I believe one of the things that prevent people from fully realizing their creative potential is the idea of stereotypes. For example, maybe you think you “can’t” be creative, because you don't look, act, live, etc., a certain way. Unfortunately, that kind of belief can become so powerful, it actually ends up crippling your creativity. That’s why today, I’m wanted to … [Read more...] about Are Creative Stereotypes Holding You Back?
Here's a little truth about success. If you want to succeed, especially as a business owner or entrepreneur, you have got to be creative. It's not enough to just master the current "hot" marketing tactic. The industry is changing so rapidly that the smart money is on what Stephen Covey called "sharpening the saw" or taking care of YOU. Your creativity, your knowledge, … [Read more...] about Quiz: Are You Creative?
When I was a senior in high school, I had a job working as a waitress at a senior care/assisted living facility. The residents would come to the dining room, and we would serve them a four-course meal—salad, choice of soup or juice, choice of one of two entrees, and dessert. They all came in at once, which is why we had to be fairly fast during the 90-minutes we had to serve … [Read more...] about Success Tip: What Waitressing Taught Me about Mental Toughness
Let me start by busting a myth: If you're successful at anything, you've also experienced a fail or two. And, likely, a lot more than one or two. I'm not sure it's possible to BE successful without also experiencing failure. Because, if you're not out there and trying new things and testing out new ideas and concepts while knowing you may fail, it's difficult to BE a … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! How Do You Pick Yourself Up After You Fail?
When I was a freshman in college, I was accepted into an advanced creative writing class. I admit, at the time I was pretty brash and full of myself (and not in a good way) and definitely deserved to be taken down a peg or two. And, that's precisely what happened. The creative writing professor didn't care for me, gave me a C, and told me it was because I didn't have much … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It: Are You Letting Your Critics Win?
My grandfather was a very successful man. He started a very successful business that flourished during WWII. When other people were cutting back, he was making money. He invested at the stock market at the right time and made a killing. Heck, he used to go to Vegas and win at Keno. Keno has some of the worst odds. But, Grandpa would win. $1500 a pop. Yes, Grandpa was … [Read more...] about [Video] Flip It! Successful People Are Just Lucky
If you're an entrepreneur for long enough, you'll likely feel like you want to quit every now and then. Or even consider burning down your business a time or two. That's normal. Pretty much every successful entrepreneur I know has fantasized about leaving his or her business, and running off to live in a grass hut on a beach somewhere. But, that doesn't mean you should … [Read more...] about What to Do When You Want to “Burn Down” (aka Quit) Your Business (Part 2)
Recently, a famous entrepreneur in the transformation industry apparently advised a room full of beginning and “wanna-be” entrepreneurs that one of the secrets to business success is to "burn it all down." I wasn't personally in the room, but even if it didn't happen precisely the way it was described to me, there are a few good teaching points I think are worth talking … [Read more...] about Feel Like “Burning Down” Your Business? Read This. (Part 1)
As an entrepreneur, or more specifically, a spiritual entrepreneur or change agent, you may have experienced hitting the dreaded business plateau, (and then wondering what on earth you need to do to have a business breakthrough). The business plateau occurs when you're making progress in your business -- you've achieved some level of success, and you're focused on continuing … [Read more...] about Stuck? 3 Tips to Bust Though and Have a Business Breakthrough