Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Can Money Buy You Happiness?!

Way too often we our idea of happiness has everything to do with money and nothing beyond that. I've read somewhere that most people, when they are being asked what they want most in life say ''money'' or ''to win the lottery''. Is that really the true key to happiness?

After doing a little bit of research, I found these articles that might answer that question:

''In his darkest moments, Jack Whittaker has sometimes wondered if winning the nearly $315 million Powerball game was really worth it.

Jack Whittaker often wonders if he should have just torn up that winning Powerball ticket.

The jackpot that was the stuff of dreams turned into a nightmare: His wife left him and his drug-addicted granddaughter — his protege and heir — died. He endured constant requests for money.

Almost five years later, Whittaker is left with things money can’t cure: His daughter’s cancer, a long list of indiscretions documented in newspapers and court records, and an inability to trust others.

“I don’t have any friends,” he said in a lengthy interview with The Associated Press. “Every friend that I’ve had, practically, has wanted to borrow money or something and of course, once they borrow money from you, you can’t be friends anymore.''
Steve Rhode


''Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not just once but twice (1985, 1986) to the tune of $5.4 million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a trailer.

    "Everybody wanted my money. Everybody had their hand out. I never learned one simple word in the English language -- 'No.' I wish I had the chance to do it all over again. I'd be much smarter about it now," says Adams who also lost money at the slot machines in Atlantic City.

William "Bud" Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but now lives on his Social Security ($450 a month) and food stamps.

    "I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare."

Suzanne Mullins won $4.2 million in the Virginia lottery in 1993. Now she's deeply in debt to a company that lent her money using the winnings as collateral.

    "My understanding is she has no assets," says lawyer who sued her.

Ken Proxmire was a machinist when he won $1 million in the Michigan lottery. He moved to California, went into the car business with his brothers and within five years, Ken had filed for bankruptcy.

    "Dad's now back to work as a machinist," says his son.

Willie Hurt of Lansing, Mich., won $3.1 million in 1989. Two years later he was broke and charged with murder. His lawyer says Hurt spent his fortune on a divorce and crack cocaine.

Charles Riddle of Belleville, Mich., won $1 million in 1975. Afterward, he got divorced, faced several lawsuits and was indicted for selling cocaine.

Missourian Janite Lee won $18 million in 1993. But according to published reports, eight years after winning, Lee had filed for bankruptcy with only $700 left in two bank accounts and no cash on hand.''
compiled by the web sites and


Happiness is a choice YOU have to make. It is a state of being only YOU can create. And yes money is a big part of life but evidence suggests that how you aquire the money and what you do with it determines the outcome.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What Were You Thinking?

This is such a critical success key in our business and throughout our lives.

Reset your thinking as appropriate and you will attract into your lives much more powerful results aligned with your purpose and who you really are.

It's so amazing to me how most people get stuck in the poverty state of mind.
I remember watching a show called ''Homeless in Paradise''.
The cameraman was following and interviewing homeless people in the Los Angeles area.

I listened to how one of the people interviewed answered when he was asked how he sees his future and what his goals are .
His answer was stunning to me, and I'm quoting his exact words:

''What my aspirations are? Well...sometimes I'm thinking about getting a job and being able to have a hotel room so I can be able to close the door...
... Where do I see myself in 5 years?....In 5 years I WISH SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN BUT IT PROBABLY WON'T so... ( pointing to the street)... I'll still be here.''

How sad is the fact that this man will probably never know that the real problem is in his way of thinking. Do you think he has any chance of a better life with that kind of thinking?
Once you accept poverty as part of who you are you'll be stuck there forever.

I believe that we all posses the formula for Deliberate Attraction. Ask yourself : ''What do I want?'' And make that happen.
Wishing and hoping that our lives will get better will not get us anywhere. Action is what will pave the road to success, and action start with a simple thought that fortunately we are able to choose.

"The same wind blows on us all, the difference is the set of the sail"

Jim Rohn

I appreciate you,
Daniela Riess

Stumble It!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

My First Prospect was PeeWee Herman

One of the things we have to learn in this business is to discipline our disapointments.
I know how hard that is, I've been there.
I still have keep that in mind when things don't go as well as they should. It's life!
When we don't get what we want and get it fast, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
''I'm going to quit'' That is being followed by ''this does not work''...

I remember my ''I'm going to quit'' moment. It was December 2007. I started my business three months earlier. I worked hard every day to get prospects. Nothing happened until that December morning.
I logged in my back office and I saw the e-mail I've been waiting for :
''Daniela Riess, you have a prospect!''
I felt like I'm going to faint. I was so excited that my heart started pounding. And then, with my hands shaking I opened my e-mail, scrolled down with a huge smile on my face,
and there was my prospect:

First name: Pewee
Last name: Herman
Phone number: 123-12-1234
City : Unknown
Address Unknown
Zip Unknown
Country US

My smile dissapeared.
All the negative emotions took over.
The dissapointment and anger I felt were overwhelming.
''This is ridiculous'' I said to myself... '' I can't belive this is happening...
All that work I put myself thru and for what? Peewee Herman? You got to be kidding me...''
I cried the blues and felt sorry for myself for about an hour. I wanted to quit so bad.
''This is so not worth my time'' I said out loud.

I had two choices at that moment. One was to quit and another was to keep going. I remembered reading Napoleon Hill's book Think And Grow Rich.
Have you? If yes, do you remember the chapter that tells the ''3 feet from the gold story'' ?
That was exactly where I was standing, 3 feet from the gold.

I decided to keep going...
It makes so much sense when it is said that success is often disguised in temporary defeat.
Just when you think it's over, you decide to take one more step, and then...your life starts to change for the better.
But we have to take that extra step and that is one of the hardest thing you'll ever have to do, I promise you. Your feet are so heavy and you so very tired and dissapointed.
It feels like you just hit a brick wall and there is no way of moving forward.
And then you remember that you have to discipline your dissapointments. You remember the 3 feet from the gold story.

So, my friend, have you been there? What kind of decision did you make ( if any ) when that happened to you?
Here are a few things that you might want to remember if PeeWee Herman comes along:

#1. Discipline your dissapointments.
#2. Beat temporary defeat at it's own game by taking that extra step.
#3. When you do something often enough, a ratio will appear.
#4. Once a ratio appears, it tends to continue...

I hope that I've helped someone today!

Make this your best day ever.
I appreciate you,
Daniela Riess

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

''Spammers'' OR ''People That Need Help''

People are often banned for spamming.
I'm sure you've noticed lots of blatant advertising as soon as you join.
I don't know about you but I see two different types of people acussed of spamming:

* The ones that come accross as ''know it all'' personalities, with ''the best thing since sliced bread'' poster. I'm sure that you've seen some of those posters sometimes.
They are flashy with all the bells and wistles attached.
Or, they might just describe a huge so called ''money maker''. The more hype involved, the better. You know what I mean.
They'll put that poster or script in e-mails, videos, profiles etc... Depending on the personality type, some will post just one time, and others don't ever give up on stuffing it in your face.
I remember one example when I got an advertising post right in my guestbook. No hello, no nothing attached to it.
I wrote to the person asking if he was aware that he was spamming. His answer back was unbelievable.
He pretty much said that I would not take what he was offering, so that is why he post it in my guestbook.
I wonder if it ever occur to him that maybe I just don't want his stuff.


* The ones that are new to the business with nobody helping them. I've been there, a few years ago, uneducated, excited about my new opportunity and eager to show it to everyone in sight.
I had no help, I had no system to follow and I was in a business model full of hype.
The only thing I had was an upline that I only heard from if I didn't buy anything that month.

I did not know where to advertise, the little money I had went on buying useless leads and phone scripts from big ''guru's''. I was like a blindfolded person trying to catch anything with a pulse.
I was joining business communities, forums and I was placing ads everywhere I could,
hoping that someone will join me. After all, there is word out there that we are all numbers, right?
So there I was playing a numbers game in complete darkness.

Nobody offered me any help, all I was told was ''you're spamming, we'll ban you'' .
I was like an child yelled at over and over but not told what he did wrong or how to make it right.
Did anybody come out and say: ''Let me help you'' ? Nooooo.
Well, there were the ocasional ''let me help you for a price'' offers but that does not count.

Most of us have challenges in the beginning, even you, big guru's out there started somewhere. Did you somehow forget?
Next time you see a so called ''spammer'' ask yourself if that could have been you years ago with no help, no money and no hope. Take a step back and think before you point the finger.

I hope that I helped someone today!

I appreciate you,
Daniela Riess

Let's all remember this season that there is goodness in the world with no price tag on it.
Make 2009 your best year ever!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Your Profile Can Make You Or Break You...

You are the message....

Your profile should be about you...
A profile name as XYZ Money Maker will do you a huge diservice.
You either will not be remembered at all or even worse, someone will google your name a year from now and the search will come up empty,
or attached to some hypey link .
Your Google ''attachment'' will stay there for a long long time so choose your opportunities and profile wisely.

It is You that people are looking for so come out from behind that link. Come out...come out, wherever you are...
What's your name, tell us a bit about yourself...
A link covering you might be just like a bad tattoo that you regret getting 10 years later.

Your name stays the same. A picture of you attached to the name would be great to have.
People do have a photographic memory, and if you stay long enough in one place they will remember you.

Are you holding on to ''the grass is greener on the other side'' mentality? I can tell you now that the grass is really greener only if you are educated.
Otherwise, you'll end up on the same type of lawn, different landlord, and you won't know the difference.
If you jump from place to place and from company to company, I suggest that you take a break today and look around.
Ask yourself why is that happening...
Did you ever actually due your due diligence before you jumped at... ''ground floor, now is the time'' opportunity, or at the... ''we've been around for decades and our product gives you wings'' opportunity?
And due diligence does not mean listening to what your ''superstar space commander'' top income earner tells you every Saturday morning via conference call.
It also does not matter that the companies board of directors came straight from Wall Street. That does not put any money in your pocket...Of course, if you want to, you can find out from them how to make money... on Wall Street.
It's like going to a dentist for eye surgery. He can be the best dentist in the world but that does not do you any good, does it?

If you did not research, now would be a good time to start...Your life depends on it, I promise you.
Going back to the profile, if nobody told you that branding yourself is the right way, then you definitely don't have a proven system to follow.

The proven system is not the upline, by the way...
The proven system is an actual system to follow step by step. And not all systems are created equal. Again, that is where due diligence comes into play again...

Education is very important. Put a few hours into learning what works and what does not in this industry. A few hours go a long way. Your financial future depends on it.

And don't forget that YOU ARE THE MESSAGE!
Stop hiding behind a logo or a bottle of juice and let people see you.
Did you know that the first thing people are considering before they join is who did the presentation?
How can people join you if they don't know you're there?

I hope that I've helped someone today!

I appreciate you,
Daniela Riess

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Your... Termination... With Or Without Cause?

So you've joined a great company? For what purpose? If you are like most people, the ultimate reason was to retire in X amount of years, right?...
Wrong!... Well, ''wrong'' for 95% of us at least!
Why ? Because of the contract you've signed right before you gave all your personal info to the company.
If you say that you never signed a contract, think again...
''Check the box if you agree with the policies and procedures''... does that ring a bell?
All legal companies have a contract that by law you need to sign.
If you look for it, it should be on the first page of the companies corporate website...or not.
I said it should be for a reason. Not? Well, here is your first red flag...
Not to confuse ''policies and procedures'' with ''terms and conditions''. They are two separate things.

- Sometimes companies require that you sign up before you can see the contract. That is absolutely insane.
Translation: ''Give me your money and only then I'll tell you if this business model works in your best interest or not.''
* How long is your contract?
The longer the contract, the greater the possibility that the policies important to you are being hidden in "Legalese". The writers of your contract ( usually lawyers) know that most people lose focus after reading the first few pages so the worst stuff is on the last few pages.

* Do you have a ''yearly contract renewal''? If you do, did you know that the company has the right to not renew your contract?

* Do you have the word ''termination'' in your contract? That should not be there. Period!
''With or without cause'' ? That means that they could pretty much terminate you for any reason including but not limited to you being too tall or too short.

* Do you have the word ''ongoing'' ? It could be ''ongoing selling'', ''ongoing training'', ''ongoing motivation'', ''ongoing communication with your downline''...
Not just that, you also need to provide the company with proof of your ongoing communication. You have to start using a file cabinet and fill it out with the proofs of all the e-mails and phone calls between you and your downline.
And you better have all that available if someone asks for it, otherwise you can be terminated.
Translation: You could never retire, you'll have to constantly motivate, recruit and sell till the day you die.

* Sometimes the company can terminate you ''if you violate the policies and procedures or for any other reason'', at their ''sole discretion'', ''with or without written notice''.
Translation: They don't have to tell you why they've stopped paying you, and if you go to court you have nothing in your hands to prove anything.

* How about the ''actions of household members''? Why would you be held responsible for what your spouse (that is not in your business) says or does?

* ''Succession''?
Did you ever wonder what happens to your bonuses if something happens to you? Well, it might say in the contract that your successors ''must qualify''.
Translation: If they don't continue selling, recruiting etc..., then they lose all your hard earned money.

Did you just say ''they would not do that to me''? Oh...but they can and they will!...
They did it in the past and they'll do it again!
If they don't mean it, then why is it there?

I understand that the company needs to be protected, but how about you and I? Who is protecting us?
Answer: No one but our due diligence before we join.
Make sure that your company has your best interest at heart! A contract should be a two way street.
Does this contract protect you or the company?

Oh, and one more thing. If it so happens that you want to sue them, you might not have the right to a trial by jury, or, you might have signed that you don't hold them responsable...

I appreciate you,
Daniela Riess

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