What happen to the little life lessons?


What happen to the little life lessons?
What happened to the life lessons we learned as children? Mike McGavick went one way, and his skateboard went through a neighbor’s basement window. As an eight-year-old he went home crying to mom expecting her to heal his wounds. What he got was a quick warning from mom to apologize for the window and a promise to fix it.

That skateboard incident was an early learning experience, Mike McGavick was explaining to Chris Widener in his Made for Success interview. He was also instructed to tell the neighbor that he would mow his lawn until the damage was paid for. The lesson on responsibility must have stuck, because he went on to become president and CEO of Safeco, and he brought the company back from the brink.

I remember when I was young and a neighbor saw me do something wrong. When I got home, I paid the price, twice. A call for the teacher meant, I got it again. I might be dating myself, but is there someone else who had the same experience? Now days, when the some of the parents get the call from the teacher, “the parents complain about the teacher”. Maybe these parents missed those little life lesson. I know several people including my daughter who teaches, and you would not believe some of the stories she tells me about some of the parents.

Another lesson Mike learned came from his grandfather. He was rough and tough and didn’t take time to talk to kids, even his own grand kids, but Mike would follow him around any way, and watch him work around the farm as a carpenter. Many years later after Mike received his journeyman’s permit, his grandfather showed up at the house and asked if he really knew how to drive nails.

“Follow me and show me what you got”, is what he said. He took Mike outside to a pile of wood and gave him a bucket of nails. Mike drove nails into an old board, long enough until his grandfather was finally satisfied. As his grandfather walked away he turned around, took off his tool belt and handed it to his grandson and said, “I hope you never have to use it”. It was his way of saying, get an education so you don’t have to work as hard as I did. Mike was learning another little life lessons, to pass down to his children

We live in a different time. Stress is all around us. I could talk about marketing techniques and how to do this or that. The Empower Network has educational products galore that will show you how to go from A to Z. I focused on mind-set because that is where everything begins. If you don’t have the right mind-set, you won’t focus on the right technique.

If you want to start an on-line business there are certain things you need to learn. The basic blogging program gets you started. I knew that I wanted to have enjoyable content, so I focused on what I learned from the master motivators; classic principles never get old, especially from people like Napoleon Hill, Les Brown and Jim Rohn. Chris Widener and his “Made for Success series” introduced me to some other leaders and speakers. And most of my source material comes from the Success Store. Recommend you give them a visit. Just the name sounds like a good place to shop.

There was a daily mastermind call that is covered Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich. You can listen Monday through Friday mornings at 9:00 am EST (712) 432-0990 access code 565762#. Paul Hutchins is the founder and host. This has been straight talk, beast mode. If you like what you read, pass it on.

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Herschel E. Chalk
I’m not as old, but I too have memories of being a child and the life lessons that were learned. I believe in the past, where it takes a whole community to raise a child as their own, thus comes the saying that, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Rory Singh
Parents nowadays are letting their kids get away with murder. I am 44 and have issues with my kids (teens) but my wife seems to let much slide. She thinks she’s protecting them, but she was brought up in a very strict home. It seems like some kind of paradox… kids who were brought up strict become lenient. Thanks Earl!

Michelle Leith
It is amazing and sad the difference between generations. I was born in the wrong era lol…but good for me, my husband too. We are very old school with manners and etc. It breaks my heart to watch kids with broken homes go out of control, and some of the things that come out of their mouths, I would not have any teeth…I love the call with Paul Hutchins too 🙂

Helen Lingard
Ouch…gosh! I’m glad I was never like that when my kids were young…I do remember, however my son coming home with a bad report… fortunately, I knew better. The teacher got it all wrong – not my son. Glad I had great kids, both grown now. I have always been a firm but fair parent. Great blog Earl Thank you.

Earl Hackett
Thank you for your comments. Each generation has a different story to tell. How we are raised, determines how we parent; we follow suit or go in a totally different direction.

Do you have the discipline?


It all starts in the mind! DISCIPLINE according to the dictionary is the training of the mental, moral, and physical powers by instruction, control and exercise. It’s the state of mind that leads to a conditioned orderly life.


This is my dad who fought in WWII.

One of the eight core values of the Empower Network for success requires daily blogging. I started “this blog” with pen on paper today because my computer was in the shop. Must have something to do with that military mind-set.

Good habits are those small things you do every day, to move toward the direction you want to go. Guess what? I just had a flash back; I still remember reading “Fun with Dick and Jane,” That was a flash all the way back. Sometimes I think of myself as a dinosaur because of all the new tech stuff, but I have the heart of a dragon. The right words, still have the power to move people.


Me in Air Force blue.

Now we wake up, and check our email. We use, to wake up and read the newspaper, now its email. Young kids look at and operate little tablets, before they even start preschool. When I was in college, for our computer class, we used punch cards for the main frame. Now the students have computers for each desk. Because my lap top was still in the shop, I had to go to a friend’s house to use their computer.

Jim Rohn wrote a book titled Leading an Inspired Life and he said “Discipline is the bridge between though and accomplishment, between inspiration and achievement, between necessity and productivity”. To me discipline is that thing you do to get the job done without anyone watching over you. It’s being responsible for your own personal behavior.


Me again but in Army Green.

You never know who, or how ‘life change’ will come. My mentor Jim Rohn met his mentor, Earl Shoaff (a wealthy business man), when Jim was only 25 years old. At this time Jim had been working for six years, was married with children, and he was broke.

Earl Shoaff asked Jim several questions, that made him think a little different, and it changed his whole life. ” So, you been working six years, how is that working out for you?” Jim said, “Not too well. Things cost too much, and how can you take care of your family when the company only pays you so much”. Earl told him, it’s not that things cost too much, you just can’t afford them. The company pays more, but you must change to get the higher pay. You must make the internal changes, to get to where you want to go.

If you ever listen to Jim he always said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on a job, you can make a living. If you work on yourself, you can make a fortune.” Within a six-year period Jim Rohn made his first million dollars. In all his lectures, he always gave tribute to Earl, and this Earl gives tribute to Jim.

It was after Jim Rohn had moved to Beverly Hills and a friend of his asked him to speak at a Rotary Club event that he started his next adventure – lecturing and personal development. He titled that first lecture “Idaho farm boy makes it to Beverly Hills”.


On campus in front of military display with flags of all those students who have served.

As a results of Jim Rohn working on his self, and telling others, he traveled and lectured all over the world, and spoke to more than 6,000 audiences. His teaching and philosophy influenced a generation of personal development leaders. Google search Jim Rohn to see, or hear what others had to say about him.

He said we must bring something of value to the market place. What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Is it the spring, summer, fall, or winter of your life? Whatever period it is, you can change it. The opportunity is real the time is now.

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Jimmylee Velez
GREAT STUFF!! Yes, I agree, and people are so scared of the word discipline, yet it yields MOST of our desires if applied. Amazing information here Earl! Thanks for sharing!

p.s. I love the part about writing this blog because your computer was in the shop! Fantastic!

Juanita Simpson
I love the story and how you didn’t stop blogging because your computer was unavailable, such discipline.

Anna Dabrowska
Personal development is what changed our life. Great post!

Having self-discipline is necessary.

Donna Gohn
Great post Earl, you’re right, discipline moves you in the direction you want to go.

Daphne Dobson
Great post Earl! I love Jim Rohn. He is one of my favorite mentors. Love what he said here; “Work harder on yourself, then you do on your job.” Discipline is so … key to everyone’s success. Thanks for sharing!

Nestor Nidome
I use to have such a hard time with discipline! Thanks for the tips

Earl Hackett
I guess discipline came a little easier, because of my military background.

Look beyond the present and see the potential

Robert Helms wanted to be a rocker, but ended up rocking


 the radio and talking about real estate on “The Real Estate Show”, which is one of the most downloaded shows on iTunes.

Funny how life’s little twist and turns, may take you in one direction, then another and before you know it, you just wind up going around the block. As one of the “top one percent of real estate agents” in the country in one of the largest real estate companies in the country, Robert ended up owning “the entire city block”.

In the Made for Success series hosted by Chris Widener, Robert said that when he was young, the last thing he wanted to do was to get into the real estate business. His father got the knack for real estate while he working, in another sales career. You can find your passion later in life, if you look, because it’s never too late. When he got into it, he bought and held on to his property so long, that he earned the title as the “God Father of Real Estate”.

Robert talked about the time his father bought his first piece of property. When Robert looked at it the first time, he was not impressed at what he saw. He was thinking that his dad had turned into just another slum lord. What he didn’t know, was his dad was a “man of vision”.

Over the summer they put in the work and restored the property to its former glory. His dad’s goal was to buy property, add value to it, and hold on for the long haul. The lesson learned: Don’t rush to judgment to soon. When you first look at something, sometimes you need to see pass the present and look to the future potential.

In the real estate business, you need to look at the bigger picture, beyond the actual physical property and look at the neighborhood, who should be living in the property in the future. When his father ventured into buying and selling he would look at who should be buying the house. Who would be the idea buyer, and how do you go out and find them? As a result, they became very good at selling whatever they listed. They used a very targeted approach and focused on the buyers.

Robert had an opportunity to work overnight at a radio station while he was in college. It kept him near the music that he loved, and it paid five dollars an hour, which back then, was not bad. But his dad made him a better offer, because he needed someone to help him list homes, so he offered him “ten dollars an hour” if he would go get his real estate license; so, he did! He liked showing houses so much, that he got the bug also. In one summer, he went from not knowing anything into knowing a whole lot. You will be surprised how well you adopt to new things when you are open minded.

Robert even went to a high school that had a little 10-watt radio station. It was so small that they would say, it’s time to rock the block; the city block. It seemed like the perfect fit for the shy little boy. When he got a chance to get on the radio it was only him and the mike in a little room. As a result, he relaxed and his personality bloomed in that little room. If you blog enough you just might blog your way into a book.

While he was in college working at the radio station he started helping his dad with the real estate business. You might say he got into his zone: Rocking on the radio and selling real estate. He would walk to school and manage all the buildings his father owned. Along the way he learned another valuable lesson; you can make a living selling real estate but you “make a fortune owning real estate”.

He looked beyond the present, and saw the potential. Someone may look beyond this blog and see the potential to start their own blog. If you think that the “free” Word Press Blog platform is enough, take the time and look farther. Invest in the “Premium Plan” if you can’t afford the “Business Plan”. Never start at the bottom. Start near the top. This has been straight talk beast mode.

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Sherry Starnes
Awesome post Earl. The point you made about looking at the bigger picture is key! As a Realtor (not an investor) many of my clients can look and see the bigger picture… like what they can do with the house they are looking at. That’s what we need to do in our business. Thanks for sharing this Earl.

Sheena Yap Chan
Most people believe what they see, which means they never stretch their own visions and dreams. It’s up to us, to show them the way. Great job Earl.
Dragos Cibanu
What a powerful story Earl. So many lessons here to learn…patience, seeing the bigger picture, potential, reasons for anything life will bring in front of you. Thanks a lot for sharing this thoughtful article. Have a blessed day!

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. I’m not sure how far I looked into my future, but I knew I had to get away from the plant. I looked at the older guys and didn’t want to be like them. Working all the time and living for the week-end was not the way I wanted to live my life. Blogging just brought back all the memories.

Blogging is a written record, that I was here. It’s more than a physical journal because the content lives in the cloud. Viola Davis, an Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award winner said in one of her acceptance speeches the following: “The greatest stories will never be told. They are buried in the graveyards along with all the people who never told their story.” This is my story, my book and my legacy. What will be yours?

It’s not where you come from, but …


It’s not when you begin, but where you end.
It’s not where you came from, but where you end up that matters the most. Denis Waitley the well-respected author and speaker was talking about his childhood with Chris Widener, in the “Made For Success” series.

Denis said he grew up poor, but he never went to bed hungry. He said that when his mom made his lunch sandwiches for school, he had two slices of bread, mayo, lettuce with a little salt and pepper. When he asked what kind of sandwich he had, she told him it was a chicken sandwich without the chicken. My mom just called it like it was; a “mayo sandwich”.

When he asked, how do you get the chicken? She said, he would have to go mow some lawns, and make some money, then go to the store and bring the chicken home, so she would be able to put some in his sandwich.

Took me back to the time when I would have fried bologna sandwiches on white bread with mayo. And when it was lunch time and I finally got a chance to eat I would pull my little sandwiches out of a greasy brown paper bag because back in those days, plastic zip lock bags were not available and I didn’t have a lunch box.

Sometimes the early childhood struggles develop a certain mind set and work attitude. If you don’t have much to start off with, you try harder and work harder to make up the difference. You may be trying to prove something to yourself or to get the approval of your parents. When you see your parents struggle financially, you can take the approach that you will do whatever it takes, to overcome.

When you do achieve success, and overcome your circumstances you appreciate it even more than a person who may have had it easier. You remember where you came from, and the road you traveled. I think people who struggled and overcame, remember where they came from and are more willing to gave back to society.

When Denis was nine and it was bedtime, his dad came to his room and leaned up against the light switch and blew towards the ceiling, and the lights went out. How did you do that, asked Denis? His dad said it was because he had been drinking and he had bad breath. But when the lights out for you my son, the lights out all over the world. Don’t grow up like me. You don’t have to be like me. When you sleep, the world is sleeping in your dreams. When you wake up, the world stretches and wakes up with you.

When you are not feeling good, and the world is not a good place, the only world you will know, will be the world you see through your eyes. Those words stayed with Denis because later that year, his dad left for good.

The dream became reality, because Denis became the male of the house. He had to set the tone, assume responsibility at a young-age for his younger brother and sister. I was nine, when I was forced to go stay with my dad. Mom was sick and she had to go to the hospital so I was sent to live with my dad while my younger brother and sister were sent to live with their father. Mom said something that stuck with me. She said son, don’t make a lot of babies, do something with your life.

When she got out of the hospital, she let me continue to stay with my dad. I didn’t appreciate it at the time but, it was the best thing for me. Suddenly, I felt like an only child, but I was given discipline and structure which I really needed. I became responsible for me with some firm guidance from my dad. She moved a lot over the years but I would always find her. Riding my bike, is how I always stayed in touch. I could always get a warm hug and a hot meal, and when I left she always told me to be safe and stay out of trouble.

Mom did the best she could with what she had, and I must have been a hand full. I take my hat off to all the single parents that do the best that they can. I was blessed to be influenced by both. I spend the next nine years with dad. When I graduated from high school I left to join the military. Then Uncle Sam, guided my steps.

Training, became a turning point in my life. I got love and support from mom, structure and discipline from dad and more structure and discipline while in the military. Did you know that Denis Waitley was a US Naval Academy graduate and a former Navy pilot?

The Empower Network provides structure and training through their training modules. You don’t have to do push-ups and sit ups but you got to “blog daily”. The Viral Blogging program shows you how to effectively blog. The Inner Circle gives instructions and encouragement like a mom. All the other programs give more structure and discipline like the military.

The live events are like a family reunions, where we come together and learn how to help each other, even more. If you do the work you get the results. Remember everyone has a different learning curve. If you don’t stay, you miss your curve. If you want to win this game of success you got to stay in the game. This has been straight talk, no chaser.

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Liz English
Thank you for sharing Earl. I remember fried bologna sandwiches. My mom would make them for us for dinner when my dad worked the night shift. I also used a paper bag when plastic bags weren’t yet created yet. Everything does begin, when you begin. But as you have said the whole point is where you want to end up, and what you did with your life along the way.

Daphne Dobson
Great post Earl! I love the “mayo sandwich” story and your story. I can certainly relate to both. I love that you say here, “It’s not where you come from but where you end up that matters”. If the dream is big enough, the facts doesn’t count. Thanks for sharing!

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. I still wonder why, some who had so much, end up losing it all, later in life. While others who have nothing, end up well off. And then there are some, who never escape their former situation.

Born into Abundance


I was born poor in a land of abundance. Others come from distance lands and only see opportunity.

I didn’t realize I was poor until I went to school and saw my classmates. I never missed a meal, and I always had a roof over my head. Mom did the best she could with what she had. She did something right, by instilling in me the desire to do more, and to be more.

That was a long time ago and now because of the economy there are still kids growing up poor, but some don’t have a stable family to guide them through life, or a roof over their head, for the security of a stable home environment. How will they get their inspiration?

I listened to the story of Albert Mensah and the struggle he went through, just to get to America. Now his kids are born as citizens of the United States and they have shoes, where he had none. They don’t just have shoes, they want the latest celebrity sport shoes. They have their own rooms, where he had to share space on the floor of a hut in a village in Ghana West Africa. His kids have their own computers, where he barely had books at school. Now kids walk around with computers in their back pockets in the form of smart phones.

Mensah would take his kids back home to Ghana to remind them of their roots. He would tell them his stories of growing up poor, to inspire them to do the best they could, with the opportunity they were given. As parents, we try to pass on the stories of our struggles so our kids will do better than us. They say, “That was back then, this is now.”

Sometimes kids don’t understand until later in life, what we were trying to tell them. It is a privilege to have a lot of the things we have, not a right. In America, we have the freedom to be whatever we want. As parents, we should inspire our kids to do more than us.

As parents, if we are persistent and focused and live with purpose, our kids will pick up on that. They look at what we do, sometimes more than what we say. If we go to work every day and complain about our job, they pick up on that to. So, how do we instill in them, to become prepared for the future during uncertain times? The world has changed and there is no job security. We must lead by example.

If we start a part time business and stick with it long enough to have success, the kids will see that. They will learn the value of persistence and determination. Tracy Walker was telling her story of moving towards joining the millionaires club with the Empower Network on the Monday Night call. Tracy bought into the concept that if we go to school, get a degree, and get a job we are on our way to the American dream.

She found herself in debt, and jobs what didn’t pay enough. And when she found a decent job, it fell apart because of the economy. She found herself building a business on line, to start over. The industrial age required many people to fill new jobs. Getting a degree meant starting a little farther up the ladder, as part of the industrial complex.

What are you going to do? If you start a part time business on line realize that it will take time to get to where you want to go. Is an additional $3,000 to $5,000 per month a good starting point? To most people it would bring a change in lifestyle. Are you working on your personal development? Your job only requires you to show up to do your assigned task.

If you venture into the entrepreneurial world you become the boss of you. Back in the day, when I went to business school, there were no entrepreneurial classes.We were being groomed for corporate America. I learned what I know, by listening to some of the best motivational speakers and thinkers of today and yesterday, and by having an open mind, which meant I soaked it up.

Life is strange, and we never really know what is going to happen. I’ve learned to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. It served me well in the military. In fact, in the military, we are taught to think of the worst case scenarios, because in the heat of battle quick action is critical.
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Pablos Carognas
This is a beautiful story Earl. We grew up with very little and my mother was the inspiration that drove us to do more………
PS you look a little like Forrest Whitaker 😉

Sherry Starnes
Great post Earl! I was raised to believe there was only one way and that was hard work, live day-today and everything would be alright. Don’t get me wrong … I was raised in a Christian family… lots of love… not a lot of money. One of the things missing in my childhood was a positive attitude. Lots of negativity, and I didn’t even realize it was happening or that it took place until my adult years. I look at things differently now, and that’s due to my positive mindset. Thanks for sharing your insights with this awesome post.

Lynn Brown
Awesome post and message Earl. It goes to show most of us have been raised to believe there is only one way to live our lives and because there are so many different kinds of family situations it makes it tough for some kids to grow up with a positive mindset. Thanks for sharing your insight. Always enjoy your writing!

Laura Parrish

Great post Earl. On the flip side, of the mindset on this, I choose to remember that abundance and wealth are a mindset …” poor” doesn’t always have to do ANYTHING to do with money. You may not have had a lot of the materialistic things that other kids had, but you had a roof, cloths and a family that LOVED you. That’s more than a lot of kids have today. They might have all the “goodies”, but they have parents who have “checked out” or “tuned out” of their lives. Giving your kids every materialist thing in the world isn’t truly what they want or need…all they really want is love, support, and approval of their parents! This business can GIVE THEM all that because time freedom is the TRUE gift! Thanks for the awesome post! 

Earl Hackett

Thank you for your comments. Where we begin, does not have to be our end. We all come from different social-economic backgrounds. I didn’t have the material things, but I was nurtured and loved and inspired to do more. I could have gone left, but I went right. And Uncle Sam kept me straight. The next post talks about determination and continues the story. Now we have a generation that has some of the material things, but they are missing the most important things they need, which is love and guidance. Thanks for the engagement.

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?

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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 not 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 misstep 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 tree 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 the the leaders 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 taped seminar, is still “Challenge to Succeed” by Jim Rohn. 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, and 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 not 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.

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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.


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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?


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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.