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The Pride Of Cucamonga

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Saturday, 9:59pm
Reno, NV
Out on the edge of an empty highway, howling at the blood on the moon… ” (Grateful Dead, “The Pride of Cucamonga”)

Howdy…

Quick post tonight…

… just to let the conspiracy theorists know I’m still rattling around this mortal coil.

But it’s gotta be quick… because I’m heading off to celebrate Pop’s 90th birthday down in Cucamonga.

(Okay, okay… I know it’s now called “Rancho Cucamonga”, but they tacked on the rancho part long after I’d left town… and without my permission, too.  Bastards.)

Anyway, it’s always a treat to head back down to that weird, wonderful, whacked-out dream-scape desert in the spooky foothills of Mount Baldy.

Things are different there, that’s for sure.

I can never go home again… but it’s kinda fun to visit once in a while.

My Pop is a force of nature.  He’s one of the friendliest, most generous and vibrant men you’ll ever meet… and has kept up that attitude his entire life.

(Plus, he still kicks my ass at cards.) (And he’s more active than I am, too — goes ballroom dancing several times a week, works on the house and at projects as hard as he did 50 years ago.  Puts his lazy kids to shame… and we love him for it.)

So I’m clearly hoping I inherited enough of his robust DNA to buy me another few decades, too.

It’s amazing when you realize that the guy was born into the Industrial Age… had his first encounter with snow digging a foxhole in it in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge… settled back into civilian life in the dawn of the Atomic Age… and now surfs the Web gleefully in the Information Age.

What he’s witnessed and been part of boggles the mind.

And yet… things aren’t exactly getting any slower or more coherent for his kids and grandkids and great-grandkids.

Makes my head hurt just thinking about it.

Anyway, I’m off for a few days to the old homestead near Route 66 (where the ancient Spanish Trail used to wind through SoCal) to give the guy his due.

In the meantime…

… here’s a nice testimonial we just received about this blog… which might give you a hint as to something you can do until I’m back in the saddle here:

“Dude,
I’ve read through your blog like a mad man on crack,
there were so many gems that I took what I could and applied it.
It’s been 3 months since I became a copywriter for other people.
I’ve just had my first 3 contracts finalized this week and it was based
on a dummy copy I was writing using your systems and ideas.
Thanks again John,

Adil
“The 20-year-old writer”

Now, putting aside the disturbing visual of this blog as “crack”, young Adil has nevertheless done something I’ve advised many others to do…

… but few have followed up on.

Namely… haunt the freakin’ archives of this blog.

It’s crammed with goodies and treasure.

I mean, c’mon.  Most blogs out there dribble out happy little bits of info, or carefully spread out a few thin, short points here and there…

… all while posting frequently purely for optimizing search engine results.

That’s so cold-blooded.

Here, the stories run rampant and long.  You may be asked to think.  And you won’t be coddled.

Just get over your bad self’s thinking that anything you read must be “new” to be “good”.  There are posts going back 5 years in these archives that can still thrill, chill and beguile…

… all while sneaking excellent lessons on life and biz into your brain.

So, go explore.

I’ll be back next week…

Stay frosty,

John

Part 16: ACTION!


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I think there is something more important than believing: action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.” —W. Clement Stone

The Final Step: Action—Yes, You Have to Actually Work

Contrary to movie lore, you can’t just sit on your tush on your couch and imagine checks coming into your mailbox. If you do, you won’t have that couch for long. You have to act on your plans. You have to get off the couch, walk out your door and work to get what you want in life. Doing must follow planning.

All the planning, pondering and philosophizing in the world won’t produce your desired results.

All the contemplation, envisioning, affirmations, chanting, positive thinking and meditation won’t materialize your goals if you do not take action.

“Affirmation without action leads to delusion.” —Jim Rohn

Napoleon Hill once asked an audience, “What is the average number of times that a person tries to achieve a new goal before they give up?” After several guesses from the audience, he gave the answer:

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Part 15: How to WIN—Every Time!


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As we head into the final stretch of this incredible journey, I want to offer you one final gift. It’s one of my greatest strategies for creating extraordinary success, and now–if you choose– it can be your success strategy, as well.

Regardless of your experience, skill level, or even the quality of your competition, with enough time, the following principle will allow you to win at almost everything, every time!

In fact, the only thing that can stop you now from accomplishing all the goals you have set is not utilizing this principle…. And that is the No. 1 reason why incredibly talented, intensely motivated people fail to attain what they want in life.

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This is the first in a series of 31 videos all about using the Flexibility2 and Flexsqueeze Themes. You’ll still get a lot of value by going through this video series–as I go through each option in your blog “backoffice”.

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What Are The Main Components Of a Successful Relationship?

Happy couple relationships question 300x182 What Are The Main Components Of a Successful Relationship?About two weeks ago I accidentally stumbled across one of the greatest manuscripts in Buddhist history called “Letter to a Friend”. It was written by the Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna (1st – 2nd century A.D.) as a letter of advice to his childhood friend Gautamiputra, who later became a king.

Despite its short length (only 123 verses), it covers a variety of topics: one of them – the main qualities that a person should seek in their life partner (as well as to try to cultivate  them self) in order to create strong happy relationships. These qualities are honesty, trust, desire to take care of another person and patience.

Have you noticed that “love” and “physical attraction” are not even on the list? Nagarjuna considered love, passion and physical beauty as a passing phase and, therefore, believed that they are a shaky base for long-lasting relationships.

What do you think?

What in your opinion are the main components of a strong successful relationship? What qualities are you looking for in your partner?

Share your comments below!

It would be interesting to discover how much our perception of successful relationships and a strong happy family has changed since Nagarjuna wrote his letter.

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Tell Your Upline To Stop Trying To Recruit Me!

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Evolv Canada Opens Monday 2.22.2010

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The Real Problem With The Flaw of Attraction

The SecretLast night while watching TV, my wife and I had an interesting debate on the whole “The Secret” phenomena. And we came to the very same conclusions.

I believe in the law of attraction. I also like the premise behind the book, which is largely influenced by Wally Wattles’ 1910 book, The Science of Getting Rich.

But with all the “new-wage” gurus out there giving it a bad rap, the law of attraction is getting an undeserved reputation. Some people even call it the “flaw of attraction.” However, the real flaw isn’t with the secret in itself, as some suggested.

It’s with how some people have bastardized it for their own selfish greed.

Here’s the problem…

Your chances of getting what you want is higher when you’re focused on it. Absolutely. And it’s not just some metaphysical, woo-woo thing. Quantum physics aside, which is something else I also believe in, let’s take a more practical look at the law.

You become what you think about. It’s true. But the twist is, you already are what you thought about all your life. So how can some book magically switch your state when your mindset is still on that which made you who you are in the first place?

A mindset that took years to acquire?

Simply, if you think you’re a loser, then chances are you’re a loser. If you truly believe you deserve wealth, then you’ll get wealth if you’re not already wealthy. But it isn’t as automatic as so many of the new-wage gurus want you to believe.

And there lies the rub. And it ain’t some genie lamp, either.

When you focus on something hard enough and long enough, you will eventually change your belief system. And once your belief system has changed, then your consciousness will open itself to notice all the possibilities and opportunities related to it.

Doors that previously seemed closed will open for you. Were they really closed before? No. You were simply oblivious to them. Now, they just jump out at you. As if by miracle.

But it’s no miracle.

Has this ever happened to you? You buy a brand-new car, and you think to yourself that not a lot of people have that same car, much less in that same paint color.

So you buy it, and wouldn’t you know it? As you drive it home, you start to notice that exact same car all over the place. Everybody seems to own one, now. In the same color, too! As if it was some conspiracy to follow you around and copy you.

Funny, isn’t?

That’s the real secret behind the law of attraction.

Here’s the problem with the way this law has been abused of late. People who are vulnerable, gullible, and desperate are seeking a magic pill. A quick-fix solution.

So their mindset is now focused on getting help. They are thinking about getting rid of their financial pains. Once they see a course, program, training, or seminar that purports to teach them on how to cure their money ills, they jump on it like bees to honey.

(Or better said, like flies to excrement.)

Greedy new-wage gurus know this all too well. So they package their rehashed, embellished version of the secret, overprice it, and sell it to the unsuspecting masses.

And guess what? Most of the people who will buy it are those very people who don’t need it. These naive hopefuls will spend the remaining cash in their bank accounts just for some magic pill — and the gurus walk away with their money.

Sure, sell a book or course on how to use the secret. It’s your take on the law. Like an opinion piece of commentary. In it, you perhaps even share some of your observations on how well it’s worked in your own life and those of others around you. No problem.

But when people buy it, they are — better said, they should be — buying it for the educational or entertainment value, just like someone’s book of theories on TV’s Lost.

But don’t promise that this book is the panacea they were looking for, especially when they’re in a vulnerable state. That’s misleading, unethical, nonsensical bullshit.

The best line I’ve heard on the secret came from another movie called “What the Bleep?” I liked the movie because it explained the secret in less philosophical but more scientific terms — such as neuroscience, quantum physics, quantum mechanics, etc.

(Although, some of the people on the show were a little too “out there” for my taste.)

The line came from an interview with a University professor, who said that you can’t overcome years upon years of negativity with just a thin veneer of positive thinking shoved on top of it. You still have this huge underbelly of negativity that’s still there.

It’s the same as weight loss. You can’t lose overnight what often took years to gain. In the same way, you can’t change your thinking overnight, because it took years to build and condition, be it through experience, education, expectations, etc. Even genetics.

Focus on the positive, yes. But you must take action. And that’s the point. People expect the secret to be a magic pill. And they take no action believing the secret will magically save them. They look at the law of attraction as a cure rather than as a tool.

Those types of people are scary, if you ask me. Because the moment something good happens to them, which might have happened anyway either by pure happenstance or as the result of their hard work, they will have a tendency to blame it on the secret.

When the secret had nothing to do with it.

There’s nothing much you can do about these folk, unfortunately. But there’s a second, less sinister category of people who are “attracted” to the law of attraction.

To take action, you need to want to do it. You need motivation. In some cases, desperation. Sure, the secret can help give you the motivation to take action. But it’s not and should never be a substitute for it. It takes time. Sometimes, years or even decades.

But the problem is that it’s not sold as a motivational tool. It’s sold as a solution.

And the people who sell the secret as such are the worse of the bunch, in my opinion. Those greedy vultures are masters in the art of repackaging material in a way that caters to a specific market in need of the package — and not the thing being packaged.

Why do you think credit repair products, particularly credit repair scams, are so rampant, especially during tough economic times? Because there’s a market for it!

The secret is just the same. The reason so many people are buying it is because there’s a market for what it promises — not for its educational or motivational value.

First, you shouldn’t be in a position where you would need credit repair if you had the right mindset to begin with and took action on it earlier. It’s about planning, taking responsibility, and most of all, taking action. Before it’s too late.

Of course, accidents happen. Stuff happens over which you have no control. So I’m not talking about people who have no control over their financial dilemmas. I’m talking about those who don’t take control over their finances before their finances went out of it.

In short, the secret would have been best used before you decided on doing the things that had negative consequences. Consequences that would have put you in a situation where you would need any solution, much less a secret one.

The secret is not remedial. It may be palliative, at best.

Sure, it may be used as a remedial tool. It can motivate you into taking action to remedy your situation, just as you took action that put you in the bad spot you’re in now.

But it is best used as a preventative tool, particularly when you took actions with negative consequences. Or better said, when you had the wrong mindset that led you to making the wrong decisions and taking the wrong actions, in the first place.

Or at the very least, the secret can help change your mindset to avoid the negative things that, if unchanged, may eventually force you to seek out quick-fix solutions.

Self-help is exactly what it means. The law of attraction can help you to help yourself. But too many people buy into it thinking it’s a tool to save you, and they fail to take action.

For example, why is it that books on how to make money are more popular than those on how to save it? Because saving money is a sacrifice. It’s work! You need to take action.

But trying to sell a preventative to vulnerable people who are desperately hurting — such as people who are suffering from terminal illnesses or facing bankruptcies — is like trying to sell them a book on how to save money when there is none to save.

Using the weightloss example, it’s like a book on how to change the way you think about food to stop gaining weight, instead of a book on how to lose it when it’s too late.

It can help steer you in the right direction, with the right mindset, and motivate you to make the right decisions and take the right actions that will prevent you from going to a place where you would need to lose the weight you shouldn’t have gained, anyhow.

(By the way, my apologies to those who are battling weight problems. My intent is not to denigrate people in tough situations but to focus on those who take advantage of them.)

My wife said it best on her breast cancer blog. She said that she wouldn’t focus on battling her breast cancer because it would be very difficult to “fight darkness.”

I mean, how do you conquer darkness?

Do you stab it? Do you pull out your gun and try to shoot it? Do you meditate, pray, and positively think that it will simply go away through some miracle? Of course not.

Really, the only way to fight the darkness is to turn on the light.

You must take action. Do you need a self-help book for that? Maybe, if the self-help book shows you where the lightswitch is, or how to build a lightsource, or how to make money to buy a flashlight, or cheers you up as you patiently wait for the sun to come up.

So is there really a “flaw of attraction?” Not with the law itself. The real flaw is in the way it’s unscrupulously pushed onto innocent souls who don’t know any better.

It’s like pushing drugs onto addicts.

Some of these new-wage gurus are no different than drug dealers, in my opinion.

The issue I have is with those who prey on vulnerable people by selling a preventative as a cure — and worse yet, to mislead them into thinking a preventative is the cure — and to give them false hope only to line their own pockets. Drug pushers, indeed.

Self-help is self-help. You actually need to help yourself to make any “self-help” work.

But to help yourself, you need to act. Because if you buy a book on self-help thinking it will save you miraculously, you might as well leave the book on the shelf-help.

The Michel Fortin Blog.

.

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The Real Problem With The Flaw of Attraction

The SecretLast night while watching TV, my wife and I had an interesting debate on the whole “The Secret” phenomena. And we came to the very same conclusions.

I believe in the law of attraction. I also like the premise behind the book, which is largely influenced by Wally Wattles’ 1910 book, The Science of Getting Rich.

But with all the “new-wage” gurus out there giving it a bad rap, the law of attraction is getting an undeserved reputation. Some people even call it the “flaw of attraction.” However, the real flaw isn’t with the secret in itself, as some suggested.

It’s with how some people have bastardized it for their own selfish greed.

Here’s the problem…

Your chances of getting what you want is higher when you’re focused on it. Absolutely. And it’s not just some metaphysical, woo-woo thing. Quantum physics aside, which is something else I also believe in, let’s take a more practical look at the law.

You become what you think about. It’s true. But the twist is, you already are what you thought about all your life. So how can some book magically switch your state when your mindset is still on that which made you who you are in the first place?

A mindset that took years to acquire?

Simply, if you think you’re a loser, then chances are you’re a loser. If you truly believe you deserve wealth, then you’ll get wealth if you’re not already wealthy. But it isn’t as automatic as so many of the new-wage gurus want you to believe.

And there lies the rub. And it ain’t some genie lamp, either.

When you focus on something hard enough and long enough, you will eventually change your belief system. And once your belief system has changed, then your consciousness will open itself to notice all the possibilities and opportunities related to it.

Doors that previously seemed closed will open for you. Were they really closed before? No. You were simply oblivious to them. Now, they just jump out at you. As if by miracle.

But it’s no miracle.

Has this ever happened to you? You buy a brand-new car, and you think to yourself that not a lot of people have that same car, much less in that same paint color.

So you buy it, and wouldn’t you know it? As you drive it home, you start to notice that exact same car all over the place. Everybody seems to own one, now. In the same color, too! As if it was some conspiracy to follow you around and copy you.

Funny, isn’t?

That’s the real secret behind the law of attraction.

Here’s the problem with the way this law has been abused of late. People who are vulnerable, gullible, and desperate are seeking a magic pill. A quick-fix solution.

So their mindset is now focused on getting help. They are thinking about getting rid of their financial pains. Once they see a course, program, training, or seminar that purports to teach them on how to cure their money ills, they jump on it like bees to honey.

(Or better said, like flies to excrement.)

Greedy new-wage gurus know this all too well. So they package their rehashed, embellished version of the secret, overprice it, and sell it to the unsuspecting masses.

And guess what? Most of the people who will buy it are those very people who don’t need it. These naive hopefuls will spend the remaining cash in their bank accounts just for some magic pill — and the gurus walk away with their money.

Sure, sell a book or course on how to use the secret. It’s your take on the law. Like an opinion piece of commentary. In it, you perhaps even share some of your observations on how well it’s worked in your own life and those of others around you. No problem.

But when people buy it, they are — better said, they should be — buying it for the educational or entertainment value, just like someone’s book of theories on TV’s Lost.

But don’t promise that this book is the panacea they were looking for, especially when they’re in a vulnerable state. That’s misleading, unethical, nonsensical bullshit.

The best line I’ve heard on the secret came from another movie called “What the Bleep?” I liked the movie because it explained the secret in less philosophical but more scientific terms — such as neuroscience, quantum physics, quantum mechanics, etc.

(Although, some of the people on the show were a little too “out there” for my taste.)

The line came from an interview with a University professor, who said that you can’t overcome years upon years of negativity with just a thin veneer of positive thinking shoved on top of it. You still have this huge underbelly of negativity that’s still there.

It’s the same as weight loss. You can’t lose overnight what often took years to gain. In the same way, you can’t change your thinking overnight, because it took years to build and condition, be it through experience, education, expectations, etc. Even genetics.

Focus on the positive, yes. But you must take action. And that’s the point. People expect the secret to be a magic pill. And they take no action believing the secret will magically save them. They look at the law of attraction as a cure rather than as a tool.

Those types of people are scary, if you ask me. Because the moment something good happens to them, which might have happened anyway either by pure happenstance or as the result of their hard work, they will have a tendency to blame it on the secret.

When the secret had nothing to do with it.

There’s nothing much you can do about these folk, unfortunately. But there’s a second, more sinister category of people who are “attracted” to the law of attraction.

To take action, you need to want to do it. You need motivation. Or desperation, in some cases. Sure, the secret can help you find the motivation you need to take action. It can inspire you. But it’s not and should never be a substitute for action.

Motivation can take time, too. Sometimes, years or even decades.

But the problem is that it’s not sold as a motivational tool. It’s sold as a solution.

And the people who sell the secret as such are the worse of the bunch, in my opinion. Those greedy vultures are masters in the art of repackaging material in a way that caters to a specific market in need of the package — and not the thing being packaged.

Why do you think credit repair products, particularly credit repair scams, are so rampant, especially during tough economic times? Because there’s a market for it!

The secret is just the same. The reason so many people are buying it is because there’s a market for what it promises — not for its educational or motivational value.

First, you shouldn’t be in a position where you would need credit repair if you had the right mindset to begin with and took action on it earlier. It’s about planning, taking responsibility, and most of all, taking action. Before it’s too late.

Of course, accidents happen. Stuff happens over which you have no control. So I’m not talking about people who have no control over their financial dilemmas. I’m talking about those who didn’t take control over their finances before their finances went out of it.

In short, the secret would have been best used before you decided on doing the things that had negative consequences. Consequences that would have put you in a situation where you would need any solution, much less a secret one.

The secret is not remedial. It may be palliative, at best.

Sure, it may be used as a remedial tool. It can motivate you into taking action to remedy your situation, just as you took action that put you in the bad spot you’re in now.

But it is best used as a preventative tool, particularly when you took actions with negative consequences. Or better said, when you had the wrong mindset that led you to making the wrong decisions and taking the wrong actions in the first place.

Or at the very least, the secret can help change your mindset to avoid the negative things that, if unchanged, may keep you in constant need to seek out quick-fix solutions.

Self-help is exactly what it means. The law of attraction can help you to help yourself. But too many people buy into it thinking it’s going to save them. So they fail to take action.

For example, why is it that books on how to make money are more popular than those on how to save it? Because saving money is a sacrifice. It’s work! You need to take action.

But trying to sell a preventative to vulnerable people who are desperately hurting — such as people who are suffering from terminal illnesses or facing bankruptcies — is like trying to sell them a course on how to save money when there is none to save.

Using the weightloss example, you can learn how to change the way you think about food to stop gaining weight, instead of buying a book on how to lose it when it’s too late.

The law of attraction can help steer you in the right direction, and motivate you to make the right decisions and take the right actions, that will prevent you from going to a place where you would need to lose the weight you shouldn’t have gained, anyhow.

(By the way, my apologies to those who are battling weight problems. My intent is not to denigrate people in tough situations but to focus on those who take advantage of them.)

My wife said it best on her breast cancer blog. She said that she wouldn’t focus on battling her breast cancer because it would be very difficult to “fight darkness.”

I mean, how do you conquer darkness?

Do you stab it? Do you pull out your gun and try to shoot it? Do you meditate, pray, and positively think that it will simply go away through some miracle? Of course not.

Really, the only way to fight the darkness is to turn on the light.

You must take action. Do you need a self-help book for that? Maybe, if the self-help book shows you where the lightswitch is, or how to build a lightsource, or how to make money to buy a flashlight, or cheers you up as you patiently wait for the sun to come up.

So is there really a “flaw of attraction?” Not with the law itself. The real flaw is in the way it’s unscrupulously pushed onto innocent souls who don’t know any better.

It’s like pushing drugs onto addicts.

Some of these new-wage gurus are no different than drug dealers, in my opinion.

The issue I have is with those who prey on vulnerable people by selling a preventative as a cure — and worse yet, to mislead them into thinking a preventative is the cure — and to give them false hope only to line their own pockets. Drug pushers, indeed.

Self-help is self-help. You actually need to help yourself to make any “self-help” work.

But to help yourself, you need to act. Because if you buy a book on self-help thinking it will save you miraculously, you might as well leave the book on the shelf-help.

The Michel Fortin Blog.

.

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Your Success Institute / Mentors Network – A Review?

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?Your Success Institute” also known as “My Mentors Network” is a great name, concept and a very powerful mastermind strategy as it brings the Best of the Best Leadership Development trainers all together under one big tent on high definition video delivered right to your computer. As you may have come to realize, if you have been in the process of starting or developing your own business, that finding a good mentor is important to ensure your success. It might be more important than finding the best MLM or business opportunity. A good mentor or team of dynamic mentors can make all the difference in helping you to develop the right mindset to make your business or venture a tremendous success.

This is why you should take a close look at My Mentors Network / Your Success Institute. If you are at a point where you want to end your MLM struggles and want to succeed in network marketing, then this site could provide the resources and that extra push you may be looking for. My Mentors Network / Your success Institute is a membership site and offers all types of mentorship programs, audio, video, eBooks and a wonderful opportunity to make money from the monthly renewals of all who join under you.

The Business Opportunity

Your Success Institute / My Mentors Network utilizes a binary compensation plan. To begin earning you need to qualify by personally sponsoring two other representatives and placing one on your left team and one on your right team. Once qualified, you can then make money off of your retail sales and off of your down line sales. Like any other network marketing opportunity, significant money can be earned with My Mentors Network by recruiting as many affiliates as possible. Because if provides ongoing training in the area of ‘personal’ and ‘business’ development with some of the best in the industry, leaders like: Tom Woods, Less Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, Barbara Diangelus, Ellie Drake, Jack Canfield, (Chicken Soup of the soul), Olympian John Neighbor and so many more. It is the perfect compliment for your team and will be of tremendous value as a resource to help you build your existing MLM while developing a second income stream in the process. Think of the outlay of cash that is spent on personal and business development tools that many of us spend. Here you get the tools and can generate income from marketing these tools simultaneously.

Here is where you truly begin to leverage your time and energy. However to get there you must have the right mentors and mindset. This is where the company’s product line comes in for you. You can find the right material as well as the right mentors to help you along your financial journey.

In conclusion “Your Success Institute” / My Mentors Network is a very attractive company with a ‘living and growing product line,’ as it is comprised of the Best of the Best industry leaders on the planet. Personal development is key for what sets this company apart from the many business opportunities that one has to choose from. There is virtually no competition that is this affordable – which alone should make this one of the top priorities in your life. The success of your network marketing career and team development is contingent on your pursuit of increased productivity, integrated marketing strategies, (online and offline) and powerful leadership development tools and resources.

To learn how you can develop and master online methods and strategies to insure your success in recruiting and managing a large downline for “My Mentors Network” / Your success Institute – Business go to: http://yoursuccessinstitute.com/michaelbarrett

Authors Resource Box – Michael Barrett is an internet marketing coach, entrepreneur, author, networker, published composer & producer looking to connect with other like minded individuals who have a passion for success, learning and abundant living.  To learn more about attraction marketing and mastermind edge leadership training strategies go to: http://whoismichaelbarrett.com

Your Success Institute / My Mentors Network – A Review?

SANY0098

?Your Success Institute” also known as “My Mentors Network” is a great name, concept and a very powerful mastermind strategy as it brings the Best of the Best Leadership Development trainers all together under one big tent on high definition video delivered right to your computer. As you may have come to realize, if you have been in the process of starting or developing your own business, that finding a good mentor is important to ensure your success. It might be more important than finding the best MLM or business opportunity. A good mentor or team of dynamic mentors can make all the difference in helping you to develop the right mindset to make your business or venture a tremendous success.

This is why you should take a close look at My Mentors Network / Your Success Institute. If you are at a point where you want to end your MLM struggles and want to succeed in network marketing, then this site could provide the resources and that extra push you may be looking for. My Mentors Network / Your success Institute is a membership site and offers all types of mentorship programs, audio, video, eBooks and a wonderful opportunity to make money from the monthly renewals of all who join under you.

The Business Opportunity

Your Success Institute / My Mentors Network utilizes a binary compensation plan. To begin earning you need to qualify by personally sponsoring two other representatives and placing one on your left team and one on your right team. Once qualified, you can then make money off of your retail sales and off of your down line sales. Like any other network marketing opportunity, significant money can be earned with My Mentors Network by recruiting as many affiliates as possible. Because if provides ongoing training in the area of ‘personal’ and ‘business’ development with some of the best in the industry, leaders like: Tom Woods, Less Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, Barbara Diangelus, Ellie Drake, Jack Canfield, (Chicken Soup of the soul), Olympian John Neighbor and so many more. It is the perfect compliment for your team and will be of tremendous value as a resource to help you build your existing MLM while developing a second income stream in the process. Think of the outlay of cash that is spent on personal and business development tools that many of us spend. Here you get the tools and can generate income from marketing these tools simultaneously.

Here is where you truly begin to leverage your time and energy. However to get there you must have the right mentors and mindset. This is where the company’s product line comes in for you. You can find the right material as well as the right mentors to help you along your financial journey.

In conclusion “Your Success Institute” / My Mentors Network is a very attractive company with a ‘living and growing product line,’ as it is comprised of the Best of the Best industry leaders on the planet. Personal development is key for what sets this company apart from the many business opportunities that one has to choose from. There is virtually no competition that is this affordable – which alone should make this one of the top priorities in your life. The success of your network marketing career and team development is contingent on your pursuit of increased productivity, integrated marketing strategies, (online and offline) and powerful leadership development tools and resources.

To learn how you can develop and master online methods and strategies to insure your success in recruiting and managing a large downline for “My Mentors Network” / Your success Institute – Business go to: http://yoursuccessinstitute.com/michaelbarrett

Authors Resource Box – Michael Barrett is an internet marketing coach, entrepreneur, author, networker, published composer & producer looking to connect with other like minded individuals who have a passion for success, learning and abundant living.  To learn more about attraction marketing and mastermind edge leadership training strategies go to: http://whoismichaelbarrett.com

Two Shining Stars in an Age of Darkness

iStock 000010462981XSmall 150x150 Two Shining Stars in an Age of DarknessOne of my favorite shows on TV of late is Shark Tank.

The show centers on aspiring, brave, and sometimes downright idiotic inventors and entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas in front of a group of merciless, seemingly heartless multimillionaires, begging for investment capital.

Some of the advice that come from these “sharks” are pretty obvious and commonsensical, especially to people who’s been in business for as long as I have.

But a lot of it is brilliant. Brilliant, but also brazen, unabashed, and brutally honest. It’s not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like seeing people, along with their hopes, dreams, and business ideas being shred to pieces on TV, then this show is certainly not for you.

The more I watch that show, the more I learn. It’s not just a fascinating program, it’s a million-dollar education in just one hour a week. And for free to boot. If you ever get a chance to watch that show, do it. You’re going to learn so much. It’s an amazing show.

If an idea or business is dumb, dead, or downright dreadful, they will say it. Often, in no uncertain terms. They have to. After all, their money is on the line.

But then again, so should it be with you.

One line from the show, from shark Barbara Corcoran, was absolutely dead-on in one case. She said to one fledgling, near-bankrupt businessman with a poorly researched idea in which he invested almost all of his family’s savings (and I’m paraphrasing, here):

“It takes a lot of courage to be as passionate and persistent about a business idea, but it takes a lot more courage to know when to quit, and to let it go and move on.”

And this got me thinking about how some people online are like that. I’m not just talking about businesspeople who needlessly cling to a losing idea or business, which are many. Too many to count, I’m afraid. The Internet is filled with them.

But I’m talking about sharks. Experts who really know their stuff, and who may say the most unflattering things that might kill your pride but may very well save your butt. That is, if you let go of your ego for a moment and truly listen to what they have to say.

Many a guru come and go, and the people I’ve followed over the years have changed. Change is a part of reality. I’ve changed. We all do. But some people I’ve stopped following because their philosophy no longer fits with mine or into what I find acceptable.

(And with all that’s happening in our industry these days, with all the crackdowns, letdowns, and putdowns, I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way.)

But that’s OK. That’s how the world turns.

I guess that, as I’ve grown older, wiser, and more battle-worn, with a dash of cynicism and mistrust added to the mix, I’ve also become pickier and more prudent in who I follow and listen to. That’s why there are just a handful of select people I follow today.

There are two fellows in particular from this group of people who I’ve followed for a long time, ever since they were members of my now defunct copywriters discussion forum. The thing is, they are not as well-known as what you normally call your typical “guru.”

I followed them on their blogs and newsletters. For years, I’ve digested their tips, insights, and sometimes incisive commentary like they were part of a endless buffet served as a starving death-row inmate’s last meal. Licking the plates along with it.

So who are these guys?

These two men are none other than Jason Leister and Ricky Breslin.

Their brilliance shines. Their philosophy is flexible enough to adapt to changes, but solid enough to remain unwavering and unaffected — no matter how the economy swings, and no matter how many new marketing methods come and go.

Their occasional insights and sometimes slap-in-the-face advice on business, the Internet, and even life have always struck me as amazing. To some, they appear as oddball contrarians, and that’s probably why they are not as well known as the usual suspects.

There are not a lot of people who are that real. I mean, really real. I mean, “I don’t care if this hurts your ego but it’s going to save your business (or make you money)” real. They are down to earth and personable, but seriously sharp and dangerously savvy.

These are two guys to watch out for.

Now, there are not the only ones, mind you. A few others I’ve known for a while personify these qualities already. Such as Paul Myers, Jim Edwards, Terry Dean, Lynn Terry, Larry Winget, just to name a few. (Including my brilliant wife, Sylvie Fortin.)

But Jason and Ricky are in that group I would categorize as real experts.

For example, Jason just blogged about the future of information marketing.

And he said something I’ve been saying for a long time.

And that’s the idea that marketing, particularly Internet marketing, is no longer about communications but about conversations. It’s no longer about content but about context. It’s no longer about copy that sells but about the connection with the people who buy.

In short, the gold is not “in the list” but in the relationships.

Nevertheless, they are marketers who are not afraid to tell it like it is. But also, they are guys who understand relationships. People. Trust. Ethics. And above all, sales and business. They are sharks. And I think that’s what the Internet needs right now.

I’m not talking about “those” sharks. The Internet has been filled with the wrong kind of predators for too long. No, I’m talking about the kind of sharks who are willing to take a bite out of bad ideas, bad businesses, and bad marketing practices.

Be a shark with your business. Your money. Your clients. And especially your integrity and your reputation. More important, be a shark with yourself, and the people you follow and whose advice you listen to. If not, any of these will be the ones eating you alive.

The Michel Fortin Blog.

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Part 14: S-T-R-E-T-C-H Yourself


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If you are going to achieve goals you have never achieved before, you must be willing to do what you have never done before.

One of those things is to allow, no actually push, yourself to FAIL. And if you want to succeed big, you have to fail big. There is no way around it.

When I was only 20 years old, I got into residential real estate sales. It was the early ’90s, and the real estate market was as tough as it is right now. I knew nothing about the real estate business; I had no prior experience, clientele or even credibility—I wasn’t even old enough to drink! But in just 90 days, I was outselling (new listings and pending escrows) an entire office of 44 veteran agents—combined!

The strategy I am going to reveal to you made that possible and is one of my personal-achievement secret weapons. I now offer it to you…

When I went to my first real estate seminar, I asked the lecturer to lunch. I asked him for his best tip on being successful in real estate. His answer was, “Go fail—a lot.”

“What?!” I said. “I thought the whole idea of success was to avoid failure.” “Quite the opposite,” he said. Then he told me a quote from Tom Watson of IBM: “The key to success is massive failure.” He said, “Your goal is to out-fail your competition. Whoever can fail the most, the fastest and the biggest wins.”

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8 Momentous Reasons to Wake Up Early

benefits of waking up early 2 200x300 8 Momentous Reasons to Wake Up Early“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.” ~Robert Brault

It has become common knowledge that successful people are early risers. Although, no one can guarantee that getting up early will necessarily make you successful, there are some sound reasons why successful people choose to wake up before the sunrise.

Benefits of becoming an early riser:

1. Mindful start of the day. The first 15 minutes after you wake up set the mood and the pace for the whole day. If you jump out of bed thinking, “OMG! I’m late!” or immediately start mulling over all the problems that you have to solve today, it probably means that you are not starting your day on the right foot. Waking up early actually gives you time to become conscious of your surroundings, stretch your body, smile to yourself, listen to some great music, and truly feel how blessed you are, because you have been given the opportunity to live another day and make it wonderful.

2. More free time. It is as simple as that – if you wake up 2-3 hours earlier, you get majority of the tasks on your to-do list done by noon. It means that you do not have to stay late after work to finish your projects. You can get home earlier and spend quality time with your family. Or if you do not feel like starting your day with work, you can still use those 2 precious extra hours to meditate, work out, pursue a hobby, cook yourself a delicious breakfast or plan out your day. In any case you expand your free time!

3. Important health benefits. Besides obvious benefits of rising early like having plenty of time to do a quick work out, or eating a healthy balanced breakfast (instead of skipping it), there are other interesting discoveries made in this area. A study conducted of college students conducted by Wilse B. Webb, Ph.D., and Michael H. Bonnet, Ph.D., of the University of Florida demonstrated that “larks (or early risers) reported waking up feeling more rested”, having “fewer worries” and getting more “adequate sleep”. They also awakened feeling physically better than “owls” (late risers).

4. High happiness level. I have a personal theory that the majority of people who love to sleep till noon simply cannot think of any exciting activities that they want to do. Their priority is to stay in bed just a few hours longer, before reality hits them hard with its traffic jams, urgent deadlines, bills. When you are happy to greet the coming day, enthusiastic about something or motivated to succeed, you do not need to snooze your alarm clock twice. Therefore, if you are not a morning person, ask yourself why? Maybe you simply cannot think of anything that you would like to do with an extra 2 or 3 hours?

5. Opportunity for spiritual growth. The author of the best-selling book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” Robin Sharma calls the time right before the sunrise “Holy Hour”. In Ayurveda the time between 4 and 6 a.m. is known as Brahma Muhurta or “Time of God”. It is believed that during this period the mind can easily concentrate on meditation, prayers, life goals and studies. Fascinatingly enough, the latest studies seem to endorse this ancient Vedic knowledge. It has been discovered that the Earth sets up extremely low frequency (ELF) waves in the atmosphere shortly before sunrise, of the same frequency (10 Hz) as the brain in a meditation state. If you still have doubts, try it for yourself!

6. Better opportunities. There is a common stereotype that people who go to bed late are leading exhilarating, intense and sometimes crazy social life. They can relax at late night parties, go to dancing clubs, stay up late with friends all night watching movies and eating pizza while “larks” are already in bed sound asleep. This may be true. Early risers might be missing out on late-night entertainment, but they compensate for it by having a distinct advantage in most of the important daytime activities like business meetings, job interviews, classes, seminars, and work appointments.

7. Best time to get great ideas. You rarely get brilliant ideas in the middle of a busy working day. Quite the opposite, psychological studies report that our creativity is the highest when our mind is relaxed and we are not forcing ourselves to come up with the right solutions. In my case, I get my best creative ideas when I am taking a shower, strolling with no purpose in mind, doing yoga or meditating. And I am not the only one. Many famous writers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs find the early hours of the day the best time for hatching new ideas and unexpected solutions.

8. Increased productivity. If you have ever woken up at 5 a.m. (or gone to bed at this time) you know what I mean when I say “peace and quiet”. This distraction free atmosphere is the main reason why more and more people prefer to work early in the mornings or late at night ( i.e. when the rest of civilization is sleeping).

For me 6 to 9 a.m. is my most productive time. This is the time I set aside for writing, brainstorming or working on my most important projects. Up until 2 years ago I would have told you that I am at my productive best when I work late. Inspiration would usually hit after everyone else in my family was sleeping and I would be working furiously through the night, demonstrating miracles of productivity. Now looking back I can tell you that while I could easily enter into the state of “flow” at 11 p.m. I had to pay for my productivity with insomnia, strained tired eyes, neck ache and low energy levels the following day. Think about it… If you wake up feeling drowsy and tired, because you stayed up till 4 a.m. maybe you should consider adjusting your work schedule?

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whately

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Part 13: Success Cycles


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We are human. We cannot be 100 percent 100 percent of the time. We cannot improve every area of our life simultaneously. We cannot do everything at the same time. When we try is when we fail, burn out or blow up.

Nature works in cycles. As with the seasons, there is a time to learn, a time to produce, a time to harvest and a time to rest. Farmers, schoolchildren, and even professional athletes operate in seasons. That approach to life can help you excel, too.

I want to explain an advanced achievement strategy that will help you make greater progress toward your goals—faster. It’s a concept called: Working in Success Cycles.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you and I are going to race from Los Angeles to New York City. We both have planes. You have a 747, which travels at a cruising speed of 875 mph. I have a mere Learjet, which travels at 400 mph. Now, if I fly straight through, but you have to land and take off in the 10 states in between—taxiing, parking and going through your preflight checklist before taking off again—who is going to win? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING


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Part 13: Success Cycles


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INTRO, GETTING READY & Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 , 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

We are human. We cannot be 100 percent 100 percent of the time. We cannot improve every area of our life simultaneously. We cannot do everything at the same time. When we try is when we fail, burn out or blow up.

Nature works in cycles. As with the seasons, there is a time to learn, a time to produce, a time to harvest and a time to rest. Farmers, schoolchildren, and even professional athletes operate in seasons. That approach to life can help you excel, too.

I want to explain an advanced achievement strategy that will help you make greater progress toward your goals—faster. It’s a concept called: Working in Success Cycles.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you and I are going to race from Los Angeles to New York City. We both have planes. You have a 747, which travels at a cruising speed of 875 mph. I have a mere Learjet, which travels at 400 mph. Now, if I fly straight through, but you have to land and take off in the 10 states in between—taxiing, parking and going through your preflight checklist before taking off again—who is going to win? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING


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Changes, Relaunches, and Extreme Makeovers

iStock 000003120476XSmall 150x150 Changes, Relaunches, and Extreme MakeoversA couple of new things to tell you about today.

First off, I’m trying a new experiment. I’ve decided to close and remove comments on this blog. Just to see what happens. Why? Here’s the thing…

When I post a new blog post, it will be crossposted to a few social networks. Some, by design with the help of a few tools and plugins. Others, by subscribers and readers who retweet, reblog, or trackback to my posts.

What I’ve noticed is, on these social networks — Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Digg, and now with the new Google Buzz — my posts seem to incite discussions on these locations. Discussions I love to participate in, too, when I have a chance.

I want to harness that social media power and divest myself of the constant moderation of this blog. I feel that, since there are so many discussions taking place elsewhere, why not take advantage of social media and bring the discussions to the public instead?

I understand that I might lose somewhat, such as less comments mean less keyword-rich user-generated content, as well as less control over what is being said about my blog posts. But I think the benefits far outweigh these.

Plus, half of the comments I get, especially on older blog posts, are spam or pseudo-spam. (You know, those friendly, one-liner spam comments like that are so general or complimentary in nature, you know they are just fake.)

Also, some posts get so many comments (i.e., hundreds, in some cases) that they tend to slow down the loading of pages. Load-time is a huge factor in SEO these days, too.

So I’ve removed all the comments and trackbacks, and eventually I’ll be adding re-Buzz, retweet, and Facebook-share buttons at the bottom of my posts. (I’ll be adding and testing them in the next few days. Although I’m not sure, yet.)

I’ll also be removing the list of the 10 most recent comments at the bottom of this website. Not sure what I’ll replace them with, though. (Do you have an idea? If so, tweet me, Facebook me, or Buzz me with some ideas.)

Next piece of news…

Workaholics For Hire ScreenshotAfter over a month of working behind the scenes, we’ve finally gave my wife’s flagship site, Workaholics4Hire.com, an extreme makeover and a complete relaunch.

And I do mean “extreme,” because it’s more than just the new design, which I did with the help of a base template. The copy and content have all been completely rewritten from scratch — personally by my wife. All of it.

(I’ve never seen her type as feverishly as she did since she wrote her controversial report, Internet Marketing Sins.)

More important, the business model and service offerings have also changed to reflect new demands, markets, trends, and economy. The biggest of which is the removal of rate markups and her company as an intermediary.

As the small Internet businesses’ leading purveyor of freelance services and work-at-home jobs, my wife wanted to simplify how services were offered, managed, and delivered. She wrote about it in this candid blog post.

We’ll see how things go. If you do have any comments, you know where to find me. ;)

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The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?

successful couple mentor 300x199 The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?Do you see yourself as a lifelong student? I do.

I have probably mentioned to you that I often attend seminars and lectures given by spiritual teachers, motivational speakers and other interesting people that I can learn from.

After every lecture a speaker always asks if anyone has any questions. And most of the time just a few people raise their hands. And half those who do, end up asking some complicated or provocative question that has absolutely no other purpose than to demonstrate the intelligence of the person who asks it. Surprising isn’t it?

500 hundred people have a life time opportunity to ask a guru or highly successful person anything they want and get a specific answer to a specific question that can help them grow, improve their relationships, take their business to the next level, and resolve some of the challenges that they are facing. But 98% of the auditorium would rather let the opportunity pass by than to speak up, have everyone’s eyes on them and risk improbable, but very disturbing public humiliation. Believe me, I am not preaching…

I, too, have this irrational fear when it comes to speaking in public. And sometimes this fear holds me back. But sometimes I get enough courage and raise my hand.

What about you? Do you feel timid when it comes to asking personal questions? Or do you freely ask about something that is bothering you or something you do not know?

If you had the opportunity to meet one of the wisest people in the world and talk to them, what question(s) would you ask?

Write them down in the comment section below. Someone might have just the right answer for you…

 The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?

The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?

successful couple mentor 300x199 The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?Do you see yourself as a lifelong student? I do.

I have probably mentioned to you that I often attend seminars and lectures given by spiritual teachers, motivational speakers and other interesting people that I can learn from.

After every lecture a speaker always asks if anyone has any questions. And most of the time just a few people raise their hands. And half those who do, end up asking some complicated or provocative question that has absolutely no other purpose than to demonstrate the intelligence of the person who asks it. Surprising isn’t it?

500 hundred people have a life time opportunity to ask a guru or highly successful person anything they want and get a specific answer to a specific question that can help them grow, improve their relationships, take their business to the next level, and resolve some of the challenges that they are facing. But 98% of the auditorium would rather let the opportunity pass by than to speak up, have everyone’s eyes on them and risk improbable, but very disturbing public humiliation. Believe me, I am not preaching…

I, too, have this irrational fear when it comes to speaking in public. And sometimes this fear holds me back. But sometimes I get enough courage and raise my hand.

What about you? Do you feel timid when it comes to asking personal questions? Or do you freely ask about something that is bothering you or something you do not know?

If you had the opportunity to meet one of the wisest people in the world and talk to them, what question(s) would you ask?

Write them down in the comment section below. Someone might have just the right answer for you…

 The One Question You Would Ask Your Mentor?

Truth About Multitasking

myltitasking myth 300x199 Truth About MultitaskingJulius Caesar was the first person praised for his ability to do several tasks simultaneously. He could write, read and give orders at the same time, which made his contemporaries look at him in awe. Nowadays any office worker, high school student or stay-at-home mom could probably teach Caesar a trick or too about doing multiple tasks at the same time. Multitasking is not considered a rare gift anymore, rather a necessity.

We eat our breakfast, while reading a morning paper. Answer our cell phone while driving. And easily flick between checking our email, following links on Twitter and chatting on Facebook.

Many people consider multitasking the ultimate evil. I disagree. In some situations multitasking can be an efficient way of getting minor tasks out of the way ASAP (given that you do not have to do an outstanding job on any of them). I do not see anything wrong with chatting to my friend while doing grocery shopping, or cooking while listening to my favorite CD and dancing along. Multitasking can make some routine tasks more fun. It also lets us use our downtime productively (like waiting for a doctor’s appointment and planning our next week’s schedule). The true problem is not the concept of multitasking per se, but the way we use it and overuse it!

Downside of Multitasking.

In the movies we often see successful business man and business woman, scanning sales reports while talking on the phone and giving out short orders to the secretary. These people exude power, self-control and organization. Their actions are mesmerizing. They look much cooler than anyone who is able to concentrate on just one task at a time. And it is not only my personal impression. Multitaskers have convinced themselves and everyone else that they are great and highly efficient at what they do.

In fact there was a whole study conducted at Stanford University by the research team of Eyal Ophir, Anthony Wagner and Professor Nass dedicated to identifying the rare cognitive qualities mutitaskers possessed that made them so great at doing several tasks simultaneously.  The study tested 100 college students rated high or low at multitasking. Results of multiple trials were shocking even to the scientists themselves.

It turned out that people who manage to juggle two-three tasks at once pay a big mental price for their “gift”: 1) Their focus suffers; 2) They are easily distracted  and 3) they are weaker at shifting from one task to another, which meant that they are worse at multitasking than any person who is dreadful at multitasking!

These results became less surprising as scientists discovered additional facts about the way our brain works. We simply cannot focus on two tasks simultaneously. When we think that we multitask all we do is switch our attention rapidly from one task to another. By dividing our focus between multiple tasks, we let the quality of our work suffer.

We have no time to reflect back on our work, to think of what we could have improved or to analyze mistakes that we have made. Not only that, we waste about 40% more time moving back and forth between tasks, because we continuously have to remind ourselves of where we were when we left off.

If you are still unconvinced that multitasking slows you down and decreases your productivity and performance, think of the last time you had a conversation with a person who was clearly typing something while talking to you? Annoying isn’t it?

Find your balance!

Realistically, it is not always possible to concentrate on one task at a time and only then move to a next one. You will inevitably have to face multiple stimuli at the same time and switch your attention from one task to another. If fact, there are some situations when we cannot NOT multitask. And it is not necessarily a bad thing.

In order to be highly productive we need to master both – an ability to quickly switch our attention from one task to another (scan a large piece of text and give our opinion on it) and an ability to concentrate fully on the task at hand (when we want to get into the state of “creative flow”). Balance is the key!

Dedicate your full attention to the goals that are important in your life and feel free to mix and match tasks of lesser importance that seem dull and timely!

Your first step to a balanced, more fulfilling life…

A lot of people are aware that multitasking could be damaging for their productivity. But there is another huge hidden problem that has nothing to do with work.  I am talking about your personal life. Because of multitasking your relationships with other people may gradually become more and more superficial.

Do you know that feeling when someone asks you “How are you?” or “How was your day?” without really paying attention to your answer? Or when you are having dinner with your friend or your spouse and they are constantly answering the phone leaving you to stare out of the window and wishing you were somewhere else? And how often are you, yourself, doing it? It is impossible to have a meaningful conversation with a person or show them how much they mean to you, if you are constantly distracted or interrupted by someone or something.

Therefore, if you are used to having twenty tabs open on your computer, chatting with three-five people simultaneously – by all means do it! I ask just one thing of you! Starting today, when you are with someone that you care about – forget about work, mute your TV for a second, stop mentally going through your do-to list and give that person your FULL and UNDIVIDED attention! Deal? :)

 Truth About Multitasking

How Much Does It Cost?

Evolv offers a very affordable opportunity for all distributors. With significant volume discounts that anyone considering becoming a distributors should definitely take advantage of. If you are retailing the product at your office or service establishment, Evolv also offers special volume discounts (check with your representative to see these options). You can find these enrollment options when you visit your sponsor’s corporate site to enroll, under the JOIN button. Here is a preview for you.

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