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  • A Failure of Leadership?

    “If you got a business, you didn’t build that. You got help.”
    ~ President Obama, July 13, 2012 Roanoke, VA

    So the President credits the government for any successes.
    Does Mr. Obama blame the government when businesses fail too?

    It is a fair question, isn’t it?

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    Why Looking For Good Prospects Is Useless

    – UNLESS you Know What To Say

    From Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter’s most recent newsletter:

    If you have talked to all of your friends, and they tell you “No,” … and if you have talked to all of your relatives, and they told you they were not interested … finding new prospects to ruin isn’t the answer.

    You don’t need new people to ruin.

    You need to change what you say.

    If your best prospects (family and friends) hated what you said, then strangers won’t like what you say any better.

    * Buying 1,000 names of new prospects to ruin isn’t the answer.

    * Joining 20 networking clubs isn’t the answer.

    * Running ads isn’t the answer.

    * Working harder isn’t the answer.

    The answer is you have to learn what to say.

    ~~ Here are a few things you can do:

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    Why Network Marketing?

    There’s an old expression: “I quote others to better express myself.”

    So I am enlisting the help of Randy Gage in making the case for MLM, or Network Marketing. Here’s his latest blog post.

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    Why Network Marketing?

    By Randy Gage  March 31st, 2012

    Some have skepticism about Network Marketing.  Others see it as the last bastion left in the free enterprise system an average person can create wealth.  Just how real is the promise, and why does it work?

    True economic freedom requires that you employ two basic prosperity principles:

    1)   You must employ the concept of leverage, to escape the trading-time-for-money dilemma; and

    2)   You must be able to look in the mirror every morning and know you’re talking to the boss.

    When you put these two factors in play, manifesting prosperity is no longer a wild pipe dream, but something you can really accomplish.

    When you take the entrepreneurial excitement of working for yourself and combine that with leveraging yourself through a network of other excited entrepreneurs—the results are exponentially spectacular. The synergistic process creates a whole that is much more powerful than its individual parts. Done properly, the end result of building your network is a self-perpetuating, residual income machine.

    There are probably as many reasons to work the biz as there are distributors. Usually, though, it comes down to the kind of lifestyle networking can give you. Some of the unique benefits of this business include:

    • Choosing the people you work with;
    • Going into business with a small investment;
    • Starting part-time;
    • Working from home;
    • Low Risk;
    • Picking the hours you work;
    • Discovering unique products not available elsewhere;
    • Getting lucrative tax advantages;
    • Enjoying the opportunity for an unlimited income;
    • Having the chance to build your success while empowering others to succeed.

    This complete benefit package simply is not available in any other business I know of.  It is unique to MLM.   So who can you tell about it today!

    – RG

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    How to Fix YOUR Economy

    Let’s be honest for a moment.

    Your economy begins in YOUR home, regardless of what they are doing in Washington. Regardless of the outcome of the election this November.

    I mean historically, does the government instill confidence in you to fix the economy? Or to fix ANYTHING?

    Let the Dimwits and the Repulsives squabble over THE economy. We, you and I, should be concerned with OUR OWN economies respectively. Because we know what we can do.

    The simplest and least costly way to get a handle on this is to get paid for something you are already doing. In fact, it is something you’ve been doing since you were 5 or 6 years old.

    What’s that?

    Recommending.

    Referring people to products or services that you use and enjoy and feel good about.

    As I said you did it when you loved a new breakfast cereal and a new TV serial. You do it when you find a great restaurant and when you come across a magical, awesome, fabulous book or movie.

    You just never got paid for doing it before.

    Want to change that?

    Check out this brief video.

    Have a question? Email me. tony@ajlauria.com

    You can also get a copy of a blueprint that lays out what this is all about, what to look for and what to avoid. There’s no cost for the download.

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    How To Thumb Your Nose At The Tax Man

    The ‘Thought of the Day’ from one of my inbox newsletters was this:

    “People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.” ~ Robert Half

    SMACK! Right between the eyes!

    But having to feed that dependent child, aka the Government, doesn’t upset me as much as it used to. Why? Because I have a simple way of generating some extra money.

    So now that you have to keep feeding that OTHER dependent child, aka the Government, you might consider another means of income so you don’t have to sacrifice your quality of life.

    A second means of income that doesn’t radically alter your lifestyle. One that doesn’t ask you to learn drastically new skills but rather uses the ones you already have. One that doesn’t require new modes of behavior, just expands on what you’re comfortable doing right now.

    And the answer is Network Marketing, aka the Recommending Business.

    You see, when you like a new restaurant or movie or healthcare product, don’t you unhesitatingly and enthusiastically want to tell those you know about them? Well, that’s what Network Marketing is – A recommending business. Only when you’re doing it with a business relationship YOU’RE GETTING A EXTRA PAYCHECK!

    If the idea tickles you even the slightest bit, you may want to take a look at this 7-minute video that explains the power of this model.

    http://ajlauria.extraweeklycheck.com

    And if you have a question or two, send me an email at tony@ajlauria.com.

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    5 Jan 2012, 1:55am
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  • Paying For Virtual Pigs

    Last week on the FOX Business Station’s morning show Varney & Company, a peculiar business model was presented and then roundly criticized by most. It very vividly reminded me of the MLM model gone wrong and the human behavior common to both.

    One business analyst just “loves the model” that the online game called FARMVILLE is based on. Just go to Facebook and after enrolling you can pay real money to get the fullest experience of the game.

    Pay REAL money to buy VIRTUAL feed for your VIRTUAL cattle and VIRTUAL pigs that live in the VIRTUAL barn that you only VIRTUALLY have to upkeep. (Thank goodness for that task being virtual!)

    When challenged by the more level-headed and pragmatic host of the show Stuart Varney, the analyst responded, “What’s not to like? It’s a money maker! Don’t underestimate Americans’ need for escape – like when movies shot up in popularity.”

    Later in the show another commentator described and dismissed it as “selling distraction in a hard economy.”

    Distraction is one thing. Delusion another. Broken down to its barest bones here’s what I see going on:

    1. A vendor has made available the online illusion of owning a farm along with the necessary animals and chores that go along with such a real world enterprise.
    2. The owner pays REAL money for this virtual business and all it entails.
    3. The owner never has to get down and dirty with the beasties, or drive the necessary vehicles, etc. Just click away from the comfort of a keyboard.
    4. The costs are REAL, the rewards virtual, i.e., NOT REAL.
    5. Some make money, most lose money. (Hey, THAT’S not what MLM stand for!)

    Can’t begin to tell you how many people I have run across, asking for real help for a MLM business run very much as described above – virtual.

    Hard economy. Virtual business. Delusional satisfaction.

    Happy New Year.

    When the real world comes a’knocking on the door of your virtual reality and you need help, just ask. I and my team have real world solutions for any MLM – provided you don’t ask us to feed the pigs.

    tony@ajlauria.com

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    The Trap of Social Media Noise

    ‘I quote others to better express myself.’

    So the saying goes. And since I couldn’t say any better what Seth Godin has to say about the noise of social media, I’ll borrow his words. Enjoy it.

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    The Trap Of Social Media Noise

    If we put a number on it, people will try to make the number go up.

    Now that everyone is a marketer, many people are looking for a louder megaphone, a chance to talk about their work, their career, their product… and social media looks like the ideal soapbox, a free opportunity to shout to the masses.

    But first, we’re told to make that number go up. Increase the number of fans, friends and followers, so your shouts will be heard. The problem of course is that more noise is not better noise.

    In Corey’s words, the conventional, broken wisdom is:

    Follow a ton of people to get people to follow back

    Focus on the # of followers, not the interests of followers or your relationship with them.

    Pump links through the social platform (take your pick, or do them all!)

    Offer nothing of value, and no context. This is a megaphone, not a telephone.

    Think you’re winning, because you’re playing video games (highest follower count wins!)

    This looks like winning (the numbers are going up!), but it’s actually a double-edged form of losing. First, you’re polluting a powerful space, turning signals into noise and bringing down the level of discourse for everyone. And second, you’re wasting your time when you could be building a tribe instead, could be earning permission, could be creating a channel where your voice is actually welcomed.

    Leadership (even idea leadership) scares many people, because it requires you to own your words, to do work that matters. The alternative is to be a junk dealer.

    The game theory pushes us into one of two directions: either be better at pump and dump than anyone else, get your numbers into the millions, outmass those that choose to use mass and always dance at the edge of spam (in which the number of those you offend or turn off forever keep increasing), or

    Relentlessly focus. Prune your message and your list and build a reputation that’s worth owning and an audience that cares.

    Only one of these strategies builds an asset of value.

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    The noisy chatter of a cocktail party or the one-on-one conversation of focused individuals? You choose.

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    Building Wealth With Network Marketing

    To have health is to be or live healed. To have wealth is to be or live well.

    Doug Casey is a man who knows a thing or two about wealth and he was recently quoted in Dr. Steve Sjuggerud’s newsletter DailyWealth Premium.

    There are some radical thoughts there but as Doug writes, “these ideas weren’t radical 200 years ago… But they are considered radical now. That’s why it’s important to keep them in mind. In the financial crisis I see coming, the right ideas might mean your life.”

    From that newsletter I would like to share some points from both Doug and Steve.

    First Doug:

    1.      “First, recognize that wealth is a high moral good.

    Don’t feel guilty about having it or about wanting more. I do believe that productive people – people who work hard to provide goods and services for others – definitely tend to be wealthier than unproductive people. They deserve to be. And since we don’t live in a malevolent universe, people generally get what they deserve. So, yes, wealth is definitely one indicator of moral excellence.”

    2.      “Second, figure out your purpose in having money.

    Sure, money makes life easier. And it’s nice how it enables you to assist people you like with material things. But I strongly suggest that you not take too short a view on this matter.”

    3.      Steve Sjuggerud enumerates Doug’s 3-step plan to building wealth. As the focus of this blog is wealth and Network Marketing, please pay special attention to these three steps and see if what I have boldfaced below doesn’t make the case for Network Marketing.

    “Step 1: Liquidate. Chances are high that you have too much “stuff.” That stuff is costing you money in storage cost, in depreciation and in the weight of psychological baggage. It’s weighing you down. Get rid of it.

    “Step 2: Consolidate. Take stock of your assets. After Step 1, that should be a lot easier.

    “Your main asset is knowledge, skills and connections you possess. Take stock of them. What do you know? What can you do? Whom do you know? Make lists and think about these things, with an eye to maximizing their value.

    “Step3 is the most important… the ability to create. Working for yourself is the easiest way to create.
    “Think like an entrepreneur at all times. Remember that there is an infinite desire for goods and services on the part of the 6 billion other people on the planet. Find out how you can give them what they want, and the money will roll in.” 

    If you are thinking of getting started in a home-based business but don’t know what to do first, download this free report and start creating some wealth.

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    MLM Success: Your 1st Step – DO NOT ISOLATE YOURSELF

    A successful Network Marketing business cannot be done alone: The very first step you must take toward MLM success is to get connected – DO NOT ISOLATE YOURSELF.

    This may seem apparent, after all it IS Network Marketing. However, you might be surprised at how enticing it is to so many to work alone and think “I can figure this out for and by myself” – provided there is enough information available.

    Sorry but this a very wrong assumption for a Network Marketer, an ssumption that leads to the careless spending of great amounts of time and finally, in the worst case, to the death of dreams.

    This is also one of the greatest differences between INTERNET marketing and NETWORK marketing.

    When NETWORK marketers behave like INTERNET marketers they have greatly misinformed themselves. This behavior of working alone is in direct contradiction to what NETWORKING is.

    Call me guilty of “profiling” if you must but Internet marketers are in love with their computers and all the software that they have installed. They believe that all that information is going to deliver them to the Promised Land, turning their PCs into ATMs.

    THEN, and only then, will they emerge from their solitary cocoons and spread their wings!

    Maybe. But this model does not and cannot work for NETWORK marketers.

    NETWORK MARKETERS HAVE TO NETWORK!

    By definition Networkers have to meet, talk to, mingle with, and share ideas with other people. At the initial stages of a Network Marketer’s life this ideally should be done with a team and a mentor. The best setting for accomplishing this is with a Mastermind group.

     If you find yourself in an MLM company without such a Mastermind group, you are at a grave disadvantage. It is something you must correct if you do not want to see your dream shrivel up and blow away in the wind.

     You can learn more about Mastermind groups and how to find one in this free report.

     Don’t be shy. Take Action. NOW.

    What are you waiting for? You need support. You need to bond with income partners who will turn into lifelong friends. You need a Mastermind group.

    Here is how you can get all that for free.

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    Playing The Time Leverage Game

    Funny how each of us really has the same dream: time, money, great relationships, and a meaningful, fulfilling life. But none of us will ever achieve our dream by trading time for money in a job.

    There is only one way and that is to learn to Leverage Our Time; make Time and Others work for us.

    Here are the Rules as outlined in a great, short, impactful book by Bill Quain Overcoming Time Poverty: How To Achieve more By Working Less.

    1. Learn To Multiply. Time for Money is linear and to increase the money you have to increase the Time. It is simple addition. Instead learn to Multiply, using the Time of Others whom you have taught and mentored and the Time of the Others whom they have found in turn. And so on and so on.

    2. Increase the value of your time, don’t increase your time. When you create more without working more, you have automatically made your time more valuable.

    3. Use your time to Build not Buy. Build equity that will work for you forever. Don’t spend money on things but on more income-producing assets.

    4. Build a Toll Booth, not a Toil Booth. Be more interested in collecting than working. Find a massive and dynamic trend and take part in it.  Even just a small part of each transaction will accumulate quickly.

    5. Get a Mentor, be a Mentor. In this Time Leverage Game, build a network of winners. We all need help and it is our responsibility to pass on that help to those who earnestly seek it.

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  • HAVE YOU SURRENDERED CONTROL OF YOUR MIND?

    My new eBook Culture, Politics, Entertainment & Irresponsibility in Network Marketing is not just about Network Marketing - it is about Success & Failure and the distractions that take us off track. It also explores how we just might be co-operating with those who want our attention at any cost - even our success. You can check out my new eBook by clicking on the image and getting it to your eReader in minutes.
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