Tree of Life (and Business)

There are over three trillion trees on planet Earth. They give off oxygen that we need to breathe. They reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways. And of course many species of wildlife depend on trees for their habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many

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Make More Money Being Selfish

BNI Elevate is a networking community organized to help our members make more money through structured collaboration and referrals. Every week we talk about our core value of ‘Giver’s Gain.’ But this week, I’m going to give you an action item and ask you to be totally selfish. Take a look at our roster, and

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Forget What You Want, What Do You Have?

Show of hands, who has a pretty good idea of some of the things they want to create in the coming months? Maybe even in 2022? Great. And it’s good to know what we want, and where we’re heading. But today, I’m going to lower our field of view from the horizon to our immediate

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The Power of Service

We all have needs. We all have wants. We all have dreams and goals, and things we want to accomplish. And so it would make sense if we found ourselves looking out for… well, ourselves. And I don’t necessarily mean in a selfish way, a negative way. Sometimes we do need to keep an eye

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Win Friends and Influence People

In October of 1936, Dale Carnegie released one of the most well known books in the history of personal growth. Actually, at over 30 million copies, How to Win Friends and Influence People, is one of the best selling books of all time. And it’s powerful principles of relationship building — which have helped countless

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Make More Money With Proper Follow Up Redux

BNI Elevate is a networking community organized to help our members make more money through structured collaboration and referrals. If I asked you what the hardest thing in business was, you would probably say delivering a great website; or delivering great legal representation; or delivering the most exquisite jewelry design; or whatever service that you

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Vulnerability, Power and Connection

I have to say it’s been quite a ride the past few days. There was a bit of drama bubbling up in my family of origin. And as someone committed to both my own way of thinking and living but also to maintaining harmony in my family, honoring both of those can sometimes be tricky.

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Trust Is Everything

Buckle up, because today you’re getting something fresh… hot off the presses. Something brand new, but that I have been doing a lot of thinking about. And something that I realize is true with every fiber of my being. So listen up… because if you get one thing out of this meeting… hell, if you

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Our Elevate Community

You may or may not know that I am just a wee bit of an introvert. What this means is – I love spending time and connecting with my friends. But I need my solo time curled up in my favorite lounge chair with a good book. So, you might imagine that while all of

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Typically, when we use the word “Integrity,” it tends to be related to trust. “I trust her, because she has integrity,” or, “I wouldn’t work with him, he has no integrity.” And there’s some judgment in it. For the purposes of what I’m saying this morning, I invite us all to leave the judgment out.

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