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September 2, 2013 -  As you celebrate this Labor Day, do you view the work that you do as a labor of love or a labor of necessity? Do you gain gratification and satisfaction from the work you do, or is it merely a means to an end such as a paycheck or a lifestyle? Do you feel passionate about the work that you do or do you feel passive, only doing what needs to be done to get by? If you answered the latter in any of these questions, it is time to take stock in your work and how you can make if more satisfying, gratifying and rewarding for you.


Take an MM&I Moment to list ways that your work could be more enjoyed and more satisfying. Identify what it is about your work that makes you feel passionate because of what you know you can do or the difference you can make. If you honestly feel that the work that you are currently doing is not what you truly want to be doing, list what it is that you truly want in your ideal working world. Then take a moment and list even the smallest thing you can do right now to bring some of what you want into what you are currently doing. You can choose to accept status quo and be miserable, or choose to embrace what will make you enjoy your work and be at your very best.  


Synergized Quote of the Week

"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Harvey MacKay


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

In the CRISP study, 60 percent of participant companies with negative or stagnant sales growth stated that they had a marketing plan. This further reinforces that a plan does not guarantee success. The key to a plan being successful is having a well formulated strategy from which the plan is created, and then implementing the plan based on the strategy. To learn more about how to avoid common planning mistakes made by business owners, read Secrets #4 (Budgeting for Growth), #5 (Profit Sizing), #6  (Sales Is Not Marketing), and #7 (Strategy into the Plan) in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!
SPEAKING TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASS AT UNCC SEPT 4: I will be visiting the Introduction to Entrepreneurship Class at UNC Charlotte Wednesday evening to share perspective on being an entrepreneur and working with entrepreneurs. I always enjoy these visits and seeing the future of entrepreneurship having the advantage of greater knowledge and insight to lead their enterprises.

I will be among the experts offering insights and perspectives based on the Business Wellness Checkup results of participating CEOs and Executive-level leaders of their companies. If your company is seeking to grow through strong management and operational practices, then you should also be taking the Business Wellness Checkup and attending this unique event designed to give you immediate insights, guidance and direction that can enable you to better operate and manage your business for strategically smart exponential growth. The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at The Employers Association in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about the event and if your business qualifies, CLICK HERE. Do you qualify and want to be my guest? Email me at
LINCOLN ENTREPRENEUR GROWTH GROUP "KICK STARTER" EVENT SEPT 10: If your business is located in Lincoln County or considering Lincoln County as a location, and has strategic plans to aggressively grow, you should not miss this event. The Lincoln Entrepreneur Growth Group (LEGG) can truly give you a "leg" up on your ability to effectively plan, make smart decisions, and then grow your company. The event is the official kick-off of the group's offerings to Lincoln County-based businesses OR entrepreneurial businesses considering locating or expanding into Lincoln County.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register for this event that is free to attend and learn.

I will be teaching a course on "Lean Marketing Strategies for Small Business" for the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center on September 12th, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The course focuses on the most missed marketing secrets that are also the least expensive to implement for small business, based on my nationally acclaimed book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To learn more about the program and to register, CLICK HERE.

I will be in Kannapolis at the NC Research Campus teaching "How Do I Market My Business" for the Rowan Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center on September 18th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more details and to register, go to

A free hour coaching session with me along with an autographed Me, Myself & Inc. book and Serenity mug is up for grabs as a raffle item at the luncheon event taking place at the Charlotte Convention Center on September 19th, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information and to register for the conference, CLICK HERE.

  This is the topic of my Me, Myself & Inc. column in the August issue of Sophie Woman's Magazine. We can too easily get so caught up in the mundane day-to-day that we can lose sight of what really matters and what can best help us cope. Learn more about how you can embrace joy on a daily basis. CLICK HERE  to read the column on page 29.

HOW ARE YOU LINKING CHARITY AND PROFITABILITY? In August's BizGrowth 5.0 column, I ask the question, "How does charity and profitability link in your organization?" Research and countless examples are proving time and time again that a business that gives back realizes return on investment in a variety of ways.  Read the column by CLICKING HERE.

READY TO GROW IN 2013? Are you interested in taking your company to its next level or need some fresh ideas? To learn more, CLICK HERE. Then give me a call at 704.483.2941 or reply to this email to arrange a consultation.


SWIRLWIND - DOWNLOADABLE VERSION: Since I had such an overwhelming positive response of interest about receiving SWIRLwind, each issue will be available as a PDF download via my Monday Motivation. CLICK HERE to read the first issue online. 


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Yours in synergistic thinking,




Author, Strategy Maestro & Chief Marketeer

SLD Unlimited Biz Growth Inc. 


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