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Some Thoughts on Success

Does money equal success?

No. It does not necessarily mean success. Success can be measured in various ways.

You can be a successful parent; a successful spouse; a successful friend.

You can succeed in cooking great meals for your family; you can succeed in high school sports; you can succeed academically. And I’m sure you could help me continue the list.

There are some people who are content without achieving economic success. And if they are truly happy, then success has been measured adequately enough for them. But it simply is not the case for most people. Most people who are not succeeding economically desire to do so for a variety of reasons, including poverty, debt, and a desire to leave a better life for their future generations. I find this admirable at the very least.

I recently did a Biblical study on God’s view of economic wealth for His people. These are among the instruments of value that I found that He used to bless those who followed Him:

Gold, Silver, Land, Livestock, Agricultural Success in Farming, Fine Material, Herbs & Spices. All of these were considered stores of wealth and/or instruments of wealth in Biblical times.

So I am not among those who feel that wealth is bad or sinful. Neither am I among those who believe that money is the only form of success.

I understand that money is a store and instrument of economic value currently, and that if you choose to not live in poverty, debt-ridden, wondering how you will ever provide an inheritance for you children and your children’s children ….then you’d better find a way to increase your profits!

There are a variety of ways to increase profits.  You could master trading stocks and bonds; this can be very difficult and take a lot of time.  You could master real estate; this could require significant up front capital.  You could start a local business in your home town; this could require a lot of money, a hefty loan, and/or a lot of time.  All of these could work with time and diligence, but in my opinion are not the path of least resistance.

I chose a home based business, and here’s why: low start up cost, very low risk, the pleasure of working at my own pace, and the ability to earn leveraged income.

When I first started, my skill set was low and I needed mentorship.  The great thing about the home based business industry is that mentorship comes with the package at no additional cost.  Those who benefit from your success also have significant interest in your growth.  Their success depends on your success, so they are happy to coach and train those who are committed and willing to grow and work hard.

With time and hard work, I was able to earn a passive residual  multiple 6 figure income for our family, AND time freedom to focus on my personal development for success in other areas of life as well.  What a gift!

If you know a very successful home based business professional, I recommend you connect with them and set either a phone appointment or a coffee appointment.  They will be pleased that you reached out to them.

If you do not know a successful home based entrepreneur…someone with a proven track record…I’d be happy to lead you.  In my career I have assisted 6 families with reaching a multiple 6 figure income; I have assisted nearly 50 other families earn a 6 figure income; I have helped 100s of families earn enough income to cover their home mortgage; I have lead over 750 families to achieve car bonuses, thus replacing their car payment.

I would be happy to assist you with your dreams and goals!

But if not me…please, find someone you can trust to lead you.  You just may give your family the same gift I gave to mine:

Freedom.

What’s Your Vibe?

“Your vibe attracts your tribe!” -Nate

I had 2 instances this week with clients I coach who said, “I can’t get anyone to say yes to my product (or service). I don’t think people like it. It’s not working.” Then I began to remind them of all the other people having success with the exact same product or service.

Here’s what I know: In order to be successful in anything in life it requires you to step up your game and change something (perhaps many things) about yourself.

Some things you may need to improve:
1) Mindset
2) Skillset
3) People Skills
4) Emotional Maturity
5) Language

These are just a few. And under these Groups are numerous sub-groups we could explore.

I was told by a mentor one time, “Nate, work harder on yourself than you do anyone or anything else, and THEN you will become uncommonly successful.” I took that challenge, and it has lead me to develop a Multi Million Dollar Empire comprising 3 businesses, a non-profit, several pieces of real estate, and total lifestyle & time freedom.

When I first began developing my empire, my vibe said, “I think I’m amazing and you should work with me.” My ego score was far too high.

Now my vibe says, “My name’s Nate. Tell me about you? What’s your dream? How may I add value to your life?” I place high value on others and seek to add value to their lives.

The law of attraction isn’t mystical or metaphysical. It simply means that people are either attracted to the person you’ve become or not. And based on the level of attraction or lack thereof, they will decide whether a business relationship with you holds value for them or not.

If you are deciding to build a great business of any kind, your success will largely depend on how far you are willing to grow yourself in all facets of your being.

Your level of growth will be your “Vibe”! Happy Growing!!

Wage vs Profit

I have had a long and productive day.
And tomorrow is looking to be the same.

People have asked me often, Nate what’s different about YOUR day of hard work and MY day of hard work. If we’re both working hard, then you are no better than me.”

My response: Yes. You are right. This scenario makes me absolutely no better than you. How hard we each are working could very possibly equal out in terms of the definition of labor.

Here’s where they may differ: most of you are earning wages, and not profits. Wages and profits are not the same.

Wage: a regular payment, usually on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, made by an employer to an employee, especially for manual or unskilled work.

Profits: 1) a valuable return. 2) the excess of returns over expenditure n a transaction or series of transactions 3) net income for a given period of time 4) the ratio of profit for a give year to the amount of capital invested or to the value of sales 5) the compensation accruing to entrepreneurs for the assumption of risk in business enterprise as distinguished from wages

My case is not one for superiority of one hard worker over the other. Perhaps we stand as equals in our work ethic.

My case is, however, for superiority of one method of earning income over the other.

An invitation: I invite you to add “profits” to your portfolio of earnings. For a season of time in addition to your wages; and with time, perhaps you will earn the privilege to forsake wages and live entirely off of profits.

If you are curious, or think that this would be a noble goal for you….please inquire within.

Freedom is yours for the taking if you desire it.
Will you take it?

The Only Dad…Again

Once again….the only dad on the field trip.

Now don’t get me wrong… I honor every single dad who is willing to work hard for his family! Period. End of story.

However, the most recent report that I read said that studies show the average father spends approximately 34 seconds of quality time with his children each day. And that’s just sad.

What I do not honor is a culture who has steadily embraced societal methodologies & ideologies that take us away from our families little by little, thus breaking down the sanctity of the family unit.

And so I stand grateful this morning! Grateful that I went against the grain. Grateful that I did not embrace the “norm”. Grateful that I gave God the request of my heart, and then HE gave ME the desire of my heart!

And what was that request you ask? Freedom. Freedom from as many human encumbrances as possible.

We are now blessed to home school, and to have escaped the traditional job market!

How did we do it, you ask?
We’ll, it came with a price.
A price of hard work & determination. But the biggest price tag was this: change.

we had to be willing to change our belief systems and thinking in relation to everything that the systems of our culture had taught us growing up. And that, my friends, is not an easy thing to do. And it is most definitely a price tag that most of you are unwilling to pay.

BUT! …but… For those of you who are ready to embark on your journey to pay the price of change… trust me: it’s oh, SO worth it!

And I keep growing.

5 D’s to Your Life Design Part 2: Dream

5 D’s to Your Life Design is a 5 Part Audio Series.

Part 2 is entitled “Dream”.  Nate will lead you through a series of thought provoking questions that will challenge you to dig deep into your life on a journey of Discovery.  This is Step 2 in the process of Designing a Successful Life.

Enjoy Part 2 of the 5 D’s to Your Life design: Dream

5 D’s to Your Life Design: Part 1

5 D’s to Your Life Design is a 5 Part Audio Series.

Part 1 is entitled “Discover”.  Nate will lead you through a series of thought provoking questions that will challenge you to dig deep into your life on a journey of Discovery.  This is Step 1 in the process of Designing a Successful Life.

Enjoy Part 1 of the 5 D’s to Your Life design: Discover

Have YOU Ever Felt Like Dodging a Day?

I woke up this morning with a LIST!

You know that list….the one with more to do in a day than you care to tackle?
(Men: the list that has not only the items YOU were going to include in your day, but those “other items” on the list as well) lol

I literally just wanted to stay under those warm, soft, bamboo sheets, and dream a little day dream.

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But duty called!

Even though I finally popped out of bed to carpe diem, I was still wondering how I was going to get it all done. I threw down a bowl of ViCrunch (with honey and cinnamon…mmmmmmm), and headed to my studio to start knocking out that list.

And you know how I’ve been doing it? ONE ITEM AT A TIME!
Sometimes we allow ourselves to get too overwhelmed with a days work. Sure, it’s work…but that mountain isn’t usually as insurmountable as we think it is!

When I’m trail running, I go up and over some steep climbs that feel SO hard; especially on tired legs. And you know how i do it each and every time? One step at a time. And that’s how I’ve knocked out a big chunk of this list this morning.

Now, when I was laying in that bed….all warm and cozy…the day ahead felt overwhelming, and escapism was the bait that could’ve easily lured me away. But I chose to Take Action on my List! And now IT FEELS SO GOOD TO HAVE SOME MUCH STUFF DONE!

So, the next time you feel like dodging your day….be encouraged.
Just take that list one step at a time….one item at a time.
And before you know it….you’ll feel EMPOWERED by what you’ve accomplished!

Make it a great day!
Nate

Whose Fault is my Life?

I have learned that most people don’t want to be confronted with the truest success principles in life.

The reason? It requires us to change.

The idea of “Responsibility” is one that has been ringing in my heart and head recently.  Here are a few of my thoughts on the matter:

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PASS THE BUCK vs THE BUCK STOPS HERE

Are you the gal or guy whose problems in life are always something or someone else’s fault?  Or are you the REAL Man or Woman who takes responsibility for exactly where you are in life at this moment.

One of my favorite quotes is: “We arrive as the people that we are by the choices that we make.”  It is a true statement.

We don’t like to think that we are the reason for our poor economic state, our marital issues, how we ended up so fat, or why our kids turn out the way they do.  And while there may extenuating circumstances, more often than not there’s a bit of a “blame game” that’s being played.

Take a giant leap in your personal development: own your status.  Look deeply into your life-situation and ask questions: “What could I have done differenctly?”  “Was there a different or better choice I could have made from the start?”  “Did I take time to get 100% of the information before I made critical decisions?”  Taking the time to ask these types of questions will help you to more honestly ascertain the “You” you’ve become, AND help you to make better choices in the future.

THE WORST THING ABOUT SUCCESS IS A LITTLE

We’ve all heard it said: “The worst thing about success is a little bit of it.”

This is another mindset that can prohibit greater personal success… when we achieve success in one area of life, our momentarily inflated egos like to assume complete success in life. This simply isn’t true!

I have seen fat rich guys.
I have seen dumb fit guys.

I have seen pretty girls who could use some schooling, and some brilliant ladies who need to stay away from the buffet.

I’ve seen spiritual men who could not find financial success if it set in their lap, and rich men who will gain the whole world only to lose their soul!

I have sold myself short far too many times, thinking more highly of myself than I should have been thinking, when I should have pressed onward toward bigger and better things.  I have learned that one victory is just that: one victory! There are more battles yet to be won against ourselves.

So, if you have found success in one area of life, Congratulations!

If you haven’t found success in every area of life, Keep Going! Keep changing! Keep Learning!

Most of all, take personal responsibility for where you are in life. Because you can’t grow forward until you do.

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Are You Living in Fear and Calling it Faith?

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I see some of you bowing to Fear and calling it Faith!

“What do you mean, Nate?” 
Here’s what I mean:

I see so many people starting out on a Journey toward their dreams, and as soon as it becomes difficult…or interferes with the family schedule…they QUIT! 

And here’s the worse part of all: they then decide that their current life is dreamy enough! 

STOP LYING TO YOURSELF! 

*Your life wasn’t too dreamy on the front end of the journey, what you believed anything was possible! Is it more comfortable to believe that the dream isn’t possible? KEEP TELLING YOURSELF THAT ONE! lol

*Your life wasn’t too dreamy when you decided you didn’t want to work long hours, and maybe even Saturdays any more. Oh…do the extra hours suddenly feel great?

*Your life wasn’t too dreamy when you envisioned your wife not having to work (and now the 2 of you have convinced yourselves it’s not so bad) What happened? Is it awesome for both of you to be exhausted all the time?

*Your life wasn’t too dreamy when you were ANGRY at debt! What happened? Did you and debt fall back into dreamy love?

*Your life wasn’t too dreamy when YOU finally WOKE UP and realized that YOU were NOT in CONTROL! Does it all the sudden feel great to be SLAVE to the Masters of DEBT, J.O.B., Time Constraint, and Limited Choice?

If your Old Life was the Dream in the First Place, YOU WOULD’VE NEVER STARTED THE JOURNEY! 

So you can try to lie to YOU…you can try to lie to your SPOUSE…you can try to lie to your KIDS…and you can try to lie to ME!

But in the end…it’s just a lie. And you know it. We all know it.

I love you & I believe in you!  Maybe more than you do yourself.  Selah: pause and think about that.

-Nate

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WARNING: TOUGH LIFE LESSON TO FOLLOW

I have learned so very many lessons on my journey.
Here is one I’ve learned over the last year or so:

People quit.
People give up.
Most people never stay the course.

This is true with personal dreams, in marriage, with their health…and definitely in network marketing.

Aimee Mullens said, “Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that’s just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I’ve been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times.”

You see, it takes real heart…real grit to press through the “downs.” And you know why? Because it requires more from us. Quitting is the easy thing to do. Stepping of our own down trodden lawn onto someone else’s fresh green lawn looks appealing; and it’s easier than regrowing our own grass. The problem is that pretty soon, you’ll just trample down that other green grass too!

And why? Because it’s who you are; your track record proves it. If you stomped one yard to death, most likely you’ll ruin the green grass in the new one.

If you quit on the first dream, you’ll probably quit on the next. If you helped to destroy one marriage, you’ll be good at it a second time in most cases. If you’ve been looking for the easy way out with your health for the last 20 years, my guess is the next 20 will be the same.

And Network Marketers: if they’ve jumped more than once in the last 5 years, well…you get the picture.

Listen: I GET IT! I know it can be hard. It takes a strong woman or man to ride the waves. But every single diamond….every REAL Diamond was formed under pressure over time in it’s environment. Speeding up the process only creates cubic zirconia. Fake stones.

The Apostle Paul said this: “Don’t you know that you have to finish the whole race in order to receive the prize?”

Ok, so he was talking about eternal life, yes, but he was also talking about running.
Paul new that the principal was universal.

If you want to be the real deal; if you want to grow into a champion when it comes to success, marriage, business, or anything else…go through the fire. Withstand the pain. Endure the pressure. Learn. Grow. Discover YOUR weaknesses and flaws. Figure out how YOU contributed to the demise.

And then…if you want to emerge victorious…stay the course.

p.s.- Just because you’ve failed in the past does not mean that you have to fail in the future.  But you WILL have to change something…or change in your results will never come.

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