50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlier

life begins at end of your comfort zone

I look back on my life and think about things I wish I knew earlier. It would have made my life so much easier if I knew then what I know now. Here’s my list of things I wish I could turn back the hands of time to tell my younger self. Maybe it’s not too late for you.

  1. You’re stronger than you think you are.
  2. Mistakes teach you important lessons.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.
  3. There is nothing to hold you back except you.
  4. You can press forward long after you can’t.  It’s a matter of wanting it bad enough.
  5. No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.
  6. You are limited only by your own imagination. Let it fly.
  7. Perception is reality.
  8. Your instincts can be trusted.
  9. There is only one question to ask yourself: “What would you do if you were not afraid?”
  10. It’s often hard to tell just how close you are to success.
  11. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
  12. Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.
  13. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
  14. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
  15. Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.
  16. Laughter is the best medicine for stress.  Laugh at yourself often.
  17. If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.
  18. Forgiving yourself is far more important than getting others to forgive you.
  19. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  20. Be nice to yourself.
  21. For the most part, it doesn’t matter what people think.  Follow your own truth.
  22. No education is wasted. Drink in as many new experiences as you can.
  23. Making one person smile can change the world.
  24. Don’t forget to enjoy your journey!
  25. You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have.
  26. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
  27. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
  28. Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak.  It doesn’t always solve your problems either.
  29. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
  30. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
  31. You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
  32. Give up worrying about what others think of you.
  33. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
  34. You have to accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to appreciate the things that are only yours.
  35. As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
  36. Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone.  Some of your best life experiences and opportunities will transpire only after you dare to lose.
  37. Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go.
  38. You’ll rarely be 100% sure it will work.  But you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work.
  39. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future for too long.  Right now is life.  Live it.
  40. No matter how cautiously you choose your words, someone will always twist them around and misinterpret what you say.  Just say what you need to say.
  41. Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck.
  42. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.  That’s how dreams are achieved.
  43. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  44. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.
  45. Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
  46. It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.
  47. If it were easy everyone would do it.
  48. Be vulnerable.
  49. A problem is a chance for you to learn.
  50. Regardless of the situation, life goes on.

Life is for the living.It’s for grabbing onto and living on the wild side. Life is not about sitting safely in the harbor, but about casting off the bowlines and heading into the unknown. Live life to the fullest today.


CREDIT: Article by Nancy Sathre-Vogel. Posted on Stumbleupon.com (Nov. 28, 2011).
Office Assistant 2 Go is just sharing this inspiring information.

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel: After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people’s kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family – three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. 

Launching With a Loved One? 5 Lessons From Successful Startup Couples

Picture 47This article caught my attention as it applies very much to my personal life. When I started my virtual business over ten years ago, I did it on own as my husband still had a job and independent projects of his own. Later one, as the economy and personal circumstances came upon us, we were both thrown into the business together in order to make it through. I can see the cons on this type of “association” but if your personal relationship is strong and you both have common goals for financial, personal and professional growth it is really a great opportunity. Ours has given us the opportunity to become closer, share many more quality moments together, flexibility to attend to family matters when necessary as ours is a virtual mobile business that we can take with us anywhere. We have even had the opportunity to travel for extended periods of time and still maintain our clientele and business afloat. First of all, analyze your personal status as a couple and then plunge into whatever brings you both happiness doing. Good luck and SUCCESS!

A wise individual once said: “Being in a relationship is like putting miracle-grow on your defects.” Throw a business into the mix, and you may find yourself riding an express train on a hell-bound bean stock.

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Why So Many People Resist Networking and Miss Out

Picture 24When I saw this article it really called my attention because lately I’ve been hearing a lot about networking groups. As a Virtual Assistant working from my home office it is very difficult to connect on a daily basis in ‘real life’ with other professionals. Weeks go by and it seems that I life in a ‘bubble’ involved with my internal network of clients and their individual business affairs. There is no better place to really GO OUT, get dressed up for success and meet new entrepreneurs and business professionals in your area. There are also local Expo Fairs that attract many professionals and new prospects and if you are there with your ‘product/service’ they will get to know something new about your business and BAM – opportunity strikes!  I recently participated in a couple of networking groups and a local Business Expo Fair and got three great leads that may convert into new clients. Read below and eliminate all the fears and excuses to network!:

Every year, more evidence comes out on the success people have using networking to grow and promote their businesses. But I still see so many people who, for one reason or another, continue to resist networking. I began to wonder why so many business owners were still not sold on networking as a way to grow their business, given that marketing and advertising is so cost-prohibitive, whereas networking provides a great return for a much smaller monetary investment.

I decided to turn to my own network and ask why business owners continue to resist what is so widely known to work. I received more than 100 responses and the answers were really insightful. There are four major reasons business owners resist the benefits of networking, according to what I am hearing in the field:

1. You’re not confident.

This was the most popular reason to resist networking, according to respondents. There were quite a few different ways that “lack of confidence” was described as keeping people from networking. For some, the thought of interacting with strangers is paralyzing, while for others a mix of low self-confidence, shyness and under-estimation of what they can contribute were cited as reasons to avoid networking. Some respondents mentioned a fear of rejection as the reason.

Giving into these fears is just plain bad for business. A successful entrepreneur is not blocked by fear. In fact, most people find that once they actually venture out to meet people in a network setting, they not only build their businesses — they actually have a good time.

2. You’re too busy.
Not having time to network is another excuse I hear a lot from people when I suggest they get involved in a networking organization. People either don’t think it’s worth giving up something else to network, find it causes stress on top of their other obligations or simply believe they don’t have time.

But using “too busy” as an excuse means they are not clear on what they want to gain by directing time toward networking. Once they learn that breaking out of their routine is an enriching experience, they can find ways to make it work into their schedule.

3. You’re impatient for results.
Often people don’t network because they expect immediate results. They deny the fact that networking works because they personally don’t follow up with the people they connect with and get no results. They are impatient and don’t understand the value of taking the time to build fruitful relationships. It hasn’t worked for them in the past, because they go for the “close” as opposed to establishing trust and the relationship first.

We live in such a rushed society these days, expecting — even demanding — immediate results for our efforts. Networking is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme. As I’ve often said, a successful networking effort is much more like farming than hunting. We have to cultivate good relationships that pay us back over the long term, year after year.

4. You think networking is selling.
People often resist networking because they are frightened about being sold to or don’t want to pitch their sale in a room full of competition.

What they don’t realize is that networking is not like “cold-calling.” It isn’t something you do to someone — it’s something you do with them. It’s a conversation. It involves more listening. If both parties keep that in mind, they will be genuinely interested in the other person as they get to know each other. This interest leads to comfort, and that comfort leads to opportunities to provide referrals as they arise and those referrals lead to business.


CREDIT: Article by Ivan Misner (Entrepreneur and Author) Posted on Entrepreneur.com (Apr. 11, 2013). Office Assistant 2 Go is just sharing this interesting information from Entrepreneur.com.

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

Picture 27During times of stress, frustration and the need for change the first thing that everyone thinks about is I NEED TO QUIT AND WORK FOR MYSELF! Well, it’s not that simple and glamorous as you may think.  You never really work for yourself, as you have customers, vendors, and many other key individuals that make your business a successful one.  It takes time, planning, self-evaluation, and a Plan B option.  Here is a good article that can give you some tips on what to consider before quitting that ‘horrible’ job you have:

Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a risky, often stressful move. “The biggest reason people don’t end up quitting is the fear of uncertainty. They don’t know what might happen and they don’t want to give up the security that they already have,” says Sean Ogle, who quit a job in finance to live in Thailand and run a virtual search engine optimization and Web consultancy.

How do you know when the time is right to make the leap? Here are 10 questions to ask before you quit your job.

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How to choose the best Legal Structure for your startup

One thing most of us, small business owners – entrepreneurs, ask ourselves is, should I incorporate, do an LLC, what is the difference?…questions that sometimes are difficult to get answers for.  I recently stumbled upon this article which I feel gives us a bit of information in a very simple and clear way, at least to get us started.  Remember that these questions need to be brought up to your legal and financial adviser so that you establish the correct structure for the type of business you have and that would benefit and protect you and your business.

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