August 7, 2010

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Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Is college overrated? Haha!

August 1, 2010

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Traditional or Internet? Sedan or Coupe? Not Moving in Either!?

I hope each of you are prospering in your business.

Network Marketing is NOT easy and many times I feel that those of you online are desperately in search of help in building your business. You’re realizing rather quickly online success eludes you as well.

…I’ve been thinking of those of you whom are down “2 Strikes.”

The hope that you had in going online, the money that you have no doubt spent. It sucks I know.

I will look to cater to your needs, change the initial plan of my blog completely and assist your redemption for your excruciating efforts. This is going to be a change to my personal site and the focus of my efforts. I am meeting and coming into to contact too many of you that are NOT finding the success you wished for online, as a secondary effort to compensate for your lack of success with your traditional efforts.

With that being said, being busy with life and enjoying business is no excuse for a lack of updates. I am working on the update now.

For me and my opportunity, August always presents itself as a critical month. In many regards it is where I mentally envision a “new year” in my business. To help ring in this sentiment I felt the need for a change as well. I got rid of my 2008 BMW 5-Series and got into a new 2011 BMW 335i M-Sport Coupe! So needless to say I am feeling much sportier in this ride than my last. I also feel that for those of you that really really want it, you can make the change from being a slower sedan in this business, to a much sportier coupe. Speed cures a lot of the problems you are currently facing in our business, unfortunately many of you are driving in first gear and with the parking brake still engaged.

For some of you it is going to be a matter of technique, direction, and or training. Although its difficult to hear, some of you may be in the wrong vehicle all together. Many are trying to drive manual without any training when you’ve driven automatic transmission your entire life. Forgive the car metaphors, but I hope you get my drift!

In the next few months, I will look to help each of you identify what is stalling progress or lack thereof.

...out with the old.

...in with the new!

Stay tuned, stay connected and stay close,

June 17, 2010

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Video: On A Retreat!

Recently I found myself on a all-expense paid retreat for achieving a specific leadership rank with my primary opportunity. Now one thing that I like to do on vacations is to try and relax and stay away from business-related activities as much as possible. However on this specific instance, I was inspired to share with you on how genuinely humbling it is to have a getaway completely paid for by a company that appreciates ones achievement. I know that for many of you that may seem out of reach at the moment, but I wanted to encourage each of you how realistic it is to be able to get there. Just don’t quit, as they say, there is plenty of room at the top!

To Your Success,

May 15, 2010

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Video: “I’m Back … and in need of a haircut!”

Like many of us, I have the ability to multitask many different activities at once. However, in order to acheive specific goals, it’s very difficult unless one is completely focused. I ran into that specific challenge in trying to focus on achieving a specific goal with my primary opportunity… this lead me away from putting out consistent internet content for a period of time. This video explains to you a little bit of where I was mentally this past month. Enjoy!

To Your Success,

March 31, 2010

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Why Professional Athletes Need To Start A Distributorship Now!

Being a major professional athlete has to be one of the greatest accomplishments in life as we know it. The ability to be paid very highly for an activity that you absolutely love is an incredible blessing….talk about pursuing your passion! The actual percentage of being able to make a living as a major (mainstream sport) professional athlete is quite low… it’s something to the effect of (approx.) .006% and if you are a college NCAA athlete, it jumps to about (approx.) 2.6%. The odds aren’t unlike winning the lottery and financially speaking, it’s very similar.

So why is that according to an article from according to Business Insider: By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce, and within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke!?

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$120 million in lifetime earnings...did you know that Scottie Pippen is bankrupt?

Now this particular article claims several reasons, lavish spending, bad investments, too many children, divorce, etc., however I’d like to suggest that the common denominator is that the value of the athlete is limited. The problem with the mindset of an professional athlete is that his/her “window of influence” is not limited. In other words, the athlete can only perform for a certain length of time and there is always an end point of each contract.
Let me begin to steer this particular article in the direction I had intended it to go. There are some high profile athletes such as San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman and Cleveland Cavalier Shaquille O’ Neal (both make several millions annually) whom understand that their influential period is limited; thus have involved themselves as not only spokesman but independent distributors for particular network marketing companies.

 

Does that mean that they are actually giving presentations and actively personally sponsoring associates? Probably not, in most cases they have their personal sponsors build their downline, what they will do is use their personal testimony to endorse the product which makes for great advertising. It’s a matter of properly understand the power of a network marketing compensation model and using the spark of influence (why they still have that attention) to create something that is not limited to time such as their athletic or endorsement deals. The power of distributorship for Merriman and O’Neal is that by the time they are through playing and their athletic influence and product endorsement deals are expired is when their network marketing distributorship will be most lucrative. Many companies will even allow that particular distributorship to be passed to their kids.

Shawne Merriman is in your face with Veema.

Now given the nature of their profession and the high percentage of health-product companies in the industry, it makes for a perfect match… it just takes some education and information to be relayed to the management of a particular athlete (which is not always easy.) By the way, it doesn’t always have to be in the prime of their career that one gets smart about the strength of the network marketing industry, recently Hulk Hogan joined an MLM and is using his visibility to build a strong downline for his opportunity.

Whatcha' gonna do, when your bank account and influence goes empty on you!?

Coming from an Action Sports background with bodyboarders, surfers, skaters, snowboarders, etc., I have a personal interest in attempting to share these benefits to lower-compensated athletes whom are also limited to their influence. In other words, though their income may not be as immense as a “major professional athletes”, they are very visible and their influence runs very deep, but again, they won’t be able to perform at a high level forever, thus they their influence is short-lived.

It’s even more important for these particular athletes to capitalize on such a partnership with a network marketing distributorship. I know many of them personally and the majority of them are far from wealthy. Many of their wealth appear in the form of unlimited merchandise, products and decals of course. (haha)

Although the professional athlete / MLM distributorship sounds like a match made in heaven, there are reasons why they are few and far between. Here is my short list on such difficulties that must be overcome:

– Athletes don’t understand the concept of investing into a sponsorship, let alone Autoship? Yikes!
– Many of them live a lifestyle of freedom and artistic debauchery (anti-business mindset, etc.) so it’s difficult to put a focus on “business.”
– There is personal insecurity in business-related topics.
– Many athletes have managers and they are usually looking for up-front gain and long-term distributorship or gain does not make sense to them.
– Their traditional view of sponsorship (we give you products -> you use and wear them -> we pay you) hinders their ability to grasp exponential growth of MLM compensation.

Professional MMA Fighter Thomas Kenney is a USANA Health Sciences Independent Distributor

Regardless of the difficulties, it is possible, and it’s a beautiful thing to partner with someone whom is able to utilize their visibility to build a network marketing business. I will say that in my experience of partnering with Olympic athletes and professional MMA (mixed martial arts) fighters, the product approach is a great way to avoid business up front and share product quality that may lead to development of a future business relationship.

Success in network marketing can be the difference between for some of these athletes in living their passion on their terms or one day having to one day obtain a “real” job.

Given the statistics, there is one thing I know for sure, athletes need network marketing more than the industry needs them!

To Your Success,

March 24, 2010

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Video: Why Are You Not Following Your Passion?

“People don’t become network marketers for the sake of becoming marketers, rather they utilize it as a platform to create more time to pursue their passion(s).”

This was a recent quote that I placed on my Facebook Page. After writing it, I realized just how thankful I am to be doing something that has allowed me to pursue my personal passion(s).

Passion for everyone is different, for some it may be traveling, art, sports, or simply being home on a daily basis to spend quality time to raise their children. I then tried to fathom the amount of people that are NOT currenly pursuing their particular passion. I’m overwhelmed with the thought of the numerous talented individuals that are currently “stuck” and may never truly be made aware of what they would “rather” be doing in this short life.

In no way am I saying that it is easy to pursue a dream, passion or  idea, in the ” 9-5 Rat-Race” of a world we live in today, what I am saying is that it is WORTH IT. 

Friends there are more than enough opportunities in the network marketing industry that will allow the individual to take a step towards that freedom. It’s a matter of want and action.

Recently I say and spoke to a 22-yr. old that has made his passion the #1 priority of his life and it is interesting how life will surround and support those whom pursue their hearts desire. Take a listen to a chat I had with Professional Bodyboarder: Jeremy Wright.

Passion First,

March 17, 2010

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Video: Take More Shots!

It is said that the only real difference between a top distributor and someone that is struggling is that the successful have reached out and been rejected by more people. In the process of these rejections, they’ve also gained valuable experience and have also received a large number of victories as well.

Understanding this, I see many new distributors go through training, however reluctantly prospect a few people here and there; many times holding out for their best friend or family member that may or may not accept the particular opportunity. Using a basketball analogy I call this, “holding on to the ball”. What is happening they are placing their livelihood in this business on one or two shots… when they should be taking as many shots as they possibly can! They should be sorting, prospecting and utilizing much more possible partnership contacts then the few they hold on to so dearly.

I am not a fan of the term, “its a numbers game,” but friends… it really is. Take a look at this video to show you more of what I mean.

Shoot more often,

March 11, 2010

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Video: An Interview with Network Marketing Royalty: Collette Larsen

Network Marketing Royalty? Absolutley. Collette Larsen is the #1 Income Earner of her primary opportunity: USANA Health Sciences; the 18-year science-based cellular nutrional company. Folks, this is no start-up, but rather a stable, powerhouse of company in this industry and considered by many industry experts as the most balanced company with their compensation, products and third-party credibility.

Although being the top dawg of a company like USANA does earn her the right to be considered MLM Royalty, more than that, Larsen embodies all the elements of what network marketing can offer someone whom is in desperate times, single parent of five, no business experience, and just a high school diploma; that is the biography of Larsen’s situation prior to USANA.

I had a chance to catch up with her at a recent live event to ask some questions and have her share some thoughts for those of you currently struggling in this industry. She has a tremendous amount of value to offer, so do pay close attention.

Thank You Collette,

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March 9, 2010

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Video: Comfort Can Kill Your Business And Make You Fat!

It seems like some of the greatest success stories are created by the individuals that were desperate to make things happen. The person that was once homeless is now a millionare, the morbidly obese person about to have a heart attack, loses hundreds of pounds, etc.! What if I don’t have that great of a story to tell? What if I’m …. “comfortable” in life? If that’s you, then watch this video!

Let’s Kill Complacency Together,

March 3, 2010

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On Point with Point Break!

When it comes to modern classic films that have cult-like followings, titles such as Karate Kid, Top Gun and Rocky IV come to my mind. It may differ with you, however the one constant in all of these films are: memorable quotes. A specific quote, whether serious or humorous can immortalize a movie for someone. The following films listed above have done that for me.

However there is one such film that has epitomized a very memorable quote for me and my life more than any other. Before I give you the quote, Point Break was a film that was released in 1991 starring Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey and the late Patrick Swayze. The synopsis was Reeves whom play Johnny Utah, an ex-college football player turned FBI whom goes undercover to stop a gang of adrenaline misfits whom have a series of bank robberies. Within this plot comes a relationship between Reeves character and “Bohdi” played by Swayze. As the relationship escalates, Utah experiences many new and exciting adventures, mainly surfing, it’s through this relationship that some of the greatest quotes are formulated that have stuck with me in every aspect of my life.

...a classic.

Before I share the ultimate, here are some snippets:

Bodhi: It’s basic dog psychology, if you scare them and get them peeing down their leg, they submit. But if you project weakness, that promotes violence, and that’s how people get hurt.

Bodhi: If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.

Johnny Utah: Vaya con Dios, Brah.

Bodhi: They only live to get radical.

Bodhi: [during a skydiving game of chicken with Johnny, both falling with no parachute open] Six seconds. We’re going to be meat waffles.

Bodhi: Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll.

[after a long discussion about which parachute Johnny Utah should use]
Johnny Utah: You gonna jump or jerk off?

Bodhi: Yo, Johnny! I see you in the next life!

Bodhi: What’s the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something. We are here to show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human sprit is still alive. Don’t worry about this guy, okay? I know exactly what to do with him.

Bodhi: Look at it! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let me go out there and let me get one wave, just one wave before you take me in. I mean, come on man, where I am I gonna go? Cliffs on both sides! I’m not gonna paddle my way to New Zealand! Come on, compadre. Come on!

I caught my first tube today... Sir.

…Now don’t get me wrong, some of these are hilarious, however through the humor, there is one line that tends to stick with me in all aspects of my life. As a wave rider myself, I understood its content. It’s the deeper, this more inspirational meaning that has followed me to every nook and cranny of my life and business.

“Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.” –Bohdi

Wow.

It seriously gives me goosebumps anytime I read, repeat, or hear it.

Friends, I cannot tell you how true this quote is. If you take this in the context of extreme surfing or any extreme activity where death is the ultimate consequence, it’s typically hesitation that will cause accidents and in some cases death, which is the exact result that one is looking to avoid at all cost. So because of this fear, it caused hesitation that lead to that fear turning reality.

I hope you are following.

I presume many car accidents could have been avoided if the fear of what was happening, did not paralyze the driver to hesitate in taking a different course of action immediately.
(How does this relate to business? I’m getting there.)

True Story, my fiancée once ran an “orange” (yellow turning red) light and was pulled over by a police officer. She was obviously upset and after issuing the officer her license and registration to the officer, he explained to her how she “ran the light.” She responded nervously and assertively with, “officer, my boyfriend always told me not to hesitate, because fear causes hesitation and hesitation will cause your worst nightmares to come true!” According to her the officer seemed rather intrigued… no ticket was issued. Ha!

Moving forward with home –based business and internet marketing, many people are presented with an opportunity to begin the process of creating change. They are presented the opportunity, the company and the compensation and for that moment, once completed, there is a peace and excitement that enters the entrepreneurial soul of every individual in the finality of avoiding mediocrity, to avoid a lifetime of financial struggle, to avoid their own personal greatest fear in life! It’s at that very moment there appears the choice to move forward with immediate action or to hesitate. “I’ll think about it,” “let me check with my spouse,” “Let me do some research,” … AKA: Hesitation.

For those of you whom are well-versed in this industry, you understand that hesitation is typically equivalent to a “no” and/or “never.” Thus it’s this hesitation that will lead them to experience their worst fear coming true ….slowly…. which is even worse. A life of mediocrity, linear income, limited time to pursue passion and spend with their family, and/or declined health. Every single fear they were looking to avoid!
With respect to the recent Winter Olympics, ask an Olympian if this quote is true for them. Imagine training your entire life to hesitate when it matters most… talk about their worst fear coming true!

When it’s time to lose weight; don’t hesitate, when it’s time to follow and pursue your passion; don’t hesitate, when it’s time to take advantage of an opportunity; don’t hesitate.
When it’s time to pick up the phone and make that call; don’t hesitate! That very fear that causes hesitation will give birth to much worse in whatever case you identify the quote with.

Action cures fear.

Without fear, there is no hesitation,