If you missed the talk and book signing at the Marsh, here’s the first in a series of video clips from that wonderful night.

Our first clip features Nadia Giordana speaking on reinventing her own new chapters. Click on Nadia’s name to see more about her work.


By Joan Kennedy

We’ve all had inspired moments when we clearly see how we can do certain things, but we don’t believe in ourselves or in our ideas enough to make them a reality.

Then, sooner or later, someone else comes along with no more ability or background and does the very thing we had envisioned for ourselves.

One of our main problems is our fear of criticism.

Fear of criticism can bring on a lack of initiative and a lack of ambition, not to mention an inferiority complex! That fear creates a whopping feeling of self-doubt.

Fear  of  criticism is one of the most damaging emotions we can encounter in the pursuit of  our dreams.

On the other hand, when we actually have approval we gain confidence and this strengthens our belief in ourselves. How many dreams perish because we don’t get the needed approval?

The approval of others makes us feel good and seems to validate our decisions and abilities. We get caught up in pleasing because of our dependence on positive feedback.

Conversely, many people never set high goals because they anticipate what friends and relatives will say:

“You don’t have the background.”

“It’s been done.”

“Don’t be ridiculous.”

“It won’t work.”

When you start thinking that other people just may be right, you start making adjustments in your plans. The more people you talk to, the more adjustments you make.

You will never please everyone. So why try?

It takes courage to break away from negative thinking of those around us and to proceed despite the negative opinions of others.

An enormous amount of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. When you have faith in yourself, your abilities and talents, you can pursue your dreams. But as soon as you start doubting , you’ll experience set-backs and problems.

There are three important points that will help you in the pursuit of your dreams:

  • Know and have confidence in your own talents and potential
  • Attempt the seemingly impossible – Dare
  • Persist courageously in the face of obstacles

Remember, no one has better ideas for your life than you do!

What will you dare to do in the next week?

Keys to Success

One of our success stories, Diane Keyes, shares her best keys to success. We are thrilled to have her as a guest blogger today – LAUNCH DAY!

Today’s Key to Success
By Diane Keyes – Award-Winning Author

communicationIn the new millennium, hard work is no longer the guarantee of success it was in the 20th century. Why? Today most business relies on the effective exchange of information—not physical effort.  And the single most important factor in the delivery of information is trust. People do business with those they like and trust. After all, if you can’t trust the source of information to tell you honestly what you need to know, what good is the information?

Today the key to success is relationship. How do you build relationships? The word “networking” instills fear and loathing in the hearts of many entrepreneurs because it conjures up evenings spent in activities no more meaningful than a game of musical chairs, where the last person standing without a business connection is out—out of luck, out of opportunity, and out of business. However, real networking is about something much different. The people who like networking and make it work for them and their business are not hooking up for an evening, they are on their way to forming lasting relationships, authentic friendships.

As a stager, I see realtors come and go, those who are only interested in the listing they can sign today, as well as those whose loyalty and excellence ensures their clients will return every time they move to a new home. One of the realtors who has used my staging service consistently for over twenty years called to say, “Diane, today is a red-letter day. This makes the fourth time I have sold this house in twenty-five years. You and I have created such a good relationship with the sellers each time the house has come up for sale every owner has chosen us.”

What are our secrets to creating long-lasting relationships?

  • Become a great listener.  Nothing is more crucial than understanding your clients and their needs.  Your ability to actively listen and reflect your client’s interests and desires will become your most important key to success.  Google “active listening” for more information.
  • Always put the customer’s needs ahead of your desire for profit. Once clients know you have their interests at heart—their trust in you will help them weather any business storms that may come along.      
  • Keep every promise you make. If you create honest expectations and consistently deliver, your clients will have every reason to remain loyal to you AND recommend you to others which is the KEY to great success.
About Diane:
diane keyesDiane is an award-winning author, home stager and inspirational success story. You can learn more about her at:


We are so excited to announce the official launch of Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Women.

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Joan Kennedy, a 91-year-old dynamo and success story herself, spent countless hours collecting stories from the 40 women in the book. She and her team hand-selected them for their brilliance, brains, bravery and simple awesomeness despite the odds they have faced in their lives.

The 40 women are all from Minnesota and doing great things to elevate their state’s success factor too!

Release Day Announced

It’s finally here! On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, Unlocking the Secrets of Successful Women by Joan Kennedy will finally be shared with the world!

Read the press release here.

The stories in the book are written or told by 40 amazing women who are living their dreams every day. Every woman shares her best tips for finding success making this book both inspiring and empowering for anyone going after their own goals and aspirations.

Stay tuned for more updates as November 13th draws near!

Does Your Comfort Zone Keep Shifting?

Nadia Giordana is a featured success story in the book. We are thrilled to have her here as a featured guest blogger sharing her thoughts on comfort zone.

Does Your Comfort Zone Keep Shifting?
By Nadia Giordana – Author, Mentor, Motivator & Speaker
Visit Nadia’s website here.

Nadia GiordanaI don’t know about you, but my comfort zone keeps broadening and shifting. Those who know me personally, know that part of my success story revolves around having overcome a paralyzing fear of public speaking (and being on camera).

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that one of the reasons I set out to produce my own cable access TV show, was to keep myself speaking regularly without some of the inevitable surprises that come with appearing on a set over which I had no control. That doesn’t get me off the hook completely (I wouldn’t want it to).

Happily, I often do get asked to do things that take me outside of my comfort zone. One such occasion recently was co-hosting as a guest on SPNN’s “It’s A Woman’s World.” I enjoyed the entire experience, but was a bit nervous even though I had been in that studio two or three times before.

For most of us, it takes repetition to become comfortable. Once we are, then we must reach beyond what is comfortable and continue to stretch ourselves. This is how we grow. My list of fears used to be long. Lately, all I worry about is getting tongue-tied, or drawing a blank when it is my turn to speak. I can deal with it.

Think about this quote by Claire O’Connor:

“Do you have enough self-love to allow yourself to be a clumsy beginner?”

Share your thoughts  on the quote in the comments below.