A LifePath Unlimited Bonus – Free Training

As I connect with other LifePath members, I realize we all share similar obstacles, in different levels.

Our goals are also similar, and so are the tools we have been given by LPU.

After 6 months of intensive learning, I believe I have quite a bit to share with fellow marketers.

I’ve set up a blog at LifePathUnlimitedBonus.com with great free training for LPU prospects and members.

Since I really enjoyed decating myself to the more technical part, most of the content revolves around PPC, SEO, html coding specific to network marketing.

But my experience with LifePath has been one of the most rewarding, and I’ve decided to share my learning from the Discovery series (LPU’s personal development course). I wrote an article for each of the Paths illustrated on the cds, with pieces of the course and my own experience.

So go check it out now. I’m still improving (the site, the content, myself..), so feedback is appreciated.

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Simplify – My Delayed New Year’s Post

Shamelessly taken from Valeria Maltoni, of the Conversation Agent

“Make everything simpler.

You may feel overwhelmed by all the promises of this brand new year. How to keep them all? The answer is right in front of you: simplify. Complexity slows you down.

Do more of less. Focus on what you know is important. Resist the temptation to fill your schedule to the brim. Instead, sip the sweet moments of chance and rest. Continue reading Simplify – My Delayed New Year’s Post

A Life Path of Discovery: Embracing the Unknown (Baby Swimming)

My 7-month-old son Leonardo went swimming for the very first time on Christmas!

Not without surprise, it took him a few moments to acknowledge he was surrounded by water, that he had to keep his head out of it, and he did not have any support for his feet: he was actually floating!

The expression on his face as I entered the pool with him on my arms was amazingly revealing: he was in a brand new situation,  and as water started to cover his body, he had to deal with it. I could see in his eyes how much he was learning from the experience; for about a minute, as I moved around, playing with him, he was quiet, almost static.

It was when I held him on my hands, giving him freedom to move his legs, that he accepted whatever all that water was, and started enjoying it. From then on, he got more and more comfortable, laughing, splashing  and kicking the water.

Now, I could easily start the beaten analogy between a baby’s discoveries and an adult facing a new enterprise; how both, in different levels, take their time to accept a new environment, adjust, and act on it. But I won’t. I refuse to start yet another discussion on this subject.

Instead, what I enjoyed the most was his readiness to face a new challenge. Without the pre-accepted notions that we acquire over the years, without even knowing what fear or danger is, my son faced the pool with his eyes wide open.

As a business owner, I find myself struggling to start on anything new. I tend to stick to what I know, to what it’s working, to the technicians I trust, to the pre-judgment I formulate without knowledge, to the media I know more about. And when I do try to start a new enterprise, I tend to hold so much control over it, that I never get to experience it in full.

So I declare my first resolution for 2009: I’ll embrace change and fears, enjoy the ride, and stop listening to my pre-conceived notions.

I’ll be a brand new baby, and re-start my life path, filling it with discovery.

Here’s a quick video my wife shot of us; notice how he reacts when he first hits the water – how he adapts, and seconds later he’s already laughing! That will be me from now on, just adapting and laughing about it.

It’s My Birthday, Deal With Me!

Yeap, it’s my birthday. I’m turning 23 in about one hour.

I’d like to take the time to list some of my most recent accomplishments, which have changed my life from a 20 years old teenager, getting drunk and trying to get lucky, to a proud father, passionate husband, and uprising marketer.

I came to this country in April of 2006 to work as a waiter for the Sanderling Resort, in the Outer Banks of NC. I start 2009 as a business owner, with a 2nd degree on its way, and an increasing revenue stream.

So, from the time I turned 22, to today, these are the things that marked me the most:

  • 5 days before I turned 22, I got married to Anastasiya Bezugla, my beautiful Ukrainian bride.
  • On May 20th, my son Leonardo Bezugla Saraceni was born!

And the thought of a family of my own triggered the $ sign on my head. I want to give them the best; I want to take them to Brazil, to Ukraine, and my son to go to the best schools, have the nicest toys…

And I’d not accomplish that by bartending or bookkeeping. Not a chance!

  • I started my own importing business: I had everything set up, contacts, vendors, business plan: the US customs pratically shut me down I did not have enough knowledge or capital to face the US Customs.

But I realized I had become psychologically unemployable, and began my search for my own business.

Without much research (I knew nothing about the industry),

My learning curve has grown exponentially. I’ve come to “know” amazing marketers,  and their inspirational stories. And even though my sleep time has reduced drastically, I feel more alive than ever by the amount of knowledge I am just going to DEVOUR to succeed in this business.

Finally, something I can control: my success (or lack of) is my responsibility. Nobody else’s. No bosses, no schedules, no limitations. Only me and what I can learn and do.

By the time I turn 24, I’ll be enjoying my family more than ever.

Here are the reasons why:

  • I’ll have my second degree (the first on a non-native language)
  • I’ll dominate my niche and position myself as a leader, which will guarantee me a place amongst the top earners.
  • My Social Media (facebook / twitter) participation will bring a steady stream of business partners and generate enough passive income to allow me to focus on what interests me only:

Family, Learning, Cooking, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wines.

Keep close attention, this year-to-come, I’ll become a major part of your business plan.

Don’t believe me? Leave your opinion below, I’ll make sure to reply.

Personal Development and Web 2.0 – Convergence is Key!

Personal development includes any learning, change, action, or anything that actually makes you feel better, or more comfortable with yourself.

As a recent discovery, my studies of personal development have changed the way I look at every little aspect of my life: work, family, business, social networks…

And it was enjoying the effects of the Law of Attraction that I found Manifest Mastermind on Twitter. As of yet, they don’t have an official website; their tweets, though, summarize most of the concepts studied in Personal Development. Manifestmmind is a refreshment amongst tweets, with great quick lines that just freeze your stress and allows you to breath for a couple seconds – a powerful accomplishment!

If you’ve enjoyed the movie The Secret, this takes everything to a second step. It amplifies thoughts, ideas, and atitudes through the Law of Attraction.

Go follow him on Twitter. And join their group on Facebook. You won’t regret!

P.S – As you send strong positive vibration to the universe, because you just loved this new group the Law of Attraction directed you to (through this blog), COMMENT. Let me know, I’m grateful for each comment.

Heart Attack Monday – Passion and Purpose on MLM

“The real voyage to discovery consists not in seeking out new land, but in seeing with new eyes” Marcel Proust.

It all comes down to Passion and Purpose.

Find your market. Understand your market. Profile, personalize, customize, and embrace your market. Address all of its particular pains, find that pleasure spot, offer them a solution, and you’re rich. Simple, right?

The fact is, you don’t know who your market is, or how to offer them a solution, until you determine two things: your Passion and your Purpose.

Passion unlocks the door to your destiny, and widens your opportunities. When you’re aligned with a passion, you wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated, ready to take on Google, Facebook, and even your neighbors with one hand tied behind your back.

That sounds too good. Now how do I start?

When thinking about Passion, you should ask yourself “What do I like the most?” “What do I care about?” Write all your answers down. Keep them close.

Once you have the answers written, answer another set of questions, starting with “What are my gifts?” Nature has made you the perfect example for some unique characteristic only you will ever have. Through the six degrees of separation, your body has very small percentages of Shakespeare’s, Lincoln’s, Ford’s, and Iacocca’s atoms. Your gifts, however, come from a combination that is truly, universally, uniquely yours. Find them, and write them down on another piece of paper.

Now compare both lists. You’ll see most of what you’re passionate about intersects with something you’re talented at.

Your results should necessarily relate to your daily activities. Of course, for most people, employees, business owners, and marketers alike, the list represents a dream life; one to be obtained in retirement, if ever.

This simple exercise helps determine your Purpose. Your Purpose is the universal component binding all your actions towards a greater destiny.

When the answer is not yet clear, you can apply the same exercise to determine your Purpose. Just simply follow “What are my gifts?” with “How do I apply them?”

The Rubber Band Effect – Transition Period

The main difficulty to be faced in your path to Purpose is your own comfort zone. In a natural act of self-defense, individuals retract, adapt, absorb, and allow their minds to believe their environment is “safe”, their paycheck offers them enough to get by, or that dreams don’t pay the bills.

If you were to draw a circle of your comfort zone, with you in the middle, where would your Passion be? Which one of the items you listed is included inside your circle?

When reaching for your true calling, you have to be prepared to get out of your comfort zone. Accepting the fact that your current environment is not going to deliver any dreams is the beginning of your path.

In transitioning to a Purposeful life, getting past the barrier of your comfort zone, imagine a rubber band: when you stretch a rubber band, one end wants desperately to break free so it can come back to its relaxed stage. However, once you held that rubber band stretched to its maximum for a couple of minutes, it will never get back to its original form.

Heart Attack Monday

It is a medical statistic that heart attacks happen 4 times more often on Mondays, from 7am to 8pm, than anytime during the week. It is exactly like the bumper sticker says: “I ran out of sick days, so I called in DEAD”.

There are many examples of highly successful individuals who answered their Purpose’s calling, and by doing so, contributed immensely to their fields: Bill Gates quit Harvard to go play with computers on his mother’s basement. In our own field, inside our own community, it starts with Mike Dillard – what if he had decided to stay at PF Chang’s and waited for a promotion? Ferny Ceballos and Raymond Fong were both well paid engineers; they could have settled and waited for a promotion as well.

What are you afraid of?

Fear is the only thing that can stop you from living your dreams.

Be courageous, get out of your comfort zone, and conquer your fear.

People with purpose and passion live a different kind of life; while others just make a living, they make a difference!

Are you making a living or making a LIFE??

A Holiday Special – How Raymond Fong Killed My Next Vacation

It is that special time of the year again. Family meals worth months in the gym, all the relatives we thought we missed but we really don’t, and vacation! Oh, sweet time off, away from everything…

Before we get in line at the airport, or in the mall, or anywhere in our upcoming vacation, let’s all be proud of adopting a lifestyle where vacations are UNNECESSARY.

Taking my chances here, bordering arse-kissing, I’d like to tell you about Raymond Fong. Of course we are all familiar with Raymond, his contributions to the Better Networker, his AMF Empire, and probably from SeduceAdwords.com; the reason I’m mentioning him on this article is that – for those who haven’t noticed it yet – Raymond is vacationing in Australia, or so he says.

I highly suspect of his “vacation” because this talented marketer just won’t stop posting interesting discussions to our forums, writing articles in between boxing matches with Kangaroos. The terrifying idea of actually letting “business” actions take place during our vacation sends shivers down our spines, and we refuse to even think what is going on at office? But not Raymond. And why is that?

What Does Vacation Mean To You?

To most of us, a vacation is a luxury, which allows us a break from stressful realities, suits, rush hours, bosses, and so forth. It is carefully planned, anxiously awaited, and often goes by faster than it should. Who in plain sanity would waste precious vacation time to write business articles, review peer work or even communicate with the “real world”?

This definition of vacation is only true when you’re living an undesired reality. Your daily reality is so wrong, in so many ways, or so exhausting, in many other ways, that you just have to get away.

What if your reality was one of joys, accomplishments, fulfillment, and fun? What if your daily activities reflected your daily mood, your personal goals, within whatever hours you decided?

How would a vacation fit into that reality? Why would you even want a break?

Introducing: Vacationing to Your Second (or Third, or Fourth) Office

All right, if your reality is that good, you do not need a break; your vacation is nothing more than an office expansion, or a mindset expansion, to be more accurate. You truly enjoy your profession; you carry it anywhere and let everything be touched by it.

Getting back to Raymond, I bet when he meets crocodile Dundee down there, he’ll adapt his experience into a new training email, which will turn into another great article in the Better Networker, and generate a couple hundreds of fans (or customers, I don’t know the difference anymore).

Raymond doesn’t mind writing articles, and contributing to our community during his vacation because it is an extremely rewarding activity for him; he thrives on sharing knowledge, experience, and opportunity with fellow marketers. His writing, as profitable as it is, as important as it is, can be qualified as hobby, because it is easy to notice an underlying passion inexistent in a regular J-O-B. And who takes vacations from hobbies?

My message for these holiday season is to turn your everyday activities into a hobby. Let your routine be fulfilled by a greater purpose, beyond making money, and develop a strong passion to be the background of your success. Let Fun be part of your day, and soon it will dominate your every move; you’ll even “work” from behind a Fosters pint in Australia.

So, happy holidays, everybody. Have a wonderful vacation, and remember to take your hobby with you.

Meet Leonardo M Saraceni, Naked.

Not naked, no. But quite honest.

I decided to write an introductory post about me after some folks questioned my experience and knowledge, due to my age. This will explain a little of my journey, and why my entrepreneurial journey can be of assistance to others.

Who Is Leonardo Saraceni?

I’ve always been thirsty for success, in all areas of my life. Even though I’m young, (22 yrs old), I’ve always pushed myself to be successful in my objectives, setting goals a little bit higher all the time. I’m constantly working on my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, and I’m on my way to a purple belt, in less than 2 years. I’m also a very passionate certifiied mixologist, a huge fan of wines, having worked as WIne Director for a restaurant without ever taking any regular classes.

Lotus Club Team - 2nd Place Overall at the 2005 Jiu-Jitsu State Champ.

Back in Brazil, my home country, I paid for College running my own catering business; a group of highly talented FlairBartenders would set up our mobile bar and take over the party with Fire and Flair presentations. It was a heck of a lot of fun! Crazy hours, funny people, outrageous parties, and 3 years of zombie-like behavior in college. The business did pretty well, I managed to live a very comfortable life-style while studying, but I could not be away from any event; the company owned me. I was 21 and felt 42!

And you’re in Networking Marketing?

After getting my Bacharel in Marketing from the Anhembi-Morumbi University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I had the opportunity to come to the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, and work for this very expensive resort, helping them with their Banquets and Special Functions. I basically switched languages while keeping my schedule at 70+ hours/week.

Over the course of an year, I was ready for some change. I had enrolled in college here, to improve my skills, and managing both for another 3 years was not acceptable. I turned to my internal entrepreneur and asked him if he was ready to open another catering company; he did not. In a desperate “how to quit my job” search on Google, I found the opportunity I was asking for, my own Home-Business.

And How Is that Going?

Network Marketing has just wrapped up everything I thrive on: the challenge, the constant push for more – information, knowledge – and the ability to be successful professionally and still conduct a blissful social and family life.

This enterprise has already given me more information than I can digest in 100 years, and I’m glad to be part of it. From now on, I’ll be applying myself as much I can into my business and my personal development.

Thank you for your LEADERSHIP!

Review – Interview of Kevin Makrs for Technology Goddess

WOW, Talk about intense interviews…

I thought I knew my way around google. The interview just blew me away! FOAF, XFN markups, that is hot stuff, not many people are aware of its impact yet. Now that you put a copy of your course on the line, I bet folks will pay more attention to it.

So this is what I’ve got out of Kevin and Erica:

You know how everytime you sign up for myspace, facebook, bebo, digg, delicious, reddit, better networker, etc, you are asked to type username, password, and most social networks also ask you to allow access to your address book so they can find your friends that are already on the network.

This process creates multiple databases, that share similar information, due to users participating on more than one Network. With the Open Social, Open ID, and Social Graph API, Google plans on letting these websites draw information from each other, without having to hassle their users into giving the same data two or three times.

With the Social Graph API, Google already draws public data, but the evolution of that application will allow private info to be accessed by the networks as well. In the first phase of implementation, Google is running applications from inside the networks, as a regular user, to be able to bypass permission levels. The second phase, to be achieved within 12 to 18 months, is to actually build a somewhat centralized database, that will track users’ activity streams throughout ALL social networks utilized by the user.

The activity stream will allow users to update information in all social networks with one single entry. It will also allow the database to be updated constantly, as users add or modify existent content. With the installation of Open Social, Open ID, and Data Portability, our social networking time will be greatly reduced, and much more efficient.

As far as advertising and google ranking, what I could anticipate from the interview is that as Google builds this database, its crawlers are indexing social content, such as posts, discussions, comments, our “favorite movies”, “general interests” and everything else. As that indexation takes place, and we keep tagging our favorite content, as well as we better profile ourselves online, the concept of “Self-targeting” will ease ad orientation and display. AdWords users will be able to place highly specified ads into certain profiles, in only certain networks.

Also, as networks evolve, “influencers” separate themselves as content generators, traffic-puller users that, according to the Googlebot, will have a higher “social rank”, therefore being of more value to advertisers.

One thing Kevin mentioned was that a common MLM practice is to “take advantage of social situations and try to sell something”, as he explained, that is where marketers lose their social value.

I honestly can’t wait for that integration to take place. I would love to have all my social networks connected, it would improve my SEO margin and eliminate a lot of work. And the interview also reinforced the value-based marketing approach, where hard-selling has no place in a social networking environment.

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About Squidoo – Easy Marketing, simple SEO, great tool!

I’ve just finished my second lens at Squidoo. It’s a lens all about me and what I
‘ve been up to since I became a fan of Entrepreneurship. And I think I’m getting better!

Check it out:

www.squidoo.com/leosaraceni

And check my first lens, too. I wrote about Life Path Unlimited, its products, and the way it has changed my life.

www.squidoo.com/your_living

For those who are not familiar with Squidoo, let me explain:

Squidoo is a Web 2.0 platform where you can create a LENS (a page). On your lens, you can have anything you want, from amazon suggestions to a live poll, to guestbook entries.  Anything counts.

As most of Web 2.0, the services are free. You sign up, pick a topic, and write about it. Easy and simple.

Great for marketing promotions, for product overviews, for SEO, affiliate marketing, anything. Ferny Ceballos and Raymond Fong, of Attraction Market Formula have great squidoos.

Check it out! And make sure you rate my lenses!

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