Friday, December 18, 2009

Inspire YOUr Business

I love sharing great business ideas that help elevate everyone in leadership. I just listened to a great webinar that was included in the free bundle form 180 Coaches, there were some simple easy to apply ideas that will help build your business simply...with a little bit of effort.

One of the great things that you will learn about is Joint Ventures (JV’s). I know firsthand how extremely successful this business strategy can be. In my Husband and my Electrical company, we have used the joint venture idea since the onset of our business. Some of the ways that it has worked for us is … we have bid for a job that was almost double our employee’s capacity…because we borrow employees from other like companies. This was so very successful because it allowed us to stretch our company without having more paperwork… the other employees remain employed by the other company, so they remained on the other companies benefits and payroll…we just wrote the company a check at the end of the job with a little commission to the second company. It was win/win for both companies because we were able to do the job and the second company was able to maintain good employees without having to lay anyone off. We have also had many other JV approach’s that I will share with you on another blog.

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Wishing YOU a life of learning.
Humbly Yours,

President of Stock Harmony

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Sovereign Man

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite people. Simon Black is a world traveler and international investor. He spends his days with boots on the ground checking out the fundamentals and more of global business opportunities. Every day he sends out his newsletter called the Notes from the Field. In his letter you will find priceless information from investing to travel tips and everything in between.

Before branching out on his own, Simon wrote a newsletter (Beyond Borders) for his good friend Doug Casey. Learning first hand from under the wing of the investing "Guru" himself, Simon was a quick study and became very successful and honed his skills in not only investing but also relationship building. His personality, experience and mystery have gained him access into many closed door meetings with some of the world's biggest players.
Meet Simon, in his own words:

"Simon Black has never been a conformist. Home schooled in
his early years by his European mother who spoke six languages and had an
accounting degree, Simon spent a significant portion of his formative
learning years sandwiched between romance languages and balance sheets. It
turns out that both would come in handy.

As far back as he could trace, his ancestors had been
staunchly independent- a pair of Italian bakers, an English explorer, a
Texas farmer, a small town real estate mogul, and a Chickasaw Indian hunter.
Self-reliance, freedom, and opportunism flowed through his veins, along with
a healthy distaste for convention.

By the time he reached high school, Simon was already
working the system to his favor, devising innovative schemes to put deals
together and make money... some of which occasionally landed him in the
custody of school administrators or the local police. As such, it was a
surprise to everyone when Simon successfully sought an appointment to the US
Military Academy at West Point. Everyone thought he would fail, and he was
determined to prove them wrong.

While at West Point, Simon excelled academically and
athletically, yet struggled with the regimentation of military life. And
though he never quite figured out how to shine his shoes properly, it was
during this time in his life that he harnessed his financial background and
began investing in the market.

Graduating near the top of his class, he opted for the
counter-culture lifestyle of an intelligence officer, and for the next
several years lived two lives-one of an entrepreneur and investor, the other
as an American intelligence officer in the Middle East and elsewhere.
During his military service and throughout multiple deployments, Simon
managed to start several businesses, including a real estate holding company
that exploited a little known government program that provided substantial,
guaranteed payments to landlords.

Happily enriched, idealistic, and patriotic, Simon
enthusiastically performed his duties with the honest opinion that he was
contributing to national defense... until the windup to the Iraq invasion.
He remembers vividly how US politicians made the case for Saddam's
nonexistent nuclear arsenal, and his idealism instantly tumbled.
Ironically, around the same time, Simon discovered the writings of HL
Mencken, Ayn Rand, and his future friend and mentor, Doug Casey.

Simon found an intellectual and philosophical home in the
common sense, anarcho-libertarian ideals espoused by these authors. And
though his life as an intelligence officer deployed overseas had been
thrilling to say the least, it was a misguided career in the service of
corrupt bureaucrats.

Simon left the military almost immediately, sold his US
assets, and began a long financial and philosophical journey that has taken
him to nearly 100 countries on 6 continents. Along the way he has
participated in dozens of interesting, profitable deals and become
associated with a unique cast of characters that includes heads of state,
billionaire investors, former mercenaries, celebrities, arms dealers, CEOs,
drug traffickers, NGO fat cats, as well as legions of bankers, brokers, and

Simon has created his life to be one of abundance in all areas. No matter where on earth he may be, you can bet that Simon has access through his network of connections. Offering value where ever he goes, he is defiantly one investor that you do want to have a part of your business venture...and not merely for his financial contribution but also his vase understanding of
the Global business world.

Be it China, Panama, Venezuela, Germany, Argentina or pretty much anywhere, Simon has built strong relationship with the top lawyers, bankers and government agents. Since these are usually the ones with their finger on the pulse of the business culture, they are who Simon spends most of his time with... that is when he is not in the gym. He is extremely self disciplined, self motivated and self reliant. However, "Despite any measure of success, Simon's ethos is not about money; it's about freedom."

If James Bond were a real person... his name would be Simon Black. This 007 is the real life version of adventure, excitement and charisma. "Simon is an international investor forever in search of the next investment and lifestyle opportunity." Through his daily writings, he shines a light on the real opposed to the one that the media has portrayed. Ranging from medical care to military, Simon fractures the stereotypes that most of the world has been spoon fed for the majority of their lives. His sharing inspires and motivates the reader to step past the F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) and remove the limiting beliefs that are holding most of us back from creating the life of our dreams. Even if you have the ability to step outside of your own world to see the possibilities and opportunities that are waiting for you, I would still highly suggest that you sign up for this Simon's newsletter, 'Notes from the Field.'

Humbly Yours,


Marcia Johnson

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Saturday, July 18, 2009


Climbing the Mountain to Reach my Goals...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A couple of days ago, I had the privilege of accomplishing one of my first summer goals... climbing to the very top of the mountain that I have looked at every morning out my office window since September when I moved here. I am sure that on the grand scale it would be considered a small mountain; however after hibernating all winter behind a nice warm keyboard, it was a monumental task to say the least. My husband and I set out on our trek early on the bright sunny Sunday morning. Fashionably dressed in tank top, shorts and hiking boots, I was grateful to head out of site and into the woods. Even though the day prior I had hiked ¼ the way up the same mountain, with a couple of my children, I was determined to see where the rest of the trail would lead us. Since that part of our journey was 95% straight uphill… we decided it would be best to leave the children home. As Brad and I made it to the point where I had ended the day before, I could not help but feel my body disagree with my current decision to go further. My back started to hurt and my feet felt every degree of incline in our progress up the path to the top of the timbers. Even with spotting a couple of locations where Bears no longer lingered, we kept going…until, my husband said, “Stop.” In fear I ran closer to him wondering if he might have to use the can of bear spray on his hip, all the while thinking about the jokes of how its true purpose was to ‘pepper the meat’ before the bears had their dinner and that bear bells were really just ‘dinner bells.’ My husband very carefully leaned over and moved some ferns from their resting place onside of the mountain. As I was about to ask him what the heck he was looking at, he said, “I don’t believe it!” I was expecting the worst when he pointed to… a frog! A frog ½ way up the side of the mountain with no visible water around. Once my head slowed back to pre-bear-attack thinking, I was able to be shocked as well. Beyond all reason, there should be no water needing creatures in sight let alone a Frog!

Since my mind works in symbols and analogies, I could not help but compare my mountain climbing adventure to that of the adventure of creating Stock Harmony. The mountain that we are on… is the world markets, current business ethics & practices. Every piece of deadfall and root blocking the trail…are the obstacles that we have had to overcome to get to this point in our climb to launch Stock Harmony. The beautiful flowers and foliage along the way… are our friends who are offering kind advice and encouragement. The massive fallen trees that were now visibly becoming one with the earth… symbolized the corporations that once stood mighty and proud, only to be blown over by winds because their values (roots) were not strong enough to hold them in this economy. The bear droppings & stinging nettle… well, you guess that one… The 95% slope that we are climbing to get to the top is the hard work and dedication that it will take in order to achieve our intention. Two hours, two sunburns, sore knees, scraps, stings and uphill perseverance later, we were standing at the very top ridge of our mountain overlooking the entire valley and our house. Even though my body was not happy for the majority of our trip, I was extremely grateful that I did not give in…and I achieved what we set out to do.

Now I can look out my window every morning and think to myself, I did it, I made it to the very top! (of this peak)As I sat there in the moment, in wonder of our accomplishment, I took in the majesty around me and again reflected. …even though, we have climbed to the summit and pre-launched Stock Harmony, as I look around, there are even higher mountains to climb…but this trip has helped given me the prospective and strength that I will need, when I climb the other mountains that are waiting for us to get to the top of them as well.

The journey home helped me appreciate the other 5%..the 5% that had now become, my new uphill. Everything, which was previously uphill, had now become my downhill… and now my knees screamed at me every step of the way. Even though we saw that a bear had crossed our trail we thankfully never did cross his path! We made it home safely even after we misplaced the trail and got to climb over hectares of deadfall. (We even saw another frog!) This just helped reassure me that I was not in spry enough shape but it was also a good idea to withdraw my nomination to be on the television show ‘Man Tracker.’

As I gaze out my window this morning looking at the mountains before me, I am not only thankful for the obstacles in my life to that I have had climb up to this point…but for the ones that are yet to come… because I know that I CAN…and so can YOU!

Most Humbly,


President, Stock Harmony

Business, Social Media and YOU!

This morning as I opened the dental floss I was surprised to see on the package something written about how this brand is 40% better than some other brand. I know there is a lot of choice in the floss industry but is putting down someone else’s product really the way to operate your own business? I would say… gone are those days, where we had to step on someone else’s head in order to step up in the world.

It reminded me of all of the political ads that I dislike so much. You know the ones where one party digs into the past of the other party’s candidate…something like this. (Read this in deep voice,) when Joe Black was 4 years old..he pulled his sister’s hair! When he was 8 Joe Black got a spanking for taking gum from his mother’s purse without asking. At the age of 12 he was still afraid of the DARK! Is this the man that YOU want running the country? I should THINK NOT!"

I mean really… at one time in my life…I wore diapers…but I grew out of that at some point in time. It is time that companies and politics…do the same.

Web 2.0 is a wonderful example of the future of business…and how the smart companies are already evolving to the mindset of Win, Win, Win. Yes I said Win three times! The first two are obvious; you know, win for YOU, win for Me and Win for the Environment. Using the 2.0 concept, of what can our contribution be…rather than what can I spam you with in hopes that you will buy my product, we are building the future to be one of service, gratitude and encouragement. Companies who in the past were in competition with each other are now working TOGETHER to really make a difference, for their employees, customers and others.

Take for example, our electrical company. Traditionally we would only be able to bid jobs that were set to begin when another job had wraped up. Due to not having enough employees to get the job done. Or if we had to wait for another job to start, we might have to lay people off for awhile until we had more work. That is typically how things used to work… however since our company started we have worked together with other electrical companies, to share the work. Yes Share! What I mean by this is, when we are looking at bidding a job, and our employees are busy working on another job, we barrow employees from another like company. This helps us because we are then able to do the work that we might not have been able to do because of limited employee’s. We also don’t have to do any paper work for the borrowed employees, because they stay on the payroll of the other company. We pay their company a small commission for the use of their people. And they don’t have to lay off people because of lack of work.

We also work together when those companies are bidding other jobs that we don’t need, so we will submit a higher bid when they are bidding so that the general contractor has met his quota of incoming bids for a job. So… we want our “competition” to do well…and be successful in their business because it allows us to continue to also be successful.

Twitter and Facebook have allowed everyone of us to be able to work together in service and success. When you are on Twitter and you ReTweet (RT) another person’s status, link etc. you are building them up by highlighting them to your own network of followers. Likewise on Facebook when you “share” or “Like” another persons submission, you are helping your friends photo, story, video, link, or tag line gain popularity helping them spread the message they are sharing with YOU. I think that a facebook/ twitter friend of mine @JosephRanseth said it best, “As you seek to elevate yourself… elevate others! As we seek to elevate others…the work itself will elevate us!”

So, as we ‘have fun’ in our social networking world, we are making a difference by helping our own network of friends spread their messages, by connecting, communicating and sharing like never before. Collectively we are changing the old mindset where we had to belittle someone else to make ourselves look better. We are building, instead of destruction! WE are sharing, helping, promoting and becoming the best cheerleaders that we can be. Our ‘social network friends’ are a shining example of how to build the Relationships necessary to do successful business today. @PerryBelcher is an amazing example of "what 2 do," when it comes to Social Media! He is fantastic at keeping up with network relationships and gives YOU way more than you could ever give back. I highly suggest that you check out all of the amazing things that he shares and gives away FREE all while making a huge profit. Watch his video's you will see what I mean!

By highlighting the amazing contributions of others, and by adding quality to all that you do, YOU build the ‘trust’, ‘transparency’ and ‘openness’ that has been missing from business in the past. Friends make great customers! So remember, we don’t ‘Spam’ friends… we build up the friendship’s by contributing…and by working on building the friendship. Like @CoachDawn calls it, “Friendship Spam’” is when you just add and add and add friends…without adding a personal note as to why you would like to be friends. I also think that #FollowFridays are turning into the same thing. Why note Say something like, “ @TrafficGen is a great person to #FF b/c he is sooo funny! He will brighten ur day.” Or, “I love the wisdom of this man @LFTS, wonderful #followfriday.” How about “ I love this lady, I know YOU will too @kendrathornbury #FF” or “ @alexkaris has a lot of friends for a reason! He is a great #FF.” How about, "@VividLife ~YOUR Ultimate Life Resource#FF" or “ For all things Peace, you need to follow be #FF @LynneONE4PEACE you will thank me!” OK, I am sure that you have enough examples by now…lol.

Be interested instead of trying to be interesting! That will make all of the difference in not only your online success but also your overall success in life. So to leave you with the wisdom of another amazing person, “Is there anything that I can do for YOU, because YOU deserve to be Happy? @Deremiah_CPE
How may I serve YOU?

Most Humbly,
Marcia Johnson @Marciajk
President of

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Are YOU Ready for Integrity in Business?

I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of excellence and truth on all levels and continue to lead the way with one of the most forward thinking businesses that will inspire the change that we are looking for. We are offering YOU the opportunity to use your voice to inspire the not only the positive changes that you would like to see in the corporate world but also nominate key members of our board and management team.In exchange for sharing with us, we will "Share" with you in the form of FREE shares. Your input is important... we want to know what is working right now?.... what changes can be made to the corporate world that would make a difference?...what tools do you find most effective through your current investing practices? etc...

Stock Harmony will provide all of the tools and utilities necessary in order to support and build successful symbiotic relationship that facilitate growth in the company, the investor and in the markets. Stock Harmony will be your all inclusive platform to gather and share information, openly communicate with the company management as well as potential new investors. We offer Real time Quotes and an investor forum, Proxy Forum, Live Web Meeting & Virtual AGM’s, Investor Marketplace, Company Showcase, news release platform, online brokerage companies . Find in-depth market research and information on emerging public companies not available elsewhere.

• Share your thoughts and hear the opinions of other investors, CEO’s, Analysts message boards
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This will be the new playground for businesses to highlight all that they are creating. It is thee place to showcase rather that spending thousands on trade shows that only last the weekend, this is the opportunity to promote themselves 365 days a year to a worldwide audience.

I look forward to working together to create the change that we want to see.
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In order to start promoting Corporations, Business, Investors, Authors and Coaches that are currently working on creating "SOLUTIONS," we are proud to announce Stock Harmony's new radio station...Stock Talk Radio

This week we will be doing our first Stock Talk Radio show... We are excited to announce our Host...

HOST :Marcia Johnson
President of Stock Harmony

Stock Harmony will provide all of the tools and utilities necessary in order to support and build successful symbiotic relationship that facilitate growth in the company, the investor and in the markets. Stock Harmony will be your all inclusive platform to gather and share information, openly communicate with the company management as well as potential new investors. We offer Real time Quotes and an investor forum, Proxy Forum, Live Web Meeting & Virtual AGM’s, Investor Marketplace, Company Showcase, news release platform, online brokerage companies . Find in-depth market research and information on emerging public companies not available elsewhere.

Share with us and we will "Share" with YOU! We are seeking your thoughts about the changes that YOU would like to see in the world markets... what do you think is working, what would YOU like to see improved? Who would YOU like to see leading the way? What companies do you know of that are over coming the "recession" to succeed in today's economy? In exchange for YOUR input...we will give you free shares !

Marcia will be interviewing CEOs, Analysts, Authors, Presidents and business coaches. She will be exploring business corporations are succeeding even though times are tougher than ever.

***If there is a corporation that you would like to suggest for an interview...or that you would like to know more about, please let us know and we will do our best to learn more about them.

Looking forward to learning and growing financially with YOU.

Most Humbly,