For Your Children

“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”—Phyllis Diller 349-December 15 “I have no trouble selling someone else’s products or services, I just have trouble selling my own!” Joan despaired. A chorus of agreement rumbled through the class. “I used to be much more motivated when I had children,” she went on. “I knew I had to make a living to support them. I was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen. But now the kids are grown, I have enough money to get by, but I want more. But I just can’t seem to make the calls and do the work.” An idea came to me: “I want you to get four pictures of yourself,” I said. “One picture of you as a baby, one from third grade, one from … [Read more...]

Great Expectations

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 292-October 19 “The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.”—Edward Gibbon Young and single, I had been focusing on my work life, to the detriment of my personal life. My friend and fellow business owner, Janice, was in the same boat. We decided it was time to make our reappearance on the dating scene. Never comfortable with making small talk in bars, we decided to go sign up with the “Great Expectations” video dating service. When we arrived, the salespeople insisted on splitting us up for their presentations. Each of us was taken separately to a small room where we were … [Read more...]

The Negotiating Game

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 210-July 29 “A money-grabber is anyone who grabs more than you can grab.”—Anonymous Many people run into trouble when it comes to negotiating money. This applies to salaries, pay raises, prices of products, and fees for services. Often fearful of asking for too much, they make the opposite mistake and ask for too little. It’s like they study the situation very carefully, figure out the least amount they can possible ask for and still be able to eke out a living, and then ask for their rock bottom line amount. Then, when their prospective boss or client tries to negotiate a better price, they are angry … [Read more...]