Phil Tanguay of New Brunswick, Canada, writes in with his own success story. Do you have a story about SUCCESS during the recession? E-mail it to me at!

Phil writes:

Yes, I AM one of those people who actually has had success during this “recession” or “bad times”.

I used to be a corporate drone working crazy hours for an employer that was not only heartless but quite incompetent as well. I was so brainwashed by employers, society and the media that it’s normal to work jobs and have a fixed income… all to make someone else like an owner or share holders rich. In the meantime I was missing out on my life, missing my kids grow up, their graduations birthday parties, sports tournaments… all because I had to work. And was I getting anywhere? No, I was only accepting my lot in life. That was until I decided enough was enough. That was the day I got my pension statement and realized I’d have to continue this slave-like job for another 15 to 20 years before I could retire and get my life back. No way! I knew right then and there my life would never change unless I took action, took some risk. That’s when I found my home business.

There are tons of them out there and not all legitimate either but I was fortunate that I found a reputable one right away. Not only could I have a business I could start part time from home but work far less hours and have virtually no cap on my income. The kicker was that it was all about personal development and growth! What could be better than investing in me? I got started and have not looked back. With the help of a fantastic community of leaders and mentors all genuinely interested in me having success I was able to leave my job within a few short months. I now get to be home every day with my family, able to attend my kids events and be home when they get home from school. The look on their faces is priceless.

I’ve learned so much about myself and that we create our own reality, our own lifestyle based on our beliefs and the decisions we make as a result of those beliefs. I get to travel with my family all over the world, network with truly successful people who are more than willing to share their experiences so that I can learn even more. I’ve made tons of great friends and live a lifestyle of freedom and joy.

As an added bonus I get more time for myself where I can pursue my passions of creativity through my art, something I never had time for before because I was always working, it was just a dream. It just goes to prove that we really do create our lives. Fourteen months ago this life was just a dream, now it’s real. I even get to share it with others and help them realize their true potential and the lifestyles of their dreams. Nothing could be more rewarding than the feeling of being able to impact some one’s life so dramatically for the better. If you ever are looking for authenticity, integrity and real fun in a home business, check out mine at . I’d love to open your eyes to a bright new world of potential. There will be those who choose to remain unconscious but hey, that’s their right I guess.

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The Small Idea


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Okay, so the title of this blog (by itself) may not inspire you. But what it contains should.

So much emphasis is placed on people who have hit upon that one Big Idea–you know, the one that makes them millions of dollars and sets them financially free for life. They invented something. They wrote a hit song. They published a runaway best seller. In other words, their extreme success was mostly due to luck.

We all know that the people who have achieved the highest level of success with their one Big Idea are few and far between. You might pitch a screenplay and get it turned into a major Hollywood production. You might pen the next Harry Potter series. You might start a business in your garage and become the next Bill Gates. You might. But you probably won’t. Because these people are exceptions to the rule. They are outliers.

Success—great success—belongs to everyone. To you and me alike.

You see, I call this blog The Small Idea partly because that’s what most ideas are—they’re small. But collectively, as one small idea leads to the next, the outcome can be huge.

But it’s also because life is not about the pursuit of that one Big Idea. If that happens, great. But it’s more about the little ideas all of us have everyday—acting upon them, building on them, allowing them to slowly but surely lift you out of the funk you’re in and into the realm of your own definition of success as you achieve your goals. Ideas that may not make you richer than Scrooge McDuck, but at least allow you to make the money you need to live on, plus a little extra for continually bettering your lifestyle.

This blog features stories about people who are upgrading, not downgrading. People who are eating well instead of tightening their belts. People who are optimistic about their financial futures, not constantly fretting about money. These are the people you’ll hear about.

Too many articles in the news today shine the spotlight on those who are drastically downsizing their lives in the face of the economic recession. Presumably this is about trying to make you feel like you are not alone, that everyone is in the same boat. But all that does is give you an excuse to feel helpless. Not enough attention is devoted to the people who are upsizing—that is, actually getting wealthier during these otherwise hard economic times.

Besides, no one ever mentions the upside to a recession. Think about it—everything is on sale! Interest rates are low. Houses cost much less than they used to. Cars are practically half price. Stocks are cheap. Restaurants are offering ways to dine out more affordably.

That said, I’m looking for stories. Not stories about people who have made millions of dollars on that one Big Idea. I’m talking about people who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten creative after losing their job or facing foreclosure. People who didn’t say “woe is me,” but instead, “how can I make the money I need?” People who are gaining a financial edge during a time when everyone seems to believe it’s impossible.

Maybe you still have your job but you’re making a few extra bucks on the side with an internet venture. Maybe you lost your job but started a business that is now providing you with more income than your job did. History is chock full of examples of people who have made their fortunes during recessions and depressions. These are people who have managed to lift a certain finger, wave it at the recession and say, “It’s MY economy.”

Are you somehow doing better than you were before the recession? Are you well on your way to that point? Or maybe you’ve heard of somebody who is. Write in and share the story! Your wisdom could inspire many others to take action as well.

Once you realize you are not doomed to financial failure, the sky is the limit. It is my hope that this blog will be like a beacon in the fog to all those who are feeling burdened by their current money situation.

Please keep your story to 700 words or less, and include a couple pictures if you would like. You may also send me the link to an existing article. E-mail

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