What I Learned from the Renegade Network Marketer

Business systems work when people don’t. I was just telling a friend the other day that I am still receiving affiliate commissions from this system or affiliate program the Renegade Network Marketer which I have not promoted in maybe eight years.
I am now in the process of cleaning up the dead links that I have floating around on the Web, but let me get to the main point. After some deep reflection about what works and what does not for making money blogging or making money in Internet Marketing or affiliate marketing, I realized technology can easily move us away from basic principles that work.

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This is a prime example I pulled from another blog.

 

Here are a few basic marketing principles to help you along:
1. Large numbers is where you want to begin. Of the many coaches and marketing trainers I have spoken to, the ones who are not dishonest will tell you that they either started by borrowing a great deal of money to invest into their business (money into business development and advertisement) or they put in sickening hours of work. 10+ a day into building their businesses. I have read the stories of quite a few of them that would write ten articles a day or make three or four videos a day at the start. Do not expect to do less. There is a price to pay for financial freedom.

2. Know your destination. You need to decide your daily targets that you will accomplish no matter what. It is the invisible things like passion, purpose and love on which businesses stand. The results you want will come as you keep hammering at your craft of marketing. I recently read about this guy Jamie who started out online as a complete mess, sort of like I did, but after a few years he made his millions while I got derailed–determination to stick with it was the only difference. So, what I mean by know your destination is have conviction that what you are doing is working–principles work. The principle you should know is: work is rewarded, laziness causes poverty.

3. Plant or Hunt. You’ve probably heard that advertising is the lifeblood of a business. You need to be reaching a certain number of people each day in order for your business to stay alive, period. It is up to you to find the numbers you need to bring in the customers and/or representatives you need for your ideal lifestyle. In explaining this to a friend, I told her every article I write is like planting a seed that has the potential to bring in a new customer. Hunting is what I call direct to consumer sales. This is the type of advertising or sales presenting in which no relationship is built: a product which the prospective customer might need is presented for an immediate sale.

Are you willing to hunt or plant? Whichever model of business you choose, consistency really is the only way to make it work. Consistent action can even get you through losses and failures. Oh, and whatever model you choose, Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers, makes business a lot easier.

Afterthought: The brilliance of how Ann Sieg markets to network marketers has been duplicated several times over. The strategy is to target “fish” prospective customers in the ponds of companies with large marketing budgets if you don’t have one.

Example: “Are you a Herbalife representative?” -Find out the secrets to making your business work. Click Here.

More Generic Example: “iPhone user?” -Get the latest screen shield to prevent cracking your ‘flipping’ screen again!

This is the affiliate program I am promoting now though Ann Sieg’s system is awesome too!

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Does Coconut Oil Help Weight Loss?

Let me start with this:

Photo of Me at 115lbs.

I have been around 115 lbs. for the last two years, and because of my healthy eating habits, I don’t worry about weight gain or weight loss anymore.

I should also say that I’ve never battled with obesity. I’m 5’6” and a half, and the heaviest that I’ve been was 154 lbs. over the summer as a teenager. There’s a funny story that goes with my heaviest weight. I went to a Publix Grocery Store with my older brother who is about three inches taller than me. For whatever reason, a lot of their stores have body scales in the entrance.

My brother, who like a lot of guys, is obsessed with bulking up to beast mode, jumped on the scale. He was like 143 lbs. And, then he told me to weigh myself. I stepped on and we were both horrified. His response was, “What?! How can you weigh more than me? Where is it at?” To tell the truth, my weight has always been in my mid-section and thighs, so I can hide weigh gain somewhat.

Fast-forward about 12 years, and I am the lightest and healthiest I have ever been. I seldom get sick and I have energy without caffeine dependence. I should also point out that I used to have unhealthy habits in high school like skipping meals and taking diet pills while eating all kinds of junk food.

A big part of my transformation was the introduction of coconut into my diet as my oil of choice. I also cut my intake of meat after seeing this lady on a daily show share how most people do not need more than 4 oz. of meat a day. It is also more difficult for the body to digest certain types of meat (red meat can take days to break down).

I wrote about the use of coconut oil for beautiful skin last week, but I have to say if there is one thing I am always pushing and buying for my friends, it’s coconut oil.

And, if you are wondering, I have studied the Mediterranean diet which is heavy in the use of olive oil, and I won’t knock olive oil, but there is something about the makeup of coconut oil that makes it especially healthy.

One study published by the NCBI showed olive oil was not as effective as coconut oil (or oils containing medium chain fatty acids) for weight loss. You read that right. People are obsessed with the Mediterranean diet because the people from the region it originated in are unusually thin, youthful and long-lived.

But, coconut oil proves to be the better option for weight loss.

You can read more about the studies on weight loss with coconut oil here.

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How to Get Rid of Acne, Naturally.

how acne forms

I shared about the oils I use on my skin to prevent breakouts, but I today I want to share with you the process of getting to clear skin because I do not believe that it is just the oil that I use.

My process of clearing up my skin of this so called disease really involves a health protocol which began with reading the Perricone Prescription quite a few years back.

I study natural medicine, and after I discovered that Ayurvedic doctors and doctors of Eastern medicine treat acne with cleansing herbs, I decided to get clean. Dr. Perricone recommended cutting sugar and strenuous exercise. It was many years before I did those two things, but I think that high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified foods (GMOs) were the real enemies.

I eat organic produce now. I try to buy meat from animals who have not been shot up with antibiotics and have not been fed GMOs foods or pesticides. It’s not easy, but I can tell you that I’m aging a lot slower than my peers because of it.

I will give you a quick scoop on obesity and acne because they are nutritional issues more than anything. Zinc deficiency and now Omega 3 deficiency (which you can get through avocado, salmon, walnuts, flax seed, etc.) help stave off breakouts. The foods readily available to us are generally chocked full of GMOs which are toxic to the body.

What does the body do with toxins?

Generally, it stores them away in fat cells to protect the vital organs from damage. And, it also pushes the toxins out through the urinary tract and skin. The skin! Do you have swollen lymph nodes? That is a similar reaction of the body as the formation of acne.

So, it is recommended that you drink a lot of water to help flush out toxins, but if you were aware of just how toxic your environment is, you might get on a regular cleansing routine such as Bragg’s Apple Cidar Vinegar cleansing protocol.  Boy do I drink a lot of apple cider vinegar since my friend at the health food store recommended it to end breakouts.

I also have found out that the transdermal magnesium I use helps to clean out toxins naturally from the body. I won’t go too much into it, but most adults don’t get enough magnesium due to environmental factors and poor absorption of tablets. So, most adults are overweight because they are toxic waste dumps!

I’m sorry, but there are some “foods” that we eat that other animals will not touch because of the petrochemicals used to increase their shelf life or other unnatural ingredients. Sorry for going on a rant about this, but I have researched these topics for years trying to fix my acne problem which persisted after being on a number of different dermatologist prescribed drugs (killers) like Accutane, and I want to help you recover without damaging your liver or other vital organs.

My Acne Free Regimen

1) Water – First of all, our body is 70-80% water last I read, and water is necessary for all functions of the body. I drink water, and I don’t drink juice unless I make it myself; there is just something about pasteurization that does not sit well with me.

2) Apple Cider Vinegar – Yeah, I use Bragg’s brand because it is organic and they have the directions for use on the side of the bottle. My local health food store actually sells a variety of flavored apple cider vinegar beverages from Bragg’s.

3) Sleep – I get quality sleep, although I may not always get many hours of sleep. It’s likely a result of the transdermal magnesium because the creator of it does say it improves sleep quality and focus.

4) Face Food – Dr. Oz, quoting another physician, said, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. “ Most of the acne products available at your local pharmacy do not meet this criterion. Think about it, many of them have poison control warnings or recommend seeing your doctor if you accidentally ingest them. They are toxic. You are putting toxins on your face, so the body has to push them back out some way…just saying.

Yeah, so, right now I am just using steaming with castor oil, aloe vera (eating it and applying it) and coconut oil (my main “go to’) with very pleasing results. Did I mention coconut oil is a natural sunblock?

Nadia, at bodyunburdened.com recommended a number of other oils for clear skin which you can read about here.

This acne free regimen may be too much for many of you to follow, but at least take away the principles and see what happens after apply a few. I wish you the best on your acne free journey.

Love,
Lis

 

P.S.  Be organic all the way! Your children and body will thank you. My detoxed, organic body is thinner and sexier without hard workouts. I am slowly switching over to natural fabric too since I learned that our largely plastic-based fabrics introduce toxins into the body. Oy  Veh!

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Natural Acne Treatment that Works: Coconut Oil

coconut oil
Yes, putting an oil on oily, acne prone skin can actually clear up acne.

I have have been raving about all the wonders of coconut oil for months. In addition to it being the ideal oil for cooking because of it’s high smoking point, brain support and weight loss support, it also works wonders for the skin.

I started using it because ever since I moved out to the Midwest, I have been experiencing dry skin and wrinkling, especially in the wintertime. I had read that it’s supposed to be a wonder wrinkle treatment that does not cause breakouts, so I tried it.

But, I had no idea coconut oil also helped fight and prevent breakouts.

Now it’s a staple in my pantry and bathroom. My skin has never been clearer. And, I had severe acne as a teen and have experienced moderate acne and breakouts through my twenties. (I had the suspicion that high fructose corn syrup and it’s twins caused most of my problems, but I won’t go into that. –Thank you Dr. Perricone.)

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am obsessively natural.

I ascribe to Kevin Trudeau’s recommendation not to put anything on your skin if you can’t eat it because the skin is the largest organ in your body and absorbs everything that you put on it. It is not just a fatty, protective barrier that scientists once thought it was.

I have to share one more natural remedy I believe in before I sign off for the day: aloe vera.

aloe vera for acne

The story with this one starts with my hatred for makeup that I generally put on to cover up the multitude of acne scars on my face. Last year I ran into a substitute in one the Missouri schools I was working in that was makeup-less. I complemented her on her skin. I think that I actually said something like I wish I had clear skin like her.

I was not ready for what she told me next.

She said she used to have breakouts all the time and skin like mine. I did not want to believe her, but she shared her secret immediately “Aloe vera, girl. I put it on my face every night as a mask.”

From that point I started my search for organic options and ended getting some aloe vera skin gel from Wholefoods only to discover it had preservatives in it. If I’m not eating foods with preservatives in it because I know the body pushes out impurities through the skin, why would I directly apply them directly to my skin? I tossed the $14 bottle of what I’m sure is a high quality skin care product.

I also bought some aloe vera gel from Basnish Acne Scars thinking that oil could actually be derived from the aloe plant. Now, I know it’s mostly jojoba. #fail

I have seen many different aloe vera gel skin creams which I refuse to buy. I tried buying an organic aloe vera plant from a local nursery, but it was too small to use daily. The owner just told me to be patient while it grows–slowly. (I’m slowly eating that aloe plant which really makes my skin glow I discovered is a source of B-12. Just yesterday I was writing that moringa was the only plant I had seen that was a source of B-12, go figure.)

All that is to say if you are obsessively natural like me, you can get truly organic aloe vera gel here.

aloe vera benefits
Source: aloevera-benefits.com

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

I pride myself in eating well…

I shop for organic produce almost exclusively. I have a number of health supplements which I take regularly, moringa being the chief one.  Besides moringa being “natures natural multivitamin” — I was hooked after reading in a health textbook that there were no plant sources of vitamin B-12. Then, there’s moringa that has a healthy dose of it. That is what happens when a writer decides to keep reprinting the same information from the early 90s instead of updating his information.

My excellent eating habits and somewhat active lifestyle could not save me from this fate though…if you reading this from a computer or tablet this directly affects you.

The professor of my Characteristics of the Adult Learner course, Lord bless him, decided that he needed to include an health section to the course. He shared an article about this syndrome I had never heard of – Computer Vision Syndrome. So, carpal tunnel syndrome is fairly popular now, and I’ve suffered from that too, but that was a quick fix: I just bought a bigger keyboard instead of using the one on my laptop.

What is Computer Vision Syndrome Exactly?

I’ll get to that in a second. First let me tell you why I was really concerned when I heard about it. You could say that I am seeing impaired. If I used glass lenses instead of plastic lenses for my glasses, I would have “coke bottle glasses”

coke bottle glasses

I decided to really pay attention and read the article closely because I was wondering why my new prescription was not correcting my vision completely. My night vision had deteriorated significantly in a year.

 

What was the major change? I started working from home as a tutor. I would typically work 3 to 5 hours straight. I should add that I was a self-proclaimed YouTube addict at one point as well. Most of my entertainment is derived from electronics…

Sadly, I learned about computer vision syndrome late, and have already suffered vision loss.

What are the symptoms of computer vision syndrome?

Web MD provided the following list of symptoms:

Blurred vision
Double vision
Dry, red eyes
Eye irritation
Headaches
Neck or back pain

I had five of the six symptoms, so I decided to put myself on some vision rehab. I would recommend vision supplements or eye health supplements, but because I am not taking those, I cannot recommend a specific brand. But, what I did buy was these two neat little solutions.

SOLUTION A: COMPUTER GLASSES (TO PROTECT VISION)

SOLUTION B: PINHOLE GLASSES (TO RESTORE YOUR EYE SIGHT)

It’s a nice benefit that the GAMMA RAY Computer glasses I chose also happen to look cool, but the instant vision improvement and exercises available to for pinhole glasses users is nothing short of amazing. I wish you the best my friends with protecting and restoring your eyes. Did I mention LCD screens on phones were just as bad too?

Let’s end on a positive note. It is possible to improve your vision :)

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Kickstarter Campaigns for Artists – And Interview with David Bowden

David Bowden’s Successful Kickstarter Campaign

 

So, I had the amazing opportunity to interview my absolute favorite spoken word artist, David Bowden as one of his Kickstarter bonuses to backers for his first film project, “12”.

Now, I absolutely adore the way he has perfected the use of cinematography, music and spoken word to create an art form that is absolutely captivating.

I let David know early on in the interview that I did not really agree with the message behind the project, but that I would back him in any kind of work he puts out as a fan. Fanatics, we’re fanatical, that’s what we do.

Now, it is somewhat of a secret that I spent a lot of time in December spending a lot of time and even a little money to promote this project because I believe in artists creating their work. And, I believe that artists that create work of this caliber should be richly rewarded.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

 

1:16 – David Bowden Shares the Journey to Discovering Kickstarter as a Way to Fund His Art

4:44 – Pledgemusic vs. Kickstarter

6:38 – What to Do When You Hit Your Fundraising Goal on Kickstarter Much Sooner than Expected

7:30 – My Favorite David Bowden Poem and his Process for Creating Majestic Art

11:33 – The David Bowden Poetry Production Team

13:37 – What Other Art Forms Does David Bowden Do? (surprise releases revealed)

17:26 – David Bowden’s Business Model – Creating Poetry on Purpose

18:30 – Get the “12” Album: http://davidbowdenpoetry.bandcamp.com/ (It’s visually stunning, amazing experience.)

19:54 – How to memorize your poetry (coffee helps:)

21:48 – David Leaks Info About His Latest Project (Background story)

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Do you tweet? CONNECT WITH DAVID BOWDEN ON TWITTER (follow @davidbpoetry)

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Is Facebook more your thing? CONNECT WITH DAVID ON FACEBOOK (like his fan page and stay tuned.)

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Just want to experience the video magic? CONNECT WITH DAVID ON YOUTUBE (subscribe)

 

If you just want the merch and or other fan swag just go to David Bowden’s main website and click on STORE: http://www.davidbowdenpoetry.com/home.html

is important to note that David has been a fan base and a list of contacts from various performances over the year. So, when he turned up the auto-tweets and Facebook posts about his project, he had some reach.

Artists that are not plugged into their fan base online have a harder time with Kickstarter Campaigns. And, I just knew that I was one of those fans that was out of touch. I, quite by chance, happened to see a Facebook post on the live feed, but I could have easily missed it because I usually ignore the thing.

And, Twitter is a mess of tweets that I don’t really read. I wasn’t on his mailing list because I battle bulging email inbox every day. I’m always unsubscribing from things that are not directly related to my current projects.

So, if you are an artist looking to run a successful Kickstarter Campaign, here are a few pointers:

  • Build your mailing list by giving them fan stuff, unreleased stuff, you know…insider stuff.
  • Interact with your fans on Twitter (see: http://owlcitymusic.com/home). Answer their tweets or have a social media manager interact with them, available for as low as $4 in some places to keep the conversation going.
  • Fans are people. And, at the base level, they just want to feel valued. How do you accomplish that on Facebook? I’m sure you can think of something (like saying thank you, regularly, like giving fans a reason to return to your Facebook page regularly — why did they decided to follow what you are doing in the first place?
  • Pay attention to your super fans, you know, the ones that will volunteer to be a part of the “street team.” You’ll know who they are because they will act like they know you on Twitter, send you emails periodically to your booking email address, make fan art or covers of your songs…because you want to offer them the opportunity to organize themselves and help make your projects happen. They will. It’s fun. It’s a joy for them. And, possibly more rewarding for them than you can imagine.

 

How do I know this?

 

I am a superfan.

I love, serve and protect artists who I find worthwhile.  And, I’ve made some ridiculous fan art in the past, and spent a lot of time in fan communities working to further the cause: the cause of letting everyone in the world know how awesome George Sampson, Owl City, David Bowden or Orlando Bloom is…(hmmm, do I like any female artists???)

 

You can then organize your fans around a common purpose because you will have their attention. For this particular project I thought about where David Bowden’s fans might be hiding. So, I did a short video promotion through YouTube, I did a number of promotions on Christian Facebook Fan Pages, and I bought some retweets.

I noticed that the number one place where his fans were sharing their excitement was on Twitter, so had I been a social media manager for this campaign, I would have organized all of the fans on Twitter to take unified action. I observed this phenomenon (creating trending Twitter news through unified tweeting) recently with iCarly Star, Jennette McCurdy’s “…” campaign. I also noticed that Adam Young of Owl City is doing a similar push to a million Twitter followers while riding on the fame of his latest hit single “Good Time”.

I used to be a Mashable.com addict because I’m a little obsessed with new media and promotions. But, now I just stick to studying live campaigns. I’m still wowed by the first Obama Campaign, Scot Stratten’s Tweet-a-thon and many multi-million dollar Kickstarter campaigns that get funded because they are extremely connected.

This is wisdom of the Obama Campaign: “Show them the power they have. Then, show them the power they have together (to make something they believe in *an abstract idea* happen.”

This is some wisdom from Scott Stratten’s Tweet-a-thon: “Build social currency first through paying attention to people and promoting their projects.”

This is some wisdom from the multi-million dollar Kickstarter Campaigns: “Hire or consult experts. Plan out each phase; have a few update videos shot beforehand for milestones. Give frequent updates on the campaign. Dig deep into the fan base that loves to do grassroots stuff.”

A basic marketing principle applies here. Be specific (like step by step specific) when mobilizing your fans to spread the news about your project, and even with a small fan base, you can have amazing results!

P.S. I thought that I had got an nice video interview, but after it was rendered, I noticed there was only an audio feed recorded from his side, so we have this nice video placeholder. I, for one, do not want to stare at more than a few minutes of myself talking. So, without David Bodwen being in the video, I chose to scrap the entire video feed.

P.P.S: Here is the Kickstarter Project Page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1972989096/12-the-film

 

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Hal Elrod Author of The Miracle Morning: His 1 Year Total Life Transformation

Meet Yo Pal Hal! He’s a Motivational Speaker and Best-selling Author

I must admit that I had downloaded the two free chapters of The Miracle Morning book, but I hadn’t read them, and I think it’s because there was no promise made of what I would receive from reading them, but here are the highlights from Chapters 1 & 2:

“Even when life is difficult or challenging—especially when life is difficult and challenging—the present is always an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become better than we’ve ever been before.” -Hal Elrod

Hal shares the story of the 70mph car crash that put him in a coma and awakened him to the miracle that life is. I’m not sure if this was around the time that he coined the phrase “Give up being perfect for being authentic,” but that is one of his sayings that has stuck with me over the years.

The Accident Broke His Body But Not His Spirit
“And, as a result of choosing to be genuinely grateful for all that I had, unconditionally accepting of all that I didn’t, and accepting total responsibility for creating all that I wanted, this potentially devastating car accident ultimately became one of the best things that ever happened to me…I used my accident to fuel a triumphant come back.”

Even when the publisher of his first best-selling book took of with his royalties in 2006, he was not defeated. He chose to remain grateful and keep creating more opportunities for himself and his family.

He quotes Seth Godin: “Life’s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliché, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless; it’s painful.”

The Jim Rohn Effect

Les Brown, Tony Robbins and many others credit Jim Rohn with their early success. Hal is one of them too. Jim said, “Your level of success will seldom succeed your level of personal development.” Actually, a former coach of mine quotes him quite often without crediting him.

As a success coach, Hal Elrod walks clients through how they can ‘Attract, Create, and Sustain’ level of success they desire. Developing The Miracle Morning was a part of his journey to ensuring he accomplished that for himself.

If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different.

For those of you who don’t know, I am in the middle of a 90 Day Challenge with myself in which I am just applying everything I am learning from the guy in the banner next to this post. I understand this principle. Hall goes a little bit deeper. He examines our very nature as humans. He states “as human beings we were born with the innate desire and drive to continuously grow and improve.” This couldn’t be more true.

The average American is 20 lbs. overweight, $10,000 in debt, slightly depressed, dislikes his or her job, and has less than one close friend.

Life stays that way if we let it. Many of us have given up, and think there is nothing we can do about it, but Hal Elrod says by doing the Miracle Morning he went from being in the worst shape of his life and drowning in $450,000 in personal debt to building multiple successful businesses, paying off 100% of my debt, more than doubling my income, and achieving my dreams of becoming an international keynote speaker, having my story featured in the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, being interviewed on radio and TV shows across the country, and performing at my mental and physical peak by completing a 52-mile ultra-marathon—all in less than 12 months.

That sounds a bit miraculous

He also quoted George Lorimer: “You’ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” He promises that you’ll quickly see that when you change the way you wake up in the morning, you change your entire life.

The Miracle Morning Promises

…to give you Simple strategies that make it EASY TO WAKE UP get yourself out of bed every morning and GUARANTEED TO immediately INCREASE your ENERGY, MOTIVATION, CLARITY, FOCUS, and CONFIDENCE while simultaneously LOWERING your stress, and eliminating your fears and limitations…

More “INTENTIONAL TIME” than you’ve ever had before to focus on your most important GOALS & DREAMS (especially those you have been putting off) so that you quickly see results and progress toward your deepest wants and desires, faster than you ever thought possible.

You will wake up every day with more energy, feeling excited and empowered with the tools to fulfill your potential just like thousands of others.

√ Immediately lower your stress levels.
√ Quickly overcome any challenges, adversity or limiting beliefs that
have been holding you back.
√ Improve your overall health, lose weight (if desired), and get in the
best physical shape of your life.
√ Increase your productivity and enhance your ability to maintain
laser focus on your top priorities.
√ Experience more gratitude and less worry.
√ Significantly increase your ability to earn and attract more monetary
wealth (if desired).
√ Uncover and begin living your life purpose.
√ Stop settling for less than you truly desire and deserve (in any area
of your life) and start living in alignment with your vision for the
most extraordinary life you can imagine.

CONNECT WITH HAL ELROD ON FACEBOOK

Go to THEMIRACLEMORNING.COM to get the first two chapters free and be notified of the half off sale when it’s launched on December 12th!

Hal and I have something in common. We are both former Cutco sales representatives that don’t hate the company. He actually rose to the ranks of an award winning district sales manager and hall of fame inductee, while I went through the assistant manager training, couldn’t take the pressure and bailed. I took a summer off to work in a national park, and when I returned my district manager had closed the office due to damage from Hurricane Charley (or so I was told).

I think that the miracle morning works because Hal is always reading the best motivational books, motivational quotes and self development books. But, maybe we’ve already been there; maybe you already have like 20+ self development books. The Miracle Morning takes it a step further by giving you the process to take what you’re reading and turn it into a life transformation.  In my opinion, he has some of the greatest motivational quotes in his book, but don’t take my word for it.

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Dreams to Reality

“You’re not taking this seriously, and it could cost you your life.” -David Wood

I want to talk about my recent interview with Chris Coon. I am not sharing the video here yet because I am juggling a few things, and I want to have it professionally edited before I post it here or anywhere else.

Chris Coon has the dream of starting and running a non-profit organization that helps homeless people become entrepreneurs. Essentially, he wants to provide a platform for homeless people to sell their art. Chris himself is an artist. He writes poetry and currently works at a tattoo parlor in Staten Island called Deadly Ink. So, you might want to stop by and say hello, and buy a t-shirt or custom greeting card while you’re there.

Because I was recently coached by the amazing, amazing “Coach’s Coach” Mark Moffitt, I also wanted to share a little bit from that experience too.

Chris in in interim, but he has made the habit of playing big, so I know that he will succeed in getting his non-profit going. A common error that we all tend to make is asking for permission or validation from others before going for our goals. I think that I may have forgot to tell Chris when we met that I was a poet too, and I could not imagine selling copies of poems to passer-byers could work. The idea just does not seem plausible. But, he did it. He’s sold thousands of copies of his poems since making the decision to start selling his work late last year.

So, I want to walk you through the process of seeing a dream become a reality.

STEP 1. Create the vision in your mind.

When we understand that almost everything we see on the planet was once just an idea in someone’s mind, it’s really a lot easier to grasp this concept. The idea must first be conceived with clarity in the mind. Writing it out, mind-mapping, sketching, etc. helps.

STEP 2. Walk through the creation process in your mind.

Literally, picture yourself going through the creation steps, or if that is too much, picture yourself with the finished product or goal.

STEP 3. Stay with it.

The more real the vision or dream is to you, the easier it will be to take the necessary action. So, put reminders up in prominent places  such as your fridge, calendar or phone of that dream. If it will take a few months or years to accomplish the goal, this part is most important.

STEP 4. Get to work.

You will find work which you are passionate about very easy to complete. And, you will find that after you have made the decision to do something and you are working on it without wavering in your decision, the people and resources show up to help you complete your goal. It works out, without fail, every time.

Now, I will not say that this process is easy. I will not say that it is not without setbacks or challenges. But, if you have fully bought into making your dream a reality, nothing can stop you.

“You can do anything you want to do as long as you keep a good attitude and keep working at it. But the second you give up, you’re screwed!” – Dolly Parton

The idea is that your dream is like a seed. It takes time to grow before it breaks the soil and becomes a plant. You have to water it and protect it while it is young and fragile. And, you can’t dismiss it for months and then come back to it. It will die. But, if you nurture it like you’re supposed to and learn as you go along how to take care of it better by those that have had similar ideas and brought them into reality, then you will really know the dreams to reality process and succeed.

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http://ajleon.me/the-opportunity-cost-of-not-taking-yourself-seriously

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The Final Frontier – An Interview with Digital Nomad Kyle Del Bonis

*Interview Highlights*

Kyle’s cheap travel tip: Join a training program that requires it.

Why travel? Make international friends.

Kyle’s path to the location independent lifestyle:

   1) Get a portable home – like his van Cassie

   2) Negotiate a remote working agreement with your company after you have proved yourself to be a valuable player.

   3) Pimp out your vehicle with solar panels, and use a wheel chair battery to store the power or YOU COULD DIE.

   4) Document your life with a blog and connect with people on a real level using social media sites like Couchsurfing.com, FourSquare.com, and Twitter.com.

   5)  Meet the altruistic people on Couchsurfing.com and travel more.

   6) Change your life and do what you want while things are not exactly ideal.

   7) Study Study the martial arts. Connect with Kyle on

   FourSquare: https://foursquare.com/kyledelbonis

   Twitter: http://twitter.com/KyleDelBonis 

   Couchsurfing: www.couchsurfing.org/people/destinatus_animus/


or at his website: http://www.onelifestand.info

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I’m On it like Zemanta!

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Well, that was an obvious plug for Zemanta, because I love their service and have started using it for all my blogs, but what exactly am I on?

  • Setting up local money management classes for people in my community
  • Finishing an Amazon Associate website
  • Starting two Internet-based businesses
  • Testing products on eBay
  • Reselling educational products

Let, me share what my experience living just outside of Manhattan has been like for the last few months. I came here at the beginning of June. I had high expectations for finding a high paying job to pour funds into the startup that I founded in April. (I know, I know, how could I just start without funding, but I’m just going to get this 3rd or 4th fiasco out of the way.) Needless to say, I did not find my golden opportunity. I found two part-time contract jobs that are just above slave labor and kept looking. Now, I’m worn out and pissed off that I forgot, even for a minute why I came to New York in the first place. It wasn’t to do this. It wasn’t to complain about a lack of jobs or to burn myself out for $10 and hour.

So, now I have a break from one of my jobs, and I quit the other to focus on what I can create. And, the list above is exactly what I have started. I had to blog about this, because I am a professional educator (or at least my paper from that school in California says so), and now I am purposefully taking that knowledge and applying in more profitable areas.

Oh, I almost forgot the dude I wanted to feature or talk about for a minute. I have been plugging into this dude Eric Thomas since January this year, when I suffered a catastrophic break up with the love of my life. I was listless. It’s actually the reason why I stopped blogging. I wasn’t motivated to do much of anything. I was just confused about what to do with my life after that.

But, then one of my friends shared a video of ETthehiphoppreacher on Facebook, and it rekindled some of the fire I had to do stuff. Big stuff. Crazy stuff. I’m not fully recovered, but I am inspired and managing my life and emotions a lot better now. He’s been talking a lot about imagination lately, and the reality is that everything starts there. I’ve been imagining things done. I’ve been using this energy to propel me past the wall of “fear of the unknown.”

Fear of the Unknown definitely stops us. It’s why some people refuse to try new foods. Crazy, right? But, if you can just imagine yourself enjoying it…when you have those bricks of cement piled up in front of you, it’s your will and your imagination that sees your hand just below the last brick that crumbles them. Not your physical strength, your mental strength does it. It’s always those with a strong mind that fare better in life. Do you work harder on your mind than you do on your body? Or do you neglect it and numb it with sitcoms and Facebooking.

Listen to his story of dogged determination, and tell me if you think your circumstances can stop you:

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