Let’s take stock!

Gbonjubola Sanni

Time for Review (1)

Today is 31 March 2014, the last day in the first quarter of the year. This is a good time for you to review how you fared financially in the last 3 months. Like we all know, progress will only occur when we are determined to change the way we do things. You can’t continue to do things the same way you have done it and expect a different result. It won’t work that way. Setting goals and reviewing them periodically is a great way for you to make that big shift in your life.

Find below some of the questions you need to ask yourself. Don’t just stop at asking the questions only; take the necessary steps that will bring you closer to your goals and life dream.

Did you have your financial goals written out at the beginning of the year? I come across people daily who continually…

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Easy Ways to Keep More Money in Your Wallet (and Your Life)

Gbonjubola Sanni

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Avoid impulse buying
Before making any purchase, ask yourself a few simple questions, and be honest with your answers. Only move on to the next question if you can answer yes to the current one. If you cannot get all the way through the questions, it is probably an impulse buy and you should pass it up.
– Do I need it?
– Will I use it?
– Is this the best price I can get on it?
– Does it add value to my life?

Buy in bulk
Overstocking a bunch of stuff you’ll never use isn’t very economical. When done right, however, buying in bulk is a dynamite way to cut out wasteful packaging and get a better bang for your buck—especially when it comes to non-perishable staples like toilet paper, toothpaste and, you guessed it, light bulbs.

If you’re not a member of a wholesale warehouse, look…

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First Things First

1t1When a motorist drove into a service station and asked for ten gallons of gas, three station attendants immediately sprang into action.

One began wiping off the windshield, another checked the tires, a third put water in the radiator. When they were through, the motorist paid his bill and drove off.

A few minutes later, he returned with a worried look on his face. “Did any of you put gas in my car?”, he asked.

The three attendants went into a huddle – then admitted meekly that nobody had.

Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

According to Lee Iacocca “The discipline of writing something down is the first step towards making it happen…it forces you to get down to specifics.”

Beloved, as you step out today, remember that some important things are not urgent and that some urgent things are not important.

Think deeply about this. Engrave it into your heart and you will never have a wasted day again. Never.

You will succeed.

Culled from Uju Onyechere’s post on MODELS & MENTORS INT’L Group on Facebook

I Love Diamonds

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Harry Winston, a New York diamond dealer heard about a wealthy Dutch merchant who was looking for a certain kind of diamond to add to his collection.

Winston called the merchant, told him that he thought he had the perfect stone, and invited the collector to come to New York and examine it.

The collector flew to New York and Winston assigned a salesman to meet him and show the diamond. When the salesman presented the diamond to the merchant, he described the expensive stone by pointing out all of its fine technical features.

The merchant listened and praised the stone but turned away and said. “It’s a wonderful stone but not exactly what I want.”

Winston, who had been watching the presentation from a distance, stopped the merchant going out the door and asked, “Do you mind if I show you that diamond once more?” The merchant agreed and Winston presented the stone.

But instead of talking about the technical features of the stone, Winston spoke spontaneously about his own genuine admiration of the diamond and what a rare thing of beauty it was. Abruptly, the customer changed his mind and bought the diamond.

While he was waiting for the diamond to be packaged and brought to him, the merchant turned to Winston and asked, “Why did I buy it from you when I had no difficulty saying no to you salesman?”

Winston replied, “That salesman is one of the best men in the business and he knows more about diamond than I do. I pay him a good salary for what he knows. But I would gladly pay him twice as much if I could put into him something that I have and he lacks. You see, he knows diamonds, but I love them.”

Beloved, do you have passion for what you do? Like Harry Winston, do you love what you do? Can you effectively communicate what you do to others? Positive answers to these questions can take you to the next level.

Culled from Uju Onyechere’s facebook post in MODELS & MENTORS INT’L GROUP

Who is a Salesman?

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We sell our colleagues, friends and family relations on doing things with us, like going to cinema, eating in a particular restaurant etc.

Parents sell their kids on believing in themselves – and on going to school, eating properly, sleeping at the appropriate time and even cleaning their environment.

Individuals, companies and agencies sell ideas, concepts, thoughts, opinions, and feelings. Teachers sell knowledge and discovery.

Every business, career, occupation, enterprise of any kind, is sales. In fact, every interaction you have with all of the people you come in contact with each day is sales.

These days, people tend to look at salespeople as those who do the dirty job. In fact any vacancy that advertises for a marketing position stands the chance of not having the best brains.

But the truth of the matter is that we all sell. It was Jay Abraham who observed, “The fact is, everyone is in sales. Whatever area you work in, you do have clients and you do need to sell.”

To succeed in selling, there are several things one will have to take into consideration. Here are a few of them. First, attitude is everything. Secondly, you must be enthusiastic. According to Harry Banks, “A sales man minus enthusiasm is just a clerk.”

Thirdly, appearance matters. Ken Kerr pointed out, “Up to 70% of people make buying decisions based primarily upon the visual.” Also, you constantly have to improve on your communication skills. Steve Brown hinted, “Talking is the train that carries the product to the market.”

Beloved, you and I are always selling. So be conscious of every interaction with people. Exactly why Emerson said everybody makes a living selling something.

Remember, the most important sale of the day is what we sell to ourselves.

Culled from Uju Onyechere’s post on facebook group – MODELS & MENTORS INT’L