Monday, July 25, 2016

#388 : Online Talk : In Conversation with Laura C. Cannon, author of The Conscious Entrepreneur

1. What advice would you give budding writers? 

Write, write, and write and then also read two books: Dorthea Brande’s book from 1934 entitled, Becoming a Writer and Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art. These two books capture the experience of creating art (and the struggle that comes with it) better than anything else I’ve come across.

2. Do you write every day? 

I write something most days, but I will let you in on my dirty little secret: I don’t enjoy writing. There, I said it. I write because writing is how I create the material for what I really love to do: SPEAK. Put me in front of thousands of people and ask me to speak, and I will be so full of joy my heart might explode. I write because it is another medium for delivering my message, but I have never thought of myself as a writer.

 3. What is the last great book you read? 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever aspired to be creative. It is full of great lessons in how to unleash your creativity. 

4. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three books, what would they be? 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

5.What would you say to someone who has been thinking about starting a new project but has yet to make the leap? 

Fortune favors the bold! Align your purpose, your goals, and your unique gifts and take action, NOW. There is no time like the present!

6.What is the #1 tip you have for anyone who wants to start their own business? 

Get clear on your “calling.” Entrepreneurial life is exciting, but it’s not easy. When you get caught up in the hustle of it all and you feel burned out, the one thing that will keep you going is being clear about WHY you are doing what you are doing. I love helping people to find and follow their calling! I invite you to check out this video and free workbook I give to my clients to help them get clear on what really motivates them:
7. What's the one thing you wish every entrepreneur knew? 

You are an entrepreneur and therefore you are NOT separate from your business. Cesar Milan, famous “dog whisperer,” talks about how he does not find humans that have dog problems; he finds dogs that have human problems. Most of the entrepreneurs I have counseled over the years about their struggling businesses aren’t owners with business problems; they are businesses with owner problems. Next time you are facing a struggle that you believe is in your business, ask yourself, “What if this problem was not actually (or only) with my business?  How is this business struggle like something I have faced personally?  How did I handle it?  How can I use that wisdom for this current issue in my business?”


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