TO SERVE

What does it mean to serve? Some people believe it means to be the poorest or to have the lowest job. Jesus said, the last shall be first and the first shall be last. I had a boss years ago that always took all the garbage out and I remember others trying to take it out for him and he would never let anyone else take it out. One day, I asked him why he always took the garbage out and why he never let anyone else do it and he told me that he did it to keep himself humble. I thought this was so interesting . Later in my life, I learned that to be the best leader, you must serve others. 

What is it that all great leaders have in common?

  • SEE the future

  • ENGAGE and DEVELOP others

  • REINVENT Continuously

  • VALUE Results and Relationships

  • EMBODY the Values

From: “The Secret: What Great Leaders Know” by: Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller

Always be on the lookout for people that possess the same values, talents and passions that are most important to you. You want like-minded people, who will have a passion for what you do. “People will not give you their hand, until they can see your heart.” by: John Maxwell You must get to know your followers and make sure they know, how much you appreciate them. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” From the book: “The Secret: What Great Leaders Know” by: Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve” by: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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TIPS FOR NEWBIES WITH SMALL BUDGETS

Many of those who are new to starting a home based or internet business, often do not have much money to use for marketing, education, supplies, website fees, etc. All businesses must have some capital to work with, in order to grow the business. So, here are some tips to come up with money for your new business:

  1. Sell some things that you no longer need on ebay or other online auction site.

  2. Have a yard sale. (TIP: get together with at least 1 other person, if you can.)

  3. Credit Cards, if you can handle it (not using it for spending sprees, etc.)

  4. Sometimes you can borrow against assets, like boats, cars, etc.

  5. You can usually get a business loan if you have 2 years of success or have someone who does, co-sign.

  6. Get a part-time job, this includes work from home jobs.(TIP: Don’t allow it to interfere with your business.)

  7. Work online, doing surveys, writing, reviewing sites, editing or anything that you have some skills at.

  8. If you do arts and crafts, like jewelry making, etc., you can sell these items on etsy.com (TIP: Just make sure that you price your items high enough to earn a profit.)

  9. Some have done crowdfunding, which is a new way to raise funds through these different websites and each one is a little bit different, in how they work: kickstarter.com, Youcaring.com, GiveForward.com, Indiegogo.com, GoFundMe.com, etc.  (TIP: Go to Crowdsunite.com to compare these sites and others)

  10. Learn how to save money, through coupons, rebates, etc. (TIP: http://www.southernsavers.com is a great site to get coupon information on and you can also google, learning to coupon, couponing, etc., as there are numerous sites with helpful tips on how to save. Then, the money saved, you will set aside and use for your business.

The best thing is to remember  to think outside the box! Hopefully, this will get your thought process started and you will think of other ways to make and save money!

SINCERITY

The definition of sincerity is freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness. by Dictionary.com
None of us are just christians, bloggers, entrepreneurs, spouses, mothers or fathers, among other titles that we may hold. All of these are intertwined and we really shouldn’t try to seperate them. Our past, present and future make us who we are. All of our experiences become a part of us and can either be used to help us or hinder us in our life. You must be yourself, which is always original and truly who you are. People can usually see through people who either put on airs or try to be something that they’re not. If you are sincere with others, you will draw others to you. Remember this: “You are the only one who has your talents and abilities.” by Mamie McCullough

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THE 3 D’S

Dealing with disappointment, discouragement and depression can be really difficult. Our lives are filled with these, but we also have joy, excitement, surprise, love, accomplishment and happiness. We really don’t have to think much about what to do with these positive emotions. It’s much harder to know what to do with disappointment, discouragement and depression. I’ve had to deal with all 3 of these and I’ve learned over the course of time, that you can let these 3 D’s take over your life or you can be proactive and plan for these things to happen. I have depression and take medicine for it and I want you to know that depression is a chemical malfunction, so I’m not saying, as so many people do, to just stop being depressed and be happy! I understand that is not possible if you have depression. With that said, there are things we can do to help ourselves with the 3 D’s. One thing that you can do, is to “stay positive and know what your happiness triggers are.” by Andy Andrews Simple everyday things in their lives that make them happy. Everyone has things in their life that make you smile or feel better. Spending time petting my cats brings my blood pressure down and I enjoy it. Another thing that we can do is to have something in the future that you can look forward to. For example, a trip that you’ve wanted to take, a movie that you’ve wanted to see, dinner out instead of cooking at home, spending time with family, etc.

As a christian, I can spend time in prayer and reading the Bible. Listening to christian music is also encouraging. I, personally keep a prayer list and a list of prayers that have been answered and how and when. I do this to remind me of the faithfulness of God, so when the 3 D’s come, it’s easier to find encouragement! I’ve also found that if I reach out to others in need, at a time when I’m down, it gets my mind off of my problems and makes me feel good that I’ve helped someone else. In Matthew 19:26, in the New International Version Bible, it says, “Jesus looked at them and said, “with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This verse is a great reminder of what we can do with God. I know that in life, there will be times when these tips won’t take the pain away and that is normal.

An entrepreneur has to deal with the 3 D’s often, but we can do things daily that will help. Read and listen to encouraging stories and inspirations everyday. Stay in touch with other entrepreneurs, so that we can encourage one another and also know that we’re not the only ones feeling the same way. Step away from the computer or your business activities for a short time and do something else you enjoy. Talk to others, who are successful and you will probably find that they went through and still go through the 3 D’s.

So, let’s control how the 3 D’s affect us and not allow them to control us.

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PAY IT FORWARD

I just watched the movie, Pay It Forward, for the 3rd time. I really love this movie, it’s sad, but so inspirational. If you haven’t seen the movie,I don’t want to ruin it for you. You really should see it for yourself! It came out in October 2000, it’s rated PG-13 and is 123 minutes in length. Some of the stars in the movie are: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. If you want all the details, you can go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/ A young boy attempts to make the world a better place, after his teacher gives him that chance. It really makes you think about life. We don’t know how much our actions touch a life/lives for good or bad, depending on what the action was. We’re all on a path in our lives and we don’t know how long that path will last. What do you want people to think and say about you, when your path is over? Everyday in life and business, we make decisions. We can choose to do things that make a negative impact on our world or we can choose to make a positive impact. I know we all have days when we feel sick or down. On our normal days, let’s make the decision to make a positive impact on our world, whatever that looks like.

Being a christian, I know that I must do my devotions; reading the Bible and spending time in prayer everyday, to be successful. I must also remember to be patient with others and think of others above myself. I also need these things to be a good wife and mother, especially with special needs children. We must not only read the Bible, but also do what the Bible says and tell others what Jesus Christ has done for them.

Being an entrepreneur, I know that I have to make sure that I’m working on myself, to make sure that my mindset is right to be successful. An entrepreneur has to do things that most people don’t want to, to sacrifice things that most people aren’t willing to sacrifice. Things that might seem trivial, but make all the difference. There is a saying, I’ve heard many times that you have to be willing to do what others won’t do, so you can have what others want. We have to know our strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I have to stay in the right mindset, by reading and listening to motivating authors and speakers everyday. I also have to be around positive people and get the encouragement to keep on working. I must be persistent doing the things that make someone successful. Be persistently consistent. You must be willing to do all these things, without the promise of reward, which is the hardest part. The young boy in the movie did things that most people won’t do and he did get to see some of the rewards from his hard work, but most of the rewards showed up after he was gone. We’ll always reap what we sow. So many positive things happened as a result of what the boy did when he was alive. It really is amazing what we can do, when we make the commitment to do them and follow through. The boy affected so many people, positively by the things he did. He taught so many to do the right thing and because of this, he changed lives. How many lives can we touch and change positively?

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Measure of a Life

“The measure of a life, after all, is not it’s duration, but it’s donation.” by Corrie Ten Boom

What is your donation to this world? I know that with Corrie Ten Boom, her story has been heard many times throughout the world and it’s quite exceptional and inspirational. As a christian woman, she was confronted with many difficult choices and she passed the tests with flying colors. She made the choice to help and hide the Jews during the Holocaust, in her home and family business. She knew that by doing this, she was putting herself and her family in immediate danger, but her courage and faith in God moved her to action. If you’ve never read her book or seen the movie, I highly suggest it, it’s very inspiring. The name of the book is: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom and copyright is 1992, it’s a classic book so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it at your local library. The movie is also “The Hiding Place” by World Wide Pictures Home Video, 1975. You can also see her home and learn more on: tenboom.org. She did survive the holocaust and the camps and later in her life, she shared her story many, many times over, until the day she died. She is a perfect example of a person who can be measured by her life, in the way she lived it and what she gave to the world.

From tenboom.org in the family photos

From tenboom.org in the family photos

From tenboom.org in family photos

From tenboom.org in family photos