Are You Whining or Winning?

Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

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I can’t do that!

I don’t want to!

Wa! Wa! Wa!

Sounds like a small child not getting his or her way, doesn’t it?

Well, believe it or not, I’ve heard plenty of adults saying these exact same things recently and felt the need for a little pep talk via this blog.

Whether it’s a difficult kickboxing class, a small-business meeting or a social event, the buzz out there is negative.

Well, I’ve got news for you “Negative Nancies.” It’s time for an attitude adjustment!

Yes, things are ugly in the news today, and you may be feeling a significant strain on your budget. But you’re not going to get anywhere is you don’t change your thought pattern. And more importantly…

Strong people are feeding off your weakness right now!

That’s right. The more negative you are about your business, physical health, finances… the list goes on… the more your competitors are taking advantage of your weakness.

While you focus on the negative, we’re focusing on how to turn a bad situation into a positive one.

While you’re crying over the stock market, we’re increasing our financial education.

While you’re moping around in front of the television, we’re exercising and taking care of ourselves.

Things Can Get Better.

There are new clients and customers out there with money to spend on your products and services.

There is a way to improve your financial situation even if you are flat broke.

There is a way to feel better emotionally and physically.

But you’ve got to take action right now.

And it doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Start with a small step. Conduct some research online to find information about improving your finances, business and health. Hang out with positive role models who can give you good advice and guidance. Change your mindset and think positive thoughts.

This may sound simple, but if you are whining about your current situation and not willing to take any action, your situation is not likely going to change soon now, is it?

And after all, isn’t it time you started to take control of your destiny?

With this in mind, try to stop looking at your negative balance-sheet, turn off that reality television-show, avoid hanging out with naysayers, and put down that bag of potato chips. And more importantly, stop whining and start doing!

It doesn’t take much to go in a positive direction. Take a small action right now to make your dreams a reality. You just may be surprised at how fast your life turns around!

(This concludes my pep talk for this week. I hope you go for it and become the success you are meant to be.)

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