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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Author Unknown
Setting priorities in life allows us time to fit everything we want into
our lives without becoming stressed out and having to omit important
things because we failed to plan for them .
George Marshall

When things in your life seems almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the
students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the
golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full they agreed
it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space
between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things - your family, your children, your health, your
friends, and your favorite passions -- things that if everything else was
lost and only they remained your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and
your car.

The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for
the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your
time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things
that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with
your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to
dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and
fix the disposal."

Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your
priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no
matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups
of coffee with a friend."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Enjoy Your Coffee!
Author Unknown
I received this little bit of wisdom from a very good friend today and wanted to pass it on to share with all my friends, associates and team members.... We should all take note.... it holds a very good lesson.
.......George Marshall

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and in life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee, and cream and sugar.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, THAT is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive, and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups . . . And then, you began eyeing each other's cups."

"Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change, the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee.
Lest we forget, true success in life comes not from our having reached a destination, but from having enjoyed the journey along the way.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Why Most Internet Marketing Coaching Sucks
by Gregg Hall

I received this article from Apex Marketing, which was posted on Gregg's Blog... Marketers Mind, a very insightful post which brings me to a very important fact I will later divulge.... George Marshall

Have you ever wanted someone to call on to help you with internet marketing related questions like web promotion, search engine optimization, blogging, social bookmarking and other important issues related to online business? Maybe you have tried a coaching program and were dissatisfied. Well, if so you are not alone.

The problem with most coaching programs in the first place is that there is no one-on-one consulting available. You get access to a website with a forum and monthly tele-seminars but no real access to the so-called guru you are paying. If you do get access it is usually to some third party outsourced by the guru and probably in another country. In addition a great many of the so-called gurus can only talk to you in the evening because they are still working a regular job!

A big problem I experienced myself when I first started was that no one would give you exact answers. Many of the coaches are the same today. They won’t tell you what you need to change a headline or title tag to, just that you need to change it. I don’t know about you but I was looking for exact advice not suggestions on what to try. You would think that if someone has been doing something for a long time they would know what works. Someone experienced should be able to look at your site for five minutes and show you the things you need to change. Of course evaluating linking, backlinks, keywords, and other issues may take a little longer but 95% of websites have simple things wrong with them that can make a huge difference in their search engine results.

Another issue of course is the price. With most internet marketing coaches charging anywhere from $250 to $800 per month or even several thousand dollars upfront the average person can’t afford it. Yeah, it may be okay for members of large corporations with deep pockets but not for the little guy just trying to learn the ropes or the person who is trying to just get to that point where they can finally say goodbye to their J.O.B. and actually earn a living online. I think coaching needs to be affordable to the people who really need it.

Another issue is that the coach doesn’t really care. All they want to do is take your money and just like the owners of health clubs they don’t really care if you use the program or not. A coach that is really concerned about your success will email you and remind you that you need to talk to them. If you are guaranteed a certain amount of time per month to be able to speak to the coach, he wants you to use it. Do you have a coach like that?

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. For more on internet marketing coaching go to

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I could not agree more with Gregg's synopsis, most of the coaching I have found is pretty lame. That is until I ran into a business building system called Pay-It-Forward-4-Profits.
Not only does the system come with a built in comprehensive Success Marketing Guide that is layed out step by step, so simple anyone with an internet and computer sauve that is at least average, can follow without much difficulty. It is also backed up with an unparalled mentoring team of extremely successful internet marketers that are completely accessible to each and all but the amazing part is, their services are totally FREE. Hence the name Pay-It-Forward, based on the Movie. Anyone that desires to gain enough internet marketing knowledge sufficient to become successful and create an income from the internet, can do so with this system. The system is also designed to generate an endless supply of leads, prospects and even an income from those leads to sufficient to fund the advertising costs.

A truly amazing business building system that is revolutionizing the way internet marketing is being approached. ...George Marshall

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Pay It Forward--The High Road To Success In A Network Marketing Home Business By George Shears

George Shears is a friend and business associate in Pay It Forward 4 Profits, a business building funded sponsoring system that we share in while helping others to build primary businesses. George has done an explicit job in illustrating the true meaning of the phrase Pay-It-Forward... George Marshall

If you're in network or internet marketing--or if you're considering starting a home business in one or both of these closely related industries--I strongly encourage you to do yourself a big favor and watch the movie, "Pay It Forward"--and/or read the book of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Even if you've already seen the movie, you might benefit from another review.

This charming story, starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment, made its debut in the year 2000. It's main protagonist is an idealistic 12-year-old boy named Trevor. As a result of getting an extra-credit assignment in school to "think of an idea for world change, and put it into action," he rediscovers the ancient wisdom of unconditional altruism and enthusiastically puts it into action.

Here's how he describes it to his mother and teacher: "You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven."

He then turns on his calculator, punches in some numbers and says, "Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"

Anyone who has sat through a traditional network marketing recruiting session is likely to recognize that this is like hearing a very familiar word, with the emphasis on a different syl-LAB-le, so to speak. In the prevailing network marketing counterpart of Trevor's "three paying it forward to three" idea, it's commonly called "three GETTING three." And what a huge difference that word, "getting," can make!

Whereas Trevor's approach is driven by pure altruism, its traditional network marketing counterpart, unfortunately, is commonly tinged by a fair amount of greed. After over four years in network marketing, I'm strongly convinced that this emphasis on getting, instead of giving, contributes significantly to failure--or, at the very least, significantly reduces one's level of success and satisfaction in network marketing.

I think that a strong case can be made, in fact, that the very heart of successful network marketing consists in helping others, or "paying it forward," to use Trevor's term. In this regard, when I'm personally interviewing a prospective business partner, one of the most important things I want to know is to what degree s/he likes helping others.

For network marketers who enjoy helping others, developing and maintaining a strong, consistent pay-it-forward mindset is highly rewarding in at least the following ways:

1. Helping your business team members be successful generates a high degree of consistent satisfaction for you, which can help enormously in sustaining you while you're on your way to reaching your financial goals.

2. With this emphasis, you simultaneously provide the support, guidance, and mentoring that is absolutely essential to THEIR success. Without this kind of consistent support, many or most of them are likely to become discouraged and give up.

3. Maintaining a consistent pay-it-forward mindset will help you to stay committed to the day-by-day PROCESS of building your business, instead of being preoccupied with how much (or how little) money you're earning. Anything that helps you in this regard is pure gold--especially in the early stages of business-building.

4. By consistently modeling the pay-it-forward philosophy in relating to your apprentices, you will teach them in the most powerful way possible to emulate you. Absolutely nothing else you teach them will pay bigger dividends than this as they pay it forward to the people they sponsor.

5. As you strongly internalize the pay-it-forward attitude with its intrinsic emphasis on giving over getting, others are likely to sense that you're someone who sincerely wants to help them, rather than just have them as pawns on your chessboard, so to speak. The more you project this attitude, then, the more you will help create a climate of trust. And this, obviously, will help you to build strong relationships with everyone you work with.

6. There's an old saying in network marketing that I think has considerable validity--namely that the people you're looking for are also looking for you. Given that "birds of a feather flock together," as you assume a pay-it-forward posture, you're likely to attract others with a similar attitude and a readiness to join you in building a pay-it-forward business. The more of them who join you in your business, the more successful and satisfied you're likely to be.

7. In the circus-like climate of hype and excessive emphasis on getting rich quick that currently pervades internet advertising, anyone who offers instead a sincere pay-it-forward approach is likely to stand out like an eagle in a flock of crows. Paying it forward, then, can be far more effective as a means of advertising to highly qualified prospects than promising them instant wealth through endless forced matrices, powerlines, "turnkey systems" and the like.

As Trevor learned, however, not everyone is a good candidate for paying it forward. So it's important to have an effective method for determining who are the best people to pay it forward to. A simple and effective way of doing this is first to offer very clearly your willingness to help EVERYONE who joins you in your business and provide a simple initial assignment for them to complete. Those who complete the assignment, whatever it is, or who ask for help of some kind in completing it, are the ones who are most likely to reciprocate as you offer further assistance.

You can use a similar approach in seeking qualified prospects for your business. Begin by simply offering them something of value in exchange for their contact information so that you can follow up by offering them further valuable information. Through this process, they will get a foretaste of the pay-it-forward orientation that you offer as a business leader. When you then offer them the ultimate gift of joining you in your business, the ones who respond positively are likely to be the people you're looking for.

In order to not fall into what some have called "idiot compassion," however, it's important to continue paying forward only to those who show through their actions that they are similarly committed to paying it forward to others.

When all members of your business team share this strong mutual commitment, your business will be primarily organized around the principle of paying it forward or helping others, rather than being primarily focused on just making money. Paradoxically, however, the greater the emphasis is on helping others, the more likely it is that you'll also have optimal financial success.

George Shears is a retired psychologist and psychotherapist who has spent most of his adult life helping others to become more successful in their lives. In retirement, this continues to be one of his primary missions. His main venue for doing so is network and internet marketing through a revolutionary new online business-building system called Pay It Forward 4 Profits. He is currently seeking new apprentices to train and mentor in using this remarkable, proven system.

He can be contacted at: 651-204-0523