How Taking Responsibility Helps You Make Friends and Money

Last week we talked about the importance of taking responsibility in your life, and specifically, in your online business.  It will be worth your 5 minutes to read through that article and honestly evaluate how you are doing when it comes to taking responsibility. Responsibility gives you control over the ultimate outcome of most everything in your business.  Which is nice.  But, what’s even better, is that taking responsibility will help you make friends and money.  And that’s really where the bottom line is in business. Responsibility Will Make You Friends Think about how you feel when you make a mistake.  You feel bad.  And, you want as few people as possible to know about it.  You do what you can to fix it as quickly as possible. When something goes wrong in your business – a mistake, an oversight, a mishandling, whatever – you are the one who needs to take responsibility.  It’s your business. At first look, this may not seem fair or right.  Letting the person who has directly caused the error off the hook encourages him to do an inadequate job in the future, doesn’t  it?  Not if you handle it right. The Small Mistakes Remember the guy from my last article who announced in an email to everyone “my secretary messed up?”  The responsible way to handle something like that – an easy to correct mistake without long-term consequences – is to simply correct it without assigning any blame. Acknowledging the mistake with the person who made it, and taking the steps to correct it (or allowing him to do so if appropriate), is all that’s needed most...

How to Create a “To Do” List You Can Do

It may surprise you to know that one of the biggest reasons people don’t succeed in building a profitable online business has nothing to do with their skill.  Or their talent.  Or the fact that they can’t afford the latest information product on how to trick Google. Most people who decide to start an online business are entrepreneurs at heart.  Which means they are always busy with new ideas, new projects, new businesses.  You don’t see many online business owners laying on the couch a lot.  Or staring at the TV much, if at all. In short, entrepreneurs are busy people.  You probably know what I mean.  We just can’t help ourselves. You probably work off of a “to do” list.  And certainly should if you don’t.  It’s the old “fail to plan, plan to fail” thing.  “To do” lists guarantee focused productivity, if you force yourself to use them. But, one thing I discovered about my “to do” list recently was that it was never done.  Which can be a little disheartening.  The easy things, like returning emails, got done.  The identifiable things, like scheduling my tweets got done.  But those big projects – you know, the ones that actually make you money in your business – seemed to be written on my “to do” list in permanent marker. I had become pretty good about sticking to my list when it came to maximizing the precious time I have to grow my online business.  But sales letters, opt-in offers, Ebooks . . . . most things that couldn’t be completed in a day, always seemed to be “in the...

3 Positive Energy Boosters for Your Online Business Profits

I’m enjoying a fun Spring Break week with my kids.  We drove to a nice little resort just a couple of hours from our home, and are spending a few days surrounded by nature. I’ve always liked this place.  But this visit is the first time I’ve been aware of the completely peaceful energy that the place thrives on.  Which surprises me a little, because I’m a big fan of energy. I know what some of you are thinking.  Is this going to be one of those “new age-y” articles about positive energy?  I know you can’t see energy.  And I know you want concrete strategies about how to build a profitable online business.  Not some mumbo jumbo about sitting on a mountain in quiet meditation until it starts raining money on you. I also know that many of the biggest reasons people fail at building a profitable online business have nothing to do with the “nuts and bolts” of business building.  And everything to do with their mindset, and the mindset of the people around them. So yes, we are going to talk about positive energy today.  At the same time, I’m going to give you 3 solid strategies for building a profitable online business. You likely recognize that there’s a lot of negative energy around your online business efforts.  Few, if any, of the people in your life think you can do it.  Why don’t you just get a “real job?” And if you’ve turned to online groups for support, there’s a lot of negative energy there too.  Really. Not that the people aren’t well-meaning and supportive. ...

How to Take Your Online Business One Step Above the Rest

Welcome to Simple Saturday.  I hope you’ve designed the perfect weekend for yourself. My super simple, yet super effective tip for today has to do with how to separate your online business from the 95% of those who are struggling. Have you noticed that everyone seems to be starting an online business these days?  Actually, that’s not true, but if you hang out in the world of entrepreneurs, it sure does seem like just about every online market is a noisy one. How then, will you ever get people to notice you over the crowd? Do you need the best graphics?  A million dollar sales letter?  The lastest product on ninja website traffic secrets? The answer is not what you might think. If you’ve spent any time online, I’m sure you’ve bought eBooks and thought, “hmm, I could have done better than that writing in my sleep!” Or seen sales letters that look something like this: “Get you’re hands on this game changing product befor its to late.  Your going to love it!” And yes, despite their lack of knowledge, writing abilities, or grammar and spell-checking skills, these people are selling stuff.  And running a successful online business. It’s not because they’re smarter than you (obviously).  It’s not because they’ve bought the newest “how to” product and discovered the secret to online business success. It’s because they have Discipline. Yes, a successful online business requires a certain level of competence.  But the number one distinguishing factor between the rich entrepreneur and the poor is discipline. Because what’s easy to do is even easier not to do. Discipline breeds consistency.  And consistency...

How to Make a Difference in 60 Seconds or Less

Earlier this week, my friend Norma Doiron shared this with me: “Every one of us is either a plus or a minus in people’s lives,” says John C. Maxwell. The positive people usually know it — wake up each day and consider, “Who can I add value to today? It’s an intentional lifestyle…” And it got me thinking about how easy it really is to make a difference in other people’s lives. IF you live intentionally. With most things in life, we get feedback.  And we’re usually motivated by some external outcome. We publish a newsletter for our clients because they will read it, benefit from it, and do business with us.  We fix dinner because we’ll hear about (and potentially feel bad) if we don’t.  We excel at work so that we’ll get a promotion or a raise.   And so on. To make a difference in someone’s life requires intentionality because it often comes without much, or any, feedback. Let me share a story with you. A couple of weeks ago I was at the baseball game with my kids, who are 3, 4, and 7 years old.  My boys (3 and 4) were anxious to see the fireworks, a St. Louis Cardinals’ tradition when a player hits a home run.  My 3-year-old, Justin, had asked the man sitting in front of us where the fireworks were before the game even began. When the first home run came, of course the crowd came to its feet.  I lifted Justin up in the air so he could clearly see what he came for. When the next home run came,...

Inspiration and the Art of Bug Flipping

Not every day inspires us to be or feel our best.  To recognize and appreciate the many ways in which we are blessed. Some days, we need a little help. Recently, I was at the gas station when I noticed a beautiful little bug on the concrete island around the pumps. Maybe “beautiful” and “bug” don’t go together for you.  But this bug was a nice lime green color and in the shape of a small leaf. She was flipped over on her back, all of her tiny legs flailing wildly in a futile effort to right herself. I wondered how long she had endured this struggle as I took my thumb and gently flipped her over. She resumed her journey, and I imagined a look of relief on her face and a thank you on her lips. For some reason, I felt really good about my little act of kindness all day. The next evening, I was at the skating rink for my daughter’s lesson.  My boys were being energetic, to put it nicely. I was at my wit’s end with them.  On the brink of forgetting all those lessons I try to implement about good parenting. A woman who I know casually from skating approached me.  “You are such a good mom.  You are so patient with them,” she said.  “I wish I could be more like that.” I immediately thought – she just flipped me over. Her comment of course made me feel good, and put things back in perspective for me.  Of course she had no idea what a difference she made in my day. ...