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By Pat Hammond

Finding Your Why

Join us on Live from the Hive as this week's guest, Jen Ryan from Jen Ryan Coaching, talks about finding your why, discovering your talents and how to figure out what your new direction should be.

I met Jen back in April when I was researching a story about her New England Goal setting group and I knew within the first 5 minutes that she was the real deal.

That's all it took for her to help me drill down and not only see the patterns of my choices, but the why behind them. She also gave me some super tips for recovering from an injury so I could safely get back into yoga, but that was just an added bonus.

Sometimes all it takes is an impartial third party to help us see the truth of our actions.

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By Pat Hammond

Bor-ing!

You might even say pathetic.

The first half of 2015 is winding down with a whimper and I just don't get it.

Two weeks in a row with almost no networking events is unfathomable.

But you know me. My first rule of problem solving is that you're either part of the problem or part of the solution, my second rule is that complaining doesn't solve anything.

So let's take a look at the situation.

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By Pat Hammond

The Two Truths of Opportunity

When it comes to opportunity there are two facts that stand the test of time.

  1. Opportunity favors the prepared
  2. We create our own opportunities

There is no magic wizard dropping synchronous events in the path of unsuspecting people. The truth is that the whole idea of being in the right place at the right time is predicated upon the assumption that you have the forethought to be at that spot when opportunity comes knocking. It has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with preparation.

To put is simply, when you plan and are actively working towards an end goal you will a.) create situations to lead to new opportunities and b.) be able to recognize real opportunities when they present themselves,

That's it, that's all you really need to know. So make a plan and act on it. Create your own opportunities.

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By Pat Hammond

Who says networking doesn't pay off?

I stopped by last week's Gold Star Mill City meetup at the Airport Diner and had the good fortune to meet David Barron from New Hampshire Hypnosis.

Unlike a lot of people I meet, David's business isn't something that every person or business needs. He serves a small niche market in an even smaller state and I was blown away by how well he has leveraged all the free and low cost marketing tools to build and maintain his business.

David accepted my invitation to be the first guest on the full-length version of Live from the Hive where he shared anecdotes about clients (think dominatrix!), business tips and his experiences bootstrapping from an underfunded startup to become New Hampshire's preeminent hypnotist.

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By Pat Hammond

Oh the Humanity!

After last week's overload of networking goodness, this week's events calendar is almost completely empty. Even the tech groups have let us down.

The Southern NH Clojure group that usually meets at the Alpha Loft on Elm Street is meeting in Nashua this month and the New Hampshire PHP group that usually meets the 4th Thursday of the month seems to have completely fallen off the map.

The good news is that the Future Tech Women's Women in Tech Hangout is still on the calendar and Merrimack Valley Small Business Strategy is doing a workshop on using QuickBooks for your business, but that's it.

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By Pat Hammond

Nobody likes a fake(r)

Have you ever seen a child start screaming his head off when presented with a mall Santa? It's not because he's not up for the idea of an old guy in a beard bringing him toys, it's that even with his limited life experience he can tell that the mall Santa is a fake.

And nobody likes a fake.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek of next week's events...

It looks like the summer business networking season is in full swing in the Queen City next week. To see all of next week's business, networking and tech events visit our Event Calendar.

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By Pat Hammond

Avoid your competitor’s strength and attack their weakness

When it comes to business a lot of people subscribe to Sun Tzu's strategies found in The Art of War.

It makes sense. There are a lot of parallels between business and war and the wisdom of Sun Tzu does seem to stand the test of time so let's take a look at the idea of knowing your enemy (competition).

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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By Pat Hammond

Alpha Loft's Startup Meetup

This week's podcast is short and sweet and features the Startup Meetup from the Alpha Loft business incubator and Makers in Manchester.

The Startup Meetup meets once a month for networking and problem solving. They meet the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Alpha Loft, 844 Elm Street in Manchester and is a super resource for any startup, entrepreneur or small business owner looking to overcome challenges in growing their New Hampshire business.

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By Pat Hammond

Job Satisfaction = Happiness

I know it's cliché, but if you want to find a work/life balance you have to start by loving what you do.

There are going to be days when you hate the menial tasks, can't stand the sound of your coworker slurping his coffee and wonder if that stick could go any further up your manager's butt, but they can't be the norm.

The fact is that we spend 8, 10 and even 12 hours a day at work or doing work activities. That's almost half our day and more than 2/3 of our waking hours. When you spend that much time pursuing a single activity it can't just be about the paycheck.

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