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business owner, entrepreneur

What are you grateful for in your life or in your business?

I sometimes get so jaded at my life while working in my business and loose sight of the big picture..

Especially for us who have been working in the same industry for years..

Sometimes we only have tunnel vision and focus on the basics and daily tasks but forget the vision. That’s why we have to constantly keep the end in mind while putting first things first.

“Are you working in your business or ON your business?”

The key to success I have learned is to be able to see the big picture and think long term about where your business/life will be and how it will look like in example 5 years. Having said that, we also need to keep the main thing, the main thing which is work on the basics one step and goal at a time.

“Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t drop the ball”.

Every morning in my journal I write down 10 things that I’m grateful for in my business. That builds on my confidence. When we are grateful about the journey so far, we have more confidence that the big picture is being realised by working the daily activities. I see the gratitude list as a bridge between the long term vision and what is the most important thing we need to do today to get there. I also journal my goals for the next 3-5 years and then I write down my top goal for the day.

Here are my first three picks from Sunday morning. I will be posting the rest during next week.

1. I’m grateful to our business for bringing me together with Anita thirteen years ago.

I remember almost delegating the presentation to someone else as I was hungover and tired after a big event the previous night. Luckily I went to the meeting and met Anita on the other side of the table and it was pretty much love at first sight. 

2. Thanks to our business we both also fell in love with personal development and have immersed in always developing ourselves. I think the main reason why we got back together after the break up seven years ago was because of the personal growth we had gone through and the will to go to therapy, find a few mentors (special thanks to Suvi Bowellan ), read the right books (especially “the five love languages” by Gary Chapman) and learned how to listen and communicate better so we could go through all the hurdles. We understood that if we didn’t untie these knots now, then the same shadows would face us in our future/next relationships. It was a really tough time, most of our friends and family thought that it was going to be game over but love won and somehow we made it.

It’s sometimes very painful and difficult to step out of the comfort zone. Most people are scared of change. I am too and I face fear and doubt every single day. However thanks to daily personal growth I have learned to act despite of it.

As the saying goes, “if you want to see some changes in your life, you’re going to have to make some changes in your life”.

I have also learned that success and happiness is not at the destination but it really is the journey. Back in the days I was chasing the dream and the shiny object at the end of the rainbow but never finding long lasting happiness when reaching my goals. Today, after years of struggle and working more on myself than on my business, I’m living the dream and really enjoying the process.

3. I’m grateful to our business for giving me a chance to be more with my family. It’s awesome to be more present with my boys and watch them grow. I’m also grateful that I can bring my children to some of our events that talk about personal growth, entrepreneurship and leadership through very inspiring, influencing and impacting stories. Seeds of greatness have been planted to their minds from early age.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more.

Happy Sunday evening and I wish you all the success for the new week!

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Seven years ago I was going bankrupt and getting divorced..

And I decided to use the last balance of my credit card and travel to Garda lake in Italy together with my friends Miikka and Antti for one week.

I had been an entrepreneur for 8 years and was totally burned out financially, emotionally and mentally. Before traveling to Garda lake, the direct sales company we had worked incredibly hard to build a decent business with was going bust after six years.

On top of that my investments backed with huge personal loans (don’t try that at home) were also backfiring and two of the companies I was a major shareholder in were going bankrupt.

Two weeks before we travelled to Italy I had started as a partner with a Swedish direct sales company called Zinzino. My hopes were not too high because I was totally burned out.

Also because I was so immersed in all the adversity related to my business, I had actually totally neglected our relationship with Anita for too long and had taken everything for granted. Somehow during the week I was able to turn my fears of bankruptcy and loosing an once amazing relationship with Anita into hunger. I decided to turn things around and I felt that zinzino came into our life for a reason.

When we got home I started to work with the business but getting started was tougher than I thought. I felt that I had burned too many bridges because of so much adversity and failure. I remember walking out from a few business presentations because I just couldn’t see how I could get to even break even with my finances.

I’m so thankful that my dear friend Manu kept believing in me and pushing me forward and thank you also to Ørjan for taking me under your wing and teaching me to play in a totally different league than before. 🙏

Despite of great mentors I quit more than anyone in my team but i also managed to fight back every time I was feeling down or filled with fear (which was several times a day in the beginning). And for once in my life I decided to focus one course until successful and persevere through the pain and fear. I also decided to not take things so serious, trust my intuition and take it step by step.
One customer at a time…

And here we are again in Verona, Italy after seven years, with my best friends (thank you Anu for organizing) who I have built an incredible business and travelled around the world together with, who are Godparents to our kids, best men at our wedding and best business partners one could ask for.

The last seven years have been the most challenging but at the same time the most rewarding in all possible ways. After five years of hard but rewarding work, my bankruptcy turned into freedom and our almost divorce turned back into love with two wonderful boys as strawberries on top of (and in) the cake.

We should all have a license to fail because we can only get to success through failure.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, it matters how many times you get up and keep moving forward”.

Thank you once more to Manu, Olli, Ørjan and Anita and to many others for believing in me when I didn’t see the light myself.

Thank you also to Zinzino and my team for being the greatest in the world. Let’s continue thriving and making history together.
This is just the beginning peeps! 🙏🚀garda1

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Back in business

After working quite intensely with my main business Zinzino for five years and after having our second son, Arman, we decided to move to south of Spain for a while to live a more laid back lifestyle. My Dad wasn’t around much when I was growing up so one of my goals was to have an opportunity to be home more with my kids especially when they are small. These are the best and at the same time the most challenging times I have experienced. Nothing teaches us more than our own children. It’s a true leadership challenge that never ends. I’m so grateful that I have had the chance to watch them grow and be there to play with them. Me and my wife, Anita, also had a chance to work more on our physical and mental well being and it has been a true blessing.

After chilling in Spain with la familia for two years it’s great to be back in the game of inspiring people to change and to follow their dreams. True happiness I have learned comes from growth and contribution. We love living in and working from the old town of Tallinn now. This city is so alive, and we love the medieval energy combined with a great startup and entrepreneur friendly environment!

This is one of the most powerful exercises I have done for getting the focus back on the most important thing!  Especially powerful after an incredibly warm holiday season. It’s called the blueprint to your soul. Thank you Vishen and Mindvalley for teaching me this. ❤

Here are the 3 Most Important Questions to unlock that blueprint. 

1. What kind of experiences do you want to have? 

2. How are you ready to grow to make those experiences happen?

3. How will you contribute?

Here are my top ones. Work in process.. 🙂 

EXPERIENCES

1. Travel around the world while Inspiring people to change and to follow their dreams.  

2. Having a healthy and lean body.

3. Being happy and having peace of mind. 

4. Having a healthy and happy family.

5. 3-6 month sabbatical every few years with family traveling around the world meeting our friends & having the time of our lives. Returning home to a business that has continued growing. 

6. Everlasting, ever growing wildly romantic relationship with Anita. ❤ 

7. Keynote Speaker at Mastermind Event and Go Pro Recruiting Mastery.

8. Giving a ted talk. 

GROWTH

1.  Have a super effective mind focused on doing the right things.

2. Be more present with myself and my family. 

3. Listen more to my intuition. 

4. Connect with my spirit. 

5. Mindvalley Academy and A-fest every year.

6. Daily meditation. 

7. Read 2 books on areas I want most growth on every month.

8. Become a world class speaker and mentor. 

9. Meeting with a mastermind group that are doing better than me consistently.

CONTRIBUTION

1. Inspiring people all over the world to change their lives and go for their dreams. 

2. Be able to help when needed.

3. Living my legacy.

4. Be the best role model and example to my children. 

5. 100.000 Active customers in balance in my Zinzino business.

6. “Be the change I want to see in the world”. 

What are your answers to the 3 most important questions? 

Here’s a link to the full training by Vishen Lakhiani: 3 Most Important Questions

Thank you for reading and I wish you an amazing day!

Networking Times – One more dream came true

Attract a Great Teacher, Then Become One Yourself 

In the early years of my network marketing career I gave incredible presentations that lasted at least two hours. I had an amazing closing rate of close to 50 percent. The only challenge was that my business was not duplicating because everyone wanted Magic Mikko to do the presentations. I couldn’t understand how others were killing it and going up in the recognition ranks while I was stuck at middle management levels, even though I was the best closer on my team.

Thanks to my upline and mentors I started to understand that in this business we need to be good at teaching and we don’t have to be the best sales guy out there to make it to the top. Actually, quite the contrary. Duplicating simple basic steps over and over again is the name of the game.

One of the biggest preconceptions in our business is that prospects think that sales people are the most successful. That’s just not true. Normally sales people are good in getting many customers and new distributors into the business, but they often lack skills in duplication. School teachers on the other hand learn how to sign up a few customers, but are very effective in teaching others how to do the same. This is of course the aim of the business.

Our business is very simple: all we need to do is learn how to make a few customers among people we care about and then teach a couple of distributors to do the same. And duplicate this over and over again until we have turned our dreams into reality. This would work even if we were dealing with robots. The challenge is that many times people make it complicated in their mind. This is also what makes our business fun and worth striving for.

The best way to become an effective, respected teacher is by practicing. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. What also helps immensely is to find a mentor who has already reached the level you want and has the results, versus someone who is just reading from the books but not necessarily practicing what he or she preaches. The good news is that if you work with an ethical company you will always find a mentor; sometimes you just have to look high enough.

Whether I’m giving a one-on-one coaching session to one of my team partners or giving a presentation to 2,000 people, the one who always learns to most from it is myself. The more you teach, the more you learn and develop. The more you coach and present, the more disciplined you become in practicing what you preach because the message embeds deeper and deeper into your subconscious mind.

As the teaching goes, we need to put 10,000 hours into anything we want to become professional at. This means that for us to build a huge business, not only do we need to put in our 10,000 hours of becoming a great teacher and mentor, but also we need to duplicate the same with our team.

If you want more milk, you need more cows. In other words we need to let the birds fly free from their nest. The best way for your team to learn and develop is by becoming more independent.

I have been a serial entrepreneur for over ten years and have been a shareholder in approximately 20 companies. I have witnessed ups and downs in companies in a variety of business sectors over the last few years. This period in my life has taught me a lot more than all the schools I ever went to.

What I love most about direct sales is that we get to practice all the best sides of owning a business without having to concentrate on the more unpleasant stuff, such as logistics and invoicing of goods, to name a few.

Most importantly in traditional business we are often left alone with our thoughts and problems. That can be very expensive. I would have saved millions during my career if I’d had a mentor helping me who had already made it to the top of the game in the same industry.

In direct sales, it’s important that our mentor not only talks the talk, but the best ones are also willing to walk the walk together with you all the way to the top or as high as you are willing to go. Conversely, when looking for new people to mentor, I’m scouting for five characteristics or habits in people:

  • You are hungry and ambitious.
  • You are proactive, take responsibility, and focus on your circle of influence.
  • You commit to working the plan continuously for a minimum of two years.
  • You attend all events I attend and do at least one hour of personal development every day.
  • You call me more often than I call you.

If you want to attract a great teacher or mentor, be proactive: raise your hand high in the sky and use your voice to make sure you are noticed.

Originally from Finland, MIKKO JARRAH is currently based in Estonia.

He has been a serial entrepreneur for over ten years and is now a top leader in his network marketing company. In just three years he has build an international network of over 10,000 active customers mostly in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and the U.S.

Link to the article:

http://www.networkingtimes.com/isolates/page.phtml?article_id=1942388&cid=0&testing=true

I am Ambassador in Zinzino

My biggest goal in my career as direct sales professional has finally been accomplished! I am so excited and grateful that it´s hard to explain.

Thanks so much to my upline and especially Manu Rekola, Olli Salminen, Jari Pohjonen, Toni Tillonen and Hilde & Ørjan Saele for helping me turn my dream into reality and believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself Thanks also so much to my powerful dream teams! You guys are truly awesome! Love you guys! Together to the top! Service to many leads to greatness! I will continue serving and helping you guys and so many others for the rest of my life. 

“WOW! We are so proud to congratulate our new Zinzino Ambassador Mikko Jarrah! He has been working with Zinzino since 2011 and with focus, persistence and high level Action he is a true example of a fabulous leader in our profession! Big congratulations to you Mikko and your team!” – Hilde Rismyhr Saele

“Congratulations Mikko Jarrah and how appropriate that you are featured in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of NetworkingTimes.com!! We are honored to show you as an example for our readers around the world!!” – Josephine Gross

What is Your relationship with money?

For many people, their ideas about money seem to be based more on emotions than knowledge. This has led to the situation where money is mostly used with emotion rather than sense.

“Pay in, pay out” is a familiar saying to many people, but what is more worrying is that many will accept this state of affairs until the end of their life. It doesn’t need to be like this. There seems to be a lot of mystery concerning money and the earning of money. Over the years I noticed that the things I learned could benefit many people. The starting point is that each of us earns money, uses it and needs it. Money is, therefore, very important in our lives; whether we like it or not.

But first ask yourself a few questions:

Why do you want money?

What do you need money for?

What is your relationship with money?

Do you attract money or do you repel it?

What do you think is the best way to get more money?

I have been a serial entrepreneur for over ten years and have been a shareholder in approximately 20 companies. I have witnessed ups and downs in companies in a variety of business sectors over the last few years. This period in my life has taught me a lot.

I grew up around money. I spent my childhood in an unusual environment in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I went to a private school and I had very affluent classmates. We spent summers in Europe and Scandinavia, but always when it got colder we returned to sunny Dubai.

After this rather carefree “MTV” lifestyle spent in Dubai, my mother, my sisters and I decided to move back to Europe, when our parents got divorced. This was depressing for me.

In my twenties I lost my motivation to study. I have never been very interested in how things work in theory and I was unable to find any practical courses about finance at my school. One day I received a magical call from an old friend and I ended up working with a company in the direct sales industry – an industry that is based purely on practical action and, most importantly for me, helping others. I began to study again, but a rather different kind of literature. Books that I had never seen in school. These books talked about personal growth, leadership, attitude, the creation of a new state of mind and so on. I also met a lot of people who taught me how money is made and how to invest it.

I underwent my own lessons in investing and learned how money is lost by investing in poor opportunities. As I went through these lessons I began to realize how important it is to try to automate your income and I learned to appreciate this skill.

Most people are “satisfied” with the income they receive from salaried work. Normal work means that people exchange their free time for money. So, in effect, you are rewarded 100% for what you yourself do. I was taught a different kind of thinking: what if you could earn one percent of the work of one hundred people? And what if each of these hundred people had ten, twenty or thirty customers and, on a monthly basis, you could also earn money when these customers use products and services? This is called automated income.

I have always wondered why people get used to their income level and accept it and somehow give up striving for anything more. I have always wanted to show people that there are also other possibilities and anyone at all can achieve wide-ranging success, if only they are ready to develop their own attitude. I want as many people as possible to understand that everything is possible.

To be continued…

This text is taken from my booklet called Plan B.

Thank You for reading.

Love and Respect.

Mikko Jarrah

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