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The I Can Philosophy

By Darryl Van Kirk


You were born to win at life and in business. You can be successful in starting a business or anything else you choose to do in life. Have you ever met someone who just made you feel like you could do anything? I have a friend who has that much confidence in me and that's why she is a very special friend, indeed.

When my children were growing up they liked to use the crutch I can't, daddy. They used this for things they didn't want to do, things they were afraid to do and things they were not sure of.

I wanted to instill a different attitude in them so one day I can up with a response. It is Can't died in a car wreck! If, won't and maybe were in the back seat and they died to. A gruesome little story but it got my point across.

Why do I feel so strongly about these words? I Can. Can't holds all of us back way too much. We were made to win in life and in business. We can be successful in starting a home based business much like we've successfully beat all the odds throughout our life up until now.

From the day we were born we experienced a little failure but we persisted and won. Maybe that first day our nose itched but we were not in control of our body to scratch it but soon we were. Rolling over the first time was impossible but soon we did it like a pro. Crawling was tough but soon we explored the whole house.

We decided to stand and then walk. Fell on our butts and into things a lot. It hurt, we cried, but mom and dad encouraged us and we wanted to continue to explore so we kept at it. Soon we were running and it really hurt when we fell down.

The we went on to mechanical toys. We learned to ride a trike and then a bicycle. We had our wrecks, cuts and bruise but we didn't give up. We survived our first day at school and learned that some kids were friendly and some were not. We liked some teachers and some we did not. We got pretty good at playground. I know it was my favorite class. I should have received an A but it was never on the report card.

Growing up we got into big trouble with our parents and teachers and sometimes they paddled out butts and hurt our feelings. We got over it, though and continued to move forward and win at life.

We knew that some day we would be out in the world and work like our parents but we never knew that someday we'd be successful in starting a home based business.

For some of us sports were fun but a challenge. Hitting and catching that ball was fun, challenging and sometimes we got hit in the nose and got a nosebleed but we didn't quit. Remember we were born to win. Sometimes for games we chose up sides and got picked last but we still played. Sometimes we didn't get picked but watched the game and survived the temporary pain of rejection and disappointment.

Kids, adults, bosses and life can give of temporary pain and disappointment but we were born to win. My point is this: from birth we have faced problems, challenges, defeats, heartaches, disappointments, no's, bruises, bumps and so on but here we are still moving forward.

We got that first job, got fired sometime or left for a better one. Starting a home based business is no different. You may find exactly the one that works best for you right away or you may decide to stop it and move on a little different path. Winning in business requires a few mistakes, failures and disappointments just like life.

I like Colonel Harlan D. Sanders story. After a new interstate highway bypassed Corbin, Ky. Colonel Sanders had to auction off his family restaurant and pay his debts. All he had to live on was his social security. After receiving his $105.00 social security check he realized This won't do.

That was enough to motivate him to start thinking What can I do to make money? As he thought about his assets he decide I can sell my finger licking chicken recipe. The story goes that he called on approximately 1,000 restaurants before one saw the value of paying him to use his recipes.

The rest is history, by 1964 he had 600 KFC franchised restaurants across the country. I like the story because it illustrates that when all seems lost there is still a reward for getting back up and deciding to win one more time.

How about you? You survived childbirth, your youthful adventures, learned how to drive, getting a job, bad and good bosses and now it's time to move forward in life to a new challenge, a new adventure.

You were born to win at life and in business. You can be successful. Are you ready for the challenge?

Say I can!


Darryl Van Kirk has been self employed the majority of his life and working from home 9 of the last 10 years. He is happiest working for himself and while developing new businesses. The biggest sale of his life was made when he convinced his wife Kathy to marry him 37 years ago. Since the they have raised 4 daughter and are supervising the children's upbringing of our 6 grandchildren
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