My new and favorite interest: internet marketing! I also love reading, playing the viola, teaching music lessons, and playing lacrosse =)
Studying anything about attraction marketing! Reading anything in the realm of leadership development and the law of attraction
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Hi! My name is Stacia Hopkins. I started this profile for you (I know it sounds cheesy, but you’ll see what I mean in a minute).
I used to be so sick and tired of watching myself, friends and family be in the “rat race.” I knew that there had to be more to life than having someone tell you what to do day in and day out. I recently graduated from college and all I can remember thinking to myself throughout my college career was “I really do not like having other people tell me what to do, how to do it, and when do get it done.” I just wanted something different.
That’s when I really got serious about being an entrepreneur. And that is why I created this profile—to network, meet, share, and give back to rookie entrepreneurs who are in the same boat that I was. My hope is that my story can help you to find out what you really want out of life and how to get it. But before I get into that, let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am from Boise, Idaho—born and raised. I totally love Idaho and the majestic beauty it has (although, I’ve never lived anywhere else…so I am biased =). I am currently 23 years old. I graduated just over a year ago with a Bachelor of Science in Music and a minor in philosophy. Throughout high school I was convinced that I would become a world-touring violist. In college, I discovered that I wasn’t much of a fan of being locked in a practice room for hours on end by myself—as a professional musician needs to be. Plus, in all of my philosophical writing and thinking =) I determined that I couldn’t help as many people with music as I could if I did something else…and that is the reason I am writing this profile…but we’ll get to that in a second.
What other random facts can I tell you about myself? Hmmm, I haven’t had any jobs... well I did play first-chair in the university orchestra during college and got paid for it. But as far as being employed for any amount of time…I hope to never experience that. =) I do teach music lessons and I enjoy that as a side hobby. Another thing I thoroughly enjoy is lacrosse. I played during high school and loved every second. Part of me wished I would have pursued that in college rather than music. We should go throw some balls around sometime. =)
Anyway, back to what I was saying about figuring out what to do with my life back in college. When I first got to college, I remember being so excited about being a music major and to pursuing my dream of becoming a professional musician. But, within a short amount of time I soon realized that a) the pond was a lot bigger than I ever imagined and b) maybe music wasn’t the end-all for me. I thought a ton about my impact on the world (yeah, I’m weird) and came to the conclusion that for me, playing music for people would help them feel great and even inspire them, but it would be pretty much temporary. But, I decided that if I could help people like you rediscover their dreams, find a plan to achieve those dreams and in the process become the person you were put here to be, that was the life for me. I really liked that plan and I decided in my college apartment that that was what I was going to pursue.
Now that story sounded so sweet and simple, didn’t it? Well, let’s just say that to come to that conclusion some crazy stuff happened. It must have been a combination of the dreary, never-ending, super-cold winters and the fact that I had lost most of my passion for my life-long dream of becoming a super violist. I found myself in a place where I didn’t ever expect to be. I was depressed. Bad. To make matters worse, my roommate and best friend in college is a super-talented musician and the little jealousy monster came out in me as well as the “well, why try?” attitude. I’ve always had this idea in my head that if you are going to do something, you might as well be the best. Why not, right?
That’s another big reason that I lost interest in playing music. I knew that if I worked my tail off I could probably become a great performer. I believe in persistence and hard work. But, like I said earlier, I started looking deep down inside and found out that for me, there had to be more. So, to make it short, I got to a point of desperation where my self-talk and thinking was so low about myself and about the world, that I wanted to end my own life. For me, this was an incredibly scary place to be. It was a cycle spiraling downward of “I shouldn’t think this way, it is wrong. That’s right, you are terrible.” You get the picture.
For a couple of long, miserable years, I allowed myself to stay in that situation. I say “allowed” because I now realize that I had a choice to get out of it all along…I just didn’t believe that at the time.
How did I finally believe it? Business. Yep. Weird. I know.
Okay, not really business…but the people that I associated with because of a business. You see, I signed up in network marketing during Christmas break of my Freshman year in college. I believe I am incredibly lucky because I “saw” what potential an idea like network marketing could have. From the moment I heard the idea, I was hooked. I guess you could say that I had the entrepreneurial “spark.”
So, naturally during my college years, I would attend business meetings. I would go pretty religiously every week. It was at these meetings that I was introduced to books like Think and Grow Rich, How To Win Friends and Influence People, and The Magic of Thinking Big. It was at these meetings that I associated with Leaders and Mentors. People like Lennon Ledbetter and Rich Brinkerhoff.
My parents sponsored me into the business. Because of the teaching that happened because of “the business” I saw my parents find hope again…I saw that little sparkle in their eyes.
So yeah, I liked it. Thought it was great. I loved the people and the “positive stuff.” Or so I thought.
I thought I liked it. And I guess I did. But, I didn’t let it sink in. I attended “business” meetings (you get it…they usually aren’t a whole lot about business…more about thinking and leadership principles) every week through college an even in the summers. But, losing the very thing that I tied me to—music—was devastating. I couldn’t see myself as anything other than the picture I had painted for myself for so many years. I didn’t know that to do.
That is when I got it. If I could just help some other person like me—who struggles to figure out what their purpose is, what they are supposed to do, what they want to do, to find who they are and what they want to become—that would be more fulfilling than an audience of thousands clapping because I spent enough time in a practice room to master a concerto.
And that is why I am writing to you, friend. It is because I have devoted myself to becoming a mentor and leader to people teaching them about their nature and the POWER of their thoughts.
So is it cool that we can build huge businesses by harnessing the internet! YOU BET! And is it super fun to use cool lead generation techniques to make attraction marketing happen? YES! Is it even awesome-r (it is a word to me) to have people calling YOU to join you (in whatever business or affiliate program you are a part of) because they are totally pre-qualified and targeted? IT ROCKS! And, I LOVE learning and teaching about internet marketing.
But, it all comes down to what goes on in your head. THINK and grow Rich. THINK and grow your MLM. First THINK! Get it?!
THINK AND GROW YOU and then your dreams will be expanded, your struggles will be minimized and your victories will be tremendous!
P.S. If you connected with my story, I’d love to connect with you. You can check out my site: http://StaciaHopkins.com. Even better, give me a call at 208-991-3583. I look forward to learning from you and hearing your story…
My Location: Boise, Idaho