Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 424 Now Go Take On The Day Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 424

Good morning from sunny Cleveland It seems as though Cleveland’s winter is in its final push as we fluctuate between below freezing temperatures and balmy spring like days. Typical weather for us here, as the saying goes, “if you don’t like today’s weather in Cleveland, wait 24 hours and it’s going to be completely different!” Virus is down, vaccines are up, and the skies here are predicted to be sunny for the next 5 days which brings optimism and hope...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 423 Just for Today Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 423

In the past, I’ve shared our family’s personal story about our son’s addiction to heroin. It’s a story that we are not ashamed of, actually, it is the opposite. On this path we have met and befriended so many people that had we had “ordinary” lives; we would never have met. Sitting in recovery clinics or jail visiting areas and waiting rooms, we have learned that we are all the same, loving our children when they themselves were so hard...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 422 How Well Do You Know Your Business? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 422

Did you know that: 73% of small startup owners are men. (Guidant Financial) 26% of entrepreneurs say their biggest motivation for starting their own business was the idea of being their own boss. (Guidant Financial) 67% of small business owners use personal funds to handle financial problems. (Federal Reserve Banks)  Only 9% of entrepreneurs have a bachelor’s degree in business. An even smaller percentage of owners (3%) went beyond that with either a master’s degree or a PhD in business....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 421 To Publish or Not to Publish Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 421

You’ve heard me say over the years that one of the key distinctions between top thought leaders to those strive to strengthen their thought leadership is that the former are prolific publishers of remarkable content. They publish consistently in different media and on a variety of platforms. So, if you wonder what are the reasons and benefits to publish your work and whether you should publish or not, here are a few of the benefits I would like to suggest....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 420 Your Daily 2nd Chance Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 420

Everyone has bad days. Some more than others. But what constitutes a bad day? Discovery of an illness of a loved one, challenging individuals and circumstances, a failed business venture or financial loss can add up to feeling hopeless, angry and depleted. But what of these are perceived as missteps or miscalculations or situations beyond our control? Even Thomas Edison, when working on his light bulb discovery, interpreted the thousand possible failures as thousand ways that won’t work in order...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 419 Streaming Digital Content Platforms Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 419

The new year started off with high hopes as news of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine became widely available and millions of Americans were preparing to be vaccinated. And while that project is ongoing for the foreseeable future, businesses are still struggling to keep afloat as the pandemic rages on and Corona variants are popping up worldwide. Until that time that we Americans feel truly safe to venture back out into the world, life will continue to Zoom for all...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 418 A New Beginning Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 418

inaugurate verb in·au·gu·rate | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt  , -gə-ˌrāt \ inaugurated; inaugurating Definition of inaugurate transitive verb 1: to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies 2a: to dedicate ceremoniously: observe formally the beginning of inaugurate a new school b: to bring about the beginning of As English is my second language, I am always striving to learn new words and grammar usage. Today, January 20, 2021, is an historic day, just as it is every four years when a president is inaugurated in the United States. Today, many will celebrate, while others will be...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 417 Lessons Learned from My Grandkids Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 417

Over the years I have published quite a few of my newsletters and have dedicated  them to lessons learned from other thought leaders, lessons learned from women, lessons learned from my granddaughter, lessons learned from my Mom, lessons learned from my Dad, lessons learned from my clients, and lessons learned from running my business. Today I am dedicating my newsletter to the 10 lessons learned from my grandkids, Dafna (11), Liav (9), Hadar (5) and Bentley (9 months): True love...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416 Important Things Are Worth Fighting For Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416

As I sit writing this newsletter, I believe that the presidential election of 2020 will indeed be over, today. I can’t say this with complete certainty, but only with very high hopes. Voter rights, voter suppression, legal vs. illegal ballots have been the hot button topics of the last year and I, for one, am looking forward to a calmer and more peaceful year. But the struggles that many have faced for a place in line to register and vote...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416 2020 – The Year in Review Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 416

One of my favorite reflection points is at year-end. It is the opportunity to review my accomplishments, key learning insights and course correction. As this challenging year comes to conclusion here are my learning insights which I have also shared in my weekly newsletters: January: Review your goals daily, commit and take the step by step action necessary towards your success. Identify the pillars of your life (i.e. family, business, finance, travel…) that ground you and make your journey meaningful,...

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