When is it OK to join a pre-launch?

Even I have said in previous posts, stay away from pre-launches, as MOST of them fail, and you will find many well meaning gurus and experts say the same thing. For the most part they are right, yet SOMETIMES they are not!

You see, the TRUTH is, if you get with the right Company at the beginning and STICK with it through the difficult pre-launch growing pains period and the Company survives, and you survive THEN you will probably be one of the top earners in that opportunity, that is provided you put your head down and work your butt off in the beginning period telling the World!

How do you spot a winner that you can take to the bank?

Well firstly you need to find out about who is behind the operation? And if you cannot get direct access to such information at first, because often Companies guard that kind of info in the pre-launch for legitimate professional reasons, then the next best indicator is if the person who introduced you has Integrity and gives you reassurances, then you may have to borrow their conviction to keep you going in the first instance.

If you sit back and wait until you have all the answers in the beginning, you will miss the very reason for capitalising on being in the pre launch. Most people miss this, that’s why they give up and do not succeed, because they cross their arms defensively whilst other wiser folks follow their instinct and go for it!

What you need to know or get assured of is that he people behind the business come from a real solid business background and have the experience and track record running real businesses.

Whatever you do, if its run by a bunch of ex-networkers without proper experience running Companies, it probably is doomed for failure. No disrespect to networkers, however its one thing building a distributorship, its yet an entirely different thing to build a Company.

Next point is it properly capitalised? That can often be found out by knowing their asset base, or at least part of it, again visiting their offices and meeting the key owners should have been done by someone?

What about their product, physical or virtual, do you think there is a valid market for the product? Is it a useful service? Is it unique or is there lots of competition? Its ok not to be totally unique, I mean there is XBox and there is PlayStation, they are both good products, both have a market niche and both are valid.

The important thing is would you use the product? Is it current, does it follow or lead a new trend area or emerging trend area? Is it a real product of value to the consumer? If affirmative in these points, then you could be on to a winner.

If on the other hand, its some type of money game, investment program, doubler, or such like, whist you may make money for a while, eventually the company will burn or die a fast or slow painful death, so then you will have to start all over again, not such a good idea.

So you know its a good product, good people running it, another question is, does your upline have the experience to support you, If not your direct sponsor, then certainly the team they are in? Yes on these points there is one more to consider, well two.

Are there good promotion tools, like pre-launch build website to put your team in place? If not you need to create your own lead funnel to convert prospects, and the final point is about timing and your ability to seize the moment?

Ideally you want to start at the very beginning phase (First few weeks/months), thats when the hottest leaders are available and you want your fair share. Burn the midnight oil in the beginning calling all your hot prospects, yes CALL them, skype them, don’t just rely on viral campaigns as some of the smart ass web gurus say (Some of that kind of work works and is a good backup), remember most successful businesses providing all the other parts are correct as mentioned here in this article are built and SUSTAINED through building working RELATIONSHIPS, not just viral lists that have no real understanding of the business and therefore commitment to do what it takes.

So pre-launches do have there place, and if you get it right, with the right opportunity, at the right time, with the right people, you in time to come will be recognised as the big leader who wins the respect of their peers and carries off many of the prizes.

People will ask you who you did it? You will be able to say, I saw an opportunity early, I believed it would work when others did not (See quote below), I went to work diligently, and the rest is history!

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860). 

Happy pre-launching! BT.

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What should you look for in considering finding the perfect home based business?

Success leaves Clues!

What should you look for in the perfect home based business? Well let’s start by saying there is no opportunity that is perfect, however there are some things that you should look for when you are considering joining a new Network Marketing opportunity?

1. Look at the people running the Company, are they humble, to they have the right background, experience and a passion for what they are doing?

2. Has the Company gone through the first few years and survived? (This is important, start ups can be exciting, however they can be painful and      many do not last the test of time).

3. Could you see yourself using the product? Believing in your product offering is vital, how can you possibly market a product you do not believe in?

4. Where can you build your network? Ideally a few countries at least not just your own, or ideally globally in an Internet style opportunity.

5. How do you get paid? Best plan in my opinion (I am writing a book about it!) is the Binary with matching bonuses. There are other good plans however the Binary is now proven, and most of the big earners who have the best fun are leading binary sales organisations. If you have a good upine, then you really only have to focus on building one team, one under the other, this is the best team building system in the Industry.

6. Who are you signing up with? This is vital; ideally look for a sponsor who has the passion and experience and track record of success in the business you are joining in and the Industry as a whole.

7. Look for a TEAM that works together and are leading in their company?

8. Timing is important, don’t join too early to avoid the pain, however don’t join too late when the Company is fully established, ideally join after the first 3 or 4 years when the pain is over and yet the organisation still has not reached its full potential so there is still room for you to pioneer build and lead a new phase of growth.

Yes there is no such thing as the perfect opportunity or Company, its often what you make of it that counts, however I hope using this simple list as a guide may be useful in helping you make better choices going forward if you are not one of the fortunate ones who has found the above already? If you have CONGRATULATIONS you may just of found the perfect home for you to build a lasting, rewarding and fulfilling legacy.

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Letting your MLM field lie fallow for a season.

I was researching why Farmers let their fields lie fallow for a season? Here is a quote I found that gives a good description.

“Leaving a field to lie fallow simply means leaving a paddock or field to be unseeded, uneaten, and un-spoilt for a season or more. Farmers let fields lie fallow because it is one of the best ways to allow the land to replenish its nutrients and regain its fertility without resorting to the application of fertilizers. Sad thing is, farmers have so many demands on them that most don’t let fields lie fallow anymore or at least find it difficult – and this in turn is slowly sapping the ground of all its cornucopian goodness”Ken Chitwood.

It made me realize in MLM, that it is a good strategy from time to time, especially if you have had a series of one failure after another to take time out, to have a break from it all, to do other things for a while, become a normal human for a bit and let your MLM field lie fallow.

It’s not the same as quitting for good; all you are doing is following nature, following what the farmer already knows. You are refreshing your field, you are going to feed you, your mind, your life, you are maybe going to get some new training, do some Industry research, go into stealth mode for a while, keep other guessing as to what you are really up too?

Start your own blog; get yourself organized for a comeback once your field is refreshed!

Stay out of the game of “Jump”, for a while, IE: desperately jumping from one thing to another. Resist joining things that are sent to tempt you, say politely, “No thanks I am taking time out for a while”.

“Stay out of the game of “Jump”, for a while, IE: desperately jumping from one thing to another. Resist joining things that are sent to tempt you, say politely, “No thanks I am taking time out for a while”

It’s interesting many of those opportunities that you were presented with during your time out period may not be around anyway when you get back! So by abstaining to re-nourish your field your Industry friends will respect you more, and when their deal goes wrong and you are back in action on something you REALLY want to do you can prospect all those who pitched you whist you took time out.

Keep building your list during your fallow season if you wish, gently, just by being nice, sharing ideas, inspiration, being a real friend, but DO NOT pitch anyone, until your field is re-nourished and ready for planting again.

All this particularly applies to the normal continual prospecting frenzy.

Here’s how it goes, under normal MLM World conditions (When you do not take time out to nourish your field) you probably would continually pitch your prospect list on the next deal you got into, weeks after you decided to get out of your last MLM deal!

I noticed when I used to be in the field (Excuse the pun), that if people did not hear from me for a while and then did my chances of success in signing them up were greater. It puzzled me; until I reflected on the farmer, the analogy with the Farmer and his field works equally well in MLM.

They say “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and typically when I had not called my list for some time and did I would get a reply like “Bernie you old sausage, I have not heard your dulcet tones for ages, how are you buddy, what you up too, no doubt you have something good to share with me?”. A much better and more responsive prospect I am sure you would agree then the response of “Oh God it’s you again, what you up to this week, thanks but no thanks I am busy”.

I guess being known in the Network Marketing World affords me the good fortune of getting pitched on every business going, in the last hour I have been pitched 3 times on 3 different opportunities, I note the serial pitchers, and I avoid them like the plague, and the reason for that is they have over done it, they called me, emailed me, skyped me too much on too many different things over a period to make me feel I cannot take them seriously. I know their field is over farmed and they sound to desperate, not the kind of people I would want to do business with.

When we over pitch our list we are like the farmer who over plants his field, the yield gets less and less and of poorer quality every time. When a farmer lets his field lay fallow he allows the ground to regenerate, to re-nourish itself, we need to do the same with our over farmed prospect lists.

“When we over pitch our list we are like the farmer who over plants his field, the yield gets less and less and of poorer quality every time. When a farmer lets his field lay fallow he allows the ground to regenerate, to re-nourish itself, we need to do the same with our over farmed prospect lists”

It’s a simple lesson of nature. Nature has lots of good answers to life, it works! When you are on that treadmill, over plowing, over planting, getting poorer harvests, consider the farmer and his field, consider taking time out and letting your MLM field lie fallow for a season?


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When life kicks you in the teeth, release an Air Balloon!

Setback, great disappointment, unexpected traumatic events can hit us all from time to time.

You could be all gung ho towards setting up a business, and suddenly for no apparent reason your business partner (You thought) backs out at the last minute, as happened recently to me.

You could meet someone nice, thought you hit it off, start the communication and then hear nothing back? That also happened to me recently. People let us down, disappointing events happen, and when they do it can feel like your whole World has torn you apart, like what’s the point of carrying on, what the point of trying anymore?

So what are we to do when these things happen to us?

Well my first strategy is to try not to ‘react’ in haste and over do my response. When I react and respond too quickly it mostly will and normally does backfire, especially with ‘other people’ issues, as we all really if we are honest have quite delicate egos.

So the best strategy I have found is too take some time out, in my case try and not to respond for a couple of days, get some extra sleep and then carry on with other normal and positive activity as much as I can to take my mind of what happened.

As the saying goes “Rest if you must but don’t you quit” …. Get back out there in the Frey as soon as you can, brush yourself off, pick yourself back up, smile at yourself in the mirror, go out and buy yourself something, give some help to someone else, reconnect with you “real” friends.

“As the saying goes “Rest if you must but don’t you quit” …. Get back out there in the Frey as soon as you can, brush yourself off, pick yourself back up, smile at yourself in the mirror, go out and buy yourself something, give some help to someone else, reconnect with you “real” friends”

Yes it does hurt when life kicks us in the teeth, and it normally happens when we least expect it, but guess what, if we let go of any expected outcome and get on with ‘other life things’, hard as it is at first, the healing process is happening even through the pain, we just have to be busy and believe all is going to turn out ok eventually, and it usually does.

Like this morning, I got a little lovely message on Skype from a friend I thought had forgotten me, that bought a big smile to my face. Even writing this blog post is healing! In fact that’s another coping strategy when difficult thinks happen…….. Write! For example you could write a letter to the person or thing that has let you down, served you the horrible event that you did not want and tell them what an absolute Bast**d they are, how indignant you feel, how offended you are, get it all out in the open….. just DON’T SEND IT! Keep it on your PC for a bit and then when ready delete it., do this as a ritual to help eliminate the pain from your experience if you find it helps? It can.

By following some of these proven coping strategies not only can you cope with such events, you will also by letting them go with your blessing and invite other new good experiences in your life.

The final strategy  probably the most important of them all is to forgive yourself and the other party for what happened, you can just do this in your mind initially for your own mental health! Even if at first you feel you have done nothing wrong, you need to set things right with the Universe.

So ask those higher powers to forgive you for your part, whether you are spiritual or not, what you are doing is releasing yourself from any negative Karma that was attached to the event and allowing healing, goodness and right thinking to take its place.

It reminds me of a healing technique taught to me by a wise friend years ago that I still practice to this day and it goes like this: At the end of each day just before you go to sleep, review your day in your mind, if you find anything, any event where you thought or did anything that might have been inappropriate, or contributed negatively perhaps in some way to a negative outcome, or pushed the old lady on the bus whist you were hurrying to work, or swore at the guy in the Car in front who suddenly jumped out in front of you, you get the picture? When you review back the experience, say in your mind the following mantra “Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me, thank you, thank you, thank you, 3 times for each event that disturbed you”.

When you review back the experience, say in your mind the following mantra “Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me, thank you, thank you, thank you, 3 times for each event that disturbed you”

My friend went on to share the analogy of a hot air balloon pegged to the ground and that when we do and think wrong, or maybe did, those actions, those thoughts are like when you bang a peg in the ground holding down the hot air balloon so it cannot fly freely, and by asking forgiveness and thanking the universe for the experience you are in effect paying off your negative karma and releasing the pegs that hold back your own life, allowing you to fly freely like a liberated hot air ballon, to wake up fresh alive and feeling released and forgiven the next day. Try it, it works every time.

And why say “Thank you”? Well it’s another lesson you had to learn, another event that hopefully you will learn from, so you are thanking the universe for the experience, planting the lesson in your wisdom cells and allowing yourself permission to move on.

Even if the negative feelings linger on for a bit after the event, by doing the ‘practice’ of ‘forgiveness and thank you’ as a ritual, you are doing what is the right thing to do, you are setting things right and moving on, it’s the practice that counts, not the feeling.

If you look at someone carrying a lot of pain, who did not let go, but held on too all the negativity you can see it etched in their sad grey faces, on the other hand if you look at the face of someone who has survived the trauma, learnt to let go, renew and trust, you may see some once was pain, however normally you will also see wisdom, character, more colour in the cheeks, a twinkle in their eye and a smile on their face.

The thing is it may sound like a bit of hard work doing some of these things forgiveness and thank you practices, the facts are however we live in a difficult World, not so nice things happen to us all from time to time as they do to others, and by clearing your soul of the parts relating to you, you are in effect allowing good feeling, good actions to have more room than the negativity that otherwise would hold you back and take hold of you.

You are giving ‘good’ more room to have more dominance in your life going forward, you are leaving a zone of clear enlightened air around you so good nice things, events and feelings feel more at home with you and you are preventing your body and mind from being a home for all things negative. Tell those nasties to go take a hike, you on the other hand are off ballooning in the sunshine today!

Hope this helps? Have a blessed day ahead x ~ Bernard  T.

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Stop the Bangladeshi Government Madness!

This morning I received this information and urge all the good folks reading my blog to respond. This one is something I feel strongly about and expect most people will. If you agree take a few seconds to add your support and stop the Bangladesh Government interfering with the great work of the Grameen Bank!

Click Here Now to Show your Support on this Issue

These days I am becoming I hope more human and noticing the weak in society, and in our World today which is generally too selfish, I believe we need to defend the rights of those who normally get overlooked.

There are lots of good people in the World, there is hope, and its our job to fight injustice in all its forms and stand up for those who cannot defend themselves.

If you agree please show your support, it will take a few seconds and you could help save a lot of innocent people from becoming victimised by their own Government.

Please show your support if you choose to here

Have a blessed day ~ Bernard x

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MLM – When the Sun sets on your Dreams of Greatness.

Yesterday Michael Schumacher the great F1 racing star announced his retirement from Formula One racing, at last some might say, however do not think that is the end for Michael, it’s just really the end of his driving career, I would not be surprised if he gets into the behind the scenes action in some capacity? One thing for sure, his competitive racing days may nearly be over however his love and passion for Formula 1 racing have never diminished. Some will feel he is for the scrap heap; however don’t dismiss him too early, his greatest days and contribution to F1 Racing may yet be ahead of him?

It makes me think of the Network Marketer who has spent what seems a lifetime in MLM and is known for being a great distributor, but somehow over the years he or she gets tired of the game, gets tired of the constant bandwagon of opportunities, and when they go wrong jumps into the next one in panic, only to find they are not as good as they used to be, the chase is not so exciting anymore, and their results are delivering ever diminishing returns.

When this happens continually, maybe it’s time to ask yourself some searching questions, like is it time for you to get out of MLM altogether, or do something else within the Industry? Is it time to throw in the towel or start contributing in another way?

“When this happens continually, maybe it’s time to ask yourself some searching questions, like is it time for you to get out of MLM altogether, or do something else within the Industry? Is it time to throw in the towel or start contributing in another way?”

When we are young and full of energy, we all have dreams of greatness, of doing great things, if we get into MLM early enough, mix with the right people, get in a good opportunity, work hard enough, and the whole thing holds together long enough, then guess what, yes you will achieve your dreams of distributor greatness, with the big money, with the rewards, and the recognition, and sail of into the sunset a happy person, sipping your martini on the beach and watching many beautiful sun rises and sunsets until the final beautiful sunset when it’s time to say goodbye to this life. Maybe you have taken care of your offspring, friends and family and leave a beautiful worthy legacy?

The problem with that story apart from a remarkable few who achieve it, for the rest of us life can be and mostly is a journey of more pain and struggle.

“The problem with that story apart from a remarkable few who achieve it, for the rest of us life can be and mostly is a journey of more pain and struggle”

Have you noticed as you get older, the new guys getting involved in the Industry, seem to be ever smarter, and can do things over the Internet to build their businesses that leave your head spinning? The new stars are getting ever younger, the game (If that’s what you call it) and some do is getting even more pressured and played at a faster pace than ever?

There are lessons here. Look, if you find you are getting left behind, for sure you are going to get depressed, you are going to feel inadequate, like why don’t those old ways (Some of them) that used to work, work anymore?

Even scarier is when the opportunity that you dream of retiring in suddenly disappears; believe me, that has happened to me in my MLM lifetime, when my dream of greatness and 1% top earner Income was robbed from me overnight. Over the years I have seen a lot of things, once great companies with great stories, no longer around.

When you are going along for the journey, when you are in the middle of the ride, life is utopia, you think you are unstoppable and it can only get better. If you find yourself in that situation, I am a great believer of making hay whist the sun shines, get out there in the summer and work hard to carry you through the winter.

However life somehow often wants to teach us other lessons, and just when we think it’s our time for greatness to fall upon us, it’s all taken away, the Company we work for is closed down by the authorities for money laundering and fraud, and suddenly we find ourselves jobless again.

So what do we do? Some are so shocked they throw in the towel and say “That’s it I am finished with this MLM Game” , others JUMP, and I mean JUMP into the next new “BIG Opportunity” they can find to try to hold their downline together (This is a Big mistake by the Way as I will cover later) however when they get into the new deal, it’s just not the same, and that falls apart, so they have a little break, and then …, until they get pitched on the next deal in town!

This process goes on and on. Nobody joins a new MLM thinking, oh, I will do this for 12 months and then quit and do something else, and if they do they are mad!

“This process goes on and on. Nobody joins a new MLM thinking, oh, I will do this for 12 months and then quit and do something else, and if they do they are mad!”

In reality life steps in and Companies close, or you just cannot ethically live with the behavior of the Company, for example the product is too expensive, or you get mortally wounded with scraps with your peers in the field and you just cannot take it anymore, the Company goes off on a stupid marketing tangent and your downline leave, so you feel it’s not worth you carrying on anymore either?

So you leave, maybe have a break, maybe not, maybe and normally eventually you join this “new exciting opportunity”, and it’s great to start and then difficult things start happening again, there are other stars in this business, you are humbled having to start all over again, you just can’t quite work out how that young upstart is running off with all the prizes, and so the depression sets in, the lack of self worth sets in, somehow although you can play the game, it’s just not so much fun anymore.

One last time you think, this “new business”, this is the one, I like “the story”, let me get out my old MLM toolkit out one more time, let me call my worn out dead beat prospect list one more time, and yes you are right, it gets harder and harder every time you do this. “No” you cry, “that’s not the way to do it young man!”, or “I can’t do what you do!” Can you not see what is going on?

Sometimes we are forced to see, sadly all too often through Illness, you know that feeling when even though you are older you still want to take on the World in your head, but your body simply won’t let you anymore. (Side note, that’s one reason why Health & Nutrition MLM’s generally do well, because all the sick worn out Distributors cling on to the hope of new health again, I am joking a bit, however there is much truth in the point).

I have known that feeling of no hope, of despair, it seems life is being very cruel, this is not meant to happen to you, you start losing your sense of dignity, your peers think you are weak, just cannot hack it anymore and so forth and so forth. The pain becomes unbearable until you just get to the point when you feel ready to quit, it’s time to stop doing this MLM thing, I am a failure, it’s about time I admitted it.

Sound familiar? Agree? Yes, congratulations its called life, life happens, and we need to learn to adjust.

However and I mean a BIG “HOWEVER”, you see there is maybe a different way of looking at this sad all too familiar story, there is a way where instead of the Sun setting on your MLM dreams of greatness it could, and it will rise again, and you could see many more equally beautiful sunsets and new sun rises too.

“There is a way where instead of the Sun setting on your MLM dreams of greatness it could, and it will rise again, and you could see many more equally beautiful sunsets and new sun rises too”

You see my friend, just like when the sun sets, its nature’s way of saying, time for a rest, time to recharge and renew, time to prepare for an exciting and fresh new dawn. Yes, really.

Somehow today we have in our fast paced, stressed, must get to the top at all costs world, forgotten to rest, to take time out, to de-stress, to think again, too think anew or just to “NOT” think for a while. Nature will show us the correct path for us if we are only quite enough to listen!

“Nature will show us the correct path for us if we are only quite enough to listen!”

Of Course if you keep defying nature, nature is going to say, right I am ready to teach you the lesson and you are going to stay BEHIND after class every day, night, month, year until you learn the lesson I have to teach you the hard way.

So I suggest instead of fighting nature we learn to listen more, because as we meditate, emptying our minds, letting go of the struggle, new buds of life are going to start popping through.

This is one reason I think you should never jump from one failed opportunity into something new. Why? Because you did not wait around long enough to listen to what nature wanted to tell you about the correct new direction for you.

If you had of taken a break, eventually you would of heard some interesting things, the great Universe does still care about you, does still have a plan for your life, you are a valuable person, you do have a worthy place in the World and society you do still have a role to play.

“If you had of taken a break, eventually you would of heard some interesting things, the great Universe does still care about you, does still have a plan for your life, you are a valuable person, you do have a worthy place in the World and society you do still have a role to play”

When we take a break, and pause a bit and start to listen to the Wisdom of the Universe, or God or whatever you refer to as that higher wisdom, Intuition, Inner knowing, whatever you want to call it you will hear the answer? The point being when you listen a bit you will for sure awake to discover a new path, the correct path for you.

So in the context of our discussion, it may indeed be time to get out of MLM altogether? Several of my dear old friends in the Industry have done that, one guy I knew, was a great Industry leader back in the day, he got tired of the old MLM treadmill and now, last I heard is selling oil paintings on cruise ships.

He loves his new life, his charm and smiles are now shared with passengers and he sees many great sunsets and sun rises traveling to exotic locations, for others it’s a holiday, for him it’s an occupation he loves, he is in a great new relationship, he loves his life and I know he feels for him getting out of MLM was and is the best decision he ever made.

Another lady friend of mine, again one of the amazing past MLM stars has moved into the music business, now she travels around helping to manage a famous Artist and lives life in the entertainment business, she loves every second, she always was a bit of a drama queen even in her MLM days, now she is in the drama biz literally every day, she would never go back to MLM, however she is using all she learnt from her time in the Industry of Network Marketing in her new pursuits, she is still living her dream, it’s for her more focused now, she listened to nature and nature gave her the right answers for her.

Again though, it does not necessarily mean everyone faced with the dilemmas above should quit MLM! Indeed guess what, there is more that drives the Industry then just being a Distributor. Yes really!

“Again though, it does not necessarily mean everyone faced with the dilemmas above should quit MLM! Indeed guess what, there is more that drives the Industry then just being a Distributor. Yes really!”

You could for example look at taking a corporate role as a trainer, sales Director? You could become an Independent trainer in the Industry, many make a good living from this, and you could take time out and upgrade your skill sets, learn more about the modern ways of Networking Online and then reenter the game again as a wiser distributor with new strategies?

Then again you could become a Consultant or Advisor; you could even get a team of folks together and start your own MLM Company, doing it the way you think it should be done? The World is full of possibilities, the Industry needs many stars, some behind the scenes, some out in front, some as corporate, advisors, and trainers etc to make the whole world of MLM operate. There is more to Formula One racing than the Drivers on the track!

So your Distributor struggles may just be Natures way of saying, it’s time for you to slow down and let go so that you are able to play a different role going forward, to contribute in a different way, perhaps even create a bigger story for your life?

The only way you will find out, the only way you will see many more sunsets and sun rises and fulfill your dreams of greatness is to pause, take time out when appropriate, wait patiently and listen.

It’s ok to do nothing for a while, it’s ok to let go for a while, and it’s ok to rest for a while, perhaps reconnect with old friends, go out and play, make some new friends, get out in nature, pause from the rat race for a while, enjoy just being, and as sure as eggs are eggs new paths will be revealed to you perhaps with more joy then you ever could have imagined whist your face was tied firmly to the grindstone.

The message here is, do not ever give up on your dreams of greatness, just learn to listen more to nature and let it show you the way to many more new and beautiful days ahead where truly your dreams can come true in the way nature intended for you.

Happy letting go & listening more, even through the tears, eventually will come new life again. Believe good things will happen for you. If you believe, if you do listen, they will. 

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Are your MLM Products too expensive?

It’s a good question to ask, and there are a few slants on the subject to consider?

I am not going to give the same boring pat answers that most do, justifying the cost like “Well its only $6 a day for our health juice, and anyway, what price can you put on your health anyway?” Really well that’s $180.00 a month, for a fruit juice!

There is craziness with MLM Companies that think because they are an MLM Company they can charge what they want, and many MLM products in my humble opinion are TOO EXPENSIVE by far.

Many MLM products in my humble opinion are TOO EXPENSIVE by far!

You cannot justify a product being 2-3 times more expensive then it needs to be just because you have a thirsty compensation plan to pay out. In fact most Companies do not pay out much in direct sales commissions, it’s all overrides for greedy uplines.

In today’s market, obscenity and greed just do not cut it anymore. The challenge for all MLM Companies, especially the new ones hoping to make an Impact is to price their products using a formula I call “Par for Market”. In other words they should be perceived as “Justifiable value” to the consumer and distributor alike.

With a bit of creativity in compensation plans (Subject for another post) Companies can still pay out great commissions, but by pricing their products “Par for Market” they will make up in volume of sales over fewer sales at a more expensive price.

I see too many new opportunities where they fall into the old model trap, I mean imagine paying out $500+ a month for all the products they say you need?

Have you ever joined an MLM, carried by the hype and the stories of miraculous product results and paid the expensive Autoship for a couple of months and then found the only other people buying are other distributors, that the products are quite simply priced too high for the average consumer? I have, I felt so strongly about it (As most secretly do but often will not admit it) that after much agonizing in my soul I quit the business.

This is a tragedy, because if the same amazing product was sold at half the price, they would fly out the door, if that happened although your commissions (may) be less per sale, you would make probably more money as what do sales mean? Yes you are right, lots of DOLLARS, Pounds, Yen or whatever your currency is.

However because most MLM’s miss the point, they continue old ways justifying that its always been done that way, MLM Companies continue to get a bad name, and the once inspired entrepreneurial new distributors drop like flies with shattered dreams, they lose their belief as they just cannot justify the prices of the products to their potential customers or to themselves.

“Par for Market” is all about psychology, your customer has to feel comfortable paying the price, all distributors need to be proud of the value, and if so sales will flow, and if not, well you know the answer?

Today people demand more, honesty in pricing, value will win every time, folks just do not have the disposable income they had in the 1980’s or 90’s!

Today people demand more, honesty in pricing, value will win every time, folks just do not have the disposable income they had in the 1980’s or 90’s!

So MLM Company owners, if you are scratching your head worried about poor sales or crippling behind the scenes reality (Considering going out of business)then you need to ask yourself a couple of challenging questions. Are you products priced par for market, is your compensation plan paying using an out of date model that prevents you from selling your products for fair value? If not you need to perhaps consider a re-vamp of your marketing strategy.

If you are a distributor faced with such a reality, unless you have a large team, maybe its time to find a neat Company with nicely priced products? Or if you cannot find one, create your own!

 

 

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Who runs your MLM Company?

It never ceases to amaze me the kind of businesses people join without using their brain? Recently several “Online” type businesses have ceased trading and are under criminal investigation, causing massive pain for all those who were Distributors; in fact the authorities are even going after the top earners to claim back their commissions.

It’s a massive warning to BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU JOIN! 

Before you join anything do as much due diligence as you can. Check out the background of the owners, founders, executives? Do a search on Google you may be surprised what you find, put the word “MLM” next to their names.

Whenever I get pitched one of the first things I will do is check out the website, even going in under a false name if I have to register first to find out more information.

REGISTER BEFORE INFO. In fact if there is no transparency about the business, meaning the info is hidden before so you have to sign in to find out, that for me scores a lower mark to start with.

REVIEW IMAGES OF FOUNDERS. They say a picture paints a thousand words! I think it sure does, many times its so obvious just from looking into the eyes of the key executives what kind of a Company it is. People’s faces and body language say so much. I often take one look at the CEO and if he or she looks like a bully, too arrogant, a crook, someone I would not want to trust my fate too, that alone would stop me from joining. Yes really!

CHECK OUT THE ABOUT US Page. If you find just some grand statement of objectives, vision, and mission with no Information on the Company Executives, my advice; walk away.

SITE VERBIAGE. How is the business explained? Is it just big dollar signs, huge promises, hype videos or is it nicely laid out with conservative and inspiring information.

TO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Probably means it’s not true, read between the lines, not just the lines themselves.

There are other factors that you need to look at like how long have they been in business, how strong financially are they? If it’s a crap website that will tell you a lot, if it’s just run by Joe and his mate Harry instead of a neat TEAM. How marketable are the products at the price for consumers? (Topic for another post), is the compensation plan and joining cost fair, is the auto-ship sustainable and so forth, again more details on this in other posts.

It’s really about not just buying the hype but following your gut instinct, your intuition will tell you a lot, sometimes not deciding until you have slept on it is sound advice however urgent the call to action.

Bottom line, you will save yourself potential pain and humiliation later on with friends, and peers. Wise and unwise choices will both impact on your credibility in the marketplace, so be careful and always ask yourself FIRST, “Who is running this show and would I be happy putting my life in their hands?”.

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Let’s put aside our differences and strive to come together!

The World is changing, physically we are messing things up far too fast, spiritually digging our heals in to our own theory (IE The others view is wrong and only we have the truth) will not cut it anymore. Such attitudes have cased too much pain and suffering, continue to do so and all leads to a path of destruction and oblivion. Contrast such old fashioned ways with the ‘potential’ of our new world and there is some hope in the air. There are signs all over the world that people are speaking out against injustice and stupidity and challenging the old boundaries that are being increasing seen as not acceptable anymore. There is a holding to account, justice and freedom must prevail, however with great responsibility.

Let go of your fears, open up, respect and share with each other more. We need sometimes to lower our guards, challenge our own beliefs, understand others more, with the goal that it is better to work together for a more harmonious world than play our part in its destruction.

I found this great interview and video with Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Although still relatively unknown in the UK, the eighty-six-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk, scholar, poet, peace activist and prolific author, is a global spiritual leader, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on the art of ‘mindfulness’. Affectionately known as Thây (pronounced ‘tie’), which is Vietnamese for Teacher, his books, of which there are more than one hundred, have reached a global audience of millions.

On his last visit to the UK in 2010 he was called “The Other Dalai Lama” by The Times, and “The Zen Master That Fills Stadiums” by The Independent. For decades he has been a pioneer of ‘engaged Buddhism’, ambassador of Deep Ecology, and an advocate of non-denominational applied global ethics, committed to peace among religions and interfaith dialogue.

In 2007, Thich Nhat Hanh was invited to address the opening of the Parliament of India, and in 2011 was invited to the United States Congress for a second time to address Congressmen and -women on Capitol Hill. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is the spiritual head not only of his lineage within Vietnam, but also of an international “engaged Buddhist” community of over 500 monks and nuns, and tens of thousands of lay practitioners, who apply his teachings on mindfulness, peace-making, community-building and serving society in practice centres all over the world”.
The Happiness Network. 

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth (Guardian, 20 Feb 2012).
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.

Thich Nhat Hanh interview with Jo Confino, executive editor of the Guardian. Check out this Video with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Enjoy the journey.
Bernard Taylor.

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Inspiring Story of a Community coming together and connecting.

This is a powerful demonstration of a community coming together, all started when one wonderful lady found a way to overcome her agony of depression …. SONG starts about 1 minute in. HOPEFUL, INSPIRING, enjoy x

Check out the Video here: Meet Me in Winter

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