Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reading is "Fun"damental

Although I've concentrated on reading the Bible over the last year, I've still continued to learn from some other great self-improvement books.  A partial list (the ones I really enjoyed) is here:

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Creating Wealth by Robert Allen
Multiple Streams of Internet Income by Robert Allen
Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn & Chris Widener
The 5 Lessons A Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
How to Stop Worrying & Start Living - Dale Carnegie
The Art of Influence by Chris Widener
Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Multiple Streams of Income by Robert Allen
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
The Bible by GOD

These are not in order, just the way I read them. The Bible has been, by far, the best book I've read. I didn't think I'd really enjoy the Old Testament but I did. I got started by reading Proverbs for the "business" advice and ended up reading it a number of times. Then I started in the New Testament and completed that. By that time I was hooked and had to read the whole book. (Yes, I had read the Bible before, but not all together, and not completely. And, yes, that should have been first on my list - but I corrected that. As the Japanese proverb says "even a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step.")

As for the others, both books by Dale Carnegie and Think & Grow Rich are classics and have timeless wisdom. The Richest Man in Babylon is written as if it's in the time of the Babylonian empire. I really enjoyed it - and it teaches some basic lessons about money (gold.) Here's an excerpt:

Lo, Money is Plentiful, For Those Who Understand the Simple Rules of Its Acquisition

1. Start thy purse to fattening
2. Control thy expenditures
3. Make thy gold multiply
4. Guard thy treasures from loss
5. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment
6. Insure a future income
7. Increase thy ability to earn

The three books by Robert Allen were also very good. I read Creating Wealth first, then went on to Multiple Streams of Internet Income and then Multiple Streams of Income. I went to see Robert and Richard Paul Evans in Atlanta a while back. I really enjoyed these books and they gave me a lot of ideas for diversifying my income. As it turned out, it was not such a good idea to do them all at once, especially right before the largest financial meltdown in our generation. (More on that another time maybe.)
The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me, Twelve Pillars and The Art of Influence were all good, easy reads. They are written more like a story than a "how-to" book.

I recommend The Automatic Millionaire to every young couple starting out. I wish that my wife and I had had this book when we were just married. Again, basic, common sense ideas are given but it is sound advice and will help you if you put them into practice.

See my Amazon book list at  I use this to keep a list of the ones I recommend to folks. You don't have to buy the "new" book, but can find them "used" through the same site.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Of course inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." --Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Links: - A great site for searching the bible, in about any version. - My online book list at

F*R*E*E Online Audio Editing

If you just need a simple audio editing tool, try the new offering from Aviary called Myna. Myna is a free online audio tool that allows you to jump into recording, arranging, and mixing audio tracks for quickie soundtracks, or just for the fun of it. It lets you upload your own files, lets you record from a microphone, or use Myna’s sample library.

Myna isn’t as robust as Audacity, another free program, but you have to download and install Audacity. You can find a demo of the basics of Myna at Lifehacker and I’m sure that eventually there will be some Tutorials for this new tool online at Aviary.

While you’re at the Aviary site be sure to also check out Phoenix, their online photo editor. Once you sign up for the free account, you have access to this and a host of other tools.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Training Evaluation: MLMLeadSytemPro

So, you've joined a Network Marketing or Multi-level Marketing (MLM) business.  AND, now you want to know what to do.  Where do you start? The folks already in the business probably don't know much more than you do about running a business.  OK, let's search for some training - it can't be that hard to find out how to do this.  Google "Network Marketing training" (3.78 million results) or "MLM training" (only 954,000 results.) Looks like this may take a little longer than I thought.

OK, this scenario may be familiar to you - it was for me.  I've since found a lot of really good options.  I've also found a few not so good.  I want to give you MY opinion about some that I've looked at.

The first one I'll review is MLMLeadSystemPro.  (You can take a free, 14-day trial run on this site and they do a much better job of explaining it than I can.  But I'll try to summarize from their orientation video.) The video starts out identifying the major problems faced by network marketers: Leads, Money, Marketing Training, and Duplication. This pretty much hit the nail on the head for me.  I need some good leads but how can I afford to purchase them? Then, let's say I find the money, now what do I say to get them interested?  Later on after you have a few people signed up, how do you teach them how to recruit?  After all, you don't want to leave them out in the cold like you were, right?  Alright, now that I know what my problem is, what can I do about it?

The 4 Main Components of MLSP are:
  1. Lead Generation
  2. Personal Branding/Relationship Building
  3. Autopilot Cash Flow
  4. Down Line Team Building
This appears to hit on all four of the major problems.  The site then goes on to explain the concept of "Attraction Marketing."  Attraction Marketing is getting people to hunting you instead of you hunting them.  When you start having people call you, ready to join, with no persuasion, effort, or time expended on your part.  This sounds great - let's keep going.  By now, we're seeing that this company is leading me toward the internet.  I'm comfortable with that - you may not be.  (If you're not comfortable with using the internet for lead generation there are other options. I'll try to talk about them more in a later post.)

There's a step by step method of accomplishing this and great videos for each step along the way.  This may work.  And, it's less than $50 per month.  So far, it seems well worth the price.  I'll keep you informed of my progress.  I hope this has been helpful.

The best thing to do with a red hot idea is build a fire under it. -- Author unknown

Even a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step. -- Japanese Proverb

"Good work done little by little becomes great work. Your house of success will be built brick by brick." -- Max Steingart

Time Management: Reduce E-mail Clutter

If you're like most people, every month the list of to-dos, appointments and demands grows larger. There are times with life can be a little overwhelming. Are you ready to simplify your days so you can live life on your terms?

A little technology can go a long way in getting your life in order while saving time and minimizing stress. But, technology that causes more stress isn't really helping you. E-mail has become a great source of stress for a lot of people, including yours truly. Where do you start?

Go on an e-mail diet. Unsubscribe from EVERY electronic mailing and commercial list that you never read. For me, this cut down about 20% of my daily e-mail. This only takes a little time but will pay long-term dividends. Most e-mail lists offer a way to unsubscribe near the bottom of the e-mail. It's actually the law. If they don't and you can't seem to get off the list, then block the e-mail using your e-mail software's tools. For those on Facebook, you should stop all of the notifications from being sent to you. If you love Facebook, set a time each day to get on and catch up.

DRAFT your e-mail. You'll be amazed at what a difference following this quick tip will do for your e-mail inbox. It's an acronym that stands for "Discard," "Refer," "Act," "File," or "Table." Here's what they all mean...

  • DISCARD: Trash it. If it will never be retrieved again, don't keep it. Remember that your e-mail folders are for storing information and resources, not a dead storage place. Just delete it.
  • RESPOND: If someone else can respond to the e-mail for you, or if someone else needs the information, pass it on or give it up! Don't get caught in a paper trail jail. Here's where some of you need to be aware of what you do to others by passing on trivial information. Most of us don't care about seeing the redneck lion (a dog shaved to look like a lion.) While I enjoy humor as much as anyone, this takes time and some folks don't appreciate it. Your friends will like you much more if you don't send them this kind of e-mail clutter. Try to keep this type of "information" limited to Facebook or some other type of social media site.
  • ACT: Act on it now. Don't procrastinate. Answer routine e-mail immediately. If not, the time needed to tackle your e-mail later on can snowball! This will created a new source of stress.
  • FILE: File it in subfolders. If you don't have these setup already, start with major categories and then get more detailed as warranted. You can have subfolders of subfolders but it's probably not wise to go much deeper than this. There are other tricks to help in finding that filed e-mail later.
  • TABLE: Table it. If you need it at some time in the near future, other than today, place it in a simple "follow-up" system for easy, quick access! Use this sparingly and set aside a time on your schedule to "follow-up."
Set a Computer Curfew. Give yourself a "computer curfew" and plan to check your e-mail at only certain times of the day. By setting limits, e-mail will be less likely to take over your entire day. This goes double for Facebook time.

"Productivity is determined not by work... but by EFFECTIVE actions disguised as work." -- Doug Firebaugh

"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great." --  Les Brown

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." -- Napoleon Hil