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Make Today Count

Got A Minute? September 14th in History: In 1930, Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier. They replaced the dangerous and inconvenient use of flash powder for photography. So what you ask – does this mean for business owners? Well – if you are not in the industry of history or photography, my question to you is this – what do you want to achieve this last quarter of the year? Each Monday, let’s take a moment to re-commit our focus and energy towards true success. What will motivate you to keep your desk clear, work on the important things and move
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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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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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