Author: jeffrey-shaw

WARRIOR of Reciprocity

As entrepreneurs and Creative Warriors, being in a funk every now and then is to be expected. It’s unavoidable. Putting ourselves out there as we do, we subject ourselves to many circumstances and emotions. All of which can cause us to get in a funk now and then. But we don’t want to stay there too long. It can suck the life out of us and kill our productivity. So here are some funk-buster ideas to get you moving again. And yes, dogs help. 
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THE BRUCE LEE WARRIOR

We often blame outside sources for our own shortcomings. Some people blame money, others blame the economy, but very few are willing to accept responsibility. In the end, not looking internally to find the problems means you’ll never be able to find a proper solution. This is commonly the reason many businesses and entrepreneurs fail. There’s a level of pride and ego that stops you from seeing it as your fault.

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WARRIOR of Reciprocity

One of the biggest challenges creatives have in business is that if what we are doing or what we have created is truly unique, then people won’t know to ask for it. So, on one hand, we need to be unique and stand out. On the other hand, we’ve been told we must be searchable. Now, this is a dilemma. Yet another example that what got us here won’t get us to where we want to go. Being searchable may not be the answer. If we create our own category, we may also have to create the communication.  
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WARRIOR OF DISCIPLINE

Do you ever wonder why things aren’t working? Maybe your numbers aren’t as high as you want them to be, or maybe you’re not getting the response from a market you wanted. We live in a world of data, and data doesn’t lie. It’s like you aren’t analyzing your results properly. One of the first steps you need to take in order to come up with a solid strategy is to be able to properly gather analytics look at the statistics you need. From there you can find your audience and really come up with a plan to build your brand.

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WARRIOR of Reciprocity

It seems entrepreneurs don’t often consider themselves to be leaders. Well, I challenge that notion. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are perfectly poised to be leaders in their communities and have a major impact on the world. I point out that leadership doesn’t have to look like the stereotype corporate leader. Creative Warrior leadership is a quiet confidence that is passionate, empathetic, compassionate, and loving. Exactly what we need more of! You’ll also discover how Creative Warrior leadership can help you in your business every day!
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WARRIOR OF RESILIENCE

We often believe that if we throw a wide net we’ll catch more fish. This mentality doesn’t actually work in business. If you spread yourself too wide you won’t be able to find the audience you need. You’ll end up having a hard time explaining yourself and your business, and people will not trust that you can do everything you claim.

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WARRIOR of Reciprocity

This is the first time I’ve ever done a Talking Stick episode as a prelude to another episode. But the interview I have coming up with Tamsen Webster about finding your Red Thread™ is so important, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some context ahead of time. What you’ll discover is that there is a thread, a throughline, in all that you do. You may not be able to see it yourself yet. This so important for us Creative Warriors who often feel like we’re all over the place. Finding your Red Thread™ clarifies your message. The clearer your message, the more opportunities will come your way. Listen to this episode and then follow up by listening to the very next episode with Tamsen Webster.
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WARRIOR OF DRAGON TAMING

It’s common for people to build a business or start a career and then see it all start to fall apart. We may begin to lose that sense of fulfillment, or our sales start to suffer. This doesn’t mean we are failures or aren’t good enough. You’ve probably just outgrown your current situation. It may be time for you or your business to pivot and find a new direction.

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WARRIOR of Reciprocity

It can seem a little trite to say “change your thoughts, change your results.” We’ve heard it too often without anything concrete to help us understand it’s effectiveness. My take on this is as Creative Warriors, we do need a different way of thinking because we’ve been handed a bunch of mindsets that don’t work for us. We are often told to act differently than what’s natural for us and how other businesses work doesn’t work for us either. So, it’s time to get our minds in the right place. I introduce a brand new FREE tool for you, The 12 Must-Have Mindsets for Uncommon Entrepreneurs, to get you to think differently and keep you on track.
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WARRIOR OF TENACITY

We often times ask ourselves how we are feeling. When we focus on this question, we concentrate on the negatives. What we should be asking ourselves is, “How are we thinking?” You need to concentrate on your outlook and the positive aspects of the journey you are on.

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