T he first half of 2014 is in the history books and whatever happened, happened. If you had successes, great, I hope you celebrated and documented. If you didn’t that’s great too. It’s great because you get a do over.
You have the next 90 days of your life to create a strategy for success.
I have three tips to help you start out on the right track. (more…)
This week my friend and fellow 31 day blog challenge partner, Nikki, has been blogging about motivation week. After reading several of her posts, I decided to share one of my favorite motivational videos.
I can’t remember the first time I watched Randy Pausch‘s Last Lecture, but I usually watch it along with two of my other favorite motivational videos at least three times a year.
Randy’s last lecture was funny, inspirational, compassionate and a love letter to his children. He stood in front of a room filled beyond capacity to deliver it and for about an hour and fifteen minutes he held the audience captive. The elephant in the room was that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, but to look at him it was hard to tell. While on stage he did not exhibit the disposition or behavior of a dying man. In fact, early in the video he does several push-ups to demonstrate his physical fitness.
During the lecture he talks about the obstacles that we are all bound to face. He said,
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
As an entrepreneur I learned early in the game that it was necessary to spend money to make money. I purchased books and participated in workshops, seminars and teleclasses. I joined mastermind groups and several networking organizations and even started a mastermind group, all in an effort to perfect my craft and grow my business. At the time I didn’t know anything about getting a return on my investment (ROI), I just wanted to make sure I knew as much as possible so that my business would be successful.
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At the beginning I looked for low or no cost opportunities to get my business off the ground and I quickly learned that no or low cost wasn’t enough. I needed to go deeper. I wanted to go deeper. I wanted to be successful and in order to that I needed to open my wallet and bet on myself. If I wanted to be successful I needed the maximum return on my investment in my number one commodity…myself.
Bootstrapping my business wasn’t ideal at the time, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.