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This is a great reminder from @jeremymcgilvrey. In life and in your business, things will go wrong. This is a fact. However, the secret is to acknowledge when things go wrong, mourn if you need to, figure out why it went wrong and how to keep it from happening again, and then move on. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t allow them to ruin you. Give yourself 5 minutes, and then move on and keep going. You have dreams to chase and a life to build.
This is a great reminder from @jeremymcgilvrey. In life and in your business, things will go wrong. This is a fact. However, the secret is to acknowledge when things go wrong, mourn if you need to, figure out why it went wrong and how to keep it from happening again, and then move on. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t allow them to ruin you. Give yourself 5 minutes, and then move on and keep going. You have dreams to chase and a life to build.
There is one way that you are guaranteed to delight your customer ever time: under promise and over deliver. If you always deliver more than is expected of you, you’re bound to leave your customer with a good taste in their mouth, and will probably earn a fan as a well as a future sale. Whether it’s worth your product, your service, your customer  experience, or your follow-up, deliver more than your customer expects and create fans of your business.
There is one way that you are guaranteed to delight your customer ever time: under promise and over deliver. If you always deliver more than is expected of you, you’re bound to leave your customer with a good taste in their mouth, and will probably earn a fan as a well as a future sale. Whether it’s worth your product, your service, your customer experience, or your follow-up, deliver more than your customer expects and create fans of your business.
I asked my boss what was the best piece of advice he could give me for my life right now. 
His response: "Find a nice Spaniard man to marry so that you have one foot in another country with good food and good wine, just in case this one goes to shit." #wisdom #runmybusinessbetter #runmylifebetter
I asked my boss what was the best piece of advice he could give me for my life right now. His response: "Find a nice Spaniard man to marry so that you have one foot in another country with good food and good wine, just in case this one goes to shit." #wisdom  #runmybusinessbetter  #runmylifebetter 
When your job description includes teaching your boss how to take selfies... #Seattle #surpriseselfie #startup #runmybusinessbetter
In my experience, the best results come from a lot of people coming together and putting good energy towards a common problem or goal. Collaboration is always more effective than a solo approach. When I was building my company, I tried to pull in other people as much as possible, whether as employees, mentors, or just friends to bounce ideas off of, and the result I got was a multinational billion dollar company that I loved running and managing. When you’re faced with a problem, how often do you ask for help instead of trying to solve it on your own first?
In my experience, the best results come from a lot of people coming together and putting good energy towards a common problem or goal. Collaboration is always more effective than a solo approach. When I was building my company, I tried to pull in other people as much as possible, whether as employees, mentors, or just friends to bounce ideas off of, and the result I got was a multinational billion dollar company that I loved running and managing. When you’re faced with a problem, how often do you ask for help instead of trying to solve it on your own first?
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to start a business. No one can do everything on their own, find a community to support you and collaborate with. Your business will be more successful and you will be happier.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to start a business. No one can do everything on their own, find a community to support you and collaborate with. Your business will be more successful and you will be happier.
Welcome to my office. #werk #runmybusinessbetter
Today I wore a raincoat and worked in a Starbucks while listening to my Nelly radio station. You can take the girl out of the dirty South, but you can't take away her Nelly jams. #shimmyshimmycocoawhat #hotinherre #ridewitme #nellyinspiration #runmybusinessbetter
I believe that this is an old Chinese proverb, proving that patience is a key virtue in every culture, including the culture of your business. There is a time to push forward with urgency, and a time to simply take a deep breath and practice patience. Learning how to tell which time is which is the hard part.
I believe that this is an old Chinese proverb, proving that patience is a key virtue in every culture, including the culture of your business. There is a time to push forward with urgency, and a time to simply take a deep breath and practice patience. Learning how to tell which time is which is the hard part.
There is one way that you are guaranteed to delight your customer ever time: under promise and over deliver. If you always deliver more than is expected of you, you’re bound to leave your customer with a good taste in their mouth, and will probably earn a fan as a well as a future sale. Whether it’s worth your product, your service, your customer  experience, or your follow-up, deliver more than your customer expects and create fans of your business.
There is one way that you are guaranteed to delight your customer ever time: under promise and over deliver. If you always deliver more than is expected of you, you’re bound to leave your customer with a good taste in their mouth, and will probably earn a fan as a well as a future sale. Whether it’s worth your product, your service, your customer experience, or your follow-up, deliver more than your customer expects and create fans of your business.
This is a great reminder from @jeremymcgilvrey. In life and in your business, things will go wrong. This is a fact. However, the secret is to acknowledge when things go wrong, mourn if you need to, figure out why it went wrong and how to keep it from happening again, and then move on. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t allow them to ruin you. Give yourself 5 minutes, and then move on and keep going. You have dreams to chase and a life to build.
This is a great reminder from @jeremymcgilvrey. In life and in your business, things will go wrong. This is a fact. However, the secret is to acknowledge when things go wrong, mourn if you need to, figure out why it went wrong and how to keep it from happening again, and then move on. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t allow them to ruin you. Give yourself 5 minutes, and then move on and keep going. You have dreams to chase and a life to build.
What should you be focusing on if you’re in the very first phases of starting a business? Great question, here is my response.
What should you be focusing on if you’re in the very first phases of starting a business? Great question, here is my response.
Actually you need to manage your energy and your time, but remember that your energy levels will limit what you can do with your time. Manage your energy wisely.
Actually you need to manage your energy and your time, but remember that your energy levels will limit what you can do with your time. Manage your energy wisely.
Recently, instragmmer @speed.of.love asked me a question about figuring out which business idea you should start with if you have a lot of ideas, or a lot of small ideas that together may makeup one big idea. Here is my response to that question. Thanks for asking @speed.of.love, hope this helps you and a few others to focus in on their ideas for their business!
Recently, instragmmer @speed.of.love asked me a question about figuring out which business idea you should start with if you have a lot of ideas, or a lot of small ideas that together may makeup one big idea. Here is my response to that question. Thanks for asking @speed.of.love, hope this helps you and a few others to focus in on their ideas for their business!
The RunMyBusinessBetter.com team and I have spent the morning filming for our new online course, The Startup Starter Kit. We’ll be posting answers to the questions that some of you asked last week soon, and going more in depth into your most pressing startup questions (like what should you even be focusing on anyways?) in this course. To all of you entrepreneurs out there, we are behind you and looking for ways to support you. Keep going!
The RunMyBusinessBetter.com team and I have spent the morning filming for our new online course, The Startup Starter Kit. We’ll be posting answers to the questions that some of you asked last week soon, and going more in depth into your most pressing startup questions (like what should you even be focusing on anyways?) in this course. To all of you entrepreneurs out there, we are behind you and looking for ways to support you. Keep going!
Well I’m not sure if this would make me insane or a genius, but I do believe it’s true that creativity and thinking outside the box can often be seen in different ways. What one person may see as genius, another may see as insanity, and at the end of the day the final day will be determined by the results you get. Don’t worry about what people think, only worry about the results that you want to get, and everything else will follow. Thanks @success___quotes for the thoughtful post!
Well I’m not sure if this would make me insane or a genius, but I do believe it’s true that creativity and thinking outside the box can often be seen in different ways. What one person may see as genius, another may see as insanity, and at the end of the day the final day will be determined by the results you get. Don’t worry about what people think, only worry about the results that you want to get, and everything else will follow. Thanks @success___quotes for the thoughtful post!
One thing that you can do to improve your chances of succeeding in business is to find good people. Whether they are your employees, cofounders, mentors, advisors, friends, or family, surrounding yourself with good people will not only make your business better, it will also make you better. Tag a good person that you have chosen to surround yourself with.
One thing that you can do to improve your chances of succeeding in business is to find good people. Whether they are your employees, cofounders, mentors, advisors, friends, or family, surrounding yourself with good people will not only make your business better, it will also make you better. Tag a good person that you have chosen to surround yourself with.
In honor of #givingtuesday, a reminder that it only takes one person to change the world. Acquiring wealth is something that can be done by anyone with a good work ethic and a proven method, but using your wealth wisely is reserved for the truly great.
In honor of #givingtuesday , a reminder that it only takes one person to change the world. Acquiring wealth is something that can be done by anyone with a good work ethic and a proven method, but using your wealth wisely is reserved for the truly great.
I’m working on a new product from my home office today. This product will be specifically for people who want to start a business, but haven’t yet, and will cover everything you need to launch your new business and then grow it over the first year. What would you want to see, or what questions would you want answered, in this kind of online offering?
I’m working on a new product from my home office today. This product will be specifically for people who want to start a business, but haven’t yet, and will cover everything you need to launch your new business and then grow it over the first year. What would you want to see, or what questions would you want answered, in this kind of online offering?
This is a quote by John Quincy Adams on leadership. Notice that by his definition, you don’t have to be a CEO or an executive or even a manager to be a leader- you only have to form positive relationships with others and inspire them with your own actions. Good management and good leadership are two very different but equally important aspects of running your business and your career well.
This is a quote by John Quincy Adams on leadership. Notice that by his definition, you don’t have to be a CEO or an executive or even a manager to be a leader- you only have to form positive relationships with others and inspire them with your own actions. Good management and good leadership are two very different but equally important aspects of running your business and your career well.
It’s true that experience is the best teacher. You have two options to get experience- 1) do it yourself or 2) learn from someone else who has already done it. That’s why I created The Business Tune-Up, to share my experiences in running and growing a successful with aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who want to do the same.
It’s true that experience is the best teacher. You have two options to get experience- 1) do it yourself or 2) learn from someone else who has already done it. That’s why I created The Business Tune-Up, to share my experiences in running and growing a successful with aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who want to do the same.
A great reminder on #blackfriday.
Today I’m thankful for the opportunity to connect and engage with this generation of business owners and entrepreneurs every day. I hope all of you are spending time with those you love and doing what you love today.
Today I’m thankful for the opportunity to connect and engage with this generation of business owners and entrepreneurs every day. I hope all of you are spending time with those you love and doing what you love today.
A reminder to all of my friends to take a deep breath and trust the process. Every function in your business is made up of projects and processes, and this is how the work of your business gets done. Results are not instantaneous, they come from consistently implementing your process and continuing to finish each next step until you see the outcomes. If you think you’ve implemented a good process aimed at getting you measurable results, then trust that process and keep moving forward.
A reminder to all of my friends to take a deep breath and trust the process. Every function in your business is made up of projects and processes, and this is how the work of your business gets done. Results are not instantaneous, they come from consistently implementing your process and continuing to finish each next step until you see the outcomes. If you think you’ve implemented a good process aimed at getting you measurable results, then trust that process and keep moving forward.
Take the risk or lose the chance. Trust your instincts, and when you know its right, jump. Otherwise, you’ll end up staying the in the same place forever, and a stagnant business will never succeed.
Take the risk or lose the chance. Trust your instincts, and when you know its right, jump. Otherwise, you’ll end up staying the in the same place forever, and a stagnant business will never succeed.
Managing a career and business can be overwhelming, especially with the fast pace of change that we are seeing in the world today. This is a great reminder from @Forbes that when you’re feeling overwhelmed, pick one thing and focus on it 110%. Let your passion drive you and focus on that drive.
Managing a career and business can be overwhelming, especially with the fast pace of change that we are seeing in the world today. This is a great reminder from @Forbes that when you’re feeling overwhelmed, pick one thing and focus on it 110%. Let your passion drive you and focus on that drive.
Remember, great businesses do everything well! Find a way to enjoy all aspects of your business.
Remember, great businesses do everything well! Find a way to enjoy all aspects of your business.
I absolutely love this quote by artist #andyworhol. Good business is the best kind of art. Do you agree?
I absolutely love this quote by artist #andyworhol . Good business is the best kind of art. Do you agree?
One thing is for certain: change will come. It will come in your life and in your business. The question is not whether or not things will change, but whether or not you will be able to deal with them positively when they do. In my business, I tried to always be prepared for the unknown, and flexible enough that I could pivot as circumstances changes. The result: a billion dollar business that I loved building and working in. Are you ready for change?
One thing is for certain: change will come. It will come in your life and in your business. The question is not whether or not things will change, but whether or not you will be able to deal with them positively when they do. In my business, I tried to always be prepared for the unknown, and flexible enough that I could pivot as circumstances changes. The result: a billion dollar business that I loved building and working in. Are you ready for change?
We all have times in our lives when we feel like we’re at the end of our rope with no where left to go. The question is not if you will experience disappointment and hardship, but how you will deal with it. Franklin D. Roosevelt was probably speaking from his own experiences when he said, “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Sometimes, when the next step or the path forward is unclear, just hang on. Don’t give up, don’t let go. The storms will clear and you’ll see where you’re supposed to go next. Until then, just hang on to that knot!
We all have times in our lives when we feel like we’re at the end of our rope with no where left to go. The question is not if you will experience disappointment and hardship, but how you will deal with it. Franklin D. Roosevelt was probably speaking from his own experiences when he said, “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Sometimes, when the next step or the path forward is unclear, just hang on. Don’t give up, don’t let go. The storms will clear and you’ll see where you’re supposed to go next. Until then, just hang on to that knot!
Where does drive come from? Where does inspiration come from? Where does greatness come from? These are questions that I’ve spent a lot of time considering in terms of music and business, and I think the answer for both is the same- it comes from within you. Decide to be great.
Where does drive come from? Where does inspiration come from? Where does greatness come from? These are questions that I’ve spent a lot of time considering in terms of music and business, and I think the answer for both is the same- it comes from within you. Decide to be great.
While I don’t eat live frogs upon waking up, I do have a certain routine that I go through nearly every morning to make sure that my day gets off to a good start and that I feel ready for whatever comes at me. Not everything is in your control, but some things are, such as how you spend the first few moments of your day, which can have a huge impact on your mood and your productivity. What is part of your morning routine that helps you prepare for the day?
While I don’t eat live frogs upon waking up, I do have a certain routine that I go through nearly every morning to make sure that my day gets off to a good start and that I feel ready for whatever comes at me. Not everything is in your control, but some things are, such as how you spend the first few moments of your day, which can have a huge impact on your mood and your productivity. What is part of your morning routine that helps you prepare for the day?
This has certainly been true in my life. I had to do a lot of things I had never done before to build my business, but what I achieved was something I had never had before: a life and career I loved and a billion-dollar multinational business. What can you do that you’ve never done before in order to get something that you’ve never had before?
This has certainly been true in my life. I had to do a lot of things I had never done before to build my business, but what I achieved was something I had never had before: a life and career I loved and a billion-dollar multinational business. What can you do that you’ve never done before in order to get something that you’ve never had before?
I love this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Never confuse a single defeat as a final draft.” Get back up and keep fighting.
I love this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Never confuse a single defeat as a final draft.” Get back up and keep fighting.
Failing does not make you a failure. Failure makes you an entrepreneur who has tried and taken a risk and hopefully learned something from it. Defeat does not mean that you are defeated. It means you are ready to try again with more knowledge than you had before. Wise words from a wise woman. Thank you @words_of_women for sharing. #mayaangelou
Failing does not make you a failure. Failure makes you an entrepreneur who has tried and taken a risk and hopefully learned something from it. Defeat does not mean that you are defeated. It means you are ready to try again with more knowledge than you had before. Wise words from a wise woman. Thank you @words_of_women for sharing. #mayaangelou 
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to start a business. No one can do everything on their own, find a community to support you and collaborate with. Your business will be more successful and you will be happier.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to start a business. No one can do everything on their own, find a community to support you and collaborate with. Your business will be more successful and you will be happier.
This is true in personal relationships and business relationships. People are a lot more likely to go the extra mile and put in extra effort when they feel valued and appreciated. When my company was at its largest with 3,000 employees, I made sure to plan regular events like free concerts with the musicians we were promoting at least once a month, just to make sure my employees knew how much I appreciated their work. Because of this, my employees loved working for me and I rarely had productivity issues with my people. 
Thanks @mindcraftmanagement for a great post!
This is true in personal relationships and business relationships. People are a lot more likely to go the extra mile and put in extra effort when they feel valued and appreciated. When my company was at its largest with 3,000 employees, I made sure to plan regular events like free concerts with the musicians we were promoting at least once a month, just to make sure my employees knew how much I appreciated their work. Because of this, my employees loved working for me and I rarely had productivity issues with my people. Thanks @mindcraftmanagement for a great post!
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I believe that if you’re doing what you love and you’re providing real value, you’ll never have to worry about money. However, to any aspiring entrepreneurs, I would advise you to sit down and “pencil out” your idea to figure out exactly how much you would have to sell to break even each month and year. Figure out how much it’s going to cost you to produce what you’re selling, what other bills you’d have to pay for overhead, how much you can sell your products for, how often you think you can sell them- make sure that all of these numbers make sense on paper. And then go follow your vision and make your dreams into a reality! #runmybusinessbetter
#Repost  @barneythebusinessguy (@get_repost) ・・・ I believe that if you’re doing what you love and you’re providing real value, you’ll never have to worry about money. However, to any aspiring entrepreneurs, I would advise you to sit down and “pencil out” your idea to figure out exactly how much you would have to sell to break even each month and year. Figure out how much it’s going to cost you to produce what you’re selling, what other bills you’d have to pay for overhead, how much you can sell your products for, how often you think you can sell them- make sure that all of these numbers make sense on paper. And then go follow your vision and make your dreams into a reality! #runmybusinessbetter 
In my experience, the best results come from a lot of people coming together and putting good energy towards a common problem or goal. Collaboration is always more effective than a solo approach. When I was building my company, I tried to pull in other people as much as possible, whether as employees, mentors, or just friends to bounce ideas off of, and the result I got was a multinational billion dollar company that I loved running and managing. When you’re faced with a problem, how often do you ask for help instead of trying to solve it on your own first?
In my experience, the best results come from a lot of people coming together and putting good energy towards a common problem or goal. Collaboration is always more effective than a solo approach. When I was building my company, I tried to pull in other people as much as possible, whether as employees, mentors, or just friends to bounce ideas off of, and the result I got was a multinational billion dollar company that I loved running and managing. When you’re faced with a problem, how often do you ask for help instead of trying to solve it on your own first?
Happy Halloween to everyone. Never let your fears be the thing that stop you for trying, from striving, from changing, from dreaming, or from accomplishing your goals.
Happy Halloween to everyone. Never let your fears be the thing that stop you for trying, from striving, from changing, from dreaming, or from accomplishing your goals.
In the course of my 50+ year business career, I’ve seen a lot of change. Especially in the music industry. I never get tired of watching how this industry evolves and meets the challenges and opportunities that rapidly advancing technology brings. The music business is a great example of how technology and an ever-changing world can totally change an industry, and give advantages to those who pivot and disadvantages to those who move slowly. How is your business going to be effected by the inevitable changes that are coming in the future?
In the course of my 50+ year business career, I’ve seen a lot of change. Especially in the music industry. I never get tired of watching how this industry evolves and meets the challenges and opportunities that rapidly advancing technology brings. The music business is a great example of how technology and an ever-changing world can totally change an industry, and give advantages to those who pivot and disadvantages to those who move slowly. How is your business going to be effected by the inevitable changes that are coming in the future?
Everyone has something to teach you. Learn from them.
Everyone has something to teach you. Learn from them.
My number one tip for building a successful business is to do what you love. You’re much more likely to find success in your passion than you are in your job, so make your job your passion. Do what you love and you will love you you do, and probably be a lot more successful too.
My number one tip for building a successful business is to do what you love. You’re much more likely to find success in your passion than you are in your job, so make your job your passion. Do what you love and you will love you you do, and probably be a lot more successful too.
I believe that every single person has some sort of entrepreneurial spirit in side of them. How that spirit is expressed can look very diff rent from person to person. The word “entrepreneur” has become a buzzword that we throw around a lot in the business community. What does this word mean to you? What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
I believe that every single person has some sort of entrepreneurial spirit in side of them. How that spirit is expressed can look very diff rent from person to person. The word “entrepreneur” has become a buzzword that we throw around a lot in the business community. What does this word mean to you? What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
You MUST make a profit in your business. Profit is the only way that you will stay in business tomorrow. Profit ensures your business’s sustainability.
You MUST make a profit in your business. Profit is the only way that you will stay in business tomorrow. Profit ensures your business’s sustainability.
What are you waiting for? Just like becoming a parent for the first time, you’ll never feel “ready” or “prepared” to start your business. Just start it. You’ll figure it out as you go.
What are you waiting for? Just like becoming a parent for the first time, you’ll never feel “ready” or “prepared” to start your business. Just start it. You’ll figure it out as you go.
This is so important for business owners and managers to remember. You HAVE to be talking to your customers. Constantly. You might be in a business where you naturally interact with your customers, like a restaurant, hair salon, or doctors office. If you don’t normally interact with your customers in the course of your business, then you have to go out of your way to create opportunities and systems that will keep you in touch with them. Not only should they be hearing from you, but you should be hearing from them REGULARLY.
This is so important for business owners and managers to remember. You HAVE to be talking to your customers. Constantly. You might be in a business where you naturally interact with your customers, like a restaurant, hair salon, or doctors office. If you don’t normally interact with your customers in the course of your business, then you have to go out of your way to create opportunities and systems that will keep you in touch with them. Not only should they be hearing from you, but you should be hearing from them REGULARLY.
This post from @entrepreneur is absolutely on point. Your main priority should be your customer experience, but that doesn’t end with your interaction with your customer. It’s how you market, how you sell, your supply chain, your production, your hiring and employee management, it’s how you engage with the staff that clean your office- every little piece of your business ultimately contributes to a valuable customer experience. As a business owner, it’s your job to make sure that your business does everything well.
This post from @entrepreneur is absolutely on point. Your main priority should be your customer experience, but that doesn’t end with your interaction with your customer. It’s how you market, how you sell, your supply chain, your production, your hiring and employee management, it’s how you engage with the staff that clean your office- every little piece of your business ultimately contributes to a valuable customer experience. As a business owner, it’s your job to make sure that your business does everything well.
Remember that success rarely comes without failure preceding it. In sports, in business, and in life, success only comes to those who take a risk and try, and the more you put yourself out there, the more chances there are that, at some point, you will fail. However, remember that trying and taking risks is the ONLY way to get to success. Embrace your failures as an indicator that you are progressing and growing.
Remember that success rarely comes without failure preceding it. In sports, in business, and in life, success only comes to those who take a risk and try, and the more you put yourself out there, the more chances there are that, at some point, you will fail. However, remember that trying and taking risks is the ONLY way to get to success. Embrace your failures as an indicator that you are progressing and growing.
Do you want to get rich? Do you want to make lots of money from your business? I hope so. Remember though, you don’t get rich by taking care of yourself. You get rich by taking care of your customers. What are you doing to take care of your customers today?
Do you want to get rich? Do you want to make lots of money from your business? I hope so. Remember though, you don’t get rich by taking care of yourself. You get rich by taking care of your customers. What are you doing to take care of your customers today?
Ten years from now and fifty years from now. Always make sure that you’re being intentional about building a business, a career, and a life that you want and are excited to be in. Great advice from Mandy Hale, thanks @foundr for sharing!
Ten years from now and fifty years from now. Always make sure that you’re being intentional about building a business, a career, and a life that you want and are excited to be in. Great advice from Mandy Hale, thanks @foundr for sharing!
Sometimes new business owners get frustrated because they don’t feel like they’re seeing the results they want right off that bat. If you have solid goals and a good plan to accomplish those goals, then just stick to your plan and keep working, little bit by little bit, every day. You may not feel like you’re seeing progress, but progress rarely happens in leaps and bounds. It is incremental and slow, but one day, you’ll look up and realize that a little bit of progress every day has gotten you big results.
Sometimes new business owners get frustrated because they don’t feel like they’re seeing the results they want right off that bat. If you have solid goals and a good plan to accomplish those goals, then just stick to your plan and keep working, little bit by little bit, every day. You may not feel like you’re seeing progress, but progress rarely happens in leaps and bounds. It is incremental and slow, but one day, you’ll look up and realize that a little bit of progress every day has gotten you big results.
It’s tempting to work on something until you feel that it’s absolutely perfect. Whether it’s a new product, a new website, a new marketing g campaign, or anything else, remember that 80% perfect and finished is a lot better than 99% perfect and still on the shelf. You will always be working to improve what you are doing, but strive for greatness, not perfection, in order to make sure you keep moving. It’s ok to look back on your first efforts and laugh, if you don’t then you haven’t grown!
It’s tempting to work on something until you feel that it’s absolutely perfect. Whether it’s a new product, a new website, a new marketing g campaign, or anything else, remember that 80% perfect and finished is a lot better than 99% perfect and still on the shelf. You will always be working to improve what you are doing, but strive for greatness, not perfection, in order to make sure you keep moving. It’s ok to look back on your first efforts and laugh, if you don’t then you haven’t grown!
Whether it’s your knowledge and skills, your health, your relationships, your state of mind, or your own happiness, be intentional about choosing to invest in yourself. Thanks @forbes for the reminder that businesses don’t work unless people do, and that YOU are the most important asset in your job and in your business.
Whether it’s your knowledge and skills, your health, your relationships, your state of mind, or your own happiness, be intentional about choosing to invest in yourself. Thanks @forbes for the reminder that businesses don’t work unless people do, and that YOU are the most important asset in your job and in your business.
This is important to remember when dealing with criticism. Everyone is different, and everyone may not like you, or your product. But it’s very important that the people you have identified as your customers and potential customers do like you and your product. You don’t have to please everyone, and you can’t please everyone, so don’t worry if not everyone likes you or agrees with your decisions. You DO have to please your customers. Make sure you’re spending your energy trying to please the right people, not everyone out there.
This is important to remember when dealing with criticism. Everyone is different, and everyone may not like you, or your product. But it’s very important that the people you have identified as your customers and potential customers do like you and your product. You don’t have to please everyone, and you can’t please everyone, so don’t worry if not everyone likes you or agrees with your decisions. You DO have to please your customers. Make sure you’re spending your energy trying to please the right people, not everyone out there.
Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t know. Learn from everyone.
Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t know. Learn from everyone.
I often get people who want to grow their own business asking me how I grew mine. I took my business from a single record store to a multinational, billion dollar wholesale business. Here’s how. 🎼🎼🎼
If you think you’re ready to start or grow your businesses, watch my free 15-minute mini course and see if you can answer the 3 essential questions that every business owner must answer (and answer well!) in order to succeed. The link is in my bio.
I often get people who want to grow their own business asking me how I grew mine. I took my business from a single record store to a multinational, billion dollar wholesale business. Here’s how. 🎼🎼🎼 If you think you’re ready to start or grow your businesses, watch my free 15-minute mini course and see if you can answer the 3 essential questions that every business owner must answer (and answer well!) in order to succeed. The link is in my bio.
I love this from @successdiaries via @askamillionaire. 
My big dreams certainly started off with a small beginning. I was an college grad with a major in education and not a lick of business education or experience when I opened my very first record store. I had no idea that my little record store would eventually turn into a multinational billion-dollar business. ・・・
Type “YES” if you agree. Follow @successdiaries for more. And don’t forget - big dreams and small dreams alike both start with small action steps. Break down your goals,  no matter how big into small attainable action steps. And nothing is too big to accomplish! #mostwontiwill
I love this from @successdiaries via @askamillionaire. My big dreams certainly started off with a small beginning. I was an college grad with a major in education and not a lick of business education or experience when I opened my very first record store. I had no idea that my little record store would eventually turn into a multinational billion-dollar business. ・・・ Type “YES” if you agree. Follow @successdiaries for more. And don’t forget - big dreams and small dreams alike both start with small action steps. Break down your goals, no matter how big into small attainable action steps. And nothing is too big to accomplish! #mostwontiwill 
Happy #tuneintuesday! This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and here’s why.
Happy #tuneintuesday ! This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and here’s why.
A few weeks ago I had coffee with a new friend, Mike Skinner. Mike spent over 10 years as a corporate lawyer in New York, Seattle, and San Fransisco, but today he serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, a non-profit that gives training and support to emerging entrepreneurs in underserved communities throughout Washington. When I asked Mike if he minded sharing a mistake he’s made in his career or business, he told me that his biggest mistake was wasting so much time in a job that he didn’t love, and didn’t feel fulfilled by. Even though he spent a lot of time and money getting his law degree, one day he realized that his career as a corporate lawyer wasn’t putting a big smile on his face in the morning anymore. Eventually, he left to do something more meaningful, and now he spends his time putting his experience and expertise to use by helping people to accomplish their dreams and improve their community by starting and growing local businesses. The lesson- when you know its time to go, just go! Do something you love and feel good about doing, and you and your business will be better off.
A few weeks ago I had coffee with a new friend, Mike Skinner. Mike spent over 10 years as a corporate lawyer in New York, Seattle, and San Fransisco, but today he serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, a non-profit that gives training and support to emerging entrepreneurs in underserved communities throughout Washington. When I asked Mike if he minded sharing a mistake he’s made in his career or business, he told me that his biggest mistake was wasting so much time in a job that he didn’t love, and didn’t feel fulfilled by. Even though he spent a lot of time and money getting his law degree, one day he realized that his career as a corporate lawyer wasn’t putting a big smile on his face in the morning anymore. Eventually, he left to do something more meaningful, and now he spends his time putting his experience and expertise to use by helping people to accomplish their dreams and improve their community by starting and growing local businesses. The lesson- when you know its time to go, just go! Do something you love and feel good about doing, and you and your business will be better off.
Attention #Seattle business owners! I’ll be cohosting a presentation on growing your business using social media this coming Tuesday, October 10, at #westseattle branch of @umpquabank. In my career, a took a marketing approach that broke marketing down to its basic concepts and allowed me to quickly scale by using a simple marketing system. Social Media is an important part of any marketing strategy in today’s businesses, and I will be joined by social media expert @mtodd of @collective7seattle to explore how you can use social media as a part of your marketing strategy to get more customers and grow your business. I hope to see all of my Seattle-based #businessowner friends there!
Attention #Seattle  business owners! I’ll be cohosting a presentation on growing your business using social media this coming Tuesday, October 10, at #westseattle  branch of @umpquabank. In my career, a took a marketing approach that broke marketing down to its basic concepts and allowed me to quickly scale by using a simple marketing system. Social Media is an important part of any marketing strategy in today’s businesses, and I will be joined by social media expert @mtodd of @collective7seattle to explore how you can use social media as a part of your marketing strategy to get more customers and grow your business. I hope to see all of my Seattle-based #businessowner  friends there!
Michael Phelps talks about the value of visualization and preparing for various outcomes. This is as true in business as it is in swimming. If you have a clear idea of where you are going and you have prepared yourself with excellent planning to get there, then no roadblock or set back will keep you from accomplishing your goals. A great lesson from Olympic gold metal winner Michael Phelps, and a great video from @forbes. If you need help creating a vision and a plan for your business, start with my free mini-course (link in bio), and see where you’re at with the 3 essential questions that you must be able to answer before you can build a successful business.
Michael Phelps talks about the value of visualization and preparing for various outcomes. This is as true in business as it is in swimming. If you have a clear idea of where you are going and you have prepared yourself with excellent planning to get there, then no roadblock or set back will keep you from accomplishing your goals. A great lesson from Olympic gold metal winner Michael Phelps, and a great video from @forbes. If you need help creating a vision and a plan for your business, start with my free mini-course (link in bio), and see where you’re at with the 3 essential questions that you must be able to answer before you can build a successful business.
Social Media. Some of us love it, some of us cringe at the thought of it, and some of us are still trying to figure out what it even is, much less how to use it (will my friends “like” my hashtag if I tweet it, or...). At the age of 71, social media was a daunting idea for me. But I knew that if I wanted to grow my business, reach more people, and remain relevant, I would have to either figure it out myself or hire someone who could figure it out for me and teach me how to use it (shout-out to @renjustalittle). Now I love social media, because it gives me a chance to bump into people and have conversations that I never would have had the chance to engage with otherwise. 
I’ll be cohosting a free presentation along with social media expert @mtodd of @collective7seattle at the #westseattle branch of @umpquabank on Tuesday, October 10, with snacks and networking starting at 5:15pm and remarks beginning at 5:45pm. We’ll dive into what social media is, why you should or should not be using it, and how you can use it to grow your business. I hope to see all my Seattle-based friends there!
Social Media. Some of us love it, some of us cringe at the thought of it, and some of us are still trying to figure out what it even is, much less how to use it (will my friends “like” my hashtag if I tweet it, or...). At the age of 71, social media was a daunting idea for me. But I knew that if I wanted to grow my business, reach more people, and remain relevant, I would have to either figure it out myself or hire someone who could figure it out for me and teach me how to use it (shout-out to @renjustalittle). Now I love social media, because it gives me a chance to bump into people and have conversations that I never would have had the chance to engage with otherwise. I’ll be cohosting a free presentation along with social media expert @mtodd of @collective7seattle at the #westseattle  branch of @umpquabank on Tuesday, October 10, with snacks and networking starting at 5:15pm and remarks beginning at 5:45pm. We’ll dive into what social media is, why you should or should not be using it, and how you can use it to grow your business. I hope to see all my Seattle-based friends there!
If you’re working more than 40 hours a week, especially in your own business, then you’re doing something wrong. Our culture tells us that the more hours you’re working a week, the better you’re doing. However, I believe in working smarter rather than more hours. Here is why.
If you’re working more than 40 hours a week, especially in your own business, then you’re doing something wrong. Our culture tells us that the more hours you’re working a week, the better you’re doing. However, I believe in working smarter rather than more hours. Here is why.