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Shuttle Fly Over at JPL

Photo from San Jose Mercury News

You won’t find a video here or pictures cause I forgot to hit record.

Such a bummer, but what a wonderful spectacle! The shuttle, strapped to the back of a 747 just passed over my head and it was amazing. just wish I would have pushed record!!

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Loral Langemeier Speaks at Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit

Loral Langemeier talks about making money in your business every day

what are you selling and are you making money every day in your business.. You can..

I have been following Loral Langemeier for several years. I heard about her Live Out Loud Seminars and the famous Big Table, which is touted as being the most powerful, innovative, intimate and exclusive wealth building experience in the world!

If that is not intriguing I don’t know what is.. It always seems that everywhere I go Loral just left and although I have spoken to her office several times.. our schedules and paths were not crossing until the Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit. Maria Simone’s incredible 3 day immersion into planning, marketing, funding and networking.

I am glad I finally met Loral there as I really love Maria’s event. Thank you Maria for bringing us together and Loral for making sure you put some time aside, in the middle of your crazy busy schedule, to make this happen. – JW

Loral Langemeier

After creating her own financial freedom and reaching a net worth of $1 million, it was then Loral Langemeier decided she would start a coaching and seminar company to provide a catalyst that would allow others to reach this same level of success.

The company started small with one office in Novato, California in 2001 and within 5 years grew to a $21 million dollar company. During that time, the organization expanded to its current size which includes 3 locations: Novato, California, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

To date, the company has provided its services to thousands of individuals worldwide and has created hundreds of millionaires. Offerings include a wide range of products, events, programs, and coaching services.

The community that has been created is always expanding and changing as the needs of individuals within it continue to grow and change, nonetheless, the education, support and networking opportunities that are made available through this community still remains strong.

loral langemeier by jw najarianLoral Langemeier is one of today’s most visible and innovative money experts. She continues to expand her horizons, even through the challenging obstacles of today’s economy. Because of her tenacity and absolute confidence in what she teaches, Langemeier is one of only a handful of women in the world today who can claim the title of “expert” when it comes to financial matters and the making of millionaires. She accelerates the conversation about money, sharing how to, not just survive this tough economic climate, but how to succeed and thrive.

A New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author and a leading entrepreneurial speaker, Langemeier has coached thousands of success stories around the world by giving them the simple tools to generate cash and build wealth. As a single working mother, dynamic speaker/motivator and owner of a business (Live Out Loud, Inc); Langemeier lights up the room and elicits change for the better.

Langemeier started her first business at 17, and by age 34, had established a multimillion dollar portfolio. As one of the most notable national and international entrepreneurs, Langemeier has built a number of businesses in a variety of industries, including projects in real-estate, green-recycled glass, and online marketing firms – several of which have grossed millions.

loral langemeierAs Founder and CEO of Live Out Loud, Langemeier has shared her high value strategies at seminars all over the world, teaching people her simple recipe for capitalizing on their skills and talents to make new money. She is author of four national best-selling books; The Millionaire Maker, The Millionaire Maker’s Guide to Wealth Cycle Investing and The Millionaire Maker’s Guide to Creating a Cash Machine for Life and her just-released book Put More Cash In Your Pocket. Her highly anticipated, fifth book Yes! Energy: The Equation to Do Less, Make More hits book stores in February 2012.

Langemeier has appeared frequently on CNN, CNBC, The Street TV, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel-America’s Nightly Scoreboard, The Dr. Phil Show and The View. Langemeier has been featured in articles and appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and on the web at ABCNews.com, Forbes.com and as a regular online contributor with the Huffington Post, The Bottom Line, Yahoo7Finance, and BusinessWeek.com. She was recognized by Forbes Magazine, in September 2011, as a standout woman in business. She also appeared in and contributed to The Secret.

Loral has spoken in-person in front of tens-of-thousands of people and helped create hundreds of new millionaires.

In 2009 Loral spent quite a bit of time working on setting up ways that she could give back.

  1. Kids and Family Financial Literacy – Focus is on 3-10 years old. Loral will roll out a new program committed to teach kids about money. Further, she will begin expanding reach beyond the Live Out Loud community through the Millionaire Maker Game for continuing education and wholesome family fun together.
  2. The Loral Langemeier Foundation – Loral is, and always has been, committed to families and the environment.  Loral cares about and supports local green initiatives in Lake Tahoe such as Save the Bears, Save the Lake, and Save the Trees.  She also supports the fight against environmental toxins, which can adversely effect the health and lives of everyone in the community. Through her foundation she also contributes and supports such organizations as The Girls and Boys Club of America and the  Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation.

Loral’s Live Out Loud
Loral’s Web Site

book loral langemeier yes energyYes Energy

The strongest energy always wins. That’s it! That’s the key to moving from your current situation, any situation, into the life you’ve always wanted.

     Yes! Energy presents the power of the “Energy Equation,” which you can employ to attract abundance to all areas of your life. This formula can help you lead your life to achieve financial freedom; center your actions around a spiritual core of certainty and confidence; up-shift your attitude into consistent optimism; commit to engage with others at the highest, most satisfying levels; create the enterprise you’ve always envisioned; and dust off your dreams.

Best-selling author and entrepreneurial speaker Loral Langemeier developed this simple and straightforward methodology, which is revealed explicitly in these pages, because she needed it herself. Knocked to her knees more than a few times on her true-grit journey from farm girl to multimillionaire, she knows what it’s like to hit obstacles hard. Yet despite the blows, she still stands, and she still delivers.

Learn how to tap into infinite, productive energy; extreme optimism; and calming, clarifying spirituality to improve your life in every way.

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enlightened entrepreneur summit maria simone

We want to thank Maria Simone and The Enlightened Entrepreneur Summit for allowing us to cover this incredible event. This is one of my favorite events every year… – JW

Why do you need to go? This is where you meet World-class business leaders, innovators, thought leaders, marketers, social media experts, market influencers, breakthrough specialists, and potential investors.
 
And they share their profitable cutting edge business practices as well as creating a space for inspired joint venture partnerships amongst the participants. Every attendee has the opportunity to contribute and shine during their facilitated networking sessions. The summit will help you figure out your plan, build your team and get funded by pitching to investors at the event.
http://enlightenedentrepreneursummit.com/

Quote On Purpose

“The greatest discovery you’ll ever make, is the potential of your own mind.” — Jose Silva

Double Rainbow at Squaw Valley CaliforniaIf we can loose our ego for a moment and just be… Not comparing ourselves to others or thinking about what you have done or not done and what your going to do next or not do next…

If you can just breathe in the moment and let yourself be aware in the moment you will find that you are part of a large and infinite universe.

Say yes to everything and take the challenge handed to you. Lean into fear and you will discover just how brilliant you are. – JW

I Have a Wardrobe Consultant

Juliann Stitick

Words I never thought I would say.

JuliAnn Stitick, used to be a personal shopper at Nordstrom and she has taken her love of fashion helping people to a new level.

Stylist JuliAnn Stitick is the founder of  WardrobeRx and she works with you as an image specialist to help you define your personal style by maximizing your wardrobe.

You can refine your current style or completely re-define and re-style it.

The first thing I realized is that I already had a pretty great wardrobe. Especially when I threw out my 1970’s Angel Flights and my painters pants. You have to realize that I am shade blind and cannot match clothes. My wife either picks my wardrobe out or just refuses to watch. I go to a lot of functions and I represent two commercial real estate companies and a marketing company. I can’t afford to look like I borrowed clothes from my friends.

One of the best things I did was to take the old wardrobe and the new stuff and have it all tailored. You cannot believe the difference with the same clothes….
Unbelievable.

I did get rid of a lot of stuff, but now I can get into my closet and see what I have and I have to say that I never wore most of the stuff I threw away and I have to say I haven’t missed any of it.

We went on a shopping trip and found just a few essentials to tie all my shirts and pants together.

JuliAnn just started a new blog called Retail Therapy.  Go check it out.

Now all I have to do is lose some weight..

JW Najarian

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AT&T or Verizon? and What Friken Smart Phone is Right for Me or Might be the Next Big Thing?

What’s with all these maps on the commercials? Verizon shows a map covered in RED; supposidly representing their 3G network. They show AT&T in light blue showing how the 3G is almost non-existent. OK sounds great. I will get Verizon. The you watch the AT&T commercial and they have a guy throwing post cards over a map of the states? Is this the 3G coverage? AT&T does state that their 3G is faster, but if it is non-existent then who cares how fast it is for the small numbers that receive it.
Who has the best 3g coverage with the best smart phone?

Who has the fastest 3G? T-Mobil?

What do you have and what do you think?

What phone will emerge as the new leader for business and personal use… iPhone, Google, Blackberry, Droid or what?!

JW Najarian

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What would you do?

 I received this email from my father. It seems that most the emails I get from family nowdays are jokes, political stuff or funny or inspiring videos.  I would love to get more personal emails, but as the years go by I realize this may never happen so I call to find out what’s up.  This message, however was worth repeating.

 

Anyway I got this email and though I never pass this stuff on to my list, I did find it very moving so I am posting it here as not to waste it’s sentiment. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

 

Would you have made the same choice?

 

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

 

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

 

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?’ The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued.

 

‘I believe that when a child like Shay,who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world,

 

An opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

 

Then he told the following story:

 

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’

 

I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps..

 

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in The eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

 

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

 

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

 

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

 

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

 

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.

 

Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

 

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

 

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

 

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

 

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

 

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

 

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

 

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first! 
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

 

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

 

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

 

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

 

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

 

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’. 

 

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!  Shay, run to third!’

 

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

 

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team..

 

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

 

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. 

 

He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

 

May your day, be a Shay Day.

CREPIG helps them who help themselves

The Commercial Real Estate Professional Investors Group allows CRE investors and professionals the ability to promote their project, product, services, deals, funding options or requirements to other investors and professionals.  CREPIG is also a great place to find CRE resouces and network with others.

I get calls and emails all day long asking me to promote an event or deal and I would love to, but I only have so many hours in my day and the site was set up to allow you to do it on your own.  There is plenty of help and it is actually pretty easy if you take a minute to check it out.

CREPIG’s Promotion Forum provides a place to enter anything you need to enter.  You can upload files, insert pictures or videos and us HTML tags to make your stuff zing…  This section updates the CREPIG Twitter page with thousands of followers.  It also updates my Facebook page and over 5000 CRE investors and professionals over on LinkedIn.

So in the future don’t call me.  Take advantage of the ability to make yourself know to around 8000 investors and professionals by joining the site and posting your stuff.

JW Najarian
www.CREPIG.com

The Best Opportunity Ever!

I am not kidding!  If you have ever tried to put together a network marketing business you know how tough it can be.

First MLM or network marketing is really one of the easiest and least expensive methods of starting your own business.  You refer to others a product or service and you get paid for the referring sale!  You not only get paid for the referring sale, but you get paid for every sale after that for that client.  You also get paid for every sale that is made by anyone your new member brings in and every new member they bring in and on and on.  Very nice.

OK so what is the hard part or downside?  You have to get people to join you and train them.  MLM works on the idea of duplicating and leveraging your efforts, by teaching the person you bring in to do what you have just done.  Anotherwords.. you bring in a few people and you teach your member to bring in a few people and they teach their people to bring in a few people.  This all sounds very easy on first glance, but if you have ever worked an MLM business you find out quickly that this can be harder than it sounds.

You get a lot of NO’s and it is hard for many to approach their friends and family with opportunities.  They all know you and all the other stuff you got into that didn’t work.  They may not be as excited as you about the potential.  OK so maybe you will just tell other people and when you are successful your family and friends will have to listen to you.  OK time to make that cold call or introduce your opportunity to a stranger….  Wow the phone can become a 10 ton weight.  Strangers think you are strange as you try to oversell your product and you get tongue tied when they ask some tough questions.  You love your product and believe in the opportunity, but every time you try to explain it to someone, they either don’t get it or you feel like you came off too preachy on insincere.  Face it, if someone from an MLM company comes into a room, it can clear the room rather quicly as everyone knows that a hello from you will lead to an overexcited sales pitch. It can be a daunting ritual.

Many believe they can learn to sell and spend tons of money on sales courses, NLP, mirroring and objection handling techniques.  9 out of 10 people suck or hate selling so this is not so great either for them or for their downlines they are trying to teach.  Their downlines don’t want to sell and many times they have been lured to the opportunity with promises that they will not have to sell, but just share the opportunity.

OK so now you learn how to listen to your prospect and find out what they want and deliver it. You find out that it is easier to talk to someone about your product or opportunity once you truly take the time to get to know them.  OK now you are starting to get the hang of this.  Problem is you have now lost 90% of your downline to attrition and you have to start from scratch.  Many will not make it this far and too many give up before they learn how to share.

What is the answer?  How would you like to completely automate the process?  I am not just talking about buying or building a landing page and sending your link to thousands of people on a list to get 1% of 1% return on the list. Noooo I am talking about hiring someone to work your list for you.  Yes, you find someone that is good at sharing and give them your list.  They do all the heavy lifting and you just go find more people to add to the list.  How about the same person that works your list for you has fully opted-in lists for sale…  OK now you don’t even have to build the list!  Now this could work.

If you are getting excited you should be because it just gets better and better.  Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB) is a new ground floor MLM opportunity.  This is a good thing as the positive buzz about new MLM companies usually skyrockets growth.  HUB is new and is based on the concept of using the MLM engine to sustain the giving process.  What does this mean?  HUB sells business, personal and spiritual empowerment products for some of the worlds most influential growth and self help leaders and offers them via the network marketing model of distribution.  You can buy and sell products that help empower people and that will make you feel good as you are offering products that help people.  These products help people and you make money selling and referring them, but this is not all.  HUB uses 40% of the proceeds to help feed, educate, get fresh water to and give micro loans to thousands of the poverty stricken around the world.  HUB gave a whooping 1.2M in sustainable aid out this last year.

HUB is truly a new paradigm in global giving.  So you help the world, empower others and make money doing it.  Not too shabby.

What about the automatic part?  A company called GPN has now made available their years of expertise and tools to help you build your build your organization larger than you could ever do on your own.  GPN will handle prospecting, Product Presentations, Sales Closing and Business Management.  GPN has taken HUB and built a truly “Out-of-the-Box” ready to go business solution for those that want to build a residual income and help the world move from survival, to empowerment, to sustained abundance.  GPN uses Nurture Marketing to speak to prospects and does not cold call pitch them with aggressive sales techniques.

I believe HUB and this program can change your life.  It is worth the effort to check it out.  I invite you to take a look at what has been put together to make it possible to eliminate poverty and make you successful in network marketing and in your life.

Go to http://bit.ly/gpnhub and check it out.  Whether you decide to join this program you should learn what Humanity Unites Brilliance is all about as they are dedicated working to change the world.

JW Najarian
www.Jw.hubhub.org

Affluence.org Apology

As recently as 3 or 4 months ago I sent everyone on my list an invitation to join Affluence.org. I want to apologize for that action. I have had many send me remove me letters about this site resending the invitation over and over. I was also not accepted as a member, but that did not stop them from resending the requests to my friends.

They first wanted my tax data to prove the amount of money I said I made. No Way Jose….. They did promise that if I got 5 people to join I would be accepted. This seems bogus as you now may be talking to someone of non affluence that happened to get some other affluent people to join? Things that make you go Hmmmm?

I did get over 5 to join, but did not get accepted. I would guess that the other 6 refused to send their tax info in as well. I am looking for a way to delete my profile. I have tried to contact the company, but the Contact Us button does not work….

I do not recommend this site and ask that everyone who got an invitation from me please forgive me.

Kindest Regards,
JW Najarian
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Waterproof Camera and Watch for Hawaii

I am leaving for the beautiful island of Maui to stay at the Grand Wailea for a few days.  I have business with some real estate and my network marketing business.  If you are in Maui and want to meet send me a message or call my office.

I was looking for a water proof watch and found a water proof camera too.

First I just lost over 35 pounds, as last time I went I was overweight and didn’t want to take off my shirt nor was I able to do too much physical stuff. I am looking and feeling better. My plan is to loose another 20 which will put me around 165. I did get up to 225 Argh!

I will fill you in on the details at another time.  For the curious I was using the Kevin Trudeau diet and loved it.

OK what does this all have to do with a camera and watch?  Patience my ADHD friend….  Last time I was in Maui I kept the swimming down, but decided to do some snorkling and my water proof watch took on water and died!  I had just got another expensive WP watch fixed for water damage so I had taken a less expensive watch with me.  I was looking at the Timex Explorer which takes a licking and keeps ticking, but my wife will not let me where a geek watch.

Well I plan to do much more swimming this time, with my new lighter weight body….

THE WATCH

citizen WR 300 eco driveI believe I have found the answer and have picked up the Citizen WR 300 Eco-Drive watch.  This watch looks great, works great and at 300M is pretty much a dive watch for relaxed diving.  I already love Eco-Drive watches as I have many automatics and battery type watches that need constant attention.

The Eco Drive needs a bit of sun here and there… Big Whoop.

THE CAMERA

camera olympus 550wp blackI also found the newest ultimate snorkling and swim toy…. The Olympus Stylus-550WP WaterProof Digital Camera. Good for diving to around 10ft for up to 1 hour… Whoa….

This camera rocks for so many more reasons then it is waterproof. 10MP, 1600ASA, Panorama, many movie and picture modes including candlelight. It has a 2.5″ screen which is essential for a camera as far as I am concerned. I hate the small screen jobs. It also has memory on board so you don’t have to get a SD card, but don’t be crazy… Get the biggest card you can find.

Here is the official Olympus Page info:

camera olympus 550wpDive in with the camera that goes anywhere. The waterproof, sporty STYLUS-550WP is one camera you won’t need to handle with care. It’s built to survive whatever you can dish out – the pool, the game, or even the beach. If you are the type that is always on the go, this camera can keep up.

WATERPROOF (10ft.).
A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 10 feet underwater.

INTELLIGENT AUTO.
Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting — portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport — and adjusts the settings to optimize results.

FACE DETECTION.
Tracks up to twelve faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposures for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

DIGITAL IMAGE STABILIZATION.
With high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds you can freeze the action to capture sharp, blur-free images even if you or your subject is moving.

PERFECT FIX.
Nobody gets the perfect shot all the time, but now you can correct shooting mistakes instantly with the touch of a button. Use Perfect Fix to lighten up shadows and remove red-eye so a less-than-perfect shot can still turn out perfect!

It does have a special underwater setting that will make underwater pics nice. Most UW shots are always very blue..

I also picked up the optional silicon skin which makes it very cool…

I will blog and Twitter from the Beach….

JW
http://www.jwnajarian.com

Seeing Light at the End of the Twitter Tunnel

I have been laboring over what to do with Twitter and was just about to chuck in the towel when my friend Gary returned my call about his new website http://www.GaryWGoldstein.com.  Not to change the subject, but if you are looking for new stuff on business and personal development and how to gain success in the real world you need to check out Gary.

 

Why Gary? You ask?  Gary W. Goldstein is the co-producer of one of the world’s best known mega movie hits “Pretty Woman”.  He also produced other movies like “The Mothman Prophecies“, “Under Seige” and many others.  He came to Hollywood without knowing anything about the movie business and in his work he explains how he broke in and how you can use the lessons he learned to create success in your own life.  Gary has been one of my mentors for the last couple of years and I have to say that his stories and relevant ways of dealing with life and what it can throw at you; have helped me immensely.

 

I know it sounds like I veered off my Twitter story completely, but it all comes full circle.  You see I called Gary to comment on his new website which is really shaping up nicely.  We joked about some of the funny comments he had recently made on Twitter and I recounted my dilemma that I could not figure this bugger out.

 

Twitter to me was useless and ridiculous.  Everyone twitting into thin air.  It looks like everyone is writing, but no one is reading so who gives a crap?

 

Well I can only guess that Gary shook his head, since we were on the phone I couldn’t see him.  Gary then proceeded to take me down the Twitter tunnel with the promise of light at the end.

 

He started explaining search.twitter.com and re-tweets, auto-follow / un-follow, tweet later, Bit.ly, Twitpic and many other programs that boost the power and usability of Twitter.  Dare I say I started seeing some light!  This whole Twitter mess started to have some meaning after all.

 

I can’t say that I am out of the tunnel by any means, but I am, at least in it and moving forward.

 

My question to you is can you help me get the rest of the way through?  How can I use Twitter to meet more people, not just add names to my list?  How can I use Twitter to promote my membership site http://www.crepig.com?  How can I use Twitter to promote my network marketing business http://www.aPrioriBeauty.com/fic/jw?

 

I would like to thank Gary once again, as he is always a great friend, mentor, ally and champion of my causes.

 

www.jwnajarian.com

Where’s the Fracken Bottom of the Commerial Market?

Listening to CNBC, why do I continue to listen and watch this nonsense?  They are forever trying to find the indicator that the market is turning around.  As the market fell and fell they were all good news on a turn around and then when the inevitable happened they finally said OK we might have a problem as the market is at all time lows and dumping 700 points a day!  Only to go back to their rosy outlook the very next day on some news that housing sales may be up 1%.  First remember that governments tend to cook the books and change indices in growth and employment figures that don’t paint the picture they want to paint so you can’t trust the numbers.  Which ones? Who knows?  The stock market numbers for the life of me make no sense so why is anyone speculating on growth based on those numbers?

I used to write a newsletter.  You don’t see much come from me anymore on commercial real estate, because I got tired of reporting bad news.  One year ago I predicted, without having to know too much, that the commercial markets would go by the way of the residential markets as many of those loans were also securitized.  Commercial always lags residential by around 2 years so it was just a matter of time and we are seeing commercial numbers get progressively worse, like the 2008 CMBS delinquency figures which continue to rise according to Fitch Ratings and Fitch expects more large delinquencies in 2009 (http://nreionline.com/finance/news/fitch_expects_loan_delinquencies_0121/).  I keep hearing reports that it can’t be getting worse because someone, somewhere just completed a mega commercial deal.  I remember buying stock in a phone company, no names, but it rhymes with MCI, and I road that falling knife all the way to the floor.  Buying ever more stock at the new reduced rates because how can MCI go down any more for gosh sakes!?  Also, as I have said many times before, all real estate is based on location not global figures so there could be some very lucrative deals being struck as the rest of the world continues to fall and falter.

International Real Estate Investor’s Institutional Outlook reported in the March 9th issue (http://nreionline.com/finance/news/stunned_losses_institution_0309/ ) that institutional investors were seeing their investment portfolios drop by 31% in 2008.  Where will the numbers go in 2009 with rising un-employment and inflation figures?  Well the article says that the investing news is actually good as these investors will move to real estate.  What?  The poll they took stated that more investors would leave the equity markets to place their money on real estate.  On what news?  On what numbers is there a basis for this general move to real estate? 

I will make another prediction…. The bottom is not here yet!  Unless you know your market or have money to sit on you should wait to buy as the market goes up not as it is falling.  This is simply investment 101.  By the way, when the market does start to make a steady rise sometime between 2010 and 2012 it will move very slowly and steadily up globally so appreciation will not be at the staggering rates of the recent past. 

I know picking between 2010 and 2012 makes me right no matter what, so just to make you feel better or not I believe steady growth may not occur till 2012.

JW Najarian
www.jwnajarian.com

www.crepig.com

 

 

Are There Too Many Social Networks?

group-success-with-borderI was following a discussion in chat area on the member site Networkers United Worldwide www.NUOpen.com I am an officer and advisor on that site, and found this question, which I have pasted below. I feel stronly about Social Networking and Social Business Structures, but we can talk more about that later.

 

“Anyone here find that Social Networking sites have become a dime a dozen? I have had a hard time determining which ones have the best programing and potential to do what all the other claim to do. Any feelings strong or otherwise about this one?”

Social Networking sites are tools. As with any tools you can use a butter knife as a screwdriver or a rock as a hammer, but if you need to pound lots of nails or are using a phillips head screw you may need a more specialized tool.

I belong to LinkedIn, Xing, Ecademy, Naymz, Plaxo and on and on…. Which one do I use the most? Which one am I willing to pay for? LinkedIn. Why? Well it suites me and what I am trying to accomplish.

I am also on Facebook and MySpace, but as a business man in the field of mainly commercial real estate, I don’t want to nudge you or send you beers and hugs.

feedthechildren-logoI do a lot of work in the humanitarian field. I work with http://www.FEED333.org as they help feed thousands of families in the U.S during the holiday season. I am the blessed and honored Los Angeles coordinator of Miracle on South Central and this last year we fed around 4000 families aroundsalvation-army-logo 40,000 meals in cooperation with the Salvation Army, Feed the Children, The NBA Players Association, Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB) and others. I also started a e a group of over 1100 of us that feed, get water, education and micro loans to around 3000 families in Africa a month. These are very important to me and so I promote those on Facebook where I might just nudge you or send you a hug .

In order to get a better web presence I believe you should join many of the free sites because when you get googled and you have a website you want people to go to, or a product project or service to promote, it will show up all over the place and that is how the Internet works for the most part.

I do also believe as the founder of 6 of my own networking sites and as an officer of this site, that as you become good at networking and are looking at using the site to increase your business or monetize it in some way, that you need to look at a niche audience.

An Example: A CPA may elect to join a CPA Association. This is cool for keeping up with the industry, but if he is looking for clients that group would be no help at all. He would have to join say a business site where business owners come to find resources. Would the large groups like Facebook work fine for growing your business? Yes, and as mentioned you need presence their, but remember you have to wade through so much to find the people you need. While on a niche site, most of the people there may be exactly who you are looking for. There is a difference.

This is interesting

If you take the number of total sites out there then you can say Holy Cow… this is madness. I get a count of networking sites on Yahoo at over 3 Trillion!!! Although you may be into Naturapathic Healing and love bowling as well as play in a band on the weekends, if you are looking for a way to promote and grow your commercial real estate business, then you can negate music sites, Natural Healing Sites, Bowling sites and so on. Now search on commercial real estate networking sites at first on Yahoo I got a count of 139M of those and as I broke down my search pattern by using quotes (If you do not use quotes on Yahoo or Google searches you are taking much more time than you need searching. Find out how to use them….) I get my count down to 4M. If I start refining my search I can get this number down much further until I have a number I can comfortably go review to see if it meets my needs. So you see you need to know what your goal is. If you define what you are trying to accomplish then the daunting number of sites is not so daunting.

Another thing I notice is that though I have started over 6 networking sites you can never tell when one will take off by fulfilling a need for someone. I have groups that are over 3500 members and some that have no more than two. What did I do different? Nothing. I promoted and built them the same way. People are looking and you never know what for. If you build it they might come if they feel a need or an interest. I have seen some sites that make me scratch my head only to see huge memberships…. Huh… I don’t get it and am not running to join those sites, but it will prove the point that there is always room for one more.

By the way if you are looking for a great commercial real estate site check out mine at www.crepig.com

Kindest Regards,
JW Najarian

www.jwnajarian.com

Also visit

www.FEED333.org
www.CheckOutHUB.com
www.Giving4ALiving.net
www.repig.net

 

Is Social Networking Becoming Specialized?

Social Networks are everywhere and it seems like everyone is at least on one or six of them.  Where are we going with this?

Almost everyone it seems belongs to a social network like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Jaiku, Plaxo, Roov, Friendfeed, Nexopia, Bebo, Hi5, Friendster, Orkut, Pownce, Xing or Eacademy and they are becoming more and more popular every day.  I get so many request to join different ones that as soon as I see the requests I delete them.  You only have so much time in the day to go check all your various networks.  I like LinkedIn because as a businessman I don’t get bothered with pokes and hearts.  I get to meet and search on other businessmen that I may be able to work with.

Most of the networks that I have seen have different cultures like MySpace and Facebook that seem to be designed for families and friends wheras, Xing, Ecademy and LinkedIn are more business aligned.

How many people are using social networks worldwide?  I have no clue, but it is in the hundreds of millions and shows no signs slowing in the near future.  Facebook just blew MySpace out of the water with 161 million unique visitors worldwide in September, compared to 117 million for MySpace in September. 

There are many reasons people are on social networks.  Sometimes it is just to connect with friends.  Sometimes it is to make new friends.  Sometimes it is to meet with known business contacts, sometimes it is to meet new business contacts and sometimes it is to try to build very large networks of people in order to stroke your ego or to build a large database to market to.  Whether you are or are not on a large network you still do not like to be spammed or marketed for the most part. 

Recently with the advent of websites like Ning, everyone can now create their own social network.  It is daunting at best.  This sounds almost nuts, but I believe that with the advent of Ning that the new wave may be the niche network.  You will still have to go to the big boys if you are collecting names to build large lists, but in order to really be effedtual and get to work with like minded people you may find yourself going to or guilding a smaller specialized network.

On the smaller networks you are more assured of networking with like minded individuals that will be open to your projects, products and services.  Small networks tend to have, support and make their sites work best for the type of group they support or market to.

In order to test this theory and to better support the members of a group I started on LinkedIn, I have started a new social network that is dedicated and supports investors and professionals that work in and support the Commercial Real Estate Industry.

All the News on the site is dedicated to Commercial Real Estate or Global Finance.  The Forums allow members to offer their projects or services and allows Investors to use these services or search for professionals they may need.  The Groups are geared toward the Investor or Professional and so you don’t have to wade through thousands of unrelated sites.

The Ning network allows you to build a social network for your group or cause and allows enought customization for you to get most of what you need to do done.  This is a FREE service so for the small cost of your time you can build a network of great value.

I don’t know where this will all go.  Maybe the large networks can tie together to give everyone the ability to search for what we need from everyone on the big sites.  That would be exciting or maybe we will be like doctors specializing more and more.  Since social networking is still in it’s infancy, it will be fun to watch.

10 Reasons Why You Will Fail At Social Business Networking

Many of us have found that social networking can pay off very big.  Some of us run around signing up for everything without results.  Why do I think so many fail at taking advantage of this incredible opportunity? 

 

I have to define that I am a user of LinkedIn and have my own network at www.crepig.com, which is niched toward commercial real estate professionals and investors.  I am not talking about MySpace or other sites for making friends.  Thought I still believe that most of these reasons still could apply.

 

  1. You don’t upload your photo.  People like to see who you are.  Upload a professional or at least halfway decent picture of yourself.  Take the time to make sure it is not too dark or that you are too small to be recognized.  Also if you upload your business logo or a picture at least you have gone halfway, but you still get a better response from your own face…
  2. You don’t join any groups.  If you don’t like the groups offered start your own.  I have started several groups on LinkedIn and some have grown to Super Groups and others have done nothing.  Why?  I find that I never know what the public wants.  Put yourself out and find out.  Join a group that means something to you.  Woody Allen famously said that “80 percent of success is showing up.”
  3. You don’t participate in the group you belong to.  If 80% is showing up the other 20% is participation.  If you sit back and wait for people to come to you; you will wait a long time.
  4. You don’t place your promotion in a Forum or Blog.  If you don’t let people know what you offer what other reason might they have to connect or speak to you?
  5. You don’t fill out your profile completely.  If people are searching for your service and your profile doesn’t name your product, project or service than how will they find you?
  6. You don’t place your contact information in a non private area for people to see and be able to get ahold of you.  If you are afraid that you might get spammed then go to your email provider and make an alias address.  When I join a network I make an alias account.  eg. at LinkedIn I use linkedin@prigen.net.  This allows me to see where I am getting emails and spam from.  I can then change the email whenever I wish without my friends loosing my main address.  I can’t tell you how many times I read something I got excited about only to find that the writer did not leave any contact info… Argh! 
  7. You don’t allow emails from forums or mail to you to get to you.  If you join a site and then don’t allow the site to keep you abreast of what is up then how will you stay in the loop.  Sometimes you just want to get your name or business out there and don’t want to be bothered by updates.  OK, but at least allow the site to contact you.
  8. You never update your profile.  If you are not getting feedback or contacts from your current profile or Forum post you need to update it.  Every copy writer that is worth their salt knows that you need to change up constantly to find out what copy works best.  If you are getting a lot of play from your promotion then you don’t have to change till demand goes down, but feel free to play.
  9. You have something to say or promote and you don’t set up any teleseminars.  You can get a conference line from FREE Conference call for FREE.  Duh….  Get a number and promote your teleseminar or Webinar in the Events Section.
  10. If you are doing all the above and still not getting any play you might have to re-evaluate what you offer.  Successful businesses make money in direct respect to the value they offer.  What value are you offering.  If you offer no or little value then you will make no or little money.

 

In conclusion I would ask that if you want success you need to make your own Luck, get off your butt and do something.  Don’t wait for the phone to ring… Make it ring.  Get involved.  Get to know people.  Call people that you consider prospects and ask them what they need.  Don’t vomit all your information all over them and especially don’t be pushy.  What a big turn-off.  Listen, get to know another person and be of service.   

JW Najarian 11/21/08
www.jwnajarian.com
www.crepig.com 

CREPIG

C R E P I G
Commercial Real Estate Professional Investors Group

This stands for the Commercial Real Estate Professional Investors Group.  It was started on LinkedIn and has grown to over 2100 users since March.   Here is the link to Join:  www.linkedin.com/e/gis/79765

CREPIG was set up to allow commercial real estate professional investors, lendors, consultants, developers, financial institutions and others network together in order to give or find funding and expertise to close and complete deals.  CREPIG is interested in the funding of Socially Responsible, Concious and Green projects and is especially interested in the sustainabilty of social business entities.

My group was growing very fast and although LinkedIn was adding news and Discussions to the groups it wasn’t enough.  I needed to get everyone to a place where they could serve and get served.  A place where you could blog, have discussions, tie groups together, do more with your own page and much more.  I love LinkedIn, but it is adding very slowly and most of the professionals I speak to want to get going.

Using Ning

I started a Ning site for the group and it is also growing very fast.  It’s a pretty amazing site.

Come Join the PIG

The acronym of CREPIG has given me some grief, but I have decided to embrace it by calling the site The PIG.  Yes you too can join the PIG….  I have added RSS news, videos, pictures, forums and plenty of great groups.  If you are in finance, commercial real estate or any of a number of occupations and companies that deal with real estate and funding of projects big and small; you are allowed to promote your product, service or project in many different ways.

Come check out the new site at www.CREPIG.com.

We can’t sell it, so we’re giving it away.

Got a call from an old friend, George Tran.  He IM’d me to say hello and tell me about his newest venture.  He is giving his house away on the NET….  Wow.  I have known George to be very honest and forethright, but this seemed a bit whacky until I read his blog page.  This is actually a very cool idea.  Check it out and join the social network experiment.  Here is a press release I wrote and put out for him.

We can’t sell it, so we’re giving it away.

JW Najarian www.linkedin/in/jwnajarian
11/03/2008

Well known Internet marketer George Tran of “One Shopping Cart” fame.  Is doing a social network experimanet.

“As an internet marketer, I wanted to try a social network experiment to see if we can have some fun and give away our house to someone who is most worthy of it…and who would cherish the house.

What we want to do is to give away the house to someone who is worthy and, at the same time, see if we can help some non-profit organizations.  Our thought was this: we can ask people to pay $49.95 to register their interest in the house and write or film a story about why they deserve the house, then let the internet community decide who is most worthy.  The family that is voted most worthy by December 23rd, 2008 will receive the house from us as soon as the money clears from PayPal.

Here’s the idea.  We ask for a $49.95 registration fee.  If we receive $300,000, enough to cover our basic expenses so we can pay off the mortgage, any additional money will be divided equally between  Habitat for Humanity, Best Friends Animal Shelter and Citizens for Health.” – George Tran

I have know George for sometme and this is no joke.  Check it out for yourself.  Here is Georges Blog page to check out the deal.  http://freehouse.wordpress.com/we-cant-sell-it-so-were-giving-it-away/

Here is the registration site:  https://www.mcssl.com/SecureCart/Checkout.aspx?sctoken=06b3bc3c1ab94c8ca60eb04b1798c854&bhcp=1

Today I am working on putting together The Success Network Group on LinkedIn.  Come join. www.linkedin.com/e/gis/79765

Feed333.org

Feed333’s website went down today so I help by making a new one until they could re install the old one at Go Daddy.  I hadn’t worked on websites for awhile so it was quite fun.  I do however want to get out my Commercial Real Estate Newsletter so I will work diligently tomorrow to get it out.  You can see the site at www.prigen.net/feed333.  More importantly I am working on getting sponsors for the event in Los Angeles.  We have the Clippers and Amy Brenneman.  Larry Jones from Feed the Children will also be there.  Please contact me if you would like to help organize or volunteer.  Dec 13th at the Salvation Army location in Los Angeles.  Send me a message or call if you want more info.  Also we are looking for corporate sponsors and sponsors for our food trucks.  For $12,500 you will be providing $50,000 worth of food to the working poor of Los Angeles.  You will get your corporate or any name you choose on the truck and there will be a lot of news coverage.  Last year we were a top story.

Welcome

Welcome to my new and first blog.  As I am new to blogging I am sure I will screw this up pretty well to start, but hope that I can get good enough to offer great and interesting information.

I work in commercial finance.  I help find funding for various commercial projects.  From time to time I also help investors find other great opportunities.

I am looking for great deals for for my investor friends and also capital to help fund their projects.  I would like to talk to anyone that is interested in the same.

My main passion is working with Humanity Unites Brilliance www.CheckOutHUB.com which is a company that uses network marketing to help fund humanitarian causes around the world.

I have created a few groups on LinkedIn that I hope will help serve a diverse set of entreprenuers.   Check out U.S. Veteran (vets only), Humanity Unites Brilliance (members only), The Commercial Real Estate Professional Investors Network (All Investors or Finance Professionals are welcome), The Professional Success Networking Group (All are welcome).

I will be discussing each of these in further detail later, but for the meantime I would like to get to know and serve everyone better and am looking for others who feel the same way.