Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."
Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.
We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.
Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.
As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.
You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Integrity 101 by Nancy Kelly

Noted author John D. McDonald defined it best when he wrote:  "Integrity is not a conditional word.  It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather.  It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will." 
When it comes to integrity you've either got it or you don't.  There is no halfway. 
If there is no integrity there can be no trust and trust should be the very foundation (an unconditional character component) of every relationship in your life whether you're choosing a spouse, a friend or a business partner.   
If you have a few people in your life who are lacking in integrity - go out and find new ones.  
If you already have people of integrity in your life, cherish them, delight in them - go out and find more.   
Feel confident and assured these are the people you can build solid relationships and prosperous businesses with. 
The world is yours when you surround yourself with people of integrity. 
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Grateful Heart by Nancy Kelly

Today is the day before Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for in my life.

First and foremost I am grateful to be alive.  We only get one ride on this merry-go-round called life.  It's a waste to not make the most of it!

I'm grateful for the wonderful people in my life.  For my husband Steve who let's me be me.  Which isn't as easy as you may think!   Try living with a woman who sees no gender boundaries.

For my mother-in-law, Miss Ina, a woman who loves to laugh.  For great nieces and nephews who are cute as buttons!  For my friends.  For everyone in my life!  Where would I be without these wonderful people. 

I am grateful for the food on my table each and every day. For the sun in the sky and a cool breeze on a hot summer afternoon. 

I'm grateful to have a curious mind and a can do attitude.  There is so much yet to be discovered and to do in this world.  Woo Hoo!  Life is good.

And last but certainly not least, I am grateful to be healthy and happy. 

How about you?  What are you most thankful for on this Thanksgiving?
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Will Beats Skill by Randy Gage

Ever get someone new on your team that sponsors ten people in a week? 

How did they do that, since they only had their products for one day and couldn’t explain the compensation plan if their life depended on it.  

Because will beats skill. Passion beats logic.  Intensity beats analytics.  Urgency beats casual.

When you approach your business with passion, intensity and urgency, you bend the universe to your will. 

Here’s your thought for the day:

If your first presentation is perfect – you waited way too long to give it!

-Randy Gage
November 10th, 2010

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I don't have any good ideas by Seth Godin

Now I know you're bluffing.

First, everyone has good ideas. Maybe not as fast or as often as others, but are you telling me that in your entire life, you've never had one good idea? Ever?

Second, and way more telling, what happens if I give you a good idea. Here. Take it. Now what? You have it, right?

Now you need to find a second reason for not making things happen. "I don't have enough time." "I can't get the resources." "I'm not sure, really sure, guaranteed, that this is a good idea." "My boss won't let me."

And so the lizard brain speaks up, and so the cycle continues, and so the Resistance wins.

There are more good ideas, right here, right now, for free, than ever before. More opportunities to connect and lead and make a difference and an impact and a living. Fewer guarantees, sure, but more ideas.

It's your choice about whether or not you do anything with them, but please don't tell me you don't have any good ideas.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Who should I choose as my partners?

Unlike some businesses network marketing is a business that requires partnering with people to achieve success.  You will want to choose partners who have the following attributes and characteristics:
  • Coachable
  • Reliable
  • Great People Skills
  • Trustworthy - credible
  • Ambitious
Top professionals have coaches.  People who instruct them on the intricacies of their profession.  Your support team will work with you, coach you as you build your team.  As you learn you would do the same with your partners and this really works effectively with people who are coachable; who are easy to work with and take instruction well no matter their previous record of successes.    Which would you rather work with?  Someone who is open to instruction or a know it all who has no idea what they're doing?

You want business partners you can depend on; who mean it when they decide to partner with you.   With the right compensation plan you don't need hundreds of personal partners, just a few key people you can rely on to do what they say they're going to do when they say they're going to do it.

Network marketing is a people business.   Pick people who like working with people; who like helping people because they generally possess great people skills.   Pick people you want to work with, that you like and that you like spending time with.

These are often times people that you trust, that other people trust.  They have a high level of credibility with their sphere of influence.   When they tell people what they are doing, people listen and want to learn more.

And last but certainly not least, you'll want to partner with people who are ambitious.  "Go-Getters."  People who would pick up the ball and run with it.  People who like being successful.   

Partnerships in network marketing can last a lifetime.  Choose wisely.  Always choose the best.   

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Is network marketing right for me?

Is everyone up to the task of owning their own business?  Should it be a franchise or should you partner with a network marketing company?  Big questions.  Let's start by sorting a few things out.

Your first steps in evaluating if a network marketing business is an option for you is to ask yourself these simple questions:
  1. Do I like helping people?
  2. Do I like working with people?
  3. Am I coachable?
  4. Am I self-disciplined?
  5. Do I have good people skills?
  6. Do I like being or do I want to be successful?

If you answered yes to all 6 questions, (yes, all of them) network marketing is a business you will want to evaluate and pursue.  

Network marketing is a people business.  An industry, a profession where helping the people (working with the people) in your organization achieve the level of success they desire is paramount in your success.  Zig Ziglar said it best:  "Help enough people get what they want and you'll get what you want." 

This requires a genuine desire to work with people.  You'll be working with people who want to make a couple hundred a month, as well as those who want to achieve financial freedom.  A common denominator in successful organizations is working in teams; learning from those who are already successful as they teach those who join you.

To do this you'll need to master a few primary business building skills.  If you're coachable it will make that learning curve much easier.  If you attempt to work independently with an "I already know how to do this." attitude - you will struggle.  

Having good people skills can make working with people a lot easier; not to mention a whole lot more fun.  Some people come by their people skills naturally, while others need to learn or refine them.  If you're coachable, if you're open to learning - this is a skill-set you can learn.

How important is being self-disciplined?  Important!  Do you do what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it?  Are you a person people can depend on?   People like that attribute in a business partner.  And because you'll be working for yourself but not by yourself, it takes discipline to "go to work" without a boss looking over your shoulder.

And although this is not critical, a history of being successful is also a key ingredient.  For some people it would be a burning desire to succeed.  As with anything, whether it's a diet or an exercise plan, if the desire is weak, the effort will also be weak and the results will be less than anticipated.  When the going gets tough, as we know it will, quitting becomes easier than achieving the success you're looking for. 

But, Nancy - what about time and money.   Do I need a lot of money or time?  Time is not a key factor in your success, nor is money.  You can have a boat load of money but if you don't know how to work with people or like helping people; If you're not coach-able; or if you don't manage your time productively - you'll struggle.    

Network marketing is a simple business that people tend to over complicate.   It's not easy to put your trust in others.  There will be trials and tribulations as there is with any business, with any thing significant; but the rewards are worth it.  

So how'd you do in answering the questions?  Is network marketing a business you should further evaluate or should you keep working for some else?

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