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One of the best things about what I get to do is the people that I meet. I had some wonderful conversations this week – I guess if there is an overall theme – the people I meet are curious, interested and working hard. No one expects ‘success’ to fall in their lap – and they are committed to creating their financial security while doing something that is worthwhile.

I have spent much time this week working in the NaomiSimson.com community, a group of like minded people. I have started adding video content (and links to the interviews that I have done) so that the knowledge I gather can be shared with others.

If you know a startup, entrepreneur, founder or business owner please invite them to join us.

Last week

Wow, what a week; some weeks I’m grounded and other weeks I’m travelling from one state to another, playing many and various roles.

Monday had me speaking in Coffs Harbour, Tuesday in Sydney. I had a great catch up with Customer Advocate and all round great woman Tiffani Bova, and Wednesday I interviewed some Facebook team members in Melbourne. If you missed it you can get it in the community (…I think we need a better name for our group). From here I visited the award winning Melbourne Real Estate team who are great advocates of the redii.com platform, watched the Porsche team at the Grand Prix whilst delivering my keynote between races as part of the ‘Women of Drive’ program.  In Sydney for the rest of the week hanging out at Gravity and the redii.com team.

Coming Up

Last week had me on the move, this week I have a speaking engagement in Fiji for a client… which of course I am looking forward to.

Thought for the week:

 

What I am reading:

This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, so you need both the physical and mental endurance.”

Baby steps are better than no steps at all! – Crowd funding

The wish to ‘turn a dollar’, ‘solve a problem’ and be an entrepreneur is certainly not restricted!

What I wrote recently:

http://naomisimson.com/i-dont-know-how-she-does-it/

http://naomisimson.com/sydney-swans-ambassador/

In the media last week:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ANZAustralia/videos/?ref=page_internal

Where to get:

The #SmallBusinessSuccess Cookbook

Ready to Soar (how to turn your brilliant idea into a business you love)

Live What You Love (When Passion and Purpose Change your Life.)

Quote of the week:

 

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  • Happiness:
Think less, Feel more;
Frown less, Smile more;
Judge less, Accept more;
Watch less, Do more;
Complain less, Appreciate more;
Fear less, Love more....
Give it a crack 😎on a weekend like this what's to stop you! #naturalbeauty #happiness
  • Friday drinks must be here soon surely ... or I'm out! #friyay
  • In the 90s I left my cushy job at Apple.

I’d be a squillionaire if I still had my stock options.

I don’t regret it. Here's why:

After 10 years of corporate, I wanted to ‘do my own thing’. I started with freelance marketing.

My strategy? Hard work and build strong brands.

It seemed to work - new clients came from referrals.

But after 18 months, I came to a realisation:

All my clients wanted was “more customers”, not complex branding plans.

SO I thought I’d build a brand of my own. Something to get them “more customers”. RedBalloon was born. The purpose? Give people amazing experiences.

16 years on, RB has delivered 3.8 million customers to 2000 small businesses.

Now, when I give talks, I always get the same question: “How did you build such a strong brand?” Funny how it comes full circle.

I can’t answer that with a time limit.

Though I think I found a way - an online course. “How to Build your Business Brand” - years of experience in one place (link in bio if interested). But, that’s not the point of this post.

If I stayed with Apple I’d be unbelievably wealthy.

Quitting was still the best thing I’ve ever done.

So if you want to take a leap of faith, do it.

All I ask you is this:

Trust yourself and never underestimate the power of brand.
  • #tbt the originals circa 2004 🎈 it reminds that an entrepreneurs journey is long and full of twists and turns. What a ride! @redballoonexperiences
  • I have always been rushing! I need to remind myself of this one regularity. I'm intentional, not frenetic. Choose the one thing that needs to get done to make everything easier! #inspiration

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