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I just got back from China to help 20 people learn to Source and Launch Products like me and several of my very successful friends do. It is a trip I make 3 times a year and love every minute of it except for the plane trip.

It was a great event, with great sourcing, and almost everyone did extremely well. and since I had soloed the trip this time I was pretty happy most were taking to the style and tricks fairly well. I did notice a few reluctant people who were not doing well and sourced less than the rest in products, after shelling out over 5k for the trip it made me wonder about what type of person would do that. I spent extra one on one time with each of those people and learned a little about them and tried to help them with their challenges. Most we were able to help easily be identifying the source of the problem and addressing it. Normally this would take me just taking them without the rest of the group to source and showing them again how I put the products together and how by asking simple questions we could find dozens of opportunities in less than an hour.

One of my friends and a person on this trip did mention a recent study at a prominent California university he was involved with that dealt with people who travel. It noted people who travel and who try local foods tend to have a better experience overall. Those who stepped out of the mold, out of their comfort zone, and took action did better and were happier. We looked and tried to equate it to the people who came on this trip and noticed that some of the people did not want to try local foods mostly because they did not like change or were afraid. They were adamant about it and everyone else had a great time trying new things good or bad, and enjoying each other’s company.

One thing that stood out was the people who were afraid or adamant about trying the food from China were also the same people who did the worst sourcing. I even had one just about almost gave up until I stepped in spent special time with them and showed them I would help, and hopefully they are able to parlay that into a huge success in life and business. That people loosened up and seemed to do much better afterwards, all but one that is…..and maybe it was just a case of nerves or being afraid to fail? I do notice those things and spend time with the people who need me more than the ones who are self starters and can manage with less hand holding and more guidance.

Another interesting observation is that the people who would not try the local food also complained more, tried to monopolize my time away from everyone else, and had great gobs of information on how I could do better. Of course I politely listened as I want to know if I can improve, but at the same time how can I take seriously the one person who does nothing, has no business, talks more than listens, and is unwilling to help himself?

So this got me thinking? When I was younger I remember having great ideas and trying new things. I love adventure, new people, new experiences. My life has been one of constant change and I relish it as I easily get bored. So would this account for my so called success in business when others with better educations, fare far less than I have? Is it I have more to lose or less to lose? More to prove or less? I can really get introspective and tend to take some time each year around my annual 35th B-day party to do just that, but this case has me doing it a little early.

The way I see it, life is handed to all of us through the luck of the draw. We did not ask to be born to a rich or poor family, or to be brown, black, white, yellow, red, or any color. We did not choose to live in a western or eastern country, or be raised religious or not. We were dealt those cards and no matter what hand we’re dealt we make life happen to us, or for us, by the choices we make.

Jack Ma the founder of Alibaba had some great lessons about poor people. He thinks poor people are basically there because they think incorrectly and I find that to be true as people will not change thinking and habits easily. Once a loser always a loser unless you decide to be a winner. I know this from firsthand experience. If you would have met me in high school you would have seen a long haired shy kid and thought stoner or loser? I was born to a uneducated family and soon my mother and my brothers and I were without a dad and living in the projects in St Louis MO. North side, Shenandoah for those who know. Those circumstances have claimed many a “victim” those who allow their surroundings to dictate their allotment, their altitude, or where they end up in life. I on the other hand hated where I came from and would do ANYTHING to get out….anything. So those choices anyone poor in the projects gets from the wrong people soon came my way. But I had been exposed to people who owned their own businesses and they unlike everyone else were free, had money, had families, and seemed to be doing far better than those slinging dope, or working in a job.

Also I read the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill…which changed my attitude. And Attitude determines your altitude in life no matter where you come from. So for me I have a seriously hard time with excuses from anyone. Because if I can come from the streets, and make something of myself of course with the help of others who saw the dream in me anyone else can also.

But the gist of it is that today in any country, with any religion, education, color, or socioeconomic background, you are poor because of you!

If you have poor thinking, entitled attitude, you will NEVER get the goals you want because of you. It is not some religions fault, a political parties fault, your moms fault, or the fault of some past historical context, or your race, or sex. It is you.

Most people do not succeed because THEY choose NOT to, and if your right now trying to justify my words as inaccurate because of your situation (that was worse than or different than any others) read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hil and change your attitude so you can change your altitude.

See, I did not let my poverty stricken past keep me down. I did not let the lack of education stop me. I actually found more power in where I came from and used it as a reason NOT an excuse. So rather than join some movement of uselessness and complain about how the man is keeping you down, cuz of your race, income category, sexual preference, or whatever reason you have been using to make an excuse for being broke….turn that around and use that fire as the power to make yourself better, richer, smarter, and happier.

No matter what has happened in the past our future is our own, we make the choices that mold our present and future. I mean the guy who wrote DOS (early operating system used on PCs) decided he did not want to meet IBM and lost a bunch of money. Bill Gates decided to meet IBM and created Microsoft. One chose poorly and paid the other wisely and is super rich. That is the difference in thought between a loser and winner. You think therefore you are responsible for all of your own actions. Losers work for winners or beg for scraps at the masters table…..you choose. And not choosing is still a choice and you still reap the rewards or lack thereof.

Always keep your eyes to the future in a positive attitude and great things will happen. And do not ever be afraid to try the local food as it is proven your going to have a better time, and your going to do better overall if your willing to step out of your comfort zone.

Alan Basinger runs a 5 million dollar a year plus eCommerce business and launched a new 3PL company GDW Inc last year that helps people with all the logistics of launching and running a successful eCommerce business. Feel free to comment below.

Would you benefit from launching more products faster? Come to China with me and learn to source like a pro, but also mastermind with me every night and learn how to determine good products and launch them. gdwinc.com/china-super-sourcing/

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Alan Basinger

Alan Basinger

Alan Basinger is CEO of GDW Inc and a 15 year eCommerce veteran. As well as a serial entrepreneur, sought after mentor, coach, and speaker. Alan also is a serial giver and regularly gives his time to others to help them in his quest to help 1000 people get free by running their own profitable eCommerce businesses. You can contact him at support@gdwinc.com.
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