When I was 17-years old I graduated from high school in Las Vegas, Nevada, spent the summer visiting relatives in Detroit, Michigan and then joined the US Army. Why? I wanted to raise money for college. I had gotten into the college of my dreams but couldn’t afford to go there (even with financial aid). My step-father (the breadwinner for our family) had unexpectedly passed away the year before so life had thrown me a curve ball.
I had also gotten into UNLV and made the cheerleading squad but family matters prevented me from attending. Basically, UNLV didn’t have yearround dorms and I had decided I wasn’t going to live with my mom anymore — so I joined the US Army!
Are you wondering yet how I got that idea? Well, my grandfather suggested it to me during the summer after my high school graduation — he wanted me to stay on a good path.
I am so grateful for my grandfather’s suggestion because joining the US Army at that time in my life was the best thing for me. It gave me a life-changing experience. I developed a type of discipline I never knew I even had. Getting up at 5 am for physical training (aka exercise), scaling a 50-foot tower (or was it 100 feet?) and dealing with a multitude of personalities was good for me. I have appplied the lessons I learned to my life ever since.
I share this story because it illustrates a point. When you have a problem, figure out a solution and implement it. Joining the US Army to help pay for college allowed me to take advantage of a great program the military offered at the time to build your college fund in return for your dedicated service. This plan definitely worked! I used my army college fund to pay for college and get a degree. The moral of this story is not that you need a degree to be successful in life. It’s that you need an effective strategy for accomplishing your goals in life!
There once was a time when I was over 40 and overweight. This excess weight wasn’t good for my health because type II diabetes runs in my family (my mother had it). I can remember the day when a friend of mine who happens to be a doctor said something like, “Women develop type II diabetes post 40… and being overweight is a factor.” I was thinking to myself… “Oh My Gosh!” I developed the Eat Healthy & Get Thin Naturally Plan out of necessity. I had tried several others but they didn’t work for me. My eating plan has helped me lose over 25 lbs naturally. Now, it’s helping other women lose weight naturally too!
As a biz owner, I’m faced with growing my biz to serve as many people as possible. I have determined that implementing a good marketing plan monthly is key to achieving this goal. One part of that plan involves making a list of relevant blogs I’ll advertise on monthly. Running banner ads on those blogs consistently will help me get the word out to as many people as possible so I can serve them.
Well, now you know a little about me. So, what about you? What’s your story? What problems do you want to solve in your biz or personal life? Do you have a plan? Do you know where you’re going today, tomorrow, and in 2012?
My military training has taught me that we’ll always be mastering the basics. It’s like art. You just keep getting better at it the more you do it!