April 2016: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Release your expectations and enjoy

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

The large majority of us have dreams.

Wait, scratch that.

Every single one of us has dreams. Desires. Goals. A things-to-do list or bucket list or whatever-you-want-to-call-it list. For many of us, we make a plan to attain a particular desire or goal and then we attach an expectation to that desire or goal. When that goal isn’t met, then the expectation isn’t met. That’s when we crumble. We die inside. We whine and cry and decide to give up, all because we attached an expectation to the end of our desire. But here’s the tried-and-true secret to life: If we release the expectation or outcome of any scenario, some seriously incredible and beautiful things can happen. [Read more…]

March 2016: Entrepreneur’s Edge

You have the right to personal growth

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

For the longest time I thought I couldn’t be more than one thing. In the December issue of this magazine I talked about creative entrepreneurs who are multi-passionate: People who dabble in more than one arena to satiate their creative genius. Today I recognize that being multi-passionate is more than just wanting to play in different areas to feed the creative genius; it’s about growing. Really, really growing. [Read more…]

February 2016: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Why quitting is difficult, but necessary

Joleene 115_MED WEB

Joleene Moody

I encourage you to give up. Seriously. It has come to my attention that quitting is probably the best thing you can do for your business, especially when you’re hanging from a seemingly weak rope, your legs dangling against a bumpy wall.

Not that long ago, I fled my home with a group of fierce women. There were five of us total. We left our work, our spouses, and our children behind. The intention was to escape our often-overloaded lives for the quiet of the snowy Adirondack Mountains. We had some adventures scheduled, including a mountain hike, a yoga class and a few hours at a rock wall, a very tall, very bumpy, very intimidating rock wall. [Read more…]

January 2016: Entrepreneur’s Edge

What are you willing to give up to achieve?

Joleene 115_MED WEBWhen I started my business as a speaker and coach in 2010, I floundered like a dying fish. I accepted speaking engagements for less than a tank of gas or a day old turkey sandwich. I customized talks for organizations that didn’t pay me and I coached clients that scoffed at my then-fee of $75 an hour. [Read more…]

December 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Are you a multi-passionate leader?

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

I’ve often thought something was wrong with me because all my life I’ve had so many interests in so many things. I wanted to be a singer. An actress. A comedian. A writer. I wanted to be an incredible speaker and travel the world. I wanted to write books and screenplays and teleplays and stage plays and be a star. I remember standing outside my grandmother’s house watching “Solid Gold” through the living room window when I was 12, my heart aching to be recognized like those dancers. I would watch the show from outside so I could dance like the ladies on TV without anyone seeing me. Which is good, because I am not a dancer. [Read more…]

November 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Use failure as a lesson for growth

Joleene 115_MED WEBI bombed a talk last month. It was awful. My colleagues tell me every speaker bombs a talk at some point and, in an effort to ease the humiliation I was feeling, shared stories about their own experiences crashing and burning in front of a crowd. [Read more…]

October 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Are you giving yourself away?

Joleene Moody

Joleene Moody

I frequently have conversations with people about the possibility of working together. I share with them what I do and ask them questions so I can understand what they need. In the end, not everyone is ready to invest and I can respect that. Not everyone is ready to step out and do something different and I respect that, too. What I don’t respect is when those who don’t want to pay for services continue to try and get information that paying clients receive. It’s a trend with some people, and it has me struggling between being a giving, loving person and being a responsible business owner. [Read more…]

September 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Start making choices for yourself

Columnist Joleene Moody

Columnist Joleene Moody

What follows is something many will almost immediately disagree with, mostly because we would rather cut our left arm off than allow ourselves to see the truth within us. But as a coach, I would be remiss if I didn’t point it out. My job is to hold up a mirror to those who are unintentionally sabotaging themselves. So if you want to get mad at me and tear this out of the magazine and stomp all over it, that’s OK, too. I’ll still love you. [Read more…]

August 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

Jump in and ‘figure it out’ already

Columnist Joleene Moody

Columnist Joleene Moody

I am a go-getter. I always have been. When I see something I want, I go get it. I ask questions and read blogs and show up to find answers. I figure it out. When I worked in the newsroom as a reporter, one of the producers used to call me a pit bull. He would say, “Give that story to Joleene. She’s a pit bull. She’ll get what we need. She’ll figure it out.” [Read more…]

July 2015: Entrepreneur’s Edge

The good, the bad and the ugly

Columnist Joleene Moody

Columnist Joleene Moody

I have a very low tolerance for people who say, “I can’t.” Or, “He won’t let me.” Or, “I’m too old.” This attitude is likely going to get me stabbed in the eye or pushed off a rocky cliff and I get that. But let’s face it, if I don’t say it out loud then you won’t. And if you’re an entrepreneur, you know exactly what I’m talking about. [Read more…]