The 18 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at 600 Global

As 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) celebrates their 18th year anniversary, founder, entrepreneur, and small business consultant, Michael has been sharing his thoughts on the journey with us. Choosing the path of entrepreneurship can be seen as risky, but as Michael shared in the first part of this blog mini-series, betting on himself paid off more than risking being laid off on numerous occasions.

With all great risks come great rewards, and the 600 Global story is no different. Every familyindividual who is driven to be an entrepreneur is typically seeking one, or all, of the following; financial freedom, being in control and not being told what and when to do things, freedom of time.

Besides running a successful business for nearly two decades (and helping numerous others do the same), Michael has accomplished all of the above. His wife and he have three beautiful children (for whom Michael was able to attend every doctor’s appointment through their pregnancies) all enrolled in private school, and whom he coaches their soccer and baseball teams. And yes, he is still operating a flourishing business and will help numerous others do the same this year. We aren’t sharing this with you to flash his accomplishments, rather show what’s possible when you take a risk and bet on your own work ethic and ability.

“The greatest reward is knowing that I can take care of my family and that I can take care of the people who work with me.”

Michael has set a goal that by the end of this year he will have helped a total of 100 people successfully open their small business, and he is on track to do so! We found it only appropriate to ask for some advice that he would give a new entrepreneur.

He explained that, first and foremost, you have to respect the fact that you are an entrepreneur and truly run your business, not let your business run you. It’s very common for new business owners to get caught up in all the new responsibilities and forget that they are the one running the show.

Michael also talked to us about working hard to set yourself up for the future. What he meant was that if you work extremely hard early on and set the pace for your people, the effort that you will need to put forth, in the long run, will be immensely less. As a business owner, you need to be the one to bear the weight on your shoulders and be the person that the company can build around he explained, you are your team’s clutch player essentially. As Michael put it – “Be the person who wants the ball when there are only a few seconds left.”

Throughout our time with 600 Global’s leader, there was one key message that we noticed kept coming through; take the risk and bet on yourself. It’s no surprise that the culture that he has created in his Phoenix firm supports just that. Michael, along with the entire leadership team, goes out of their way to build trust amongst coworkers and support their people. Being an employee of 600 Global means you essentially have another family.

“I want to give this message to anyone that reads this: Don’t doubt yourself. People accomplish amazing things all the time that they didn’t even know they could do. You might surprise yourself by what you could become good at. Don’t be afraid to bet on yourself… because you might be pleasantly surprised.”

So, to Michael, 600 Global, and the all of the aspiring entrepreneurs that will bet on themselves, cheers! We wish you many more years of success.

Click here to check out the third installment in our interview series with Michael!

The 18 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at 600 Global

Celebrating 18 Years of Entrepreneurial Success at 600 Global

600-Global-Headshot-2Get ready to pop the champagne… 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) is celebrating their 18th anniversary! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only half of all businesses will survive five years, and only one-third will survive ten years. This is why the 18th anniversary of 600 Global is so impressive. They have defied all odds and continued to thrive, despite a down economy, since the late 90s. We had the chance to pick the brain of the entrepreneur behind their success… take a look!

Our conversation with Michael began by learning about his career path and we found out that he actually began his career in the finance industry. In a world where people are being laid off due to ongoing downsizing, layoffs, and outsourcing, Michael luckily made the decision to change his path.

“I know now that when I wake up every day I have a chance to work – and to also provide work to other people.”

According to him, he would have likely been laid off or forced to relocate, for the two banks that he had worked with prior. One of which, was First Union in Charlotte, NC which was bought out by Wells Fargo. “I’m glad I took the path less traveled by betting on myself,” says Michael. ‘But why this industry?’ we wondered. He explained, in a matter of fact manner, that companies are always going to need sales. If you are able to provide that, you will have longevity, and this is precisely what 600 Global does.

Over the course of his career, Michael has had many noteworthy accomplishments, but to him, nothing is greater than being able to help other people run their businesses successfully. He consults small businesses across the country, to not only help them overcome those labor statistics of failure but, to truly prosper. “I’ve helped people become financially independent and be able to truly live the lives that they want, not just the lives they can afford,” he added. Mentoring these budding entrepreneurs is something that he has found great pleasure in because he is able to help people become who they’ve always wanted to be and fulfill their goals, live their dreams.

“My biggest accomplishment is helping people believe in themselves and getting the best out of people — whether it’s for a week or for fifteen years.”

By the end of 2017, Michael’s goal is to have helped 100 people successfully run their businesses. There has been so much knowledge gained, benefits reaped and people helped over an eighteen-year span in business for 600 Global that we can’t fit it all in one blog post. Our interview with Michael will continue with a second part to this blog mini-series celebrating 18 years of entrepreneurial success!

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Celebrating 18 Years of Entrepreneurial Success at 600 Global

600 Global to Sponsor 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

ss600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) is gearing up for the second annual Michael and Amanda Sessions Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Operation Smile, a nonprofit medical service organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. The event will take place March 31st and April 1st, with the first day at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Scottsdale, and the second at Eagle Mountain Golf Club in Fountain Hills. The entry fee is $500 per person.

The event’s goal is to raise $5,000 to fund the life-changing surgeries of 22 children. With $1,950 collected before the tournament has even begun, the team is sure to exceed the prior event’s $2,400 total.

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The 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Practice and warm-up are scheduled bright and early on both Friday and Saturday mornings, followed by a day of golfing for a good cause. “We’re ready to compete and have some fun,” said the CEO of 600 Global, Michael.

This year’s event will be a 4-person shamble, with a pro or semi-pro golfer on each of the 5 teams. Each will select the best driver amongst them after teeing off, and then each golfer will play his own ball from that position into the hole. Golfers will be categorized by handicaps, with A and B golfers teeing off from the tips, and C and D golfers teeing off from the whites. The best 2 scores of the group will count for the hole.

Upon the tournament’s completion, all attendees will join together for food, drinks, and of course the announcement of the winner. A big trophy and a giant check (literally) await the champions!

There will also be a raffle of some pretty spectacular gifts. Generous donations thus far include a golf bag and 2 wedges from Mulligan’s; two dozen Titleist PRO V1 golf balls from PCS; and a round of golf for four at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.

In addition to 600 Global, this year’s sponsors include Modern Acupuncture (Scottsdale, AZ), The Joint Chiropractic (Scottsdale, AZ), Chuck’s Steak House (Rocky Hill, CT), Mulligan’s (Richmond, VA), and PCS (Baltimore, MD).

The reigning champs of the first annual event are Andy Singer, Dave McDonald, Patrick Sessions and Graham Valdes — all of whom will receive -2 for the day. Will the same guys come out on top this year? You’ll have to stay tuned.

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Will these 4 win again this year?

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Employee Reviews 600 Global Experience

600 Global in Phoenix, Arizona is a breeding ground for success. Their hands-on training, internal career advancement program, as well as their dedicated management team, has created a culture around personal and professional development. We’ve seen that even that least experienced individual can be extremely successful at this firm if they are willing to put in the work and operate with integrity. Recently, we had a chance to meet one of these employees. His name is Shawn Cannata and he has been working with the company for about one year. Our main objective was to hear, first hand, the type of things has learned while working here. And that we did, check it out!

So, Shawn, you’ve been working at 600 Global for a year now, what have you taken away that you are applying both professionally and personally?

“Since working here I have definitely grown personally and professionally. The biggest thing I am seeing in my personal life is that I am overall more confident in myself and my abilities. I’m now able to coach and develop other people in their career as well as in things in their personal lives. I’ve truly developed into a strong leader.”

That’s awesome! Since you mentioned that you are now able to coach others in their career, what would you say is the biggest career lesson that you have learned so far?

“I feel the most important thing I’ve learned is that anyone can be successful if they put their mind to it (what you think about, you become.) It’s all about loving what you do and having purpose. There’s no seniority and unlimited growth opportunities for those willing to work hard to accomplish their goals here. I love the people and the company I work for and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

So there you have it, folks. One employee’s experiences at 600 Global and how it’s taken him from an entry level profession to a confident, poised leader ready to attack his goals. If you are looking for an opportunity in the Phoenix area, we strongly suggest that you take a look at their openings on CareerBuilder.

Employee Reviews 600 Global Experience

3 Business Lessons From Steve Jobs

giphy6Our management team at 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) is focused on cultivating the natural abilities of our people to help them discover their true potential. Through ongoing training and business mentoring we believe that by investing in them and their futures, the future of our organization is bright! One of our favorite entrepreneurs to gain inspiration from is Steve Jobs. Here are a few lessons that we’ve taken from him and how we incorporate them into the culture of 600 Global.

Your goal isn’t to make money. Apple’s goal isn’t to make money. Our goal is to design and develop and bring to market good products. We trust as a consequence of that, people will like them, and as another consequence, we’ll make some money. – S. Jobs

In sales, people typically have the mindset that it’s all about turning a dollar. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Our approach is to uncover the needs of our client and customers and simply match the two to find solutions that work for both parties. In doing so, not only do we create a stronger business partnership, but yes, dollars are also turned.

Don’t lose faith. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. – S. Jobs

There are many things that will test your faith in yourself, your abilities and your goals. This is why we offer encouragement and support to our employees to help them through those tough times. By not giving up on them, they will learn to not give up on themselves either.

Go for a home run. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. One home run is much better than two doubles. – S. Jobs

The clients that we represent at 600 Global are some of the biggest players in their industries. It is vital for us to deliver quality results and never lose our integrity. We hold our team to high standards to ensure that they are swinging for the fences rather than hoping for that double.

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3 More Disney Quotes to Inspire Success

We’re in the Disney spirit! We had so much fun with our last blog post that we decided to give you another. Here are three more quotes from Disney movies that we love here at 600 Global.

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” — Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)

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When you enjoy what you do for a living and you’re passionate about your goals, it doesn’t feel like work. For those on the 600 Global team, fun is a necessary and real part of every day. We’ve been known to take time out of our morning routine for an office-wide game. Last Monday, we even kicked off the week with an outdoor game of flip cup (with Gatorade and coconut water, of course!). We’re most definitely not your typical company. With so many former athletes here, we’re a group that loves to compete — and boy do things heat up sometimes! In everything we do, we focus on having a good time. We find that if you enjoy the ride to the top you end up getting there a lot faster!

“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” — The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

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One of the most common impediments to success is the lack of a clear plan. Surprisingly few people take the time to write down their goals, let alone figure them out to begin with. This is one of the most significant differences between successful and unsuccessful people. Life just happens, and without a guideline for where you want to go, it’s easy to end up somewhere that you don’t want to be. The worst part is, you might not realize until it’s too late. This is why goal-setting is part of our daily routine at 600 Global.

“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” — Gusteau (Ratatouille)

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Learning from the past is smart, but dwelling on the past is not. Regardless of what you’ve come from and what you’re leaving behind, you must live in the present and plan for the future.

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3 More Disney Quotes to Inspire Success

3 Disney Quotes That Will Supercharge Your Day

Jenny McGuire, the HR Director at 600 Global, is heading to Disney World with her family later this month. We have a funny feeling that it won’t just be her kids that will be having a blast! All of us here in Phoenix are big kids and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t still love Disney movies. So, with that in mind, we are going to share some of our favorite quotes from various Disney movies to help get you motivated today!

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — The Emperor (Mulan)

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This quote is all about overcoming obstacles. If you’ve ever worked really hard for something and seen your efforts pay off, you know how sweet the victory is. Alternatively, if you’ve ever been handed something, you know it’s not the same. We attend to appreciate the things that we’ve put the most into earning.

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

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Jack Sparrow might as well be a manager at 600 Global with a quote like this one! We simply could not agree more with this mentality. In our experience, the most significant difference between successful and unsuccessful people is the way they think about obstacles. If you approach all of your problems with a solution-oriented mindset and a positive attitude, you’ll be amazed by how few real problems you’re left with at the end of the day.

“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel (Tangled)

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That Rapunzel, filled with wisdom. One of the surest ways to advance in your career is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone on an ongoing basis. It is human nature to want to stay within the realm that we know because it doesn’t threaten our confidence. It’s surprisingly easy to become complacent without even realizing it. Ask yourself this: when is the last time you took on a task that scared you? If you can’t remember, it’s time to start pushing yourself — because as Rapunzel says, the rewards are worth it!

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3 Disney Quotes That Will Supercharge Your Day