4th of July

Most of you readers here know that I’m a Vietnam Veteran.  Our daughter Morgan served in the Army.  Our son Doug retired from the Army every inch a soldier, having served in Kosovo, Iraq and Pakistan.  Each of them are certainly Veterans and this post today honors them and all those that have fought for our Freedom.  It is NOT FREE.

I received the following via email from my wife Margaret and added a few of my own experiences and comments:

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I hope there isn’t anyone on my list of friends and acquaintances that won’t at least acknowledge (to themselves):

Happy 4th of July

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

 

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KEEP IT LIT!!!          KEEP IT LIT!!!

For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be.


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Please support all of the troops defending our country.  God bless our military personnel who are protecting our country for our freedom.  Thanks to them and their brothers-in-arms from all the proceeding conflicts and wars of the past, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

 

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We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have and for which we can be eternally grateful.

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I have watched others, including a young Marine, salute the flag and then stand at ease.  I looked at them in uniform – so young, so tall and so proud.  With his hair cut square and eyes alert; he’d stand out in any crowd.

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As a parent I wondered how man men and women like him had fallen through the years.  How many died on foreign soil; how many Mothers’ tears?

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How many pilots’ planes were shot down?  How many died at sea?  How many foxholes became soldiers’ graves?  How many are still missing from every conflict and war?

Clearly, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

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Many of us have laid in our bunks listening to the sound of Taps in the night.  Everything is still.  I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.  I and many others before me have wondered just how many times the sound of Taps had meant “Amen”, when a flag had draped over yet another coffin of a brother, sister, mother, father or friend.

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I’ve thought about the graveyard at the bottom of the sea and the unmarked graves in Arlington.  This past week I visited a National Cemetary and saw this:

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Enjoy your Freedom and God Bless Our Troops.

Feel free to share  comment or thought about someone you’ve lost or someone that has served.  They will all be posted.

Happy Freedom – the 4th of July.

 

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…]

What is our Patriotic duty?

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People talk about our Patriotic duty but few put a definition with it.  After reading an article this morning and having a discussion with a friend, it occurred to me that I would like to at least try to define it.  Recognize that it is MY definition and you may not agree.  That’s O.K., America was founded on the principle of free speech and the freedom associated with it. So, here goes:

Patriotic DutyTo support the United States Constitution and our Bill of Rights. To vote for the candidate of my choice in any election, public or privately held (any time we participate in the voting process that is not for a public position). To support the rights of others as long as those rights don’t infringe on the rights of others.  To believe in and support majority rule.  To speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, be they in firmed or simply under the age of 18.  To fight (if necessary) for these rights against any enemy that would seek to restrict our right to exist as we have agreed upon as a nation.

I understand that some (in fact many) will take issue with what I’ve said, again, that’s O.K.  If you have a point of view why not add your voice to my own and comment below.

God Bless US all and God Bless America

What are the benefits of walking?

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I remember that my Grandfather walked for 10 minutes after every meal.  Not only was he very principled, he was very consistent in the way in which he lived his life.  Walking is just one such example but it does illustrate a few points worth mentioning.

Now that I’m getting older, my health is even more important to me (it should have been all along my life’s journey).  A couple of years ago I began walking at a consistent pace and taking our dog for companionship and exercise (nobody likes a lazy dog . . .wait, that’s not true).  Each year I started and stopped based on lots of different mental excuses.  I learned a long time ago that when you’re looking for an excuse, anyone will do (weather being a possible exception to the excuse rule).  So, I walk everyday, Monday through Friday and give myself the weekends off.

On the weekends I’m usually working alongside my wife around our home.  For me, that ensures that I’m exercising albeit in a different way.

The benefits of walking are amazing.  Prior to walking, my hip bothered me all the time.  I’ve lost weight and viola, my hip no longer hurts.  It also gives my mind a rest while I appreciate nature and the beauty around me.  The best benefit is that I’ve lost 32 pounds from my original weight before I started walking.

As part of my weight loss regimen I joined LoseIt.com to track what I eat (accountability) and what I do (excercise).  I also purchased a Fitbit (www.fitbit.com) Zip that tracks my steps, distance and the calories I’ve burned as a result.  It resets itself at Midnight each day.

Cursor_and_Lose_It__-_Community_ProfileNow, LoseIt has awarded me this badge for achieving my goal weight.  I’m proud of this because of the effort it represents and changes associated with that effort.  I highly recommend using LoseIt if you want to take control (personal accountability) of what you’re eating and what you’re doing to improve your health.

The benefit to me has been enormous.  The benefits to walking may be even better for you.

What are your thoughts?