.

Being alone is innately uncomfortable. As humans, we are most comfortable in the presence of others. This primordial response goes back to the Dark Ages, when living in groups provided safety and security.

In modern times, we no longer need this social community to survive – yet it is still ingrained in our subconscious. We ALL value love and connection with others.

This need for social interaction and sense of belonging is still an important part of our personal well-being. But in order to inspire individual thought and introspection, one needs to cleave from this paradigm and free up the mental space necessary to focus on the bigger picture and long-term goals. For this moment, it’s okay to forget about the needs of others.

Also, the two are NOT mutually exclusive. Loneliness can provide a conduit to self-reflection and enlightenment. Through the process of attaining solitude, you are able to contemplate your own beliefs and ideas, rather than be influenced by the opinions of others. This is invaluable in the quest for self-belief and confidence.

Self-reflection can be the most significant emotional release allowing self-validation and securing your own identity. It can also bolster your aspirations and set aside negativity, going a long way to balancing your life as a whole. According to Reed Larson, a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, who has studied the effects of solitude on development and long term well-being in teens and adolescents, being alone – although NOT particularly enjoyed – creates positive emotions and less self-reported depression.

Being Alone: The Role of Social Media in Loneliness

People immersed in contemporary life expect that they will feel lonely if left alone. This expectation is now a cultural assumption. People feel anxious and immediately begin to fidget or reach for a device the minute they are alone in the quest for connection, be it a virtual one.

We are so connected with the world these days via social media, access to emails, and news feeds directly to our smart phones, most find it difficult to disengage with society and truly be alone. But this is where the magic happens. Disengaging from the information overload provided by modern life gives you the opportunity to open up the thinking processes and spur creative thinking.

It can be very valuable and rewarding to be alone with NO interruptions. This gives you time to think. It releases you of your immediate responsibility to others and allows you the time to focus on YOUR needs. Christopher Long and James Averill advocate that alone time is essential:

The paradigm experience of solitude is a state characterized by disengagement from the immediate demands of other people—a state of reduced social inhibition and increased freedom to select one’s mental and physical activities.

The human brain is not built to multitask. However, we do it every day and thus dilute the quality and efficiency of our actions. When given time alone, we are able to focus on ONE thing at a time and give it our full attention, without distractions. This is so important, especially when pondering the goals and strategies of life. 

Work on Yourself and Spark Creativity

In reality, it is almost impossible to be alone with the demands of daily life. There are always commitments to fulfill and people to make happy. Sometimes disengaging with this paradigm allows us the time to reflect and consciously work on ourselves.

By using time alone to set goals and align your subconscious mind towards their achievement, you empower yourself and turn loneliness into meaningful time for self-reflection. The most important questions to ask when self-reflecting regard assessing your strengths, weaknesses, skills, problems, achievements, happiness, and solutions to improve all these areas. Self-reflection is NOT wallowing in self-pity or self-absorption. It is taking an active role in yourself for the aim of self-improvement.

It may seem odd, uncomfortable or selfish, and it is not what societal convention perpetuates; but if practiced effectively, being alone can result in a happier, more efficient YOU. So, take the gift of this time of isolation during the COVID Crisis and do something amazing with it. 


Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses. 

As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott is an intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside. 


Cerca Talent+ is a full-service Executive Search Firm with a strategic focus in the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology, Genomic and Genetic Medicine. Our clients choose to work with Cerca because of our deep understanding of the industries we serve. They continue to work with us based on our extensive market knowledge, vast connections and quality of results. 

That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Email Scott Rivers today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call direct at 201-594-2101, and we will begin the process of finding you Allstars that help you set records.

Resources

5 Ways Solitude Can Make You More Successful, Backed By Science, By Amy Morin, Author, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”

The Advantages of Solitude, By Shagun Agarwal 

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6 Characteristics of a Champions Mindset You Can Develop and Use Today

The word indomitable is one we should consider for a moment as we settle into this uncertain period of COVID quarantine.  For me, I rank it right up there with Relentless in terms of its power.  Derived from the Latin in, meaning not, and dominare, meaning to tame, it means just that — not able to be tamed.  That is the perfect way to think about conducting yourself during a period of being cloistered in business.

“Gold Medals are not really made of gold.  They are made of sweat, determination and…guts.”

Dan Gable

Today, let’s highlight the importance of mental toughness.  It is time we are all reminded to get our head on straight and build the type of spirit that is unbeatable.  Let us all spend this time developing the heart, the mind and the unquenchable drive of a champion.


In an effort to achieve our goals, we will always struggle with the unexpected, the unwanted and the uncontrollable aspects of the environment in which we operate.  This was as true in March of 2019 as it is today, even though we didn’t face a global pandemic last year.  Your ability to overcome these seemingly indomitable obstacles will earn you recognition, it will earn you hard fought results and it will earn you sweat tested rewards.

Having an indomitable spirit means you have the will and the mental toughness incapable of being overcome, subdued or vanquished.  In short, it means you will not be conquered, no matter the conditions you find yourself in or the circumstances foisted upon you.

Developing and maintaining an indomitable spirit means you display the ability to be consistent and sustain peak performance during adversity, setback and when facing those unforeseen obstacles.  This indomitable spirit will allow you to deliver on your goals and responsibilities with maximum effect.

Ups and downs in performance are often traceable to psychological ups and downs.  Therefor, high performers work to create the proper mental environment and an indomitable spirit that allows them to consistently perform at the highest levels possible.

Maintaining an indomitable spirit is a learned skill.  It is not inherited and must be crafted and maintained by routine practice.  Yes, you can build the heart and mind of a champion.  You have the responsibility to do so, and especially in periods like this.  So much and so many depend on it.

The ultimate measure of an indomitable spirit is consistency.  Your ability to rise to every challenge, to bulldoze your way through every setback and confront the opposition head on, and prevail, is the true litmus test.

It really is simple.  We will either routinely rise to the mental demands and physical rigors of challenges or we will succumb to them.  And because every victory begins in the mind, all challenges are vanquished first between the ears.

This is why mental toughness is a key to all success and will be essential to you emerging on the other side of the COVID Crisis better and stronger than before.  So, let’s examine the characteristics of an indomitable spirit:

1.     Unconquerable – you will not allow yourself to be beaten, vanquished or overcome.  You will pursue every goal with the belief and unquenchable  conviction they will be achieved, no matter the obstacles.  You will have victory.

2.     Invulnerable – remain immune to mental attack.  Train your mind to be mentally impregnable.  Self doubt and negativity are non-existent in someone who has an indomitable spirit.

3.     Self-confident – you have a healthy belief in your abilities.  You respect yourself and others.  You have a rock-solid personal constitution.  You project a calm, focused,  no-nonsense attitude when it comes to setting goals and getting results.

4.     Initiative – you are always proactive.  You have the motivation and energy to endure.  You make sacrifices.  You know what must be done, and you take the appropriate action to ensure success without compromise.

5.     Focus – you must center yourself and design where you spend your efforts.  Master negative emotions like fear, anger, envy and frustration, so prevalent in times like these.  Increase mental awareness to stay focused, powerful, positive and purposeful so that you may deliver consistent results and be a support to others.

6.     Control – having an indomitable spirit means tuning your body’s software to control the hardware.  It works.  Whether climbing Everest, presenting to a ZOOM or Teams room full of people, or leading a friend or family member up from distress, those who develop an intense, well crafted spirit have within them the near super human ability to achieve anything they set their mind to….Your indomitable spirit focuses you efforts, trains your habits, and conditions your life for achievement.

Today:

  1. Form an indomitable spirit that will not be denied, will  not be slowed down, will not be spooked and will not be overcome in any way.
  2. Build the mindset of a champion.
  3. Face all obstacles with confidence.
  4. View setbacks as small inconveniences and take the lesson from them that must be learned.
  5. Move forward with an unconquerable, unquenchable, invincible, indomitable spirit.

There is something within you that will not be denied. There is a spirit that is untouched by assault. Find that place, bring it forward, and victory is yours.


Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses. 

As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott os am intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, ever day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside. 


Cerca Talent+ is a full service Executive Search Firm with a strategic focus in the the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology, Genomic and Genetic Medicine. Our clients choose to work with Cerca because of our deep understanding of the industries we serve. They continue to work with us based on our extensive market knowledge, vast connections and quality of results. 

That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Email Scott Rivers today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call direct at 201-594-2101, and we will begin the process of finding you Allstars that help you set records.

adapted from Gary Ryan Blair

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Bobby McIntyre is a singer/songwriter whose melodies and lyrics warm the heart and touch the soul.  His vocal range is something remarkable, boasting tenor notes of the greats, such as Steve Perry and Lou Gramm, complemented by an ability to hit the highs of power rockers.  He has opened for Rascal Flatts, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Chely Wright, and Daryle Singletary and been privileged to create songs with some of the best songwriters in the world.

Oh, and he is also a social media marketing and S.E.O. guru, with ten years experience in online marketing and another 11 years experience in direct sales and marketing with his own businesses.  His social media and online following and viewers are now over 1 million and rapidly growing.

Bobby has worked with some high-profile musical artists and companies to amplify their brand awareness and social media presence using his extensive S.E.O. and social media marketing skills.  LL Cool J and Sheila E are just two of many.  He has also worked with public and private multi-million dollar corporations, including companies in clinical research.

Bobby is a driven person, and the well honed skills and grit he has used to stand out in the music industry have also enabled him to be successful in the online media and marketing arena.  Rob and Bobby look forward to working with you to make your business dreams and goals a reality.

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XM Radio Categories


Here are the main music categories that you can find on XM satellite radio broadcasts:
The Decades - songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s
Country – classic country hits are at home here, but you will also get a good share of new pop country and blue grass country.
Hits – this is for all hit lovers out there. Packed with Top 20 on Channel 20, the hits XM Radio channels also include some FM channels: KISS FM in LA or Houston's Pop FM station, KMIX. You also get MTV and VH1 stations and if you’re in the mood for some popular love songs you can tune into The Heart and Lite channel. Another interesting channel is Cinemagic, where you will be able to listen to all your favorite movie soundtracks without being bothered by commercials. There are also two Christian rock channels and a classic alternative channel.
Rock – XM Radio features 10 commercial free channels dedicated to rock:
* Deep Tracks: classic and contemporary hits
* Bone Yard and XM Liquid Metal: the first channel goes with classic hard rock while the XM Liquid Metal plays hardcore metal.
* Fred: there is a lot of classic alternative music, some 80s alternative rock and punk music
* Top Tracks: classic rock tracks
* Unsigned: unsigned bands
* XMU, XM Café, the Loft, XM Music Lab: soft rock, eclectic rock and any other rock type that doesn’t fit anywhere else
Urban – rap and hip hop, both modern and from the 80s.
Jazz & Blues – 6 channels altogether out of which four are commercial free
Dance – techno and trance music rules here, but you also get some disco music
Latin – 5 commercial free channels of Latin, Spanish and Mexican hits.
International Music – 5 channels of music from around the world. You might find these five channels a welcomed break from all the music you are used to. Fresh music from around the world is presented daily.
Classical – classical music from both famous and less renown classical musicians. You get the XM Pops, XM Classics, Vox and Fine Tuning. As you would expect, all 4 channels are commercial free.
Kids - Radio Disney and XM for Kids. Excellent programs that will keep your kid busy and happy for a long time.
News – you will get Fox News, CNN Headline News plus other TV related news channels. They feature XM commercials.
Sports – you will get channels like ESPN Radio, ESPN News, Fox Sports Radio, Sporting News, NASCAR Radio. These channels cover most of the important sporting events in the United States but you can also get international sports news here.
Comedy – both family oriented comedy stiles and uncensored comedy bits. These channels are commercial free, which is really enjoyable.
Talk & Variety – there are different talk channels and shows that are really engaging, such as E! Entertainment Radio, ABC News and Talk, Buzz XM, Ask channel, The Power and Family Talk. However, these channels have plenty of commercial time which is a bit of a disappointment from a paid subscription service.
Variation and content

These are the things both XM Radio and Sirius are after. With over 100 channels, each provider is able to identify and target all the important age and social groups in the United States. When it comes to music, there are extremely specialized channels on XM Radio, so the consumer knows exactly what kind of music they will run into on that particular channel. The kids channels are pretty good and the sports channels are also ok. If you like to get your news TV style, XM Radio’s choice of channels is also interesting. The fact that commercials are present is not that bothering, as they are only allowed to play 6 minutes of commercials per hour. However, some of the music channels are kept 100% commercial free, which is good news for music fans who do not want their audition to be interrupted by intrusive commercials.

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