Chiquandra C. Cross

Take Responsibility For The Energy You Exchange With Others

Jul
09

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prah is one of the most recognized people in the world.  She is a person who has created a living legacy that literally has impacted millions.  I greatly admire her for all that she has endured to be who she is today and for all that she stands for.  She is a principled woman who speaks her mind and does what she wants to do when she wants to do it.  We also have several things in common, including the love of both books and tequila.  She is an awesome example of using your gift to touch the lives of others.

 

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I  was a late rider on the  Oprah bandwagon, but now that I am on the wagon, I am all in. I love all things Oprah and I am a supporter of her network.  I am an OWNAmbassadorOWNer,  Super Soul Sunday’er and I am always ready for Life Class.

At least once a year I will watch her final episodeRandy Pausch’s Last Lecture, and Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University commencement speech for spiritual grounding, enlightenment and encouragement.

Her final show was a moment in time that allowed the world to see directly into her heart and fully understand and embrace the 25 year run of The Oprah Show.  It was chock full of platinum nuggets of wisdom and as I watched it I felt connected to the  millions of others who were watching the show in that same moment.

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3rd Quarter Goals

Jul
07

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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.

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Return on Your Investment

Jul
06

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.

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Integrity Breeds Opportunity

Jul
05

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A couple of years ago I had a friend refer a potential client to me for grant writing services.  I scheduled a meeting with the executive director and some of her staff and after asking a few questions I determined that they weren’t read to embark upon a grant campaign.  Their vision was too broad and though they were supported financially by their parent organization, they didn’t have enough history or constituents served to be competitive. We talked for a while longer and I stopped and asked to speak with the director alone.

Once we were alone I let her know that, in my opinion, they were too young and inexperienced to be competitive.

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