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On The Road to Success Series

At L Duncan Apparel, we are committed to our success as well as the success of others. We are keen on uplifting our community. We are starting a series of stories that we have learned over the past year. As a small business, it can be difficult to compete with other businesses and still remain true to your values. We want to share our story so that other entrepreneurs and small business owners may learn from our mistakes.

On the Road to Success Series: Beware of the Friends you keep

In an ideal world, your friends and family are the most supportive of your endeavors no matter what there are. We have been blessed to have an extremely supportive network as you can see from our pictures from various events including our Annual Dress for Success and Website Relaunch party. A strong network is essential to any business pursuit. These people will be your champions, pick you up when you’re down, support you and give you great ideas.

On the other hand, not everyone will be supportive. On the road to success, there will be many naysayers. We have also lost many friends or people that we thought were our friends. It is not a pleasant feeling to lose touch with someone you have known for years.

How to cope with losing friends over business

  1. Remember not everyone is dedicated to your success. Everyone is in your life for a reason and a season. Very few people will be with you in the end.
  2. Stay focused on the end goal. You are in business for a reason. You can’t let relationships distract you from your dreams.
  3. If it were meant to be, it will be. If the relationship was a true friendship, in time you will both heal and come back together again. True friendship      endures all.

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thankfulYou are alive. If you are reading this right now that means you have access to the Internet. It is a privilege to have access to the web and live in today's times. Many abuse the Internet creating viruses etc, however it is a great educational resource. You can learn virtually anything you want online. There are many articles online that can teach you skills from maintaining your health to create a positive self image. So while many other people are watching video after video of cats on YouTube, you can use the Internet for good.

Celebrate life while you can! Don't take a single moment for granted. We spend way too much time complaining and being upset. This is just another reminder to be grateful for all that we have to continually uplift others.

 

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We raised $11 for Toys for Tots thanks to everyone that liked our page in December. Look out for more of our charitable Facebook campaigns in 2013!

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We have just been accepted into the National Association of Professional Women. We are thrilled about this new opportunity and looking forward to participating to our fullest capacity. We can't wait to start networking and meeting other like-minded professionals and learning new ways to grow our business.

Straight from their website, "The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is an exclusive network for professional women to interact, exchange ideas, educate, and empower.  NAPW members enjoy a wealth of resources, benefits, and services dedicated to enhancing their lives and promoting their businesses and careers.

NAPW provides seminars, podcasts, webinars, keynote speakers, and educational tools, fostering critical skills that enable our members to achieve personal and career success." Their spokesperson is also the wonderful Star Jones. We look forward to sharing more of our experiences with the association.

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Today we visited the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey. It was a great experience. We were able to tour the facility as well as meet with the children. We dropped off toys to individual children of various ages. We also met with a parent of one of the children. He was extremely grateful for our donation and support. We also were able to spend a bit of time with the chilidren playing with them in their therapy room. We rocked them in rocking chairs and blew bubbles. Unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures to protect the children's privacy. Overall, we are very thankful to have this experience.

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