The Great American Dream, Is It Gone?

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

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

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”.

PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS BE AWARE. THEME PARK ABDUCTIONS CAN HAPPEN.

My friend and actress Christi Baus posted this on her page.
Pay attention parents! This could happen at Elitches, Lakeside, Water World or anywhere.

THEME PARK ABDUCTIONS.
CALL the police first, then get security at the park. GET THE POLICE INVOLVED right away!

July 3, 2019
“I’ve not talked about my more-than-the-normal-crazy day at Hersheypark this past Wednesday because it involved a child belonging to close friends… a child who was almost abducted on my watch.

I wanted to respect their family’s privacy. They have now put it out there so I feel comfortable sharing the email I sent to Hershey this morning because it is important for parents to understand the dangers and their rights as parents. After watching the young man’s dad, a police chief, handle the situation, I can assure you that I would handle things much differently if a similar situation occurred in the future.

I honestly did not protect my daughter as well as I should have from those in authority and allowed her to be questioned 8 times. Her words were “Did they all think I was lying?? Were they trying to see if my story would change?” As soon as she told me what had happened, my gut screamed human trafficking, which she and I were immediately on the same page with (my kids have heard that lecture way too many times!). As you’ll read in the letter I sent to Hershey I had to be very firm to get any kind of result.

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Here is the letter:

Dear Ms. McGraw,

My name is Sherry Webb. For many years my family has enjoyed Hersheypark as season passholders. Every summer we look forward to weekly trips to the park with my daughters and a carload of their friends!

I am writing to you today because I am very concerned about an incident that happened on our last group trip to the park on Wednesday, July 3, and I would like to discuss it further.

On Wednesday, a little before 12noon, a woman attempted to befriend one of the children in our group while waiting to go down a slide in the Water Works area. She even offered to let him go in front of her, which would have broken up our group. I firmly said no. (Our safety rule for slides is adult or oldest teenager, kids, then adult. This helps to keep us together as a group.) She was waiting for the boy when he came down the slide and then attempted to walk away with him telling him that he would have fun on the slide in another area of the water park. My daughter told her “no, he needs to stay with our group” and a second later the woman grabbed his arm and tried to walk off with him. My teenage daughter yanked him away from the woman. When I came down the slide last, I was greeted by 5 scared young people. This is without a doubt the one of the scariest things that can happen to a child, to a teenager that has to step up to protect younger children and to a group parent.

When the young people explained what happened, I immediately approached the staff person at the Water Works entrance. She literally just stared at me and did not respond at all. I finally asked her if we could talk to security. She replied that “yes, you could find security” but never offered to use the radio on her shoulder to call them! I then approached a woman who appeared to be from the maintenance/cleaning department. She took me seriously but stated that she didn’t know how to get a hold of security and directed us to speak with a manager at Nathan’s. I approached an employee at Nathan’s and asked him to please have a manager page security as a child was almost abducted. The manager came out 5 minutes later and asked me what I needed, I told him but still no security person surfaced. I finally took the five young people to the First Aid building and unfortunately, I had to speak very strongly with the staff on the need for immediate action to get security called.

It took talking to FOUR employees, NOT counting the staff in the First Aid building, and thirty minutes for me to talk to someone in security. THIRTY MINUTES!!! That is absurd!

I am extremely disappointed in the staff in the First Aid building. When the children wanted to change out of their swimsuits, the staff directed them to the changing rooms in the park. After an attempted abduction with a child in our group they told my group of young people that the bathroom in their building was for staff only and that they could leave the adult in the group to go change in the changing rooms!?!

Kyle and the other full-time security staff person were helpful and seemed to take the situation more seriously. I did firmly state that I needed to contact the young man’s father before I would complete the written statement. I then found it quite disturbing that they were not going to call the Derry Township Police because they had not found the woman that had grabbed the child. Thankfully I had contacted the boy’s father, who is a local police chief, as he talked me through working with the Hersheypark security and finally got on the phone with them when they informed me that they could not call the police unless the parent was there. I’m not sure I understand that because the police talked to the young man before the parents arrived at the park. (The Hersheypark security team only took statements from my daughter and I.) I don’t understand the reluctance to call the Derry Township Police as it seems to me that when a crime is attempted the logical thing to do would be to involve the local police.

I was SHOCKED that the security staff wanted to take the young man to the security office WITHOUT the rest of the group. They wanted to take him down and the parents could meet him there. Why on earth would anyone think that taking a child that just went through such an ordeal away from the adult he knows and trusts is a good idea??? I had to refuse to allow our group to be split up several times during this ordeal. I even had to refuse to allow my 17-year-old daughter and the young boy to be taken to a conference room without me!!

The staff at Hersheypark completely dropped the ball and let us down on Wednesday. My group of young people stepped up and showed incredible strength and leadership. But many young people would not have known what to do. Had the young person that was grabbed not been the son of my friend, who is a police chief, I would not have known to push for a call to the local police. I heard of MANY attempted child abductions at Hersheypark last summer and was shocked to hear that the Derry Township Police was not aware of them.

Thank you for your time. I would appreciate if someone would contact me as I would like to know what steps Hersheypark will take to ensure proper staff training for future crisis/emergency situations.”

Thank you,
Sherry Webb

To the Hershey Park Management as a Grandparent and Health Care provider I am appalled at how your staff handled this extreme situation.

Your specialty is families and fun. I would hope that your management team would take this opportunity as a training experience to prevent anything like this from happening again.

Now this has been made public. How will your park handle this in the future?

Personally if I was visiting your state and knowing what has almost happened, I would shout from the roof tops “Don’t take your kids to Hersey Theme Park”!

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How do we stop human trafficking and children from being taken from us?

The Catholic Relief Services published an article about this exact issue. You may want to read it and share with others.

Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people around your group. If someone approaches your children in the group, stop them immediately and tell them to leave the area.

Teach your children how to be aware of strangers. Teach them what to do in case of an emergency situation.

The teenagers in this letter must have been so scared . Acting with bravery and strength, I applaud their parents for raising such great kids.

My prayer is for every child in this world to be safe and that angles would around them and protect them always.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Win An Autographed Copy Of Terror In The North Tower

Thanks for checking out my contest.

Click my Instagram link below. Follow me on IG and answer the questions to win.

Winners (2) will be announced on Monday June 24, 2019.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Let Us Never Forget.

Memorial Day is ment to be a sober day. Here in The United States of America, we hold those whom have laid down their lives in war times protecting America’s values and freedom very close to our hearts.

Personally I want to take this moment to say, “Thank You for your service to this great country, and for defending our ways of life for all people of America”.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Spring And Asthma

SPRING IS HERE!
Most people love spring, unless they have allergies or asthma and allergies. Plants are blooming, most people look forward to the temperature is rising . Unless one has allergies or asthma that presents another issue.

According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America

  • More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types  of allergies each year.13
  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.1
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 13 people have asthma.1

Pollen is one of the most common triggers of  seasonal allergies.  Every spring and summer plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. This pollen is carried by the wind to other plants which causes humans and animals to breathe it into their nose leading to the respiratory system.  More than 2 million emergency room visits  each year are related to asthma.  

Keeping Pollen At Bay

In an article on  WebMD  titled Spring Asthma the author Kara Mayer Robinson outlines 7 ways to keep pollen at bay.  

I suggest you read it when you have a chance.  Remember to avoid the outdoors from 5:00 am to 10:00 am when the pollen counts are highest.  

Know Your Asthma Triggers

People with asthma have inflamed airways which are sensitive to things which may not bother other people. These things are “triggers”.  Avoiding your triggers is the best way to reduce your need for medicines and to prevent costly asthma episodes.  

If you don’t know what triggers  your asthma this article titled; ” What Triggers or Causes Asthma” maybe helpful.

Have An Allergy and Asthma Management Plan

Having both an allergy and asthma management plan is the key to preventing allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.  I also recommend that you work with your doctor to help you create an easy plan for you to manage.  

  • Take any medications as prescribed
  • Know which medication to take and when to take it
  • Know when to call your doctor
  • Know when to seek emergency medical care

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AH SPRING!  May the sunshine upon your face and you take time to smell the flowers along the way.  

Here’s to having a healthy and happy spring.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

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7 Fun Manifestation Games

Have you ever played the Manifestation Game?

I found this today and I wanted to share with my readers.

Every Monday on my Instagram account I feature Manifestation Monday’s.

I was so excited to find this game, I just had to share it with all of you.

This game is brought to you by Modern Day Manifestation.

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Click this link to read the article.

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Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Three Ways To Making Winning Connections

Your business is built on networking and connecting with the right people.

Network marketing events are a great way to connect with other like minded people. However just handing out a business card and hoping to get results is not going to get you very far.

First

One must decide what it is they want to achieve from meeting new people. For example, if you are in a health and wellness company and are looking for new people to join your organization, then it would benefit you to go to meetings about nutrition and fitness.

Second

Developing personal relationships is the greatest key factor to making a winning connection.

Recently I read an article by Martin Zwillining titled 5 Stratagies For Making Winning Business Connections he states, “Learn to work with people and build strong relationships “.

Building relationships helps others to trust in you. Trust in your belief system and your company.

Third

1. Write down your goals.

2. A great source I’ve used is the website meetup .com. Just plug in your area and what your interested in and a whole list of meetings will come up.

3. Be open minded. Connections can come from anywhere if you are looking in the right places.

I’ve found being friendly to others, showing caring, being concerned about another person helps make that connection work.

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Five Tips When Choosing A Home Heath Care Provider

Choosing a home health care agency for your loved one can be overwhelming. Shopping for one there are certain factors I recommend as a health care professional. You want your loved ones to feel safe and cared for in your absence.

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What is home health care? Home health care is started when some one is no longer able to care for themselves in their own home due to recent falling or failing health issues.
The term home care is used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are not nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term home health care, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel.

Licensed personnel consist of nurses, LPN’s (Licensed Practical Nurse), Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist.

1. Talk to the doctors and case managers to find out what your loved one’s insurance will cover. Most agencies accept Medicare and Private Pay, some accept Medicaid.

2. Call at least three home health companies and do a comparison of services and how friendly they were to you on the phone. (I am a big believer in phone edicate and how a person treats me from a company is how they will treat my loved one).

3. Research the Medicare site for their input. Medicare holds the standards for all home care companies and they must adhere to them or face penalties and fines for not abiding by the rules.

4. Types of Services They Offer Not all agencies are the same. Some offer skilled nursing care, certified nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy and respiratory therapy. While other agencies might offer specialized care such as

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Argus Home Health Care in Denver, Pueblo, Canyon City, La Junta (Ark Valley) in Colorado.

For example they offer the following services:

  • Medical Services
  • Brain Injury Services
  • Non Medical Services
  • Electronic Monitoring

Okay I am a little bias about Argus Home Health because I recently accepted a job with them as their Quality Assurance Manger.

I would encourage you to choose the company that is the right fit for you and your loved one.

5. Interview the top three sites that you liked from the phone calls. A great resource AgingInPlace provides questions to ask:

Do they do a guaranteed background checks for in-home care candidates they employed?

What level of training and experience do their caregivers offer?

Medical training and licensed candidates if you require medically qualified assistance?

Availability of caregiver staff (days of the week, holiday coverage, backup staff if needed, live-in services if needed)?

Do they take your or your loved ones insurance?

The AARP has an amazing questionnaire to use as a tool when asking questions.

I suggest using the PDF version which I have here for you to download AARP Caregiving Checklist Download.

Facing the decision to have a stranger come into your home to help care for your loved one can be a scary thought. By providing a resource of information my hope is to help make this decision a little easier.

I am a licensed and Certified respiratory therapist here in Denver, CO. I have over twenty-six years experience.

Should you have questions please reach out to me by email at connectwithalicia@gmail.com or leave a comment and I will reply back to you.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera, CRT, LRT