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Strategies this, Strategies that… it’s driving me nuts!

December 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Hello all,

I hope you are having an excellent weekend. It’s 12:16pm on a lovely Sunday here in sunny Chile. Things have been a little crazy these days around the World with the usual Christmas insanity that  takes everything by storm. I have never liked this and I don’t think I ever will. Sure, I love giving and receiving presents, I love the Christmas spirit… but why do people have to go SO nuts and shop, shop, shop non stop! I mean, how can some people be sooo materialistic. And hypocritical. Many of these people will then complain that they’re in debt and that the crisis is hitting their wallets. That they can’t make it to ends meet, etc etc. Well, who the hell told them to go and shop like crazy!! From my point of view, there are two main factors here:

  • Social pressure
  • Marketing

That’s right. I have knowledge in Marketing because it was one of my main subjects at University. I had several courses on how to do Marketing and how to understand the consumer’s mind, our mind. Now, I always liked Marketing, I thought it was fun and cool… when done the right way. Marketing does not create needs. Marketing creates desires. Our needs have always been there, ever since we lived in caves: eating, drinking, sleeping, communicating, having relationships with others; even entertainment. But what Marketing truly does is to create desires in our minds, which most times make us need things we never needed before. Let’s look at some of the most recent inventions that we can no longer live without: the cell phone, and the internet. Desires are meant to satisfy our needs.

Now, communication has always been a need. As living beings, as social beings, we need to communicate to others. When phones were invented, we only needed to communicate when we were at home, or at work, or near a public phone. It never came to our minds that we would need to communicate from just about EVERYWHERE, right? But when cell phones were created, Marketing made us believe that we needed to be connected ALL the time. And we thought it was awesome! At least, most of us. Now most people simply can’t live without a cell phone, it has become a need. But it started out as a desire. Are you with me here? Ok. So, Marketing is what made you believe that you needed a cell phone. Truth is, you need to communicate, you don’t need a cell phone. And before you never needed to communicate from the supermarket, or your car, or a party, or whilst walking down the street. Right? You managed in other ways. But the cell phone sort of made things easier, right? Think about it. This is where the social part comes in. Many of my friends, for example, refused to have cell phones at the beginning. They were expensive, complicated and made them slaves. But sooner or later, society made them give in and they ended up buying cell phones too. Why? Because their mothers, friends, family, etc. needed to communicate to them no matter where they were, and started pushing pressure on them so they would get a cell phone. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anybody who doesn’t have a cell phone. It’s crazy! I have one too, of course, but sometimes I really just want to throw it away. Sometimes I just don’t want to be found. And I can’t just turn it off, because then people would be scared if they can’t reach me! As I mentioned in one of my previous entries, life is one endless prison. We are prisones to the system, to the people, to our cell phones!! When I go out without my cell phone I feel naked. I really do. And I bet many of you feel the same. Then I just have to go back home and get it.

Now, it’s a similar thing with the internet. I have been using the internet for about 12 years, pretty much when it started to become massive in the mid 90’s. I was so excited! I was going to be able to communicate at a much bigger scale! I would be able to email my family in other countries, and meet people online seemed like such a thrill! Chatting was a big thing! People joining chat rooms and downloading chatting programs… I bet you remember ICQ, don’t you? I had more than one account ;). Then there was IRC, and then MSN messenger and yahoo messenger were created. I started creating accounts everywhere, without realising the consequences. I was becoming an addict, and addictions make us prisoners. Addictions don’t let us be free. I realised that the more profiles and accounts I created, the more of a slave I became, because I had the need to check what was going on on all of them! I had four different email accounts, I was on severa chat rooms, and on several forums. I had two different MSN messenger accounts, and sometimes I’d open both simultaneously, because I had different people on each account. I was aware of the problem, but I couldn’t stop. I remember writing an essay about it for one of my courses at the University. It was about how the internet, instead of giving us freedom, it was turning us into slaves. I was a slave of my multiple accounts that I had all over the net. Luckily, as I grew older (well, I’m 25 and I’m still using many of these), I learnt to control myself and my need to be online all the time. I’m still addicted so many online communities, but now I have some control over it.

So, to wrap it up a little, I’ll tell you what  the title of this entry is really about. If you have read some about me or my entries, you’ll know I am a home business owner. Well, I have a home business and also a full time job. I started my home business because I wanted to stop being a slave. And it looked like the best alternative at that moment. But I’m far from being free and I know that. And it’s perfectly ok. I’m happy about my choices. Time is my most valuable asset right now. Time and my mind. I don’t want to lose or waste either of them. Anyway, being in the Network Marketing industry can become a tad dangerous and is more complicated that it seems. What’s really bugging me is how all these people out there are going about their strategies, and how their strategies are the best thing you will ever learn. The best kept secret. The ultimate thing. It’s driving me mad and making me want to punch some of these people in the face. Many of these people are successful and are making money out of the poor people who buy their products and their trainings. I don’t even understand why they sell all that stuff, if most of them didn’t even create it in the first place. They gathered a bunch of information and put it together in a new and marketed package and sell it as if it were something new. They all claim to have the best strategies, that they have been using these strategies for years and that they work wonderfully for any home based business!. They say they’re sooo easy to use! And that you’d be a fool if you missed it, for the ridiculous price of $37 for something that has a value of thousands!! Ok. Well, I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it because all they’re doing is using lame marketing sales pitches to teach you NOT to sales pitch!! How hypocritical is that?? They tell you not to stalk people and not to pitch your sales. They tell you they have the best strategy ever! But it’s more of the same! And most of those people fail to tell you one thing. No course, no book, no super solution and no awesome strategy out there is going to make you successful unless YOU believe in yourself and create your own. Grab all that knowledge and create NEW knowledge. Yes. You know why? Because if you copy all their strategies you immediately become “another brick in the wall”. You have to get your own approach and your own thing going on. They tell you that they will teach you to stand out and how to be interesting and be noticed by other people and make money! Seriously, WHY?? Why do you need someone to teach you how to be interesting. You don’t need that. They just have experience making people believe that they’re cool. If enough people believe in something it becomes true! Seriously. Just because people think they’re cool. Now, you need to do your own thing. Get books, read stuff, learn new things… but create your own. And that’s what I’m working on right now, and I hope you will do that too.

Thanks for reading, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

CAROLINA.

Caro in the south of Chile

Caro in the south of Chile

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The Story About How I ‘Almost’ Met Conor Oberst (Part I)

December 12, 2008 1 comment

Hi all,

Ok, I’m going to post the first part of this story, well actually the second part is a different story altogether. But anyway, if you’re a Conor or Bright Eyes fan, you might find this interesting. I am a big fan of his, he has marked my life in several ways. And even if you have no clue who this Conor guy is, you might still find this stoy rather funny lol :D. I wrote this entry 2 years ago, so please excuse any grammar mistakes, and the excessive use of “lol” and “!!” ;).

Well I’ll start by saying how I first heard about Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst of course. Well it was in may 2004, when a girl in a MUSE forum where I regularly post, started a topic about this brilliant band she had just discovered. I saw the topic and thought I would have a listen to them! And so I first downloaded A perfect Sonnet, Lover I don’t have to love and Bowl of Oranges. Fell in love with all three of them. Then I wanted more and just downloaded everything I could find… When I was such a big fan around September that year, I was thinking that I’d probably never see him live, cause well, nobody knows Bright Eyes down here in this continent forgotten by all cool bands. I was applying for an exchange student programme through my University, in order to go to Germany for one semester, in 2005. Around October 2004 I had been accepted and so I started doing all the necessary stuff, you know, boring paperwork and such.

That same month, Bright Eyes had announced tour dates in February 2005 in Europe… I was already looking forward to the two new albums to be out in January… this girl who had started the topic about Conor was from the netherlands, where I also had many friends that I had met through that muse forum, and since I was going to Germany, I was gonna go visit my friends in the netherlands as well. It so happened that one of those tour dates would take place one day after I would have arrived in Germany… I was so excited and happy. This friend got me a ticket to the gig, and also some of my other friends got tickets for themselves also, so we’d all go together to that concert 🙂 It was bloody exciting, February 23rd 2005 :).

It was a nice concert and stuff, it as great to meet my friends in person… but I’m still not telling you people the story I’m meaning to tell by the title of this entry. That was only the first time I’d be seeing Bright Eyes. Ayla (the girl I mentioned) and I were so excited to have seen our idol, that we couldn’t get enough. So as soon as Conor announced the tour dates for Digital Ash we booked tickets immediately… but the nearest place to go was Germany, a city called Trier, which was about 4 hours from where I was living ( I was in a city called Dortmund). But we decided we’d go there no matter what! We met in a city called Düsseldorf and then took the train together to Trier. It was a long ride.

We finally got there, the venue was beautiful, it looked like an ancient Roman temple, which it actually was. And so during the concert Conor couldn’t stop talking about it “Make some noise for the romans!!” he’d say and also “make some noise for this whole look!” he really liked it… and he was really drunk! Anyway, we were in the first row, very close to Conor. There was a small space between the stage and the fence we were leaning against, so Conor would jump off the stage and run around that space with his mic. We were so excited and happy!! At the end of the gig, Easy/Lucky/Free was the last song… so Conor jumped off the stage and sang most of the song while being there. At one point he stopped walking, and stood right in front of me, with his hair on his face, I could only see his eyes and his mic… I looked at him right in the eyes, and suddenly he came closer to me, grabbed my head and gave me a big wet kiss on my left cheek!! That was so BRILIANT!! then he grabbed my friend, she was next to me and kissed her too! And so he did with two other people on the front row. That was awesome… then he went back on the stage, finished the song…and the gig was over… and I could catch my breath…it was breathtaking. By far one of the most exciting things I’ve experienced.

Anyway… it was around 11pm when we got out of the venue…there was a nice little park next to it, and the buses for The Faint and Bright Eyes (they were touring together) were right across the park. Our train back was at 4am or something, so we decided we’d sit there at the park and wait. Wait for Conor to come out. Many people passed us by.. people from The Faint, Mike Mogis! and other musicians. And the very last person to come was Conor…we recognised him from far away, we were sitting on a bench. I started getting a bit nervous, thinking “Wow this is my only chance to meet him!!! I gotta do it! he’s coming this way!”… but before he started walking towards us, two annoying girls went to him.. and so he started running away from them. Yes! running away, running towards where I was standing, and the girls were running after him. I thought I’d stop him from running and sya hi or something! But maybe two meters before he’d reach me, he stopped running and the girls got him. I just stood there staring in awe… when the three of them walked together, a bit further in the park, till they got lost in the darkness… I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t dare to say anything to him! Conor Oberst had just passed one meter away from me, and I couldn’t say a word!! And my friend, she didn’t really dare either, she was just still sitting on the bench. After a while, Conor’s crew started looking for him, he was still lost with those girls after half an hour. They were all yelling “Conoooooooooooor!! where are you???” and using flashlights to find him lol, it was hillarious to have witnessed sometihng like that. I told one of the guys, that he had ran away with two girls into the bushes. A couple minutes later, I was standing closer to where he had gone, and I see a shadow approaching. I couldn’t tell who it was… and then the shadow walks right next to me …. it was Conor…. again….for the second time, Conor had just passed next to me and I couldn’t say a word!!! What the hell was wrong with me!!!!!!
He started walking towards his bus, and I kept on staring… the bus was a few meters away.
Then he complained that someone had stolen his iPod.. lol… and then they all went into the buses and left… and I just stood there.

Then my friend and I went to catch our train and couldn’t stop being excited about the night we had just had. you don’t see Conor everyday, running around with some girls in a park LOL.

Well….if any of you read this whole story, thanks for your patience!! I hope it was amusing 😉

 

Part II coming soon!!!

Carolina.

Why caring about a home based business? What’s the purpose and advantage?

November 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Hello dear reader,

I have been pondering about this for a while. Why having a home based business? And the answer is not as obvious as it seems. I’ll tell you why.

When I started my business, I wasn’t really looking for a business like this. I wasn’t even looking for extra money. To be honest, I wasn’t looking for anything, or so I thought. I was fine with my job and the people I work with. I was ok with the salary, although it could and it should be higher. I was pretty much ok with everything. It wasn’t until someone told me “hey, want to be your own boss?” that it cracked in my head. I thought “why not?”. And then I realised how those magic words had awaken something inside of me: My long lost dreams.

I’m sure there’s a time in our lives when our dreams are at their peak. And for a few moments we believe that everything is possible. But after a while, without fighting much, we simply give them up and settle for less what we have. We become another brick in the wall of society. Most of us would rather stay at this comfortable position, where we have a steady job, a steady income, and enough money to live well. We would like to have more time and more money, and be able to do more things, but we don’t believe it’s possible. “It’s the life I got to live” some people think. We hope for a promotion at our job, so we work hard and do our best. We might get an extra bonus at the end of the year, so we work toward that goal. But we cannot seem to wish upon anything higher than that. Why is that? Is it laziness? Is it comformism? Have we lost any hope in achieving those dreams that we once had? Are we afraid of disappointment?

Now, going back to what I said before, I wasn’t looking for anything related to money or a business. But funnily enough, I was looking for a way out of my daily routine. See, I graduated a year ago, and started working only 3 months after. During those three months I was free, I thought a lot about my future, but tried to avoid it at the same time. I knew it would be the last time that I would ever be free for three months, because once I’d enter the labor World, I would never get 3 months holidays ever again. And believe me, that thought scared me. As I mentioned in one of my previous entries of this blog, life seems to be one prison after another.

Today I’m writing to motivate myself and others to break free from this prison. Some of you may say “yeah right, how am i supposed to do that? I need a job and I need the money to survive”. Well, yes, you might need the money, but you don’t necessarily need the job. What if I told you that there are ways (several ways, actually) for you to retire young and rich? What if I told you that life doesn’t have to be about your job anymore? What if I told that there is a way for you to work for a few years, instead of forty?

Why is it that so many people think that the life of the rich and famous is for others and not for us? Human beings love to bring each other down:

  • I’m not talented enough
  • I’m not good enough at anything
  • I don’t do anything special
  • I’m not smart enough
  • I don’t live in the right place to succeed
  • That’s not for people like me
  • I’ll never be like that

And the list could go on. Well, what makes you think that you can’t change anything about you? You are the only person stopping you from becoming what you truly want to be! It may be tough, but we can be our own worst enemies. Sure, many factors around us may influence our success, but at least 90% of it lies within ourselves. If we face life with the right attitude, then we can overcome most of our fears and reach whatever goals we set ourselves.

So, to answer the questions I put on the subject of this post.

Why having a home based business? Clearly, the answer is not “because it’s nice” or “because I don’t want to see my boss anymore”. The best answer I can give you is because I want to be FREE”  Free from what? Free from the constant hassle that being an employee brings. Free from the barriers of time and money. Free to do whatever I want, whenever I want, whith whomever I want! Wouldn’t you like that? Wouldn’t you like to live your dreams? Dream, then take ACTION.

The equation is

Dream + Believe + Take Action = Reality

YOU can do this too. It’s not for the famous and talented people only. This is for all of us!! And you are still on time to switch from being an Employee for the rest of your life and work for money, to being a successful Entrepreneur, who has money working for them.

What’s the Purpose and Advatange? The purpose is whatever your Dream is, and how strong and determined you are about it! Focus on your dreams, picture the life you’ve always wanted to live and GO FOR IT! But remember, it will NOT come easy and I would like to emphasize on that. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that you will get rich Overnight, or that you will have other people doing this for you. You will have to prepare yourself, you will have to learn a LOT, you will have to study and train yourself. But it will pay off in the end. I am going to pass on all my knowledge to you.

Network Marketing is the easiest, most convenient way to pursue your Own business.

Are you READY?

Do You Have What It Takes??


 

To YOUR Success.

 

Carolina.