Wealth Lessons from Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie and quoteAndrew Carnegie as a poor immigrant that became the richest man of the world of his time-1890’s-1914 approximately. He was one of the founders of US Steel.  He was a really big deal and great philanthropist.  I was skimming some information about successful and wealthy people.  Some of his business philosophies stood out.

  1. He believed in eternal optimism and claimed that trait alone made him millions!  Now, I’m not saying all will be positive and sunshine.  I tell my clients-there will be obstacles.   You choose your attitude!  Carnegie’s way of seeing the world was positive…good advice.  Maybe we can become millionaires!
  2. Grab opportunities.  He believed in getting it done now!  I’m not saying cash in your IRA & play the stock market.  In no way would I offer financial advice!Weigh risk vs. opportunity.
  3. Carnegie wasn’t a worrier.  Problems never go away if you worry constantly.  Keep the problem in perspective.
  4. I tell many of my clients to state an intention of a positive outcome.  Then, break it down into bite-size pieces.   No worrying.

The spirit is willing:3 Things to keep your business running when you’re sick!

An webunplanned illness took me out of the game.  But, as always, while doubled over in pain-stomach issues…on the mend-fingers crossed!

What I’ve learned:

  1. Mobile phones rock!  I kept up with my social media.  Was able to contact any folks to reschedule or cancel any appt. Yay for Facebook Messenger! My clients still were served.  Kept all their appointments.  Used my telephone system, had a SKYPE meeting and a Zoom meeting…No video-not ready for “prime time”!
  2. Due to my website, my posts on Facebook and participation on social media, I still had an Internet presence.
  3. It’s ok to let some things slide.  I just couldn’t think of writing with anything remotely worthwhile…so, I didn’t.
  4. Now, feeling almost “human” again! 🙂  Yay for systems!

Today is my birthday! The changes I’ve seen…

Ah...Freedom-automation & VAs!

I am 55 today  This is a time for reflection.  I’ve held an 8 Track player-well, really, my boom box-that big thing in “Say Anything”.  I saw The Flintstones, Gilligan’s Island  the Moon walk all in prime time!  I’ve held Lps and played them religiously.  You know-vinyl!

My first phone looked like a walkie-talkie and hurt my neck to hold!  No way would it slip into a pocket!  Most phones were rotary or dial and there were phone booths on the road & most gas stations and the term-“drop a dime” was easily understood!

There were cigarette commercials!  ED,Dry eyes,the little blue pill and many other ailments & cures were hardly discussed-let alone on TV!  There was Ed Sullivan and Wonderful World of Disney and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.  I saw the Brady Bunch, my Three Sons and my Favorite Martian on regular TVs-not Nick at Nite!

I grew up in the sixties-too young for Free Love and the Haight-Ashbury crowd…But,I remember the Fab Four and Yellow submarine and Beatles haircuts and the craze for all bands who were English-British  I dutifully stood in line to see Harry Chapin and John Denver.  Later, Jethro Tull and The Blue Man group.

Remember, Sonny & Cher & Shields & Darnell?  They made mime cool!

My memories.//like life is all jumbled.  I hope you celebrate your own memories.

Soul Over Matter

meditationA new New Peaks event partnered with Master Sha, Soul Over Matter, sounded like combining Eastern Philosophy with Western thought on mindset that New Peaks talks about in all of our classes and permeates all the teachings.

  1.  I like, respect & trust New Peaks to deliver quality programs.
  2. I love to learn and, with my experience with Traditional   Western medicine, you’ll be able to read all about it in my upcoming, “What the Bleep is Wrong with Me?? soon to be published and will launch Dec.8, 2016!

So, I came with an open mind, ready to learn.  They now have a book, Soul & Matter-about financial abundance!  I’m about halfway though and saw this as a good sign of the partnership.

New Peaks and Adam Markel, CEO & Head Trainer, of New Peaks,emphasizes that your mindset is your lens/guides your thoughts about you and the world.  If you believe you’re a failure and can never make a good income, it’s unlikely that you will.  Fundamental core beliefs must change in order to achieve success.  All the courses while teaching you Business, Marketing and the positive messages we re-frame  into positive thoughts from the potentially damaging ones. You can see Adam and New Peaks on YouTube.

Master Sha brought about 200 students, Divine Healers and Masters permeated the ~150 Peaks students.  His teachings about how the mind is part of the soul & body. And when they are out of balance, many things are a result of bad karma.  This must be cleansed by him doing, only words he can do.  He gets direct downloads from God/Higher Power or Source.  There are YouTube videos on him, too.

There were chants and songs of love and peace.  But, there was also an undercurrent of indoctrination.  His cleansings and divine calls are not cheap!

New Peaks isn’t cheap, either.  But, they don’t claim you can only get this training from New Peaks or Adam, himself!   Master Sha baldly stated that he was the ONLY one soul- healer(not God?) that will allow it. He will cleanse 50 thousand lives -ancestors whose misdeeds may cause us harm later by giving negative, I am lost-cannot read between the lines!

It is with very mixed feelings that I think back on our time! :Was it wasted?  About 20 New Peaks left, all clear, they felt strongly that this was not for them.  Many felt cheated-so not a New Peaks event!  Adam & Master Sha did not share the stage.  It was Master Sha’s show.

New Peaks courses have made a huge difference in my life!  I would highly recommend almost all of their offerings.


Life is a manicure/pedicure!

manicurefootI went a nail spa and got a manicure/pedicure.  A pedicure is torture for me…see, I’m ticklish!  I also wear sandals so, I get maybe 3 pedicures per summer. So naturally, I try to ignore what is being done to my feet.some women love this and can’t wait for pedicures, not me.

So I figured I would write a blog post in my mind. And I started musing how life is really like a manicure/pedicure.

No, I wasn’t overcome by nail polish fumes.

Think about it, the first thing the stylist does is prepare my feet. When you are starting out in either a career or business, you prepare.

Instead of laying out an appropriate outfit, you get lotion and scrubbed! More torture.

Finally, the preparation is paying off, you are on to the base coat. Now if you think about it, we need to establish a base in our life. A point from where to move forward. It could be a new job, a promotion, or starting a business. Everything needs a base or foundation.

Now in starting a business, that means you need a plan and all of the infrastructure. Branding – knowing your mission and purpose and what makes you unique. Having a business plan directs you.

Once your base coat is on, ie your business plan is written, you leased your storefront or decided to be an online entrepreneur. Now comes the color. And what is really important is get to chose, just like in life, you choose your attitude. If you decide to succeed, set goals, take action, and move forward, you will.

The Color is your logo, website, and marketing. How you’ll get found. It encompasses, your tagline, and how you want your customers to think of you.

The final step is seal it all in with a top coat of polish. Just like you polish your message so that you will get continual customers.

Finally my pedicure was over, I survived, and we started again for a manicure. That is like life and the entrepreneurial world. It is important to realize that nothing is permanent. You have to continually update your marketing as learn life lessons as you go through this ongoing process.


Manifestation Book Launch

Marcia Means BusinessCome join me!Tomorrow!

Book Launch


Evergreen Café

501 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210



Celebrate my status
as an
International Bestseller

as co-author of

“Manifesting A New Life: Your Magical Guide to Attracting the Life That You Want!”


There will be reading

and book signing!



When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016   6:30-7:30 pm

Come early to buy coffee or a snack!
Marcia Merrill • 410-303-6371 Marcia@midlifetransitioncoaching.com

Book signing + reading-July 27th 6:30-7:30pm at Evergreen

Come join me in celebrating having co-authored an International Bestseller in the US, Canada and the UK!

Wednesday, July 27th, 6:30-7:30 pm @ Evergreen Cafe-501 W. Cold Spring Lane, 21210!  If you’re in Baltimore,MD or want a copy-I can beat Amazon’s prices!MANL Now

Rituals-Daily Practices

meditationWe all have rituals in our lives-coffee every morning, some read a daily affirmation while others write their trusty to-do list.  I do all 3-except for the coffee,I drink a smoothie with good healthy stuff in it.  But, many books state that a daily ritual can begin to put you in action to change your life!

I’m not looking for a major change nor does it have to be for you,.  This 21 Day Pivot Plan in “Pivot” by Adam Markel, brought me back to keeping my promise to myself to take action,.  The First step is instilling a good habit.  It takes approximately 21 days to create a habit and another 21+ days to get rid of a habit that is not helping you.

I just completed my 23rd day.  I set my alarm for 30-45 mins. before I need to get up.  Some people do an hour.  I need my rest!  But, I get up, plant my feet firmly on the floor and declare”I love my life!”.  That’s from New Peaks, the Personal Development courses I speak of so highly.

My daily ritual begins with me finding a quiet place-I have a 2nd floor porch swing-I like nature.  You can do this indoors as well-just quiet and no distractions are the ideal.  I write kind of daily rules to live by and read them aloud each day thereafter.  “I experience abundance today.” for example-start with “I experience…”

Next, I read belief statements I’ve previously written.  “I am enough.” “There is more than enough for everyone.”  “i am a teacher, I have important information to share.” Write down your beliefs around money, what you love to do…”I am worthy>” is always one of our top fears that we need to counteract with a positive statement.

Now, I’m not a “woo-woo” kind of person.  I have been on my own self-development journey for about 3 years now.  I, by no means do I think I’m the authority on any of this!  I’ve prepared resources I recommend on the upper right!

After I’ve read out loud my 10 beliefs, then, I meditate.  I’m lousy at this.  My mind runs, random thoughts intrude, song lyrics pop in my head…But, I remain still and try to concentrate on my breath and silence the mind chatter.

Sometimes the time, I choose 15 minutes, but, I know people that do an hour!  Start slowly at 3-5 minutes and gradually increase to the point you choose.  There is no right or wrong way!

I then write in my journal.  I keep track of the days and how my meditation went.  Could I just concentrate on my breathing?  Was there an overwhelming amount of mind chatter?  What am I worried or stressed about?  My journal is my way of reflecting on my daily ritual.

Some say you should have a nightly ritual, too.  As I tell my coaching clients to do, I keep a gratitude journal 35 things you’re grateful for and one goal.  One of my goals is to be a Trainer for New Peaks.  So, that’s the goal I write down.  Write as if you already have or are this.  I have ten thousand dollars in the bank., for example.  I am a trainer with New Peaks…

Journaling can re3ally be helpful-to write down your thoughts and feelings as well as ideas.  I find I’m more creative and think up new coaching programs and book titles.

Now, I’m an entrepreneur and can schedule my time accordingly.  Those of you employed can do this as well.  Especially, if you want to make changes, this is a great way to start!

Confusion can be good!

confedd womanconfused guy

I used to work in a college career center and saw many undecided students. I heard the ultimate question, What am I gonna be when I grow up?  My advice was to “test the waters”, take a class in that area, talk to others…I’d also ask them what they don’t like. I call this the challenge of knowing.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of process of elimination and that takes research. Ask yourself-what do you love to do?  What would get you up 7am on a Saturday to attend a program in… Fast forward to today, as an entrepreneur or wannabe and apply the same principles.  No, you don’t need to start a business in everything!

As a Transformation Expert & Business/Career Development Coach, I applied a similar philosophy in deciding what aspect of coaching I loved.  Changing Lives is more important than anything!  Now, earning what I’m worth and making a very healthy income is up there, too.  I often hear from my clients, “I hate my job-it’s going nowhere…I want to start a business!”

Great.  What kind of business?  Silence.  Ah, the challenge of not knowing. Confusion is good and often necessary.  First of all, don’t quit your day job.  Take small steps, (”pivots”). Everyone should read, “Pivot-The Art & Science of Changing Your Life & Career” www.pivotbook.com by Adam Markel, CEO of New Peaks www.NewPeaks.com They’re a Personal Development Training Company, the largest in North America and has programs world-wide. When you buy Pivot, you get 2 VIP passes  to attend a Reignite, a great program to set you on your way to success!   FREE!   Just buy the book!  You’ve probably read of my many great experiences as a result of attending their courses…Phenomenal!

I talked about researching the industry you want to go into…But, even more important…Ask yourself what’s my WHY?  The ultimate reason you are or want to be an entrepreneur.  My why is making a difference in others’ lives by having the lifestyle that allows me and my family to travel.  That’s my WHY.  By having this, I’ll be financially free to have a villa in Tuscany or a beach house and my husband won’t have to work so hard!  So, what’s your why?

There must be a compelling reason you want to be an entrepreneur.  Is it your passion?  This will sustain you when life throws you a curve ball and you reach a roadblock…It will happen so you must be prepared.

I’m a big believer in setting goals.  Yes, they’re in your business plan.  Now, instead of college students, I primarily work with midlife women.   Midlife is a state of mind…I always talk of setting goals.  It’s your GPS to tell you how to get to your destination.  Now, a goal not written down is a wish.  Write them down.  It aids in the quest to be clear on what you want.

Once they’re written down, you can go on doing what you were doing, right? Wrong.  Read your goals daily so you keep them front and center.  Make this a daily ritual.  I use the app Calm to get myself in a peaceful, positive frame of mind.  Nourish your mind with positive affirmations-this will help you bring about your desired results.  This takes a little research as to what you like best.

We come full-circle back to my undecided student-like the student, find your passion, do the research and you can answer the question,

What am I going to be, when I grow up?  It’s a question for any age!

To help you get clarity out of confusion.  Contact me for your 45 min session by phone/SKYPE- go to www.midlifetransitioncoaching.com  or email me  marcia@midlifetransitioncoaching.com


Should I Attend Mastery Self Expression?

Marcia Means Business“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;

ask yourself what makes you come alive.

And then, go out and do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”   Harold Whitman


I came alive.  I’m a Mastery grad & proud of it.  Like many, I was fired up, ready to make massive changes & ultimately, change my life!  Right after Mastery, I received an International Bestseller status on Amazon for a book I co-authored about manifesting a new life.  And, I flew back with a chapter written for my 2nd book.  See, I write in whatever notebook is handy so, now, I’m compiling about 3 chapters from various places!  Mastery made me get more things done.  I’m a coach so I talk to my clients about goal-setting. But, in Mastery, Larry Gilman walked us through a very powerful goal-setting guided meditation.  Very helpful & thought-provoking!

On the flight home, I told my flight attendant about Mastery and the man who escorted me to next gate-at airports, I use a wheelchair.  So, guess I’m now a “Mastery Appleseed”. The weekend started with twelve separate individuals…By the end of the weekend-2 days later, we were a “Mastery family!”

I’m already planning to return in November as an observer!   Just did mastery in June 2016! I loved the workshop.  My mastery “family” stays in touch by emails!  Not only did I have a blast, but I really took to heart being present and it’s ok not to be high-energy, enthusiastic self all the time.  Those other areas, in my case, depression, I tend to gloss over. But, Larry and his highly intuitive laser coaching called me out.  He gave me an assignment to tell everyone in class about my depression and how it makes me feel.  What a “Debbie Downer”!

But I said I’d play at 100% and I did.  He stressed committing to something.  Mastery Self Expression is highly experiential and opens us to challenge our limiting beliefs, stepping out of our comfort zone and becoming more authentic and taps into our allowing more creativity  to show up in our lives!

Is this an experience I’d recommend?  Highly!  I am accomplishing more.  I still feel depressed and can procrastinate, but, not as much.  Hey, I’m human.  I’m also more present and connect in a deeper manner.  Many ideas and experiences I took from the weekend are still percolating. And, honestly, that’s ok.

Without having taken Mastery, to be honest,I wouldn’t be as open to not having everything tied up in a bow.”Thank you, Larry Gilman and our co-trainer, Henry J. Mah, a fun, gifted actor & Mastery grad.  Emily, the logistics coordinator extraordinaire, now, my friend, helped me arrange to get there from the East Coast!  I can’t say enough. It was a long way to travel, but, so worth it!   Mastery was great – I couldn’t have done it alone!