OLN Inc Recognized as 101 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

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Every year 101 companies are recognized for their display of commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. This is a rigorous selection process that analyzes many metrics. Things taken into consideration include:

  • Strength of financials
  • Growth
  • Years in business
  • Employee testimonials
  • Vision
  • Employee relations
  • Culture and atmosphere
  • Contribution to the community
  • Q&A with the president
  • …and many others

OLN is extremely proud of being selected into this very exclusive group of companies. Over the past 7 years the focus has been exclusively on growth; of the employees, of the customer base of the clients, and of overall opportunities. The core values the company commits to such as integrity, fairness, transparency, resiliency, and loyalty has allowed the company to expand exponentially and along the way pick up amazing recognition for achievement, such as this accolade. OLN is committed to continue putting in the effort to truly be the Best and Brightest, and greatly appreciates the nod from such credible organizations.

Why You Should Never Work Just For Money

People work to earn money and make a living. That is the reality. If we don’t earn money, we cannot fulfill our basic needs such as shelter, food and clothing. However, you shouldn’t let money control you. Otherwise, you can never find happiness and satisfaction.

The trouble today is that most people work in jobs that they don’t like just to earn money. They think if they earn enough money to buy expensive cars, clothes, electronics and etc., they will be happy. Nevertheless, they forget one thing. Money can’t buy happiness.

I am a supporter of following your passion and earning money through doing what you like. If not, you can come across with the following problems at some point in your life.

1. You will never make enough money.

Even if you are the highest paid employee for your level in your company, you will still feel underpaid. Therefore, you will always complain about your paycheck and talk about how someone else is paid much more although you deserve that payment. As a result, you will be unhappy and unsatisfied.

2. Frequently job hopping.

Since you are not happy and feel underpaid, you will want to look at other companies that you think pay more. Hence, you will find yourself job hopping frequently. At first, you can be happy for a little while because you will meet with new people and it is a new environment. Nevertheless, once you get used to it, the charm will go away and you will find yourself looking at job posts again unless this new job is your true passion in life.

3. Have more debt.

Once you graduate from college and get a job, you will work to pay off your loans. Then, you probably want to buy a house. As a result, you will end up with a mortgage that lasts for years and you have to work to pay off that mortgage. On top of this, you have to keep your life style and buy the newest smart phone or go to Europe for vacation. As you can see, you will be confident in your spending because you believe you can pay them later. This can soon become a vicious cycle where you get your paycheck and use it to pay interest on your debt. As a result, you will get stuck on your high-paying job that you don’t like because it is the only solution to pay-off your debt.

4. Become a slave to money.

As you can understand from step #3, after a while, money starts controlling you as opposed to you control money and therefore, you find yourself becoming a slave for money. Don’t forget that money is not the most important thing in the world. Therefore, don’t put money in the center of your life. Go for what keeps you alive and excites you in life.

The 6 Basic Human Needs That Make Us Tick

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I’ve seen it a million times–people equate their net worth with their self worth. Their identity is married so deeply to their bank statements and quarterly portfolio reports that they’ve forgotten that money is simply a vehicle for trying to meet our needs, almost all of which are not financial.

We’re all familiar with the cliche that money cannot buy happiness, but I’m convinced that almost everybody has to learn that lesson the hard way because let’s face it; the idea of having enough money to throw at your problems until they’re solved is a seductive impulse.

It certainly was something I constantly thought about as a kid. Growing up, money was always out of reach. It was always a source of stress because there was never enough of it. I remember knocking on the neighbor’s door to ask for food for my brother and sister and me.

Then, on a Thanksgiving Day when I was 11 years old, something happened that changed  my life forever. As usual, there was no food in the house, and my parents were fighting. I heard someone knocking at the front door. I opened it a crack and saw a man standing on the  steps with grocery bags filled with enough food for a big Thanksgiving dinner. I could hardly  believe it.

Fast forward several years to when I was 17. I saved my money from working nights as a janitor and went out on Thanksgiving and fed two families. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I’d learned the joy of giving and to this day I consider contribution to be one of the six most important things every person needs.

Whatever emotion you’re after, whatever vehicle you pursue—building a business, getting married, raising a family, traveling the world—whatever you think your nirvana is, there are six basic, universal needs that make us tick and drive all human behavior. Combined, they are the force behind the crazy things (other) people do and the great things we do. We all have the same six needs, but how we value those needs and in what order, determines the direction of our life.

Need 1: Certainty/Comfort

The first human need is the need for Certainty. It’s our need to feel in control and to know what’s coming next so we can feel secure. It’s the need for basic comfort, the need to avoid pain and stress, and also to create pleasure. Our need for certainty is a survival mechanism. It affects how much risk we’re willing to take in life—in our jobs, in our investments, and in our relationships.

The higher the need for certainty, the less risk you’ll be willing to take or emotionally bear. By the way, this is where your real “risk tolerance” comes from.

Need 2: Uncertainty/Variety

Let me ask you a question: Do you like surprises?

If you answered “yes,” you’re kidding yourself! You like the surprises you want. The ones you don’t want, you call problems! But you still need them to put some muscle in your life. You can’t grow muscle—or character—unless you have something to push back against.

Need 3: Significance

We all need to feel important, special, unique, or needed. So how do some of us get significance? You can get it by earning billions of dollars, or collecting academic degrees—distinguishing yourself with a master’s or a PhD. You can build a giant Twitter following. Or you can go on The Bachelor or become the next Real Housewife of Orange County. Some do it by putting tattoos and piercings all over themselves and in places we don’t want to know about.

You can get significance by having more or bigger problems than anybody else.You think your husband’s a dirt bag, take mine for a day!” Of course, you can also get it by being more spiritual (or pretending to be).

Spending a lot of money can make you feel significant, and so can spending very little. We all know people who constantly brag about their bargains, or who feel special because they heat their homes with cow manure and sunlight. Some very wealthy people gain significance by hiding their wealth. Like the late Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart and for a time the richest man in America, who drove around Bentonville, Arkansas, in his old pickup, demonstrating he didn’t need a Bentley—but of course, he did have his own private fleet of jets standing by.

Significance is also a money maker—that’s where my dear friend Steve Wynn has made his fortune. The man who made Las Vegas what it is today knows people will pay for anything they believe is “the best,” anything that makes them feel special, unique or important, anything that makes them stand out from the crowd. He provides the most exclusive, luxurious experiences imaginable in his casinos and hotels—they are truly magnificent and unmatched in the world.

Need 4: Love & Connection

The fourth basic need is Love and Connection. Love is the oxygen of life; it’s what we all want and need most. When we love completely we feel alive, but when we lose love, the pain is so great that most people settle on connection, the crumbs of love. You can get that sense of connection or love through intimacy, or friendship, or prayer, or walking in nature. If nothing else works, you can get a dog.

These first four needs are what I call the needs of the personality. We all find ways to meet these—whether by working harder, coming up with a big problem, or creating stories to rationalize them. The last two are the needs of the spirit. These are more rare—not everyone meets these. When these needs are met, we truly feel fulfilled.

Need 5: Growth

If you’re not growing, you’re dying. If a relationship is not growing, if a business is not growing, if you’re not growing, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank, how many friends you have, how many people love you—you’re not going to experience real fulfillment. And the reason we grow, I believe, is so we have something of value to give.

Need 6: Contribution

Corny as it may sound, the secret to living is giving. Life’s not about me; it’s about we. Think about it, what’s the first thing you do when you get good or exciting news? You call somebody you love and share it. Sharing enhances everything you experience.

Life is really about creating meaning. And meaning does not come from what you get, it comes from what you give. Ultimately it’s not what you get that will make you happy long term, but rather who you become and what you contribute will.

Now think about how money can fulfill the six human needs. Can money give us certainty? You bet. Variety? Check. Obviously it can make us feel important or significant. But what about connection and love? In the immortal words of the Beatles, money can’t buy you love. But it can buy you that dog! And it can, unfortunately, give you a false sense of connection because it attracts relationships, although not always the most fulfilling kind. How about growth? Money can fuel growth in business and in learning. And the more money you have, the more you can contribute financially.

But here’s what I truly believe: if you value Significance above all else, money will always leave you empty unless it comes from a contribution you’ve made. And if you’re looking for significance from money, it’s a high price to pay. You’re looking for big numbers but it’s unlikely you’ll find big fulfillment.

The ultimate significance in life comes not from something external, but from something internal. It comes from a sense of esteem for ourselves, which is not something we can ever get from someone else. People can tell you you’re beautiful, smart, intelligent, the best, or they can tell you that you are the most horrible human being on earth—but what matters is what you think about yourself. Whether or not you believe that deep inside you are continuing to grow and push yourself, to do and give more than was comfortable or you even thought possible. The wealthiest person on earth is one who appreciates.

How 2 Minutes and 2 Post-Its Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Staying motivated to reach your goals isn’t always easy. But here’s one idea for a simple, quick, and inexpensive pick-me-up: two Post-It notes.

Science has proven that visualizing your day beforehand and reflecting on your time after the fact can set you up for success. So, Geoffrey James of Inc. actually came up with the idea to combine the activities into a two-minute daily exercise that’ll easily help you get there.

Here’s his method—try it every day for a week, and see how well it works for you.

Post-It #1: Start the Day Right

Your first Post-It note should be placed somewhere so that you see it first thing in the morning or when you get to work, like next to your bed, in your bathroom mirror, or at your desk.

On this note, jot down a future-tense mantra about how you want to perform that day. James recommends writing a list of 10 resolutions, but if that seems a little tough at first, I like the idea of focusing on just a couple of goals—or even one—each day. Try something like:

  • Today I will strive to be kind to everyone.
  • Today I will contribute meaningfully to discussions.
  • Today I will give help to someone who needs it.
  • Today I will make sure at least one person knows how much I appreciate him or her.

Think of this note as a quick dose of inspiration, setting your mission and getting you ready for the long day ahead.

Post-It #2: End the Day Right

On your second sticky note, give yourself some meaningful questions that will allow you to reflect on how your day went, and be sure to post it somewhere you’ll see it right before bed (like your sink or bed post). Did you accomplish the goalsyou set out to do?

Some great examples could include:

  • Was I kind to everyone?
  • Did I contribute meaningfully to discussions and conversations?
  • Did I help someone out who was really in need of it?
  • Did I tell at least one person who much I appreciated him or her? What did I say to that person?

Upon reflection, you’ll be able to sleep well knowing that you did what you set out to do—or that you know exactly how to improve in the days and weeks ahead.

Feel like you’ve gotten the hang of the resolutions you set out to do? Feel free to add more over the coming weeks, months, and years. Like to continuously master fewer resolutions in the hopes you’ll nail them all every single day? Stick with the aspirations you already have. The great thing about this exercise is that it’s all up to you.

These Post-Its may seem incredibly simple, but you’d be surprised how a small reminder in the morning and at night can change your entire attitude as you go through the days ahead.

Plus, let’s be real here: Finding cool-looking Post-Its is always really fun.

Operation Smile UPDATE!

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Over the past weekend, OLN participated in an event known as Operation Smile. We have been representing this organization for 7 years and is an incredibly important foundation to us. Every year, we have a “week of smiles” event. This last weekend we went to the pre-season Tenessee Titans game vs. the Packers! We walked around the stadium talking to various people tail-gating for the game. 

We were there for a short 2 hours and raised enough money to fund 10 surgeries to children with cleft pallets. If you’re unfamiliar with Operation Smile please visit the website here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01aTvJSsA68.

 

 

OLN now has an A+ rating on BBB!

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Since being in business 2007, OLN has accomplished not only being a number one provider for their client, but also has achieved an A+ rating on BBB! We are incredibly proud of our new rating and excited to share the news with our followers.  

BBB letter grades represent the BBB’s opinion of the business. The BBB grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, a business’ grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about the business despite BBB requests for that information from the business.

BBB assigns letter grades from A+ (highest) to F (lowest). In some cases, BBB will not grade the business (indicated by an NR, or “No Rating”) for reasons that include insufficient information about a business or ongoing review/update of the business’ file.

BBB Business Reviews generally explain the most significant factors that raised or lowered a business’ grade.

BBB grades are not a guarantee of a business’ reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business’ grade in addition to all other available information about the business. 

Read more here: OVERVIEW OF BBB GRADE

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Online Dating

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Online Dating

Online dating is notoriously frustrating, from out-of-date pictures and misrepresented bios to uncomfortable meetings where only propriety prevents you from bolting immediately. But as an entrepreneur braving the wilds of Internet matchmaking, I’ve discovered over the past few months that there are some crucial lessons we can all learn from the (sometimes painful) process. If you’re looking for the perfect match, here are five ways online dating might just sharpen your entrepreneurial acumen.

Enhancing your market research. The process of meeting people – and seeing what they’re looking for – can be an interesting reality check. What do our competitors have to offer? How do we measure up? And are there small ways we could improve or upgrade? You can’t (and shouldn’t) change your personality, but you may be able to pique a few more people’s interest if you cultivate new “product features” like an interest in visiting art galleries or going to wine tastings.

Crystallizing your value proposition. What makes you stand out? Why should someone choose you? You can probably explain this in your sleep for your product or your company – but it’s a lot harder to do it for ourselves. Filling out (often extensive) online profiles is an exercise in self-knowledge, and forces us to consider where we excel. Do you emphasize your sense of humor, or your caring nature? Your keen intellect, or your MacGyver-like adaptability? You have to get inside the head of your “customer” and figure out what they most want.

Streamlining your sales funnel. In your company, not every customer inquiry leads to a sale. Over time, you learn how to weed out bad prospects, and how to nurture good leads into satisfied long-term customers. Similarly, online dating provides enough volume so you can begin to understand what a good (or bad) prospect looks like. How can you spot them early, and either cultivate them – through good conversation and intelligent questions – or quickly get out of Dodge?

Making the ask. Sometimes – in business and in life – we’re hesitant to make a direct ask, relying instead on hints or guesses. It might spare our egos in the moment. But in the long term, it’s a disastrous strategy: years later, how would you feel if you discovered you missed out on a major contract, or a possible relationship with someone amazing, because you misunderstood the signals? Online dating teaches you to be clear and direct – and that way, at least you know for sure.

Dealing with rejection. Clearly, no one likes rejection. But any entrepreneur who succeeds 100% of the time needs to start selling to people besides Mom and Dad. Failure is an inevitable part of stretching and growing your business – and the same goes for your personal life. You’re going to find plenty of people through online dating who might seem like good prospects but somehow don’t fully recognize the quality you’re offering (like my recent date, who rushed home after an hour because she “forgot to feed the cat”). Each rejection is data you can use in the future, to tighten up your sales funnel and make better projections about who will ultimately be the right “customer” for you. But it is a numbers game, and that means you’ll face a lot more failure than success. That may seem discouraging while it’s happening. But when success comes, it’s like your startup going public – exponential returns beyond what you can possibly imagine.