Monday, January 31, 2005
Getting there it was great seeing my LiftOff family and it was good to be in a place where I have digged into my heart to find the light and darkness.
This week we have an INCREDIBLE and AMAZING experience. We were learning how about how to share ourselves with others and create more power and achieving our visions / dreams by ENROLLING ourselves and others into it. It is captivating for our group to be on the same page and working to the same goal. The energy was so powerful as each step was painful at first. Each failure taught us more and more about ourselves as our trainer was firm and direct saying, "are we clear? are we conscious?" in our lives. When we became honest and clear things are amazing. The energy from each other was mixed and after each moment it became so sharp and penetrating that it was flowing! After we achieved there was a moment of complete EXSTACY and pure JOY! It was an amazing achievement!
LESSON: If one is clear and everyone is enrolled, things are possible and dreams come true! Be conscious is required by all to make things happen!
The stretch after the exercise is usually a feeling of complete dread but through this time it was a feeling of CLARITY. It is a feeling of CERTAINTY that we are getting things done. The stretch confirmed our power as my group finished our stretch in less than 1 hr though we were given 2. We created a MIRACLE for a homeless family and it was totally amazing on the thrill and life we felt. It was pure beauty and love! Our spirits soared!
It has been a great week again and the energy lasts even today. Today sharing with people my experiences and how powerful the training is. I recommend it to most people when I have time to sit down and talk with them.
Amazing and Awesome!
When coming back after learning the lesson, I missed a coaching call and I totally felt horrible. It was a sick feeling and I started to beat myself up for it. It was typical until I stopped and forgave myself. How many times do I have to do this? Why did it happen? The lesson learned on Saturday became more personal in this failure - Live Life Consciously, Live Life with Myself Enrolled, If not then I fall back into my past weeks that have not served me.
There is a desire to share more in depth but it is really an amazing set of people in LiftOff.
Lastly I finally met with Harry. He is working on his first real estate deal in Seattle. Quest has opened the doors for him. It was great to see his Summit Celebration! I am so happy that he, like me, has found a new family that loves him and supports him in this world. I am sure that the joy he feels is worth the time, money, and energy that is invested in Harmony. Harry & Jennifer - both of you are awesome!
PS Harmony Trainings Institute is now called "Great Life Foundation".
Monday, January 24, 2005
Reprinted from the article from Enterpeneur Magazine:
( http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/0,4621,312661,00.html )
1. Know your goals for the venture. "A lot of people see an opportunity without ever asking themselves what they're doing it for," says Russo. "Are they trying to make a quick buck? Create a legacy? Have a lifestyle? There are a lot of reasons. It's critical that you know from the beginning what your goals are, because everything else is going to revolve around that."
2. Recruit and hire the best people. "It sounds almost cliché now to say I'd rather have an A team with a B idea than a B team with an A idea. The right team can fix a lot of problems. If you don't have the right team, you don't have much of a chance," Russo says. "Get the best people available at the time."
3. Develop a forgiving strategy. "Things are going to go wrong," he says. "They're going to be harder, take longer and cost more money than you think. You have to have a strategy to survive. A lot of people put together a plan that will work only if everything goes right. It's not going to."
4. Be honest with yourself. "Recognize shortcomings, weaknesses and problems immediately. Do not ignore them or try to talk yourself out of them," Russo says. "Address them head-on."
5. Commit to the business. "You can't really do anything significant without fully committing yourself to it. A lot of people try to dabble," he explains. "They think they'll do it part time [and] see how it works out. If you plan to be successful, you have to commit."
- Peter Russo, director of Boston University's Entrepreneurial Management Institute
Monday, January 17, 2005
What is yours?
I got 20 and it says:
You're in the top group - score 17 - 25
You've got top-dollar millionaire potential. You're careful with your money and have a healthy attitude to it. You're hard-working and determined to be successful.
It is good to be considered #1 by an online survey - LOL :)
Sunday, January 16, 2005
( original post from RichDad.com http://forum.richdad.com/forums/tm.asp?=279490&mpage=1&p=&tmode=1&smode=1&key= )
As I think back to my first attempts at success in REI as well as that of many of my mentoring students, I can’t help but realizing that the pursuit for success in real estate has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with real estate itself. Yes, there is a lot of money to be made and yes there are many benefits to choosing REI as your path, including appreciation, tax benefits, entity benefits, the many possibilities for both fast cash as well as passive income, the fact that everyone needs a place to live, etc. But none of these things comes close to being at the core of why we all share the dream for ‘having more.’
Some of you are asking yourselves, “This is starting to look like another long-winded yet worthless post without useful information.” BEWARE of thinking this. Here’s why I say that.
Since training and mentoring hundreds of people in real estate investing, I’ve realized something important:
The MENTAL GAME behind success in REI is even more important than how much actual real estate knowledge you have.
Does this mean that specific real estate knowledge isn’t important? Of course not – it too is vital to a degree. In both my own personal case as well as that of most of my past students, I have found that solid knowledge learned from someone who has ‘been there’ serves as major reinforcement for mental fortitude. HOWEVER, the Mental Game which must be played (and WON) is an even more important ingredient for success.
So what ‘Mental Game’ am I referring to? Simple (although not easy – there’s a big difference).
MASSIVE ACTION CURES FEAR.
Read those four words again. No, this isn’t some fluffy motivational BS that’s meant to be passed off as solid information – it’s the real deal. If you can *truly* live by the phrase above – if you can *truly* allow yourself to take massive action and make your future happen instead of waiting for it to occur – then, my friend, you can and WILL succeed in real estate.
You see, the ‘Mental Game’ I’m referring is probably the opposite of what most people think. In fact, it’s really about how to QUIET YOUR MIND (aka get rid of the noise) so that you get out of your own way to achieve the results that have been previously unattainable to you.
A lot of people thrive on outwardly motivational things to help them succeed, and I’m not necessarily knocking those things. However, while there are some decent things out there, few of them are able to get to the heart of the issue, which is achieving tangible RESULTS. And by that I mean profits - money in your pocket.
If you want to be motivated to succeed in REI, how about going to a closing where you walk away with a check for $10K?? Do you think you would be motivated by that? YOU BET. This is the way I approach real estate and the way I suggest you do too – that is, by taking a results-oriented approach.
You can study and study until you are blue in the face. But until you take massive and immediate action to get yourself to the next level, the RESULTS that you are seeking (in other words, the very reason why you are here) will continue to elude you.
See, taking massive action like this helps eliminate fear because there is no time for doubt in the midst of action. You are simply ‘going’ - you are taking action and moving forward – and there is a lot to be said for this.
Does that mean you should move forward frivolously without thinking about what you’re doing? Absolutely not. But neither does it mean that you need all the answers before you make a move. I’ve been investing for just over six years now and I’m still learning at every turn. If you want ‘all the answers’, you will need to learn by DOING. It’s time to take ACTION – immediate and massive action.
This is a huge part of the mental preparation I learned from my mentor and that which I teach to others. If you really want to see success in REI, and more importantly, if you really want the life of freedom that success in REI brings, it’s time to start quieting your mind through immediate and massive action. Being on this board is a great start, no doubt. It’s where I started as well as several other successful investors. But are you willing to go further?
Baby steps are key when starting out – as well as while moving forward. In my experience, baby steps add up to large leaps VERY quickly. Some examples of vital baby steps are:
- Reading everything you can about REI – know the language (aka jargon)
- Asking many questions and finding the answers to them
- Connecting with other RE professionals in your area
- building the beginnings of a team
- Studying MARKETING and SALES – these two skills are a huge part of the foundation for success
- Looking at properties and making written offers – when it’s all said and done, these are your profit-producing activities…period
This is only a start, but the things listed above are without a doubt a major part of why I’ve been successful so far. There’s no time like the present so start taking baby steps in these areas. I PROMISE you will begin to see leaps, but first you must put in the time to build your foundation. I learned this the hard way – it doesn’t happen overnight. But it will happen if your mental game is dictated by ACTION rather than fear.
Do yourself a favor and take a mental inventory of all the NOISE holding you back - all the questions, doubts, fears, and most importantly, the REASONS for those questions, doubts and fears. The more clear you are with these things the easier it will be for you to do the following:
- Eliminate certain mental hang-ups that are holding you back
- Accept the ones that are ingrained in you and allow yourself to move forward in action despite their existence (this one is big)
- Be more comfortable taking massive and immediate action through baby steps since you have actually taken the time to work through some of the mental anchors that have been socially ingrained in you over the years
I hope these things get you thinking about the ACTION you will need to take if you want success in REI.
Ken Preuss National Real Estate Club
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Some background of the 3 levels in Harmony's core schedule:
Level 1 - Quest - I learned that my past family issues really made me look at how unworthy I felt. Love was conditional and parents were always getting down on me in order to "teach" me how to be a better person. I learned accepting things as it is and moving on. It is a valuable experience as leading others can freak me out.
Level 2 - Summit - I learned alot about unconditional love and how people support me. It is really incredible to FEEL it rather than just "learn it". I received my mission in life and it is a grand mission that makes me happy about this life. It was really hard to leave some people.
Level 3 - LIFTOFF - I made 3 goals for me to create. It is life or death. Either I DO it or DO NOT DO it. No more stories but just doing and creating it.
In my first weekend, we did a ropes course and it was really great what I learned:
- My relationships with women changed as I realize that I am a "hero" in a relationship. I believed that a man does everything and is responsible for everything in a relationship. I learned a lesson in PARTNERSHIP.
- I can do anything that I set my heart to. Fear is a big motivator but ground myself and DO IT. The rewards outweigh the risk.
- My team assisted me in my most difficult task. I didn't want to be the weakest link but everyone was into the win / win situation. They assisted me to continue on and they figured another way to get me on track - Truly Amazing! Without our love, it wouldn't have happened!
- My lack of leadership kills! If I said something it would have changed the outcome of a situation. I didn't say what was wrong and it just killed everyone.
There are more. I would challenge anyone who wants something or someone that they consider doing Harmony! If you have questions let me know!
Monday, January 03, 2005
I was a customer of Primerica and considered becoming a IBO with them. I decided against it after some review. Here are my reasons:
- the mutual funds were pricey compared to some small due diligence; I was allocated into the aggressive funds which tanked about 90% during the dot com bust.... a true CFP would have suggested that I diversify and even suggested index funds... they most likely won't because they can't make money from Vanguard's S&P 500 Index Fund
- the insurance products push TERM over WHOLE but it depends on the client.... also their term products are higher priced than doing a simple Google search or going to www.term4sale.com
- when I was looking into it, the sales collateral for the company was being developed (2001) I thought that the support for sales and team building was not mature
- the people that were recruiting me were more interested in recruiting that actually providing a valuable and comprehensive service to their clients.. I don't feel right knowing that a Vanguard Index fund does a better job in diversification for a 25 yr old than a mutual fund that I make a 5% commission... most of the people were more interested in getting rich without the basic principle of servicing a customer with the best ethical service.
Overall I didn't get into Primerica. Since then I have spoken with other people and the feedback is it is ok. It depends on your upline for training if I am starting out. Also I believe World Financial Group among other MLMs provide comparable if not better service. For myself, I choose REI over MLM for the penetration into business and also support from my friends who do it. I don't discourage others with MLM as there are many positive things from it. I feel that for the most part unless you find a hot service or product or an growing market (such as health) or even have great team building, leadership, and/ or sales skills that many of the newbie MLMs will fail.
There is alot of inventory that I want to be sold or donated by March. Ebay is not as easy as mentioned by the various infomericals including the SMC one. Alot of garbage out there and all promising quick rich. Been there and done some of that. Time to get moving and posting all those ads!
What I am accomplishing here is record my growth to achieve success in life. Not just small success but ABUNDANT success that overflows to those close to me.
I have noticed that the most successful people reflect God's abundance or again from the book of Genesis that the world is "teeming" with life. I am creating that in my life.
With my respect and love, I honor those like my dad and mom for making this success possible.