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”.

 

SCHINDLER’S LIST

Yesterday I finally sat down to watch this epic movie Shindler’s List.

Finding it to a powerful film with telling the true story of the persecution and hatred the Jewish people endured during World War II.

This period of history is known as The Holocaust.  In 1933 a man known as Adolph Hitler came into power.  Chancellor over the German people.  Hating the Jewish people so much he wanted to see them extinct. 

Oskar Schindler was a German born business man that is credited with saving the lives of 1000 Jews.  

As I sat and watched this movie many emotions were going through my mind.  To this day I will never understand how one man could hate so much to have ordered the extinction of one race.   

Why were the Jewish people hated and feared so much?  They were peaceful, hard working, loving, giving people.  They were hated by Hitler and the higher authority because one man was so evil he could speak of hate and people listened and obeyed.  

Six million Jews lost there lives during the holocaust period.  Held in concentration camps, forced into slave labor, watching the horror as there own family members, friends and neighbors were mercellessly killed by an incinerator. Burned to death by cremation.  

First as your watching Shindler’s list you think to yourself; ” Oh look it’s snowing”.  Look closer at the flakes coming down.  The air and streets were filled with the ashes and bones of innocently murdered people.

Liem Nissen plays the character Oskar Schindler.  A German entrepreneur who seeks to employ as many Jews as he can to keep them from being sent to concentration camps.   I won’t give away the movie but I will say this, powerful acting by all the actors kept me on the edge of my seat.  Mixed emotions of fear, hate, joy and more.

Watch and learn from this movie. I admire the fact that one man stepped up to the plate knowing it could cost him his life to save just a few of the Jewish people. 

Many other stories of heroic measure during a horrible time have been told.  May God bless those families that still survive and of those that helped protect and save the chosen ones.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Reflections

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How often do you take time to reflect on your life?

Reflecting back on progress that one has made in business,  personal growth,  love life in general can be a healthy thing to do.

It allows one to take a look back and see how far they’ve come toward obtaining their goals.

As I’ve been looking back on the past articles I’ve posted putting forth the effort, hard work and connecting with other bloggers has lead to huge improvements with my site.

For Example:

Let’s take a look at my very first post Creating Your Brand written on June 8, 2015.  One hundred and seven words, short and to the point!

No comments from any visitors.   No engagement whatsoever!  I started receiving comments and more engagement as the articles improved.  Finding the right “wording” to attract and engage others has been a learning process.

It’s All About Connections

It’s all about making connections with other like minded people. Weather they’re a constant reader, a guest blogger or just passing by.

What are you offering to the readers? Is it something to challenge their thinking? Advise on certain subjects?  Challenge your readers to engage more with you, to make those connections that matter.   Each comment,  each visit to your site boosts your confidence as a writer; as well as your blog site ratings.

Victory Is Contagious 

Have you noticed when your attending a sporting event, watching your favorite game or even olympic event on TV when the team you’re touting for wins the happiness and joy you feel from the thrill of victory?

It’s contagious!

Look around at everyone.  There laughing, smiling, just having fun engaging with the comrodare of the victory.

Well I hope reading this will help you to reflect on things in your life.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Work In Progress

I started a new position as the Respiratory Therapy Manager at Medstuff Home Healthcare.  four years away from practicing my craft left me nervous and excited at the same time.  Monday the office was complete chaos.  

Four years ago I told myself, “self never do that again”.   Feeling burned out on my career choice I tried various opportunities from selling home security systems, customer service and my favorite venture was working at Mile High Harley Davidson.  My dream job!  As a rider and owner of a 1997 Harley Davidson Softail I was in hog heaven.  It was the  best three months of my life!

During the absence from my career choice I accomplished writing and now publishing my first book, Terror In The North Tower is a Murder mystery based on my background as an respiratory therapist. 

Work In Progress

Starting a new job, living in a new town or city, making new friends, new aquantances,  all leads to us as humans always being a work in progress. 

Without progress we wouldn’t make the necessary changes enabling us to grow.  New beginnings lead to exciting events.

  We can resist change. However it’s better to accept the change that lies before us, go through the growing pains makes us better in the end.

I accept the challenge that is before me to be the best that I can be.  Applying all my knowledge and experience into this new challenge before me.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera 




Striking Up Conversations Form Business Alliances

Oh My Gosh!   Here is it week number five of the PAC Blogging Carnival.  

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I have never had a problem talking to people.  You could consider me being a social butterfly.  I love to move around the room at a party or get together and meet and greet people.  Connecting with people is fascinating to me .  Finding out where they’re from, what they do, how much did she pay for those shoes all goes through my mind.  Getting the first word in gives me an edge on building a trusting relationship, if even only for a few minutes.

Once I made up my mind to become a serious blogger I started making connections with other bloggers who shared the same values, provided their readers with integrity and honest articles.  

One of my  PAC fellow authors Barrie Evans writes about developing alliances and value with cooperation in business.  Relationships help us to build a solid  foundation in our business practices.

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Sometimes I myself forget that I too am able to obtain all of my goals.  Meeting and connecting with the Power Affiliate Club has given me a new edge on blogging and learning from some of the best in the business.

For Example

 Claudia Peevy is great with showing others attraction marketing.  Check out her site I think you will be impressed.

 Emi Koulev I really admire her style of writing. Recently she published her first book The Cake Decorating Series Of Sugarcraft is informative and gives great details into working with fondant and cake decorating. 

Building these relationships has been fun and exciting for me.  I am meeting new people from all walks of life.  I haven’t met each one of the personally and who knows if I ever will, the one thing I can testify to is that because of building these alliances I am becoming a better communicator, writer and friend.

I cherish each and every person I meet along the way. Listening, smiling and taking advice as well as dishing it out.  My journey is still on going and I am by far an expert on blogging.  Continue to read on with me and I write away to new things.

GAIN THE ADVANTAGE!

Alicia Osmera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Day Quote Challenge: Day 3 (oops I missed a day)

I am not perfect just forgiven! 

I was so busy yesterday with the return of my husband home from the hospital I totally spaced out my day 3 of this challenge.

I was nominated by Sweta Ojha https://swetaojha.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/three-day-quote-challenge-day-1/ to participate in the three-day quote challenge.

Thank you for thinking of me Sweta Ojha.  Please stop by her blog site and check it out.

THE RULES SAY:

  • Pen down three quotes for three days
  • Nominate three blogs each day.  The nomination should not be repeated.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Inform the nominees.

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My prayer and hope for you my readers is that I will leave a footprint in your heart for the better.

My nominees are:

  1. http://www.paulaokeefe.net/
  2. http://notnowmomsbusy.com/
  3. http://words-encouragement.com/

These three blogger’s are fellow PAC memeber’s and they always have a positive message to share.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

 

Three Day Quote Challenge: Day 2

Three Day Quote Challenge Day 2

 

Reminder of the rules.

  • Pen down three quotes for three days.
  • Nominate three bloggers each day. The nomination should not be repeated.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Inform the nominees.

Affirmations

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My Nominee’s  today are:

  1. https://belikewaterproduction.com/
  2. http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.poweraffiliateclub.com%2Fthe-four-percent-case-study%2F&h=2AQFRwnxD
  3. https://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/

Are you up to the challenge?

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering A New Direction

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How often have you thought to yourself, “I need a change.  I need to reinvent myself, take a new direction”?

At the age of fifty I knew that something needed to change and change now.  If I was going to make a difference in the world and work with Nrf technology!  I needed to step it up in my personal growth and become the successful person I knew I could be.

Searching 

Searching for an opportunity to make our lives better, to gain a financial independence from the daily grind of a 9-5 job was always in the back of my mind.  I’ve been there and done that a few times. I swore off network marketing ever again after my last fiasco with one.  Then I was introduced to Nrf2 technology and Nutrigenomics.   Watch this video for more information  https://youtu.be/8iRwY6wC8cE

 

NUTRIGENOMICS :

the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, especially with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease.
“nutrigenomics holds great promise in fighting obesity and cancer”

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Once I saw the science behind Protandim and Lifevantage I knew I had to go all in.

Changing Direction

My focus and direction started to change.  There was something about spreading the news about this opportunity to advance healthcare as we know it.  Changing the direction of my career from a respiratory therapist to an entrepreneur was a no brainier.  Approaching my husband, now that was another issue.  I could hear all the excuses not to do this.  “You’ve done it before and failed.  You won’t make any money and it’s a waste of time.”

Well I am happy and proud to say I am not where I want to be, however I am getting there.  Traveling down the road of entrepreneurship once again, allowing myself to be challenged, open-minded, seeking positive influences, success minded people who want to join the journey with this new-found science and changing the world.

Innovative Thinking

Times are changing.  Companies are constantly downsizing, laying off employees, healthcare is astronomical with no end in sight.  Something had to be done to protect myself and my husband from the down hill spiral the world was in.  A company that was innovative, ‘not the norm”, willing to take a risk and accept the fact that they were different from all the others.  That’s what I got me excited!

No other company in the history of multi level marketing can match the scientific technology of Lifevantage.  Nutrigenomics is changing the forefront of network marketing.  They are a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq as LVFN, creating new categories of all natural supplements  to heal and help the body perform better.

Changing 

Changing our lives for the better was and continues to be my number one focus.  As human beings we change and adapt to our surroundings.  Never thinking we need to change until we are forced out of our comfort zones with a slap in the face to reality.  The world is ever changing so we must change with it or we loose ourselves into the deep abyss.

Gain The Advantage!

 

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Alicia Osmera