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!

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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”.

 

Win An Autographed Copy

In honor of #Nationlbookloversday I’m giving away an autographed copy of my scientific, fictional murder mystery. Terror In The North Tower will have you gripping the edge of your seat!

How to win

You must click this link and follow instructions.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6434025257606148096

Good Luck !

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

I Just Finished The Self Made Women 10 Day Challenge

I just finished the Self Made Women 10 Day Challenge.

What an incredible ten days.

Self Made Women was started by it’s founder Cynthia Delaney. She has a passion and a heart full of love to help others succeed in life.

I met both Cynthia and her husband Bill Delaney about three years ago while I was involved with a network marketing company. They were active and one of the top leaders in this company.

After talking with her she said something to me that made the ” lightbulb” flash inside my head. She said; “Alicia I’ve watched you struggle with network marketing, mlm and daily money issues for awhile now. Take the SMW 10 Day Challenge and ignite your destiny”!

At first I was apprehensive about it because my excuse to be honest had always been “my husband does not support me and holds me back”.

During this journey I have discovered it’s not him, it’s me. What have I been afraid of? I’ve been afraid of being uncomfortable, letting go of the life we know right now for a better one.

Well No More!

It stops today!

I have found a tribe of women that will encourage and help hold me accountable for making the necessary changes to gain the advantages and success I seek.

Yes I have written articles about mlm and gaining success, however if I am not practicing what I want to help others achieve then what good are my words?

To be an example, one must pay forward abundance, success and blessings to others.

The time is here and now!

I am a Self Made Women and I challenge you to ignite your destiny.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Remembering

Six years ago on July 20, 2012 an unthinkable and violent act by an animal of a puke human took the lives of twelve people and an unborn child.

The Aurora Theater Shooting was the worst shooting of it’s kind at the time. My daughter lost one of her best friends Micayla Medek.

Many others we injured that night .

Today is not about that night. Today is about honoring those lives taken too soon. The 7/20 Foundation now has the Memorial Garden in place across from the Aurora Munciple Center.

Yes tragedy struck all of us here in Aurora, Colorado that horrible night. Aurora came out stronger than ever.

We will never forget and we will be forever strong!

Happy Anniversary To My Blog

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started getting more serious with my blog.

As I look back to some previous articles I think “What was I thinking”?

Example my third post titled, Why Do I Work From Home I wrote because I was hoping to start up in an MLM company and be able to stay working at home.

I loved the freedom to do what I wanted when I wanted. However a greater being had other plans for me.

I believe now that not everyone is meant to be in a network marketing company and be a top performer. Okay I hear the doubters and the I told you so’s screaming and laughing at me.

It takes alot to get people involved in your home business. To buy the product your selling and trying to recruit others below you to actually make decent money.

Yes I still believe in network marketing. However it just hasn’t been working out for me. Oh I can hear it all now.. Did you do this and that? Yes and yes!!!

Three year doesn’t seem like that long ago. I thought I just started yesterday ha ha ha.

Happy reading!

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

I Must Apologize

I feel that I owe my blog readers an apology.

I’ve been so busy with helping my husband through the death of his brother and redoing the house so we could move in, that I just haven’t been able to write anything.

The worst thing through this whole nightmare has been the packing of both houses and now unpacking 1 into 2. Going through another person’s belongings isn’t any fun.

For sure it feels like an invasion of his privacy. Death never leaves anything private!

Unpacking God I hate it. Figuring out where to put things, all while working and trying to maintain life in general.

I promise to do better.

Please accept my sincere apology.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

3 New Techniques To Spruce Up Your Blog

Weather we like it or not Spring is here. Oh sure it’s snowing right now here in Aurora, CO but that doesn’t change the fact that Spring it here.

When one thinks of Spring it usually means cleaning up inside your home. Dusting, vacuuming and a good deep sprucing up. What’s the purpose? I believe it’s to throw out the winter blues and bring in the sweet smeels and sounds of the new season.

Which lead me to thinking how do I spruce up my blog?

First

Scroll through your blog post see if there are some older ones that you may want to delete. As I looked back I found one or two and I was bewildered at how I came to write them.

Secondly

Repurpose your articles. On December 19, 2015 I wrote this article on how to repurpose your content. It’s really not as hard as you maybe thinking.

Some of the best tips for bloggers come from my fellow Power Affiliate Club Authors. Check us out see how we can help you.

Still scared to repurpose your content?

Go ahead try it, you will be amazed at your self and what you can accomplish.

Lastly

Enter a blogging challenge, increase your vocabulary, use images in your articles. Images help raise the bar of your posts.

Comment on others posts, this will increase traffic to your site as well.

Hope these tips helped you out.

As always,

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia

Awkward Is Okay

Awkward is defined as not

graceful; ungainly

, not

dexterous; clumsy.

Being a preteen or a teenager is awkward for most young people.

Getting braces on their teeth. Girls and boys are starting changes with their bodies. Kids in school start making fun of others because they are different from them.

As a person grows into adulthood, they may be biologically an adult, and have adult behaviors but still be treated as a children because of their maturity level.

Workplace Awkwardness

Starting a new career can make anyone feel weird. The clumsiness comes out due to being nervous. How can one overcome this feeling of being awkward?

Shauna Lebowitz shares 7 Easy ways to stop being socially awkward in her article for Business Insider.com.

I love how she starts out her article.

Everyone’s had a socially awkward experience or two.

You go to hug someone, but they’re trying to shake your hand, so you end up backslapping them from a foot away.

We all have experiences good or bad! Leering how to overcome the bad ones takes time and practice.

What’s your best weird moment?

The one date I had with my husband I was wearing high heels and a sexy little dress. I got out of the car and was walking into the gas station I tripped over the hose and fell flat on my face. Awkward and embarrassing to say the least.

Since that day we laugh at almost anything.

Well time to wrap this up. Share your thoughts below.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia

Epiphany

Recently I had an ephiphany while shopping at our local grocery store. It occurred to me that we as a society start teaching our children at a very young age how to become “sales people”.

Standing outside the front door was a group of young girls. Dressed in we clothes with a uniform underneath. On there sign it said, “Girl Scout Cookies For Sale”.

It was at that point I realized how young our children are when they begin to develop selling skills.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado start recruiting girls as young as four or five. These little girls were so cute standing there and asking if we wanted to buy some cookies.

It was at that moment I realized these little, innocent girls were being coached to push their products. Okay maybe “push” isn’t the right word.

Selling

It doesn’t matter what the product is, it’s the fact that at a young age our children are vulnerable to the art of selling.

Hindsight

My belief is that as long as adults are teaching their children to be honest and forthcoming in their business practice, children grow up to be great sales people and leaders.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera