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Educating Tomorrow's Franchisees
Sept, 2012
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A month ago a friend forwarded a newsletter to my attention.  The newsletter built a powerful argument for the relationship between fear and excitement. I was so impressed that I would like to reprint a part of the newsletter


Are You Excited or Scared?  

By Madisyn Taylor


Sometimes the feelings of being scared and excited can elicit the same physical response in our bodies.

When new challenges and opportunities show up in our lives, we may diagnose ourselves as feeling scared when what we really feel is excited. Often we have not been taught how to welcome the thrill of a new opportunity, and so we opt to back off, indulging our anxiety instead of awakening our courage. One way to inspire ourselves to embrace the opportunities that come our way is to look more deeply into our feelings and see that butterflies in our stomach or a rapidly beating heart are not necessarily a sign that we are afraid. Those very same feelings can be translated as excitement, curiosity, passion, and even love.

There is nothing wrong with being afraid as long as we do not let it stop us from doing the things that excite us. Most of us assume that brave people are fearless, but the truth is that they are simply more comfortable with fear because they face it on a regular basis. The more we do this, the more we feel excitement in the face of challenges rather than anxiety. The more we cultivate our ability to move forward instead of backing off, the more we trust ourselves to be able to handle the new opportunity, whether it's a new job, an exciting move, or a relationship. When we feel our fear, we can remind ourselves that maybe we are actually just excited. We can assure ourselves that this opportunity has come our way because we are meant to take it.

Framing things just a little differently can dramatically shift our mental state from one of resistance to one of openness....


I found these thoughts to be quite powerful. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to turn on the light. Once this is done, everything changes.


Hope you have a great September.




Rick Bisio
Apple Image Banks Ease Standards on Business and Consumer Loans

United States banks are relaxing their terms on credit cards and lending for autos and commercial real estate, according to a Federal Reserve survey.


"Domestic banks, on balance, continued to report having eased their lending standards across most loan types over the past three months," the Fed said today in Washington in its quarterly survey of senior loan officers.


"Banks are lending and that's a good thing," said Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank AG in New York. "Banks have been easing standards for the past couple of years and that's continuing but now you're seeing demand picking up too and more loans are getting made."  


 Go to Bloomberg, Click Here
Apple Image 'Homepreneurs' - Time to rethink Home Based Businesses


The popularity of home-based businesses has been growing for a while now. Home-based entrepreneurship has become so common, in fact, that those running businesses from home have earned their own title, "homepreneurs," and have become significant pillars in the economy.


According to a recent survey conducted by Small Business Success Index and analyzed by Emergent Research, there are currently about 6.6 million home businesses nationwide that generate at least 50 percent of the owner's household income. These businesses employ over 13 million people; 35 percent of them generate more than $125,000 in revenue, and 8 percent generate more than $500,000.


Go to All Business, Click Here


Apple Image Moms Making Millions

These seven entrepreneurs are successfully juggling their duties as moms, while making millions in their businesses. Here's how.
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U.S. Credit Cards  
During our trip to Europe this summer to visit family, we ran into an unexpected problem.  Many European businesses could not read our credit cards. 

Curious as to why this is, I did a little research and discovered that the United States is still using technology that many countries abandoned over a decade ago.

If you are planning on traveling outside the United States, you may need to bring two types of cards.   To read more -  


Go to McClatchy, Click Here 

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