When Small Really is Quite Big

big vs smallI love every-other-Thursday! Every-other-Thursday is when my mastermind group gets together and I just know that great things are going to happen. Even though there are only 4 of us (small group in terms of a typical mastermind), we accomplish big things. Although we may not always start out know where our session is going, we never fail to come up with a big idea or two to try out.

Today was no exception….but in a why I had not imagined.

The four of us talked about many things this time around….blabs vs. webinars, ways to use periscope that we had not thought of before, how Kathy is coming along with her Time Bank (more on these in a different post), etc. But what stuck with me the most is when we started talking about selling your business. I made the comment that I had heard/read many gurus say that if you build a business without a plan for selling it in the end, then you really don’t have a business at all, you have a hobby. And without intending to, I apparently struck a nerve with one of the group members, Kristen, because she wrote this fantastic post about it in her blog – click here to read.  What came from this discussion was not only BIG, it was HUGE – literally!

By the time our meeting ended, we had a rather heart-centered and inspiring discussion around the idea of what makes a business successful, and how just because I may want to take over the world, does not make the fact that Kristen, and many others like her who do not have that same desire, have any less of a successful business.  Please don’s misunderstand me here.  Never did I think that I was more successful than Kristen, and she knows that.  But what came of this discussion was….so what if you only want to work with a limited amount of clients, stay within a 2-hr radius of your home base, are truly ok with making under 6-figures a year…what then?  Why does society tend to label these types of business as not legitimate, as more of a hobby?  Why is success partially determined by the “bigness” of your business?

Here is the thing…each of us have our own definition of what success is.  And if that is true, then why cant everyone have their own idea of what “big” looks like?  Why cant Kristen’s business model be just as big as my “take over the world” flow chart?  There really is no difference.  Her “big” is every bit as “big” as mine.

This is why the four of us in our “little” mastermind are able to come up with some rather “big” and dare I say brilliant ideas – we understand that each of us is unique, we have unique abilities, a unique way of thinking, and unique visions for our businesses.  None of which is bigger than the others!

So I ask you – who of you out there are like Kristen and truly want to stay within their version of “big” and say to heck with the rest of what the world thinks – it is your business after all.  If that is you, then I encourage you to reach out to her and let her know that you too want to “play big”, but “big” on your own terms.

 

Thank a Vet!

Veterans DayToday is Veterans Day here in the US, and Remembrance Day in Canada.  This day means a lot here at Team Adonai.  We have family members who have served in every war represented throughout the company.

 

On behalf of the entire Team Adonai family, we thank you for your service!

 

 

Making Time to Create the Life YOU Want

So often I find that I focus all my time on helping others create the life they want, that I neglect to make time to focus on me.  Anyone else find themselves in this same situation?

 

Life you want

 

You Are Not an Island

I’m going to share with you a little secret about running a successful business….something that people tend to glance over when you ask them what it is like to be a business owner.  Ready for it?

Its damn hard to run a business.  In fact, sometimes it outright sucks!  There, I said it.  I won’t be shy about it.  I wake up sometimes and wonder what in the world am I doing?  Why don’t I just go get a “j.o.b”!  Unpaid bills, stacks of paperwork all over the place, keeping up with technology (speaking of which, did you know that Twitter has deleted all background images recently?) attracting the right clients, figuring out who those clients are in the first place, do I charge by the hour vs. flat rate, social media this and that, do I have something professional to wear to tomorrow’s networking event, the list goes on.

Here is the thing about all the “hard stuff” – you are not the first, and certainly will not be the last to go through this.  I cannot think of one successful business owner who would say that it was easy-peasy.

Want to know how to work through it, how You Are Not an Islandto not do something crazy like shutting the doors and getting that “j.o.b”?  All you have to do is to remember that you are not alone – You Are Not an Island!  Reach out to someone who has gone before you, someone in your inner circle, a friend, a family member, someone you admire….someone who has “been there, done that”.

I have no problem telling you that the success that we have had thus far was by no means easy.  It took my husband believing in me and my crazy dream that I could build a Virtual Assistant company at a time when no one had a clue what virtual support was.  It took our extended family to watch the kids when they were babies so I could have some quiet time to work.  It took seeking out those who had basically started this industry and being mentored by them. It took raising my hand and admitting that I needed help – both in terms of getting clear of my business vision and in growing the business.  It took finding the right team to say hey, we are willing to play – lets build this thing together.

So I ask you…who is part of your support structure?  Who can you go to when you are sending out S.O.S signals?  Make sure to take a minute to appreciate them and let them know how much they matter.  My support structure knows who they are, and they know that without a doubt I would not  be where I am at today with out them.  I make sure to tell them so at every chance I get!

Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee on Success, Creativity and Following Your Passion

Our family loves Stan Lee – we are big Marvel fans. From a business side, I think he is pure genius!

Her is a quick video that is worth the watch.  http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/245860

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