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OVER THE HILL

Do you know when it was that you first realized you were getting older?

I think it is probably when you start thinking and reacting in the same ways that your PARENTS used to think and react…

It will definitely become apparent when you start saying some of the ridiculous-sounding (at the time) things that your parents used to say…things like “Quit crying, before I give you something to cry about!”

WHAT?!?!?!?!

Anyways, it seems to me that each successive generation becomes lazier – thanks in large part to breakthroughs in technology, we (as a society) no longer have to work as hard in order to achieve the same results…

But I am almost positive that my parents’ generation said the same thing about MY generation, back when we were growing up…LOL

After all, kids in MY generation did not have to either walk and/or ride our bikes everywhere that we needed to go…we enjoyed remote-controlled, COLOR televisions…and our dual-income parents could afford to provide us with a quality of life that they, themselves, were never able to experience at that age…

The kids in MY generation DID survive childhoods that may seem horrific to the kids of today – spending ENTIRE DAYS outside of the house on weekends, finding our own fun to have…playing on playgrounds that consisted of sharp metal edges, hot metal slides, and gravel to land on (in other words, NOTHING that was soft)…having to be home (or use a pay-phone) if you wanted to speak with someone on the phone…drinking water straight from the garden hose…and the list goes on and on…

Yes, kids of today – GENERATIONS of people before you survived and thrived with NO cell phones and NO computers…

Today’s younger generation seems content to spend a majority of their waking moments in the VIRTUAL world (online and/or on their cell phones) – this phenomenon, in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing – but only if you take time out of every day to experience the REAL world that is alive all around you!

I digress – that “rant” was sparked by some comments that I overheard between 2 teenage girls who were working behind the concession stand when my older brother and I went to see a movie not too long ago…

Allow me to set the stage for you – we went to see “The Guardians of the Galaxy” (an excellent Avengers-type movie with A LOT of great adult humor, by the way, in case you have not yet seen it for yourself)…

While I am buying my pre-movie Milk Duds and medium Coke, one teenage girl mentions to the other how tired she is, even though she had just returned from a 30-minute break…

Feeling myself to be a little confused at that point, I had to ask the question: “Shouldn’t you be feeling more REFRESHED, since you just returned from your break?”

To which she replies: “NO! I am working a 7-hour shift tonight, and I’m only getting that one 30-minute break!”

It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud, right in her face…I mean, WHAT?!?!?!

I reflected, instead, on how things have changed so drastically from one generation to the next, over the past several decades – and that the people who belong to each generation are largely a product of their respective environments at the time…

I imagine that people from EVERY generation will experience this age-old feeling at one point or another in their own lives – the feeling that the generation behind them is lazier, and more rebellious…thanks to the technology revolution, each successive generation WILL have an easier time of things as they grow and mature, after all…

Another way to look at this – if I reflect on my own generation – however, is for myself and my peers to be PROUD of this “generation gap”, because it means that those of us in MY generation have done an admirable job of making life at least a little bit easier for our kids and our grandkids…

Now it is up to the members of Generation “Y” – also now known as “the Millenials” – to strike out and make a name for themselves…to take full advantage of everything that Generation “X”-ers have provided them and IMPROVE UPON THEM, while they are attempting to make our world an even better place to live…

NEWBIE FRUSTRATION

I have been trying to achieve profit via Online Marketing for over 2 years now…

The trouble is that there is SO MUCH information out there that it is difficult to know where to turn – and WHO to turn to – in order to get started down the correct path…

I would like to share with you a few simple tips & tricks that I have learned the HARD way, in hopes of saving you at least a little bit of the frustration that I have already experienced…

1) Before jumping into ANY offer, you should first decide which particular niche you are most interested in – in other words, which particular topic / group of people resonate with you the most…Stay-at-home Moms, Military Veterans, Baby Boomers, College Grads, Musicians, Dog Trainers…you get the point…

2) Decide which medium resonates the most with you – if you are a good writer, then you should probably start out Blogging…if you love being in front of the camera, then you should start recording Videos…if you are a good public speaker, then start with either Teleseminars and/or online Webinars…

3) Seek out available opportunities within your chosen niche – and research each of those opportunities thoroughly before deciding on a particular course of action…try to maintain an open mind because even though your chosen opportunity may be the best thing to come around since sliced bread, there will be plenty of NEGATIVE press about that opportunity online, somewhere…don’t let that get you down, though – there is even negative online press about MOTHER THERESA, after all…LOL

4) Once you have confidently selected an opportunity, the next step is to GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT THERE via your chosen medium (see step 2, above) – but this is where it gets tricky…
 Always posting/speaking about your new business opportunity – and nothing else – is the SLOWEST path to success because you will be turning off everyone in your desired market…you need to offer your potential clients / customers QUALITY CONTENT – FREE of charge – thereby (over time) positioning yourself as the “go-to” person (ie: EXPERT) in your chosen niche because you are consistently offering FREE advice / tips / tricks that will save people a lot of time and money… this will result in people TRUSTING YOU, which is extremely important…
 A good rule of thumb to follow is to speak about / market your business opportunity only 20% of the time – the other 80% should be spent offering FREE QUALITY CONTENT

5) Mimic people who have already achieved the levels of success that you personally desire within your chosen niche – LEVERAGE the knowledge and experience of those who have traveled that road before you – there is absolutely NO need to reinvent the wheel here…
 When you first get involved in a particular business opportunity, seek out the individuals who are reflected on that company’s Leader Boards and research what they are doing in order to achieve their respective levels of success…What are they doing?…Where are they Advertising / Marketing?…With which social media Sites are they interacting?…How are they structuring the content within their blog posts / videos / email messages?
 In other words, figure out what is making these people successful, and DO THAT

6) CONNECT with the people who start responding to your marketing efforts – THANK THEM for responding to you – ask them for feedback on what drew them to your message…start building relationships with these people because they are more likely to invest in your products and/or services once they KNOW and TRUST you (review step 4, above)…

I will end there for now – I hope that this has all made sense to you, and that I have been able to save you at least a small amount of frustration….

A Nation Run By Idiots…

I received this in an email message, and I just HAD to share it:

A Nation Run By Idiots…

By
Jeff Foxworthy:

If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might
live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A DUMB COUNTRY!!

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for
entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy
liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for
who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by
geniuses but is run by idiots.

If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets
to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one
24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you
might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old
girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka
or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars
of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is
“cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school
is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by
geniuses but is run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government
regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY DO BUT ONLY WHAT THEY SAY.

3rd Presidential Debate

I need to vent for a few minutes, so please bear with me…

First of all, I am supporting Donald Trump – not because I like the man, himself – but because I am concerned about the future of America, should Hillary Clinton be elected…

Trump has some serious personal flaws – the way that he has spoken to and treated some women in his past, his disgust with losing, and his unhealthy need to verbally respond to defend himself against any and all personal attacks – but he is REAL because he reacts and speaks the way he feels, without worrying about political correctness…and maybe some people are only offended because they have been conditioned by our society to live their lives under the umbrella of political correctness – in which case Donald always seems offensive to them…?

Hillary is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR – a fact that gets re-proven on a daily basis through recent Wikileaks revelations – yet so many Democrats and Liberals continue to “drink the Kool Aid” and refuse to see the writing on the wall about Hillary’s TRUE nature simply because Donald Trump doesn’t speak and act in ways in which they think he should…

Do you realize that if ANY of the other candidates whom Donald defeated in the Republican Primaries would have come out on top as the Presidential candidate – the Clinton Machine would have already wrapped up this election…? Since Trump is self-funding his candidacy, he is not beholden to any Special Interests or Lobbyists – so he is beyond being “pressured” by lifetime politicians…in that singular way, Donald is the PERFECT nemesis for Hillary!

It has been revealed that Hillary admits she needs to give 2 different messages in politics – the public message that she gives to her constituents, and the polar opposite message that she gives in private while speaking to her wealthy donors…with just that 1 piece of information in mind, how can you honestly believe ANYTHING that she publicly says during this campaign…?!?!?!

SOME IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER:

– Hillary and Obama both say that Trump is “whining” when he claims that this election is being rigged, even though recent revelations have already proved him to be correct…yet she, herself, is claiming that Russia is attempting to electronically rig our election…?!

– Trump wants to bring Americans more security and peace of mind by building a wall between us and Mexico to secure our borders, and deport all of the dangerous illegal immigrant s who now reside in America…Hillary wants hemispheric OPEN BORDERS – within her first 100 days in office, should she be elected – as well as allowing hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to emigrate here, even though the leaders of ISIS have ALREADY TOLD US that these groups of refugees WILL BE infiltrated by ISIS rebels…do Liberal / Democrat Americans really want America to experience the increased rapes, violence, and murders that are currently occurring in Europe…?!

– Many on the left are joining in the Hillary chorus that none of the Wikileaks revelations should be considered to be relative because “the Russians” are hacking all of our top official email accounts…yet Hillary and her Campaign staff actually DID AND SAID all of the things that are now being revealed to the public for the first time…knowing that these negative conversations and actions really took place behind closed doors, what difference does it make WHO reveals them…?! Why can a large percentage of Americans NOT accept the TURTH about the EVIL of Hillary’s character…?!?!?!

– Supreme Court Justices…Hillary will appoint LIBERAL justices, whereas Donald will appoint CONSERVATIVE justices…and unless Term Limits are set for the Supreme Court, that body of law will affect the direction of America for GENERATIONS to come…

I will sum this up now because I could talk about this all week – this election comes down to 1 basic thing…the safety and security of America as a FREE country for our children and grandchildren…

I implore you to look at the ISSUES with an open mind – this election is not about the personalities of either Hillary or Donald – it is about their respective POLICIES concerning these issues, and about the quality of the people whom they will place around them once they get into office…and it is about the current state of America – are you happy with the “status quo”, or are you YEARNING FOR CHANGE?

In other words, are you willing to risk your children and grandchildren being forced to live in a borderless, socialist society that offers: fewer jobs and opportunities, more immigrant violence, more people forced to rely on the government via welfare and food stamps, and more government interference in your/their daily lives…?!

5 NETWORK MARKETING TIPS I LEARNED FROM MR. MIYAGI

1) “Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle – sooner or later – get squish, just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do YES or karate do NO – you karate do GUESS SO, squish, just like grape.”

 Correlate this mindset to ANY area in life in which you want to achieve success – you should put ALL of your mental and emotional efforts into being the very best person you can be – providing the most value possible, whenever possible…to coin a football phrase, you need to “leave it all out on the field”…because if you just half-heartedly do anything, you will never achieve true success….

2) “Now use head for something other than target.”

 You will definitely run into walls – obstacles in your path. Many times YOUR motivation and successes will make others envious because it reminds them of their own un-realized dreams. Remember that your goal is to help yourself achieve success by first helping others – do not make it all about YOU. In the process of helping others, you will develop and acquire skills and techniques that will enable you to easily counter any and all objections that will naturally arise within them – helping them to see possibilities and opportunities that were previously eluding them….

3) DANIEL: “Hey, what kind of belt do you have?” MIYAGI: “Canvas – JC Penney, $3.98 – you like?”

 KEEP IT SIMPLE…if you are like me, sometimes it can be easy to feel overwhelmed – there is so much information available out there, and so many “gurus” trying to convince you to invest in their respective systems, that it is hard to know just who to trust. Relax and take a few deep breaths…realize that if you just take things 1 step at a time – and put forth consistent effort in your personal pursuits – you WILL eventually reach whatever level of success that you desire!

4) “Better learn balance – balance is KEY. Balance good, karate good – everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home…understand?”

 It is VERY important to maintain an equal work/life balance…sometimes when you are seriously focused on achieving success in a particular life pursuit, it is extremely easy to get caught up in all of the minutiae – the “little things” that tend to suck up a majority of your free time, leaving you stressed out and frustrated. Create a daily schedule for yourself to counter this – plan out your days in advance so that you can avoid this common pitfall….

5) “Don’t forget to BREATHE – very important!”

 RELAX – none of us are perfect, even though we sometimes put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be…remember that humans are all created in the same likeness, but are each blessed with unique characteristics – each of us will experience forms of fear, joy, sadness, elation, love, loss, depression, exhilaration at different times in our respective lives, and in different combinations. With these differences in mind, concentrating on helping others to the best of your ability can FREE YOU from worrying about what may seem to be your own “imperfections”…Life is truly about GIVING, after all….

Hillary Presidency

If you are even REMOTELY considering voting for Hillary Clinton during this Presidential race – or if you are considering voting for a 3rd-party candidate, which will indirectly result in your voting for Hillary Clinton – please consider just a few of the Presidential Cabinet of Deplorables** that you will be voting into office for the next 4 to 8 years:
– MORE taxpayer-financed FREE stuff for favored Democratic groups
– MORE national debt
– MORE business regulations
– MORE government-directed “crony capitalism”
– MORE lay-offs
– MORE unconstitutional Executive Orders
– MORE politics of envy
– MORE illegal immigrants
– MORE Radical Islamic terrorism
– MORE Clinton scandals
– MORE favors for big bucks contributors
– MORE gridlock in Washington
– MORE division between Blacks and Whites
– MORE criticism of the Police
– MORE crime and disorder
– MORE Obamacare and higher premiums
– MORE down-sizing of the Armed Forces
– MORE late-term abortions
– MORE out-of-wedlock children supported by Welfare
– MORE gun control
– MORE Federal control of public schools
– MORE multi-gender bathrooms
– MORE LIBERAL Supreme Court Justices
– MORE political correctness
– MORE assaults on Free Speech on College campuses
– MORE chaos in the Middle East
– MORE humiliation from China, Russia and Iran

In other words, MORE of the last 8 years under President Barak Obama – or worse…

** – “Guilty As Sin” book, authored by Edward Klein

LOVE IS THE ANSWER

I have spent a considerable amount of time with personal organization

I have been working on getting my Online Marketing skills and knowledge up to speed for well over a year now – so that I can become more successful at helping others – in the process, I have taken quite a few notes and printed out a plethora of free reports…as such, I am fairly worn out, mentally…

This is totally unrelated, but I felt the need to share…

I was emotionally moved by a song that I recently heard on the radio – the 1995 ditty “I Believe”, performed by Blessid Union of Souls…

This song has a beautiful, calming melody – the emotional movement comes from the underlying, timeless message within the song – a message of Love and Acceptance…

Look up the video on YouTube and/or search for it in iTunes – ABSORB it – you will be glad that you did…

LOSING MY DAD

I lost my father just over 19 months ago, to Congestive Heart Failure…

His open-casket ceremony was conducted beautifully – it was a fantastic tribute to his life, and the impact that he has had on all of his surviving friends and family members…

My Dad was a quiet, unassuming man who always cared more about doing for others than he did about doing for himself

He preferred anonymity to the spotlight

I consider myself BLESSED to have inherited his caring nature – that is the part of my own personality that I am most proud of!

My reactions to his passing were mixed, naturally – I am sad that he is gone, especially at the young age of 68 – but I am also happy that he is now in a much better place…that he is no longer suffering through the constant pain that he endured over the last years of his life…happy that he is now reunited with lost family and friends, and that together they are watching over all of us…

Even though my Dad and I had many differing interests in our respective lives, we always shared that family bond – the Love between a Father and his Son…
I can only hope to be – for MY Son – the kind of Father that my Dad was for me…a gentle man who nurtured my development into a responsible human being with kindness and compassion, but also with a firm hand…

Dad, you will FOREVER be missed by all who were in some way touched by you – you are Loved by all who survive you, and I am personally PROUD to be able to call myself your Son…

God be with you, Dad – I vow to live my life in ways that will continually fill your heart with pride!

Your Loving Son,
Jason

LONE SURVIVOR

Not too long ago, I watched the movie “Lone Survivor”, starring Markey-Mark Wahlburg

It is based on the TRUE story of 4 U.S. Navy Seals who get stranded during a covert operation over in Afghanistan – their well-laid plans get interrupted by unforeseen circumstances, and a vicious fight ensues…

The movie does not contain any graphically-violent scenes, as do many war movies (ie: Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, etc), but it does get extremely tense and emotional….
It is a fantastic tale of Brotherhood – and of NEVER giving up, even when the situation seems hopeless…

This mindset can be carried over into your own life – your own business / career – your own WHATEVER

Remember that your mind is the most important and powerful muscle in your body – your mind holds powers that we, as a species, have yet to tap into…most of us barely utilize 10% of our mental capacity!

YOU are special – you were put on this Earth for a specific reason – and even if it takes the majority of your remaining life to figure out just what that particular reason might be, you should SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD…that’s WHY you are here….

We are all like snowflakes – there is not another YOU on this planet – you have significant and unique skills and talents that are intended to be used for the betterment of others…stop holding yourself back! ; )