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Staying True to Yourself, Your Values, and Your Dream

Learning What Matters In Business

Learning What Matters In Business

Staying True to Yourself, Your Values, and Your Dream

“I try to find the core values that are so fundamental that they transcend ethnic identity. That doesn’t mean I run from it. I embrace African-American culture and I love it and embrace it, but it is a part of a human identity. So I’m always trying to make a larger human statement.”  – Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is an exceptional musician with talents, qualities, and values that extend beyond his music and his culture. His words are a lesson for us all – whatever our background, color or culture. The world is a much better place for the gift of such people as Wynton Marsalis. His music is his business, and he uses it to serve a greater purpose.

There are those who are able to see beyond themselves, who have the ability to see ‘the big picture’ and the value of adhering to a core set of values that serve not just themselves, but the world.

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Fear, Inspiration and Motivation

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

-Winston Churchill

Think about that quote. It refers to resilience – the ability to not just persevere in the face of repeated obstruction, but to do so  – with enthusiasm!

Today, the focus is more on fear than inspiration, because in most cases, we need the ability to move through the fear before we can get to inspiration.

The accepted wisdom is that there are only two things that motivate humans to act: fear or inspiration.  Which of these would you voluntarily choose – for you, or for others?

Unfortunately, some of us do not even recognize fear initially when it has stopped us in our tracks.

Essentially, the general consensus among psychologists is that, whatever the source of fear, we need to move towards it, rather than running away from it; and, that fear is usually focused on the past or worry about the future. Staying focused in the present and dealing with ‘what is’ is the biggest part of any solution.

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Gaining Clarity about Your Business

What is your bottom line? What’s the most important aspect of operations in your business – Right now! This moment! Do you know? If you don’t, how long will it take you to find out?

Gaining clarity of vision in your day-to-day business operations is vital to your business success.

  • Do you have unaddressed issues that are stalling operations?
  • Where do you need to look first and most often to keep things running smoothly? How do you know (HDYK)?
  • Is your business flourishing or is it languishing? HDYK?
  • Are you pumped every day about its operations or is your energy flagging? HDYK?
  • Do you know what’s wrong but you don’t know how to fix it? HDYK?
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