The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

December is a shopping frenzy for a lot of folks.

It’s the season of giving gifts and the shopping can be a lot of fun or a lot of stress.

Great gift ideas make you feel excited.  It’s fun to anticipate the reaction of the person you’re giving the gift to. Continue reading

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Natural Skills and Acquired Skills – Why You Shouldn’t Do It All Just Because You Can

Out of the Human Potential movement came the idea that people can do anything they want if they just put their minds and efforts into it.

Unfortunately, this has lead to the idea that if you can do anything then you should be able to do everything. As a result we often take on too much, frequently in areas where we don’t have natural skills or talents. Continue reading

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How to Never Sell Again – The Art of Persuasion and Influence

If you’re like most people, the idea of selling fills you with fear and dread.

Usually the image that comes to mind is that of a used car salesman – a backslapping, glad-handing, insincere person with a gift for gab, and a pressure close.  Very few of us want to see ourselves like that.

Yet in reality, you sell to people every day.  If you didn’t, it would be very had to survive in this world. Continue reading

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Getting the Most Out of a Mastermind Group

I first encountered the concept of mastermind groups reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and I was invited to join such a group shortly thereafter. Most of the people in the group, including me, didn’t really know how to use such a group and it quickly fell apart. This was in the early 1980s and the failure of our group could well have been a reflection of the times – the economy was good, people were prospering, and although there were plenty of entrepreneurs, most of the people I knew worked in a traditional job. Continue reading

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The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Finding Your Talent Advantage and Using It

Summary: Learning who we are and where we fit in is one of life’s biggest challenges, and in business, it’s essential to success. Where do you fit with your business? And how does your business fit in, in terms of the world at large? In this article, we explore the process of self-discovery as it relates to business, team-building and branding. Continue reading

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Successful Entrepreneurs and the Importance of Building a Team

Summary:  Many entrepreneurs see themselves as soloists, single individuals boldly taking risks by themselves. What many have learned the hard way is that success requires a team of people who can add their unique talent and skill to the mix.  Every entrepreneur needs to understand their own skills and talents, and also know what skills and talents are needed in other team members. Continue reading

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