Some Monday Inspiration — Quote from Albert Enstein

Year after year I take the advice to stay diligent. After all, the Bible says that if you don’t work you don’t eat. Anyone who has any amount of self-respect at all wants to pull as much of their own weight in life as they can, even if they have a physical or mental limitation. However, we can all lose focus on what’s important — fortune or fame or just to make an impact on the world?

We all have to remember why we ever decided to have our own business in the first place. It’s not just for ourselves so we can work whenever we want. Everyone needs a greater purpose or it’s just not worth it. I believe the Bible as true, but even some of the world’s greatest philosophers — regardless of how they feel about the Bible — also teach us that we need a purpose.

I want to succeed, but I also want to remember what’s really important: 

(Of course, this quote applies to women, too. I just left it as is. Oh, but this one is not from the Bible, it’s from Albert Einstein.)

Happy New Year from “The Growing Entrepreneur” — Set Resolutions You can Keep

The Growing Entrepreneur at Jabsfreelanceworld wishes you a Happy New Year. May all your personal and professional dreams come true this year. Set resolutions you know you won’t break and take one day at a time. Having a plan will help you reach your goals much faster. 

Anyway, have fun tonight! Or if you already are out, I pray you drive safe and make God protect you on the road. 

Here’s some Monday Inspiration for you from The Growing Entrepreneur

The growing entrepreneur exists to help people not give up as a an online marketer. We also try to keep traditional business people inspired as well. I found some quotes that mean something to me, and I hope they speak to you at just the right time. Hopefully this will help you find some inspiration this Monday and that you get out of your beginning-of-the-week blues!

I plan to share this once a week for the next three Mondays at least. I hope by then I’ll have time to gather some new inspirational sayings to post here in the future. Of course, some of you may still be celebrating Christmas vacation. Still, you need to mentally prepare yourself for the new challenges that await you this coming year. 

So here’s this week’s quote:


This one tells me to not feel too bad about plans gone wrong. A new and better plan awaits me in the future. However, we also have to be careful to stay in the moment or we will miss the best opportunitiess. Do not take anyone or anything for granted when in business.




Help for the Growing Entrepreneur — Understanding the Marketing Hype Cycle

I found an article that may not have had the most attractive title, but I still wondered what the hype cycle meant. Therefore, I read it, and I’m glad I did. If anything can encourage the growing entrepreneur not to give up, this will. It refers to the way the public becomes excited about a new product or service, even if not much research supports it. 

Sometimes, a period of discouragement can occur because of this. Knowing a little bit about the hype cycle can help a company decide whether or not to take a chance on a product or service before everyone else does or to just wait. Sometimes market research matters, but determination and faith also makes a difference. 

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A Reminder to Myself and Others: Hootsuite is Hiring

I’m reminding myself right now and sending this out to anyone else who is interested. Hootsuite is hiring. This could be a good opportunity for The Growing Entrepreneur. I’m not sure if it also includes online or phone interviews, but this is a note to self to check it out. 

Event info

When: October 8th, from 5-7 pm
Where: HootSuite Headquarters, #5 E. 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1R6
What to bring: Your resume

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Faith Can Only Get The Growing Entrepreneur So Far

blue glowing crossGrowing up, I had the Bible fed to me a lot. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” declared the preacher.

However, faith carries the growing entrepreneur only so far. You need to do more than believe because the Bible also says “faith without works is dead.”

You can believe all you want but if you don’t take action you won’t get anywhere. You need to do the work:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A14-26&version=NKJV

However, the type of work you need to do will also not cause the “things unseen” to materialize if you do it all for selfish reasons. I myself need a reason to want to succeed other than being to accumulate more money and material possessions.

My Purpose Beyond Financial Gain

dollars and change-EDITEDI want to use money I make to positively impact the world while speaking the truth.

However, I also have to remember my purpose beyond financial gain, which relates to items I post on my personal blogs.

My main motive right now for wanting to achieve financial freedom: I have no idea what’s going to happen to my sisters after my dad eventually passes away.

They’re autistic and can’t communicate using full sentences yet, and I want to be able to see them again once my dad is gone. My dad was going to have me be the person in charge of them until he became upset I reported him based on how he treated me as a child (not good).

I now risk the possibility of never seeing them again if I don’t make enough money to take care of them. I’m not even sure what’s going to happen in this situation, but I’d never be able to live with myself if I didn’t do more than just pray and have faith.

The Growing Entrepreneur Thanks All the “Nay-Sayers”

they think you're a loserIf it weren’t for all the nay-sayers, I don’t think the growing entrepreneur could ever make it. How’s that? Did you think the opposite?

Were you told that you need encouragement, and don’t feel like you can succeed because your parents told you “you’ll would never amount to anything?” Did you learn that you need positive rather than negative reinforcement in life to achieve anything?


If you depend on what others think of you, where do you get your inspiration?


You need to find it from within you. Otherwise, if not a single person ever says anything nice or positive to you ever again, you won’t believe in yourself. Of course, it does help to get rid of negative people. However, unless you become a mass murderer and deface everyone who says even one wrong word from you, you’ll find the nay-sayers hard to avoid.

We at The Growing Entrepreneur blog sent a message to all the people who ever doubted us. They were the fuel to the fire that caused our core being to prove them wrong.

I thank all the people who ever criticized me -- Property of The Growing Entrepreneur Courtesy of Get Content Now.biz
Background photo by Get-Content-Now.biz

The Best Infographic on the Importance of Business Customer Service I’ve Ever Seen

The title of this infographic is actually “A Customer Saved is a Penny Earned.” It centers on retaining your current customers because doing so saves you money. Many businesses take the value of repeat customer service for granted and they need to do what they can to provide the best level of service to their clients as they can. 

Note: I’m in the process of finding out who the Pinterest author of this is. I’m just barely starting to use that site and am not sure how to find out yet. 🙂

Don’t Make Mistakes, but if you do, Take Responsibility


Competition out there remains fierce. You might feel the pressure to never make mistakes. You shoudn’t, but even if you do, take responsibility for it. Clients appreciate an imperfect service provider (or product seller) more than they do one that refuses to acknowledge a problem. 

The facts presented in this infogram will help you understand why you need to take good care of your customers: 



Can People Who Have Physical or Mental Illnesses Run a Business?

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Some people truly need support from the government if they can’t work like the used to or have a severe physical, emotional, or mental handicap. My sisters in fact have to receive S.S.I.

However, society often labels anyone who has a mental illness or physical sickness a total loser or failure who could never run a business. They get stigmatized as the ones who should wear a white coat, ride the city bus, and receive a government S.S.I. check. However, I don’t think most people in this situation should have to feel imprisoned. It’s not their fault they were dealt a hand that’s hard to beat, but I believe they still can overcome against all odds. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to believe in myself. 

My Own Discriminating Poverty Story

I must’ve spent half my life not even having a decent car to drive. Now, I should say this:

I started this article out by stating how society discriminates against mentally ill people. However, I forgot one thing:

I was judged for being poor, not for having a mental illness.

One time, I hoped for money to fix my vehicle for my birthday so I could continue going to my client’s houses to clean them. It was my bread and butter, but instead of receiving any kind of monetary help, I received a “Recovery Bible.” As if I didn’t already own the Bible and read God’s Word! (I don’t always, but at that time in my life I did more than I do now.)

I also remember this:

Someone else said to me, “You need emotional support.”

“I don’t need emotional support! I need money!” I exclaimed.

I often received the message that something’s wrong with me as a person. That’s why I was poor, and I couldn’t possibly succeed unless I “recover” from problem this or that issue! How mean is that!

It was true, I really did need money and reliable transportation and not just emotional support. More than that, I didn’t need to keep being told that something was wrong with me every time I tried and failed at something!

On the other hand, I was always too proud to ask for money or resources. I also never wanted to live off food stamps (food card now), S.S.I., rental assistance, or any other public funding as long as I could help it. 

However, in my case, it was because I believed it was possible for me to achieve financial freedom. I strove to be independent of government support of all kinds and just sustain myself. I still have that as my objective, and hope I’ll reach that goal. I haven’t given up yet.

Capitalize On your Strengths to Realize True Success

Even if you have post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, or have bouts of severe depression you can succeed. Whether your mental illness hit you later in life because you could no longer deal with the stress of childhood mental, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse, or you were born with it, you can still have success.

You can even still run a business if you want to. “But I can’t see,” you said.

“Then find an occupation where all you need is your hands, ears, mouth, or feet,’” I replied.

“But I can’t walk very well.”

“Then get a sit-down job or work from home!”

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Focus on what you can to, not what you can’t do. That’s how God helps each one of us realize our true success.

There’s more to my story, but for now, I just encourage others to do what they can do and not focus on what they can’t do. 


Famous People who Experienced Hard Times

I wrote a couple of years ago about famous people who experienced hard times. It still inspires me, because I hope to achieve some level of financial freedom like they did. I’m on my way there, but not quite yet. I republished this entry here, and includes well-known names. 

Even People Who Do Collect Government Checks Aren’t Losers!

Many of the people who do collect a monthly government check don’t have to feel like losers. They would have it easier if they allowed people who received public disability funds to save money to get out from under the poverty line, but they still can if they are determined. 

I hope that doesn’t have to be me — ever unable to work and have to collect a government check. However, I also should say that people who do are not losers. Some of them may not be able to do some of the things that the average person can do, such as walk, talk, read, or speak. 

However, they sometimes have unusual talents and those should be realized whenever possible. No one should have to feel as if their life is over until it’s actually over!

Famous People Who Had Worse Problems Than Me

The people in this blog post, originally published on October 22 2011, still inspires me today. Therefore, I’m re-publishing it with updated information to share it again with the world. 


An episode of a talk show called Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers inspired me to write this post. I myself need encouragement for times when I feel like giving up.

If you are going through hard times and are not sure you can make it as a growing entrepreneur it helps to know others have gone before you. College dropouts, homeless individuals, and poverty-stricken people who have become national and worldwide sensations.

Here is a mini-biography of famous people who were either college dropouts or were homeless:

Men

John Paul DeJoria — He is the man who inspired me to write this article. He was homeless at one time and then become known all around the world as the creator of Paul Mitchell hair care products and styling tools. He also has launched a product site called JP Selects.com and continues to be a successful businessman.

Steven Jobs — Te wish for this man lately is that his soul would rest in peace. After switching from credit to audit status, he would still attend class and lived off free meals and returned soda. He went from a destitute college student to being an influential founder of a company we all know — Apple, Inc.

Larry Ellison — He was a college dropout whose adoptive father told him that he would never amount to anything. Why someone would adopt a child and then later put that child down is a mystery to me, but my personal opinion to save for another time. In spite of the negativity he experienced, he later became Oracle co-founder and CEO.

Women

Debbie Fields — She was only 20 years old when she started the Mrs. Fields cookie company. Certain people close to her did not believe she could make a profit selling cookies. However, her drive along with the support of husband Randy Fields kept her going. She launched a company that eventually became a worldwide corporation.

Madame C. J. Walker — She is a woman who suffered endured abuse as a child and she did not receive very much formal education. Some of her older siblings as well as their parents were slaves on a plantation. Later in life she was recognized by the National Woman’s Hall of Fame, National Cosmetology Hall of Fame, the National Direct Sales Hall of Fame, and More. She is the founder of the Madam C.J. Walker Company (a.k.a. CJ Walker Company).

Ophrah Winfrey — She was raised in a poverty-stricken neighborhood and eventually became the first black woman billionaire. Even though she was raped at a young age and lost a child, she experienced many milestones of success, such as being recognized as the highest paid TV entertainer in 2006. However, she also is known for her generosity as she supports multiple philanthropic causes, and now owns her OWN network. 

Some Important Thoughts

The above examples of famous people are growing entrepreneurs and business people who were not at all overnight successes. Keep in mind that part of the reason they were successful is because they took advantage of opportunities that came their way.

For instance, some of them had personal connections with whom they networked in order to advance their business ideas. It is about ambition and drive but it is also about taking advantage of any chance that a growing entrepreneur would have to succeed.