A FREE electronic magazine... October 23, 2002
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I n T h i s I s s u e . . .
1. A "Quickie" - Personal Observation
2. Feature: Article
"Lessons from the Cat"
3. Feature: "Ask Dave" - Can I help with a business problem?
The Impatient Husband
4. Feature: "Meanwhile, back at the ranch..."
Burying the Rawhide
5. About "Big Bucks in a Bathrobe" Newsletter
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11111 A "Quickie" - Personal Observation
One of my favorite restaurants is a little home that was
converted into an elegant dining room. The food is terrific
and the ambiance is very soothing. The owner often comes
over to our table to make sure everything is to our liking.
That's a good thing.
While she is standing there, she puts her hand on whomever
is closest to her and rubs them! It's almost like a
massage. I'm no prude and I enjoy a casual touch from
someone as, for example, they are making a point. But for
this woman to stand there rubbing my back while she is
talking seems, to me at least, needy and intrusive into my
personal space. It is highly offensive to me and, as a
result, I don't go in there as much as I might otherwise.
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22222 A r t i c l e "Lessons from the Cat"
By Dave Balch, the "Stay-at-Home CEO(tm)"
Lily is a cat. A very independent cat. Lily just loves to
be outside and chase the birds, squirrels, mice, lizards...
you name it. In fact, she has brought more than a few into
the house to "share" with us. (What a nice kitty...)
Unfortunately for Lily, we live in the mountains in the
middle of a forest and cat dangers abound: coyotes, hawks,
ravens, etc. In fact, it would be downright irresponsible
of us to let Lily out of the house unsupervised.
Unfortunately for us, Lily went through a period where she
urinated in the house. As it turned out, she wanted to be
outside where, in her opinion, cats are supposed to be.
(When we saw her drinking water we used to joke that she
wasn't really 'drinking', she was actually 'reloading'...)
We compromised with her and put a one-way cat door in the
wall between the house and the garage. With that in place,
she could only go out if we let her out but she could come
back in any time she wanted.
One day, the little lever that controls the one-way door was
accidentally moved, and it had become a two-way door; she
could come and go as she pleased. I saw her out on the
driveway and knew she shouldn't have been there, so I
discovered the problem and re-set the lever.
The rest of the day and for several days after this event I
could hear an almost constant tapping as she kept hitting
the door with her nose to try to open it again from the
inside as she had done on the day that it had been
Yes, folks, there is a lesson here; two of them, in fact,
and they both have to do with attitude.
First of all, Lily must have a pretty positive attitude to
try to get out through the one-way door when she had never
been able to before. How many times had she tried in the
past, only to find it locked? On that one day, against all
odds, she gave it a shot anyway and lo and behold, it
opened! Her persistence paid off.
After it was locked again, she continued trying to get out.
I'm sure that she was thinking, "One of these days they're
going to goof again and I'll be able to go out!" Over and
over she hit that door with her nose in the hopes that it
would open. Over and over, she tried without success. But
one of these days, she just might get lucky. When she does,
her persistence will have paid off again.
How many times have you given up on a prospect because they
always said, "No!" Keep trying; you just might catch them
on a day when their situation has changed and they are
finally receptive to your product or service.
Calvin Coolidge said, "Nothing in the world can take the
place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more
common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and
determination alone are omnipotent."
The next time you get discouraged, remember Lily and then
tap that door with your nose just one more time. If our cat
can do it, so can you.
33333 "A s k D a v e"
(Can I help you with a business problem? I will field
business questions in every issue. Send them to
Ask whatever you'd like... all letters will remain anonymous.
Maybe my 2-cents'-worth will help you make "Big Bucks"!
How do I deal with a husband who is resentful of me not
"pulling my weight" when it comes to income? As you know,
all these things I am working on take time to produce
income, and no, I am not contributing much right now. The
stress of trying to make this work "instantly" is not
helping any. He really is a good man, but was brought up to
not respect anyone not earning their living. I know he
should understand and have tried to explain it to him on a
"counseling level" - but to no avail. Are these just
natural feelings for him to have in this situation? Should
I force myself back to "regular work"? Do you think what I
am doing with the net and at home will produce income if I
stick it out?
This sounds like a communication problem and, although I
do not pretend to give advice about relationships, here
are my thoughts on the subject:
He needs to understand how important it is to you to
have your own business; this is your dream, and you
would like him to help you realize it. Part of the
process of this dream is called "start-up" and it is a
rocky time as you learn and experiment. If it works,
the payoff will come. If it doesn't, at least you know
you gave it your best shot. Would he want you to be
disappointed later in life because you never even tried?
There are no guarantees, but you need him to allow you
People who are not entrepreneurial often have trouble
understanding the drive and the risks involved, and feel
it foolish to take a chance when you could be working
for someone else in a more secure situation.
Perhaps it would help if you sat down with him and
showed him your plan, along with a timeline with various
goals and milestones. That way he will better
understand what you are doing and that you are, in fact,
trying to pull your own weight.
By doing this, however, you have to be willing to agree
that if such-and-such doesn't happen by a certain date,
that you will throw in the towel and get a 'regular
job'. This way he can see that there is a light at the
end of the tunnel and he may be more receptive to the
You, however, need to understand his point of view and
that your lack of income may be putting additional
stress on him to have to come up with all of the dough.
The key is to compromise. He agrees to give you "X"
amount of time to achieve "Y", and you agree that if you
don't you will get a job and continue your business on a
I cannot say if your efforts will pay off or not. Lots
of good ideas have failed and lots of bad ideas have
succeeded. There are no guarantees, except this one:
if you don't try, you'll never know.
Let me know what happens!
44444 "M e a n w h i l e, b a c k a t t h e r a n c h..."
A glimpse into the life of this "Stay-at-Home CEO"
(Photos and short bios of the complete "cast of characters"
are posted at http://www.TheStayAtHomeCEO.com/theranch.htm )
At the risk of boring you with something cute that Emma did,
I want to tell you something cute that Emma did.
Emma is our baby standard poodle (well, she's 1 1/2 years
old but she's still a 'baby' to us). She and her big sister
Simone love to chew on rawhide bones, and they have been
trained to only chew them on washable throw rugs that we
have around the house for that purpose.
Emma, however, doesn't share very well and is often stealing
Simone's rawhide and running off with it. When they are
outside, Emma goes somewhere on our property and buries her
treasure, but in the house it's a little more difficult.
The other day, Chris watched as Emma, oblivious to Chris'
presence, appeared in the living room with a chewed-up
rawhide bone. She jumped onto the couch and deliberately
moved a blanket that was on the cushion, and then moved the
cushion so she could carefully place the rawhide between it
and the back of the couch. Then, she moved the cushion back
into place with her nose AS WELL AS THE BLANKET, effectively
'burying' the rawhide in the couch!
Isn't that cute?
-------------------- CHRIS' CANCER UPDATE
Tomorrow is the last chemo... hooray! Everyone is excited
about it except Chris, who still has to endure the misery
one more time. We have also scheduled the second phase of
her reconstructive surgery and the consult and marking
procedures for the radiation portion of her treatment plan.
November will be a busy month in that regard, and the
radiation begins on December 3 and continues, every day
Monday thru Friday, for six weeks.
A hearty "Thank you!" to all of you who have written notes
of support and encouragement. It really helps a lot and we
do appreciate it.
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