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I originally wrote this a several days ago, and just realized I never posted it…. so here it is….just in case we get the snow they are forecasting this weekend. :)

 

I am constantly shocked at the attitude “If first I don’t succeed, fix the blame quick” and the fact that we live in a world were everything bad that happens must to be blamed on something or somebody.  We experience this daily from people in our industry.   When are we going to realize that until, we accept responsibility we cannot get better at anything.  Of course I am not saying that there was anything anyone could do to prevent the horrific ice and snow storm  that hit the South.   What I am trying to communicate is BLAMING others becomes a habit, and it is a bad habit.    Many people seem to think that in every negative situation they are required to blame someone else, and that nobody is allowed to make mistakes and learn from them and politicians in general are the worst at blaming other people.

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Dawn and I just got back from Kentucky last night.  After we got off I-75 and started home, it looked like a war zone.  There were abandoned cars, trucks, and school buses all along the sides of the road, evidence of  people who had just given up and weren’t able to make it to their destinations.

Last Friday when we arrived in Kentucky there was three inches of snow on the ground, and three more inches fell that night.  It was no big deal because PEOPLE WERE PREPARED.  School was called off and most people in Kentucky have been driving in snow all their life and government officials have a snow plan, salt trucks, and extra salt ready.

As you have probably witnessed on the news several southern states have been declared to be in a state of emergency.  You certainly cannot blame financially strapped governments in cities that rarely even see a snow flurry to have funds tied up in salt trucks sitting in warehouses that may not be used for years.  The bottom line, it is hard to prepare for something, you rarely experience.  Sometimes life throws us curve balls.

Most people who live in the South, have never learned how to drive on snow and ice because thankfully they have never had to learn.  Most government officials have too many more pressing issues than developing a snow plan, when it is highly likely it will never be used during their administration.

Everything doesn’t always have to be SOMEBODY’S fault.  Yes it is tragic that kids had to spend the night sleeping on school floors and some people were stranded in restaurants, and grocery stores, but sometimes bad things happen to good people.  We had friends and family members that spent hours in the mess.  We could have spent all of our time and energy being frustrated with the school systems and government officials, or …….. praying for their safety. which was our choice.   All we can do is try to help each other and move on, blaming someone or some entity does nothing to help the situation.

You live, LEARN, and move on so you are better prepared to handle the situation next time.

The real answers are always in the mirror, and sometimes it is just NOBODY’S FAULT.

If and when this happens again, maybe people will make certain they have enough food and water for a few days and then decide they are not going to send their kids to school, or go to their job that day.  I don’t know what the answer may or may not be for someone, but I do know, that sometimes it is better to not try to pass blame and instead, just pray, learn, and move on.  It is called life, and “This too shall pass”.

I hope you and yours are safe.

 

 

None of the companies listed in this most recent FTC Claim are direct sales or network

marketing companies.  But as it relates to testimonies, make sure it is your own and it is

factual.  Don’t say my aunt in Kentucky lost xxx number of pounds on a public webinar,

conference call or live event.  Make sure the testimony your giving is always your own .

The headline of this article said FTC Gets $34 Million from Weight Loss Scams, personally

my experience has been it is normally more like ..

(FTC Extorts 34 Million from Weight Loss Companies)

 

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U.S. regulators said four companies would pay $34 million to settle charges of running deceptive advertising about weight loss products. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the four companies were targets of the “Operation Failed Resolution” campaign that is the agency’s “ongoing effort to stop misleading claims for products promoting easy weight loss and slimmer bodies.”

The FTC said it charged skin cream promoter L’Occitane, HCG Diet Direct, LeanSpa LLC and marketers of food additive Sensa with deceptive advertising.

cream the company says helps users obtain slim bodies “but had no science to back up that claim,” the FTC said.

HCG Diet Direct markets a human hormone as a weight loss program. The FTC said it was “touted by hucksters for more than half a century as a weight-loss treatment.”

Marketers of Sensa “exhorted consumers to ‘sprinkle, eat and lose weight,” claiming the food additive would help dieters, the FTC said. The bulk of the settlement, $26.5 million, would be paid by Sensa. L’Occitane Inc. was fined $450,000, while LeanSpa in what was called a partial settlement, had agreed to surrender $7.3 million in assets A settlement with HCG Diet Direct was suspended, the FTC said, “due to their inability to pay.”

The FTC said it would make the $26.5 million Sensa penalty available to compensate Sensa customers.

 

I don’t feel there is a better marketing to be involved with in network marketing than weight loss.  However,  a great product alone, will not guaranteed your success.  You also need to make sure your company and distributors are not providing documentation or testimonies that can be  a red flag for regulators!    A company with a hot weight loss product and ownership and field leadership who want to do it right is always a recipe for success in network marketing!

 

 

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Over the Holidays you probably saw the Amazon commercial offering free 30-Day Prime membership with free shipping on all orders.  This offer is good until January 10th, so you can click the link above to get all the details, why you are there, check out my products and this is the my number one recommendation. Of course it is not mine, but if not for this program I wouldn’t have any products on Amazon. 

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE Jim Rohn

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Merry Christmas and I hope 2014 is your best year ever.

In the spirit of Christmas,  I wanted you to know that I think you’re awesome. I really do mean that.

If  you are reading  this, odds are,  you either have a business, are building one or want to build one… and I love to support people with that entrepreneurial spirit.  I appreciate those who blaze a trail of their own, help grow the economy, help provide others with  opportunities and want to achieve a higher level of freedom for themselves & others.  You truly are the people that keep things moving in a positive direction.

History is filled with people like us who have done amazing things. It all starts with trying to build something better & achieve more in life. So remember that your goal of building a booming business is an amazing one and a challenge that most people are afraid to take on.  It’s worth all the ups and downs, all the barriers you have to break through & every disappointment – because at the other end is more freedom for you & those around you. And I truly admire you for that and the vision and consistency it takes to move forward daily.  Successful people are willing to do for a short period of time what others aren’t so they can do for the rest of their life what others can’t.  They understand that they can learn to be successful in any business when they learn the right skill sets and mindsets.   So as we approach 2014 I want to share with you 3 questions I ask myself at the end of every year.  It has been said that the quality of our life is based upon the quality of questions we ask ourselves and then answer them, honestly.

#1)  What business model that I am working do I need to devote more time to?  Which one less time?

#2)  What new business model do I need to start learning, and from who?

#3)  What is my number one goal for this year?

Dawn and I went out to dinner last night and talked about these three questions.  As you probably know if you read this blog regularly we are involved in multiple business models, many of which weren’t even around a few years ago, IE digital publishing, and Amazon FBA.    I started in the network marketing industry over 30 years ago, and consulting and training will always be my bread and butter, but I love the challenge of mastering new, trending, opportunities.

I believe that if you are involved in network marketing you must not get caught in the multiple income streams propaganda.  I see a lot of network marketers who never master the business because they diversify too quickly.  In the beginning of your career, until you develop the proper skill sets an mindsets, you will need to devote yourself 100% to the process.    There is nothing sadder to me than seeing people who have been around the industry 5,10, 15 years or longer and never developed the proper skill sets and mindsets.

If you are involved in network marketing, which most of you are, who is teaching you how to build a large, DUPLICATING, organization?  The most important question is have they done what they are trying to teach you  to do?  If you are a not a member of our MLM Training Club, and you are serious about building a business this program will cut years off your learning curve.  You can watch the introductory webinar here, and I promise it is worth your time.   MLM TRAINING CLUB INTRODUCTION

A final, thought …. is the company you are with the one you can STAY WITH the rest of your network marketing career?  If its not, find one you can.   Success in network marketing, unlike other business models requires and deep passion and belief in what you are doing, without that your success will be limited.

Keep your entrepreneurial fire lit and EXPECT great results.

To an AMAZING 2014!

Dale Calvert

 

Stop and Say Hi on Facebook over Christmas

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At the time of this writing I have been very busy working on projects for consulting clients and the holidays. I had not been on Facebook or checked my email in several days, and when I did log on it was like a bomb with Phil Roberson’s picture had exploded on Facebook. Thousands of post of support for Phil, the show, and outrage directed at the A&E network for suspending him.

So I took the time to actually read the GQ article to see what all the fuss was about. Quite frankly I was in shock that such a stink had been raised by someone who shares simply shared his personal beliefs while quoting the Bible.

This facebook post kinda says where we have landed as a country.

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I understand that you are never make good business sense to talk about politics or religion. However those of you that read my books and order my training CD’s expect me to not pull punches. However this article is not really about politics our religion.

I have two main points.

#1 Leadership cannot become part of the group (Especially Special Interest Groups)

#2 Leaders cannot make decisions in attempt to silence a squeaky wheel, when a decision does not benefit the masse, it is the wrong decision. Unfortunately in network marketing sometimes you see small groups of leaders that try to convince corporate to add a bonus or make a change to the comp plan that will benefits them, but hurts the majority of distributors. This is common practice in corporate America, but it should never happen in our industry, after all 100% of Zero is Zero.

We see this type of shallow decision making all over America. I for one am sick and tired of “special interest groups” who attempt to shove their agenda’s down the throat of main stream America. Every time I say America, I have those from other countries that say Dale, you do realize you have a lot of readers outside the United States, don’t you? Yes, but most countries I cannot personally speak to even though human nature is the same, worldwide.

Regarding special interest groups, I am all for these groups to have the opportunity and right to share their beliefs and opinions in public, but to think main stream American’s should be “politically correct” and support their agendas is getting tiring. I for one, don’t have a politically correct bone in my body. I personally believe that the 10 commandments should be posted in public schools. I would much rather my grandkids attend a school that has the 10 commandments posted than one who doesn’t, and I believe main stream America feels the same way, so how did some special interest group convince us this is a bad idea and against the law?

I am going to say what I feel. I will never try to offend anyone. I learned a long time ago, if I let someone offend me, it is usually MY PROBLEM, not theirs. In general I try not to give other people the right to control my emotions and feelings.

When I read that the powers at be at A&E decided they are indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after he quoted the Bible and said that the homosexual act is sinful was one of the most “out of touch” decisions I have seen in a long time. I get it, guys. I do. You punished the Christian guy for being a Christian because you got some angry emails from a bunch of whiny gay activists who lack the spine and maturity to deal with the fact that there are still people out there who have the guts to articulate opinions that they find disagreeable. In so doing, you’ve caved to a pushy minority of vocal bullies who don’t even watch your channel, while alienating the massive fan base of the one show that keeps your entire network above water.

What GQ reading executive at A&E made this decision?

You try to convince yourself that A&E has standards, after all. You wouldn’t want to be associated with tasteless and inappropriate things. The people on Duck Dynasty can’t be allowed to run around being all Christian-like. It might ruin the reputation of the network whose other shows include Hoarders and Intervention — programs that invite viewers to gawk at drug addicts and the mentally ill for their own amusement.

Disney-ABC Television Group owns 50 percent of your network, were they involved in this decision? They must have been. They’ve got a brand to protect. They can’t allow a bearded right winger to spout beliefs. BELIEFS, of all things. The horror! We must shutdown beliefs, opinions, and ideas, and get back to the serious business of subliminally selling sex and debauchery to children. They can’t deal with these distractions, don’t they have another season of The Bachelor or Desperate Housewives or Trophy Wife to produce?

Wake up, these militant neo-liberal thought police are better at brainwashing than I ever realized. They just convinced you to bomb your own network. You just pulled the pin on the grenade and then put it in your pocket. This is incredible. Didn’t you see what happened with Chic-fil-A when GLAAD crusaders tried to shutdown an entire business just because they disapproved of the owner’s opinions? Where was your GQ reading executive when that happened? I’ll refresh your memory: their “boycott” resulted in an enormous sales spike for the company, as millions of people like myself went out of our way to eat there just to ensure that the anti-free speech fools on the left didn’t win. A week after the anti-Chic-fil-A campaign began, their restaurants across the country were overflowing. It was, officially, the least effective boycott in the history of mankind.

Now it’s all going to happen again, except it will be the opposite effect, and A&E be on the losing end this time around.

If you don’t bring Phil back immediately, and publicly apologize to him and to his viewers for attempting to censor his Christian faith, Duck Dynasty will leave your network, find a new home, and all of those record setting viewers will go somewhere else. Then you’ll be stuck with the stragglers who feel like spending a Saturday rubbernecking at mentally disturbed elderly women with compulsive hoarding addictions. That’s how this is going to play out. Congratulations for bulking to small mouthy special interest group.

Did you think the “gay rights” crowd would stick around and “support you” for meeting their ransom demands? No, silly A&E, that isn’t how this works. The speech-controllers on the left are like a black hole. They can only suck you in and obliterate you. They’re like the devil — they ask for your soul and offer nothing in return. Am I coming on too strong?

This is the worst decision A&E has ever made. You have proven that you are totally out of touch with who your audience really is. I have said from the beginning that the show should not be aired on Wednesday evenings, because believe it or not many of your potential viewers are at church on Wednesday evenings.

So, OK. A Wholesome loved family man quotes the Bible during an interview with GQ — UNACCEPTABLE. Is that really the message you are trying to send?

Just to be doubly clear: you guys hate the Bible and find it to be offensive, right? Or is it just parts of the Bible? Or is it just Christians? Or is it just Christians who have the audacity to believe in the entire Bible, rather than a select few segments that pass the modern Politically Correct litmus test? Do you even watch your own show? The comments where in a magazine that most of your viewers could care less about and don’t even know exist. Suspending a guy simply for quoting a passage from their Holy Book? To bad it wasn’t a special interest group with their Holy Book, then there would have probably never been a second thought.

You made your bed. You decided to stand against free speech, against open expression of ideas, against Christians, against the Bible, against the views of a majority of humanity and main stream America. You just bombed the most profitable show in the history of your network, and against almost all of your viewers. But, hey, at least you put a smile on GLAAD’s face. That must make it all worth it, right?

When will the TV Networks, Hollywood , Corporate American, Politicians, and everyone else in leadership positions learn that trying to please those left wing extremist and oddballs is never a good idea. Making this move always offends main stream America which is your primary customer base and for the record when going to a move, we don’t need to hear a cuss word every other sentence. FYI most of mainstream America doesn’t talk like that. Foul language is a sign of poor self image and inferiority complex which most people in mainstream America DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH! As the Roberson’s have shown us all, good family values and support overcomes a lot of those.

It is not that difficult to figure out! America wants to see good people, being themselves, being real and treating others, the way they want to be treated!The majority of us don’t care to waste a minute of our time, listening to obnoxious, self-centered people cussing out each other at the top of their lungs. We want real people, real stories, and could care less about the East Coast and West Coast fads.

#2 You have always heard me say “Leadership, cannot become part of the Group”. As a leader you must lead based upon what is in the best interest of the masses of people, and you don’t make those decisions, your people do. A wise man learns from their own mistakes, but a really wise man learns from the mistakes of others. I hope in the future, companies will look at the outrage that has been created in mainstream America when special interest groups try to dictate their own agenda’s.

When you are building teams you will be faced with different levels of this. I have said many times the higher you rise in leadership the more of a a psychologist you have to become. When it is all said in done, you need to be true to your personal beliefs and learn to speak your mind, because while people may not agree, secure people always respect those that are not just telling them what they want to hear.

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