Don’t Worry, Be Happy

There is a popular song by that title with a Jamaican beat. This one is an update on that same message:

there’s actually some scientific evidence that being happy is a cause rather than an effect. Most people are waiting for some condition to occur which point they will be happy. The problem is the goalposts often move. Enjoy this short video by Shawn Achor.

In case you didn’t want to use all the time necessary to watch the whole video, maybe you’re in a rush syndrome. But at any rate let me help you out. Here are the steps for happiness:

  1. Every day notice three things for which you are grateful. Write them down.
  2. Every day perform two random acts of kindness. It could be as simple as picking up some trash in front of a business or returning the shopping cart to its post. It could be as a extensive as perhaps purchasing the meal for the next person in line behind you. In this case, size doesn’t matter because you are training your brain.
  3. Write a one or two sentence description of a pleasant experience that you had.
  4. Exercise. This could be a short walk, climbing up the stairs, or an actual full workout at the gym.
  5. Sit quietly and allow your thoughts to become calm. Consciously slow down the frantic pace.

Enjoy the videos, apply the steps, read the book or simply have a great day.

Peace be your journey.

What Do You Want?

This is a serious question.

If there were only one thing in your life that you could change, what would it be? Would it be your health? Would it be your monthly income? Would you like to eliminate some unnecessary pounds? Would you like to be more muscular, more handsome, more alert? Your woman you like to be more beautiful? If you chose a better appearance, who says what is handsome or beautiful? When would you know you had arrived?

Take some quality quiet time to check on your authentic desires.  The Bible says that God is at work in you both to WILL and to DO His good pleasure.  You can be whatever you will to be. You can then do whatever you will to do.  Then you will have what you will to have. God is not miserly or broke. We can all live an abundant life as long as we don’t try to take another person’s good.

The Truth about Network Marketing

Most people do network marketing every day.  They just don’t get paid for it. People recommend and promote things like books, restaurants, and movies. Many companies would gladly pay the individual for recommending products instead of paying large advertising companies. If you find a company that has products you truly enjoy, it should be easy to recommend and promote those products. The key is to detach from the results of your recommendation, the same as if you recommended a book or movie. Some people will act on your recommendations and some won’t. Those that act on the recommendations will become either business partners or customers. When that happens, you will be compensated.

Network marketing is a business opportunity, not a guarantee. The majority of people who enter network marketing make little or no money. Let’s compare that to other opportunities. 90% of the people who get a real estate license never sell a single home. 50% of businesses fail in the first three years. The majority of people who play football in college never enter the pros. The same is true for any athletic endeavor.

Network marketing depends upon you. It is a personal development course with a paycheck attached to it. The greater your personal development, the greater the paycheck. Network marketing allows you the opportunity to mentor and be mentored. Unlike traditional businesses, your enroller has a vested interest in your success. The more money you make, the more money your enroller makes. 40% or more of the people partnered with a network marketing company are actually earning money.

Network marketing is not perfect, but it is better.

Forward Living and Giving

If you have been to almost any church, you are probably familiar with the phrase “Give and it shall be given to you”. Usually the preacher tells you this is about your money, and is expecting you to give to the church because of it. A Friend of mine, a Carpenter from Galilee, is the One who said this. Here is what he said in context:

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke 6:37-38  New International Version (NIV)

Notice carefully the context.  Jesus was not in church taking up an offering.  He was explaining something fundamental to life. You may have heard “what goes around, comes around” from someone.  It is basically what Jesus was explaining here.  The “it” is whatever you are giving.  Judgement? Receive judgement. Mercy? you’ll receive mercy.  Condemnation? Well, you see the point here.

Now I realize you Bible scholars will point out that this is Old Testament, even though the book is labeled New Testament.  And you are right: the New Testament came after the cross  (That is a topic for another time, but see this verse:

16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. Hebrew 9:16) .

But don’t lose sight of things that are outside of any dispensation:

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22.

There is an order in the Universe.  Give and get whatever you give.  It is a lifestyle, not a church thing.  Go do some small act of kindness to someone without expecting anything from them.  The cycle will complete from another source.  When you plant, you reap what you plant, more than you planted and later than you planted.  That’s just the way it works.  You can only give what you have.  Start with a smile, then add a compliment.  Offer a (silent) prayer for the people you meet.  See how it can all change with a change in your mental diet.

Skills? Indeed.

Pick a business, any business. Do you need to learn some skills to participate? What about as an employee?  Most people would say that even a greeter needs some skills (smile, speak distinctly, etc).  Why should we assume that network marketing is any different?

You can grab 12 free video skills by opting in with your name and email. No upsell. No bait and switch.  Just free training. You have nothing to lose but your incompetence.

Retiring & Residual Bills

Have you purchased a house or rented an apartment?  You did that action once and must pay for it over and over and over.  In the case of a mortgage, the payments will eventually stop, but rent payments typically don’t.  Most people purchase a car using other people’s money (OPM), which they pay back over time.  Again, a one-time purchase results in ongoing payments.  Let’s call those residual bills.

There are other residual bills in life.  Wherever you live, someone must pay for water, gas, electric and garbage service.  Maybe you have more stuff than your house can hold and you have rental storage. Maybe you have a phone, cable and internet service.  These are all ongoing bills, therefore residual payments that you make each month.

 

You can divide that 1200 by whatever you think your rate of return would be. If you think 6%, then divide 1200 by 6 and get 200.  For every one dollar of income, you would need $200 of investment. Here’s a chart to help you:

 

Investment required to produce monthly income
Income At 12% At 6% At 3% At 2%
$100 $10,000 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000
$250 $25,000 $50,000 $100,000 $150,000
$500 $50,000 $100,000 $200,000 $300,000
$1,000 $100,000 $200,000 $400,000 $600,000
$2,500 $250,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000
$5,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000

Network Marketing and Due Diligence

Nearly all people like to get recommendations from people they like and trust.  Sometimes they will buy from people they like and trust instead of a stranger.  The interesting thing about Network Marketing is that we like to build relationships instead of only making a sale.  So, if people already like and trust you, there is a natural warm market for you.  Otherwise, you need to cultivate a network of friends by being a friend.  Keep in mind that you want to make their lives better with your products or opportunity.

Since you will be presenting the opportunity for your friends to purchase from you, it behooves you to perform due diligence on your opportunity.  What are some of the criteria you should investigate.  As a minimum consider these:

  1. Company
  2. Trends
  3. Products
  4. System
  5. Timing
  6. Compensation

We will consider each of those in order.

Company: what is the likelihood the company will still be in business next year? Does the management team have experience dealing with independent distributors? You need to have confidence the company will do what it is supposed to do. If it is a startup company, you should really know the top management team. If it is been around for five years or more, the odds are pretty good it will continue in business.  What are the financials for the company? Satisfy yourself that this business partner is a good bet.

Trends: Does the opportunity address current and future trends?

  • Three quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck
  • More than one third of all working age adults have no retirement savings
  • Baby boomers are aging and they do not like it.
  • Women grow companies at a rate 1 1/2 times the national average.
  • 70% of 18 to 35-year-olds see themselves working independently at some point, rather than being employed.
  • People want products to make them look better, feel better and perform better.

Product: Are the products both unique and consumable? Or are they me two products available from 100 other companies, including Walmart and Walgreens? Are the products protected by patents? Would you buy the product if you were not a distributor? Are the products affordably priced?

System: is there a duplicatable training system in place? Will your enroller give you hands-on training? Are there experienced leaders who will also provide hands-on training and help you with personal growth and development?

Timing: Are there already over 2 million distributors in the company or less than 200,000? The direct selling Association says that anywhere from the first 150,000 to 200,000 distributors is a ground-floor opportunity. Whatever the amount, the timing will never be better than right now.

Compensation: How do you make money with the company? Is there a steady and reliable long-term income? Can you make immediate money? What is the balance between immediate and long-term income?

There are many network marketing companies who can give you a favorable response to most of those questions. If you find one that gives a favorable response to all those questions, jump in. Sleep

Network Marketing and the Warm Market

Network marketing is a product of the share age

in the share age, we share ideas, concepts, products, and opportunities with people we know and love. Most training systems in network marketing urge you to contact your warm market first. Your warm market are people who recognize your name. Internet marketing gurus, wanting to sell you on their lead generation system, say that that’s silly and a waste of time and would ruin your relationships with your friends.

This is somewhat amazing to me. I assume here that the network marketing company with which you are aligned has products that actually help people. If that’s the case, why would you not want to share with your warm market? If you use and like the product, and you don’t share with your warm market, I submit you’re being selfish. If the product is actually not any good, then why would you want to sell it?

The same reasoning applies to the opportunity. If it is a genuine opportunity where people can actually make money, why would you keep that hidden from your friends? And again, if the opportunity isn’t any good, why did you sign up?

The reality is that some people will act upon your recommendations for the product and some won’t. You need to be okay with that. Your responsibility to your warm market is to inform them that you have started a new business. Ask them if they would like to know more. The reality is some will, some won’t. Your business opportunity should not affect your relationships unless you make it do so. If you want business partners, ask them if they are open to money-making opportunities. Again, some will be and some won’t be. And that’s okay.

To build a business, you are looking for people who want an actual opportunity. Some people in your warm market will be looking for an opportunity; others will know people who are looking for an opportunity. Your business, in fact any business, exists to improve people’s lives. You’re looking for people with whom you would enjoy working.

People who might not be interested in the business opportunity might still like to purchase the products from you, assuming the products are worth what they would pay for it. The acid test here is would you buy the product yourself if you were not distributing it? If so freely share the information with your warm market. If not, find another opportunity.