(Courtesy of Powerplug! Motivational Quotes)
Tribute To Zig Ziglar
"You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." ~ Zig Ziglar
Our all time favourite book was Over the Top - Moving From Survival To Stability, From Stability to Success, From Success to Significance.
What a blessing it has been to have Zig Ziglar lead and mentor us - thank you Zig.
Sending a heart-felt blessing to the Ziglar family.
We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but want to wish our friends in the U.S. a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Keynote Speaker at Sydney Graduate School of Management
We are proud to announce that William de Ora will be the keynote speaker at the United Nations Day for Tolerance on Friday 16 November at the Sydney Graduate School of Management.
What a great honor for someone who showed up in Australia with $70 to their name, progressing to a true blue Aussie businessman with a profound success story.
William would be happy to speak at any other events. Please contact William to inquire.
To become a successful owner of a small business you must be able to separate yourself from your business so the business can operate without depending on you.
Set a business plan in place to structure your business so you can become The Invisible Entrepreneur. This is what Eric Faulkner did. By becoming The Invisible Entrepreneur he gave himself the opportunity to stop, breath, and reflect.
To structure your business successfully and to leave it for three months without having to mange it remotely, you must first and foremost have trust. Trust in your people and with yourself.
The book, The Invisible Entrepreneur, may well be the wake up call you’ve been looking for you to get off the treadmill and get your small business and your life back on track.
Read all three books by Louise Woodbury and William de Ora: The Invisible Branson, The Invisible Partnership, and also The Invisible Entrepreneur.
Tomorrow (13 September) is RUOK? Day in Australia. It was founded by the late Gavin Larkin and participation is simple: ask someone close to you (friend, colleague, neighbor, family member, etc.) how they are doing. Specifically, you ask, “Are you ok?”
Melbourne-based author, artist and playwright Barry Dickins talks about the role of his family and friends in his recovery from severe depression. He especially appreciates how his son would not leave him alone, but instilled the confidence that he would get better.
Let’s be relentless in how we know our friends and loved ones. Don’t assume they are ok. Just ask.
Living The “Impossible” Dream Of An Invisible Entrepreneur
Are you currently running a successful business? More importantly, is your business a thriving, profitable enterprise that can run without you? In other words, are you an Invisible Entrepreneur?
Living an “impossible” dream
An Invisible Entrepreneur is a business owner who has worked “in” their business as well as “on” their business but has then gone on to achieve the ultimate goal of working themselves “out” of their business and is living an “impossible” dream. The impossible dream being, that the business continues to run without the business owner’s day-to-day involvement.
If you are someone who already runs a business or, perhaps, you are considering starting your own entrepreneurial enterprise, chances are, you think it would be pretty hard to have your business operate without you. However, it is absolutely possible to transform a small to medium-sized business into a lucrative organisation without being dependent on the owner for the day-to-day input. In short, it is possible to become an Invisible Entrepreneur regardless of what type or size of business you run.
“For many business owners, why this is an “impossible” dream is because their reality is driven by their limited thinking. And we’ve heard it all. Again and Again.
“But my business just needs me – I’m the only one with this sort of expertise.”
“You don’t understand – my business is different.”
“My customers just wouldn’t put up with it – they’ll go to my competitor.”
Stuck in the reality that nothing will change
And, while you continue to have this mindset, the reality is that nothing will change. You can think up any excuse you want to stop yourself from becoming an Invisible Entrepreneur. However, the reality is that you’ll then just stay on your custom-made treadmill. And guess what? When you stay on that treadmill, you don’t change direction. You pound relentlessly along the same path, and you don’t have a chance to embrace new ideas and new ways of thinking.
The Invisible Entrepreneur is a book that is focused on your transformation, your business’ transformation and allowing you to realise that you have options and you have choice. We want you to be truly free to pursue your life’s passion and purpose – whatever that may be for you.
Therefore if you are happy with your current situation and don’t want anything to change, then stop reading this book now. If you want to be tied to your business without the option to become invisible, that’s fine. We understand that you’re not ready. If you don’t want to add value to your business, no problem. Thanks for sticking with us this far.
A transformational journey
But if you’re ready for a transformational journey – for your business and yourself – we’re going to help you make it happen. Get ready though, things are about to get very exciting. You’ll be asking yourself some tough questions and we’ll be challenging some long-held beliefs.
We’re committed to this process because we’ve seen it work again and again. Helping other business owners on this journey is an exhilarating process for us. In consulting with business owners, we can always see the extent of their potential – even when they can’t. And we work with them until they recognise how great they can be.
Are you ready to become an Invisible Entrepreneur?
Why Does Combining Marriage And Business Require Such Heroic Effort?
The main reason is that life partners who work together inevitably blend their deepest, most intimate relationship into the world of business. The traditional line between work and family disappears.
When the couple is at work in a professional setting, they are (hopefully) still in love. When they are at home, they are still a professional team. If there is conflict at the office, those same problems will follow them home! And if there is discord at home, those difficulties will affect them at the office.
A Fun And Exciting Adventure With An Eye To Reality
However, despite these challenges, life partners who work together have the potential for an exciting and fun adventure like no other. If the relationship is strong and loving, they will be able to enjoy one another around the clock. They will have the most trusted business partner one could imagine. They will be able to share the adventure of running a business and watching that business impact a community.
Unfortunately, when it comes to starting a business or sustaining a marriage, there’s not a whole lot of optimism these days. If you believe the statistics, 50 percent of all marriages fail. In the beginning, couples have a starry romantic vision of a happily-ever-after life, only to be slapped into reality by the challenges and demands of every day living.
As for running a business, the statistics show that 80 percent of all small businesses fail within the first few years. There’s no doubt that getting a business up and running is both exciting and challenging. But, again, this honeymoon period soon encounters the hard realities of the business world. Entrepreneurs today face overwhelming challenges, along with incredible opportunities.
Is It Possible?
So, is it really possible for life partners to successfully live, love, and work together?
Absolutely, categorically, yes!
While the statistics we’ve mentioned are discouraging, it’s important to remember that we are always free to create our marriages and businesses exactly the way we want them to be. Yes, we need to face the facts. However, successful marriages and businesses don’t just happen.
Both domains require 100 percent commitment to ongoing growth and development, absolute dedication, transparency in communication, and above all else, alignment. With these elements in place, a strong marriage and working relationship can become a reality. And William and I are proof of that fact.