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Why Inspire to Thrive?

By Lisa @Lisapatb
Why Inspire to Thrive?  I have had many people over the years inspire me to do things I thought I could not do. I have many more questions on this journey to success and thought this would be a great way to give and take. I would love to inspire others along the way.
The news of the day was depressing with the stock market down over 500 points and I have been working my plan A for almost 20 years and for the past year and a half plan B and plan C. I'm now on plan D.
It's ironic since my high school yearbook quote was "Don't plan anything for life changes everything." It sure has changed everyday but you need plans to get from point A to B and further to success.
For the past 30 years I have been in the newspaper business from graphic artist to salesperson. I had gone through sales training when the book "Who Moved My Cheese" was introduced to me.
Why Inspire to Thrive?
At that time I knew I may have to learn more and change to succeed but I wasn't sure in which direction. Several years later a layoff took place there and I decided to go back to school in case I was in the next layoff. I was toying with becoming an xray technician or web designer.  An uncle of mine - very smart uncle - emailed me that xray technician may include working the night shift and I am a morning person. So I went with web design.
A year later my husband knew his job would be ending and wanted to sell something online. We had toyed with it for years doing something online as we met that way. He "dragged" me to a seminar on a cold February Saturday. I had been taking classes along with working full time and thought how would I have time for this?  
Well I really enjoyed the seminar - about building a website and getting to the top of Google with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to find products to sell. We agreed to the go to the 2nd seminar, an all day one. My husband who never took a day out of work for vacation took one as well as I and we went and decided to do it.  I remember the speaker said only 20% of people will succeed at it. 80% will give up. After a year and a half I can understand why.
If I had known how many hours I would be putting in I probably would not have agreed to do it. I became passionate about it and we worked weekends for months designing the first website and finding the right products to sell.
So I would love to inspire others to become passionate about their projects, work and life. What would inspire you?

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