We were the Chevrolet family tucked comfortably between the Oldsmobile Super 88 and the Buick Roadster households to the right and left of us in our line of post World War II bungalows on Patrick Avenue. My Dad paid around fifteen hundred in 1953 for our Chevy Coupe while the Buick and Oldsmobile models were for the rich folks next door at twice the price. Saying they were rich really wasn’t that much of an exaggeration since a three thousand dollar car on a four thousand a year salary for our blue collar neighborhood was a lot of money. How did they do it? This collective of factory workers, postal employees and bus drivers all shared the commonality of not having a lot of money. What was the secret to owning more expensive things?
General Motors was cleaver using different makes and models to offer buyers what they could afford. The Buick and Oldsmobile hood ornaments were rockets, the Chevy hood ornament looked more like a jet plane. These were the small symbols to remind a united nation of one goal to go faster and conquer space years before President Kennedy made his promise to go to the moon. Another brilliant moment for GM was an idea ahead of its time in the 1920s. That major disruptive concept was the auto loan. This revolution launched GM to the number one spot and created a consumer demand to get what you want today and pay for it later. Soon people all over America were financing just about everything such as appliances, radios, and furniture by 1930.
You might say things have not changed much since a one hundred thousand dollar salary buys a seventy five thousand dollar car.
Since then, we have been adding decimal points and digits to the pile to create four trillion dollars in consumer debt. That’s just about the size of the entire GDP of Japan where all those new cars come from. Four trillion is a lot and here’s how Americans borrow so much:
- Credit cards eat up a little over a one trillion.
- Nearly three trillion in non-revolving debt which includes things like college loans and car payments.
- Debt for your neighbors has climbed in double digits since 2013, and that does not include mortgage debt.
- Those house payments add another nine trillion to the debt Americans will owe the banker.
- Approaching fourteen trillion in debt meaning we all owe a sum nearly bigger than the GDP of China.
All of this is personal debt. That’s the debt that grows every time you swipe your smart phone at Starbucks for a five dollar coffee increasing the debt to four trillion and five dollars. For those that push for wealth distribution this should be alarming, since the only thing left to distribute is debt; not wealth.
The really big number is the National Debt now over twenty two trillion. The only time the national debt was paid off was in 1835 when Andrew Jackson was president. No wonder his picture is on the Twenty Dollar Bill.
We need more Billionaires! We do not need wealth distribution.
In 1953, thirty one percent of the population was considered to be in the top one percent, with sixty nine percent in the bottom ninety-nine percent where General Motors made all their money. The numbers have not changed dramatically as in 2010 the top one percent was thirty five percent and the bottom ninety-nine making up sixty five percent. It just takes more money to get there, but surprisingly it is not a group only for multi-millionaires and billionaires. If you make around four hundred thousand, you are in the top one percent. Some doctors make that as do some sales people.
Are you ready to fork over seventy – eighty – even ninety percent of your money to a government that losses no sleep over twenty two trillion in debt. Or, would you rather keep some of that revenue to pay down that personal debt for that new car? The decision to choose the 1953 Chevy with a jet for the hood ornament, instead of a rocket, may be a prudent way to go forward into the future.
WHAT CAN TOP CEOS LEARN FROM THE MARINES?
First of all, the Marines have been succeeding since before the United States were formed. How many businesses can you name over 200 years old.Businesses today are lucky to make it just in the first year.
This video states if you are an entrepreneur, your best bet is to hire ex-military leaders.
Coming Up: Our next video series addresses the skills of the entrepreneur.
Momma always enjoyed the Comic Section in the Sunday Paper. She’d say something about Dagwood, or Peanuts and chuckle, then ask me, “Want to see the funny papers?”
On those Sunday afternoons after our fill of fried chicken, the miraculous appearance of full color pages made one section of the paper interesting for a young boy. The funny papers on Sundays, and in the fall, the Sears Catalog with its pages of toys in the toy section were highly anticipated literary volumes in the early 1950’s. Not like today when toddlers haul around volumes of Harry Potter that weigh more than they do. It’s good to see kids so young falling in love with books. Beyond the funny papers, mother kept my small library full of books like Black Beauty, farmers, and cowboys. She also had common sense enough to make me read and study the school books. She said, “Work hard on your education now and you won’t have to work hard when you are grown.”
Common sense was a major course for those of my age group. It made the world safe to explore all day until it got dark.
It may seem sentimental to visit those old days when today there is nothing funny in the newspaper. Today’s newsprint only seems to deliver hate, division, and mismatched ideas. Take for example the Green New Deal environmentalists that clear cut six thousand acres of Virginia forest to build a solar panel farm. That’s about as mismatched as you can get. Consider the logic:
- Pick a state that offers cloudy gray skies just about all winter for a solar farm. Virginia is my home state, so the impact of light deprivation is known.
- Cut down a forest half the size of Manhattan robbing the area of life giving oxygen from trees.
There’s nothing wrong with exploring ways to make solar efficient. As it is today, you can’t depend on it. Florida is home now and our previous pool was heated with solar panels. Now our pool is heated by an electric heater. The electric works better. Cloudy skies, even in Florida, can really dampen expectations.
Could common sense point us to the vast thousands of acres of barren desert in the Southwest? No trees to chop and no dastardly cloudy gray skies. Environmentalists are supposed to care for trees and fresh air. Common sense needs to be taught. Momma said many times, “What’s it gonna’ take to knock some sense into you?”
All habits and addictions are illusions.
Scientific evidence supports the effects of chemicals and hormones that require specific treatments. This is a presentation of the much larger issue of our attitudes toward BAD habits. We give life to habits when we name them EVIL we give them POWER and FORCE
This Video explains more
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There are times when missing my father weighs heavy. Those small times sitting across from each other in stuffed chairs and listening. The stories of his father working a farm and owning a grocery store that lost more money than it made. His description from a slight smile and echoes in the twinkle of his blue eyes fascinate me today the same way those words captured me nearly seveny years ago.
Youthful years passed and as time made me smarter, there were some days when my self absorbed smart ass would interject some off the wall contemporary passing idea. Comments such as those have become some level of regret and grow large in the memory shouting out the kind gentle happy words.
Today as pages on the February calendar get checked off, there’s Valentine’ Day with cards, candy and kisses to mark happy milestones. One of those chilly February days also marks the day of his last laugh and quiet smile were silenced.
So, as life gets thrown at us shooting arrows of pain and happiness, we may learn that the real educated action is to experience each present moment with a finger on the scale that leans toward the affectionate.
But, wait, what can a screen saver with the quote ‘Expand my territory’ do for you?
Exactly what it says, expand my opportunities, my client base, my financial well being. My success.
The quote does not say give me the stuff other people have. True growth is not about taking advantage and gaining at someone else’s loss. Taking something from someone else does nothing toward growth; it is just exchanging something from someone else. Moving something from one pocket to another gets us no where. An old country saying is, “Rob Peter to pay Paul.” That’s a losing plan since the debt to you is still there
Where did the quote, ‘Expand my territory’ originate.
For me, it was on an old I Phone that at one time meant something, but was lost in my memory, so I looked it up. Of all places it came from the Bible; that dusty old volume that people use to excoriate others with blame about the rich and the poor. All those guilt verses about that evil rich man shoving a camel through the eye of a needle crap.
There’s some positive wealth building ideas in those sixty-six books of ancient dialogue that works well today. This quote came from First Chronicles 4:10 concerning a little known guy named Jabez. It states, “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
Then, just as promised, “God granted his request.
Not many people have remembered his name and the quote was easy for me to forget. So, I reloaded on my new phone as a reminder that the Universe is full of potential on the road ahead. There’s a great deal of new untouched territory to explore and win. The good thing is; no one has to lose anything to make it true.
That’s the way the world really is, how do you see the way it can be?
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Goals become disappointments when the WHY is misplaced.
That goal may be shared by the several billion people… and each will have an idea how to get there. Finds out more in this episode of our video series on goals.
Find out what the difference is in this episode of our series on goal setting.
Discover why we say this in the video!
Saying Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, is like saying Mt. Everest is a hill.
Zig Ziglar has influenced millions worldwide and his books, audios, videos, speeches, and ideas will continue to inspire more in the coming decades.
Quotes from Zig Ziglar have been woven into novels, plays, movies, television, and all across social media. He had a special style. The first time I saw him speak was in 1979, and his work inspired my career and the creation of the world’s first all motivation radio station, the Winners News Network. Zig was kind enough to visit one of our Motivation Monday events in South Florida.
This recording was made to explain how he inspired the idea and some of his classic presentation.
Zig Ziglar lived a life of great example as he always lived by his own words. He invited me, “Joe, if you are ever in Dallas on a Sunday drop by my Sunday school class.”
“You teach Sunday school?” I asked.
The thought of my days as a kid on Sunday mornings in a small room with a dozen or people came to mind. So, I asked, “How many people are in your class?”
“Oh,” he answered modestly, “Seven or eight hundred or so depending on the weather.”
That was an invitation I had to accept, so one Sunday at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, I showed up. That day it was a pleasure to meet his young son, Tom. The son mentioned in the video. He’s a grown man now and is head of the Zig Ziglar Corporation continuing his Dad’s work. As Zig said in the video, young Tom said, “Dad, I always pull for you.”
Enjoy Zig Ziglar’s best
Here’s the Zig Ziglar website
Once on the radio there was a Motivation Station, the Winners News Network in South Florida.
All positive all the time, the station featured segments from best selling personal development authors and speakers. Les Brown was a prominent speaker on the station and was very kind to appear at one of our networking events called Motivation Monday. Digging into our archive of old VHS tapes this is one of fondest memories of Les Brown.
Les Brown has a powerful story that has become the inspiration for millions worldwide. After seeing this recording, it is obvious why so many people love Les Brown. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
He became a Nightingale Conant best seller, starred in the movie, The Secret, and is easy to follow today on his website as well as on Audible. Listen and enjoy one of the world’s best personal development speakers in history for his proven powerful principles that have motivated millions.
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SECRET ADVANTAGE REVIEWS
Kevin Cuneo HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 08-05-18
“The dean of personal development at his best”
What an extensive list of Articles and accomplishments from one of the greatest personal development specialist ever Earl Nightingale. The dean of professional development. Many stories from his radio show and others that he has put together. Well laid out for today’s use. I love the way it’s narrated with the present-day in mind yet still reflects back to origination of Earl Nightingale ideas and accomplishments period a must-listen to program!
Ben Spain 07-30-18
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The 6 magic words to change your life and how much better the world would be today if we all took the time to improve ourselves.
Richard Whitacre 07-24-18
lots of amazing stories and great information ! I will listen to this work many times ! thank you to Earl and all others who made this possible and thank you audible for providing this !
Ambiorix Monsanto 07-20-18
This is a great book for someone trying to get ahead in life and be successful in all areas of life.
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“Brilliant book thoroughly enjoyed”
Brilliant book thoroughly enjoyed and it is worth a million dollars to anyone who listens with an open mind.
Antonio B. 07-08-18
This book is one of the greatest jewels that I’ve uncovered! Positively life altering information!
Mauslix Roma, Italia 07-29-18
“Best self empowerment collection ever!”
Collected works about self empowerment. Best value, I liked it very much, I will listen again and again.
Amazon Customer 07-13-18
“Best book read so far”
Easy to follow and understand.
Listening to it again.
This is an amazing compilation of works by great authors and speakers. I’m so blessed to have came across it. I will definitely be listening to this audio again and again.
Donna Morris 07-01-18
“A much needed course. Thank you.”
Each chapter I received from, some more than others. I will listen again and again.