One Simple Reframe to Make Your Business More Fun and More Money

One Simple Reframe to Make Your Business More Fun and More Money

Most people want to help other people. This applies especially to entrepreneurs. In everyday life, we humans go out of our way to help people. We hold doors, pick up dropped items, lend change to the person in front of us who’s short. We help a stranded motorist, Cook meals for a sick neighbor, Attend fundraisers for a community member dealing with tragedy. . . My family has season passes to Six Flags. Several times a season they have “bring a friend for free” day, which means we have four free passes, each worth a minimum $45. We rarely bring four friends, which means I get to troll the line asking people if they’d like to be my free guest. And I do this without hesitation. It’s the gift I’m committed to giving someone. The human instinct to help. When Helping Becomes Selling I’ll confess that in the past I’ve been much less enthusiastic about offering my coaching or consulting services to people. When I think about how differently I approach potential paying clients than I do potential free guests at Six Flags, it almost makes me laugh. Take a pause for a moment here, because this is worth your time. Think about how enthusiastically and freely you offer to help your fellow humans in everyday life. Compare it to how you approach potential clients. If you think it’s an apple to oranges comparison, don’t go away. I did too, at first. But I was wrong (as are you). 🙂 And I can tell you that since I recently started viewing every potential client as a Six Flags free...
What if Trump’s a Good Thing?

What if Trump’s a Good Thing?

My heart is very heavy today. I voted for Hillary yesterday. More accurately, I voted against Trump. Hillary would not have been a good president either, but yeah, she would’ve been 100% better than Donald Trump. But here we are. And all over my Facebook newsfeed people are fearing for their lives, wondering how to explain to their children that the people (well, the electoral college, actually) elected a man who openly disparages minorities, ridicules the disabled, sees women as merely sex objects, and doesn’t consider anyone who’s LBGT a human. Several of my friends are asking anyone who voted for the Donald to please unfriend them. I love all of you. I don’t minimize your fear, your concerns for your children, and while I don’t understand your desire not to be FB friends with people who voted for Trump, I respect it. But I hope you’ll all take a moment to breathe. To stop throwing your hands up in the air and saying this is the second coming of Hitler, and all us freaks are going to be baked in ovens simply because this idiot was elected president. Just hear me out for a moment. Trump is Not a Dictator Let me dust off that worthless political science degree I have and remind you that our country has three branches of government to balance the power. The executive (Trump) is but one. We’ve also got the legislative. Remember them? Those guys in the Congress and Senate who have largely publicly denounced Trump, even when he’s a fellow Republican. And we’ve got the judicial branch. Many of the courts...
Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Ah, New Year’s Eve. Party hats, Cheap champagne, Half-hearted resolutions  (that often don’t make it to January 2). The “holiday” season, and its culmination on New Year’s Eve, bring back some of my darkest memories as an entrepreneur. This was suppose to be the year. The year it took off, and the passive income ball started rolling into a massive ball of cash. The year I could look my friends and family in the eye and say “I told you so.” The year my business clicked and I became the polished picture of perfection I saw in all those sales videos. I mean, I bought their courses. I tried their ways. Sometimes. Yes, I admit, shinier objects came along and distracted me. But I tried them too. And they all said they were just like me a few years ago. A big ole mess of looming debt, an unkept house, a hidden gem in their market. Before the big house that doesn’t look lived in. Before the glittery outfit with matching jewelry, coordinating eyeshadow and a $300 haircut. Before the $1000/hour video crew that could make the Unibomber look as trustworthy as Larry King . . . New Year’s Eve. Dammit, where’d I even put that list of this year’s goals?? So seriously and optimistically crafted exactly a year ago. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not like them. They won’t quit smoking, lose weight, stop yelling at their kids, or use that gym membership. But I will. I will build that business. The one that gives me financial freedom to make decisions without concern for money. The one that brings...
Can a Serious Entrepreneur Be Seriously Broke?

Can a Serious Entrepreneur Be Seriously Broke?

Apparently not, if you listen to the latest “guru speak” I’ve heard on webinars and in sales presentations. (And actually it’s nothing new, it’s just getting to me lately . . .) It seems that if you’re “serious” about your business, you will find a way to sink $1000, $2000, or even $5000 into Joe Guru’s program. His program will work if you do. And if you don’t have enough belief in yourself that you can make the investment back before the credit card bill is due, or in time to pay Uncle John back by next month . . . well that’s just another in a long line of faults you have. One more indicator that you’re a lazy fraud, rather than the serious entrepreneur you claim to be. Without fail, the program creator will have a sympathetic “me too” story for you when you confess to not being able to buy his program. “I know what you’re saying. That was me too when I started out. I was living in my mom’s basement and had to borrow the $2000 to buy my first marketing course . . . (Or I had to spread the payment over three credit cards!) . . .” So it’s up to you. You can “man up” and find the money . . . or continue to disappoint poor little Janie by not having the money to take her to Disney World again this year. By the end of these presentations all the “have-nots” have convinced themselves that maybe robbing a bank is a viable plan for getting their hands on Joe Guru’s...

How to Form a New Habit in One Day

If you think about why some people seem to be successful at everything they do, while others struggle through life, or never even try to reach beyond mediocrity, you might theorize that the successful bunch is smarter, better educated, born with a silver spoon. You might attribute their success to having good connections, being lucky, or having the right personality. Truth is, the biggest difference between those who achieve success and the rest of the world is that successful people have the best habits. I know it sounds a little simplistic, but it’s true. I’ve seen it. And lived it. But don’t take my word for it. You’ve probably heard this from Aristotle: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. Brian Tracy put it nicely: Successful people are where they are today as a result of their habits.  Your habits determine fully 95% of your behavior.  Everything that you are or that you will ever accomplish will be determined by the quality of the habits that you form. John Maxwell knows it: The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. And similarly, Jim Rohn observed: Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. What Level of Importance Are You Giving “Habits?” Imagine the secret to success being your habits . . . Not the latest SEO strategy to trick Google. Not your number of social media followers, likes and shares. Not even the ability to get endorsements from the gurus in your market. So here’s what I want you to ask yourself >> Do I spend...