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Unleash the Power of Micro Events to Grow Your Business

Think about the last time you attended or hosted a big, grand event. You probably don’t remember every person you met or every word from the presenters. You likely remember the personal connections you made and nuggets of helpful information you learned that have enhanced your personal or professional life. You likely made those meaningful connections during smaller, more informal encounters throughout the event, not during the large presentations — in other words, in a micro event setting. Micro events foster the potential for brands and target audiences to make mutually beneficial connections. Hosting or attending a micro event is a powerful tool to have in your marketing strategy toolbox. Here’s why.

What are micro events?

While there is no definitive definition of micro events, most event planners consider them short in duration (less than a day), focused on a limited or niche topic and carefully tailored. Micro events can happen during large, multi-day events (e.g., workshops or breakout sessions within conferences) or be stand-alone functions. They involve a smaller audience and fewer presenters but may be virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Examples include lunch-and-learn sessions, workshops, webinars, happy hours, VIP events, discussion panels, experiential events, guest speakers and expert Q&A sessions.

Micro events allow you to make meaningful connections with your target audience.

As marketers, we’re always trying to cut through the noise and differentiate ourselves from our competitors to attract and engage with our target consumers. If you’ve ever meandered around a big trade show or convention, you probably don’t remember most of the brands you encountered. Brands compete next to one another for your attention, and unless one offered you something highly beneficial or made a personal connection with you, you likely ignored or forgot them.

By hosting a micro event, you cut through the noise — and if done well, you connect with the right people at the right time with the right message. Instead of wasting your efforts on consumers who are not interested in your product or service (or are too distracted to pay attention), your micro event provides your target audience with relevant, meaningful information or experiences.

Micro events save you considerable money.

It should come as no surprise that a multi-day or even a single-day “wow” event comes with a hefty price tag. Renting event space, catering, presenters, marketing, audiovisual support, event staff, entertainment and transportation costs add up fast, and sometimes the ROI fails to deliver. Furthermore, the pandemic shut down big events for quite a while, and as a result, many people have realized that attending or participating in them isn’t always necessary. Even as mega-events ramp back up, attendance is down in some markets. Micro events are appealing for hosts and attendees because they require far less money to plan and attend.

Micro events can happen more frequently, showcasing your brand more often.

Complex events take several months or even years to plan (and, as noted earlier, are expensive), and most brands can only do them once every year or two. Micro events typically take far less time and effort to plan, so you can hold them as often as necessary. For example, instead of hosting a multi-day conference, consider splitting up the topics you were planning to cover into single micro events held over a series of weeks or months. Attendees can choose which ones to attend instead of having to commit to a time-consuming event. Another option is to take your event on the road and host small events in multiple cities. Keeping your brand in front of your target audience regularly and beneficially builds long-term connections — gold in marketing speak.

Micro events naturally allow for better networking.

One of the primary reasons people attend business events is for networking opportunities. Micro events often provide less formal, more social activities, so attendees have more opportunities to meet others and have memorable encounters. Additionally, small events have fewer people, so making connections with presenters and others is more manageable than at a large-scale meeting. Instead of meeting dozens of people for a few short moments, participants have time for lengthier, more in-depth conversations.

Micro events increase engagement and participation, especially for introverts.

Most of us have wanted to ask a question during a presentation but didn’t feel comfortable asking it in front of a room full of people, or perhaps many others were asking questions and time ran out. Micro events are often more relaxed, making presenters and attendees feel more comfortable engaging with one another. You may also attract new, valuable yet introverted members of your target audience who avoid stressful, high-energy events.

Micro events allow for more control over content and experiences.

When your brand participates in a large-scale event, you often have limited influence over topics, presenters, entertainment, venues, catering and overall feel. With a micro event, your team has significant control over the design and execution of all aspects. You can hyperfocus on specific objectives and create custom experiences. Additionally, micro events are nimbler, which means they can be timelier, especially in industries such as tech or fashion. Because large-scale functions take so long to plan, what’s new and hot may be different by the time the event occurs.

Micro events provide excellent experiential marketing opportunities.

Experiential marketing is all about creating memorable, meaningful experiences for target audiences. Due to the smaller number of participants, micro events can be fabulous places to allow consumers to touch, taste, feel, hear, see and interact with your brand’s products, services and brand ambassadors in memorable ways that aren’t possible at crowded functions.

Micro events are here to stay and on the rise.

Out of necessity, during the pandemic, marketers turned to micro events for safety. But now people are starting to realize their immense potential. The ROI can be worthwhile, and not just financially. Your staff and consumers are seeking more meaningful activities and opportunities to re-engage with others: micro events can fulfill those desires.

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Stand Out in the Startup World: Building Your Personal Brand with a Signature Style

In the crowded market of today’s world, your personal brand is a beacon, a lighthouse guiding others to the truest version of you. More than ever, authenticity and individuality are no longer just trends, instead, they have become powerful tools for carving out your niche. The driving force behind your personal brand is your ‘Signature Style‘—that distinct mix of taste, voice, and essence that’s undeniably you.

Imagine stepping into a room. You may be wearing a bold-patterned dress or a tailored suit with a pop of color, or perhaps, your statement accessory is a one-of-a-kind watch that tells a story. The room may be real or a virtual Zoom gathering, but the impact remains the same. You are remembered. You are distinctive. You are authentic. That is the power of a signature style—it’s an extension of your individuality and a tangible expression of your personal brand.

In a world dominated by fast fashion and fleeting trends, crafting a signature style is an act of resistance. It’s about refusing to blend in and embracing the opportunity to stand out. Your signature style is not dictated by the pages of a fashion magazine but by your narrative, your values, and your vision. It’s a visual symphony, a non-verbal introduction before you even utter a word.

But why does this matter from a personal branding perspective? Why does it make a difference if you don a distinctive hat or always wear a touch of red? Simply put, people remember how you make them feel, and a part of that feeling is evoked by your aesthetic presentation. Your signature style, steeped in authenticity, tells a story about who you are and what you represent. It sets expectations and builds trust. Moreover, it enables you to connect with your audience on a personal level, making you relatable and approachable.

From Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck and jeans to Anna Wintour’s iconic sunglasses and bob cut, successful individuals have long understood and harnessed the power of a signature style. They know it’s not just about aesthetics; it’s a form of communication. Their choice of attire communicates consistency, reliability, and distinctiveness—all critical elements in building a memorable personal brand.

Creating your signature style doesn’t require a complete wardrobe overhaul. Instead, it’s about identifying elements that resonate with your personality and your brand. Start with introspection. What do you want your style to communicate? Professionalism, creativity, innovation, or perhaps, a blend of all three? Once you have a clear vision, it’s time to translate it into clothing, accessories, and demeanor. Remember, your signature style should be a reflection of you—comfortable, sustainable, and enjoyable.

So, dare to be different. Dare to be you. In a world of replicas, be an original. Let your authenticity shine through your signature style, and watch as it enhances your personal brand, setting you apart in the best way possible.

Remember, your style is an adventure, an ongoing journey of self-expression. It’s not static but evolves as you grow and develop. So, keep exploring, keep innovating, and most importantly, keep being you. Your personal brand—and your signature style—are only as distinctive as your individuality allows them to be.

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Businesses Helping Other Businesses: Unlocking Success Through Collaboration


Throughout the month of June, we have been focusing on how businesses can help other businesses succeed. In today’s competitive landscape, businesses often strive to find unique ways to gain a competitive edge. One effective approach is through collaboration and cooperation among companies themselves. In this blog, we delve into the concept of businesses helping other businesses and explore how collaboration can unlock success for all parties involved. From sharing resources to joint marketing efforts, we’ll uncover the various strategies and benefits that arise when businesses come together to support one another.

Businesses Helping Other Businesses: A Pathway to Success

Collaboration among businesses has become an increasingly popular strategy for achieving growth and overcoming challenges. By leveraging each other’s strengths, companies can foster innovation, reach new markets, and build mutually beneficial relationships. Masterminds are an excellent resource for collaboration. The key is to find one that best meets your needs as a business owner, where you are now. We are launching our SMB Mastermind Council on July 27th. The following are several ways in which businesses can support and assist one another.

Knowledge Sharing: The Key to Collective Growth

Knowledge is power, and when businesses share their expertise and experiences, it paves the way for collective growth. Through mentorship programs, masterminds, industry-specific workshops, or online communities, companies can actively contribute to each other’s development. By exchanging best practices, insights, and lessons learned, businesses can elevate their operational efficiency and avoid common pitfalls.

Resource Collaboration: Leveraging Strengths

Collaborating on resources is a win-win situation for businesses. From sharing equipment and facilities to pooling research and development efforts, resource collaboration helps companies optimize their operations while minimizing costs. For instance, two software development companies can share access to specialized tools, reducing expenses and accelerating product development. By tapping into shared resources, businesses can enhance productivity and ultimately boost their bottom line.

Strategic Partnerships: A Synergistic Approach

Strategic partnerships between businesses can unlock a world of opportunities. By combining complementary products or services, companies can access new markets and expand their customer base. These partnerships often enable businesses to offer bundled solutions, providing added value to customers. For example, a web design agency and a content marketing company could join forces, providing clients with comprehensive digital marketing solutions. Through strategic alliances, businesses can enhance their competitiveness and create new revenue streams.

Joint Marketing Efforts: Amplifying Reach

Marketing campaigns can be costly and time-consuming, particularly for small businesses. However, by collaborating on marketing efforts, companies can amplify their reach and maximize the impact of their campaigns. Co-marketing initiatives, such as joint promotions or cross-branding, allow businesses to tap into each other’s customer bases, exposing their products or services to a broader audience. This approach fosters mutual growth and generates a sense of camaraderie among businesses.

Supplier and Customer Relationships: Strengthening Bonds

Businesses helping other businesses can extend beyond partnerships and collaborations. Establishing strong supplier and customer relationships is equally crucial. By nurturing these connections, companies can foster loyalty, gain valuable insights, and secure preferential treatment. Timely payments, referrals, or discounts are just a few ways businesses can support their suppliers and customers, building trust and long-term partnerships.

Networking and Referrals: Expanding Opportunities

Networking is a vital aspect of any successful business, and when businesses help each other, networking opportunities expand exponentially. Through referrals and recommendations, companies can refer potential clients or partners to their trusted associates. This reciprocal relationship facilitates growth for all parties involved. As the saying goes, “It’s not just what you know, but who you know.”


In an interconnected business world, the concept of businesses helping other businesses has emerged as a powerful strategy for driving success. Whether through knowledge sharing, resource collaboration, strategic partnerships, joint marketing efforts, or nurturing supplier and customer relationships, the possibilities for collaboration are endless. By embracing a cooperative mindset, businesses can unlock new opportunities, accelerate growth, and create a thriving ecosystem where all participants thrive. Remember, when businesses help each other, everyone wins.

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The Motivation Show meets Gianni Russo who played Carlo Rizzo in The Godfather

Gianni Russo is a colorful character in real life as well as in the numerous movie roles he played.  Best known for his role as Carlo Rizzi in the original 1972 film The Godfather, Russo sat down with me for a chat about his tell-all book Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob which describes in vivid detail his dual life in the movies and in the real life mob as a mafia associate.   Wait til you hear about some of the incredible people he palled around with including some of the infamous ladies he was…well…let’s just say he was associated with. 

When asked what it is what like growing up and how did he get involved with the mob, Gianni says he grew up on Mulberry Street in Little Italy and in 1949, he became bedridden and quarantined with polio for five years. Who was Gianni’s nurse in his ward at Bellevue?  Carlo Gambino’s niece he says!   Destiny?    His primary source of entertainment and distraction from his distressed and depressed state was a transistor radio. When he turned on the radio, he discovered Frank Sinatra was born the same day.   He says Sinatra became his mentor and singing teacher.   Gianni met a guy Sinatra knew by the name of Frank Costello (not to be confused with Lou Costello), the infamous mob boss of the Luciano crime family.   Gianni used to sell ballpoint pens in front of the Sherry Netherland hotel and Costello would go there every morning for a shoe shine.   “He gave me some money, some words of advice…and never took a pen (I’d hate to think where that pen may have eventually ended up if he did).  I stuck with Costello til the day he died in 1973.”  Right behind Gianni as we spoke on Zoom was a dining room table that can seat 16 people.  As a different kind of wise guy that I am, I quipped about “if only that table could talk,” oh what interesting tales it can tell.   Gianni found that amusing and said jokingly “I would be indicted again.”   Oops.   I asked Gianni to further elaborate on what exactly a Mafia Associate actually entailed.  “That’s why I never got locked up. Carlo Gambino and Costello made sure that I was only a messenger.”    He said he was even registered as a bona fide messenger and courier registered with Lloyd’s of London…pretty clever if you ask me.    

What about this famous code of silence and why did wise guys start signing like canaries, I ask?  The new RICO laws (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) enacted in 1970 changed everything.  “The feds were allowed to take all of the assets you acquired while being in the mob.  Omerta went out the window.  Everybody became singing canaries.  That’s why these guys started flipping.” 

What were the rules that Gianni knew to live by to keep Frank Costello on his good side?   “Don’t lie to me.  Be on Time.  Talk to Nobody.”   In the late 1990’s, I once flew Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of “The Four Agreements” to New York to promote his mega bestselling book.  With these new rules, I can now write a new book destined to be a bestseller called “The Three Agreements: A Mafia Guide to Not Getting Rubbed Out”…bada boom! 

At the age of 25, Gianni came out of nowhere and was cast in the original Godfather movie as Sonny Corleone’s brother-in-law.   How did he feel about getting that plum role?    “I am making a couple of thousand dollars a week already.  I just wanted to do it for ego.”   Gianni says that after 45 minutes of rehearsal one day, Brando tells Coppola he has to rethink the part.  Gianni puts his arm around Brando and says dead seriously “You get me fired, I will suck on your heart.  You will bleed out here right now.”  Brando’s reaction?  Gianni says Brando told him “That was brilliant!”    To Gianni’s amusement, he says Brando “thought I was acting.”    I ask Gianni who is the most interesting person he worked with in his film career.    “Brando!  He was so generous.”

Then there’s the famous nightclub Gianni owned in Sin City, and the night where he shot and killed in self-defense, unknowingly, a henchman of notorious Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar and had to survive the hit that was put out on him.   Perhaps the most remarkable revelation among many, was his relationship with Marilyn Monroe.   What became of his dalliance with Hollywood’s most glamorous starlet of the day?  You will have to listen to my podcast to find out in an ending that even Hollywood couldn’t come up with!

You can listen to the Gianni Russo interview on The Motivation Show C-Suite Network Radio https://c-suitenetwork.com/radio/shows/the-motivation-show/ or any podcast listening platform     To contact Eli, email motivatea2z@gmail.com.

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The Power of Personal Branding: How to Build a Strong Online Presence





In today’s digital age, building a strong online presence is critical for individuals and businesses alike. One of the most effective ways to do this is through personal branding. Personal branding is the process of creating a unique identity and image for oneself in the eyes of others, whether it’s online or offline. It involves showcasing one’s strengths, expertise, and values to build a strong reputation and attract opportunities. In this blog post, we’ll explore the power of personal branding and how you can build a strong online presence.


Define Your Personal Brand

Before you start building your personal brand, it’s important to define who you are and what you want to be known for. Begin by identifying your unique strengths, skills, and values. Ask yourself questions such as: What sets me apart from others? What do I want to achieve in my career or personal life? What are my core values?

Once you’ve identified your unique attributes, it’s time to create a personal brand statement. This statement should capture the essence of who you are and what you stand for. It should be short, memorable, and easy to understand. Use your personal brand statement as a guide when creating your online presence.

When creating your online presence, make sure to use consistent branding across all platforms. This includes using the same profile picture, bio, and visual elements such as color schemes and fonts. Consistency is key when it comes to personal branding.


Create a Strong Online Presence

Now that you’ve defined your personal brand, it’s time to create a strong online presence. This involves using social media platforms, blogs, and websites to showcase your expertise and build your reputation.

Start by choosing the social media platforms that are most relevant to your personal brand. For example, if you’re a photographer, you might want to focus on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’re a business professional, LinkedIn might be the platform for you.

When creating your social media profiles, make sure to optimize them for search engines. This includes using keywords related to your personal brand in your bio and posts. Use high-quality visuals that reflect your personal brand and engage with your audience regularly.

Blogging is another effective way to build your personal brand. By sharing your knowledge and expertise, you can establish yourself as an authority in your industry. Use your personal brand statement as a guide when creating blog content. Make sure to promote your blog on social media to reach a wider audience.

Finally, consider creating a personal website. This is a great way to showcase your portfolio, share your story, and connect with potential clients or employers. Make sure your website is easy to navigate, visually appealing, and optimized for search engines.


Engage with Your Audience

Engaging with your audience is crucial when it comes to building a strong online presence. This involves responding to comments, asking for feedback, and creating a sense of community around your personal brand.

Make sure to respond to comments and messages promptly. This shows that you value your audience and are interested in their feedback. Ask for feedback and incorporate it into your personal brand strategy.

Creating a sense of community around your personal brand can be achieved through various means. Consider starting a Facebook group or hosting a Twitter chat related to your industry. This allows you to connect with like-minded individuals and establish yourself as a thought leader in your field.



Personal branding is a powerful tool for building a strong online presence. By defining your personal brand, creating a strong online presence, and engaging with your audience, you can establish yourself as an authority in your industry and attract opportunities. Remember to be authentic, consistent, and engaged to build a personal brand that truly reflects who you are.

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Get Ahead in Business: Discover the Top Networking Groups to Join Now



Are you a business owner or entrepreneur looking to expand your network and grow your business?

Joining a business networking group can be a great way to connect with other like-minded professionals, share ideas and insights, and potentially gain new clients or customers. However, with so many different networking groups out there, it can be challenging to know which ones are worth your time and investment. In this article, we will explore some of the best business networking groups to join and why.


C-Suite Network:

The C-Suite Network is a community of influential business leaders. The network is designed to provide its members with exclusive access to resources, knowledge, and connections that can help them grow and succeed in their roles.

The network offers a range of services and benefits to its members, including networking opportunities, educational events, and access to business resources such as whitepapers, podcasts, and webinars. The network also provides a platform for members to share their experiences and knowledge with one another, helping to foster collaboration and innovation among the business community.


BNI (Business Networking International)

BNI is a global networking organization that provides members with weekly networking meetings to share referrals and build relationships. Members are expected to bring referrals for other members and are also given the opportunity to give a weekly 60-second pitch about their business. BNI has chapters in over 70 countries, making it a great option for those looking to expand their business on a global scale.


Chamber of Commerce

Most cities and towns have a local Chamber of Commerce, which serves as a hub for business networking and advocacy. Members of the Chamber of Commerce have access to networking events, educational workshops, and resources to help grow their business. Additionally, many Chambers of Commerce offer discounts on products and services to their members.



Meetup is an online platform that connects people with shared interests and hobbies. While Meetup is not specifically designed for business networking, it can be a great way to meet other professionals in your area who share similar interests or work in a similar industry. Many Meetup groups also host events specifically geared towards networking and professional development.


Rotary International

Rotary International is a global service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and promote goodwill. Rotary has chapters in over 200 countries and offers members the opportunity to network, develop leadership skills, and make a positive impact in their local communities.



SCORE is a nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring and education services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, SCORE also offers webinars and workshops on a variety of topics related to business growth and development.


LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups are online forums where professionals can connect and share insights on industry trends and best practices. Joining LinkedIn Groups that are relevant to your industry or area of expertise can be a great way to connect with other professionals and potentially generate new business opportunities.


Industry-Specific Associations

Depending on your industry, there may be industry-specific associations or organizations that offer networking opportunities and resources. For example, the National Association of Realtors and the American Bar Association both offer networking events and resources for professionals in their respective industries.

In conclusion, there are many different business networking groups to choose from, each with their unique benefits and advantages. Whether you are looking to expand your business on a global scale or connect with other professionals in your local community, there is a networking group out there that is right for you.

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How to use the Zodiac to your Advantage.

The zodiac is for everyone. No matter race, religion, gender, age or geography. The stars are here for every human to use to their FULL and COMPLETE advantage.

How can you do that?

Astrology is tied to astronomy, so the first step is understanding that the stars and planets hanging beautifully in the sky have impact on you.

Then, here are a few simple tips: 

Appreciate the limitations of horoscopes.

Here’s why astrology gets such a bad rap. There are horoscopes aplenty online – everything from daily to weekly to monthly and are based on your Sun sign. Most people know their Sun sign, so it’s easy for people to search and connect with their solar horoscope. However, these horoscopes are severely limited.  Yes, the Sun is central to your astrology, yet it’s still only 1 of 10 planets. Plus, there’s so much awesome information in your chart – house behaviors, planetary aspects, lunar nodes, your heart’s desires, soul mate imprint, life mission destiny and arc of intimacy to name only a few. It’s your complete cosmic blueprint. Completely ignoring it is unreliable. But, you can have fun with horoscopes. I’m not saying don’t read them. I’m just saying take them in complete awareness of their limitations.

Understand the cosmos.

Knowing what’s happening in the cosmos every month is really helpful to navigating your best interests on a daily or weekly basis. This is the reason I spend hours analyzing and interpreting the monthly energies and lunar cycles every month. It’s important to know what’s going on generally with tips on what to do throughout the month. Other people do this too. Find your person – the one you like, the one who speaks to you – then sign up for their monthly messages. I offer a FREE monthly forecast to help you navigate each month’s energies. Here you can sign up for my monthly forecast to be delivered to your inbox each month. 

Follow the Sun.

Here’s some fun for you. It doesn’t matter what your Sun sign is, you can lean into the solar energies every month. You just need to know the zodiac calendar and what it means. I’ve done it for you here:

Dates (ish) Sun Sign Meaning
Mar 21 – Apr 19 Aries – ♈ Aries likes to lead. Be brave, bold and confident. Go on an adventure. Get physical. Start something new. Seek inspiration and act with enthusiasm. Get others to follow you.
Apr 20 – May 20 Taurus – ♉ Taurus likes stability. Take a deep breath and seek the silence of nature. Explore anything sensorial – taste, smell, touch, sight or sound. Play with animals. Find the ability to simply be.
May 21 – Jun 20 Gemini – ♊ Gemini likes communicating. Talk, travel, explore, learn – anything and everything. Open your mind to the wonders of the world. Read, teach, speak. Present. Debate. Solve problems, think critically. Do everything mental – literally.
Jun 21 – Jul 22 Cancer – ♋ Cancer likes to experience emotions. Sink into your intuition, Nurture yourself. Be affectionate, sensitive and caring. Heal yourself and your family. Go inward. Stay at home – feel safe and loved.
Jul 23 – Aug 22 Leo – ♌ Leo likes to be in the spotlight. Get cheery, have fun, be generous and inspire others. Be regal, kind-hearted and charming. Express yourself. Open your heart to joy. Trust and celebrate life. Delight in being alive.
Aug 23 – Sep 22 Virgo – ♍ Virgo likes order and neatness. Get to work. Assume your duties and responsibilities. Get organized and set a schedule for routine. Check in with your health. Analyze, research or gain a skill. Find your mentors. Be in service to the world.
Sep 23 – Oct 22 Libra – ♎ Libra likes balance. Collaborate, find your teammates and work together in harmony and justice. Seek balance. Discover calm through art and beauty. Make a commitment in relationship. Find your partners.
Oct 23 – Nov 21 Scorpio – ♏ Scorpio likes to live a secret life. Dive deeply into honest self-reflection. Pursue the mysteries of life. Confront uncomfortable topics. Tell the truth. Investigate the darker edge of your life and heal with penetrating intensity. Forgive and let go of the past.
Nov 22 – Dec 21 Sagittarius – ♐ Sagittarius likes meaningful experience. Socialize, communicate and explore new experience. Open your heart and mind to differing viewpoints. Travel to learn other cultures. Expand through higher learning. Broaden your philosophy of the meaning of life. Begin your quest.
Dec 22 – Jan 19 Capricorn – ♑ Capricorn seeks Great Work. Focus your will, assume responsibility and get to work. Go inward to know yourself to determine your true desires. Be discerning and achieve greatness. Make effort to discover your mastery.
Jan 20 – Feb 18 Aquarius – ♒ Aquarius likes individuality. Be original. Shake off conformity. Go your own way. Express your truth. Create your own rules and structures. Use technology. Invent. Reach for the future. Be a visionary, create and innovate.
Feb 19 – Mar 20 Pisces – ♓ Pisces is one with the world. Imagine. Dream. Intuit. Connection to the oneness of the Universe. Love universally. Find joy in the wonders of the world through your imagination and sensory perceptions. Be gentle with yourself.

Note: ‘Dates- ish’ as the dates may vary by a day or two. It depends on the year.  

Have fun with this. I encourage you to lean into the strength of the solar energies each month to take the most advantage of the zodiac.

For example, get stuff done during the early part of January, have so much fun in early August and delve deeply into introspection in the later part of October. The zodiac signs are more supportive of these activities due to the Sun’s entry into them at these times.

Have fun – the stars are here for you!

As always, wishing you joy,


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Many people may lack the basic math skills and financial know-how to make decisions. One of my favorite books, which I reread from time to time, is the 1988 book Innumeracy by John Paulos; he coined the book’s title from people being slow in math as compared to illiterate. Math and money are very different, and learning the differences is crucial to building wealth securely.

Even though many adults across generations were functioning with medium levels of financial literacy, too many workers today possess low levels of Personal Financial Proficiency (PFP) and have difficulty applying financial decision-making skills to real-life situations.   

Here are a few general questions about everyday financial situations that stumped so many:

  • Determining wages and take-home pay, 
  • Questions about investment types, risk, and return, 
  • Understanding specific risk economic outcomes risk
  • Understanding that 401(k) are not pensions

This is where Americans exhibit the lowest scores, with less than one-third answering correctly.

Lack of financial understanding affects all ages and socioeconomic levels. The result is those who fall into the limited PFP category, even though financially literate, may not manage their financial resources effectively and may feel intimidated by retirement, budgeting, tax planning, and Social Security topics.

One way to help everyone become more confident about their personal finances is by building a solid foundation with Financial Proficiency. 

Financial literacy dark secret

People with higher levels of financial literacy “fluency bias.” are more likely to build weak foundations to support their financial houses. Sadly, in this case, a little knowledge is dangerous and prevents many from developing a strategy that works and won’t leave you in a pickle as you get to retirement age.

For more Healthy Money Tips Listen to our PodCast “Money 911”

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Crack The Code and Glide!

Susan K Younger Personal Brand Origin Story:

“Susan, you are shy, smart, and tall which means people are going to mistake you for being conceited, stuck up, and arrogant. You will need to reach out to people, don’t assume they’ll come looking for you.” This was mom’s sage advice for as long as I can remember.

I was also a klutz.

Constantly tripping over my size 11 feet with an awkward gait. Yet on cold winter nights, when cars circled around our neighborhood baseball diamond to illuminate a sheet of ice, I became calm and graceful. Gliding effortlessly through a crowd of peers, skating backwards, and doing twirls in a blue and white parka. My skates had baby blue pom poms with bells, and I wore earmuffs to match. It was the only time my younger brother Fred – who thrived in all sports and in all social settings – did not mock me for being uncoordinated. Now in scholastics I had the upper hand, every grade Fred entered he got compared to his older sister, the smart, straight A-student.

“If I hadn’t been there for your birth, I wouldn’t know you were mine. You have a mole on your arm in the exact same spot as I do, and you look like your dad and act like him too.”

Mom called me her little Harold. It didn’t matter. Both of my parents loved us the same and encouraged us to become whoever we wanted to be. For me, from a young age that was an architect. Whenever we moved to a different house, which we did rather frequently, I’d sketch plans to solve problems my parents described in each home we considered. I was enthralled at the idea of being able to design a room.

Emboldened with this desire, in my junior year of college I walked into a local architectural firm, introduced myself, and asked if I could work as their summer apprentice. The position didn’t even exist but because I took the initiative and made a good impression, they created the job for me.

Taking this one bold step launched my career.

After that I managed teams of architects and drew plans for retail stores throughout the country, often finding myself as the only gal in the room. Quickly, I learned I needed to face my own ignorance and ask clarifying questions, even at the risk of sounding silly. Additionally, I had to understand what motivated people and how they made decisions. For a long time, I did this intuitively feeling the energies of a room or conversation, and then naturally was able to process what was needed to succeed. However, I had no way to communicate my process with others.

Once I got certified in BANK personality profiling – a simple, scientific methodology that takes less than 90 seconds to complete and reveals the primary way a person interacts with the world – I became empowered with a language to discuss the various energy dynamics happening at work and at home.

There are four personality types – Blueprint, Action, Nurturing, Knowledge – and each one is listed on a card with several values.

A person reads through and organizes the cards in the order of what is most important to them. I am a NAKB. Nurturing is my primary orientation backed by Action and then followed by Knowledge and Blueprint.

When I know people’s codes, I have key insights on how to communicate with them in their preferred style which is motivating to them, increases trust, and reduces a lot of friction and frustration. For example, when I managed two colleagues – one a Blueprint who thrives on structure and checklists, and the other an Active who enjoys freedom and creative control – I passed projects off to them differently to set them up for success.

For the Blueprint she wanted clear directives, so I’d encourage her to make a workflow that we could review together before she began. For the Active, this same approach would have stifled his creativity, so his projects were given with broad instructions and ample opportunity for him to make it his own. It’s also applicable in our personal lives. Looking back, it’s now easy for me to know that both Fred and my mom were Actives. They were vivacious, go-getters full of stories and always having fun. Often people will associate ‘architect’ with Blueprint but what fulfills me is designing a space that nurtures the people who are occupying it. How form can foster community.

Learning these codes enables me to dance among various personalities and feels akin to being back on that ice, gracefully gliding through the crowd.

If you are interested in ‘cracking your code’ you can do so for free here. Afterwards, feel free to reach out and have a conversation with me. We’ll discuss how this information can be immediately utilized to increase workflow and strengthen interpersonal communications either in the workplace or at home.

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Long John Silver’s is the #1 fast food seafood restaurant in the United States.

But, they’ve been struggling for decades. Long John Silver’s has lost over half their franchises since their peak.  Here’s why…

The Real Reason Long John Silver’s is Struggling:

The original premise for the chain sounded good, at least on paper. During a family, vacation, businessman and restaurateur, Jim Patterson had a flash of inspiration:

Bring the sunny seaside fish and chips eating beach experience from the coast, to families nationwide.

When the chain first started, Long John Silver’s made an effort to impart each location with a seafaring theme reminiscent of the company’s vacation-inspired roots.

The company’s heyday was a ten-year period from about 1979 to 1989, during which it grew from a footprint of one thousand units to an all-time high of 1,500 locations.

Watch the full story on this episode of Company Man.



Then a String of Devastating Decline in Market share…

The chain has been on a decline since at least 1989 when, in response to mounting debt, it first took its business private. In the three decades since, it’s been handed off from one unhappy owner to another.

They’ve also been plagued with bad marketing (often self-inflicted).

For example, in 2017 they’re marketing team posted a video of a hostage being beheaded with a swordfish in an attempt to “go viral”…

They were forced to issue an apology:

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On top of some marketing flops, probably the biggest failure is their lack of vision against the original mission to bring people into a coastal dinner experience.

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You know that feeling you get when you have a craving for fried cod, but you also  want a root beer float and a chili dog? Apparently, not too many other could relate either…

In addition to loosing half their franchises since their height, they lost 300 locations over the last 5 years alone and another 60 during the 2020 COVID lockdowns.

While millions of Americans enjoy the convenience of fast food, it appears for Long John Silver’s target audience, they preferred the original quality experience and cheap burgers over fish sandwiches.