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Women’s Expo Recap, Part Deux: “An Indecent Proposal” from the Past March 15, 2011

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The Fantasy. The Reality. You've Got it Coming To you. Don't let your Rags-to-Riches become Riches-to-Rages!

I think I must have I analyzed the handwriting of about 60 people over the two days of the Women’s Expo. So I totally nailed the “attraction” part of the equation – and, according to what I’ve heard, I was one of the few vendors who did.

Now I have to get better at the “conversion” part. I was so focused on satisfying the demand for the free analyses, I barely had time to promote the items I had for actual sale, such as my new “WINDFALL” book and the handwriting analysis class I’m hosting in a couple of weeks.

Yet I scored some victories here too – partly because my book was featured at another table besides my own: the Perfect Publishing booth. (www.PerfectNetworker.com) There, Ken Rochon and the other authors in the Perfect Publishing program had all their new books proudly displayed.

My gratitude to Ken was amplified by contrast with another man who also showed up at the Women’s Expo – someone who, almost a year ago at another event (not related to the Women’s Expo), deluded himself into believing he was entitled to sex in exchange for giving me a professional boost.

I’m not kidding. He presumed “permission” where none was granted. His behavior was unprofessional at the very least, possibly even illegal. Seldom had I ever felt so violated, even though nothing “happened.” Just the fact that he asked, was bad enough.

I teach that a woman’s Primal Power is to decide whether, and when, sex will occur. That choice is always hers. What would it say about my integrity, if I couldn’t walk my own talk? Sure, I want to succeed, but not at the cost of granting unwilling sexual favors! Monica Lewinsky I ain’t.

Ken Rochon, on the other hand, never demanded anything unethical of me. He was completely straight-up in all his dealings, never over-promising or under-delivering. He “Kennected” me with an editor (www.Your-Words-Worth.com), graphic designer (www.CSheltraw.com), and printer (www.graphicpressweb.com), who all did exactly what they were supposed to do, on time. The production process went very smoothly and amazingly quickly, and the finished book looks terrific.

And then there’s Cara Michele Nether of Women in Wellness (www.WomenInWellness.com), who coordinated the Speakers’ Showcase including free promos on their website for all the speakers. She also set up the Speakers’ Bootcamp with Dave Elliott (www.mpowerunlimited.com) as the trainer, who is OZ-Some at teaching how to connect with people from the stage.

Last but far from least, Patsy Anderson herself, the Promoter Diva of the Women’s Expo. (www.WomensExpoMD.com and www.WellConnectedNetworking.com). She’s the one who set me up with Mick and Tara Carbo for  an interview on www.LiveYourDreamTV.com, Muni Ara Harun of www.TheSignMama.com who made my gorgeous booth displays, and Deanna Lilly of www.BiznessConcepts.com, who got my book’s splash page ready in time for the Expo.

Now THAT’s the kind of people I want to do business with.

See the results for yourself at www.RosannaTufts.com. The TV interview is there, as well as my “WINDFALL!” book and a free report, “YD-RW: Your Destiny, Re-Writable!”

 

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Women’s Expo Recap, Part I: How to Attract a Crowd and Make Them LOVE It March 15, 2011

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WOW. After last year’s monsoon rains, this year’s Women’s Expo was blessed with perfect weather – and I was ready, making a big impact. Thanks to The Sign Mama, who made a fabulous 6-foot vertical banner for my booth, promoting my new book, “WINDFALL!! Taming the Jealousy Monster when You or a Relative Comes Into Money.”

From my position on the floor, I could hear how the acoustics of the hall affected the results from the PA system for the Speakers’ Program – and quickly figured out that if you talked too fast, your words would be lost. So when it came my turn, I was careful to take my pace down, so my words would have time to “land.” My topic was handwriting analysis, and the audience was enthusiastic, laughing in all the right places.

As soon as I was done, my booth was swarmed with customers, eager to take me up on my offer of a free, on-the-spot handwriting analysis. From then on, until closing, they lined up like I was a land office! Once word got around at how incredibly accurate my assessments were, they told all their friends: “You gotta go see this lady!”

Kudos to my daughter Lily, only 11, who played the role of Faithful Assistant, instructing the waiting people on how to fill out the form. I could not have managed without her. Here’s some of the highlights from the samples I saw:

  • A lady with the “determination” trait. I asked her if she’d had to overcome a major physical challenge. She said she’d gotten herself off of drugs! “Goddess bless you,” I said, “Congratulations!”
  • A lady with an extremely erratic slant. I guessed (correctly) that she had a sugar addiction. “You can’t control your moods because the sugar is controlling you. It’s in the driver’s seat.” She confirmed that she was pre-diabetic, and I sent her to one of the health-and-wellness exhibitors for help with detox.
  • Two different ladies (who came to my booth independently of each other) with the “perfectionist” trait. When I mentioned this, all their friends burst out laughing!
  • Several people with “stubbornness issues” – I taught them how to shift that trait from stubbornness to true “persistence,” which will always get you the better deal.
  • Two people with “blind persistence” – I showed them a trait that would encourage greater flexibility.

The vast majority of the women I sampled had prominent “middle zone” writing, showing a focus on the day-to-day immediate concerns of life. The few men who took me up on my free offer, were more consistent in showing capacity for longer-range planning. Two women showed a very good balance between mundane activities and higher executive functioning, as well as being healthily grounded in their bodies.

Go to www.RosannaTufts.com, where you can not only order my “WINDFALL!” book, you can also get a FREE report on what these and other handwriting traits mean: “YD-RW — Your Destiny, Re-Writable!”

Stay tuned for Part Deux of the Women’s Expo Recap . . .

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The Power of Story May 23, 2010

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"My Love, I give you this Golden Crown"

One of my author friends once told me that humanity’s most basic needs are not three, but four: Food. Shelter, Clothing . . .  and Fiction.

I have wrestled with this off and on for years. Each time Circumstance pulls me away from Theatre, and each time I come back, it is with a desire and longing more powerful than before. 

Why? It makes no sense. Why would I do something where, according to “conventional wisdom,” the likelihood of financial success is so small? Why does it matter to me so much, to stand in front of an audience and just pour my heart out in song? 

Back in the day, being onstage was my sole hope of getting people to admire me instead of denigrate me. 

First it was school bullies I was trying to impress. Then it was a compensation for teenage social awkwardness. Then it was proof to my employers that I wasn’t incompetent, I was just in the wrong job. 

In every case, Theatre or Music (and sometimes both simultaneously) was a means to get them to see me for what I really am, not for what they think I am, or wish I was. 

But that’s not going to get an aspiring thespian very far. In some cases, it will even antagonize the very people you need most in order to really succeed. 

What really matters is . . . the Story. 

When you can keep your focus on the Story rather than upon yourself, when everything you do is in service to the Story you are telling, your chances of success are much greater. 

I found that out when I came up with the idea for a musical update of the myth of Persephone. No longer was I a wanna-be soprano, scrambling for little scraps of praise and approval. Overnight I became someone with an original Story to tell, something unique to bring to the table, something that nobody else was doing. 

The Story of how that happened, is a Story all to itself.

Story motivates people to think about their lives — and does it at a subliminal level, without preaching. Story slips past barriers that would otherwise be more adamantly reinforced by direct criticism. By looking at it as an Observer, you can say, “I can relate to that character” and learn from what the character does, then go back and implement it in your own life. 

Show, not Tell.

A Good Story can . . . 

 

  • Show a man how to woo a woman.
  • Show a woman how to recognize desirable character traits in a man.
  • Show you when you are being too obsessed about something.
  • Show you how to listen for the whispers of Divine Guidance when the voice of your own fear is too loud.
  • Show you where to find strength when you think all hope is gone.
  • Show you how to think outside the box for an innovative solution.
  • Show you hypocrisy, and expose it with hilarity. 
  • Show you when it’s time to relax and just enjoy good company. 
  • Show you how to die courageously. 
  • Show you when you need to ask for help, and when you need to keep your own counsel. 
  • Show you how to help someone in trouble. 
  • Show you how to spot the chinks in an enemy’s armor. 
  • Show you when you need to step in, and when you need to let someone go his own way. 

and of course,

  • Show you how to create something that people will pay you handsomely for.

All this and much more. And that’s why . . . the Show Must Go On. 

Notice the pattern here: In most cases, Stories are about People. The accumulation of riches is usually a secondary consideration, a consequence of doing something good for someone. When Money (or Power) is the primary focus of a lead character, the Story does not end well. 

So, in And God Said, “Let There Be Money” (a book that would also make a great screenplay), I update the tale of Acres of Diamonds with a story about a man who goes on wild goose chases looking for money in all the wrong places, and how his inability to control his hair-trigger temper drives his wife to seek solace in a love affair . . .  which in turn kicks her creativity into high gear. He comes to ruination while still remaining clueless as to the real reasons why, while she goes on to fame and fortune by creating works of real value.

In Mr. Right, Mr. Lame, or Mr. Hyde? and Cool Girl, or Neurotic Nellie?, a Heart-boiled Detective named “Cherchee la Femme-Noir” goes on the case to  help her clients solve the mystery of finding the Ideal Mate — how to spot clues that someone may be a false lead, or a Keeper. Your fortune will rise or fall depending upon your choice of life partner; these books will help you make the right choice. You make a different “buying decision” when you are investing long-term. 

And, in The Passion of Persephone (a rock opera), I tell a story of finding your own path in life, even when that path doesn’t match what your parents want for you; a story of being tested to see what you are really made of; a steamy story of love and sexual awakening. Persephone gains wealth (in the form of a golden crown from Hades) by facing her fear of pain, death, and parental disapproval; by finding love in the unlikeliest of places; and by finding her hidden talent. 

What story changed your life?

 

100 Internet Marketers, No Waiting May 17, 2010

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I was supposed to go to my high school alma mater in Connecticut for their reunion weekend this past Friday.

So how did I end up in Philadelphia, at a convention of internet marketers, instead?

It was a last-possible-second decision. After a very hectic Thursday morning, I managed to catch the last half-hour of a “Business Growth Expo” put on by the Baltimore Business Journal.

And there, I ran across an old acquaintance from my former life during my ill-fated career as a real estate investor, back when I was still married to Dennis.

As has now been my custom since December of 2009, I was walking around the exhibit hall wearing my trademark brand, the 1940s lady-detective outfit, to promote my public-speaking and forthcoming books, “Mr. Right, Mr. Lame, or Mr. Hyde?” and “Cool Girl, or Neurotic Nellie?”

This old acquaintance knew some of my history, and had been tracking my career from a distance since 2005. But seeing me this time, in my outfit with my killer elevator speech (“your perfect career and your perfect love shouldn’t be a Big Mystery!”), he spotted the kind of talent he was looking for.

He pulled me aside as the trade show was packing up. He told me about an event that was happening this same weekend as the reunion, where a whole lot of online business people would be getting together to discuss their projects and find out how they could help each other out as Joint-Venture Partners (aka JVPs).

Somehow, he instinctively knew that I’d been praying for just such an opportunity, to assemble a Mastermind Team around me to coordinate my career. But it would mean I’d have to miss the reunion.

What were the odds of my finding the kinds of connections I sought, at the reunion? What was the highest and best use of my time? Where was I most likely to be “in the right place, at the right time”?

I decided that this was the Law of Attraction in Action, serendipitously bringing me what I’d been asking for, in this unexpected way.

Making arrangements for care-coverage of my daughter turned out to be ridiculously easy — no hassles, no obstacles. Within the hour, everything was set up and I was clear to go, as if I was supposed to be there.

That same night, there I was in Philly. On a free ticket, yet — my old acquaintance got me in.

Friday morning, about 65 people were in the room, and more would be arriving on Saturday. (Women were distinctly in the minority.) Ken McArthur, during his keynote address, allowed some time for people in the audience to come to the front and tell a little bit about their projects, and say what kind of people they were looking to partner with. (This was something like the model used for BNI meetings.)

Here was a chance to make myself known right away — all I needed was a little chutzpah. I was again dressed in my detective’s trenchcoat and fedora, and needed to make it clear that even though I was a newbie, I was not an out-of-place clueless freak among all these savvy internet marketers, that I could hold my own with the best of ’em.

So when it came my turn, I took a very deadpan, gumshoe approach. Holding my convention badge up beside my face as if it were a law-enforcement ID, I said:

“Mr. McArthur, I’m Special Agent Rosanna Tufts of OZ-Some Success.” Then, pulling out my magnifying glass from my coat pocket — “I’m investigating the murder of the American Dream. I’d like to ask you a few questions.”

It worked — Ken, who didn’t know me from Eve, was nonplussed, and the crowd erupted in appreciative laughter! Had the whole room at Hello!

As the two days wore on, there were about a dozen speakers (the best-known of these was Joel Comm, author of “Twitter Power” and “The AdSense Code”) as well as a copywriters’ panel and HotSeat experiences where hand-picked attendees would get the chance to have their internet-business ideas picked apart and improved by a panel of experts.

As is true of almost any seminar, the speeches were pitch-fests, but nobody was forcing me to “buy” anything — I could just take notes and pick and choose what makes the most sense for what I need at this time of my life,

But the REAL action took place during the breaks, during lunches and dinners, and out in the hallways. That’s when you would get to talk one-on-one with people who could help you. The key here is to not focus so much on yourself and your own project, but to listen to THEIRS to see how you can help. Out of this Spirit of Giving, Joint Ventures are created.

Despite being a newcomer and not very experienced yet, I WAS able to help at least one person! I met a man who had created a special cream for rehabilitating skin that had experienced traumatic injury or was afflicted with “venous insufficiency.” I gave him direction on how he could get a higher profile for his product, telling him of resources and opportunities in his local area that he wasn’t aware existed.

And thanks to my knockout presentation on Friday morning, I was cherry-picked to be in a documentary, along with 5 other people, tracking our progress over the next 2 years, “starting from zero.”

It was an amazing thing, being in a roomful of 100 entrepreneurs, all focused with great ideas, all bent on taking control of their own destiny — and almost none of them were pie-in-the-sky chasers. I had thrown up a thought to the Universe, saying that I didn’t want to have friends who had convinced themselves they were doomed to live crappy lives because of the “hand” they’ve been dealt, that instead I wanted to associate with people who believe they can overcome anything.

For one weekend, I got to feel what that is like. And it won’t be the last.

Does This Unexpected Income have a Greater Meaning? May 8, 2009

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Prototype of large-format hanging file folder system

Prototype of large-format hanging file folder system

 

For those of you who clicked-through to here from Facebook, Twitter, or one of the other listserves I’m on, your curiosity piqued by the teaser, “What Do I Do with Class Action Check?” I’m betting some of you are facetiously thinking, “I’ll take it — sign it over to ME!”

But seriously, folks – let’s look at it from the perspective of the Law of Attraction. I was totally shocked when I opened up the envelope from the Federal Trade Commission and found a check inside for over $800. When was the last time you got paid for doing absolutely nothing?

This check has a history. It’s part of a class-action settlement that I didn’t even know about.

One thing that most of you don’t know about me: In addition to being the author of Don’t Start a Business without ME! and composer of The Passion of Persephone, I am also the inventor of an office product. It’s a hanging file folder that’s legal-size in width, but 3.75 inches taller, so it can accommodate newspaper articles and other large-format documents without excessive folding.

To make it, I cut a legal-size file folder apart at the fold, then cut a 3.75” length of another file folder at its base, cobbling the resulting three pieces back together with duct tape. (Yes, duct tape reaily does hold the world together!)

I even devised a storage unit with 3 drawers that are tall enough to accommodate these folders, by modifying a closet unit from Ikea. Everybody who has seen the prototype, believes “you’re going to make a ton of money with this.”

And that’s why I contacted Davison Inventegration, an R&D firm in Pennsylvania, in 2005. They were really excited about the concept, because they could see that it met a need that wasn’t currently being satisfied by anything currently in the office-supply market.

I signed a contract with them, authorizing them to do a patent search, file a trademark application, and develop a working prototype. They would also go to bat for me in negotiating the best possible terms of any licensing deals. I had a choice of contract terms: $8000 and a 20% commission payable to them out of any royalties I’d receive from licensing the product,  or $10,000 and a $15% commission, or $12,000 with a 10% commission. I chose the last of these.

They developed a portable prototype that was smaller than my file cabinets, something that could be easily sold for $24.95 retail. Several months later, they were ready to make a presentation to Fellowes, the makers of Banker’s Boxes.

This was a process that took several months of waiting – getting onto the manufacturer’s calendar (which often required at least 2 months’ lead time), then going to make the presentation, and then waiting a month or two to hear the result.

When Fellowes turned them (and me) down, it was back to the drawing board, so Davison Inventegration could rework the packaging of the prototype with the name and logo of the next manufacturer to be pitched.

Each time they had to do this, they would charge me another $335 to revamp the prototype.

It was a long, slow process, and I myself did not get to actually go with them to any of the presentations. After 4 tries, Davison came back to me again, with another prospect, another contract for me to sign, authorizing them to proceed – and another request for $335.

The kicker was their description of the latest prospective target: “In the past, we have made 14 presentations to this company and secured 0 licenses.”

Not exactly a track record to inspire confidence!

It was now November 2008, over three years since I’d begun working with Davison. By this point, I was really mad. I called them up and pulled a Donald Trump on them: “I’m not going to sign this contract. You’re Fired!”

Over the next six months, I pretty much just gave up on the project, as a new one claimed my attention: the writing  and publication of my book, Don’t Start a Business without ME! . . .

Until, out of the blue, I get this check from the FTC. The letter accompanying it reads: “The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, settled a lawsuit against Davison Design and Development, Inc., formerly known as Davison and Associates, Inc., and its principals. According to the FTC, the defendants enticed consumers with false claims about their invention promotion operation.

Of course, I was shocked, delighted, and grateful for the unforeseen income. But it also got me to wondering about how the Law of Attraction is playing into all of this: “Is the Universe trying to nudge me to pick up this project again?”

This happens in the same week that Warren Buffett sounded the death-knell for the nation’s newspapers. Believing that they will be entirely replaced by online communications, he “won’t buy them at any price.” And when Warren speaks, Wall Street listens.

And yet, even if people are buying newspapers less and less . . . they’re still keeping articles, and even entire special sections when their favorite sports teams win the World Series or Super Bowl, or some other really historic events that mean a great deal to them . . . aren’t they? Could a home product that preserves them for posterity still be a viable idea?

If so, how do I re-activate the project . . . without signing anything away to a so-called R&D firm? What manufacturers should I approach?

Anybody out there want to be a venture partner with me on this?

Your comments are welcomed below.

How NOT to make a Good First Impression April 28, 2009

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Sometimes, you can just TELL when somebody’s about to “bomb”…

 

I go to a lot of business networking meetings in my area – even before I wrote my book, I’ve been doing this. When you go to them, you can easily see who’s really got it “on the ball,” and who doesn’t.

 

At a networking meeting, everybody gets to stand up and do a 30-second Elevator Speech that tells the others what your business is. As you might expect, some of these pitches are snappy and memorable, others are real snoozers.

 

And then there are those who look like they have no business being there at all.

 

Case in point: A woman who stood up to say that she had just become a distributor for a well-known cosmetics company. But to look at her, you would never have known it.

 

For starters, she didn’t dress the part of a professional, but instead looked like she was getting ready to clean out her attic. She wore jeans and a baggy sweatshirt, with a lumberjack shirt on top.  

 

By itself, that would have been bad enough. But when she spoke . . . she was OOZING “no confidence.”

 

Instead of standing still and tall to convey Strength, she not only had a bit of a slouch, but she swayed back and forth as she talked. Such a stance conveys uncertainty, insecurity. It even makes a person look like they’re a bit embarrassed to be saying anything.

 

But the most damning thing of all was when she said, “I’m still trying to figure out how to make this thing work.”

 

Ouch!

 

Not One WORD about the benefits of the product line, or about what she herself would do to provide service to her prospects.

 

I don’t know how old she was, but she came off looking like a college sophomore who hadn’t even figured out what her Major was going to be, let alone what she was going to do with her Life!

 

Even without making any claims to be psychic, I could read virtually her entire life’s story, right there. She had gotten involved with this cosmetics company, not out of any particular love for the products, but because she was broke, couldn’t get a job, and didn’t know what else to do, “hoping” she’d be able to make some money at it.

 

THAT is the reason why I wrote “Don’t Start a Business without ME.” Because if, in your mind, YOU are doing the same thing, you are putting the cart before the horse.

 

And you won’t make ANY money at all.

 

Listen: when you stand up to give your pitch, your listeners are only interested in TWO things: “Have you got something I can use? And can I trust YOU to give it to me?” People will buy YOU, before they buy anything you are promoting. And you have to convey that you LOVE what you are promoting, so you can get other people to love it too.

 

If, with your body language, you are not silently saying, “I can solve your problem” . . . you are dead in the water.  

 

Even worse: Can you imagine, if this had happened in a roomful of men? A man, betraying such insecurity, would have been regarded by the other men as a milquetoast, a total wuss! A minnow, ripe to be eaten by sharks. At the very least, they would think, “Well, next time I have a problem, I’m certainly not going to turn to him for advice.”

 

And that is the reason why I make the bold claim that “Don’t Start a Business without ME” will also Save Your Sex Life. When times get tough, as they are now, the LAST thing a woman needs is the terrible feeling that her man is going to be part of the problem!

 

For all that women say they want men to be “sensitive,” in reality, the most sensitive thing a man can do for a woman, especially in a crisis (financial or otherwise), is to be powerful, self-assured, and protective of her. She needs to hear him say, with calm confidence in both word and deed, “We’re going to get through this.”

 

If he can’t, she will gradually but inevitably come to lose all respect for him. She won’t want to love him, and she won’t want to have sex with him either.

 

“Don’t Start a Business without ME!” shows you how to grow your career from the Inside Out, rather than latching onto a prefabricated business model that may not be a true reflection of who you really are. If your career is The Most Fun You Can Have Outside of Sex, you will be irresistibly sexy! Find out how at www.DontStartABusinessWithoutMe.com.

 

In this economy, you need Charisma on Command. Stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll tell you about a special program that helps you how to get it.

 

 

 

I just scored my first Webinar! April 26, 2009

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rtufts_241sm2Set the date NOW! I’ve just been invited to be a guest on my very first webinar! Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm  (EDT), I’ll be interviewed about my new book, “Don’t Start a Business without ME!” — and YOU can be there! The host is Gary Glasscock, a life coach at www.ManifestingYourLife.com. Listen in at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Gary-Glasscock.

A Lady Mechanic who Makes 7 Figures? April 21, 2009

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I’m getting to know a lady named Kathleen Gage, who is the author of “The Truth about Making Money on the Internet.” Here’s some nuggets from her:

“Increasing revenues using the power of the Internet takes vision, planning and implementation. All of this is connected to your systems.

“Do you have systems in place? If so, how effective are they? Are you consistent with what you do? Do you track your results? Do you think in the short term or long term with your systems?

“Anyone who is succeeding using the Internet in their marketing has effective systems in place, they are consistent, they track results and they think in both short term strategies and long term.

“Do you?”

Although we’ve barely met (I’ve only listened-in on a couple of her teleseminars, so far), one thing about her is immediately apparent:

She’s a Mechanic!

No, I don’t mean the kind of mechanic who fixes cars. I’m referring to the Mechanic (capital M) that is one of Roger Hamilton’s Eight Wealth Dynamics.

Roger Hamilton profiled extremely wealthy people to find out how they made their money. (People who got theirs by inheritance or lottery-win were not included in his research.) He discovered that there are 8 basic methods by which people may become wealthy. One of them is “Mechanic,” which is the ability to create Systems, devising procedures for other people to follow.

Other famous Mechanics include Henry Ford – he didn’t invent the automobile, but he figured out how to make them faster and cheaper than anybody else. Another is Ray Kroc – the hamburger was around long before he came along, but the Spee-dee Service System he put in place at McDonald’s became the standard that all other burger joints had to adopt if they expected to stay in business!

Now go back and look at Kathleen Gage’s Words of Wisdom again. Notice how many times she uses the word “system”? She’s referring to technological devices like e-commerce shopping carts, autoresponders, affiliate links, opt-in lists, teleseminars, and so on. She attributes her success to her effective use of Systems like these . . . and shows other people how to implement them for their own success.

The other seven Wealth Dynamics are: Creator (creates products and/or services), Star (creates and/or promotes brands), Supporter (mobilizers and leveragers of other people’s talent, even in companies they don’t create themselves), Deal-maker (negotiators who bring people together), Trader (buys low, sells high), Accumulator (buys and holds) and Lord (can squeeze the cash flow out of anything).

The rationale behind the Wealth Dynamics theory is that, like certain sports, YOU will have an affinity for at least one of them, and that you should stick to that, so you can play to your strengths. (Mine is “Star.”)

Wealth Dynamics also teaches the absolutely mind-blowing concept that “Real Wealth is whatever you have left . . . after all your money is gone.”

How can that possibly be? Find out in my new e-book, “Don’t Start a Business without ME!” available at www.DontStartABusinessWithoutMe.com. Or you can take the Wealth Dynamics Test for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/cnsrx8. To find out more about Kathleen Gage herself (and her “Systems”), go to http://www.kickstartcart.com/app/?af=973319. You can get her e-book, “The Truth about Making Money on the Internet” for FREE!

Kendall & Me: Separated at Birth? April 18, 2009

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Two Ladies, Same Dress!

Kendall Summerhawk, Lily Fay, Richard Shapiro, and Me

In 2004, I stepped out of an elevator in a New Orleans hotel, where the American Cash Flow Convention was being held. Suddenly somebody stopped me and said, “I really enjoyed your presentation today!”

Gee, thanks — there was just one problem: I WASN’T a presenter at this particular convention! The woman had mistaken me for someone else. Later that day, I figured out why: There was another lady at this convention, who happened to be wearing the exact same dress as me!

It was a vintage-style, brown Spencer Alexis dress, and the other lovely lady wearing it was Kendall Summerhawk. I introduced myself, saying “People are mistaking me for you!” In this picture, she’s on the left. In the middle is her honey, Richard Shapiro, who is holding MY honey, Lily Fay (who had just turned 5).

A chance meeting, that turned out to be a harbinger of things to come. The following year, the American Cash Flow Convention was held in San Francisco. Kendall was there again, and THIS time I determined to catch the presentation of hers that I’d missed the previous year. She encouraged everyone in the room to deposit their business cards in a basket, because she was going to end the lecture with a drawing for a prize. And I won! A prize package including her programs, “Marketing Makeover Kit” and “What To Say if you Hate to Sell.”

I’d never thought of myself as being much of a marketer, but I thought, “well, the Gods have seen fit to give me this, for FREE, so maybe they’re trying to tell me something!”

Here’s just a sample of what I’ve learned from Kendall: Make Decisions From The Level Where You Want To Be, Not From Where You Are Now.

This means: If you are making decisions and taking action as if you are a 5-figure business owner or employee, that’s where you’ll stay…stuck and frustrated. The moment you start thinking, acting and marketing first as a 6-figure business owner, then later as a 7-figure business owner, your income starts to leap forward.

Not only will your income start to reach that level, you’ll attract other people at that same level. For the longest time, I didn’t believe I could make that kind of money on my own — and I attracted husbands who believed in their own earning capacity even less than I did! Only when I began believing that I COULD make a 6 or even 7-figure annual income, did I begin to attract other potential romantic partners who can do the same!

I learned it the hard way — but YOU don’t have to! With my e-book “Don’t Start a Business without ME!”, your learning curve will be much shorter! Find out more at www.DontStartABusinessWithoutMe.com, and www.kendallsummerhawk.com.