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Entrepreneur FAQ: What is the difference between an interest and a passion?

Now that’s a doosy of a question, for all passions are interests, but not all interests are passions. When you are interested in something, you hold a sense of curiosity about that something. But, a passion is something much more … it has a stronger push, pull and draw. A […]

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Leadership In Today’s Economy

Larina Kase An interview with Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA

Today’s tough economy can hurt not only your pocketbook, but your self-confidence and self-worth, as well. As a business owner, nurturing your inner leader and stepping up as a confident leader of your business can be crucial to your success. Today, I’d like to take a break from this month’s topic and share with you an interview I did with Dr. Larina Kase on her recently release book, The Confident Leader.

Larina is a professional speaker, author, and recognized expert in peak performance, anxiety and stress management, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She has a doctorate in psychology and masters in business administration, and her unique approach is regularly seen in media such as Inc., Entrepreneur, SELF and on national TV and radio. She is the author or coauthor of seven books including The New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives from companies such as Verizon, Intel, Morgan Stanley, & Ernst & Young.

I’ve been following her for a little more than a year now and believe what she has to share is relevant to you and building a business you love.

Carma: How can career achievement help boost our own confidence?

Larina:
We know from recent research that self-esteem and confidence are some of the most important predictors of career success and income, and that it doesn’t go the other way around — we can’t wait until we having a thriving career and hope that it increases our confidence. Instead, if we develop confidence, we’re more likely to have a thriving career.

Confidence does NOT necessarily come from achievement. It comes from how you interpret your actions. Two people can achieve the same level, and one feels great and proud of her process of getting there, and the other feels that she could have done better or worries if she’ll do as well the next time. Guess who’s more confident?
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The Importance of Passion In Business

passion for business I am a firm believer that if you want a sustainable business, one that you can make and keep profitable over the long term, you must be passionate about it.

And I’m not the only one who believes this.

Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur, wrote about it in his blog: “The Passion of Business and the Business of Passion“.

Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, has implied that passion is a key to his success: “You have to have a passionate opinion; otherwise you sound false. You end up telling the audience jokes they’ve already heard.”

And George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars franchise, says this: “If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities.It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it.”

Do a Google search on “passion business” and you’ll find numerous entries. One I found particularly of interest was Richard Chang’s article, “Turning Into Organizational Performance – the role of passion in business management and leadership“. In fact, he leads the article off with this: “Passion is not a privilege of the fortunate few; it is a right and competitive advantage that all organizations can leverage.”
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Personal Struggles and Your Business

pile of paper Have you ever noticed how your personal life creeps in and affects your business life? This seems to be even more true if you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner. A case in point:

This month, I’ll be discussing office management for entrepreneurs and small business owners. And, as I started to plan out this month’s content I realized how, once again, my life illustrates some points I think should be made. So, since this is the first of the month, the day I post off-topic stuff, I thought I’d share a bit about my life and how it fits into the topic.

Right now, my office is in a disarray. Piles of paper cover my desk, the floor in front of my desk, as well as the floor next to the floor in front of my desk. You see, last month I started some spinal decompression therapy and all my free time was sucked into a black hole.

But, its turned out to be a good thing. I’ve been forced to focus. I no longer have the luxury of working on all 15+ blogs and projects I’ve got going. I have to focus on just one or two.

So what does all this have to do with office management? Well, without it, I wouldn’t even be able to focus on this website! I’ve created systems that help me focus my tasks. Would you believe that those aforementioned piles of paper fit into that system? They do, however loosely.
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Get Out of the House!

networking Or Why In-Person Networking Is So Important

If you are a solo-preneur or small business owner, it may be very easy to get quite comfortable in your day-to-day routine. This leads to complacency, stagnancy and God knows what else. This is why it is so important to invest in yourself, your mind, your body and your spirit by getting out of the house.

Let’s talk about the different ways you can do this and how they can benefit you.

Your Spirit
Regardless of what religion they may associate with, most people believe in a spirit part of themselves. Some call this their higher self, other their soul. It doesn’t matter what you call it — it still needs nurturing. You can accomplish this in many ways:

  • Attend church, temple or whatever place of worship you prefer
  • Meditate
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Play with your children
  • Sit on a hill and silently watch the sun set with your partner or spouse

I hope you get the picture. Anyway, this benefits you on many levels. I creates balance in your life. It helps clear the clutter from your mind, if only for a brief time, allowing creativity to flow in. This is very important when you own a business, because without that creativity you won’t be able to adjust to changes in the marketplace.
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Procrastination: The Time Management Killer

procrastination Procrastination is a real schedule buster. At times it can be so easy to put things off until later, but if you do that too often, nothing gets done.

There are plenty of reasons people procrastinate:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Dislike of the task
  • Mis-alignment of task and person

I’d like to talk a little about each one and provide some tips and advice for overcoming them.

Feeling Overwhelmed
Sometimes, when a task seems so big and overwhelming, you can feel so daunted that it is easier just not to start. You may not know where to start. Or you may feel like nothing you do toward that goal seems to get you anywhere. One way to overcome this challenge is to break the larger task into smaller, easier to handle tasks. Give each mini-task a deadline, so that you can still feel accomplishment. And be realistic about how quickly the tasks can be completed. If you are still getting behind, you can always re-evaluate the time you’ve allotted and give your self more time.

Dislike of the task
For me, cleaning the floors and dusting the house are the things I procrastinate the most because of this reason. I really don’t like cleaning. One way to overcome this challenge is to delegate the task to someone who does it better than you and, possibly, even enjoys the task. Another is to take a look at the task and see if it really needs to be done. If not, take it off your schedule. (Boy, I wish I could do that to cleaning!)
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7 Days to Positive Thinking

bright idea I’m sure you have a bright idea hidden somewhere in the back of your mind that you just can’t wait to test out. But, for some reason, you’re just not doing it. Maybe your mindset is blocking your action. Remember, a correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable. Why not make 2008 the year you achieve your goals and bring that idea to life?

Here are some tips to make it through the week even if you’re just sitting in your favorite couch. An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting.

Having a bit of positive thinking can help you realize things that you may never have thought possible. Thinking big is indeed the entrepreneurial way and that is what makes many small businesses prosperous.

1. Take passionate action toward living your life by design.
Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without it, passion is void. This is a perfect example of where dreams are made of where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.

2. Commit to yourself, as well as those you love, to create powerfully a life you can love.
Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. Your dream can always be there, but a dream will still be a dream without motion. You might be amazed as the transformation begins.
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Law of Attraction through Scripting

writing pad Sometimes, there is a huge gap between knowing something and doing something about it. This is as true with the Law of Attraction as it is with everything else.

Like everything that resembles the Law of Attraction, people often get discouraged very easily at the beginning, because the promises of great things brought on by the philosophy doesn’t happen when they want it to or as fast as they want it to. The bottom line is that the Law of Attraction worked one million years ago and it works today in 2007.

Being patient is the key to success in everything and it is the same thing with this way of living. Once you understand how it works, you will realize that you need to be specific about what you desire and truly believe it will happen. For example most people begin with wishing for more money. They’ll do this for a whole 15 minutes. However, for the remaining twenty three hours and forty five minutes of the day, they will wonder how they will ever make it through, with their money problem.

That’s not the way it works. Negative thoughts lead to negative things happening. In the scenario above, which thought do you think was stronger? The bad one, of course. The Law of Attraction is powerful, but it cannot compensate for a preponderance of negative thought.

But don’t despair, there is a way to correct this; just feel what you wish for by writing your wish down. This is called scripting. When you use scripting, you’re really helping your cause.
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