Monday, January 10, 2011

Secrets of Success

John D. Rockefeller said “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” Do you have what it takes to take your special talents and gifts to another level in order to become successful? Will you do what you need to do in order to become successful, by any legal means necessary? I recently visited The Oaks the home of Dr. Booker T. Washington, principal and first President of Tuskegee University. He can be considered one of the greatest entrepreneurs, visionaries and thought leaders of the 20th century. I gained a renewed spirit walking through the home, taking pictures of the home where he reared his children. I actually stood in Dr. Washington’s office where he penned his letters and thoughts and visited his bedroom, where he eventually died.

John D. Rockefeller walked those halls, Dr. George Washington Carver sat in some of those chairs, Andrew Carnegie, Julius Rosenwald of the Rosenwald Schools actually helped to support Dr. Washington’s cause when society said that it wasn’t popular to do so. These fellow thought leaders and millionaires of their time left their mark on society and visited that home. I actually had an opportunity to feel the energy and my if those walls would talk, what interesting and intellectual conversations they probably contain!

You can’t help but become inspired and in awe of what that house represents and is still standing after being built over 100 years ago. It was one of the first homes built in the state of Alabama with indoor plumbing and electricity and it was owned by a former slave! So even the house that Booker T. Washington built, lived in, and eventually died was ahead of its time.

Again I ask, what will you do to become successful? Can you move beyond your old form of thinking and achieve the goals that you wish to achieve in 2011? Will you have the courage to stand alone and defend your thoughts when it looks as if the world is against you? Will you be able to do the uncomfortable things for a little while in order to be comfortable for a long while?

Hopefully the pictures and these few words of encouragement will help you get on your grind, get your hustle on, and do what you really need to do to make it happen for you (legally).Find the motivation and inspiration within ourselves and each other and surround yourself with positive individuals that will help see you through your journey (we will talk about toxic people another time).

This is the first motivational corner for 2011 and thanks for your time. I hope this provides you some tools you can use. For more tips, stay tuned next week (and I promise it will be next week) as we provide other tips on how to save your event and your sanity. If you are looking for an event planner to assist you in creating an awesome event, please visit our website at Please stay tuned, I am regaining my will to be focused and plan on re-launching our website in an effort to create a stronger brand!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, It’s the Time Management Clock!

What’s the one thing that we all wish we could have more of, you never can make more of it, it’s something that’s not manmade and once it’s gone, it will never return again? It’s called time! It’s true what they say, the early bird catches the worm, therefore its imperative to allot enough time for yourself and for Murphy’s Law when planning an event.

You want to schedule out your event in blocks, from setup, to thirty minutes prior, the beginning, middle, end, breakdown and wrap-up of your event. Especially in setting up, allow yourself enough time for something to inevitably go wrong, prepare yourself with the trusty back-up plan. Make sure that you have the phone numbers and contracts handy just in case you have to refer to your contract. Prepare yourself for delays, but don’t let them spill into your start time.

My golden rule to event planning is to start on time, no matter what. At the end of the day, people will remember the good only for a short while, but they will definitely remember the bad and whether or not you started on time. So managing your time wisely is not a maybe, it’s a must.

For more tips, stay tuned next week as we provide other tips on how to save your event and your sanity. If you are looking for an event planner to assist you in creating an awesome event, please visit our website at