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The One Thing You Must Protect – No Matter What

“I told my friend what you said…”

Uh oh. I always hold my breath when a client says something like this. What did I say this time?

“I told her about my new packages, and how you said I need to raise my rates.”

Oh. That. Well then.

“She didn’t think that was such a good idea…”

Of course she didn’t, I thought to myself. That’s why she’s not your coach.

And I set about working to repair the damage to my client’s confidence.
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Is Your Business Calling You to Grow?

Oh that’s B.S., and you know it!” my friend exclaimed.

Her lips were tight. Her voice tense. And there was a fierceness in her eyes that startled me.

I have a lot of friends who speak their minds, and I’m used to them coming from the blunt end of the interpersonal spectrum.

But this was different. I knew she was speaking from love – but for a second, I thought she was mad.

She wasn’t.

She was frustrated – and determined; determined to get me to see something I just couldn’t see.
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The Most Effective Ways to Start Your Day

I drove her crazy.

And it was so much fun.

In college, I had a roommate who had a very clear, personal rule that said no one was to speak to her until she got back from her first class. To say that she was not a morning person was an understatement.

So I had a lot of fun with her.

“Good MORNING, Debbie! How are you this morning? Is this a great day, or what?!”

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How To Find Your Entrepreneurial Sweet Spot

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Ahhhh…This is the good life!

That’s how it feels when you know you’ve made it; when you’ve finally crafted a life, and a business, that actually works.

And serves you in all the best ways.

But unfortunately, for too many entrepreneurs, running their business is nothing more than another burden. 

     I have so much to do, I don’t even know where to start.

     This isn’t really the kind of work I like, but heck, at least I’m making some money.

     Vacation? Who has time for a vacation?

As Dave Ramsey often says, they swing from “Thank God it’s Friday!” to “Oh God, it’s Monday…”.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way?

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5 Things I Learned About Business at the Beach

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Sunset at Edisto Beach, South Carolina

What a wonderful gift.

A few years ago, I desperately wanted to get away. I’d been through some major transitions in everything from kids growing up, to the end of a decades-long marriage, to major changes in my business.

Times were tough. Spirits were low. Money was tight.

So I asked my folks, who love to travel as much as I do, to join me at a beach in South Carolina. They said yes, and we found the perfect house at the perfect spot on the perfect beach for a week of healing. The kids came too, and it was just what we all needed.

It was a wonderful gift.

As I write this, years later, I’ve brought them back to that same house, on that same beach, and this time, I’m covering the costs.

I can’t tell you how good that feels.

The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that it gives us the freedom to create, or re-create, our life in any way we want. This year, my parents are the ones needing healing, as they cope with the inevitable issues of growing older. It is my joy to be able to offer them the same gift they once gave me.

So I’ve thought about all that and more this week, while walking the sea strand and watching the pelicans fly at lightening speed so close to the water.

In fact, I find myself thinking about a lot of things…
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