“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. ” -George Bernard Shaw There is a lot that can be learned from kids entrepreneurs. Many will start their businesses with the hope to save up for something-like an ipad or a new car. And some start businesses just to do what they love and to give back. Clay is one of those boys. I was traveling Maine this weekend and stopped to see my friends Rob and Megin, along with their awesome kids. During my visit, their 10 year-old Clay, showed me the business that he had started around his origami. Clay has been doing origami for a few years now and loves it. But he is not just trying to sell his creations. 75% of all his proceeds go to an African orphanage and bringing his new adopted sister home from that orphanage. I decided to help out. Above is the stellar dragon I bought. He did a great job, didn’t he? As I went through Clay’s website and meticulously chose the one I would buy, I was reminded of these important lessons: [...]
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By falling back on addressing your crowd with questions that are safe for everyone, you may only generate a discussion useful to no one. Questions will result in immediate feedback. You can enhance the relationship between you and your crowd and find better ways to connect with them. The more in sync a leader is with their audience, the more effective your crowdsourcing efforts.
I had coffee with a friend of mine who works from home and outsources a lot of his projects. He was sharing a story of a small business who subcontracts out to him and constantly changes their mind and the scope of each project they work on together. They would like him to be on a monthly retainer, however, he no longer feels comfortable doing so since the business doesn’t seem to know what it wants from each project. It would be one thing if it was just him, but he also has a team he outsources to. Have you heard a similar story? As he was telling me this, I got to thinking: Do we all give off mixed signals at one time or another? –Have you ever told someone to do something for you, but then changed your mind or what the outcome should be? –Have you ever gone out on a date, said you had a lovely time and that you would call the person, but then never did? –Have you ever told your kids not to swear, but then dropped the F bomb? Of course you have! You may not have meant it, but you have [...]
As a leader and an entrepreneur, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned: Just Breathe. Everything else will take care of itself. It’s true. We get ahead of ourselves instead of allowing life and its gifts to occur and grow within our lives. It is the same with our businesses and organizations. When we breathe (and smile), we remember that we have a choice in the decisions we make, how we experience life and all that it has to offer.
In my line of work, I spent a lot of time with leaders, entrepreneurs, social media strategists and freelancers who work from home. Does that sound like your crew? And we’ve all heard people say “I have a system”. That system can be anything from a way of losing weight to getting that to-do list done. What’s nice about them is that systems help take the frustration out of daily living. They help you do what you WANT to do in an easier, more consistent way. A system practically does the work for you. Here are 3 EASY every day systems that will help you get things done: #1. Top 3 Things That Will Make the Most Impact: Make a list of everything you have to do. Then figure out what are the top 3 things that you could do that would make the biggest impact. Make sure you absolutely do those 3 things. If you get to the others items on your list, then it’s an added bonus! #2. Make an Appointment with Your To-Do: When we schedule appointments, we put them in our calendars and treat them with a little more seriousness. So, do the same with items [...]