Who Do You Want To Work With?

If you are just starting a business you’re eager and full of passion about being successful and becoming financially stable to get that freedom that you seek. All of that is great except you have to build relationships in order to build your business. Are you willing to sacrifice your dignity, character, and your credibility just to make a buck? Take a step back and decide who you want your ideal clients to be. So I’m asking you, “Who do you want to work with?”

You Make The Call

You’re an entrepreneur and you make the call as to who you do or don’t do business with. Step back for a moment, why did you or why are you looking to leave your job? Are you tired of a certain type of personality every day? Are the people you encounter daily speaking your language? Are you a stranger in your crowd now? Well, you have to decide if your values are being compromised if you’re going to stay or make a change so you are comfortable. This is your business and you get to choose who you want to hang out with. You build relationships.

Personally, if I can’t have a cup of coffee with you, become friends over the phone, get to know a little about you, and see if we have common ground, then we will not be entering each other’s circle. After working over 42 years of my life, the last thing I want is to be around someone that I don’t have anything in common with just because they have money and can pay for my service. Is it really worth it? You make the call.

Targeted Marketing

Is there such a thing as a perfect client or a perfect pool where buyers hangout and are ready to purchase certain items? Fishing would be good if we could find that fishing hole! My answer to that question would be yes and no. Why no? Well, let’s think about this for a minute. You hear on a daily basis that you should advertise or market in your targeted marketing area. Does this mean that there is a physical place where people are waiting to spend money or is this a place where people are looking for you to throw money at you because you have the real “goodies!” No!

Now I will answer yes! Yes, your perfect client or the perfect pool is where there are people who you want to do business with. These people are searching for a solution to their problems. You’ve chosen your niche and you’ve discovered that you have a service or a solution to solve the problem(s) that the people who you want to work with are having. Your perfect client(s) are online asking the “how-to” question in the search engines. They are in social media groups; like minds stick together in places where they discuss their problems and are able to come to some resolution.

There are several places and groups on social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn where you can find forums and groups of people who are looking for solutions to their problems. I’m basically saying, you have to put some effort into your research and find the best “fishing hole” for the fish that you’re trying to catch!

Features vs Benefits

Are you trying to sell yourself or are you discussing the features, benefits, and what your service or product can do to solve your potential clients’ issues? If you’re talking about yourself to potential clients, do you think they are listening? Some might be listening but most want to know what you have that will cure their pain, help them start a business, get out of debt or anything that they desperately need.

When you began your business, think back as to why you started. Did you start your business just to make money and get rich? Did you start your business to get out of debt? Or did you start your business because you recognized you could identify an issue or problem that seemed to be a common issue that people were online trying to find the solution for? You had been through this thing, found a way out, and at that moment you said to yourself, ” I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.” You had a solution and at this point, you found your purpose in life.

It was at this point that you became passionate about helping others solve a particular problem and you found yourselves unable to sleep, up at nights, and talking about this newly founded passion to everyone you met. At that point, you were talking about the benefits of your business and why you were the person to work with. Your passion came over as caring and you had empathy for the person who was going through that same issue. The important thing is that the people who you had a chance to share with knew it.


There’s one thing that tends to change everything that you do. Stephen M. R, Covey wrote, “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world. One thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most thriving economy, the most influential leaders, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.”

He goes on to say, “on the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life. Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time.”

That one thing is trust.


Simply put, trust is confidence in an individual or organization. It is other people feeling good about relying on you. Its value can hardly be overstated. Trustworthiness is the universally accepted test of good character,(Alexander Green, 2011).

Are you willing to sacrifice your dignity, character, and your credibility just to make a buck? So I’m asking you, “Who do you want to work with?”

“Always Progress!”

About Von

Hello, welcome, and thank you for such a safe landing on my “I’m Not Ready For Retirement” site. You are part of 10,000 people per day approaching retirement, born between 1946 and 1964. Up to now you’ve been struggling and experiencing some stress about your life and future as you approach retirement. You’re not alone, so join me as I lead, offer, and share some important information to help you prepare and in come cases supplement your income while making your transition seamless.


I’m a former US Marine, Army Airborne Logistics Officer, and currently an Operations Supervisor. I have a BS in Health and Physical Education and obtained my MBA with concentrations in Operations and Project Management in April 2012. My past accomplishments cannot compete with what I have done from April 2012 to the present date.

Two weeks prior to graduation, April 2, 2012, I had a life changing episode that has changed my life forever; I had an acute asthma attack while sitting at my desk at work in Charlotte, NC at 10:36 am. Because I’ve never been really sick nor did I have asthma, I didn’t know what was going on and had no idea about what was going to transpire. In less than two hours I couldn’t exhale, had to be resuscitated twice in the Wachovia CIC Center parking lot prior to be driven approximately 2.5 miles to Carolina Medical Center where I would lay in a coma like stage throughout the rest of the day until the next morning.

I was unaware of all the things that were taking place such as contacting the Red Cross to reach my son who had just returned from Iraq, contacting my closest friends, church members, co-workers, and family because my wife was told there was nothing else to be done except wait.

Something happened through the night that I’ll never forget. I saw the brightest light which is still indescribable and heard a voice and the words “I’m not ready for you yet you have a purpose to fulfill” and I woke up. I woke up to see tubes down my throat, one of my best friends who was there all night with my wife and a college fraternity brother who drove from Philadelphia, when he got the call, to Charlotte to be at my bedside crying and praying.

I was in the hospital for 9 more days and at home for 9 months. It was during this time that I spent reading and searching for my purpose and passion because what I had done for over 25 years of my life, I was told I would not be able to do again; so I was told. I say, “Always Progress!””

I now go to the gym regularly. I’m working with some difficulty but, I’m up on my feet and thankful. Now I’m facing retirement and this situation has been costly and put me in a financial situation, like many others, that I didn’t see coming.


As a leader, I feel that it is important to be transparent so others will first of all know that I’m authentic, honest, and just as human as the next person. There is nothing special about me. I have a passion and a purpose for leadership. That’s who I am and I’m here to lead, develop, encourage, coach, and walk with you through your situation to success.

You see noone ever knows when they will go through something that will change their lives physically and financially. When you are near retirement or planning, you can’t give up! You have to “Always Progress!” towards your goals.

As a Strategic Business Consultant, I want to help you. Sure you’re experiencing some difficulties, some stress, and some uncertainty. I promise you, if you will begin with a goal and a plan, you can reach your goal. My purpose is to be your guide and to learn with you. I don’t know everything but, I have resources that can be reached out to for help.

I want to be recognized for what I do to help someone get back on there feet so that they can live life as they had planned.


The goal of my website is to help you develop an “Always Progress!” mindset through participation, communication, and of course you have to take action. You have to participate. This is not a place where you will be made to feel or look inferior; it’s not allowed and I won’t tolerate it!

You have to communicate. We have a close community of people ready to help. When you don’t communicate it is assumed that you know. Remember, this is your life and now you are responsible to get where you want to go. We are here to help you succeed.

Lastly, you have to take action. When you don’t take action then I and the community will never know what you don’t understand. My goal is to help you achieve and that can’t happen without action. I cannot do this for you, only with you.

Whenever you need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Vonnie “Von” Wright MBA 

“Always Progress!”


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