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FIND A WAY (NO EXCUSES)

23 Aug

FIND A WAY (NO EXCUSES)

Life is hard. And in the current economy there are few ways to capitalize let alone succeed to the extreme based on the old models and economic policy. That being said it is time we all look for new methods and bigger dreams. I’ve embraced two things:
Network Marketing.
Blogging.
And I’m using them hand in hand. Now these are the tools I’ve chosen and I could make a persuasive argument on why this where the country as a whole needs to be. At the very least two thirds of the current population.
Why so many? because there are many unemployed people, under employed people, and simply unsatisfied people. However that’s not the point of contention in this article. I have a simpler point that will edify your mind and feed your wallet.

No matter what you choose there are a few key concepts that are not only proven but constant.

Work ethic.
Organization.
Continuous learning.
Leadership, not being the boss.
Find a way. Passion as fuel.

So let’s dig in.

-Work ethic.
Doctor, lawyer, businessman, artist. And all of these careers require a strong ethic. Want to be the best, you put in the hours. No excuses, no bull. It takes ten thousand hours to become a professional at anything you do. That’s a fact. Innate talent only gets you so far. Everyday, every week, every month- you put in forty hours a week. I don’t care if you have a job. Or a career, make it thirty five then. What you put in you get out. If your job or career is keeping you from building your empire then you don’t want it bad enough. In the gym I love the weights and I have high goals. But to bench four plates (405 lbs) I have to lift my way there. I have to go consistently. I have to go almost daily. I have to go weekly. And not going is only for rest periods. If I want this goal, and I can taste it my friends, I will put in the work. Coming off a back injury I’m more zealous than ever. I had a pro outline my approach and time line to get halfway there. At my peak I was only eighty pounds from my goal. And I will get there. Which segways to point two.

-Organization.
I had to get organized to hit this goal. Heck I had to get organized to chase it! And as I mentioned before I had to get help. First I sat with a friend who was a pro (Big THANK YOU!- to Paul) and he showed me a quick and simple plan to get me in the groove building greater endurance while using less time. Next we wrote it out on paper- by hand. Then I made copies so my plan of attack is always with me. Then I planned out my supplement usage and phasing. The body needs fuel literally. And pizza doesn’t cut it. I even organized the tracks on my blackberry that motivate me into one cohesive playlist so I can get it done and get it done great. In my business the same approach is used. My contacts, expenses, tools, shipments- EVERY THING is organized, sorted, and meticulously detailed when needed so I can be successful. Even my taxes and expenses have a specific software and storage area.

-Continuous learning.
I’m big on this. You need to get better. Period. I don’t care who you are or what you do. Raise the bar, take a class. PAY for a class. To be the best see the best. Football players watch films. Doctors take continuous education. In my day job we have professional development that is mandatory. So I’d the day job demands it, must we not Scream for it. And I don’t mean knowing just your product. Know you. Know sales. Know marketing. Know people. I love books. My first mentor loves audio tapes. These also work phenomenally. Bottom line its not the input method but the input. Teach yourself. Athletes have coaches- so do billionaires. You will be what you put into this life.

-Leadership, not being the boss.
Be a leader not a boss. Your team knows your the boss. The employees do to. The difference is a boss is a pain. A leader gets it done. They shouldn’t have to follow you, let them want to. Let them need to. And not need because you haven’t empowered them. No, need because they ache to do for others what you have done for them. Leaders reap what they sow, bosses get a paycheck. And I don’t know about you but I won’t live my life as a paycheck player.

-Find a way. Passion as fuel.
This is it. The end all be all people.
All the rest is almost worthless. Why? Because if you don’t find a Way, a Will- nothing happens. Life requires drive, purpose, passion. You want a million dollar yacht- get it. Need to make your why a best selling book- write it. Don’t make the excuses. Don’t tell me you have no time. Your kids require too much. Your kids can be your burden or your blessing. Let them be your motivation. I am building an empire now so I can have time with my future progeny. I’m building now so my wife can be home raising our children and not strangers as the case all too often is these days. I’m building this empire, my empire- NOW- because I must. It is my want, my need. I think about it all the time. It consumes me in a healthy way that is part passion, part fun, and part intellectually stimulating. I make it work and am amply rewarded as a result.
When cash was low early in my marriage, and I needed a website built I went to craigslist.org and hit the barter section. I soon found a guy who needed paper goods. I had bought my domain name already so we swapped a few emails and in less than a month I was up and running. When we needed money to fund this dream I found a second job. When my wife had to stay home I found work in a week. If you can’t find a way- you don’t want it.
There are no excuses only solutions.

*Lastly keep a keen eye on the finances. We’ll discuss that next time folks

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“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” -Jim Rohn

“To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?” -Jim Rohn

“You will be what you put into this life.” Tony

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BILLION DOLLAR AFTERMARKET

31 Jul

Everyone seems to have an ipad, heck some of you only shop apple. I’m taking mac air, iphone 4s, and the ever handy ipad. Steve Jobs may have set the bar but he also created a whirlwind of value and a few smart people seized the day. You see ipad and ipod et al after market products is over a billion dollar industry. That’s right the people not directly licensed by apple and or the products not sold in licensed retailers account for a billion plus dollars in sales.
So my friends let’s see what conclusions and lessons we can draw from this fantastic economic activity.

-See the opportunity.
When the ipod took the music world by storm people went ape. The price was irrelevant because people had what they wanted in hand. A product that was cool, sheik, useful and convenient. However the mass marketers and wholesalers who had a brain used this massive media and fan frenzy to line their pockets. Both low quality and high quality goods were churned out daily in a few different countries to feed the consumer greed and fad chasers lust for newer and better. Cases, workout sleeves, special headphones and even watch bands for certain ipod nanos stormed the market in a manner as epic as the taking of the city of troy. People saw and bought. And then bought some more. And as Apple keeps churning out that nifty product the aftermarket does too. Opportunity is staring you in the face- are you looking for it or coasting on your day job?

-You don’t need to have invented the wheel to feast on it.
Now a lot of these aftermarket products are loosely based on or directly copied from apple products and their licensed partners. However this stopped no one from creating competing consumer goods at a tenth of the price or a little more. The smart business men didn’t even create a product. They seized the moment and simply imported the product and tacked on a great enough percentage to fill their coffers and not tick off potential customers. Even 7Eleven got in on the deal selling products they didn’t own, license, or include in their aggressive marketing campaigns. Yet the products are there to catch the windfall of dollars. Are you catching yours?

-Create value.
Simply put make what they don’t know they NEED. People will buy anything if it solves problems, captures their attention or caters to a whim. The ipad was revolutionary in use size, scope- you name. People use them to fly planes, write novels, see cartoons and even manage small fortune 500 companies. You can just check your email too. But what Apple did here was create something that not only appealed to the masses but had an inherent value in many market places and careers. When you blog, or make cars or take photos at the knicks game if you don’t create something of value you are wasting time.
People don’t buy what is worthless.
People buy vintage not used.
People love innovation.
People hate wasted space.
People hate clutter in purses and backpacks- ipad solves many of these issues.
If you solved but one issue or create even a tiny bit of value you will see success you will have a fan base and a loyal customer base to boot.

-Capitalize on a niche market.
We have more or less covered this folks however I want to be clear.
Apple didn’t stop at computers.
Richard Branson has multiple businesses under one umbrella corporation.
Michael Jackson bought the Beatles rights.
In all three of these examples the victor did one thing he capitalized on a certain avenue or avenues. Branson did it over and over. Heck he still does it! Apple is taking television over sooner than we can expect. And Michael knew the Beatles were almost timeless and used his wealth to double down and added to his paychecks a lifetime of lifetimes in supplemental income. Always
Look for the niche market. What people won’t pay for is a phrasing away from Christmas pandemonium.
See it. Do it.

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Action is the real measure of intelligence.
– Napoleon Hill #NapoleonHill #Success

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Questions? Think I’m wrong?
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SUCCESS

28 Jul

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