Here are a few of my favorite things to help you in life and business (please note, I DO NOT receive affiliate compensation from the following sites):
-Life hacks (simplified quick tips to make your life easier, like the best days to purchase an airline ticket): http://1000lifehacks.com/
-New York Times Article on How to Get Government Contracts so you can do business with the government: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/business/smallbusiness/08contracts.html?_r=1&
-10-Minute Oprah Video on How to Get What You Want in Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpwW42HVZws
-Will Smith interview on How to Be Successful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3CRdPHDCC0
-One of the best F.REE tools to promote your product/services on social media: http://www.paywithatweet.com/
-My favorite sites for watching almost ANY movie or TV show FREE: http://megashare.sh/ AND http://www.tubeplus.me/top/Tv-Show/All_Times/
-To get a $1.99 or 99 cent promo code for GoDaddy, you can Google the search term: "Go Daddy Promo Code"
-Free Online Tarot Reading (fairly accurate, but as with anything, take with a grain a salt and trust your own Inner Guidance and consult your own mental health practitioner or Spiritual Advisor): http://www.free-tarot-reading.net/free.php
-9-part F.REE series on "Why People Don’t Heal" by Oprah show expert and intuitive, Caroline Myss (very powerful stuff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGZfZsTYgo
-A drink coaster for women (or men) that allows you to detect whether or not your drink has been spiked with Katamine or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), the two common substances used to drug women (great gift for college student): http://www.watchyourdrink.com/coasters.htm
-Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon History of Rap performance (this will put a smile on your face): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlDllZHJjeM
-50 Simple Ways to Pay it Forward to help others: http://thehalfwaypoint.net/2009/09/50-simple-ways-to-pay-it-forward/
What are some of YOUR favorite things? Please share in the comment section below.
Every dream has a price. Few know this is the official tagline for ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.” My question for you is: what price are you willing to pay to see your dreams come to fruition? I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about how much time, dedication and sacrifice are you willing to “pay” in order to get out of your comfort zone and share your passion with the masses? To abandon all of those excuses that have held you back from getting out there to do what you love. Here are a few questions I want you to ask yourself:
-Are you willing to turn off the TV/social media to work on your next project?
-Are you willing to pick up the phone to connect with people in your niche, even if that means cold-calling?
-Are you willing to ask for help?
-Are you willing to actually follow up on all of the business cards/referrals you collect?
-Are you willing to take IMMEDIATE, SAME DAY action to implement a new idea?
If the answer to these questions is “Yes,” then that means you should be affirming your “Yes” with immediate action. Anything other than a “Yes” means you need to build a bigger you so that you can have “Yes” energy.
How do you create “Yes” energy? For me, I find that if I don’t take action within two-minutes to implement an idea, the chances of it happening decrease. Why? I discovered that if I get a great idea and wait longer than two minutes to implement it, I will have talked myself out of it. Fast implementation creates “Yes” energy and builds up confidence so that bigger opportunities can come your way.
But, so many of us sabotage our “Yes” energy with “No” behavior that in the end makes our dream more costly than what it should be. Here are some examples of “No” behavior:
-working on everyone’s dream or project except your own
-not changing your routine & engaging in the same monotonous behavior everyday
-Working on your dream by yourself instead of brainstorming with likeminded individuals
-working behind a computer instead of engaging with others hands on to implement your dream
I think you get the idea.
And remember, you don’t have to have all of the pieces figured out to launch your dream. You will gain clarity and learn at a faster rate as you implement.
And why did I say "it's not about the money?" I'm not suggesting we won't have to spend any money to help our dreams along. When we want something bad enough, we find money from anywhere, whether it's for the latest gadget or luxury. So if it came down to the wire, surely, we can come up with the same investment to make our dreams come to fruition. No amount of money, however, can buy the "Yes" energy and courage you need to step out of your box to both initiate and MAINTAIN the dream.
Are you playing too small?
As many of you know, I went to a joint venture event last week in California where I networked with more than 300 AMAZING entrepreneurs from around the world.
The lessons I learned were PRICELESS! I recently shared some of my biggest takeaways with my mastermind group. While I can’t share them all (there were SO many), I do want to share with you one lesson you can consider whether you’re a business owner or not:
"Think of all of the people [you were meant to help] that are suffering now because YOU are playing small...There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." -rich german
I am going to keep this short and sweet. I believe EVERYONE has a responsibility to pay it forward. In fact, there is someone waiting for YOU right now to get out of your comfort zone and help them move forward. And perhaps even save their life.
Think of ALL of the people who did this for you. Those who encouraged you or mentored you at your lowest. Don’t you think it’s time to get out of your comfort zone so you can help others get out of theirs?
I’m in beautiful California this week at a MAJOR business event where fellow authors, speakers and coaches, like myself, will be getting together for one purpose: joint venturing (JV). In fact, some of my e-mail subscribers will be there too and I can’t wait to meet them!
For those you not family with joint ventures, it is simply an agreement between two entrepreneurs to promote each others services or products to their e-mail list. JVs are one of the fastest ways to grow your list, promote your business and increase your sales. The entire event I am attending is geared toward joint venturing. There are some AMAZING entrepreneurs here! I wish the rest of you could be here with me. But, since that isn’t possible, I’m going to share with you some JV tips (some not-so-obvious) you can use in your business right now:
1. Go to as many business events as possible in your field so that you can network. This is a great way to meet potential JV partners.
2. Go to their web site BEFORE you call them. There’s nothing worse than talking to a potential JV partner after they’ve given you their business card and it’s clear to them you have no idea what they do. This will also help you figure out potential ways you can be of service to them.
3. Once you get their business card, contact them RIGHT AWAY! I’m talking same night, or same day. Feel free to use my e-mail "script": "I saw on your web site you do XYZ, I think there may be a way for us to help each other. Perhaps I can connect you to some of my resources. Let’s set up some time to chat."
4. When you JV, make it a win/win for both of you. Listen to them. Ask them which of their programs they are looking to promote now. Perhaps you can be of assistance.
5. Along those same lines, consider featuring them in your newsletter, podcast, blog talk radio show or web series. This is a great way to BUILD A RELATIONSHIP (which is essential to JVing), learn more about them and promote their business, like I will be doing next year in my new "Game Changers" series. Plus it gives me a chance to put my journalism degree to use again :) Some JV partners even agree ahead of time to promote each other, whereby they both promote the interview to each other’s list.
6. If you discover they may make a great fit as a potential partner in the future, stay in touch with them. Set up a reminder on your e-mail or cell phone calendar to call or e-mail them periodically, just to see how their doing. However, realize that some business relationships may not blossom into a JV partner. I would encourage you to stay in touch with them anyway. When you’re on the entrepreneurial path, I can not OVERSTATE how important it is to stay in touch with likeminded people.
7. Better yet, create an easy way for you to stay connected by starting a FB group or business group on LinkedIn. This works great if you’ve met various people at a group event. Earlier this year, I did this with a group of more than 100 AMAZING entrepreneurs I met at a speaker’s conference in Nevada. We still keep in touch today and support each in our businesses in various ways, including a telesummit we did over the summer.
8. Some of the JV tasks (like emailing) can be delegated to your virtual assistant, or JV manager if you have one.
9. Many who do JVs, offer commission whenever someone from the JV partner’s list purchases from them (affiliate marketing), but many entrepreneurs forget to use contests and incentive bonuses when approaching potential JV partners. By the way, this is a great way to get the attention of a JV partner with a big e-mail list, especially since they receive so many JV requests.
10. Be generous and accommodating to your JV partner. Make it easy for them to work with you by having an affiliate program already set up and do NOT be stingy with the commission. I learned this tip from a top marketer in the JV program I belong to: 50 percent or higher is the recommended commission to offer someone with a really big list.
Hope this list helps?! Let me know in the comment section which tip you will be using.