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Maria Ross
Maria Ross is a consultant, author, speaker and actress who believes cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive. She is the chief brand strategist and creator of Red Slice, a brand consultancy for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Maria is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business (2nd Edition) as well as her humorous and heartfelt memoir, Rebooting My Brain. A dynamic speaker, she delights conference audiences ranging from the Chamber of Commerce to the New York Times. Maria has been featured on MSNBC, ABC News, NPR and in Entrepreneur, the L.A. Times, and She lives with her husband, baby boy and precocious black Lab mix, Eddie, in the San Francisco Bay Area and adores wine, dogs, Crossfit, Jeopardy! and crime dramas.

Entries by Maria Ross

4 Ways to Shift Your Brain and Get Fresh New Business Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Apple challenged us many years ago to "Think Different." But are you stuck in a mindset rut? Sometimes this can happen when we focus solely on our role, business or even industry.

You're networking with people who do what you do. You go to the same places. You read...

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8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 11:39 AM

After a near-fatal brain aneurysm knocked me down, I thought I was cured from chronic perfectionism.

I mean, really, when you're getting back on your feet again after dodging that proverbial bullet, you take some insights to heart.

Live in the moment.

Take risks.

Let it go.


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7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

When I was six, I wrote an elaborate children's story about a family of mice who vacation at Disneyworld. I detailed their...

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6 Ways to Describe What You Do When You Can't

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 12:18 AM

We've all heard it and rolled it our eyes.

And some of us, if we're brutally honest, have heard ourselves say it at one time or another -- maybe when we were first starting out -- and inwardly cringed.

If you're an entrepreneur, marketer, business owner, author, maker, doer, blogger,...

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12 Wishes For My Baby Son at His First Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In April, my life turned upside down and inside out when my son was born. As I described new motherhood to friends during those first few months, "I feel like I got punched in the face on the day he was born and have been left dazed and staggering, trying...

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Employer Brand and Hire Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 10:56 PM

We all tend to think of our business' "brand" as something solely targeted to external customers and clients. But a strong brand is just as important to ensuring you hire the right people who will remain loyal, productive and committed to your mission. Your people are your most important brand...

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Why Do You Do What You Do? 5 Ideas to Reconnect to Your Passion and Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:07 PM

This post originally appeared on Red Slice.

Your business is an extension of you. It started with an idea and a hope and problem you were itching to solve. A vision of how you could improve someone's life, work, relationships, self-esteem or home.

For a moment, forget about...

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7 Questions to Tame Your To-Do List

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:02 PM

This post originally appeared on Red Slice

"Don't put off to tomorrow what you can do today."

How quaint.

I used to live by this mantra. But in today's world of 24/7 smart phone access, juggling business/kids/relationship/self-care/community and an avalanche of data coming at us, it's not really...

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5 Surprising Things That Suck About Being Pregnant

(5) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Pregnancy is one of those life events that is like a giant game of Red Rover: you're either on one side of the line or the other and once you cross over, things are never the same. It's up there with losing your virginity and getting married.

I'm about six...

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3 Ways to Listen to Your Body Before Your Brain Explodes

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Confession time.

In 2008, shortly before I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed me, my life was a giant stress ball. My husband and I had just moved to a new city, bought our first house, adopted a dog... and I decided to start my own...

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Who Am I? How Crisis Reframes Our Identity

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 6:31 PM

Who are you?

Some of us define ourselves by our role in relation to others: mother, wife, sister. Others by profession: entrepreneur, consultant, belly dancer. Still others by skills: I'm a neat freak. I'm great with numbers.

It's easy to mistake these labels for our true identities.

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