Happy New Year – L’Shanah Tovah

Happy New Year to all my Jewish friends and family – L’Shanah Tovah, in Hebrew.

I burned out a bit with all the music I’ve been doing – I performed a lot and spent hours preparing.

Hopefully, the videos from my performances in Houston will come out okay and as they are posted to YouTube I’ll link them here.

I’ll be singing in choir for the upcoming holiday, which is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  Leila always joins me for services for these High Holidays.  We also fast for this day.  It makes it a little hard to sing without drinking water, but we manage.

So we sort of look back at the year past and look forward to the new year.  We ask forgiveness of God for any transgressions knowingly or unknowingly against God.  But God cannot forgive us for transgressions against our fellow human beings.   We must apologize and ask them for forgiveness.  That can be the most difficult thing of all, but very rewarding.

There’s much more to these holidays than I’ve mentioned, but it’s a good time to connect with ourselves and re-dedicate ourselves to our goals and the path forward in life.  It’s a good time to be retrospective and then forward-thinking, be visionary.

May it be a sweet year for us all.

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

It’s been a long time since I thought of this, but I remember having passion spurring the courage to defend someone I loved.

When I was little my family and I lived in an apartment in a building about two blocks from Lincoln Park in Chicago.  That also means it was close to Lake Michigan and great beaches I spent a lot of time at in the summer.  The street we lived on was in the Uptown neighborhood and had a variety of people from lots of places and who eventually, like my family, moved away into other parts of Chicago or the suburbs.

My only sibling was an older brother.  Peter, a handsome boy with brown eyes and thick, straight dark brown hair, had been retarded from an illness not long after birth and also had epilepsy.  He talked okay but was a bit slow and didn’t have top notch coordination.  He was able to ride a bike and sometimes Mom, Dad, Peter, and I would ride on the bike paths in Lincoln Park.

I loved my brother very much.  He was a very sweet boy and, well, he was the only brother I had. 

Me, I was a shy little girl.  I loved to sing and perform even then, however, and still sing well.  But I wasn’t much of a communicator with new people.  My mother told me I was quite a serious little person.  I always hated confrontation and still do.

One afternoon when Peter was out front sidewalk of the apartment building and maybe 500 feet to the south of our entrance, he was confronted by two or three “tough” boys and made fun of.  I was so mad that I, much younger and shorter than they, without thinking butted in and told them off.  Today I don’t remember at all what I said, but it must have been good because they backed off and left us alone.  And, to my knowledge, they never bothered Peter again.

Why would I, a shy little girl who hated confrontation, do that?  I had to save my brother who needed me.  My passion to protect him was larger than my fear.  I had courage and was able to step out of my comfort zone.  While I didn’t remember my words, I remember the feeling I had.  Wow!  What if I can create that on demand when I want to do my network marketing business.   What if I can use that burst of passion to take advantage of opportunities when they appear.

Network marketing is a mentoring and coaching business.  I have the skills to do it and, like most of us, just need to keep the passion  to help others at a high level, which also improves the level of self-confidence. 

So what in your life reminds you of having the passion to do your business?  All the training in the world won’t work if you don’t do the work.  Just remember when you felt that way, feel it again, and take the next step to courage.  Perhaps this goes back to your “why”, which needs to create the passion, hence the courage.

Wishing you to have the passion, the outcome courage, hence success,

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer

Anniversary for Me and My House

Yesterday was my anniversary – eleven years in my house, in my home.  Actually, I took possession 11 years ago, yesterday, August 31, 1998, but it took time to move from my house 3 1/2 miles away.  We were downsizing after a year of trying to sell the other house.  Divorce has it’s consequences.

I recall that I had lots of help moving from great friends, and my oldest daughter came in (at my request) to also help.  It was a nightmare.  I hate moving!  Can anyone relate?

One thing I remember – usually people don’t move the stove.  I was going to, because that was part of the deal, my stove came with me because it was unique – it has microwave (which I don’t use anymore for health reasons) and heat at the same time.  Well, I forgot to have the movers move it!  What a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I realized that.

So I had to find a quick mover group to do it later the day of the big professional move – and it cost!  It worked out, but it was awful.

Anyway, as I continue to de-clutter and to adorn the walls with my treasures, and the air conditioning upstairs works, the house feels more like my home than ever.

Of course, if your ask  Sueño and Gracie, it’s their home.

Wishing you great experiences in your home, wherever it may be,

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer

It doesn’t matter how persistent you are if you do not have a solid business plan and the plan works.  So, if your business plan doesn’t work, try a new one.

Recently I did an Ezine article called “My Greatest Mentor for Network Marketing Success – The Bike Lesson“, which described the persistence of my daughter while learning to ride her bike.  She fell hundreds of times but kept getting back up till she attained her goal – to ride her bike without training wheels.

Leila, who happens to have developmental delays, was determined.  Most of the practicing she did by herself.  But she had expert help to learn how to ride and she had support of her family.

While Leila didn’t know she had a plan, a plan, however informal, was created for her, nonetheless.  Leila’s plan was sound.  She had the correct help to learn, she had support, and all she needed, then, was supervised practice…and practice… and practice… and so on.  So she was on the right path and never quit till she attained her goal.  I’ve never seen anyone more determined.

Now what about me?  As I tried to do Leila’s example and not quit with my network marketing company, I tried and tried to do the business but didn’t succeed.  I couldn’t succeed.  It was the wrong business model for me.

Napoleon Hill says that “if your first plan fails – try another!” Don’t keep working a plan that is not working.  Replace it with another and another till you find one that works.  This sounds a lot like Thomas Edison, who failed 10,000 times till he found the correct combination for the electric lightbulb to work.  He knew it would and just kept trying.

Because I didn’t understand the book the first time I read it, I didn’t “get it”.  I was in the wrong company with the wrong business plan for me and nothing I tried worked.  I didn’t understand what was wrong.

I didn’t have the benefit of a mastermind of leaders with the expertise and training who could help me.  When I finally found that mastermind group, when I finally learned the truth that the business plan I was focused on was the wrong one for me, that’s when my life changed.

Ultimately I needed to recognize the truth for me.  I have the attention and coaching of people who are building organizations now.  I have the benefit of multiple mentors who invite me to ask for help.  These are people who are not looking to recruit me into their business.  These are people who care about the network marketing industry and want everyone to succeed.

So, persistence isn’t everything.  Leila had a successfully working learning model to master the bike-riding.  Therefore her persistence could, and eventually did, culminate in success.  And I had to find the same for my business to have similar results for me in my endeavor.  Thus, for network marketing success, remember that if your business plan doesn’t work, try a new one.

Wishing you a business plan that’s working,

Wendy Weber

Houston, We Have A.C.

For any of you who’ve been following this blog, you know that I have been without air conditioning in my upstairs for the whole summer – and we’ve had some very hot days in Phoenix.  And that means it’s been quite uncomfortable to work in my office and I just didn’t do videos for that reason.  And for much of this time I was sleeping downstairs on the couch.

Actually, the a.c. unit went out last summer.  I can tell you, I really learned how much electricity money the old unit cost me when I didn’t have it working.  My monthly electric bill went down my $50.00 a month.  Wow.  So now I’m going to replace the unit downstairs, because it is the same vintage as the old upstairs one.  That should really reduce my bill further.

In addition, I also use a computer controlled electric unit that regulates when certain appliances can run.  For instance, my water heater only runs from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays and all weekend.  I’ve been doing this for many years and that also makes a difference.  My dryer and the dishwasher are only run during those times.

I’m looking into solar – Phoenix is a great place for that – I would love to be paid for generating electricity.  All this new technology will eventually pay off for energy in general.  I would imagine that an efficient solar car would be lovely for Phoenix – except it wouldn’t work when parked in the garage or covered parking.  Efficient battery plug-ins, perhaps…

Anyway, the new a.c. unit for downstairs has to work – that’s where Sueño and Gracie abide.

So as the summer ends I have a more-or-less whole house again.

Wishing everyone has a whole house – and  A.C. where necessary,

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer

Network Marketing Success – Staying Plugged In

I’m very much into network marketing success, staying plugged in.

T.G.I.F.  Why do I like Fridays so much?

Well, first of all, it’s choir rehearsal at my job and I get to sing the last two hours of the day, unless I am the substitute rehearsal director, which I will be next week.  Then I need to listen more and help people with parts.

Secondly, while there’s no Mentoring for Free training calls to plug into on Fridays, I know that Saturday I have an early morning small group company training where I hone certain skills, a team training call mid-morning, and the usual Saturday night training call.  Tomorrow the subject is Compensation Plans.  Most people haven’t a clue about how theirs works at their network marketing company.

That means, they are unaware about how many hoops they have to jump through to get paid.  And that means that retention of the average part-time networker is dismal – if even that good.  And that means there’s little or no residual income.

I do not know about you, but I do not want to be going over and over the same territory.  I do not want to keep replacing people who quit.  That would mean I am walking in place and not getting ahead.   And that would mean that I would be in an endless cycle of sponsoring and will never be able to retire while having earnings coming in month after month whether I am still building a group or not.

Since the training tomorrow night is on compensation plans, the people who plug into it, are open to the truth, and are coachable, will be the people who will ultimately have success and be able to retire, say, with me!

Wishing that you have network marketing success staying plugged in,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Bowling for My Team

At my job yesterday I represented my team in a bowling contest.  I had only one shot with a well-used softball to knock down 10 emply water bottle bowling pins.  I got a strike!  Good think we had that Wii bowling practice in one of our team-building meetings.

It’s a great feeling to be successful, even in something a bit silly like that bowling.  We’re doing one of these a week and the ultimate goal is a free lunch for the team.

A lot of what we do here at my job is team-related and we work very well together.

Network marketing is the same, if not more dependent on a team that works great together.  It is a team effort and should be fun.  When it’s working smoothly everyone feels wonderful.  If anyone is struggling there are team members to help out.  No one can have a successful network marketing business by his or herself.  At least, not the freedom-generating residual income most of us are working for.

And did I mention have fun?

Here’s to great team-building events for you and success – even if it’s not bowling.

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer

I Love My Mattress!

I’m still without air conditioning upstairs.  Fortunately, when Phoenix is a bit cooler, i.e. 104 degrees, 108, even it’s cooler in the upstairs of my home than, say 115 degrees  Farenheit outside. So last night I thought I’d try to sleep upstairs instead of on the couch downstairs.  It was barely cool enough.

Boy, did my mattress feel good!  It has that 2 inch foam topper that I got a couple of years ago at First Tuesday’s.  I was able to just stretch out and feel the bit of give but also support.  Unlike my couch, which doesn’t have that “topper” effec, it felt one might say, more like lying on a cloud.  Anybody remember which mattress product “sleeping on a cloud” described in a commercial?  All those sheep were around me – fortunately they were silent.

Isn’t it amazing how we can be grateful for the small things – like my own bed, like having a roof over my head and my own furniture.  I love my kitchen that has enough counter space for me to do the cooking I want – I enjoy my own cooking.  I have enough bathrooms for me and a guest or two.  And my birds, now feathered out enough again to fly, are enjoying their flying space.

Thank you Adonai (God) for all my blessings inside and outside me.

Did I say I love my mattress?

Hope you’re sleeping on a cloud –

Wendy Weber, The Singing Network Marketer.

Changes – Life Will Always Have Those

So, my eldest is back from Nigeria is settling in Baltimore, while my son, my youngest, is moving to Israel at the end of the month.  Leila, the sandwich child, stays pretty much the same here in Phoenix near me.

Most people hate to change but change is inevitable.  How do we deal with those changes?  That is always the measure of us.  Do we make something positive out of changes?  If not we have some personal growth to which to attend.  If we stay “down” too long, that is our own responsibility.

Change has been a part of my life, and especially my own change, the growth I’ve experienced.

Wishing that your changes be easy ones,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

The thought for the day, August 12, 2009, from the Napoleon Hill Foundation is this:

 

 

 

WILLPOWER IS THE OUTGROWTH OF DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE EXPRESSED THROUGH PERSISTENT ACTION, BASED ON PERSONAL INITIATIVE.

Envious people sometimes attribute success primarily to luck. Nothing could be more wrong. As coach Darryl Royal once observed, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Success occurs when you have a definite purpose for your life and you take the initiative to follow through with action. You may make mistakes occasionally-everyone does-but any action is far better than doing nothing.

I thought this was appropriate because today is also Mentoring for Free’s Mental Cleanse day – 2 calls every Wednesday, 3:00 pm Eastern and 8:00 pm Eastern.

It is common for people who are not successful to call people who are successful lucky.  People who are lucky work for it.  In network marketing they learn the correct skill, practice them, have the right mindset – wanting to help others – and when the opportunity appears, they are ready and take advantage of it.

Generally, these skills are not acquired overnight.  They aren’t always used correctly, but this will improve with action.  Practice makes perfect.  People working on the skills and have the correct mindset attract people who need and want their help. Note:  a lot of people who need help don’t want it!

So when the skills and opportunity bump into each other, and action ensues, success happens.  Success might not be adding someone to your business or selling a product.  Success is making the information known and the prospect deciding for themselves.  Either you have a new customer or distributor, or you have more experience. Keeping on doing the action, whatever the immediate outcome, comes from persistence and the willpower to keep doing it.

So, your purpose has to be definite – perhaps, to help people – and the action has to take place.  Without action everything is theory.

Wishing you success with deciding to maintain persistence of action, allowing preparation to meet opportunity,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

 

 

 

 

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