TribeologyBlog.com – Episode #603 – Add Color (In the Right Place)

Quote: “Your best teacher is your last mistake.” Ralph Nader

Monday: Subject Matter Expert

 

Have you ever had one of those days when you just screw up. Welcome to my last week Sunday.

UGH.

I was mad at myself for this…  The yellow is suppose to be white. UGHHHHHH

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, I have mentioned that I create personalized dog collars. Well, Shyloh, wanted a new collar.

It’s a great vibe collar with a yin-yang.  I created the layout, programmed the machine, and started stitching.

You know what I did… I broke my rule.  I walked away from the machine before double checking the stitch color.  By the time I walked back to the machine, less than one minute, I noticed my error.  And I couldn’t fix it.

I was out of blank blue collars so I needed to ship it.  Today, I received the replacement blank and I was able to recreate it…

This time I did it the right way… well, here’s fun twist.

Do you remember my post Episode 593 – How I Saved 50% by Listening to My Gut – But I’m Still Hungry? I wrote about my drama in trying to buy new back drops for taking photos of my products.  I plan to revamp my website and update the look on my Instagram.

Well… LOOK!  I was able to use Shyloh’s collar and photograph it with the new backgrounds.

This is important because the design of a yin-yang is a great example of my “cute design upsell”

I like to mention my failure, past and update on Subject Matter Expert day because it’s important to keep up your skills and continually improve.

It’s easy to stay complacent.  Especially with technical and design skills.  I mean look at the black background collar.  It’s fine. It works.  It features the product nicely.

But look at the color backgrounds.  They give Shyloh’s collar an entirely different vibe.  The store has a fun, hip, vibe… and as a result your dog will be hip and fun.

Today, elevate your skill level.  Look for that class, read your magazine, take a seminar.  It’s easy to be stale… but the group your leading needs your best.

#doinginfinity

 

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

TribeologyBlog.com – Episode 593 – How I Saved 50% By Listening to My Gut… But I’m Still Hungry.

Quote: “Instinct is the nose of the mind.” D.deGirardin

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

 

Trust your gut feeling.  That is something we all know to be true, but sometimes it’s really hard.

You’re rushing around trying to “make something happen” and it’s really REALLY hard.  You drop your keys, you slip on the ice, you do X, Y, or Z. UGH.

Well… that was my today.

I wanted to buy a new photography backdrop so when I take photos they look good online.  I’ve use black for about 4 years.  I still think it looks great.  I’m not a hip/trendy person, really… quite the opposite.  However, I have skills in marketing things.

Last week I bought a wood panel background and it looks nice.  It also kind of looks like every other photo on the internet. I like black.  But the black does kind of look dated.  So my choices… look dated or look like everyone else.

UGH (again).

Recently I’ve noticed 80s colors are in style… armed with that trend I went to Amazon.  I found some back drops in blue, pink, green.  I put them in my cart – the total was over $100.  They were too big for my small photo studio.

And I got stuck… should I order, should I not order, should I go to the fabric store tonight and get vinyl there?  A storm is coming in and I don’t want to go shopping. But I’m hungry and I could get dinner, too.  UGH (third time)

I got distracted (shocker)

And was hovering with my finger over the buy now button.  UGH (fourth time) I just couldn’t buy the three backgrounds.

Then I searched again.

This time I found 24″ wide. Hummmmm….. this was impossible about 3 hours ago, I wonder why the 24″ are showing up in my results, now…   BUT PINK WAS OUT OF STOCK.

BIG UGH.

I went to the post office to get the mail.

Opened it up and there was this Trendy advertising card.  Sure enough it was a bright pink background with a very happy gal. It’s as if the color I want is mocking me.

SOOOOOO I searched again…

You know what I found?  Nope not pink… I found a BUNDLE PACK with pink!  And they’re 24″, the perfect size I need without cutting… AND they arrive in two days. I don’t have to go to the store.

The best part… this bundle pack was over 50% cheaper than the original three colors I had in my card… now I get 15 colors… no cutting… delivered to my door!

Yeah, this was a minor thing, but my gut was telling me not to make the decision for the three backdrops, but to just wait… I have no idea why I couldn’t find the “perfect” thing earlier today – but I’m glad I listened to my gut.

However, I’m still hungry and have no idea what I want for dinner.

 

#doinginfinity

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Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

TribeologyBlog.com – Episode 591 – The Reason It’s Important to Have a “Voice and Stage”

Quote: “Never give up on your dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway”

Monday: Subject Matter Expert

 

Tic Tock… what’s that?  OH it’s time.

I love to hear people when they say, I don’t have time.   Especially when it has to do with strengthening their knowledge.  “I don’t have time to go to classes to learn X” and yet… they have time to complain.  OR better yet, in three years when they reap the benefit of taking the classes to learn X they will STILL have the time to complain.

It doesn’t make sense.

When you want your business to grow you need to market yourself.  We regularly go over this “why” behind this statement, so I’ll review it… we need to market ourselves because people want to do business with people.

Therefore, you need to put yourself out there.  There’s a funny thing that happens when you “put yourself out there” and that is that you automatically become a public presence.

Now… that doesn’t mean an expert.

Let’s look at Hollywood and politics.  I’m not going to use names but why on earth does anyone think that someone who stars in movies has any basis for political guidance.

I guess it doesn’t matter “why on earth” the fact is, they have a voice and they have a stage.  (I ripped that off from my favorite singer/songwriter Kenny Chesney which is pretty amazing because I really like Debbie Gibson, too. It was the 80s)  Back to the quote “voice and stage” – I heard an interview with Kenny Chesney speaking of the hurricanes that hit the islands.

He didn’t know what he could do to help, but he had a “voice and a stage” hummmmmm….

Kinda powerful.

Back to the lame-o stars and politics.  Oh boy, by nature of their work they also have a voice and stage.  They choose to use it for political purposes.

What the heck does this have to do with you and today’s inspiration?  The purpose of your business is to give you the ability to exist and thrive doing something you enjoy.  As such, what happens when that all disappears?

OH chrimmity, not in the morbid sense…  but maybe you’ll get bored.

Then what?

Let’s say you’ve sold Real Estate for 30 years… and you’re burned out.  That doesn’t make the knowledge disappear.  However, if you’ve positioned yourself as a Subject Matter Expert, with a blog and taken the TIME to continually invest in youself, you could “quit” selling homes and start consulting.  OR if you’re a teacher, doctor, sales person, there are so many possibilities for your “after” career

BUT

You need to start now.

Think of positioning yourself as your “spring board” to the next thing… continue to work at what you are doing, but utilize your TIME to invest in yourself so you can SPRING to the next possibility… because you never know when that could happen!

 

#doinginfinity

 

Tomorrow… come back for my episode “Content & Consistency”!

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

TribeologyBlog.com – Episode #575 – Enjoy Your Today.

QUOTE: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

 

Burrrrr!  Let’s see, it’s January and it’s cold.  That’s not a news story – but guess what, it is!  Granted, we’re exceptionally cold, I mean stores and businesses are closed.

I just thought it would be a fun quote to help us understand a simple idea.

We need “harsh” to appreciate “wonderful”

Think of all the bad, negative, awful things in life.  Why are they so horrible?  Because in the exact same memory you can imagine how much better the opposite is!

The good news is if you’re struggling it’s because you know (or think you know) how amazing it can be… if you have something amazing going on… be thankful, because likely there was a struggle on your way to get to the awesome!

As for summer, I laugh because people often complain, “it’s too hot” well, I hope all of them are VERY happy because there’s no way to say that in Minnesota today! hahaha

So don’t stress about where you could be, simply enjoy your today.

 

#doinginfinity

 

Tomorrow… come back for my episode on “Infinity Customer”!


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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

TribeologyBlog.com – Episode #563 – Turn Mundane Tasks Into Exciting Learning Opportunities

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Gandhi

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

 

This is definitely the type type of quote you want to print up and hang on the wall.  It’s so AMAZING.  You totally want to stand at the top of a hill, arms outstretched, sun gracing your face and you exhale.

That’s what you feel when you read this quote.

There are dreams of selling everything, moving to an island and soaking in the reggae band at the bar while drinking a ginormous drink with a huge slice of pineapple on the rim.

You want to run free in the meadow being chased by a pack of golden retriever puppies.

Don’t all of these things sound amazing!  Especially when you’re staring at your unread emails? haha

Let’s look at the second half of the quote — Learn.  Learn more. Then learn some more!

I was listening to a book as I was driving today.  I was running errands, and I HATE to run errands. It’s winter, I’m fortunate to have a warm coat, but I hate not being able to move!  UGH.  But there I was… driving to pick up stuff at 5 different places. AND I was listening to an audio book.

I was listening to a marketing book.  It’s about creating remarkable moments and how to craft them… there will probably be a post about it in the future (wink) – but today I was learning.  One example is about New Zealand and their innovation of a Sky Couch.

YIKES!

They added a foot rest to the 3 across seats.  It flips up and makes a futon.  Imagine that!  On a trip across the ocean you can lie down and NOT be in first class.  (Granted, I’d like to be in First Class)

So what does this have to do with the quote for today?  OMG.  I was doing life (mundane), learning (audio book), and living (dreaming) — all at the same time.

You can multitask anything! 🙂

 

#doinginfinity

Tomorrow… come back for my episode on “Infinity Customer”!
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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review

TribeologyBlog.com – Episode #557 – Don’t Quit… Tweak!

Quote: “Your Dream Doesn’t Have An Expiration Date.” KTWitten

Wednesday: Midweek Motivation

How’s your goal? Sounds a little funny.

But it’s real!

We talk about the weather… but rarely our goals!  And today is January 9th… 9 days after the “big” day for goal setting occurs.   HA! Do you remember your resolution, quite possibly it’s been forgotten.  If you’re still doing it, well… keep going!

Here’s my point.  Keep going.  If you feel like your dream is taking longer than it should maybe you need a little reality check.

Uh Oh, a reality check, what does that mean? It means maybe you don’t have the skill, talent, or people surrounding you that you need to succeed.  It’s not that the goal is unattainable, its just you need to stop and switch gears.

For example, if you want to lose weight, but it’s not working… maybe you need a trainer or a doctor.  You may need to surround yourself with people that don’t eat double chocolate cupcakes.

What I’m saying is… set the goal, make your mini-goals, and keep going.  Just remember that all of your care in working toward your goal just might need a little gear switch.  Don’t stop – just adjust.

 

#doinginfinity

 

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Monday – Character (Subject Matter Expert)
Tuesday – Content & Consistency
Wednesday – Midweek Motivation
Thursday – Infinity Customers
Friday – Big Money
Saturday – Try This!
Sunday – Week in Review