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We have all watched the Friends episode where Ross, Rachel, and Chandler are moving a couch up the stairs. Just like pivoting a couch up a flight of stairs, sometimes we have to repackage our product offering.

I always enjoy listening to Mike Michalowicz’s podcast. He shared an analogy about pivoting during unknown circumstances that really resonated with me. 2020 has taught us that we have to be ready to pivot at any given moment. It keeps us business owners on our toes!

What do you think about pivoting your business or products/services? Have you been in the process of pivoting?

Let’s look at your current offering or deliverable. For example, let’s say you own a restaurant and the final offering is food on the table.

1️⃣ The step before that the food is delivered to the table. If people can’t come to the restaurant they can deliver the food to people via food trucks to neighborhoods, etc.

2️⃣ A step before that the food is prepared. A business could create and sell its top 10-15 recipes online.

✅ This simple exercise can get you thinking about your end offering and how to take one step back to find repackage options.

What’s a small thing in your business you could change that would align you with big wins?



We all have those moments in our lives, the ones where we look back with regret and think  “If I had just said yes to…” or “if I had taken that leap, maybe things would be different.” 

Oftentimes fear and practicality are the loudest voices we encounter when taking a risk. We talk ourselves out of taking chances, or we convince ourselves that there will be more opportunities in the future, and that we will have more time, but what if we don’t?? 

Lately I have found myself thinking, “What if I had been more brave?”  Have I hidden behind indecision and a laundry list of things I have to do before I can move forward. Am I holding myself back?

I stumbled across a video the other day by Don Crowther. He shared an experience about a missed opportunity he had in high school, and it made me think about various times in my life I have missed out on things that I wish I could go back and fix.

Don shared that, “Too often we pass up an opportunity because it doesn’t look as appealing as the opportunity before us.”

What opportunity are you missing now?

Many people believe there is this one great opportunity. If they don’t take the chance or mess up the opportunity, oftentimes regret shows up. 

Regret has a hundred different faces. The words we use to remind ourselves what we should’ve done or said. The downward spiral of “what-if?” thoughts. The hopelessness that another opportunity will never come again. 

When looking at your own life or your business, what is something you let pass you by? 

We have a lot of choices presented to us. Make sure you are taking advantage of what crosses your path.

Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

I’m not sharing all of this with you to tell you that I have found some sort of magical solution for regret. I am here to remind you that yes, sometimes we make mistakes and miss opportunities, but remember this, there are always more risks to take and ways to grow.

You are not defined by your mistakes. I think it is most important that we learn from our errors and allow them to fuel us moving forward so that we do not live lives full of missed opportunities. 


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Wonder is a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. 

When was the last time you sat in wonder? Was it taking in the view of the mountains, a fall walk in the park, or watching something beautiful happen?

The Christmas season tends to reveal that sense of awe and wonder.

One of my best friends had a Christmas when she was a child that she labeled as her “Red Coat Christmas.” It was a coat she desired because it matched one of her dolls, but her parents said it wasn’t in the budget that year. On that Christmas morning, her mom brought out a large box that she opened in anticipation.

It was the red coat. She showed that jacket off to everyone that she knew and wore it so much the seams started to fray. She cherished it because she knew the value. It was purchased with love. 

As we get older, the wonder of the holiday season can get lost. We understand the value of money and feel guilty when people spend too much on a gift. We stress about picking the right gift, having the extra money for the holiday season, and entertaining a house full of guests. 

But we should try to keep fostering that sense of wonder in our lives. When we see the look of pure joy on a person’s face when they receive the gift they’ve been longing for, it brings back the magic of Christmas. It’s special to be a part of that experience.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” Roald Dahl 

Magical Moments in Business

Do you remember that feeling? Do you remember the first day at your first grown-up job?  The first investor in your company? The first person who made you feel like you would make something of your future? 

Talk to anyone starting their own business. You won’t be met with cynicism or regret, you will hear a person full of hope and excitement about the possibilities of their future. Over time we lose that spark. We greet failure as an old friend of whom we are most acquainted. We take fewer chances, explore fewer ideas, take more calculated risks. 

Wisdom and Wonder

Where there is wisdom that comes with every turn around the sun, at times the cost of that wisdom is wonder. What if we did not have to sacrifice one for the other?

We still need to remember the joy of what we do, why we got started, and use our imagination to guide our choices. Bringing back that spark of wonder.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~ E.B. White