Thanksgiving Gratitude For 2014

It’s here! Our annual Thanksgiving post, recapping some of the reasons we are personally very grateful this year, and some things that we all have to be grateful this year.

What Is HBSA Grateful For?

It’s been a great year so far.  Our student enrollments are the highest this year than they have ever been in HBSA history.  We have YOU (our students) to thank for that, and we do: thank you.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with and help you this year. Thank you for take the time to learn and invest in yourself, and for letting us participate with you through that process.

We’re so grateful for our partners, vendors, and colleagues who make what we do possible. Going through the whole list would take up more than one blog post. Suffice it to say, there are many people to whom we are incredibly grateful for their hard work, time, and energy in helping us do what we do.  Thank you.

Due to a strategic alliance, we’ve been able to expand our product offerings into two new markets this year. It was a big win, and we’re very grateful for the partners who worked us to accomplish that.

We have had some very special students come through our doors this year, people with remarkable attitudes, a huge work ethic, and are a pleasure to work with and watch become more successful. Thank you for inspiring us!

What Are You Be Grateful For?

Now, you may have had a great year. Or maybe, a mediocre year. Perhaps, a lousy year.

We’ve had all those experiences. I can tell you when you’re at a point where you are having trouble adding up the reasons you should be grateful, it pays to spend some time getting a little perspective.

We’re entrepreneurs.  You’re an entrepreneur.

I wonder though, what would happen if we learned  how to think like an engineer instead?

I wonder what would happen if instead of the fear and frustration that many associate with failure…we committed to fail as fast as we could, to get to where we wanted to be?  I wonder what would happen if we shifted our focus from getting a specific result immediately, to being grateful for what we have as we strive for more?

Are you reading this with eyes that work? If so, be grateful.  285 million people around the world are visually impaired.

Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury this year? If not, be grateful. 1.4 million in the US alone, did.

Did you lose someone you loved this year?  Many other people have.  In fact, it’s happening right now(This is in real-time.  Realize that these are beloved family members – mothers, fathers, children, siblings, cousins, grandparents…real people).

Did you go bankrupt this year? About a million folks have so far.

Desire is a good thing. It helps us – inspires us – motivates us.  Desires are good, but when they master us, and we become slaves to them, then it can move to place where we are blind to what we have and can only see the goal that we want to achieve.

I’ve been on the entrepreneurial road for a long time. I can tell you, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.  Those who view their businesses with an “instant gratification” mentality just seem to quit much more frequently than those who understand that success is built upon failures.  That situational dissatisfaction is a fuel – it can serve as a driver and a motivation to achieve more and do more.  And just because you’re not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you cannot get there.


The Mystery Of Gratitude

We don’t understand why a mindset of gratitude works to help us tap into our creativity better than a mindset of frustration or despondency.  But we do understand how gratitude helps us to be happier.

And that’s one of the goals, right? Money, success, impact…they all matter. But happiness matters too. In fact, if you accomplish everything other than a measure of happiness…if you have all the achievement, money, success, and impact in the world, but lack happiness, then we would say that is the definition of failure, not success.

And as you saw in the video, a fast and simple way to increase happiness right now is to simply verbalize what you’re already grateful for.

If you want to take a moment to increase your happiness, write it out in the comments below. What are you grateful for this year? Who are you grateful for?  Don’t just think it – verbalize it, write it out, express it.  THAT is what will increase your happiness.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Bad Networkers – What To Do With Them

If you are new to the network marketing industry, you may not have had the opportunity yet to get a “bad networker” in your downline.

It happens though. It’s inevitable. No matter what kind of leader you are, you will end up with problem downline members from time to time.  Below are the three most common challenge-types we see in people’s downlines, and how to fix the issue ASAP.


1. Problem Networker #1 – The Bad Attitude

Some people have bad attitudes. They’re easy to spot, as they love to make their little and loud opinions heard. Constantly. They complain, they doubt, they fuss, and they may even whine. 

They are rarely take responsibility for their results, or their mistakes. They have scapegoats galore – if they have a problem, it’s someone or something else’s fault. 

They are acutely aware of their rights, their entitlements, and what their expectations, and equally unaware of their obligations, responsibilities, and commitments. 

They invest an inordinate amount of time complaining about any perceived imperfection they may find or observe in others. They use as much time as possible to create a story of being a victim of life.


The best fix for this kind of problem is to simply avoid this type of prospect in the first place. They will typically give you plenty of warning that they are “one of THOSE types”, and you should pay attention to those warning signs if you see them.  If you are unfortunate enough to enroll one of these folks into your downline, they will cause so many problems and contribute so many challenges to your life that it will not be worth sponsoring them in the first place. 

If you find out later that you have one of these folks on your team, it’s best to be direct, and sooner than later. Be compassionate, but firm. Let them know that you want to help them, that you’d like to see them succeed, but that they will need to make some changes with how they approach and treat their life as well as their business. Every day is a new day, and the only thing stopping this networker from turning their life around is a few adjustments in what they do with their thoughts, their focus, and their words.


2. Problem Networker #2 – The Time-Waster

This networker never has enough time. They somehow never find enough time in the day to do the activities that will actually GROW their business. They shuffle emails, they hang out on Facebook like it’s a job, but when it comes down to the hard work of growing a real business, they avoid it in favor of a less-productive activity.

This networker may show up with another “idea” to grow a business, but never actually implement it to achieve results.  Or they may


Most of the time, the reason this networker is wasting their time on other things is they are either afraid of something (usually failure, but sometimes success), or their have uninspiring goals.

Even if they are afraid of success or failure, an inspiring goal will help a person move forward and overcome that. Many people in this industry set their goals as low-priority – meaning, they may not LIKE their job, but it’s not terrible. Or they would LIKE to have more money, but it’s not a MUST. In other words, they are comfortable, and comfort is best friends with mediocrity.

If your downline member is comfortable, they need to find some more inspiring goals to get them taking MASSIVE, FOCUSED ACTION on and moving forward in a way that utilizes their time effectively.

3. Problem Networker #3 – The Bumbler

This networker can’t seem to get anything right. They fumble, they bumble, they don’t know what to say, or how to say it. They don’t have a clue about growing their business, they seem perpetually confused about life, and they usually show up late to everything.

Solution – TRAINING

This type of networker has the most potential, as they are simply confused. Many times, laying out a very structred plan of attack, on what they need to do, and how they need to do it, will work wonders.

You may need to spend extra time role-playing with this person, or helping them understand the “big picture” but then breaking it down into very bite-sized steps so they can act on it.

As a leader, you’ll discover that many times, quality training can empower and dramatically propel the people on your team to the next level. As the quote goes, “the speed of the leader is the speed of the gang”.