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The Ultimate Success Questionnaire



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Using Great Questions To Create The Clarity Needed For Success

As we continue on our journey of growth in our lives, our careers and relationships, it’s important to have a clear idea of where we are, where want to go and how we’re going to get there. Of course, plans change and then change again as you get started, but it’s a worthwhile idea to have a plan as you’re getting started. Plans take ideas from abstract to reality.

Here we have systematic approach to getting started.

3 Steps

1. Assess where you are
2. Define where you want to be
3. Get there.


1. To Assess Where You Are, it’s helpful to think about:

– What’s working in your personal and professional life?
– What’s not working?
– What makes you happy?
– What do you most love doing?
– What do you avoid?
– What are you best at?
– What, if anything, makes you miserable?
– What are your strengths that you can leverage?
– What do you wish you could do better?

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2. To Define Where You Want to Be:


Think Internally

– Define your *gold standard* – for what you’d most like to be doing
– Professionally
– Personally
– In the world
– What’s important to you – write down what you want:
– Work-life balance – how much and what for each
– Relationships you want to build – specify
– Values you want to support
– Accomplishments you want to achieve – with time frames
– Do you want to work for yourself or someone else?
– Do you want your work to be a job, a career, or a passion?
– If a passion – what are you passionate about?
– What gets up up in the morning (besides the alarm clock and coffee)
– Rank these as to what most motivates you (or put others down) – for
why you might pick one work opportunity vs. another:
– Power
– Money
– Intellectual Stimulation
– Skill Development
– Giving Back
– Good Cause
– Location
– Excitement
– Travel
– People – peers / management
– Corporate Culture
– Stepping Stone to something better
– Hours
– Flexibility
– Steep Learning Curve
– Physical Challenges
– Ability to Manage Others
– Leadership Role
– Love the Subject (e.g. Passion / hobby)
– Benefits

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Think externally

– What impact would you like to have / difference you want to make
– Professionally
– Personally
– In the world
– Who are potential mentors or people who inspire you – that you’d
like to emulate or get to know better?
– What trends (e.g. industry, health, values) resonate with you?
– What would you most like to accomplish, if you could do anything?
– Group them by theme.
– Rank them.


Start to Define what Success Means to You!

– Review the above answers, and start focusing on what you most want
for your:
– Professional life
– Personal life
– Volunteer life
– Put a percentage next to each of these 3 – e.g.
– 55% Professional
– 30% Personal
– 15% Volunteer

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3. To Get There:


Define 3 SMART Objectives* for each – your professional, personal and
volunteer life.

Specific – what do you most want to improve or accomplish?
Measurable – how can you quantify when you’ve been successful at
– What indications are important to show you are meaningfully
accomplishing what you want?
Assignable – who is responsible for the different actions? Can
you delegate?
Realistic – do you have the bandwidth, resources (financial,
time, people) to make it happen?
– If not, consider simplifying that objective, or seeking
additional help / support to make it realistic. What do you
need to make it

Timely – by when do you want to accomplish the different steps or
final objective / goal?


Create an Action Plan, based upon your SMART OBJECTIVES

– Include the who, what, why, when, where and how for each objective
– Consider multiple strategies for each objective
– For example, if you’re in your own business, and you want to *Become
More Profitable *(by x%, in Y time), strategies might include:
– Increase Sales by X%
– Sell more Z to current clients
– Loyalty program
– Referral incentives
– Usage campaign
– Increase awareness among new X type of clients
– PR in relevant media
– Meaningful sponsorships
– Expand geography into X
– Enter X new sales channels
– Improve Gross Profit Margin by X
– Reduce Cost of Goods Sold by X%
– Get multiple bids
– Source better
– Consider revising ratio of X to cost less
– Improve production efficiencies by ….
– Reduce labor by ….
– Take a Price Increase
– Note: It’s easiest to break large tasks down, into smaller,
more easily doable next steps
– Make sure you’ve thought about your financial needs over time:
– What do you personally need to *live*?
– What would you like to *earn*?
– What what you like to *save*?
– What would you like to *donate*?
– And that you have a budget for what you can spend, as well as goals
for what you need to earn to accomplish them.
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What is Success, Anyway?


Achieving what you want. The way you want to.

In my career, I’ve worked with thousands of aspiring and established food
entrepreneurs, through teaching and consulting. I truly believe that
success is personal. It’s not the same for everyone.

For some, a business success might be building an internationally
profitable company. Or getting bought out. Or – producing a favorite
recipe, and selling it in 3-5 local, upscale stores, so you feel like you
did it.

All are great goals. Each requires different energy, investment, timing and

The key is knowing what you want. Matching your “inputs” to your desired
“output.” Then enjoying the journey to make it happen… hopefully with

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to share your ideas of success!
[email protected]

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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