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Are you a great leader? Leadership is something that all of us will need to display at some time in our life. Whether we lead others by choice or as part of our job description, or we have folks around us that look to us for leadership, we will all need to learn to be better in this area.

Dolly Parton, the famous singer, actor and business woman said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”

There is an opportunity coming to Owatonna, for you to discover how to be a better Leader. It is called Leadercast Owatonna. Take a moment to watch the video and consider if you would like to be a part of this event. Leadercast as an organization has been around for years and has grown into one of the world’s largest one day leadership conferences. It is an opportunity to hear from several amazing speakers on the topic of leadership and it will help motivate you to become a leader worth following.

If you would like more information, please read more about this event here. Otherwise leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions!

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Are you a Doer or a Thinker?

Doers do things. Smart people think about things.” This is a recent quote from Andy Stanley when he spoke at the May 9th, 2014 LeaderCast Event. He went on to say that great leaders need to hire people that are “predisposed to doing”. These are folks that have experience. These are people that have tried and failed and then tried again. A doer has a list of accomplishments and probably a list of failures. They can talk about what they have done, not just about the degrees that they have earned. Are you a Doer or a Thinker?

Regardless of your age, you can be a doer. I listened to a podcast yesterday of a 10 year old girl that has her own podcast show called Entrepreneur Kids Academy. This experience has incredible value! Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “An ounce of Action is worth a ton of Theory!” So what is holding you back at your age?

Take some action today. Stop researching. Stop pursuing the next degree. Be a Doer not a Thinker!

 

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Good Intentions or a Plan of Action?

Take ActionI know that many of you have things you want to get accomplished this summer. You have been reading books, looking at pictures, gathering information and visualizing success. Are these things Good Intentions or a Plan of Action? Henry Ford said,

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Good intentions will only get you so far. In fact they won’t get you very far at all. How long will you wait until you actually take a step of action toward your goal? I know what it’s like to spend time in the research phase. It is fun to dream and think about what could be, but it is very unproductive. In fact, last year my goal was to read about 25 books. I spent a lot of time reading and being inspired, but didn’t get much done. This year, I have shifted my goals from reading to doing. Both are necessary, but I was confusing preparation with action.

I have taken action on a number of things this year that require a great deal of work, but finally things are getting done. In the coming months I will some of these things with you. Hopefully they will inspire you to greater action.

One item that I want to share with you today is an upcoming webinar. It is this coming Thursday in fact. On May 22nd at 7pm, I will be hosting a Webinar called, “Five Creative Ways to Make $1000 this Summer!” It is completely FREE and will cover some very simple business ideas that you can use to generate income. Do you need money for college? Are you saving for a big purchase? Perhaps you would like to build an emergency fund. Maybe you have a home improvement project that you just don’t have the cash for right now. All of these things may be great intentions, but you need a plan of action. This webinar may provide the help you need.

This is a perfect way to get closer to taking action. Yes, it is still just another type of learning and another way to prepare, but perhaps this one will get you motivated to actually take a step. You can find more information here as well as how to sign up. Let’s get past the good intentions stage. Please join me as we take action together!

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Five Ways to Earn $1000 This Summer

Hey Everyone! I am excited to announce an upcoming FREE Webinar on Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm. In this webinar I will be sharing Five Ways to Earn $1000 This Summer. These will be business ideas that you can take advantage of to improve your situation. Do you have plans for the Summer? Have you found a job? Perhaps one of these ideas will take the place of a job for you, or maybe you can start on one of these ideas in addition to working job. The choices are yours. All you need to do is take action!

So here is an overview of the Webinar:

  • First I will be talking about 3 categories or types of businesses that you should consider. This will just be an introduction because I want to leave most of the hour to talk about business ideas.
  • The main portion of the webinar will be sharing business ideas. Now these ideas will have specific how-to steps so that you don’t have to think through everything yourself.
  • Towards the end of the Webinar I will share some resources that will help you get even further in the process.
  • Finally, I will wrap up with a bonus. Yes a bonus! You will have to be there to find out what it is!

So how do you sign up? You just click this link and tell me that you want to join the call. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and if you want to sign in early to the webinar, I will be online chatting before the event and would love to interact with you live!

Sign Me Up!

 

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Learn Something New

5108883331_b2d6264873_zI want to challenge you to learn something new.  Invest the time, invest the energy and perhaps even invest the money. I had the privilege to meet a lady who did just that.

In my last post I mentioned meeting two women on a flight back to Minneapolis and how the discussion was inspiring. This is the other woman that contributed to the conversation. She is a speaker, horse trainer and retired officer in the US Military. She happened to be returning from Florida where she had been learning how to “paddleboard”. While paddleboarding itself is amazing, what is inspiring here is that someone from Northwestern Minnesota would pay to fly to Florida for two weeks in the middle of the winter to learn a new hobby! Considering the winter we just had, perhaps it’s more understandable. However, I love it when people take the time to learn something new. [click to continue…]

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A College Graduate With Great Prospects

I recently sat by two women on a flight back to Minnesota. Usually I am hoping that I will have peace and quiet so I can get some work done. This trip, however, I struck up a conversation that lasted the entire flight, and I was inspired and motivated by the discussion. The ladies were two generations apart, yet the three of us were able to talk for over two hours about doing work that you love. In this post, I will share just one of the stories and save the other for later.

The first woman was a college graduate with great prospects. She was returning from an extended stay in Paris where she worked for a family member in their business. She was excited about our discussion and had many questions. She was at a time in her life when she needed to make some decision about her career and her future. Should she get more education, or try to find work?  Would it be possible for her to do work that she loved, or should she just take any job she could find?

Here are some things that you can learn from this young lady:

·         She had no debt! Her family was able to pay for her education.  In addition she insisted on not using credit cards or adding consumer debt.  Having zero debt is an incredible thing when you are done with college. To have a college degree without long term debt sets you apart from the majority of college students. Today, college graduates are starting their career by being in the hole financially. Debt freedom provides you with options. When you are limited by debt you make decisions based on repayment obligations, not based on what is best for your career. This young lady is in a better place than even most adults because she is debt free and determined to stay that way. Check out these posts for some ideas on how to save money in college.

·         She was clear about her interests and passions. While she didn’t have a polished “elevator speech” it became obvious what her interests were. She was excited and passionate about nutrition and healthy living. It was clear that she was very knowledgeable and her degree supported her chosen career path. It is a great combination when you have education, passion, skills and experience all aligned toward the same purpose.

·         She had taken action in her area of interest.  It is so important to get experience doing what you think you want to do. How else will you get clarification? Action builds confidence. It shows you what you really can do, and it opens up the possibility for feedback. She had taken action in her personal life with her own goals for healthy living, but she also had earned some experience working in the nutrition department of a local pharmacy. Experience is powerful. How are you gaining experience today? Have you taken action in your area of interest?

At the beginning of our conversation this young lady seemed a little uncertain about her future. As the plane arrived at our destination she seemed more confident in her situation. While she hadn’t yet found work in her field she realized how much she had that was positive. Sometimes our uncertainty clouds the positive decisions we have made. We often have more going for us than we realize.

Do you have uncertainty about your career path? Are you headed in the direction you want to go? If not, I encourage you to create a plan and start moving in a better direction! Let me know if I can encourage you along the way!

(photo by gadgetdude via flickr.com)

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Would You Skip College to Pursue Your Dream?

Arizona BlacksmithWould you skip college to pursue your dream? That is what two college age students in Arizona are doing. A few weeks ago, I met this young married couple at a Tourist destination called Rawhide, near Phoenix Arizona. They rent a small, but very awesome building at this old west town and have converted it to a Blacksmith shop. In this space they do blacksmithing and leather work. He does the iron work and she does the leather work. When I saw them, they were very busy with a waiting line of customers placing their orders for leather bracelets, belts and dog collars or metal roses, horseshoes and branding irons. You can see some of their handiwork at their site on Etsy.com. [click to continue…]

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Five Ideas to Help you Get Things Done!

ChecklistWhen you are working on growing a new business, starting a project at home or taking your business to the next stage of success, there are tons of new things to do. These things are not a part of your normal duties or daily routine and it is difficult if not impossible to get them done. Most likely you still need to do all the same tasks that you normally are responsible for, but now you must add in these new jobs. How do you get it all done? How do you fit these extra things in and still have time to breathe?

Here are a few ideas. By the way, I am growing in this area, so these are ideas that I have picked up, am working on, but have not mastered, yet…

Set a Deadline. Yes I know this is kind of lame, but it still works, at least it gets me closer to completion. I recently set a deadline to get a writing project completed. The closer to the deadline the more intense was the pressure to get it completed. I worked very hard during the final hours and today the first part is complete. However I missed my deadline, by a few hours. But that’s ok! I feel the satisfaction of completing the project and I am pleased with the result. Saying you will have something done “someday” will ensure that you never get it done. This is something I am good at. The deadline thing, I am still working on it! Go ahead, set your deadline. Even if you only get it half completed you are still moving forward. [click to continue…]

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How to Make $1000 an Hour!

6629054127_6651867221College students, and parents of college students, would you like to learn how to make $1000 an Hour? It’s hard enough to find a job earning $10 an hour, let alone 100 times that amount. By the end of this post you will hear about someone who has done it, learn some of her tricks so you can do the same thing and also learn how to get a resource to help you along the way.

First let me tell you her story. A young lady named Hannah Rivard decided that she wanted to attend the University of Northwestern in her home state of Minnesota. She knew it was going to cost a lot more than a state college education, so she began looking into scholarships to help fund her education. She won a few scholarships and developed a process. By the time she graduated she paid for her entire $100,000 college education with scholarships! Wow! I have never met anyone else who has done this! It is such an incredible story, that I wanted to make sure you had a chance to hear it. [click to continue…]

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Work on Your Gift!

MichelangeloMost of us have seen and marveled at the skill of the artist Michelangelo. He is the famous sculptor and painter that created the Statue of David, Pieta, and the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to name just a few. You may be surprised to know that his advice to the world is to work on your gift. What do I mean by that? Even Michelangelo needed to spend time honing his skill as an artist. He is quoted for saying the following: “If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful“. This statement is powerful to me. We all need to work on our skills. Even the best have to develop and improve. Do we think that gifted people just start out being the best at their art? This is extremely rare and perhaps it doesn’t exist.

If the best need to work on their gift, then we should take this advice and do the same. What does this mean? I think it can mean a number of things. If you are a speaker, you should attend some speaking classes to improve your skills. At the very least you should ask someone to critique your speaking and give you some feedback. Perhaps even hiring a speaking coach would be a great idea. If you are a business owner, it might make sense to have a consultant evaluate your business and give you some feedback about your processes. A mechanic should get regular training on new technology and even reminders about the fundamentals. Athletes need coaches, musicians need coaches and we all need constructive criticism.

Have you discovered what your gift is? Are you working on it? What are the things you are doing to improve? Leave a comment below. I would be happy to share ideas with you!

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