Imposter Syndrome

Being wrong or not knowing something in the moment, doesn’t make you a fake. It makes you a human that is learning and growing.

My Five Biggest Business Mistakes

If there were an award for screwing things up in business, I’d have a nice little trophy wall in my office. I’ve made a ton of great decisions in my business, but only because I’ve made A LOT of bad ones too.

Burnout

If you have ever found yourself working way too hard for way too long, you have most likely found yourself in the place of burnout. Which is why this week, we are going to talk about common burnout signs, why we do those things, and how to overcome them.

The Hiring Process

The only thing scarier than making the decision to quit your job to start your full-time business is the decision and the reality behind hiring your first employees.

Branding Your Space

Branding your space is not only an investment in your company today, but it’s an investment in the growth of your company for years to come.

Fear of Success

The fear of success is an actual, legit thing. And it is something I have come to better understand and realize throughout the years. But which areas of success are the ones that really freak people out? Well, let’s talk about it.

The Mental Cycle

It is important to recognize that there is a cycle to the way you think and the emotions that come along for the ride. The more you understand them, the easier it will be to accept and work through them.

Finding Your Tribe

The best way to attract your tribe is to be who you are, regardless of who is around. Your energy is like a magnet and you’ll attract the love and support of the ones that appreciate you for who you are.

Vulnerability

On this week’s podcast, I open up about something that is pretty uncomfortable for me to talk about. It’s been taunting me for years and just a few weeks ago I decided to own it and share my situation with you.

What is a Brand?

Branding is fascinating because it’s the difference between someone spending $20 vs. $200 on a haircut. The same service is being performed, but the company has been positioned to create an experience that people want to be part of.

The Maroon Suit

The truth is, authenticity is contagious. People admire people that are willing to go against the grain and take a risk. By being yourself, you’re influencing others to do the same.

Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Business

Each person will have their own journey and circumstances, but if you have a heads up on a few things, it might help you feel a little less weirded out when and if they show up for you.

Welcome to The Gutsy Podcast

Being an entrepreneur can feel lonely and overwhelming sometimes. This is a safe place for you to tune in and hear stories of business owners just like you that say “Yes! You can!”

Thank You, Old Self

I’ve written a few hundred blogs in my career-span, but this one feels like the first. Over the last 12 months, I’ve been on a journey of self-reflection.

What Will You Give Up To Gain?

One of my favorite things to do is to dream about the future. It’s exciting to think about the possibilities that it holds and what new and exciting things we’ll get to experience.

Be Yourself

It’s interesting how certain phrases can take someone from smiling to weeping in a matter of seconds. The things we tell ourselves can be brutal and damaging and the emotional scars that unresolved life events have on us are traumatic.

LEAD YOURSELF

Check out these tips from Leadercast 2018 maybe one, or all will speak to you on some level.

LEADERCAST FAQ

What is Leadercast? Who is it for? Why should I attend? Get your questioned answered here!

HIRING TO BUILD A TEAM

We have a hiring process that has taken years to get down to a science. I’m happy to share…

GET FED UP.

Everything you’re not dealing with is taking energy away from the things that matter.

DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

We beat ourselves up in the effort to make things perfect and in the long-run, end up doing nothing.

NEW YEAR ENERGY ALL YEAR

I love the energy that comes with the new year. Old ideas that got pushed to the side come to the forefront.

A LEADER WORTH FOLLOWING

Leadership is a lifestyle, not a title. There are countless ways to show leadership in your own life, today.

IF IT’S NOT A HELL YES…

You don’t have to do things to please other people. Invest your time in the things that matter most to you.

ULTIMATE WORK PLAYLIST

Next time you’re working on a challenging project, try creating your ultimate work playlist.

YOUR LOOK, YOUR BRAND.

You can be the same person from 9-5 as you are from 5-9 by knowing your personal brand scale.

FIRST DAY JITTERS

Having just graduated in May, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the scariest time of my life.

A LEADER WITH MEANING

Every time we invest in events like Leadercast, our team levels up.

SCARED SHITLESS

The best way to overcome a fear is to lean into it. Fall down. Mess up. Whatever you do, just do it.

MY PREACHER READS MY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

What you put online can haunt or help you.

CH, CH, CH, CHANGES

Here are a few tips to consider during a location transition.

PASSION IS MORE THAN PILLOW TALK

What wakes people up, ironically, is a dream. What propels them is their passion.

WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO WORK WITH SIX WOMEN

When I started Worx 9 years ago, it wasn’t a goal of mine to have an all-woman team, but as time has evolved, that’s who we are and I’m damn proud of that.

BRANDING + MARKETING: YOU’RE NO LONGER ALONE

Many of the businesses that come to us started their brand with this same scenario. As your business evolves, so do you and the visual presence you give your company should too. Here are some signs that it may be time to give your branding and marketing a little extra love by bringing on a team…

LANDING THE JOB YOU WANT

Being the most recent graduate and designer at Worx, the month of May is all too familiar. From one recent creative nomad to another, good luck and keep hustling.

FOUR STORIES DOWN

How can you dig deeper into your business? How can you lay a more solid foundation for yourself and your team? Opportunities can only stand tall on top of the solid foundation you have built. Work together. Communicate. Visualize both with yourself and as a team. If you feel like you’re digging in the trenches, good.

THE BEST PART OF THE DAY

Sometimes life can be unpredictable and it feels like the world is against you. It is ok to ask for help. You don’t always have to be strong. Other people can seem like they have it all together when you don’t even know how to adult. All of these feelings are valid. Julie’s advice: Try to find something funny about what stresses you out the most. When things go wrong – reflect on it and think about what you’ve learned.

GROWING THROUGH GROWTH

When you’re going through a growth spirt, be the visionary that leads the team but also the person who rolls up their sleeves and gets in the trenches with everyone. And most importantly, make the decisions that positively affect the team and your clients in the fastest and most efficient way.

FIVE THINGS INTROVERTS ARE NOT

I was sitting at Starbucks. Staring out the window. Listening to some non-descript artist. Out of the corner of my eye, an elderly gentleman played musical chairs. Two tables over. One table over. Standing beside me, slightly bowed over, hand extended toward mine and asking about my heritage.

It was a common question, but his was an uncommon reaction that started a great dialogue.

BALANCE: THE HUMAN RUBIK’S CUBE.

Make a good honest effort to do good. Make sure you’re eating food and drinking water. Go to bed at a reasonable time. Be present when you’re with someone (put that phone away). The sooner you’re able to accept that you are only one human, the sooner you’ll find peace and happiness. Presence is the best balance you can give yourself and anyone around you.

ONE WORD. FOCUS.

If some professionals (like tattoo artists or doctors) aren’t able to multitask, why do we ask ourselves to every day? Just in writing this blog, I’ve had about six opportunities to stop. The ding, the random memory, the feeling that I need to do 100 things at once. We’re putting our foot down and saying no more. We’ve adopted a word of the year at Worx, and it’s FOCUS.

WHACK-A-MOLE, THE FIRE EDITION

How many times have you gone into work, focused on a specific goal and before you know it, the end of the day has come and you haven’t even looked at that goal? Sally needed this. Joe needed that. The phone rang and turned into a 40-minute call. Lunch went long. An emergency request comes in. It’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole while they’re on fire.

JUST SAY THANK YOU.

Everyone likes to be admired, but some of us have trouble accepting a compliment gracefully. Many of us have been guilty of this. Downplaying or rebuffing the compliment can backfire. Denial, deflection, and self-insults can be insulting to the person that gave you kudos. They could see you as socially awkward, ungrateful or insecure. Not only will you offend the person, but you are downplaying your abilities and your worth.

THE BUTCHER BABE

Whatever it is, if it doesn’t align with your personal brand, it doesn’t have to be part of you or your part of it. A personal brand is no different than a company brand. It has to be consistent, remaining cohesive wherever you go.

OTHER SIDE OF THE MIC

I often get hung up on how things are not going fast enough or what the next goal is. But when I take the time to reflect, I realize just how quickly those goals have come to life. It’s kind of like being a parent. Your child grows up right in front of you, and it’s not until you flip back through the photo album to realize just how much they’ve grown.

THE ART OF SMALL TALK

Humans can be incredibly interesting. Conventions, expos, wedding receptions, award shows, waiting to catch a flight and even daily life situations are all opportunities to practice the art of small talk.

BRANDING ABROAD

Whether we visit your hometown or your home turf whenever we cross borders between our brand and yours, we take the time to learn what makes you tick. Branding abroad – no matter how many miles separate our company and yours – means respecting your customs.

THE MAROON SUIT

Anytime you feel a disconnect with your business it’s an opportunity to dig deeper and get in touch with who you really are and how you want people to experience your brand. The beautiful thing about being in business for yourself if you do not have to follow the “business rules.”

YOU WILL NEVER BE READY

Have you ever been afraid of being a fraud, so you hold back just a little bit? You say nothing because you aren’t sure, or you wait to share your idea with a group until you think it is safe. I am no expert, but I feel like everyone has been in this mindset at least once.

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

Success isn’t something you simply fall into, success comes with patience, dedication, and consistency. Ultimately, however, we are directly responsible for what happens in our lives. There are ways which we can be proactive, starting with our changing perspective. Successful people go against the grain and often combat pessimism with optimism and instead of embracing excuses, embrace solutions. The trick is to take action.

EVOLUTION OF A BRAND

The first time someone comes to your website sees your business card or interacts with you is an opportunity to share who you are, what you do and how it makes a difference. Are those materials positively representing you in a way that makes you feel strong and proud of your business? Do you shy away from sending people to your website? Are you avoiding getting the next run of your business cards printed because they’re outdated?

BAE BRANDING

It takes much hard work to make a brand approachable and keep it alive. While it may seem beautiful, there’s much work that needs to happen in the background. To ensure you can see, hear, read and experience the same in every encounter, we have to check through Before Anyone Else, or in this case, Before Anything Else immune system nourishment.

DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP

Your progress timeframe may be different than the people you admire or follow. Everyone has had his or her own struggles or setbacks. They may just be a different part of the journey than you are. The progress you make, whether one step or a huge leap, is important and valuable to your success. One day you’ll crack open the figurative business photo album and say, wow, look at how far I’ve come!

THE FORMULA TO COMPANY CULTURE

Company culture is the direct influence on how smoothly the ship is sailing. Effects derived from poor company culture are often missed deadlines, negative employee body language, tension, lack of ambition and static routine. If a company is not happy, it will reflect in many aspects of the workplace, unfortunately, and most crucially the clients. Your company culture IS your brand.

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