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The 9 Key Distinctions of Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs!

SUCCESSFUL Solo-Entrepreneurs approach life and business from a perspective that is new, fresh, and rather unorthodox. The differences are subtle, yet significant. These distinctions are more than just fads or interesting tips; they are direct, measurable SHIFTS in how you will approach your business, your personal life, your relationships, etc. - for the rest of your life! They are direct from the experience of hundreds of successful solo-entrepreneurs!

First, one pre-distinction. We are not talking about "habits" in this article. There's really nothing wrong with habits, except that you are still looking at habits. And, you probably already knew the habits before you even read about them?you just weren't getting them to stick.

The problem with habits is that it's easy to backslide because they aren't really YOURS. You haven't really owned them. Just when you are about to decide they are valuable and working, something comes up that throws a twist in the whole thing and there you are back again, living your same old habits.

A distinction, on the other hand, is not a habit or a secret, or even the latest tip of the day. A distinction is often a subtle difference in language, but it brings powerful new insight, meaning and perspective to the situation at hand. Once you grasp the distinction, and begin acting on it, you will notice distinct, measurable changes in the way you run yourself and your business, and in the successes you experience.

As you incorporate these 9 key distinctions into your life and business, you will create a key shift in how you think, how you evaluate, and how you approach any situation. You can never go back to the old way again - unlike the old paradigm of "habits".

What are the 9 Key Distinctions of Successful Solo- Entrepreneurs?

1. Force vs. Power

When you are forcing something, you are pushing and shoving to get things to work out the way you want. There is a great deal of effort involved, and usually struggle.

Power, on the other hand, implies a strength that goes beyond what you might be able to exert. You experience power when you align your inner energies, beliefs, and emotions with your outer actions. This will propel you forward toward your goals, with much less effort and fewer toes being stepped on.

Some people talk about this as flow, but it is really much more than that. It is a sense of energy and multiple dimensions working in tandem so that with each step you actually move ahead many paces.

For solo-entrepreneurs, who don't have a large corporate machine backing them, this distinction becomes even more important. Power, rather than force, becomes the name of the game.

Remember a time when you felt confident, in flow, and successes seemed to just come to you. What were you focused on? How were you being? What actions were you taking? Use these answers as a self-prescription for tapping into this power state so that you no longer have to rely on force.

2. Accomplish vs. Attain

Accomplishment has a sense of finality, an end point, and refers more to a task. Accomplishments often feel meaningless once you've accomplished them. Have you ever worked hard in order to get something, and then once you had it, it didn't seem so important or meaningful any more? There was a bit of a letdown.

Attainment, on the other hand, has no end. It is based in a spiritual or inspired knowing that what you are doing is meaningful at a level that goes far beyond just you or your company. A sense of attainment provides inspiration and comfort.

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs indicate that when they were in "accomplish" mode, they got a lot done, but it didn't always move them closer to their grander vision or mission. When they made the shift to attainment, it expanded their capacity to create the life they wanted.

Do you focus more on accomplishing or attaining? When you finish or complete something, does it inspire your forward and connect you with your reason for doing what you do, or does it feel exciting briefly and then go flat?

3. Gaining Information vs. Using What You Learn

While it might seem obvious that to simply gain information is not sufficient for producing incredible, solo-e success, there are a lot of business people out there reading and acquiring information without really putting it into practice. Until you use what you learn, you haven't really learned it. You've just expanded your storehouse of information.

By putting it into practice, applying what you learn, you are able to distinguish useful information from irrelevant, and tweak approaches or systems so that they work for you.

What have you learned about today/this week that you can put into action now?

4. Segmented vs. Integrated

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs say that before they became incredibly successful, they thought of their lives in compartmentalized segments. Even within their businesses they had a segmented approach to their services, products, and even their efforts.

The shift for them came when they created a synergy by integrating their work and their lives. When you have an integrated approach, activity in one area directly benefits goals in another area. This is part of how you can move three paces ahead with only one step.

Write out all the different projects or components of your business. Then identify the patterns or themes that emerge. Where can you leverage your efforts so that work in one part directly improves the work in another?

5. Working Hard vs. Working Joyfully

Working hard brings with it all the "must do's" and "to do's", plus all the heaviness that those lists entail. Working joyfully, on the other hand, brings with it ease, fun, inspiration, and a light, powerful sense. When you work joyfully, you are working in tandem with spirit, in tandem with your true desires, whereas when you work hard you are usually pushing against something. (See Force vs. Power.)

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs often learned this the hard way. They spent years working hard, only to see their goals slipping away - along with their health and their energy. Often they "hit bottom" before they decided to try it a different way. When they did make the shift to working joyfully, they found themselves thinking, "Is it really this easy?" or "Wow, this is great! I can have fun, make money, and make a difference!"

What is it that you absolutely love doing in your business? When was the last time that time seemed to just disappear (in a good way)? How could you create more of that in your business?

6. Structure vs. Environments

Structure is a good thing. You need some structure in order to get things done - even if your structure looks vastly different from someone else's. Structure is focused on tasks and specific outcomes.

Environments, on the other hand, go beyond structure to setting up entire systems of support that enable you to continue making progress without even "working" at it.

The distinction is that an environment works for you, while a structure requires you to do the work. An environment makes the structure YOURS.

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs say this is one of the most important distinctions. When they could transform their structures - or lack of structure - into environmental supports, they were able to consistently move ahead with far less effort.

Where are your environment(s) currently supporting you to be your best, do your best, and experience your best? Where are the drains or stumbling blocks that slow you down? What can you change so that you automatically do the right thing without having to overcome inertia?

7. Behavior Change vs. Shift

A behavior change is just what it sounds like. You either stop doing or start doing something. It can be simple, and may or may not be lasting.

A shift, on the other hand, is powerful. It usually comes as the result of an experience of some sort (perhaps from the behavior change), and results in a deep, cellular change in how you approach things. It is often accompanied by an identify shift as well.

Think of those "aha!" moments and epiphanies you have had - the times when you all of a sudden "got it". That is a shift. You can try to go back to the old way of doing things, but there is a part of you that always knows you're not participating at your full potential.

For example, once you realize that what you think about and focus on affects your results, you cannot pretend it isn't so. You might temporarily think less than helpful thoughts, but your internal set point has changed and you will be inspired back to what you know to be the truth.

In order to get to this shift point however, you might have to practice it as behavior change until you get the evidence of how it works.

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs make key, internal shifts, not just behavior changes. They are constantly looking for what shifts are needed in order to make their businesses - and their lives - even more successful.

If you were already as successful as you want to be, what shifts would you have made? Now that you know what they are, what can you do to begin making these today?

8. Pessimism vs. Optimism

This distinction probably seems obvious. What's not always so obvious to people is WHEN they are being pessimistic. People who are struggling with their businesses often describe themselves as being "realistic", seeing what's really going on. The truth is, they are only looking at a portion of what's going on, and chances are they are making that worse than it really is.

Optimism is not just a state of mind or an approach. It is a commitment to looking for what's working, looking for the good in a situation, and building on that. It is based on spiritual and scientific principles that when we focus on what's working and looking with vision and passion toward what we want, that we are actually more resourceful and creative.

Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs have MASTERED this distinction!

When you evaluate your business, your decisions, or even yourself as your own solo-CEO, what do you focus on more - what's working, or how much is going wrong? What would happen if you committed to looking for what's working for the next 72 hours? Just three days. Try it!

9. Focusing on the Gap vs. Honoring Where You Are

While wanting more is not a bad thing, when most people talk about what they want, what they are really doing is focusing on the gap between what they want and what they have. By doing this, they actually activate the "not having" more than the "having", so it sets up a bit of a catch-22.

Honoring where you are is being fully present, loving each moment, knowing that each moment is already full and perfect, regardless of whether you have accomplished or attained. It is tapping in to the power of NOW.

Honoring where you are doesn't discount that you might have dreams and desires, but in really honoring, you activate trust, celebration, and good feelings that allows in more of what you are wanting.

As you've noticed, these key distinctions of Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs are grounded in inner and outer attitudes, beliefs, and actions. They require an inner mindset shift, as well as an external, or action, shift.

What shifts or distinctions are you noticing in yourself already?

What will be your next actions toward becoming a Successful Solo-Entrepreneurs?

Copyright 2003,2004,2005,2006 Nina East, The Follow-Through Coach


Nina East is the Follow-Through Coach, corporate consultant, former teleclass leader and content developer at CoachVille, LLC, founding member of the IAC and Solo-E.com (http://www.Solo-E.com) and a published author (http://www.ninaeast.com).

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July 29, 2006 | 6:02 PM Comments  {num} comments


Broadcasting Regulatory Commission Forthcoming
Related to country: Bahamas

Broadcasting regulatory commission to come:

Bahamas Information Services -
Nassau, Bahamas:

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Broadcasting Regulatory Commission is being established to ensure private radio stations are properly regulated in the country, Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe announced recently.

“Regulating broadcasting in The Bahamas means more than just implementing regulatory and statutory requirements,” Mr. Wilchcombe said July 13 at a ceremony renaming Third Terrace, Centreville as the Harcourt “Rusty” Bethel Drive. “It speaks to promulgating codes to ensure that broadcasters meet required international standards of objectivity and balance.”

Minister Wilchcombe, who has ministerial responsibility for broadcasting, said the regulation of broadcasting must also encourage the provision of high quality programming and calls for the adoption of policies and procedures to enable broadcasters to operate in ways that will give the public full confidence in their editorial integrity.

In preparation for the Commission, the Minister challenged the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS) to develop high quality; local programming that meets the requirements of relevance to the life and culture of Bahamians, and to produce the highest quality news in order to promote the widest possible and most enlightened participation in the affairs of the nation.

To this end, Minister Wilchcombe said, ZNS has moved to digitalise its radio facilities in New Providence and Grand Bahama. Digitalisation of the local TV network would commence in the next fiscal year.

“It is important that the corporation’s personnel be trained to maintain these state-of-the-art digital systems,” he said.

He said ZNS has renewed its relationship with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and engaged the services of a consultant from that country to oversee the digitalisation process.

“This is to ensure the establishment of a Broadcast Training Institute, in conjunction with the College of The Bahamas, which will drive broadcasting and professional excellence throughout the country, preparing Bahamians for employment in both the private and public radio and television stations,” Minister Wilchcombe said.


July 28, 2006 | 11:41 PM Comments  {num} comments


Avian (Bird Flu) Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Alert
Related to country: Bahamas

Preparing for the avian influenza H5N1 virus:

Bahamas Information Services -
Nassau, Bahamas:

NASSAU, Bahamas --- Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources officials were told of their importance in protecting the public from the deadly avian (bird) influenza A (H5N1) virus if it ever reaches The Bahamas.

Addressing officers residing in the Family Islands, Director of Agriculture, Simeon Pinder said they must know how to safely collect, prepare, package and present for shipment any suspicious bird samples they collect.

“What you do and how successful you are in dealing with this will have far reaching implications for the human population in this country,” he said. “Unfortunately, the institution you work for is at the very vanguard, at least, of the avian part of it.”

Mr. Pinder was speaking at the opening of a three-day “Surveillance, Diagnostic Testing, Information Management and Public Education on Pathogenic Avian Influenza (commonly known as bird flu)” workshop on Wednesday.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), avian influenza (flu) viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them.
However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them, the CDC reported.

The risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people, because the viruses do not usually infect humans.

But the confirmed cases of human infection from several subtypes of avian influenza infection have been reported since 1997.

CDC reports that most cases of avian influenza infection in humans have resulted from contact with infected poultry (e.g., domesticated chicken, ducks, and turkeys) or surfaces contaminated with secretion/excretions from infected birds.

The spread of avian influenza viruses from one ill person to another has been reported very rarely, and transmission has not been observed to continue beyond one person.

But Mr Pinder said that the disease, based on past experience, may mutate to become one of the most serious threats to humans on a global scale.

The deadly strain H5N1 has not yet arrived in North America, but Asian countries such as Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have had cases of this flu, said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Colleen Nottage.

She added that countries in Europe, Africa and the near East have confirmed cases as well.

But Mrs Nottage warned: “This threat will be with us for a long time since birds are likely carriers and they migrate from country to country. For sure we cannot stop that pattern.

“We worry to about migrating birds, but what about the millions of travellers who visit our shores. Is there a human health plan able to deal with this?

“This workshop on avian flu is a necessary prevention and preparedness activity and hopefully will achieve its goals regarding surveillance, diagnostic testing, information management and public education,” said Mrs Nottage.

She added: “For you people in the Family Islands, it is our hope that the proceedings here will attune you into recognising what you see and reporting as quickly as possible if there is a need to the authorities in Nassau so that we move on with arresting the threat or arresting the disease should it ever comes.”


July 27, 2006 | 11:25 PM Comments  {num} comments


Hubert Ingraham Wants Brent Symonette On Constituencies Commission
Related to country: Bahamas

Ingraham Wants Symonette On Boundaries Commission:

By Tameka Lundy -
Nassau, Bahamas:

Opposition Free National Movement [FNM] Leader Hubert Ingraham said yesterday he intends to advise Governor General His Excellency Arthur D. Hanna today that Deputy Leader Brent Symonette is the opposition’s choice to be a member of the Constituencies Commission.

The appointment of the members of that Commission – intended to ensure fairness in the drawing of constituency boundaries – is considered a surefire sign of approaching general elections.

Prime Minister Perry Christie announced last week that he would immediately advise the Governor General to constitute the boundaries commission.

Under the law, the Speaker of the House of Assembly is appointed chairman and the other members include a justice of the Supreme Court as Deputy Chairman; two members of the House of Assembly appointed on the advice of the prime minister; and another MP appointed on the advice of the leader of the Opposition.

" In pursuance of my constitutional obligations in this matter I shall on Tuesday advise the Governor General, His Excellency Mr. Arthur D. Hanna, that I have selected Mr. Brent Symonette, the Member of Parliament for Montagu and Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement to be the Opposition’s member of the Commission," Mr. Ingraham said in a press statement

He also indicated that his party welcomed the prime minister’s recent announcement concerning the commission.

He referred to the exercise as an extremely important one in a process which is designed to give the people of The Bahamas the opportunity to express their will at the polls by selecting those persons who will represent them in parliament and form the next Government of The Bahamas.

He described Mr. Symonette as "an experienced parliamentarian with a thorough knowledge of the whole Bahamas and I am confident he will effectively represent the Opposition and the people of The Bahamas in our efforts to achieve a fair and equitable adjustment of electoral boundaries."

The Constitution of The Bahamas provides for the appointment of a Commission to review the number and boundaries of electoral constituencies into which The Bahamas is divided at intervals of not more than five years.

Mr. Ingraham pledged the Opposition’s fullest cooperation in ensuring that the number of voters in each constituency shall, as far as is reasonably practicable, be the same in each constituency. He said the Opposition would support any "reasonable recommendations having regard to other provisions of the Constitution relating to geographical and other considerations."

The FNM leader also used the opportunity to urge all qualified citizens to register to vote as soon as possible.

With approximately 10 months left before a general election must be called, less than half of the citizens who are qualified to vote have actually registered, according to Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel.

Mr. Bethel said in a recent Bahama Journal interview that 67,363 people out of an anticipated 170,000 had registered up to last Wednesday which chalked up to a lack of enthusiasm.

Of that number almost two thirds of the registered voters - approximately 45,000 - is on New Providence. There are 11,800 Grand Bahamians and 10,300 Family Island residents who have registered as well.

Mr. Bethel said he feared that Bahamians were, for the most part, waiting for the commission to submit its report before registering to vote.

"One thing we cannot do is wait for the bell to ring because once the bell does ring that means the election is imminent," he said. "That may be a bit late because you could have the boundaries commission reporting and then you could have elections a couple of months after that."

Once the commission is constituted, it will review existing constituencies to determine whether they should remain unchanged or be altered. There are currently 40 constituencies with the ruling Progressive Liberal Party [PLP] representing all except one New Providence district. The FNM represents 8 constituencies all of which except one are in the Family Islands.

Other than House Speaker Oswald Ingraham and Mr. Symonette, the other members of the Commission were not named up to yesterday.

25 July 2006

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Ecologist Romauld Ferreira Calls For Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Legislation
Related to country: Bahamas

Ecologist Calls For EIA Legislation:

By Quincy Parker -
Nassau, Bahamas:

Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Belize are some countries in the Caribbean that have Environmental Impact Assessment legislation – The Bahamas has a draft Act that contains these regulations, but the Act has not yet been brought to parliament.

One local practitioner has called for the terms of EIAs to be legislated, and bemoaning the absence of an environmental auditing regime; institution of environmental regulation is, in his view, "an urgent undertaking that should demand our immediate attention."

Ecologist Romauld Ferreira, whose firm conducts EIAs, explained that under an environmental auditing regime, an external professional audits a company’s performance in accordance with that company’s "environmental management system."

"I believe that all risks from development can be managed," Mr. Ferreira said. "And I think Bahamians have the wherewithal to manage them."

In order to manage these risks, however, Mr. Ferreira is calling for "teeth" in The Bahamas’ environmental legislation.

"There’s nothing wrong with Atlantis – we could build a hundred Atlantis-type developments. It’s managing that risk [that’s the issue]. And how do you go about it? Well, you can’t have the fox watching the henhouse," Mr. Ferreira said.

"You need an independent body, whether private or public sector, and that’s what it’s about. So I’m not [someone] who believes we should all be dancing the hula and climbing coconut trees. Nonsense. We should be developing our resources."

Citing the United Nations Convention on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Ferreira is continuing to decry the absence of regulatory teeth in The Bahamas’ environmental legislation.

Mr. Ferreira noted that the EIA concept has its roots in UN Council for Sustainable Development (1977). By the time the Earth Summit took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the need for principles to guide sustainable development had become apparent.

"One of the key principles is that the terms of the EIA should be legislated. In other words, whether or not one conducts an EIA based on the project size or type of project should be mandated by law – that’s very important, because a project under a certain size really should have an EIA, but that has to be done by law," Mr. Ferreira said.

"There is a clear and present danger by not (legislating the terms of an EIA), and that is that you can require one person who is doing project A to have an EIA and another comes along, and does project B – which is identical to project A – and [he or she is] not required to have it. A person may feel victimized because EIAs are an expensive proposition."

Mr. Ferreira quoted UNCED Principle 17, which states that the EIA is a "national instrument" that should be undertaken for projects with potential environmental impact and are subject to a "competent national authority," which in The Bahamas would be the Bahamas Environment Science and Technology Commission.

The follow-up conference, held in Barbados in 1994, cited the need for "small island developing states" to develop national and local environmental regulations. The UN called for "specific legislation for appropriate environmental impact assessments for both public and private sector developments."

"We have a BEST Commission, which is the competent national authority; what we don’t have is the legislation. So we only have one piece of the puzzle," Mr. Ferreira said.

He cited Principle 2 of UNEP, which states that "the criteria and procedures for determining whether an activity is likely to significantly affect the environment, and is therefore subject to an EIA, should be defined clearly by legislation, regulation or other means so that subject activities can be quickly and surely identified, and EIA can be applied as the activity is being planned."

What’s missing, according to Mr. Ferreira, is a requirement that EIAs be done for any project – public or private – that is over a certain size, which should be defined by law.

Another missing component, he said, is an environmental auditing system.

"For example, look at what happened in Bimini – the total clear-cutting of that portion of Bimini (being used for Floridian Gerardo) Capo’s development. Disaster. Well what’s the penalty for that? What penalty should be applied for someone who does that? I’m sure BEST Commission did not give them permission to do that," he said.

"Same thing with the Ginn [Company] – those thousands of acres in Grand Bahama cleared down. Not even a "shepherd needle" standing. What is the penalty for that? The penalties have to be appropriate or else it becomes a cost of doing business."

Mr. Ferreira called for penalties that developers who transgress the requirements of the EIA will "feel."

26 July 2006

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