Nov 26

Are You a Believer?

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Do you believe in what you’re doing?  Do you believe in your career?  In your business?  If the answer is “yes”, then great!  If the answer is “no”, then we need to have a serious heart to heart.  Seriously, talk to yourself.  In a quiet room, think about what you’re doing, and ask yourself if you believe in it.  Do you do it well?  Is it something you are passionate about?  Let’s be honest.  Working a job that you aren’t passionate about is just a job.  If you dislike it, then it can be a soul-sucking, joy-robbing pain.  Is that how you want to live your life?

Doing something that you believe in, and that fulfills you is important, because it makes it so much easier to get out of bed in the morning.  It is also much more likely that you’ll put a lot more effort into the job, and focus on doing that job well.  That in turn translates to improved performance, and better results at the end of the day.  I’ve felt that lift in my soul when I like what I’m doing, and also that darkness each day, as my soul dies a bit, when I haven’t liked my job nearly as much.

What if you’re only “so-so” about the job?  Well, that means that you’re less likely to go that extra mile on it.  You’re also not going to get as much about it, and focus on being your best at the job.  You’re not going to be able to problem solve, and generally function nearly as well if you’re working in a job that is a poor fit.  I’ve lived it, and been in those jobs where I suffered from analysis paralysis.  “Am I going to get in trouble for this?  Or this?” Worse yet, is that feeling of losing your soul to something that you don’t really believe in, and really don’t even enjoy doing.

Why would you spend your life doing something you don’t particularly care for or believe in, if you have a choice?  Believe it or not, we all have choices.  Make the choice to step away, and find something else that is a better fit.  What I found when I switched jobs was that I suddenly was much more able to spend endless hours devoted to my job.  I lay my head down at night, content with what I’ve done that day.

Can you say the same for your job/career?  Why don’t you try changing it?  What’s stopping you from making a change, and becoming a believer in what you do?

 

 

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Nov 07

Leading Yourself

IMG 4655 300x300 Leading YourselfIt’s always easier to tell someone else to change than to take an uncomfortable moment to look at your own actions. Real leaders embrace those uncomfortable moments as opportunities to get to know themselves better.

A core element of leadership is to be self-aware – that is to know your strengths, weaknesses, blind spots and areas that you’d like to continue to develop. An effective leader knows she can’t do it all and has the confidence to delegate and ask for support. She also builds a team that compliments her weaknesses and is empowered to tell it to her straight when they think she is leading them down the wrong path.

 

Here are some questions that will help you get to know yourself better:

  • What would you be doing if no one was looking?
  • What do you not enjoy doing and have to do? Is this a work flow issue that can be delegated to someone more suited to the task?
  • Ask others what they think your strengths and weaknesses are and compare their answers with your answers. Do an honest assessment
  • Participate in activities you normally wouldn’t do to test your limits
  • Set yourself some stretch goals – these are goals that go slightly above your current skill level and see what kind of insights and experiences you gain from them
  • Take time for yourself to be with yourself. Drink a tea alone in a shop. Sit in a quiet place to contemplate. Keep a journal. Learn to keep yourself company

 

 

 

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Nov 06

Women Face Unique Business Challenges

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The reality of being a woman in an entrepreneurial role is that women face unique business challenges.  Recent statistics show that women are CEOs of only 5% of Fortune 500 companies.  We make up only 5% of entrepreneurs, yet we make up just over 50% of the population.  I think that we could talk about why those statistics exist until the cows come home.  I’m more interested in helping women become entrepreneurs, and overcome the challenges that they face.

Many of the challenges that women face have very little to do with business itself, but rather more to do with things like having small children, a husband who may not be understanding, housekeeping duties, expectations of society and extended family, and more.  Business is the least of the problems.  In an era where women are into parenting as a sport, and competitions over who keeps the neatest house, it can be daunting to break the mould and be different.

Know that it can be done, and it has been done.  But you have to overcome many challenges, starting with those at home.  There are so many resources out there for women who want to be entrepreneurs.  There are even special financial opportunities for women who are getting into business, just to encourage us to pursue those opportunities.

So, what does that mean for you, and your situation?  There is help at hand.  Starting a business isn’t all about risk tolerance.  Rather, it’s about controlling your life, and your future.  You can control your actions, and with a bit of support, and some education, you should be able to manage your future.  You even get to improve your work-life balance, because it’s all you, all the time, and focusing on how to spend your energy can be incredibly liberating.  You may need to be present when the kids get off the bus in the afternoon, or to taxi kids around.  If you choose among your options carefully, then you can ensure that you will be present when your kids need you.  How cool is that?

Most people I know who own their own businesses will tell you that it really is a lot of work, but at the same time, it is liberating in other ways as well.  Do you have a business you’re interested in starting?

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Nov 05

Entrepreneur Interview- Candi King

IMG 5827 1024x768 Entrepreneur Interview  Candi KingCandi King is a mom of four children, ranging in age from 9 to 14. She has worked with wood extensively, and makes a variety of different wood items, including puzzles, doll houses, and barns. She also sews, and makes reusable cloth gift bags.

  1. IMG 5812 150x150 Entrepreneur Interview  Candi KingWhat is your business/Business Name?  What does your business do?   I am co-owner of an ETSY shop called Wooden Ya Play. My mom and I make wooden toys and other crafts as well as eco-friendly reusable fabric gift bags.
  2. Why did you get into this field?  What opportunities did you see? My parents started a home business around 1990 when Dad retired and they moved to Oregon. The original business was called Wooden Ya Know. They made wooden toys, crafts and furniture and sold out of their home and at local craft shows. Now the business is called Wooden Ya Play and I thought ETSY would be a great way to sell the puzzles and other small toys Mom makes. I wanted her to be able to continue doing the woodworking she loves even when going to craft shows gets to be too much for her. I also want to be able to make and sell crafts from North Carolina.
  3. What have been your biggest challenges?  My biggest challenge is technology. Mom is great with the woodworking, but not so great with pictures or the computer. I knew I would be doing the online part, but I’ve been out of the computer field for so long now that I’m finding that I am also technologically challenged.
  4. What has been your greatest reward? I just started the business a couple of months ago, so I’m just proud that I was actually able to get products into my shop on ETSY.
  5. If you could change something, what would it be? If I could change something, it would be to increase (magically of course) my ability to promote Wooden Ya Play online.
  6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be? Don’t procrastinate, I’ve been thinking about doing this for about 2 years. I really could have done it much sooner, but I just didn’t get around to it until this fall.
  7. Social Media.  Yay or Nay? This is my weakest link. I need to use Social Media to let people know about Wooden Ya Play on ETSY, but I only know how to facebook and even that I mostly just read friends posts. I don’t want to spend time on Social Media as it takes time away from the many things I should be doing, but I need to learn more about it to promote my shop.
  8. How do you market your products? I have learned how to create a shop in ETSY and to add items. My next step is to learn to market my products. I hope to learn from friends who do use social media how to promote WoodenYaPlay, without overwhelming anyone with unwanted emails or endless pictures.
  9. Is your business a service or a product?  If you are a product, how do you handle production?   Mom and I produce wooden toys and crafts and I make fabric gift bags. We handle production in our shops in Oregon and North Carolina. That is one of the things I love about ETSY, you sell what you make, no need to make dozens of an item. Mass production takes the creative fun out of making wooden crafts and makes sewing backbreaking.
  10. What is unique about your business? Wooden Ya Play makes toys and crafts that are unique. Every puzzle, Welcome sign and bag are cut, sanded, painted or sewn by Mom and I. There are not too many 80 + year old women still out in a woodworking shop every day creating toys. Mom is really a fantastic role model for me and for my girls.
  11. IMG 5597 150x150 Entrepreneur Interview  Candi KingSell me your product/service. Wooden Ya Play can help you give fun, unique and creative gifts to many of the people on your list. We make toys, like fun or educational wooden puzzles or small wooden farm or zoo animals for children. “Welcome” signs with seasonal decorations that hang from them would be fun to give as gifts or to decorate for holidays and seasons throughout the year. Wrap them all up in my eco-friendly reusable fabric gift bags. New items are added frequently, so check back often to WoodenYaPlay on ETSY.
  12. How can people get in touch with you?  What’s your website/Contact information? Currently I can be contacted through my ETSY shop WoodenYaPlay. A website is in our future plans. I can also be contacted at WoodenYaPlay@gmail.com

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Nov 03

Working Mom Interviews- Miriam Savage

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Miriam Savage is another of my amazing working mom friends.  Read her story below.

  1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?
    Work outside of the home – but I work FROM home a lot too.
  2. How many kids do you have?
    4 – 2 girls and 2 boys
  3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?
    I have come to love crock pot soup! I dislike cream of anything and regular meat in the crock pot is not a win for my family. But crock pot soup seems to go over pretty well (which makes sense – since much of soup cooking is throwing stuff in a pot and boiling it…). My kids favorite is here:
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-taco-soup/detail.aspx
    I use a homemade taco seasoning recipe (found here: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/03/06/low-carb-taco-boats) and skip the red pepper flakes because my kids aren’t big on spice.
  4. What are your best tips for staying sane?
    I think I’d argue I’m not really successful in this area. J However, I focus on what is important in the moment and not everything. For example, if my house is messy but my heart desires to go do something fun with my kids – I do that. If my house is making feel stressed out – then we stay home and clean. You can’t have it all (unless you can afford house cleaning – which we choose not too at this time). So what is important today?
  5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?
    I have a google calendar and a paper calendar. I use the google calendar for things like school being out….reminders I may need when I’m out and about. I use the paper planner for the overall family scheduling. It is just easier to write it down. I’ve tried all digital and it doesn’t work for us.I also have an entire counter dedicated to holding kid junk. I’ve tried nice neat folders, but it just explodes too quickly. Anything of importance is on this counter and I typically clean it weekly. (It gets ugly when I don’t…ugly as in missed activities/signed papers or other important parental duties overlooked!)Another of my favorite tools is the “Our Groceries” app. I can make a list (usually groceries, but not always) and share it with my husband. In our house, I do the list making and he goes shopping for it. (Sometimes I even add stuff WHILE he is shopping. He always loves that!)
  6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?
    1 Dog – Sam. 8 fish. I know fish aren’t usually all that interesting, but I’ve ended up with some weird fish that come and “say hi” when you hang out by the tank. I’ve never had fish with so much “personality”.
  7. What are your hobbies?
    Picking up after my kids.
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    I enjoy running (but haven’t in a long time), reading fiction (I really try non-fiction because it makes you smarter…but I prefer fiction), playing video and board games, watching tv. Yes – these are all solitary activities… J
  8. What’s on your bucket list?
    My instinct was to run and look at everyone else’s. I didn’t.
    – I’d really like to go check out some other countries sometime. One would even be fine.
    – Learn to fly a plane.
    – Run a 2nd half-marathon and complete it in a time I wouldn’t be embarrassed to share. (This may be 2 items… J )
  9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?
    I’m a software engineer. I sort of lucked into this position, but have stayed because I really like it. I enjoy figuring out how to make things not work – and that is exactly what I do.
  10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?
    Making developers cry.
    Just kidding.
    I work with really great people. The work itself is just that…work. But my coworkers make it awesome to be here.
  11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?
    A writer. I haven’t ruled this out yet. But sitting in a quiet cabin in the middle of nowhere writing all day sounds very appealing. (Although – it probably wouldn’t be very good for me.)
  12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?
    My younger self is entirely too stubborn to listen to anyone older and wiser…even if it were me.
    But seriously – I’d tell myself that we are all talented. All. And there is a place for those talents somewhere.

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Nov 02

How Do You Deal With Tragedy?

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It was a tough week to be a Canadian last week. On Monday, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was struck by a hit and run driver in a targeted attack. On Wednesday, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was gunned down in cold blood as he stood guard at the National War Memorial at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Canadians watched and listened in horror as gun shots were heard inside the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, the heart of our government. We watched amazing video of bystanders rushing in, not thinking of their own safety, to help and comfort Corporal Cirillo as he lay dying.

In the days that followed, we heard stories of various reactions – people who were upset and targeting “them”, you know, anyone not like “us”; people who talked about how the so-called person who targeted the Parliament Buildings was upset at the system and suffered for years with mental illness; how the driver of the vehicle that struck Warrant Officer Vincent has terrorist ties and how could “we” have not known this?

It is very interesting to see how people react to these types of tragedies. I’ve seen people that I’ve expect to be strong, break down in tears and I’ve seen strength in amazing places.

How do you deal with tragedy as a leader in the workplace? You may not be directly affected by these tragedies but events like this do affect your employees. Do you talk openly about the incidents and encourage your employees to do the same, knowing that it will take away from their productivity or do you advise your employees to keep working and discuss the events on their own time? Or somewhere in between the two?

Times like this are emotional and trying.  Some find comfort and healing in sharing and talking through the events with others, while other people prefer not to talk about it at all. As a leader, I think encouraging your employees to discuss things if they choose to and offering to be there if they have concerns they are not comfortable discussing in public, is the best way to handle incidents like this. In addition to showing openness in the workplace, I think it also shows understanding and allows leaders to stay connected to their employees. Closing the door and telling your employees not to discuss tragedies only adds to an “us vs. them” mentality and leads to employees seeing a company as cold and unfeeling.

I am sure there are some people who feel that an employer has no obligation to its employees in these types of incidents but I disagree. As an employer and a leader, it does no good to ignore your employees’ well being. Employees who feel valued will be more valuable to their employer.

I am an optimist and hope that we will not see any more of the tragedies of last week, that those who are suffering from mental illness get the help they need and that the world can learn more tolerance but if it does happen again, please remember that your employees will be looking to you for guidance and how you react will have an impact on their lives.

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Oct 31

How’s Your Lifestyle Working for You?

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Lifestyle… What does this mean to you?

Everywhere I turn I hear the word “Lifestyle”. It seems to be one of the latest buzz words. But what does it mean? Unfortunately, it has come to mean whatever the person or business wants it to mean. I recently heard about a lifestyle center that was going to be built in the area. Being a Health & Lifestyle Coach, I assumed it would be about healthy living, fitness, nutrition and the like. But it turns out that this particular developer was using the term to describe a place for entertainment.

While socializing and being active are certainly components of your lifestyle, the word means so much more, and understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle can change your life for the better.

Here’s a definition that works for me.

Lifestyle: The way a person lives to one’s own choosing; the choices one makes everyday about everything.

In fact, your lifestyle is everything you do and choose as part of your daily routine:

  • Food you eat
  • Products you use
  • Time and priority management
  • Quality and quantity of Sleep
  • Career choices
  • Physical activity levels
  • Spirituality
  • Relationships
  • Your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and habits

Just as with anything worthwhile, when it comes to lifestyle, quality matters.

The fact that 80% of risk factors for leading causes of death are behavior related, means that 80% of your health is driven by lifestyle. And since genetics accounts for only 5% of your cancer risk. 95% of your risk is attributable to environmental factors and lifestyle.

You have control of your lifestyle, and ultimately of your own health.

Your lifestyle is your choice.

What can you do today, right now, to improve your lifestyle?

It’s not realistic to change all of your habits and routines all at once. It’s much more realistic to start by taking one step at a time. A good way to start is to change your way of thinking. For example, remind yourself that healthy eating is a lifestyle choice, and a gift to yourself. By eating healthier you can ultimately enjoy the lifestyle you desire.

If you’d like to learn more about the steps you can take to improve your lifestyle, contact me for a complimentary Breakthrough Session… www.mcghealthcoach.com/contact-susan-mcguire

You can also check out my own blog where I discuss natural and simple approaches to healthier living: www.healthcoachsusanmcguire.wordpress.com

What lifestyle habits are you struggling with?

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Oct 30

5 Things Successful People Don’t Do

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I previously wrote a post about 5 Things that Successful People Do.  I realized when I created that post that there are just as many things that successful people don’t do as well.  Or rather things that successful people do to overcome challenges.

Things Successful People Don’t Do

  1. They don’t allow negative thoughts to take over their minds.  That is not to say, that they should be unrealistic, but I’ve found that successful people generally do focus on the positive, rather than the negative.  And they don’t talk bad to themselves.  If you see yourself as bad, dumb, stupid, or whatever, then you project that image.  I frequently laugh, because I am a fat lady, and I think that a lot of times people don’t realize it, or realize just HOW fat I am because I don’t project that image.  It comes across in so many ways, but it does get to be downright comical at times.  Yes, I know I need to lose weight, and I work on it constantly.  But I don’t beat myself up for it either.  It is what it is, and it is changing, and I don’t allow it to rule my life.
  2. They don’t allow excuses to get in their way. How many times have you heard someone say that they’ll do something once they lose weight, or that they’ll do something once the number of hits on their webpage gets to where they want, or wait to publish a book because the bounce rate on their website is too high?  Seriously.  I think that sometimes we are our own worst enemies here.  Between the negative talk and excuses, how do people get any work done?  Simply?  They don’t allow them to.  Just set a goal and go for it.
  3. Allow analysis paralysis take over – One of the worst things you can do is to allow analysis paralysis to take over.  Sure, there will always be a better way to do something.  But, if you spend too much time trying to figure out which way to do something, you can really cost yourself in time, and money.  Sometimes a good enough answer is going to be fine.  Will it be perfect?  Nope.  But, the decision is likely to be serviceable, and allow you to move on with your life.  Take that as being good enough.
  4. Burn Bridges – Remember that the world is an incredibly small place.  If you burn bridges and annoy people, it will come back to you.  Karma is a bitch.  And be careful about stabbing people in the back too, or setting them up for failure.  You could be setting yourself up for a later act of revenge or Karma.  Just don’t go there.  It’s not worth it.  You’ll give yourself a lousy reputation.
  5. Lie –  Mean what you say, and say what you mean.  Don’t lie.  It never goes over well.  You may get away with it for a while, but eventually, you will be found out, and you will destroy your reputation.  Once you’ve done that, it’s nearly impossible to get back.  It’s easy to start good, and stay that way.  So, just tell the truth, and it will go much better for you.

What things can you add to this list?

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Oct 28

Entrepreneur Interview – Stephen C. Allison

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Biography

Stephen Allison is a former US Naval Officer, from Kansas City, Missouri. He let the good times roll in New Orleans where he attended Tulane University and he earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Stephen has been to six continents and lived on three. He’s crossed the Grand Canyon on a donkey, the Caribbean Sea in a submarine, the equator on a ship, and the prime meridian in a plane. Now he is trying to cross his KickStarter campaign funding goal! He is married to Colleen Allison and together they have a daughter, Elia.

 

Interview

  1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do?

    SevaStone makes integrated accessories for tablet computers, currently iPad Air and iPad Mini with more designs on the way.

  2. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see?

    SevaStone Cover 300x276 Entrepreneur Interview   Stephen C. AllisonEver since the first iPad hit the scene in 2010, I’ve been an avid tablet computer user. As a member of the military and an avid travel enthusiast, I use my iPad in a lot of different ways, and in a lot of different settings.   As an example, I even did the final term of my MBA program using only an iPad, mostly as a personal challenge to get away from more traditional computers.

    As it turns out, I am also a family man, and around the time my daughter hit her “terrible two” stage, I began leaning on Peppa Pig and Dora the Explorer to help get me through temper tantrums in the car. One day as I was pulling an iPad out of a protective case in order to put it into a headrest mount in the car with a two year old yelling in my ear, I thought “Why is this taking so long!” I mean it was only a minute, but somehow a minute stretches into an eternity with a little kid yelling in your ear.

    This led me to the internet to investigate rapid mounting solutions for iPads. I couldn’t find any that also provided full protection for my ipad. There were a lot of cases to protect, and lots of mounts for different situations but none of them worked together in a comprehensive way. As I did more research I realized that I was using my iPad the way my accessories allowed me to, in a very limited way, not in the way that way best for me. Further, I had invested in a line-up of accessories that were specialized for a particular model of tablet computer (e.g. iPad Air or iPad Mini) that meant double the accessories just get the same affects. Thinking of a way to quickly mount any kind of tablet using a universal mounting mechanism while also providing tablet computer protection led me to SevaStone.

  3. What have been your biggest challenges?

    SevaStone Roadtrip 300x253 Entrepreneur Interview   Stephen C. AllisonThat last sentence was a bit of fib, my little epiphany actually led me to “Tablet Turtle” and one of my biggest challenges so far. Tablet Turtle was the name we came up with for this system in the first place, but we were unable to obtain a trademark on the name. That sent us back to the drawing board, and finding a name that is appealing, can be trademarked, and has an available website name is actually a grueling process and set us back quite a bit of time even while our design effort moved forward.

    The biggest challenge we have faced is that the tablet accessory market is a busy arena, and standing out requires a lot of work even with a product that provides a unique functionality compared to the competition.

  4. What has been your greatest reward?

    Having an idea and turning it into a real product has been one of the best experiences of my life- totally worth it to look back on all of the hard work and see what the design started out as and what it has ended up being.

  5. If you could change something, what would it be?

    SevaStone Family 300x198 Entrepreneur Interview   Stephen C. AllisonIt would be to help people truly appreciate what an amazing time it is to be creative. A lot of people I meet really focus on the negative things in the world, but there are so many positives out there. The technologies that we have employed to develop SevaStone weren’t widely available even five years ago. 3D printing, rapid 3D modeling, cloud computing for distributed work teams, social media for marketing, crowdfunding, just to name a few. Heck even the iPad, the device we’ve built this system for, is only a few years old. There are so many disruptive technologies built to enable your creative voice to be heard, use them!

  6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be?

    Being an entrepreneur is a lot like running alone through a jungle that becomes ever denser the further in you go. You’ll need courage and resolve to keep moving when sometimes it feels like stopping is the best thing. Surround yourself with positive influences, friends and family to help keep you pushing through the tough times- because there will be tough times. Facebook friends may help you build your business, but real friends will be the ones that help keep you sane along the way!

  7. Social Media. Yay or Nay?

    Yay, these won’t be the connections that turn into sales right away, but they will be the influencers who help spark interest in your product/service. These social networks help put the small guy in a better position to engage their niche than any marketing tool before.

  8. How do you market your products?

    Combination of social, email, and other web-based services.

  9. Is your business a service or a product? If you are a product, how do you handle production?

    We are a product based company and use a manufacturing firm based out of Massachusetts to handle our production.

  10. What is unique about your business?

    Our product is the only one on the market that protects tablet computers while enabling rapid mounting in a variety of situations.

  11. Sell me your product/service.

    SevaStone Gekko 300x228 Entrepreneur Interview   Stephen C. AllisonAt SevaStone, we invented a universal mounting system that takes your iPad’s portability to the next level!

    Our innovative system of integrated accessories gives you the FREEDOM to switch between mounts and locations in seconds.  We take our patent pending mounting receiver and built it right into a super protective case.  While in its case, mount your tablet on your car’s headrest, a piece of workout equipment, on the side of our specialized messenger bag and so much more.  Our hands-free system is universally compatible with all our accessories regardless of model (i.e. – iPad air, iPad mini).  SevaStone saves you a ton of money and time.

  12. How can people get in touch with you? What’s your website/Contact information?

    I can be reached at stephen@sevastone.com and you can check out our website at sevastone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 25

5 Things Successful People Do

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I’ve been looking at my life over the last year or so, and thinking about what specifically sets successful people apart from others.  My life has changed dramatically in the last 5 years, and it accelerated dramatically about a 15 months or so ago when I changed careers.  I started wondering, what do successful people do differently from people who are less successful?  What is it about those things that they do that makes them successful?

5 Things Successful People Do

  1. Set Realistic, Achievable, Aggressive Goals –  Seriously, if you’re not going to do anything else, you have to do this.  You’re not going to go anywhere if you don’t have any idea of what it is you want to do. Not all outcomes are created equally, and while you can float along in life, it will only take you so far.
  2. Stick With It – The things that are most worth having are worth working on.  But that means sticking with them.  Persistence pays off.  It can be hard to stick with things when the shit hits the fan, but that is likely precisely when you need to stick with it.
  3. Make Continuous Improvements – Things rarely work out perfectly the first time, so the key is to make continuous improvements over a longer period of time.  Every time you do something, stop and analyze how you did on it.  Then figure out what you need to change to do it better.  I’m sure you’ll find many ways to improve, and can focus on making those changes, and seeing how they impact the outcome.
  4. Know When to Fight – It is worth knowing when to fight, and when to just ignore something.  Just because you aren’t arguing with someone doesn’t mean that you are agreeing with them.  It just means that you’re not wasting your breath arguing with them.  Let’s face it, not everyone is going to like you, or respect you.  Arguing with them isn’t going to change that.  Save your breath and energy, and focus on positive things.
  5. Let Little Things Go – Sometimes you have to decide when to let something go, and concentrate your energy on the big picture.  For me, that happens in a lot of different ways.  I have gotten help with the yard for instance.  That means that I don’t have to focus on pulling weeds, and mowing grass.  I can focus my energy on spending time doing the things that have a bigger impact, and make more of a difference.

The key here is focusing your energy on what is important.  Figure out which steps you personally need to follow to ensure your success.  That will require actually doing something towards those goals.

What about you?  What things do you think that successful people do?

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