Inspiration

 

When you need a spark of hope or a nugget of inspirational gold, this collection of wisdom from Joel Weldon and our other writers will refresh your entrepreneurial spirit.

A Can of Success

Motivation can be hard to come by in the entrepreneurial world. With everything else going on around us at break-neck speed, it can be difficult to find the drive to push yourself forward. That’s why we consult the professionals. We’ve spoken before about just how...

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The Inspiration Guru

There’s a reason why clients all over the country refer to Joel Weldon as the most prepared and useful speaker they’ve ever come across. It’s the same reason why we choose to feature him here at AFE: He’s simply the best. If you’re looking for presentations that cover...

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What Keeps You Going As An Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship is a hard path to follow professionally. Sometimes you will experience the best day ever and feel like everything is going in the right way, but you might have the complete opposite feeling the day after. It is hard to see how things might not have...

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On the Trail to Getting Unstuck

The amount of creativity and sheer willpower you’re forced to muster every single day as an entrepreneur makes it kind of inevitable that you’re going to hit a wall sometimes. You’re only human, and the important thing to keep in mind is that you will get out of that...

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Leadership Lessons to Learn From Dave Ramsey

There’s a reason why Dave Ramsey is a household name around the country, even the world. From business owners to stay-at-home parents, he has built an empire on his business savvy visible in all walks of life. Many times, his musings boil down to two things:...

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The Lack of Inspiration Behind Inspirational Quotes

For decades now, ever since the “hang in there” poster and its famously compromised kitten dangling from a tree branch gained popularity, office morale has largely been equated with what images can be found on the motivational posters with inspirational quotes that...

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Inspiring Company Missions and Mantras

Believe it or not, not everybody is in it for the money. There are companies all over the world whose sole goal is to make positive changes in our day-to-day lives. While we all want to make a difference in our communities and the world at large, maybe we should start...

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The Art of Getting Your Progress Unstuck

The only certainty in business is that there are going to be stress and hurdles, and that you’ll thank yourself later for them. Every mental block is followed by a release, and every downswing is followed by a towering peak. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s all...

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Find the Inspiration in Your Business

Inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. As we age, flashes of brilliance may seem to strike more scarcely as other factors in our lives slowly crowd out our creative faculties. But we can all take solace in the fact that they will come back again: The fire will...

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You Need A Hoop!

Just before the game was to begin, the home team players formed a tight huddle around their coach. Who’s gonna win? he asked. “WE ARE!” they yelled. Then go to it! he screamed, and the starting five thundered onto the court.

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Writing Successful Business Plans For The New Year

As 2018 has come to a close, we’ve done a ton to make the new year transition as smooth as possible. We’ve wrapped up 2018 and we’re ready to welcome 2019. But as the end of the year can be a crazy time for business owners, so too is the beginning of one. You’ve got...

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University of the Imagination

With his eyes closed, his concentration focused on the courses he’d played back home, he experienced every detail as if it were real. He could smell the freshly cut grass, feel his hands caressing the grip of his driver as he teed off, see the ball’s soaring trajectory against a vividly blue sky, and, later, see the ball falling gently into the cup.

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A Leading Question

If you’re like most people, you enjoy doing things you’re good at. Ever notice that? What you like to do, you’re good at, and what you don’t like to do, you’re not good at. It’s the same with your employees and associates.

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One Moment In Time

Are you too tough on yourself? Did you ever mess up and keep re-living the mistake? Have you ever dropped the ball at a critical moment and never gotten over it? If you said “yes” to any of those three questions this true story might help you live your life from a...

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Attitude of Gratitude

Joel, why are thank you notes so important? Thank you notes are one of the little things that so few people take the time to do! Their importance was made clear to me years ago when I received a letter from someone who had attended one of my seminars for Dean Witter,...

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4 Things To Add To Your End-of-Year Checklist

The end of the year is the perfect time for business owners to reflect on the growth of their business in the last twelve months. It can help to shape the following months, as every experience in a new business can be a learning opportunity. We’ve discussed making new...

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Why You Should Be Practicing Gratitude Every Day

Anyone who knows me, knows how important a quality gratitude is to me. It makes all the difference in the world, and can turn any dreary situation into a joyful one. It can change our personal lives for the good, but it can also brighten up our entrepreneurial spirit....

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The Corporal Meets the Commander in Chief…

…and learns the importance of leadership by example.   As Commander in Chief of the Continental Army that won American independence from England, president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution, the first man elected President of the United States,...

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Read This If You Feel Like Your Business Has Hit a Wall

When entrepreneurs first start out as business owners, their dreams are constantly pushing them forward. But after you see your first few successes and your business starts to level out, it’s common to face a bit of a slump in your work. You feel burnt out, washed up,...

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Overcoming Your Fear of Being Mediocre

Every entrepreneur dreams of changing the world, but the fear of falling short can be paralyzing. I know I have fallen guilty of avoiding something simply because I’m afraid I won’t be good enough. Nobody wants to just be average. That’s understandable....

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The Corporal Meets The Commander In Chief

...and learns the importance of leadership by example. As Commander in Chief of the Continental Army that won American independence from England, president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution, the first man elected President of the United States, and...

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Sweeney’s Miracle

Amazing potential, just begging to be released. A professor of industrial management at Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. James Sweeney’s lectures on human potential were powerful, but he lacked concrete proof to back up his theories. One day he met a new...

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Burt And The Goddess

Communication and acceptance cause vengeful plan to backfire. As he stalked into the marriage counselor’s office, Burt was fed up. He was sure the counselor would be unable to help. “Look,” Burt said, “I want a divorce and nothing you can say will change my mind. The...

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Success Comes In Cans!

Some said, “It can’t be done!” But “Success comes in CANS, not in cannots!” The first successful cast iron plow invented in the United States in 1797 was rejected by New Jersey farmers under the theory that cast iron poisoned the land and stimulated growth of weeds....

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The Chair

A story about service: why it earns money and future patronage. “I was looking for a chair last Christmas,” explained Earl Nightingale, “I wanted to buy my wife a small telephone chair, something special, a conversational piece, something that would delight her.”...

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Put Your Plan In A Can

A well-learned presentation is the mark of a true professional. After a professional golfer hits a poor shot and ends up with a bad lie, perhaps in the weeds near a lake, what does he think about as he takes that next swing? His hands? Keeping his head down? His...

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Overcoming FEAR

False Evidence Appearing Real Motivation springs from one of two emotions: fear or desire. Fear and desire are equally strong motivators, but their effects are light years apart. Fear is the negative inhibitor which causes you to tighten up and panic. It forces you to...

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Back To School Lessons For Business

If there’s one thing to keep in mind regarding an education, it’s that it doesn’t end in the classroom. Especially as an entrepreneur, you are constantly experimenting and learning. As the new school year kicks off, here are a few classroom rules that can...

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Breaking Free From The Past

You are what you choose today, not what you’ve chosen before. “I’m nervous.” “I’m shy.” “I’m not musical at all.” “I’m clumsy.” “I’m terrible with names.” When people describe themselves, they often use labels like these. Some labels are positive, such as “I’m...

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Can’t fix it? Feature it!

When faced with pending tragedy or sudden difficulties that could demoralize the team, effective leaders can decide instead to CELEBRATE! That’s right! If you can’t “fix it” you can create events to foster joy, gratitude, humor or hope! You can celebrate what you...

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Two-Legged Thinking

One-legged athlete proves human potential is unlimited. The things a human being can do are amazing. Most people act like they are only capable of ordinary things. But not Carl Joseph. Carl knows the truth. He’s done plenty of amazing things, all with just one leg....

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Be A “Salesfriend”

In your relationships with customers, develop the qualities of a close friendship. Your phone rings, and you pick it up. “Hello,” you say. “Hi! I represent the Bay City Pest Control Company, and we’re offering a special this week...” You hang up, feeling a little...

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No More: “I’m Dumb.”

A fateful day in Chad Howey’s young life — ten minutes under water. The term “cold water drowning” was used to describe his condition. At age 2 1⁄2 his mind was swept clear of the alphabet and other things he had learned. Even though he was alive, and left with full...

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A $600 Wrinkle

How a "wrinkle" can make or break your success. Brooke and Steve are a successful young couple. Both professionals, they earn an excellent income. Both are aware of how important it is to make a good visual impression. That’s why they decided to have one of Brooke’s...

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University of the imagination

The perfect way to tap your unlimited potential. They learned foreign languages, designed buildings, and invented products. They played their favorite sports, repeatedly hitting home runs and scoring touchdowns. Had they not been locked in tiny, filthy cells, fed like...

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You Can’t Save It So Spend It Wisely.

Looking for ways to save time? Well, forget it. You can’t “save” time. But you can spend it wisely. First, accept this premise:THERE IS NOT NOW AND THERE NEVER WILL BE ENOUGH TIME FOR ALL THE WORTHWHILE AND IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE. Think of all the places you’d love...

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Merchant Of Death

How do you want to be remembered? Imagine waking up one morning, stumbling into the kitchen, and sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee as you begin reading the daily newspaper. As you flip through the pages of events, your eyes fall on the obituary column. What’s...

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Meet Stuart Jenkins

He’s standing on top of a box! Have you ever wondered about the word “discipline”? What images does it conjure up in your mind? Doing what you have to do? Towing the mark? Keeping your nose to the grindstone? Putting restrictions on your behavior and actions? Setting...

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What are you chasing and why?

Take time now to answer this question. The C.E.O. of a multi-million dollar corporation died in his Chicago office at age 57. When his huge, solid-oak desk was later cleaned out, a hand fishing line, with hook, sinker and bobber attached, was found at the bottom of...

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It’s My Daddy’s Store

Profits jump as employees feel more personally responsible. Many years ago, the legendary Marshall Field developed one of Chicago’s outstanding department stores. Much of his success has been attributed to the time he spent on the sales floor, among his employees and...

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Acres of Diamonds

Your greatest career opportunity is right where you are, prepare to find it. Somewhere in your present job is the opportunity which will bring you everything you could possibly want. In his classic audio album titled “Lead the Field”, the late Earl Nightingale has...

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The Most Important Words

What do you think the “most important” words are that you can say to another person? Would it be I love you? You’re special? You’re wonderful? You can do it? All of these could be. Of course, it would depend on the situation and the condition, right? It also depends...

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Opportunityisnowhere!

How and where to find opportunities. What is the title of this article? “Opportunity is nowhere” or “Opportunity is now here?” That’s right. The second one is correct. But far more important than deciphering titles is the ability to recognize opportunities in life....

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The Winners Are Still Winning

You can prosper, regardless of the current economic situation. A management psychologist described a conversation he once had with his banker in which he was asked the following question: “Jim, you get around behind the scenes in a lot of businesses. What do you make...

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Help The Best!

A risky but potentially rewarding approach to leadership Let’s say you are a sales manager. On your team are a few professionals who always do well, several average producers, and some marginal hangers on. Who do you invest your time with? Do you divide it equally...

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A Leading Question

How can I help my people enjoy their work more, Joel? Question to you: What makes YOU enjoy your work more? If you’re like most people, you enjoy doing things you’re good at. Ever notice that? What you like to do, you’re good at, and what you don’t like to do, you’re...

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Creativity Is Within Reach

  Just find out what everyone else is doing and don’t do it! A client of ours, John Westman, had been looking for a creative way to deliver a message of love to his wife on her 35th birthday—he’d heard about the idea of a sign behind a small airplane, or spelling...

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Form Follows Function

An architectural theory you can use every day. When the Board of Directors of a mid-sized Eastern college decided to build an extensive addition to their campus, their first step was to hire an architect. Being intelligent men and women, they chose a particularly...

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Forget Luck

“Good luck,” said the manager to the salesperson leaving for an important sales call. “Wish me luck,” said the student to his mother as he left for school to take an important test. “Boy, were we lucky,” said the lawyer to his partner after winning the case.  You’ve...

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Setting Freelancer Goals

My first time working full-time in a newsroom, my team would meet at least once a week to discuss our company goals and progress. While setting goals as a freelancer might be a little different, it’s equally as important. Why? Because goals help you grow....

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I-B-M, R&D, And Y-O-U

The best investment you can make. I-B-M stands for International Business Machines--- what a brilliantly successful company! Sales are approaching $100 billion dollars annually!  R&D stands for research and development, something IBM spends over 6% of its gross...

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John T. Smith, Professional

More than anything else, what do you think sets the true professional apart from the others? Chances are, nearly everything a true professional does will set him or her apart as someone special. But, if you don’t want to identify who’s a pro and who isn’t, you don’t...

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Old Dogs And New Tricks

How to stay young despite your age. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what do you think about that? Is improving and growing a trick? No! And people aren’t dogs! People can continue to learn and improve regardless of the dates on their birth...

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Pistons Of Power

Anything is possible, if you never look back. What limitation, right now, seems to be keeping you from doing something you want to do? Regardless of your answer, there’s a person who would vehemently disagree with you. She proved that whatever it is you think you...

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Places In The Mind

Man continually proves he can do anything. On May 6, 1954 a British medical student stunned the world by running one mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds. Until then a sub-four-minute mile was believed impossible. Doctors said nobody’s heart and lungs could pump blood...

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The Little Things Really Are The Big Things

When asked to name the three most important things in their lives, most people include the word “family.” In fact, a good many of those put the word “family” at the very top of their list. And yet in many cases there is a significant gap between their desire for a...

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The Man Who Could Do Everything

Now that he’s gone, you must accept greater responsibility. The death of Someone Else, the man who could do everything, recently gave rise to mourning and lamentation all over the world. Else was the most talented person of all time. Perhaps his greatest talent was...

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You Too Can Be A Champion

No one could even remember someone so highly skilled and ranked failing to even qualify. Yet, Dan O’Brien did just that. It’s history now—but when sitting on Delta flights #1862, from Salt Lake City to Spokane, it was real. It was Monday, the day after watching Dan...

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Cultivate Your Garden

"Be sure that what you allow to engage your attention is of value." Each day, you’re bombarded with hundreds of messages: BUY IT! READ IT! DO IT! SEE IT! TRY IT! EAT IT! NEW! HURRY! SALE! HERE! NOW! They reach you via radio, computer, television, newspapers, books,...

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The Tale of Two Dogs

"A reminder about the benefits of positive reinforcement..." As a first time dog owner, he failed. He would call “Ginger!” but Ginger wouldn’t respond. She continued wandering and sniffing bushes, as dogs are wont to do, and only returned when she wanted to, which was...

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A Shoe Box Of Wins

Twenty years in a tough job and Barbara still has a positive, expectant attitude. What’s her secret? The State Department of Education is a tough place to work. The employee turnover rate is high, because people find it too stressful being the “rope” in a non-stop...

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A Piece Of Fuzz In The Machinery

To stay responsive to prospects, sales people need fuzz detectors. A man entered a large hardware store and walked to the household-appliances department. “I need a replacement blade for my food processor,” he said. “Oh well, we only have two kinds,” the clerk said in...

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The Winding River

"You’re only responsible for making it to the next bend..."   The young man had done well during his first two years with the company, but he began to feel anxious. He wasn’t sure where his career would take him, if indeed it would take him anywhere. He wondered...

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2 Quick Tips to Seeking Good Advice

Reader Resource Apply now to be an Entrepreneur 360™ company. Let us tell the world your success story. Get Started » In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Esho explains whom you should seek advice from and, just as importantly, who you should ignore.  The...

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How to Get Involved Locally with SBA

Small Business Administration (SBA) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business and entrepreneurs concerns, to preserve free...

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