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Bitter Versus Better

In my 15 years in the business world I have both seen and experienced my share of struggles and obstacles along the way.  Although some were more difficult than others, at each point there was a lesson to be learned.  Whether you are starting your first business or you are an experienced entrepreneur, obstacles can and will come out of the blue when you least expect them.  The question isn’t if you will encounter obstacles along the way, but instead the question is what will you do?  How will you respond?  What do you do if a deal falls through?  What happens if an employee quits?  What about that potential client that just won’t move forward?  What is your next step if you and your partner decide to part-ways?  These are all very real possibilities, and you might encounter some or all of them along the way. In the Start-Up…

This Way will help you find your passion!

I hear this statement all the time from people who encourage others to get into business for themselves: “Find your passion. Do what makes you happy” or This is another very common one. “Do what you love to do.” But what if someone doesn’t have a clear passion or purpose and is lost about finding his or her true purpose in life. If you are seeking to find your passion or to find what makes you happy you might be waiting a long time, or you might never find it at all.     So how do you find your passion? How about letting your actions guide you. Through action you will learn what you love to do and what you are good at. Those “aha” moments can present themselves when you are just busy doing other things. For example, I never knew I would become a podcaster until I recorded my…

How to Use Body Language to Your Advantage

Frequently, in business, we are presented with opportunities. Whether they are opportunities to gain a new client, meet a mentor, or speak in front of a group of people, we must learn to put our best foot forward.  The first 30 seconds in any interaction is crucial. We must learn to make people feel comfortable, and in doing so, we will gain their trust. Recently, I spoke with Mark Bowden, the Co-Founder of TruthPlane and the author of, Truth & Lies What People Are Really Thinking. He is an expert in body language, nonverbal communication, and human behavior. In our interview, he offered one great tip for how we can all use our body language to our advantage. He introduced me to a new idea – the open body concept. He explained it in this way. Imagine you were outside on a really cold winter’s day and you come inside…

How to Find Clarity in a Foggy World

Finding that something in your life that makes you happy and fulfilled is something we are all seeking for as human beings. Let’s face it, whether we like it or not, we all have to work in order to live in this world. We all know this and every single person I have met wants to feel like what they are doing is making a difference. Whether they are unhappy in their current situation, every single person feels they are destined for something greater and more meaningful. Yet, interestingly enough, very few actually do anything because they don’t know how or what to do. The single most important trait to have in this life, according to many of the successful people I have spoken with, is self-awareness and to understand: what you are good at what you are not good at what makes you tic, and What tics you off.…

How Generosity Leads To Prosperity

A common message from successful entrepreneurs is: “learn from those who have come before you”. We can learn from their mistakes. We can learn from what they did correctly and what they did incorrectly. By doing so, we can avoid the pitfalls they encountered and accelerate our own careers in entrepreneurship. However, we must learn to not only be open to being helped; but also, to be open to helping others. Now, you’re probably thinking, I can’t help everyone, there just isn’t enough time in the day. You are absolutely right! So, I will share a simple exercise to help you with this process. Think of 5 people in your life, who you want to help. Write down their names in order from 1-5. Beside those names, write down their biggest goal for 2018. You may not know the answer to this question, I didn’t, and that is okay. Nevertheless,…

How to Structure a Winning Day for Your Start Up Business

Oftentimes business owners and entrepreneurs stick to what they know when running their business and get caught in a mundane routine. They get so caught up in this routine that they eventually, unknowingly, become an employee in their business. We all want to see growth, but we all struggle to grow. The fact is that few businesses and entrepreneurs actually see the types of growth they want. Whether it is because they are comfortable in their situation and/or fearful of change, this often is the biggest roadblock to their business’s success. Most people wake up and the first thing they do, is check their email. They think this is ok and it is just a part of doing “business”. It becomes such a habit, it turns into a routine. This is what successful entrepreneurs call a bad routine. A good routine instead is designed to prepare you for the day,…

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