Re-creating Yourself: How Many Faces Have I?

I’m no longer two-faced! In today’s world, most of us will re-create ourselves multiple times.

Re-Creating Yourself

Barry the boomer!Re-creating yourself isn’t really a choice any more. It’s no longer if but when. It’s very rare any more that anyone stays in the same career for a lifetime. Companies come and go on a regular basis and there is no loyalty any more. By necessity, we have to make changes to meet the demands of the time.

I remember when my daughter was trying to decide on a path for her university education, I could see the panic in her eyes. I sat her down and asked if she was trying what to do for the rest of her life. She said yes. I said, stop, that’s what’s wrong. Try and identify something you would be able to enjoy for 5-10 years because the reality is that whatever you choose, it will likely change over time. She was then able to decide on a degree leading to teaching. She has now been teaching for a number of years. I’m hoping this will last for a lifetime as it has for some but at least she is prepared for the possibility.

How Many Faces Have I?

Photo of soccer team coachesI’m afraid I’m losing track! Here is what I remember so far:

  • Son
  • Husband
  • Father
  • Cub Scout Leader
  • Soccer Team Manager
  • Grocer
  • Retail Manager
  • Small Business Computer Network Solutions Provider
  • Financial Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Online Marketer
  • and the list could go on…

When I was going to school, we believed we would have a job in the same industry for life. That what was modeled by family and friends. It was all a lie! The 80’s came and the Conrad Blacks of the world. Company attitudes changed. People became a commodity rather than an asset. Commodities get used up and thrown away, assets are nurtured and protected. I have to admit that lately, I hope I see attitudes changing to some degree as we look to companies like Google and Amazon. I hope that trend continues.

When the grocery industry imploded, I was forced to make a change and went to work for PETsMART as one of Canada’s first managers. Fun job but wasn’t enough. Went into computer sales and then into finance. Currently, I work full time as an analyst but also have “side hustles”. This blog site contains one of them.

Side Hustles

One of my kids used that phrase and I really liked it! They have a leg up on us “old folks”. They understand that if you want anything more than a roof over your head, you need to be willing to do a little more than the next person. For some, that’s a business like painting and renovations or they are definitely more open to direct sales than my generation. These kids are pretty darn smart!

GVO business bannerMy recommendation is to find something that “speaks” to you whether it’s in a health related industry or something like the legal services provider we work with and join with a group of like minded people. In my experience, you will not only make some money, you will get an education that no post secondary institution can provide you.

Go find your side hustle and find out how many faces you have!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for GVO/Pure Leverage, LegalShield and the employers who lead me to where I am today. What are you thankful for today?

 

 

Over 50 and Looking For Something. But What?

Are you over 50 and looking for something but really don’t know what?

Over 50

Peanut Butter & Jelly SandwichMany of us go through life believing we are “on track”. On track for what? All of a sudden we reach 50 and the kids are gone. For many of us, our parents are gone and others are feeling like PB & J. Squished between the demands of our children and our parents if they are still with us.

We reach that time in our lives when the kids are grown enough that they don’t need us the same way any more. For some, our parents have become the needy “kids” in our lives and create demands on our time. Regardless, we “The Sandwich Generation” find ourselves redefining who we are and where we are headed. Somehow I’ll bet that most of us aren’t where we thought we would be at this point in our lives.

  • Pensions may not afford us the financial resources to have true financial freedom to travel at will.
  • The kids’ students loans are crushing them and we aren’t able to help.
  • Our parents need our help physically and in some cases, financially.

Most of us are in various stages at this point in our lives.So much for that dream of independence and being white haired jet setters we had when we were young adults!  Some are lucky enough to have great pensions, the mortgage is paid and parents are the jet setters we want to be. Others have remortgaged their homes, maybe more than once, to help with the kids’ educations, weddings or first home purchases. Still others are working more than one job just to keep roof over their heads.

What are you looking for?

  • A new life partner?
  • New friends with shared interests?
  • Extra income to meet current financial obligations?
  • Building a retirement income?
  • All of the above?

A New Life Partner

love-1643452_640First, let me say, I can’t really offer experienced advice in this area. I am lucky enough to have been married now for over 28 years to a wonderful woman and don’t foresee ever being in this position. All I can say is that if I were looking for a new life partner, I would first need to identify what my passions are and then put myself in situations where I meet others with like interests. The fact that they are out there would in and of itself mean we have commonality.

New friends with shared interests

CoachesI don’t know about you but when I was younger, my parents used to tell me that friends will come and go throughout my life. They were right. When my kids were younger, three out of four were involved in competitive soccer. I ended up managing a rep team, coaching indoor house league teams and generally facilitating their sports activities. As a result of the time required, we made our friends there.

Now, all of our kids are grown and doing very different things. As much as I miss those friends, we no longer have the same commonalities. We still talk once in a while but life has moved on. We now find ourselves looking to meet new people at a similar point in their lives to spend time with.

Extra income to meet current financial obligations

When I started my first full time job, I thought I would be retiring at 65 with a full pension and never expected to do anything different. Surprise! That company laid me off during the 80’s when they were trying to survive. I went to work for a competitor who ended up buying them out. By the mid 90’s, it happened again. I was “downsized”.

Two careers later, disaster struck our family and my business ended drying up. I went back to my roots to at least put some bread on the table. I was surrounded by other men in very similar circumstances, working as much as three part time jobs trying to make one income. I was lucky enough to find a job with a pension but it will be much smaller than originally expected and I will need to find another source to supplement my retirement income.

Building a retirement income

CompensationThere are definitely other options. You just need to open your mind to possibilities.

First thing to decide is if you will retire or re-engage. Some will have to take yet another job in retirement in order to survive and/or have anything for extras like vacation and travel. Whatever happened to that just being an expected outcome of years of working? Others will start a business of some kind.

I would suggest that you keep your mind open to different options. The author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kyosaki advocates that you consider MLM as a way to get seed money for other investments. From there you may decide to open a bricks and mortar operation, invest in stocks or just enjoy the residual income from that business.

All of the above

What if someone is in a situation where it’s all of the above?

Don’t let that scare you. Believe it or not, I have met people in one of our businesses where they were exactly that and they have found a partner, earned a living and built an ongoing and residual income that will not only look after them but will actually let them leave a legacy.

Whatever your situation, I advise working on yourself first. A saying I heard that resonates for me is “become the person you want to attract”. Read good books, watch good videos and put yourself around good people. Did you know that if you read 10-15 pages of a book every day that you would complete at least 10 books a year? Don’t let the job of becoming your best you be intimidating and don’t let the crabs hold you back. Start reading!

Best of luck on this journey we call life and if you think I could help, reach out!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for open minds, great books and great mentors. What are you thankful for today?

Opportunity abounds. What’s at the end of your rainbow?

We are faced with endless opportunities and yet never seem to reach the end of the rainbow. What’s at the end of the rainbow? Is it possible that we just don’t see it?

OPPORTUNITY

Isn’t it funny that we perk right up at the sight of rainbows? All of a sudden, we believe in opportunity. There is treasure at the end of those rainbows!

Opportunities abound-web

As we try to reach the end of the rainbow, it seems to keep moving on us. Where are those treasures? Could it be that we ran right through or past them?

Too often, we are focused on what we perceive as problems rather than looking at them as challenges that lead to greater rewards. Take a look at this picture of the double rainbows. They occurred on the way home from work. We were on a Greyhound bus and worrying about the wet roads and dreading another rainy evening. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and double rainbows appeared. Glorious!

Much like life in general, we had to go through a storm before the rainbows appeared. They won’t appear on a clear, dry and sunny day. It was worth sitting through the storm. Besides, the sound of rain pounding on the bus can actually be quite soothing if you choose to hear it that way.

CHALLENGES

Many times as we go through different challenges:

  • we meet new people,
  • travel to new places,
  • and learn new things.

What was perceived to be an obstacle or challenge was actually an opportunity for adventure and personal growth. Think about those who are into physical fitness. The first time they go to the gym, they wonder if they will make it home to bed when they are done. Each time, it becomes easier. Eventually they are doing far more than they ever believed possible. They will challenge themselves to go longer or lift more. Treat your business like the gym. It’s doing the things that others won’t that leads to success.

Keep your mind and heart open to new opportunities!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for challenges, people and leadership. What are you thankful for today?

MLM (Multi-level Marketing) sucks!

MLM really sucks if you don’t have the 6 following traits:

  1. An open mind:
  2. Willingness to learn;
  3. Willing to work hard;
  4. Willing to use the system;
  5. Willing to be coached;
  6. Willing to make your fortune.

MLM

Multi-level Marketing (MLM) levels the playing field for everyone regardless of where and how you grew up, your current social position or your education.

Great MLM companies have compensation plans tied directly your efforts. Some will progress faster at the beginning because they are more open minded or coachable. Others may have already learned the basics before.

Your progress will be determined more by your personal efforts and willingness to learn. Is your mind open to creating your wealth and success?

Open Mind

Question?Most of us grow up and learn certain biases. For example, your parents may have always told you weren’t as smart as others so there is no way you will ever be rich. To make themselves and their children feel better, they constantly cut down rich people and said how evil they are. “Why would I want to be like them!”. When something is reapeted often enough, we start to believe our own lies.

Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open. Are you willing to consider that pre-conceived ideas could be wrong?

Willing to Learn

If you open your mind and are willing to learn, great MLM companies offer a lot of free training that would likely cost more than a university and would benefit you with new knowledge and might actually pay you in the process.

Doing business of any kind usually has some cost associated with it but when you are working MLM, it’s likely that it’s more likely that when you make the effort to applied your learned knowledge, the resulting profits outweigh the cost of your time and maybe a little money. Are you willing to apply what you learn?

Willing to Work Hard

You are your own boss. No one will be telling you what to do in a MLM Opportunity. Your income is the direct result of your efforts. When you “hired” yourself, did you consider your “employee’s” work ethic?

We get nothing for nothing in this life. The greatest cost in your business is your time and efforts. What are you willing to do to get what you want?

Willing to Follow A System

collaboration imageGreat MLM companies have a proven system of success. Can you accept that they know more than you and can help you achieve your goals if you open yourself up to change?

I’m not saying you have to do your business exactly as your sponsor did. Successful systems have room for individual expression. Find the parts that fit your personality and use them. For example, maybe you are more comfortable using technology, use that for your initial exposures and then follow up. Alternatively, maybe you prefer to meet in person and use a flip book. Then, do that!

Whatever the system is, find a way to make it fit your style without breaking the business model. This is a business.

Willing To Be Coached

Odds are pretty good that you have a fairly strong personality or you wouldn’t consider MLM as an option. Don’t kid yourself, you might just be passive aggressive. This means your ego may get in the way and it could take a while before you realize it.

Most of us go through that period where we insist we can do it. I may find my sponsor too aggressive and decide I don’t want to be like him/her. They have already proved they can do the business or you would have been their sponsor!

When you realize you don’t have to be exactly like them, you only need to open up o them coaching you and success just might show her face. If what you are doing is easy, it probably won’t work. Let your coach show you how to stretch and get outside your comfort zone.

Ask yourself, am I coachable?

Willing To Make Your Fortune

authorityBlogThinking you want success and money is very different than actually believing it you deserve it. We all have a map burned into our brain that we get directions from. This map was created when you were very young and is seared into your subconscious. Many of us sabotage our own success because we get stuck on the road that is mapped there. I highly recommend reading T Harv Eker’s book, Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind to help you understand what you need to do in order to break the patterns established over your lifetime.

Is your success worth doing some reading to help yourself? Are you willing to make changes? Are you willing to make your fortune?

It’s all up to you to determine what success is for you and how much of a fortune you want.

Just decide!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful Jeff Olsen taught me to read 10 pages of a good book every day. I’m thankful my sponsors don’t give up on me. I’m thankful my wife supports me.

What are you thankful for today?

The Sales Process: Do you have one?

Your sales process will define your success. Do you have one? Make sure you understand the difference between sales and marketing when you develop your processes.

What is a “Sales Process”?

Process flow chart.The sales process is every step you take from marketing a product or service to post sale maintenance and support. The sales process isn’t finished at the point of sale. You still need to build in post sale follow up to ensure your client stays sold and becomes a raving fan. Referrals should be part of the sales process.

Marketing isn’t sales!

Marketing is the promotion of your idea whether a service or product. This is part of the sales process but not the actuall selling. You never close a sale when you are marketing.

Most people don’t know they need what you are selling. Marketing is educating your prospect about the value you bring to the table and helping them understand why they should buy from you. You’re not selling at this point. You are effectively creating the customer.

Marketing

Define your opportunity.

Man with list of check marks in a column beside him.Here are five questions you need to answer before you get anywhere near developing your marketing strategy and sales process.

  1. What are you selling?
  2. Why are you selling it?
  3. Who are you selling to?
  4. When are you selling?
  5. Where are you selling?

Design a sales process.

  • Creating a list of prospects.
  • How will you approach them?
  • What is the follow up?
  • How will you close?
  • What is the post sale process?

Selling

Work the plan.

Once you have designed your sales process, it’s time to work your plan. The challenge will be sticking to your plan. Part of a good plan is “Plan, Do, Review”. Set a schedule. Once your plan is done, decide how long you will work the plan and when you will sit to review what works and what doesn’t.

There will be nay sayers who will try to convince you a business is a bad idea. Everyone will have suggestions on how to run your business. It’s prudent to take in good advice but don’t let it derail your plan. Wait for the review and then weigh the advice you have received against your experience. Tune up the plan rather than making wholesale changes and go back to the “do” period.

Earn Referrals.

3D-Women-Shake-Hand-01During your sales process, you will make an impression whether you win the business or not. By selling with intent and integrity, people will come to trust that you are the consumate professional. When you have earned their trust, you have earned the privilege to ask for referrals.

Back to the dating analogy, when people know, like and trust you, they will be very open to making an introduction if you ask them. Tell them who you want to meet. Describe your ideal prospect and ask for introductions. If you don’t ask, they don’t usually think to offer.

Earning and asking for referrals should be built into your sales process.

Business In A Box

Does all of the above sound like a lot of work? You bet it is! You have choices to make. What are you willing to do? You can work out your own strategies. Alternatively, you can buy a “business in a box”. You can buy a franchise system and set up multiple distribution points.

Robert Kyosaki wrote a book called “The Business Of The Century” explaining that MLM is the next business evolution. Faster and more effective, you could consider a multi-level marketing opportunity to get you started.

woman carrying moneyIf financial resources are limiting you from building a bricks and mortar business or buying into a franchise, consider working with a Multi-Level Marketing group to get you started. Remember, MLM is a business and there will be costs.

Make sure you understand what the ongoing operating cost is and be realistic in your expectations. MLM is like going to university. You will learn and it will change you. You may decide the MLM is all you need or you will learn and earn while you work toward your ultimate dream business.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me”!

What are you willing to do?

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for opportunity. I’m thankful for justice. I’m thankful for chances for personal development.

What are you thankful for today?