Month: January 2017

You can do a lot in Network Marketing, even if you think you don’t have enough time to dedicate it your business.
It’s an obstacle we often find, but it doesn’t have to be such. You can start networking while having a traditional job and only a few free hours. Whatever your situation, even if you don’t have a traditional job, you may think you don’t have as much time for your business as you would like.

Well, that’s no problem. It’s more of a challenge, and it’s a challenge we can meet and overcome.

– Every minute counts.
If you have little time, simply make the most of it. Focus on this time, dedicate it to networking, thinking not about how much time you have, but about how to take advantage of it.
In addition, you can always make use of spare moments at work or while travelling. Make contacts wherever you are and go.

– Take action.
Even with little time, but with good motivation, strong ambition and a massive action you can make great progress. But for this, you need to stop wasting your time on distractions and excuses, instead of using it to develop your business. If you still don’t have good business cards, etc., none of that matters as long as you stay motivated. Then everything will come.
It can be exhausting, if you have to dedicate your time to other jobs or looking after small children. Then you realize that your network marketing business is not progressing, you feel pessimistic. But keep working on it, with more ambition, more eagerness. Only acting massively you can find the way to make everything fit and begin to see some progress. Even if you can only do that for three hours a day. Those three hours have to give you at least some progress each day, either in the form of results or your personal development.

– No excuses.
If you really want results, don’t pay attention to all the small details that can slow you down every day. And don’t use them as excuses. It may get too complicated for you one day, and you cannot do anything about it, not even contact somebody about a schedule issue. It means that the next day you’ll have to catch up.

– More time.
No matter how little time you have, you can get more time with better organization. You can get rid of distractions, maximize the productivity of your working hours, save minutes between hours and use them to develop your business. Or to motivate yourself through education, training and personal development.

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We witness a slow transformation of the global economy. With new means of payment, new currencies, new ways of buying and paying. We are getting used to making more and more purchases and paperwork using our Internet connected devices. This change of habits makes companies and institutions face the following two options: join the change or reject it.

To reject the change is to refuse to see the present as it is. That can happen to people or institutions that have been living in the same system for a long time. They are the ones that say “if it’s not broken, no need to fix or improve it”. The problem is that the system is a bit broken, and, apart from that, new ways of doing things and new methods appear, which may not intend to be the solution, but they are a good alternative plan.

And speaking of those who join the change, it turns out that the Reserve Bank of India, which is the central banking institution of India, is doing research on the blockchain technology with the intention of adopting that system at the national level. The functioning of various sectors of government, such as banking and insurance, and even part of formal procedures will soon become 100% digital.

This news is accompanied by the fact that they had been reducing the amount of physical money this last year. If the government carries out these plans as expected… maybe, within a few years India will become the first country without cash, the rupee being the first national and governmental cryptocurrency. And with that many things are going to change in the world.

I don’t know yet if these changes will benefit the currencies that don’t belong to any government, but what I know is that the economy and the world in general are changing in an inevitable and irreversible way, and that I have already been preparing for those changes.

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As you can see, it’s a recurring topic in my blog, the one I really love. Inspirational stories about women who changed the world, on a small or large scale, or simply about women who changed their lives being important leaders in businesses.

Why am I so interested in this topic?
On the one hand, it’s obvious… Because I am a woman, a successful business woman. Looking up to role models is important for us, and being a reference is important for the next generation. You can say that, as a woman, I can have male role models, and that any other businessman could look up to a female role model. And you are right. It’s completely true, and, in fact, there are many male role models that give me inspiration in my career.

But, whereas there are sagas and endless lists of men who inspire humanity by their intellect, ingenuity, achievements, fortunes or simply because they have been great charisma in history, there aren’t that many stories of successful women, if we compare. And that’s why I like bringing up some names that serve as inspiration for women who want to be in a similar position.

I can say that we are lucky to live in these times, because in most of the world, women can get education and decide on their own lives and careers. But the fact that it hasn’t really been very long since the times when it wasn’t possible means that, no matter how modern we are, there is still a bit of work in progress to turn it into an ordinary thing. And another thing is that it also means that we lack recognizable figures throughout history.

Although there are great examples of scientists, inventors, painters, writers, doctors and, of course, business women, at different times in history, it’s also true that we didn’t really look into this fact.

And the main problem is that we keep leaving it out of consideration. As a rule, women in big companies admit their merits and talents much less often than their male peers. We underestimate ourselves. We turn away and think about the family as our main responsibility, rather than about a shared business project. This attitude leads us to take fewer risks when it comes to take a step forward and go for a goal.

There is also an obstacle we all should overcome, it’s the perception. According to several studies and social experiments, an entrepreneur is perceived differently depending on being a male or a female. The same person, with the same achievements and the same way of dealing with their colleagues, team or employees, is considered a perfect leader when presented with a masculine name, but is received negatively with just a female name.

Why is this happening? Perhaps, it’s because society is not used to it, no matter how much we talk about women being in charge and having the same qualities and skills as men. We are expected to be softer. We are caregivers, mothers and sisters. But not bosses. And that change into a business woman is kinda striking. As I said before, the problem is that, although we have made a great progress in civil rights, historically it’s as if it had happened yesterday. And that perception of power in women is also something that can make it more difficult for you, or even discourage you from trying, because you cannot lead those who won’t follow you.

This is what I’m looking for in the stories of successful women: an inspiration to say “it’s absolutely possible to get there”. There should still be more such stories, sharing space with all those great male entrepreneurs, visionaries and pioneers. When we finally begin to accept that life and business is something human, genderless, we will be able to see rooms filled with so many men and women, debating ideas with the same ease, being perceived in the same way, only differentiated by their own achievements and talents, as human beings, as professionals.

Tomorrow, professionals of the next generation will look up to the people who inspire them, regardless of the gender of each. And posts like this one will disappear, because they will no longer have sense, because men and women will stand out in their own right. We will talk about successful people, successful leaders.

But until then, let us work to make more the lists, those of successful women, working hard, leaving behind our complexes and claiming the value of what we have achieved with our effort.

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Surely, you have done some of these things without knowing they are the quickest and the easiest ways to waste money.

1. Spending more than you earn.
Your income doesn’t fit with your lifestyle, and you are not doing anything about it. So, you should start saving, or that lifestyle will lead you to…
2. Getting into debt with loans.
You borrow money or pay for things in instalments that later you will have to pay with interest and commissions, making everything much more expensive.
3. Not saving.
You spend it all and you are on the brink of going bankrupt. You have to learn about the importance of having savings or creating a fund for the future or for emergencies.
4. Everyone knows how much you earn and how much you spend.
It’s not necessary to tell everyone what you do with your money. It exposes you and makes you vulnerable.
5. Letting you impulsiveness out to pick up the credit card.
Pretty clothes, a watch, that new iPhone… You’re using your credit card without even checking the inflow and outflow of money. And this rush of joy will turn into trouble next month. Instead, budget for a month and, if you have enough money, afford a small gift for yourself from time to time.
6. Refusing financial education.
Financial education helps you manage your money and get more out of it. Which brings us to the next point:
7. Paying someone to take your finances.
Unless you have large incomes and very little time to devote to your own finances, you should be able to take care of yourself. With a bit of financial education and a real interest in having control of your economy, you can manage to keep your accounts and also save money every month.

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Among all stories of success and inspiration that we could tell about women who have made a difference in history, that have changed industries and lives and whose names have resounded in history (or not), she is, for me, one of the most important. This is because Rhonda Byrnes is one of my personal inspirations who, indirectly, has given me part of who I am at the present by revealing a great secret.

That is, Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, a woman who has given wings to millions by understanding how they could achieve their dreams only by changing the way they thought about their lives and goals.

Before finding out about the secret herself, she worked as a TV producer and took part in the production of several Australian TV shows and documentaries.

But in 2004 a series of personal circumstances took her to a bad financial and mental situation. It was then when through a book that her daughter had lent her she started to discover a reality she had never seen before. The book was called The Science of Becoming Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, and it talked about a ‘certain way of thinking’. Rhonda found inspiration in that book, not only to change her own mindset, but also to look for more examples of this secret and she found that, under many different names, many other people from many different moments in history and cultural backgrounds had experienced what happens if one changes one’s mindset.

That’s how The Secret started, which brought us The Law of Attraction and that’s how Rhonda Byrne devoted the rest of her career right up to the present day, to explore this secret hidden in plain view throughout history, and grant us access to a fuller and happier way of thinking and living.

Success came to her when she shared The Secret with the world, in her quest for making it less secret and more accessible for everybody.

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I have just had an exceptional experience: a very intense 6 day training session with Tony Robbins. As the next step, I will be going to the city that is the heart of all that we have set in motion: Sofia, Bulgaria. Our work continues and expands. It’s a powerful dream summoned up by many people, even without them having been aware of it until it came true.

A symbolic part of what I have just mentioned is the fact that these days we are opening a beautiful and brand new office in Sofia. The place is called “Cryptocentre”, it will be a special centre dedicated to information about the OneCoin currency and will also represent every member of the One family.

This new office is another step in our development, and it’s a very important part of our future together with the news that the year 2017 holds. And we are bound to witness many events like this in other parts of the world very soon.

But the purpose of my trip was not only visiting the new facilities. I had a very special appointment with many of my colleagues so as to celebrate many things: the opening of this office, the merchant network project, the achievements of all these previous months and, most importantly, the end of this wonderful year that we are going to say goodbye to with a lot of affection, but looking towards the future and welcoming a new year loaded with more opportunities, more new things, more achievements, more joy.

We had a meeting with a lot of leaders, it was more like a big family celebrating holidays that many people consider magical. It was the best moment to drink a toast to how lucky we are to be in this project right now. And for the magic that we have lived in this last year.

I raise my glass and offer a toast to what’s coming.

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The woman I’m going to talk about today is the head of one of the biggest companies on the planet: PepsiCo.

But the article is not about this famous brand, it’s an inspiring story about someone with incredible talent who has broken down several barriers (and borders) and reached the top.

Indra Nooyi, 61, was born in India. Her mother encouraged her and her sister to fantasize both about getting married, which is typical for traditional families, and about becoming the President of India. And things were bound to cause an effect.

In addition to great dreams, the young Indra had intelligence, initiative and strength. She studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Business Administration… She got hired by Johnsons & Johnsons in India. But she wanted more and set out to continue her training at Yale and got a scholarship.

All this journey is the result of a lot of effort, as well as her first years in the United States. At Yale, the only money she had was the scholarship money, so she spent her university years wearing the same saris she had brought from home because he could not afford other clothes.

The odds were against her in the 80’s, being a woman, a foreigner, of humble origin. And yet she made a profound impact while at The Boston Consulting Group, she worked at Motorola and became the vice president. She started at PepsiCo in 1994, and in 2001, she was the financial director. In 2006 she was the president of the company.

Maybe you didn’t know, but it’s so: this immigrant woman of humble origin has been in charge of the second most profitable food company in the world for several years. And with her financial strategy she achieved significant results in a short time, making Pepsi overcome its rival, Coca Cola, in market value. Coca Cola had to tighten the screws to catch up.

Nooyi revitalized PepsiCo at an economic level, which was the result of a major company reorganization with health and environmental focus and the addition of varied products and brands.

The Indra Nooyi’s story is a story about how your talent can take you very far. It may be hard at the beginning, but with perseverance and will, you can achieve it. Believing with all your heart that there is something bigger awaiting you and that you won’t stop until you achieve it. Nooyi also teaches us that it’s not enough just to reach the goal, you must keep improving, innovating, creating.

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I can tell you that stepping outside your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for your life. On the one hand, I am telling you a great truth. But on the other hand, I’m mistaken.

The problem here is in defining the comfort zone. We say that we step outside it, as if it were a confined space, which we escaped from never to return. And even when we know well how it works, we continue using the expression “leave the area”. It’s not wrong, but it’s not complete. We must really understand what the comfort zone is and what’s not included in that phrase, which we take for granted.

Your comfort zone is what you are familiar with. It may make you happy or unhappy, doesn’t matter, because that’s what you know. And that gives you a sense of security and satisfaction with life that you value above happiness.

Although you can challenge the boundaries of that zone from time to time, you will never step outside the comfort zone completely. No, don’t be discouraged. It just means that if the comfort zone is an area of your life where you feel comfortable, the more experiences you gain and the more you learn, the bigger that area will get.

Although it seems difficult at first, once you have increased that area, you don’t want it to ever decrease. And you will have all that space to move around.

But those who don’t want to see it ever reduced, will always try to expand it a little more each time, to make sure they are not settling for less, not letting the zone retract and not getting too used to limited movement.

Yes, you have to step out of it first, so that it can get wider. But that process inevitably leads to its expansion, not to leaving it behind.

And how is your comfort zone?

We cannot measure it accurately, because each person, with their own experiences, is the only one able to notice if it’s small or has become more routine than comfortable. But there are signs and symptoms of too narrow comfort zones.

– Do you think you create your life? Or maybe you restrain yourself?
If you haven’t taken any really groundbreaking decisions in recent years, if you haven’t done anything that would challenge what you already knew, or if you have tried to do it but your lack of confidence and your fears have slowed you down, you are in a very narrow comfort zone.

– Are you aware of what makes up your comfort zone?
You may not have analysed it yet. You have to reassess things that are easy or comfortable, whether you like them or not, what you would like to do, or what experiences you would like to have but have never dared. I’m not talking about things that are too strange or risky. It may be learning a language, making a trip…

– Are you afraid of new things? Does that fear stop you or do you try to overcome it?

– Are you completely free to choose or feel that your environment, your education and your problems have to do with the way you live?

Plan carefully. Realizing our desires and our thoughts helps us understand how we take our decisions.

This is the way we can analyse our comfort zone and understand if we have ever tried to expand it or let it limit our development.

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There is a Japanese technique from the 15th century of repairing broken things, for example, ceramics. The main idea was to never throw broken or worn out things away. So, those things were repaired and covered with resin-based varnish to which some gold, silver or platinum dust was added. The most common material was gold, which is where its name comes from: Kintsugi – Repairation with Gold.

The important idea behind it was to recognize that each piece was something of a great value and that its use, its cracks and other defects were part of its history. As well as our scars tell the story of our experiences and that everything can be fixed.

Although the main intention was to fix something broken to bring it back to life and give it use despite its defects, a new, unique and even more beautiful thing appeared from the reparation. Everything that once was broken started glittering like gold.

In fact, the pieces repaired with this technique acquired greater value. Today, they are more valuable than other antiques that have never been broken and repaired.

And why am I telling you this?

I think it’s a wonderful analogy that we can apply to ourselves. When something goes wrong, when we fail, it’s as if we were one of those porcelain pieces and had been broken, received a small crack or a bigger hit that can break us into pieces.

And we have two options here: we can let the failure separate our pieces forever, never again be complete and let that break change us in a negative way. Or we can collect our broken and scattered pieces and put them together and learn from what happened. When we are complete again, the result will be an improved and shiny version.

The point is that nothing can prevent us from failure, but we can make a decision that this failure only makes us improve.

So, next time you feel like you’ve failed or your plan hasn’t come out as it should… think that your business is not broken, it’s in the process of being improved, in the process of being polished to shine brighter.

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