This blog is in service to your entrepreneurial journey and your bottom line success. My promise is to bring it all… my brilliance, my vulnerability, my certainty and my takeaways from my day-to-day experience of running three successful businesses and oh by the way… still having a life. Come here for inspiration, insights, warnings and next steps so your path to growing your business is more profitable and a whole lot more fun. When inspired, make a comment and tell me what’s on your mind so that together we will grow.

Activate Your Productivity Mojo – Part 1

July 10th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

overwhelm1YOU are up to something big and significant – the manifestation of your dream business. However, the act of growing any business is not for the faint of heart. It requires you to “call forth” the best version of yourself into every moment of every day so you can enroll the client, complete the project, create the alliance and empower your team – all before noon in some cases. ;0)

Here on day four of my quest to reach 7 figures in half the time I typically spend, I’m doing pretty well, having clocked 20 hours in 3 days. It’s involved saying no, giving less than 100% to tasks and a tough assessment of where we’re investing our time. I’ve also slept more, spent more time outdoors and had some really cool moments with my son, Alex. So overall, it’s been great.  But… the To Do list is growing exponentially and if I don’t continue to shift how I’m working, I’m going to find myself knee deep in missed deadlines and guilt.

So today I’m leaning into some wisdom I share in Module 3 of my course Six Steps to Sustainable Success. Read more…

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The Power in Saying No

July 9th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

downIt’s day 3 of my yearlong quest to reach the million mark with half the effort and to be honest – I’ve been stretched to set boundaries in ways that have me really uncomfortable. For example, today I’m saying no to an opportunity anyone would give their right arm to have. It’s big, significant, filled with possibility and involves people I like. But, if we’re going to reach our goal of 7 figures in half the time, I can no longer say YES to great opportunities – I have to say yes to “unquestionable” opportunities.

As entrepreneurs our most valuable asset is time – mostly because it’s the only resource we can’t buy more of. Sure, we can build a team which is kind of like buying time, but in the end, the thing most precious to us are the minutes, hours and days and how we spend them. Read more…

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6 Ways to Earn More and Work Less

July 8th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

monetize1If you read yesterday’s blog you know that on July 7th I embarked on a 12 month experiment I’m calling Seven Figures in Seven Hours.

You see, my team and I are going for our fiscal year goal of 1 million in revenues. Now that may not seem too earth shattering given that I’ve got a few businesses and a small support team. But there are two elements that make this challenge juicy and exciting for us. First, seven figures represents a doubling of our sales over last year. Last October we launched a new business called Value Quiz. As we gave the “new baby” time and attention, sales naturally slowed in other areas, so reaching the 1 million mark will require us to stretch.  But there’s another caveat to the challenge… I’m committing to work a maximum of 35 a week to make this happen – one half of what I’ve been clocking in an average week.

What prompted this experiment was an “aha moment” that came while reading a book by Ariana Huffington, called “Thrive”. Read more…

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Seven Figures in Seven Hours – Can It Be Done?

July 7th, 2014 by Jane Deuber
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I’m playing around with an idea – one that excites me and challenges me all at the same time, which by the way, is a very good sign.

This morning I spent some time with a book I love by Ariana Huffington, called “Thrive.” In it she pulls back the curtain on our work-obsessed culture that’s threatening not just the health of our society, but our vary souls. At first, I was reading as an outsider, as most of her references are of those in the corporate world. Then it dawned on me, hmmm… these scenarios aren’t so different from my own experience. The long hours, the sense of overwhelm and the desire to achieve – these all ring true for me as well. And what about the hours I was putting in for the sake of building our businesses? How much was I REALLY working? I pride myself on daily walks to the beach or a hike in the forest, but what does the rest of my day look like? My curiosity was piqued. Read more…

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How “Foreplay” Can Improve Your Virtual Course Experience

July 6th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

If you are a coach, consultant, trainer or speaker who is delivering our life-changing content on line, I’ve got some important questions about HOW you are delivering your content.

» Are you so excited to give clients what you know they need that you rush to the how and skip over the all-important why?

» Are you so sure of what your client needs that you fail to gather the information that could infuse your programs with insight, revelation and mind-blowing intimacy – even in a virtual environment?

» Are you so anxious to deliver your message that you skip past creating a shared understanding so clients have a sense of safety, clarity and excitement? Read more…

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Secrets of a Master Manifestor – Part 2

July 5th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

_r2_c2Since my post on manifesting the business you want through “Vision Crafting,” I’ve gotten a ton of emails from people sharing that the “vision thing” isn’t so easy for them. I get it! Creating a clear, compelling, written vision of a business that’s aligned with your values and infused with the freedom and abundance you desire doesn’t come naturally for those who were brought up to not “ask, expect or want” what might be out of one’s reach.

I can remember back to my college days, after I selected “East Asian Studies” as my major. One of the biggest arguments I ever had with my dad was about goal setting. “But daddy, I don’t want to set goals. I want to go where I feel drawn. I want to follow my passion!” This drove my entrepreneurial father nuts. To this day, my mom still chuckles at the irony of that moment, as today, I’m a huge proponent of the power of vision and goal setting when it comes to creating the life you desire. Read more…

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Celebrating Entrepreneurial Independence!

July 4th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

flag-dog1On this day of celebrating the red, white and blue, I am celebrating my own independence as a self-employed woman who, for 29 years, has chartered my own path as an entrepreneur.

The independence that comes from having your own business is the sweetest kind of independence, as it calls us to be the best version of ourselves in all areas of our lives. Like our founding fathers, we are called to embody the qualities of ingenuity, resolve, fortitude, creativity and integrity; not because we have to, but because we are driven to live a life of significance – one that leaves a legacy for years to come. So, on this Independence Day (the half-way point for the year), I will take two steps to re-set the trajectory of my life and business for the remaining 6 months. Read more…

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Why It’s Time To Take Your Content Virtual

July 3rd, 2014 by Jane Deuber

globehand1Let’s face it… delivering content through physical or simple downloadable means is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  As a coach, trainer, speaker or author you need to understand why.

First, most clients are not completing the programs they buy from us. When they don’t complete they not only miss the opportunity to experience the results we promise, they leave feeling more discouraged than when they came having one more investment they haven’t really used.

Second, the world is going digital – especially personal growth content. This shift in consumer expectations requires that we deliver our programs in a way that is convenient, compelling and inspires completion and implementation.

Third, the world is “going green’. The less excess packaging your product represents the more your customer will respect you and respond to your offer as a green learning alternative. Read more…

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Secrets of a Master Manifestor – Part 1

July 2nd, 2014 by Jane Deuber

Spiritual_Energy1The other day a friend said to me… “You’re a master manifestor, Jane. For years I’ve watch you start new businesses with a sense of certainty. There is never a doubt as to whether your vision will come to be – only a question of when and how.” She then shared an analogy. “When I walk into a room and flip the light switch, I never doubt or worry whether the light will go on. I expect it to.
That’s how you are with each new venture. You believe that if you flip the switch, it will come to be.”

I thought about this a bit and here’s what I found… my success in starting new ventures lies in the first and most important steps I always take… I craft a clear, compelling, written vision that becomes the seed for my success.

In the event you could use a little business-creation magic, here is a look at my vision crafting model that has helped thousands of business owners take their first steps to success. Read more…

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Day 30: The Entrepreneurial Quest

May 28th, 2014 by Jane Deuber

Welcome to day 30 of “30 Days Behind the Curtain with Jane.”

victory_r1_c1I made it – the last entry in a 30-day experiment to blog “almost” daily. If you’ve been watching or check the post dates of the 29 entries below, you’ll see that I did a pretty good job – posting almost daily over a period of about 45. Then, like a marathon runner who falls 10 feet short of the finish line, I stopped cold. While I intended to find something interesting to share, nothing came… except chirping crickets. My team’s been waiting for this “final post” with great anticipation. (No pressure, right?) Still… nada!

So what’s the lesson here – for me and for you? I think it’s this… the art of growing a business is a bit of a quest… always reaching for that next step that will move you toward the elusive vision of getting it right. It’s a quest that never really ends because as we get closer to the vision we set out to achieve, we find something else that calls us and add an element that puts the vision just out of reach again. So we keep on moving.

But the journey isn’t easy. It’s sprinkled with highs and lows. The highs feel good, like the sun on your face. You close a big sale, nail a presentation, delight a client or feel what it’s like to change a life. Read more…

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