Do You Really Know Who You Are?

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate
It may seem like a strange question, but do you know who you really are? The question came to me after three conversations I had with three amazing women. Each one of them had built successful businesses or non-profits from the ground up. Each of them were talented individuals who had overcome challenges that would cause many people to give up and curl into the fetal position. Not one of them through that they were amazing. In general, I have found that people discount their own accomplishments. We figure if we could do it then anyone could have done it. In one of my first jobs my boss said to me that I had a very hard life. It was the first time anyone had said that to me. Up…
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Beware Of Network Marketers Selling Retirement

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Evaluate, Process
Network marketing gets a bad rap. Originally referred to as multi-level marketing, the industry had such a bad reputation that they changed the way they refer to themselves so as to escape the negativity. The bad reputation came from the behavior of some people selling. Whether you call the industry MLM or network marketing, those bad eggs are still out there. One of the quickest way to recognize these bad eggs is they are trying to sell you on your retirement. Good network marketers are trying to sell you on their products or services, because like any good salesperson they believe in what they are selling. Bad network marketers are trying to sell you on selling their product. They don't care about the product, they care about getting you to…
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What Sets You Apart Is You

Attitude and Mindset, Communication
There are very few, if any, businesses that operate in a unique space. There is someone offering a similar product or service as you. In many cases, there are other companies offering the exact same product as you are. What sets you apart from your competition isn't your product or service. It is you. The one thing your competition can never have is you. (If you join them, they are no longer the competition.) The culture of a company can create a type. Even years after they leave the company, you can usually tell if someone worked at IBM. For small businesses, you are that culture. You need to reach out to potential customers not just as a representative of the company but as a person. In the eyes of…
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Imposter Syndrome Means You’re On The Right Track

Attitude and Mindset
You've probably heard people say it. You may have said it yourself. "I'm worried someone will find out I'm a fraud." In general, it refers to the feeling that you're not qualified to do what you're doing. It's an insecurity that is referred to as imposter syndrome. If you start to feel imposter syndrome, embrace it. It means you're on the right track. Imposter syndrome never occurs when you're in your comfort zone. People only feel it when they stretch into unfamiliar territory. If you stay in your comfort zone, your potential is limited. Feeling like you are reaching beyond your grasp means you are trying new things, learning more, and having new experiences. These are necessities if you want to accomplish more. When you feel imposter syndrome take these…
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Finding Positive Things at Work Can Decrease Stress

Attitude and Mindset
Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen — and many people focus mainly, or exclusively, on the negative ones. But research has found that even small positive experiences are a valuable resource for reducing stress. When people spend time thinking about what went well that day, their mental and physical stress levels decrease by small but significant amounts, and they have an easier time detaching from work. Thinking positively doesn’t come naturally for most people: We’re attuned to paying attention to negative things, which makes it hard to notice positive ones. So instead of ruminating on negative events, make time to relive, enjoy, and share the positive events of your day. Doing so creates bonds with other people and reduces evening stress, improving your…
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The 2016 Entrepreneur (Part IV): The Freelance Entrepreneur

Attitude and Mindset
Like the sharing economy, freelance work allows you to be an entrepreneur while working for a company. More and more companies are hiring freelancers to handle projects instead of bringing on full-time employees who they may not need at the end of a project. Being a freelancer also gives you the opportunity to work only as or a freelancer or on the side while you hold on to your 9 - 5 job. However, you must realize that being a freelancer is running a business. You are responsible for sales and accounting in addition to the job you are hired to do. As a freelancer you must be able to meet deadlines without someone looking over your shoulder. It is not something you can do half-heartedly. You must commit to…
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The 2016 Entrepreneur (Part I): Yes! You Can Be An Entrepreneur

Attitude and Mindset
Most people have an image in their heads of what an entrepreneur is. The tech genius in a garage or the person pulling an all-nighter several times a week to get their dream of the ground. The truth is that most entrepreneurs work in company its that they don't own or work as a consultant or freelancer. Not only is it easier than ever to be an entrepreneur it is becoming necessary. Large companies are hiring more people as consultants and freelancers than they are full time employees. Over this series of articles, we'll examine the different ways to be an entrepreneur and how you can make the switch. The first part of that switch is your mindset.  Ask yourself who you work for. If you are answering the name…
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Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Goals

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate, Process
It's the start of a new year and everyone is talking about their new year's resolutions. If you want to make a difference in your life, your business, your career, or anything, you're better off forgetting the resolutions this year. Instead make goals and keep making them. Resolutions are generally vague. Losing weight is the most common one. Make a specific goal instead. More importantly, forget these year-long ideas. Make a goal about what you will do this week. Then make a goal of what you will do next week and so on. You don't have to make them all right now. You can set your goals each Sunday night for that week. Why should you this? Making a goal includes a measurable outcome (lose 10 pounds, exercise for 20…
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