Almost all deeply meaningful creative endeavors goes through a similar journey.
You start out on fire. You’re high on passion and possibilities. You could not be more jazzed about your new _________ (business, job, relationship, workout regimen, spiritual practice, life philosophy, eating habit, etc.)
This is that thing you’ve been waiting for. That life-changing pivot point that’s going to change e-v-e-r-y-thing. From the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow, you’re obsessed with your new “love.”
But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track. Suddenly, everything that was going so great has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.
Your energy tanks. Doubt creeps in. You can’t help but think…
“Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
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Over the years I’ve gone from being a one-woman shop to now leading a virtual and growing team of star players.
We’re all sprinkled across time zones and spend at least 80% of our time working independently.
Every day I take time to appreciate the beautiful souls I get to work with and I’m constantly looking for ways to improve our company’s culture. Why?
Because no matter what you do for a living, being a part of a healthy, high-functioning team is vital if you want to feel fulfilled at work.
Now your team may be your family. Or fellow writers, designers, agents, managers, assistants or programmers.
Or even fellow employees if you’re working within a company.
As technology continues to erase the confines of the traditional 9-5 work environment, it’s vital that we all learn ways to become better, more caring leaders.
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There’s one word that’s been buzzing around every bit of my life lately, and I believe it’s one of the most important words in the world.
That word is trust.
Trust is that beautiful feeling deep in your bones when you just know someone is true, honest and real. There’s integrity and reliability that’s born from a mutual sense of humanity, and respect.
And if something goes a little haywire, it’s barely a blip on your emotional screen. Because when you fully trust someone, you know you’ll be kept in the loop.
You know that no matter what happens, you’ll be treated with kindness, care and respect.
Trust is big in every corner of our lives, and it’s absolutely vital in modern business.
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The weather has taken a chilly turn here in NYC which means I’m busting out my boots and gloves for the first time this season!
Though I’m not a fan of cold weather, I am a huge fan of the holidays. I live for all the cooking and QT with loved ones.
But if your holiday season is anything like mine, it isn’t 100% elves and egg nog. Truth is, we may have to navigate some conflict, like…
- Heated political throwdowns at the holiday table.
- Shopping skirmishes at Target. (While we don’t do holiday gifts, I’ve seen the insanity on the news)
- General spats that erupt as a result of too much mulled wine … or not enough!
No matter what time of year it is, conflict shows up in our life. Rather than shy away from it, or let it take us down, why not learn to be a better communicator?
That’s why I was so excited when my friend Bob Burg wrote Adversaries into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.
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When you’re really good at something and actually enjoy doing it, it’s natural to want to turn that passion into a business.
But a strange phenomenon often occurs for passion-based business owners — especially when it’s time to get paid.
You have trouble bringing yourself to actually ask for money for something you’re so naturally good at.
Feels weirdly like cheating the system. Or taking advantage. Or somehow getting one over on people.
If this sounds familiar, you’ll love today’s MarieTV. You’ll learn three simple steps to make asking for payment more comfortable.
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