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Graduation – “AAA-O”

Posted by hbbeam on May 27, 2010

From my journal:

I took these notes and copied them from the back of a receipt in my wallet.  I was at a good friend’s home-school graduation ceremony.  I was impressed as to how much more meaningful I found it than my own graduation xx years ago.

The theme was leadership.

  • Lead with love
  • Lead by example
  • Lead as a servant
  • The only barriers we have are the ones we create in our own minds

As this group was decidedly  Christian, the speaker made the following points.

  • Stay on the side of Truth and Right
  • Be Encouraged – God is in control.  This is not our final destination.
  • Put your hand to God’s work – Transform the world through your witness and work.
  • A lasting, meaningful legacy starts with your philosophy – be sure of who you are and be consistent.

As he was speaking he brought up Colonel Harry Albert “Paddy” Flint and the 39th Infantry Regiment during WWII.  Colonel Flint had the helmets and vehicles of this Regiment marked with AAA-O.  According to the Colonel, this meant “Anything, anywhere, any time bar nothing.”

I’m reminded of a quote attributed to Davy Crockett, “Be always sure you are right — then go ahead”

Colonel Harry Albert “Paddy” Flin

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Freedom to Choose

Posted by hbbeam on February 23, 2010

Recently, we made the trip to San Antonio. In the course of the weekend, we decided to eat at Mi Tierra, a famous Tex-Mex restaurant in downtown. One of our friends told us it was near the Alamo, which is true in one sense, but we were thinking a bit closer when she said “it is right next to” it. I pulled out my GPS and punched it in.

We pulled out from the Alamodome and started on our way. As these things go, I began to hear the cacophony of “this isn’t anywhere near the Alamo!” I tried to politely inform my traveling companions that unless I had the wrong name we were headed the way we need to go. That was before it routed us to a street that was closed (perhaps for a wedding). I turned around to go around that block.

As the naysayers redoubled their chorus of doom and gloom, doubt crept in. Maybe we WERE headed the wrong way. I started out the way I thought we should go but without the surety I once had at the beginning of this adventure. In frustration, I snapped at my wife to call our friend and check the name of the restaurant as I cancelled the route (if you have ever tried to adjust your route on a GPS while driving through downtown you know that you’re not going to get rerouted fast enough to avoid a good bit of meandering).

So in this state of confusion and frustration we found ourselves headed back to the hotel and decided to walk. The reasoning was that if the hotel was near the Alamo and the restaurant was near Alamo, the walk would be short. Everyone agreed and peace was made . . . for a time.  As it turned out, we were about a mile from Mi Tierra and Grandma wanted to give up as we hit the corner of the block just opposite of the restaurant. You can’t see it from the corner . . . it’s blocked from view and it’s up the alley, out of sight. Only after scouting it out and assuring her that the goal was just beyond her sight, did she resume her tired steps to join us in some of the best Tex-Mex I’ve had.

Did Grandma exercise freewill?  Um . . . nope, she needed to see success to believe it was possible.  I didn’t fair any better with my failure to keep a level head and caving into pressure.  You see, it seems we have the freedom to choose all the time, but we exercise that choice very rarely, if ever.

So you find yourself at the end of the road (figuratively) and it looks like success will be the likely result, and what happens?  Things come together; the plan is followed through, and no effort is spared to ensure the win. But when it seems that failure is looming large, we tend to give up, throw in the towel and abandon the plan.

You have a choice on what to do with this message.  Close it and keep getting what you’re getting or choose to do something different.  Act on your dreams, and live life with passion.

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Out of line

Posted by hbbeam on February 2, 2010

So I went to lunch today with a couple of guys I used to work with. On the way I asked them “of the people you know, whom do you know who is successful?” I suspect their answer is typical of a large number of folks. One settled on himself being successful and the other settled on his mom and dad. As the conversation went along, I encouraged them to work out the definition of success. Starting with the basics, such as food and shelter and moving on towards safety and a reasonable amount of security and some happiness. “Fair enough”, I thought. But I prodded a bit more, and asked them going beyond people they knew personally, who did they think was successful. Here the answers diverged and caused me to think “How does that work?”

Ashton Kutcher was the answer from the one who esteemed his own self successful. I had to inquire about whom we were talking. Turns out he is an Actor, Model, Producer, Writer and ex-Cherio-Dust sweeper for General Mills. A biochemical engineering student that dropped out to start a modeling career, he was so poor that he traded his own blood for money before his rise to fame. But then what happened? In his words, “I don’t believe that old cliché that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can’t sit still.”

The other answer? Warren Buffet. The same one that spent $25 with a friend on a used pinball machine. The year was 1945 and within months they owned 3 machines in different locations. He then spent the next 25 years learning and growing in the investment world. In 1952, he was an unknown man in Washington D.C., ariving at GEICO’s door on a Saturday, knocking until he was allowed in by a janitor. It wasn’t for another 18 years that he became the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. A student of the Dale Carnegie public speaking course, he now spends 12 hours a week playing the card game, Bridge.

What followed was an interesting the observation of the first friend. “Out of line”, he declared. Indeed, both of these found a “different way”. in the words of Robert Frost:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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You Seek What You Are

Posted by hbbeam on December 3, 2009

I’m reminded of the story where two boys moved from one town to another.  The story had them traveling by themselves and out of earshot of each other.  The first came to an old man by the way.  They had a conversation and the boy asked the man what the people are like in the town that he is moving to.

The old man answered as most wise people do with a question.  “What were people like in the town that you left?”

The boy replied that most people were grouchy and mean, and never cut him any slack and he was none too sorry to be leaving the old town.

“So what about the new town?” the boy asked.

The old man replied, “You will find people in the new town to be much the same as the town from which you came.”

The boy’s countenance fell and he mumbled under his breath that it figured, and trudged on down the path.

A short while later the brother of the first also found the old man and in the coarse of conversation asked him about the new town.  The old man again asked about the town that this boy came from and the boy excitedly told the old man about all the friendly people that were always ready to lend a hand and how he was so very sorry that he had to leave them behind.

“So what about the new town?” the boy asked with hopeful eyes.

The old man replied, “You will find people in the new town to be much the same as the town from which you came.”

The same answer, applies for us today.  We attract the situations and the type of people into our lives that are most like the aroma of our attitude.

To your success,

Brian

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Make a New Plan, Stan

Posted by hbbeam on December 1, 2009

There must be 50 ways to do MLM marketing.  Think about it.  With the Web 2.0-social-myriad coming at you from all directions (okay, make that 50,000 ways) how are you supposed to get an audience?

(With apologies to Paul Simon)

You just click on the Digg, Zig
Make a new Sphinn, Lynn
You might need a new Fark, Mark
Just get yourself hits
Hop on Delicious, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just say you Reddit, Kit
And get yourself hits

*ahem*

Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Don’t know where to start?  You are not out there alone, there are definite steps that you can take to get you from where you are to where you want to be.  Check out Success in 10 Steps, and find out what’s next in your journey to success.

To you Success,

Brian

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Are You Falling Down the Chute?

Posted by hbbeam on October 21, 2009

So I was reading a blog about why we want to make more money, and it goes on to make the point that we tend to compare ourselves and our earnings to those who are closest to us in our social circles.  Some of us, when we know that others are making more than us, become disheartened, especially if we feel that we are more talented, or harder working than the one making more than us.  Okay it makes sense so far; I’m following right along.

Then it happens, she veers off of the road.

The thing to do, she says, is to find a different circle of friends, some that earn less than you so you can feel better about yourself. . . . .

WHAT??

I’m sorry, but you have to be kidding me.  This is the garbage that they teach in school.  They say that those that are successful should be the exception and we should expect to be exceptional.  You shouldn’t even want to be around them.  You don’t want to make people feel uncomfortable, and the standard solution is to go to the lowest common denominator.

That is sociological manipulation that I don’t subscribe to.

Listen.  And hear me clearly.

You want to find the most successful people that you can. Then hang out with them as much as you can.  Learn what they are doing.  If you find one that isn’t going to be a friend, that’s fine, get rid of that ONE.  These people are successful for a reason and if you WANT to be successful, you need to submerse yourself in what they do.

It’s true you want to be careful, you want to be with people that are successful with their family and fiends and faith as well as with money.

But why do you want to hang out with those who are worse off than you?  I’m not saying to disregard those who need help.

Help when you can.  Do what you should.

But don’t spend your time trying to be like them; don’t learn their ways, or pick up their habits.  That, my friend, is a recipe for going down the chute.

It’s time to climb the ladder.  Now go find yourself a successful friend.

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Get Up Off the Mat

Posted by hbbeam on October 17, 2009

What would you do if you were offered one million dollars to fight the heavyweight champ for one round of boxing? The conditions: you have to stay on your feet for the whole round to earn the money. How long would you last? 10 seconds, 20, 30?

If you are like most people, you would be flat on your back in less than 30 seconds. Remember, running away is not allowed. Many people find themselves beat up from the MLM industry. They are down for the ten-count with no hope of getting up off the mat.

The key to staying on your feet is the right training.

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Get a System

Posted by hbbeam on October 10, 2009

You thought this would be the one.  The business that you could do.  Your sponsor seemed like they were on top of things; maybe their system would work for you.  But then you took the bitter pill.  You found out that the “system” they were using was just them.  They weren’t doing the same things that everyone else was doing.  There was no system and they couldn’t train you, because you can’t be someone else.

It’s not that you aren’t willing to learn. You need someone to train you.  You aren’t afraid of work; you just need to know what you should be doing.

Sound like you?  Do you want to know the 10 Steps to Success?  Read more here.

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Trained to Fail

Posted by hbbeam on October 5, 2009

So have you figured out how to be successful in an MLM? Do you know what your plan is for today? You’ve heard this one before, so don’t go pretending. You know full good and well that if you don’t take the time to plan out the next day the night before you are going to have a hard time making progress.
What? You say you don’t do that, you’ve never done it and you don’t know how? Okay, try to stay with me on this. I know goal setting can be hard, nobody ever taught you how. In fact, if you went to school and paid attention, they probably told you how not to make goals. Just do what you’re told and don’t, whatever you do, think for yourself!
It took years to train you to be what you are and it’s going to take a bit of effort to help you get out of those bad habits. It is worth it. Need help? Take a look at 10 steps that will help you succeed.
http://hbbeam.successin10steps.com/?mad=39384

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I Hate Traffic

Posted by hbbeam on September 1, 2009

Wow, what a shocking revelation. Such insight from this guru of all knowledge. I know, you hate traffic too, but what can you do about it? Ah, I’m glad you ask! It’s a great question and one that you should seriously consider. Think about all the things in your life that you just can’t stand, but you’re obligated to do anyway. Make a list . . . I’ll wait . . .

Okay, got it? Good. Now look at that list, really think about it. How much time do you spend doing all those things that you just can’t stand? How many hours?

You say, “Brian, why are you having me look at this? Aren’t we supposed to look at the good in life, and just downplay the negative? Shouldn’t we be satisfied with what we have? Just live and let live?” . . . Sure, if you plan to live in a puppet world on a PBS station.

Truth be told, ignoring the bad in you life helps it to grow like a cancer. Think about it. Take your number 1 on your list, does it ever get better for you? Can you realisticly expect that next year will be better than it is right now?

Now here’s the moment of truth . . . if you said “no”, I can tell something about you. You don’t have a plan. You don’t really know how to set goals either because either you have never been taught or you were never convinced that it was worth it.

The school system in the U.S. does not teach our kids how to set and reach goals. If you are a product of that system, you have been conditioned to just “follow the rules” and to “just get by”. The system is designed to create robots. In some ways, we are not too far from the “Brave New World” that Huxley wrote about in 1932. Many live without plans and without hope for the future.

You, however, can be different. Stop taking the ‘Soma’. Feel the pain. Know for sure what you want to leave behind. Now, make a plan to never go back again. You can live better. You must live better.

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