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!
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”.
Today marks the end of my five motivation series. Please leave me a comment on whether or not you’ve found any value in this series.
The one quote that keeps my going every day says; “When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty trust him fully because two things can happen either He’ll catch you when you fall, or teach you how to fly.”
The last few years have been a challenge for me, both personally and professionally. I’ve had a few jobs working for different companies. The last two, I thought were going to be my last ones until I retired. God has a quirky sense of humor.
These last few years are not what I had planned for my life. Trying to find anything positive from it all gets hard.
Trying to break out into freelance work has been difficult for me. Either I haven’t found the right niche, or I lack the experience that certain companies want.
Sometimes I feel like giving up on my dreams, other times I push myself to keep trying. One day. One day it will happen for me.
May you have all your dreams come true and stay MOTIVATED to keep moving forward .
Gain The Advantage,
Renard tells bloggers that it is okay for them to continue blogging if they are unable to pay their WordPress.com renewal package fee.When Bloggers Think About Bringing Their Blogs To An End
This is not my work. I hope you found it interesting.
Gain The Advantage,
Welcome to my Monday Motivation series part four.
While doing some research for today’s blog post, I came across a few interesting ones which pose the argument of not motivating others.
Sounds a bit harsh to me. That was until I started to read a few of them. One article that stood out to me is written by Dr. Carolyn Morgan, Carol Morgan has a Ph.D. in communication and is a professor at Wright State University. Her insight intrigued my interest in researching this topic further.
In this article, You Can’t Motivate Other People So Don’t Even Try!
She begins by pointing out that inspiring others is a good thing, however, some people can’t or don’t want to be inspired, motivated, or encouraged period!
If motivating people implies action and inspiring implies that you have moved them mentally or emotionally in some way. Then which one is better?
Changing the world around us can be done one small step at a time. Is it worth it?
I hope you will read Dr. Carolyn Morgan’s article and give some feedback to both myself and her.
Gain the advantage,
Welcome to Part Three of my Monday Motivation Series.
How have you liked or disliked it so far? I would love your feedback, so please leave me a star or comment.
Today I wanted to take you back to an article I wrote a few years ago titled Move That Mountain That Is In Front Of You. There’s one portion that talks about what it takes to keep motivated.
“We must take the time to prepare our minds for success. Be willing to attend training, conventions, webinars, podcasts, skyping, and so forth.
Developing the skills necessary to become successful doesn’t happen overnight”.
Finding the time to develop the necessary skills can feel overwhelming in itself. Working a full-time or part-time job, raising a family, appointments, etc, hardly leaves a person time to do anything for themselves.
I’ve found that I must make the time to keep my interest up with things to motivate myself.
Using a motivational planner might aid with keeping track of projects, time management and more.
Amazon Motivational Planner is a good tool to use. They have many to choose from.
I’m not perfect and I’ve let myself down in this area to keep myself motivated. I promise from here on out to do better and make a commitment to do one activity a day to move into gaining success.
Gain The Advantage,
Welcome to Monday!
Part two of my Monday Motivation Series. Today I want to share with you some motivational quotes that I found on Goodreads.com.
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine”. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart”. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
This is one of my favorites. Probably because we all go through the “bullshit” to gain success and stay at the top of our game.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it”. Jordan Belfort
I believe that a person’s mindset contributes to how successful they become.
What motivates you to keep moving forward?
Please leave a comment.
Gain The Advantage,
Welcome to my new series named, Monday Motivation.
Mondays should be all about motivating ourselves for having a positive outlook and outcome for the week.
In one of my previous blog posts titled Move That Mountain, I talk about the things we do today to change negative habits that will be reflected in our attitudes, speech, postures, and business.
How do you prepare yourself for the day? Are you mentally pumping yourself up?
My goal in writing this series will be to explore new ways of helping to boost your morale and mine. Finding alternative ways to change negative mindsets over to positive ones.
Please join me in this journey for the next few weeks.
Gain The Advantage,
What is Labor Day Really about?
According to Wikipedia Labor Day is a Federal Holiday on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American Labor Movement and the contribution of laborers that helped to make America great.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. The three day weekend is packed full of barbeques, parades, swimming in a lake, or local pool, baseball games and the end of summer trips.
For more information on the history and the founders of Labor Day you can read this article by the US Department of Labor. (I figure why reinvent the wheel when it’s already been discovered).
I’m keeping this one short today because I can and I don’t work on Labor Day. Ha ha 😂
Have a safe and happy Labor Day.
Gain The Advantage,
My original article was in 2017. I did a revision in 2020 . Trying to piece together what makes a great mother can be challenging.
Sure we can take this one day of the year to celebrate our Mothers and Grandmother’s, or we could tell them all year long how much we love and care for them.
Every Mother is like a Flower. Each one is Beautiful and Unique.
Even pet Mom’s need love to. If your a pet mom this is for you also.
I hope you enjoy your day with family or by yourself, if that’s what you choose. Me, I will be going with the flow at whatever comes my way.
Happy Mother’s Day 🌼🌹🌼
Gain The Advantage,