Is Your Business Killing You?

I got into the family plumbing business when my husband's partner died.  My husband, Hotrod, and his best friend, Richard Yox, started the company together.  They had been friends since they were 8 and 9 years old.  While Hotrod is a laid back guy, Yox could get wound up.  His health, while not great to [...]

3 Surprising Things That TOP Entrepreneurs Do Differently

I get all fired up reading about cool, inspiring people who live interesting lives and create profitable businesses.  We hear a lot about their hard work.  But I'm not buying it.  Here's what I've noticed they do instead... 1. They don’t work that hard. Super successful entrepreneurs work less hard than they used to - and than we do! [...]

4 Olympic Lessons for Business Owners

Did you watch the XXII Olympic Games? Inspiring! Perhaps you’ve been moved to improve your physical fitness. Substitute fruit for potato chips. Go for a run. Do some yoga. Train for a springtime race and dream BIG! You may be inspired to dream BIG about your business, too. Here are 4 Olympic Lessons for you, dear Biz Owner! #1. Relax. Sage Kotsenburg took it nice and easy and won the Gold Medal in the Snowboard Slopestyle event. While others pushed and pulled, he sailed to first place with a big grin. Yes, you have to train and learn and make mistakes. When it comes time to DO it…just DO it. And enjoy it. Be unattached to the outcome. While achieving the goal is important, consider this: You set a goal because you think you will be happier if you achieve it. What if you pursue happiness first? Live in gratitude. Be of service. Have fun and laugh at all of life’s absurdities. In this state of happiness, you make better decisions and reaching the goal becomes inevitable. We so often have this backwards. That if we stress and strain and somehow reach the goal, THEN we will be happy. It doesn’t work that way. […]

Business Makeover Tip #5: Empty (Some Of!) Your Purse Into Your Head

"If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it away from him because an investment in knowledge always pays the best dividend."  ~ Benjamin Franklin Become a student of business and personal development.  Reach out and find community with people who have accomplished things that align with what you want. [...]

JCI Wonderful Copenhagen!

Last week, I was asked to speak about success to a group of mostly 20-30 year olds.  They belong to JCI Wonderful Copenhagen, a chapter of the worldwide JCI organization.  I’d never been to Denmark, and I love young people (not as crabby and cynical as old farts.) And I was inspired by the mission of the group and their slogan…Be Better. So, I said, “Ja!” Fortunately, the Danes I met speak English very well.  So, as a lazy American, I was rewarded yet again for speaking only one, albeit a common, language.  Also fortunately, I didn’t study up on characteristics of Danish people.  Because according to a few of the delightful people I met, Danes have a reputation of being a bit reticent and not very outgoing.  Tværtimod, everyone I met was friendly and kind and welcoming! […]