Frazzled? When you are running a small business or a new business venture, it can feel like you are running from one crisis to the next. As in, “What is the absolute most important thing that I must get done today?” (or “RIGHT NOW!”) Ironically, this approach can leave us worn out, weary, and disconnected from
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Learn the lesson or you will repeat it. Today, I got thoroughly schooled in the mistake of not communicating regularly with a client. Friends, it was an expensive class. What hurts most is that my client decided not only to not pay for my work, but to literally trash my work. As an artist that
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The made bed. The meeting notes. The phone call. The conversation. It can start small. Really small. The key is the daily discipline involved in those small, simple routines. If you haven’t seen the “Always Make Your Bed” speech by former Navy seal and 4-star admiral William McRaven, you are in for a short, small treat
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Recently, I had to face some dragons. My belief before the last 48 hours had passed was that the dragons in my line of sight were the fire-breathing sort that were more than likely going to turn me into the proverbial #burntToast. So, I spent weeks mentally preparing myself. Looking into alternate plans and routes and
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Not necessarily. Today, for example, I’ve done all the required tasks for the day, but am feeling guilty, like I should be doing more. Getting ahead or doing research. Friends, my brain is tired. My body is tired as well. I have done enough for today. Yes, there is more that I could do, but
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Today, for my work in self-improvement and therefore my business improvement, I’ve been listening to a bunch of TEDx talks by folks like David Allen and Jeff Sutherland and somebody whose name I’ve already forgotten. That’s the point. I’ve already forgotten. Our brains, as amazing as they are, simply can not hold all the information we
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So often, we feel that we can not be successful until we are perfect. As a result, we balk, stifle and hold ourselves back for fear of falling flat, disappointing or embarrassing not only ourselves but others. Consider giving yourself permission to allow the principle of wabi-sabi to flourish in your business efforts. Yes, we
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It is easy to wish our lot was better, easier, softer. An easy trap to fall into. Especially, if the roof over your head depends on it. Yet, we are all so fortunate in so many ways. Most of our days are good and pleasant ones. Our adversities are trivial and can be surmounted with
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I didn’t make bad grades in school. In fact, if I made an “F” more than two or three times, I’d be suprised. This doesn’t mean I’m a genius: not by any means. It means I went to a small school, was smart enough, and was often given the benefit of the doubt, due to
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