Herbalife Leader Honored For Humanitarian Work

Herbalife Chariman and CEO Michael Johnson was one of several people honored by non-profit youth center A Place Called Home at it’s 15th annual “Gala For The Children.”

Founded in 1993 by Deborah Constance, A Place Called Home provides at-risk youth with aid and assistance with learning life-skills and a shelter from street influences (gangs, drugs, etc).

Herbalife leader Johnson received teh Deborah Constance Humanitarian award for his work with the development of the Casa Herbalife Program to help children worldwide with nutritional issues.  Our hats go off to Mr. Johnson; such work exemplifies the positive impact that entrepreneuralism can have on this world.

HBSA Scam? What Is The TRUTH About HBSA?

Home Business Success Academy (HBSA) is a training organization for home business entrepreneurs, network marketers, and retail business owners.  Founded in 2008 with the goal of providing top-tier training to marketers and entrepreneurs world-wide, they have gotten much notoriety for their blunt style and cutting-edge direct response marketing and education.

However, not everyone is a fan of the HBSA – in this brief post, I’ll review the good, the bad, and maybe even the ugly of becoming an HBSA student.

Let me be up front in saying that I have a vested interest in the HBSA.  That said, I think I can be objective enough to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the organization.

HBSA – The Good

The HBSA is direct and to-the-point.  One of the good things about becoming an HBSA student is that all the staff have a very direct style.  The education itself is very meat-and-potatoes – the attitude is “here is what works, now go and do it”.  They don’t necessarily provide a lot of “motivational” or “feel-good” information, which is nice sometimes.  However, in network marketing, there is plenty of feel-good information, and the education provided is very effective.

It mainly focuses on prospecting, closing, and using online marketing sequences to target interested prospects.  They talk about Web 2.0, copy writing, and other marketing tools.  It’s a neat curriculum.

HBSA – The Bad

For starters, HBSA is definitely not for people who want to get rich quick.  They state repeatedly that growing the skills to develop a successful business take some time, and that the only people who get rich quick are lottery winners.  They are also pretty hard on hype – they don’t like exaggeration, and they support many of the FTC regulations that affect the network marketing industry.

The training is also not cheap – training packages run into the thousands of dollars.  However, there are some substantial guarantees that are included, which is nice.

HBSA – The Ugly

The only really ugly thing about HBSA is their refund policy – in order to get a refund, you have to either return your training package within a week of getting it, or you have to actually use the training  and apply it to qualify for their guarantees.  However, they state this up front, so it’s not in any fine print or in a “weasel clause”.  The only time it will be an issue is if someone enrolls and then decides they don’t want to work their business any more.

To sum up,  if you are anything less than dedicated to your success as an entrepreneur and self-sufficient marketer, then hiring the HBSA would not be a good move.  On the other hand, if you are serious about your business, want to learn how to become pro-level marketer, and are willing to work for success, then the HBSA would be a great asset.

MLM Businesses Are Not Lotteries

The following article is taken from the MLM Legal Primer from http://www.mlmlaw.com/. This article looks specifically at how lottery laws can be and are applied to MLM companies.

Federal and state multilevel marketing and anti-pyramid statutes are components of a comprehensive consumer protection umbrella. These laws are designed to protect individuals from being defrauded [Read more…]

Thanksgiving – What are you thankful for?

I’m pretty grateful.  Here’s a list of 100 of my grattitudes, in no specific order:

  1. My wife
  2. My son
  3. My house
  4. Vehicles that work
  5. My unborn baby
  6. My blog
  7. The knowledge I’ve acquired
  8. Other marketers
  9. Our Underwriters and Affiliates
  10. Capitalism
  11. The gym
  12. HBSA
  13. Creativity
  14. Health
  15. The ability to focus
  16. Sunshine
  17. Word processing software
  18. Google
  19. Radiohead
  20. Fax machines
  21. Comfortable flip-flops
  22. Steve Jobs
  23. Globalism
  24. Cell phones
  25. Email
  26. Inlaws
  27. The English language
  28. FedEx
  29. Crayons
  30. My business partner
  31. Organic food
  32. Clocks
  33. Wood stoves
  34. Physical ability
  35. Turkey
  36. Stuffing
  37. Pumpkin pie
  38. A blue sky
  39. Botanical beauty (flowers, trees, etc)
  40. Working on cars
  41. Youtube
  42. Ability to help people
  43. Innovation
  44. Electricity
  45. Emotions
  46. Merchant accounts
  47. Target practice
  48. Dan Kennedy
  49. Dictionaries
  50. Pull-up bars
  51. Thesaurus’s
  52. Ultra-soft Kleenexes
  53. The 2nd Amendment
  54. Energy
  55. Children’s perspective
  56. Smiles
  57. Dancing
  58. Laughter
  59. Piano players
  60. Pictures of people I love from back when they were kids
  61. Pets
  62. Generosity
  63. Fire
  64. 4-wheel drive
  65. Street sweepers
  66. Car washes
  67. Arm wrestling
  68. The DNC list
  69. Spam
  70. Good movies
  71. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  72. Chiropractors
  73. Football
  74. Running water
  75. The Colorado Rockies (actual geography, not the sports team)
  76. Snowboarding
  77. Beaches
  78. Rich people
  79. Poor people
  80. Brave people
  81. Lance Armstrong
  82. Swimming lessons
  83. The Olympics
  84. The founding fathers
  85. Disco music (it’s funny)
  86. Opportunity
  87. Winter snow
  88. Good books
  89. Coolwater (cologne)
  90. Air transportation
  91. Starbucks coffee
  92. Wal-Mart
  93. Wal-Mart protesters
  94. Freedom of speech
  95. Akitas
  96. Alaska
  97. Constellations
  98. The past
  99. The future
  100. Right now