Monthly Archives: September 2014

Be Remarkable

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Be Remarkable

With the invention of the internet there are so many courses on any subject you could ever imagine. There are so many ways you can connect with people. And so many opportunities to be had. No matter what you decide on: better yourself, open yourself, believe in yourself, and pick yourself!

There is no one else exactly like you on the planet. Be the Best Person you can be everyday and start moving towards what truly makes you happy… some day it may become your primary income!

 

Today a dietitian and 2 vets called about my opportunity. I’m happy there are business owners who see the benefit of supplementing their business with network marketing. I enjoy helping them succeed, knowing that they promote products and services that Build a Better Community!

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Collecting My Thoughts

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I’ve been writing a manifesto to Build a Better Community. I recently heard a quote that resonated with me. Reese from Person of Interest said “We don’t need jobs. We need a purpose.” This was the most resounding statement I had ever heard because in my opinion this is exactly what we as a people are missing.

While doing research on unemployment and underemployment, I found the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) News Release which was publicized on September 5, 2014. It has officially been concluded that the unemployment rate in the United States is 6.1% for August 2014. How does this branch of the government come to this conclusion?

Does 6.1% take into consideration civilians who are underemployed?  I think this a very serious issue. On the BLS website the overall unemployed and underemployed stat for August 2014 is a whopping 12.0%. With that said, the Economic Policy Institute finds that a total of 16.8 percent of new grads are “underemployed,” meaning they’re either jobless and hunting for work; working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job; or want a job, have looked within the past year, but have now given up on searching. What are we the people doing about this?

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) collected test results from about 28 million 15 year old students representing 65 countries in 2012. In the key findings of the PISA 2012 results, US ranks 27th in math, 17th in reading and 20th in science out of the 34 OECD countries. To top it off we also spend more per student than most countries. When my son was in the second grade, he came home saying the school told the kids to tell the parents that C is average and okay! I was floored! In my household growing up a C was equivalent to an F now we are being told that a C is okay. With that in mind are we as a nation trying to be average?

When a young adult graduates and enters the workforce, majority had been taught to follow when many companies need fresh eyes to more updated and scalable systems. To make matters worse, companies prefer to focus on share holders and the bottom line; while too many workers are doing just enough to not get fired. Many work environments are based on competition and the fear of losing one’s job. Think… how does one usually get a promotion within a department? A higher up needs to be fired, laid off, or retire. Job Security doesn’t exist anymore. When the average person gets a “promotion” do they receive a salary increase to go with the additional workload?

I think society can only be changed from the bottom up and with a people who accept the need to change and have the courage to move in a different direction. I want my community to benefit from “forward” thinking and proven results. The era of the corporation has ended. While people are looking for jobs, are being exploited for inadequate pay, or are limited to part time hours for full time work, there is a whole other way of making a living. While some condemn all network marketing as pyramid schemes, one must ask one’s self hasn’t there been conventional companies where a vast majority of the employees were left with nothing when a few key people financially gained. Moreover, isn’t failure more likely if one isn’t taught the basic skills needed to succeed?

I decided this year to be the change I want to see in the world. Are you ready to make that decision?

Take a Leap to the Better Bowl

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Take a Leap to the Better Bowl

With yesterday’s post hopefully you stopped to take stock of your life and your feelings. Do you feel fulfilled with what you are doing for work? At the end of the day, do you feel like you made a difference in someone else’s life? Do you wish you had more in life? More time? More money? More freedom?

I chose this picture because it depicts society. The small bowl is overcrowded and limiting while the big bowl has only a few. Wouldn’t you want to switch to the bigger bowl?

A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reported that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. With that said Why do people listen to those around them who try to stop them? Getting a good education and finding a job isn’t working anymore. Don’t you think it might be better to do something different?

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

Every time I hear the song Defying Gravity from Wicked the Musical I cry when she states:

I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!

I’m through accepting limits
‘Cuz someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!

She reached to point to say No I need to do what I want to do and see if it will be better for me. These 2 parts resonate with me. And gives me strength.

Why don’t you take that leap? Is it because a part of you needs proof that you can be great? Why don’t you turn your thoughts around to take the leap because what you are currently doing hasn’t caused something great to happen? Whether the leap is to quit your job, start a network marketing opportunity, perform with a dance class, write a book, talk to that person you like. Regret should only occur when you fail to act. Think of it, if you act and it doesn’t work out you are a step closer to your goal. You know what not to do, or that there is better out there for you.

WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK?

Are you a person who needs to wait and see? I think Dr Seuss said it Best in the book Oh the Places You’ll Go:

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

Dr Seuss at the end of the book says:

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

… you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Believe in yourself and take action! Jump to the Big Bowl! 

Being vs Feeling Helpless

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Being vs Feeling Helpless

I’m sure you looked at that picture and thought to yourself “That Sucks!” but being a picture there was nothing that you could do about it. If you were to step out of your life and look at it objectively with our thoughts and feelings would you say the same thing?

A few years ago a friend of mine was in a job that she absolutely hated. Her beloved company was bought out and the new company was ridding itself of the employees of the original company.  Her new boss had no idea what needed to be done and didn’t build employee morale. While my friend was at work she was expected to train her boss who was unappreciative and rude. Every time my friend had a bad day she would call and complain to me. And my comment would always be to brush up the resume and start looking. These words went unheeded until she was laid off along with the last 1/4th of the original company. Strangely enough my friend was DEVISTATED! I couldn’t for the life of me understand how she was so upset when EVERY DAY she was upset!? The funny thing is that less that 5 weeks later she had another job… that she liked! Why did she stay?

In my last job my coworker was verbally belittled and blamed for everything that went wrong in the office, including mistakes that were made before she worked at the company. My boss had it out for her and in meeting would let loose a barrage of barbs aimed at my coworker. There were a couple of time when my coworker was shaking from being emotionally overwhelmed! The rest of the office would tell her to start looking for other work as this the boss has it out for her and her response was that she was a single mom with no family to help her. I left the company and a couple months later she was fired. She was written up for 5 year old mistakes (she wasn’t working there at the time), mistakes that I made and corrected, and overlooking some details. In the past couple months she has been unemployed looking for work. Why did she stay?

 

I experienced these two incidents and the question Why did these two hard working, sharp women stay in such negativity? Did they not think they were good enough to find something better? Did they think this was the best that they could get?

Too many people don’t think that they can succeed in attaining their dreams and with that thought they don’t even bother to attempt to try. They think this is probably the best they can have.

My own story… When I first decided to quit my job a part of me said that I wasn’t going to succeed, that I would need a job in a few months. There were so many people who told me that this is crazy and still ask me every time they see me if I found my way and got another job. It doesn’t matter that I have plenty of experience with customer service, training others, communications, interpersonal skills, public speaking and business. It doesn’t matter that I’m working much harder for myself than I was for my last job. The only thing they see is I don’t have the gold level health insurance or paid vacations. It doesn’t matter that I am happier now, am able to be at my son’s school or events when needed, and can set my hours to any time.

Something pushed me to the breaking point and a part of me knew that I am able giving me the courage to leave. Over the past few months I’ve worked through hurdles, reached epiphanies, and spoke with hundreds of people. Over the past couple weeks the seeds that I planted are finally breaking the surface and I’m seeing results. The feelings of helplessness are lifting and I can appreciate that I was never actually helpless to attain my goals!

Be Yourself – Your True Self

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Be Yourself – Your True Self

I love this quote. The world will try to change you into someone else –  have you ever had a dream, but didn’t follow it because you heard “It would be wrong”, “that’s not how the world works”, or “stop being a dreamer”. I’ve seen the looks of “you poor thing, that will never work” or “I don’t want you to get hurt”.

Don’t let them – Be yourself, follow your dreams, Proudly Show Your Brilliance

There is only one you with your strengths, weaknesses, experiences and dreams. There has been no one like you since before the dawn of time and will never be another like you to the end of time. You are truly Amazing and the world is a Better Place because you are in it.

I think the world would be a much better, more interesting place if everyone had the courage to contribute their Brilliance.

I’m watching the movie The Mummy (one of my favorite shows). A scene that always gets me is when she is upset that the Bembridge Scholars had rejected her application. This saddens me as so many people will see themselves as “not enough” and will give up. Could you imagine a world without Dr Seuss? Theodore Geisel was rejected 27 times. How about Judy Bloom or J.K. Rowling? Walt Disney? Oprah? Thomas Edison? Steve Jobs? Bill Gates? Albert Einstein? Steven Spielberg?

Seth Godin stated “Reject the tyranny of being picked: pick yourself” Are you going to let someone stop you? Or are you going to decide to Be Yourself?

Take that Bembridge  Scholars!

Different from the World

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Different from the World

I look at how school teaches my son and his classmates. The kids are taught how to follow directions, sit still and quietly, and to memorize information that they can Google.

Kids come out of school not knowing how to think for themselves into a society that has no jobs for them, but has taught them that this is the only acceptable path to take. Graduates are either unemployed or underemployed, or they can’t find a job in their area of study while they still have student loans to pay.

Shouldn’t we be exposing them to think differently. There are some amazing books:

  • Risky is the New Safe: The Rules Have Changed…     by Randy Gage
  • Linchpin: Are you indispensable?     by Seth Godin
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad     by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Think and Grow Rich    by Napoleon Hill
  • The Richest Man in Babylon     by George S. Clason
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People    by Dale Carnegie
  • Secrets of a Millionaire Mind    by T Harv Eker

Something I’m interested in doing in my son’s school is to start an entrepreneur club. Teaching goal setting, how to break down the goals into small daily steps, useful business skill and personal improvement skills. I also want to empower them to think BIGGER, be confident in themselves and their abilities and have the courage to be different.

If you have a dream, I hope you have the desire and the confidence to fulfill it. Just know you can always contact me to help you on your way.

For My Son – a Very Important Ripple

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For My Son – a Very Important Ripple

When I think of doing anything I think how does it affect my life and how will it help me be a role model for my son

Growing up I remember my mom’s family told me to travel the world, experience all that I can, and do everything I can before I got married. For the longest time I felt that getting married was life ending. I eloped after dating a really nice guy for 2 years. After a year we moved to Los Angeles and I announced my marriage along with the coming birth of my son.

He came after we had decided to wait for 5 years. I thank the Universe every day for such a Fantastic child. I see my beauty, my strength, my dreams, my goals. I got to hear him talk to his friends when he was in the 3rd grade. He told them how his mom works at home and how she is always able to be there. To him this was the norm.

Later that year I took a job as a door to door “sales person”. I loved what I did, but I worked LONG HOURS! Sometimes I would come home to my little person waiting up for me. I remember one night I scolded him for not being asleep. It took me a shower to realize what I had done… I was scolding my child for wanting to see me and spend time with me!!

I love spending time with him, volunteering at his school, supporting him at swim meets, and watching him in orchestra. I love that he volunteers locally, helps those around him, and takes responsibility for what he has to do and accountability for what he has done. I was pleasantly surprised that he has inherited my love for traveling, public speaking, and helping others. I’ve always told him that my job as a mom is to make sure he grows up to become an upstanding citizen of the planet.

I want to Build a Better Community for my son and I’m happy he wants to help me.

Follow Your Passion

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Follow Your Passion

Do you remember what your passion is? Are you happily living your passion?

When I ask random people one of my favorite questions “If you had a Billion dollars, what would you be doing?” 8 out of 10 will tell me: quit my job, pay off all my bills, buy [whatever toys], and take a vacation. When I dig a little deeper I hear: I don’t know or I never really thought of that.

Why are dreams stamped out by others?

When I told my dad that I wanted to be a parapsychologist and get my degree at Duke University, he told me parapsychology is a rich man’s hobby.

When I wanted to be a priest (I went to Catholic school) the head nun told me that only a man can become a priest. As a woman I can become a nun. What is up with that?

Why do we allow others to stamp out our dreams?

It wasn’t until this year that I decided that I serve the world better when I do what makes me happy. I enjoy meeting people, talking to people, hearing about their dreams and goals, and helping them attain them. Not only do I get a sense of accomplishment, I am a positive role model for my son and his friends.

My son has always been taught that he can accomplish anything he set his mind to as long as he decides every day that that is what he wants to do and is working towards the goal. When it comes to swim practice I don’t have to force him as he is the one who will be upset with the results of his next meet. I have always taught him about accountability and responsibility. That he is the creator of his life and through his decisions makes his own path.

Sometimes the push that others give, put us on a better road that the original one

I got my bachelor in Business (my 10th declared major – my parents just wanted me to finish “with PE if needed”) and then got a master in IT. I must admit that I truly feel in my element when I restructure a business that has grown too fast, make a computer system scalable, and teach coworkers professional skills.  There is so much more that I have in my sights and decide every day to move towards.

Maybe dreams ARE just goals with no deadline… I can still become a parapsychologist; however, I don’t want to be a priest any more. If it wasn’t for some of my “dream stealers” I wouldn’t have my big dreams now or love what I do.

 

Just One Day?

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Just One Day?

Are you fulfilled with your day to day life? I ask myself this question every, single day. Over the past couple weeks I can honestly say yes. My life is my own – I have no one to blame when I slack off but myself, BUT I have no one to praise when I accomplish the goals I set for myself but me.

Over a year ago I had decided to pursue a life of network marketing. This decision was a result of not being approved for paid time off to see my son try out for the Jamaican National Swim Team. An opportunity came up the very next day, I KNEW this was a Fantastic Opportunity, diverse and stable company, AND the Compensation Plan was simple and realistic. I started a couple days later.

My results weren’t spectacular, but I was able to keep my head above water. When I couldn’t get time off for my son’s first international meet (yes he made the team!) it stoked the internal desire. I was reminding people to download shop buddy on their computer and the app on their phone to earn Cash Back on their regular shopping.

My attitude was getting more negative, and I felt put upon at work. One day in the middle of a blaming incident (towards someone else for something I did and admitted to doing) I handed my resignation. I worked pretty consistently for the first few weeks but then with contentment I started getting lazy and slacking off. Thankfully I was attending online courses, listening to audio books, and watching instructional videos when one moved me so much that I decided to attend one.

Eric Worre was Spectacularly motivational in my life. I attended his Insanity Bootcamp and had SO many gems of wisdom to bring back to my team. The idea that resonated with me the most was People are moved by your campaign, then you THEN your opportunity. From what I’ve always learned with the teachings in network marketing is that one must promote the opportunity… nothing was ever said about a campaign or me. The inner fire got a little bigger.

I went to Insanity Bootcamp almost 2 months ago. My whole grasp of me and my campaign has changed. Now I want to Build a Better Community – helping licensed health professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, non profits and the community. When that switch happened people started contacting me, I started meeting influential people within my community, and opportunities presented themselves.

Yesterday I replied to 7 people who were asking about this “job” and on the first reply I felt weird saying “this isn’t a job, it is a business opportunity that helps the community”. The old feelings and connotations with network marketing that I’ve experienced talking to people came back; and a small part of me felt misleading. Then I remembered something:

Network marketing is a way to freedom. It is one of the only professions that promotes self growth in order to achieve success.

There are companies that are switching from hourly pay to salary (no overtime) or strictly commission. I think that if the world is already going in that direction shouldn’t a person get paid for the foundation that they built, the products and services that they recommended and sold, and the positive difference that they make to the community? Shouldn’t each person be able to build their own dreams and have the freedom to spend time with their kids, follow their dreams, and live their passion?

I don’t think that a decision is made in one day… but the decision change course is. The feeling of accomplishment in making the decision usually is only the first day *grinning* before the fear of change or the unknown, failure or success creeps up on you. And one must battle that demon until one starts seeing the fruits of their labor. But for me the part that was sick and tired of having to answer to anyone, feeling unfulfilled, and feeling that my life was a spiral that was really wearing me down mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is still to this day happy that I had the courage to take the first step and decide that I truly needed a change.

 

To borrow the close from my Dear Mentor Eric Worre

My wish for you is to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional – for you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way.”

Are you answering your question?

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Are you answering your question?

I know I was raised to get a good education, get a good paying job and I will be happy. I found this not to be true.

I got a bachelor in business and a master in IT. Most of the time I had to dumb down my resume to even be considered for a position, then when I got the job I out grew it within months. My mind was different than most of my coworkers. I learned what I had to do, then I would look at how the system worked. My way of thinking is make the system as effective and efficient as possible. This didn’t go over well most of the time. Many supervisors thought I was trying to take their position… furthest thing from my mind. Also when I lost the feeling of accomplishment or saw that they preferred to be redundant and obsolete I had to leave.

I need to feel like I am making a difference in other people’s lives. My favorite position to date was when I went door to door as “acquisitions” and customer service for a telecommunication company. Their new service was becoming available in small pockets of the county. I was the person to introduce customers to the new product and make sure they were satisfied with what they currently had. I loved training my co-workers, meeting people at their homes, and helping them save money after looking over their bills and making them aware of their service and spending. One customer saved over $150 per month with this new program and looking up the number instead of calling 411. Not everyone was open to the new service and I was only yelled at once – by a man who told me to come back.

I was honest and told people when what they currently had was the best they could afford. I got phone calls thanking me by their families for being so honest. I was the face of customer service in the areas that I oversaw. I held this position over 6 years ago and sometimes will run into someone that I had visited. I was impressed that those I ran into remembered my name and truly cared about my well being. Just recollecting the artist at a Arts Festival in South Miami or a woman at Costco brings me to tears knowing that I made such an impact that they remembered me so long after I had visited them at their homes.

I feel that this is the answer to my life questions. How can I best serve my community? How can I truly make a positive difference?