One of the Greatest Ironies – Post 498

One of the greatest ironies of life is the fact that winners fail more often than losers. The fact is, most people spend their lives doing everything within their power to seek success while simultaneously doing everything in their power to avoid failure. That is a recipe that virtually ensures average performance.

Consider Thomas Edison, it was his one thousandth try before he created a working light bulb. Now you and I might say that he failed 10,000 times but when he was asked how he felt about failing 10,000 times he replied that he didn’t fail 10,000 times. He said that he discovered 10,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.

Look at Colonel Sanders as another example. He heard 1009 “no’s” before he heard his first yes. He was turned down one thousand and nine times before his chicken recipe was accepted. He knew what he wanted to achieve. He knew his recipe was good and he took action. He didn’t see it as 1009 failures he saw it as 1009 fools that didn’t comprehend what it was that he had.

Think about this, as a kid we weren’t fazed at all when we heard the word no. We shrugged it off. We laughed at it. We flicked it away like a bug. We took it as a challenge. Somewhere along the line this natural tenacity was lost or even drummed out of us. What if we could get that tenacity back?

Consider this story, a Zen master and his student in search of knowledge where talking. The Zen master is pouring a cup of tea while listening to his student. The student is going on and on about everything he has learned when the student notices that the Zen master has not only filled his cup to the brim but was allowing it to overflow all over the table. The student then asks, “Zen master, can’t you see the cup is overflowing?”

The Zen master replies, “You are like the cup, full to the top with what you already know. To learn something new, one must first be willing to empty their cup.”

What if, starting today, you can get that tenacity back?

What if, starting today, the word no stopped stopping you?
What if, starting today, every time you heard the word no you became stronger? More powerful? More resilient?

And what if – in fact – having people tell you no actually became fun?

It’s time to empty that cup of tea, that fear of failure and accept the no’s because right around the corner is a yes that you would have never heard because you were afraid of the word no.

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Why Hire a Coach? – Post 490

It has been quite some time since I posted on a regular basis. Hopefully I haven’t lost very many followers these past few months. I just want to take a few moments to explain what has been happening before I get into today’s topic on coaching and why you should have a coach if you want to take your business to the next level.

As most of you know I have a pharmacy consulting business in addition to my marketing endeavors. In order to keep myself marketable in the pharmacy world I found it necessary to continue my education so toward the last half of 2015 I enrolled in an educational program to obtain a certification in medication therapy management. After I completed the program I needed to continue to devote extra time to my pharmacy business. Since there are only so many hours in a day I had to back away a bit from some of my other  pursuits.

On the home front, my daughter is getting married on Sept 17 so I have spent a lot of time in preparation for that event. Thank God for my network marketing business. Even though I have not been able to give it the attention the business deserves, the check continues to come in month after month so it has been a great help with funding this wedding.

I just recently started another venture. Robert Kiyosaki, my virtual mentor, in his book Rich Dad Poor Dad teaches the concept of multiple streams of income. To accomplish this I am starting David Allen Capital of Kentucky and I am looking for someone to head up that sales team (for more info on the opportunity click here). I hope to have it up and running asap.

I also am re-launching my network marketing business as soon as the wedding is over. Last year I hit a plateau in that business and no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get the momentum started again. The momentum that is necessary to take my business to the next level. Over this past year I have spent considerable time contemplating what’s standing between me and my ultimate business and life goals. No matter how many courses I took or how much personal development I did I just couldn’t seem to get renewed traction.

Have you ever reached a certain level of success but found your business growth hit a plateau? Do you have a great business but not enough time to enjoy your life? I found myself in those exact circumstances and many other folks, once they reach a certain level of success, find themselves in the exact same positions. Why does it happen?

Whatever gets us to our current level of success isn’t usually enough to take us to the next level. Many of us know what to do to build our business but we find that we just don’t have the skill set to leverage the folks that are in our organization so  we can continue the growth of our organization.

Tom “Big Al” Schreiter said that “Personal development is important. We have to have a good attitude, be positive, have goals … but most people who join networking already have that. They are missing the skills to get the job done.” In order to move from where we are to where we REALLY want to be WE must change. We all have “blind spots” (limiting beliefs, sabotaging behaviors and unconscious habits) that keep us from moving forward. It’s challenging (if not impossible) to spot these issues on our own. This is where having s “personal coach” can make all the difference.

Why Hiring a Coach Can Be the Most Life-Changing Decision You’ll Ever Make.

Partnering with a coach can be like lighting a fire under your business and maybe even adding some gasoline! This kind of relationship can spark your business and get it moving faster than any other kind of support.

Why?

Because a great coach has the experience, strategies, skills and insights that can save YEARS of struggle and frustration. Rather that working blindly on your own (like I have been) – a coach can step you through a proven road-map. A coach can be a trusted guide to help identify exactly what’s missing in your business, and give the support to making the needed changes.

Besides solid business knowledge a great coach also has the ability to SEE you; your strengths, your weaknesses, and to suggest how to shift and grow so that the success and results you want happen easily. Creating a fun, fulfilling business that provides a great income, more free time, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

A few months ago I decided to hire a coach to guide me through; to take a non-biased look at what I am doing right and wrong and to get me moving in the right direction again. Starting next week, as I relaunch my business, I will share my coaching journey on this forum so be sure to subscribe or follow me as we take this journey together.

Success is About Self Education – Post 487

We’re taught all of our life to go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company. The reality is that that’s not how you create wealth.

 


It’s about self education.

Jim Rohn once said, “Formal education will make you a living. If you become self educated you can create a fortune.”


Over the years I have attend a lot of different seminars. I’ve met a lot different people that have done extremely well and have become financially independent in different niches in all types of different markets and the only thing they have in common is that they became personally educated and not just formally educated.


Over the past year I’ve met more than a dozen people that we’re all making over $1,000,000 and I was just trying to define, what’s the common denominator? 


Here’s what I think the number one thing in common was. The people that made it had reasons for making it. Strong driving reasons. But the other thing that I found just as fascinating was that of the ones that had a college degree, none of them were making their fortune in the field that they had studied in college.


Whether they went to school or not, every one of them realized that you have to do something different. You have to pay a price maybe, that society doesn’t tell you that you have to pay. 


There’s a lot of people that go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company and they have this attitude of entitlement. “I did what society told me to do now I’m entitled to make a good living and where’s my money?” 


That was me. I worked my tale of to put myself through college to become a pharmacist. That was my attitude afterward. It wasn’t until I lost it and was not able to find permanent employment for two years that I realized that success, financial freedom, was up to me and not to my job or my degree.


I’ve heard it said that all the “A” student’s end up working for the “C” students and it’s really true. Over my lifetime the people who have had the most success hired people to work for them that were all sharper than they were. The people that they hired all had skill sets that they didn’t have themselves. They hired a lot of people, highly intelligent people to work for them. Really highly intelligent people that were “A” student’s who ended up working for them.


During the world war, a Chicago newspaper published certain editorials in which, among other statements, said Henry Ford was “an ignorant pacifist.” Mr. Ford objected to the statements, and sued the paper for libeling him. When the suit was tried in the Courts, the attorneys for the paper placed Mr. Ford, himself, on the witness stand so he could prove to the jury that he was ignorant. The attorneys asked Mr. Ford many questions, all of them intended to prove, by Mr Ford’s own words, that, while he might have considerable specialized knowledge relating to manufacturing automobiles, overall he was ignorant.


He was asked questions like, “Who was Benedict Arnold?” and “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?” 


In answer to the last question, Mr. Ford replied, “I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back to England.”


Finally, Mr. Ford got tired of the questions, and in reply to a particularly offensive question, he leaned over, pointed his finger at the lawyer who had asked the question, and said, “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”


There’s a lot of good logic in that reply.


That answer floored the lawyer. Every person in the courtroom realized it was not the answer of an ignorant man. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. 


Through the assistance of his “Master Mind” group, Henry Ford had at his command, all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. It was not essential that he had this knowledge in his own mind. 


I don’t care what society has told you. Formal education makes you a living. If you become self educated in the right industry at the right time you can create a fortune. 


You can create a fortune here and it’s not difficult. Just do simple things over and over and over and over and teach others to do the same.


I ask you, “do you want to fail or do you want to succeed?”