Why I Made The Decision to Invest in Myself & My Business (And Why You Should Too)

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Invest in Yourself and Your Business

I would like to believe I’m a pretty smart cookie when it comes to investing in me. Not trying to brag. Just being honest.

In my business and writing, I plan accordingly and use the best ideas to move forward. Within that plan, I use several different services and products to work more efficiently – working smarter, not harder.

But I wasn’t always the sharpest knife in the business drawer.

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Take My Breath Away

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Over the past few months there have been some amazing new changes in my personal and professional life. So many things have been going on that I haven’t really had a moment to catch my breath.

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The little grown people and I moved into a new house. We were fortunate enough to find a place on the same block in which my grandmother lived for umpteen years before she passed 16 years ago. The house isn’t in the ideal section of the city, yet the block had a lot of history and memories from my childhood.

Test PaintingIt took a while to get our home together and, truthfully, there is still work needed to be done. Yet, it is our little place right now and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve got tons of space for all my books – educational reading, business reading, composition, binders and leisure reading, which make me a happy camper. And there is enough space for me to have an office (sorta) which I desperately needed. The kids have their own space so they stay out of mine. It works for all of us.

Ironically, on the same day I signed the lease to my new home I bought my first car. Now, I’ve had my driver’s license for over a decade but I never had my own car before. I named her Emma and she is awesome. She isn’t new, a 2000 Chevy Malibu, but she gets us around and is amazing on gas which in a win/win scenario. Her previous owner didn’t take the greatest care of her, doing no maintenance work AT ALL. So, I got a few internal things done to make sure she ran the way she should – nothing major though. The crazy part is, I got her for really cheap and plan on slowly building her into something pretty cool.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and FreeDigitalPhotos.net

In the midst of these two momentous occasions my clientele went through the roof. Some folks I had to put on hold and others I had to unwillingly turn away, which I never enjoy doing. With all the moving and renovating, there was no room for me to work, let alone on other people’s projects. It got downright crazy. It always seemed like I was being pulled into ninety different directions with no time to get my head on straight. However, as things are settling down I have managed to hold on to some writing gems.

The wordsmiths that I have been working for/with blow my mind at times and I know you guys will be presently impressed and in awe with their work. I won’t announce who I’m working with right now, as I haven’t ironed all specifics out. But more details are coming soon.

Due to the heavy volume of things to do, I haven’t had much time to sit and type. Most of my thoughts are jotted into one of my millions of notebooks for later transcription. However, I have managed to tinker around with the format of my other sites in an effort to add more content and gain more readership. It is a very tedious task and takes the small amount of focus I have left after everything else is done in a day. Also, there are two books in the works for release before the end of the year. The cover art will be revealed in the upcoming weeks and I will definitely keep you posted on the specific dates each will drop.

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During all of this, I have managed to think of all of you. You guys have supported me for a very long time. You root for me when I have stopped cheering for myself out of exhaustion. If it wasn’t for you, the readers, giving me that extra push, I would have given up years ago. You may not feel that you’re doing anything more than reading the posts I write, but that means more to me than you could ever know. It’s not always easy to get a few moments to lay down everything that is going on in a post. But, if you follow me on social media (I’m on all of them), I send out blasts of my activities almost daily to keep everyone in the know.

With all the things going on, it has a tendency to take my breath away. However, I never forget about writing and I never forget about you, the reader. Just because you can’t see the change, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

Stay tuned.

Peace & Blessings

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Poll: What Will Make Things Better

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Help make TrinaLynne.com a little better.

I would love to hear your opinions about what is going right and wrong on the site. Please fill out the poll and feel free to leave your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS and/or CONCERNS about what will make this website better for all of you.

Thanks so much. I appreciate your advice.

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The Millionaire Mind

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Like anyone else, I have always been intrigued how others acquire their wealth. The best practices of people who make millions yearly, is something that I have been widely studying.

Recently, I picked up New York Times Best Seller “The Millionaire Mind” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. The book is very interesting and enlightening. Dr. Stanley shows, through hundreds of surveys conducted, what millionaires accredit to achieving their financial freedom.

To my surprise, integrity is one of the leading reasons why these millionaires have their wealth. Within the integrity realm, being honest with all people is at the top of the list. This squashes many folks’ theory that to acquire wealth you must be dishonest.

Another whammy for me was the high concentration on getting along with people – or being a people person, to acquire wealth. You can make money not being nice to people, but it is harder and takes longer. Who wouldn’t want to work for or with someone who naturally and generally gets along with others?

The last fact that I found very interesting was the majority of millionaires surveyed also certify being physically fit as a reason for their wealth. Being in good shape helps you in business. The reasoning behind this is that it keeps a person energized and on their toes. It also is a tactic that makes all the haters (critics) upset.

There are many other things accredited to the millionaire’s wealth, but these three factors; integrity, social skills and physical fitness, were the most interesting to me.

These things, among others, made me realize that being wealthy has absolutely nothing to do with GPAs or SATs. It also made me realize that you don’t have to  be an heiress to get there. Many of the millionaires surveyed started from ground zero to make the millions they now have today.

I know you’re probably saying to yourself, “what does this book have to do with you as a writer?”

It has everything to do with me as a writer.

Many statistics say that unless you are the Stephen King’s or James Patterson’s of the world, the odds of you making hundreds of thousands, let alone millions, is highly unlikely. Many writers don’t even earn enough to make ends meet.

It’s not all about money because anyone who knows me knows that I honestly love to write and love to be a part of the literary world. That just brings me to another point made by the survey, a very high percentage say that you must love your vocation in order to truly acquire wealth from it.

When it comes to me, my career, and my business; I have never wanted to be like everyone else, lost in the fray of things. I have never liked being average. And I would like to be the anomaly of the writer’s statistics.

What this book is showing me, is that I can become wealthy as a writer because by the survey’s standards of the book, I actually have a “millionaire mind”. The only thing I need to do is to execute the intellect that I already have and use it to bring my words into fruition.

So with all that being said, I must get back to work. 😉

Until next time.

 

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Working for Self

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Many people believe that because I work for myself that I have all the time in the world to do whatever I want. They also believe that I have to answer to no one and my job should be a cake walk. Boy, do I wish.

When you work for yourself it is no different from working for someone else.

You should be:

  • Organized – Your work area should be clean and clear of clutter. A cluttered work area can clutter the mind. All your supplies should be within arms reach, or at least within the same room. No need in scattering things everywhere, because you will get nothing accomplished.

 

  • Schedule Oriented – This is very important. Create a schedule of things that need to get done within a day, week, or month. Try to stick to it as much as you can. Successfully having a schedule can help you get goals accomplished quicker, and it can help you structure your work into your life without too much hassle.

 

  • Determined – Determination is key to any endeavor. If you aren’t determined at what you do, you will fail. When you awake in the morning, one of your first thoughts should be about your work. If it’s not one of the first things you think about, you may want to try something new.

These three things should be a part of your work ethic. I could definitely name more things you should be or could do, but these are the most important. (At least to me)

The other thing is that when you work for yourself, you are not actually working for yourself.

I mean, of course you are the driving force behind the product or service you offer. However, when you are digging your nails into the world of business you find that to stay afloat, you have to work with and for others – even if the company is run by you.

For example: To create a bigger buzz, as well as to hone my writing skills, I freelance.

Which means, I work for other people within working for myself.

Working for yourself may seem like the easy thing to do. I will tell you that being self-employed takes more effort than working for an outside company.

Remember:

  • You are responsible for your product/services (Which means creation and promotion)
  • You are who consumers will contact if they have questions or concerns.
  • You are the one who makes each and every decision (Remember one decision can make or break your company)

Now if this small amount of information still has you believing that what I, or any other self-employed person, do is easy – I invite you to hang with me for a day and see the amount of work that goes into being your own boss.

Working for myself is a true dream come true, but it is the blood, sweat and tears that make it all worth while. There is nothing EASY about it either.

Until next time.

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