In Hera Hub’s first #UpAndOver Facebook Live segment of 2018, Julia Westfall interviewed Pierrette Abeel, who founded Smart Productivity Solutions, and is Hera Hub DC’s Productivity GURU.

Throughout her 27-year entrepreneurial journey, Pierrette shifted from jewelry design to coaching entrepreneurs on business organization. As her jewelry business took off, her hectic work schedule made it difficult for her to find time for herself and her friends. One day she received a call from a friend who had suffered a devastating loss. She had been too busy to take her call days before. She made a decision that day that changed the direction of her career. Watch the video to find out how she used visualization to find a balance in her life and success in her business.

Pierrette shared some words of wisdom that she gained from her long career as an entrepreneur:

1. Be selective.

“You can’t do everything.” Pierrette explains that in business, you have to come up with a lot of ideas. To be successful, you have to filter out some of the things you want to do in order to avoid spreading yourself too thin. If you’ve just started a business, wait until you’ve got your footing, and then you can write that book you’ve been thinking about.

2. Focus.

“What is the one thing you want to do today? If you get that done, then it’s been a great day.” An entrepreneur always has a full plate, but a long to-do list can be intimidating. Pierrette advises that you narrow your focus; set a single goal each time you go to work.

3. Be bold.

“You have to ask for what you want.” When Pierrette heard this from a woman she encountered, she took it to heart and applied it to her work. Too often women question if they are worthy of success and apologize for what they want. Pierrette urges you to embrace your goals!

Join Pierrette Mondays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for her GURU hours to learn how you can become more productive in your business.