Success Means Overcoming Obstacles

success is about overcoming obstaclesHere’s a quiz for you.  What do folk artists, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, have in common with rock stars Neil Young and Ian Dury, as well as jazz saxophonist, David Sanborn, and classical virtuoso Itzhak Perlman?

Believe it or not, they all were the victims of polio when they were growing up.  If you’re under 30, you may not even know about this disease, but until it was eradicated here in the U S, it was a very debilitating and crippling disease.  Through the efforts of Rotary Clubs worldwide, polio has almost been eliminated in even third world countries.  And India just celebrated its first full year of no new polio cases.

I, myself, have been a member of our Rotary Club since 1975, and a musician as well, so when I came across this article in The Rotarian magazine, it certainly grabbed my interest.  The article detailed how in each case, each of these artists in their own right, battled against the odds and obstacles to attain success in the world of music.  There was talent inside, screaming to get out, and nothing, not even a dreaded disease, was going to stop it from expressing itself.

It brought to mind that as online entrepreneurs, we too, have to have the desire, the fortitude, the stick to-it, the commitment to overcome whatever obstacles stand in the way of our success.

It’s easy when things don’t go our way, to rationalize, or make excuses.  But rationalization and excuses don’t lead to success.

Achieving your business goals can lead to achieving your life’s goals.  No one said that it would be easy, or that there wouldn’t be some obstacles standing in your way.  What they do say, is that overcoming the obstacles will be worth the effort. It matters not how many times you fall. What matters most is the way you get back up!

There’s music to be made out there. Don’t miss your chance to play your song!

Success awaits.

Harvey Mackay: Overcoming Obstacles

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Success Does Not Take Commitment

April Fools!  That’s right. Today, April 1, here in the U S (I don’t know about other countries) is the only day when it’s ok to tell a white lie, fib, or stretch the truth.

So for the other 364 days per year in your business life, let me set the record straight.  Commitment is just one of the traits, skills, or prerequisites for the attainment of success.  Some others that come immediately to mind are perseverance, leadership, a deep seated “why” or passion, and a desire to help others in addition to yourself.

True, you must first have the desire for success, but desire alone is not enough.  Because we know that success doesn’t come to just anyone, we also believe that the road may have some bumps along the way.  And it’s the attitude of “I’ll do whatever it takes for as long as it takes” that defines commitment, and sets one apart.

If success is your goal in any aspect of life, commit to it, and believe that you will get it.  The following video may keep you inspired.

To your success!

 

My Commitment To Success

Many times staying focused on our commitments is difficult in a busy world. So I created this video vision board as something can be watched everyday to keep thoughts and emotions flowing in the “right” direction. Of course, this video depicts a male…

 

How to Become the Leader You Need to Be

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Being a good leader means attracting others and guiding them toward success.

Would you like to be the type of leader that not only other people follow, but are initially attracted to?  If so, in this post, you’ll discover how just one little 5 letter word can be used to provide the inspiration to become, as the US Army slogan says, “all you can be.”  Or at least a better leader than you are today.

WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

John Maxwell writes extensively on leadership, and what he feels are its attributes and principles.  Some time ago, I read an article by him in which he referred to that little 5 letter word, and it has stuck with me.

If I say the word, “ordinary” – what kind of picture does that produce in your mind?

Something that’s OK, or not bad, maybe, but certainly, not very exciting, right?

But what if I say the word, “extraordinary”.  Notice how that changes the picture for you.  That is something you could get excited about, and so could others, especially in terms of leadership.  And the difference is all contained in those 5 little letters.

Become a better leader by concentrating on the "extra" things

Five Letters That Can Make a Difference In Leaders

 

When it comes to leadership, you can move from ordinary to extraordinary by concentrating on the five “extra” letters, and by choosing to do the “extra” things other people choose not to do.  But as John Maxwell tells us, they don’t have to be big things in order to make that difference.

Choosing to do the extra things has the power to transform common, usual, boring, normal, and  average,

into

uncommon, special, amazing, incredible, and above average.

According to John, the difference separating the two is more often exaggerated in our minds, than it is in action or performance.  Sometimes what we think of as a miniscule separation in execution can actually be monumental in term of results.  John uses the example of the elapsed time of an Olympic champion over his nearest competitor to show the difference between wearing the Gold Medal and not.  Can the slightest of margins change your ordinary life to become extraordinary?

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT

What are some of the little “extras” that can help you make that change?  How about:

* extra effort – doing more than what’s required.  What are you willing to pay for success?

* extra time – investing your most valuable resource to improve yourself.  What are you willing to give up for success?

* help – seeking the wisdom and counsel of those who have gone before .  What are you willing to learn for success?

One might say, it’s really all about going the “extra mile”, when others don’t or won’t.

Dick and Rick Hoyt – THE EXTRA MILE

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 YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOU

Putting out a little more effort, investing a little more time, and seeking help when it calls for it, can move you faster on the road to success.   I once heard it said that the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is measured in a tea cup, not a wine barrel.  Following John’s advice can help you become the type of leader you need to be – one that others will respect and follow.

For more wisdom from John, read his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

To your success!

JACK KOETTING

 

OG MANDINO – MAN OF ACTION

Og Mandino, business philosopher and man of action

Og Mandino, personal development author and business philosopher

Recently I was re-reading some articles from previous years issues of Success magazine, and I came across an article on Og Mandino.  I was impressed with his story of how he went from a drunken failure to become a great life and business philosopher, and author who influenced millions of lives.   So I figured I would share my thoughts for people out there who had not heard of him.

OG MANDINO – EARLY ON

Og, which is a nickname for Augustine, was born in 1923.  He originally had great dreams, but they were interrupted when his mother died suddenly.  This shock caused him to abandon his plans for college, and instead enlisted in the armed forces as a pilot.  It was here that he met and became friends with a fellow pilot who went on to become famous in Hollywood.  Do you know who?  (answer at the end of this post).

Afterwards, he got married, and attempted to make it in the world of insurance sales.  This was a time of tremendous failure for him, and soon his frustration led him to a drinking problem, which ended up costing him his wife and child.  At one point, he even contemplated suicide.

Think of that –  one of the great business philosophers of this century, was just one step away from making a difference in NO one’s life.

THE DISCOVERY AND TURNAROUND

As he told it, Providence intervened and directed him away from the gun at the pawn shop, to a library nearby where he discovered the world of self-development, motivation and success.  He turned this early discovery into a routine and lifestyle of pursuit of the principles and guidelines for achieving success from reading hundreds of books by many different authors.

Is this a step you would consider as part of your payment for success?

He re-entered the world of insurance again, this time working for one of his mentors, W. Clement Stone.  This time though, having learned some very important lessons, he was determined not to fail.

Sometimes that’s all it takes.  Desire, and the determination for action to make it happen.

LESSONS LEARNED AND SHARED

This time, he didn’t fail.  Promotion followed promotion, and soon he was putting into words his own philosophies of success, as he developed into a personal development author in his own right.

 

His most famous book of the 19 he wrote, was The Greatest Salesman in the World.  The wisdom in this book is contained in the 10 scrolls for successful selling and successful living.  Each scroll contained a principle to be applied in one’s life.  They are

1.  I begin a new life.

2.  I will greet this day with love in my heart.

3.  I will persist until I succeed.

4.  I am nature’s greatest miracle.

5.  I will live this day as if it is my last.

6.  Today I will be master of my emotions.

7.  I will laugh at the world.

8.  Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.

9.  I will act now.   I will act now.  I will act now.

10.  I will pray for guidance.

As you can see by #10, Og Mandino was a spiritual man, and considered The Bible as one of the 12 greatest inspirational and self-help books ever written.  He was a man of action, and he believed that everyone was unique, and deserved the opportunity to struggle for success.  After all, he was able to turn his life around, and he believed that everyone with the desire to do so, could if they applied action to their dreams and aspirations.

Og Mandino – Make YOUR Life Worth Remembering

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Og Mandino died in 1996 at the age of 72, but not before changing the lives of many people who heard him speak or read his books.

Treasure House Within You: Now is a Time

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I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person. Og Mandino. By Geophrey A. Tenganamba: gtlivemore@gmail.com

If you’ve read The Greatest Salesman in the World or any other books by Og Mandino, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And the guy who became a Hollywood legend – Jimmy Stewart. 

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Jack Koetting

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a Reunion?

Reunions are for renewing relationships

A MUSICAL STORY (OF SORTS)

Anyone that has checked out my “About” page, has discovered that I’m a part time musician.  I’ve played piano for over 50 years now, with various bands and combos.  And this past weekend, I rehearsed with a former band that hadn’t played together for over 23 years.

We were surprised at how much we remembered of the songs, and it was great just getting together and playing with each other again.  The reason for the rehearsal?  Our upcoming “Key West” reunion concert this summer.  “The Keys West” was the name of the band.  It was a part time gig for all of us then too, but we were a fairly popular band back then, at least in our local area.

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

So it got me to thinking, that maybe the reunion idea could be applied on a personal level to a network marketing business as well.

How, you might ask?

Well, a reunion implies re-establishing relationships from the past, right?  Time has a way of putting distance between people, especially as direct contact diminishes.  And everybody knows that network marketing is a business of relationships and relationship building.

Even if you’re committed to the new method of building your business mostly online, there are still ways to accomplish this.

10 Methods to Grow Your MLM Or Mlm Business Online

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Creating your Mlm business on line is not necessary but ordinarily during your Network marketing trip you’ll discover yourself out of qualified prospects plus your comfortable market as you know it exhausted. This of course introduces that you by no. It may not be about spamming those with your chance but trying to find great relationships that you can learn more about and come to be a live discussion. Find out about their enterprise, see how you may enable them to, and say to

How long has it been since you reached out and actually talked with some of the people a little further downlinein your organization?

No,  I’m not talking about the voicemail blast that you sent out last week.  But actually picking up the phone, and trying to connect again with some of the minor team members in your organization.  Your success depends on the teamwork you develop.

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When you reach out to them, try to determine where they’re at in the life of their business.   What did they want to accomplish, and have they?   Are they still using the products or service?  If they kind of “fell away”, do you know why?    Is there any assistance you can offer that will get them engaged again?

reach out to build relationships

Reach out to build relationships

Just some of the things that you might learn, if you can make the time and effort to reach out again.  They’ll probably appreciate just hearing from you.  And there’s a possibility that it could end up being a win-win.

So with that in mind – is it reunion time for you too?

If you found this information helpful, please comment below, and/or share it with others on Facebook or Twitter.  To work with me in network marketing, check out the banners on the right.

Jack Koetting

 

 

 

Should Your MLM Business Be An LLC?

BUSINESS TYPES

LLC stands for Limited Liability Company, and is one of the options when starting a business.  Another common business type for certain situations is a partnership, for example when both husband and wife are working the business together.  Many of us, when we entered the world of network marketing, chose to start our new mlm business as a sole proprietorship.  This was the simplest one, and presented no hassle.

Is an LLC right for your mlm businessTHAT WAS THEN…

But is there a time in your business life to move on?  Has your online business grown bigger than you first thought it would?  Or, if you believe in the idea of multiple streams of income, are you in more than one business opportunity now?

IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

Perhaps it’s time to consider an LLC to see if it might be right for your situation.  The following infographic should educate as it features key points to consider.

An LLC is a Limited Liability Company

Is an LLC right for your business?

I’m not saying that this is necessarily the right choice for you at this time, but it doesn’t hurt to become familiar with the benefits, as well as the disadvantages that this business type brings with it.

Business Planning — Advantages and disadvantages of LLC’s and S corps

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MAKING A CHANGE

Considering a change from sole proprietorship to LLC

Is now the time?

If you do think that perhaps a change would be to your advantage, then maybe the following post will help you make the transition.

Transition Your Network Marketing Business From a Sole

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You started your network marketing business with one approach, in your own name as a sole proprietorship. Now you Typically, you can NOT transfer a business license from your sole proprietorship name to your new LLC.

 IT’S YOUR DECISION

It’s always good advice to check with your personal tax attorney or accountant to get their input.  Whether you decide to keep your business as a sole proprietorship, or look at the option of an LLC or partnership, it’s all up to you, and what you feel is the best solution for your situation.

JACK KOETTING

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