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MLM Magazine January 2015 January 2015

What is the mission that drives your business?

Happy New Year! I'm often ask, "what is your mission that drives your business" that is such a great question and that is why we want to start off this new year off with this important subject.

Have a blessed and prosperous 2015!

George Madiou

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By always doing what you love loving what you do delivering more than you promise you’ll always be underpaid – which is how it always should be.

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Lisa our youngest daughter recently earned her master’s degree to start a career as a high school English teacher. I doubt she was more excited about her graduation than her parents were. As we entered the stadium for the commencement services it dawned on me that after putting seven children through college and graduate studies I’d finally be able to fund my retirement plan.   It was very hot in the concrete arena. A midday sun beat squarely in our faces. I suspected that the exercises would be long and merciless. As the graduates filed in I was amused to see slogans taped to their tasseled caps. “Will work for food!”  “Get my room ready Mom!” Our daughter’s read “Thanks Mom and Pop.” Some wore bathing suits beneath their gowns. Some blew bubbles with a pipe and soap. Most were ecstatic about finally leaving school visibly impatient for that night’s parties and for freedom and the opportunity to earn.

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Olmos “Stood and Delivered”  As the warm-up speakers droned on about politically correct issues I wondered whether any time would remain for the main speaker. In fact his address lasted barely ten minutes which may have set a national record for brevity.   (Winston Churchill holds the international record: thirty seconds to repeat “Never give up!” nine times.) That main speaker was Edward James Olmos the actor-activist who played Jaime Escalante in an inspiring movie about inner-city students called Stand and Deliver. Olmos stood up removed his cap and regarded the graduates. “So we’re ready to party?” he asked. “Yeah let’s party!” they answered in unison. “I know thank God it’s Friday” he resumed. “But commencement means to begin not finish. You’ve had a four-year sabbatical from life and now you’re ready to go out there and earn. You’re only beginning Real World 101 in your education.   “One more thing before we leave” he continued. “Please never ever work for money. Please don’t just get a job. A job is something that many of you had while you worked your way through college. A job is something you do for money. But a career is something you do because you’re inspired to do it. You want to do it you love doing it you’re excited when you do it. And you’d do it even if you were paid nothing beyond food and the basics. You’d do it because it’s your life.”   What he was saying which I have tried to recall and interpret in my own words is that many of you will go out and try to get the highest-paying job possible regardless of the industry regardless of the opportunity regardless of the service or product the company may provide.

If you chase money it may catch you – and if it catches you you’ll forever be its slave.

By letting money pursue you but never catch you you’ll always be its master. By always doing what you love loving what you do delivering more than you promise you’ll always be underpaid – which is how it always should be.   For if you’re paid more than you’re worth you may be restructured reengineered replaced fired declared obsolete disposed of. Overpaid people are overdrawn in their knowledge bank account. People who are underpaid for the level and quality of the service they provide are always in demand and always ahead of the money in their knowledge and contribution. So money and opportunity are always chasing them. This is what I got out of the commencement speech that day.   Olmos concluded with a charged voice and moist eyes. “Chase your passion not your pension! Be inspired to learn as much as you can to find a cause that benefits humankind – and you’ll be sought after for your quality of service and dedication to excellence. This passion will make you oblivious of quitting time and to the length of your workday. You’ll awake every morning with the passion of pursuit but not the pursuit of money ….   Those who do more than they’re paid for are always sought for their services. Their name and work outlive them and always command the highest price. Chase your passion not your pension!”   The graduates were stunned. Many cried with joy. I was speechless which is rare indeed. Olmos was no actor speaking for an honorarium. He was all passion pure and simple. “Maybe we should have taught that in a class” I heard a faculty member say.
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