Dec 232013
[VIDEO] Steve Jobs Commencement Address

The Lesson of Overcoming the Odds College graduation ceremonies are always filled with inspiring words, especially for those students about to enter the professional world. In 2005, Stanford University managed to wrangle Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs, one of the most successful and innovative businessmen of all time, who offered three stories to the graduating student body. Jobs retells why he dropped out of college, how he got fired from his own company, and how he dealt with his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. [read more…]

Aug 272012
[Video] Be Willing to Walk Away from a Deal

Sales Integrity is Being Willing to NOT Sell Something Are you so desperate for a deal that you’d never dare walk away from a sales opportunity? Especially one that’s a big deal that could pay your mortgage for 3 months or cover office expenses? Thinking about walking away is tough for most entrepreneurs, especially considering hard we work for a living. But, there are times when it makes all the sense to do just that. Don’t sacrifice short-term gains for long-term [read more…]

Aug 232012
[Video] Dealing With Criticism

How do you handle criticism? Whether you like it or not, one thing that happens once you start multiplying your business is that you become a target for criticism. Fabienne discusses ways to handle the criticism in your industry.  You have to realize that the bigger you play, the more you will invite criticism. Watch this 8:54 video from Fabienne Fredrickson of the Client Attraction System to discover the ways to deal with criticism so that it doesn’t impact your [read more…]

Aug 192012
[PROGRAM] MeditationFest

Exhale. Relax. Meditate. Stressed out entrepreneurs take note: MeditationFest is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect online event to take you from stressed-out to laid-back. Are you curious about meditation? Have you struggled with finding a consistent meditation practice? Would you like to explore different types of meditation? Imaging being able to do so…free of charge! Meditation is one of the most beneficial practices you can ever undertake. It has changed my life profoundly. For the first time ever, seven acclaimed teachers and mentors [read more…]

Aug 112012
[PROGRAM] PhotoReading

Time-strapped entrepreneurs must become avid readers to stay on top of current trends, industry news and their numerous daily tasks. Saving time — any way you can — as a business owner is a must if you’re going to succeed in today’s society of information overload. Knowledge from reading is power to earn more, be respected by your peers, and form deeper bonds with those people important to you. Learning Strategies Corporation offers a PhotoReading Whole Mind System that you should [read more…]

Jul 302012
CAUTION: Don't Rely On Gurus

Don’t do it. After spending most of the past year laying a solid foundation for my resort-based websites, I found myself listening to guru podcast after guru podcast instead of concentrating on things that really mattered to drive my business. I was of the opinion that everyone else (except for me) had uncovered the secret to online success. If I could just listen to each worthwhile podcast or attend the ‘mustn’t-miss’ webinar, I, too, would learn the secret and be [read more…]

Jun 192012
[eBook] Brainwashed

Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself When exactly were we brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living was to have a job?  There’s more leverage, more degrees of freedom and more opportunity today than ever before — if you’re up for the choice. Read / download the “Brainwashed” pdf from Seth Godin below.  

Jun 182012
[eBook] Thriving on Less

Simplifying in a Tough Economy “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein The recent economic recession has a lot of people worried, about their jobs, their businesses, their homes and their bills. When your income is dropping or in jeopardy and you still have a mountain of bills to pay, things can get pretty scary. However, tough economic times do not have to be a time of struggles! If you look for the opportunity in the middle of [read more…]

Jun 142012
Ultimate You Mindfest: Free Online Event

Are you ready to make some changes? Stimulate the proven power of your genius “inner” mind to make effort-free changes beginning Monday, June 18 Take less than an hour a day for six days in a row during an extraordinary (and free!) online event, and see how much better life can be.   This is self-growth for busy people.   Your host, teacher, and master of the genius mind, Paul R. Scheele, who co-founded Learning Strategies 31 years ago, is an acclaimed [read more…]

Jun 032012
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: Too Busy To Slow Down? Doubt It.

I have been taking it really easy lately which is definitely a good thing. I’ve been cranking out some work, and admittedly, I’ve been recuperating from too much over-indulgence. There’s definitely something to be said for stopping.  Just stopping whatever you’re doing and getting present. I received an email from a friend and potential business partner this afternoon that screamed ‘overwhelmed’ to me. I’ve been there so many times, so I know. You could just tell from her writing — the anxiety [read more…]

Jun 032012
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: Who Can You 'Kudo'?

After another late night of working into the wee wee hours, I decided to meditate to start my day off right. I always intend to take the time and do this, but I’m not always successful. Meditation is completely appropriate and much needed during any business launch period. Today’s guided meditation — one of my favorites — was on trust and surrender.  I find it  helpful to remember these two action verbs when bootstrapping my start-up. Entrepreneurs find themselves working long hours, day in [read more…]

May 302012
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TOOL: Mixergy.com Entrepreneur Interviews

Are you frozen by fear, scared to make a move and wondering what the heck you should do next on your entrepreneurial journey? There’s one place I go to learn from others who have come before me, and that’s Mixergy.com.  Mixergy is a place where successful people teach ambitious upstarts what works for them, and what doesn’t. The people who speak on the Mixergy web site or at live Mixergy events are well-known business people who take time out of [read more…]

Jan 132012
Corporate or Entrepreneur Path? Choose Well.

Should you go for it or play it safe? This open letter was written by the CEO of Ooga Labs,  James Currier, to the engineers at his alma mater one night. “Don’t make my mistake! So you’re going to take a cube job with slow Microsoft, bureaucratic Oracle, or with some boring financial company? C’mon! Do you want spend all of your life wearing modest habits of charcoal grey, driving your Volvo on the salty roads of the drab East Coast, paying [read more…]

Sep 222011
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: It's Time To Burn Some Bridges

Everyone thinks that burning bridges is a horrible thing. But when you’re an entrepreneur in the start up phase of a business, burning bridges is not only a good thing – it’s a necessity for success. As you cross the bridge over the great divide from employee to entrepreneur, you must burn that bridge down or else you’ll find yourself constantly distracted, looking back over your shoulder. Burning bridges keeps you from backstepping into past illusions of safety and grandeur. When [read more…]

Sep 132011
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: Take Time To Reflect

Like most people, I spent this past weekend reflecting on the last ten years since 9/11/01. The memorials certainly were top of mind, but the biggest reflection trigger was having what I hope to be the last garage sale of my life (although I’m not overly optimistic considering that was the exact same sentiment I expressed after the last three). This time, I do believe it is true.  I’ve changed. Clearing the Clutter No longer interested in acquisitions, I have officially entered [read more…]

Sep 082011
CAUTION: Average Is Over

I recently watched Thomas Friedman’s (Pulitzer Prize winning author and NY Times columnist) appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, and I was struck by something he said. In talking about education in America and the new world economy, he suggested we ponder the serious question: “What world are we living in?” This discussion is one he addresses in his new book: . What World Are We Living In? Good question.  He certainly got me thinking about competition and the economic environment we live in today.  [read more…]

Aug 172011
CAUTION: Don't Be So Hard On Yourself

Don’t do it. I’ve always been one to work extremely hard.  Most entrepreneurs do — especially during the all-encompassing start-up phase. Sole proprietor’s are incredibly fired up that they work around the clock to bring their ingenious ideas to light.  This tireless effort is exhausting enough, but when you throw your negative internal critic into the mix, it’s difficult to stay positive and proud. “Why can’t I get more done?”  “Who do I think I am?” “Why can’t I figure it out?” “What was [read more…]

Jun 022011
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: When You Get The Wind Knocked Out of You...Breathe

Don’t Forget To Breathe The other night, I got the wind knocked out of me, and I literally lost my breath. I had the excruciating pain of falling down a flight of stairs. It wasn’t a rolling tumble by any means. It was the type of fall that hurt. I stepped on the edge of the carpeted stair, my feet flew out from under me and my back crashed with a forceful thump against the treads. I slid down the rest of the [read more…]