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Selling An Idea. Selling Belief.

lots of people go to school and major in something. Finance. Marketing. Cardiology. Veterinary Sciences. Whatever.

I’m currently in school. Bet you didn’t know that. I’m in Financial Freedom school. it isn’t much different than people going to ‘normal’ colleges or universities, except our endpoint is likely much, much different. See, my school teaches me how to earn what I’m worth, and how to help others realize they are worth so much more. It teaches me how to recognize greatness in others. It teaches me how to believe in myself. At the end of my 3 years of school, I will be far better off financially, and living my life as I wish, not as my ‘free time’ dictates.

The hardest subject in my schooling is how to sell an idea. A belief, if you will. Sure, I have tangible products to sell, and customers are great; we need them to keep moving, as any business does. But I have to learn to sell an idea that there are different ways to live. That there are alternative means to earn money, means that grow and grow and grow. But you have to get a person to believe it is possible first.

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Full Speed Ahead, Next Stop: Creativeville #RPO #PlanB

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How was your weekend? Did you enjoy it? Did you perhaps go somewhere, and really not want to return to work this morning? Welcome to the world of billions.

I’m trying to end that cycle for myself, and anyone else that wants to jump on the train.

I saw this blurb today:

USAtoday.com writes: By 2030, based on the current trend of widening income inequality, close to 85% of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience bouts of economic insecurity.

I’ve been through my bout, never want to go back. Still climbing out of it, as a matter of fact. Why is it that the majority of people must have a negative experience affect their life before they will create a ‘cushion’ for themselves? Before they realize it is even necessary? Are you one of those people? Are you going through life every day, thinking to yourself, I have a good job, comfortable life, generally have no problems with money (people that live paycheck to paycheck view themselves as comfortable because their paycheck is big enough to cover what they currently want). What happens when you get hurt, can’t work, or even worse, what would happen if you died? If your spouse died? If there was no life insurance? And I’m not talking AFLAC stuff here.  Morbid? Yep. Reality? Oh, yes.

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So…What is it You DO, Anyway?

We have had our online business for about 16 months now, and yet I am willing to put money on the fact that 95% of our friends and family have no idea what it is we actually ‘do’. They probably think they do, but I guarantee they do not. Why do I say that? Because if they KNEW, truly knew, more would be interested in it for either themselves, or to help out.

We Help People

Sounds too easy, right? Wrong.

We help people. We help them find purpose. We help them chase dreams (and catch them). We help them set goals that in turn see them grow as a person. We help them get out of debt. We help them create wealth. We help them get healthy. We help them do things they’ve never thought they could. We help to create paths that they never knew existed. We help them to start new chapters in life.

I’ve had people say to me in the past, “You can do all that through shopping?” Back then, I didn’t have the conviction and belief and experience that I do now. My answer then is quite different than it is today:

Yep. You are damned right we do.

I encourage people to do things they’ve never thought possible. I show them what else there is for their lives, and it is up to them to decide if they want it. I can tell you right now, that if I had never agreed to start this journey (having no idea at the time that it was going to BE a journey), we would be at a very different place in our lives. I’d still be unhealthy, and likely prepping for knee surgery. I’d still be sleeping like crap, and taking about 12 days of vacation per year because of illness, not actual vacation. I would still have no light at the end of the tunnel, and would still feel immensely guilty for not making it to my boys’ school things, or for only seeing them for a couple hours each day, and perpetuating the same cycle that our parents had.

Now, I can teach my kids that there are alternatives to being in debt for half your life (if not much longer), and to sitting in a box, to go to a box all day, and go home in a box, to watch a box, and repeating over and over, just to end up in a box at the end of your life. For some odd reason, that has never been a good thing, to me. I’ve always had this feeling that crawled beneath my skin, starting from my first ‘real’ job, all the way to this one. I’ve always felt there should be more to life, and I’ve spent time trying to find it, and failing. But now? I found it. I found my ‘more’. Wouldn’t you want to find your ‘more’?

I’m not here to talk anyone into anything, ever. You’re an adult, you make your own decisions. I provide information that you can either take, or leave. You want to decide it is something it is not, even though you have never given it a chance, or even looked at it? Go for it. But I’ll be over here, helping those that DO want more, and that are willing to listen. I know what can work, what does work, and how to work it. Our new objective is to help those that are with us to succeed, because without their success, WE are not successful. Do you want to come with us?

I hope it is obvious that I speak with conviction. If anyone knows me personally, they know that I don’t do things halfway. If I believe in it, it excels. If I don’t, it falters. I have absolute belief in what we have, where we are going, and that we will help others to do the same. I’d love for more to join us.

The Emotional High Before the Jarring Letdown

Have you ever had a day where you go about your daily routine, but it doesn’t feel quite right? Almost…foreign? Today is that day for me.

My weekend was spent at a convention for my business. Fairly normal, like most of the others we’ve gone to in the past 15 months, except this one was different. It was elevated.

My sister and I were ‘guest speakers’, in a panel called ‘Millionaires and Millionaires-in-the-Making’. Obviously we are not the former (yet), so we were the half of the panel that is on their way, along with a couple others. We knew a couple of the ‘millionaires’ (yes, they are that, but it wasn’t really about THAT) already, so there was a certain level of comfort at the start.

Going on stage in front of 2000 people to talk about how you  have succeed thus far? Not comfortable. I’ve become accustomed to going onstage to accept an award or recognition for an achievement, but going onstage to actually TALK? Not really. I’ll admit it, I was a bit terrified. But I sucked it up and went out there, and I did pretty dang well. Except the part where Karisa made me cry. Again. Well, the first time was my own fault, because I was talking about how a product had changed my health, therefore changing my life. Emotions run wild.

When you do these kinds of things, you are seen as ‘somebody’ in the eyes of those watching. Do I feel different as a person? No. But I sure am treated differently. If feels good to know that you connect with someone on a personal level, even though you may never know about that connection. Or that you helped a person make a decision to turn themselves around and reach for their goals and dreams again. Things of that sort.

The problem, though, is that when you go back to your daily life, your daily routine, it seems so small. I don’t mean home life, that is always good to get back to, I mean work. Whatever you do to make a living (not sure why they call it a ‘living’ when really, you aren’t doing a lot of living). It feels WEIRD. The people I work with know nothing about the weekend I just experienced, except my boss, who isn’t here to ask how it was. The rest of them are aware that I had a ‘thing’, but have no idea of what transpired. There is absolutely no way to say this without sounding very full of myself (I’m aware of this–but I swear I’m not), but I feel bigger than my job. I feel bigger than the tasks given me. Will I continue to do them? Of course, for now, while I still need the paycheck. But by the end of this year? Not with the plans we have going on.

I think that part of the problem is how negative a work environment tends to be, in comparison with the positive environment that our conferences exude. You are happy and excited and having fun for 3 straight days, and then you come back to whiny, bitchy, complaining people, and you can’t do a thing about it. I much prefer to listen to encouragement and positive information, rather than the consistent negativity from the workplace. Calgon, take me away…(I hope that my readers are old enough to remember that…all 3 of them).

Since this is already long, I’m going to save my next thoughts for tomorrow, when I address what it actually is that we *do*, since people seem to not understand it just yet. Stay tuned…

Leadership Traits–Do You Have Them?

I read an article today (9 Traits of the Best Leaders), and a few of the noted traits really stood out to me. I can’t say that I exhibit all of them, all the time, but a few of them I really do try to hold to. Though these are more directed at ‘bosses’ in a JOB environment, they can be maneuvered into any leadership situation.

  • 4. They support without seeking credit. 

A customer is upset. A vendor feels shortchanged. A coworker is frustrated. Whatever the issue, good bosses support their employees. They know that to do otherwise undermines the employee’s credibility and possibly authority.

Afterword, most bosses will say to the employee, “Listen, I took up for you, but…”

Remarkable bosses don’t say anything. They feel supporting their employees—even if that shines a negative spotlight on themselves—is the right thing to do and is therefore unremarkable.

Even though we all know it isn’t.

 

There are a lot of things that I help my business partners with, and a lot of things I do in my day job that people don’t realize I do. I don’t care if I get the credit (unless someone gets it that had nothing to do with it, but that’s a different story), as long as it gets done. If you are doing what you think you are doing, you should not have to given credit publicly. Believe me, the people involved already know if you did it, or if you did not.

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