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?)

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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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