I feel it is important for people to vote as much as I still
believe the true power of our country and the major reason it is so great is
because of its people. Patriotic? Yeah, just a little.
I hear from people all the time that they believe their vote
does not count. That it doesn’t matter
who they vote for. I hate hearing about
the horrible feelings people have about our government even though I can’t say
I am impressed with the job they are doing for this country.
It dawned on me that with today’s technology a major
television station or I would even be more impressed if all three, CBS, NBC, and
ABC, joined together and did the event simultanenously! I think it would be great for Presidential
Elections to start with numerous candidates from numerous parties and introduce
them through an investigative report with breaks to do questions and answers in
the form of a debate style and then let the country vote.
Each night of a week a one hour special and narrowing down
the peoples choice by party and then by qualifications making it more in depth
and harder as the candidates progress through the process and then people vote
on their computers, cell phones and eliminate candidates with the grand finale
being the actual presidential election.
The best part would be if they did it live and we got to
watch these candidates self destruct on national television!
No Campaigning! No
huge amounts of money spent by candidates or supportors trying to buy their
candidate a seat. The money that would
normally be spent on campaigns should be collected and spent on paying down the
national debt which would get people to stop donating rather quickly.
No National conventions!
Within each party numerous candidates would be sent to the show to
represent their respective party. For
those who are afraid of getting stuck with a popular would be actor as
president – let us remember President Reagan who didn’t do all that bad as
It is just an idea. I
would be entertained and happy if we threw out the electoral college and limit
the whole thing to those who are registered through their computer and cell
phones to vote and part of the registration process is to have a valid drivers
license, and proof you have paid your taxes.
Get the NSA to run the voting polls for the computers and cell phones,
they could do it honestly and have the technology. Definitely do not let the government hacks
who are responsible for the Obama care website near it. The IRS would love to be able to verify the
registered voters by who have paid their taxes.
Someone asked me yesterday what my New Year’s Resolutions
were going to be.
I said I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.
They asked me in a very concerned sort of way, “You don’t
have any goals or ambitions for the coming year to become a better person?”
That’s different. I have tons of goals and ambitions along with trying to become a better person as I grow, learn and mature.
I don't believe in Jack-a-lopes!
From my way of
thinking about it – This is a ongoing process that needs to be adjusted
continually as you progress through life.
I don’t feel goals should be statically set or you have made
it to some special place by achieving your desired goals. I do believe if you are not happy living your
every day life and enjoying it to the fullest as you go – you are wasting your
I know what the person was striving for when they asked the
question of me, but I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions.
2013 was definitely a year of change. I entered the year having reached a twenty
year mark with working for the same company.
I had finished two more books but needed a editor to get them ready to
be published. I had not published a new
book in 2012. I lost my job in March and
my company truck I had driven for years.
I found a new opportunity with the Edward Jones Company and began
studying for my Series 7. I did not
publish a new book in 2013 nor have I written a single word towards a new one
since I lost my old job. I have been
busy reading, studying, and learning since I took this new position. Working for the Edward Jones Company is like a person dying of thirst trying to get a sip of water from a fire hose - At least at the start of your career. Fast paced, almost over whelming, non stop learning and training, challenging and a hell of a lot of fun if you don't let it over run you. I have never worked with a more helpful and up beat group of people in all my life!
The Good News is that I have never been happier in my
life. I have been blessed repeatedly since this new
career has started. I enjoy the fact, that by doing my job well, that I get to help educate people to understand, manage
and protect their savings. I never
dreamed I would be so comfortable in such a social environment where I
literally talk to hundreds of people every week. I am surprised by how much I have learned in
less than a year and how much I know about different vehicles for investing
Goals for this year are to break records of various types
within the Edward Jones Company. I plan
to grow my business and help as many people as I can.
I was able to purchase my own vehicle last year and finally
after years have a means to listen to my favorite music in my car after years
of having nothing but an AM/FM radio. I
have even managed to aquire a speaker machine that will play my music off my
cell phone while I am working in my office.
I plan to purchase my dream house with an in ground pool
this year and get moved into it and settled.
I plan to begin painting again in order to paint a piece for
my office and see who will notice that I painted the painting.
I plan to get the sequels of my first two books edited and
self published along with finishing my fifth and sixth novels.
Most of all I plan to continue enjoying every day for the
blessing that it is as I learn and grow to higher and greater heights that even
I can’t imagine.
I will try to blog more often this year. My writing career and blogging are coming up
on the third year since I started both. This year I will get back to writing as I grow and become continually better
at my new career as a financial advisor.
For those who have followed my blog, you know I went through
a major career change this year. I have
learned so many new things this year I can’t even qualify it all at this
point. Some of the lessons I have
learned have been more prominent and useful than others.
Focus on the things you can control.
This is applicable in every area of your life.
For me, I focus on the aspects of what I can control. Prospecting, following up with prospects and
current clients and learning as much as I can every day about the myrid of
products at my disposal. Multi-tasking
and focusing on the critical activities that need to be done to suceed are
important, but you must continue to not get hung up on the stuff you can’t
As today is Thanksgiving, a day I have been looking forward
to for a long time for many reasons. My
oldest son is sick and so I am staying home with him instead of going to the
family Thanksgiving. I am disappointed
but not upset, as this falls into a category of stuff I cannot control. So you just make the best of it and try and
enjoy the day the best you can.
Your attitude about work, your career, your life, your
family is your attitude. The only person
who can change it and control it is you.
So why not be enthusiastic and happy?
This is controlable! Focus on
those aspects you can control.
Go through everything in your life and determine what you
can directly control and that which you can’t.
Focus on what you can control.
Let go of what you can’t. Don’t
focus on the stuff you can’t control.
Don’t let it get you down or put you in a bad mood.
Happy Thanksgiving my loyal and wonderful fans.
For those who have read “Whisper” and “No Rules Of
Engagement” the sequels are being edited and I am still planning on a launch of
the next books in both series next year – 2014.
For those who have not read them there is still time.
those who have followed by blog you know that I had a directional change in my
life this year as I lost the job I had held for over twenty years.
First off losing my job has turned out to be the biggest
blessing God has given me since my wife fell in love with and said I do and my
children being born.
Secondly God has further blessed me with an opportunity to
begin a new career which has has challenged me in many new and exciting
ways. So much so that I have had to
rediscover who I am.
day I am faced with new vistas and discoveries as I proceed on my new adventure
and career. I am in one of those phases
of life when you don’t fully realize what you are capable of. You keep going forward, step by step,
learning and stretching and discovering new and more wonderful things as I
proceed. Discovering who I am as I
go. Realizing what is most important in
the world and embracing it. Enjoying the
things I do everyday. Excelling in ways
that surprise myself as I enjoy the journey, enjoying the journey is what true
success is all about.
I am in a situation where I am meeting many new people every
day and they have no idea who I am, all that I am, all that I can do to help
them, and how truly happy I am to meet them.
It’s amazing because some of these people I will end up having a
meaningful relationship for the rest of my life. We will change each others lives forever as
we all proceed on this incredible journey.
I don’t know exactly where this journey is taking me, but I
am thoroughly enjoying the journey. My
writing career is on hold until I get good enough at this new career that I get
my evenings back and am not working until bed time each night hand writing out
thank you cards and catching up on work.
I am sorry I have not been blogging more but I have been
terribly busy. Burning the candle at
both ends but in a good way.
As a writer and someone who has experienced the thrill and wrath of written work being edited, the entire Securities Industry needs to be edited desperately!
There is over ten terms which have more than one or two ways of referring to the exact same thing. There is more definitions for the word BASIS within the same industry, @^#%$&$*.
Any Editor worth their salt could have condensed that manual down by a quarter and determined for the industry what terms and phrases will be used and are acceptable and really clear up a lot of confusion and misunderstandings.
Who ever came up with the bright idea of two three hour tests back to back with only an hour break in between should be tied to a tree and shot to death! A lady was there testing for her CPA - four tests spread over months that can be taken in any order. I am not down rating their test in the slightest but the schedule seems far less grueling than the Series 7 Exam.
I passed! You need a 72% to pass. Most do not pass it the first time. Average passing score is 73%. I squeezed a 75% to pass, nearly wet myself before finishing the last 10 questions and although happy and elated I feel at the present moment Scooby Doo has me beat by about 50 IQ points.
Thank you everybody who said a prayer. Tomorrow I start studying for the State Registration Series 66, wish me luck.
It is amazing what we will do so some day we may return to writing.