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  • Personal Growth

    Feed Your Mind and Heart

    Do you feed your mind and heart? An ancient Hebrew proverb says, “An intelligent heart (mind) acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” When we look around us, we observe how important it is to feed ourselves healthy and nutritious foods to sustain us, even if we don’t always do it. Typically, we eat maybe three times a day (five or six if we are eating optimally). Yet our mental “diet” is constantly snacking, isn’t it? We are confronted with “inputs” like our Facebook News Feed, unceasingly, all day long. Imagine the vacuum that would exist if we stopped snacking, so to speak. How would we fill…

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    Dreams Do Come True: Safely Arrived in San Diego

    Why Did We Move? Do you know what 120 degrees feels like?  That’s the kind of broiling heat one can experience in Phoenix in the summer.  Unless they are swimming in a pool, our children don’t play outside. Not exactly ideal when your three children are 11, 9, and 7 years old.  In short, desert-living did not suit us.  So we decided to make a change.  EveElise and I have been married for 14 years, but always expressed to each other our desire to move back to my hometown of San Diego.  Well, you may be wondering what took us so long.  I had one daughter from a previous marriage…

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    Resiliency

    Resiliency Resiliency is a most necessary trait of the entrepreneur. The ability to keep your spirits up when bad stuff happens will make the difference between forging on or throwing in the towel. One of the greatest historical examples of resiliency is found in the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Here’s what he dealt with beginning at the young age of 17: All of his older brothers hated him because he was Daddy’s favorite. They wanted to kill him (literally)! Instead, they stripped him of his clothes and threw him into an open pit. Then they sold him to a group of foreigners who were heading to…

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    The 5-Second Rule

    The 5-Second Rule It’s easy for business owners to think about results instead of the process. Success is built on many small decisions made and acted upon over and over again. Many of those decisions need to be made within five seconds. If the decision is not made within that short timeframe, your brain will kill the thought. This lack of action if repeated will become habitual and cause you to not act when you should. For example, let’s say you see someone in public that maybe you met once very briefly. You don’t know them well at all despite the brief earlier meeting. You really should take the initiative…

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    What do you do when you don’t feel like it?

    We’ve all been there.  For whatever reason, you just can’t get yourself moving forward.  Someone has hit the “off” button on your action mode switch.  Additionally, there’s no one else around to kick you in the behind to get you propelled in the right direction.  Your action, or in this case inaction, is solely dependent on you.  How you respond in these situations may make the difference between you getting the results you need or staying broke.   Here’s a question for you to consider: when it comes to taking the needed action in order to get the life-changing results you want from your business, what does “how you feel”…

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    Reconciling Passion and Dispassion in Your Business

    Joining your first network marketing company can be the most exciting decision you’ve ever made.  The idea of owning your own business, keeping your own hours, not having to commute, choosing who you want to work with, and earning residual income are the kind of benefits you’ve envisioned experiencing yourself.  Having that passion is a good thing, but it can also have some bad results. What do you think happens when you have those inevitably tough days?  How do you account for the doubts and frustrations that can so easily creep into your thinking and destroy your drive to be resilient when times get tough? As important as it is…

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    How do you feel when someone succeeds?

    Do you enjoy helping others? It’s a great feeling. Probably the best source for happiness. About six years ago, EveElise and I saved an 18-year old neighbor’s life — literally. While working underneath his pick-up truck, it had slipped from the jack and one of the back tires came to rest on top of his chest.  It was a very warm day and no one else was outside.  I had happened to go into my backyard to check on something and heard his barely audible attempts at crying out. What a great feeling to know that this young man, after being discharged from the hospital after a few days, made…

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    Achieve Your Business Goals through Massive Effort

    Achieve Your Business Goals through Massive Effort We know the oft-stated statistic: 97% of home-based business owners are unsuccessful. That’s an even higher fail rate than for a traditional business owner. So what explains this staggering statistic. I think for many, the lure of network marketing is the idea that it’s an easy way to make a lot of money. Nothing could be more erroneous. This business requires the same drive, determination, persistency, and optimistic thinking that any business person needs no matter what the business structure looks like. Therefore, it’s vitally important that it be treated as a serious profession. When I studied to earn my teacher certification after…

  • Personal Growth

    Achieve Your Business Goals through Massive Effort

    Achieve Your Business Goals through Massive Effort We know the oft-stated statistic: 97% of home-based business owners are unsuccessful. That’s an even higher fail rate than for a traditional business owner. So what explains this staggering statistic. I think for many, the lure of network marketing is the idea that it’s an easy way to make a lot of money. Nothing could be more erroneous. This business requires the same drive, determination, persistency, and optimistic thinking that any business person needs no matter what the business structure looks like. Therefore, it’s vitally important that it be treated as a serious profession. When I studied to earn my teacher certification after…

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    The Key to Staying Positive

      How do you deal with the negativity that can so easily capsize your dreams?  We are constantly being bombarded with all that is wrong with the world.  We see it on the news, social media, even the sports world has become overly salacious and off-putting.  But is what you see and hear via the media the reality you experience on an ongoing basis?  For most of us, our lives are fairly routine and normal.  Does listening to the noise of the outside world propel you to strive harder in your business?  I would venture to guess that it doesn’t.  I would estimate that it creates the opposite effect. Instead,…