Monthly Archives: December 2014

‘It’s Very Rewarding’

The other day, my grandson posted on Facebook that he was thinking about volunteering in his brother’s class, at the suggestion of the teacher. I posted back that, “It’s very rewarding”. As I thought about what the rewards would have been for me, I wondered if the rewards would be the same for him. I decided that most likely they wouldn’t be, because it would be a whole different experience for each of us.


For all of us, the rewards we gain from certain activities are different. For some, the reward of having a home-based business is that they can avoid a long commute. For others, it is that they want to be home with their children; and for yet others, it is the potential for the income that can come from many home-based businesses.

At Home Working in Slippers (c) martha robards

Working at home in slippers – aaahhh!


Whatever my grandson’s ‘reward’ for volunteering in his brother’s class ends of being for him, I hope it creates in him the desire to continue and spurs him forward, and I will always encourage him – and for those who work in a home-based business, or are considering doing so, think about what the ‘rewards’ are or would be for you, and let them spur you on. Like the dangling carrot, we have to be able to see the rewards to keep moving toward them.


Dangling Carrot 12-22-14 from Microsoft

Keep your rewards in front of you

12-24-14 UPDATE:    Our grandson loved volunteering in his brother’s class.   Some of the ‘rewards’ he realized were seeing the kids’ reactions to receiving and giving.   Seeing the rewards for our good work can be a great source of joy for us, which can help us to have a happy, thankful disposition. Then we begin to look forward to the reward, and it can become like the dangling carrot – something we are pursue.

So, reach out! Think about the ‘rewards’ that can come from doing positive things, and do it! Set the goals and rewards in front of you.   You can reach your home-based business goals and reap the rewards.

Quit Taking It Personally

Qtip 12-10-14

I attended a class recently where one of my fellow students passed out a q-tip to each of us. She said she had learned this lesson years ago in a psychology class and it applied to what we were learning that day. Of course, a few said, “Q-tip? What’s this for?” She smiled and said, “Quit taking it personally.” I keep it in my purse.


Lesson learned.


We hear it all the time. We hear it from our mentors, our leaders, our team members. I hear it and I say it. “They’re not saying no to ‘you’, they’re just saying no to the invitation right now.” Or, “Don’t worry. Next time more people will show up. Best foot forward.” I repeat all of that positive self talk constantly. Still, once in awhile, there is a nagging doubt, a feeling that they said ‘no’ because of me – something I said or something I did.


Hence, the q-tip.


When seeds of self-doubt begin to be planted, do whatever possible to stop them from taking root. When we are working hard every day; following our schedule and routine; know our product; are presenting the product or offering an invitation to look at it – and are doing these things regularly, we will hear ‘no’. We will hear objections. Remember though, to quit taking it personally and move on. Keep going. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions about products, business models and companies. If our job is to invite someone to look at ours, and we do, and they say ‘no’, move on. Quit taking it personally. If we take it personally every time, it will be hard for us to move on and keep going. I keep the q-tip in my purse.