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Conflict, at times, is inevitable but the older you get the more you know that resolution is a choice. I can count on my hands and toes (and probably yours too) the number of times I’ve had a disagreement and required someone to apologize before I could move forward in forgiving them.
In childhood, parents teach their children to apologize when they do something wrong. I do the same with my three-year-old. When he is disobedient, I require him to apologize and when I forgive him, we move forward. At times, even when he is being stubborn and refuses to apologize, I still forgive him and move forward with the days tasks or events.
As you get older, you have to learn that an apology does not validate who you are. The truth is, apologies don’t mean anything. Half of the time, when people apologize we still don’t forgive them until we get good and ready to, so what was the purpose of them apologizing?
I was talking with my sister the other day and she shared with me that she’s on the brink of becoming an entrepreneur. I was super excited for her because we’ve both discussed entrepreneurship extensively and here she was making it happen (go sis!). Since entrepreneurship intrigues me, I told her to spill it. I wanted to know everything from start to finish about her new business.
Sis was a little hesitant at first, but eventually she shared that she plans to develop all natural products that will assist people with different ailments. The ailments would range from dry skin to eczema, allergic reactions and more. I was also impressed when she told me that she’s currently taking orders from her co-workers that have sampled her products. So I asked her, “how much do you sell them for?” She told me “right now they’re free because I’m just getting started.”
Did she just say free?
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I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline and I came across a post by Natalie Gouche’, a social media trainer and mogul mom (love that title). She shared how she recently met with a woman who wanted to build a global brand but didn’t own her first and last name as a dot com. Unfortunately for her, someone else had already snatched it up. This got me to thinking.
How many of us are losing out on opportunities because we don’t own our brand?