Algonquin Trails Camping Resort: My Experience August 2015

Algonquin Trails Camping Resort is a little misleading as a name. I would remove the word camping and replace it with RV/Trailer. It’s actually only for Recreational Vehicle (RV) and trailer camping. I don’t recommend this place for family camping. Especially if you plan on having visitors. They may as well pay for their own site if there is more than one person.

My Impression of Algonquin Trails

 

Grounds

Physically, the campgrounds are acceptable, not amazing. Sites are a good size and have electric and water service. Reasonable privacy but a little open.

Some of the amenities are a little run down. There is what appears to have been a basketball court that is overgrown and the backboard has holes in it. Not really functional. The volleyball court could use some freshening up of sand. The one good feature is the swimming pool. Very clean and well kept, the pool us under a greenhouse like protective shelter.

All in all, I would rate the grounds 2.5 out of 5.

Welcome

My brother-in-law had moved here because the previous place was too busy and noisy. The plus at Algonquin Trails is that there is certainly peace and quiet, I did appreciate that. 

If you are looking for a place where you want to entertain family and guests, this is NOT the place I would choose.

He had talked to the owner before inviting us to visit, to ensure that it was OK to have us overnight and that we would be putting our tent beside his trailer. Apparently, there some miscommunication. The first thing we saw when we got there is that tents were not welcome and to turn around before entering the park. Hmmm…

We went to register at the office, it was about 6pm and no one was available. There was a sign to press a button that would summon someone in 5 minutes. I don’t have that patience and decided to go to my brother-in-law’s site and unload before returning to the office to register. When I returned to the office, I was greeted with “you need to slow down, the limit here is 10km and you were definitely going over that”. He was referring to when I sped up a little to get out of the way of another vehicle entering the park and I was turning into my parking space. Hmmm…

IMG_20150801_220842We had a wonderful evening with our brother-in-law at a fireworks display in Dwight, just down the road from the park. Next day, we went for a long walk back into Dwight and visited some of the local shops with interesting crafts etc. We got back to the site just around 2. I went to retrieve the car and load up for home when I ran into the owner. We had a nice chat but he made it clear that he didn’t realize we had a tent and it would not be welcome next time.

The end result is that we didn’t feel welcome at all.

Recommendation

I don’t like negativity and apologize for the tone of this blog.

I would not recommend this park to very many people but for some, it may be exactly what they need.

Be very sure before you stay at Algonquin Trails Camping Resort that you understand what their definition of camping is. NO TENTS. PERIOD! In my opinion, if you are looking for solitude, don’t expect any guests and own or rent an RV, it’s acceptable.

I feel that this place is NOT truly camper friendly. I would suggest checking into Algonquin Park and other private campgrounds. Ask clear and specific questions to ensure your choice will meet your needs.

Make it a great day!

Barry

What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for differing opinions. I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for nature.

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

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Making Wine Can Be A Family Affair

Having a glass of wine with dinner is just so civilized. Buying retail can get a little expensive and it seems that it’s never in the house just when you want a bottle to take to a social gathering. Making your own wine is definitely more economical and you can make it a family affair. Now there is wine in the cellar when I want it. I don’t know why we didn’t do this years ago!

5 Reasons For Making Wine

  • May save money. (Not if you start drinking more wine.)
  • More likely to have wine on hand when you want/need it. (Unless you start drinking more wine!)
  • Great joint activity to share with someone special. (Then you can share the wine.)
  • Product can be used as thank you gifts for clients and prospects.
  • Product can be used as a promotional tool.

Our New Wine Making Place

Vin de GarageIn the old days, you had to get grapes and make the juice yourself before making wine. Now, you can buy the juice and go to a self service place like Vin de Garage in Barrie, Ontario where you can leave the juice to ferment and go back when it’s ready for bottling. All in all, a couple hours of your time and effort. We met Doug and Deborah and they were so helpful that the process was a lot of fun.

During the process, we decided that this would be a great team building and promotional opportunity. You can design a label for your wine to use for gifts to clients and prospects with your contact information. The wine becomes a conversation piece and puts you and your business front and centre.

Make It A Family Affair

Corking bottles.We are at that stage in our lives that all of our children are adult. My son asked us a couple of months ago how we would feel about him paying to make wine. He came with us for the bottling process as a “bonding” experience. In the end, he actually enjoyed spending time with Mom and Dad. This was a gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s day. He’s a great kid! No doubt he knows he will benefit as well.

Corking bottles 2My wife Denise enjoyed this the most. You know how mothers are about spending time with their children, especially if they come voluntarily! Our children are spread across the country, literally. We have to accept whatever time they are willing to give. I’m really thankful our son felt we deserved his time.

In Summary

Whether you are looking for a way to save money, promote your business or just a different way to spend quality time with someone, I highly recommend a visit to your local wine making supply depot to start making your own wine! I thank my son for introducing us to Vin de Garage in Barrie. They are located at 55 Collier St. in Barrie, Ontario. They are hidden down the alley behind the sushi place! Contact them at 705.730.0160 or E deborah@vindegarage.com

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for grapes from Chile. I’m thankful for Scott Clermont. I’m thankful for any time with any of my children.

What are you thankful for today?

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3 Things I Learned At Rock Lake, Algonquin Park

Rock Lake is in God’s country in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. The 3 things I learned were not what I expected to learn there.

3 Things I Learned At Rock Lake

  1. Plan to be disconnected.
  2. Keep an open mind about your neighbours.
  3. Think twice about taking an Audi camping!

When you go to a place like Rock Lake in Algonquin Park, you can expect to learn about nature and be awed by the wonders of God’s creations. It is certainly amazing listening to the wolves, loons and owls throughout the night. I never expected to learn about cars, people and to be completely disconnected from the outside world.

Disconnected

The campground at Rock Lake is about 40km into the park from the west gate. That’s the side coming from Huntsville. It’s about 20km in from the east gate, the Ottawa side.  Once you leave Highway 60 and begin the journey 8km down a gravel road through the forest, there is no cell phone or data service. Nothing! You can’t call the office. You can’t check eMail. Even the GPS function on your smart phone doesn’t work any more. You’re in God’s hands now and the earth commands all of your attention. It’s time to reconnect with nature and appreciate the gift we have been given.

No cell phones or data

Keep An Open Mind About Your Neighbours

We arrived to peace and quiet on Friday afternoon. I had taken the day off to arrive early and enjoy the day. Then they arrived. A group of about 24 young Chinese people from Toronto. When a group that large arrives, you just know peace is out the window. But, do you? 

These young people had never been camping before. A little obvious by all the brand new matching tents! We were able to provide a hammer for the tent pegs and some guidance on getting a camp fire started. Yes, they were a little loud the first night. The park rangers were very polite and efficient in teaching them the importance of keeping the noise down.

Then came Sunday morning. It turns out they were a group from a church in Toronto. As I sat by my fire cooking pancakes for my granddaughter, I recognized “How Great Thou Art” and then realized they were singing in Chinese. A beautiful song in any language. I was surprised to find tears welling up.

When I thought about why this was bringing tears, I realized it was because this song brought back memories of my mother. Then I realized that they were doing something I used to do as Akela with my son who had also passed away. We used to do something similar with our cubs in the  forest when we were away at camp. Although those memories are bitter sweet, I’m thankful God brought this group of young Christians to our camp this weekend.

Audi

Think twice before you take an Audi camping! The young couple on the site next to us were driving an Audi SUV that was about 2 years old. They locked their key in the back of the car and the only spare was back home in Toronto. 

They called a lock smith who couldn’t get them in. CAA couldn’t do any better and it would cost up to $800 to tow them home. Denise (my wife) to the rescue! We drove them to the Visitor Centre where we could get cell service and called Audi. After Audi insisted that CAA should have been able to gain access to the car, Denise convinced Audi that they needed to do something to solve the problem. They agreed to have the car towed to an Audi dealer in Vaughan. Score 1 for Audi! 

The young couple rode back to Vaughan with the driver and their friend was bringing the spare keys to the dealer.

Recommendation

I highly recommend a visit to Rock Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. Leave your technology in the glove box. Buy your firewood and rent canoes at Opeongo Outfitters just outside the east gate of the park. Take a non-electric campsite and enjoy connecting with God’s country!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful that Church in Toronto that brought new friends. I’m thankful for Ontario Parks maintaining Algonquin Park. I’m thankful for all of God’s creations. What are you thankful for today?

 

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Leader or Manager? What Is The Difference?

Leadership can make or break an organization. A manager is not necessarily the leader. Leaders aren’t always good managers. Every now and then, they are the same person. Are you a manager, leader or both?

Manager

When I use the title of manager, I refer to that person who is in an official capacity with the authority to give direction. They may be President, Director etc. 

bossManaging is difficult. There needs to be an understanding of operational needs like cash flow and human resources. You may need to understand logistics, the movement of people and product to make sure you are able to deliver a service or product cost effectively and on time. Good managers have to be able to analyze their world and organize everything around them so that everything connects. It’s like being really good at putting puzzles together. You have to be able to see the big picture, identify how all the pieces fit and then be able to figure out how to get the pieces to come together.

A really good manager will recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. Then they find the right people to support them. Sometimes, this means hiring someone with great leadership skills to help get everyone on board and make things happen. 

(I recommend reading John C. Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. He does a great job of breaking down the difference between management and leadership.)

Leader

This is the person that a group believes sets the standard of behaviour. They may have little to no official authority but command respect and demonstrate how things should be done through their consistent behaviour.

Great Leaders - webHave you ever worked somewhere that when you needed a decision from management, there was that special person that was able to get management to make a change? Look around your workplace and see if you can find them. These are the people that others seem to go to for help with problems, not necessarily always work related. These are the people with the most influence.You know that if anything is to change, you need to get their attention and buy in.  People seem to naturally follow them. These are the true leaders. 

(I recommend reading Robin Sharma’s “The Leader Who Had No Title”. He does a great job breaking down the attributes of real leaders.)

Leadership

Great leadership is what happens with managers learn to lead. This may mean knowing when to follow!

You need to earn the respect of people under your direction. I remember when I first started making the move to management, my manager said “Always remember the three F’s. Fair, Firm and Friendly. In that order! He was a store manager in a large grocery chain who had declined the opportunity to move to higher corporate levels of management. God knows, corporate tried to promote him because that manager always had the ability to take the worst operating store and make it the most successful in the company. He shifted the focus from product to people and then the people made things happen.

Will you be a manager, a leader or both? The choice is yours to make. Find a great leader to follow and model in order to become the leader you want to be!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for opportunities to grow. I’m thankful for great leaders willing to teach. I’m thankful for God in my life.

What are you thankful for today?

 

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Is It Better To Control Or Be Controlled?

Are you in control or are you being controlled? Some feel it is better to be in total control in order to prevent being controlled. Trying to dominate every situation and the people around you can result in losing people.

Before I get into this, understand that this blog is about me organizing thoughts in my head and is not meant to be advice. I am no psychologist and have absolutely no expertise other than my 54 years of life experience. This is pure speculation on my part.

Controlled

Some people allow themselves to be controlled because it’s the path of least resistance. Letting others take control means that they don’t have to get into confrontation and avoids stressful conversations.

For example:

  • holding handsYou meet and fall in love with someone who seems to be independent and have great strength of character. Over time, you discover that it’s actually their own insecurity that makes them seem so strong. There are times you don’t agree with them but it’s easier to let them have their own way because if you don’t, they will bully you until you do. You are controlled by your desire to make your partner happy.
  • Someone asks you to become involved in their MLM. When you bring it up with family, they tell you all about a person they knew who tried a business and never sold anything. You believe strongly in the product and opportunity and yet, the crabs get to you and pull you back down their level. Rather than make the effort to achieve your own success, you walk away from opportunity. You decided to let your friends and family control you because you are not willing to cut your own path to success. You are controlled by the opinions of others.

If you don’t want to be controlled by these bullies, you need to be prepared to accept responsibility for yourself and your right to your own opinions. The trick is not to become that controlling person in order to feel that you aren’t being controlled.

Controlling

Have you met anyone who always needs to be the centre of attention? Controlling people tend to dominate their space. By controlling their environment, that includes you if you are in it, they feel safe. It’s part of our basic makeup. We respond to threats in one of two ways: fight or flight. Controllers tend to fight.

Controlling womanWhen controllers are constantly dominating their world, others start to feel they need to limit their exposure in order to protect themselves. The controller becomes that toxic person in the lives of those around them. The toxic person becomes like a cancer and needs to be removed before they destroy others. Don’t become that cancer. The controlling person often ends up becoming what they fear the most. Alone.

I believe most of us flip back and forth between the two, being in control and letting ourselves be controlled. That ends up in balance. The problem is when we get stuck in one or the other. Try not to get stuck!

I apologize for rambling. This is a confusing topic. Thanks for listening.

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the venue GVO gives me to think out loud. I’m thankful I found a wonderful woman to share my life with. I’m thankful I was blessed with a great family.

What are you thankful for today?

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Success comes at your own pace.

Success is different for everyone. First, you define what success is for you. Then, you set your own pace. Fast or slow, it’s up to you.

I walk slowly but I never walk backward.

 

What is success?

For some people, success is having a good job, a home and a family. For others, it could be a business generating a few hundred dollars a month to give their kids a little better life. Then there are those who want to achieve great things that are drastically life changing.

You need to decide what you want out of life. Decide on specific goals. You need a target to shoot for or your shots just go in all directions. What do you want and why do you want that? What is your path or vehicle? Who will you take with you?

Only you can define what success means to you and who you want at your side

Does success come fast or slow?

For some, success seems to be almost instantaneous. For others, it seems like it will never come. Fast or slow depends on you.

Fast

When you meet someone who seems to achieve sudden success, be careful with your assumptions. You don’t know what their experience is or what they were willing to do.

woman with dollar signsFor example, someone in a MLM company that rises to great heights in what seems a short period of time may have gone through multiple opportunities before the one you met them in. They are actually someone who was willing to fail their way to the top. These people are the ones who learned early that it’s OK to fail. They don’t worry about what others think and have a strong belief in their product or service.

For some, fast is fast because they went in with no fear and just followed the example set by others ahead of them.

Slow

Is it really slow?

Maybe this is your first attempt at making changes. This can be very daunting and challenging. We tend to protect ourselves from harm at a very basic level that isn’t even conscious (I recommend reading T Harv Eker‘s Secrets of The Millionaire Mind). Many of us have to start with changing our habits and responses before we allow ourselves to be successful.

When you need to go slow, recognize that you are working to make yourself ready for the next step. Don’t be frustrated and give up.

Man thinkingWe seem to hit plateaus that don’t appear to be periods of growth. You’re just not seeing your own development and you may believe that your sudden success is related to a particular activity. Recognize that ‘sudden’ changes are usually a result of the compounding of your efforts over time (I recommend reading Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge). Accept that the plateaus are that time when you need to continue practicing what you already know as you develop new skills that will take you to the next level.

Your direction and definition of success are up to you. Once you make that decision and accept the challenges you are facing as part of your personal growth, everything becomes so much easier. It’s all about perspective. What do you see?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for social media. I’m thankful for opportunity. I’m thankful for my faith. 

What are you thankful for today?

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10 Times You Can Use Your #LegalSavingsPlan

Your #LegalSavingsPlan is worth far more than “the cost of admission”.

What is a #LegalSavingsPlan?

A Legal Savings Plan provides access to top law firms in your state or province and gives you the power to protect your rights. You have a law firm, not just a lawyer, to watch your back and guide you in your every day legal events. Would you hire a real estate lawyer to advise you in family court issues? You need a law firm so that you can access the right lawyer for the right issue.

How much legal access can you afford?

There are plans for family. Plans to help recover from #IdentityTheft.  Business plans, and even plans designed for employee retention. Membership in these plans can bring peace of mind and potentially save you money.

Have you ever decided to just “eat” a financial loss because the cost of using a lawyer or attorney out weighed the cost of defending your rights? Imagine getting a letter of apology from your wireless provider and a refund cheque for $168. Yes, it happened to us. You owe it to yourself to at least take a look at a #LegalSavingsPlan to see if it’s for you.

10 Times You Might Use Your #LegalSavingsPlan

  1. Get your Will done.
  2. Detained by legal authorities. (24/7)
  3. Child services are at your door.
  4. Reviewing contracts.
  5. Buying a house.
  6. Disputes with neighbours.
  7. Adopting a child.
  8. Enforcing rights for your children.
  9. Estate Planning.
  10. Understanding employment issues.

We know who you are!

Most people I talk to initially say they have no need for a lawyer. What they are really saying is they cost too much to use regularly. This results in giving their rights away to others.

You use an attorney all the time, theirs. Every time you sign a work order for your car, you used an attorney. Every time you sign a lease or mortgage, you used their lawyer. With a #LegalSavingsPlan, you can have your lawyer review and make recommendations in your best interest.

If you want to learn more about having equal access to the justice system, click here!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for affordable access to justice. I’m thankful for my provider law firm. I’m thankful for great advice when I need it.

What are you thankful for today? 

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Carding in Toronto: What should you do if it happens to you?

Have you heard about carding in Toronto? If you think it’s likely to happen to you or someone in your family, you need a #LegalSavingsPlan.

Carding

Carding is an action taken when a Constable On Patrol (just in case you ever wondered what COP stands for) stops you on the street and questions you. Information about you and the reason for stopping you are recorded and stored in police databases. If a cop stops me on the street and begins questioning me, I’ll stop and get my attorney on the phone even if it’s 2AM. Would you?

We know who you are!

As an old white guy, I’m admittedly not as likely to be stopped but I still believe everyone deserves equal treatment and affordable access to legal advice.

It’s one thing to be stopped by police. My concern is the creation of a record that can be taken out of context and create hardship at a later date. I.e. being “carded“. You haven’t been arrested but you have been detained by a law enforcement officer. It’s time to call your legal service provider. I don’t care if it’s 2 in the morning, they should take the call. Mine does.

Legal Savings Plan

How much legal access can you afford?With a #LegalSavingsPlan, you have emergency access to a lawyer (attorney) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If yours doesn’t, I would suggest checking for an alternative. Luckily, we haven’t had the experience of being carded but my wife did have occasion to call for legal advice at 9:30am on a Sunday when she was in a car accident on the way to church. She called the legal service provider and a lawyer called her back within about 2 minutes. If you don’t have a #LegalSavingsPlan, unless you are the attorney’s biggest client, I suspect you won’t get that level of service. Your #LegalSavingsPlan usually makes you a preferred client.

Although I believe everyone should have a #LegalSavingsPlan, sadly, I especially believe anyone in Toronto, or any other city that has a habit of carding people, should have access to 24 hour legal advice. It just may keep people from being mistreated and being put into custody unnecessarily.

I hope this never happens to you. Be prepared

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful to be Canadian. I’m thankful for access to the justice system. I thank God every day for each breath I take.

What are you thankful for today?

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Mortgage Risk: Could you end up house poor?

What is your mortgage risk? With such low interest rates these days, people may be buying into being house poor in the long term. Don’t risk being caught short.

Mortgage Risk

(Mortgage calculations tested using TD Bank online calculator)

Mortgage interestShopping for a home and mortgage is almost like playing the stock market only it’s an inverse relationship. In an ideal world, you win when rates go down and lose when they go up. Know your risk tolerance. Don’t buy so much house that when the mortgage rates increase, you are in a position of having to sell because you can’t afford the new payments. This gives the buyer an advantage and any gains could be gone out the window.

First Five Years

Let’s say you find a house for $400,000. You have $100,000 to put down (the more, the better). You manage to get a $300,000 mortgage at 2.5%. That’s possible in Canada these days. Your payment would be $608.17 bi-weekly on a 5 year term, 25 year amortization. Your debt service ration needs to stay under 40% of your income. That means all debt combined must be less than 40% of your income. In order to qualify for a $300,000 mortgage, you would need an income in the neighbourhood of $4,000 per month by the time you consider property taxes and assuming you have virtually no other debt. At the end of 5 years, you owe approximately $254,000.

(Should you insure your mortgage?)

Second Five Years

Now, consider the possibility that mortgage rates could double to 5%. You don’t think that could happen? I was paying 12% in the early 90’s. So, the rate goes to 5% and the payment is increased to $679.08. You were at your debt service limit last time and now the payment is going up a little over $140 per month. Have you had a raise that will cover that?  What if you need $20,000 for renovations or things like furnace and roof? Now the payment is $732.55. You could be under water.

(Is your mortgage tax deductible?)

How much house can you afford?

We all want a safe and happy home. Those with children want give their kids the best. How do you define that? There are so many factors to consider when deciding how much you can afford to spend on a house.

Five Home Ownership Gotcha’s:

  • leaky roofLeaky roofs.
  • Furnace failures.
  • Appliance break downs. (They seem to go at once!)
  • Tax increases.
  • Mortgage rate increases.

Five General Life Gotcha’s:

  • Car maintenance, replacement.
  • Moving expenses.
  • Ongoing education debt and expenses.
  • Emergency medical expenses. (Longer term time off work?)
  • Vacation (You’ll burn out if you don’t!)

Dream homeThe decision on how much to spend on a home depends on more than your current debt service ratio. I would recommend getting together with your financial advisor and take this blog with you as a prompt to get the discussion started. Your advisor will likely have a lot more to consider and is in the best position to advise you on when and how much house fits into your budget.

The heart is very powerful and can take you down the wrong path if you let it. Consider that any house you buy may be a step to the one you want. When we try to move to fast, accidents happen. Don’t let your dreams for the perfect home cause you to leave the road and become a financial wreck.

See your financial advisor the next time you are looking for a mortgage and do a financial review. Keep in mind that banks and mortgage lenders are in the business of selling you debt vehicles. Financial advisors make their money when you keep yours. Know your limits and know your risk tolerance.

(Do you have a #LegalSavingsPlan?)

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for my time at Investors Group. I’m thankful for access to great advisors. I’m thankful for opportunities to learn.

What are you thankful for today?

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Attraction Marketing: How attractive are you?

Attraction marketing is the ability to give off “vibes” that draw people to you and your product offering. People want to be known to be connected to you. How attractive are you?

Attraction Marketing

We are in a different world today. In past, you could get away with knocking on doors and just letting people know your product exists. As long as you were clean and presentable, people really didn’t care much about who they were dealing with as long as they were legitimate. Things have changed in the world of today. To be successful in life, business or otherwise, you need to work on becoming that person people want to associate with. 

Be the positive energy in the room!We are drawn to people more positive than ourselves by nature. Consider lightning. Positive and negative energy build up in clouds. The negative energy typically falls to the bottom and when there is a more positive charge on the ground, lightning appears to reach down to the earth to connect. People will sometimes place lightning rods away from their home so that the lightning strikes there instead of near their home. It sounds counter-intuitive but you want to become that lightning rod for your business.

“Be an attractive force. This doesn’t mean you don’t pursue, but to be attractive while you do it.” – Mike Melia. I (Barry) consider this to be much like dating. A woman wants to be pursued until she catches you! Yes, I acknowledge that it is just as likely the other way around these days.

Why you?

People buy your why, not your what. There are very few products, services or opportunities these days that are unique. As a result, buying patterns have changed. In past, it was sufficient to offer a solution to a problem. That’s not enough today. We tend to buy from people we know, like and trust. 

Simon Sinek: If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business from 99U on Vimeo.

Quit chasing dollars and share your “Why”. People will be more likely to open their minds and hear your opportunity.

“It’s not what you get in life, it’s who you become. Who you become determines what you get.” – Jim Rohn.

The goal then is really to achieve opening their minds to your message. Understand the needs of others and offer assistance rather than trying to coerce them into your opportunity or product. Let them get to know, like and trust you. That’s what leads to an open mind.

“Your mind is like a parachute. It works best when it’s open.” – Mike Melia

Be honest and up front.

You have developed a relationship with someone and want to show them how you can help. Be up front with your intention when if you are asking for someone’s time. You have worked hard to gain their trust. Be intentional. Ask for their time to show them what you have to offer.People will respect you for being honest and up front. This is especially important with friends and family. Don’t ask them for a coffee and lead them to believe it’s social when your intent is business. Friends, family and strangers all deserve respect. Time is the most precious commodity we have. Don’t waste yours or theirs. 

They said no, not right now. Don’t blow it. Remember, they’re not saying no to you, they are saying no to your product. I know you believe your product is the best available and everyone should have it, you wouldn’t be offering it to them if you didn’t. It may well be that they need it but they’re not ready right now. Don’t try and tell someone they are wrong, that certainly won’t gain their trust. It’s your turn to keep your mind open. If you don’t annoy them, they may well offer a referral to people they believe would be willing to hear your story.

Now get out there and tell your story to as many people as are willing to listen!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for great teachers like Mike Melia and Rip Mason. I’m grateful for opportunity. I’m thankful for people with open minds.

What are you thankful for today?


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