Many complex challenges really have simple solutions. It is normally not knowing what to do that is the problem, it is doing what we already know to do.
I received this email today.
You have probably already received it. It apears to be flying around the Internet right now and creating alot of buzz on social media websites. "Ignorance at it's highest level is to do what we have always done expecting different results"
That goes for congress as well as us as individuals!
START OF EMAIL Let us all speak up! Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling: "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it.
That was in 1971… before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do. 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%. 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time. THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
I wrote the following article this morning after thinking long and hard about the death of Steve Jobs.
Permission is given for anyone to republish in full (please provide link or attribution however). I hope sincerely that it makes you think a bit this morning.
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Like many of us, I learned of Steve Jobs death on a device that he helped invent. My IPAD 2, given to me by the kind folks at XY7.com popped an alert saying that he had died. I should say that it's actually my almost-two year old IPAD because he uses it as much as anyone. That in itself has to be a testimony to the innovation of APPLE and its product: that an 18-month year old boy can use an IPAD2 to play games, read books and interact with his parents (and grand-parents!) on a web camera.
The death of Steve Jobs actually touched me, almost as much as the death of Isaac Asimov in 1992. Perhaps that is in itself poignant, as many of the things that Asimov predicted in his books in the 1940's became true because of Steve Jobs. Whatever the reason was, I started to think about Steve Jobs and how Network Marketers can learn from this man. If anything, Steve Jobs was an innovator. Someone who likes to play with technology and create products that everyone could enjoy.
Thanks actually what got him originally fired from Apple, the company he founded. Those in charge at the time couldn't control him, couldn't get him on the plan they had for the company, and he refused to change to fit what they needed. Jobs said of this, I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. From there he went out to create the company NeXT in 1986 and took many of the more innovate members of Apple with him. At NeXT he did what he wanted, and created the corporate culture that he felt had hurt Apple.
Everything from salaries to benefits was completely different from any major corporation at the time. The idea was that NeXT was to be a company that allowed people to THINK, to CREATE. In 1996, Apple bought NeXT and the company soon became the foundation of the new Apple. The corporate culture that he created at NeXT was transported APPLE and all the officers and senior members of Apple were replaced with NeXT counter-parts.
The NeXT operating system became the new Mac OS systems. We all know the story after that, of the enormous success that Apple had, the products created and how they have changed the world. In 2011, as society seems to be changing, as we find ourselves bailing out bankers while cutting health care for children, It's hard to often celebrate success. We have all become accustomed to hearing how bad it is out there, how there is no way to be successful, no way to change your destiny anymore.
As performance marketers however, I think we have all learned that is complete bull-hoey and that anyone can still find a level of success that could only be dreamed of by our parents. Many of us are the next generation Steve Jobs. We are creating products, promoting strategies and owning our own destiny.
We use the newest technology, and then change it to fit our needs and our plans. When things don't fit our plan, we can pick up, start again, move on, and find a better solution. We are the innovators of the online marketplace. We all are Steve Jobs.
On that note, I leave you with the following: I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.
Don Lapre Update During the end of June this year, I shared some thoughts about Don Lapre going to jail. Not knowing the facts, but from the outside looking in, it appeared that losers were looking for someone to blame, as they always do.
You can read my comments here if you want: here:
Today, I just received a text from my friend, asking me if I had heard that Don was found dead in jail of an apparent suicide, I had not heard. That is heart breaking. I don't know what he was facing in jail. Like many of you I know what it feels like to be accused of something you didn't do for reasons you never felt.
This is from www.DonLapre.com
Never Stop Dreaming…. I tried to create the best product on earth, paid out millions, made very little trying to make it a success, had attorneys review my entire company, paid out millions in refunds, tried to make the commission and products better every single year, and in spite of all that, I have been accused of something I did not do. I did not have the perfect company but never once did I allow one thing to be done that would violate any law. Nevertheless, because the majority of people did not make money, in spite of everyone of them being able to make as many $1000 checks as they wanted, I am left to fight a battle that will for sure destroy what energy I have left inside… I hope the pictures below motivate you to take a chance in life and try to do the impossible… It did not work out for me with my vitamins but I believe that being willing to fail is part of having a chance at success…. Never stop dreaming and for all those who sent me testimonials of what you did because of some of my help, I am grateful I made a small difference in your life…
It just sickens me that we have become a culture where every failure, accident, or bad decision, always has to be somebodys fault. We have to all learn to take responsibility for our own mistakes. Live, learn and move forward and most importantly take responsibility. Please remember Don's children and family in your thoughts and prayers.
The news story is here: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2011/10/tv_pitchman_don_lapre_found_de.html