Facing Adversity

Adversity is something that all people face.  It can come in the form of a job loss, health issues or family concerns.  What makes us successful is not in whether or not we have adversity, but how we face that adversity and what we make of ourselves.  

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Making Friends and Improving Business

Quite simply, business is about relationships.  Customers buy products and services that they feel connected to.  That is why you should put the same effort into building business relationships that you do in building friendships. Think about how you interact with your friends.  You want to spend time with them.  You share with them and you support them despite their shortcomings.  These connections that bring so much meaning to our life should be the driving force behind how and why we do business. Too often, we get so caught up in the dollars that go into our business (or out of our business), that we miss out on the beautiful connections that we are making.  We would do well to spend a little more time connecting within and throughout our business and a little less time obsessing over ‘the numbers.’…

Get Inspired! Knowing What Motivates You Improves Your Business:

We are all motivated by different things.  Some take inspiration from friends and family.  Others look to nature and the world around them.  We even have famous examples or popular stories that connect us to people who would otherwise be strangers.  Inspiration is an excellent motivator and often calls us to action and increased success.  The key is taking the inspiration and doing something with it.  Here are some ways that you can use your inspiration to improve your business productivity: 1) WRITE IT DOWN! It is critical that whenever you have one of those ‘Aha!’ moments that you write it down.  All too often we get a great idea but are pulled somewhere else and we do not follow-up on it.  Make sure that your write down what you feel inspired to do.  Also, make a note of what…

Ways To Improve Your Self Esteem

Self esteem is an incredibly important part of your being and it is the way in which you shape yourself and show yourself to the world. Your self-esteem also forms part of your working life and if you have low self-esteem this can be harmful for your career. You need to believe in yourself and have self-esteem to go forward and achieve all you want to achieve. In this informative article we look at some fundamental ways to improve your self-esteem. Ways to improve your self-esteem and confidence 1. What is self-esteem? Before we aim to improve our self-esteem we need to define what self-esteem actually is to each of us as an individual. Our self-esteem is shaped on how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive others feel about us. The more important of the two is how…

We Can Always Get it Right-

My wife and I were discussing some of the difficulties that everyone seems to face in life and she asked why people struggle so much.  This was my reply to her general concern: Don’t worry so much about the mistakes… Just keep learning and growing.  You’ll get it right as long as you stay the course.

See Your Goal and Run for It-

There is nothing more annoying than missing out on a promotion. Okay I take that back, there are plenty of other things equally and more annoying, but as it happened to me a few months ago it’s very fresh in my mind. I slaved away for my boss for the past five years, and although I did managed to move up the ladder I had been doing the same work for the past three.  I found it hard to get out of bed in the morning to go and do the same task over and over again. I needed a challenge, but unfortunately I wasn’t awarded the new position in my office. Missed Out Due to Qualifications It turned out that I wasn’t fully qualified and they needed someone able to start working straight away. I was hoping they would…

SmallBiz Profiles: Getting Your ‘VIP’ Employees to Work-

Right now it seems like people are all looking at ways to improve employment opportunities and save on expense at the same time.  By working directly with employers and individuals with disabling conditions, VIP Associates & Co., Inc. seeks to improve awareness and work opportunities for their constituents. Why They Started: I realized there were many individuals who lacked the resources and the skills to help themselves in the search for work and I felt we could assist them. Who They Serve: Individuals with disabling conditions/Employers Greatest Success Story: Placing large groups of individuals with developmental disabilities in competitive employment opportunities in large corporate companies, and placing persons with developmental disabilities in secondary educational programs. Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge is being able to provide the services to a larger population. Word of Advice: My word of advice would be to…

How to Motivate People Around you in 2012-

While evolving technology has improved the business practices of marketing and promoting a brand, it has posed several challenges for managers and commercial leaders across the globe. As concepts such as crowd sourcing have served to empower both the consumer and individual employees, business leaders have also found it harder to motivate their staff and provide a suitable environment for personal as well as collective growth. 4 Tips to Motivate Staff and Colleagues in the Contemporary Market With this in mind, the modern manager must constantly evolve and adapt their style to get the most from those around them, whether they are focusing on entry-level staff or their colleagues at director level. For example: Create Genuine Incentives for Staff: With employees being increasingly aware of their value and the influence that they have on the brand that they represent, incentivizing…

Stay Determin… SQUIRREL!

It is easy to get sidetracked in this information age.  We have access to so much information and content that it can be very distracting when we try to focus on the things that are most important.  Because of the many distractions that we all face, here are three things that we can do to avoid those “squirrel” moments when we lose focus.  Enjoy this distraction from the movie, Up.  The tips follow… 1) Manage Your Environment We all have things that easily distract us.  Because of that, it is best to create an environment that minimizes their impact on our productivity.  This is especially important when we have a major project or assignment.  If it means going somewhere different or turning off the phone, do it.  It will be worth it. 2) Create a Method to Your Madness Some…

Happy to Work?

What are the things that motivate you as you work and seek to accomplish things in your business?  What drives you to be more creative?  Here is an interesting discussion on the things that drive happiness.  What drives you to be more positive?  What are the things that set successful people apart that can be applied to others in their own progress?  Listen to this TEDTalk and see what lesson you can learn about your own happiness.

Importance of Character

In order to have success that endures, it is critical to sustain the attributes of one that has excellent character.  In a society so intent on debating the latest soundbite or finding a quick fix, we need more.  We need leaders in all sectors that are willing to stand up and make a difference.  Not simply talk about it, but do it.  Find a way to improve the situation of others.  Sustain principles, not just profits. Our society and your business need you to be a person of character.  As such, the situation of all can improve.  This will make success even sweeter and longer-lasting.  Be THAT person of character that your community needs.

Building Character

Sometimes life is hard.  Being in business is hard.  Things don’t go as planned.  This adverse experiences can take us in one of two directions.  They can make us better or they can make us worse.  It is a fundamental decision that we all face when meeting difficulties. When you run into problems in your business, how do you face them?  Do you educate yourself in a way that will allow you to overcome difficulties and succeed?  Are your shortcomings really springboards to greatness?  What are you doing today to build your character and become better? Being a successful business owner is fraught with peril.  That should get in your way to building character.

Standing Out By Making a Difference

One of the best ways to help your business to stand out is by making a difference in your community.  What things need to be done?  How can you help others?  How can you improve the situation of others around you? As we begin 2012, more people than ever need help and support.  Use your business as a vehicle to make a difference.  This will help you stand out from the crowd and will also be incredibly fulfilling.  The things that we do to make a difference in the lives of those that need it will have a far lasting impact. Do it today.  Find a way to stand out by making a difference.

What Does Your World Inspire You to Do?

Everything around us can and should be inspirational.  Life can be pretty rushed. The demands on our time seem to pull us all over, but it is important to see the inspirational.  Be moved by the people and things around you.  See the best in your communities and families.  Rejoice in the beauties of nature and life. Business owners need to consistently be inspired.  The world that we live in is filled with those inspirational events.  Just open your eyes to see them.

Be Inspiring!

It is more and more apparent as each day goes by that things are difficult.  Financial markets are struggling.  People are increasingly more challenged and concerned.  The divide between communities, groups, and organizations is becoming increasingly more contentious and marked.  Now, more than ever, people need to find something to inspire them and lift them.  They need a guidepost that will lead them and uplift them. Small business owners are in a unique position to be that guide and light.  Most small business owners struggle and grapple with similar concerns.  Because of those similarities, it is beneficial for small business owners to show that people can succeed and overcome adversity.  People need to hear your story.  Know your triumphs.  Take hope from your example.  As a business owner, you need to be inspiring.  This will allow you to make a…

Brain Exercising

Sometimes it feels like there is too much to do.  The tasks that need to be accomplished keep piling up and all our energy becomes devoted to the “To Do’s”.  Regardless of how much we are seeking to accomplish within our duties and responsibilities, it is critical that we make time to read. Why is reading important?  First, reading allows us to use our minds to engage and analyze content in a different way that we are accustomed to.  By allowing our minds to disconnect from the constant barrage of sound and video media that surround us, we can slow processes down and engage in developmental aspects of our mind.  This is especially important in our own professional and personal development. Find a reading schedule that works for you, but stick to out.  Try to make time each day for…

The Time to Lead is Now

It is always risky to discuss things like politics, sports and religion because there will almost always be those that will take an opposing viewpoint.  I think because of that fact, I have become increasingly more convinced that we all need to seek to be leaders in our communities, and not just from the point of view of our business. Everyone has unique abilities to positively influence those that surround them.  Often we have family members or friends that look to us for council or support.  We have customers and clients that rely on the goods or services that our businesses provide.  Are we paying attention to the influence that we have and how it can better those around us? It seems common practice today for people to be cynical and pessimistic about the world around us.  For whatever reason,…

Changing the World

Here is a great video about a program being used to motivated to make a difference in the world around us.  It includes some information about the Small Things Challenge.  What can you do to change the world?

Revisiting Business Happiness

From time to time, I will re-publish and re-visit a business topic that is meaningful to me.  Because things are still looking rough on the economic front, I just wanted to share my tips on business happiness again.  I really believe that we have more control over our own success than we give ourselves credit for.  Here you go: Life is meant to be fulfilling but sometimes the day-to-day tasks that we are called to engage in can feel mundane or even be overwhelming.  Stress is all too often a daily battle for business owners as they try to balance creating cash flows, spending time with family, and other social/business demands.  Because of how much negativity can effectively impact the success of your business as well as your own personal well-being, here are 5 things that you can do to…

The Power of Unity in Business

One of my least favorite business phrases is: “What’s in it for me?”  Business… real business… is about establishing and maintaining relationships, not just unilaterally deriving a benefit from another party.  Too many business owners get too focused on a winner take all mentality that they lose sight of the power of collaboration with business and the benefits that come with it.  When business owners change the question to: “What’s in it for us?”, business becomes more meaningful.  Here are three reasons why “us” is a more powerful form of business: 1) “Us” focuses on the relationship- The best kind of business is one that persists.  When you are able to retain a client and do work for them year after year, it maximizes the initial investment that was made to secure the business.  Also, if you have development a good relationship…

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Why You NEED to Tell Your Story

Success in business is directly correlated with the connections that you are able to make.  These connections can be with suppliers, service providers, and especially, clients and customers.  People that related to your product or service are more likely to not only purchase but also act as advocates for your brand.  When people know who you are or what you have overcome to accomplish what you are seeking to accomplish, they are more likely to connect with what you offer or do.  You NEED to tell your story. The first thing you should consider when telling your story, is who your audience is.  Remember, the key is to create that connection, so you don’t want to talk about your amazing steak recipes to vegans or explain you love of sports to someone disinterested in the subject.  Define you audience and…

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Why Google Translate Should Have an “Attorney” Language

I know.  It is something that we struggle with as attorneys.  In our circles, we call it “legalese.”  You might wonder if we had a vested interest in confusing humanity.  Regardless, give us a break because that is how we were wired in law school.  I am still trying to see how it can be classified as a government “taking” and get some sort of remuneration.  Um…  I mean… Have the government pay me for it. Because getting good legal advice is important but getting understandable legal advice is critical.  Here are a couple of things that you need to understand so your communications can be successful with your attorney: 1) Understand the Attorney’s Perspective Attorneys, first and foremost, should be risk advisors.  As such, they will look at business deals and opportunities from a different perspective that most entrepreneurs….