UPDATE!! – Was provided some very confidential information on things early this afternoon. Mums the word on just what it is – but if everything comes together as expected, this would be hands down, with out a doubt – OUTSTANDING.
I have no idea how you anticipate really good news – and I truly don’t care if you simply cross your fingers (and toes) or get down on you knees and Pray for God’s Will to be done. Whatever you do – you need to be doing it for YTB over the next few days. All you need to focus on and ask for is that what’s in the works right now comes together as planned.
More info to come – and we think later this week…stay tuned!!
We’ve been swimming along in YTB without much turmoil for quite some time. In fact, the news for nearly a year now has been pretty good. Come to think of it, aside from the devastating loss, and tragic passing of Kim Sorensen back in February – I personally can’t remember the last bad news we had to endure.
Last summer, we went back to the future – and our original name YTB with a new commitment and focus on our core product and service.
Ahhh, yes – “Travel”. Even with the loss of Kim, our core – our passion – our reason for being in this business in the first place was already secured with the partnership with First Travel Alliance.
While all this “good news” has been great – I look around – I see and hear what went on this past week, and realize that all this good news has made us soft.
A press release came out of the Home Office this week announcing a new Restructuring Program that included job cuts and a reduction in pay for key executives in an effort to strengthen the companies overall profitability. Instead of rehashing the announcement here, I’ll let you read it on your own. It’s fairly straight forward and to the point.
What I also noticed however, was how some of you decided to read other takes from social networks, news publications, and even blogs with considerable spin on the company announcement. My phone lit up and my e-mail was flooded with questions about what’s going on. From what I gather, very few read what the company actually had to say about this restructuring.
Also released this week on YTBPulse was an article from Coach surrounding his days as a minister and a story I’ve heard directly from him during my years with YTB, I haven’t talked to Coach about this, so I have no idea if this article was was planned or not as a lesson on how to handle what others are saying about this new restructuring program. Based on my experience with this company however, it’s no coincidence either way that these two articles are tied together in the same week.
When I read the Press Release from the company I knew that sharks would be swimming to speculate on YTB’s impending doom. Folks who have absolutely no clue about our model, our Founders or our people. It’s amazing how after all these years and all this time, some still can’t grasp or comprehend something as simple as Network Marketing. It ain’t rocket science – nor is it all that new.
Few simply can’t get past their own insecurity or misconceptions.
I’ve read and heard it all before. It’s nothing new. And while some are still attempting to tell anyone who will listen that this model isn’t sustainable or viable – I’m still here with a website that pays me for what I produce. (And so are you.)
I mean come on?! All this speculation – all this doom and gloom from these clowns has been going on since day one when I got involved in 2005. In 2007 when Royal Caribbean pulled the plug that was supposed to be it. Then is was Jerry Brown in 2008 who was going to shut us down. By the time Lisa Madigan got in the game in 2009 – that flavor of Kool Aid was so passé, very few had the desire to drink it.
Here we are in 2012 and it’s the same old nonsense from critics who see an opportunity or a last ditch effort to justify what they believe – stuck in their delusional fantasy that YTB just doesn’t work. Thing is – if that were true, we wouldn’t have a company or a program to promote today now would we?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been far too busy this week to read any of the various takes on this subject. (The Press Release was really all I read.) If I cared enough about what others had to say, I could have taken the time.
For me, it’s like the boy who cried wolf. You just know that little boy is blowin’ nothin’ but smoke up everyone’s “you know what”. There comes a time when you have to step back and realize they just don’t have a clue.
I’ve worked too hard – I’ve learned too much – and I’ve experienced enough not only in YTB but other business ventures to know who’s giving me the straight skinny and who’s absolutely full of themselves and their speculation.
And like Coach stated this week in his article, because my mind isn’t a garbage can, I simply choose not to even open the negative speculation about what could happen.
Instead, I choose to take our Board of Directors at their word. While it hurts, because you never want to see anyone lose their job – sometimes in business you have to make those tough choices in order to get through this difficult economy that just can’t seem to get on the right track.
There is hope however. You know as well as I do – you have an opportunity to create your own economy with your own business. While the majority of the country continues to struggle out of this recession – YOU have the power to make your own economy.
True, we’re bustin’ our tails right now – but that’s by choice. Opportunity is still there. Growth is still there. Success is still there. It’s entirely up to you to pick it up and run with it. Nobody is going to do that for you.
You need to focus on what “is” instead of what “isn’t”. Make up your mind to erase the negativity from your life. Eliminate what doesn’t feed or nourish you. That could include the media and the news, your social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and it could even include your own family who try to bully you into a different set of beliefs and values.
You don’t have to condemn them, you just avoid them for right now.
Granted, I’ve played the game too – and it made me miserable. It’s all too easy, and we all know misery loves company. What I continue to understand and see that if you eliminate all that’s negative in your life – no matter what it is or how much you’re attached to it – you soon realize how life begins to brighten and move in a direction more to your liking.
It’s much like the political landscape right now. Like free contraception, gay marriage, or what someone did back in high school and yes, even these job losses at the Home Office – they’re nothing but distractions to take our eye off the ball. The issue here is the economy and our profitability as a company and a country. Until we all (or enough of us anyway) focus on and tackle the real issues here we’re all going to fall deeper into this hole that sucks the life out of all of us.
What this company and our Country needs right now are Leaders who will make the tough choices, do the right things, tackle the tough issues, and eliminate the negativity from the playing field.
The best way to help in doing that is by doing it yourself.
There’s no way of telling right now if it will save the Country or turn the YTB Company to profitability – but I will tell you this:
No matter what happens, THIS family is safe and secure with the opportunities and businesses we’re running to drive our own economy – and we’ll be just fine.
That my friend is real freedom and real security.
It’s not always easy – it’s not always possible – but the more negativity you can eliminate from your life the more you realize how good and plentiful the opportunities in your life really are. Ultimately, the road leads you to true freedom and happiness.
Honestly, this news for us this week was nothing more than a blip. I’m actually surprised that after all this time it isn’t for more of the people who’ve been calling and e-mailing me this week. Isn’t it time for you to take the negativity and ciaos critics create about our company and place THAT in the garbage can?
By this late stage in the game, it really is the only alternative if you truly want to succeed.
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