Archive for February, 2013

What Are You Willing To Do To Succeed

You signed up with a network marketing company. You were so excited about the potential, and your your new future. Have you given any thought to your odds? Your success is always dependent on yourself. Most people don’t think that way. What are you willing to do to succeed in your new business?

First off, it takes a good year or 2, to learn to develop needed skills and grow. I was told that back in my early years and I laughed. I didn’t believe the so called “experts”, but I quickly learned they were right.

You have to invest time in yourself. You have to grow into a confident person. You have to learn to build and develop relationships, and put others first. You need to be willing to work your business and develop those skills over the next years. YES, I said YEARS. The most important thing you can do is make a commitment to yourself that no matter how long it takes you will NEVER ever quit.

When people say no, you have to learn not to take it personally. When your family and friends think you’re nuts,you have to remember the commitment you made to yourself not to quit. There is a fine line between success and failure.

I totally believe in teaching people to have realistic expectations. About 80-90% of those that join this business will quit or fail simply because they saw something to get excited about and then ran out to tell the world without any skills. Most people that join, do talk to others, but after a few no’s or people not seeing what they saw, they get discouraged and quit.

I find that sad. I have seen many people bring in 2 or 3 people, and think they are not yet making the money they want so they give up. Over the years, I’ve watched people sponsor others, then quit themselves, and one of those they sponsor go on to be a great success. The person that sponsored them could have greatly benefited if only they didn’t give up.

I’ve also seen people that most thought would do NOTHING rise quickly to the top. I’ve seen some get started, but have a life changing event that put their good intentions on hold. Many still use the products, or services, but don’t work for awhile, some times for a year or 2 or more. I’ve seen others that have renewed and sat around for a few years, then wake up and go to work, and build a good organization.

The only think about this business, is that no one can predict who will be a star and who will quit. The ones you think have great talent, enthusiasm may be a dud. Those that you think will never do a thing may be the future leaders of your team.

You are ONE person away from your future dreams. It only takes finding 3-5 people that are willing to do what it takes to become great leaders. Along the way you’ll find dozens you “think” are the one, but they may not be. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t try to drag them along, just keep on building and remember your commitment to yourself to never quit. Give yourself time to develop the talents you need. Work you developing your own skills.

Never judge who will or who won’t be the star you’re looking for. Just put your head down, and commit to working your part time business for 15-20 hours per week for the next 4 – 5 years. Work means telling others about the opportunity and your products. Do that daily. Stick with it over the years and never quit and you will have a great future.

Again, ask yourself, “What are you willing to do to succeed?” How much time will you put in? how many hours will you truly work? You have the key to your future. Only you can be the one to decide to use it and become a future rock star!


Koblenz, Germany

Our next stop along the Rhine, was the city of Koblenz. Koblenz is latin for “confluence”, or the place where rivers meet. It’s also known as the German corner.

Koblenz is a very small town with only about 100,000 residence. Right out of this down is the Marksburg Castle, which is one of the most dramatic castles on the Rhine. This castle has retained most of it’s original construction and is over 800 years old.

We were told the hike to the castle involved lots of steep steps, as it sits atop a steep isolated hill in the bend of the river. Because of the terrain it discouraged the enemies, so it was never attacked in the countless wars that raged thru the centuries.

Because of the climb and jaggered steps, I opted to stay on board. Don went on the tour, and we sailed down river to pick him up.

On our sail down the river, we saw many quaint towns and other castles atop the hills. Because there were many feet of snow a few weeks prior to our trip, the snow melted into the Rhine and we sailed with very very fast moving waters and rising tides. There were bridges we had to go under and dismantle the entire top deck to get below. Other ships without that capability, were stuck unable to travel the Rhine.

We ended the day in Rudesheimer. There unfortunately it was raining so we didn’t get to see much of the town. We had opted for the mini train ride and dinner at a local restaurant. The German food was very good, and they had some cool entertainment.

After dinner, we chose to return to the ship as we would have had to walk back in the dark and rain if we decided to stay in town. The ship does furnish umbrellas but we didn’t want to walk in the dark and rain so we missed a lot of the cute little shops in their Christmas market.

The rivers were again very high and running and our ship captain was getting a little nervous so we sailed out as everyone was back on board.

ALong the river you also go thru 11 or 12 locks. I didn’t quite understand why the locks didn’t hold in the water or keep it from rising so fast.


Heidelburg, Germany

We sailed to Heidelburg, Germany which lies in the valley of the Odenwald mountains. There the Rhyne and the Neckar rivers meet. Heidelburg has long been considered the jewel of Germany

This city is often thought of as Germany’s intellectual capital and is home to the country’s oldest university built in 1386. It’s a charming city.

While other German cities were destroyed during the Allied bombings of World War II, Heidleberg was largely spared. As a result, it’s retained it’s charm, with narrow streets, helmet-shaped towers, historic churches and ivy covered castle ruins. After the war, the USA built a military base that today houses about 30,000 Americans made up of soldiers and their families. The city has about 150,000 residents and draws about 3.5 million visitors a year for festivals and markets and events.

While we visited Heidelberg on our tour by bus, our ship sailed to Speyer. It was a little disappointing, as I had planned to meet up with one of my team members in Speyer, and get to meet her. We were to be in Speyer from about 3:30- 7 pm but our captain opted to rush us on board and sail immediately so we missed the city and the Christmas Markets. Luckily I was able to reach her by phone at 9 AM when they made the announcement so she didn’t make the trip down, but it was sad to be so close and miss her. She was stationed on an Army base about 2 hours away.

As soon as we got off the buses and boarded, we sailed immediately for our next destination which actually was a dock in Germany, but a tour to Strasbourg, France.


Made In The USA

I live in America. I really have been upset to see so many companies shipping jobs and opportunities overseas.

I received this email today, and thought it was well worth sharing. Feel free to pass it on to those you know and let’s get our great country back.

ACE HARDWARE – Made in the USA – Very Encouraging


Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost Half the price that you Will pay
On the outside and they are made in the U.S.A.
Read and do the following.

Unfortunately our politicians and top CEO’s have
Pushed for trade to China and
Mexico for years so Americans are now out of work. Did
You Know that there is no
Electric coffee maker made in the US and that
The only kitchen appliances made in the US is
Viking? This Information
Came from the a report by Diane Sawyer. Hopefully this
Has Changed or will Soon!!

CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA! That is also why I
Don’t buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are
Made in China and are More expensive!
I buy them at Dollar Tree – 50 cents each and made in USA

I have
Been looking at the blenders available on the Internet.
Kitchen Aid is MADE IN
The US . Top of my list already…

Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a
Wastebasket. I found some Made
In China for $6.99. I didn’t want to pay that much so I Asked
The lady if they had any others.
She took me to another department
And they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are
Just as good. Same As a kitchen
Rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in
The USA – what a concept! – and they were $3.00 cheaper.

We are being
Brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from
China and Mexico is cheaper. Not So.

One Light Bulb at A Time..

I was in
Lowe’s the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked
At The hose attachments. They were all
Made in China . The next day I was
In Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I
Checked the hose Attachments there. They were made in USA ..

Start looking, people . . …In our current
Economic situation, every Little thing
We buy or do affects someone else – most often, their Job.

My Grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is
Now Marked “made in Mexico .”
I don’t buy it anymore.

My Favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico …
now I have Switched to Crest.

You have to read the Labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed
60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer Sheets
I was in the light bulb aisle,
And right next to the GE brand I
Normally buy — was an off-brand labeled,
“Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and
compared them: they were the same
except for the price . . ..
the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value
Brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was
the GE was Made in MEXICO
And the Everyday Value brand was made in – you guessed it.
the USA at a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

It’s Way past time to start finding and buying products you use
Every Day that are made right here.

So, on to the next Aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets… Yep, you guessed
it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada .
The Everyday Value Brand cost Less,
and was MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry
yesterday AND the dryer sheets
performed just like the Bounce Free I have been
using for years, at almost half the Price.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS to start reading the labels
when you shop for everyday things and
see what you can find that is made in the USA.
The job you save may be your own or your neighbor’s!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to
OTHERS in your address Book so we can
ALL start buying American, one light bulb at a time!

Stop buying from overseas companies – you’re sending the jobs there.
(We should have awakened a decade ago….)

Let’s get with the program and help our fellow Americans
keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .

I passed this on .. .. . will you???
If you care about American workers, you will pass it on.


Kinderdyke – The Netherlands

After boarding our river boat, the first city we stopped at was Kinderdyke. This is where they have build a huge area of windmills, to help solve the flooding of The Netherlands.

People actually live in windmills and work at turning the blades by hand as needed. The government pays them a pitance to do the work and little rent to live there, but in return they must be sure to run the windmills and turn them at least 60,000 turns a year. There is a counter on them, to be sure that happens.

We took a tour of a windmill and went inside. We actually met a man that lived in the one next to the one we visited. He was in his 50’s and had lived in windmills all his life. They really wear those wooden shows there, because there is so much water that normal shows would not work.

He said they do have TV, internet, running water and electric in the windmill. All the neighbors living there also do the same, and all of them have outside jobs to earn a living.
When water comes they must run these windmills that then pumps the water away down the dykes to keep the land above water.

THe Netherlands is about 60% under sea level, so they are constantly pumping out water or building canals and dykes.

They get about 200 days of rain there so there is a lot of green moldy bricks. All building are build tall and skinny and of bricks. Taxes on homes are by the width so they make them tall, and skinny because it does not make any difference how high they are.


Nissan Quest

While I was looking at vehicles last year, I found a Nissan Quest. We walked in and it appeared to have everything I wanted in a vehicle. They made us a good deal so we bought it. I’ve been driving it now for about a year.

There are lots of pros and cons. The van is very comfortable and has a boatload of features. It has keyless entry, which I’ve come to love. You don’t have to look for keys, just walk up and touch the door and it opens.

The downside of that, is if you lose your key, it’s not easily replaceable. I did lose mine (or so I thought) We had to take the car into the dealership with our other key. The new key cost $120 for both pieces. I ordered 2 so I’d have an extra spare. It took about 4 hours for them to get the keys and reprogram the entire car.

On the good side, is without a key, your car can’t be taken. That’s a plus, but it’s sure a pain when you lose your key.

The doors all open electronically, and there is a great wheel well in the back that can store lots of thing. Traveling with a group you have plenty of room for 7 people with luggage to boot.

The car was advertised at 19 MPG in the city and 24 on the highway or one of the hight ones for a big vehicle. I have gotten as high as 25 or so on the highway, however the 19 in the city has really not happened. It’s more like 16 or 17 depending on traffic.

One thing I do like also is you can’t start the car without your foot on the break. Also if you leave on your emergency brake on, the car tells you. It has built in Blue tooth so you can sync your phone and answer without picking up a phone.

One thing we missed though in this car was the ability to have people listen to different music. The Buick we have prior had a way for people in the back to watch TV and there were 3 plugs for different music. On trips, someone could listen to the radio and someone else could listen to CD’s and and others watch a movie all at the same time.

Another thing I found is the Quest is much much bigger than my prior SUV. It’s great for the highway driving and trips but not to wonderful for around town driving when you have to park in tight spaces.

We also could not find a spare tire and had to take the car to the dealer. The dealer couldn’t find it either, they had to ask 4 or 5 people. We finally found out to get the spare, you have to pull up the carpet in the middle seats and then get a tool to lower the tire with a bolt. I’m hoping we never have to do that as if we did, after lowering it, it would be under the car in the middle and you’d have to crawl under to get it. Not too convenient.

Now that I have this vehicle, I’m considering looking around for a real small, compact that gets great gas mileage and can whip in and out of tight parking spaces. It would be convenient to have that for around town driving.