Universal Truth #5 You Must Know About Home Based Business Success

I’m not going to bullshit anyone – certainly not you my friend.

Becoming successful in your home based business takes serious focus and commitment.

And it also takes tremendous levels of belief, certainty and understanding.

But as much as you may have heard or read, struggling to be successful does NOT have to be a part of the process.

That’s right, you don’t have to struggle to succeed.

You see, struggle only happens when there is resistance.

And resistance only happens when you go against or oppose what is happening or what must happen for you to achieve your desired outcome.

But when you love what you do and embrace the challenges that come along with becoming successful, there should be very little if any resistance at all.

Now don’t confuse struggle with challenge and think that because you don’t want to struggle, that you don’t want to be challenged either.

This falsity could become a major downfall in your rise to success.

You should welcome challenge, because without it, there would be no reason to become more, do more or learn more.

And of course, without becoming more, doing more and learning more, there would be no success.

Remember, it’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens that makes the difference.

And this my friend is Universal Truth #5.

I’m going to use this story to illustrate my point:

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life, and how things were hard for her.

She told her mother that she did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up.

She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen stove and filled three pots with water.

In the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the third she placed ground coffee beans.

She then let the three pots sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, the woman turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.

She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Mother brought her daughter closer and asked her to feel the carrots.

She did and noted that they got soft.

She then asked her to take the egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, mother asked her daughter to smell and sip the coffee.

The daughter smiled as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.

After they were in the boiling water, they had changed it.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter.

“When trials and adversity knock on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a passive heart, but changes with the heat?

Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my outer shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or, am I like the coffee bean?

The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.

When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you become better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity?

Like the CARROT, the EGG, OR the COFFEE BEAN?

And so my friend, this is Universal Truth #5.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens, that makes or breaks you.

Too much too often I see great people with tremendous potential, invest way too much time into giving value to things that deserve none.

They get distracted by what others do or say that should have no influence on how they live their own lives.

They get upset by what others think of them or how they are perceived by those who offer no value to them in the first place.

This might be redundant of what I’ve said in the past, buy my greatest day ever, was the day that I stopped looking for things to be offended by.

How about you?

Are you going to become a CARROT, EGG or COFFEE BEAN?

17 Comments on Universal Truth #5 You Must Know About Home Based Business Success

  • Excellent post as always Aaron! I have been more of an egg, but I am slowly morphing into a coffee bean.

  • Good insights Aaron, and terrifc training session yesterday, thank you for your help & support! Mary & Stan

  • That is a great parable Aaron. I haven’t heard it before, but it teaches a great lesson.
    Thanks for sharing.


  • Excellant Arron,Life is a stepping stone of exsperiences both good and bad,What we do with the trials and errors makes all the difference.
    Perserverance and dedication is the only answere. Thanks Arron Rose

  • Thank,s for sharing this exellant story !!

  • Hi Aaron.Thank you for that great one.It give me food for thought.It is thought provoking about my marketing strategy.

    Thank you once!

  • Hi Arron, I liked your story about the carrot, the egg, and the coffee beans. Well done.

  • I love it…you are an amazing story teller. well, I guess I had been all 3 of the above, the carrot, the egg, and or the coffee. Our thinkings, beliefs, habits, and actions take our lives into different directions and experiences, and it is up to each one of us to learn from each situation and experience and never give up.


  • Thank you for the parable. I can say that I have been through all three stages and I am more the coffee bean and part boiled egg.
    The coffee bean that changes the aroma of the atmosphere for the best and yet part boiled egg because I refuse too hardened.

  • Thanks Aaron, I have not heard that story before. I shall work towards becoming that coffee bean

  • Awesome post Aaron. It really helped me look at myself and see how I handle adversity. We all may not be coffee beans at this point. But this short, impactful story will certainly help many of us strive to change our troubled surroundings. Versus being changed.

    Thanks again,
    Rodney Sykes

  • interesting to think about…i am a coffee bean that is for sure..survived many things and grew stronger each time. mlm/bankruptcy due to that…death of husband from agent orange…left 25 year nursing career to build an alternative health care practice which i am involved in now…still would like to make more money for retirement.. i am 62 now but only in age.

  • Be the Bean. Thanks for the Story. :)

  • I love this, if you stop and think and really dig deep and be honest with yourself, you know exactly where you are and where you want to be.
    Honestly, I was the coffee bean and have of late been wondering why I have changed to the carrot. I need to get my life back on track. thank you. And oh by the way, I,m 63
    and this was a lousy day till now.

  • What about BEAN?!
    Thank you for your artikel, Aaron. Norbert

  • The real question is not who we are today but what steps are necessary to insure we always come out of the boiling water smelling like coffee!

  • I will be sure to add a link to this page on my site. I’m positive my subscribers will find this article really useful.

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