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Six Years to the Date… OG to YLBN


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On February 9th of 2012 I made a decision that I attribute the vast majority of my current success to.

At the time I was going into my final year of undergraduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi where I was double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. I had plans of moving to Miami Florida, finding a counseling related job in some helping field, and working my way up to someday havinScreen Shot 2018-02-22 at 3.30.58 AMg an administrative position where I’d me as close as possible to six figures per year. Anyways, back to February 9, 2012; a week or so earlier I was introduced to a network marketing company by the name of Organo Gold. Anyone familiar with the industry understands the initial prospecting activities leading up to the close and registration as a representative of the company. I had not previously allowed a pitch to get this far, but there were a few things different about this time. For one, the main product being distributed was something that I was already consuming, but in a less healthy version.  Second, the track record of the company’s leadership was quite nice. Third and most important to me at the time, my former favorite NFL Receiver to play with on MADDEN Football (Rod Smith, of the Denver Broncos) ended up on the other end of the line talking to me about his belief in the company and it’s vision. I really respected him as a man and athlete, so I didn’t think he would steer me wrong in a business deal.  At that time I was a complete amateur and my results reflected it, the gentleman that signed me up into the program had to end up relocating to another state shortly after I came into the business and I allowed that to let me become discouraged, but I would eventually, after some different business leader took me under his wings, grow a small team of distributors in South Mississippi which fizzled out reasonably quick for a variety of reasons.

Throughout the initial year I saw a small amount of success as it relates to product sales, but I was clearly not the person I needed to be in order to experience timely success in the industry. (We will revisit this portion of the story at the end.)

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There was one specific night in 2013 that I was out at a training event that end up lasting until nearly 1am. It was a weekday, so I knew my wife was going to have something to say about it, but the information that I was receiving was so intense and transformational, that I couldn’t bring myself to leave. Within the next day or so I had a conversation with my wife regarding my meetings and business workings that I was so diligently engaged in without yielding noticeable monetary returns. It ended up being a rather intense and emotionally tolling conversation because she did not see the value in my continuing forward on this track, but I had this intuitive feeling that there was greater at the end of the road. I couldn’t pinpoint it, but I knew there was something.  I stuck at it and loved the products plus I saw my group of friends start to change for the better, I saw my outlook on life change for the better, I saw my perspective of money change for the better, and I saw how all of this was pushing me down a path that looked so beautiful and prosperous.

After a year or so of ups and downs, successes and struggles through this company I added extensive self-education on entrepreneurship due to my finding myself around so many entrepreneurs at the time. I started applying more business success principles to my life, growing levels of self-confidence and not taking no for an answer pushed me to attain a masters degree which surrounded me with another group of successful leaders. All of this brought me to working up the idea of starting something that is MINE, but with the potential of helping change lives across the globe, and exactly on Feb. 9, 2018 (exactly six years after registering with Organo Gold), congratulating me on the formation of my first legal business, Your Legacy Begins Now, LLC. Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 3.22.00 AM

This may not be a big deal to some, but to me, knowing what all I’ve been through, arriving here  made this one of the best days ever.

In closing I say to you, see purpose in all that you do on your journey towards self-actualization. Trust the process and embrace the struggle, and when you have a dream to do something, never give up. If you partner with a network marketing company, don’t start tripping when the success doesn’t happen over night. Get you the proper mentoring, coaching and support system to become the person you need to be and your likelihood of success will skyrocket. It may take 6 week, 6 months, or 6 years, but if you really want it, never give up, and it can be yours.

Much love to all my supporters, clients, associates, mentors and also all my critics. This has only just begun.

And remember, you can start today to do what’s necessary to live YOUR life of purpose, because Your Legacy Begins Now.

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7 Things To Give Up Before Success Can Be Yours


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Nearly all of us desire to be a success in life. Not all of us seek to achieve that success by the same means, but nonetheless we want to be a success. The hard truth is that most people have no clue how to be a success. Most people have not been exposed to sufficient leadership and therefore do not know what is necessary for the attainment of a successful life. With the proper leadership you will learn the dos and don’ts of business.

Here’s a list of 7 things to give up before you can achieve success.


1. People Pleasing

In the game of life there is a time and place for everything. Some people get pure satisfaction out of making everyone that they come across happy. Depending on what part of the country or world you are raised will determine this. Many people in the southern United States are raised to never do anything to offend others, never say anything rude about a person in their presence and to put on your best smile even when you don’t like the person. Well that works fine in day-to-day life with people who you have familial or close acquaintance with, but when it comes to reaching goals and getting to the next level in life you have to use a firm upper lip at times. There comes times when you have to give constructive criticism to people that they do not want to hear or dismiss people from your business or company due to their holding your success back.  It’s not fun to offend or hurt other people’s feelings but if you plan to make progress in life you can’t always do that which makes people feel good.

2. Doubting Yourself

On the road to success we will face numerous difficulties, but honestly, if it was easy everyone would do it. So man of us look at other successful people and automatically assume that their success came overnight, they had natural talents, or everything just worked out the right way for them. Those assumptions are true almost…0% of the time. The only difference between them and you is the fact that they believe a lot stronger and bigger than you. When you doubt your ability to accomplish a thing you are programming your brain to validate that doubt and eventually manifest it if  you don’t change your though processing. A great book for self doubters is The Magic of Believing, by Claude Bristol. It was frequently stated by world-renowned speaker, Zig Ziglar that “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are probably right.” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. You must believe in yourself when no one else does. If you let off any degree of self-doubt in the presence of potential customers or business partners they will catch whiff of it and not want anything to do with you.

3. Negative Thinking

This one goes along with number 2. Our society is inundated with negativity. Turn on the television and all you hear is news about who what plane went down or which company has filed bankruptcy. Pick up a newspaper and on the front cover is an update on the how bad the economy is and how many people are unemployed. It is nearly impossible to live in this world and not be polluted with negative messages on a regular basis unless you lock yourself up away from the public and refrain from all forms informational media. That’s obviously senseless to even consider so what you NEED to do it learn to be a positive thinker. Regardless of your circumstances you MUST be able to put a positive spin on it if you desire to be successful in life. In business it is very easy to become discouraged upon facing unfavorable interaction with others in regards to your business’s products or opportunity. Another successful speaker, Jim Rohn would say  “The same winds blow on us all, but where you arrive is the set of your sail.” We all have adverse things happen to us, but the ones of us who succeed are the ones of us who refrain from complaining and just take action to better the situation. One thing that keeps me positive is: If it’s within your capacity to fix the issue or rectify the situation then do it, if you can’t do anything about it then get over it. There is no use to getting all negative about with your complaints and worries.

4. Fear of Failure

Let me be straight forward with this one. If you are afraid to fail then you have already lost at life. No one who reaches any level of success got there by taking the easy route. You must be willing to fail and you must also cherish temporary small failures so that you can really enjoy the pleasure of succeeding.It must be understood that failing doesn’t make you a failure.
You only become a failure when you don’t go at it again after you fall short. Some of the most memorable figures through
history failed countless more times than they succeeded, the thing is though, people remember the success, not the failures. You must persist through the difficulties and never give up on your pursuit.

Steve Harvey sums it up well in this video “You Gotta Jump To Be Successful“:

5. Criticizing Yourself

There is constructive criticism and there is destructive criticism. We all need constructive criticism from others in order to better ourselves, but we don’t need to criticize ourselves for every little thing that doesn’t go as planned or for being turned away time after time. Criticizing yourself falls in the same ballpark as negative thinking. There will already be enough people looking in from outside of your life that are locked and loaded ready to criticize you. They don’t need your help.

6. Saying Yes When You Want To Say No

Along with number 1, this one can be chalked up as Southerner’s Syndrome. If you aren’t from the South you may not understand, but it’s instilled in the South to never say things that may hurt the feelings of others. Well you can either flush that notion down the toilet or let any future success fly out the window. You may not be siding with a yes just to prevent from hurting someone’s feelings, instead you may be overly confident with your skills and abilities to multitask. In the direct sales and network marketing industry many rookies jump from opportunity to opportunity because they don’t know how to say no. I made the mistake of saying yes when I wanted to say no on a couple of occasions early in my career and ended up losing money or harming friendships. Eventually I learned how to say no without being offensive and learned to teach others to do the same (info in future blog).

7. Procrastination

This one was saved for last for a reason. Procrastination is the reason for so many missed opportunities. So many people are saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow; Maybe next week; I’ll be ready next month.” One of the best quotes I have heard in regards to procrastination was stated by Eric Thomas: “You have to take advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity.” When you wait to take action you are leaving money on the table and leaving the door open for someone else to come long and take what is meant for you.  If not now then when, if not you then who? In achieving success most anyone knows you must set goals. When you are a procrastinator it’s nearly impossible to meet your goals. Procrastinating helps you improve your skill of making excuses, aides in poor decision-making and ruins your reputation. Lastly, the MOST important resource that you have is time and procrastinating is the #1 killer of time.

Why put of until tomorrow what you can do today?
Let’s go make it happen because Your Legacy Begins Now!