Archive for June, 2012

Building A Successful Business

What is the secret to building a successful business?
I truly believe the secret is focus and consistency.  If you only have 15 minutes here or there, make that one phone call or follow up with someone, or send out an email or card to them.    If you talk to people don’t say to much, let them talk and you listen. People love to be heard, give them an opportunity to tell you what they are looking for.
 Secret is finding out how you can be of service to them….and not pushing and selling.  People like to buy but they don’t like to be sold.
The best advice I could give you to build a solid future, is simply to move forward and stay totally focused on your company and product.  Don’t let anyone distract you from building your future.  Make a commitment to be in the same company 5 years from now.   Give yourself time to build.
Most people have busy lives so if you fully intend to build a business on the side, plan to be totally focused and committed.  Spend quality time each week toward growing your business.  It’s easy to let life get in the way.
Sometimes people think that their business is not moving or growing as fast as they want.   No matter what business your building the key ingredient to your success is time.  It will not happen over night.   It will take several years to grow a decent income.  Anyone that tells you that you will get rich over night, simply is not being honest with you.
It’s easy to think the grass is greener on the other side when the wolves come out try to distract you of offer you deals, but learn to ignore them and not listen.   I’ve watched many good people over the years jump from company to company, deal to deal.   They are constantly starting over.  Each time I see them they are hyping how well they are doing, but I know different.  No one can possibly be in 3-4 companies in a year or 2 and be doing well.    If they jump that often,  more often than not, when you call them for a questions, they will be on to the next deal.  Success does not happen that way.
I personally know I’m with an amazing company and I’m here for life.  I’m going on 8 years with my present company.  I love it and I’m very grateful for this opprotunity.
My life is much different than 8 years ago. Today,  I’m able to vacation more, travel more, not work as hard as I did back then.  I spent 8 years building my business so I could enjoy these things.  It did not happen in my first 1-2 years.
In the beginning I worked Very hard and gave up all the things that didn’t’ matter,…the time wasters, like TV, and stuff that stole my time.   Instead of watching the garbage on TV,  I read a personal development book, or I spent an hour on the phone making calls, answering email  or following up answer questions.
If you find the right business for you, don’t let anyone steal your future.   Stick with what you’re doing and put in the time to make it work.  Don’t be distracted or constantly jumping from thing to thing.  The Grass is never greener on the other side.
If building a successful business is what you want to do,  get started and never give up.


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Las Vegas 2nd Report

I just returned from Las Vegas.  Las Vegas is definitely not my favorite place.  Unless you like to waste money gambling,  paying triple prices to eat or drink, or you enjoy getting handed junk porno cards on the streets you probably won’t like it either.

This is a city for those that like to gamble and drink or party.  It’s not a city to go to unless you don’t mind getting run over with masses of people crowding the streets, or love the smell of smoke.   It’s full of smokers and gamblers.

I try to be positive about most things, however the best thing I could say about Vegas, it it was wonderful to leave :))  I could not wait to get out of there, and I normally love traveling and seeing different places.  I only pray it’s the last time I have to go to Las Vegas.
We only went out there the past 2 years for conventions. Last year we stayed at the Mirage.  We felt ripped off when they tacked on extra fees of $25 per night for a bathrobe in our room that we didn’t even use.   This year we decided to move across the road to Harrah’s with no resort fee.   Neither hotel had any decent service and both charge outrageous prices; like $4-5 for a can of coke or bottle of water,  $12-15 for a sandwich and $25 upwards for a buffet.
Harrah’s put items in our contract that they didn’t even have available.  I was totally amazed.   They also took over 2 hours to check us in for a room and we only found TWO employes out of the hundreds there that were polite.
If you are going to Vegas,  DO NOT take a hotel on the strip.   We found the last night there an amazing restaurant one block OFF the strip called Ellis Island.  I would HIGHLY recommend them.  They food was amazing and service exceptional.  We had a huge steak dinner there for 4 people, with vegetables, potatoes, salad and beer or root beer at a total cost of UNDER $35 for all 4 of us. On the strip if you ate a smaller meal for one person you’d pay much more.
Ellis Island is only one block off the strip.
We also went down to Freemont street to see all the weirdos, and lights.  Prices there were slightly less than the strip if you wanted a few things to take home, but food was not much less there.
If you plan a trip to Las Vegas,  just know ahead of time, if you plan to eat, don’t leave home without a huge bankroll unless you plan to avoid the strip.    Hope this information is of help to any of you that travel.

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Change Your Future

How is life treating you these days?  Do you have a job or looking for one?  Do you have all the time freedom you want?   How about money?  Are you living pay check to paycheck or are you living life on your terms with plenty of time and money?

 

If things are going well now, have you thought down the road toward retirement days?  I honestly don’t think that many companies retirement plans these days are worth counting on.  Social Security doesn’t appear to be something anyone can count on.

 

Have you given any thought as to what you will do to change your future?

 

I believe the world is changing fast.  Jobs today have no security.  If you want a future, you have to do something yourself, to make your own security.  I spend 15 years in the corporate world.   I worked hard making other people rich.   Then I decided to make a change and got into the world of network marketing.  I have been in network marketing since 1995 or approximately the same number of years.

I love network marketing because I have found that if I went to work, and worked hard for a few years, I could control my own destiny.   Today I am free to set my own hours and make my own schedule, and I’m thankful I made that change years ago.

If you want to change your own future, you do have to think about it, and be willing to make the switch.


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What Are You Thankful For?

Too often all we hear from people are complaints or whining about what they don’t have.  I’ve learned over the years you get back what you send out.  If you’re always whining and complaining, then you’ll get more problems back.

Instead of complaining, what would happen if you started to give thanks for what you do have?
Ask yourself,  what are you thankful for?
Do you have good health? Do you have any wonderful friends?  Do you have a great family?  Do you have food to eat and clothes to wear?
No matter what your situation is,  if you start to share things that you are grateful for, more good things will come your way.  Try it.
I’m participating in a 30 day gratitude challenge and seeing some amazing results.   If you think you might like to do the same thing, let me know.  I can show you how to participate in sharing this with others.  It will cost you about a dollar a day to send out gratitude to many and join me in this crusade.
If you take me up on the challenge and find after a full 30 days, you don’t see a major impact in your life,  let me know.  I can guarantee you’ll get profound impact, and if not, I’ll give you your $30 back when you show me that you did this challenge for 30 days
Feel free to contact me for more details.  Hope you’re having a remarkable week.

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Bed Bugs

Have you heard of bed bugs?   I guess I’ve been blessed in that I’ve never seen any and hope to never see them.  Still, when someone told me there were bed bugs on planes now, I have to admit  that creeped me out.

I went and googled bed bugs on planes to see if they were kidding.  I read all about  how they travel from someone else’s suitcase into yours.   I decided I should be safe rather than sorry, so I sent off for some bed bug spray,  as well as little packets that you can place in your suitcase so they don’t choose you if they are looking for a new victim.

After I bought all the stuff, and looked online more,  I was wondering if perhaps those selling all the sprays and things are the ones that are starting rumors.   If I were to believe all of them,  I would have to throw out all my luggage and buy the hard sided luggage.  I would also have to buy seat covers to carry and sit on when I am on a plane.  I’d have to have the spray to spray my suitcases.

I even saw an inspection kit that you could buy for $15.  It appeared to be a magnifying glass and a few other things so you could search your hotel room to make sure your bed didn’t have bed bugs.   I started to think about how nuts you can get.

The article I read even said you should NEVER use the dressers in hotels for clothes, and you should put your suitcase up on metal racks.  I have to admit, last week, I went out of town for a few days, and stayed in a hotel.  I didn’t find bed bugs, but I also didn’t put my suitcase on the floor .  I hung my clothes and used the metal wrack for the suitcase.

I hope  I never see a bed bug for real.  I’d have to stomp on them and scream because they are causing us all a lot of extra work :))))

 


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Cell Phones At Work

It’s been about 15 years or more since I had a traditional JOB.   I guess times have changed.  How many of you use cell phones at work?

I was surprised when I called a friend today.   She answered and talked to me for a few minutes.  I didn’t even realize she was at work, until someone came up to her desk and she had to give them directions.

I asked if she kept her cell phone on at work, and she said of course.   She said they allowed people to keep their cells on and take calls from family.   I was so surprised.   It seems kind of weird to me.   I guess back in the days of when I did have a job, cell phones were not so prevalent.  Most people had them for emergencies.

Today it’s rare that anyone leaves home without a cell phone.  I take my cell phone even when I go walk the dog.  I also use the time to make calls to prospects or team members.   My new car, came with a blue tooth, so now when a call comes in I can answer it in the car.

Even with all the new technology it seems funny to me that employers would allow people to keep their cells on and take phone calls when working.  I guess that is a sign of the times.


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Lion

I’m not talking about a lion in a zoo.  Lion is apples newest operating system.  It’s been out about a year and I hear soon to be replaced with Mountain Lion.   It’s sometimes hard to keep up with the latest technology.

Having just bought the new air,  Lion came on it, so I jumped in and started using it.  Apple appears to be making the operating system more like the phones and iPads where you can swipe and use gestures.  So far other than being able to set up and leave desktops in tack and swipe over to the next one,  I don’t see a hugh change in most other things.

There is an new iPhoto and Mail added a few features, but if you had a MAC before it’s easy to use the new stuff.   I’ve found the transition almost seamless.   Apple does have a tendency to make things simple.  Simple is usually best.

If you haven’t taken the plunge,  I would highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon and moving to Apple.  If you’ve been waiting,  nothing more to wait for.  Just do it.


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