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The People You Need In Your Support Network

The value of networking is to build relationships and net worth. Networking is essential in growing a business.  The essence of networking is the value to cultivate alliances into meaningful, beneficial relationships. There are different forms of networking via social media, colleagues, business associates, co-workers and direct introductions. Each form leads to increasing a networking of people who can supply a wealth of contacts, resources and information.  No one can do without networking. To have a successful network experience, you need to have several people who can provide insight and support, and the essential factors on networking. The people you need in your network circle, 1) A network leader who is a master at networking who can provide the teachings on networking. 2) A network partner who can be the side view, provide evaluation and feedback.3) A network supporter who stands alongside and cheers for you to continue to build your network. In all essence, networking starts a person putting forth the effort. Networking is done every day in a matter of minutes starting with extending a smile. Later, a smile leads to a hello, and a hello leads to an introduction, and conversation.  In the interim, the conversation leads to a network of opportunity in developing a relationship.

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Reinventing Yourself without Leaving Your Business

As a woman entrepreneur, and working in the public relations industry, my career is extremely stressful. I work tireless long hours in providing public relation services to A-List clients who are highly demanding. I will go weeks without sleep, and then I would get sick.  My health was suffering, and I feeling a sense of lost control of being centered and balanced.  This year, I reinvented myself and my priortiies by being selective in how I spent my day. I wanted to reinvent myself on how I treated myself throughout the day.  I wanted to give myself  the opportunity to focus clearly on projects, and provide direct attention to my clients during the week. I had to make a commitment not to work on Sunday. On Sunday, I attend church, and mediate. This helped me to eliminate stress, and prepare myself physically and mentally for the upcoming week.  During my reinvention process, I had to learn to take two steps back in order to productively move forward. In becoming a happier person, I had to listen to my inner voice that was telling me “slow down,” relax and rest.  In taking the stand to be healthier, happier, and a better person, I was able to be a better business person who was takes care of clients with full mind, body and spirit.

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My Soap Box for Today

Earlier this year, I invited several to partner with me in a new business venture called ‪#‎Closet2Closet‬. The concept was to redo home closets by selling old items to cleanse or make room for new items. I started the hustle, but I realized I was the only one hustling to get the business off the ground. We all had a large network to secure clients, but others were not putting in the work. Long story short, We had a heart 2 heart talk, and we agreed to part amicably. I have NEVER met many people that grind like I do. I will put in the time of long hours, tirelessly efforts, no sleep to make it work. Needless, I decided to pursue solo, and I changed the name.Then, ‪#‎WineandCloset‬ was born. In 3 months, I have endured great achievements, and success. A lot of sacrifice along with my main career, ‪#‎ThePNPAgency‬™. In the interim, the referrals are coming, and I am meeting so many people who have shared the inside of their homes, and wisdom, and giving back to the community and non-profit organizations. I am making a difference with this new business venture movement. It’s sad, because I live, and love to share. I had to come to terms, they don’t want to share with me. I long for partnerships, and togetherness. However, I had to let go of my disappointments of those who did not want to share in this partnership. I am okay with being solo! It’s my destiny, not theirs. #‎MySoapBox4Today‬

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Let It Go

Yesterday, I visit an old friend in South Jersey after a Wine and Closet client session, to stop by and say hello before I headed back home to watch some football. Well, those plans got derailed. Immediately, she shared that I appeared tired, pissed, annoyed and frustrated. I assured her, I was fine with my big ole’ Cologate‬ smile. Needless, she grabbed my hand, and said let’s take a walk. I looked at her baffled, while she brings paper, and a pen. While we are out in the wilderness, she said write everything down that is bothering you. She had me scream out loud all that was in my heart, I spoke on it, prayed over it, burned it, and released it. I let it all go. All in all, this experience was to rebirth my mind, body, soul, and spirit. She shared, after, I must not speak on, about or recall anything on the papers, whereas, I will have let the devil win in my fight to glory. I need to get out my own way, and let my blessings reveal. This experience had me nervous, afraid, and confused. But at the end, I got it, and I let go. Sometimes I can be my worst enemy to mask what is going on. It took for someone to take notice, and say stop what you doing, and let me help you let it go. I have not seen my friend in awhile, but she knew I needed this spiritual revelation. So I thank her, for helping me ‪LET IT GO!

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The lessons we can learn from Joan Rivers by Matthew Tukaki

It has been a four week period of incredible loss in the entertainment industry with first Robin Williams and now Joan Rivers. Both were amazing doyens of the comedy circuit and for that reason alone we should pause and remember. In the case of Joan Rivers, who passed away this morning in New York it is best to remember the very things that made her special, enabled her to succeed and, in doing so, empower so many other people.

So, what can we learn from the life of Joan Rivers and how can we weave those things into our own daily lives? The best lessons lay in her own words:

“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking”

Joan never stood back from coming forward because she knew, what a lot of other successful people know, that in doing so you never make headway. In life, in business, in our workplaces and more generally the majority hold back from telling people what they think. You don’t have to be negative in what you say if you then take it to the next level by offering a solution to a problem or, indeed, an alternate way of thinking. If you don’t ask you never know and if you never say then no one else knows you have a view or opinion. Never just follow the crowd.

“Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, its tough.”

Joan is right, life is tough and often we need to make the best of bad situations and circumstances outside of our control. However, we also need to take time and check in with reality and, in doing so, laugh. Laughter is often the best medicine and as Joan recognised growing up and establishing a career in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond for a woman of her talent meant just that – laughing more often than she cried.

“Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else and we strive to swim to the top”

This is a very important lesson because success and striving to the top is a trait all human beings have irrespective of social status and location. Take me for example. I was an underachieving failure at school even though I tried really hard. My parents worked two jobs each just to keep a roof over our heads and while we were not poor – they struggled and they strived to enable me and my siblings to strive to the top. I went on to successfully run a multi-billion company, establish five start-ups and even Chair a University Research Institute (ironic right given I have little or no formal qualifications). Strive, work hard and swim to the top.

Joan made millions of people over many decades laugh and sometimes they laughed to the point of crying. I was one of those people when she bought her comedy routine to Australia some years ago. But, even though Joan was successful she remembered one other important thing – to laugh at herself more so than just make other people laugh.

some years ago she said:

“Acting is my true love. I would like to have been a serious actor, and I plan to in the next life. I’m gonna be Meryl Streep Rivers.”

I prefer she was never a serious actor – I prefer her laughter, her fast wit and passion for life.

(for the record, and thank you all for the comments so far, this article was not written as click bait nor was it written in any way to take advantage of the breaking news. In actual fact I was sitting here in my office at home at 5.30 am in the morning when I heard the news. We all deal with death and bad news in different ways. I choose to write about it as a way of expressing how I feel in the moment. I also took some of Joan’s most inspirational quotes to share with others – I am really appalled at some of the comments so far about “click bait” and too soon. Also for the record, I recall a great many articles being posted on the death of Robin Williams within hours of it being announced on LinkedIn. I didn’t post anything at all so If I was somehow taking advantage of the news of Ms Rivers passing then why would I not have done the same with the passing of Robin Williams – i’ll tell you why, because I saw Joan perform live and she left one hell of a mark on me.)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140904194601-11648880-the-lessons-we-can-learn-from-joan-rivers

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