Before Burnout gets you, do this…

Stop what you are doing.

You know that frustration, don’t you? The one where if you have to take another call or look another customer in the face you will scream? The nostril-flaring, eye glaring deep breathing type of frustration that if only you could win that million dollar lottery you would prance out of that office and never look back? ID-100372752

Yea, that one.

Stop what you are doing before you burnout and make a wrong choice, and take a breath, and just be…

Yourself.

Life is not easy, and jobs are not perfect. People are flawed in many ways, but that doesn’t make humans less important.

It just means we need a moment’s peace to be ourselves, maybe in the silence of our beds, closing our eyes and breathing in the deep aroma of our favorite coffee.

Stop what you are doing, and just be….

 

Does your Employer have the Sink or Swim Mentality?

There’s really no way to be nice about this, now is there? I can try to be nice about it, but truth is sharper than any two edged sword. The truth is employees are ID-100234952not stupid and they know when their employer has tossed them in a seven foot pool with nothing to keep them afloat but sheer determination to not drown.

Welcome to Corporate America, where they send you for a 30 day training, shoving handbooks down your throats until your eyes bleed fine print, regulations and procedures that annoy the hell out of you. Image courtesy of jesadaphorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When you get out on the floor doing whatever it is your supposed to be doing is when it hits you. “This wasn’t taught in training! WTF!” But you’re supposed to remember it and your supervisor will expect you to know this.

There it is. A hard truth. You may have a supervisor, but it is highly unlikely the company who took a chance and hired you is going to spend the money it takes to have an expert shadow you and train you to be the next expert on that job. In fact if your class hired for training is fifteen people, statistics are high over half will quit, and half of the other half left alive will get fired.

On the contrary, it is highly likely they will expect you to remember every damn thing you heard in training (Let’s not forget that role playing!) Oh the role playing! Let’s all pretend to be stars, shall we?

If I wanted to be a shining star I would have pursued an acting career. ID-100297335

So here we are, carving out a meager living in corporate america pushing the eight to five grind with reports carved on our asses with every mistake or confused step we take. Dealing with reports, system issues and customers who think you are a revolving door and how dare you have to take a piss or eat lunch! You are a robot after all and should be there when the customer walks in, no matter what. Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

But we are not robots.

At the end of the day, with that deer in the headlight look of: “Wtf am I doing with my ID-100365512life? Is this it?” We continue on, staying afloat in a pool deep enough to drown us, but our perseverance keeps us alive. Sometimes we need an incentive to keep going, and a break. Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So if you are in this gut wrenching frustration of a job, I encourage you to take each moment at work with a deep breath, thankful for what you have, and persevere to keep looking for something better.

ID-100371635When you get home, fix a cup of coffee and write down the pro’s and con’s of your job/employer. Then I want you to write down your goals and a step-by-step plan to reach your goals. Be honest with yourself. If you’re not happy now, it’s not going to change any time soon. Image courtesy of tiramisustudio at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A good employee doesn’t settle, a good employee who has the guts to persevere over that deep pool that could drown them will keep their eyes out for better opportunities that won’t require so much just to sink or swim.

 

 

 

Finding your Happy Place when Life Drama is Overwhelming

We all have one. ID-100388026

That happy place we go when life is too much. When people get on your nerves. When you want to tell the company you work for to shove it and show them where to put it. Image courtesy of kancp26 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100496518

Every person needs a break. A time out. Silence. Image courtesy of Maxim Weise at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Our minds are not wired to go 24-7 to deal with people drama. Let’s face it, people get on our nerves. The problems, the complaints the ignorance!

Even customers need a break from the drama they cause on a daily basis to store clerks and customer service representatives. And those employees need a dang break from the company they work for that is causing all the issues they have to deal with. Just saying.

We have to take time for ourselves to unwind and recoup from day to day life drama.

ID-100342022If you can’t escape away from humans, then try to make a place in your home that is an escape for you. In fact, scenic pictures and soothing colors have been proven to calm the soul and lower blood pressure. Image courtesy of satit_srihin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So, here are some beautiful scenic pictures for you to ponder on to help take your mind off of your stressful day.  The day will end and tomorrow brings a new day. Make sure you are taking the time to go to your happy place daily, even if it is in your mind by reading a book or just admiring beautiful art. Image courtesy of digidreamgrafix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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In this Age when People Claim to be Experts, What is True Entrepreneurship?

Passion, Risk and Strong Networking Skills are a small fraction that defines a true Entrepreneur.

On the other end of the business venture spectrum, you may see some Fickle boredom. Every year people claim to become experts at a venture and hype what they are doing (or plan on doing) until it looks like they are making a career out of it but are they really entrepreneurs? Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100402411

They have become so good at claiming different levels of expertise they make you question business development in ways that leave you confused. The so called professed entrepreneur has flip flopped on so many different endeavors and never stayed on track with any one goal or venture.

All the sudden they aren’t doing their endeavor anymore but since then may be pursuing something else. They are a master (know it all) of everything they do, yet they are an expert at NOTHING. On their Linkedin profiles, or facebook pages they advertise themselves as experts of everything just because they did it for a few months then got bored because they didn’t get rich quick or make enough money to gloat about that either.

ID-100251535Entrepreneurship is the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. Part of being an entrepreneur means you create something with passion to help fill a void in others lives. Your passion drives you to succeed with whatever risks it takes to make your dream work.

Entrepreneurs pursue an endeavor until they master it. They become experts at their endeavor, bringing something of value to the lives of people. You don’t become an expert in thirty days. A CNA doesn’t claim to be a doctor do they? An author who is not selling books can’t claim to be a bestselling writer either. It takes time to make an endeavor succeed and claim to be an expert. Image courtesy of sumetho at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Being an expert means you have a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area. But this day and age with social media everyone can claim to be an expert, right? Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netID-100271285

When I was growing up experts were considered a person who had mastered a specific field of study and had earned their stripes. Even thirty years into their respective fields of study, they were still learning. True experts continue to hone their skills in areas of study they mastered in. They don’t go from one thing to another every few months and then claim to be experts.

Flip flopping endeavors means one of two things: Ingrained passions so driven with creativeness, or Get rich quick dreams.

Sorry, you can’t make that million dollars in thirty days selling that product. Oh, but wait! If you get three people to sign up under you, and they get three, and so on then you can make it! Actually, that is a pyramid scheme.

With true entrepreneurship, anything worth doing is worth doing well and not quitting. During the course of years, if you know people, you see patterns and traits.

Patterns from a person who flips flops every year or less on an endeavor tells me they are bored. Maybe they don’t know what they want. However, if they are a meticulous creative many new endeavors will excite them! These type of entrepreneurs will step out to pursue more than one venture and confuse family members to where they may ask: “What do you do for a living again?”  ID-10023518

Fickle boredom on the other hand, is like that housewife who one day is going to open a bakery in her home, then a month later a daycare, then after that she does something else. She flip flops. She doesn’t endure. But yet she can say she is an expert online because she has done so many different endeavors! Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Entrepreneurs don’t give up. They push forward. They exhaust themselves into oblivion pursuing a dream, a goal they cannot give up on. They persevere. If their desire is to pursue a different endeavor every few months with no success because they are bored, they would not be classified as entrepreneurs, they would, in fact be bankrupt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perseverance: The Answer to Building Business One Failure at a Time

Perseverance: A continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering. Steadfastness. ID-100196984

“I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison. He built more than one thousand patents in his lifetime: The telegraph, microphone, and the light bulb. Image courtesy of twobee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

In 1881-1882 he designed the fist power plant and electricity became distributed! I bet you didn’t know during World War I, he also worked on flamethrowers and torpedoes.

His inventions all had one thing in common: Perseverance.

No doubt he spent countless hours fretting and contemplating the ideas catapulting off his brain that left him sleepless nights. His hard work and ingenuity has given us the power to flip a switch and turn the lights on. Think about this for a minute: We can flip a switch, when he was the one who slaved over a dream and persevered to make it happen.

ID-10074139Behind him follows a slew of inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners who tried and tried and failed multiple times until something came out of their ideas. Image courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

They didn’t give up, they just found many ways their first ideas didn’t work, that is all.

Persevering means you don’t give up, no matter what obstacles you face. You may face obstacles in your way, but Thomas Edison didn’t give up. He just found 10,000 ways it didn’t work. Remember?

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!” Madam C.J. Walker, creator ID-100290992of a popular line of African-American hair care products and America’s first black female millionaire. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.” Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop.

How hard would you work today for your future if you knew tomorrow would leave you jobless, homeless and destitute? What legacy would you want to leave behind if you knew you had only two months to live?

What lasts through time, which has been proven, is our perseverance. Our hope. God give us a strength deep inside to survive no matter we may face in life. That in itself is a legacy to leave behind for future generations.

ID-100462736Running a business, fighting cancer, struggling to survive day by day makes no difference. How we handle adversity does affect the outcome. It’s your reaction, not your circumstances that determine your survival. Image courtesy of nalinratphi at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I repeat: Your reaction determines your survival. Not your circumstances.

If you have a dream deep inside to do something that will benefit the world, you have to know that desire did not just pop out of thin air. God has a purpose for every one of us.

Don’t lose hope. We are breathing today for a reason. We cannot see what tomorrow may bring, but deep inside, God gives us this thriving, ambitious hope.

What legacy do you desire to leave behind?

How to Encourage Entrepreneurship through Business Development

Entrepreneurship is defined as a painstaking effort in organization, managing and assuming the risks of a business. A venture. It increases value into the economy, turning a profit. Successful entrepreneurs believe in expanding the work force, the drive of the economy for everyone.

Entrepreneurship begins with a single thought, a hope, a dream, a flicker in the deepest innards of the imagination. Image courtesy of Ohmega1982 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net ID-100268174

If faith is believing in something we cannot see, then entrepreneurship is believing we can take nothing and build it into something mighty. The entrepreneur is always planning, allowing his creative juices to spawn more breathtaking ideas to enlarge his territory, building stronger ventures. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou.

Do business investments and ventures fail? Of course they do. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that wont work.” -Thomas Edison. The difference between failure and learning lessons is the time it takes an Entrepreneur to never give up.

An entrepreneur does not give up. If they face a crossroad in their path, they regroup their plans and work harder to see another one succeed. They seek the good of the economy and welfare of our livelihood.

ID-100102538“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill.

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” -John C. Maxwell. Image courtesy of suphakit73 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Do you think the great entrepreneurs of our day have not made mistakes? “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake; you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” -Adam Osborne.

Estee Lauder, Michael Dell, Martha Stewart, John Rockefeller and Milton Hershey. The list goes on and on, but they all have one thing in common:ID-10094473

They are entrepreneurs. They did not give up. They learned from their mistakes. Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

They had a spark of an idea that beamed into a hope. That hope grew into enough faith for them to step out into the unknown. It made them work harder to see their dreams become realities. “Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.” -W. Clement Stone