These are 7 qualities I got from Richard Branson’s book… so they aren’t exactly typical – but they’re definitely leadership qualities we can use and teach our kids to enjoy life a little more. Watch the video at the bottom of this post for more plus – I go over some lessons you’ll get from my bootcamp if you so choose to take it…. on internet marketing. Integrity
This leadership quality is important. Having integrity means being true to the value and morals you stand for… in action and in words. When I talk to my kids about integrity as a leadership quality – I talk about conformity too. While it’s OK to want to “fit in” and wear the styles other kids wear, it’s not ok to give in to peer pressure that makes you do things you know – inside – are wrong.
It’s also OK to want nothing to DO with “fitting in” as long as you stay true to YOU.
We talk about what our family values and what kinds of people we are.
Do we stand by when another kid is getting picked on? Or are we the kinds of people that say something?
When they were little -we did a project where we drew a tree and put on the leaves – the qualities that we are. What being a Krouth is.
Stay true to you.
Sense of Humor
Earl Nightingale talked about this in his book too. What does having a sense of humor have to do with leadership?
It’s about getting along with people and getting things done.
Having a sense of humor lightens the load.
People with a sense of humor are viewed as more intelligent, trustworthy, and approachable. What more would you want in leadership qualities?
This is about encouraging others to be the best they can be.
Teaching personal development. There’s ALWAYS something to learn…. from just about anyone, anywhere.
To encourage personal development in our kids, we actually pay them for reading books that teach them something. Becoming better and constantly learning – forever – is part of living a fulfilling life.
Be Ultra Gregarious
This is – being social.
Get out and talk to people. Face to face.
We are social beings… not meant to be hiding behind computer screens. Encourage your kids to TALK to their friends instead of texting them.
Pick up the phone? What?
Being social is one of the leadership qualities that seems to be disappearing.
Make eye contact
You can learn something from anyone…. so don’t be afraid to make new friends, talk to strangers, and learn something from them.
Truly Care About Other People
Have empathy. Put yourself in their shoes. Don’t judge.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years – it’s that you NEVER know what someone else’s story is. You don’t know WHY they act the way they do.
If they’re angry and always have a “bi*** face” on. Let your heart feel for them. They’re probably miserable for a reason.
While you can’t help everyone – be generous and caring.
You don’t have to – nor should you – do everything yourself.
Work -is good for kids.
As a Mom, home business, taxi service, gardener, and everything else – I believe in child labor.
Trust your kids with tasks. It builds confidence, makes them feel useful, and gives you more time to do more.
Delegate – don’t Relegate
To relegate – is to to put someone down… almost like – “this is a task not worth my time” – so you do it.
You’re not ABOVE any task. But – you’re trusting someone to do something in your place.
Making people feel like you trust them to do something you’d normally do is definitely one of the leadership qualities worth honing.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
If it’s someone else’s idea – give them credit for it.
Ideas are hardly ever truly original.
Practically everything on my blog is learned from some source and those sources? Learned from someone else.
I use my voice and tell you what I learn in my own way – but none of this is original.
These leadership qualities were from Richard Branson’s book and notes I took while I listened. You can read it too – here.
Be sure to watch the video below for more on this list. Plus some bonus tips I just learned yesterday.
Something like 80% of Mom Blogs don’t make any money.
Here are 10 things that might kill your blog…
It’s All About Me
Stories are GREAT. Especially stories that inspire, motivate, or
entertain. As long as they draw your readers in. But – if your blog
is – all about YOU and MORE about YOU – then you might be losing some
readers. Ever try to have a “conversation” with someone who only
talks about themselves? How does that feel? Yeah…..
Some feel that their blog is therapeutic. And – yes – that’s all and
good as long as you don’t want to make any money blogging. And – it
might be inspiring for others going through the same thing as you.
If You Build It…
… they will come. Remember Kevin Costner’s baseball field? He built
it, they came. Might be true for his magical baseball field, but not
necessarily so for your blog.
You need readers and buyers. I found this article on how to “Maximize
Your Blog Traffic in 9 Easy Steps” here: Maximize Your Blog Traffic
in 9 Easy Steps That – you might find helpful.
Spontaneous and Creative. People will ADMIRE your creativity right?
Wow – how creative you are! While creativity is FUN and inspiring,
sometimes it’s too much. People come to your blog for information
they’re looking for…. Could be: education, inspiration, or
entertainment. Being spontaneous might not be the best way to attract
an audience and keep them there. I once read this great tip from a
Engagement? Not like we’re getting married here. But – really – it
IS about your relationship with your audience. People buy from people
they know, like, and trust. There have been many – a – blog I’ve
abandoned simply because the writer never responded to any of my
helpful comments. (no worries – they were benign). Even email lists
– same thing – if the person doesn’t even acknowledge my email – I
don’t feel like their worthy of my time as a buyer. Do you feel that
way? What’s it feel like when someone RESPONDS to your comments? Now
– if you get super big and successful – it’s time consuming to respond
to every. Single. Comment. But – you can acknowledge them – or use
slave labor in your kids to simply give them a thumbs up. 😀
So – you don’t write for a newspaper or a tabloid. But – headlines
are what draw your audience in. In a video or audio type of content –
it’s the first few minutes of your video… well, seconds actually. You
could watch the first few seconds of my video and totally say – “OK,
enough of that” and off you go. But – what if I told you there are 3
bonus tips at the end of my video?
Which –there are – so watch it below.
Back To School
What does school have to do with your blog content? Grammar,
punctuation, and proper use of your language. That’s what. Yes – you
should write in a conversational tone – the same way you speak, BUT
people need to be able to read what you’ve written! I’ve read some
blogs where I couldn’t get past the first sentence because they make
NO SENSE. So – use the grammar you’ve been taught. And – for the
sake of your OCD audience, use your spell-checker.
While grammar and all that are great – you still have to write in a
conversational tone. This is not an essay for English class, nor is
it a thesis. So – just write the way you talk – but keep it
Go To The Party
Now – I wouldn’t tell your kids to go to the party. Especially if
there’s any alcohol involved…. Or they’re in sports. But – you? Have
to be social. Comment on blogs you like. Follow a few and include
your blog. Or – sometimes I like to comment as my Facebook page.
Use legible fonts – black on white is most easily read. Make it as
easy as possible to scan your blog post. Sometimes – for videos –
I’ll lay out minute markings for my followers to find the nuggets
quickly and save them time. Especially if it’s a training video I’m
Anyone remember the 80s web-sites? Don’t do all that flashy stuff. Just write.
Too Busy To Be… Consistent
Oh – that word. CONSISTENCY. One of the best blogs in the network
marketing niche is Ray Higdon’s. He has a new post DAILY. If you
don’t show up, neither will your audience. You have to be there.
Consistently. Not – every once in a while. Or – when you feel like
it. You have to show up in this biz – even if you don’t feel like it.
Earl Nightingale Thoughts on Happiness Those who are happy are those who have their mind fixed on something other than their own happiness. On the happiness of others. On the pursuit of the betterment of mankind…. not a means but as an end..
We are responsible happiness. You can’t unhappiness on anyone else by yourself.
Watch the video below for more on happiness ….insight…..
3 crucial elements to being a human being. .
2. Stimulation and change ~ opposite of boredom
3. Security ~ the opposite of
I talk more about this in the video below….
Philosopher William James quote. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact.
I ask this question of a friend. She’s been at a job for a very long time – 20 years actually. Under new management, she worries about her job. It’s a more stressful workplace than ever and she’s lost some of the freedoms she had under the previous management. We’d do almost anything to get back something we’ve had and enjoyed. So – is this home business for you? Several Things To Consider if Home Business For You
*No one will tell you what to do.
*Are you learning or doing?
Watch the video below for more on this….
It Takes Commitment
Most people aren’t really willing to commit to something as scary as home business. They feel secure in getting a paycheck.
You have to do the work – even when you don’t feel like it.
It’s a Habit
Creating a new habit – isn’t easy. We all know that.
But those habits are what builds your business.
Is home business for you? Depends on whether you have the commitment and discipline to create those habits.
It takes Discipline
You have to schedule yourself. Write it down. …. The things you need to get done. And schedule the time.
If you don’t actually schedule the time – it won’t get done.
Don’t get too caught up in learning…
More in the video – but while learning skills is SUPER important – make sure you’re DOING something to move your business forward.
On the other hand – learn the skills
You do have to learn new skills – and a whole new mindset…. are you willing to be uncomfortable?
It’s not just business.
What will happen if you commit to working towards something?
Create a Goal
Where will you be in a year?
If you commit and decide that home business is worth a try for you.
Do something every. single. day to move toward that goal.
Then, make a new goal.
Tom Hopkins, a famous sales trainer, wrote these words on a piece of paper to keep in front of him: “Am I doing the most productive thing possible at every given moment?” Is Home Business For You?
If you’ re a person who’s decided to commit themselves to:
*becoming a better person
*helping more people
Let’s chat. Contact me.
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Ginny ~ Uber Busy Home Business Mom Sharing And Marketing
Why even bother doing something half-a**?? That’s my question.
Are you doing all your can?
If you do just 2 % more or 2% better that can make THE difference. What a tiny difference in effort can make…
Water is hot at 211 degrees but boiling at 212 degrees.
The margin of victory in the Men’s 800-meter Race in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games was only 0.71 seconds—less than one second!
The average margin of victory in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 (combined) over the last ten years has been 1.54 seconds. And the prize money for second place was less than half that of first place.
The average margin of victory for the last 25 years in all major PGA golf tournaments combined was less than three strokes.
I got those ideas from this post by Michael Hyatt… as I Googled – what a small amount of effort can do.
He suggests 3 steps to make that small effort that might just be the difference between where you’re at and where you want to be:
Choose one goal. Select the one that matters the most to you this year.
Now – you have something to offer to the people who are already in a home biz…. or want to learn about internet marketing, how to run a home biz online…..But don’t want your products or your opportunity.
Feel free to share….and comment.
Ginny ~ Uber Busy Home Business Mom Sharing And Marketing