Monthly Archives: November 2015

Women in Insurance

Elite Ladies of The AllianceThe Alliance believes that it can be the company that helps the most women earn more than $250,000 annually, and a recent partnership between the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) is happening when some research finds women’s climb within advisories has plateaued, according to a study completed by InvestmentNews.

The article claims that women are fairly represented within the lower ranks of advisor firms, but that number dwindles when it comes to being a lead advisor and practicing partner, according to research from InvestmentNews.

The good news for female members of The Alliance is that anybody can advance up the ranks based on results. You are able to determine how high you climb with our company, and you are able to set your schedule to fit your day-to-day activities.

We believe you should be promoted based on what you do and not who you know. Your advancement with The Alliance will be based on your efforts and that is the way it should be.

Now is a great time for business-minded women to join our company. Many insurance veterans are retiring and the number of those entering the field is not keeping pace with those making their exit. There is a major need for new talent and The Alliance is actively seeking people who want to build a business and start a career that will be rewarding in many different ways.

The Alliance is committed to supporting the advancement of all people – including women looking for an opportunity to be successful. The NAIFA-WIFS partnership is another reminder that there is a void that needs to be filled in our industry. This is a great time to identify and hire more agents to help protect clients in the United States.

Simple things successful do that others do not

Sales SuccessBecoming successful in business doesn’t just happen. There’s also no such thing as an overnight success. Now, this doesn’t apply if you are talking about winning the lottery. We are talking about sustained effort over time and being successful repeatedly.

It takes some business owners years or even decades to become a millionaire. Don’t buy into the logic that these people are lucky, fortunate or had a leg up. It’s more likely none of those things were in their favor.

It is more likely that these people worked hard for long hours, days and weeks. They did things that others were not willing to do. Their reward, for this sustained effort, paid off over time.

We’d like to share some common traits many, if not most, millionaires have in common.

Early risers

There are countless examples of successful people talking about getting up early to get ahead. Many of them rise early, often at 5 a.m. or even earlier. They might start their day with a workout to get rolling. They tend to set an agenda for the day and get important calls knocked out or at least scheduled before many even take their morning shower. If you can adopt an early riser mentality, you will be ahead of the curve.

Most leaders are readers

National Agents Alliance President and CEO Andy Albright says being a lifelong learner is critical in being successful. You have to sharpen the saw to keep sawing wood. Leadership books and biographies about successful people are great ways to keep learning. Listening to audio books and leadership talks is another good way to keep learning.

Start sneaking in 10 to 20 pages of reading a day and see if you don’t learn something new each day. Also, you can share what you learn with colleagues, friends and family.

Hard work often beats talent

Working for your dreams and goals is never easy. You have to be willing to invest and work for what you truly want in life. You have to be willing to give up some things to get better things. This might mean missing television or sleeping less to work more. You have to decide what you are willing to give up in order to get something you want more. Making the most of the 24 hours you are given daily is key. Working while you have time to get things done will make all the difference in getting tasks achieved.

Decide what you want NOW

Most great leaders and successful people have a clear goal in mind and they focus on doing things that get them to that goal. They put deadlines on what they want. They do this daily, weekly and for long-term goals. Andy Albright uses “whitesheeting” to set goal and action steps for what he wants to achieve. Don’t be afraid to write it down. When you write it down, you are more likely to hit your goals. Anybody can think about a goal; take action!

Take a few minutes today to write down some of your goals and what you can do to set your plan in motion.

These are just a few suggestions we have to help you become more successful. We hope this will help you as you try to build a successful career.

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