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7-Lessons for Business Success

7-Lessons for Business Success

by Carrie Greene

I participated in a “painting party” with seventy business owners. Painting has never been my thing. I don’t see myself as artistic. And creating an image by drawing, painting, sketching or anything else like that makes me uncomfortable.

There were rows of tables and easels. Each seat had paint, brushes and an apron. There were three platforms, also with easels for the instructors and a bar.

I searched for an excuse. How could I possibly get out of this “party”? I did not think it was going to be fun; in fact, I was certain I was about to expose some serious shortcomings.

With no way to escape, I got myself a glass of wine, took a deep breath and picked a seat near one of the platforms (I wanted to be close to an instructor).

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 The instructors went step-by-step, telling us which colors and brushes to use, where to paint and how to mix the colors.

I listened, I watched, I followed the directions as best as I could and I painted (and drank a little wine).

After a few minutes the room filled with laughter. We were having fun.

It took about an hour to finish the paintings.

Afterwards, I wandered around and looked at the paintings. Every one was different and while they probably aren’t museum quality, they all came out really good.

As I checked out everyone’s work I realized that there were lessons to be learned from the experience that apply directly to your business.

Here’s what I noticed.

1. We were all given the same materials and directions and told how much paint to use. Yet the colors turned out all different. They were all nice but some used more pigment and the colors were bold and deep, some used less color. They were less intense and softer.

Lesson: How do you approach your business?

Do you just go for it, throw caution to the wind? Do you take it slowly and cautiously? Do you stop when it is good enough, like I did because I was afraid I’d mess it up if I touched it anymore?

2. The instructors talked about “working the colors,” adding more to increase the depth, the texture and the contrast in the painting. It was obvious looking at the paintings that some people did more of this than others.

Lesson: In your business do you just put something out there and walk away from it?

Do you tweak and refine it a little, so it’s good enough? Or do you keep working and working it and are never satisfied?

3. No two paintings were alike. Some of the difference can be attributed to skill with a paintbrush but it went further than that. The real differences were about following, or not following, the directions. We were supposed to paint a sunset scene, there were several paintings that had nothing to do with a sunset, the painter simply wanted to do something else.

Lesson: In your business when do you follow directions?

When do you do whatever you want to do? When there is an expert leading do you follow their advice or do you ignore it? Do you follow an assignment or do you set your own rules? There is certainly a time and a place for both, just make sure that you consciously decide which rules to follow and which to set aside. 4. At some point along the way, most of us fell behind or got lost in the directions. Everyone handled those moments of confusion differently. Some asked the instructor for help, others called to assistants who were walking around, some asked the person sitting next to them, others looked at the person next to them and guessed at the next step, some made it up and others gave up.

 7-Lessons For Business Success
7-Lessons For Business Success

Lesson: What do you do when you don’t know the next step to take? Do you get frustrated and stop? Do you ask for help? If you ask for help, who do you get to help you? 5. There were over a hundred people at the event; only seventy participated in the painting party.

Lesson: These people missed out on a really fun time. Do you engage even if you’re scared? Trying something new can be scary. Painting is WAY outside of my comfort zone. What do you automatically avoid in your business without really understanding what’s involved or even trying?

6. I already told you that I do not see myself as an artist. I don’t believe I can paint; yet when I came home I showed my painting to my son and he said “Wow, that’s really nice! And you say you can’t paint!”

Lesson: What assumptions do you make about your skills that stop you even before you start? Where are you shortchanging yourself? Where are you shortchanging your clients?

7. When we were done we checked out everyone else’s painting. A lot of them were really good but the “artist” would say that they didn’t like it. Thinking back to the evening, I said that I liked my grass but didn’t like the way the sun looked. The next morning I walked by the painting in my hotel room, it caught my eye and before I realized it was mine, I thought, that’s a nice painting.

Lesson: Do you see yourself and your work fairly? Do you pre-judge yourself? Are you open to seeing and acknowledging what you are doing well? I mean, be honest with yourself for a moment, if you weren’t talking about yourself what would you think of your accomplishments? Would you look for the flaws or the good?

Have you ever done something out of your comfort zone and found yourself surprised by the outcome? Do you pre-judge yourself? Do you risk embarrassment?

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Carrie Greene is a speaker, author and business coach. She is a business strategist who helps entrepreneurs get clear on what they want and create simple and straight-forward plans to get there. She is the author of “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit!” Free resources at http://carriegreenecoaching.com/

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Out Of Work? Need A Job? NO! You NEED Income… So, Start A Business Of Your Own!

Out Of Work? Need A Job? NO! You NEED Income… So, Start A Business Of Your Own!

by Jennifer Juniper

Out Of Work? Need A Job? NO! You NEED Income… So, Start A Business Of Your Own!

You will love PopularArticles.com after reading this, if it inspires you as it should! For starters, YOU are an adult, and you have a brain, and the ability to interact with other human beings, and there are many ways that YOU can make money with your own, one-person business, or self-employment opportunity!

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I am not talking about any get rich nonsense, and I am not talking about “mlm” which most people avoid like the devil. I am talking about the fact that there are numerous ways that a person can make money from home, if they really want to, of course some people DO NOT want to do anything, except watch television, and I feel sorry for them.

All you need to do, is to develop some guts, and some gumption, and some confidence in yourself! Remember these words; “You Can Do Anything That You Make Up Your Mind To Do!”

Why would you want another job anyway? Did you know that J.O.B. stands for Just Over Broke? I know a couple who live in an ordinary house, and they both drive ordinary cars, and they have two ordinary teenagers, and they both make about $40,000 a year, and they do NOT drink, smoke, or gamble, and they almost never take a vacation trip anywhere! They shop at dollar stores, crap-mart, and anywhere they can get a bargain. They drive for a few miles to save a nickel a gallon on gas, and they hardly buy new clothes and things, for themselves and the kids… However, they have NO savings! Why? Because their “so called JOBS” help them just barely survive and keep “Just Over Broke!”


Just because you are out of a job, or “between jobs,” does NOT mean you must find a new one! Besides, most jobs “suck” and there are not enough to go around anyway! Why not just start your own business? You can do it if you really want to, and if you are willing to do the work!


Out Of Work? Need A Job? NO! You NEED Income... So, Start A Business Of Your Own!

You can do many things to earn money from home, whether it is a little extra to make ends meet, or even if it is a full-time livelihood! One thing you can do, right away, is to get involved with an outsourcing website such as oDesk or eLance, where you will find small business people who need some work done, and it is always work that someone else can do from home, via a computer!

“You Can Do Anything That You Make Up Your Mind To Do!”

You can also start something for very little money, and why not try? If you are out of work anyway, what have you got to lose? If you are afraid of failing…don’t be! If you do not want to tell family and friends about your new enterprise, at first, then don’t! Some of them will try to talk you out of it anyway, because they are negative, and/or, they think they “know everything!” I avoid the negative ones, because they suck too!

Maybe you can find one of 25 Great Ways to Easily Make Money Online and get started with the one that suits YOU the best! There are many great books, reports, eBooks, booklets, informational packets, and PDFs to help YOU figure out a way to start making money from home! Maybe you need to do a little reading, or spend a few dollars, but isn’t it worth it? You just might find something awesome!

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You can visit www.HowToSurviveInAmericaToday.com where they have tons of materials to help you make money, and make your life better! You can even get free money from the government! Just ask “Mr X” of X Marks The Spot!

So, now it is time for YOU to get busy and find something to bring in some income, and start improving your life! Good Luck and Many Blessings!

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Jennifer is a dynamic self-help speaker and writer, and an article marketing expert, if YOU have a website to promote, or if you get one soon, and she promotes cool websites such as the fascinating and awesome www.HowToSurviveInAmericaToday.com where you will find some great resources to help you improve your life, if you really want to do it!

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