Sunday, August 20, 2006


People make decisions in their life everyday, some recognize opportunity, other see only risk. The folks that wrestle opportunity from that risk are the people that make it big.

I attended one of Heidi's world domination meetings on Friday night. The couple responsible for our line here on the North Shore made the trip up from Kentucky to talk up the Arbonne experience. Turns out Mike took his risk back in 1991 when he bought his first restaurant franchise. I Googled him and it turns out he has ten or so businesses registered with the state of Kentucky and who knows how many more outside of his home state. He is under forty and has assumed enough risk to become a millionaire, the bio sent out on him reports that his businesses did fifty million dollars last year.

Why is he bothering with Arbonne? because he did the research, met with the equity group that owns the company, Harvest Partners, and his wife loves the products and wants out of her job. Nicole started with Arbonne six months ago and is on the fast track. I get the impression that she does not need to work, but with no kids why not work. Soon she will leave her job, maybe start a family and still have Arbonne working for her. This couple makes good decisions.

My Mom always told me it is harder to be good than bad. It is easier to make the bad decision than it is to make the good. A good decision often requires risk, without risk there is no reward. Signing on with Arbonne required minimal risk, Arbonne is a "no brainer" if you do the work the reward will come. Doing the work is another decision that needs to be made, some will work at it, some will not, those that do will reap the reward.

I consider the people in my life that are willing to put it on the line and I see dynamic individuals whose attitudes and experiences I want to learn from. The truth is that I am afraid of risk, I do not want to put my family in jeopardy for the chance of making it big. I am content taking small risks that when teamed up with persistence and hard work pay back. I can also absorb the fall out if they do not payback. Some day I will have the courage to make the big move, I am going to keep my eyes open for that opportunity, see it for that and decide to take the risk.

If there is a decision or opportunity out there that you have been considering I say go for it. If you don't you will never know what could have been and if you do, you may be amazed at what is.



Blogger twoboysmom said...

Thank you for this post. We are in the middle of our risk. Hubby and I have been where you are right now. In fact, we turned down this same opportunity 4 years ago and have regretted it ever since. When the opportunity arose again we decided to bite the bullet and go for it. It isn't easy or in our comfort zone but it is turning out really well. For Hubby, as the primary bread winner and Daddy, it was particulalry tough. Sacrifices will need to be made in the beginning, but I think he will be happier and more satified in the long run. We won't be millionaires but I think, I hope, we will never regret this step. I hope you find your risk and the courage to act on it when it comes.

7:02 PM EDT  

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