By Liz Folger, Your Work-at-Home Mom Motivator
"You will fail! There's no chance you could ever do such a thing, so don't even try!"
Has anyone ever told you something like this? Have these words ever toppled your great plans for success? How did it affect you? Did you put your plans away for another year?
Every morning I make my 10-step commute from my bedroom to my office where I turn on my computer, and of course, talk radio.
One day I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh show where he was talking about golfing, one of his favorite topics. Some listeners don't share his love for golf. But after he finished his story, I think even listeners who think the word club is just a place to hang out at late at night, enjoyed this story. He described some very technically advanced golf clubs that pro golfer Tom Watson had given him as a gift. Everyone told Rush not to even try to use these clubs, saying his golf skills were lacking. The reason? The sweet spot on these clubs is the size of a quarter, which required the talent of a professional golfer.
Well you guessed it, Rush used the clubs and golfed better than ever. His point: people will tell you not to try something more than they will tell you to go for it. Your mission: do it! Don't listen to people who say you can't do something.
It's a good thing Jean Harper didn't listen. In 1959, Jean was in the third grade, and her teacher asked her to write about what she wanted to do when she grew up. Jean wrote that she wanted to be a pilot, but her assignment came back with an F on it because her teacher told Jean that women couldn't be pilots.
Fortunately, in high school Jean had a teacher who told her the opposite, that she could do it, which gave Jean the motivation to pursue her dream. In 1978, she became one of the first three female pilot trainees accepted by United Airlines and one of only 50 women airline pilots in the nation at the time.
Now's your turn: What kind of business do you want to start? Are people telling you to not even try? Look, nothing great was ever accomplished because it was easy. Also, people who try and those who accomplish great tasks have something in common: They enjoy what they're doing. Have you ever heard of a world-renowned chef who hated to cook? Or a sports star who hated her sport? Probably not.
If you're thinking about what kind of business to start, first look inside. Think about your likes, your passions, your God-given talents. Use these as your guides to living your dreams. Can you honestly say the following words: "I love what I'm doing with my life. I can't imagine making a living any other way." If not, this should be your daily goal! Just try it. I dare you.
Liz Folger is Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of, "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To making Money". You can buy the book from Amazon.com by simply clicking on the book title. The book is also available at your favorite bookstore or by calling, 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource site for work-at-home moms at: http://www.bizymoms.com. When you visit don't forget to sign-up for the free e-newsletter that includes work-at-home resources and job opportunities.
Copyright 2000 Liz Folger