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Turn Recession Woes into “Wows”

Economists and the media may debate whether we are in a true “recession” or not, but that doesn’t change the fact that sales are down and consumers are pulling back.  I’m certainly not excited about this, but I’m not traumatized either.  The economy is full of ups and downs and we obviously can’t have the [...]

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Mind Value

To one of my previous posts on the value of education vs/or training… I wonder if education is a system that trains people to do simply repeat history, to conform – to rinse, wash, repeat. New ideas and true innovative thinking seem to appear at “the edge,” “the fringe” – people on “the cusp.” What do you think?

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Too Much *Bleep*ing Perspective

If you’ve been a maverick entrepreneur for awhile, there’s a chance you may have lost touch with the reasons you sloughed the corporate shackles and struck off on your own. It’s road trip time. Time to pay a visit to how the other half–or three-quarters–live. Let me take you there. I went to pick up my husband at [...]

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I’m A Stranger In My Own Land – Part II

Hi gang, (When we last left our travel Hero, he was happily blogging from a Seattle pier, looking out at the bay and enjoying himself.   Did he make it home? Let’s rejoin him….) “Waiter, I’d like a tequila sunrise please.” “Sure thing – can I see your ID ?” Blank stare. “You see, what happened [...]

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All in the family?

Are you starting a business with a family member or a close friend? I know, I know. You are incredibly excited. You have a winning, million-dollar idea, and you are pursuing it with one of your favorite people. What could go wrong? Well, unfortunately, much can go wrong and sometimes it happens very quickly and [...]

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I’m A Stranger In My Own Land

Hi gang, Ok, we’re all business owners here.   Admit it – you’ve screwed up something before, right?  Something simple, something routine, something that makes you feel like a dolt. “You dolt” is actually what I muttered to myself on Friday as I was checking my bag in at the Air Trans counter to fly out [...]

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Outsourcing Errands and Excuses My Kids Make

Kids pick up things–not, like, their clothes or anything useful. But they do pick up attitudes and conversations. And then they use them against you. Take my kids, for example. Since my foray into the entrepreneurial world, the excuses I get from my kids have totally morphed into start-up business speak and buzz words. Last [...]

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Hello from the Amazon Seller Conference!

Hi gang, I’m out here in beautiful Seattle at the Amazon Seller Conference this weekend.   The conference was started several years ago by a group of Amazon booksellers, and has steadily grown to a conference of around 200 sellers this year.  Amazon doesn’t directly sponsor the event, but this year they sent a River of [...]

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Two Helping Hands, Helps Everyone

So I met with Elizabeth Lee of Seattle Organizing Works the other day. Her Biznik description says “I’ve been “the neat one” my whole life. That’s a lot of experience! I spent 20 years reporting to “The Man” in increasingly responsible roles in residential and corporate real estate, marketing and customer service, small business and [...]

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Stay-at-Home Mom. Can You Re-phrase That?

Let me just say straight off that I resent the term “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home dad.” For a couple of reasons. First, do we really stay-at-home? Are we some kind of business shut-ins, who cower under our covers, refusing to face the world? No. Well, OK, that usually describes me until about 6 a.m., but eventually, [...]

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Numbers we overlook in our society…

http://www.ted.com Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. Numbers of everything from cups use to total people in jail…click here to watch.

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When is an entrepreneur a business person?

I was reading that Olivia Newton-John just got married again. Oh, hold your little blog ponies, people, I have a point. I just noticed in the article that her new hubby,  John Easterling, was termed an “entrepreneur” and I wondered why he was listed as such. It turns out he owns a hugely successful and, I’m gathering, lucrative business [...]

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Mommy CEO – Is it Possible?

Six months into launching Glamajama I was driving home from a playgroup with my nine month old son.  I caught Dr. Laura on talk radio telling some frazzled work-at-home Mom that there was no way she could be both a full-time Mom and a successful Entrepreneur.  Her argument was simple, one would suffer and all [...]

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Thank God It’s… What Day Again?

Ahhh. Just remembering the cold steel routine of the five-day work week. Every week began with a Monday. Three days were spent wishing it was Friday. And, right on cue, every week ended with a Friday. Then, there were two days spent dreading the other five days. And so on… and so on… Now, as a [...]

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Finally Some Good News From eBay

Hi gang, A few hours ago,  eBay announced that they will no longer be counting Neutrals in a seller’s feedback percentage!  All sellers will be happy about this – it was one of the dumber policy changes that eBay has made in the past year. Here are a few snippits from the announcement: “Hello everyone [...]

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Learn how to draw out your vision

The older we get, and the more responsibilities we take on, there’s a tendancy for life to become increasingly “routine.” This can lead to boredom and a loss of spirit. So it’s critical to constantly integrate new and stimulating things into your life and daily practices. I’ve run across one of those recently. It’s very [...]

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