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October 29, 2019

No is a Complete Sentence

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Topic: Growth Agent Insight Video Insurance Agency Management entrepreneurship

I'd like to talk for a minute about the incredible wisdom of Kathy Ireland.

Kathy Ireland as an Entrepreneur

Kathy was a 13-time swimsuit cover issue model for Sports Illustrated. We often think that beauty and brains aren't available in the same human being, but in her case, that is simply not true. Kathy has gone on to become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the 21st century. In fact, her company actually sells over a billion dollars of products and she is one of the leading people in her industry.

No is a complete sentance

She said something really remarkable recently that I find really inspirational, and that is that it was not until she was 40 years old that she learned that no is a complete sentence. No is a really powerful word, and for all of us entrepreneurs who need to focus, and who need to do things with a high degree of execution.

All the myriad things that we get involved with are a distraction to us and prevent us from really being the best we can be at the thing that we really intend to do the most. Learning to say, “No” to all of those details, learning to say, “No” to those opportunities that are not central to our focus on our mission, is critically important to making progress.

Thank you, Kathy for your amazing insight. No is a complete sentence.

Tony Caldwell is a modern “renaissance man,” who is not only immensely successful in the field of insurance, but is also a writer, children’s advocate, mentor and even a licensed pilot.

Always keen on helping others make their dreams come true, Tony and his team have helped independent agents grow into more than 250 independent agencies. This has made OAA the number one ranked Strategic Master Agency of SIAA for the last 5 years, and one of Oklahoma's 25 Best Companies to Work for.

Tony loves to share his knowledge, insight and wisdom through his bestselling books as well as in free mediums including podcasts and blogs.

Tony and his family are members of Crossings Community Church, and he is very active in community initiatives: he’s chairman of It’s My Community Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit working with disadvantaged people in Oklahoma City; and chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs., and he has served through many other organizations including the Salvation Army, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Rotary Club.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys time with his family. He’s also an active outdoorsman and instrument-rated commercial pilot.