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Did You Know That We Succeed At The Level Of Our Self-Esteem?



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You’ve possibly heard the notion, “We date at the level of our self-esteem. Your relationship is a direct reflection of your own self-love and self-worth.” (Source: The Daily Love)

The same is true of success. We succeed at the level of our self-esteem. Our life (and business) is a direct reflection of our own self-love and self-worth. When you know this, it becomes refreshingly evident that if we want to truly succeed in life, and business, we have to raise the bar on ourselves.

Transformation starts with improving your self-esteem: the thoughts and feelings you associate with yourself.

Why is low self-esteem problematic for entrepreneurs?

Low self-esteem is a silent success killer, for entrepreneurs in particular, because it leads to depression. Running a business while you “just don’t

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Your Networking Secret Weapon: 2 Keys to Go From Boring to Buzzed About



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Having been in and around business for the last 19 years, I tend to believe that there are approximately three ways to market your business that are non-negotiable.

Of the three the one that is the most often misunderstood, hands down, is networking.

People do it every day and sadly most people do it W-R-O-N-G.  Yes, just wrong.  Here are some of the ways that you (and others) are networking wrong.

  1. You arrive at the event and head straight for the buffet line or the bar.
  2. You do “mingle”, if you can call it that, but only to make sure that you give everyone your card without even saying hello.  (I call these people business card ninjas, by the way.)
  3. You talk and catch up with people you already know whom never bought, keep buying or have any intentions of referring someone else to buy fro
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Having Trouble Unleashing Your Greatness into the World?



There’s something that many of us tend to forget about business and entrepreneurship. Everyone has started where they were. And while the starting point is different for all of us, the journey and pursuit of excellence (something greater than you and me) is shared.

And in our shared journey a simple lesson is revealed. Once success is obtained; by whichever measure you define it, there must be something more. Sooner or later, you’ll realize that success wasn’t your true destination after all – instead, lingering in the shadows, awaiting its glory is … greatness.

Greatness in business is less about me and more about you. Think about leaders, innovators, and change agents that inspire you. It’s likely that, to you, they represent epic entrepreneurship … and somehow they transformed their suc

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Ambassador Sanders and Dr. Johnnetta Cole Discuss Sanders’ Uli Book @ Smithsonian African Art Museum BHM Event



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The recent February 2015 Black History Month program at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAA) which was the official Washington, D.C. launch of Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders first book, “The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria,” included a “conversation segment,” between the incredible, iconic NMAA Director Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Dr. Sanders on key elements of her Sanders book and also highlighted relevant aspects of the Museum’s collection.

The launch, a sold out event, emphasized the main message of Ambassador Sanders’ Uli book which stresses the importance of preserving traditional non-written, non-oral cultural practices through the life stories of nine Nigerian women in the December phase of their lives who struggle to keep their beloved Uli practice alive, which is endan

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Maintaining kidney health is necessary for good overall health…



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Your kidneys play a key role in cleansing your body. When kidneys are not functioning optimally they cannot clean your blood as they should. You can give your kidneys a little boost by drinking lots of ‘good’ water, because dehydration increases your risk for kidney complications. Good water is now defined as water from a good filtration system, purified, and/or alkaline. Drinking ‘good’ water is a kidney’s powerhouse for good health. Drinking ‘good water’ has an important role in good urinary tract health. The urinary tract transports substances not required by the body and expels them from the body in the form of urine. In addition, minerals such as sodium, phosphorus, and potassium help the kidneys maintain electrolyte and body fluids.

Our kidneys also play a significant part in keepin

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Overcoming the curse of Icarus



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Have you ever been asked the most over used, rarely comprehended motivational question; “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Of course you have, probably several times. I bet from the likes of coaches to your hyper positive Facebook friends. How do you answer? The truth is, the answer doesn’t matter because the question isn’t realistic. We all face failure, setbacks and have things to overcome. Yet we act like none of this exists.

The good news is we are not alone. The annals of time are littered with examples of those who endured unbelievable trials to access their potential. I was reading about the mythology of Icarus lately and it sparks some observations.

We all remember reading of Icarus flying too close to the sun by the time we were a freshman in high scho

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Ambassador Sanders – Africa Speaking Event @ Washington DC’s American University



Ambassador Robin Sanders will be speaking on key Africa and national security issues at American University in Washington, D.C., February 25, 2015.

The event is part of the School of International Studies program that focus on bringing in international affairs professionals to share their analyses and diplomatic experiences with the University’s students. Her presentation will also be followed by a signing event of Sanders’s book “The Legedary Uli Women of Nigeria.”

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Staying On Track



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The phone rings and I hear, “Hello Gwen, I think I might be fired today.” I ask what may seem like an odd question, “Do you want to be fired?”

The leader responds, “What do you mean?” I ask, “Is it possible you are sub-consciously dissatisfied in this leadership position? Could you be engaged in behaviors that are derailing your leadership as a result?

The leader is quiet for a minute and acknowledges they have been dissatisfied in their position for some time, secretly longing for a new opportunity but afraid to leave. This conversation leads to a technical assistance meeting, helping them to decide if it is time for a graceful exit strategy or one that helps them get back on track.

This call exemplifies something I witness regularly-talented, dissatisfied leaders who engage in behaviors

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The Flaw with Flawlessness



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Recently while having a casual conversation with my daughter about a cute picture she posted I attempted to compliment her when she interrupted me by saying, “Dad, I woke up like this. I’m flawless!” Of course she was joking around but her statement made me rethink a very commonplace cliché that I hear all the time.

The concept of being ‘flawless’ is nothing new. For as long as I can remember women have enjoyed being glamorous and men have loved seeing it. When I researched the origin of the word, I found out in Latin flawless is ‘Expletus’ and means to be without blemish. It further means to be complete or finished and perfect in nature. Right off the bat we see that this state is impossible to reach. How many flawless people have you seen? Exactly, it does not exist. The deeper issue is

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Ambassador Sanders Discusses Nigeria’s Postponed Elections on Al Jazeera America



Having worked on the run-up to Nigeria’s 2011 election, Al Jazeera America and Al Jazeera English, interviewed Ambassador Robin Sanders, on her views on the recently postponed Nigerian 2015 elections. The issue of security in the North remains a challenge, but the postponement has embolden Boko Haram’s self perception as attack in the North continue and now in addition to Borno, Yobe, and Adamara, Gombe has now been included in its regularly attacks from female suicide bombers to attacking and killing innocent villagers in the state.

She notes that it is important to understand that the recently announced African Union Force of 7,500 could take from 4-6 months to stand up, while the regional military forces of Chad-Niger-Nigeria-Cameroon try to recapture territory and provide some stabilit

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Valentines day does not = Finances, Romance or Family



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“Buy me love, money can’t buy me love.” “Ain’t nothing going on but the rent got to have a job if you want to be with me”. If you got the money, honey 
I’ve got the time” are just a few lyrics to songs that refer to love and money. On February 14th individuals express their love for one another. What happens the other 364 days of the year? We realize that love is law and family is a business. We have identified some strategies to increase Love and Wealth among the Family.

First, let’s get into the history of Valentines. Saint Valentine was a priest who married Christian couples and he was beheaded for doing the most loving gesture on February 14th. Valentine’s day was not celebrated until 1375 when a poet wrote about choosing a mate, love and feast day. Guess what? Some people celebrate V

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So God Made the Entrepreneur



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Dodge aired Paul Harvey’s 1978 speech, ‘So God Made the Farmer’, via commercial during last year’s Super Bowl. I’ve done a spin-off about entrepreneurs. I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to deliver my speech to your audience if interested! Check it out:

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said I need a self-starter. – So God made the Entrepreneur

God said I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, respond to emails, work all day on operations, respond to emails again, eat dinner then go downtown and stay past midnight brainstorming and networking. – So God made the Entrepreneur

God said I need somebody willing to stay up all night to keep a start-up alive, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say maybe next year. I need somebody who can do more with l

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