Lessons on Cyber Monday Morning

Where you are in your career or where your business and who you are as a person today is exactly where you and the business are supposed to be. Decisions you made yesterday, last month or last year determine where you are now. Steps you didn’t take kept you from being on firmer ground.

All the foolishness of Black Friday with its throngs fighting for “deals” they can easily get December 15 through Christmas shows the lemming-like march of retail and reliance on a consumer economy. I held only one garage sale in my life and learned a valuable lesson. When someone walked up the driveway, to a person there was determination to make a buy. They did not want to leave without a purchase, so I quickly set up a ‘collectible’ table of junk. On this table was stuff we would have tossed in the trash or at best given to Goodwill. You know the Superman glass or milk mug the kids drank from, free wine glasses given as part of membership in a paperback book club, old sports gear, worthless tools… anything with a $1 or 50₵ price tag. My junk flew off that table faster than you can imagine.

So, what can we learn from hysteria marketing like this past weekend? The weak economy is not responsible for your performance any more than are business cycles or phases of the moon. Sure, things are more difficult today than five years ago, but look at others in your profession or industry. If they’re doing better than you, what do they know you don’t? Many millionaires were made last year running businesses started less than five years ago. They are not just lucky. They know their product, their target customers, and aggressively close sales.

My first technology company developed a unique product that amazed everyone in the industry, yet it sold very few units. There simply wasn’t a real or perceived need. Domino’s sells convenience, not pizza. Premium time piece makers sell jewelry and status, not watches. What do you sell? What is your customer/client buying? Customer needs or wants determine your product. Either you have a product few people want or need or your product is positioned poorly in the marketplace. Perhaps your faulty product message is responsible for poor sales.

Why does WD-40 sell so well? The manager of a local Home Depot told me WD-40 is the single most sold item in his inventory. WD-40 never changes other than size or container. It has more uses than a soybean and every home has some. Far from being the best lubricant, WD-40 is easy to use and familiar to us all. The company’s web site lists 2000+ product uses.WD-40 has inspired a SPAM (canned ham) type following of dedicated users and people just having fun with the brand. I even got a giant container of WD-40 as a gift a few years ago, a most useful and thoughtful gag gift if there ever was one.

A couple of decades ago I met someone who asked me to invest in a superior lubricant, something that would do more things much better than WD-40. The manufacturer explained the science and displayed charts galore to convince me how superior his product was. What he didn’t understand was most of the WD-40 sales then and now are to people very satisfied with the product as is and there was no way I would consider going against public opinion as strong as the legion of WD-40 users.

So, what are you doing to develop your brand and customer loyalty? Remember today’s market is the iPad generation. iPad… a product with no reason to exist other than people like it. Wow, they really do like it. Buyers today do not generally care how something is made. Nor do they care what the features and benefits are, or care anything other than what they can do with it. Does your product make them money? Enhance their love life? Let them live longer? Products selling today fall into one of those categories and if a product has enough cachet, the buyer forces a square peg product into one of those round holes.

Today the customer is King or Queen… they have the wallet and determine how the money or plastic is spent to get what they want. Think of the thousands of people doing what you are doing, selling comparable products or services and making big bucks. How are they doing it and you are not. Think about it and if you cannot figure it out buy time from somebody who can. Today’s market is just as vibrant as ever for the top sellers.

If the economy is so bad, why did hoards of manic shoppers leave turkey and family behind to storm retailers on Thanksgiving Day in prelude to Black Friday? Why were so many people fighting, literally, to lay out hard earned bucks for the next generation iPhone or the newest $300 Air Jordans? Our economic pie is ever expanding; the marketplace and consumer mindset is what is changing. It is your job to learn how to deal with these changes.

Internet Work Programs – Do You Want To Be Suckered By A Slimy Sales Job? Get The Top Four To Avoid

The Four Top Internet “Work From Home” or “Start your business Programs” to avoid? The few minutes it will take you to read this short article can save you thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours of un-productive work, and a world of pain!

1. Run from: Anything which involves you plowing through your family and friends!

My wife recently talked to an old friend. She was very glad to hear from her friend, until “The Pitch” started… On and on she went. Did it end the friendship? It didn’t help, that’s for sure. If you have to pitch friends and relatives, stay away from it!

2. Run from: Multi-Level Marketing.

Some people call these Ponzi schemes. They are not, but they have problems. I have never worked so hard in my life as I did trying to make money in “MLM”. We (my wife and I) did eventually join a program which worked for a while. The substantial money we made didn’t keep coming. This is where the problem is: If the Pay Plan actually works, you’ll eventually see it change, because if it “works” it is not sustainable. It is like building a house on sand.

3. Run from “Shopping” Programs.

These also involve getting your friends involved. They “sound good”, but don’t go there!

4. Run from: “Totally Turn-Key” Turkeys.

We humans are such suckers for anything which we think will make us substantial money while we do nothing for it. What is up with that? If those things work so well, why aren’t the people selling them just doing them? The problem with all the turn-key website deals is it takes time and money to get people to visit the website. For example? I wrote an eBook which makes a little money online. How? I pay Google and others for “the clicks”. How much? $4,000 a month! Yes, it works because the book “nets” about $2,500 a month. However (and here’s the rub) it took my very smart, net savvy son a lot of time just to make the $4,000 actually work. If I had paid him to do it, I would have lost money.

The key to home business success (in my opinion) is offline combined with online. Before you spend “dollar one” you’ll need to find a wonderful product which is deeply desired by droves of people, or you’ll need to develop a service, or learn a skill which has very high demand. By doing this, you can build a solid “real” business which will build wealth for you and your family.

Increasing Testosterone and Libido Naturally

Do you want to boost your libido and testosterone levels?

Testosterone is the principle male hormone. Muscle growth and aggressive behavior in men are attributed to this hormone. It is also responsible for controlling sexual and reproductive function in men.

Testosterone production in your body begins waning off after the age of 30. This fall in your testosterone levels is quite gradual at the rate of 1-1.5% a year. Certain factors, such as extreme stress, excessive body weight, sedentary lifestyle etc., can speed up testosterone decline in your body.

However, it is possible to enhance testosterone in your body naturally and safely.

Some of the best and easy ways to enhance testosterone in your body include the following:

1. Strength Training

This isn’t some well- guarded secret. Lifting weights can help boost free testosterone in your body, whether you are young or old. Some of the best exercises that can ensure a testosterone boost in your body include squats, lunges, deadlifts etc.

Weighted squats are extremely effective in enhancing testosterone. If you workout regularly, try to do some squats before performing your chest workout. You would be delightfully surprised to notice the difference in pump that you get in your chest. This is an effect of a testosterone boost that your body gets as a result of doing squats.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Adequate sleep is extremely important if you want to boost your testosterone levels. Your body releases testosterone during the REM phase of sleep. It is that part of your sleep when you dream.

Lack of sleep can disturb this cycle and it can lead to lower testosterone secretion in your body. Thus, try to get enough sleep each night. Hit your bed early, switch off all distractions including TV, iPhone and iPad and sleep peacefully.

3. Consume Enough Iodine

It is unfortunate that most people lack iodine in their body. Iodine is a mineral that is extremely important for the production of testosterone in your body. Your thyroid gland needs iodine in order to produce testosterone. It is also important for fat burning in the body.

Try to include foods that are rich in iodine in your diet. Some of these include milk, turkey, seafood including shrimps, cod, tuna etc.

4. Begin Using Natural Cosmetics

Most of the unnatural cosmetics include toxic chemicals and worst of them are parabens. Your shampoo, moisturizer, shaving gel, spray tanning solution, deodorant, toothpaste etc. contain parabens.

These parabens mimic estrogen or the female hormone in your body. They have an adverse effect on your testosterone production.

Thus, it’s a great idea to use natural cosmetics that are free of such parabens and other toxins.

5. Consume More Berries to Reduce Estrogen

Estrogen is the female hormone and berries are an excellent aid to help you get rid of this hormone. Berries like junipers, aronias and blueberries have a compound called Calsium-D-Glucarate that acts as a fiber that absorbs estrogen from your body before flushing it out.

6. Improve your Posture

This is a simple and easy trick that can boost your testosterone levels by as much as 20% in as little as 2 minutes. Your body language bears a deep impact on your testosterone levels.

Certain power positions in which you look more confident of your self can help raise testosterone levels almost immediately. They can also decline your cortisol levels by as much as 25% in a matter of minutes.

This is a fact that is supported by clinical studies.

7. Try a Natural Testosterone Booster

One of the best ways to enhance testosterone in your body is with the help of a natural testosterone supplement. Such supplements come with a powerful combination of herbs like tribulus, terrestris, ginseng, ginkgo biloba etc. They are also rich in minerals like zinc, selenium. magnesium etc. and amino acids like l-arginine.

Such supplements can boost testosterone safely without negative side effects.

So, if you want to enhance your testosterone levels, check out the best testosterone pills that have been getting incredibly positive user reviews.