Getting to know Shawn Bearman – Part 1

Shawn Bearman from Tidbits of Vancouver and Radical Ideas Coaching

Almost a year ago, I was contacted by Shawn Bearman, the owner of Tidbits of Vancouver about advertising my business, Anything on a Clock in her “good news” newspaper.  Not only is my advertisement in there every couple weeks but they also did a story about how I started my business.  Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Shawn to find out more about her and her businesses. 

Shawn was born in Victoria BC.  When she was about 4 years old she moved to White Rock where she grew up.  “I lived in Hawaii as a teenager.  I went to Maui Highschool for a couple years. And then my mom sent me back home to Canada to finish my education, because the education system is better here.”

After highschool Shawn went to Langara College and studied journalism.  “I really wanted to become a journalist.  But then realized I couldn’t step on the amount of people that you had to step on in order to be successful.  Journalism is a really cut throat kind of business.”

Shawn went to SFU and decided that she wanted to be a teacher.  “Because what’s the next best way to make a difference?  It’s to be with kids.”  Throughout university Shawn worked at the YMCA running an out of school care centre program.  But then she realized that she “didn’t want to work in the school system.  There were people who were principals who I really couldn’t stand behind and respect for their values.”  So she decided to take another look at what she wanted to do.

“When I finished university I continued working with kids until I was working with the most behavioural disordered kids that you can.  Which was violent adolescent male sex offenders.  I worked with them until I was injured too many times on the job where the doctor was at the stage that he wasn’t going to sign the medical release forms.”

After that Shawn went to a self employment type of program and she realized that the woman running the course was really making a difference in people’s lives so she decided that that was the direction that she wanted to take… but she couldn’t afford the schooling.  While talking about her new passion, a woman from the PEO Sisterhood heard Shawn talk about what she wanted to do.  This organization is women helping women “and they funded my return to school and my program.”

After she got her certification Shawn worked for a company called Community Fisheries Development Organization counselling out of work fishermen.  They expanded to forestry workers, older workers, ect.  “I started coaching people on a regular basis and I never left it because it is so rewarding.  Why would I do anything else.”

TO BE CONTINUED…

I’m back…. almost.

I must tell you, I really have missed blogging.  Since my last post, life has been quite hectic.  I thought that I would let me know what I have been up to before I start posting about others again.

Before my son Nathan was born, I was a ticketed carpenter for about 20 years or so.  When my son was born, I decided to give up the carpentry and turn a hobby that I loved doing (making photo clocks) into a home based business so that I could be available to help my disabled wife with our son.  I worked most of my carpentry career with my buddy Ken.  About 7 years ago Ken and his wife decided to make a life change and move to Mexico where he has bought and renovated a number of condos and has built numerous houses.

For the last month and a bit I have been working very long hours on a basement renovation so I haven’t had the time to post anything.   I am back now and more energized than ever.

For the few days I will be concentrating on interviewing new and interesting business owners to share with you.  Next week I will be back sharing their stories with you.

Who am I writing this for?

Usually I write about business leaders that I had a coffee with to learn more about them and why they started their business.  I started this because I thought “What better way to get in front of business successful business leaders than to learn about them.”  My problem is, I am not a blogger.  Today I am going to be a bit different.  I recently went to a blogging workshop by Bonnie Sainsbury.

Who Is Bonnie Sainsbury?

Bonnie is the founder and online marketing consultant at Left Brain Media.  Bonnie is  a passionate advocate of social media and internet marketing for solo entrepreneurs and small businesses.

I decided tonight to write this post because Bonnie gave us a bunch of really useful tools to help with our blog writing.  I thought that it would be good to share some of these with you.

Why blog when I have Facebook?

Many people don’t know that you don’t own the content that you put up on social media sights.  Facebook and Twitter, and in some cases, can take down your sight.  If you are passionate about what you are talking about or possibly controversial, the only way to truly keep your content is to blog.

Who am I writing this for?

A lot of people write their blog promoting their business.  Bonnie told us “When you write a blog, you are writing for your customes, not about you.”  what does this mean?  Bonnie gave an example of a landscaper.  Instead of him telling people how they built a fence.  Instead tell your readers how to build the fence.  some of those people will try it on their own but some will take the landscaper as an authority and hire them to do the work.

Bonnie gave us many more tips that I will be incorporating into my blogs.  

I haven’t yet interviewed Bonnie for my blog but I will be soon.

Please let me know what you think!

New Vision… New Layout…. but Same Old Blog

For the last 5 months or so, I have been meeting with some amazing local business leaders.  All of these leaders have a fascinating story to tell.  The one thing that they all have in common is they are all regular people who by good fortune and hard work, they built their businesses to be quite successful.  

When I started this project, my goal was to meet with the big names in business.  In my radar was Bill Gates, Jimmy Patterson and Richard Bronson just to name a few.  The more that I have been talking top people, the more that I realize that most people, although they might like their money or their fame, do not inspire to be like them or to grow their businesses to that level.  especially when they first started their businesses.  Vancouver has a lot of great local business leaders who are all very successful.  

So what’s this New Vision… New layout… but Same Old Blog all about?

In January, I decided that I was going to meet with a different business leader every week and blog about it.  I thought that if I put a short intro about the person and 3 of the questions that I ask into the blog, it would be compelling.  The problem with that is the blog posts were getting way to long and I was blogging once per week.  Starting tomorrow morning, I will be posting every Friday a short bio on a different business leader.  Then through out the week, I will post random questions and answers from business leaders who I have talked with.  

Tomorrow morning, I will be introducing you to David Clark-Wilson of the Ultimate Gift Card.

The Law of Attraction… Does it work?

Bob Proctor Clock

I made this clock and gave it to Bob Proctor when I met him.

Do you think the Law of Attraction works?

When my son was still in my wife’s belly, we met a couple who introduced us to “The Secret.”  For those of you who don’t know the secret, it is all about the Law of Attraction.  

About 3 weeks ago I was at my printer picking up my new business cards.  When I walked in, a young lady (Meeka) was sitting at the desk talking to the printer.  She saw my business cards and asked me about my company Anything on a Clock.  After I told her a bit, she invited me out to a new networking group called Rapid Times Networks.  She told me that RTN would be a great fit for my product.  

Meeka then told me that legendary philosopher and world class speaker, Bob Proctor will be doing a full day event in Burnaby coming up.  For the last few weeks, I have been helping to promote her event to my network.  I sent out a number of Tweets, I started a Facebook Event Page and promoted it on Pinterest just to name a few.  I also handed out a number of business cards directing my friends and connections to the event.  

This past Saturday I not only went to see Bob Proctor along with about 500 other people, I had the most amazing opportunity to meet with him one on one and get my picture taken with him.  I made 2 copies of the clock shown above.  One that I gave to Bob and the other he signed for me and now is proudly hanging in my office.  When I gave the clock to Bob, he seemed to really like it and genuinely thanked me for the gift.

Now let’s get back to my question.  Do you think the Law of Attraction works?  

When Meeka and I left the printer, she told me that she believes that the universe had a reason for her and I to be at the printer at the same time.  

When Bob Proctor received my gift, he gave the clock his undivided attention for a brief time.  The next day I got a few quite unexpected orders.

Do you think the Law of Attraction works?  I say yes!

Conversations about Blogging

As you may or may not know, I am really new at blogging.  I know nothing about it as compared to most out there.  When I tell people about my blog, they tell me that they really like my idea of interviewing a successful business leader each week and blogging about it.  By my count I should have tons of people coming to my blog and checking it out.  That’s not the case.  I’d be lucky to get a hand full each day.

Today after my Friday morning meetup, I had the opportunity to talk to my good friend Chris about blogging.  He has 2 successful blogs.  His first one is about his Boler trailer called Family Outdoor Adventures which he started just blogging about this Boler trailer and now blogs about his families adventures.  His second and more recent blog is Conversations About Money where he simply gives easy to follow tips about money.  

The reason I mention this is because his family blog gets more hits in one day than I get in a month and his financial blog has gotten more hits in the week plus that it has been up for than my blog has gotten all year.  While I was talking to him, I  realized a couple things.  First I need to blog a lot more than I do.  I also need to change the format of my blog.  I will still be interviewing business leaders every week but how I write my blog will be changing substantially.  

I look forward to your comments.  Please let me know what you would like to see here and how it might be able to help you.  This blog is all about successful business and what made them successful in the beginning.

Hello world!

In April of 2006 my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Nathan. One year later we decided to turn a hobby that I loved doing into a business so that I could work from home and help my wife with our son. And thus, Anything on a Clock was born.

The first year I was quite inspired and passionate about Anything on a Clock. It is easy to be inspired and passionate about your business when your business is inspired by someone that you love as much as we love our son. Of course, as all new businesses do, we struggled. As the years went on, Nathan became more and more active. This took more and more of my time away from my business. Although the business was still growing, slowly, the focus was beginning to go.

2011 was the most challenging year for Anything on a Clock. A lot of our attention turned towards Social Media. We know that Social Media is the way to go but starting a new marketing strategy takes time. As the months rolled on, we got more and more frustrated with the lack of sales. As the frustration grew, the motivation faded.

This September, Nathan started kindergarten so now I have more time freed up to work on Anything on a Clock.

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