Growing up, I was strongly encouraged to make the best grades possible.  I enjoyed learning and am still a curious observer of many disciplines.  I worked hard, studied harder. I still accumulate research, articles, data and “how to” resources to ensure I am a visible expert.

As a Speaking Coach to speakers, authors and business professionals, I  am always looking for opportunities to provide value to my clients and their need for “Standing Out when they Stand Up.”  I absolutely love helping each client discover and hone their speaking ability.

But I am stuck in a big way.  I work for myself. I am the marketing, sales, production, accounting, administrative, technology and business development department of my firm.  My board meetings consist of “me, myself and I.” I can’t get past the looming elephant in the room. As a creative, I can’t get out of my head long enough to implement systems to grow my business.   I get stuck at the execution and implementation which requires systems, automation and digital technology application know-how.

I am quite educated; I attend webinars, seminars, subscribe to blogs, emails and workshops of the “winners” who want to sell me their their products.  I read academic journals and follow the scholars in my field.  In the end, I have become a collector of information but feel like a derelict in applying it effectively to grow my business.

When I win the lottery, I can hire the right experts to do it all for me.  But this solopreneur, as Dave Ramsey calls me, is stuck and feels like an educated derelict. I’m too smart and hard-working for this.  Former US president, Calvin Coolidge had something say on this matter.  He said,

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not…… Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

So I press on. I continue to work at crashing through the obstacles, believing that in my striving to improve my business automation and revenue, I will do so because of what I learned not inspire of it.

Do you agree?  What is necessary to achieve success and overcome the obstacles faced by a solopreneuer?  You can comment on this blog post or email Lia at

Calvin Coolidge Quote