Sheron Cardin's Input...: December 2006

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Chicken Soup for the Blogger?

As I am cruising around AR this morning before my house guests wake up, I stumble upon a group with a post about my mentor, Mark Victor Hansen, (co-author of all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books) and Blanca brought up a key point MVH makes in his teaching...ask, ask, ask, and ask, and my life passes in front of me, all the good stuff that has happened to me because of his teachings.

I met Mark Victor Hansen 22 years ago when he had only traveled 5 years on his current path. His claim to fame then was his involvement on the board of UPS and his motivational seminars. He was younger and had some hair then (I wonder if he Google Alerts his own name?) and spent a week at my church helping us celebrate our 25th anniversary. He put on a 3 day seminar that just blew us all away.

  1. Ask, ask, ask, and ask! He told the story of his home in Newport Beach CA and it went something like this...actually, it went exactly like this: There was this house in Newport Beach that he wanted to buy but it wasn't for sale. He would pull up to that house every day and CLAIM IT. He would knock on the door and ask the owners if he could buy their house and they would say "No, it is not for sale". He did this repeatedly until they sold him their house. He was living in it at the time I had met him. This one story changed my life. One year later I wandered into a beautiful little beach town called Dana Point in southern CA and claimed it that day even though I could no way afford to live there. Within 6 weeks, I had found a beautiful condo with 180 degree views of the ocean and the work to support it. I lived there for 5 years and felt honored to do so.
  2. Years had passed and in my junk email is see this...'Mark Victor Hansen has a message for you!' I thought to myself that he had found me and wanted to tell me something. Through mass email marketing he reached out to me again, not directly, but the message was that he was backing this marketing guru named Robert Allen and I should check it out. Well I did and that was the beginning of my new ecommerce business I began a whole new direction in my career via the Internet because of the high esteem and value I have for him.
  3. "Super size everything you do in your life" MVH says every week with his inspirational newsletters. The 3rd greatest thing MVH has done for me was to show me how to approach a New Year. He says look back and not forward! Uhuh, that is right...look back at all the great things you accomplished in the past year and write those things down and this act will be the boost into the new year that will do more for you than any resolution. Resolutions come from beating yourself up for things that you haven't accomplished and that is why they fail...they make you feel bad in the get go.

Now here I am, reading a post from an associate in AR and it all comes back to me...thank you Blanca!

Thank you Mark Victor Hansen and thank you AR! 

Happy New Year, New Day, New Hour, New Minute, New Second, New Split Second!


Comment balloon 13 commentsSheron Cardin • December 30 2006 10:54AM
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