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 →
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.
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 →
If you like our Facebook page, then you know I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Kevin Miller of Free Agent Uprising. Periodically, he interviews free agents about how they made their first dollar and he asked me to share my story. It was a lot of fun and now that the show is posted I wanted to share the interview with you too.
A big thank you to Kevin for inviting me on the show!
In case you’ve missed it, these seems to be quite a bit of debate these days about work and what type of work you should pursue. Start discussing this among entrepreneurs and would-be business owners and the debate can get down-right heated. At the heart of the matter is whether you should try to just find good solid work that you may not like, but pays really well or if you should pursue work you love.
The media laments that pursuing work you love is over-glamorized. A bunch of starry-eyed dreamers who can’t provide for their families. However, for many, the thought of spending their entire working lives doing something they dislike or even despise just because it pays well destroys their soul. (There’s a reason more than 70 percent of workers are disengaged and looking for other work.)
It may come up in normal networking conversation or it comes up from a friend who is burnt out and frustrated with their work. At some point though the question arises, “What do you like best about being self-employed?”
This question always brings a smile to my face.
At first, I thought the answer was freedom. But I quickly realized that freedom was too general an answer for me. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, you quickly pick-up that freedom for him is to be able to work anywhere in the world he chooses. For some other entrepreneurs I know freedom is the ability to create and build a business without limitations or restrictions from a boss or other hierarchy.
Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about bullying. Most prominently was the news story about the football coach who suspended his entire team because they were cyber-bullying another student. Even my own kids were learning about bullying and making pledges to not bully at school. It got me thinking about some of the negative comments I’ve received to blog posts and videos I have posted.
Anytime you put yourself out there, it seems someone feels they can bash you. For me, this is really hard! I was raised to always look for the positive and if I didn’t have anything nice to say, to not say anything at all. Didn’t these people have parents that taught them the same? Continue reading →
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 →