I don’t need no stinkin’ mentor.

A mentor is going to look at what I am doing wrong.  At my mistakes.  A mentor will see that I don’t know everything.  I struggle, sometimes with simple things.

A mentor in MLM is someone who has built an organization.  Someone who does recruit.  Someone who shows you how to recruit.  If you do not have an up-line who can call prospects with you and show you how it is done, you work with a huge disadvantage.  I have concluded that most uplines do not know how to teach the business for one simple reason.  Most of them have not done it themselves.

I avoided being seen as not knowing things since at least the fourth grade.  When we began long division, I could not ask for help.  I had studied it last year.  I had to go home, go thru the book, study how it was done and learn it again.  I could not admit not knowing.  That would mean I did not understand.

Well, the time has come.  I don’t know lots of things.  I have been slow at learning about relationships.  I think too much.  I am too careful.  I keep my lamp hidden.  In fact, I have almost made it invisible.

Now, I am ready to learn.  I am ready to build a business.  I have found a mentor and with hin, I am ready to go.  Guess what, even mentor’s don’t know and can’t do everything.  Who knew?


I looked longingly at network marketing for years. Outside of the scams, it is a great way for an individual to start a business.

Why? Or better yet, how?

1. Low cost to start.

2. Can do it part time, or part time leading to full time.

3. Ideally, the business is like a franchise without the startup fees.

4. You will have someone to show you the ropes and mentor you.

5. As a business, you get tax savings.

There are potential problems:

1. There are scams and you need to learn how to spot them.

2. The part time person would have difficulty making any income with the plan. These people will be a big part of your success. If they can’t make it, you will not either.

3. You may not really have a mentor or other help in learning how to make the plan work.

4. There are other potential problems.

In spite of the pitfalls, the opportunity is real. So what do you do?  So what was I doing wrong?

Stay tuned.

Half full or half empty?

The seemingly simple question, “Is the glass as half full or half empty,” tells us a lot about our view of the world.  Our view of the glass has a big influence on how we act.

Half full means we see the positive.  We don’t listen to negatives.  We push on in spite of all obstacles.  This is good.  Right?  Or, perhaps we become like Pollyanna and unable to see the bad.

Possibly.  Half empty means that we see that everything is not fine.  There are problems and I see them.  This can be enervating if that is all we see.  It can also mean we prepare for all contingencies.

For me, it has been debilitating at times.  The first thing that I see is what can go wrong.  It becomes difficult to act.  If I can get past that, then I am good at planning and taking care of problems that may arise.

Remember the lesson from the Tao, “Who can say what is good or bad?”

Positive Psychology – An Introduction

Imagine being able to move average people into the ranks of high achievers.  The value of positive psychology is that there are ways to help people become more successful, to flourish.

Martin Seligman began asking if we could help people become more successful. His research shows that such a change is possible. About 20% of the poplulation is positive and resilient. This means they are not discouraged at a failed project, they learn from their experience and move on.

Positve psychology research shows that people can learn to be more successful. Take a look at a TED talk by Martin Seligman,