I Could Sell Ice to an Eskimo, But I Won't

So I have talked about accidental recruiting when you're out with friends and they know what you do they see your happiness and success and just can't help themselves, they want a piece of it too.
But what about the friend who has told you what they are looking for and then let you know you are not a good fit. You have given them the "opportunity", but they have decided it is just not for them. They way I look at it is this, it is not my place to twist your arm to join my team. The truth is, I can sell ice to an Eskimo, but as soon as I leave his igloo, he will realize he didn't need it, and I'll lose my integrity.  This is the last thing I want to do with my business that am so carefully building.
Everyone has their reasons for why they choose or choose not to go into direct marketing, and then what company they decide to partner with. As long as you provided the information to your "prospect", answered any questions they may have, and used the tools provided to you from the company to explain the business, if a person is ready, then they will sign on.  If they are not ready and you hard sell them, you risk them dropping out within a month or two, or not signing up at all.  Then, even if circumstances in their life change and they are now ready for this adventure, you have destroyed your integrity and the trust they had in you and they will look for someone else to partner with. You will also risk losing a customer, if they were a consumer of your product. But worst of all, you could lose a friend, and that person will tell other people the next time they hear about your company, "Oh Yeah, I had someone try to sell me on that once. Couldn't shake her!" Not good for you or your company.
So my advice to you is listen. I know you are excited about your business, but don't be so excited that you become deaf to what others are trying to tell you. Just because this may not be the perfect fit for one person, does not mean that the next person you run into that very same day won't want to sign up the minute they see the company. Remember, this is not about filling slots, its about building relationships!
Always stay positive and excited when you talk to others even if it is not about your business. People will see this and wonder what it is that you are so happy about and soon they will be coming to you and asking you about what you do.
Above all, maintain your integrity. This is YOUR business, YOUR future, YOUR life!

So You Can Lead a Horse to Water

Isn't it funny how you know what works, you can do what works, and you can share with everyone else what works. I think this blog is more about learning to let go. You put the information out there and see if it catches an updraft and takes flight or not.
I have always been one of those people, that when I find something that works, I really dive in 100%. It may take me a very long time to do it, but when I do, I get it done. Now, I am at a point where I want to share what I have learned about procrastinating, about becoming not emotional about something that should be business, and about how to work smarter not harder. But I have to remember that it took me a long time to get to this point, and I still have a long way to go.  So I can't expect anyone else that I share my so-called wisdom with to jump right on the bandwagon. I just need to remember, all I can do is supply the information and it is up to the recipient to do with it what they will. I can't be like the little kid who gets a new puppy and holds on to it too tight and hugs it so much that I smother it and it turns around and bites me.
II have to learn to let go. I can lead the horse to water, but the horse has to be thirsty before it will drink.



Okay, So I did it, VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I wasn't a radio star, but I finally got over my web cam fear. I uploaded my first video to my YouTube channel Freedom From Corporate, and yes, you too can check me out!!! just click here: and you can see that I had nothing to fear but fear itself, well, and a shaky camera. I will admit, it took about 10 takes, those Hollywood actors have tougher jobs than I thought. I didn't realize how hard it was.
Well, anyway, I worked at it and I overcame and I too am a video star, sort of!
Anna, Video Star Extraordinaire


Youtube Video, Worse Than Putting Eyedrops in a Bearded Dragon

So I am sitting here in my PJ's on the sofa with my dog Elvis snoozing by my side. I am contemplating my first youtube video. I have webcam fright!!! How is this possible??? I video chat with the kids when I am on vacation. I video chat with my husband when he is working. Why am I afraid of the webcam now. I have watched hundreds of other people do it. It looks so easy!!!

I think I have to just psych myself out, I can do this, I used to get up in front of hundreds of people and speak, I have even been on TV before, so no more fooling around, I will do this. I am strong, I am invincible, I AM WOMAN! Yes, Hellen Reddy is playing in the back of my mind...

Besides, it can't be any worse than trying to put eyedrops in a bearded dragon's eyes, and yes, I have had to do that too!

Stay tuned, Youtube star coming soon!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness I am selling Hope - Candles for the Cure...  My goal is to sell 100 candles, this will raise $1000 for the the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The "Hope" Candle for a Cure is a 16oz double wick jar candle. The cost is $22.95 + $3.00 tax & shipping.
If you didn't know, here are just a few facts about breast cancer;
  • Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer. 
  • One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk. 
  • Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
  • More than 1.7 million women ho have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States.
  • You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that about 2,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in men each year and approximately 450 men die from breast cancer annually
If we all pull together we will make a difference.
Order your "Hope", Candle for a Cure by contacting me at 
Thank You!!!
Anna Barnett