I’m talking basketball



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I was going to write an article about perfectionism today, but I am preempting it.


I’ve been able to coach my 15 year old’s basketball team for the last 3 years. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and he has too. We had a chance to win the championship 3 years ago, but we made several mistakes that we couldn’t overcome and lost in triple overtime. Last year, we came back with one goal in mind and that was to win the championship. We had a great year and we did win the championship.


We thought that was the end of the line for him. We didn’t know that there was another league that he could be part of. We got in late, but they needed coaches and I was their guy! We were able to get 3 other guys from our championship team and we were assigned three guys who played travel basketball, the last few years.


I’m writing this article because I’ve had trouble getting everyone to play together. There were times when we looked terrible. Two weeks ago we struggled to beat the last place team by 3 points.


In the second week of the season, we lost to a very good team. They’ve been undefeated and in first place all year long. We’ve been a game behind, in second place, since that loss.


After that loss, everything that I did with the team I did in preparation for the rematch.


The rematch was today. I was sweating the game all week long.


In the first game, we were totally humiliated for the first 15 minutes of the game. They had a 22 point lead midway through the second quarter. It looked bad for us. I had to call both of my times outs in that first 15 minutes. I did get them to play more like a team for the rest of the game. They out scored us by 22 in that first quarter and a half and we out scored them by 16 the rest of the way. Yeah, we lost by 6.


As it turns out, we needed to win today’s game by 7 points or more to move into 1st place. The second tiebreaker is point differential in head to head games.


Today was game day.


By midway through the first quarter we were losing 2-1. It was a real pitcher’s dual. We settled down and began to take control of the game. We frustrated them at every turn. I could tell that they were mad and completely off their game. By the end of the 3rd quarter, we had built a 17 point lead.


It looked good for us, but they are a very talented team. That put so much pressure on us throughout the 4th quarter. We made so many mistakes and they whittled the lead down to 3 point with 1 minute 30 seconds left to go. There was about 84 seconds of sloppy, hard hitting play and we were at a 5 point lead. With 6 seconds to go they fouled my son and put him on the line for a 1 and 1. He made both of them and we had a 7 point lead and that’s where it ended. We had our 7 point victory and we moved into 1st place.


I think today’s game was the game where we turn the corner and start playing together, as a real team!


I have to say that I’m proud of my guys! They played their faces off and it was a great win for them!


Congratulations to all of them. It was a well deserved win!


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Are you acceptable?


We all want acceptance!


I was feeling rather nostalgic, the other day and I thought back to one of the jobs I had before I started my own business. It wasn’t my last job, it was the second to the last job. Ugh, I hated that job and I hated my boss.


I worked in a K-Mart back when K-Mart was the big place in discount shopping. We didn’t know what a WalMart was. Apparently, neither did corporate.


I think I’ve told this story before, but it’s been a while so why not tell it again?


My boss was a guy named Ron Montgomery. He was a weaselly, ferret faced guy. He was the store’s manager. He didn’t like me and I didn’t like him. I showed up every day and did my job, well. When it came time for a raise review, I was called up to his office. I got a raise the first time, but the second time he said, “I’m not going to give you a raise, because you don’t smile enough.” I said, “What?” He said, “Smile more and I’ll see you in 6 months.”


It was 6 months later and I was up for a raise. The same deal. I was called to his office. He said, “I’m not giving you a raise this time either because now you smile too much.” He was lucky that he had an assistant manager with him, in the room. I thought I’d jump over his desk. That would’ve been ugly!


Looking back on it, missing those raises got me to leave that job and 18 months later I started my own business.


I want to know why I wasn’t acceptable to Ron Montgomery?


ron montgomery


I showed up for work every day that I was scheduled. I worked overtime when he asked me to. I even said yes to working at 5:00 AM in the morning during the Christmas season. There were about 10 of us who were asked to start at 5:00 AM and work until 1:00 PM. That was 6 weeks of misery. I even said yes when they asked my to work overnight, in the store, to scrape wax off of the floor around the counters. I worked from 11 PM to 7:00 AM crawling around on my hands and knees scraping wax, for a week.


They treated me like crap and never gave me a raise, because they said I didn’t smile enough. Well, no wonder I didn’t smile!


What I want to know is this, are we treating our downlines like that? Are we treating them with a lack of respect? Are we accepting them for who they are? They are human beings.


We’re taught to only work with people who are working their businesses. The rest of them are shunned. They “don’t qualify for our time.” I understand that the people who aren’t producing might never do much with their business, but there are some of them that are just looking for a bit of encouragement and a direction to go in.


I was one of those distributors, who didn’t do much with my business, until my sponsor gave me a little encouragement. He gave me a direction to go in and I responded by reaching the top level of the company in less than a year.


How many people, like me, do you have on your team, right now? How would you know?


I know you’re worried about wasting your time, but you can help people without taking all of your time. Give them assignments and make sure that they complete them, correctly, before you move forward with them.


You can accept your distributors where they are. You can teach them and encourage them to be better than they are now. You an help them, with a minimum of time and see what happens. You never know when you have a diamond in the rough.


Your downline may not deserve your time, but they definitely deserve your respect and your acceptance!


To Ron Montgomery, thank you for being a jerk! If you had given me those raises, no telling where I’d be now … Maybe I’d still be working at a K-Mart. Ugh! That thought makes my skin crawl.


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Why is network marketing considered a scam?



Network marketing scam


network marketing scam


It seems there are a lot of critics and naysayers out there that are have no problem calling network marketing a scam. If network marketing is so great, if it is a better way, then why are there so many people out there saying that it’s a scam.


Let’s first look at what a scam is.


Dictionary.com defines a scam as: A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.


I would define a scam as an intentional act that is designed to defraud or cheat people out of their money or property.


Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that network marketing is nothing but a scam. Who is it that is responsible for travesty? Is it the girl next door, who is trying to sell makeup to her friends? Is it the guy around the corner who is trying to recruit his brother in law? Is it the new distributor who has never own a business before? Is it the top earners in whatever company you’d like to think about?


Or is it the network marketing companies themselves?


Why network marketing is bad


When the very first network marketing company got started, did they know that they were about to rip people off? Did they mean for it to be a scam? Was there an evil person who plotted on how to take people’s money from them by promising them the world and more?


Or did they have good intentions? Did they think that this was a way for the average person to own a small, home based business and enjoy the benefits that it could provide? Did they really want to help as many people as they could?


In the beginning …


Did you know that Avon started in 1886? I had no idea. Was Avon started as a scam? Did the founder say, “I’m going to take a bunch of money from these women!” Or did he think that he was providing a way for women to generate an independent income.


Were Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel, who started Amway, just thieves looking for a sneaky way to steal money from an unsuspecting public?


Did all of the other network marketing companies that have followed think to themselves, “We have to do this! It’s such great scam.”


The truth about network marketing


truth about network marketing


Personally, I believe that most network marketing companies are trying to help people. Yes, I know that not very many people are helped by this business opportunity, but I’m not sure that it’s all the fault of the network marketing companies. I believe that they do bare some of the blame.


I think that the top earners bare some of the blame, as well. I’ve read articles that say that the top earners have said that they need to keep their distributors excited and dumb. Yes, a few of their distributors might end up making a lot of money, but for the most part they want a whole lot of product buyers.


I think that the unsuccessful network marketers bear some of the blame too. I don’t know of any statistics that show how many distributors joined and never talked to a single person. Or how many people quit without giving the business a real shot. Network marketing, like any other business, requires a lot of hard work. Apparently, not many people are willing to do that much work, for themselves.


Scams abound


You can go to Las Vegas to gamble and lose a lot of money there. Very people walk out of town having made money gambling. You can buy stock in a company. Most people who invest in stocks lose money. You can buy a lottery ticket in hopes of hitting the grand prize. How many people do you know that have won a lot of money in the lottery?


The average small business owner, with no employees, generates a gross revenue between $25,000 and $40,000 per year. That’s not what they get to keep, that’s how much money they bring into the business before expenses.


All of these ways of making money are legal and yet no one says that they are scams. When was the last time you read that the FTC was doing a study on why some small businesses can generate $2,000,000 per year while most small businesses struggle to bring in $2,000 per month?


Network marketing is not a scam

network marketing success

I’ll be the first to say that not many people are making money in network marketing and that something needs to be done about that!


Network marketing isn’t perfect … nothing is … but it would nice if more people were successful or least if most people made money or at least didn’t lose money.


I have to admit that network marketing sure seems a lot like a scam. However, it’s not. At least not in most cases.


Will you find network marketing success?


Only if you work hard and don’t give up!


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