Many times when you attempt a HOME BUSINESS , the biggest obstacle can sometimes be ones self! You just have to get out of your own way ! Ask yourself not WHY ? But HOW you can accomplish what needs to be done.
During my years I have learned that success for me has come in the form of three principles that I follow.
BELIEF : Believe in what you are doing – follow your heart – ones belief is a potent force when you apply it to your convictions. Stay the course – remember – in order to succeed – take care of all the small things and the larger problem will most likely take care of itself.
FAITH : Listen – observe – and then have the FAITH to act. Plan – ask questions – and then formulate a plan of action – list your goals and have the FAITH to act on them. If you have FAITH in yourself and those around you – you are on your way !
POSITIVITY : I was asked once to give my impression on the HALF FULL vs. HALF EMPTY GLASS . To me , it is neither HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY ! There are two ingredients that are involved here. AIR & LIQUID. Without one or the other , you can not survive as far as I know! The Glass has both – both essential to you and your team ! Positivity is something I wake up with every day. I always look at whatever is positive in the situation and act on it !
In a home based business – and with a TEAM – what comes out of you goes into them ! LEAD FOR SUCCSS !
I hope this little bit goes a long way in helping you overcome the fear of leadership – look at your team and then look in the mirror. Your team will be reflected back to you !
He had red curly hair – a smile a mile wide and a laugh and giggle that you knew right away who it was.
He was my younger brother – we were like a second family for my parents –
Donna and Roger were 15 and 10 years older.
We had a sister who died at birth in between the two sets of kids.
We fought like cats and dogs do – but we also were close.
He instigated a lot of it and would scream bloody murder as loud as he could when I had enough.
I was the one who into trouble but mom always knew as she later told me.
He was just o darn likable with that hair and giggle.
We played all the time together – cowboys and Indian’s – running the neighborhood –
He was always hurting himself – one time he climbed up on top of a attached shed at a neighbors house.
He was going to ambush me but I saw him and pretended to shoot him.
I saw what he was going to do and I yelled STOP – but he did it anyway –
always acting real life he sort of collapsed and rolled off the shed to the ground as if dead.
But there was a stone bird bath under the shed roof and when he came down he hit his elbow on it!
Off to the doctors office we went and then in the ambulance to the hospital to have surgery on the elbow!
He had to have a pin put in and that elbow was off to the side -making his arm seem crooked.
A few years later – we were on the front porch – and he had climbed up onto the porch railing – I told him he had better get down before he fell.
Well – as always – he gave me that silly laugh and giggle – and I could not help but smile until he did fall.
At the end of the porch beneath that railing – a 2 x 10 stuck out – he came down and hit that board with his other elbow and we repeated the same thing all over again with another surgery – now he had two elbows exactly the same!
But -it seemed like it was a perfect solution for him as it perfected his golf swing and he had a lot of power and strength in those arms – one time I was with him – and this was way before anyone was hitting the ball 300 yards.
We were playing the old number one hole at Smethport – he was a Freshman – me just beginning my senior year –
He hit that ball and because of how his elbows were now shaped – he hit it straight with power. That hole was a gradual uphill some 305 yards!
His ball ended up past the hole and into the yard behind it! Some 50 or 60 yards past! Uphill!
If I had not been there to see it – I would not believe it!
Gene Fazio – who was a card member of the PGA and a premier golfer in the Pa. and NYS area –
told me – “IF I HAD MY SHORT GAME AND MIKE’S DRIVING – I WOULD GO ON THE PGA TOUR”!
Mike was a scratch golfer even with those elbows.
Mike ended up bigger than me – he was as tall as my father who was a little over six foot tall.
The brother’s – Roger – Mike and I got our curly hair from my dad – my grandfather was bald.
Mike ended up around 215 pounds and played football – but he could kick that ball just like he hit golf balls.
Far and straight – he became a field goal kicker way before that was common in H.S.
His kick offs were always through the end zone and he went on to college at Mansfield University of Pa.
Where he became the kicker for the college football team.
He graduated in Criminal Justice.
As I said before he was always doing something and getting hurt!
He was riding my bike one day and I told him to get off as he was not big enough to ride it!
His legs could barley touch the pedals – sure enough his foot slipped and he came down on the cross bar –
off to the hospital we went again – operation for a rupture!
My brother in law Bill nick named him JUICE!
I really do not know why other than he was like electric – energy running through him – always a live wire!
Then one day Bill and I were sitting on the front porch –
and he said “HERE COMES JUICE”!
And then Bill said “JESUS CHRIST”!
And Bill hollered at him – “JUICE- PUT THE ROPE DOWN”!
But too late!
Mike was walking up the street twirling a dog rope with a clasp on the end of it over his head like a cowboy!
He got it too low just after Bill yelled to put it down and it started to wind around his head lower and lower.
It came around and smacked him right on the mouth –
“KNOCKING OUT HIS FRONT TOOTH”!
Off to the dentist office we went – oral surgery to extract what remained in his mouth of that tooth.
THAT IN A NUTSHELL WAS MY BROTHER MIKE!
Red hair – bearded – always smiling and that silly laugh – giggle.
I MISS HIM as he passed away when I was 35.
My brother MIKE – loved – close as brothers are – gone way too young – but never forgotten.
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on Magnolia Greens golf course just outside Leland, N.C.
Buck and Cindy are our friends – before we all moved – we were neighbors back in WNY.
We moved into a house next to them some 36 1/2 years ago and we knew them before that.
I have always known him as BUCK – never called him Bill.
About 15 years ago – he developed non essential tremors – and had a brain operation – where electric probes were implanted – with out them and the control under his skin on his chest – he would not have any control on his right side – arm and leg. The downside to having this implanted – is with it turned on – he loses his clarity on speech –
and has problems with balance. But – he still can golf and handle himself well – I drive – watch his ball –
and we get a handicap flag that allows us to get near his ball so he does not get so tired out.
He is one of my two best friends – the other Jimmy who I played softball with back in the mid ’70’s.
We all are close friends and Dottie – Jim’s wife – I have known as long as Jim.
The three of us grew up in the same small town of Eldred Pa.
Cindy and Buck grew up in Portville N.Y. just across the border and Sherry grew up in Mount Jewett Pa. aboput 35 miles away.
They are right down the middle and anywhere from 130 to 175 yards!
It makes them tough to beat – I golf from the senior tees – and when I get a good drive – it still is about even with them
as they have a advantage from the ladies tees.
Buck – because of his condition – golfs from the same tees as the ladies –
so a lot of the time we use his ball on the scramble –
He can still hit it almost as far as they can.
We play even up – no strokes – and this time out – after 18 holes – Buck and I lost by one stroke!
Their second shots are like the drives – and close to the green – a chip and one putt for par or worse two putt.
Sherry and I just love to play – get out – fresh air – and a lot of laughs.
Cindy has a traveling shot bar!
If we make a birdie – it is shot time – since we make few of them – she switched it to pars! LOL
They pared – we boggied – missed putt – and that was the difference in the 18 hole match!
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The complex has over 780 individual condo units and town houses – this at one time a golf course called The Old Gator Hole! I think in the mid 2000’s it was sold and made into Ocean Keyes plus two other developments including a plaza with Walmart and Home depot.
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This is all part of the Shenandoah Museum complex in Winchester Va. A hiking trail – through the woods.
The pathway is very wide – I would guess eight feet and all made up with crushed limestone! There are benches to sit on the entire walkway – and areas to sit quietly – a really nice walk and easy on the feet!
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She is ten weeks old and named Marley – the newest addition to Tammy and Marcus’s family!
They have wanted a dog for years – at least the kids have.
But – I feel deep down – this is Tammy’s Dog! LOL
Everyone was gone – kids in school – Tammy and Marcus at work – Sherry meeting friends for lunch and me with Marley – the whole time I had her outside in the fenced in back yard – she would go and hide in the bushes!
She really is a sweet puppy – but still a puppy – she has sharp little teeth – and barks really loud!
It was warm outside and she sought out the shade – she would look at me and when I whistled – would come running up to me – licking my legs and hands and wagging her whole body!
But – she is a puppy and like a little child – you have to watch everything she does – chewing – peeing –
It is more challenging than baby sitting! LOL
She wants to go back inside and will lay at the top of the steps and sort of cry!
Then when you go up to her – she gets all excited and licks you as you open the door and inside she goes!
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Sherry – my wife – is a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH
( a reason why I am still alive after my heart attack 7 1/2 years ago)
She guides me in nutrition – walking for health – getting all the nutrients for my immune system –
and living life to the plus.
She also is a SSC for the Juice Plus Company –
and owns her own internet marketing business – anywhere from her computer and phone.
Maddy has been named to third team in her conference playing soccer – as a Sophomore she was in the top five on her team in four different categories –
Ella – is playing her last soccer for her senior year – undefeated – and aiming for states. She is one of five or six off her team to have signed letters of intent to play in college – she will be attending Randolph College and in the same conference as Maddy.
As the years passed – Sarah came along – the baby little sister – always making the older two laugh.
She has a way about her – always the forefront of fashion.
Wants her grandma to take her to N.Y.C. to see Broadway and shows!
I miss those special times – all three sitting at the top of the stairs – waiting for their parents to get up – smiling – laughing – such great kids and polite.
Today – we are scattered – us being in S.C. Maddy – coming home from Lynchburg Va.
Ella completing her senior year of H.S. and Sarah about to enter H.S.
Thinking back to the early years – the smallest one out there with a skill set – determination and quickness. I always thought she should of gone into track as she ran a 5:40 mile and did not train much!
Now – today all three are so tall – athletic – Maddy at 5 ‘ 6″ Ella at 5′ 8 1/2 ” and Sarah almost to 5’ 8″ ( 15 years old soon)
I miss those days of the three little ones – giggling – laughing – on the trampoline – hiking – soccer – dance – running –
being little girls – climbing up into my lap – singing songs as I picked them up!