It’s November 11th today and I thought it apropos to write an article about remembering.
While we have all been affected by war – fortunately for most of us, only indirectly – that sort of Remembering and Respect-paying is personal and not where I am going with this post.
Do you remember why you started an on-line business? Do you remember what message you wanted to share?
I remember that I was really peed off about what had happened to my RRSPs and what the economy had done to the value of my home. I had made huge changes in my life giving up a career and a home to create the life I was living, but I had done it for honourable reasons: to care for my aging and dementing mother – so I felt betrayed that it had all come back to bite me.
I remember that when my new mortgage came up for renewal, my broker said I would have to suck up the renewal rates because she had gotten me one mortgage with no job, she couldn’t do it a second time. Took me eight weeks to secure a job and a signed contract for supplemental income! I got my better mortgage rate.
I remember sitting in my bed one Sunday morning with my pot of coffee and my laptop Googling who knows what for an on-line opportunity I could fly with. I knew there was income potential on-line but I had no idea what that looked like or how to find it.
I remember discovering Ann Seig, hearing her story and finally believing I had found someone who understood my story.
And I remember getting more and more involved with Ann’s Renegade Team and feeling like I could not only build a business on-line, but create something unique for the group of people I could speak best with.
Finally, I remember building out my helpmeeldercare.ca and slowly realizing that the bigger issue for other women caring for aging parents was not the “how-to” but the “how-to-survive-it-financially” – and this website and this business was born.
Recently my peers voted my elevator speech the best in the room and here it is: “I work with pre-retirement women who are wondering what the hell happened to their retirement plans. I coach and provide the tools to help them develop an on-line business so they can create their own income and retire sooner than later – and live the retirement they dreamed of before the economy tanked.” A little rough around the edges? Yup, and so am I!
I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t remember WHY I’m on-line. My goal is to make a comfortable retirement for myself, but my bigger goal is to be a trail-blazer for other women who have made choices for their loved ones at the expense of their own future finances. I want comfort and security, but I want to bring as many like-minded women with me as I can!!
Today I have decided to remember my journey, and I’d like to thank those of you who are travelling this road with me.
What is your reason for being on-line? It can be a message, it can be money, it can be a calling – they are all right answers.
Please leave a comment below and remember your WHY for being on-line and building your business.
What an intense and important reason for you to be online! I started my business after seeing so many people who call themselves photographers have no idea what they’re doing. Rather than write them off as amateurs, I’d love to help them do things right and become successful doing what they love like I have!
Erin, I have both seen your photography and read your posts… you are so good at both you are a natural mentor for other photographers wanting success in their business!!!
Yes – it is so important to remember our Why. I started my own business online because I wanted to be able to spend more time with my littles and have the flexibility I needed to be able to always make them my first priority. Now I help other moms do the same!
Michelle, the ability to make our children always be first is such a gift. I am so happy you are helping other moms realize the same success – I needed you 25 years ago!
One thing… please don’t call your son a blog!! 😀
I am online because I want to get to see my great grandchildren (twins) in South Africa and looks like I will get there next year. Great story and thanks for sharing.
Family trumps everything, Merle. Great-grandchildren? Wow, what a gift!!
Great article Agnes. I am online to make a Massive Impact and Huge difference to other people’s lives and in the world through teaching, empowering and motivating others to achieve their FULL potential in their life and business. I desire to show people that they can attract what ever it is they want into their life. We were all born naturally successful despite what we have learned and what life has shown us. Thanks for sharing 😉
Helping people unlearn life’s lessons is an undertaking, Paudie, but it is also a calling. I wish you success.
Even though my husband has a great job, we have experienced a very extended lay off in the past. I cannot stand the thought of having a job so I started my own business as a Plan B should it ever happen again.
Jobs can be unpredictable at best, Ree. Good decision to be your own boss, and if it serves as a back-up plan as well, Bonus!
Not much to say except I remember. Thank you Agnes. Inspiring.
Thanks, Barrie, and Cheers! to all our futures!
Inspiring post Agnes. I have worked for myself before and I have had a job. I much prefer being responsible for myself than relying on someone else who can take it all away at the drop of a hat!
I agree 100%, Helen! Self-sufficiency!
Agnes, what a heartfelt message! And I know you speak to so many who have been in the same situation. I think it is important to keep remembering why we do what we do, and who we are doing it for…both others and ourselves.
Thanks for stopping by, Julee. I agree, I think we stay the course for the future so much better when we remember the Whys.
What a great post. It is very important to remember the core meaning why we are online and why we do what we do. We should remember where we came from and we should know where we heading and why. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for visiting, Kyle. I believe that knowing your Why keeps you motivated like nothing else.
Fantastic article Agnes!
All I remember really is working a full time (very well paying job) and thinking there must be a better way to earn an income and not spend so much time away from home working for somebody else. I also have a passion about helping others see a more positive side to life and have been told that my energy is addictive.
I hope that my presence online while I discover exactly what it is I can do best here, reaches enough people to make a difference.
Thank you so much for sharing. Really made me think – and remember 🙂