The Great American Dream, Is It Gone?


Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself;  “Where has the great American dream gone”? 

In the past 10 years the U.S. Government reports that more than 3.5 million jobs have been eliminated in the past 10 years! What’s more frightening is that an estimated 55% of jobs created in the next 5-10 years will be at or just slightly above minimum wage. The modern two income family earners are not able to provide and care for themselves or their families like their parents.

At age 50 — 75% of the population has less than $5,000.00 saved up for retirement. Not to mention that if they were to take ill who’s going to take care of them? Medicare, Medicaid is not enough. Once you have worked so hard all of your life to earn your pension unless you’ve made a sustainable amount then you’re stuck with state run care. (I will not get on my soapbox about that issue).

What’s happened to the middle class?

Today if you’re making more than $27,500 a year you are doing better than half of this country. Realistically that’s not enough to buy food, pay the mortgage, car payments and other needs. The fact is that this is one of the reasons why both parents are working in a two parent family. Sometimes both parents are working multiple jobs to just barely make ends meet. Over the last few years the cost of living has risen but not the paychecks!
Once upon a time, most American families could afford a nice home, two cars, a motorcycle, a boat and a nice vacation at least once a year. I remember taking at least two vacations a year with my parents when I was younger. We were middle class and we were happy. But now I ask you; “Where is the American Dream”? Has it dies right in front of our eyes? The middle class is getting screwed at every turn. We work hard for what we have and it’s still not enough! Does every American need to be at the poverty level or below? Does every American need to be at the upper class level or above it?

After World War II the American Middle Class was thriving. Men were returning home from war opening new businesses, employing more people and happy to be alive.  People wanted to work hard to earn what they had and keep it.
One of the biggest reasons that people come to America is to find the “American Dream”. It seems like now the illegal aliens that are coming to America are getting everything handed to them. But at what cost?

Some surprising facts:

According to a new CNN polls, 59 percent of Americans believe that is has become impossible for most people to have the American Dream.
The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country.
So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNN Money’s American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International. They feel the dream — however they define it — is out of reach.
Young adults, age 18 to 34, are most likely to feel the dream is unattainable, with 63% saying it’s impossible. This age group has suffered in the wake of the Great Recession, finding it hard to get good jobs.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 36 percent of Americans under the age of 35 own a home. That is the lowest level that has ever been measured.

Right now, approximately one out of every six men in the United States that are in their prime working years (25 to 54) does not have a job.

25 percent of all American adults do not even have a single penny saved up for their retirement.

The New Truth

We cannot survive alone here in America with a traditional “JOB” (Just Over Broke) or under whatever your case maybe. So what is the answer?

Donald Trump endorses network marketing as a great way to earn an awesome income from home. Now I know what you’re thinking it’s a scam. Really then …….
Why are women the top producers in network marketing? 89% of women are top earners. If network marketing was a scam then why is it so successful?


Have you got a PLAN B? Have you had the OPPORTUNITY? The time is NOW!
The opportunity is HERE! Find your PLAN B and learn all you can to create the financial freedom your family deserves today.


Overcoming Objections In Network Marketing


Objections, objections, OBJECTIONS!! Stop the objections already! Or as I refer to it (I need more information and I don’t know how to ask the right question). We all get objections from time to time. Family, friends, co-workers, even people we meet on the “street”. When they ask “What do you do for a living”? I tell them that I am a network marketer, I get the “deer caught in the headlights look”. I’m sure you have experienced this also.
If you think of the objection more as a way to look for more information, you will usually get a better response and they are more open to what you have to say.


“Isn’t that a Pyramid Scheme and aren’t those illegal?” This presents my opportunity to “pounce” so to speak on them and move full speed ahead with REMOVING the objection that lies before me.

First thing is to ask them to clarify what they mean by illegal?
Then once they explain my conversation goes like this—-

“I want to ask you a question. Does your boss own the company or does he run it”? Most of the time I get; “He just works for the owner and runs it” reply. Then I ask them, “Who does”? You would be shocked at the number of people that don’t know who owns the company and who is signing there paycheck. “There’s an owner of for your company, right? And who’s underneath them? The vice president, chief executive officer are, right?”

YES — Here is your chance to draw out the comparison of network marketing verses corporate America. Once you draw out the pyramid and place everyone where there supposed to be on it then ask them, “Get the picture”?


People at the top make all the money, no one beneath them makes a dime!

You could reply by saying this; “That’s the best part of starting my own business. Everyone starts out as an equal and can advance in the company anytime without any limitations. When you ask your boss for a raise or a promotion do you get it”?


They had a bad experience.

Try to probe them for a little more information about their bad experience. Was it just because they didn’t have the right mentorship? They didn’t make money, didn’t like the products or didn’t want to put in the work it takes to become successful.
You can reply with; “Oh I know how it is. This isn’t my first rodeo with network marketing. I’ve done several others and I can tell you from experience that this is the first time I am making money! I love my up line the training and mentoring are just the icing on the cake. And I am a successful at it”! “Do you want to know more information”?

Engage them into the conversation by asking questions.
For example
1) Oh yes what do you know about the industry?
2) Have you been in network marketing before? Tell me about your experience(s).
If there still skeptical I always go back to the best eye opener I found that works well.
**Have you ever heard of Amway? Do you know how long they have been in business? They’ve been around a long time. 50 years!
If this industry doesn’t work, then how have they survived this long even in the biggest economic downfall of America?


Ask them what they think makes a successful marketing company? Say to them, “If I can show you _______ (there name and fill in what they just told you) would you be willing and open to take a look at my opportunity?

Make sure to listen to them. Be a good listener! Listen for their needs, wants and hearts desires. For it will surely lead you to the promised land of success.

The Golden Circle


Have you ever watched the video by Simon Sinek titled, “Starts With Why”?  He makes interesting points to ponder on.

All great leaders think, act and follow the same way.  Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright Bother’s for example.  They communicate the exact same way.  It is the complete opposite of everyone else and from what we are taught in sales and marketing techniques.  All Simon Sinek did was “codify” it.    What he did next totally made sense to me.  The light bulb in my head went on and I am approaching my business in the same way.

Draw a target on a piece of paper.  Make three circles,  one big, one smaller inside the big one and then another smaller one inside that one.  Then inside the smallest circle write in “Why” , the middle circle write in “How”, and in the outside larger circle write in “What”.

For example he talks about Apple and how they’re easy to understand and everyone gets it.  Most marketing and sales are done by things like, “We make great computers.  They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly.  Want to buy one?

What’s the difference with Apple?  Here’s how they actually communicate.  “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quot.  We believe in thinking differently.  The way we challenge the status quot is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly.  We just happen to make great computers.  Want to buy one?”

     Remember that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it! 

If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe! Market from the point of view to find out ‘why” they need your product or services not “what” they need.  How are you approaching your market place niche?  From the inside out or the outside in?  **Go to YouTube and watch the video ***  It will explain the Golden Circle in detail.

Leaders inspire us.  We follow leaders for ourselves, not for them.  Remember to ask yourself, “Why” you have the ability to inspire those around you or to find others who inspire them.

Gain The Advantage!

footnote  all materials were taken from the video by Simon Sinek titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.


Empathy vs Sympathy In Healthcare


​Over the last twenty five years I’ve learned how to separate empathy for patients and having sympathy for their situations .   Exactly what are the two and how are they different ?

Wikipedia defines Empathy as the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.

Sympathy is the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another life form.

As a professional respiratory therapist I’ve learned over the years how to separate the two feelings.

As a new graduate working in the hospital I was overwhelmed with these two emotions.  Seeing patients who are suffering on a daily basis is exhausting .   You want to wave a magic wand and make their pain and sickness go away.  Seeing there families every day and watching there facial expressions makes sympathy easy.  It’s learning to separate the two that becomes difficult . 

In an article by Pennsylvania College titled 

Sympathy vs. Empathy: Where is the Line for Health Care Workers?

The author explains empathy in a very simple way.

Empathy takes it to a whole other level. With empathy, you are not just caring about someone else’s struggle; you are taking it on as well. You are sharing in someone’s pain as though it was your own. The ability to empathize with someone is important, but it doesn’t always have a place for everyone working in health care. Empathy can be extremely draining emotionally, which can take away from your ability to carry out your duties in a hospital or other health care environment.

Which one do you choose ? 

I can’t answer that question for you only you can. 

 As you settle into your career choice these two feelings will start to become more clearer. It’s human nature to feel sorry for those in need.  Determining how to distance one’s self from the feelings to complete the job at hand comes with practice.

Have you had an experience where you had to choose between empathy and sympathy ?   Please share.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera 


Have You Published A Book

If you are an avid reader of my blog then you already know that I wrote a book.  

Terror In The North Tower came from my background as a respiratory therapist.  This is a suspenseful fictional thriller with more twist than Grey’s Anatomy . 
The Challenge To Edit And Publish

After much searching, phone calls and email I was starting to realize publishing wasn’t going to be so easy.  Through the Power Affiliate Club I met Monna Ellithorpe.  Known as The Blue Jean Writer, she helps other author’s edit and publish wonderful works of words.

Once she was done with editing and I approved it we set out sites on self publishing through Amazon.

Purchase Terror In The North Tower here.

Publishing hasn’t come without it’s challenges. 

1. Marketing – self marketing is hard work .  Researching places that may or may not put your book in their businesses . 

2. Social Media – getting the word out on social media is a time saber and huge benefit.  According to Search engine land

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining traffic or attention through social media sites.

 The Hubspot shows marketing statistics 

  • 61% of global Internet users research products online. (Interconnected World: Shopping and Personal Finance, 2012) Click to Tweet
  • Using this blog is one way of using social media.  Your reading this post right now.  Is it making you think?
  • Lastly blogging

Blogging gives the writer a chance to express themselves, showcases thoughts and ideas .  Yes I’ve published my first book and I’m working hard to market it.

Have you ever published a book?

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 


Why Would You Ever Want A Mentor

What Is Mentorship?

According to Wikipedia

 “Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.”

What Are The Benefits To Having A Mentor?

A good mentor is willing to encourage, uplift, help set career goals, business goals, learn a new set of skills to further your career or personal goals… and honors your dreams …

On June 13, 2015, I wrote an article on my personal blog titled “Advice Of Your Mentor(s)”.  One of my favorite mentors is Eric Worre (and still is). He has a great collection of  CDs and his popular book  “GO Pro” is available here , all worth a look if you’re interested.

Here’s why I like Eric Worre. He’s been in network marketing for over twenty years.  At one convention he had an ‘aha’ moment that changed his life forever. At that event he made the decision to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert.   Since that time he has done just that by encouraging other network marketers to challenge themselves with obtaining each and every goal set.  Through his book and CD’s thousands of people learn methods and techniques which they can use to see change the way they market themselves and companies they represent.

I admire this man for speaking out and wanting to help struggling network marketers.  He coaches people on the “seven steps” it takes to go pro.  Eric’s wish is for you to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional. For you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way for generating financial security.

Lesly Federici, RN  amazes me each and every day.  She’s a Registered Nurse and the CEO and  owner of the Power Affiliate Club .

She is warm and encouraging, yet stern and challenges each and every PAC member to be the very best they can be with their blogging skills.  Weather a newbie or experienced blogger, Lesly Federici makes people feel welcomed and comfortable to ask questions about blogging. She coaches members to develop professional skills in writing, and blog presentation.

So What’s In It For Them?

The answer I would hope is to help other’s succeed with whatever they are trying to achieve.  Some mentors just believe that they are truly helping people and want to see them succeed.

Think of it as leaving a legacy for others.  As a mentor you get to leave a lasting mark on society with the knowledge and wisdom that you have passed down to another person or group of people. Mentors have a great advantage to change the world around them for the better.

Finding The Right Mentor

  1. Find the teacher who has achieved what you want.  No matter what you’re trying to accomplish a good mentor can assist you with getting the end results.
  2. Check out more than one person.  Some people just don’t click.  Just because one person said, “Hey how are you, I can mentor you”, doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you.  Be persistent  in your search for the right  mentors.   If your mentor isn’t open and communicating with you after several attempts go find someone else that is willing to take the time to appreciate you and your goals.

Be Prepared

Be a teachable!  There is nothing worse than someone who says they want help from a mentor and then they aren’t willing to do what it takes to achieve their main goals.

Be willing to try over and over again if that ‘s what it takes to create your visions  and dreams into a reality.

Offer value to the person you want to mentor you.  Show them that you are teachable, willing to work together in a partnership and learn from them.

Well I hope this article has helped you in some way.  Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.


Gain The Advantage,
Alicia Osmera

3 Reasons Why Using Your Products Increase Your Bottom Line


Michael Hyatt says it best

We’re not being selfless when we avoid promoting our product. We’re just undercutting our own mission and creating an opportunity for someone else to take our place.

 As I connect with other network marketer’s I’ve found it more common that people are shy about using and sharing the products they endorse.

1. Belief In Yourself  Do you believe in yourself?   Do you know that you have the abilities to promote your company?

Most people will fail in network marketing because of doubt.  We must believe in our own abilities to sell whatever products people are looking for.

2. Developing Leadership Using and promoting your companies products helps you develope leadership skills.

Promoting and selling helps us to develop leadership skills.  As we communicate with other’s we are honing those skills needed to become a leader.  Look at the top ten sellers in your company.   How did they get where they Are?  They started at the bottom, learning, sharing and now finally the leaders they were destined to be.

3. Promoting Equals Money aren’t you into having a better life?  Why are you a network marketer? What made you believe in this opportunity? 

If we’re excited about something we share it with others.  A new resturant, new food,  new places and products.   Think about this most start up companies happened because one or two people got excited enough to tell one or two more and so on.

Did that make them crazy? No it means they were inspired, intrigued and wanted to share.

Sharing your products with others is the only way to build confidence. If we don’t share then who will?

Don’t miss out on an opportunity because your nervous or scared.  Learn to overcome those feelings and go for it.

Are you struggling with something?  Leave me a note I will help if I can.
Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Competing  In A Traffic Challenge

During the last four weeks I have been involved in the Power Affiliate Club  (PAC)  traffic challenge. 

During this challenge we were assigned certain tasks.  Such as finding issues effecting other bloggers then write an article abd publish it on Tuesday.  Share this writing  and comment on other sites.

This leads me to comment hunting.

What Is Comment hunting?

This is where as a blogger you visit other sites, read an article, post a comment  and share.   Participating in this action helps drive traffic to your site because other bloggers may comment back and visit your site.  

For example while doing research for this article I came across an article titled,  How to Get Influencers by Brian Dean.

After reading this and leaving a comment I have now enteracted with someone I didn’t know.

The Purpose 

The purpose of participating in this challenge has been to increase my skills as a professional blogger.  To assist with increasing traffic flow to my blog site as well as reciprocating others. 

Links are important Using Blog Links is a great article instructing you how to link blogs together. 

Linking blog sites means that now when I publish a new post, my followers will get notifications  (if they’ve choosen that options)  in a much quicker time.

Has this traffic challenge worked? 

YES, Yes it has! My Alexa rankings have improved as well as I’ve had the opportunity to meet other bloggers.


I wrote about the Power Affiliate Club all the time.  I’m excited to have meet so many other bloggers, authors and writers which want to see other people succeed.  

During these last four weeks my blog site has attracted seven new followers,  increased my Alexia rankings and has been a while whole lot of fun.

Connect and engage with other bloggers.   Be adventurous,  go out on a limb, get out of the box. 

Has this been helpful to You?

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

What Happened To Connecting With Other Bloggers?

The past few weeks I’ve been connecting with other bloggers, commenting on their sites and searching the world wide web for articles that spark my interest. 

Meeting new bloggers has been exciting and challenging. 

Robert Sutherland shares his thoughts on riding motorcycles and writing.  In this article he makes some valid points.  

  • Get started – The hardest part of riding a motorcycle or writing is getting started.
  • Keep moving – The hardest stuff to read is the prose that … just … inches … along … and doesn’t seem … to move … or make any progress … or go anywhere. Lose your balance on a bike and you crash. Lose your balance in your story and you’ll lose your readers.
  • The hardest parts of riding & writing – Think of the word: transitions.
  • All good things must come to an end – As an author, you choose where and when to end your story. Live it up! (We don’t have much control in life. That’s why we write.)
  • Stop 

It’s a great read you should take a trip to his article. 

Find and join other blogging communities. 

I wrote alot about PAC that’s because making the connections has improved my blog style, writing style and not to mention meeting new friends.

Another community I really like is Blogging Syndication Tribe on Facebook.   This community helps home business entrepreneurs with support and communication. 

How will you connect? 

Have you given thought to making connections with other bloggers?

Search the internet, find what interests you and remember in order to be a successful writer/blogger we need fellowship with others like us.

Here’s to connecting with you.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 


Standing, Sitting It’s A Choice 

Recently I was at a concert, DEF LEPPARD, REO Speedwagon and Tesla this got me thinking why do we stand at certain events and sit for others?

This concert was phenomenal!  The best performance I’ve ever seen both REO Speedwagon and Def Leppard put on.

People were up out of their seats dancing, clapping, screaming I think you get the picture. 

So why do we stand at some events and not others?

For instance the opera is a show but it seems to be forbidden to stand up during the show.  We sit down and stay sitting during the performance. 

Sports activities are a mixture of both.   We sit, stand,  sit, stand,  yell and cheer on our teams.  Why is this?

Why is it more acceptable to stand at these events than a church service?

  I know, I know unless your in a Catholic service there’s not much exercise going on.

Benefits Of Standing 

The average adult burns more calories while standing which involves more muscular contractions than sitting.

According to an article by Peak Fitness standing for one- fourth of your day significantly reduced your risk of obesity.

Standing for One-Fourth of Your Day Significantly Reduces Your Risk of Obesity!

Standing promoted physical health.  Within 90 seconds of standing up, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol – are mediated by  insulin which activates all of these responses. 

Benefits Of Sitting 

There are many negative article and arguments suggesting that sitting is bad for our health.   Sitting can be good for health,  especially with the proper posture.

According to The Lazer Spine Institute the benefits of proper posture while sitting include

  1. Easier breathing 

  2. Healthier joints 
  3. Better concentration 

Which one is better?  

Many articles and research have been done in both subjects. I say stand when you need to and sit down when you need to.

Oh by the way standing and dancing for three hours can leave your body soar the next day.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 


Are You Driving Traffic To Your Blog Or Sitting In A Traffic Jam?

I’ve been blogging for over three years now.  It wasn’t until a year ago that I started to become more serious. Getting noticed was hard.  Was it the content in my articles?  Was it the boaring words putting potential new readers to sleep? 

Pinpointing the problems wasn’t easy as a new blogger until I found a group called the Power Affiliate Club Becoming A PAC Expert Author has given me the opportunities to explore more topics, gain a better understanding of using certain techniques to gain more followers.

An article by PAC Founder and Expert Author Lesly Frederic, RN It’s Not Enough To Just Have A Blog brings things into focus for writing your blog.  In it she writes; 

You Already Have An Audience 

Surround yourself with the audience you develop because they like you and LIKE your personality.

I’ve learned alot from Lesly Frederic and the Power Affiliate Club authors and social media communities. Plugging into other blogging communities has changed my perspective on using long tail keywords as explained in this article by Robin Khokhar.  Another blogger who is making a difference. 

Plugging In

Plug yourself into other writing social media groups.  I know I talk alot about PAC, I must because of know one spreads the word how can a community grow. 

Another group is the Blogging Syndication Tribe on Facebook. 

This is a closed group and you must ask to join.  

In closing seek those who want to see you achieve success.  Hang with like minded people.  You’re not going to be liked by everyone.  I’m not liked by everyone.  That’s alright with me! 

I’d rather attract traffic to my site with people seeking to be coached infamy areas then be the top and biggest thing on the internet. 

Has this post helped you?

Please leave a comment. 


Alicia Osmera 


Five Breakthrough Headline Words To Gain Traffic To Your Site

You know that you must have an effective headline to drive traffic to your blog.

Creating content worth keeping the readers attention is challenging. 

Wade Harman    writes about blogging with great insight to the bloggers community and offers awesome tips to improve one’s traffic flow.

Headlines using these five words can increase traffic to your blog site immediately. 

#1 Curious

Remember the saying “curiosity killed the cat”?   People are curious by nature.  There’s something about the need to know how, what and when things are happening. Sparking the readers attention is challenging;  however when the writer throws in certain words readers need to know more.

#2 How To 

Many topics are covered with these two words.  How to increase traffic,  build an email list, write an article, write an ebook.  Offer tips with content creating value and they will keep coming back for more.

One of my colleges and PAC Expert Author Joan Harrignton writes about How To Be More Focused.
#3 Free 

Free suggests you are giving them something.   A free Ebook, download to a topic your writing about.  

When given the choice weather to pay $.50 for an ebook or download then same thing for free which one would they choose?  Why free of course.  

#4 Breakthrough

For example science and technology headliners constantly show breakthrough.

Breakthrough in Nrf2 Science or Nrf2 Still Wondering Why You Need It which one stands out more?  

As a science geek I can tell you the first one.  I’m always looking for newest studies and research with a proven breakthrough.

And lastly #5 Numbers

The most popular numbers in headlines are 3, 5, 7, 9 and 13.

Numbers grab the readers attention!

Numbers spark interest, sending attention to key points you want the reader to know.

Traffic and engagement keep your blog exciting and fresh.  Comment on other blog sites and engage with the authors.  

Did you find this post helpful?

Please comment I’d love to read your thoughts.
Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera