#52Questions Journal

 

If your mind was free from clutter, what could you create in your life or in your business?

I’ve been working specifically with women now for 5.5 years and, simply put, we are different.

The way we go about our day, the way we make decisions and definitely the way that we start and grow businesses, is-different.

I’ve found that our mindset- the strength of it or the weaknesses in it- show up immediately when we want to accomplish our BIG goals.
I always have my head to the pulse of the women in business industry, and my hands in some of the most detailed parts of the global women in business sector, and I wrote a journal to address some of my findings.
Based on the feedback from one our most used and life changing products…. a free online course that had a small section for the students to ask themselves simple, yet poignant questions about their lives, I made a discovery.
Many of the students hadn’t re-visited some parts of their dreams and their previous paths in many years.
In the course they were challenged to face themselves, evaluate their current circumstances, and see where they made a turn and what street then needed to start down again.
In the middle of the 52 Questions that I created for women, I included some of the most life-changing questions that I asked myself to go from I can’t do, I can’t go, I don’t have to a life of comfort, some abundance, and a substantially less amount of fear.
This journal will be more of a personal read for you than a business book.
It is my hope that I am continuously granted energy to write books, to coach, to teach and to reach the women across the United States and the most needed parts of the world to women who desire to not just survive, but for once, start to thrive.
It ALL starts with the shape and clarity of your mindset…. ‪#‎52Questions‬
Personal and Business Clarity, One Week at a Time…

Link 👉🏾👉🏾{www.52QuestionsJournal.com }
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Hello CEOs!

Are you plugged into everything that Women CEO Project has planned for you the month of January?

We’ve walked through the steps needed to take your ideas from your 2016 Goals list and put some lessons in place to help you reach them.

Over this course of this month, we have scheduled Twitter Chats/Periscopes, a Webinar and will finish the month hosting our First Annual Author Brunch with an invited author panel here in Houston ( details coming soon, email info@womenceoproject.com for questions)

Upcoming:

Twitter Chat Tomorrow ( 7-9pm CT)  with me, Kristi Jackson  & Financial Expert Jalesa Ann, ALL about your 2016 Personal and Business Finances.

Goal Setting Webinar, Sunday January 10 from 7-8pm CT
A 1 hour blueprint on how to get your mindset and your focus ready to meet your 2016 business goals. { Register Here! }

So do take a look at the Agenda above. It will also be on the website AND mark your calendars. We have many invited guests that are SUPER hard to get face time with and bringing them all to answer your questions.

I hope your 2016 has started off successfully and I’m super excited to be a part of it.

Kristi

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Are you ready to build your DREAM TEAM for 2016? Well, Women CEO Project wants to help you out starting with the wealth of talent we have here in Houston. We are highlighting our top 10 favorites in their respective fields. We’ll be rolling out different lists from various industries over the next few days and first up,

Top 10 Social Media Creatives

  1. Gabrielle Deculus

– Founder of Business Rules for Women, Development Director at Habitat for Humanity

Gabrielle Deculus Houston Behind the Grind

http://businessrulesforwomen.com/

  1. Basya

-Artist. Creative thing. Chief harvester Pinkcilantro

Basya Houston Behind the Grind

http://pinkcilantro.com/

  1. Madalyn Sklar

-Twitter Marketing Expert.

Madalyn Sklar Houston Behind the Grind

http://www.madalynsklar.com/

 

  1. Ashley Small

-Digital PR Strategist & President of Medley Incorporated

Ashley Small Houston Behind the Grind

http://home.medley-inc.com/

 

  1. Kami Huyse

-Speaker. Founder and CEO of ZoeticaMedia

Kami Huyse

http://www.zoeticamedia.com/

  1. Aimee Woodall

-President and Founder of The Black Sheep Agency

Aimee Woodall Houston Behind the Grind

http://theblacksheepagency.com/

  1. Portia Chandler

-Founder of Creative Marketing Agency Portia Chandler

Portia Chandler

http://portiachandler.com/

 

  1. Fayza

-Writer. Speaker. Digital Strategist.

Fayza Houston Behind the Grind

https://about.me/fayza

  1. Deun Ivory

-Photographer. Art Teacher. Illustrator. Writer.

Deun Ivory Houston Behind the Grind

http://www.deunivory.me/

  1. Unique James

-Producer. Photographer. Founder of the full service production company, Compozition.

Unique James Houston Behind the Grind

http://www.compozition.org/

 

*The list is not in any particular order of importance. Each person was found based on a search through various social media platforms. Think we missed someone? We’d love to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to let us know. The more the merrier!

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There comes a time in ALL of our lives where we must stop and ask ourselves if we are the reason our goals and dreams aren’t coming to life.
We have witnessed first hand our ability to make it from obstacle to obstacle still standing, but find ourselves continuously holding on to our true desires, tucking them away for later, procrastinating on dreams, or sometimes, even giving up.
We’ve perfected moving items from one to do list to the other. Our calendar this time last year looks the same as our calendar this year.
Because we’re waiting on some inspiration to change our own lives. We are awaiting some motivation from an unknown source. We want someone or something to drop in, place the answers in our lap, pep talk us to get up and work when we’re tired, and help us live an ABUNDANT life without us having to sacrifice anything to get it.
You’ve been waiting on someone or something, but it’s you.
You’ve been holding you back. 
But you can change. We can be our BIGGEST source of motivation. We can start to understand that motivation usually shows up when we’re working, doing, and taking action.
We are ready to be the CATALYST that changes our own life.
In the next few weeks, we will have a fresh new start.
A new set of months to play BIG.
An opportunity to revoke our consent to playing small ball and the determination to experience some of the abundance we’ve gotten accustomed to not living.
It’s time. It’s your time.
It’s your time to leverage ALL that is at your fingertips.
I can attest to the POWER our mindset and the ” organization ” of our goals can have on our lives.
The life that is before me today, is NOT the life I was told I would live, or should expect to live, or even hope to see.
It is full of blessings but not without a MASSIVE overhaul in my attitude, my mindset, who I thought should make the changes, and waiting on permission to launch.
Change had to start with me. 
I noticed change when I started to have BOLD thoughts, followed by BOLD actions, coupled with BOLD connections, a stiff chin and a true feeling that I deserved it.
I’ve spent the better part of a month creating some pretty intense products for entrepreneurs for 2016.
And last week, I decided to give away one BIG paid product…. for free.
This product was cultivated out of an MAJOR desire for YOU to feel like you deserve it and for you to make a move.
So, now, LIVE TODAY, there is a
FREE ONLINE 10 Lesson Course + 9 Worksheets
 
waiting for you.
It is my ultimate prayer, that not only is 2016 one of your BEST years, but that you who are ready, can take this Course and use it to get enough confidence to launch the BIGGEST goal you’ve had residing in your mind and burning in your belly.
Let’s Birth this Dream Today…

 

 

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Wait a minute. Let me finish. I know everyone’s first thought is to brand rappers as simple thugs- lucky dudes who made it out of the ghetto by parlaying their dirty money into record deals and peddling their cds to the youth. But many a rapper is a supreme business specimen molded by different environments yet, navigating some of the same obstacles and jungles as a mainstream business man, and often with the same motivations and aspirations as anyone desiring success.

Can we deny the business acumen of Jay-z, Sean Combs, Dr. Dre or 50 cent ? Can we dismiss their success because of their beginnings? Can we deny the depth of their reach as they create “a” model of what a new businessman looks like? These men have built empires based on what their audience wanted, needed, and was willing to pay for. Is this not what business people do?

It’s no secret, I’m from Louisiana, and a huge fan of Lil Wayne, but it’s not just his music that inspires and motivates me. He’s a genius, has the patience of Job, and the persistence of Lincoln. Don’t think you have anything to learn from him? Don’t think his name should be mentioned in any respectable business book or article? I’d beg to differ and offer you 3 Key Business Lessons I learned from Rapper Lil Wayne.

 

Lesson 1: It can take 10 years to become an overnight success…..
When I first heard Lil Wayne, he was more of backup member- a part of the group, but a kid no less. His voice could be heard mostly at the end of songs, or vocalizing the hook. He was a part of a very hot and successful group, but definitely not a headliner.
This could have discouraged the average person-could have made them quit, but no. This young man decided he’d work harder. He’d spend his time in the background to develop his unique gifts. He’d perfect his talents until they were no longer hidden……. then simply reappear, better, Stronger, BIGGER, FASTER!
When mainstream media really became aware of Lil Wayne, he’d been in the business for more than 10 years and was far from an overnight success. But had he quit, he never would’ve been a success at all.

Your Takeaway: Don’t worry about your current competiton. Don’t worry if you’re not the headliner. Perfect your craft. Hone in on your unique skills. Don’t give up on the things you love. In the words of Maya Angelou, “ Pursue the things you love doing and do them so well that no one can take their eyes off you”. And we haven’t taken our eyes off Lil Wayne yet.

 

Lesson 2: You MUST invest in yourself, your business and your craft.
“ I got the key to the boat. I got the key to the jet. I got the key to success-get money, then invest. Re-up with the rest”
Catchy verse, but look deeper. This lesson is important, yet quite simple. Take your profits, invest some of it back in your business, then buy more products. This is how you will be a success.
Here’s a recognizable article about re-investing profits back into your business. Same lesson- Lil Wayne just said it in a rap song.

Your Takeaway: After months of being broke and now flush with cash, it can be tempting to splurge before investing in your continued business education, research and development for new products and services, or hiring new top talent for your company. Don’t make that mistake. Made a profit, then make a strategic plan on how to grow your company, pad your reserves for hard times and quietly accumulate new tools and talents to take your business over the next unforeseen hump.

 

Lesson 3: Diversify, create streams of income, and form powerful collaborations.
You’re great alone, but we’re a force when we’re together…… Lil Wayne has now expanded his reach, influence, business, and maintained fresh relevance by:

  • Finding, growing, and creating the image of some of the most Powerful, Popular new lyricists and proteges currently in the industry. The collaborations along with his individual work will definitely solidify his place in rap history.
  • Lil Wayne didn’t rest with being the best in a particular genre, he diversified. He expanded. He went into rock-n-roll -No MATTER WHAT anyone thought of the outcome. He didn’t stay stagnant or do what was expected of him. When everyone thought he should rest atop his accomplishments, awards and money-when everyone expected he’d go left-he went right, and hasn’t suffered a minute for it.
  • Rapper, Producer and Vice President are not the only names that describe this young man anymore. He is also now a business owner, a mogul, and the creator of a new line of hot clothes and headphones that are no doubt capturing the youth and capitalizing on his ever growing popularity.

Your Takeaway: No matter what you or your business has accomplished, you can definitely stand to step it up. While you’re resting on your laurels, while you sleep, your competition is awake–awake and hungry. Your competition is no longer the business down the street, it’s the company in China, in Brazil, in Nigeria. Your competition is an outsider. They haven’t made it, and they live on the edge of every hot new trend, tool, and product. The only way to continue your rise to the top, your only way to surpass the one person who won’t sleep until they beat you- is to continue to create. No matter what business you chose, there is no way to experience continued growth without collaborating, without diversifying your business or growing strong streams of income.

I told you to let me finish. Maybe you didn’t think you had anything to learn from this tattooed artist whose simple songs and lyrics seem nothing more than catchy filth. But it goes deeper. This artist, like many before him and surely many after, have carved out their own paths, have walked their own concrete jungles, experienced forceful mergers and acquisitions, broken contracts, have developed a tough skin and are definitely left with scar tissue.

What you see as a thug or entertainment, I see as business inspiration on how to not only survive, but to build from nothing and thrive. These are businessmen in their own right and subtly hide powerful and painful lessons, business or otherwise, neatly under the guise of entertainment. We can’t plan where our inspiration will come from, we can only hope we can see it when it’s near.

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  1. Accountant. These people will get your numbers straight and also help you figure out what you can expense and what you cannot.
  2. Attorney. This person will save your butt often. They write your contracts, look over your office lease,  file your incorporation papers and will file lawsuit papers on your behalf if need be.
  3. Graphic Designer. By now, my graphic designer is my boyfriend. You will talk to this person so much and hopefully they will begin to learn your personal and business style and can make graphics that fit your company perfectly.
  4. Marketing Team. This is your money. Who cares if you have the best product in the world if it’s not selling? This team helps you get your widgets marketed and sold.
  5. PR Team. While the marketing team gets your widgets sold, your PR team makes your widgets news worthy. Work with them to get your message and business out there.
  6. Virtual Assistant. This person is invaluable. If you are working on anything that doesn’t directly make your business money, it’s an administrative task and your virtual assistant should be doing it for you.
  7. Social Media Interns. Go to Craigslist or your local university-they are there, waiting to get to work on some new projects ( note: interns aren’t free anymore)
  8. Mentor who’s done what you want to do and doesn’t mind offering advice a couple of times a year.
  9. Your tribe, love counsel, evangelists- people who love, support and encourage you.
  10. Mastermind Team. You MUST have a sounding board for your ideas and successful entrepreneurs to lead you along the way. Lucky for you- you can apply to the Global Mastermind Team 2013 here !
  11. An Influencer. This is that person in your circle who leads the crowd. You want to bend their ear with valuable, exciting, info about your biz a few times a year.
  12. A Connector. This is the person you know and have built a relationship with, who knows everyone. Take them to lunch, let them know your connection needs for the new year and be prepared to put in the work and act on the connections they give you.
  13. Devil’s Advocate. This is the person who finds the fault in everything. But your devil’s advocate needs to find fault and then give a solution. She also needs to do this with care, and a little tact.
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Women CEO Project is known for our Innovative Events, Trainings, and Conferences. We kicked off 2013 with Inducting our Winter 13 Global Mastermind Team, then the Less Talk, More Action Live course in February, on to Apple for Biz, Obstacle Killing Virtual Chat, Affordable Luxury hosted by Women CEO & Macy’s, Financial Success Over Survival in March, then the upcoming Live & Virtual Power Packed Sessions during StartUP Marathon13 on April 20th! WHEWWWWW! Busy year so far eh?

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Well, we’re going to keep the party rolling and share an awesome opportunity with our community. We are putting together a team of ” Buzz Marketers” to work with us on products and Live & Virtual Events! This team will have some EXCLUSIVE opportunities that include free entry to live & virtual events, t-shirts, their own tables at live events, local and global recognition, advertising, and discounts just to name a few. 

Want it???? Want on the team? We will have 2 meetings for potential team members on April 1st at 12-1pm and at 7-8pm. To grab one of the seats- click here to email us and let us know what time works best for you!!! 

 

I can’t wait to work with you!!!

 

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