People are Fighting for Freedom. Will You?

Egyptian ProtestsThere are lots of protests going on right now around the world. And several governments have fallen due to an uprising of the people who yearn to be free.

They want a more representative form of government and are sick and tired of tyrants.

We can empathize with them, for sure.

And yet, even though we have a representative democracy and The Bill of Rights, most Americans find themselves still enslaved.

Not enslaved by tyrants, but by debt.

The U.S. Government is substantially indebted to China, Japan, Great Britain and others partly because ever since 1969 we have spent more than we have taken in.

And like our congress, many of us have individually taken on debt to the point where the interest and the repayment of our debt keep us bound in a virtual “debtor’s prison.”

When you invest money, you hope to earn something on that investment. But a return on investment is never fully guaranteed. In fact, you can lose your investment.

But when you pay down your debt, your return on investment is guaranteed. If your credit card company is charging you 16% interest, every dollar you pay off is saving you 16% over the next year.

It’s pretty hard to beat that.

It doesn’t happen by itself. And it’s not easy.

But if you commit to no longer debting, focus on paying more than the minimum payment on all or some of your cards, you WILL make progress.

It’s guaranteed.

And as you do so, you will gain more confidence, buy yourself more freedom and be in a position to have compound interest working FOR you instead of against you.

Our topic this week for our Money Makers and Diamond Club Training is “Getting Out of Debt”. If you’re a Money Maker or Diamond Club Member, watch your inbox for access details.

If you’re not yet one of these members, I encourage you to join (see below).

The trainings are just one of the many benefits you receive for being part of these teams.

I’ve also gotten my friend Leo Quinn, an expert at debt reduction and elimination, to give you a break on his “Take Back Your Paycheck” program with bonuses.

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At the very least, get his free report “Do You Make These Money Mistakes?”

To your freedom.

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The New CEO

Editor’s Note: We received this story from a friend, and just had to share it. We’ve been unable to determine the author, but if you know who wrote it we would be glad to give proper credit.

Growing Your BusinessA successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

He called all the young executives in his company together and said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.

I am going to give each one of you a SEED today—one very special SEED.

I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.

I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, Jim would water the seed and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by—still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues. However, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil. He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick to his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful—in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed; a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed—Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!

His name is Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.

“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead—it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”

  • If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
  • If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
  • If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
  • If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
  • If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
  • If you plant hard work, you will reap success
  • If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

So, consider what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later!

  1. February 13th, 2011 at 10:46 | #1

    Very good story. Thanks for sharing. I thought I knew where it was going but was surprised. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Calvin Coolidge…”Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘press on’ has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.”

  2. Diana
    February 18th, 2011 at 12:56 | #2

    Awesome, this is so true. Oftentimes, when we choose to do the right things and sow the seeds of integrity, and all that goes along with it, we are frowned upon by others around us. And, we ourselves may question our own decisions based on the opinions of others, put honesty, openess, perserverance, and determination to stay on the right path always leads us to a place of victory.

  3. February 24th, 2011 at 21:06 | #3

    It’s actually a spin-off of an old Chinese tale about an Emperor who went to a small village to choose his replacement. He gave each of the young men there a seed to plant and report back to him. This modernized version is just as good and valuable!

“I Have a Dream!” Do YOU?

One of my favorite definitions of a leader is someone who can clearly articulate what’s already in the hearts and minds of the people.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly did that with his “I Have a Dream” speech. His words and his conviction were unmistakably evident. From that point on, it was inevitable that segregation would end and that ALL Americans would one day be seen as equal.

His dream was big–one that many thought to be impossible-at least in our lifetimes.

So what’s your dream? Maybe it’s not as big as Dr. King’s.

Or maybe it is? Stories abound of ordinary human beings achieving extraordinary things because they had a dream. If one person can do it, so can you. If no one has ever done it, you can be the first.

I hope you do have a dream. I hope it’s big enough so you will have to grow a lot in order to achieve it. I hope it will be inspiring, empowering and transformational.

And I hope you can convey what your dream will do for others and how passionate and committed you are to achieve it. Because it’s infectious. John Wesley said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

And if your dream isn’t a cause that inspires the masses, then maybe they can get excited about what you will do for them. What’s the value you will create that will make them want what you offer?

People want to follow someone with a dream. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves.

And you do need others to accomplish an important dream. In fact, if you can accomplish your dream all by yourself, I submit that your dream probably isn’t big enough.

One of my favorite quotes is from Langston Hughes who wrote, “Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

I’d love to know what your dream is. And I hope you are willing to share it with me.

And I can help you accomplish your dream. We have several levels of support to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Because teamwork makes the dream work.

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  1. January 18th, 2011 at 16:55 | #4

    Hi Michael,
    Dr King’s dream was a big one and as you said lots of people doubted it would ever be achieved in one lifetime…. just shows how powerful a goal can be.

    I have found that just having a goal is just not enough one must believe thay they will achieve it.

    My goal for this year is replace my online income with my offline income and while I am slowly getting there …. I realise I need to take my off me and help others to get to their goals.