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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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How to Become the Leader You Need to Be

a leader attracts others and points the way

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

This is a video Rory made for the song “The Extra Mile”. Set to the inspirational story of the father/son team Dick and Rick Hoyt…this is a powerful message to all of us. Joey adn Rory’s friends Paul Sikes & Bonnie Baker wrote the song and the sing…

 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. 

For other books and videos on business philosophy and success, please check out my Success Resources Store.

Jack Koetting

 

 

 

 

 

Patience and Persistence – Business Tips from the Bible

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Are you willing to do what it takes, for as long as it takes?  You see, patience is  not only a virtue, it’s also a bit of practical business advice that you can discover by reading the Bible.  I’m reasonably certain it’s not the only one.  In fact, patience is often linked with persistence.  Also, the passage from the Bible I’m citing is probably not the only one, or maybe even the best example of combined patience and persistence.

But for those that haven’t found the business success they’re seeking, either in their career, or in the online marketing world,  this leadership trait of being willing to do what it takes, as long as it takes, I think is exemplified in this story.

THE STORY

The Bible reading is taken from chapter 29 in the book of Genesis, and finds Jacob on a journey that ends at the home of his uncle, and where he first meets Rachel, who will eventually become his bride.  He wanted her so much that he would offer to work seven years for his uncle if he would grant his consent.  At the end of the seven years, his uncle, because of a curious provision in the law, deceives him into marrying his eldest daughter first.  Undaunted, he accepts his fate, yet offers to work an additional seven years in order to marry Rachel also.  (Multiple marriages were common back then).

THE LESSON

Now, I’m no Bible scholar, and I’m betting that a lot of people would have thought he was crazy to do that, but that sure sounds like patience and persistence in order to get what one really wants.  It’s true that he only had to wait a couple of weeks after his first marriage, in order to marry Rachel – still, he kept his agreement to work for his uncle the rest of the seven years.  Guess you might say that integrity was important to him as well, as it should be for those aspiring to be true leaders in their organizations.

TWO SUCCESS STEPS

FIRST STEP – DO YOU KNOW?

In order to be successful in your career, do you know what needs to be done?  What actions to take?  What skills you need to acquire?  What knowledge you need to learn?

Brian Tracy – Persistence, Entrepreneurs, & Millionaires

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SECOND STEP – WILL YOU?

Inspirational Quotes On Persistence – Impossible Is Nothing

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Once you know what needs to be done,  are you willing to do what it takes for as long as it takes?  Do you have the internal passion to drive you past all the naysayers?  Do you have the discipline to direct yourself, before directing others?  Do you believe something valuable is worth waiting for?  Is your “why” strong enough to sustain you to the end?  Is your motto, “Never give up!?”

Patience and persistence are yours if you can answer “yes” to these questions.  And you are well on your way to being an example to follow as you work toward, and lead others to business success.

JACK KOETTING

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Leadership – What Makes a Good Leader in Network Marketing

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SO YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER

Leadership – a necessary skill if you’re to develop a team and have a chance to attain success in the network marketing industry.  A leader must have followers.  And a leader must do certain things to be a good leader.  Are you a leader?  Do you know what’s required  in order to be the type of leader others look up to?

If not, perhaps I can provide some insight.  My mentor, Steve Shook, recently hosted a leadership training event, in which he discussed what he called the 10 Attributes of a Good Leader in Network Marketing.

Ten Attributes of A Network Marketing Leader

  1. Have a goal larger than those you lead. Your downline needs to know you’re planning for the future, and want to bring them success.
  2. Have a greater and more positive attitude that those you are leading.
  3. Accept responsibility, and be willing to admit your mistakes.
  4. Make positive decisions.  Always strive to do the right thing.  (For more on this point, click Make the Right Choice)
  5. Put those you’re leading first.  They will work harder when they realize your goal is their success.  (People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.)
  6. Lead by example.  Don’t just tell them – work with them and show them.  This sets the right example for your downline.  (Check out the leadership lesson from the dancing guy video at the end of this post.)
  7. Commit to integrity and character.  Yes, character does matter.  Your downline will have confidence in you if they see you doing the right thing.
  8. Strive for excellence in everything.  You may not get there, but you should strive for it, nonetheless.
  9. Improve personal growth and development.  Work as hard on yourself as you do on your career.  Seek knowledge. (An excellent source is Jim Rohn.)
  10.  Must have high level of persistence and determination.  In network marketing, it’s very easy to quit.  Do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.  In fact, I’m reminded of a quote on a website featuring inspirational quotes that goes like this:

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems afar,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that YOU MUSTN’T QUIT!

 

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

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Another perspective

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Successful leaders exhibit these 30 qualities, behaviors, and skills. Which leadership qualities do you find most important. Which qualities/behaviors did we miss. Item one is first because it’s most important. The rest are listed randomly.

BE THE LEADER YOU CAN BE

Leadership can take many forms, but you must provide the right example that will attract others to follow you.  I’m looking for other leaders.  Become the leader in you!  For books on leadership, check out the SUCCESS RESOURCES link at the top of the page.

Jack Koetting

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Inbound Marketing – Changing the Face of Network Marketing

INBOUND MARKETING:  DO YOU NEED IT?

That’s a good question, and if you’re a networker, maybe this post will assist you.

FIRST – WHAT IS IT?

Inbound marketing is a fairly new term, but one you will be hearing more and more about.  If you are in the internet marketing or network marketing industry, you better make it a point to learn about what it is, and how it works, because I feel it is changing the way internet and network marketing is done.

Perhaps by drawing a comparison to traditional recruiting and lead generation techniques, which we refer to as outbound marketing, we can gain a clearer understanding of what inbound marketing is.  Things like infomercials, newspaper ads, sending out dvds, traditional cold calling of prospects, even hotel meetings depend on interruption of a prospects time.

Inbound marketing, on the other hand, encompasses more of what Seth Godin calls “permission marketing”, including things like social networking sites, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Creation of websites and blogs, to provide relevant content for potential customers/business partners you’re trying to attract, also falls within that realm.  In addition, relationship building plays an integral part of inbound marketing.  True, it is part of outbound as well, but is more in the follow-up phase of the process.  Finally, don’t forget the importance of search engine optimization, known as SEO, to get higher rankings on Google and other search engines, because when your prospect is looking, you want to be found.

Where outbound marketing is like throwing mud at the wall to see what sticks, inbound marketing counts on attraction by a tightly targeted group of people.

Webinars, or presentations over the internet, could be considered both, depending on whether with a fixed time frame is perhaps an interruption, or with a flex time component, is part of the discovery or evaluation process.

SOME PERSPECTIVE

Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing | Inbound Marketing

www.conversionpipeline.com If you are reading on the internet about new marketing strategies, I am sure you have heard the term “inbound marketing” thrown around. Inbound marketing is more of an approach rather than a new marketing service.

INBOUND MARKETING – WHY IT’S GOOD

What are the pros and cons of inbound marketing?  The pros are that in most cases, the cost factor is much less than outbound marketing.  Another obvious pro is that you’re attracting people instead of coercing them.  You’ll also be taking advantage of growing trends, instead of declining ones as the infographic below represents.  Appealing to a highly targeted prospect who already has an interest in your product or business opportunity, is certainly an advantage over traditional methods.

 

 INBOUND MARKETING – THE DOWNSIDE

As far as the cons, one would have to admit that, in most cases, it takes longer to get results with inbound vs outbound marketing.  Besides that, being willing to learn, and do inbound marketing, will require more effort and education than knocking on someone’s door and handing them a DVD.

You Oughta Know Inbound Marketing

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IT’S UP TO YOU

The old ways still work, especially if you’re lucky or determined enough to find the right person, at the right time, with a strong “why”, with the resources,… but it’s getting harder and harder to do it that way.  And I truly believe that way is slowly fading away.   It seems today’s network marketer needs to be aware of the benefits of inbound marketing.  That means being connected with Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites.  They also may need a blog, and go after Google rankings, as well as keep working on their relationship building skills.  As Harry Caray might have said, “Holy cow! It’s a brand new ballgame out there.”