Monthly Archives: November 2013

Value and Perception – Week 09

We hear many times in network marketing about picking the low-hanging fruit.  That phraseology is common to most sales efforts.  It’s common because it expresses an important life truth:  easier is better.  AT&T is running a cute and appealing ad campaign on a parallel idea:  faster is better.

The flaw I see in the instruction to pick the low-hanging fruit lies in a mindset that might underlie that wording.  Picking fruit, from one point of view, belies a mindset of taking, not giving.

Taking is a manifestation of selfishness and is evidence of an infantile mind.  Thus we see the truth about a common perception about network marketing:  that it involves making money from family and friends.  We see things as we are, not as they are.

The reality is far different, at least for long-term, reliable, leveraged, residual income.

One only gets long-term, reliable, leveraged, residual income with a company that offers a true opportunity to make money with family and friends.  And, if you’re ready to see that, who wouldn’t want to make money with their friends and family?  Who, in their right mind, wouldn’t want to benefit from geometric progression and residual income?

Thus the truth about people is easily discerned.  If, in response to seeing a presentation, the viewer objects that he or she could never try to make money off their family and friends, one or more of three things is likely true:

  • Their personal mindset about money and business is insufficiently mature;
  • They just don’t see value in the underlying business proposition; and/or
  • They are presently closed to any possible good from network marketing.

Those points of view can change, if the viewer is wiling.  However, the issue isn’t the mindset, but the willingness.  Because if they’re not truly willing, you’re not going anywhere with them.  Not only is this fruit higher up, it may not be worth picking.

Of course, to feel good about picking fruit at all, one can conclude that picking the fruit is actually good stewardship of the tree and the orchard, because it helps the tree and the orchard better manifest its ultimate dharma.  The picker does this by distributing the fruit to others who may not have access to the tree or the orchard.  He or she helps the tree disburse value to many instead of just a few.

I am beginning to see why Emerson said he’d be happy indeed if he could draw the smallest arc of the circle that is the truth about compensation.  The truth is so magnificent that words literally fail to provide adequate description.  Emerson makes a marvelous attempt in his essay On Compensation, and all can benefit from reading it.

Spiritual truths, like the truth about compensation, can only be spiritually discerned.  And such discernment usually comes line upon line, precept on precept, here a little and there a little.  If you don’t resonate with my words now, be patient.  You will, ere long, if you’re willing.

Remember, faster is better.  Easier is better.  Concentrate your efforts on helping people who see value in what you’re doing and in the company with which (or the way in which) you’re doing it.  You can continue to minister to the others, as you feel called to do so, but focus your best energies on those who are ready to help you spread value from your orchard.

That way, you’ll fulfill your dharma by doing the most good for the most people.  And your joy will indeed be full.

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Winners & Losers – Week 08

There is a basic difference between winners and losers, and I think it stems from one thing.  The one thing is a sense of basic abundance vs. a sense of basic insufficiency.


And, I should know!  Despite wonderful gifts of intellect, work ethic, empathy, ambition and insight, my life up to now has been filled with a vague sense of insufficiency.  Reasoning deductively, if the fruit says insufficient, it must be an “insufficient” tree.


You might think this would be a devastating revelation.  And I suppose it might be if I didn’t now know very well how to plant a better tree.  On top of that, I have Miracle Grow with which I can fertilize the new tree.  Still, to finally figure out you’ve spent decades in a “less than” box isn’t fun.  My sympathies to anyone making a similar discovery.

In case you want to know, here are some ways you can tell if you have a “basic insufficiency” mindset or belief system:

  • You often feel competitive, even where that’s not really appropriate
  • Your savings account has a negative balance
  • You love your work, but it doesn’t love you
  • Your “To Do” list is full of “should” instead of “get to”
  • You love your spouse, but he or she doesn’t show love to you the way you really need
  • You’d take on a new project, but you just don’t know if your heart can take another failure experience
  • You’ve overdrawn your bank account (or had a payment returned) at least once in the last 6 months

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.  And if you do, this little look in the mirror might be unpleasant.  Chin up!  You’re still breathing, and you have a friend here who feels your pain.  Change is always possible.

Want some good news?  There is help, and there is hope!  Take a look at this short video clip about the Cement Buddha.

You CAN use the Master Key System to help knock the cement off your Buddha.  How do I know?  Because I feel different today.  And, this post is evidence that the cement is coming off my Buddha.


God has been trying all along to tell me His Universe is abundant, the world He created for us is abundant, and even I, I am abundant.  And, now, I’m ready to listen.  Ask Him; He’ll tell you, too, if you like.

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Needs and Wants – Week 07

The light dawned mentally this morning as the dawn manifested outside my home. Here’s the story. ID-100144268

6 weeks ago I started studying Charles Haanel’s Masterkey System. My object in studying was to make dramatic progress towards achieving the potential I felt within me. Locked within me, it seemed. I had read Haanel’s work a year ago, but the words seemed to bounce off my mind like ping pong balls off a table.

This time, the words seemed to come alive. My heart was ready for the message.

And yet, progress lagged. And lagged, and lagged.

In week 3, I perceived that progress would be the natural consequence of faithfully performing simple exercises, sometimes deceptively simple. And some progress did manifest in the form of inspiration, shedding light on previously perplexing problems, showing the way to proceed.

And still, the progress I thought needed seemed yet far away. The perceived delay invited discouragement, though now I know I just lacked understanding. Even so, I continued the exercises out of a sense of obedience to the hope of progress, rather than acting with the vibrant enthusiasm of faith and vision.

Truly, faith and obedience precede miracles and revelation. And this morning, additional light dawned on my poor, benighted mind.ID-100158083

People say it’s not what you don’t know that gets you; it’s what you know that ain’t so. So it was with me.

English is an interestingly facile language; words carry meaning and connotation that is often flexible and even ambiguous. And I natively love to live in Literalville. My life, up ’til now, has run by default on the meanings I ascribe to the words I encounter rather than being run on the truths underlying the words.

An aware person knows sometimes the truth is exactly counter to the plain meaning of the words.  (Yeah, right!)  At other times, our assumptions, experience and perceptions (i.e., subconscious programming) assign meaning to words that wasn’t intended by the author nor is connoted by the underlying truth.

So it was with me.

Think about the word, “need.” My experience led me to define that word in terms of the 1st level of Maslow’s hierarchy. If it wasn’t necessary to sustain life and provide safety, it was a want, not a need.

The truth, no disrespect to Maslow intended, is exactly opposite. That is a need which we decide is a need.  We get to pick what is a need and what isn’t.  And it matters not a trice what needs another may select, so long as what we choose, in its full context, contributes to the greatest good for the greatest number.

Anguish! Tragedy! Remorse! For an unnecessarily long time, my decision about the definition of “need” deprived me of the energy required to manifest the life I declared I wanted.

Now I know the truth. As long as I only “want” a thing, I will never have it.  After all, life can only bring me “my own.” And I can never “own” something I don’t really need.

The good news is I now get to pick what I need, knowing that I will pay full price for that item or situation. That remittance is often in the form of service to others free of emotional attachment to a particular reward.  My need manifests as I pay whatever price is required.

It works like this. As I define my sincere, positive goals as needs, I get to demand from my subconscious practical means and easily available tools with which to manifest my need. Through this method I take ownership of the estate or circumstance I have envisioned. And until I do take ownership, not much will happen. I remain in status quo ante, a victim of my unchanged inertia.ID-100167261

Thus we see that Napoleon Hill’s “definite major purpose” means the same thing as having a “burning desire,” which really translates to identifying a definite need and articulating that need via auto-suggestion.  The need manifests in the physical world when we take ownership, “demand” of our subconscious that it produce the means and the methods necessary to such manifestation, and pay the attendant price.

With today’s new light, I can see that my subconscious only responds to necessaries and never to wants or casual desires. Necessity really is the mother of invention. Go figure. 🙂

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R2A2 Machine – Week 06

“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” Dickens’s immortal words in the mouth of Tiny Tim were the warp and woof of my life. I was the beggar, constantly presenting my bowl to friend, family and stranger alike. I didn’t even have the courage to shave my head and put on a saffron robe. All I had was my need and my bowl.

And then, one day, I changed. Tiny Tim grew. He grew into John McLean. Death no longer was my shadow. Like a millenial’s Chuck Norris joke, death feared me.

What happened? What changed? One day, finally, I was no longer content to be a voyeur, peeping with lust at the life I really wanted. On that day, I knew.

I knew the life I wanted was mine for the taking.

And that made all the difference. My life of asking was over.

God endows each of us with unique gifts. We are all potentially His servants, and the talents are in hand. He wants to live in us as we magnify Him by serving His children, our brothers and sisters. And we serve best as we multiply our talents.

Or put another way, we serve best as we love ourselves enough to let our true talents shine. And talents shine best when we use them for the benefit of others without thought of reciprocal reward.

Charles Haanel mirrored the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. ….” All we need do to claim the estate is to desire it, to own it, and to use it. Grow the person, grow the estate.

The seed of the tree of life is a personal vision of the power within, the power to manifest any life we want.

We plant that seed in the soil of our soul as we become willing to give, perhaps to give all we have, rather than see a brother or sister go begging or otherwise in want. We water and fertilize the seed of our tree of life with the fire of our desire, of that type of desire that will not be denied. We will; therefore there can be no denial.

Just as seeds take time to mature into trees, patience is required as we grow within us our own tree of life. Add to patience diligence, and to diligence faith. And to faith, add persistence. To persistence, add creativity. And, by and by, the tree sprouts, grows, and bears fruit.

And just as a fruit tree begins to bear within 5 years, so our tree of life will take no more than that time to bear fruit. And when it does, that fruit will be sweet above all that is sweet, pure above all that is pure, and we will have joy in the fruits of our labors forever.

And how does this start? With desire. Burning desire. Recognize the concept, relate it to yourself, assimilate the virtue, and apply the resulting lessons. And in time, you’ll become an R2A2 machine.

And the product of that machine? The life you truly desire.

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