Training Camp Episode #9: Average to Awesome with Tarah Carr
He used to be an out of work, drowning in debt, actor. Who was so broke he passed out chocolates as a job in New York Times Square. Now, he is a financially fit husband and dad living a kick ass life of travel and fun, and will never have to punch a time clock again. Delivering only the best business tips to the pros. Buckle your chin strap, you just stepped into training camp with Coach Jimmy.
Jimmy: On this episode of training camp, I’m talking to my friend Tarah Carr and you don’t want to miss this because you can find out how, starting where you are right now, baby steps can lead you to an amazing life. Right?
Jimmy: Stay tuned.
Tarah: So my topic for that is prosper wherever you’re planted and believe that if you think you’re an average person, you can still do this. My mentality when I first did it after I saw the big picture was, “Okay, now what are the little steps to get there? How am I going to get there?” I’m just an average person. I don’t have Facebook friends, I don’t have this, I don’t have that. It was just this small system of reverse engineering the big picture. So I saw the big picture of wanting to bring Adam home, but how is that going to happen?
Well, I’ve gotta change my mindset because I have to get positive so that means I have to read personal development, you know? It’s like all those silly little vital behaviors that we talk about, but I had to start working out every day because I wasn’t doing that. I had to eat right and it was the little changes that I was making got me to that big picture, but if I didn’t do those things every single day, then that would have never happened.
Jimmy: So, what do you tell that person that’s just getting started out? What do you tell that person before they have that mentality? That they see there’s this big opportunity in a home business, but they either feel overwhelmed by it or they don’t know where to start. If you could go back and tell you at the beginning, what would you tell you?
Tarah: So in the very beginning for me, I didn’t see the big opportunity, right? Like I knew I wanted Adam home, but I knew I wanted my family to be whole, but I didn’t see the big opportunity. I knew it was there, but I knew the opportunity was fixing myself first. And so my only focus was I want a discount on the product and then I want to pay for the product with what I’m making because I don’t want to be a burden on Adam. He’s working hard to provide for us so here I am throwing on another hundred dollar thing so I want to take that burden off of him and so once I did that I was like, “Can I do a little bit more for our family?”
That’s when I really saw the opportunity, but even though it was there, I had to focus on myself first because the opportunity would have never came if I didn’t do that for me first.
Jimmy: So at the beginning it wasn’t a “I’m going to be a million dollar earner and I’m going to bring my husband home from the military,” it was “Let me take this baby step,” and then that worked so, “What if I could do this piece?” and that went. That’s how a lot of people look at the mountain and they look at the big thing and they thing that they can never do any of that so they just freeze.
Tarah: I saw and the inspiring stories, don’t get me wrong, I saw people paying off houses and I was like, “We don’t even own a house. That would be nice!” That’d be nice to have money at the end of the month instead of just the first and fifteenth. I saw those stories and not for a second did I ever think, “Oh, I can do that!”
It wasn’t until I went to a physical event and I was sitting there and I had been a Diamond ranked coach with eight people under me. I’m sitting there and Adam was on a deployment so I had an empty seat next to me and I remember looking over and being like, “I’m by myself. I’m not really. I’m a married woman, but my husband’s away and I want him to be here. How can I do that?” Something else has to come into the equation, right? Something has to change and I don’t want to go to a full time job. I don’t want to leave our kids. I don’t want to do that. So, what else can I do?
Well, why don’t I just open my eyes and look at the people on the stage that are walking and saying that, ‘We just payed off our debt’ or ‘We just bought a house’ or ‘My husband just came home from his full-time corporate job where I never saw him” and I thought, “Why not me? If all of these people can do it, why not me?”
Jimmy: I think that’s a huge question in, “Why not you?” because some people look at those and go “Oh, that’s them. There’s something special about them.”, but I find as I do these interviews the people where it came on is like, “You’re a human being just like me and if you did it…” and you get a little pissy, at least I did.
Tarah: Yeah! Yeah you do!
Jimmy: Dammit, you did it. I’m going to do it!
Tarah: You do and I think the biggest thing is too is people assume when they see you they already see you as successful because you’re in a spotlight, but what people didn’t see is that before I even started this, I was insecure with myself, I was having marital issues because of confidence with myself, and so those were the big changes that happened inside of me to me. But it was the little changes that I needed to get to that big picture because I couldn’t have this business if I was still insecure and I couldn’t share the life things I was going through and learning through to help other people or prevent them from happening to them.
So I get people saying to me all the time that “I’d love to do what you do because you inspire me so much. I see what you’re saying and I am her before right now, but how do I get to her after because I’m not ready to open up like that.” and I’m like, “Because you just have to fix yourself first. You haven’t fixed yourself first.” When I saw all these stories, I was already on that journey of fixing myself. It was just a little more personal development for me that was really the only key to it was just plugging into that on how I could be a better person.
Jimmy: That’s good. That’s good. I like that. I like that we did the interview this way and we didn’t have to do it officially because we’re just two friends talking. So, that’s great! I appreciate you sharing and we’ll tell everyone how they can contact you and say, “I want to work with that awesome chick.”
Tarah: Well, thank you. I’d love to work with them too.
Jimmy: Thank you!
Tarah: You’re welcome.