Masterminding – a great ideas-generator!


Last week, I attended a Mastermind from New Peaks in La Costa, CA.  It was a gorgeous setting.  It is a rich person’s playground.  But, I wasn’t relaxing,I was working and learning together with 12 like-minded individuals and going through exercises designed to stretch us and get us thinking about our business and how we want to show up in the world.  Napoleon Hill, in his seminal work, “Think & Grow Rich”, states that a Mastermind is a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

We are all entrepreneurs, some veterans and success, others still struggling and others with only an idea.  I can with 100% certainty, all got ideas, support and wisdom from guest mentors, Adam Markel,CEO of New Peaks & Michael Silvers, Director of Coaching and National Director of Sales.

I am  thrilled to say I did and am using some new-found knowledge!  It is said everyone should have at least 2 coaches, a Mastermind and 1-2 Mentors, do you?

Florence Foster Jenkins & passion!

florene-foster-jenkinsI saw a delightful film on Florence.  She was the World’s Worst Singer! But she was passionate about music and the opera.  She fancied herself a coloratura soprano.  She played Carnegie Hall after several recitals-where “true music lovers” were paid to attend.  See the movie.

But, that’s not why I told you of this-not to sell movie tickets, but, rather to talk about the role passion plays in any endeavor.  Certainly, what you do, an employee or entrepreneur…being passionate about what you do is vital to your sense of purpose.

For Florence, it was music and her belief she had a gift and owed it to perform.  She had a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning!

Now, in her case, the belief was a figment of her imagination.  But she sung her heart out!

I ask my clients -what would excite them to get to see at 6am…Some are interested in personal development, others want business know-how, still others have a hobby they are passionate about and some just don’t know.

All are equally fine answers.  Studies show human beings need a purpose.  I believe everyone can love what they do-in both their life and work, in that order!


What’s the Women’s Expo and why should I go?

MANL NowAn Expo is an opportunity to hear speakers and learn about products and services that will bring you fulfillment in your life!  The Women;s Expo is for women and the men who love them!  Go to

You will see a list of exhibitors with their contact/web site information. It’s at CCBC in Catonsville, MD on October 2, 2016 12-4pm.  There’s also outdoor activities and a circle of various food trucks called “The Gathering” and an antique car show!

This is its 15th anniversary and is an Award-winning event.  I’ll be speaking on “Navigating Life’s Choices”.  I’m also an exhibitor and will have several of my books on sale-$10, a Women’s Expo Special

Being in the Women’s Expo is a commitment.  I decided-if I’m going to do it…I’ll do it right.  I’ve ordered a retractable banner and my table will have different levels to make it interesting.  I’ve also decided to do a raffle and give away an hour individual coaching session with me and a self-assessment and professional Interpretation by a Behavioral Specialist.

Some exhibitors wear T-shirts with the company logo…I’m going to save that for next year!

Getting back to work after health challenges

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(Apologies, been way ill and lots of health challenges-on the mend now…)

Being away for health reasons really is horrid.  Opening a ridiculously large amount of emails, lousy and I have two.  I know…most people nowadays are in the same boat!

But this last challenge taught me about human nature and myself. Do you ever feel you’ve got the world on your shoulders?

I feel better so,of course, I’ll start with purging my emails…Then, I’ll do 8 blog posts, check out and change my website, update my profiles for Social Media, and…

Word to the wise, start small.  I purged 100 emails!  Haven’t done it all-trying to make up 2 weeks in 2 days!  And with my disability, I need to not get overwhelmed and doing too much.  Fourteen hour days are not good for me or anyone, for that matter!

Take breaks, stretch, walk around…I work from home and can walk around my neighborhood.  Those employed, walk around your office or the building.  And for any career changers/job seekers, this applies to you, too.

I’ve been reminded of what I tell my clients-Do a little bit each day-baby steps…

Wealth Lessons from Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie and quoteAndrew Carnegie as a poor immigrant that became the richest man of the world of his time-1890’s-1914 approximately. He was one of the founders of US Steel.  He was a really big deal and great philanthropist.  I was skimming some information about successful and wealthy people.  Some of his business philosophies stood out.

  1. He believed in eternal optimism and claimed that trait alone made him millions!  Now, I’m not saying all will be positive and sunshine.  I tell my clients-there will be obstacles.   You choose your attitude!  Carnegie’s way of seeing the world was positive…good advice.  Maybe we can become millionaires!
  2. Grab opportunities.  He believed in getting it done now!  I’m not saying cash in your IRA & play the stock market.  In no way would I offer financial advice!Weigh risk vs. opportunity.
  3. Carnegie wasn’t a worrier.  Problems never go away if you worry constantly.  Keep the problem in perspective.
  4. I tell many of my clients to state an intention of a positive outcome.  Then, break it down into bite-size pieces.   No worrying.

The spirit is willing:3 Things to keep your business running when you’re sick!

An webunplanned illness took me out of the game.  But, as always, while doubled over in pain-stomach issues…on the mend-fingers crossed!

What I’ve learned:

  1. Mobile phones rock!  I kept up with my social media.  Was able to contact any folks to reschedule or cancel any appt. Yay for Facebook Messenger! My clients still were served.  Kept all their appointments.  Used my telephone system, had a SKYPE meeting and a Zoom meeting…No video-not ready for “prime time”!
  2. Due to my website, my posts on Facebook and participation on social media, I still had an Internet presence.
  3. It’s ok to let some things slide.  I just couldn’t think of writing with anything remotely worthwhile…so, I didn’t.
  4. Now, feeling almost “human” again! 🙂  Yay for systems!

Today is my birthday! The changes I’ve seen…

Ah...Freedom-automation & VAs!

I am 55 today  This is a time for reflection.  I’ve held an 8 Track player-well, really, my boom box-that big thing in “Say Anything”.  I saw The Flintstones, Gilligan’s Island  the Moon walk all in prime time!  I’ve held Lps and played them religiously.  You know-vinyl!

My first phone looked like a walkie-talkie and hurt my neck to hold!  No way would it slip into a pocket!  Most phones were rotary or dial and there were phone booths on the road & most gas stations and the term-“drop a dime” was easily understood!

There were cigarette commercials!  ED,Dry eyes,the little blue pill and many other ailments & cures were hardly discussed-let alone on TV!  There was Ed Sullivan and Wonderful World of Disney and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.  I saw the Brady Bunch, my Three Sons and my Favorite Martian on regular TVs-not Nick at Nite!

I grew up in the sixties-too young for Free Love and the Haight-Ashbury crowd…But,I remember the Fab Four and Yellow submarine and Beatles haircuts and the craze for all bands who were English-British  I dutifully stood in line to see Harry Chapin and John Denver.  Later, Jethro Tull and The Blue Man group.

Remember, Sonny & Cher & Shields & Darnell?  They made mime cool!

My memories.//like life is all jumbled.  I hope you celebrate your own memories.

Soul Over Matter

meditationA new New Peaks event partnered with Master Sha, Soul Over Matter, sounded like combining Eastern Philosophy with Western thought on mindset that New Peaks talks about in all of our classes and permeates all the teachings.

  1.  I like, respect & trust New Peaks to deliver quality programs.
  2. I love to learn and, with my experience with Traditional   Western medicine, you’ll be able to read all about it in my upcoming, “What the Bleep is Wrong with Me?? soon to be published and will launch Dec.8, 2016!

So, I came with an open mind, ready to learn.  They now have a book, Soul & Matter-about financial abundance!  I’m about halfway though and saw this as a good sign of the partnership.

New Peaks and Adam Markel, CEO & Head Trainer, of New Peaks,emphasizes that your mindset is your lens/guides your thoughts about you and the world.  If you believe you’re a failure and can never make a good income, it’s unlikely that you will.  Fundamental core beliefs must change in order to achieve success.  All the courses while teaching you Business, Marketing and the positive messages we re-frame  into positive thoughts from the potentially damaging ones. You can see Adam and New Peaks on YouTube.

Master Sha brought about 200 students, Divine Healers and Masters permeated the ~150 Peaks students.  His teachings about how the mind is part of the soul & body. And when they are out of balance, many things are a result of bad karma.  This must be cleansed by him doing, only words he can do.  He gets direct downloads from God/Higher Power or Source.  There are YouTube videos on him, too.

There were chants and songs of love and peace.  But, there was also an undercurrent of indoctrination.  His cleansings and divine calls are not cheap!

New Peaks isn’t cheap, either.  But, they don’t claim you can only get this training from New Peaks or Adam, himself!   Master Sha baldly stated that he was the ONLY one soul- healer(not God?) that will allow it. He will cleanse 50 thousand lives -ancestors whose misdeeds may cause us harm later by giving negative, I am lost-cannot read between the lines!

It is with very mixed feelings that I think back on our time! :Was it wasted?  About 20 New Peaks left, all clear, they felt strongly that this was not for them.  Many felt cheated-so not a New Peaks event!  Adam & Master Sha did not share the stage.  It was Master Sha’s show.

New Peaks courses have made a huge difference in my life!  I would highly recommend almost all of their offerings.


Life is a manicure/pedicure!

manicurefootI went a nail spa and got a manicure/pedicure.  A pedicure is torture for me…see, I’m ticklish!  I also wear sandals so, I get maybe 3 pedicures per summer. So naturally, I try to ignore what is being done to my feet.some women love this and can’t wait for pedicures, not me.

So I figured I would write a blog post in my mind. And I started musing how life is really like a manicure/pedicure.

No, I wasn’t overcome by nail polish fumes.

Think about it, the first thing the stylist does is prepare my feet. When you are starting out in either a career or business, you prepare.

Instead of laying out an appropriate outfit, you get lotion and scrubbed! More torture.

Finally, the preparation is paying off, you are on to the base coat. Now if you think about it, we need to establish a base in our life. A point from where to move forward. It could be a new job, a promotion, or starting a business. Everything needs a base or foundation.

Now in starting a business, that means you need a plan and all of the infrastructure. Branding – knowing your mission and purpose and what makes you unique. Having a business plan directs you.

Once your base coat is on, ie your business plan is written, you leased your storefront or decided to be an online entrepreneur. Now comes the color. And what is really important is get to chose, just like in life, you choose your attitude. If you decide to succeed, set goals, take action, and move forward, you will.

The Color is your logo, website, and marketing. How you’ll get found. It encompasses, your tagline, and how you want your customers to think of you.

The final step is seal it all in with a top coat of polish. Just like you polish your message so that you will get continual customers.

Finally my pedicure was over, I survived, and we started again for a manicure. That is like life and the entrepreneurial world. It is important to realize that nothing is permanent. You have to continually update your marketing as learn life lessons as you go through this ongoing process.


Manifestation Book Launch

Marcia Means BusinessCome join me!Tomorrow!

Book Launch


Evergreen Café

501 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210



Celebrate my status
as an
International Bestseller

as co-author of

“Manifesting A New Life: Your Magical Guide to Attracting the Life That You Want!”


There will be reading

and book signing!



When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016   6:30-7:30 pm

Come early to buy coffee or a snack!
Marcia Merrill • 410-303-6371