Facts or Excuses?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 208-July 27 “You can make money or you can make excuses—you can’t make both.”—Unknown Sometimes the excuses are stated subtly, as though they were facts. This makes it difficult to tell that it’s really an excuse used to justify someone’s behavior. One summer afternoon, I was talking to a seminar leader, Mary, who had a successful business. She told me she was doing a lot of traveling and writing at the time, because everyone knew that the seminar business was dead in the summer. I looked at her, shocked: “I didn’t know that!” I exclaimed. She looked at me quizzically. “You mean your business … [Read more...]

Market Research

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 173-June 22 “We jump off buildings and make our wings on the way down.”—Ray Bradbury It was 1990, and the recession was in full swing in California. I had survived in business one year after losing my biggest customer and most of my clients and friends knew about it. Now they were afraid as business prospects diminished, money got tighter and “lean and mean” became the business order of the day. I started getting a flood of calls that sounded like this: “Chellie, things are getting difficult. When you had your problems last year, what did you do? Somehow you survived a major downturn in your … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Goal

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 171-June 20 “Life is lived on the road—not at the inn.”—Spanish proverb Many people have asked me how to choose the right goals. Or they anxiously cry that they don’t know what they want. I tell them, “Your best guess for today will do.” It doesn’t have to be the right goal, the best, brightest or perfect goal. Any old goal will do. Its purpose is to get you out on the road experiencing life. Once you’re on the road, anything can happen. It’s like you’re sitting in your car in Dallas, Texas, wondering whether you want to drive to New York or San Francisco. You can sit there for years, asking … [Read more...]

A Home Office for Balance

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 196-July 15 “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh Everyone seems to struggle with balance—how to leave personal problems at home while at work, and leave work problems at work while at home. Patricia owned a “pet hotel,” a wonderful place for boarding animals. She loved her work, was consumed by her work, ate, drank, slept, breathed her work. Her passion was terrific and made her a great businesswoman, but she had trouble turning it off so she could relax when she was at home. It was beginning to have a negative affect on … [Read more...]

Elevator Opportunities

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 191-July 10 “I have missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I have lost almost three hundred games. On twenty-six occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot—and I missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is precisely why I succeed.”—Michael Jordan The room was bubbling with ideas. We were talking about luck—that magical happenstance that has been described as preparation meeting opportunity. I had asked the group what would you do if you walked into an elevator and the only other person in it was Bill Gates? Or the Pope? Or Stephen … [Read more...]