What to Do When You Feel Like a Fraud in Your Business

Last week a client asked me, “Allison, how can I possibly position myself as an expert in my business when I know that there are people in the world who are more experienced and knowledgeable than I am?”

I love this question because many of us can relate to it: the feeling that you’re, well, kind of “faking it” in your business. Because, heck, I can do a Google search and find 10 other people who seem like they know more than I do in my field!

It’s the feeling of being a fraud.

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The View from Above the Clouds in Your Virtual Business

One of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur with a virtual business is that I can work from anywhere. Well, anywhere that has an Internet connection and my computer, that is – and these days, that’s a lot of places!

In fact, as I write this blog post I’m in an airplane high above the clouds looking down at the sunny Grand Canyon. How lucky is that? (I kind of wish I were down there right now with a backpack and a walking stick…)

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The Fastest (and Cheapest) Way to Boost Creativity and Why it Matters

This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post. Read the original version HERE.

We love to think of “creativity” as something that’s reserved for the arts industries, crafters who spend most of their time on the weekends at Michael’s, and our children. Finger painting! How creative!

But creativity runs deeper than that, and one could argue that it actually is the backbone of our success in the workplace as adults. Sure, typing up a memo for the office might not feel very creative – but if your memo is interesting, well-written, concise… that takes creativity, my friend, whether you want to admit it or not.

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To me, there are two pieces of creativity: the dreaming up of the idea in the first place, and the energy/enthusiasm with which is it executed. I can sit here and throw out one hundred ideas for television shows (“A man who gets hit by a bus and realizes that he’s been dead for 20 years and nobody even noticed…” “A woman who lives in a field in Norway and raises killer bees to be her own personal military…” etc.) or other creative endeavors.

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