Your determination will take you places

It’s how you finish the game that counts.


Albert Mensah started from a hut in a little village in Ghana West Africa. He is now one of the top motivational speakers in the world. I started from a mother on welfare and survived the mean streets of Detroit and graduated from the hallowed halls of Drexel University. Between it all, I traveled to seven countries on three continents and served in two branches of the military. Your start does not have to be your end.

When Mensah graduated from college he worked as a bar back in a fancy hotel. Bar backs wore the black bow ties and black suits and cleared the glasses off the tables. He took them back to the dish washer and refilled the racks behind the bar so the bar tender would always have fresh glasses. His next promotion was as a dish washer, they were paid hourly instead of living on tips. Each job for him was getting him into the American culture.

Work experience and work ethic will take you places you never dreamed of. One of the bar patrons noticed Mensah’s and asked why he was always working so hard. Mensah told him that he had just graduated from college and that he was from Ghana West Africa and he had to work somewhere. That chance encounter lead to Mensah being offered a sales rep position with the local Yellow Pages sales office.

When he was hired, he told the former bar patron, now branch manager that he was going to become “rookie of the year”. The manager laughed, but he didn’t know about the power of intention, perseverance and determination. When you start anything have a clear intention and declare it. When you do, you hold yourself accountable and the powers of the universe will come into play.

Dave Wood one of the co- founders of the empower network talked about the power of intention at my first convention in Denver CO. The rest of the leaders talked about it also and I heard about it at the beginning the $15 K Formula which became the Team Building Formula. You got to get your “mind right” before you get your “money right”.

When Mensah started selling yellow page advertising he started with the small accounts. He found it hard to ask for a $2,000 ad because that was more than he was making at the time. But he sold the smaller amounts on such a consistent basics that he made up in numbers what he lacked in skill. Jim Rohn, the young farm boy did the same thing when he first got started in sales; he made up in numbers what he lacked in skill.

Again, hard-work and the right attitude got him noticed. The manager told him that he had potential and started to work closely with him to smooth out the rough edges. Before the year was up Mensah was rookie of the year.

Mensah realized that if he knocked on enough doors he would make $60,000 a year as one of the top salesmen. As a result, he stayed with the company for 15 years. It didn’t take long for Mensah to make more in one year than his father had with 15 years in the Ghana Army. America is still the land of opportunity for those willing to hustle.

When the door of opportunity opens for you, will you walk in or will you wait? Would an additional $3,000 to $5,000 a month in addition to whatever you may be doing right now be enough for you get started?

Are you willing to spend the time and the energy to learn what you need to learn? Are you willing to invest in the training programs that give you the technical knowledge and the sales philosophy behind internet marketing and direct sells? Are you willing to stay the course and attend the events until you get the results you want? This is just just me talking straight, no chaser. What is your story?


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Yes, determination and persistence will take you places.

Earl Hackett

Thanks Sheena for your comments. Mensah started from a hut in Ghana West Africa and he became a top motivational speaker (in America). He got to that position by “determination and persistence”.

I started with Empower Network as a recent retiree looking for something to keep my mind active after a unique career path. My determination and persistence will take me to the published author status someday. But more importantly, I get to continue a family legacy.

Mom was about basic survival, and she was a rock. To me she will always be the country girl from Mississippi who knew how to cook. She never learned how to drive but didn’t let it stop her. She was an independent woman who caught the bus everywhere. I was always amazed that she would catch the bus to work at the age that most would be retired (in her mid eighties). Mom gave birth to 14 kids and raised many grandkids along the way.

I learned the rest of her story at her funeral. She had told the story of her mom passing when she was only eight. At the age of 90 mom passed on to glory, and because I blog, I get to tell the rest of her story. Her father that she never really knew was a Native American who kept count of all his children and when mom was born in 1919 she was the last of 33. I’m about the arrival and I come from good stock.

Jim Rohn once said, That’s my mountain, and I will climb that mountain, or you will find my dead body on the side (of the mountain). A do or die, not try, is the only way to go, if you want to blaze a trail!! That’s my determination, what is yours?

Author: hackettglobalmarketing14

I'm a two time military veteran (Air Force & US Army). I started blogging to keep my mind active after 40+ years of work. I joined the Air Force to escape the auto assembly line in Detroit. I went to Libya North Africa where Col. Muammar Graddafi was forcing the closure of the base there. The base commander, Col. Daniel "Chappie" James kept a lid on the situation. I was later commissioned in the Army, and "Chappie" became the first African American Four Star General for the Air Force. Blogging just opened up the flood gates. Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!! will be my blog novel. If you don't write your story who will?

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