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Check out Interview with Frank Kern and John Reese

This is an insightful interview that Tony Robbins did with Frank Kern and John Reese. Although, they are talking about network marketing, the arguments used in this interview could be attributed to many different industries. 

Enjoy!

 

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November 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why I Never Thought I Would Work for a Network Marketing Company

I certainly believe that much in life is destiny.  Certain things are left to chance such as finding love or meeting great friends. Other things may be helped by destiny but are generally preordained by preparation.  I am now working for Donald J. Trump with his new network marketing company called The Trump Network. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have been able to work for him especially in the manner that I do-working as much as I want, with freedom to do as I please and a great income.

My school years were very traditional as I went to a good high school, studied, did decent on my SAT’s and went into a four-year university.  I changed majors three times but finally settled on one thing that I always loved-art history.  As I was rounding my fourth year in college (I did the 5-year plan) I figured I needed to focus on one thing. It was more important for me to just graduate with a degree.

After college I worked for a variety of companies trying to find my way. Five years after college my sister and I started a handbag company which became very successful very quickly.  That company ran for about 6 years and when I left it, I had to decide what to do next.  I had always worked very hard but was getting kind of tired with all the working. Like many people, I had worked nonstop since I was 16. During college, I worked 30+ hours a week while taking 20 units! I was always juggling and multi-tasking ever since I could remember.  I decided to take a little break but financially, I could not rest forever. After all, I am years away from a traditional retiring age. 

Six months into my new schedule, a friend calls me up with excitement in her voice. All I could get from the conversation was Donald Trump, a ‘leap of faith’ and pre-launch.  This friend had always been involved in network marketing and frankly I was not excited to hear what she had to say. But she was persistent and I did sit down one day to listen to the opportunity.  It seemed too good to be true.  

 I did my due diligence and checked everything out. I did a lot of research on the company and on network marketing as a whole  and decided to jump in.  As I wrote earlier, my background was traditional. Both of my parents worked at their jobs for thirty years and retired from their companies with great pensions.  My parents thought it was a leap of faith when we started the handbag company! However, I know now there are alternate ways to make money. I worked for many years sacrificing my family, my sons time and my health by keeping up a hectic pace with the handbag company.  In network marketing, one can work as many hours as one wants. Of course, if you want the big residual checks, one needs to spend time nurturing and training one’s team but it certainly is not a 60 hour week like before. 

I never thought I would be in network marketing because I did not think there was something that was so simple that could provide an income for me.  I am finished with trading my time for money and having somebody else raise my children.  As I write this article on Black Friday, I remember the years I spent working for a major department store while putting myself through college. I do not miss those days that started at 5 AM.  I love my life now and wish that everybody could see the simplicity of this business model. 

If you would like to know more about network marketing and how you can start working for yourself, feel free to contact me at Christine@ChristineSyquia.com or 323-974-6190.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

How to Know if You Are Mentally Ready to Start a Business

The global economic crisis has brought many hardships that seem to affect almost all the areas of our lives. It is depressing to watch the news as every week we see that the number of companies that have gone bankrupt is rising. This translates into thousands of people getting laid off each week. It has been estimated that from the start of the current global economic crisis well over five million people have been laid off from their jobs. Most of these workers are struggling to get new jobs in the same system but soon fall victim to disillusionment as they are finding that the number of job opportunities available is decreasing in front of their eyes. For these people, and also for students that are finding it difficult to get decent jobs, the idea of setting up their own businesses is more and more appealing.

There are, however, numerous considerations that need to be taken into account before taking the first steps. There are also various qualities that each potential entrepreneur needs to have in order to become successful. It is not nearly enough for a leader to possess the technical know how needed to successfully run a businesses. The business sector is definitely not for everyone. Here are some of the most important personal attributes that any leader must definitely possess in order to be successful in the business world.

The first quality is drive and determination. Determination and the will to succeed is what helps a business leader push on, regardless of the hardships he or she may encounter. Another personal attribute needed to achieve success is a positive attitude. Avoiding tough situations is not a good idea as great opportunities are not always presented on a silver platter. So a can-do attitude is a must for a leader because leaders have to take advantage of all the situations they encounter. There are numerous stresses in the business world which never change regardless of the business sector. This stress is constant and being able to handle many different situations is what makes a leader a leader.

A good business leader must be able to stay on top of his game regardless of the levels of stress he will encounter, and because stress is constant in this sector all leaders have to be able to handle this. Last, but definitely no less important than the previous personal qualities, is the business mindset. This is mandatory for any business leader to have. No one is born with the ability to lead others towards success, but it does take a strong personality.

In closing, before deciding to open a business-make sure you do your due diligence, try to have the capital to float you for a year or even two, ensure you have great business mentors and especially, make sure you have the attitude, drive and determination to make your new business a success.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

No More Parties

No More Parties!

I recently started a new business venture that I am very excited about, and I wanted to share it with all of my family and friends first.

I seriously never thought that I would get involved with another MLM* (after a brief and unsuccessful stint with a well-known cosmetics company, I was ready to give up,) but I have come across a team and a marketing system that doesn’t require me to make a list of my friends and family or go out knocking on doors to get people into my business.  What this means is I will not be calling any of you to purchase my new products.  However, considering how big this opportunity is, I don’t want any of you to come back to me and say, “Why didn’t you tell me about this??”

As you can tell, I am excited!  If this sounds at all intriguing to you just click on the link below www.AWTPresents.com to see the business presentation and get more information.

So if you are interested, just send me a quick email, facebook message, or give me a ring. You can also check out my new website, www.theamazingopportunity.net and fill in your information. I work with an extremely motivated and knowledgeable team, and you will be learning so many successful methods of marketing while building your business. I will also be detailing the everyday ins and outs of my business on this blog, so feel free to check back as often as you’d like.

Hope to hear from you soon!

*What is an MLM (Multi Level Marketing) Company?

An MLM (Multi Level Marketing) company “starts” by recruiting one person who gets customers and recruits sales reps (just as above in the traditional company). But each sales rep is also given the option to become a manager, who can also recruit sales reps. The MLM company only pays commissions, not salaries; therefore, there are no limitations on the number of sales reps or managers an MLM company can recruit. This is beneficial to the company because of rapid expansion by the number of trained sales reps. This is also beneficial to the sales reps because their income isn’t limited to only what they can sell – they can also earn commissions for having trained other sales reps.

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October 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Working at Home vs Working in an Office

Me out of the office doing a trade show

Working a trade show in New York

I am faced with an enviable dilemma, I imagine.

I can conceivably work from home if I wanted.

 I do have an office space in Downtown Los Angeles and could work there as well.  Previously, I have always preferred to work in an office setting however, I took a workday off recently and was surprised that I did not want to rush back to the office as I had previously always done.  So, attempting to be efficient, I thought I should make a list of the pros and cons of working in an office:

PROS

When working in an office, often times I am distracted by office gossip.  That could blow a whole morning of productive work depending on the juiciness of the gossip!  I am putting this under the pro-section as I consider gossip a form of entertainment. Come on, it is!

Secondly, if I were to work alone, the prospect of having an office crush a la Don Draper would be nil.  Save for the occasional appearance by the postman, I would have to resign myself that the only views I would see would be the ones on my computer monitor. 

Thirdly, I like the office environment for the so-called team aspect-I like bouncing my ideas off of other people.  Well, I guess I can do that in our modern age through texting and IM’ing my newfound online community but gosh, sometimes I just prefer to present my ideas face to face with the occasional hand gestures thrown in.  Lately, as everything is becoming increasingly technologically based, I am worried about Carpel Tunnel Syndrome….I know I cannot be the only person who worries about these things. Back to my list…have I  mentioned staying on task yet?

Sticking to a schedule, save for the late breaking gossip alerts, is fairly easy to do at an office especially if you have a boss looking over your shoulder every couple of hours.  And let’s face it-an office is a social place.  In these modern times, our social circles revolve around three groups more or less-work friends, non-work friends such as college pals and family.

PROS

If I were to work from home, I think I would have a difficult time sticking to my schedule.  A normal morning could look like this:  Breakfast and cruising the news sites such as NYT.com, Yahoo etc while enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, followed by Regis and Kelly, The View, mid-morning snack and then I finally would hit it hard (uh, working) for about 2 hours. After that,  it would be time for Oprah, Wendy Williams and then Ellen!

Another strong pro for working at home would not having to pay out close to $50/week for lunches. I was never the girl who brown-bagged it. Too much work to just get out the door sometimes and forget about making a sandwich on top of everything else. I was always making sure I looked fantastic for the office.  I would routinely spend $7/day plus an afternoon latte $3=10 so $50 a week.  If I were to work from home, I would just stroll over to my fridge and eat whatever was there. 

Casual Friday-I would not have to worry about interpreting this crazy work mandate.  If you routinely read my posts, you will know I am a fan of formal attire for the workplace. When I did have a corporate job, I wore suits and heels every day to work. I can wear flip flops on the weekends or at my new job at home. Or I can just wear my slippers instead.

Besides not having to deal with a demanding boss (the same boss who made sure I kept my deadlines) and inter-office politics, I would be able to set the office climate. For all of those of you who always have a cardigan in your possession-you know I am talking to you.  This in itself is a major pro!

So, as for a decision of working at home versus working in an office, it really depends on two key factors.  They are being focused and being able to stick to a schedule. If you can accomplish both of these things, you can work in any environment. As for me, I will continue to go between both work spaces  until…..

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Trying on a messenger bag for size

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Working Moms: Tips for Juggling it All

 

For six years, I was the co-owner of a successful multi-million dollar fashion company. I had a young toddler at home and would travel over 100,000 miles each year running and expanding our business.  There were many days I felt that I was scarring my son by working but I had no other choice but to work.  Often times, many of the roles that women embody cannot be delegated out.  In my case, I could not entrust the details and negotiation efforts to a subordinate. Even if you do not run a company, as mothers we all have many jobs that we must struggle with day to day.  By reading this article, hopefully you will be able to recognize the signs that you are doing too much. I will give you proven tips and strategies that you can implement immediately to help you focus on spending time with your family and to stop worrying about the busy tasks that fill our days.

Are you one of those moms who take on too many school projects only to wonder afterwards-What possessed me to do that? Or, are you one of those moms who put their health and mental well-being on the back burner while shuffling the children to appointment after appointment?  Or are you a mom who works 10+ hours a day leaving while the children are still asleep and returning well after dinnertime?  Regardless of what your personal situation is, many mothers take on way too much. I am entirely guilty of this myself-When is enough  enough?  Personally, I am so busy each and every day but if you were to call me and ask me to bake cookies for a fund-raiser, I would be the first one to volunteer. I think as women we are hard-wired to multi-task, unlike our male counterparts! While contemplating writing this article, I came up with a few ideas of how I was able to gain some normalcy back in my life by lessening my load. 

1)      Relinquish control of certain situations.

 If the laundry is not done every day, it is ok! Personally, I only like to do the laundry once a week or so and even then, I may only do 1 or 2 loads and not spend the entire day chained to the washer and dryer.  Additionally, when I feel my temperature rising because something is not done the way I like it to be done or in the timeline I like, I take a breather and ask myself if I really want to get upset about something so trivial.

2)      Ask for help. 

There was a time when I was extremely busy in my life that I hired a personal assistant.  She did things like pick up my dry cleaning, arrange for my car to be washed, communicated with my housekeeper and gardener. She did everything I did not want to do.  I could very well pick up my own dry cleaning, but I preferred not to.  This was pretty luxurious and not everybody has the budget or the desire to delegate these tasks out.  But, there are people who organize closets for a living or are personal assistants. Ask around your community or school and see if you can do a trade.  I would always trade products for services or services for services.  Perhaps you own sell insurance for a living—could you get a deal for the cleaning women who doesn’t have insurance? Or if you work in the beauty industry, could you trade your services with a personal assistant a couple of times a week.  ASK! I always ask for whatever I need. I just put the word out into my network and I always get responses.

3)      Invest in a Blackberry or an Iphone.

I find these PDA’s essential for today’s businesswomen. Whenever I have downtime, I am always reading emails or articles on my blackberry.  Every once in a while, I do put it away and enjoy the scenery but I find I can be very efficient by reading that handheld device whenever I am unexpectedly delayed.

4)      Create support groups at school for carpooling or just unexpected situations where you cannot be two places at once. 

There are always moms who appear juggle everything and appear to be cool as cucumbers-ask them what their secret is.

5)      Check out the following websites—

www.workingmother.com

www.savvymommy.com

www.themotherhood.com

www.workitmom.com

www.butterfly.com

 

We all know as women we are programmed to do too much. The trick is to try to eliminate some of the things in our lives that we do not need to accomplish that day-to simplify.  The bottom line is that our children are only young once. Live in the moment. On days when I want to pull my hair out, I remind myself that in a few years they will be in school and will be embarrassed to hold my hand or they will not want me to pick out their outfits and kiss their boo boos.  I then re-evaluate my day and ask myself if I really need to go and finish that mundane task or if I can take some time and spend with my children. 

 

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October 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Malibu

I have been meaning to write about this since I moved to Malibu three weeks ago. God, I love it here! I can see why people do not move. Yes, it is a trek to get here but honestly, I am so zenned-out while driving that it doesn’t bother me. My drive in the morning is seriously over 1 hour. 25 minutes to drop Owen at school in the Pacific Palisades and then another half hour or so to downtown. But when I see the sunlight emmerging over the water as I coast down PCH, I think how lucky I am! I am lucky to live in California and even more lucky to live in Malibu! I am lucky to have an amazing family and feel very blessed that I was able to move up here. 

My next move is to hopefully buy my dream house here in Malibu. I found my spiritual home.  Being an Aquarius, one would have thought I would have stumbled upon this place years ago….

Am posting a couple shots below…I tried to take one shot while driving down PCH…it was a miracle I didn’t hit the median. The below shots are good-it is what I get to see every day.

xoxoxo

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September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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