May 292013
 

retirement, missing tile syndrome,happiness, financial mastery, gratitude, passionate entrepreneur,

“Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness”-Anonymous

Happiness seems to be one of those subjects that has always been intriguing to my readers and me. It is that elusive thought or feeling that we have in our mind. Some people define happiness as a place, such as Florida or a nice warm climate fishing village on the Mediterranean sea. We have this perfect thought in our minds that helps us get through the day-to-day. For others, happiness is a specific time in the future. Some people look forward to the day when they no longer have to do X,Y, and Z. Or they look forward to the day when they will be retired.

This concept of retirement is interesting. I define retirement as a state of financial freedom that comes from achieving financial mastery. I think retirement has nothing to do with age or a date somewhere out in the future. Nor does it have anything to do with happiness.

Can retirement equal happiness? Absolutely, my guess is there are a lot of retired people who are very happy. However, I suspect that feeling of happiness came long before retirement. In some respects happiness is just a choice that we make or don’t make everyday. This is a learned skill that for happy people it just becomes a daily habit. Similar to brushing ones teeth. This is a daily choice driven by gratitude. Having a gratitude mind set is what turns the daily choice of happiness into a life long habit.

Careful of the missing tile syndrome.

We all have the missing tile syndrome. What’s the missing tile syndrome? Let’s say that you were on vacation in Europe and you walked into the gorgeous church or historic building. As you looked up you noticed a ceiling that was immaculately decorated with a gorgeous mosaic tile. The tile ceiling is of the greatest detail and with most vibrant colors you have ever seen. Now let’s say that in the middle of this tile ceiling one of the tiles was missing. Now despite how gorgeous this art work is, what is the first thing that you notice when you look up at the ceiling? Yep, that’s right you notice the missing tile.

Easily explained, practicing gratitude is about focusing what we have in life and not on what we don’t have. This is an exercise that we need to practice everyday and is not easy for anyone.

Making the choice to be an entrepreneur is the first step towards choosing happiness in your life.

For a passionate entrepreneur like myself  happiness comes from building businesses. I love to build businesses. I love the challenge, the risk, the reward, the chase, the highs, and the lows. I love learning about building different businesses. I love understanding how to create something out of nothing. How to build something from the ground up and then hire someone more qualified than me to run it. I love providing value, a service, or a product to the community. I love helping others. I love knowing that I am in complete control. That I truly own my successes and my failures. That there is no one in my way.  There is no one who I can blame for situations that make me unhappy.

As a business owner, your happiness is directly related to how many people you help. It’s not that date off in the future when you will be “retired.” Want more happiness? Than start by helping others to find their happiness first. Like the quote above…

“Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness”-Anonymous

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Apr 082013
 

happiness, profitable service business, profitable business, repeat customers, happy business owner, ideal customers

 

8 steps on How to take control of your day. One excuse at a TIME. Part 1

The Two Most Important Days in Your Life- According to Mark Twain.

 

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Mar 182013
 

entrepreneur, happiness, born leader, focus, take action, passionate about work, passive income, systems, technician, michael gerber, e-myth,

 

Click here to learn more about Michael Gerber’s best selling book the E-myth

Clich here to learn How to: Calm the chaos and get your life back.

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Mar 042013
 

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Click here to learn the key to your small business success.

Click here to find out how “Learning more” will help you with “Earning more”.

 

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Feb 202013
 

 

passion, focus, hard work, enjoy the journey, trust your gut, rely on your team, long term success, honest and integrity, execution

But what else does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur, and how should an entrepreneur define success?

Here’s what I came up with, a Top 10 List:

10. You must be passionate about what you are trying to achieve.

That means you’re willing to sacrifice a large part of your waking hours to the idea you’ve come up with. Passion will ignite the same intensity in others who join you as you build a team to succeed in this endeavor. And with passion, both your team and your customers are more likely to truly believe in what you are trying to do. Continue reading »

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Aug 132012
 

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Here are five observations about the entrepreneurial mind and personality.

1. Entrepreneurs are passionate, inside and outside of work.

Whatever they immerse themselves in, entrepreneurs typically invest fully and passionately. This extends beyond business building into many aspects of life outside the workplace.

2. Entrepreneurs are committed to building businesses, not just coming up with great ideas.

Most people with ideas don’t build businesses. Most entrepreneurs we know look for good businesses to build, given their area of expertise. We’ve met countless individuals with a “great idea” who never Continue reading »

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May 072012
 

entrepreneur, manager, technician, leadership, what it means to be an entrepreneur, business coaching, build a better business, time management

 

 

Part 1.

So, what does it mean to be an Entrepreneur? If you read my blog regularly you know that I love do discuss the topic of Entrepreneur. Everyone’s idea and definition of what an entrepreneur is different.

Part of me believes that there is a lot of glamour around the word “Entrepreneur.” For example if you are at party and  you engage in the typical small talk with someone you don’t know.  When they ask you the inevitable question “So, what do you do?” You might say that you are a business owner, a leader, or an entrepreneur. Personally my response to that question is ” I run a window cleaning business. ” I say it this way because I like to take the glamour and the ego out of it. Yes, I am very proud that I own a successful business and that I have been in business for 12 plus years, but that is not the first impression that I want to give to someone I just met.

I chose this picture above because I think there is some real truth to it. There is also some real humor to it. For example: the last slide on the bottom right with the fire fighter putting out the fire, is where some of the humor of this picture lies. “What I actually do,” at first glance in funny.

However, after I think about it, I completely disagree.

  • If you find that “What you actually do” is to put out fires all day, then you have a problem.
  • If you are the answer man for your employees than you have a problem.
  • If you are the problem solver for your business than you have a problem.
  • If your customers have to talk with you in order to get anything done, than you have a problem.

 

Choose your role as a business owner wisely. Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we need to stop doing instead of focusing on what we should be doing. Stop doing the stuff that is non-essential to achieving your goals.

 

 

Part 2. How to: stop doing the things that hurt your business. What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur?

 

Redefining Your Role

In the beginning, every business owner must take on many tasks, including even sweeping the floor. But as the operation grows and matures, hiring others to take on responsibilities becomes critical to healthy growth.

Trap: Failing to redefine continuously you’re changing role in the organization. When that happens, you end up with much more than you’re able to accomplish efficiently. If the process continues, physical symptoms such as stress… high blood pressure… and depression can develop.

Solution: Take an honest look at your workload and identify tasks that you don’t do well. You may be digitally gifted but possess little financial savvy.

Or, you may be an excellent “people person” but hopelessly disorganized. The real measure of a successful business owner is in knowing when to complement his/her own skills by hiring others who can take over certain key roles.

Example: A client who had founded a newsletter for bankers saw the newsletter grow to the point where he had 12 full-time employees. As time went on, he found himself increasingly frustrated because the demands of being editor and publisher left him virtually no time to spend on sales and marketing. After rethinking the needs of the business and in order to assure the publication’s future, he decided to turn the editorial duties over to a trusted associate and concentrate his own time on sales and marketing.

That move immediately cleared the logjam of work on his desk… freed his mind from constant worry about getting everything done… and ultimately led to a growth spurt fueled by new, highly successful marketing campaigns.

Does this example sound familiar? When is the last time that you redefined your role and delegated some of your less valuable tasks?  Take action today and perform this exercise to help you to STOP doing the things that hurt your business.

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Apr 302012
 

entrepreneur, manager, technician, leadership, what it means to be an entrepreneur, business coaching, build a better business,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what does it mean to be an Entrepreneur? If you read my blog regularly you know that I love do discuss the topic of Entrepreneur. Everyone’s idea and definition of what an entrepreneur is different.

Part of me believes that there is a lot of glamour around the word “Entrepreneur.” For example if you are at party and  you engage in the typical small talk with someone you don’t know.  When they ask you the inevitable question “So, what do you do?” You might say that you are a business owner, a leader, or an entrepreneur. Personally my response to that question is ” I run a window cleaning business. ” I say it this way because I like to take the glamour and the ego out of it. Yes, I am very proud that I own a successful business and that I have been in business for 12 plus years, but that is not the first impression that I want to give to someone I just met.

I chose this picture above because I think there is some real truth to it. There is also some real humor to it. For example: the last slide on the bottom right with the fire fighter putting out the fire, is where some of the humor of this picture lies. “What I actually do,” at first glance in funny.

However, after I think about it, I completely disagree.

  • If you find that “What you actually do” is to put out fires all day, then you have a problem.
  • If you are the answer man for your employees than you have a problem.
  • If you are the problem solver for your business than you have a problem.
  • If your customers have to talk with you in order to get anything done, than you have a problem.

 

Choose your role as a business owner wisely. Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we need to stop doing instead of focusing on what we should be doing. Stop doing the stuff that is non-essential to achieving your goals.

Stay tuned for next week’s Part 2. How to: stop doing the things that hurt your business. What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur?

 

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Apr 252012
 
leadership, clear expectations, trust, communication, Vision, Mission, Culture, role model, leader, coach, delegation, systems,
Below you will see 4 leadership tips to remember. As me move through our busy days we often lose sight of  our primary role in our business. These tips will help you to remember what that role is. Leader, mentor, and coach.

  • Challenge the process– First, find a process that you believe needs to be improved the most. Constant never-ending improvement needs to be a point in your culture that you and your team live by.  There is always a better way of doing something. Challenging the process will help initiate the learning process. What your EARN is equal to what you LEARN, and no one can do the learning for you. Hint: No need to re-invent the wheel, there are plenty of business owners who have created and recreated systems for service businesses just like yours. Get in touch with them and leverage their knowledge today.
  • Enable others to act – Give them the tools, authority and methods to solve problems themselves. It’s not just delegation, enabling others to act is more than just delegation.  Successful delegation starts with clear expectations, an understanding of the end result desired, the tools and the training to successfully solve the problem or complete the task.
  • Model the way – When the process gets tough, get your hands dirty. A boss tells others what to do; a leader shows it can be done. Earn your team members respect and lead by example. Show them that you have a full understanding of the work or task that you are managing. This will go a long way in helping to get results through others. The best managers are the ones that have had direct experience completing the task they are managing.
  • Share the glory– Share the glory with your followers’ heart, keep the pains in your heart. Give credit where credit is due. Make sure to praise your team every time you have a chance. Amplify the results of the praise by giving the  praise in public and around their peers. This will create a positive and competitive culture that makes an environment that is fun to be in. Remember, a FUN culture equals a PROFITABLE culture.

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Apr 092012
 

Personal goals, profit, purpose, be, do, have, dream builder, take action

 

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with setting goals. I am a firm believer in-goal setting, I also believe in applying your goals to the SMART acronym. This process helps you to think your goals through and which increases your chances of completing them. Setting a smart goal is the first step. It is not the end all be all.

We need to think a little deeper. We need to understand what is occurring or what needs to occur when we as leaders go through the process of envisioning the goal, setting the SMART goal, and working our little butts off to achieve it.

The concept that I am referring to is the BE, x DO, = HAVE concept. The best way to explain it using the example of weight loss. So, let’s say your SMART goal is to lose 20lbs in 3 months, because you want to look awesome for summer beach season.

  • Working backwards, the HAVE is the goal of loosing 20lbs.
  • The DO is: Exercise 3 times a week, avoid bad foods, watch your meal portions, ect…
  • The BE is: Who do you need to be in order for you to exercise 3 times a week, avoid bad foods, watch your meal portions, ect…?
Typically people who are good goal setters do well with the HAVE and the DO. They set the SMART goal, they put together a plan to achieve the goal, and they focus and get it done.  This is clear in the weight loss example. How many people do you know who have had a weight loss goal similar to the one I have described above? Sure, they probably have a good track record of achieving the 20lbs goal.  If they would ever ask themselves, why do I need to keep setting this weight loss goal? Their answers would fall into the DO (exercise 3 times a week, avoid bad foods, watch your meal portions, ect…) category.
So, why do these goal setters stop doing the DO? This is starting to sound like a Mtn. Dew commercial :). They stop doing the DO because they are missing the BE. The question they are NOT asking themselves is, who do they need to BE in order DO the things they need to do, so that they can HAVE this things they want to have?
In the case of the weight loss example they need to BE active people, they need to BE healthy eaters. Their identity must be to BE a healthy person in order for this change to be long-lasting and permanent.
So, who do you need to BE in order to achieve your personal and business goals?

 

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 April 9, 2012  Posted by at 6:00 AM Leadership Tagged with: ,  1 Response »