The Great American Dream, Is It Gone?

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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?

PLAN B IS NOW!

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.

GAIN THE ADVANTAGE!

Overcoming Objections In Network Marketing

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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.

OBJECTION #1

“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?”
PYRAMID

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”?

OBJECTION #2

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”?

OBJECTION #3

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?

COMING TO THE CLOSE

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

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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”.

 

Living A Life Of Unconditional Love 

What is unconditional love?  

Wikipedia defines unconditional love as affection without any limitations or love without conditions. 

Loving someone no matter what their faults are is challenging.  Christianity teaches us to love others in every situation.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV / 322 helpful votes

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Patience now there is a word so misunderstood and misused.   I remember when I was a child my mother was always saying to me “You have no patience! You need to learn patience!”

So confusing as a child.  I always thought she ment I needed to become a doctor to have patients. 

When a situation arises that is out of our control do we handel it the best way possible?  

For example a loved one becomes critically ill, on lifesupport what can a person do?  Nothing! Praying, waiting being patient for the outcome.

Insisting on its own way 

Love sees through all things.  Never putting itself first. Compromising first before giving into another.  

Arguments occur between one another. That’s a given fact.  It’s how we respond during that moment weather in a soft spoken word or a harsh tone will reflect true love.

Releasing Emotions

What’s keeping you from living a life of unconditional love?  

Resentment, anger, hatred, the list goes on.  Find it in yourself to let them go.  Release those emotions, open up your soul, free yourself and you can begin to live a life of unconditional love.

Thought and comment are always welcome.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

Happy New Year 2017

Another year behind us and a new one lies infront of us.  I love new beginnings.  A new year brings us just that.

A chance to wipe the slate clean, pick ourselves up, moving forward into a bright new future.

I’m going to breakdown the meaning of all three words.

Happy

According to Google happy is a feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. 

How does one show a feeling?  A smile, a post with happy faces, babies, puppies, kittens a favorite teams win.  

When someone says; ” I just want you to be happy” what are they really saying?   Can we be happy without smiling, posting positve and uplifting sayings on social media?

I’ve learned to be content with my life just the way it is.  I may not have big fancy houses, top of the make in motor vehicles and all the material things that people associate with “happiness”.  What I do have is a loving husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends.  That makes me rich in happiness.

New

New is defined by Google dictonary as not exsiting before; made; introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

Every day brings a new beginning. It is up to us to make it count.

Year

Merriam Webster defines year as

a :  the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sunb :  the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the skyc :  the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun <two Mercury years>

The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it. -Plutarch


How will you use this year to your advantage? 

I wish you all a healthy, positive, prosperious 2017!

As always…..

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera



December 

December is here and another year is coming near the end.  

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I want to take the time to reflect  back on this year.  

As I look back at my blog I see the growth that has happened.  When I started blogging it was random, without a real purpose.

My very first post

 Creating Your Brand is so short, after reading it I have to wonder what was I thinking?

Scrolling on up you will find my atricle titled  A New Era.  This post was written after I turned fifty.  Looking back on personal goals, things that still needed to be achived in my heart and mind.

One of my  favorite articles is Becoming A Power Affiliate Club Expert Author.  The PAC for short, has been a great experiance for me.  I’ve worked hard to win certain contest to become an expert author.

If you’re a blogger then consider checking out this video How PAC ( The Power Affiliate Club) Works For You.  Lesly Federici is one of the co-founders of PAC.  Her mentoring is graceful, caring, kind and firm but loving.  

Another Pac co-founder and expert author is Monna Ellithorpe. She is also an editor and publisher. When I was looking for an editor for my book,  Yes I Wrote A Book it’s called Terror In The North Tower.  A suspensful murder mystery that will have you gripping the edge of your seat!

One of my most proudest moments was being nomintated for the Liebster Award.  This award recognizes up and coming bloggers for their hard work and allows them to gain attraction in the blogging communities.

Another favorite post is Damaging Self Talk.  Looking back on this crazy year in the news is what led me to writing that post.  Please treat each other with kindness and respect.  All Lives Matter!

Last but not least  I want to leave you with images of my family and a few favorite posts from Facebook Connect With Alicia Page


And this is one of favorite pictures of all time.  It’s like God painted a flag of the United States Of America and said, “God Bless America”!

To you and yours may the month of December 2016 bring you much health, happiness and a bright new year.

 As Always  Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Happy Thanksgiving America!

Why do most americans only choose to be thankful on this one day?

Shouldn’t we be thankful everyday for all that we have?

I am thankful for living in America.

For my family, friends, God’s saving grace for without him I am nothing.

I am thankful for you my readers.  Without someone to read the words I put down, they would just be sitting on paper doing nothing.

I hope that if you are in the United States Of America you have a safe and happy day.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera



Damaging Self Talk 

There is power in the tounge! 

 Think about that statement for just a moment.  

Proverbs 15:1

 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Now that the United States of America’s election is over I’ve heard and seen more anger and hatred that ever before.   What is the point of it all?Running ones mouth, speaking of hate and violence is not what America was founded upon.  

Martin Luther King Jr

was one of the most outspoken and influential people of his time .   Are we as a nation forgetting the most important message he shared with the world ?  

His speeches were not those of “go riot into the streets because you don’t like the outcome of a vote, go forth and beat each other up because you have different values and beliefs “


Oh I’m sure we have all heard or read his “I Have A Dream” speech.  In The 60’s he was ridiculed by his peers for things he said and made fun of.  It was the power of his words that began to change his life and the lives of those that followed him.

The I Have I Dream speech was his most famous; however there were other quotes which are fitting for today’s times.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr


These are just a few.

Damaging Words

You have power in your words. 

The words we speak bring love, hate, healing, irreparable damage, illnesses, unforgiveness, and forgiveness.

When was the last time you yourself made a positive statement about yourself ?   

Do you tell yourself these things everyday ?   

I am strong ! I am beautiful! 

I show love and receive love!

When we confess positive statements out of our mouth they come to pass.  We may not see them come to forwichen right away.  Years, months or days later we start to believe what we say.  We stand a little taller, push our chest out a little more and walk with confidence knowing we are speaking positive things into the universe, which will come back to us.

Affirmations

Affirmations are one way to train your mind into positive thinking while speaking them out loud . 

I found a great little gem on my Google search.  

What Are Positive Affirmations

Great ideas for you to get started with improving your self talk.

Will you agree to join me in this pledge?  If so please comment I pledge below and feel free to copy this image and share it . 

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

What I Learned From Toni Nelson 

Yesterday November 5, 2016 I had the pleasure and opportunity to be interviewed by Toni Nelson.   Build Authority Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Award winning Videographer/Photographer.  


After she approached me about being interviewed I had to say yes.  A chance to get one talking about my newly published book, Terror In The North Tower wasn’t going to be turned down.  

I expected Toni to offer insights as to marketing, improvements I could make with my marketing strategy and that she did plus more.

Topics Discussed 

The main reason for writing the book, marketing strategies, self published verses traditional publishing ,  challenges and staying focused.

Toni made me feel at ease.  It was as if  I was sitting in her kitchen having coffee and just chatting away.  Before I knew it thirty minutes has gone by and we were saying our thank you’s and good byes.

What I Will Remember

I will remember most the conversation that took place after the recording. Her insight on how to improve the website for my book  Author Alicia Osmera. 

Oh if you don’t know the book is called Terror In The North Tower.

 
Suggestions for holding book signings, speaking engagements, and sale, sale, SALE!

Using The Interview

I know what your thinking.  Where is the interview and can I hear it?  Soon it will be released in I Tunes and I will let all my readers know just as soon as I have a release date.

I have already started to implement some of the suggestions from Toni and I can’t wait to see how the rest will play out.

As always I welcome your comments.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

 


 

 

What Do You Mean It’s Thanksgiving

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Every year in the United States of America we have this little holiday called Thanksgiving.  

It’s supposed to be a time of reflection, gathering together with family and friends to be grateful for what one has.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving cartoon.  Watch Charlie Browns Thanksgiving here.
I always loved Charlie Brown and his friends as they try to have a traditional thanksgiving dinner . 

Snoopy does all the cooking.  While Woodstock attempts to assist with the preparations . 

Charlie Brown of course is stuck in his usuall rut of aggravation, undecissiveness that goes along within his little part of life.

His best friend Linus always maintains a positive attitude no matter what is going on.  I loved this cartoon growing up because it shows us that holidays don’t have to be in the normal ways.

Every nationality can come together with one mind.  The mind of thankfulness .  

 What does the word thankful mean?  According to Dictionary.com it is a 

feeling or expressing gratitude;

appreciative.

Can Charlie Brown find the things to be grateful for?  I’m not going to spoil it for you just in case you’ve never seen this episode.

Really there are people out there in this great big world that have never seen or heard of Charlie Brown . 

The one thing I will tell you is see that kid at the head of the table? That is Linus.  The positive influence in Charlie’s life.  Always had the one thing to say that make a person think . 

Thankfull

Things I’m thankful for are 

1. YOU – without anyone reading my articles my words would just sit here taking up space never to be seen or shared.

2. God – Okay I know what your thinking .   Why, What. Without my belief in God I don’t know where I’d be today . 

3.  My Husband and Family – I love my family .  They make this journey through life exciting.

4. Friends – We all have friends.  I have a few special ones that help to keep me somewhat level.

Lastly

Charlie Brown of course ! 

May you have a special Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Please leave a comment on two things your thankful for.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera