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the business owners worst enemy

The business owner’s worst enemy is between their ears

In both the art and the business worlds, the difference between the amateurs and the professionals is simple: The professionals know they're winging it. The amateurs pretend they're not. ~ Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking There’s a voice I hear all too frequently. I might be taking the stage at a speaking gig, or walking into a client’s office, or sitting down in front of my computer to write an article, when in the back of my mind I hear a voice that says, “What do you think you are doing? Do you even know what you are doing? No. You don’t…” It can go on for some time. This voice is … Continue Reading »

vulnerability of being a business owner

The vulnerability of being a business owner

In her wildly popular TED talk Brene Brown tells us that one of our deepest fears is vulnerability. We are afraid of the act of letting ourselves be seen. Yet, in order to start a company, we have to do just that. Not only do we have to let ourselves be seen, but, once we get into it, we find out that we are actually putting ourselves on display! What "sells" best (especially in professional services) is when you "sell" you. That's what people are buying. How anxious is that making you feel right now? I've been doing this for 15 years and I cringe just thinking about it. People are … Continue Reading »

what every business owner needs to practice

What EVERY Business Owner Needs To Practice This Summer

Ahh, to be young. I remember the summer I was 10 years old. It was the summer of all summers. My family was living in the San Francisco bay area, in a house that was just a short distance from what (in Chicago) is known as a forest preserve. That 165 acre park was my daily destination that summer. My friends and I would ride our bikes up there and spend hours playing in the creek; catching crayfish, building dams, looking at spider webs, and exploring old barns, or deer trails, or ... anything! Summer was not programmed; it was a wide open expanse of discovery, time with friends and being … Continue Reading »