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...

How to Simplify Your Business Growth in One Step

When you think of “business growth,” you likely think numbers. But that’s a mistake. Because once you start focusing on your numbers ~ needing more followers, more views, a bigger list ~ you loosen your requirements for admission into your audience. It no longer matters whether the people who join you are on the same mission as you, and are looking for the outcome you offer. What matters is how many people opted in to your list today. How many Twitter followers you have. How many YouTube views you got. And while you certainly need someone to be listening, your focus should always be on who’s listening, not how many are listening. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video, because I think it will help you put this strategy into use in your business. It really will simplify and accelerate your business growth. But, if you’re really in a hurry . . . Here’s the “Skimmer’s Version” for Simplifying Your Business Growth I’m sharing this with you because I recently “got it” myself and it’s making a huge difference in my business growth and in how happy I am with my clients and my entire audience. First, make sure your messaging is clear. What do you stand for? What are you against? Don’t be afraid to offend people, alienate people, push people away. You will get resistance from people. This truly is the first sign that you are doing things right. Wish these people well and tell them to go away. Don’t argue with them. Don’t try to convert them. If we all resonated with the same thing, there would only be one...
Because My Boys ARE Tamir Rice

Because My Boys ARE Tamir Rice

Photo Credit Justice For Tamir Rice FB Page My seven-year-old son said to me a few months back, “I don’t want to get shot and killed when I get big.” This was out of the blue, as his thoughts tend to be. I quickly assured him that he shouldn’t even worry about that. That wasn’t going to happen to him. I purposefully dismissed the thought much quicker than I would have if he wasn’t seven. A time when the thrill of his next basketball game, or lure of his next adventure with a friend should be occupying his mind. He’s a deep kid though. And what came out of his mouth next left tears in my eyes. “But what if I’m walking down the street and a police tells me to move and I’m just trying to get on the grass and he thinks I’m trying to run away and he shoots me?” And so now I’m speechless. Because “what if” . . . A Bad Mom Moment? We live in St. Louis. A ten minute drive from Ferguson in fact. When Michael Brown was murdered, I didn’t talk with my children about it for the first few days. The older ones are 7, 8 and 11, and I didn’t want to take the piece of innocence away from them that would inevitably be stolen when they learned this happened, and why. I thought about how freely my boys (the 7 and 8-year-olds) approach police officers and ask them about all the devices they wear around their belts. I didn’t want them to fear the police. Most are good....