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Saturday, November 12, 2016

#5MinutesStrong #Will2Dare

Harland Stonecipher challenged us to "DARE GREATLY." Let's accept the challenge and have the WILL to DARE!
W = Write down affirmations daily in a journal. Let me address a good question, “what is an affirmation?” An affirmation is a small positive statement which you repeat to yourself, to reinforce or change thinking patterns on a sub-conscious level. Our minds generate a constant stream of sub-conscious chatter. Although we are often unaware of the substance of that chatter, it is frequently a stream of negative thoughts. Affirmations are a conscious decision to implant quality thoughts and to repeat those thoughts to such a degree that they become a belief. Becoming aware of your negative or sabotaging thoughts is the first step. You then need to stop those thoughts as soon as you recognize them. Most importantly, you need to replace those thoughts with positive affirmations. Affirmations are always stated in the positive. Replace, I am broke and in debt, with “All of my needs are met and all my desires are fulfilled.” Affirmations should be stated in the present tense. Replace “I am going to... Is coming… and, Will be…” with “I now have…I am…This is…” And may I recommend that you take a moment and pray or meditate at the same time.
I = Improve your self-discipline. Take one step towards your dream. Stop making excuses. Self-discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through, without changing your mind, and is therefore, one of the important requirements for achieving goals. One of its main characteristics is the ability to reject instant gratification and pleasure. Learn to say “no.”
L = Let go of hate. Forgive someone you’ve held something against. “Hate destroys the hater” – The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. “Hatred is a toxin, which when introduced into the soft, vulnerable and defenseless soul of mankind, wreaks havoc, destroys everything it touches, and sends its host spiraling ever downward toward the lowest pit of hell. Hatred corrupts and perverts, sabotages and undermines.” Pastor Joe McKeever
L =Laugh at yourself. Laughter, smiling and optimism are linked to better overall health. Laughter has positive effects on the immune system. “You don’t grow up until you have your first good laugh at yourself.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt. Here is an exercise. No one knows better than you what your “sensitive areas” are – things you don’t like about yourself or being joked about. Share something from the list with someone you trust every day for a week or so. Learn a joke or two poking fun at your sensitive areas. Have a generic planned funny response ready for awkward or embarrassing incidents. This is self-effacing humor and is a great step towards not taking yourself too seriously.
D = Don’t triangulate. Don’t talk behind anyone’s back; Directly deal with problems. Talking behind someone’s back destroys trust, and trust is the foundation of a relationship. If it is someone else who invites talking about someone else – go silent. You will immediately feel better when you don’t get sucked into negativity. Now think about the person and repeat this sentence, “Because I care for you, and you are an important part of my life, may I suggest…” and finish the sentence with a positive suggestion for them to change.
A = Accept nothing less than your best. Expect more form yourself than anyone else does. When you expect a lot, you can get a lot. Your expectations of others and yourself will become reality. Whatever you expect to happen will happen. If you push yourself hard, you will start to see results. Promise people a lot, and then give them more. This is the way the highest achievers have made it. Tell people what you will do for them, and then do more. “Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose to be grateful for the abundance that’s present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of lack falls away and we experience heaven on Earth.” —Sarah Ban Breathnach.
R = Release any sense of entitlement. Don’t confuse effort with excellence. Just because you show up does not mean you are doing enough. Just because you try does not mean you win. These are the first and required steps, but a focus upon accountability is how we create a successful culture to overcome the toxicity of entitlement. Keep score. I’ve mentioned self-control. Now I want to talk about self-esteem. When you earn something, you feel good about yourself – your planning, your effort and your achievement. This is self-esteem. It is critical to learn what it takes to earn a positive outcome. When we believe we DESERVE an outcome, we have a false sense of entitlement. We are not grounded in reality. Self-esteem is earned, not given, and it is always grounded in reality.
E = Expose yourself. Let people in. Being open is a kind of invitation to others. What you share about yourself should encourage others to engage with you. To involve themselves with you. Being open is difficult. It makes us feel vulnerable. But it also is important in terms of really letting others get to understand how we think, how we feel and what we believe. Sharing that you just bought a new pair of shoes is a start, but explaining why having nice shoes matters to you is even better. How it makes you feel. That’s sharing, and that’s inviting them to share in return.

#5MinutesStrong #RecruitRecruitRecruit

How to grow your business RIGHT NOW

1. Go back to the "not yets"
2. College Grads this month DON'T HAVE JOBS (yet)
3. Most people with jobs are not happy
4. Mr. Ken Moore built a huge organization at Job Fairs, Job Forums and Resume Workshops!
5. Reach out #MothersDay -- Empowered Mom's Movement
6. Leverage Michael Fedick Justin Peterson Kevin Mohler Alex Shahid to explode your Millennials
7. Reach out to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!
8. Put posters up in high traffic areas
9. Get business cards and flyers up at Starbucks
10. Get to know the Career Counselors at your local colleges and universities, and Guidance Counselors at local high schools
11. Others are laying people off! Get to know Outplacement Offices at Devon Energy or Intel or Sports Authority
12. Go to the local unemployment office and tell them you've got opportunities for their clients
13. Go to your "less active" team members and get new referrals. They keep living and meeting new people -- you need to meet them too!
14. Join Snapchat and broadcast your testimony -- #MyStory -- and recruit new teammates
15. Join Periscope and share your testimony on Twitter and recruit new teammates
16. In your emails, are you recruiting in your signature block
17. Welcome Wagon needs LegalShield and IDShield in every package -- recruit the #StayAtHome Mom & Dads!
18. When was the last time you held a briefing at your Church?
19. Ask everyone, "Do you want to be happier and more successful?"
20. Tell everyone "I was thinking of you. How are you?" And then just listen. Let them come to you.

#5MinutesStrong #ItIsOk


It’s OK to go after what you love in life, and don’t take no for an answer.
o A little orphan boy had a pet donkey and he it became very ill. He wanted to take it to church to have it healed, but the friars would not let the donkey in. He was told to lead it down to the basement sanctuary, but it could not fit down the stairs unless a wall was removed. He was told that only the Pope could give permission to remove the wall. So the boy went to the Vatican. He was repelled by the Swiss guard, and turn away by a secretary who threw the flowers he sent to introduce his plea out the window. The boy was dejected, and started to leave, but a father was walking in the Vatican garden and saw the discarded flowers. It looked to him as if they were weeping blood onto the feet of a statue of Jesus. He read the note, and raced to find the orphan. He was granted a visit and petition to the Pope, who granted his wish, and the wall was taken down and his pet donkey restored to health.

It’s OK to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
o JC Watts reminds us in his book, Dig Deep, that we must know what we can and cannot control He quotes Kelvin Sampson who said, "In life there are only two things you can control, your work ethic and your attitude."

It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
o Bill Graham reminds us that even if we get angry with God, He will never stop loving you. Remember the prophet Jonah in the old Testament? Some called him the reluctant prophet because he tried to flee when God called him to preach to his enemies. Later (after God sent a large fish to stop his flight), he reluctantly obeyed God and preached to his enemies. To his surprise they repented and turned to God. He should have rejoiced – but instead “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry” (Jonah 4:1). Gently God explained to him that He loved even Jonah’s enemies – and so should Jonah. What is the point? Simply this: Jonah was angry at God – but God didn’t reject him. Instead, Jonah needed to learn to trust God, even if he didn’t like what was going on. Perhaps this is one of the lessons God wants to teach you.

It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
o Crying is an expression of normal human emotions. Some are moved to tears by a sappy commercial or a sad movie, but life-changing experiences such as death, the loss of a job or a troubled marriage can also lead to an episode of crying. If your children are nearby, you may feel that you need to shelter them from your grief, stress, sadness or frustration, but it isn’t necessary. Would it make sense to hide your laughter from your children? The same answer applies to both laughter and tears.

It’s OK to make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
o “The Trouble Tree” The carpenter who was hired to help a man restore an old farmhouse had just finished his first day on the job and everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. First of all, on his way to work he had a flat tire that cost him an hour’s worth of pay, then his electric saw broke, and after work his old pickup truck refused to start. His new boss volunteered to give him a lift home and the whole way to his house the carpenter sat in stone silence as he stared out his window. Yet on arriving, he invited his boss in for a few minutes to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When he opened the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was one big smile as he hugged his two small children and kissed his wife. Afterwards, the man walked his boss to his car to say thank you. Now on their way out of the house, the boss’ curiosity got the best of him so he had to ask the man about the tree on the front porch. He said, I noticed when you came up on the porch before going into your house you stopped and touched the tree, why? “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t stop from having troubles out on the job, but one thing’s for sure – my troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ‘em up, they aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

#5MinutesStrong #PowerOfLanguage

The Power of Language to Persuade

USE THIS MAGIC WORD
When you approach a prospect, try using the word “willing.” It’s the one word that changes the way people respond to requests, according to research. “Are you willing to try somewhere new?” “Are you willing to explore a new business opportunity?” This way you are not asking about their preference, but soliciting a response that probes the type of person she or he is. Are they open, rather than are they interested.

MAKE IT PERSONAL
When people receive a handwritten request with their name on it, they are 40 percent more likely to respond than without a handwritten message, according to a study from Sam Houston University. We use a LOT of digital technology, but when you hand out Success From Home, think about having a handwritten note for your prospect attached. This shows concern for them, and makes it personal. The message can be the same each time, but adding her or his name at the top and your initials at the bottom will improve your results. This is especially true for long-distance packages.

PLAY UP THE BENEFITS
Social scientists say the best way to get what you want is to focus on what the other person has to gain. You’re are trying to sell a $39.90 family membership. Avoid statements like “It is $39.90 every month,” and instead say “You receive thousands of dollars’ worth of services for less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee each day.” It’s a subtle difference, but you’re telling the prospective member what they are getting – a will, unlimited consultations, speeding tickets -- instead of what it costs.

SET THEM FREE
Before you make your approach, tell your prospect that they “may or may not be interested” or they are “free to say no.” This phrase more than doubles the likelihood they will say yes, according to researchers. By underscoring that they are in control, and have the right to refuse, you switch off their reflexive distaste for something that may seem like an obligation or imposition.

WHAT EVERY MOTHER KNOWS -- GUILT IS POWERFUL
Research from Stanford University suggests that it is uncomfortable, even awkward, for a person to turn someone down twice. That’s why people are more likely to answer “yes” to a request if they declined a previous request from the same person.
If your prospect cancelled and did not show up for a PBR or briefing, there’s a good chance they will feel too guilty to NOT say yes when you ask them again. This time, pick them up!
Also, remember that when you give the gift of Success From Home magazine or the Get Paid Daily DVD, and ask someone to review it, when you follow up, they have not, it is ok to express some disappointment, and then ask them to join you at a business briefing!

CONFIDENCE
Let me conclude by discussing confidence. Confidence is a term that gets thrown around in a lot of different ways to mean a lot of different things. It’s sometimes grouped together with other qualities like self-esteem and optimism, with which there’s certainly overlap.But confidence is its own distinct quality, and is defined by the experts and scientists who study it professionally as the sense that you possess the skill and competence to successfully do a certain task — it’s having faith in your ability to make something happen. It’s not just generally feeling good about yourself, or feeling that things in life will work out, which is optimism. Instead it is a belief that specific actions will lead to specific outcomes — that if you do X, you’ll be able to get Y. When you feel confident going into a situation, it’s because you believe you have the ability to do well. So there are 2 key points. Confidence is not general, it’s specific. Just because you’re confident in your ability to succeed in one area, doesn’t mean you’re confident in all areas. And that introduces the 2nd point – preparation and practice builds confidence. Training, engaging – both Knowledge based and Activity based learning – using LMS, listening to Platinum CDs, attending briefings and Super Saturdays – these prepare and give you REAL confidence that when you approach, introduce LegalShield, you will succeed in gaining a team member and protecting a family.


#5MinutesStrong #RioOlympics

LegalShield Family,

Yesterday, the anthems of more than 205 countries were played to the cheers of millions of people across the globe. Men and women from all walks of life, backgrounds and beliefs carried the same torch and carefully passed it from hand to hand—beginning the 31st Olympic Games. This event provides us with an opportunity—a responsibility-- to reflect upon the power and purpose of overcoming obstacles and reaching for a greater good. The Olympics, especially in these trying times, must be more than a symbol—it is a call to action. And action—every action- starts with an individual and builds to create change. That change can be positive or negative—it is up to you to decide.

In the USA, there has been a steady drumbeat of negativity over the past many months. As we prepare for November elections the drumbeat is getting louder and faster. The most heart wrenching outcome of this negative rhythm is the battle between citizens and law enforcement.

Whenever we witness violent contact between law enforcement and citizens, we feel pain and anger because we desire peace, prosperity and justice, and we also want to support the rule of law and the legitimate authority of policemen and policewomen. We are torn asunder when in truth, we all desire unity. We need to find places to put aside differences, drop defenses and allow ourselves to be at peace.

This is why the Olympic Games matter so. Its purpose is to bring us together as world citizens. And as we come together as world citizens we also have room to come together as individuals. The Olympics celebrates the highest form of human athletic achievement, but it is the focus upon virtues and unity, upon diversity and humanity, that makes it so special and critical to our continuing growth.

The Olympic Games are a showcase for human progress. Every four years, our species becomes more perfect. Each Olympics is a retelling of the same narrative: ordinary people achieving greatness before the watching world. In 2010, Canadian Joannie Rochette competed only four days after losing her mother to a heart attack, and she won a bronze medal. Who can forget in the 1988 Olympic Games, when Canadian sailor and medal-hopeful, Lawrence Lemieux, abandoned his race to save the lives of two competitors who had capsized? Michael Johnson in 1996 not only won two gold medals, but set two world records in doing so. In those same Olympics, despite injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, Keri Strug stuck the landing on her second go, helping the U.S. Women beat out Russia for the first time in Olympic history. And in 1936, of course, in Berlin, Germany, in front of, Adolf Hitler, Jesse Owens won four gold medals.

Most Olympic heroes emerge suddenly from obscurity, and not all the heroes are medal winners—an interesting parallel to life, and to battles won and lost. Many leaders and champions work for decades to become overnight successes. We must keep that in mind as we push toward out beliefs and goals. In 1984, the Swiss marathon runner Gabriela Anderson-Schiess tottered over the finish line crippled by heat exhaustion, but she finished nonetheless. And remember Derek Redmond, the British runner specializing in the 400 meters? He tore his hamstring halfway through a semi-final race in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. A favorite for the medals podium, Redmond refused to give up and rose to finish the race despite his intense pain. But the most memorable moment came next, when the runner's father leapt over the railing from the stands and helped his son complete the race. Steps from the finish line and with the crowd cheering them on, he let go of Derek, so his son could cross the finish line by himself.

It is in those moments of effort, and compassion, and community, and sisterhood and brotherhood, that we feel most proud and human. And it is in the hard, frightening and cruel moments we must remember we are human.

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” or “swifter, higher, stronger.” Let us embrace this challenge as individuals, as the LegalShield family. Our crusade demands it.

LegalShield is special because of our unity and diversity, just like the Olympics.

My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started.
We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come.


#5MinutesStrong #WeAreNotAPyramid

This past week, the FTC sanctioned HerbalLife and fined them $200 million. We know that the FTC closed Veema last year. Today I want to clearly articulate why LegalShield is the perfect model for network marketing; why we are the perfect home for those involved in the wrong type of direct selling business and why we believe that this model will help use grow by 10x.

To begin, we have two products that add tremendous value to human life -- LegalShield and IDShield. We can promote and protect those products by a number of different means.

We choose the path that adds an additional value to life -- network marketing. The added value is equality of opportunity. This is our choice. All those who are in LegalShield have made this choice. The alternatives to network marketing exist -- hire sales people, selling directly to consumers -- but they both lack the ability to provide a business opportunity where too few business opportunities exist.

I don't know much, but I do know that the success of a network marketing business is predicated upon recruiting new people into the network at an accelerating pace. This is called momentum, and without it, the network decays and ossifies and dies. You see, every associate is a member, and every associate can share the membership with 7-12 people, and others protect 25 or 50 families each month, and some build organizations that can protect hundreds of thousands of people. That exponential growth is required for us to reach #Vision2020. Can we get there without network marketing? Perhaps, but for reasons I articulated above, the other channels -- employee benefits and digital sales -- do not materially benefit from network marketing as a model. They can grow without it.

So let me be extremely clear. We recruit with confidence because we are NOT a pyramid. We recruit with confidence because we crusade for two causes -- justice and equality. And when we recruit, we do so with a simple and powerful approach to success -- TOOLS & EVENTS. We have created digital tools for the 21st Century, we have tried and true physical tools that work, and we are fully capable of running in-home and public events.

When each person joins our family, they are the messenger. They must live the 10 Core Commitments to improve their chances for success. They rely upon TOOLS & EVENTS. As they use the membership, attend meetings, learn from videos, and take training, they naturally begin to create their own TRUTH. They become part of our message. They have stories to share about the membership. They have a testimonial concerning their success. They begin to naturally evolve from Messenger to Message. They may host PBRs and PCCs and support 3 Way Calls, and may even practice and present from stage. As John and Darcy Hoffman say, “use and share, and coach others to use and share.”

And you know what, as the late Dave Savula taught us in Dallas earlier this year, "You can make good money part-time, but you can also make a career change with LegalShield." And this is precisely the movement from Messenger to Message. Some people decide to become full-time professionals in network marketing. They recruit and protect. But others decide to become full-time SALES Professionals -- focusing upon the protection vis-a-vis individual and group presentations. It is a beautiful and powerful model.

Everyone can join the crusade and be a Messenger, and can live the 10 Core Commitments and make a positive impact. Fewer will decide to evolve into the Message -- the LegalShield story told the same way over and over but never the same way twice. These professionals will share their stories of membership. These professionals will present their testimonials to transfer belief in our services and opportunity. Some of these professionals focus upon building a team. Others focus upon building sales. The best of all do both.

We are on the precipice of an historic moment. We must have alignment and execution.

Network Marketing recruits and protects simultaneously. It relies upon Tools & Events. Some evolve to become the Message for Team Building and Protecting Families. Others evolve into Professional Sales for employee benefits. This is the model, and I am awed by its purity and power.

I need everyone's total commitment to this model. Everyone on this call received a gift when someone changed your life by recruiting you into Pre-Paid/LegalShield, and I am asking you to share that gift with others.

My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started.
We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come!

#5MinutesStrong #GettingResults


This week we must focus on moving prospects from consideration to enrollment – new Associate team members and new members in LegalShield and IDShield.

Despite the simplicity of this concept there is a perpetual shortage of people who excel at getting results. Today I want to focus on “The Action Habit — the habit of putting ideas into action now. It is essential to getting things done.

Here are 6 ways you can grow the Action Habit:

1. Don’t wait until conditions are perfect – If you’re waiting to start until conditions are perfect, you probably never will act. There will always be something that isn’t quite right. “Bad Timing” or “Bad Economy” or “Too much competition.” Listen to Nick Serba’s 3-2-1 and get serious about your business. In the real world there is no perfect time to start. You have to take action and deal with problems as they arise. The best time to start was last year. The second best time is right now.

2. Be a doer – Practice doing things rather than thinking about them. Do you want to be an Executive Director? Do you want the $50,000 ring? Do you want the next ring? Do it today. The longer you wait to act, the weaker your will becomes. After a few days the desire declines. After a week it’s forgotten completely. By becoming a doer you’ll get more done and stimulate new ideas in the process.

3. Remember that ideas alone don’t bring success – Ideas are important, but they’re only valuable after they’ve been implemented. Here is a clue – the 10 Core Commitments are the only IDEAS you need! Put them into action and you will create more valuable than a dozen brilliant ideas that you’re saving for “some other day” or the “right opportunity”.

4. Use action to cure fear – Have you ever noticed that the most difficult part of public speaking is waiting for your turn to speak? Even professional speakers and actors experience pre-performance anxiety. Once they get started the fear disappears. Action is the best cure for fear. The most difficult time to take action is the very first time. After the ball is rolling, you’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier. Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence.

5. Live in the present – Focus on what you can do in the present moment. Don’t worry about what you should have done last week or what you might be able to do tomorrow. The only time you can affect is the present. If you speculate too much about the past or the future you won’t get anything done. Tomorrow or next week frequently turns into never. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “Verily I say unto you, unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Why? Because children don’t reminisce about the past and don’t dream of the future. They live in the moment!

6. Get down to business immediately – It’s common practice for people to socialize and make small talk at the beginning of meetings. The same is true for individual workers. How often do you check email or RSS feeds before doing any real work? These distractions will cost you serious time if you don’t bypass them and get down to business immediately. Start the day the right way – goals. Expose to Explode. Bring Guests to Briefings. Go to New Orleans with a HUGE team. Have fun. Make money!

It takes courage to take action without instructions from the person in charge. Perhaps that’s why initiative is a rare quality. Seize the initiative. Once people see you’re serious about getting things done they’ll want to join in. The people at the top don’t have anyone telling them what to do. If you want to join them, you should get used to acting independently.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

#5MinutesStrong #KindnessAndGiving.

A decade ago, an essay was written entitled “Always Go to the Funeral” and it has resurfaced recently. The author makes a powerful point, taught by her father’s actions, that we should make the effort to extend ourselves, or put ourselves in uncomfortable situations for the benefit of others. We all know what it means to be a hero. We just held a remembrance of those lost in the attacks of 9/11. When someone sees the weak or helpless in harm’s way, we act to save and support.

But in this article, Deirdre Sullivan argues that when opportunities arise for a kind act, we should pursue it, even when it is inconvenient. A seemingly slight gesture, or offering of mere presence, may be awkward, may be bothersome, but can have a lasting impact. It’s always better to do something than to take the easier way out. As Ms. Sullivan, wrote:

“I believe in always going to the funeral. My father taught me that…‘Always go to the funeral’ means that I have to do the right thing when I really, really don’t feel like it. I have to remind myself of it when I could make some small gesture, but I don’t really have to and I definitely don’t want to. I’m talking about those things that represent only inconvenience to me, but the world to the other guy. You know, the painfully under-attended birthday party. The hospital visit during happy hour. The shiva call for one of my ex’s uncles. In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn’t been good versus evil. It’s hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing.”
We all know what it is to be heroic. But when we see other’s in pain or suffering, do we also act rather than ignore?
I would like to expand upon this. In life, any act of kindness can have a profound impact, not just when it is burdensome and inconvenient.

When we consider our core values – #SeeTheGoodInAllPeople and #DoingTheRightThingWhenNoOneElseIsLooking – we must acknowledge that being kind and helpful are the natural outcome. I believe that one of the worst passive sins is being inconsiderate. You don’t mean someone ill, but you don’t consider the other person when you act. You may neglect them or overlook them. It can hurt them.

So doing something when you could do nothing, even when it is burdensome, that is a good thing. And even greater is when you think about others before or when you think about yourself.
Perhaps these are the 3 levels of being Selfless versus Selfish.

1. Acting courageously in the face of crisis and danger to save and help others.
2. Acting kindly when it is inconvenient and burdensome.
3. Thinking of others proactively and sharing a simple thought or act of kindness.

Now let’s examine our Purpose at LegalShield – we protect and empower people. We have a culture of servant leadership. We need to live this when we introduce people to LegalShield membership or the business opportunity. We are thinking about them. They may be facing a crisis. They may need a helping hand and don’t expect it from you. And perhaps most of all, when you share the good news, and then you show that you are considering them, and not focusing upon yourself.

What we are talking about are purposeful acts of kindness.
We have heard of Random Acts of Kindness. Psychologists believe that spontaneous giving to others is essential to our well-being. It liberates us from self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation. They are the effect of an open and loving nature. True generosity is giving without expectation, with no need to be repaid in any form. This is the most powerful act of generosity, as it is unconditional, unattached, and free to land wherever it will. Whether we give to our family, friends, or to strangers, it is the same.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “almost anything we do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that we do it.”

Now let us return to the purposeful life; to a life that purposefully gives in order to protect and empower people.

Can there be anything more inspiring, noble and honorable?

Doing good versus doing nothing.

If it seems insignificant, we still must do it.

Making a living while making a difference.

My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started.

We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come.

#5MinutesStrong #MentallyStrong

Just read a great article by Amy Morin called "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do;" let me share.

1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.

2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “I had a bad day because my prospect did not say yes,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond. Detach your emotions from the outcome.

3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change
Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.

6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.

7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
They accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.

9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.

10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
They don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.

11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and
entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.

12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
They don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.

13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results
Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real results take time.

My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started!

We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come!

#5MinutesStrong #Achieve


A = Accept that failure is part of the process of success. Never quit. Believe in the system. Stay connected. Tools & Events. Recruit and Build!
C = Courage is telling what you believe is true no matter how unpopular. Inequality exists. Injustice exists. We DON'T accept the status quo and we want to break the chains of inequality and injustice LINK by LINK!
H = Hope springs eternal. Hope is a "spirit set" which is like a mindset for the soul. There's only one thing you can control in life, and that's your attitude.
I = Insatiable desire to improve. Insatiable means good enough is not good enough. Who else can we protect and empower today?
E = Exampleship. Lead by example! If you want people to work harder, work harder! If you want people to work smarter, work smarter! Serve people, but notice I did not say "carry people." Light a fire within them.
V = Value respect by being respectful. If you want to be respected, then be respectful. It starts with self-respect, which is the foundation of loving yourself. You cannot respect and love others unless you respect and love yourself.
E = Earn trust by being trustworthy. If you want to be trusted, then be trustworthy. Be there when people need you most. That is the trust test of being brave and loyal.

#5MinutesStrong #CourageVsBoldness

The Difference Between Courage and Boldness
I read a wonderful piece from Brett and Kate McKay on this topic, and I wanted to share it with you. They note that for the Greeks, the word andreia meant both courage and manliness. Courage was the sine qua non of being a mature man; the two qualities were inextricably intertwined. Thrasytes, on the other hand, meant boldness, and was more of a boyish trait.
Acting with the boldness can occasionally be useful even for a grown man; sometimes impulsive, even reckless action is needed to seize a fleeting opportunity.
But where boldness exists, it must always be coupled and harnessed with courage; courage must be the prevailing quality of a man’s character.
Boldness Is Impatient and Fickle; Courage Is Steady and Enduring
Boldness honors two things only: novelty and success. It feeds on them and without them dies. Boldness is impatient. Courage is long-suffering. Boldness cannot endure hardship or delay; it is ravenous, it must feed on victory or it dies. Boldness makes its seat upon the air; it is gossamer and phantom. Courage plants its feet upon the earth and draws its strength from God’s holy fundament.
Many men and women today often approach their own battles with a mindset of boldness. They get a great idea for business or feel fired up about tackling a new goal. For a few weeks they feel a burning passion and excitement to do what it takes to make their new venture a reality. At first there’s lots of “sexy” stuff to do — prospect, choose a weight loss plan, design a new approach to sales. They may find a little initial success, and feel as though they’re skimming through the water, the foam from the waves flying in their face. It’s exhilarating. Victory seems just around the corner.
Then setbacks arrive. Their initial success reaches a plateau. It starts taking a lot longer for things to get going than they anticipated. And there’s a lot more work than they expected. Hard work. Boring work.
Time goes on. They start working on their project less and less. Then they start ignoring it altogether. They make excuses. It feels like a slog, and shouldn’t something you’re passionate about be fun? They decide the problem isn’t their work ethic but simply that they’re pursuing the wrong thing and need to do something else. They get another burning idea; the excitement returns. For awhile. And then the cycle repeats itself.
These guys and gals have thrastyes or boldness, but but not andreia or courage. They have the boldness to start things but not the courage to finish them. When the hot sun of hardship and doubt rises over their project, their motivation evaporates. They have not developed the patience to stick with something when the initial excitement fades — the grit to push through difficult plateaus. They ravenously feed on newness and instant success, but have not learned how to sustain themselves on the sustenance of incremental progress — to switch from the fuel of beginning to that of building.
Boldness is Impulsive and Reckless; Courage is Prudent and Prepared. Boldness Is Prideful; Courage Is Humble. Courage requires discipline, self-mastery and humility. Men and women who lead with audacity, rather than courage, think they are special and entitled, and believe success comes more from inherent talent than effort. They want to do fame-garnering and heroic deeds right off the bat. They feel they were born ready for glorious exploits. Grunt work is beneath them. Practice is unnecessary. They want success without sacrifice.
They see the spectacle of the stage, without grasping the behind-the-scenes work it takes to put on the show.
They want to experience the satisfaction of fullness, without the pangs of hunger. They are gods, and why should a deity bother getting down in the lowly muck of mastering fundamentals? Why should a god have to take an entry-level job? Why should attaining wealth require any more than four hours a week? Why should someone as special as themselves take things step-by-step instead of jumping right upon the throne? In the rush to crown themselves, the bold stumble over their hubris, and forget that courage in the quiet and dullness of doing the 10 Core Commitments everyday, is the prerequisite to ascending to the clouds.
Boldness Seeks Glory; Courage Seeks Honor: Many modern men and women enter their lives on this kind of personal ambition, and care nothing for how their exploits and foibles affect other people, and their country. They do whatever they want — whatever is best for themselves, gratifies their desires, and flatters their flaws. If cheating will get them to their goal, they cheat even if it hurts innocent bystanders. If the standards and ideals of manliness are too difficult for them to reach, they disparage them, or move the yardsticks in order to include themselves. If they feel like collapsing in self-indulgent pity when their friends and loved ones need them, they indulge this urge, bringing others down with them.
Such men and women have boldness, in the sense they “audaciously” do whatever they feel like doing. But they lack the courage of honor — the commitment to strengthen and uplift their fellows, celebrate a code of ideals, and respect others enough to do the right thing, even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard.
Boldness is Blasphemous; Courage is Reverent: Even in our age of secularism, respect for forces greater than ourselves is needed. The courage of reverence humbly recognizes that while we can strive all we want for a specific goal, sometimes the fates or the gods have another outcome in mind. There’s a courage in striving to be your best, but also a courage in letting go of the false reality of total control. There’s a bravery in fighting to shape your destiny, and also in learning to as Nietzsche put it, amor fati — to not just accept your fate, but to love it.
Courage Is the Firewall Against Personal and National Decadence: for the North America to be a success, the Founders believed, individual women and men had to cultivate not only martial bravery, but the courage of endurance, control, contentment, discipline, reverence, and honor — courage that not only manifested itself on the battlefield but was exhibited in everyday life.Courage is deciding to stay home and work on your side business when your friends are going out; courage is eating a chicken breast and broccoli when you really want a Big Mac; courage is keeping your junky car instead of getting an upgrade, and using the money saved to pay down your debt and become financially independent.
Courage is digging deeper into pat media narratives instead of coasting with the masses to form a political opinion; courage is taking on small ways to serve in your community instead of deciding that if you can’t make a big difference, it isn’t worth trying at all; courage is choosing sincerity and earnestness over cynicism and apathy.
Courage is deciding to live virtuously in your day-to-day life, even when those who lack integrity seem to be the ones getting ahead.
Courage is a every human’s bulwark against physical cowardice and weakness. Courage is a country’s firewall against civic and moral decadence. Boldness produces hubris. Hubris calls forth nemesis. And nemesis brings boldness low.
Be Courageous.

#5MinutesStrong #JoinTheMovement


First, there is no better time to join our business, and our crusade. We have grown for six consecutive quarters, but what matters is the acceleration -- 3%, 11%, 28%, 27%, 24% and now for the just ended 2nd quarter 33%!

Second, EVERYONE, and especially NEW ASSOCIATES, and those we recruit in the next 10 days, MUST COME TO CONVENTION. There are 3 key reasons why:

1) You learn from the best;
2) You meet and network with successful people; and
3) You build your 4 key Beliefs.

What are the 4 key Beliefs?

1) You build your belief in LegalShield. You will learn about our plans to support you, train you and grow our business together. You will see what technologies we are launching to knock down barriers and create accelerators. You will learn about our plans for the next 90, 180, 365 days and beyond to create successful business people and bring equal access to equal justice for all!

2) You will build your belief in our Industry. There are far too many companies in network marketing who violate our core values (and according to the FTC, the law). We have NOTHING in common with those who give our profession a "bad name." We proudly champion direct selling and network marketing THE RIGHT WAY! We will teach and train the 10 Core Commitments, and how to use this powerful model to gain financial success.

3) You will build your belief in our Products and Services. You will hear from members, from our Provider Law firms, from our partners at Kroll who drive IDShield, and from other associates. This is a product whose time has come! This is too good to be true, but it is too good and it is true! Hear true stories and believe!

4) You will build your belief in yourself. This is the most important belief of all. You will see people just like you being celebrated and recognized and rewarded on stage. You will begin to hear that voice inside yourself, "Yes I can!"

Build your dreams! Build you team! See you soon in #Oklahome.

#5MinutesStrong #WishboneBackboneFunnybone


"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone." – Reba McEntire

Funny bone:
• Have a sense of humor: Psychology Today says that a good sense of humor is on of the key characteristics associated with well-being. Humor maintains perspective. Now remember, as Steve martin says, “Comedy Is not pretty” – is makes fun of something or someone, so be sensitive. I find the best humor makes fun of oneself. It helps us maintain humility.
• Humor leads to laughter. Laughter is healthy! It relieves stress. It stimulates our heart, and lungs. It increases endorphins.

Back bone:
• This is fortitude. This is constitution. This is courage.
• A strong back bone allows us to face adversity. A back bone keeps us standing upright in the face of rejection and other hardships. A backbone allows us to stay strong in times of uncertainty. A strong backbone is predicated upon strong and committed beliefs. We recall our Purpose, Vision, Mission and Value.

Wish bone:
• This means our dreams, goals and aspirations. It keeps idealism in the forefront. We must have a desire for something better in society, in life. "Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free, Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me. – Tom Joad, Grapes of Wraith.
• This is about hope:
"Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight."

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” This is, perhaps, the best known and most commonly quoted statement made by St. Francis of Assisi. Lead by example; by actions. Actions speak louder than words. Last week I spoke of Exampleship – and I want to close with a message to our volunteer army – our CMCs, our Trainers, our RMs, Our BVPs, our NVPs and RGMs. I am telling you that the best way to server our company is to build your businesses when you are performing your responsibilities. If you are setting up meetings, bring guests. If you are speaking at a Super Saturday, bring guests. In both cases, circle up and sign up your members to show others how it is done.

#5MinutesStrong​ #LeadChange


As our Company grows, and as your personal and organizational business grows, we all must recognize that change is inevitable. We must all work toward setting up a process to help everyone understand and embrace change.

In the past year, I argue that we have not changed the fundamentals, but instead have returned to them. This is a change, nonetheless. We believe in Tools & Events. We have updated our tools – we now use the LegalShield app to show people our service. We use Prospect by LegalShield to expose people to our service and opportunity. We have new magazines. This all feels like change, but it is really “back to the future.” We believe in events, and we are launching the new Millennial Tour nationwide to help everyone build their team with a powerful generation. This may feel like change, but it’s our fundamental business.

Now before we discuss how to lead and manage change, let’s have some straight talk about why people resist change. First, too often, we experience what we perceive to be random attempts at change with no thought-out plan. Impulsive and unsuccessful change attempts lead to an organizational culture of skepticism and negativity. Second, change can make people feel like they are losing control. Third, we may feel that change is a criticism of the past and those associated with what is changing can get defensive or feel a loss of respect. Fourth, we resist change if it makes us feel stupid. Last, and get ready for some hard truth, change means more work-- the transition from old to new requires us to learn, stretch, and get out of our comfort zone.

So what do we need to do to successfully lead and manage change? How do we overcome the natural resistance to change? Well, we’ve already taken the first step – acknowledging that most people dislike change!

Let’s outline some key habits, tools and processes that help get people engaged in change, including creation, communication, recognition and celebration.

Get people involved in creative Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). One way to lead change is to consider a solution to a problem the entire team acknowledges. Bring everyone together and discuss “pain points,” “challenges,” and “if we only had X, everything would be better.” This is a way to avoid surprises, and to place control in the hands of the team. When I talk about team—I mean your open line, but also everyone in your organization and many times the Home Office; basically, the people you need to work with to successfully achieve your goal.

Attitude is critical to performance, and asking for everyone’s input, feedback, questions, and ideas to make the intended outcome more successful. This experience not only increases self-esteem and confidence; it also helps give people a sense of ownership for the change initiative. Engaging people throughout the change process also facilitates organizational “buy-in.” Without such commitment it will be impossible to move change forward.

Building trust is imperative to successful change management. It is only when people trust that they will be willing to follow the unknown path of change. One way of building trust is through constant, clear, and honest communication. The first step in the communication process is to develop a clear vision around why the change needs to take place and what it will look like. Unless change is clear, it will be impossible to communicate a compelling vision to others. Once vision is clear, communicate. There are many ways we can communicate vision -- delivering speeches, sending emails, posting the vision statement on the wall, participating in discussions – but most importantly – by consistently “living out” the message.
Celebrating the successes from change is critical. If people perceive that they are never being recognized, then they will not engage in change. One way to combat this is by celebrating short-term wins and recognizing, perhaps even rewarding, individuals for their involvement in the change process. Perhaps you should have team recognition for using Prospect? Perhaps you should have a celebration for who brings the most guests to the Millennial Tour.

To summarize:
• Include everyone upfront, during and after.
• Frame change in the context of “fixing a problem” or “making things better.”
• Discuss feelings – define what excites and worries the team.
• Identify what resistance must be overcome to succeed
• Communicate plans and progress regularly.
• Measure and celebrate progress and wins.


#5MinutesStrong #LIFENOW


Love from God comes to you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

Every argument is not worth winning.

No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

Over prepare, then go with the flow.

When in doubt, just take the next small step.

#5MinutesStrong #TakeThePledge


I am asking every LegalShield Associate to set 3 Goals with me:
1. I will be at Level Up! And my team will be 2 or 3x larger than today when I attend the Level Up! Convention March 7-11, 2017.
2. I will earn the trip to the Atlantis by 12/31, and I will help 10 or more team members earn it with me. I will focus upon recruiting and Fast Start Qualifying 4 associates to earn the trip.
3. I will recruit and FSQ 4 new team members and bring them to Leaders@AllLevels in New Orleans September 9, 2016. I will start today and going on a recruiting frenzy for 2 weeks to get a new associate FSQ and count them as TWO!
I am asking every Associate to plead to Get Connected:
1. I will use tools and events to accelerate our crusade and build my business
2. I will show people the LegalShield App, and recruit them with Prospect by LegalShield
3. I will share Success From Home with Get Paid Daily and recruit them with Prospect by LegalShield
We will never quit; never waiver; never falter in our crusade for justice and equality.
Take the pledge with me – My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started. We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come!

#5MinutesStrong #ExpectMore


EXPECT MORE. GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT:
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." -Steve Jobs
TRANSPARENCY, CLARITY, DEVELOPMENT & EMPOWER:
"When you give everyone a voice and give people power, then system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power." - Mark Zuckerberg
EFFORT & ABILITY, BUT WHEN IN DOUBT, EFFORT:
"Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you're putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you're doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve." – Elon Musk
YOUR BEST IS YET TO COME:
“Life is full of mistakes. You can't live in fear of making the wrong choices. You have to live it courageously and without regrets. When it comes to tough choices, all you can do is your best.” – John Addison

#5MinutesStrong #LeadersAtAllLevels

Today I want to speak about leadership and let’s begin our exploration with some straightforward questions.
First, who becomes a leader? Although leaders come in many shapes and sizes, a few personality characteristics are consistently associated with some who is likely to develop into a leader. The most widely cited research in this area shows that people who are more adjusted, sociable, ambitious, and curious are much more likely to become leaders.
Second, what are the key qualities of effective leaders? The ultimate measure of leader effectiveness is the performance of the leader’s team or organization. Leadership is a resource for the group, and effective leaders enable a group to outperform other groups. While the same personality and ability traits described above help leaders become more effective, the best leaders also show higher levels of integrity, which enables them to create a fair and just culture in their teams and organizations. In addition, effective leaders are generally more emotionally intelligent, which enables them to stay calm under pressure and have better people skills. Conversely, narcissistic leaders are more prone to behaving in unethical ways, which is likely to harm their teams.
Third, how will YOU lead? Not everyone leads in the same way. Leadership style is largely dependent on personality. Ambitious, thick-skinned leaders tend to be more entrepreneurial, so they are focused on growth and innovation. Curious, sociable, and sensitive leaders tend to be more charismatic. Studies also highlight gender differences in leadership styles, with men being more transactional and women more transformational. But each gender is most impactful when they focus upon building relationships within their team. This is what LegalShield calls being a mentor and workout partner.
Fourth, are leaders born or made? I think we can all agree that the answer of whether it's “nature or nurture” or “genetics or environment” is “both.” Studies suggest that personality and intelligence — the traits I mentioned before – can be passed from parents to child. While this suggests strong biological influences on leadership, it does not imply that nurture is trivial. Environment and coaching are even more important in order to boost leadership potential. Specifically, well-crafted coaching and learning system will boost critical leadership competencies. This is what LegalShield calls Invest in Yourself -- personal and leadership development.
Fifth, what is the role of culture? Culture is key because it drives engagement and performance. However, culture isn’t the cause of leadership so much as the result of it. Leaders create the explicit and implicit rules of interaction for organizational members, and these rules affect morale and productivity levels. When people’s values are closely aligned with the values of the organization and leadership, they will experience higher levels of fit and purpose. This is what LegalShield calls our Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values. And yes, we like to put the fun in fundamentals.
Sixth, why do leaders derail? We cannot ignore the wide range of undesirable and toxic outcomes associated with leadership. It is not the absence of “best self” qualities, but rather their coexistence with “shadow self” tendencies, that makes leaders derail. This is just one reason why leadership development and coaching is so important, and above all, staying connected, as we say at LegalShield. Being on team calls, attending briefings, going to trainings and conventions – these are the activities that will develop you into the leader that God intends you to be.
Last, leaders live a life of responsibility, not blame. You must lead yourself first before others. Making goals and practicing the simple disciplines each day to achieve them is a start. Teaching others to do the same is progress. Encouraging and growing your team is indeed your path to greater success and happiness.
My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started.
We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come.

#5MinutesStrong #DoItLikeDave

October 18 is Dave Savula’s birthday. Dave is a legend in our business and industry. He built a business larger than anyone else. If you want to build one even bigger, then let me share what Dave taught me.
Today, I would like to remember him the day before his birthday by celebrating one of, and perhaps his greatest virtue – a commitment to ACTION. Dave Savula lived a life of action. He took the theories of business, of sales, of marketing, and networking, and he put them into practice, and became LegalShield’s #1 business builder and income earner. Dave showed us all that action transforms abstract concepts into concrete reality.
Dave showed us all that action transforms abstract concepts into concrete reality.
Dave understood that theories do no good unless they can reliably guide action – in our thinking and our physical activities.
You can never know if a theory is practical until you put it into action.
When you take a step forward you can truly understand a theory. You can feel what was being talked about. This is true for exposing people to LegalShield, IDShield and our powerful business opportunity.
And by DOING, you learn whether or not it works for you. In other words, you will understand the only thing that matters is action. Intention and desire and belief are not enough. ACTION is the only thing that brings results.
Inaction Is Expensive! If we try and fail, we see the cost. We feel the pain when it doesn’t work. The embarrassment is acute. This makes inaction tempting.
I remember when Dave told me that people don’t consider refusing to choose as a choice. He said we think we’re safe if we don’t expose ourselves to failure. We don’t appreciate the consequences of inaction because they are slow, chronic, and less obvious. That’s what makes them dangerous.
You don’t get to escape pain. The pain that comes with action is acute, scars you, and makes you grow.
Dave knew that the pain that comes from inaction is low-grade, softens you, and decays your soul. Don’t wait to act! That stagnation, low-grade frustration, and perpetual exhaustion comes from your refusal to act. The reason you don’t feel alive is because you’ve worn yourself out thinking about things instead of actually doing them. You haven’t moved because your habit is to flinch away from action. You unconsciously refuse to see the error in your old beliefs, your old fears, and your old habits.
Action means pushing into a new way of living that you have not imagined before. It means pushing through what you’re scared of into what you couldn’t even think to be scared of. It means pushing through all that, seeing that it wasn’t as bad as you thought, then doing it again and again. You must commit to action, and understand that it doesn’t end once you get somewhere. It means you never stop pushing. Dave Savula not only knew this, HE LIVED IT EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY! He challenged us to get on the playing field and fight!
What Is Up to Us and What Isn’t Up to Us. As one of Dave Savula’s great friends and business partners, Nick Serba, constantly reminds us to focus upon what we can control and not waste time on what we cannot control. Too much time and thought are focused on things that we cannot control – the weather, the economy, what someone else is or is not doing – and it leads to paralysis and inaction. All we truly know is how we choose to act in every situation – with integrity, with confidence, with passion, and with empathy towards our fellow man. We can and must train ourselves to be prepared, but truly the best training is in the doing. Dave Savula was a master, but each person he met each and every day was training him to be better and more effective in protecting and empowering people.
“I would like to show you something. You may or may not be interested. It will take about one minute.” Do it like Dave. That is my request of you. Do it like Dave out of love for him and yourself. Do it like Dave out of respect for him and yourself. Approach every person you meet and ask their permission to show them something exciting and new – our LegalShield mobile app. You can do that in less than one minute. Use your Prospect by LegalShield to capture their information and send them a video. Follow-up with them and get them to a PBR, PCC or Briefing. Don’t just Do it for Dave. Do it for yourself. Do it because it is right. Please believe me, action leads to your success and happiness.
My name is Jeff Bell, and I will Do it like Dave!
We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come.

#5MinutesStrong #RockefellerPrinciples


The Rockefellian Keys to Success:
I recently read Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of John D. Rockefeller. He writes that if there was one overarching principle to Rockefeller’s success, it is contained within this maxim of his: “I would rather be my own tyrant than have someone else tyrannize me.”
Rockefeller’s life has many great lessons for us at LegalShield. His most striking quality was self-control, or what we might call self-discipline. He relentlessly improved his will power, training himself to be master of his emotions, desires, and schedule, so that he could direct all his energy towards achieving his goals. He set big goals for himself, and then attacked them with a disciplined, workaday ethic.

Rockefeller understood that if you wish to be your own boss, you have to learn how to boss yourself.
Here were his 6 keys to success:

1. Practice Relentless Persistence
a. He was born in a clapboard house in New York in 1839. His mother was a solid, religious woman, but his father, William Avery Rockefeller, was essentially a snake oil salesman. He was not a good student. But he was known by his friends and classmates as someone who worked hard at everything.
b. He prospected for a job when times were tough. But he found one and obtained a toehold in the world of business, and would use it as a springboard in making his improbable climb from lowly bookkeeper to corporate titan.
2. Cultivate Unassailable Poise and Reserve
a. He had a deep reserve.
b. He held others accountable
c. He adopted a different leadership style than the stereotypical corporate tycoon, cultivating a power that relied not on loud, blustering displays and belligerent table-pounding, but quiet authority. As a young man he had struggled with his temper, but he had trained himself to control it.
d. He was extremely composed in a crisis
3. Check Your Ego
a. “Only fools get swelled up over money.” –John D. Rockefeller
b. Rockefeller keenly understood the way that power and wealth could lead to hubris, and intentionally trained himself not to be guided by ego.
c. Membership in a faith community also aided him in keeping a level head.
4. To Get Wealthy, Have a Purpose Beyond Getting Wealthy
a. “I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money’s sake.” –John D. Rockefeller
b. At LegalShield, we call this our “why.” He said, “The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition.”
5. Pay Attention to the Details
a. When it came to appointments, he was religiously punctual. That sounds like our founder, Harland C. Stonecipher, who said, “If you cannot be on time, be early.”
b. He kept his own personal routine: allotting family, faith, and fortune, and sticking to that planned schedule down to the second.
c. In business deals, he always paid his debts and fulfilled his contracts on time.
6. Live Frugally (Even When You Don’t Have To)
a. In looking back on the factors that most shaped the trajectory of his success, Rockefeller believed that one of the most important was his decision to track all of his spending and saving.
b. Rockefeller kept up his thrifty habits throughout his life as well. He would save the paper and string from packages that arrived in the mail, wear out his suits until they had become almost threadbare, and go through the house at night turning off gas lamps that had been left on.
c. The Rockefellers were eager to pass on their frugal ways to their four children, who they understandably worried would grow up to be spoiled adults.
d. In a way, Rockefeller’s frugality wasn’t about money at all — but rather a way to exercise the muscle that had generated his success in the first place and continued to hold it all together: self-mastery.
My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started!
We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come!

#5MinutesStrong #Bias4Action

1. Action is Cheaper Than Planning

Do you know why the Wright Bros. beat out all the mega-corporations they were competing with in the race to taking the first flight? Action. Robert Greene explains in Mastery that the Wright Bros. had a tight budget and were forced to make small, cheap tweaks to each model. They would fly a plane, crash it, tweak it, and fly it again quickly. The corporations had budgets that allowed them to go back to the drawing board (i.e. abstraction) with each failure. They spent a ton of money and time on each redesign. The Wright Bros. had a hundred test flights in the time it took these big corporations to complete a handful. Every test flight taught lessons – the one who failed fastest gathered the most information. This applies to everything. Especially your life. Planning can paralyze you. That paralysis can lead to depression. Now do the opposite. Don’t over plan. Take action.

2. Action Allows Emergence

Taking action creates possibilities that didn’t exist before.
We always look out at our future from the place we’re standing. Yet we forget that this is only one spot.

Imagine walking in New York City. All you can see are skyscrapers, neurotic humans, and taxis. You turn down the next street and you’re looking out into the trees of Central Park. A completely new possibility has emerged. If you’re obese then you probably don’t see a possible future where you’re fit. But, after three months of working out and eating well there will be a possible future of physical fitness that didn’t exist before. These possibilities seem to “come out of nowhere” but they in fact come out of action. If you’ve only failed, then it’s impossible to see the possibility of success. The trick is to keep trying. That next step might be the key to a better future — you just can’t see around the corner yet.

3. Motivation Follows Action

Motivation (and passion) will follow. The longest journey begins with the first step. Take the step! Don’t worry about “getting pumped up” to take the first step! “Just do it!” is the Nike slogan, and it’s been successful for a reason.

4. Action Creates Courage

“Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.” -Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath. Forcing ourselves into a corner made us bolder than we thought we could be. Even fake courage can become real. What I mean is that it is ok to have self-doubt, but when you act, you suddenly learn that you can do more than you THOUGHT you could DO. It is in the doing!

5. Action Beats the Odds

“Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.” – Plutarch, Sayings of the Spartans

More information rarely helps unless you are ready to act on it. The perfect plan doesn’t exist.
The great Warren Buffett biography, "The Snowball," shows that Buffett had no grand plan when he was younger. He just knew that he wanted to make a lot of money. There was no early master plan, just a powerful urge and the willingness to take opportunities as they came. The uber-successful venture capitalist Ben Horrowitz says in his new book The Hard Things About Hard Things that: “Startup CEOs should not play the odds. When you are building a company, you must believe there is an answer and you cannot pay attention to your odds of finding it. You just have to find it. It matters not whether your chances are nine in ten or one in a thousand; your task is the same.” This applies to YOUR business. You will succeed when you succeed. It will not happen to you. YOU MUST MAKE IT HAPPEN!

My name is Jeff Bell, and I am just getting started

We are LegalShield, and the best is yet to come.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Best Ads We Ever Made at Chrysler


The Best Jeep Ads We made

Here are several of the Jeep ads of which I am most proud:

"Swampland"


"Jenny" 


"Jenny 2" or "Parking Space"

"Seal Pup"

"Muddy Faces"

"Polar Bear"

Grand Cherokee SRT8




And here are two that we did not make, but inspired us, and indeed led us to hire back Gary Topolewski.


"Snow Covered"
"Hand of God"

Here are some other historical clips that define our leadership at Jeep, including Trail-rated and Jeep King of the Mountain and Camp Jeep.









Monday, March 21, 2016

Why I oppose Light Rail through Kirkland in ST3

First, Kirkland is unlike other parts of the transit plan.  It contains 10+ Natural Growth Protection Environments (Wetlands) that will be permanently altered and potentially destroyed by the Sound Transit plan.  I'm shocked by the intellectual hypocrisy of those promoting transit in the name of global warming and the ignorance of or cavalier attitude towards this environmental disaster.  Moreover, this section of the former BNSF rail is narrow with precarious curves.  The amount of construction required to place rail with overhead electric wires, with or without bike and walking paths, will exceed the $1.5 billion dollars -- and remember, the system will move 5,000 people per day (and if you doubt that, ride the train to SEATAC....alone).  Second, whether the citizens of Kirkland successfully oppose having other parts of King County impose something upon them or not, it is the right of the people to be heard.  ST3 may well pass with light rail through Kirkland, but that does not mean it is best for Kirkland.  Calling people names -- wealthy NIMBYs -- is divisive, and the first sign of  tyranny.   The brown shirts in Germany or the early Bolsheviks in Russia also used name-calling to separate out their targeted enemy.  Class warfare is against property rights and freedom of speech.  Those that oppose hate crimes need to stop and recognize what the emotional and intellectual origins of class warfare really are.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, our great nation and each citizen therein, must maintain a steadfast connection between authority and accountability. It is easy to "spend other people's money."  It is easy to benefit from another's loss.  But with rights come obligations -- that is the foundation of contractual law, and the Constitution, both federal and state, is a social contract.  Beginning with the belief that you "know the heart and intent" of another is both folly and dangerous.  Listening and respecting other opinions is the best means to grow personally and to begin to forge a positive, and mutually agreeable outcome.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Gig Economy

There is more and more conversation around three big trends -- the sharing economy, the gig economy and disruptive business models. I have previously written here about the first trend (http://www.jeff-bell.net/2013/08/the-sharing-economy.html?m=1), and now wish to turn my attention to the 2nd.

As I previously argued, the sharing economy is based upon underutilized assets.  EBay, Craigslist and Amazon created markets to sell "old stuff you don't want anymore." Uber and AirBnB extended this trend by adding the abiltiy to rent underutilized assets; namely cars and apartments.  So what is the "gig economy" and how does it relate?

I had an epiphany this week, but now it seems self-evident.  The "gig economy" is the "sharing economy" where underutilized physical assets or capital are replaced in the model with underutilized human capital.

When you think about fiverr.com, you see a bunch of creative people earning money moonlighting outside their day jobs.  Looking further still across other skills, Etsy let's arts and crafts hobbyist monetize their wares.  Don't have a skill?  TaskRabbit simply offers people with free time and a strong back the chance to earn some extra money.  The interesting overlap between sharing and gig economies is when the automobile is involved. Uber and Lyft (taxis), Caviar (food delivery), Instacart (groceries), and Postmates (courier) all take idle labor and match it with a car to create value.

This fundamental understanding is important as policy makers consider what is an independent contractor (or 1099 status).  The sharing economy is about utilizing assets more efficiently through expanded markets and marketplaces.  The gig economy is about liberating talent and labor to be applied more productively for both the provider and the consumer.