Feature Article: Learn and Profit from Past Mistakes

Business Owner in the Spotlight
Ruby Mayeda

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ISSN# 1552-3705

January 5, 2010
Volume 7, Issue 10

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A Note From Dave & Victoria

Hope you enjoyed a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Happy New Year!

We’re excited about 2010! It certainly won’t be business as usual for us this year. We have several new projects in the pipeline, designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and become more profitable this year.  We can't wait to tell you more about this soon!

In light of the crazy weather this winter, we’ve decided to postpone the next conference until early September. We'll have a great lineup of speakersthen. We’re disappointed, but with even more time to plan, we’re sure it will be a fantastic conference for entrepreneurs. We’ll keep you posted on this.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherWe’re planning the next Make-it-Fly Café for Thursday, February 25, at The Wellshire Inn, which is a great central location for everyone.

Our very best regards,

Dave and Victoria

Business Owner in the Spotlight

Ruby Mayeda

Most people are spending their lives doing something they don’t want to do. Ruby Mayeda of the Dream-Tank can help. “The Dream-Tank is a place where you can explore your options for creating a more passionate and purposeful career,” she says. “I bring the training, talent and tools you can use to transform yourself. You bring your willingness to inquire. Together we generate your unique options and create the career that inspires and fits you."

Ruby Mayeda of Dream-Tank

The Passion TestOne of only 24 international facilitators certified to deliver The Passion Test for Business, Ruby launched the Dream-Tank in January 2008. By making passion a competitive and visible advantage in business and in life, Ruby helps people of all kinds succeed. “My role is to help define the unique value each person and business delivers and get them excited about going to work each day,” she says. “It’s the WOW factor. Our businesses aren’t unique, but we are!”

Q: What do you find most fulfilling about running your business?
RM: Facilitating and witnessing people experience laser moments of clarity and creative insight when they connect with their unique talents, passions and vision.

Q: What motivated you to start this business?
RM: My motivation is knowing 76% of Americans surveyed (Gallup 2009) said they’d rather be doing something else for a living. It’s a waste of human potential….a waste of a life. I had a successful insurance and financial services business for 20 years representing a major company. I had a growing interest in people working from their strengths and interests when I started seeing tangible results with my employees. This developed into a passion to engage people with their work and businesses with their people.

Q: What book has been most helpful to you in your business?
RM: Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters by Jerry Poras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson. I believe success leaves footprints and it describes the foundation for enduring success.

Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
RM: My parents were both small business owners. I saw that you can build a successful business through integrity, hard work, persistence, courage and going the extra mile to bring your customers value.

Q: What has proved to be your most successful marketing strategy?
RM: Creating relationships and associating with successful people and organizations that draw like-minded people who share similar values and goals to mine.

Q: What have been the greatest challenges you have had to overcome, or are currently facing, in your business?
RM: Channeling the paralysis of fear during these unpredictable times into results. This time in history offers incredible opportunity for businesses (and the people they employ) to consider new options and to really get clear on their unique values and company mission. How we’ve done business in the past won’t fuel us in the future.

Q: How did you benefit from participating in a Make-it-Fly® board?
RM: It’s been a unique opportunity to build meaningful relationships with other businesspeople who share the values of contribution, generosity and integrity.  I’ve been able to not only help others connect, but have received valuable introductions I wouldn’t have otherwise have made.

Q: What would you say to other business owners who are contemplating getting involved in a Make-it-Fly® board?
RM: Your best dollars spent for the value received professionally and personally.    

LRuby Mayeda can be reached by phone at: 303-914-9786, or visit her web site at: www.dream-tank.com.

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Dave Block, Co-Founder of Make-it-FlyDave’s Networking Nugget:

Create your 2010 networking plan. Don’t randomly attend networking events when you feel like getting out, or when it’s convenient. Make a plan. Start with a networking budget—this way you can more easily track which events bring the best return. Think about which events your ‘ideal client’ would most likely attend. Make a list of the ones that best fit your calendar.

Feature Article

Victoria MunroLearn and Profit from Past Mistakes
By Victoria Munro

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men
learn from their mistakes.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Before you set goals and move forward in 2010, pause and look back. If you’ve been beating yourself up over mistakes you made last year (or before), stop! They could be your best friends—teaching you priceless lessons for future success. Top athletes spend hours after games poring over film replays, examining every move, analyzing each mistake to learn and improve every nuance of their play.

In his fascinating new book How We Decide, author Jonah Lehrer explains the neuroscience behind decision-making. He describes how world-class chess master, Bill Robertie, winner of the U.S. speed chess championship and winner of the World Champion of Backgammon, hones his skills by studying his past plays. “He knows that self-criticism is the secret to self-improvement; negative feedback is the best kind.”

Mistakes are an essential part of healthy growth and self-improvement. Studies show that children excel when not chided for mistakes, but encouraged to find solutions and praised for their ingenuity in putting them right.

Mistakes are inevitable if you’re growing a business. If you’re going to accomplish anything great, you’ll have to take risks and will inevitably make mistakes. Albert Einstein was right when be said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

In order to learn from and avoid repeating mistakes, don’t:

Refuse to admit your mistakes.
Allow perfectionism to stop you from taking risks.
Get upset with yourself and others when you discover mistakes. This makes it worse, and could prevent you from learning valuable lessons.
Fear putting yourself in positions where you’re likely to make mistakes.
Waste mistakes. Determine to learn all you can from them.

Ways to Learn from Past Mistakes
We all make mistakes, but the very act of stopping to look at past mistakes can help avoid repeating them. Think about what caused the mistake: were you in a hurry, perhaps multitasking at the time and not focused on the task at hand? Did you fail to stop, look over and double check your work, or have someone else check it for you? Reflecting on how you plan to handle similar situations next time can minimize future mistakes.

Reframe How You View Mistakes
Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times to create the light bulb, but he viewed these ‘mistakes’ as eliminating ways that didn’t work. He saw each ‘mistake’ as a step closer to the winning solution.

So before you look forward and plan for the year ahead, take some time to look back and learn from past mistakes. It may put you light years ahead.

If you’d like to learn more on this topic, Why We Make Mistakes by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph T. Hallinan gives some eye-opening reasons for the mistakes we make. His points are illustrated by some really interesting real-life stories.

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Victoria’s Time / Balance Tip

Maintain Strong Boundaries
Be crystal clear about boundaries in your client relations. Decide how you’ll communicate with them, and what you will and won’t do for them. Be especially clear around money, what you will and won’t charge for, when you expect payment, etc. Make sure your clients are also clear on these. And be prepared to stand firm when someone tries to push those boundaries.

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Sharpen Your Speaking Skills this Year
at a Presentation Dojo

You worked hard on your presentation and afterward several people came up to compliment you on it. You think, “That’s nice, but I didn’t get any business.” If you want to grow your business through public speaking, enroll in the Presentation Dojo.

Jay Murray of Solutions for Tuition says, “Before working with Turning Point Presentations, 3% of my audience members typically requested appointments to learn more. Now, it’s over 50% and my business is thriving.

Angela Libby Jankousky

Angela Libby Jankousky

Rev NetworkingRev Networking

Up to 20 professionals, each representing one profession, meet one on one at customized speed networking events, allowing you the opportunity to have a five-minute conversation with each participant to generate leads, referrals and business. Rev Networking is not a group, as you will meet new professionals every time and people that attend are serious about growing their business by networking and power partnering with other professionals.

Reservation only $68
Marilyn Manning 303-763-1865



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The Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101

Each Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 program consists of 12 non-competing business owners who meet once a month for five consecutive months. In the spirit of giving, they offer each other solutions, ideas, resources and encouragement. Dave and Victoria facilitate each group and share powerful tools to assist business owners in reaching their goals and living more balanced lives.

If you have experienced a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board, please share the following openings with other business owners who need support. Call Dave for more information at 720-962-8888.

Programs are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Next Advisory Board 101 in Denver:

  • Fridays - January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4
  • Thursdays - January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17
  • Mondays - March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 6*, August 2

Click here to sign up for an Advisory Board.
Or call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Alumni Boards are groups of 12-14 small business owners who have participated in at least one Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and wish to continue the support and accountability with a group of like-minded, giving business associates. Members meet once a month for a three-hour meeting. If you completed the initial Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board 101 and are interested in more information on Alumni Boards, call Dave at 720-962-8888.

Make-it-Fly Café - High Altitude Networking, where exceptional people help each otherNext Café:

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door

Location: The Wellshire Inn
3333 South Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222

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