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”.

 

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. 

As always GAIN THE ADVANTAGE, 

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.

 http://www.wadeharman.com/ways-promote-blog/

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 

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.

Abilities

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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