Have heard the expression, when it comes to business: “when you are interested, you do what is convenient; when you are committed, you do whatever it takes!”?? (I’m not sure of the source for this quote because I’ve heard it from so many different people – but it really does ‘sum it up’ when it comes to your approach to business!)
As I enjoyed breakfast this past weekend, I was reflecting on the above quote as I stared at my bacon and eggs.… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on March 16, 2011 at 3:43pm —
I often encourage my clients to ask themselves the question “where am I stuck?” For many entrepreneurs, the answer can be as simple as ……..’behind my computer’. For others, it can be much more intense and answers can range from finances to networking to finding new clients.
I had the opportunity, last week, to hide behind many excuses. I was faced (graced, actually) with the invitation to appear on TV in Toronto, to start work with my new (phenomenal)… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on March 14, 2011 at 10:17am —
I watch so many women entrepreneurs pinching pennies, day in and day out – month in and month out – as they struggle to grow their business. I also see them spending money on things and events that do not contribute to the growth of their business. Typically, it is because they don’t have a strategy (let alone a real business plan).
One of my success habits is to invest in myself. This is NOT debt – this is an investment – and it is critical… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on March 12, 2011 at 12:51pm —
This winter has seen a tremendous amount of snow fall in our area. I, personally, love it. That is why I choose to live in this part of Canada. I am in the snow belt.
The interesting piece in this ‘equation’ is that I have my ‘outside/winter friends’ and my ‘outside/summer friends’ – the same holds true in business – I spend time with different people for different reasons. In business, when you examine your marketing pie, you are probably spending time with different people for… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on February 23, 2011 at 9:42am —
Why in the world do so many brilliant, capable, educated women allow fear to hold them back? I totally understand the whole concept of fear – what I don’t understand is why we let it get in the way of living our dream life. Continue
I speak to a lot of women solopreneurs over the course of each and every week. And I have learned that there are many areas in which we allow fear to dominate – fear of success, fear of money, fear of travel, fear of public speaking, fear of networking, fear of…
Added by Pat Mussieux on December 21, 2010 at 1:50pm —
It is heart-breaking to me when I see so many entrepreneurs with all the elements for success – yet, they allow some people around them to hold them back.
"It's a lot easier to move forward, and succeed, when you don't have someone hanging on to your shirt-tail!" – Lou Tice
Think about what your business would be like if, in fact, you were only surrounded by positive, caring, loving, supportive people! It takes a lot of energy and stamina to run your own…
Added by Pat Mussieux on December 13, 2010 at 8:49am —
I see many entrepreneurs overlook a critical tool when it comes to growing their business – client testimonials. When I work with women entrepreneurs, in particular, they are often hesitant to ask for this information.
Think back to when you were making a buying…
Added by Pat Mussieux on November 30, 2010 at 12:37pm —
Life can really suck some days. Have you ever felt that way? Is today the day? I have had my fair share of technological challenges these past few months and I decided to keep notes on just how well (or not!) I was coping with the situation.
There are many times, both in business and in life, when we are tempted to just throw up our hands and give in – to surrender! Life, for me, has generally been really great. When it comes to technology, though, that’s… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on November 9, 2010 at 7:40am —
This is an interesting time of year – a time of Thanksgiving and celebration and early preparations for Christmas, too. For many entrepreneurs, this can be a time of frustration and panic if, in fact, you have not reached your goals for the year. What to do?
In my conversations with many solopreneurs, in particular, I have learned that time management skills are an area for improvement.
Time management and self-discipline are essential when growing and developing your… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on October 28, 2010 at 6:57am —
One area where many entrepreneurs drop the ball is to implement all that which they have learned! I know there are many women in business who go from one workshop to another to another. The experience is often like drinking from a fire hose!
The time does come, however, when you need to implement what you’ve learned. It’s critical to the success of your business to stay fresh, current and aware of what’s going on in your industry – and to continuously grow yourself, too. The next step,… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on October 12, 2010 at 1:48pm —
It’s really easy for many people to fall into the ‘victim mentality’ and I hear it a lot these days! Now, please realize that I am talking about things over which you have control – like birthday celebrations, weddings, the way you run your business and so on.“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be!” – Abraham Lincoln
When I first made my major move across the country, it was early… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on August 29, 2010 at 11:55pm —
As women entrepreneurs, one of the things we do all the time is to pass through our successes very quickly! Well, I’m here to tell you that this habit, this practice, must stop. It must stop here and it must stop now. Let me tell you why. ”The most powerful and predictable people-builders are praise and encouragement”. – Brian Tracy
What I listen for the most, from the women I coach and mentor, are words… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on August 7, 2010 at 9:02am —
What is the no. 1 answer you hear these days in response to the question: "Hey, how are you?" All I ever hear people say is "oh, busy……I'm so busy!" My goodness, I am so sick and tired of hearing that from people. We're all busy – but, for me, my preferred answer to that question is simply: "I'm so happy, thanks!"
"Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity." – Jean de la Bruyere
Each and every time I work with my coaching clients and/or lead… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on July 23, 2010 at 4:03am —
We're never too young, or too old, to learn. In this day and age of technology, we have so many choices and access to so much information. The question I often ask myself is: "Are you really living your life?""Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision." – Eleanore Roosevelt
As I head into a new decade, I like to think ahead and ensure that I am, in fact, writing the 'next chapter' –… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on July 9, 2010 at 1:39pm —
I’m sure you’ve heard the question many times and perhaps you are still pondering the answer! I am often asked by women “how do I figure out my purpose?” Is there a process? Is there a formula? Am I supposed to just know what ’it’ is? And how can I make money at it?
“Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be or not.” – Nathanial Hawthorne, 1804-1864
I know that I am blessed because, from a very young age, one… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on July 6, 2010 at 11:15am —
I’m sure you’ve heard the commercial: “What’s in your wallet?” My question to you, today, is what’s on your bookshelf? I love to read and I have many, many books. In fact, my promise to myself this year was to actually read each of the books I do have before buying any new ones.“Reading strengthens our sense of what it means to be human.” – Oprah
I am often asked what books I am… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on July 1, 2010 at 5:21am —
How many times have you heard an entrepreneur say “I’m slowing down for the summer???”
That’s when I often ask them: “Are you in business or are you just busy?” (I heard that comment from Suzanne Falter-Barnes and absolutely loved it.)I find it interesting to hear many women in business complain about a lack of clients, a lack of revenue, a lack of focus and yet they buy into the… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on June 28, 2010 at 10:20am —
How would you answer that question?
I have reflected on this quite a bit over the past year as I have made huge investments in my business. … Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on April 30, 2010 at 2:47pm —
This week, we celebrated International Woman's Day – not something I take lightly. I honor, respect and
celebrate the women who have 'walked before me' – without whom I would not be living this life of freedom and opportunity.
This past weekend, I spoke at the Amazing Woman's Day event in Toronto – the Canadian launch of this
international initiative. Wow! Words cannot describe the experience. There's something very powerful when a room is filled with women, from all walks… Continue
Added by Pat Mussieux on March 14, 2010 at 2:37pm —
I continue to enjoy watching the Olympic games on TV – winter sports are a favorite of mine. Not only do I get Continue
much personal pleasure watching the x-country skiing, the figure skating and the snow-boarding, to name a few of the sports, but I really love listening to the athletes as they are being interviewed. These young people are in a…
Added by Pat Mussieux on March 2, 2010 at 5:07pm —