There were eight of us sitting around the table. The vast majority were seasoned speakers who are used to telling stories and teaching in front of crowds. Mark Levy (the guy who helped Simon Sinek find “Start With Why”) was sitting at the table. He is an expert in positioning as evidenced by Sinek’s tremendous success.
I want you to imagine you’re sitting in your seat on a flight to Paris. The flight has just taken off, and the captain has yet to turn off the seatbelt sign. You really need to use the restroom but the flight attendants are still strapped into their jump seats by the door. You feel trapped, you really want to get up but you know the rule is, you can’t use the restroom until the Captain turns off the seatbelt sign.
Suddenly, the person behind you stands up. He boldly walks past the flight attendants and into the restroom.
Every once in a while you may unexpectedly meet someone who is filled to the brim with knowledge and information. Who knew that simply striking up a casual conversation with a stranger next to you could be so valuable!
That happened to me recently, I was struggling to get my over-packed suitcase into the overhead storage on a plane when I met the founder of an angel investing network. Angel investors are people who invest money in businesses to help them get started. Think Dragons Den or Shark Tank without all the hype.
Business lessons from a puppy?! You may be thinking I’m crazy, but bear with me and read a little further…
My new puppy, Sunshine, is officially three months old this week. I’ve been amazed at the lessons she has shown me that are highly valuable for entrepreneurs.
This young puppy, who weighed less than 3lbs when we got her, demonstrates characteristics we should all uphold in our lives and business.
Not only has she helped my heart to heal after the loss of my sweet Gretchen, she has shown me ways to help business owners that I work with by the example she sets.
Let me explain:
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to do, chances are you could benefit from these ways to get unstuck. Overwhelm is like quicksand and when it sets in, it can completely take you off of your game and make you uber productive on all the things that really do not matter one bit in your business. I call this busy work, it has nothing to do with building a business. You may wear the “I’m so busy” badge of honor on a regular basis and still feel like you’re never making any real progress
This is why:
Facebook groups have gained tremendous popularity over the last few years. There are groups for just about every topic you can think of and there are a ton of groups designed to help and support entrepreneurs.
It’s my birthday week and this birthday marks 10 years of full-time entrepreneurship. A decade is a long time and as I ponder the future and what the next ten years will bring, I’m also looking back at some of my learning in the hopes that it can help you.
In November 2006, I walked away from my corporate job and opened a bricks and mortar retail store called Parlez Wireless. It was an authorized TELUS dealership in Ottawa. It would be an understatement to say it was the bravest and scariest thing I ever did.
You’ve probably heard a whisper of the latest major clothing company that has gone bankrupt. How exactly does a company go from $85 million dollars in revenue in 2014 to bankruptcy protection at the end of 2016?
According to analysts in this LA Times article, Nasty Gal’s growth was fuelled by heaving spending in advertising and marketing creating what is known as a leaky bucket situation.