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Swimming With Sharks: The Rules Of Feeding

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. – Harvey McKay

Empower Network Feeding FrenzyA Feeding Frenzy

During a webinar on Saturday night (11/19) with David Wood of The Empower Network, he again stated to all of us on the line that “the [merchant account] applications are getting approved overnight.”

So I took to the Facebook Group Page of Lawrence Tam’s 100% Commission Mastermind with this comment,

“What? What are you smokin’ David Wood? Who’s getting approved? I’ve waited 3 weeks for an approval and a call back from Clay King. B.S. you’ll get approved!”

Rule #1: If you’re going to challenge a shark, don’t become the bait

That one comment ignited a feeding frenzy!  There were a teeth load of comments about my venting about the Leader’s inability to provide what he had said he would:

Swim With The Sharks Without Getting Eaten Alive[sic]“To Provide an answer (either approval or dis-approval) of the merchant application that we submit within 24 hours.”

When I challenged the Leader to come through on his word, it only took a couple of minutes and a bunch of sharks were feeding on the bait, which happened to be ME!

Rule #2: Don’t attract the sharks if you don’t want to be eaten alive

           (being the bait sucks!)

Here’s what I observed about people who follow the Leader.  They’ll defend their fearless Leader because they are showing them “the way.”  In this case it’s the way to make money pretty darned fast too.

It’s their investment in that leader, otherwise known as $$ hard earned cash, that creates their loyalty.  If you don’t invest in the product, you’re not a loyal follower.  We all invested.  As a loyal follower I only wanted what was promised to me:

Get my merchant account application approved or dis-approved within 24 hours.

Communicate effectively and with integrity and let me know why my account applications – yes, that’s plural- are ‘just sitting there’ as one of the customer service representatives put it, ‘waiting for Clay King’ (a.k.a. David Wood’s “Go To Guy” at FDIS) to do something with it.

After having been eaten alive I decided to be a “sporty piece of bait” and retreat.Lawrence Tam's 100% Commission

Why?  Because my battle isn’t with the other sharks, they don’t have anything to do with why my account is or is not being approved.  It’s with David Wood and because this mastermind group is focused on finding answers – actually more giving them – I figured David Wood would look at my comment.

Hindsight is always 20/20:  Don’t assume (ass-u-me)!

This is Lawrence Tam’s Group, not David Wood’s Group.  I’d best be moving along now because I believe I’m attracting the wrong attention.

Rule #3: Bait is as bait does

When bait is on the hook it tries to fight the big fish, but the big fish will always win.  That’s why it’s called bait.

Big fish won’t listen to you if you have a problem, they’ll only listen to you when you have a solution to the problem.  Unfortunately, the solution in this particular instance was to shut up and get eaten alive.  Because I have no control over the people who decide when and if it’s ok to approve my merchant account.

Rule #4:  Disoriented Fish shouldn’t be swimming with sharksEmpower Network Commentary on Facebook

When posting in Facebook or anywhere else for that matter, there’s always one fish who’s just a bit disoriented and makes a comment as though they are solidifying their stance by taking a bite out of you; the bait.

The comments you’ll receive aren’t directed at you personally, because you’re bait remember; you’re just food.  They’re directed to the feeding frenzy, because once it starts, it’s hard to stop.

The fish who doesn’t read your comment in its’ entirety and doesn’t look at all angles before they start feeding – you know, like what’s the best angle to attack – will just lurch out and take a bite without first reading for ‘sense’.   This is the A.D.D. Fish who’s decided their comment is worth posting because everyone should know the correct A.D.D. response for all of the other A.D.D. fish they may have befriended in the feeding frenzy

This is typical and honestly has nothing to do with you personally it has all to do with the fish who doesn’t read.

On dry land it’s called A.D.D.  or Attention Deficit Disorder – a.k.a., not being able to focus.  I believe in the sea it’s called disorientation.  Based on my limited, but thorough fishing experience, those fish usually get caught and eaten.

Rule #5: Shark Integrity -  A promise is a promise

David WoodDavid Wood continues to make a promise that I’ve found not to be true, in my particular case.

Yes, some of us will slip through the cracks and some of us will have a bit of a struggle.

This is a new feeding ground and it’s been picked over for almost a month now and there’s more sharks coming in to feed every day – to the tune of about 500.

That’s a lot of chum for all the sharks out there.

On a Side**Note:  There’s more chum my friends.  It’s just the beginning of the feeding frenzy.  Relax.  You have time to get in to The EmpowerNetwork.  And, for all of you reading this post thinking “wow, what does she have in her craw? I don’t, this is an incredible opportunity and there’s a way around this whole merchant account thing.

I’m still awaiting a response from this guy Clay King or his boss Stephen Hoffmeister, whom I’ve contacted multiple times.

Upon reading on David Wood’s Empower Network site that [merchant account] applications were being processed and approved basically the same day, I figured he  was telling the truth.  Everyone else was getting approved; why would my account application be any different.

David Wood, a master sales person with 90% conversion rates will not lie to you, his reputation is on the line.  So, when I read, [sic] “we can get you approved within 24 hours and you’ll have your merchant account up and running and ready to do business with the  EN” I honored his word as truth and trusted his knowledge.

3 weeks later I wait for a merchant account.  Not hearing approval or disapproval.  Just knowing every time I have called customer service I am told [sic] “…the application is still sitting in the que waiting to be processed.”

I may be making a big deal out of nothing, seeing that we are now able to use PayPal as a ‘merchant’ account until FDIS get’s their sh*t together.  So, is this post really worth it?  Yeah, I wanted to vent and I figure at some point David Wood will see this and read it for ‘sense’.  Albeit, I can’t ass-ume anything.

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Merchant Problems with Empower Network

Where’s My Merchant Account?

david woodI’ve had so many people ask me what the heck is going on with the merchant accounts in Europe and Canada?

Well, here’s the scoop – I’ve made a short video to give you a better indication of WHY you can’t get your merchant account.

What’s Up With Empower Networker?

Yes, EN has a lot to do with it.  But, more, the country in which you live, the rules about home based business, merchant accounts and how sole proprietors are treated in relation to setting up merchant accounts vs. having a business account are the main reasons why you can’t seem to get a merchant account with EN.

Remember, EN isn’t approving these accounts.  FDIS is the merchant provider and as it stands, we (as a community) have had to deal with a guy named Clay King and his boss Stephen Hoffmeister who have basically dropped the ball when it comes to processing merchant accounts online.

FDIS & Merchant Accounts

empower networkHere’s the good news:  ANY MERCHANT ACCOUNT SET UP WITH FDIS CAN BE USED WITH EN.

BIG NEWS HERE!!  If you haven’t put in an application, I would say don’t click on the link David Wood has given to you in his information guide.

An Answer To Your Problem

** Instead go to Joe Sestito and let him know Nicole Jolie and Vicki Berry referred you.  He’ll process your application quickly and he’ll let you know if there are or will be any problems with approval.  Yes, he’ll actually call you and email you back.  He’s polite, professional and ever so speedy when it comes to getting back to you.  Joe’s information is here:

Joe Sestito
First Data Sales
508-226-1333 Office
508-455-2685 Fax
877-274-7915 Customer Support

Here’s a Perk!

For those of you who are with Vicki Berry and Nicole Jolie’s Team we are able to process applications directly for you.

empower networkPing us an email and let us know you want us to process your application for you and we’ll do it!!  Yeah, it’s good to be a part of our Team!

As an aside, here’s a new post by David and Dave that will help those of you outside of the US and in Canada at least process accounts and get your customer base movin’ and shakin’ in the right direction.

The Best Way To Get In On The Ground Floor

This is an excellent opportunity (e.g., The EmpowerNetwork) STILL even if you’ve had some hiccups along the way.  Nothing is perfect in the beginning.

empower networkHaven’t you always wanted “in” on the ground floor of something so amazing and new?  (like Apple for example?)

Here’s the gig, it’s not always perfect on the ground floor.  There’s a lot of shifting of soil and the concrete hasn’t been laid yet.

What Will David Wood Sacrifice?  Nada

David Wood isn’t going to sacrifice his reputation and his millions of dollars by making a big mistake with his followers – he’s also not going to give up the luxury of purchasing jewelry for his wife or taking her to Fiji on a whim.

He’s doing the best he can on creating a better community that we can all make money with and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Enjoy this video here, I hope this answers some questions.

Let me know what you think by commenting on my Facebook Fan Page Here

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Project Mayhem Is Freakin’ Nuts!

Project Mayhem:

An apropos name for a freakin’ radically insane week in network marketing

Lawrence Tam made $30,000+ this week – yes, in one week – from the Empowered Network alone.  That’s not including what he made off those people who joined him in MLSP ( or his primary company which would only add to that number.

I would have liked to have made 1% of that amount this week to cover a portion of the costs of what I spend every month to keep my business running.  Attrition in network marketing is commonplace based on the cash flow or lack thereof.  We get into network marketing because we think we’re going to make millions just like our 10th generation removed upline up on stage in their Armani suits and Jimmy Choo shoes.

But, alas, we don’t.

How does one guy make $30,000 in one week in his part-time interest while working a full-time j.o.b.?

Project Mayhem Keeps One Average Dude In The Money

Lawrence Tam started in this business at about the same time I did…what’s the difference?  He had a bit more $$ to market his primary business because he was working a full-time j.o.b.  Ok, but that’s not all though,

How did he do it? And why I’m not making $30k a week right now…

He worked the social media better than I did.  You see, one of the most necessary marketing venues is Facebook and LT worked it well.  Not only that, he knew the basics of networking based on taking some really awesome courses in the beginning of his career.  He also took a big gamble on a guy who no one knew in the business, but LT figured out how to pick the diamond from the rough (e.g., David Wood) and he started listening to what David had to say early on.  These are a few of the things LT did to make it work for his really fat bank account!

So What Can You Do? To Make Money N!O!W!

Join the Empower Network. 

Just take a look at the Alexa Ranking in the past month for this site.  You have not seen this happen in this industry (the rise of a platform in the network marketing industry on the Alexa rankings with so much clout) and it’s only going to become even more solid and there will be more and more people joining this network as they realize how it’s going to help them to create more money in their primary business because of what they have to offer their niche market.  EmpowerNetwork


Just so you understand what’s going on here.  This site is in the top 1,000 sites of the Alexa rankings.  That’s pretty darn amazing.  Is your site in the top 1,000?  If not, you’d better be getting on EmpowerNetwork and start your backlinks.  Just want to go to the sign up page?  You can sign up for as little as $25.00.  What’ve you got to lose?

This will only give your site a better ranking in the search engines.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about join my Team and you’ll find out all kinds of valuable ways to get ranked organically and what to do to get the over 2billion eyeballs on the internet to see you.

Do you want to sell your product or do you want to sit back and let your competition get your sales?


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