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There's More to Life Than a College Education

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College has a long list of pros, especially for an academically-based profession. But for many of America's youth, choosing to go to college is quite a complex decision. With the expansion of online businesses, there are more opportunities than ever to make your own path in the business world—one that may or may not include a typical college education.


For starters, those four years of commitment mean that college graduates aren't entering the workforce until about 22 years old. This takes years away from hands-on learning in your desired field and can be viewed as a significant opportunity cost. Having four years of experience in a particular field may be even more valuable than a degree.

And speaking of value... The average bachelor's degree in the United States costs $127,000—a sum very few have lying around. As a result, about 70% of students take out loans to help pay for school. So often, we hear from graduates that college felt like a waste of money and that paying off student loans is a struggle not worth the reward. How many people do you know who are in a career that is actually attached to the degree they earned? Meanwhile, there are thousands of entrepreneurs who didn't go to or finish college who are already making multi-millions a year from their businesses.

The good news here is, you don't have to wait for a degree to begin your journey as an entrepreneur.

Turning to industry insider business coaches like myself is fast becoming the road more traveled, as this is a one-on-one learning experience that most do not get in a room full of other students. An expert business coach guides you through a deep dive into your core passions and can pull your greatest strengths to the surface without the huge payout and time investment.

As a business coach for entrepreneurs, I serve as the fearless front runner of the boss babe revolution, helping female business-builders start making money now by turning their greatest passion into healthy profits. As an experienced entrepreneur, I learned a great deal from my own professional history. And now, I use that knowledge to teach others through virtual coaching—a platform that is both convenient and inexpensive.

So, before going into hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, I urge you to investigate alternative education opportunities to help prepare you to enter a career or start a business you love. With the internet, there are so many opportunities to start a business.

It is easier than ever to learn extremely valuable skills, apply them, and start a business without needing to go to college.

Thanks to the Internet, college is no longer the only way to broaden your horizons. Instead of hitting the books at university, look for people leading a creative project or business that inspires you. We can't create what we haven't seen evidenced before us in some way, so seeking mentors and people that have blazed the trail ahead of you is incredibly valuable.

The point is, before you go into hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt, investigate alternative education options. The education system may make it seem like college is the only option, but there is more to the world than a degree that you may or may not ever use. There are so many other avenues, aside from college, that may better prepare you for a career or business you truly love. These days, the vast amount of online resources available make it nearly effortless to expand your knowledge and gain insight you may otherwise miss… Going the traditional route may end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

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It’s Time for Women to Stop Worrying About Being “Too Much”

We are living in a time when women are rising to new heights which means they are regularly being confronted with the fear of being "too much". For women in business this is pervasive and costly.

A few ways women can be perceived as "too much" are:

Speaking up about their successes and achievements.

Sharing one too many photos of their cute kids.

Telling one too many people about that date night.

Looking a little too good in that swimsuit.

These can lead to being publicly attacked on social media or privately slandered which in turn leads to women dimming their light and walking on egg shells in hopes of avoiding conflict and judgement.

The minute a woman feels it's unsafe to shine she will begin to overthink, worry, and fear how she shows up in the world.

Forgetting to announce the book is done and the interview is live.

Choosing to focus on what's still on the to-do list rather than what's been checked off.

Many female entrepreneurs are subconsciously altering their behavior in an attempt to not attract too much attention to themselves, rather than focusing on allowing authenticity and magnetism to attract their ideal clients and community.

Women are afraid of being criticized, ostracized, and abandoned by other women for simply being who they are. This leads to quite the quantum when being who you are is simplest way to accelerate the growth of your business.

New research shows men are far more comfortable with self promotion than women are. Researchers found that men rate their own performance 33 percent higher than equally performing women. What we know is that self promotion pays off and this is where women are missing the boat.

The world needs more women to step into leadership roles and no longer be intimidated about creating six and seven figure careers.

Here are five ways to release the fear of being "too much":

1. Approve of yourself.

While it feels good to receive outside validation it will never be enough if you don't first appreciate yourself. The key to having a healthy support system is to make sure you are part of it. Being your biggest critic is what your mother's generation did. It's now time to be your biggest cheerleader. Becoming aware of self talk will reveal what belief is ready to be re-wired. Create a simply mantra that affirms how incredible capable you are.

2. Connect deeply to those you serve.

One powerful way to shift out of people pleasing behavior is to get clear on who actually matters to the wellbeing and success of your life and business. Leadership is not about being the most popular, instead it's a decision to be brave for those who can't be. Take a few minutes each day to visualize and meditate on those your business serves and supports. See your future clients moving toward you every time you choose to stand in your power and use your authentic voice.

3. Remember the legacy you wish to leave.

Having your life purpose and legacy in writing is one of the most transformational exercises you can do. Reading this often will keep you focused on what matters. Knowing what you wish to leave in the hearts of those you love most is incredibly grounding. You didn't come here to keep your mouth shut, dilute your truth, or dim your light-you came here to make a difference.

4. Forgive those who have been unsupportive in the past.

The past has a way of informing the future in a negative way when there is unresolved pain. Take a few minutes to get quiet and ask yourself who you have unforgiveness towards or maybe their name came to mind as you read this article. Listening to a forgiveness meditation or writing a letter to the person you are ready to forgive are both simple and effective ways to process and heal.

5. Be part a community of bright, successful women.

Meaningful relationships with others who have similar aspirations is what will keep you out of isolation and playing small. These connections can happen in a networking group, online community or a local Meetup. Thriving in every area of life is depend on you knowing where you belong and being celebrated there. Don't wait to be invited, go actively seek out people and places that support your dreams and desires.

6. Accept you can have it all.


Women have been fed a lie for generations that says, you can have love or money. Decide you can have it all and allow it to flow to you. You can have a successful career and an amazing mother. You can balance motherhood and loving marriage. Don't let anyone write the rules for you. This is the time to create the life you desire on your terms.

7. Celebrate everything!

The fastest way to leave the haters in the dust is to celebrate everything! At the end of each day lay in bed and recall the best moments. At the end of each week, publicly acknowledge and celebrate what's good in your life. Once a month, have a celebration dinner and share it with those who have helped you in the journey. If there's something good happening, talk about it with everyone who will listen!

May you be a woman who chooses to shine so that others may be reminded of all they can be and do.