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06-JUNE 20-2023

Good Morning.
Companies investing in artificial intelligence (AI) have been the market’s biggest movers this year.  The large cap tech stocks pouring money into the technology have helped the overall stock market index rise following 2022’s bear market.
But given how strong and how fast the rally has been, some see a pullback ahead.  At its worst, it’s possible that AI stocks will have a dot-com crash-type pullback.  However, given that AI stocks haven’t risen as much as the tech stocks did in the late 1990s, chances of that size of a pullback are slim.
A more moderate pullback of 10-20 percent for AI stocks over the summer seems more likely.  That would also give stocks the pause they need to move higher into the end of the year.  Traders should look for a small pullback in the coming weeks, and use that opportunity to profit on the short side… before pivoting to the long side, likely by late October to get past the market’s seasonal weak months.

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June 20, 2022

Good morning.
Prizes for CourageOver the past few years, with interest rates at zero, investors settled into a style of investing known as TINA – short for “there is no alternative.”  It was an excuse to buy stocks, particularly ones posting the strongest growth, as they tend to rally the most in a bull market.
But times are changing. And investors are looking for alternatives.  Bond yields still look low, even after bond prices have been crushed.  And tech companies, even those still growing quickly right now, are hardly the store of value that they once were.
With inflation rising, even alternatives like gold and Bitcoin have been a poor store of value.  Gold has been arguably flat, while Bitcoin has traded like a tech stock and gotten crushed.  That’s why investors should continue to look for downside trades like put options, and continue to hedge existing long-term positions with tools like covered call writing.  There are some alternatives, just not a lot for today’s markets.

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June 20, 2021

Here’s to a better YOU … and now … Today’s DarrenDaily Recap Sunday.  A collection of the weeks videos from Darren Hardy.  Enjoy!

Naturally beautiful: Newfoundland, Canada.

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… morning fog is beautiful.

P.S. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” –Walt Disney

June 20, 2020

Super Saturday Special!

What are our prospects thinking?

  1.  I only care about me.
  2.  I only care about my problems.
  3.  I don’t care about you.
  4.  I care even less about what you want to show me

Our human nature has a dominant program called, “Survival.”  Our brain’s first priority is to keep us alive.  We want to look for resources.  We want to solve our problems.

Does that mean people are selfish?  Sure.

To be interesting, we should talk about our prospect and our prospect’s problem.  If we do that, we will always have an audience.

When should we talk about what we want to offer?  Later.  First, let’s focus on our prospect and our prospect’s problem.  This makes it easy for both of us.

June 20, 2019

Are you struggling with finding the time to do it all?

I just listened to a fabulous FB interview with “A Busy Mom of 7” while she shared her tips for managing to juggle home life and building a thriving business!

If you are a mom and you’re struggling with business…

Or you’re struggling with, “What should I be doing this next year, 2019 through 2020?”

This is a great place to be … Jessica Higdon interviews Rosa Parma.

Rose is a super busy mom of 7 who is currently building a successful business.

They talk about the main areas that women (especially moms) really struggle with and how to overcome them.

Here are some highlights of the call:

  • Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. [personal development]
  • Meal planning can save you and your family a whole-bunch of time & money. [redirect the energy]
  • Recognize that what you put into anything, [i.e.: bizz] you get returned doubled. [i.e.: resources]
  • My team was not duplicating until I made it easy for them. [simplify the system]
  • Success came into focus when I saw success around me! [forest thru the trees]
  • My positivity is contagious vs: ‘Oh Woah Is Me!’ [magnetic attraction]
  • Thankfulness and Gratitude fills me up and keeps filling ‘My Cup’. [so much to be grateful for]
  • Cannot separate Product & Business & People … just fits well … not forced. [reduces ‘mom’ guilt]
  • Money making activities ‘time blocked’ into my day! [customer/team appreciation & give-a-ways]
  • Don’t mess with mom’s coffee. [start my day and end my day with it]
  • I’m my own ‘best’ competition. [learned awhile back to not compare or blame others]
  • My kids are NOT my excuse … I keep promises w/ family. [respect ‘mommy at work’ now time!]
  • Never stop moving forward … growing vs: dying.  [find your opportunities]
  • I’m a night person, others are not.  I get a lot done in the evenings. [what are your power-hours?]
  • Before getting out-of-the-car after dropping the kids off at school … I make my calls and/or listen to my messages.
  • …cause I know once I get into the house … there are dishes!! laundry!!  snacks!!  vacuuming.
  • We sit down as a family and DREAM REALLY BIG!  [kids are part of the why]

Enjoy that interview … me too!  😉

June 20, 2017

Vehicle Advertising

Using your street smarts will put you on the road to success.  Here are just two quick examples from Harvey Mackay.

Paint your wagon.  Did you ever notice how many people happen to work in office buildings more than one-story in height?  And how many of these same people look out the window off and on during the day?  Why not paint your company name and logo on the top of your delivery vehicles or trucks?  It’s the easiest, least expensive and most neglected form of advertising.

Call on people on their birthdays.  I always make it a point to visit my customers on their birthdays.  If you can’t get to them personally, call or email them.  Send them a humorous, but tasteful birthday card.  Stress this tip with your salesforce.

This such a BIGGY of Harv’s…  You won’t believe how much business we write up on our customers‘ birthdays.  They are in a good mood.  Bring them a creative gift.  You are not buying their business, you are building a relationship.

I once figured out that I make approximately 300 phone calls a year to my customers and friends on their birthdays.  I always try to put a smile on their face by singing Happy Birthday in a humorous voice.

My reminder is, “To always be thinking … to always be taking action … to always be street smart.”

REW

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