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Desire or Passion: What You Need to Succeed

Passion Desire

It was a beautiful Friday morning last week here in Chicago. I took my cup of coffee and sat in my recliner looking out into the lush green yard. The squirrels were busy burying nuts for winter. A baby bunny scampered out from underneath the bushes to take in the warmth of the sun. And the birds were telling the neighborhood about the feast I have prepared for them around the house.

I picked up “Think And Grow Rich” and opened up to the chapter on desire. As I’ve mentioned before, Napoleon Hill’s classic is a book I make a point to read at least once every year. One of my early business mentors gave me a beautiful leather bound copy to encourage the practice. After all, more millionaires and billionaires have been created throughout the world from the principles in this book than from anything else.

As I picked up my cup to take a sip of coffee, a magnificent blue jay appeared on my feeder just outside the window. Mind you – blue jays are a rarity in my yard. In the 10 years I have lived here, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a blue jay....

When Things Don’t Go As Planned – Change Happens!

Lucy Resting

We have all been there. Drift off to sleep at night with the next day all planned out. But then life happens. We get interrupted, and our plan goes out the window.  We are hit with change.

That’s what happened to me last week.

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that my best friend and co-pilot, Lucy (my beloved 12 ½ year old Korean Jindo pup) was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2015. At that time, her vet told me she had 3 to 6 months to live. The fact she is still with me and enjoying a high quality of life now, 15 months later, is nothing short of miraculous.

We have been very fortunate in managing her seizure activity. Crazy fortunate. In fact, Lucy has not had a seizure since October 2015. Until Tuesday morning.

At 4:15 am, I woke up to find her in a full-blown grand mal seizure. I thought, “It’s okay. I’ve got this.” I got down on the floor next to her and began to soothe her while I glanced at the clock. After our last episode, which landed her in the hospital for several days and over a week at home not eating, the vet gave me some additional “emergency” medicine....

Mastermind for Business Success

Mastermind

One of the secrets of my entrepreneurial success has been the fact I sought out a mentor and joined a business mastermind community. Just last week I spent 3 days in San Diego with my peeps to assess, adjust, and create new goals for my business.

Within the mastermind, I have developed business partnerships, life-long friendships, and accountability partners. They have helped me to see where I’m getting in my own way and supported me to push through obstacles.

In fact, that’s me discussing new ideas with my fellow mastermind entrepreneurs Amy Andrews of Feel Good Again HealthTeena Evert of Ignite Love Now, and Anne Dickenson of Eye On Your Business. If you are looking to improve your health, find true love, or make more money in your business you must check out their work.

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is chock full of wisdom for entrepreneurs and results-driven individuals. One of his critical points is that successful people are not going it alone. Using the collective mind of other success-minded individuals pushes you toward greatness. He calls it the “Master Mind.”

“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definitive purpose.”  – Napoleon Hill

The concept of a mastermind is not new....

Passion Drives Success

Passion and Desire

Ever had one of those days….maybe weeks or months….where you just felt stuck? Frustrated at the lack of progress in your business. You try all sorts of things to gain traction only to end up spinning your wheels. And you keep trying. Nothing seems to work. Sure, you get new leads, but landing new clients just isn’t happening. At least not on the timeframe you want.  Your passion starts to wane.

I must admit. I’ve been feeling that way recently.

New campaigns. Different topics. Pilot programs. More networking and connecting. Speaking to different audiences. Doing all these great things to promote my services, but somehow struggling to get traction. Or should I say, struggling to achieve the results I want.

Entrepreneurship is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. The benefits are amazing, but there is serious work to be done. There are no overnight success stories. No “get rich quick” schemes. And certainly no online businesses that generate 6-figures with no sweat equity regardless of what the “experts” or “gurus” tell you.

Building a successful business from scratch takes time, effort, passion, and determination.

That is the reality. But we so often try to compare ourselves to others to measure our progress....

What’s the BEST That Can Happen?

A mature woman pruning a bush

Summer is here in Chicago. Now that I’m back from the Outer Banks, it’s time to do some outside work around the house. After a wet spring, all my bushes needed trimming this weekend. So, after the heat wave passed, I was out in the yard on Sunday taking care of business.

I am blessed with amazing neighbors all around me. We get together for dinner, drink wine, enjoy evening fires, and chat over the fence. My neighbor, Denny, who lives behind me, walked over to the fence when he saw me pulling weeds.

“Hey, Nadine! How’s business?” Denny enthusiastically yelled.

“Doing good.” He sensed the hesitation in my response. Honestly, things were going okay, just not great. Heading into the summer months, it seems to get more difficult to get the attention of prospective clients. Always a challenge to keep up the momentum.

We continued to talk about life – sadness over the events in Orlando over the weekend – briefly about politics (we are on opposite ends), and, as always, he gives me some tips on business. Denny, now retired, was a successful salesman and businessman throughout his career, so I enjoy hearing his perspective on a common challenge for every entrepreneur – lead generation and sales conversion....

Being Fearless: How to “Fear Less”

Fearless

Ever feel like the universe is conspiring against you? I don’t mean that only bad things are happening. Rather, that you can feel at your core that there is a lesson to be learned here but you can’t quite see what the heck it is.

I’ve been going through a lesson of sorts. Only recently have I started to figure out perhaps what this life-altering lesson is really all about.

When I was starting my business and working on my branding, I loved the FAST Woman in Business concept. It embraced my essence as a powerful professional woman with a nod to my experience in professional motorsport. But, I felt it needed a bit more of a descriptor. That’s when I arrived at the acronym for F.A.S.T. – Fearless, Ambitious, Strong, Trailblazing.

Being “Fearless” is one of those concepts that we inherently think we understand, but in reality we are conflicted by it. Can anyone be truly fearless? I’m not sure. But if we separate the word slightly, I believe the core energy behind the word comes through.

FEAR LESS

Yes. Simply fear less. Whether you are coming up on a breakthrough, or working through difficult times, it’s easy to get caught up in the fear of the unknown....

Do What You WANT

swa

It was October 27, 2007. As I boarded my Southwest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, my mind was cluttered. I was looking forward to the next 3 ½ hours to decompress, sort out my thoughts, and rest. The trip had been planned for weeks. Off to celebrate my best friend’s milestone birthday. A weekend away with old friends was just what I needed to get out of my funk.

Instead of resting and relaxing on the flight, though, my mind was racing. Stress and anxiety filled my body. My job was stagnating. I had been at the firm almost 4 years and did not see any real path for advancement. Finances were ho-hum. I made enough to live comfortably and save some, but nothing extraordinary.

My romantic relationship made me feel like I was stuck in mud. After nearly 3 years together, we had reached that proverbial fork in the road – were we walking down the same path or headed in different directions? Oh, how I wish I knew! My body was giving me signals, but I was ignoring them. I wasn’t working out or eating as well as I knew I should be, and my energy levels were low....

You Need to Take More Risks

risks

Sir Sterling Moss, arguably the greatest all-around racing driver in history and icon of the motorsports world, knew something about risks and reward. Out of the 375 competitive races Moss finished during his professional racing career, he won an astonishing 212. All those wins did not come by taking the less challenging route.

“To achieve anything in this game you must be prepared to dabble in the boundary of disaster.” – Sterling Moss

The same can be said for achieving spectacular results in life. How many times have you been richly rewarded for taking the safe and easy path? My guess – not many.

Wildly successful people are comfortable with risk. They embrace the challenge and uncertainly of risk. After all, with risk comes reward. But don’t be fooled. Not all risk is created equal.

Risk can come in multiple forms. Crazy ass or calculated. Dumb or smart. There is a time and place for both types of risks. In fact, people may characterize risks differently. You may characterize sky diving as a dumb, crazy ass risk. Who wants to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? (Actually, I do. It’s on my bucket list.)

Another person may believe sky diving in tandem with an experienced diver is actually a worthwhile calculated risk....