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5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck

5 Tips to Get a Work Life that Doesn't Suck

Elizabeth Wilson |

Michelle DeAngelis is the founder and president of Michelle Inc., a management consulting firm that has served Fortune 500 companies for 14 years. In her book, Get A Life That Doesn’t Suck, she details tricks helpful to entrepreneurs looking for guidance on living life and starting their business successfully. asked her to discuss five key tips from her book from an entrepreneurial perspective.

1. Choose.

“Be really focused in knowing what you want so you can make good choices. If you are determined to create a startup business but have no money and bad credit, it’s up to you to identify the other options available to you for funding: Borrow money from family, sell something that you can live without — it’s always a choice.

“I think entrepreneurs tend to operate as lone wolves. Know when to ask for help and when to pony up to pay for it.”

2. Think good thoughts.

“Most entrepreneurs I know are aware of the pitfalls of starting their own business but don’t focus on [them]. The most successful entrepreneurs focus on the good things, the possibilities that lie ahead of them, rather than the obstacles. This does not mean be Pollyanna; it’s about holding a thought pattern that sets you up for success.”

3. Start.

“Entrepreneurs can have lots of ideas, but unless they get into action with those ideas, nothing happens. For the entrepreneurs who are, let’s say, coming from working for another company and who want to launch on their own but are scared of losing security, getting into action is what pushes you through the fear. I’ve seen this time and time again, where entrepreneurs think they’re boxed or trapped; but the minute they take a small action, the minute they start, a door will open that they never would have predicted would open. It creates an opportunity and, zoom, you’ve started.

“Starting can literally mean picking up the phone and calling a contact who could be a mentor [or] putting $5,000 on your credit card as funding for something. Taking action does this amazing thing, it creates a tailwind that’s important . . . If you have a list of 47 things, then that’s where the choosing comes in: Choose what your priorities are. All of the aha’s are interrelated in that way.”