“Growth doesn’t come from persuading the most loyal members of other tribes to join you. They will be the last to come around.

Instead, you’ll find more fertile ground among seekers, among people who desire the feeling they get when they are part of a vibrant, growing tribe, but who are still looking for that feeling.

I’m not talking about disaffected outsiders, I’m talking about people at the fringes, individuals who might jump from one thing to another with less angst.

Begin with the passionate individuals who haven’t been embraced by other tribes yet.”

Tribes by Seth Godin

Author of ten international bestsellers, Seth Godin is a great writer who first intrigued me with his book Purple Cow. It’s a masterpiece. So is his new book…Tribes.

When I read Tribes, the above excerpt leapt from the page and grabbed both my ears and shook my head like Mrs. Reimer used to do in the second grade. Why? Because I see the results of this behavior daily.

In our profession, people will do anything to find other Networkers including pay up to $5.00 for their names. Go figure.

My experience supports Godin’s premise. The best people in any sales organization are the wonderful people who were very hungry, highly coachable and inexperienced at the time they were recruited. People often ask who to recruit and my response is simple, “Anyone but MLMers.” Once a Networker has failed at ten deals, he’s an expert who is very difficult to train and virtually impossible to keep focused.


Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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“For the first time in history, high-wage earners work more hours than low-wage ones.

We no longer have leisure-class elites. The rich are working harder than ever. Leisure is something for the poor.

Computer screens – particularly when combined with Adobe-Acrobat – were supposed to reduce our dependence on paper. Instead our per capita use of paper has risen.

We now travel more for business than ever before even though sophisticated telecommunications, e-mails and video links were supposed to end all that.

People have actually fallen for the ‘winners curse’. That’s how economists describe the irrationality of on-line auctions when one person wins by paying more than anyone else would pay which literally means the winner was willing to pay too much.

In fact, property crime has gone down because there’s really nothing worth stealing in the new economy.” Elsewhere USA- Dalton Conley


Dr. Conley is Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as Acting Dean of The Social Sciences at New York University.

When I read this book, I felt that if professionals in other fields truly understood the leisure time that Network Marketing yields, they’d make a beeline for our industry. For over two decades I’ve had a blast every day…thanks to a couple of years of professional networking. -Mark Yarnell

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Coming February 1st! Daily Quote – Food for Brains

Please remember an important strategic fact:

A person who does not read has absolutely no advantage over a person who can’t.

Beginning February 1st, I’ll provide you with a strategic advantage of priceless value. I’ll continue to cull through the most interesting books of our time and provide you with a provocative concept unknown to the masses.

Each daily quote will serve as “brain food” which is literally mental stimulation.

Over 90% of all people lack the time and initiative to read one book a year. By reading about five books a week, I occupy a unique position in the civilized world…a place where less than one hundredth of one percent of all people reside.

I hope some of you will purchase a few of the books from which I quote, but let’s be honest … most won’t. That’s why I’ll provide as much important strategic information in each quote as possible.

I’ll do so in an economy of words so as not to cause you any significant time drain.

I’ll offer little, if any, commentary of my own. I’ll simply provide a quote, book title, author and author’s credentials.

Because in each case I’ll have read the book in its entirety, I’ll base the quote on some thesis concept of strategic advantage to you…a microcosm of the entire book.

I don’t read books because they support my opinions, nor should you expect to always agree with the concept presented. You won’t.

I’m not sharing the quotes to advance any agenda, nor confirm your biases about any subject. I’m offering you an online strategic advantage that will challenge you to think.

I assure you that this compilation of quotes will be found nowhere else on planet earth, either in virtual or actual reality.

Read my quote each day for one month and see if your life is enriched. Enough said.

Quote one will appear on this site on February 1st. Check it out.

None will be archived beyond 24 hours so I suggest that you habituate yourself to a daily visit.

It takes me many hours to devour each book, so five minutes of your time is a small sacrifice.

And by the way…if a million people read these quotes every day and you’re one of them, you have a strategic advantage of over 99.999% of all human beings alive in 2009 who will never read one book or one of my quotes.

As my uncle Jimmy used to say, “How do you like them apples?”

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