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Mysterious Removal of My YouTube Video

I recently experienced a very mysterious Removal of my Youtube Video, and am still in that experience now.  I usually get an email or a notification about videos being taken down. This time was different, as a video I made about my reasons to align with CTFO (and not Kannaway) has disappeared.   It’s quite embarrassing as I already wrote about my reasons over on Steemit.  I sent an email out to my trusted list of business contacts. Sorta makes me look like I don’t have all my stuff together, when I’m the most together there is.

I can only take a wild guess that people from Kannaway are behind it.

removal of my youtube video on ctfo vs kannaway

A few years back when i went through a similar situation (the removal of my youTube video on Kannaway)

I wrote about it in, what hs become one of my most popular articles on TopNetworkersGroup’s blog, It’s all of it.  Why YouTube Does Nothing About False Flagging, is a story about how people from Kannaway did not like my videos, and attacked my channel.  In that process I came to realize that this was a very well funded company.  The company Medical Marijuana, Inc created a subsidiary (kannaway) using Millions of dollars to fight little ole’ me.

They were probably paying people to monitor me and others from an office. 

They won a momentary victory I’ll admit. Not because I was in violation of youTube’s terms of service, or because I was wrong in what I had to say. The removal of my Youtube Video on Kannaway back then, and the harassment I faced, only proved what I’ve been saying about Network Marketing for some time now.  MLM has been invaded by Corporate America. They use their money for conspicuous deeds.  Paying Google to silence any negative press about their company is not beyond the means of a well funded company.  No average network marketing start up has the money to fight off anyone who may not be totally on board with their program.

But Medical Marijuana, Inc is no regular network marketing company.

That was a big reason I didn’t like the compensation plan that they put together. Like way too many companies, there was a high entry fee to get started. Then you had to be on autoship every single month. A major problem with autoships is you end up with products you don’t need stockpiled in a garage or a spare room. After reviewing the opportunity presented by another company, CTFO, I decided to sign up.

Both companies are offering CBD products but CTFO has no sign up fee to become an associate. You can try out the products at your convenience. Should you decide that you’d like to start building a customer base, you can do that and you’ll earn a decent monthly commission on those sales.  If any of your customers also want to start earning a few extra dollars each month, they can start at any time as well.  It’s a flexible business plan that actually helps you and I get back to what makes network marketing go.

Too much automation is going around in MLM today. Network Marketing is and always will be about relationships. I’ve met too many people in this industry who simply don’t Care about their relationships anymore. Everyone is ‘just a number’ to go through….

We have to be careful not to adopt corporate american ‘mentality’ …. but too many already have.

The negative influence of their money is being felt, and I’d be ready to bet they are responsible for the removal of my youtube video on CTFO vs Kannaway (want to try CBD products?).  You’ll see the video was linked up to that article but it’s no longer available. These are all the reasons to build stronger networks, and look out for one another. It’s always us vs. the machines.

The Best Sales Film Of All Time

Hands down almost all of us in Sales Agree, the Best Sales Film ever is Glengarry GlenRoss – with an all-star cast, and an awesome story actually which starts off with everyones favorite scene – Always Be Closing ….

This is going to contain a ton of Spoilers so I thought I’d share the film here – so you can see it in its entirety. Lots of people have seen the Alec Baldwin scene but, to see it in its full context makes it even better. Gives it so much more meaning than it already has.

Yes, Coffee is for Closers. (From the Best Sales Film of All Time)

‘Let’s talk about something important, all they all here? … well I’m going anyway’

Best Film on Sales Of All time – Full movie

So… as you see, this movie wastes no time and introduces all of the players; then gets right into “It Takes Brass Balls to Sell Real Estate” – just after an opening scene where 2 salesmen couldn’t close – joining a 3rd in the office that couldn’t close – To them going out after being yelled at, and fired – for not closing; all the while, complaining about the leads……….. all the while, asking Where’s Roma? …. or, in resentment shouting out, “Fuck Roma!” ….

Where was Roma during this opening scene?

I love it – You see him in the opening sitting down at the bar starting a conversation – 20 minutes goes buy and it picks up – back where we left Roma except now, he’s in a booth with the guy he started talking to at the bar; back to the Others complaining about how bad their leads are; and then later, back to Roma pulling out a Brochure, and pitching Real Estate to …. his new lead, that he just spent time building rapport with; over a few drinks and some comical conversation.

(The best sales film ever takes on common issues within this profession)

The difference between the Closers in our business, is while losers are hanging around each other, complaining about the leads they’re getting, or the ones they’ve got; wishing they had better leads – or Leads that OTHER people have …. the truth is, the Closers are out getting their Own Leads.

They’re out developing their OWN relationships and picking up sales that the ‘office’ didn’t even plan on; and so who better to give ‘better leads’ to than someone they (the office) is sure can handle them, based on their performance?

Be careful who you hang around …. often the people who are not having success start looking for shortcuts; there may be Toxic people even within your own company. As we see with the awesome scenes between Dave and George…

“I’m glad I met you James …. I want to show you something, it may mean something to you, it may not…” – That’s that Closer stuff there folks.

“Listen to what I’m gonna tell ya now…”

… and if it wasn’t for that Williamson, just doing his job but not ‘really’ understanding the craft .. if Williamson didn’t blow it, Roma was going to close that deal.

Oh man, and speaking of which, Williamson vs Roma – wow – and yes, when ever two business partners are talking to a ‘non business partner’ – they need to be on the same page before they speak. In fact, through TopNetworkersGroup we teach our people the proper way to handle, 3way relationships; which in the old days often would be taught as 3 way calling, or even, Team Ettiquette/Playing Team – playing a ‘role’ to help your business partner with what they are already up to; and making sure to be their support.

Williamson, perhaps due to all the pressure, dropped the ball on that one.

So many rich business lessons in this one folks, the best sales film ever. Without totally spoiling the film for you, you can watch it to see what exactly happens in it; it’s a story that portrays what happens in Sales all too often; whether it’s real estate or a product/service that a person is selling; Coffee is For Closers.

from the best sales film ever - coffee is for closers

Knowing how to Find, Sort and Identify Good leads is the beginning – Closing them is a whole nother thing; then there is moving people into the Training; so that they can really learn what they need to do; to be a good business partner (if you’re in the kind of business I’m in) – if it’s real estate, naturally you gotta make sure your person doesn’t want his money back because the wife had a fit over the purchase.

Throughout the movie is great sales talk; Especially from “the Machine” – Shelley Levine – a salesman who’s ‘lost his touch’, and clearly lost his way… Al Pacino, is Al Pacino as Richard Roma – the top man in the office (on the board); because he’s one hell of a salesman….   and sadly, what happens is when a guy or girl isn’t having success, they can react much like Dave reacts; with jealousy and rage – which in a way proves that those who give into negative energy attract more and more negative into our reality.

Nothing was going right for Ole’ Dave – The leads were weak and his plan to betray the office… well someone else beat him to it; and .. to top it off, there’s Roma, a reminder that in spite of all his struggles, someone in HIS office is having success.

Often people don’t like to admit it; but we are our biggest obstacle and roadblock.

Glenn Gary Glenn Ross truly is best sales film of all time.

 

Star Wars Last Jedi Lesson For Me and My MLM Journey

After going to see Star Wars the Last Jedi, I filmed a video on a huge Lesson I learned, and how it applies to MLM.  Leading a movement to change how we approach MLM has not been easy over the years. Iv’e had several business partners come and go, and I honestly found myself feeling like Master Luke in this latest film.  You may have noticed that I’ve been on a ‘blogging hiatus’ for a few months, and it’s one of those things I think I’m allowed to after several years of great content for you on these platforms.

However I also left you with a jewel, before taking a holiday vacation from the Shark Daymond John, (giving advice) talking about the benefits of Failure.

Take a few moments to listen to some insights I gained from Star Wars, the Last Jedi

Just like Master Luke, I’ve grown tired of teaching the ‘game’ to network marketers who take these lesson and use them for personal gain.  Far too many turn to the dark side that is ruled by greed.  It’s all of what I’ve been against the entire time, and cannot lie, I’ve contemplated whether I want to be involved.  This is exactly where Luke Skywalker is when we see him in Star Wars, The Last Jedi. He is off on an island all to himself, disconnected entirely from the Force.

Meanwhile I’ve spent most of the past 12 months focused on my Invesments. From Cryptocurrency to real estate, I’ve decided to focus on what I can do for myself.  I got tired of teaching people how to market, how to recruit, and offering them training I wasn’t charging for, just for so many to turn on me in the end.

What I had to learn, came in an unexpected Cameo from Master Yoda.  We are, what they grow beyond… which in Yoda speak translates to, They Grow Beyond What We are.

The One MLM System is going to be re-built, but it’s still there. The structure is in place and the training is available to those who will follow the instructions.

In other words, The Jedi School will re-open soon, and a new generation of Leaders in this space will emerge. Read more from TNG below –

 

Shark Advice On Failure (Daymond John Instagram Post Inspired)

Would you like some Shark advice on failure?  Meaning, would you like to understand a huge lesson on failure, from a super successful business mogul, like Daymond  John?  If you’re smart your answer will be absolutely yes! Only an egotistical person would pass up on gaining knowledge and insight from a person who’s done what you’re seeking to do.  It happens, surprisingly and people miss out on good lessons all the time, because of that ego. What’s wild about this Instagram post I found on Daymond John’s page is how great the timing is.

I’ve been wrestling with a few things, if I can be honest with you.

Almost, second guessing myself, on whether or not I was ‘wrong’ to blame the people who signed up for Crazygood, for it’s failure. I Did that though, with all good intentions to be totally honest with those that were following me at that time. However I will not lie to you, I do feel that many took that the wrong way. I’ve written about how I needed to have the right people on TopNetworkersGroup to pull it off. I think the people who ‘were’ working with the group, took offense and became even ‘less involved’ than they were (which was not much at all).

Yet in so many ways, I Do believe in pruning the tree – so dead leaves falling off, is important for the Growth of the tree.

Now, I’m looking at this Fresh start;  and yet, still wondering if I was out of line to say, what I’ve said. Thank you Universe for confirmation, through several ‘mediums’. My messenger arrived in the form of an Instagram post, from one of NBC’s Shark tank OG’s, Daymond John.  He was sharing some lessons with his followers, of course.  In these images below, you’ll find his Advice on Failure. Would you like to know the 3 things he noticed, along his path. As you probably know, he’s started a lot of businesses, and not everything panned out.

Daymond John gives us Advice On Failure through this Gem of an Instagram Post

Some shark advice on failure

reposted to my own IG, with a quick message #TNGForever

advice on failure (Daymond John Shark IG Post)

like I said, this was on my mind. I feel like people took it the wrong way when I said it, but when they hear the same message from a shark, will it change their mind? (or yours?) – am I still wrong for speaking plainly about what it takes to succeed??

 

I absolutely wanted to make sure you read the image above first. In the second one you’ll see the advice on failure that I’ve been speaking of. Number three stood out to me.  If you’ve re-watched the new presentation for Topnetworkersgroup, you’ll hear me talk about this in the presentation. We learned, along the way, that we need the right people to really pull this off.  Too many people in MLM are ‘too independent’ in their thought process.  In network marketing, we need people who can adopt a group mentality.

Speaking plainly, we need more flexible people who are able to do ‘more than just one thing’.

Sure, be able to think for yourself, we love that. But also understand ‘when’ we need you to put your ego aside, so that together the team can win.  Most importantly, I hope you walk away with a better understanding of just how the ‘group’ can fail, because of individuals.  When we choose to act in ‘selfish ways’, we ultimately harm the ‘team’ we are part of. Most recently, we’ve seen this with UCLA and Liangelo Ball, who along with 2 other Teammates caused International News.

ucla players need advice on failure too

They were caught shoplifting, while on a good will trip to China. Without rehashing all of that, the 3 players are Key to UCLA’s success or failure this season.  However, they will possibly be facing up to a year suspension. This means that UCLA will not be as ‘good’ as they would have been with these 3 players. Instead of thinking about the team, these young men were only focused on themselves. They saw personal gain, and things they ‘needed to have right now’.  None of them were thinking about the long term consequences of these actions.  We all see this unfolding on a much smaller scale in the network marketing (MLM) industry all the time.

No, network marketers aren’t always ‘stealing’, but sometimes they are.  Uplines who ‘steal downlines’ are dangerous to the entire industry, especially their ‘network of partners’.  Their poor leadership can actually go on to cause the entire team to fail.  By setting a poor example of what it means to be a leader, that poor example duplicates.

It’s not always the Upline’s fault though.

A very popular past time of network marketers, is blaming their uplines for their own personal failure. Unless your upline is stealing your leads, they are not to blame for failure. An upline’s only job is to lead ‘by example’.   That’s it and that’s all.  They should be telling you what tools to use (because they use them), and what videos to watch (because they’ve watched them). Real leaders let you know what books you need to invest in, because they’ve done it too.   This is right in those 3 tips from the Shark himself!

Number One: I Didn’t do enough research on it.  I’ve been in Network Marketing for several years, and it does not fail that people I sponsor, are lazy.  They really aren’t willing to spend TIME on becoming good at this skill.  Almost everyone is in search of a quick dollar, and this is why the industry isn’t performing as well as it could!  In our One MLM System, there are hours and hours of training videos, but how many people watched those videos?

A lady who didn’t stick around long, actually told me, with pride “I finally figured out how to fast forward the videos!” ……

This is for the people who think I ramble as this blog post is coming up on 1,000 words. You’re fucking lazy. That’s why you’re a failure. Here’s my advice: Stop being so fucking lazy!

She didn’t want to sit through my videos, because she figured the ‘stories’ I’m sharing are ‘just to hear myself talk. Sadly, this is how most people watch Training videos.  They don’t just ‘sit and watch’ or ‘take notes’ and pay full attention.  They check their phones, jump on facebook, and multi-task while a training video is going on.   It’s a poor decision that too many people make, because they frankly lack the discipline to put off what they can get ‘right now’ for what they can have in the long run.

If you can put your phone down, and other distractions down, for at least an hour or two, you’ll be glad you did later.  But this requires having that ‘student mode’ mentality that people with large egos struggle to reach. So whether you take my Advice on failure, or need to listen to someone who you ‘know’ has made millions of dollars  – that EGO has to be out of the way. Otherwise, you’ll skip around and selectively ‘listen’ to what you want to hear. You’ll never ‘truly’ obtain the knowledge you need to succeed.

Take the time to do the research, which includes LISTENING to long training videos that ‘may’ be boring, at first.  When I was with LevelOneNetwork people would pay $500 for the SEO Training courses, and would not watch the videos.   Back when I was in DSDomination, people would sign up and, not watch the videos on Drop Shipping through eBay. Even with TheConversionPros I get people who sign up, and ‘don’t know how to set up a lead capture page’, because, you guessed it …. They won’t watch the videos.

Take the Sharks advice on Failure, if you won’t take mine. Stop being lazy, and get around the right people.

*also Check out what Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank said about Failing back In 2014

 

Participation Trophy Mentality In MLM Is Not Good

How Participation Trophy Mentality Has Stalled Topnteworkersgroup and MLM: When i started up TNG in 2010, it was mostly all ‘concept’ – I knew what I wanted to do, but had to work through how to do it; along the way, things came together and the 1 mlm system was born; Some people didn’t like the name….

It had MLM in it – and it’s unfortunate that the industry has such a bad reputation; but that’s precisely why I put MLM in the name; b/c I’ve always envisioned TNG as a team that does MLM “the right way” – however, I just have not attracted ‘the right people” into the fold…. Yet.

So with total honesty, most of 2017 has been a MLM Break for me; I’m still ‘in’ companies I was in before; TNG is still sailing the seas; The 1 MLM System is still operational; just needs a few tweaks, and a few more of the right people to board the ship.

The challenge though, is I live in the Participation Trophy Generation; so everyone assumes everyone is equally the same – and that makes things difficult in business.  The ‘leaders’ I set things up with, wanted to be leaders too. They didn’t want to follow me, they wanted to Co-lead.  All that does, is confuse people, which Austin Rivers recently talked about. You know we cover the correlation of Sports and Business here. Austin Rivers, currently the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers spoke about his former Teammate Chris Paul and current teammate Blake Griffin’s relationship. He said that no one ‘really knew who the leader was’.  This led to dysfunction on a team that was supposed to do, much better than they did.

Austin Rivers on Leaders

This mindset infects the team, and those who ‘could have’ been integral parts of the network you’re seeking to grow.

People come to you for help; but due to this Participation Trophy Mindset people have; eventually THEY feel they’re just as much an expert as You are – and ignore all the help you provide; only to say you did not help them — rather than admit they didn’t accept the help — same way people are no longer able to accept that their Performance wasn’t good enough for 1st place – but now they get to ‘decide’ that it was, even if it wasn’t.

That’s the world I’m in. I’m thankful that I heard about bitcoin …. who knows where I’d be right now if I was fully depending on MLM.

I love the business model, but the people in the industry – are plagued with society’s lack of evolved ideas; People bring their Employee mindset to the Group; their Individualistic mentality to the Group; and never adopt ‘Group mentality” — they’re literally useless…… and so as 1,000 more MLM’s sprang up this year; they’re all simply recycling the same people over and over; and it’s a shame none of them seem to see what’s happening.

Now Everyone thinks they can do what I did; and make their own teams; build their own sites; teach things the way they wanna teach it; b/c they don’t ‘know’ I’m teaching Old School stuff that’s been around for 40+ years :: they think I made it all up on my own; b/c … participation trophy mindsets are lazy.

They Assume first place, won first place, because of any reason other than first place worked harder than second place did. I can show people the door; but they gotta walk through it…. I can give people that Red Pill; but they gotta accept truth, and not wish they had taken the Blue one after a visit to the Desert of the real; after they come to grips with the reality that their reality isn’t reality.

I’ve had several people come to me, who Used to work with TNG – or more accurately; who Signed up for programs TNG promoted – and they say to me “Al, I just can’t get people to follow me….”

They never wanna hear the reason why; The reason is, in MLM what YOU do duplicates.

following to be a Leader

You can’t get people to follow you – because you don’t follow ….

There were books you were told to read; that you did not read. There were videos you were told to watch; that you chose not to watch; You decided you heard it all, knew it all, and that you didn’t need to hear anymore – and That Duplicates …..

When YOU talk to people about a program; they don’t look – they don’t listen – they assume – because that’s how you are. They won’t watch videos, b/c You won’t watch videos either; They won’t follow your lead; because You Aren’t Following Your own Sponsor. Your Sponsor hosts a Webinar, you find a reason to miss it; Then wonder why people you Invite to Webinars, find reasons to miss those too – people do what you DO not what you say.

Sometimes, people still won’t do what you do, even when you’re doing it.  Yet, you’ll never get anyone to do anything you’re not already doing.  I shouldn’t even have to cover this, but the participation trophy mentality, makes people expect success in MLM regardless.  People really think, all they have to do is sign up, and ‘get’ others to sign up.

MLM’ers with this participation trophy mindset hop from one company to the next because they think it’s the company.  They think it’s their sponsor’s fault, or the founders of the company.  These people come to believe if they sell a different product more people will buy from ‘them’.  They never change who THEY are though.

The participation trophy mentality, stops a person from working on themselves.

A person who thinks they deserve a trophy, even when they lose will never understand.  Coffee is for Closers only.

Participation Trophy Mentality in MLM is Not Good

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