DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #3

“Any handicap can be overcome by honesty, industry, thrift and concentration on one’s job.

If you will concentrate on one thing and know more about that one thing than anyone else in your vicinity, you at once become independent, irrespective of color, sex, health, poverty or any handicap.

This certainly is my belief, and I say so from experience.

The old saying, “There is plenty of room at the top” is truer today than any time in history.

Plenty of people have money and influence; college graduates are more common than bricklayers and plasterers; but the man or woman who knows one thing better than anyone else always wins in the end.”

Actions and Reactions by Roger W. Babson

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One of the luckiest days of my life was the day that I discovered Roger Babson’s work.

Babson was personal friends with seven US Presidents, founded twelve companies and authored some forty books before leaving this world and taking his place among other geniuses relegated to the obscurity of historical footnotes.

The book from which I quote was copyrighted in 1935 and it was very difficult to find. Valerie gave it to me as a birthday present and his ideas continue to inspire me.

Two of his dear friends, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, considered him a man of immense intellect and character and I agree.

You’ll be hearing more from Mr. Babson as we continue these blogs on Daily Food for Brains. –Mark Yarnell

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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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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #2

“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

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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.

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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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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #1

“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

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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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