Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

Hey, I just noticed (writing here in the first week of May) that Rhonda Byrne, author/producer of The Secret, is among this year’s “Time 100,” Time magazine’s annual list of “the world’s most influential people.”

One of the things that most fascinates me about Time’s annual list is not just the 100 people they choose to honor, but also the 100 other people they enroll to write the profiles. This year, for example, the piece on Warren Buffett was penned by Melinda Gates; the one on Oprah Winfrey by Nelson Mandela; and that on Chris Anderson (The Long Tail) by Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point). Honestly, it’s pretty much a second whole “most influential” list! Who wrote the profile on Rhonda? Chicken Soup for the Soul author (and prominent figure on The Secret) Jack Canfield.

With Rhonda being on the list, I guess this means we got to conduct an exclusive interview (Networking Times, March/April 2007) with one of the world’s 100 most influential people. That’s pretty exciting stuff.

Still, lest our heads swell, it’s worth noting that there are ninety-nine other folks on the list whom we did not get to interview in the past year, including Steve Jobs, Martin Scorsese, Queen Elizabeth II, Al Gore, Shigeru Miyamoto, Richard Branson, Tina Fey and Michael J. Fox. There’s always 2008.

— J.D.M

Children and Networking

I love Donna Reid-Mitchell’s story [“Leading by Example. Donna-Reid-Mitchell: Building a Business on Family Values,” May/June 2007]. So many people use the excuse that they have children and this doesn’t allow them to work their business the way they should. This article clearly proves that children can be an addition to your business, not a distraction. Great job!

— Rhonda Kennedy

Kudos for Networking Times!

We just received our first Networking Times issues yesterday. Thanks so much. I spent much of the evening reading them (I also went online and read some of the back issues). Your publication is first-class, world-class, in one word: excellence. It must surely be an oasis for network marketers.

I know it takes a lot of work and love to get your product to be that elegant and refined. There is obviously much care in the selection of articles and cohesiveness of the whole. When I heard about it, I felt it would be outstanding and I have to tell you it surpassed my expectations.

The format is precious. The design and layout are beautiful. The articles are conscious, informative and inspiring. All of it so well done and your spirit and vision resonate throughout. I can see why people love to work with you.

When the time is right I would be most honored to submit an article. Thanks again for sharing your great work. We hold the intent with you for at least 100,000 subscribers!

— Dianne Collins,

Under Promise and Over Deliver

Bravo! Right on the money. [“The Power of Trust. A Conversation with Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust: the One Thing that Changes Everything,” May/June 2007]. I love your approaching a prospect with “soft gloves.” The verbiage you have given needs to be carved in memory, as it will serve networkers well in their endeavors. The idea of “understate and over-deliver” is also a priceless tactic in gaining reputation and trust. If clients receive less than promised, they are mad and think you lied to them. If clients receive what you “promised,” they think nothing of it. On the other hand, if they get more than expected, they are very pleased and you gain trust and credibility. The latter win-win scenario makes your client a “partner.”

— Bev LaCost

RAS (Reticular Activation System) and the Law of Attraction

I love this article [“The Neuroscience of Success,” by Ruben Gonzalez, May/June 2007] because it is insightful, well-researched and empowering all at the same time. Here is my question for Ruben Gonzalez:

In your article you mention how affirmations and visualizations leave their imprint upon the unconscious mind and activate the RAS to find things in your environment that will support you in achieving your goal. I am a big believer in the RAS as well as the law of attraction, so I was wondering what your own personal belief is on the law of attraction. Specifically, are the RAS and the Law of Attraction the same thing, or are they different?

— Geoff Graham

I’m not a huge believer in the law of attraction. I don’t think things will just fall into your lap. You have to take consistent and persistent action to make them happen.

I caught the Olympic dream when I was ten. I didn’t believe it was possible, so I took no action, and guess what? Nothing happened. When I was twenty-one I saw Scott Hamilton win the gold medal. I was suddenly filled with belief and started taking action, and four years later I was competing in the Olympics.

It’s the action behind the attraction that makes the dream come true. You have to want it, believe it’s possible and be willing to do whatever it takes for however long it takes to make your dream come true.

Affirmations and visualization help you program the RAS so you can believe and see the opportunities that are already around you. You’ll find more information in my book
The Courage to Succeed.

— Ruben Gonzalez