#entrepreneur inspiration with Tracy Wright of Executees™

#entrepreneur inspiration with Tracy Wright of Executees™

Who are you and what do you do in 30 words or less?executees

I am Tracy Wright, a Successful Business Woman, a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois, who has generated $50K to $100K per month in the high times of real estate, a Master Marketer, an Author, and the Founder of several businesses, including Executees™. My Brand Executees has created many Custom t-shirts in Swarovski Crystals for Celebrities, including the Fabulous OPRAH WINFREY.

How do you remain empowered as an entrepreneur?

I remained empowered as an entrepreneur because I see opportunity all around me. I maintain multiple streams of income to ensure if one stream is not producing as well as others, I am still in business, and I can analyze which stream works better than others.

How do you remain equipped as an entrepreneur, where/how do you fuel your growth?

I work daily on my businesses. I am focused and determined. I have a daily routine that I try to stick to, and I am always open to new ideas of marketing, business building etc.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My Inspiration comes from Family members who are entrepreneurs. I was also a Chicago Police Officer in the past. I resigned in 2004 and have not looked back since.  I love the LIFE of an entrepreneur as opposed to the employee life. That alone fuels me to stay the course.

What is your “WHY” — why do you do what you do?

My Why is my family, my husband and my children. I remember being an employee and never being home as much. Now I can enjoy a full life with my loved ones and be FREE to design my days how I see fit.

What is your #1 tip for other entrepreneurs?



STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR GOALS. There will be struggles, and many challenges. There may be road blocks, haters, and bad energy projected on to you and your dreams. Plow through it all, and I know you will be glad you did. FREEDOM is on the other side of that road.



Tracy Wright, CEO
Executees, Inc.



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TEWEISERIESThe #EntrepreneurInspiration blog series is another way that the TEWCrew can help spread the entrepreneurial cheer throughout the universe. Our mission is to empower, equip and inspire aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to unleash the entrepreneur within #unleashthebiz! We do that the best way we know how, and that is by telling stories of our experiences, and the experiences of our community and our colleagues. Enjoy!


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Unleash the Winner in You

As human beings it is much easier for us to play it safe rather than to maximize our fullest potential, operating without excuses and being relentless in our quest to fulfill destiny. Is there a nudging deep down in your soul that has been locked up for far too long? Do you have dreams locked up inside of you that deserve to be shared with the world? Is there a greater calling within you that is patiently awaiting the opportunity to come forth? “When you truly believe in what you are doing, it shows. And it pays. Winners in life are those who are excited about where they are going.” Oprah.

Life is full of inspiration and every situation fuels your future. Every negative situation, every betrayal, every closed door, every disappointment and every lesson learned in life was strategically designed to propel you closer to your predestined purpose in life. I encourage you to unleash the winner in you. You were placed on this earth to live life to the fullest. You have been called to make a positive impact on the world and you have a dutiful responsibility to serve as an influence for generations to come. There is a winner within you that the world is waiting on to come forth. You can longer afford to hide behind the shadows of others. You can no longer afford to live beneath your potential. You can no longer operate at the optimum level of fear. Unleash the winner in you and refuse to deny yourself the opportunity to live life unapologetically and without any regrets.

Unleash the winner in you, take risks, dream big and rise above the adversities of life. Remember that tomorrow is not promised and the last thing you want to do is to bury your dreams, your gifts, your talents and your creative ideas in the cemetery. The day that you make the conscious decision to unleash the winner within you, is the day that both your life and the earth will forever be changed. Unleashing the winner within you is not predicated on your financial situation and it is not contingent on your past. Unleash the winner within you today.

Bernada Nicole is the Founder & CEO of The Princess Within Foundation. She is also the Author of “Unlock the Treasure: Discover the Princess Within” www.theprincesswithin.org.




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#entrepreneur inspiration with author, Kelley Porter Turner

#entrepreneur inspiration with author, Kelley Porter Turner

Who are you and what do you do in 30 words or less?kelley

I am a woman of God fulfilling His dream for me; known as Kelley Porter Turner; an author, speaker and abuse victim’s advocate; I empower victims and survivors of abuse to develop a forgiving heart, stand in their truth & live in their passion.

How do you remain empowered as an entrepreneur?

I remain empowered as an entrepreneur by knowing and understanding how much my work is needed. The amount of testimonies, emails, and inbox messages I receive empowers me to keep moving forward even when I want to quit. I understand the significance of the pain that victims suffer from and how hard it is to break the silence. With that, my power comes from within as well. My personal experience with, and freedom from sexual molestation and domestic violence empowers me to move forward on purpose and diligently to help those who need to break free the pain, patterns and behaviors associated with sexual abuse and domestic violence. Lastly, that little inner voice and the feeling in my gut that tells me, “There is a victim of abuse who needs to hear my story and understand that freedom and peace can be accomplished.”

How do you remain equipped as an entrepreneur, where/how do you fuel your growth?

I remain equipped as an Entrepreneur by ensuring my availability and willingness to be flexible in my schedule. I continue to write and share my story via blogs and my books. I facilitate Webinars, Seminars and Workshops. I also maintain my products and create new products that will empower clients to feel safe enough to speak out. I fuel my growth by connecting with new and like-minded individuals when I can. I stay abreast of the laws and statistics on child molestation and domestic violence. I reach out to those who are more experienced and I maintain a solid relationship with my Business Coach.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from clients/customers who have read my book(s), Perfectly Planned (Overcoming incest, rape & sexual abuse), Overcoming Toxic Relationships, (Patterns & Behaviors) those who have attended my workshops, and seminars, those who have hired me, and those who have reached back to say, “You saved my life” or “Thank you for doing what you do” and/or “Please don’t stop being the voice for us.” This assures me that I am doing what I was supposed to be doing. It inspires me to move forward diligently in breaking the silence and exposing those who abuse as well as being able to continuously provide hope for the victims, courage for the survivors and knowledge for those who don’t understand.

What is your “WHY” — why do you do what you do?

My “WHY” is the pain I feel for other victims of abuse. I do not want victims and survivors to suffer any longer in silence. I want them to understand that freedom and peace is possible as long as one is willing to not only deal with the issue, but conquer it and learn to forgive. My “WHY” is also “ME.” I am free from 30 years of abuse that includes incest , sexual molestation, physical, and verbal abuse, rape, attempted suicide (3 times) abandoned by my mother, and two domestic violence relationships; yet I am free to love, trust, and live whole again. I have no fear of what life has to offer as long as I am equipped with the power of forgiveness and God. I want the same for other victims. I want them to not only see my story, but understand if one “does the work” your life will elevate and you can then live in your authenticity.

What is your #1 tip for other entrepreneurs?


My number one tip for Entrepreneurs is to never attempt to be like another entrepreneur because you will lose focus on whom and what you are supposed to be doing.





TEWEISERIESThe #EntrepreneurInspiration blog series is another way that the TEWCrew can help spread the entrepreneurial cheer throughout the universe. Our mission is to empower, equip and inspire aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to unleash the entrepreneur within #unleashthebiz! We do that the best way we know how, and that is by telling stories of our experiences, and the experiences of our community and our colleagues. Enjoy!


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Three Reasons Why You MUST Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Three Reasons Why You MUST Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

by Laura E. Knights 

So, after reflecting on my speaking engagement last week, I came up with these three reasons why I will continue to push myself out of my comfort zone, and you should too.

1. It exposes you to new opportunities and a new vision of what’s possible.
Sometimes our natural inclination is to only think in the scope of what we’ve done before or what we have already been exposed to.  I know you might be saying, “If you don’t know the opportunity exists, how can you go after it?”  Consciously seeking out different experiences (or being open-minded when they find you) can yield a whole slew of new horizons for you to explore and conquer.  One of my current favorite songs on repeat these days is “Walking Shoes” by Mali Music.  The chorus is:

Yeah I believe, I believeunnamed
But its a dream that I ain’t seen yet
Chasing a dream that I ain’t dreamed yet
But I’mma meet it halfway if I keep on walking, walking, walking 
If I keep on walking, yeah I know it 
when I see it walking, walking when I see it walking

Always waiting for something good to find you
But if it don’t come what are you gone do
And that’s why I’m walking, walking
Gotta keep on walking, walking

 My take away from this is you’ve got to put yourself out there!  And while you are putting yourself out there, you have to have your eyes open for new ways and opportunities to apply what you have to offer.  For example…Job seekers, is there a new field to which your transferable skills can be applied?

Entrepreneurs, is there a new market or client population that your service offerings and expertise can be applied to? (that’s what I did with applying my program development expertise to entrepreneurs looking to package their expertise for profit AND with this recent speaking gig).
It sharpens your skills
When your comfort zone activities get a little monotonous, it’s easy to get comfortable or…lazy. For example, I paid a little extra attention when preparing the part of my talk that referenced research and statistics on mindset.  Although, I always make sure whatever I’m sharing is accurate, talking to a group of RESEARCHERS pushed me to do a little more legwork in this area than I normally do. New people, environments, responsibilities, tasks, and challenges push you to stay on top of your craft.  I think part of this can be attributed to trying to prove to yourself that you are capable of the new challenge, and another part is trying to prove to others that you know what you’re talking about.
It builds your character
Getting out of your comfort zone requires you to be vulnerable, which means you will expose yourself to fears, potential failure, and criticism.  Brene’ Brown, one of my favorite fellow social workers,  eloquently talks about this in her most recent book, Daring Greatly.  She shares that often times we live fear-based lives because we are afraid of exposing ourselves and showing who we really are (human beings who make mistakes).  Getting out of your comfort zone forces you to stare this reality straight in the face, work with your strengths, and acknowledge your areas of improvement.  Fear can only be conquered with action.
So, take the leap and put yourself out there in your business, career, relationship, etc.  You might fail, but you will definitely learn something to use on the next try.  HOWEVER, there’s a real chance that you might succeed, too, and possibly expand the borders of your comfort zone! 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, too.  Where do you need to push the limits on your comfort zone? Have you recently stepped out of your comfort zone?  If so, how did it go?




Laura E. Knights, LCSW is an author, speaker, and coach that has worked with hundreds of people through her M-Powered Workshop Series, training modules, mastermind groups, and popular coaching programs.  Laura teaches people how to create a life of meaning and purpose that transforms their self-identity, work, and relationships to help them break through to higher levels of happiness and success. She also provides powerful advice, breakthrough techniques, and other resources to her many subscribers via her M-Powered Living! e-newsletter.  You can join the M-Powered Community and sign up to receive a FREE gift and a subscription to her e-newsletter at www.lauraeknights.com

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Tips for Franchising your Business

Your business is successful and you may be thinking, “how do I franchise my business?” If this is a road you’d like to travel (or even just ponder for a few minutes), these tips will help you get started! Usually it starts with family and friends suggesting you should consider taking the next step to grow and popularize your brand.

The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I know how to franchise my business? How do I get started? What does it cost?” This article will answer some of those questions. While this strategy has worked for many businesses to become a successful franchise, they may not work for everyone.

Franchising works by opening the doors for investors to come in and purchase rights to use your brand and create, for example, a second store, using the franchise name and trademark. You will receive a franchisor fee for doing this. You may also receive royalties based upon average sales of this new store, usually between 4 and 10% to help with training, marketing, sales, operations and the like.

The best part of selling the rights to your brand is the franchisee puts up all the money required to start their new business and all the risk is on their shoulders. Other attractive features include owning and operating these locations yourself. Compared to more mainstream methods of expansion, here you can enjoy the benefits without many of the losses, not assuming risk if the expansion doesn’t work out.

The first thing we will need to look at is your capital. If you’re a small company with only one or two units, banks may not be willing to help give you a loan needed to start on your own. They will need some kind of collateral or a long history of success to make it worth their while. If you are a young business, no matter how successful your start up may be, the odds may be too much against you.

Also, with your current business, do you have enough staff able to handle hiring, supervision and training the new employees on their own? Those things can take time and a good amount of money. You can only be at one place at one time. How many times have you had employees leave due to one situation or the next? Keeping good employees can be a tough task in itself.

For these reasons, more and more business owners are deciding to franchise their business and expand without spending too much capital and taking on risk. Let’s take a closer meeting at what franchising means for your business.

Before deciding if it is right for you, you need to determine if it’s the right move and strategy for your business. Questions to ask yourself:

-Does the market for your business transcend beyond your current location? You may need advice from a franchise consultant to see the bigger picture without bias. You may ‘know’ you have a hot idea, but a franchise consultant will be those eyes and ears into whether or not your niche has a market outside your area.

-What makes your business special? It doesn’t necessary have to be a ‘never before seen’ idea, but it should be unique and attractive to investors and ultimately the public.

With these tips, hopefully you will be able to decide if franchising is for you and how to get started.
Author Bio: This post comes from Aew, who works for Naked Business Consulting. Recently having completed her MBA, Aew enjoys her job in marketing, spending time with her family and going away on the weekend.

Author Bio:  This post comes from Aew, who works for Naked Business Consulting. Recently having completed her MBA, Aew enjoys her job in marketing, spending time with her family and going away on the weekend.

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