Archive for May, 2011

Verification Empire Ave


This is a post to verify my code for Empire Avenue :))) Hope that is correct.


Empire Avenue

Have you heard of Empire Avenue yet? I had a few people invite me, but I didn’t go right away because we all know there are always aps and things floating around the internet. Your head would spin if you went to them all.

Finally I decided to check out Empire Avenue to see what all the fuss was about.

It’s a little overwhelming. It can make your head spin. When I saw it was about stock, I thought that would be a little confusing. I’ve never had much luck with the stock market.

It ends up that Empire Avenue is a game. Even thought it is a game, it’s also somewhat of a social network that ties all your others together in one place. They give you play money to buy stock in people.

It was very odd seeing people buy me. It would be kind of cool if they sent you the cash they say you’re worth as it seems to add up fast. If you’re into social networking you might want to check it out.


Minnesota Vs Florida

I just returned from a trip to Minnesota. I was thinking how it’s just so different. In Florida it’s already in the 90’s most days, with high humidity. I really didn’t know how to pack as Minnesota is very different from Florida.

When you’re in Florida, with it being summer already, it is hard to imagine packing for the north. Last time I left Minnesota it was January and they had about 4 feet of snow on the ground. Somehow your mind remembers the last time you see things, and so I packed clothes that would be for a colder climate yet not winter.

I was surprised to get off the plane and find it was quite warm, with sirens going off warning of storms and tornados. That lasted just one day, and by the weekend it was 40 degrees and raining. Just happened that was the day my grandson had a baseball tournament. He had 3 baseball games between 8 AM and 4 PM so we sat out in wind and rain and froze.

The next day it was sunny and beautiful, yet chilly to those of us from Florida. It was in the 60’s and sunny. The rest of the time there it was 60-70 and cool crisp air.

When I flew back, it was like going to a different planet, again heat and humidity. It’s just so hard to picture in your mind the differences, when you pop on a plane, and land to different temperatures.

It would be kind of neat if we had a magic wand that made temperatures in all states stay about 70, with crisp air. Summer in Florida is not fun, unless you can stay at the beach for the entire summer. :)))

Happy vacationing everyone.


First Impressions

If you are building a business, or looking for customers first impressions are everything. You may be excellent at what you do, but if you make a bad first impression, you may not get the business.

I was thinking back in time. Back in the late 70’s we purchased our first brand new Ford. We were excited. While the car was still under warranty, it had all sorts of crazy things that went wrong. The dealer never could repair it, so we never knew when we’d be stranded. Needless to say that left a bad taste in our mouths for buying another Ford of any kind.

Fast forward to today. I know many people that buy and love Fords. I’ve seen some models that really are nice looking but as soon as I see the label Ford on the car, I think back to my first Ford and I don’t give it another thought. My first impression goes to the one we had that wouldn’t stay running.

On the other hand in the 80’s we bought a Honda. It was great, we drove it for many years, and later gave it to my daughter. She drove it many years, and sold it to a friend. The car never had any issues, and lasted until her friend wrecked it. So we had a good impression of Hondas.

While you can get a lemon in any type vechile, first impressions are everything. How to you represent the product or business you’re selling? Remember, people buy from those they know, love and trust. First impressions are everything. Be sure you’re making a good one.


Travel Weather Differences

I live in Florida. By May, we have temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees. If you’ve lived in the south long, you learn that is the norm. It’s hard to think about packing when you are visiting different areas and places.

I spoke with my daugher the past week and asked her what their weather was like, thinking that it would proabably be at least in the 70-80 range by now. I was surprised when she said they had been having weather this week about 30- 40 degrees.

I really had to stop and think about that as it seemed to me, that it’s summer time everywhere, when that’s not true. If you plan on doing any travel, it’s always a good idea to check with people in that area, to see the acutal temperature so you can pack accordingly.

When you travel, weather can change abruptly for you, so don’t let it take you by surprise. There are some areas of the country, I’ve seen that weather can change 3 or 4 times a day. Don’t let it be a shock. Check, then pack and enjoy.

Travel is fun. I love seeing different places but always try to adapt and be prepared.


What Is Really Difficult?

I do NOT know the author of the following article. I did not write this one. I found it most true & intriguing. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as it is very thought provoking.
Difficult! Difficult! What is really difficult?

Is a home-based business difficult? It is difficult when you must produce a report on a Saturday afternoon and cannot attend your son’s football game.

It is difficult hearing the cell phone ring on Christmas morning and you cannot see the excitement on your daughter’s face as she feverishly tears into another box.

It is difficult knowing the rust bucket you call a car is eating you alive in maintenance but you
cannot afford a new one. Even gas is becoming too expensive.
It is difficult to go to your annual performance review, and even though you have worked hard for another year, you come away empty handed.

It is difficult knowing that you shop by price rather than whether the garment looks good on you.

It is difficult knowing that the house you are in is because prices just went up. Your budget is to the bare bones to upgrade.

It is difficult knowing that you married a wonderful person. You promised them the world but for the next 30 years you look at balancing the budget and figuring out what sacrifices must be made.

It is difficult reciting, “If we get this, we cannot have that.”

It is difficult always lowering your dreams to meet your means.

It is difficult knowing that you have spent 40 years of your life working for someone else only to realize that you will be retiring on 1/3 of what you cannot live on today. It is difficult when your children move away. You cannot visit them because traveling costs too much.

It is difficult knowing that the fish are biting this week and you cannot drop what you are doing and take your Dad fishing.

It is difficult watching the spark in your partner’s eyes fade because both of you realize the house you have been wanting is just a dream. Someone else is controlling your finances.

It is difficult waking up one morning & realizing that your children, the most precious thing imaginable, no longer need bottles, diapers, have tea parties, eat things found under the sofa. They once were shorter than the baseball bat they are trying to swing, but are now grown and starting their own families. You missed all of that because you agreed to be locked in an office for twenty years by a boss who watched his children grow up.

It is difficult dropping your one-year old at the nursery because you have to be at work by 9am to stand by the Xerox machine or handle irate phone calls and realize someone else is going to watch your daughter take her first step or have your son say his first words to the playground teacher.

Is it difficult knowing that you have diligently hard for the company worked only to be given an early retirement & put out to pasture?

I will tell you what is difficult. It is difficult realizing it is too late and that time frittered away can never be retrieved. It slips through our fingers one second at a time.

What are we doing with it? We have nasty habits about rationalizing, procrastinating and skirting important things rather than facing the issues. Too often we allow others who do not pay our bills, who do not share our dreams, to direct our future.

We have absolutely no freedom as a child. We rebel in our teen years and scream for freedom.

We die for the right to be free.
We fight vicious wars to have the seemingly innocent ability to choose.

We reach adulthood and we relinquish freedom because we think it is too difficult.

We do not want to take responsibility. We do not want to make a wrong decision so we obligingly give that awesome power to someone else.

We feel it will take too much time. Then, we have the audacity to complain when the decisions made were not what we wanted.

We wake up too late. Phrases like “I wished I had only”, “If I could only have that time back,” etc.

I believe the majority of people want to sing, but die with the music still inside. Face the music and shoulder some responsibility. You cannot have that time back.

You have chosen your direction. If you have not spent your time wisely, too bad.

You have no one but yourself to blame. You had the chance. Perhaps the opportunity was presented
many times and each time you elevated the trivial to a higher priority than yourself. Is a home-based business really difficult? Is it so traumatic to show someone an exciting product or idea? Is it so difficult to understand that if you work this marketing idea for a couple of years you might not have to confront some nasty options?

Would you work real hard for a year or two so you could put your family in the home of their dreams? Would you work real hard for a year or two so you could send your children to college chosen by excellence rather than one chosen by price? The same criteria you used for clothes shopping.

Would you turn off the idiot box, the soaps, the talk shows, sporting events or X Files for a year so you could take dream vacations several times a year?

Would you apply yourself for a year or two so you would have the freedom of being able to roll over, yank the covers over your head and wake at the crack of noon because you wanted to?
Would you work really hard for a couple of years to mold a lifestyle of your choosing so your family could live a lifestyle of their dreams, rather than trying to live how someone else thinks you should live?

We really think we are important in our jobs. The company we work for cannot survive without us. We are the cog that keeps things moving. Everything would grind to a halt without our presence. Think again. Corporations are just not structured like that.
A corporation does not rely on any one person to remain viable. A corporation needs many properly arranged little squares, functioning in a preset order to survive. After many years as a manager in the corporate environment, here is an excellent visualization of your importance. Find a bucket and fill it about 3/4 full of warm water. Make a fist and push your left arm in the bucket up to your elbow. Now, quickly remove your arm. The resulting hole is your impact. Sobering, isn’t it?

Can you identify the words “next time”? How many “next times” will you have? What will it take to get you off dead center?

Will it be knowing that people are begging for a way out and you have the answer but are afraid to show them because of fear. You are afraid of someone thinking you are taking advantage of them and are just out for the money? Gosh, I hope not.

Will it be knowing that people are agonizing through bankruptcy, realizing they only needed a couple more hundred dollars per month, not $50,000 per month You could have helped but you procrastinated once again!

I hope you wake up.

Realize the awesome power you have in your hands with this opportunity. The business you have chosen has the ability to change lives.

IT cannot DO anything. But YOU can change lives with IT.

YOU are the one with the life changing ability. What are you waiting for?

What will it take?

You will pay a price for your actions.

Which one do you choose to pay?

THINK ABOUT IT! THE CHOICE IS YOURS TO MAKE! Let’s talk sometime. I can help!


Start And Stop

How many people do you know that start and stop things? Have you ever joined a gym and plucked down good money, only to end up not going after your first month or so. Many people sign up a contract for a year or more at a gym and don’t even go half the time.

The same is true with many people that want to grow a business. They join. They start to work. Then they don’t take time to learn and focus on what they are doing. They start and stop. Unfortunately, it’s human nature sometimes.

People put money into things, and they walk away. It doesn’t make much sense but it does happen. Have you ever known anyone like that?

If you’re building a network marketing business, you will experience plenty of people that come and go, or start and stop. It’s nothing you did wrong. They sometimes appear very excited and serious, but then they don’t stick around to make it a success, or they jump from thing to thing.

The grass is never greener on the other side. It just looks that way. If you have chosen a business to build, plan to stick with it for at least 3-5 years. Also plan to schedule and work the business at least 10-15 hours per week, whether you feel like it or not. If you are committed, stay focused and treat your business like a business, 5 years down the road, you will be very thankful.

What I’ve learned is there is NO way to fail, short of quitting and quitters never win and winners never quit. All of us have a choice to be a winner or a quitter. It’s all up to you!