School of Greatness

One quality about yourself can make you appear attractive, but if it’s the only quality you have – it won’t keep people wanting more of you.

Listening to Lewis Howes podcast today on Relationships (the section with Matthew Hussey) and this struck me.

Businesses like people – can reel you in, but if the one thing they used to reel you in, is all they have… it won’t be long before you’re bored.

In business or in life – strive to be better all the time. Read your customer or your spouse and rise up to meet them. Keep them wanting more.

 

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Success Begins With Imagination

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

My wife thinks “dreaming about things” is nonessential. She’s a doer rather than a dreamer. And I love that about her; we make a great team because sometimes I get far too caught up in the dreaming…

I know a lot of people like my wife: a bit of a skeptic, quick to point out the reality of any situation and even quicker to argue that “hard work is much more valuable than dreams.” I don’t believe hard work is any more valuable, but I’d go as far as to say equally beneficial.

Yes, we need to take action but what action do we take if we don’t know what we want? More simply, what road do we take if we don’t know where we’re going?

1989-RandMcNallyDo you remember those old Rand McNally Road Atlas books that your grandparents would keep in the car for all those boring road trips you’d go on (or maybe you’re too young – if you are, they were what we had before GPS)?

If my grandparents and I were going somewhere my grandpa would insist that I tell him what roads he needed, so I had to learn how to read one early on. He’d say, “we’re going to make our first stop in Medford, [OR] – tell me how to get there,” and he’d point to where we were on the Washington State Map, “we’re here. Now, show me you know where we’re going.” I’d have to open to the state of Oregon and point to Medford so he knew that I knew.  

lfa_statemapLIFE IS LIKE THAT! “Imagination, (or dreaming), is the equivalent of a modern day GPS; it tells you where to go, based on the knowledge of where you want to end up.” (Tweet This)

Believing in your imagination, and dreaming about who, or what you want to be, helps counter the doubt too!

why?I highly doubt Walt Disney ever said things like, “that’s not reality,” or “that will never happen,” or “that’s not how the world works.” He’d say, “Why not?”

When Russell Wilson was interviewed prior to his second appearance in back to back Superbowl’s, he asked his team, “Why not us?” Which soon became a team slogan used by many of the team’s fans. 

“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and say ‘Why not?'” – George Bernard Shaw

Wilson and Disney were not born with magical powers. Neither was Michael Jordan, or Madonna, or even Steve Jobs. They easily, and often times let their imagination run wild. 

Do it today – let yourself IMAGINE. Tell the universe what you want and then, when you know what you want…get to work. 

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Why? Image, is used courtesy of the photographer: Art Poskanzer

Transparency Tuesday: The Post-Op Appointment

Transparency Tuesday is a concept I’m experimenting with here on the blog. Each Tuesday my post will be about an issue I’m dealing with in my life on a personal level. Whether it’s about the business I have (finding influencers, the struggle with giving things away for nothing, going “bankrupt” the first 3 months I was in business, etc), or my own personal issues surrounding love, life and being a mom. I won’t be high-lighting anything; this is the real deal.


“We found a 4mm nodule on your left lung, at the top…. what we suggest is that you follow up with your primary care physician for a CT scan.” My heart was pounding, way more than it had been in the week prior.

I had noticed something was weird on Thursday after my appendix surgery. I was short of breath walking up one flight of stairs, and I had these weird twinges of pain in my chest. I wrote it off as anxiety because I was about to get on a plane for New York. I was beyond excited so I figured the excitement was causing me to be acutely sensitive.

It was still pretty bothersome in New York. My friend Stephanie and I would be walking around the city and I could barely have a conversation with her between breaths. I blamed it on my surgery because, in all honesty, I wasn’t sure if it was (or could be) the culprit. I knew my follow up appointment was May 1st, so I waited it out. However, the chest pain and the shortness of breath weren’t changing.

When I got to my appointment they looked at my incisions, poked around, and then asked, “do you have any other concerns?”

“I have a hard time catching my breath and when I take in deep breaths my chest hurts.” I put my hand on the right side of my chest.

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Transparency Tuesday: Social Media Influencers


Transparency Tuesday is a concept I’m experimenting with here on the blog. Each Tuesday my post will be about an issue I’m dealing with in my life on a personal level. Whether it’s about the business I have (finding influencers, the struggle with giving things away for nothing, going “bankrupt” the first 3 months I was in business, etc), or my own personal issues surrounding love, life and being a mom. I won’t be high-lighting anything; this is the real deal.


ss-2018-new-year-800x533My goal at the onset of 2018 was to “land” two social media influencers.

What does that mean? It meant getting my product in the hands of social media “stars” who had large followings and a large influence on that following. Get them to wear my stuff, and post it on their Instagram page.

The problem was, I had no idea how I was going to do it. I didn’t even really know how it all worked. I tried to Google it, but nobody could tell me the process of how exactly to get ahold of influencers (was it DM, was it email) or what to say once you had their attention. But you know what they say – your intention is the first step to getting what you want.

By the end of February, I had two.

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