Real Lessons Being Learned During COVID-19 but There is Hope

By Coach Roger

For some, business couldn’t be better. For others in this global pandemic, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The sad part is, for many, facing a near-future financial nightmare, that’s the case. The good news is, there is hope and there is a strategy for that.

As news of 30 million Americans filing for unemployment in six weeks hit the wire, it became even more devastatingly real. 30 million people losing their jobs in less than two months. Wow, that is crazy. It’s unprecedented.

So many people have come to the realization that working for money in a 9-5 scenario isn’t the way to go. Of course, having a job fulfills an immediate must, you have to pay the bills and feed the family. But more than ever, building a passive income is critical to survival in life. It’s one of those ‘help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope’ moments. Maybe that’s a stretch but I know you get it.

We don’t always make the right decisions, Lord knows I’ve made mistakes but I’ve always believed that passive income is a path to freedom, especially in times like these. As entrepreneurs it’s important we pivot when we must.

For example, years ago I had a few tenants who lost their jobs and couldn’t pay rent. It created a lot of stress and ultimately a couple of evictions and it was an experience I never want to go through again. Today, a significant majority of my properties are occupied by people who receive financial help from government due to disability, mental health issues etc.

Most landlords turn these people away assuming they cause damage to their properties or are problem-children. I think otherwise. In fact, they are among the best tenants I’ve ever had. Everyone has issues to some extent, they just have varying degrees of it. I’ve found that as long as you respect the people who live in your homes and genuinely care about them living with dignity – at the same time not crossing the line into friend territory – it’s a win-win. Plus I’m guaranteed rent every month. Many other landlords I know are hurting really bad right now.

In my digital marketing business, we’ve lost a couple of clients along the way but still receive healthy, monthly revenues from all our clients, residually. I believe it’s because we provide real value at a fair price.

If you have time on your hands right now, and most people do, THIS is the time to get serious about building a passive income in a recession-proof business; real estate, an online business, YouTube, whatever it is, TAKE ACTION! It’s the only way to success. Also, know there are going to be ups and downs along the way and when it gets tough, that’s when you need to get tough and plow through and just know you will thrive. Hope this helps.

One Critical Ingredient to a Successful Business

By Coach Roger

Have you ever missed going to the gym and regretted it? What about eating that chocolate cake that you enjoyed but deep down wished you didn’t even look at it? Well, this is my first post for 2020 and I regret not writing sooner. Sorry! : )

I have actually been really busy. I’ve been building a new business, a marketing agency, that I’m proud of and it’s going really well but taking up a lot of my time of late.

Where I know I don’t need any help in building my business is with the company I keep, specifically my wife.

In light of it being one day after St. Valentines Day today and, as a man, I’ll say it’s easy to fall in love with a hot woman. What’s infinitely more difficult, however, is finding a hot woman who checks off all the other boxes: supportive partner, great wife, great mom, great friend, great cook and a traditional woman who looks after her husband – before all the feminists jump in, I look after her too, ok? ; )

Rinku is my saviour, she’s more than being my rock. After 22 years of marriage (and counting), I say this sincerely. Without her, I would likely be dead or out of control. Please note, I didn’t set out to write about my wife, I want to keep my posts business as usual but there is definitely a connection between a successful business and a successful union between two people or three or more, whatever floats your boat. No judgement here.

If your partner is someone who doesn’t support you it’s going to be very difficult taking the proper action without asking yourself “Is building this business worth it?” Or “What will they say if this one doesn’t pan out?” Choose carefully, my friend. Seriously, choosing the right life partner will have a tremendous impact on how you progress in your (business) life.

This one may shock you but I knew my wife only three weeks before we got married. Three weeks! This was NOT an arranged marriage either in case you were thinking that.

Knowing someone only three weeks before getting hitched I know sounds insane but here’s all I needed to know about her, apart from her natural beauty (btw, she looks even better in person). My qualifiers were: Does she come from a good family? Check. Is she of good character? Check. Can she cook? Check. The rest, over time, just fell into place. For those who say “you have to work on your marriage” is BS to me. If you have to “work” on your marriage, that’s not much of a marriage. It should be natural, organic and respectful.

Anyways, getting back to business, before you start one and you have a partner, it’s critical you have their support because there’s going to be ups and downs, expect it. It’s easy to ride an ‘up’ wave but if it crashes, they should be there for you to pick up the pieces so you can get up again, it’s so important! Hope this helps.

Who Can YOU Trust Online in 2020?

By Coach Roger

Forget the 2020 part, the headline should read “Who can you trust online? Period.”

Let’s face it, there are a lot of players out there who want to get at your pocket book as quickly as possible. In business, that’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you’re not being duped into something you don’t need or want. Of course, being duped happens all the time. The question is, how do you avoid it happening to you in 2020?

A few weeks ago, I hired a guy to do appointment setting calls to promote an automatic trading software I own (here’s my podcast with the co-developer from 2017). In a later conversation I had with this guy, he correctly pointed out that you are essentially who you associate with. He said this because, right before he was about to start work, he read two negative posts about the co-developer and the software from a scam report. Then he bailed and ran away. These were two ANONYMOUS posts, to be clear.

If we take the posts as gospel and the software didn’t work for these people as claimed, I’m confident it was because they messed with it. How do I know this? Because I messed with the software too and it almost liquidated my trading account!

I’ve owned this automatic trading software for about two years now but have only been ‘trading’ with it – I say ‘trading’ because all you’re really doing is pressing the on/off button; the trading itself is automatic – for about a year. I’m in positive territory, up about 8% which is great in any investment scenario. That said, I’m also in a losing spell as there is no system or person who can guarantee that you will win every trade. It doesn’t exist.

In short, it’s been a great investment and is one of my retirement vehicles that I plan to one day live off of. The point to all this is, just because an anonymous person posts negative comments about someone or something, doesn’t make it true. If there were a ton of negative reviews about the software or the co-developer, however, then that’s a different story.

One of my major pet peeves is when business gurus host webinars and LIE about saying they’re “live”. Let’s call it for what it is: Absolute BS! You’re not live and we know it. How stupid do you think the attendees are? Granted, some participants may fall for it but by overtly lying saying you’re live when you’re not, hurts your credibility and your product or service. It’s important to note, however, not all business gurus do this but for those who do, you know who you are. Stop it!

So when it comes to business opportunities or programs, who can you trust online in 2020? Trust yourself. Do your research, consider the source, ask questions, check reviews, evaluate the pros and cons and if it all makes sense, go for it and take action. The only way to success in anything is to take action. Take massive action.

Blessings to you and to a healthy & prosperous 2020!!

Let’s do this!

Coach Roger

NB – With any type of investing and in relation to future results, nothing can be guaranteed or promised. Always do your due diligence.

The Joys and Pitfalls of Working from Home (and for yourself)

By Coach Roger

One of my very first posts in this blog was about the pros of working from home. Honestly, it’s awesome but it certainly has its drawbacks too.

Starting with the pros, I saw my daughter’s flag football game last Thursday. I was one of two dads there along with a few moms. It was actually a tournament that started at 10am; I caught a couple of hours of it then went to lunch with my mom.

Being ‘semi-retired’ I can do that. However, I’m not exactly in a place where I don’t have to work, I do, but I’m in an enviable place where my income exceeds my expenses without me having to work. It’s called passive income which I know you’ve heard of and it takes work to build it to that point. You must remember that nothing comes easy and I’ve certainly had my share of pitfalls, I still do so life isn’t perfect but would I change it? Not on your life!

I’m a serial entrepreneur too so I’ve tried a lot of things where I’ve fouled out badly but also hit a few home runs. Those home runs (real estate/stocks/SEO business) have mitigated the failures I’ve had. The point is, never give up! You should feel comfort in knowing that all successful people, no matter who they are, have failed at least once, very likely many more times than that.

Another pro to working from home is I’m more engaged in my kids lives. I know what’s going on because I see them when they leave for school and I see them when they come home. Just a couple of days ago my little one (the same one who plays flag football) was elected Prime Minister of her class. Pretty cool. She had to write a ‘vote for me’ speech and present it to her classmates and teachers. I helped her. She gets all the credit for winning but I’ll take some of it because I had time to help her write it, although admittedly she wrote most of it. If I were slogging it out at work then fighting with traffic to get home, I doubt I would have had the energy to help her.

However, there of course are cons in working from home. The worst one for me is the isolation. Not sure I’ve mentioned it before but when you’ve worked from home for as long as I have you can become socially inept, at least I have. Although I have a client visit every now and then, my wife Rinku – who is awesome – encourages me to get out more, socialize more and get out of my bubble. I do that but I need to do it more, I’m kind of a home body. Another con is one’s waistline. I was doing great over the summer and now that we’re firmly in fall, my girth has also increased. How lovely.

So that is a summary of my pros and cons working from home. There’s more to it of course but again, I wouldn’t change it for anything. If that’s what you want, go for it. It’s not easy but it is simple. Just remember no one is going to tell you to get to work, it takes self-discipline, put your head down and get it done. As the saying goes, you can make money and you can make excuses but you can’t make both. If you want to know what I listen to to help my focus, keep me calm and motivated, feel free to e me and I’ll send you some links. Hope this helps.

Want More Sales? Give Love First

By Coach Roger

Ok hold on here, what the hell did this guy just say in his headline? Give what now? Love? Are you kidding me, is this some kind of a joke?

Actually it isn’t but it also isn’t what you might be thinking either.

When I trained under the legendary Chet Holmes, he told us (a small group of top producers on his team) that in sales you should never lie but you should be clever. Initially I didn’t know what he meant by that because there seems to be a fine line between lying to your customer and being clever about it.

However, he explained that if you want to succeed in sales you must be honest, authentic and creative all rolled into one, which was his definition of being clever. No one likes a fast-talking sales guy or gal waffling on about how great their product or service is. As the potential end user, I must know first what’s in it for me before I hear about how great your product is.

While I know that sounds rudimentary and it is in fact sales 101, let me address the headline in this post which has single-handedly made me more money than I would have ever expected to earn if I didn’t apply this method. It’s also something I learned from one of my other mentors at the Chet Holmes organization. If you apply and believe in it, it will work for you I promise. A bold statement to be sure.

This will work if you’re in outside sales or inside. It’s a little more difficult if you’re an outside rep but it works either way. Here’s what I mean:

Write the word ‘Love’ on a piece of paper and tape it to your desk or whatever surface you have around you where you can see the word. Highlight it. Look at it and absorb the true meaning of the word in the context of humanity (ok, that’s deep I know but stay with me). Think about the potential client you are about to speak to and deliberately imagine how they are benefiting right now from using your product or service, coming from a place of love. Not need but from love.

Although it’s not always easy, you have to take yourself out of the equation. Serving yourself in sales is a lose-lose scenario. This is a topic I could write an actual book on (although if you sign up for my e-book you’ll get some other pointers) and maybe I will down the road.

If you’re in a sales slump or you want to improve your results – and btw, this method can be applied to life in general – try this, you have nothing to lose but again, you must believe in what you’re doing and be authentic about it otherwise it won’t work. Hope this helps and GO RAPTORS!!!



Is Crypto Currency a Bubble Ready to Burst?

By Coach Roger

Over the last few weeks, I reckon the number one question I get from people is “What do you think about crypto currency?” or “Is it a bubble that will suffer the same fate as the dot com fiasco?”

The answer is nobody really knows but one thing is for sure, it’s not going away anytime soon. If you haven’t heard of Bitcoin – and how the hell is that even possible?? – you should know how it, and other crypto currencies work, before you even consider investing. I did a podcast on a specific crypto currency on this blog but the following video does a much better job in explaining how all crypto currencies work: Continue reading “Is Crypto Currency a Bubble Ready to Burst?”

The Power of 10

By Coach Roger

  

We’ve all done it. Read a book once, put it away for months or years and perhaps read it again. What if you read that book 10-15 times? Do you think you’d be an expert on the content of that book? Hell ya. Continue reading “The Power of 10”

FIVE Critical Points To Help Your MLM Business

By Coach Roger

By Coach Roger

I was having a lively chat with a business partner the other day and he asked if being a network marketer meant he was a sales person. He was a little perplexed by my answer. To break it down, I listed five critical points everyone should know to help build an mlm business:

  • You Are A Leader

The short answer to him was ‘Yes’ he is in sales. First and foremost, sales people are leaders and the world needs good leaders. It’s also one of the highest paid professions. People WANT to be led because given the choice of work vs. the path of least resistance, that path will always win; it’s easier to follow than to lead, so be different.

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