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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be TRULY successful over the last few days.   To be “1” with my work.

 To feel committed, creative and compelled to contribute to a community of people who will truly benefit from what I have to say or sell.


The truth is, with so much tragedy in the world recently… it’s hard not to get up in the morning and ask yourself – what is it that I’m doing to make the world a better a place?

How am I using my gifts… in a way that empowers, inspires, and encourages people to step UP and stand out and pay it forward?  Or am I just taking up space….and just kidding myself to feel better?

Often, in my own life… while I’ve had lots of ENORMOUS ups and disastrous downs, when I really think about it – it’s never the size of my bank account that’s made me feel successful.

At my best, when I’ve felt most entrepreneurial alive, it’s been when my work has been most closely aligned with that which I love.

The truth is… there is a BIG “pink elephant” in the middle of the online marketing world… and entrepreneurial space overall.

If you are trying to earn an income online, and have watched the panoply of product launches, push button profit systems and perpetual parade of product pitches, you already understand that scarcity sells.

The idea that desperation, and the fear of losing out is wielded like a WEAPON.

If you DON’T do something now… you’ll lose out on some sort of important opportunity forever.

This idea has made many smart people buy many dumb ideasmyself included, and very rarely… if EVER, leads to any real modicum of meaning, or momentum.

If you I want to challenge you to think differently.

To rise above that.

And elevate your ideas, your imagination and hopefully……your income in the process.

I want to share something with you that I hope you find more appealing,… especially if you are an aspiring “guru”, coach, consultant, teacher, trainer, marketing mentor or PASSION professional.

Offering Inspiration is a far greater motive than desperation.

And longer term, where it matters most… it works WAY better.

(and you’ll sleep better to boot)

Trying to lift people up… and show them what it may look from a slightly more elevated, or more inspired view…….. maybe just a wee bit higher than they believe they are capable of… it’s a very rewarding thing to do.

It feels good.

It does good.

And ultimately, it is far better for your brand, your blog, your business… and your bank account to boot.

I’ll share with you one last thought that I hope resonates a bit with you, along the same lines.

I watched a new story last night about a former marine who is standing guard outside of a local elementary school, in the wake of the tragic shooting last week.

He’s not doing it for money.

Or fame.

He’s not being paid… or endorsed by any organization.

He’s just doing it to install confidence, comfort and compassion in the community in which he lives.

And compassion is the ultimate entrepreneurial secret.

If you can truly feel the pain of your prospects,  your ideal audience, community of clients and the folks that you ultimately serve… the things you do will ALWAYS come from the heart.

You’ll immediately recognize that inspiration is a far better tool than desperation.

And while they may work for others… you’ll never feel the need to tell people what they WON’T get by buying “this” today.

Instead, you’ll show them what it takes to be great in your chosen field, and make them believe they can be great too.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
• Maya Angelou


Thanks for reading,

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I am an author, artist and entrepreneur. My 2 passions are writing about, and teaching Marketing and Meditation. I like to think I’m a lot like Eckhart Tolle, if only he was taller, and a much better tennis player. (it turns out in person, he’s super short, has a terrible backhand and wears this weird scottish hat thingy that makes it really difficult to concentrate while serving) Plus he refuses to keep score and says ” it’s always NOW” when you ask who is up. Enough about me. We barely know each other. Stop staring. You’re making me nervous.