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So What Do You Do

So What Do You Do?

ACE - What do you do #entrepreneur #marketing #timefreedom #financialsecurity I get asked all the time what is it I do that allows me to be home walking my dog Ace during the day while most people are stuck at the office.

I think this quote from one of my mentors Soomin Kim says it better than I can…

“If you could create ADDITIONAL stream of income without having to obtain a second job, would you be interested? If you could find a way to save possibly THOUSANDS on your taxes would that interest you? How about being able to spend MORE time with your family or spend more time pursuing your passion without the concern of losing income, would that excite you? If you could learn the skills of CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, and subsequently earn THEIR type of income, would that be worth inquiring? For MOST it isn’t a lack of DESIRE, we ALL would like those, but more often than not it’s the lack of a PLAN. I’ll NOT only SHOW you a plan but I will work WITH you and give you EVERY OPPORTUNITY to obtain the skills necessary in achieving your personal and financial goals with the limited time and experience that you may have.”

What I Do

That is what I do. I work with others to help them achieve their goals. Goals of better health. Goals of more income. Goals of more time freedom. Goals of financial security.

The better I get at helping others achieve their goals, the more time I have to walk my dog during the day while you are at the office.

Would you like to learn if what I do is a fit for you? Take the first step and contact me today.

~ Richard

I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity or simply to tell us your thoughts on what you have seen and read on this website. We appreciate the feedback.

#networkmarketing #entrepreneur #timefreedom #financialsecurity

Are You a Carrot, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are You The Carrot Egg or Coffee Bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that, as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened! The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” the mother asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong but, with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit but, after a death, a breakup, or a financial hardship, does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean

I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts. We appreciate the feedback.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Improves Performance in Cyclists

May 27, 2015

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves performance in trained cyclists

 At a Glance

A new study shows that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may improve exercise performance in trained athletes by increasing blood flow, nitric oxide release, and maximum oxygen uptake.

Read more about this research below.

There is a small but growing body of scientific evidence supporting the sports nutrition benefit of omega-3 fatty acids.  In a new study published in the European Journal of Sport Science researchers evaluated the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on exercise performance of a small group of trained cyclists.

The study included 13 elite cyclists that were randomly selected to take either 1.3 grams of omega-3 supplements or a placebo daily for 3 weeks.  Researcher’s analyzed flow-mediated dilation (FMD, a measure of blood flow and vascular health), pulse wave velocity, serum markers (nitric oxide (NO) and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), and ultrasound measurements of endothelial function and maximum oxygen uptake both before and after the supplementation period.

Researchers observed a significant difference between the pre- and post-intervention baseline NO levels after the omega-3 supplementation, but not in the placebo group.  There was also a positive correlation between the increased concentration of NO and maximum oxygen uptake in the supplemented athletes. The supplemented group also experienced a 5.25% increase in flow-mediated dilation (blood flow) that was not seen in the placebo group.

These findings suggest that an increase in nitric oxide levels resulting from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may play an important role in cardiovascular mechanisms of adaptation that may enhance exercise performance in trained athletes.

Aleksandra Żebrowskaa*, Katarzyna Mizia-Stecb, Magda Miziab, Zbigniew Gąsiorb & Stanisław Poprzęcki  Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation improves endothelial function and maximal oxygen uptake in endurance-trained athletes. European Journal of Sport Science Volume 15, Issue 4, 2015.

7 Skills to Boost Your Business

7 Skills to Boost Your Business

By Michael Hollender

Motivating. Inspiring. Business-Changing. No matter how you phrase it, the recent USANA U.S. Celebration was an event to remember.

What made it so memorable? The amazing insights of network marketing expert Eric Worre, of course.

Surely you were there taking notes. But if not, we’ve got you covered.

According to the expert, skills are the key to success in this business. Once you master the seven major skills, the fear disappears.

Which means it’s time to take a close look in the mirror to evaluate where you stand, and find places to improve.

Look over the skills listed below and rate yourself on a scale of 1–10:

Finding Potential Teammates

How are you at finding people? 0 = your address book is empty, 10 = you have more people than you have time to meet with. Make a conscious decision to get out of your shell and contact at least two new people a day.


Are you good at getting people to take a look at what you have and helping them understand it? Or are you scared to open your mouth? Your goal is to educate others and help them understand what you have to offer. Then you can help them make a decision.


Do you have a way to present that duplicates and gets results? Do you do it all yourself or drag others to join? Try telling your story—keep it brief, impactful, and exciting. And teach your team to do the same. Record yourself and listen to it over and over until you feel confident and the words sound natural. Learn the presentation and become the best on your team.

Following Up

The fortune is in the follow-up. How are you at keeping in touch? It usually takes four to six exposures before someone will join. How many times will you follow up? Amateurs follow up once; experts persevere. Make objections your best friends, and make questions your go-to tools.


How good are you at sealing the deal? Need some help? Try asking a few questions after you present, for example:
What did you like best?
On a scale of 1–10, how interested are you in joining USANA?
Just between us, how much would you have to earn to make this worth your time?
How many hours are you willing to commit each week?
How many months will you commit to developing your business?
If I show you how to make this happen, would you get on board?

Getting People Started

Once a new team member signs up, do you cut the strings and let them go? Hopefully not, because that’s when the real work begins. Guide your new teammate through our compensation plan and tools, and make sure they connect with us online. Set up regular interviews to find out where they’re at in their business, and make a game plan for meeting their goals.

Promoting Events

Is your business focused on events? If not, it should be. Events are the best way to build belief, boost your business, and bond with your team. Now, that’s some serious motivation. So, how many teammates and guests are you bringing?

Time to tally your score. How did you do?

Now that you have the results, pick a few skills you want to improve over the next few weeks. Then study, study, study, and practice, practice, practice.

Share your skill-boosting journey and connect with other Associates along the way using the ‪#‎myUSANAcommitment‬ hashtag. And be sure to mark August 19–22 on your calendar for the business-boosting event of the year, International Convention 2015—see you there!

“Face your fears. Decide to be done with average. Done with mediocre. Shock people and show them they were wrong about your potential.”
~Eric Worre

How Wantrepreneurs Become Entrepreneurs

How Wantrepreneurs Become Entrepreneurs

Success Doesnt Come To You, You Go To It - CollinsThe key to becoming successful at anything – your job, your career, or your own business – is not rocket science, folks. It’s finding what you’re good at – what you love doing – learning how to do it better than anyone else, and then doing it. That’s what separates real entrepreneurs from the pack.

To be more specific, this is what successful business leaders do:

They do whatever it takes to get the job done.

They don’t wait around for opportunities to just happen. It’s wonderful to have dreams of making it big someday, but if you don’t actually do anything to make that happen, it won’t. Real entrepreneurs are doers.

They don’t believe in utopia.

Your strengths, weaknesses, circumstances, and behavior all play significant roles in the outcome. The best way to become successful is to genuinely understand what’s holding you back. Successful entrepreneurs are always grounded in reality.

They follow their own path, not someone else’s.

They don’t overthink it by worrying about what others think, say, or do. Truth is, nobody else has a clue about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. Besides, don’t you think you should be figuring that out for yourself through your own experience in the real world?

They listen to smart, accomplished people they know and trust.

I don’t know exactly how to tell you this, but probably the vast majority of online content – more and more business books, too – come from content mills and wantrepreneurs just making it up as they go to get page views and followers. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

They’re disciplined about their goals and priorities.

I’ve always been 100 percent clear on my goals and priorities and my activities reflect that because I have discipline. Granted, we all want to be happy and have fun, but screwing around when you should be working accomplishes neither. On the contrary, it holds you back, big-time.

They don’t take handouts … ever.

Sure, we all squeeze our parents when we’re kids, but once we reach adulthood, it’s time to pay the bills with money we earn. All safety nets do is sap our self-reliance and ability to make it on our own. If you need money to start and grow your business, get to work and get investors, not handouts.

They don’t whine and make excuses.

Complaining, making excuses, and blaming others are all victim behaviors intended to absolve us of responsibility for situations we’re solely responsible for. Nobody can or will make your life better but you. If you act like a victim, you’ll always be one.

They know business is about business.

The problem with the personal-branding fad is that it makes people think they’re more important than they are. It feeds the narcissistic beast so many are becoming. Successful entrepreneurs know that business is about the value proposition their products deliver to customers. It’s not about them.

Granted, it’s a lot easier to pump your head full of nonsense and simply make believe things are going to work out for you someday than it is to be disciplined, focused, and realistic about what it takes to make it in the world. Believe me, I know how hard it is to work your tail off doing the right things, day in and day out. But trust me when I tell you it’s the only way to someday build a business you can be proud of.

Long-term use of a daily multivitamin/mineral may lower cancer risk in middle-aged and older men

Long-term Use of a Daily Multivitamin/mineral May Lower Cancer Risk in Middle-aged and Older Men

May 13, 2015

Long-term use of a daily multivitamin/mineral may lower cancer risk in middle-aged and older men

 At a Glance

A daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement taken long-term may help reduce cancer risk in middle-aged and older men.

Read more about this research below.

A large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, using data obtained from the Physicians’ Health Study II, has found that the use of a daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement long term can reduce the risk of cancer occurrence.

In this randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of approximately 14,641 male physicians ages 50 or older from the United States, participants were randomly assigned to take a daily multivitamin/ mineral supplement or a placebo between 1997 and June 2011. During the median follow-up of 11.2 years, researchers recorded 2,669 cancer cases, including 1,373 prostate cancer cases and 210 colorectal cancer cases. When examining outcomes at the study’s end, the researchers found an 8 percent reduction in total cancer occurrence among participants assigned to multivitamin use.

Although the main reason to take multivitamins is to prevent nutritional deficiency, this study reinforces the value of long-term consistent use of a daily multivitamin as a convenient and affordable insurance policy for good health and possible cancer prevention in middle-aged and older adults.J. Michael Gaziano et al. Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men: The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial.  JAMA. 2012;308(18):doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14641.

Network Marketing is not perfect … Its just better

Network Marketing is not perfect … Its just better

I read something today that struck me hard.

“Statistically, college graduates are leaving school with more debt and are less equipped for the modern marketplace than at anytime in history.

Get this… college graduates are expected to earn less in the next 10-15 years than they did the past 20.”

What?! That’s terrible!

Do you know what makes it worse? We have a better way.

One of my mentors recently said that we can show a single mom (or a college graduate) that doesn’t have two nickels to rub together how to make more money than the owner of a McDonald’s restaurant in less time than it takes to get a degree.

By doing a few simple things every day, all of us can build a network marketing business that will provide us with true freedom. Time freedom to do the things we want to do and the money to do them.

Where are you in your life? Are you looking for a change?

Are you struggling with financial stress like the college graduates he spoke of?

Are you struggling to take time off to go on a vacation?

Are you struggling to find financial security for retirement?

Who else do you know in your life who is also struggling with these same problems?

In network marketing we have an answer. Call me today and I will point you to that answer and help you get there if you choose to come along.

I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts. We appreciate the feedback.

Study: Higher Blood Vitamin D Levels Related to Lower Risk of Depression

April 15, 2015

Higher blood Vitamin D levels may be related to a lower risk of depression

 At a Glance

A new study in a large population of Finnish adults shows that higher serum vitamin D levels are related to a reduced risk of depressive disorders, especially in those with poorer health to begin with.

Read more about this research below.

Previous research has suggested that vitamin D may be helpful in protecting against depression, but the evidence is still somewhat inconclusive. In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers investigated the potential relationship between serum vitamin D levels and the prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders.
The study population consisted of a representative sample of Finnish adults between the ages of 30 and 79 years of age that participated in the Health 2000 survey. Of the 5,371 individuals in the study group, 354 were diagnosed with depressive disorders and 222 individuals were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  Serum Vitamin D concentrations were determined from frozen samples taken previously. A total of 4 indicators of depression and a single indicator of anxiety were studied as variables.

Individuals with a higher serum Vitamin D concentration showed a reduced risk of depression. After adjustments for socioeconomic, lifestyle, and metabolic factors, individuals in the highest 25% of vitamin D levels had a 35% lower risk for depression when compared to individuals with vitamin D levels in the lowest 25%. Higher Vitamin D levels had the greatest impact against depression in younger men with unhealthy lifestyles, who were divorced, or who suffered from metabolic syndrome. Based on statistical analysis, it was noted that raising the vitamin D levels above 50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml) could have avoided about 19% of the depression cases in the study. Vitamin D serum levels did not correlate significantly with anxiety disorders.

The results of this study support the theory that higher serum vitamin D concentrations may be protective against depressive disorders, especially in individuals with poor socio-economic status, diet and lifestyle choices, and metabolic health.

Tuija Jääskeläinen et al.. Higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are related to a reduced risk of depression. British Journal of Nutrition, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S0007114515000689.

Would You Join an MLM that Does Something You Hate

Would You Join an MLM that Does Something You Hate

What is your reaction to robo dialing telemarketing calls

Patty and I include our contact information on this website and we have received calls and emails from many nice, intelligent people that are either interested in the USANA products and opportunity after reading our blog posts or they are well meaning people that call us offering a chance to try the products or opportunity they represent.

While we are feel that USANA offers not only the best products in its industry and also the best opportunity for long term residual income, we welcome calls and emails of both types. We want to connect with people that are excited about and dedicated to the network marketing profession.

What Everyone Hates

What we have a hard time with is all the people that think its ok to send us spam or worse yet, to use a robo dialer to call us. Seriously, would you join a company or even more importantly an individual who is doing something that is as universally hated as recorded telemarketing calls or robo dialing? Is that a way to build your business that:

  • Encourages people to follow your example?
  • Builds a team of people dedicated to you and your company’s vision?

Personally, I would never join a team that is doing something I dislike as much as I dislike recorded telemarketing calls and email spam.

Network Marketing is a Profession Built on Relationships

In network marketing the reason people buy your products or join your business is because of the relationship you build with them. They buy your vision for the future in the profession or the efficacy of your products because they trust you and because they trust you, they trust the information you are sharing with them.

Do You Trust People or Marketing Processes You Dont Like? 

Build Trust, Find a Need, THEN Offer a Solution

The process to follow to long term success in the network marketing profession is by building a relationship that has trust, finding out if there is a need for your product or opportunity and then offering a solution that fills their need.

When people know you care about them and trust that you are offering something you believe in and also believe will solve a problem they are experiencing, they are much more likely to use the product and join your business. And that is what you want isn’t it?

There are many great training programs to help you learn the best practices that have built long lasting, huge earning network marketing careers. Most companies have a great training system and if your companies training doesn’t resonate with you, we would highly recommend Eric Worre’s Go Pro Recruiting Mastery. You can find out more information about it at

Lets all become professional network marketers and build our businesses using methods that reflect well on the profession as a whole. 

I do hope you decide to join us on our adventure. Once that momentum kicks in, there is no telling what peaks we can climb together.

Please feel free to contact us about the USANA products or the opportunity and tell us your thoughts. We appreciate the feedback.

Powerful Ways To Build Instant Influence

Powerful Ways To Build Instant Influence

Business NetworkingWe’ve all heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But I disagree.

Its not about who you know. It’s really about who knows you. Just because you’ve met someone, doesn’t mean they’ll help you get into the job you want, or refer you to the sale you need. It takes more than a decent handshake to build good rapport with someone.

All friendships start with someone liking you. So here are the 12 most powerful ways to make people like you:

1. Be happy about who you are

In psychology, it is a well known fact that you can’t give what you don’t have. The best way to get someone to like you, is to make sure you like yourself first! When you like who you are and where you’re going, you are much more likely to maintain a good attitude, which will lead to friendships.

2. Have a good attitude

No one likes to be around someone who has a sour attitude. No one. So make sure that you don’t have a sour attitude! Attitudes are contagious, so be sure to infect people with a good one!

3. Dress well

We have definitely come a long way from judging a book by its cover in the past several years, but it is still important to present yourself well! You have less than five seconds to make a good first impression, so obviously appearance plays a large part in this.

4. Look for a way to compliment them

As soon as you meet someone, search for something you genuinely like about them. It can be as specific as their shoes, nail polish, hair, or as broad as the way they carry themselves! The key here is that you absolutely must be genuine. You should also do this within the first 15 seconds of meeting them.

5. Look for something they obviously care about

Item #5 piggybacks slightly on #4. If you want to get bonus points for your compliment, try to pick something out that your new friend cares deeply about. For a mother, you may compliment her little girl’s dress. For a young woman, it may be the red streak in her hair. For a young man, it may be how physically fit he is.

6. Give them your full attention

Make your interaction completely and fully about your new friend. Embrace the mantra, “it’s not about me” and make it, “it’s all about you.” When we give our new friend our full attention, it will be attention they may not be used to getting.

7. Ask the right questions

The trick to getting past small talk is asking the right questions. You need to ask questions that demand explanations. These types of questions start with words like: Who? What? When? Why? Where? How? These words open up the need for explanation and thus conversation is born.

8. Listen with the intent of listening

Most people participate in conversation through listening with the intent to talk again. Have you ever been talking to someone and after you spoke, you totally forgot what they said seconds before? That’s because you were focused on talking. Everyone wants someone to listen. Learning how to listen with the intent of listening will enable you to focus fully on the other person. A good way to start is by asking questions that require deeper answers or stories.

9. Find a way to encourage

Everyone feels overworked, overstressed, and underpaid. Everyone also loves to receive encouragement. If, during your conversation, you can find a way to encourage your new friend, they will love you for it.

10. Smile

In order to build friendships, you must be approachable. In order to be approachable, you must send out open body language. The easiest way to send out open body language is by smiling often. Every time you make eye contact with someone, smile. Smiles are an easy way to brighten someone’s day, and sometimes all you have to do is smile at the right people. Besides, smiling leads to longer life.

11. Watch your hands

Your hands can send all kinds of messages to those around you. For example, when someone is being honest with you, they will often show you their palms more often. However, when someone has their hands in their pocket, or has their arms crossed, they are effectively saying, “I don’t want to be here, talking to you.”

12. Remember their name

This is one of the most overlooked, and underutilized skills that can help you build friendships with others. Always remember your new friend’s name. It was the first word they learned as a child and it is the most important word in that person’s world. A nice trick to remembering peoples’ names is to make a conscious effort to say their name three times in the first 60 seconds of meeting them.

TJ McCoy

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