Sometimes you need to prove yourself wrong.
If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
~ Winston Churchill
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
All speaking is public speaking, whether it’s to one person or a thousand.
~ Roger Love
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
We are so thankful for our business, our clients, our creative partners, and for the past crazy-busy year. We’ve had challenges, dreams, goals, and mobile apps galore, all come to fruition in 2012. We’re really excited for the year ahead and thankful for all the great opportunities that will come our way. We know that 2012 has been bittersweet for many, so we hope 2013 is much, much better.
The photo above is the result of candy sprinkles tossed in the air over our daughter and her husband as they left for their honeymoon. This is what is still left behind on the concrete more than two months later. It sort of sums up the past year and where we hope to go in the year ahead. Firm foundation, and lots of sweetness raining down upon us. We hope the same for you.
I’m going to hoard opportunities.
~ Rick White
Rick said this at a team meeting this week, and it’s simply brilliant!
Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland
We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are. ~John Maxwell
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already. ~John Buchan
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Harold R. McAlindon
The price of greatness is responsibility. ~Winston Churchill
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
Being an entrepreneur is not easy, but it is really worth it. We have a few principles we live and work by, and thought we’d share those with you.
Clarity - You must have focus. You must know your why. Why do you do what you do? Not only the big picture stuff, but why are you doing the more mundane things? Is there a reason behind the task you are doing right now, is it something you think you should be doing, or something you’ve always done, so you continue doing it? Examine everything and know why you do what you do.
Persistence - Keep on keeping on, as the saying goes. Many businesses thrive simply because they survived. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Stay the course, and you will win in the end.
Patience - This can be in short supply some days, but you will need to exercise your patience muscle quite often if you plan on succeeding in business. And in life.
Knowledge - There is always something to learn. Being able to learn something each day is a gift. Don’t waste it.
Tools - Have the right tool for the job. Everything from the smartphone, to the laptop, to the pencil you sketch with, use the appropriate tool for the job you are doing. Save yourself the aggrevation. Put all that energy to another use.
Organization/Structure - You cannot do it all, so surround yourself with people that have strengths that you don’t have. Do what you do best, and hire others to do what they do best. Your business will be hard to beat with such a strong spine.
Values - Be honest, hardworking and strive each and every day to give your clients the best. They trust you and they have invested in you. Be worthy of it.
Personality/Branding - It is important to develop your brand, but never sacrifice your personality for it. Potential clients will always respond positively when you share a bit of yourself along with your services. Be professional, but be personable. Win win.
Do You Have Enough Nerve?
Do you have enough nerve, enough motivation, and enough guts, to risk comfort and security for your dream? If you feel you have an idea that is worth the risk it is going to take to peruse it, then push forward as hard as you can. When that next great idea grabs hold of you run with it!
As a business owner, you never know when a great idea is going to strike, so you have to be prepared for success. Sure, there’s the practical side of things, such as having a good support staff, and systems in place so things run smoothly and efficiently, but the biggest challenge to success is within your own mind. Don’t take the spark of a new great idea and pour cold water on it by rationalizing it away with fear and doubt. Simply recognizing the spark of a new great idea comes naturally to entrepreneurs. It’s just the way entrepreneurs are wired. That recognition is the first step on the road to success. Risk, self-doubt, fear, opinions of others, are a few of the challenges that will come across that road as you journey forward. One step at a time gets you when you want to go.
Risk comes not only when you initially share your idea with others, but throughout the entire development process. Have the perseverance to see it through to the end goal! Don’t let anyone sidetrack you, and don’t become discouraged enough that you quit! You have done your homework, surrounded yourself with great people, fully tested your product, and have a plan in place for success. Right? Don’t give up because life gets hard. It will get hard. You can count on that. There will be discouragement, struggles, changes to your original product which will make it better, and life will interrupt your timeline, but you had the initial vision. You had the spark. You had the new great idea. Take that unique contribution and share it with the world.
Along with big risk can come big reward. What are you waiting for?