Follow your instincts!

Up and at ’em at 3:30am this morning. Not on purpose, since I had a 7:15am Toastmasters meeting anyway, but my mind would not let me sleep. I was lost in thoughts and visualizations of my future career. I decided to listen to my instincts and I got up to do something.

My business card design appeared to me; after 4 revisions of drawings I finally knew what I wanted. I downloaded a free business card template and got to work. 2 more versions later and I was off to the 24 hour Fedex office downtown at 5am.

I emailed the files to myself and forwarded them from my iPhone to the store. I’ve learned as a business owner (and financial advisor) to keep expenses down whenever possible, and I figured my design would change soon anyway – so temporary, uncut cards fit the bill. About $7.00 and 10 minutes later I had 12 double sided business card sheets with 10 cards per sheet. Cutting would have been about another $40, and I have a paper cutter at my apartment complex. They don’t need to be perfect yet.

I got back to my apartment with just enough time to cut 20 cards, shower and grab a protein bar on the way out. At my Toastmasters public speaking group (today’s theme was “passion,” btw) I was given the impromptu topic: Would you rather work for a large corporation or own your own business?

Perfect excuse to turn my 20 second value statement into a 2 minute speech and hand out 15 business cards to the audience. Found out that a fellow TMer has a business coach who is involved in Neuro-linguistic programming and sales development, and she offered to introduce me. Perfect.

Also had another friend from Toastmasters offer to refer me to a job opening at her bank yesterday. Toastmasters International is a fantastic organization, hands down. Highly recommended.

I’ve handed out a card to every single person I’ve talked to today, about 30 in all so far. Everyone seems to be interested in helping people get better jobs…easy conversation starter.

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