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Hello my friends,
Who is this Gary Vaynerchuk (pronounced Vay-ner-chuk) person and why is he getting major media play and what is he doing? I’m glad you asked. For many of my colleagues that are operating businesses online, we all know that this guy is making things happen in a big way! He first captured everyones attention with his unique approach to personal branding and business strategies. He transformed his traditional retail local wine business into an industry leader Wine Library TV (www.tv.winelibrary.com), by leveraging social media tools to promote the company. He is blunt and very dynamic on stage during his speaking engagements and engages his audiences every step of the way. Gary also authored the books “Crush It“, that made it on the NY Times Bestseller last year and now has his latest book “The Thank You Economy“, are out in bookstores everywhere.

I was watching this guy on “The Morning Joe” TV show on CNBC one day, discussing the power of social media and the the leverage it have for businesses and brands that are looking for a better way to do business in the 21st century. There are many different ways of reaching out to your customers via both online and offline methods which are very exciting, efficient and profitable. The traditional advertising and branding methods of writing a big check for Television and/or print media are no longer the only game in town! It was also mentioned that he had over a million followers on twitter, so for whatever reason, I decided to send him a tweet regarding the comments on the show and to my surprise, a couple of hours later he responded. Talking about being responsive to your following, I couldn’t believe this happened and wondered, “Does he respond to the other 999,999 followers like that?

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary at a recent marketing conference (Gary Vee in the Big D) to hear him speak, get my books signed and briefly go over some current business strategies that Iwas using similar to his business. The main takeaway from our discussion was the word Hustle; Keep Hustling! There are times when business may progress slower than you anticipate or you feel overwhelmed with projects or people’s demands in front of you. No worries, take a break, regroup and get back to Hustling.

 The reason the term “Hustling” is so important is because in business, companies are growing day by day with more creative minds sitting in the lab coming up with the next product to take the masses by storm. There is no time to sit back and get comfortable because someone else is out there grinding and making things happen. Are you Hustling? If so, go ahead and start Crushing It with your next product or service offering. 

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Working From Home is a Joke!

Has working from home became a joke to you?  Right before bedtime, you start planning and visualizing what your day will look like for the next day and when the morning comes what happens? You are all over the house, cooking breakfast, washing clothes, watching TV, cleaning up the bedroom, etc…

By noon, you get a call from a friend or family member asking you to come out to the newest lunch spot to grab a bite to eat and catch up on the latest news, then off to the cleaners to pick up your clothes, stop by your P.O. Box to grab the latest junk mail and credit card offers for your business and then by the time you get through traffic, you have very little time to pick up the kids from school and get them home and settled. You look up and the evening has come and very little work has been done, much less trying to spend quality time with the family. Then right before bedtime you are doing it again visualizing the new day ahead. I hope I didn’t step on many ties however for many in the home based business arena, this above schedule doesn’t sound too far fetched. This has also caused many to have a bad taste in their mouth of running an operation from home and return back to Corporate America.

Having a home based business can be all that you ever dreamed it would be. You can be successful, feel liberated, and enjoy a stress-free commute simply by walking from the kitchen to your office with your cup of coffee in hand and still wearing your pajamas. On the other hand, it can be very stressful if you’re having a difficult time managing your business from home. Here are few tips to assist you with being successful working at your home based business.

1.You must be discipline and set a work schedule for yourself. This will help you keep from overworking yourself and also allow for you to spend time with family and friends, too. You can also provide your schedule to family and friends to help them avoid distracting you while you’re working.

2. You must be firm with friends and family about your business. You need to make them understand that even though your business is at home, you’re still working. Explain to them that your business is no different than any brick-and-mortar business with the exception of the fact that it’s at your home should get the point across. However, if you have young children this may be a bit more difficult for them to understand.

3. Have guidelines in place for customers and business associates for business hours and your availability. On your voicemail and website you can clearly post methods of contact. If need be, get a second phone line and have the calls forwarded to your voice mail after your regular working hours. This will prevent you from having to listen to the phone ring all evening long and help you avoid the temptation of taking that extra call that will cut into your personal time.

These are just a very short tip list for working at home and being successful at it. You have to have balance and make sure to maximize the time allowed for getting results. A business from your home starts and end with you setting things up for success and when the money comes in and your time is well invested in living life on your terms, you will need an assistant to assist you will the many calls from family and friends wanting to do what you do. Until then, let’s go to Work… at Home!

Young Men – Have Respect for Yourself

Happy New Year my friends;
I wanted to start this 2011 year off giving some positive motivation to our young people, particularly our young men. This day and age many of our young men are going through an identity crisis and are just not happy with themselves, with those around them and those leading them. Rev. Al Riggins shed some light as to what young people need to do and that is to have respect for yourself first and foremost in order to start having a better community and family life. Even though our discussion was geared to the younger people, we as adults can take and apply this same information for ourselves because after all the youth is watching us a role models. Enjoy and please share with me your “2 cents” and have a great day!

Believe, Decide, then Do It!

Do you have an idea, a job or task that you believe in? Have you gotten fed up with the status quo and just plain tired of being sick and tired? If you were in the room with 10 people including yourself and the other 9 stated their doubts and even went so far to say that you are foolish to try your hand with that endeavor. Would your belief sink and you cower to their statements or would you allow their doubts to fuel your belief even more? In this post and video, please take some time to get your own understanding of what the title means to you and where you are in your belief and decision making about your life’s plan.

With your idea or opportunity, you may already have the tools, training and business plans in place, all you need to do now is make the decision and apply them; Go to Work! A brief story of 5 frogs sitting on a log over a pond. When 4 of the 5 frogs decided to jump into the pond, how many frogs are still sitting on the log? If you said there are 5 frogs sitting on the log, you are correct! Just because you decide to do something doesn’t mean that you actually did it. Enjoy this video with Duane Cruickshank, which may cause you to laugh a little, however I want it to get you to believe more, make a decision and go Make it HAPPEN!!!

Survival – Motivation for Success!

SURVIVAL – One definition of survival states to continue longer than an adversary to attain life or victory.  This entertaining video regarding The Essence of Survival was cut early one morning doing what I love to do, which is working out, and I was inspired to develop the content from a poster (author unknown) that I have in my office. Whatever endeavor you are working on, take this survival mentality as motivation for success and apply it to your endeavors. Now enough of my writing, enjoy the video and share your comments, thoughts and encouragements with me. 

Let’s GO!

Are You an Entrepreneur? Get Your Mind Ready!

Have you heard of these statements? “It cost to be the Boss or A 40 hour workweek is a vacation to an entrepreneur or a business owner.” These sayings can make working at a job or working for someone else seem tame compared to working as a business owner or entrepreneur. Truth be told some days as an entrepreneur can really be challenging and make you wish for those days of putting work down at 5pm and starting back over at 9am. When you made the decision to step out on faith to pursue your passion, you immediately became the leader you once complained about. The difference now is that you have the power to do something about your complaints; now the buck stops with you!

However no matter how challenging it gets, you cannot put a price tag on the value of work that an entrepreneur is pursuing especially a work of and with purpose. It all starts with your mindset and energy. That energy encompasses the physical, mental as well as the spiritual to make sure you are bringing all that you have to the table because this endeavor will take all that you have to give and more.  Your mind is constantly on your ideas, solutions to challenges and other opportunities that even when you are on vacation, you are always seeking that needle in the haystack opportunity to capitalize on, be it monetarily or personal development.

Your environment will play a huge part in your mental scope of how productive you can be on a daily basis. It is amazing how one word of encouragement from a family member can motivate you to accomplish a task and build momentum for more challenges. So make sure there is positive communication flowing from those around you and if this is not the case, find a different environment or get new friends altogether because your destiny is at stake. I hope this blog empowers you into taking action to give yourself a chance and remember; “If it’s meant to be, then it’s up to me!

Make it HAPPEN!!!  

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