I Drank the Koolaid.Yearly is the Sugar.

Last Update: May 09, 2016

Remember I promised short and sweet blogs? This ain’t one of those today, folks. I have a lot to share today. Bear with me.

So. Here I sit unemployed and enjoying the heck out of starting my own business. I can't believe what I've accomplished so far and I'm quite proud of myself. My husband is proud too. And so are our kids.

Going Yearly

When I look at the investment I just made, part of me is like...ARE YOU DAFT? I'm spending money that I might need for necessities! Then I realized something; being able to control my own destiny IS a necessity. I thought long and hard about that.

I’m currently unemployed because I had no control over my destiny. None. That destiny was provided to me in fancy packaging stamped “employee”. I have frustrations being an “employee” but absolutely love working. Does that make sense? For me, along with not having control, is the frustrations of “being told” what to do for the sake of being told what to do. I was never really good at that. But, I’m great at learning, developing, growing and understanding the “whys”.

The Necessity of Entrepreneurship

I've always had a leadership based, entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to own something that was mine. I wanted to have control over my destiny at a very early age. Back in the 1970’s women didn’t own their own businesses or, at best, found it very challenging to do so. And even if they wanted to, who was going to give them a business loan? “Get a job”. That’s what my father said. I listened to him. After all, Father Knows Best. Right?

Here's a little backstory on my “about me” page.http://financialnestegg.com/about-me

I explained to my son at an early age the importance of following his passion and owning his own business vs. getting a paycheck signed by someone else. I taught him this lesson the hard way and hoped he would learn from it. To this day, my son thanks me for making him de-tassle corn when he was 13. I made him do it for two years. It was tiring, hard, dirty work and extremely long days. That second year he came home one day and said..."mama, I don't ever want to work that hard for so little money". Good. Lesson learned. I told him to do what he loves. He is very successful in his chosen business. Thank you!

Hey Mr.! Can you spare a Dollar?

As a business minded person, there is one thing I know. I'm saving over $225 by paying the yearly up front. Makes sense and I like math. :) Then the true realization hit me...the annual membership is less than $1.00 a day. ONE DOLLAR. Okay. I went to the grocery store yesterday and bought my meat in bulk and repackaged it myself instead of “paying extra” for the convenience of smaller packaged, precut meat. I figured out I was saving way more than a dollar a day. There! Justified!

Yes. I drank the Kool-Aid - but it tastes much sweeter this time.

Anyway...here I go again. Those of you that hang around me know I LOVE to ramble. :) In the past I promised to keep my blogs short - because time is valuable. But today, this was valuable to me.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you today. Now, get busy. Go forth and conquer!!

Peace, and make it a great day! LOVE YA!

Sheila.


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TomMoore Premium
Hey Sheila...that was one of the best, most informative posts I've read anywhere, not just in WA. I feel fortunate to be on the same team with you, let alone the same planet...lol!
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bluzy1 Premium
Welcome to "OUR" planet. Thank you so much for the compliment. You know...I always write from the heart. It might not always be the right thing to say, but it's the right way to be. One of my favorite sayings ever is:

Esse Quam Videri - "To BE, rather than to SEEM". I live by that quote every single day! No matter how I am perceived...I am ME.

I'm so stoked to be on your team as well! :)
Sheila.
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RoopeshG Premium
Its makes sense to me when you say that you are frustrated with being an employee but love the working.

I wish that I had someone teach me the difference between working for your money and your money working for you.You son is very lucky.

Anyway,it seems that out paths were meant to come to WA and realize our dream.

I wish they still make Kool Aid in my country.Damn I missed that alot.

Congrats on going yearly....
Cheers
Roopesh
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bluzy1 Premium
Roopesh! You are too funny! How sad they don't make Kool-Aid in your country. That is a damn shame. :)

And you know, my son called me yesterday on Mother's Day and thanked me for those hard lessons I thrust upon him. He is now 35 and still remembers our talks and lessons about life and the pursuit of happiness. How cool is that?

Thanks for the congrats. I have a long year ahead of me and I'm up for the challenge.

It's so nice to meet you here.
Sheila.
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JonStevens Premium
Congratulations on a great decision!
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bluzy1 Premium
Thank you, Jon. It was tough. I stewed over it for several days. Then I made the commitment. I'm in for the long haul. For me, an investment of my money will translate to an investment in my time.

It sounds backwards, but I consider paying for the yearly program as paying myself! I put in so much time and effort to this new business that I might as well pay myself and save money. Did that even make sense? LOLOLOL!!!

Thank you so much for your support!
Sheila.
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JonStevens Premium
Yes it definitely made sense, I just upgraded to yearly a few days ago and am excited about it, best of luck to you!
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bluzy1 Premium
Best of luck to you too!!!!
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stevecox Premium
Sheila - I wish we could have worked together at whatever job you left, we would have made a GREAT team. We think identical. In my last job, I was fortunate enough to be able to select every member of my 20 person team. It was a lifetime dream come true, and I should have known that it would not last. When the "higher ups" realized that we had formed a REAL independent unit using SCRUM and Agile production methodologies, it dawned on them that we had accomplished this without a dozen meetings, white papers, endless emails and phone calls, etc. As a TEAM (no I in the word) we built an $87M program OVERSEAS from the United States and for 18 months it worked without a flaw. Well, that is entirely UNACCEPTABLE in a massive bureaucracy. Someone at the TOP must be in charge and change everything because HE/SHE did not take part in the creation. Game over and soon the Senior Managers started to "find" things that might not be "company policy" (nothing illegal or immoral just - different) and the team members one at a time went their way. But holy cow was this project fun for that 18 months. A friendly group, we worked, we played, we produced, and we ENJOYED. There was no "boss" per se. I was the SCRUM Master, and everyone including me was a Subject Matter Expert, who was expected to contribute to the process of doing things BETTER every day. Ah well, nothing lasts forever, I should just be thankful. So, once again, we think alike and although I am trying to find some "short term" employment my full intention is to have WA as my way out of working for the man! I too made the jump to premium membership quickly and had buyers remorse for a few moments and then said to myself..........IF I DON" T BELIEVE IN ME we are doomed! Ain't Happening I said.

I applaud EVERYTHING you have done especially with your son. We have two adult children (one who has not learned your valuable instruction). Could I offer you a free weekend in Northern Rural Virginia? Maybe YOU could make some headway with a 41-year-old who...........no we should not even go there I know.

Sheila, this was a super fantastic blog, and I would bet my next paycheck (not wait, I am unemployed) that ALL of the membership relates to your story. Congratulations my friend!

All the best, Steve
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bluzy1 Premium
You know...I think it's just crazy to break what ain't broke. I remember when that book came out years ago...remember? "If it ain't broke, break it". That book about movers and shakers, visionaries and new-thinking mindset who love their work and rise to the top because of it. It talked about mindsets like ours! But then a nasty little thing happened. Those at the top (or trying to get there) misunderstood the concept and started breaking up the wrong thing.

People like you and me have never had to "think outside the box" because we were never IN the box to begin with. We were the original breakers - those seeing business in a different twist and putting together something special and meaningful.

Yeah...you and me would have made a great team. I can guarantee you that!

Thanks for stopping by again, I sure do enjoy our conversations!

Cheers to us!
Sheila.
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theresroth Premium
Thanks Sheila!
You'll never regret your decision.....
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bluzy1 Premium
It's pretty scary to make the commitment. After I clicked "submit payment" I got goosebumps! LOL!
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theresroth Premium
F a n t a s t i c !
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