Celebrate Christ this Christmas

I would like to greet all of you by saying “Merry Christmas!”. You may realise that I am not wishing you a Merry Xmas’. Today is Christmas Day, and not Xmas Day. Let us not cross out the name of Christ in this wonderful season.

Let us continue to remember Christ’s very short but meaningful life on Earth.

Jesus Christ was the greatest networker of all time.

He was the true fisher of men. He appeared more than 2000 years ago and yet, His influence prevails today and is felt throughout the world. Even the atheist uses the calendar that is based around the incarnation of Christ.

He taught us to “mind the things that are above and not the things on Earth”. He taught us that “we are not flesh and blood, but rather the spirit inside the body”.

Christmas is not only a season of peace and joy. Christmas is also a season when we can ask forgiveness for our trespasses, and learn to forgive others who have trespassed against us.
Christmas has become so commercialised, that somewhere along the way we have forgotten the person whom we are celebrating: Christ

So, on Christmas Day (not Xmas Day), let us not forget Christ. Christ is the reason for the season. It is not our birthday today. It is Christ’s birthday. Let this day not be the focus for our own self-enjoyment. Let this day be homage to Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us celebrate this day in its true spirit of giving. The most valuable gift you can every give a person is love, compassion and the truth. Material gifts will just perish and in the great scheme of things, will not really make a person happy.

Please take a moment to ponder… Let us not lose the true meaning of Christmas.

Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday to all!


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director
QI Ltd

Talk is Cheap…Is It?

Every time I talk and open my mouth, I am making a choice: Will I use my power of speech to heal, or will I use my words to hurt?

It is said that the power of words in our speech can be sharper and deadlier than a knife. A knife on the other hand can only damage you physically, whereas the words in any speech can damage a person emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It can create more permanent damage internally and leave a wound of suffering. A knife can only cut or kill the body, whereas a powerful speech can cut or kill the spirit and inspiration of any person. Such is the power of a curse.

Yet words can also be the best form of healing and inspiration to the soul. Through inspiring words, we can achieve the impossible; people inspired by words are motivated to make changes within themselves. No mountain is too high, no sea is too wide that we cannot climb or swim. Nothing is impossible with an inspired person.

Inspirational words are food for the soul. This is what we can truly live by. Every person wants to be inspired by words. We need recognition, praise, gratitude.

Some of the most powerful words: “I love you”. “Thank you”. “I care for you”. “Please”. “I appreciate you”.

Talk is cheap, as the saying goes, but it really isn’t, because every time we open our mouth, there is a valuable price attached to what we say. It depends entirely on how we value our words and opinions.

So next time you have to open your mouth and use words…think twice…the reason the Creator only gave us one mouth and yet a set of ears, eyes, and arms so we can or should always hear twice on both sides before we speak…look twice before we speak…work twice before we speak.

If you have nothing good to say to anyone…just shut up! Only open your mouth if you have something good to say that can inspire or correct someone to be a better person.

People so easily give their opinions even without being asked. That is why their opinion is said to come so cheap. Whereas if a person only gives opinion when it is solicited, his opinion is more valued.

Please take a moment to ponder…Talk is valuable, make good use of it. If you want to be a good talker…be a good listener first.


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director
QI Group

Pay It Forward

Network marketing has always appealed to me as being a truly unique and beautiful industry. By personally touching the lives of a few, we can change the lives of many. It is like a game of pass-the-parcel.

QuestNet has perfected a genuine business opportunity and then taken this opportunity and passed it onto our network of Independent Representatives. This opportunity is continually being passed on, like a parcel of goodwill, financial freedom and success, changing lives with every passing of hands.

With this is mind, I’d like to recommend every one of you take the time to watch a movie that should be close to the hearts of every network marketer around the world:

‘Pay it Forward’: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/

It contains many lessons for us, also sharing the same principle as networking, that by helping others we can create a ripple effect of goodwill that can affect many more – exponentially.

The movie, ‘Pay It Forward’, is a remarkable, touching film that focuses on a small boy and his school project. The project is simple: think of something that will change the world, and then put it into action.

The boy decides to do a favour for three strangers. Instead of these three people ‘paying him back’, they are asked to ‘pay it forward’, meaning each person who was the recipient of this one boy’s random act of kindness, is then asked to go forward and do something good for three other people.

This creates a chain of good deeds that spreads outwards, and more and more people are touched by the generosity of strangers from city to city. It is a film that shows how the kindness of one person can be contagious, and the help of one person can result in benefit to many.

Please take a moment to ponder…

In network marketing, we have the chance to help as many people as we can. But our help shouldn’t stop there. For each person we reach out to with our business opportunity, who knows how many more people will benefit as a result?

If we ‘pay it forward’, each of us can truly change the world.


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Top Ten Traits for a Successful Networker

I have been looking into this topic and found a very interesting article online, let me summarise and share it with you all…

Top Ten Traits for a Successful Networker

Network marketing is a people business. You tap into an unlimited pool of contacts and help them build their own business or market/sell the company’s products and services. Either way, the cultivation of relationships with potential businesspeople is for the mutual benefit of both you and them.

Network marketing can be very rewarding in terms of achieving financial reward and personal freedom, but it requires the networker’s determined effort of developing, maintaining, and/or renewing relationships with a sizeable number of social and professional contacts.

Do you think you have what it takes to bring you to the top of the trade? Yes, you do! All you need is to embody these 10 traits found in highly successful networkers:

1. Persistence in Follow-up
Ranked as the most important trait, following up means that when you say you’re going to do something when you say you’re going to do it, you follow it through. Follow-up builds your credibility and trust with your network.

2. Positive Attitude
A positive attitude is both contagious and magnetic. When you are positive, it makes people want to associate and cooperate with you. Being around a positive thinking person gives people confidence that obstacles can be overcome and actions will lead to results.

3. Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm, just like positive thinking, is a motivation in itself. Enthusiastic networkers receive the respect of their networks and motivate people to make things happen.

4. Trustworthiness
Trust is earned and plays a huge role in your credibility. In networking, your personal and professional reputation is at stake. You need to be able to get the trust of your prospects especially where money and commitment are involved.

5. Good Listening Skills
Listening to the needs and problems of the people in your network shows sincerity in the mutual purpose of helping each other to succeed.

6. Commitment to Networking 24/7
Master networkers ‘never say die’. They are like the Energizer Bunny (“Keep Going”). They never waste an opportunity that is presented to them on a daily basis, and they take the chance to network wherever they are.

7. Gratitude
Expressing gratitude to business associates and customers is just another building block in cultivating relationships that will lead to increased referrals. People appreciate professionals who express gratitude and will not hesitate to help and support these grateful people once again the next time around.

8. Helpfulness
Master networkers are always on the alert for opportunities to advance other people’s interests. It is in their heart to help others succeed whenever they can, simply because they get joy out of it.

9. Sincerity
One of the best ways to develop sincerity is to show undivided attention. Don’t multitask and keep eye contact while you are dealing or talking with people. Be sincere in showing interest or people will sense otherwise.

10. Dedication to One’s Network
Master networkers keep an organised network. They are fully aware of the contact information and networking status of their prospects and ‘downlines’. They know their point persons and make an effort to get to know the new contacts.

These ten traits help foster long-term relationships with the people who will grow and succeed with you in the business. Take the time to demonstrate them in your daily networking and in due time you will be among the self-made success stories in business.


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Follow Up!

As the famous saying goes, “ideas are a dime-a-dozen, but the men and women who implement them are priceless”.

The world is full of people with great ideas motivated with the best of intentions and yet the majority of them never seem to perform. Such people will invariably make poor leaders.


What makes a good follow-up?

1. Listen
We must learn to listen. We need to have the patience to hear every detailed concern about challenges that our peers, staff, managers, customers and leaders face in the field. By listening, we can genuinely appreciate what others are going through and become motivated to do something about the problem.

2. Involve others to help formulate the solution
There are many perspectives in life and we all need to hear different ideas or solutions on how we can get things done. After hearing all sides, we can decide what course of action is best to take.

3. Follow-up and follow through
This is only possible if you know where you’re going! It is only possible if you have a goal and you have shared that same goal to the people in your team.

Build a program in your department where you make it a point to hear opinions, comments, or suggestions from your team. Such feedback processes should be programmed into our business culture. This will help us to listen carefully to what people have to say about us.

What is more important is that we gain an indication of an action plan in response to what we have heard. Feedback and following up like this allows us to:

1. Analyse and implement a possible solution
2. Test the solution with selected target groups
3. Take results back to the team
4. Enlist the full support of everyone on the team
5. Implement effective changes

Please take a moment to ponder… if we learn to follow-up and to follow-through properly, then we can all make the necessary changes to improve our company.

A simple follow through of ideas is what will get things done.


Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Friday, 21 November, 2008

Living on Borrowed ‘Time’

The human population has come to an understanding and consensus about the existence of this elusive factor called ‘Time’. But what is amazing is just how little importance each of us actually places on managing whatever ‘Time’ we have available to us.

‘Time’ ticks on tirelessly and is always progressing relentlessly, representing our past, our present and our future all combined. Drastic changes to our world have taken place, and events have come and gone brought about by ‘Time’. Growth, maintenance and inevitable old age and death will come as our ‘Time’ in this world passes by and ends. ‘Time’ will continue on long after we have passed away.

We have made machines that we call watches to somehow keep track of, and mark the passing of, ‘Time’. We all know that ‘Time’ consists of the past, present and future; will continue to tick by; and has no mercy or regard for anyone, even a dying man.

So what are we doing about it?

Most of us try to bury ourselves with the shallow business of life so that we don’t have to stop and face the facts about our ‘Time’ until it hits us right in the face. In the case of a person finding out that he has cancer and has only six months to live, this person’s perspective on life will drastically change once knowing that he has only a small amount of allotted ‘Time’ left to live. His priorities will change and he will value every minute of that ‘Time’ in a very different manner than the rest of us who may take our ‘Time’ for granted. Spending this ‘Time’ uselessly will no longer be a luxury available to him. Do we have to wait for such an emergency notice before we start valuing and managing our time? Do you have a contract on how long you can stay on in this world?

Not everyone is so lucky to find out how much time they have left. For most people, there is no warning when time ceases to be available to them. It comes in one big bang and as one big shock.

“Wait, I am not ready! I still have a lot to prepare for! I have to tell my wife and kids that I love them! Oh wait, what will happen to my bank accounts? Who will take care of my family? Can I have more time?” This is the cry of the dying man.

Nobody likes to talk about this absolute end to our reality. We do not want to face it until it comes to face us at the very end. But is this the right way to deal with ‘Time’? Should we not be prepared to face it when our ‘Time’ ends? Should we not be ready, so that we won’t be sorry? Should we not use our ‘Time’ wisely, so we can help others and make a difference in the world?

Let us use our ‘Time’ to make the world a better place for future generations to live in. We should stop thinking that we will be here forever, so we can focus on the important facets of our lives:

Cultivation of spiritual knowledge, (Religion in the true sense) love, family, health, community service…

Please take some ‘Time’ to ponder and learn how to use your borrowed ‘Time’ wisely.


Joseph Bismark

Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Monday,17 November, 2008

Advice From the World’s Richest Man

For my Gems of Wisdom today I thought I’d share with you all some advice from the world richest man according to Forbes – Warren Buffet.


Here are some very interesting facts about the life of Warren Buffet (former second richest man who once donated $31 billion to charity), during a one-hour interview of him by CNBC (excerpts edited for clarity):

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late
2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him
5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO’s only two rules:

Rule number 1: Do not lose any of your shareholder’s money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget Rule number 1.

7. He does not socialise with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.
8. Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
His advice to young people: “Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself”, and remember:

A. Money doesn’t create man but it is man who created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Don’t do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel is good.
D. Don’t go for brand names; just wear those things in which you feel is comfortable.
E. Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on what you really need.
F. After all, it is your life, then why give others the chance to rule your life?”

Take a moment to ponder if you can also benefit from the insight of someone who has already achieved!


Joseph Bismark

Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Monday, 10 November, 2008

What Does Raise Yourself To Help Mankind Mean to You?

Every now and then in life comes a time when we need to sit back and take stock, review where we are, how we got here and why we are here. I would like all of us to revisit our corporate credo and mission statement, so that we can assess and determine if we are still relevant as a corporate entity.

If we are not, I would like to hear from each and every one of you about how we may need to remodel our mission in order to remain relevant to the ever-changing world around us.

After all, we would not want to get left behind!

As QuestNet reaches the grand old age of ten this year, there is no better time to self-reflect on the journey. Remember that one of the central credos of QuestNet is RYTHM – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind… is this still relevant today? Or perhaps even more so given the current global climate?

QuestNet’s vision, mission and core values are defined as (how long has it been since you visited this page on our website?):


To be the No. 1 global e-marketing company by providing opportunities, creating success, and touching a billion hearts


To inspire people to help others through RYTHM (Raise Yourself To Help Mankind)

Core Values

– Truth
– Service
– Courage

I would like you to ALL take a moment and ponder… Why should we be proud to work for QuestNet? What areas of our business do we need to revisit, modify or change entirely? Please send me your replies directly.

Please let me know your thoughts, I am waiting for your responses and will be creating a future Gems of Wisdom from them.


Joseph Bismark

Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Fitness Matters

In today’s ever demanding world of global business domination, most CEOs and managers spend a lot of their time flying and travelling. They end up eating unhealthy, processed and oily foods that are commercially-prepared and microwave-heated many times over. Eventually, bellies are turning into balloons and heading down south as the weight of extra fat succumbs to nature’s force of gravity.

Last year I travelled three million air miles on business flights alone and was bound to consume the most fattening in-flight food. I always fool myself into thinking that I will work out at the hotel gyms to burn the added calories but fail to do so each time.

Today, I have gained an additional 30 pounds and the proof of it is something I need to hide under a loose shirt. Every morning as I look into the mirror I see a fatter version of myself, and it does not make me feel good. From then on, I made a decision to do something about it and start fighting the battle towards a better and healthier body.

I know it is a difficult journey but surely, it is worth the effort because a healthy body means a healthy mind, and a healthy mind leads to more productivity. This means I will have the energy needed to be able to deliver what is expected of me at the workplace, and yet have enough stamina to enjoy time and life away from work.

Businessmen and corporate people need to stay fit to cope up with the stress and demands of their job. It is no wonder that physical fitness programmes, gyms and yoga centres, have become the latest corporate lifestyle craze of this era.

Assess yourself … how fit are you? You may be just one of the many caught in the wheel of procrastination who put off health and fitness for tomorrow … or next week… or the week after. Stop making so many excuses and stop giving yourself reasons and hurdles to overcome before starting your health fitness programme.


Pre-requisites to starting your own personal fitness programme:

1. DECIDE exactly what you want to achieve (define your objective or target weight, etc.);
2. Make sure you actually have a BURNING DESIRE for the objective;
3. Set and document the EXACT GOALS of what you want to achieve;
4. VISUALISE and ‘feel’ what you want to achieve as if you have already achieved it!;
5. BELIEVE that you CAN actually achieve it;
6. Take positive action today…NOW. Start achieving (do not procrastinate). Use the ‘DO IT NOW!’ attitude.

In order to be successful at anything, all excuses need to go out the window . . . there are no excuses that will justify your failure. There is no such thing as “Not enough time”.

These are the things nobody ever wants to talk about, but it is important to get the right mindset first before dealing with the ‘minor details’ about physical fitness. These details are actually easy to tackle once you have set your goals and made the commitment.

So, make sure to take a second look at the six points above that you absolutely need to be clear about first. I want you to really give some serious thought to each one. Take a moment to ponder . . .

Again, once you are straight about proper mindset, you can get started on the ‘details’! Go get a trainer, enrol in a yoga class or fitness programme, or get a friend or buddy to work out with.

. . . DO IT NOW!

Joseph Bismark
Group Managing Director, QI Ltd

Tuesday, 28 October, 2008

Dealing with Difficult People

People who argue with you or have an opinion contrary to yours are what most of us would probably categorise as, and consider to be, difficult people.

Why are they difficult? Is it because they do not agree with your ideas? Because they do not wish to follow what you want them to do? Or do they simply see the world differently from you?

Then welcome to the real world! “Wake up and smell the coffee”, as the famous saying goes. You cannot just see the world through your own eyes. That would present a handicap. It is always better to see things from different angles and understand other perspectives. The world is multidimensional.

Why limit your vision to but one dimension, when you can see more dimensions by considering others’ points of view? Difficult people are like your sharpening stone (whetstone). The more you clash with them, the more you get to sharpen your skills, skills like patience and tolerance, while getting to practice managing your emotions as well.

This is a very important factor in decision-making. The only time you can make personal developments or improve on things is when you are put to the test… when you are being challenged by someone or something.

Perfection only comes after the long process of practice and through overcoming challenges. Take for example a raw diamond; its brilliance can only shine for all to see after continuous polishing and grinding with another diamond. A dull knife can only be sharpened by constant friction with a sharpening stone (whetstone). A steel rod must be hammered, heated, tempered and beaten into shape hundreds of times before it can be truly called a ‘Samurai Sword’.

So if you have difficult people around you, be grateful as the Lord sent them to you so you can improve and learn what you need to from them. Respect them and listen to the opposing views they may have to give you. Love them. Welcome their very being. If not for them, your brilliance may never shine. All you have to do in exchange is to eat a little humble pie. That’s all it takes to be able to deal with difficult people.

Please take a moment to ponder… Welcome difficult people. May they always be there to bring out your own excellence and widen your views. Do not run away from them. Do not hide. Do not be afraid to be challenged by them. Let them lead you. This is the way to perfection.


Joseph Bismark

Group Managing Director, QI Ltd