I’m serious. You see me tell names like Reggie Cochran, Andrea Harkins, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Tony Zolecki and many others on this blog. What sets all of us apart from the people who are “the silent majority?” Are we smarter? Or more talented? Or somehow special in a way that you can’t be? You know what, I am smart. And the people I just listed are smart!
But more than that, we are determined! We decided that we were going to follow the Law of Victory I talked about on Monday. If you haven’t read that blog, you need to. Determination will carry anyone further than talent. I’m living proof of it.
In high school, I struggled in science. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more determined. And now I’m in college studying a program dominated by science. And I’m getting excellent grades in it. I’m on track to graduate with honors next year. Do you think it’s become smarter or more determined?
A winner is someone who doesn’t quit. One of the things I know as a fact is that hard work will beat talent every single time. You may have a talent, but if you don’t use it, someone with half the talent you have will come out on top every single time if you don’t use it.
So, here is your challenge: become determined to have the life you want. And be willing to put in the hard work needed to have the life you want. And don’t ever quit! Become QuitProof! You can do it!
Last night I was on a call with my amazing friend & leader: Tony Zolecki who is an amazing husband, father, visionary, and friend and servant leader to everyone who knows him. He told 9 points for setting up a strategy that will lead you to success. His 9 points were well worth repeating.
There is no losing! You are either winning or learning!
You gotta commit to the skills. Learn less, study more. Learn a skill, master it, then apply it!
Habits: Form new habits and become their slaves! (Og Mandino)
Learn a baseline behavior. Move forward.
Get out of I should and move into I must!
Associations & environments: raise your standard! Surround yourself with excellence! Position yourself! Get around people who are striving for excellence. Feed your mind with positivity!
Give yourself radical permission to think bigger! Your potential is limitless! But you have to step into it! Each night ask yourself: What percentage are you operating at? How can you get better? Ignore the masses! Think bigger!
Do the high income producing activities! If you want to know what they are, let’s talk.
Let it go! Don’t hold on to old hurts. Don’t allow others to control your happiness. Make a list of the things that are holding you back. Look at it. Address it. Then let it go! And replace it with the positive!
Create a crazy vision! The one that makes people go wow! And make it crystal clear! If you can see it, you can do it.
Create your game plan! What do you need to do? What does your team need to do? Get some discipline and make the time!
My amazing friend, Tom Jones, is “QuitProof” I met him through another amazing friend, Dr. Reggie Cochran (who I call “Reg” most of the time). They both exemplify what it means to be Quitproof. These two amazing men don’t quit! This applies to all of my friends who are leaders in martial arts, network marketing, and in school.
Over the weekend I was asked a question that I had a very simple comeback to. “What if reaching black belt wasn’t an option?” My response was “that isn’t an option.” I don’t quit. My response was quick and natural. After that brief conversation, and after thinking about it, I realized that this applies to every area of my life. What makes me any different than you?
I’m not any different! Except that I follow a very simple law in my life from John C. Maxwell: The Law of Victory. This says that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B. I don’t have a plan b for any of the plans I have. So, success is the only option.
When you decide that success is the only option, you become Quitproof. And quitting doesn’t even enter as a possibility. Jesus said that nothing is impossible. And when you decide that quitting isn’t an option, you will begin to see the impossible become possible.
I’ve not hidden the fact that I am a follower of Christ. Isaiah 55: 10-12 talks about the Law of Victory. Leaders communicate until they see results! I’ve seen this in EVERY leader I know. Both Christians and non-Christians alike. Here’s what it says:
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth, (His word will get results!)
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, (His Word will furnish tools & resources)
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (His Word will meet needs)
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (His Word will satisfy the soul of the hearers)
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that when you make quitting an option, it gives you a way out. So, simply, don’t give yourself a way out and in doing that you don’t make quitting an option.
Welcome to part 2 of this series on martial arts. How often have you wished that you had more energy so you could have more success in your life? One of the things I love when I’m working out is how I can go into a class tired, but come out energized! And also empowered!
There are some very physical reasons that contribute to having energy after working out, but for today, I’m just going to leave it at this: your body loves it when you exercise and it will pay you back with more energy if you expend some energy. If you doubt me, go take a class for a month and see if you don’t have more energy at the end of the month that you do at the beginning of the month.
Do you want to feel empowered? Martial arts can help with this also! Imagine the confidence you would have if you knew that going into any situation you would emerge victorious. Maybe you live in an area that has gang problems. Or maybe you live in a home that you don’t feel safe in. Something else I’ve realized in myself since I started training is that I have the confidence to take on things that that I normally would not have.
In the past 2 weeks I’ve talked about several different reasons to get into martial arts. Next week, I’m going to close this part out by describing some of the different styles of martial arts. Some are Chinese based, others are Japanese, some are Korean, and there are also American styles. I’ll describe some of them. It would be nearly impossible to tell about all of them. But this will give you a starting point as you consider joining this family.
Following is an essay I wrote for Composition 2. Which is why I’ve been so quiet for the past 2 months. I’m in school through Kaplan University studying Nutrition Science. I’ll graduate in November.
Network marketing is an industry that is exploding. And the reason is simple “An estimated 38 million households in the U.S. live hand to mouth, meaning they spend every penny of their paychecks.” (Lake, 2016, paragraph 7). Therefore, people should seriously consider network marketing as an additional source of income because of the residual income they can build. Why network marketing compared to another home-based business? One, the average person can do network marketing effectively. Two, the success one achieves is dependent on himself or herself. And three, business leaders and celebrities endorse this line of business. In this essay, proof that confirms all this will be presented.
Why are people against this industry? There are five basic reasons for this, which is summarized from the article “Network Marketing—The Truth, The Hype, and the Opportunity.” (Nichols, 2010) First, the so-called pyramid scheme. In this industry, we become leaders by developing leaders. One person is not at the top. Second, some people believe that no one can make money in this industry. This is false. I have many friends who make anywhere from $500 a month to over $10,000 a month in this industry. Plus, the Network Marketing industry is growing consistently every year. This chart based on data from The Direct Selling Association from 2013 to 2015 shows this
Third, that this is a “get rich quick scheme.” This is a business, and it takes time to build it. One should plan on from three to five years of consistently working on this business to be where it can be done full-time. Fourth, the products are hyped up. This does happen unfortunately. However, if one hears this, then that person should tell the person saying it to prove it. Some products do work rapidly, but in general, this is not the case. And the fifth reason is inadequate training. Companies are taking this seriously across the industry and developing plans to help associates become successful. Plus, there are outside resources from Network Marketing Pro and Social Network Marketing Academy to help achieve success. Network Marketing Pro can be accessed by going to the website by the same name. The same is true for Social Network Marketing Academy. Both can also be found on Facebook as well.
Who does network marketing? In this industry one will find people from all walks of life as well as different careers. One will find doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and stay at home parents. One friend named Alan Sickman said in a private discussion (I) “was at the end of my career in the military. Evaluated options and found Network Marketing offered the greatest potential for freedom and income.” He is now a Crown Diamond with Max International, the Glutathione Company. I quoted him with permission. One will also find famous people in this industry. People such as Chuck Norris who is the spokesman for Max International, The Glutathione Company. Megan Fox who endorses Avon, and Carmen Electra who endorses Global World Trade. (Nuyten, 2014). There are many others as well. President’s, former President’s and business leaders also endorse this industry. President Donald Trump, endorses this industry. Former President Bill Clinton said “You strengthen our country and our economy not just by striving for your own success but by offering opportunity to others…Your industry gives people the chance, after all, to make the most of their own lives and to me that’s the heart of the American dream.” (Russel, 2015). Warren Buffet endorses this. Robert Kiyosaki said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for a job.” Bill Gates said “If I would be given a chance to start all over again, I would choose network Marketing”
What is success dependent upon? One, willingness to learn new skills and apply them. John R. Hobbs’s said:
“if one is motivated, flexible, want more of a work-life balance. Or if one enjoys networking, recognition of accomplishments, and/or entrepreneurial opportunity. Including earning extra income, or the ability to drive their own career. Or wants to purchase products at a discounted price: this is for that person.”
Finally, to be successful one needs to learn some basic skills. Which is simply learning to talk to people effectively. And with a purpose in mind. One purpose would be using the product or service. The other purpose is joining the business. There are seven specific skills that Eric Worre teaches in Network Marketing Pro. One, finding prospects. Two, inviting them to look at the product or service. Three, presenting the product and/or business. This is most effective if done separately. Fourth, following up with him or her. Fifth, closing which is getting them started on either the product, service or opportunity. For those who join or begin as either a customer or business associate step six is getting people started. And last, for those who join the company, the associate will promote the event. Social Network Marketing Academy is a wonderful resource for finding resources and inviting people to look at the product, service or opportunity.
In closing, if one decides to join a network marketing company there are four things to consider, which I learned from “Rise of the Entrepreneur” (Powerhouse, 2016) documentary published by Network Marketing Pro in 2015 and became open on YouTube in 2016. One is the product or service. One, does he or she like it? Two, is there a need? Three, does the product meet that need? Four, is it priced to sell? And fifth, is it priced for profit? Next, one should look at the company. Is it run well? And does he or she believe the management team is effective? Also, are there videos or other things available to show how the products or service work? Third is the compensation plan. Can people generate income quickly and develop a moderate part-time income within a reasonable time frame? And is there the possibility of full-time income? Last, one should look at the support. Is there a website? Is there comprehensive training? Are events hosted? The person considering this company should also look at the leaders above the person introducing them. Does he or she have good support in place? Especially if the person is new to the industry. The support may or may not be in the person’s upline. The important part is: does he or she have support?
In closing, at the beginning of this essay I said one should consider network marketing because of the residual income they can build. Jackie Ulmer said ““Residual income in network marketing is income you continue to earn based on efforts you put forth initially.” (Ulmer, 2010). One develops residual income by building a business. Which although does take time, it is worth it as myself and many others around the country are doing or have done.
By January 31, 2019 I will have my Bachelor’s in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. This will set me up to be a professional health and wellness coach. I will be providing services to anyone whether they can afford a coach or not. My business already has a name also! But that will be private for a little while. What I just wrote out is my vision. Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision, people perish.”
Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know what you want? Your imagination is your vision. There is no right or wrong on this. It is simply: what do you want? If you could do ANYTHING in your life, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to dream to big. I was told a few years ago, by Reggie Cochran that the only difference between dreaming big and dreaming small is the amount of action steps it will take to make it a reality.
You may have a dream to get out of debt. And that is good. But what is better is to get out of debt and have a $1,000,000 in the bank. What would this do for you personally? What would this do for your family? What would this do for your neighborhood/community? Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you’ve been told you should!
So, call to action: what do you want to do? Contact me and let’s talk and make your dream a reality!