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…]

Corporate Giving – The Charitable Component of Profit


Perhaps it started with the old testament (Malachi 3:8) or a feeling that you had down in the pit of your stomach that said, “I’m so blessed, I should bless the lives of others.”

A friend named Jeff first brought the idea of corporate giving to my attention.  Jeff’s idea was that every corporation has a responsibility to the community as a whole.  To this end, the company we started in 1999 gave money to Habitat for Humanity so that homes could be built for those in need.

One of the great things that Habitat insists on is that there is NO free lunch.  Yes, they will build you a home but you will help build it and you’ll pay for it so that others can have homes.  The new home owner’s payment will fit your their ability to pay.

The concept of “teach a man to fish” is important. We all feel bad about those in need of food and/or the basic necessities of life.

As a young boy at the age of 10 I found myself homeless along with my younger Brother and two Sisters.  My Mother didn’t have the skills to be anything other than a Mom.  She did her best but the responsibility to provide fell upon me as a the oldest child. [Read more…]

In Remembrance of Neal Rench – If . . . by Rudyard Kipling

Prolog:  Today was a remembrance and celebration of Vincent Neal Rench.  He was a co worker with my wife Margaret but he was also our friend.  Presented here is his favorite poem.

If with a shadow

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise.

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
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Rules that work . . . for life!

Rules that work


Life is full of rules.  They don’t all work for each of us but many of them work for all of us.  I recently came across this hanging on the wall of The Ability Center near my home.  It struck the cord of familiarity that resonated with me.  Perhaps it will with you.  Ask yourself this one question:  “If we all lived like this, would it be a better world?”

You’ll have to answer that question on your own but I think we all know the answer.

Earlier last week, Carol Jones Lev Friedman  gave me a gratitude challenge.  I want to thank her [again] for making me think so deeply about my life and those I love and care about. Tomorrow is my birthday and that has me thinking about what I’ve done with the past 68 years (both good and bad) of my life.  I can only hope that I’ve done more good for humanity and the people I love than bad.

As a Mason, I’d like to think that principles and values govern my life.  What’s written above are values that (in my view) we should all live by.

Perhaps this graphic will be of benefit to you.

Here’s a shout out to my wife, family, friends, business associates and the many people over the years that I’ve had the good fortune to meet.  Each and everyone of you have impacted my life in a very positive way.  I’m confident that I’m a better person today because of each of you.


What is our Patriotic duty?

My Country's Keeper


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