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Once Upon a Napkin

April 6, 2011

I’m reposting this blog from my friend Linda who is the founder of Affiliated Women Intl (AWI), which is Enriching Women Worldwide. I’m a member and co-Director of our local neighborhood networking group. The Tulsa AWI Neighborhood Gathering meets every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 11am at the Agora Coffee House. Check out the website at http://www.affiliatedwomen.net.

Strange title and funny thought.

Early a.m. I was thinking about some videos I watched on Sunday from a site entitled “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur“.  The videos are quite informative and I was educated & impressed with the material. So as I thought about his clever title, I was reminded of how often great ideas start on something so simple as a NAPKIN!  Usually over a meal as two folks share ideas and one grabs a napkin and starts recording the brilliance.

I’ve been known to do the same.  In fact, I framed a NAPKIN from the oldest ristorante in Venice with the date 1600-something. I mean, that napkin tells me that a business has survived for nearly 400 years – same city; same location!

How many great ideas do you know that first found life on a NAPKIN?  I bet each of you have done the same – an idea is spawned over lunch or coffee and before you know it, the nearest napkin becomes the seed of greatness.

Great business doesn’t have to start with an awesome business plan unless one plans to seek financial support for the effort.  It doesn’t have to start with a full-blown strategic plan with all aspects perfectly in place. A NAPKIN will do.  All great ideas need is someone to record them, believe in them, nurture them and put forth the sweat equity it takes to make them happen!

In fact, I believe the best laid plans for any project begin on a NAPKIN.  There’s something about the simplicity of rapidly scribbling notes on a soft white piece of not-really-paper, that makes it seem much more realistic and feasible.  I recall stuffing a pile of napkins in my purse after a meal that turned into an awesome brainstorming session.  As I pulled them out upon returning home, I was impressed with how much a NAPKIN will hold of collective brainpower.

If you’re in business now or thinking seriously about entering the world of the entrepreneur; may I suggest you gather a group of bright folks about you over a meal.  Start sharing your thoughts and see what happens. . .

And make certain you have ample NAPKINS about you, for you may never have another opportunity to begin a remarkable journey with an incredible outcome as you do the day you begin with “once upon a NAPKIN”.

Then add a bit of BELIEF. Belief that you can do it! Belief that what sits on that napkin you pull from your purse is possible. Then sprinkle those thoughts with energy, creativity and determination.

I leave this post with words from the famed British tenor (and my favorite), Russell Watson from a recent newspaper interview:

“The most important thing in life is self-belief. You have to believe in yourself and be convinced you can achieve the very best you’re capable of. Everyone is surrounded by people trying to pull them down, but the test of a man is his self-belief.” I might add the “test of a woman is her self-belief!

And plenty of NAPKINS!

Warmly,

Linda

Share with us below some of the great ideas that you have put on a napkin.

About Linda: I’m a ‘vintage woman’ traveling well into the 2nd half of the journey. My background is in counseling education & organizational development. Most of the work I’ve done over the years has been in O.D. – program & project development & management, including fund-raising as a development officer & a consultant. For a few years, after moving back to home territory to be close to daughters and adorable g’children, I engaged in private practice professional therapeutic intervention. I gave that up after only a few years & now consider myself to be a “recovering professional therapist!” Quite frankly, coaching & mentoring are a whole lot more fun & less stressful as well!
You can connect with Linda and/or AWI Tulsa on:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/lindaAWI or http://twitter.com/#!/AWITulsa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AWITulsa?ref=ts or https://www.facebook.com/affiliatedwomen?ref=ts
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20 Keys to Successful Self-Employment

March 23, 2011
new office

20 Keys to Successful Self-Employment

WRITTEN ON AUGUST 10, 2010 BY SANDY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

http://thedreamingcafe.com/2010/08/10/20-keys-successful-selfemployment/

Sandy gives some great tips on being a successful entrepreneur and I wanted to share these tips with you.

1. Believe in your ability to accomplish what you have set out to do.

2. Believe that you have something of value to offer.

3. Believe in your ability to present your expertise in ways that will benefit others.

4. Believe in yourself and your dreams even when no one else does.

5. Seek out inspiration on a daily basis.

6. Find a community of support that will be there to encourage you and cheer you on when needed.

7. Take responsibility for your own success by creating a plan and working your plan.

8. Take action every single day no matter how small a step.

9. Challenge yourself and take a giant leap every now and again.

10. Be clear about what you want and define what success means to you.

11. Create both short-term and long-range goals and action plans to go with them.

12. Evaluate your progress on a consistent basis and ask yourself if you are meeting your goals and why or why not?

13. Keep doing what needs to be done whether you feel like it or not.

14. Recognize when to push and when to slow down.

15. Take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.

16. Spend less than you earn.

17. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, develop multiple profit centers.

18. Start with one idea, develop it, roll it out, evaluate the results and repeat.

19. You don’t have to do it all yourself; ask for help and collaborate with others.

20. Invest in lifelong learning and building relationships, both personally and professionally.

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and Creative Career Specialist, and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen@giveyourselfpower.com – email
http://www.facebook.com/GiveYourselfPower
http://www.twitter.com/KarenMHeck
http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenheck

Know Your Client

March 17, 2011
Customer service

Image by Torley via Flickr

I went to a presentation for a particular product and I went to buy, because I already knew this was something I wanted to try. During the presentation they go over the varies products and then they go over if you decide, you can work it as a business, but they make it very clear that the products are for everyone, but the business is not. So once the meeting was over I wanted to find out how much it would cost me for the items I wanted.

Instead of giving me the price, the person that invited me to the presentation keep talking about all the products, what they do, and the scientific facts of it all, and about the business plan. Once again, I ask about the cost of the products I was interested in, because I’d already done my research and  knew what I wanted.

Instead of the person playing attention to what I was saying they kept going on and on about everything else except what I was interest in. It grated my nerves so bad that I couldn’t wait to get out of the place and knew that I would  have to find someone who sold this product line that I was interested in so I could get the items I wanted.

The sad part is they don’t realize that they lost a client, because, they were so busy trying to sale me on stuff I wasn’t interested in instead of making sure they understood what my needs and desire were.

Know your clients, listen and I mean truly listen to them. Most will let you know what they’re needs, wants, and desires are. There are very few that have to be pushed into getting what they really want and if they do have to be pushed into it then they are not your ideal client. The car dealerships have finally learned this lesson. Buyers are more informed and most have already done their homework and research on what products they plan to buy.

Once a client makes up their mind what it is they want to buy they are ready to buy without any more prodding or pushing. Sometimes we are so focus on giving the person more than what they need or ask for that we miss out on the sale and repeat business. Remember less is more and the more you give the more you might talk yourself right out of a sale!

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen@giveyourselfpower.com – email
http://www.facebook.com/GiveYourselfPower
http://www.twitter.com/KarenMHeck
http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenheck

Fear – Taking a Step Back

March 9, 2011
Curveball

Image by John-Morgan via Flickr

I’ve been incognito for a few weeks due to life throwing out a few curve balls so I needed to take a step back, reevaluate my business and remember why I do what I do.

During this time I realize how fragile life can truly be. I got a call about a very good friend of mine a couple of weeks ago to tell me that they where in the hospital and that things had turned for the worst after they went in for a simple procedure. Then I received another call telling me that one of my aunts was in the hospital having her on battle going on.  With their lives hanging in the balance, one of the things I was reminded of was how so many of us live our lives in misery on jobs that we dislike/hate. You allow yourself to stay in this state due to many reasons and one of those reasons is FEAR! Fear of staying where we are, Fear of going forward, Fearful to take a chance, Fearful to step out of your comfort zone and start working at what you love. You have all these passions and dreams locked inside, but allow “FEAR” to paralyze you into not moving at all and staying right where you are. How sad. You would whether stay locked  into jobs you dislike/hate and not take a chance of living the life you love and desire. Because, you are more comfortable in the prison you have set up for yourself you choose  to not move at all! Again, how sad.

Yes it is possible even in this economy to finally take the necessary step(s) you need to work at what you love. I watched an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America with the First Lady – Michelle Obama and one of the questions she was asked is what should a person do that can’t find a job in this economy? My answer to that is CREATE and START your own business. There are many businesses out there, that don’t cost you an arm and a leg and that you could start and would love doing.

Here are a few websites to checkout in finding a home based business that might be of interest to you: http://www.cooljobs.com, http://www.backdoorjobs.com, http://www.fabjob.com

Don’t wait until a tragedy strike your life and/or you find yourself in a hospital bed wondering why didn’t I do “you fill in the blank”  sooner or be one of those people who allowed the dash between your birth and death be filled with regrets because you were “FEARFUL” to step out of your comfort zone! Use that FEAR to move you toward taking the necessary steps to achieve your dream(s)

My friend and aunt are both doing better, but they still have some recovery work ahead of them!!

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, EZINE, OR WEB SITE? You can as long as you include the following:

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Military Transition Specialist and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She loves it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go to www.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen@giveyourselfpower.com – email
http://www.facebook.com/GiveYourselfPower
http://www.twitter.com/KarenMHeck
http://www.linkedin.com/in/karenheck