Morning Regrets... Laura Prather

Passion is synonymous with business because it's the tinder that gets any business started. Passion also acts like the bellows needed to fan the flames when doldrums and tough days set it.

However, passion has its place.

Which means it doesn't occupy every space of running a business. In fact, passion, just like a fire, can destroy a business.


Passion makes us do dumb things.

Passion is emotion. Raw emotion. There's no thinking or logic involved. It's reckless and impulsive. Passion stirs up our adrenaline and removes the fear-factor when our doubts and over-thinking get in the way.

Passion is great when it's contained, but deadly when don't use self-control.

How many times have I made a purchase for a software program, a course, a piece of home office equipment or decor that I JUST HAVE TO HAVE only to realize the next day that I made a terrible decision? Or maybe in a fit of frustration or excitement, made a business decision that cost me a client or I took on a client I shouldn't have? 

KEEPING IT REAL:  I can recall the many, many times I went to market as a boutique owner full of enthusiasm and excitement at the new products and apparel. I gushed over the new designs and wanted it all in my store. Suddenly, I forgot about any budget and imagined how everything would look in my store and was certain my customers would be in love with everything! It was easy to place large orders for something I wasn't going to have to pay for, for another 3, 6, or 9 months. I always left with arms full of catalogs, product samples...and invoices...that eventually came due.

It never failed. Every time, I had "morning regrets". I'd pull out the invoices, add them up, and then have to cancel at least half of my orders. Sometimes I couldn't bring myself to cancel and as a result, a few times I was stuck with a bill I couldn't pay.

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Passion can also cloud our judgment when we need to change directions, make decisions on who to work with, lay down a pet project or be teachable when a mentor or coach offers a fresh perspective. 

Passion may be the catalyst to start a business and keep it going when times are tough, but it's self-control and determination that grows business and keeps it healthy.

In day-to-day business activities, emotions must never lead the way. Passion is the heartbeat of our entrepreneurial endeavor and provides vision and staying-power, but wisdom and being level-headed is going to keep us on the right path. 

Remember, when it comes to making business decisions, passion needs to take back seat.

Social Media courses, new info on LIVE trainings, and a surprise project that you don't want to miss starting January 2020. Watch the video update I posted tonight on my Facebook page.I MESSED UP. I keep trying to get together my STOCK PHOTOS information for you and it just hasn't happened. It WILL happen...soon. But in the meantime, here's one important tip: NEVER USE AN IMAGE OFF OF PINTEREST OR ANY RANDOM WEBSITE. You MUST use a royalty-free or purchased stock image or you WILL get hit with a nasty fine. Trust me...I know. I got one of those fines. Here's another thing...some of those stock companies actually put out their images on Pinterest, etc knowing that someone will unknowingly copy and use it.

Then they can legally fine you thousands of dollars. They find you because of the TAGS on the photos. So BEWARE!!! Speaking of social media and stock photos. If you do any of your own social media posts, here is an article about the latest graphic design trends.

You may not be a graphic designer but it's good to have a general idea of what is attracting people to images.ONLINE COURSES ARE COMING JANUARY 2020. These courses are limited in size and are a pay-what-you-want basis. Meaning, I'll give you a chance to pay what you want at the END of the course.

Whether it's $5 or $100 or somewhere in-between - you decide. Our first course is managing your social media through CREATOR STUDIO. Registration will be coming at the end of the week. Watch for it here. (the info isn't updated yet)




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