Review: The EMyth Enterprise

April 14, 2010 by · Comments Off
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“An e-myth enterprise is a business that takes personal responsibility for the condition of the world it finds itself in; for the condition of the people with whom it interacts; for the condition of their children and their children’s children; for the condition of the very quality of life itself.”

 

This is the second book I have read by Michael E. Gerber. I can say that reading his books makes me want to meet him and buy him dinner so that I could have some time to hear his thoughts on how I might do what I am doing better. He is very accomplished and as I read his words; I feel myself becoming hypnotized or mesmerized by his words and writing. The way he writes pulls you in, it entertains, it builds a picture, it brings feelings to the surface, it brings questions to the forefront. I have gone through the process of re-evaluating what I am doing based on what I have read within the pages of Michael’s books.

Michael is founder of E-Myth Worldwide. E-Myth Worldwide was created in 1977 as a coaching, training and education company. It is now in its 32nd year and has helped more than 65,000 businesses in over 145 countries. His program is used in 118 universities in the world. He has authored 13 business books and founded 11 new ventures in the last four years. Michael is writing from a place of experience and from a place of caring about us making it work so that we can make the world a better place.

In this book he describes what an E-Myth Enterprise is; the essential ingredients. There are four; the visual, emotional, functional, and financial. These four ingredients work together to create an exceptional business. The first thing to realize is that a business exists only as others observe it. A business can not be without employees, customers, suppliers and lenders and they all have perceptions. Their perceptions count and Michael explains that businesses need to step up and DO MORE. They need to be cognizant of these four distinct group of interactions – the employees, the customers, the suppliers and the lenders all play a large role in how successful the company will be. A business needs to understand that these four groups have essential needs, perceived preferences, and unconscious expectations and the business must DO MORE to satisfy these. They satisfy them by paying attention to the visual, emotional, functional and financial ingredients. They need to have 5 basic skills in order to satisfy these ideals.

  • Concentration: Provides energy and attention needed for the right action to take place.
  • Discrimination: Provides us with intention and standards that help us know which action needs to be taken.
  • Organization: Important to realize that people can not be organized; time, space and work are the things that can be organized. Organization provides room for the right action to take place.  Time is the utilization of energy; Space is having the right tools in place in the right quantity to support the right action; Work identifies the natural way to take action, and the relationships between functions and the coordination of action and functions.
  • Innovation: Is about effectiveness. Doing things faster, cheaper, smoother and softer. Watch the child – they do it all the time.
  • Communication: Channel through which life is conveyed. Ideas and the energy of ideas are transmitted and how mind, spirit and body converge into a force for the right action.

I loved how he describes the process of getting more life in a business. The process starts with the development of standards and that develops discipline which results in the development of patience which leads to development of vision, which gives insight, which inevitably leads to the development of conviction, which leads to awareness, where you can’t help but develop empathy, which obviously creates deeper and real relationships which – the ultimate end of having more life.

The ideals by which to create the E-myth Enterprise are the ingredients to a successful idea and business.

Visual: Our first impressions are made visually. It is important that a business pay attention to leaving a good first impression; customers, employees, suppliers and lenders will create a perception based on what they see of your business thereby affecting the resulting relationship. Pay attention to your logos, your colors, scale, order, and consistency. Ensure that information is being transmitted visually.

Emotional: It is important to connect to the emotional side of people, to leave a mark. People need order, to feel heard, connected to something bigger than themselves, a purpose, to feel that what they do has moral weight and is important and that people they associate with love them. In order to reach the emotional side of people it is important to always ask questions – be like a child. A child always challenges the boundaries and asks questions and they keep going. If they get a no or fall down, they keep going, they keep asking.

Functional: As I read on what the functional ideal is, it reminded me of what I learned in Emyth Revisited (LINK TO THIS POST). For a company to be functional it needs to act great and to act great it must think completely different about what it does and how it does what it does. They need to focus on processes rather than the people. If great processes are put together than you don’t need to hire (and pay for) the best. Analyze what employees, customers, suppliers and lenders want the business to do and whether it makes sense to try and incorporate that in the way the business operates. Try and find out the most frustrating thing to these key stakeholders and then see if you can guarantee that this most frustrating thing will not occur.

Financial: Michael insists that you do need to worry about money, that it isn’t all about doing what you love and letting the money come. He writes that money has no meaning without people, that you must take care of it because it will not take care of itself and he stresses that you must have integrity when it comes to money.

The final chapter of the book will challenge your thinking and will test your defensiveness. I found myself having to read this chapter a couple of times in order to really GET what he is working to say here. To me, what I feel he is trying to get across is that we have fallen into a trap because we often forget to think. Actually, really, truly THINK. We fall into doing things, wanting things, that are the newest trends or hot new tools to improve our lives. He gives advice on how to get out of this – he says that we need to

  • Admit to the fact that we have fallen into a programmed trap
  • Be more interested in far more than just business; we must be interested in the dignity of ones own life and those lives around us; must set very high standards;
  • Be interested in how things look and how things feel and how things work and then finally in the money.
  • Realize that the economic model is a myth
  • Pay attention to people; what is imprisoning them, what is frustrating them, what is inhibiting them, what is restraining them, what is depriving them of a rich forceful life.
  • Be conscious of oneself
  • Be honest with oneself
  • Continually watch oneself

I highly recommend reading this book; it will make you really think hard about what you are working to achieve in your endeavor.

Rework – A New Release

April 7, 2010 by · Comments Off
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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This new release that is for anyone who wants to be in business for themselves.
Seth Godin reviews it:

This book will make you uncomfortable.
Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable.
That’s a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.
Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they’ve demonstrated that the regular way isn’t necessarily the right way. They just don’t say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.
This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.
There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can’t imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now.
Stop reading the review. Buy the book.–Seth Godin

Self Analysis – My Head Hurts

January 27, 2010 by · Comments Off
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My goodness!   Since my last post I have been doing quite a bit of self analysis. I have gotten more of my 360 answers back.  The conclusions that I had come to last post were:

  1. 1.  My avoidance of conflict and speaking my own mind and opinion is something that I want to be better with.

2.  Past child hood pains (fear of the withdrawal of love when not meeting others expectations) is something I need to acknowledge and resolve as best I can.  Love myself!

3.  Improving my communication skills; being able to describe my authentic feelings and thoughts in such a way that do not come across defensively.

And with the additional feedback; I am finding that these things remain the same.  One of the responders was a former boss and her comments surrounded a lack of self-confidence which still falls into these three main conclusions.  

I would love to have any feedback on ways to improve these things; things that I can do.  Some ideas that I have come up with myself are:

  1. Continue Blogging being as authentic as I can
  2. Get active on some social networking sites where I can not only exercise contributing my opinions but where I can also meet others that are doing the same thing I am.  I have been active in Social Networking but I am looking more towards finding a group that I can be a part of where I may find mentors or people that I can help mentor.
  3. Books – Find books that I can read that may help me with these things.

 (Just got an update from the Goal Development Program and there was another suggestion on how to over come lack of self-confidence – GIVE it to someone else; so find someone that needs a boost and help give that)

 Others?  Would love to hear thoughts; book ideas, etc for working towards improvement around these items.

 The other exercise with the Goals Development Program is working on the actual goals – 2010 goals and then 10 year goals.  I had already done some work here so it wasn’t real difficult.  Although when I look at my mission and vision created through this program along with the content of The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber I am re-thinking the ultimate vision of the company I want to have and the steps to getting the company up and running. More accurately, these two things are combining to show me I am not thinking far enough in the future about what I want this business to be ultimately. 

 The Internet Marketing I have been involved with for the last six months plays a role in the present and future.  I am a firm believer that the Internet must be part of any future business. This means that my primary product and the affiliate business that is being set up within the personal development industry is part of the picture. I love teaching; and my current path has led to a successful result directly in this direction; I will be teaching a Facebook for Beginners class in the spring through Colorado Free University.  Should I pursue teaching and build on to the technical aspects and then move more into the personal development and growth topics in the future.  Am I creating a business or another J.O.B.  What can I do around the things that I love (personal development and teaching) that create an actual business that can create the freedom that I am looking for?  These are all questions that I have been contemplating for the last week or so and my head is getting full!  If this, then this – what about this, what about that – WHEW!

Designing The Next 10 Years

January 19, 2010 by · Comments Off
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designIt has been a couple weeks since my last post and SO much is going on.  This post will center on a great program I started offered through Darren Hardy’s Success.com site. So far it has been two weeks of self analysis.  (It is an 8 week program and you can sign up to get the exercises (during the 8 weeks) – Click here to sign up)

The program started out by having me review the last 10 years, looking at my milestones,  risks and regrets.  It is amazing what has happened in the last 10 years.  I have had a beautiful daughter; we have moved from New York City to Denver, purchased our first home, I have held a Director position, was laid off; started over in a technical support role after 9 months of unemployment, was promoted to a manager within 2 years and as I worked to move my way up the ladder I held leadership roles in the women’s diversity group and… started my own company.   Just think  – if all this happened in 10 years without goals; what can happen in 10 years with goals!

The next part had questions and blanks to fill in about what I am grateful for.  The next tasks were a look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; there was an exercise to look at how balanced (or like I learned from James Ray – harmonized) my life is.  Each category had several questions and I rated each question ipacmann each category; added up each category and then the total was graphed.  My graphed out answers made a PacMan.  This tells me I have done a really great job harmonizing my life in all categories but one – Financial.  James Ray, in his book Harmonic Wealth (Click here for a review of the book), teaches how balance is bogus; harmony should be the goal.  It is like music, at one moment all instruments may be playing together and the next the drums will stop; and then… the drums start back up.  This is our goal in life – to have all the areas of our life playing in harmony and be ok when one area isn’t playing at full level.  This exercise showed me I do need to focus some time on the financial part of my life.  Thus as I work through this eight week program I will be adding some financial goals to what I had already put together for this years goals. 

One final task was to send some questions to 3 people that are close to me.  There were three questions they were to answer.  1)  What skill or attribute gives me an advantage in life? 2) What one thing could help me better succeed with people and in life? 3) What behaviors, lack of discipline or attitudes do you think hold me back?  As of now I have not gotten back all the responses; however what I have gotten back has led me to some major self talk, analysis and time in thought. 

One response was that I do not thoroughly look at all sides of an issue prior to taking an opinion.  

My initial surface thoughts

  • this came from an individual that I avoid conflict with
  • the conversations referred to; happened over email

As I worked through this, my major objective was to see how I can benefit (and not point fingers or get defensive) from this feedback.  The conclusions I have come to are:

  1. My avoidance of conflict and speaking my own mind and opinion is something that I want to be better with.
  2. Past child hood pains (fear of the withdrawal of love when not meeting others expectations) is something I need to acknowledge and resolve as best I can.  Love myself!
  3. Improving my communication skills; being able to describe my authentic feelings and thoughts in such a way that do not come across defensively.

 The other response that I struggled with, and still am in many ways, was that I have rose colored glasses and that by being too Pollyanna others will not take me seriously… and also that I am doing “too much”; That I am trying to be super woman and that if I do this I will not be able to do things well.

 I have, myself, considered that I might be trying to do too much.  However, when I look at how my life is coming together right now; how some things I have been doing have led to ideas, to people and to other paths that have opened up new avenues – I think that my life – as busy as it is – is just perfect.  The things that I value the most; my family and personal growth are not being impacted.  My work/play takes place during the normal work day and early in the morning.  I am picking up my daughter almost every day from school and from this moment until we go to sleep is family time.  We have dinner together; we play games and enjoy each others company.  During the few times the TV goes on, I will pick up my computer but outside of that – work/play is placed to the side while we are all together.  My physical exercise is also something that I will not allow to be impacted by the tasks I am involved in.  Everything else – is getting done.  I have prioritized them and there are a couple of things towards the very bottom of the list that are not getting done as well as they could, however it is a very conscious decision.   I feel that what is happening here is that I am starting to do things that many others see as risky and that they don’t understand.  As I was contemplating this, I read a blog post from T Harv Eker; and in that post was the following message:

“… at some point we’ve got to tell the ego that it’s okay to step into the unknown and dare to be different. Think of all the people throughout history that, if they hadn’t stepped “outside the lines,” we’d have never evolved as quickly as we did. We’d still think the world was flat, or that the universe revolves around us, or that “normal” people couldn’t do amazing things.

When you stop playing it safe, your spirit is free to grow, expand and create.  Individual, family and social “rules” don’t apply.

It takes guts to be different; to stand out from the crowd; to break free from the “clone drone” society and be a true individual.

When others criticize you for doing something “different” it’s usually because they’re scared. Inside, they’re secretly stoked that you’re breaking free. They’re just frustrated with themselves for lacking the courage to do the same. Be their inspiration!”

As is usual, something comes to me and I see it as an answer to my contemplation and this was the answer for me on the “doing too much” comment.  I am going to continue doing the amount of things I am doing as long as this does not conflict with my values, I am good.  As far as the Pollyanna comment?  The mind is still contemplating this one!  Would love to hear your comments – Do you think that people that are optimists and “too nice” are people that don’t get taken seriously?

30 Day Challenge – No Sugar

January 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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sugarThis is Day 1 of my second challenge.  My first challenge was 30 days with no dairy.  I had to start this one twice to get it right; both times breaking it – not because I couldn’t stand it, but because I didn’t THINK!  After the third start I went the 30 days fairly smoothly without too much pain and cravings.  I have decided to do 30 days with no sugar.  I had one day off between the challenges.  My hubby thought I should do more than just the one day; but I am ready to go and with the reward of homemade TRUFFLES (THANKS TERRI) which broke my no dairy challenge and set me off with some yummy sugar before starting today – I am ready to go!  So, my rules…. this will be no white sugar, no brown sugar, no cane sugar, no corn syrup (I already do no High Fructose Corn Syrup!)    I will allow agave, honey and stevia which are all natural sweeteners.  Again, if I mess up I will start my 30 days over again. 

I am not a HUGE sugar/sweets person, but I also know that there are definitely some things I enjoy; ice cream for one.  I wonder if  there are things that I may run into on this challenge that I eat that have some type of sugar that I have not thought about.  We shall see!  Stay tuned for my progress as I move along! 

One very cool thing — for this challenge, I have a partner.  My friend partnerTerri and I will work together to motivate and support each other through this challenge.  It is always fun to share and this will not only make it fun we both will have someone to call on if we need to have a shot of motivation!

2010 Right From the Heart!

January 2, 2010 by · Comments Off
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Anyone out on the internet or anyone belonging to email lists is surehappynewyear to have noticed that the New Year is here.  Everyone is talking about goals, resolutions and other forms of starting out this New Year right.  We even had a “Blue Moon” this year! 

I am no different; I too have been excited and motivated around reviewing my goals and getting set for the New Year.  As I was walking with my dad on our Saturday morning walk I made a comment about how interesting it is that this one day can have such an affect on our motivation and plans.  What makes January 1st different and more unique then, lets say, March 1st or October 1st?  As we discussed this, I realized that it  IS a time where we just passed the Solstice which means our days start getting longer (we get more day light), there is a sense that winter will be moving on and Spring will be here soon.  Jim Rohn spoke of having seasons in our life, and I suppose that January is a time that represents the planning time for the spring.  We can think about the flowers and the pots and fertilizing and all of the things that will bring light and beauty to our springs and summers. 

I continue to feel impatience at times – over not getting “there” fast enough.  Where ever “there” is.  I continue to get messages on remaining patient and persevering – for instance,  I just signed up for Lolly Daskal’s Messages From Within (highly recommended) and through this I received a message talking about Beginnings.  Bottom line; we are all so wrapped up in getting “there” that we don’t realize that it is all one beginning after another.  There is no real destination but it is a journey to enjoy each day; each beginning.  She urged us to trust our intuition, trust our inner guidance and know that the actions we take each day are the right ones. 

 We get caught up in our day to day life, in the ultimate dreams and desires – often we don’t believe we are going to get there, and achieve it – that what results – is empty action.  We can be very busy and not feel that we are getting any closer to our actual goals and dreams.  There are times that I can spend hours surfing the net and end up feeling that I didn’t get anything done.  I wasn’t getting motivation, I wasn’t learning, I was just numbly reading through different things.  How much of this is our lack of self confidence kicking in and as we hear often – that our thoughts become our actions, perhaps the lack of confidence kicks in and the action is the mindless numbing activity that we can find ourselves in.  If we can learn to enjoy each day and know that we are going to achieve the things we want, trust our inner guidance and know we can learn to feel more confident and then start to take advantage of the inner thoughts and voices that tell us what step to take next perhaps the massive action that takes place will result in great beginnings. 

Medium I am excited to continue moving my life; continuing to work on my patience and enjoyment of the journey.  I want to do all that I do, Right From the Heart.  The one thing I DO know, I am not quitting!

The Week After — Bliss!

November 24, 2009 by · Comments Off
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blissThe feeling of bliss and motivation has continued to push me through my personal development this week. After the Breakthrough Event in Cancun and having the great motivational speakers and personal breakthroughs it was time to get rolling with the Lifepath Unlimited business. This week was free from training. I made a decision to actually take some action and DO some of the things that I have been learning up to now. When setting goals this week one of them was to work on the Article work. So, I got busy writing articles.

 
writingI wrote three articles this week. One that I wrote was about Sean Stephenson – he was extremely motivating and seemed amazing to me in Cancun and I wanted to share what I learned from him and also help get the word of his book out there. I hope to do a review of it some time soon. Another article I wrote was about having a plan. The one thing that I have learned as I move into this business that it is so important to know what I am going to do next. I know that much time in the beginning was spent feeling a bit overwhelmed and having a plan of attack helped me so I wanted to put together some advice for others on how to make a network marketing plan . Another article I did came from an audio I had listened to that highlighted Ellie Drake and the importance of being a good coach. Her message was around being a Great Listener in order to be a great coach and ultimately a successful entrepreneur – she gave 9 tips on being a great listener and talked about how listening skills are required . In addition, I put together a checklist for myself that I need to run through after each article is written:

1. Twitter It
2. Facebook It
3. Digg It
4. Submit it to Search Engines (found here)

This may get added to as I continue on with my work. So, one of the three weekly goals I set – are DONE. The next goal I had was to start back up on doing free ads. However, after thinking about this one and some advice I had gotten while in Cancun, I changed this to work on Press Releases. The work I did here consisted of:

press release
1. Wrote two Press Releases to test the grounds
2. Found a list of 50 Press Release sites
3. Created a tracking spreadsheet to track the sites, my id, password and articles submitted
4. Visited each site to determine if the type of Press Releases I would be working with would match the site. (19 did not)
5. Signed up for an account; read their terms of service (noted sites that had expectations like 1 PR per day, etc)
6. Posted one or both of my Press Releases. (sites that were more stringent I posted only one of the two PRs)
7. Am tracking which sites accepted and which did not accept the releases.

So, second of the three weekly goals I set – are DONE. The third goal will not get done and was associated with my corporate job. With some additional time taken off of work this week, this goal didn’t get accomplished.

Even though I took time off from training literally every day offers me something new that I learn with Internet Marketing. Every article I write, every tweak of a press release I learned more and more about the marketing side of the business.

One thing that has been put in front of me this week is the subject of purchasing leads. I continue to struggle with wondering if I have chosen the correct path. There are many people at Lifepath Unlimited that are seeing success and all they are doing is purchasing leads through one form or another. Besides the funding challenge, I am working on generating my own leads because of what kind of business I want.
multstreamsI want a business that has multiple streams of income. I want a business where it can be successful because I have branded myself and to do that, I know I must become a leader and I must be able to provide value to others. In order to do that, I need to learn how this works, I need to understand what others want and need. If I don’t go through these motions I am not sure how I can provide value to people. By learning this process, going through the motions myself and branding myself I will be able to guarantee myself multiple streams of income.

By generating my own leads I also know that my target market will be on the other side of the phone when we talk. This will allow me to listen and have a higher quality conversation. This seems important to me as I work to do this Right From the Heart!

I also started a 30 day challenge this week, but I am going to write about THAT in a different post.

To close out this Blog, I wanted to say a few words about a woman that decided to depart the physical world this week. Our Grandma Helen (Aliera’s great grandma) has made her way to release from the physical binds that had, for a very long time, had her tied down – not in a happy place. I found something that I highly resonated with and will share it here:

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” Author unknown

I know she is in a better place, but she will be missed. She had three kids and has a slew of grandkids and great grandkids. RIP!

Breakthrough!!

November 15, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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P1003845The event of my life! (thus far!!!!) What a great few days! I have never gotten to participate in something such as what I got to experience last week. I have heard so many things about seminars and great events. I have been to many personal development seminars and this event was different. I was pushed to tears (yeah, I know… for those of you that know me, know that this is not the hardest thing to do) however… I can not express fully in words what this experience did for me. The name of the event is Breakthrough. And … “BREAKTHROUGH” is what you could say I had. This particular event had the theme “Unstoppable”.

Everything focused on how unstoppable we can be and how unstoppable we all are.

The speakers and activities were all arranged to show us we can do anything if only we put our mind to it. We heard from Sean Stephenson about how we need to get off our BUTS – and he isn’t talking about our padded behinds (necessarily!) He was referring to our excuses. He categorized our excuses into three types of excuses. The BUT excuse: but I don’t have the (fill in the blank); BUT fears: but what if I (fill in the blank); and BUT insecurities: but I’m not (fill in the blank). All different types of excuses we use to keep us from reaching our goals. Deanna Latson, who we all love, spoke about food – and living to be a centurion – the steps 1) Eat sensibly, small amounts of unrefined foods 2) Maintain strong relationships and 3) Keep your mind active. Cyntia Kersey was the next speaker and she writes books and lectures on how others have been unstoppable and how we can be unstoppable. Our next speaker (and guide for an evening event) was John Maesel – very awesome man. Very connected to the earth and FIRE.  Our next speaker was a man who definitely defined the word unstoppable: David Goggins. David spoke to us about what he has accomplished – which is really – actually – unbelievable. He as a 290 pound man who decided to start raising money for kids of fallen military personnel and he did it in a HUGE way. It was in 2005 he started (at 290 pounds) to run marathons and triathalons and other major races (he finished 5th and then 3rd in the 204 mile Badland runs) and has raised a half million dollars for the kids.

We also did things over the three day event that challenged us to move out of our comfort zones, such as breaking arrows and bending rebar with our throats. We also did The Firewalk. All of these things showed me we can do things that our minds tell us we can’t do. These things pushed me to take steps – small steps (steps that our mind tell us are impossible) – to reach a goal (breaking an arrow, bending rebar or walking across a bed of hot coals).

I love the fact that the Lifepath events welcomes kids. This is a very family oriented event. My daughter and husband were able to attend all events and some things even catered to my daughter. I love being part of something that includes what means more to me than anything – my family!

 

 

P1003853My major breakthrough for this event happened after the firewalk. I did not get across without some minor (although it did not FEEL minor the night of the event) burns. Prior to the walk we were taught that we needed to be 100% present, that we needed to know where we were, where we were going and we needed to have a plan. I found that when I walked across the coals, I left the present. After dissecting this a bit for myself I realized that I often leave the present, I lose touch with my inner self which results in me — holding me back. It keeps me from feeling comfortable in social situations, it keeps me from being able to tune into myself, which keeps me from being able to be my true authentic self. Although I have had no issues with following my intuition, I feel I am not able to call on it at will. I feel that this stems from many things in my life. I obviously chose a life to learn the lessons needed to truly break free and learn how to be myself – to find the paths that would lead me to lessons where I would be able to see the gap and then find ways to close it. At this point in time, I am not sure of my steps to take to work on this, however, possibly just realizing it may be the first steps. My work now is to find some 30 day challenges that will allow me to reach my goals which include breaking through the self image that I have created for myself!

Catching Up and Making a Change

November 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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My last blog in this category was entered two months ago. I was writing about week two of my journey of moving from the corporate rat race to owning my own business. I have come to the conclusion that the reason why I stopped blogging on this category was due to the fact that I was writing about things that had occurred a couple weeks (or more) prior. What I have decided to do is catch up with what I have been doing and where I am today and then go forward writing about what is going on in current terms.

Although I often do not feel I have gotten that much done the small actions every day have added up. I have done the following since my Sept 3 posting:

Web page: The purpose of this site is to sell coaching, products and provide recommended reading.
Training: I have gone through training for Squidoo, landing pages, Ezine articles and writing for pull (how to put together an article)
Articles: I have posted 4 Squidoo and 1 E-Zine articles
Ads: Learned how to place free ads through several websites.
Blogging: Am posting new releases for books that others interested in personal development may find interesting as well as posting book reviews as I finish reading books.
Affiliate: Have signed up for several affiliate associations which should help monetize going forward.
Autoresponders: I have gone through training and selected the application I will use going forward.
RSS Feeds: Learned about these and got my blog set up in several trackers.
Social Networking: Use Facebook and Twitter to build relationships; created a class that can be delivered
Synergy Training: Attended Lifepath Synergy training in Arizona.
E-Book: Have started writing my E-Book on goal setting.
Target Market Work: Took time and brainstormed and narrowed down my target market
Denver Waldorf School: Am chair of a subcommittee on PR and am on the Board of Trustees. Attended several events with my daughter.
Personal Development: Fished the 56 Days to Discovery, several books and listening to several MP3s.
Corporate J.O.B.: Work a full time job that changed during this time frame, so I am learning a new area of the business. Resigned my position with Qwest Women so that I could balance my life.

So, as I review all that has gotten done in just a few months I do feel much better. This proves to myself that it really is about taking small actions toward goals.

One of the best things that I have found is the training I found through Renegade University . They have assisted by laying out a plan of attack as well as given great step by step training. They teach attraction marketing. They take you step by step from looking at and determining what your target market is and then has a plan that takes you step by step through a set of training that gets students up and running. I highly recommend this training!

I have also gone through numerous emotions in the last few months. Although there was a very high level of excitement in the very beginning as time has moved on, my level of excitement has been contained. Don’t get me wrong, I am still very excited. There are many positive feelings – more positive than negative but… there have been negative feelings.

Guilt
I go in and out of feelings and thoughts of guilt. Thoughts that I am not doing enough for the business, thoughts that I am not doing enough at my corporate J.O.B. often go through my mind. At times when this happens I keep thinking about what I ultimately want. I know that I am someone that has always gone over and beyond at what I do and where I am at and I know I can’t do that at everything in my life right now. I have to let some things just be.

Fear
I know fear is a normal feeling when moving out of a comfort zone and doing something new, something unknown. I have definitely felt this as I move forward. I think there are times that my fear keeps me doing some of the right actions to get me moving closer to my goal; it is really easy to fall back into the comfort zone. Especially when I was told I would be moving to a new job within my corporate J.O.B. the fun of learning something new definitely had my mind moving away from my ultimate goal.

Anger
There has been anger at myself. Thoughts that I might have jumped into something too quickly have entered. If I would have spent some of the money on getting the business up and running then perhaps I would be further along. There has been anger at my up line due to some feelings that they have not paid me one iota of attention (after my sending them the money for signing up). The training from them was minimal – there WAS training and it WAS great to have and get. I listen to what other associates are getting and wonder why I am not getting it, I wonder if others are getting more training and included in things that I have not been. I know that my up line had given leads to others (I was one of these) – but I have not gotten that. I then popped out of this negative emotion and realized only I can make this a success. It doesn’t matter what others are getting and if I am missing out on something others are getting.

There is no room for blaming others, I need to take responsibility for my decisions and my actions. I have chosen to do this business and want to do it in such a way that I am branding ANDREA and that has taken some time. Although I could have put all the dollars I have invested into calling leads I have made a decision that this is not the way of the future of selling on the internet and it is especially not how I feel comfortable and not the way I want to sell. I want to establish relationships and give people full training and value. I want it to be Right From the Heart!

Do You Have a Million Dollar Idea?

October 23, 2009 by · Comments Off
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Before You Quit Your Job; 10 Real Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar BusinessBy Robert T. Kiyosaki (and Sharon L. Lechter)

I usually start my reviews with a summary of who the author is and what they have done. In the case of Robert Kiyosaki, most people have heard about him. Robert Kiyosaki is just about a household name, and if by chance you have not heard of him, you have more than likely heard of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This was his first book and is what his business has been built on. As I have been working through my own moving from my corporate job to my own business the title of the book attracted me. Robert Kiyosaki has had a life that gives him the knowledge and an authority on this subject. He was in the Marines; he worked at Xerox, started a business that hit a level of high success and then within a short time failed. He started another business that was successful in promotional material for Rock Bands and radio stations, taught business seminars and then most recently and very successfully started the Rich Dad, Poor Dad company work where he teaches millions of people about money through his lectures, books and also through the CASHFLOW 101 game.

This book, Before You Quit Your Job; 10 Real Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business; goes over 10 lessons about starting a business. I was attracted to the title as I am working through a change in my own career of moving from a corporate job into my own business. This book definitely had some pearls of wisdom and it did create some self-talk within myself questioning whether I was really ready to take on this transition. In the beginning of the book Robert discusses some of the traits that are required for an individual who is moving from a corporate job to that of entrepreneur. The following is what he laid out – indicating that in order to make the transition an individual must have the following specific traits

1. Ability to change philosophy from security to freedom
2. Ability to operate without money
3. Ability to operate without security
4. Ability to focus on opportunity rather than resources
5. Having a different management style to manage different people
6. Ability to manage people and resources they do not control
7. Team and value oriented rather than pay or promotion oriented
8. Active learner – no graduation day
9. Generalized education rather than specialized
10. Courage to be responsible for the entire business

The rest of the book then wove these traits into 10 lessons that Robert teaches by utilizing the story around all of the steps he went through in his life, starting in high school and moving to his current success. Each lesson incorporates his examples and word of advice. Each lesson also pointed out 5 areas that one should have covered either within themselves or with partners or paid consultants. The 5 areas are product, legal, systems, communications and cash flow.

Lesson 1 A successful business is created before there is a business
Lesson 2 Learn how to turn bad luck into good luck
Lesson 3 Know the difference between your job and your work
Lesson 4 Success reveals your failures
Lesson 5 The process is more important than the goal
Lesson 6 The best answers are found in your heart…not your head
Lesson 7 The scope of the mission determines the product
Lesson 8 Design a business that can do something that no other business can do
Lesson 9 Don’t fight for the bargain basement
Lesson 10 Know when to quit

Something that is really great about this book is that Sharon Lechter, one of Robert’s partners finishes each lesson with some words of advice around the same lesson. Having a different perspective from a different point of view, helps teach the lesson in a different way – which can help reaffirm the lesson.

Some of the information is repetitive (quadrant and B/I Triangle) and I would say there is A LOT of tidbits of very useful information throughout the entire book. It is one to read, highlight and then pull that information out for future use. The information in the book showed me some reality around starting a business but was more than that as well. There were suggestions on how to start the business and what a business needs to have in order to be successful. It opened my eyes to some of the hard work and some of the gaps in my own knowledge and expertise and was also helpful in shining some light on reality. The only thing I can think of that would have been nice was to have some more suggestions on what to do in the certain areas if you weren’t strong enough.

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