Archive for 2009

The Problem with Working from Home . . .

I’ve been working from my home office for over 15 years. And I love it—wouldn’t have it any other way.

But there are some unique challenges work-at-home-people face.

For many, they’re used to the interaction found in a more typical office setting. The home office can lack the energy and vibrancy of a team atmosphere.

When working alone, it can be hard for some to stay focused and maintain the structure and order the larger office usually has.

I hear from many readers who find it easy to start doing some household chore only to find themselves spending more time than anticipated and eating up valuable and productive time from their intended projects. They’re busy but oftentimes busy with the wrong things.

It can also be lonely. If you’re used to working with a team, working solo can sometimes be a difficult adjustment.

Family and friends can be a problem, too. It’s easy for them to see you as being more available than you really are. Those who would never think of dropping in on you at “the office” often don’t see any problem with stopping by your HOME office.

That said, I still would never go back to the W-2 world, nor would I want to report to my own corporate office every day.

When working from home, it’s even more important to do work you love and have strong and clearly defined goals. This will help you to stay focused and motivated.

I was doing OK with these challenges in the first few years of our business. And I was earning more money than I ever had before.

I was comfortable behind my computer screen. But I knew that there was a lot more potential and that SuccessNet could be positively influencing many more people than it was. I needed to think bigger.

And to do that, I needed to get outside the firewall and interact with people—even when it wasn’t always comfortable to do so.

And then Dawn and I attended our first conference. It was a small seminar setting. But it made us realize how small our THINKING had been and how much was being left on the table.

From that, we decided to expand our attendance of conferences. We usually go together, but occasionally I’ve gone alone.

The important thing was to attend. The people we’ve met–the relationships and alliances we’ve formed—have been both enjoyable and highly profitable.

Our business is bigger and more fulfilling and is impacting more people than it would have otherwise.

And that’s why we held our first SuccessNet Summit last September in Vermont. And we’re holding our second annual Summit in November in Dallas.

We know how powerful it can be for people to come together, share ideas, form alliances and expand their thinking.

I can’t wait to introduce you to some amazing people who will be happy to share their experience and knowledge with you.

And we’re excited to meet you in person, if we haven’t done so—or see you again, if we have.

Now more than ever, you need to position yourself to achieve substantial success.

I cannot promise that being with us in Dallas will be the event that changes you and your business forever, but I know it will have an impact in some way. And for some of those attending, it will forever change the way they think about and conduct their business.

It’s coming up soon—just a little over a month away.

And the early bird discounts are still in effect, so you can save a lot.

Plus, we negotiated a super deal on your hotel rooms—suites actually—only $89.

If you’re a SuccessNet Member, you can buy one ticket and get another ticket for a friend or associate for free. If not, the extra ticket is still only $97.

Join us.

Make the decision to flip the switch, turn the lights on and open the doors to a whole new future.

It’s all explained here . . .

Now is the time for you to make a decision in your favor.

PS: Our free “Meet the Experts” series continues this Thursday at 8 PM Eastern Time. Access info is on the Summit page.

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.