SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO EVERYDAY WHEN JUST STARTING OUT

This is a guest post by Tamaryn Tobian, founder of Spectacle Creative Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can follow her tweets on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, please, check out the guidelines here.

 In the last nine months or so, I’ve learned more things and experienced more life changes than I had pimples during puberty.  That’s what following your gut and jumping into risk with both feet does. Why so many life changes?  I started my own business – a creative communications company.

In truth, it seemed like a crazy idea. In this economy? Especially when I started to count how many other little creative agencies and studios there are in my city. There’s a lot of them. But, I did it anyway.

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23 COMMON ATTRIBUTES THAT ALL SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS SHARE

Whatever your beliefs, after years of being a business man and surrounding myself with other successful business men and women, I’ve found there to be a number of common attributes that we share. Please take a few minutes to read through and see if you agree.

If you don’t have the skills, don’t worry about it either. Most of the skills, I’ve gotten by screwing up. Yup, screwing up. We all do it and it’s just the way it is. If you think you are any different you are wrong. Sorry.

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BE YOUR BEST BY BEING YOU

Stop aiming to be someone you’re not already. If you keep this up, you’ll never be happy or satisfied with you – the person God created you to be. When you compare yourself to others and try to be someone you’re not, all it does is make you unhappy and dissatisfied.

I see people comparing themselves to others all the time and it drives me nuts. Heck, I’ve even done this before. When people do this they are giving the other person way too much power. Please stop doing this. Why would you want to give someone else so much power and cut your own self-worth? I’m telling you this is a complete waste of time and can only bring harm on yourself.

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IS IT TIME TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON? HERE ARE 7 STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE

You know what I love about video games? They have a reset button. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the game, or what you’ve done, all you have to do push that little button on the controller and whalla! The game resets and you are off to a whole new start. Now how cool is that?

I’m not a big gamer or anything, but I do love Super Mario Brothers. A few years ago when one of the new versions came out, I literally sat there and played until I beat the whole game. I had blisters on my hands, and my eyes were bulging out of my head!

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6 TIPS FOR PLAYING IN THIS CLAY ECONOMY

Have you ever played with clay before? I am sure you have, we all have. What was it like for you?

For most people, playing with clay is at first a disaster. Clay is flying all over the place, nothing is taking shape, and your patience’s are running out. Suddenly, as your hands are engulfed in clay madness, something amazing starts to take shape. What is it? No one knows, but it is awesome looking and you created it.

Photo Courtesy of: orpheus01 on Deviant Art

What started out as a disaster is now turning into something pretty awesome! How did you do it?

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SUCCESS, FAILURE, AND THE REALITY OF WHAT IT TAKES TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE.

I remember growing up always thinking to myself and asking the question, “What does it take?” I am still asking this question.

I would ask and still ask:

What does it take to be a great athlete?

What does it take to be a professional athlete?

What does it take to start a business?

What does it take to be a great husband?

What does it take to be a great father?

What does it take to be a great leader. All questions with no answers.

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IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT IS REAL. IT’S ABOUT WHAT IS REALITY.

It’s not about what is real.

It’s about what is reality.

Tonight, I had a speaking engagement at Cornerstone University. They asked me to speak to their entrepreneurship class about my personal journey, what I learned, and some practical advice for people looking to become an entrepreneur. I was excited and blessed to have the opportunity, especially after the ride I have been on the last 7 or so years. You can see the full presentation here.

I decided that I would talk about the difference between real and reality. I think to often we focus our time and energy on what is real, but we forget to add in the most important part, what is reality. Do you think people are to scared of reality?

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5 BENEFITS TO BEING THE EARLY BIRD WHO GETS THE WORM

I am sure you have heard the proverb, “the early bird gets the worm.” What are your feelings on this? Are you an early bird or a late bird? Do you struggle with getting up early and getting things done? My wife sure does. She loves to sleep and I love this about her!

For me, I believe that the early bird does get the worm. Think about it for a second, say two birds are competing to catch the worm, the bird that arrives early will be successful in catching the worm. And the bird that shows up late staggering in, gets nothing.

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