Archive for December, 2014

The man on the wall

Of course some days it just doesn’t work. If you look at the statistics at the end you will see that I spoke to 83 people and didn’t get a single appointment.

Actually there were more than 83 but I lost one of the forms – well, not to put too fine a point on it, someone stole it. The thief seemed like an ideal prospect to begin with. He was friendly and chatty and answered all the questions but then everything started to go downhill.

“You’re not going to send me a lot of junk mail are you?”

– Why would you read it?


– That’s why there’s no point in sending it. Nobody reads junk mail. That’s why it’s called junk mail.

“Well you’ll bother me with phone calls then.

– If I rang you to tell you you’d won, would you be bothered?

“Well I don’t like it.”

– In that case I don’t think you would be suitable.

“Why wouldn’t I be suitable.”

– Well you sound like a skeptic to me – and we’re looking for open-minded people.”

“I am open-minded.”

– But you’re also skeptical.”

“Well yes, of course I am.”

– An open-minded skeptic, then?

“Well what’s wrong with that?”

It was at this point that he snatched the form out of my hand. I think it was a small price to pay for the chance of returning to the real world.

It had also taken up so much time that I could now return to my walk – and isn’t it interesting how things turn out…

We were walking back along the river (the dog and I) when I saw in the middle distance a man do something extraordinary. He had be standing on a back wall of a paved area with a bench. In front of him was the bench and then about two meters of empty space and then another low wall to stop children falling in the water while feeding the ducks. Suddenly this man leapt over the bench and landed with both feet on the other wall, steadied himself gracefully and then pirouetted and stepped down.

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would  not have believed it. How had he not fallen in the river? Surely the momentum of jumping three meters…

I was still marveling when we came level with him.

“Good morning,” he said brightly.

I told him I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I asked him to do it again. Without a second thought he did. It was part of his training, he told me.

Training? What sort of training.

– Par Cours.

You mean running up walls and jumping off buildings?

– That’s it.

This was much more interesting than talking to the professional skeptic. I asked him what he did the rest of the time. He said he wrote articles for his website. It was about personal development. He was also a personal trainer.

Here’s what I said next: “That’s fascinating because I’m always looking for people like you – self-motivated, entrepreneurial people. Tell me if there was a way for you to earn an extra income using the skills you’ve got but without it affecting what you do at present, would that be something you might like to take a look at?”

We’re meeting for a coffee on Thursday. Where it will lead, I cannot say.

But I feel quite sure of one thing, I would rather have a cup of coffee with the man on the wall than the other fellow.


Date Venue Minutes People Forms Appointment Callback
16/12/14 Car Park 31 83 4 0 0


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Over the years it has developed but the objective remains the same: To demonstrate how anyone can build a successful network marketing business in "the nooks and crannies of the day".
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John Passmore,
United Kingdom.

For 25 years I was a newspaper reporter - ending up as Chief Correspondent for the London Evening Standard. Then I gave it all up and, with my wife, set out to live the simple life on a small boat while writing a column for the Daily Telegraph. Five years and two children later we moved ashore - and five years and another two children after that I ran out of money. Nobody wanted to give me a job and I couldn't afford to start a conventional business. Then at a craft fair in our local community hall, somebody showed me network marketing. It was described as a home-based business that would provide anyone with a second income if they were prepared to work for it. I was sceptical. There were claims of high earnings and something called a "residual income". But what if it did work? And besides what alternative did I have? So I threw myself into it wholeheartedly (which is the only way to succeed at anything). I'm not saying it was easy or there were never moments of doubt but if you're prepared to learn and determined never to give up, then there is a statistical certainty that you will make money. I started in April 2005. I was broke and embarrassed. Today I have no money worries whatsoever.