What will be your defining moment?


Once you learn how to scrap, you know how to bounce back from adversity.
Dr. Tony Alessandra, started his story off with “fighting his way out of New York City”. Tony went all the way back, to his childhood as he talked to Chris Widener, in the Made for Success interview, to when he was a kid living in the projects, and he got into his first fight, when he was about seven or eight years old. He came home crying and it just so happen, that his cab driving father was home. His dad asked what happened and Tony told him.
Dad told him to go back down and fight and that he couldn’t live in the projects of New York, and not know how to protect himself. Tony tried to protest, but when dad pulled off his belt, Tony made a quick decision, and went down to win the fight. Sometimes, you just need the right incentives, to win in life.
I remember when I was about Tony’s age before my mom had to go to the hospital. She always told me to do something with my life. Her mother, my grandmother died when she was only eight years old and she was forced to live with her Aunt and Uncle. She knew about her father, but never really saw him.
To get away from the rough farm life in Mississippi she dropped out of school in the fifth grade, got married and started having babies. Her defining moment came when she was forced to leave her five kids and flee in the middle of the night with her one suitcase and travel north. To her it was a point of basic survival.
Many years later when she was starting over as a single mother on welfare in Detroit with four more kids and she had to go to the hospital, I was forced to go live with my father on the other side of town. She did the best she could, with what she had. I wasn’t a juvenile delinquent but I was a hand full. I was introduced to his belt and I buckled down and ‘got right, real fast’.

There is a fine line between discipline and abuse and he never crossed it. He was in the Army during World War II and knew about proper discipline. Too many young men, are missing that firm hand, and too many young parents, cross the line. I was forced to study, do homework, read and get good grades. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a defining moment for me.
Tony had to fight physically for his survival and became a pretty good street fighter. In fact, he fought all the way until college. I was forced to read and study and stay out of trouble and graduated from high school and went into the Air Force while my class mates were being drafted and sent off to fight in the Vietnam War.
Tony’s fighting went on so long, because his cousin Joey would brag on him and bring kids over for Tony to defend his reputation as a street fighter. I stayed out of trouble in fear/respect of my dad. That was my incentive!
When you learn how to scrap at a young age, whether physically or mentally, some of the habits carry over. The never quit, never give in attitude can be channeled into success. Tony’s mom also drove him to always do better. Tony told a story in which he got the highest grade on a test and he had only missed one question. Instead of saying good job. His mom focused on the one, he missed. My mom talked about me doing better, but the point was driven home by my father who instilled the work habits, that influenced my life later.
Mom would buy me stuff to shut me up. Dad wouldn’t, to toughen me up. As a result, I got a job as soon as I could, so I would have my own money. I became independent at an early age but I was realistic and knew I was not ready to step out there, by myself before time.
Mom maintained her independence and started working at the time most people retire. She said that after watching kids and grand kids for so long, it was a pleasure to get up and get out. In fact, she worked until she was in her mid-eighties.

Maybe in the back of my mind, I was also thinking about what my mom had gone through, during her early years, when I got a full-time job, second shift on the auto assembly line at Chrysler, during my last year of high school. My grades went down a little, but I still graduated. I doubled up for six months before I went off into the military. Another defining moment. This has been straight talk, no chaser. What will be your moment?

Internet comments
Sue Price
I loved learning more about you and your family, Earl. Wow your mom did have a tough life. But good for her, working into her eighties. I guess starting late and doing something for herself was a good time for her. I can’t think of one defining moment in my life. There are several, and when I read your story, I had a pretty-easy time growing up. You have me thinking though 🙂 Thanks for sharing this, and I love the way you write Earl.

Rory Singh
My defining moment was having a head injury, that prevented me from getting back behind the wheel of my 18-wheeler rig. I got in this industry back in 2005 and had my share of victories and failures. My problem was going back and forth between this industry and my job when the going got tough here. I had to stay focused on my online business. Isn’t it funny how things work out sometimes? Thanks for the post Earl.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. Life is strange. Sometimes, something can happen in a second, to change the direction of your life, and other times it’s a series of decisions you make. Tony Alessandra developed that scrappy attitude at an early age and carried it into adult life. I could have gone left but I went right. I never planned to do two branches of the military, but I did, and I’m still here to tell my story. I believe mom found some peace, through her purpose, later in life.




What you do, depends on where you are.

What you do, depends on where you are in life. If you’re in the struggle for survival – living paycheck to paycheck , every dollar counts. Now that I’m retired, it counts even more for me. I can’t do overtime for more social security. However, I can be selective with what I do with my time. What are you doing with your time?

If you are getting close – within a couple of years – to retirement look out for changes; look and listen to the news, so you can notice the trends. Are things slowing down in your industry? Is there any talk about company layoffs? If you are supporting a family, any mis-step may mean no food on the table for the week. But, sometimes you need to look beyond the table; get a bigger vision beyond the table. Maybe it’s time, to look at the whole farm.


Or are you so busy in the struggle, you don’t have time to look up from the daily grind? I was there, because I worked two jobs for a few years, and I was no spring chicken at the time. Do your homework, look beyond the the company and look at the trend. Get in front of the curve. When I looked at investing my time and money to get on the internet, the Empower Network looked like a good place to plant my flag.

There are so many opportunities out there and most sound really good. Some tell you what to do, which is OK, but are they still in the trenches. Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe were in the trenches. Their income was based on them helping their team. Other people noticed and joined forces and the Empire grew.

Dave and David started from the bottom and led the way. The founders of Amway were also distributors, and Amway is one of the largest network marketing company in the world. With the power of the internet, I saw the trend – seems like everyone is on the internet.

I have been in more than a couple of Network Marketing companies and I listened to a lot of motivational speakers. One of my all-time favorite Jim Rohn’s taped seminar, is still “Challenge to Succeed” In which he talks about the five major parts to the life puzzle. Philosophy; the way you think, Attitude; the way you feel,  Activity; what you do,           Results; how you did,  Lifestyle; how you live your life. All those unique pieces determine the way your life turns out.
Success in not something you chase, it’s something you attract by becoming an attractive person. Formal education gets you a job. Self-education will make you rich. A job will provide a living. Self-education makes you wealthy, and wealth can be passed on, to the next generation.
Time is more valuable than money. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. The key is to work harder on yourself than you do no your job. Profits are better than wages. You can buy a real nice table with your wages but with profits you can buy the whole tree farm. This has been straight talk, beast mode.
Internet comments
Lynn Brown
Empowering post Earl! Time is more valuable and the more we can share how important it is to know where you are, and understand, where you want to be. That there are different choices you can make. Thanks for sharing your insight and bringing awareness.
Daphne Dobson
Awesome post, Earl! I Love it! I love where you say, “Formal education will get you a job But, self-education will make you rich. A word to the wise is sufficient. Thanks for sharing.

Juanita Simpson
Absolutely awesome!
Linda Waldon                                                                                                         

Great post, thanks for sharing.
Earl Hackett                                                                                                                                Thanks for your comments. I thought formal education “got you paid” until I heard Jim speak.

Take charge of your life, become Empowered

The Empower Network allowed you an opportunity to take charge of your life. You were empowered to do it your way. If the only thing you wanted to do was blog to get your message out to the world, you could also do that. For a small monthly fee, you could write and publish articles on an authority web site, with very high visibility, which meant your stuff got ranked by Google.

With a monthly membership over 40,000 bloggers in the network your blog ranked higher. Higher rankings mean more traffic, which is why you even use the internet, for business. The goal should be to create traffic, capture leads and convert sales (the 3 C’s). Because the system was established, you could focus on your message. You didn’t have to worry about hosting, building a website or all that other tech stuff.
You had the power to be you, without all the tech headaches.

The next level was to become a partner of the referral service. As an affiliate, you got paid to refer others to the network and the company took payments over the internet. The good thing about the process was that didn’t have to sale “the services and other products”. The company did the “up sales” for you.

When you advertised your affiliate links, those leads would watch a presentation that went over the opportunity. When visitors to your blog signed up for the Empower Network viral blog system, you got paid a commission for their staying with the service. Each month they continued their service you get paid; month after month. That’s was called, residual income.

As an affiliate, you become an entrepreneur (independent business owner) and can use whatever type of email management system you have in place, but it was recommended that you use a good 3rd party auto response system to manage your emails. As an affiliate when you follow the core values, you will start the process of personal development.

Mind-set and attitude become key. Your success depends on your goals, aspirations and dreams. As your customer base increased, your income increased. Again, it’s up to you to control your level of involvement.


One of my mentors, the late great Jim Rohn, who gave thousands of seminars around the world, discussed a recurring theme about the “Five Major Pieces of the Life Puzzle”. But before he got into the life puzzle, he talked about being thankful for what you have, before you can get more. We take so much for granted because we look at what we don’t have, instead of what we do have. You don’t think about good health, until you get sick.

He said there are half a dozen things that make 80% of the difference between the wealthy and everybody else. The key is to focus on the few things. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you can’t get more time. We all have only 24 hours per day.

Don’t spend your time on the minor things that don’t count. And don’t spend your money on minor things; invest in your future. The time you spend on personal development will have a profound effect on your life. There are so many distractions today and we have so little time. You build a team to be more effective. As they say, TEAM means – Together Everyone Achieves More.

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Jenny E. Weeks
Great post Earl, to the point in simple layman’s terms. I really like your writing style and wish you the BEST!
Jenny 🙂

Sue Price
I love your title of this post. Empower Network allows you just that. You have explained the steps so well. It is so easy for people, now to get started as an entrepreneur. I agree mindset is critical for success and it applies to any business, I think. Thanks for this great post Earl.

Earl Hackett
Thank you for your kind comments.
God has given all of us talents, we just need to discover them, and put them to work.


The power of a story

(Another story in the book)
The power of a story is so effective. It can be your story, or someone else’s, but it really illustrates a point so well.


I like to use real life stories because that’s the real essence of the life. When I was coming up as a kid in Detroit, I use to love to go to the movies. If I heard a movie was good, I would even go, by myself. Now that was a time, when it cost less than a dollar to get into the theater, where you saw two movies, previews, and a couple of cartoons.

I was saddened to hear about the passing of the famous movie critic, Robert Ebert. I remember seeing him and his partner Gene Siskel, talk about the latest movies, back in the day. I learned that he even had his own star, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You could see he really liked what he did. Passion for what you do shows through in your speech, and your actions.
He was ahead of his time in a couple of ways. He invested in a little-known company called Google and had a website called robertebert.com. He was also credited with the creating the “two thumbs up” as a sign that a movie was good. Two thumbs up is now a part of the American culture and language. Now it means “it’s good”, which can be used for almost anything.
He dated Oprah once, when she was the host of AM Chicago, in the 1980’s. Even though the date wasn’t memorable, Ebert told Oprah that she should consider creating a syndicated version of her show. Life is strange and you never know how things are going to turn out; Siskel and Ebert became famous film critics, and Oprah went on to create a media empire.

Robert Ebert was an 11-year cancer survivor; two days before his death, he ended his final blog post by saying,” So on this day of reflection, I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.” U.S. President Barack Obama wrote, “Robert was the movies… (He could capture) the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical…the movies won’t be the same, without Roger”.

I still love a good movie. A good drama will take you through all the human emotions, or a good comedy will make you split your side laughing. A good action movie or suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat. A good story may also become a teaching point. Now that I blog, I see life illustrations everywhere!

Accuracy is very important, best to tell it like it is. When you talk to people about a new idea they may be skeptical, and they may not believe you, but they will listen. If you get caught in a lie, they probably will stop listening, let along believe you. True numbers don’t lie.

There is a Bible quote that goes like this –The truth will set you free. It’s easier to deal in truth, than lies. People who deal in lies, have to keep going, so they won’t be discovered. Narrow minded people think in a limited way. When you expand your mind, you see more. Once a rubber band is stretched, it never goes back to its original shape. Once the human mind is stretched, it’s never the same.

How big do you think, the internet is? Do you think there is still room for growth? Do you think there is room for you? Do you have a message to get out to the world? Just remember, it is better to understate than overstate, and to do more than expected, when building a relationship – business or personal. People don’t care about how much you know, they want to know how much you really care. Click and read, then join in the conversation. This has been straight talk, beast mode.


Internet comments
Adrian Hines
Earl my wife and I LOVE going to the movies as well. I wish they were $1.00 LOL. Good post.


Daphne Dobson
Awesome post Earl! Stories are powerful! I love the Robert Ebert story. I use to love watching and listening to him. Thanks for sharing.
Going to the movies really has that adventure though to it…always fun!!
Juanita Simpson
I love this very powerful post. Passion shows through it all, and he was awesome at what he loved to do.


Earl Hackett
Thank you all for your comments. When you tune into the universe you begin to find ideas all over the place, especially if you are looking for positive things to blog about on a daily basics.

In the movie “Coach Carter ” I found the powerful poem from Marianne Williamson. …”Playing small, does not serve the world. We were all meant to shine as children do…” We hide our talents and never get to shine.

In the movie “The family that preys” I was drawn to a song, playing in the background. Gladys Knight sang the same song during the ending credits. “I hope that I never lose my sense of wonder. I get my fill to eat, but always keep my hungry. If given a second chance, I want to dance”. If I dance, I want to dance to a tune, that I like.

Why change your life?

Why change anything at all? It depends on where you want to go.


The only thing worse than electing to remain where you are, is failing to make a choice. If you want to go down the street or down the road a little distraction may slow you down, but you will get there sooner or later.

But if you plan to go to the moon, “every distraction” (each degree off course) is major, if you plan on getting to the moon. To the average person designing a good life is much more important than going to the moon.

Why does one person who started off with all the advantages; solid family, money, end up ten years later saying to themselves,” How did I end up here?” Why does another person who is born in the poorest conditions, overcome that situation and make a major contribution to society? I don’t know, you don’t know, nobody knows.

Ten years from now, if you live long enough, you will be there. The question is where? If you are not where you want to be, then you must change something to get to who YOU want to be, or settle for who you are. A few daily disciplines exercised every day over a ten-year period has a very powerful effect; some would even say life changing.

Jim Rohn talked about discipline, as a key factor in many of his lectures. Being aware of the need for discipline, is the first key. The second key, is the eagerness to maintain your new discipline, while the last key is consistency; exercising your new discipline every day. Discipline is like the master key, that unlocks all the doors of wealth, happiness, self-esteem, pride, joy, accomplishment, satisfaction and success.

The rewards of a disciplined life are great, but they’re often delayed, until sometime in the future. A fun day at the beach might be an immediate reward for the lack of discipline. Just don’t go to the beach when there is work to do. I always told my kids when they were growing up: Work first, then you can play. A future reward for the “disciplined man” who stayed and did the work, is now he can buy the house on the beach.

Each new discipline affects another. They are the basic building blocks to a successful life. Discipline attracts opportunity, which attracts ambition and skills. Like attracts like; better positive than negative. Discipline is the reason why I was able to copy from these notes from Jim’s lectures and put them in my Jim Rohn Journal. He said, get a journal to capture the things that are important to you. He said, don’t trust your memory write it down! And I did.

There is a price to pay for the promise. But if you can’t see the promise, you don’t want to pay the price. What is the slight difference between sight and vision? Sight is what you see with your eyes. Vision is what you see with your mind. Robert Kennedy said,” Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were, and say Why not”?
To be able to share, so much, to so many is an awesome responsibility. My focus is to get YOU to think about your possibilities. I tell my story; share what I read or heard and relate it to my life. What is your unique life experience?
I can’t exceed by myself, YOU can’t exceed by yourself. It takes each of us to build a society, it takes all of us to build a country, a nation, to live in this world together. Technology has made this world smaller. We can make it better, if we try.
Jim Rohn’s  power was always in the spoken word. He was known as “America’s Foremost Business Philosopher”. With the empower network, the power is in the numbers of people we reach over the internet. This just might be your time for a change. Are you ready?


Internet comments

Sandy Zalecki
Love your post. I want to change into a better entrepreneur and your post, inspired me.

Shirley Mae Albright
Change is scary, but it has so many benefits too! Your post really encouraged me. Thank you.

Ken Beckford
Thanks for this post Mr. Hackett!

Gail Kendig
No one likes the word discipline do they Earl! Great post… I feel it’s very motivating and honest!

Earl Hackett
Thank you for the comments. If I was not seeking change, I don’t know where I would be. I might have retired from the plant in Detroit MI and not traveled half way around the world.

The Empower Network introduced me to the discipline of blogging on a regular basics. I had tried it along, but was not encouraged. Receiving comments just encouraged me to keep it up. We should look at each experience as a learning moment.

Are you searching for a better way?

I was always searching, but didn’t know why. I could have settled for things as they were, but didn’t. If you have been searching for your place, then read on.             (This is another story from the book)


I was searching for years. I fought to get on the Chrysler assembly line in Detroit Michigan. During that time (early 1960′s) DETROIT was the MOTOR CITY, home of the big four, and MOTOWN, home of the new urban sound. That was when America was the leader of the automotive industry – if it rolled and it was made in America it came from the Detroit area. Working at the plant was a way into middle class. At that time, a “strong back” and a good work attitude supported many families in America. We had a strong manufacturing base then.
I was young and healthy and in my last year of high school. Work on the assembly line, once it got into full production was (60 cars an hour) and required “constant movement”. On the personal level that meant I had one minute (60 seconds) to complete my assigned task. If I finished in 45 seconds I had a 15 seconds break before I had to do it all over again. The level of physical effort was based on the function that had to be performed. As a new hire, I had to work my butt off. I quickly learned how to conserve my energy just to make it through an 8-hour shift.
I looked around and noticed how the senior people dealt with that constant movement. Seniority (more time at the plant) meant an easier job function. They were paid more, but locked into the same repetitive grind, no matter what the task. Single or married with children they were locked into the factory life cycle because they got hooked on the spending cycle – buy this, buy that, and work overtime to try and catch up with the bills.
While working on the assembly line, I found a way off the line. I joined the military, to use the GI Bill to go to college. I left before “mass production” was replaced by “outsourcing”. That is when the C.E.O.’s became more concerned about increasing profits and their bonuses, than the environment, reinvestment in the plant and equipment, and loyalty to long time employees.


If you are still reading this, you may still be searching. You may be looking for a way to make a little more cash, until pay day. You may hate your job, or the people you work for, but you feel stuck.


You need to become your own C.E.O. (Chief Executive Officer). One of my mentors, the late great Jim Rohn produced a tape seminar titled “Take charge of Your Life”. You need to take charge, to change your life, or stay stuck.


My next search for better led me to seek “small business ventures”. Even when I was well established – college grad, military officer, working for the Department of Defense. I was still looking for something, for the next phase of my life. I looked at traditional franchising, but I found the cost to be too high. The least expensive franchise I liked, cost $40,000 and that was just for the franchise fee. That didn’t include cost of any equipment, property, or personnel.
Network Marketing was another option. Start-up cost were a lot lower, but you had to really work hard to build an organization, for it to be worth it. There are many good companies with good products and services. I always loved the personal development programs, the seminars and the great motivational tapes.
Some of the core values of the Empower Network require daily work on your self-improvement, reading and listening every day. Blogging is good for me because it allows me to express myself and use some of those skills I developed as an Army Staff Officer many years ago.
I looked at the Free Training Tapes and I looked at the information about the industry. Social Media is the buzz word, seems like everyone is on line. And it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down any time soon. GOOGLE, FACE BOOK, You-Tube, and LinkedIn and YAHOO are household names. I didn’t know about ALEXA – the web information company that ranks web sites, based on worldwide traffic.
At the time of this writing the EMPOWER NETWORK, site ranked in the Top 600 in the World and in the Top 200 in the United States. WOW! Dave and Dave (co-founders of the company) didn’t attend a traditional university they went to the “College of Hard Knocks” and graduated with a MBA (Major Business Attitude) with Swag.


Do your research. The Bible says search and you will find.  This is just some of my story. This has been straight talk, beast mode. The train is leaving the station, will you get on?

Internet comments
Patrick Batty
Hey Earl, Thanks man, Great post.
So many people need to make a change in their situation.
Yet, only a few ever do with a real commitment.
The champions are the ones that dust themselves off,
Pick up the pieces, and make massive changes in their situation.
Thanks for posting

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments Patrick. I have found that if I didn’t like something, I would figure a way to change things. I knew that if I went into the military, I could be able to go to school under the GI bill.
I never knew it would give me a wider view of the world. Most do one branch of the military and they are done. I did Air Force and Army.
I was searching when I ran across the Empower Network. What I found was my talent for writing. Next step is a Blog Novel.

Hey seniors (60+) Wake up and get off the couch.

Long life is a gift from GOD. Good health is an additional blessing. Money can buy you the best health care, but it doesn’t guarantee long life.

I am now a senior citizen 60+ and starting the next phase of my life; retirement. Now that I don’t have to punch the clock to get a pay check I have time to reflect and punch the key boards.
If I could do it all over again, I don’t know if I would change it, because it all led me to this point. Maybe, I can give you something to change the direction of your life, by sharing some things I learned along the way.
I love watching good movies. A relevant story or even a song can make an impact, if you are ready to let it affect you. You may have seen the movie” The Family That Preys “. The basic story is about two older women (good friends for over 20 years) and their families. One woman, Alice, played by Alfre Woodard, sacrificed a lot for her two daughters, and missed a lot of life, to support them. The other woman who was wealthy, Charlotte, played by Kathy Bates talked her good friend Alice into joining her on a road trip. But she didn’t tell her friend that she had an illness that would end her life in a brief period.

As they started their road trip, the dying woman asked her good friend a question a couple of times, “Alice are you living, or are you just existent? On the car radio in the background, and during the end credits were these words to this song:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat, but always keep your hungry.
May you never take one single breath for granted? God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small, standing by the ocean.
When one door closes, I hope another always opens. And when you get to chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you dance. I hope you never fear the mountains in the distance, or settle for the path of least resistance.
Living might mean taking chances, but they are worth the taking. Love might be a mistake, but it’s worth the making. Give heaven more than a second glance, and if you get a chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you dance.

After 40+ years of work, retirement is great. Not punching the clock (retirement) is a great feeling. But if someone showed me how to make enough money to retire early, I would have jumped on that a long time ago. If I had enough money I would be working on my bucket list. I’m not there yet.
As a two-time military veteran, college grad, decent husband, and caring father, what will be my legacy be, outside my immediate family? The heroes that I read about, made differences in other people’s lives: people like Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and Les Brown. If I introduced you to some of their friends and a cash flow system that made you money, would you do the same for others?
My mom who never had much money, worked (took the bus) into her 80′s. I think it helped her to live longer. She lived to be 90 years young. I knew she gave birth to 14 but the fact that she was the last of 33, is why I do, what I do. Who is going to write about your family history?
I now have 60+ years of life experience, if you are a senior you should have 60+ years of life experience also. If all you want to do is sit on the porch, don’t, because they will be carrying you away soon. Get off your butt if you can, and do something while you can.
Speak to the younger folks, if they will listen. Get some of these young folks to show you how to get started on the internet. Just remember that MONEY TALKS and BS WALKS.
This had been straight talk, beast mode. What will it take for you to get
up off the couch or your rocking chair?


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Hey there Earl, love this post! My dad is 65 years old, swims laps in the morning, cycles and runs like he’s in his twenties. There are no excuses!
Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments Alesha. I wondered why they called it the “golden years”. Maybe some poet was thinking of golden hair. I think gray or bald is a little more accurate. (Most people don’t have a pile of gold). I prefer to think that with age, comes wisdom. For the few that get a chance to put it in writing, it’s a chance to drop nuggets of gold, from a lifetime of experience.

Happy Birthday to me and Hello World

Today is my day (April 21). Celebrations are in order.

Birthdays are so special because they are so personal. I was born on the 21st of April many, many years ago. However, I was not the only person born on that day. Other people were also born on that day, but I don’t know them, they probably don’t know me either. We can search through the internet for some of the famous people that were born on the same day we were born, to form a kinship.

As I got older, I would also use this day as a day of reflection. Young folks have called me an “old head” or “OG” for some time now. Hopefully those terms are a show of respect for having reached a certain age. Whenever I hear the term, my response is always the same. “Everybody doesn’t make it”.

A lot of the people I grew up with, in “The Big D: Detroit” are no longer here. Some died, due to illness or accident. Some choose the fast life and died through violence or drugs.

I even lived through the Vietnam War, and was considered a Vietnam Era veteran, even though I went to Germany. A lot of folks never made it back home. I grieve for those who are no longer here. I remember them, but I celebrate life. Life is precious and not to be wasted.
As I think back on past birthdays, I remember certain birthdays more than others. We key in on the numbers and sometimes on the events that happened on that special day. I remember 13 because that number represents passage into being an “official teenager.”
I reflect back to 18, because that age represents official responsibility. Young folks say, “I’m grown now, I’m 18.” That is considered the start of young adulthood. The next milestone is 21. At 21 we look at that age as being a legal adult. Time to get “officially drunk”.
At 19, I was in the military service. And I became a man, a legal adult (age 21), on the African Continent. I was stationed at an US Air Force Base in Libya, and served under the base commander, then Colonel “Chippie James” who later became the first African American, Four Star General for the United States Air Force


As a baby boomer we looked at 30, as being part of the establishment or over the hill. When I got there, I was glad to be able to “look down the hill”. After that, I looked at each ten-year period as a milestone.

I remember the birth of each of my children. I was not in the waiting room; I was in the delivery room, helping to bring them into the world. I grew up in an environment of too many baby daddy’s and wanted to break that cycle. My oldest son, Edward was born in Philadelphia. My daughter, Nicole was born in a German hospital and my youngest son, Matthew was born in a military hospital at Ft. Bragg (home of the Airborne) in North Carolina.

When I got older and wiser, I discarded some old misconceptions. Men do cry in the dark. We just don’t do it as much as women, because we don’t want to appear weak. When you look at the world and tragedies involving the young and the innocent like Boston and New Town and the things we do to each other it should break any heart. Sadness and grief is a human condition.

I always called home for my birthday because I was away in the military. That was my way of saying Hi, I’m still here. If you happen to read this, do that (like, comment, and share). I’m blogging on the internet because I have had a unique life experience and I’m sharing because it helps my own personal development.

When I went to college “back in the day”, we used punch cards for the main frame computer. Now kids carry carry computers in their back pocket, in the form of a smart phone. And things are still changing, so I’m still learning. The bottom line is: “Thank God I’m still here” another year.

H.G.M. Is for Hackett Global Marketing.
Have Great Mindset,                                                                                                                        Had Great Mentors.                                                                                                                              Have God’s Mercy                                                                                                                                  Because I’m still here

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Azam Hamdoon
Happy birthday Earl 🙂 Have a great one, and great story by the way.

Deirdre Powell
Great post Earl. Happy Birthday! I love the way you tell your stories. Being a Baby Boomer myself, I appreciate your post. Life is precious, people don’t always act like they think it is. Glad someone still does. Blessings!
Happy Birthday Earl!

Tereza Kumric
Happy Birthday Earl! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your well wishes and comments.

To Edward, Nicole, and Matthew this is what Dad has been doing! You called it “that blogging thing”. My birthday gift to me, and surprise to you, is putting your name in ink; on a blog and in a book. How is that for a little family history?

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?

What if you are not ready for retirement?

Too many baby boomers, went bust!
(Another story from the book)
Just finished looking at the evening news. They were talking about the fact that too many seniors are not ready for retirement. Even if you are 50+ it may be closer and more serious than you think.
I know it was for me. I had been working as the same place for many years (15) and was counting down to retirement within three years. I was coasting. Did I also mention that I also worked another  full time jobs for a six-year period while working on this steady job? Retirement to me, meant not punching the clock for a pay check or putting up with anyone (supervisor, manager) you really didn’t want to deal with, for 8 hours every day.
I learned the hard way (I knew that it happened to others but…) Companies really want to make as much money as possible (and it’s not personal – until it happens to you) and it’s the easiest way to increase profits for the company. To reduce cost they get rid of the senior people who have earned the top pay scale because they can be replaced by young folks that will work for less, especially when the job market is shaky. Some people are just glad to be working steady: That can be a white collar or a blue-collar or no collar type occupation..
If you have worked your way up in the company, watch out! It’s not like it use to be –companies stopped giving out gold watches after 30 years. Corporate America does not care. Get ready, wake up now. If you are making a lot of money, be even more careful because your life style is probably putting you deeper in debt. (your living the dream now, may be your worst nightmare later in life).
Only the US government can spend and spend, because they can always print more money. If you or I try that, we will go to jail. You need to start your search now and if it feels right, make a decision now. When you get older (I’m 63) time is limited. Mom made it to 90, some leave here before 30. What are you going to do with the time you have left? When you are older you should be wiser. What a good time to give something back to the next generation before you leave.
One option is to down size your life style, pay off as many of your bills as possible. Move into a smaller residence or look for a part time job. Getting your funds together requires a nest egg (the country has been so messed up in the last few years – some not only lost the egg, they lost the whole nest) they needed a good certified financial planner who was more concerned about them, than their profits per transaction/transgression.
I looked at different income producing opportunities over the years. When I was introduced to personal development many years ago I remember how good it made me feel. Feeling good is nice, but I needed to get paid. I reached the leadership position in one Network Marketing companies – traveled to different parts of the country but I never made the money, I really wanted. The products and services were great but it takes years to get to certain levels.
The Empower Network is a money system. I got that! If you follow the system, the core values and do what the leaders tell you, it’s only a matter of time before you get the results you need. The industry is growing and this company in right in the mix. Any company that teaches internet marketing skills puts you in a better position.
I listen to Dave and Dave as to where they came from. And I listen to the story of others. Learn as much as you can, because when you learn the skills you can take the skills with you.
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Awesome post Earl, Thanks for your input.
Shahidah Akbar
Earl, I too am a baby boomer (age 60) that’s ready to retire but realized my retirement’s accounts are underfunded. As I look for something else I could do to bring in additional income the thought of getting another job is not appealing. Building an online business is my solution. I truly love what I’m doing and that’s the key.
Charlene Burke
Baby boomers are the best online marketing business owners! With our work ethic combined and our life experience we’re unstoppable!
It was a nice read Earl, Thank you.
Jimmylee Velez
Awesome post Earl! This is very true, and kind of scary for people who are not prepared. This can destroy the golden years for sure! Thanks for sharing.
Tamara Boggio Upton
What started me on the path to find empower network was a conversation my mother-in-law had with my husband last summer. She said she didn’t know how many of her kids would ever be able to retire. I decided I would find a way to make that happen, if it was the last thing I did. Labor Day weekend I came across the website for empower network and joined on the spot. This is what I was looking for and I’m making retirement happen. Thanks for sharing this blog post
Debbie Moffat
This is awesome!!! Thanks Earl 🙂
Earl Hackett
Thank you for the comments. If you are of a certain age, you know what time it is. If you are not there yet, take a look at your parents, they know what I’m talking about. And if you live long enough you will find out.Why not find an on-line business. Everybody seems to
have a smart phone and most spend a lot of time online.