Tuesday, July 16, 2019

3 Steps to Reclaiming Your Freedom by Yvette Gavin

Stuck. The one word I hear the most when talking to others about their current career state is stuck. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals, the concept of being unable to move from an undesirable position or place is depriving people from experiencing true freedom.

To be stuck implies having to deal with someone or something unpleasant because there are no other choices available. The truth is that there are options and the only person that can move you from an undesirable situation is you. Stuart Wilde, a British writer, lecturer and teacher, said “If you are not totally free, ask yourself, why? I like this quote because it reminds me that I cannot be stuck and free at the same time, but more importantly, Wilde’s quote reminds me that it’s my responsibility to maintain my freedom.

Why do people stay at a company or in a role that causes them to feel stuck? There are tons of surface reasons but to boil it down to one phase, it is a lack of faith in themselves and a lack of faith that there is something bigger and greater for them. It breaks my heart to see people going through the motions because no one---employer or employee--- wins while working under the mindset of being stuck.

If you’re feeling stuck now, here are three things you can do to reclaim your freedom:

1. Love Yourself - Loving yourself is not about being selfish or self-centered. Loving yourself is about taking responsibility for your own development, growth, and happiness. It means accepting your strengths and weaknesses, making a commitment to work on building and correcting what needs to be done within. When you love yourself, you know your value and teach others how to respect you and your talent.

2. Have Faith – Having faith is believing in yourself. Faith is the knowing that you can and will live your highest dream even when it doesn’t look as if it’s possible. When you have faith, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the most perfect way.

3. Do the Work – The Greek saying, “Faith without Works is dead” reminds us that where there is real faith/belief we are to act upon it. The work is doing in the natural what you can do to light the path to your desires. If you desire to become unstuck in your career, it will require energy from you. Start today with disciplining yourself in one area of work. Your work could be updating your resume, having a one-on-one with your leader, going to a networking event, or taking a career growth development course.

Why do you think people stay in a career where they feel stuck? What advice do you have for someone feeling stuck in their career? I would love to hear your feedback.

Learn more about Yvette Gavin via her website at www.yvettegavin.com and follow her on Twitter @yvette_gavin

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Self-Love Builds Self-Confidence by Sharon Smith

“Kindness is not just about how you treat others; it’s rooted in how you treat yourself.” — Londro Rinzler

The dating world can be a place where rules do not seem to apply. What works for one person can blow up in the face of someone else. Even though this is true, there are some general truths that apply to everyone while dating, no matter who you are.

One of these truths is that self-confidence is attractive. People who are more self-confident tend to have more success when dating because it is a trait that is very obvious to potential mates when getting to know each other. So, what is the key to self-confidence? It is self-love. Loving yourself and treating yourself well is the first step to developing self-confidence that will radiate to other people and help you find more success in other areas of your life including dating.

The More You Want to Please Others, the Less Happy You Are
How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t care what other people think” and you've thought, wow, I wish I could feel that way. For most people, the answer is a lot. It is difficult to brush off what people think of you, and because of this, many of us tend to try and please others all the time. When you try to please others, you spend all your time and energy focusing outward and have nothing left to care for yourself. The irony is, the more you focus your energy on loving yourself and less on pleasing others, you will see that you will be happier and that happiness will result in better relationships more than people-pleasing ever will.

Avoid Those Who Bring You Down
Another impediment to loving yourself and growing your self-confidence are negative people who, either purposefully or by proxy, bring you down. Self-love grows through focus and positive energy, people who bring negativity and drama into your life suck that positive energy away. Take inventory of your circle and cut off those individuals that are negative and surround yourself with people that are positive. It can be hard because some of the people bringing negative energy are loved ones, which includes family.

Make Time for Yourself
You cannot practice self-love without knowing yourself well and many people really do not know themselves in a very deep way. Spending time by yourself is an important piece of this. Yes, it can be hard to get away and get moments for yourself but it is an important piece of self-love. Take time to do things you enjoy and create the time to be alone. When you know what makes you happy alone, you will better understand what will make you happy in a relationship and that will build your confidence.

Self-love is not always easy, but it is a must in developing healthy relationships and friendships. Trust me, it's a process. By following these few simple tips, you will be able to practice loving yourself more. So take time for yourself, trust the process, and remember you have to love yourself before you can love someone else.

Learn more about Sharon at www.datecoachsharon.com Twitter: @CoachDate

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What’s in Your Toolbox? by Jena L. Bell

“When you realize that you truly “got this,” you can step out and move forward in ways you never dreamed possible.’ - Dr. Jena L. Bell

I love this quote because it became a powerful realization of mine during every period of elevation
 during my professional and entrepreneurial journey. At times I would find myself struggling, feeling uncertain about my abilities to excel at the new level. Maybe you too have experienced uncertainty at times. You get that new promotion or a new opportunity that you’ve been working for, sacrificing and putting in the effort to achieve. Then, when it happens, you are suddenly faced with self-doubt. Over time, you settle in and things start to fall into place but other times, self-doubt causes you to become stagnant and less motivated.

What I have found to be true over the years is that when this happens and it lingers for an unhealthy period of time, it’s because you have become disconnected from your true self. Frustrations and unhealthy negative thoughts have penetrated deep in the psychic and block your vision. When this happens, it’s time to pull out your toolbox. We all have one, we just need to be reminded to activate the most critical tool we have - sensory perceptions of who we are, who we have been designed to be, to whom we belong and what we inherently possess - our inherited gifts, talents, and unique skill set. These gifts and talents are not just things you do, they are your special tools, the essence of your treasure chest, bestowed on you to accomplish your purpose and impact the world as only you can.

What’s in Your Toolbox?

While there are many definitions and long thesis explaining the difference between gifts and talents, for our purposes, we will keep the definitions very simple. Let’s look at a gift as a special ability to do something while talents are inherited or learned abilities. We have both. You may have the ability to do certain things naturally, without much teaching or training. You may be a gifted leader. There are things that you do well because you were trained to do them. You may be a talented artist or engineer. Whatever unique gifts you hold, you can use them to create your path of abundance.

We often try to hide our gifts and talents because of what we believe others will think. If you had a special gift as a child but was teased about it, chances are you may have buried that gift. When those moments of uncertainty arise and self-doubt holds you, hostage, it’s time to unearth the toolbox and do an inventory of the toolset. Success leaves many clues around you. Look and observe past performances, look for even the smallest of wins. Behind every win is a success clue to your greatness. As you assess your past wins, you will be reminded of those times you overcame the biggest challenges or the obstacles that once seemed impossible. You will discover, “You Got This!”

If you struggle identifying your gifts or purpose or would like help deploying for greater business results, let’s Connect for a discovery call to see how I can best help.

Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker and Founder, www.purposeontherise.com 
or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Deborah Allen

Millionaire childcare coach, Deborah Allen, is an entrepreneur at heart! She had successfully owned, operated & was Director of Little Lights Childcare Center for 10 years that earned 2 million. Her book “Fierce” birthed Fierce TV, Fierce Radio, Deborah Allen Ministries, Ladies Advocating Ministries International, Visionary Consulting & Group LLC.

What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
Entrepreneurship has definitely pulled, drawn and caught me again. This new business is actually a revision of my original dream. After 10 years of operating a childcare center the vision was altered and I closed my center. My greatest obstacles were getting back up again. I went back to corporate America and that was easier than all the work it took me to build my own business. Obstacles are always present but they cannot stop destiny. God put me in a position that made me start building again. It took 4 years of reflection, growth, and soul searching. As a woman, I have to juggle family, marriage, ministry, pastoring, finances and work. However, the sacrifice is worth it!

What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
I’ve served as Executive Director of our non-profit L.A.M. Ministries Inc. since 2001. This office was key to me becoming Director of Little Lights Childcare & Learning Center. There was a need for a director and I fitted perfectly into the slot. This experience has given me proven tools and strategies in business management, marketing and monetizing. I specialize in ensuring clients are left with all the resources to help them with retention, parent involvement, and overall center success. Visionary Coaching & Consulting Group LLC motto is: “Seeing your words come to life…” We pride ourselves in being fully committed to each of our clients. Our goal & focus is to give professional, developmental and creative concepts. VCCG entire team assists our clients by providing visionary planning techniques, dynamic coaching seminars, and revolutionary entrepreneur training while focusing on leadership, integrity, and purpose. We offer Childcare Coaching, Author Coaching, Pastor Coaching, Ministry Coaching, Training, Conference, & Motivational Speaking.

How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

Balance is key and it’s not easy! My greatest source is God. This is a season of grace and teamwork. I strive to balance my time. I give it my all and where I fall short God covers me in grace. I stay before God and he gives me balance, wisdom and grace. God is my source because he helps me not to be overwhelmed.

What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
It’s a quote that I penned for Deborah Allen Ministries “When walking in purpose, fiercely walk in divine authority.” We are built for the battle. We must hold on, remain and be strong in our everyday life. WE ARE FIERCE!

Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
I have been blessed with awesome teachers throughout my life. As well as my pastor, Bishop Glen Allen Sr, has been a great source of encouragement unto me. He has spoken prophetically into my life, encouraged, strengthened, prayed and cheered me to pursue my purpose.

What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
I must honestly admit that my must have is God. Without God, I can do nothing and he’s my ultimate source. My family and church are a must have too.

What is your definition of a BOSS? To me a BOSS is relentless. We never give up and are without excuse. I work and believe that no one can outwork us for we get the job down! BOSS MOVES

Provide us with two words that describe you? 
“Fiercely Determined”.

Learn more about Deborah at Website: prophetessdeborahallen.com Twitter: @ladydeballen

Saturday, July 6, 2019

MOM N’ GO by Corvet Williams

Life in the seasonal cities gets revved up during the summer season. We go from being cooped inside all the time to being free to roam about without coats, sweaters, boots, socks, scarves, gloves, etc. It's a very exciting time of the year. Chicago, like most cities, has all kinds of festivals, carnivals, food festivals, bbq's, picnics, pool parties, etc. 

As a mother, it can get hectic juggling kids, family, work, and planning. So I have found some Summertime tips to help my days flow better. I have become that mother, with that kind of car, yup that's me! I'm the mother with a box full of toys in the car and an ice cooler full of water and other drinks. You never know whose party you will end up at and what kind of entertainment will be available for kids. If they don't have items to accommodate your children, it helps to be able to pull a ball and other games out the car they can enjoy too. So it helps me to keep the cooler because I don’t have to make frequent stops to the store and restaurants for drink fill ups because kids are ALWAYS thirsty. Keeping a small box with weatherproof snacks like fruit snacks and popcorn are helpful. I usually put some fruit in ziplock bags to put in the cooler each day.

Plenty of wet wipes, change of clothes and toys have saved the day, many days. Yes, my car looks a mess, but so what?! I have to make sure I keep my sanity and my days going as seamless as possible. It keeps me and the kids happy. I couldn’t ask for a better day, or summer I should say. What is your mom on the go tips? What does your car look like? What have you found has saved the day for you that now is apart of your daily plans? Share your parenting tips, you never know who it can help. 

Find out more about Corvet at www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: @CorVet

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Brilliant and Built For Success Part 2 by Dr. Catrina Pullum

When we begin to break our barriers, we have to look as deeply inside of ourselves as we do at our circumstances and the people around us. If you are reading these words right now, you may have lived through some things, or be living in some things, some situations, that have left you hopeless. You’ve given up along the way. If you are shackled to shame from missteps and mistakes from your past, break that barrier. Become one of the faithful few that reclaims your strength, and who believes that nothing can stop you.
This is so much bigger than you—than us. We have a weighty responsibility on our shoulders to look beyond our local and reach into our global, God-given purpose. This is about our vision for our children, families, and community. Our legacies. There is no barrier that should be strong enough to hold us back.
In February of 2017, I was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury. With my family at my side, the doctors told me that based on the severity of my condition, I am not supposed to be here. I should not have my memory or the capacity to care for myself. Yet within days, I was running my business from my hospital bed.
I live a life where I don’t take “no” for an answer. Sometimes we must push into our purpose, despite the storms that are cascading around us. When we break our barriers, we understand that there is nothing, even the threat of an untimely and unexpected illness, or the most detrimental events that life can throw our way, that can derail us from purpose and what God has for us. There will always be a struggle, an adversary, something or someone else to fight. But there is no barrier that you cannot break.  
As entrepreneurs, my husband and I have made our fair share of mistakes, and we’re guaranteed to make many more. But what we’ve realized, and what we want you to know too, is that success is a journey—not a destination. There will be roadblocks along the way. There will be challenges and obstacles to overcome. We will all fall down at some point, but we keep moving. We keep pushing. We keep pressing.
What we know is that we were built for this type of success. The kind of success that comes with struggle. The kind of success that we have to fight for. We are predisposed for resiliency and faith that often surpasses understanding. We have that in us. That is our priceless inheritance. And we must recognize it, live it, and pass it on. Particularly to our children.
Develop a mind for success so that you refuse to allow anything to block your vision or create a wedge between you and your purpose. You were built for this. This fight for your success. This stretch for your next level.
Learn more about Dr. Catrina via her website www.drcatrinapullum.com (personal) www.pullcorp.com or www.coe4youth.org(business) and follow her on Twitter @drpullum (personal) and @pullcorpmedia & @centerofempower (business)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ushering in a Fresh Start by Jena Bell

It’s the dawn of the new season, the days are longer, the sun is brighter and the air is fresher.  For kids, spending endless days adrift sprinkle their thoughts. For adults and BOSS entrepreneurs, it’s thank God, the days are longer! I hear you. The summertime is definitely a time to spring forward. June marks the beginning of the second half of the year and a time to assess where you are with your goals.  As you look over the past two quarters, are you on track? If the answer to the question is positive attribution of progression, keep going! But if not, it’s time to reassess and restart.  That’s the typical advice right? But this advice comes a little short sided. The reality is often times we find it difficult to simply restart. The advice assumes one is mentally and emotionally at the starting line ready to hit the mark.  If that were the case, wouldn’t you have progressed? There is something holding you back and until you face it, the second half, same results.

Maybe uncertainty, “comfort-zone syndrome,” confidence blockers, or “belief blinders” could be holding your back from seeing your possibilities. These are just a few prevalent abundance blockers impacting women. As women, the tendency is to self critique, better known as paralysis by critical analysis. Let’s face it, the enemy within is greater than the enemy outside. How many of you are guilty of saying, “ I know I am my own worst critic?” Sound familiar? I hear it often. Look, even I am guilty of that one. It’s the “perfectionist" syndrome blocking your own genius.

Well, it’s time to shift. I share these 5 tips to help you shift your mental blockers to trail blazing with a Fresh Start.

1. Practice Self-Awareness. Become aware of self-criticism and conscious of the stories you tell yourself. These negative stories contribute to over analysis-paralysis that stops you from stepping into your greatness.
2. Set aside emotions. Emotions shift focus to the negative aspects and impair your ability to see other perspectives. This may be a time to heal old wounds that continue to lurk beneath the surface.
3. Look to life lessons and draw on wisdom for guidance. Life’s best lessons allow you to matriculate the school of life with objectivity.
4. Focus on positive proof of your greatness. I refer to it as building your own “proof of concept’ of your magnetic greatness. Success leaves clues. Find your clues.
5. Focus on your goals and vision for the second half of the year with the perspective it’s a fresh start. Focus on what’s ahead, not what’s gone or not done.

Practice the art of shifting the mind from critical critique to objective focus and action orientation. I help women struggling to get passed challenges by turning around any situation. If you would like to Connect contact me.

Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker and Founder, Purpose on the Rise and Pathways to Abundance. I can be reached at www.purposeonthrise.com or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Protect Your Peace by Corvet Williams

Have you ever considered how much peace is important to your mothering skills? Do you know what or who ruffles your feathers that causes a domino effect of frustrating actions? As businesswomen and mothers, we carry a heavy load. Finding a moment to woosah after a stressful day, conversation, encounter, etc. can come be challenging. What I do know for sure is that whatever our day consists of, children don't know and don't care. It's about them and what they need from you. Depending on how old your child is, reasoning with them that you need a minute may not even be feasible. The last thing as a mom I want to do is to take out my frustrations on my child, based on something that has nothing to do with them. Which is why as a mother and entrepreneur I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings on this, never know who needs to hear this. Thus this blog on protecting your peace.

Balance in this situation is going to be the key. Knowing who, when and where to cut it off and ground your boundaries so you can be prepared to be a mom without outside influence affecting your interaction with your children. That could mean not taking calls for an hour before you pick them up or not taking business calls when they are in the car with you. Another boundary may involve certain people. It may be necessary to cut certain people out altogether or limit your interactions with them to a time when, if needed, you can cool down before you need to interact with your children.

We have put a lot of guilt on ourselves as moms enough, I had to learn through experience how to set limitations for myself. One day I had a really stressful conversation with someone and I needed a minute to calm myself down, but my toddler had no clue or care that her mom was having a rough moment. It would have been easy to yell at her or make her go away, then I would have had to deal with her reaction to me or worse my own guilt of taking out my frustrations on her. I just laid on the bed as she was calling my name and tapping me for attention. It was the best I could do at that moment and I vowed to make a change at that moment. I had to learn how to protect my peace while mommying. Honesty and reflection will help to figure out the best plan of action for your life and family. It’s well worth it, for your sake and your relationship with your children.

Find out more about Corvet at www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: @CorVet

Friday, May 24, 2019

10 Motivating Quotes on Personal Branding and Why you Should Care By Yvette Gavin

What’s your brand? Whether you realize it or not, you have a brand. Similar to product branding where marketers focus on product, promotion, place, and price to establish expectations for consumers, your personal brand is your reputation. Every encounter you have with another person, you’re teaching them what to expect from you.

Developing an authentic professional image – your own unique brand – that’s truly right for you is a valuable asset in the workplace. Branding is about building a name for yourself, showcasing what sets you apart from others, and describing the added value you bring to an organization. Here’re some of my favorite personal branding quotes. I hope they inspire you to take your brand to the next level.
10 Personal Branding Quotes
“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called YOU.”  Tom Peters  

“Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”  Jeff Bezos

“At the center of your being you have the answer: you know who you are, and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu  

“Be intentional about creating a personal brand that reflects your personality and values and don’t allow others to make you a clone of who they want you to be.” Yvette Gavin

“Personal branding is the art of becoming knowable, likable and trustable.” John Jantsch

“If you are not a brand, you are a commodity.” Philip Kotler

“If you’re not branding yourself, you can be sure others do it for you.” Unknown

“In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” Etta Turner

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” Malcolm Forbes

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett

Which quote resonates with you the most? If you have a personal branding quote you would like to add, please leave it in the comments section. Before you do, share these inspiring quotes with someone you know who could use a boost of inspiration!

Learn more about Yvette Gavin via her website at www.yvettegavin.com and follow her on Twitter @yvette_gavin

Friday, May 17, 2019

Learn How to Start your Business While Working a Full- Time Job by Priscilla Q. Williams

Entrepreneurship is becoming an everyday normal thing, and according to INC Magazine people are starting businesses at an all-time high. The question is do you quit your job and just start your business? Or do you start your business while working your full-time job? For me, I work full-time in my profession as a registered nurse and run a successful business. It’s not because I am in fear of leaving my profession, but it is because I love the work that I do as a global nurse educator for oncology patients. I want to share some simple steps with you on how you too can start your business while working a full-time job in your profession.

Start with what you have

What is your expertise, skillset, or knowledge? You are the expert in your field, and you have something that no one else has. Start your business based on your expertise, and not based on what everyone else is doing. Passion and purpose are also a huge part of starting your business, but you must provide people with what they need. Your business should solve the problem and help people become better. So, in my case, my expertise is healthcare and my passion is helping women live out their dreams. I combined those both and I am helping nurses start their businesses through their knowledge and expertise in the healthcare industry.

Know your market

Do your research and provide people with what they need. For example, If you are opening a coaching business, do some research on the type of coaching practices that are out there. Get feedback on the type of coaching that people are looking for and look at the results that people are receiving from coaching. In my business, I started working with nurses because I heard nurses complain about working the long hours and not making the income they were looking for. So, I decided to share with nurses exactly how I did it and how I did. This is an open market because there are millions of nurses looking to do more in their profession.

Don’t quit your job yet

I know you may enjoy the freedom of working for yourself and making your own schedule, but make sure you are mindful of not jumping off the horse too fast. There are many who make the argument that you are not a “real” entrepreneur if you don’t work for yourself full-time. This is far from the truth. Being an entrepreneur is a person who owns their own business and it’s up to you how you work it. For me, I love the work I do as a nurse. I also love learning, growing and being abreast of the latest information by currently working in my industry. If you hate the work, you do in your profession then that’s a different conversation to be had. Then this is the time to create an exit strategy by replacing the income from your job. Another benefit from starting your business while working is you can use your benefits from your job to set you up to work for yourself full time. This can be done by taking advantage of everything your job has to offer, like education reimbursement, retirement accounts, certification and personal development training, health insurance, and whatever other benefits they offer.

Know your value

Knowing your value is important in starting any business. You must know the worth you bring to the table and to your clients. One of the biggest mistakes I made in starting my business was not charging my worth and downplaying my business. I would discount prices or provide too much because I wanted to prove what I was offering. The downside in doing that was, I was not being fair to myself or honoring my gifts. I was also lowering my value because I invested so much in myself that I wasn’t receiving what I put into my own personal development. How you treat your business is how others will treat your business. If you treat it as a hobby or side-hustle that’s exactly how others will see it.

Overall if you want to start a business while working a full-time job in your profession, it can be done. It may be a little harder or take a little more time, but it will be worth it in the end. Take it from me, I am doing it now.

Priscilla Q. Williams is a Registered Nurse, Global Nurse Educator, Speaker, Author, and Certified Overflow Coach. She helps women see their brilliance and live the life they truly desire.
Learn more about Priscilla www.priscillaqwilliams.com 

Twitter: @thenursescoach_  Instagram: @thenursescoach

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is a natural negotiator and a self-professed romantic. Her genuine interest in people combined with her unmatched passion for helping singles find lasting love exposes her to willing participants everywhere she goes. 

In addition to being the founder of Love Match, Sharon is also a Certified Dating Coach. Her savvy coaching approach in areas of love, life, and relationships enable singles to feel confident in areas where they were doubtful before. Holding a B.S in Business Management and Human Resources, she has a successful professional career spanning over 20 years in Human Resources where she cultivates her expertise in interviewing candidates, assessing talent, and personnel development.
What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? Some obstacles I faced in the beginning process of starting my HR career, was learning to be patient. I thought no one could perform better than me, but climbing the Corporate ladder takes patience.
What inspired you to break into your particular industry? I am a hopeless romantic. God blessed me with the love of my life and I want every single person who has a desire to meet the love of their life to experience true love without all the drama.
How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? I make time for my family. I also include my husband on everything...every event so he doesn't feel excluded. We also have a designated day, we call family time.
What is an inspirational quote that you live by? Leave a little Sparkle wherever you go.
Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? My parents always encouraged me. I also have a small but AMAZING circle of friends. I also admire people who work hard to accomplish their dream and when they do, it just motivates to continue on my journey.
What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong? To know that someone walks away feeling empowered. It's not about the number of people or the appearance, but the impact. To know that I have made a difference in someone’s life. This is a must-have for me to continue walking in my purpose and for my business to remain strong.
What is your definition of a BOSS? Being your own person, loving who you are. It's not always about money or status quo, but walking in confidence with a mindset that I can do anything. That's a BOSS!
Provide us with two words that describe you? Dating Expert

Learn more about Sharon Smith at
www.datecoachsharon.com Twitter: @CoachDate

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Why it is Important to Establish Business Credit Early by Aminah Knowles

Building business credit is probably the most important thing to prioritize for business owners. Many startups depend on the use of their own personal assets to secure their funding. This is because they want to increase their creditworthiness. But today, building business credit is preferred by most business owners.
The National Small Business Association has surveyed and as much as 27% of businesses claimed that they weren’t able to receive the funding that they needed. For many businesses, the impact of the lack of funding was stopping them from growing their business.
Unfortunately, one cannot build a successful business and business credit without having a good credit history. Creditors will be reviewing your credit scores, and if they have nothing to review, they won’t know the risk they are putting their-selves into, worse than that is you will definitely not be approved.
You might have heard somewhere that building business credit does not matter. If that’s true, then why are lots of business credit reports being pulled daily? Business Credit reports are pulled for all kinds of reasons from gaining knowledge that manufacturers pay their bills, suppliers pull business credit on them. And to know that suppliers are dependable and reliable, manufacturers also pull business credit on them.
Building business credit is something you should look forward to. Why? Here are some reasonable statements:
It protects personal credit. With the use of business credit, you can leave your personal credit out of the equation. It divides your business decisions from your personal credit history.
It improves credit capacity. “Businesses have 10 to 100 times greater credit capacity compared to personal credit”, according to the SBA. This is a great chance for your business to qualify for financing factors which are strictly related to the business.  
It helps to grow your business. Some companies, investors, and banks mostly rely on business creditworthiness when determining insurance premiums, setting loan terms and many more, considering you as a feasible partner.

Learn more about Amina Knowles:
www.pawfundingsolutions.com  Twitter:@pawfundingsoln

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Brilliant and Built For Success Part 1 by Dr. Catrina Pullum

As my husband, Shawn, and I prepared to launch our entertainment management company, we sat down with each other, as we always do, and talked about our vision, and what we were setting out to embark upon. We’d spent countless hours up until that point, planning, pinpointing, and, most importantly, praying, about what we desired for our lives, our business, and everyone we would touch through it.

We knew the type of clients that we desired to serve and how we wanted to nurture them and their careers within our firm, but we needed to go beyond that. We needed to think about not only how far that we as a team had the capacity to take people, but how far our clients, these brilliant, black stars (in every sense of the word) could take themselves.

So, we came up with a quote that is now the guiding principle of our business:

“Reaching beyond the limits of success.”

There it was. With that handful of words, we set out to powerfully and intentionally redefine what success means. In our company and in our lives, we are purposed to help people to see, reach, and achieve beyond their normal limits. We want to show people how to take the lid off of success and ignite them to keep striving for that next level, that higher plane. We want people to continue to move. Upwards. Beyond what they can see.

Think about the flow of water. It’s kept alive because it’s constantly moving. It’s trying to get somewhere to do something. When water becomes stagnant, there is a pungent smell that rises from it and fills the air. That scent reminds us of death and decay. Yet, when water is in flow, we see that movement as life. We are no different. We were created to move. To flow. To live.

So, we ask you, are you flowing? Have you become stagnant? Where is that you are striving to get to? Is it financial gain? Or is it something higher?

When many of us first step into building something for ourselves, be it a business or a career, we take a leap a faith with the intention of creating something better than we had before. We want to bring a sense of financial ease to our lives. We want our children’s paths to be easier and their futures brighter. So sometimes, oftentimes, success begins to look like things and not impact. You don’t have to stop here. You shouldn’t stop here. The success that you’ve achieved thus far is a way-point, not an end-point. There are new limits—new heights—for you to reach. Because we, as black people, as the descendants of a people destined for greatness beyond comprehension have more work left to do.

That is flowing, growing, sowing, and bestowing. That is what we do for our clients and help them to do for themselves. That is reaching beyond limits of success!

Learn more about Dr. Catrina via her website www.drcatrinapullum.com (personal) www.pullcorp.com or www.coe4youth.org(business) and follow her on Twitter @drpullum (personal) and @pullcorpmedia & @centerofempower (business)

Why Discovering Your Purpose Can Elevate Your Life by Jena Bell

Do you know your life’s purpose? Have you ever reflected on your life and wondered what is my purpose? Why am I here?
These are great questions to ponder if you have not done so previously. 
Why? There are three reasons.
First, I believe that each of us has a purpose and a calling on our life. 
Second, it is up to each individual to discover what that purpose is and to make a decision to be obedient to the calling. Because understanding your purpose, gives meaning to your life, it serves as a compass for how you live and how to prioritize things that are important to you. 
Third, When you are connected to your purpose, your reason for being, you elevate your life,  show up powerfully in the world and increase your impact on the people you ultimately serve.  I believe that our life is about serving others. 
Now many people talk about purpose, but for the sake of our discussion, let’s make sure we are on the same page.  I am specifically focused on the belief that we each have been designed to fulfill a mission during our time on earth. I am not referring to roles that you may fulfill, such as an accountant, lawyer, doctor, executive, mom, or dad, these are all titles we have given ourselves. I am talking about the measure of the mark you chose to make in the world. Your impression on the lives of people you serve. It’s who you are regardless of the roles you engage in during your lifetime.  The purpose shows up in your role. For instance, if you are purposed for healing and transforming lives, you may do that in the role of a nurse, musician, speaker, or even an accountant. Yes, amazing, right? I share this short story as an illustration. A fellow Purpose-Driven Woman is a talented accountant. But what sets her apart, is the mission embedded in her work. She heals the financial health of her clients. As a healer, her purpose is manifested through how she deploys her skills as an accountant. Her focus is not just the transactional part of her work, it’s the powerful impact to change their relationship with money, so they become better stewards over their finances, invest, and build a legacy. She is a purpose-driven, mission-based financial accountant who heals her clients’ finances.  She loves her work and her purpose brings greater fulfillment in what would be a mundane transactional business.  Operating in your purpose gives you clarity, elevates your creativity and allows you to operate fully in who you are intended to be.
If you struggle with knowing your purpose or would like help in deploying your purposefully in your business or career, let’s Connect so that you start to live fully in your purpose.
Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker and Founder, Purpose on the Rise and Pathways to Abundance. I can be reached at www.purposeonthrise.com or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time to Re-Invent Yourself by Corvet Williams

Do you need to reinvent yourself? What does reinventing yourself look like to you? What does it mean to you?

Reinventing yourself is defined as “to change the way that you behave or the things that you do
so that people think of you as a different kind of person.” As life happens, you may begin to feel

that what used to work no longer works or is just too hard to maintain. Everything from children, marriage, to physical change can take a toll on how well you used to do the things you used to do. So the idea of reinventing may not all the way be based on what you do but more so how you do it. For example, if playing sports used to be your thing but lately you have been physically challenged, a healthy change may be to become a coach or a personal trainer. Other examples may be needing more flexibility in your schedule. Now, what do you do? How do you ‘reinvent’ yourself?

I think it would be a good idea to write down all your skills, salary requirements, schedule availability, etc. Once you have that list, now it’s time to research industries and roles that match. If you don’t know where to start, consider Glassdoor, Linkedin and other career/job sites.

You can search by title and skills. From there you will discover companies you may not have been familiar with and the roles you didn’t know were a match. If you are moving to a new state,

these are also a great research tool since you can narrow your search by city and state. Not to mention, maybe reinventing yourself may involve starting a business or even becoming a consultant.

The result of this process may look a little something like this. Someone who is a well-seasoned sales person with excellent customer service experience, that needs a flexible schedule with no
cap on their earning potential may consider becoming a real estate agent. As a real estate agent, you are not required to work in an office from 9-5, you have to be able to work well with multiple
personalities (customer service), meet their needs to close a deal (sales experience) and you can earn as much as you choose and put in work (uncapped earning potential). This industry may never have crossed your mind but it just so happens to be a great match to your skills and new life requirements. Sure, you may be required to learn a few things you never knew before, but that’s the fun part! Does that make sense?

I truly hope this inspires your change. Get started today. Make the best of it!

Find out more about Corvet at www.corvetwilliams.com Twitter: @CorVet

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Power in Uplifting the Next Generation by Dorinda Walker

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining The BOSS Network as the keynote speaker for its annual Boss On Campus High Tea event at Howard University. The students in the room were highly engaged and eager to be motivated by the women leaders who dedicated their time to share the life and career experiences that propelled them to success!

There was a dynamic panel that featured business and personal growth strategist, Yvette Gavin, savvy music executive, self-taught serial entrepreneur and business strategist, Kimberly Jones, certified dating coach and entrepreneur, Sharon Smith,  RN. Speaker, Author, Global Nurse Educator, Certified Life Coach, Priscilla Q. Williams, moderated by Cameka Smith, founder of The BOSS Network, which is named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women, by Forbes.com.   

The women reflected on how they transitioned what they learned in their traditional nine to five jobs into successful entrepreneurial careers. Their stories of struggle, strength, and triumph not only inspired the students, but they also had a profound impact of motivation for the adults in the room, including me as a new entrepreneur establishing my own business.   

After my keynote, I was approached by several students who shared their appreciation for my words of encouragement and transparency in sharing my journey.  There was one young woman, a college freshman who really encouraged me and touched my heart. She told me how inspiring my story was and gave me the biggest hug as she began to cry. She confided that her mom was a drug dealer, her siblings were homeless, and she has been struggling to change her life for the better.  She told me that I gave her the motivation she needed to stay focused.

She had a special aura about her, and I could feel that she was destined for greatness! I instinctively knew that she struggled with feelings of guilt for leaving her siblings to pursue her education in order to live a better life. Some of you may understand the burden of being “the one” in the family who succeeds, in spite of all the obstacles that life throws our way.  She will certainly have to pay the “Black Tax”, but hopefully her journey will inspire her siblings to follow her lead.

I encouraged her to stay strong and diligent in pursuing her dreams and assured her that God didn’t bring her this far to let her fail.  I gave her my personal contact information and told her to reach out to me anytime she needs encouragement or advice. It was at that moment that I knew my purpose for being in the room on that day. She inspired me to keep sharing my story! I had been contemplating doing less speaking about my book and personal story to focus on building my business. At that moment, I knew that wasn’t an option.

One of the greatest rewards of my career is the impact my work provides to the younger generations. There’s such power in sharing our experiences and life lessons. Ideally, it will help someone avoid the pitfalls that we’ve made along the way, but what I know for sure is that they will remember how you made them feel on that particular day!

I hope this blog inspires you to share your stories with the younger generation. I promise you, it will be a very rewarding experience!

Peace and blessings,

Dorinda Walker

To learn more about Dorinda Walker:  www.dorindawalker.com 
Twitter: @DorindaWalker