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”.

 

A Quaint Bed And Breakfast Inn Located In Broomfield, Colorado

There’s a quaint little bed and breakfast called The Hilltop Inn and Suites located in Broomfield, Colorado.

I stayed there last weekend with my daughter and grandaughter to celebrate my grandaughters thirteenth birthday.

As you approach the Metro Airport, off to the right sits a building with signs pointing the way to the Hilltop Inn and the Burns Pub.

This charming pub will take you back to the days Britan long ago. Serving authentic British food and a nice pal ale makes a great eating place for anyone.

Did you know they’re are over three hundred fifty different whiskeys? I had know idea. They even have a whisky tasting room and whisky bingo.

Another unique feature is

the Wildflowers Tea Room. Authentic English teas and pastries are available.

I believe I broke some of the rules according to this sign.

Of course I did forget to pack a dagger or sword so maybe I’m in the clear.

I hope if you’re ever in Broomfield, Colorado you get a chance to check it out.

Make a reservation today.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Cartoons And Technology

The other day while my husband was flipping channels in the television, he stopped it on an old cartoon I used to love as a kid. Maybe you did too. Do you remember “The Jetsons”?

Oh my gosh as we sat there watching it I saw this watch on George’s wrist. Could it be that back then things were already in motion for the cellular watch? Right there in this cartoon he has a watch which he speaks into and on the screen is the person he’s talking too. Now in 2018 there is the Apple Electronic Watch with voice commands, phone calling features, access to social media and more.

This got me wondering what else in cartoons has now become a reality?

The Jetsons started on television back in 1962. The technology then was just an assumed fantasy. Phones looked our computer flat screens, machines to cook and clean for the home. The list goes on.

Taking a look at one of my favorites The Flintstones.

First aired on September 30, 1962 and ended in 1966. When it aired, it was considered an adult T.V show. Only for mature audiences. Fred’s gadgets were always causing a ruckus for Willma.

With the setting being back in the stone age I have one question. How did Fred have access to what looked like a computer?

Crazy keyboard with an actual mouse used for a mouse. What an imagination to create such characters with fascinating gadgets.

I’m sure

I’m sure there are more comparisons to add up with other cartoons, however these are my all time favorites.

I am not an authority on technology nor do I claim to be. This article was written all for fun.

I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section.

As always,

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

My Top 5 Unique Gifts To Give For Christmas

I love Christmas and all the season represents. From the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to the family time spent together.

With that said most others dread gift giving. What do you get someone who seems to have everything? I’ve put together my top 10 favorite unique gift ideas for this Christmas season.

1. Fruit Infused Ice Balls This comes in a set of 4 for just $10.00. Not only is it a fun gift for adults but kids will love them too.

2. Black Board Coasters

Comes in a set of 4. It’s a great for entertaining. Just $8.99. Write your guests name on their coaster so much fun.

3. Odd Measuring Cups And Measuring Spoons

The baker in you’re life will love these, they’re just $9.76. Who wants to count and measure when they need an odd amount of ingredients? Heck I need some for myself.

4. Salsa Grow Kit

For those you know that love salsa why not help them grow their own ingredients for just $12.00.

5. Personal Family Belonging Mugs

I love these mugs for Grandparents. Have them personalized with all the grandkids names. Just $16.99 each.

I know, I know it’s only mid October. However if you start shopping now you just might find yourself done before Christmas Eve.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas this year.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

A Tribute To Blinky’s Fun Club

Back when I was a child we had a show on our local KWGN TV station called Blinky’s Fun Club.  Blinky was played by the beloved  Russell Glenn Scott.

Russell Glenn Scott  passed away on August 27, 2012.  Known to most of us Denver and Colorado kids as Blinky The Clown, and according to Wikipedia he was an American clown and television personality and presenter.

When I was just three years old my mother took me to be on Blinky’s show.  I was featured in the “Birthday” section where he would sing the “Happy Birthday” song to the children on the set.  I have fond memories of being on the set and how happy he made all the children when they were there.

After we returned home my mother had received a phone call that the studio had connections and they were in search of the next Shirley Temple.  For those of you too young to remember her, she was Hollywood’s number one box office draw as a child actress  from 1935 – 1938.  I was angry with my mother for many years when I got older for not letting me purse the “acting” career.

When my boys Chris and Kevin Osmera were four and three I took them to the Blinky’s Fun Club show so they could have the same childhood experience that I did being on the show.  I did have the privilege of being pulled from the audience and getting to sing with a few other mom’s “Hit The Road Jack” on television.  I had a blast performing in front of the television and will never forget that experience.

I was upset with my mother for the longest time.  I now realize she did what she did to protect me from a sometimes cruel and vial industry.  Granted there are good things that do come out of the entertainment industry; however as of lately more of the ugliness has been shown to surface than the glitz and glamore.

Many things from my childhood are now fading away or leaving this earth for a better place but I will always remember getting up in the mornings, getting ready for school and eating breakfast watching the late great Blinky The Clown!

RIP Russell Glenn Scott –  AKA Blinky The Clown

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Welcome to the Gutenberg Editor

Of Mountains & Printing Presses

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting. What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.
Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.
Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing. Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:
  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:
The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery. Matt Mullenweg, 2017
The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back. Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter. You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:
Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute
Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it. The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher. Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:
You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:
Code is Poetry The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.


Thanks for testing Gutenberg!

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Top 5 Hacks to Create Smarter Blog Content that Sells in 2019 – ♫ Donna Merrill Tribe

One of my fellow PAC Author’s Donna Merrill.

http://donnamerrilltribe.com/2018/10/blog-content-that-sells-in-2019/#comment-92434

This definitely makes me think about things I need to be doing right now with my bolg.

I hope you enjoy it.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Welcome To ORU

ORU is a global lifestyle and social sharing network experience, offering numerous free and premium benefits to its private members around the world. Benefits include but are not limited to the ORU Visa® Card, ORU HEALTH RX, ORU TRAVEL, ORU Pay, ORU Chat, ORU Market, ORU Social, ORU Mail, ORU Quantum and ORU Protocol.

By participating and sharing the network with others, members benefit in numerous and immediate ways.

Check out: http://RuORU.org

This blows my mind.

The founder owns the software for Facebook!

Amazing a 2000bit encrypted and secure place where one can provide services, paid social media and advertise a business for free.

It’s just $5.95 a month for premium membership and you can get paid to share.

As always Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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!