Day 2: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path



It's day two of our month long event, and we have more great advice from one of our featured milspouses and a seasoned small business expert.


Victoria Tiller

Spreading Your Wings Coaching

Choose what works for you because your success or failure depends on it. You should choose something you enjoy, can manage, and can afford.”




Ivana S. Taylor
Author of DIY Marketers


Decide to make money
The one thing that I wish I had known is that making money is a decision.  You think you've made the decision by simply going into business or you think you've made the decision because you're desperate for a job.  But when you dig deeper into your motivation, you might find that you've actually decided on something completely different; maybe to be afraid of failure, maybe to be comfortable, maybe to be with your kids, there are as many reasons as people.  But there is only one way to make money and that is to decide to do it.  Not because you need it or want it or desire all the things you can do with it -- simply because you decided to do it.  This is a critical distinction.


This decision is so much more than saying that you'll do it.  It also has this calm feeling and intention that comes along with it.  If you are even the slightest bit emotional, there is something else going on.  The decision to make money should carry about as much emotion as deciding where to eat or what to wear.  It's like that.


The reason this is important is because the decision to make money has a certain set of actions that go with it. These actions are actually influenced by motivation, and if you have the wrong motivation -- then you will not achieve your goal.


So how are you supposed to manage all this?  It's actually a lot easier than you think. Once you've decided to make money, the obvious question becomes how? And there is only one answer -- be a contribution.  This is a strange way to use this word.  But once I explain - you will never look at your world the same way again.  
There are really three behaviors in business; the first is a transaction -- this is where I give you money and you give me a product or a service.  The second is to be "of service" - which is certainly better -- it's where you give me money and I do something you don't want to do or you can't do.  But the third is bigger, better, more fun and more profitable -- it's being a contribution.  This is where you seek me out because I provide more than a transaction, I give you more than service, you get more than you paid for -- it's the "priceless" element of that Visa commercial.


Once you've decided to make money by being a contribution -- opportunities will seek you out, you will discover talents you've never realized that you had and you will make money.





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