6 Aug 2011, 10:14pm
MLM Tip from 'Big Al' The Aphorism Salon
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  • Turning Your Business Into A Bad Investment – Some ‘Big Al’ Wisdom

    Imagine spending $50,000 on a new car. That’s quite an investment.

    Now, imagine that you never bothered to learn how to drive your new car. Your $50,000 now becomes a $50,000 bad investment.

    For only a few dollars more, and a little bit of time invested, you could have taken driving lessons and had a great investment.

    Sounds silly?

    Imagine this.

    A new distributor spends $50 for a distributor kit, $100 for product and inventory, $50 for business cards and stationery, $400 for a suit, $100 to detail the car, $100 for a new website …

    and never spends a dime on learning exactly what to say to prospects.

    This distributor will consistently lose money by purchasing leads, buying advertising, and driving across town to meet prospects – only to say the wrong things.

    His solution? Buy more leads, a bigger computer, a nicer car, a better haircut, fancy cologne, etc. He will look smart, smell good, but sound … not so smart.

    Remember, we can work hard – or we can work smart.

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    If you want to learn more please email me at tony@ajlauria.com and download a free copy of SUCCESS IN 10 STEPS here: http://ajlauria.bigmlmsecrets.com/?mad=58011

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    7 Jun 2011, 7:17pm
    The Aphorism Salon
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  • Sadly, the Aphorism Salon Is No More

    For some time I posted both photos and commentary on some brilliant aphorisms placed in the window of a local hair salon. You can read about the shop and its owner John here.

    http://liveyourdream-ownyourlife.com/the-aphorism-salon-aspiring-to-inspire

    Well, sadly John doesn’t do hair anymore and so there are no more bits of wisdom displayed on the whiteboard and placed in the window. The neighborhood is changing. I’ll just have to seek inspiration elsewhere.

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    The Power of Intention

    I’ve written before about the Power of Intention when coupled with the Power of Attention. Together they are what constitutes the Law of Attraction.

    Did you ever feel like you had to go to some family affair but your heart was just not in it? You were convinced from the start that it would be a huge drag and waste of your time. But you went. And guess what? It was!

    Have you ever looked forward to one of these get-togethers anticipating seeing cousins or a favorite aunt or uncle that you hadn’t seen in a long time and so expected to  have a great time? And you did!

    “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” So said Henry Ford. And he was talking about the Power of Intention.

    Sticking with our example of looking forward to seeing your long missed relative and expecting you will enjoy the visit, where do you think your Attention will be once you arrive?  Probably seeking them out, don’t you think?

    Put it in your mind you’ll have a great or terrible time, and you’re programming yourself to do just that. This is what the Power of Intention is all about.

    With the Intention of enjoying seeing them and the attentive action of going to the affair, you’ve guaranteed your good time.

    Do you think this might work on a larger scale, daily, in your life and work and other relationships? You might not have real-ized this yet, but the outcome you expect and intend to have is very often the one you get.

    How do you feel about that?

    Have a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving holiday, intent on appreciating all your blessings. And you will!

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    The Aphorism Salon – The Bitterest Tears

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    “THE BITTEREST TEARS SHED OVER GRAVES ARE FOR WORDS LEFT UNSAID AND DEEDS LEFT UNDONE”

    So as the ad says, JUST DO IT.

    It IS later than you think.

    How do you feel about that?


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    The Aphorism Salon – On The Wrong Track?

    I’m currently with the only five pillar company I’ve come across in seven years of  networking. Yet it took me months to bring the first of my affiliate distributors into this great company. Why so long?

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    John’s aphorism explains it well.  I was on the wrong track with some really bad habits, gathered over those misguided years, developed through misplaced trust and a basic misunderstanding of the industry.  Every occasion and every conversation I had was wrong. I was “arriving at the wrong station” again and again. I was on the wrong track and that track was my bad prior training and habits.

    What bad habits? Here’s the short list:

    1. Selling –  Yes, SELLING – my MLM opportunity.

    Big, huge, monumental and deadly mistake. As my mentor rightly says: “This is not a sales business, but a relationship business. No one wants to be sold.”

    2. Buying MLM leads.

    Passed off as fresh MLM leads they were expensive and useless. The only ones who benefited were my upline who were supposed to be helping me build OUR business! Just imagine their cynicism: knowing that new affiliates on average recruit only 2.7 new distributors, they figured out a way to make money on the backs of newbies by selling useless leads. The money paid to the leads company got shared. A kick-back. Buying and selling leads is a scam. Worse, it does not lead to duplication, the backbone of any true MLM. It breeds only mistrust and a culture of cynical cannibalism.

    3. Making a list of friends and family and practicing “the 3-foot rule”.

    I targeted everyone I knew and then went after everyone that came near me. I took so much heat that I became gun-shy. So gun-shy that in my current company, I was reluctant at first to talk to anyone at all even though I believed and knew the value of the company and the opportunity.

    I had to learn NOT to talk to just anyone but to seek out the volunteers, those who fit us, our company, our culture and our ‘family’. I learned to screen prospects the way I learned to screen prospective tenants in my 4-family house. I began looking for people I could live and prosper with.

    How do you feel about that?


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    The Aphorism Salon – Boring Your Prospects?

    “NEVER FAIL TO KNOW THAT IF YOU ARE DOING ALL THE TALKING YOU’RE BORING SOMEBODY”

    WoW! Do I love this gem from John’s window.

    When I first got into Network Marketing I did not meet with any success worth considering. And I couldn’t figure out why. After all, I came with some sales experience. I knew how to talk a good game. Slowly I came to real-ize I had a load of bad habits – worse, unproductive and undermining habits that just didn’t work in MLM. One of them was talking.

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    Another was not listening. Enough.

    We have all heard that Network Marketing is a Relationship business but how many of us have also heard that it is NOT a sales business? There is nothing to sell and everything to lose if it is approached that way, namely, as a conventional business.

    You see, most of us got into this gig because we didn’t like the way conventional businesses are run or what they make us do or feel. It’s a whole new order of things here but if we bring some conventional ideas and habits along with us into Networking, well, what have we made of it?

    Our conscious mind may be telling us we’re our own bosses now, finally, but are we allowing our unconscious habit-mind to undo us?

    Pay ATTENTION to your actions. Cut that talking time in half and double the listening time.

    This Prospecting thing is a process and you must differentiate yourself from everyone else out there shouting about their deals. So LISTEN.

    You are a Leader, someone your prospect can plug into. Don’t be focused on jerking them into your deal. Tell them stuff they didn’t know but show them you have the answers, or at the very least, can get the answers for them.

    But you’ll NEVER be able to find those answers if you don’t know the questions and there’s only one way to get those. By LISTENING.

    How do you feel about that?


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    The Aphorism Salon – Create Your Happiness

    “SOME PURSUE HAPPINESS, OTHERS CREATE IT.”

    This one’s short and sweet. And needs little explanation. some-pursue-happiness

    As Abraham Lincoln so famously said, “Happiness is a decision.”

    Have you ever tried to grab a fistful of water? It’s a bit like chasing Happiness. Or Money. The hotter the pursuit, the better the eluding done by the pursued.

    Makes sense, doesn’t it?

    Better hunters know that instead of expending energy chasing, it’s a better strategy to stay put and create a lure to attract the desired object. And this is where your Intention and Attention come in.

    Create your Happiness by determining and isolating in your Heart your Passion – an “inside job” if there ever was one. Then put your Attention on it by feeding it Action “out there” in the Field of Play. Not Activity but Action – laser-like, focused and determined Action with the desired Outcome already in Mind.

    That’s getting your Heart’s Passionate Intent and your Mind’s Quiet Attention working in a reciprocating loop creating your Joy and Happiness.

    How do you feel about that? Happy, Appreciative, Skeptical? 

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    The Aphorism Salon – Make Peace With Your Past . . .

    There is a controversy of sorts on one of the better networking sites right now. One of the regular contributors to the site posted a statement in the forum accusing a networking guru of some unscrupulous activity, without naming names or providing proof of the allegations. Many of the comments have been lauding the accuser’s actions, none of which are substantiated, and calling the accuser courageous for “outing” the guru.

    I prefer not to get into the particulars since they don’t add anything to my purpose for writing about this episode. However, I will mention this fact: the person who posted the unfounded allegations was at one time in this particular guru’s downline, which probably explains  quite a lot. make-peace-with-your-past3

    Attraction Marketing, all the rage in networking, comes down to this: You attract what You project. Put on a happy, positive face; voice a grateful and respectful message and you’ll attract those who you’ll want to work with, those who see life as ‘giving before getting’, and those who approach it as a vast sea of pure potential that can be molded to their desires by first aligning their own hearts and minds and then masterminding with yours and others in your business or on your team.

    Or you and they can go through life bitter and resentful, attracting malcontents hellbent on pulling down instead of building up lives. As usual John’s salon had an aphorism in its window that could serve us all:

    MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST SO IT WON’T SCREW UP YOUR PRESENT.

    The choice as always is yours. We are all indeed self-made. Be one of the successful ones who will proudly admit personal power, accepting the accolades and assuming the responsibilities.

    How do you feel about that?

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    The Aphorism Salon – Pay Attention

    The trouble with most people is they don’t listen – TO THEMSELVES!  They know Get-Rich-Quick schemes are exactly that, yet they continue to join and support them. It’s the “Something for Nothing” mentality.

    Same thing goes for the Law of Attraction. The general expectation, after watching the movie THE SECRET, was to <POP> a thought in one’s head and voila! One’s Heart’s Desire would be manifest.  Our Physical Universe just doesn’t work like that. While it’s true that your outertv5world will shape itself to the inner world created by your thoughts, some deliberate action is required. And that’s what I’d like to address.  Especially the idea of paying attention.

    You see, there really is “Nothing for Nothing” or, “Everything has its Price”. And sometimes we pay for something in a  currency other than money. We can pay in how and to what we bend our minds.

    The Latin verb attendere is the root of our word attention, and it means “to turn or bend one’s mind towards“. Giving or paying attention is the clear, decisive act by the mind of taking possession of someone or something chosen out of several possibilities. ‘Paying attention’ conversely suggests ignoring some possibilities in order to deal effectively with the chosen object of your attention. It also suggests conscious control.

    To purposefully attract into your life what you desire, you’d best get a handle on your attention. So I’ll ask you this: How much TV do you watch? What movies? Oh, just the news. I see, just enough to shake your confidence and put a little bit of fear into you. A dose of reality, huh?

    The photo above shows John’s whiteboard in his salon. I’ve written about it before. This week’s aphorism hit me, as usual, right in the solar plexus. Interpretation:  Life isn’t what you see on TV or hear on the radio or read in a newspaper, magazine or novel. Life is what you pay attention to, and consequently, attract.

    If you’re not attracting what you desire, pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.

    Among the things that don’t deserve your attention are: TV & radio, especially the news; newspapers; advertisements & billboards; shopping malls; people you have no interest in; excessive noise; driving; spam Email and junk mail; Self-criticism; and people telling you your dream of owning your life is not real.

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    The Aphorism Salon – Aspiring to Inspire

    img_0653-window-ornaments3In an earlier post entitled, “LIFE IS TOUGH. . . IT’S EVEN TOUGHER WHEN YOU’RE IGNORANT”, I wrote about the shop window displaying a whiteboard sharing such aphorisms. The owner of the shop, actually a hair salon, is John, a stocky, handsome man who set himself free from the “nightmare of living” to find the “joy of life”.

    Our conversation was rich in wisdom. These bullets highlight some of what John has shared with me:

    • “Look how miserable people seem. They walk around with a nightmare on their faces. They engage in competitive suffering. Listen to them: ‘You think you got it bad . . .'”
    • “I was miserable once too. Bad marriage. There was love there but just because you love someone doesn’t mean they’re right for you. Maybe they’re not brining the best out of you.”

    After an amicable divorce John sought his freedom. And joy.

    • “You have to create your own happiness. It’s not handed to you. It’s a decision you have to make.”
    • “You have to create your life. The way you desire it to be.”

    I asked him where he found the brilliant aphorisms he posts, changing them about once a week in his salon window. “Here and there. From many sources. Wisdom is everywhere. You just have to look.”

    • “To get what you want, help others get what they want.”
    • “The more people you help get what they desire, the faster you’ll have your desires fulfilled.”

    So here’s your invitation to visit this site regularly for more from John’s Aphorism Salon. Let me know what you think, like or don’t like. Thanks!

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