New Year – Now What?

Happy New Year! It’s 2019. Cheers! Here’s to the New Year and New Beginnings!

For some of us, we stayed up til midnight to see the New Year come in, and others stayed up to make sure that the old year went away! Each year we have the same amount of days. It’s 365 days no matter what year it is (unless of course it’s Leap Year). The only difference is what we decide to do with our days .

So, what resolutions did you make this year? Setting goals is a great way to gain clarity. However, while goals are good, it’s also important to have realistic expectations and acquire consistent habits that will help you to obtain your goal. If your goal is to make more money this year then you should start off by setting a specific and rational amount you want to achieve and work toward it. It doesn’t matter if your amount is $5,000 or $50,000. Be honest with yourself about what’s feasible and what consistent habits you will need to establish in order for your financial goals to come to fruition. Do you need to save more, work a second job or earn more money by getting a pay raise or applying for a different job that pays more? Basic questions like these are easy to ask yourself but sometimes more difficult to answer without a well thought out plan.

Remember, it’s a New Year! There is plenty of time to make mistakes and start anew! Don’t worry if things don’t go as planned right away. The key is to just set the goal. Be realistic and start the plan. 1)Remember, be honest with yourself and your expectations. 2) Work on starting out with one goal at a time. This will help keep you from getting too distracted or overwhelmed. 3) Track your progress (this will help you stay accountable). 4. Ask for help if you need it. Sometimes it just takes another voice to encourage you and keep you on track!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. It’s Your Year! Make it a great one!

Uncover Your Now!

Are you someone who likes to be in control? What happens when your plans don’t go the way you want them to? Remember, you cannot control the outcome of everything. But, you can remain flexible.

Believe it or not, sometimes things are not as difficult as they may appear. If you take a step back and evaluate where you are and where you are trying to go, you may find that the answers that you have searching for are right in front of you!

Answer the questions below and see if you have possibilities that you may not have uncovered yet.

  1. Am I making the most out of my opportunities, or taking them for granted that they will always be there?
  2. Do I think I have had or I am having an experience that can lead to an opportunity?
  3. Do I recognize an opportunity when I see one, and can the opportunity lead me to my purpose?

More Ways to Uncover…

Enlist Help  – Get some assistance to help you stay accountable to make sure you stay on task. Yes, you can do whatever you set your mind to do. But, the task can be a whole lot smoother and easier when you have someone else to help and encourage you.

Be Flexible – Change is inevitable.  We may not always like it, but we must learn to embrace it. Understand that flexibility is the key to having a  successful plan.

Walk the Talk – Saying one thing and doing something else is counterproductive.  You may think it sounds impressive when you constantly talk about what you want. But, when others realize that you’ve been saying the same thing for years and have not progressed toward action, you lose creditability.

In 2018 practice what you preach.  Don’t just walk to walk. Get direction and map out where you’re going.  Don’t just talk the talk.  Listen. Learn. Speak up and speak out with intention. Lastly, put your action in front of it!

Now is definitely your time to start Working On Your Now!


 

Who You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!

How did that last job interview go? Or better yet, how many jobs have you applied for online and you haven’t heard a reply back? Does it seem as if you were rejected as soon as you hit the send button?

What you don’t know about the post-interview process CAN hurt you. So, listen up.

Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know

It’s a fact. Those referrals are the most cost-effective and effective methods to hiring a strong candidate.  When you get an opportunity, poll several people who have been working at their jobs for a significant amount of time. Ask them how they got the job. You may be surprised that they were referred.

I was at a restaurant one day and overheard a conversation between a young unemployed lawyer who was talking to a seasoned lawyer.  It was amazing as to how many leads this young attorney received. She also received tips on how to interview with some of the tops firms she was interested in.  By the time their meeting was over, this person was armed with contacts, recommendations, and a list of referrals. If everyone had that type of headstart, imagine how many people could successfully get hired!

Not everyone is as lucky to meet a helpful mentor.  Here’s  a little insight as to why you may not have received any call backs yet regarding your last interview.

1. Just don’t have time

It’s hard to believe that this can be a reason that a recruiter has not gotten back with a candidate. After all, it’s their job to find the right person for the job.  But, sometimes if you are one of the first candidates to be interviewed, you can slip through the cracks because there were other candidates that came after you that were more memorable, or the interview process is so lengthy that they don’t come back to the initial candidates who interviewed.  Another possibility is that the job does not need to be filled right away. Yes, I agree, it would be nice for them to let you know that, but that’s rarely if ever the case.

In any case, the employer has extra time to go through the hiring process and might get back to you…eventually.

2. You were rejected

This may happen often and you don’t even know it because there are no calls or emails.  Things just go dead and leave you wondering what happened.

If your gut tells you that you probably didn’t get the job after a few weeks of waiting, then go with your gut.  Just keep up the process. Something should eventually come through if you are resourceful and diligent.

3. Legal concerns may be justified

Many people will use any excuse to have grounds for a lawsuit. So this is another reason why you may not be getting a call to let you know that you weren’t hired.  It’s easier for the company not to contact and void possible questions about why you weren’t hired.  It’s not fair, but times have changed and this standard appears to be more of the norm.

 

4. Radio silence probably means goodbye

Sometimes you get lucky and have a hiring manager provide you with feedback.  But to avoid getting into answering any follow-up questions many avoid all communication. This radio silence can prevent them from potentially getting into unforeseen trouble or possibly taking the chance of offending someone. If by chance a hiring manager did offer a reason as to why you weren’t hired, they might fear that you’ll contact them again with more questions.

To avoid having that line of communication—and potentially getting into trouble—the interviewer may go radio silent for future questions. If you’ve experienced any of these examples, you cannot allow yourself to sit and ponder about why employers have not responded to your job interviews.  Taking this sort of behavior personally will not be beneficial for you as you continue your job search.  Stay positive and believe in yourself. Know that your dream job is out there waiting for you to find it!

 

 

 

 

Episode 2: Golf Women Mean Business with Patrina King

If you ever wondered what the mystique was about the golf course and why so many deals are done on the course, listen to Founder and CEO Patrina King of Golf Women Business. Patrina talks about how she turned down over 36 golf scholarships and why women who want to grow their business need to learn how to play golf.

Stop Dreaming and Start Scheming

Yeah! It’s Friday and you know what I’m talking about!  You think about this day before the week even  ends on Sunday, and you count down every day until that fifth day of the week finally arrives! So Friday is here — again. Now, what are you going to  differently? You know you want something more than the 40-hour a week gig you’ve been working on for  far too long.  You’ve been imagining yourself doing something bigger and better since you started working there, but somehow life has kept getting in the way. Now, here you are _____years  later and you still aren’t where you thought you would be!

So, now is the the time for you to STOP dreaming and START scheming. That’s right.  Dreams happen when you are asleep!  And now you are in desperate need of a wake-up call.  Here are a few tips to get you scheming  this Friday. Give yourself  this quick self-evaluation by asking yourself the following:

  1. What opportunities do you have right in front of  you that you have been taking for granted?
  2. Are you about to pass up an opportunity of a lifetime without even realizing it?
  3. Is it time for you to create your own opportunity? If so, what does that look like?

Be thoughtful in your answers. Write them down and begin to build upon  increasing your chances of improving your current work situation.  Remember Friday is  7 more days away! Now get to scheming!

 

Is Your Network Really Your Net Worth?

 

Have you ever met someone who had a base of followers on social media that made you wish you could buy their secret sauce, and learn how you too could be an Online Superstar?

Well, I have – on more times than I can count. But, one person in particular struck me as a little odd. She had a lot of followers, shares and likes, but she couldn’t keep her customers long enough to sustain her business.

How was that possible I thought? It was intriguing. I asked her why this was a challenge. Her response: “I’m really good at engaging people online, but once I convert them to a customer (she had a brick and mortar store front), it’s not easy to keep them engaged into coming back into the store.”

Huh? That was mind boggling to me! How could someone who had gained all of this popularity on social media and who is able to get her fans and followers into her store, not be able to convert them over as long time customers?

That’s when I had my AHA moment! People who are successful in business typically are in business because their passion speaks louder than anything else. Often times, passion outweighs our common sense and our ability to think outside of our own realm.

This woman’s gift was her ability to interact and engage online and actually bring people into her store locally. But, she only had one store and her fans and followers were worldwide. She was missing out on a huge population of the world just by being a single entity and it was indeed impacting her net worth. Her network that consisted of tens of thousands people did not add up to sales in business.

The solution was easy: She needed to go to where her audience was. So she turned that brick and mortar store into an online store, expanded her sales beyond her local area, and began marketing to the world!

What about you? Does your network measure up to your net worth? Are you looking everywhere accept the obvious to have your network and net worth be in sync?

Remember, your network can be very telling and can also leave you with a lot of questions. Now, it’s your job to go out and seek the answers.

Is Your Job, Work?

Ask yourself: Do I love my job so much that I would do it even if I didn’t get paid?  Or does this quote sound like something you would say?  There’s a reason why they call it work, if it were fun or easy it would be labeled accordingly.

If you answered  NO to the first question and YES  to the second, then  according to  a new Gallup poll, you are among the 70 percent of the American’s who are disengaged at work.

These days it appears that an ample paycheck and a feeling of fulfillment doesn’t seem to mesh. As a matter of fact, despite the fact that most people spend at least 40 hours a week at work, only 39% said they feel fulfilled by what they do.

How committed are you to your job? In the good old days it was normal to get a job in your early 20’s and work there for 40 years. But now it seems many employees are frustrated and willing to jump ship if something better comes along. Long time loyalty is now a thing of the past.

If you are not happy, then what are you going to do about it? Perhaps the reason why some people stay unhappy is because they have a fear of stepping out of their comfort zone. So they stay put and continue to do the same thing over and over again and end up achieving the same results.

So who exactly is engaged at work? You? According to the poll, it’s the employees who are actively engaged like the traditionalists, executives, managers, and officers. In other words the people who are involved with the decision making process.

Think about where your position lies within the order of your organization or corporation.  Are you a decision maker?  Does your position impact people in a positive way? Do you find satisfaction in knowing that every day you go to work you are accomplishing your purpose and a mission that you believe in?  If you believe that you are a part of an organization that is in alignment with your beliefs and personal goals then you are doing well and you have more than just a job. You have a feeling of accomplishment and sense of purpose. But, if that does not describe your current situation,  then perhaps your job is just work and it’s time that you find something that far exceeds that.

 

Celebrate Mistakes. Yes That’s Correct, Celebrate.

I’m sure  that the title of this blog will capture your eyeballs at first glance.  That is the reason why I emphasized that there was no mistake when I typed the headline. Throughout being married for 21 years, mothering three children, having too many  careers to mention and 14 years of  being an entrepreneur, there is one thing I have been very successful at making: mistakes.

I know that I’m  not the only one out here, either.  I have met many people who have experienced the same thing. However, many do not want to talk about it, nor do they want to celebrate it.

So, why am I?

There is a quote that Oprah Winfrey lives by that was given to her by Maya Angelou: “When you know better, you do better.” Oprah also says,”You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be or anything you ever used to do. Who has lived and hasn’t made mistakes?” — Can you think of anyone?  I certainly can’t.

This expression is very freeing because we know that when we do make a mistake, we can start over again. We have a fresh start. We can do better, because we know more than we did the first time.  It’s a breakthrough and a time to celebrate new beginnings and new possibilities.

I’m not saying that it’s easy. Some mistakes are irreversible.Others can be life altering.  The key is to know that  next time  you “can” do better, if you “choose” to do better. I have seen people make the same mistakes over and over again with relationships, jobs, family members, personal choices (the list goes on and on). They just can’t seem to get it right. They didn’t learn anything from any of their mistakes.

I used to be puzzled by that. But, now I think that it’s simple to understand. Some people not only learn lessons faster, but they also have a desire not to make the same mistake again. Of course, it may be another mistake they make, but more than likely  it will probably not be the same one.

On the other hand,  some people just  don’t see (or don’t want to see)  their mistakes. They will never learn and will never know the liberating feeling of  making a mistakes and being able to turn  that mistake into bona fide accomplishment. They will never know the joy of what it’s like to celebrate

One of the things we should  learn from making mistakes is that first we have to  be aware of it when we make one. Secondly, we have to own up to the mistake. And lastly, if it was  a mistake that was done to someone else, we need to acknowledge  them and try to make amends. This is not always easy, (especially if you are someone who doesn’t like to admit when you are wrong). And if we can, try to correct the mistake. That always helps.

We can’t learn and move forward if we we stay in denial and in the past. One has to feel confident in knowing that mistakes are a part of life’s lessons. Once you learn the lesson, you can celebrate in knowing that you are that much closer to getting it right the next time. After all, when you know better you do better, right?

WOYN TIP: Learn to forgive yourself when you make a mistake. Mistakes can present new and better opportunities when you learn from them and use them to grow.

Do You Have A USP? If Not, You Better Go Out and Get One!

As I’m writing this post, I am thinking about the time when I had my advertising and public relations agency  and I was always asked the question: “What is your company’s USP (unique selling proposition)?”   In other words, what made my company stand out from all of the  other thousands of agencies that were out there? Personally, I hated to be asked that. It seemed so trite, but as a business owner I knew there was a lot  of competition. Therefore I also knew that I better have a really good answer as to what was my company’s USP .

The same questions that are posed to business owners should be asked to those who are seeking a new job,  selling a service, a product, or  who have an interest in being recognized for an achievement or talent.

What makes you different? Why would someone hire you instead of someone else? What makes your product or service so special  to the point where someone wants to buy from you instead of your competitor? If you know the answer than you are a lot farther ahead than a lot of people. But, if you don’t have a clue, there is no time like the present  to get one!

The Same Yet Different

What makes Lady Ga Ga or Beyonce stand out? They are both singers, right? And they are both females with a powerful voice.  However, each of these ladies has her own unique style. Whether you like or dislike these  celebrities, there is one thing that they both have and that’s a USP. You have one too. We all do. It may just take some longer than others to figure it out.

Who Is Really In That Mirror?

Go Deep. Look at yourself from all different angles. If you want to find your USP, you have to to take a long hard look and ask yourself: What makes you, you? What stands out about you that no one else has? What do you find that is attractive about yourself, and what do you absolutely love about you? Write down your thoughts. Some may do better by making a lists; others may do better by writing in a journal. It doesn’t matter what process you use. You just have do what works for you.

Ask the Posse

If you still don’t know how to get started, ask someone. But, don’t just ask anyone. Use some discretion. This may sound like common sense, but I have seen people ask the wrong people for advice and that’s exactly what they  received: the wrong advice. Remember,not everyone has your best interest at heart and not everyone wants to see you be successful.  That’s why it’s important to maintain what I like to call a “posse.”  The posse are my go to people. It’s a small circle of friends or family whom I can count on to tell me the truth. I can ask them what they like about me and they will be honest. I can ask them what are my strengths vs. my weaknesses and I feel confident that they are telling me the truth (whether I like it or not). It’s okay if you don’t have a posse. But, there should be someone other than yourself whom you can talk to.

Accept and Receive

Sometimes, the truth hurts and other times it can set you free. But,trying to navigate to the core of what makes you special is something worth taking the time out to do. Do you believe that you were created for a purpose? Is there anyone else on this earth who is exactly like you? The answer should be obvious. No! Because we are all unique. We all have something special that makes us stand out from the rest. The challenge is for you to find out what your USP is and when you do, go out and do something with it!

WOYN TIP: Finding your USP will put you that much closer to defining your purpose.  Make it a priority.You maybe closer than you realize.

The Best Way to Start a Business is to Work in Someone Else’s

Do you find yourself daydreaming about going out on your own and forging ahead with starting your own business? How often have you thought about it? Do you know the steps that are necessary to make it happen? Believe it or not, one of the best training grounds for being an entrepreneur is by working as an employee.  Here’s are some questions to ask yourself:

How are you at mastering tasks?  The next time you are at work, pay attention to how long it takes you to complete a task.  Do you prefer and enjoy working independently, or do you find yourself preferring to work with a team or another person?  Entrepreneurs like to work independently.  They enjoy creating their own work schedules and time lines. Many times, entrepreneurs have to make things happen by themselves, because oftentimes they do not have the support of a team.

Do you have long and short term goals?  When you are working in someone else’s company you are expected to achieve the goals of the company’s.  But, when you work for yourself, you need to set your own goals and have a plan of action in order to achieve them.

Are you a self – starter?  When you are at work do you find yourself needing some prodding in getting assignments started, or are you motivated to do things on your own?  Starting things on your own as an employee can make you a stand out, especially if you are trying to impress your supervisor.  But when you work for yourself, there is no one to impress — but you. As a matter of fact, many times, if you don’t get things started on your own, it won’t get done.  On the flip side, as an employee, there might be someone else who can help you get your project started. As an entrepreneur, many times you will be in charge of not only getting the project, started but also finishing it by yourself. You have to be self –directed  and self – motivated.

Are you wise with managing money? As an employee, you make a salary. Your employer determines what you are going to get paid based on your skills, and also has the authority to decide when you will get a raise. If you live paycheck to paycheck, it works a lot easier when you are assured that the same amount of money is going to come in at the same time each week or month. However, when you are an entrepreneur, often times, there are no guarantees or set schedules as to when you will get paid. If you are just starting up a company, it may takes months before you see a paycheck.  Also, when you are an employee, you do not take on the sole responsibility of making sure that the company is profitable. However, when you own your own company it is your responsibility to know your bottom line. What is it going to take for you stay afloat and what will it take for your company to thrive?

Measure success – Your employer can give updates on how you are progressing. They can even assist you in your efforts in making sure that you stay on track. Or they can terminate you if your success metrics do not measure up to what they hired you to do. As an entrepreneur, you set your own measurements for success.  You implement your own strategies and give yourself realistic goals and expectations so that you can obtain these goals in a reasonable time frame.

Creating your own paycheck – As an employee, you can receive benefits, retirement and vacation and a regular paycheck. When you own your own company, you are responsible for your own taxes, and all of the risks that go along with being held fiscally responsible for your business.

 

Professional worth – As an employee, your employer determines your financial worth.  As an entrepreneur the sky is the limit because you can determine how little or how much money you want to make.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you think that working for someone else is a helpful way to learn how to start a business?

Things to think about

  • Being an employee lets you compare what it’s like to be in someone else’s show before you “star” in your own.

 

  • Working for a company allows you to see how things are run without any personal or financial risks. You have an opportunity to evaluate how you operate as an employee, and really be honest with yourself as to whether or not you have what it takes to be a business owner.

WOYN Tip: Whatever you decide, use your experience as an employee as a litmus test to see how you would really be if you had to be in charge of everything — without the security of a job and a steady income.  WOYN would like to know how things work out. Keep us posted!