The secret of a
successful individual can be discovered in the strength of their network. We’ve
all heard the saying “Your network measures your net worth”…well, there’s a lot
of truth in that phrase. I've learned from reading Catherina Kaputa’s AMAZING book
“You Are a Brand!” that four key networks play a significant role is your
Check ‘em out:
network consists of mentors, sponsors, allies, and connectors. Understand that
this is your most important network because these people can determine the
success and direction of your career and professional development. These people
offer access, connections, advice, and opportunity. These people advocate
for your success, help you get through rough patches, and bring you to “the
party”. (The party is that one event with the who’s who of your city that you
wish you had access to.) Identify this network and build on it. Key people in
this network includes (but are not limited to) doctors, financial advisors, hairstylists bloggers, and tweeters. Why? Because they have ACCESS.
describes this network as your business associates. These people exist within
your company/business. You can strengthen this network by building
relationships with colleagues in different departments. Find your way onto the
community service committee board, mix and mingle at after-work happy hours,
and strike an interesting conversation in the lunch room.
This network includes
the people who were there for you when no one else could be found. These are
your close friends and family…your “ride or dies.” You trust these people. They
are your backbone; they support you in all that you do. Never take your
grassroots for granted.
4-Weak links network:
face it, there are a lot of people we knowof, but don’t
actually know. Don’t ignore these people. Weak links are great connectors. Weak
links can exist in the circle of friends that you’re not too fond of. In
corporate America, weak links are called “warm leads”. Strengthen this
network by finding a commonality in the weak link and capitalize on it.
Continue to identify
your core networks and make them stronger. There is value in a strong network.
Never ever forget… your network determines your net worth. For more
information about how to strengthen your network, I strongly suggest you
purchase the book “You Are A Brand” by Catherine Kaputa.
Leave your comments below and let us know how you will begin evaluating your network.
Franklin Covey suggests we begin with the end in mind. Will
you ‘C’ your way through school or ace your way out? Will wrong relationships
lead to a forgotten purpose? Will dreams be abandoned because life got in the
way? Is the goal to simply get through life or to leave a legacy?
The Pursuit of
We spend the majority of our early adult years looking for
happiness. Sometimes, our search begins with innocent and healthy intentions; other
times our quest takes unexpected turns toward corks, pills, lighters and maybe
even needles. Regardless, we always find ourselves back on the crooked path
because happiness is fleeting. We’re happy for a day, a week…a month and then BOOM!
Just like that we’re robbed and left for dead on the corner of happiness and
We’re on an endless Odyssey and reaching Homer status because
the pursuit of happiness, on some level, is ridiculous. We’re challenged to
turn the frown upside down, and so often, we inherently rely upon outside
factors to make us happy, illicit the feelings of happiness or at least
masquerade as them. There again lies the point: happiness is fleeting. So, what
of those who aren't impressed with the idea of a modern day Odyssey or are
tired of this never ending story? Answer:
Go where the joy is.
Joy is Poles Apart
According to braincomer.com,
joy is something entirely different from happiness. Joy, in the Biblical
context, is not an emotion. Joy is attitude of the heart. It is
not necessarily based on something positive happening. It is
something that lasts; happiness is something that is temporary. When
happiness fades away, joy remains. It is something that is bigger than
our current circumstances. Joy brings us peace in the middle of a storm.
What type of women would we be if life were a breeze? How
would we and how could we inspire our constituents or our successors if all
things amazing were handed to us? Why would anyone take us seriously if we just
woke up and realized every dream we ever had?
Tyler Perry shared some of his harsh, tough life experiences
and the pain and sweat it took to realize his dreams during his The Black List documentary which
aired on HBO in 2008. During his segment, surprisingly and almost defiant, he
declared he felt sorry for people who had never gone through anything. I nodded
my head passionately and pointed at the television. “You got it”, I bellowed at
the screen. His statement had struck a chord.
We’re on Storm
Storms are a common occurrence as long as we have breath in
our body. The weather of life is like San Francisco, which means we need a
dress, pants, a jacket and an umbrella and maybe some cute rain boots. Life’s
weather isn't predictable and the meteorologist is seriously overpaid. We all
watch the news as the weatherman licks his index finger and takes a wild guess.
At least it seems that way. If storms are unpredictable, how do we ‘plan’ to navigate
such tumultuous conditions?
1. Believe in something bigger than ourselves.
Once we realize there are greater powers at play, we give ourselves permission
to accept the unknown reasons behind the season. If we knew everything in
advance, we might check out and snatch the ‘Get to heaven free pass’. Do not
pass go. Do not collect $200.
2. Put our circumstances into Productive Perspective.
Have we learned something? If we are in the process of learning or we already
learned, it wasn't a waste of time. This is often the area where we beat
ourselves up most—feeling like we could have been using our talents elsewhere (whether
professional or personal). Essentially our experience was a growing pain.
Although unpleasant it helped us build our character. Life is a beautifully
complicated collection of decisions, risks and experiences.
Psalm 30: 4-5 says, “You who are faithful
to the Lord,sing praises to him;give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts for only a second,but his favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may stay all night,but by morning, joy!”
Joy is an experience that can sustain us
through the difficult, brutal and hard hitting moments of our lives. I traipsed
through the unknown for weeks and weeks not so long ago. My circumstances
seemed endless. At times, my situation seemed impossible to resolve; yet, I
rejoiced. I made up my mind that I would find the good in awaking with breath
every morning. Sixty days later, I had officially failed
forward and bounced back with grace and class. I can’t
honestly say I didn’t engage in the ugly cry with the snot dripping out of my
nose. But, I can say putting things in productive perspective revealed the
bigger picture. This allowed me to move forward while leaving the past exactly
where it belongs…behind me.
The past doesn't dictate how the future
will be, it’s just a training ground that quickly fades away never to return as
long as we pass our test and walk forward with the intended skills, abilities
or knowledge with our character intact. Strength is a woman’s ability to endure
while maintaining the lightness of her character. Hindsight will forever be 20/20.
Even still, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. In doing so, we
will go where the joy is. There’s a mixed bag of emotions that are always
readily accessible, but when we invoke an attitude of gratitude it is easier to
go where the joy is-- no matter the circumstances. Sometimes we have to look
further than what our eyes can see and use a telescopic view to challenge this
experience we call life and take back the power to choose. After all, we are
the masters of our reaction.
will you re-master your ability to go where the joy is? Leave a comment below.
A status update is more than a mere 150 characters, it’s a
bold statement, if you choose it to be. Every tweet, facebook update, and blog
post is a chapter in the book you are writing about you and/or your company’s
story, so it’s crucial to view social media as a craft.
So what should you post on Facebook? Here are three
different ideas that you can use to innovate the way you post:
Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, but only if the picture is
purposeful to your brand’s story. Share photos of you at work, in action, or
your product. They don’t have to be pictures of yourself, but rather, photos
that demonstrate your services/product and the value it offers. Photos
also tend to get more “likes” and views on social media.
ARTICLES- The articles you read show where your interests are. Sharing
these with your audience further reinforces the lane you’re creating for
yourself and your business, all the while educating yourself further on your
area of expertise. It may even be helpful to tag the author on your post to
connect with a like-minded individual. In this way, not only are you sharing knowledge
and enforcing your brand, but also networking with someone in your field.
Post videos that are relevant to you, your personality, and your brand (see
#2). The idea is to give your audience a way to get to know you via your posts,
but also to enrich other people’s lives.
Don’t limit yourself to Youtube! TED Talks (http://www.ted.com/talks) are awesome inspirational resources as well,
and your audience will know that they can count on you to provide them with
valuable content that will keep them coming back to you again and again.
Remember that in the world of social media, everything is
public, and people all over the world will have access to us through what we
share. That being said, while social media can be used for personal
entertainment, we should also strive to bring about positive content in our
posts to add value to the world.
After all, you’ve got a gift that the world is just waiting to be a part of.
this helps! Feel free to re-share on FB, Twitter, and wherever else if you
found this helpful. If you have other questions, reach me on FACEBOOKor on Twitter @rubymsuniverse. For social media consulting, reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A financial management system is a critical
component to building a profitable business yet many entrepreneurs start
businesses without putting one in place. Let’s be honest,
you’re in business to make money, right? Then why neglect creating and
implementing a system that will help ensure you achieve the results you desire?
Putting key foundational systems in
place is a proactive approach to building a successful business that I believe
begins with having a vision for your business. Your business vision should be
so big that it excites and scares you at the same time. That vision should
drive your actions which should be driven by the goals you've created. So, why
is it so important to have a financial management system? Well, it helps you
make better informed decisions about which strategies will grow and boost the
bottom line. It will reveal the real cost of doing business and whether or not
you’re charging enough for your products and services. Below are 5 key steps
that will take the complexity out of creating a financial management system for
5 Steps to Creating A Financial Management
Set up a business bank account.
Create an annual budget for revenue and expenses
(break it down into monthly amounts).
Decide who’s going to handle the recordkeeping –
you, a bookkeeper, a VA?
Decide on a system (tool) to track, organize and
manage your revenue and expenses. (Sources to consider: Freshbooks, Outright, Wave
Accounting, Quickbooks, inDinero, Simply Accounting, Mint)
Set a date to
review the performance of your business on a monthly basis, preferably within
the first 3 – 5 days of the month. This review should include looking at your
actual revenue, expense versus what you budgeted for revenue and expense in
Hawkins, Business Success Coach is the CEO of Emergence Success Solutions, the
premier coaching company for entrepreneurs. She worked for Fortune 500
companies like Goldman Sachs to build wealth in excess of $1 billion and
attract high net worth clients/investors. She now helps entrepreneurs create
massive growth, success and profits in their businesses!
Learn more about Shontaye and connect with her