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Living in the past is like driving forward while staring in the rear view mirror.     Believing is seeing.     Be an over-fright success story.     One's actions convince louder than one's words.     Make progress. Make new mistakes.     All work and no play makes Jill want to reach for the Prozac.     The purpose of your life is to find the purpose of your life. It doesn't matter how fast you get there if you're heading in the wrong direction.     If at first you don't succeed, you're doing something stupid.     You're nobody until somebody hates you.     Behind every successful woman is someone who pissed her off.     To get where you need to go you must first see who you really are.     Be a warrior, not a worrier.     Be a winner, not a whiner.     If the coyote had stopped to catch his breath, he might have caught the roadrunner.     A pack of puppies led by a pitbull will always be feared more than a pack of pitbulls led by a puppy.     Brainpower is as important as horsepower. Read, read, read!     You should always pick a job for its passion value not cash-in value.     Don't let a blame preoccupation ruin your occupation.     It's always better to go for longterm greed over short term greed.     A shortcut is often the longest distance between two points.     Time is money...and time wasters are money wasters.     Don't wait to make heaps and heaps of cash to have heaps and heaps of fun.     Every member of the Fortune 500 Club could also be a member of the Misfortune 500 Club.     Money doesn't bring you true happiness...but happiness can bring you true money. If you love what you do, the money will come.     Whatever business you're in you're in the people business.     Fail Faster. Succeed faster.     Behind every successful woman is someone who pissed her off.     Follow the fuscia brick road.   Failure is in many ways like "fullure" - it is always full of lessons to be learned.     Believe in a laughter life.     Don't let your convictions become your restrictions.     Invest in "Fresh Air Fun." Take a walk outside once a day.     If you want your body to be smoking, you've got to stop smoking.     Sometimes, all you gotta do is ask. Duh.     Taking no action is an action. Duh.     Happiness is not about what happens to you -- but about how you choose to respond to what happens.     Comedy = tragedy + 3 months and/or 3 margaritas!     Practice that tongue twister "NO" today.     Take the fat out of your fate. Slim down your schedule to what matters.     It's not just what you know...but what you do with what you know.     The grass is greener on the other side - until you get there and see it's astroturf.     When you grow - you often outgrow.     The only constant is change.     You are a human being, not a human was or a human will be.     Self honesty is the only path to happiness.     Sometimes we're "mad at" someone whom we should merely be "sad at."     Be so proactive you're preactive.     Fast doesn't always last.     Love is a boomerang. What have you and give away is what you get back.     Fear of commitment: it could happen to you...or someone you can't love.     Saying difficult things now is better than fixing even more difficult problems later.     It is better to have loved and lost - than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.     It is better to have loved and lost - and had some really amazing hot sex - than never to have lived and loved at all.     A man is not a project. A man is a man. And a project is a project.     It's better to have a short bad relationship than a long bad relationship.     It's worth it to hold out for a soul mate and not settle for a cellmate.     Assess breeds success.     Turn all bad experiences into good inperiences - take them in fully, and change in a positive way.    

Monday, June 11, 2007

That's the first time I've done THAT in a hotel room!

Today I did my LIVE Sirius radio show of BE HAPPY DAMMIT from my hotel room here in Atlanta, where I spoke last night to a jampacked auditorium of 3,500 designers, at the fabulous HOW DESIGN CONFERENCE.

This was the first time I got to do my radio show in a bathrobe in a hotel room - and I not only liked it, but it was ultra-appropriate, since today's radio show was a LOVE SEX LOVE theme!

As for my keynote seminar last was based on my career book, BALLSY -- WAYS TO SCORE EXTREME SUCCESS -- the sequel to my big best seller HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT A PENIS, in which I say: "A woman doesn't need a penis to succeed. Just balls."

I also say there's "bad ballsy" and "good ballsy."

Although you might not need a penis to succeed -- you should not try doing it without a heart and brain.

Make sure while you're being ballsy, you're also being warm hearted, wise, polite, reasonable.

Unfortunately there are still many women who think that to succeed in business they have to imitate men -- and imitate stupid, obnoxious men. Not true. I believe a woman doesn't have to make a choice:

1. feminine


2. successful


You can be both.

In fact, I consider myself a "feminine-ist." I'm strong, but enjoy being all the things that make me a woman.

But I digress...

BALLSY is a book and a seminar for both men and women...which affirms that you don't need to work longer hours to succeed - just ballsier hours.

Some of its time-after-time tested techniques include:

Mom was wrong. It's okay to talk to strangers. The more people you know the luckier you will be.

Network often -- but view it as "netplaying"! Focus on having fun - rather than extracting.

Cold-call at hot times -- early morning, or after hours, when gatekeepers might not be around, and high work ethic bosses pick up their own phones!

Make sure you create your own "career pick up line" -- that one-to-two-liner which grabs and persuades. The more "remakable" you are - the more "marketable" you are.

Plus, make sure your "career pick up line" has what I call an "extrinsic" not "intrinsic" benefit!

Not only is self-branding important, but so is knowing how to find the right niche and target audience.

With this in mind, always find out what the very best chocolate is -- then get your unique peanut butter on the very best chocolate.

very best chocolate = proven money making opportunities + unmet needs

For me...

very best chocolate = billion dollar self-help book industry

my unique peanut butter = my highly-graphic and edgy-voiced self-help books for lazy, busy, smart people

Also key: Avoid places where there are too many people trying to get their peanut butter on the same exact chocolate. Make sure you find the VERY best chocolate with the hungriest target audience -- and make sure you have really unique peanut butter.


I encouraged the HOW designers to go out there and be ballsy -- but always the GOOD ballsy -- to use their new ballsy powers, for good, not evil.

When I returned to my room after dinner, one attendee had done a GOOD ballsy maneuver.

Inspired by my "chocolate/peanutbutter metaphor" she dropped off a Reese's Peanutbutter Package for me in my room -- with a well written, funny note.

I'd like to reward her for her GOOD ballsy maneuver, by telling you her name is Sally Shephard - and she's an out of the box designer/thinker with a cool site! Check it out!

And today keep in mind the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: "Every day do one thing which scares you!"

Do at least one GOOD ballsy thing today -- and feel free to write me about it here on my blog!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended the speech at the HOW conference and it was amazing. Karen really hit the spot for women in business. She rocks, and I look forward to begin reading all of her fabulous sounding books. Thanks Karen!!

- Jacque O'Bryan
Edgepark Medical Supplies

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