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Hi, I’m Megan Burns, the Naptime CEO. I started and grew a professional consulting firm during naptimes because I didn’t just want better work/life balance, I just wanted a LIFE! Along the way I’ve learned quite a bit about what to do and what NOT to do – and I’m still learning. Join me on this journey as I share with you what I’ve learned and continue to discover about being a Naptime CEO. Because, hey, life is too short to live for weekends!

~Megan

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7 Ways Ballet Makes Me A Better Entrepreneur

Original photo coutesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy

Original photo courtesy of Toni Bazala, Pazaz Christian Dance Academy

The world of ballet, with its classical music, costumes, and pointe shoes, may not initially seem like it has anything to do with running a business – much less a consulting firm focused on manufacturing.  However, I would argue that as an entrepreneur there is much to be learned from ballet. So much so, that beyond my typical weekly classes, I’ve invested the last two weeks in a dance intensive. (Three days a week for five hours a night.)

So let me take you past the stage and the lights and show you what you can learn from this performing art that can make you a better entrepreneur. Continue reading

Don’t Handicap Your Children

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We so often want to make our children’s lives easier, but that’s not always what’s best for them. By challenging them, we make them stronger.

It took my son three years to finally get the courage to climb the entire way to the top of this climbing wall. Each year he would climb a little higher and fueled his desire to master this climbing wall. When he finally made it, he had a HUGE sense of accomplishment!

Photo credit: Ed Burns

Photo credit: Ed Burns

How to Pursue Your Passion

Pursue Your Passion

(This is part 3 of a 3 part series.)

In Part 1 of this series, I outlined three different options available when you take the Entrepreneurial Leap. The first one I describe is to pursue your passion. This option works well if you have 18 to 24 months to make the transition from employee to Naptime CEO. This option also assumes that you’re making some type of transition from what you are currently doing to what you plan to do in your newly launched business.

Here are the major steps you need to take to Pursue Your Passion. Continue reading

Lowest Hanging Fruit

Photo Credit: Anna Hunter

Photo Credit: Anna Hunter

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series)

In my last post, How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap, I talked about different options for taking the leap. The second option I highlighted was Grabbing the Lowest Hanging Fruit. This is a phrase we often use in my consulting firm when talking with clients about options that will get them some quick wins. – Actions that have a big impact with little effort. – This was the option I chose and is the most popular option if you don’t have lots of time for your transition plan – say 12 months or less.

Here’s what you can do to launch a business around your lowest hanging fruit. Continue reading

How To Take The Entrepreneurial Leap

 

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto

(This is part 1 of a 3 part series.)

So you’ve decided you want something more out of life than just the typical get up, drop the kids off, go to work all day, pick up the kids, dinner, then bedtime routine.

You want more time with your children, but still have a professional life.

You want to be a Naptime CEO!

But how do you even start?

In this post I’ll take you through the key decisions you’ll need to make, your options, and what I did (and why you shouldn’t do that). Continue reading