Sunday, June 18, 2006

I've finally done it!

Well, as promised, I got my new website up and running. I'll continue my blogging on the new site. Thank you to those of you who followed me on here. You know who you are:)
The new URL is
Thanks a million!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Network Marketing: What is it?

This is the first in a series of articles dealing with Network Marketing. Here, I will be going over what Network Marketing IS and what it is NOT. Network Marketing is a marketing system and business model in which a company uses a sales force of personnel who are called associates, distributors and a host of other monikers.

There is a general amount of confusion in the public as to whether or not Network Marketing is the same as a Pyramid. The widely accepted definition of a Pyramid is an organization where all the people at the TOP of the pyramid make all of the money while the ones at the BOTTOM of the Pyramid do all the work. I submit that many of the world’s companies that user a corporate structure are Pyramids in structure.

So, to find a better definition of a Pyramid, we’ll ask the Folks at GreekShares. According to our friends there, a Pyramid is defined as follows:
In pyramids, commissions are based on the number of distributors recruited.
Most of the product sales are made to these distributors - not to consumers in
general. (1)

The notable difference between a Network Marketing/Multilevel Marketing company and a Pyramid is the fact that legitimate NM/MLM companies will not pay you a commission for recruiting someone. The only commissions that are paid are based on actual sales made. If you are looking at joining a company that claims to be a NM/MLM company, and promises to pay you exorbitant sums of money for recruiting someone, think very hard about joining that particular company. Check out all you can about the company. At the end of this article, I will put a few links you can use to research companies.

Part of the promise of building an organization in a legitimate NM/MLM company is that you CAN recruit people into your sales team, depending on a particular company’s compensation plan. I will get very in depth into recruiting and compensation plans in future articles for this series.

In the next article, entitled “Network Marketing: Selling your Products and Services”, I’ll get into the nuts and bolts of the most important thing you can do for yourself if you are building a network marketing organization: Learning Your Presentation.

Take Care of Yourself and Others!

Business Research Resources:
New York Stock Exchange
American Stock Exchange

Reading References
(1) Pyramids and Multilevel Marketing Plans

Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Rat Race and Why It Sucks!

“Profits are Better than Wages”
-- Jim Rohn, “Building Your Network Marketing Business”

Well, I finished my first night tonight as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. I took on this job to provide insurance in the form of being able to cover my month-to-month expenses. I had been looking for a job I could do at night. I did that to help keep my daytimes free for spending more of my kids’ summer hours with them. I also wanted to use the daytime for doing more Group Marketing. Better yet, I will be able to listen to motivational and training stuff by the greats. People like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Jeff Olson. Even better than that, I’ll be on the clock 

As far as how my first night went, at first I felt like I was selling out. Selling out on myself and my family. Here I am, trying to set the entrepreneurial example for my kids. I came to realize about halfway through my shift that it’s not that bad. There are aspects of working for other people in a “job” that I will NEVER enjoy, such as work schedules.
Overall, however, I remembered that every single experience we have in life is a potential nugget of learning. I remember when my good friend Mark Livingston told me that the definition of success is “being happy where you are, on the way to where you are going”.

I know you may be reading this and wondering if there is something better out there. Something better than the drudgery of the 9-5 rat race. Well, I am here to tell you that there IS a better way. And the better way I’ll tell you about isn’t found in any one specific method or technique. The better way is found in learning to think less like an employee, and more like a business owner. Over the next several articles I plan to tell you about the myriad ways there are to escape the financial rat race.

Due to the amount of information to be learned and known in the arena of financial freedom, I don’t currently believe that it’s possible for any one person to have mastery over it.

To remedy that situation, I am in the process of building a website that will be loaded with articles which will be submitted by different folks who are experts in their respective fields.

In the meantime, however, I will be posting a few articles about what I am currently mastering: Network Marketing.

I look forward to helping you out of the rat race!

Take Care of Yourself and Others!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why Charity is Essential in the Pursuit of Prosperity

Why Charity is Essential in the Pursuit of Prosperity

Bill Perry

“There is more than enough” -- Anonymous

In this article, I will explain why I believe Charity is absolutely and totally essential if we ever want to be truly prosperous. Please bear in mind that Charity is more about the ACT and PROCESS of giving, not the thing given. Charity can also be the giving of your Time, the giving of a Compliment, and so on. However, since my blog is centrally focused on Spirituality as applied to Financial Freedom, I will be focusing on charity the giving of Money.

The spiritual law I think of most when thinking about Charity is the “Law of Circulation”. Dr. Ernest Holmes writes that "When the law of circulation is retarded, stagnation results. It is only when we allow the Divine current to flow through us, in and out, we really express life. The law of giving and receiving is definite."(1)

The Clearest example I can offer to explain what Dr. Holmes means is that of water in the ocean. Water in the ocean is in constant flowing in the form of the multitude of oceanic currents. If a pocket of the ocean suddenly decided not to flow any longer, it’s source current would continue trying to flow into that pocket. Since the pocket won’t flow anymore, the currents will no longer be able to enter that space, and will alter their flow AROUND that pocket. Such is the same with money.

The reason this is so, goes back to the Law of Attraction. The most often cited reason for not giving of Money to a worthwhile charity is “I need money for my family. Money doesn’t grow on trees, ya know.” This line of thinking, in keeping with the Law of Attraction, ensures that there will be a limited supply of money, as the currents of the flow of money will flow AROUND that pocket of stagnated money, and stagnated thought.

Since I am on the subject of money flow, I’ll tell a little bit now on the practical reason of Why Charity is Essential in the Pursuit of Prosperity. There is a belief in New Thought that “There is more than enough”. This means that there is such think as lack when it comes to Supply. It is a known fact that there is a certain amount of actual printed money in the entire world. What a lot of beginners fail to realize though, is that if we keep the money in circulation, then there will always be more than enough for everyone to have what they want and need in life.

As an example, a person receives their paycheck of $1000. If they tithe from their paycheck, then $100 is given to a charity/church of their choosing. This is circulating their money.

As another example, a person receives their paycheck of $1000, and puts 10% into an interest-bearing savings account, which is also $100. This money is ALSO circulated, because the banks use this money as their lending capital, which allows this money to be put to use in someone else’s life.

A third and final example. A person receives a sum of money, $1000 for uniformity across the examples. This person puts the $1000 into a safe and locks it away for “a rainy day”. This money is NOT circulated, because while it is sitting there, no use can come of it right then.

If we have a community of 1,000 people, and the total sum of money in this entire town is $10,000, there will still be enough money for everyone in the entire town IF, and only IF, the money is kept in proper circulation, and the thoughts behind that circulation are of Giving, and not of Lacking.

This is the end of this article.

(1)Holmes, Ernest S., “The Science of Mind” , Tarcher/Penguin, 1997, p. 140

Friday, May 12, 2006

Why savings is important

In this article, I will be touching on why it is important to pay yourself first, and set up a savings plan.

Why is savings important? A few people might tell us that it is so we’ll have money to “retire” when that time comes. Even more people tell us that it’s because In case an emergency comes up. What I would like to expound on here is something that not a lot of people may think about. Savings is important because of a little-known but ever-present concept known as the The Law of Attraction

Savings is important because, as you save more and more, you are able to look at your bank savings balance and it causes a definite shift in emotion. As you save more and more money a little at a time, you will shift to a position of thinking in terms of abundance, rather than lack and wanting.

The best way to describe this concept as it relates to the The Law of Attraction is a quote that came to me while I was thinking about this:

“The more you HAVE, the more you GET”

Well, that about covers it. I touched on the power of saving to actually bring more money into your life.

Take care of yourself and others.

How to bring about any change you want in life

This article is about the Law of Attraction
Simply put, the Law of Attraction can be summed up in 3 words: “Like Attracts Like”.
An awesome example to describe this is a cartoon that a friend brought to church for us to see.
It was of a girl going about
her morning routine saying “Please don’t let there be a test today.” Over and over and over. She arrived at school and on the chalkboard was written “Test today!!!” The girl, distraught, asked, “Does God listen to teenagers?”
By focusing on the idea of not wanting a test today, her mind had to first bring up the mental image of a test, to negate.
In short, you get what you think about, no matter if it is in a positive light or a negative one.
So, let’s assume a person wishes to lose weight. Do they affirm and think, “I want to lose weight”?
At first glance, it may appear to be a good thought to have. But on closer introspection and analysis, by saying “I want to lose weight”, you are coming from a self-image of not being skinny enough. A better thought to hold might be, “I am at a perfect weight”.
This will cause the mind to accept it as truth if affirmed enough, and the mind will go about making it be reality.
It’s been said that for anything to be created, it first has to start out as an idea. I believe that even the ultimate act of Creation itself was a single thought in the Mind of God. The entire gist of the Law of Attraction is that the same power that guides creation and manifestation is always working, whether we consciously realize it or not.

Now, as you are reading this, ask yourself, “How cool would it be to realize that I am able to create the life I want, just by focusing on moving to what I DO in life, rather than focusing on trying to get away from what I DO NOT want?”

Remember, you have within you a definite power for co-creating the conditions in your life.

Take care of yourself and others.

Monday, May 08, 2006

A method I used to rid myself of a negative thought pattern

Well, as you know from previous posts, I'm involved with a network marketing company. Our primary method of building a leveraged income base is to go out and meet and talk with people, show them our business overview, and find people interested in building their own home-based business. I've noticed that I still have a major problem walking up to some people and talking to them. I can be in a store, office, or whatever, and be walking up to a person to introduce myself, etc..., and

just freeze. My "total" motivation evaporates and I'm left with all these doubts, worries, fears and stuff. So what do i do? I keep on walking past them, looking for someone else. Mostly the doubts, worries and fears are thoughts like "this person doesn't look like business material", "This person is too old", "This person won't be interested" and "This person won't be any good in the business".
Well, a couple weeks ago, as i was reading "Unlimited Power" by Mr. Robbins, I came across what is called the "Swish Pattern" in NLP. Basically, the Swish Pattern is the mental process of conjuring up a negative mental image, to represent some undesirable state you find yourself in, and in mind to totally and quickly shatter the image with a positive image of the state you would rather be in. It's a form of anchoring, just like the Pavlovian Dog experiments.
The negative image acts as the anchor to fire off the mental pattern of the positive image. Eventually, you know the work is done, when you go to do the swish pattern, and the positive image instantly jumps up as soon as you think of the negative image, before you even have a chance to consciously pull up the positive image. That means the anchor is "set".
Well, today, I did something similiar. I used Cool Edit Pro 2000, and recorded myself saying in a very Eeyore-like tone the 4 negative statements listed above. Then, immediately after each negative statement, I recorded myself saying immediately and with more of an upbeat manner, "I am talking to this person RIGHT now, because at worst, this person is not interested, but at best, this person is the next top earner in the company, and I don't want to miss the opportunity to help this person achieve that."
I tell you what, it WORKS! I talked to 3 people already just today. Not bad for coming out of a slump in under 3 minutes, right?
The reason I am posting about this is I want someone to try it out, use the same basic technique. Take something you are experiencing that you don't want to experience any longer, and think of what it is you DO want to experience in it's stead. Let me know how it goes!
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