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The Eight Sexiest 4-Letter Words to an Entrepreneur

By Tequila Cheatham McCray

  Listen, entrepreneurship is downright difficult. It requires a lot of time, patience, and putting in the work on a consistent basis. As passionate as you may be about your business, there is nothing fun and sexy about staying up late, forgetting to eat, neglecting family, and be a hermit for months at a time. At some point, you begin to question whether it is really worth it…but, oneday, one fine day, you are reminded how exciting entrepreneurship is when you hear or see the following words:

  1. Sold! Whew, chile there is nothing like seeing an on-demand customer who pays up front and centered. That moment you realize someone buys a product, invests in a service, or even if your event sells out, you may do a little victory dance and it gives you energy to carry out the next mission!
  2. Paid! There is nothing like checking your invoice to see that your customer made a first time, second, or third payment. Whether a returning customer or a new one, seeing those numbers in green inspire you to want to find more creative ways to get others to buy. Right?
  3. Full! If you plan an event and realize you have a packed house the day of, it is the most amazing feeling!  Those people believed in you enough to purchase a ticket to hear you speak in person. They could’ve easily watched the videos you post with quick tips but, they decided to come in-person hoping to meet you because in some small way, you give them courage and inspiration to not give up in their business, to push forward despite the difficulties. Talk about inspiring!
  4. Done! It takes hours to complete projects in order to put them out to the world. No matter if you’re taking hours to create a masterclass, a new design for an outfit, or writing a book, it takes time and persistence to get the project finished. When you finally put the last touch on a dress, or put the last period at the end of a sentence, you can take a deep breath and finally release the tension that was built up throughout the process. It’s such an incredible feeling to know you complete a project because it is one step closer to being released and available for customers.
  5. Sale! Whether you are doing a flash sale, or buying necessary inventory and training courses from another business, this word attracts anyone around the world! Everyone wants to catch a sale! It’s a great way to get rid of your current inventory while making a few quick bucks. It works great for both the business owner and the customer.
  6. Vend! Anytime there is a vending opportunity to meet new people, it causes such excitement. Welcoming a rush of people to your table, networking, and making cash on the spot is always worth it. Even if you don’t make as much as you’d want, at least your brand will be exposed to a new set of people who can potentially turn into customers in the future. That’s also a chance to build relationships which is important for business longevity.
  7. Grew! To know that you went from zero to one hundred customers is such a rewarding experience. Sure, it may have taken you a while but, you made it happen. Even if you only have three customers that is way better than the zero you started with, and even if you have none at the moment, keep putting out information to encourage someone to at least want to inquire about your business. That person may want to invest in you later on.
  8. Rest! Okay, just to be honest, this is probably the most unattractive of them all, initially. At first, it may not seem so appealing because you’re always going to feel like there’s work to be done and any moment you spend not contributing to your business can feel like a waste. Listen, resting is a part of your contribution to your business. You can’t overwork yourself to the point you’re stressed and not enjoying the process. Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a one day thing. Yes, it takes blood, sweat, tears, and sleepless nights but, it also calls for rest. You can’t be your best if you’re stressed (T-shirt moment! You heard it here first). Eventually, you will see how important it is to step away for a second to go do something you enjoy, or to go spend time with family. You’ll notice that you will feel recharged, refreshed, and ready to get going when you come back from your break.

 Man, if these words don’t make you want to put on your sexiest work outfit and strut to T.I.’ song, “You Can Tell How I Walk” then entrepreneurship may not be for you.

What other four letter words make you fan yourself? Phew!

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What You Tell Yourself Is Important

By Tequila Cheatham McCray

     Ever heard of the old saying: “You can talk to yourself but, don’t answer back,”? Answering yourself back would imply some type of mental instability, and would make people uncomfortable when you are around. What others think about you is not of importance, though. It is common to have conversations with self. Sometimes it is good to hash out mental chaos and clutter within the mind in order to make space for healthy thoughts.

It is so easy to tell yourself, “You can’t do that,” “That will only happen in your dreams,” or even worse, “I am such a failure.” You have told yourself over and over how much you stink but, how often do you feed yourself with positive words of affirmation? Everywhere you turn, there will be someone else you will compare yourself to, which will only water your self-doubt. There will always be someone else doing a bit more than you but, so what.

Remind yourself that you can do just as much as the next person, and if you cannot, don’t put so much pressure on yourself to where it creates an environment of stress. If you “Water what you want to grow; dehydrate what you want to wither away,” you will begin to find yourself shedding off dead weight. The thoughts you believe to be true play a major role in your work life, how you interact with others, and even down to the little words you may say in a simple conversation. It also has a major effect on your productivity levels, or lack of thereof.

Tell yourself the truth but make sure it is your truth. Make sure that whatever you see in the mirror is not a mere reflection of pain and fear rather courage and self-discovery. No one should be able to tell about you more than you can. If you’ve been told by others that you will never amount to anything, focus on what you know is your strong areas.
Create a personal mantra, and put it somewhere you can see it each day. Repeat it whenever the overwhelming, negative thoughts attempt to take over your mind, every morning when you awake, and each night before going to bed. You see, when you keep repeating messages in your head, you will start to believe them. If you’re constantly spewing words of hate and disempowerment, you will believe that you are powerless. If you aim to be the best worker, parent, entrepreneur, follower, artist etc., speak with conviction every day of your life, then act on it!

Start using the power of yes!

“Yes! I can make a huge sale today!”

“Yes! I can get through this!”

“Yes! I can be finished everything at a set time.”

“Yes! I can grind for 6 more hours after working 12 hours already!”

You are powerful. Start believing it.

Tell the world on all of your social media platforms:

#IAmPowerful

Food for Thought: What Do You Eat for Lunch?

Fact: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Also, a fact: many people do not have the time to eat breakfast, so they focus on lunch. Another fact: Breakfast is important because it fuels your body right after it has undergone hours of fasting while you were asleep.

For those of you that have not yet mastered the area of time management and find themselves rushing out of the door before having breakfast, lunchtime should be the focus area to make sure you perform properly throughout the remainder of the day. It is probably best to bring lunch from home if you want to save what’s in your wallet; It will also cut down on the time spent looking for somewhere to eat and keeps us from just grabbing anything.

What you put into your body, or not put, plays a major role in how productive you will be on a daily basis. When you eat the right foods at set intervals, you will notice the amount of energy you will have to complete a task. You will have more patience for anything bound to come your way, and it will reflect on your attitude. No one wants to work alongside of a grouch, so it is best to take care of self in order to take care of business.

Here are a few ideas to consider when looking for a simple yet energizing lunch:
1. Tuna sandwich on wheat bread with a piece of lettuce, avocado boats, and apple wedges
2. Deviled eggs with a side fruit salad
3. A Cesar salad with grilled chicken, peanut butter crackers
4. Turkey sandwich topped with lettuce and tomato, with a side of yogurt
5. Brown rice, salmon, and a broccoli salad
6. Avocado salad mixed with spinach, mango, strawberry, and blueberry with a lemon vinaigrette

Why not have breakfast for lunch? There is nothing more delicious and energy pack than a cheese omelet and a cup for coffee as a jolt to get the through the rest of the day. The whole idea is to eat something light yet still pack a punch! You want to feed your body real food so that your energy doesn’t plummet fast. You don’t want to eat a lunch that will cause you to fall asleep because you’re too full, or one that does not have enough nutrients. By the way, while you’re eating a nice lunch, be sure to hydrate! Your body will become even more sluggish if you do not drink water, specifically after drinking coffee.

Don’t make your body work harder than what it has to do. Let’s face it: It is best to have breakfast but, not everyone likes  pancakes, or has the time to eat. In that case, focus on giving your body what it needs during lunchtime to help end your day on a strong note.

Eat well. Feel well.