Market America – Golden Opportunity, Money Pit, Or Just a Good Place to Shop? Part 2

If you read my first installment you saw that I had jumped head first into the Market America arena because of my belief in some of their products due to the relief I received from a persistent medical condition. Unfortunately my jump in left me unprepared, uninformed and ill-equipped so I have spent the last month figuring out what I was doing, where I was going, and that it was predominately wrong. I will try to outline some of the obstacles that I have encountered, and provide some insight which will hopefully allow anyone in a similar situation avoid the negatives and find the positives.

My Number ONE mistake

When you are going to jump into something like this, try to get your spouse on board BEFORE you do it. My mentioning this should obviate the fact that it is not something that I did. This has led to the battle of the decade between myself and my wife and has made our start with this endeavor less than pleasant, to say the least. What I had jumped into with the absolute belief that I was doing something with unlimited positive potential, turned into a nightmare with me trying to do everything I could to get the process started, and my wife fighting me every step of the way. Although I was anxious and willing to take the steps needed to, what I believe will, change our lives for the better, she believed she was “happy” with the way things were and became belligerent in her objections to every aspect of “our” (I thought) new home based business and anything and everyone associated with it… including the person that “got me into it”. This being my sister, of course, made the situation unbearable. The more I would do to try to get started, the more she would do to sabotage my efforts. Receiving negativity, ridicule and criticism from partially informed and unenlightened acquaintances is one thing, however, living with and coming home to it every day it is quite another. One of the reasons that people get divorced has been demonstrated to me in a very personal manner. Needless to say this has been a major obstacle which has taken a lot of time and effort to get beyond (hopefully), and quite possibly could have been avoided if our individual goals had been addressed prior to my committing to the business.

The sad part is that I did not learn from previous experience as it is not the first time we have gone through this. A previous venture that I entered into put me into a position of wealth and power, but with my wife as my enemy led me to walk away from it to “salvage” my marriage. I have regretted that decision every day since and am determined and confident that WE will succeed together this time.

Additional miscues

Although I have spent endless hours online researching countless opportunities both through my own searches and then offered up in the resulting onslaught of junk mail, upon entering the Market America family I began to institute activities that I believed needed to be done to get started, without reading the “getting started guide”. I read the career manual, attended a number of seminars, and began prospecting for interest in products both in person and online with limited success. I was immersed in my efforts, attempting to do it myself while admittedly overly distracted by the aforementioned situation. I purchased numerous products both to sell myself on, and also try to sell my wife on to “convince” her of the validity of the company, the product lines and thus potential for earnings. For me it reinforced my belief, but as the saying goes, you can’t sell a drowning man a glass of water, even if it’s the best water in the world. This was not the right way to get started.

The company has a 16 year history with a proven track record, and the guide is supposed to be followed in order to emulate the people that are already successful in the company. I didn’t even notice that I had the guide until I was no longer distracted. I should have known there was a simplified set of directions. The career manual, while much thicker and in depth, may be the blueprint for the business, but is not the blueprint for getting started.

Some needles in the haystack

While in my distracted state I spent countless hours trying to find the way to get myself started. In the process I came across a couple of gems which while not directly related to Market America and their plan, are nonetheless worth mentioning as I believe they have contributed to my progress, helped in resolving my number one obstacle, and will ultimately assist in our efforts to build our business to as far as we desire. The first of these is a series of emails I received from Joshua Valentine. I don’t remember how I got onto his list, but the free information he provided in his emails was both informative and enlightening. Although I have not gone on to partner with him in the business the emails were directed at, I sincerely appreciate what he provided and look forward to seeing him at the top. The second of these gems is a free bootcamp that was offered by Mike Dillard at Magnetic Sponsoring. As with Joshua, the information provided in the free bootcamp was very informative, but in this case led me to purchase his product, and also additional products from him including Blackbelt Recruiting and Traffic Formula 2.0 which will without a doubt provide me with an unfair advantage over anyone lacking the knowledge contained in them.

My take on my decision to sign up and what I have learned thus far

Although off to a somewhat rocky start, I am sure that I made the right move. Market America has some good people, and some not so good, some that just want a little extra income, and some that want to go all the way. And some eventually drop out, it’s not for everyone. You get out of it what you are willing to put in just like in any other business.

My exposure to the company thus far however has been overwhelmingly positive, you just have to read the directions and look in the right places to get linked up with the best people that are in line with your goals. JR Ridinger, the founder of Market America, is truly a man that believes in his vision of what the company can provide to anyone willing to follow the plan that has made a great number of properly motivated people wealthy beyond anything they could have attained in a traditional job. We intend to be among them. When have you ever seen a privately owned company volunteer to be audited every year and provide that to anyone that wants to see it? They do it. What company gives the people at the bottom the opportunity to out-earn the people above them if they have that motivation? They do it. What company has multi-millionaire people with guaranteed residual income working directly with teams of new entries? They do it. Invaluable training is available to those willing to “just show up”. One of the themes that they try to drill into you is – You have to decide who you are and what you want, write your goals down. Make your short term goals attainable, and your long term goals will become your reality. And lead you to believe it by showing where they came from, a corrections officer, a body shop worker, a waitress from a restaurant near where I grew up. Real people that are living the dream.

Unfortunately if I sound like a cheerleader for the company now to you it is because the atmosphere that is generated by the people of the company that are already successful because they followed the plan is contagious, and I just went to a seminar with Andy Docos as the featured leader, and he is inspiring! But am I being brainwashed? Will this work to help us attain our goals? I’m certainly not a guru yet but we are making progress…let’s see if it lasts until my next update.

Shark Watches: How To Find The Best Surf Watches For You

In snowboarding, there’s the goggles and mittens. It’s no surprise that in surfing, there are essential accessories too.

Every surfer wants a good wave to ride. Even more so, a surfer needs to be able to adapt quickly to the ever-changing ocean tides. Having the skill and experience to navigate the waters is one thing, but we all know the ocean can be very treacherous. Sometimes, skill and experience just aren’t the only tools you should have in your toolkit – a surfer needs a surf watch.

What are surf watches?

Surf watches are important tools every surfer needs to improve and be safe in while doing the activity. The help you track the tides, check weather conditions, and monitor the temperature of your chosen surf spot. As you can see, surf watches bring a lot to improve your surfing experience. Most of them are affordable and getting your hands on one is easy in this day and age. You can easily order one today from surfing shops near me online and start wearing them tomorrow.

What should you look for to find a good surf watch?

It’s easy finding a surf watch online. Just searching for “surf watches in surfing shops near me” gives you thousands of search results. But finding a good surf watch, now that’s what you really want to do. In picking a surf watch, there are things you need to look for to make it worth your time and money. Here is a list of the features that make surf watches good.

Surfing Data

A surf watch isn’t useful if it doesn’t display surf data. It is, after all, the feature surfers need. Good surf watches should be able to dis play real-time and pre-programmed tide graphs, moon phases, and wind speeds.

Durability

Surfing is a rough ride. Therefore, you need to find a watch that can keep up with the toll surfing can give. A surf watch should be durable. This makes it an even more reliable piece of equipment.

Water Resistance

What good is a surf watch if you can’t take it to the water? Surf watches need to be water resistant to be useful when actually riding out in the water. A few dips and dives in the water are unavoidable, so look for watches that are able to handle water pressure as well, such as the Shark watches.

Performance Tracking

A dedicated surfer should be need to track his performance. Watches with stopwatches, countdown timers, and alarms is another feature to look out for.

Smart Features

Some watches can have functionalities that can be of great help to surfers. If you like it, you could look for surf watches that have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity options. With these watches, you can store your previous records in the cloud, allowing you to better track your progress and keep track of the tides.

Personal Preferences

Design also plays a big role in choosing the right watch for you. Choosing one with the right design that suits your personality is a priority by many surfers out there. Watches like Shark watches, with plenty of great designs are sure to be an eye catcher for surfers out there.

First Things First – Make Sure That Your Direct Mail Stands Out in a Crowd

In my daily work routine there is nothing more likely to fill me with disdain than the sight of the morning’s business mail. A stack of flat brown or white envelopes generates not one iota of enthusiasm or anticipation. OK, so it’s nice when an envelope contains a cheque as payment for work done but the bills, reminders and statements come in exactly the same sort of envelope and these always outweigh the payments.

However, the thing that really disappoints me is when one of these boring envelopes contains a promotional mailshot. It’s not that I am against promotional mail – far from it – but I am against waste. And in an instance such as this there is so much waste – waste of paper, ink, time, effort, money, resources and opportunity. The message within the envelope could be important. For example, it could be announcing a new product or it could be a money-saving offer but the likelihood of it being read are greatly reduced by the fact that it looks like a bill or a statement. Into the bin it goes.

Avoiding this scenario is a really simple task and it is something that should be adhered to by all direct marketing professionals. All that you need to do is to choose a carrier that stands out in the morning’s stack of mail. Once you have achieved that first step there is a chance that your direct mail might start to work for you!

In order to keep things flowing it would be a good idea to choose a mailer with a greater level of interest or interaction than a simple leaflet. Let’s look at some relatively inexpensive ways of creating a mailer that ticks all of the necessary boxes to create direct mail success. I will assume that the mailer will be an item that is produced in conjunction with a design agency and a commercial printer – one with paper and cardboard engineering skills. This leads me to the area of automatic 3D pop-ups and interactive mailers. There are many different styles, shapes, movements and sizes available from printers across the globe and sourcing the right product with the help of your design agency should present no problem at all.

The first major plus point of any range of automatic 3D pop-ups is that each of these marketing products is supplied with its own mailing pack which will be easily spotted in the stack of business mail that lands on your customer’s desk each morning. However, it is when the pack is opened that the 3D shapes really start to work for your direct marketing campaign. Automatic 3D pop-up products are designed to grab your customers’ attention and as they jump out of the opened mailing pack they do exactly that, ensuring that your promotional marketing effort is a success.

It is rare for automatic pop-up products to suffer the fate of many other B2B marketing promotions as they are hardly ever consigned to the waste bin. You will find that many pop-ups will stay on desks for years particularly if a little imagination is applied to the promotion. For example, one easy way to boost the longevity of your campaign is to select a pop-up that can be presented as a pen-holder such as a pop-up cube, pop-up ball or pop-up house. Another way is to print the pop-up as a calendar.

Products such as those described here are available from many different sources, most of which will be known by good advertising and marketing agencies. One major supplier is Whitney Woods Ltd.