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May 2, 2017

Connecting At Events

You are a small business owner, consultant, or network marketer, and one of the earliest pieces of advice you receive regards the importance of attending conferences and events. You're told “leaders read” and almost in the same breath, you hear “leaders are made at conferences...leaders attend events.” When the average person in this situation is cash-strapped having just launched their business, they correctly assume that every dollar invested has to produce a return-on-investment (ROI). Attendance at events and conferences is an investment: Registration fees, travel, meals and lodging, and purchasing conference/event materials. Well, I borrow enough – or dip into…
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March 28, 2017

Taking A Chance On Yourself

  You're in search of more work/life balance but the career – or the job – does not offer the flexibility you need. The need for more personal freedom tops your list of “wish-I-hads” because, with it, you could make a difference in some important areas of your life to include family or your community. You know that somehow, you can become more than you are, help more, and do more. Well, you're not alone, but, as you say, “this is my life!” My question is, are you willing to take a chance on yourself? Do you believe enough in…
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March 28, 2017

Leaning Your Career Ladder Against A Different Wall

  "Take responsibility for the direction of your life; no one else will.”   There is always a family member, favored teacher, school guidance counselor, or revered colleague with well-intentioned career advice. Often, their advice may conflict with your dreams for a different future than the one they suggest for you. You appreciate their confidence and do not want to suggest they may be mistaken. What should you do? If this sounds familiar, remember this: you alone are ultimately responsible for your life successes and failures. Therefore, the goal is to lean your career ladder against a wall of your…
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February 28, 2017

Why I Like Passive Residual Income

    I like residual, or passive, income because it offers the possibility that my annual income could become my monthly income. Even if it took 3, 5, or 7 years, it would be worth it. If the possibility to earn in a month what I could earn in 12 months became my goal, therefore my focus, it could also become my reality; your reality as well. The principal obstacle for most of us to create passive residual income is in overcoming a traditional mentality about how we earn “real money.” Creating a continuous stream of residual income as part…
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February 28, 2017

At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality – The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington 1963

In honor of Black History month, Elias Villarreal, the Assistant Port Director, on behalf of the Port Director, Michael Humphries, at the Douglas, AZ Port of Entry, invited me as their guest speaker for an event they sponsored on February 22, 2013. Prepared remarks follow: "Elias, I thank you, Michael Humphries, the Port Director, and your colleagues for this opportunity to visit with you today. This is a first for me. I had the pleasure of working with your organizations earlier in my former career as the American Consul General in Toronto, a major port of entry. Although the Department…
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January 28, 2017

The Limits of a Poverty Mindset and Why You Can’t Afford It

Many years ago, at an important period in my life, a good friend and mentor offered some advice that had a profound impact on me. Her words forced me to become more aware of myself than I was; how my thoughts manifested in my behavior. The advice hurt but I am pleased she cared enough to sit me down when she did. Here is what she told me: The positive, even dynamic image I projected was diminished by my poverty mindset. Her words hit me right between the eyes! When I asked her to clarify what she meant, she acknowledged…
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November 28, 2016

Direct Sales – A Vehicle To Create Wealth in the African American Community: Building a Mindset – Part 2

  I believe creating wealth is as much a mindset as it is a deliberate set of actions designed to achieve a desired financial outcome. It is this mindset and the belief that everything you need is already in you that will move more African Americans toward prosperity and away from the hope that an American economic recovery with more jobs will provide the lift that keeps them afloat. The post World War 11 economy that built the world's most successful middle class is a thing of the past. The President and dozens of economists have noted this recession was…
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September 20, 2016

Shaping Your Economic Future – Are You A Thermostat Or A Thermometer?

Did that grab you? Good! Read on. Here is the essential difference between the two devices: A thermostat shapes its environment; in this case, your lives as you envision it. A thermometer, on the other hand, reflects its environment. A thermostat is dynamic, proactive, and it regulates its climate. It is a force within itself. A thermometer is passive. For example, when it’s July and you’re sitting in midday traffic, it tells you it's hot and that your engine may be about to overheat. We need both devices but we cannot be both. I like this analogy because it focuses…
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August 28, 2016

Wealth Creation in Direct Sales: You Have to Be Intentional – Part 4

  This is the final segment of my wealth creation series. I believe strongly there are essential truths to creating wealth and prosperity. In direct sales, for example, to create wealth, you must be willing to embrace risk in order to gain; become more than you are to have what you want, and be fueled at times by just passion to follow your purpose. Nothing new here. I am just applying basic principles to an industry many fail to adequately investigate. Bill Cosby, author, philosopher, tv veteran, and successful businessman says “decide that you want something more than you are…
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July 28, 2016

Saying Yes When You Don’t Want to be Bothered

  SUCCESS as a concept, a value, and a goal intrigues me still because the very idea of achieving it was instilled in my three siblings and me almost from birth.  Of course, there were other ideals, values, and objectives attached to us as well but, in my mother's worldview, the success she felt we could achieve, would somehow inoculate us against many of the legal and social strictures that crippled the hopes and dreams of many of her generation. Her wisdom belied her tender age and experience when she married my father at age 16.  One of the many…
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