Morning Meandering on the Topic of Profit

img_5873-2Supposition…what are your thoughts?

Conscious, ethical profit is a wonderful thing. It’s the return on your labor and your genius. It’s wonderful, that is, until it becomes the sole motive in society. That can turn the noblest endeavors into pure evil.

The wonder quickly becomes a massive negative incentivizing things that ought not be incentivized. We often refer to profit as the bottom line, forgetting that in an enlightened society people must always be the bottom line.

Ray

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What We Can Learn from Ross Perot – Day 183 of 365 Days to a Better You

Ross Perot passed away today. He was 89. I know Perot was eccentric and rubbed some people the wrong way with his folksy presentation style. Still, there’s much to admire in Mr. Perot and much we can emulate.

He was a walking contradiction to many of the reasons we all have for not succeeding and excelling.

He was born dirt poor, but rose to be a billionaire at a time when that meant doing more than flipping a tech company at just the right moment. We often think that tall, attractive, and well-spoken is the path to success. He was short, had big ears, and an accent that entertained.

When the largest corporation the world (IBM) told him his ideas wouldn’t work, he risked everything to go out on his own and proved them completely wrong. When faced with duopolistic political system that was not speaking to the needs of the people, he went his own way again and made the biggest dent anyone has made in that system in the past 150 years.

In short, he didn’t stop at no, didn’t let things that would have held many back stop him, and he endeared himself to many Americans by speaking plain truth rather than politicalese. He was an original most successful people are.

Yes. I think there’s much from Ross Perot’s life and approach that you and I can apply to whatever mountain we’re climbing or challenge we’re facing. RIP, Ross.

Stay inspired and keep fighting for your dreams today. Even small strokes, as Ben Franklin reminded, fell great oaks.

Ray

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July 16 Affirmations

I am going to begin semi-regular topical affirmations of the day posts. These will be affirmations in several popular categories all in one post. If there is a category you’d like to see added for future posts, please leave a comment.

May at least one of these hit the spot for you today!

Stay inspired!

Ray

  • Wealth Affirmation: As my mind expands and expects wealth in my life, my wallet opens to receive it.
  • Career Affirmation: Today is day! The job of my dreams is coming my way!
  • Business Affirmation: Today and every day, I build my business on the foundations of integrity, determination, and vision.
  • Sales Affirmation: I am the very embodiment of a sales professional. Customers are attracted to that and buy what I’m selling.
  • Health Affirmation: My immune system is healthy, strong, and protecting me.
  • Gym Affirmation: Step by step and rep by rep, I am building my ideal body.
  • Recovery Affirmation: Moment by moment and brick by brick, I am building a life of things more important than my addiction.
  • Spiritual Affirmation: My connection to spirit (God, the Universe) is stronger than ever before!
  • Relationship Affirmation: When I am ready my ideal relationship appears. I am ready today!
  • Writer Affirmation: Whenever I meet a blank page amazing things happen!
  • Education Affirmation: Today I release my mental blocks to taking tests and ace them instead!
  • Nature Affirmation: The Earth is an amazing blessing and every day I find ways to appreciate it.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Give Advice to Entrepreneurs – The Affirmation Spot for

Today’s Affirmation:

I am flawlessly executing my business plan and I am succeeding brilliantly!

Do you have a business or an idea for a business? Wish you could pick the brain of two the most successful entrepreneurs of this generation? I came across this great little exchange of business people asking questions of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. It only runs about 5 minutes, but there are some good nuggets in here for business and entrepreneurial people.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Success Stories: Sophie Zollman – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday April 22, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

Today and every day, success is just a choice away for me!


The power of other peoples’ stories to inspire us is practically limitless. There are so many people out there who want to have their own business or pursue their own bliss, but they are allowing “things” to get in the way.

Today Sophie Zollman of SophieZo, LLC shares her story in her words about her transition from freelance work-at-home-mom (WAHM) to successful business owner. Sophie and I became acquainted on Twitter. I find her story compelling and inspiring and I hope you will too! May her story give you the determination to pursue your goals and know they are possible.

Stay inspired!

Ray

From Freelance WAHM to Successful Business Owner: The Story Behind SophieZo, LLC

About 10 years ago, I decided to work from home after my second child was born. I knew that daycare for two children would eat up most of the pay I would make at a regular JOB. I started with data entry from home for a local company. After we moved to another state, I found mystery shopping through a friend. It was a lot of fun but did not provide much income.

In 2004, I found a website that was called Emoonlighter.com. Today many know it as Guru.com. For those of you who have not heard of this site, it is a place to find work as a freelance artist in various fields of expertise. I signed on for customer service and administrative assistant work.

Six weeks later, I had an interview for a customer service position for an eCommerce website. It was just a day or two before Christmas. The next day he called to offer me the job. I accepted and had a very Merry Christmas that year.
This customer service position began as a part-time project. It quickly grew into a full-time position where I became his Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager. Over a four-year period, I managed customer service, vendor relations, database management, and executive correspondence. I even handled some accounts payable and receivable.

In that time frame, I learned a lot including the fact that I was not being paid what I was worth. The VA industry had changed and grown in so many ways. After four years, I knew it was time to make a change. I decided to “retire” to become a stay-at-home mom once again. However, eight months later our financial situation would change drastically. I had to go back to work.

When that realization came to me, I was determined to do something I enjoyed that paid me what I was worth. I knew I was a great typist with a good ear. I decided to learn transcription after finding a company that was interested in training new candidates.

After a short time doing transcription, I found a new kind of clientele that required Virtual Assistants. When my transcription contract came to an end, I re-launched my VA career. At the same time, I found Twitter and Facebook. Once I found my way around those social media sites, my life changed dramatically.

About 6 months later, three established VAs asked me to partner with them for outsourcing purposes. I knew right then that I had to change from a freelance Virtual Assistant to a business owner. In October of 2009, I registered SophieZo, LLC Virtually There For You and began my new business venture.

Again, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, my new business began drawing clients regularly. I also began talking to people who needed services I did not offer. After speaking to my mentor, I decided to add a team of VAs to be able to handle more clients and offer more services than I could do myself. I launched that new team concept at the end of February 2010.

Since October of 2009, I have expanded my business, quadrupled my client base, and still have many opportunities in the works. I have hired an accountant and will be begin paying myself a regular salary. I never imagined I would be where I am today. Thanks to social media, my mentor, a little hard work and believing in myself, I am having the time of my life. I am truly blessed with a great business, a wonderful family, and the time I need to be with them and take care of myself as well. It took me a long time to get here, but I am glad I finally found my way.

Despite the economic times, more and more women are working from home. As a WAHM turned business owner, I can say that now is the time to do it. The internet has made working at home and owning a business so much easier and less expensive, too. I started my business on a shoestring budget. I took advantage of Social Media and every free teleseminar or report I could get. I learned a lot in a very short time.

The key to success in business is networking and marketing. Social Media makes that easy and very inexpensive. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube are easy to use and free. You can begin networking and marketing the minute you start your business. Building relationships online is essential to growing your business even if it is brand new. In fact, it is one of the best ways to grow a new business quickly and economically.

Starting your own business allows you to follow your passion. You can do what you like instead of doing what you have to for money. True success comes when you are doing what you love. Thanks to the internet and Social Media, dreams can and do come true for women like me every day. Won’t you join us?



Sophie Zollmann of SophieZo Virtually There For You is a Virtual Assistant committed to working with online entrepreneurs to increase their productivity and income potential. She provides virtual assistance in blog/email/social media management, WordPress website design & maintenance, 1ShoppingCart set up & maintenance, internet marketing, event planning, Real Estate support, schedule management, proofreading, article submission, social bookmarking, dictation/transcription and much more. Learn more at http://sophiezo.com