3 Ways to Grow Your Business

You know that I’ve been a small business owner for more than two decades. Most small business owners look at marketing as an expense. I certainly fell into this category in the early going.

This thinking is wrong. It does not get many of us very far when we’re trying to grow our businesses.

Perseverance of the Mind

If you blow off this 2-minute read because of my next sentence, you’ll do so at your own peril.

The “powerhouse” to your dreams is your mind … and … the power of positive thinking.

You think you know all about positive thinking? 99% of business owners DO NOT.

In the past month or so, I’ve been reading quite of bit on this topic, and wanted to share some of my notes … just for you.

How to Shape Your Reality with Words

A while back I read an email about how our words can shape our reality.

Let’s face it. Words are powerful. They have the power to create and shape our lives.

Anytime you speak something whether it’s in your thoughts or out loud, you are giving life to what you are saying; good or bad.

Recipe of the Month: Ham and Potato Soup

Here’s a classic tasty recipe for Ham & Potato soup that is very easy to make. Not only is it yummy, but it will also keep you warm during the cool winter months! Plus, you can add your own twist to it by adding some of your favorite ingredients.


3 1/2 cups peeled & diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk


Combine potatoes, celery, onion, ham, and water in a stockpot.

Are You Adding Value to Your Center of Influences?

Networking… We all do it. You do it. I do it. Other business owners do it.

Networking is positioning your name and what you do in your market, which can dramatically help with referrals, retention, new business, and cross-sells.

To become the best at networking, you need to ADD VALUE to your Centers of Influence (COI) relationships.

The Differences Between Being a Boss and a Leader

Are you a boss or a leader? Can you juggle being both?

Last week, I shared a few differences between being a manager and a leader. This week, I want to dive a bit deeper and go over some differences between being a boss and a leader.

Here are a few key differences between a leader that inspires, supports, and encourages their team and a harsh boss that only gives orders in an authoritative way seeking control.

Be the Leader Your Team Needs

Now, more than ever, it is important to meet the needs of your team. As more and more people join the “Great Resignation” movement, it is time to not be just a manager but to be a leader in the workplace.

Unlike a manager, a leader establishes and influences the entire office, inspires, and charts the course for your agency’s success.

January Fun Facts

To kick off January and the new year, here are a few lesser-known fun facts:

Apart from leap years, January always begins on the same day as October. In leap years, January always begins on the same day as April and July.
January is the only month when the North Pole is on average colder than the South Pole.

Hard Action or Easy Excuse?

As we kick off the new year, let me ask you a question.

When you’re faced with a choice, do you choose to take hard action or do you make the easy excuse?

Think about these questions; Do you go to the gym, or do you say you’re too busy? Do you call that scary prospect or choose to send an email instead? Do you fire that employee or choose to look the other way hoping they will change?

Most people choose the easy excuse over the hard action.

Be a High Achiever in 2022

As an avid reader, I sometimes come across lessons that I know I need to share. A while back I ran across an article that was talking about high achievers vs. low achievers. I can’t remember the source but wanted to share them with you. It’s a long list of 14 traits.