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No More Yes. It’s Either HELL YEAH! or No.

Do you often overcommit, feel scattered or worse, totally overwhelmed? If so, you might appreciate a philosophy that I have been living by most of my life, but needed to recommit to recently as a result of having fallen off track. (Hey! It happens to all of us!).

That philosophy is this:

If I’m not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then I’m saying no.

Meaning- when deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.

When you say no to things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say, “HELL YEAH!”

We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.


I was hiring someone as an admin assistant. There were many candidates. Like a good leader, I made a pros and cons list for each candidate. Nobody blew me away, but I felt I had to choose one of them. Instead, I said no to all, and began the search again in a different way. That process turned up someone that was an absolute fit and my partner and I could not wait to get started with this new team member. That would never have happened had I chosen someone from the previous search. Someone that I considered a 7 out of 10 instead of a 9.5 out of 10.

The other day, I was cleaning up my closet and made 3 piles. The Hell Yeah! pile, the Hell No! pile and then…there was the Maybe pile…yikes…the Maybe pile is always the troublesome pile no matter what the subject is. I saw things in there that I had forgotten about and that totally still suited me…yet…I have not worn them in months or even years and that’s a lot of wasted closet real estate. Instead of trying each piece and debating if it still suits me or not as usual, I asked myself: If this was not mine, how much money would I be willing to spend today to acquire it? That question totally did the trick. All but ONE article of clothing was donated…it felt so freeing!!!

Book Recommendation:

If you are tired of feeling scattered and overwhelmed. If you want to increase your level of focus and productivity, this book will change your life forever…guaranteed.
Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less by Greg McKeown.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices re-actively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the non-essentials, and then removes the obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.” ~ Greg McKeown

In other words: No more “yes”. It’s either “HELL YEAH!” or “No”.


Leap Of The Week:

What will you say NO to this week?

You’re Not Ready

Hello everyone!
Just wanted to connect with you and share this great post by my friend Craig Jarrow from Time Management Ninja. I am neck deep in the early development phase of LeapZone’s newest and most comprehensive product yet. A kick-butt 8 Week Online Program for small business owners called “Build To Rock – Position it right. Deliver it right. Get paid right”. I have to admit, Craig’s post could not have come at a better time. How many times do you tell yourself that you’re not ready…the timing is not right, the money is not quite there yet, the kids are too young, etc…

Craig mentions a line from the movie “Ender’s Game” when Harrison Ford’s character is defending Ender’s readiness for the coming mission. Responding to a statement that Ender is not ready, he says:

“You’re never ready. You go when you’re ready enough.” 

Here’s the rest of Craig’s post:
Now, while you probably aren’t preparing to fight an army of aliens, there is still much truth in this simple statement. Here is the thing. You’re Never Ready. Are you holding yourself back, telling yourself and others that you aren’t ready?

What are you not ready to do?
• to start a business
• to write your book
• to get in shape
• to work on your big goal
• to learn a new skill
• to begin a job search
• to have a new relationship
• to take action on your dreams

The truth is… you may not be ready. However, make sure you aren’t waiting for a time that will never come.

Craig is right. It is important to make sure you go when you are ready enough….and for me…ready enough is now. Do I have doubts? You bet I do. Do I fear investing 6 months of my life and thousands of dollars to have a major let down? I would be lying if I said that the thought had not crossed my mind…but…you know what? I am a gutsy gal and I know that with No Guts…comes No Glory.

So…am I ready? Nope. Am I ready enough? I say yes…and we’ll see…all at the same time. There are a million things to learn, write, do, record, figure out, tweak, re-do, re-learn, re-record…but…I am doing it and I am proud of myself .

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement. It means a lot to me.


P.S. If you are curious and would like to know more about Build To Rock, download our Build To Rock e-Book here.


10 Relationship Tips for Entrepreneurs

I read an update from business guru Verne Harnish a little while back. I love his updates as he always introduces his readers to very neat people. That week, he featured Brad Feld, the famous venture capitalist and co-founder of the TechStar movement. Brad had recently produced an insightful online seminar for Verne on his book Do More Faster…and what caught my eye was another of Brad’s books entitled Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur. I thought, “YES!” we are quite an odd bunch and living with us entrepreneurs (usually Type A people, 100% dedicated to making a difference) can’t be that easy…right?

Let me share with you (Coles notes style) the Top 10 Quick Tips useful for any busy entrepreneur to try:

1. Never Schedule High Priority Activities or Deadlines on Fridays:
Doing so will likely create a scenario that drifts into Friday night, Saturday, and then Sunday. Always be realistic about the ebb and flow of the work cycle.

2. Don’t Bring Up Charged Topics at Bedtime:
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary and a safe haven from the demands of the world. Never start a conflict when you and your partner are in bed and dozing off to sleep.

3. Laugh and Laugh Often:
We believe you can never hug each other enough, say you love each other too much, or laugh too often.

4. Apologize and Forgive:
Practice apologizing when you hurt your partner’s feelings. Offer forgiveness when your partner has been careless with your feelings. Know that you will try to be your best self but that you will often fail and will need to hone your apology skills.

5. Have a Life Dinner Once a Month:
Make a reservation right now at one of your favorite restaurants. Go out–just the two of you. Buy your significant other a gift. Turn off your cell phones and hand them to the other person. Spend a long slow dinner enjoying each other’s company.

6. Set Limits on Technology:
You do not need to do just one more e-mail right before bedtime. You really don’t. You need to sleep well and restore yourself and reset your brain chemistry during a nice night of rest. Those who need to take breaks from technology are often the least likely to do it.

7. Live Where You Want to Live:
Pick the place where you want to live and build your life around it. Contributors to the book, Mark and Pam Solon, say “We believe it’s important for young people embarking on their lives to realize that geography matters in your happiness quotient and that it can even out-weigh the highest-paying job opportunities.”

8. Life Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint:
Another contributor to the book, Dave Jilk, says “If I could send my younger self a message from the future, it would tell me to treat my career more like a marathon than a sprint.”

9. Commit to Each Other’s Dreams:
“Recognizing that one’s partner is pursuing their dream, they are satisfied down to their soul and, in so being satisfied, are that much more alive. That level of aliveness is a gift few partners can ever give, and successful couples recognize this,” says Tim Enwall and Hillary Hall.

10. Always Answer His or Her Calls!
While it might seem like a small gesture, the cumulative impact of doing so on a regular basis shows your partner they matter to you. To this last point, I watched an interview with Brad and during the interview his wife called and he took the call! People don’t really care when it’s your spouse.

I for one, need to tone down technology before bed time…what about you? What will be your focus for improvement based on this post? Don’t be shy, post your ideas and thoughts below. I would love to hear them.

Why Women Make Better Business Leaders

Created by Minute MBA

There’s no question that women are making large strides in U.S. business and technology fields. Today’s generation of women professionals are more likely than any other to found, lead or advise a major U.S. firm. But while women continue to secure increasingly high-level leadership positions, there are still some glaring imbalances. For one, only twelve Fortune 500 companies are now headed by women. And numbers on the proportion of female tech startup founders are not any more encouraging; many high-profile incubators report that women founders receive less than 5% of their annual grant awards.

But recent research from the Harvard Business Review and others suggests something that most of us already know–firms without women in high-level leadership positions are missing out on some meaningful growth opportunities. According to the research, women that excel in business often prove to have more highly developed communication skills than their male colleagues. Women are also often more likely to take initiative and make changes to the status quo. In fact, the study showed that firms with women on their boards saw 42% higher sales returns, a 66% higher return on invested capital and a 53% higher return on equity over firms that did not.

Learn more about the skills and perspectives that women bring to business by checking out Online MBA’s latest video.

Video Transcript

A Harvard Business Review study showed that a business group’s collective IQ went up when there were women on the team. And yet, only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies are run by women. So what are the other 488 missing out on?

Communication: Firms with more women on their boards have 42% higher sales returns, 66% higher return on invested capital, and 53% higher return on equity. Take Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer who laid out a strategic outline for the declining company and watched the stock gain 5.7% closing at $16.67, its highest level in over a year. These success rates are often linked to superior communication skills. Studies show while women speak fewer words in a day than men they actually have a better command of the language for getting their point across.

Initiative: In a study by Harvard Business Review, women in management were rated 11.58 percentile points above their male peers at taking initiative in the workplace. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. forged ahead with a plan to focus on more nutritious drinks despite criticism. It’s a risk that could turn a 10 billion dollar business into 30 billion dollars in just ten years.

Emotional Intelligence: Daniel Goleman, author of “The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights,” states that truly effective leadership is distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence. And according to Goleman women on average outdo men when it comes to sensing a person’s feelings in the moment. Meg Whitman, former CEO of ebay and current CEO of HP was featured in Psychology Today for leading with emotional intelligence. Under her eight year reign, ebay was the fastest growing company in history. In her book The Power of Many, she writes: “I believe that being willing and able to actively listen is a vital skill for any leader. Not only is listening the right thing to, an antidote to arrogance, it also leads to all sorts of competitive advantages.”

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Get Your Year in Gear!

Happy New Year Leapers!

Margarita and I I just got back from our road trip. Went to spend Christmas with my parents in Arizona and then drove to San Francisco to spend the New Year with friends. Yup! That’s a lot of driving folks…a little more than 5000 km actually!!! Best part of a road trip? Loud music, junk food and “I spy with my little eye”!!!

Needless to say that we are still recovering from the Holidays…and are getting back into our “healthy groove” slowly but surely. The return has been difficult I have to admit.


How about you? Are you still recovering from the holidays and your time off? Or are you rearing to go?

As my friend Craig Jarrow from Time Management Ninja would say…and I thought it was very appropriate with my road trip theme this year:

To get your year started on the right track:

• Check the Rearview Mirror
Now, is the time to look back at what you accomplished in 2012. What were you most proud of? What do you wish you had done better?

• Check Your Instruments
Are your systems and tools ready for another year of action? Do you need to do any tweaks or upgrades before you get started again?

• Scan the Road Ahead
Do you know where you are headed? This is a good time to plan the next few months or quarter.

• Choose Your Goals:
What do you want to accomplish this year? I recommend goal setting that looks 90 days out. Then you can evaluate your progress and correct your course.

• Ensure Your Support System is in Place:
Who is going to help you reach your goals this year? Instead of going it solo, maybe you need to find a partner or mentor to provide additional input, support, or simply advice along your way.

I hope that your year is already in gear and most of all, I wish for 2013 to be your best year yet!

Isabelle ;-)

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