Small Adjustments

Once again to steal from Mike TPE, Chapter 8, he quotes something that really sums up most small business owners attitudes, most people in general actually .

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.”

It’s so sad when you really think about being in that place. Maybe you’re in that place now. It sucks and I know it’s rotten because I just climbed out of that mess. (If you don’t get it or you’re confused just stop reading this because you can’t handle the truth! )This train of thought only leads to a discouraged and defeated human being. Destined to be unhappy until they receive their wake up call. Pick up the phone.

The only thing that is going to make anyone happy is their true passion. Everybody has one. But it’s also different for everyone. I have grand aspirations and lofty (but achievable) goals. My husband on the other hand does not.
What my husband taught me was that a true passion doesn’t have to be grand. It can be as simple as being a good father and making your wife happy. You wouldn’t think that would be a bad thing. Unless for some reason your want for more things, more money in order to do more of what you want cloud your head.
because happiness is different for everyone. Once I accepted my husband’s gift of WANTING to be a good father and husband was good enough for me. Just saying that makes me want to vomit but that’s literally what happened. I had to realize that I must let him be happy his way. As long as I tell him what I need he will try his best to do it well. That’s what makes him happy and it’s okay that my passion isn’t his passion. It works.

Let this anonymous quote stir you. See what kinda dust kicks up.

When plans start to take shape you will get the courage to keep following your true passion. Really take steps forward. even baby ones! Live by the motto “Today is the Day! Make it Happen!” And trust me when I tell you, the moment the Ruebix cube of your life snaps together it won’t be a surprise.



The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

I recently was given a gift from Sarah Shaw from Entreprenette. I can’t believe what an impact it’s had on me and my business in just one week.
I’ve been on sort of personal journey the past couple of months and have totally done a 180. I’ve been striving to look at the world in a different way. Then comes this book by some guy named Mike Michalowicz.
The book is titled, “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll.”
Honestly, that just about sums up the whole book.
Mike does an excellent job of calling the reader to action and getting results. At least from my experience. I really felt connected to him throughout the book. Like he was my big brother coaching me through rough times or something epic like that.
Each chapter is presented in a format that is honest, concise and easy to implement into your daily routine. I highly recommend this material for anyone who needs a pep talk. Not only a pep talk but a serious wake up call!
The instructions are simple. Do it, do it now and figure out the fine details as you go alone. That is as long as the result gets you closer to the final destination. I can’t express eloquently enough how grateful I am to have stumbled upon this gem. I’m going to read it a second time and actually write the homework answers down on paper this time. I’m actually looking forward to reading it again. I want to really dig deep and see what I find.
What I enjoyed most is that Mike forces you to think about yourself. What your needs are and what drives your personal passion. Fantastic stuff. Round 2, Fight!!

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

– Michael Korda

Until next time,

Mike says himself that this book is not for everybody, for one he curses a lot, so check out the website for a preview.

In additon to the book Mr. Michalowcz gives his readers printable workbook pages, videos and multiple great links to keep you on track.

Remembering what’s important.

Pondering Important things

Heather Cannon CEO of Hip Chick Industries is officially starting a Blog!!

  Lately I’ve been focusing on “remembering what’s important”. In the past, well let’s be honest, year I’ve been struggling to make a business out of aprons. Let me tell you producing a product is the easy part! Compared to a harsh wake-up call or an unresponsive market.
  I mean I guess instead of over thinking my situation and not taking action, I went head long into full production of multiple products. I dove into trade shows and car shows. I hit the world at 1,000 MPH. Everything was smooth sailing until: the impact of the profit vs. loss statement in quarter 2 kicked in, that is.
  Then some fear started to set in. I started living in fear of disastrous failure. In fact until this week I’d been completely crippled by it. Unable to move forward and getting lost in endless distractions. I lost myself and my confidence. So sad 😦

My first action step forward was to make a list of really important things for me to live by in every aspect of my life. 

The following things are important to Heather Cannon:
(although, not in order of importance)

1. Family
2. Stability
3. Friendship
5. Honesty
7. Trust
8. Follow through
9. Accountability
10. Dignity
12. Self Respect
13. Humility
14. Peace of Mind
15. Courtesy
17. Optimism
18. Humor
20. Strength
21. Building a strong Future

  Once I got the list put together, I realized I had nothing to fear. I just needed to be a true representation of this list. For myself, my family and within my business. Stepping out of fear seems to be a daily process at times but at least now I recognize that.

  Remembering what’s important is knowing who you are and what you stand for. Having a list around the house, in the car or in your office is a great way to avoid the “fear factor.”

Until next time,


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