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Media Star’s Pre Gig Ritual

Sylvia Maria Gross, Dodie Jacobi, David Jackson, Alex Petrovic, Matthew Long-Middleton, Gina Kaufmann

Sylvia Maria Gross, Dodie Jacobi, David Jackson, Alex Petrovic, Matthew Long-Middleton, Gina Kaufmann


I read the subject line of a recent email, “Media Star,” and threw my head back in surprised laughter to realize the sender meant me.  She wrote in response to a radio broadcast, one of my first live media appearances in years. Now that I am preparing for my biggest, boldest endeavor to date, the friendly universe already is conspiring with media invitations that precede my readiness.  Time to engage my Pre Gig Ritual. 

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Entrepreneur Job Satisfaction

My home office’s patio foreshadows what I want clients to experience inside and in life.

My home office’s patio foreshadows what I want entrepreneurs to experience inside and in life.

Though we’ve learned through numerous studies that those with high job satisfaction also find greater satisfaction in all aspects of their life, there has been very little study about entrepreneur satisfaction as a measure for success.

I’m not fond of the euphoric implications of the word “happy,” but one study confirms entrepreneurs score higher in happiness than those employed by others.  Another study reports 55% being Extremely Happy, which leaves 45% of entrepreneurs reporting anywhere from totally disliking their business to it making them sorta happy.  Even still, 30-45% of owners report continuous concern about things like payables, receivables, health care benefits, and hiring. One other study I found validates money’s not the only measure of success. 46 percent said they started their business to have more freedom or flexible work schedules; only 19 percent started their companies to earn more.

I recently surveyed my own readers, offering a simple scale of 1-10 to define how satisfied you are with your business, and your life.  Here are the highest satisfaction scores.

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I’ve not cross analyzed the data to see if, for example, whether those meh scores in the 5-6 middle of Business and Life are connected – are people compromising in both areas and finding satisfaction in neither?  I’m sure I’ll continue to explore correlations as I delve deeper in this area of focus.

I do know that through my continued work directly with entrepreneurs, and the upcoming web series for mill-yuns more, I intend to move the Satisfaction needle, and keep it steadily hovering in the 9-10 zone.  And this is where my work gets really interesting.

Satisfaction is not a destination.

What is fulfilling now may not be in three years, or even three months.  That’s what makes satisfaction potentially elusive.  Fulfillment in entrepreneurship is a process, not a destination – it’s a commitment to fluidity amid the inevitable changes in life/business, allowing the accompanying gains and losses that come with change to flow freely, with sufficient cushion that the impact of change doesn’t completely drain all your resources – all while remaining fearlessly curious about every plot twist.

While putting the brand on my upcoming webcast series, it’s become very clear.  My life’s work is about helping entrepreneurs grow not just financially viable businesses, but ones that meet their personalized criteria for success. Entrepreneurship’s infinite flexibility offers the best chance to create a sustainably fulfilling life.

Homework: So if you have not yet seized the powah of your choices, start here, with my Business Owner’s Credo and the homework within.  When you own your business, you also own your life.

 

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The Luck of Pursuit

Client Kate Lindholm, Westport Yoga, reports finding four-leaf clovers all the time.  Her secret?  She looks for them.

Client Kate Lindholm, Westport Yoga, reports finding four-leaf clovers all the time. Her secret? She looks for them.

With entrepreneurship, horsing, and dance among my current happiest pursuits, and recommendations from a couple esteemed colleagues, I was eager to hear pursuit patron, Chris Guillebeau, speak in Kansas City about his latest book, “The Happiness of Pursuit.” While I learned lots about how others find happiness without a horse, I also was reminded of luck’s role in any pursuit. Continue Reading →

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GameChanger: Be Royal

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The 2014 World Series contending KC Royals had the whole city smiling in blue for weeks.  Generating a collective pride and joy like long-time citizens have never experienced,  every encounter with friends and strangers ended with, “Go Royals.”  So now we all know what it means, I’m changing my salutation from “Go Royals,” to “Be Royal.”

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Research Brainstorm

Stay on task now by parking info you want later in a Research Brainstorm file.

Stay on task now by parking info you want later in a Research Brainstorm file.

When starting something new, particularly something as complex as the multi-media platform I’m building, there’s so much to learn and remember.  The amount of info I’m consuming to prepare seems infinite. To keep it all accessible, I created a simple method I call a Research Brainstorm. Continue Reading →

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The Business Experiment

Like a kid with her first Science Lab Kit, the mindset of playful curiosity is perfect for building a successful business.

Like a kid with her first Science Lab Kit, the mindset of playful curiosity is perfect for building a successful business.

Inspired by software product development cycles and scientific method, I build businesses as if it’s an experiment, with hypothesis, test, revise, and replicate phases. In this iterative cycle of trial and error, there is no failure, only the curiosity of wondering what on earth will happen next. Continue Reading →

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Next Gen Entrepreneurship

Jamie Miller Hair Parlour’s owner epitomizes the next gen in age and thinking with a commitment to meaning from her work. www.jmhairparlour.com   Painting by Christopher Clark

Jamie Miller Hair Parlour’s owner epitomizes the next gen in age and thinking with a commitment to meaning from her work. www.jmhairparlour.com Painting by Christopher Clark

While developing my own entrepreneurial ventures and mentoring hundreds of other owners, I see the signs of generations to come.  The next generation is not the next youngest, though Millennials’ quest for meaning is contagious.   Continue Reading →

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Slow Season

You know I’m not a fan of building fast companies, preferring time for the market to drive growth instead of investors.  But when business is too slow, I have ways to accelerate the pace.    Continue Reading →

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Painting Wrestlers

Rob Schamberger, robschamberger.com  “painting every world champion”

Rob Schamberger, robschamberger.com “painting every world champion”

Oh how I love a good niche, and any close follower of my world knows my favorite example:  the man who paints only wrestlers.  I finally met him.

Artist Rob Schamberger, is painting every world champion wrestler.  His work is on permanent display in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, and his original portraits of WWE Superstars are being auctioned by WWE. 

This pinpoint focus means Rob’s elevator speech takes less than half a floor.  Collectors know quickly if they’re buying or not.  His website is search engine optimized in two tidy key words:  painting and wrestler.

I envy the niche, man.  I envy the niche.   

Homework: Need a little more niche in your market?  Check out this earlier blog post, Niche Down, and find the first time I cited Rob’s focus.

 

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My Business Constraints

Truly.  Each meeting with a client gives my life meaning.  I can feel the impact of our collaboration.  I am cheered on by every word of appreciation, every progressive step, and every realized dream.  I feel I’m part of these companies and their owners’ lives. I’ve wanted to spread that impact to a larger scale for some time, but have struggled with how to do it without sacrificing my quality of life.  As one client observed, “Dodie you’ve had one foot on the soap box since I’ve known you, but you don’t step all the way up – you seem afraid you won’t have time to ride your horses.” Continue Reading →

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