Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Find True Happiness: Here's a Hint, Make More Money Is Not on The List by Dr. Toya Wilson

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What is happiness? Many entrepreneurs measure happiness by their level of accomplishments and achievements. However, research has shown that happiness is not achieved by obtaining a certain measure of success. Instead, it's actually the opposite. True lasting success is obtained as a result of living a life of intrinsic happiness.

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to buy into the 'I'll be happier when....' myth. Living in a current state of stress, and unfulfillment in hopes of a future payoff to come as a result of their sacrifice. Hiding behind the belief that money and success will bring them happiness. But, how many times have we seen interviews with celebrities and well-known public figures revealing their inner turmoil and the unhappy lives they led? If money and accomplishments were the measuring stick for true happiness, people like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Phyllis Hyman would have been some of the happiest people on the planet. But, they are each clear examples that money and status are not what brings true happiness.

So if more money doesn't automatically equal happiness, then what can we as entrepreneurs do to have it all? How can we run successful businesses, have fulfilling personal relationships, and enjoy the fruits of our labor? I believe the answer is to adopt a balanced mind, body, spirit approach to life. This requires working on yourself with as much intent and care as we work on our businesses and to understand that we are the fuel that drives the business. If we're running on E, the business can not succeed and lasting happiness is not possible. But being happy right now isn't as easy as it may sound.

Here are 5 ways entrepreneurs can ensure personal happiness that excludes the pursuit of money

5. Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure you have at least 3 people who can serve as a positive and supportive voice when you need it.

4. Take time to assess your internal condition. Are on the verge of being depressed, exhausted, or overwhelmed? If so, take steps to bring yourself back into balance.

3. Take care of your body. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Drink water as often as possible. When your body is healthy the mind is happier

2. Contribute to something greater than yourself. Helping others in need is an amazing way to be internally happy. It also puts the Law of Reciprocity into action. The more you give, the more you and business will receive. (Please note: there's a wrong way and a right way to give. Giving from an empty cup causes stress and dysfunction. Giving from the overflow brings happiness and joy to all parties involved)

1. Be in the moment. Remember, every moment is always NOW. Tomorrow is a myth. Everyday is always today when it arrives. So stress yourself out tomorrow. Don't forgo joy now by having an 'I'll be happy when..." attitude. Live, laugh, and love in the present moment.

Learn more about Dr. Toya via her website at www.drtoyakwilson.com and follow her on Twitter @DrToyaK

Work Smarter Not Harder by Dr. Catrina Pullum

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Interpersonal relationships are a basic element of workplace environments. Navigating those relationships, either as a “boss” or an “employee”, is key to workplace happiness. In this post, I am going to discuss how to manage your boss and how bosses could be sabotaging their subordinates.

Managing your boss sounds counter-intuitive, but it is actually the opposite. A key to building a great working relationship with your boss is understanding how they think, process information, their strengths, weaknesses, goals, basically what is going to drive them in their assignment. Once you understand these things, managing to these expectations is how you truly “Manage your Boss”.  Presenting them the information they need, in a form that they can quickly and effectively process it, shows how much you value their time and energy, and allows them to focus their time and energy where you want it, solving your major issues and accomplishing your goals.   

Why are low performing employees at the bottom of their workforce pools? If it is not energy levels being below normal, sometimes it is their manager. Managers can unintentionally set an employee up to fail. When the employee fails to perform, the manager can start micromanaging to compensate. When the employee experiences micromanagement, they doubt themselves and their abilities and begin to move away from decision-based tasks. Lack of initiative from the employee leads the manager to up the pressure, causing the employee to withdraw more and ending up in a spiraling, cataclysmic finish, usually ending with the employee’s dismissal.

            Typical workers, as they have more to do, stay longer at work. Companies foster this culture as well, asking employees to work longer and harder. Smarter companies are finding a new methodology to get more productivity from their work force. Companies are looking at the employee holistically, and dealing with four different aspects of the “self” of the employee. These employers are developing practices to help employees renew themselves in four different ways: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This is combatting the energy drain on the employees, the actual cause of lower productivity, which shows in symptoms like: exhaustion, disengagement, stress, and illness. Helping the employee build habits to regenerate these different areas of energy usage, create opportunities to increase overall productivity in the workforce.

            As a Boss or Manager are you working smarter or harder? To work smart is to assess your team along with yourself.  Do not be afraid to delegate and utilize your team strengths. Every week, dedicate time to learning something different by doing team building exercises. Also, educate yourself on your industry. Be prepared to leave your comfort zone.

Research taken from Harvard Business Review’s On Managing Yourself, and Harvard Business Review’s On Managing People

Learn more about Dr. Trina via her website at www.pullcorp.comand follow her on Twitter @DrPullum

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Anita Washington "Founder of That Anita Live"

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Talk Show Host, Podcaster, and Speaker Anita Washington, M.Ed, MBA, CEO and Founder of That Anita Live LLC provides emotional healing to help women pivot their lives, rise above the glass ceiling and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character. 

1.    What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? 
My biggest obstacle was clarity versus purpose. It was very important to me to align my next move with God's purpose for my life. Even though others were trying to rush me into areas they knew I could do and do very well, I waited until I was sure the path I chose aligned with God's purpose for this season in my life. 
The next obstacle would be balancing cash flow. I tend to spend on the level of my dream, not the lower level where I'm starting. Sometimes the ugly poster or ad has to be good enough if that's all there is in the budget.
2.    What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
My current industry is a second career for me. My first career was counseling, so you could say I'm returning to my first love. I chose it initially because I enjoy being the pivotal point in a person's life, the point where change happens for the better. 
3.    How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
Most people strive for balance on a daily or weekly basis. What works best for me is balancing on a seasonal or annual basis. When I have an objective, I go hard for mine. I'll forego everything but the tasks and actions that lead me to obtaining my objective. I can only relax and participate in other things after I've won.  
4.    What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
Isaiah 41:10 (RSVCE)
"fear not, for I am with you, 
be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."  

5.    Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
My 10th grade Biology teacher, which is my Aunt Dee. She always kept me after class and gave me separate advice from what had been said to the rest of the class. One time she told me, "...it's ok to give back and help people but you need to keep your eyes on somebody that is already where you're trying to go so that when you get there you know how to be"
My undergrad professor Dr. Paschal who told me, "Washington you're cut from a different cloth. You're smart! You need to work up to your potential and be true to yourself". 
My grad school professor Dr. Samuel L. Creighton who told me, "Anita people don't treat you like your stupid, you treat people like they're smart".  
6.    What are your “must-haves” to keep your career or business going strong?
My cell phones, social media and my Bible. 
7. What is your definition of a BOSS? 
A #BOSS is someone humble enough to accept help from those ahead of them but self-assured enough to be a help to someone behind them. Even if the student one day becomes the teacher. 

To find out more on Anita, visit her at:

Website: https://thatanitalive.com/

Twitter: @thatanitalive