Why The Tortoise Wins. Every time. [ A Lesson From My Two Boys ]

June 24, 2015 by Ben Miller

My boys are eight and six years old.  They are just learning about the value of money.  They feel like they’re rich when they have five or ten dollars in their hand (then they realize that they can’t buy everything they want with five bucks…).boys-glitter1-1024x503

They wanted more money, so they started to think about some things that they could do to make some extra cash.  Over the summer we went to a block party thrown by our church.  They had food, pony rides, inflatables… and…. wait for it… glitter tattoos.  My boys (and especially my two-year-old daughter, who I’ve never seen sit so still as she got her tattoo) went crazy for it.  They came home and spent hours on amazon.com looking up glitter tattoo supplies.

A month or two later their school had an “all school picnic” on a Friday night.  My boys invested THEIR money and ordered the supplies (dad may have procrastinated in putting in the order and paid for expedited shipping because he felt bad).  The boys asked permission to set up shop at the picnic, made a sign, practiced a few times on mom and were ready to go.

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Ben Miller is a speaker/coach who brings a message of hope, peace, and common sense. Ben taught High School before running his dream business full time. It didn’t take long for his dream to become a nightmare. Even though business was good, he had leveraged himself in debt, hired the wrong employees and grown too fast. After a couple of big contracts disappeared and a blow from a bad economy, Ben barely kept the business alive. DEBT ROBS YOU OF PROSPERITY: Over a million dollars had passed through his hands in just a few short years, yet he had nothing to show for it. When Ben speaks and coaches, he brings his humor that got him through it, and the humility to tell his story in hopes that you can avoid the same mistakes. Those mistakes that he made are the same ones that close 8 out of 10 small businesses in their first two years of operation. Ben has spent years studying great businesses and personal finances. He’ll show you how to: Create a household budget and become debt free Grow a business without the stress of debt Hire employees that can’t wait to be at work Monday morning (building an amazing team culture) Run a social media campaign turning your clients into family Charge a premium fee for your service based business Master productivity and achieve the “work / life” balance everyone dreams of

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