How Dare you, Phil Robertson…

PhilRobertsonHere are my thoughts on the whole Phil Robertson interview thing.

OH…MY…GOSH!!!

An actor has an opinion.  WOW…who woulda thunk it?

A&E is all up in arms over his statements.  But…doesn’t he have a right to make them?  We don’t have to agree with the statements.  We don’t have to even watch Duck Dynasty if that’s what we decide.

Let Phil stay on the show.  Let the public decide if they want to watch or not.  But…when networks start censoring what actors can and can not say, they end up being the “bad guy”.

All they needed to do is put a disclaimer at the beginning of Duck Dynasty saying “The views of this show or it’s actors are not necessarily the views of A&E”.  Done…  no big fuss.

It’s been said there is no such thing as bad press.  I have to disagree in this case.  I think this is a huge negative on A&E.  Probably a good thing for Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson, though.

 

Now…with that said…

I am a Christian and I don’t agree with Phil.

OUCH…WAIT…don’t throw the rotten tomatoes yet!!

As Christians, we are to strive to be “Christ like”.  I honestly don’t believe that Jesus would spew hatred toward ANYONE.  I have many friends who are GLBT and I couldn’t imagine being hateful toward any of them based on their sexual or lifestyle preference.  That’s crazy.

Now…let’s say that I believe being gay is a sin.  The Bible tells us not to judge.  It also says that there are no “degrees” of sin.  There is no sin better or worse than another.  It also says “We have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.  Not some of us.  Not most of us.  ALL of us.  So…if there is no degree of sin, and we are not supposed to judge, why should a Christian spew hatred toward anyone for their lifestyle?  Or anything else for that matter.

Let’s band together as Christians and show “sinners” (again…EVERYONE including us) that we are not the hypocritical, judgmental, horse’s ass that many Christians are being on this matter.

 

 

 

Feel free to comment below, however, know that if you can’t disagree without attacking me or other commenters, your comments won’t make it through moderation.  I love a good debate, but not one where anyone is mean, hateful and attacks others.  This is NOT a “free speech” community, it’s MY blog.  😉 

Building a Business is Like Raising a Child

Think about it.  If you are a good parent, you don’t just give birth to your child and expect him to grow up on his own.  You feed him and bathe him and nurture him.  You teach him and love him.  You give him the attention and care he needs and deserves.

And…just like raising a child isn’t always easy, growing a business isn’t either.  However, if you give them the care and attention they deserve, both are highly rewarding after they mature.  And, just like children, some businesses mature faster than others.  It’s all in how you raise them.

How are you raising your business?  Did you go into business thinking you would throw a tiny little bit of money at it and have financial and time freedom?  Maybe someone told you that’s the way it is.  I’m here to tell you different.

  • It’s not always easy!
  • It’s not going to take “just a couple hours a week”.
  • It’s not going to build itself and your products won’t “sell themselves”.
  • It is going to take time.
  • It is going to take money.
  • It is going to require love and nurturing from you.
  • You WILL feel like throwing in the towel at times.

When you first begin a business, expect to put in long hours with little reward.  Just know that over time, your efforts will be rewarded and you will see growth you never thought possible.

This is one reason I recommend people build a business doing what they love.  If you are doing what you love, it won’t seem like work.  Just like raising a child.  You don’t give up on your child when they do something you don’t like.  You redirect them and educate them.

If you are ready to raise a business, you have a couple choices.

A.  If you are already doing something you love, get together with me for a strategy session today and find out how you can move your business forward.

OR

B.  If you aren’t doing something you love, get my free eBook “Cash in on Your Passion” and find out how you can make money doing what you love.

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Cash in on Your Passion FREE Teleseminar

cashinonpassioncover3Do you ever wish you could do what you love and have fun doing AND make money at the same time?  Make money from home while doing what you are passionate about.

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Empower Network’s New Viral Blogging System

Some of my readers have asked me what I think of the new ENv2 Empower Network Viral Blogging System.  I haven’t said much about the new blogging system because, frankly, there are major flaws in my opinion.

First, I will address the flaws.  Here is what I see:

  • System is not set up for the serious blogger
  • Public commenting not allowed on blogs at this time.
    This is a huge part of what makes a blog a blog.  You must be able to interact with your readers.  If you have to make them go elsewhere (facebook, twitter, email, etc…) to comment on what you are writing about, you cut your interaction rate drastically.
  • HTML coding or WYSIWYG editor not allowed. 
    The only formatting allowed is bold, italics, underline and lists.  You are not able to have headings in the posts.  You are not able to add a form to a post.  You are not able to align images (left, centered, right).
  • There is NO “Save Draft” feature and the Empower Network website times out frequently.
    This has caused MANY lost blog posts and LOTS of frustration among EN bloggers.
  • Very limited customization is allowed.
    Only one sidebar banner, header and footer are customizable…or rather…exchangeable.  You can change out these banners with different banners, but are not allowed to add other “widgets” to the sidebar.  I always teach to have your contact info right on the sidebar because many people will not click on a contact page.  That is not allowed.  I also teach to add a tracking code (separate from Google Analytics, which is allowed) to the sidebar of your blog.  The sidebar should appear on every post and page, therefore, that tracking code will track where your visitor comes from, how long they stay on each page, what they click on, where they go, etc…  That is not possible with this blogging system the way it is at this time.  If you are promoting multiple things on your blog, you can’t add multiple banners (images) in the sidebar. This cuts down drastically on your income producing ability.
  • The mobile app only works on Apple devices or the most recent version of Android. 
    Older Android versions are not supported on the app.

These are just the major (BASIC) things that I feel every blogging platform should have or allow.  Until these things are fixed, I can not and WILL NOT promote the Empower Network (EN) Viral Blogging System (ENV2).

Now the good news:

If you are beginning blogging and want a blog that is optimized for the search engines, ENV2 is the way to go.  The blog is there, no bells and whistles, all set up for you.  You can either change out the 3 banners I referenced above (if you are promoting something other than EN) or leave the banners as they are (if you are going to be promoting EN) and begin blogging.

If you are using an iPhone, iPad, other Apple device or the latest version of Android, you can blog right from your phone.  Shoot a video and with one touch you can upload it to your blog.  This EN app truly gives new meaning to the terms “mobile blogging” and “mobile lifestyle”.

If you are wanting to learn internet marketing, the Empower Network Products are the best!  What you will learn (even with just the basic Viral Blogging System bonuses) is outstanding, solid content.

So…bottom line…YES…I am still promoting Empower Network.  Do I think you should join if you are a serious blogger?  YES.  Not for the blogging platform.  I rarely use it myself.  However, you should join for the PRODUCTS.  The information you will get from the products alone is worth ten times what your investment will be.

If you are ready to get going and start making some serious money (either by promoting EN products or your own opportunity), join my Empower team here.  (First see our income disclosure here)

If you decide to join my team, be sure you see this under step 4:

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Let me know if you have any questions.  As always, I’m happy to answer them.

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How Can I Have the Success I See Others Having?

I’ve done a lot of soul searching the past few months.  Everyone says “Tell your story”.  Tell people where you came from and all about your path to success.  I didn’t think I had a story.  I’ve never really “failed my way to success”.  Things have always come natural to me.

When I was in school, I would sit in class, rarely take notes, NEVER do homework and pass every single test with at least a 90% or above.  Most times 100%.  People always envied me.  Even in college.  I would take classes in the morning in Accounting and tutor other students that same afternoon on what I learned that morning.

I’m smart, damnit!! 

I grew up on a working dairy farm and know what hard work is.  4:30 every morning and 4:30 every afternoon the cows had to be milked.  Our barn was the cleanest I’ve ever seen because we didn’t wait until it was horrendous to clean it.  It was cleaned on a daily basis.  I worked in the fields picking rocks and harvesting crops and emptying hay wagons and staking hay in the barn.   I think I was the only girl I know that could throw a hay bale around just as well as the boys.

So why?  Why are all of these other people who started working from home long after I did successful today and I’m still making just enough.  Just enough to cover the rent and just enough to get by?  Sure…our NEEDS are always taken care of.  But there isn’t much left over after the needs and a few minimal wants to do much else.

I can teach anyone to be successful online.  It’s satisfying, yet frustrating to see those I’ve coached finally having success.  If I can teach others to be successful, why am I still sitting at “just enough”?

There are two things that came to mind when I reflected on this.  

First…

My kids grew up hearing me say “Don’t worry…God always makes sure we have what we need.”  HOLY CRAP!!!  That’s what I’ve always said and always told myself.  But…God doesn’t promise just needs will be taken care of.  He promises ABUNDANCE!!  (If you don’t believe in God, that’s OK.  You don’t have to.  Replace God with Universe or whatever higher power YOU believe in)  He promises abundance, but all I’ve ever expected or asked for is “just enough”.

That changes TODAY!!  I am asking for AND EXPECTING abundance!!  I am asking for and expecting that I always have more than I need and want!

Second…

Growing up, my dad died when I was 7.  My mother remarried shortly after that.  My step father was a perfectionist.  Everything had to be done the right way.  He always said “If you’re not going to do it right, don’t do it at all”  So…that’s how I’ve lived my life.  I only did things I knew I would succeed at.  I never step out of my comfort zone.

Here’s one example…  If I’m teaching something, I do it by audio or screencast.  I am RARELY on camera.  I’ve gotten way overweight the past few years and recently had my teeth pulled so I wasn’t comfortable on camera.  And, of course, working from home, I tend to not worry about things like dying my gray hair and putting on makeup, etc…   That is going to change this coming Thursday.  My good friend, Kim Klaver, has challenged me to share LIVE on a google hangout this week.  It’s a private team hangout, but will be seen by quite a few people, so this first step is huge for me.  I’m doing it!!  Jumping in with both feet.

So…my lessons from today…in order for ME to be successful I need to:

1.  Ask for, and expect, what I really want, not just enough to get by.  What we focus on expands.  If I focus on always having my needs covered, that’s where I will stay.  My focus from this point forward will be on having MORE than what I want and need.  The universe is abundant!!  I deserve success!!

2.  Step out of my comfort zone and be willing to risk failure.  I don’t always have to be the best at what I do and I don’t always have to succeed.  Sometimes it’s a good thing to not do it perfect the first time.  That’s how we learn!