#MondayMotivation

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Many people had a rough year. Hashtags wishing 2016 ‘Bon Voyage’ have regularly trended the past few weeks. Instead of thinking of 2016 as a year of loss, try to think of 2016 as a year of refinement.

Friends, family, money, and business may have been lost in the fire, but what remains has been purified. Who and what stuck by you this year should have your undivided attention.

Mourning loss is natural and has it’s place. However, never get stuck there. Channel that negative thought, negative emotion, negative energy into laser sharp focus on what remained in 2016.

Then apply the “Three Life Rule”.

  1. If you don’t go after what you want you’ll never have it.

You have to “go”. This is an action people. You’ve dreamed, you’ve read, you’ve researched, now GO! Actively make some moves. Did you write your business plan? Did you call that guy/girl you like? Did you download that recipe you’ve been staring at? GO!

2. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.

When is the last time you asked for something you truly wanted? I mean something you just assumed is going to be a “No”. Did you feel better when you had the answer (good or bad). Going to take a huge guess here and say, that even if the answer was “NO” just knowing the answer resolved some stress. Ask for what you want! If the answer is “no” find out why. If the answer is “yes”. Awesome!

3. If you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same place.

Surprise! No movement=no movement. Take a look at your goal, break it down into a very small piece. Now even smaller. Now one more time. Now you have this teeny, tiny task to do. Write for 10 minutes, run for 2 minutes, clean for 3 minutes. Just get started and you will be surprised how accomplished you feel moving forward.

As always, if you need any help. Whether it’s life or business, contact us.

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What Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg Can Teach Us About Choosing a Co-Founder

Hey fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners check out this amazing article written by John White, CMO at beBee .

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Written by John White

VH1’s new hit show, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” pairs Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg in a celebrity cooking show, which on the surface appears to be a very strange choice.

However, if you ask the show’s producer, SallyAnn Salsano, the pairing is far from random. In fact, she believes the move is actually brilliant.

“It just made sense,” said Salsano. “It’s like they are a unit. They exist. It’s not fake. It’s not put on. It’s just what it is. That’s why I think it feels so good because you have two people that genuinely love each other and respect each other, for real.”

It’s hard to argue with the results thus far. VH1 has already announced that they will be bringing them back for a second season.

It turns out the odd couple is working out quite well. In fact, I believe there is something that those who are seeking a co-founder for their startup can learn from this unique pairing.

Different Skill Sets

Clearly, Martha and Snoop bring different skills to the table. Martha has the operational background of being an amazing cook and having her own show in the past. Snoop can’t cook, but he is a raw entertainer that can make the crowd laugh and keep them engaged.

It’s important that co-founders choose someone whose skill set can help them bridge the gap of their own deficiencies. Choosing someone with a similar skill set weakens the business as additional money must be spent to bring on someone else that has the skills the co-founders lack.

If your skills are in marketing and business development, clearly you’re going to need someone on the product and technical side. So your priority should be to find someone with those skills, not partnering with another marketer.

Check out the full article here!

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The Drive

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After an insane, but exciting weekend, here we are at another Monday. It’s a particularly dreary Monday here in Atlanta too. Most of our friends and family are getting their day started with their normal routines.

The life of an entrepreneur is anything but routine.

Some people thrive on routine, others don’t, but what matters most is getting the job done. In a race you need a sweet car, supportive team, and a plan. However, none of that matters if your tank is empty. So what’s your fuel? What motivate you to make the drive?

Monday’s often make us forget what’s the fuel to keep us going. So here’s a pretty sweet playlist to get your head in the game so you can focus on what makes you “Go”:

  1. “Happy” Pharrell Williams
  2. “I Gotta Feeling” The Black Eyed Peas
  3. “Good Life” OneRepublic
  4. “New Perspective” Panic!at the Disco
  5. “Beautiful Day” U2
  6. “BulletProof” La Roux

Have an awesome day, go forth and conquer!

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