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Don’t Help the Users – Move Your A$$ Monday #32

Warren has a great solution to help you separate the advice-seekers who want to waste your time from those who really want and need your help.

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Move Your Ass Monday! #32 – Don’t Help the Users

Hi this is Warren Greshes and welcome to, “Move Your Ass Monday!”  I’m here to eliminate all the excuses, get your week started on a high note and make sure you reach your fullest potential.

Don’t you just hate it when people ask for your advice and help but when you give it to them they come up with a Christmas list of excuses for why they can’t do it or why it can’t be done.

What’s even worse is when you spend a lot of your own time and energy helping someone who asked for your help, let you do most of the heavy lifting, and then flaked out on you.

That is why years ago I decided to live by one very simple rule, which you might be very interested in.  It’s designed to separate the serious people from the time wasters.  And it is this:

I will give you all the help and advice you want and ask for as long as your commitment to yourself remains larger than my commitment to you.  The second my commitment to you becomes greater than your commitment to yourself, I’m outta here.

Unfortunately, I had to have my time wasted way too often before I figured it out.  Now when people come to me for help or advice, I tell them I’ll be glad to help them as long as they complete a list of tasks I give them.  These tasks are related to what they want to achieve, and by completing them will get them on the way to where they want to be.

Once they’ve done those things, I ask them to come back to me and I’ll give them all the help they want.  Why not; they’ve shown they’re willing to do what it takes.  Of course, asking them to do those tasks eliminates 97% of the people who approach me, otherwise known as the “Time Wasters,” or “Users.”

They were never serious, but figured, “Hey, if this dope wants to do all the work for me, I’ll take him up on it.”  Well not this dope.  Besides, the time you waste with the “Users,” is time you could have spent with the 3% who need your help and advice, will use it and prosper because of it.

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Make More Money or Spend Less – There are no Other Choices – Move Your A$$ Monday #31

This week Warren speaks about priorities and the small sacrifices you need to make today in order to have a FAR brighter tomorrow.

To inquire into Warren’s availability for speaking at your keynote or seminar, send him some info here: Keynotes and Seminar Speaking.

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Move Your Ass Monday! #31 – Make More Money or Spend Less: There are no Other Choices

Hi this is Warren Greshes and welcome to, “Move Your Ass Monday!”  I’m here to eliminate all the excuses, get your week started on a high note and make sure you reach your fullest potential.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the whining: from politicians, media dopes and from the general public.

I keep hearing “The middle class is getting squeezed.”  But it seems to me as if the middle class is squeezing themselves.  The same way we excoriate congress for spending more than they take in, and blowing our hard earned money on projects and programs that are nothing more than jobs programs for the marginally employable, how many of us are doing the same thing?

When I was a kid in the late 50’s and early 60’s, I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn with my parents and sister.  I shared a bedroom with my sister.  We had one bathroom; one TV with 7 channels; no car; no air-conditioning; no dishwasher, washing machine or dryer.

We never took a vacation that involved an airplane.  In fact, I don’t ever remember us taking a vacation that lasted more than a long weekend.  In the summers, I went to a free day camp run by the school system or, just spent the days playing ball with my friends at the local school yard.

Yet, back then, we were considered middle class.  Today, anyone living under those conditions would be considered dirt poor.  We have come to a point where things that not that long ago were considered luxuries are now considered necessities.

I find it very hard to feel sorry for people who earn a good living but constantly blow their money on “Crap.”  Here’s the point: stop whining and either find a way to make more money or figure out how to spend less, and that shouldn’t be too hard.  For example:

Does your 10 year old really need a cell phone?  Yes, I know you’re going to give me the “Security” argument.  OK, even if I buy that, which I don’t, why does the kid also need text-messaging?

Do you really need to spend upwards of $25 to $30 a week on coffee?  The same people who complain about $4 a gallon gasoline are paying FAR more than that on coffee!!!  Heck, they’re paying far more than that on bottled water.  I know people who complain they can’t save money, but could have funded a 401K very nicely on what they spend on water and coffee.

How come a $2 to $3 thousand Disney World vacation is a priority but health insurance is not?  If you can’t afford to save for your retirement or kids’ college education do you really need satellite TV, with HBO to boot?

People are moaning about having to spend as much as $50 extra per week on gasoline.  Here’s an idea: eat out one less time per week and that pays for the gasoline.  Or, how about eat out two less times per week and pay for the gasoline and send one kid to college.

Eat breakfast at home before you go to work and make yourself lunch at home and bring it to work.  That alone could save you $10 to $15 a day.

This boils down to four things:

1)      Personal responsibility – take control of your life and finances, because if you don’t nobody else will and the consequences will not be pretty.

2)      Sacrifice – the small sacrifices we make upfront will allow us not to have to make HUGE sacrifices in the future.

3)      Priorities – When you don’t have health insurance, life insurance, retirement savings or a college fund for your kids; but you do have new cars; go on expensive vacations; eat out 4 or 5 times a week and spend as much on coffee as you do on gas, what does that say about you and your priorities in life?

4)  The ability to think long term – I would much rather endure short term pain for long term gain than do the opposite.  That $25 to $50 you save every week on stuff you don’t need;  could live without; and wouldn’t miss at all, could be the difference between a more comfortable retirement or working till they carry you out feet first.

If you like this video series and want the link delivered right to your email first thing Monday morning go to my website at greshes.com and in the upper right hand corner sign up for a free subscription.  See ya next Monday.

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Are You Willing to Give Up To Get What You Really Want – Move Your A$$ Monday #30

This week Warren asks: What small sacrifices are you willing to make in the short-term in order to achieve great results in the long-term?

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Move Your Ass Monday #30 – What Are You Willing to Give Up To Get What You Really Want?

Hi this is Warren Greshes and welcome to, “Move Your Ass Monday!”  I’m here to eliminate all the excuses, get your week started on a high note and make sure you reach your fullest potential.

The other night I was watching TV and saw a commercial for Immodium AD, an over the counter medication that has been used for years to treat diarrhea.

What got me was: the voice on the commercial was recommending Immodium AD for people with persistent, constant or chronic diarrhea.  This stuff is not a cure; it’s a quick fix, till the next time it happens.

If this is a constant problem for you how about looking at your life style and some of the crap you eat.  Most likely all it would take would be a small, long-term sacrifice; a small change in your eating habits and this problem could go away.

The only thing that I’ve ever eaten or drank in my life that gave me heartburn was coffee.  So guess what I did?  Right, over 20 years ago I cut it out and I stopped getting heartburn.  Did I like coffee?  Yeah I did; but I hated heartburn a heck of a lot more than I liked coffee.

The point is, it just seems much easier and hassle free to do the old quick-fix and pop a pill, so to speak.  No sacrifice involved on your part.  But the problem is, for the things we really want in life, you will have to make some kind of long term sacrifice to achieve them.

It’s hard to almost impossible to lose weight, and keep it off, without changing your eating habits along with a consistent exercise program.  It’s extremely difficult to achieve financial independence without some short term sacrifices such as eating out, expensive vacations, $5 cups of coffee, fancy cars, etc., that will allow you to invest more in your long term future.  And don’t even think about going into your own business unless you’re willing to lay it all on the line and sacrifice everything you have in order to achieve long-term, long-lasting success.

But, if you just want to “Pop a pill,” live for today and worry about tomorrow at some other time, that’s fine too.  It’s your choice.  Just don’t complain when the bill comes due and you’re running to the bathroom with pains in your stomach.

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Why Go Into Business for Yourself – And Why Not – Move Your A$$ Monday #27

In this week’s video Warren gives you three of the best reasons you can possibly have to start your own business.

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Move Your Ass Monday #27 Why Go Into Business for Yourself – And Why Not

Hi this is Warren Greshes and welcome to, “Move Your Ass Monday!”  I’m here to eliminate all the excuses, get your week started on a high note and make sure you reach your fullest potential.

A group of Women Entrepreneurs were asked their reasons for quitting their jobs and starting their own businesses.  The most common answers were:

  1. The freedom to spend more time with my children, if I choose.
  2. The opportunity to reach my full potential
  3. Because I’m tired of banging my head against the glass ceiling.
  4. Being my own boss

Money came in far down the list, which is interesting, since so many people make the mistake of using “Financial Rewards,” as their overriding reason to go off on their own.

True, if we looked at a composite of the average millionaire, it would be someone who owned their own business.  But for many, if not most, of these people, money was simply a by-product of all the right reasons they went off on their own.

While money is a poor reason to go into business, it’s an even worse reason for choosing what business to go into.  I’ve had people tell me they’d decided to get into a certain business because they heard “you can make a lot of money doing that.”  The truth is: you can make a lot of money doing anything, if you’re good at it, enjoy it and work your tail off.

There are far better reasons to choose a particular business; such as:

  1. You have a talent for something (like cooking, technology, working on cars, home repairs, etc.), really love doing it and just happen to be good enough that customers will buy your services.  One caution:  Being a great cook doesn’t mean you’ll be a successful restaurant owner.  There’s more to running a restaurant than just cooking.  If you’re not willing to learn and master the business aspects of it, don’t do it.  Instead, think about getting into catering, or being a personal chef.
  2. You feel you have something to offer that people need. Many great discoveries have come about because the inventor was attempting to make his or her own life easier or better.  In the movie “Baby Boom,” Diane Keaton is so unhappy with the baby food in the stores, she starts making food at home for her daughter.  Her daughter loves it so much; she realizes she might be on to something.  She creates packaging, starts her own gourmet baby food company, and builds into a successful operation.
  3. It’s the kind of business that offers you the freedom and flexibility you always wanted. Many people start home-based businesses because they want to be able to spend more time with their families or be home when the kids come home from school.  Others might want a totally opposite life-style and choose a business that allows them to travel all over the world.

The biggest reason to avoid using money as your main motivation for either starting or choosing a business is: money is the last thing to come.

The first few years in business will be very hard.  There won’t be a lot of money.  Unless you’re in it for the right reasons, what is going to keep you happy and keep you going during those tough times?

If you like this video series and want the link delivered right to your email first thing Monday morning go to my website at greshes.com and in the upper right hand corner sign up for a free subscription.  See ya next Monday.