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Being Poor Is Not Your Fault…

July 14, 2012
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Staying Poor Is

Today’s article comes courtesy of Grant Cardone – supersales trainer extraordinaire.  Being a sales trainer, he is talking about sales in particular, but his advice applies just as well to network marketing as it does to any other area of life.

Enjoy the article. Leave a comment so I know you were here!

To your success,

Alan

From Grant:

I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I have worked hard my whole life to create wealth and success for myself, my family, and my community. I do not ever blame someone or fault them for being poor.

But I do not tolerate people who continue to stay in the mindset that being poor is a permanent condition. Throughout my life I have built my success by showing others how to increase their income. I have heard the worst cases, people who were handicapped, people who were addicted to drugs, people with too much debt. I have heard it all and I tell you that there is nothing so severe that you can’t overcome it and create massive success.

Make absolutely no mistake. It is not easy. Even if you have everything going for you, success is not easy. That’s where a fundamental change in what America used to stand for is to blame.

America, at least the America I grew up with, was about hard work and dedication. It was about ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and an inexhaustible desire to create massive amounts of success for yourself and you family. It seems that people today have moved away from that, thinking that success should be handed to them. Success is not a right, it is something that you have to work for. Everyone has the opportunity to achieve success but you have to be willing to work above and beyond what everyone else is willing to do.

Basic Rules to start your path towards Success:

1. Learn how to convince others of your point of view.

You have to learn how to sell others. If you cannot convince others on what you believe, then you will only be at the mercy of everyone else. If you’re raising money for a charity, you have to be able to convince others that this is an important cause. You have to sell them on the idea that their money is better spent with your charity or they will sell you on their idea that it’s best for them to hold on to their money. Selling has to be changed from a “dirty word” to a necessity for survival in today’s market, as necessary as air, water, and food.

2. Grab attention.

Selling someone on your ideas does no good if you don’t have anyone to sell your ideas to. I could be the greatest sales person in the world, but if I have no people to talk to, then my skills are a waste. You have to find ways to get people to you. One of the easiest ways to get people to you, is to go directly to them.  I went door to door for years building my first business. I did it until it seemed like I could no longer do it, and then I continued. I continued until everyone knew me and my service. I did this until people slowly started coming to me. I now have the attention of several industries who reach out to me to help them. But I never would have gotten there if I hadn’t dedicated myself to getting the attention of everyone that I could. I made a name for myself and those people eventually became my customers and bought from me.

3. Be persistent.

This is the one that I feel people are quickest to stop following. If you talk to anyone who has been successful they will tell you that one of the most important keys is to be persistent. You are going to have doors slammed in your face, people telling you no, and even others who will criticize you for what you do. You have to keep your nose to the grindstone and push through all of that. If you think that it’s going to be a quick and easy process then you will be quickly disappointed. Prepare yourself for a long and grueling process , because that’s what it takes. You might only be able to make a sale in1 out of every 100 presentations you do. That means you will have to hear no 99 times before you ever get a single yes. Unless you are willing to be persistent then you will undoubtedly give up and then blame everything else for your misgivings.

Being poor is never a person’s fault. But you have to decide that it’s not how you want to live anymore. By taking the above actions, you will take the first steps to getting yourself on the path to massive success. You will stand there, ten years from now, asking yourself why you didn’t start sooner!

by Grant Cardone; follow him at @GrantCardone or www.GrantCardone.com

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In Network Marketing Are You A Fox Or A Hedgehog

June 18, 2012
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I’ve been keeping myself busy promoting my business, I hope you are too. Let me know what’s working for you, I’m interested, leave a comment!

In the meantime, here’s another very relevant article to our topic from our friend, Pat. Enjoy!

Would you consider yourself a fox or a hedgehog?

What’s the difference?

Jim Collins wrote about it in his bestseller Good to Great and it’s based on the famous essay “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” written by Isaiah Berlin. In it, he divided the world into hedgehogs and foxes, based upon an ancient Greek parable: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

The fox is crafty and resourceful. When he goes hunting for the hedgehog, he tries to think of many different plans – dig into the burrow, lie in ambush and attack when the hedgehog comes out, etc. But he can’t focus on one strategy…he is scattered and chases many trails at once.

The hedgehog knows one thing and can do it well. When the fox comes to eat him, he rolls up in a tight, spiky ball. All the fox gets is a bloody nose, yet he tries again and again, hatching new unusual methods of attack. He just doesn’t learn.

In business, the fox is the person who starts something only to quit after three weeks in favor of some new, better plan or fad. He is so busy trying to juggle all his ideas and excitement to start something new and promising that he has no time to really understand what he’s doing. He is simply treading water.

The foxes of the business world rarely succeed. The lion’s share of success and wealth belongs to the hedgehogs–the people who focused on one thing and became a true specialist. They do one thing and do it very well. It’s their Hedgehog Concept.

For example, my Hedgehog Concept has always been direct sales–specifically telesales. I’ve made millions of dollars specializing in just that. I’ve been in sales all my life and have built two multi-million dollar sales organizations from scratch. Along the way I’ve always looked for new, creative ways to enhance and expand my Hedgehog Concept, but I never let myself get distracted by other trails. (Sure I have ownership in other businesses and have done many joint ventures, but I never lost sight of my Hedgehog Concept…)

 The Three Circles of the Hedgehog Concept

Hedgehog Concepts are based on three circles…all the same size and all equally important. Think of them as a classic Venn diagram*: each intersect and that combined “middle” is where the magic happens.

 Circle 1

This circle involves what you can be best at. It’s not a goal, strategy or plan, and it’s not just a “core competency.” It’s the place where you can really shine; the thing that you could become one of the best in the world at.

Circle 2

This is the economic part of the equation. All very successful people I know were very smart with setting things up that will provide a powerful cash flow.

Circle 3

Great success requires passion. This circle contains what ignites your passion. The idea here is not to stimulate passion but to find what really makes you passionate. You have to ask yourself if you’d still come to work if you had all the money you need…if the answer is no, it’s probably not your passion. Like Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Your Hedgehog Concept lies in the intersection of these three circles. If you can live your life in the middle of them, you’ll have it made. You’ll be doing something that you can truly excel in, you’ll be deeply passionate about your work and you’ll be making great money.

It’s no good having two…you want it all! If you’re passionate about your work but make no money, you’re going to be very frustrated. If you’re good at what you do and make lots of money but hate your job, it’s not worth it. If there’s money to be made and you’re passionate about the field, but you’re no good at it, that’s frustrating too.

Summary

Ultimately you’re going to have to figure out what your Hedgehog Concept is, and you’ll know it once you hit it. Don’t settle for anything less because it’s where real happiness and success lies.

Pat

Accelerated Training Solutions

http://www.accelerateyourtraining.com/

800-809-0487
601 Cleveland Street, Suite 220, Clearwater FL  33755

Hope you enjoyed it! Please leave a comment. Let me know if there’s something you’d like to hear about relating to network marketing.

To your success,

Alan

*Venn diagram – a diagram that uses circles to show the relationship among the parts of the whole


Get Lucky

April 5, 2012
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Today’s article comes courtesy of Grant Cardone – supersales trainer extraordinaire.  Being a sales trainer, he is talking about sales in particular, but obviously, his advice applies just as well to network marketing as it does to any other area of life.

I don’t need to add anything – he says it just fine. Enjoy!

Create your own luck.

Because the truth is, luck isn’t something that someone hands over to you. It’s something that you create for yourself. It’s something that’s created by those who make the sacrifice of putting their nose to the grindstone and working hard at their craft, relationship or hobby.

Only YOU can increase your luck. Here’s how:

1. Focus on Opportunity

Lucky people see all situations – even problems and complaints – as opportunities. Many people might perceive these situations as unlucky, but you have to see it as an opportunity to progress. Every problem, complaint, and difficult moment is a chance to become successful at what you want to do.

2. Persist Until You Are Successful

This quality is necessary to make any dream a reality. If you want to increase your chances of getting lucky, you have to keep putting yourself out there until you become lucky. You can’t expect to do something once and get lucky. You have to keep doing it over and over again until you overcome all the odds.

3. Take Risks

No one gets lucky without taking risks. If you don’t ever put yourself out there, how do you even expect yourself to get lucky? It’s impossible. Put your foot out, step forward, and take the risk to achieve the kind of luck you want to get. Remember, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

The bottom line is, you can’t get very far by only relying on luck. You have to rely on yourself to create your own opportunities and to create your own success. Only then will you be lucky.

by Grant Cardone; follow him at @GrantCardone or www.GrantCardone.com

What  do you want to be lucky at? Find something you love to do, focus on it, persist against any and all obstacles, take risks; and you will find your luck.

Till next time,

Alan


What To Stay Away From

October 31, 2011
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Frauds, Liars & Scams

First, a few definitions.

Fraud – One who assumes a false pose; an impostor. From the Latin for deceit or injury.

Liar – A person who knowingly utters falsehood; one who declares to another as a fact what he knows to be not true, and with an intention to deceive him. From a predecessor to Old English meaning to be untruthful.

Scam – A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle. U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp “cheater, swindler”

A Man Named Gordo

I advertise my home business opportunity in a magazine called the “Home Business Connection.” Now, surprisingly, you might think that I would expect people to call me who are looking for a home business opportunity. At least that’s why I thought I was advertising in that magazine.

Enter a man named Gordo. Gordo left me a voicemail in which he said he was interested in my business opportunity. Seems pretty straightforward, I normally call people back and find out about them and what they’re looking for and find out if there’s a match.

When I called Gordo back however, it turned out he was more interested in selling me on him, than vice versa. He called himself the “Greatest Networker in the World.”

The Greatest Networker In The World, by the way, is an actual book written by John Milton Fogg, who has been in the networking industry for over 20 years, and was also one of the founders of UPLINE magazine, a magazine about the network marketing industry. John gives seminars and lectures, writes books and articles, and in general would not be cold calling someone to invite them to listen to a conference call. So red flags were already going off.

When I mentioned that I had read “his” book, he responded “yep, that’s me.” I never bothered asking why he was disguising himself as Gordo. I was too curious at this point to see where he was going with this.

So he invited me to listen to a live conference call which was limited to 10 network marketers. He claimed it would be 100% live and 100% interactive. After inviting me, he then asked if there was anyone in my organization who I wanted to invite to the call.

The next thing that was odd was he couldn’t just give me the number to the conference call and the PIN. He had to call me back later in the day to give me these.

Finally, the appointed time rolls around and I call the number and get on the conference call. The first 15 minutes of the call were spent trying to locate someone who was supposed to be on the call and hadn’t called in.

He started the conference around 7:15, by saying the call was designed to help us make money, it’s not about making friends or saving the world.

Other statements he issued were: “Gordo hates liars,” “No one in the world knows more about networking than me,” and “No one in the industry earns more than me.”

Remember that statement about the call being 100% interactive, once the call started, everyone was locked out or muted except for Mr. Gordo, so much for the “interactive” call.

Another gem was “The secret to making money is not to make money.”

“Stupid is okay, don’t act stupid.”

“Same circus – different clowns.”

Since he had told us to be at our computers at 7 and the red flags were screaming at me by this point, I got online and started looking up Gordo and Gordo’s phone number.

What I found was pretty interesting.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Gordon-Moss.aspx

Or you can check out his blog. But be forewarned it has nothing to do with networking.

http://theworldsgreatestnetworker.blogspot.com/

Okay, one more

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=17999

Okay, I think you get the idea. Stay away; far, far away.

Better idea

For more info on how to pick a real opportunity, go to www.AlansMLMTips.com and sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter.

Those tips will help you avoid falling victim to any frauds, lies, or scams.

Have a great week!


No Jobs?

July 7, 2011
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Jobs & Recession/Depression/Economic Uncertainty

Since there seems to be widespread disagreement about what to call the current economy, but pretty much everyone agrees the current economy is in the trash can; yet there can be a silver lining in every cloud. Some of the biggest and brightest companies in the U.S. were started or formed in recessions.

Also remember that whenever someone loses money by selling a stock, someone else is buying that stock in hopes of making money.

Home businesses always thrive in a recession as people look for ways to supplement, increase or replace their incomes.

With those positive notes in mind, here is an article that outlines part of the problem:

Porter Stansberry: This is why there are no jobs in America

Monday, May 23, 2011

I’ve decided to re-publish the most popular essay I’ve ever written. For some subscribers, this will only be a reminder about the serious problems we face in America. But for the many subscribers we’ve added in the last several months, this will be all new.

If it resonates with you… if you see these same problems in your communities… I encourage you to pass this along to your friends. This is a message we must get across to our fellow citizens. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will not lead to national wealth or prosperity. It will only lead to bigger problems for our children and grandchildren.

This Is Why There Are No Jobs in America

I’d like to make you a business offer. Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can’t turn me down, as you’ll come to understand in a moment…

Here’s the deal. You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t really matter what you do or what you’re going to do. I’ll partner with you no matter what business you’re in – as long as it’s legal. But I can’t give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won’t give you any labor – that’s definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you’re allowed to operate your business. That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.

Now in return for my rules, I’m going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business, each year. Half seems fair, doesn’t it? I think so. Of course, that’s half of your profits. You’re also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you’ve got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you’re my partner. It’s only “fair.”

Now… after you’ve put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business and after you’ve worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you’d like to cash out – to finally live the good life.

Whether or not this is “fair” – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I’m happy for you to sell whenever you’d like… because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

I know… I know… you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That’s all true. But I’ve done my part, too. I’ve collected 50% of the profits each year. And I’ve always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business. Oh… and one more thing…

Even after you’ve sold the business and paid all of my fees… I’d recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you’ve been retired for years, when you die, you’ll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth. After all, I’ve got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don’t think it’s “fair” for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children. All in all, if you’re a very successful entrepreneur… if you’re one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public… you’ll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

I’m sure you’ll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me… but it doesn’t really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I’ll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail. That’s how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is Amerika, isn’t it?

That’s the offer Amerika gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs…

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Why Network Marketing?

For my money, the best way to leverage one’s time, create residual income, and minimize Uncle Sam’s intrusion into our lives is network marketing.

To learn why it’s such a brilliant concept, please watch Brilliant Compensation.

Okay, Looks Good, What Next?

All right, so now you need to find a company that will allow you to make the concept you learned in Brilliant Compensation work.

If you don’t know how to pick a good company with a great product, network marketing probably won’t work for you.

One of my favorite mentors came up with a book and course called “MLM-The Whole Truth.” In it, he lays out what he calls the 12 Critical Success Factors™. You can get a free introduction to the factors he’s isolated by going here. It’s a 7 day series of emails where you learn 7 of the 12 concepts.

I Already Have A Company, But It’s Just Not Working For Me

Okay, fair enough. Did you get the 7 day series of emails? Does your company/product meet the qualifications that he talks about? If not, you probably need to go back to the drawing board and find a company/product that does meet the 12 Critical Success Factors.

If your company does meet them, then my next recommendation is to run, not walk to get your copy of “Professional Inviter” to learn how to do the business. In it he covers what is communication, the six steps of the “Inviting Formula”, how to tell when you’re done greeting someone, what qualified means when prospecting for network marketing business partners, and much, much more.

For more info or to order the course, go to “Professional Inviter.”

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“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell


Pipelines

June 6, 2011
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What Is A Pipeline?

Originally, a pipeline was a pipe or system of pipes designed to carry something such as oil, natural gas, or other petroleum-based products over long distances, often underground. (For some reason not entirely clear to me, a pipeline carrying water is not generally referred to as a pipeline, instead being called water pipes, water mains, or aqueducts.)

Near as I can tell, this was then generalized to: a system through which something is conducted, especially as a means of supply. So you could have a manufacturing pipeline, or a food pipeline, etc.

This more general definition then morphed into a popular expression for things that are in process. For example,“There are over 10,000 condo units in the pipeline, in various stages of construction or conversion.” Or “I’m not worried about apartment move-outs this summer because I have a number of prospects in the pipeline.”

Why Do We Use The Phrase “Pipeline”

In any business, there is a sequence of steps that one has to go through to get the final product. These steps can then be likened to a pipeline.

For instance, in putting together a marketing campaign, one might first come up with some bright ideas, these would then be presented to the client, who would pick the idea that they felt best represented their company or product, then someone would come up with ideas of pictures, videos, etc. to represent that idea, all the way to the final roll-out of the campaign to the public it is intended for.

In my electronics repair business, the pipeline started with someone bringing in their broken electronics for repair. Then we would diagnose the problem and give them an estimate. After the customer approved the estimate, we would order the parts needed for the repair. The parts would come in. We’d install the parts, test the item for proper operation. Create an invoice. Call the customer. Customer comes in, pays, picks up his electronics and goes home happy.

So pipeline is a handy phrase to describe the process or the sequence of steps that one has to go through to get the product that one is aiming for.

The Pipeline & Network Marketing

In network marketing, since we are marketing a product, we are moving our company’s products into the hands and homes of consumers. Whether it’s vitamins, water, legal service plans, or home decorations, nobody makes any money unless someone buys that product.

The customer pipeline begins with the methods you are using to interest people in your product. Once a person has expressed interest in some form, he is in the pipeline. You give him more information. You might give him samples. Go to a meeting to learn more. He comes out the other end of the pipeline as either a customer or a non-customer. To keep customers coming out of the end of the pipeline, you have to keep putting new people in at the beginning of the pipeline.

No people entering the pipeline, no customers coming out of the pipeline.

Lots of people entering the pipeline, lots of customers coming out of the pipeline.

The Pipeline

If you chose your company/product well, you have a great product at a competitive price that your customers use and reorder or buy more of. This creates residual income, every time someone uses up their stuff, they buy more and you make a little bit each time.

As you continue to add customers these add up to a stream of income that you don’t have to create from scratch each day/month/year.

This becomes similar to the gas pipeline for the oil company, as long as the product is moving through the pipeline, the oil company makes money.

Lou Abbot has come up with a great little video based on a book by Burke Hedges that illustrates this in a very entertaining way.  I recommend you go watch it. When the site opens, scroll down the page to step 1 and click on “View the demo!” Click “START” on the next page. Go here to click over to it.

Make it a great week!


The Mystery of It All

May 24, 2011
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Ever wonder if there’s something wrong with you because you just can’t seem to figure out how network marketing works? Why some people seem to do so well yet you seem to be just struggling along hoping that it starts working for you. Ever get so frustrated that you just want to scream?

I sometimes get the feeling that some of the “gurus” aren’t trying to expose any mystery, they’re working hard to maintain it so they can sell us their cure, their magic elixir.

Mystery & Power

The truth is, if a mystery is exposed, the power will be gone in the mystery, and you will have the power instead.

If you have the basics or fundamentals of something, and can apply those basics to your business, or your life, you can cause things to happen and achieve your goals and purposes.

Gurus?

There are a lot of gurus out there selling their secrets to success in network marketing. For the newbies, novices and even people who have been around awhile, it can be very difficult to tell real gurus from the pretended ones.

There are a couple of ways to tell who really has the right stuff. One is to check the statistics of the guru and see if he’s practicing what he preaches and having success with it. The second and I think better way is to find the guru’s students and find out if they are succeeding. Are they able to listen to and understand what the guru is teaching, apply it and have success with it?

Here’s My Favorites

I have a few that put together in correct sequence will improve your odds immensely of achieving your goals in network marketing.

First, are you totally sold on our industry – network marketing? Do you think it’s an honest, ethical and honorable way to build a business? Do you know why it is? If you don’t, then I recommend you grab your mouse and click through to Brilliant Compensation and let a Professor of Marketing and an industry veteran who’s made millions explain the industry to you in a way that makes complete sense.

Second, do you know how to to evaluate a business against a standard checklist. Do you know what the 12 Critical Success Factors are? If not, then you need MLM-The Whole Truth by Lou Abbott. Lou has a free email series to introduce you to MLM – The Whole Truth. You can sign up for the free emails here, 7 Days – 7 Insider Secrets, and learn how to check out a company before you join. A full book and course is available which the email series will tell you how to order.

Third pick, once you’re sold on the industry, and you’ve picked your company and you’re ready to rock and roll, what do you do? You have to invite people to take a look at your business, of course. Industry veteran Tim Sales has put together a course called “Professional Inviter” that breaks the subject of inviting down into easy pieces that anyone can learn.

I think I’ve dispelled enough mystery for the day. If you avail yourselves of these materials, you’ll be way ahead of the game.

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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.  – Confucius


Training That Makes Sense

April 25, 2011
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If you’ve been around the block a few times in network marketing, you’ve probably realized that most training in network marketing consists of personal anecdotes, “run the numbers,” success stories of how others did it, hoopla, rah-rah and motivation; but darn little real training.

Have you ever wondered how to ask someone to look at your business, or even whether you should invite them to look at your business, or how to start a conversation?

Have you ever decided that there must be something wrong with you because you see others having success, but you’re not? Have you ever wanted to scream in frustration because no matter how many trainings, calls, meetings you attend it just isn’t happening for you?

Tim Sales has a course that he has written that answers all of these questions and much, much more. This is the first training that I can honestly say: “YOU NEED THIS.” Unless you’re already making more money than you can ever possibly spend, this can improve your game. Check it out at Professional Inviter.

Here’s Tim in an excerpt from the introduction:

Inviting Basics – Introduction

“Hello, Network Marketing Professional. My name is Tim Sales. My purpose and intention with this training pack is to teach you the skills or increase your skills at inviting people to look at your network marketing business.

“Inviting is the ability to ask someone to do something. You invite someone to go to dinner, you invite someone to play golf, and you invite someone to look at some information. This training package specifically addresses you inviting someone to look at your network marketing business.

“There is nothing more important in network marketing than inviting. See, if you can invite well, you can put your prospect in front of good presenters and good presentation tools (like videos, audios, websites – things like that). But if you can’t invite well, you’ll have a tough time in network marketing. So the information in this training pack is critical to your success.”

Take Your Skills To The Next Level

Since starting this course, I am having more fun than I thought possible in network marketing. I’ve always read and heard that if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. Well, I was doing it wrong. Tim shows you how to do it right!

Go to this link: Professional Inviter. Really, you need this.

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“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”  – Mohandas Gandhi


Persistence

March 31, 2011
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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”    – Calvin Coolidge

“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”  – Conrad Hilton

“It is impossible to stop a man or woman who won’t quit.”  – unknown

How To Succeed

1)    Know what you want

2)    Know why you want it

3)    Figure out a plan on how to get it

4)    Start following your plan

5)    Do the plan

6)    Review the plan to make sure you’re on track

7)    Continue following the plan or revise as needed to get back on track

8)    Don’t stop until you achieve # 1

9)    Start over again at # 1 (you got what you wanted, figure out what’s next)

Having Mentors

When you need to learn something, find a mentor. A mentor is defined as an experienced adviser and supporter, someone who knows what you need to learn or knows where to find it.

When can a mentor help you? See the nine points above, but, remember that the same person might not be the right mentor for all nine points. I have many mentors, what I need to learn determines which one I go to.

Too many times, promoters of network marketing try to push off on us that this is an easy business. It is simple, not easy, it’s hard work. If your mentor or your upline are honest, they will tell you so. It takes persistence, courage, willingness to learn and apply what you learn, not taking rejection personally, figuring out how and where to find people to talk to about your business or about your product.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you ask someone for help and they can’t or won’t, keep asking, the right mentor is out there.

Persist until you learn how to do the business, persist till you find the right mentor(s), persist till you achieve your dreams.

One More Quote

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson


Posture

March 4, 2011
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What Do You Think It Is?

The first time I heard this word in relation to network marketing, the only idea I had for posture was my mother telling me to sit up straight. Obviously, with that picture, I not only had no posture (network marketing variety), I didn’t even know what it was. While my mom’s use of the term was totally correct, that’s not what network marketers have in mind.

So let’s start with a definition. From the American Heritage Dictionary, posture is “A frame of mind affecting one’s thoughts or behavior; an overall attitude.” It comes to us from the Latin word ponere, meaning to “put, place.” So you’re putting or placing yourself in a particular frame of mind.

What Frame of Mind?

So what frame of mind do you want to be in? When you’re talking to a prospect, do you want to be uncertain, afraid of objections and terrified of rejection? From that frame of mind, are you going  to have any success in convincing people you can help them? I don’t think so.

So what frame of mind should you have? You’re talking to a prospect, he has some need or want or “don’t want” that you’ve identified that you know you can help him achieve. Knowing that you can help him is part of posture, but if you’re hoping he’s not going to voice any objections, you still don’t have it.

Tim Sales says that posture comes from confidence in your ability to perform, nothing else!

Posture would be knowing that you have the solution for his need or want, that you can handle his objections and that through your leadership and skill and proper training you can help him achieve his goal or goals.

With that type of posture, your ability to invite and help people into your business will improve, and so will your results. Here’s to your posture.

The First Steps To Posture

Do you think that having complete and utter certainty that network marketing is a legal, valuable and honorable business would help your posture? Of course it would, rhetorical question. If you didn’t have that certainty, it would slow you down, lower your posture, and inhibit your willingness to reach out to others about your business.

For the best video ever on the legitimacy and brilliance of the network marketing business model, go watch Brilliant Compensation.

Once you have that certainty on the industry, then you have to feel that way about your company and your product or products. For one of the best I’ve seen on  picking a company and product to work with, go to www.AlansMLMTips.com and sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter. Written by Lou Abbott, a 14 year veteran of the industry, he shares his hard-won secrets to picking a good company to work with. The email newsletter is free, but for the full treatment he has a book and course on the same subject. I highly recommend it if you are between companies, or are unhappy with your current company, or if you’ve just decided to join this industry and are looking for your first company. Great stuff!

Quote

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.  – Henry David Thoreau


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