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One Question A Day?

The ultimate promotion is when you become vibrant

Disney Characters at Granite Park Chalet
Sunset at Granite Park Chalet inside Glacier National Park.

The ultimate promotion is when you become vibrant

As you watch people who left the corporate world and built their own small business, what have you learned?

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My email reply yesterday morning

Disney conference speakers
An inside glimpse at my game plan. i map out timing down to the minute. The circles indicate a state change. Most slides have only a few words.

 

Great, authentic post Betsy.

The past few years i felt something but couldn’t put my finger on it. Your website is stunning and professional. And you offer a number of complimentary assets.

Social media, and all the recommended pieces (email subscription, blog, giveaways, videos, webinars, etc)…when everyone is focused on the same recipe, it creates a sea of “pick-me” look-a-likes (in my opinion).

So how does a customer decide?

What makes them pause, and say, “This is different. Not sure i like it, but let me have a closer look.”

Is it intrigue that is the key?

Is it boldness to not follow conventional wisdom?

Anyway, i enjoyed your transparency. i hope something in this email is helpful.

Peace and blessings.

 

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Authenticity

An entrepreneur’s three biggest competitors

Apple Watch reminder app
During yesterday’s run, an epiphany. Created a reminder using Siri.

 

An entrepreneur’s three biggest competitors:

  1. Curators
  2. Copycats
  3. Wannabes

Curators don’t have their own platform, but they are good at telling us what others have done. The downside is they have no context for the full story – they were never on the inside, never on the front line, never behind the scenes, never privy to the secret reality that outsiders will never know. Nothing is ever as it seems.

Copycats are good at studying and mimicking. They appeal to those easily convinced.

Wannabes are former employees who have gone out on their own because they couldn’t stand the glass ceiling. They are not prepared enough (and never will be) to match the world class karma of their former employer.

And then there are the artists, who operate as a category of one. These folks bring something unique, refreshing, compelling, and inspiring.

 

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Freaks unite

They both have taken a path similar to Walt Disney

Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
Dressing for success in t-shirt and cut-off jeans.

 

Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
Lower  right, barley distinguishable, the business sign of my public office – My French Cafe.

 

Jake Poore, founder of Integrated Loyalty Systems
A photographer making selfies cool again.

 

We’ve been talking for the past few years about getting together for lunch. Seriously. Years.

It happened yesterday.

Jake, a 19-year Disney veteran, left Disney right after 9/11 because he had a dream that couldn’t be realized in a corporate setting. His ideas were stifled. September 11th made it even worse.

He took action.

He recounted the first year of applying for multiple gas credit cards to make ends meet as a struggling entrepreneur. He also spoke of living on Campbell’s Soup because that was the best he could afford.

He just hired his 19th full-time employee and the first with a six-figure salary.

Just a hunch, pretty sure he had some hope of recruiting me. Flattered.

Ever have a moment when you inspire yourself because of your convictions?

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Emotion Trumps Everything

There’s a reason some of us want to become solo entrepreneurs

Disneyland pin trading advocate
To most, he’s crazy and self-absorbed. To pin trading advocates, he’s a deity.

 

There’s a reason some of us want to become solo entrepreneurs. And it revolves around a couple simple precepts:

  • You have final say.
  • You do not need permission.
  • You rid yourself of the time consuming challenges when people don’t agree.

You can create something that everyone thinks is crazy, launch it, and then live with the joy of taking the risk.

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