Monday, December 31, 2007

10 Commandments of Goal Setting for 2008

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Well, it's early on New Year's eve here in Hawaii. Before I get off the computer to hang out with my family, I've been tidying up my Dream board, and getting my goals together for the coming year.

In the process, I came across a file, 10 Commandments of Goal Setting, on my hard drive. It's been posted a few places on the Internet before. But until I got it from Success University earlier this summer, I'd never seen it. So, I figured there's a reasonably good chance you might not have either.

I hope you find this useful in helping to make 2008 your best year ever.
1. THOU SHALL BE DECISIVE: Success is a choice. You must decide WHAT you want, WHY you want it, and HOW you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or SHOULD do that for you. It's your goal and your responsibility.

2. THOU SHALL STAY FOCUSED: A close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determines the timing and condition of your outcomes. Don't let outside distractions make your goals out of focus.

3. THOU SHALL WELCOME FAILURE: The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition on the pathway of progress. Rather, the question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow from the experience. Remember what Les Brown said, "If you fall down, fall on your back because as long as you can LOOK UP you can GET UP".

4. THOU SHALL WRITE DOWN THY GOALS: Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. People forget things. WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS !!! Put them where you can see them every day. Send a copy to a friend, family member or a member of your upline. Establish accountability.

5. THOU SHALL PLAN THOROUGHLY: It is a proven fact that planning saves time at a 10:1 ratio in execution. PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE !!!

6. THOU SHALL INVOLVE OTHERS: Nobody goes through life alone. Establish your own "Persoanl Board of Directors", people whose wisdom, knowledge and character you respect, to help achieve your goals. Once again, USE YOUR UPLINE!!! That's what we are here for.

7. THOU SHALL TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION: Success is not a spectator sport. Achievement demands action. You cannot expect to arrive at success without having made the trip.

8. THOU SHALL REWARD THYSELF: Rewards work !!! Think of what you will give yourself as a result of hard work, focus and persistance. Create your own ACTION = REWARD program and implement it. You DESERVE IT !

9. THOU SHALL INSPECT WHAT THY EXPECT: The shelf life of all plans are limited. No plan holds up against opposition. Everything changes. Therefore, inspect frequently and closely what is going on with your plan. It's an insurance policy on your success.

10. THOU SHALL MAINTAIN PERSONAL INTEGRITY: Maitain your COMMITMENT to your COMMITMENT! Set your goals, promise yourself that you will achieve them and eliminate wiggle room and excuses. That's personal integrity. EXCUSES and LAME JUSTIFICATION are the poisons that kill all goals!!!

So, how many of the 10 Commandments have you already incorporated into your goal setting plan?

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Success and Motivation Lessons from a Billionaire

I know Sunday is my normal Link Love day, but I just couldn't pass up sharing this; in case any of you don't already read Mark Cuban's Blog.

A couple of day's ago Mr Cuban re-posted a few blog articles from back in 2004 which detail how he got started, and some of the lessons he learned along the way. Here are a few of my favorite parts ...
"I remember being 24 years old, living in Dallas in a 3-bedroom apartment with 5 other friends. This wasn't a really nice place we all kicked in to move up for. This place has since been torn down. Probably condemned. I didn't have my own bedroom. I slept on the couch or floor depending on what time I got home."

Definitely a "rags to riches" story.
"It's always the little decisions that have the biggest impact. We all have to make that 'make or break' call to follow orders or do what you know is right. I followed my first instinct: close the sale."

"I would continuously search for new ideas. I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, 3 bucks for a magazine, 20 bucks for a book. One good idea that lead to a customer or solution and it paid for itself many times over. Some of the ideas i read were good, some not. In doing all the reading I learned a valuable lesson.

Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn't want it."

"In basketball you have to shoot 50pct. If you make an extra 10 shots per hundred, you are an All-Star. In baseball you have to get a hit 30 pct of the time. If you get an extra 10 hits per hundred at bats, you are on the cover of every magazine, lead off every SportsCenter and make the Hall of Fame.

In Business, the odds are a little different. You don't have to break the Mendoza line (hitting .200). In fact, it doesnt matter how many times you strike out. In business, to be a success, you only have to be right once."

Seriously, this is well worth 15 minutes of your time ... go check it out the whole post for yourself

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

More Internet Marketing Lessons

20BucksYesterday's link post was about Pulling Back the Curtain on Internet Marketing. In case anybody missed the subtext on the sites I linked to, I wanted to share the main lesson I've taken away from reading these sites ...

If you're blogging about Blogging, Making Money Online, Internet Marketing, SEO, etc.. (unless you have some sort of unique expertise) ...

You're Probably NOT Going to have an Easy Time Making Money


Don't get me wrong, just like many people, when I started blogging the first thing I did was slap up a few ads, and start anxiously watching my bank account, waiting for the inevitable money to come rolling in.

Fortunately, by the time I switched over to wordpress earlier this summer, I'd figured out that this blog was never destined to be a big money maker. I'm treating it more as a "better" version of what I used to use my facebook and/or myspace profiles for ...

As a good way to Network, and Connect with Interesting People.


I do have (and intend to keep) a few ads on here. But realistically, any money I make from this blog is going to go right back into offline advertising for my candle business. (where I really do earn enough extra income to make the effort worthwhile)

All that being said, after reading Court, Vic, Grizzly and Josh's blogs, I'm definitely setting up a few niche sites for the New Year. I'll keep blogging here ... because it's FuN. But when it comes to Making Money, it just makes more sense to ...

Work Smarter rather than Harder.


Keep havin FuN!
Todd

p.s. Merry Christmas ... it's almost present opening time!
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

I Won the Wii Domain Name Contest

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Last week I wrote about how we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas, and that David Peralty at Extra For Every Publisher was running a contest where he was giving away a couple of Wii related domain names.

Well, today I got an email letting me know that I won one of Wii domain names! Thanks David.

I'm now the proud owner of WiiWe.com (or at least I will be once the transfer goes through)

Now the real fun begins ...

Any suggestions on the best way to develop a (profitable) site around this domain?

lol, maybe I should run a contest of my own.

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Friday, December 21, 2007

This is Why I'm Hot ... Air Force Style

Ok, so really I just want to test out embedding videos on my blog. Humor seems an appropriate way to do it.

I saw this clip for the first time while I was still over in Iraq ... cracked me up. It's entirely possible that I might find it funnier than someone who's not in the military and/or who hasn't been to the middle east. But, I hope you enjoy it anyway. (and if you know any guys/girls who are over there, give 'em a shout ... I assure you they'll appreciate hearing from you)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBNI9FuXGdk

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

How NOT to Network

Just a quick post with a lesson on (what I consider to be) a Very Ineffective way to try to get referrals.

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I got this message from a MyBlogLog user in my email earlier today ...
Hello Todd,

I met you on John Cow Site and We both like Social Network stuff I think, so I gonna tell you this
(link to his yuwie profile)
Enjoy it as I do and You surely will!
It just right for the concept of you~
Merry X'Mas

I don't know this person.

We didn't really "meet" on John Cow. I was over there reading about how they got banned from Facebook, and my new "friend" saw my picture in the MyBlogLog widget.

He is right, apparently we do both like social networking. But, if he'd actually taken the time to read my blog, he might have also seen that I'm already experiencing a little social networking overload.

Even if we did know each other, I'm not really a great candidate to join another social network right now (although, truth be told I'm actually already a member of Yuwie)

I did kind of have to smile at the Merry X'Mas though.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to call this guy out or anything. Who knows, maybe down the road we might even have a real chat some day.

It's just that his method of "promotion" is, unfortunately, way too common among those who don't know any better.

If you read his email, and it sounds like something you might consider sending to a stranger ...

Please reconsider.

Don't be That Guy.

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Nintendo Wii for Christmas

wii My step-son Johnathan doesn't know it yet, but we're getting a Nintendo Wii for Christmas. My wife just happened to be in GameStop one day, and they had two units behind the counter. Needless to say, she whipped out the debit card with a quickness.

So, why am I making this post, and taking the (very slight) risk that Johnathan might find out 10 days early?

Because David Peralty, at eXtra For Every Publisher is running a Contest to win a Wii related domain name that he estimates is worth a substantial sum of money.

I'd like to win.

I figure that with the Wii already sitting under the tree, I (or at the very least my kids) should have some insights to contribute to a site that may be developed using one of the two domains. (if I was to win).

And in addition, at the very least, this contest gave me something interesting to write about on a Saturday afternoon before I head off to my daughter Jordan's cheerleading event.

:D

Hope you all are having a great weekend as well ... keep havin FuN!
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41 Poignant Leadership Quotes

I really like quotes. This past week, I've been reading about leadership. Here are a few that caught my eye. I hope you like them too ...

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." - Lao Tzu

"A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves" - unknown

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" - JFK

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." - JFK

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." - Harvey S. Firestone

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

"The greatness of a leader is measured by the achievements of the led. This is the ultimate test of his effectiveness." - Gen. Omar Bradley

"Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself" - Blaise Pascal

"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever" - Chinese proverb

"Wars are not won by fighting battles; wars are won by choosing battles" - George S. Patton

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare" - Japanese proverb

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism" - Norman Vincent Peale

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader

"If you are not failing now and again, its a sign you're playing it safe" - Woody Allen

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but to reveal to them their own" - Benjamin Disraeli

"The best way to predict the future is to create it" - Peter Drucker

"A man should never neglect his family for business." - Walt Disney

"It's never crowded along the extra mile" - Wayne Dyer

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand." - Colin Powell

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.” - Lee Iacocca

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” - Lee Iacocca

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"The first step to leadership is servanthood." - John Maxwell

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." - Vince Lombardi

"The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way." - Henry Miller

A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: "Leaders don't inflict pain. They bear pain." - Max DePree

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." - Andrew Carnegie

"Probably my best quality as a coach is that I ask a lot of challenging questions and let the person come up with the answer." - Phil Dixon

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -Thomas Jefferson

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be." -Rosalyn Carter

"...there is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Ronald Reagan

"...I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp." - Ronald Reagan

"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen." - Robert Jarvik

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Airmans Creed

Air forceI wear two hats. (many of you already know this). In addition to being a budding entreprenuer, I've also served in the U.S Air force for the past 18 years.

Back in April, our Chief of Staff announced our new Creed, as a way to "provide Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that they can hold most dear."
I am an American Airman.
I am a Warrior.
I have answered my Nation’s call.
I am an American Airman.
My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.
I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,
A Tradition of Honor,
And a Legacy of Valor.
I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice,
My Nation’s Sword and Shield,
Its Sentry and Avenger.
I defend my Country with my Life.
I am an American Airman.
Wingman, Leader, Warrior.
I will never leave an Airman behind,
I will never falter,
And I will not fail.

Every Airman, from the 4-star General, to the brand new slick sleeved basic trainee, is expected to learn and internalize this precept. It helps us to understand Why we do what we do.

After spending literally my whole life around the military (my dad is retired Air Force too), this creed is definitely something that I "get".

It's my other "hat", the entrepreneurial side, that I still have a bit of trouble figuring out from time to time. I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never really taken the time and effort to develop such a clear and consise Mission Statement for my part-time business, as the one that I have to guide me in my military career.

What is my "Why"?

It's a question I plan to spend some significant time pondering over the next couple of weeks, as my family and I celebrate the holidays. I intend to start 2008 with a clear vision what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and where I want to go.

How about yourself ... do you have a "Creed"?
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Friday, December 7, 2007

Why encouraging comments matters to new bloggers

Hey, finally a subject that I can write about with a bit of authority ... since I myself am a relatively new blogger.

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photo credit: Sarchi

I'll admit, I didn't come up with this topic all on my own. Earlier today, I was reading an article where Skellie said "If you don’t have an authority-level subscriber count, your comments will need to tell the story you want them to."

This makes perfect sense to me. And subconsciously, it's actually something I was already doing ... over the past couple of weeks I've installed several plugins, with the explicit intent of encouraging more reader participation. I really do want to know what you think.

Here's why ...

Since my chosen topic is relatively broad, when it comes to many specific subjects,
You Guys (and Girls) are Smarter than I am!

... I'd be pretty silly not to try to leverage that.
;-)

Not only that, but I find it much easier to write when it feels like
the start of a Conversation, rather than the beginning of a Lecture

I've always been a fan of Synergy.

Obviously, I hope that people will be interested in what I have to say.

But ...

I know for a fact, that people are much more likely to be interested in what WE (collectively) have to say.

Quality is Quality ... regardless of the source.

... and ultimately, quality is why people visit (and revisit) blogs in the first place.

So, in case I haven't told you already ... THANK YOU for reading, and THANK YOU for sharing.

lol, and now of course it's your turn ...

Do you think comments are important for a successful blog?


Why or Why not?

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Linking to some new friends from MyBlogLog

Hi,

For this week's links, I thought it might be interesting to highlight a few posts from some of my contacts on MyBlogLog.

  1. Gary Pool has 5 posts so far in a series called top 10 seo tips and tricks

  2. Aaron Cook spreads a little hump day humor; Monty Python meets Star Wars

  3. Lin from Telling it Like it is made a post of links to the best tips for creating content others will want to read

  4. Andy Bailey from FiddyP wrote a detailed review of his new skype phone ... although I suspect this probably works better in Europe where they have good wi-fi networks.

  5. Fred Peters from Newest on the Net shares the top 10 most popular facebook applications (if/when I decide to actually start using my facebook profile this link will come in handy)

  6. And finally Making Sales, Making Money is searching for significance online


Happy ready, hope you find these articles useful and interesting.

Till next week...
Todd
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Friday, November 30, 2007

My favorite ways of giving back

It's a well known fact that some of richest men and women in the world, are also among the most generous philanthropists.

What's not so well known is that many were very much into the habit of giving Before they were rich.

I think it's not at all unreasonable to say that learning to give is an important tenet of success.

So, in that spirit I want to take this opportunity to share some links to a few organizations that I choose to donate to. (click the images to visit their websites)

Two local charities that I donate to through the Combined Federal Campaign:





Yes, those telethons do work ...



The other day, my daughter and I heard this on the radio, and she wants to sponsor a child for Christmas:


(While I was on the website, Jordan walked into the room, so we decided to do our sponsorship now. We will be helping a 6 year old boy from Chile named Manuel. When we got the confirmation email, my daughter gave me a hug and said thank you daddy, I really wanted to do this. How cool is that?)

.

Finally ... if it's not to presumptuous of me, I'd also like to encourage you to add a few of your own favorite charitable organizations to this year's Holiday gift list.

Sound like a plan?

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

A few pictures from this weekend

This post is a little off topic ... unless you've read my about page, and you know that photography is one of my favorite hobbies. I finally got my camera out this weekend. First I took some pictures at the Hickam skateboarding contest (my son got 3rd place in his division). Then today, I took some pictures for my wife's friend Danielle, with her two dogs.

First the skateboarding:

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And here's a few of Danielle and her great dane:
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And finally, this is Jasimine and our little chihuahuha
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Monday, November 12, 2007

Call us Last

lexbrodie's tiresI was listening to the radio in my car the other day on the way to work, when I heard and interesting phrase in a commercial. Lex Brodie is local tire dealer here in the Islands. The commercial started out as pretty standard fair ... the services they provide, and a few reasons why you should come see them. It was right at the end that they really caught my attention ...

They said, if you're looking for tires, shop around, then Call Us Last so we can explain why you should buy from us.

Now that's a business who's confident about what they have to offer.

How many marketers do you know that have That Kind of Confidence?

Many networkers I know (especially online) usually can't wait to get their offer in front of people. If you visit enough websites or blogs, you'll begin to see a trend ... you're either beat over the head with aggressive (and sometimes hillariously bad) sales copy. Or, you're presented with various options for allowing yourself (or at least your information) to be "captured".

This may work fine for information marketing, or direct sales.

But ...

Network marketing is Different.

If you're a network marketer, and you think that recruiting involves "closing the sale", I'm willing to bet that you're probably not recruiting many people. Or if you are, you most likely have a pretty high attrition rate within your group.

In network marketing, we don't close ...

Sponsoring someone into your business is the Beginning of the process, not the end.

This is why "Call Us Last" resonated so well with me.

A Successful part-time networker MUST have the confidence to let (and even encourage) their potential business parters to have a good look around ... then Call Me Last

Are you confident enough in the "tires" you're marketing to let your competition make the first pitch?

Till next time ...
Todd
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Do you have a dream board?

If you're at all a fan of the The Law of Attraction, you probably already know what a powerful tool visualization can be.

... and one of the easiest ways to practice visualization is with a dream board.

I first learned about dream boards a couple of years ago when I read Charlie Umphred's ebook "Mind Over What Matters in MLM". In it, Charlie talks about using a cork board, and cutting out pictures of things you intend to have from magazines and catalogs. He gives some real life examples of ways that it's worked for him.

Searching around the Internet, I found a few interesting ideas for creating your own dream board. I even found a very nice program that lets you create an electronic vision board right on your computer.

Of course if you're more of a do-it-yourselfer (I am); and if you already know how to create a blog (which I expect many of you do), you might want to consider using WordPress to create your own personal online dream board. That's what I did ...

Just a couple of easy steps:

  1. I created a new directory in my webhosting account, and installed wordpress (very easy with Fantastico)

  2. Uploaded a simple but attractive theme ... I used Mandigno for mine.

  3. Made 3 categories. Daily, Inspirational, and Visual. Then started posting to it every day


When I get up in the morning, I make a quick post about what I'm thankful for, what I like about myself, and what my goals/intentions are. Then I make sure I go back and read it again several times during the day.

If I'm surfing the Internet, or Blogs and I find something inspirational, I simply paste it right into a new post. Same thing when I find a good picture that really says something to me. Here's an example from a post I made a couple of months ago:

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(click to see the original post)


So, do you have a dream board? ... and if not, are you planning to make one?

Hope you found this helpful,
Todd

p.s. In the coming weeks and months, I'll be writing more about goals and goal setting. If this is topic that interests you, you might want to consider Subscribing to my RSS feed.
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

My favorite posts You probably didnt already read this week

Well, it's just about Sunday again. This week, I thought it might be fun to share links to a few blog posts that might not already be in your RSS reader (although you may end up adding them).

Enjoy ...

Steps for Reducing Stress - This is a subject I can relate to. Not sure why, but every once in a while, the stress-monster jumps up and bites me. This post gives some good common sense advice.

WAH Message board acronyms - This is one for the guys. I frequent a few work at home (moms) message boards. And really, I can recall several times that I was left scratching my head trying to figure out exactly what a DH is.

10 ways to generate mlm blog traffic - I've known Michael Lemm for several years now, and I actually learned a lot when I first started blogging from many of his message board posts. One of the good guys.

Twitter Guide - This is an excellent series of posts about twitter (which is something I'd like to learn how to use). If I had posted this link a few days ago, Caroline might have qualified as someone you weren't already reading. But, after Darren Rowse and Yaro Starak both wrote posts about her within a day of each other, I'm sure she's getting plenty of readers. But, I do still think you should check out the Twitter series.

Motivation-Exercise-Success - This is the second time I've linked to one of Mike's posts. I just find that his golf articles translate so well to those of us who run part-time home businesses. Give it a read and see if you agree.

Stress busters for fun and profit - A little more in-depth look at ways to slay the stress monster ... my sub-theme of the week.

How to keep your favorite blog in business - And finally some great tips that I (subtly) hope you may even choose to apply to the blog you're currently reading ;-)

Til next week ...

Todd
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Monday, October 29, 2007

What kind of Leader are you?

"A true leader develops his/her follower's belief in themselves, rather than their belief in the leader"

What do you think about the above statement? ... is it a fair premise?

Especially in network marketing, it's quite easy to find what I like to call "celebrity leaders". You know, those who really enjoy the spotlight. In most cases, they're very effective at what they do best ... usually recruiting tons of people. But how effective are they as leaders?

Is it possible to develop a true "walk-away" income by convincing people who join my group how great I am?

... or might it be more effective to work harder on trying to educate them about how great They are (even if they don't know it yet)?

Just thinking out loud. What's your opinion?

Todd
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Sunday, October 28, 2007

If youre not having FuN, youre not doing it right

The title of this post ... that's MY motto!

Don't get me wrong. Earning extra income with a part-time home business definitely involves work. But I don't think any of us started our business with the intention of adding MORE stress and worry to our lives.

And the great thing about being a part-time networker ... having FuN is easy ... my "job" is essentially to discover places and activities where I can meet interesting new people.

Who can't have fun doing that?

Talk to you again soon ... happy Sunday :-)

Todd
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

My Son the Entrepreneur

IMG_3853S My son Justin will be 15 years old in a little over a month. lol, sometimes I wonder how I am even surviving the teen years. The other day in the car, on the way to the skateboard park, we were talking about what he wants to do when he gets older. Like any teenager, his ultimate dream is to be a professional athlete ... in this case, the next Tony Hawk. The difference between now, and the last time we had this conversation (before I went to Iraq), is that today, he's also talking about a back-up plan ...


Apparently a guy came to their class on "career day", and told them that the best way to get rich is to own your own company. Fortunately, it appears as though that was a day that Justin was paying attention.


For the past few days, we've had several more conversations about the type of company he wants to own (skateboards, clothes, shoes, etc), and some of the steps he should take to go about achieving his goal. At his request, I just got on the Richdad website and ordered him a couple of books ... "Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens", "Rich Dad's Rich Kid, Smart Kid: Giving Your Children a Financial Headstart", and "Own Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them"


He's anxious to start reading them (after he finishes To Kill a Mockingbird for school of course). And I'm anxious to continue our conversations. I'm not sure exactly what I did right (if anything) to help bring about my son's attitude ... but I sure am thankful for it.

Keep havin FuN!

Todd

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Why leveraged income is the best kind

I read a lot of "make money online" blogs. I appreciate them all, as I have learned quite a bit about how to blog. But, when it comes to making money I almost feel a little sorry for some of them ...

Even "successful" bloggers who have hundreds or even thousands subscribers seem to be very proud of earning a couple hundred dollars from adsense.

Personally I just can't get my mind around the concept of getting paid only once to advertise somebody else's product???

One of my favorite things about network marketing is that even at times when I can't put in a lot of hours working my business (like most of this year, while I was in Iraq), I still have a couple hundred people who Are working to build a business ... and at the same time contributing to my own bottom line.

Essentially, I'm still getting paid now for work I did about 4 years ago.

... almost an ideal situation for a "part-time" networker.

If the only way I earned money was through advertising somebody else's programs, when the traffic to my blog/webpage stopped, my income would also stop.

What about you ... what are some of your favorite ways to earn money online?

Todd
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Monday, October 22, 2007

What do you do for a living?

"So, what do you do for a living?"

For many part-time network marketers, this can sometimes be a tough to answer question.

The natural instinct and desire is to immediately launch into the "elevator speech" that your sponsor told you to rehearse.

But ...

What if (like most network marketers), you're NOT yet earning a full-time income from your business?

Isn't it a bit disingenuous to ignore your full-time job or career, and Only talk about your network marketing opportunity? Do think it's possible that people who may potentially be interested in getting to know, like and trust you might tend to notice that you're not being completely honest with them? Think this might have an effect on whether or not they'll even be interested in hearing more about your business?

You bet it will.

So, what do we say instead? How do we let people know that our network marketing business IS a part of what we do for a living ... without sounding like we're trying to find an excuse to bring it up?

First, start with Honesty.

It's so much easier to sound "natural", when all you're doing is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Don't be afraid to tell people what you currently do for a living. There is no shame in having a job. Almost everyone you're talking to will be in the same situation.

Next, use this key transitional phrase: "and I also Earn Extra Income by ..."

This is where that "elevator speech" you've been practicing will come in handy. Include a short, simple, benefit laden, curiosity piquing phrase about your product, service or opportunity. (Tom 'Big Al' Schreiter's www.fortunenow.com website is great place to get ideas for this)

Then, tie it all together. Here's mine ...

Q: "What do you do for a living?"

A: "Well, I've been a weather forecaster in the Air Force for 17 1/2 years. It's been pretty cool, I've had the opportunity to live all over the world, and I get to do something different almost every day. I also earn some Extra Cash on the Side introducing to people to a great new clean burning candle. It's come in real handy, having part-time business that I can easily pick up and take with me whenever Uncle Sam decides it's time for me to find a new home."

Obviously, you'll tailor this to your own circumstance and experiences. But, it really shouldn't take you more than 15 or 20 minutes to come up with something good marketing ideas.

I hope you find this helpful,
Todd
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Leadership in network marketing

A couple of weeks ago I made a post about Mark Yarnell. Well, tonight he was on my company's weekly training call talking to us about leadership.

Here are some of the notes I took ...

"A Leader is someone who consistently demonstrates what's possible"

  • Great Leaders are path finders

  • They make sacrifices, and take calculated risks


They understand ...

  • You can't motivate anyone

    • provide guidance, then get out of people's way



  • Leaders are not created, people with leadership potential are found

  • "Illusions of relevance" - losers are more concerned about what other people think of them, than they are about becoming successful

    • you can't manage other people's impressions




Leaders ...

  • Oversee their organization, but don't supervise

    • they are available, but don't pursue



  • Are pace setters, but not rulers

  • Are innovative, not analytical

  • Are pioneers, not settlers

  • Are creators, not critics

    • blaze the trail




The shift to Leadership is very minor and easy

  • slight changes can produce major results


A few more traits that leaders share ...

  • They don't control, they trust

  • Leaders are peaceful

  • They attract, not repel

  • They are excited

  • Demand authenticity ... no spin

  • Fearful, but never phobic ... verify

  • Self deprecating - never boastful

    • real leaders don't have to tell you how great they are ... actions speak



  • They'd rather be active millionaires than passive billionaires


This call was perfect timing for me. I'm just getting settled back in at home, and I'm ready to jump into my business with both feet again. I was actually just on Mark's website Holy Grail of Network Marketing and I'm ready to order the first volume in the training series.

See you at the top,
Todd
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Jordan’s birthday

One of the great things about being a part-time networker is having the time and money to due fun things with my family. A great example was just a couple of days ago. The day after I got back from Iraq, we had a big birthday party for my daughter Jordan and my step-son Johnathan. My wife rented a huge waterslide, and we invited 20 kids for fun and pizza. Here are a few pictures ...

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So, what are some of the fun things you've been able to do because of the extra income you earn from your part-time business?

Til next time ...
Todd
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Golf and the Part-Time Networker

I've been playing golf since I was 8 years old. I love the game. Fortunately for me, golf is an excellent way to network ... whether it's a regular weekend foursome, or just showing up at the course and joining the next group off the tee.

Many of the same qualities and habits that can help you to improve and enjoy your golf game, can also be applied to growing your part-time home business ...

I recently subscribed to a new golf blog, and one of the first articles I read was Seven Habits of Highly Effective Golfers. In this article, Mr Pedersen describes seven strategies that he believes highly effective golfers use to improve their games:

  1. Focus on golf fundamentals

  2. Smart Practice

  3. Physical preparation

  4. Mental training

  5. Nutrition for prolonged energy

  6. Goal setting

  7. Golf swing analysis


Go give the article a read. Then, see if you can think of some ways that these same principles can also be applied to effective part-time networking.

Til next time ...
Todd 8-)
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Beach or the Soup Line?

I had a very productive evening the other night. Google blogsearch was nice enough to lead me to Mark Yarnell's blog. I've read a few of his books in the past, but a lot of his recent thoughts on this blog really resonated with me ...
If you are approached by anyone who suggests that you join a second program…run. I don’t care what they call it. You need to focus on one deal until you hit the big checks. If lead lists worked, your company would provide them for free. After all, everyone wants to earn big money so it’s very easy to find the names of such people. What you need to understand is how to build your own 30,000 person warm market.

and ...
Without a doubt. In fact, we can earn much more in today’s economic climate but we have to accept two facts. One, big money is about retailing and recruiting. Two, big money is about retailing and recruiting. When we got started in MLM there were no prospecting lists for sale, cell phones, computers, back office tracking systems, auto responders, blackberries or MLM trainers and coaches. There were no ghost writers or bestselling MLM “how-to” books. There were no MLM magazines or newsletters and no free telephone conference calls. In fact, there were no fax machines, CD’s or video players. Simply put, there were no magic formulas and no magic trainers. We recruited and we retailed our way to the top. Period. End of the story.

or this ...
Remember above all else, the reason for this iblog and my free Yarnell Sizzle Call is to empower Networkers. Why? Because we are the last hold outs in the effort to dumb-down America. We are grass roots capitalists who market products that people actually need. We promote ethics over profits, values over image and efficacy over hype. No sweatshops in MLM. No infantile ads. Just sustainable, accountable companies that harness the entrepreneurial spirit and compete against giant corporations who are dedicated to selling crap we don’t need and replacing the American Bald Eagle who fishes for salmon with a clown who sells sugar and grease.

When I get home, I'm going to order Mark's HolyGrail training series (not an affiliate link) ... I'll make a few posts later on my impressions.

Oh yea, about the title of this post. It's a free call that Mr Yarnell recorded and put online: click here. I found it very thought provoking.

Give it a listen, and let me know what you think ...
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Google reader; I finally understand how to use RSS (sort of)

Ok, I'm almost embarrased to say this; but up until a couple of days ago, if I found a blog that I liked reading, I was saving it in my favorites and then opening it up later in an individual browser window (when I remembered).

Then a couple of days ago, I finally decided to explore my Google Reader. I simply typed http://reader.google.com into my browser, then signed in with my gmail username and password.

There are a couple of ways to add blogs to the reader.

  1. If you know the feed url - there's a green bar on the left menu of the reader that says "+ Add subscription" ... for a wordpress blog such as this one, just add "feed" to the end of the url (or there's usually a link all the way at the bottom of the page called "Entries RSS") . Example: http://tmtips.com/feed ... paste this into the box, hit "add", and it will go retrieve all the entries from that blog.

  2. There is also an even easier way - Many blogs use a service called Feedburner , and put a little widget in thier sidebar that looks something like this:

    ... all you have to do is click on it. A new window will open up with several options for subscribing; just choose "google" as your reader. Google reader will open up (you may have to sign in), and the posts from the blog you just suscribed to will be added.


Once you've subscribed to a few blogs, you'll want to do a bit of organizing ... put the different types of blogs into individual folders. Two ways that I did this (there are probably more) ...

  1. When you subscribe, and the new blog loads first into your reader there will be a grey drop down menu button just above the posts window that says "Change folders". You'll have the option of adding the new blog to any folders you've previously created, or all the way at the bottom you will see "new folder..."

  2. You can also use the Manage Subscriptions link all the way at the bottom of the left menu. A new page will open up with all the blogs you are subscribed to. You'll see that same drop down menu button, where you can change folders, or add a new one.


You can also apply "tags" to the blogs you are subscribed to, and organize them in that way (although I haven't tried that yet).

Reading is pretty self-explanatory ... just click on the blog you want to read in the left menu, then scroll through the posts in the main menu. If you want to go to the blog itself in a new window, just click on the title of any post.

Well, that's about what I know how to do (which should be more enough for many people). If you want to learn more, apparently there's a whole blog devoted just to this tool http://googlereader.blogspot.com

I hope you found this helpful ... happy reading!

Til next time ...

Todd
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

5 things I liked about my time in Iraq

Well, after 8 long months here in Iraq, I'm finally going back home to Hawaii in less than 3 weeks.  Obviously I spent a lot of time (probably too much) griping about things I didn't like about being here ... I missed my family!  But just to keep things in perspective, I thought it was important to also write down some of the things I liked.

First, let me qualify this a little bit.  During my time here I was what's known as a Fobbit ... someone who spends their whole tour on a relatively secure base.  I can hardly begin to imagine the real sacrifices that the soldiers who are outside the wire everyday have made during their very long time here in Iraq.  I feel for those guys/girls.

That being said, here's my list of things that actually weren't too bad about living on FOB Sykes for 8 months ...

  1. The food was excellent - While I'm not even going to try to guess what Uncle Sam is paying them to feed us, I do have to say that KBR put on a good spread.  Every day they had different entrees, short order food, the best hot sandwiches I've ever had, a fresh salad bar, and a dessert selection that I probably should have avoided more often than I did.   ;-)

  2. Hanging out with my friends - From March until about the end of June, I was on days shift at work, and spent literally every evening at the MWR building playing Texas Hold 'em with my buddies.  It was a great time, and I made some good friends who I intend to try to keep in touch with.

  3. Internet access - I have to say that the Internet access over here was much better than I expected.  In addition to the MWR Internet cafe computer that I'm typing on right now, I also had relatively free web browsing while at work.  In fact, I could actually get to more websites from my computer at work here, than from the one sitting on my office desk back in Hawaii.

  4. Inexpensive DVDs - We have a little shop on base that sells DVD movies and tv shows ... I was a regular visitor.  While I was here I watched about 10 multi-season TV series including Friends, Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under, Will and Grace, Las Vegas, CSI,  a few others, and many many movies.  LOL, I don't think I'm going to need to watch tv at home for at least the next 6 months.

  5. Cheap phone calls - Another thing that worked out better than I expected was the ability to call home and keep in touch with my wife.  In the MWR Internet cafe, they have a bank of VOIP phones operated by SPAWAR that sells phone cards with rates of .04 cents of minutes.  The quality wasn't always the greatest, and sometimes the phones were down altogether, but the simple fact is, I got to call home almost every day I was here ... that made things a lot easier.


I may come back and add to this list once I'm back home and have had a little more time to reflect.

Til next time ...

Todd
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

From my dreamboard

I posted this to my dreamboard the other day.

I am retired from the Air Force. This is my office ...
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Internet message boards

This will be the first in a series of "resources for part-time networkers".  Eventually I'll link them all together on a static page and add it to the blog menu.

I'm going to start this out with just 4 boards that I actually visit, and somewhat know.  I definitely plan to add more in the future.  In fact, if you know of any quality message boards out there, please leave a comment ... I'll check em out, and possibly add them to the list.

  • mlm.com  - This is probably my favorite message board.  I've been visting on and off for about 7 year now.  A lot of "drama", and some interesting personalities.  It's definitely entertaining, and there's enough knowledge represented, that if you pay attention, it's not too hard to pick up a nugget or two of quality brain candy from time to time.


  • wham.com - Oddly enough, I just visited this board for the first time recently ... although once I looked around, I recognized a lot of the names.  There are literally a Ton of very active forums on this board.  Also appears to be good mix of people talking about / helping each other with their businesses, and people who are "looking".  If you don't mess things up right off the bat by spamming the board, this looks like it could be a Very good place to meet potential business partners and customers.


  • richdad.com - Another site that I've visited on and off for a number of years now.  This board has a very active network marketing forum, with some extremely knowledgable and friendly members.  To me though, one of the biggest benefits of richdad is all the other forums ... especially the ones covering things like taxes and incorporating your business ... just a wealth of good information here.


  • homebasedbusinessforums.com - Of the four, this is probably my least favorite forum to actually post on (very strict and sometimes quirky moderation).  But, I still visit on a regular basis, as I learn something new just about every time.  And of course since I've learned so much, I do try to give back by occassionally making an informative post


"Rules of the Road" ...

I'm not going to go into a big drawn out "lesson" on how to use message boards (talk to you upline).  I will however give you just a couple of pointers that may make the going a little smoother:

  1. Get this in your head right now ... your primary purpose for visiting message board is NOT to sell products, and/or invite people to look at your business.  The best reason to visit these industry specific boards is to GET KNOWN.


  2. Along those lines; Never, Never, Never SPAM a message board about how great your products or opportunity are.  This is the quickest and easiest way to lose all credibility ... and with it, any chance you may have had of eventually meeting quality new business parnters.


  3. Do Be YOURSELF.  If anybody has ever told you that you need to "fake it til you make it" on Internet message boards, they are dead wrong.  If you're just starting out, and you have questions ... ask away.  And likewise, if someone else asks a question, and you have the answer, by all means respond.  But if you're not actually an "expert", don't even think about representing yourself as one. (another one of those pesky credibility killers)


  4. Do include a link to your webpage (if it's allowed).  But don't be too elaborate about it ... the "curiosity approach" is often a more effective way to get clicks on your link than a 6-line "mini-advertisement".


  5. Last, but certainly not least, Have FuN, and make some new friends.  If you ever find yourself not enjoying a message board, take a break ... stop visiting for a while ... or possibly even move and find one that's a better "fit".


Ok, well that's about all the time I have for now.  I hope you find this list useful.  And as I said above, if you're aware of any other *quality* message boards, please leave a comment so I can go check em out ... thanks in advance.

Til next time ... keep havin FuN!

Todd
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Mr Positive

I was over at mlm.com yet when a thread was started recommending a few good websites. One of them was call MrPositive.com. Sounded like my kind of place, so I decided to check it out, and ended up signing up for his newsletter. Below is what showed up in my email box today ... I like ... and since he aske me to share ...
+++++++++++++++++
POSITIVE THOUGHTS
+++++++++++++++++
 
LOVE/RELATIONSHIPS:

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves,
it is pointless to search elsewhere.
--Francois de la Rochefoucauld


LEADERSHIP/SUCCESS:

Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up
the stairs. --Vaclav Havel
 


MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION:

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
--William Jennings Bryan
 



STAY POSITIVE!

Dave Boufford 


PS  Please share this newsletter with your friends, family and co-workers...everyone deserves a little inspiration. www.mrpositive.com

Till next time ... keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

9 Things You Simply Must Do

I suscribe to many newsletters.  One of the best is "Leadership Wired" from John C. Maxwell.  I really enjoyed one of today's articles, and thought I'd share it here ...
9 Things You Simply Must Do
By Dr. John C. Maxwell

Oprah Winfrey and Anderson Cooper are two of the most popular media personalities in America. Yet, their backgrounds hardly could be more dissimilar. Oprah was born to unmarried teenage parents in rural Mississippi. Anderson’s mother was fashionable railroad heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt, and his father was a successful writer/editor in Manhattan. Oprah grew up in poverty, spending her childhood in the inner-city ghettoes of Milwaukee. Anderson was born into wealth. He appeared with his mom on The Tonight Show when he was three, and he modeled for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Macy’s as a child.

Yet, for all of their differences (background, race, and gender), Oprah Winfrey and Anderson Cooper have unmistakable similarities. At some level, they resemble each other. They have an aura of success that identifies one with the other.

For example, both Oprah and Anderson Cooper consistently deliver. Whether it’s a talk show, a book club, or a cause she has adopted, we can rely on Oprah’s candor, inspiring energy, and excellence. The same consistency can be attributed to Anderson Cooper. One night he’s reporting from New York, the next night from Cairo, and he’s in London the day after that. Yet, when we turn on CNN, we can count on him to be poised, polished, and deliver the news with excellence.

What is it about successful people, like Oprah and Anderson Cooper, who, although completely different in background and style, are almost identical in their approach to work and life? In his book, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life, Dr. Henry Cloud passes along his observations of nine principles commonly practiced by the successful people he knows. The book drips with leadership application, and I would like to take this lesson to summarize Dr. Cloud’s insights.

Principle #1: Dig It Up

Each person has a treasure trove of ability inside of them. Everyone has dreams and desires lodged within their soul. Why do some people dig deep and take hold of their dreams while others let them drift away?

According to Dr. Cloud, successful people give sustained attention to what stirs within them. They find outlets for their passions. Exercising their strengths is non-negotiable.

Principle #2: Pull the Tooth

Many people I know have an irrational fear of the dentist’s office. The idea of someone poking and prodding in their mouth fills them with dread. Amazingly, some people are afraid to the point where they would rather suffer discomfort day after day rather than undergo the temporary pain of a visit to the dentist.

As Dr. Cloud has observed, successful people go to the dentist. They face their fears and make the appointment. They pull the tooth that is causing the nagging ache and, by enduring the pain, they come out better on the other side.

Successful people refuse to carry their baggage through life. They confront their hurt, disappointment, and anger early, and they seek emotional freedom from life’s injuries. Likewise, successful people quickly recover when they fail. Rather than succumbing to a downward spiral of disappointment (or even depression) they come to terms with the failure, make course adjustments to their lives, and move on.

Principle #3: Play the Movie

Dr. Cloud recommends the exercise of playing a movie of your life in which you are the hero or heroine. What traits does your character have? What happens during the plot of the movie? Who do you starring alongside you? How does your movie inspire the people in the theater?

Most people live their life and then look at it. Do the opposite. Look at your life and then live it. Envision and step toward the future you want to experience. Don’t wake up one day to realize that your life is like a B-grade movie—you don’t want to leave in the middle, but you would never want to watch it again!

Principle #4: Do Something

Dr. Cloud’s fourth principle is short and to the point: successful people do something. They initiate, create, and generate. Successful leaders are proactive as opposed to reactive. “They do not see themselves as victims of circumstances,” Cloud writes, “But as active participants who take steps to influence outcomes.” Their days and their lives are controlled by internal motivations rather than external currents.

In a similar vein, successful people take ownership for their destinations in life. They don’t assign blame; they welcome responsibility. They refuse to cede their freedom to others and live dependently. The successful person has done leadership’s toughest task—mastered the art of self-leadership. The benefit of leading yourself well is that you don’t have to rely on others to provide direction for your life. You get to plan the course.

Principle #5: Act Like An Ant
“Go to the ant, you sluggard;
Consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
No over seer or ruler,
Yet it stores its provisions in summer
And gathers its food at the harvest.”
  -Proverbs 6:6-8

Dr. Cloud points to the ant to develop another principle of success. Three lessons stand out from the metaphor of the ant. First, they appreciate the ethic of hard work. Their lives are a flurry of constant activity as they tirelessly search for food. Second, ants refuse to give up. They never abandon the hunt, crawling through cracks and crevices in their pursuit of a morsel. Third, ants understand the value of compounding. Grain by grain an ant builds the hill that becomes its home, and crumb by crumb they accumulate storehouses of food.

Principle #6: Hate Well

In his writing, Dr. Cloud talks about focusing feelings of anger constructively to solve problems or end injustice. As he develops his idea of “hating well,” he distinguishes between subjective hate and objective hate.

Subjective hate is toxic. Dr. Cloud describes it as, “a pool of feelings and attitudes that resides in our soul, waiting for expression. It is not directed at anything specific or caused on any given day by any specific object. It is already there, sort of like an infection of the soul.” Subjective hate poisons and corrupts the person who houses it.

On the contrary, objective hate can be described as anger with a purpose. Objective hate protects by standing in opposition to dishonesty, exploitation, or deceit. Objective hate may spark entrepreneurship. In fact, many successful businesses have begun as a result of the founder’s hatred of poor service or shoddy quality.

Principle #7: Don’t Play Fair

Fairness says “an eye for an eye,” or “a tooth for a tooth.” Fairness weighs all actions in a balance and continuously moves to equilibrium. The rule of fairness means good actions deserve kind responses, and bad behavior deserves punishment.

In Dr. Cloud’s opinion, living in accordance with fairness will destroy every relationship in life. With everyone keeping score of favors bestowed and received, eventually someone will feel victimized when a good deed goes unreturned. As a leader, I’ve learned the high road is the only road to travel on. Don’t treat others according to what they deserve; treat them even better than you would prefer to be treated. By doing so, you’ll keep integrity and avoid sticky accusations or petty arguments.

Principle #8: Be Humble
“Pride is concerned with who is right.
Humility is concerned with what is right.”
  -Ezra Taft Benson

In Dr. Cloud’s estimation, successful people have a healthy dose of humility. Humility has an internal and external component. Internally, humility comes when we admit our errors, and open ourselves to instruction. Externally, humility is gained when we show patience for the faults of others, and when we are quick to shine the spotlight on the successes of others.

Principle #9: Upset the Right People

A person’s success will always be inhibited if he or she tries to please all of the people all of the time. I like how Dr. Cloud explains the principle of upsetting the right people:
Do not try to avoid upsetting people; just make sure that you are upsetting the right ones. If the kind, loving, responsible, and honest people are upset with you, then you had better look at the choices you are making. But if the controlling, hot and cold, irresponsible or manipulative people are upset with you, then take courage!

Be likeable and be gracious, but don’t sacrifice your identity or values for the sake of harmony.

Review: 9 Things You Simply Must Do for Success

Principle #1 – Dig It Up
Principle #2 – Pull the Tooth
Principle #3 – Play the Movie
Principle #4 – Do Something
Principle #5 – Act Like an Ant
Principle #6 – Hate Well
Principle #7 – Don’t Play Fair
Principle #8 – Be Humble
Principle #9 – Upset the Right People

"This article is used by permission from Dr. John C. Maxwell's free monthly e-newsletter 'Leadership Wired' available at www.injoy.com. "

Till next time ...
Todd
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Friday, September 7, 2007

Who Is This Todd Guy?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

10 Big Lessons from Little Kids

I was browsing through Digg the other day, and found a new blog that I expect I'll be reading on a regular basis. One article that caught my eye was 10 Big Lessons from Little Kids. #8 was my favorite:
8. Playtime is important and laughter feels good.

We get so caught up in work, chores and a host of “have-to’s” that we forget to take time for ourselves. Not only does relaxing and regrouping make life worthwhile, it has real health benefits. Most of all, it will help you stay consistent and motivated. Kids also seem to inherently know that laughter can ease blood pressure, help your brain function, give you energy, and help you reach your goals. Smiling and enjoying yourself can be serious help.

You can read the rest of them over at: http://ririanproject.com/2007/09/04/10-big-lessons-from-little-kids/

Till next time ...
Todd :-)
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Friday, August 31, 2007

Apparently Im a good lead

Every couple of days I empty out my gmail Spam folder; which on a daily basis contains about 10 times as much mail as the folder which holds the messages I actually want to read. For some reason, today I decided to browse through the emails before sending them off the big cyber trashcan in the sky. The majority of it was for cheap Viagra, letters informing me that a dead Nigerian dicator has left me millions, and notifications that I've won the UK National Lottery (for like the 300th time this year). But, in amongst those were also a surprising (or maybe not so surprising) number of "legitimate pitches" for home bases businesses. They all included the obligatory phisical address and link to remove myself from their list; and many indicated that I had requested additional information from one of their "partner sites" ... me thinks my information somehow got on a leads list.

Now really, since I would have never seen these emails had I not chosen to browse through my Spam folder, I'm not all that bothered that they were sent in the first place. What I'm pondering though, is should I shoot off a quick note to some of the ones that look most legitimate (or maybe naive would be a better word), and let them know that the "lead" they quite possibly paid money for is sending their messages straight to his Spam folder? ... and I'm sure I'm not the only one on their list who does this.

I suppose this is one reason I've never been a big advocate of purchased leads ... in most cases you never really know where they came from ... or if they're even really expecting to hear from you.

Ok, this is probably where I should "pitch" you on the latest super secret way to find your own great leads that don't get sent straight to Spam folder ...

Sorry, not really my style.

But now that I've put the idea in your head, I don't want to leave you totally hanging ... my best advice would be to head over to Big Al's website www.fortunenow.com and pick up a few of his timeless little books.

Well, that's all I've got for now ...

Keep havin FuN!
Todd
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

If Theres One Thing Ive Learned

So I was in the Rec center the other day, and there's a table of books that people send over here to Iraq. I picked one up, that I'm finding quite interesting. It's by a guy named James Green and it's call If There's One Thing I've Learned".

The premise is a thought that I think we all have from time to time ... if only I knew then, what I know now. Mr Green spent a couple of years interviewing a number of people with a series of set questions basically revolving around the idea of "what would you do differently". It covers love, career, family, money, etc.. Each of the stories is just a page or two long, but each carries with it a message ... some more profound than others.

For example, here was a one sentence story that I think many guys (and probably quite a few girls too) my age can relate to: "If I could do it all over again, I'd have gone out a lot more, but I'd have drank a lot less".

I'm only about halfway through the book, but the overriding message seems to be summed up pretty well by this Mark Twain quote near the beginning of the book:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the one you did od. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

I like that.

Todd
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Great Ways to generate Local Leads; time to STOP COMPLICATING NETWORK MARKETING!

Great thread posted yesterday over on mlm.com. I'm reposting it here (with proper credit), mainly so I can easily find it again once I get back home. You'd better believe that I intend to implement these simple common sense ideas ...thanks Mike, I appreciate you.
Hello Everyone!

I see a lot of people lately looking on how to generate local leads.

Not buying local leads, but actually generating them themselves. There are a lot of great ways but 2 of the best guys I have ever heard on "How to" generate Local leads are Calvert and Schreiter. Simply the best in my opinion. I have studied both of them and had the pleasure of working closely with both.

Schreiter has tons of stuff on Local Sponsoring on his fortunenow site. My Newly released CD series, "How to go from Minor League Networking to Major League Networking" devotes A LOT of time on how to generate local leads as well as the best way to maintain a database on how to continue earning cash from years to come. I interviewed Schreiter for an entire CD on it. We have to SHOW people how to do this. for the newbie, it's crucial.

I am sure I am not going to make any friends with some of the comments below but it's time SOMEBODY Said it!

The big problem I see in the "building" phase of MLM/Direct Sales is that people COMPLICATE IT. Re-Read that sentence.

PEOPLE COMPLICATE IT.

I am all about simplicity, because that can be duplicated. Simplicity isn't always the easy way out, but it is the SIMPLEST way.

People are told crazy things by people on the internet and they BELIEVE IT because they are newbies or people who simply have been given the wrong direction in the past.

What we see a lot is predictable and unfortunate for the newbie in alot of cases. People like Sieg make me SICK on a lot of the information they promote to the unknowing or unsuccessful.

"Burn your name list, forget the meetings...etc. What a load of crap. Find me ONE company doing 500 Million a year in sales that doesn't hold events to create a culture or attempt to help the ones you love and care about with life changing products. To my knowledge, it doesn't EXIST!. Take that Ann! :)

People tend to take advantage of the newbie or networker who hasn't acheived the success they have desired. It's a sad thing.

It's time everyone stand up and tell people the truth. All these "generic" (Ya right, whatever! Generic! Hah!), Mentoring and Magnetic and Renegade systems have ONE main purpose.

Like it or not, it's to build a LARGE list so they can continue to market to them for THEMSELVES. Period. End of Story. I guess you could say it's Smart marketing on their part, but they are preying on the weak that do not know any better, telling them what they WANT to hear KNOWING it's not what is going to make them successful.

Makes me sick.

It is predictable, a newbie gets involved with a MLM Opportunity, they blow throw the people they know letting them know about their products and opportunity ….NOW WHAT?

How do you find more people to talk to? Unfortunately a great deal of newbie distributors start buying MLM leads from various lead companies because that's what they are told to do because their upline has no clue either.

This is the wrong move! MLM Lead companies at their BEST offer inconsistent leads. It's all about how you work them with posture and skills. There are some good lead companies out there, don't get me wrong, but for a newbie or someone struggling, it's not about that. It's about putting the odds of success in their favor.

How many factory workers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, school bus drives, college kids, need to spend their time on the phone working leads when it may kill them and their business!

Most people don't have thick skin. Starting to call cold leads could be a quick death to newbie distributors. Are you in it for long term or for the quick hit like Seig and others to just make a buck telling people BS ways to build? Let's take the high road folks.

Until you have Mastered How to create your own leads, why would you spend your hard earned money on leads? Why would we suggest our team do that as well? Does it really make sense?

Ask yourself this "how many new people on your team are THRIVING just calling leads?" If you do have a few, then ask this "How many on THEIR team are THRIVING with it?" If something isn't duplicated level after level after level...is it worth promoting as "THE WAY" to your team?

Get them focused on generating leads in their local market first. Get them good at it. Great at it. Then generating leads on their own in other ways.

It's not as hard as it seems. Working in the local market is the best scenario when building in the beginning and for many the local market turns into a GLOBAL Market if you follow the proper system.

In the local arena You can create a "culture" around hanging out, going to dinner and actually bonding with people as real humans, not robots on the phone or the internet.

People CRAVE interaction whether you believe that or not. They need it. They Want it.

Provide it.

Now, I am not against MLM lead generation programs. That's not my point here. I was the Top distributor for a few years in a lead program. They have there place, after you have mastered how to create leads in your local market.

Sometimes the shortcuts lead to headaches. Take the proven way to success. Generate your own leads and teach that concept.

If this makes sense, let me share with you 7 Rules to follow when creating leads for Network Marketing distributors in your local market.

Rule #1
Set up a voicemail “Ad Box”. Some companies provide voice mail boxes for their distributors. If yours doesn’t look in your local yellow pages under voice mail. Or visit www.simplevoicebox.com It's a free service and NOT an affiliate link. ALL of your advertising and promotion materials should have this phone number listed. This way you can contact all when you are focused and in control. The worst thing in the world is trying to communicate the benefits of a power business with babies screaming, dogs barking or other distraction going on in the background. When someone calls you up, your mind may not be focused in the way it should. You don't want to be caught off guard. You are in control when you call them back!

Rule #2
Leave the right message on your Ad Box. I have tested this many times over the years. This is absolutely undebatable. Your message should be short and simple to direct the prospect to leave their Name and Phone number (address, email..etc could be included)

Just get their information! I have found I have 30-40% MORE People leave their contact info with a short, sweet to the point message. Now I am in control when I call them back.

I know some leaders believe in 3 minute sizzle lines up front, or full blown conference calls. ANY THING YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR COMPANY, PRODUCT OR OPPORTUNITY AT THIS POINT ON THEIR INITIAL CALL TO THE VOICEMAIL WILL ONLY DECREASE the number of people that leave you there data! PERIOD!

Your goal is to collect contact info, not tell them anything about your products or opportunity when they first call your lead box.

Rule # 3
Blitz your Market. Now that you have your lead box set up properly you want to get your information into the market place EVERYWHERE! Blitz your market with promotional materials.

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF IDEAS TO GET YOUR LEAD BOX HUMMING

Drop Cards, also known as sizzle cards, every network marketer should be using these, you saw Bob Gallo's earlier on this forum and the results he is getting. USE THEM! The 100 Dollar Bill cards are great as well.

Bulletin Board Flyers: Every community has public bulletin boards where people are selling cars, giving away kittens, etc. You should have promotional flyers on every bulletin board within your community. IT’S FREE ADVERTISING! and doesn't take up much time. Take one hour a week and have a route you can hit up to replace the information. People are calling YOU from your efforts, not you bugging them.

LOCAL CABLE TV CLASSIFIEDS. Many communities have local scrolling classified ad sites. You will be shocked how cheaply you can advertise on these sites, check them out.

It's all about exposures!

You can also use:

* Local Newspaper Advertising
* Door Hangers. Pay a couple kids 20 Bucks to put up 1000 Door hangers on a upscale apartment complex or a middle to upper class subdivision. Leverage used!
* Trade Shows and Fall Festivals. My team has exploded with Trade Shows!!!! They are cheap and in front of 1000's of people.

And much much more. To learn 21 different ways to create leads in your local market you should check out Calverts "21 Ways to create local MLM leads"

It's a great course.

The bottom line is after you master lead generation in your local market you can duplicate these methods throughout your entire organization and everybody will be much better off with these types of promotions, instead of wasting money buying leads in the beginning.

Give your distributors the best chance to win. Don't let them buy into the hype of the "Mentor's, Magnetics or Renegades" of the world.

This industry was/is based on TRUTH.

Let's all work hard to keep it that way.

Have a "Major League" Day!

Mike Potillo

p.s. Credit given to calvert for portions of the post above



Enjoy,
Todd
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Getting Exactly what you ask for

... but not always in the exact ways you expected.

A few years back, I signed up for the Tut Adventurer's Club, and started getting Notes from the Universe in my email box every day.

I love the positive uplifting messages. But, that's not really the subject of this post ...

When I first signed up, I had to fill out a profile, where it asked me to put in some pretty specific goals. Well, since I have a part-time business, making some extra money was certainly among my goals. So, here's what I asked for:

1) A large screen TV with a home theater system.

2) Pay off all my debts

3) Earn and extra $5200 a month

It just hit me a couple of weeks ago, that without even realizing it, I've already gotten everything I asked for in that profile a couple of years ago ...

- When I met my wife Ana last summer, one of the first changes she made in my life was declaring that my small little TV was just not gonna cut it. So off we went to the store, and quickly became the proud owners of a 42" LCD flat screen TV with surround sound speakers. (at the time, I wasn't even thinking about my several years old "goal").

- For about 5 years, I'd been paying $390 a month to retire a pretty substantial credit card debt that I'd run up during my first marriage/divorce. Last Demember, right before I left for Iraq, I made the last payment. Two goals down (without consciously realizing it).

- The real kicker was when I finally started thinking about the money goal. When I set the goal, I had intended that it would be extra money from my part-time business ... but that's not the way I asked for it in the questionaire ... I just said I wanted to earn an "extra $5200 a month". I'll make an admission first ... over the past couple of years, the Air Force has sent me first to Korea, then here to Iraq, so I haven't put as much effort into my business as I had planned. But here's the funny part ...

Since I originally set that goal several years back, I got promoted to the next higher military rank. I moved back to Hawaii, so I now get a much more generous housing allowance. The check from my candle business has grown (despite my admitted lack of effort). And finally, while I'm here in Iraq, I'm getting several extra pay and allowances, as well as having no taxes taken out of my check.

When I added it all up, and compared it to what I was earning a few years back when I first signed up for Tut, I'll give you one guess what the difference is ...

Almost exactly $5,200.

I'm just on my way over to Tut right now to update that profile. This time I'm definitely going to ask for MORE ... and I'm going to much more specific about where I'd like it to come from ;-)

Til next time ...

Todd
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Defining Success

As a new (or even experienced) part-time network marketer, one of the more interesting challenges you may face is defining the meaning of the word SUCCESSFUL

Here's what the dictionary says:

suc·cess·ful adj.
1. Having a favorable outcome: a successful heart transplant.
2. Having obtained something desired or intended: was successful in stopping the leak of oil.
3. Having achieved wealth or eminence: a successful architect.

For some odd reason, most network marketers (and people in general for that matter) tend to focus on definition #3 ... show me the money!

Don't misunderstand me; for most people, the reason they started a network marketing business in the first place is to earn money. So it stands to reason that wealth would be a perfectly adequate (and obvious) definition of success.

However, check out those first two definitions. Having a favorable outcome and/or obtaining something desired or intended. Hmmm, based on those descriptions, do you think it might also be possible for success (as it relates to your business) to sometimes have to do with more than just the money?

  • Could spending more quality time with your family possibly qualify you as "successful"?

  • What if you learned to be more happy and content with the good things you already have in your life; and more sure about your future ... would those be hallmarks of a "successful" person?
  • How about if you were exposed to new ideas, met new people, and participated in new activities that you never would have dreamed of in the past ... would you consider that a "favorable outcome"?

See where I'm going with this? Success can be accurately defined in many, many (unique and individual) ways.

Now, here's an interesting idea ... do you think it might ever be possible to already be "successful" while you are still working towards whatever it is you ultimately intend or desire?

I'm not going to attempt to answer that question for you ... but it's probably something worth thinking about.

Just remember these two things: success tend to breed more success, And how we view ourselves NOW often has a tremdous impact on, not only how others view us, but how we are likely to be viewed in the future (ie., what we will achieve).

So, the next time someone asks you if you are "successful", make sure you think long and hard before offering up a quick and easy answer.

Till next time ...

Todd
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Low threat marketing

Hi again,

Let me start out this post by saying that I honestly believe there are a great variety of "correct" ways to find new people, and build a successful group in this industry.

However, at this point in my life, my personal preference is that I just don't have a very strong desire to spend several hours a week talking to strangers on the phone. (who may or may not have requested "information") I do know plenty of people who are having great success with purchased leads though ... and if that sounds like your style, there are numerous resources around the web on how to work that method correctly. It's just not for me.

So ...

I'd like to share a few low-threat ways, that I've found to be effective, in attracting potential customers and business partners to You. (as opposed to you having to go find them)

A couple of cautions upfront:

1) This method of building your business is NOT fast ... it requires patience and persistence. It's for people who have a long-term goal of building a stable down line group, that will produce consistent leveraged income ... for years to come.

2) You WILL have to talk to people you know; including your family, friends and co-workers. If you're in any way embarrassed about the products/service you represent, and/or the business opportunity you're working, I'd strongly suggest that you focus some time figuring out what's behind those feelings before you attempt to sponsor Anybody (stranger or acquaintance) into your business.

So, what are some of the keys to this low threat marketing ?

Get Known - I know you've heard it said "it's not necessarily who you know, it's who knows you". This is especially true for those of us who are building our business primarily through relatively "passive" means.

One of the very cool things about network marketing, is that meeting new and interesting people fits right into our basic "job description". Therefore, as long as they involve interacting with people, there are a wide variety of activities we can choose to spend our valuable time participating in (both online and off) that will actually be productive, when it comes to building our business.

Here are a few (example) activities that you might not have considered productive "business building" opportunities ...

Offline:

  • Join a bowling league
  • Play golf with your friends (and invite new people to your weekly foursome)
  • Attend your kids sporting events
  • Join the school PTA
  • Volunteer in your local community
  • Participate in (or even organize) neighborhood BBQs
  • etc, etc, etc ... you get the idea, if it involves People it's most like a (potentially) productive activity

Online:

  • Participate in online discussion groups and forums ... not just those related to mlm or home based business. For instance, I really enjoy photography, so I participate in several online photo message boards.
  • Join online social networking communities such as myspace.com. Build a profile that is mainly about YOU, and your interests (as opposed to one that blatantly advertises your business).
  • Email and Instant message with your friends on a regular basis. Talk about things of mutual interest ... get to know them, and let them get to know you
  • Participate in online games that involve social interaction (I like poker myself). As long as you are not spending too much time in this area, there's nothing wrong with a little "brain break" now and then ... especially if you may be forming new relationships in the process
  • Again, hopefully hou see where I'm going with this ... whether online or off, go where the people are!

Establish a Reputation - Unfortunately, it will do you absolutely no good (as far as your business goes) to "get known", if it turns out you're not the type of person people will want to associate with ... or even more likely for many network marketers, you're acting like somebody people wouldn't want to associate with. (think "pushy" salesperson).

BE YOURSELF! ... and if by some chance, yourSELF isn't exactly someone you want people to know (right now), then you have to work on that first and hardest ... before you attempt to sponsor people into your business.

The goal, is for people who know you, to also learn to Like and Trust you. TRUST is the key to building your business (especially on the Internet). Once people like and trust you, they'll be much more likely to be interested in seeing what it is you have to offer. And, as an added bonus, those people who do join your business because they know, like and trust you (as opposed to being "sold" on your opportunity) are much more likely to stick around long enough to have a chance of building a successful business themselves. I have a number of people in my group who have been with me for over 4 years now.

Along those line (of trust), never ever fall into the trap of "fake it til you make it". Don't get me wrong, from day one, your Mindset should be that of a "successful leader". But, when you're actually getting to know people, don't think that you have to try to portray yourself as some sort of an expert (especially if you're not ... yet). Ultimately the type of people you want to partner with (for long-term success), will be those who join you because of WHO YOU ARE ... not because of what they "think" you've done (or think you can do for them). hint: it's been my experience that this second type of person doesn't tend to stick around very long. If they don't experience immediate success, they move right on to the next/better "leader", in their continual (and often endless) quest for the proverbial magic bullet.

Be Visible - If you're doing this right, everybody who knows you should be well aware that you have something to offer (products/services/opportunity) ... without you having to tell (or "pitch") them yourself. Always keep in mind that establishing a reputation can be a long-term endeavor ... so, in your efforts to be visible, if you ever feel yourself slipping into "pushy salesperson" territory, stop and regroup. Remember, we want people to come to us, not run from us.

Here are a few easy, low threat ways to be visible ...

Online:

  • Always include a signature files in your email. I prefer something short and catchy. Mine says "Stick your Nose in my Business" followed by a link to my website. (IMO) Your signature file should never appear to be longer or more prominent than the body of your email message (ie, if you've got a 12 line signature, you'd better write long emails)
  • If given the opportunity, always fill out a profile for message boards, game playing, or social networking sites. As with email, include a short catchy link to your website. It should be obvious, but not the primary focus of your profile.
    - Build a personal website or blog. Make it about YOU, and your Interests. Somewhere on the page, include a short catchy link to your website.

(see a trend here? ... short catchy link)

Offline:

  • The Number One way to be visible offline, is to USE your company's products and/or services. Back in my single days, I once had a date ask me if I was gay ... because there were so many candles in my apartment :-)
  • The other thing I wouldn't advise anybody to be without, is a WebDecal, or magnetic signs for your automobile. Definitely include your website and phone number. However, the main benefit of these signs will not necessarily be strangers calling you from the road. You'll be shocked by how many people you already know approach you and ask "what's that sign on your car all about?"
  • In addition, if your company has a line of clothing, hats, jackets, buttons, etc, purchase them, and wear them ... proudly.

This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive "guide" to building your business "slow and steady" ... but, I do hope that it's helped you to think in a few new directions ...

I don't know about you, but I quite enjoy building my business in a way that not only lets (and even encourages) me have FuN and spend time with my family/friends ... but also allows me to keep those relationships healthy ... because I've made it so easy for people to ask me about my business (if they're interested), rather than me having to try to find creative ways to "accidentally" (and often uncomfortably) bring it up.

(contact your sponsor for more ideas that apply specifically to your products/opportunity)

Til next time ...

Todd
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