Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?

One of our newest citizens – Matthew Shiel

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Matthew Shiel

American Citizen on 2-12-16

It’s my pleasure and my honor to introduce Matthew Shiel, who’s just received his citizenship today!  On behalf of all my family and friends, WELCOME!

I’ve only recently come to know him.  Frankly, I wish we could get more new citizens like Matt.

Let me tell you what I know so far:

Matt was born in England where he went to private school.  His Father is ex-military.  He came to America via Canada where he stopped to get his college education.  He then came to America seeking the “American dream”.

It’s always been fascinating to me that when people come to America, they see opportunity everywhere.  Matt is not an exception.  He arrived with very little.  He’s since owned or partnered in a few successful businesses and employed lots of people.  He is by definition, an entrepreneurs, ENTREPRENEUR.

He’s married to his wife Carla and has had three children. Today, they have two handsome boys. Here’s the story about how they lost their precious daughter, Zora. Life helps to define who we are and allows us to develop our character.  How do parents ever come back from the loss of a child.  We all lose our parents at some point in our life.  We lose friends and even distant relatives.  But children . . . [Read more…]

The languages we speak

The languages of the world.
The languages of the world.



Years ago I was invited by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to review their oil reserves.  After a whirlwind tour of the country we met back at the main offices of the Armco facility that controlled production for the entire country.  There we met the oil minister (Ahmed Zaki Yamani and a number of other people.

Our goal was to better understand the oil reserves and how they would be drawn down over the years to come.  The meeting began early in the a.m. and went on past lunch.  Whereupon the oil minister asked that we all take a break.  Not that kind of break.  Instead, he asked that everyone around this very large conference table to: restate their name, their title, the company they were with, where they went to school, the degrees they held and finally the number of languages they spoke.

I was the invited guest sitting immediately to the left of the oil minister.  Conversation worked its way around the table.  There were people from all over the world and most held multiple degrees including Ph.Ds and spoke many languages.

I knew I was going to be embarrassed, I just didn’t know to what extreme.  When it was my turn I answered all of the questions and when it came to the languages I spoke I answered, “I speak English.”

Almost immediately, a chap from England (the U.K.) said, “Excuse me Sir, you do not speak English, you speak American!” [Read more…]

Change – Will it work for you?

When should you make a change?  Should it be at age 30, 40, 50 or late in your 60s perhaps even older?

There are so many people that need to make a change in their life.  Are you one of them?  Today, I’m featuring the well known author and speaker, Robert Kyosaki.

Years ago I taught marketing at the college level.  I was also fortunate enough to speak to students in high schools, colleges and universities on that very subject.  Why marketing?  If you’re going to work for someone else, then sales and marketing (in many cases) will give you a salary and commission.  This is an opportunity to tie your financial position directly to your efforts.  However, you’re still working for others.  If you’re an independent salesperson representing a company in the marketplace, then your commission only income is tied to your personal efforts.

Back then (when I was teaching in college), sales was a given.  Everyone understood, no sales, no income.  Marketing was new (I know, I just dated myself) and people were wondering what’s the difference.  Sales is where the rubber meets the road.  The salesperson speaks directly with the decision maker.   Marketing has more to do with the analytics of the marketplace so that the salespeople that work for them can more easily identify and target their prospects.

At that time, I taught that Network  (a.k.a Multi-level or MLN) Marketing was the best way to go.  Back then, the biggest and most well known company was Amway.  Today, people that built their Amway business many years ago are still receiving the benefits.  While their efforts have long since diminished, the income has steadily increased because of the people they brought into their business.

Everyone talks about the money that artists like Garth Brooks, Maroon 5 or even Michael Jackson make.  They create and sing one song and it generates income every time someone buys it.  Actors and actresses make money every time their image or voice is seen or heard. There are other examples of a recurring revenue (a.k.a. residual) stream.   What’s so special about those people vs. you?  You may not sing, but you know people.  You may not act but you know people.  You may not write but you know people.  People just like you.

Network Marketing is built on two very solid principles.   [Read more…]

How we honor soldiers from the past and present.


I was feeling badly because I didn’t have anything to add above and beyond what I’ve previously said about Memorial Day . . . until now.  A friend of mine, Brady Mazola (on Facebook and in real life) has a passion for helping returning Vets become active through sports. He brought this graphic to my attention. Thanks for posting this on your timeline Brady.

Some would say, NO, when you’re no longer in uniform, you’re no longer a soldier.  However, I would argue that what our young men and women endue during and after they leave the military makes the caption correct.

It’s not unlike the less combative experience of attending a college and possibly an organization while in college or being a Mason (as I am).  In this case I am a Veteran, Mason and a college graduate.  In each case, the experience means something important in my life and those that have shared that experience know what I’m talking about.

There is also the idea (held by me and perhaps you . . . now) that once we’re soldiers we better understand what it takes to defend FREEDOM.  A line from a song says:  “all gave some and some gave all.”  When you leave the military it simply means you no longer wear  a uniform.  Instead, you become cloaked in your own idealism that defines what you believe in and certainly who you are.  Are you a defender of FREEDOM?  Do you believe in what we have as a way of life?  Are the principles and values that this great nation were founded upon mean something to you?  Will you freely verbally defend these same principles and values?  If so, then my friend, you ARE a soldier in the cause of FREEDOM.

Yesterday was the day we remember those that have fought for FREEDOM.  In truth, EVERYDAY we should we give thanks and prayers for those who currently serve and have served and/or given their full measure of life . . .  for us.  Many of fore fathers and yes mothers have given some or all to defend FREEDOM and to insure that we have it [today].  We still have men and women trying to insure that we maintain the quality of our life.  That we have what our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights proclaim that as a Nation we believe that these truths ARE self evident. Do you believe we still stand for these things as a nation?  If you don’t, then perhaps you should join the ARMY of people who’ve dedicated their lives to insure that what we have and that what we believe in will always live on.  Consider this YOUR personal call to action.  What will you do?

Here’s a quick and easy thing to do:  Register and Vote

Exercise your right as a citizen to elect those that you think will do the best job of insuring the principles and values we say we want.  Do that, VOTE.  Every vote cast honors those that have fought for FREEDOM.  Do that, VOTE.

Everyday is a challenge, however anything worth having has always been a challenge.

God bless us all and God bless America!