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Organizational Skills Can Significantly Impact Your Success! (Video)

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I remember the first year I filed my self-employment taxes. I was sweating, frustrated, and a bit scared. Not because I didn’t know how to file taxes. Not because how much I had to pay. Nope. None of that bothered me.

There was another more significant problem. It was my total lack of organization. I couldn’t find anything. I had receipts in my desk drawers,in my “receipts” case, laptop bag, filing cabinets, and even found a few in my luggage. Yep, buried deep down in my luggage.

Think about it this way, my unorganized mess caused unneeded stress, inefficiency, anxiety, and time. We all know time is money! Lesson learned.

The second time, damn I was organized. I had everything in the correct place. I had bookkeeping and accounting software ... with the click of a button, financial reports printed off in perfect format. Opened up one drawer, receipts in hand. Zip, zoom, bang, and done and off to the accountant.

If you want to be successful you must work on your organizational skills. This type of organization includes offline and online, paperwork in filing cabinets, or cloud-based folders.

Organization increases efficiency. You reduce the time spent on mundane tasks and free up time to work on growing your business.

Thanks for watching and see you next time. As always, if you have any success tips, feel free to connect, comment, and share!

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Article RoundUp: The Psychology of Entrepreneurship

The Psychology of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial psychology is often overlooked or overshadowed by the thought of making millions of dollars, Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs need to understand the psychological impact of starting a business. Since I coach and consult entrepreneurs, I’m often supporting them as they learn how to overcome doubts, fears, and limiting beliefs. Here are five articles you might find interesting to read and digest.   

1) What Is a Digital Nomad? The Psychological Impact of Entrepreneurship – By Mark Goddard (Health Guidance)

  • Nomads lack roots, but people need to belong

  • Nomads might be surrounded by people, but often these relationships lack intimacy and are superficial

  • Loneliness can be a major problem, find ways to develop deeper connections with people

2) How Temperament Impacts Entrepreneurship – By Petra Starkova (Psychology Today)

There are four noted personality types in entrepreneurial psychology

The Sanguine

  • Advantages – Composure, Good at Marketing, PR, and Communication

  • Disadvantages – May lack the ability to understand others deeply or empathize

The Choleric

  • Advantages – Act quickly on Impulses, excel when daily change = seizing on opportunities to create $Cash

  • Disadvantages – Easily thrown off balance and into fits of anger when things don’t go their way

The Melancholic

  • Advantages - Reliability and Stability as both business and relationship partner

  • Disadvantages - Disposition to pessimism and solitude

The Phlegmatic

  • Advantages – Cool, calm, and collected

  • Disadvantages – Slow to react to change

3) What Makes Entrepreneurs Burn Out – By Eva de MolJeff PollackViolet T. Ho (Harvard Business Review)

  • Survey of 326 members of Business Networking International

  • Entrepreneurs who reported high scores of obsessive passion were more likely to say they experienced burnout than those who reported high scores of harmonious passion

  • Obsessive Passion: “The job is important to someone because of the status, money, or other rewards that it brings”

  • Harmonious Passion: “Someone is motivated by the job because it brings them satisfaction and is an important part of who they are”

4) Entrepreneurs Should Watch Out for Cognitive Biases and the Curse of Knowledge – By Yair Harel (Entrepreneur Magazine)

  • Entrepreneurs face many obstacles, but the most treacherous obstacles are in their own minds

  • Cognitive biases - mental gremlins that sabotage the ability to collect the right information, assess it properly and make good decisions

  • As an Entrepreneur, you are highly susceptible to cognitive biases

  • Two of the most hazardous biases to the entrepreneurial process are:

    • Confirmation bias – “The tendency to search for and interpret information in a way that confirms one's own existing preconceptions, beliefs and opinions”

    • Curse of knowledge - Causes a better-informed person to find it difficult to look at a situation from the point of view of a lesser-informed person”

5) The Psychological Reasons Women Fall In Love With Entrepreneurship - By Julia Novakovich (Equities.com)

Women are entering Entrepreneurship at an unprecedented rate

Forty percent of American businesses are now owned by women (NAWBO). There are still institutional barriers to successful business operation for women, but by understanding why women fall in love with entrepreneurship, organizations can better support women entrepreneurs.

Six reasons women venture into entrepreneurship:

  1. Independence – “they are able to craft their own messages, build their own businesses, and create the vision that they see for themselves.”

  2. Family – “women may choose to run their own business rather than leaving the workforce entirely. Entrepreneurship may give them the ability to pursue a fulfilling career as they are a caregiver for their family.”

  3. Drive – “Starting their own businesses may give them the opportunities to pursue as high a career path as they can manage.”

  4. Pride – “Building something from the ground up can be an incredible source of pride.”

  5. Passion – “When women are passionate about something and can seek success in its creation and completion, the satisfaction can be astounding.”

  6. Freedom – “Women who go into business for themselves often find that they are more free than they have ever been within the corporate structure.”

Stewart Swayze

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ABOUT STEWART

Hi. I’m Stewart Swayze, I’m a Career Transition and Marketing Coach for Entrepreneurs. I release new videos every week on those topics. If your interested in developing your career or marketing your business, view my YouTube Channel below.

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A Solopreneur's Guide to Content Curation

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What Is Content Curation?

Content curation is the process of finding and providing 3rd party content that is relevant to your buyer persona or audience. You, the curator, find the best and most trusted content from sources on the Internet and then share it with your followers on social media platforms or via email marketing. 

Why Is Content Curation Important to a Solopreneur? 

 First, as a Solopreneur (Coach, Consultant, or Freelancer), you don’t have a marketing department full of content creators. You ARE the marketing department. To have a well-rounded Content Strategy, you need to use Content Curation. Curating content reduces your workload. You can provide value to your audience without spending hours generating 100s of blogs. 

Second, content curation helps build your Personal Brand. As a content curator, you become the filter and expert resource on specific topics or themes that add value to your prospects and customers. You find content, read the content, and write a few short insights on why it’s relevant to your followers. Then share it with them. By providing small and relevant insights on the curated content, you can build brand authority over time. 

Third, you learn! By curating and reading the content, you stay abreast of all the trends, topics, tools, and news within your area(s) of expertise. It’s a win/win scenario. You learn, and your audience learns. 

Fourth, it breaks up your sell, sell, sell strategy. People are tired of getting slammed by sales pitches all day. If you over-promote, your audience will unfollow you, ignore your emails, and stop visiting your site. 

Where Can You Share Curated Content?  

Content Round-Up Blog Posts – Pick a theme relevant to your audience. Let’s use “Email Marketing.” Now, find five good, but different articles on Email Marketing. Read each article. Write a short paragraph summarizing the article with your twist on the key insights. Hyperlink the articles and provide the correct attributions. Boom, now you have a value-add blog post that you can share with your audience on social media as well.  

Weekly Email Newsletter – Just like the Round-Up Blog Post, first find relevant content. Then, organize the content within your newsletter. Next, provide context or your insights. Last, send it off to your email list. You can include curated content alongside your content. Or, you can send this as a separate Content Round-Up email. The option you choose is up to you.

(Note: Your “theme” doesn’t have to be as narrow as “Email Marketing.” Just make sure to organize the curated content around a topic and not a random slathering of unrelated articles.) 

Social Media – Of course, you’re going to share curated content on your social media platforms. Social Media is the obvious one! As you curate the content, share it with your social media followers. Don’t forget to add your insights as well. One more thing, highly consider tagging the author or company in your post.

What Tools Can Help Me Curate Content? 

  • Pocket:Install Pocket’s browser extension and app for easy curation. As you read an article, save and tag (categorize) it for future sharing.. 
  • Twitter Lists: Twitter can be horrendous. Create Twitter Lists to organize the accounts that you follow. By using Twitter lists, you can save or retweet great content provided by those you follow.
  • Scoop.it:Select a topic and Scoop.it not only generates the most relevant articles to view and share, but also includes complementary topics and other Scoop.it users to follow
  • Feedly: Use Feedly's free option to aggregate news and articles to share with your audience on social media or email.
  • ContentGems: ContentGems scans hundreds of thousands of articles from the best online sources and presents a stream of relevant content

Now that you have the basics of content curation down, get out there and start sharing awesome content! 

If you're new to Solopreneurship, I recently wrote an Introductory Guide to Service Based Solopreneurship. It’s free and 100+ pages packed with content on starting and marketing your business. DOWNLOAD IT HERE

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Solopreneurs: When Starting Your Business Define Your Skills, Not Experience

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When starting your business, one of the first things you need to do is take an inventory of your skills. Your skills are not your work “experience” as written on your resume. A skill is “the ability to do something well; expertise.” You need to identify two sets of skills -

  1. Skills you have to run your business
  2. Skills you have that you could sell to a client 

Take some time. List ALL of your skills out. Don’t forget to consider skills outside of your traditional work experience. Maybe, you’re really good at organization and project management. But, neither one of those skills were a part of a job title or highlighted on your resume. Both are very sellable KSAs. Both will come in handy when running your business. 

Once you develop a good list, identify any immediate gaps. As a personal example, I considered Accounting a skill gap. Not because I don’t know how to do it. I really hate it! So, I immediately filled that gap via software. 

Let me give you another example from my own experience. When I started, I had years of experience in marketing. However, my “experience” is in Marketing Strategy. At that point, I had a skill gap in the Design and Execution of a Facebook Ad Campaigns. Over the past two years, I’ve learned how to design and execute Facebook Ad campaigns.

Follow this exercise to get started: 

  1. What skills do you have that will be useful to running your business?
  2. What skill gaps do I have for running my business? How can I overcome these gaps? (Training, Technology, Hiring a Contractor)
  3. What skills can I sell as a service? 
  4. What skill gaps do I need to fill to increase my service offering? 

This is a short excerpt from an Introductory Guide to Service Based Solopreneurship. It’s free and 100+ pages packed with content on starting and marketing your business. DOWNLOAD IT HERE

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How do we create positive energy from feelings? Feelings are not facts. (Video)

Facts vs. Feelings. Thanks to David D. Burns for this one. Negative thoughts are feelings that build into a snowball effect. Every negative thought compounds upon another. But, feelings are not facts. They are emotions. Humans sometimes believe that our emotions are a self-evident truth that your feelings are beyond question. You know the quote, “trust your feelings?”

What happens if the thoughts feeding those feelings are irrational? What if you based your feelings on a misconception or prejudice? Then always trusting your feelings wouldn’t help you in the long run. Always question yourself. Do your feelings or emotions accurately reflect reality?

Emotions are almost the last thing we should trust. Your feelings and emotions are not facts. How we react to feelings and emotions can determine our success. You have a choice to respond positively or negatively.

You have the opportunity to take a mental step back, find the facts, and determine how to react. If you chose to allow negative feelings to overcome your thoughts, you lose. If you reframe, learn, and grow from the source of negativity, you succeed.

Everyone experiences negative feelings and emotions. It’s up to you to use them to create or destroy energy and enthusiasm for what comes next.

Thanks for watching and see you next week. As always, if you have any success tips, feel free to connect, comment, and share!

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What if I said your "Positive Thinking" strategy was totally wrong? (Video)

We all know positive thinking helps you reach your goals. But, what if I told you that part of this could be wrong?

Let’s take a moment. Close your eyes and think about an obstacle you are trying to overcome. Now, use positive thinking to visualize overcoming that obstacle. Open your eyes and answer this question. Has anything changed? Nope, we just created a “positive fantasy.” That’s the risk. Nothing changed

Too many people use the power of positive thinking, which might be a good start, but the never plan or take action.

Gabriele Oettingen in “Rethinking Positive Thinking” suggests using a method of mental contrasting, the process of associating obstacles with the behaviors needed to overcome them.

So how do we actually do this? Her suggestion is the WOOP method.

  • Wish –Visualize a wish or concern and hold it in place

  • Outcome – Envision the positive result you want to occur

  • Obstacle – Identify any obstacles that could potentially stop you from reaching the outcome

  • Plan – Determine actions you can take if, when, and where those obstacles occur

Last but not least, write your plan down. Translate your positive thinking fantasy into actionable steps.


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You'll find discomfort on your path to success. That's good. Here's Why! (Video)

You’ll find discomfort on your path to success. That’s good! Here’s Why.

If you’re on the path to success, you’ll encounter new opportunities to grow. These new opportunities require change and learning something new.

Most people experience discomfort during change. That’s a good sign! Lean into that discomfort. It’s telling you that you are growing, learning, and moving down the path to success.

Don’t fight the discomfort, embrace it. Learn from the change, give yourself permission to succeed or fail. Then look back at that change, look back at the success or failure. Gather insights and learn.

Apply those insights to grow faster, stronger, and start taking massive action.

Soon, instead of dreading the discomfort, you’ll welcome it. Your mind, body, and soul will long for the discomfort of growth.

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How Do You Reach The Highest Level Of Success? (Video)

Now, this video poses a question more than it provides answers or advice. But, this could be the most important question YOU’LL answer in your life!

It doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what job you do … if you want reach the highest level of success, it’s rather simple… You have to be the best at what you do.

I’m sure you’re thinking, whan whan. Thanks for the tip Captain obvious! … keep watching.

We can actually quantify what the “best” means. Think about it this way … the most popular musicians, the most influential experts, the greatest scientists, the most successful entrepreneurs … all of them … they are in, at least, the top 10% of their respective fields.

So, if you want to reach the highest level of success, you must be determined …committed … and competent enough to reach the top 10%.

So here’s the question: What one skill will YOU commit to developing that would have the greatest impact on YOUR Success? Think about that for a while. Then, make a plan. Commit time each and every day to develop that skill. Go get that top 10%. It may take time, but constantly commit yourself to achieving excellence. 

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6 Quirky Entrepreneurial "Lessons Learned" from Trail Running

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6 Quirky Entrepreneurial "Lessons Learned" from Trail Running

Recently, I started trail running on the weekends. Let’s say, it’s currently more of a run, walk, run walk. And, that’s OK. It will take a little time to master the trails. This Sunday, I started thinking about the lessons I’ve learned from my first few weekends on the trails. Ironically, those lessons applied to entrepreneurship as well.

Let me share my lessons with you. If you agree or disagree, I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts.

1. Pick up your feet and keep moving forward

Trail running is challenging. Sometimes we find ourselves tripping over bumps in the road. We jump from one rock to another, trying not to slip … stubbing our toe on a rock, root, or anything else in our path. All the while, a little thought lingers in the back of your mind … when will it happen? When will I finally fall flat on my face?

You know what? The more you do it, the better you get. Your skills increase. Recognize that most stumbles are caused by dragging your feet. Pick up your feet! You’ll get faster, stronger, and more confident. Keep going and push those little thoughts aside. If you fall, get back up and keep moving forward. Sure, you’ll have some bumps, bruises, and scrapes ... but that won’t stop you.

In entrepreneurship, pick up your feet and keep moving forward. Learn from your stumble, bruise, scrape. Gain skills and agility. Get out there and do it! You got this!

2. Have the right equipment

When I first decided to run trails, I put on my street running shoes and headed to the park. I mean, there’s not that much of a difference between running on streets vs. trails … right? Let me tell you, for the trails I run, there’s a huge difference! However, starting out with street running shoes helped me. You could say they were the Minimum Viable Equipment to my trail running venture. Through trial and ERROR, I learned what needed in a trail running shoe.

Traill and error brought me to my current trail running shoes. I love them. But, I’m glad I jumped onto the trails, pushed forward, and learned from my experience. Now, my trail running shoes have the right amount of comfort, traction, support, and protection.

In entrepreneurship, the most critical step is to get out there and go fast. Learn from trial and error. Then, find the right equipment to support your business.

3. The path less taken provides the greatest learning

If you want to play it safe, stick to the well-beaten path. The safe path could be the most appropriate route for you at that time. The path you choose depends on a few things:

  • How you’re feeling?
  • Your level of preparation?
  • How hard do you want to push yourself?

Once you’ve answered those questions, decide on which path to take. When starting out, there is nothing wrong with taking the main trail. It provides you the opportunity to test your new (ad)venture. You can take the time to learn a few things but remain more on the safe side. As you run, take note of the trails peeling off into the wilderness. Where do they go? What is the landscape? Who's traveling along those paths? Do they meet back up with the main trail?

Once you’ve gained some insight and learned from the main trail, find a time to jump off that path. Go rogue! Take a path less taken. Explore! Say WTF and go for it! I guarantee the speed and depth of learning from this (ad)venture will pay off 10-fold! You’ll experience new things at a very rapid pace. Your senses will heighten. You’ll adjust, adapt, and dig deeper than ever before. When you reach the end, you're worn out, but exhilarated! You’ll crave taking on more (ad)ventures … more rogue paths.

In entrepreneurship, don’t be afraid to choose the rogue path. Take a little time to prepare, but say WTF and go for it!

4. There’s beauty in disconnecting

Disconnect the moment you step into the woods and hit those trails. Your mind clears and focuses on nature. You smile when you see animals interacting in the wilderness. Or, laugh when you stumble. You might even say hello to a new face, fellow hiker, runner, and their cute puppy.

Trail running allows you to disconnect from technology. Sure, we bring some tunes, fitness trackers, or other technology like that, but it’s not the everyday grind. We unplug from our computers, emails, TVs, crazy politics, and all other junk. On the trails, we are enjoying the moment. We disconnect and decompress.

Last Sunday I came across a squirrel. The silly little guy was right on the path with his/her head buried in a pile of leaves foraging for food. When I ran within a foot from this guy, he looked up at me. Dude didn't even care I was there. He went right back to the leaf pile. I couldn’t help but laugh. A simple interaction with a silly squirrel, yet I enjoyed every moment of sharing the path with this little guy.

In entrepreneurship, always find time to disconnect. It’s a whirlwind of adventure filled with stress, ups, downs, and all around. Disconnecting allows you to clear your mind and decompress.

5. Be aware of what’s around you

I run trails 15 minutes from my house. Turkey Mountain is a beautiful urban wilderness area. On the weekends, it’s packed! The remarkable part of this park ... it’s open to all kinds of people, animals, and ways to enjoy the park. 

When you’re trail running, you must be aware of what’s around you. Sometimes a mountain biker will sneak up from behind. If you aren’t mindful and they aren’t kind enough to inform you ... this could be trouble. Most of the time people give you a heads up ... Most of the time. Luckily, I haven’t had any incidents other than a few close calls. Sure, we are all out there to enjoy the trails. But, you could call them "trail competition.” The paths have limited space and resources. We are all competing for the same area and resources. You must be aware, adapt, and adjust at a moment’s notice. Don’t get run over!

In entrepreneurship, be aware of what’s around you. Don’t chase the next shiny object, but don’t get run over either. Be ready to adapt and adjust your path to continue your path forward.

6. "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Yogi Berra had it right, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” When I’m out testing the “rouge” trails, sometimes I have no clue which way to go. Which way takes me home? Which way leads me off to never-never land? I’ve experienced both outcomes. Two Saturday’s ago, I planned a quick 30-minute run. When I came to a fork in the road, I went for it. My “quick run” ended up taking 1.5 hrs. But, you know what? It was awesome! I found an area of the park I didn’t even know existed. The landscape changed. I captured a few funny moments on Snapchat and Instagram. I learned my current strength and limits. Plus, I went back to that trail the next weekend. (YouTube)

On the trail, you can find many different paths. Sometimes you don’t know which one to take. My advice, take "that" one and go for it!

In entrepreneurship, sometimes you won’t know which path to pursue. Don’t get to analysis paralysis. Follow Yogi’s advice, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Learn, have fun, and keep going.

[PSA / Safety Moment: My Urban Wilderness Area isn't crazy large. A short walk in any direction brings me to civilization. Please know your situation. Don’t go rogue when it’s not safe.]

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and can apply these lessons to your journey. If it helped you, please share with your friends, colleagues, and families.

- Stewart Swayze

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