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Cult of the Grind, or the Age of the Business Warrior – Part 2

Read Part 1 of “Cult of the Grind” Here

“If Business Was Easy, Everyone Would Start One”

I am not saying that building a profitable business should be as easy as a walk in the park.

Starting and growing a business comes with lots of challenges to tackle, skills to learn, risks to take, projects to manage, and setbacks to deal with. You may find yourself pushing through obstacles and dealing with crisis. You may have to do things others aren’t willing to do and deal with people you don’t want to deal with – just to achieve your goal and dream of building a successful business. Hard work is part of growing a business AND if you’re building something you love and believe in you’re willing to do it.

The difference is when hard work looks like “spinning your wheels” and struggling your way through it versus feeling excited and energized by that hard work because it fits you.

For example, it takes me three months of hard work to develop launch materials, from webinars to video scripts to email announcements. But I absolutely LOVE the process of watching it all come together and the satisfaction of getting it out there and sharing my ideas with the world! Continue reading

Cult of the Grind, or the Age of the Business Warrior – Part 1

“Cult of the Grind”

If you spent any time around entrepreneurs, you probably heard many times that “working hard” and “always be hustling” are the ways to succeed in business.

In other words, if you’re not working your butt off, then maybe you’re not serious enough to be truly successful.

I call it the “cult of the grind.”

The cult of the grind almost puts you to shame for not being willing to put in long hours, sleepless nights, and doing what needs to be done to reach success.

There’s honor in the grind. People respect your ability and willingness to work tirelessly to achieve results.

I remember feeling totally embarrassed about not being willing to stay up late on my “cart close” day during a product launch. After all, everyone else does it, whether it is to watch the sales coming in, manage their team, or send “just one more email.”

The cult of the grind implies being willing to do whatever it takes:

  • Need to do five live webinars in three days? Sure.
  • Need to jump on a new social media trend? No problem.
  • Speaking at two live events in one day? I am there!
  • Have to fit three promotions in one week? Gotta do what you gotta do!”
  • Need to write another email, even though it’s 11pm and you’re already in bed? I’m up!

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Good Bye 2016, or Why I Really Left My Business This Year

I’ll be honest, I can’t wait to say “good-bye” to 2016.

This was the most strange, painful, and surprising year of my life.

People have been asking me why I sold my business, but I wasn’t ready to share the real reason. Someone even said that if people find out about this, they would see me as weak and incapable of running a business.

So as I share it with you, I can feel my throat closing up and my fingers are trembling over the keyboard. But I wanted to share this now – THIS YEAR – so that I can say “good-bye” to it and welcome next year as healthier and happier me.

Here we go…

Although I finally surpassed a dream 7-figure revenue in my business, it came at a cost.

My body must’ve been sending me signals for a while, but I ignored them. Finally, it sent me the worst thing I’ve ever experienced – panic attacks. Real, full-blown, emergency-room-visit kind of attacks I never even knew existed.

One, then another, then weekly.

Not just “think happy thoughts” kind of attacks, but those that make you completely lose control over your body and mind. I was so unfamiliar with panic attacks, I didn’t even know they were a result of anxiety.

So instead of celebrating hitting a 7-figure mark, I decided to sell my business and take a sabbatical.

Today I am enjoying a slower pace life, total freedom and flexibility of my schedule, and the thrill of creating a new business!

And I wanted to THANK YOU…

Thank you for supporting me, responding to my emails, commenting on my blog, and sharing your own challenging experiences with me.

Whether we’ve ever met in person or not, please know that I deeply care for your success and hope to be of service to you.

I Am Coming Out, or My Search for the Next Big Idea is Over

It’s been almost 90 days since I decided to go on sabbatical. A lot has happened since then.

* I questioned my desire to play big, create a profitable business, and earn lots of money.

* I began looking for the source of real happiness, going back to my 20s to see who I was before I became a business owner.

* I looked at other things I might want to pursue, such as going back to school to become a music composer, a theater developer, or a hotel owner. Or just travel around the world for a year, which for some reason didn’t sound as appealing as I imagined at first LOL.

* I wrote my first real piano composition, which I’ll be recording and releasing soon.

* I sat in on a live orchestra rehearsal and experienced the magic that happens when 50+ musicians play in sync.

* And I’ve watched a lot of movies! 🙂

At the end, after being 100% truthful with myself, I discovered that I only wanted to do two things…

…write music and teach business.

And do both in a way that allow me creative freedom and plenty of free time.

shipI stumbled on my “next big idea” about a month ago, now seeing that it was there all along – I just didn’t acknowledge it until now. It’s surprising, unexpected, slightly more intangible than you’re used to seeing from Milana, and very different from anything else I’ve created in the past.

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Greed, Fear, or Something Else: What Is Money and Why People Always Want More of It?


I have always wanted to build a million-dollar business. Thinking that it would feel like a “million dollars!”

But when I finally hit seven figures, I didn’t even notice it. I was too busy working.

The thing is, It didn’t feel any special. No more special than making six figures. No more special than getting a $30K job offer right after college.

Most importantly, it didn’t make me feel any happier. Angels didn’t sing, sea didn’t part, and rainbow didn’t appear.

After dropping out from the “million-dollar ra
ce” a few months ago, I began looking closely at what was missing. Was I crazy to walk away from a 7-figure business? And what are some of the other ways to measure business success?

Here’s what I discovered. This is cheesy and it doesn’t sell, but here it is… Continue reading