Monday, May 28, 2012


People can become business owners in four ways. They can start it, they can buy it, they can inherit it, or they can win or steal it.

By win or steal it I mean that they are already in business and decide to take aim on another person's business in an effort to out perform the other guy with higher quality products/services and better values. And they do this so well that they in fact aquire (win/steal) the other person's business or at least many or perhaps all of the other person's customers or clients. Then they own it.

However, none of these four avenues to business ownership prepare a person to run a business successfully... and therein lies the problem.

To succeed in business you must know what you are doing beforehand. Or, you must quickly find out. And you don't have much time. You gotta learn what you need to learn, and then learn that quickly or your business will not do well and you'll be frustrated and feel awful. Ugh, who wants that?

So where do you go to learn what you need to learn, and then learn it? Why at the Master-Mind Alliance of course. 

The Master-Mind Alliance is a sounding board of business people like you who share their insights and relevant success experiences openly. It's an opportunity to receive ongoing collaboration with non-competitive peers, to connect with people whose opinions you respect. The meetings follow a prepared agenda that leads to education, strategic decision making, new plans and better results. It's a regular, systematic, focused conversation about your business, your issues, your problems and your opportunities.

For more information about the Master-Mind Alliance please visit our website,

In the natural unfolding process of life, we set about answering four questions basic to how we live. We do this without even thinking about doing it. We develop answers, then we develp better answers, then we develop even better answers... and so on and on for life.

1.     WHAT do I want to BE?
2.     WHAT do I want to DO?
3.     WHAT do I want to HAVE?
4.     HOW will I accomplish those objectives?

Since we do this unconsciously all the time, why not take charge and formalize the process?

We might be better off if from time to time we sat down, took the time to formerly ask and answer these questions, took some notes along the way, then talked about our answers with people who care about us.

Talking about our lives with people who care about us, what a concept.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Yup, Courage is an Angel.

The Courage Angel makes the difference between a good business-life and a great business-life. 
Here's the deal. Appropriate strategic behavior applied in just the right place, in spite of uncertainty and doubt and fear, is what it takes to go from an ordinary business to a DONE Business.

And that little Courage Angel is an amazing guy. He makes it possible for you to do the things that must be done, even though doing those things may sometimes make you feel uncomfortable. The Courage Angel helps you do them anyway... and that's how you get all that you want out of life.

Who would not choose great over good, a DONE Business over an ordinary business?

Don't we all want great? Yes we do.

Question is, how do we get that?  Ah yes, how do we install more courage into our lives and into our business ventures in particular. 

But before we can talk about that, we have to be clear about what we are talking about. Just exactly what is courage anyway?

Wikipedia says courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. That it is acting in spite of fear. Okay, I buy that, but where does courage come from? Well, it comes from within us, of course.

So again, how can we dig down inside of ourselves and act more courageously in life and in our business activities in particular? Where do we get the courage to go from good business to great business?

Four steps to greater courage and a greater business-life:

1. Think of The Results: Have a very clear picture in mind of what would happen if a particular act of courage you were contemplating were to actually be implemented. Think of the ultimate outcome. Would it be more money from your business activities? More time off? Greater self-fulfillment? Be specific.

2. Think of The Worst: We are often told not to think of the down side. This is ridiculous. Please carefully consider the consequences. What’s the worst can happen? You could lose everything. Go broke. Disappoint people who care about you. Now, use some common sense. Acting courageously does not equal acting stupidly. Being courageous means taking levelheaded action, following a decent plan, including all the necessary steps.

3. Think of What You Are Missing: "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." ~ Wayne Gretzky, National Hockey League super star.

4. Just Do It: Is it time? If you decide it is, then go for it. Don’t let doubt talk you out of going for what you want.

The world belongs to those who reach out and grab it with both hands, to those who do something -- rather than just wish, hope, pray and plan to do something someday, but only when the time is right. Those folks who are waiting, they're probably not ever going to be happy.