Entrepreneurs hold a special place in my heart. When they come to me for a book about life or business, I know I’m going to learn something.
This new book hit #1 on the Amazon bestsellers list.
It required several conversations and fun lunch meetings with the author to create it. Jay is a Texas businessman who included incredible stories about his wins and deals and partnerships in a lively, short read. The one takeaway I’ll always remember is “entrepreneurs ask”.
I’m not good at asking, and I need to be better at it. Jay taught me the importance of asking for what you need and want.
How about you? If you’d like to share your story in 2017, message me!
Do you know anyone who you think should write a book?
Please forward this post to them!
And, if you’d like a free copy of Jay’s book or a surprise copy of one of our other books, email me today.
To your legacy,
What are your top three goals and aspirations for 2017?
Now is the time for contemplating such things as we enter the New Year, and it can be difficult to pinpoint what to focus on.
How can we accelerate results in life and business?
Most people have business goals centered around increasing income, achieving greater results, and strengthening relationships with your kids and developing families.
As you prepare to live out your 2017 vision, be inspired to establish goals in all 4 quadrants – Faith, Family, Finances and Fitness.
What’s true success mean to you? In the book Overrated by Eugene Cho, he points out that Jesus didn’t ever say “Well done, my good and successful Servant.” In Matthew 25:21 He said “Well done, my faithful servant.” Something to contemplate as we set our goals for this new year.
To your legacy,
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Guest Post: Stephanie Breedlove
Stephanie Breedlove is the authentic voice for women entrepreneurs. She has been walking the walk of a successful entrepreneur for over twenty years.
In her book All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World, Breedlove fills a gap in the lack of role models as she outlines the hows and whys behind the decisions that led her towards success.
Why I Wrote My Book
By Stephanie Breedlove, Co-Founder Care.com HomePay, Author All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World
When I began my entrepreneurial journey, I did not know what I know now. I did not know that I would not have a female mentor to turn to or emulate. I did not know that I would feel like a trailblazer, or that I’d feel alone in the quest to create growth, scale, and sustainable value. Did I get discouraged? You bet I did. But ultimately, I followed my gut as it beckoned me down a path outside the norm, filled with hard work – a path to where and who I was meant to be.
I believe that my greatest accomplishment is doing what it takes to push through the fear, the guilt, the unknown, and the barriers to find fulfillment beyond my wildest dreams on the other side.
Being an entrepreneur has allowed me to grow my best talents and to give my best in return. It has provided the opportunity to break with cultural norms and build a life of equality at home and at work. It has allowed me to build a business of scale that creates sustained value. My journey is over 20 years in the making, my children are grown, and I’ve recently had a successful exit with the acquisition of my company. I have learned that although my story is not extraordinary, it is not common in today’s evolution of women in entrepreneurship. And this makes me a role model and an agent for change. The entrepreneurial path should be traveled by many more women. I know I’d do it 100 times over!
Research has proven that women and men entrepreneurs share similar motivations, see the reasons for their successes largely the same way, and face many of the same challenges. Studies have even proven that the appetites of men and women for financial risk is largely the same. Yet men are two times more likely to start businesses than women, and their businesses are 3.5 times more likely to cross the $1 million threshold.
Although experts widely agree that women entrepreneurs often face unique challenges, it doesn’t seem they are often held back from success. The main roadblock is simply getting women to start and then to choose to grow a business in the first place. People are 3 times more likely to make the leap into entrepreneurship if they have a mentor or role model. This is where women like me can be of real value.
If I can help you prepare, plan, and take action to start and to grow a business, then I’ve done my part as an entrepreneur who believes in paying it forward. My mission is to encourage women who are called to entrepreneurship to be all in, to go everywhere they are meant to go, and to leave their mark on the community and the economy and perhaps even the world. Words can’t describe its worth. I wish it for every woman called to entrepreneurship.