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5 Business Lessons From the Ocean's Impact Zone

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday July 25, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, leadership, Business planning

5 Business Lessons From the Ocean's Impact Zone

If you've ever surfed, boogieboarded, or even just swam in the ocean when the waves were large enough to curl over on themselves, you probably know that the impact zone can be one of the scariest places on Earth. If you've been too busy working on your business to tangle with the surf or to look up the phrase "impact zone", it's the part of the ocean where a sufficiently large swell of water flattens out vertically, curls forward, and then slams down in an explosion that instantly transforms soft water into a hard wall of white... Read More


How to Make Time For Two Businesses or Careers at Once

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday July 11, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Motivation, Inspiration, Business planning

How to Make Time For Two Businesses or Careers at Once

For many people, running their own business isn't the first step they take in their breadwinning endeavours. You may have an existing job that you want to keep until your business takes off, or to keep indefinitely if you like it enough. Even if you have entirely traded working as an employee for being your own boss, you may find that you have two sets of talents that are disparate enough to warrant two separate businesses. For example, I love helping business owners to connect with more of the clients who need them, and I'm also... Read More


Why Your Referral Partners Don't Send You Clients, and How to Change That

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday June 20, 2017 comments Tags: Referral marketing, team building, Time management, Lead attraction, Client attraction

Why Your Referral Partners Don't Send You Clients, and How to Change That

How many times have you formed a referral partnership, affiliate partnership, or strategic alliance, only for nothing to ever come of it? You probably know the familiar line: "If I meet anyone who needs you, I'll mention you to them." You and the other person probably mean it when you say it... so why does it so seldom translate into actual referrals? Today, I'm going to share six reasons why many referral partnerships don't make you money, and what to do about it. Here's why many referral partnerships produce few or no... Read More


A Simple Way to go from Exhausted to Energetic in Your Business

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 30, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Motivation, Inspiration, Leadership

A Simple Way to go from Exhausted to Energetic in Your Business

Do you feel like you're dragging yourself through each day, just trying to make it through to the end of your to-do list, and often running out of time or energy before you run out of tasks? I've been there, SO many times, because I was making the same mistake that all too many of us are taught to make from a very early age. Thankfully, I'm getting better at avoiding it, but there are still days when I need reminders about why this happens and how NOT to slide back into that crippling trap. Today, I stumbled upon one such reminder: a... Read More


Should You Sign Up for That Business Event or Training Course?

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 23, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, leadership, Business planning

Should You Sign Up for That Business Event or Training Course?

If you've ever attended a business event that included an offer, you probably know the experience. The host or a guest speaker gets on stage, gives a presentation that impresses you with great information, and then, after giving you a list of facts that makes it clear how crazy you'd be not to do as they say, they finally do it: They make an offer. The list of bonuses is as long as your arm. The price tag is high, but the value of the offering is way higher. And this is touted asthe thing that will bring you from where you are to... Read More


Top 5 Time-Wasters That Hold Small Businesses Back From Success

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 9, 2017 comments Tags: team building, Time management, Mindset, leadership, Business planning

Top 5 Time-Wasters That Hold Small Businesses Back From Success

Time. It's your most valuable and irreplaceable asset, yet it's also one of the ones that small businesses are the best at wasting! We only have 24 hours in a day, but all too often, we spend those hours on the wrong things, or do the things we're supposed to do less efficiently than we could be doing them. As a result, we trade more of our priceless time than we want to, in exchange for less money than we desire and could have been making. Today, I'm sharing a blogpost byAubrey Blankenship on the top 5 ways in which small business owners... Read More


Should You do the Job Yourself, Hire It Out, or Just Forget About It?

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday May 2, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Blogging, Mindset, Client attraction, product launch, leadership, Business planning

Should You do the Job Yourself, Hire It Out, or Just Forget About It?

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is finding the time to do everything they need to do - or using some other way to get it done. As my JV partner, Matthew Radin, has commented a few times during our calls, "You have three basic choices: do it yourself, get someone else to do it, or it doesn't get done." Today, I'm going to give you some criteria you can use to determine which option you should take for any given task. Here are the criteria you can use to decide whether to do it, delegate it or delete it. 1. Does... Read More


3 Hidden Stress Sources That Ruin Your Peace and Hold You Back from Success

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday April 25, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Inspiration

3 Hidden Stress Sources That Ruin Your Peace and Hold You Back from Success

Have you ever had a day when you just kept feeling stressed, even when you didn't need to? I know the feeling. I think we all do. A few weeks ago, I had a day like that. I had a flu that had left my torso aching and my chest suffocatingly tight, and on top of that, I'd had over a thousand dollars in unexpected bills suddenly drop on me, at a time when I was already financially strained. Just sitting up was a painful struggle, breathing did not come easy, and even lying down didn't help much, so I wasn't surprised when getting... Read More


How to Stop Your Business From Eating Your Free Time, And Still Get Things Done!

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday April 4, 2017 comments Tags: Time management, Mindset, Inspiration, Business planning, leadership

How to Stop Your Business From Eating Your Free Time, And Still Get Things Done!

Do you work longer hours in your business than you want to? I struggled with that problem for MONTHS, and it was starting to drive me crazy! But then I made a few small adjustments to the way I was approaching things, and the transformation was instant and amazing. Today, I'm going to tell you how I got stuck in that cycle of overwork, and I'll give you the exact methods I used to break free of that trap and reclaim my time, freedom and joy. How I got stuck of a cycle of working all day and resenting it: My personal trap of... Read More


How to Concentrate For Long Periods Without Getting Distracted

By: Stephanie O'Brien Tuesday February 21, 2017 comments Tags: product creation, Time management, Copywriting, Blogging, Article creation, Mindset, Motivation, Email marketing, product launch, Content marketing, Webinar

How to Concentrate For Long Periods Without Getting Distracted

In today's distraction-packed world, it can be a challenge to focus on one task for a protracted period of time. You're just getting into the groove, your train of thought is leaving the station, and you're ready to be productive... and then an email comes in, someone messages you on Facebook, or you think of something else that has to be done, and the next thing you know, you've lost half an hour. Now, not only are you behind schedule, but you're wasting even MORE time on mentally kicking yourself! This challenge comes up a lot in... Read More



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