Monday, March 31, 2014

How to get your guests to stay AFTER your business opportunity meeting. - Post 331

What’s the most important part of the business presentation?
AFTER the presentation.

That’s when prospects can ask questions, sign up, fill out their orders, etc.
So how can you keep your prospects from rushing home when your meeting is finished?

Try this.

About 18 years ago, I was in Hong Kong. I had the evening free, so I went to observe a local opportunity meeting. Every guest was given a ticket for a chance to win one of three door prizes. The door prizes were in three large, brightly colored boxes.

When the meeting concluded, the speaker said, “Thanks for coming to tonight’s presentation. And if you are a guest, please take a look at your ticket. We’re going to have a drawing for these three great door prizes. But first, let’s take a 10-minute break to stretch our legs, use the restroom, etc. and then we’ll have our big drawing.”

Well, the drawing actually occurred about 15 minutes later, but all the guests stayed. That gave their sponsors a chance to talk with their guests about that evening’s presentation.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Why So Many Seniors Are Launching Businesses

I read an amazing story on Yahoo news called Why So Many Seniors Are Launching Businesses ( ). As someone now in his early 50's I fall right into this group myself.

After reading Robert Kiyosaki's book Rich Dad Poor Dad I knew I needed to create additional streams of income. The only problem was I already was working 70+ hours per week in the pharmacy.

For me with the time constraints that I had I was limited to what was available to me. Both Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump suggested Network Marketing as a vehicle for people like me so I decided that  NM would be the rout that I would take. So in 2009 I launched Abell International Marketing DBA AIM High Consulting and made a goal of being international in 5 years.

I started looking at all the different companies out there that I could affiliate with and what skills I would need to be successful. I actually joined 14 different companies so I could learn as much as possible about different approaches to the business. I spoke with many of the founders of these companies one on one (and still do today) to learn from them. I began following other successful people in this industry learning as much as I could from those folks as well. I also purchased and attended many training programs on the subject.

At the end of 2011 I lost my job as a pharmacist. While I did continue to work for temp assignments full time work elluded me so I continued my research into the network marketing field. In 2012 I finally decided on a company who's products I could stand behind as a pharmacist and I decided to build a team there. I joined that company and in 2013 had the opportunity to travel all over the country with the company founder to gain as much knowledge as I could. By the end of 2013 I was able to pull my home, the home my wife and I designed and built, I was able to pull it off the market because of the income I was making in my home based business.

Fast forward to today, as of March of 2014 I have reached the goal of being international with distributors in Canada and Jamaica. I am looking forward to replacing my full time pharmacist salary and having my retirement fully funded in the next five years.

I want to encourage you, if you want to have success and freedom like the others mentioned in this article lets talk. Maybe we can work together. I'm looking for 4 or 5 people that think the same as me and have the same strong goals of financial independence.

Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist - Home Business Entrepreneur
(877) 996-4327 ext. 1737 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chicken Lists - Post 329

If the business is gonna come up we have to bring it up. There's a group of people that all of us know. Maybe we perceive them as being very successful, and very busy. You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones on the chicken list. So how do you approach people like that. Well here's how you can do it, and remember any phrase we use has to follow our three rules, 
  1. It has to be rejection free
  2. doesn't embarrass or pressure the prospect
  3. number three a high probability of getting the desired response which is sure I'll take a look at it. 
This is how you do it. You say "hey John, I came across something that I find extremely powerful and profitable. Now I know your way too busy for something like this but I also know its your nature to help other people. It looks like you could make an extra three, four, five thousand dollars a month here very very part-time. I know that you wouldn't recommend anything unless you knew what it was so I was wondering if you would take a look at some information and then maybe you could put me together with a couple a people that this would really help them out through these tough economic times." Now most the time what they say is what's it all about. 

RIGHT THERE, right there what they've said is they're interested. 

Now let me tell you why this works so well. If you approach people about money their ego kicks in and they'll say, "No, I'm doing fine" even if they're struggling to make rent. By using a third party and asking them to help other people they are very very comfortable saying, "Well what's it all about." As soon as they say that they're interested, stay with the third party, say I'll get you some information, check it out and I'll check back with you on Tuesday. Maybe give me a couple names of people that you think could really use help.

Keep learning the skills

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What do prospects REALLY want to know? - Post 330

I just read this article from Tom "Big Al" Schreiter and I had to share it with you.

When I do my live workshops, I don’t spend any time talking about my credentials. The workshop participants don’t care about my credentials. And, they are right. My credentials won’t make them a cent.

I wrote eight books on how to sponsor distributors. Because I wrote those eight books, not a single workshop participant will earn an extra dollar on their bonus check. Even if my credentials included a Ph.D. degree in Networking, my credentials don’t mean a thing.


The workshop attendees don’t want to know about credentials, they want to know about experiences.

Book theory and my personal bank account balance won’t put money in the workshop participants’ pockets. Real life experiences, case studies, proven ‘real world’ strategies and techniques are what distributors want to hear.

The same principle applies to sponsoring.

What don’t your prospects want to know?

They don’t want to know how big of a car you drive.
They don’t want to know how big your bonus check was last month.
They don’t care how many heavy hitter awards you have won.

All these things are things you accomplished. Your prospects may not believe they have the same skills or abilities to match your accomplishments.

So, what do your prospects want to know?


They want to know how you helped other distributors become successful. They would like to hear about other people in similar circumstances that have been helped by you to become successful.

If you’re successful in networking, you should have lots of these real life experiences to share with prospects. Your sponsoring presentations will be easy.
What if you’re not successful in networking or just starting? What should you do then?

Sounds like a great time to start building your successful experiences. Instead of sponsoring wide, wide, wide, why not concentrate on your best distributor? 

Put some extra effort into helping your distributor make it to the top.

Once you have your first success story, move on to your next. You’ll soon get the reputation of ‘somebody who makes people successful.’

That’s a great reputation to own. And, prospects will be attracted to you.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. If so be sure to check out Big Al's books: and subscribe to his blog

Keith Abell, RPh
Pharmacist - Wellness Consultant
Network Marketing Professional 

Monday, March 24, 2014

People Love Stories - Post 328

As you know in this series we're covering two types of situations. Calling people on the phone and talking to people. Today we will discuss one of those social situations but you can also use over the phone if you have a casual conversation with someone and it works wonderfully. The reason is people love stories. So would it be ok if I told you this little story?

Remember, for any statement to be effective it has to follow our three rules for recruiting
  1. It has to be rejection free
  2. It can't embarrass or pressure the prospect
  3. most importantly it's got to have a high probability of them responding positively to what you're saying
This phrase works better than just about anything that I've ever come across. It goes something like this, "Hey John, I heard a good story. It might make you a few bucks, might not. It only takes about 90 seconds. Wanna hear it."

What happens is they get curious and say, "well yeah."

They say yes about 90 to 95% of the time (all of the things I'll be sharing on these posts work about 90 to 95% of the time). 

So what's the little story.

"Well as you know the government takes a big chunk out of our paycheck every week. Add to that sales tax, property tax, even more disappears. Some people have actually found a way to get a hundred dollar tax rebate every week John. Now most people once they hear about this they get kind of excited and curious and they want more information. But honestly you know how some people are they don't. They're the kind of people that would rather watch TV, search the internet and drink beer instead of taking care of themselves and their families. John, would you like me to get you some information.

And there you go, you're done with a really short story.

Keep growing, remember it's not attitude, it's not goals and it's not a burning desire that will build your business. The all-important thing that'll build your business is skills and in this series what I try to give you is several different situations to help you bring up the business rejection free, because it Johns says no I don't want to hear the story he hasn't rejected your business. He hasn't rejected your company and you can bring the business up to John over and over again.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Indians, Lies, Crossroads - Post 327

Understanding the Process Makes Lots of Money

It’s the old west and you’re being chased. They are hot on your heels and will kill you. You come to a fork in the road. One road leads to certain death the other leads to safety.

An Indian is sitting at the fork. There are 2 tribes in the area. One tribe always tells the truth, the other always lies. You only have time for 1 question. There is no way of telling which tribe the Indian sitting at the fork is from.

What question do you ask so you know, with 100% certainty, which road to take?

Don’t miss the point of the riddle; it's far more important than the answer.

The answer to the riddle is irrelevant. I’ll let you figure that out, its just an exercise in logic. Let’s get to the point. A business is dynamic and if it is to survive the early going once we ‘birth’ a business, we've got to protect it, nurture it, help it grow.   Agreed?

The decisions we make, what to do, how to do it, where to focus etc., determine not just the life span of the business but also the quality of life, the profitability, of our business.


In the riddle the folks chasing us represent the urgency to make decisions. It’s no secret decisive people tend to succeed, indecisive people tend to fail.

Decisive people fail too. How?  Bad decisions.

We come to places in the development of our business where we must choose to go left or right and the road we take, ultimately, will determine the outcome.

The Indian at the crossroad represents ‘expert’ advice and early in our career we don’t know what to do, we seek advice. In our industry, or any industry for that matter, especially in today’s internet world every Tom, Dick and Harry is an ‘expert.’

So wisdom found in the directions, "Don’t miss the point of the riddle; it's far more important than the answer" not what's found within the riddle, is profound. The life of your business depends on the decisions you make and when you get to a crossroad you better make darn sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the person who is sending you down a path is telling the truth.  

You better know what tribe the expert is from.

Equally important: within each of us are magnificent powers. We can think and ASK the right questions to discern the truth and choose the correct path.

Temptation is a brutal mistress. She always leads to death. The temptation to find a short cut is skillfully exploited by the tribe that always lies. And, you already know it. The glut of people who claim to know the correct path, [easy, fast, automated, you'll get rich, everyone who uses this makes tons of money, don't get left behind with 'old school' thinking] with fancy websites and testimonials and income claims is staggering.

But within us lies common sense, the handmaiden to discernment. Why would someone who knows a ‘secret’ or have an ‘automated sponsoring system’ sell it instead of capitalize on it within their own group?

Would you put yourself and your team in competition with every one in the world?  Cause they're wonderful and just love people?   Puh-leeze.  

It's obvious which tribe they hail from, eh?

I promise with a little thought you can figure out the riddle.

Don’t miss the point. Talk to the $10,000+ earners IN YOUR upline who have a financial interest in you and you’ll always choose the correct path.

KEY: Once you are a 10,000+ monthly earner, NEVER testify to the value of a new ‘gizmo’ until your test it.  Test before testimony.

Your group will know what tribe you are in, seek you out and you’ll be able to direct them to the correct path.  

Leader’s take the arrows for their teams, they don’t ask the team to take arrows for them. I began following “Big Al” and using his training materials after I verified he had made TONS of money as a distributor. I listened, learned, applied, tested, THEN recommended him AFTER I got results.  I also listened to a TON of junk ~ my teams have not had to.

Here's a second riddle to ponder.

“Nothing can permanently deny its own true nature” Emerson
“You must become the change that you seek” Gandhi

I was told, and the advice was dead-on-center, that once I figured out that those 2 statements said exactly the same thing I would experience riches beyond my imagination in every area of my life.

So, how are they the same?

Let’s do this, if you would be so inclined.  Leave a couple of comments here; how you feel about the value of the first riddle and what you believe the second riddle means.  I’d appreciate hearing from you.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Are you married to your JOB? - Post 326

Would it be okay if I shared some very short, key little tips that will have people asking you for a presentation? 

This is the first blog in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks to help you get more people looking at your business. So if you want to be notified whenever I put up another blog post, be sure to subscribe.

Let's face it here in network marketing nobody's ever come up to you and said, "so Steve or . . .  so Sally, have you open any new businesses you want to tell me about."If the business is gonna come up we have to bring it up. The problem is most people are totally unaware of how to bring up the business. They get lots and lots of rejections. 

This is the first post in a series of posts that I will be writing over the next few weeks to help you get more people looking at your business. Like I mentioned before if you want to be notified whenever I put up another post be sure to subscribe. These blogs will deal with individual situations that we all face in network marketing. 
  • Like calling people that we called before about other deals.
  • What to say when we run into somebody at a soccer game.
  • How to work internet leads.
So there will be one solid tip, something that you can use and instantly get the result you want, which is a yes. 

Now I guess the best way to tell this story is to turn the clock back a little bit when I was struggling in network marketing. Basically I read somewhere and I don't even remember where but somebody posed a question that changed my life and I'd like to share that with you.At the time I was really struggling, I couldn't sponsor anybody and the more I talked the more people ran away from me. Instead of being a magnet I was kind of like a reverse magnet. Like I had the plague, and I was too distraught. 

What he said was would you be willing to forget everything ever you learned about network marketing.

I was on the verge of tears. I had a family to provide for, house payments to make, no job and I was just at my wits end and in the book he laid out a scenario that went something like this . . .

I want you to imagine a situation. There was a woman named Nancy who's cashing checks and someone named Al who was not cashing any checks at all. They have great hygiene, they live in the same town, they were sponsored on the same day, into the same company, they have the same product, they're working the same compensation plan, going to the same meetings, they have the same upline, they have the same sponsor. Everything is the same. They come from the same socio-economic background. If Nancy's cashing huge checks and Al is not cashing any checks all what do you think the difference is?

As I read this these three words came to mind that has changed my destiny. They were "I don't know." He said If you don't know then you are gonna be able to make a lot of money. He said the difference between Al and Nancy is skills. Nancy simply says and does something different. 

I thought about what he said a lot. It's all about learning new skills. Now look at it this way, when I was in the insurance business years ago I decided I wanted to become a pharmacist. When you change occupations you need to learn some different skills to be effective so in the case of pharmacist, I had to go back to college and learn new skills. 

Yet there I was, I'd joined more than a dozen different network marketing organization and never had any success and it never occurs to me that I need to learn some different skills just like when I went back to college to become a pharmacist.

So what we're gonna do is talk about the number one skill because I'll be candid with you, if I was starting all over again in network marketing the first thing I would teach my people is what I'll be teaching over the next few weeks.

You're gonna have to talk to people. They're not gonna bring the business up. You have to bring the business up . . . but . . . you need to do it in a way so that they're leaning forward and they're ready to buy, ready to join, they are asking YOU for a presentation and it has to meet three criteria. Because if it doesn't meet these three criteria new people aren't going to want to use it.
  • Number one, it's gotta be rejection free and this is really twofold, not only does it have to be rejection free but you have to be able to bring the business up to people over and over and over again without them knowing you're bring up the business. So rule one is rejection free.
  • Rule two is simple; you can't embarrass or pressure a prospector because that's just bad manners and nobody wants to join a business where they have to use bad manners to build it.
  • And the third criteria is; it has to have a high probability of the prospect saying, "What do you mean" . . . or . . . "oh really, how does that work."
So I'm gonna give you one tip right now and these tips really break down into two categories. One category is when you're talking to people on the phone and the other category is when you're face to face with people.

Would it be ok if I give you one tip right now so you can see the difference?

We've all had this experience, we've been out in a restaurant or an electronic store or whatever when there's been a helpful clerk and we want to bring the business up.

What do we usually say?

"We're expanding our business worldwide and we're in several countries and we have a product that's going to save the world and save the whales you've gotta take a look at this thing, you'll make lots of money" and of course their sales filter goes up and they say next please.

I think the best way to illustrate this is let's say you and I went in to a restaurant, and you can try this out for yourself. You and l, we're in a restaurant and we are at separate booths. You order a burger and some fries and a coke. And I'm four booths over and I order a burger, fries and a coke. We're both with the same company and the waitress comes over once you've finished your meal and she says, "Will there be anything else" and you say "yes, I'm looking for entrepreneurial type. I'm with the wonderful company from the wonderful city of the wonderful state of Utah and the owners are wonderful and they don't kick dogs and the go to church every Sunday and they help wonderful charities" and the waitress thinks of course oh my gosh he's in a cult.

So what happens is she tells you she's not interested she has other parties to take care of. 

You go out to the parking lot and you say what a poor and miserable business and you buy the biggest lie in network marketing which is you just have to find the right people. (See my post, The Biggest Lie in Network Marketing).

Now she comes to my booth and asks, "Will there be anything else" and I say "well yes I have a question for you . . . are you married to your job or are you open-minded." Now she's thinking I don't want to be a waitress here at Denny's my whole life "well yeah I'm open, what's this all about" of course then you have several options which we will discussion in later posts.

I get out to the car and I say "what a poor and miserable business, I can't even go out for a decent burger without people bothering me and begging me for a presentation" because I can guarantee you the waitress is gonna be so what's it all about, how can I get some information.

What was the difference? 

Eleven and a half words. 

Here's the point: 
  • Everybody you know wants more money,
  • They want to pay less taxes
  • They would like more time with the people that they care about
  • And of course they want better health
So if everybody wants those things, how come they say no?

It's skills, it’s simply about what we do . . . and what we say.

So the format is, I'm gonna give you at least nine more posts. They will be much shorter than this one and I hope you enjoy them and get some value out of them. Each one deals with a specific situation that'll help you get the prospect leaning forward, ready to buy and ready to join and they're rejection free.

So remember it's real simple next time you’re out in public try this, "are you married to your job or are you open minded" because if they just ignore you, have they rejected you . . . or the business . . . or the company? 

Absolutely not.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

A Little TAX Zen - Post 325

A Little TAX Zen

We're going to do a little Zen thinking here today.

A tiger in a cage. What's keeping him in?

Most people think it's the bars.

I propose that it's not. It's the spaces between the bars. Put all the bars together and our tiger walks right out. It is not the bars.

BARS represent belief systems we are loyal to that prevent us from being free. We create our own cages.

Trump, Kiyosaki, Gates & Buffett are shouting from the roof tops that this home based business that we are in is a great business model.  

They "get it."
Get what? 

The tax benefit alone, that is cash paid directly to you, is far greater than the cost of doing business.  This means people actually LOSE money if they say "no."

So what is holding people back from paying less income tax ~ which shows up in your very next pay check ?


Why are people so hesitant about being supported by successful networkers  who went from debt and desperation to peace and prosperity as single moms or guys working 2 jobs for chump change?


Why would people turn a deaf ear to a way to lower taxes, increase income, feel better and be coached by successful people?


Why would people rather debate the merits of Clinton, Obama or whoever ~ something they have no control over ~ instead of helping themselves by helping others?


OK, you get the point.  Or do you?
See, we know before we begin that we are going to run into THE PROBLEM. It would be foolish to think, [although some people do ~ so sad] that by changing companies THE PROBLEM will vanish. 

The real problem is not that people respond negatively to a no brainer.  The real problem is that we classify them as losers and keep looking for "the right people."
As long as we are frustrated with a prospects response, lump them together as closed minded or laugh at them for being to dumb to "get it" we can NEVER see the real problem. 

More Zen.  Folks, it's us, not them.

Huh?  Well, if the same thing keeps happening with the majority of the people we talk to and we look at them as the BARS instead of looking at ourselves we can never get out of that cage.  We can never see the s p a c e s.  In this case the "s p a c e s" epresent the ability to change.

If everyone wants to make more money and they can fund their risk with money they are paying in taxes to the point they are in positive cash flow from Day 1, is there something wrong with them or, maybe . . . just maybe . . . it's us?
There is a reason they are thirsty, and we can give them water for zero out of pocket, and they say no. 
And it's not them.  It is what we say.

Once I discovered the grocery store story [check out my blog click here to see Grocery Store Story] and look at it differently ~ Zen-like, I stopped criticizing prospects and started to learn what to say in less than 30 seconds so my message would touch their heart, reach their head or both.  They started saying yes 90% of the time to reviewing information and the rest, as they say, is history.

This will not work if one just "wants to learn" what to say. 

We cannot receive the power of a few simple words that change the course of our personal success until we embrace it is not the prospects but it is what we are saying that is preventing them from reviewing our information with an open mind.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Big Lie in Network Marketing - Post-324

The Biggest Lie In Networking Marketing

Want to save alot of money and time in porspecting; In todays post I am going to show you how to do just that.

If our basic assumptions are wrong, it simply does not matter how sound our reasoning is or how precise our planning is. 

We are going to fail.

In my Abstract Algebra class we had an exercise where by the number 1 = the number 2 and maintained their individual values.  The prof would the put an example like this on the board.
If 1=2 prove 1.237.984 = 47

It's really pretty simple to prove that without violating any laws of mathematics.

It does not matter what the 2 numbers are, they can even be fractions. The fact is 1 DOES NOT equal 2.

What is the point? 

Examine basic assumptions before you succeed [or listen to a pitch ~ LOL]

The Biggest Lie in Network Marketing, if you fall for it, will let the pitch-person prove why you need additional programs to succeed.  And, like the math exercise, they won't violate any other truths.

The Biggest Lie in Network Marketing is "You just have to find the right people" and boy do they have the next best system to help you find the right person.

The right people are every where.  Want proof?

Do you know anyone who would not want more money? 

Everybody, right?

Do you know anyone who would like to pay less taxes?

Again, everybody.  Yes?

Do you know anyone who would like more time with the people they love? 

Silly question.

Do you know anyone that would like to be healthier?

Of course.

So if everyone wants more money, more time, less taxes and to be heathier then the right people are everywhere. 

It really depends on what we say in the first 8-15 seconds that makes us successful or unsuccessful in network marketing. 

Not convinced? 

Try this experiment.

Go to a local grocery store with a friend in 2 cars and get 2 bags of groceries each.  Bring them out in carts.  Wait for a stranger to come by and tell him, "I hurt my back, could you put these in the trunk for me?"

He obliges and you pull out a $100 bill and try to give it to him.  What would he say?

"Oh, that's OK" or "That is way too much, give it to charity" or "Great, any other chores you want me to do?"

The point is, easy.  Right?

Now he goes by your friend who says the same thing, "I hurt my back, could you put these in the trunk for me?"  He obliges and your friend pulls out a gun, grabs him by the throat and says, "Give me all your money or I'll blow your brains out!"  Do you think you'd get a completely different reaction?

Look closer.  Same stranger,...completely different reaction.

Network marketing is pretty hard when you don't know what to say in the first few seconds and buying magic systems and leads is an easy sell if you buy the biggest lie, "you just have to find the right people"
Once we do buy the lie we are pretty easy targets for more magic systems, lead generators etc, but here is when it gets really ugly.  Since we are still saying the same thing, nothing changes except the balance on our credit cards.

Always examine basic assumptions before moving forward.

The right people are everywhere.

If you want to learn more I would encourage you to visit: watch the short video by Mark J, it's about 10 minutes long. Then fill out the information below the video. I promis you that Mark does not spam you. He doesn't try to sell you anything. His information is so common sense and it will make a difference for your business. Best of all ITS FREE!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dr. Seuss' 5 Lessons on Life - Post 323

Dr. Seuss’ 5 Lessons on Life 

Provide Key to MLM Vault, Sponsoring More & Success


As many of you know three weeks before Christmas in 2011 I found myself without a job.

It was terrifying.

Oh, we had an emergency fund and we were debt free except for the house. I knew I could keep the family fed, clothed and the rest of the essentials covered but…..that’s not really living, is it?

Then a month led to three months, three months led to a year,  Uh-Oh.

So I turned to network marketing, something I had failed at 14 times, with great companies, in the past.
Trying something you’ve failed at once is hard….with no company to blame, it’s even harder to muster belief.  But 14 times?

I like to call it the ‘gift of desperation.’

I enrolled in September 2012 and by Christmas it was pretty clear [the proof is ALWAYS in the printout], I was failing again.

Then 2 things happened that altered the course of history for me.

First, I discovered that network marketing success, like any new venture, requires some skills.   I learned 1 tiny thing about people and the network marketing skills I needed became clear.

The other thing I discovered, controlling my thoughts, was massive.    Let’s be honest here……everybody knows most people join MLMs like me…..under tremendous stress money-wise or time-wise and in most cases, both.  That described me.  Perfectly.

People who say they work better under stress are full of crap.   It is not true.   Some of us thrive under pressure but stress is another animal and there is no debate on this one.

I was under stress and, like all people under stress, our thinking is not great all the time.  I needed to get my head clear, free from stress and generate laser like focus.

Amidst all the criticism, fear etc….. I had to, I knew, sponsor myself.  And become my top producer.
SoI began a journey of self development, learning from people that have already been there and survived with the scars to show it. One person in particular that I came accross in my search for info shared something that he had learned, of all places, while reading Dr Seus to his daughter, something I did every day when my girl was little.
So what did he discover while reading Dr. Seuss?  What he calls 5 mindset rules for Life. Rules, that when coupled with the skills discovery you get from your personal development; rules that would set youe free of the bondage of self.

RULE 1 – "Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

Realized that your authentic self is who you are.  Is that ‘you’ that you are right now, coming from fear or
faith.   And who are you really?  Do you reallyI care about you and do you want to do better? Do you remaine loyal to becoming better daily? Are you good and do you want to improve, everyday.  Not a bad “you.”

This rule has gained greater significance over the past year for me as I, sadly, see people investing in ‘creating’ a brand for themselves that is clearly not them.   Buying into some ‘system’ that will ‘build their brand’ because some alleged ‘expert’ convinced them they must have it to succeed… such a sorry ass, irresponsible pile of bullshit. 

You don’t build a ‘brand’ … Network Marketing you are the brand and really, why would anyone think it’s a good idea to alter the Creator’s amazing creation that you are? 

Good grief.  

Internet presence? 

Sure.  But really, what is a better brand than who you authentically are, right now?

RULE 2 – "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

There's no one on the planet exactly like you. So why follow the masses to fit in? You joined Network Marketing, just like me, to break from the pack.  

I would no longer apologize nor justify that choice. 

All this bullshit about being in ‘relationship’ marketing or ‘attraction’ marketing is trying to fit in with what others think.  I no longer hide what I do or make it seem like something more ‘sophisticated’ ….

I’m a network marketer. 

I’m proud of that and don’t need different names, labels or concepts to mask what I do.   Neither do you.   You’ve got the guts to go for it……show that off.   We stand out when we stand for something.

RULE 3 – "You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

Now we’re into the heavy stuff.  No wonder people think your full of crap. 

I was.

I kept telling my kids they could be anything they wanted by thinking about what they really wanted [brains in your head] and taking action [feet in your shoes] …….but…….I kept telling them and myself that I couldn’t put the time into what I wanted, [MLM], because of work.   No wonder my kids would roll their eyes.  I realized the direction I had chosen was excuses and failing.  

I changed the direction Jan 2012. 

Decide to be successful or decide you’ll keep blaming, like I did, the circumstances we create as excuses.  Once you realize every single condition in life is a result of Rule 3 you are instantly devastated and free. It’s a devastating awareness but at the same time, you are now free. Choose your direction right now and get busy moving in that direction.

RULE 4 – "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind."


Who cares if Charlie thinks this is scheme or Harriet thinks your nuts. They ain’t feeding your kids, paying the gas bill, or funding your retirement.  Bite me Charlie.  You too Harriet.   You don’t matter.

RULE 5 – "Today I shall behave as if this is the say I shall be remembered."

Just love everybody, every experience.   Drink it in.  Try to interact with everyone, even if they aren’t interested, as if they are going to suffer a massive heart attack as soon as you are done.   Make them happy, valued….. make their day better.  Since we reap what we sow …..fill your life with compliments, prayers, kind thoughts and encouragement. 

Curiously, by killing with kindness the dream stealers will stay away, the Netwrok Marketing bashers and non-supportive ‘friends’ who are ‘just trying to be honest with you'.

What do you think?  Of these 5 little Rules?

Is there one in particular that would make a difference today?

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dont Let Healthcare Layoffs Affect You - Post 322

I wanted to talk with you about some stories in the news recently. One of KY’s largest hospital providers made an announcement recently that it will be doing some layoffs as a result of the affordable care act. A couple days ago they finally released some figures on the cuts. They will be cutting about current 500 employees and will eliminate about 200 vacant jobs as well. 

That got me looking into layoffs in the healthcare field in general.  I found that KYOne is not alone. A hospital chain in Las Vegas announced that they will lay off 40 nurses in addition to 100 other staff. The Cleveland clinic is eliminating 3,000 jobs. And it is estimated that the medical device sector will be losing about 33,000 jobs as a result of the affordable care act.

What is significant about this is in general the healthcare segment has been exempt from this type of cutback in previous down economies. In fact with the affordable care act, because of the increased number of people having access to healthcare one would expect the hospitals would need to be adding to their staffs. Predictions are that there will be a shortage of needed healthcare workers yet these hospital chains are cutting back. Primarily the cut backs are a result of the reduction in reimbursement expected under the affordable care act.

Healthcare isn’t the only sector announcing cutbacks in February of this year. According to government figures 65% of small business will see a significant spike in the premiums for their health insurance plans as a result of the affordable care act. This will affect the insurance of more than 11 million people.
The wall street journal says that 1 out of 6 men between 25 and 54 have no jobs right now. That is about 10.4 million people. They went on to report back in January that the actual unemployment rate hit a record 37.2%

So just how bleak is it really. Well I did a Google search of layoffs for 2014. Here are the ones that were announced just in Feb 2014.

KY State police – 20
Jefferson Co Teachers – 41
KY  Coal 700 more and one major coal producer is filing bankruptcy
United Airlines – 470
LATA Environmental in Paducah, they work with the nuclear industry – 120

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Highmark - 132
Keystone Health – 250
Teva – 5,000

HP - 34,000
IBM – 13,000
Intel – 10,000
Dell – 15,000
Lexmark – 275
Sony – 1,000

Wels Fargo 700
JP Morgan – 17,000
Barclays 12,000
Citi Group – 15,000

ManufactureGeneral Dynamics – 730
SC Johnson – 400
Sikorsky – 600

RetailBust Buy – 2000 managers
Sbarro closing 155 stores - 1400
Radio Shack closing 500 more stores
Wal-Mart – 2,300 Sams employees
JCPenny – 2,500
Target – 1175 (500 at corp)

CommunicationsCox Communications – 600
Verizon – 5,000
Time Inc. – 500
CNN – 40 journalist
Sprint - 500
NY Post – 500
Tribune – 700

Dept. of Defense6,272 civilians
100,000 Army
50,000 Marines

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