The A.L.B.E.R.T. Formula


Albert established his own success formula.


He started from a small village in Ghana West Africa where they had no electricity or running water. His first exposure to the USA came in the form of a movie reflected off the wall in a parking lot next to the military base where his father served in the Ghana Army. The moment he saw the movie he said he was going to the USA. It took him eleven years to make it by way of a scholarship to a college in Maryland.

From humble beginnings can come greatness if you keep to the path and walk through the doors of opportunity when they present themselves? A chance encounter with bar patron led to him getting a job with the Yellow Pages where he became rookie of the year.


Another encounter was when the human resource manager denied him a training position, because of his African accent and the office manager recommended he attend the toastmaster’s organization to work on his speaking ability. This resulted in him becoming a certified public speaker and author.

People tried to nudge him off course, but he stayed on the path. They told him that he didn’t have the resources to go to America; but he found a way. They said he had an accent, but he made rookie of the year selling advertising to American business owners. They said he didn’t have any speech writing ability, yet he came in “second best in the world”, from the toastmaster’s organization; he even obtained certified status. When people tell you can’t, they speak from what they know. They couldn’t, so they assume you can’t.

When he went back home to Ghana he was treated as a celebrity. He was on TV, and in the newspapers, and he spoke to large crowds. As he walked through the crowd he heard someone say, “That’s him, that’s the famous man, and just think, he came from here.” Oprah would have called that a “full circle moment”.

Jim Rohn, who traveled the world telling his story, said he heard the same thing.  “That’s him, that’s the famous man”. It made him think back to where he came from, and how far he had traveled. From Idaho farm boy, to millionaire, to top motivational speaker and living legend. Jim didn’t need the money at the time, but he took the challenge to be all that he could be, and he became “American’s Foremost Business Philosopher”.

As a certified motivational speaker, Albert Mensah would tell his story of how he did what he did, by a formula based on his name.
A. – Aim high. From the moment he saw the America movie off the Ghana wall in a parking lot, at the age of eight, he declared that he was going to find a way to make it to America, and he did; even though it took him eleven years. He had an accent but he became rookie of the year selling advertising to American businessmen. He had never spoken to a large audience but he became a famous motivational speaker anyway.

L. – Learn from others. Let every work experience be a learning vehicle. Albert sent emails to all the top motivational speakers and sought out their advice. One time he went to hear Les Brown. He waited for him and carried his bags up to his room like a porter would. Then he approached Les Brown and told him that he wanted to become a public speaker and left him a sample tape. Seek out and find mentors that will help you, but be willing to carry the “ball” or the bag, to a certain point.

B. – Be yourself. As you learn and grow from the influence of others, add your own flavor and experience.

E. – Expect a lot from yourself and hold yourself accountable for your own actions.

R. – Risk. Be willing to take risk. Playing it safe won’t always get you where you want to go.

T. – Trust yourself. Believe that you can achieve, even when others tell you it can’t be done.

Albert Mensah came from a small village in Ghana, while Jim Rohn came from a farm in Idaho. What is it going to take for you to leave your comfort zone and start your journey? Is an additional $3,000 to $5,000 per month on a part time basics, be enough of an incentive for you to take a look at the an internet opportunity from the inside?
Internet comments

Leonie Henskie
Hi Earl, Thank you, for an insightful blog on a man who aimed high all the way. I had not heard of Albert before but the formula is great. Especially the first, Aim High.

Never heard of this formula until now! Thanks for sharing.

X-Ray Cat
Thanks Earl for sharing. I hadn’t heard of Albert Mensah or his formula before but I absolutely love it. So simple and so true. Gotta write down the formula 🙂

Ken Beckford
Mr. Albert, Awesome formula. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Leith
I love the idea and this one is great!!! Thanks for the formula.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for the comments. There are giants in every industry, some are so big that everybody knows their name: Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hanson, Les Brown, Denis Waitley, Anthony Robbins, Chris Widener, and Darren Hardy.
Then there are extraordinary individuals, who are not as well-known who still leave a positive mark, on society. People like the little Iranian girl named Ellie Drake who made it to America and Albert Mensah from Ghana. Keep blogging, you never know who, may be reading your comments. They might end up in a blog novel.

Why not you too?

If they can do it, why not you?


I wrote a blog about a little Iranian girl, named Ellie Drake who came to America, graduated from medical school but became a successful entrepreneur instead. Now I am looking at a young man who came from a small village in Ghana West Africa.

Albert Mensah who was known as the “Prince of Possibilities”  wrote, “When the Drumbeat Changes, Dance a Different Dance” , and “OK means Opportunity Knocking”. As Chris Widener in the “Made For Success” series was conducting his interview, it struck me that the American experience is so unique, that it stills brings people here, from all over the world. This is the place where possibilities are possible. Some people see it, while others don’t.

Why is it that some people succumb to their surroundings and others overcome and succeed? I don’t have the answer to that question.

Albert Mensah grew in a small village in Ghana West Africa. They had no electricity or running water and he slept on the floor next to his five brothers and sisters in a little hut. His dad farmed for their daily survival but decided to join the Army to make some money to support his family. As a results, the family left the village and moved to Accra the capital city in Ghana.

It was an outdoor cinema next to the military base where Albert was first introduced to American life; the people, the places and the things that we all take for granted. What struck Albert as strange was that everyone in the movie had on shoes. He was eight at the time and had only worn sandals or went barefoot.

The movie showed a scene in which the family was having a normal dinner at the dinner table. For Albert, the fact that they were in a house, and at a table came as a surprise. You never think about your situation until someone tells you about how different or tough they had it.

That movie, planted a seed for more. Albert Mensah made up in his mind, that he wanted what he saw. He asked his older brother, “Where is this place, where everyone wears shoes and sits down at a table to have dinner? His brother told him that it was the USA. He became so driven to get to the United States that he was given the nicknamed “States” by his friends.

Now, when he speaks to his audiences, he tells them that they must be so focused, that people they know, will give them a nickname also. He arrived in his mind, way before, he ever landed in the states.

Last time I went back home to Detroit MI, to visit my friend, I found out that he was always on the go, and he kept calling me slow, because I didn’t have his energy level. He said I was like “Fernadhan the Bull”. I had heard the name, but didn’t remember the fame, so I looked it up on the internet and found that he was a old Disney cartoon character. To a certain degree I’m very persistent and stay on task until the work is done.  600 blogs is a lot of work!


He on the other hand has always been on the go.  When we were young he was always the first one out the door. I finally tagged him with the name, “Speedy Gonlazas” and the name that he had earned – “King Rat”. Back in the day he was an Airborne Army Ranger who fought in the Vietnam War. I on the other hand planned my departure to a certain degree, and ended up supporting the Cold War in Europe in the Air Force then later in the Army.



It took Mensah eleven years to actually make it to America. Along the way he meet many people who told him that he would never make it; both family and friends. If you have a dream and others don’t understand, hold firm and push on anyway. Work towards your goal every day.

It takes time to make things happen. The problem is most people give up too soon. Most people would have given up after a few years. Albert Mensah didn’t know how he would get here, but he never gave up hope. Persistence does pay off in the long run. The best and most current example was Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison and came out to change a country, and influenced the whole world.

Mensah would go to the American Embassy in Ghana, every week to visit the library to learn about America. When you become consumed, you do whatever it takes. You also pick up some knowledge along the way. Mensah finally received a scholarship, to attend a private “high school” in Ghana.

We take public education for granted, but for many developing countries high school, is higher education. Once in high school, he wrote 300 letters to colleges in the United States. Most people would have given up at maybe 20 or 30 letters, but he did 300 letters!

If you wanted to start an online business, what will it take? Is making an additional $3,000 to $5,000 extra every month enough of an incentive to get started, and how long would you work for that goal? Would you be willing to invest the time and money to learn the business? Would you study the material, and listen to the Inner Circle audios (motivational material to keep going). This has been straight talk, listening to the drums and calling all entrepreneurs.


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Dan Norman
Great story Earl. It’s amazing the things we take for granted in this country. Thanks for sharing.

Jimmylee Velez
Super inspiring! You are RIGHT! If they can do it why not ME!?!? Thanks so much for sharing!

Jordan Ashton
Consistency, and NOT giving up is key… Awesome post Earl!

Thanks Earl

Mark Eaves
Very inspiring Earl! Being so focused that people will give you a nickname, Love it. Thanks for sharing

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. We should all be so focused that we learn from each experience. For me the blogging experience unclogged the memory bank, and brought back the joy of discovery; the right quote or the right video to support a certain point or a certain blog makes everything pop!

The Power of Purpose

Without purpose, we go through the motions fueled by motivation.
The problem is motivation is like a sugar high; it only last so long. When you are driven by purpose, you become a part of your purpose and it becomes a part of you. You are inspired from within, and it gives you emotional vitality to go above and beyond. You keep going where others stop.

We were all created for a purpose but sometimes the chatter inside our head keeps us from discovering that purpose. The chatter drowns out the whispers of our intuition. It’s only when we relax ourselves and go in the direction we are called, with trust and faith that we realize that we are moving in the right direction. We must learn to listen to the little voice within, then move with faith. If you want to start a business on line don’t let fear stop you.

Ellie Drake, doctor turned entrepreneur, in her interview with Chris Widener in the “Made For Success” series said, “The way to discover your purpose, is part of a process. Accept whatever you are doing right now. If you don’t like what you are doing, accept that it’s only temporary. Frustration only holds you back. That acceptance of your situation will bring peace and from “that peace” you will enjoy the search to find solutions”. The Bible talks about God not giving us more than we can bear but sometime in the mist of the storm, we lose sight of the shore.


One way out, is to find something bigger than yourself. When you start to help someone, other than yourself, you tend not to focus on your own problems. I joined the Empower Network because I wanted to be empowered to be myself and to help others. When you focus on learning and listening to others you realize that you are not along. On a job, it’s just you and your co-workers but when you increase your exposure on the internet it becomes you, and many others. There is always power in unity.

Many, may have missed these lines to the movie “Coach Carter” but they seem to have stuck with me, because I listened:

What is your greatest fear? 

Our deepest fear in not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
You’re playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlighten about shrinking,
So others people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson

It takes a leap of faith to become an entrepreneur. If you venture into the internet world, make sure there is a community of people there. Get involved and realize that it takes time and money to be successful. Success does not come overnight. If you are not willing to put in six months to a year, keep on doing whatever, you were doing right now.

The greatest investment you can make is in your own personal development. Set a goal to make make a certain amount, but more importantly set a goal to learn a new skill. Once you learn a new skill, you can take your skill and your experience with you anywhere.

Set an amount that will require you to stretch and grow. Because without a goal to shoot for, you won’t grow.  Your future vision will pull you through.

Spent time with the various training programs from the core blogging instructions of the Viral Blogging System, the Inner Circle Audios Program, the Top Producer Formula, the Team Building Formula, and the Mass Influence Program.

Knowledge is power and when you get the knowledge, you will enjoy what you do, and you become more productive. Stick with it until. How long is until? Until you get there. Never stop moving in the direction you want.
This has been straight talk, beast mode.
Internet comments
Maria Barina
Awesome post Earl, never heard of Ellie Drake. What an inspira-
tio nal video, Thanks for the share.

Helen Lingard
Love Ellie Drake…haven’t heard her for some time…Thanks for sharing Earl.

Laura Breite
Well said Earl. I hadn’t really thought about the difference between being motivated and being driven by purpose. This is a powerful distinction. You changed my life. Thank you.

Juanita Simpson
I can talk all day, all night about this post right here. This is really close to my heart. When I started to tap into my purpose, my life changed. Thanks for sharing.

Earl Hackett
Thanks for the comments. Without purpose we get lost in all the busy work and we forget why, we even started. 

From Doctor to Entrepreneur

What kind of person goes all the way through medical school, and NOT practice medicine? ( Another story in the book)

A person who realizes that they are not following their dreams. Ellie Drake promised her parents that if she made it to America from Iran she would become a doctor. Her parents knew that Doctors make a ‘lot of money’ seeing patients and dealing with insurance companies. Ellie felt that deep down, she was not going to be following her God given purpose.


A couple of years prior to graduation from medical school someone introduced her to the world of network marketing, direct sales, and financial freedom. She didn’t know what network marketing was, but she caught the vision of “financial freedom”. As a result, she graduated with $150,000 worth of student loans, went home, thanked her parents for bringing her to America, and handed them her diploma. When she said she didn’t want to practice, they were in shock. They thought she had lost her mind.

She became an entrepreneur in that network marketing business and became the number one earner, after a couple of years. When she was called to speak in front at the company convention as one of the leaders, “it clicked”, she remembered back to when she had to speak in middle and high school and even college. It felt natural to her, it was like she was destined to do that. She felt she was now following her passion; using the power of words, to inspire and help others. Now she just had to convince her parents that she done the right thing.

One time when she showed her parents her monthly check for $5,000 her parents complained. They said, “Ellie, we thought you were smart, you could be making more as a doctor”. A few months later she showed them her monthly check for $10,000. This time they said, “That’s what you SHOULD be making as a doctor”.

When she showed them another monthly check for $20,000 a few months later they changed their tune. They realized that as an entrepreneur, once you get started, the money gets crazy; it goes up and up. Dad said, “Ellie you are so smart”. Mom said to dad, “If she had followed your advice, she would be practicing medicine and making a lot less”.

David Wood one of the co-founders of the Empower Network was talking about his early exposure to network marketing and he was in a “huge audience” with one of the top producers for Amway. Bill Brit, The Diamond Distributor, asked all the doctors in the audience to stand up. About fifty stood up. He then asked how many would rather practice than do what he was doing, and they all sat down. Next, he asked all the lawyers to stand up. Again, about fifty stood up. He asked them the same question and they all sat down.

If doctors and lawyers, who make good money would rather get involved in something like network marketing and make the kind of money Bill Brit made, wouldn’t you be interested? Bill Brit was the leader of the largest organizations in Amway that did one billion dollars in business. And that was old school, face-to-face network marketing before the power of the internet. Would the possibility for making an additional $3,000 to $5,000 a month on a part time basics interest you? If so you need to get started looking now.

Don’t know where to start? Start with the basic core instructions, and give yourself time to learn the basics. then move to the Inner Circle to learn how to keep going, then pick up speed with the the other products in the product suite.. Tie it all together at the major events and you will be on your way. This has been straight talk, beast mode.

Internet comments

Shahidah Akbar
Great story Earl, so many times, we do what others want us to do, and not what we are called to do, and are passionate about. It takes courage and strength to follow your dreams to self- fulfillment, but the rewards are incredible.

Deirdre Powell
Great post Earl. Love the story of Ellie Drake. Live your purpose. Great message. Thanks for sharing.

Sue Price
I love the story Earl. It is amazing how people get stuck in their ideas of what people should do. I heard David tell that story many times and I love it every time. I am an accountant, and I used to work with a lot of dentist as clients. They used to tell me how much they hated what they did, as no one really wanted to see them. Sad really. Thanks for a great post.

Lynn Brown
It’s inspiring stories like you shared here Earl, that remind me, I made the right decision 2 years ago and am so glad to have left the stressed corporate robot job. I believe the more success we each have in this industry, we build a solid awareness about entrepreneurship and how the new rich aren’t just about the money, but to also have the freedom lifestyle. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Zalecki
Funny how people don’t accept you even when you are making the money. I am glad she stuck to her guns and didn’t become a doctor.

Danny Yoon
Great post Earl for sharing your story of when someone went from going to school to become a doctor to an entrepreneur! Thanks!

Earl Hackett
Thanks for your comments. Ellie followed her heart, and ended up founding , a global, online network for women.


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.

Internet comments

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 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?