Archive for September, 2009

Are You Sure You Have the Right Tools?

Before we get to today’s article, I want to be sure you know about this week’s featured expert in the free “Meet the Experts” series we’re running.

Rick RaddatzHis name is Rick Raddatz, and he’s built a very profitable and respected business (Xiosoft)—creating cool tools for entrepreneurs.

Before that, he hung out with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft as the lead product engineer of special services.

Meet the Experts Details
Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern

To attend and to ask Rick questions, go to this page.

Now for our “Tools” article . . .

Think tools are just for carpenters and plumbers?

Think again!

Everyone has a toolbox of some sort.

We each use tools that will help us survive as we move through our lives. Often unconsciously, we fill our own personal toolboxes with the tools that help us acquire what we need, build what we want, overcome our obstacles and find our way.

Lawyers have certain tools that help them research, analyze and express an argument clearly. Moms use tools that help them stay on track, focused and balanced. CEO’s use specific tools—as do entrepreneurs.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, YOU have a toolbox, too. Are your tools useful and up-to-date? Do they help you to just survive or do they help you to thrive? When was the last time you picked up a new tool?

One of the hallmarks of a successful person is a toolbox full of relevant, practical and handy tools. Successful people consciously fill their toolbox with tools that fit the specific job.

We all know what it’s like to attempt a job without the right tools. It’s frustrating at best and downright futile at worst.

Be sure you get the tools you need to build the life and business you want. Consciously fill your personal toolbox for success.

What are the tools of YOUR trade? What do you need to do your job—to succeed in your life and career? What systems allow you to leverage yourself? What equipment do you need? What references, information or relationships will you need to achieve your goals?

The tools we’re referring to are anything that helps us accomplish our intended outcomes. And the tools we can immediately think of that help us do this are:

  • computer
  • phone
  • programs
  • library
  • pen
  • calculator
  • checklists
  • email
  • car
  • personal network
  • organizations
  • associations
  • mastermind team
  • teleconferences

Some questions to ask ourselves:

  • How can we utilize our tools better?
  • What new tools do we need to acquire?
  • Which tools can we replace or eliminate?

Check out some of the tools we have for you in The Resource Center.

PS: And remember to join us on Thursday to meet a master tool maker.
Click here.

There will be gifts as well . . . so be sure you make it.
Click here for access to the Teleseminar.

Who’s Really Running Your Business?

I think too many people try to separate themselves from their business.

They have their “personal” life and their “business” or “professional” life. I think there’s just life.

Do we have different roles? Of course we do.

But trying to be one way in your business and another way the rest of the time takes a lot of energy and lacks a certain amount of authenticity.

We are not our business, but to a large extent, our business is us. And who we are and who we’re being shows up in our business in a very significant way. It governs the success of our business.

Former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold said, “The longest journey is the journey inward.” I agree and I think the pay-off to going inward is substantial.

Many people spend a lot of time, energy and money trying to understand their business, but not all that much on comprehending themselves and how they operate within—and relate to—their business.

You see, the more we understand ourselves—the more we grasp how our issues, development, attitudes and paradigms affect our business—the better equipped we are to create the success we all desire.

I recently read Lynn Scheurell’s new eBook Emerging Soul-Driven Entrepreneurial Archetypes: A Self-Assessment. And I found it highly insightful in recognizing the business archetypes (or energy patterns) that underlie and guide our decisions and behaviors in business.

Clarity leads to power, and being aware of these archetypes and what they can teach you will enable you to access a whole new level of power in our business.

Because Lynn is a friend and because I’ve been working closely with her over the last few months, I was able to get this assessment and eBook for our members at no cost.

And I also got a special discounted price for our subscribers who are not yet members.

Going through the assessment and seeing what business archetypes are most influential can help you have a thriving and abundant enterprise—one that truly expresses who you are.

To find out more, go here . . .
If you’re a member, use this link to get your 100% discount code.
(You will need to be logged in to see the code).If you’re not a member yet, you can get this valuable resource at the special price (30% off) we have negotiated for you.

Or, become a member today and get Lynn’s eBook at no cost—along with scores of other no cost resources—right here . . .

PS: SuccessNet exists to help you and your business grow. And trying to grow a business without growing personally can impede your business success. This eBook and assessment is yet one more resource we are happy to recommend to help you grow—both personally and professionally.