Thursday, December 9, 2010

Too Long Between Post

Gosh! It's been a while since I posted on this blog.
Thought about it but just didn't get around to it. Been posting often about the Christmas season on my other blog: Inspiration Pathways

Do you forget to post? What about material to post about? Can't find any?
Not guilty of any of the above - I didn't forget - I just didn't do it.
I collect material to write daily, so that is not the problem.

The problem: I just didn't take the time. What a lousy reason or excuse. I don't know which.

This is one time that I will say, "Don't do as I do." If you want to get your name out on the internet and brand yourself, not posting on your blog is like trying to swim uphill on ice. It doesn't work. Blog post need to be done often but at least, at the minimum once a week. Of course, this is along with your other plans for branding yourself.

If you have writers block, do as I do, collect stuff that interest you and that you can later write about. This makes it much easier to come up with something that will interest your readers.

Where to find interesting stuff to write about:
1. Newsletters - that is good, information filled newsletters.
2. News channels - look around the internet and find something that will be of interest.
3. Other blogs/websites

This video may help you:

The sites mentioned in the video:

Good writing to you...

Friday, November 5, 2010

You Are What You Practice

I started to use this video on my Elaine's Vision blog but after watching it several times I changed my mind. For some reason the idea of "practicing what you want" kept bombarding my mind with the idea that it fits so well into the realm of finances and business.

Yes, it certainly fits our total life but my thoughts kept tangling me up in the business arena.

So many of us have dreams of being better off financially. I can see you saying and thinking, "Has Elaine lost her mind, of course, I want to be better off financially." "So, what's new about that idea." NOTHING...

What's new is - What are you practicing?

If you continue to practice not having enough money to be free then that is where you will stay. It entails changing what you are practicing so you can and will get to where you desire to be. This takes mental action and physical action. Practice is acting the part of what you want not where you are now.

As with anything in life whether it be personal, job or your own business it takes practice to be better. An athlete doesn't rise to the top of his profession by sitting on the sidelines watching the show. He has to get up off his backside and practice with earnest over and over again until he is the best at what he does. He has to practice to reach his full potential. Not until then will he succeed.

The same is true in business. You have to practice, test yourself and keep going until you reach the level of financial freedom that you want. That's right, you have to practice being a great business person before you can reach that level.

If you desire a change in your life and business you have to practice. You have to improve your weaknesses - make them strong enough to propel you forward.

If you and I think honestly and take a long hard look at our weaknesses we will come up with a long list. Write down your weaknesses, take one at a time and practice eliminating one at a time from your list. There is no time limit other than your own but the faster you destroy your weaknesses the faster you become free of them.

But what about being better at my business, you may ask. How in the world do I practice being better in my business. Understand something: your personal practices and business practices are interwoven. You can't separate the two like they are two separate entities that have no connection. As you practice getting better at one, you will automatically see a change in the other.

See you on the practice field...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Don't Lose Your Hope!

HOPE is one of our most precious life-saving thoughts. We have to keep hold of our hope. It means the difference between existing and surviving in today's world of stress and the unknown.

Have you ever lost your hope? As George Weinberg states, "Hope never abandons you; you abandon it." I think this is so very true but sometimes we just feel like everything is going against us so we lose our hope for anything better to happen.

Hope that you could find a job?
Hope that you didn't lose your job?
Hope that you will be able to finish school and get a job?
Hope that you have enough money to pay your bills?
Hope that you have enough money to eat?
Hope that you don't fail in your home business?
Hope that you have enough money to feed your family?
Hope that you have enough money to retire with?

These are very basic, down-to earth hopes that we all have at some time or some point in our life. Today, most of us have these hopes.

Maybe we don't consider some of our thinking as having hope so let's see what the definition of hope is:

Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence. To believe, desire, or trust.

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... 'How did I get through all of that?  ~~ Author Unknown

I watched a video today that Scott Stratten sent out to his subscribers and in it he talks about some of his most gut-wrenching life ordeals and how he got through them. He kept living life by continually telling himself to 'keep going - don't stop.'

"Keep Going - Don't Stop" This takes a wealth of hope.

Interesting way to live your life and I totally agree with him on this. I do this same thing - when things in my life seem to be falling down around me like an avalanche rolling down a mountain - I just keep going. This is the way to get through tough times when everything seems to be going against you. It fits so well in today's turmoil of the unknown.

Do you realize just have much hope you have to have within you to live this way? Actually, not much. It is already there! You just have to keep going, knowing and believing that life will get better.

It also is a tremendous help to you at times to just STOP! Stop going! Think! Test yourself to see where you are in your life. What your life is all about.

Sometimes you have to stop to realize where you are going...

This doesn't mean that you have lost hope. It just means that you have enough hope to stop and evaluate where you are in your life and where you want to be. Hope plays a big part in this evaluation. For without hope there would be no reason to consider how or where your life is.

This is hope:
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ~~ Oscar Wilde

Hope requires and demands that we keep going and don't stop except to rest and evaluate!

I hope you realize that HOPE requires action...

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain." ~~ Hebrews 6:19


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Be Sure Before You Quit

Is It Time For You To Move On?

Here is some of the best advice that I have seen concerning quitting MLM, direct marketing, network marketing; which ever name you want to call it.

I have to agree with Eric: never quit this industry, just change companies, if you must.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dreams Are But Wishes Until You Write Them Down

I read an interesting e-book today by Stan Billue. The title of the e-book is "10 Super Success Secrets of the Mega-Buck Sales Pros". Your first thought running through your head might be that this e-book is just for those people in sales. 

Have you seen those commercials on TV that shows a ragged looking, dirty man pushing their cart? Of course, you automatically picture what some call a street bum just too lazy to work so he lives on the street begging for food and/or money. Of course, you are wrong. The next thing you see is this man holding up an FBI badge in front of your face. How wrong you were at your first impression.

The same is true in real life. Our first impression can be so far removed from the truth that we have a hard time accepting the truth. After all, most people get some type of enjoyment out of their negative take on life.

But, not true of Stan's e-book. Sure it was written for sales people but, so the title is right on but the contents within will give you a lot to ponder upon about your own life.

I have used the below quotes so you can really see what I mean.

"Unfortunately, less than 3% of the World’s population can show you at least one well defined, written down Goal. Granted, they may have some floating around in their Head, however until you put it in writing, it’s only a Dream or a Wish. Goals give us a direction and they allow us to live our Lives by design instead of by default. Always remember that if We Fail to Plan, we are Planning on Failing.

Have you received a delivery this month from J.C. Penney? Probably not if you
didn’t order anything from J.C. Penney. It works the same in Life. We have to Order something before we can expect to receive it. Of course, many people don’t set Goals because of the Fear of Failure. My gosh what if you don’t achieve a Goal? Does that mean you are a failure? Absolutely not, in fact just the opposite is true. Let’s analyze that for a few minutes. Let’s say that you’re fairly content with your life and lifestyle and you do try to accomplish just a little bit more and fail. What’s the worst that has just happened? You still end up where you were, which was back with your fairly content life and lifestyle."

I had no intention of reading this whole e-book when I started it. Actually, I went to his website to look at another e-book. But, once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. 

I read this part over and over. You see I have goals but I seldom write them down. Sometimes I do, but most often I don't. That's changing.

What about you? Do you leave your goals in your brain where they can get all twisted up with the other stuff you have in there? Where they can be forgotten? Or, do you take the time to actually write them down?

You owe it to yourself and you are worth it to give yourself a chance at fulfilling your dreams. Write your dreams and wishes down so they can become Real.

If you would like to read the whole e-book, you may do so by looking under the "Resources" Page above or you may go to Stan's site at
I do suggest that you subscribe to his newsletter. 

See You At the Top Of the Mountain


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Resistance is Futile

Resistance to change your life will lead to futility.

"Resistance is the energy that makes up our limiting beliefs and negative emotions and acts as an energetic force field against anything we're trying to make a part of our experience. The tricky part about resistance is that it's often hidden deep within the subconscious, and often we don't even know it's there." ~ Bob Doyle

You may believe that some people have what it takes to accomplish anything they want too and some people just don't have that ability. This is just not true in any sense of the word. You are as good or powerful as anyone else. You have the power within you to do whatever it takes to do whatever you want. To accomplish your life long dreams. Your power is limitless. Believe it!

It is a matter of mind set. It is a matter of how your thought processes work. You and only you have total control over what you think, how you think. 

We are so impregnated with negative teachings all through our life that it becomes extremely hard to even recognize this fact. But, it is part of our makeup whether we see it or not. 

We become like a taco all wrapped up in all of the negative events occurring around us that we allow these thoughts and events to become a part of us. Unconsciously, yes; or maybe we consciously allow this to happen.

What you need to do to change this is to make a firm decision to change it. Changing your negative thinking is like using a road map. Start at your location and map out where you want to go. Mark every step along the map that you want to change. Be totally honest with yourself. For instance, if you are negatively influenced by the daily news on the TV or in the newspaper or anywhere else, stop watching, listening and reading it. 

You may need to do this in a way that is much different from how another person does it. None of us are exactly alike. Thank God. You have to decide how you are going to change your own thinking pattern. Do it and stick with it. Have the grit to move on.

There is ONE thing that you absolutely must sew into your brain's actions to accomplish moving out of your own resistant mind set: gratitude. Be thankful for everything that comes your way. Please don't tell me that this is an impossibility. I know better and I know this because I use this every day and many, many times during the day to accomplish what I want to accomplish. If I didn't use this technique in my life I would certainly have given up on building my own business by now and I would have given up on life itself.

Allow me to tell you a story and I hope that it doesn't turn out to be a novel. I am not accomplishing very much with the company that I am with. Most people would have thrown up their hands, been so frustrated, depressed and felt beaten upon that they would have given up by now and would have moved on to another company. Not me. Why? Because I believe in this company. I have a passion for this company and what I perceive they are trying to achieve. I have a passion for where I want to be and for what I want to accomplish and I firmly believe that I can do this with this company. I am grateful for this company.

Life can suck if we allow it too. You may be as broke as a street person. You may feel broken as a person. You may be out of a job and wondering where in the heck you are going to find a job so you can eat a descent meal or feed your family. Trust me, give thanks for these things and a job will come your way. If you are trying to build your own business be grateful for the guts to try it. 

One of the hidden aspects of being grateful for all is that this attitude changes your way of thinking It causes you to act, feel and look at your life differently. You are able to get out and find a good job because you look and feel different about YOURSELF. Employers will sense that you are different and be willing to take a chance with hiring you. Your efforts in building your own business will be rewarded.

I know and firmly understand how dang difficult it can be to give thanks for everything. It takes practice and it takes determination to change your life. When you feel yourself about ready to scream and give up, give it a second push.

Every living, breathing human being comes to some sort of road block in changing their mental attitude, their resistance to change and they have to give it one more effort, one more push ahead to ever accomplish their dreams. That second wind, that second effort is what makes your life different. Be willing to give it.

Love and Blessings,


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Do You Need A Nudge?


"A wiser person than I once said that humans have four basic needs.
One is the need to be nurtured. Next is the need to be needed.
Third, the need to be noticed. And finally, the need to be nudged.

Although I never had much luck nudging my own children, I've often
thought of a story about a small boy who could not be nudged to quit
banging a drum. Various attempts were made to do something about
quieting the child.

One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so
much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced
for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.

A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and
should be carried out only on special occasions. A third person
offered the neighbors plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a
book; a fifth gave the neighbors books that described a method of
controlling anger through biofeedback; a sixth person gave the boy
meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of these
attempts worked.

Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation.
He looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel,
and asked, "I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?"

No more problem.

I agree that we sometimes need to be nudged. At times, we may need
to be nudged into healthier behaviors. Or maybe nudged out of
destructive relationships or patterns. Or simply nudged to think a
little bigger; to do or be a something more challenging and less

No doubt, that is why the motivational industry is so successful.
(And no, it is probably not true that if you listen to your
motivational tapes backwards you will become a failure. I think a
couple of you may have been worried about that.)

It seems to me that good leaders know about this basic human need to
be prodded, challenged and encouraged. They also know that the best
way to nudge someone is often simply to invite them along a path
that is more appealing than the one they've chosen. The best leaders
teach us to dream and tempt us to do more than we ever thought
possible. They challenge us to be a part of something great.

Writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, "If you want to build a ship,
don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give
orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
Sometimes all we need is a nudge to desire something magnificent.

Is this the nudge you need?"

-- Steve Goodier
Life Support System

I think we all need a nudge at times in our life. You may need a nudge to get up off of the couch and stop being a couch potato. Maybe you need a nudge to think about your life long dream and to stop stopping yourself from going for it.

A carefully, kindly placed nudge can give you just the incentive you need to push on with your life. It can also help you in your business development.

Do you need a nudge? Let me know by leaving a comment. Maybe we can help each other.

See you at the top of the mountain,

Friday, September 10, 2010

You Better Be Thinking About Working For Yourself

Here are some statistics for you to think about as you consider starting your own home business: These statistics are as of August, 2010 and were taken from the US Labor Dept website:

1. There are 14.9 million persons unemployed.
2. The unemployment rate still sits above the 9.0% mark. (9.5% - 9.7%)
3. Employment rate for adult men is 9.8%
4. Employment rate for adult women is 8.0%
5. Employment rate for whites is 8.7%
6. Employment rate for blacks is 16.3%
7. Consumer price index increased by 0.3%

"However, Mayur's polls continued to find much worse figures. The June poll turned up 27.8% of households with at least one member who's unemployed and looking for a job, while the latest poll conducted in the second week of July showed 28.6% in that situation. That translates to an unemployment rate of over 22%, says Mayur, who has started questioning the accuracy of the Labor Department's jobless numbers." See full article from DailyFinance:

These figures are bad enough to choke an elephant much less a human being like you and me.

When I became of age to go to work things were so different. I know, you have heard that before. But, it is true. As an employee I didn't worry about job security. I felt safe in my job. I didn't worry about getting laid off, fired or suspended. Jobs were meaningful. Employers cared. Companies cared.

Today, the rules have changed and not for the better, I might add. There is no safety nor security in being an employee of any company.

Your pay check is normally just enough to get by on(maybe), and it can be taken away within a flash. Too many people have lost their pay check, their homes and so much more.

The lost of self-esteem. The stress of not being able to care for your family. Knowing you can't get a job that paid as good as the one that you lost. Feeling of failure. Depression has set in.

So, what are you going to do? Stay with the same-old, same-old thing, trying to survive this unstable financial crisis? Or, are you going to take control and say, "No more." The decision is yours.

I have some news for you, It is not going to get any better. That is not until you realize that you have to change how you go about thinking.

There exist, right now, an out for you. That out is starting your own home business. Working for yourself and not having to worry about rather you will have job tomorrow. You can do this part time and then go to full time.

I am not going to lie to you. Having your own home business and working for yourself takes time for you to earn very much money. This is why so many people start out working from home on a part time basis.

You can succeed. Decide what you want to accomplish and go for it. Don't allow anything nor anyone to stand in your way.

Things that are necessary:
1. A detailed plan...
2. You must commit to being focused on your plan...
3. Remove yourself from negative people...
4. Find someone that can help you achieve your plan - A mentor...
5. Take responsibility - Stop blaming others...

If you continue to do as you are doing, saying the things you are saying, stopping before you get to the stop sign, you will stay on the same path as you have always been on. Still having the same old regrets. 

You were placed on this earth to thrive and succeed. Where you go from here is determined by you, not by an employer, not by the government, not by your family and not by your friends. These are not looking out for you.

You are a deserving human being. You shouldn't have to worry about where the next meal is coming from. Nor how you are going to pay for your child's education. Nor if you will ever be able to retire.

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." ~ Vince Lombardi

If you are ready to take a leap of faith in yourself, if you are tired of being put-upon, if you are sick of being broke, then get back with me.

Live Your Dream


Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Labor Day Alright

I don't normally write a blog post like this on this blog. I set this blog up to be a relaxing place to visit and learn. A place of inspiration to dream and go for those dreams. A safe time to spend reflecting on the good in our lives and to give you some ideas to use to move ahead. And, I can't say that the devil made me do it. I am writing this post because I am tired of the unchristian, immoral way that our lives have become.

There are those jobs where some will always have to be at work on this holiday and all holidays: hospitals, police, firefighters, etc.... But, everyone else should be off. They should be allowed to live a day of fun.

Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Labor Day has its origins in the labor union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

In the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  This year, as we know, is Monday, September 6.

The first Labor Day in the US was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City and became a federal holiday in 1894. This was actually a sad time for many families because this holiday was set following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U. S. Marshals during the so called Pullman Strike. We can thank President Grover Cleveland for seeing this as a political national disaster and to reconcile what had happened he decided to push through Congress this new holiday. He did this in hopes to holt any further problems with the labor movement.

So what else is new? A holiday to solve a political mistake.

I certainly do not want to dampen anyone's festive minds about this holiday. But, I think it is wise to remember that it is truly a labor day for many. Not really a holiday to be spent enjoying one's family and friends around a picnic or cookout because for many this is a day of laboring at a job. Not what I consider a holiday.

To add insult to injury, we did this to our neighbors and friends by being selfish and greedy. We tend to want what we want when we want it. So, what difference does it make if some people have to work because we didn't get to the store earlier. And, let's not forget the financial creed of the company owners and stockholders. After all, it is a good day for a store wide sale and the bottom line of the P&L statement.

As you watch this video, please remember that this is a person holding a position where she gets paid to make "everything" a vase of roses with no thorns:

Now, I want you to watch this video:

For more information about Labor Day try these links:
I sincerely thank all of you that will be working on this Labor Day Holiday and I wish for everyone a day of fun, safety and enjoyment.

If you ever get completely fed up with all this 'Job' stuff let me know. I am a firm believer in working but I believe in working for myself and those surrounding me in my work not a greedy, self-centered corporate CEO.

Many blessings to you on this day and every day...


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why So Many Newsletters?

As I sit here writing this I have to giggle under my breath. Let me tell you why. The other day a friend of mine complained about the number of newsletters that she gets every day. Of course, being me, I came back with, "Well, didn't you sign up to get them?" The answer, "I suppose I did but it takes so long to read them all and they take up a lot of room in my inbox."

It is interesting that people sign up for information and then get irritated and complain when they receive that information. If you don't want that information then scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter and click the "unsubscribe" button. Now, isn't that simple?

Another way to look at all those newsletters is to allow them to be a teaching lesson. What in the world do I mean by that?

If you are a marketer it is a MUST that you learn copy-writing. You can read books or join programs. You can watch videos on copy-writing. You can even listen to someone talk about copy-writing. And, you will learn a lot.

But, then, what?

I subscribe to a number of newsletters to see copy-writing skills in action. I study the subject lines - header, the content and the close or better known as "the call to action".

You can learn a great deal of good tactics by doing this. Don't think of those newsletters as being just a thing trying to sell you something. Look at them as a teaching tool. You can achieve a good strategy for your own writing by taking the time to scrutinize those so-called pesting newsletters.

Learn to look at a newsletter with an open eye for copy-writing. In analyzing, taking apart, a newsletter think about these areas: 
The subject line:
* Most important
* Did it make you open it
* Did you want to open it to read more
* Is it catchy
* Did it make you curious
* Did it make you mad

The body:
* Is it commanding your attention
* Is it interesting
* Is it teaching you something
* Is it giving you benefits
* Is it just speaking about the author
* Are you getting bored
* Is it just trying to sell you something

The closing, a call to action:
* Does it make you want to click
* Do you want to click
* Is it too far down or spread out in different places

Be judgmental in your evaluation. The next time you get a newsletter learn something from it. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying to subscribe to every dick and harry newsletter out there. Be selective. Subscribe to some good marketer's newsletters and you will begin to be able to write better, compelling copy yourself.

Happy Writing...


Monday, August 30, 2010

The Fear Within Us

Just what is "fear".

According to Wikipedia, fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus.... "Fear should be distinguished from the related emotional state of anxiety".... Fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas, anxiety is the result of threats" "Worth noting is that fear almost always relates to future events".... "Fear could also be an instant reaction to something presently happening."

If you have ever thought about going for your dreams by starting your own business, then what stops you is your own fear. It is like putting handcuffs on yourself with your hands behind your back. Fear of taking that first step is a killer of your dreams.

You may want extra money. You may want to have more time with your family. You may hate your job. But, the fear within you is greater than anything that you may want for your life. Fear will even destroy your happiness of being free.

I am human just like you. My fears are real like yours but the difference is I will not allow my fears to control my wants, desires and dreams for my life.

When we decide to move out on our own and start a business our fears are normally associated with past events that we have hung onto.

These fears can be:
1. Fear of failure...
2. Fear of what our family will say...
3. Fear of what our friends will say...
4. Fear of what our co-workers will say...
5. Fear of losing money...
6. Fear of making a mistake...
7. Fear of being embarrassed...
8. Fear of not knowing how to proceed...
9. Fear of success....

All of these fears, in part or in whole, are fears that anyone starting their own business will have. They are like road blocks that we place in front of our self believing that we are protecting our self. Wrong...

They are self-imposed killers to your dreams. Put there by you and you alone.

All of them are not bad because you certainly must be cognizant to your money issues before you begin. If you don't have any money to spare, this can be a big deterrent to spending any money to begin your business. If this is an issue then you need to be careful as to how much you do spend to get started. Realize that your money issues will probably not change unless you do something different from what you are presently doing.

These are some givens when starting your own business on the internet or locally:
1. You will have to spend some money..
2. You will have to do a lot of research about the business you start...
3. You will make mistakes...
4. You will be told by the very people closest to you that you can't do it ...
5. You will fail at some point along the way...

Begin by erasing your fears one by one.

What you need to keep foremost in your mind is that you are worthy of reaching your dreams. When you fall down - get back up.

Success in life belongs to all of us - not just a few. Don't allow yourself nor anyone else to tell you otherwise.

"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity" ~~ H. Jackson Brown



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Privacy? What Privacy?

People Spying On You Using Your Own Electronics
by Paul Meyers of TalkBiz Digital

Cells phones, cam-corders, etc. This is scary so be sure to be sitting down.

Let's start with the least intrusive, and work up to stuff you may not believe is happening.

The last few are downright creepy.

There's a thing called "IP geolocation," which uses a database of IPs (numbers locating your computer on the network) and  physical areas to show where a computer is located. There are a  bunch of these, and the accuracy can be anything from very close to wildly off the mark. The good ones can narrow it down  to a few blocks, in most cases. Sometimes to a specific  building.

You can see this most often when you notice an ad on a site  that's used by people all over the world, but mentions your  city by name. "[YourCity] mom discovers..." or "Man in  [Hometown] loses 47 pounds using..." That's IP geolocation in its mildest form.

 Twitter has offered the option for a while to attach your IP address to a tweet, basically trying to tell people where you  are. You have to opt into that, though. It's turned off by  default.

Facebook's new "Places" settings options enable a more  advanced function by default. The idea is to make it easy for your friends to know where you are. Unfortunately, it also makes it easy for people you might not want to share your location with to find you. Or know when you're not home...

It's easy to disable this option, if you know it's there and what it's called. John Williams sent me a link to the instructions. You can read those here:

 Why would this matter?

 Well, maybe you don't want your friends to know where you are  every minute that you're online. Or maybe you don't want world+dog knowing when you're not home. Or maybe you don't want your employer knowing you're logging onto Facebook from work.  Or from the park when you called in sick.

 Just how much info should be distributed about you automatically?

 But wait... There's more!
There are applications on some portable devices and phones that can transmit the data from a GPS system to other sites. This  can be used to pinpoint your exact address, and your location to within a few feet.

That's how the "Places" function on Facebook works. And, with the default settings, your Facebook "friends" can "check you  in" if they're with you. Handy, if you're careful about who your "friends" are, and who you allow to share the info. Given the default settings, though, it's an announcement to the world  every
time you log in from a mobile device.

That can get into the realm of the dangerous. With it set to  "Friends of friends" able to view the info, you could be  broadcasting your location to burglars, stalkers, ex- employees, your employer, or even just that annoying person you'd rather not see right now.

Given recent comments from CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook - "Privacy is dead") and Eric Schmidt (Google - "If you have  something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you  shouldn't be doing it in the first place"), there is every  reason to believe these services will be used as aggressively  as possible.

Both companies have said the comments were taken out of context. That could be easily believed of Zuckerberg's remark.

Schmidt's is a bit less dismissable. None of that matters,  though, when you look at the way their firms actually treat their users' private data. Facebook set this option to "On" by  default. Google initially opted every Gmail user into their  social networking platform, Buzz, and created significant and  foreseeable problems
for some users.

I'm pretty sure I don't want those sorts of decisions made for me without my knowledge or consent. How about you?

 And it gets (potentially) much, much worse.
Apple has applied for a patent that has some deeply disturbing implications:

The summary: They want a patent on software that, in mobile devices, would let them listen to your conversations and/or take pictures of you or your surroundings, without any way for you to know it's happening. Just remotely activate those  functions, at their own discretion.

It would also let them monitor biometric data and all of your online activities while using their devices.

Ostensibly, this would be developed for purposes of preventing theft, or catching thieves. It's even been suggested to me that Apple may want the patent to keep the idea from being used by others.

 I don't buy it. But that doesn't really matter.

First, it's nearly certain that, if this technology is deployed and not made illegal for use by private citizens, it will be abused. The theft-prevention rationale was offered, for example, by the Lower Merion school district,
in their program giving laptops to every high-school student. "Only to enable recovery in event of theft," they said. That didn't stop people at the school from using it to spy on students in their homes.

 Yeah. Really.

One kid was disciplined for "improper behavior" that occurred  at home, in his bedroom. The Vice-Principal used a photo taken using the webcam in the laptop as his evidence. According to a forensic analysis commissioned by the district, the school took 66,503 screenshots and photos using these systems.
The school admits these include pictures of the kids in their bedrooms.

If teachers will do that, what would a corporation do?
So, if you have one of these portable devices, where do you use  it? In what situations do you simply carry a cell phone, iPad or other portable computing device? Do you want people able to spy on you in all those places, at any time, without warning?

It's been suggested to me that there is prior art that might  cause the USPTO to reject such a patent application, or be used  later to invalidate it if granted. That raises other challenges. Specifically, anyone at all could include it in their systems.

Google has a cell phone OS. Just how much do you want them to add to their collection of data on you?

Then there's the "social networking" phone, which is designed specifically for use with Facebook and Twitter. Do you want your kids to have one of those broadcasting their location to the world at every moment the phone is on?

This isn't science fiction, folks. We're not getting into foil fedora territory here.
This stuff is real.
And then there are the outright criminals.

There is already malware code in the wild that lets remote  operators turn on the webcam on infected computers. That's not a big deal if you use a desktop machine and don't keep one  connected, or disconnect it when you don't intend to use it.

But what about the laptops and netbooks, and even some  monitors, that are sold with a camera and microphone installed in the machine itself? The last two portables that I got have them. Where do you, or your kids or employees, use laptops?

This isn't especially difficult stuff to do. And the market isn't restricted to criminals. For instance, on the first related search I did, I found someone asking how to remotely activate the webcam on his wife's laptop without her knowing.

Some of these devices come with GPS systems installed. Anyone who can access those will know exactly where you are, what you're doing or discussing, and with whom.

Anyone want to market sound-proof phone carriers, with built- in Faraday cages?
A month ago, I would have considered that a ridiculous idea. Now, I'm thinking it's a niche.
Electronic security isn't just about data protection any more, folks. It's gotten very personal, and it's about to get more so.

You can take steps to reduce your exposure to this kind of invasion of privacy. First, make sure you have proper security software on all your computers. That's good policy anyway,  so that's not too extreme.

With the social networking sites, it's a matter of watching your preferences. Also just common sense. And easy.

Don't leave external webcams attached when they're not in use,  if you have any objection to what you do in the same room with them being seen by someone else. Using a USB hub makes disconnecting them easy, and it's a reasonable precaution, with the amount of trojans running loose online.

With laptops and netbooks, just be aware that this stuff is possible, and take whatever precautions you may feel are  appropriate. That might be nothing at all, for many of you. It could mean turning the thing off when it's not in active use.Or putting tape over the camera lens. Or, if you have the need or desire to be
especially cautious, having a physical switch installed to prevent remote activation of the camera or microphone.

I can't begin to guess what level of security will work for you. Some people won't consider it an issue at all, and they may well be right. For them. For others, these are real concerns. It's getting very easy to install this kind of monitoring code, and there are too many people with incentives to do it. Employers, co-workers,
competition, family members,  and various less savory types. Brings new meaning to the word  "spyware," yes?

 Make sure your kids are aware of the potential issues, too.
I'm told that law enforcement agencies have had the ability to turn on cell phones remotely as listening devices for a while now, with a proper warrant. I consider that a very different thing than random strangers being able to access these kinds of info at will.

As of this moment, I am not aware of this being a problem for cell phones and similar portable devices. Just keep this in  mind, and pay attention for it.

Whether Apple gets that patent or not, it's coming.
If it's installed or used by any corporation, I have a suggestion that seems appropriate: The top officers and all members of the board(s) of directors should be required to  carry one of the devices with them at all times, with the audio and video enabled 24/7, and streaming to the web for the whole world to view.

 Hey, if we don't get to decide what we can keep private, why should they?
The idea here isn't to scare you, or create some sort of conspiracy buzz. If that was the goal, I'd point you to an even more extreme, and equally current, example of invasive observation:

As you can see, this stuff is real. The technology exists right now, and most of it is already in use. It may not pose much of a threat to many of us, but it's something to be aware of and to watch out for.

Knowing it's possible is 90% of the battle.

Be careful out there.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Excuses Won't Cut It

Are You Making Excuses?
This is a great video with Michael Jordan talking about excuses. As you watch it think about how you behave and see if it applies to your life.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Essence of Your Being

Have you ever read a sentence in a book, ebook or some publication and you just had to read it over and over again? That happened to me today.

I started reading an ebook today, "How To Attain Your Desires" By Letting Your Subconscious Mind Work For You, by Genevieve Behrend. I received this ebook from Joe Vitale. Having quickly past through the legal stuff and listing of the contents I came to  the Introduction. I got hung up within the second paragraph.

Before I even got past the introduction I was stuck. Now what I am about to write here may not have the same affect on you but I bet my supper that it will have you thinking. As it did me. To keep from being bombarded with statements from a legal team, I will paraphrase the sentence that made me stop and do some brain evaluations.

You need to focus on the essence of something that you really want. Not on the appearance of something. This make not seem to be such a remarkable statement at first glance. So, take another look. Look up the two italicized words and see if you don't change your way of thinking.

Most of us focus our sights on a picture of what we want, where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. I have heard this so many times. Place that picture in front of you in places where you will see it several times a day. That is appearance. To me at least.

Maybe I have an incorrect definition of these words in my brain storage area so I decided to look up both words in my trusty dictionary. Interesting what I discovered.

Appearance: "the act, action, or process of appearing; a sense impression or aspect of a thing." That certainly doesn't come out to be a picture. It more resembles how we perceive something to look like. How we conceive something.

Essence: "the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of a being; ... real, or ultimate nature of a thing..."

Essence is real. It actually exist. Appearance is what our mind things something looks like. It is a thinking process that can change as we change our minds. We can't change the essence of something by changing our mind set because the very make-up of something doesn't change.

Now, why did I get so hung up on this and decide to write this post?

Placing pictures of something you want in many places in your home, car, business, all over, is okay, but do these really help you to accomplish what you want? Or, do they just re-enforce your dream with no real essence to back them up?

You and I both have to understand this concept in order to move and pursue what we truly want to be in our lives. The power of essence resigns within you. That is where all of your dreams, hopes and desires live. They are real. 

The old, tried and true, steadfast saying, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" is the key to your essence. So, take that key and unleash your power over whatever obstacles that confront or may confront you. You and only YOU can make your life what you want it to be. 

If you would like a copy of this ebook go to Joe Vitale and sign up for his newsletter. You will be rewarding yourself.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Your Phone Weighs To Much?

Are You Petrified Of Your Own Phone?
Years ago, as a matter of fact many years ago, when I joined my first network marketing company I was petrified when it came to recruiting. When I started in network marketing we referred to it as "direct marketing." The name Network Marketing came into play after the internet became so popular.
Telling my age here, but, back when, we didn't have the internet to recruit folks. It really was all direct marketing. Face to face.

Back then I didn't have much of a problem just talking to people about my company. That all changed when the internet came about and I had to call people on that killer telephone.

That phone, I know, weighed a ton. I would get sweaty. My stomach would turn upside down
and lay cross-ways. Sinking feelings would engulf me. I would do anything and everything to keep
from picking up that phone and dialing a number to speak to a perfect stranger. I performed like
a race car driver doing busy work.

Fear! Insecurity! Uncertainty! Failure! And some more certain killer reactions would take over.

You know what, that person on the other end of that line didn't know me from Joe Mow. Likewise, I didn't know them. I would probably never see them.

I have stood up in front of 100's of people and gave lectures. I have taught in front of doctors and other of my peers. I have always been a leader. So why was I having such a hard time with that friggin' phone?

Today, I love calling prospects.

Know what I did? See if you can follow my thinking here: I knew that I love people. I knew that I truly wanted to help other people have some self-freedom and financial freedom. I knew that they  couldn't reach through that dang phone and choke me. (At least that is what I told myself.)

I knew, I just knew I could do this. And, I could. And, I do.

What did I change? My inner self. I talked to myself and told myself to get real and to get over it. I changed by fear into desire to help others. I made myself do it. Hear that? I made myself do it.

Now, it is easy. That phone and that person on the other end is not my enemy. That person wants to a change in their life. The phone is my friend. That person is another human being who deserves to know what I know.

Do you have trouble with your phone? Try these suggestions:

1. Write down what you want to say. Keep it simple and short. Do not read your script over the phone. Good grief, people get enough of this type of person when they call a company for help - just try calling your ISP provider for help and you will see what I mean. The first call is for you to get to know some things about that person and for that person to learn some things about you. Keep it simple. Keep it friendly just like talking to a close friend.
Keep it light and fun. Don't mention your company unless the conversation leads into it and you are comfortable with this part. You are the presenter of your company. You may or may not be the closer.

2. Hook up with another person in your company, upline, sideline and allow yourself to learn from them. Listen to some of their initial calls to prospects. Then develop your own style. Remember, you have to be "you" when calling prospects. You just can't be someone else, it will show through to the person listening to you.

3. Develop a system of tracking your prospects and your calls. By the way, doing this is not working your business. Prospecting for team members and selling products is working your business.

4. Practice in front of a friend or the mirror. That's right - out loud.

5. Teach yourself to be pleasant and relaxed. This may take time but will come as you become more comfortable with yourself.

6. Don't take a "no" to heart. It is not you they are saying no to, it is your company, themselves or the timing is just not right for them. Move on to someone else.

7. Above all, make it fun. Have fun.

Your phone is your friend. Teach yourself this. Implant this thought into your brain.

You will make life long friends by picking up your phone. You just have to remember that you are a friend to the person you are calling. Be genuine and above all be yourself.

Blessing to you,

Monday, August 9, 2010

How Much Money?

How Much Money Did You Make With Your Company?

If you are ever asked this question, don't get paranoid or defensive.
I have been asked this question several times and it is difficult to keep my blood pressure from going out the top of my head. It just irradiates the pudding out of me.

I have to bite my tongue and keep quiet for a little while until I can control the sound of my voice and gain my composure back.

In my 30 some years in network marketing I have never asked someone this question. I may have asked the person if they were making money but never how much. To begin with, it is none of my business.

To be asked this question tells me that the person really doesn't understand the network marketing industry and how it works.

Here is an answer for that question that I learned from David Haines: "I don't have a clue. I haven't finished collecting it yet." I love this answer to this question. There is really not much of a come back for this answer. I can just envision the person on the other end of the phone with question marks above their head thinking about what I had just said to them. (I sort-of giggle to myself.)

"See, you never know how much of an ongoing ripple effect you'll get from
what you did yesterday and the day before. How can you know how much
money you're going to make when you sponsor somebody into your business?
Today, you're making $5 a week. Next month, You're making $50 a week.
And the following month, you're making $500 a week - all from the
business-building efforts of that one person you signed up today.
MLM is a business that will pay you a lot next year, and 5 years from now,
and 20 years from now - for work you did today. 

The person asking you this question does not understand the amazing phenomena of getting paid every week for work you did 10 years ago."

I love the network marketing industry because it allows me to help others and at the same time it gives me income from now on.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Building Prosperity?

It may seem strange at first reading the title of this post. Why did I use a question mark? After all it is just a statement. It really doesn't seem to be a question at all. But, in real life it is a question.

What is "prosperity"? Just what does it mean? How do you build prosperity?

When I first think of prosperity I immediately think of my bank account having more in it than it does now. Not having to worry how I am going to be able to pay all those bills that insist on showing up each month. Going to the post office and opening my box to see no bills except the necessary ones, like electricity bills. Having no mortgage to have to contend with for the rest of my life. I could list many more but you know the feeling and the pain. 

But, you know what, in the back of my brain I also think of more free time to travel, to be with my family and friends. Time to really relax and enjoy life around me. The happiness and glee that comes with being prosperous. The inner self-relief of being free. Truly free.

I looked up "prosperity" on the internet and found this:
"Prosperity is the state of flourishing, thriving, success, or good fortune. Prosperity often encompasses wealth but also includes other factors which are independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.

Economic notions of prosperity often compete or interact negatively with health, happiness, or spiritual notions of prosperity. For example, longer hours of work might result in an increase in certain measures of economic prosperity, but at the expense of driving people away from their preferences for shorter work hours.

In Buddhism, prosperity is viewed with an emphasis on collectivism and spirituality. This perspective can be at odds with capitalistic notions of prosperity, due to their association with greed. Data from social surveys show that an increase in income does not result in a lasting increase in happiness; one proposed explanation
to this is due to hedonic adaptation and social comparison, and a failure to anticipate these factors, resulting in people not allocating enough energy to non-financial goals such as family life and health."

Basely what the above is saying if this: you can drive yourself in a gigantic pot hole by only concentrating on being prosperous. 
Some times on our way to building prosperity we lose site of what is really important in our life and to our well being. If you are so determined to have more economic status than you have now and you are constantly pushing your buttons to have more and more, where will it end? And, just how much are you willing to loose along the way.

Good grief, don't miss understand what I am saying. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to reach a level of financial prosperity. If this is what you really want then at least go about it in a way that will be rewarding and less dangerous. No one wants to be left alone and stranded, having a million dollars in their pocket and all of a sudden wondering what happened to their family, friends and self.

Steve Goodier of, has this to say: "I am concerned about some people's narrow and dangerous ideas about success. Achieving more, getting more, becoming number one. Not that there is anything wrong with healthy achievement. It's just that there is a difference between earning well and living well.

A successful life is not always a high-achieving life. Sometimes it is about accomplishing a worthwhile goal, even a private, personal victory. Sometimes it is about improving one's character. Sometimes success is best defined by living into one's own personal mission, or finding a meaningful purpose to organize one's life around. And sometimes it is about learning how to live in peace, happiness, generosity and love.

Someone put it like this: "I spent my life frantically climbing the ladder of success. When I got to the top I realized it was leaning against the wrong building." Even if she got to the top first, it made no difference. There is no merit in being first to arrive at the wrong place in life."

You know as well as I do, if you really sit down and think about this thing, that having more money is a driving force within us, but, really, why do you and I want more money? There is so much more to it than just building economic prosperity. 

I have found a painless and less treating road to building prosperity. What to know what it is? Contact me.

Hope To see you at the top of the mountain...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Who Is Visiting Your Page On Facebook?

I am doing something a little different today. Normally I write my own post in my own words but today I received a newsletter that I thought we all needed to pay attention too.

Most of us use Facebook. We all have Profile pages and some of us have what Facebook calls Pages - like Fan Page. Unlike the Profile page the Fan Page is normally used for business or a specific interest. This article speaks to anyone using Facebook.

Yes, we might like to know who is visiting our Profile or Fan Page but this article will give you some insight as to what not to do.

Security Alert News Report
By Richard Rossbauer

"Who is checking you out on Facebook?

How many of you have a Facebook page?

Ever wonder who might be checking your Facebook profile?

Well, hundreds of other folk have the same question and that is exactly why scammers
have created phony sites offering to show you who is looking at your profile.

But beware - many of these are simply phishing sites attempting to gain your personal
information which can be used for a variety of nefarious reasons.

If you make the mistake of clicking on the link to one of these phoney pages offering to
tell you who is viewing your Facebook profile, you will find that the people behind
the "services" want you to do a few things first.

The Sophos(*) Company's Senior Technology Consultant - Graham Cluley - has
posted images of some of these phishing sites and some professional advice on
how to avoid scams like these.

Here's the link to that post, and if you have a Facebook account, it's more than
worth the few minutes it will take you to check it out. (this not an affiliate link)"
Graham Cluley's Blog Post

Richard Rossbauer

Take heed when clicking on ads or whatever on any social site. Be sure to have good virus and anti-phishing software on your computer. Safe surfing, searching, and clicking.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Why Would I Do That?

Free E-Books

If you look in the side bar you will see some ebooks for free. I have been thanked for sharing these. I have been questioned why do I give them away.

Yes, I could sell them. Yes, I could re-brand some of them with my own links. To be honest I tried re-branding an ebook one time, well, I actually tried several times. Never could get the hang of it. I kept doing something wrong with the code. Dang thing must have been trying to tell me something.

So, I just give them away!!! I don't have time to be doing all of that stuff. Besides, I don't care if someone else's links are in there and they are. I am not giving them away for that. I am giving them away for you to learn and educate yourself.

The other thing is, why sell something that I got for free? That might not be a very popular notion with some, but what the heck, I enjoy reading comments from someone that took the time to download one of them. That is my prize.

If you do decide to take me up on my offer to pick what you want, be sure to read it. Downloading the ebook and letting it take up space on your hard drive just sitting there collecting dust will not help you a bit. By the way, before I list any ebook here on my site I do read it to see if it is worth your time.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention." ~ Francis Bacon ~

Be sure to check back. I add ebooks as I come across something of value.

Happy reading...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are You Doing It Right?

"Who Knows If You Are Doing It Right Or Wrong?
Each so called genius network marketer has their own opinion."

I don't know what one opinion is worth over another.
I do know this though:

No one else can stop you if you really see your goals ahead of yourself. Keep them in your site at all times. You may feel defeated and discouraged at times. You may feel let down at times. You may even feel like saying "The heck (word changed) with it, I can't do this."

You try doing "the old tried-and-true" method of making a list and doing it twice. Calling everyone you know. Not just once but twice. You hand out business cards, fliers and brochures. You go to meetings - everyone is there with a smile but are they really achieving their goals. You are on every conference call, every webinar, learning and learning about the company and what others are doing to get ahead - supposedly.

You are not getting anywhere so you decide to follow the new thinking of not making your list, of not making your list, of not making your list... of not calling anyone, of not calling anyone, of not calling anyone... Because you read some where that the old try and true method no longer works.

Gees, what are you thinking?
What works for someone else might not work for you. But, the question is, What will work for you? That is what you have to decide. Decide this and work at it until you reach where you want to be.

You may have to change the path you are traveling. You may even have to change companies. SO WHAT!!!
Just get it done. Keep seeing your goals in front of you. Never, ever expect to achieve your goals overnight. Folks, It just ain't goin' to happen overnight. 

Oh, and please, stop blaming the company, your up line, side-line, your family, your friends and every other joe-smole. (Don't know if that is a word or not - I don't care, I made it up.)

What does work? For you to stop dreaming about what can, could or maybe might happen. 
Just make it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Is Your Landing Page Doing What It Should?

"Getting Action From Your Landing Page"

First off if you are new to marketing and promoting on the internet you may not even know what a landing page is. Pure and simple definition: a landing page is a web page that someone sees (lands on) when following your link. It is where your link takes them to. 

The thing is a landing page is suppose is encourage some action, whether it be to just read the page, signup for something, entice the visitor to buy something, etc. 

So, there is really more to a good, converting landing page than just getting someone to your site. 

With your landing page you want your visitor to follow your clues and "Do Something."

When should you use a landing page? When you want your visitor to take an action that you have placed in front of them.

I found some great resources on creating efficient landing pages for you. In your marketing campaigns be sure to understand the true importance of a good landing page. No, not all landing pages are created equal, so you must learn to do them correctly. And remember, always test, tweak and test again.

Keep these resources in your library of keepers and study them:

1. Best MLM Resources Blog by Michael Lemm: "How To Create Effective Landing Pages That Actually Convert"

 Here Debbie give you her 5 top pick from the handbook, "Landing Page Handbook."

3. Landing Page Optimization

There are many, many more resources out there that you can use so don't confuse yourself from information overload. And for goodness sake don't just copy these resources and do nothing. Unless, of course, you don't want your visitor to do anything.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Do You Have Pet Peeves?

Oh! my, do I have some pet peeves when it comes to network marketers!!!!!!

The reason I decided to add this post is because of a phone call that I received last week from a friend of mine. Yes, I said friend. He called me to tell me that he had joined this company and would like for me to come to a meeting at his house. Of course I asked him what company and what does the company offer as far as services. I got no answer to my questions.

Red Flag!! Red Flag!! Irritation setting in...

I kept my cool and told him I would be at the meeting. I just wanted to support him - not join some company and I told him this.

Here are just some of my pet peeves when it comes to us network marketers:
1. Not telling the name of your company - good grief, are you that ashamed of it?

2. Not giving out at least a little information about your company - well, maybe you don't know either.

3. Calling me by using my contact information on my sites to plug your company - hello, are you that desperate and just want to waste you money?

4. Using my contact email to solicit me into you business - all this is going to do is get your email deleted just as fast as I can hit the delete button.

5. Free is not free if I have to give you my name and email address - your definition of free is certainly different from mine.

6. Calling yourself a Network Marketing Guru when all you are doing is copying from someone else - dead give-away that you know nothing. Do you think we are that stupid and have not been around far longer than you?

7. Commenting on forums or blogs with nothing more than words about yourself or your business - for sure will be deleted. Sometimes it is just better to keep your fingers off of your keyboard.

I am sure that I have more but will it at this.

Do you have pet peeves? Let me hear them by leaving me a comment. (I do monitor all comments before they are posted. He! He!

Have a great day and remember if these are some of my pet peeves I can promise you that am not alone.