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Following The Black Sheep

October 12, 2012

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Over the past couple of years, it’s become pretty apparent that I’m the “Black Sheep” of the industry.

I’m ok with it…

I thought you should know it, though.

(Just in case, you’re not into following a black sheep) ;   )

So here’s the deal.

As business owners, we have choices to make in how we conduct our business.  Here are some of those choices:

• Using Company or Product Trademark names in violation of Trademark law.

• Showing bank accounts (accurate or PhotoShopped)

• Buying “likes” and “comments” on Fiverr or other outsource sites, to increase your Edge Rank or “social” proof.

• Buying “likes” or “comments” to win contests

• Knowingly violate advertising platform policies because “it works”

• Teaching others to violate advertising platform policies because you can make money teaching people that stuff.

• Using “black hat” methods to beat search engine algorithms.

• Promoting systems that engage in deceptive advertising just because it’s the “in” thing to do (and you can get paid well)

• Telling only “part” of the story about a successful marketing strategy, because, the truth would not be nearly as “sexy”. (i.e, “Learn how I generated 1,000 leads on Facebook” but conveniently forgetting to mention that you paid $6,000 to get those leads).

• Quoting how much money you made in a month, but “leaving out” the amount of money that has to be paid out to affiliates, etc.

Now some of you may be completely shocked to learn that these are things that some of the leaders that you have followed have chosen to do.  But it’s true and you deserve to know the truth.

Many of them have made a lot of money in a short amount of time as a result of engaging in these practices.

They’ll tell you it’s just clever “marketing”.

Which is probably why Seth Godin wrote a book entitled “All Marketers Are Liars”.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Two very important reasons:

Objects in the mirror are much smaller than they appear.

In other words, you’re not getting the whole story a lot of the time.

I’ve seen a lot of very talented entrepreneurs getting extremely discouraged (and almost quitting) because they aren’t making money as fast as “So-and-So”. Expectations in our industry have gotten insanely unrealistic, and someone needs to speak out about it.  It’s exactly WHY online businesses, home businesses, network marketing businesses get a bad rep.  

I believe aspiring and beginning entrepreneurs should be told the truth about what it takes to succeed on or offline. That’s why you’ll never hear me promising success in a short amount of time or with very little effort.

It takes hard work- but the rewards are SO worth it!  (I’m living proof!)

My brutal honesty and unwillingness to engage in “sketchy” business practices has cost me quite a few sales, I’m sure.

But, I don’t care.

I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and most importantly, I have to answer to God and I want to make Him proud.

I’m a rule follower.

If you’re looking for the promise of quick riches, I’m not your gal. I only teach sustainable business practices, so if you’re looking for the next “black hat” trick to cheat the system, I’m not your gal.

I’m picky as hell about what I promote, because I don’t want to steer my readers, customers and clients down the wrong path.  Rich and I have foregone a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in a short amount of time, just because we know that products/services won’t deliver on their promises.

For me, slow, steady and acting in integrity wins the race.

With all of that said, if you’re looking for information that’s not full of BS and hype on how to build a sustainable business, I’ve put together a 4-video “tell-all” series that you need to watch.

In the 1st video you’ll learn the mistake I made that caused me to have to flush 18 months of business building down the drain.

In the 2nd video you’ll discover the big myth that could cost you your entire business.

In the 3rd video, I’ll help you get rid of the trash that is causing you to unknowingly sabotage your business and help you uncover the hidden gold you’ve been sitting on that you may have forgotten.

In the 4th video, you’ll learn how to build an authentic brand even if you’re brand new. You will also learn about the new course I just launched called Branded, which is my blueprint for building a sustainable business which allowed me to quit my full-time job as an attorney.

No fluff. No hype. No B.S.

Just good, solid, potentially life-altering information.

You can get all 4 videos here.

PS  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below and make sure you share this article if you know someone who can benefit from what you’ve just learned : )

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How to “Rock” Your Results!

August 14, 2012

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I have to admit I’m not exactly what you’d call an “outdoorsy” sort-of gal, unless snow skiing and laying out on the beach count. In fact, my one and only camping trip resulted in a massive rash, sunburn and blisters all over my face. Yikes!

(Rich now knows why I have refused to go camping for the previous 32 years of my life)

So if I’m not outdoorsy, what’s up with the rock?

Well, last week I was speaking at an event, and one of the things that all of the attendees were given, was a rock. It was quite the unusual “gift” for attendees, I mean, you usually only get a pen and a hotel pad!

The gift turned out to be life altering.

Stick with me….

The attendees were told to write their 5-year goals on one side of the rock. On the other side they had to write why they deserved to reach those goals.

Wow!

Many wrestled with their “monkeys” (emotional hang-ups), telling them that they didn’t “deserve” any of the goals. As the weekend progressed, breakthroughs were made that as a result of those rocks. These otherwise highly motivated entrepreneurs began to see that they DID deserve to reach their goals. That was a MAJOR step in the right direction.

I, on the other hand, as a speaker, did not get a rock that weekend, but I vowed to get one once I returned home.

When I got home, I went it search of the most perfect rock, and I found it. It’s the one in the picture at the top of this article. ; ) It was beautiful (so it would look great on my desk), smooth, and most importantly had plenty of space for me to write on it.

I brought it home and placed it on the kitchen table.

Countless times I just sat and stared at the rock, not wrestling with WHY I deserved to reach my goals, but what exactly my goals for the next 5 years were.

(shocking, I know, right?)

Let me explain…

For the previous 5 years, my big, pot ‘o gold, goal was to finally be able to spend more of my time helping aspiring entrepreneurs, as opposed to practicing law all day every day.

On August 1st that goal was met.

Now, that I have accomplished something that I felt was virtually impossible only 5 short years ago, I felt like my life was a blank canvas.

What picture did I want to paint over the next 5 years?

That rock made me think long and hard about where I was headed.

And to be honest, it freaked me out quite a bit to realize that I had no clue where I was headed. I felt like I was driving 90 down the expressway with no actual destination in mind.

How ridiculous is that?!?

For over a year, a colleague of mine kept telling me to write down my goals. For over a year, I told her “next week”.The reality was, I didn’t have “time” to make big goals, I just needed to keep taking action on my daily “to-do” lists.

Yet, as I stared at that rock, I felt like a fool.

How could I actually reach any major goals if I don’t set them?

Was I going to somehow get there “by accident”? Perhaps…

But I decided in that moment, that I would no longer live my life by default. I would live my life by design. I have decided to regularly set goals both large and small, that way I know exactly where I’m headed at any given moment.

Some of you may be thinking…. “aren’t you afraid of “not reaching a goal that you set?”

This may surprise you, but the answer is, “NO!”

I believe that I can reach any goal that I set for myself, and you can too!

So, my hurdle wasn’t a feeling like I didn’t deserve to achieve my goal, or even a fear of not achieving the goals.

The rock showed me that I needed to decide out of the limitless possibilities for my life, which goals I would achieve in the next 5 years.

As I wrote the words in permanent marker on that rock, I felt tremendous clarity…

The clarity was immediately followed by a rash of ideas of how to make those goals happen.

I want the same clarity for you!  So what are you waiting for?

Go play outside and find yourself a rock….it’ll change your life!

If you enjoyed this story or think that a friend could benefit from the lesson I shared, please SHARE this article.  Do you have any special methods of setting your goals? Did you try the “rock” exercise?  If so, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!

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A Crazy Shower Experience

May 31, 2012

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 In today’s video, I am going to get a bit intimate.  That’s right…

I’m going to share an experience I had in a hotel shower that I will never forget.

This lesson is all about expectations.  In life and in business, many of the emotions we experience are a direct result of the expectations we have about certain events, people, or tasks.

This story is about a little historic hotel in Ely, Nevada named Hotel Nevada, where I had a shower that I won’t soon forget! Check it out!


 

If you enjoyed this story or think that a friend could benefit from the lesson I shared, please SHARE this video.  Have you had a similar expectation that was exceeded?  If so, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!

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PPS. Here’s another warning sign on the bathroom door!

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Winning Life’s Great Balancing Act

May 28, 2012

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Unlike Rich, who showed signs of being an entrepreneur at the tender age of 9, I never knew I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body until I was 26.

Since that time, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to truly succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is about the power of choices.

When I was young, I used to love reading Choose Your Own Adventure books.

In case you didn’t have the good fortune to read these books… as you read the story, you are given choices—for option 1, you turn to page 7 and for option 2, you turn to page 9, then you get to the bottom of that page and you’re given 2 or 3 more choices….

Every story is different because of the numerous choices that you get to make as the reader.

I’ve found that my life over the past nearly 6 years has been quite similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure book, especially since I’ve been pursuing my entrepreneurial ambitions while practicing law full-time.

I know there are many of you out there that are doing the juggling act that I’ve been doing over the years, and some of you have kids on top of a full-time job and your business.  Even if you don’t fall into this category, this lesson is universal, so listen up! ; )

Every single day you are presented with a multitude of choices.  Each choice you make takes you one step closer or one step further away from your entrepreneurial goals.

For example, if you’ve just completed a course on, say, blogging.  You then have a choice:

A.  Implement what you just learned

B.  Buy another course (Hey, you need to be an expert before you get started, right?)

C.  Watch TV/Visit with friends/Re-organize your sock drawer, etc. (“I’ll get back “on track” next week/month/year”)

D. Quit (“hey, this entrepreneur stuff is too hard!”)

Over the years, I’ve seen about 10% choose Option D.  60% of people choose Option C, and another 20% choose Option B.  Amazing only a tiny 10% choose Option A.

Guess who is making 99% of the money?

The people who choose Option A.

Why don’t more people choose Option A?

I really don’t know…. some may be deterred by that pesky monkey on their shoulder that tells them that they aren’t good enough to get started.

(My suggestion— kick that stupid monkey to the curb!)

Others simply lack the discipline necessary.  They fall prey to the “hype” in our industry that says you can make money with no effort.

(That’s all that is, by the way, hype!)

The truth of the matter is that it takes hard work and a lot of self-discipline to succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.

Presumably you started down the entrepreneurial path in order to reach a goal or achieve a dream, right?

So let me ask you a simple question…

Are Your Dreams/Goals Worth It?

If the answer to that question is “Yes!” then continue reading…

Our answer to that question is a resounding “YES!”

Rich and I have foregone many a social outing or trip just to work on our business. It’s why we are getting the results that we are. Regardless of what anyone tells you- when you’re just starting out, you can’t sit on the beach 24/7 and generate over 10,000 leads and become a top affiliate like we have.

It takes discipline and sacrifice.

But it’s sacrifice for the greater good…. every social outing I forego to work on our business means that another group of entrepreneurs is going to be equipped to reach their goals.  The more entrepreneurs that we help reach their goals, the closer we are to reaching our own.

Every TV show I miss, means that we are that much closer to living the dream lifestyle of building our online empire while travelling the world.

(Yes, I did say online empire—we’ve got enormous plans!) ; )

Your entrepreneurial future is truly in your hands and no one else’s.  With each decision you make, do a little “check” and ask yourself:

“Is this going to take me one step closer or one step further away from my goals”?

and then ask yourself

“Am I OK with that result?”

I ran across an amazing video recently that sums up this article perfectly.  Have a look and if you know of someone who could benefit from this article, please share it. 

 

If this article has resonated with you, we’d love to hear your thoughts and pearls of wisdom!

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How People Will Listen Even If You Feel Like You Haven’t Done Squat

May 9, 2012

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In this video I share what you can do to build your business in integrity even if you haven’t gotten a lot of great results in your business yet.

Click here if you need a step by step blueprint to help you attract red-hot prospects to your business.

To your success,

Rich Hazlett

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What Is The Renegade Team?

May 8, 2012

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What is The Renegade Team? I tell people that it’s like the missing piece that Natasha and I never had when we were first getting started online in 2007. When we first discovered attraction marketing, nobody that we knew of in our company was really doing anything to build their business online.

Because we were “on our own” it left us in the position of having to learn how to attract prospects to us in our business by ourselves with nobody to get feedback from or bounce ideas off of to make sure we weren’t heading down the wrong path. The Renegade Team

The platform is the solution to those challenges that we faced when we were just getting started because it’s a community that offers step by step training on how to set up your first lead funnel along with powerful training on traffic generation as well as consultative selling…so you can learn how to turn leads into sales.

The Renegade Team was created by online attraction marketing pioneer Ann Sieg, the author of the extremely popular Renegade Network Marketer e-book. Ann is regarded as the “Godmother of Attraction Marketing” and has generated more than $10 million in online sales.

One of the most important and popular aspects of being a member of the team is the “help and be helped” community available through our private Facebook group. The power of this group is that it allows you immediate access to be able get feedback about your marketing efforts from other experienced online marketers.

Who could benefit from joining The Renegade Team?

Our group is a team of highly motivated entrepreneurs who practice cutting edge marketing strategies that will be benefit someone whether they are brand new or experienced veterans who have already generated more than 10,000 leads online like Natasha and me.

Did you just put together your first free offer for your blog or set up a new capture page (or maybe you have no idea what those are…we can help with that too)? Rather than spending a long time driving traffic to something that won’t convert well, wouldn’t you rather get quick feedback from experts who could help cut off a ton of time from your learning curve? That’s the power of The Renegade Team community.

If you’re like Natasha and me you probably have no problem putting in the long hours of work in order to achieve your goals. The challenge is actually knowing what you should be spending your time doing. When we got started online we just had to “wing it” and go down the wrong path several times before things finally started to click for us in our business. You can take the long windy road to success like we did…or you can just join The Renegade Team and shorten your learning curve by taking the superhighway to success.

To your success,

Rich Hazlett

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You Have a DUTY to Succeed?!?

March 7, 2011

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I’m totally ashamed to admit there were times over the past 4 years, that I was SO frustrated with my business, that I almost threw my hands up and said…

“What’s the POINT of continuing?” “Even if I figure out how to make it work, no one will be able to do what I’ve done.

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