Monthly Archives: May 2009

Gotta Love Change

If it feels like you’re stuck in the mud, spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast, maybe it’s time to get out and push, or just walk away and do something completely different. Either way, it’s time for a change. So here are a few practical (and maybe not so practical) ideas:

• join a business networking group
• do lunchtime yoga
• take a public-speaking course
• rearrange your office according to feng shui
• host a small conference for professionals in your business
• tell your hairdresser to give you a fabulous new cut
• learn a completely new computer program
• get active in a new online community

And so on… Suddenly that rut won’t seem so deep – or so muddy.

If nothing on our list sparks your fancy, Seth Godin – permission marketing guru, entrepreneur and author of The Purple Cow – offers another 45 ideas in “Can you change everything?” (You can find it on his blog. WordPress won’t let me link to the post for some reason.)

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The Power of 10

You’re not using the power of the people you know. Folks who can help you, listen, offer ideas, make calls on your behalf. Make a list of 10 people you know. Why 10? Why not five or 16?  Because 10 is a magical, mystical number — at least that’s what numerologists and biblical scholars think. We have 10 fingers and 10 toes. And for those who care, there were 10 Commandments, not nine.  Plus, according to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point, most business leaders have been working hard in their chosen field for 10 years. Once you have your list down, start contacting them one by one. Who are your 10 people? And why did you choose them?

Read what Malcolm Gladwell has to say about the magic of the number 10: The magic number: 10 years.

(A version of this post originally appeared on Daily Worth)

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