What could a second income do for you?

The most powerful principle I ever discovered was compound interest – Albert Einstein

  • If you invest just $50 per month in the stock market for your child, with average performance your child would have over $20,000 for college!
  • If you pay an extra $200 toward your mortgage each month you will SAVE almost $100,000 in interest!

A small investment of time in building your own home-based business could give you that extra money that could:

Reduce Stress . . . eliminate your debt, which is a leading cause for individual and marital stress.

Save money . . . save thousands of dollars in unnecessary interest expense and redirect them to building wealth.

Save time . . . generally eliminate much of the time you spend juggling finances between checks.

Reap the benefits . . . experience the power of compound interest working for you as opposed to working for someone else.

Build wealth . . . eliminate debt quickly so you can accumulate wealth faster.

How are you and your money doing? A recent survey showed that we are more concerned about the size of our debt than we are about the size of our waist-which is a switch from years past.

The fact that we are aware and are trying to commit to better directing our financial resources is a positive indicator in a society filled with citizens that are overburdened by debt, over spent, under saved, and stressed out. Does this sound like you?

Are you allocating some of your hard earned dollars toward building an emergency savings account or retirement account, toward eliminating high interest debt, toward the things that matter most to you? Are you spending your way to wealth, or just spending for the moment?

Take the steps today that will enable you to say, “This has been great, I’ve reduced my debt, increased my savings, and gained peace of mind when it comes to my money!” All you have to lose is your debt, so today’s the day to start!

Those that don’t understand interest, pay it. Those who understand it, collect it.
Let us help you get that extra income each month that will make your debt disappear! Just click on the Presentation button or the Contact Me link on this site to learn how you can get the extra income you need to obtain a debt free life!

Advertisements

Simple Ways to Supercharge Your Goals and Make Them Work!

Rewards come in many sizes, shapes, colors and value

The last day of 2009 and I declare ‘do the eco.nomics’, the responsible decisions affecting your today and your tomorrows.

_______

Here are some simple ways to set goals so that we achieve them! After all, what good is a goal if it isn’t something you achieve? Follow these simple steps to make sure that you see change in your life this year.

Narrow your focus. That’s right, start small. Pick two or three areas, tops, that you want to work on. Too many people say to themselves, “I want to do this, and this, and this, and this…” and they end up doing nothing! Most of what you do throughout your day can be done without a lot of mental or emotional exertion, but change isn’t one of them. So focus on a couple. This way you can win some victories in those areas. Here are some areas to think about: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial and Relational. What areas need some work? Now, what one thing should be the first item on the change list? The others will come later, but for now, you should focus on two or three.

Keep the long term in mind, but set your sights on achieving your goals in the short term. Do you want to lose 75 pounds? Good. Long term you will. But for now, think short term. Don’t think about losing 75 pound by summer; think about losing 5 pounds by next month. This does two things. First, it makes it urgent. Instead of blowing it and saying, “Oh well, I still have 17 months to lose the 75 pounds” (because eventually that becomes 2 months to lose 75 pounds) your goal is only a few weeks out. This is better in terms of reaching your goal. Secondly, as you reach these shorter-term goals, it gives you regular victories instead of regular progress. Progress feels good, but achieving a goal is awesome!

Reward yourself when you achieve the goal. When you lose the 5 pounds, go get yourself a grande whole-milk mocha. But just one! Then get back to your goal for the next month, and the next. This puts a little fun back into the process of self-control and self-discipline. You will look forward to the reward, and when the going gets tough, you will say, “two more weeks, two more pounds, then…”

That’s it. I truly believe that it can be that simple for you.

This adds some ideas to the above article.

1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Instead of saying, “I am going to quit my three-pack a day habit cold turkey,” say “I am going to drop to a pack and a half a day.” You can always make new resolutions when you have achieved the first ones. Give yourself small victories a little at a time.

2. Be specific in your timeline. Don’t just say, “I am going to lose 20 pounds.” Say, “I am going to lose 20 pounds by April 1st.” This way, when you’re tempted in the ice cream aisle, you can say, “Nope, only 10 more pounds to go in a month and a half, and I am not going to blow it.”

3. Post your goals where you will see them every day. This will keep it at the forefront of your mind. Instead of forgetting that you are trying to lose weight and ordering a big, thick porterhouse, you will have been reminded earlier that day that you need to go with something a little more on the lighter side. It will help your will beat your desire.

4. Find an encouraging person, who you respect, to keep you accountable. This person should ask you, at an interval established by the both of you, how it is going. They must be the encouraging type, though. If you are blowing it, they can say, “Well, that’s okay, get back to it tomorrow.” If you are doing well, they can say, “Awesome job. I’ll talk to you next week.” You will look forward to their weekly encouragement.

5. Find a partner. That’s right, someone who is trying to accomplish the same thing (or something different if need be). Just make sure that they really want to change, or they will end up just bellyaching about how hard it is and you will both fall into the abyss.

6. Write down a list of all of the benefits that will come if you accomplish this. If it is losing weight, it might be something like this: Feel better, better self-esteem, longer life, clothes are more comfortable, no more time spent sewing on popped buttons, wife says you look 22 again, etc. If it is quitting smoking, it may look like this: Better breath, no more brown fingers, no more wrinkles on my face, no more red eyes, no more smelly clothes, longer life, wife doesn’t make me spend two hours a day on the back porch, etc. This will help you see what you will get from accomplishing your goal.

7. Plan a reward if you accomplish your goal. It can be anything from small to large. If you drop the 20 pounds, go out for dinner and dessert. Then get back to losing the next 20. If it is quitting smoking, go on a mini-vacation. Whatever you do, reward yourself. Or let a spouse or a friend pick the reward. Then splurge and enjoy!

by Chris Widener

No Matter How Busy You Are by Jim Rohn

Very Busy

No matter how busy you are, make sure to find some time over the next week to reflect, think, give and plan.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the ideal time for this. Try to slow things down. Spend time with the ones you love and care about. Take some time to talk with your spouse and kids about goals and dreams for the next year. Use this as a time to recharge your batteries (and not just by watching TV the entire time), and with excitement, think about a handful of changes or additions you want for your life in the new year.

I believe you will find the act of reflecting, thinking, dreaming and planning (with your family) to be one of the most important exercises you can do that will positively impact the next 12 months.

And, remember, do not neglect to commit yourself to set this time aside, or you will find that the business of life can and will get in the way.

So, let’s all take a moment to gather up the past year of victories and defeats, growing as well as those times of stagnation, and use it to wipe a clean slate and thoughtfully design the next year the way we truly desire it to be.

FTC New Guidelines for Network Marketing and What They Mean to You

Thank you for forwarding this information Brad Young, via Gordon Hester.  Appreciate you and all you are.

Click on the following link to review these new guidelines:

capital building
http://www.gordonhester.com/resources/ftc-guidelines-12-28-09.asp

I know that many of my subscribers are leaders and successful distributors in the Direct Selling/Network Marketing industry.  For years this industry has been going through an increased regulatory movement.  In April 2006, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a sweeping proposed change in its FTC Business Opportunity Rule.  This was a major concern to the Network Marketing industry because the proposed changes would have had a significant negative impact on this industry.  During the following two year period, the FTC received more than 17,000 comments on its proposed rule with the majority coming from companies, representatives and distributors in the Network Marketing business.  The end result was that on March 18, 2008, the FTC responded favorably to the voice of the Network Marketing industry and modified the Proposed Business Opportunity Rule to exempt Network Marketing Companies.

Despite the victory outlined above, the FTC did change its Guidelines on Testimonials and Endorsements effective December 1, 2009.  I have attached a copy of an article from the recent Direct Selling News that was written by Jeremy D. Tunis who is the Direct Selling Association attorney and Manager of Global Regulatory Affairs.  The basics changes are as follows:

1.       The FTC essentially requires that any claim or representation that is different than “what the average consumer  should expect” should have a disclaimer.

2.       The FTC directs companies to have competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate any advertising or endorsement that claims a product is effective for a particular purpose.

3.       The FTC tightened the rules as it relates to endorser’s (which I believe includes distributors) where the endorser and company can be held liable for statements made by endorsers.

There was also an interesting section of this article that discussed “earnings claims”.  The DSA and regulators seem to share a similar position on this matter – if you are making an earnings claim or earnings potential claim that does not represent results that are “typical and average”, you need to include a disclaimer to state that fact.  For those of you who generate incomes with your company that is over the average, or utilize testimonials of other leaders whose income story does not represent the “average distributor”, you might want to consider including a disclaimer along with those stories.  Please note that the issue is NOT whether the income story/testimonial is true.  It is about whether the income story/testimonial represents the norm.

So what does all this mean to me?  First, I think this adds legitimacy to the Network Marketing industry.  It shows that the FTC recognizes the industry as a legitimate business model and that it continues to make efforts to improve the industry on a regulatory front.  Second, it gives us a basic picture of where the industry is going in the future from a regulatory front.  The industry wants consumers to have information that (1) creates realistic expectations, and (2) allows them to have the appropriate information to determine if a product, service or opportunity in the Network Marketing business model is right for the consumer.  In essence, the regulatory environment is moving toward taking salesmanship and misrepresentation out of the Network Marketing industry and moving toward providing accurate information to consumers so they can make good choices.  I think this type of a movement is critical to “clean up” the image of the Network Marketing business model, so I see any movement in that direction as a positive.  Finally, I think the regulatory climate is moving toward requiring scientific proof for product claims with a general principle of “science over salesmanship”.  While this might create challenges for companies and distributors who don’t have scientific research to support their products (regardless of the reason), it is going to REWARD those companies and distributor that have PROVED that their product has merit to the end consumer.

In closing, I see these types of guidelines and changes as a major positive.  I have always felt that the biggest downfall of the Network Marketing industry is “over promise, under deliver”.  While many companies do not represent that statement, I find too often they are the exception vs. the norm for this industry.  I do believe the regulatory bodies, DSA, and Network Marketing companies share a similar belief that these types of changes are positive for this industry.  They will help to clean up the image of Network Marketing and provide long-term stability to this business model.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2010!

THE WATERS OF DEVOTION

Post #1
Sergio DuBois wrote on December 14, 2009 at 9:26am

Vanishing water
simmers patiently
awaiting the end of
its utter and complete
offering

Another bowl sings as
form and space dance
poetically transforming
the waters of misplaced refuge
into space

Raining from heaven
the waters of devotion
overflow emptiness
virgin again
and again

Burning with the blue flame
of unconditional confidence
transmuted wish fulfilling nature
of still clear pools
mirror upon mirror
blinding white
brilliance of
mind

Christmas Bird Count: Is that Two Turtle Doves or One?

Barred Owl

by Roberta Cruger, Los Angeles on 12.25.09

Barred owl photo by Glenn Tepke for Audubon Society

It’s time for the 110th Christmas Bird Count, the annual holiday tradition when tens of thousands of volunteers, from Alaska to Antarctica, look and listen for birds, counting populations for researchers. The National Audubon Society organizes the CBC, tracking species from mid-December to January 5 for the season’s yearly bird census. You can even do it from a feeder. So where are the six geese a-flyin’?

Volunteer citizen scientist counting birds. Photo by Amy Kovach courtesy of Audubon Society

Participants throughout the US, Canada and 19 other countries in the Western Hemisphere count birds over a 24-hour period along a specified route in a 15-mile (24-km) circle. Armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, the volunteer bird watchers, birders and families join scientists, identifying and recording different species to be analyzed for changes. Some watch feeders at home in specific designated areas while the majority observes in the field, compiling data on thousands of birds from a partridge in a pear tree to four calling birds.

Vanishing Purple Finch

Vanishing Purple Finch photo by Ashok Khosla for Audubon Society.

It all began on Christmas Day in 1900, when an ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History, Frank Chapman, was concerned about declining bird populations from bird hunting. So he organized an alternative bird “hunt,” in New York City’s Central Park and Princeton, New Jersey. This Christmas Bird Count was so successful it solved the problem (back then). The Audubon Society continued the event when it was formed in 1905 and it’s grown bigger each year. Unfortunately, the birds haven’t of late.

Three French Hens…Two…One…

Analyses of data collected by citizen scientists from the past 40 years of Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) reveal a troubling 58 percent of the 305 species on the continent have shifted significantly north in winter since 1966, some by hundreds of miles. Movement was detected among species of every type, including more than 70 percent of highly adaptable forest and feeder birds.

Research has contributed to the first State of the Birds Report in 2009 from the US Department of the Interior. The CBC analysis has revealed the impact of climate change on bird populations. With habitat destruction and warming temperatures, a majority of US birds have moved further north and inland in an attempt to adapt.

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee headed north. Photo by Jeremy Yancey for Audubon Society

Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and Boreal Chickadee have retreated dramatically north into the Canadian Boreal, moving their range between 279 to 433 miles. Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, and American Black Duck, normally found in the south, have taken advantage of warmer winter waters, shifting north by an estimated 182 to 317 miles. Grassland species, such as Eastern Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow, and Burrowing Owl were actually unable to move because habitat areas disappeared. As a result, so may they.

Yellow billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpie on the move. Photo by Ashok Khosla for Audubon Society

One third of the California native bird species will experience significant reductions in geographic ranges over the coming decades due to the negative impact of climate change, according to Audubon. The California Gnatcatcher could lose up to 56 percent of its range, the Chestnut-backed Chickadee range could diminish as much as 49 percent, and Yellow-billed Magpies, which live in the Central Valley and Coast, could lose as much as 75 percent of its range.

Sign Audubon’s petition to lawmakers urging them to adopt mandatory measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to switch to clean renewable energy, end dependence on oil, and other measures in order to ensure the health and survival of bird populations.

Is that seven swans a-swimming–or six? Check to see if there’s still a bird count near you.

More on bird counting:
The Case of the Vanishing Birds
The Big Deal With Citizen Science
Bird Watching: Not Just for Dorks Anymore

Video on Cell phone and cancer CNBC and protection too

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1366621223&play=1

Alternatives to a blue tooth are encouraged.  Keeping a distance is a good thing, about 3-6″ away from head AND hands.  Use a wired earbud to reduce radiation or neutralize it completely!

Use technology to protect yourself from technology!

Watch the video above to see the remarks make for the State of Maine to be the first to put a Cancer warning on cell / mobile phone devices.

Avoid the radiation harm by protecting yourselves.  Obtain cell phone protection, EMF harmonizer will neutralize the frequencies!

Deisderata

Be a person becoming

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Say Thanks Before It’s Just a Memory by Harvey Mackay

Be authentic and Say It

Some time ago, the owner of a small but profitable business wrote columnist Ann Landers about his practice of giving annual bonuses to his employees. The amounts were based on time served and salary levels.

He had been doing it for 16 years, and in all that time, only two employees had ever said thank you. Neither was still with the company. One passed away, and the other took early retirement.

The owner vowed that he wasn’t going to give any more bonuses, and if anyone complained, the response would be: “There will be no bonuses this year because not one of our current employees has taken the time and trouble to say thank you.”

In her answer, Ann Landers segued from that letter to the tons of letters she receives from others, parents and grandparents in particular, who wanted to know what to do about gifts that are not acknowledged. What happened? Did the poor thing lose the power of speech or the use of their writing hand? Did they fall off the ends of the earth? Was the gift lost in the mail?

How many times have we sent a birthday check and not heard a word back, the only evidence that the gift was received found among the pile of canceled checks returned from the bank?

How many times have you given a larger than normal tip without any recognition? Waiters and waitresses should realize a larger tip is a signal that a customer enjoyed the experience and wants to return, particularly if their generosity is acknowledged. Diners even have been known to ask for a favorite waitperson’s station.

If you’re a salesperson or own a company and have recently received a larger-than-expected order from a customer, what have you done to make that customer know how you feel about it? It’s great to take your spouse out to dinner to celebrate your great sales ability, but what about the guy or gal who gave you the order?

A thank-you is just good manners. A prompt thank-you is easy to say—a lot easier to say than “Gee, I forgot to tell you how much I appreciated your order” or “How’ve you been after all this time?”

When Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City, the police enforced quality-of-life laws, and Giuliani even called for New York City’s cabdrivers and waiters to improve their manners, pointing out that rudeness is not a great civic selling point. It seemed to work. Crime went down. Tourism went up. New York City was on a roll.

Many companies wait until the holidays to say thank you. There’s nothing the matter with that, but why wait? It’s a lot more personal and responsive to seize the day and say the magic words the moment it’s appropriate. And forget the stuff with your corporate logo on it as a thank-you. It’s fine as advertising. For yourself. But it isn’t a gift.

The best gifts I have ever received have no monetary value, but what I call memento value. They are the letters I receive from people who have used tips or advice I’ve given in speeches, columns or books to get jobs, bonuses or unexpected orders. When a 72-year-old woman wrote to thank me for helping her make a dynamic splash in her chosen field, I was on cloud nine for days. And what an upper it was to hear from a man in prison that he’d begun to turn his life around, thanks to the inspiration he’d received from one of my books.

One area of thank you territory that many of us neglect is our formative years. They don’t call them “formative” for nothing. Have you ever said thanks to the teachers and coaches who lifted you up, dusted you off and set you straight when you were trying to figure out what growing up was all about? Though it may have been decades, you would be surprised how many of them remember us and remain our cheerleaders throughout our life. Believe me, a note or even a phone call from you would be well-received.

—Harvey Mackay

The Christmas Truce by Ron White

All around the world it is Christmas

It was referred to as the war to end all wars. Yet, two decades after World War I, the world found itself once again entrenched in a global battle. Why was the first world war referred to as the “war to end all wars”? It earned this name because it was believed that with all the modern weapons of war, no nation would dare attack another for the sure bloodshed that would follow. The destruction of the first world war was horrific, with more than 10 million giving their lives in the name of their country.

In the midst of this brutality, death and destruction, one of the most peculiar sights in human history evolved on a Christmas night in 1914. It was a sight rarer than watching a Texas baseball team in the World Series. On this incredible night almost a century ago, soldiers on the western front did the unthinkable. Only days, and perhaps hours, before, these men had found themselves frozen to the bone in the cold rain and mud. The sound of mortars still rang in their ears. The sight of their brothers in arms falling to the ground from a volley of bullets was still fresh in their minds. Yet, something remarkable was about to take place on this Christmas Eve.

It was a truce in the fighting initiated by the low-ranking men selected to do the fighting and dying. By all accounts, this Christmas truce was not started by the British. It was, in fact, a result of the actions of the Germans. Yes, the country that it had become easy to vilify during this time period because of their horrific leaders and government policies was, in fact, a nation of people with hearts like you and I. These German soldiers lobbed a chocolate cake into the trenches of the British. Imagine that; you are used to seeing grenades land in your trench, and instead the enemy has lobbed a chocolate cake with a request for an hour truce. The truce was for a birthday party for their captain. The truce was granted.

As a soldier in this war, it was comforting to know that your enemy was in the same miserable conditions that you were—the cold, the mud and the stench of death. Remarkably, it was in these conditions that a truce was born, and soon Christmas carols burst out from the trenches of the Germans—once again, an olive branch. The British were at first reluctant, and rightfully so. This was war, and any trick is fair game in war. Although, it was recognized for what it was. Men with hearts, moms, dads, children, hobbies, girlfriends, wives and compassion were overcome with that compassion on the anniversary of the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind. It was Christmas and the anniversary of the birth of a man who laid down his life for others, and the Germans were overcome with this spirit.

That Christmas Eve, soldiers who had been engaged in the war referred to as “the war to end all wars,” because of this brutality, tossed their weapons of destruction aside and embraced, sang Christmas songs and even wandered the battlefield, playing soccer with each other and sharing cigarettes. It has been said that hundreds—and as many as thousands—participated in this most magical holiday truce.

There is something about this time of year that you can’t pinpoint. It is something that you can’t put your finger on. It is a spirit that is in the air. It is a spirit that begs you to forget differences, to embrace those you love and even those you don’t. It challenges you to give until you can’t give anymore. Sometimes the cloud of challenges in life can spur a person to brush aside the undeniable feelings that are in the air at Christmas. Too often, the pressures of life can convince you the spirit of joy and giving that you are sensing is nothing more than a coincidence of the time of year. In 1914, a handful of low-ranking German soldiers knew that what they felt in their hearts about Christmas was true.

These men did not brush aside the impromptu feelings of peace and love for their fellow man. Instead, they lobbed a chocolate cake and a note of truce. I encourage you to allow yourself to be overcome this Christmas with the same spirit that took these soldiers captive almost a century ago. You may feel you are entrenched in some kind of your own personal battle. If so, allow yourself to be overwhelmed with the spirit of giving and joy, and toss a chocolate cake out there. You just might be surprised at the outcome.

—Ron White

Hundreds gather to protest global warming

Join the Protest

Adopt a Soldier, gifting them improves your self worth

You can have best of both worlds NOW

Tis the Season for giving.  Every day we are responsible to give of ourselves to others freely, without expectation. When all the while, deep seated in your brain is the thought (pressure) of a tight budget.

Well, consider having the best of both worlds. Earning while giving.  Giving and earning.  Whichever order is of most important to you; it is achieveable through bit.ly/WowWeZ-income .  Yes, I’m being bold enough to say E Z Income through WowWe.

HONOR a SOLDIER, thank our Military and help them feel the love.

Create your WowWe moments, help others do the same and create a WowWe life for yourselves.

CSea Perkins says Merry Christmas and may your 2k10 be filled with abundant health and happiness.

Avatar: Big Movie with Big Environmental Themes

by Michael Graham Richard, Ottawa, Canada on 12.18.09

avatar navi blue photo
Image: 20th Century Fox

Dances With Wolves in Space?
I haven’t seen James Cameron’s Avatar yet, but after reading many of the reviews that came out yesterday, it’s pretty obvious that the movie has an important green theme. Warning: This post will include no spoilers except for what is revealed in the theatrical trailer and in the average review (for more reviews, see links below). But before we get to the green angle, a bit of background: Avatar is a science-fiction epic that was made using cutting edge technology (a lot of it is computer generated). The story takes place in 2154 on an exomoon called Pandora (Discovery has a good article about exomoons) where humans have discovered very valuable natural resources. But before they can extract them, they first have to deal with the native Na’vi humanoid aliens, and this leads to conflict. So far it sounds like the classic storyline of industrial greed vs. traditional harmonious lifestyle. But there’s an important point to make as we translate this lesson from fiction to reality.

avatar na'vi blue photo
Image: 20th Century Fox

Let’s Not Generalize From Fiction
In most fiction, it makes for a better narrative to have a clear antagonist, some enemy or external force to oppose the main characters. We’ve been trained almost from birth to find someone to blame when something goes wrong, which might explain why a lot of people aren’t very good with situation where everybody’s or nobody’s is to blame (gray areas).

But in the real world, things aren’t so clear cut with most of the current environmental problems we face. Take oil companies for example. Many consider them villains of the first order – and indeed many of them are doing unethical things (ie. Exxon funding biased studies to confuse the public) – but fundamentally, the reason why those companies are producing 80-something million barrels of oil each day is because most people have cars and drive around, and buy products that have been shipped from far away, etc. Oil companies don’t burn all that oil by themselves, we do. We’re paying them for it, creating the demand.

I’m not saying that we should live like the Na’vi in Avatar or the Native Americans in Dances with Wolves. I’d much prefer for us to find ways to keep most of the benefits of an energy-rich society (and those benefits are numerous, including bringing hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty) while fixing the problems. But to do that, we must be a lot more pro-active and actually work on solutions. Apathy is not neutral, it is part of the problem.

Not So Simple
Unlike in Avatar, there isn’t an external enemy that comes in and tries to ruin everything. All of us are deeply entangled in a system that produces a mix of good and bad outcomes, and we are all partly responsible for both. What we must do is maximize the good and minimize the bad.

The short version: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” At least until we decide to be part of the solution…

Reviews and ‘Making Of’ of Avatar
If you’re interested by the movie, here’s a bunch of reviews I found:

Discovery Channel Videos about Avatar
Check out this video of the ‘making of’ of Avatar at Discovery.com.

Also, there’s a short video (2:39 min) about the science behind Pandora, and a longer (20:54 min) interview with James Cameron about Avatar and Pandora. (I recommend the longer, uncut interview)

avatar navi blue 3d action image
Image: 20th Century Fox

Seven Things You Must Give to Others If You Want to Achieve Success!

Give and then give some more

A major part of the process of achieving success and living the kind of life that you dream of is to give.

Many people think that to get what you want you have to take it. There is a universal truth though that the true path to get what you want is to give. When you give, you get. What you sow, you shall reap. If this is true, then what is it we must give? I’ll show you the way…

Give Others Your Honesty
The world we live in has a simple rule that most follow: Lie when you have to. Unfortunately, this may make some people wealthy but it makes us humans poor. To achieve success is to become wealthy not only in money, but in character. To be successful, truly successful, is to be able to attain your goals and keep your character at the same time!

“Honesty is the single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation or product.” —Ed McMahon

Mr. McMahon is right, though others will tell you otherwise. Some people will say, “You have to bend the truth to get ahead.” Not true. Some of the most successful people who have ever lived were honest people.

How about you? Are you honest in all things? The problem with little lies is they become big ones. Lies spin out of control. You get caught in one lie and you lie to get out of it, etc.

In all things and at all times, give others your honesty.

Give Others Your Respect
Most of the time, we give people respect based on what they have done or what they have accomplished. We gauge whether or not they are “worthy” of it based on what we know of what they have achieved or who they know or are related to.

But I believe we should have a higher standard. We respect people not for what they have done, or for who they are related to, or for what they can do for us. Instead, we respect people for simply being.

What would happen in our world, in our company, and yes, even in our families, if we started with respect for everyone else rather than making them earn it? I think we would see that most people would live up to the respect that we give them!

Give Others Your Vulnerability
We are taught to “be strong.” And yes, we should be strong. But we have also embraced something that I think keeps us from having the kind of life that we long for. It is an attitude that keeps us from experiencing the kind of relationships that would bring deep meaning to us. It is our attitude about vulnerability.

“Make yourself vulnerable and people will step all over you!” It is true that this will happen. But I have also seen that most people will be drawn to you. They will help you. They will open up to you. You see, we are all broken people inside. We all have secrets. Yet everyone plays the poser. When one lets down his veil, others soon follow—and we all win.

Give Others Your Care
Too many people are running around this old earth not caring about others. The days of “Look Out for Number One” and “Winning through Intimidation” are over! Let’s bring about a new day when we can care about others AND succeed!

Take the time to show people you care. Listen to them. Empathize with them. Love them. Now, I don’t mean that you have to go around hugging everyone—that probably wouldn’t fly in corporate America anyway—but we can take some time to step back from business and be human! And I have found that when we do so, our business succeeds as well!

Give Others Your Passion
There is nothing this world needs more than passionate people. And people need passionate people. Living in this day and age can be tiring. The hustle and bustle of it all can wear you down and tire you out. Give your passion to others and fire them up.

Don’t just be humdrum. Be excited. Give people all the energy you can muster. And you will find that energy reciprocal. They will get energized and passionate. This in turn will fire you up more when you are already charged and get you going when you don’t feel like moving at all!

Give Others Your Experience
We all have areas that we excel in and they are usually areas that we have experience in. One of the things we can do to make our lives more meaningful and be of utmost help to others is to show them the way through the experiences we have.

Sometimes it will be what they should do: Shortcuts to take, people to meet, etc. Sometimes it will be what they should not do: Shortcuts not to take and people to stay away from! Whatever it is, we can be of service to others by giving them our experience and ultimately it will make us all better!

Give Others Your Help
All in all, what we want to do is to help others. Zig Ziglar says that if we will “help others get what they want, we will in turn get what we want.” If we want to be successful, we should consider ourselves servants of other people. What can we do to help them and make them better? This is the true path to greatness and success, not only in business but in life!

If you want to live the life you have always dreamed of, ask yourself if you:

Give Others Your Honesty
Give Others Your Respect
Give Others Your Vulnerability
Give Others Your Care
Give Others Your Passion
Give Others Your Experience
Give Others Your Help

So well stated by Chris Widener.

Obstacles are Stepping Stones, all in the attitude

Achieve your goals, one step at a time

We are nearing Christmas quickly, in my opinion, too quickly.

As children, it seems to take forever to reach Christmas morning. That wait, that anticipation is very exciting and motivating to be good.

What happens as we get older?

We become more suspicious, apprehensive and cynical.  Some call it ‘more cautious’ and others stay ‘stiff and cold’.

Time flies like never before and oh, those obstacles seem to be never ending.

Think back to when you were younger.  Were there any obstacles you could not overcome?  I found each one as a challenge and a stepping stone.  I knew in my heart every step I take would bring more knowledge and excitement.

This Christmas, 2009, allow yourself to see life and its ‘challenges’ as stepping stones to achieving your most wonderful dreams.

Keep your eye on the prize and don’t ever give up.

Remember to always ‘do the eco.nomics’ the smart thing for your today and your tomorrow’s.

Sending you love and light this Holiday Season with wishes for optimum health and abundant happiness… CSea Perkins

Myth: Always Lead With The Business Opportunity

the message will last longer than life

It is my honor to share Michael Oliver’s weekly message.  As always the value is eternal… CSea

_______

“What do you lead with, the business opportunity or the product?” is a question I’m often asked? My response is always, “Depends on the situation and circumstances!”

Here are some examples of what to do in different situations. These are taken from chapter 11 of my book “How to Sell Network Marketing Without Fear, Anxiety or Losing Your Friends!”

Following Up On A Lead Or A Referral.

If you’re replying to someone who has already stated they are looking for a business opportunity or want more information about your products, then stay with whatever they enquired about.

Unless the other person gives clues that they might be interested in exploring the other solution, don’t go there. You can always come back at a later date after you’ve satisfied the primary need they have.

Talking With A Friend, Family Member Or Someone You Know.

Here it would depend on where you felt the greatest need (for them) based on your past experience and knowledge of their present circumstances.

For example, if they are still in discomfort from some ailment then you would want to start a dialogue around the history of their health issue to discover which products you have that might help them.

If it surfaces that that changing their lifestyle is the issue, then the focus of your questions would concentrate on their present lifestyle situation and future desires.

It’s important to mention not to be in a hurry to present your solution too early. More opportunities are lost by doing this than anything else I know.

Being in a hurry to get your solution out on the table is merely an indication that you’re focused more on your need than theirs. The results are more often than not, high levels of rejection and objections (and then you’re back to square one having to use all those “in your face” uncomfortable objection handling techniques again!!)

Strangers

Talking with strangers is easy! Open the conversation with whatever feels correct at the time. For example: if you see someone get up from a chair with a little groan, it might indicate some physical discomfort.

If you’re in the business of “relieving physical discomfort” You might ask, “Are you OK?” and follow up by enquiring as to the extent of their problem with a question like, “Looks like you’ve got a little discomfort there?”.

You’ll more than likely get a short or a long history of whatever is the matter.

Allow them to expand until you can find out whether they are still looking for relief from their discomfort and whether they are open to help. Most will be and they’ll also be prepared to listen to or look at your solution if you don’t pressure them by talking about it too early.

Again, don’t force the issue of having to talk about your income opportunity. Leave it to another time and let it happen naturally.

On the other hand you could start a dialogue with a stranger by simply starting with an everyday question, “So how is your day going?”

If you want to know more about the psychology behind starting conversations read chapter 11 of my book. . If you prefer to listen to me explaining this, then it’s all on my audio program “12 Ways To Start Effective Conversations Without Fear!

Have a peaceful and prosperous week…

If you’d like to leave a comment about this article please click here


Best Selling Author of How to Sell Network Marketing Without Fear, Anxiety or Losing Your Friends! – Selling from the Soul. Ancient Wisdoms. Modern Practice.

Want to get rid of all the techniques, systems and gimmicks simply by changing the way you think and the way you act on what you think? Choose one of the many convenient options on the right hand side of this newsletter. Or click here www.NaturalSelling.com

%d bloggers like this: