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Success doesn’t have a finish line. It’s not like you would climb a mountain, plant your flag on top, and then stay there forever. A successful person would probably look for an even taller mountain to climb. Rosemarie Groner is definitely a successful person. And she got that way by taking risks. As my guest for Episode 6 of the Do It Scared™ podcast, Rosemarie is the brilliant blogger and wildly accomplished entrepreneur behind The Busy Budgeter and the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp.

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Rosemarie was a state trooper for almost a decade when she decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and open a daycare in her house. When she thought she might like to give blogging a try, she discovered Elite Blog Academy® and followed my instructions to the letter. In 2014, she launched The Busy Budgeter and shared her own personal story about overcoming financial disorganization, getting out of debt, and creating the life that she always wanted.

Within 18 months, she was a full-time blogger making more than $20,000 every month while working just 20 hours each week. Now she makes more than 4X that number every month. No, that’s not a typo!

But her success didn’t take away all of her worries. Instead, it actually added a confusing new dimension to her marriage.

In this episode, Rosemarie digs into the impact her financial success has had on her life, explains how she and her husband picked themselves up after his dream project fell apart, and shares how you should weigh risks versus rewards when you’re deciding whether or not to start a new venture.

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In this episode, Rosemarie digs into the impact her financial success has had on her life, explains how she and her husband picked themselves up after his dream project fell apart, and shares how you should weigh risks versus rewards when you’re deciding whether or not to start a new venture.

Check out some of the advice she shared below, or if you’d rather just listen to the whole episode, you can find it on iTunes HERE or on Google Play HERE. (Or just search for “Do It Scared™” wherever you prefer to listen!)  You can also visit doitscared.com for more notes from this episode. Never miss a new episode by subscribing on iTunes.

FAILURE CAN BREAK YOU OR BUILD YOU

Every risk comes with the possibility of failure. But, as Rosemarie told me, “If you don’t ever take risks in life, you’re not ever going to get anywhere.” Still, nobody succeeds at EVERYTHING. Failure is a great motivator, but only if you look back at what went wrong and use it to grow. Instead of crumbling when things fall apart, you can view every mistake as a learning experience. “You can either let [failure] break you or you can let it build you,” Rosemarie said. “When you look at those two options, I think building is obviously the better plan.”

FIND ONE GOOD TEACHER AND LISTEN

Rosemarie admitted she doesn’t like to follow rules. She actually led her police academy class in demerits. But when she realized she wanted to make a living as a blogger, she knew she’d need to listen to someone. “There’s so much information on the internet [and] it’s all contradictory,” she said. Luckily, she was drawn to EBA®. “The secret to success is not trying to research a million different opinions [or] a million different ways to do it,” she said. “[The secret is] to find somebody that’s ahead of you that teaches in a way that you understand and then just to hold on tight and actually implement everything that you learned.”

Successful people take risks, regardless of the consequences

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE TAKE RISKS

It’s easy to believe that successful people must’ve figured out some winning formula and never make any mistakes. But that’s not the case. “Successful people fail more than anyone else,” Rosemarie said. Of course, successful people are probably in a better financial position than others, so they can afford to take more risks. But those people also BECAME successful by taking risks in the first place. “Some people are risk averse and some people are okay with risks. And that doesn’t mean that you can’t ever take a risk,” Rosemarie said. “Everybody should always be willing to take a risk.”

MAKE SURE THE REWARD IS WORTH IT

Back when Rosemarie first decided to launch her blog, the risk was minimal and the potential reward was huge. It was a no-brainer. But when she and her husband opened a brewery, she didn’t realize the upside wasn’t worth the downside. Looking back, she knows what she would’ve done differently. “When you’re assessing your risks and rewards, sit down with an actual sheet of paper and figure out as precisely as possible what the potential reward is and how big the potential risk is,” she said. “‘What is the worst thing that could happen? And if the worst thing happens, what am I going to do? How am I going to handle that?’ That’s what I wish we had done.”

HAPPINESS IS THE BOTTOM LINE

Money is nice, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing that drives you. In the podcast, she talks about the value she places on self-care so she stays energized for her life. Tune in to hear her tips to create your own success and, more importantly, create your own HAPPINESS. I promise that Rosemarie will inspire you to take some action in your own life, hopefully starting today!

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These are just some of the highlights from our chat, but there is SO much more to hear! You can listen to the entire episode on iTunes HERE or on Google Play HERE. Visit doitscared.com for show notes from this episode, and never miss a new episode by subscribing on iTunes.

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