The Best Opportunities for Success
Opportunities for success in life present themselves in unusual ways. Sometimes the opportunities appear, at first, to be misfortunes, but if you look at them long enough you will see they are a ‘diamond in the rough’.
My opportunity came when the place I worked was ‘acquired’ by another firm.
First, they ‘downsized’ and eliminated half the people I worked with. Then as assignments began getting shifted to other work groups, some of the remaining people left for other companies, some followed the assignments to the new work groups. Eventually it was me and three others in a small department on a middle floor where we came in and did almost nothing, forgotten by everyone except payroll.
Walter had his system set up to live stream his favorite sports and Mike took up knitting. Evelyn was pregnant and determined to fly under the radar until she could leave on maternity leave and I was trying to keep up the facade of looking very busy so I wouldn’t get ‘downsized’. But eventually I ran out of work.
I started exploring the features built in to my computer, and eventually I started fooling around with ‘Paint’. I started making designs and learned to caption them. When I was feeling ‘blue’ I would send them to my friends.
One of my friends suggested that I have my designs printed and I sell them. I didn’t understand, but he had an e-book on working from home and one of the careers was fabric and wall-covering designer. I never knew that was a ‘thing’.
I downloaded it for myself and read what was up. I could make my designs available to thousands and thousands of people who could buy fabrics, wall-coverings and even gift wrap with my art on it. I would get a commission from each sale. I would retain ownership of my art. I wouldn’t have to pay any fees, and I wouldn’t need to build and maintain a website.
I opened an account – it was free. And then I uploaded my work. ‘I can do all this through He Who Gives Me Strength’. I promoted myself on social media and I used the nice marketers at Fiverr to help push my designs so I would make money.
Somewhere along the way, Evelyn had her baby and our department was eventually closed. But I had already started my new career designing fabrics and wall coverings.
I would have never discovered my inner design talent, if I had not first lived through misfortune
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10
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Love Must Be Sincere. Hate what is Evil; Cling to What is Good.
Peacefully Organize and Stop the Evil
By the Sensible Man
- Reprinted with permission and encouragement from www.nodouchebagsallowed.com
Nazis are marching in the streets in the United States, these days. This is a shocking statement to make, especially when, only 65 years ago, this is the same country that fought to end Nazism and Fascism across the planet. Didn't hundreds of thousands of Americans die fighting Nazis? Almost everyone I know had a parent, grandparent, Uncle or Aunt die fighting Fascism. So how is it that the people of the United States Allow Nazis in their streets?
The Japanese government - the Japanese, and remember that Japan was a Nazi ally in WWII the Japanese Government does not allow Nazis to march in the streets. The Chinese government does not allow Nazis to march in the streets. In every single video game, movie and novel written since WWII, we get to relive the reasons why Nazis are evil.
The last time the Nazis and Facists were tolerated, it resulted in the deaths of 85 million people on the planet Earth - and the development of weapons of war that would sterilize this planet, and now these people are just being allowed to practice their particular type of insanity without even a modicum of counseling?
In reality, the tolerance without question of any ideology that preaches hate and eradication of anything that is simply going about its' life and being a productive member of this planet is a dangerous slide into psychosis. It should be questioned thoughtfully and then replaced with the humanity which will guide us with love and joyful bounty to the future.
Americans: You are lucky YOU can write to your senators and representatives and tell them to STOP HATE : https://www.senate.gov/general/contactinformation/senators_cfm.cfm
Everyone else: you can nicely and respectfully request that your American friends write to the people in their government (above) and request, with kindness, that they Stop Hate.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
Everyone needs a budget, but not everyone can make or keep a budget, even though a good budget can free your soul from worry and stress.
You remember the wisdom in Proverbs 21:2 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” And, we all know that person whose inability to make a budget leaves them in debt. Being in debt leaves them vulnerable to the predators with ‘get rich scams’ that promise them everything but take their money.
These people are the same people who find themselves unable to move forward in their lives because they have never been taught the money planning skills that are part of budgeting. The inability to budget can mean an endless cycle of late fees, service charges and penalties that people struggle to keep up with.
That struggle means that a smart and able person may find themselves living in their parent’s home or a friend’s basement with no real hope of getting a car, an apartment or a house. Once again this is echoed in Proverbs 25:28 “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken down city without a wall.”
Now you have the tool to not only become diligent – but to also fix that city and build a wall!
Best Budgets for Excellence and Success in Your Life is the tool that can help break the endless cycle of late fees, service charges and penalties that suck the cash out of your pocket. This easy to use guide has charts, budgets and even grocery lists and menu plans that will help you save money and become healthier.
From saving to move out, to saving for a car, to saving for your first home Best Budgets for Excellence and Success in Your Life even has budget guides for people earning as little as $10.00 per hour. You will find budgets for paying off student loans, budgets to help care for a child or elderly parent and even a budget to help you start your own business.
Finally, please keep in your heart the message of Luke 14:28-30“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.”
Deuteronomy 31:12-13 - Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and the strangers within thy gates.
Your Ability to Succeed -
Depends on Faith
You want to start your own business but you never went to business school. You have great ideas and you know you can make them work, yet people tell you that you will fail because you never graduated from school. But people started businesses before school existed, and every day, more people with little to no education succeed in starting and running their own businesses. Ask the contractor who built your house if he went to Harvard Business school – or any business school; ask the owner of the café where you get your lunch if she graduated from Wharton Business school. These people will say ‘no’. These people will tell you that they decided to start a business they had an idea they could be good at.
· Jessica Simpson is a Fashion Designer who never went to college.
· Ruth Ann Miner left school at 16 to help on the family farm and later became Governor of Delaware.
· Chris Rock is a famous actor
· Wally Amos started the famous ‘Famous Amos’ cookie brand and only had a high school GED.
There are many, many other success stories like these. They are the RULE and not the exception!
You can learn what you need to succeed in business. It is a fact. And you do not need to be in a special school to learn it.
1 Corinthians – 10:11 – Now these things happened to them as an example. And they were written for our insight …
Successful people have one special thing in common. They have faith in themselves because they have faith in the one who created them. You can be successful, too, if you have the faith that you were not created to fail. You must remember that failure is not ‘failure’ it is simply a signal that you need to repeat a step on your road to success. If you give up, that is when you fail.
Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The Lord has made it possible for you to get all the information you need to start a business – just by clicking a few buttons and reading a bit of information.
Learn what you need and do not be afraid to succeed. With God’s Love it is easier than you think.
If you can cook, you can open a restaurant.
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Successful Websites Take ‘Marketing Magic’
It takes a little Marketing Magic to make your website successful.
One of the big problems many people have happens after the time and money have been spent to build a website. The smart business person will have not only created an attractive website, but also populated it with their products (if it is a retail site) or articles and advertising (if it is an information or entertainment site).
The savviest entrepreneur, however, may not take into account the multidimensional aspect of an online business. If you are a HVAC company – for example – you may have the website only to support your locally based business. You do not sell directly on line, but you want to have customers have a way to contact you for a service that will be performed in their homes. You may not find it necessary to heavily advertise your on-line presence, so you use the internet as a business directory.
Everyone else MUST rely on the internet to get the attention of more than just the people within a sixty mile radius. You need to use the internet to gain the attention of people worldwide. You cannot do that if your business is in the basement of a building that is under a tent in a courtyard off an alley surrounded by windowless buildings that are abandoned on an island that is guarded by angry guards.
That is where your internet business is unless you remembered to take steps, earlier.
Yes, it is very hard to get to that building. Advertising is important, but even more, you need to optimize your website so search engines like Google and Yahoo ‘like’ it. To do this you select ‘key words’ relevant to your website – ones that are repeated on your website, and you or the person who built it will manage those keywords so your website is one of the results when those words are searched.
Additionally you should create links to your website in social media. You must encourage people to visit the website and like or promote it on Instagram, Facebook and other media. Many companies will do these services for different levels of fees.
Promote your website right and get off the dark shrouded island of despair and into the ‘super mall’ of profitability.
When you invite your family to your house, you prepare some type of refreshment, or even a meal to show your love and concern for them. If you are not a good cook, you may ask other family members to bring their favorite dish, or you might call a catering company and have them prepare and deliver the food. If you are a good cook, you may decide to make it all yourself, just to discover your favorite recipe tastes ‘funny’ when you expand it from 6 people to 16.
Now is the time when we all start planning the larger events that will take us through the spring and summer and into the fall. Mild weather tends to make us think of projects that need to be done and people we would love to see. Whether the project is rebuilding a playground, painting the home of an elderly neighbor, staging a ‘fund raiser’ carnival, or just helping to host a luncheon, there are many tasks that need to be done and the most ignored is refreshments.
When you organize any group effort, especially a large one, remember that many of these people are willingly giving up their time. Although volunteers are not there to be compensated, good people deserve to have some type of refreshment. Refreshments are a polite way to say, “Thank you, you are appreciated.” Sometimes a simple cooler full of cold water is all anyone wants, but other times, especially with all day fundraisers, the people who support you both deserve and need more.
Why You Should Open Your Own Shop or Store Now.
You want to have your own business in the neighborhood where you live. That has been a dream you have entertained daily, but you have not taken that first step because you did not know if you could make a profit. After all, you have heard that 50% of new businesses fail within the first five years.
The fact is that 50% of all businesses started in the USA are still open and running after five years. These businesses are paying their owners and managers a decent income and providing jobs, goods and services and stability to the communities they serve. The businesses that fail do so usually because the owner dies or becomes sick, they are in a bad location, they have bad products and/or customer service, and most of all – they start with no business plan.
But you can be successful!
Now you can get the business plan you need to start your own shop or boutique business. A privately owned clothing, fashion or retail store had a net profit margin of 7% in the USA in 2013. In comparison, home furnishings stores had profit margins of 3.98%, computer service shops were at 5.56% and print shops had 1.3% profit margins, which makes a small shop or boutique an ideal business.
If you look at one of the Career Portals available, you will see that a store manager in the apparel/fashion industry made approximately $3,420 per month in 2015. This means that starting a retail boutique shop may be a winner for you!
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When you hold an event, or a fundraiser, though, it is not so easy to get enough refreshments. Sometimes a catering company will donate food, and sometimes everyone in the organization will contribute, but most of the time one or two people are ‘elected’ for the refreshment duty, and if you are one of those people, you have experienced the type of panic attack that comes from realizing that you have a limited budget to feed a lot of hungry volunteers.
We have all been helpers at that ‘Event’ where we were given peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bottle of water for lunch and we were happy, and we have all been at the event where there are chickens roasting when we arrive and we have also been happy. We all know the experience of being finished and saying, “Let’s do this again next year!” only to have someone else say “Yes, BUT we have to put someone else in charge of food.”And what about those annual events that we all sponsor? The ones where we collect food and then cook meals for those less fortunate? Many times, I have found myself making a lot of food in small batches because cooking big batches of food takes special skill. It is not enough to double or triple the recipe, because the extra ingredients affect the cooking.(How many cans of beets is it possible to sneak into a batch of pasta sauce?). One does not double the hot peppers simply because one doubles the amount of meat.
There are not that many guides that will help you when you must cook for large events. When you do, remember many churches and community halls have fully functional kitchens just to put on events that require refreshments. You can walk into that kitchen with a list of carefully budgeted supplies and make everything from pasta dinners to dozens of pies without over or under seasoning and keeping right to your budget.
How Your Road to Success Can Run Right Through a Restaurant
People have to eat food in some form every day, and people like variety. Have you ever tried to save money by eating the same cheap food every day? Whether it is packaged ramen soup or bologna and cheese sandwiches, it becomes dull, almost to the point of inedible, if you have to prepare it yourself and eat it every day. It is the preparation of even the simplest meals that drives people out of the kitchen and away to restaurants.
.....Continued in 'Wow Ideas'