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A Top 10 List: What I Love About Life as an Entrepreneur

Photo Credit: “Worth the Hurt” by Chris Greevebiester on Flickr.

“Remember – you are both a scientist, AND a business owner.”

Those were my parting words to a client I’ve been working with in Ireland, as we wrapped up coaching for the initial phase of her new business.

And she got it.

In just the short time we’d worked together she was already beginning to think like a business owner, even while developing an idea that could make a huge difference in the world.

And that’s just one thing I love about what I do.

Here in the U.S., we’re wrapping up the Thanksgiving holiday. Gratitude is on our minds, and indeed – being grateful makes a huge difference in how you feel at any moment.

But there’s always a hint of lack in there too.

When we focus on being grateful for what we have, just behind that is an awareness of what we don’t have, too.

Can you feel it?

So I coach my clients instead to raise their energy by noticing what they love and appreciate – about their business, their lives, their relationships, their day….you name it.

Tapping into what you love and appreciate creates a sense of celebration, so that you operate from joy, rather than struggle.

And I like that.

Even over the holiday, I’ve consulted with others about their businesses. Those conversations light me up.

What does that for you?
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How to Keep Going When You Want to Call It Quits

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This was supposed to be fun.  

It was, after all, a celebration.

I’d finished grad school, and friends and I were celebrating by backpacking through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We were doing a stretch of 72 miles on the A.T., a world class trail running 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia, following the ridge line north to south, through one of the most beautiful places on earth.

That section of the Appalachian Trail is also considered among the steepest. So perhaps I should have known that my first day, carrying a fully loaded pack weighing in at forty pounds, might be tough.

Before we could hike the A.T., we had to get to it, starting with a steep climb up the aptly named Snake Den Trail to reach the ridge. And those first few miles were straight up.

Unrelenting.
Brutal.
For what seemed like forever.

My pack felt like it weighed 100 pounds. My joy turned to worry as I thought about the days ahead. “Am I going to be able to do this?”

Doubts roared in my ears, competing with a pounding heartbeat and labored breathing for my attention.

I’m a slow hiker on the best days. That day, I was so far behind, my friends thought I’d turned around and gone home.

I thought I wasn’t going to make it at all.
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How to Tell When It’s Your Time to Grow

It may just be a growth spurt, you know.

Or the start of one.

Whatever this is that’s bugging you, this “thing” that just doesn’t feel right; it might just be that things are changing inside for you – in a good way.

It usually starts as an uncomfortable feeling, a sense that something is wrong, out of whack, not what it should be. Sometimes those feelings are a whisper, just below the surface. Sometimes they’re shouting in your face.

Either way, they get harder and harder to ignore when you are being challenged – more and more – to grow. Continue reading

What to Do When You Lose Your Way

Compass -frankieleonHave you ever been lost? Like – really lost?

I have – so many times it’s not funny. Well actually, it IS funny.

Sometimes very funny.

Once, I drove almost 60 miles on the back roads of my own county, just trying to find my way to a main road. (It’s easy to do that where I live.)

Another time, I wandered almost 100 miles out of my way driving across Virginia. Have I told you that story?

I love traveling, even when I can’t afford the time nor the money to do so. So when I was invited to visit Virginia Beach for a one day workshop that I knew would help my business, I really wanted to go.

I tossed and turned and worked on it in the back of my mind. Flying wouldn’t work – too expensive. Riding a bus wouldn’t work – no direct routes. As for driving, it was  too far (at least 9 hours each way) to make sense for a one day event.

And then, in the middle of the night, it hit me.  Continue reading

What an Early Morning Bike Ride Taught Me about Business

IMG_2963I was SO good at that downhill part. :)

My 24 year old recently took up cycling.  So, when he invited me to join him for an 11 mile ride through Cades Cove, a spectacular place in the Great Smoky Mountains, I couldn’t wait to go.

I’d made that ride many times as a kid, so I was pretty sure I could still handle it. I did warn him, though, that he would likely be much faster than me.

And he was – except when we reached those long steep curvy downhills.

In fact, just coasting downhill, I usually picked up enough speed to zoom right by my oh-so-athletic son.

Even if his bike was a veritable sports car.

And even if mine was the equivalent of a 10 year old minivan. Continue reading