Last Update: May 11, 2018

I received lots of encouragement following my "Wiped" post and, I must share that, while very grateful, I am not accustomed to that.

When my husband and I had our IT franchise, the support we received there was primarily geared toward generating revenue for the franchise. We shared ideas and encouraged each other toward continuous improvement, but it seemed it was often with the unspoken goal of making enough money to keep paying our ever increasing franchise fees.

We ultimately sold that business and went back to work in the "real" world. I do say that tongue-in-cheek because it's truly not real at all. Anyone who has owned, operated and supported themselves and others with their own business knows exactly what I mean. Although it was a necessary change, it was a difficult adjustment to say the least. Once you've experienced the beginning, middle and end of a complete business, you don't look at that corporate hierarchy quite the same. Further, despite what they might have told you when you were hired, they don't really care what experience you bring to the table, only that you subordinate that experience to their hierarchy.

Which brings me back to my opening statement, and why I made it. I, we, are so used to doing everything on our own and figuring things out for ourselves, that I am finding this community overwhelming in its generosity. I haven't even begun to explore the wealth of information here, as my experiences have conditioned me to leave other people's work alone, "look, but don't touch." So far, I have not found that to be the case here. I'm still a bit timid to venture outside the basic training offerings, but I am learning, re-learning, that it is okay to share (and be shared).

Baby steps...thank you for making them possible. Even if I don't make a dime here, I am getting so much more than I bargained for.




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QAVAVO Premium
I understand the pain one has when one's business go down, it happened to me where people who were jealous of my success plotted for my downfall while pretending to help me while I was managing $million worth business operations. That's not the end of the world as one thing made realize I am far richer than those who have never had such experience
ThankfulOne Premium

I greatly appreciate your comment, and I also understand the reality of deceptive co-workers pursuing their own agendas at others' expense. I'm not sure how many people realize that stuff really happens!

We have both learned things of value, adding to our experience, although painfully. I guess those are the lessons that stick, right?

Laurel0887 Premium
Don't ever forget, there's always someone here to help,,,,,,,,,

For you too Sneaky Bugger!

Much future success.............

My best,

CandiGirl71 Premium
Having done the same as you, Leslie, I do "know whereof you speak". It's quite an adjustment to make. However, you will find that you needn't hold back here. It is definitely true what you say about the "real" world wanting your experience. The bottom line is always the same, "how can you benefit me/my company". They don't really personally care as long as you follow their rules.

Here all are willing to help you as much as you need and are willing to receive, in a true "pay it forward" environment. Baby steps are okay, even good, in order to learn and accept instruction. I'm sure that you will thrive here in time.

I wish you much success here in all that you do.

ThankfulOne Premium
I'm that husband she talks about. And I can second the sentiment. Couldn't be more impressed and am very proud of my wife.
ThankfulOne Premium
His name is Steve...and he's my stinker whom I love so much. Sneaky bugger, too! <3