Subject: Entrepreneurship ~ Valuing Time ~ Great Reads 2018

President's Corner
January 2, 2018
Dear Nurses,

I want to take a minute to personally wish each of you a happy and healthy new year! I also want to THANK YOU for supporting the NNBA, and being part of our wonderful community of entrepreneurial minded nurses! Whether you have followed the NNBA for years, or just a few months, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.

2018 is going to be a great year, and the NNBA is creating MORE value for you. In a few months, you will see NNBA's new website that will enhance your experience regarding information on starting, growing and managing your nurse owned business. NNBA will have more interviews, podcasts, featured experts and webinars. My Unconventional Nurse® workshops will be provided in an online format and several new books are in the pipeline! 

Save the Dates - October 12-14, 2018! Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment capital of the world, is the location of next year’s conference. Join over two hundred nurses from all over the country in discovering the latest trends, opportunities and take-a-ways in entrepreneurship. The conference hashtag is #NNBA2018. Stay tuned at our Facebook page here: as we release information and registration dates.

How do you value time? The first article of interest is very helpful as well as insightful on how to manage time wisely. Are you looking to accomplish a lot in 2018? The second article, 7 Things You Must Do to Accomplish Anything in Life will help you stay focused, and not get derailed. I spend a good deal of money on books, training programs and coaching. I agree with the late, Jim Rohn, who mentored Tony Robbins when he said “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” This is why I included as the last article, 12 Great Books You Should Read in 2018.

Remember; have heart, stay strong and keep making a difference in 2018!

Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                    by Michelle Podlesni, RN

Business Basics: I believe that all nurses are business owners, and this starts the day we receive our nursing license. There are essentially four ways to be in business.
  1. Innovate, create something new.
  2. Improve, make something better. This is by far the most common way.
  3. Buy an existing business or partner. Franchising is an option here.
  4. Invest in a business by holding stock in a company, being an angel investor or a venture capitalist.
Regardless of your setting, now more than ever, nurses need to protect the longevity and financial future of their careers. With the upheaval changes in our healthcare delivery system, it is essential that nurses diversify their knowledge to incorporate sound business practice knowledge. Nurses make great business owners!
© Michelle Podlesni, 2011-2017, Unconventional Nurse
Articles of Interest
How Smart Entrepreneurs Value Their Time
7 Things You Must Do to Accomplish Anything in Life
Addicted 2 Success
12 Great Books You Should Read in 2018
There's a famous quote from philosopher William James: "To kill time is not murder, it's suicide."

Throughout my experience as an entrepreneur, and no matter how many companies I've started, I realized that one of our biggest problems is the burden of opportunity: the tendency to take advantage of every good thing. I only have so much time during the day, and once I use it, it's gone. I can attribute my successes and my failures during my career to the moments when I decided to use my time for one thing over another.
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The journey towards success is wrought with enough challenges and obstacles as it is already; anyone who has ever managed to accomplish anything great would be wise in telling you that they had to ignore countless internal and external factors to get to where they are today that would have otherwise jeopardized their efforts or been detrimental to their overall success had they chosen to direct their attention towards them.

One of the things you will discover on your own journey towards making anything happen is just how extremely easy it is to lose focus and get derailed if we take our eyes off our pursuits or give audience to negative things or people. 
I read, some might say a little too much. I read 103 books last year. This year, I'm proud to say I only read 98. Quality over quantity.

Science says just being surrounded by books can help you improve: You admit how much you don't know, which leads to continual learning. Still, it helps to apply what you learn.

Below are 12 books that had the most impact on me in 2017. Some aren't out yet--I read the early release versions. Others are classics.
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