Month: March 2017

I could say that this is an especially important topic in Network Marketing, but I think it would be far more accurate to say that it’s an important issue in life in general. Think Network Marketing is a business whose main foundation and primary skill  is knowing how to develop human relationships, and human relationships in turn are also the essential basis of everything else in our lives, or at least everything that really matters.

And to develop good relationships, you have to take into account that, while looking for the best for yourself and getting rid of negative relationships is always good, thinking only and exclusively in your own benefit is what destroys everything good.

Our teams have a truly immeasurable value in our work as networkers, as well as in our life in general because of what they can contribute to our personal development. And our responsibility as both team leaders and colleagues is to foster and encourage the spirit of teamwork, to develop a sense of “us” that counteracts the noxious feeling of “ego”, which spoils relationships and projects.

THE EGO

I won’t analyse the use of this term in psychology, but the effect of the phenomenon of “ego” and “selfishness” on human relationships.

The ego is a false feeling of being different from other people in a way that you consider yourself superior to them. This thought also leads you to think that everything negative that happens to you is always the fault of others, since “it cannot be me, because I make no mistakes.” The problem with this mindset is that, if you cannot recognize your mistakes, you will never learn from them or overcome them, and you will always get on badly with people around you. It’s a type of mentality that encourages aggressive competitiveness without principles. Something that can never go together with teamwork.

The ego leads to jealousy and selfishness. To never being able to rejoice at the achievements of others. But it’s also the fastest way to self-sabotage, since the ego pushes you to get isolated from others and to bring back the mistakes of the past.

I don’t want you to confuse each one’s individuality and solitary races with the ego, because the ego is a mentality in which only one person is important over others.

US.

It’s not necessary to leave your own identity aside and neglect your own individual needs so as to understand the mentality of the US. You only need to understand that you are not alone in this world and that the way to success is not a solitary path. What links us to each other has always been a necessary force for survival, for living a full and active life, as well as for today’s business. The model of competition and stomping is obsolete, and it’s something that we should be happy about. Collaboration is what leads to greatness.

The US concept means valuing friendship and forgiveness, knowing how to create unity among people with similar dreams and needs. It’s being able to feel happy about the success of your colleague. It’s exchanging gratitude and mutual happiness among several people. You don’t lose your importance or power, because we all matter, and together we have more power than separately. We live in the present and we hope for a better tomorrow, which we know we can create together.

In Network Marketing, the team is much more important than any of us individually, and that is something we must process and accept to embrace the “US”. We together are wonderful and unstoppable.

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A month ago, I was returning from an intense and magical weekend in Colombia, still with goosebumps from all the emotion, amazed by everything we had achieved.

Just a month ago, I shared with you on this blog my feelings about that weekend. That very week, I was well aware that it wouldn’t take long to return to visit this land so full of talent and so focused on our project, and I was not mistaken.

Today, it was announced that Colombia, Cali in particular, will once again become the continental home of leadership and the capital of change towards the future. Some stunning weekend in May! It will happen in two months, but I already know that I won’t miss it for anything in the world. Very few things could come up between me and this exciting date. And if this date didn’t yet exist, I would still be planning a visit to Colombia so as to meet the members of my Colombian team and those from the nearby countries, to keep growing together and creating something that is already making a difference.

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The invitation applies to leaders from all over Latin America, and therefore I hope to find there a number of familiar faces, teammates and, of course, I hope to meet many more new people interested in the vision of the future that we have in OneLife. Among the special guests we will see Christian Steinkeller, Mr. Jose Gordo, my mentor, as well as my great colleagues Igor E. Alberts y Andreea Cimbala.

On May 19, Friday there will be a conference in Cali held by John Maxwell, a well-known leader coach, who we can learn a lot from. And that conference is only an introduction to the great event in Cali on May 20, which will be the largest and most attended event in Latin America so far.

Are you coming? Remember, on Saturday, May 20 in Cali.


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This slogan can be applied just as well to any type of business or any organizational structure. The concept is very simple: if your team is happy, everything works better.

However, that shouldn’t be the only reason for you to want your team to be happy. Working with people requires being in touch with the most human side of ourselves, the most social and empathic one.
So, you want a happy team that loves their work more and more every day, and as a consequence you will also have a more successful team. But to achieve that, what should we do?

1. Get to know them. Get to know the members of your team personally, show a sincere interest and desire to understand how they are and what motivates them. Find out about their reasons and the challenges they have had to overcome.

2. You need to understand that everybody learns in a different way, and even if you have a simple and easily duplicable training system, you should always be willing to adapt so as to reach everyone.

3. Show your human side. Convey to your team that you are a human, that you understand them and that you have also had failures. Allow yourself to be a person with feelings and don’t limit your interaction with the team to a cold professional relationship. A team has to be a great family. Be someone they can trust and who they can talk to without fear of being judged.

4. Always recognize achievements and give constructive criticism. Celebrate the achievements of your team members and encourage them to move forward. This is important for two reasons: Firstly, because we all need to feel that our work is valued, and it’s fair to do so. Secondly, because to lead them in their learning, you will have to point out their mistakes. It’s necessary to keep growing, and you should do it in a professional and constructive way. No one will feel happy with their work if they are only spoken to to say what is wrong.

5. Encourage personal growth and development. Give advice on personal development, organize special trainings and encourage your team members to invest time in creating themselves.

6. Always be clear. Ask clearly and guide clearly. Express yourself appropriately and don’t give vague or loaded guidelines and recommendations. It’s not worth letting things slide waiting for someone to understand them, it’s not fair leadership. Tell them in person what you expect from them and what you see for them in the future.

7. Build a team and create links. Take every opportunity you have to meet with several members of your team at the same time and create a true connection between all of you.

There can be many more ways to bring happiness to a team, but starting with these, from the leader’s responsibility, we can surely create a good environment for a united, happy and unstoppable team.


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It won’t be the first time I have set foot on those lands and, hopefully, not the last. Brazil is a wonderful country that perfectly understands what we are trying to create. I have enjoyed a lot every time I visited this place.

My next visit to that country will be on April 8, during an event that we have been talking about for some weeks. By that day, I hope to see more colleagues of mine encouraged by it. It will be a great event in São Paulo, a city that shines by day and by night, vibrant and full of life.

The skyline of São Paulo is full of buildings that defy the stars and reflect the light of the sun in an almost blinding way. It’s a unique brightness that shows that it’s a city that has been working for a long time looking towards the future that we are beginning to discover.

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They say that the Brazilians call this city “the one that cannot stop”, because its people always seem to be moving, day and night. A tireless city that moves to the beat of the dreams that we all want to fulfil and that creates its future day by day, through thick and thin.

If you have ever visited it, you might think that you are in a city of the future, and you are not mistaken. It was, in fact, named the Latin America City of the Future in 2014, which is a title that will surely continue to drive and empower its inhabitants in the times ahead.

That is why our April event in São Paulo seems to be marked as something very special, because it’s such a perfect place to hold an event where we promote a new way of dealing with finances, where we work to bring the future closer. Where we create new things and make a change, knowing that nothing is impossible.
We will change the future, all together, from the City of the Future.


 

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Those who currently work with the OneCoin cryptocurrency know what it is and the potential it has. But there are always some negative and unsubstantial comments. This piece of news will make them lose any influence they may have. This is the official statement:

The Swedish Gaming Authority has confirmed that an enquiry by the Swedish Police into the
OneCoin cryptocurrency and its associated multi-level marketing business, OneLife, has now
been closed.

The Swedish Police issued an official decision on the case on February 6th 2017, stating that the
preliminary investigation has been discontinued. The Police statement indicated that there was
no basis upon which to continue the investigation as there was no reason to believe that an
offense had been committed. The Police confirmed its decision to the Gaming Authority on
March 1st 2017.

OneCoin stated: “We have been aware for some time of unfair competition practices against
OneCoin and OneLife, which have included serious though demonstrably false allegations which
have raised understandable concerns. Where these have resulted in formal enquiries or
investigations, we have been happy to cooperate fully with the authorities concerned, confident
in the knowledge that the facts would prevail. This is the second such occurrence in which an
investigation by a regulatory authority has confirmed there to be no findings of illegitimate
dealings in our business, and of course we welcome the prompt and professional manner in
which the Swedish Police have conducted their enquiry”.

OneCoin is a digital currency, based on cryptography and created through a process called
‘mining’. Just like the serial number on a paper bill, each digital coin is unique. Unlike money
issued by governments, there is a finite number of OneCoins, ensuring they cannot be affected
by inflation and are impossible to counterfeit. Because cryptocurrencies are not tied to any
particular country or central bank, the value of the coin depends on factors such as usability,
demand and supply.

You have the original article available here: https://www.onecoin.eu/uploads/media/default/0001/01/874d2b8bf9d4f9ac5a9ff8b85cae520e99a4f80f.pdf

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Let’s talk for a moment about our habits as networkers and how we ourselves can make the industry a little better. Sometimes we may lose our enthusiasm, and there are habits that don’t benefit us personally as networkers, as well as other colleagues or ours.
This goes about how we convey what Network Marketing means in our own words and or with our actions. And I say this because it’s true that your colleagues in the industry may at some point have said something not very beneficial for encouraging people to take the business seriously. Even I probably made some mistakes at the beginning, like everyone else. You may as well.

– Don’t overpraise.
Network Marketing is wonderful, I know. I know it because I live with it every day, and it is one of the best decisions I could ever make. It changed my life completely, and now I have a life that I couldn’t not even have dared to dream about.
But I didn’t achieve it in the first month. Neither in the second. Neither in the third… What I mean is that you shouldn’t say that it’s easy, because it’s not. Network Marketing is something wonderful, but for those who are willing to invest time, patience, a lot of effort and desire to learn for months. It may be worth speaking about the harsh reality and to frighten those who won’t be able to cope with it so as not to keep discouraging people who don’t realize that they are only in the process of learning, that they are not doing badly or this business is not for them.

– Meet people, but don’t chase them.
You must be open to meeting many people, creating contacts and building relationships. But both you and the person should be open to it. So if you see that someone is reluctant to the idea, it’s better not to insist. It may be difficult for you at first to distinguish between someone who has really been busy the last three times you were to talk and someone who don’t want to talk. A clue: if you are really interested in something, you’re never busy enough to dedicate it a few minutes of your time. In addition, we must differentiate between being persevering and being annoying, which is something we don’t want to be.

– Don’t argue, it doesn’t work.
You know that your business works. When you find someone who, besides not having any interest, insists that it’s not a real job or that it’s not a legitimate business, it’s better to turn away and spend your time doing something more productive. Because that person will not change their mind, no matter how much information you give them.
This type of narrow-minded people focused only on their own opinion exist in almost any subject. There are people who can deny that gravity exists, even if you keep dropping things to the ground in front of their own eyes. You’re not going to get them to change, but you might lose your temper, which doesn’t suit you at all. You know that they are wrong, so that’s all, keep living your life and building your business.

– Online and Offline Control.
Basic manners: Don’t enter into arguments, don’t disqualify or rage against another company of the same sector. And don’t post things on the Internet without control and in a massive and invasive way. I know you want to make contacts, but that will only scare them.


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Today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day and especially on the issue of women in the workplace, I want to dedicate an entry to ALL women. And I would like to say the following: All of you, whatever your job, profession or passion in life, deserve success and to be recognized.
And I say this because even nowadays, it doesn’t happen as much as we would like it to. Sometimes, even among us women, we tend to ignore the achievements of a colleague nor celebrate them with the same joy as if they were our achievements. Which they actually are.

We have great invisible enemies among business women, which are the following:

– High competitiveness between peers.
– The fact that women in the business world is a relatively recent phenomenon and it’s seen as an exception.
– Insecurity and the impostor syndrome.
– Believing that you have already achieved everything possible and ignoring the small progress that you’re still making or will be making.

Perhaps, it’s not a complete analysis, but I think I covered the most important points.
High competitiveness between peers and the fact that women are still recent in the business world are closely related.

We have to begin to understand that “a woman is a wolf to another woman” is just a myth, and that, by our nature, we are not more competitive than men. All humans are competitive, but we must learn to stop being it. It is something that is becoming more and more clear in my profession. But in working environment, where there are few women, it’s normal to experience that feeling, when your woman colleague gets a higher position, achieves the success that you were looking for and that she is so unique or one of the very few ones among men, occupying the position that you wanted. It’s a negative feeling, and it doesn’t help anything.

We could work because our achievements count, that our colleagues’ achievements count. More and more women see the business world as an opportunity for self development. We need to start doing it now. We cannot change the fact that it’s only been a few decades of the notion of a successful business woman, but we can keep working on it and create a better future.

Not long ago, I read an article about a study that showed that from school age, girls learned to underestimate their talents while boys overestimated theirs. I remembered that some time ago, I wrote about a similar phenomenon among adults. At a work meeting, you sometimes find women who seem to be afraid to talk. And then there are those who, despite doing everything well, think that it’s just a matter of luck, and that one day, their colleagues will realize that you occupy a position that should belong to a person more capable, more talented than you. To someone truly worthy. This insecurity affects many successful women (and also men, but to a much lesser extent). It’s called the impostor syndrome. You feel like all your life, your achievements and your work don’t belong to you.

These things in the business world, where we are still trying to gain ground, are devastating. All this is the result of the same thing: we women are still not enough here to realize that it’s something natural, we are still “earning” the right to be here. We still have to talk about “women in business”. I would really love to stop writing about it, because it shouldn’t be something remarkable any more.

You may think that it’s ALREADY not like that. But when you see the numbers, you realize that something doesn’t fit. More and more girls are taking up studies normally thought for men, looking for business-oriented careers. More and more of them graduate with high marks. But then they don’t reach high positions, even though they are supposed to be in equal conditions and to have the same skills as their fellow men.

I am happy to say that network marketing is one of business industries where there are hardly any distinctions or inequality, at least when it comes to personal goals. Here you can earn the same or more than your partner because of your skills and work, not because of your gender. And yet there is a long way to go.
The solution:

Recognize the achievements of women around you, become a coach for other women. Don’t compete with them, join them, make up a team, sincerely congratulate your colleagues when they reach a higher position. It is a big step for all of us, in the present and in the future. It’s your success, too.

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