My laptop was dying and I was already planning the funeral. Some internal mechanism made it not be able to recharge, and my trusted computer technician was about to give up all hope.
With one last ditch effort, he ordered a $50 part from China. He warned me that it’s a risk, because it may not work and I could be wasting $50.
But thankfully, after just a short wait the new part was installed and my laptop was once again alive and well!
Getting Good at Email
When email became my primary tool of communication, I knew that I had better get good at it.
Since starting my online coaching business, I have been constantly experimenting with all sorts of tools to make the time I spend in my inbox more efficient.
After I finished playing around with the settings and filters in Gmail, I took things to the next level by installing Boomerang.
Insider Insights with Miriam Manela
Miriam is an energetic entrepreneur with a huge heart. As an OT, she chose to devote her life to helping people feel comfortable in their bodies and in the world.
In this interview, Miriam shared how she discovered her niche and found the support she needed to develop her skill. She gave us an inside view into the world of mentoring, from the perspective of both a mentee and mentor.
Miriam also spoke about her approach to risk, specifically in regard to her newest exciting project... And I will stop right here, before I give it all away :)
Insider Insights with Lorraine Fetherman
Lorraine is a popular electrologist in my area, drawing clients from far and near. I was curious to hear her story and the secrets behind her busy and successful practice.
After our conversation, I truly understood why so many clients are attracted to her – Lorraine is extraordinarily empathetic and compassionate.
She shared how it felt to be a teenager with facial hair, and why she feels privileged to be able to help others in her situation.
How I Gained A Few Hours Today
Every business has an inside story. Every business owner has unique experiences.
It’s been a great privilege for me to interview top entrepreneurs and share their insights in my new series, Insider Insights.
Needless to say, this new endeavor takes a significant amount of time. From pitching and scheduling, preparing the questions, doing the interviews, to finally editing and posting online.
Less is More
When you started your business they told you, “Always under-promise and over-deliver.”
And you tried, you really did. You went overtime. You offered discounts. You responded to your clients instantaneously. You poured your heart and soul into your work.
And then you were left wondering where your whole life went…
“You’re sure you don’t want to fix it? It’s going to be long trip.”
“It’s really not so bad, I’ll review the directions before I leave.”
Until it was really bad. Because there is reason why they invented a GPS.
But the charging port in my car was not working.
So I was really lost. And it wasn’t fun.
Why You Should Celebrate Today
As 2017 is coming to a close, business owners are beginning to fret about plans and preparation for the coming year. Working on strategy is important. Yet, equally valuable to your business is making time for celebration.
Validate your hard work and recognize how far you’ve come. Draw strength from your accomplishments and use it to increase momentum for the coming year.
Insider Insights with Donna Warshaw
Donna is a confident business owner, full of experience and insight. She is popular for her skin expertise, and even more so because of her kind personality.
I was delighted to have the opportunity interview her and get an inside view of her business.
Donna shared so much we can learn from - including her personal story, the risks she took over the years, her unique approach to sales, and more!
Insider Insights with David Konigsberg
As CEO of Optimal Targeting, David is known to be the go-to expert for all things marketing. He is a wealth of knowledge and doesn't hold anything back!
I had the opportunity to meet with David and draw out some of his best insights.
It was fascinating for me to discover that almost everything we discussed fit into a neatly defined system. David shared a four stage process for building a marketing strategy.
Insider Insights with Chani Najar
I met Chani at a local meetup and liked her right away. Chani is a kind, generous, and open woman. She has all the qualities you would want in a massage therapist. And all the qualities you would want in a friend.
I knew that she is someone who would be willing to go deeper with me and share the inside story of her business success. And luckily for you, I was right :)
Expand Your Container
We started our business because there was a need we felt called to fill. There was a problem we wanted to solve. There were people we knew we could help. Our intentions were completely altruistic.
Yet, now our bank account is paying for it. In order for our business to continue being able to support others, it must be sustainable.
Where Do You Live?
Do you know what it’s like to do big and scary things - in your imagination? I’ve been there too....
When I heard my client say “I’ve been taking risks with the idea of selling programs…” I had to call her out.
Honestly speaking, ‘taking risks with ideas’ is plain imaginary work. Or “pretend work” like my teacher, Tiffany Han, would say. I think we all can admit that there reaches a point when we have done enough work in our head :)
The Perfect Dress
It was July 4th and I went to the mall with my mother. We had only an hour to shop, and I knew that our time had to be spent in the shoe section. But I really wanted a new dress. A dress very similar to the one I was wearing. So as we ascended the elevator I offered a quick prayer and asked for it.
Sick of Success?
Your success is making you sick.
But, you’re pretty sure you are on the right track.
You just feel like you want to run away and hide in a little corner.
Calm down. It’s normal.
Did you ever hear of fear of success?
Yes. It’s worse than fear of failure. Because most people don’t recognize it.
But now, you are not most people.
How To Answer Your Own Questions
My consulting clients come to me with lots questions. Here is a big one-
“Is it worth it for me to continue doing XYZ?”
Instinctively, I run to analyze the numbers. And it’s true, the numbers tell a big story.
But, there is another major part I need to take into the equation. That is YOU!
Better Than A Notebook
Me too. I love notebooks. I have a whole stack of them.
Specifically the unlined sketchbooks from Barnes and Noble.
But let’s admit it together - notebooks work well for a lot of things - but not everything.
There are some things that are best be digital. But, Microsoft Word can't always do the trick.
Was It All A Waste?
"But I already put so much work into it, I just have to make it work."
"I spent a whole year studying graphic design, there is no way I can quit."
"I hustled so hard for the past few months, I can't give up everything I built."
I'm right there with you.
You are stuck in the trap of SUNK COST BIAS.