Words to live by from one of my favorite and timeless authors. Dr. Seuss may not have realized how often we all need to be reminded of our endless possibilities. We forget that we steer our ship. We are responsible for the direction we take because we are the people who make the choices. Now the choices in front of us may not always be fantastic but we always have a choice.
As someone who has been in business for myself for well over 8 years I know how complex and scary some of the choices are that are put before us as entrepreneurs.
1. Should I bring on a partner or stay solo?
2. Who can I trust? Who should I not trust?
3. Do I need a line of credit or do I get investors?
4. How will I support my family if I lose a client ? To be my own boss or work for someone else?
6. Who’s pitch do I listen to? There are so many.
7. Should I just go back to my corporate life or do I stick it out ?
Choices are boundless. But that is a great thing. That means no matter what we do we have an opportunity to learn from the last choice and then take another step with our feet in our shoes and choose again!
The key is to embrace the fear of the unknown and know you can steer your ship. The key us to be open to opportunities so your choices expand. The key is to use the brains in your head combined with imagination and faith and the know future possibilities are endless.
Take a look at some if the most successful people in history. They steered their ship.
Look up President Abraham Lincoln and you will see how many times he failed before being elected president.
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because his editor said he “lacked imagination.”
Vera Wang failed to make the 1968 U.S. Olympic figure skating team. Then she became the editor at Vogue, but was passed over for the editor in chief position. She began designing wedding gowns at age 40 and has a business worth over 1 billion.
I look forward to watching you steer your ship or joining you in that adventure! Keep me posted! I will do the same!
Christine Lapointe was born and raised in New England and is a graduate of The University of California at Riverside. Prior to owning her consulting company Aesthetics 360 , her experience in the medical field began in the elective surgery industry in 1996 with Summit Vision Centers. Christine has since gained national and international recognition as a consultant, business owner, public speaker and published author. Christine co-founded her consulting company aesthetics 360 in 2009 with her business partner Laura Jackson. This was not her first company as she was successfully consulting in 1998 prior to working in the medical device world. Her first company was 'inplainview consulting.' Christine's marketing and practice development skills are acknowledged globally. Christine continues to work as a consultant nationally and internationally for private practices, medical device companies and nationally acclaimed academic institutions in both the Vision Correction and Aesthetic industries. Her knowledge is not limited to marketing and practice development. She has extensive experience in staff training and motivation, sales counseling techniques, marketing strategies, web strategies, as well as public relations and outreach.
Simultaneously, Christine runs another business as an Independent Consultant for Rodan+Fields. These are the doctors who created proactiv, and now have a complete anti aging skin care line for all types of skin. This company has allowed Christine the ability to work from anywhere and help other people change their lives and outlook on network marketing.
Christine is an avid supporter of people who are choosing to venture out into business for themselves. She understands the challenges and the courage it takes to turn a dream into reality. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Christine began a second business as a Rodan + Fields Independent consultant in 2017 and her vision is to retire in two years from the income she generates with this company. Looking at ways to bring additional and renewable income to her life became a passion and this company was one of her top five that peeked her interest. Now that being able to live on income generated by being 'her own boss' has become a reality, Christine is looking for many ways to share her experiences with those people who may be on the edge of working for themselves. From practice management consulting to selling amazing skin care products, Christine's goals continue to be her own boss and help others do the same. You can learn more about Christine by visiting both of her websites: www.aesthetics360.com and clapointe.myrandf.com. Christine’s follow through actions have gained her trust and credibility with medical device companies, highly acclaimed practices, Academic Institutions and most importantly her friends. She is seen as a resource for physicians and staff for validation and recommendations in all aspects of practice building. And she is seen as an inspiration to those friends and colleagues who have wanted to take that leap of faith and 'be their own boss.' This blog will be focused on ways to find the right company to partner with, tips on how to grow your team and of course about all the amazing advantages Rodan + Fields is bringing to the table-from product launches, to health tips to growing your own business-we welcome you to hang out here!
In her spare time Christine volunteers in her community as a Board Member to the COA (Council on Aging in Monson, MA) and enjoys spending time at home with her husband of 25 years, Big G, along with their five dogs and four birds. A passionate animal lover, Christine is involved in animal rescue programs and continues to find ways to educate the public on the social and health benefits of adopting pets and the responsibility pet owners have to their animals. Christine resides in both MA and FL and continues to be open to new businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.
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