Be The Exception

Be the exception she used to say. Don’t be a follower be a leader, take the initiative to do more than is expected.  My mother taught me to always work harder, to do more, to study more.  By doing what is expected before you are asked you will get further than someone who is smarter.

When you add value to others you open your opportunities to be more and become more. Those who lead the way experience more success. They are more satisfied because they live according to their core values, they have a joy and a peace knowing they are giving their best at whatever they do.

So today ask yourself, am I doing the best and I can do or am I being a follower. Am I the exception or am I just going through the motions. If you’re giving your best congratulations, your on your way to great success. If not change your habits, commit today to start being a leader by setting the example that others will emulate.


Why We’re In Business

I consider it a blessing and a joy to be in business for myself. I just wish I would have Had the courage to start a small business sooner.

I am an extrovert and enjoy talking and relating with people. By nature I have a knack of being able to start conversations with a person.

If you own your own business or are in any type sales job, being an extrovert is of great benefit. Many times we have to take the initiative in creating rapport with the client.

Finding out what’s important to a client is more important than making a sale. When we truly care about meeting clients needs, then follow up with great customer service we will succeed. They will see us as a resource instead of a commodity. More importantly because we created a relationship of trust, they will recommend others to us.

Ambition and Desire = Success

Having ambition and desire are good, however they are not the same thing. A person can have many desires but not have the ambition to get what he/ she wants to accomplish. A desire requires ambition in order for it to take fruit.

I often wonder why we see so many people from other countries come into our country and become very successful. Yet many from this great country struggle financially and don’t become who they truly can become. I think the thing that distinguishes both is Ambition.

Most Who are coming from other countries are driven by both the desire and ambition to succeed. They desire a better life and they pursue it with action. They work hard to educate themselves, they gain the knowledge necessary to succeed.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

We must invest in ourselves, no one is responsible for our failure or successe. The sooner we learn this lesson the sooner we can steps to educate ourselves. We read the book on how to succeed until we put into practice the advise it gives us. We attend workshops and seminars that help us develop our skills. We ask and seek advise from those who are succeeding.

Lastly, in order to become successful, we must be happy with who we are. If we’re not happy with who we are we won’t have the success we can achieve.

Defining Success

My desire to succeed has at times blinded me to really see the successes I have accomplished. Sometimes I just can’t get out of my own way.

I’m a perfectionist and sometimes I’m too hard on myself. I’m learning to appreciate and be grateful for my everyday blessings. Being grateful makes us more positive and more attractive. When we change ourselves, we change our circumstances. We don’t become successful, we attract people who will help us become successful.

Secondly, Small successes breeds more success. When setting goals, it’s important to set goals that stretch us. We must try to be more than we are, more than we think we can be.

As all business owners, It’s critical to look at our competition, the completion that can put us out of business. We find out what makes them a success. We then do what they do, but do it better.

Finally, we determine what our aha is and we make that our focus. Our aha is what makes us truly different. For example, in my business our aha is we help our clients manage their everyday risks. We focus on providing our clients with the best advise so they understand how to protect their families and their finances.