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6 Excuses Stop You From Starting Your Home Business

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Your excuses  stop you from starting your own home business.  You moved into the New Year excited that things would be different for you this year. But, things come that stop you from starting your home business.  You are upset because you are stuck.   You want to get your business off the ground, but you are at your wit’s end.  You promised yourself!!  Your desires and passion put you in front of the computer to figure it out.


1-28-2016 6-32-40 PMI have been reading The War of Art by  Steven Pressfield. Steven calls this state, “The State of Resistance”.  This state of “Resistance”, keeps us in a state of fear and in immobility.  We fear the aloneness of being on our own.  When we go to a job, we have our co-workers and a boss and our duties are clearly defined.  When we start a business we are on our own, we’re afraid of being alone.  

We are going to have to figure it out ourselves.  The truth is we are never alone.  As we step out, the dream we have for ourselves sits like a little lady bug on our shoulders wishing us well.  If we call for our courage, in the deepest part of ourselves where the desire to better ourselves comes from, we will be able to support and sustain ourselves.  There are many out on the internet where there is free training to help you get started and figure it out. Don’t let your excuses stop you from starting your own home business.

Are your Excuses just Excuses?

The excuses we make for our selves, is just procrastinating.  Anyone can succeed if they are willing to go out and gain the knowledge and learn the skills that will make a person successful.  Say, you want to work online, or you want to be successful in a network marketing business, it will take setting the time aside to do the learning and then doing the work that is required of you..


If you make excuses and spend your time in front of the television, the knowledge you need to learn for your new craft won’t happen.  Regret word cloud concept

It is resistance to what your heart desires, to really change your life and your finances that stands in your way to make the move to move forward.  


Are any of the following 6 excuses holding you back from starting your own home business?

  • I don’t have the money. Is there  ever a time where you have enough money?  Before the internet it took lots of capital to start a business.Thanks to the internet you can start a business for less than $100.Work with what you’ve got. be careful not to buy every shiny object out there.  Make a decision and try to stay focused.  Concentrate on what will help you the most.
  • I don’t have the time. There is a saying, if you want something done, find a busy person, they get it done.How do people who are in business do it?  They make sacrifices.  They don’t watch TV, They give up socializing as much.  Focus on the time that you do have, where you are not sleeping.  Make the sacrifice and make your dream a reality.
  • The market is flooded. McDonald’s and Burger King are in the same market? If you want to do business on the internet, it’s a myth that the market is saturated. The market is ready for new ideas and marketing strategies.  You need to be willing to take the time and effort to learn and get into action.
  • I’m too old, I’m too young.  Are you on your deathbed? If you’re not, then you have wisdom and life experience that can go into your business. Stop thinking of yourself as old, think of yourself as capable with time and resourcefulness to succeed.  If you’re young, you have time, energy and motivation to learn new things to succeed.  If you believe in yourself, you can prove everyone else wrong and do it for yourself..
  • I don’t have the skills or experience.  That may be the case at this moment.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  Most entrepreneurs who get in a business do not know everything when they first get started.  You can accept that you’ll learn along the way ( and usually from your mistakes) or do something about it to make sure you do learn.
  • Who will help you? There is plenty of help out there.You must help yourself.You will need to look in forums, blogs, youtube, websites where you can learn and grow.  Your confidence will grow as you learn and overcome the obstacles that will show up.  Take responsibility, don’t wait for someone to help you ,move forward. Stop excuses concept.



What are your excuses for not moving forward?


Is your Resistance and your excuses keeping you from achieving success. Take the time to figure out your “excuses”, are they what is preventing you from what you really want? Or are you getting in your own way?Hand writing: In The End We Only Regret the Chances We Didn't Take


If you got some value from today’s post, Are you letting your excuses hold you back from moving ahead?, please feel free to leave me a comment below.  It’s always appreciated.


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Johanna Baker

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Become Unstoppable

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Become Unstoppable. What does that have to do with Improv and our life?

Have you ever been in a theater group?

Maybe in High School?

What is the most fun and also the scariest?

Improv is like life because we need to respond in the moment as we go through life in different situations, when we interact with people and build relationships.  We don’t have a script about how we are to respond or act as we move through life. We need to trust our gut and go.improv-as-an-actor-makes-you-present-in-the-moment-you-listen-youre-attentive-youre-not-acting-so-quote-1


The reason I liken Improv to life is because it lacks preparation for being in the moment.

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When we think about Improv, many of us think about comedy and wonder, how can they be so funny and in the moment?


I did some research on Improv and discovered there are guidelines that Improv players follow to make it work.  I discovered that these guidelines are actually helpful as you look at being successful in business. Why is improv a lesson to becoming unstoppable?


Being in your own business where you are the boss, holds you to a higher standard.  You are now reporting to yourself.  You will need to become fearless, think in the moment, keep your limiting beliefs at bay.  Think about a person in improv, are they not fearless, in the moment and they are thinking outside of the box as they are responsive in the moment?


When you first make the decision that you want to start your own business and enter the arena of Entrepreneurship and you may want to do this online, you do this with your intellect, but your emotions are there to validate or nix the idea.


What are the secrets to building an unstoppable Self Confidence?


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  • Believe in yourself.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  When looking at others, you are only seeing the surface.  Build on your strengths, build your skills, focus on your goals and how you will get there.
  • It doesn’t mean that the loudest people are the most confident.  Learn to trust yourself and your own strengths.  Think about the people you admire the most.    Is their strength showy and braggadocios?  (Many may be feeling insecure.)  Most of us admire someone who has depth of character and helps others.
  • Keep the things you believe you’re not good at at bay. Focus on what you’re good at and use your strengths to advance yourself. Even people who are successful have things they aren’t good at.  Use your strengths to overcome obstacles that may get in your way.
  • Use positive affirmations that you believe will become your reality. Your positive self talk may not make you the most confident person, but successful people are good at positive self talk.  The best way to help yourself through your own doubts is to remind yourself of what you have accomplished and what you are still capable of doing. Your positive self talk can become more believable to you and changes will come from there.
  • Self confidence is about how you feel about yourself. Self confidence isn’t what others are thinking about you.  Your self confidence is about who you are, where you are and want to be in your own life and in leadership.  When you are sure about what you know and who you are then your self confidence and your ability to lead will be a natural consequence.
  • In the Serenity prayer:  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.  This prayer gives clarity and understanding of what you can do and what may just be a waste of time to move you toward your goal.  Make daily choices that will lead you to your goal.                                                                                                          


  • Jim Rohn, a leader in the personal development arena, had a great story he would tell about judging character, giving you insight into what you can change and what you can’t change.scorpion & the frog 8749346  He tells the story about the frog in the lily pond.  A scorpion comes along and asks the frog for a ride across the pond.  The frog says, “No way will I take a scorpion across the pond because scorpions sting frogs.”  The scorpion declared, “Why would I sting you, I want to get across the pond?”  The frog sighed, “If you promise you won’t sting me, I will take you across the pond.”  The scorpion promised.  So, they set off across the pond.  They were pretty close to shore on the other side, and guess what?  The scorpion stung the frog.  The frog asked,”Why did you do that?” “ I am a scorpion and that is what scorpions do, they sting.”  Know what you can change and become a good judge of character. Just as a leopard can’t can’t change their spots, others will do what they do because of who they are.


  • Decide to be committed to yourself. If you are true to what you want and are committed, then every day you will accept responsibility for doing the things that are necessary to reach your goals.  If you stumble or have setbacks, mount that horse, dust yourself off and don’t give up on yourself.  Even if you fall off the horse again, mount the horse again, don’t procrastinate, be true to yourself. Do what it takes to get to the goals you created for yourself.





When you are brand new to online marketing, you will benefit from learning a number of skills. What are the principles to having a business online?  First off you need to discover why you want to earn money online.  Some may say, I don’t like selling face to face and I hate the rejection. When you market a product of value, everyone will want what you have.


When you embark on a course of training you will discover how and what you want to market. You will learn about sales funnels and Lead capture pages. What are you going to email people once you have their name captured?  What kind of value will you bring to the person who is reading what you’ve written.  How can you help them?


What are the many connections with business and Improv?

Getting back to Improv and the connection it has to owning your own business. The guidelines for an Improv is that you enter without preparation and you respond in the moment with your feelings and intuition.  In our line of work in online marketing we need to be an Improviser, we need to be in the moment and connecting with stories. When we are talking with people we need to be listening before we respond, another principle in Improv.  Communication and Creativity are key in Improv and also key in our business. Improv is also about teamwork and building rapport.  Aren’t those key elements important in owning a business?


Let me tell you about Paul, one of the persons that is looking to change his life.  He has done a lot of odd jobs,construction, which takes a lot of physical exertion. He is looking down the pike and thinking, he doesn’t want his body to wear out and be working this kind of work when he’s in his 40’s.50’s and 60’s.  Work is up and down.  Sometimes it’s great and other times the times are lean.  Sometimes he needs to travel to where the work is.


I ask him, why does he want to work online?  He wants to learn new skills so he  can develop a  stable long term income.  He doesn’t want his body to wear out before he can have any fun in life. Does any of that sound familiar?


Getting back to improv.  If a character starts going on a story line and his partner says yes, the story can become very entertaining.  But what if, he says NO.  What happens next?  Nothing.  Everything stops.


So if you want the story to go on…. what is the answer that keeps it going?  Yes.

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Saying YES gives you Possibilities.


Many are afraid of failing, so they never start.  Failure is a way out.  Failing does not mean you’re a failure, you just start again. Fear is what is so immobilizing.


The following is an excerpt from Keith’s Winner’s Path Weekly Newsletter.

I was speaking to a client recently when it struck me how often I find myself coaching people around their fears and worries. Although we may want to better our lives and accelerate our productivity, many of our decisions are governed by fear. We want more, but avoid risks, so we continually produce similar results over again. We fear change, for we may lose some degree of control over the outcome. We fear expressing how we feel or what matters most to us, in fear that it would make us vulnerable. We fear leaving what’s predictable and comfortable, although it may not be best for us. We fear not having and not getting, having what we want and losing it, even getting what we want and no longer wanting it!



If your desire to succeed is strong enough then you’re willing to recognize your fear, realize it and push through it to become unstoppable.  Fear is a funny thing, because your old programming can get in the way of you seeing clearly  what you can do to work and push through it. transform fear into action iStock_000022997726Small-583x387


Listening with every part of your being makes it possible to make the best response.  It is also a willingness to change and to play the game that you are choosing.


Johanna Baker is offering you a Challenge

You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want more in your life.

When you get that queasy feeling in your stomach, be bold, it’s your fear that has just cropped up.

You are your biggest critic.

Your doubts and fears, scare you, but once you decide what you want and step out your world will change.

Make a commitment to yourself.

Yes, I want positive change in my life.

Yes, I am going to be an entrepreneur.

Yes, I am going to build my own business.

Yes, I want to make a difference for me, my family, my children and grandchildren.

Yes, I want to build my legacy.

Yes, I want to leave a positive impact on this earth, that will touch many lives.

I challenge you to be the change you want to see in the world.

You have it in you.

You have a passion and a fire to make a difference.

You may be facing a little fear, can I really do this?.

I challenge you to face the fear and do it anyway.

Be Bold and unstoppable.

See your influence ripple out into the world and make a difference.

Be 10 times Bolder with intention.

Decide to give it your full commitment and willingness to learn and act.

Promise yourself that you will continue to learn and act till success shows up

Only Action produces results.

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What plagues most business owners is, what actions will I be taking?

What actions will produce positive cash flow?

A business not making any money will not be around for the long term.


So if you’re ready to make 2016 Your Year –  if you’re bold enough to commit, get the mentor-ship and help you need to build a successful business, with residual income – then go ahead and check this out!You can Continue to Burn a Hole in (1)




To Your Success,

Johanna Baker

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Do you love animals?


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Many of us have grown up having animals as companions as we grew up.  I believe that these dogs and cats and perhaps you had any number of species of animal teach us to become better human beings.  Do you love animals because of  those early years? Their unconditional love touches us and strikes a  deep chord in us.  When you look into their eyes you understand that they are also sentient beings on this beautiful planet we call home.


Many of us may remember Jon Stewart from the Daily Show.  You may be wondering what is he doing with his life now? Why do I bring him up in the context of animals. You may have wondered   what is he doing now that he has given up being on TV on a daily basis.  Jon’s wife Tracey has had a love of animals her whole life.  How has this passion for animals not only grown into a best selling book Do unto Animalsbut it also caused Jon and Tracey to change the course of their lives.

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Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary to Rescue Abused Factory Farm Animals


What changed for Jon because of his wife’s passion?

Jon and Tracey bought a farm in New Jersey and have made a commitment to be a part of the Farm Sanctuary Movement.Jon & Tracey10-29-2015 1-02-29 PM


This dramatic shift in what happened to the Stewart’s put me on a path of not only thinking about my own love of animals but also what is possible in a person’s life when they have the money to do what they really love and be able to teach their children the values they hold most dear. Do you love animals and want to make a difference?


We all want that our lives to be better and that we can co-exist  in harmony with the many people who live in our communities, our country and our world.  I have been touched by what Tracey Stewart wrote about how we can live and make the lives of animals better and would like to share with you what I’ve learned from her.

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Who is Tracey Stewart?

As a young woman in her early 20’s Tracey had a life changing experience when she rescued “Enzo”, and then later realized he “rescued” her. ” I certainly have also felt rescued from the love of the dogs that have come into my life.  I have felt pain, when I’ve had to say Good bye, but what they brought into my life is immeasurable. They have made me a better human being “


Tracey is a strong advocate of volunteering at local shelters, getting to know the animals in a shelter so that information can be provided for help in finding these great animals a forever home.  

She and her children were regular volunteers at their local animal shelter where they made toys and played with the animals.  Doing this allowed them to learn more about who that dog or cat was. They then wrote a profile about the animal.  This way the person looking to adopt knew more than what they initially saw through the cage they were in.


Tracey has done a beautiful job of taking a very holistic approach as she has written this book.  She looked all the animals and bugs that we live with.  She taught her children bird watching and the things they do to nurture their bird families and the insects they eat  She taught them that every animal needs to eat and a place to thrive. I believe this is an important lesson for all of us to remember.

How does all wildlife fit into Tracey Stewart’s work?

She planted gardens  that were not only beautiful to look at but served other purposes as well.  She has flower gardens for the butterflies and the bees.  She made a case for what to plant to provide food for the butterflies and the bees.


monarch imagesWe no longer have as many of the beautiful orange monarch butterflies, because there are no longer as many places for them to nest.   Our butterflies are part of the pollinating family.  They pollinate our flowers.  Adult butterflies are attracted to white pink, purple, red yellow and orange flowers.  Blue and green flowers are butterflies’ least favorite.  Bees can see yellow, blue-green, blue, and ultraviolet.  They can’t see red or green and are warned off by black.  Having a garden of many colors, keeps our gardens healthy and keeps our pollinator’s busy.  

I did not know that milkweed is essential for the butterflies can lay their eggs. Planting more milkweed is a benefit for the monarch butterflies. Milkwood is part of the agenus of evergreen trees and shrubs.  If you look at the map you’ll be able to see the path of the Monarch’s and where the Milkwood trees are growing.  The map indicates the summer monarch production area.  Production generally increases from S to N and decreases from W to E.  Fall monarchs with the highest probability of reaching the overwhelming sites in Mexico originate from the area outlined in yellow.  milkweed map fig2-large



I learned that spraying our plants with a solution of garlic spray will help keep the bugs from eating all the leaves  It still allows the bugs and plants to survive. This works for our vegetable gardens as well.   As she said everyone needs to eat. She encourages us to provide habitat for our bees, because we so need them for pollination.  She also pointed out that when we plant more flowers it helps support our bees which are in trouble.


mason beesI never knew about the Mason bee, which is different from the honey bee and the bumble bee.  This bee is a solitary bee that is her own queen.  She builds her own nest, and is her own queen. She builds her own nest, , collects her own eggs without any help from other bees.  She said it’s important to know the differences in our bees, She gave instructions on how to build a place for nest making. I’ve included a picture here.hqdefault


If you watched Tracey in the video she talked about the glorious moment she had with a pregnant cow.  The cow  was pregnant and down and was not able to deliver.  Sometimes this cow is sacrificed and sold to the slaughter house.  In this case they decided to use a lift to lift the cow and put the cow in a pond, where they massaged her legs and she was again able to stand up and able to deliver her calf.  Tracey was very moved when it was all over to see that all the cows in the meadow  came to see the newborn calf  and welcome to welcome her into their midst’s.

Why does Tracey have such an emotional connection with cows?

Tracey has a real love for cows. Cows are deeply emotional, very attuned to friends and family.they love soothing music and like elephants they never forget when someone has wronged them. The bond between a mother and her calf is strong and they will stay side by side grazing together for years. The cows also babysit for each other.

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The pain a mother cow feels when her baby is taken from her is very painful. You can feel it when you hear their moo.


Pig in the clover 10-29-2015 1-01-16 PMDo you remember Wilbur the pig from the book “Charlotte’s Web”.  Tracey talks about pigs being a smarter version of our dogs. She  gave some data on the treatment of pigs that has me wondering why PETA and the Humane Society  are not coming unglued about the treatment of these poor animals.  Maybe it means we all need to be more aware.


What she described were pigs that were put in a cage with pipes where the female pigs are held for impregnation and then delivery most of their life in a gestational crate.  The Sow  stays in this 2 foot wide crate that sits on a concrete floor for her entire pregnancy which is 274 days. They don’t have  enough room to turn around. Once she delivers her piglets, she gets impregnated again.  She has 2 ½ litters a year for 3 or 4 years before she goes to slaughter.  Some go insane trying to chew their way out of their cage.Gestation_crate_(Farm_Sanctuary)


When I did my research on gestational crates this is what I found: In the United States, the progress and no progress is documented in Wikipedia and is noted below.220px-Piglets_Nursing_in_a_Farrowing_Crate


In the United States gestational crates have been banned in Florida since 2002, Arizona since 2006, and California since late 2008.[11] A Rhode Island law banning the crates, passed in June 2012, took effect in June 2013.[19] They are also being phased out in Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon.[20]

What can you do to make a difference?

As of 2013 New Jersey had a pig population of about 9,000[21] none of which, according to the Humane Society, are kept in gestation crates.[22] In survey conducted in 2013, 90% of New Jersey voters were in favor of banning the crates.[23] In June 2013, Governor Chris Christie vetoed S1921,[24] a bill to ban pig the gestation crates.[25][26] which had passed in the General Assembly with a vote of 60-5 and the Senate 29-4. An attempt to override the veto did not come to a vote.[27] In October 2014 the New Jersey Legislature adopted S998[28] with a vote in the in Senate of 32-1 and in the Assembly 53-13 (with 9 abstentions)[29] On November 27, 2014 Christie vetoed the bill.[30]

How are farmers penalized by big corporations and why are they trapped?

Her love of animals continued with her love of goats, sheep and horses. She also has turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese. She points out that Corporations are taking the ability of family farmers to enjoy full ownership and control over their farms.  With what has been happening with the control of seeds and GMO’s, farmers find themselves trapped.


CBS 10-29-2015 1-03-33 PMThe small farmer is saddled with unmanageable debt and forced to be complicit with unhealthy practices and inhumane treatment of animals.  It has become almost impossible to compete with the industrial farms..  What Tracey points out is that we are all busy, but there are a lot of us and with our action a lot of good is possible.


There are organizations we can become involved with like Farm Sanctuary where we can join their Compassionate Communities Campaign, where we can spread the word about vegan and vegetarian living and educate others about the horrors of factory farming.  We can join the ASPCA and become part of the ASPCA’s work to help with farm animals. 

Because of your heart for animals. Here is an additional article on what you need to know when adopting a pet.


You can become involved by finding out what is going on in your area at

You will be able to find ways that you can support these farms that give relief to some of the farm animals.


What does this mean for you?

Why do I tell you about something that means more about the quality of life we are living?  If you are a person who has a lot of heart but is short on resources to be able to do the things you would like to do for your family as well as the environment, you may want to consider your options in how you can bring in additional money to your family.  Is there something you would like to do for yourself and your family and you don’t know what to do?


Jon  Stewart started out as a comedian and didn’t hit it big until the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  He worked that show and through comedy helped us make sense of the Political World we live in.  He became an Icon and someone we all depended on to make sense of the wild things that are going on in the world.  He handed his position off to Trevor Noah.  The work he did has now  allowed him to become financially free to now pursue and become a Farm Animal Advocate, by buying a farm in New Jersey.


What is close to your heart that you would like to do?  Are you looking for a way to learn how you can change  the financial path you are on?  If so you may want to check out how you can learn how to work online and develop a pathway that is right for you  If so Click Here to learn more. 


I hope this article has given you food for thought.


I look forward to being your advocate.


Johanna Baker

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Will Baby Boomers have enough money to retire?


Will Baby Boomers have enough money to retire and enjoy their retirement?

Like me, I bet you’ve seen TV commercials  in which the Investment companies asking people how much money they think they need to be putting away for their retirement. Baby Boomers are at that place and when asked “How can I make this money last?” for most the answer is, I don’t know.


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Michael Yardney confirmed that 74% of baby boomers have no idea how much it’s going to take to retire “comfortably”. According to the US Labor market more people are  working after the age of 55. Since 1990, the number of people still working in their 60’s has increased every year.  retirement-for-baby-boomers/

(Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy.)


According to Warren S Hersch, “two-thirds (62 percent) of middle-income boomers doubt they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout retirement.

About half (48 percent) of those who work with a financial professional are confident they’ll have enough money to live comfortably in retirement regardless of asset level, while less than a third (30 percent) without a professional feel that way.”

These are pretty astounding numbers and certainly make you think if you are getting closer to retirement. What will retirement be like for you?  Kathleen Pender who writes the net Worth Column for the San Francisco Chronicle  has posed the following questions with some astonishing answers.

Will Baby Boomers have enough money to retire? Read the Next article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

From the Net Worth Column of the San Francisco Chronicle

How much money will you need to have saved to retire?

One financial planning firm says you should have eight times your final annual salary in investments (excluding your primary home). Another company says 12.5 times is more like it.

These rules of thumb work in both high-cost and low-cost areas because they are based on your current standard of living.

The real answer, of course, depends on your individual circumstances, including your income, age at retirement, life expectancy, expected rate of return on investment, housing situation, medical conditions, insurance and whether you want to leave anything to children or charity.

But figuring that out takes a lot of work. Only 44 percent of workers say they or their spouse have ever tried to calculate how much money they will need to have saved by the time they retire, according to a survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

This comes from

What are your Options?

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What are your options if you find yourself falling short of what you think you will need?  Many are choosing to work more years. which is born out by the Wall Street Journal and the numbers they got from the Federal Reserve.



It’s important for baby boomers to enjoy their retirement.  Their top priority is to be able to afford to take vacations after they retire.  Unfortunately, many are concerned about their retirement prospects, which can be seen through the lens of the article.  Only 29% believe that they will have enough money to retire.  Only 19.4% think they will be able to rely on property retirement funds to retire. They may want to downsize and use their profits to invest or live on.people on the beach



These are are all interesting statistics and can be a bit overwhelming.  You may be wondering about where you fall after reading  the numbers and wondering how this relates to your future.


Many Baby Boomers are looking at alternative ways of earning another income by working from home which is something I have done myself.  Others are continuing  to work at their jobs much longer than they originally planned.


I would like to hear your comments about today’s post. I’d like to know if any of the details match your experience  or are yours different.  Feel free to leave your comments below.

I am here to assist you.  Did I help you? If so I would greatly appreciate your comments below and sharing this on Facebook.


Youthfully Yours,

Johanna Baker

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What are the Benefits of Blogging?


You may be wondering what are the benefits of Blogging and why would I Blog or even consider it?

In my last Blog I wrote about the fact that “Change is a Constant”  in our life.  Since the 1950’s with the technological revolution, it feels that change is speeding up.   “By 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, according to a study conducted by software company Intuit in 2010. That’s more than 60 million people that will be contract workers.”  Find out more here.


If 40% of the work force will be freelancers, what changes will individuals need to be making  with so many no longer employed directly by companies and working as contractors? How will we stand out as the one that will get the job done? This brings us to a concept of becoming an expert and “Branding”.   Because,  we have all become Googlers for information on the internet, it’s important to develop a Presence Online where we can be found.  this is where the concept of “Branding” ourselves becomes important.

How can you help others with what you know?

What skills do you bring to the table? How could you help others with the expertise you possess?  Think about what you are good at and if need be, what could you learn that would be valuable to others that you can teach.   People are always looking for information and how to do something.  What unique perspective and expertise that makes you more valuable can you bring to the marketplace?

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You need to be on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you should have your own Blog. Even if you are an employee, you should have your own Blog.  Because of all the changes happening, we need to be thinking about a Plan B.  We need to be ready for what may happen next.


What would you do if you knew  if your job could change or disappear?  There have been articles written about how to become indispensable in your job. See it here.  To make yourself indispensable, you will need to be able to sell yourself and all the things you are bringing to the work you do.  This could make the difference in keeping your job.


For some, thinking about a Plan B, may mean starting something on the side of what they are already doing.  It may mean starting a business.  Gaining skills always makes us more attractive in whatever we are doing and is essential if we decide to venture out into something new.  If you Blog you will gain credibility and authority which will make you more valuable to the people who need what you have to offer.  Your job is to create valuable content.  This valuable content is just one of the metrics used by Google to rank how you will show up when Googled.

How would lawyers and attorneys benefit?

Every year there are 40,000 law students and only half of  them are able to work as lawyers.  Those are terrible statistics that half of the students don’t become lawyers. It sure makes you wonder what happens to all those that can’t work in the profession they chose?


Wouldn’t it be valuable for these students to be taught how to market their capabilities?   They should be doing this as an undergraduate. They should have a Blog and be  learning to Brand themselves. They will need to do this as an attorney and if they don’t become a  lawyer and end up doing something else.  Law schools teach them to know the law and become good technicians, but not how they will need to market themselves later.happy_woman


Everyone needs to Brand themselves, you’ve got to be ready.  You need to be at the Top of the Food Chain in Online Marketing.  When you decide to put yourself on the internet the skill  you will need to learn is how to market yourself online. Change brings with it a “Huge Solution Economy” and the need for people  to fill that need.  See the change as Opportunity and you will be the winner, filling a need that others have.  Are the benefits of Blogging a way for you to move your life forward?


Robert Kiyosaki says the only difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they use their time. Is all your time spent in front of the TV? Paul Zane Pilzer says that Prosperity comes to those who do things the fastest. What I believe Paul means here, is that when you see a need and you seize the opportunity to do something to fill that need and you move quickly, you have the best chance of success.


When you invest in yourself you are building your Brain Capital, this allows you to become indispensable. This investment builds your resume. Once you have the Brain Capital, you’ve got to be able to market yourself.  As a Blogger there are a number  of ways to make money.  The ways to make money will be discussed later.

Are you ready for the changes coming by 2020?

With the statistics of 40% of the workforce being independent contractors by 2020, it is important to look ahead and be prepared for the changes ahead.  Could Blogging be a way to assist you in this preparation?  Develop a Mindset to succeed and be committed to figuring it out.


Truth is that none of us can do this on our own.   Be willing to learn and ask for help.


I will be writing more about  Blogging and  what you need to know and do.  I am here to assist you.


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Can a Home Business Change Your Life?

Can a Home Business really change your life?

older_couple_-_originalThere are many who have joined the home business industry with the intention of making money. How would things be different for you if you owned your own business? How could having a home business really change your life? It is very appealing to make money from home, make money online, not having to answer to anyone but yourself. Bringing home money to supplement the family’s income, supplementing retirement could change everything for you. No longer being in a state of worry about money, how would that feel?  Feeling that you finally have the control over your financial future is so freeing.


There are so many that lost their retirement income, savings when we had the economic crash.  Many are still having problems managing. Well paying jobs did not come back or were very slow to come back The reason a person entertains the idea of working from home in their own business is to make money. What does it take to be successful working from home?


It takes working harder for yourself and on yourself than you did for your company or your boss. You need to have the desire to change your life. It is fun and challenging to work from home. Working independently you don’t have anyone breathing over your shoulder to make sure you are doing what you need to be doing.  You also need to have the self discipline to work for yourself without anyone needing to encourage and demand that things get done at a certain time.  It is a way  that the average person can develop freedom that is unavailable in any other way.  Where else can you start with little investment, learn valuable skills, and create a very profitable business?


There needs to be a system to learn the skills that will make you successful. Your partnership with a person and a team is important. You may be working independently, but you also need guidance as you start your new venture that leads you through the system to success. Where else could you gain real freedom and purpose in your life?  When I talk about freedom, that’s time freedom, more personal freedom, financial freedom, giving you more time and resources to pursue your purpose and the things you would love to learn and do.  When you’re in a job, there is a ceiling on what you will be paid for the work you are doing. in your own home business there is no ceiling.200171390-001


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Why Blog?

Why Blog?

In this day an age with so much on the internet you might ask “Why Blog”? The answer may be simpler than you think. You have a business.  You have a replicating website.  You are pretty darn excited about your products,  your business partners.  They have been guiding you with the steps of contacting the people you know.  You have been doing that.  You’ve had some success and you’ve had some in your face rejection as well.  You are strong and motivated and you aren’t going to let anything stop you from achieving the financial independence you seek

Eventually you will need to reach out to people that you don’t know.  What are people looking for when they are looking for a home business?Blogger writing - Blog - on a virtual interface

  1. They are looking for someone they can believe in and trust.
  2. They are looking for someone who can lead them to success.
  3. They are looking for a System and a group of people who will support them, so they aren’t trying to figure it out themselves.
  4. They are  looking for credibility of the company and their products.
  5. They are looking for products they can believe in.
  6. They are looking for a way to make money as soon and as easily as possible.

When someone does not know you and they are looking at your opportunity, what do you think they are going to do to find out about who you are?  They will Google you?  You need a Blog, so that you have an internet presence.  If people don’t know you, the first steps in any kind of sales process is that they need to know who you are, like you and trust you.

How will that happen if you have never done anything on the internet?  So, the answer to the question of “Why Blog” is simple.  You need to create an internet presence.  So, how are you going to do that?  Let me tell you a little of my story on how I entered into the world of the Internet.  I was pretty nervous, because although I loved people and had been successful in working with and guiding people, I knew nothing about how to have an internet presence.

I joined a program called EMP which is a program that teaches you all the elements of doing things online successfully. It’s actually a PhD Program of how to work on the internet.  I didn’t know anything about Blogging or having an internet presence.  I did learn about Blogging, how to create a Sales Funnel, how to use Social Media and much, much more.  The bottom line about being on the internet, is that it just like working with people you already know,  it is all about building relationships.  The only difference is that they start out online.

My question to you is when will you be ready to put your toe in the water and expand your horizons to the big world of the internet?

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What is your Passion?

What is your Passion that burns inside you?

I’d like to tell you my Aunt’s story, because her passion might inspire you.  She has developed a passion that drives her daily and will touch your heart.   I call her Tante Anni.  (“Tante” is Aunt in German.) Her actual name is Anna Weiner.  She was born in Yugoslavia and when she was 7 years old, her mother died.  She had several sibling and the kids were parceled out to relatives.  She was given to her mother’s sister who really didn’t want her.  Her reluctant aunt told her, she was too skinny and wouldn’t amount to anything.  She said many mean things that would devastate anyone. She was not treated kindly is an understatement. (It kind of reminds me of the Cinderella story, but this is a real person that  I love deeply and it really happened to her.)

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Where did she come from?

Tante Anni always tried to do her best  as a child. She grew up  during the depression of  the 1930’s.  That part of  Yugoslavia where she was born, was inhabited by German settlers who had lived there for over 200 years.  In 1942 many Germans fled Yugoslavia as refugees.  Josef Tito, a Russian Communist and close to Stalin, was President of Yugoslavia at that time.  He started rounding up Germans and put them in Concentration Camps  My father helped many Germans escape Tito’s grasp. Many fled in box cars with what they could carry.   Tante Anni was among the Germans that escaped and became refugees in Austria.

Falling in love changed her future

Tante Anni  met Sepp  (short for Joseph) my mother’s brother, and they fell in love.  They were refugees in Austria at the time.  Her brothers Rudy, Franz and Tante Anni immigrated to the US being sponsored by the stepmother’s family in the US.  She landed in Cleveland. My father and mother were sponsored by the Catholic church and came over on a freighter with me in tow as a baby. ( You can see the picture on the American Freighter with my mom on my Facebook page )


My father sponsored Onkel  Sepp, and he lived with us for a short time.  I was about 5 years old and fell deeply in love with him.  He was funny, charming and he liked this little 5 year old.  With Tante Anni now in the US  they got married. Upon meeting her, I fell in love with her too.  She had an incredible figure, and  was a foot shorter than Onkel Sepp.  I wanted to get married to him too.  They got me a little ring and I felt very connected to both of them.  I wanted to grow up to be just like her and find a husband just like him.


What did she do when her husband got sick?

Onkel Sepp developed heart problems and retired from being a painter, he painted movie stars homes.  He was no longer able to do that kind of work.  Tante Anni took a job as a teacher’s aid in the schools. She loved people and she especially loved children.  She was a natural with the children that didn’t speak English as their native language.   She remembered how she learned to speak  English and was prepared to teach these young children English and make it fun. She taught them by what they could see and learn to name.  It worked and she became even more beloved.

She became a star

She was such a shining star that the administration moved her from school to school. She was very good at developing methods to make things easier for the school, for the teachers and for the students.  As an example, buses were leaving children  at school, with no way to get home.  She developed a simple system where all the children who came to school by bus also went home on the same bus.  A simple system and kids always got their ride home. She was a natural problem solver with a lot of common sense.

Life without her Husband

In 1984, my Onkel Sepp died of heart failure.  Tante Anni had  a job with the schools which continued to be a blessing.  She has been able to receive a Pension from the schools. It’s not much, but she has been able to stay in her home.

What was Tante Anni’s Passion? How did she get on the cover of her local paper?

Tante Anni’s passion comes from her heart and her love of people.  No one is a “stranger.”  She gives out small self adhesive ladybugs pins.  Usually 5 of them to anyone that catches her eye and that she feels should have them.  Ladybugs are considered good luck.  She knows the name of the ladybug in many, many languages.  (No other language calls it a “bug” only English.)  In other languages the name is a tribute to Mother Mary because the lady bug kills the aphids and kept crops alive. (in German it is a Marien Kaefer which is considered a beetle.)  She has been doing this for 14 years. People she doesn’t remember, now come up to her to say hello and thank her for touching their life with kindness.  She is such a phenomenon that the local paper featured her on the front page as “God’s Little Bird Shares Love”.

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Who gets her gifts?

Anyone she sees with whom she can connect gets a handful of little lady bug pins.  She is warm and disarming. She brings sunshine wherever she goes. I asked her,” why do you do this? “ She explained that her “passion comes from wanting to brighten another’s day”.  She explained that she had  such suffering as a child at the hands of the aunt who raised her that “ I want to bring hope and love and kind words to anyone who comes my way”.  She is on a mission to bring sunshine into their lives.  I have witnessed her in such encounters and the recipients are joyful to have met her and received her gift.


So my question to you is, “What is your passion?”  What drives you when you get up every day? Do  you have a burning desire to make changes in your life? I know I am one of those people.  Are you? What do you want to change?


How do want to make the world a better place? Is it doing something like my Tante Anni does?  Think about it and please leave me your comments.  If this story touched you,  please share this story  with someone you know if you think it will brighten their day. Please share it on any of the links below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Why Worry About Money?

chronic-stressWhen you’ve asked yourself the question,”Why  worry about money ?”
It’s an important question to ask, because you don’t want this problem to continue. I’ve heard the statement that money isn’t everything, but it’s right up there with oxygen.

No one wants to have money worries, I know when I’ve had them, I had trouble sleeping at night. There is always something you need that comes up, and when you can’t act on that need whether it is for yourself or your child or children, it feels really bad!! It can sometimes get so bad that you may not want to answer the phone.

What are your Options?

So what are you going to do? Get another job? Get 2 jobs, maybe even 3? That may help momentarily, but you are away from the ones you love the most and care about. The wages in our great Country have certainly not recovered since the crash in 2008. Jobs are coming back, but great paying jobs across the board are plain not there.

The economy is changing. Manufacturing jobs that we once had are not coming back. Re-education into new fields can be a possibility if you are young and can take advantage of getting back to school. Statistics are that by 2020 40% of the workforce will be private contractors. Click Here to find out more.

Many people middle aged and older have more trouble being hired, because they are over-qualified in their field and what they did is no longer wanted or valued.  Their worry about money may be constant.

If we had retraining centers that wouldn’t jeopardize unemployment, and could redirect our eager people who want to work, that might help, but by and large they aren’t there. We have many Professionals who are in the same boat.

We have many highly skilled, very well educated people that Employers don’t want to hire, because they are middle aged or older; they would much rather hire a younger person for much less and train them in the ways of their company. It makes their bottom line look better with cheaper help.

Companies in this time since the recession have become very lean companies with people working more jobs, sometimes more hours instead of hiring more people to lessen the workload of those that are carrying the load of more.

Who is feeling the squeeze?

The people that are in these jobs where the squeeze is going on, may also feel they don’t have many options. If they leave, they may not be able to find work that will feed them and their families. This worry about money and needing stability can leave a person feeling trapped.

This hardship has taken a big toll on the American people and their hope for the American Dream where they can continue to improve themselves and that their children will be able to live a better lifestyle than they were able to achieve.

I want you to know that I am acutely aware of the problem that most Americans experience where there is not enough money and the worry about money is all the time. Many dreams are going unfulfilled right now.

What are the options for individuals to change the course of their future? If you are stuck, what can you do differently that could change the course of your financial life?

Could you work for yourself? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Are you motivated enough to keep going long enough to learn what you need to know until the income shows up? Do you have a can-do attitude? Are you unstoppable?

Is a home business something that would be a fit for you? If it is, don’t listen to the naysayers, remember this is Your life. How would you figure out which one is the right one for you? The investment to start a home business is much smaller than a storefront or a Franchise. Ask questions and do some learning first.

I was also in your position wondering what could I do to help my family without having to take on many more jobs. I had small children and being away from home was not an option for me.

What can you do?

I felt the same way you might be feeling about what was available and would it be real. There is so much out there now to chose from. How can you ever decide which one? I jumped in and tried home business as my option and have had wild success and also some failure. The promise of long term income with a home business was very intriguing in what that could mean to me and to my family.

I have been luckier than most to have long term (21 years) of residual income. I also discovered a way to have a business from home that will bring very successful results using new technology. The Dream is Alive! I can show you and teach you how.

In the last two decades a Revolution has taken place in the way business is being done today. Online Business’ are booming. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and so many that have changed the way we think about doing business Online.

Store fronts also have an Online presence. I have wondered was there a way to do a legitimate way to do a home business online? I discovered there is a way and it’s taught step by step.

So many,when they are desperate are looking for a get rich quick scheme that is automated and they don’t need to do much. I am here to tell you these deals will steal your money,and will put you in a worse position. Please beware.

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In time, your days of worry about money will go away and you won’t be needing your job. How will that feel?



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Be the Change You Want to See in the World

How can you be the Change in the World?

So, where do we start where we can even have the idea that what we do could be an instrument of change in the world? Let me tell you a little about my story. Growing up with immigrant parents I always felt I was a little different, not quite fitting in, a little out of the mainstream. Now I realize that was not unique to my circumstances and that many of us feel, that we don’t quite fit in or are Not Enough.


This Not Enough or Not Deserving to do all the things that we set our hearts on or had dreamed of doing or being stops many from their passion and success. What can get us past the Not Enough or Not Good Enough Experience where what we do could be a positive impact on others?



There are very few, if any of us that can get through life without some challenges that test the metal of what we are made of. For some, it could be abusive parents, divorce, illness, loneliness, depression, troubled relationships, death of significant person, things that blindside us when we least expect it, things we have no control of. I had the blind sided, unexpected.  So how do you deal with it? You can become a victim, but that is a very unproductive choice.


I read a book that saved my life. The book was Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. What I learned from Dr.Viktor Frankl who was an M.D., Ph.D. an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor, is that bad stuff can happen to any one of us. He came through the worst circumstances that any human being could ever have gone through in the camps at Auschwitz, losing all of his family. How did he survive and then make it afterwards? What was his Solution? He decided that he would be a Responder to the circumstances and not a Victim. He came out of the experience with the heart of a man who was not a victim and became a model for me for the rest of my life. For me having Purpose is essential to being a happier person with direction and for my life to have meaning.
I would become the model for my children as a person who when handed a lemon would make lemonade. Viktor Frankl believes we need to have Purpose for our lives to have meaning. He believes in the human spirit and in what we can become. I believe we can always decide to take the next step forward and move in the direction we want to go. We just need to take each step one at a time.


By my nature I was driven and I needed to be more effective in helping my family financially, and be able to be at home to raise our girls. I wanted to create an income that would make a difference from just making it, to thriving and allowing us to have a lot more fun and really enjoy life. I was looking for a vehicle that would allow me to help my family and to satisfy my need to be of greater service to others.
It was in this process I discovered Network Marketing. Like so many moms who would like to create an income from home, I wanted to be home to raise my family. I discovered a product that made a difference for me and my family and I shared it with others.
The Referral Marketing model, allowed me to be paid for my effort and also served my need to help others. In this process I became Leader to thousands in my company and allowed me to help many and also be acknowledged for that effort.
My desire to make a difference led me to learn more about people who did make a difference. Your choice to make a difference may be entirely different.  I wanted to let you know one of the ways I chose to help my family and also help others.
The phrase ”Be the Change you want to see in the World” that is attributed to Ghandi has had an impact on me to become a better human being. This phrase to me means that it has to start with me. So how do we become “The Change” we want to see? I want the world to be more fair. I want us to protect our earth, our only home, I would like to treat people the way that I want to be treated.
It means that we need to be pro-active when we see injustice. I also want everyone to be able to experience prosperity and to live with their expectations exceeded. The world is an abundant place, but not all are able to experience that. When you have abundance there is more that you can do to help others.
First off, I needed to learn to become more compassionate with myself. It was easier to be kinder to others than it was to be kind to myself. I have been my harshest critic.  Anybody that can relate to that?  We are always hardest on ourselves.



During my Network Marketing experience, I have had wild success and I also know how difficult it can be where the struggle with rejection can be crushing and incapacitating. Duplication that does not happen is also devastating.


Is there another way that does create the income you need? I always wondered if what I was hearing about Online Marketing was Real where this rejection would not be experienced and success could be achieved.  Was there a way where skills could be learned and the mysterious could be learned? My Motto has been to Never Give Up. Because of that attitude, I did discover a way where rejection is gone and skills can be learned to have that be the case. There is a way where you can get your PhD in Online marketing and be successful.
Being of service and teaching what I know and am learning is my intent and to have fun doing it.  Learning how to Blog, do videos, learn how to use Google Adwords, Google Analytics, Build on a Budget, Develop a Sales Funnel. all these things you will be able to learn through my Blogs and Videos. There is a step by step process that leads to success.
My question to you is, “How can I help you?”
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