DOUBLE DIAMOND: Maintaining the Mindset

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 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: 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 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…]

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…]