First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Parting is such sweet sour, but over the years I learned some things. The Empire may have fallen, but I’m still here.

For every ending, there is another opportunity for a new beginning. Napoleon Hill said it better, than anyone else I know: “Every adversity brings with it a seed of equivalent advantage”. The future is seen in the minds eye and sometimes we can’t connect the dots until we have finished the journey. Blogging on a consistent basics just opened up the memory bank of a life that was a little different.


Change is difficult, but sometime necessary. If you can’t swim, the above picture is really scary, but if you can float, you can adapt and survive.  I started blogging as something to keep my mind active because of my early retirement. It would have been nice, if I made a little money to supplement social security but staying active was my main goal. One of the core requirements was to “blog daily” to build an audience.

As a baby boomer, this blog thing was like Greek, but I have always been up to a challenge. I learned that a blog is an on-line  commentary on any particular subject; they can function as a personal diary or as an on-line advertising vehicle. They can be text, images and links to other blogs or pages. Some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photo blogs), videos (video blogs or vblogs), music (MP3 blogs) and audio (podcast). What is so unique is readers can leave comments for quick response.

For me to blog on a regular basics, required me to think about something that would hold my interest, or else I would quit. I happen to like the personal development, self-help field. I’ve had a very interesting and unique personal development story and loved to read and listen to the stories of the great motivational speakers. Plus, we all could use a little help in that area.

With the Empire Network blogging platform I didn’t understand a lot, but I was retired and had time to write. I’m not a trained writer, but I have written many things over the years. I wrote a fiction novel in junior high, a very long time ago and I wrote many staff papers and a training program for civilian warehouse workers as a U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer.

I was born and raise in Detroit MI, when it was the Motor Capital of the world. In fact Detroit was tagged the Motor City and the home of Motown. I even worked on the assembly line during my last year of high school. It wasn’t easy but I had worked my first summer job and liked the idea of having money in my pocket. I turned 18 and applied, but Pops told me I still had to finish high school.

I was home along when the 1967 Detroit Riots started (Pop was out of town and I was on my own).  I saw the movie recently with my sister when I returned back home from Philadelphia PA. Hard to believe it’s been 50 years since that happened. But the numbers are still amazing; 2,000 buildings were destroyed, over 7,200 people were arrested, 1,100 people were injured and 43 people were killed.

God must have directed my steps. It would have been very easy for me to go left instead of staying right, but because I didn’t act foolish, I didn’t become a statistic. It’s because, I didn’t cross the police line, I was able to walk the flight line in Libya North Africa (US Air Force) and later support the front line in Germany (US Army).

Even though I lost a library of material, I saved enough to write a book. This is a different platform so I’m just getting use to it. Stay tuned there is more inside.


Armed Forces Day was Saturday May 19th


Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to honor those in uniform. It’s an opportunity for the nation to express it’s gratitude to the proud Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marine and Coast Guardsmen for protecting the freedoms many take for granted. It’s also a time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Those of use who have worn the uniform understand the struggles and sacrifices that military service require. In the background and on the side lines are the military families who have family members who have served or are on active duty now. Every time I see  a video clip of a of military member paying a ‘surprise visit’ to an unsuspecting family member, it bring back fond memories.

Normally there are two days the that the nation pays honor to the veteransMemorial Day and Veterans Day. A handshake or acknowledge goes a long way. I usually wear two caps. One is U.S. Air Force and the other is U.S. Army because it’s part of my story. One was planned the other came by happenstance. They both provided purpose, structure and discipline that took me to new levels.

I joined the Air Force to escape the assembly line in Detroit MI. It just happen to be during the Vietnam War. While I was not shipped off to South East Asia to become engaged in the heat of battle, I was sent to Libya North Africa during the forced Air Base closure by Col. Muammar Gadhafi who had deposed Libya’s King Idris. The Base Commander, Col. Daniel “Chappie” James,  held his ground and made sure there was no major incident.

I went to a Germany that was divided and visited the border that separated the country. It was a sight that I will always remember – miles and miles of razor sharp fences topped with barbed wire, guard towers manned by soldiers with binoculars  and automatic weapons and land mined kill zones. The city of Berlin was separated by its wall. The Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of Germany unification.

While attend college under the GI Bill, I saw a sign that called to me. It said the more you look, the better it looks. It was a sign for the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program.  Coming from a early experience in the factory producing cars and having survived a few years  of military service I looked at it as another opportunity to explore the world again and gain a world of experience. Enlisted military members get to see the world but Officers have a more money to spend.

On the practical side I would rather hire a military veteran with leadership skills who performed in a challenging position than a kid just out of grad school with no real work experience. People with real world experience beat class room experience every time.  Plus they have good people skills – follow orders and give orders and see things through no matter what.



Here is what’s new

MAR 02, 2018

Company To Link Gold Trade Payment Methods With Cryptocurrency Techniques

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Company To Link Gold Trade Payment Methods With Cryptocurrency Techniques

KaratBank is creating a new Blockchain-based cryptocurrency based on the ancient legacy of gold. Whilst not readily used in trading today, gold has traditionally been viewed as a safe and secure investment. Combining this historical method with the most modern, cryptocurrency, may not seem like a likely partnership. However, a new company is doing just that.

KaratBank claim that they take the advantages of gold trading and apply it to cryptocurrency. They highlight that gold is a trusted means of investment worldwide, is limited in quantity (which can push up value) and is also stable in price. By linking each of their KaratBank Coins (KBC) to a physical weight of deposited gold (in the form of CashGold – 24 carat gold embedded on a bank note), each token has a stable, trusted value.

KaratBank Coins are based on the Ethereum Blockchain protocol allowing for use of smart contracts. The team describe the coins as ‘the foundation of a strategy to promote the development, infrastructure and distribution of a safer, more trustworthy payment means.’ KBC is linked to KaratPay, an online payment platform.

Their whitepaper describes KaratBank’s end goal as ‘The KaratBank Coin is designed to be used as a generally accepted electronic payment means for all who consider gold as a traditional, true, secure and value-stable medium.’ There are many advantages to KBC listed:its links to reliable 24 carat gold prices; the ability to exchange for CashGold at any time; real-time exchanges from any location at any time; the ability to use other popular crypto such as Bitcoin to purchase KBC; free and borderless transfers; and the low service charges for using KaratBank. These advantages have not gone unnoticed, as KBC payments steadily become more and more accepted around the world for transactions.

Reassuringly, KaratBank are in cooperation with Karatbars GmbH, (who already have an established community of nearly 500,000 users worldwide who have collectively invested $120 million), meaning that the growing number of companies worldwide accepting Karatbars as payment will also do so with KaratBank Coin.

The pre-ICO has already begun and will continue until March 21, with the main ICO beginning March 22 (1 KBC = $0.05). By April 18, the team aim to have KaratBank Coin listed on one major exchange. By 2020, they hope to have 2 percent market penetration, and market capitalization at $500 million.

For a start, KaratBank CEO Harald Seiz has forty years of experience in financial consultancy. He is also founder and managing director of Karatbars International GmbH, bringing his extensive knowledge of the relationship between gold and cryptocurrencies to KaratBank. His expertise has been recognized by the Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade, who have awarded him a Senatorial Degree.

The rest of the management team also have extensive management credentials from various financial companies across Germany, and the advisory staff boast experience from Karatbar operations in Dubai to the UK.

The knowledgeable team and proven success record with Karatbars indicates an exciting time for this company, and possibly a revolutionary new way of currency investment by marrying traditional investment methods with new innovations.

Disclaimer. Cointelegraph does not endorse any content or product on this page. While we aim at providing you all important information that we could obtain, readers should do their own research before taking any actions related to the company and carry full responsibility for their decisions, nor this article can be considered as an investment advice.

What does this mean to you? Maybe it’s time you gave this a closer look. Or you can continue to read about it in the news. http://therealmoney.online/earlhackett323/

Earl E. Hackett

Hackett Global Marketing

Writer, blogger author

Watching the development of Leadership, Part #2 of the Tracey Walker Story


It has been a pleasure watching the development of Tracey Walker
She was the First African American Female Millionaire, in the Empower Network. She is the exception to the only child rule. Her mom did an outstanding job, of keeping her grounded.

I was in Miami and witnessed the power of her team as they pitched in and helped her cross that million dollar thrust hold. (Not your typical income). For all the people that attended, there was not one dry eye. People say the events are life changing, and they are.

In Orlando I witnessed the coming together of the Dream Team in the hall of the convention center. As a two-term military veteran (Air Force Sergeant) and an (Army Captain) I saw her gather the troops around at lunch break. I love the way she and Nicole Cooper have developed a team where everyone is empowered and can contribute. They really complement each other.

Many people fail to see the back story of people on stage. Tracey took the lessons that life gave her, and became stronger. People forget that David Wood struggled for years, before he found out what he was good at. And when David got together with David Sharpe, things took off. What is so good about the Empower Network community is that all the leaders, are servant type leaders. This has been straight talk, beast mode.

But the story continues, with the Empower Network staff, that re-blogged their interview and titled it, “The Mind Behind the Millionaire”

Hello EN! Here is the final installment into our ‘Mind behind the Millionaire’ sessions – with none other than the amazing Tracey Walker! Enjoy!

Q. Can you give us three interesting or little- known facts about yourself?
A: Some little-known facts are first, I am trained in a variety of classical dance including ballet, jazz and modern. I danced all throughout school and college. Second, most people don’t know that I’m an only child because I don’t fall in line with the selfish and spoiled stereotype of only children. Third, I get nervous before having to speak in front of a large group of people! I get so nervous my feet and hands sweat and I have a little ritual to calm myself down.

Q. What are your hobbies?
A: I haven’t had a lot of time for hobbies, but I’m finally to the point in my career where I have an amazing supporting team and I can step away without feeling guilty, so I hope to get back into volleyball, which I played competitively in high school, and dance.

Q. Do you have a business/life mantra, motto, theme or tagline or saying?
A: “Inspiring you into action.” I don’t just want people to listen to what I’m saying and feel great I want them to take that and pump them up into action.

Q. Can you tell us about your family?
A: My boyfriend Kelo and I have a 5-month-old son, Jasiah, and I have three stepchildren. The oldest, Isaac, is 18 years old and goes to Clemson University. He’s big into sports and hopes to make the football team next year. Next is Kylah, she’s a 16-year-old diva, who loves basketball. Last, but not least, is Alexis who is 11 years old. Alexis lives with us and she’s simply a joy! We have a fantastic time having “girl’s days” and picking out outfits together. Being a mom is so much more than I could expect. I love it. Kelo is an amazing stay at home dad and I’m very thankful he’s so hands on.

Q. What motivates you?
A: Besides my family, never going back to where I was, back to when my real estate business went under and I was left with nothing. I never want to feel that fear again.

Q. Who or what inspires you?
A: So many people inspire me. First would have to be my mom. She passed away 11 years ago, and still inspires me to this day. She was able to make it happen for me growing up. I didn’t grow up with struggle, but after she passed I found out she had been making less than $20,000 a year. How she was able to support me, put me in dance and volleyball and whatever else I wanted, I have no clue. I’m moving to make her happy and show her everything she did for me was not done in vain.

The next group of people that inspires me is the people that contact me, and are looking for success and change. These strangers look to me as a benchmark for success. I keep moving to not let them down, and hope that if they can see me do it, they’ll believe they can do it too.

Then there is, my family. Being able to show my children that there is more than one way to be successful, that they don’t have to fit into the box of corporate America, and still have success. Seeing their faces light up, when I take them to Empower Network events and they get to be around all the entrepreneurs, is inspiring to me.

Q. Why do you believe you’ve been so successful?
A: I really, really, really, wanted it, and was willing to put in the work. I taught myself, to not measure myself against anyone else. My timeline is not, someone else’s timeline. I had to develop, and be OK with my process and strive to do better, than I did yesterday. I am my own competition. I keep my head down and stay focused on my goals.

Q. What difficult challenges have you had to overcome and persevere in your life and/or career?
A: I’ve had many failures. Empower Network is not my first rodeo. I’ve been with multiple companies over the years. I’ve had people come with me from company to company and I felt guilty that they weren’t making money and I had to lift them up and believe in them, sometimes more than they believed in themselves all while trying to believe in myself.

I’ve had to experience foreclosure, repossession, food stamps, losing my mom, divorce, bankruptcy, you name it. But my belief that I was designed to do something great, kept me inspired to not give up!

Q. How long have you been an affiliate, with Empower Network?
A: Since the beginning! I signed on October 26, 2011!

Q. What drew you to Empower Network?
A: I knew Dave Wood and his heart, I knew he really wanted to help people, long term and not just make money and run. I was already building my business through blogging, so I already knew the power of it. So, it just clicked.

Q. When did you know you would be successful with Empower Network?
A: The first month out the gate. Back when we were faxing in applications and the website was barely there but I had a 5-figure month. I knew then I was on to something and that things, don’t have to be perfect, as long as people believe in the mission and the vision,we’ll be successful.

Q. What do you do differently, than most network marketers?
A: I don’t jump from deal to deal to deal unless something is extremely wrong. I stick and stay. I plant my flag for as long as I can, and if I do move, it’s for a good reason.

Q. Can you tell us a little about your team?
A: The Dream Team! I love them so much! This team is one of the most loyal, caring, inspiring and supportive groups, I’ve ever been involved in. It’s like a big family. We send each other gifts, go on vacation together, they even threw me a baby shower! They stick up for me, and I for them. Moving forward, no matter what, we’ll always be connected.

Q. What about Empower Network do you enjoy?
A: I really enjoy the differences in personalities of everyone involved in EN. It’s so great to have that light heartiness, in business and there’s no stiff, or stuck up people. Everyone’s just as humble as the person next door. I love the events. I get tired, but I love being out with all the people.

Q. Where were you when you crossed the million-dollar mark?
A: I was at the Miami event back in January. I was backstage with Nicole texting, emailing and calling, hoping that if I made the million- dollar mark, they’d let me cross the stage.

Q. Now that you’re a million-dollar earner, what’s next?
A: Two, three and four million dollars! There’s plenty more millions out there for me to reach! I have a few projects in the works like Be Blog Savvy 2.0. I’m looking to do more TV work, and have a web series like a talk show. I’d love to get back into traveling. I’m also going to continue building EN and building up leaders. Let’s see how many more we can raise!

Q. What words of wisdom do you have for others in Empower Network?
A: Listen, no matter what someone else is doing, saying or posting, if you believe in the mission of EN, keep your head down and get to work. Go to work, blog every day, and everyday try to be better than you were yesterday.

Q. And those not yet involved with Empower Network?
A: If you’re looking for something, for a change, and you want to be home with your family, Empower Network provides that opportunity. EN gives you a voice for what you’re passionate about. Understand that there are no freebies, and no guarantees, but the positive energy is second to none and it’s a wonderful place to be.

Q. And your community?
A: My local community doesn’t know I exist – yet. I need to make myself known. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is a community service organization where my goal is to be more active.

Q. What advice do you have for others in the Empower Network who want to achieve what you have?
A: Focus on what you want. Before I got my ring, I had Post It notes all over my office and my mirrors with affirmations like “I Am a million-dollar earner” written on them.

Q. Knowing what you know now, what might you have done differently in the past? If you could start over tomorrow, what would you avoid doing that wasn’t productive? Within Empower Network? Outside Empower Network?
A: Outside of Empower Network, I would have saved more money from my prior real estate investing career. Everything else was a learning lesson, so that’s all I would do differently.
Inside of EN, I could have been super successful sooner. It took me 27 months because I couldn’t fathom, it was possible in a home business, and then I saw others, like Lawrence Tam and Justin & D do it, and it got me thinking, it’s not out of the range, of possibility.

Q. Anything else you want to add or say to Empower Network blog readers?
A: Go after your dreams. Anything is possible. Who would have thought I would be the first woman and African American to reach a million dollars in commissions in this huge company that was under a lot of scrutiny and spotlight? Don’t quit because there’s a challenge. Don’t allow minor mole-hills to turn into mountains.

Hope you found this information as amazing as we did!
See you on tonight’s webcast!
Appreciate you,
The EN Team

Internet comments
Maria Barina
Wow Earl. I love this post on Tracey Walker. I remember that day when they called her on stage, when she made that million-dollar milestone. It was so exciting 🙂

Sherry Parks Starnes
I absolutely love this post. Tracey Walker is amazing and you are edifying her in such a way that brings out the awesomeness in YOU! I will definitely bookmark this page as you have contributed so much inspiration in this post. Thanks for sharing.

Daphne Dobson
Powerful post about Tracey Walker Earl! Tracy is such an incredible and inspirational person. She is one of my favorite mentors. She gives me hope, that dreams do come true. Thanks for sharing!

Mark Eaves
Love Tracey Walker, looking forward to seeing her on stage in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing Earl!

Lynn Brown
This is awesome Earl. I’m glad you shared this because Tracey Walker is a huge mentor of mine. I remember I ran into her at the Austin Event, and she was kind enough to spend ½ hour talking with me and giving me advice as I was starting my EN business. She is a wonderful inspiration to everyone, she has a heart and passion for what she does. Thank you for sharing!

Ann Batten
Tracey Walker is amazing. Love listening to her. Thanks for sharing this inspiring interview with her.

Earl Hackett
Thanks, don’t know how this re-blog got here, but I guess when you do the work, opportunity finds you, and this was right on time.

What kind of ring is that? Part #1 of the Tracey Walker story


What kind of ring is that? Part #1 of the Tracey Walker story
Rings represent very special things, and some even represent the wings of those that soar.

There are the world famous, Super Bowl ring and the World Series rings and then there are special rings that many don’t know about. The Empire Network had the Millionaires Club ring and only the people in the network knew what that meant. It meant the person who wears the ring has earned at least a million dollars in commission.

The National Speakers Associations, has the Speakers Hall of Fame ring, which represents the very highest level of achievement. These rings are for the few that have achieved above, and beyond the ordinary. Chris Widener, in his Made for Success series, was interviewing Don Hutson, who wore the Speakers Hall of Fame ring.

What a lot of people would consider a lucky break was really a learning experience. Don Hutson had to hone his speaking skills or starve, as a commissioned salesman. He sold one-day enrollments into training seminars, to diverse types of small sales forces. His first 1,500 speeches were freebies, to groups of eight to ten people from distinct types of sales organizations; auto sales, products sales, real estate sales, and financial markets. As he was going through the process, he was honing his skills and generating sales.

After a few years Don got so good, that one person asked him if he would come speak for a fee, at his next company meeting. In sales and in life, you must listen to the marketplace. So, Don transitioned out of selling seminars for other people and started his own company, working on his speaking career, and conducting his own seminars.

The key to success is to be prepared when opportunity knocks. Someone once said that success can only happen when opportunity meets preparation. It’s all about the mindset. Will you be ready when your opportunity comes?

Tracey Walker knew David Wood before he started the Empower Network. She believed in the dream from the very beginning. She continued to build, even when the company went through growing pains early on. I saw her work with her team, and knew it was just a matter of time. It was a pleasure watching the development of leadership.

We should all have role models that inspire, influence and motivate us. Sometimes the role models that have the most influence on us, are people many may not have never heard of. You may hear about them, when they break the thresh hold, called fame and fortune. What people fail to understand, is that what appears as an overnight success, may have taken twenty years of hard work and preparation. With the power of the internet, that time has really been reduced.

Good stories and humor go with the content in today’s market- place. Nobody wants to hear a lot of dry content. Nobody wants to read a pitch-fest. David Wood and David Sharpe of the empower network have become very good story tellers. They are what you would call authentic; down to earth founders that knew what they want to do and surrounded themselves with other sharp people. The Viral Blogging Academy was a great block of instructions on the power of storytelling.

The skill sets you learn, will take you to your next level. People pay over $100,000 to attend college, and sometimes they can’t find a job to start their career. The best investment you can make is an investment in your own personal development. The Success Store is a good place to start. The name along sounds like a good place to shop.

If you want to get involved in the internet marketing arena make sure the company or opportunity has a good training program. You need the psychological (mind set training) and the technical training. The Empower Network had the Viral Blogging Academy, the Inner Circle audio program, the Top Producer Formula, the Team Building Formula and the Mass Influence Formula . In addition to learning from the programs you can got paid by offering them to other people that wanted to learn.

Are you willing to invest in your own education. Just remember that there are some people paying thousands to attend college and some of them can’t find jobs. This has been straight talk, no chaser.


Internet comments
Sherry Starnes
Great post Earl! I enjoy reading your post so much, because you bring so much value in each of them. I agree with you on the issue of personal development. I was guilty of investing in college and other things, but not personal development until the past few years. I believe more emphasis should be placed on this, in high school. If students learned to invest in themselves in high school they wouldn’t have to go to college 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome message!

Sue Price
Awesome message as always Earl. I love that film clip with Tracey. It was good to see the first woman get this ring. I know there are other partnerships including women, but this was extra special.
I do not think there are too many other companies in the network marketing space that have created so many million dollars earners in such a short space of time. Thanks for the education on all the other types of rings. Love it. Thank you.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. I think the opportunity lives up to it’s name. I became “Empowered” to be a blogger in a blogging community. Writing well, also leads to other doors of opportunity, opening.

Chris Widener Interviews the Legend

Jim Rohn’s influence, transcends time.

Jim Rohn has been hailed over the years, as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. He was considered America’s Foremost Business Philosopher. He shared his success philosophies for over 40 years to over 4 million people worldwide. If you had not heard of him you, you probably heard one of his quotes. Jim helped motivate an entire generation of personal development trainers.

At the time of this interview, Jim was 75 years old. He said that part of him being a living legend was the fact that he was, still living. Jim wrote about a half dozen books but he lectured around the world more than a few times. He was known as a master motivator, author and living legend. I call him one of the world’s greatest wordsmith because he studied his craft so well.

Chris always asked his guest this question, How did you get to this point? Jim went back to when he was 25 and the Girl Scout knocked on the door to sell him some Girl Scout cookies. Jim listen to her excellent sales presentation, then he lied to her. He wanted to buy, but he didn’t have the two dollars, and he didn’t want her to know. He told her, they already had bought some, and they didn’t.

As she walked away he said to himself that he didn’t want to live like that anymore. He was married with family and he worked every day and he didn’t even have two dollars on him or in the house. It that moment, he made a decision that he would search until he found an opportunity that would change his life. To him it was a turning point. What is going to be YOUR turning point?

Shortly after he made a decision to change his life, he met his mentor. One of his quotes is, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”, happened. He listened to his mentor for five years and over that period, he took action, and because of that action he became a millionaire. Jim changed the way he thought about life, and it changed his life for the better.

He developed the skills and the disciplines needed to move forward. If you want to enter the internet marketing world, be ready to put in some time and some work, period! It wasn’t until I came back from Miami Florida, that I really got plugged into the team. The opportunity is awesome but you, do needed a team in place, to help you, head in the right direction.

My focus has been on blogging about personal development because it is the key to my success. Jim Rohn also said that we get paid for the value we bring to the market place. As an entrepreneur, it’s always mind over matter. Napoleon Hill’s book the Law of Success was the book that started the transformation for me. When the prosperity team started to cover the book in the daily mastermind, I couldn’t have been happier. Napoleon Hill gave us a track to run on, and Jim Rohn, the master wordsmith, inspired me to be the engine that could.

What is it going to take for you to make a decision, to search and find something else? The economy is picking up, but people are making less. Will you settle for less or do you want more? Jim called it the mystery of the mind, as to why some will, and some won’t. He traveled so much over the years and he loved to hear about the people that made life changing decision, and how they were doing when he returned years later.


Internet comments

Daphne Dobson
Earl, awesome post! I love Jim Rohn! He’s one of my favorite mentors. I love his Girl Scout cookie story. I’m blessed every time I hear it. When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired and you take the right action, then everything changes. Thanks for sharing.

Rory Singh
Thanks for the post Earl. Love Jim Rohn…a man of wisdom who still impacts millions of lives today! Thank you!

Keith Everett
What a great post Earl. Jim Rohn mentored Tony Robbins I believe, and he has been much a legend over the years. We are all lucky to have access to Jim Rohn and his work. He has certainly influenced many people over the years to become successful. Long may his memory last! What a great man.

Earl Hackett
Thank you for your comments. Jim really practiced his craft. When he first stated speaking and he was in the audience, waiting for his turn, he heard someone say this about the next speaker, approaching the stage, “That’s him, that’s the famous man.” Then one day, many years later as he was approaching the stage, he heard the same thing about himself. He then realized that he had come full circle.

Remembering the Legend – Jim Rohn


I still remember the first time I heard Jim Rohn speak. It was part of a motivational CD program inside “Success Magazine”. I had seen and heard of Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins, Harvey Mackay, and Brian Tracy. But Jim said something on that CD that caught my attention and turned me, into a life-time student of his.

That was in June 2008. I had wanted to see him in person, but never had the opportunity, because he left us in March 2009. Many years later, I still quote him, and his life changing philosophy. His style was so down to earth, but profound. I now have several of his tapes seminars and many of his books.

He came from a very humble background (only son of a Idaho farmer who was also a minister). He met a man named Earl Shaoff who taught him principles that changed his life when he was 25 years old, and within a five-year period Jim Rohn became a millionaire.

Mr. Rohn ended up speaking to more than 6,000 audiences during his life time. What blows my mind is that many of the people I looked up to where taught/mentored by him.

Les Brown, who I have seen on several occasions said” I’ve been a student of Jim Rohn since 1972. He was then – and still is – one of the most profound thinkers and mind- expanding individuals I’ve ever had a chance to listen to.”

Zig Ziglar another speaker I had seen in person said,” Jim Rohn was one of those people who was always encouraging people to be their best. He liked to encourage them to do the right thing, in the right way”.

Anthony Robbins said, ” I truly believe Jim Rohn is an extraordinary human being, whose philosophy can enhance the quality of life for everyone who exposes themselves to it. He certainly had a positive impact on me at a time in my life when I was first forming the philosophies that guide me today.” Jim Rohn once talked about “the young Tony Robbins” who worked for him, at one of his offices.

I think that Harvey Mackay said it best, “Jim Rohn is one of the most articulate, powerful, and though provoking speakers I’ve seen. His unique delivery and style put him head and shoulders above the rest.”

He always stressed the importance of personal development, not only to benefit oneself, but also for those people whose lives we influence with our abundance. Abundance is not something you get on your job. You can make a lot of money, but it’s not abundance. You can buy a lot of stuff – but how many people outside the family, can you help?

If you came from “old money” like Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, or Andrew Carnegie then you could make/leave an impact and help a lot of people. “New money”, are people like Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. The next generation of wealth will come from new technology, and the internet; . Why? The world is getting smaller as the web grows.

WWW is the world wide web, which represents the whole wide world. You don’t have to conquer the whole world, just learn to get “your piece”. The web is going to grow as other counties progress, and it’s not going to slow down as the next generation grows up. If you have a business you need to click and get on your site to reach your customers. If you know others that you can refer, you need to get on board.

If nothing else I would like to introduce you to Mr. Jim Rohn. Sounds like Dave and Dave and a lot of other people have studied his teaching. This has been straight talk, beast mode.


Internet comments

Mona Hasler
Hey Earl, I didn’t know Jim, when he was still here with us. Being a European, his wisdom only reached me with the advent of the internet. I’m grateful for the high widening of my horizon, since I bought an internet connection. Jim Rohn is one of the luminaries I’m grateful to learn from. Thanks for reminding me.

Dr. Steve Sheiner
Jim Rohn was amazing, and it’s so great to read those powerful tributes from some of the other amazing inspirational speakers! Great video from Darren Hardy! Thanks for sharing this Earl. It’s a great reminder and tribute to an incredible person.

Jenny E. Weeks
Earl what a wonderful tribute to Jim Rohn. I will certainly watch some of his videos. You know, there are many young people today who don’t really understand the concept of personal development. Thanks for spreading the message of Jim Rohn.
Sincerely Jenny Weeks

I love Jim Rohn’s wisdom, priceless indeed! Thanks for sharing Earl.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. His last official speech was in 2009 and you could tell from the audience, that they knew there was not going to be many more. Jim may be gone but he is not forgotten.

Magnifying Mentors


Mentors should never be marginalized. Napoleon Hill always talked about Andrew Carnegie, and Jim Rohn always talked about Earl Shoaff and dozens of people still talk about Jim Rohn. There may not have been a T-Mobil Communication Company, if not for the power of a mentor.

John Stanton, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board for T-Mobile Communication, blazed a trail in the telecommunication industry because of advice he received from a sincere mentor, named Baker Ferguson, who was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Whitman College.

When John was a sophomore, in Whitman College, Baker gave a speech, and at the end of his speech he said, “If any of you ever have an issue, come on down to the bank, and we will talk about it.” John assumed that, he meant, what he said, and ended up walking down the road to the bank the next day.

As he was getting ready to knock of the door to Baker’s office his secretary rushed up and said, Mr. Ferguson is very busy, did he have an appointment? Before John could fully explain, what Mr. Ferguson had said the other day, Baker heard them talking, and opened the door and said, “That’s OK, come on in, what can I do for you young man?

Baker Ferguson had graduated from Whitman College and went on to Harvard Business School. He fought in World War II and was a P.O.W. When he came home from the war, he could have gone anywhere in the country, but decided to return to Warsaw Washington to work in the bank, his family had founded.

Under his leadership, that bank became one of the best banks in the country, based on investor’s rate of return. Baker had vision and he was one of the early investors, in the wine industry. At the time of his death, he was considered one of the founding fathers of the wine industry, for Washington State.

Years later when dedicating a building in Baker Ferguson’s honor, and another time, when he gave a speech at a memorial service, he told the story of how he thought, he could “just walk in without an appointment”, and talk with the President of the bank and Trustee of the college.

Maybe he didn’t know that Mr. Ferguson, the bank president was probably one of the busiest people in the town, because he had hundreds of people working for him. He later learned that mentoring, was just a part of his nature.

At the time John dropped in, he was trying to decide if he should attend law school after graduation, and what kind of courses he should be taking. John was surprised that Baker took so much time out of his schedule to talk to him. After their little discussion, “four hours later”, John decided to go to business school instead. After John’s dedication speech, some people came up to him later and said they had the same experience.

Taking time to listen to others and to give guidance must have been the reason Baker came back to Warsaw Washington. Have you had a mentor who left a lasting impression with you? Napoleon Hill and Jim Rohn were my main mentors plus I have discovered many more through Success Magazine and Chris Widener’s Made for Success series.

I still remember the first time I heard Jim speak. Whenever Jim tells his story he always mentions his mentor Earl Shoaff. Likewise, Napoleon Hill always mentions Andrew Carnegie. These two men; Hill and Rohn are always mentioned when people speak about personal development because they had such an impact on the industry and the world.

As a results, of speaking with Mr. Ferguson, John went into the business field, instead of law, where he spent 20 years in the communications business blazing a trail in the communication industry; first as co-founder of the Mc Caw Communication Company, then he founded Western Wireless Communication which turned into Voice Stream which then grew into the communications giant T-Mobile.

People are so busy protecting their job today, that mentoring someone may mean training your future replacement. The world is a lot more competitive now. If you are so busy working on your job and it takes all your time and effort, who else can you help?

Once you get the money out of the way; food on the table, kids fed and bills paid, then you can begin, to do other things. Once you learn to build a system that primes the money pipeline, you won’t have to show up every day like you do with a job. When that happens, you have reached “financial freedom”.

How much would you need to prime your money pipeline? Would $3,000 a month do it for you, or are you looking at $5,000 a month or more. Who will tell your story when you are gone? Who will be your mentor? What will be your legacy? This has been straight talk, no chaser.

Internet comments

Leonie Henskie
Wow Earl, you have the most amazing stories. We really must remember to edify our mentors and leaders over the years. I love how so many people are able to give their time to mentor people. One of the great mentoring programs that happens in New Zealand is Big Brother, and what the mentors do for the young boys there, is fantastic

Yes, it’s always great to mention our mentors. All the successful people do it, and we have the mindset of abundance meaning there is more than enough for everyone!          Thanks Earl.
Tara Woodruff
Thank you, Earl,!! What a fantastic mentorship story! Thank you!


Earl Hackett
Thank you for your comments. Everybody needs somebody to move forward in life. Mentors are those special people that enjoy reaching out to help others. It’s the power of purpose.