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Working From Home by Taking Small Risks

Working From Home?

Risking our money is not something that everybody can do with the same ease.  For various reasons including past experience and even just the reality of having limited funds, people sometimes really are reluctant to gamble with their money.  Sometimes finding a place to “park” money is a good approach to maintaining positions you’ve already worked hard to achieve. Think asset protection

It is wise to consider your situation when determining if you can take a small risk. However it is really true that many times unless you can afford to take the risk you will have nothing but the same-old-same-old.  So there is a point to ponder.  Living life in general is taking a risk as you never know what the outcome of anything will be, including just walking out the door.

It probably stands to reason then that biting off your risks in small chunks will likely work best for most people.  Where we are referring to a home business opportunity, you can really get an educated guess as to whether or not it is a wise investment.  You can read all about the company on their website and read reviews from others. You can contact the company with questions.  I tend to look for newer ideas, and usually started by people with experience.

Although reviews are useful for most things, you must consider that there are a lot of haters out there and just plain ignorant folks who may try to damage a program or product just because they didn’t like it. That they didn’t like it or do anything to make it work has almost nothing to do with the product. This is why you should read many reviews in different places if you are going to use this method to do your due diligence.

And of course there is the other side, keeping in mind that the website is going to sing the praises and overlook things that are less than stellar about the program or product. However keep in mind particularly with affiliate programs and products where the financial risk is extremely small, that it won’t be the end of the world if you make a mistake.  Almost 100% of the opportunities in this genre have no contracts beyond month-to-month. The risk is low in every respect.

If you happen to lose a few dollars, don’t let it stop you from trying again someday. If you have to let enough time go by that you feel that you can afford another possible small loss, take as much time as you need.  As part of this effort maybe next time decide to invest more time and effort to make something work out. There are very few things that just blossom on their own, even the top earning programs.

My point is simple, don’t just wait until the opportunity passes you by.

The Voice Inside

Self Talk

Yesterday’s Awakening

Did you ever have the feeling that all the motivational quotes and all the jealousy about other’s success have finally pushed you to the edge of the cliff and you finally need to make a decision? This week I did make a decision.  And it wasn’t that I wasn’t aware of the need for the decision or that I didn’t want to make it.  I have been looking for the right time and the reality is that there have been plenty “right times” and I just didn’t do it.

Excuse Talk

We’ve all had them.  I connected with lot’s of the right people to coach me, prod me, kick me, whatever.  There was Mark J., the World’s Laziest Networker, who taught me about the hero’s journey and self talk, and especially the Man in the Mirror.  There also was Joe Pici from my Amway days who had taken his best skill of coaching and developed his sales training coaching business for sales professionals training. He offered me coaching.  There was Michael Dloughy, who’s Mentoring for Free series hit the nail on the head when he pointed out my personality was causing me the paralysis of analysis.  Then I have been regularly receiving plenty of tips from Tom “Big Al” Schreiter by email.  SO it’s not that I didn’t have opportunity to get help.  I did…but I didn’t.   It reminds me of the story about the guy in the flood who was offered help from God with all kinds of rescue  but declined the offers.

A state trooper in a Jeep knocks on a man’s door and tells him to evacuate due to a pending flood; the man says “God will save me.” A few hours later the water is running through the man’s first floor, and the coast guard pulls up to his second story window in a boat, but he sends them away, saying “God will save me.” A little later, the man is on his roof, with floodwaters ravaging his house. A helicopter flies over and dangles a ladder, but the man waves it off. The man is swept away and drowns, and when he gets to heaven, he angrily confronts God with “why didn’t you do anything to save me.” God says “I didn’t do anything ? I sent a jeep, a boat and a helicopter.

The Moment of Truth

So once again I have arrived at a familiar place.  The water is rising, so to speak.  And a contact I made on LinkedIn connects with me on Skype and we have a video chat.  Turns out he’s in his family restaurant business in England and…does coaching for an online business that I had been involved in.  So now I have a coach.  Assignments given.  Followup on the assignments in three days.  No bullshit.  Let’s go.

My Assignments

The reason I’m writing this today is because I know that I have to reestablish myself as my own brand.   Me, Inc., so to speak.  So Thanks for reading this and I appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Don Ketterhagen

Follow The Leader

Find a Mentor

I have been lucky enough over the years to have had good, and great, mentors.  Some of them have been teachers.  The first memory I have is of my third grade teacher at St. Marys Grade School in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.  Mrs. Turner had a lasting impression on me and instilling curiosity and the desire to seek information on my own.  That has persisted to this day.  I evaluate, critically, everything from business to people.  That is a good thing as there is a lot of superfluous and superficial things out there that appear good at first glance but on close evaluation are fluff and appearance without substance.

Another teacher with something to remember and apply was Father Forey, S.J. at Marquette HS in Milwaukee.  I’ll always remember his expression, “Zero, Ping” which meant that you didn’t present or research convincingly enough to make the grade.  Do the work, put in the time and your best effort and the results are yours.  You deserve what you get or your getting zero, nada, zip!

In business, I’ve been blessed enough with great mentors, too.  In 1993, I learned about people like Napoleon Hill, Steven Covey, John Maxwell and others.  I read and evaluated Og Mandino books.  All of their teachings are timeless and available to those that I hope to mentor.

My Role as Mentor and Coach

To expose my training, to those I share with, is important. To succeed in this world will require all the same principals.  Dream, do, and teach.  That is my mission for others. I will use the technology of today to teach the principles of the past.

Continue Seeking Wisdom

There are some teachers and trainers that are significant in my life currently.  My business coach, Mark Januszewski, is willing to share with you as he has with me.  Next month he is directing the Master Key Master Mind Alliance and I encourage you all to evaluate and participate.  The experience will change your mind, propel your business, and put you into a leadership role to pass the wisdom on to generations to come.