Archive for November, 2010

If I Can Do This I Can Do Anything!

This past week-end I went on a Friday to Sunday trip to get certified for the first level of Scuba Diving with the ANDI program.   This I did through Scuba Sciences in Phoenix, AZ.  Since this was the only time I could get off work, just a couple of days around Thanksgiving 2010, I had to do it.  I was aware that the water around Catalina Island, CA was cold and I hate being cold, but I had no choice.  In the very back of my mind I thought that if I can do this, I can do anything.

Being certified for scuba entails classroom as well as pool skills work with basic learning about the physics and practical information about pressure, effects of water temperature and pressure on the body, equipment, etc.  I also had to pass a multiple choice written test.

Just to let you know, I don’t like being cold.

And to make a longer story short, the next morning after we embarked gear and all on the boat, the Pacific Star we got into our gear about 8:00 am L.A. time ( an hour earlier than AZ time this part of the year).  I’m only about 100 lbs in weight myself, but with the 80 cubic ft air tank, the second tank for emergency out -of-air, and the weights I needed to sink, as I am rather buoyant, especially with the wet suit I rented to go over my “skin” I was carrying another 100 lbs.  I had to be strapped in and needed help standing up and walked to the entry place off the side of the boat towards the stern.

The water the entire time was 59 to 61 degrees.  I prefer 85 to 90!  All the certification students including me jumped several feet into the water.  I still didn’t have enough ankle weights so had to fight to keep my legs down and the weights I was carrying were off balance with the extra tank and I kept rolling to my right side.

We went down a rope hanging from the dive buoy with our dive buddy – this is definitely a team sport – and I had little difficulty clearing my ears.  It was cold but I focused on what I had to do.  Even at the bottom at 30 feet (the pool at the school was only about 8 feet deep) I still need help righting myself as the weight load gave me a difficult time.  We hung onto each other’s gear to stay together and went through our mask-clearing and regulator purging exercises one-by-one.  I

I don’t have my dive log book back yet from Leo the instructor for this certification dive, so I don’t remember how long that first dive was, but my recollection says 45 minutes.  The ascent back up the rope under the buoy was uneventful and I was able to clear my ears with ease using the Valsalva technique (holding my nose and blowing gently).

There were two more dives that day, in-between which we worked on our log books describing the dives and figuring how long the next one could be due to the nitrogen we absorbed from the pressure.  Getting into the cold, wet gear was not much fun.

My buddy and I did not get to do our take off and replace our buoyancy control with tanks devices that third dive because it got dark, so we had to do that the next morning.  We all got into our gear fast that next day – it was cold! – and the weight solution was to remove the extra tank from my gear and the weight re-arranged so that I would be even.   Also I was loaned heavier ankle weights to keep my lets down.

Wow! What a difference it makes to be evenly weighted!

Before I jumped in I looked down and didn’t want to go into the cold, but I had to get certified and had no choice. Besides, I had self-confidence that I could.

So I jumped in and found to my delight that I could control my movements, keep my legs down, and didn’t list to my right.  But as I went down the rope I had to stop and go back up because I couldn’t clear my left ear.   Back at the boat someone had swimmer’s ear drops and applied them after pulling back my hood enough to reach my ear.

Then I went down again with one of the instructors successfully, did the remove and replace the gear at the bottom with some help – someone needs to help hold you down and help swing it around to place on your lap so you don’t float up.  Once the gear was on my lap I took as long as I needed to get it ready to swing over my hear and fasten up.  Since the regulator was in my mouth and I was breathing all the time I just did what I had to do.

Then my instructor took me on a short tour, part of the certification exercises, and I was finished.  I enjoyed seeing a few fish and a small manta ray and swam through kelp.

Back at the top on the boat I got out of my gear as fast as I could to get into a short hot shower and then get dressed.  I had completed the certification exercises.

So, if I can do that I can do anything.  What about you?  Have you done something that you knew if you could do it you could do anything?  What was it?

Anyway, hope your Thanksgiving was as satisfying as mine –

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

 

Prepared

I went to the pre-dive trip meeting at Scuba Sciences last night to sign tons of forms – absolving the world of any liability – and getting, sort of, the lay of the land with the dive boat.  This will be my certification trip.

There is a checklist I had my instructor go over with me so that I can scrounge or acquire the items I need.  I’ll be at Scuba Sciences tomorrow to take care of the equipment I need and check it. 

It seems like a lot to do, to be aware of, to learn.  Good thing I bought a sleeping bag on sale at REI, so I have that.  I need to rent (some of it part of the class and/or trip package some eqiupment and purchase some spare parts.  I’m not eligible for night diving, so don’t need a flashlight, but might get one for any dark water.

I understand that the water around Catalina Island in California is warming up this time of year, clearly a current pattern and not a weather issue.  I’m grateful for that, but will be glad to have the wet suit I’m renting and I already have a hood and gloves.  Cold is not one of the things I love, or even like, but with proper thermal equipment I should be okay – it’s really the air coming out of the warmer water that will be problematic.

I recall growing up on the Chicago beaches on  Lake Michigan that the things we paid attention to were the air-to-water temperature differential and the way the wind was blowing.  If the top water was coming into shore the water was warmer.  If it was flowing away from shore, the water left was colder.  Little did I know this was early prep for scuba figuring.

Anyway, have to plan for long intervals between bathroom stops on the bus, being wet most of the day on the boat, eating well, and sleeping well.  

Wishing that you are prepared in all your endeavors,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer 

 

Travel Agent Woman

I’ll probably have to write a parody to “Secret Agent Man” entitled “Travel Agent Woman”.  Tomorrow I’ll get on the computer and with my mother on the phone I’ll book a round trip ticket for her to join  me with my daughter and her granddaughter Rachel visiting over the winter holiday.  And with Leila also staying a couple of days it’ll be the 4 girls again.

With the loss of travel agents and the advent of internet ticket booking by anyone with computer access, the convenience of letting another person do it for us is mostly lost.

I don’t know about you, but since I’m not the analytical type, doing the technical research on the best ticket itinerary and price is not my favorite thing to do.  In fact, I really don’t like doing it, but I have no choice today.  Certainly, I appreciate that my team cruise is already figured out, so I just have to deal with Jan the agent that arranges those cruises.  And if I really want, she can do Leila and my plane tickets, as, well.

When I used to travel with my now ex-husband we used to deal, gladly, with Kay and she became a friend.  Oh, the good old days!  But she couldn’t stay in business and it’s a good thing she had a regular job at Robinson’s department store, now Macy’s.

Well, I’m putting off the agony of doing the flight research, so I’ll get a good night’s sleep and tackle it tomorrow afternoon, when there should be the best bargains.  Good thing I listen to Michael Dixon’s “Around the World in Sixty Minutes” travel show on Sundays – when not preempted by the AZ Cardinals football game or a Suns game, or a Diamondbacks game.  Guys, give me a break!  You have your own travel agents.  Let me have mine!

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Ask for Help – It’s Okay

I’ve been wanting to put up a picture I had of my daughter Leila – quite a large photo that was used for a Council for Jews with Special Needs fundraiser a few years ago.  After the fundraiser the parents of the people in the photos were given the opportunity to purchase them for $25.00.  What a bargain.

Finally, earlier this year I went with it to Michaels the craft store and bought a frame with glass and the Michael’s frame specialist helped me put the photo in.  But I still need to hang it and I thought it would be difficult to place the hooks matching the hooks on the back with hooks on the wall, especially at the height I wanted it to be.

So, today my friend and handyman came over and strung picture wire between the 2 hooks, used my extension ladder (which I still cannot figure out how to use) and put the picture in the frame up on the wall where I had wanted it placed.

It looks great!  I can’t wait till Leila comes home for Thanksgiving and sees it.

But I needed the help, so I asked.

Wishing you would ask for help, it’s okay,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

The Greatest Profession in the World – MLM

You know how different professions say they’re the best in the world?

I was watching “Circus”, a 6-part program on PBS about the Big Apple Circus, the stories of the owners, managers, performers, workers.  I really loved seeing the performances and looking backstage and in the trailers of the people involved.

At the end of the last episode the originator of the circus said:  “This is the greatest profession in the world.  We make people feel good about themselves and their world.  And the understand that they have that ability in their lives just like Sarah [dancer on the wire] has that ability in her life or Anna [acrobat on a pole held by two male performers] has it in her life, and that’s the message.”

Well, I do love the circus, but I never felt I could do any of those things in the acts.  However I think the greatest profession in the world is MLM or network marketing, if you will.

Why?

Because anyone who wants to do mlm can.  The skills are simple to learn, but not necessarily easy for people to do.  It is, after all, network marketing.  People with little education and skill can learn.  Even highly skilled professionals can learn, imagine that!  Professional sales people have the most difficulty but can learn if they unlearn the selling techniques they’ve used in the selling game.  But you don’t have to be particularly fit or brilliant by educational standards.  You don’t have to be single or married, or have kids or pets or not.

Unlike in the circus, it doesn’t matter what your age is.  For many of the circus acts people’s bodies just wear out, similar to a professional athlete.  Wow – even a professional athlete could do network marketing, with the right coachable attitude and the right coach and mentor.

According to another member of the circus we see that we can overcome our limitations.  I agree, with the proviso that we can add people to our team that are good at our weakness.  I definitely like attracting team members who are more organized and analytical than I.

But, as circus people train and have teachers for their respective acts, so, too, do network marketers train and have teachers/mentors for the most success or even for success at all.  This is something I learned from Mentoring for Free, as I had failed miserably before, so that the possibilities for my life, my dreams, sort of got stuck.  With MFF I was able to get them, and myself, unstuck, and to no small thanks to the Mental Cleanse.  I feel good about myself and what I do.  And I have fun – I like having fun.

Although I’m not flying high in the air doing somersaults to be caught by someone else on another trapeze, thought I’m not doing tricks on a loping pony, I’m not dancing on a wire, I’m having fun building a large, profitable, high retention network marketing team through education and teamwork, love, faith, persistence and action with the force from the mastermind.  Did I say fun?  Just like the circus.

Wishing you the greatest profession in the world,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Do I Sense the “H” Word?

There’s a medical, homeopathic doctor who is also a licensed acupuncturist here in my area who also hosts a weekly radio show.  I agree with most of what he says, as I am into natural health preferring to practice prevention rather than pills after the fact.

I do take medication on occasion when warranted – I try not to be stupid! – but that is very rare.

Anyway, I’m a professional network marketer and share remarkable products with folks who are interested.  I stopped by this doctor’s office to pick up tickets to an informational event he was hosting and offered to leave some samples.  He told me that if it was network marketing he wouldn’t be interested.  He believed the products were too expensive and he didn’t like network marketing companies.  Okay.

You know how there are really no accidents in this life?  Well, Saturday I happened to catch a segment of this doctor’s show that featured Dr Joel Wallach, author of the “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” tapes.  Dr. Benjamin introduced Doc Wallach as his hero, championing good nutrition from way back.  He has done that.  He also was speaking tonight and tomorrow in a couple of different locations in Phoenix.  I didn’t get a chance to go tonight, but there was a mention, at least on the Wallach website,  of products being available.  Doc Wallach does own a network marketing company.

I thought that was rather ironic.  By the way, I work with Richard Dennis who was working with Doc Wallach back in the “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” days.  While Doc  Wallach did the tape, it didn’t sell until he asked Richard for help.  Richard, a brilliant marketer, came up with the “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” title and after that it sold in the millions.  Headlines, anyone?

While the local doctor doesn’t like network marketing companies, he lumps them all together.  What if he’s missing a life-changing product that’s actually value priced?  Well, too bad.

I find a bit of hypocrisy in this bias against network marketing companies, although, I concede, that many companies price their products too high because of either very high overhead, greed, mismanagement, or all of the above.

So much for heroes, of which Doc Wallach is among other good company, many of whose info we read weekly on the Health Mastermind call sponsored by Mentoring for Free.  Some of that info and those references are just a phone call away.

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Plan,Do, Review for Network Marketing Success

Whether you follow Art Jonak’s prescription to “plan, do, review” for internet marketing success or even for success in life, or you subscribe to Orrin Woodward’s version, which is “plan, do, check, adjust”, the process is the same.

I had the good fortune, or rather great decision, to be at a mastermind event with both these gentlemen and heard the same thing, among other wonderful, useful, and inspiring teachings from them and all the faculty at this event.  Network marketing aside, I’m using this in my quest to conquer the art and sport of scuba diving.

Soon I will journey to the sea around Catalina Island off the coast of California for my first, basic certification dive.  My children have been there on school trips, but I never have.  While I’m not crazy about being in cooler water than, say Mexico, I will be prepared with the right water apparel.

I’ve been practicing at the Scuba Sciences pool just getting on the BC (buoyancy control) unit and working on maintaining neutral buoyancy.  Divers know what I mean.  I’m quite buoyant myself and have difficulty descending.  I still haven’t figured out where to put the weights – back or front, or a combination.  So I try a method, and if that doesn’t work, try another.  I just got ankle weights, which will help keep my legs down.  Some of the instructors also use them.

I’ll get it.  Just keep adjusting till then.  I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream.  How cool is that?

It’s the same for my network marketing business.  If something doesn’t work, find out why, and tweak it or do something else.  But not until I really focus on the activity and give it a reasonable shot, and also get help from one or more of my many mentors – just like in scuba.

Wishing you to plan, do review for network marketing success,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Power of the Mastermind for Network Marketing Success

Today is Mental Cleanse day at Mentoring for Free.  Below is the lesson I sent in addressed to 3 of my mentors – Michael and Linda Dlouhy and Judi Sheehan:

I was actually introduced to the power of the mastermind concept many years ago.

I have been reading science fiction since I was little.  I was impressed by the gestalt in one story, where a few people joined together and were able to accomplish amazing things through the power of their shared thought.  I have no idea whether that meant conscious or subconscious.

It did seem, well, amazing.

Little did I know it wasn’t science fiction at all but something that can be every day and that I can be part of at will.  For instance, I am part of this mental cleanse mastermind, my team mastermind, and my company mastermind.  I was at Art Jonak’s conference and felt the power of like-minded people with a common goal of learning, growing, helping each other improve.  It was like a wave that carried me forward and upward.  It was palpable.

The power of the mastermind is unmistakable if I am open to it and contribute to it.  Full circle to the gestalt.  I am not only in the story, I am one with the story.

Thank you Michael, Linda, and Judi, and also the amazing Patti Blevins.

Love, Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Wendy Weber,

The Mastermind Effect for Network Marketing Success

Have you ever heard the expression “two heads are better than one”?  When you multiply the ideas of more than one person you tend to get more solutions than just two.  This is a mastermind, which can consist of any number of congenial people who have each others interest in mind.  I have personally witnessed and been part of the mastermind effect for network marketing success.

But masterminds also work well in many other areas.  Saturday night I went to the annual fund raiser for the Council for Jews with Special Needs, of which my daughter Leila is a founding member 25 years ago.  Yes, this was the 25th anniversary of the organization.

Leila started out at the age of 5 at Sunday school with a special needs teacher and trained high school level aides to help her learn.  She was also included in the regular classrooms with the aides assisting her.  The Council (CJSN) assisted with creating curriculum at Leila’s level.  For some of the other children with special needs just being part of a Jewish experience was enough.

Anyway, at the fundraiser we had delicious food way beyond the advertised hors d’oeuvres, catered by Simply Scrumptious, who did the luncheons for Leila’s Bat Mitzvah in 1994 and her brother’s Bar Mitzvah in 1996.  Needless to say I love that food!

At dessert a video was featured highlighting the 25 years and what it meant to some of the participants and their parents.  Leila did appear in some of the photos.  Afterward the committee that organized and carried out the event was introduced.  Many of the ladies were parents of program participants, some just friends who believe in the organization.  There were a lot of them.

It occurred to me that, while this annual event has a system to follow created over the  years, the the committee was really a mastermind, with various ideas for theme, centerpieces, gathering items for the silent auction, pulling all the elements together, etc.  There is a lot of behind-the-scene work.  Without the mastermind group volunteering their time for a common goal, the event would not be nearly as successful and even might not occur.

By the way, I bought the decorated plastic bowl Leila made for the event.  That was the only auction item that appealed to me.

Wishing you to find the mastermind effect for network marketing success in your life,

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer

Network Marketing Success – Always “Mentor Up”

Recently I was at a network marketing mastermind event with a number of top networking industry leaders, some of whom were “faculty” and were speaking on various topics.  My friend and mentor Michael Dlouhy and his lovely wife Linda were also there.  He always said for network marketing success “Mentor Up”.

That’s what he does.  He said that if you are making $1000 a month get a mentor making $5000 a month ( at least more than you do).  If you are making $100,000 a month get a mentor making $200,000 a month.  His mentor is Tom “Big Al” Schreiter who has built more than one very large downline organization.  And he comes to hear from people who make more than he does.  And believe, me, he takes notes.

This is what I do, as well.  The people with more success have information I need to know to succeed or, at least, improve. 

Please join us at the event next year, put together by another friend and mentor Art Jonak. 

Wishing you network marketing success – always mentor up –

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer