Wealth v Greed

People have such a skewed idea of money and wealth. It always amazes me how people automatically assume wealthy people are greedy people. It’s really sad, because one of the biggest secrets to our financial success is actually the complete opposite of what most people think.

Today I want to show you a different side of wealth that has completely changed the way I think about money. It is actually what gets me out of bed every morning, the reason I go to work (and it’s not what you think).

See, money is just that – money. It’s not happiness, not love, not safety, not security, not a friend. It IS, however, a tool. It is a very powerful tool. You use it to buy food and clothing and shelter. You can use it to buy more food and nicer clothes and bigger houses. What is it all for? What does it all mean? How long will that last? How long will you be satisfied with that?

Probably not long. In fact, if that’s the way you choose to spend your money, there’s a good chance you will end up in debt and miserable. How do I know? Because I’ve been there.

When I started making a little bit of money, I started spending it. I had it all – the house, the furniture, the cars, the clothes. I had the best of everything. The bigger the paycheck was, the bigger my spending was. I was completely addicted to stuff.

But then one day, I had an experience that changed everything. I heard a voice that asked, “Who is this all for?” After going through the list, not for the kids, not for God – I realized I had been completely consumed with stuff and I was crippled by greed. I had it all, but I was so empty.

I told you I was going to share one of my biggest wealth tips today. It’s very simple, and it’s something I learned after being set free from the greed that plagued me.

I began to put purpose to money. I began to use the money NOT for more stuff, but to impact other people. And here’s what I found: When you have a vision for your money, when you have a purpose for making money, you will make more of it.

We sponsor children on a monthly basis, as well as widows, the sick, the poor, and those in the sex trade all over the world. That is why I do what I do. Not because I just love doing business training & building, or all the other businesses we have. I work and make money so I can take care of more homeless.

When you put purpose to money, you will make more money and be more productive. And why? Because you have a reason for going to work every day. You have a reason for working with diligence and excellence. You have a reason for producing results and increasing your value in the marketplace.

The work you do, whether it’s pushing papers, crunching numbers, teaching, making phone calls, or doing construction, is no longer just about the work. It has purpose.

When you have money, you can use it to impact others. Agnieszka and I know that is the real reason for our money, and for years we have used our money for that very reason. And you can do the same. You can contribute to communities you care about. You can build wealth that will impact future generations.

When your motivation is not just to make money, but also to truly serve, you will see incredible multiplication – with people, time, and money. That is when you will see yourself getting an amazing job, your bosses giving you promotions, and your business taking off. That is when you will see your investments double and triple, your houses sell unexpectedly, and your bank accounts growing. When you WORK and put PURPOSE to money.

So I want to ask you today – do you have purpose for your money? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Why do you go to work every day? Is it so you can just barely scrape by and take care of your family? Is it so you can have a nice house, fast cars, and lots of stuff? Or do you have a bigger vision?

Take some time to think about that. Talk to your spouse and your children about the family’s financial vision. As a family, decide what kind of impact you want to have in the world. I guarantee this will build strength, loyalty, morale, leadership, excellence, and diligence in your family.

It would also be a good idea to pass this message along to your friends, colleagues, and clients. You can forward the email and post this link on social media. And I would really love to know your thoughts, your vision, your purpose for money – leave me your comments here.

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Get Things Done

Have you noticed how busy people are today? It’s almost as if busyness is perceived as success… As if being busy was the same as getting things done.

I think in today’s world, we tend to glorify busyness. Just look around you. Think about how many times a day you hear others say, “Gosh, I’m so busy today!” or “Wow, what a busy week!” How many times a day do you feel like you’re running around in circles, jumping from one task to another, all the while, taking phone calls, texting, and answering emails?

We teach our kids to be busy, between homework and football and sailing and piano lessons and dance and gymnastics and church and chores. You hand them a piece of toast and rush them out the door early in the morning to take them to school, and then pick them up after school and race from one activity to the next, and picking up dinner from a drive-thru somewhere in there. By the time you get home in the evening, everyone is wiped out and grouchy, and it’s time for bed. (Sleep, wake up, repeat.)

We are busy at work and busy at home. We are busy in the car while driving, busy at the dinner table, and we’re even busy while we’re on the toilet! We are busy 24/7.

What does it feel like to be busy? Your heart is beating fast, you may be short of breath, and you feel like you just can’t move fast enough. You’re trying to keep up with your to-do list that seems to be growing faster than you’re marking things off. You’re working 60 hours a week just so you don’t get any further behind than you already are.

There’s something I learned many years ago, and I’m telling you, I live by this truth. That is, you do not get paid for the time you put in, but for the results you produce. When you produce results, you raise your value, which means you raise your pay.

But it seems like most people today are so busy, we aren’t getting anything done. We are so busy, we aren’t producing results. And if we’re not producing results – at home, at school, at work, at church – we’re wasting time, energy, and money. Busyness produces stress, burnout, no fun, poor relationships, and poor health. We can be busy, or we can be productive. One produces results, and one produces excuses. (When’s the last time you heard – or even said – “I can’t, I’m busy”?)

It’s so easy to fill hours with non-productive things. It’s easy to over-complicate things and create more work for ourselves.

That’s why it’s so important to identify and eliminate the nonsense things on your list. What is on your to-do list that is not benefiting you, your business, your career, your health, or your family? What unnecessary steps can you eliminate from your processes in order to streamline and simplify? What distractions are in your life that cause your focus to be scattered? All of these things lead to busyness, not productivity.

This is so NOT just about making more money, though that is part of it. This is about eliminating stress, having more fun, setting the right example for your children, protecting your health, and accomplishing your goals.

It’s easy to get into a rut of busyness and to just stop thinking about what we’re doing and whether or not we’re producing results. But today, let’s stop and check that out. Do not go mindlessly through your day today. Instead, pay attention to what you’re doing and look at the results you’re getting. The results will tell you where your focus should be!

The majority of the population is running around like a chicken with its head cut off, always doing something, but not producing consistent results. But you are not supposed to be one of them. How do I know that? Because you are reading this post right now. You are reading this because it’s time for you to step up and take control of your time.

When you do this, you will make more money, have less stress, have more time to spend with your friends and family, and finally be able to accomplish the goals that you have continued to put off because you’ve just been too busy to do anything about them. My friend, it’s time to stop the glorification of “busy”, and start producing results!

Who do you know that needs to read this today? Go ahead and pass this link along to your friends, family, and colleagues, or even forward the email or print it out for them. Can you imagine if your entire family or company was focused on producing results instead of just being busy all the time? What a different environment that would be. 🙂

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Gain Sales by Building Relationships

What I want to talk to you about today is something our country is lacking. It’s something the world can’t do without. It’s people filled with an entrepreneurial passion ! And yet, they’re a dying breed. I occasionally hear from clients who are looking to start a home business, and they say to me, “Andrew, I don’t know what kind of home business to start.”

So if that’s you… If you want to start a business, get into sales, or just learn a way to build trust quickly and share your ideas with others, I want to speak directly to you today. Because if you have any interaction with human beings on a daily basis, that means you are in sales,. You are constantly selling your ideas, companionship, values, and business. So listen up!

If you want to be successful in sales, you have to have successful people skills. Think about the last time you saw a Facebook post where one of your friends went on and on about their product or their new band… How interested were you to read that? I want you to keep that example in your head while I explain the two sides to this coin.

Make it about them. When you approach someone and shove your product, opinion, or idea down their throat, they probably will go on the defensive. If you want to disarm people, you have to make it about them. Not about your product, not about you. If you show genuine interest in your prospects, you will be unusually successful.
Find a need and fill it. If you’re wondering where to start in your home business, start here. Where is there a gap in your community that you see a need? Where in your friends’ lives do you see a great need?
If you’re having trouble figuring out what people want, use this quick cheat sheet of things everyone wants. By simply talking to others and listening, THEY will tell you what they want and how to sell to them.

ALL people want to feel special & important.
ALL people want to be honored.
ALL people like to be encouraged.
ALL people need to feel valued.
ALL people like to talk about themselves.
It would be great to have all people using this cheat sheet to communicate with people. And it would be even better to empower each other to get back to our entrepreneurial roots! Forward this email, post this link on your social media platforms, and let’s help our families, colleagues, and neighbours feel encouraged and inspired.

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Money Saving Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is here! I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in the UK it is just gorgeous! The weather is amazing, and everything is so green.

Have you done your spring cleaning yet? This is a great time to not only clean out your garage or attic, organize your home, and clean your car, but you can also save a lot of money and even make money in the process!

We are in the season of fresh and new things, so today I want to share a few fresh ideas with you to help you make the most of your spring cleaning:

Have a garage sale. As you’re cleaning your house, sorting through the clutter that has accumulated over the last year, and organizing the garage, use this opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer use. Have the kids grown out of their clothes and shoes? What about the boxes of “someday” clothes in the attic? (You know, the ones you will fit into again ‘someday’…) Do you have extra tools lying around that never get used? You can even get together with several other families and have a huge multi-family garage sale! This is a great way to make some quick cash AND rid your home of all the clutter.

Step away from the car wash! Steer clear of the automatic carwash places. You have soap, old rags, and a water hose at home – USE THEM! This is a fun thing for the whole family to do together. (Can anyone say, ‘water fight’???) Take advantage of the nice weather. Get outside and get some fresh air, and mark that task off your list at the same time.

Keep those coins! As you’re cleaning under the couch cushions and the bottom of the closets and behind the washer and dryer, hold on to those coins you find. You may think, “What’s a few pennies here and there?” but believe me, they add up! Cash in those coins and pay off some of your debt, or put them in your holiday fund.
Those may seem like 3 very small things that may not matter that much. But here’s what most people get wrong when it comes to money: They think they have to wait to pay off their debt until they can do it all at once. They think they have to make huge changes or no changes at all. They think the small changes or actions are insignificant, so they don’t make them.

But the TRUTH is, small, simple steps lead to big results. If you wait until you make more money or you win the lottery, or you can afford to pay off all your debt at once, you will stay broke and in debt the rest of your life.

So choose today to make the small changes. Choose to follow the tips I gave you today. And I would really love to hear your best spring cleaning tips as well – especially if they will help others save money or make money! You can leave your comments here.

It would also be great to spread this around your community. These days, everyone is looking for ways to save money, and these tips are some very easy ways to do that. Just forward this email, post this link on your social media platforms, and let’s help our families, colleagues, and neighbours get the most out of their spring cleaning this year!

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How to Increase Trust in Relationships

Hi,
Last week, I had a conversation with someone who was having a hard time with her manager at work. We’ve all had challenges like that before, where we seem to constantly bang heads with other people, whether it’s your spouse, kids, manager, or even your clients.

This particular individual was banging heads with her manager. I told her she needed to have a conversation with the manager. You know, it’s always so interesting to me that when someone has a problem with someone else, the last person they want to talk to is the person they’re banging heads with.

So I asked her if she knew what she needed to say, and she thought for a minute, and she said, “I should probably go directly to her, smile, sit & talk.” I said, “Yes, that’s probably a really good idea. I know the heart of your manager is FOR you. She wants to see you succeed. I also know your manager is probably harder on herself than she is anybody else. There is a way to communicate with her in a way that will bring harmony. As you work through this difficult spot in working with her, there’s going to be a great relationship that comes out of it. Trust is not developed during easy times. Trust is developed through the hard stuff.”

Do you realize that is the truth, ?

I said to this individual, “Tell me why you trust me.” She said, “Because you’ve helped me through some really hard stuff. You loved me through the hard stuff, and you didn’t judge me for my mistakes, but you shared your mistakes.” I told her, “Exactly! That is why you trust me!”

It is not in the happy, easy times that we build trust. We develop trust with other people through bad situations and things we don’t want to confront. As long as we’re confronting issues from the right heart and with the right mind, that’s when good relationships are built.

An easy way to understand complicated people

People can be complicated and hard to understand. Whether it’s your spouse, colleagues, clients, or children, confusion and miscommunications happen from time to time. The good news is there is an easy way to eradicate those communication breakdowns and create harmony instead.

People have it so backwards today. They think a good relationship means you never have an argument or a disagreement. That couldn’t be further from the truth! The truth is, a good relationship is built when you work through those times. It is built when you make it through the earthquake together. When you stick together through hard times, that’s when you see character come out. You get to see somebody’s heart and their motives, and trust is built through that.

So don’t be like most people, who believe a good relationship is always good, and everything is always perfect and everyone is happy all the time. That is a bunch of nonsense! That is a Disneyland fantasy – NOT a reality. People have that exact same mindset about money – “I hope to get lucky someday. All the rich people just got lucky and got the good jobs and know all the right people.” You have fun with that belief system, but don’t be surprised when you end up broke at 65.

If you want good, solid relationships in your life, and you want to be able to trust other people and yourself, you’ve got to get the skills that help you confront issues in order to bring restoration.

A lot of people don’t know how to confront conflicts.

You can start with the content I sent you today. Choose not to throw in the towel and give up on the challenging relationships in your life, whether they are work-related or personal. Instead, take steps in the right direction to build trust and bring restoration to those relationships.

In fact, it would be very wise for you to share this message with a few people today. We all know people who are banging heads with someone else – you know, the ones who call you and say, “, I just don’t know what to do about So-and-So. They’re driving me crazy!” Just forward this email to them! Or you can even print it out and physically hand it to them. You may even want to post this link on Facebook and Twitter. (Come on, social media is always full of people complaining about other people. This is your chance to spread some GOOD news on Facebook for a change!)

I would also really love to know your thoughts about today’s Daily Thought. Have you ever experienced what I shared today? Have you pushed through challenging times in your relationships and built trust along the way? Are you going through that right now? I would love to know. You can leave your comments here.

One Main Blockage To Success

  

  
Are you totally committed to the things that are important in your life? There’s a really quick test to find out if you are. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)

You see, in order to succeed in anything – your business or career, paying off your debt, growing your finances, family, traveling, helping orphans – commitment is a requirement. Success demands commitment. If you are not committed, you will never succeed.

When people are not committed, it shows. People are often not committed to a business they are in. Sure, they might be committed for a little while, but as soon as they run into some trouble, they quit. Others have a dream to feed orphans or to supply clean water to the poor in other countries, yet months go by and they’ve done nothing to either give their time and money, or even to spread the message about the need.

A lot of people say they want to do something, but more often than not, they just don’t do what they say they’re going to do.

Here’s a quick test to determine whether or not you are committed: Do you complain? Complaining shows you are not committed. It shows you are not ‘all in’.

The truth is, if you are not ‘all in’ for succeeding in your business, other people around you know it – especially your prospects, customers, and co-workers. So think about it. Why in the world would they follow you if they know you’re not committed? They won’t, because they know you will eventually quit.

It’s time to go ALL IN for your business success!

Right now you’ve got a choice to make. You can dance around the line between amateur and professional, or you can step up and get equipped with the skills that will make you a true professional in your field (complete with a professional’s salary). It’s up to you.

If you are not committed in your marriage, you probably complain a lot about your spouse. If you complain about your spouse, it shows you have already taken one step in the wrong direction towards quitting on the marriage.

It’s the same with your kids. If you are fully committed to being the best parent you could possibly be, complaining is not an option. Success is the only option. Finding solutions to handle those very challenging times, from your toddlers all the way to your teens, and with everything from homework to keeping their rooms clean.

If you are not committed in your job, you complain about your boss, your co-workers, and the work you have to do. That is a sign of no commitment! And a lack of commitment will never lead to success.

Where there is no commitment, there is no ownership. Where there is no ownership, there is no success. Period, end of story.

So if you’re committed in your business, you’re not complaining that your customer isn’t buying, or about your employees or distributers. You’re finding solutions. You’re tracking your results and improving yourself and the business model. You’re looking to learn the skills you must learn in order to succeed. That’s what a committed person does.

But someone who is not committed simply complains until they sell themselves on quitting. Do you understand that complaining is a form of sales? It is selling yourself and others and making a case against the thing you said you wanted to succeed in.

You’ve got to stop complaining and start finding solutions. There are solutions all around you, right in front of you.

And here’s the thing about solutions: They may cost you money and time. And why? Because if it doesn’t cost you something, it has no value to you. And if it has no value to you, you will not impliment those important solutions. But when you have to put skin in the game and make an investment of time or money into learning the skills you need to implement the solutions that will bring you success, you are ‘all in’.

I bet you can think of times in your life when quitting was absolutely not an option. I’m sure you can think of times when you never even allowed your mind to entertain the thought of quitting. You refused to see the down-side of what you were doing because you were so focused on finding solutions.

The bottom line is, you will either think about solutions, or think about complaining. Only one will lead to success in your business, career, family, finances, and life. So keep your focus on solutions, and shut the door to the complaints that want to come out of your mouth.

Can you imagine if your entire office, all your employees or colleagues, your whole family, and every single one of your clients could grasp this concept? Do you see how that would completely change the dynamics of your work environment, your relationships, and your bank account?

Guess what – it’s really simple to get everyone on the same page. In fact, all you have to do is share this message you just finished reading. Forward this email, and share this link on Facebook and Twitter. It may even be wise to print this out and physically hand it to your colleagues, business partners, and clients today. If you are truly committed to helping your organization succeed, you must focus on finding solutions – and I just handed you a solution today.

Have a totally blessed day

Andrew 😀

How to define your career goals

Hey ,
I hear all the time about zombies in today’s entertainment and media. It seems to be a common joke and popular movie or book plotline that the zombie apocalypse is coming, and we all need to prepare! But would you believe it if I told you the zombies are already here? The fight for your brain has already begun!

And I am being serious. Think about it this way. When you were a child, what did you envision for your life? What did you want to do for work? Did you want to put on your suit and tie and go to work like your father, or did you plan to get rich quick and retire early on a remote beach?

As you’ve grown, your dreams and goals become smaller and smaller until even the huge career dreams you once had are reduced to settling for a paper pushing job. Because man, the economy is in a bad spot and jobs are few and far between. And man, you’ve got student loans, a mortgage, and all these other debts to pay off.

Right there, you just became a zombie! Your mindset has transformed into dead matter that no longer strives for success or has higher goals or visions for itself.

Never again work a job you hate…

It’s time to completely immunize yourself from the diseased economy. It’s time to take total control of your finances and your career.

Because here’s what happens… Life changes constantly and you may have ended up at a job or career that you didn’t plan for. But how do you treat that job? I know for a fact you either do this yourself or you have people in your office who act like this. You become a zombie! You come to work, clock in and out and put in the required amount of time and effort to stick around.

I hear it from both sides, . I’ve heard the dozens of excuses from employees complaining they can’t find good work and the economy is terrible. And on the flipside, I hear DOZENS – if not hundreds – of employers complaining they can’t find good employees!

Look, if you act like a zombie, your boss knows it. Your coworkers know it. They can probably smell you out from a mile away. And sure, some of them might even share brains with you at the lunch table. But that mentality is NOT going to help you reach your goals or obtain the career you’ve always wanted. It isn’t going to help you gain the referrals or promotions to move up or move on to better things. It will keep you exactly where you are.

I was stuck in debt and I started a business from my home selling make up products. Do you think that is what I envisioned for myself? Do you think that was my endgame? Heck no! But you have to be faithful with the little things. He is who faithful with the small things, will be made ruler over much.

Basically what that means is if you take responsibility for what you have in front of you, you will be given more responsibility. If you are taking full advantage of your career opportunities now, you will earn more! And it starts with changing your mentality.

When you adopt a zombie mentality, you limit yourself. You aren’t living and you aren’t dead. You’re not moving backwards, but you certainly aren’t moving forward either. You need to wake up! We all need to wake up! When you start putting 100% into everything you do, I guarantee you will see a change in your life. I guarantee you will see major growth in your life and your career opportunities.

Today I just want to encourage you, because you may not be where you expected in life. Maybe you’re where I used to be, utilizing what’s in front of you just so you aren’t homeless. But you need to know that’s okay. If you’re always being faithful with what you’re given, you won’t get stuck in that mindset!

I think today’s Daily Thought needs to be a topic in your lunch room, instead of complaining about the fax machine or all the things on your to-do list today. Your email is already open, so send it to your colleagues and friends now! We all need encouragement and sometimes that push to keep moving forward. Like and comment here, I want to know you’re alive and kicking!