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“As a small business, bringing values, your values, into your professional life is automatic, after all, wasn't that why you took the plunge? But, how often does that work get in the way? Ellen helps you find the place back to balance: your work and your values can peacefully co-exist, even better, your values can help you focus your business. Focus on your abilities so that you can grow and succeed.”
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Could You Be a Good E.G.G.?

Good E.G.G.sSuccess…why does this word intimidate so many people? I’ve been reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker. This book was recommended to me by so many people, I figured I’d take a look at it. Other than Eker’s repeated reminders to attend his intensive seminar, his material reminds me a lot of Barbara Stanny’s work. Both of them start at the same place.

Your head and your heart.

Success is a remarkable experience and yet also very personal. There are so many beliefs about success.  How much is appropriate? What is acceptable to say about one’s level of success? In my work with E.G.G.’s (entrepreneurial small business owners and freelancers) there is usually a discussion about specific revenue goals. Inevitably, we run into some interesting ideas about what would happen if they became successful. Maybe some of these sound familiar to you?

  • Money is not important
  • I’ll become like Gordon Gekko
  • It’s too much work
  • My family and friends will stop loving me

TrollIn a nutshell, are you saying you are going to become some kind of ugly, greedy monster? That is usually the implication. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m not a big fan of the Law of Atraction. You’re not going to become some kind of negative magnet if you feel doubt or anxiety about choosing to become successful. However, there is some value in the Law of Attraction mindset that is worth considering.

Success is a choice. So is ditching your value system. When we recognize that we want something other than what our parents, our friends, our teachers or even our national culture tells us is appropriate, we feel the trepidation that comes with rejecting the status quo. We tell ourselves stories and some of these stories are sad and scary because they reflect our fears. When we believe these stories, we act as if  they are true and so we make them real.

A good E.G.G. knows it’s just a story. These negative stories simply give us a way to act so we can keep ourselves down and unsuccessful. This doesn’t mean you are necessarily a failure. For example, you might have a business where making $100,000 is your comfort zone. There are very few who would think that’s failure. But you could be telling youself a story that it’s not safe to make $250,000 or $1,000,000.

And yet,there is another story the good E.G.G. wants to tell and the plotline is spectacular! The main character, You, sees some way to contribute to making the world a better place and founds a small business. The drama unfolds as You set the goals and achieve the results you desire. Maybe it’s providing yourself and/or your family with security, financial freedom, or the adventures of travel. Maybe it’s providing your wealth management expertise so no one has to face retirement as the desperate old woman or man trying to pay for everything out of  your Social Security or old age pension checks. Maybe you’ve got the way to bring consistent trade and prosperity to Africa.

It all goes back to how you think and feel about success. What’s your E.G.G. story?

*I invite you to take a look at the How To Be an E.G.G.™ program and see if it would help you and your business design a different type of success story , greater clarity about yourself, and walk away with a basic business plan that fits your business. This is the last time I’m offering it as an 8-week teleseminar series so take advantage of the Early Bird price that expires on Thursday, September 30,2010. You can learn more about this quick, energizing booster of  a program by going to I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your business!



Are You Really an Entrepreneur?

Sounds like a weird question, doesn’t it? Still it’s an important one. There are entrepreneurs who lead small businesses and there are people with jobs who are small business owners.

So, what’s an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are people who tend to be restless with the status quo. It is the combination of creativity, vision, faith, strong work ethic, experimentation, and tolerance for risk that keeps these small business owners searching and motivated.

Is there really a difference? Entrepreneurship is not for everyone and not every small business owner is an entrepreneur. This was totally brought home to me one morning at a networking breakfast. Before the program starts, they have a practice of everyone doing a 30-second pitch about their businesses. Two of the business owners expressed feeling stressed by their work. I happen to be going for coffee at the same time as them and nearly put my foot in my mouth by asking about their bosses. I think the patron saint of tact intervened and I ended up asking about their office stress. They described their workloads as very heavy, they just couldn’t delegate the grunt work, they were feeling incredibly bored, and that their admin person was spending time on personal phone calls. Then, they revealed… it was THEIR business!

Huh? What is going on here? They run the place! They own the joint! They can change what is not working! Then it dawned on me. Some small business owners really have a job. Generally, jobs are something we go to, the goals are set by someone else, and our autonomy tends to be limited. These are not bad things, per se. Some of us thrive in a structured environment. It is predictable, even when it is absolutely awful. These small business owners are merely working in their businesses and not thinking about innovation, further developing their skills, or what purpose their business serves. Maybe there is something to be gained by sticking with the tried and true. After all, this is the basis for the business in the first place.

Are you one? But what if this feels like a mind-numbing, soul-sucking way to work? Entrepreneurs can create any necessary systems, policies, and procedures. As one’s business grows, it is typical to discover that “what got you here ain’t gonna get you there.” You see this at Inquisix, Twitter,  and even here at Ability Success Growth  as we grow and understand ourselves and our clients/customers better.

Now, it’s your turn…are you really an entrepreneur?

Come join us in the How To Be an E.G.G.™ Sampling and remember why you started your business, clarify your business vision, and discover how to get out of your own way in a complimentary teleseminar on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 from 12:00pm-1:00pm ET. For more information or to register, go to How To Be an E.G.G. Sampling OR…join us for the 8 week teleseminar How To Be an E.G.G.™ program and get focused and energized with Visioning, Branding, Getting Out of My Own Way, Organizing Me, Goal Setting, How I Work, and Going Forth. It’s time to stop feeling scrambled or fried! Get sunnyside up! For more information or to register, go to How To Be an E.G.G.


How Scrambled Are You?

Golden EGGAre you an Entrepreneurial Go Getter and feeling scrambled by the economy and your responsibilities to your business? It is not unusual for entrepreneurs to feel scrambled by the different roles and tasks that are necessary to developing a business.  This is usually during the early days of a venture. So what happens when the scrambled feeling starts hitting overload? Entrepreneurs find themselves feeling very unfocused and this is when self-sabotage can happen. But this does not have to happen. I invite you to attend the How To Be an E.G.G. Sampling and see how you can use this program to get yourself back on track. During this teleseminar, you can begin to clarify your business vision, identify bad habits and limited beliefs that sabotage your performance, develop strategies to manage procrastination, performance anxiety, and the normal “ups and downs” of being an Entrepreneurial Go Getter. To learn more about the How To Be an E.G.G. program: When: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Time:  12:00pm-1:00pm ET Format: Teleseminar Cost:  Free When you sign up, you will receive a bridgeline and a handout. Space is limited to encourage personalized attention and participation. To register or for more information, please go to

What Kinds of Hours are You Keeping?

A lot of entrepreneurs start their businesses with the intent of realizing their dreams of wealth, having something wonderful to offer, and having time to do the things that they have always wanted to do.  Some of this is true.  But to get this, what kinds of hours do you really have to work? And when?

There is so much talk about working smarter, not longer.  But this is not always clear. What does it really mean to work smarter anyway?  Michael Gerber in The E-Myth Revisited encourages all entrepreneurs to work on their businesses instead of in their businesses.  So, here is a recent example from a conversation I had with a business owner. The business owner was complaining of feeling overworked and burdened.  At first, I did not realize that this person was actually the business owner.  We talked about coaching and the benefits but the person kept returning to the theme of having no control over his schedule or his workload. 

I was just about to put my foot in my mouth by offering both sympathy and some suggestions that had worked for my clients when he stated quite bluntly that being a business owner is not what it is cracked up to be.  I managed to catch my jaw before it hit the floor and asked how he could change his situation since he was in charge. Typical coaching question, really. 

He had described hiring a part-time administrative assistant so delegating some of the work, developing a wait list, or referring to colleagues seemed logical  Not one of those ideas came to his mind.  In fact, I received a polite thank you and rejection regarding coaching and more moaning about the awful state of work and the economy. 


It is how you spend those hours.  In the How To Be an E.G.G. program, one participant described with great wonder in her voice that scheduling telephone calls, strategic planning, filing, meeting with clients, and networking felt like freedom!  She had a plan.  Working on your business instead of in your business requires a plan.  Some entrepreneurs feel anxiety that if they set up a plan, they will become tied down and less creative.  Really, this is magical thinking.  No one can remove your creative talent. 

Imagine seeing your ideas from just a thought to implementation.  What would that feel like?