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Overcoming Quitter’s Day

Quitter’s Day is the second Friday of January each year. Quitter’s Day is set aside to recognize those who set new year goals and fail to achieve them. The tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions began 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. The idea for Quitter’s Day is to encourage and support those who have given up on their New Year’s resolution or goal to try again and ultimately succeed. Research has shown that people quit their resolutions for the year, and many good intentions are abandoned in about 2 weeks. Because this is only 3% of the entire year, which seems so tiny, it made me wonder why so many people want to improve their lives, businesses, and communities, yet for all our best efforts; we run out of willpower in only 2 weeks.

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Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, you read the title correctly, I’m saying sweat the small stuff, not DON’T sweat the small stuff. In this column, I want to talk about how little things can make a big difference. By focusing on the small stuff, not only will it improve your business, but it will make your lives easier. You will not be constantly faced with huge daunting tasks or attempting to make large changes in your business.

Attracting the Right Customer For Success

Attracting the Right Customer For Success

Success begins with being customer-centric and attracting the right customers. When we attract the right customers we not only love doing business with them because we have common values with them, but we also open ourselves up to a lot more business as those customers will be your best salespeople. Companies should be as customer-centric … Read more

3 Principles – Believe

3 Principles – Keep Score for Success

“3% Of People Have Measurable Written Goals for their Life, Also 3% of the Population Owns 90% Of the Resources in the World” – Jack Canfield

Keep Score for Success

It is in our nature as humans to reach for something and to go for something better than where we are at now. It is how we became the dominant species on the planet and according to a study by Cameron Anderson of the University of California, Berkeley and John Angus D. Hildreth of Cornell University we actually strive for superiority. This nature makes scorekeeping very important as it gives us the push to grow that extra inch, sell the extra box of girl scout cookies or do that extra lap. The act of keeping score encourages you to eat right, ask one more friend and work harder each run. The scorekeeping is not a way to point out failures and cover your butt. Instead, it is meant to stimulate us to have more wins and get closer to success each time.

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3 Principles - Be Willing to Pay The Price

3 Principles – Be Willing to Pay The Price

“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it would not seem wonderful at all” – Michelangelo

Be Willing to Pay The Price

We all know an overnight success right? Wrong! Even the successful people or companies that seem to show up out of nowhere, have built what they have and have been exactly where you are at right now. What they did differently is they paid the price, lived through the pain of failures, took big risks and made it. The harder they worked, the more they risked, the faster they got there, but they still had to get there. So, you have to be willing to pay the price. You have to put in the hours when you don’t feel like it. You have to have hard conversations with people holding you back. You have to make that big investment that deep down you know is going to help, but it makes you sick to your stomach to think about. You have to be willing to pay the price and accept possible failures as nothing more than a learning experience.

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Knowing What Business Metrics to Measure

Knowing What Business Metrics to Measure

Knowing What Business Metrics to MeasureThere are 100’s of metrics you can look at in your business from day to day, and many can be great indicators of the success or failure of your business. Obviously, you are in business to make a profit so that should be the number one thing measured, otherwise you have a hobby. Not that being happy and content with the enjoyment of your craft is bad, but as a business, you must eventually turn a profit. Then, you can look at other financial core metrics like cash flow, accounts payable, accounts receivable, direct costs, operating margin, and cash burn rate.

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Stop the They

Stop the They

In my nearly 20 years being involved with sales, marketing and technical support, I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of folks who are both really good and really bad at customer interactions. I have observed many of them (including myself) and have come to discover that there is one key word that people dealing with customers should really REMOVE from their vocabulary. By removing this word, those individuals were able to more smoothly interact with customers and resolve issues quickly. 

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Success in Apparel Sublimation

Success in Apparel Sublimation

One of the real areas for Success in Apparel Sublimation is in the value proposition. Like it or not, polyester is here to stay, and the ability to sell a polyester garment at a premium draws most people to sublimation for apparel decoration.

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Success in Apparel Sublimation

Success in Apparel Sublimation

One of the real areas for Success in Apparel Sublimation is in the value proposition. Like it or not, polyester is here to stay, and the ability to sell a polyester garment at a premium draws most people to sublimation for apparel decoration.

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