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3 Steps To Making Your Passion A Reality

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When you understand the variety of ingredients that  make up a successful strategy, you are on your way to a once in a lifetime journey to make your personal passion a working reality. Stay focused and feed your inner self.  Define your passion. Keep a positive attitude. Perfect your skills, and execute your ideas quickly.

Running a successful business, like everything else in life, is based on a series of decisions we make. Our decisions drive the steps we take to move toward a certain goal. Fast decisions mean fast steps, which could cause us to quickly detour from our initial business goal, but in today’s business environment the one thing you can’t do is waste time. In this fast paced society it’s important that you focus your energy and make specific decisions that will  transform your passion into status the successful reality you want. Instant gratification has become a way of life, and so have the hard falls. Big is not always better and the fastest doesn’t always win the race. Being specific and resilient is key. It doesn’t take years to develop a plan to go from an idea to action.  Even if you’re just making small steps, they can quickly be transformed into huge leaps if the steps you take are the right ones.

What Is Passion?

It goes back to why you want to start a business in the first place. If it’s because you’re doing something you truly love, and you want to make a difference in other people’s lives than your on the right road. The more passion you have for what you’re doing the more successful you will be. Taking the time to grow slowly helps you to see, hear and learn as you go. You will also appreciate your success the more you have to work for it. Small steps are far better than no steps. Actions no matter or small are still the one thing that gets us from one place to another.

Ask yourself these questions .

    1. Is this something I want for myself or because of the success I see in someone else?
    2. Would I do this for free?
    3. Does this decision reflect who I truly am?
    4. Am I satisfied just knowing you I can help someone?
    5. Am I willing to give 100% of myself to this endeavor?

Here are three steps to make your passion a reality:

1. Keep A  Positive Attitude:

Your attitude can be your best asset or your worst enemy.  It’s easy to give in and feel defeated when things start to get difficult.  To keep moving forward in your quest you need to be your own cheerleader, believe in yourself and trust your gut. Keep positive people around you. They don’t have to share your passion, but they must be passionate about something. Motivation and drive is contagious. make every effort to make it a permanent part of your daily life. Stay focused on your goal and know that stumbling blocks are learning opportunities that will help better you in the end.

2. Explore Your Passion:

Each one of us has a sweet spot. Make a point to go out and discover all of the possibilities within your passion. Get involved with people who share your passion. Keep up to date with how your passion can help others. Commit to meet new people, attend professional and community take part in webinars, sign up for newsletters, join organizations, fan pages to engulf yourself in your passion. Stay diverse. Look into how you can work with other cultures and business sectors. There are many ways to explore before you make the leap to start. Try volunteering, consulting or temporary work within your field.  By thoroughly exploring your passion, you continue to feed your passion, learn more about how you can use it , more people will know you and what you have to offer.

3. Put Action To Your Execution:

Having a. business plan on paper is still the number one way to map out your path, but no business plan will work if it’s never executed. Accountability is a key factor in the action of actually getting started. Put action-oriented vocabulary in your business plan. Detail things that you can do now and not in three to five years. Focus less on the written business  ideas and more on organizing your actions. Think quick and act even quicker. One competitive advantage that new businesses have over established companies is wiggle room to work the kinks out of ideas.  In his book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, 2010), Scott Belsky introduces The Action Method for entrepreneurs and professionals to get things done. Don’t get stuck in the idea syndrome of planning. Put the fire under your feet  and skip to the doing

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Written by Beverly S. Davis

September 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

7 Great Tools For Entrepreneurs On The Go

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If you’re  running your own business and  need to be on the go a lot, then you probably have to take your office with you when you’re on the move. Today’s technology makes it easy to set up a mobile office so that you can take care of business wherever you are. Outside of your Smartphone there are many gadgets that can keep your business flowing even when you’re away from your office. You can have everything you need with you to stay on schedule with projects, check your mail and keep in touch with your colleagues and customers.

You need to have the right tools to be the most efficient. Don’t work hard, work smart.

Here’s a list of my top tools that keep me up and running on the go.

1.   Portable USB Scanner – The Neat Mobile scanner is perfect for the entrepreneur who’s always on the go. The slim, USB-powered scanner fits into your laptop case so you can scan documents, receipts, invoices etc. wherever you are.

2.   Portable HP or PlanOn Printer – If you need the ability to print while on the go, the most convenient option is a portable printer.  HP’s Officejet Mobile Printer is perfect if you’re traveling by car. Downside it doesn’t come with a battery but its compact, uses regular paper and inkjet cartridges.

3.   GoToMyPc – Allows you to remotely access your computer from any Internet-connected computer.

4.   Dropbox – An online backup option for Windows, Mac OS and Linux that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and the ability to track changes. Files are also accessible through a web site and mobile phone applications.

5.   DocuSign – Perfect when you need to get documents signed and returned fast. Easiest, fastest, most secure way to get a signature—anytime, anywhere, on any device.

6.   FreeConference – Set up unexpected telephone conferences quickly using toll-free dial-in numbers. You can record the calls (free if you use the 800 service) and desktop sharing ($6.50 per use or $9 per month).

7.   Power Inverter – Working on the go you’ll need access to power. Radio Shack’s compact model is the perfect solution. It comes with a USB charging port that can handle most phones and electronic tools.

Written by Beverly S. Davis

September 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Posted in Entrepreneurship

Business Success vs Your Authentic Self: 5 Questions to Ask

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Entrepreneurship can get pretty tricky when your business crosses the threshold of humble beginning to success. Keeping your personal values and morals in check can be the most difficult thing you do everyday. While it’s important to separate your business life from your personal life, it’s even more important that you don’t become someone you’re not in order to obtain or maintain success. The foundation that supports authentic business leadership is based on your own personal beliefs and convictions.

One detour we take from authenticity is paying too much attention to the “noise” around us. Be sure to keep personal views and what others think in balance. The opinions of others represent the person giving them. Value your self and your choices enough that you are able to entertain them without being overly influenced. Remember to set professional boundaries.Don’t allow outsiders to get too involved in your business decisions. It’s OK to listen and hear other views but it’s critical to your authenticity that you have limits to the information others are privy to. Discuss business matters with a team member or a mentor.

Be true to yourself, your business and your customers by taking the time to build working relationships that allow who you “really” are come through. Do not hide behind an imitation of another successful brand. Be a living description of what you represent. Authentic leadership is who “you” are translated into.

As you ponder on authenticity, take a moment to ask yourself these questions and decide if you are on the right path to achieve the business success you want while remaining true to yourself.

    1. What are your most deeply felt values? Have your values changed since starting your business?
    2. Who are your team members? Is your team made of diverse members who support your values?
    3. Do you have Work/Life balance? Are you able to be yourself at home, work and within your community?
    4. What is your true motivation? Are you motivated by your own true passion for business or the success & passion you see in someone else?
    5. Is being authentic a priority in your life? Are you willing to pay the price as a business leader to stay true to yourself?iving a life from a place of who we really are and to allows others to be authentic as well.

Living our professional and business life from a genuine, authentic place of who we really are brings honest results to what we do. It also opens the door and allows others we encounter to be authentic with us as well.

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Written by Beverly S. Davis

September 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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