The Cloud

13 Apr

Seldom does one come across an item that  everyone needs in today’s world.  When we do, it just overwhelms us and our emotions just go wacky.  That is just what happened to me a couple of days ago.  We have all been hearing about this new thing that was coming.  The so called 4th Wave of  Technology.   I did not know a thing about it until I click on a link on IBOToolbox.*   I had heard about this cloud, but all that came to mind was some pillowy, white, puffy object that floated above the earth.

The link was placed on the wall on IBOToolbox by Darleen Lanham.  Darleen had place a comment on the wall and provided a link to the site.  I read her ad and clicked on the site.  That’s where the amazement began.  I had heard about “The Cloud” , but did not have any idea that I needed it as well as everyon else.   I read the information on the site and watched the video.  This convinced me that I needed to get on board with this because none of the 3 computers in my home were backed up.

Until 2 days ago, I could have lost all of my data at any time.  One might ask how such as thing could happen.  There are over 1.5 billion computers worldwide and all of them need backed up.  Computers can have the hard drive crash or your child or even you might spill a sugary drink on the keyboard or cpu and ruin the computer.  There may be a fire, an inadvertent deletion or a clumsy drop on the floor making retrieval of your data impossible.   Since I work from home, such a tragedy would be disasterous.  Don’t even think about the 600 plus family photos stored on the hard drive.  Darleen had come along at the right time and I immediately protected my computers.  Thanks Darleen.    

The company offering this service is Cloud Zow.  Cloud Zow has lauchcd a new on line technology that everybody is ranting and raving about.  I did my due diligence and check them out and their leadership and record is stellar.  The amazing thing is that this is FREE!  Yes, I said FREE!   A new customer is entitled to a free 15-day trial.  On top of that, you don’t even need a credit card to sign up for the free 15-day trial.  That’s almost unheard of.  After the 15-day trial, the cost is only $5.00 per month.  If you want to protect your data and your precious memories click on this link;

Not only can you become a customer, you can become an affiliate.  This is free also.  This service is a requirement for all of us, because for almost all of us the computer is at the center of our universe.  Marketers say that this is a $100 Billion dollar business market and you can get in on the ground floor.  Cloud Zow will be a global business opportunity for both customers and affiliates in the near future.  Here a few of the benefits of joining Cloud Zow:

A true 70% is paid out ($3.50 of each $5.00)

Leadership Bonus paid through ininfinity (full compression)

10% to 25% matching Bonuses on personals.

15-Day Free Customer Trial *Afterwards Only $5.00 Monthly

No Credit Card needed for 15-Day Free Customer Trial

Affiliate Receive (4) FREE Capture Page Marketing Systems

No Inventory or Shipping (a 100% Virtual Product)

100% of Mac or PC owners will need this * only $5.00/month

True Risidual Income/nearly 100% retention rate.

As I said earlier, Cloud Zow has a great management team, strong financials, a great product and perfect timing.  All affiliates will have access to team marketing and training that is packed with the right resources to be used for your success.  There is also 24/7 recorded training calls (1559-726-1299;pin 604221#).  This is a team and you will succeed.  All the help and resources will be made available to you.  If you would like to become a member of the Cloud Zow team click on this link and let’s get started:

* IBOToolbox is a site full of idependent business owners with one common goal….building their businesses.  IBOToolbox will give you all the tools you need from advertising,blogging and internet exposure.  And it is all FREE!  Join us by clicking on this link:


The School Hill

11 Apr

I have mentioned on several occasions that I was raised in “The Camp”  known in some circles as “#7” in Barrackville, WV.  One of the most interesting places during my youth was a place we call the “School Hill”.  Before the desegregation of schools, each of the small coal mining communites had a school for the black children usually located in or around the coal camp.  These were usually old buildings with one or two large rooms with a few small rooms used for special purposes and offices.  These schools had outdoor restrooms or “out houses”, but many did have some indoor plumbing.  This school building was the center of the community activities and at times served at the church for the community.  The school also had  a small playground and usually a ball field adjacent to it.

My Mother and Father went to this school along with most of my elders in the community.   The children in  #7 went to this school through the 8th grade.  In Marion County, all of the black students went on to Dunbar High School in Fairmont.  I did not go to school on the hill  because the school was closed after desegregation in the mid 1950’s.   I started school in 1959.

One of the prominent citizens in #7 was Mrs. Naomi Kyle.  She was the primary teacher at this school on the hill.   Mrs. Kyle was very well educated.  She had a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College  and Master’s degree in Education from West Virginia University.   She was one of the most intelligent people I had ever met during my child hood.  After the school on the hill was closed, it became a summer playground for us.  Each summer, the Marion County Department of Parks and Recreation would have a formal organized playground which was usually supervised by Mrs. Kyle.  The playground was open from 9am to 12noon and from 6pm to 9pm Monday through Friday during summer vacation.   We had a great time there each summer.  We played everything from Chinese checkers to pick up sticks.  The playground had the traditional sliding boards and see saws.   We had volley ball tournaments, treasure hunts, and  scavenger hunts.  We would always prepare for the annual “Field Day ” which was held at the Barrackville Playground.  All of the playgrounds from around Marion County would bring their best to compete in all of the playground disciplines including traditional checkers, Chinese Checkers, basketball, softball, volleyball and zellball.  Champions would be awarded blue ribbons for their performances.  This was a great day and all of us wanted to earn the bragging rights for the next year. 

  One of the greatest things we had  there were the weiner roasts every Wednesday.  All of the kids looked forward to those tasty hot dogs and hamburgers that we feasted on during that time.  It was a community get together every Wednesday and you could be assured that if a child’s parents did not cook for them, then someone would feed those kids.  It was a time of strong community caring and love.  Most of the community was struggling to make it, but you would never known that because there was so much love in that community.  All of those women and men felt responsible for each and every one of those kids there.  They embodied the principle, “It takes an entire village to raise a child.”

As the years went by, the old school building deteriorated and went into disrepair.  The grounds and the equipment were maintained by Bethlehem Mines Corporation.  They built most of the playground equipment and kept the grass cut during the summer.  Mrs. Kyle retired and her health was failing.  Several people, including my mother, became the supervisor of the playground.  As the years went by, the playground was not used because most of the people who would have had children playing on the School Hill, moved away and just came back to visit.  I am not certain of the date, but the old School Hill closed.   The property was owned by the local church, Good Hope Baptist, and was eventually sold to the Darcus family.  The building is gone, but the wonderful memories of the “School Hill” will never be forgotten.  This experience taught us to care for one another and have pride about where we can from.  We were all blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up in such an environment.  As I said earlier, we were not rich with material things, but we had each other and that love experienced at the “School Hill” will always be with us.

The 6 BE’s of Listening

20 Mar

Most of us have never been in sales before we joined a MLM organization.  So the idea of talking to downline prospects or customers in person or on the phone may be downright scary.  We think we’ll never do it right, and as a result will never gain any new distributors or customers.  In fact, it’s probably the main reason why people don’t get into network marketing.  They are afraid to sell!
DON’T BE!!  There are many communication secrets the pro’s know and use that don’t require “selling” in the traditional sense.  We will examine one of those today.  If your exposure to sales has been the stereotype of the fast talking, glib, glad-hander, then you probably think that knowing how to talk is the #1 requirement for success.
Well, it’s not!
The No. 1 key to succes is not talking, but rather listening.  Yes, its true.  If you can learn great listening skills, your success in MLM will skyrocket!!
Let’s look at the “6 Be’s of Listening.
#1:  Be Smarter – Just Listen
If you listen to what the prospect or customer has to say, you will become smarter.  And the prospect or customer will like you much more. They will tell you what type of business opportunity they are looking for or what they are interested in.  You won’t get this information by using a sales pitch. If you instead take time to learn about “them” you can adjust your message to meet their specific needs.
You will also begin to bond with your prospect or customer which make them want to enter into a business relationship with you. No one has ever entered into a relationship be it personal or business with someone they did not like and respect.  By giving a prospect time to talk, you are showing respect and personal interest in them.
#2 Be Patient – Let Others Finish
Don’t you hate it when you get interrupted?  Downline prospects and customers hate it too, and they don’t even know you.  They will assume you are not interested in what they have to say and that you are rude to boot.  Be patient, and let customers finish what they are saying.  In most cases they will be very appreciative that you have heard them out.  They will then be more patient to listen to you when you are offering information.
#3 Be Interested – Don’t talk for talk’s sake
Be genuinely interested in what the prospect and customer is saying.  Don’t fake it.  If you show genuine interest through your questions and answers, the customer will know it and respond positively to your message. If you are talking to impress the listener with your knowledge, but are not interested in what they have to say, you will lose them.
#4 Be Ready – Formulate insights/responses
Know how easy it is to let your focus drift when someone is talking to you, particularly if they drone on and on?  Practice your listening focus.  Use the time you are listening to the prospect to get insights into the prospects needs, wants and personal circumstances.  Be ready when it is your turn to talk.  Be ready with the intelligent responses you formulated while you were listening.
#5 Be Effective  – Reinterate / Clarify
It’s easy to misunderstand what a customer/prospect may be saying particularly when it’s over the phone and you have no body language or eye contact to help you out.  When it’s your time to talk, make sure to reinterate and clarify what they have said and what you jointly discussed.
#6  Be Proactive – Set a next step
Gaining a new distributor or a new customer rarely happens in just one call.  Listen carefully for what the prospect needs to move to the next step.  More information, a product sample, references? Once you’ve identified what it is, don’t end the conversation without setting a specific follow up appointment.  As we all know, the money is in the follow up.

How The Rich Predict the Financial Future

19 Mar

In America today, we are all concerned about our financial future.  The recession that began in 2007 – 2008 has devastated many of us.  Most Americans were unaware of the pending financial collapse.  I am sure that most of us would have postioned ourselves much differently, if we had known that our homes, retirements, pensions and savings were about to get clobbered.  Through some of my reading and research, I have come upon a process that the rich use to predict what is going to happen.  I always thought that someone had a system somewhere that would help us better gauge where our fiscal health was heading.

The wealthy use a seven-step process to determine what will happen to wealth based upon the state or states of our economic, social and military policies.  You might think that this system is very complicated and one would need an Ivy League accountant or economist to understand.  The steps are very simple and relative easy to see.  Surprisingly, this system has predicted the rise and fall of monetary systems for thousands of years.

Step one is when a country begins, the currency is usually very robust and backed by a tangible, valuable item usually gold.  The most of its life, the United States have had their currency backed by gold.  We were on the gold standard.   The second step is the establishment of social programs to help the citizens, especially the poor.  This makes reference welfare, social security and the safety net for the poor.   Also established are other social programs like courts and prisons.   With all of this prosperity, most countries will develop a strong military which is the third step.  A strong military is very costly and gives the country and its allies confidence in the country as a whole which in turn strengthens the monetary systems even more.   Since you have a strong military, the country usually goes to war, step four.   This will strengthen the country even more, but can get out of hand because wars are expensive.  Usually, when you start one war,  you’ll end up in another.  The United States has been in numerous wars and military conflicts during the last one hundred years.  In most cases, the consequences of these wars was a period of economic growth.

But in 1971, the United States took step five.  It went off the gold standard and began a “fiat currency”.  This meant that our currency was backed only by the word of the government, the faith of the people and the scarcity of the currency.  There are some real problems with this.   In a fiat monetary system, there’s no limit on the amount of money that can be created.  This also allows unlimited credit creation.   The rapid increase in credit feels like economic growth, but it is really is not.  The rapid expansion of debt caused the Housing Bubble of the last five years and  the failure of several major banking institutions.   Real estate values are at all-time lows and are continuing to fall.   Economists and government leaders predict that it will take several decades to regain the growth experience in America during the decade of 1998-2008.  The sixth step is hyperinflation which is the terminal stage of a fiat currency.   Failure of the US dollar is certain, considering that every fiat currency in history has failed.

The United States is just at the cusp of the sixth step.  One might ask, “How can this be on the horizon, since interest rates are at historic lows?”  But take a look at some of the items Americans have to purchase.   Gasoline in up from around $1.80 per gallon in 2008 to almost $4.00 per gallon today.   Let’s not get to groceries because the pain in purchasing these is intense.

As was discussed earlier, in a fiat currency there’s no limit to the amount of money that can be circulated.  Today the Federal Reserve is printing money to help alleviate the Federal government debt which is over $14 trillion dollars.  It is estimated that the money supply in increasing by 13% per annum.  Rumor has it that the Federal government is printing money to buy its own debt.   We all know that the United States almost defaulted on its debt and had its credit rating lowered for the first time in history.   The question is “Will the government keep printing money or will they stop the presses and default?”

The final step is a great  wealth transfer.  Those who are prepared will reap the benefits.  We must protect our assets.  Why do you think there has been a great run to purchase gold and silver?  We all lost massive amounts of money during  this recession.   Confidence in our traditional wealth building process is very, very low.  No one really knows what will happen.  The US Dollar is the standard for all currencies.  Every effort will be made to keep it afloat.  Where will you stand?  This is just a warning.  Do your due dilligence.  Make a decision and move forward.  But beware, our system is broken and to survive you must take some action.

Amazing Facts About Ganoderma

15 Mar

Ganoderma is known for centuries as the “Miraculous King of  Herbs” that has a traceable comsumption record of more than 2000 years.

Ganoderma is the only herb on our planet with approximately 400 different bioactive compounds.  They develop naturally as a food supplement for a healthy body.

Ganoderma has 5 highly therapeutic biactive compounds that work in synergy to correct sell imbalances, detoxify the body and strengthen its natural immune system.  They exist all together naturally only in red mushrooms.

Ganoderma is an adaptogen that works directly on every cell of the human body.  It provides oxygen, nutrients and elements that correct cell imbalances.  Thus strengthening the cell membranes so the cells  will not take in new toxins.

Ganoderma inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide while growing like human beings. So, when we take it, we add good quality oxygen to the body.

Ganoderma grows very rare in the forest.  Yet, it has millions of micro spores (dormant reproductive cells) that never functioned to massively reproduce before the invention of technology.

Only technology activates those spores to reproduce one Ganoderma specie into a million members of the same Ganoderma species.  This process is more than enough to continually feed and sustain the demand for humans all over the world.

Ganoderma works directly on the body starting from its cell (not on the disease), thus making it possible for the body to treat the “root cause” of any disease including those believed to be incurable, chronic or recurrent.

Ganoderma can be taken long-term without the fear of developing a tolerance for its effects.

Ganoderma is not a drug.  It is classified under food category by the Food and Drug Regulating Authorities.

Ganoderma has no side effects.  Anyone from all age groups can take it.

Ganoderma is guaranteed safe with more than 10 years of extensive research to humans using the Ganotherapy technique of Dr. Lim Siow Jin.

Organo Gold brings only the healthiest and purest state of 100% Certified Organic Ganoderma through their products and beverages. For those searching for answers to their physical, mental,  and financial health, look to Organo Gold – the true Treasure of Life!

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History of Ganoderma

14 Mar

For over 2000 years, the Chinese have given Ganoderma, or what is called Lingzhi, the highest ranking in Traditional Medical Theory.  The name Ling Zhi means, “Divine Herb that energizes the Chi or Life force.”  The first Chinese Emperor Chen Shi Huang Fi even called it the “Herb of Deathlessness.”

The Emperors of the ancient period respected the mushroom so much that they have given it names like, “The Elixir of Immortality”, “Herb of Spiritual Potency” and “Soup of the Emperor with a Thousand Mistresses.”

Organo Gold infuses only 100% Certified Organic Ganoderma in its products and beverages.  For those searching for answers to their physical, mental, and financial health, look to Organo Gold – the true Treasure of Life!


12 Mar

I have written several blogs entries about relatives of mine who influenced my life in a very profound way.  But many of us have been fortunate enough to have a very unique character have such a positive impact on our lives that mere words don’t serve them well.  My next subject lived  and worked in Barrackville, WV, where I grew up.  In fact, his home was just across the alley from my families home in the section of town called, “The Camp.”

I had a difficult time coming up with a titled for this piece.  Many words and phrases crossed my mind and I tussled with this title.  I thought about using, “The Wisest Man I Ever Knew,” or “The Greatest Man I Ever Knew,” but these words did not describe this man nor give him the honor he was due.  I believe the spirit of God revealed to me these two words, “Simple Excellence.”

The words Simple Excellence describe a man that has had more influence on my life than any other.  His name was Nathan Hinton.  I never call him , Nathan.  He was only known as Deacon Hinton.  He served on the Deacon Board at Good Hope Baptist Church for over 50 years and served as Chairman of the Board for at least half those years. Deacon Hinton was a man of few words, but when he spoke, everyone listened.  Every word seemed measured and served a specific purpose.  I have two college degrees and saw more of this world , read more books and made more money, but I couldn’t hold a candle to the wisdom Deacon Hinton possessed.  I did have the honor of serving on that same Deacon Board with him for over 16 years. During that time he taught me many great life lessons. 

First of all, Deacon Hinton was for real.  He lived the life he professed.  In other words, he walked the walk and talked the talk.   He lived his life to please God and not man.  Yet as the scriptures tell us, if you live for the Lord, the world will hate you.  Deacon Hinton suffered from that.  He did those things that he knew were correct yet many in the community disliked him, but he continued to love those that disliked him.   As a young boy, I too had similiar feelings due to the influences around me.  But when I became a man, I understood and learned to love Deacon Hinton.  I realized that he was a God-sent man who live his life at the highest of Godly standards.

Deacon Hinton taught me patience.  In times of crisis he would always say, “Time will kill it all.”  When a crisis would come, he would not act hastily , but would move with measured steps and a well thoughout plan.  Sometimes he would caution us to not make a move, but to wait it out.  In most cases, he was right.  I am glad he taught us how to be mentally tough.  He stood alone on many issues, but he believed what he stood for and never waivered.   I saw him get weary, but he never gave up.   One of the most important lessons I received from this relationship was the importance of integrity.  Deacon Hinton always said, “Your word is your bond.”  He demonstrated this when his grandson, Gregory Hinton, who also served on the Board , would walk sometimes 2-3 miles to pay a bill. Deacon Hinton never had a drivers license or owned a car.  On occasion, the merchant would err and sent too much change back.  Deacon Hinton would send Gregory back with sums as small as a penny.  When asked why he did this, he would respond, “Because the money did not belong to me.”

As a I grew as an adult, I understood the real Deacon Hinton.  He raised his own children, adopted and raised several of his grandchildren and help raise several of his great grandchildren before he passed.  Not only that, he even paid some of the bills at Good Hope Baptist Church while raising all of these children.  He knew what it meant to sacrifice.

I can still see him sitting across the church from me on a Deacon’s bench in front of the church.  He’d sit there with a grin on his face in a very quiet posture.  One might have asked, “What manner of a man is this?”  An appropriate answer would be, “That’s Deacon Hinton, God’s man, who occupied until he was called home.”