Memorial Day: Lessons on Life and Business

The origins of Memorial Day call upon us to remember those military men and women who have lost their lives.  The tradition of the day has become for us to also remember friends and family members who have died. I enjoy this holiday for at least three reasons.  First — at least the way we’ve come to do it — it’s a celebration.  I much prefer celebrating life rather than mourning the loss. Second, it signals the “unofficial start of summer.”  And I love summer.  I love any time that signals rebirth, growth, and change.  Summer says all of those things. Third, it gives us a chance to stop and think about what’s important.  To remember that people and relationships are temporary.  That the time to be present with each other and enjoy the people that are important in our life is NOW. Since I began on this journey to transfer my offline business success to online business success, Memorial Day causes me to reflect on my business as I do my life. I never get used to how everything in life seems to parallel business.  For us entrepreneurs anyway. So here is how the joy of Memorial Day provides you with some positive business messages too. First, on the choice to celebrate.  Swimming pools and bar-b-que are so ingrained in how we celebrate Memorial Day, that we do it without thinking. You don’t have family meetings to discuss whether you should spend this Memorial Day crying over the loss of our loved ones, or having a fun-filled party. You respond the way you’ve been taught.  The way you’ve...

5 Things I Learned During a 5 Hour Airport Delay

I should be home right now.  Having snuggled my precious babies to sleep.  Doing laundry or some other ever-present household task. But as 10:30 approaches, I sit in the airport, gazing  wishfully at the 5:30 departure time that still displays at my gate. Ugh. Being a strong believer in never wasting a moment, and in seeing the lesson in everything, I share with you the 5 things I’ve learned in the last 5 hours. Besides, what else do I have to do right now. . . First (in no particular order), it’s easier to just be nice.  Your attitude is one of the few things you have complete control over.  No matter what the circumstances, you can always choose to be nice. Every order amoxil flight in this terminal is at least on a 3 hour delay.  Tensions are running high.  As I sat down to eat dinner in a packed restaurant at 8:30, I was greeted by a particularly friendly waitress.  We exchanged sentiments about the long day. I noticed that some of the other tables, who were short or unfriendly, didn’t receive the same smiling attention I did.  I also noticed this as I observed people interacting with the gate agents. Without a doubt, I was in a much happier place than those who chose the grumpy route.  And more importantly, I helped put others – who were just trying to do their jobs – in a better place. Being nice has a positive ripple effect throughout the universe. Second, it really is all about you.  Let go of the judgments people make about you. I have...

Why You Can’t Have a Successful Online Business

Because you won’t. It’s really that simple.  Developing a successful online business has nothing to do with “can’t.” Those who fail, do so not because they can’t do what it takes to succeed, but because they won’t. This may sound harsh.  But I’ve put a lot of time and effort into studying success and failure.  And it’s undoubtedly true. Those who are willing to do the things successful people do, become successful people. Those who won’t do the things successful people do, won’t become successful. So, it is simple, yes.  But easy, not so much. And why not? Common sense would dictate that if someone said to you – “I will tell you every step to take to build a successful online business,” you would say, “I’ll do it.”  And you would go about doing whatever it takes. The problem arises when our excuses turn into “can’t.” When I was building a network marketing business I used to call business opportunity leads on the phone.  Some of the “can’ts” I heard made me so sad.  Because with just a shift in mindset, they could have become “I can,” and led to a dream-come-true life for people. The top three excuses I still hear today from people are (1) I don’t have time, (2) I don’t have money, and (3) I don’t have the skill needed to run a successful online business.  Maybe you won’t have a successful online business due to one of these  things, but it certainly is not because you can’t. You DO Have Time Let’s look at “I can’t because I don’t have time.”  I feel...