Inspirational Biz Tip from Oprah Winfrey

A series of Business Tips from Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”,she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
~Oprah Winfrey

Do you follow Oprah’s lead and celebrate your life?

When we praise and celebrate the little things in life, bigger things come our way.  Don’t you think that Oprah is a perfect example of that concept?

If you were not aware of Oprah’s past, she grew up in poor rural Mississippi by a single teenage mother.  Do you think she dreamed that she would ever become as famous as she is today?

Maybe not, but I do bet she learned at a young age to celebrate all the things in her life — which grew to where she is today!!

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
~Oprah Winfrey

Remember when you were a little person and you thought you could get away with getting into the cookie jar or other such childish escapades.  After all, if nobody saw you do it, it wouldn’t matter.

Of course, many of us that tried that didn’t realize that mom and dad have been around a bit longer than us and knew more about what we do then we realize!!

So, we grow up understanding that real integrity is more important than short term gain or ‘what we can get away with’ for the moment.

People are smarter than we think and they know real integrity — even if we can fool them for the moment.

Assure yourself a good night sleep by doing what is right — even if no one is watching!!

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Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
~Oprah Winfrey

Okay, in fairness to the gentlemen reading this, “Think like a king!”

Oprah is talking about overcoming fear and stepping out into our greatest good.

If you look at the statics concerning the most affluent business people, they often went or were bankrupt at some time in their life.  Rather than wallow in their failures, they pick themselves up and learn from their mistakes.

I have heard once that the best definition of mistakes is “missing the mark”.  We all miss the mark from time to time.  What is important is what we do with and after the mistake!

Personally, I have learned more from my mistakes than I ever have learned from my successes!  How about you?

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Carl Jung

A series of Business Tips from Carl Jung

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy and religious studies. As a notable research scientist based at the famous Burghölzli hospital, under Eugen Bleuler, he came to the attention of the Viennese founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. … Jung was also an artist, craftsman and builder as well as a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death and some are still awaiting publication.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~Carl Jung

I love this:  Your vision is within your own heart!!

Think on that for a minute …. There is no outside force — whether it is human or spiritual — that can create or express your vision.

What a freeing thought!  No longer do we need to rely on the right person or right circumstances to create our vision.  It is right inside ourselves all the time.

So, dream on …. for when you dream, you start to formula your vision within that will guide you in living out that dream.

And you don’t need to be sleeping for this to occur!!

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The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
~ Carl Jung

According to Jung, creativity does not come from the intellect.  How interesting!

Personally, I have always thought that creativity is a God-given talent that is manifest through us by Spirit, the Universe, or the Force that is bigger and greater than ourselves.

I also believe that each one of us is blessed with a talent or gift that we need to share with the world.  Depression and unrest in our souls, in my opinion, comes from not using or sharing our specific gift(s).

This is why I send out these emails to creative folks:  I encourage you to find and use your gifts.  And, if in the process, the sale of your creation generates an income or special lifestyle, then you are truly blessed!

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Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.
~ Carl Jung

Is it encouraging to know that no one is without trouble of some kind?

I guess the quote itself, reassured us, when we have struggles in life, that we are not alone in our struggles.

Trouble in any form is part of life.  We have all been there; all experienced it.

But the difference, in my opinion, is how we respond to it.  If we can rise above it and see what lessons we can learn from the chaos in our lives, we are richer and more functional people.

What do you think?  Has diversity made a positive impact on your life?

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Steve Jobs

A series of Business Tips from Steve JobsSteve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs, February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011, was an American entrepreneur, businessman, inventor, and industrial designer. He was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.(Wikipedia)

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
~Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is someone near and dear to my heart, in part, because we grew up in the same city and attended the same schools (although he was a few years behind me).

Having grown up in the Bay area (now referred to as Silicon Valley), I watched and understood his drive to do better things with his life.  We all grew up during the era and environment where excellence was expected.  Most of my classmates entered the University of California system out of high school and went on to excel in their particular fields.

Of course, not many of us were as famous or as inventive as Steve Jobs and his business partners.  But as long as we continue to be a yardstick of quality, we succeeded in life.

Thanks Steve for showing us all what it is like to be excellent!!

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
— Steve Jobs

Statistics show that a large percentage of people dislike their job.  How incredibly sad!!  But this is probably one of the reasons why many folks become entrepreneurs running their own business(es).

But whether you work for someone or you are running your own business, if you don’t love what you do, you probably won’t do great work, like Steve says.

I left my job in 1999 because my new boss was not interested in doing what worked to sell products (I was a manager in a retail chain) as much as he was interested in throwing his weight around.  A job I love — where I created a great environment for customers and personnel — turned into drudgery for me.  It was not long after that I quit and became partners in a new venture with my husband.

I decided not to settle.  And as time went on with my business, I continued to follow my heart to where I am now!

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
~Steve Jobs

I found this quote to be very intriguing:  Look backwards to connect to your future?

After much thought, I agree that what we do today frames our future.  So having said that, we can’t see what our future holds without seeing what we did in the past.

For example, if we focus on a goal and work in that direction, our future will blossom around that goal.  But if we wander around aimlessly, our future will be a jumbled mess!

Your gut, destiny, life or karma …. we do ‘reap what we sow’.  So then, if we sow productivity, we will reap the rewards of being productive.

Really, can’t get any plainer than that!!

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Maya Angelou

A series of Inspirational Business Tips from  Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. (Wikipedia)

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~Maya Angelou

Do you remember how your felt on one of your first dates …. You know the one where the guy opens the door for you and the girl treats you like you are the only man on earth for her?

We all love to be treated like Queens (or Kings).  So it is important to treat your customers, associates, partners and employee with the same respect and admiration.

No matter what wonderful thing you did or said to someone, what they really remember is how you made them feel.

Try spreading that feeling to the people who are around you today and see what happens!!

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
~Maya Angelou

Do you live life with passion, compassion, humor and style?

Just surviving life is not really living.  Each of us possess the potential to express passion in what we do; compassion in dealing with ourselves and others; humor to get us through the day with a smile on our faces; and style to be worthy of respect from others.

What a wonderful creed to live by and no wonder Maya was such a fine and dignified lady.  She thrived not only as a wonderful human being but as a powerful woman, entertainer, writer and activist.

How do you show passion, compassion, humor and style in your life?  Those activities is what makes a great life from a mediocre life with no meaning!

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98 Maya Angelou QuotesIf you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
~Maya Angelou

Many of us do not realize how much control we really have over our lives and circumstances.

If you don’t like something, just change it!  Sounds easy enough.  But during the times that we can’t change our circumstances, we just need to change our attitude about it.

We see this all the time in relationships — business as well as personal!  If we don’t like working with a particular buyer, we can decide not to sell to them.  It is our choice!

On the other hand, if we do not have the option to discontinue working with certain people we don’t like, we can chose to see those people differently.  Maybe they are not as intolerable as we think.  If we change how we view them, we impact the relationship in a positive way.

What do you need to change today?

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Inspirational Biz Tips from George Washington

A series of Business Tips from George WashingtonInspirational Biz Tips from George Washington

George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731 – December 14, 1799) was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment and came to be known as the “father of the country,” both during his lifetime and to this day. (Wikipedia)

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
~George Washington

Since today is President’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to feature George Washington as my quotable figure for this week!

Although George Washington talks about nation and country, many of these principles can easily be applied to life and business.

During the turmoil in the country and world at this moment in time, taking time out this week to observe good faith, harmony, peace and justice seems appropriate and timely.

George Washington had great impact and influence over our country during his time which is carried through to today.  I want to honor that during this week.

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Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
~George Washington

George Washington’s words have probably been repeated by hundreds of thousands of mother’s everywhere.

But, I also see where this concept is also important when doing business.  If you are associating and doing business with people or companies of questionable reputation, it can reflect on your business.

While I was a sales rep, I represented a souvenir producer who had some questionable business practices.  Even though, some of my buyers were shocked that I was doing business with him, I was able to convince them that they were dealing with me, not this questionable man.  Eventually, I was able to procure some nice sales on his line.

But, it wasn’t long before this business owner turned on me and began making excuses as to why he wouldn’t pay me my agreed upon sales commission.

In retrospect, I probably should not have taken him on as a vendor, but then, I did help my buyers inventory the products they needed (without dealing directly with the question owner), and I did make some nice commissions for the few years we did business together.

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George WashingtonWe should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
~George Washington

We all make mistakes along the way.  In my circles, we like to call this ‘missing the mark’.  If you want to look at this from another angle, we don’t make mistakes, we are learning useful lessons.

Washington understood this viewpoint.  There is no substitute for experience … whether it is success or a ‘lesson learned’.

So, let’s not look to the past except to refer to what we learned along the way.  In most cases, I don’t think we would be the people were are without going through the experiences and learning those lessons during our travels through life.

What past ‘missing the mark’ have you made that changed your direction into something positive?  That is what we need to dwell on going forward.

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