Integrating Business and Personal Development

Hello, and thank you for visiting! This website is primarily about business and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit, but it is also about creating a life of success and abundance. It is about looking inside ourselves and learning to become the leaders that we have always known we could be.

What separates this website from the others? You do. The purpose is to empower you to develop your strengths and your passions. I invite you to take a look at some of the tips, insights and knowledge that I have gathered over the years in order to create a better life for myself. Part of that betterment is to share what I have learned, with the hope that it will make a difference in the lives of others, as well.

Recommended Books:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Random House, 1960

The Traveler’s Gift (Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success) by Andy Andrews, Nelson Books, 2002

Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews, Thomas Nelson, 2008

Planning Your Dream House  by Wendy Tait

Buying Land to Build a House  by Wendy Tait

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, The Penguin Group, 2007

With Winning in Mind by Lanny Basham, 1995

Happy For No Reason ( 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out)  by Marci Shimoff, Free Press, 2008

Law of Attraction by Michael Losier

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

(Think and Grow Rich) Three Feet From Gold by Greg S. Reid

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Steven R. Covey

My Audio Recommendations:

I like to listen to personal development audios whenever I get a chance while walking,  riding in my car, or just working in my office in the morning.  I find that they make a difference in my outlook for the rest of the day. They inspire me to accomplish more and relate better to others, both on a personal and professional level.

These are a few of my favorites:

The Discovery Series by Patrick Combs, Dave MacKensie, and Joe Nied

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Video Recommendations


Awakening, the Movie is one of my top video recommendations. You will feel its profound influence on how you view what is important in your life.

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Entrepreneurial Quotes

  • “There is only one success…to be able to spend your life in your own way.”-Christopher Morley
  • “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”- Mooie
  • “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”-a student
  • “When you cease to dream you cease to live.”-Malcolm Forbes
  • “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”-Harvey MacKay
  • “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that that something else is more important than fear.”-Ambrose Redmoon
  • You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”-Zig Ziglar
  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”-Jim Rohn
  • “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, “What’s in it for me?”-Brian Tracy
  • “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”-Ralph Nader
  • “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Andre Gido
  • “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”-Jim Rohn
  • “Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.”-Albert Einstein
  • “The ability to concentrate and use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business…or almost anything else for that matter.”-Lee Iacocca
  • “Who aims at excellency will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.”-Burmese saying
  • “I would rather regret the things I have done than things I have not”.-Lucille Ball
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”-John Maxwell
  • “There is no passion to be found in playing small…in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living.”-Nelson Mandella
  • “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”-Anthony Robbins
  • “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”-Wayne Dyer
  • There is plenty of room at the top…but no place to sit down.”-unknown
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert Francis Kennedy
  • “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” Doug Firebaugh
  • “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” Chinese proverb
  • “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” Napoleon Hill
  • “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” Wayne Gretzky
  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  Winston Churchill
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”  William James
  • “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”  Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
  • “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”  Will Rogers
  • “It’s not about your resources, it’s about your resourcefulness.” Tony Robbins
  • “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” St. Augustine
  • “You will either pay the dues of success, or the price of regret.” unknown
  • “Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never give up.”-unknown
  • “Every day is my best day…I’m not going to have this moment again.”-Bernie Siegel, M.D.
  • “When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses…only results.”  unknown
  • “Don’t go into something to test the waters. Go into it to make waves.” unknown

Focus Tips for the Home-Based Business Entrepreneur

Are you about to embark on a major change in your life such as starting a new home-based business? No matter what business you choose, FOCUS is one of the most important things to have in order to reach your goals. It involves not only concentration, but also knowing how to invest your time wisely. Without focus, you can jump from one task to another and never really do anything well. Lack of focus impedes your progress and makes you feel scattered rather than productive.

Here are some tips to help you gain control of your focus:

1)      Show up ready to work. Since yours is a home office, it is especially important to resist the temptation to work in your sweats or pajamas. Make sure you are dressed (including shoes) and presentable. Send a message to yourself that this is a business, not a hobby.

2)      Visualize what you hope to accomplish for that day. Sit quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed, breathe deeply, relax and gather all of your positive energy. It will be reflected in everything you do.

3)      Eliminate distractions as much as possible. If you are a stay-at-home Mom or Dad, you might want to get a sitter for a few hours. Make sure your work area is clean and free of clutter. Turn off the radio, TV and even the phone ringer. Unless making and receiving calls is an important part of your business, let your messages go to voice mail. Do not open email (one of the biggest time wasters) unless it is business related.

4)      Set aside specific hours to work. This is especially important with a home-based business. Be sure to let your friends and family know that you will be at work those hours and that you would be happy to talk to them at another time. It’s helpful to have a schedule when you need to plan around other things, such as picking the kids up from school.

5)      Plan your workday and write down the actions you are going to take. Decide approximately how long it is going to take you to complete each phase of your project and try to do it in the allotted time. Then cross off each item as you complete it (this part is fun). Reward yourself with a short break as you complete each task.

6)      Be organized. One of the best things you can do for yourself when starting a new business is to develop the habit of order. Having a system, establishing a routine, and setting priority will make your business run more smoothly and eliminate unnecessary stress.

Naturally, focusing is going to be easier if the business you’ve chosen is something that you are really passionate about. Also, as new entrepreneurs, we all have lofty goals and high expectations. That is what keeps us going. But, it is important to break down those goals into smaller, more achievable parts that we can take immediate action on and accomplish in the short term. If you do that with diligence, the long term will take care of itself.

To your success,

Wendy Tait

The ability to concentrate and use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business…or almost anything else for that matter.  – Lee Iacocca

Living in Gratitude and Abundance

When I think about the abundance in my own life, I know that one article won’t cover it. I am writing this outside on my patio early on a beautiful summer morning watching the sun come up over these Connecticut hills. I close my eyes and say a silent prayer of gratitude for all that surrounds me. The chipmunks running through the flower pots, the freshness of the dew on the grass, the sound of the birds, and the peaceful solitude of this place.

My husband and my daughter will be awake soon. Abundance probably means different things to them. He will take his coffee and walk down to inspect his vegetable garden, looking for signs of unwelcome “critters”. My daughter will immediately surround herself with all of the technology that will connect her to the outside world. I don’t really know how much of what she has is perceived as a blessing to her, but I trust that someday, when life isn’t such a roller coaster for her, she will understand.

I love the summer, but as it wanes I feel a little excitement stir inside of me when I think of my hills being washed in brilliant color just a few weeks from now. It will be time to pick apples and enjoy cider by a cozy fireplace once again. Maybe that’s a simpler part of what is meant by one door closing and another opening.

I know that my earthly blessings are many…my family, my health, my friends, my home…but probably the greatest gift is my feeling of connection to a Higher Power. Without God in my life, I don’t think that I could appreciate the other things as deeply.

I believe that it is vital to each of us, for our own well being, to take stock of all that we have. No matter where we are physically, financially, or in our life’s journey, there is so much for which to be thankful.

Gratitude can be the most powerful when we are not feeling the abundance in our lives. When things are not going well. It might be because of illness, difficulties in a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or even financial hardship. These are the times when it is most important to find the “silver lining”. Reminding ourselves of what we do have will help us to heal what is lacking. Finding that deep-down feeling of thankfulness is what will lead us back to the path of true abundance.

Just notice the smiling face of a child who is precious to you, the touch of a loved one, the warm sunshine, or the sight of your breath as you walk on a cold winter’s day.

There is abundance everywhere. Make it your gift to yourself to observe all the wonder that surrounds you.

When we open our hearts and feel grateful for life’s riches, we make room for so much more.

With gratitude for you, my new friends,

Wendy Tait

5 Tips for “Building” Your New Business

5 Tips for “Building” Your New Business

Make sure that you are careful of these things BEFORE you venture into the world of the business owner.

Building a new business can easily be compared to building a new house. Whether you are starting a “BRICK-AND-MORTAR” business or a HOME-BASED business, it is similar in that the business must cater to the needs of those who patronize it, just the way a home must address the needs of those who live in it. People are looking for comfort, convenience and a pleasant experience when they dine or shop for goods or services. In today’s economy, value is extremely important. Time and money are both coveted commodities.

As a potential business owner, these are some important things to keep in mind before you take that important step:

1)“Location, location, location”…an expression that applies not just to homes, but also to “brick-and-mortar” businesses. Companies spend huge amounts of money studying an area’s demographics before locating their business or franchise there. Ask yourself if there is really a need for what you are offering. How much competition will you face?

2) Careful Planning. You wouldn’t just show up one day with your hammer and expect to build a house. You must first have a plan . You must know how much inventory to purchase and where to purchase it. No matter how optimistic the projection of future sales is, always underestimate those sales. Always allow for expenses to be higher than you anticipate.

3) The Foundation: Have enough capital. Just as you wouldn’t start a house without a strong foundation and enough money to finish it, you should not start a new business until you not only have enough to fund it properly, but also enough to support yourself and your family at the same time.

4) The Structure: A good homebuilder always keeps track of his expenses. Accounting and knowing where your money is spent is even more important for the business owner. Bad bookkeeping habits can cause a business to fail before it even gets off the ground. Keep a close eye on credit accounts and try to pay invoices as quickly as possible to avoid interest and penalties. Remember that you will be paying your own taxes now and the last thing you want is problems with the IRS!

5) The Roof: Your business needs protection just as your home does. Make sure that you have adequate insurance to cover any potential disaster. It is also wise to get legal advice on how best to keep your business separate from your personal assets.

With a “BRICK-AND-MORTAR” business, whether it is a “Mom and Pop” business or a franchise, you can probably assume startup costs of $30,000 plus, with established franchises significantly higher. A few websites to help you get started might be:

www.entrepreneurs.about.com

www.franchisedirect.com

If your choice is a HOME-BASED business, one of the fastest-growing segments in today’s economy, the new entrepreneur often needs far less money for startup. Depending on the business, it can even be as little as $1500.

Your basic needs for a home-based business will probably be just a computer and a telephone. It can even be run from a corner of your living room, if necessary. I would suggest, however, that you try to find a spot as free from household noise and traffic as possible. (Headphones are always an option!) Also, it is important to set aside a specific time of the day that will be devoted only to the building of your new business. If you are presently working at a job that you plan to keep until your business gets rolling, then perhaps that time will have to be nights and weekends. Self-discipline and training yourself to ignore distractions will make the process much easier.

Apart from location, the other considerations for building a business still apply….planning, capital (although you won’t have the same overhead you will probably still need a budget for supplies, advertising, etc.), good accounting, and protection from unforeseen events.

You will also need an extra measure of self-discipline. If you are still holding a job when you first start your business, set aside a specific block of time every day that will be spent on building your business…and STICK TO IT.

Building a business of any kind involves hard work and real challenges. As an entrepreneur, you must accept and embrace those challenges and continually move forward. You may fail at first but, if you keep pushing through with enthusiasm no matter what, you will eventually taste success and it will be ALL YOURS.

If you are a self-starter there is more information available about the freedom and financial rewards that can be yours.

To your success,

Wendy Tait

A Positive Mindset: The Secret to Success

A positive mindset. It is the secret ingredient, the magic elixir, and the golden key that opens the door to success. Some people just instinctively have it while others have to learn it. Without a positive attitude we are destined to mediocrity, but with it the possibilities are endless.

Do you remember your mother telling you, “You can be anything you want to be, as long as you put your mind to it”? Well, it turns out that she was more right than she knew! However, what she didn’t tell you was that “putting your mind to it,” meant more than just wishing and hoping.

The success mindset (or lack of it) is something that can make or break the new entrepreneur. It begins with the big dream, but must be accompanied by passion, commitment, prosperity consciousness, perseverance and faith.

Winning in business, and in life for that matter, is about what you expect of yourself. It’s about the belief that you can conquer every obstacle that comes your way in the pursuit of your goals. Success and failure are both self-fulfilling prophecies. Life has a way of giving us what we believe we deserve.

A positive outlook to the future is key. Unfortunately, even the most positive of us will encounter negativity in day-to-day life…maybe even from those closest to us. Sometimes, out of concern, even parents can discourage their children by telling them that what they want is not realistic. Some of our most self-limiting beliefs may come from our childhood. It is important to remember that such negativity often comes from a place of love and that we need to look past it and focus on our dreams. What we must be realistic about, however, is that achieving our goals requires a process that sometimes includes hardship. We always read glowing stories about entrepreneurs, companies, and celebrities that have achieved great success. They show us the beautiful cars, luxurious homes and smiling faces of their families enjoying the good life. But, we don’t always hear about the journey and the struggle that it took them to get where they are. There is rarely triumph without some defeat. Life is about being constantly tested. No one escapes it. How we handle it is what separates the winners from the losers.

Winners don’t see failure as an end, but rather as an opportunity to learn. They know that real failure only comes when we quit. A huge number of people fail at MLM businesses, for instance, because they buy into the idea that they will “make $10,000 in their first week”. Granted, that has been known to happen, but the majority of the time it does not. When those people find out that there is actually some work involved, they lose interest. Winners understand that anything worthwhile requires effort. They are the ones that have the true mindset of success.

Successful, positive people are also perceptive. They recognize opportunities when faced with them and know that they have what it takes to act on them. They concentrate on what they will do to make their endeavors succeed, rather than making excuses such as, “I have no money to invest in a business,” or, “ I don’t want to take the risk,” or even, “I don’t have enough time.”

Another important commonality of the successful people that I have known is that they come from a mindset of prosperity. Sure, it’s easy to feel prosperous when you are prosperous. But, these people were “glass half full” people before they were successful.

They never operated from scarcity, saying things such as “I can’t afford it”. Just saying those words evokes a feeling of discouragement and failure. If they wanted something enough they said, “What can I do so that I can afford it”. This does not mean acting foolishly or irresponsibly. It means choosing to find a solution rather than just accept that which is our present reality.

Those with a positive mindset also recognize that abundance is about so much more than money. No matter how meager our surroundings, there is always abundance…in the sunsets, the trees and even the air we breathe. It is the gratitude we feel for such things that paves the way for attracting even more abundance into our lives, often in the form of riches.

The commitment to what you are passionate about is another integral part of your journey to success. The winners know that they can never stop learning. The funny thing about learning is that the more we learn, the more we realize how much we don’t know!

I guess faith and perseverance work hand in hand. I, for one, would never have been able to move beyond my failures in life (and there have been more than a few) without my faith in a higher power and a belief in myself that forced me to keep on trying no matter what. When we don’t see failure as an option we can open doors to things we never thought possible.

Finally, it is crucial to maintain a healthy balance in our lives. Devoting time to those we love, eating well, exercising, and tending to that which enriches our soul is a vital part of our success not only as entrepreneurs, but as human beings in this grand adventure we call life.

To your success,

Wendy Tait

You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar

Are You Ready to be an Entrepreneur?

Successful entrepreneurs are generally part of an optimistic breed with an eye to the future. They are willing to roll with the punches and move forward with persistence and flexibility. They seem willing to forego immediate gratification for the vision of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.They are creative problem-solvers who are able to confidently deal with whatever roadblocks they may encounter. They are motivated, focused and believe intensely in themselves. So much so, that they are willing to risk their money and their egos to come out on top.

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a prosperous economy. They create a nation’s wealth, its jobs and its opportunities.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you venture out into the world of the self-employed:

  1. Probably the most important…are you passionate about your new undertaking?
  2. Do you love the idea of being your own boss?
  3. Do you envision a reality that others would consider only a dream?
  4. Are you willing to take some financial risk to get your business off the ground?
  5. Are you willing to work harder than everyone else today so that you can have it easier than everyone else tomorrow?
  6. Is your family or significant other supportive of your new endeavor?
  7. Are you a self-starter?
  8. Do you like to be challenged? Every successful entrepreneur knows what a thrill it is to meet a challenge and come out a winner!
  9. Being in business is about building and maintaining relationships. Do you interact well with others?
  10. Remember, you will now be the boss!
  11. Are you good at leading others?Are you organized? Surrounding yourself with order will immediately make you feel calmer and more in control.
  12. Do you understand that success is not just having a great idea, but being ready to take massive action?
  13. Are you willing to continually learn new things in order to reach (and stay) at the top of your industry?
  1. Are you willing to hold yourself accountable?

If your answer to most of these questions was “yes”, then you are probably ready to do what it takes. Now, if you can do what you love and love what you do, you will be on your way toward starting your new business and building a rewarding future for yourself and your family.

To your success,

Wendy Tait

“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”_ Jim Rohn

What I Do and Why I Am an Entrepreneur

My entire career, until a few years ago, was spent as an owner/partner of a design/build company here in Connecticut. I loved everything about it and knew that I was where I was meant to be. Driving by homes and neighborhoods that we had created, knowing that they will be there long after I am gone, gave me a feeling of satisfaction and continuity. I expected to do what I loved forever. But, I knew that there was something more I wanted to do.

As the economy and the housing market slowed in 2008, clients started canceling projects that were still in the planning stages. Once enthusiastic and eager to build, they were saying things like “I’m not sure I’ll have a job in six months” and “We’re worried that the house will not be worth the appraised value in a year”. I couldn’t blame them. I was concerned, also. But, I knew it was just a matter of time before the economy would be back on it’s feet and confidence would bring the housing market back. Maybe not to where it was, but to a place where people could once again feel that their dreams of a new home were within reach.

I knew that this was the time for me to explore a little. I wanted to find something that excited me. Something that was different, but wouldn’t take up all of my time so that I could still work on a new house or an addition when a project sounded interesting.  I also wanted a home-based business using the Internet. I figured that creating my own economy was the way to go right now. I had long been interested in Internet marketing, but wasn’t sure if the computer skills I had (limited, at best) would be enough.

I searched online, but couldn’t come up with anything except selling vitamins or exotic juices. Definitely not for me.

I examined what I loved most about architecture. Obviously, I loved creating beautiful spaces and watching the things that I envisioned come to be. But, I knew that there was more to it than that. As I designed the houses I always imagined how the families would live in them…where the furniture would go, where the kids would do their homework, where they would have holiday celebrations, etc. I made sure that there was a place for any special antiques or artwork the family might have. Finally, I realized that it was not so much about the designing and building of the houses as it was about the people who were going to live in them! It was about helping people realize their dreams.

I thought about how much I had enjoyed doing that. I also loved the challenge of building my own business and helping some friends build theirs by offering the things that I had learned along the way. I, in turn, learned from them as their companies grew. I knew that there had to be a way to use all the knowledge and experience I had gained over the years.

At about the same time, I became acquainted with a young woman who was making a great income working fewer hours than most people work at regular jobs. How did she do it? Internet marketing. Her company was in the enormously popular field of personal development, which had also long been a fascination of mine. I was no stranger to the self-help section at Borders. Always looking for a way to improve mind, body and soul, I’ve always believed that we can create our own reality with our mindset, good or bad.

Having always been a self-starter and the daughter of entrepreneurs, the next step in my life was a very easy one to take. Making a long story a little shorter, I bought my first direct sales business!

The concept was a little confusing at first, but I finally understood that when I bought the entry level product, used it and became knowledgeable about it, I could then sell that product. That was the first level of my business. It also made sense that if I bought the more expensive products and experienced them, they would become the higher levels of my business. My new mentor was wonderful (and patient) and I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I knew that since I had built a successful business once before, I could do it again. I was sure that I could even show other people how to do the same thing. Helping people find more abundance in their lives, personally and financially, has become a new passion for me that is not so different from my other passion of designing homes.

I am blessed to have found a new “family” of fellow Internet marketers, wonderful business associates and friends that I might never have known had I not made the decision I did. Because of the ingenuity of those responsible for the direct sales model of my business, I found a way to turn a threatening economy into a new business.

I look forward every day to the new challenges and triumphs ahead and the new people that will come into my life.

Make yours a rewarding life,

Wendy

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email:  wendy@wendytait.com

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