Archive for November, 2008

4 Things You Can’t Recover

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Owl in TreeIn this special time of year when we turn our attention to friends and family, perhaps having had to sacrifice some of that along the way, I thought I’d share a reminder of the 4 things we can’t recover:

the stone… after the throw,
the word… after it’s said,
the occasion… after the loss,
the time… after it’s gone.

(A friend sent this message to me today and I liked it so much I decided to pass it on!)

Our 3 Final Winners Have Been Selected!

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Wow, last night’s draw was so exciting! Our special thanks to Leland Clipperton who drew the names of the final 3 winners in the Alex Mandossian Giveaway! (I’ll be calling them personally right after the Final Friday call which starts in 30 minutes!)

Congratulations to:

Glenn Weissel, Roy, Washington
Leanne Abraham, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Ken Lucyk, Spruce Grove, Alberta

November 2008 Micro-Fundraising Call with Bill Bartmann

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Bill Bartmann

Listen to the Replay…

Success Starts with Heart

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Being an entrepreneur can be tough. But there’s no life like it! Frankly, I can’t imagine living any other way and I’m sure Alex feels the same as I do. And I know many of you feel that way too.

Let me be clear, it’s not like we’ve never felt frustrated about where we were in our lives at some point. Or that we didn’t have doubts and fears. Everybody goes through that. The entrepreneurial life carries with it a lot of uncertainty in terms of outcome. Even so, the ability to choose your own path and to work toward something with a willingness to let the chips fall where they may is the ultimate freedom.

No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, there’s always plenty to be thankful for. And if you find yourself at a place where you need to re-energize and re-motivate yourself, I have a recommendation for you. A fellow Canadian, Wayne Kelly (aka the Radio Guy), recorded a series of 52 motivational interviews not long ago. Alex is even one of the success inspirations in the collection!

Wayne’s work is one of his own giving projects (he’s using this series to raise $1M for Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia). I thought I’d let you know about it because these 6-12 minute interviews (also available as downloadable mp3s) are very uplifting. How often can you give yourself a lift while helping others?

On Wayne’s web site you can listen to some sample interviews and, if you like what you hear, you can get the entire collection, delivered to you by email once a week. Many of the interviews are with people you may know or have heard of; some people you’ll be meeting for the first time. Either way, it’s a whole year of support ready whenever you need a lift!

See for yourself at

You Can’t Go Wrong When You Stay Your Course

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Q: What do GE, Disney, HP and Microsoft have in common?

A: They were all startups during steep declines in the U.S. economy. GE started during the panic of 1873, Disney started during the recession of 1923-24, HP began during the Great Depression, and Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft during the recession of 1975.

Q: How much revenue did Microsoft earn in its first year of business?

A: $16,005

Moral of this post?

Great things can be created in times of economic difficulty and even the biggest companies start small. So, rock on people — we’re just getting started! Give the gift of believing in yourself and your dreams.

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Monday, November 17th, 2008

ClocksWe just completed the PRODUCTIVITYZEN course with our SMARTSTART Business Success Program members. One of the most important lessons was about managing your energy, not your time. (Besides, as we also learned, time cannot be managed anyway. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never have more than 24 hours in a day to work with!)

Time is a finite resource, but energy is different. It has four wellsprings – the body, emotions, mind, and spirit – and in each, it can be systematically expanded and renewed. We looked at many ways of doing this, including how to establish rituals that will build energy in the four key dimensions.

Managing your energy effectively is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, your loved ones and your business. If you haven’t taken the PRODUCTIVITYZEN course yet, making time to do it before year end would be an excellent way to start giving in a way that benefits you every day. 

3 More Winners Announced November 8

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Alex MandossianIf you’ve been following the Alex Mandossian Giveaway you know that it will soon be coming to an end.

On Friday, November 7 we did another call explaining the SMARTSTART Business Success Program and what Alex and I are both giving between now and the end of 2009 to help you, our fellow entrepreneurs closer to home, achieve your business dreams.

If you were on that call, or have listened to it since, you would also know I promised to announce the names of our next 3 winners here today at noon.

We asked Ms. Samantha Jones (not the one from Sex and the City but just as cute) to draw the names for us this morning. Today’s winners are (drum roll please):

Jeannie Fitzsimmons, Beverly Hills, California
Lorraine Beasley, Greenwood, Indiana
Cynthia Barnett, Norwalk, Connecticut

Congratulations, ladies! We’re glad to have you on our winners team. I just called you to welcome you to the program and our team personally. You’ll receive further information by email over the next few days and I look forward to working with you.

Our winners receive private coaching and management consulting until December 2009 to help them build their businesses or move a business idea forward. Their fees for all SMARTSTART Mentoring Programs are waived for life (or as long as they stay in the program since you can leave at any time — there’s no fixed commitment).

Now, don’t despair if your name has not been drawn yet. It’s not too late to get in on the next and final draw!

The final 3 winners will be announced live at the end of our SMARTSTART Giving Final Friday call on November 28th. To qualify for the draw, you must first purchase a seat in the SMARTSTART Business Success Program.

You can do that here:

Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see that Alex himself is paying more for you to be in the program than you are paying to be in it (if you decide to join that is).

A year from now, you can still be talking about your business, or you could actually have one working for you. The decision to take action on your own behalf is all yours. We’re doing all we can personally to help you but you have to step up too. I encourage you to take advantage of Alex’s offer and let this be a gift you give to yourself.

SMARTSTART Giving 2.7 Million Dollar Giveaway Expands!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Well it started as a $2.7M Giveaway but we have since expanded our list of winners and, instead of having just 9 people in the SMARTSTART Business Success Program receiving a year’s worth of management consulting and coaching, we’ve doubled the number of winners to 18 lucky entrepreneurs!

Listen to Alex explain why he’s doing this and more!

For example, he’s willing to pay more per month than you will just so you can be in this program. That’s how much he wants you to have this opportunity to succeed in creating your business dreams.

(A seat in the SMARTSTART Business mentoring program costs $99. You pay $49 and Alex will pay the other $50 for you. How many teachers do you have that would be willing to do that just to help you succeed hmmmmm?)

Meet Winner Brad Taft

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Brad TaftBrad Taft is a career coach based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He is also one of six entrepreneurs who won a SMARTSTART Business Success package, including a year of private consulting and coaching support, in the Alex Mandossian Giveaway draw held October 31.

Congratulations, Brad! We look forward to working with you over the coming year!

You can learn more about Brad and his business at (isn’t that a great web site name?) or by listening to his post-win interview!