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Working at Home Is Information Really Power?

Working at Home

Yes, information is power but only if you use the information to do something. Just having knowledge while good, does not really do much to help anyone. There are many people that never feel they know enough to actually do something with what they have learned.  They just keep reading and learning and never get off the dime.

This can be referred to as paralysis by analysis for one thing. I know many who have fallen to this temptation.  What is needed here is a great big dose of self-confidence to feel that you are worthy to take what you have learned and do something useful with it. This is just so you can believe that you have valuable information and that you do understand it well enough to share it in some way.

There may be other factors at play when someone just can’t get past the learning curve, other than lack of self-confidence. It may be a mechanism that you employ purposely (albeit perhaps subconsciously) to keep you from having to take the next step in your progression.  Maybe you really don’t want a commitment like a home business?

You find it intriguing to think about but when you actually think it is time to get started developing your business, spending money and time, you will always find some other reason that you can’t move forward. In this way it remains a possibility, but you will never have to find out whether you would have succeeded or failed.

One thing that may be helpful in moving past your dilemma (after you admit you have a problem), would be to write things down. They say you are much more likely to actually do something if you write it down and read it periodically. Don’t just read it.  Actually meditate on it for a few minutes. What does this involve if I actually do something? I have a list of leads with everything I need to take action with.  How much effort would it take to actually pick up the phone, use a script, and talk to a live person?  What would it be like to have a business running at home? Who are some of the people that could benefit if I share what I have learned with them?

While you would think someone with a bank of information may make a great teacher and could start a team that would collaborate to build something, it would also be perfectly acceptable to just use the information to do your own thing. The point is, Just do it.

just do itPhoto by Lau Tzu

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.

What do you see in Costa Rica?

Common question for me when I tell people that I would love to live there.  What do I see in Costa Rica?   Well, let me tell you…

It’s the beauty of the place for starters.  Volcanic mountains with some activity like Hawaii.  It’s beautiful beaches like most caribbean islands.  It’s tranquility.  It’s happiness.  It’s adventure!

I’m hardly an expert on the place and I have a tendency to be impulsive but a ten year plus history of saying that someday I would like to live there is hardly impulsive.  I’ve been there.  I’ve looked at real estate in different provinces.  My preference is the mountainous northern Pacific area, although some friends recently stayed in the Manuel Antonio area in Puntarenas.  I haven’t seen that area yet, so it’s next. manuel antonio[ Photo by: D.Convertini]

Currently, I am vicariously enjoying a book by Nadine Hays Pisani that could my eye in the Amazon Books site:  Happier Than A Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week

This is the first book in the series and I fully intend to do more than just show you pictures of pretty beaches over the next few blog posts.

I also want to explain why I’m learning internet commerce and creating multiple streams of income.  There are some residency requirements involving income in order to live there and I don’t speak enough Spanish to pass their medical boards.  Although, this too might change.  I currently think that I may wish a brick and mortar business related to health care or lifestyle improvement, but you never know until you actual get both feet in the water (or sand) and just do it.

Stay tuned and like and comment.  Appreciate suggestions too.

 

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

Practice

If you would only practice.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice!
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!

My guitar instructor told me last week that despite the fact that I was away and only was able to play a couple of days, that I was continuing to improve and that if I would only find some time to practice, I could be really “good”.   Now I don’t know if Derrick was just doing his best to encourage me or was telling the truth.  It did seem to me that he was, however, telling a universal law that simply stated is that we become what we practice.  It’s true in music, it’s true in marriage, and it’s true in business.  If we want success in any endeavor, we need to practice the skills that characterize that endeavor.

So whatever you want to do.  Go Practice!