Everything begins with an idea (Save this date!)

Everything begins with an idea (Save this date!)

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

The challenge though is in knowing what idea to run with and what ideas are merely bright shiny objects of distraction.

One is all it ever takes. One swing of the bat. One stroke of the pen. One person to speak up. One simple concept… put into action.

My colleague Patricia Simoneau of Grassroots Marketing is VERY familiar with the concept that Earl Nightingale noted: “Everything begins with an idea.”

Ideas are like seeds… nothing can grow until a seed – an idea – is planted in such a way that it can take root and grow to what it is intended to be.

And so, Patricia decided to run with one of her own ideas… to host the “Planting the Seeds of IdeasTelesummit and invited me to be part of the expert panel. http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1408460

Patricia will interview nine experts between Nov 28th and Dec 1st – including yours truly!

I will be sharing about the comparison trap! How other people’s ideas (OPI’s) can become bright shiny objects, devalue your own original ideas and sabotage authenticity in one fell swoop!

And don’t worry; I’ll also give you tips on how to steer clear of the trap and bounce back fast if you find yourself in it!

It’s unfortunate how often other people’s ideas become a rabbit hole for entrepreneurs who lack self-belief. Patricia and I will be talking about this in great detail.

In each interview, Patricia will also be discussing the two most common roadblocks and how you can keep them from stopping you from following an idea you’re meant to follow:

“I don’t have the time” and “I don’t have the money”

All-in-all, you’ll get NINE unique solutions to help you bust through these obstacles if you’ve ever faced them (I certainly have, many times!)

There is no cost to participate in the Telesummit and you can secure your seat at http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1408460

All it takes is one idea to make a difference in your business, and your life. I know, I’m following that path myself right now and the journey has been amazing.

But you’ve got to take action and sometimes things just get in the way (e.g. time, money, mindset).

This Telesummit is all about helping you identify the seeds to plant, the ideas to follow, and moving through any obstacles you may encounter along the way.

I hope you’ll plan to join us! http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1408460

~ Gina xo

P.S. The LIVE Telesummit costs exactly $0.00 and there is no obligation to buy the recordings, but if you ever do, know that I’m an affiliate of this event — which means I believe in the value of what we’re creating together – and I may receive commission from any sales generated.

Take It Up A Notch (or ten!): How to Make Big Bucks with Un-Boring Marketing

Does your marketing stand out? Does it have the “un-boring factor?”

Being fresh, new and exciting in your marketing is powerful. People are busy and they simply don’t have time to read or watch or listen to all the marketing coming their way. Yet most entrepreneurs get stuck mimicking what everyone else is doing instead of innovating. (Yup! The comparison trap!!)

Enter two women rocking the marketing scene, Marie Forleo and Laura Roeder.

Last year they had an outstanding launch of their program, Rich Happy & Hot B-School, business school for women who want to make it big online. Through the use of high-value content being delivered through entertaining videos, they put un-boring marketing to the test.

The Result.

B-School enrolled over 220 members and the success stories of their graduates are incredible.

Well, these feisty ladies are at it again with some pretty entertaining videos and even better content. They just dropped a new movie trailer and believe me, you’ll want to check it out. Click here to see some seriously un-boring marketing in action!

Go outside the box.

Think of how you can take ideas from other industries and make them fresh in your industry. Laura and Marie didn’t invent movie trailers but they’re using them for a product that has nothing to do with Hollywood. Using a trailer feels fresh and exciting for online marketing.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel in order to stand out, just take ideas that are already successful in other industries and start using them in yours. If video isn’t your thing, experiment elsewhere, just make sure no matter what you do, it’s un-boring!

Seriously, watch the trailer now – you’ll see what I mean!

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Get the FREE eBook What Matters Now? By Seth Godin

I had the pleasure of waking up to this gem in my inbox.

What Matters Now eBookWhat Matters Now?
By Seth Godin

The ebook features more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year.

From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here.

My own important idea, theme for 2010 and riff today is “Originality”

You saw me get on my soap box earlier this year with the How Does She Do It? Tele-Series. We explored the comparison trap as it relates to business and how our tendency to seek external validation along with a follow the leader approach to model the success of celebrity gurus can be a slippery slope that sabotages confidence and authenticity.

(Think Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty… but, for business.)

A woman in business online who embraces originality rarely falls into the comparison trap. This is because being original requires creativity, innovation, honesty, self-acceptance and caring enough about what you really want (and knowing what you really want) to stake your claim, to stand out, to be remarkable and to take action!

Download the eBook now and enjoy! It’s totally free and if you love it… share it! (Sharing can be as simple as clicking the tweet me button at the top of this post)

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So, what important idea do you want to share going into the New Year? I’d love for you to post them below :)

P.S. You can read Seth’s original blog post here.


I Am Me (A Guide to Being Authentic and Original)

fragile handle with careWhenever I find myself feeling stuck in comparison mode, like I need to move faster, do more, do better because I’ve compared myself to someone else and in my mind I’ve fallen short and self-doubt sets in…

When I find myself being pulled by external obligations and expectations…

And, when I feel scared to step forward and simply do something “my way”, I turn to the incredible quote by Virginia Satir (below) to remind me that it’s absolutely our natural truth to be authentic and original. And, it’s absolutely okay to need a reminder once in a while. After all, we are human ;)

I am Me.

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.

Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it.

I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts.

I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded.

I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.

~ Virginia Satir

#How09 How Does She Do It? Tele-series Exposes “Comparison Trap” for Women in Business Online!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

How To Defeat The Top Five Challenges Women In Business Online Face

October 6, 2009 – There are several challenges typically faced by business women online:

  • effective marketing
  • consistent cashflow
  • work-life balance
  • navigating technology
  • and productivity

When a female entrepreneur doesn’t know where to start tackling these issues, it’s only normal to look to successful peers for the answers. The problem? States Gina Bell, Founder and President of the International Association of Women in Business Online (IAWBO), “When you emulate and basically copy another business woman online, you are not being YOU. And, in the end, your authenticity and future, long-lasting success is sacrificed.”

Ms. Bell is now asking the question: “How does she do it?” in order to enable business women to model success the right way. A series of telephone calls with multi-faceted, passionate business women takes on the five challenges and busts them wide open.

how09_cd_4_rv1Taking place on October 16th and 17th, the teleseries highlights sixteen successful women who provide their insights and favorite online and offline resources for achieving success: Marie Forleo, Carla Young, Sheri McConnell, Tina McAlister, Elena Verlee, Laura West, Andrea Constantine, Sandra Martini, Helen Herman, Debbie LaChusa, Shannon Cherry, Sherri Garrity, Kim DeYoung, MaryPat Kavanagh, Michele PW and IAWBO Founder & CEO Gina Bell.

Ms. Bell points out, “There are always those things that we wish we had known from the start, from day one. And these women mentors are able to help other entrepreneurs avoid possible stumbling blocks and hurdles, just by sharing the stories of their greatest mind shifts and breakthroughs.”

Registration for this free event on October 16-17, 2009 is available online now at http://www.how09.com Those who register will receive a FREE starter membership to IAWBO, the International Association of Women in Business Online including an audio recording and transcript of “3 Keys to Creating Fun, Fame & Good Fortune Online Quickly With Confidence & Authenticity (and why doing what you love is essential for success, but on its own is not enough).” Teleseries attendees also have a chance to win prizes after listening to the calls, by sharing their own “aha” moments from each episode.

The “How Does She Do It?” teleseries is a free event which has been organized by Gina Bell, Founder and President of the International Association of Women in Business Online (IAWBO). IAWBO is a membership site that includes monthly strategy and mastermind calls, a private social networking forum, an extensive educational audio collection and a “How To” University featuring Expert members who share their expertise through webinars, reports, videos and more. To learn more about IAWBO, visit http://iawbo.com.

Contact:
Gina Bell, President & Founder
International Association of Business Women Online (IAWBO)
PO Box 33081, Regina, SK S4T 7X2
Ph # 1-866-320-6397
Email: gina@ginabellinc.com
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#How09 is proudly sponsored by IAWBO, International Association of Women in Business Online. Doors open Oct 16th.

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