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The Entrepreneur You Won't Read about on TechCrunch

Conexion Americas California Fashion

I want to tell you about Maria.

Where She Came From

Maria grew up very poor in a small town in Mexico. She married young. Her husband died much too early and she was left to support 3 children. After years of poverty and scraping a living, Maria moved to be with some family in California.

Maria spent several years in California, continuing to scrape by. She worked 7 days a week in order to provide for her 3 growing children. Eventually, she made her way out to Nashville, TN, where she would continue to work 7 days a week cleaning houses in up-scale Brentwood.

One day, Maria was so broken down that she physically could not get out of her car after a long day of work. Her son looked her in the eye and told her that something needed to change. He had saved some money and said she had to stop breaking her back (literally.)

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An Idea Becomes Reality

Are you in the loop?I love to create things.

In fact, I’m creating something today. I’ve actually been creating it for some time, but today is the day that I’m going to share it with you. If you’ll indulge me through my entrepreneurial-creative process, I’ll gladly tell you all about it.

It all starts with…

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3 Steps to Saving Your Business

Save your Business

Yesterday, we dealt with the intersection between vision and reality.

You’ve decided that you’re not ready to give up.

You realized that your game changing get-rich-quick idea is going to take a little more time to mature than you thought. You’re ok with that and would like to hang in there. You can handle a get-rich-slow scenario. It’s the stay-broke-forever situation you’d like to avoid.

This is how you move forward in your new business reality…

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Every Entrepreneur's Struggle

Overcoming DoubtDoubt.

It doesn’t matter how sure you are of your purpose and your pursuit, you’re going to experience seasons of doubt. I’m not talking about doubting the likeliness of events or results, but doubting your very ability to succeed. This is dangerous.

Doubt comes down to a lack of trust; in our vision, in ourselves, in God’s provision… If we truly believe what we’re doing is what we’re supposed to be doing, then what reason do we have to doubt our success? Still, we all do it. No leader is immune.

Where does that doubt come from? Is it completely internal, or do other people ‘inject’ doubt into our lives?

Both…

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Network Like a Pro: 21 Tips From a Closet Introvert

Networking For IntrovertsYou can’t build a business without a network. You can’t start a new project without support. It just can’t be done. You need people in your corner. For an introvert, this can be the one obstacle that freaks you out and keeps you from getting into the game.

A year and a half ago, one of my biggest fears was the fear of meeting new people. I was a complete introvert. I had my friends and that was about it; no need to meet new folks. Well, that’s a dangerous attitude to have if you’re starting up a real estate business.

The introvert in me had to grow up and learn how to get out there and meet people. It’s been a great journey in which I’ve learned much more than can be contained in just one blog post. These are the tips I’ve picked up along the way….

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How to Eradicate Self-Sabotage

How to Eradicate Self SabotageYesterday, we looked at the value of adopting a positive mindset.

Trying to succeed while carrying the burden of self-defeating attitudes is like trying to swim with a 3 piece suit on. You’re going to fight unnecessary resistance the whole way. I’m not saying you can’t do it, but things are going to be very, very difficult. Today’s post is all about shedding those ugly negative thoughts and setting yourself up for a much smoother ride.

As my regular readers know, I’m coming from a decidedly Christian worldview. If you don’t share my beliefs, I would ask that you stick with me here. Not only are these principles practical for everyone, but they might help you to better understand the God that you may not be so familiar with.

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If You Think You Can't, You're Right

If You Think You Can't, You're RightYou’d love to start your own business…

but you “know” you’re not smart enough.

You dream of quitting your job and moving to Africa to build clean water wells…

but you don’t think you’re strong enough.

You want to change the world…

but what can one person really do?

These are the dangerous lies we tell ourselves in order to rationalize living out lives of mediocrity. We use fear as a crutch to justify an unwillingness to take a giant leap of faith and do something that really matters.

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