In 2006 the unthinkable happened to Christina Rasmussen. She lost her 35 year old husband, and at the young age of 34 Christina became a widow with two beautiful girls. Today I’m elated to bring you an interview with this powerfully strong woman. Christina is the author of the soon to be released Hay House book, Second Firsts (November 2013) and the Founder of The Life Starters.
You’ll want to watch our intimate interview because Christina talks about:
- The turning point when she knew she had to take action instead of continuing to feel sorry for herself (it includes running after a mailman in her pajamas)
- How she shifted from the corporate world to starting her own business
- Why she doesn’t think time heals and what she knows does
- She gives us the first public chat about her new online community and non-profit, The Life Starters
May 3rd I flew out to Colorado to speak at TEDxFoCo. The weather was gorgeous, the community was entirely too welcoming (I couldn’t get enough) and I was thrilled I had so many healthy restaurant options. It was perfect.
In fact I’m still thrilled I was invited to speak. While I was writing my talk I came to the startling realization that just one year ago we were…
on food stamps.
My business was non-existent. I didn’t have an “as seen on” section on my website, prospective clients weren’t emailing to work with me. I didn’t have a business checking account. I wasn’t going on business trips and I certainly wasn’t getting invited to speak anywhere.
In fact, I was starting to feel like I was missing something. Like perhaps I was doing something wrong in the whole online business world.
Have you ever felt that way?
“Are you serious” is what I asked my husband at 10:00 pm last night after a long day at the Detroit Spark and Hustle. My jaw dropped, my heart broke open to the families that lost their most precious loved ones and were searching for their kids last night in Oklahoma. I can’t imagine.
I think many of us can agree, as members of the vast human race we get emotional when others are suffering. I’m no trauma or grief counselor but for myself and perhaps many of you, it seems that we go through a stage of 3 waves of reaction that I’m sharing with you today. I find it’s very useful to be able to know and recognize these waves of reaction because ultimately it can help us as individuals and entrepreneurs find a cause we’re passionate about making a difference in and take action.
How to find your do good crowd so your biz can change the world – even if you’re feeling Clueless like Cher
When it comes to building philanthropy into your business model are you just as Clueless as the teens from the 90′s hit movie?
Are all of the new titles and types of giving leading you to want to throw up the big W and just say whatever! Well hang tight with me for today’s article and I’ll not only clear up for you just what types of giving back there is, I’ll also hopefully make it clear for you which ” crowd” (although none is more or less popular, this isn’t high school after all) is best for you and your business with where you’re at today.
This is the kind of thing that will keep you satisfied, standing out from the crowd and bringing change for years to come.
But once you know how to give in a way that makes sense for your business, you’ll be able to make the world a better place and get more fans, fun and fulfillment while doing it.
First let me break down the different “crowds” of entrepreneurs and businesses doing good and how they’re doing it.
What’s the secret to success in business?
Adam Grant, an Ivy League Professor released a new book in April called Give and Take.
In Give and Take, he reveals what his decade of cutting edge research proves…why some people rise to the very top of the success ladder and why others never make it not matter how hard they try.
He discusses how in life and in business we either operate as givers, takers or matchers and each style has a powerful impact on our success.
(Which means you should figure out your style and try to be more of a giver…succeeding is a goal of yours, right?!)
After being featured on the TODAY Show, The New York Times and recognized as one of Business Weeks favorite Professors he’s now a guest on Doing Good Business FM Podcast.