3 Things learned from one painful comment

A friend once said to me, “You’re like a kid in candy shop. Can’t you decide on one thing? This well-meaning friend went on to say, “If you could just focus on one thing, you would be a huge success.”   I fiercely resented those words. I was defiant about the idea of only doing one thing. I had too many ideas and interests I wanted to try, sample and experience. Lesson 1 – Small business owners need to find a singular focus I believe this is the very nature of entrepreneurs – we are so filled with ideas, we
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The Next Big Thing in Social Media? (a 1 minute read)

Have you seen Periscope? Sometimes I think I should not be subscribed to ANY newsletters, blogs, etc but then I realize I will potentially miss out on a lot. Such is the case in Periscope – a combination of YouTube and Twitter. It has the video capabilities of YouTube and the immediate feedback and social sharing of Twitter. As stated by the Social Media Examiner, “Periscope is already proving to be an incredibly powerful social tool, and cutting edge marketers are using it in innovative ways to grow businesses.” I watched my first video this morning and what Periscope seems capable
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Business Organization – Looking for that Shiny Object?

In organizing your business, I imagine you know the one basket rule – correct? Have one place where you gather everything, your tasks, your belongs, your ideas. When it is time to put things away, you only have one place to look. In our digital age, we might have to think of terms of two baskets – one live and one virtual. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? This morning, my very first task was to look through my ‘morning writings’ with the goal of finding and organizing blog ideas in order to write ONE. As I started this, I quickly
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Your Perfect Week in Business

Do you ever contemplate what a perfect day or week spent in your business would look like? What might you accomplish? I have always been notorious in trying to schedule my perfect week. I loved it when I switched over to Google calendar so I could have overlays of any calendar I wanted. I created one I called my “Perfect Template” calendar and planned it out accordingly! Such fun. Did it work? No way. But at least I had a sense of where I wanted to head. Now that I am two years into the world of no employees, I
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I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Today’s Assignment was to write about something we wish someone had told us that would have made a difference in our life. My immediate response to this is about journaling. I still don’t have the habit. As I look back on my life, I wish I had journaled regularly. I do great when I am on vacation but day to day? Nope, nada, nothing. I wish in our first days of learning to write, that my teachers had inflicted journaling upon us. I say that literally – inflicted. How many of you journal and how long have you done so? To what end?
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Do you select a specific line at the grocery check-out?

Why do you pull up to that gas pump?   We use positioning every day without even thinking about it. Each time we make decisions, even subconsciously –we are trying to achieve a specific result. What if you utilized mindful positioning in your professional life to help achieve success? The Next Step – Become aware of how you position yourself in your business. What did you discover?   The Full Story if you have time… I realized the importance of “positioning” when I thought about how I gained some very important clients in my former business, The Contained Gardener. Position as defined by
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