Thursday, April 27, 2006

Way to fight back!

I am so glad to hear about all the things my last post did to encourage you! I was SHOCKED and pumped just from reading your responses. Thanks for all the personal emails too! You all really made my day. Wow! I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it is really good to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. We’re all in this together, and I hope that we can continue to use the Internet to express ourselves.

Okay, so today was awesome. After yesterday’s loser experience, I was determined to kick some hippopotamus. I had a presentation at 8:30 AM to a group of 11-17 years about preparing for college. Boy, kids are a tough crowd! One kid asked me, “Is it true if you go to a party in college, you shouldn’t drink the punch?” I thought that was too funny. I told them all, “Absolutely! Do not drink the punch!” It was cool to be able to get away from the office and do something different.

You see, my circumstances had me so blind that I forgot how much I actually enjoyed talking to young people. What a relief! I’m on point again.

Then I got to work, and I remembered…I have the coolest freaking job in the world. I get paid to help kids make academic progress and build their self-confidence. I hated sales until I got to this job. Now, I can’t wait to get on the phone to make lead calls or take walk-ins. Shucks! I’m about to give someone’s kid an academic makeover! I love the kids I work with. If you ever want to know who you are at the core, ask a kid.

Keep following your dreams guys, and don’t forget about the little people when you make it to the top.

Peace out,

Kidd Grown

p.s. Tomorrow I think I’ll post about the gas prices and the speculations of energy wars on the horizon. I haven’t hit any political hot buttons lately, but I feel a governement email campaign coming on. These gas prices actually had me thinking of trading in my car for a motorcycle.


Blogger Kirk said...

When you have a dream there is no one that will treat your dream like you will or pull out all of the stops making certain that you will achieve it.

Just Sharing:

10 Steps to Escape the Job World and Create the Life You Really Want© -by Valerie Young

1. GET THE POINT – OF LIFE, THAT IS. How many of us will look back in our old age and wish we'd gone to more meetings or put in more overtime. The point? Despite pressure to "play it safe" by sticking with your day job ("...but dear, you have a good job, you want to be HAPPY too?") you have every right to follow your entrepreneurial dreams. With the realization that life is for living comes the understanding that it is up to you – and you alone – to create the kind of life you really want.

2. GET THE RIGHT PICTURE. Be honest. How much time do you spend bitching about your lousy boss, hellish commute and on and on? As satisfying as a good gripe session is, you're wasting precious energy on the wrong picture. Five minutes a day spent visualizing your ideal work-life and fashioning a plan to get you there will move you far closer to your goal than 30 minutes of complaining about what you don't want. Bottom line: You won't see yourself doing it until you can see yourself doing it.

3. GET CLUED INTO YOUR PASSION. The most successful entrepreneurs love what they do. Haven't quite figured out where your passion lies? Start paying attention to situations or things that grab and keep your attention. Focus less on your skills (what you CAN do) or your resume (what you HAVE done) and instead, try to tune into what it is you really LOVE and WANT to do. What types of things did you love to do as a child? What kinds of characteristics or talents do people compliment you on? What kind of work or lifestyles do you envy? If you don't yet have the knowledge or skills to turn your heart work into a business venture, make it your business to fill the gaps.

4. GET A GRIP ON "IT." In her book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers says IT is what scares you – and ultimately, what's holding you back from going after your dream. Perhaps your fear centers on money, or that you're not "smart enough," or that you'll fall flat on your face. Let's face it – shaking up your life is scary. Yet, "Unless you walk out into the unknown," says Tom Peters, "the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low." So go ahead and indulge in your worst-case fantasy. Then get busy figuring out what steps you can take to prevent it from happening.

5. GET REAL. You've seen the easy money pitches: "Earn $1,000 a week stuffing envelopes in the comfort of your own home." Sounds great, right? Now, snap out of it! Launching your own business takes time and effort. You should also expect a drop in income – at least in the beginning. Now is the time to revisit the ideal life you outlined in Step 2 and ask yourself, "How much do I really want my ideal life? What am I willing to do or give up to get it?" If you are serious about living life on your own terms, the sacrifice will be worth it.

6. GET INFORMED. Change always seems scarier when you have either inadequate, or worse, inaccurate information. Go to the library. Join associations. Talk to people who have started similar businesses. Take classes. Read trade publications. Subscribe to ezines. The more informed you are, the less "risky" the risks become.

7. GET READY. A goal has been described as a dream with a deadline. Take out a calendar. Even if you haven't nailed down all the details, you should still go ahead and set a target date for when you want your "new life" to begin. Besides being a great source of motivation, knowing how much time you have between now and "D-ream day" lets you create a realistic plan for hitting it.

8. GET SUPPORT. Enthusiasm is contagious, but so is pessimism. Avoid the nay Sayers and try to seek out others who share your passion for living life on your own terms. Consider meeting weekly with other aspiring entrepreneurs to generate ideas, share information and help each other stay on track.

9. GET GOING. To keep from being overwhelmed – yet still make headway – break your larger goal down into more manageable steps. Then, no matter how hectic thing get, pledge to take at least one action a day. Even the smallest actions – jotting down a new idea, reading a single page, or making one phone call – start to add up. And, once you actually get the ball rolling, it's hard to stop!

10. GET GRATITUDE. At the same time you're setting your sights on achieving your future goal, be mindful of how much abundance you have in your life RIGHT NOW! Changing course is a journey. Count your blessings and enjoy the ride. When you think about it, it's all we really have.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Kirk said...

Oh yeah, one more:

The Time To Start Working On Your Dream is Now - Not Later

Author: Rene Godefroy

Most of us are hesitant to start anything because we are afraid we might make a mistake or fail. Go ahead make mistakes! Don't wait for more experience or to be good enough to start. You don't have to be good to start, but you have to start to be good.

Some may tease and laugh at you. They will warn you, and recite all the reasons why you shouldn't take the risk. These will be the ones to wait around patiently hoping to say, "I told you so." Brush them off. If you let these people influence you in any way, you will never, ever be ready to go ahead and start making your dream a reality.

You will never have enough money, enough time, enough support, or experience to start. But once you muster up the courage to take that giant step forward and start, the rest will fall into place. But only YOU can make it happen! Start NOW with whatever you know, whatever you have, and wherever you are.

Don't let money be your handicap. You don't need money to make the phone call, attend that networking event, or go as a guest to an association meeting in your field. How about volunteering a few hours a week to work for someone in the business arena that you're thinking about? Do you see what I mean? You have so many opportunities out there. Do something!

Be sure to keep a good database. Record your contacts and touch base with them every three months. And guess how much that will cost you? Zero. Most computers already come with a database program. All you need is a little time which you can choose to create right now.

Your assignment: This month, write down what kind of resources you will need and which people can help you make your dream a reality. Be creative! Go for it.
Rene Godefroy is the award-winning author of No Condition is Permanent, a motivational keynote speaker and business consultant who shares ideas and strategies that helps individuals achieve extraordinary results in theirs lives.

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