IceBucketChallenge

What The Heck is the ALS Ice Challenge?

What the Heck is This Ice Challenge About?

On Friday 8/22/2014, I was nominated by my friend and business partner JC Hernandez to do the ALS Ice Challenge. Before I did, I wanted to know more about it. What it did for others and what was the point of icing myself? At first I thought all these folks were crazy… I mean come on, the body changing temperature that fast can cause a serious illness I thought. As you will read below, I took the challenge because I knew it was for a good cause. Giving back is what it’s about. Enjoy. And then I did it….

From Alsa.org:

Just what is ALS?

Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. When you have a lost loved one, it is best to visit wrongfuldeathcaselaw.com to learn more information.

What is ALS?

A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.   As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.

What Types of Nerves Make Your Body Work Properly?

(from Living with ALS, Manual 1: What’s It All About?) Nerves in ALSThe body has many kinds of nerves. There are those involved in the process of thinking, memory, and of detecting sensations (such as hot/cold, sharp/dull), and others for vision, hearing, and other bodily functions. The nerves that are affected when you have ALS are the motor neurons that provide voluntary movements andmuscle power. Examples of voluntary movements are your making the effort to reach for the phone or step off a curb; these actions are controlled by the muscles in the arms and legs. The heart and the digestive system are also made of muscle but a different kind, and their movements are not under voluntary control. When your heart beats or a meal is digested, it all happens automatically. Therefore, the heart and digestive system are not involved in ALS. Breathing also may seem to be involuntary. Remember, though, while you cannot stop your heart, you can hold your breath – so be aware that ALS may eventually have an impact on breathing. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of this disease. While there is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS, there is one FDA approved drug, riluzole, that modestly slows the progression of ALS as well as several other drugs in clinical trials that hold promise. Importantly, there are significant devices and therapies that can manage the symptoms of ALS that help people maintain as much independence as possible and prolong survival. It is important to remember that ALS is a quite variable disease; no two people will have the same journey or experiences.  There are medically documented cases of people in whom ALS ‘burns out,’ stops progressing or progresses at a very slow rate. No matter what your individual course or situation may be, The ALS Association and your medical team are here to help. To learn more about the personal stories of people who are living fully, click here. As one man put it, “I’ve made ALS part of my life, not my whole life.”

 

Make it a great day and thank you for sharing this post.

 

 

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Cesar Ramirez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cesar Ramirez

P.S. Other Folks that have accepted the challenge:


Other famous folks doing the challenge 🙂

Calling Network Marketing MLM Prospects

When it comes to generating leads, that’s something we can all say is a pretty streamline type of deal. Once you find your niche of capturing leads, you are rocking and rolling in what I like to call finding your passion in marketing. You see this beautiful industry called Network Marketing has allowed my wife and I to retire from a J.O.B in our early 30s. I am absolutely grateful that my sponsor in a network marketing company cared about me enough to get me involved.

It wasn’t too long ago that I can recall feeling low and losing it all. I wasn’t prepared for the worst. I don’t know if you have been here or not, but it plainly sucks. Facing foreclosure and bankruptcy.

Since we pretty much hit rock bottom at the end of 2011, there wasn’t anywhere else to go but up. I guess you can the fear of having to get a job scared the crap out of me. I really don’t like to be tied into somebody else’s business / dream.

My wife had reminded me that I had been playing with this internet marketing / network marketing stuff since 2007 and it was time for me to bring her home. She no longer believed in working for someone either. January of 2012 she gave me the message of “I’m not going back to work next year, so you better find something to replace my income.”

My mind spun with ideas and I remember committing to ONE company for the next several months. I applied the concept of picking up the phone and calling my network marketing MLM prospects. From the moment she went to work to the moment she came back, I was hitting the phones calling leads I had built since 2009. 2 years of leads and I was sure somebody would listen. From all the NOs I got, I continued to push forward. They didn’t stop me because it wasn’t a No forever, just a No right now.

Believe it or not I was over my fears because I had a Burning Desire. I believe that a person against their will is of the same opinion still. Meaning that no matter how bad you want to help people change the quality of their life, if they are not willing to change for their own dreams, you absolutely unequivocally cannot do it for them.

So here’s my ultimate advice, if you have absolutely no system in place to build leads, then you should start by reviewing this system that has allowed me to create an influx of leads. I have more leads than I can handle and that’s a great problem to have. You want to be in that position where you have a list, and the ultimate next step is to pick up the phone and connect with them to collect a decision.

When you collect a decision you’re seeking the perfect person to be your business partner. Not all personalities are meant to work together. Therefore, on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the ultimate lazy person and 10 being the Top Income earner recruiter, give yourself your number. If you don’t know what number you are, most people are a 5 or a 6. In that case, you want to go seek 7s and maybe 8s. The reason for this is because when you find 7s and 8s they will go find 9s and 10s. And your team will duplicate that way. Seek people of influence and seek that pain.

 

Save Your Leads That Say No

A person’s pain today may be totally different 6 months from now. Don’t delete your leads. Even if they opt-out you can save that list for future use. I like to save the unsubscribes in my dropbox so I can have access to the leads in the future.

 

What Do I Ask People On The Phone Cesar?

So one of best questions you can ask that new person on the phone is “Hey John, this is Cesar I just noticed you requested more information on my website regarding leads for your business, just curious on where you’re stuck so I can assist you.” I can guaranty you that their sponsor hasn’t asked them that question because in my 15 years in network marketing, my sponsor never did. I had to go seek it somewhere else.

 

What’s You Product?

Human connection is a trait that will never go out of fashion. Your product is people and once you learn to leave your EGO at the door, you will no longer be afraid of picking up the phone and connecting. Since your ego is your opinion of yourself, if you’re afraid of the phone, it’s because your self image is more important. Ouch. I know that may sting a little but I had to wake up to that reality. If your EGO is of greater concern than helping people you are absolutely going to struggle. My final question to you is, are you willing to change?

 

 

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Cesar Ramirez
Skype: cesar8ramirez
Email: cesar@cesarramirez.com

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Free Pay-Per-Click Training by Cesar Ramirez

Free Pay Per Click Training

 

Hello my friend, the intention of this webinar is to give you an insight to what’s possible with some PPC leveraging Microsoft Bing Ads.

Sorry for the black screen in the beginning but JAVA updates were kicking in. Video sharing starts at 8:22 mins in but the story is powerful between 00:00 – and 8:22 🙂

From what I learned from this test is that a 50cent click is not bad at all for “laser targeted keyword leads”. You should always build your own list of leads as mentioned in the webinar. This will allow you to market ANYTHING to them that has to do with the topic you are marketing. Does that make sense? You can build rapport with them and take them to the next step of purchasing something from you.

The key thing is to take action. Start small. It’s a game of numbers and it can be very predictable. With this particular test I ran 2 days at a budget of about $60 per day and received 300 clicks. .50cent average cost per click which to me isn’t too bad compared to what I would have paid on Facebook. It really comes down to being creative with your ideas. Be different because different is what sets you a part from the competition. You absolutely deserve to have very targeted leads. So with this webinar, my whole intention is to educate you on my progress. I hope you learn, share, and pay it forward.

 

Step 1: Open up a Clickbank.com account

Pick an item you are passionate about to

sell.

 

Step 2: Tracking software (Prettylink) or

Hypertracker.com to track Clicks

 

Step 3: Use Google Search Tool to

find “EXACT” keyword audience and choose

an audience that is medium to low competition. Nothing under 1000 searches should you add to your

campaign.

 

Step 4: Draw some traffic using the “EXACT”

keywords found on Google Search tool to your

creative ad.

Enjoy and share your feedback below.

 

Cesar

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