Between Enthusiasm and Money – Interview With the Author of Sideways – Rex Pickett

In a time when Kirstie Alley is on the cover of People Magazine for gaining eighty seven pounds, Elizabeth Edwards rules the airwaves with a book that promises to dish dirt on her husbands affair and possible love child – do we care about the novelist who puts it all on the line?

We better. It’s our only chance for great stories. Novelists starve, they endure, they barely make it for years. You are always presented with a choice. Keep doing this wrenching wonderful thing or take the easier road like so many before and get a regular job. It is the writers plight to hang by a thread, a nanosecond away from oblivion as you send out your hundredth query, write that final chapter, begin that new story. We hear of the starving artist. For many this is true. The difference is in that moment when you think you can go no further, when truly oblivion seems a better way and nothing good will come of your labor–the difference is the writer who then takes it all and puts it on the line for one last shot and then puts themselves into the writing. That moment when there is nothing left to lose–that is when the possibility of something great quivers on the horizon. Rex Pickett, the author of the novel and movie, Sideways, hit that moment.

“I thought this was it. I’m going to cash it in,” he said on the phone, speaking in a quick staccato voice. “There I was. Rejection letters plastered all over the apartment, divorced, broke, my mother in the hospital, my agent had just died of AIDS, I was in a rent controlled apartment and I still couldn’t pay the rent…a few produced movie shorts, rejected screenplays, novels…but nothing had worked….that’s when I sat down to write Sideways…and it literally saved my life.”

What happened then was a nine week writing marathon that left him exhausted but thrilled.

“I started with this place I went for wine tasting called The Bull Pen…I wanted to write this short story…so while I was writing it this epiphany struck me and I got out of my chair and came up with the idea of Jack and Miles heading up to the wine country for a last hurrah…that was it, I knew I had the book.”

Rex finished the book and after quick rewrites sent it off to an agent at Curtis Brown who loved it, brought over a bottle of wine, and said it read like a film and devised a plan to go after publishing and film simultaneously. The first salvo went down like the Titanic. Fifteen rejections poured in from New York.

“They hated it. Just hated it. Vitriolic. Said it wasn’t literary at all,” Pickett sighed.

So his agent pulled the book and Rex buckled down to rewrite the novel again. Another round of rejections came in and then his agent left the business and he was back to square one.

“Broke…no agent…no prospects…nothing….that’s when I really thought about driving off a cliff. I don’t want to be over dramatic…but I literally didn’t have any money, my mother had a stroke, divorced, and here I was a writer…this is who I am, and I can’t get anywhere.”

Five long dark months later another agent took over the book and went over to creative agency Endeavour. Brian Lipson who wades through material for Alexander Payne read it and after a month of signing with Endeavour, Pickett gets a message on his answering machine from a producer raving about the book, saying Alexander Payne has picked it for his next movie.

“But there’s an old saying in Hollywood, between enthusiasm and money, lies the Grand Canyon,” Rex says laughing. “I mean I met with Alexander and we hugged and all, but then he went and made About Schmidt and my project got shelved.”

Movie deal in hand, Pickett still could not find a publisher for his book. Publishing turned it down again and then the book just dropped from site as a project. The film was on hold for at least two years and Rex Pickett was still without a publisher for his novel. Then agent Dan Strone read an article that said Alexander Payne was making his next movie from an unpublished novel called Sideways.” Strone found it incredible that a successful director like Alexander Payne was making a movie from a book that nobody had picked up the rights too.” He got in contact with Pickett and finally sold the rights to St. Martins for a modest advance.

“I mean here I was….my movie was coming up for production and nobody would publish the book…it was really unbelievable…and yes, I still was waiting for Alexander to begin making the movie.”

Finally production began and Sideways the movie became a reality. The book no one wanted sold a hundred and fifty thousand copies and was translated into eleven languages. The movie Sideways became a hit and launched the careers of Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen. Rex Pickett found fame and some fortune.

“You know most writers toil and don’t make a lot of money. So when a film comes up you get caught up in all the hoopla…people calling you, emailing, offering money for this or that…” Rex pauses on the phone. “But really, at the bottom of it all, I am a storyteller. And the main character, Miles, is me. This guy whose novel has been rejected, divorced, looking for salvation in a bottle of wine. He is the guy behind that film. That guy trying to find himself.” Rex pauses again. “I wrote Sideways when the tank was empty and I was on fumes. I say this very seriously, if I could have afforded a gun I would have shot myself…my whole life was in tatters at that moment…but that’s when I sat down and wrote the book that changed everything.”

Rex Pickett still lives in a rent controlled apartment. He is still writing. This is a good thing.

How to Be a Six Figure Earner With Forever Living MLM Business

You may be here because you are looking at joining Forever Living. Or maybe you are here because you already are part of them and you are searching for strategy to build an income with forever home based business. Well, you’re have come to the appropriate page. In other to properly see if forever living is a great mlm company to join, we are going to examine the leadership of the company, the merchandise that they company is marketing and finally the training system which the company integrated for the distributors to reach their goals.

Forever living was started by Rex Maughan in 1974. As the name meant, he was seeking a business idea which will lead to better living and financial freedom. Several years later, this man has grew the company into 9.3 million distributors in over 140 countries world wide. The fact that he started from day 1 and he has the multi-level marketing experience himself is a huge plus. I mean, this company has been around for more than 30 years. We can easily both agree that the leadership of Forever Living is not a problem.

What we have around nowadays are new Multi level marketing companies which were started for just the profitability reasons. I realize we’re in business to make money. When owners without having multi-level marketing experience are confronted with decisions which may favor their distributors or increase their pocket size, most of the time, they’re just centered on their pocket size. That’s why number of these company usually are shut down after a while.

Another crucial aspect of Forever Living you have to consider before you decide to join up with them would be the marketability of their products. Forever Living markets products like Forever Nature’s 18, Aloe Vera Ge, Aloe Berry Nectar, Forever Aloe Bits n’ Peaches, Forever Lite Ultra, Forever Lite Ultra, Forever Lean, Forever Bee Pollen, Forever Aloe2Go, etc. As you probably know already, these are a healthier lifestyle products.

If you’re acquainted with any one of our reviews, you would realize that we aren’t a major fan of MLM companies that market consumable products. We are in a tough economy period. It is very crucial that the products that you market are necessities. Quite simply, if people lose their job, would they still purchase from you? Unfortunately, Forever Living products do not necessarily belong to this “necessity ” category.

How to make money with Forever Living?

To make money with Forever Living business opportunity, there are specific skills that you have to master and be great at. Should you master these skills, you’d probably be at the least a substantial earner in the MLM company.

You have to master the art of marketing. While i say Marketing, We are not referring to marketing Forever Living products. Should you focus your entire energy into selling the Forever living products, you will not make any substantial money inside your MLM business. Your job is not selling. You’re not a sales associate or sales rep. You need to learn to market yourself. Multi level marketing is known as a people’s business.

In other word, you’re the actual product that folks are buying. Your prospect must believe that you are a leader. They have to see you as someone that can lead them to financial freedom land. What all these mean is that you must have value that you are offering. The only technique you could have value to provide anyone is by regularly adding value to yourself. You add value to yourself by reading books, listening to audio tapes, attending seminars. There are many videos on YouTube. Work on yourself.

Another crucial skill that is equally as essential like first one is the ability to generate at least 30 leads per days. As my mentor explained, when you are regularly generating 20 leads each day, you’re a six figure earner. As a MLM professional (Not sales associate), our obligation is to speak to people on the phone and interact with them. That is called prospecting. The greater you are at this, the faster your business will grow.

Generating 30 leads per day has become super easy during this age. You will need a web-based lead generation system. You must leverage the world wide web. You can find billions of people searching the internet everyday looking for what you really are selling,. You are selling a dream. They are your targeted market.

The thing is that we endeavor to build multi billion dollar business with our family and friends. That is simply not feasible. Because they aren’t our targeted market. They love us and we love them. However, that does not always mean that we want or should want them in our business. If you’re lucky, you may sign few people up out of your friends and family. But the reality is usually that the momentum that you receive from that can not last. You should discover ways to constantly generate no less than 30 leads every day on the internet.

ForeverLiving Products – A Viable Business Opportunity? Or Much Ado About Nothing?

ForeverLiving was founded in 1978 by Rex Maughan and prior to starting ForeverLiving Rex was already a successful business man, being the vice president of a multi million dollar company in Pheonix Arizona. Then the relatively young industry of Network Marketing caught his Attention because of the ability to provide the opportunity for financial freedom for people regardless of educational background.

ForeverLiving is now the worlds largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera and aloe based products. ForeverLiving also produces the world’s largest supply of bee products, with their source in the pollution free Sonoran Desert, high up in Arizona.

Rex has ploughed back the profits of this amazing company into an expanding Resorts Division, including the famous ‘Southfork Ranch’ in Dallas. This means he is underpinning the financial strength of the company which enables established and NEW Distributors to build a business knowing that the company they are with has a sound financial background.

Here’s an interesting quote from Rex:

“One of the greatest sources of illness in the world today is an empty wallet. If you want to decrease the number of stomach problems or the ill effects of a depression, then give a person a chance to earn a living – this is a powerful remedy” Rex Maugham

ForeverLiving has grown into a market leader in its field. Not only in the Network Marketing industry but also in the Health, Nutrition and Wellness field. The company has 9.5 million distributors in 135 countries world wide and their 2008 turnover was $2.5 Billion Dollars, a Truly Global Company with a unique product range.

There are literally 100’s of Health and Wellness Network Marketing Companies in the Industry all claiming to have unique products, some of them based on natural ingredients, some of them even based on a persons DNA. However, what of all these manufactured products? Are they really good for You?

Forever Living’s main product is Aloe Vera not a manufactured product but one that comes straight from nature. Forever’s Aloe Gel, their first product, comes from Forever’s own plantations, in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

They grow all their own aloe so they can be sure it is cultivated in a toxin free environment. They are in complete control of the growing and bottling process adding only berries and fruit to stabilise (patented) the Gel. They are also in control of the distribution of the product making them completely vertically integrated, which means no other company is involved, so no one can hold them to ransom.

This means you can be sure they will still be supplying their distributors with product in 10, 20 or even 50 years time. Long term stability is an important word for Forever.

So why Aloe Vera when there are lots and lots of other supplements that promise better health and well being.

Well the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for thousands of years. Cleopatra used aloe, Alexander the Great conquered an island for it, and Gandhi took Aloe in his long fasts.

Christopher Columbus said “Four vegetables are indispensable for the well being of man. Wheat, the grape the olive and aloe. The first nourishes him, The second raises his spirit, The third brings him harmony and The fourth cures him”.

Known since the beginning of history as one of the most beneficial plants on earth Aloe Vera contains 75 known active ingredients. Also included are 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body and 7 of the 8 essential amino acid, the ones the body can not make itself, as well as vitamins and minerals. — It may be natures most Perfect Vegetable Juice.

So what has this got to do with building a Network Marketing Organisation? Well, quite a lot actually, having a unique product that is so natural, not manufactured, in a form that nature has provided gives a unique opportunity in this era of Network Marketing new start up companies.

31 years of Forever with products that give amazing benefits, a product with a full unconditional money back guarantee, well if the product did not provide consumers with benefits Forever Living would not have lasted 31 weeks let alone 31 years. Need I say more!

So what about the compensation plan? Is it still a way to create long term residual Income?

The forever Marketing Plan (compensation plan) is based on three principles:

1. Use and share Marketing – This is where you use the products yourself and share your experiences with others.

2. Compounding of effort – By giving you the opportunity to vastly increase your earnings by sponsoring others into the business.

3. Being in Business for yourself but not by yourself – Which gives you the support of others who are just as interested in your success as you are.

This Marketing Plan has stood the test of time and is a so called stair step breakaway plan which is easy to understand and simple in it’s implementation.

It offers multiple income opportunities such as retail profit, retail bonus, team leading bonus, leadership bonus, a Gem bonus, an earned incentive program and a profit sharing program.

All of these, with exception of the Gem Bonus, are available to established and new distributors almost immediately. I’ll pull no punches here, as with any business or venture, work is required to succeed however, the Forever Living Training Academy, the Team Trainings and local more Specialist Trainings are second to none.

That means that a new person joining Forever today can complete the basic training over a few days and then have an understanding of what they need to do to succeed.

It is free to join Forever, no fee is charged; the bonuses are based on the retail price of the products (not the wholesale price or even a percentage of the wholesale price). There are no pass ups meaning no one in your team can overtake you, and most importantly, you only need to hit the sales targets once for move up in the plan, you will not revert back, targets are achieved once and that’s it, you’re there for life or excuse the pun Forever.

So coming back to that initial question “Is Forever Living a Viable Business Opportunity or Much ado About Nothing”? I think you will agree Forever is still a viable business opportunity, now more than ever before as everything is in place. Most people have heard about Aloe, and when the benefits are explained properly, will give it a try. This is how successful, lucrative, long term home based business stories start.