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.)

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How Do You Define Success?

How do you define success

A few weeks ago, I posted this statement to my Facebook page and got quite a response:

“If you want to be a Naptime CEO, you cannot simply accept the world’s definition of success, you need to create your own definition of success.”

(btw, if you haven’t already liked my page over there, check it out and consider joining us.)

All to often, people who want to start a business are afraid to because they think they might fail. What they forget is failure is based on your definition of success.

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When Your Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare

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I’m Back!

So I had to take a summer sabbatical from this blog. It was not the typical, “it’s summer and I want to hang out with my kids and go to the pool” sabbatical. – I kind of wished it was.

Instead it was more of the “Oh my word, what I am doing with my life, it’s a mess, and what could I possible offer to any other potential entrepreneur because I would just be a hypocrite!”

As with most things in life, the past few months were not nearly as bad as they felt at the time and I’m in the process of getting a grip on it all. So in keeping with my promise to be open and honest with all of you let me share with you what I’ve learned, because this journey of entrepreneurship and being a Naptime CEO is not always sunshine and rainbows. 😉 Continue reading

What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

While this blog post may not be a huge news flash to you, I’m going to bet, it may not be something you’ve put as much thought into as maybe you should have. Trust me when I tell you that if you don’t deliberately do this ahead of time, you can easily find yourself on a very slippery slope to a place you do not want to go.

Dress Rehearsal

My daughter’s dance class backstage at dress rehearsal.

What am I talking about? Sacrifice.

This practice is employed by anyone who excels at their craft. People who are incredibly productive don’t have more time than the rest of us, they simply make To Do lists and the all so important NOT To Do lists. Look at high performing athletes or performers, they make decisions every day about what they are going to do and what they will not do.

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Is Work/Life Balance A Myth?

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I don’t think we go an entire week, or maybe even an entire day, without thinking about work/life balance. We hear about it from HR departments, on the news, from our spouses (especially when talking about after school care for kids), and from ourselves  – usually in the form of guilt.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. See for the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been traveling to clients conducting training sessions. So for 13 out of the last 17 days, I have either left my house before my kids were even up, not getting back until 6:30 pm or I was gone for multiple nights.

“But Megan, you’re supposed to be The Naptime CEO, what happened to working from home and being there to get your kids on and off the school bus?” Continue reading

Are We Just Going In Circles?

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Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you’ve been in this situation or gone through the day once before? A deja vu moment? Do you ever feel like you’re repeatedly putting out the same fires or reminding others to not make the same mistake?

At these moments, have you asked yourself, “Are we just going in circles or do we have a destination?”

It’s very easy to fall into this cycle and I’ve been there myself. Want to break out of your own personal Groundhog Day movie? Here are the six strategic steps I try to follow every morning. I don’t do all six every morning (that’s not the point), but I usually get at least three or four of them in each day. These steps help me stay focused, on task, and achieve more of my goals. How’s that for a strategic plan? Continue reading

The Blessing In “No”

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“What if Your blessings come through raindrops,
What if Your healing comes through tears,
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials in this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
– Laura Story, Blessings

I’ve recently gone through a period of time with my consulting firm where I had to learn to see the blessing in “No.” Have you ever been there? During that time, I listened to the song quoted above and struggled with finding the blessing in “No” until just about two months ago.

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You Can Fire A Client But Not Your Child

Youre Fired

Do you ever have one of THOSE days? If you’ve been a parent for, oh I don’t know an hour, you’ve had one of THOSE days. Mine was this past Sunday.

My son is now almost 7 years old. He is very high energy, very bright, and very strong-willed. (Don’t know where he got that from….) While I’m usually pretty good at channeling his energies, it wasn’t working on Sunday. The entire drive home from church consisted of him asking me questions and then arguing with every answer I gave, even to the point of whether or not there were strawberries in the refrigerator! (which there weren’t but he insisted there were.) Once we got home the conversation switched to what needed to be done (hanging up church clothes, eating lunch, and playing with his sister) and him emphatically not wanting to do any of it. And on it went…

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