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This week: Think Big, Value Yourself, and Avoid Excuses

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"The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right." - Henry Ford Next up on my "must-read" list? The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.  After hearing several very successful entrepreneurs rave about this book, I decided it was a MUST. I've been waiting for it to come back into my library … but since it just never seems to be in, I'll have to break down and buy it.  Have you read it? If so, what did you think?  If not, take a peek at this youtube video that breaks down...

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Don't let NO stop you from growing your photography business

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The thing about failures and NOs is that the first time they happen … it hurts. Like a sting to the heart. The second time they happen … not much better. The third? Fourth? Fifth time? Twentieth? Ugh, yes … still hurts. And it's right at this point that many entrepreneurs quit. They say, "I've tried. But it's not working." And they switch back to the "safety" of working for someone else. The sting of the NOs and "failures" subside. But so does the passion … the drive … and the ability to bring a dream to life. Don't let "no"...

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This is going to be an amazing week for your photography business!

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When things aren't working as perfectly as you'd like for your photography business, that's the best time to sit down and make a list of the good things you want to accomplish this week. When things are working better than you ever expected, that's the best time to sit down and make a list of the good things you want to accomplish this week. Start your week off with good intentions, gratitude, and optimism.  Take five right now and make a list of the at least three things you're proud to say have been accomplished in your life because of your photography business.Next, close  your eyes and...

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Grow Your Photography Business with the Proper Focus

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Proactive photographers FOCUS their efforts on the things they can actually do something about … not the things that are out of their control. That statement seems so incredibly obvious, that at first read, you might think … duh, Kate. I know that. But the thing is, so many of us KNOW about being proactive, but nevertheless, we STRUGGLE with it. So, here's a little activity that I learned from Steven Covey's amazing book "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People."The goal of this activity is to remind ourselves of the things that merit our full, undivided attention. These are the...

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If you want your photography business to succeed, you're going to have to change your focus

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It's 65 degrees here in upstate NY. And it's February. What does that mean? EVERYONE here in the Hudson Valley region is outside enjoying the sunshine and the very welcome break from our recent blizzards! So, I did like everyone else here in Poughkeepsie, I went to the Walkway over the Hudson. This popular footbridge goes over the Hudson River and is a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. As I made my way through the crowd, a wave of annoyance washed over me as I looked down ...… because, there it was … a giant pile of dog poop on the wood planks. I...

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