"I've Gotta Make This Work!" ... Finding the Only Shortcut & Taking It

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Making Network Marketing &  Home Based Business Work
My baby daughter was there. 
I was there. 
If only I knew then, what I know now. 
But who hasn't said that before?
I remember my mentality back then... 
"I gotta' make this work."

And judging by my circumstances I was right.
It was an all-too familiar and uncomfortable condition for me in business back then
I hadn't yet learned about the only REAL shortcut that exists. 
I Chased Rainbows...
Little did I know that the pot of gold was in my own backyard.  What a stubborn one I can be.
That stubbornness has served me in one way at least (never, ever quit--right?)
But it has also cost me dearly, with a mentality that seemed to say--
"No, not me... I don't have to work on my listening and communication skills, or how to lead.  I'll find an easier way to succeed than THAT."
If only I knew how hard that would be, trying to find the EASY way. 
Looking for the "Easy Way" is the Hardest Way of All.
And, you could say...
What Most People Think to be the "Hard Way" is Actually the "Easiest".
I read personal development books. 
I went to leadership trainings. 
But I never made it my number ONE thing--not back then.  I just thought I did at the time.
There I was at 30 years old with my six-month old daughter in my lap.
Chasing the dream from home.
Barely making enough to make ends meet. 
I'd made more (much more) from home before that.  But then it had shriveled. 
I'd worked hard before... real hard. 
And then after burning out--after working like a mad-man from age 22 to 27 (chasing all the bogus shortcuts most people still chase), I "checked out" for about two years as soon as the income was high enough. 
--Burn Out--
I played catch-up on life. 
The color returned to my face. 
I smiled more without trying to.
I started a family.
I caught up on what I had been missing while 'building the dream.'
But then, after watching my income slide back down I found myself in familiar territory...
"I gotta make this thing work!"

So I was working feverishly again... and had been for a year since returning from world travels, reflection, and a bout with getting healthy and fit (I needed that after the previous 5-year intensive business effort).

But by this time "being fit" was on its decline right along with my income.  I  recall a regular 1 a.m. mad dash to Carl's Jr. or Taco Bell (this is not what I'd typically want on the menu); eating healthy is the last thing on one's mind when feeling overwhelmed.
I was really stressed out--working, working... Trying... 

Sitting with my six month old daughter beside me, trying to find the 'shortcut' again.  Trying to live up to my 'big words' to family and friends, most of whom had forgotten I was a winner.
Trying to justify my commitment to succeed.
The Million Dollar Chapter Comes...
But within a year from that challenging time, I had figured a piece of it out (the marketing part) and I started attracting business in a BIG way... though I still hadn't learned how to keep it. I had to go through a very labor intensive learning process because I was still looking for shortcuts in all the wrong places.

By age 31, I had attracted over a million dollars to my new company within the first month of launch and had people joining my networking business before I even had time to make the first follow-up phone call.  That was 6 years ago.
It was nice, though there was still plenty of stumbling (as I was still learning what I'll share with you today).  
It was actually quite rough... but it WAS a great experience because it forced me to finally--eventually-- realize and take the only REAL shortcut that exists... the very thing I was avoiding the entire time because I thought it would be harder, when it was actually much, much easier.
If only I was getting emails like this.
Fast forward 6 years, I now head up a growing multi-million dollar enterprise.  Solid, stable, growing incredibly fast.  Enjoyable.  In alignment with my values and intentions. 
From struggle to now business bliss, I have learned and lived the only REAL short-cut there is, and how to get people to not just stand in line to join my business... and not just stay... but to duplicate in ways that extend far beyond what I  imagined possible.
Finding the REAL Short-Cut... And Taking It.
I have always looked for the shortcuts, which would have been great, if only I was looking in the right place. 
In my earlier years in business, I was constantly trying to use some new system to generate leads for me.  Or to 'qualify' them for me.  I even worked hard to create such systems.
Its not that there wasn't value in what I was doing, and in qualifying prospects and using systems to help--that IS a small part of the equation.  But this aspect of it is SECONDARY to what is most critical for one's success.

Here's the "Essential List" most avoid making their number ONE priority in business:

Focus on Developing...

  • A Keen insight (making the finer distinctions)
  • An ability to influence others
  • An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
  • An ability to create and communicate value
  • An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
  • An ability to inspire others by truly connecting with them, by listening
  • An ability to cultivate partnerships

You CAN develop these things rather quickly, but only if you make that your main aim.
The list is so alien when you're not ready. 
Its like hocus pocus.
It might even be scary. 
It makes success seem really far away.  But that's only if you're not ready to take responsibility for it.
The truth is that when you look at this essential list square in the face, that's when success gets close. 
That's when you're getting warmer.
Then, if you don't take your eyes off this list... that's when you get hot.   
Attractive Marketer Hot.
Doing so puts your butt on the shortcut... The only REAL shortcut you'll ever find.
I Wasn't Ready...
I wasn't ready to look until I had worked so hard for so long trying to bypass 'the list' of essentials, that I finally just stumbled into it here and there, over time... over a long period of painstaking time because I didn't know it was IT. 
I thought it was just "part" of it.  
Somehow I had exhausted everything else and I just decided to focus only on that list for a while... that was about 3 years ago.  
I buckled down on ONLY it.
I connected with the right coaching, training and people and developed my skills (the essential list) as QUICKLY AS I POSSIBLY COULD.
I did it because I had to.  I was exhausted.  It was that or admit failure.  And that's not me. 
This is where my stubbornness helped. 
And maybe its why I relate so well with the majority out there who struggle... because I was on that path with such intense determination for so long, avoiding the essential list just like most do.
My Point In All This?
My message to you is that it doesn't have to take you as long to find IT as it took me.
It took me a long time because I was stubborn in believing the B.S. because I wanted to believe it, just like many people reading this want to believe that a system is the answer.. and not you.  You don't want to follow through on this advice because you're like I was... you're where I was.
But some of you will move on it.  And that's who I'm talking to here.
Don't get me wrong...
The vehicles you use (the opportunities, systems, etc) ARE important obviously... but they are motionless without the list of essentials above. 
Like pushing a car uphill versus stepping on the gas and zipping down it.  That's what I'm taking about.  
I'm talking about finally being able to navigate yourself from where you are to where you want to be with absolute control, safety, comfort and EASE.  Every time with ANY system.
I'm talking about accomplishing everything you want FASTER by making it your number one intention to focus on the essential list.
Are you ready for that?
You are addressing some of this already... likely its the marketing part you're focused on.  That's good because its one of the things on that list.
But are you consciously addressing the entire list head on?
Is it your number ONE aim?
There are 5 things we'll be introducing to you over the course of this fall and winter.  You've likely heard about some of them already.  My suggestion is to study what they offer you.
They each help you attack the 'essential list' head on in very "Easy to Learn It" new ways...
They are:
1. Coaching Cognition
2. The Live Event in January
3. Super Guides Training & Collaboration Program
4. PBN (Becoming a Trainer for the Professionals, Businesses and Non-profits section of Renegade Professional)
5. Renegade Professional News -- Pay close attention to the students who grow in this community. Connect with them.  Know them. 
These represent an ever-expanding economy that you can take part in.
Success doesn't have to be hard. 
But it will be if you don't take a very proactive stance to attack your essential list head on.
Here it is again:
You Must Have...

  • A Keen Insight. 
  • An ability to influence others
  • An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
  • An ability to create and communicate value
  • An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
  • An ability to cultivate partnerships

You have to initiate all this, directly and head on.
Partners in success,
Mike Klingler

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About the Author: Mike Klingler

Member Since: 11/02/2007

Company: Marketing Merge, Inc (Renegade Professional, Coaching Cognition, RUToolz, School Of Online Business, Marketing Funnel Mastery)

Industry: Education

Primary Web Site: http://www.MarketingMerge.com


A laser beam shot to the head and the heart

Hi Mike,
Your post really hit home with me. You basically went through my story and you gave me insight into the path that I am on. And that path is the "before" path of your story. As I have learned from you in the past year there have been moments when the cobwebs and smoke have been swept away and I see the vision. This article was one of them. Thanks for sharing this as it will really help me moving forward.
Cheers! C Doug Mah

Calvin Mah — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:01am

"Chasing Rainbows" Yes, most

"Chasing Rainbows"

Yes, most of us start out this way. To be fair it's not entirely our fault. There's sooooooo many people out there selling Rainbows and they are very compelling. It's much easier to believe the B.S.

That's the thing that drew me to Renegade Professional and You. The total lack of B.S. or Rainbow promises.

Just like in this post, you've always "told it like it is". I didn't always want to hear the message. I fought hard NOT to hear it. But your calm, cool persistence (was it stubbornness?) won me over in the end and I'm EVER SO GRATEFUL!

Attracting People
Cultivating Friends
Choosing Opportunities Carefully
Listening To People


This is the secret to "Building Rainbows" instead of chasing them.
Thanks for showing us the way.

Live Your Dreams!


Shelly Begarowicz — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:11am

Wow, your article really hit

Wow, your article really hit home!!! Since I am in my first year as an enterpreneur, hopefully, reading this articl and taking it to heart will help me build my dream!! I have found the opportunity already, now I just need to put the information found in this article to work!!

Thanks for your leadership, Mike!!

Susan Oliver — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:24am

Wow - I can relate!

Your description of your path to success is a very common one - except most people give up before finding success. I too have followed a path of looking for the simple answer, system, or guru to follow. I quit and started "real" business - and discovered that the same issues followed me into my "real" business. Then I was forced to wake-up and discovered it was personal growth and leadership, confidence that was needed. The marketing skills, relational skills, leadership skills, and the ability to think outside the box are all things that people need to work on to succeed in any business - traditional, internet, mlm - any business model. My business is now growing and I too am looking forward to the future.


Dotty Scott — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:28am

Tired of "Guru" watching, now doing!

Isn't it the truth. We all start out being pulled in every kind of direction because this guru has the "secret" we hope will be revealed or that "guru" will tell us what step to take next to avoid problems.

When in reality, if we start with ourselves first, working on improving our communication skills, creating partnerships with other like-minded people and build relationships instead of "only me" ships, all the rest falls into place.

Your story touches me as it does many and hopefully, many will see the light before they get lot in the darkness.

Thanks Mike for your honesty and revealing that you too are human.

Marie Leonard — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:15pm

Looking for The Easy Way

You are absolutely right Mike, people tend to fall for things that look easy and put on the blinders for the things that are out of their comfort zone.

I know, I've chased the rainbow and tried to avoid doing the hard things or at least I thought they were hard when in fact it is the easiest way to success.

You tell it like it is and I can definitely relate to your story, it's inspiring and filled with wisdom.

Thanks Mike!

John Enns — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:27pm

I relate to that stubborn part.

You seem to have the universal story. I'm grateful for the stubborn part that keeps me giong, too. But making changes and learning new things--the right things--early on would be such a blessing.Since paying more attention to those essentials I have seen a dynamic change in my business and in my life.

Claire Covington — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:57pm

Chasing Rainbows


Wow! This article truly said it all, "Chasing Rainbows". I don't know what it is but I think we are all wired up for the "short cut." Only to find out much later in life there is no such thing as a "short cut."

Everything is based on what you said:
* A Keen Insight.
* An ability to influence others
* An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
* An ability to create and communicate value
* An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
* An ability to cultivate partnerships

And once that's found, the moment arises. And the story is told...

Thanks, Mike for sharing and opening your heart...

Donna Wells

Donna Wells — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 1:02pm

Promises, Dreams and Reality

This is a true story told so many times it is a wonder that so many continue to ignore the advice. Even on TV our society is hit with commercials pressing "the easy button," the short cut. What people forget is that anything worth having takes time,commitment and the focus to succeed.

I know that I didn't realize this until I was given the opportunity to join the Renegade Professional community. I came looking for the answers and found them here. I realized the only promises I needed to keep were to myself to be careful and pick opportunities that were right for me and my business and to be consistent in my learning.

I came into Renegade Professional as a total novice in building My Own business online, no websites given to me, no hounding, it was up to me. For this I feel like I am becoming the leader I know I can be and gaining the confidence to communicate and attract others to me. This doesn't happen when you continually look for "easy" because in "easy" YOU are not a part of the business.

Hard in the beginning, getting easier as I grow. I look forward to the future of my business and I look forward to being a part of the "bigger picture" within Renegade Professional.

Following the footsteps of others in this community has given back my dreams and the reality of it all is that success is achievable if consistent and becoming a part of this community.

It has been said that "successful people leave clues." The clues here couldn't be more obvious.

As Always, thank you for being so stubborn Mike and never giving up.

Promises and Dreams can be a Reality

Angela James

Angela James — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 1:12pm

Yes, people do fall for the

Yes, people do fall for the easy way, or so they think. Looking for the silver bullet seems to be a preoccupation with any desire to change.

Even without shortcuts, the road to success is a constant learning opportunity that challenges you to put it into action.

Increasing your confidence, learning how to communicate, how to maintain customers, these are all things that you get to learn on the way. And you learn them from your community.

Sharing, teaching, learning then repeat is the value of Attraction Marketing. It's where you get to learn to out perform and over deliver.

Sorta like you, Mike. You are always out there, out performing and over delivering, approachable, honest and always, always, always giving.

Thank you very much!

Donnalynn Polito — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 1:50pm

Chasing Rainbows

It's so easy to do, chasing rainbows. I know I've fallen for a couple. The only thing it got me was more debt , more headaches, more confusion. I think, because we live in an instant society, we sometimes forget that anything worth having is worth working for.

Learning attraction marketing, while not easy, it takes work, is enjoyable and satisfying. The absolutely amazing feeling you get when you have learned something new and can pass that knowledge on to someone else, is, WOW, to say the least.

I think the best part for me has been the groups of people I have met, learned from and help contribute with. It's no longer just little ol' me, trying to make this thing work. It's me along with my friends all working toward a common goal. This makes all this learning so sweet.

Thanks Mike for all you do and I'd just like to say what an inspiration you are to me.


Michelle Moseley — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 2:34pm

Dreaming vs. Vision

Thanks for sharing your insights Mike.

One other thing that distinguishes those who succeed, is the ability to have a vision and to see it through. Having a vision is very different than chasing a dream or a rainbow. Its a clear idea of what you want to achieve, followed by a plan of how you will achieve it.

What amazes me about you is that you seem to see light years ahead. You have a vision of what Coaching Cognition and the Superguide program will become. You can see it. Now all those other skills come into play to make that vision a reality. The insight, ability to influence others, create and communicate value, attract people, inspire people and cultivate partnerships. All those skills will work together to make your vision a reality. And I'm excited to be a part of it.

Many thanks!

Cindy Schulson — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 2:34pm

What I Love About You Mike is How You Help the Family

Great article Mike,

I've been more of the supportive one - supporting Eric Walker, my fiance, and helping him build his business (credibility and influence).

I have been the one quietly looking over his shoulder. I have been the one whispering in his ear, and I have been the one with a listening ear during those "truth moments" when he's feeling worn out or between a rock and a hard place - those "crossroads" moments as we call them.

And through it all, you've been there with us.

And THIS has made it a short cut for us.

Eric is a natural teacher (like you), but he doesn't have 14 years of business experience that has created gobs of wisdom. But what he does have is -- what he's always been smart about -- is studying what you do, listening closely to what you say and model...etc.

So, when you highlight this essential list...

A Keen Insight.
An ability to influence others
An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
An ability to create and communicate value
An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
An ability to cultivate partnerships

...I feel like you're bringing EVERYTHING home that Eric has been working toward for the previous 14 months (14 months as opposed to 14 years - Now that IS a short cut!).

And the beautiful thing about this is that because I've always looked over his shoulder, I've been attracted to your teachings as well, and I've picked up on things that maybe Eric hasn't or have seen things from a different perspective.

Not only do I get to tuck that under my belt, but I can also teach Eric what I see. And there have been a good number of times when my insight has helped Eric tremendously also.

Do you see how this has helped our family! I have to think that the family I see forming in the Renegade Professional community can be just as influential under the roof of all the families - husbands and wives and children! It makes so much sense, both in business and life.

I've enjoyed a lot of your articles, Mike, but this stands as my favorite - never have I heard your voice come ringing out so clearly.

Thank you for all that you do. I can't wait to meet you next week!

Kaitlin Rose

Kaitlin Rose — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 3:08pm

The School Of Hard Knocks

Anyone who is or has been or looking to be an entrepreneur should find this article post a breath of fresh air, and I mean fresh air because this is a road that we all must travel in one way or another.Lets be real,we're all guilty of this that is trying to find the ultimate short cut that will propel us to that pot of gold,that multi-million dollar acquisition,that wizard of Oz system that supposedly will take all the hard work out of building a foundation for a sustainable business.

We all have strengths and weaknesses that we must identify and come to grips with before we can move forward in business and life.And even though our essential lists might not be exactly the same as Mike points in this article,believe me when you really sit down and think about it you'll find so many similarities that it will blow your mind.

Well now that it's out in the open what are YOU gonna do about it, will you apply for the school of Hard Knocks or will you take Mike Klinglers advice to heart and act on your essential list? We all can't do everything but if you pick one thing and do it well your almost always guaranteed success.Being an entrepreneur can be lonely at times,but when you come to the realization that YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE THIS WORK or face the alternative something clicks inside us,I don't know what it is but if you really want it it's there for you,it's all up to YOU.

kevin thomas — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 6:48pm

Chasing Rainbows and Taking Shortcuts

Wow, did that hit home. How often I have found myself chasing rainbows only to find that what I am looking for is right in front of me. Thanks for your vision Mike, thanks for the opportunity to be a Super Guide and share in your vision and thanks for teaching me a skill I never thought one year ago I could ever learn. Vision. That is what separates the men from the boys.

Anita Kulik — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 7:11pm

Short Cuts

Hi Mike: As everyone above has already said - you hit it right on the head! Sure we would all like to find a faster way to achieve success, but most short cuts either don't work - or are short term. If you depend on short cuts only you will always be re-building your business because you don't have a solid foundation to build upon. The real short cut is to do it right the first time!

Dr. David Enders — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 9:20pm


Even for those who live the essential list as it pertains to business, there is a powerful pull to slip back into the "short cuts", or those things that seem like short cuts. The internet is filled with systems, ideas, methods, get rich quick schemes, and thousands of people screaming at you about their opportunity/product. It can be hard sometimes to not think, "hey..all these others are just spamming twitter and facebook and I'm here working hard on producing and sharing value, maybe they know something I don't and they are doing it the easy way."

So I challenge you, if you are an true Go-Giver and Attraction Marketer, to take a week and do the opposite. Do what you see all those others doing and take note of the results. Not only look at your opt-ins and lead generation, but look at the response that you are getting from others.

I've tried this experiment a number of times. The first few were earlier in my career and were not planned. More recently I did it in a controlled experiment kind of manner. If I'm going to preach something I want to be sure I've done my research.

Mikes' "Essential List", Attraction Marketing, and a Go-Giver mindset are the way to do this business --- the "Easy Way"!

Deborah Tutnauer

Deborah Tutnauer — Fri, 09/18/2009 - 11:11pm

Boy can I relate


Your openness & transparency is greatly appreciated.

Like most I've walked the path of the "quick fix" you refer to .

I know from experience that it's a mirage & a dead end.

You summed it up well when you revealed these steps:

I connected with the right coaching, training and people and developed my skills (the essential list) as QUICKLY AS I POSSIBLE COULD.

Amen to the fact that when the above becomes a reality in your life everything changes for your highest good . . . the proverbial blessed to be a blessing deal.

Your caring giving heart is REALLY valuable to the universe , Renegade Community & our industry as a whole.

Appreciate you Mike.

Warren Little

Warren Little — Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:36am

Must read

Hey Mike - It was cool reading you reflecting on your own journey. I am sure others not commenting on this article can relate as well. Somehow we confuse "working smart" with "shortcuts" sometimes and pay the price for it. Some things just have to be done the right way... without shortcuts.

Jerry Chen — Sat, 09/19/2009 - 5:58am

Shortcuts take too much time

Well put, Mike.

When I look back, chasing shortcuts was such an expensive approach. I needed money, so I spent money on the latest, greatest, super-shortcut that promised quick, easy cash.

No quick, no easy, no cash ... just less money. The worst part is that I was most susceptible to buying another shortcut when I really needed the money and could least afford to waste it!

But the most expensive thing about shortcuts is that you are buying a 'rainbow to nowhere'. Not only is there no pot of gold at the end, but it takes you off course.

Time. That is a much bigger expensive from chasing rainbows and taking shortcuts than actual dollars spent. Nothing to show for the efforts, AND I've got to take the time to get back on the right track before I can even start to make progress. The opportunity cost is tremendous.

You've hit all the right buttons with this one, Mike. Continuous investment in myself, my skills, and my focus on connecting with and helping others - it's the right way, and the quickest way, to success.

"Little did I know that the pot of gold was in my own backyard."

Michael Wilson — Sat, 09/19/2009 - 11:30am

"Deep" Value


Amazing how I watched this article come to be birthed.

I was working at the kitchen table here in Portland Oregon with Mike as Marketing Merge headquarters. I saw Mike fire up a double shot of expresso and make his specialty coffee drink and start typing what you've just read above.

We both did our thing, not really talking much. I was working on the Renegade Professional News. Later, I fell asleep on the couch, and woke up (in the wee hours of morning) to find that Mike hadn't moved. He was still staring at his computer - wrapping this piece up and getting it out to YOU.

My point is that no one I have ever met works harder than Mike Klingler, and he does so because he genuinely cares about people. It shows in everything he does.


@ Warren Little - I like how you(two above) wrote that you connected with the right training and coaches to develop the essential list of skills AS FAST AS YOU COULD. I think that's the point.

@ Mike Klingler - I thank you again. I think Katie's post (eight comments above) says it both in terms of my gratitude for what you have done by leading by example and being a transparent coach, teacher and mentor to me and my family.

@ Kaitlin Rose - NICE! I love you, thanks.

@ Mike Klingler - One thing I see that you do really well, as well as the other super stars of attraction, is you get validated (not just monetarily) for what you offer.


The Fastest Way to Success is to be Validated for Your Value.

But how...?

So for everyone reading this-

Here is the question: What is going to validate you as someone who can really help?

Answer: Deep value.

What is deep value?

Deep value is making this realization … if you're not solving people's problems or giving them what THEY want, you're not in business. This is why you see people who've been at this internet attraction marketing thing for so long, and haven't gotten any results.

You have to figure out:

1). What you love i.e. what you want your business to be, and

2) How you can make that your business – in this case, the term "business" is giving people what they want, and at the same time, being really passionate about giving that to people.

This is how you become an expert.

And to be successful in anything, you have to be nothing short of an expert.

I use and recommend Renegade Professional to help learn how to create value and build your system so people can find you and validate you for your expertise.

Without your own unique system (your own "system of giving value" that is), you won't stand out from the crowd or make money with your business.

So…your number one priority is giving value to the people you know need it just like Mike has with this content.


Decide what value you're willing to give – the promise you can make to yourself, and the others that are inspired to join your “conversation” – then set up the BASIC components to do this.


Eric Walker — Sat, 09/19/2009 - 1:54pm

Before You Get A Rainbow, You Gotta Have Some Rain

Hi Mike,
When I first saw the title of this article, my first thoughts were "Gotta read this one now. Mike must be reading my mind:-)".

I was right. You really put your heart on the line with this article. That's the reason I have so much respect and admiration for you and what you've built with Renegade Professional and all that it's becoming.

While lots of other folks in the online world scream that their system or product is the answer for instant internet riches, you have always offered a rock-steady approach to building a solid business that lasts. It all starts with each of us and what we can offer to the world.

Rainbows may be a sign of promise and hope, but what people who want instant answers and short cuts seem to forget is that before you can have a rainbow, you gotta have the rain. It takes work and determination to succeed at anything worthwhile and that's always been your message. Thank you for that. Looking forward to what's next.


Beth Heilman — Sat, 09/19/2009 - 3:46pm

Getting 'DRENCHED'

Mike - your stuff always smacks of common sense.

Example - I love the way you summarized here...


You Must Have...

-- A Keen Insight.
-- An ability to influence others
-- An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
-- An ability to create and communicate value
-- An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
-- An ability to cultivate partnerships

You have to initiate all this, directly and head on.


BOTTOM LINE - I like to "drench" myself in this wisdom - thank you
for always pointing the way.

Sincerely / Peter A.

Peter Arnold — Sun, 09/20/2009 - 11:09am

Where is the Steak

Mike, thanks for sharing your story. We all have been sold the hype in the past by the copy writers, who sell us the sizzles,and not the steak. There is no short cut to lasting success.

No matter what type a business one is trying to build, we first need to get people to know and like us, before we build trust, and a desire to do business with us.

Rallie Rallis — Sun, 09/20/2009 - 1:12pm

The Rainbow I'm Glad I Chased

I had my drenching downpour before I became a Renegade. My rainbow was you, Mike. If ever I did something right, it was in recognizing that you were the rainbow worth chasing.

I was out of shape, and it wasn't always easy running after your tantalizing colors. But you stayed bright and true and you never faded away like other rainbows do.

I kept chasing. I got stronger and more sure. I saw others running beside me. We helped each other when we got tired. But we kept chasing.

And now, you've helped me form a rainbow of my own.

It's worth repeating:

You Must Have...

-- A Keen Insight.
-- An ability to influence others
-- An ability to choose the right opportunities for you
-- An ability to create and communicate value
-- An ability to attract people to you through networking and marketing
-- An ability to cultivate partnerships

You have to initiate all this, directly and head on.

And then let your colors dance across the sky!

Barbara Silva — Sun, 09/20/2009 - 9:31pm

Duplicating what really matters

I think it is so cool that my reply is right after Barbara Silva's. Not only do I consider her a great coach, mentor and friend, but she is a shining example of someone who has followed Mike's wisdom, as laid out above, and applied it in a way that makes sense for her. The result is a new service which I believe has the potential to revolutionize the coaching industry.

I started following Mike around the same time Barbara did, I believe, and he affected me in a similar way. At some point, his wisdom really started to sink in. I stopped chasing the rainbows and started to wonder...could I MAKE MY OWN RAINBOWS? It seemed crazy at the time, but I started to believe in myself more and more, through the feedback and encouragement from members of this great community of people I was learning with. I started to really "GET" where all this was headed, and started to see myself as taking an active role in the movement. Not just going along for the ride, but taking a turn at the wheel. I started to realize I could do more than make money in this industry; I could make a DIFFERENCE.

Now I am working on my own business concept, which, like Barbara, builds on the concepts that visionaries like Klingler, Sieg, Dillard and others have already laid out. I believe my concept will help to move the industry forward and help it gain more widespread acceptance.

My greatest wish of all, though? That someone finds my business, taps into all the resources like what Barbara, Mike, Ann and others have developed, and then develops their OWN improvements, to help others and improve this industry, this economy, and this world we live in.

Critics of people like Ann and Mike say that what they do isn't duplicatable. I counter that what you are starting to see is evidence to the contrary. True, you aren't seeing cookie-cutter clones plugging in to the easy-to-follow systems that "guarantee" success. What you are seeing, though, are people focusing on those items on the list Mike just posted to create their own path to the end of their own rainbow, and all the success that comes with it, not just a pot of gold. They are duplicating what really matters.

Lane Romero-Reiss — Mon, 09/21/2009 - 2:56am

Wise Words Without Regret

Mike, your words jump off the page as "wise words without regret".

Kind of like the wise sage looking back after a journey in the future and reflecting about what it was that made him successful as he wrote his memoirs. It were those "6 Es" he shared and open and transparent details that helped give the reader heartfelt tidbits of "wisdom".

In all, this lesson of inspiration showed others that success could be gained in a simple way, still hard work, but relaxed and yet a determined set of principles.

Thank you for your "actions" and "words" Mike.

p.s. I know you are not "that" much of a "sage" in the future, yet :)

Kathy Beaman — Mon, 09/21/2009 - 6:24am

A sub list

Hi and thank you Mark for this amazing gem or pearl of wisdom.
I am writing a sublist to go next to each point of your five. Creating a Daily Action Plan which includes tangible smaller steps to achieve these 5 crucial goals...These 5 goals are achievable if we practice them everyday and every opportunity we can! I think I will ad some new images to my VISION BOARD now too!
Monica Odenwald

monica odenwald — Mon, 09/21/2009 - 9:28am

Just what the docotr ordered - The bitter sweet pill.

Hi Mike,
Having just had 2 weeks break to move house it also gave me time to reflect on my activities and why maybe I was not having the results I thought I deserved.

You article spells it out with clarity. For things to work I have to change and grow. It's always great to know that someone has been there befrorre you in the same situation.

I find this the bitter pill that I needed to move forward not just for my business but for my life.

Just following your success over the last couple of years is justification enough to follow your teachings.


Judith Atkinson — Mon, 09/21/2009 - 9:29am

Now I've got the Map


I really identified with your story. We all work hard….most of the time at the wrong thing. It’s especially hard on the Internet to figure out the right path to take….so many choices.

What an example you’ve been the entire time I’ve been with Renegade! You’ve handed us a map to success and the pitfalls to avoid. I feel your sincerity in everything you do and it is much appreciated.

I realize that we’ve already been given the vehicle to get us to where we’re going….all we have to do is supply the gas that runs it…..Us; Us and the Essential List.

Because of your direction, I’ll keep my eye on the Essential List.

Becky Joubert

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