on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog
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I hear so many people make the mistake of saying they don’t care what they look like. They make themselves, or try to make themselves believe that what they choose to wear won’t change how they feel. I wish I could say I believe them, but I don’t. In fact I know the exact opposite to be true.
I can remember my friends making fun of me when I was younger because I put so much emphasis on my wardrobe. I would say things like “I can’t go there I don’t look the part”. I’ve always felt that just as there is a time and place for everything, there is also a look for every occasion and place.
I had one friend in particular who never cared about her look. She always tried to fool herself into believing it didn’t make a difference and that people who took time to “look good” were self -centered and insecure. One day I challenged her to put on her “Sunday’s best” so to speak. When she did, it changed her whole day. Everyone stopped to take a second look her way. She got attention she didn’t know she would enjoy getting. Not only did people notice her but she felt so much better about herself. She enjoyed walking past a mirror and noticing herself. She enjoyed looking down and loving something she had on.
This friend went on to take time to look good every day. Only because she noticed that on days she went back to her old ways of just wearing anything, she didn’t feel as good. Everything didn’t go as smooth. This friend learned the lesson that looking good meant feeling great. Not because she was self -centered or insecure but because it gave her confidence. It added a certain level of internal happiness that can make the small stuff that occurs throughout the day remain small.
I’m in no way saying that a wardrobe is magical and can change the hand of tragedy. However what I am saying is if you take the time to make yourself look your best you will feel good about who you are. The emotion and energy that comes from knowing you look great will build your confidence. A strong state of self-confidence lets the world know how to treat you. So go out and look good so you can feel great. In return the world will treat you the way you deserve to be treated.
on Dec 18, 2012 in Blog
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Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Whether you’ve been directly affected or not, we’re all trying to figure out how we begin to heal? Unfortunately there will be a lot of funeral services and memorials held in the days ahead in Newtown CT. We can’t allow this tragedy to go by like so many others have with no defining action taking place. As a people what can we do to have the voices of these angels heard?
We face two separate challenges to make change on. One being our gun laws and the other addresses the so-called mental health issue.
The 2nd Amendment. Not a terrible idea in 1791, but do we really need to have the right to bear arms in today’s society? This is not a political issue it’s a humanity issue. What do you think? Do you feel safer knowing that you have an automatic weapon in your house, or do you feel worried that so does the “threat” that you feel you need to protect yourself from in the first place? In my opinion, something must be done about the Gun Laws in this country. It is just simply not ok for the average everyday person to carry an automatic weapon that can cause the damage that took place in CT.
We all know someone that may appear to have social issues. Whether its anger problems, being withdrawn or just the neighborhood trouble maker, you are thinking about that person right now aren’t you? Now you are wondering if they have the potential to do something as heinous as what took place in CT. Ok good, now that you have that person in mind, who can you call? Who do we report a “maybe” to? How do we get these people help, who are we to say they need help in the first place? Can we blame some of this on video games? I’ve always thought they were way too violent. Again, we need good ideas on these issues, this is not simple stuff, but that’s what the government is there for right? We need political leadership. Something must be done. What are your thoughts……
on Dec 12, 2012 in Blog
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What are your thoughts on the Zimmerman-Martin Case?
I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about this case but for those of you that have been under a rock here’s a quick update. George Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the death of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. TM’s parents say that GZ racially profiled their son. GZ says he shot and killed TM in self-defense. The trial is tentatively set to start June 10th 2013.
Today the judge denied GZ access to his family and friends while he awaits trial. She also denied the request to remove GZ’s GPS ankle bracelet until the trial starts. Of course GZ and his attorneys are upset by this motion. They don’t feel like he’s a threat to society nor do they feel like he should be treated as a criminal.
GZ has also filed a law suit against NBC saying that NBC made Zimmerman “One of the most hated men in America”.
What do we think? Did GZ shoot TM in self-defense? Is this a racial profiling situation? Did NBC change the public’s view on GZ and cause him to not have a fair trial?
What I do know is that a child lost his life, as a parent, I cannot even imagine living through this scenario. I have high hopes for our legal system, and will be watching this very closely as it goes down.
on Dec 5, 2012 in Blog
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It is somewhat of a shame that this is a universal truth that we all have to live with, but it is true! Whether its nepotism, or just a good old fashioned hook-up, opportunities do not always go to the early bird, or the brightest bulb. There is no fighting this, so when you can’t beat ‘em…you join ‘em. Who do you know? What do people you know think of you? Sometimes taking advantage of your personal relationships to help your business agenda may seem unprofessional, but believe me, there is nothing wrong with that practice. So consider this, if you do not leverage your personal relationships for your gain, then you are potentially wasting your opportunities, and limiting your success for no good reason.
on Nov 27, 2012 in Blog
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This is not the typical post telling you that you should be grateful for the things that you take for granted (although you absolutely should) but instead this is to discuss the importance of taking a grateful stance with your customers/clients, and all around stakeholders.
Whether it is in the form of discounts, loyalty points, or free giveaways, it is critically important to show appreciation and “Give Thanks” to your clientele. We at Reds believe that a happy customer will one day be a repeat customer, and strive to always show appreciation for each and every purchase, big or small.
Many small businesses are not able to afford the luxury of gifts and discounts, in this case I always refer back to the fundamental key to success in business that I feel we are losing as time goes on. There is no great customer service out there anymore. The customer experience, and in turn the customer’s dollar are not as respected as they once were.
If you want to create success, or build on your current success…show appreciation! Give Thanks to your customers, and they will in turn give loyalty to you.
on Nov 22, 2012 in Blog
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I was a little worried as the election results started coming in, not so much worried about who would eventually be victorious (I was pretty sure POTUS would hold it down), I was nervous about the reaction of the general public. It seemed that the election process was extremely divisive this time around. I have never seen the country, the state, even my neighborhood so pit against each other. Don’t we all want the same thing out of life? Aren’t we all chasing our relative versions of the American Dream? How in the world did a country of people pursuing the same thing see things so very differently?
This process showed me that whether or not you really believe in what you are saying, if you say it loud enough, long enough and CONSISTENTLY enough, and get people around you to say the same, you can influence “the masses”
I believe the key there is Consistency. Almost half of the country thought that Mitt Romney was the man to lead America to a brighter future. A little over half of the country thought Barack Obama was on the right path, at some point down the road we will know who was right.
Despite who ends up being “right”; there can be no arguing that both parties influenced the country heavily and they accomplished it through consistently putting their message out to do so. Mr. Romney may have done a little flip-flopping throughout the process, but he didn’t stop looking for an opportunity to be in front of people pushing whatever it was he was pushing at the time.
Success tip…CONSISTENTLY PUSH YOUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD TO INFLUENCE THE MASSES! Have you ever wondered why you hear the same 8 or so songs on the radio every day for weeks at a time? We all start off by complaining about it, then at some point down the line, we end up loving a song or two in the rotation. What has happened is that you have been influenced by to consistent push of the same songs…do the same with your business!
on Nov 21, 2012 in Blog
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Success In Business…Hard work does not always equate to good results
Do you sometimes feel like you are working yourself into a seizure, and the results you are looking for are just not manifesting. You went to school, got trained, put your training into action and….NADA!
The truth about success in business is that everybody needs a supporting cast. The Bible says write the vision to make it plain so that he may run who reads it. I think that goes for your internal team more than anyone else. You have to set up a network of believers…Believers in YOU! Do you have people on your team that believe in you; people that will stand behind you when you rise up to take on a challenge. Justin Beiber has his Belibers…you need your beliebers more than he ever did
If you don’t have a supporting cast (your Beliebers) then your top priority should be to establish one. Take for example a young aspiring rapper who wants to make it big. Without a strong local support network, you go nowhere, and fast. You need people talking about you on all the social networks, requesting your song on the radio, talking about your latest music video with their friends on Facebook, twit-picking and hash-tagging your every move.
In summation, to #succeedinbusiness, you should work on your team. Back in the day I remember Dame Dash giving people the “Roc chain” to symbolize their being a part of the team. How inspiring it must have been to have a statement made in that fashion, to say you are part of my team. Don’t you think that helped propel The Roc’s success! Some big companies give their top makers company cars, apartments, big bonuses etc…different tool, but same logic behind it, inspire those that follow you.
Success Tip – stock up on your Roc chains….your team is ready to follow a leader! Even Jesus knew he needed 12 men to follow him and that 12 grew to 70, which grew to what is now the foremost religion in the world.
on Jun 1, 2012 in Blog
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Red’s Boutique is fabulous!! My first purchase was a lavender handbag and not only was it delivered in the days promised, but it was just as beautiful in person as it was online. Since then i’ve purchased 2 pairs of sunglasses, feathered earrings and a STUNNING necklace and earring set! The prices are reasonable and you feel like you are getting MORE for your money in return! Sharice Styles is a fashionista, and if you are like me and are constantly searching for a different “look” she is wonderful at understanding your personal style and making your vision come to life. So whether you are looking for something to go with a cocktail dress or a relaxed Spring style, Red’s boutique has perfect accessories for these occasions and more! I am a very tough customer and if I can find someone like Red’s boutique to meet my needs, I am a customer for life!!Thank you Red’s for helping to create my signature style at affordable prices and great customer service!