The world is flat- go global

If you want to be successful in USANA and the business world in general, you need to understand that the world is flat. The good news is that with the technology provided to you by USANA, it’s no big deal to do business with almost anyone located anywhere in the world. The bad news is that because of this very same technology, you are now competing with everyone else in the world.

The new global competition extends to manufacturing, sales and services.  It also extends to the labor market.  When you are competing for a job in Los Angeles, chances are, your employer is also seeking potential employees for the same position from all over the globe.  The quality and pricing of your products and services are also subject to global competition.

If you have not already read it, I strongly recommend Thomas Friedman’s national best seller entitled, “The World is Flat”.  Here’s how you can get your own copy…

Thought for the day–  Make one new contact each month from around the world.

Show and tell people how much you care about them each day

Show and tell people how much you care about them each day

Earlier this week a friend unexpectedly passed away in the middle of the night.  She left a loving husband and wonderful 8 year-old son who I’ve had the privilege of coaching in youth soccer and baseball.  She was one of those good moms who always put her son first and extremely active in his everyday life.

There was no time to say good by or talk about the wonderful memories we shared while watching our boys play sports together.  My friends death reminded me of something I recently heard which goes something like the following…

“Treat people as if you know this will be their last day on earth.”

Thought for the day–  Show and tell people how you really feel and care about them every single day.  Only good things will come from practicing this simple daily habit.

barack_obamaBarack Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents.  They didn’t have much money, but they taught him values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.

He took out loans to put himself through school.  After college, he worked for Christian churches in Chicago, helping communities devastated when steel plants closed.

Obama turned down lucrative job offers after law school to return to Chicago, leading a successful voter registration drive.  He joined a small law firm, taught constitutional law and, guided by his Christian faith, stayed active in his community.  Obama and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is probably one the greatest speeches of all time…


Thought for the day–  “Yes We Can!”


Pay attention to character each and every day

I always tell my children that character is what you say and do when no one else is watching you.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes about success and character…

“There is a natural alliance between the creation of wealth and the cultivation of character.  Economic success is built on moral foundations– on the rule of law, faith, discipline, contracts, savings, integrity, a work ethic.  Sound families that elevate these beliefs are the source of much of our culture’s strength and future.”   Jack Kemp

Thought for the day– What do you think, say and do when you’re alone?

Your thoughts controlling a computer

Active success in health, medicine and technology has resulted in human beings operating computers, writing e-mails, and driving wheelchairs with nothing but their thoughts.  Smart consumers will follow an astounding technology that directly connects the human brain to a computer.  A technology that we believe will one day help paralyzed people to walk again and amputees to move bionic limbs.

Watch this incredible CBS 60 Minutes video…
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Thought for the day–  Successful solutions require “out of the box” thinking.

Negotiation is just a game. Care about winning-- but don't care too much!

In your USANA business, a day doesn’t go by without some type of small or substantially important negotiation taking place.  Issues involving employees, customers and getting deals done all require just the right mix of negotiation skills.

As a trial attorney who is usually involved in multiple case negotiations each and every day, I’ve purposefully studied the art of effective negotiation and use these proven tools, tips and approaches in my own negotiations.  The trick is to get all parties involved in the negotiation to engage in “rational decision making” which can be a big challenge when dealing with your fellow human beings.

Negotiating Tip #1

Regardless of what you are negotiating, always be sure to care and be passionate about what you are negotiating for.  But here’s the trick– DO NOT be too passionate and DO NOT allow the other side to think that you care that much.  If the other side figures this out by your approach, words, conduct or emotions, your goose is cooked and your ability to effectively negotiate is significantly compromised.

By separating your emotions and interest from the issues you are negotiating (and structuring the negotiation process to get the other side to do the same), you’ll be able to objectively focus on the true issues and problem solve towards a final compromised win-win solution.

Thought for the day–  Not caring too much (at least that’s what the other side thinks) about what you are negotiating will help you get the best results possible.

Solving problems is key to success

Learning how to solve problems will help make you successful

To solve problems, empower yourself with these questions…

What is good or great about what just happened?

What can I learn from this?

How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?

What specific changes do I have to make to avoid having this happen to me again and to reach my goals?

When you experience a problem, ask yourself these questions.  If you develop the habit of consistently and passionately asking yourself these four questions EVERY time a problem arises, you’ll find that the answers and solutions will appear.

Thought for the day– “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”  Albert Einstein

"The harder I practice, the luckier I get!"

"The harder I practice the luckier I get"

Gary Player was once one of the top golfers in the world. Player’s famous quote, “The harder I practice the luckier I get” really does say it all. Or does it?

The key to success isn’t simply to practice. Many golfers hit a bucket of golf balls on the driving range each week without ever seeing any improvement in their game on the course.

To truly succeed you need to “deliberately practice”. For example, rather than simply swinging away at the driving range, you must set a goal of hitting your ball with a five-iron so that it lands 15 feet from the pin 90% of the time. Taking 200-300 swings, you need to monitor your results, make adjustments in your stance, grip and swing, and repeat during each daily practice session until you reach your specific goal. That’s what is known as “deliberate practice.”

It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to become successful in sport or in your USANA business, “deliberate practice” is the name of the game!

Thought for the day– Each and every day, get up and deliberately swing away at life!

Ask Questions EVERY Day!

Ask questions every day!

When something good or bad happens, you can learn from the experience if you ask yourself the following four questions…

  • What is good or great about what just happened?
  • What can I learn from this?
  • How have other people responded to this particular situation or result?
  • How can I use this experience to improve my life and reach my goals?

The key to active success is to use these four questions every time something important (good or bad) happens in your life.  Turn this into a habit and over time, you’ll start to see amazing results.

Thought for the day–  You can never ask a stupid question.  But since there are so many questions to choose from, be smart and ask the right questions that work!

Read more about how questions can be used to achieve success and happiness by visiting our Questions Catagory.  For proven and effective “problem solving” questions click here…

Do you have any additional questions you believe should be included in this list?  If so, share your comments or contact us with your feedback…

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results"

The first time Edison tried to create the light bulb, he failed. After making several changes, he tried again and failed. What made Edison different from most people is that he kept at it and after about 998 more attempts, he successfully created the very first light bulb. Edison’s persistence, drive, and determination changed our world forever.

Successful people never give up. They take focused action to see what works (or what doesn’t work) and then based upon the results, they make changes and try again. Over time, these people get successful results.

When asked about his unsuccessful inventions, Edison replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thought for the day– There is no substitute for hard work. Just like Edison, the harder you work, the more successful you get!