I love being on the road, there’s nothing like the sites, sounds, and food in “Small Town America.”  We’re in Pope, Mississippi headed to Memphis for a training and loving our impromptu BBQ tour.  

Where are your favorite gems you’ve found during your travels??

Making it Happen
Today I want to hand it over to some of the women in my company who are making it happen everyday.  They have advice for small business owners on getting started, staying on schedule and how this opportunity is fulfilling on multiple levels.
On some days there’s nothing better than being your own boss, on other days it’s like climbing Everest. Small successes lead to big ones and then all of the tough times are totally worth it.
We are going on the road in October for the Do Life Different Regional Breakthrough Series.  Make the time to join us…it will be worth it.

 Tell Everyone…

Whether I’m in Topeka, Kansas or Phoenix, Arizona people are always asking me the same question— how do I let people know what I do?

You have to get involved in your community. Start by researching networking groups and be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it’s church, after-school activities with your kids, or a mom’s networking group, you have to go out there and tell people what is it that you do and why you do it. And I know this from personal experience, this isn’t an easy thing to do, but it will pay off dividends in the long run.

Some people think that when you start a business, the business is just going to come to you and you’re going to see immediate results.  That’s not the case. Hand out as many business cards as you can, meet as many people as you can. 

Tell everyone…it will put you steps ahead of the competition.

Just think about Babe Ruth, he went out and hit 700 home runs but no one talks about the fact that he struck out 1400 times. But it’s Babe Ruth that’s in the Hall of Fame, right?

#DoLifeDifferent

Life is about choices and each of you has the opportunity to go out there and change your life and the lives of others.

If you stay true to your core values and invest in yourself there’s no stopping you.

For everyone that walked the stage at our World Conference on Saturday you have a lot to be proud of, you’re at the top of your game, but you can’t stop now. You always need to be looking towards the next goal and looking for ways to improve your business. And if you haven’t walked the stage yet, you have so much to work for and even more to look forward to.

I grew up on Domino’s pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts, I was the child of a Consultant. I know how it is to be the last one signed up for baseball because we were waiting for my mom to have a good party.  That’s why I will not give up on each of you; if you’re ready and willing I will give you the roadmap to succeed. I understand the trials and tribulations because I’ve been there.

Don’t lose site of your focus and where you want to go.  And if you remember one thing from World Conference: you have the power to go out there and #DOLIFEDIFFERENT.

To our Consultants:

Everyone has a story. You hold the power to define your story and taking the time to invest in yourself by attending World Conference will only make you better.
All of you are here building your personal teflon. If anyone knows that owning a business is hard work, it is all of you. It sounds glamorous and I’ve seen you all make it look glamorous, but it takes an incredible amount of effort and dedication. You constantly need to be honing your skills and that is exactly what all of you attending World Conference are doing.

Just like I said at the product launch, the first five free throws out of 100 you’re just getting your range. When you get to 95 and 100 shots you’re in a grove, you’re on a roll. And that’s exactly where you want to be, you’ve got to keep doing parties and perfecting your business skills until you get yourself in that grove.

Just like my mom, Patty Brisben, always says, you have to stay a student in everything that you do, keep reinvesting in yourself, and learning new pieces.

As far as World Conference is concerned…the best is yet to come.
To our Consultants:
Everyone has a story. You hold the power to define your story and taking the time to invest in yourself by attending World Conference will only make you better.
All of you are here building your personal teflon. If anyone knows that owning a business is hard work, it is all of you. It sounds glamorous and I’ve seen you all make it look glamorous, but it takes an incredible amount of effort and dedication. You constantly need to be honing your skills and that is exactly what all of you attending World Conference are doing.
Just like I said at the product launch, the first five free throws out of 100 you’re just getting your range. When you get to 95 and 100 shots you’re in a grove, you’re on a roll. And that’s exactly where you want to be, you’ve got to keep doing parties and perfecting your business skills until you get yourself in that grove.
Just like my mom, Patty Brisben, always says, you have to stay a student in everything that you do, keep reinvesting in yourself, and learning new pieces.
As far as World Conference is concerned…the best is yet to come.

#MotivationMonday

Monday’s can be hard, but I think it all depends on how you look at things.  I see it as the beginning of a new game week. If you’re in need of a little pep talk- take 60 seconds and watch this, then get out there!  

The Mayor of Cincinnati will proclaim August 6, 2014 Pure Romance Day in Cincinnati, which is very exciting for what was once an uber conservative town. The City is in a rebirth and taking part in it is exciting.

This interview with the Cincinnati ABC affiliate breaks down the economic impact of bringing 4,000 Pure Romance Consultants to Cincinnati.

World Conference 2014, Why Cincinnati?

Every time we choose Las Vegas to host our conference I feel like I’m helping raise another chandelier at the Bellagio.  

I decided it’s time to bring the economic value back to where I live, which is Cincinnati, Ohio, back to where my mom started this company. Our World Conference will have more than a $2 million impact on the city and I’m thrilled about it.

I wanted to be the largest Cincinnati headquartered company to bring its conference here, so this will hopefully send a message to other local leaders that are taking their conference to Orlando or Miami, that we all need to remember where we live, remember where our kids are growing up, remember where our community is, and where our employees live and work. It’s right here in Cincinnati. So why not keep it here? That’s exactly what we’re doing. 

I’m excited about bringing our 4,000 Consultants here. I want them to experience what a great city this it to come back and visit with their family for a Reds or Bengals game, visiting our Museums, the Casino, the Banks, Over-the-Rhine and all of the great restaurants. 

The Pure Romance World Conference is bringing in Consultants from across the globe, August 6-10. The City of Cincinnati is officially proclaiming August 6, 2014 “Pure Romance Day.”

You can make things happen at any age. It’s about having the will to reinvent yourself and create new goals. 

Some people use age to hold them back; age is not a factor of your business acumen.  I was President of Pure Romance before I was 30, and let me tell you—there’s a lot to prove when you head a company, at any age.  My goals have changed because I have changed and the company has grown, not because my age is trickling towards 40.

Inc. published a great article with 41 reasons to get out there and make it happen, no matter how young or old you are.

Just remember:

  • Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote her wartime diary
  •  Mark Zuckerberg was 21 when he launched Facebook
  •  Beyonce Knowles was 32 when she ranked #1 on Forbes Celebrity 100 list, worth $115 million
  • Ray Kroc was 53 when he bought the first McDonalds franchise, which then comprised 8 restaurants
  •   J.R.R. Tolkien was 62 when he published The Lord of the Rings
  •  Nelson Mandela was 75 when he became the President of South Africa

Live Life By Design

Everyone is always asking me why do you always say you should live life by design?  Well, it’s pretty simple.  Remember when we were kids and we used to play the game MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House) We would hope the numbers game played out with exactly what we wanted. Whether it’s married to Jane and living in a mansion with two cars and three kids or married to Suzy and living in a house on the beach with two dogs. 

It’s all about planning.  For as long as I can remember I have been planning how I want my life to look.  As life starts happens around us there so many people that get wrapped up in the day-to-day and forget about the plan.  So much so that they stop planning at a certain point and start accepting the life that is given to them. 

When it’s time to get a job, they get a job.  When it’s time to get married, they pop the question.  When everyone around them starts their family, they follow suit.  Through the years, I have worked with so many people who just “go with the flow.”  They are living other people’s way of life instead of designing the life that they want.   When you let others determine your path, you may end up far from your intended destination.

I see so many people struggling.   To these people I say: take action. Decide what it is that you want.  “I want a better life, I want a better job, I want a better relationship, I want more time with my family.”  And then start working on it.  I will be the first to tell you; you can have all of this, but you have to put the time in to design it.

You need to sit down and define exactly what you want and think about what that life looks like.  Life is not a walk-through, you can’t just “go with the flow.”  If you are merely going through the motions and let other people take control, you’re giving up control of your destiny.  You can’t just hope your kids get out of diapers and go to school and then graduate at the top of their high school class.  What happens when you’re an empty nester and there are no more small milestones?  While, these are important steps, you need to keep your eye on the prize.  I see this all of the time, especially working with women.  They move from one milestone to the next, neglecting their long-term goals and getting wrapped up in what’s happening around them.

So how do you start?

You need to design what your team is going to look like, what your family is going to look like, what your relationship is going to look like.  Then you need to put the time in to building your design.  You can’t just sit back and hope it happens, it’s up to you to make it happen.  And once you start, don’t ever look back, keep moving forward.

 

Decisions are a major part of any business model. Learning to make them effectively is extremely important, but developing staff with the ability to make decisions is too.

In business, it is important to set trends and keep an eye to future development if you want to experience growth. But, it’s also important to always remember where you came from and be able to go back to basics when you need to.

Being a Coach

A lot of us want to be different things as kids. For me, I was always really into sports and dreamed of being a professional athlete. I played everything; basketball, baseball, football—you name it and I probably played it at some point. Dreaming of being a professional athlete is something a lot of adults can probably say they did when they were younger.

As I grew up and sports became a larger part of my teenage life, I decided that I wanted to be a coach. I realized that I’d probably never be a professional athlete, but I enjoyed working with a team toward accomplishing a goal. I liked being a person who could be put in a position or asked to perform a task and knowing that the team could depend on me to get the job done. It made sense to me that I’d want to translate my love of teamwork into a career where I could teach others what I knew about being a dependable role player, so that’s what I set out to do. By the time I found myself wrapping up my college years, I’d played on several teams that won National Championships and I was learning more and more each year about what it took to run a winning team.

Everything changed for me in the summer of 1997 when I got a job working for my father. That job opened my eyes to a whole new world. Suddenly I found myself surrounded by high-powered businessmen. I was traveling to cities I’d never been to before. I saw Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia for the first time. Furthermore, I saw how these guys were living—the cars they drove, the jets they traveled in, and the clothes they wore. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to be a part of that world. It was a summer that completely shifted my perceptions.

When I left college, I went to work with my Dad for a few years pursuing my newfound dream. I was thrown into many unfamiliar situations, including moving to Chicago to run 28 carpet stores. I’d never run a store and the only experience I had in the flooring industry was from my summers working at Color Tile to earn “summer fun” money. Fortunately, what I lacked in experience, I made up for with my enthusiasm, hunger, and drive to succeed. I knew how to play a role and be dependable.

As much as I learned from that job, it wasn’t until I moved back to Cincinnati to work with my Mom that I was truly able to combine my newfound passion for business with my lifelong passion of being a coach.

My job at Pure Romance puts me in front of thousands of people each year, whether that’s on stage, leading conference calls, or at our events held around the world. Now, I haven’t always been good at it. I remember when Mom first put me on stage in New Orleans to review the new packaging concepts for products that I’d been involved in developing. I was not very confident the first time I got up in front of a crowd.

It was our big awards banquet. I remember getting up in front of all these Consultants and saying “um”, pausing, and stuttering over and over again. When I got off stage, I took off my shirt and you could have wrung it out and filled up a bucket—that’s how sweaty I was. But you know what? I did it—and I practiced and I got better.

Dale Carnegie once said, “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get,” and I think about that quote when I look back on down the path my life has taken me. As important as it is to be able to play a role and be a dependable person while doing it, you have to want to play that role to truly experience happiness in your success.

I haven’t always listened to other people’s ideas. But what I’ve learned is that encouraging people to bring ideas to the table is a very good thing. Creating a work environment where your employees can do that is vital to the success of a business. 

I don’t really follow pop culture. It’s more like pop culture follows me.