4 Reasons To Never Discount Your Prices

ist1_2106156-go tempAt the moment I am frustrated with the printer I got for a steal when I purchased my computer–3 years ago.

I am cranky because when one of the 3 cartridges for the color toner runs out, nothing will print–not even with bad color, or just black. The printer even has a black toner cartridge that is twice the size of the others for use in “black/white mode”, and still does not print anything.  I have spent time researching this and have found no resolution, just other frustrated Canon users. (Yes, I know I should have extra cartridges on hand.)

This situation got me thinking about purchasing a product for a low price when the product does not even live up to the low expectations generated by the initial investment.

Idaho 083“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This also applies to letting go of our week, as most of us head into time away from work over the weekend.  Thanks to Interlude for the wonderful reminder.

Over the Hump: 3-Year Anniversary!

Does Fear Really Have to Stop Us?

iStock_000017647274_SmallI vividly remember that Wednesday morning 3 years ago when I clicked on the button that would send Over the Hump to hundreds of my colleagues, friends and family.

Many emotions were coursing through me–fear, doubt, and the thrill of achievement.  I had thought about doing a weekly newsletter for a long time, but all the usual questions kept me from moving forward–time, how to, what to say.

The biggest fear of all was,

The Honor of a Challenging Process

Service, support, and the best of humanity

I’ve spent much of the last couple of weeks working with my mom to handle a challenging family situation.  Now that the majority of the work is behind us, healing and growing past the frustrations, anger and fear is our main focus.

As I think about moving forward, I know that the fastest, most healthy way to do that is for everyone involved to continue to be honest, supportive and collaborative.

So, as I came here to write about business this morning I am can only think of how important personal relationships are to EVERY aspect or our lives.  Here are a few insights

Roger Federer Makes It Look Easy

Working Toward Flow Is Hard, At First

For many of us, Labor Day is a 54101170d8111_-_oct-federer-05transition from the “lazy days of summer” to more focus on business growth.

So when I read this article on the living legend of professional tennis, Roger Federer, I knew I had to write about his process as we move more fully into the flow of our work.

The article states that, “Not only has Mr. Federer spent more than a decade at the mountaintop of his sport, he has done so with the apparent ease of a fish swimming downstream.” I believe this refers to the flow that many of us seek in our work.

The Ridiculousness of Stress Management

Let flow, let go to be happier and healthier

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Steam Engines for Processing Stress

The term “stress management” is a bit ridiculous.

Yes, life is hard sometimes. Now matter how carefully we craft our plans, life throws us a few curve balls that bring stress.  There are major issues like business re-focusing, family changes, or friends who need our help.  Sometimes it’s as simple as a bad driver, or noisy workman next door that bring stress into our lives.

To me the term stress management means organizing it so we can handle it better.  However, as Sadhguru says, “Why manage something you do not like?”  Why not get rid of it?