Category Career

Why Self-Doubt is Actually Necessary for Your Success

Everywhere you turn for inspiration there are these resources about how the power of positivity is going to make you 7 figures of income next month. If these people can do it, why can’t you? You start up a gratitude practice. Maybe dive into yoga. You’re trying SO. DAMN. HARD. to shift your mindset. But there’s this asshole in the way by the name of Self-Doubt. Self-doubt tells you “this is so stupid” when you try meditation for the first few times. It’s what makes reaching out to someone you admire seem nearly impossible. It’s what makes you constantly question your ability to do this whole “starting a business” thing. No matter how hard you try to believe in yourself and make the changes you need to in your life, self-doubt is nagging at you every step of the way; not whispering, but rather screaming in your ear, “THERE’S NO

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Maintaining Personal Relationships When You Have a Demanding Career

Who are you surrounding yourself with while on your quest for world domination? Too often we find ourselves so busy just landing clients and running the day-to-day of our growing empires that we don’t make time for others in our lives. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in our own world and shut people out when we’re in the zone. It’s even easier to find ourselves in that zone when we’ve convinced ourselves that we are doing this business thing on our own – cue the effects of isolation and mental health deterioration. There’s compiling evidence that people who surround themselves in strong, personal relationships not on live longer, but also cope better with stress, and exhibit better overall health. There’s even one study that found doubling your group of friends (IRL people, not online) has the same effect on your wellbeing as a 50% increase in income! Not to mention, it can get

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Should You “Do What You Love” or Get a Job for Money?

Following your passion doesn’t mean you get to forget about your responsibilities. If there were a manual for life, now would be the time for it to fall from the sky right on to my lap. There comes a time for all of us when we have to decide between creating our own opportunities that we are passionate about and if we need to get a job to pay the bills. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either, but I know for me I have a hard time picking up a job I am not passionate about just so I can make some money. A lot of this stems from the fact that my generation is told to “never settle”, “do what you love and love what you do”, and my ultimate favorite “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”. I agree wholeheartedly with all

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Analog Tools to Organize Your Brain (or Business) in the Digital Age

A fresh, new year is upon on us and with it a slew of new plans, resolutions and goals that we’re eager to attack at full force. The ideas are flowing, your momentum is rolling–but you can’t seem to find a moment of the day when your face isn’t buried in your smart phone or computer. Seriously, if your job, business or passion project require an internet connection, it’s impossible to avoid the draining sensation that comes with being constantly tuned into screens. I finally got so exhausted living by the whim of social media notifications and iCal reminders that I realized it was time for me to make a change. No, not a social media detox or anything like that. I’m talking going back to the good stuff–analog tools. Breaking out your favorite pen, buying a fresh notebook or supporting a small business by purchasing a printable are just

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastination

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky. When we have so much to do and so little time, we tend to put less desirable tasks at the bottom of the to-do list. No matter what those less desirable tasks are, they’re no fun, often take a lot of work, and we aren’t always sure how to approach them, so we don’t want to do them (or we just decide that procrastinating on Pinterest is a much better option). But, putting off these urgent, less desirable tasks doesn’t mean we don’t have to complete them anymore. They still need to get done – they’re important. So, instead the tasks are left to be done at the last minute, further adding to the stress of life. RELATED: How to Make Your To-Do List More Efficient “The last

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#ShineInto2016 – One Month Challenge for Entrepreneurs, Bloggers & Creatives

OMG Gems! You’re going to LOVEEEEE this! 2015 was an okay year for me. It wasn’t the best, but it could’ve been worse. Honestly, it was just a hot, all over the place mess. I’m ready to take the lessons I’ve learned and turn myself into one of those “if I can do it, so can you entrepreneurs”. I’m challenging myself this month to pin pointing exactly what I need to do to set myself up for success. I’m going to be tackling big goals (like getting to my first 5 figure month) and I am going to succeed. AND, I’m inviting you! We’re going to work together over these next few weeks to develop our game plans and map our success strategies for the new year. I don’t have all the answers – hence why me, you, and all these other amazing entrepreneurs are going to do this together. Over the

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How To Develop Your Personal Brand

You might be a business owner, a blogger, or an entrepreneur – but did you know you’re also a personal brand? You are. Even if your company isn’t “Your Name”, even if your services aren’t talking about yourself, even if you didn’t set out to be one… you are. Taking control of that knowledge and managing how others see you is developing your personal brand and making it work for you. You might be thinking, “But I don’t want to be a brand!” Well, in short, too bad. If you are on social media or in any way ‘searchable’ on the web, then you already are a brand. The next best thing to do would be to develop your brand in a way that best represents you (or whatever you want to represent). Here are ways to develop your own personal brand. CONSIDER YOURSELF A BRAND First and foremost – get in the right mindset. You have to believe that you

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What To Do When Business is Slow

It’s Summer time and everyone is soaking up the sun at the beach. You and I included! So what does that mean for retail businesses and how does that affect your sales? Well, from my experience it doesn’t necessarily mean zero sales, but it does mean you may not want to splurge on that steak dinner or island vacation just yet! In the retail industry, there’s a little thing called Seasonality. Seasonality determines the scale of sales throughout the year and which months will be the slowest and the highest for selling products. This generally applies across the board for e-commerce and brick and mortar. Here is a great chart that shows what you can expect by month in terms of sales: Below are some of my tips and tricks for staying busy during the slow months even though sales may not be flowing in: 1. Organize Inventory: I like

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