Stepping Out Into The New: Advice for New Entrepreneurs…

feel the fear but do it anyway! Damon Johns, Business Executive of Shark Tank asked the question: “if you had a piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?” People all over boldly shared…


Derrick has been frustrated in his job as manager of operations. He has been at it for years but his job has lost its zeal. He could apply for the Branch Manager’s position but he wasn’t sure he had what it takes to manage the responsibilities. Besides, he has been thinking about following his passion for design and wants to launch out into his own business. But the sense of Qualm he feels has put him in a state of inertia. He has been afraid that he might fail.

Many are the dreams of people like Derrick. The fear is real but like I’ve always said…feel the fear but do it anyway!  Damon Johns, Business Executive of Shark Tank asked the question: “if you had a piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?” People all over boldly shared their views. Because Collaboration is key, I’ve compiled a list extracted from their direct responses. Choose one, two or a few, and apply as you like.

Advice for New Entrepreneurs

  • Cashflow is king. Make sure you’ve got cash in the bank to ensure you’re covered for not pulling a wage in the early days
  • Work on yourself to know what you’re doing very well. Be persistent and consistent.
  • Document every step of your journey, no matter how trivial you think it may be. The data you think is not important today, may prove to be invaluable tomorrow.
  • Money talks.
  • All progress not saved will be lost.
  • Always find reasons and new motivations to keep going at it.
  • If you hang around 9 people that are ‘broke’, chances are…you’re going to be number 10.
  • Its rough… I mean really rough. Stick to it and take the bumps in stride.
  • Do something you love so you never work a day in your life.
  • Doing what you love and are great at-is the easy part. Mind the business with equal effort or you’re doomed. Marketing, networking etc. and don’t ever forget … never play it safe. Take risks, and go after it.
  • Work hard. Focus and be unreasonable. This is what creates discipline and growth.
  • Don’t get so busy that you forget to say your prayers.
  • Value yourself, believe in you when no one else will. Right before you quit, try one more time with a different plan of action. Always be true to yourself and others. Make time for fun, not all work.
  • It’s not going to be easy but know that with paitence and persistence it will happen. Be around the people going in the same direction that you want to go.
  • Never give up. Fight for your dreams.
  • Just be yourself. Don’t try to do what everyone else is doing just because everyone esle is doing it. The business model that works for others might not work for you. Being an entrpreneur is your chance to do it just the way you want to!
  • To work at it every waking hour.
  • Say the phrase…finish it.
  • Believe in yourself and take risks.
  • Best advice I learned from running my company is it’s ok to be a bitch sometimes. Clients and customers will treat you with respect sometimes. Other times they run all over you taking advantage of your kindness. Balance is key. Ya gotta know when to put your foot down and look people in the eye with “that look” and speak your true mind instead of putting on the “professional front” through their bullshit.
  • Stay laser focused on the goal even if your strategy isn’t perfect yet. Make progress daily.
  • Keep going.
  • To start.
  • Find someone that has something you want. Do what they do and you will get what they got.
  • Start …like the end doesn’t matter.
  • A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.

So that’s the list. Different opinions but great diversity. Are there a few that resonates with you? Anything missing that you could add? Take a look again and if you’re still busy dreaming…start doing today!

Cheers!

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Promote Yourself! 13 Ways To Do it…

Often your Manager values your input so much that they don’t want to lose you. So they smother you with challenging tasks, praises, and more but fail to allow you to move.


Company won’t promote you? Get out of the shadows! Promote yourself! You’ve been toiling at your job for many years. Your reviews have been excellent! Your managers sing your praises! They value you!

But None of that can free your mind. You still haven’t received that promotion. Don’t be alarmed. Many times this has nothing to do with you. Often your Manager values your input so much that they don’t want to lose you. So they smother you with challenging tasks, praises, and more but fail to allow you to move.

It’s Time! Break that Barrier!

Show them what you’re made of. Take Control. Stop being taken advantage of.  Bruce Kasanoff tells all. Here are 13 ways for ambitious careerists and new entrepreneurs:

13 Ways to Promote Yourself

  1. Self promote – offer to do work that shows your knowledge throughout/across the wider business
  2. Help others as you promote yourself.
  3. Speak with energy. Show your passion.
  4. Serve, don’t sell. Your action says it all.
  5. Become a reliable source of good information
  6. Don’t be shy! Share your achievements.
  7. Spend time with people of like mind. For example, if you are ambitious …spend time with ambitious people.
  8. Seek new and valuable experiences.
  9. Never stop learning.
  10. Never stop growing.
  11. Exceed Promises.
  12. Get in front of people. Don’t hide behind emails or phone.
  13. Be persistent. Aim High. Eventually, you will achieve.

Cheers!

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Sometimes You Win. Sometimes You Yarn…

Sometimes you win, sometimes you Yarn…more popular sometimes you lose. Sometimes you fail. Many examples exist of well known leaders who tried, failed and eventually succeeded including the likes of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Einstein and many others.

So whatever you do, keep going. Don’t give up.

Cheers!

Stuck: The 5 Signs…

Steve heard that his company had been sold. What should he do? Wait forever expecting that call? Get sick because of the impending job loss? He, like so many others, remained stuck, steadfast, unmoveable…waiting.

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Need a change? What do you do? Getting married, what do you do? When you have an exam, what do you do? When a storm watch is on what do you do? When a mother is expecting, what does she do?

The above are Avid life situations that are common to us. So what do we do when these situations draw near? It’s simple…we prepare, we act. It’s no different when other unfamiliar situations approach.

Steve heard rumors that his company had been sold. 60 percent of the employees would be integrated into the new company. Unfortunately, he was not contacted by the new management so it was highly unlikely that he would go with them.  In that situation what should he do? Wait forever expecting that call? Get sick because of the impending job loss? He, like so many others, remained stuck, steadfast, unmoveable…waiting.

5 Signs of Being Stuck

  1. You remain focused on the past.
  2. Even if you want change, you feel safer doing the same things over and over again.
  3. You avoid talking to people fearing that they will ask you how things are going
  4. You have nothing to look forward to.
  5. What is the point? What am I doing with my life? are questions you often ask yourself.

7 Things To Do When Stuck

  1. Do something! Step out! Complete that application! Try something new!
  2. Plan an escape rather than daydream about different scenarios. Go on a trip to relax and reboot your thoughts.
  3. Switch up your daily activities.
  4. Don’t envy and compare yourself to others.
  5. Do one positive thing for yourself today.
  6. If you want to change your life, Pray. Change your environment.
  7. Find a mentor or coach. Ask for help

Today, Zip it up! Be Brilliant. Just do something. Don’t leave your future in the hands of someone else.  It’s Your life. Make it count.

Cheers!

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3 Directions. Which One Are You?

John Maxwell speaks about the 3 kinds of people when it comes to directions in life. People who Don’t Know…

Melanie is at a crossroads in life. She graduated college, got a job and has been working ‘just because‘.

David has worked as a senior manager for over 10 years but over the past 3 years he has been dreaming of more. His sense of purpose has been lost. He feels he is drifting.

It’s been 4 years since Carol lost her job due to restructuring. Since then she has worked odd jobs, has big dreams but through fear hesitates to take the step to accomplish her goals.

Mark dreamed of his passion. Took the steps to achieve and now enjoys the benefits of his entrepreneurial ventures. Still he seeks more ways to learn, develop his skills, and grow.

We have all been there. Life’s crossroads beckons times of reflection pushing us to search deep within our souls to find out if there’s more to life. We ponder about the next step. Where should we go? What should we do? How should we do it? or should we do it at all. John Maxwell speaks about the 3 kinds of people when it comes to Viable directions in life. These are:

3 Kinds of People in Pursuit of Goals

1.People Who Don’t Know what they would like to do.

These people are confused. They dabble, drift, with no sense of direction. If they grow, it is without focus.

2. People who Know what they would like to do but Don’t do it

These people are frustrated. They worry, they fear. They want to step out but are afraid they won’t be able to take care of their responsibilities. Sometimes they are not willing to pay the price to learn, grow, and move closer to their dream. Sadly, these people also miss out on reaching their potential.

3. People who know what they would like to do and do it.

These people are fulfilled. They possess a strong sense of passion, they achieve their purpose, they grow, they learn, they develop. As they strive for more we Chuckle thinking they are perfect but they know better as they seek continuous development.

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Look back on the list, which type resonates with you? Consider. Reflect. Share. Puzzled and need help? Let’s connect.

Cheers!

What Does Success Mean To You?

Brian Tracy asked the question “What Does Success Mean to You?” Responses came in Opaque forms…


Get an education. Become a lawyer, doctor, get a cool career! Marry Prince/Princess Charming. Buy that nice big house. Have the perfect kids. These are some of the wishes that moms and dads often want for their children to Jolt them to success or to Restart. But I have always stressed that you should not let anyone define what success means to you. It’s entirely your decision.

Brian Tracy asked the question “What Does Success Mean to You?” Responses came in Opaque forms including:

  • Doing what I want when I want and helping others so that they can to help themselves
  • The highest level of success is happiness
  • Do the right thing and be a great person or human being
  • Not caring if it is Monday or Friday. Loving every day of the week the same. Having a good relationship with people. Making a difference. Continuously learning and doing more and more to improve yourself as a human being
  • Freedom
  • Being happy with what you do
  • Success is being able to do what I want, when I want and with whom I want with the ability to help and lift up others along the way
  • Success is when you have freedom financially, debt free and you see the success of other people through you. Success is not only money–if you are happy in all areas of life and have peace of mind.
  • Getting all dreams or aims in life by way of planning and professional development
  • Success brings happiness and high satisfaction…smiles
  • Success is knowing what you are sent to do and giving it all that’s required to accomplish it. Success is discovering something interesting about your life and going the extra mile to manifest it
  • Being able to manage my time and be at places I want with the people I love. But the best part of success is finding our purpose in life and giving it away
  • Self development is the key and success will run towards you
  • Success is when I’m proud of me
  • Starting my own business
  • To always focus on my own business
  • New birth
  • Rewrite my life
  • Success means balance to me
  • Being able to provide, being at the top of my game doing what I love, my own large home, nice car, decent healthcare cover, happiness
  • What I have done compared to what I could have done
  • Inspire people to think like me
  • Prosperity, peace, and contentment in every area of my life
  • Being happy in everything that I do. Feeling loved in my work and trying to see the result of my efforts
  • To be free with this what I love. Helping!
  • My definition of success…my family

Does any of these definitions resonate with you? What’s your own definition?

Do share!

Success Starts Here….

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Peter Souza, former official White House photographer, when asked about his success said “you have gotta start somewhere and there is no one path to be successful”  (in his case photography). But I extend it to say, it is the same thing for any endeavor we strive for in life. You have to start somewhere.

So when you feel Cranky, keep Climbing. Give it your best shot. Believe and you will achieve.

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The Relentless Pursuit of Success Unravelled…

What do you love about yourself? “Nothing. I don’t know, I can’t think of …anything”. These answers were repeated several times from a question asked of individuals


“Nothing. I don’t know, I can’t think of …anything”. These answers were repeated several times from a question asked of individuals “what do you love about yourself. Responses included:

  • Nothing
  • I don’t love anything about myself.
  • Everything
  • Wallet
  • Self Awareness
  • Change
  • My will power
  • I don’t know
  • Faith
  • My strong determined, lively, ambitious spirit
  • How I am such an amazing girl
  • At the end of the day I am grateful life is so amazing–so much good all around
  • Quiet
  • Resilience
  • Everything
  • Honesty
  • Whole me except anger
  • My deep soul that surprises me all the …how much it can hold

For those who look on the dull side of life and consider the negatives regarding the affection you have for yourself, it would be wise sit and Unravel the details of this perception. Take the time to develop yourself personally, and become more aware of who you are.

Self Awareness

Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. To improve yourself individuals should consider:

  • Developing your talents and potential
  • Building your ability to be gainfully employed in whatever career you choose
  • Enhancing your quality of life
  • Considering your future and take the steps to achieve your dreams, goals, and aspirations.

Does any of the negative responses listed depict you? Can you identify with any? If so, take the steps today to boost your self-awareness and build your self-confidence, self-discovery, and vision. Only then will you be on your way to relentlessly pursue true success.

Cheers!

Dreams: Epic Selfie 🤳 

Goals inspire! They ignite our passion to dream, to prepare, to plan while ultimately enjoying the journey. Sure some dreams are safe! Some risky…even explosive!


TIME Magazine shared the story of a young lady who trespassed on a private property to take a selfie on California’s highest bridge. She slipped and fell 60 feet below! Luckily for her, she only suffered several broken bones, an Outlier that in her Tenacious efforts knocked her unconscious but she lived to Heal and tell the tale!

I attended a meeting recently and the dream of one young lady was to visit Arizona to take a selfie 🤳 on a cliff. Love the dream! But…are such dreams worth your life should you slip?

Goals inspire! They ignite our passion to dream, to prepare, to plan while ultimately enjoying the journey. Sure some dreams are safe! Some risky…even explosive! Some make our mouths water! With all that, let’s use wisdom to survive, to thrive to reap the benefits!

Cheers!