Look Ma, No Cell!

Okay. Just this once I’m going to
tell you truth about cells, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help
me God. I won’t omit facts in order to avoid offending others. For ten years I
have never once been tempted to purchase a cell phone and I’ve been very
careful to never openly criticize others who can’t seem to function without a
blackberry in their hand or blue tooth hanging from their ear. But lately I’ve
been teased and ridiculed by so many people that I’ve decided to come clean
with everyone. I warn you in advance, if you become enraged and defensive
anytime someone challenges your actions or if you are easily depressed by facts
which clearly indicate that you are unwittingly engaged in deadly or counterproductive
activities, please, do not read this Blog.

We all have choices and all I’m
going to do is tell you why I don’t use cell phones. Many friends and family
honestly believe I’m a dinosaur, and technophobe. Some have called me a Ludite
for blowing off cell phone technology, while others have shaken their heads and
laughed in disbelief. I understand the widespread addiction to instant
communication and immediate gratification and, I have nothing against anyone
who uses cell phones. In fact, I’m actually thankful that everyone else wants
to be on call 24/7 so that I don’t have to carry a digital leash everywhere.
Nobody can track me down, yet I can track down anyone. Whether they like it or
not, the whole world is accessible to me and I get to be available to them only
when I’m home and in the mood to talk. So don’t ever be concerned about me.
Just keep carrying you cell phone into restrooms, athletic events, nice
restaurants and golf courses and if I need you, I can find you. Thanks so much!

So, here’s why I don’t own a cell
phone. First, call me a sissy, but I don’t want to spend ten years in the
penitentiary for murder. I don’t ever want to wake up next to a cellmate
nicknamed “Big Blue.” Given the fact that every sixteen minutes another cell
phone driver commits vehicular manslaughter, I think I’ll pass. Back when I was
a big whiskey drinker, I stayed out of cars. Now that cell phone drivers kill
more innocent people than drunk drivers, I think I’ll stick to land lines.

Second, multi-tasking means
scattered focus. In Network Marketing, people have to be focused on one thing
at a time. In fact, that’s true of life in general. No one can chase five
rabbits and catch one. If my goal is to recruit someone, incoming calls will
split my focus. Whatever I’m doing, I remain focused. That’s how I get stuff
done. Cell phones are electronic focus splitters that Do Not enhance any form
of productivity. Let’s just say I can get twice as much done with no
interruptions than a much smarter man or woman who is interrupted all day by
irrelevant messages and goofy chit chat. So again, I’m happy that all my
competitors are willing to use cell phones thereby increasing my strategic
advantages  based on everyone’s lack of

Third, cell phone conversations in
public places gross me out. To a cell user the whole world is a phone booth
just like to a cigarette smoker the whole planet is an ashtray. Pitching one’s
voice over a cell phone is just like flipping a cigarette butt on a sidewalk.

Fourth, cell phones don’t work
where I need them. I’ve noticed that my friends who carry them along on
paragliding or trout fishing treks, lose reception about ten minutes into the
country. I wouldn’t mind having a cell phone if a bear had me cornered or a
friend was having a heart attack out on a lake, unfortunately there’s no
reception in places where they are most needed.

Fifth, I’m not a pediatric
cardiologist or a kidney patient waiting for an organ. Simply put, I don’t
think I’m really important enough to be tracked down in a Safeway restroom.
Most calls just don’t seem real important. I was in a restroom recently between
the first and second periods of a hockey game and I heard a guy’s cell phone
ring two stalls down. I wasn’t interested in his conversation but as you’ve
probably observed, most people have a need to yell into cell phones instead of
talking normally. From what I heard him yell, his babysitter wanted to know
where he had put the ketchup. That just didn’t seem significant to me. It seems
stupid to interrupt hockey games or bathroom trips with ketchup-placement

Now for the most significant
reasons I don’t use a cell phone. I’ll turn to several technology experts.

Dr. George Carlo, director of the
W.T.R. which was set up to lobby for cell manufacturers and prove that there
are no health problems with cell phones, stunned the industry during a speech
at the annual Cellular Telephone Industry Association. He reported: “The risk
of neuron-epithelial tumors on the brain is more than doubled in cell phone
users and the risk of neuroma tumors on the auditory nerve is 50% higher among
people who use cell phones for 6 years.”

So why aren’t cell phones taken off
the market? According to former Motorola cell phone engineer Robert Kane, “More
testing has been done that indicates biological damage from cell phones than
with any other products that have ever been removed from the marketplace. The
opinion-manipulating skills of corporate lobbyists, polling companies, fraudulent
scientists and public relations consultants have frustrated every attempt to
stop the spread of cell phones by the telecommunications industry.”

For health reasons alone, I’ve
drawn the line in my personal life against ever using cell phones. I miss Ken Pontious.
He was earning more money than I was as a Networker and swore I was a nut not
to use a cell phone. He was earning $600,000 a month and spending his whole day
on two cell phones. He could actually talk on two at the same time and he used
to tell me that one day he’d be earning a million a week. Unfortunately we’ll
never know because Ken was struck down in his prime…by a brain tumor. A month
before he died he told me that he really didn’t think it had anything to do
with is cell phones. Maybe not.

And now for the biggy. Call me
sentimental or old fashioned but I hate to contribute to genocide, rape and
Aids. Here are the facts exactly as they were presented in several respected
scientific writings. These are direct quotes.

“More than 4 million people have
died in Central Africa in a war over Coltran, a heat-resistant mineral widely
used in cell phones. By weight, coltran is worth more than gold.”

“Eighty percent of the World’s
coltran reserves are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Reports
of rampant human-rights abuses pour out of the rebel-controlled mining region,
where there is a huge market for prostitution. Local men, women and children
are forced into mining, fighting and sex work or they are threatened with
torture, rape and murder.”

“ The coltran makes its way out of
the mines and ends up being bought by Cabot, Inc. of the U.S. Cabot sells it to
Nokia, Motorola, Sony and other cell phone manufacturers. On a side note, Sam
Bodman, former CEO of Cabot, was appointed in December of 2004 to serve as President
Bush’s Secretary of Energy. Under Bodman’s leadership from 1987 until 2000,
Cabot was one of the largest polluters in the U.S., accounting for 60,000 tones
of airborne toxic emissions annually.”

So you connect the dots for
yourself and if you want to use cell phones…have at it. I just thought you’d
like to know my reasons for not using them. Let’s review:

1.) They cause traffic fatalities

2.) They scatter people’s focus

3.) They are rude and offensive in

4.) They don’t work in these areas
where I need them

5.) Most conversations are wasted
on irrelevant minutiae

6.) They may pose health risks

7.) Coltran leads to genocide

These seem like pretty good reasons
for me to stick with land lines and leave toy phones alone. At the very least,
I wish the FCC and FDA would require a warning label on all cell phones. Here’s
my suggestion:

“Warning! This device was created
with raw material from Central Africa. These
materials are rare, non-renewable, were sold to fund a bloody civil war and
have been largely ignored as a potential cause of brain tumors in spite of
scientific evidence to that effect. Those who use this device will be engaged
in multi tasking which could result in loss of income or traffic fatalities. Have
a nice day.”

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The Search For Legends : A Dead End Pursuit

I’m often asked to explain my
opinion about recruiting MLM veterans. Because I’ve never gone after Network
Marketing leaders, some people consider my attitude to be controversial and
silly. After all, if a new person can just pull in a leader with a huge
downline, it’s all over. That’s the reasoning and it seems sensible, but it’s
flawed for several reasons.

First, past success may be due to
luck and positioning, not competence. Second, MLM veterans often exhibit an
arrogant sense of entitlement. Many won’t consider joining a new deal unless
they get some kind of guaranteed up-front money. Third, veterans will seldom
stoop to the depths of ethical sponsorship by signing up under an eager novice.
They’ll never get caught underneath some “newbie.” Fourth, veterans who are
truly great are loyal to their companies. You have virtually zero chance of
recruiting winners.

Above all else remember this; there
are three kinds of real MLM winners…those who earn huge monthly checks and
wouldn’t consider walking away from that kind of money. Those “free agents”
who’s companies go under, in which case they have plenty of connections and
offers of their own. And those who have quit or are failing and you don’t’ want
to recruit them anyway.

 You’ll be tempted occasionally to
purchase genealogy records from defunct companies or chase after MLM veterans.
What you decide to do is all up to you. Personally, I’d rather recruit a broke
homemaker with no experience than a veteran NFL star who has made millions in
MLM. I’ve been in this industry for over two decades and I’ve never once been
tempted to try to sponsor other MLM leaders. That’s because I’ve witnessed
nightmares experienced by many companies and leaders who have made that mistake.
Great people stay in one good company and are perfectly capable of picking a
new opportunity in the event of problems. Mediocre leaders bounce around taking
cash from unsuspecting corporate owners and distributors. When the front money
runs dry, many veterans move to the next hand out.

We created Volume Two of the Holy
Grail in order to help distributors avoid this problem. Once you’ve created a
thirty thousand person, data-specific warm market, you’ll never again have to
waste time competing for self-important free agents.

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The Very Basis of Network Marketing Failure


“The most daunting barrier for most
people is often not the risk or danger in itself. It is what the risk will
involve. That’s effort and a mind that is firing on all its neurons. Accepting
risk requires a mind that is unclouded by fears about the way the world works.
It compels a person to leave his or her comfort zone, or create a new one. For
many, this is asking too much.”
By Michael R. LeGault

Well put Mr. LeGault. And folks, if
you haven’t read the book Think, get
it and do so. I believe it should be required reading for all North Americans.
What the author points out in that paragraph is the very basis for MLM failure.
I call it the Management Trap. There is no risk in training. There’s no rejection
among one’s distributors. It’s more comfortable to train and support
distributors than recruit and retail. Yet many distributors go broke trying to
become trainers.

Speaking, training and managing are
amateur activities which pay nothing to independent MLM distributors. The
challenge today is finding people who will focus on recruiting and retailing.
That’s what Networkers are paid to do.

Think about this simple question:
If 1,000 people in your downline trained one person today, how much would you
earn from their training? Now, what if those same 1,000 people sold one big
business kit to one new recruit today? How much would you earn? Duh!


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Mainstream Media Silent As 160 Children Die

Did you know that during the 1990’s
according to IMS Health, a national prescription-auditing firm, Ritalin and
similar drugs for ADD rose five-fold to nearly 20 million prescriptions? Did
you know that almost all the Ritalin manufactured in the world is sold in the United States?
Does that mean that our kids are the only ones with attention deficit disorder
in the whole wide world?

As a concerned parent, entrepreneur
and North American citizen, I’ve been puzzled by all the tests that show American
students are falling behind the rest of the world in the core learning skills
needed for professional and academic success. So when I read the following
quote from a noted expert, I thought I should pass it along to the 95% of all
Americans who don’t have time to read one book a year. Michael R. LeGault is an
award winning editor and columnist for the Washington Times and consultant to
major U.S.
companies on health, safety, and environment. The quote is found on page 94 of THINK.

“The pharmaceuticals used to treat
the growing number of mental and psychological disorders are themselves the
basis of a multi-billion-dollar industry. Even the schools get a piece of the
action, with many school districts collecting extra funds called “bounties,”
for each student diagnosed with a specific learning disability.”

Since I haven’t seen this
information in the mainstream media I just thought other common folks like me
would find it interesting that major drug companies are paying bounties to
schools who put young students on a Schedule II controlled substance. By the
way, the Drug Enforcement Agency classifies Ritalin together with the narcotics
heroin and cocaine.

So, why is all this important to me,
Mark Yarnell, a simple Network Marketing guy from the backwoods of Missouri? Because if
common people like us don’t start paying attention to reality, and the media
doesn’t start reporting socially relevant issues, the American Dream is going
to morph into a full blown nightmare. I’m sorry that Anna Nicole Smith died
this week. But I’m particularly sorry that according to the FDA, 160 kids have
died over the last few years from reactions to Ritalin. I’ve missed that story
in the media. I realize that the deaths of over 150 children during a few years
is not as newsworthy as the sudden death of one really pretty celebrity. But
I’d like to see a pharmaceutical industry spokesperson on Larry King Live
explaining to America
how they can legally pay “bounties” to schools to diagnose and then administer a
Class II addictive drug to our children. I have this image of school McNurses
dressed up like clowns carrying trays of “Happy Meds” to first graders. I also think
an FDA spokesperson on Larry King should have to answer one simple question: Even
if kids weren’t dying from Ritalin, is it ethical for schools to be paid
overrides to moonlight as drug pushers while Network Marketers are prohibited
from telling the truth about non-invasive supplements?

I’d like to see big pharma put
lipstick on this pig. Surely, one of their 600 plus lobbyists is articulate
enough to address the matter. At the very least, I’d like to see a responsible
media organization force the issue, before some special internet group lobbies
Congress to replace the Star Spangled Banner with the soundtrack to “One Flew
Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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Rags To Riches in Network Marketing

If a college dropout from the back woods of Missouri with no special skills or previous experience in business can go from rags to riches in a short time span, so can you. Here’s my story.


On April 12, 1986, I received two telephone calls that would dramatically alter my life. The first was from Inter First Bank calling to inform me that they were repossessing my 1980 Chevrolet. I owed three months back payments and was unable to come up with any money. I’m not sure what they wanted with a six-year-old Chevy with two missing hubcaps and a cracked front windshield. But they were threatening to come take it. The second call was from a church board member who said he was coming over to show me, his minister, something unbelievable.


At that time in my life, I had absolutely no place to turn. My parents weren’t wealthy and couldn’t help me financially. The church was in financial distress because the Texas economy was pathetic at that time. Most of my top contributors had gone bankrupt or had declared chapter 11 and could not help me. I had neither a college diploma on which to fall back, nor sufficient experience in business to see myself through the crisis. So, when Bill came to my home and showed me a Network Marketing opportunity, I really couldn’t see any other alternative. I signed up and went to work after borrowing $5,000 from a wealthy church member.


By tracking upline several levels until I found myself a great mentor and working harder than I have ever worked in my life, I earned a significant check just a few months into the business. Over a short period of time I went from rags to riches, ultimately earning over 20 million dollars in Network Marketing and releasing the bestseller, Your First Year In Network Marketing.


Over the past 21 years I’ve dedicated my life to Network Marketing, having built a significant organization in 21 countries. Over the years, I’ve interviewed and learned a lot from many of the most successful Networkers. My goal is to spent the next few years sharing that knowledge with others so that they will prosper and enjoy the incredible freedom that our industry offers.


I’d like to make one thing about my Blog very clear. After writing dozens of published articles and several bestsellers, I have no ego need to share free information just to see myself in print. My readers get to vote about whether they consider my ideas relevant. As long as my readership grows, I will assume that people appreciate my concepts. When readers enjoy valuable information, they recommend it to others. That’s why Your First Year In Network Marketing continues to be a bestseller in several languages nearly a decade after I wrote it.


If you share my Blog address with others and the number of readers increases, I will continue to write it. You get to vote by telling other people. It’s that simple. If my readership does not grow regularly, it won’t hurt my feelings because I have plenty of other things to do with my time and energy.


A number of magazines have consistently published my articles, but even the most successful periodicals reach only a few hundred thousand people. I have been persuaded by technology experts to believe that millions can and will read my materials on-line, so let’s see.


Mark Yarnell



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