60 Inspiration Success Stories that Will Stick with You Like Maple Syrup in a Dog’s Fur

Inspiration that will stick with you if you stick with itGot Inspiration?

Mompreneurs, WAHMs, Dads, guys, and girls…this is for ALL of you so listen up!  You need to read this post!

I received a link today from my friend Ana Hoffman about a post on BigGirlBranding by Cori Padgett.  Ana was excited to appear in this post alongside some other amazing entrepreneurs and suggested that I would enjoy it.  I clicked the link and quickly realized that the post was MILES long.

Knowing it was coming from Ana, I knew it was good, but I was overwhelmed dealing with my two year old at the time who had just squeezed 1/2 a bottle of maple syrup, that my 12 year old daughter had left on the counter at breakfast, all over the kitchen table and floor.  Our ten year old chocolate lab was in her glory, with the sticky syrup dripping on the back of her head and neck as she licked the mess off the floor.  All the while my son was standing there in his Elmo t-shirt and diaper saying, “It’s messy, Mommy!”

Can you picture the chaos? I wish I had thought to grab the flip camera to film the commotion and mess for you, but unfortunately, my frustration didn’t allow for enlightened thinking.  (Moms, I know you can relate! I really wasn’t feeling a whole lot of inspiration at the time!)

I didn’t get back to the post until tonight, and while I had no business taking the time to really read and digest it, I was immediately caught up by some powerful inspiration beyond my imagination!

After a day like I’d had, words of inspiration from 60 clever entrepreneurs who were talking about overcoming their challenges, mindset roadblocks, and what success looks like for them, were the spoonful of sugar (syrup in today’s case) to make the medicine go down.

Now, I know we all have our days…and life’s challenges can steal our focus, but when I stop to think about how blessed I am to have these situations in my life, I can’t help but to feel inspired about what I’m working toward.  And then looking at successful people talking about their challenges, fears, self doubt, etc–Well, let me put it this way: If you think the syrup was sticky, Cori’s post is like crazy glue and the inspiration I gained from it will stick with me for a long time!

The Ten Nuggets of Inspiration that Stuck with Me from the Post:

1. Don’t quit, stick with it, stay the course
2. Assess what you’re doing and make sure you’re doing the things you’re passionate about and are good at
3. Surround yourself with people who are on the same journey you are for support and encouragement.
4. Build a team of people who make up for your weaknesses
5. Believe in yourself and know you have more to offer than you think you do
6. Have a vision and a bigger purpose than just making money
7. Work really, really, really, really hard and take action every day on your business…even if you can only do one thing
8. Listen to people who are successful, tune out those who aren’t
9. Know your why and stay focused on the people you can help with your information/work
10. Have faith, conviction, and above all persevere

The “Questionable” Inspiration that Led So Many Successful Entrepreneurs to Share their Stories:

Cori asked 3 powerful questions about inspiration, wisdom, and success.

1. What is your best advice for soldiering on as an entrepreneur, in the face of mind-numbing adversity? (Personal or business adversity)

My answer is to figure out what the adversity is and to stay focused on a solution instead of the obstacle.  Be the type of person who says how can I make this work, instead of the person who says this won’t work.

2. What is the biggest mental roadblock you had to overcome on your road to becoming a successful entrepreneur?

Believing in myself that I know enough to be a value to someone else.  I was stuck in a learning cycle for a long time, insecure and afraid of failure.  I’m still scared about things and I still have self doubt, but I’m finding that the more I do the more confidence I have and honestly…taking risks and stretching my comfort zone is  becoming addictive!

3. What is the absolute best thing you can think of about living the “entrepreneurial dream”?

Knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of others while making a difference for me and my family at the same time!  I already have time freedom being a work at home mom, but becoming a mompreneur and connecting with so many other awesome men and women who are doing the same, has really changed my focus from “me” to “we”.

I hope you go check out Cori’s post.  And please answer her questions in the comments below!  Even if you’re brand new to blogging or internet marketing you have value to share that can help change the lives of others. Don’t hold back!

Heather C Stephens, Clever Marketer Internet Network Marketing MLM  Home Business Blog Tips for WAHM Mompreneurs

p.s. Thanks Ana for sharing the post with me!  Here are my favorite parts of what you shared:  “Why not me?” was the question I had to answer for myself over and over….If someone can build a realistic income online, why not me? Things got a lot easier once I was able to honestly tell myself “Yes, it can and will be me.”   Thanks for the inspiration Ana!

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  1. That sounds like a great article, thank you for sharing! I’m going to go check it out!

    I love your title too, very eye catching! 🙂 Running a home preschool I can certainly relate to the chaos that can arise when kids are involved!

    I think that one of the best things that an entrepreneur can do to become successful is to focus on personal development. It is imperative to keep growing! It has a cumulative effect building upon what has been previously learned. Also find some people who are living the success that you want to live and learn from them.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Stacy,

      Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoyed the article and I’m glad the title caught your eye! 🙂 Yes, a little chaos comes with working from home when little ones are around, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My hat’s off to you, Stacy, for doing all that you are while running a home preschool. Superwoman Stacy…that’s how I’ll think of you from now on!!!

      I agree that personal development is imperative to success and finding someone to follow helps us become leaders as well! Your comment of cumulative effect made me think of the book The Slight Edge. I LOVE that book and it’s so true that everything we do builds upon what we’ve done and can either add up to something amazing or add up to something not so amazing depending on the little decisions we’ve made in the moment. Life is full of choices that are easy to do and easy not to do, and choosing to keep growing is the best choice of all!

      Great comment, than you so much!


  2. Hello Heather

    Thanks for sharing the link. Fascinating responses to the questions.

    The biggest mental roadblock for many is insecurity.

    And you are doing a great job providing value.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hey Peter, thank you so much! I’m glad you’re thinking I’m doing a good job…coming from you that means a ton!

      Too bad insecurity holds back so many people from sharing their gifts with the world! What an amazing feeling it is to push past them and do it anyway!

      Thanks for your comment!


  3. Hi Heather,

    I loved your 10 nuggets and your answers to the 3 questions. If you believe in yourself and know in your heart that what you are doing is the right thing than nothing else matters as you WILL eventually reach your goals. Just follow your passion.

    By the way, maybe you should have taken out that flip and taped the maple syrup chaos. It may have been worth some $$ on “America’s Funniest Videos.” Just thinkin’ 😉


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Ilka,

      I’ve missed you and hope everything is going really, really well for you! I wish I had taken out the flip. It was a moment that is etched in only my memory. I would have loved to have shown it to my husband and other kids too, how funny it was. I hadn’t thought of America’s Funniest Home Videos 🙂 I’ll have to keep that flip charged and handy for the next moment of chaos that is bound to happen working at home with little ones around!

      Following my passion!


  4. Hi Heather,

    The line that rings true for me the most is, “Listen to those who are successful, and tune out those who are not.” If the person giving you advice is not in a position you want to be in one day, they’re not the person you need to be listening to.

    Great post, Heather. Talk soon.


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Thank you Gregory!

      I appreciate your comment and sharing what rings true for you. I’ve certainly made the mistake of trusting advice from people I shouldn’t be listening to, but thankfully I’ve learned from that mistake and I am selective in choosing the right people to follow who are leading by example.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  5. This is very inspirational Heather. I’m in my journey to achieving my goals and I’m finding it hard to go on and be persistent. What you have shared here I will etch in my mind.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Walter,

      We’re all in our journey to achieving our goals and I can totally relate to being in a place where persistence is a challenge, but really, when I break everything down to the smallest activity and try to focus on doing something every day to move me closer to my goal, the persistence part takes care of itself without feeling overwhelming.

      If there’s anything I can do to help you reach those goals, please let me know. It would be my honor to help you get through this tough time!


  6. I am so glad Cori’s post gave you the much needed inspiration; I felt the same as I was reading through it.

    I love it how you included a personal story into the post; certainly makes you so much more “relatable”, especially to us, moms. I can only imagine the havoc!

    You did such a fabulous job summing up the mile-long (at least!) post; great nuggets. I can definitely relate to your answers as well; it’s like I am looking into the mirror as I read your thoughts on that.

    Thanks for the mention, Heather; I am always inspired whenever I come to your blog!

    Ana Hoffman

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      HI Ana!

      I LOVED Cori’s post and I appreciate you sharing it with me. I’m glad sharing my personal story resonated with you. It was just one of “those days” and I know that we all have them.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts…I’d be HONORED to guest post for you! Would you consider writing for clever marketer as well?


  7. PS How about a guest post for me, Heather?

  8. Hi Heather,

    What an inspirational post! Thanks for summarising Cori’s long post, sharing your 10 nuggets and your answers to the 3 questions. Well done!

    I can totally relate to the chaos you had at home 🙂 Loved how you tied it in with this post.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong


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