Friday, February 27, 2009

Can You Get Through the Growing Pains with Your Attitude?

Hi There. VivBounty here reporting on the triumphs and challenges of the past two weeks.

This is where the rubber meets the road. There comes a time in life when you realize it's all up to you. You can stop working and wait for everything to be perfect or for technology to work flawlessly, complaining and fretting while you are waiting or you can continue forward towards your goal with what is working when you sit down at your computer.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, it is easy to be agreeable and understanding when things are going well but what is your attitude when the challenges come? Does it need an adjustment or are you able to go with the flow and know you will overcome? Do you sit there on your hands waiting for the 'boss' or 'techs' to fix things or do you do what you can, while you can to move forward?

I need to once again take my hat off to the wonderful folks at Lead Generating Tools (LGT) for their unending support and dedication to their members and the services upon which we rely to run our businesses. To facilitate our move to a bigger, better, super-fast, brand spanking new server, were provided with e-mail instructions, video tutorials, and in many cases, personal intervention with our individual Internet service providers (ISPs) by head trainer Crystal Spring to make sure our tools and web sites were functioning. I don't think LGT owner, Steve Swetman slept for most of the past couple of weeks!

In the LGT training room no one is left behind. For newbies or members who have had to leave the lesson before it's end, the trainers made provisions to go into another room to catch up. For those more skilled and continuously present members, the lesson continued as the various web site components propagated throughout the world. As this process could take from hours to days, depending on where you live and your ISP, our one-week session was extended into a second week.

We worked as and when we could, learned new skills, and cleared hurdles. I managed to build my sites, create an auto responder, plan my work and work my plan. I'm happy to report that I have finally put together a campaign the likes of which I only imagined experts to be capable of thus far in my Internet career. It all starts with the form on my lead capture page, which, when filled out, takes those interested in a secure, prosperous future through a permission-based series of SPAM-free e-mail messages.

Now that all our sites and tools are functioning fully again, next week we begin be creating a newsletter.

Until next time, this is VivBounty saying when the going gets tough, the tough keep going.

Prosperous Blessings,

Friday, February 13, 2009

Why Network Marketing Will Continue To Grow - By Robert Kiyosaki

Hello there, VivBounty here with more really enlightening and inspiring information,

This is simply a re-printed article I share here with you, courtesy of John Kielec, founder and president of the F5M Millionaires Club, who received it from our esteemed club member, Jim Spurrill. Thank you so much Mr. Kiyosaki, John and Jim for this great information reinforcing why we are all working so hard to build our Network Marketing Business.

Message From Mr. John Kielec:

Dear Fortune5Minutes and F5M-Millionaires Club members,

I have received very interesting article from F5M-MC member Jim Spurrill and would like to share this information with all F5M-MC members.

Why Network Marketing Will Continue to Grow - Robert Kiyosaki

For network marketers, the future looks very bright indeed, because there are economic trends already in process that will drive more and more people to participate in this business in the years ahead.

People Want More Freedom

Gone are the days when a person takes a job at age 25 and stays there for life, doing as he's told to keep that job secure. Today, people want to be more mobile and have more choices. They want the freedom to live their lives on their own terms. A part-time network marketing business offers people more control over their lives; ultimately, it provides more freedom. It provides a low-cost-of-entry, ready-made system for those anxious to make a change.

People Want to Be Rich

During my parents' generation, the rules said, "If you work hard, the older you get, the more you'll be paid, earning ever more money (within tightly proscribed limits) through incremental pay raises." As you approached the end of your life, however, those rules reversed: when you retired you expected your income to go down. In other words, the assumption for my parents and their contemporaries was that one would work hard all one's life--and retire poor.

The Future Looks Bright

No more. Today we have 25-year-olds who've never held down a job in their lives, yet have become billionaires by building a software company. At the same time, we have 50-year-olds looking for jobs, hoping to get back to a place where they can earn $50,000 a year. What's worse, these same 50-year-olds have little or nothing to set aside for retirement; indeed, they may never be able to retire. These 50-year-olds don't need jobs; they need the opportunity to get rich enough to provide a sustainable level of income for the rest of their lives. That opportunity is exactly what network marketing provides. Network marketing companies offer this possibility by providing the necessary education, mentoring and business systems to assist these 50-year-olds build their own B quadrant [business-owner] businesses. By the year 2010 (not that far away!) the first of 75 million Baby Boomers in America will reach the age of 65. Many will come to network marketing as a means of building that lifetime of security which their jobs did not provide. Indeed, beyond meeting the basic needs of minimum-level financial security, a person who successfully builds a network marketing business may potentially join the ranks of the world's ultra-rich, becoming far more wealthy than highly-educated and hard-working professional people, such as doctors, lawyers and engineers. They may even become wealthier than many sports stars, movie stars and rock stars. If you are already an established network marketer, what does this mean for you? This is the best news of all: as the year 2010 approaches, many people who are already network marketers will do exceptionally well as millions of Baby Boomers come their way.

Individual Retirement Portfolios Will Be Wiped Out

Never in the history of the world have so many people bet their retirement years on the stock market. This is a recipe for financial disaster. During my parents' generation, retirees counted on the companies they worked for and the federal government to provide the income stream to support their retirement years. They didn't have to worry about managing their retirement portfolio: the companies they worked for did that for them. Today, more often than not, when you retire you're on your own. Millions of Americans have 401k's or similar retirement accounts--and that's all they have. If your 401k runs out of money when you reach, say, age 78, you won't be able to go back to your former employee and ask for help. There'll be nowhere to turn.

The Future Looks Bright

There's also a strong possibility that the US stock market will collapse by the year 2010--if not sooner. If this happens, many 401k retirement plans will collapse along with it, which will mean that millions of people will never be able to retire--or at best, they won't have the pleasant retirements of which they had so fondly dreamed. Suddenly a person with $2 million in mutual funds in his retirement account may find that portfolio cut in half. On top of that, he may be stuck with a capital gains tax that could bankrupt the remaining value of the retirement portfolio. That's the risk of betting your retirement years on paper. The number of people who have bet their lives on the stock market is at an all-time high: if there is a crash, millions of people will be seeking other sources for financial security--such as building the kind of B quadrant business that network marketing can provide.

The Rules Have Changed

In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down and the World Wide Web went up, the rules of the world changed forever. According to many economic historians, that's when the Industrial Age ended, and the Information Age began. In the Industrial Age, the rules were that if you worked hard, your company and the government would take care of you. In the Information Age, the rules are different: the new rules say, you had better be planning to take care of yourself. How? Starting now, by investing in your own network marketing business.

Well, F5M-Millionaires Club certainly has a great potential for huge growth into the future.
John Kielec

No one else is going to build your bounty for you. You can get all the free tools you need here to get you started from Lead Generating Tools where even as a free member you can earn income.

This is the place to start, folks. You can be in business on the World Wide Web for as little as $5 BUCKS one time for life!! I'm certainly here to help you get started so please leave me a comment if you have any questions at all.

I hope this really timely information makes up for the lag between posts, all. In my defense, I had computer issues this week and managed to lose most of my back up files. Thank God for the wonderful team of professionals at LGT and who managed to retrieve most of what I had lost.

Prosperous Blessings,

Sunday, February 1, 2009

How Do You Find Balance? Create a Daily Planner. Include Fun and Rest

Hello from VivBounty this sunny Sunday morning. We've had snowfall overnight and the panoramic scenery from any window in the house in every direction is like a picture postcard of winter wonderland. I have woken up without an alarm just when my body has had enough rest and the day ahead is just for domesticity, which according to one online dictionary is defined as "homelife and the devotion to it". There is no timetable or schedule today. This is family and leisure day in my tradition and work and study will resume tomorrow.

Things I love to do which feed my soul include writing or sharing experiences which might inspire others, hence posting in my blog fits right into my Sunday tradition of just being with myself and my family. Speaking of sharing, let me tell you about our training in the LGT conference room this past week.

We had a really great week in class learning and sharing ideas about time management. At the end of our session members were given a free e-book on the subject complete with rights to sell or give away as we choose. Now I ask you, are the wonderful trainers and owner of Lead Generating Tools generous or what? Let me just answer that for you. Nowhere online will you find a company that consistently over delivers like this one. That is why it's my base of operation from which I build and promote my home business.

So in a nutshell, yes I'm trying to keep this post short enough so that I don't lose you to time constraints or boredom, whichever comes first, here's what I learned from my trainers and classmates alike.

One must be organized. It's important to have a tidy desktop, in our case that means on our computers, but it could mean a real desk too because we have not become a paperless society yet. We learned digital filing to keep things in an orderly fashion and know where to find files and applications when we need them. This includes folders made to contain various things like a list of links to use in our advertising, software used to create our Adsense sites, ad copy, folders containing websites we're building, other works in progress, and especially free downloads for the myriad of tools and products given to us monthly by LGT depending on your membership level including Free Tools members.

Next we have those lists. Those of us who use lists, and in today's fast-paced world, there aren't many who don't, know that even the lists must be organized. If not they become never ending and just add to your stress instead of reducing it, hence the emergence of the daily planner. Again this can be in paper form or digital. We learned how to create one using HTML, Excel, Word, or Open office, depending on what each had access to on their PC. For the very busiest of people who need to literally make time for each and every small task in their day-to-day routine, it was important include non-business tasks on the list. These could include an hour meditation or quiet time, thirty minutes to walk the dog, time for laundry, cooking a meal, making medical appointments, playing a game of scrabble with an elderly neighbour, and play or study time with a child. We can easily get so absorbed in building our business that we lose our balance and that is when our family and our health begin to break down.

For me it's a matter avoiding being extremely regimented. I like order and have a loose routine, but micro dissecting every moment of my day would increase my stress. This is after all the reason for choosing to work from home as opposed to in an office for a corporation where one is told when to arrive, when to leave, how long to break for a meal, not to have personal calls, etc. Having said all that, running your own business requires a regimen of some sort to be successful. My daily planner now works around my home life and loved ones first, while making sure to complete one project for my home business each day. This is usually a combination of tasks from setting up an auto-responder, creating a form leading to it, up to designing a lead capture page to share the wealth system with others. After training, I'm tired but inspired and full of ideas. My mind and body then say "I'll not do this task well if I don't rest, eat, hug my loving husband, walk my beautiful dog or whatever first". So I stop and do what my spirit tells me before I take on the tasks at hand.

A very useful tip we got was to set your business goal. Decide how big you want your business to be, when you want to get there, then break your big goal down into smaller goals working backwards from years, to months, to weeks, to days, to hours so that you know what you need to accomplish each hour to achieve your goal. There's the old question, "How do you eat an elephant?" the answer is "One bite at a time."

Remember a planner is just that. It's a plan and a guide. Life happens while you're making other plans and you may not get to your list that day, so just move the task to the next day's list and carry on from there. Prioritize the list with things that are most beneficial to your business first like advertising and on down to filing, backing up, etc. and work down the list each day to see how it goes. Tweak it depending on results and workability until the rhythm feels right to you.

Until next time, hoping you find balance as you build your wildest dreams.
Prosperous Blessings,