Imagine for me that you are in Inuit land. As far as the eyes can see, there is a blanket of snow covering the icy terrain. You are dressed warmly, and on your feet are leather bound shoes designed for agility as you search for your next kill.
Whether or not you were born into a family who set you up for success and encouraged you to move forward in your life, or into a toxic environment where each move felt like a sabotage on your destiny, you have the power to take your life by the reins and find success.
The most vulnerable place I have ever found myself in is where I speak my truth and risk being disapproved of. Does that resonate with you? Disapproval is a sharp trigger-point for me. I have a tangible need to satiate my self-worth and sense of belonging in other people's opinions.
The other day, I poked around our analytics to see what people were viewing and where they were coming from. It reminded me that when people find Authentically online, they are not only landing on the home page. They are landing somewhere else.
Human beings are quintessentially creative. just look at the primitive tools and cave paintings. or how mankind has used jewelry and make-up to adorn ourselves for centuries. From innovative business ideas, or contemporary Modern Art, we have a need to create How can you infuse more creativity into the day-to-day? Let's explore!
I heard a story recently about a guy who used to own a local machinery sales and rental business back in the early days of e-commerce. Eager to go cyber, the story goes, he wanted a website for his store.
He got one made.
I can't even tell you how excited I am to say: WELCOME 2018! We have been planning launches for 2018 for months and the whole year is designed to help you pull your business & life forward!
I have a difficult time shutting work down in my mind because I’m a bit of a dreamaholic. If I’m not working on client work I find myself thinking about ways to connect with clients and support them in business growth. Well, I did it again because I learned a lot from Episode 5 with Lord Altrincham and I couldn't wait to share it with you.
Every time my mom was gifted a gift with roses - they would immediately wilt. I didn't understand why she hated roses so much until I seemingly inherited the same curse. I've tried trimming on at an angle over running water, pinching, fertilizing, trimming smaller... nothing seems to work. So do I hold onto this curse or form a new identity? Here's what I think.
No one wakes up one day and says “hey, I’m going to start a business to maintain the status quo” now do they?
The life of an entrepreneur is one of great risk and great reward. So, if you’re in this to win it, are there things you are doing that are blocking you from success? Of course, there is. There are things like this for all of us.
That’s why we are here, to show you a fresh perspective and to shake things up.
I’ve been doing a lot of research into brand archetypes lately (that’s right, a freebie will be coming along as soon as I have it all together.) I love to learn. I’m thirsty for knowledge and ideas if you will. I was energized to discover that Authentically has transitioned from confused in the beginning, into sitting confidently in the “Rebel” category. We’ve gotten a lot ballsier in the services we offer and the things we say. We’ve sunk into who we are and who we are is a block and tackle. We are here to change your direction and give you a JOLT into the success you can have. We shake up the way we think to help you shake up the way you think.
It’s interesting really because I’ve been perceived as a “brat” or “bossy” or “rebellious” for a long time.
When I was a baby, I was known for throwing tantrums and biting the toes of – well anyone. When I want something, I’m unable to give up. It takes me more energy to give up than to tackle the impossible. In fact, as an adult I’ve had to learn that the only way to shift gears is to learn how to tell myself, no, to talk myself down.
I’m a preacher’s daughter, and anyone who has grown up in a glass house of expectations knows it doesn’t take much to feel like a black sheep or a misfit. I know for a FACT that you cannot please everyone. That is one of the reasons I encourage my clients to cut the sh*t and let go of the idea that everyone is your ideal client. We are a lot more effective when we are able to segment. We can speak to our tribe! Internally, I’ve had to come to a place of resonance, asking myself if it is about appearance or if my actions and beliefs are really resonating to my core.
What resonates to your core?
This morning I spent some time wolfing down, Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World by Adam Grant.
I’ve read this book twice already. You know what they say – third time’s the charm. A couple weeks ago I was reading Outliers by Malcom Gladwell and the idea is similar, although to be honest, I prefer Adam Grant’s approach. I love it when books are full of stories and studies.
Originals starts by explaining a study by economist Michael Housman and the discovery that turnaround in the customer service industry is linked less to job hopping and sick days – it is due more to the nature of employees being able to innovate and challenge the stats quo. How did he discover this? By looking at the internet explorers people were using.
You see, those who were less successful in the job were using either internet explorer or safari. They were taking more time off, they were more stressed out and their clients were less happy. They were losing sales and taking longer on phone calls and ultimately, leaving their careers more often.
Employees who were using Firefox or Google Chrome proved to be more innovative, take more initiative, and close more sales. They weren’t more technically proficient to their counterparts yet they did have an advantage. Their calls were shorter and their customer satisfactions levels were off the hook. They even took less time off!
It is not because of browser choice – it is what the browser choice says about the individual and their ability to innovate and take initiative. You see, Safari and Explorer are default browsers and Chrome and Firefox are browsers chosen by the individual using them.
What does this signify about these people?
They step out of the norm
They find solutions that work better for them
They experiment and try new things
If you want to be a rebel, shake things up and try new things. Question the status quo and fly in the face of tradition. There are better ways to do business and better ways to be. Find yours.
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Badass Your Brand by Pia Silva is a dynamic book with an interesting perspective on how you can shift your way of thinking about business with a brand. I am OBSESSED with branding, and truly excited to share this book review with you - from Heather's Bookshelf, A Book Review.
Have you been trying to piecemeal your business together? A little here, a little there, a little everywhere. This morning I got up early to do some reading and fold some laundry (thank goodness for audiobooks) and really got to thinking about the reasons why a mosaic of business assets just doesn’t work.