I was talking about sidewalk traffic with a native New Yorker the other day…because it can be a little crazy at times. People weave all over the sidewalk and it sometimes seems as if there’s absolutely no order AT ALL! What’s up with walking on the right and passing on the left?

Some people are looking at the sights, trying to navigate their way around or just searching out a place to eat….

Others are texting or talking and in their own little world.

What fascinated me is that my friend admitted he didn’t know, until he was 44 years old, that in most US cities people walk on the right side of the sidewalk. So in his case, he didn’t even know the “rules” for pedestrians.

So it makes me think of us, as entrepreneurs.  Some of us have our heads down, focused on on thing and totally missing out on what’s going on around us.

Others have our antennaes up… on the lookout for the new opportunities.

And others… who just don’t know “the rules”… but have made it this far… maybe inconveniencing others along the way at times… but not intending to do harm.

I’m not suggesting any one of those is good or bad… I just think they’re phases we cycle through at various stages of our business.

  • Keep your head down too long and you miss opportunities.
  • Keep looking at the tall buildings and miss what’s going on right in front of your face.
  • Break the rules and shake things up whether you’re aware of it or not.

I know that I always have a little of the “don’t know the rules” thing going on… which is good.  That’s how ‘treps blaze new trails for others.

I just got through the “tall building” phase with a lot of people approaching me about joint projects and trying to figure out how that fits into my own Biztruth activities… and now it’s time to spend more time “heads down” to focus, follow through and deliver.

What phase are you in in your business right now?

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  • Tracey says:

    Hey Carolyn,

    I love this video. I am definitely in the ‘head down’ phase in my business now – working with existing clients and planning for the next phase of projects that I will be releasing to my audience.

    This creative phase is fun, but I am looking forward to popping my head up soon with lots of cool new stuff to share!


  • I’ve just come out of the looking at tall buildings stage as I was looking for what was right for my next step in my business. I’ve been taking some classes, feel like I’ve found just what I was looking for and am also looking forward to working with you. I am feeling very much like putting my head down and focusing on my business and path right now. I woke up with the intention this morning of weeding out my inbox and unsubscribing to some lists that I’m on, now that I’ve found what I’m looking for.

    I’m excited about being the “tall building” that some of my clients are looking for, too!

    Thanks, Carolyn!

    • Andrea – I love that you see where you’ve been and where you’re at in the cycle. AND… that you want to be the “tall building” for others. I’m so looking forward to working with you.

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