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Hitting The Reset Button: What To Do When Things Are Falling Apart

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Sometimes being an entrepreneur is actually really easy. Things just sort of roll in. You just get clients and you do jobs and you send invoices and they pay you and you have a beer and you post a testimonial and everything is really great.

Sound familiar? Yeah. I didn’t think so.

I don’t know many entrepreneurs who would identify with the above statement. But there’s an interesting thing that I see when I’m talking to entrepreneurs or when I’m reading their posts on whatever medium; people act like everything is going great. And I don’t know why.

A couple days ago I received an email from an entrepreneur that I respect immensely. She’s the CEO of a platform designed to mentor and support women entrepreneurs. These are entrepreneurs that are more likely, statistically, to be successful because they have a woman on their co-founding team but are less likely to be VC funded…for the very same reason. Don’t get me started. Read More

3 Social Media Productivity Tools That Every Entrepreneur Needs

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You know what’s hard about running a business?

You will never have enough time.

It’s the one thing you’re constantly up against.

Whether it’s having enough time to finish a project or enough time to spend with family; the balance of your schedule when running a business is one of the hardest things. We’ve written before about some of the tools that we use to run Hustle & Grind but this time, I wanted to talk specifically about social.

I wanted to talk about a few tools that are both easy to use and cost efficient for managing your social media accounts. In this blog post, I’m going to share a few tools that have helped us be more effective in managing our social media accounts.

These tools have saved us lots of time and money. We’re confident that they’ll be able to do the same for you.  Let’s get to it shall we…

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Why Productivity is Over-rated

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A young woman sort of screeches into my office. She’s a high-performance athlete with a massive social media following and a couple of businesses running on the side.

She sits down, actually, she perches on the edge of my couch like she’s not staying long. She’s a little breathless, she talks rapidly; her eyes dart everywhere, one of her legs jiggles constantly up and down.

She’s here for some help with anxiety and she’s making ME nervous.

I don’t tell her this for I am supposed to be the epitome of calm; a person most qualified to Walk the Talk.

“How can I help you?” I say, as evenly as I can. Read More

Five Side Businesses You Could Start While Working Your 9 to 5

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So you want to be an Entrepreneur, well guess what?

You’re not alone. In a recent study conducted amongst 18 – 30 year olds, more than 60% of the respondents expressed that they’d like to work for themselves. Yet in reality, most of these people will continue working away in their nine to five jobs and never make the jump into entrepreneurship. For them, they’ll someday die with a big what if stamped on their forehead instead of being able to look back and say they gave it a shot.

Every day people around the globe are embracing the power of entrepreneurship.

The power to make your own hours. The power to set your own goals. The power to work on projects you care about. The power to walk away from a 9 to 5 that isn ’t rewarding and do meaningful work in a place you love with people you trust. That’s the power of entrepreneurship and the power I’m hoping this blog post can help you unlock.

Here are five great side businesses that you could start today:

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Fall From Perfect | How perfectionism is crippling your productivity

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I was watching a recent episode of Shark Tank, when I heard something that struck a nerve. This was more than mere conviction, it was like catching a punch straight to the face. Occasionally, I will hear someone talking to an undesignated audience, yet I feel that he or she is speaking directly to me. As if I had been the star of the Truman Show with the whole world watching and learning the little idiosyncrasies that make me tick on prime-time TV, and now the producer had created a show to specifically tell me that I’d been messing up and it’s time for a change. The Sharks saw something in the man’s pitch and they would have seen it in myself had I been there. They ultimately chose not to partner with the man for one reason: he was a PERFECTIONIST. Read More

Time-Management Success Checklist

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Last week I started work every morning at 4 a.m. One day I was in Denver, the next day I was in Chino Hills, California, the day after that I was in Orange County, and then I finished my work week in beautiful Santa Monica in a hotel room overlooking the ocean.

Even though I bounced around SoCal from hotel to hotel, I never missed a morning of GAI (Getting After It). That’s because I have powerful morning rituals in place that have been part of my success routine for over fifteen years.

These rituals started me on the path to true freedom in my life. It began with me waking up each day at 4:30 a.m. in my tiny apartment in Toronto back in 2003. I’d focus on my number one priority in life (building my online business) before catching the 5:25 a.m. bus to take me downtown to the rich Rosedale neighborhood where I’d train CEOs, professional athletes, and stay-at-home moms from 6 am to 6 pm.

Like you, I had (and have) a busy, seemingly overwhelming schedule. But I conquered the daily grind when I put into place a time management success checklist that started with accomplishing one major victory first thing in the morning. Read More

How To Accomplish Anything in 24 hours

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As a work-at-home Mom, I have mastered the art of finishing things very quickly. But, despite the fact that tasks have to be completed in a short amount of time, my chosen professions require that I am very detail-oriented and error-free with my results.

I am meticulous and calculated in every minute of my day. From the time I wake up until the time I fall into my bed at night, I have my goal for that day in mind and I plan to finish most tasks in 24 hours.
Here are my tips on how to get almost anything done in 24 hours. Read More

Tools of Titans 52 Week Challenge: Introduction and January Review

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It is safe to say that the writing of Tim Ferriss has had a major positive impact on my life.
After reading The 4-Hour Workweek, I was inspired to book my dream trip to Nepal to do a 12-day trek through the Himalayan mountains to Mount Everest Base Camp.

After reading The 4-Hour Workweek, I was inspired to book my dream trip to Nepal to do a 12-day trek through the Himalayan mountains to Mount Everest Base Camp (see below for an image of the peak of Mount Everest towering above my head)
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Your $10,000 Product File…(Hint: You already have it)

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You have an information product that people want, you just need to find it, package it and sell it. Trust me, it’s easier than you think.

For example, what do your friends or family tell you’re good at? What challenges have you faced and conquered? Over time have you learned new skills?

These are all products… Finished products. Just sitting in your computer or in your mind, waiting to be shared.

Products created from your personal experience are the best because you know the frustration your clients are going through. Read More

How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them

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Every December, people get the New Year Buzz, the short-lived but wonderful burst of inspiration in which life is re-evaluated and goals are set. People rush to the stores to grab journals and agendas, on a mission to change their life. Fired up, they want to lose weight, date again, start a business, and more. They reflect on the twelve months that have happened and they feel a burst of strength and clarity, knowing that they can do better. They tell themselves, “This year, I am going to do it all!”

I feel a sense of excitement yet dread when I hear the words, “New Year’s Resolutions.” Excitement because the future has so much to offer, if only we were committed to the path of chipping at our goals, little by little. Dread because so many people have such beautiful visions for their lives, yet give up after a month or two. You know what I’m talking about. For those who are fitness junkies like me, it means walking into the gym in January and finding it packed, as people take on the calling of better health. As February rolls by, many newcomers fall by the wayside, deterred by the long journey they have ahead of them. Suddenly, the gym returns to normal as a testament to how difficult it can be to have goals AND achieve them. Read More

Why You Should ALWAYS Pursue Your Highest Joy

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“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past” Jack London. As a graduation gift to myself, I decided to get my ninth tattoo. Just like scars, every tattoo has a story and is a representation of life’s journey.

I’ve always told myself that I would never get a tattoo below the elbow, mostly as a consequence of trying to adhere to society and parental influences. Cuz you know, it’s just one of those unwritten rules & social norms.

In America, from the corner office or the cubicle’s that plague corporate America, those permanently inked with art for their own self-expression are usually the ‘outcast’. I still hide all of my tattoos at work, to uphold this bullshit image of the ‘professional me’, when really, the person under the long sleeve shirt is the same individual with the same work ethic and knowledge. Was I scared to be an outsider? Maybe. Quite possibly. You know what, yes I was, and maybe still am. Read More