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If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford

Roger Crawford, is an entrepreneur, an author, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a motivational speaker, and a professional tennis player.  You might be thinking this man is incredible, and you would be right.  However, what if I told you Roger was born withectrodactylism.  Roger was born with no hands and only one good foot.  He had a thumb-like digit coming out of his right forearm, and a similar on his left forearm.  The doctors told Roger’s parents that he would need to be able to walk and care for himself.

After the disbelief, Roger’s parents began to teach him how to use the tools he was given.  They spoke life into him and encouraged him to overcome the obstacles of his disabilities.  Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success defines a growth mindset, as “. . . People believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

Because of Roger’s parents, he developed a growth mindset.  He learned to embrace his imperfections, see opportunities instead of problems, and reframe setbacks as new learning experience.  Roger did not start life well; however, he is living a great life, and it is due to the choice his parents made to teach him how not “to be handicapped” in his mind.

It is time to act.  Become a person who begins to see opportunities instead of obstacles, to fail forward, to embrace imperfection, and to do it afraid.  Who you are matters, and what you do matters; therefore, let yourself embrace a growth mindset and watch what it can do for you, your business, and your relationships.

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. ~ Roger Crawford

CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES FOR MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET: 


Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

"Ask for help not because you're weak, but because you want to remain strong." ~ Les Brown

Who said asking for help is a sign of weakness? Oh right! My dad. One of my dad's "life lessons" he taught my siblings and me was asking for help was a sign of weakness.

I remember coming to my dad seeking help on a school project, life issue, or work project and he would look me straight in the eyes and say, "Asking for help is a sign of weakness, go figure it out on your own.” And I would. The lesson taught me independence and helped me to develop strong problem-solving skills. However, I think of all the hours I could have saved if I just found the right person(s) to ask for help.

I recently heard the African proverb, "I am because we are." It has taught me I am stronger when I am part of the “we.” A business owner cannot do it all. A business must work for the owner, not the other way around. Not sure what to outsource? --- Any task that is not a strength or the deadline does not provide enough time for the task to be performed in-house.

How do you ask for help? I am glad you asked. Enter the internet and the global world of freelancers. One of my favorite sites I have used repeatedly is Fiverr.com. This site provides freelancers that specialize in copywriting, web design, app development, social media, SEO, and so much more. And most of the time the cost starts at $5; hence the name Fiverr. There are many choices for finding talented freelancers: Upwork.com, 99designs.com, Guru.com, Outsourcely.com and/or Peopleperhour.com.

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 edition of the Castle Pines Connection, http://www.castlepinesconnection.com/ under the feature, BusinessBytes.

“I am because we are.” African Proverb


Learn to create graphics like a professional using Canva

A picture is worth a thousand words.”

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Allow me to take you back into your memories, and I want you to think of the most beautiful place you have been.  As you find your image, I want you to close your eyes, and listen to the sounds, smell the aromas in the air, and feel the emotions as you concentrated on that special memory.  Do you see it?  That is the power of images or in social media, visual communication.  Visual communications use visual aids to convey ideas, share information, and most importantly tell a story.

How do you create visual aids?  Using an online graphics design software like Canva.com.  This tool is fantastic.  It can make a designer out of anyone.  It is packed with templates to help you create social media posts, social media covers, marketing flyers, infographics, resumes, presentations and so much more.  The only limitation to the tool is the imagination of the user.  Moreover, the coolest part of this tool, it is free!

Why is Canva relevant to your business?  Here are the top three reasons starting at the number three: 3. You do not have to be a design expert to create stunning graphics, 2. With 65% of the population being visual learners, it is important to tell the story of your business in graphics, and the number 1 reasons for using Canva for your business:

“a new study from Clutch finds that visual content is believed to have the best performance on social media, . . . (MarketingCharts, 2016

Learning to use Canva does not require years of design experience; instead, it all begins with your willingness to create a free account and let the learning begin.  However, Canva does provide a free design school (http://bit.ly/Canva_DesignSchool) to help the timid designer to become a promising Leonardo da Vinci.  Canva.com also offers tutorials (http://bit.ly/Canva_Tutorials).  When running a business, there may not be time to order that perfect flyer, event image for Facebook or Instagram, but with Canva.com, there is now.  Happy designing!