Here are three successful businesswomen who began their businesses pretty much the same as we have, with a hope, dream and a vision. Two of these women are now billionaires and one a multi-millionaire. There are several lessons we can learn from these powerful and successful role models.

A role model is defined as: any person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others.

• A successful role model has literally been there, done that and triumphed.
• A successful role model has the same values and beliefs as we have.
• A successful role model has not only succeeded but is willing to share the lessons learned with others.

1. Oprah Winfrey – An entertainment mogul and self-made billionaire. The thing that amazes me most about Oprah is the unwavering belief she’s always had in herself. Her mission was to make a positive difference in the world, especially for women. She’s broken through race and gender barriers to change the way we look at the entertainment industry. Oprah Winfrey has had a huge influence of enhancing the self-esteem of millions of women.

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2. J. K. Rowling – A single mother who lived on welfare and yet, never lost sight of her dream and vision. With a hand written story about a boy wizard, she has become an entertainment phenomenon. In fact, she is the only billionaire author in the world. J.K. Rowling is truly a “magical woman.”

3. Rachel Ray – As a young girl Rachel Ray had “spunk.” She tapped into her independent spirit and passion for food to carve out her special niche in the world of cooking. Rachel sought opportunities and was willing to take professional risks and explore new ways of doing “old’ things. Today, Rachel Ray is a well -recognized television personality, author of cook books and has her own line of kitchen products.

What are the lessons we can learn and emulate from these self-made wealthy businesswomen?

• They never lose sight of what’s important to them, personally and professionally.
• They were and are looking for a financially better way for their family and themselves.
• They stay true to their core values and beliefs.
• They are willing to take risks and come out of their comfort zone.
• They have a vision, dream and passion that keeps them going when the going gets tough.
• They believe in themselves and what they have to offer the world.
• They are determined to give back.

Who are your professional women role models?

Wouldn’t you agree we could learn so much from the other women in business that have been there, done that and blazed a trail for the rest of us?
 
 
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In the United States April 16th is “National Stress Awareness Day.”

I’d like to share a Women Enjoying Success Radio show from a few years back. EFT expert and coach Janet Hilts and Sharon Michaels discuss practical and empowering ways for dealing with stress – at home and in business. Have pen and paper handy because you’ll want to make notes. It’s all about Women Enjoying Success!

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Believe it or not, it’s April. The first three moneymaking and business-building months are over for this year. In business terms, the “books” for first quarter of the year are closed. How do you feel your business did during the first three months of the New Year?

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I’d like you to take an uninterrupted block of time within the next few days to look back on and analyze how you grew your business in January, February and March. As a successful woman in business, it’s important to make the time each quarter to see clearly what is working and what’s not. Based on your findings, you may want to change or tweak a few of your business practices during the next three months.

Here’s what I’d like you to ask yourself:

1. Looking back at January, February and March, what is the biggest business lesson you’ve learned?

2. Looking back at January, February and March, what new business-building contacts have you made or cultivated?

3. What new things did you try in your business? Did they work? Why or Why not?

4. What goals had you set? Did you achieve them? If no, why not?

5. What new opportunities did you say “yes” to? Did they pay off?

6. What did you say “no” to? Were you glad you did?

7. What new books did you read? What workshops, webinars or teleconferences did you attend?

8. What new skills did you learn to grow your business?

9. Are you satisfied with the results you’ve gotten from all your business-building efforts during the first quarter of the year? If no, why not?

Looking forward to the next three months:

1. What are you going to do more of during the next three months?

2. What will you do less of during the next three months?

3. What habits or behaviors will you change to achieve more and eliminate what didn’t work?

4. What goals are you setting for April, May and June that will propel your business forward?

5. What obstacles do foresee in reaching these goals? What can you do to eliminate or lessen those obstacles?

It’s up to you to make the next three months extraordinary. Make each month a month that will keep you and your business going forward in positive, productive moneymaking ways.

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The key to a balanced life is learning life’s lessons during the down times and appreciating life’s blessings during the good times. If life were an even road of uneventful experiences, we wouldn’t be reading books like Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson. The author is known for his bestselling little books that quickly teach valuable life lessons. Here are a few of Dr. Johnson’s books – Who Moved My Cheese, One Minute Manager coauthored with Ken Blanchard and An A-Mazing Way To Deal With Change.

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The Story

Michael Brown is in a personal and professional valley – discouraged at work, his relationships are strained and his outlook for the future is bleak. He meets a friend who shares a story of peaks and valleys. The story is about a young man, a wise old man and how the young man’s journey to reach the highest mountain peak changed his attitude and life forever.
 
 
Finding Balance and Learning The Lessons

Spencer Johnson’s latest parable is only 112 pages long and yet filled with a wealth of wisdom. It’s an easy read and can probably be read in an hour or two. Wrapped between the covers is a valuable lesson about finding balance in life. Peaks and Valleys teaches that the key to a balanced life is learning life’s lessons during the down times and appreciating life’s blessings during the good times.

Life is filled with valleys – job dissatisfaction, job loss, relationship challenges, not appreciating our talents and so many more. According to Spencer Johnson, each valley is a valuable lesson in disguise. Learn and appreciate the lessons available to you in the down times and the view from the peak is even more breath taking.

Life is filled with peaks – job promotions, financial success, a loving family and our other proud and happy moments. It’s a fact of life; you have to get through the valleys to reach the peaks in life. The author tells us that to stay on the peak longer, you must appreciate and manage the good times just as well as you learn to manage the bad times.

Pass It On

To truly enjoy and savor the peaks of life you must willingly pass on and share the wisdom and knowledge you’ve gained during your journey from the valleys to the peaks. Use this knowledge personally and professionally and then empower others to make good and bad times work for them too. Passing it on is easy because the author gives you quotable highlights for each “discovery.”

Appreciating This Book

To appreciate this book, you have to enjoy a good parable. You also have to be ready to receive the wisdom that Spencer Johnson shares in Peaks and Valleys. There are lessons to be learned if you are at the right time and place in your life to appreciate them.

 
 
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Wills, Power of Attorney and Trusts are subjects many of us don’t want to think about let alone deal with but, as we all know things happen. Preparation can help make uncomfortable life and financial situations easier for you, the family and also make sure you’ve protected your assets.

Let me share my personal experiences. Just within the last years I’ve personally dealt with figuring out wills, trusts, power of attorney and even guardianship. I’d never really thought about these things until I was responsible for aging relatives.

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My dad, who was an attorney, DID NOT have any legal documents in place should he become incapacitated or die. When dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and mom needed to make decisions about housing and finances, she had to go to court to become dad’s guardian. That of course, only made the emotional and financial situation even worse. From this experience, I quickly made sure the rest of my family had their legal and financial documents in order.

Who needs to have their financial and legal house in order – all of us!

I highly recommend you consult an attorney to make sure your legal documents are in order and properly prepared. This article is not giving legal advice. It’s hopefully going to get you thinking about taking the necessary actions to protect yourself, your family and your financial assets. You’ll want your financial advisor to be involved also.

Here are some common documents you should know about:

A Will – This is the one we most recognize. Basically, a will is a legal document indicating who will get your assets and possessions when you pass on. It goes into effect only when you die. It has no effect if you are incapacitated. It has to be properly executed, signed, witnessed and filed to become valid.

A Revocable Living Trust – This is basically to protect your personal and financial assets from having to go through probate (court). Most often recommended because it is easy to set up and may be changed as life circumstances change.

Incapacity Clause – Should be included in your Revocable Living Trust to cover you if you cannot handle your affairs due to incapacity. This part of the trust will have instructions on how to handle your personal and financial affairs and to carry out your specific wishes while you are alive.

Durable Power of Attorney – This is an important document especially for health care decisions. You’re giving the responsibility to someone you trust to make your medical decisions and speak on your behalf should you become incapacitated. There is also a financial power of attorney to deal with your finances.

Believe me when I tell you this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are things like a pour-over will, guardianship for dependents, advance directives for health care, designating beneficiaries, choosing executors, and more. This is why I personally feel you must consult an attorney. There are online and assorted legal packages out there but none can give you the one-on-one expertise of a qualified attorney, especially one who specializes in wills and trusts.

Do you homework and decide how best to protect yourself, family and financial assets. It is must easier to be prepared than to try to handle legal and financial details during an emergency.

**Please check with a financial professional before making financial decisions. This article is not intended as investment or financial planning advice.**
 
 
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