The night before my MMM Tour, I came down with a vicious stomach flu. Feeling better in the morning, I ventured out, not wanting to cancel my Back Bay coffee stop, and eager to talk with entrepreneurs who might want to toss around a few business ideas.

What I didn’t realize was that it was my stomach that was tossing around.  So, I made an executive decision to call it quits – moments after I found a parking spot on Newbury Street, which is no easy feat!

Needless to say, I couldn’t get home quickly enough, and took it easy for the rest of the day.  Several hours, several naps, and several cups of green tea later, I was feeling better. But, I was home, not at my Make Money Monday Tour, helping small business owners.

So I’m writing with the hopes that anyone who may be tossing and turning with a great idea, and who missed me at my MMM stop in Back Bay,  give me a call for some one-on-one time.

Life happens and we make good.

I’d like to take it one step further.

I’d like to make great — wherever I go, and whatever I do.

You?

Last night I talked to a group on How to Thrive, not just Survive in Today’s Economy. The audience, a mix of professionals and job seekers, listened as I spoke about the importance of getting out of the comfort zone to try new tactics, and approach non-traditional opportunities with a different mindset, for new results.

For a moment in front of the room, there was a flashback to the Summer of 2008, when I myself became a student of the Law of Possibility in a time of uncertainty. Desperate for a change in my life, I was open, ready and willing to learn how to shake up my world, and live a bigger, better and bolder life.

My words last night, and today are the same. To change your life, or your business, it begins with a decision, to do something differently.

Results come in all flavors, and you’ll not always get what you want (exactly), when you want it (exactly), but more of what you need. You have to be open (ready or not) for each step as it’s presented to you. And of course, not be one of the 80% or more of people who quit because it’s too challenging, uncomfortable, fill in the blank with any excuse you want here _______.

My offer is the same every day. I offer folks to call me and talk about how they want to improve their business, or life. We talk strategy.

Last night, one couple told me about a niche tour idea they had for Boston, and I smiled at the thought of it. A discouraged friend of a colleague promised to call me about launching a career as a personal assistant for entrepreneurs. And a woman, new to this country, with a passion for gardening — never even considered reaching out to help someone, to make extra money. (Hey, I need help in my garden)!

This leads me to You.

Are you using your passion to make more profits, get more attention in a crowded marketplace and get recognized for you really are?

If not, how come? We’re almost at the halfway point of the year.

Helping entrepreneurs is my passion, so if I can help you, here’s my number: 617 – 921 – 3448.

You’re a busy entrepreneur pulled in a million directions.  Meetings, network receptions, events, campaigns.

Sometimes it’s hard to fit it all in. If you’re promoting yourself properly — You Have Your Info Out There! That means press releases in a steady flow about where you are and what you’re doing.  It also includes social media components.  I’m fairly new to social media, but have a team of textperts and experts who are also on the go, helping “me” get out there in the marketplace.

If I can’t get out there, how can I help you get attention in a crowded marketplace? That’s my passion!

So, what do I do?   Set up a Google Alert on myself.

One night I came home to three postings on the web  (see below) :

I might have been skiing, I might have been working, I might have been creating a new proposal for a client, or on a strategy call with a small business owner.

But the bottom line is this.  My name was out there.  And Google let me know.

Thank you Google.

I appreciate the referral.

 

I was recently working in Durham, New Hampshire — hired by Comcast – to help them shine in the marketplace and promote their products. One of the initiatives of my team was to demo the iPad and its functionality with apps as well as showcase the ease and mobility of bringing television entertainment to a new level.

When we demo at a large event, we have a great time meeting people from all walks of life. It’s even more fun when someone owns an iPad. One group interested in our iPad demonstration was a group of firefighters from the University of New Hampshire area. As we explained the “how to’s” and listened to how they used our products, we heard a story of what I consider “going the extra mile.”

Kind of embarrassed, as the Captain listened in, two firefighters told us of a recent story where they were in the middle of a blazing fire. On their way out of the home, they noticed what looked like a tank of water. Wiping the “tank” covered in soot, they noticed a single fish swimming. As they looked at each other, without even thinking, they made a decision to carry the fish to safety.

It may sound crazy, “why save a fish?”, but these particular guys went for it. A fifty pound tank, not a gold fish bowl.

These fire fighters went the extra mile to save someone’s pet fish.

In our everyday world, we have the choice of going the “extra mile.” What does that mean to you, in your world?

In mine — to think beyond yourself. To check in and wish a client good luck before a big meeting or presentation when you yourself are running late. To send an unexpected card or gift in the mail to a special someone — who isn’t in the best of spirits. To text a funny message to a co-worker in distress, when you may be in distress yourself. To write a letter of recommendation so outstanding, that your heart sings while you’re writing it – and you know that the recipient will get the job/contract/position. To think of your team, and what they need — versus just getting the job “done”. To bring an elderly person flowers or cookies, or help them with their groceries. To take time to help someone in need, when they just can’t do it for themselves.

A little extra effort can make a difference or change someone’s thinking to get through a tough day.

That extra effort, could save a life. Even if it’s the life of a small pet fish.

Maybe it’s reflex, or just a knowingness when it “kicks in.”

Join me in saluting the people who go the extra mile, every day. Today, it’s the firefighters in Durham, NH.

There’s no doubt in my mind that when I start a new project or work with a client —  that I’m not going to succeed.

Success has a different meaning for all of us.  To me, it means learning something (perhaps a giant lesson, a new skill, or a new way to approach a situation). Or making something better. (In our business, life, or the pursuit of happiness). Or helping someone see something more clearly, so that they in turn can use that bit of information to move forward. (Like concentrate on the big rocks, and the pebbles will take care of themselves).

As I write this, from my MakeMoneyMonday coffee shop (and stop), I see success as moving forward, and getting closer to what my goals are, in business and life. Both include freedom, flexibility, choice and opportunity.

I’m not Mighty Mouse, (though I am under 5’2) and sure, there are moments when I second guess myself.  But, ultimately, I know I have the confidence, persistence, and smarts to reach my goals. I also have a vast resource of colleagues, friends – and get this—strangers, who will help, if I ask.

I Expect to Succeed, but I also Expect the Best. Both philosophies have served me well.

My world, my business, my life are all changing.  Just like yours.

Same book, different chapter.

A page turner. The ending, we never know.

How exciting.

As a busy entrepreneur, running two businesses, and having a full life, I sometimes work till the wee hours of the morning, writing, planning, and listening to programs that my colleagues have presented. Kind of my own Continuing Education if you will.

This past Tuesday, I was in the zone and didn’t realize I had worked till 2 AM till I checked my kitchen clock. Late to bed and early to rise was the plan since I had a 9:30 AM appointment with a prospective client. A hockey advisor. The kind of man who invests time nurturing talented athletes across the country, and watches them grow and become NHL stars. Good thing I was meeting him at my favorite coffee shop (where I was also this past Monday for my Make Money Monday series).

Long story short.

I dropped a pen during the presentation, and looked down at my feet.

I was wearing two different shoes!

No one noticed but me. Both shoes were black – one with an open toe, the other a closed toe. LOL – the joke was on me.

What I love about this story is that it’s a great lesson that “if the shoe fits, wear it.” If you’re working at your optimum level, and making a great impression to a client, and know – deep down – that you are in your own zone of passion, truth, helping others and closing a sale – in your yoga pants, or mismatched shoes, does it really matter?

It’s your MESSAGE that counts. The MINDSET of Success. The power of all your MARKETING. Not the MIS-MATCH.

I’ve always believed that “variety is the spice of life”. Never thought it would include my shoes.

Thought this may make you smile.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Spring!