Because You Want To Be!

Occasionally I flip open one of Larry Winget’s books like You’re Broke Because You Want To Be.

I do that to remind myself that it’s okay to tell the truth even if it makes some people uncomfortable. His books always comfort me after I’ve had several calls from people who tell me they just can’t succeed at MLM.

Winget reminds me that life is not necessarily made up of the haves and have-nots. In some cases it’s made up of the wills and will-nots. Sometimes I hear so many sad stories and excuses back-to-back that I begin to buy into them. In reality, most people need to stop rationalizing and start working.

Remember one important fact: in order to have what you’ve never had and get something you’ve never gotten, you have to do something you’ve never done.

Sacrifice has always been one of the cornerstone principles of success and I’ve found no exception to that rule among the dozens of wealthy Networkers I’ve interviewed for my books and articles.

Everyone paid the price necessary to succeed. No one ever lucked into $100K a month.

Wishful thinking won’t cut it. There is no “secret” to effortless wealth. You cannot expect to earn the big checks if you’re being mentored by those who haven’t.

Thousands have now joined our Holy Grail Associates Club and enjoy our free newsletter. Many have made the small sacrifice to purchase the first four volumes of the Holy Grail Collection, studied them and applied our strategies.

And guess what — not one of those people has called me to complain about problems and discuss how it cannot be done. The calls I get on a regular basis are from people who refuse to invest in their own education to learn how to build a profitable business.

Larry Winget’s book title, You’re Broke Because You Want to Be, offends some people. It will probably never sell a fraction as many copies as others that promise “secrets” and “shortcuts” to wealth, but I love his books because, just like me, Larry doesn’t make the rules. He just figures them out, plays by them and wins.

Radical Wealth in our great industry is about aligning our intentions with our actions. If you intend to succeed, I suggest that you act. And your first action should be to make certain that you and everyone in your downline visits MarkMLM.com.

Had you taken that action a year ago, you could be reading this blog on a laptop in Tahiti, sipping a pina colada.

Where are you now?

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Chasing The American Dream

I trout fish on backwoods lakes and streams where I often see bears and moose. I think it’s the complexity of the challenge that keeps me fishing. I gave up keeping the fish long ago because I don’t eat them. In fact, I use a barbless hook on all my flies so trout are more challenging to catch, but easy to release.

Years ago, I began tying my own flies and it has become a bit of an obsession with me.

There are an infinite number of possibilities when tying flies, but the most effective ones simulate specific insects. We call it “matching the hatch” and we tend to gravitate toward those particular flies that imitate an aquatic insect once we see it on the water.

Trout are very aware of which insects are hatching on any given day, so catching a large rainbow requires the angler to be observant.

The bigger the trout, the smarter it is. Big fish are big because they’ve outsmarted many fishermen for many years.

Globalization, outsourcing and downsizing have affected trout fishing dramatically. Instead of being able to purchase a great fly from an experienced fly-tyer, most fishermen are forced to purchase flies tied by seven-year-old African children who are paid pennies an hour to churn out dozens of flies using the cheapest possible materials. Since most fishermen don’t tie their own, they have to purchase cheap, assembly-line copies and never know any better. Fish do.

The best fly fishermen tie their own flies slowly from their personal stash of expensive feathers, beads, hooks and fabrics of every imaginable color and texture. The ultimate reward comes from our own inventions and creative insect copies.

In my tying years, I’ve created over a thousand such flies and only one has proven to be highly effective. I have one special room filled with fly-tying materials from all over the world and I’ve spent countless hours tying wet and dry flies.

On the rare occasion when a new effective pattern is invented, the rumor spreads quickly among our small community of fly fishing enthusiasts. If someone in England creates a successful fly, we’ll know about it in British Columbia in a matter of days and begin to immediately copy it. There are very few secrets in this sport.

And that brings me to the purpose of this blog. Two weeks ago I made a momentous discovery. Somebody had created a new insect pattern that is so blasted effective that they named it, “The Guaranteed.”

I bought the last four Guaranteeds I could find anywhere in our province and immediately began to search for the rare peacock neck feathers required to make it.

Literally, everybody was out of those feathers, partly because they’re so expensive and partly because very few flies, until now, required their usage. At 50 cents to $1.00 per feather, most tiers consider the peacock neck plumage an absurdity.

I have a different opinion. Any feather that will catch a big rainbow trout is priceless. Thanks to my 23-year Network Marketing career, I view rare feathers as a necessity, not a luxury.

So, all my friends wanted me to tie up some Guaranteeds, but there were no feathers anywhere. Then I found a farmwoman in the backwoods of Oregon who had peacocks all over her acreage and literally bags of neck feathers.

She asked me how many I wanted at a few cents apiece and I asked, “Do you have any hefty trash bags?” She laughed and collected a couple of hundred which cost me less than the overnight Fed Express charge to ship them. She thought I was nuts paying $50 for overnight delivery. I thought I’d died and gone to trout heaven.

I spent the next hour calling all my fishing buddies who were as excited as I was about the miracle discovery. When my wife Valerie came home, I explained my unbelievable find and she later told me that she had never seen me quite so excited.

That night, as I sat back contentedly and thought about my good fortune, it occurred to me just how silly life really is. Here I am approaching sixty, having enjoyed a life filled with mansions, airplanes, jet boats, Lotus Esprit Turbos, Swiss Chalets and Aspen ski homes. I spent six decades chasing the American Dream and no matter what I acquired, I always wanted more.

I used to think that I could find contentment and fulfillment if I just accumulated the right material possessions…and I was right to a certain extent.

I just wish someone had enlightened me when I was much younger to the real meaning of life, but no one told me the truth. So let me spare you years of unnecessary stress and toil.

Here’s the ultimate secret:

Serenity is the ability to derive absolute fulfillment from a bag of nickel feathers that may or may not arrive overnight.

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