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Developing a Better Business/Life Balance

Posted on May 04, 2007

By Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM

A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not  tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."           Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari Computer

You’ve successfully mastered the 3 stages of business growth and you are now looking towards developing a better business/life balance. Have you prepared a business succession plan? Have you arranged a disability policy in anticipation of unexpected medical problems? Have you started planning for your retirement? Do you have a long term care policy? Time moves rapidly and as we focus on our business we may lose sight of planning for our own future. Although Baby Boomers will always think of themselves as young and many can’t ever imagine retiring, it is important to include retirement, disability, and long term care as an integral part of our business plans.

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."               Earl Nightingale, Radio Announce, Author, and Speaker

I have included a bibliography of books that might provide you with invaluable insights as you grow yourself and your business. Enjoy!

Recommended Bibliography

Attitude is Everything  10 Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude into Action
Keith Harrell, Cliff Street Books, 2000

Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton, Free Press, 2001

Go, Put Your Strengths to Work
Marcus Buckingham, Free Press, 2007

Mavericks at Work
William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre; William Morrow, 2006

Hospitality 2010
Marvin Cetron, Fred DeMico, Owen Davies; Pearson/Prentice Hall 2006

The Experience Economy
B. Joseph Pine II, James H. Gilmore; Harvard Business School Press, 1999

Knockout Presentations – How to Deliver your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz
Diane DiResta, Chandler House Press, 1998

The Sales Bible
Jeffrey Gitomer, John Wiley& Sons, 2003

The Savage Number How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?
Terry Savage, John Wiley & Sons, 2005


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Joan Eisenstodt

Bonnie - so appreciate your adding the great books (some of which are my favorites and ones I give during training)as part of this. I do take a bit of exception about the 'balance' thing - and think that for many of us, we have what WE think is the right mix - it may not be 'balance' but the mix works. Maybe we need new terminology!

Promote Me

Cool post. Those books will really help people.
In the short-term future I hope they start to produce books about the emerging video trends in web business.
Theres a lot going on in that area, even google are starting to put videos up.

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