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Hey Entrepreneur – You Need More Heads, Not More Hats

Hey Entrepreneur – You Need More Heads, Not More Hats

Entrepreneurship - I really am obsessed, entranced, and totally immersed in all its charms. It’s the only kind of roller-coaster ride I truly enjoy. I love the fire and drive of a real entrepreneur, that person who “has an undertaking” and is determined to see it through. I love playing a part in innovation, in bringing value into the world in as many unique ways as there are unique people. But what I do NOT love is watching an entrepreneur go through the pain of trying to fit just ONE MORE hat onto a head that’s already overloaded. So here’s a love tap for all you “I can do it ALL” entrepreneurs. Yes, you can. You’re smart, you’re passionate, you’re committed, and you’re willing to learn anything and do anything necessary to make your business a success. Your motto is “Whatever it takes” and you take that seriously. But it doesn’t matter how hard you’re willing to work, or even how good you get at wearing all of the hats. You won’t ever be the only person you need in your business. Here’s why: You know that pretty much every trait has a continuum from one extreme to another, right? Yin to yang. Introvert to extrovert. Perfect pitch to tone deaf. Most people, for any of those characteristics, fall somewhere along the continuum. Not all the way to one extreme or to the other. So let’s take a VERY simplified look at two characteristics that are VITAL for a successful business — Innovation, and Replication. Without innovation there is no new value being introduced. No competitive edge, no way...
The Siren Call of Doing it All

The Siren Call of Doing it All

“How do I fit everything I want to accomplish into this lifetime?” I asked for that question. Well, not for that one specifically, but when I had a whim to ask my Facebook family what they’d like for me to address in my next newsletter, this is the challenge that the higher power that likes to play a practical joke on me now and again thought I needed to be hit with. So for Susan, who says that this question is one she thinks about all the time, and for myself and for you, I’ll do my best to meet that challenge. It seemed to me that there are two variables we need to examine – “want” and “this lifetime.” Because “want” is a really big word, encompassing desires that range from “I want to get the yard mowed this weekend” to “I want to make a lasting impact on the huge number of people who feel alone and unappreciated in this world.” So when we ask how to accomplish everything we want to accomplish in this one lifetime that we are aware of living, the easy answer is, “want less.” But that isn’t my answer. That is an answer of limitation and we aren’t going to accept that. So what about that other variable, “this lifetime?” We cannot know the size of that one, it’s possible now to live an active life well past 100 years of age, and it’s also possible to die unexpectedly without reaching another birthday.  Since we cannot measure the time of this lifetime, it becomes tempting to look at other limitations, like energy, physical...
What Do You Stand For – and Do You Have the Right to Defend It?

What Do You Stand For – and Do You Have the Right to Defend It?

Freedom. It’s a basic tenant of “the American Dream” and a universal need in the human psyche. We crave the freedom to express our personal style in the way we dress, to express our spirituality in where and how we worship. We expect to have the freedom to choose our country’s laws and leaders through democratic process and the freedom to move across the nation without impediment. But perhaps the freedom we guard most passionately is the freedom to stand up for what we believe is right. But let’s say you are a business person, or maybe you’re a decision maker for a mega-brand, does the individual’s freedom of expression trump your right to take a stand? And how much influence does or should public opinion have in the determination of “right.” There have been some interesting examples to learn from. Phil Robertson caused an outcry from A&E, the network that carried his family’s reality show, Duck Dynasty, when he made statements that the network found unacceptable. But following the network’s announcement that they planned to suspend the outspoken Mr. Robertson came an outcry from viewers. A&E, they said, was violating Mr. Robertson’s freedom of speech by penalizing him for stating his beliefs in public. Mr. Robertson was reinstated. Cracker Barrel found themselves in a bit of a predicament over that incident as well. The company first said that it was concerned about offending guests by carrying products with the Duck Dynasty brand, and then reversed that decision in the hue and cry that followed. End result; all was restored. Mr. Robertson went back to his show and Cracker...
How to See Someone’s True Colors – Shine a Little Light

How to See Someone’s True Colors – Shine a Little Light

It was Mother’s Day morning. A cool, lazy day shaping up to be sunny later on, when a lesson landed on my lawn. Our year-old puppy found it first. I let him out to do what he does, smiling to watch him. He’s a gangly teenager now, looking more like a half-grown wolf than the baby bear we named him for. He ambled out on long legs and huge paws, his shepherd ears moving forward and back like satellite dishes, taking in the morning sounds. Mishka’s never in a hurry to do his business and come back in, so when he nosed curiously at a spot in the grass I thought it was just a delay tactic. He cocked his head to one side, glanced up at me, then wandered away still sniffing. But he came back to that spot, still looking curious, and looking at me again and dancing a bit from side to side. I knew I’d better go see what he was excited about. In the grass was a half-feathered baby bird. My first thought was that it was dead. But sensing my presence it lifted its head, opened an impossibly large, bright yellow beak, and demanded to be fed. The rest of the day was a scramble from computer (Google is your friend in times like these) to digging in the dirt. Baby birds need worms, about every 20 minutes. And they need to be kept warm. And they need water. And they need their mommy and daddy, but we followed the suggestions given by internet experts to try to entice the parents back to...
Leading With My Left

Leading With My Left

What happens when you ignore a “pattern interrupt?” When that pattern interrupt is your body trying to tell you that something is amiss (I wrote about the pattern interrupt we call pain in the last post) you end up learning a few more lessons. As I mentioned in that post, the last 18 months have offered many personal and professional challenges. I got sick, I published one book and completed another. I lost some friends, I gained some amazing but challenging clients. I had pain… I kept working. None of those things are unconnected, of course. While many of my friends and clients either have published books or have a goal of doing so, I had never considered myself a Writer (a writer, sure, but that was just a job requirement - to be a Writer with a Capital W meant something different to me) nor did I aspire to be one. Publishing a book put me far too much in the public eye for me to feel safe. So I got sick. Losing friends is hard, even when you understand what’s happening. This was harder. Because these were friends I never expected to lose. I asked myself what I was doing to attract this kind of treatment. And the answer came from an unexpected corner. On a whim, and because she came recommended by Kimberly Schneider whom I respect and admire without reservation, I had an Akashic Reading with Heather Gray. I keep an open mind about spiritual and energy readings. I know that the connection exists and that it can be navigated, I also know that some people who...