Doing the thing that makes you happy — makes you who you are. Doing what you were meant to do. Do you even know what that calling is?
I’ve thought long and hard about my calling. It’s teaching — helping other.
This really isn’t surprising since a majority of my professional career in some part has been linked directly to teaching and leading.
From my early years as a Respiratory Therapist, to adult education, to corporate training, to being a small business owner. It all circles back to teaching and leading — and it’s firmly rooted in small business.
I’m often asked about starting a small business — how I did it, why I did it, what steps were needed, how I got started…etc.
I love small business! Love everything about it.
It’s my passion and I love talking about it. I love sharing those experiences with others — and that’s exactly what i’ve decided to do with this blog.
Prior to starting my current company Me Giant, I co-owned a very successful wholesale furniture and decor business, Aidan Gray Home, which I eventually sold in early 2010. Helping grow that company from the ground up molded me into the person I am today. I learned a great deal, developed priceless skills, faced my strengths and weaknesses, and realized that you can do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it.
I’m living my calling and want to share it with you. Success is a journey — a journey worth taking. In this blog I will share stories, tips, tricks, processes, interviews and how to’s for small business development and success.Read More
Robin Hallett is my guest today and this might be the first interview I’ve walked away from feeling truly enlightened — a true sense of who I am and where I’m going. And best of all…the fact that it’s ok to be vulnerable, uncertain and scared.
Robin and I have a great conversation about why it’s important to let go, just be yourself and deal with the bolder in your back pocket.
Before we jump into the interview I want to talk about success and the importance of loving yourself.
Just Be Yourself
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
I love this quote! Especially since we live in a me too society where we use the success (or alleged success) of others as our measuring stick.
We all do it, we’re guilty.
We look up to the Marie Forleo’s, Amy Porterfield’s, Carol Burnett’s (odd I know, but I love her!).
We’ve been guilty of looking at the success of others and thinking…why not me, why am I not at the same level? Why can’t I be like her?
I must not be good enough!
I must not be good enough because of _____________ or because I don’t know everything about ________________ or I don’t have the __________ resources that she has.
Here’s the truth….
You Are Good Enough
Say it out loud with me….You Are Good Enough!
Yes, we’re all on different paths, at different levels and with different resources, but that’s ok.
If you want true life success, you must change your script, learn to love you for you, and just be yourself.
In my interview with Robin, we discuss this in more detail and why it’s SO important to deal with the issues that are keeping you from being the best you.Read More
Dixie Gillaspie is my guest today and we’re talking about how to live an unlimited life and removing the word “can’t” from your vocabulary.
Before we jump into the interview I want to share a story with you about overcoming “can’t” and how I changed my attitude about “can”.
The Truth About Attitude
I love this Zig Ziglar quote – Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.
This one hits home for me on several levels and here’s why.
It’s a miracle that I can read. Ok, my story isn’t that dramatic, but truth is…I was a terrible student. I excelled socially, but barely skated by academically.
I had a wonderful childhood and my parents were great, but they didn’t push me academically. The expectation was to pass and that’s exactly what I did…and a “C” is passing you know.
A Product of Your Environment
I don’t blame my parents for not pushing me academically, because ultimately it was my responsibility and not theirs.
They did the best they could.
They were the product of their environment…my dad didn’t make it past the 7th grade because he quit school to help support his family in a time of need.
My mom quit school her sophomore year because she feel in love and decided to start a family instead.
Me…I changed my attitude and realize my success was my choice.
Although they didn’t teach me much about algebra, my parents did teach me the value of family, community, hard work, faith and love.
Luckily I’m the product of my environment.
Don’t Let Can’t Stop You
How did you like how I flipped the switch about being the product of my environment?
It would have been easy for me to say I can’t go to college because I barely made it through High School, or I can’t start a business because I didn’t have a role model, or I can’t start a consulting business because I’ve never done it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in “I can’t” because ________
Believe me, I’ve been there.
I’m still a terrible speller, but that hasn’t stopped me.
I never read a book cover to cover until I was 20, but that hasn’t stopped me.
I wasn’t raised around entrepreneurs, but that didn’t stop me.
I ignored “can’t” and figure out “can”.
Don’t Let The Small Things Trip You Up
You can be anything you want to be…you can do anything you want to do! It’s a mind thing.
Dixie is a living example of not letting the little things trip her up. In my interview with her we discuss how the sudden death of a family member caused her to rethink her life and led to her writing her new book Just Blow It Up: Firepower For Living An Unlimited Life.Read More
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