Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many

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Dedicated to the great task…

In 1863 it was about the people.  In 2011 it is about the people.   The challenges, the players, the date on the calendar all have changed but the great moments in our history remind us that it always comes down to the people, this never changes. When was the last time you heard the words in this video clip, 4th grade?  Take a moment and listen to each one, for they are as important today as they were in 1863.

“Dedicated to the great task remaining before us”..Lincoln

The economy is slowly recovering and it is the courageous who are willing to take risks and dedicate their lives to creating opportunities that are leading the way.



Angry at the dirt?

Start with this pep talk from a friend of mine:

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]In a tight market there are moments when a service provider is going to feel beaten down by the market conditions.  The reality is there is a lot of opportunity in a market that is recovering.

To land more “deals”  you need to  move through and past many  situations that are low potential.  This is akin to mining for gold buried deep in a mountain.  So I  wonder what kind of miner are you? Are you the miner that spends your  time angry at the “dirt”  or the miner that is  excited  “just needing to move a little” (well maybe a lot) of dirt to find the gold?   My guess is that if you are the angry miner you are not closing many deals.    Fact is success  has nothing to do with the market;  but rather  has everything to do with your view of the market and if you are willing to move the dirt!

The gold is in “them there hills”.

If your  slipping into the “angry at the dirt” rut, don’t give up!   Make the following changes and you might find yourself loving your job as a miner.

Post Good Thoughts: Print and post positive messages on the wall in front of where you work.  Words are powerful; read what you post.  We need to constantly be filling our subconscious with positive messages.

Post Your Goals with Images: Why do you work?  What does being successful mean to you?  Vacation, house, car, time with family, hobbies, post pictures of these things in front of you, it will help you stay motivated.

Give yourself Rewards: Ever wonder why the instant lottery tickets give away so many $1 winners?  It is because we like to win prizes and we are willing to give to win.  Do this for yourself; when you accomplish small goals reward yourself with something small like a fancy coffee, slurpee, long lunch, cool new exercise socks.  Life needs to be fun, accomplishing goals and winning prizes is fun!

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Freedom is not Free

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]I often see this message on church billboards in my local area in and around the 4th of July holiday. It is a great reminder that many have sacrificed so that I may enjoy many freedoms, including running a small business. It has me thinking more about “free” and the responsibility it presents in our daily lives.

Consider for a minute that “free” also means being totally responsible. Being able to speak, act, and live our lives with freedom provides a lot of options but it also lumps a lot of responsibility on our shoulders since this freedom leaves us totally responsible for the outcome of our lives.

We are responsible for our actions or lack of them. We can choose to use our words to lift and inspire or to be critical and destructive. These “rights” are powerful and can provide limitless opportunities if we are brave enough to stand up and take on the challenge of freedom and the responsibility that comes along with it.

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The elephant in the room…

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]Elephant in the roomFriends of mine tell me that you know you have “arrived” in life when you have challenged the status quo at a level that creates a critic who will go all out to attack what it is that you do.  In our tabloid based society I think this is true.

So how have I become famous?

Years ago I took a gamble and joined a company that challenged the notion that individuals who had an interest in launching a healthcare recruiting business had the best chance of doing that with a franchise.  I believed in the fact that there could be another option, an option to be independent but connected to resources.  For a lack of words I was a part of launching an “anti-franchise” option within the multi-billion dollar staffing industry.

It soon became the Cinderella story; through the efforts of an entire team of people, an idea became a beautiful reality.  We had found the “pixy dust”; the magic was in the independence.  We launched hundreds of businesses, providing tools, guidance, and resources; but all were independent, no one paid royalties or had to answer to the corporate offices.  Our concept worked, and the proof was in the number of businesses within our group that experienced quarter over quarter growth.

But wait this is not what made me famous…

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I am guilty…

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Guilty!Guilty of believing…

  • That as Americans we have the freedom to choose our destiny
  • That people can learn new things, do new things, become new things, no matter their age
  • That  failure can happen, but that success is always possible
  • In the fact that we are 100% responsible for our lives
  • In the power of prayer
  • In the dreams of entrepreneurs
  • That  zero is the greatest number,  the perfect place to start
  • In people
  • That  adversity builds strength
  • That  nothing good comes easy or cheap
  • A dog can teach us a lot about true love
  • That is takes a village to raise a child, a troop to raise a boy

I am guilty how about you?

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Shout out for the little guy

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]David versus GoliathThis week’s “shout out” goes to the little guys/gals who battle the big guys and win!

President Obama has claimed that 2010 will be the year of the small business and we agree; all around are great examples of how the little guys are moving our economy forward…

Case in point: a few days ago a member of our network was contacted by a client with a request to bid on a large recruitment proposal.  The client is a medium sized company who just landed a contract to open medical device centers with a national retail chain.  Needing to fill over a hundred positions in less than a year this company knows it needs an expert who can get the job done.  BTW if you are not familiar the Career Agents Network is a group of independently owned recruiting firms.  There is not a fortune 1000 company in the group, or I should say not yet!

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Flexible is Fabulous…

[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]My daughter’s college graduation was last week, wow she grew up way too fast!  As my kids hit milestones I find myself taking a look back and wondering, did I get to spend enough time with her as she was growing up?

Flexible like GumbyIn some senses I think the answer is no.  All parents would like to spend every minute of their lives with their kids, but alas the world is there to draw them away.  I have had it better than most.  Being my own boss has given me a great amount of flexibility and allowed me to be in control of my schedule; this has been a fabulous part of being a business owner.  Rather than working a rigid set of hours I have been able to arrange my work day around my kids’ schedules.

Some of my peers enjoy business ownership because of the financial rewards, or the ability to grow a large organization and sell it to the next lucky gal.  For me, however, the flexibility is what has mattered the most.

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