Monthly Archives: April 2015

Made in the Shade?

Lynn with clipon sunglasses

Ordinary clip-on shades… not the fancy ones!

When I was a college student, I hand-cut loaves of bread and assembled made-to-order submarine sandwiches to earn spending money.

It was the era when a certain sunglasses manufacturer burst into the Midwest markets and was proclaiming some type of “nuclear” protection. For a price.

As I recall, minimum wage was slightly over $3 … and those glasses started at $100.

One summer morning, my co-workers and I were relaxing around the break table, getting a short rest before hungry office workers began lining up and looking at their watches every 2 minutes.

Mary had a big smile on her face and was jabbing her finger at the ad in her hand. “Did you see you can choose the color of the frame? and the lens! They’ll make those changes for you and you can walk out of the store with exactly what you want!” A few of the ladies were considering buying a pair. Our red polo shirt uniforms added a visual energy to our rapid hand gestures, as we discussed what our favorite pair would look like… and where we would wear them first.

The friendly manager overheard us and ambled over to join the conversation. “I’ve been saving up for a month and I’m buying a pair after the next paycheck.”

A wave of sincere congratulations and smiles rose from the table, but we exchanged wistful looks with each other.

Later that week, one of the owners unexpectedly walked through the front doorway. He was a fairly young guy, perhaps 5 years older than I. He and his business partner owned this franchise location as well as 3 other ones.

I complimented him on his new shades.

“Thanks, I just bought these yesterday!” With his tanned left hand he whipped off the pair perched on his summer-blond hair and quickly pointed out the features he chose during the customization. “And I like them so much, I’m considering going back next week to pick up another pair!”

I knew he wasn’t rubbing his wealth in my face. But later that afternoon, when I was staffing the store by myself and all was quiet, I grabbed a napkin and pen.

I was a shift supervisor, the highest pay bracket below manager, making not much above the legal minimum wage.

I began writing numbers and multiplying.

If I worked 40 hours a week, buying one pair would still be a ridiculous extravagance.

So if I couldn’t afford a pair, the manager could after a month or so, but the business owner could buy them on a whim… then that tells me a lot about who does most of the work… and who keeps most of the money.

And which one I might consider being, after graduating from college… if I got bored with engineering.

That lesson has stuck with me through the years.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Effective leadership?

While I was Skyping with a minister yesterday, we were talking about the nature of leadership in many spiritual communities. I was comparing her experiences to mine as a leader in my network marketing organization.

She mentioned the word “voluntary.”

I thought, “Yes, that’s precisely it!”

In network marketing, we lead groups of people who volunteer to join our organizations.

As “upline” or “leadership line” mentors, we don’t have the typical “command and control” type of authority over our teammates. We can’t cancel their contract with the parent company for taking too much time off. We can’t dock their pay nor demote them because they have a sour attitude about a recent change to the product offerings.

On the other hand, they are not unpaid volunteers. A compensation plan is in place, and they are rewarded for their results.

My biggest lesson from that conversation …. when I’m reading about or taking seminars about “leadership,” discern which type is being taught: command-and-control, or voluntary?

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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The New Frontier

Red rocks in American West

Ever hear of a “land grab?”

That’s a colorful way of describing people grabbing a scarce resource, quickly.

Think about pioneers staking their homestead claims in the western USA prairies. Or discovering gold, silver, or oil… and protecting it.

Old ways of creating wealth typically involved physical resources such as land, precious metals, or controlling labor of large numbers of people. All these were dependent on exterior items and required large amounts of money or time. And the value was based on the scarcity of the resource.

In contrast, modern-day wealth tends to come from inside the individual and is readily accessible. I’m speaking of intellectual property, which is developed from the imagination– an ever-replenishing resource. The Harry Potter phenomenon, selling web site names, programming smartphone apps, to name a few.

As more intellectual property is created and marketed, it continually re-triggers the insatiable human desire for the “new and shiny.” Its value is based on newness or degree of creativity.

Because it is based on a limitless resource, such modern-day financial prosperity is truly unlimited… and is accessible to you.

Are you staking your claim in the new frontier?

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Are you a junkie?

I will let industry trainer Randy Gage explain…

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–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Amount or Type?

His attitude started out skeptical.

Recently I attended a regional training seminar for our company, and the man to my left (I’ll call him John) was a guest of the man sitting farther down the row.

John had seen our business presentation, but hearing the top field leaders speaking from stage somehow created doubt in his mind.

When his host slipped out to use the restroom on a break, he motioned toward the stage and asked, “Can a regular person really make good money–build that size of team– with this type of business?”

In response I told him about the background of the most recent speaker– he was not born into wealth, for example there were metal detectors in his high school. And he had focused on building solid relationships since his late teenage years, so his success is built on much more than the work he did since joining the company.

John found that enlightening, and as we chatted he eventually began asking about the size of my team and customer base.

I thought, ‘He’s missing the point of what we’re offering.’

“The TYPE of money is more important than the amount. John,” I asked, “do you know about Robert Kiyosaki and the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” books?”

He did.

“In that first book,” I continued, “He talks about how you can make a lot of money with one-time payments– for example, most jobs and most small businesses, but the money STOPS if you stop working.”

John nodded in agreement.

“On the other hand, there is residual income or automatic money- which is money that comes in month after month, whether you are working, playing, or sleeping. Of course, you have to do work up-front to get it started, but it keeps paying you, month after month, year after year.”

I looked straight into his eyes and declared, “And if you truly understood the power of residual income, you would walk through brick walls to get it!”

“So, John, it’s not the AMOUNT of money that is most important, it is the TYPE.”

I could tell my last two statements startled him a little– and made him think.

“You are receiving great training here. If you would like to listen in during our weekly training call– taught by the guy who was on stage a minute ago– I can give you that number.”

He enthusiastically indicated yes, so I brought up that entry in my smartphone contact list and held it where he could easily read it.

As he copied the phone number and passcode, I learned he already owns a business– but obviously does not receive residual income from his efforts!

I sure hope John came on board with his host and is enjoying the benefits of being a member of our company’s team.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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