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A Motivational Story

Postby paulvev  » Sat 22 Jan 11, 01:38

I do have a motivations story for you all:

It's about starting out small and growing your own business. (From Acorns to Oaks!). The story is 100% true :

Some years ago, a young entrepreneur called Marcus Samuel set up a small shop in the East end of London. He spotted a growing craze for seashells, partly for decoration and partly for natural history enthusiasts. He set about specialising in this market.

After a while, and being an enterprising type of chap, he soon realised he could make more money from actually shipping the shells in from the Far East and selling them to other shops. The Marcus Samuel Shipping and Trading Company was born.

On a business trip there, his son spotted that there was also an abundance of oil which they could ship back to England at the same time in barrels and chartered a boat, adding a special compartment for the oil. The year was 1890 and the company soon changed its name, in recognition of it's main cargo, to "the Shell Transport & Trading Company". As the demand for oil for new vehicles and gas lighting took off at the turn of the last century, the managing director ushered in the 1900's by changing the name of the company again to "Shell Oil". Shell is today the largest retailer in the world!

The moral of the story? Every business starts as an "acorn" idea. You are now taking your first steps into your own YPWP business. Names such as Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Microsoft and JP Morgan all started business on stalls and in back bedrooms! We should all strive to be a "Marcus Samuel". Success awaits those who want to nurture their "acorns to mighty oaks".
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Re: A Motivational Story

Postby truffles  » Fri 28 Jan 11, 09:19

A story I posted over in Paul Veverka's MLMCore Forum :

Business lessons from a 9 year old.

October 14, 2010

There's a boy who lives in my neighborhood named Ian. I don't know him well, but he looks to be about eight or nine years old. Despite his young age, this boy has a remarkable business sense. Let me tell you what he's accomplished.

One day I got home from running an errand and found a flyer in my front door. We get quite a few of those so my first instinct was to throw it away, but a picture on the flyer caught my attention. The picture was of Ian standing in front of the sign for the school he attends.

This caught my attention for two reasons. First, the picture was not a professional photo, and almost all advertisements have professional photos on them, so this stood out as different. Second, Ian put his own picture on it, and he's very young, so that stood out as well.

The flyer was offering what Ian calls "Trash Can Valet Service." Trash gets picked up in my neighborhood on Thursday morning, and each home owner is required to get the trash cans back to the house and off the road by Saturday night. But so many people were forgetting (or failing) to bring their trash cans back in a timely manner that the President of our Home Owner's Association had to email everybody with a "reminder" (more like a warning) that they needed to make sure they get their trash cans back in time. This is a requirement because I live in a nice neighborhood and it keeps everything looking nice and clean.

Ian, being the genius marketer he apparently is, saw a need — people weren't getting their trash cans back in time. So he figured he'd offer to haul the trash cans back for people for a small fee ($1 per can per week). In my case it costs me $4 a week because I have two regular trash cans and two recycle bins. Is it worth it for me? Absolutely! Just saving me the time and inconvenience of having to worry about it is well worth $16 or so a month.
But wait, it gets better!

Ian is only eight or nine years old, and he's not a big kid. The trash cans weigh a fair amount even empty, because they're big. On top of that the trash cans are tall, and Ian isn't. He'd probably wear himself out trying to manually haul all of the cans from the long driveways to the houses. But he doesn't do that.

No, Ian rides his kick scooter around the neighborhood to his clients' homes, and he lays the trash cans down one at a time on the back side of the scooter. He then rides his scooter to the house with the trash can rolling behind it like a trailer (the cans have wheels). Not only is this much faster than doing it by hand (I've watched him do it — he's quick!) but it's also a lot easier on Ian, so he can haul more trash cans than he would be able to do manually.

I'm telling you, this kid is brilliant.

I'm not sure how many clients he has, but even with only eight clients having three trash cans each (most of my neighbors have three) this pre-teen is making almost a hundred bucks a month with an hours work after school once a week! That means at eight or nine years old he's earning $25 an hour.

Ian is very reliable, never missing a day, and he does a great job. His service is worth every penny.

So let's recap. This extremely young, savvy marketer did the following:

1. Saw a need.
2. Created a product (in this case, a service) to fill the need.
3. Contacted his target market.
4. Worked smarter rather than harder to increase his earning potential.

That's a great formula for success in any business.

And remember, he's only eight or nine years old! So stop making excuses about why you haven't been able to succeed and just follow Ian's example
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Re: A Motivational Story

Postby jamesb  » Fri 23 Sep 11, 22:12

bout 18 years ago these guys in the dunfermline are of fife come up with the idea of washing out wheelie rubbish bins after they had been emptied the story goes that they went to the bank to get a loan to start up their business it took all of the bank guys effort to stop laughing at the idea
18 years on and they are doing really well
just shows you you should neve pre judge
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Re: A Motivational Story

Postby teamplay  » Sun 09 Jun 13, 23:46

Great motivational stories from Paul and Truffles, I enjoyed them, thanks. I figured since I'm in the company of my good UK friends I should mention a favorite of mine who's from there.

J.K. (Joanne) Rowling of course is the woman who wrote the original Harry Potter book then followed up with a series of Harry Potter books, some of which were turned into movies. Even though she's now a billionaire she didn't just wake up rich and successful, she was motivated and she had to work at it.

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Joanne was born July 31st, 1965 in Yate England but didn't become well known until 1999 when she was single mother living in Edinburgh Scotland. That's when her first 3 Harry Potter books took over the top slots on the New York Times best seller list. She graduated from Exeter University then moved to Portugal in the 1990's where she met and married a journalist. They had one child, a little girl, then 3 years later she divorced and went to live with her younger sister in Edinburgh. I read that she struggled financially trying to support her and her daughter and was on welfare while writing the very first Harry Potter book most of which took place while she rode on the train from Manchester to London when she lived in England.

Even though she had a few rejections from publishers with her first Harry Potter book, she didn't give up and eventually she sold her book for roughly £6400. After the book became a sensation she followed up with her other series of Harry Potter books. The sixth installment of her series was called "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince", she sold 6.9 million copies in the USA in the first 24 hours which was the biggest book opening... yea, in publishing history.

So a single mother, on welfare who wrote when she could on a train to London. She was passionate and believed in what she was doing which was writing. She's now worth billions, but probably more importantly to her she's a success because she made herself successful. She was motivated to make a difference in her life and in the lives of others, and she certainly did that!
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Re: A Motivational Story

Postby paulvev  » Thu 20 Jun 13, 22:32

Thanks Whitney. JKR is very inspiring. So many people give up in life on things they set out to do. Like you, i'm in YPWP for the long haul and content on building it up slowly and surely in a steady fashion. Building a team is critical for fast success and for that, i'm going to take a leaf out of your book, as you're currently inspiring and motivating me!! ;) :D
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Re: A Motivational Story

Postby teamplay  » Tue 25 Jun 13, 02:05

Hi Paul, yep she's great, an inspiration to me for sure.

Yea, I agree about "slowly and steady", that's what really works for the long term. Today with all the instant information, instant communication, instant movies (satellite), instant dinners, Instant boobs (Internet) and instant friends (Facebook) it's sometimes tough for people when they don't feel that "instant success" or "instant income" right away.

I know for the really important and long term stuff it can't be instant, so stopping halfway through anything doesn't work for me personally. I know we all have a cut our losses line but I believe many cut their losses far too early. Lack of confidence, bad experiences from the past or who knows maybe it's just not "instant" enough.

Sometimes I'll turn things around in my head (not a bad thing though) to see the BIG picture for myself... so for me I know I didn't stop halfway through school, halfway through making dinner, or halfway through this post so why would I stop halfway through anything else in life. The important stuff, the really good stuff that matters takes time and like you said you have to be in it for the long haul.
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