Fried chicken…

fried chicken

Fried Chicken, yum, yum

Truth is, I love fried chicken.  Having grown up in a family of Arkansas born and raised parents, my mom fried great chicken.  When I married Pattie, I suspected she could fry chicken too.  She was born to Arkansas born and raised parents too.  Surprise, surprise, surprise, she could make wonderful fried chicken.

Today, every time we go into a grocery store I ask her if she’d like to pick up a bucket of fried chicken, only $5.99 for eight pieces.  Heck at WinCo, you can get 12 pieces for only about 8 bux.  But she always tells me no.

I wonder if it’s because we switched to a plant based diet about a year ago.  I guess there are some benefits to being over 100 pounds lighter.

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Ribeyes, Roquefort dressing and personal choices…

country_kitchen_ribeyeWhen I was a kid I used to love those special occasions when my parents took us to The Country Kitchen in Portland, Oregon.  To this day, I think they serve the best steaks on planet earth, possibly the universe.  My parents always ordered their salads with Roquefort dressing (a fancy french name for blue cheese dressing).  So that’s how I ordered mine.

To this day, I still love the thought of one of those mouth watering steaks and salads to go with it.  For what I believe are valid health reasons, Pattie and I quit eating meat and dairy about six months ago.  We also do some exercise each day.  Do I feel better?  Heck yes.  And my blood sugar and blood pressure both normalized too.  I believe the health benefits we perceived would happen have materialized.

These are our personal choices though.  I certainly wouldn’t fault you if you’d like to add The Country Kitchen to your bucket list.  It’s completely worth the trip.

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Be A Do It First Kind Of Leader…

cat_and_lion_mirrorIf you’re running around looking for people to follow you, frustration will surely follow you for the rest of your days. When it comes to building your MLM business you have to be a do it first leader.

If you’re wondering what kind of team you’re going to attract, go look in the mirror.  If you aren’t happy with that, change to guy looking back at you.

If you want to attract active, hard working, show up every time, autoship participating, people loving, give first kind of team members, you have to be an active, hard working, show up every time, autoship participating, people loving, give first kind of team leader.

In other words go do it first, do a lot of it and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.  Do that and you’ll attract the kind of people who will naturally align with your work ethic.  Do it first and everyone else follows.

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Increase you value to society…

greg_cartoon_headWant more money?  Offer more service.  Things are worth what they are worth.  There is no shortage of people who will trade their time for very little money.  I respect anyone who works for a living.  Many who work two jobs get double that respect level.  But there is a whole world out there that will pay you more money just to increase your value to society.

You could say “I don’t know how to do those higher paying jobs”  Well, you could learn.  After all, there was a time when you couldn’t say “would you like cheese on that” or flip a burger either.  My son spent 6 years in the Air Force learning to work on planes.  After he got out he took a training class so he could pass his FAA A&P Certification class.  That way he could do what he already knew how to do on civilian planes.

Then he put in over 500 applications to find a job in his field.  Now he is a very high paid professional.  He paid the price to increase his value.  There are a million other examples of what has been done and can be done today.  Want a raise, go get it.  More money is waiting for you if you’re willing to increase your value to society.

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A brief history of resolve…

900_pound_gorillaWhen it comes to winning in business, any business, challenges are our friends.  Inevitably there are roadblocks on the road to success.  There simply isn’t a smooth, straight highway to the accomplishment of your business goals.  In fact, if all you face on the way is a few hundred potholes and a 900 pound gorilla that wants to peal you, you’re lucky.

I have no idea if it’s supposed to be that way or not, it just is.  If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to deal with it.  The great thing about these challenges are, in dealing with them, your business always gets better as you solve them.  You never go backwards in the process, you always go forward.  So in a way, the best thing that can happen for your business is the challenges you’ll have to overcome.

So, show me a business success story and I will show you the history of resolve.  The resolve to hang in there and take on all comers.  I’ll show you people who get knocked down, but always get back up and continue the fight.  Resolve is your key to success.  Without it, you’ll accomplish nothing.

 

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If you’re addicted to romance, you’ll probably never find the love of your life…

romance_heartI’ve met a few romance addicts in my life.  They never seem to have long term relationships.  They’re always moving on.

There are a bunch of romance addicts in MLM too.  The company on the other side of the hill is always more attractive than the one they’ve already joined.  Let’s face it, all companies suck about something.  They all have problems.  They all could be better.

On the other hand; people who build wealth in MLM always stick with one company long term and keep building in spite of the problems.  Or as Tom Big Al Schreiter says, they choose the company they’re going to have their problems with and keep on building.

Chances are, if you’re addicted to that feeling you have when you’re looking for a new company and learning about their products and pay plan enough to keep you moving from one company to the next all the time, this really isn’t the kind of business you should be in.  As long as you’re more thrilled with the romance then you are with the day to day making it happen, you’ll never be truly happy.

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Gorilla business cards vs PR business cards

Greg Arnold's gorilla business card, front and back

My gorilla business card, front and back

I read a book called Gorilla Marketing several years ago that changed my whole outlook on capturing new business.  One of the things it mentioned was business cards.

Is your business card promoting you and your business or is it providing public relations for your company?

Most people make the mistake of putting their company logo on their business card.  That’s ok if you work for Ford or IBM.  But your MLM company probably isn’t a household name.

Even if it were, people buy from people that they know, like and trust.  You don’t begin to build that with XYZ-Networking on your business card.

What do you do?  What is your offer.  If you want to get your card noticed and not buried, never to be seen again after you hand it out become a gorilla marketer.  Stop promoting your company and start promoting your offer.

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I’ve done it too, but it isn’t smart…

greg_cartoon_headIt always baffles me when a long time successful distributor with a MLM company decides to move on to another company.  It rarely works out well.  I also don’t understand someone giving up a rock solid $10k, $20k or even more monthly income for life, to gain a stupid title like master distributor with an start-up.

Most of these companies fail and very few of your old team members/customers are going to follow you into the new deal.  Your ego can be a terrible career driver.

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Getting my butt kicked…

greg_cartoon_headAt 60, learning something new can be challenging.  Online landing pages seem easy.  It’s not like they have a lot of content.  But there are rules.  Knowing those rules have their advantages.

Experience is a good teacher too.  Some lessons cost money.  Testing costs money.  I feel like, between reading a bunch of articles and watching a bunch of YouTube videos, and testing I am learning.  But it’s kicking my butt.

Winning is about getting your butt kicked, then installing a pillow, and going back for more.

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I know I won’t give up on trying to make me a better person

I have had a lot of failures in the network marketing profession. I’ve had a lot of successes too. I’ve made a lot of money and I’ve spent more than I made at times.

Every time I’ve failed it has been my fault for lack of personal growth.
Every time I’ve succeeded it’s been the fault of a lot of other marketers that I attracted because I’ve grown a bit too.

You can’t control what others do. All you can do is work on yourself, keep inviting others to look at your product or opportunity and never, never quit.

There are plenty of people around who will blame everyone and everything for their failures. Life’s successful people face their failures head on, fix themselves and go win.

I hope that Greg Arnold guy is a winner, I know I won’t give up on trying to make him a better person.

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