The Safest Investment For Success

by Jayne Kopp on December 16, 2011

Each and every day people look for safe investments in order to better their economy both for now as well as the future.

The problem is, many look to invest in the stock market or external avenue’s rather than taking the time to look internally.

Buying stocks, lottery tickets, etc. are unrealistic not to mention  “hopeful” quick-fixes…(at best)  and hold little promise to improve financial stability.

Sadly, despite this,  it really does reflect the dismal fact that the majority of people these days would rather jump in head long and sit back with fingers crossed  hoping for a miracle to happen  over applying a little personal energy and effort into building a business and doing something in order to take control of their circumstances.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made investments too for the ‘future’ but that’s not what I solely rely on to maintain security!

Thank goodness I don’t either, as I along with many others have certainly seen a rapid decline in many of my own personal stocks, even the safest of investments have lost value over the last few years.  Naturally I hope things will turn around but because I know can’t count on it, I  have  at least had enough sense to diversify and put my energy into the things that I CAN control to create both personal and financial success.

I often ponder the questions: Why do so few look at what THEY can do? Why do many lack faith in their own personal power or choose to ignore it altogether? Why do so many people expect to be handed a silver platter?

Perhaps it’s laziness or resistance to learning. I’m thinking that in many cases it’s a combination of all the above.

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve noticed a few common denominators in many of my clients. It seems to me that not only are there those similar to the ones I mentioned above, but there are also folks who ‘pretend’ to want to take control of their own financial situation yet are not willing to DO something.

These pretenders will actually spend hours, or days at a time looking for business ideas online but never have true intentions to take action.

It seems to me based on the number of people I speak to in a week (which are many) who contact me to learn about starting a business, are at first totally fired up at the prospects of not so much building a business but more the financial possibilities of their pipe dream. I have noticed that when these ‘dreamers’ contact me initially, they at first talk with excitement and enthusiasm.

The moment however I mention the fact there  will be an investment of time and  a little money to fund the learning curve there’s a strange silence that “all of a sudden” takes place. They may as well say out loud “what?… ya mean I have to do something to create success?

These  people are never wiling to invest a little time, energy and in some cases a few bucks to further their current situation, yet,   it’s always ‘this group’ who will be the first to complain about their current predicament and how they can never get ahead.

As a few of you may  know I very recently launched a site to help individuals utilize the power of the internet to either start a home based business…. Or perhaps take an existing business (MLM or Offline business) online.

Much of the site (not all) is geared to beginners, whether in dire need of financial improvement or not.  The purpose is to  simply to empower people to step out on the wild side and start to learn how to create or better  their own personal economy and make positive life changes with easy to follow instruction.

I have had tremendous response as the coaching I provide is ridiculously affordable and coupled with the fact that I have spent the better part of the last four years as both an empowerment coach and internet marketer, I do provide a lot of value in the way of knowledge and experience.

Sadly out of dozens of inquiries so far, only about four percent of the contacts from the internet have materialized into solid clients.

It has you wondering doesn’t it?

The bottom line is for anybody, particularly if you are not satisfied with life  at present and wish to make some changes, it’s time you looked at what YOU can do to improve rather than expecting change to fall onto your lap.

Success is NOT convenient and it does require your participation!

If you wish to create positive life changes, making ‘safe’ investments with the true intention to get ahead WILL only benefit you … that is… IF you are serious about success. A little time and money spent on courses or education can pay dividends down the road by speeding up the process of learning beneficial skills.

This will actually pay two-fold because you’ll save so much of the time you would probably  have spent trying to learn the skills you need much faster than if you struggled alone!

The flip side is if you’re NOT serious about improving yourself (yet say you are) and you’re not willing to invest the time or a little money into your own personal betterment … yet you’re willing to drop a few bucks at the local coffee shop or on a couple of Starbucks and you’d rather spend your time playing Farmville on Facebook all day, you’ll never get anywhere! Period.

All change comes from within and everyone has the personal power to learn new skills, put knowledge into action and create their own economy but you have to be wiling to get off the couch and do it.

If it’s merely that you don’t have faith in your own abilities, you need to change your thinking and realize that we all start from scratch and have to learn a few new things for the first time each and every day. Furthermore, we all have something we can share with others to create value… or at least the ability to find something that resonates.

When you were born, God didn’t say… ‘This one is going to be successful… but this one’s going to be a real loser and never get anywhere”. We were ALL born with a unique ability to progress in a positive fashion!

If you’re having a hard time with determining your purpose in life, take the time to sit down and think things through… or find a coach or mentor to help you out. There is always SOMETHNG you can do. You just need to put the time into finding the right “it”… and once you do, you have to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If you can think of “it” you can make “it” work!

We live in a time full of opportunity and have access to so many avenues right at our fingertips! (literally!)

There’s a brand new year just around the corner and if you want next year to be better than this year or years passed, start laying the foundation now.

Again, everyone is born with the same set of chances to achieve success.

Isn’t it time you made the safest investment of all?  That would be into yourself (for the long term) by applying some effort to take control of your life!


Ask yourself…”What can I do to make things great?”… then find a way to do it!  If you’re serious about living a better life you’ll find a way to make it happen!

(If I can do it, anybody can!)

If you need help laying the foundation to create positive changes contact me at any time and let’s make 2012 better than ever!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Hamish December 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Jayne,

Some good points here. Nothing ever happened just by “thinking about it”. You need to take action and put in a bit of hard graft. Time, and some small expenditure, will almost certainly be required.

On the other hand, the hard work that you do – for however long it takes, one year, two years, three years – will pay back over time and let you reap the rewards (big style) later.

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:06 am

Hello Hamish, thanks so much for taking the time to visit over the busy holiday season.

I agree that all our hard work, if done with the right attitude and intentions will always come back ten fold. It’s called the Law of Compensation. We just have to keep on truckin!!

Lovely to see you

Best

Jayne

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Akos Fintor December 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Hey Jayne,

I just started reading the book “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuck and he really let it rip in the book about the whole point of self branding as the biggest investment a person can make.
And it’s available for ANYOBDY due to the internet and social media.
It takes passion (know your stuff and know it better than anybody)
and drive (hustle) – being ready to work you butt off in front of your computer till your eye balls bleed :) . The results? You’re gonna “CRUSH IT” out there! But it is clearly a never ending hard but happy work.

Thanks for the share

Akos

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

HI Akos, thanks for the suggestion of Crush it. I am quite sure I heard that title this week. I will definitely have to get it. Is it a good easy to read book? YOu know how some are just so intriguing you can’t put em down? I like those lately due to a huge list of books on my list! I am looking forward to re arranging my schedule somewhat in the new year to get caught up on my reading. It just seems I’m going full tilt.

You have definitely got it right about the ‘never ending’ part… but it is happy once you get over that hill.

Best to you Akos.

Jayne

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Christian Hollingsworth December 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Seems people don’t like to hear what you say here. Making money takes lots of time and hard work. That’s about it! Yes, there are a lucky few who win the proverbial “lottery” in life in various ways – but don’t put your life into the hands of that much chance!

Love this.
Christian

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:11 am

Christian… I didn’t even have time to roll out my red carpet! Thanks so much for taking the time to come over and say hello.

Making money does take a lot of time and hard work but I would rather put it into my own business than spending 8+ hours per day on a job that will hold me in the same position for… well… ever.

I know you agree on this one! :-)

If it means I have to invest the same amount of time on my ‘own’ gig… I’d take this any day or night for that matter.

Lovely to see you.

Best

Jayne
PS: I hope you enjoyed the holiday season. Here’s to a fantastic 2012! ((clink))

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Steve Nicholas December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Great post, Jayne! I think that you are right that so many things that people “invest” in aren’t really investments after all. However, I think it is still possible to make money in the stock market, if you are willing to really study the companies you invest in. Right now, I focus on mutual funds for investments, because I really don’t have the capital needed to make the kind of investments necessary to focus in individual stocks.

That being said, I entered a contest on CNBC for stock and currency trading. I don’t know much about currency trading, so I just let that share of my “portfolio” sit, and focused on finding stocks. I picked seven companies that I thought were winners, and in the five weeks of the contest, I had a profit of 4.4% and finished ahead of 91.74% of contestants. There is another site called Youtual Funds where you build a mutual fund, and if you pay for the site (I don’t yet, because I’m practicing more), others can invest in your fund as well. Since the day after Labor Day, I’ve gained 10.16%, so I know it can be done. That being said, this is my after-business money that I used to try to build it to grow it. This is why I think we should have a more balanced approach.

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

HI Steve, I am pleased you have had some success with your investments!! :-) As you say, you have not at least put all your eggs in the same basket. We can always rely on ourselves with some will power… we can’t control external forces though can we?

Lovely to see you Steve. I hope you have enjoyed the Holiday Season. I look forward to working along side of you in 2012.

Jayne

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Peppy | The Peppy Writes Chronicles December 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hello, Dear Jayne,

Once again you hit the nail on the head with this article. I think you make such an excellent point when saying “change comes from within.”

It seems many don’t want to accept responsibility for their happiness, growth, success, etc. It is easier to put the blame on others …. I’ve known people who have an excuse for absolutely everything – they EXIST in their life rather than truly LIVING their life.

Jayne, you show through your own example that you not only “talk the talk but you walk the walk!” You demonstrate the good results that come from focused determination combined with hard work.

I have been thinking about some of these points lately – wondering if I’ve become a little lazy in my approach to my own goals. So, I thank you for this timely article … it helped me zero in on some areas I need to work on.

I hope you had a WONDERFUL summer! I keep meaning to email you – I have a question about the artificial turf products – so I’ll be getting in touch soon. Right now, thanks to this article, I’ve got work to do! :)

Take care, Jane, and have a great day!

Peppy

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:14 am

Hello my dear Peppy. How I have missed you. I have however been over to yours to catch up a few days ago.

I am so pleased you enjoyed the post. I really think that when it comes down to brass tacks, it’s only ourselves we can rely on.

Please email me at any time re the Turf. I still get a kick out of me being a ‘grass dealer’ ;-)

Jayne

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving December 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

This is so timely, Jayne. I’m with you all the way. I think the best investment strategy is to invest in yourself, first and foremost. There’s not much difference between successful and unsuccessful people, except that the successful ones conquer their fears. They get off their butts and actually do something, while others dream of the day they’ll make it big, without being willing to evaluate and release what’s stopping them. Thanks for this powerful reminder (aka kick in the butt). It’s the perfect time for it. :)

Huge hugs,
Melody

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

HI Melody… sorry for the late response. I hope you enjoyed your Spa time with your mom.

Thanks for your kid words regarding the post. It really is about conquering fears too. We do all have em, but we have to keep them in their place. It can be hard… and it is hard work, but at the end of the day, it’s only the person in the mirror we can praise or blame. (or whatever the case may be).

I believe you may be pleased I have started working on my meditation. I think I need it to be a bigger part of my life.

(just thought I’d mention it as I always think of you at first).

Best

Jayne

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Ryan Biddulph December 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Hi Jayne,

Go for it, you get it.

Expect some system to do it for you, you fail. Success lies on the other side of a series of uncomfortable decisions. Asking someone for money or taking out a cash advance to start a home based opp. Reaching out for help when your ego tells you not to. The investment you make, YOU make. You need to do it, you need to be hungry, but of course, when you think Big Picture, you make uncomfy decisions with ease, without hesitating.

Dream, then do. Plan, then act. The action part of the equations separates the dreamers from the do-ers.

Love your insight here Jayne. Thanks for sharing with us.

RB

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:18 am

Phew… could not have said it better Ryan. “The action part of the equations separates the dreamers from the do-ers”). I think I’ll frame that!!

Thanks so much for stopping by Ryan. Lovely to see you and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

Best

Jayne

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Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA December 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I’m with Marcus!
And, I am always amazed at the “time frame” and “effort” concepts that prevail in today’s world. Everyone thinks you can just buy a book or a program and instantaneously have a perfect solution- every time.
No wonder we have children left behind. They think (and so do their parents) that their teachers have a magic button that impresses all the knowledge into their brain with no efforts on their part.

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Jayne Kopp January 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Hi Roy, I missed this comment from a couple of weeks ago although “I knew” you’d left one somewhere. You slid in between Marcus and Ryan and for some reason I missed you!

You are right about so many people thinking there is a magic button. Funny how so many don’t look in the mirror and rely on their own abilities.

See you soon… and thanks for coming to leave a great comment!

Jayne

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Marcus Baker December 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hi Jayne,

Love this line in your post,

“Success is NOT convenient and it does require your participation!”

That really does say it all in my opinion. I think a lot of people are in love with the idea of success but they obviously don’t want it enough since they are not prepared to do what it takes to get there.

Great post Jayne and lots of help for people who are ready to take the plunge.

~Marcus

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Jayne Kopp December 29, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hello dear Marcus. sorry for the late response but what can I say… this month has been really tough to keep on top of things with my little kidlets been home and all the hullabaloo around the house.

I love that line too. Success is NOT convenient, in fact it can be very inconvenient, but it’s gotta be felt and dealt with.

Its kind of a bummer we actually have to get our hands dirty… but at the end of the day it’s well worth the effort.

Lovely to see you Marcus as always.

I hope you enjoyed your Holiday Season.

Jayne

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