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So it’s a New Year — and what’s up with MOSONATION?!!

Ok, I thought it would only take 90 days to reassess, release, and rejuvenate! It’s closer to 120 days. Before you know it the whole month of January is almost over. I hope that you’ve had time to process all the emotions, motivations, convictions that must have taken place during your RRR time. I sure have, and I’m ready to roll. Armed with a new MBA Graduate School Intern (who will assist me with some strategic initiatives), I hope to get my MOSONATION house in order. Isn’t this always the story of the MOSO life?

I’ve come across some very useful resources that will help you get some of your personal and business things on the right path this year.  About those resources:

MOSOs take a gander at FREELANCERS UNION it’s a wealth of knowledge about the real important stuff we should know about — particularly when it comes to taxes, insurance resources, and oh did I mention retirement!

Don’t forget the awesome ON DECK if you’re looking to expand and need money to do it please use this resource to get your financial footing in 2012. Check out stories of some of their clients in the Main Street Matters edition of MOSO MAG (click on the tab called MOSO MAG above)!

Moving Forward in 2012!

Fuel Your Aspirations!

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Epiphany Alert! – Make sure your financial footing is solid.

I really had to think about this post before I put it out for public viewing — it seemed like a fine line between my thoughts on the MOSO lifestyle and getting a job (by the way I heard that the acronym JOB stands for “Just Over Broke” — well we don’t want that). Here’s what I want to say before you read the rest of this post, if you’re pursuing your JOB with purpose and NOT JUST working for a paycheck (but as a means for financial stability, so you can pursue your MOSO passions — then getting a job may not be a bad idea in the context of my post). Ok — I think you’ve got it. Here we go……..
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You know you’ll get a lot of epiphany moments when you Re-assess, Release, and Rejuvenate! Ooooh but this weekend I had a big one. Is it ok for me to be transparent?

I’ve taken pride in being out on my own with NO ASSISTANCE, cutting my teeth on the good, bad, and ugly of small buisness ownership.  (SAD TO SAY IT) But I would snub at folks who had worked their way up the corporate ladder and decided to step out into entrepreneurship as if they hadn’t done it the way “real” entrepreneurs did it — I know that’s horrible, but just being real.

I had an epiphany this weekend! As i re-assess (October is my Re-assess month), I do a lot of self-evaluation and reflection — what’s going on with me REALLY, is the question I must answer. As I struggle to find financial stability in my MOSO business, I believed I was doing a great thing — following my passion. The truth of the matter is that I was creating an atmosphere that promoted LACK — NOT ENOUGH. For instance, making ends meet (a big one for me), how I would generate the finances of the next project, and so on while I built this wonderful, fulfilling business of mine.

Who would have thought that my constant thoughts of making ends meet, paying the next bill, how I was going to get the next business project off the ground without money, etc. was the very thing that was causing my efforts to go un-fulfilled (That LACK – NOT ENOUGH mentality). Gist of it is this ……

I won’t have those snub thoughts any longer about the 9to5 entrepreneur. Actually strategically getting a job while you get things going is probably a more solid idea to MOSO living. And you could find that you will enjoy the process,when you’re not having to concern yourself with “just getting by” and that becomes your every moment thought. 

Don’t get me wrong — I’m a MOSO chick for life. But my perspective about how MOSO living can work is slightly changing. This 90 Days to Re-assess, Release & Rejuvenate allows me to be free from distractions so that I can HEAR myself better.

I’m all for fueling aspirations, more so when we are doing it with the right tools and with transformational information. Always do what’s best for you — I’m just sharing my epiphany today — it was truly enlightening.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

Be honest — are you working your passion or just working?

Ok — this really spoke to me this morning. So I’m sharing with information with you so you too can experience how it fueled my aspirations! I worked with Elizabeth (Beth) Dowd and Office Angels several years ago — at a crossroad — on whether to get a fulltime corporate gig or staying out on my own, as a MOSO. Well, my issue was really about how I could successfully do both. I don’t believe you have to choose one over the other (that’s my opinion), until you HAVE to REALLY make a choice. Sometimes life just throws you that curve ball, right?

On the other side of that, I’ve got many MOSO friends who hold down careers (the 9to5 entrepreneur) while they pursue their passions. I believe that your full-time work should be your passion as well.  What Beth and Office Angels have put together in this program is awesome, and at the many crossroads you’ll face in life, it’s really good to know that you can WORK YOUR PASSION.

  • Do you jump out of bed when the alarm clock goes off, knowing the day holds adventure, challenge and satisfaction?
  •  Did you know that 80% of adults working in large organizations say they’re not using their strengths in their everyday jobs?
  •  Why is it that the longer an employee stays with an organization and the higher he climbs the traditional  corporate ladder, the less likely he is to strongly agree that he is playing to his strengths?

Forget what “everyone” is saying about the job market and global recession. Now is the time to _nd your dream job even if you have to switch careers to do it.

  1.  Discover what you were truly meant to do and where you were meant to do it
  2. Create a customized resume and cover letter that will set you apart from other candidates
  3. Identify target-rich posting sites
  4. Present a professionally packaged image
  5. Master the interviewing process
  6. Negotiate the perfect offer
  7. Execute follow-up activities to close the deal

Best of all, Beth supports you with unlimited telephone and email support until you land that dream job.

Don’t believe us—here’s what two of Beth’s former clients had to say:

I just landed my dream job! The smartest thing I did was hire Beth with Office Angels who re-wrote my resume and, even more importantly, coached me on what to do and what not to do to get my dream job. She helped me to know where to go to look and then she coached me on every aspect of the interviewing process. I felt extremely well prepared and competitivethanks to Beth.” ~Jan D. Geiger

Elizabeth D. Dowd, Career Coach
Working Your Passion – Office Angels beth@officeangels.us

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

 

PLAN – B

MOSOs how imperative is it to have a” Plan B”? Let me see…Plan B is a popular term used to mean a reserved, secondary plan, in case a first plan (a hypothetical ‘Plan A’) fails. Here are 4 lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m not done — still learning lessons daily, but here we go.

Ok, let me think about the 1st big lesson – oh, this is a good one, 1) Not having the “right” venture partner(s).

TAKEAWAY: Make sure you recognize the motives of venture partners. I mean really understand their reasons for stepping into your vision, especially if you’re the creator and visionary, and plan accordingly (emotionally and most importantly—legally)! I won’t go into detail, because it’s really a book all to itself and I just want to touch on the high points.

Plan B: There isn’t any – Just do the first thing.

2) Start. I’ve been working on MOSO Nation since 2005(conceptually). But debuted in October 2010.

TAKEAWAY: Waiting for perfection (everything to fall into place) isn’t always the best course of action. I believe if you have this mindset you won’t do anything.

Plan B: Feasibility (actually this shouldn’t  be your Plan B, it should come prior to even needing a Plan B) – as much as your heart is in something, for me MOSO Nation is a heart issue, sometimes it just isn’t feasible for a variety of reasons. So I guess I should say, you’re Plan B is to start with the END in mind.

3) OMG – You need some money. Depending on the type of business you’re going into, and considering if you have venture partner(s) (refer to #1) who are contributing cash to the idea. You’re gonna need some money. A little money, a lot of money, money that peeks at you from around the corner — you will need it for specific ventures.

TAKEAWAY: I like to say that doing what you love will always create this force field of energy that draws just the right amount of capital towards you. I still believe that, however; there is a more practical takeaway. If you’re spending more money than making – light bulb moment!

Plan B: Stop spending what you’re not making in revenues.

4) When an opportunity presents itself, better be in a position to capitalize on it.

TAKEAWAY: If you’re not PREPARED or in POSITION, then skip it and wait until you’re in a place to maximize the benefits of said opportunity. I know some will disagree with me on this one, but hey these are my lessons your lessons may be different.

Plan B: Re-assess, Re-new, or let go. I oftentimes mention to readers in my blog posts about not giving up, no matter what. That’s still rings true for this post as well. What I am saying is that sometimes the lessons come to you because there is a LESSON, right?

So having a Plan B may mean that you will take a secondary course of action that will lead to an end that is in line with what you initially set out to do or dreamed about. But Plan B could also mean the very thing that goes against our heart’s desire that leads to a different end, or let me put it in a more positive perspective, an end that takes you on a different path, but ultimately gets you to a similar place. Whew! I’m not sure what you’re Plan B is, but what I know for sure is that you better have one.

That’s all for now folks.

Continue to Fuel Your Aspirations – I will.

Monique

Ok, folks. What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

Hello MOSO Tribers! I don’t want to complain. I try to really keep it positive most of the time, especially when it relates to my business dealings — but boy is it difficult sometimes for a micro business that has to rely on other solo sources to get the work done. It’s not always a bad thing. I am a huge advocate for working with and collaborating with other micro and solo business owners we can cause a lot of change out here in the world working together.

But reality often sets in. The very things that are weaknesses for a micro or solo business owners play out in the collaboration efforts. Really it’s no fault of one or the other — it’s just the REALITY. Many of you know I’ve been working on getting the MOSO MAG out to you since “June” and here it is almost 3rd week into July and, though I’m close — I can’t do anything to deliver it any quicker. There is so much that’s a part of the process( from a project management perspective). That I find myself asking the very question: What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

OMG — I’m about to have a COW! literally. I must say that there is something to say about micro and solo business owners that have tenacity, stick-to-itiveness (that probably means the same thing as tenacity — but you get the picture). What do you do? I hope you have some answers because folks — its times like these (when they are happening on a regular) that make MOSOs want to give up.

 

Let me be clear — Giving up is not an OPTION for you! No, no, no… I’m just rambling, might as well share my thoughts with you. Can we catch a break? Should not being able to do anything, in situations like this, help us relish the moment (sit back evaluate, recover, allow for new creative thoughts to flow). It’s yin and yang here. Like I said in the last sentence — I’m just rambling y’all hope you got something out of it. It was good for me to express it.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

Ok, folks. What do you do, when you can't do anything?

Hello MOSO Tribers! I don’t want to complain. I try to really keep it positive most of the time, especially when it relates to my business dealings — but boy is it difficult sometimes for a micro business that has to rely on other solo sources to get the work done. It’s not always a bad thing. I am a huge advocate for working with and collaborating with other micro and solo business owners we can cause a lot of change out here in the world working together.

But reality often sets in. The very things that are weaknesses for a micro or solo business owners play out in the collaboration efforts. Really it’s no fault of one or the other — it’s just the REALITY. Many of you know I’ve been working on getting the MOSO MAG out to you since “June” and here it is almost 3rd week into July and, though I’m close — I can’t do anything to deliver it any quicker. There is so much that’s a part of the process( from a project management perspective). That I find myself asking the very question: What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

OMG — I’m about to have a COW! literally. I must say that there is something to say about micro and solo business owners that have tenacity, stick-to-itiveness (that probably means the same thing as tenacity — but you get the picture). What do you do? I hope you have some answers because folks — its times like these (when they are happening on a regular) that make MOSOs want to give up.

 

Let me be clear — Giving up is not an OPTION for you! No, no, no… I’m just rambling, might as well share my thoughts with you. Can we catch a break? Should not being able to do anything, in situations like this, help us relish the moment (sit back evaluate, recover, allow for new creative thoughts to flow). It’s yin and yang here. Like I said in the last sentence — I’m just rambling y’all hope you got something out of it. It was good for me to express it.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

Be Rich, BE WELL, Be Great: Posture Yourself Part 2

Back on March 26, 2011 I posted the 1st part of a 3 part series of posts (sorry for the delay — life is happening), called Be Rich, Be Well, Be Great: Increase in Life & business part 1. I have a tendency of  speaking to the circumstances in my life and business through writing, which is why these blog posts from the MOSO Nation contributing bloggers have become so critical for my weekly fueling. The first of this series of posts was all about “Be Rich” — coming more from the perspective of having a rich mind — boy sometimes I need a swift kick to keep me in check.

It is truly a laborious task to stay focused on the truth of being rich in your mind, so that you benefit from being rich in the physical. (Ok I’m not going to recap the whole part-1 post — so on to BE WELL).

Have you ever thought about your posture? Physically, posture is key for your stability, grounding and positioning, right? It could also mean your stance when opportunities arrive. Opportunities can be positive and challenging, but opportunities to do something or be in the right place, right? So being well can be a physical or mental state of mind or being. Well this post is about the physical because I can’t be at my best ,when I’m physically beat down, not exercising, not eating properly, not sleeping and not breathing.

I know you’re saying…”breathing”? Yes, breathing — It is a vital posture that we should all take, one that I’m learning to get right along with many others, who are solo business owners, trying to manage all the moving parts, as I sometimes call it. You know what? Posture Yourself… friends –we’ve got allot work to do, a lot of family to love, and allot businesses to grow! I’m just rambling ya’ll. Have a tremendous week! More from contributing writers in the weeks to come — they’re powerful and have nothing but the best fuel to give for your aspirations!

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

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