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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... read more
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... read more
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... read more