Finding your Happy Place when Life Drama is Overwhelming

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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

Overcoming Insecurity Issues with a Job Promotion

Congratulations! You worked hard, earned your stripes and got that job promotion.

Only one BIG problem…

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You now have a learning curve to master. Learning curves take time. You will make mistakes. You will have days where you think: “What was I thinking! I can’t do this! I am a miserable failure.” Or worse: “I’m going to get fired.” Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We’ve all been there where sometime during the course of your career you become an expert at whatever it is you do, then your gut screams at you: “Hey! It’s time to move on.” It’s time to look elsewhere.

ID-100487805You start over from scratch with new co-workers. Your new boss may or may not like you after a few weeks of getting to know you. Starting over becomes the fear of all dreads in employment, then soon you start to question your sanity of why you started looking and took the promotion anyway. Image courtesy of jk1991 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”-John Wayne

Every single opportunity you pursue in life comes with a price. There’s a learning curve that takes courage to master it, to become the next expert in your field. It all takes time.  ID-100378959

Don’t let fears of losing your job stop you from saddling up anyway and learning to become better and do a good job. Everything worth doing good takes time to learn to be its master. We all know time is not free. There is a price. Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Instead of fretting over your choice, take a deep breath and start over again and again, daily. Every single day, take inventory of your priorities and where you desire to be in life in five or ten years from now.

From a business perspective, all managers and business owners know it takes time to learn and grow. After all, you are being trained to learn and do what the company expects of you. ID-100315370

It takes looking past the fears of failure and believing in yourself, knowing that with time and encouragement you will master this career hurdle as well. Image courtesy of num_skyman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

Entrepreneurs: The Power House of Drive and Innovation

According to Wikipedia: Entrepreneurship is defined as the process of designing, launching and running a new business. It typically begins as a small business, (such as a startup company), offering a product, process or service for sale or hire. ID-100396532

In the 2010’s, entrepreneurship can be studied in college or university as part of the disciplines of management and business administration. It takes a person with courage and deep drive to pursue this endeavor, which helps build better business to business relationships and formidable bonds with business ventures, adhering to process standards by helping companies to grow. Image courtesy of Stoonn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs.”-Tony Gaskins.

Entrepreneurs have a drive within them, they cannot stop pursuing a new idea or venture. That is one of the reasons why America became so great!

A great example is Peet’s coffee. If you have never tried it, by all means go online to Peets.com and order some! You may be able to find it in your local grocery too. Alfred Peet, the founder, grew up in the Netherlands and moved to San Francisco, after trying the coffee available in the area he was not impressed. (Wikipedia biography)ID-100460993
In 1966 he opened Peet’s coffee, Tea & Spices, predating even Starbucks. Peet’s coffee served as a model for Starbucks coffee, did you know that? The founder of Peet’s coffee saw an opportunity to make an industry better, and he pursued his dream until he made it happen. He became an entrepreneur, his coffee business model and expertness encouraging Starbucks founders to this day.  Image courtesy of surasakiStock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Peet’s was one of the first coffee bean and brewed coffee retailers to offer specialty grade coffee, roasting the beans longer, with less of the sour taste of the coffees offered in the US at the time. They are viewed as one of the founding businesses in the gourmet coffee trade. (Source: Wikipedia)

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the nID-100176349on-successful ones is pure perseverance.”- Steve Jobs.

Entrepreneurs share their ideas and purpose with the world, growing more ideas and business ventures. The roads are not easy travel, and often may end in disaster or crushed hopes. True Entrepreneurs do not give up. The drive instilled in them propels them forward, their minds constantly churning, inventing or growing new ways to learn and start something new. Image courtesy of arztsamui at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Entrepreneurs also bring something of value to the economy, like jobs, and purpose in the workplace. Google is a great example, they started in a garage by the way. With each step up the business trade to building their brands, they have successfully pried open the world with a hope that helps catapult inspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their talents and dreams.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.”-Sir Richard Branson. He started a magazine when he was seventeen years old called: Student; and if you didn’t know he is the founder of the Virgin Group, which comprises over four hundred compaID-100390747nies.

The founder and CEO of Amazon; Jeff Bezos stated: “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

Doors of opportunity may be open in a variety of places and endeavors, but they don’t stay open forever. Entrepreneurs push forward to accomplish a dream, a flicker of hope, an idea before the opportunity vanishes. And if the door closes, they drive themselves to
pursue other opportunities or make a doorway for themselves, redefining businesses and innovation.

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