Posted in Online Business Building, Virtual Partner

If You Believe in Them, Invest in Them – (Be Someone’s Hero)


My Hero invested in me many years ago and changed the course of my life forever as well as the course for others. That’s why I say,

‘If you Believe in Them, Invest in Them’

Be someone’s Hero and the reason for their success.

 

Having a vision without the proper resources is one of the most restricting feelings you can imagine. Some may have a dream of starting a small business while others are fantasizing about changing the world in some way. There are those who just want to break out of the old and rebuild their lives. The reasons are endless. Motivated people may have education and no platform or others have no education but they have drive and determination Either way, when you are ready to leave your mark and you don’t have the tools, it beats down on you… day after day after day after day.

When I was 21 years old I convinced my husband at the time to open an Auto Body Repair Shop. He was well-trained in a vocational school and very good at his trade. I had the background of administration and sales. We had no clue what we were doing but we knew we wanted to do it. No formal college, not a dime to our name. Just drive and passion.

I kept saying, ‘what have we got to lose.’ Even back then (almost 40 years ago) I knew the gold in being an entrepreneur and even though the businesses may have changed, I never looked back to consider corporate America…ever.

What do you do when you have talent, drive, and desire but little or no money? For us, we called HERO, my father. We asked him to borrow $2000 to rent a warehouse. He agreed and I insisted we had a formal payment plan with interest. I drew it up and he signed it. It felt so official.

We didn’t know what to do after that but we figured it out. We got a line of credit from a really supportive paint supplier who stocked our shop with all our necessary supplies for months. They too invested in us. We purchased a beat-up old desk from the phone company and put up a shed in our 900 sq ft warehouse to use as our office because we didn’t have the money to build a real one. We improvised. We knocked on doors for business. We followed up on every lead we had. We eagerly sat outside our warehouse at the end of every day until we finally got our first customer.

Who do you think was the proudest? YES, my father was proud. He was proud from year one. He, being retired, would come in and help out. Everything from driving cars to dealerships we were doing work for, to sweeping the floor.

He was THAT proud of us.

It took us about 2 years to pay back that $2000. We struggled. We ate fish almost every night that my husband had caught and ran up a department store credit card to buy dog food and necessities. We had a blast!! After all, it was OURS and we got to build something amazing.  We had a blast even before the break came when all of a sudden we found that we could afford things. First, we bought a car, then a new boat. THEN we took a cruise to Alaska and bought a bigger home. That all began only 5 years into our launching the business.

Do you think my father took responsibility for our success? You’re damned right he did. I am sure he shared about us with his friends all the time! My ex, Frankie and I still reminisce about those good times. Our friends still share about those times. It was something special.

I share this story with you because imagine if my Hero / father hadn’t invested in us. Where would we be? Working jobs. Yes. Earning a nice income, I’m sure. But what we got from having someone believe in us and growing something from a seed was priceless. Since then I had a lucrative Real Estate career and a wonderful coaching business. And guess what? I help others start new businesses. It’s a gift I want to give everyone who has that passion.

As someone who is approached by many entrepreneur wannabes, the part that frustrates me is when they can’t afford me. I kept my fees the same for 12 years to help. I have had my share of ProBono clients to help out. I have become creative to offer affordable support to those who want it. I created groups at my home for women entrepreneurs to teach them about business. All they paid was $5 and if they didn’t have it, they were invited anyway. I do what I can. Today I would like to go a step further.

I’d like to invite the loved ones of these Superstars to come forward and help them out.

They may have asked you for financial support in the past and you declined or they may be too proud to ask. Either way, if you know your loved one has a passion and is challenged by financial resources, offer them help. They may need schooling, coaching or just someone to encourage them to go forward.

Who Invested in You and Changed Your Life Forever? Who was YOUR Hero?

If someone else invested in you, and gave you a future that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise, then this may be your opportunity to pay it forward. If no one invested in you, this maybe be your opportunity to give to someone what you wish had been given to you and change a life forever, including yours.

If you or someone you know has a loved one who needs a partner to help them move forward don’t ignore a creative mind. We need them. If you don’t know how to help, there are many ways. One is that you can consider my Virtual Partner program. It’s a one on one video call experience where we walk through all phases of their needs. I hung up my coaching title and took on this title because its a less authoritative experience. Still, it has a leadership level of support with resources beyond your imagination. It’s just gentler and more freedom based. It consists of all my years of entrepreneurial wisdom combined with fun, empowerment and motivation.

If you think this is something your loved one would love to have, then let’s talk or just go to my Virtual Partner site and take a look at some of what I offer. If this is NOT what they need, contact me anyway and I’ll help you find what works for your situation.

Please be the hero in someone’s life, believe in them, be proud of them, INVEST in them. They are not the only ones who will benefit. YOU too will be rewarded with the fulfilling feeling of making a difference in someone’s life.

Let me hear from you

Enthusiastically,

Fran

 

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Posted in Online Business Building

Are You Over Performing?


This article will probably raise some eyebrows. I do hope it raises those that could really use it.

Are you over performing in life and possibly under-achieving? I work with many people who are out there day after day, beating the pavement, going to workshops, taking classes, organizing, envisioning and doing everything they are being told to do. Often the results are not satisfying. Is that you?

If you’ve been operating at a pace that isn’t yours but you think you need to in order to succeed, think again.

If we are supposed to be doing it someone else’s way than why are so many people still struggling? I know there are many people out there who have amazing programs and systems that do work. But if you have tried and tried and it hasn’t, then don’t beat yourself up. While they work for some or many, they don’t work for all.

No need to let that worry you. If you are not succeeding doing it someone else’s way then consider doing it yours! What does that mean? It means to start listening to your own inner guidance system that will show you what to do. Begin sitting in silence and asking and listening for your personal direction. Believe it or not, this is the shortest path to your vision. It really is.

Life isn’t supposed to hurt. I see so many people hurting in spite of their actions. Maybe the actions need to be more inspired than received at a seminar.

No one says you have to stop learning. Just be particular about what you allow into your belief system. Does it feel like a good fit? Or does it feel like it may be good for someone else but not for you? It’s ok not to follow a very successful person if it doesn’t feel right.

Today, take some time to plan your own path and feel the difference.

Enthusiastically,

Fran

For more information about Fran Asaro go to www.thriveanyway.com

Posted in empowerment, self esteem, Thrive

Alive and Kicking – Making a Difference in a Childs Self Expression


I know of a woman who allows her children to write on the walls of her home. When I questioned this she explained that she didn’t want to thwart their creativity and full self-expression.

Being from a wonderful albeit structured family environment I had a hard time imagining myself condoning this exercise. I am a Life coach for goodness sake. I encourage my clients to live out loud and live a life by design – their own design. Wouldn’t that be the case for children too? So which is it then? Provide structure and strong guidance or support the ‘anything goes’ attitude?

Someone else I know feels that she was a square peg forced to fit into a round hole during her childhood. She wanted to dance and they asked her to sit and behave. She brought home animals and they asked her to stop. She thought differently from the rest, and they demanded she conforms. Now in her late 50’s finds it difficult to stretch herself beyond her comfort zone and realize her visions.

I remember at 10 years old sitting next to a woman at a wedding. I had never met her and yet she spent a lot of time talking to me as if I was an adult. She looked into my eyes; She asked me open-ended questions and made me feel like a star. I am eternally grateful to what she gifted me that day and have thought of her fondly ever since. I have also made it a point to do the same to other children.

Where in your childhood did someone profoundly impact who you are today?

Being a part of the growth of any child is an honorable task. What a gift to be able to support the individuality and identity of another. I suggest we step up a bit and see what we can do today to make a difference in a child’s life. Where can you challenge them to do something unique, say something they’ve never said, experience something they haven’t yet experienced? We may never know the impact that act has on them for life, however, I venture to think they will never be the same because of it. Dare yourself to be alive and kicking and pass that on to someone else.

Hmmm, I wonder, if my clients had the opportunity to draw on a wall or dance in the rain if they would have needed to come to me to learn how to live out loud!

Enthusiastically,
Fran

Fran Asaro is the CEO and founder of Thrive Any Way Personal and Business Coaching. For more information go to www.thriveanyway.com

Posted in empowerment, unstoppable

Giving Up Just Short Of The Gold


[tweetmeme] When you are pursuing a new venture and it doesn’t seem to be working out, it’s a natural impulse to quit and call it a failure.

When you have been eating right for weeks and nary a pound has fallen from your body, it’s understandable when you say ‘I might as well be eating a pizza’.

When you find yourself in a whirlwind relationship and all of a sudden turbulence it’s the air, of course the first thoughts will be ‘I must have made a mistake – I’m outta here”.

Most of us feel a tug at some point in our journey, even when we are passionate about something, if it occurs that things just aren’t going as planned. And we want to bail.

Do you think that those of us who bail a bit too soon are the same people who never truly get to experience the joy of achievement? Are the people who thrive the ones who hit a speed bump, and another and another but STILL continue in spite of it all?

All I know is it’s very frustrating to bust my tail for little or no reward. When this happens my thinking gets distorted and I begin to question my abilities, motives, and worthiness. Now this will surely thwart my possibilities don’t you think?

What it truly takes in times of adversity or breakdown is that inner muscle. The one that says, ‘I’m going forward no matter what. I am going to see this thing to fruition – and only THEN will I decide if I want to give up or not. Not because I am confronted with a challenge, but because I CHOOSE to. Bring on the challenge because it build my stamina, it strengthens my determination, it thrusts me forward’.

Continue until you get to the GOLD!

Happy Thursday

Enthusiastically,
Fran

Making a life transition and need support? Call me for a free consultation. 954 370 8001

Posted in empowerment, Thrive, unstoppable

When All Else Fails


What are your options when you try everything and nothing seems to work? Do you give up? Do you try harder? Do you surrender to a higher source?

It’s a tough decision. When you are out there beating down doors to get business, or to make ends meet and you still can’t get ahead, how much harder do you need to work? Is there such a thing as relinquishing your energy and letting the chips fall where they may? Would that be considered giving up or failure?

Is there a right way to handle a relationship that is so turbulent, no matter how much you try you cannot see the light? Do you walk away or stay with your commitment?

When you have a child whose behavior is less than acceptable and yet you cannot penetrate them with sense, do you give up or fight back?

If you try and try again to eat right and exercise but you continue to fall short of your goals should you forget about trying at all?

We all have those things that challenge us. We all fall short of what we want, need or strive for. We ALL fail over and over again. So what does that mean when we fail? What does it mean when we can’t get ahead of ourselves? Why do others BEAT that race while others continue on a hamster wheel?

All I can say is this – when all else fails – Remember the following:

  • Know that you have choice. Choice seems to free us up from feeling imprisoned by our experience. Then choose the way to go. There is no right or wrong, there is only choice. So choose to go in another direction or persevere in the one you began.
  • Know there is a solution – there always is – trust that and stay committed to it.
  • Trust that there is an end to this – maybe soon, maybe not. But it’s coming
  • Know that what is happening is happening FOR you and not TO you. A muscle is building in you that one day you will see and appreciate. Maybe not today, but one day.
  • Times like these are a reminder not to speed up, but a time to reflect and allow ourselves to be guided and enlightened. Do what it takes to get universal/ divine support.

When all else fails, know that perspective plays a huge part in your situation. Change your thoughts, change your story.

I wish you a smooth day.

Enthusiastically,

Your partner during tough times

Fran

Going through a transition that requires support and guidance? Call Fran 954 370 8001

Posted in empowerment

Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places


This is not necessarily about relationships. This is about looking for satisfaction or fulfillment in areas that aren’t fulfilling.

We’ve heard the saying ‘don’t go to empty wells for water’ right? But some of us continue to go to people, places and things that don’t provide what we need.

Why go to a realistic person for support if you are a visionary and all they will provide is realism? Not that we don’t need SOME realism but if that’s not what you are looking for at that moment, then be mindful of who it is that you go to.

If you are looking for friendships that are deep and intimate, then why go to places where superficiality exists?

Where else in your life are you swimming in the ‘wrong’ pool? And why do you continue to go there?

Sometimes it’s all we know. We are trying to prove to ourselves that we can make that person see it our way. Or we think that person should be supportive since they are our partner, parent or friend. Just because they are those things, doesn’t mean they are the place to go when you need what you need.

Being responsible for our fulfillment, satisfaction and support is huge. And being responsible for who we choose to partner with us in those areas is equally huge. Let today begin a new pattern. One where you think before you share yourself and make sure you are in the right place for what you need.

You deserve to be supported in the manner you choose. Now all you have to do it act on it

Happy Wednesday

Enthusiastically,

Fran