Monday Morning Pep Talks from Shauna Mackenzie, the founder of Best Kept Self, a community of experts who believe in the power of self-care for the self-employed. Start your week right with a dose of productivity, inspiration, and motivation to get you closer to your business goals while maintaining your sanity.
Getting on my "business shaming" soapbox | MMPT29/02/2016 Duración: 04min
I’ve been witnessing a lot of “business shaming” happening around me lately.Meaning, one business owner shaming another type of business owner for it being (or not being) a certain type of “entrepreneurship”.Business shaming comes in the form of:Tearing someone down because it’s not a high-growth venture (or because it is).Judging someone for starting a business that isn’t scalable (or because it is).Criticizing someone for embarking on their own career of direct sales.Thinking less of a business owner because they provide a service versus developing a product (or vice-versa).Whatever it may be, there’s not a clear-cut definition of entrepreneurship that I’ve seen everyone agree upon. Ask people how they would define that word and you’ll find several answers. But when it comes down to one person’s version what it means to be an entrepreneur compared to another person’s version, I’ve witnessed far too often judgement being thrown each other’s way.Now, there’s no doubt that there are different types and structu
A list-building technique to get clear on priorities | MMPT22/02/2016 Duración: 03min
Sometimes there's simply not time to get everything you want to get done, done.It's hard as a business owner to remember: Not everything is as important as we think it is.I think that realization in and of itself is one of the biggest challenges facing any entrepreneur. With so much we WANT to do, those wants often get confused with "needs to get done". This becomes a problem when it comes time to prioritize and understand what's more important and what can wait if need be.I've got a strategy that works really well for me and it's a pretty simple one. Find out what it is on today's podcast.
What are you working so hard for | Monday Morning Pep Talk25/01/2016 Duración: 05min
I figured it only necessary to share with you one of my favorite parables, seeing as how we are closing out the first month of the year already.As we end January, complete with our goals for 2016, it's worthwhile checking in with yourself to see if you still understand why you're working so hard and what you're hoping to achieve. I share with you one of my favorite parables; the parable of the investment banker and the Mexican fisherman.
I got stung by solicited feedback | Monday Morning Pep Talk11/01/2016 Duración: 06min
You guys know how important feedback is to our business. Feedback means growth. Feedback means accelerated success.But sometimes soliciting and receiving feedback can be a tough path to head down (which is why a lot of people simply don't do it - they're afraid of what they are going to hear).I recently embarked down my own path of solicited feedback and I'm sharing the response I got. Luckily, I was in the privacy of my own office - alone - and could react first, then follow a more normal protocol in terms of putting that feedback to good use.So what do you do when you get feedback, especially when it stings? 1. Remember that the purpose of soliciting for feedback is not to hear what you want to hear (although it's great when that happens). The purpose is to hear perceptual truth from potential users.2. Next ask yourself if their truth is your truth. Is it applicable? Or is that a perception that is irrelevant or misaligned with your purpose and your audience (as it was in the feedback I shared with you - sh
Go public with your goals | MMPT04/01/2016 Duración: 03min
You might of guessed it, this week's pep talk is all about new year's resolutions, and the one thing it takes to ensure successful in reaching those goals. Also, the link to our private Facebook community is right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bestkeptselfcommunity/Click on over and request access!