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Author Archives: Cat LeBlanc

How Online Does An Online Business Have To Be?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “online business”?

Is it working on your laptop by the pool? Taking your business on the road with you? Talking with clients on Skype or Zoom? Having a website for your business?

Does it sound exciting or does it sound ‘remote’? Does it sound like something that’s possible or interesting for you or does it sound like something you are not even sure you could make work for what you do?

Here’s the really great news I have for you:

The truth is that you can make your “online” business as “online” as you want it to be.

And that can be fully online, partly online or mainly offline with a website to support you.

It all depends on what you want.

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How Much Of Success Is Mindset And How Much Is Strategy?

Does your entrepreneurial journey feel like a bit of a roller coaster?

It probably comes as no surprise that starting a business is rewarding, but it also involves a lot of hard work and effort. (It really is a marathon, not a sprint.)

You have to be in it for the long haul – which is why you need both mindset and strategy.

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How Do We Know When We’ve “Made It”?

Pretty much from birth we all learn about working hard to achieve something.

We need to strive to get somewhere – to finally arrive in life.

But then, when we get to wherever that “somewhere” is, we often forget that once that was a huge big deal and our sole focus and just move on to the next thing.

Which raises the question – do we ever get there?

How do we know when we’ve “made it”?

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How You Really Can Have Pretty Much Anything You Want – Part 3: How I Convinced People I Was Brazilian

Are you thinking – how you did WHAT?! I know, it’s a bit of a wild card. I wanted to add the caveat “for a brief moment in time” but the article title is already ridiculously long.

We started the How You Can Pretty Much Have Anything You Want Series with how I moved to paradise (before starting my business) which was a story of consistent steps in the right direction.

Then we went to how I found my dream man which was a story of keeping at it, with quite a few failures, trusting my intuition and eventually getting there.

The final story is one of failing, giving up, making an ass of myself in public on an ongoing basis, until I finally triumphed for a brief moment in time.

No really, that’s how it went :-) I’m laughing thinking back now.

So I think we’re clear by now that I definitely not perfect. These stories aren’t actually about me though. They are about the fact that as the series is titled… You Really Can Have Pretty Much Anything You Want.

The ways that you get there may be different but there is a common thread in the approach.

And what I want for you for than anything is for you to have what you want in life.

So let’s hear the story and the learnings from it.

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How You Really Can Have Pretty Much Anything You Want – Part 2: How I Found My Dream Man

As we talked about last week I really believe you can pretty much have anything you want.

Let’s be clear here, I am not referring to my ‘dream man’, his name is Ady, as a possession. I am talking about the idea of having the life you want, at all levels. So many of us let life happen to us, but standing up for what you want gets results. You’ll see what I mean as you read on.

So how is this connected to business, the normal subject of my posts?

In order to take the leap into business you have to believe you can make it work. Of course none of us do this alone, we know we’ll need help, but in order to take the leap we need to believe in our ability to shape our own reality.

I could tell you a bunch of stories about business successes (and if you want one of those click here) but I find it’s easier to internalise this idea of creating what you want when it’s not another business success story in a world that is full of ‘look how much money I made’ stories, most of which aren’t as transparent or useful as mine.

Plus personal stories are always more interesting because they are personal.

Last week I shared the journey of how I moved to paradise. Today I’m sharing how I met my dream man.

The purpose of this IS NOT to say ‘Hey, look at me and my awesome life!’. Quite the opposite. The purpose is to show that actually often things don’t come easily, but baby steps, a clear vision and being willing to go for what you want FUELED BY THE BELIEF that you can better your life really does work miracles.

Alright! Let’s get to it!

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How You Really Can Have Pretty Much Anything You Want – Part 1: How I Created A New Life In Paradise (Before Starting My Business)

I’ll admit it, I am concerned about this three part series sounding self-absorbed, but there’s a reason behind my potential ‘oversharing’.

I talk to a lot of people who have trouble seeing this truth:

You really can have pretty much anything you want.

Okay, if you want to become an astronaut then there are some pretty stringent requirements, but for most things in life a lot more is under control than you might realise.

I think we all know this at some level, but once we really internalize it our lives become much much more a product of our own design.

Rather than bumbling along and feeling stressed and busy and then noticing that life happened to us.

I’m going to show you what designing your life can look like by sharing three personal stories about big changes that I’ve created in my life.

Of course building a business is a HUGE change that I’ve made happen but what I find is there has to be a mental shift before you can think about starting a business. So I’m going to share some different stories that I hope will inspire and empower you to create big changes in your own life.

Those changes could be related to business, or something completely different. It’s all about stepping into a bigger version of your life and taking a more active role in designing it.

So does this mean I’m perfect?

No, of course not. I am always making new ‘designs’. At the moment my big project is losing 30 kilos of ‘new to Australian fat’. I’ll update you on that one a few months down the road, maybe ;-)

There’s nearly always something, but the point is if there is something in your life that isn’t serving you – truly dramatic change is possible.

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