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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (COLLEAGUES)

Me and Marley Majcher at her 40th Birthday.

Me and Marley at her 40th Birthday.

Part 9 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

As a business owner, my colleagues are the others in my industry who make my industry what it is. They are the people dedicated to the same things I am only they offer different services and products to help my clients with their perfect event. These people are critical in the continued success of my business so I make a point of taking care of them as much as I can. While many of them become my friends they are also my partners. I connect with people who are most like me. Just like my clients, I work best with people I like and can trust. Reach out to as many as you can and then keep the ones you really like close to you. Send them notes every once in a while, shoot them an email just to say hello. Invite them to lunch or any industry parties you may be attending. Never go to lunch alone. It is a wasted opportunity to get to know someone better.

Now, to make something clear, your assistants, employees, and interns are not your colleagues. They also need some attention so don’t forget about them. Thank them. Be a good person to work for. Remember their birthdays. They help you make the world go around.

Photo to the left: Me and Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess! at her 40th birthday party extravaganza.

Click HERE to read about how I tackle the FRIENDS issue.

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Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (FRIENDS)

Long time friends Amy and Nathan.

Long time friends Amy and Nathan.

Part 10 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you may need to be less socially social and more specifically social. You do need to have your few good friends and outlets for entertainment and fun, however this is where you can fall into a pretty big trap. Keeping up with your social calendar can be a full time job. Be selective. I know this is hard for many of you, however going out and partying all night will only bring you a second day or unproductively. WARNING: YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS. Don’t drink ANY forms of alcohol. I don’t and here’s why. For one, I am cheep and don’t like to waste my hard earned dollar on an over priced drink that is just going to make me sloppy. People who know me, know I can be pretty crazy without any alcohol and I never need a day off after a party. A glass of wine a couple times a month is fine, however one a night is sure to wreak some havoc. It is pretty much all sugar so you will not sleep better as some people think and you will start to become flabby around the mid section. Ever wonder why you can’t loose those extra pounds? Sugar is also the number one reason for a weak immunity. Stop drinking any and all forms of alcohol!
Instead of drinking and partying, try going on outings with your friends. Organize a trip to Disneyland or the local Zoo. Do a nature hike or bike ride. Be active. Having fun that does not require drinking will surprise many of you. You may actually get to know your friends. Get rid of those who are toxic and build on the ones that are growth enhancing. 😀

Click HERE to read about how I tackle the COMMUNITY issue.

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Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com
Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547
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