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Apr
20

What Type of Business Leader are You?

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This morning, Truman and I were sitting outside on the lanai, having our breakfast.  We had planted canna outside the screened area and they were coming up nicely.  Truman said, “Have you ever noticed that there is always one that shoots up the highest even though they all get the same amount of sunshine, water, and food?”

Here was a row of plants, all coming off the same root, and one was knee height, several were about 8 inches tall, and still others were trying to decide if it was really worth it all.

canna

And as we laughed about it, I got to thinking that life certainly mimics nature.

Let’s put this in the perspective of business owners.

  • Charge Forward – the tallest one is the driven, take charge individual.  He or she doesn’t let anything stand in their way of achieving what they want.  They boldly take chances that others wouldn’t.  They aren’t afraid to be the first in line or to try something first.  Everything seems effortless for them.  They skyrocket to the top of the leader board.
  • Steadfast – The middle bunch is the majority.  This majority works hard at building their businesses.  They achieve success at a slow and steady pace.  The majority watches to see what other’s are doing, especially the driven one.  They are slower to take a chance and sometimes it pays off and sometimes not.
  • Indecisive – The small one is just testing the water.  It takes them a long time to decide what they want to do.  Opportunities sometimes passes them by because of the length of time in the decision making process.  They might blame others for not achieving success.  The product wasn’t good enough or the leaders didn’t spend any time with them.

We all would like to be the successful “Charge Forward” Entrepreneur.  Can we become that person?  I like to think so.Canna Plant

The circle goes faster and faster, gaining speed and momentum, until the magic happens.

And you have become the person you want to be.

Wishing you all the success.

Sharon

Categories : Personal Growth
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You have gotten into a work at home business.  Maybe it’s an MLM, or affiliate marketing, or People String.  And all you hear is that you must have a mentor.  Someone to show you the ropes.  Someone to guide you past the quagmires and pitfalls of business.

This is certainly true that everyone needs a mentor to turn to.   Everyone also needs team members that I like to call the Shadow Team.  The Shadow Team is your family.  The Shadow Team is there in your corner, rooting for your success, cheering the loudest when you cross the finish line.

But in order for them to be there at the finish line, they must be there from the start and through all the ups and downs.  It is particularly hard to remain committed and focused to starting any kind of enterprise, when you have family responsibilities, especially with small children in the house.  They want and expect a lot of dad or mom time.

I am going to tell you a story.  A story about a young woman, me.    I wanted to be a stay at home mom and yet contribute to the family income.  I became a basket weaver and had my own small business.  My son, Mat, who at the time was two, loved to play in my workroom.  He loved to sit on my lap and examine all the tools of the trade  I dreamed up things for him to help me with, so that he would contentedly “work” at my side, allowing me to get projects finished.

One month, my mom and I decided to do a craft show.  She was making dolls and hearts, as the country theme was very much in style then.  Mat loved to help stuff the hearts with the stuffing.  This is Mat.

Mat - Age 2

Mat - hard at work

Mat did not mind when mom had to “go to work” as he was part of the team.

It is very easy to involve your family in your business.  Younger ones can get you snacks, stuff envelopes, put on stamps, dust the furniture.  Any kind of activity that makes them feel they are a part of helping you.

Older children and teens can help you with ideas.  Discuss with them the ins and outs of the business.  I think you would be surprised at what good strategists they are.  And they certainly think out of the box.  Open your mind to their ideas.  Have them help you implement them.

Spouses?  Well, we all know how important it is to have your significant other on your side.  Without that support, the business is certainly going to struggle.

I heard a story about a man who wanted to own investment property.  The family totally resisted the idea making it difficult for the man.  Then he got them involved in the house hunting and decision making process.  The children learned how to negotiate and locate good deals.  It became a “family” business.

Encourage your family team to be actively involved in your business.  It is a great way to get work done and have quality family time.

Wishing you all the success!

Categories : Internet Marketing
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