Monday, January 30, 2012

Motivational Monday- 1.30.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Success is measured in terms of reaching your goals, dreams and expectations. Your success is determined by hard work, persistence and determination. If you are going to be a success in life, it is up to is your responsibility."

- Will Horton 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Five Smart Ways to Leverage Your Brilliance for Faster Success

By Sheri McConnell

Yes, You Are Brilliant Right Now

Just in case a little voice in your head said, "Oh, I don't have brilliance to leverage..." I want to laser focus in where you are at for a moment and show you how you are brilliant and your life is full of possibilities right now.

So, picture yourself in a long line. Yes, there are many people in front of you who know more than you do, their brilliance is shining, and you are inspired. And you feel like, "Who am I to leverage what I know?"

What you don't realize is that there is a long line of people behind you...and they see your "Smart Glow," and they are waiting for you just to turn around and start teaching them, inspiring them and sharing your brilliance in a way that only you can. They need you to lead them, or they won't be able to live their purpose and go out into the world and create positive change.

So you have a few choices, you can turn around and start to shine, or you can step out of line for a month, a year or a lifetime and be a disservice to yourself and others. You have the brilliance to leverage, but you absolutely must decide if you will step up and step into your purpose and share your brilliance. 

Now that you have embraced your brilliance, let's talk about the best ways to leverage it to reach the most people.

These smart methods are powerful because they are scalable. They cost you the same amount of time to do them for 50 people or 500,000 people. And they have an extremely long shelf life, especially when they are interwoven with the Internet. How you get the tools in front of 500,000 people eventually is what we teach here at the Institute in our many programs.

1. Articles. The Internet is driven by words. Nothing is more powerful than words. Really. Your ability to teach through writing or to have someone listen to you talk and create articles for you is very powerful. Articles can be written once and then used in multiple ways as soon as you create them. You can run it in your newsletter, post it on your blog, post it at, reslant it for a future book, link it on your blog from the social networks, incorporate parts of it into a signature talk when you speak and so much more. From one single article, you can change the world if you understand how to leverage it over and over again so that your brilliance can shine wherever people are standing in line.

2. Books. One of my absolute favorite ways to leverage brilliance in business is by packaging information (essentially many articles) into book form. Physical books and digital books are highly respected tools in our society, and their shelf life lasts for decades. You do the work once and leverage it for years and years. Books are such a part of our culture that people carry them wherever they go in physical form of a book or in their digital readers. And books are one of the best tools I know of to leverage PR opportunities, speaking opportunities and money making lead opportunities.

3. Videos. Nothing is more scalable and easy to produce than a video. With so many low-cost flip video cameras available that you just plug and upload, you absolutely have no excuse not to shine in front of the camera and share your brilliance in either short or long videos. People love to learn and be entertained with video as well as share it with others. And remember, you create it once, and it can educate 50 people or 500,000 people.

4. CDs/DVDS. Never miss the opportunity to package your brilliance in the physical form also. Remember, if you are teaching once, it can live on forever off the Internet, too, by creating CDs and DVDs from teleseminars or from videos. These physical tools are passed around and easy to listen to away from the computer. I do think as more and more people become savvy with all digital devices, CDs and DVDs will become obsolete probably in the next five years...but for now, there are a lot of people still sharing their brilliance in a big way with these simple leverage tools. For instance, here at the Smart Women's Institute of Entrepreneurial learning, one-third of our revenues are based on information products alone.

5. Memberships. Lastly, one of my favorite ways to leverage is by building a community in an industry and then leading it. This method is a business model, not a tool. It is extremely powerful when you understand how to do it. Creating a package of scalable products and services that you create once and sell over and over again is just simply smart and one of the many highly leverageable ways to use this model. And memberships also create equity for the company as you sell them. Check out more details on sharing your brilliance as a leader with this model at

Sheri McConnell is the CEO of the Smart Women's Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning (formerly the National Assn of Women Writers- 2001). You can visit Sheri, access her free article archive and grab lots of free stuff at Sheri lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, their four children, a weenie dog and three hermit crabs. 

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Motivational Monday- 1.23.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

- Robert Francis Kennedy

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tips for Building Your Entrepreneur Support Network

We all need a network of people we can count on, both in our personal lives and in our businesses. For entrepreneurs in particular, support networks can be the difference in feeling like you're on your own and feeling deeply connected with other business owners and having a team of advisers, friends and partners to turn to when you're not exactly sure which direction to go.

Check out a few tips to help you create your amazing support network from entrepreneur Tina Wells:

  • Form a small group of five like-minded entrepreneurs. You've probably heard of these "mastermind" groups. However, what do you call a group for people who haven't mastered something yet? Doesn't matter -- just build one quickly. Be sure that the other four individuals you engage don't have competing businesses, and consider ways you can help each other. Additionally, be aware of time. You're all busy, so don't plan to meet more than 60 to 90 minutes once each month.
  • Join social clubs. It's essential to develop your personal network, and joining social clubs is a fantastic way to do so. You'll be exposed to great events in addition to meeting prospective clients, employees and friends. 
  • Join associations. Are you a woman entrepreneur? Look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you're in public relations, for example, check out Public Relations Society of America. Many fields have associations, so do a search for one in your field; you can obtain great discounts, invitations to great conferences and a network of like-minded peers. Since entrepreneurship can be lonely, developing a group of peers is important.

For four more tips, check out my source, 7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Motivational Monday- 1.16.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rockstar Business: Garrison Prosperity Solutions

Rockstar Business is an interview series featuring businesses that rock! 

Tamara Garrison-Thomas, owner of Garrison Prosperity Solutions & Busy925©

Mocha Writer: What are Garrison Prosperity Solutions and Busy925?
Tamara Garrison-Thomas: Garrison Prosperity Solutions (GPS) offers several services for startups, network marketing and small business owners. We offer success coaching, business planning, business finding and telemarketing services. The telemarketing services are offered through my virtual call center, Busy925©. We do cold calling, follow-up calls, order taking, appointment setting and sales calls for small business owners.

MW: When and why did you start your businesses?
Tamara: I began in network marketing over seven years ago. I had little help and had to learn the dos and don'ts on my own. Eventurally, I found myself helping others start and build businesses, and the rest is history. GPS was formed. We strive to offer affordable services to new business owners trying to build businesses and transition into working from home. In an effort to continue to expand my services, I created Busy925©. I surveyed several network and direct marketing business owners, and one thing they struggled with was 'following up.' Following up is one of the most important parts of growing your business, and I want to help. Busy925© offers affordable follow-up services for small businesses and cold calling services for those that purchase leads. Busy925© also offers work-at-home opportunities for people interested in becoming virtual call agents. It's been a pleasure helping businesses grow, and I hope to reach more.

MW: Who is your target market?
My target market is network marketing, direct sales and small business owners.

MW: How did you become interested in these areas?
Besides being a part of my humble beginnings, network marketing is a great business tool, especially for the baby business owner. I want to help as much as possible.

MW: What are some of your future goals?
My primary goal is to continue to help people start businesses and "fire their boss." I want to inspire people to feel good about their abilities, stop hesitating, and just go for it! 

MW: Who and what inspires you?
My mother and father have always encouraged me to go after my dreams. Being successful business owners themselves, they give me a lot of advice and support me in any way. I want to continue to make them proud and carry on their legacy.

MW: What do you love most about owning your own business?
Believe it or not, I love the adrenaline rush of finding my next business partner or customer. I make it a challenge for myself and give myself deadlines. It's fun doing everything possible to meet deadlines. I enjoy the journey of finding, contacting, following up and booking! 

MW: What is your favorite inspirational quote/saying?
One of my favorite quotes is "Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be." -Anonymous. I know it seems a bit harsh, but it is the truth. I can't tell you how many great ideas I hear from people daily, and yet they never do anything with them. Sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith, and that's what I help people do.

        On the other hand, one of my favorite scriptures is "I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip he who watches over you will not slumber." -Psalm 121:1-3. This scripture beautifully reminds me that my help comes from the Lord. I do not have to worry about anything or want for anything because the Lord will help me.

MW: What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
Tamara: "Just do it!" As I stated earlier, I hear so many great ideas that never go into fruition. The only understanding I have of this hesitance is FEAR. Fear is common, but if you never try anything because of this, you will NEVER start a business or do something new. I encourage people who want to start businesses to just jump in there and get started. What do you have to lose except the time it's taking you to decide when to do it, if to do, etc.? Find someone you can work with to help you through, but "Just do it!"

MW: How can people reach you?
Tamara: You can visit my websites at or You can email me any time at, or call my office for more information at 602.503.3016.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Motivational Mondays- 1.9.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there."

- Norman Vincent Peale 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

10 Motivational Quotes for the New Year

2012 is here! If you need a little motivation to kick the new year into high gear, here are some quotes for you:

1. "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
- Henry Ford

2. "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

3. "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
- Marcus Aurelius

4. "Dreams are renewable. No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
- Dr. Dale Turner

5. "The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car... a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result, they get little."
- Ben Sweetland

6. "See yourself confronting your fears in your mind's eye and handling those fears like a champ."
- Les Brown 

7. "Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level..."
- Eileen Caddy

8. "It is hard to fail, but is worse never to have tried to succeed."
- Theodore Roosevelt

9. "Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs."
- Maxwell Maltz 

10. "You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature."
- Les Brown

Have a Happy + Prosperous New Year!!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Motivational Monday- 1.2.2012

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be."

- Marsha Petrie Sue 
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