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    Greetings from beautiful Greece!

    I began to read your thread and couldn’t stop it. After I read every article inside of it I want to thank you for sharing your life’s story and valuable information with us.

    After I read the above post I jumped from my desk and went to the other room to tell my wife your story. The hardships you went thru and how may you have accomplished.

    Especially when you said the money was so scarce you bought only the necessary in the supermarket. We went recently thru the same scene and could totally relate to it.

    You give us the courage to push thru the difficulties we face.

    Thank you, Carol you are amazing!
     
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    Good morning @Apostolos from Oz,

    Thank you for your so very kind message. I loved reading it.

    The truth about every business is this. It's always hard. Business Is A Tough Gig!

    If you read about how others started with nothing, we all have similar stories of hardship.

    If you think what you're doing is worth it, the sacrifices come easy.

    It's a fact that you will always ask yourself if you know what you're doing. It's how you answer that question that determines whether you will keep going. Or throw in the towel.

    Anecdotal evidence says most people give up too soon. And regret it later.

    Whatever you and your wife want to achieve, you have to give it everything you have. You have to be truly committed. If you're not, the slightest stumble will unnerve you.

    Best wishes to both of you. And I hope we stay in touch. ~Carol❤
     
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    This is some inspiring stuff. Thanks for sharing this motivational story.
     
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    Hello Carol,

    I recently joined my family business and decided to go through all the gold threads to learn. Your thread is quite inspiring. I copied and saved a lot of information while going through it. I went through your site and your Instagram page too. Beautiful. The website is quite efficient, love the simple layout. Thank you for posting such detailed accounts of your experiences, there are certain things I feel I can use already.

    Also, it is amazing to see some productocracy in action!
     
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    Dear Carol,
    This is exactly why I came here for: stories like yours, insight and inspiration in abundance. I just love how you went from broke to, excuse me, badass. I aspire to be as successful one day to be able to share the same amount of love and inspiration you do.
    I respect you very much for your incredible hard work and that you add so much value to this world. Ironing is no fun with bad fitting covers, indeed!

    Warm greetings from Germany,
    Gesa Pickbrenner
     
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    Thank you for sharing this amazing experience, this is inspiring for us that are just starting.

    I hope to come here soon with a storie like this.

    Thanks

    GG
     
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    This is one of my favorite threads now. Thank you so much. Your story inspires, motivates, and makes me believe that every hardship and failure is worth it in the end.
     
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    G'day @Saf H from Oz,

    Thank You! And welcome to The Fastlane Forum. Everyone is here to give help.

    What are your plans? What do you want to achieve? What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning? I'd love you to share that with me.

    In the meantime, it's a pleasure to meet you. And I hope we stay in touch! ~Carol❤
     
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    G'day @Varun from Oz,

    Thank you! It's a pleasure to meet you.

    What does your family business do? And what do you want to learn from The Fastlane Forum?

    Just so you know. 'Productocracy in action' is never a straight line. It's as zigzag as it comes. But like walking on skies uphill. You do get to where you want to go.

    I'll explain that better. My remote rural property is carved out of the side of a hill. We have no level land. Anywhere. It either slopes up. Or down. Depending on where I am.

    Every morning I go for a walk at sunrise on my property. With my camera around my neck. I photograph what I see. And every morning, I post one photo to my social media pages.

    I am always confronted with walking uphill. And some of my hills are very steep. The best way for me to walk uphill is exactly like a skier does. In zigzag fashion. 5 steps to the right. 5 steps straight up. 5 steps to the right. 5 steps straight up. And in no time. I've reached the top of the hill. With minimal effort.

    Don't get frustrated by the zigzags in business. Everyone has them. Elon Musk is in the middle of his biggest zigzag ever. It's always a learning curve.

    I wish you well. And hope that you keep me in your loop. ~Carol❤
     
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    G'day @Gepi from Oz,

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Gesa. And welcome to The Fastlane Forum. It's a privilege to be able to inspire you.

    Hard work is the harbinger of success. The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. Once you grasp how hard you do have to work. And are willing to put in the effort required to reach your goal, you're guaranteed to get to where you want to be.

    Your success might not look exactly like you expect it to look. And many of us don't recognise it when we see it. I'm still living back at the beginning of our journey. At the coalface. Working as hard as ever to make sure I stay on the first page of Google for my best search term. With increased competition every day.

    Success isn't a word I apply to myself. But I must be successful. Because a lifestyle program is going to film me. And my story. For their lifestyle channel. The cameras arrive on September 12th! They found out about me from three people in different businesses who suggested to them they contact me. I'm still amazed. Even though this is my 3rd time in front of TV cameras!

    Who would have thought that a low tech, humble ironing board cover that, albeit, solves a big problem for people, would catapult a small business in a remote rural village in Australia, that was started by a couple escaping financial ruin, onto the world stage?

    Working hard, Gesa, and constantly building on what you have, no matter how tough the circumstances. Rather than chopping and changing when the going gets tough. Takes us all to places we never dreamed possible.

    A word of advice. Always help people get to where they want to be. Because it's a sure way to get to where you want to be. Those are famous words from Zig Ziglar. And they are so true. Helping others is key to our success.

    I appreciate you taking the time to drop in and say G'day. And I hope we stay in touch. ~Carol❤
     
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    G'day @Victor Cezar from Oz,

    Thank you so much! It's also a pleasure to meet you. And welcome to The Fastlane Forum. You'll find so many people here who will inspire you. And help you on your journey.

    As you're just starting out, I have some advice.

    Only listen to people who are going to buy your product. Or your service. They're the ones who will open their wallet and pay for what you have. Their feedback is the only important feedback to listen to. Everyone else is a tyre kicker. Including your family. And friends.

    Mistakes. Failures. Are all learning experiences. Build on what you have. One layer at a time. That's how skyscrapers are built. One storey at a time. As the partner of a gifted architect, I can assure you that many things go wrong on the way up to the penthouse. But builders don't tear a building down and start again somewhere else. They've invested in this building. And solve their problems on the hop. As all of us in business do. One step forward. Two steps backwards. Is sometimes de rigueur.

    You will have times of extreme discouragement. This is when mentors can pull you out of a deep funk. Find people online who you admire and who create podcasts. And videos. And watch or listen to one or more of them daily. They do inspire. And educate.

    When the going gets really tough. Write your goals down. Again. I write mine down every day. Just so I don't get distracted. As a lover of bright shiny objects, I have to curtail my curiosity. Just by writing my goals down every day. Day after day. I've learned to become very focussed. And when I'm spinning my wheels, I write even loftier goals. Which sometimes make me laugh. But always make me feel better about the future.

    If you're prepared to put in the truly hard work to get to the top, you'll get there. I'm a 24-year work in progress. My goals always shift a level higher once I reach a goal. I'm never stagnant. Even though I can spin my wheels at times!

    Best wishes, Victor! If I can ever help you, please let me know. I hope we stay in touch. ~Carol❤
     
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    G'day @redplant from Oz,

    Thank you for dropping in and leaving such a warm message. It's truly appreciated.

    Hardship. And failure. Are part of every successful business. Especially in the startup stage. But also at every stage. If you follow Elon Musk, you can't help but notice he's having a very public meltdown. Because his business is struggling to meet targets. Size doesn't exempt any business when it comes to hardship. And failure. It affects everyone.

    Once you understand that every successful business is built up one layer at a time. Like a royal wedding cake. You will understand that at every layer, something will challenge you. Something needs to be adjusted. Something will stop you in your tracks. And if you don't have your eye on what the top layer will look like, you'll fumble. And perhaps like a testy chef, throw what you've created in the bin. Unlike the royal bakers, who know they can't stop until the tiara is perched on the top tier.

    Because.

    That top tier becomes the cake for the royal couple's first wedding anniversary. Or the christening cake for their first child.

    That's the end game the royal bakers have in their mind.

    If you keep the image of your end game firmly imprinted on your brain. Hardship and failure are just part of the bumps along the road to glory!

    I hope we stay in touch! And again, thank you for dropping in. ~Carol❤
     
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    Thank you for that beautiful cake analogy, Carol. :smile2: What I'm learning from you and everyone around here is truly amazing.

    There was a time when I hated making mistakes, blowing an instance of it out of proportion, thinking what a total failure I was, grabbing a bucket of ice cream or crunching on M&Ms instead of assessing and making adjustments. I allowed failure to define me and not see it for what it really is: an opportunity to learn and gauge and improve my weaknesses to make me a better person.

    I'm grateful for MJ, for introducing me to new concepts and this forum that allowed me to meet inspiring people like you, all made me realize that my former recipe in life was all sugar, no meat, and, at best, will lead me to a donut instead of a lifetime serving of Lobster Thermidor.

    Again, thank you for your inspiring story and for leaving such a thoughtful comment. I have a very long journey ahead of me -- I actually feel as though I barely began. When the going gets tough, your nugget of wisdom along with the others will help me believe that my goal to have my cake and eat it too is possible. Take care. :smile2:
     
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    So glad I came across this thread! @Carol Jones I absolutely love the way you treat your customers. I'm watching this thread so I don't miss any posts from you.
     
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    G'day again @redplant from Oz,

    It's a pleasure to be able to help you.

    We're conditioned from an early age to not make mistakes. Our parents correct our English. Our manners. Teachers mark us down for not getting everything right. Employers fire us for making mistakes. Our peers chastise us for being gauche.

    But. Mistakes in business are learning curves. And if you position yourself to survive them. You will definitely be standing on the top tier!

    I hope we stay in touch. ~Carol❤
     
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    G'day @silentownage001 from Oz,

    Thank you so much! I love your comment!!

    I LOVE my customers. Always have. It's in my DNA. Which makes it easy for me to walk over broken glass to make them happy.

    They reward me in kind.

    We're all customers of someone else. And we remember to the nth degree every detail of a bad experience with a business. And we have more neutral to bad experiences than exceptional, memorable ones.

    I also remember some very memorable experiences. That make my heart sing every time I think about them. That's the take away I want to imprint on the brain of every customer. I want to make their hearts sing. ~Carol❤
     
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    wow love this story and being another Australian except from the West, its great to see familiar slang :)
     
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    If you had to start this business again today from scratch is there anything different you’d do regarding building your brand?


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    My family business is retail, consumer electronics. TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners etc.

    Thank you for the story about productocracy. It is both a timely reminder and an encouragement for me! Just learning about the business right now, currently like learning how to swim for the first time. But with this forum and with the advice of experienced people such as yourself, I believe I'll get it in time.
     
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    What a story! I should refrain from trying to write anything smart... I just don't know how I missed your thread and found it only now.........

    Love this part. You have endured so much. The worst comes from family. It hurts the most. Would you agree?

    Did you stop trying to explain it to your parents? Did you stop talking to each other? Would you share what your 'solution' was to this difficult situation?

    This one too.... it resonates well with ...

    Your story sounds so familiar in some (many) areas.

    I shouldn't probably write much, just contemplate on it.

    Congratulations and all the best in the future!
     
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