Singing for My Supper

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 230-August 18 “Criticism didn’t really stop us and it shouldn’t ever stop anyone, because critics are only the people who can’t get a record deal themselves.”—Sir Paul McCartney When you step outside the proverbial box, you have to be prepared for criticism. As I went from meeting to meeting, networking my way to successful workshop enrollments, I perfected my thirty-second commercial introduction. I always started with a song: “You’re gonna be rich tomorrow…if you take my class today,” or “We’re in the money…my clients are singing this song.” Generally, people enjoyed the upbeat flavor of my … [Read more...]

Life Is Beautiful

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 229-August 17 “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”—T.S. Eliot Do you remember Roberto Benigni at the 71st annual Academy Awards? When Life is Beautiful, the movie he wrote, directed and starred in, won Best Foreign Film of 1998, he jumped for joy. Literally. Rarely have I seen an adult human being express happiness so openly and unselfconsciously. He filled himself up to overflowing, let the dam burst and filled the room with starburst laughing delight. He jumped up on the back of his seat, and ran down the backs of some other seats, then hopped to the … [Read more...]

Whining Time

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 222-August 10 “The world breaks everyone; then some grow strong in the broken places.”—Ernest Hemingway You will have down days. Remember this page and come here when you have one. Maybe today life sucks. So go ahead and bemoan your state. Weep. Wallow. “Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!” rages the mad King Lear. You, too, are entitled to your rage. Call up a friend and complain. (Ask for permission before you start dumping, though. You don’t want to rain on someone’s good day.) Try not to redeem all … [Read more...]

Changing the Paradigm

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 218-August 6 “If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor.”—Neil Simon Joel Barker produced and narrated a wonderful video entitled The Business of Paradigms. It is an examination of how business and the marketplace responds to new ideas and new inventions that radically change the way things are. He demonstrates how our natural tendency is to cling to the old paradigm, the old pattern or habit rather than embrace the new, seemingly radical idea. Businesses that have been built and made a success out of an old idea are reluctant to accept a new idea that will … [Read more...]

When to Raise Your Price

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 212-July 31 “The ideal income is a thousand dollars a day—and expenses.”—Pierre Lorillard “I got a raise!” Most people are familiar with the joy that comes with that good news, but every employee knows the nervous anxiety that goes along with asking for a raise. It is no different for self-employed people, except for the added difficulty that they must ask many different “employers” (clients) for that raise. Knowing the best times to raise your fees (salary) will help ease your discomfort and you will encounter the least resistance. Raise your fees when: 1. You have too much work and not enough time. … [Read more...]