“New Year, New You” is one of the most popular saying the first few weeks of a new calendar year. Heck, we all want to live a better life. The only issue with wanting a new life is most individuals do not want to commit to the plans that are tied to ensuring the success of their new lifestyle change.
Today I want to talk about how I got to know one of most influential people in my life right now, and how you can go about doing the same. Mentorship is an influential aspect in the development of a person and their business. Having someone that is where you want to be to guide you through the process can be very helpful. A plethora of people miss out on the positivities of having someone guide them through the journey called life. People often feel lost on how to navigate their personal and business lives.
Currently in my life I have one mentor. Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter. She is a brilliant person and has risen to the top of her respective industry, thus creating success on her own terms. My route of perusing her as my mentor was slightly different than other mentors I have had in the past. I approached her via social media and turned my virtual mentor into a real life one.
In my post yesterday, I shared a glimpse into my thought process for 2014. Now, I want to go just a bit deeper. In the last 10 months, my life has shifted, and late into the year I have begun to understand what the shift actually meant.
Today symbolizes a fresh start for many, a day of resolution or, to some, it’s just another day on their calendar. We believe it starts a new chapter in our lives. Every year is a new chapter, and sometimes, the chapter is part of a series and other times it stands alone. For me, Tasha the Owner, I see this as a new series that is going to start for myself and the people around me.
How many projects did you start this year? How many did you complete? How many new business ventures did you think of? How many did you actually execute?
Like most Americans, we start projects but don’t finish them. I even do this, but I’ve made an effort to try and stop doing it. I sit and actually think through what I want to accomplish–what is the end game… If I can’t see where I want to go, there is no need in starting a project.
Be different, be adventurous, be funky! People tell you all the time how you’re supposed to be when you should actually just be yourself. If you aren’t quirky, hipster, nerdy, girlie or whatever else, don’t be. DARE to be you 100% off the time. Authenticity is truly original, and it will make you stand out.
I have always been Tasha, and I’m really good at it. People always told me when I was young that I was “nerdy, different, special and weird.” As an adult I still get that from people. Most of the time, I just give them ice cold stares because they are not saying it in a flattering way.
I knew for quite some time that changes were coming. I felt the shift long before the idea actually came to my mind, but I never shared what was going on. Then, a couple weeks ago I was talking to my friend Katrice about it and she put the words together perfectly. This transition is organic. It isn’t forced or something catastrophic, it just happened.
You are probably wondering what transition I am talking about. I am closing Shop ICB.
I recently had an experience with one of our clients where I was walking very quickly through downtown Pittsburgh and I all of the sudden asked her, “So what’s your schedule again!” Instead of, “So what’s your schedule again?” I thought that the explanation point would make her super offended because, let’s face it, that’s not appropriate and sounds demanding. I then got to thinking, what ARE the appropriate rules for texting in business? After some research, here’s what I’ve come up with.
I am currently sitting at my desk “smizing”, as Tyra Banks says. In the last week I have experienced all types of emotions. Ultimately, a roller coaster ride has turned into a humbling experience. Sometimes we have to be stripped of everything, so that He can build us up bigger and better. I am at that point now.
It’s only a couple of days before I do my monthly recap of what it’s like to be a business owner, but I thought I would go even more personal today. So, if you don’t mind, I am digging deeper into what it is like to be a business owner.
I hear it all the time. People want to be the next Oprah, Steve Jobs, Bills Gates or Diddy, but what separates them is consistency. Consistency kills mediocrity. It separates the have’s from the have not’s simply because you have to have the drive, passion, ambition needed to get to the next level. Many people don’t have these qualities. These people are not willing to go the extra mile and push harder when it hurts.
By my terms, I am successful. I have gone four and a half years doing what I love, even when the odds were stacked against me. I keep pushing, and this is why I am where I am. They used to say most people did not make it past the five-year mark in business. Now most people don’t make it past the execution of the actual idea.
Your business is not always going to run smoothly. Obviously when you expand your business, and get more employees or freelancers, things will become much more unruly. If you own a business that requires people to make deadlines, stay organized or plan ahead, this article is for you. We are talking about running your business like a classroom, and we will help you formulate your business’ syllabus!
The typical blog post title “What I Wore” is really what you write when you can not think of some witty SEO friendly blog post title. Alas, I find myself at this place. Right now I am in the midst of launching three other websites for clients plus doing other things such as planning a new direction for my companies. So, today I am going to just share what I wore on my not so typical friday last week.