Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

― Rob Siltanen

the not sorry method

Let others lead small lives,
but not you.

Let others argue over small things,
but not you.

Let others cry over small hurts,
but not you.

Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.

― Jim Rohn

the 6 clients that deserve a NO from you

It is without any hesitation that I tell you to say NO! {or no f*cking way!} to the following types of clients:

  1. the ‘client’ that is late for your first meeting – your time is extremely valuable if they don’t believe that before they meet with you, they never will.
  2. the ‘client’ that wants to meet for coffee a second, third, fourth or fifth time to discuss business, but never formally engages you for work – to be blunt: they are working with you already but for free or for the price of a cup of coffee. Is that what you’re worth? No, not at all. Do not give away your time + knowledge without a strategy or an invoice.
  3. the ‘client’ that questions or doubts your expertise all the time – yes it’s true, you cannot possibly know everything however, you can have some confidence in what you do know, combined with your experience, your willingness to keep learning + your passion for your work. This “feedback” usually leads to a conversation about how much you charge + why they want to pay you less. Never let a client negotiate your worth!
  4. the ‘client’ that does not pay you – listen, this should be obvious but if not, let me remind you: if your client is not paying you, then you are paying your client. That’s what’s up. You are not running a charity, you are running a business. Honour yourself accordingly.
  5. the ‘client’ that tries to cut you out – depending on the kind of work you do, you might be the middleman, the first time a client attempts to go direct – cut him off at the knees {not literally but you know what I mean}. Don’t hide from it either; you must confront it directly +  then move on. I know this is difficult, but the minute it gets out that you’re not necessary, your business is over. For real.
  6. the ‘client’ that’s just a jerk – for every awful client, there are about 3 amazing clients; too often we only see what’s right in front of us + this is where self-trust has to come in. You either see the world through a lens of scarcity or a lens of abundance. Scarcity tells you that the awful client may be all you have, but abundance tells you that it’s a good idea to leave space for better clients to come. For abundance to flow, you have to live through your vision + not through your circumstance.

In summary, the minute you feel that doubt, deep in your gut about a person, a deal, a contract or a business opportunity – listen to yourself + say no.

Alicia.

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Never be romantic about how you make your money.

― Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Seriously.

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Love makes us wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and a flow of creative ideas. Love floods our nervous system with positive energy, making us far more attractive to prospective employers, clients, and creative partners. Love fills us with powerful charisma, enabling us to produce new ideas and new projects, even within circumstances that seem to be limited… Love leads us to act with impeccability, integrity, and excellence. Love leads us to serve, to forgive, and to hope.
Those things are the opposite of a poverty consciousness; they’re the stuff of spiritual wealth creation.

― Marianne Williamson
I always love reading this kind of quotes, they make you think about your potential and where you can get.

you should watch this

 

It’s no secret I am a big Tony Robbins fan. I believe in his work. This documentary is epic. It breaks in. Breaks through. And scratches the surface of our human potential once we cut away + heal all the bull sh*t holding us back.  Somehow this film is not about Tony Robbins. It’s about you.

Unstoppable.
Powerful.
Epic.
YOU.

warmly,
alicia.xx

p.s. it’s streaming on Netflix right now. 

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leadership lessons you can learn from the presidential candidates…yes seriously.

forget about likeability, it’s not serving you

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words on likeability struck a chord for me…

I hope they speak to you as well.

“I think that what our society teaches young girls, and I think it’s also something that’s quite difficult for even older women and self-professed feminists to shrug off, is that idea that likability is an essential part of you, of the space you occupy in the world, that you’re supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likable that you’re supposed to hold back sometimes, pull back, don’t quite say, don’t be too pushy because you have to be likable.

And I say that’s bullshit.

So what I want to say to young girls is forget about likability. If you start thinking about being likable you are not going to tell your story honestly, because you are going to be so concerned with not offending, and that’s going to ruin your story so forget about likability. And also the world is such a wonderful, diverse and multifaceted place that there’s somebody who’s going to like you, you don’t need to twist yourself into shapes.”

 

how to give a presentation: advice from anthony robbins

{ok, he didn’t give me the advice personally but you know how much I love the guy so I don’t think he’ll mind}

In the 2014 Advice Issue of Fortune Magazine, Anthony Robbins is featured as the CEO whisperer; it’s a great title but for me he’ll always be a life whisperer – his book Unlimited Power changed my life when I was 17. No one had told me that I was, or could be, the master of my fate. To learn, at such a young age, that by taking a proactive approach to life and business I could improve my odds of becoming successful was invaluable. The book shaped the way I made decisions and cultivated a sense of self-worth in me that was unavailable from external sources. Anthony Robbins taught me that I had the power to create my own path and validate my own pass. SAY WORD.

Robbins’ Rules: How to Give a Presentation
Five tips for engaging a crowd like Tony.

1 DO YOUR HOMEWORK

“My first thing in preparing for a presentation,” says Robbins, “is you’ve got to know your audience and what their deepest needs are, their deepest desires, and their deepest concerns. That’s more important than anything else. You have to carve your message and really make sure that it’s going to hit the mark for who you’re speaking with. So I usually do quite a bit of homework in advance, and I have a team of people who also do homework. You can’t add value until you know their needs like ductless heat pumps.”

2 RESPECT YOUR AUDIENCE

“It’s not enough just to know your audience. You’ve got to honestly respect them too. You can’t influence someone you’re judging. So when I sit down and do the slides, I think, ‘Who’s in this audience? What do I respect about them? What do I appreciate about them?’ That gives me a connection with them that I—and they­—can feel.”

3 GO DEEP QUICKLY

“The next question is to ask, ‘How am I going to engage them from the very beginning—to quickly get to what matters to them?’ And to engage other people, you’ve got to be engaged. One way to engage is with shock. Or entertainment. But I think, ‘Let’s engage with the truth. Let’s go for what’s real and raw.’”

4 KNOW YOUR OUTCOME

“You need an outline of what you want to do, but the key is to know your outcome. I pick outcomes that I’m passionate about. I don’t think anyone should ever speak about anything they’re not passionate about. If you’re not passionate about something, no one else is going to be, and you’re wasting everyone’s time.”

5 EMBRACE SPONTANEITY

“Some people clearly need a sequence in their presentation to be able to function, and I understand that. But you also have to be able to flex so that you can be real and in the moment. People are starving for spontaneity. Everybody’s sick of watching somebody do a PowerPoint. I mean, it’s just absurd.”

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