I am an American

As many of us know, our actions speak much louder than words.  Wisdom passed from one generation to another. However when it comes to being an American, we should also remember what President Ronald said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Being an American means so many things.  It’s conceivable that two people will do more than communicate some idea of Americanism.

G-d has blessed me for sure.  I’ve had the privilege of literally traveling much of the world we all enjoy.  It was truly an honor to represent my country (in addition to myself and my company).

I’m still reflecting on the activities of our 4th of July.  There was so much I wanted to say but decided it wasn’t the day or time to do so.  However, I will.

Are you glad to be an American?

What do you think?

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.

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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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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

The Pencil Parable

The Parable of the Pencil

A pencil maker told the pencil 5 important lessons just before putting it into the box:

  1. Everything you do will always leave a mark.
  2. You can always correct the mistakes you make
  3. What is important is what is inside of you.
  4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings, which will only make you better.
  5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose that you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are is what’s inside of you, and then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

Whose guiding you?