On The Subject Of Me…
I am a regular guy who used to have regular jobs and at one time owned and operated my own restaurant with my now Ex-Wife (I never re-married). I have one grown son attending University and he is pursuing his ambition in Modern Medicine. My Son and Ex-Wife currently live in Calgary, Alberta.
I now live a simple lifestyle without too many distractions in a humble and quiet setting. I’m cynical about some of the topics that I’m going start talking and writing about here and welcome discussion, interaction and a ‘help each other’ point of view.
I have also been blessed with one older brother, one older sister, four nephews and one niece. Dad passed away in 2013 (may his soul rest in peace). Mom is still with us but requires some special attention that neither of us kids can any longer provide sufficiently.
Do Not Take Things Too Seriously…
After a busy and very demanding career as a Chef, I now enjoy the more simple things in life and do not take things too seriously.
Unfortunately, things aren’t as regular as they used to be. I have had some major Auto Immune issues that were finally diagnosed a few years ago which have led to a new direction for the final chapter of my life. “The best and worst things in life are usually the things that happen unplanned.”
I have lived and worked in Ontario, Canada for most of my adult life. Since leaving the Profession of Cooking, I have been doing freelance work as an Independent Contractor in the Lending Industry as a Loans Referral Agent and I also represent a ‘Green Energy’ company that has just been launched recently by a very close friend who I admire and trust. I have also dabbled (still do) in Network, Affiliate and Direct Marketing and like most have had some failures and some success.
I like what I’m doing but ‘Commission Only’ Jobs are often ‘Feast or Famine’ situations and require careful planning and budgeting. That, compounded with my recurring lack of physical mobility due illness makes things difficult at times to move around freely to attend face-to-face meetings and presentations to build the foundations of success for my various business interests.
Outside of the one-time that I owned my own my own restaurant (1983-1994), I have worked for others. Unfortunately, leveraging one’s skills and efforts for others does not always provide the type of outcome that we were born to experience and deserve. Since about 2002, there has always been a little voice resonating in the back of my head that kept saying “You’ll never be completely happy working for someone else. When are you going to get the ‘strength’ to try working for yourself again?”
Well, I’ve been working for myself since around 2006 but I never really embraced the opportunities that the Internet has had to offer seriously. Like learning how to build this website amongst other things.
The Right Path is sometimes the one…
“The right path is sometimes the one… we make for ourselves that leads to our version of happiness and prosperity.” I recently came to the conclusion that I have to “Inhale the present and future…and Exhale the past.”
I had thought about going back to school to get an accounting degree from one of the colleges nearby. That way, I could set up a small practice from home and work for myself well into my final years. Then I looked at the Tuition Fees. Ouch! And then the time required…4 years just to become an ‘Undergraduate’ just to get started in the field. No thanks!
The ‘going back to formal schooling’ idea was not going to work for me. I had neither the time nor the money and I certainly did not want to, at this stage in my life take on ‘Student Debt’ .
I think that the most important thing that my Dad left with me was his firm belief that “It is never too late to start today what you should have or wanted to start yesterday.” He came to this country as a laborer, became an entrepreneur and at the age of 56, went back to school to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a Doctor of Alternative Medicine. He helped pioneer ‘Electro-Acupunture’ here in Canada and his specialities were ‘Homeopathy’ and ‘Homotoxicology.’
So, the next best thing to Formal Schooling for me, was to Search the Internet for business opportunities and Internet Marketing Strategies. And search, I did…mostly ending in dissapointment through ‘Get Rich Quick’ Schemes and promises made which resulted in false hopes and dreams.
What I was looking for at first on The Internet proved to be the ‘Wrong Thing.’ I wanted to get rich NOW!
Get Rich Now!
‘Get Rich Quick’ Schemes have mutated into an Online Monster. A ‘Network of Pitchmen’ and self-proclaimed “Guru’s” have used and are still using The Internet and the ‘Fear of Failing economies’ to play the ultimate ‘Long Con’ on innocent and unsuspecting people all around the World.
There seems to be a common aspiration that making money online quickly through Internet Marketing is a real possibility…that E-Commerce may open more doors. The big question is how to find Integrity, Value and Honor with the producer or marketer of any program?
The term Internet Marketing in this context describes both a particular business model used to sell fraudulent products and services online, and the community or subculture that embraces it. It operates out in the open — with poorly designed websites, tacky infomercials, and outrageous claims designed to scare off the wary and draw in the curious, desperate, and naive.
The video below and in reference to the “Get Rich Quick” image above is related directly to “How To Become a Millionaire in 2016 – Ways To Get Rich Fast; get rich quick.” Have a look…
The Secret Money System:
Extremely long video but if you can persevere this, you will understand how not to fall for this crap!
The Internet Marketer positions himself as a marketing “guru” with a product or coaching service guaranteed to generate income with the “Push of a Button” (SEE ANOTHER EXAMPLE HERE). I’m not knocking it…actually I am in all fairness… and it’s just something that I cannot do.
The path to internet riches for these Internet Marketers begins with an introductory product, such as a book or DVD. This is often a loss leader: the real value for the Internet Marketer is that it allows him or her to capture your contact information…their most valuable commodity.
I / We, ‘opt in’ or get tricked to ‘opt in’ to get some information that we are interested in. For most ‘reputable’ companies, that will be it. They may ask if we would like more, but in most cases, that will be it. Then there are the rest.
Once we’re on that list, we get the next “big thing” website from a big name marketer. We listen to his calm voice on the video and read the sales letter packed with hype.
His ‘False Scarcity’ and ‘Don’t miss Prosperity’ clench at our hopes and dreams. We are made to feel that we need MORE, MORE, MORE in order to feel good about his do-or-die purchase.
There is a definite exaggeration of results in his presentation but it seems logical to us that with such a small price, we should go ahead because this is something worthwhile that could actually be a good tool to invest in. These are the products you see being sold for an amount ending in “7.” You know what I mean…we’ve all been a victim to at least one. For only $7 or $17 or $27 or $47 or $97 etc “This product will change your life overnight!” These presentations are also accompanied by visions of ‘The Mansion,” “The Exotic Cars,” “Yachts” and more. What total B.S.
Then, after we purchase the initial product we find out that 90% of what is in the original sales pitch we will not get unless we purchase an expensive follow-up or upsell.
This is basically known as a ‘Bait and Switch.’ We’ve all fallen for this at least one time if not more.
These marketers are basically just the small guys that work under a much larger business group called “The Syndicate.” Yes there is actually such a thing. Read on. This is going to blow your mind.
The Syndicate (Business Group)
The Syndicate is a business group that uses digital marketing to sell get rich quick, work from home and self help products. Watch the Video below titled “Scamworld.” It is not intended to scare you about Internet Marketing but instead to let you know how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Scamworld: The Video
Members of the Syndicate use online advertising, email marketing, affiliate marketing and multi-level marketing to sell “info products”, such as self-published books and videos that purport to teach customers how to get rich through online business. They also do lead generation for pressure-sales telemarketing companies called “boiler rooms“. The Syndicate’s members use the group as a way of coordinating product launches and release dates, and of enhancing perceived credibility through social proof. According to Syndicate member Frank Kern, “Have you ever noticed that all the people in the Internet Marketing world are promoting each other? I mean, we’re not psychic. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I suddenly realize he’s having a launch today, I have to nail it’. We all work together, all the top people work together.”
Critic Jason Jones, who blogs as The Salty Droid, has accused the Syndicate of being a cartel that harms customers through price fixing and unfair competition.Syndicate member Frank Kern denies this, and claims that the Syndicate’s purpose is to “help the customer have a great experience”.
–Source Wikipedia (you are going to see some names that you wouldn’t think would be involved).
Such is the World of Internet Marketing. Be careful which sandbox you play in. I think that if you do the opposite of what these ‘Gurus’ preach and follow your ‘True Gut’ instincts, anyone can be successful with ‘Digital Internet Marketing.’ The most important thing in Internet Entrepreneurship is to have a solid and reputable platform to work with.
I don’t like to do Internet Marketing the way that it is being taught or being done by most. This Site is NOT a Sales Site. This Site is an Information Site that provides the user with an Invitation to look at Opportunity and to look at opportunity without ‘distraction.’
One of my biggest ‘Pet Peeves’ is that when I visit a site, the first thing that I am greeted with is an annoying ‘Pop-Up.’ Then a few minutes later, another, and then yet another. In the digital marketing arena, pop-ups are a controversial subject (this guy here keeps calling me an ‘idiot’). I really don’t care what the Gurus say. I don’t use them on a site like this. If this were a sales site promoting ‘Amazon’ or ‘Walmart’ specials, then of course I would use pop-ups. Actually, I would use a lot of them.
At the same time, I am a businessman and I am not naive. I know that Leads and Lead Generation are the ‘lifeblood’ of most Internet Business Activity. As you get to know me more, you will see that my approach is a bit different. Even during my career as a Chef, I always ‘thought outside of the mainstream box.’
On this site, I attempt to provide valuable information on two projects that I am currently working on and others that I will be pursuing moving forward on my journey. With that being said, you will have to subscribe to this site in order to have access to everything. Rest assured though that you are not going to get bombarded with ‘Syndicated’ opportunities in your Inbox. Just a ‘Welcome’ and ‘Thank You’ is all I need.
The first opportunity is why I am here:
Wealthy Affiliate University
Is an Affiliate Open Education Project and one that is very close to my heart.
I am a firm believer of Education and I am a full-time career student now. I am fortunate to be in an online environment where I can Learn and Earn at the same time. I wrote at the beginning of this page that I was thinking of going back to ‘Formal Education’ to get an accounting degree but the cost of doing so was prohibitive for me. Call it ‘luck,’ call it ‘diligence,’ or just simply call it ‘destiny’ that In May of 2016 I came across an opportunity to look at something for FREE.
I had looked at some other FREE stuff in the past, but it always ended up costing me wasted time and a good chunk of money. This program is now in its eleventh year on the Internet and I have no intentions of ever leaving. You can view my Profile Here.
I am learning that the only way to ‘Get Rich Quick’ is ‘to do it slowly.’
- Find an Interest or have a Passion;
- Get Educated
- Be Diligent
- Be Persistent
- Always maintain Integrity
- Capitalize on Ingenuity
- And above all, do not be afraid of Opportunity
Notice that all of the things I have advocated are actually character traits. They’re not methods or business processes any more than they are just ways of living your life.
I contend that building wealth and being successful in any avenue of life has more to do with who you are rather than what you do.
We all want to be rich. And we all want to be rich now. This is not going to happen unless you are really lucky and win the lottery. If you came across this site looking for quick ways to make money, I also contend that you are taking the wrong approach.
For less than $400 per year I have all the tools and training I require to build my presence on the Internet on my terms and on my time. It’s the first logical step. I am now capable of presenting other opportunities to the entire Internet World with relative ease.
Learn why you should think about becoming a Wealthy Affiliate by going HERE. (Coming Shortly).
The second opportunity I would like to talk about is one that I recently came across and something that interested me. It is an ‘Arbitrage Sports Trading Platform’ known as the D9 Club Opportunity.
The D9 Club Opportunity
Sports Arbitrage Trading can be regarded as one of the hottest sources of income on The Internet. Put simply, Sports Arbitrage Trading is the action of wagering on both sides of a game at different Sports Books to guarantee a profit no matter the outcome of a game.
Put more simply, by backing all competing sides of a sporting event at different Bookmakers using the highest odds available, the D9 Traders can set up situations where each outcome will result in winnings greater than the total amounts wagered.
This possibility arises from a difference in opinion about the fair odds of the event by bookmakers, and one bookmaker has given the favourite higher than usual odds, while the other bookmakers have given given the underdog higher than usual odds. Individually neither bookmaker will incur a loss. However, if you take the combination of the two or more higher than usual odds, it is possible to wager on all outcomes so that no matter who wins the sports event, the winnings will cover all bets completely and return a profit.
Unfortunately, Sports Trading is not as easy as it seems. For that reason, the D9 Club offers its members the ability to participate in Arbitrage Sports Trading passively. The highly skilled team of Arbitrage Traders at D9 Club do all the trading on behalf of their D9 members. LEARN MORE HERE about Sports Arbitrage Trading through a series of videos.
In my opinion, if D9 clube continue in the ‘Sports Arbitrage’ arena, they can definitely sustain the packages that they offer. Read views on their sustainability <<<HERE>>>
I’d like to finish off by sharing my thoughts on Entrepreneurship (see video below) with you.
I’d like to Thank You for taking the time to learn a little something about me.
I look forward to learning, sharing and serving with you as we all move forward here together.
Definition of an Entrepreneur:
A ‘Seeker’ of ‘Opportunity.’
I have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and it showed in my career as a Chef and everything else that I have done so far in my life. I try always to keep an open mind and I am what you might call a seeker of “Opportunity.”
Here’s what I mean from a video borrowed from “Entrepreneur Knight.”
Definition of an Entrepreneur: an opportunity seeker.
According to the video, an ‘Entrepreneur’ is a “person who organizes and manages any enterprise.” This means, any ‘Niche,’ any place, anytime and anywhere. An Entrepreneur ‘Can and will make it happen.’
Entrepreneurs do this with ‘Considerable Risk’ but they are not focussing on the ‘Risk.’ Instead, they are focussing on ‘The Opportunity’ and taking action on that opportunity to make things happen. Yes, they sometimes lose some money, but they see the opportunity for what it is.
Entrepreneurs realize that for ‘every problem,’ there is a new opportunity, and for every new opportunity there is a new door that is open. An Entrepreneur is set out to change the World. Entrepreneurs find people or take people that they know and they connect with these people and train them so they can be leaders themselves.
Entrepreneurs find new opportunities every day and they continue to adapt to New Technology. It does not matter where they are or what ‘Niche’ they are in. They take a problem and find a solution for people. That is the Key to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Recently a very close friend asked me to look at an Opportunity. After doing my homework, I did eventually join. I am a firm believer that one should not make any jugements on any opportunity unless they have actually experienced the opportunity themselves.