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Entrepreneur And The Law Of Attraction 

I was at an event where a wannabe entrepreneur was starting to realize the time and effort necessary to get her business off the ground. She told me she only believed she should be doing things that come easily to her, and that is how she would become financially abundant.

I am very familiar with this philosophy – it’s called the Law of Attraction. It says that that which is alike attracts to one another. So if you think, believe, and act in a positive and abundant manner, abundance will come to you. If you think and act negatively, negative things will come to you. Like attracts Like.

I do believe in that philosophy, to a point. I know for myself that when using the Law of Attraction, the more steps you take to your goal, the more the Universe will reach out to you and open doors for you. I’ve experienced that too, where the more steps I take and people I connect with, the more opportunities become available for me to choose from.

This happened to me, when I decided to go down entrepreneur path. A mentor came forward, and a support system of people going down the same path appeared. A second mentor came forward, brought me new information that I never heard of, and allowed me to take more steps.

I think about the Law of Attraction and I know it works. But it is a 50-50 deal. You have to put in the time and footwork. The Universe won’t automatically drop a custom-made business card in your lap because you wished it to happen. A web designer doesn’t show up at your door with a mobile response, SEO optimized website with custom copywriting unless you take action on your part.

You have to do the footwork. And it takes time and effort.

I’ve invested time, money, and effort to get this far. It didn’t just come to me. I thoroughly believe in trust that doors will open for me, but I want LOTS of doors to open for me not just a few. That’s why I spend about 10-15 hours or more a week on MY business, in addition to my day job and other commitments. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, and lets the Law of Attraction to work through me and what I want to have in my life.

The more effort you put into something, the more the Universe can work through you and for you. So keep the positive mindset and great things will happen to you. But don’t be afraid or unwilling to put in the work that will take you far, and attract you toward your goal of abundance creativity and being the best entrepreneur you can be.

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Arts and Entertainment

An Audience Of A Certain Age 

After 5 months on my entrepreneur adventure with Debbie Allen, she sent me an email saying I had been nominated for her Rising Star Award. Could I come to her next Highly Paid Expert event in Los Angeles?

How could I resist? I would be an award-winning business owner and I’ve barely gotten off the ground. But I was thankful for all she done for me and very proud of the work I’d done, so I accepted.

The event was fantastic. It gave me a chance to see how far I’d in come in 9 months, and I’d get to share it with the audience on the third day of the event. I looked around at the room and saw familiar faces of those who had been at the last event and gotten their businesses off the ground. There were also amazing testimonials of how their lives and businesses had grown and changed since they had adopted this new Highly Paid Expert business model.

Many of these new attendees approached me, asking me to clarify the outcomes of the program, and I was happy to oblige. But I noticed something as I looked around the room. About 90% of the attendees were aged 50 to 75, looking for what to do with the next chapter of their lives. I highly identified with them, being of that age also.

I listened to their stories. Several were facing a new chapter in their lives after having been through a difficult illness and wanted to share their stories and educate others. But there were those who, like me, were in corporate careers or would soon hit the end of their ability to advance in their field. Their knowledge, experience, and wisdom were not recognized by their employers, nor would they continue to be financially rewarded.

As Debbie presented my award, she asked me what had changed for me. As I looked into the audience, I saw all those people, like me, who were at a turning point in their lives.

I shared that I had hit the Concrete Glass Ceiling, and being an entrepreneur gave me the chance to be a success in my own right, and explore options not available in a corporate career.

As I said those words, I saw people in the audience begin to cry or have quivering lips. Afterwards, they came up to me, thanking me, identifying with me, having stories of their own of the scary times they were experiencing.

The outpouring was enormous, and I knew I had found my audience. Those like me. Those people who were a little older, a little wiser, and still had a lot to give, and were determined to share their expertise with the world.

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Arts and Entertainment

A Scary And Stuck Place 

The middle of 2014 was a difficult time for me both personally and professionally. In addition to serious work aggravations, my aging father became seriously ill, and I had to fly between Seattle and Indiana to help care for him. I know that work and aging parent issues are a struggle that other middle-aged people have and is becoming all too common.

My usually healthy, almost 90 year old father got a blood infection that nearly killed him. Luckily, I have family members who came together to care for him, and after a few months, five doctors, good medical care, and persistence from my former athlete dad, he became well again.

But it was a close call that scared us all. I got to spend some time in the Independent Living facility he resides in, and with his fellow residents who range from age from 70 to a hundred years old.

It gave me a good chance to see what the other side of retirement looks like. There’s people in their eighties and nineties who choose to be socially active, walk frequently, or even work out at there on site gym. They eat together, play cards, talk about their families, travel to see their kids, grandkids, volunteer, and do so much more.

The funny thing is that many of these “greatest generation” folks have known each other since birth, having gone to grade school, high school, college, and even WWII together. They even hung out together as families, and many went to the funerals of each other’s spouses.

At one point during my dad’s illness, I decided that I should move back to my hometown, sell my house in Seattle, and focus on taking care of him. Luckily, my house didn’t sell and my dad was totally against the idea. His independent nature incented him to take care of himself. I learned that he has a support community and can still take care of himself. He didn’t meet need me to move in down the street, and wanted me to live my own life, and I was very grateful for that.

On my last visit during his recovery, his friends and fellow residents approached me to assure me that he’d be fine and they would watch out for him. It was a great relief. I took a moment to thank them, asking them how they enjoyed living at the facility. They looked at each other, smiled and shook their heads.

“I don’t know how I ended up here. It seems like just yesterday I was 16, and now I’m 89. How did that happen?”

Her comment hit me hard. It wasn’t just about saving money for retirement or even planning for retirement, it was more about living well, and keeping a balance of health, creativity, people, time, money, and priorities.

Age 90 will be here before I know it, and possibly 100 given my lineage.

It was time to start not just reinventing myself, by creating a new life that I enjoyed and helped me be happy, healthy, creative, and financially abundant for all of my years.

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Business Tips

Tips On Starting Your Business From Home 

Looking at the growth of the economy these days there are many people who are taking the plunge themselves and going into business. This action has two sides making it exciting as well as hazardous for the fresher. But as people want to start something on their own and be the boss of their own money there is no stopping the number of other people from stating their own home based business.

While starting out your business from home you need to keep in mind the following points to avoid fines and undue disappointments in the long run.

  • License

When you are staring a business from home whether it be a real estate business or a general free lancing outlet you need to find out whether you will be required to hold a license for the business. Some of the states and counties require those starting private ventures from their home to possess licenses so that they can track flow of money and other activities in an around the location.

  • Choose an outlet

It is not a very good option for one who possesses the skill of a web designer to start a building contractors business from ones home. You need to start a business venture keeping in mind the set of skills that you possess. You can also learn new trades and crafts side by side and offer expertise in that department if you are capable of doing it. The main reason why people start working on their own is to make money at a faster pace, if this is the case with you should use skills that have been with you since times of old rather than start a business with the skills that you are just picking up.

  • Competition

You need to scan the horizons for competition that is directed at your type of venture. Check to see how other people run the same type of ventures and accordingly make changes in your system and better it to attract more clients. Getting inside information of their marketing principles and products rates will also help you to strike it big in the market.

  • Website

Having a website spell out your venture is a good idea for one who is starting a business venture from home. You should enlist the help of a good web designer to help you design y our domain page etc. to cast a good impression on your clients. Design you domain page in such a way that your clients need not have a second thought when they click on the link to your page. A well-developed domain page will enhance business branding in a positive way.

  • Services

Plan your business in such a way that your customers do not have to beat around the bush to get to you. You should also take into consideration small nuances like online order forms, customer support and delegation of the right job to the right person.

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