My Go-To List

Every now and then, I will write a blog post that might fall under miscellanous, or “potpurri” as Alex Trebek calls it on Jeopardy.

I love lists, especially when they involve good lessons that you can use daily. Inc.com featured an article entitled, 9 Life Lessons for Every Entrepreneur. This list is derived from Gordon Dean, an American lawyer and prosecutor from the 1950s. Sadly, he died in a plane crash in 1953 but I think his lessons below will last a lifetime.

  1. Never lose your capacity for enthusiasm.
  2. Never lose your capacity for indignation.
  3. Never judge people. Don’t type them too quickly. But in a pinch, never first assume that a man is bad; first assume that he is good and that, at worst, he is in the gray area between bad and good.
  4. Never be impressed by wealth alone or thrown by poverty.
  5. If you can’t be generous when it’s hard to be, you won’t be when it’s easy.
  6. The greatest builder of confidence is the ability to do something–almost anything–well.
  7. When confidence comes, then strive for humility; you aren’t as good as all that.
  8. The way to become truly useful is to seek the best that other brains have to offer. Use them to supplement your own, and be prepared to give credit to them when they have helped.
  9. The greatest tragedies in the world and personal events stem from misunderstandings. So communicate!

These are simple and concise ways to manage your life, personally and professionally. I like this list a lot and will refer to it often. I hope you will too!

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On the Right Path

After a busy week, it was nice to relax this weekend. During worship service, I was reminded of two things – to give generously and to follow His path. I can never go wrong with that type of guidance and advice. The Sabbath is always a good reminder to rest.

This weekend, I also got a new copy of Inc. magazine, which is funny because I’m still processing last month’s issue. Inc. magazine is a publication and website for entrepreneurs and business owners. I always read my issue front to cover. The September issue included the list the fastest growing companies, based on a set of metrics that Inc. compiles. The profiles of companies and their respective business owners is always a fascinating read. I enjoyed reading about Indigo Johnson, an African-American woman who runs a talent management company in Georgia. She would be a great person to interview. I haven’t finished the current issue yet, but the piece about one of Fab.com’s co-founders was riveting. I think I might re-read it.

Showing my support!

Speaking of interviews, I have an informational interview tomorrow. I will definitely give a recap about how it goes. I’m hoping to line up a few others as I solidify my Midwest tour. Aside from hitting America’s heartland, I am heading to Philadelphia next week. I am really looking forward to volunteering at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women! I hope I get a chance to talk to Tory Johnson, a small business expert and a Good Morning America contributor. I’ve been a big fan since I learned of her story and her Sparkle & Hustle events last summer. I’ve joined the conference’s Linkedin group and will send an email to be a guest blogger. Along with supporting women and their businesses, the conference will collect accessories on behalf of Career Wardrobe, a nonprofit that offers professional wear and career education for women in transition.

There are a lot of great events and programs ahead but I’m taking it one day at a time.