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Entrepreneurship Master Class

So this post should have been scheduled earlier today…but it wasn’t typed. I (Ms. ME) should have done far more marketing for the entrepreneurship master class I just held. To be honest, I kind of phoned it in, right down to the replay of one of my earlier classes from this year (see e2E launch below).

But enough of what I did wrong…here’s what I did right.

I didn’t press play and walk away. I actually put myself back through my own class. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil anything here so you’ll be incentivized to sign up for the next free class happening on February 13th. What I will say is that it reminded me of the things that I need to be doing, even when I don’t feel like it to keep this and my other businesses going & growing. It reminded me why I took so many years to come back to this entrepreneur lifestyle and how rewarding and freeing it has already been this year.

Is that to say it hasn’t been nerve-racking at times? No, but it also depends on how I choose to look at it. The tedium of employment had driven me to a low point that I don’t want to revisit. So I have to accept the occasional thrill of “will she or won’t she” until my motivation returns to its past level when I juggled parenthood, college, and entrepreneurship. Or I can take my own advice from the master class…

Photo by Katerina Holmes on Pexels.com

At any rate here are a few tips on starting your own business (some are similar to my master class) that I’ll share from an ABC story back in 2011 that still has relevance:

  • Know why you want to start a business
  • Create a simple business plan
  • Nail your target customer
  • Go out and get customers

There are more tips in the article, seven to be exact. But as I and so many others are proof of, tips and knowledge are necessarily always enough without sufficient motivation or support. That’s part of the reason I created my course. So often while teaching teens and young adults how to start businesses, I’d hear from their adult guardians that they wish they not only had the knowledge but the support I provided my students.

So the key difference of this course in what I see as a series of at least three courses is the support group, for now located on Facebook, Entrepreneurs Creating Value. In my over a decade of working in education, I’ve truly come to appreciate that while the educator may direct the class, all of the instruction does not come from that educator. Goes back to that concept of ‘each one, teach one’ that I first heard in one of my college classes.

Of course at the end of the day everyone who enrolls in an online course is looking for the instructor’s feedback, which I provide on the schedule we’ve agreed upon based on our consultation prior to enrollment. However when it comes to tips 3 and 4 from above, I find the more people you have available to pick their brains the quicker you travel the path to identifying and reaching your target customer for your new business. Instead of bugging family and friends who may not fit that profile or worse yet may not want to support you in your escape for the employee lifestyle that they are too afraid to leave behind, crowd-sourcing the information you need in addition to individual research is a better path.

But what do you think? If you’re thinking about starting a business do you prefer one-on-one, having a group to bounce ideas off of, or both? Share below.

Making Small Changes to Re-energize Your Life

This article was encouraging to me since I've recently slid away from wearing my pedometer & working on my various 30 day fitness challenges.

Making Small Changes to Re-Energise Your Life
By Katherine Helen Jackman

Staying fit can sometimes be a challenge, but so can getting the motivation to even start a productive fitness regimen. When you get home from a long day at work, the first thing you really want to do is sit down and put your feet up. But sometimes you have to push yourself through the end of day slump and get yourself re-energised, giving yourself the motivation you need to really make a difference.

Of course, the prospect itself can be daunting. Losing weight, getting fit and building muscle are all long-term goals, and sometimes even the idea of having to keep up a certain routine is enough to stop a person from even starting. In other cases, people simply don’t have the time to do a real work out, and so they suffer for it.

How can you make the transition from couch potato to Adonis with minimal disruption to your daily life? Can you even get the body that you want without a gym membership? The answer is yes, and here are a few simple changes that you can make to change your life for the better.

Incorporate exercise into your routine

This sounds hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Regular exercise can be extremely beneficial for a person beyond the obvious advantages; not only does it help you become healthier physically, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. For example, exercise can be great for stress relief and regular exercise improves your sleep patterns.

The key is to incorporate exercise into your routine in a way that is actually achievable. If you know you’re less likely to exercise after work, then don’t. Exercise before work instead. What’s important is that you give yourself no excuses.

Find activities you enjoy

Exercise doesn’t have to be a tedious chore, and just because all of your friends like to get up for a 6am run doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. You’ll be more likely to persist with exercise when carrying out activities that you enjoy, creating a workout that you find engaging and enjoyable. If you actually want to exercise, you’ll be much more likely to do it frequently.

By the same token, don’t pick one exercise and stick to that, because your body will eventually become accustomed to it, slowing your progress. Have a variety of activities you can do to keep things varied. For example, you might go swimming one day and to a self-defence class the next.

Change your diet for the better

It may seem obvious, but it can’t be stressed enough how important a good diet and proper hydration is, especially when it comes to exercise, weight loss and body building.

Changing your diet doesn’t just include what you eat and drink, especially if you’re really serious about getting fit and building muscle. There is a variety of natural sports supplement powders that you can use to aid your body’s breakdown and recovery during an intense workout. Just be careful and ensure that you carry out thorough research before making a purchase; there’s a difference between using something like MET-Rx protein shakers and body supreme whey diet protein, and it’s important that you understand those differences and know how the various supplements available can be beneficial to you.

Keep Going!

This is the hardest part of all, but a bit of perseverance will go a long way. Getting motivated is easy, it’s staying that way that presents a challenge, so make sure that you don’t let the fire die out! Do whatever you have to so you can keep pushing yourself further; if you hate exercising alone, ask friend or your partner to exercise with you. If you’re struggling to get out on time in the morning, prepare your gear the night before.

They key, as mentioned earlier, is to allow yourself no opportunities for excuses. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an amazing athlete from day one, what does matter is that you just keep going.

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Aloha Summer

September is National Self-Improvement month here in the states. It’s also the month where the northern hemisphere has to say “Aloha” to summer.

goodbye summer

I spent a lot of my summer working on self-improvement, from volunteer work to finally adding some credentials to my degree in the form of my insurance  & annuities license to become a financial advisor with WFG.

My self-improvement continues this month with me returning to some routines abandoned over the summer (and years). Here’s the short list:

  1. drinking lots of water daily (want my glowing skin back)
  2. eating healthy (taking vitamins to fill in the gaps hasn’t been cutting it lately)
  3. exercising daily; it was the summer after all but follow Ms_ME on Fitocracy and I’ll follow back
  4. following my personal budget (busy making budgets for others necessitates that I’m actually following mine)
  5. and of course  my blogging schedule

What will improvements will you make this month?