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“HORN†In On Franchise / Business Ownership

…a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom

regarding self-employment; career transition;

and franchise / business ownership;

as well as information for business owners

who may be interested in franchising their business.



Holiday Edition December 2016



Is Living A Few Years Of Your

Life Like Most People Won’t,

So That You Can Spend The

Rest Of Your Life Like

Most People Can’t.







Season’s Greetings…

Wishing you and your family a safe and wonderful…

Ø Christmas,

Ø Hanukkah

Holiday Edition December 2016


The New Year…2017, is fast approaching.  I’m sure many of you are contemplating your professional future, as well as what you want to do when you “grow upâ€.


Perhaps you are facing the perplexing dilemma:  Do I stay with the “Ugly Girl / Steady Eddie†(Employment) because I’m afraid to pursue the “Beautiful Girl / Stud Jock†(Business Ownership)...


Note:  Please do not interpret the above statement as any type of sexist statement.  It is only intended to be an illustrative play-on-words.


Perhaps you have the perfect job and perfect life, but do you have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens?  Maybe you are ready for a change, ready to live life to its fullest or ready to take control of your future.  If you are presently employed…can you continue to do what you are doing now at the same intensity for the next 10, 20, or 30 years?  Do you really want to?  You may want to infuse some excitement back into your work-life.


Or, does your life in corporate America seem like you are standing on the edge staring down into the abyss? 


Today, many people would answer “Yes†to that question.  Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.†

  • Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? 
  • Dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life?
  • Presently have a demanding JOB, but prefer to have a LIFE?  
  • Desire is to own your business…with more flexibility, financial success and independence?
  • Fed up with your job…ready to be your own boss?
  • “Burned-out†from corporate America?
  • Prepared to take “real†control of the future for you and your family?
  • Eager to infuse excitement back into your work-life?
  • Content with your present job, but don’t have a back-up plan if the unthinkable happens?
  • Ready to change the future by controlling your destiny, rather than having it dictated by someone else?  

Today, many people dread going to work.  It is estimated that as many as 80% of the working population is dissatisfied with their jobs.  For these folks, going to work is a chore.   Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime?   Wow, that’s a long time to be unhappy.


Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life beginsâ€.  Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence?


Studies show that the majority of Americans say they would like to own their own business.  But, only a few will ever realize this dream.  Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey.  Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first stepâ€.


Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future.  Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?† Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain and often unpleasant life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. If you are one of the 80% don't let the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" stop you.


Tony Robbins:  Fear can create unnecessary stress in the mind—and how to get out of your head when it happens.


What a lot of people call suffering is really just an overload of stress, Robbins says. When billionaires call him seeking business advice, he digs deeper to uncover the root of their problems. They might be looking for growth or more impressive sales results—but after he acknowledges what they want, he aims to give them what they need.


“If I follow the trail of your stress, it will take me to your deepest fears,†he says. “And I always believe that life is the dance between what you desire most and what you fear most.â€


Somewhere in that equation lies the real need, the one thing everyone wants the most—a meaningful life. You won’t achieve that by living in a way that favors suffering, such as overstressing about money, Robbins says. Since the brain was designed for survival rather than happiness, it’s up to the human to decide its fate—to create happiness in a space that historically functioned on a “fight or flight†level.


“It’s learning how to train yourself with a new set of habits to look at it, to be entertained by the mind and know that you’re more than your mind,†Robbins says.


Tony Robbins:  Life is a Dance Between Your Fears and Desires  


Do you have a dream to be self-employed…to own you own business?  Does this dream inspire you, energize you, and stir your inner drive to do everything you can to achieve it?  Perhaps the most important question is, “How will you achieve your dreamâ€?  The answer to this question is imperative because “it is the reason†most people never realize their dream. 


Too often franchise business owner "wannabes" simply lose their focus and drift away.  These people who really want to own a business don’t ever get to enjoy this wonderful experience because they allow the "FUD Factor" to grow, fester and steal their dream.


They have no guidance or strategy in place, no knowledge of what is needed and must sometimes be sacrificed to have the dream come true.  Most people have no idea how to achieve their dream of becoming a business owner.  They don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process.  So, most people simply get overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and doubt.  And, when people are unsure as to what, how, and when, they STOP


A window of opportunity won’t open itself… So, would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment?


Owning your own business may provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals and for some, it may be their only viable option in our current economy.  And, buying a franchise provides the opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.  A franchise already has a proven concept and an effective business model with a stable track record.  Therefore, you gain access to a successful business concept without having to “reinvent the wheel.â€


Franchises are everywhere today.  Financial experts believe franchising is the “wave of the future.† Within 10 years, franchises could comprise over 50% of the retail and service sectors.  This expectation is based on the underlying concept-Franchises offer aspiring business owners the greatest success potential, with the least amount of risk.  Franchises present countless opportunities for successful ownership and financial independence.  In U.S. and world economies, franchising is creating greater avenues for wealth accumulation among both franchisees and franchisors.  As existing franchise systems become more successful, new franchises will be developed and introduced to the market.


In today’s market, thousands of franchise opportunities are available - just about everything from advertising to maid services to weight control. The franchisor knows the business, so industry experience is not required.  Franchisors seek franchisees possessing customer service, business and management skills. Franchises have proven to be an effective vehicle for successfully transitioning into a new industry and self-employment with an improved quality of life, while becoming the master of your own destiny.



Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change?  Would you like a "sounding-board"?  As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition.  Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself.  If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 888-479-2491.  Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you.  I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person.


Would this scenario be of interest and value to you…a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a supportive, educational and no-obligation environment?   


Have a job you don’t like?  Seek other employment…I call that “Changing Your Curtainsâ€.  Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€.  In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€.  If you are ready…Let’s Talk.  I can help you “Change Your View†too…




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Small / medium size business owners:

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November- December Newsletter is available for viewing by clicking on the link below:




Assessing Your Options:  Choosing the Right Franchise for You


Note:  This month's newsletter; 2016 newsletters; as well as copies of 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website.  Click on the Website link below, or go to: 




Resource Center > Newsletter


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If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out…

I’m a coach, not a sales person.


Hook 'em. 


Larry S. Powell
Franchise Quest
Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 
Skype: franchisequest

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