To be honest, I am told often that "I am successful". But the reality is that I don't feel successful. It's a benchmark that for me, I am yet to achieve.
Expansion isn't easy. Don't get me wrong - everyone has been supportive, but I have had to pull inner strength from places I never knew existed. You see, when you start a business at 25, there is no such thing as fear. You have nothing to lose. I had nothing to lose to be more precise. Blessed with a wonderful partner at home at the time, I was fully supported and encouraged to go out there and give it my best. And that I did.
Caribou Coffee Shop on Peachtree Street in Buckhead Atlanta.
As I ask for a coffee with skim milk, they ask my name. Not too dissimilar to a Starbucks Coffee shop but for some reason, I like the coffee more and I love that it is conveniently located near where I am staying.
My eyes were captivated by the lights and colours that shine so brightly from Victoria Secret that my one year ban from going into the store, became a distant memory.
I didn't really want to make a purchase, but I was totally mesmerized when I walked past the store that I felt compelled to walk in.
You never know who you may meet, just by turning up.
While I love to catch up with good friends and share experiences, I am a believer that 'everything happens for a reason' and if you open yourself up to possibilities, then you will enrich your life in more ways than you have ever imagined.
It takes so much effort and money to acquire a customer, that by investing back in their satisfaction, we will automatically improve our bottom line and create greater brand loyalty.
To do this though, you need to create a "shift" in the way people think in your organisation. That is easier said than done.
Randall Stephenson became CEO of AT&T in 2007 and his first port of call was to create a shift in thinking across the entire organisation.In the past the company had been focused on their wireline business, but he wanted everyone to shift their thinking to the future, which was wireless. "That's where the growth is," he said. The new strategy was to "Mobilize everything" and so he went about communicating this shift to all the employees, stakeholders and customers.
"Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working on the present toward the future." Denis Waitley.If I look back at the past, I only see the positive influences that are directing me to the future. A fall in the park as a seven year old, taught me to be strong and that everything heals. A teacher in fifth grade that had me in tears because she dared to give me a A- on an essay, only to have to change the mark to an A once I brought it to the Head Masters attention, taught me to stand up for what you believe in. My Year 8 crush who never even noticed that I existed, taught me that not everyone is on the same page. Crashing my boyfriends new car when I was 20 years old into the garage wall while trying to park it, taught me to not sweat the small stuff.
While no-one seems overly surprised that a divorce is imminent for Hollywood royalty Tom Cruise and his young wife Katie Holmes, the world has all of a sudden gone mad over the fact that in her divorce application she did not mention pre-nuptial agreement. Is this because there is a legal contract in place?
They were brilliant. They clearly loved what they were doing and were coming to terms with their new-found fame in Australia. There were hundreds of fans completely absorbed by every word they sang. It was great to see.
As we stood around chatting in one of the private bars, I watched Ben Hazelwood at work. He was the consummate professional, exceptionally polite and engaging.
He is already a superstar and it is easy to see how his future will unfold.
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