17 Year Old Becomes Millionaire With Jewelry Company

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Hello Warriors,

Happy new year!

Just getting back into the swing of things!

I was looking for fresh ideas on the net and I accidentally came across this inspiring story, 17-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire With Jewelry Company - AOL On

When it comes to success, do you really believe in luck?

There is this (others find it bizarre) belief that if you are destined to get rich then you will be rich. Simply because even if how much you work hard coupled with smart work, still you won't be if you are not fated to. Their reasoning is that there will be problems that will come your way that will pull you down. Others find this hilarious.

Personally, I believe our attitude shapes our future. Remember what an attitude actually is: a reflection of what we believe. Therefore, what we allow into our belief system is fundamentally important to our success in life.

Please share your thoughts on this.

Cheers,
Louie Tugas
#17yearold #company #jewelry #millionaire
  • Profile picture of the author Alast
    I somewhat believe in luck. That being said, it depends on how you define luck. Is luck buying a lottery ticket and winning? Or is luck making a product - putting time, money and effort into it and getting 'lucky' for it to become successful. It all depends on how you perceive the term 'luck'. Obviously excellent products are more destined to being successful simply because they're superior - however it's not always the case. Your marketing skills determine how successful a product can be. I believe it's more of a skill to be successful, but sometimes luck can be added into the equation for faster and higher success.

    Sometimes success is based on pure luck, but more often than not it takes work and a skill to becoming successful, no matter how hard you try to become lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Donowhy
    Que sera, sera. (What will be, will be)

    Interesting how one of the largest unanswered philosophical questions magically shows up on an internet marketing forum =]
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by Donowhy View Post

      Que sera, sera. (What will be, will be)

      Interesting how one of the largest unanswered philosophical questions magically shows up on an internet marketing forum =]
      I just thought of sharing this. After all, we are talking about business and success here I believe. So good mindset is important.

      I am keen to know how opinions vary on this topic.
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      • Profile picture of the author Donowhy
        Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

        I just thought of sharing this for this. After all, we are talking about business and success here I believe. So good mindset is important.

        I am keen to know how opinions vary on this topic.
        I'm all for it. I believe the difference between creating something that is 'good' and something that is revolutionary, is just mindset.
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        • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
          Originally Posted by Donowhy View Post

          I'm all for it. I believe the difference between creating something that is 'good' and something that is revolutionary, is just mindset.
          Mindset is a fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations. It's also an inclination or a habit.

          One of my favorite proverbs states that be careful how you think because your life is shaped by your thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Nice article.

    To answer your question...

    If you work hard and have skills, the odds of success are statistically enhanced.

    But be warned.

    Destiny is one thing; sometimes fate hands us a different hand.
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  • Profile picture of the author creztor
    Interesting. I believe that we are all good at something or at least better at some things than others. Like a subject at school, sometimes you enjoy one class but don't another. I believe that if you can make money from something you finding interesting or enjoyable on some level, then you will be successful. How successful I don't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    People tell me I'm lucky to be able to work online and travel the world.

    Where does luck come into it?

    I decided I wanted to work online and travel the world and so I did.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bannaz
    Great story!

    I would say luck comes down to more of being in the right place/right time and also being prepared for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by Bannaz View Post

      Great story!

      I would say luck comes down to more of being in the right place/right time and also being prepared for it.
      Indeed, it's a great story.

      Sometimes the path to success is through self-discovery and not world conquest as some would believe. People who have made it knew how to uncover their skills and true potential instead of obsessing with possessing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
      Originally Posted by Bannaz View Post

      Great story!

      I would say luck comes down to more of being in the right place/right time and also being prepared for it.
      BINGO!!!!

      Nearly everyone is in the right place at the right time multiple
      times in their life. They simply aren't prepared and fail to recognize
      the opportunities that are in front of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Here's another question...

        What's the over/under on the number of people who will read that article and drop everything they're doing to start a jewelry business?

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        • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Here's another question...

          What's the over/under on the number of people who will read that article and drop everything they're doing to start a jewelry business?

          Interesting question.

          I would love to know the answer too.
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          • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
            If I am looking at this right, this is just another MLM so of course her being at the top of the pyramid she will be making the most money...
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            • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
              Originally Posted by OnlineStoreHelp View Post

              If I am looking at this right, this is just another MLM so of course her being at the top of the pyramid she will be making the most money...
              MLM is not a pyramiding. I am also a network marketer.

              Good for her.
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            • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
              Originally Posted by OnlineStoreHelp View Post

              If I am looking at this right, this is just another MLM so of course her being at the top of the pyramid she will be making the most money...
              It's actually a party plan company... similar in some ways to MLM
              but very different in other ways.

              And your comment that those at the top of the "pyramid" make the
              most money indicates you don't actually understand how MLM comp
              plans operate.

              In any case, this young woman is a great succes story.
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              • Profile picture of the author Samuel Chan
                Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

                It's actually a party plan company... similar in some ways to MLM
                but very different in other ways.

                And your comment that those at the top of the "pyramid" make the
                most money indicates you don't actually understand how MLM comp
                plans operate.

                In any case, this young woman is a great succes story.
                I don't want to debate with you about party plan, MLM, time share whatever the comp structure it is... From my pov, I really do not want to work in an organisation where

                1) there's no limit in the number of salesperson (business opportunity taker) the company can take in
                2) the fact that only sales professionals can make lots of money while the rest who think they are buying into a business opportunity and barely making enough
                3) knowing that for you to win and make thousands and thousands of sales, hundreds of people are in fact losing
                4) the company make money thru the salesperson. In the sense of buying goods (starter packs), leadership training, motivation training, etc.

                source: I used to make around 20k/mth with MLM.
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              • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
                Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

                It's actually a party plan company... similar in some ways to MLM
                but very different in other ways.

                And your comment that those at the top of the "pyramid" make the
                most money indicates you don't actually understand how MLM comp
                plans operate.

                In any case, this young woman is a great succes story.
                I can actually do math and use excel so yes, I know how MLM comp plans work, which is why I don't do them. You do MLM, great! Successful, great! Doesn't change the fact that those at the top of the MLM pyramid make the most money. No where did I say scheme, but that's how you took it so good on you for being in a business where you constantly have to explain that its not a scam...
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                • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
                  Originally Posted by OnlineStoreHelp View Post

                  I can actually do math and use excel so yes, I know how MLM comp plans work, which is why I don't do them. You do MLM, great! Successful, great! Doesn't change the fact that those at the top of the MLM pyramid make the most money. No where did I say scheme, but that's how you took it so good on you for being in a business where you constantly have to explain that its not a scam...
                  I didn't even mention the word scheme... what are you ranting about?

                  Plain and simple... I can introduce you to MANY people who are the
                  top earners in their companies who are not "at the top of the pyramid."

                  As I said... in spite your math and excel skills you don't know
                  how mlm comp plans operate. Pretending you do and ranting
                  on about it doesn't change that.

                  And I can't remember the last time I had to explain that my business
                  is not a scam. Actually... never.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Michal
    Getting Facebook big can take a little luck, but not success.

    Success isn't luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author DizenSounds
    It is very interesting because I do believe there is a portion that is luck for some of the big grand-slam businesses that have skyrocketing exponential growth.

    I listen to many business interview podcasts and one underlying thing I notice is that many that have had those type of successes attribute it to luck. They were in the right market with the right product at the right time.

    Having said that though I do believe that you can become a success through hard work and dedication. Build the empire over time and you can have a sustainable career and thriving success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Hess
    The "What To Do If Your Desperate?" thread has 155,154 views...

    This teenager took an idea, ran with it, she's now successful and people on here want to chalk it up to luck, some outside factor, or other nonsense...

    She had an idea, didn't f**k around, and just did it... the only factor she had going for her was she was dumb enough to just do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alast
      Originally Posted by Mark Hess View Post

      The "What To Do If Your Desperate?" thread has 155,154 views...

      This teenager took an idea, ran with it, she's now successful and people on here want to chalk it up to luck, some outside factor, or other nonsense...

      She had an idea, didn't f**k around, and just did it... the only factor she had going for her was she was dumb enough to just do it.
      Many teenagers have ideas, run with it, and don't turn out millionaires.

      Such is life.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    This really makes me wish I was more motivated when I was 17.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Hey guys,
    If you are working day and night on right things or methods so it would be possible that you'll be rich but if you are working day and night on right things, right place OR right methods But still you are not getting success that is your "LUCK".Some times people work hard but not getting success then they thought this is their bad luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Someone just told me that luck doesn't have anything to do with success because if you kept trying and trying you will eventually become lucky.

    If you want to be lucky you just have to keep trying until you bump into the right chance while being prepared to take advantage of this chance when it appears.

    So does luck has anything to do with success?

    In fact that will depend on your understanding of luck. If you understood these concepts well you will realize that the problem isn't in the question but its in the understanding of luck itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author M3C
    Somebody smart once said :

    "The harder I work, the luckier I seem to get."

    Lot of truth in that..
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by M3C View Post

      Somebody smart once said :

      "The harder I work, the luckier I seem to get."

      Lot of truth in that..
      My version, "The harder and smarter I work, the luckier I seem to get."
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  • Profile picture of the author sarah23
    Interesting story of a lucky guy.

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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post


    When it comes to success, do you really believe in luck?
    Entrepreneurs and poker players create their own luck. If you haven't figured out how yet, you haven't tried enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    Luck is very important – it could mean the difference between success and failure.
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    I'm not sure if I believe too much in luck, rather I believe in increasing your odds by doing the right things like working hard and being persistent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
    Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

    When it comes to success, do you really believe in luck?
    Luck? A big NO.

    For me, nothing happens by chance my friend.

    Success depends on mindset and hard work. Period. Be ready to challenge yourself and change your mindset to be able to accomplish your goals.

    Here's a chinese proverb that i really like

    "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."
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  • Profile picture of the author mguy
    We're lucky just being alive
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    • Profile picture of the author steven8433
      Originally Posted by mguy View Post

      We're lucky just being alive
      This is true =}
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    I do believe in luck in a way. Did she bone up on biz skills, marketing skills? prob not, did she meticulously scour the market for opportunities? not really, other than have a liking for lockets. Did she know anything about network marketing? prob not, just thought home parties would be a good idea.

    If you read an article on her company, it is really run by adults in her family and industry professionals who really grew it. She is more or less the marketing face and is actually an intern at her own company.

    good for her for taking ACTION!!! But I did think she lucked out hitting a nice niche and things worked out.

    However, you cannot get lucky if you don't take action. She took action and got lucky. Taking action puts you in the top 95% and a little luck can put you in the top 1% or top .1%

    as far as bagging on network marketing, its just one type of business strategy. It's ignorant to lump all of them together because there are scammy examples that are more ponzi schemes. Do we lump all of ecommerce as bogus because there are fraudulent cons online?
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by NewParadigm View Post


      good for her for taking ACTION!!! But I did think she lucked out hitting a nice niche and things worked out.

      Yes I often think about the muliti-million dollar companies, that never get founds, because of this one thing....NOT TAKING ACTION!

      Sometimes, people just find their calling, and it hits them faster than others.

      But all in all, this youngster must be commended for this acheivement at such a young age.
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      • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
        Originally Posted by celente View Post

        Yes I often think about the muliti-million dollar companies, that never get founds, because of this one thing....NOT TAKING ACTION!

        Sometimes, people just find their calling, and it hits them faster than others.

        But all in all, this youngster must be commended for this acheivement at such a young age.
        I echo what celente has said.

        I had a employer before who was a very good consultant in a particular industry. He told us that he has a good salary. He built a huge team from the Philippines. He's really good in explaining things (of course, he is a consultant).

        He was single so he can really focus.

        When you talk about work ethic, he definitely has it. He has the tools. He's a member of few mastermind group.

        Unfortunately, his internet marketing journey was not a success. We only got few affiliate clickbank sales.

        On the other hand, I know someone who is earning big in running a forum site and using google adsense in monitizing it. He told me that he has only limited experience in marketing in general. Is this a luck? I am not sure either.

        But one thing is for certain, experience is the best teacher.
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzacashmon3y
    Luck doesn't exist - just another phony word to label a favorable coincidental circumstance
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    If you read about this company, beyond watching the puff TV piece, you'll find the girl did not build the business, she is the marketing face. Her adult family and outside direct marketing professionals built the company. She is actually an intern at her own company.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by NewParadigm View Post

      If you read about this company, beyond watching the puff TV piece, you'll find the girl did not build the business, she is the marketing face. Her adult family and outside direct marketing professionals built the company. She is actually an intern at her own company.
      But I wonder how much experience she has when it comes to marketing in general?

      Well, I think she has the advantage as what you have mentioned that her adult family and outside direct marketing professionals built the company.

      I can then somewhat call her very lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Typically with these stories there is some trial and error involved - she may have come up with a few ideas first and then this one caught the eye of a few people and it went from there.

    Certainly possible for anyone with the right mindset to either improve or create something new, test a market and then run with it if the feedback is good. These days, it's even easier since there are more global manufacturers, easier distribution and sales channels via the internet, etc...

    One thing I have noticed is that if kids can be focused on the excitement of creating something new, they have the benefit of a much more open mind, the ability to think outside of the box (we as adults tend to have a more defined box we exist in) and can bounce from idea to idea easier until they make it.

    I have often wondered why we don't expose our kids to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking much earlier in school - make it mandatory as it is the backbone of our economic system and is closely tied with our overall satisfaction level if done correctly.

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  • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
    Gary Player said: 'The harder I work, the luckier I get.'

    A friend of mine is a multimillionaire who made his fortune after revamping a motorway service station and selling out to a chain. Being a humble man, he continues to claim he got lucky, but that opportunity would never have come along if he didn't take the risk to invest in the first place and subsequently work his nuts off to make it a success.

    I would also give a hat tip to jbsmith's observations of youth. I agree with him. Adults have much greater experience of failure in their lives, and that handicaps most of us in everything that we do. We become so allergic to failure that we become increasingly timid about taking action. Kids, on the other hand, still have that fearlessness for the most part. They don't mind working hard if they believe they'll profit from what they're doing, and they'll keep hammering the hell out of that piƱata if it produces a sweet. Indeed, I imagine most Warriors would reflect on their first IM venture and find they worked hard on it.

    In the case of Ms Weems, it seemed like the perfect storm: clearly fearless (she invested her babysitting money and sold her gear at parties and boutiques), sold a product of which she had enthusiasm and expertise, and discovered there was a market for it. Good on her.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Stories like this are always BS.

    The company, which she founded in 2010 at age 14, generated $24 million in revenue in 2012 and this year expects to reach $250 million, according to the company.
    Revenue is NOT profit. Business 101. Lots of companies have zillions in revenue, but a negative balance sheet.

    Origami Owl takes on independent associates – known as “designers” – who buy products at a discount and then peddle them to others for a marked up price.
    Another MLM. Those are often fads.

    The growth for Origami Owl is dramatic and its revenues impressive but those figures are tempered by the company’s need for components and a large personnel roster to keep business flowing.
    Weems is not alone in her jewelry business and has a cast of close family and business minds behind her. The Origami Owl executive team includes Weems’ mother, Chrissy, who is co-founder and worked with her on the company’s product design team.
    Mommy help run and bankrolled the business.

    (Christian “Chrissy” Weems, has a touch of notoriety to her past: in 2011 she pleaded guilty to computer tampering for hiding evidence in the case of Susan Brock, an Arizona woman convicted of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor who Chrissy Weems had then mistakenly felt was innocent of the charges, a spokesperson for Origami Owl confirmed. She was sentenced to one year of supervised probation).
    What a mommy!

    Other family members helping Bella Weems build her business are uncle, John Weems, who is vice president of IT; and also an aunt, Jessica Reinhart, who has helped out in marketing. Her other uncle, Jeff Reinhart, was COO. The family owns the company but the company will not disclose equity percentages.
    It really does NOT sound like the girl did much of anything.

    Just a headline is all that was. The truth was less interesting.

    $250 Million For A 14-Year-Old's Big Idea: Origami Owl - Forbes
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

      Stories like this are always BS.
      I am not really sure if stories like this one are ALWAYS BS.

      For me, it's not really good to jump into conclusion right away.

      If you take this story positively, absolutely you will be inspired.
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      • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
        Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

        I am not really sure if stories like this one are ALWAYS BS. For me, it's not really good to jump into conclusion right away. If you take this story positively, absolutely you will be inspired.
        How was I jumping to conclusion? :rolleyes:

        The Forbes story pretty much showed it was mostly farce. I've never seen a news story like this (kid gets rich) where the family wasn't the ones actually running things, the kid turned out to be a criminal (hackers), etc. Never.

        It's only positive if you don't read the truth of what went on. It's all fake.
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        • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
          Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

          How was I jumping to conclusion? :rolleyes:
          Stories like this are always BS.

          Got it?

          Anyway, thanks for your sharing your thoughts on this.
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by pizzacashmon3y View Post

            Luck doesn't exist - just another phony word to label a favorable coincidental circumstance
            Huh? :confused:

            Seems more like one working definition of a real word if you ask me.

            As for the original story, I'm holding out for "Fetus starts blogging in the womb, born a millionaire"...

            Random stories like this + ad copy selling a pipe dream = Shiny Object Syndrome.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          It's not all fake - it's a family effort where the parents fully backed their daughter's idea. She could not have done it to this level without them - but obviously she had earned their trust and had a good relationship with her parents.

          She had a goal (a car in 2 years) - she had an idea to appeal to a target market she knew well (teen girls). She had parents willing and able to back here financially and legally (the adult status).

          John is right about the "shiny object" syndrome. One person's massive success is great for that person - nothing more. It doesn't matter if you think it's luck or not, real or not, true or not....it's not your story so any opinion will work for you.

          As opposed to this:

          My son, who is 11, sat down next to me last night and said this...
          "Mom, can I start my own blog so I can start making money like you?"
          Yes, yes he can!
          You would use your 11 yr old to promote Empower? Really?
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          • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            It's not all fake - it's a family effort where the parents fully backed their daughter's idea. She could not have done it to this level without them - but obviously she had earned their trust and had a good relationship with her parents.

            She had a goal (a car in 2 years) - she had an idea to appeal to a target market she knew well (teen girls). She had parents willing and able to back here financially and legally (the adult status).

            John is right about the "shiny object" syndrome. One person's massive success is great for that person - nothing more. It doesn't matter if you think it's luck or not, real or not, true or not....it's not your story so any opinion will work for you.

            As opposed to this:

            You would use your 11 yr old to promote Empower? Really?
            I strongly agree with you.

            I really admire the determination of the young woman. I salute her.
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            John is right about the "shiny object" syndrome. One person's massive success is great for that person - nothing more. It doesn't matter if you think it's luck or not, real or not, true or not....it's not your story so any opinion will work for you.
            If any of you think I was kidding, take a look at the Kindle marketplace. Count the number of angsty teen vampire stories published after the Twilight series blew up. Multiply that by the number of whips-and-chains stories right after 50 Shades made the news.

            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            As opposed to this:

            You would use your 11 yr old to promote Empower? Really?
            Kay, she's obviously had a big, big glass of the Kool-Ade and is not in her right mind. Yes, yes she is...:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author MelvinP
    really amazing story. I believe in Luck but you need to take action on time and also great smart work too.
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  • Profile picture of the author CompGeek
    Luck, for me, would be writing a post that had that magical keyword that hasn't been used and is searched frequently.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by CompGeek View Post

      Luck, for me, would be writing a post that had that magical keyword that hasn't been used and is searched frequently.
      Cool.

      I like your definition of luck.

      I can see where you are coming from.
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  • Profile picture of the author gvidass
    Really nice article
    I believe in luck, but if you work hard you don't need luck at all, everything is possible
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