When To Close A Business: How To Know If It’s Time to Move On

I gotta be a proud business mama for a minute.

Last week, we officially graduated the 2013 class of B-School: our online business training program for modern entrepreneurs.

Our grads are from 77 countries around the world. Totally diverse in age, type of business and drum roll — we had more men than ever in the program this year!

It was truly an extraordinary experience.

We’re getting close to having 10,000 worldwide graduates — which blows my mind.

On behalf of myself and my team — we feel both humbled and privileged to play a part in helping hardworking, honest, ethical business owners in every corner of the globe reach higher levels of happiness and success.

We’ll open up early enrollment for the 2014 class later this summer. If you want details, let us know by virtually raising your hand here.

Now onto today’s episode — which is a toughie!

When it comes to forks in the road, your heart always knows the answer, not your mind. Click To Tweet

Imagine this…

You’ve worked really really hard to build a business you thought was your lifelong passion, but it turns out — it’s not.

The bills are piling up. The business is on life support and you need to make a clear decision: either turn things around and save your business, or admit defeat and move on.

Should you close down what you’ve poured years of your life into or do you strap yourself in and find a way to save your business?

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How To Be Direct With Your Business Partner or Friend

I just wrapped up a three day visit with my parents here in Los Angeles — we had sooo many laughs and good times.

One of the things I appreciate most about my mom, in particular, is how painfully direct she is.

“I don’t want to go on rides.” “I want that clam chowder — now.” “This show is boring. Let’s go.”

There’s no upset or drama. Just the simple truth of how she feels about any particular subject, in real time.

She’s a living demonstration of the phrase “give it to me straight.” While you may not always like what she has to say, you always know exactly where she stands.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. - Isaac Newton Click To Tweet

Saying what you mean, directly and plainly, isn’t a skill that comes naturally for many of us.

Especially when it comes to having delicate conversations that involve both business and friendship.

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Feeling depressed – like something’s missing? Try this.

I had no idea I was going to write about this today, but when I thought about whether or not I should mention it . . .

I don’t feel like I have a choice as I’m still pretty shaky.

Sunday afternoon we were hit pretty bad in a car accident.

Josh, myself and Kuma were driving down a quiet side street here in Venice when a driver sped through a back alleyway — without stopping — and slammed into the side of our car.

The impact was horrific. Glass shattered everywhere, and in an instant our car was forced underneath another parked car on the side of the road.

Thank God, we’re all fine (save nasty bruises, soreness, totaled cars, Kuma peed on my pants – LOL etc.).

The most upsetting thing though is how my mind keeps flashing these “alternate reality” scenarios in my head. These horrible, mini movies where if it were just a few seconds off . . .

Either Josh, Kuma or myself may not have survived. That’s really is the worst part for me — everytime I shut my eyes or try to rest, they come up.

So before we get into today’s episode, I invite you to take a moment to connect with and express your genuine love for the dearest people in your life.

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. - John Wayne Click To Tweet

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Make More Money: Does Your Desire For More Cash Make You Unspiritual?

Did you have any weird habits when you were a kid?

I did. While I didn’t realize it at the time, some of my childhood obsessions foreshadowed who I’d become as an adult. More on that in a second.

When achievement is divorced from fulfillment, you lose custody of your happiness. Click To Tweet

In today’s episode of MarieTV, we’re tackling a money block that holds a lot of us back and prevents us from being as successful as we can be.

If you ever feel conflicted about wanting to make more money, as though your desire to make more money somehow makes you less of a “spiritual person,” watch this video now.

Because you may have some toxic beliefs about money (consciously or unconsciously) that not only limit your income but your happiness too.

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Problem Client: How To Protect Yourself From Clients Who Refuse To Pay

Question: have you ever been stiffed? I sincerely hope the answer to that question is no, but the sad reality is . . .

Nearly all of us have been cheated out of money.

The worst is when you’ve been stiffed by your clients. It can feel downright depressing when you work hard to deliver an outstanding product or a service, and then you get burned.

After all, you were operating on good faith and assumed that your clients would be honorable and honest!

The worst part here is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. (Ouch!)

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I learned this lesson the hard and expensive way.

We teach people how to treat us. @DrPhil Click To Tweet

I’m a very trusting person with a huge heart, and over the years I’ve been stiffed out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Not to mention all the time and energy I lost beating myself up for being naive or trying to get people to just honor their agreements and pay for what they received.

The good news is that I’ve realized there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and keep your energy where it belongs: on delivering value to honest customers, making a difference and enjoying an amazing life.

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