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The Secret To Success

September 27, 2010
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Introduction

I want you to meet the author of one of my favorite motivational books. It’s called “The Slight Edge – Secret to a Successful Life,” by Jeff Olson. I was introduced to this fellow as a speaker at a convention I attended. Awesome speaker and I later found out, a brilliant and captivating writer.

Jeff was born in New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico. He worked for Texas Instruments for 5 years, then left to form a company called Sun Aire, making that company one of the largest solar companies in the U.S. within 4 years.

Since  then, he has gone on to build three different sales and distribution forces into multimillion-dollar organizations. He is a fanatic about personal development. And here is an excerpt from his book:

The Winning Edge

The Slight Edge is the process every winner has used to succeed since the dawn of time. Winning is always a matter of the Slight Edge.

One of the most highly anticipated events at the Summer Olympics is the men’s 100 meters. The winner of this quadrennial event can lay claim to being the fastest man in the world. At the 2004 Games in Athens, American Justin Gatlin ran a blistering 9.85 in the final heat to win the gold. The silver medalist, Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu, ran 9.86.  Yes, that’s one one-hundredth of a second slower – a very Slight Edge.

Do you know what makes the difference between a .300-hitting baseball star with a multimillion-dollar contract and a .260-plus player making only an average salary? Less than one additional hit per week over the course of the season. And you know what makes the difference between getting that hit and striking out? About one quarter-inch up or down the bat.

No golf fan who watched the 2004 Master’s tournament will ever forget how it ended: Phil Mickelson, winner of more tournaments over the past ten years than anyone else, with the exception of Tiger Woods, was left with a twenty-foot putt on the eighteenth hole of the final round. Miss it, even by one inch, and he would head into a playoff with the number two player in the world, Ernie Els. Make it, and he would finally silence the critics and win his first major. The putt rolled in and Mickelson had his green jacket.

Over the course of the tournament’s four days, Mickelson shot a 279, six strokes better than two-time Master’s champion Bernhard Langer did. The difference? One and one half strokes per day better than Langer does. The Slight Edge.

And it’s not just in sports. It’s in everything.

In 1998, a book called The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, became a runaway best-seller. What so amazed readers was the fact the people profiled in the book were incredibly ordinary, everyday sorts of folks, with normal and even mediocre-level jobs, who had created extraordinary wealth by a truly remarkable, unexpected, amazing strategy. It consisted of – you guessed it. Doing little, mundane, ordinary, insignificant, everyday things with their money.

No matter in what arena in life or work or play – the difference between winning and losing, the gap that separates success and failure, is so slight, so subtle, most never see it.

Superman may leap tall buildings at a single bound. Here on earth, we win through the Slight Edge.  ©2005 by Jeff Olson. All rights reserved.

What’s Your Slight Edge?

If you’ve never considered network marketing as a business before, I urge you to watch Tim Sales’ video called Brilliant Compensation where he outlines the beauty of this method of business.

I also recommend that you sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter at www.AlansMLMTips.com, for some important pointers for any type of business.

If you understand both of the above, my current pick is Sundance Global, see my post from a couple weeks back for all the reasons I feel this program fits the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” criteria. Then go here to watch a short video, sign up and order your free food. Let this be your Slight Edge for today!

Alan Eames

818-207-7688


What Are You Waiting For?

September 19, 2010
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A Short Story From The Year 2022

In 2010, I was only 4 years old. My Daddy was always into wild and crazy ideas and would do anything to protect his family, especially me.

I remember Mom and Dad discussing what they would do in case of a natural disaster. Mom thought he was being too pessimistic in thinking that the supply lines of civilization would ever collapse. But Daddy won that argument and started preparing for such an event. He stockpiled some water and ordered food packets that would last for 15 years. This convinced Mom that Dad was a little off his rocker, but I knew that he did it because he loved us.

The years went by and we forgot all about the emergency stash. I grew up and entered high school and I was beginning to think about college. I had lots of friends and enjoyed participating in sports and was getting interested in boys as well.

Then the unimaginable happened. At 4:32 am on a Friday morning in September of my senior year, we were hit with a massive 7.2 earthquake. I heard Mom & Dad shouting my name to make sure I was okay. We were all okay, but the house was a mess. Most of the radio stations were off the air, power lines were down everywhere, cell phones weren’t even working. We could hear sirens in the distance but in the immediate area, it was ominously silent.

Dad, always thinking ahead, decided we should go to the closest grocery store and stock up on food. But we soon discovered that we could not drive out of our local neighborhood because of broken paving and downed power lines.

We returned home to consider our options. Listening to a battery-powered radio, we discovered just how bad things were. The authorities were telling everyone to stay off the streets.

After gathering up all the food that had fallen to the ground from the cupboards, we realized that we didn’t have enough food to last very long.

Then I remembered, “Daddy,” I said, “whatever happened to that emergency food you bought when I was a little kid? I remember you saying it was supposed to last 15 years, do you think it might still be good?”

Dad looked at me and looked at Mom and looked at me again, and we all started smiling. Dad said yes it should be and it is in the garage. I think I bought enough to last us a month and a half.

Mom and I agreed that Dad was our hero.

Want To Be A Hero?

What are you waiting for? Through the 20th of October, you can sign up with Sundance Global for free and get free samples of the food – meals that you may one day be very glad you invested in. Sign up here. If you have questions, call me 818-207-7688.

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People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.  – unknown


How The Recession Is Causing A Tsunami In Working From Home

September 13, 2010
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Fallout From The Recession

Before the recession came along, earning extra income from home was something that was often used for extras or non-essentials or was optional because the primary incomes of the household were enough to cover the essentials.

With the recession, and the layoffs, cutbacks and downsizing accompanying it, extra income from a home business or working from home often means the difference between getting by and going without in one or more areas.

Working from home or running your own home based business could be the best way to keep your family afloat during tough times; taking a second job may not be much of an option when first jobs are so hard to come by.

Why Work From Home

You may be one of those who can change their workplace without changing your employer. In a poll of more than 3,500 employees in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK, the average commute time was 70 minutes per day. That would be a significant time savings if the type of work you do can be done partially or completely from home.

Asked how they use the time saved by not commuting, the largest proportion (56 per cent) said they spent time with their family; followed by 45 per cent who just ‘relax’; and 42 per cent who do tasks or attend appointments they otherwise wouldn’t have time for.

In the U.S. the nationwide average drive-time is 24.3 minutes, which means that Americans now spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Even if your first job can’t be done from home, extra income is still the biggest reason for working from home, and may provide savings in other areas.

Working from home, you minimize or eliminate travel time and expenses such as fuel and wear & tear on the car getting to and from the 2nd job.

Working from home, you minimize your time away from the family, or possibly even increase your family time.

When you work from home, you don’t have to dress for work, saving money on clothing.

The option is there of not having to pay for childcare since you are at home.

Since you’re at home, you don’t have to buy lunch, coffee, and snacks from the vending machine.

How To Work From Home

Whole books could be and have been written about how to pick a home-based business or a work-from-home job.

If you’ve never considered network marketing as a business before, I urge you to watch Tim Sales’ video called Brilliant Compensation where he outlines the beauty of this method of business.

I also recommend that you sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter at www.AlansMLMTips.com, for some important pointers for any type of business.

It’s All In How You Look At It

Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, “There is no potential here – nobody wears shoes.”

The second salesman reported back, “There is massive potential here – nobody wears shoes.”


Rooms For Rent

September 6, 2010
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What?

For those of you who weren’t here last week, I made a comment comparing the network you’re building in your business to real estate. My exact comment was: “Think of it like real estate. Once your network reaches a certain size, that network becomes an asset that continues to generate income whether you work or not.” (For the whole article, you can go to Don’t Trash Network Marketing.)

I realized on further pondering that that is actually a very apt analogy. Plus it capitalizes on a very similar analogy made by Tim Sales in his amazing video Brilliant Compensation.

Why Real Estate?

Real estate investors look for properties that can return a positive cash flow, whether it’s a house, an apartment, commercial or industrial properties.

Do you think that real estate investors think that 100% of their properties are going to be fully rented and paid every month? Whether it’s waiting for the right tenant to arrive, remodeling before the tenant moves in, having to deal with a tenant that’s not paying, or whatever, they know that there is a certain amount of time with any property where that property is not generating any income.

The commonest solution is to have enough properties so that if some of them are not generating any cash flow, the other properties keep the cash flow happening.

And?

So if you’re building a network marketing business, the people you recruit are your “properties.” They are what are going to build your cash flow.

Do you think that all of your “properties” are going to produce sales and recruits every day, every week, every month? They’re not, so what should be your solution? More “property,” i.e. more people in your network.

Let’s paint an example. Let’s say that, on average, everyone that you recruit, recruits 2 people, period. But out of 10 recruits, 1 of the people goes to town and recruits 1 person every month. To keep the math simple, let’s say the people who recruit 2 do so in their first 2 months. Further, let’s say you are one of the guys/girls who are acquiring 1 “property” per month. Here’s how the numbers of “properties”  might go. 1st month – 2 (you and your first); 2nd month – 4 (you and your first plus both of you recruit another); 3rd month – 8; 4th month – 14; 5th month – 22; 6th month – 32; 7th month – 44; 8th month – 58; 9th month – 74; 10th month – 92.

After 10 months, you have 92 people in your network of whom exactly one is doing something every month, yourself. But, you had things happening all the time. Every month there were new sales and new recruits. And you had your first “property” that begins generating cash flow every month. At the end of the second 10 months, you’ll have another 184 people plus your 3rd and 4th person doing something every month (another for yourself, one for your first every monther) . At the end of the third 10 month period, you’ll gain another 4 people who do something every month (one for you, one for the first guy, and one each for # 3 & 4).

After 30 months, 2 ½ years, you have 8 “properties” generating cash flow every month. Let’s just say for the purposes of the analogy that each “property” generates $100 in cash. Okay, so after 2 ½ years of blood, sweat and tears, you have $800 in cash flow. I can hear you thinking, “oh, wow…”

Bear with me, after another 10 months, at the 40 month mark (3 year and 4 months) you have 16 “properties,” $1600 a month, better, but really, for 3 years of work? Okay, 10 months later, 50 months (4 years, 2 months) you now have 32 “properties” bringing in $3200 per month. Another 10 months (5 years now) and you have 64 “properties” bringing in $6400 a month. 5 years and 10 months, you have 128 “properties” and $12,800 per month. Stop me when you get excited.

Okay, not bad, but 5 years?

All right, name me some other occupation where, with no education in the business at the outset, you can earn this much or more in that time frame and have it turn into residual income to boot.

And who’s to say that you couldn’t double your efforts or increase your effectiveness and do it twice as fast? It has happened.

So, How Many “Properties” Do You Want To Buy?

If you’re considering joining the network marketing industry and haven’t made up your mind yet, check out the video by Tim Sales called Brilliant Compensation.

If you don’t have a company yet, or you’re looking for a better one, check out www.AlansMLMTips.com and sign up for the (free) “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter.

If you already have a company, and need tips and how to’s on marketing, check out John Eberhard’s RealWebMarketing Blog.

Here’s a couple blogs that I like that are specifically on network marketing:

http://www.marcus-baker.com

http://karyrogney.com

Hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend! Have a good week.

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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.  – Conrad Hilton