Do you remember when your mom use to describe the people in your neighbourhood.
Johny Smith is a doctor, Sally is a hairdresser, Jessie owns an auto shop.
You knew the the mailman delivered mail, the lawyer practiced law. It was a simple easy concept to follow.
Then something weird happened. Someone came up with this very weird idea. Instead of telling people what we do, let's just confuse them and let's look really impressive.
So instead of Sally the hairdresser, Sally became the woman that helped young adults feel more confident in their lives! Huh? What the heck does that mean!
The truth is if I don't know what you do, I mean really don't know because you've overstuffed, and over lipsticked what you really do, then I will have a very hard time understanding if I need your service, or if I can refer you to someone else that does!
The best way to grow any business is to tell someone what you do. Simply.
I refer to myself as a global business...
How are you today?
I'm great how about you?
What if you're not actually ok. Do you still answer you're great? Do you feel the need to always say you're doing well, your business is doing well and for appearance sake everything is just right in the world?
There's a lovely artist named Julie Campbell (you can find her on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Jushmu. I bought a pin from her that said "Today I am not ok, and that's ok", the wisdom of that quote is simple.
Admitting you are not ok, that you need a day off, or a get our of jail free card is absolutely ok. It's not a sign of weakness but actually a sign of strength to admit when you need to take a break.
Sometimes you've have been working so hard and burning the midnight oil that don't even...
Do you change a losing game or do you just quit?
When things get tough, get challenging and overwhelming our first instinct is to just quit. After all, it shouldn't be this hard right?
Our minds are so foggy and full of the hardship that we are losing we sometime just can't clear it away.
But the key in those challenging times is to assess the bigger picture and see if there is another way. A way out.
There's a baseball term thats used when a team is losing and they go to a put in a new pitcher. Changing it up might just be what the team needs to turn things around.
It's a motto I live by. If something isn't working, try something else.
The hardest part in all of this is to recognize you're in a losing game!
One you are aware of your situation, you can work to change your mindset so that you can focus on changing the game.
Yes being willing to change a losing game takes vision and sometimes risk, however...
Love at first sight? That's for the romantic comedies, don't get me wrong who doesn't love romantic comedies, but the notion of knowing you know in an instant is usually not reality, or is it?
What about liking at first sight in business?
I've met apps, technology, books and strategies that I have loved at first sight! but people?
Have you ever met someone at a conference, in the workplace, or at a party that you immediately have rapport with and no not romantically but you know, like and trust them in an instant?
When you have that feeling treat it as special. It doesn't happen often.
I've met people in the past that I think one day we should work together, and when you put in the effort to stay in touch because of that feeling, it just may come to fruition.
I met my current business partner at a seminar we both attended seven years ago. We've spent time together at other conferences, travelled together and just hung out.
After years of talking about working...
Do you wish you could press a redo button upon occasion?
You said something in anger or a little too honestly? You took the wrong job, dated the wrong person for too long, didn't pursue your dream...
Sometime in the dead of night those regret devils start invading my head and the thoughts begin to swirl around and haunt me. Coulda, shoulda, woulda...
We all have times that we look back at and think I wish I hadn't done that! But the truth is we learn and get better from the missteps we take, that is if you acknowledge them, accept them, understand them and move on with new strategies to ensure they don't happen again.
Dean Martin, one of the fabulous members of the infamous RAT PACK imparted a key point of wisdom that I never forget:
"Good Judgment Comes From Experience,
well that comes from poor judgement!"
Stop beating yourself up about choices you made in the past. If you hadn't...
Did you start something new again? Yes I'm asking you!
You had a new idea, and you went all in! It was exciting and it was going to finally be your "big thing".
But once the excitement wore off you moved to the next "Big Thing" and forgot about your previous idea.
It's not that you don't have the understanding of what you need to do to make the first idea work, and it's not that you don't have the ability to follow through, the truth is you got a little bored with just one thing.
I am just as guilty as you. I have too many ideas syndrome all the time! Each idea could have been highly successful on its own. But the excitement of new was too much!
Recently I went back to one of my favorite books. Autobiography Of A Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. It's the only book Steve Jobs had on his Ipad and he read it every year.
There's a reason for that. It's just that good. I was reminded of the importance of following...
Did your parents set you up for failure or success by naming you?
A name can influence your identity, but can it determine your future success?
Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of my favourite quotations is from The Dalai Lama.
"My religion is simple, my religion is kindness"
A beautiful and profound phrase that has the ability to soothe the soul and allows us to pause and reflect in our lives and in our businesses.
This past week was a challenging one. Both in my business and in my personal life. With so many demands from others, commitments, and hopeful expectations dashed, I was searching for a port in the storm. Just a few kind words, a genuine smile, something that would help to bring me a small semblance of peace.
When it didn't come I recognized that I needed to change my thought patterns.
My expectations of both others and of myself had to be altered.
I decided that I would start with myself. For most of my adult life, each day I would wake up with the resolve to be kind to everyone around me. The problem was, I forgot to...
No matter how successful we are, how much we have accumulated, or how respected we are, there is always a search for what really matters.
We consume self help books and personal growth books to help up find the answers even though we may not truly even understand the question.
One of my favourite books of all time is Autobiography of a Yogi.
The book was the ONLY book that was on Steve Jobs iPad as well as being his last gift to his friends. Everyone attending Steve Job's funeral was given a copy of the book. I feel as though I'm in good company.
I read Paramahansa Yogananda's story every few years. It was a well known fact that Steve Jobs re-read the autobiography every year.
Why do I love this book as so many others do? At its core, it is a path to self-actualization, a way to build our internal voice and to build companies and organization in that same way. To build what matters.