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What I Learned From Mr. Rogers About Disrupting While Being Disrupted

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April 2, 2020 5 min read

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When faced with constant uncertainty, it’s really easy to get off track — to lose confidence in yourself, in your mission, in your work and in the promise of what the future holds. When the only way to the other side of this pandemic is through it, how can disrupters use uncertainty to help light a path toward progress and positivity? The answer might come from a very familiar source, someone who guided me personally when I was 5 and now continues to at 50.

On my last flight home after a speaking gig before COVID-19, I watched the movie A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood, about Mr. Rogers’s life as seen through the relationship he cultivated with a very wounded, angry-at-life reporter named Lloyd Vogel. There was one scene in the movie where Mr. Rogers, sitting across from Lloyd in a restaurant booth, suggests that they sit in complete silence, and he encourages Lloyd to think about all of the people who have had an impact on his life. Their fellow diners soon go silent and join in. In fact, the movie stays silent, allowing those of us viewing to also consider the people who have impacted us throughout our lives.

I found myself thinking about the people I liked, people I didn’t like, people who were nice to me, people who were mean to me, people who were indifferent to me. I didn’t even try to stop the tears as I realized what Mr. Rogers was telling all of us. During the darkest of times with the worst scenarios we can imagine, everything in our lives — even the most difficult and hurtful of interactions that leave us bitter — has made us who we are.

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The thing is, Mr. Rogers, a spiritual and positive man, had his share of daily heartache and struggles, of deep pain seeded from his past. He was like everyone one of us, and yet he always understood the importance of humanity and what that can look like even when faced with cruelty, negativity, times of lost control and clarity and feelings of desperation and hopelessness.

Mr. Rogers reminded me that it takes practice to move past labels like “good,” “bad, “negative” or “positive.” By focusing on how each person and each experience has shaped what we believe, what we have learned, what we got to do, who we got to meet and where we got to go, everything changes. It is up to us to become aware of the beautiful impact of our experiences, good or bad, as part of the fabric of our lives.

All of a sudden, I found myself accepting the behaviors that shaped me — including my own, the things that happened as part of my life story — and then I felt . Yes, gratitude for the I experienced most of my K-12 school years. (Throughout elementary, junior high and , I was an overweight, loud girl who could not stop myself from disrupting things that bothered me. I was fair game.) And gratitude for the bad decisions I have made, the support I have received from so many people and the support I was able to give. I felt surrounded by love, by purpose, by an unwavering understanding (still with me weeks later) that I am not walking alone and that, yes, things do pass, and they also serve a purpose. For me, that purpose is to make decisions about what to do, what to say, who to be with and where to go. This is true in a pandemic and true when the biggest news story is about a guy being interviewed on only to be interrupted by his adorable child.

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Many of us are facing extreme uncertainty in our physical, financial and mental health. These are the scariest of times, and no one is immune. But the good news is you can be someone else’s Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Rogers understood that the first stage in getting past anything that stops us from living the best versions of ourselves is to accept reality. To live with sadness or happiness without judging or justifying our feelings. With this internal and external acceptance, we have the foundation to get out of our own way, to focus on what we can do versus what we wish we could. We can focus on paths together instead of the roads that lead us apart. We can meet people where they are in their journeys. We can take a minute a day to sit in silence and think about the people who have made an impact on our lives. And we can always find a minute to sit with someone as they process their own thoughts, their own feelings of despair, frustration, anger and fear so that they can create a new reality for themselves.

From that booth in that restaurant, Mr. Rogers showed us that we can all start with just one minute of quiet togetherness in individual thought.

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The 6-Figure Life Coach: Debbie Cherry of Practitioner Freedom

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October 24, 2020 6 min read

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Turning clinicians into coaches so they can show up for their clients and earn six-figure incomes is what keeps Debbie Cherry motivated. She’s the perfect person to do it, because it’s a journey she’s walked herself.

Like many clinicians, Cherry started off trading time for dollars with one-on-one counseling sessions, but the need to make a bigger impact and start to reclaim some family time led her to launch Relationship Remedies, a couples-counseling program. The process of creating and that program helped Cherry identify some of the gaps that stop many clinicians from growing their businesses successfully. 

“I saw clinicians falling through the cracks because they didn’t get online sales and marketing, and they didn’t understand the technology,” she says. “They had something awesome to share with the world, but they needed help to do it.”

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Freedom for wellness practitioners

Cherry realized that she had the marketing and to help those clinicians take the next step and launch coaching programs of their own. So in 2018, Cherry launched Practitioner Freedom, which works with therapists, counselors, clinicians, psychologists and other healers to help them transition from the one-on-one medical model to a one-to-many online delivery model that helps them serve more people while creating more personal freedom for themselves. 

“We focus on simplifying the marketing process and reducing the noise of fancy funnels and email list-building to guide clients to the most powerful way to show up and get clients,” Cherry explains.

And she has has picked a lucrative niche. According to and the ICF, the number of coaches worldwide has increased by 33 percent between 2015 and 2019. Estimated revenue from the sector was $2.849 billion in 2019. 

One of Cherry’s key mantras is “show up.” It’s what she does herself, and she helps her clients to do the same, using the technology and platforms that are readily available, like , to connect on a deeper level. As she advises: “We can leverage social media and platforms in this online connection world for good. Look at that as a new opportunity to find people and connect with people, and just start showing up and sharing what you believe.”

For her, that’s been the game-changer that helped her build a six-figure business: “The more you put yourself out there, the more Lives you do, the more people you talk to, the more you show up and are seen and stand for something, the more clients you’ll get, and the quicker you’ll have a sustainable business.”

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Creating an impact with generosity and tenacity

In addition, she encourages that you have to be generous and tenacious. Generosity means being willing to be vulnerable in terms of taking risks and potentially failing. Meanwhile, tenacity is about constantly finding a way to get your message out there and create the big impact you want to make.

In this process, Cherry adds, it’s also important to identify your niche. But she cautions her clients to focus more on psychographics than on demographics. “It doesn’t have to be a focus on this person from this background doing this profession,” she says. “It’s more: What’s their worldview? What matters most to them. If you can articulate what they’re going through and where they want to be on a deep, specific level, then they feel heard and seen, and that’s how you cut through the noise.”

Clearly, this approach is working for Cherry, moving her from a six-figure to a seven-figure business in a very short time. But while showing up and building a strong business foundation gets you from nothing to six figures, the game-changer for a seven-figure business is having the right around you.

“Don’t hire people to fill holes or take pressure off,” Cherry affirms. “When people are hired to plug gaps, often they’re not as empowered to really be a part of it. Hire people who are all in on the vision you have. We believe strongly in innovation and not becoming cogs in somebody else’s wheel. We believe in throwing out old paradigms and looking for new ways to streamline and accelerate and advance quickly. We also believe in the freedom to choose how you want to do things. And we believe in having fun.”

Cherry models what she wants her coaches and her clients to duplicate. She describes her leadership style as collaborative rather than hierarchical, focused on freedom, , flexibility and leveraging team members’ gifts. She’s also keen to avoid what she sees as outdated paradigms.

“Every little decision is how do we maximize our energy and not get in a service model rut,” she says, “where we are just running ourselves into the ground.” 

Shaping the future of wellness

While 49 percent of coach practitioners reported reduced income because of the pandemic, Cherry’s own business is bucking the trend: “I think it’s helped us to really claim our position in questioning the status quo and it’s helped our clients as well in trying to enroll their clients in a transformation because more people are at home, and that’s kind of opened up new possibilities.”

One of Cherry’s favorite success stories from the program is about a person who was on disability and was on the verge of giving up. “They invested in the program, followed the steps, really did the personal growth work to show up and serve their clients at a higher level and learn new skills,” she recalls. “Within two months, they had 10 high-paying clients.” And now that client also has a six-figure business.

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Cherry has a strong vision for the Practitioner Freedom program. “We’re really working hard at how you leverage your gifts,” she says. “How do you maximize your time and energy and resources? We want to lead by example and help form the future of wellness.”

And the coaches she works with want to do the same. “All of our practitioners want to be leaders in the wellness area,” Cherry says. “So they want to get out of diagnosis, labels and relieving symptoms and into defining wellness and the new paradigm. That’s where we’re going as a team.”

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Improve Your Home or Office Security with This Smart Detection Camera

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October 24, 2020 2 min read

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These days, people are out of normal routines. You may not know exactly where you’re going to be throughout your workday. And while the kids are attending school virtually, there’s one more stressor on your mind if you have to head out to the office for a while. Get some peace of mind with the blurams Outdoor Pro Security Camera Outdoor System.

Whether you want to know what’s going on at the office or at home, this surveillance camera is packed with security features. With smart voice integration, you can use verbal commands to view the security camera live stream and check in without having to get up or make a phone call. Plus, blurams’ facial recognition differentiates between humans, pets, and other moving objects so you can program it to let you know when somebody’s at the front door but ignore a notification if Fido is just coming in from the backyard. If the mail carrier is there with a package, you can communicate through the camera.

The blurams is also equipped with a siren and a flashing alarm in the event of an emergency, so people know immediately if something is wrong. Plus, it’s IP65 weather-resistant so it will stay up in a storm and continue to record no matter what it looks like outside.

Find out why the blurams Outdoor Pro Security Camera Outdoor System is an ‘s Choice product with a 4.2-star rating. Normally $89, you can get it today for 33 percent off at just $59.99.

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Plan for Large Purchases with This Budgeting App Designed for Couples

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Budgeting for your future can be difficult. Budgeting for a joint future with your significant other can be even harder. Whether you’re planning a big vacation, a wedding, a property purchase, or you just want to get your money in order, managing two sets of finances is a challenge. That’s why Honeyfi Couples Budgeting App was created.

Honeyfi is an app that helps couples see where their money is going and plan their financial futures together. The intuitive app allows you to view all of your accounts and transactions in a single central hub. (Of course, only the accounts you choose are visible—you still have a right to privacy.) Once your accounts are linked, you can track your budget and set savings goals to help both of you stay on the right path.

With Honeyfi, you’ll get notifications for new transactions and balance updates so if one of you is spending a little too much on lunch every day, there’s some accountability. As you save, you can customize your categories and budgets to your heart’s content, classifying exactly how you spend money so you know where to cut and where you can allocate a little more money. With such easy-to-use tools, it’s no surprise that Honeyfi has earned rave reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and has 4.4 stars on the App Store.

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Start saving for that big purchase with Honeyfi. Normally $59, you can get a one-year subscription now for 50 percent off at just $29.99.

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