That Awful Mistake You Made: 3 Questions

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“The awful daring of a moment’s surrender which an age of prudence can never retract. By this, and only this, we have existed.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Too many of us are haunted by our past mistakes, beating ourselves up with guilt and the consequence of subconscious self-sabotage. Too many of us have paid the price repeatedly for far too long; like paying over and over again for the candy you bought and ate years ago. There are three simple questions you can answer to overcome this, to cast this vile, debilitating burden off your back.

The Buddha said that holding on to unforgiveness is like holding a burning coal in your hand. These three questions can help you release this coal, forgive yourself, and move on:

Question #1:

In retrospect, if you knew at the time you made the mistake, what the consequences of that choice would be, would you have made it? If not, if you have grown past that, and would not make that mistake again today, you need to ask forgiveness of the person you harmed, if it is appropriate, and forgive yourself, and move on with your life.

Question #2:

If you have asked forgiveness, and the person whose forgiveness you requested refuses to forgive you, do you still blame yourself, and suffer guilt? You shouldn’t; now that person has assumed the weight of guilt because of their refusal to forgive you.

Question #3:

Have you done all you can to repair the damage caused by your mistake/bad choice? If you have, your new life has begun, and you need to accept that. If I paint a wall the wrong colour and have repainted it the right colour, I don’t need to repeatedly repaint it every day.

Søren Kierkegaard wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” And Rick Warren, in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, wrote, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” 

Let us set ourselves free, today, from the putrid prison of past mistakes. Let us cast the huge and heavy load of unforgiveness away and run free, fresh, and unencumbered into a bright future. As a Christian, the first thing I do is ask God for forgiveness, since that is what Christ died for. I am assured of the fact that when I ask sincerely and repent, I am forgiven. And the easiest way I have found to forgive others is to pray for them.

Robin Elliott

Guiding Your Ship to Your Treasure Island

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Ships don’t sink because of all the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets into them. How does this apply to you? We see it happening in our Western countries – the rubbish that is imported into our countries under the guise of “refugees” – but on a personal level, how does this apply to us?

What do you allow into your brain? In other words, what do you read, what songs do you listen to, what people do you listen to, what do you look at, what movies do you watch, What do you see and hear? Negative information is like the water getting into a ship. Good information – the truth, in other words – strengthens the hull of your ship in order that it may handle the storms of life better.

Smart people MANAGE their lives. Their goals and the actions they take to achieve those goals are carefully aligned – like arrows, all being shot in the same direction, away from the archer towards the enemy, not towards the archer. Like the runner I saw one day: she was all togged up in her running gear, complete with water bottle, bandana, the usual showy outfit, yet, when she stopped for a rest, she lit a cigarette! Crazy. Like breaking your diet, like shooting yourself in the foot, or letting water into your ship.

In the business arena, there are many people who are arranging the deck chairs and setting up their orchestras on sinking ships. That’s like buying a video store. Blockbuster has had its day. Make sure the business you start/buy into isn’t a sinking ship. Find one that is flexible, that can change fast and adjust to the times, that is reaching a growing market, like this one. The Sunk Cost Fallacy locks people into dying businesses and relationships that are no longer nurturing, simply because they have already spent so much time, effort and money in those relationships or businesses. Break free – cut bait!

 “Even a life raft is only supposed to get you from the sinking ship back to land, you were never intended to live in the life raft, to drift years on end, in sight of land but never close enough.” ― Nick Flynn

Reassess your life, your options, and your choices on a regular basis. What needs to be thrown overboard? What needs to be changed? What is allowing water into your beautiful ship? How can you strengthen your sails? How should you adjust your sails in order to take full advantage of the prevailing winds?

Robin Elliott

A Baby Boomer Business Beyond Compare

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The highly-respected author, Robert Kiyosaki, writes,Don’t look now— but we Baby Boomers aren’t kids anymore. We’re now the Dads and Grandpas (and Moms and Grandmas) that today’s Gen-Y kids roll their eyes at. They think we don’t know how to use a computer or an iPad. And we’re probably the last people anyone under 30 thinks would start a business.

“Well, I have an announcement: we’re not dead yet! Boomers (born between 1946-1964) have been starting businesses at rates like never before. In fact, every one of the past 15 years, Boomers have had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than Gen-Y’ers.

There are a number of reasons for this, but my own non-scientific favorites are:

– Boomers come from a self-reliant generation that’s not afraid of hard work
– Boomers have a lifetime of experience they want to apply in their own businesses
– 50 (even 60!) is the new 30!

The great news is, this has to be the best time ever to start a business. Because the internet has made the whole world our marketplace.”

Here’s an Ideal Business for Baby Boomers:

Baby Boomers understand each other. And the fastest growing market in North America is Seniors and the safety and security of Seniors.

Now there is truly affordable business – a distributorship – that is designed to adjust to YOUR personal needs, resources, skills, time, and experience as one of our valued Distributors.

We serve the United States and Canada. Real products, real people, real money.

We provide electronic devices – cameras, tracking, SOS, fall devices, and hidden cameras – to keep Seniors safe. No inventory, shipping, or collecting money for you to worry about: all sales are made and tracked through our company website.

You will receive full training, mentoring, and support. We’re just a phone call away, based right here in Vancouver, Canada.

More information here.

Robin Elliott

Do You Have Wings?

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Why is a bird not concerned that the branch on which it is precariously perched might break? Because the bird can fly. Why is one man terrified of old age and the onslaught of illness, while another takes it in his stride? Why does one panic when financial stress hits, while another calmly deals with it? Why does one person go to pieces when he loses his job, while another sees only opportunity?

At the age of sixty-four, I have seen people on both sides. I talked this morning with a woman of eighty-two, and last week received an email from another one aged eighty-four, and both are actively building their businesses. Google multi-millionaires who got rich in their own businesses after getting fired from a job. Note how many business owners went bankrupt several times before attaining great success. These people can fly.

Any nurse can tell you stories about people who coped exceptionally well with astonishingly difficult physical ailments. I see how well my wife (above) has coped with years of pain and physical restriction. She doesn’t just fly – she soars. And the ability to fly is not simply a matter of attending a seminar run by some narcissist in a shiny pink satin suit; it is accomplished through hard work.

I knew a Buddhist who could fly; the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path were a part of his very being. My sister is a Christian who, without her relationship with Christ and the work she puts into her daily walk with Him, plus her understanding of His way, would never be able to cope with her extreme physical challenges. Instead, she enjoys the “peace that passeth all understanding.”

And it all comes down to how we interpret our circumstances and challenges in life, how we frame them, how we choose to perceive them. We are all capable of choices, of what we focus on. Where focus goes, energy flows, and results grow. When you hang around with people who point out the hopelessness of your situation and emphasize the problems, you have little chance of flying. Consider Job’s wife, who, as a solution to his dire straits, recommended he “curse God and die,” or his so-called friends who told him that God was punishing him for his past sins.

From a financial perspective, the elderly have to endure physical frailty, and this exacerbates our financial challenges as the cost of pharmaceuticals, operations, and dental work soar. Fortunately, many of us come from an era in which personal independence, good manners, respect, discipline, and responsibility was a way of life, so we have the built-in ability to fly if we choose to do so.

By the time I turned 23, I was married with a child, I had finished school, spent a year in the army, worked for the government for a year, done part-time jobs while attending and completing a three-year diploma course in Hotel Management, and I was now running a restaurant. Believe me, I can fly. I hear of useless, thirty-five-year-old pot smokers who still live with their aging parents. They are incapable of flying.

Learn to fly: adopt the right value system, surround yourself with winners, feed your mind with the correct information, learn to change the stories you tell yourself about the circumstances you face and the choices that lie before you. Talk with, and learn from those who have attained real success in life and who cope well with adverse conditions. Make courageous choices. Take full personal responsibility for every area of your life. Stop playing the blame game. Step up and man up. I told a friend whom I was coaching, “It’s time to put on your Bitch Boots.” She did.

It’s never too late to start over.

Robin Elliott

Tired of Talking with Twits?

 

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We only have 24 hours a day. And it’s running out. In effect, we die a little each day as we get older; we get closer to death. Yet many of us, because of the brainwashing and conditioning of the government-controlled Socialist media, feel afraid of upsetting, “triggering,” or “offending” people, so we waste our time, which is our very lives, our most important, most valuable, irreplaceable resource, by listening to them and conversing with them.

There are so many more important things to be done with our time. Read a good book, get healthy exercise, talk with and learn from intelligent people, spend time with those you respect and love, commune with your God, build your business, clean your gun, weed the garden, play with your dog. Reenergize by communing with nature

Earl Nightingale said, “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” It’s time to cut the losers and parasites out of our lives, to reject this “Politically Correct” BS and purposefully offend anyone who subscribes to the Social Marxism that is destroying our civilization.

I don’t have time to waste on losers and birdbrains; there are so many meaningful, enjoyable things I can rather use my time for. I will no longer tolerate the rubbish that the brainwashed rabble blurt out. Let us grant our time the respect it deserves. Listening to some tattooed, Liberal jackass is like throwing garbage into your mind. Let’s feed our minds a healthy diet. Don’t defile your integrity or violate your values.

Don’t go with your default setting or yield to inertia. Despise those who make pre-programmed, socially conditioned decisions. Run in the opposite direction to the masses.

Here’s a brilliant actor acting like an uneducated, ill-informed, arrogant, low IQ Liberal: Click here.

Robin Elliott

How Does This Apply to YOU?

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In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had just heard the two words that employees everywhere fear: “You’re fired.” Their perspective changed, however, when a friend told them that they’d “been kicked in the a** with a golden horseshoe.” Being fired was, in fact, a blessing in disguise. Their book, Built from Scratch, is the inside story of how these two determined executives constructed the Home Depot empire from the ground up.

“You want a formula for success? Take two Jews who have just been fired, add an Irishman who just walked away from a bankruptcy and an Italian running a no-name investment banking firm.” — Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

How does that apply to YOU? What lessons can we glean from this remarkable success story?

First, it’s hard to create real success alone; it’s a lot more expensive, it takes a much longer time, and it can be an emotional roller-coaster ride. Plus, you will never attain the same heights of success that you could when teamed up with others. When one is down, the others can encourage him or her. Teamwork does make the dream work – if you have the right team, of course.

Secondly, it’s never too late. If you’ve heard that before, it’s because it is true. As we get older, we make less silly mistakes, we are more realistic, more patient, wiser, more experienced, more skilled, and more likely to make good choices. Your ego is in check because you have matured and learnt that you don’t know everything.

Thirdly, the sky’s the limit. Together, we can do amazing things, and, especially if your business can operate online and offline, geographic barriers fall away, and with them, earning potential. The Internet opens many doors for real entrepreneurs.

Fourthly, we all have weaknesses and areas that we know little about. In the right team, we can all contribute what we’re good at, and avoid failure by staying away from things we’re not good at.

And finally, in fifth place, we tend to be more objective, realistic, and rational in the right team. This is essential for a successful business and for solid growth. We also tend to be more flexible and less pig-headed. The team brings balance and perspective.

When selecting your team, seek people with a good track record, not only in business but even in sports, their families, their communities. Winners have successes/track records starting when they were children. Avoid losers, parasites, and whiners at all costs.

In our business, we offer the right people (usually over the age of 45) the opportunity to participate in a growing business with an excellent team by investing in a Distributorship.

We can build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be.

Robin Elliott

Putting Yourself Ahead of the Field

 

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Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body. If you were to read for 60 minutes a day, this will translate into about one book per week. One book per week will translate into about fifty books per year. Fifty books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next ten years. Since the average adult reads less than one book per year, when you begin reading for one hour per day, this alone will give you an incredible edge in your field of study, interest, or business.” ~ Brian Tracy

Naturally, what books you read is very important. If you read books that help you understand the way the world works and your chosen work, books written by authors with great minds, and books that explain philosophy and values, you’re on the right track. I regularly meet people who have never read any books by Ayn Rand or George Orwell, for example, but who nevertheless think they understand the way our politics and governments work. Read about things that are important, not silly science fiction and Stephen King-type books. That leads to useless, weak, obese minds, filled with useless information, like many of the bodies that house them.

That is why some people whom you may think are reasonably intelligent so easily fall for propaganda and false ideas, why so many never achieve real success, and why the average person is so ill-informed. He knows only what the government wants him to know. His vocabulary, grammar, and spelling, and ability to express himself verbally will be in direct proportion to his reading habits, and we know that a good vocabulary alone is often a deciding factor when it comes to success at work and in business. After all, can you imagine a CEO who writes, “I am better then Sam?” I can’t. You don’t get it? You don’t read much. It’s better than Sam.

A single book, a single audio program, a single seminar can, in fact, change your life, especially in business. Meeting one truly successful person can do the same. Successful people consistently make the right choices, and the most important one is the development of their brains because this will improve their frames of reference, and therefore their choices, and naturally, the results they experience in their lives.

Having said all that, if you are someone with no ambition, no goals, no hope, and no self-discipline, you will only read low-level information, if you read at all. Here’s a good book to start with: Jeff Olson’s “The Slight Edge.” Then “The Fountainhead,” then “Atlas Shrugged,” then “1984.” Program your brain with the thoughts and insights of the smartest people who ever lived. Read your Bible every night.

And if you prefer videos and movies, open YouTube and start with Stefan Molyneux and Professor Jordan Peterson. There are many uplifting, mind-expanding movies and there is excellent stuff on YouTube. Here’s an example of a man of outstanding achievement, who, if you asked him, would probably ascribe it primarily to his reading habits.

Robin Elliott

Why I Will Not Be “Politically Correct”

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The cult members and weaklings, those who crave the acceptance of the masses above integrity, the hypocrites, those who doubt their own sexuality, those with low IQ’s who have been brainwashed and don’t educate themselves and can’t think for themselves, the cowards and the politically motivated hate the fact the I tell the truth – the properly researched truth.

“Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against

The dying of the light.”

~ Dylan Thomas

I don’t need the acceptance of people like that. I don’t seek popularity. I answer only to my God and to myself. Soon and very soon, we will all die. Some sooner than we expect. I don’t want to be remembered as an appeaser and an idiot who obediently swallowed government propaganda or the delusions of his cult, or someone who secretly wished to participate in perversion and degradation under the banners of “acceptance” and “kindness.”

Let us band together as the soldiers of truth. Political “Correctness” is Cultural Marxism, anti-Christian, anti-family, anti-male, and anti-white. Its agenda is the destruction of the West.

Robin Elliott

 

 

10 Main Reasons Why Businesses Fail

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Businesses fail for several reasons. Here are a few to avoid:

1. If you’re starting a business simply because you can’t get a job, make sure you believe in what you’re doing, or you will fail. Believe in your system, your products, services, and uniqueness. And make sure you can do everything online as well.

2. To be a successful entrepreneur, one needs a great vision, ambition, a thick skin, immunity to discouragement, and the ability to live in isolation, and one should have enough capital to provide cash flow when there is no business to meet overheads.

3. Understand that many employees and most bureaucrats don’t like entrepreneurs. They are jealous, they don’t understand us, and they will attack you. Get over it. Get used to it. Don’t take it personally.

4. Trying to do things you’re not good at, or pretending to be good at something when you’re not, is a guarantee of failure. ONLY do what you love and what you are good at.

5. Retaining your “employee mindset” when you run your own business is suicidal. Think like an entrepreneur who doesn’t like holidays because he can’t work. Clock watchers will fail. Employee types never delegate the work, are arrogant, seldom take advice, never attend seminars to gain knowledge in their respective field, and work when they feel like it, instead of consistently. Read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Or they work too hard, trying to do it all themselves, and if they do employ people, they micro-manage them. They burn out and lose interest. And fail. You can avoid years of failure and loss by learning from experts.

6. Selecting the wrong business partners and employees is fatal to a business. You need people whom you respect, like, admire, trust, and enjoy spending time with in order to succeed – someone who shares your values and aspirations, and respects, admires, trusts, and likes you in return.

7. Failure to set yourself apart from your competition: You need a Unique Selling Proposition that makes sense and can be understood by your customers. Don’t be a commodity.

8. Charging too much and giving too little is dangerous. Tight-fistedness and aggression/fear is a clear indication that the entrepreneur has a Scarcity Mentality instead of an Abundance Mentality. Go the extra mile – add value – be memorable. Using collaboration and leverage will allow for this.

9. A Shrinking Market instead of a growing market: starting a Blockbuster Video store is not a good idea anymore.

10. Finally, a lack of flexibility. You have to be able to change, grow, adjust to market needs – fast. Be open-minded and courageous.

BONUS: Want to know what helps us decide whether or not an applicant is likely to be a successful Distributor for our business? I look for excuses: “I’m old, I don’t have a lot of contacts, I’m very busy, etc.” And I look for patterns. Winners find a way, losers find an excuse. You’re never too old to start over; it’s never too late. Ask Colonel Sanders!

Robin Elliott

Time for a Change? Don’t Miss This

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Too much month at the end of the money? Time to make some real money? Or just bored and want something worthwhile to do, while helping a lot of people? Is this the ideal business for you? No selling, training, recruiting, overhead, inventory, handling money required. Work part-time or full-time from home, real products filling a real and fast-growing need. You can do this all online or work with people, or both: your choice.

We created this business using our combined 70 years of business experience – what worked? What didn’t work? What would work and make money for any average person, even if they couldn’t sell or recruit people, and didn’t have a lot of money?

We spent a year and a half putting it together, researching, testing, and investing, so that we could be different from and better than what in the marketplace. We do most of the work, the licensing, insurance, shipping, money, customer service, sourcing, testing, and carrying inventory, warranties, everything. So that our salespeople and distributors would find it easy to succeed.

Give yourself a break. Take off the judge’s robes, have an objective look at this, and I think you will be impressed. Click here for more information.

Robin Elliott