Sunday, December 17, 2006

Is it really all about you?

Is it really all about you?

I want to Thank Clay Page from EVERYTHING FOR SUCCESS for the ideas expressed below. Clay has managed to assemble a Community dedicated to Relationship Building, which leads to Client Building, yielding to Satisfactory Commerce.

... your success is in your hands...

... and not the product or service.

If you are really serious about making money using the Internet or a home based business, you'll embrace that your success has NOTHING to do with the products or service you're promoting.

Is it really all about you?

Your business is not based on the program or product you're associated with, so don't believe companies who boast their product or service is going to change the world and people will be rushing to get their hands on it, and somehow, that equates to YOUR SUCCESS!


People buy from people, personal interaction, an interest shared, and if you don't believe 99% of your success is all about people, and you're in the center, then I guarantee you are NOT enjoying the success you could.

Do you know the facts?
There are three critical steps to success, and each one must be visited in a sequence of time frames for things to happen. If you don't believe it and practice it, then you're in denial about making money on- or off-line, period.

As a member of EFS, those three critical steps and principles are shared with ALL members, free or subscriber, and there's no excuse for the lack of greater success when you embrace HOW success evolves, and, WHERE.

As the old saying goes ...

... a dash of salt is what really makes the dish.

The same holds true when you discover how powerful these three steps and principles really are, and then, and only then, you'll understand the reason why affiliate and MLM opportunities DO NOT want you to understand and practice these steps......

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Brad Pollina
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Friday, December 01, 2006

20 Possible Reasons Why Your Business Is Failing

When it rains it pours! I had my PC almost back to normal and ready to start making calls again when a freak ice storm hit the Saint Louis, MO area yesterday, knocking our power and heat out for the next 3-4+ days! While I'm at work, my wife and kids are at the local civic center for shelter and food. All we have is hot water as the stove is electric! I'm going to try to sleep at home tonight but with the temps dipping down to the single digits, I may have to go to the shelter after all! I just hope the pipes don't burst! So needless to say, I won't be making any cold calls for several days as all my info is on my PC and I have VOIP so no phone either.

Anyway, here is a guest article from one of my newsletter friends Randy Charach:

20 Possible Reasons Why Your Business Is Failing

By Randy Charach

1. You don't offer free original content.

2. You don't use a signature file on your e-mails.

3. You don't offer free software.

4. You don't have your own domain name.

5. You don't offer a free contest or sweepstakes.

6. You don't test and improve your ad copy.

7. You don't offer a free web site directory.

8. You don't give people any urgency to buy now.

9. You don't offer a free e-zine.

10. You don't attract the target audience that would buy your product or service.

11. You don't offer a free community.

12 You don't let people read your ad before they get your freebie.

13. You don't offer a free affiliate program.

14. You don't make your web site look professional.

15. You don't offer a free online service.

16. You don't give people as many ordering options as possible.

17. You don't offer free current information.

18. You don't let people know anything about your business.

19. You don't offer free samples of your product or service.

20. You don't make people feel safe and secure when they order.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sometimes a computer crash can be a GOOD thing!

Last Thursday my PC totally crashed. Fortunately, I was able to recover the data, but Windows, Office and all related software all had to be reloaded over the weekend and on Monday.

So why is that a good thing?

Because I am a PC-aholic! When my PC is working, I most of my free time working on it to the detriment of other things.

Since it was down, I was able to get other things done like:
  • Play games with my family (we played Boggle this weekend)
  • Play "king of the bed" with my 4 year old Ross and 8 year old Marissa
  • Read books
  • Watch movies together (We watched Over The Hedge this weekend)

POINT: Make sure that while you run your home-based business that you leave time for your family and for having fun!

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
Come learn how I am buying my life back.
(314) 485-4528
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

What are you greatful for?

So what are you greatful for this Thanksgiving season?

Here's a wonderful post from Michael Masterson as it appeared in a newsletter called Early To Rise:

1. Take one or several walks.

Find a safe, relatively quiet place to walk - preferably a place that is beautiful. Walk slowly. Breathe deeply. Clear your mind. Notice everything around you - the feel of the ground you are walking upon, the quality of the air you are breathing, the sights and sounds that surround you.

Recognize that one day - sooner than you want - your life will end. You will not be around to breathe the clean air, to feel the sun on your skin, and to see the things you find beautiful. You will not be around to hear your children's voices, to feel your lover's touch, to enjoy the thrill of learning something new or feeling passion.

Dwell on the fact that after you are gone, after your ego is extinguished, all those things that you love now will not exist for you any more. But they will exist for those who survive you.

Realize that, in the scope of the universe, you are a temporary bundle of self-absorbed energy that is infinitesimally temporary and virtually meaningless - except to yourself.

With all of that in mind, take full responsibility for your future happiness and success.

2. Make a list of all the people you should be thankful for.

Start with the obvious ones - your parents, your teachers, your mentors, your colleagues, and other people who have helped you. Then include the people who have helped you by letting you love them - your children, your siblings, your friends, your students, your proteges. And then list the people who have helped you by trying to hurt you - your professional and personal enemies.

When the list is done, make a commitment to send a quick, handwritten note to each one of those people, one person a day. Just tell them that you were thinking of them and you want to thank them for the specific gift they gave you. Make it short and sweet.

This exercise will benefit you immediately and continue to benefit you for a long time. The benefits will be both expected (you will renew good relationships) and unexpected (you will have a stronger, braver, and happier heart).

3. Make yourself a promise that you will spend a few moments every day counting your blessings.

One effective way of doing that is to list your current blessings - specific things you can be grateful about - in your daily journal. (I hope you are keeping a journal. If not, start one today. If you do, you will be grateful that you did.)

  • I got to eat a turkey sandwich.
  • I got to spend a half-hour with Number Three Son.
  • I learned something new about blogging ... and so on.

4. To repay the many blessings you have received, promise yourself that you will spend some time every day being kind to others.

Giving kindness is its own reward. But it is also a great way to pass along the good that you have enjoyed. You will have more success in keeping this promise if you give yourself the task of "doing something kind" as a part of your daily to-do list.

It may seem artificial at first, but don't worry about that. After 19 or 20 repetitions, acting kindly will become instinctive and automatic.

5. Spend half an hour resting.

As you rest, think about someone you know or someone you have recently read about who is less fortunate than you are. Imagine how it would be to have that person's problems. Be grateful that you don't and, at the same time, make a wish that he finds relief.

Then think about all the things you are grateful for - your home, your family, the wealth you enjoy (not the wealth you don't yet have), the good food you will be eating, the wine you will be sipping, the games you will be playing, the jokes you will be laughing at, etc. Be specific in your thinking. Don't think "food," think "turkey breast and mashed potatoes with gravy."

6. Say grace before eating - even if, like me, you are not religious.

I usually say something simple, like "Let us be thankful that we have the health that we have, the wealth that we have, and the work that we choose." But you may prefer something cooler, like this gem from Eubie Blake:

"Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind. Listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody."

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Don't Criticize, condemn or complain!

My wife had a copy of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People lying around on her desk for the longest time. I decided this weekend to pick it up and start reading it.

I found a wonderful extended quote on pages 16-17 that I thought I would publish here for comment:

Father Forgets by W. Livingston Larned

Listen, son: I am saying this as you lie asleep, one little paw crumpled under your cheek and the blond curls stickily wet on your damp forehead. I have stolen into your room alone. Just a few minutes ago, as I sat reading my paper in the library, a stifling wave of remorse swept over me. Guilty I came to your bedside.

There are things I was thinking, son: I had been cross to you. I scolded you as you were dressing for school because you gave your face merely a dab with a towel. I took you to task for not cleaning your shoes. I called out angrily when you threw some of your things on the floor.

At breakfast I found fault, too. You spilled things. You gulped down your food. You put your elbows on the table. You spread butter too thick on your bread. And as you started off to play and I made for my train, you turned a hand and called, "Goodbye daddy!" and I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!"
Then it began all over again in the late afternoon. As I came up the road I spied you, down on your knees, playing marbles. There were holes in your stockings. I humiliated you before your boyfriends by marching you ahead of me to the house. Stockings were expensive -- and if you had to buy them you would be more careful! Imagine that, son, from a father!

Do you remember, later, when I was reading in the library, how you came in timidly, with a sort of hurt look in your eyes? When I glanced up over my paper, impatient at the interruption, you hesitated at the door. "What is it you want?" I snapped.

You said nothing, but ran across in one tempestuous plunge, and threw your arms around my neck and kissed me, and your small arms tightened with affection that God had set blooming in your heart, and which even neglect could not wither. And then you were gone, pattering up the stairs.
Well, son, it was shortly afterwards that my paper slipped from my hands and a terrible sickening fear came over me. What has habit been doing to me? The habit of finding fault. and reprimanding -- this was my reward to you for being a boy. It was not that I did not love you; it was that I expected too much of youth. I was measuring you by the yardstick of my years.
And there was so much that was good and fine and true in you character. The little heart of you was big as the dawn itself over the wide hills. This was shown by your spontaneous impulse to rush in and kiss me good night. Nothing else matters tonight, son. I have come to your bedside in the darkness, and I have knelt there ashamed!
It is a feeble atonement; I know you would not understand these things if I told them to you during your waking hours. But tomorrow I will be a real daddy! I will chum with you, and suffer when you suffer and laugh when you laugh. I will bite my tongue when impatient words come. I will keep saying as if it were a ritual: "He is nothing but a boy - a little boy!"

I am afraid I have visualized you as a man. Yet as I see you now, son, crumpled and weary in your cot, I see that you are still a baby. Yesterday you were in your mother's arms, your head on her shoulder. I have asked too much. Too much.
"Instead of condemning people, let us try to understand them. Let's try to figure out why they do what they do. "

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
(314) 485-4528
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Of Casino Royale and Cars

This weekend I took some time off to work my other sideline business -- mystery shopping. Saturday I made $50 for 2 hours of work at the Argosy Casino in Alton, IL observing whether the 28 people I interacted with made eye contact, greeted me and gave me a parting comment.

And I made $10 plus reimbursement for 2 movie tickets, popcorn, soda and candy to observe the cleanliness and upselling ability of the staff at the local Wehrenberg Theatre.

We saw the new James Bond movie Casino Royale . But when we got out, it really made me stop and think back......

....As a child, I was always enamored with glitz, glamour, and most importantly the latest and greatest gadgetry money could buy. I used to dream that I worked as a lead scientist in a top secret laboratory that needed the highest clearance. I worked by myself as I couldn't have any helpers on what I worked on as it was so secret.

....time passed and the love of gadgets and technology has never departed from me. But my brain doesn't have the finite raw capability to memorize exact facts and figures that a mathemetician or scientist needs. So I went into computers.

I strove to be the very best ever since Junior High School when I was first introduced to the Apple II+ in 1982. I came in before school and stayed after school just to be with the machines! I used every program the Math teacher had and became quite proficient with it. And I had a great time, because the PC did my bidding exactly as I told it without complaining, whining, or any emotions whatsoever. I've never been much of a social butterfly, so the PC helped me become my own best friend.

In High School I became the President of the Lyons Township High School Computer Club. Back then we had those wonderful TRS-80 computers and air conditioning to boot! (Back then only the Library, computer lab, and Offices had A/C). But I could count the number of friends I had on less than 1 hand. I didn't even miss not going to the Jr. and Sr. Prom.

On I went to Eastern Illinois University to study what would become a B.A. degree in Psychology of all things because I had to pick a major if I wanted to graduate in 4 years, and I was doing best in my Pschology courses. I loved to read as well as study the Spanish language, so I minored in both Creative Writing and Spanish.

Little did I know that I would meet the love of my life, the ONLY woman I ever dated in my entire life and marry her just out of Graduation. She came from a small farming community in south central Illinois called Effingham. It was she and her family that slowly began to draw me out of my selfishness and introspection.

You see, while they were dirt poor and my family and upbringing upper middle class, they taught me one thing that money can NEVER buy -- unconditional love for people for just their being them!

You see, when I grew up, love was always conditional and expressed in varying degrees. My brother was a jock, so dad went to EVERY ONE of his Football games. But when I had the chance to sing the entire Messiah my Freshman year at EIU, Daddy couldn't come because "they don't travel that far in the winter -- it's too dangerous". They would pay for airplanes to fly me home, but hardly ever pick me up, or only when it was convenient.

My parents-in-law-to-be, on the other hand, ALWAYS helped out. They'd go out of their way to pick us up on campus and take us places. Simple things really, like picnics, walks in the park, and spur-of-the-moment road trips to the malls of Champaign-Urbana 45 miles away.

My wife-to-be and my parents-in-law taught me that the love of money only leaves a big, empty hole in your heart that even all the trappings James Bond had couldn't satsfy. They tought me how to love people unconditionally.

And tonight I watched the movie Cars with our two children Marissa (8) and Ross (4) in their bedroom along with my wife, it felt so good to have one child on each shoulder, snuggling down, going to sleep and to hear them say out of the blue several times during the evening "I love you daddy!"

So how does all this sappy stuff relate to Business and Mr. Joe Schroeder?

It's simple really.

This weekend and these movies help solidify the idea that PEOPLE MATTER! And as you make more and more money in this world, it is absolutely crucial that you don't forget where you came from and to help those in need!

In order to get, one truly does have to give and be generous.

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Friday, November 17, 2006

New template added tonight

I just updated to the new google version and changed the template. I also added some links on the right if you want to check them out.

So what do you think? Do you like the new template? If not, any suggestions?

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

I have a confession to make

Hello Everyone!

I have a confession to make.

Bernard Shaw once remarked "If you teach a man anything he will never learn"

We do inded learn by DOING. And that is my confession. I've been so caught up lately in the getting ready to get ready (making sure the back end stuff is in place and working like auto responders, post cards, stamps, etc.) and not really spending enough time DOING.

By DOING, I mean actually calling people and getting to know them! Remember with this system, the principle is FRIENDS FIRST! We are to get to know them and what they need before we even begin to "sell" anything.

Since the start I've been doing on average 5 calls per day. If I get a ring no answer or voicemail, I send them a postcard which leads them to opt into my lead capture page. This also triggers an email for me to send them my 16 page booklet. If I get them on the phone, I confirm the address and send them the booklet.

But I'm so nervous and scared on the phone sometimes I almost HOPE that they are not home so I don't have to talk to them! And that is definitely NOT the way to grow a business! So in the words of Dani Johnson, I need to just "get over it!" and smile and dial!

Better said than done, unfortunately.

Anyone have any good pointers?

Brad Pollina
Your Good News Merchant
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


This weekend we traveled some 500 miles round trip to be with my family as we witnessed the baptism of my brother's daughter Tessa Niccolette Pollina.

From left to right, back to front are:
My brother Matt Pollina
His girlfriend Carolyn Robinson
My mother Joyce Pollina (blocked)
My father Lee Pollina
Carolyn's daughters Peyton and Haley
Tessa being baptised
The Priest.

After experiencing the baptism and listening to Joe Schroeder's Inner Circle call tonight at 7:57 PM EST, I have several things I learned:

  • Relationships are key! They can give you access that the common laborer and lobyist can only dream of.
  • It's not always what you do, it is who you know.
  • Winners follow THROUGH vs. follow UP
  • Serve others. Put your ego aside!

So how are you doing with your relationship building?

Comments welcome.

Brad Pollina
Your "Good News Merchant"

(314) 485-4528
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Friday, November 10, 2006


I've decided to step out of my comfort zone and host a F.R.E.E. conference call for Send Out Cards.

You can see my post here

It will be held Saturday 11/18 at 2 PM CST

Call in # is 319 256 0500 pin 427792#

*PLEASE* RSVP at if you're coming!

see for more information.

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Consistency is the key

So what did you do today?

Each and every weekday I do the following:

1) Call 5 new leads from here
2) Send each contact an email letting them know a postcard is in the mail.
3) Actually mail my voicemails and ring no answers a postcard.
4) For those I reach live, I confirm the address and send my 16 page booklet available here
5) I then set a followup phone call for 1 week.

Once all that is done I then recall those I mailed last week, so on Mondays I call the postcards that went out Last Monday for example.

This may not sound like much, but two things I do are different:

1) I actually CALL those I email
2) I also send them a REAL post card.

Most people load up an autoresponder with 2,000+ purchased names and broadcast out, hoping for a 1-2% response rate to a page that sells them something directly.

WE are different!

We focus on getting to know the people we contact and giving them access to F.R.E.E. content along the way like MP3s, e-books and conference calls.

Remember it is much better to give first than to get.

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I came across this on one of my ezines and thought I'd share it.

(author unknown)

Within the United States of America lies a large industrial city that is the sight of one of the world's largest slave labor camps.

Located in and around the center of this city are community settlements where the slaves live.

Each morning the slaves move herd-like from their quarters into the slave labor camps.

Each one is at his or her station by 7:30 AM. Here they report to their master for the day's duties. And here they remain chained until 5:00 PM when they're released to go home.

The slaves have no choice as to how many hours they must labor. Sometimes they are required to work overtime until their master tells them they may leave and go home.

Each year the slaves are told when to take their vacations, for how long, and when they must return.

They have little choice as to how much money they earn as they are paid not what they are worth, but what the job is worth.

They are allowed very little time for lunch and coffee breaks during the labor hours.

The slaves will remain in their chains in great fear because the master can punish them with the "firing" or "layoff" whip.

It is said that even some of the older slaves who have been good and faithful have felt the sting of the whip.

Day by day, year-by-year, the slaves toil and grow older until the master decides it is time to release them to the retirement camps where they're forced to sit idle and wait for death.

It's a well-known fact that the old slaves who try to keep working are sometimes whipped with a "stop-their-pension"

I know these slave camps exist for I once was a slave.

But now I am a free man who lives among the slaves.

The reason I am free is because I am in business for myself as a Network Marketer.

Yes, I am truly free!

I arise in the morning called for by my schedule!

I decide my own hours!

I can even sleep in late while the slaves are at work!

I can vacation when, where, and for how long I please!

I'm free to take my coffee break and lunch when I decide!

And of course, I can decide my own paycheck because I am not a slave!

I can choose to work when and where I please and with whom I please!

I'm free to stay in the city for as long as I want, or to move on to greener pastures if I decide to!

I've seen many slaves sadly pack their belongings to leave their city in search of a new master, but it is always the same.

There is however, a ray of hope for the slave.

He or she can buy their own freedom.

The cost is not high, yet it seems high to those who do not have the courage to pay the price.

What is the price?

One must be willing to be their own master.


Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Monday, November 06, 2006

What did you do this weekend?

So what did you do this weekend?

Me? Well it was a busy weekend indeed.

On Saturday I took the kids to the Libary where we checked out a few books, videos and also stopped to see an Affrican dance presentation. My daughter Marissa actually won the raffle and received a shaker ball called a shakaray.

I then went to do a mystery shop at the Argosy Casino in Alton, IL. I got paid $50 to spend 2 hours there collecting the name, time, and whether or not the worker I encountered made eye contact with me, greeted me, and gave a parting comment (28 interactions). Not bad for 2 hours of work!

Lastly, my daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at our Church's Father/Daughter banquet! This was our 4th annual event, and every year it sells out!

On Sunday I spent the day with the family at Church.

My wife and I sing in the Church Choir at First Christian Church of Florissant and our kids are taught by the wonderful volunteer teachers. If you're ever in the Florissant, MO area and need a place to worship, come worship with us! We just opened up a brand new Worship Center that went from seating 400 people to over 1,200! It is absolutely AWESOME! Come check us out!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Are you on Ryze yet?

Are you on Ryze yet?

I am on several different communities on Ryze including MLM For Serious Networkers , Send Out Cards, Men Working from Home, and Heart of Parenting.

On Ryze you can meet all different types of people and learn quite a bit.

I just happened to post an idea on one of the boards and one lady ended up contacting me for more information! I called her yesterday (Sunday) and gave her a demonstration of Send Out Cards that evening. She liked it a lot but wants to see the quality of the card first. As I always do, I sent her a "thank you" card which should arrive mid week. We agreed to follow up next Sunday.

Cost to get this lead? Only my TIME.

How about you? Are YOU on Ryze?

Comments welcome.
Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Friday, November 03, 2006

My First Reply from the first batch of Blackman leads

I'm so excited!

Today I got my first reply from a lady based upon my bag-over-the-head postcard.

She's a mother of 3 (5,3,1) with a 4th on the way. She's a stay at home mom who has never done any work from home before. She has a PC but it is down right now and won't be repaired for about 3 weeks.

I told her to look at for some ideas of sites and went over Send Out Cards with her briefly.

I asked her how much the average card costs in her area, and informed her she could send real customized cards via the internet for about $1.00 each. She will look into that as well.

I then logged into my send out cards site and sent her a follow-up card.

We agreed to follow up again next Friday.

If anyone would like a demonstration account where you can send 2 cards with postage on me, just fill out the form at and I'll get right on it!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Recently I purchased 100 phone verified leads from Robert Blackman's MLM Mastermind for $100. He actually gives you 110 leads plus replaces any that have a bad email, address, or phone number at the end of the month.

Anyway, I loaded all 110 leads into the United States Post Office's postcard service here and it double checked the names and addresses for me, finding 3 duds. I had a double-sided postcard created for me, so I uploaded that, the leads, and it made 108 (1 to me!) postcards for a whopping $32.69 including postage ane everything! Is that amazing or what!

Thes take 24 to 48 hours to produce, so they should hit the mail by Saturday at the latest.

I'll keep you posted once people start to visit my website or call my 800# of 888-433-9799 TOLL FREE.

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Is looking out for #1 worth it?

Here is some more words of wisdom from Joe Schroeder's The Alpha Code:

The ALPHA STATE is about power, authority, winning the price and when you can which is always. ALWAYS bring everyone up with you along the way, because being on top sucks if getting there was about walking across other people's backs
Pretty potent, huh? How many times do you hear things like:
  • Watch out for #1
  • Climb the corporate ladder no matter who gets hurt
  • You deserve a break today
  • Whatever makes YOU happy
But oftentimes self-made people climb the corporate ladder to the executive level and beyond only to find that once they get there, it was very lonely; they had no one to share their successes with because they STEPPED ON or OVER everyone as they climbed that ladder, and found it ultimately lead to NOWHERE.

Remember, in order to TRULY receive, you must freely give!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

You don't have to get it just have to get going!

I'll admit it. I'm a perfectionist. And what's worse, I'm a quitter too. If I can't do it "right" the first time, then why even try? If I don't get instant gratification, I'm out of here.

I grew up in affluent Western Springs, Illinois (an all white, upper-middle class central West suburb of Chicago) where I had it drilled into me to NEVER get too excited or passionate about something that hasn't happened yet, because if it doesn't happen, then you will be disappointed. Just do your best and take what comes your way.

I've also been taught that the A#1 goal in life is to be "happy" no matter what that does to people around you.

I grew up hearing things such as these:

  • Wife giving you problems? Stay at work on purpose to avoid her or if she gets really bad, divorce her. Whaver makes you "happy"
  • Dating a girl that you can't commit to in marriage just yet? That's ok, just live with her, have her kid, so long as you're "happy"
  • Being overworked at the job but making over $100,000/year at the cost of never seeing your wife and kids? That's ok, so long as YOU are "happy"


We need to remember that in order to TRULY find fulfillment in life, we have to step out of our comfort zone and help others, putting them FIRST!

Then and only then can we find true contentment.

You don't have to get it just have to get going!

Great people became great because they do not fit in.

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Sell yourself!

I've been reading The Alpha Code by Joe Schroeder and came across this excellent quote on page 28:

In the business WE are in, at the end of the day, everyone is following you. Not whatever program you are pitching that month. At the end of the day, YOU are in the people business selling people BACK to everyone themselves. Not selling whatever else that you think you are selling.

Me? I sell leadership. I am a knowledge bank and as such, I sell tickets, literally, for people to sit and watch me as I teach OTHER people how to ATTRACT and lead others.

I have transcended all companies and ultimately it is me who people are joining, not whatever "program" I am using as a n excuse to incubate with everyone.

So what about you? Have you learned that it is NOT about what program-of-the-month you are pitching. SELL YOURSELF and it won't matter which MLM you are in!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.


Hello again everyone! Brad here.

I just wanted to announce that my new Spellbound page is finally LIVE as of today!

Please come check it out at either or
and then please add a comment about what you think!

Feel free to give me a call anytime!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Meet Joe Schroeder and the Quick Link System

As I was being trained on the Send Out Cards system, someone mentioned on our Yahoo! group the idea of social networking sites and suggested I sign up for a Ryze account. (see my Rize page at I joined Ryze in July and met several good friends there.

But one man who stands out is Chuck Bartok. He befriended me and took me under his wings. He also became my mentor and accountability partner. He showed the excellent Quick Link program a guy by the name of Joe Schroeder created (see and how by learning how to shower people with gifts, you can ultimately gain in the long run.

I joined the Quick Link sytem in October of 2006 and decided to make this blog a chronicle of my experience and successes and failures.

So over the next days and months, I will be blogging about everything that I do including the good, bad and ugly, so that others may learn and so that I have something for posterity for my two wonderful children years down the road!

Please feel free to leave me any comments on any of the posts. I reserve the right to remove or edit any that I find inappropriate or otherwise.

Thanks and welcome!

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

Send Out Cards

On July 9, 2006 I joined Send Out Cards under Jack Bastide.

I joined because I finally saw a system that made sense and had an attractive cost.

Jack showed me a system where you could send REAL post cards (**NOT** e-cards) over the Internet for about $1.00 each whose quality whas photographic!

I don't know about you, but I hated to go down to the dollar store or whevever, spend about 30 minutes to find a card that looks good and says what I want but doesn't cost $4-5 each, then drive over to the post office to mail the card and purchase stamps if I was out. Consequently, I didn't send many cards, and I was ALWAYS forgetting to send birthday, aniversary, and other types of cards to people.

Enter Send Out Cards. With Send Out Cards you put the names and addresses of people you send cards to ONE TIME, and if you fill out their Aniversary and Birthdate, it will even REMIND you when you log in when you have a birthday or aniversary coming up for someone! NEVER AGAIN will I forget my brothers Matt or Scott's birthday or aniversary! It is way too cool!

And when I found out that there is not only a wholesale account available but that I could actually make a referral bonus and get paid residually on those I referred, I jumped at the chance!

For a F.R.E.E. demonstration account which allows you to send 2 cards on me, see

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.

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Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.


This is Brad Pollina offering you greetings from lovely Saint Louis, Missouri, home of the Gateway Arch and the World Champion Saint Louis Cardinals!

My wife Lori and I enjoy suburban living in the North Eastern section of Saint Louis along with our two children Marissa (8) and Ross (4).

I got started in Network Marketing in 1993 when our landlord introduced my wife and I to an opportunity we couldn't pass up. We were attending Graduate school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Spring break was approaching, so we decided to hop a Greyhound bus and head for Idaho Falls, Idaho to tour the facility ourselves and see if this company was for real! And we've never looked back!

In 2006 I found a wonderful Social Network called Ryze where I met Chuck Bartok who has become not only an awesome friend, but also a wonderful mentor and accountability partner. He introduced me to an off-the-wall man by the name of Joe Schroeder who taught me a principle that I've seen before in the Bible but never fully understood until I met him -- you have to "give to get".

Through our effective use of the system, we will be enjoying our new home way ahead of schedule.

For immediate info call 888 209-2809 and listen to Joe on extensions 7 (Joe’s JUICE call) and 37 (QUICKLINK system)

Since then, Joe and his "Quick Link " system has taught me the importance of building RELATIONSHIPS and FRIENDSHIPS FIRST by showering people you meet with freebies and small, inexpensive items as you get to know them.

For many it's the right mentorship that makes all the difference.

Contact me for a marketing consultation and see how the Quick Link System and my training can help you succeed.

Brad "The Abundant One" Pollina
(314) 485-4528
Come learn how I now leverage my time and enjoy optimization.