Monthly Archives: October 2013

When we’re really all in the family

Lately I’ve been researching my family tree and it’s been quite interesting.

Malcolm MacDonald & Family circa 1913In the last two months since I really got into it, I was finally able to find the birthplace of my grandma MacDonald. Just getting there was a task, but thanks to the Internet and Facebook, I was able to find so much more.

I actually found pictures of her as a child, as well as her brothers, sisters and father – my great grandfather.

And once that door opened up, I was able to start seeing connections to people in the past that I’d never known. And interestingly enough, some I did know.

I found that I was related to the likes Robert The Bruce, Charles Martel and even Charlemagne.

Finding yourself attached to those folks is somewhat sobering. But this weekend it might have gotten even better.

I was searching for pictures of these new-found family members when I found a web site that linked members of this royal chain even farther back than I expected. I knew I didn’t have time to enter in all the data, so I just started clicking through the father’s names until I hit one I recognized.

Isaac (Ishaq) ben Abraham.

That seemed a little coincidental, so I glanced over at his wife’s name and found it to be Rebekah. One more look and I found that his father’s name was Abraham and his mother’s Hagar.

And it suddenly dawned on me that – according to this one web site – I had a direct lineage to the father of Israel. Not just any Abraham but the Abraham.

Of course you make enough clicks backward and you end up with a nice pair of newly weds (and newly createds, for that matter) named Adam and Eve who were having some housing issues.

It dawned on me at that point that what I had always thought to be true with the story of Noah, was true all the way around.

We’re all family.

Think of all of the evil in the world today. Greed. Theft. Envy. Lust. Murder. Wars. This list is practically endless.

And when we think we’ve just about reached the end, we always seem to come up with a new spin on an old sin or something completely out of the blue.

But what is we thought of each other as family.

As a child considering the saga of Noah, it occurred to me that everyone on the planet must be able to trace the ancestral roots back to one of Noah’s three sons and then to Noah. That no matter our skin color, race or sports team affiliation we are all related.

Think about that for a moment.

That guy who cut you off in traffic and gave you the bird.

That woman that called trying to collect a bill.

Congressmen.

All of them – and yes, even the Congressmen – are your brothers and sisters. They may be a few times removed, but we are all part of one family. The family of man.

And it was for that reason that God sent the Son of Man to atone for our sins. Because to make amends for the seemingly endless array of things we have done and will continue to each other, He had to send a member of the family to get it right.

Am I directly linked to Jacob, Isaac and Abraham. Well, if I believe the story of Noah then I must be somehow. But whether or not I am in their bloodline means little in that we are all one race, under God and we really ought to start acting like it.

5 is the friendliest number

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
~ Thee Dog Night (1969)

There may have been a good reason for the classic rock band to have stopped at two back in the day, but likely not because they figured out what we now know today about the number five.

pool_ball_5_rolling_lg_whtThere are lots of ways to get the message out about your business. But its generally accepted that the best form of advertisement is word of mouth. There is something about the personal referral that really seems to hit home with people.

So how do you get people chatting about your business, and particularly in a favorable fashion?

A good product helps. But even great products have gone bad when service isn’t part of the equation. People like to feel special.

Lyoness, like a lot of other home based businesses, relies on people sharing it for those involved to be successful. But when hit with the initial though of sharing something like that, people tend to freeze.

I recently did a survey where I asked people to think about something in their life that they were at least somewhat passionate about. It could be a person, a project or a cause, but the important things was that they cared about it to some degree. And when asked to consider that, I asked them how effective they though they could be sharing it with others.

Of those that responded, just over 86% thought they could share that passion with others and recruit at least five people they know to help with that cause and be somewhat passionate about it as well. Another six percent thought they could share their passion with others, but not get five people.

I also asked if they thought they could accomplish the task in 30 days? 77% thought they could do that while 6% thought it would take them longer than that. Eight percent though that they could do it in less than that amount of time.

So in summary, about 4 out of 5 people thought they could recruit the five people and do so in 30 days.

“OK Allen, why all the stats? Are you gonna start talking about your days as a high school basketball player again or something?”

No, I only bore my wife and kids with that stuff.

But what those stats show is that roughly 80% of people in my survey thought they could share something they believed in.

So the question is: Do you believe in Lyoness?

Recently some seminars have shown that by just sharing the Lyoness cash back card program with five people, and helping them do the same thing, can have dramatic results.

Let’s say in a month you share Lyoness with five people, so there are six of you. And in the next month those five people share it with five more of their own. That means that your Direct and Indirect referrals now number 30. Not too shabby. And if you all spend $1,250 a month with Lyoness merchants on the things you already buy, you get a minimum of $12.50 in cash back and get $187.50 in Friendship Bonuses.

Not too shabby!

But let’s assume that you and your 30 friends all take your cash back rewards and route them into your back office. I mean, seriously, what are you going to do with $12.50 but blow it on lattes and scones, right?

The reason you’d put it into your back office is that it would give you a minimum of $25 a month in your Loyalty Account. That means that every three months like clock work you and your friends would create a Shopping Unit. More on that in a minute.

Back to you 25 Indirect Referrals for a moment. What if they kept up the trend and in 30 days referred five more of their friends into Lyoness. That would add 125 more people to you tree. And if that replication process continues every 30 days, with everyone spending $1,250 with Lyoness merchants, at the end of month four you have 625 more people in your tree. At the end of five months there are 3,125 new people and after six there are 15,625 more.

So what do all of these people mean? Well, remember that every three months they generate a Shopping Unit. And as they do the sheer number of units passing through your group of referrals will establish you in the Volume Commission and Volume Bonus sections of Lyoness. When those 3,125 people generate their units, they establish you at Level 5.

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoNo, that doesn’t make you one of the Agents of Shield.

What it does do is qualify you for a $4,500 monthly payment and at least $1 for each of the 3,000-plus units that got you there. That’s a payout of at least $7,000.

And once you’re established as a Level 5, you’re good for six months. Hit the Level 5 qualifications again just once in that period, and the clock resets for another six months.

Those are just two of the 10 ways to get paid in Lyoness, and Level 5 is only halfway up the Volume Commission schedule. A little hard work and encouragement of your team could pay off big down the road.

All because you saw fit to share Lyoness with just five people.

So how much can you do?

If you’d like more information about Lyoness, send me an email or leave a comment below. You can also open your email program by clicking on the Lyoness link on the right of this blog. As always, the information and the membership are totally free.

The Elephants Found The Big Shovels

It appeared after the 2012 election that the Republican Party had gotten a wake up call.

They and their team of paid pundits, aka Fox”News”, had predicted a resounding victory for their candidate Mitt Romney. They assured the American people of a blow out win that would make the Reagan-Mondale fiasco look small in comparison. At least that’s the way Fox promoted it.

They laughed.

They joked.

And then they shut up.

US-Presidential-election-mock-up1-2012I called the outcome of the election with a decided amount of accuracy. Among other things I stated that Obama would win, that he’d have a 3%-5% margin in the popular vote and that have at least 280-290 votes in the Electoral College. And when all of those came true, plus a few more, my GOP friends were astonished. How could their news station, their candidates and their constituency have been so wrong?

Well don’t look guys, ’cause its happening again.

The Grand Old Party is digging itself a hole that it may not be able to get out of.

After recovering from the shock of their 2012 loss, the Republican leadership evidently didn’t learn that they are severely out of touch – even though they paid lip service to that sentiment. They didn’t learn that the average American is not buying their rhetoric any longer.

The American people don’t believe that huge corporations running unbridled and unchecked is a good thing for them.

They don’t believe that the GOP is telling them the truth very often, if at all.

And they don’t believe that shutting down the government so the GOP can get their way is right whatsoever.

But that’s what the Republicans decided to do since they didn’t get their way with the Affordable Care Act.

Jon Stewart did a wonderful job of explaining why this is so ridiculous on The Daily Show Sept. 30, 2013.  Because I can’t get the actual video up or find a transcript, here’s a paraphrase of what he said.

The GOP protesting the Affordable Care Act is like the New York Giants, after having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend 31-7, telling the NFL, “Look, we know we lost, but unless you give us 25 points we’re going to shut down the NFL!”

Im Just a Bill - LawRepublicans just don’t get it. They lost and they lost big. The Affordable Care Act passed the House and the Senate. President Obama signed it into law and when challenged, the Supreme Court backed it up saying that it was Constitutional.

But that wasn’t enough. So while we have an economy still reeling from the financial crash of 2008 (which came under George W. Bush’s watch) the Republicans decided to waste vote after vote – 41 in all so far – attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act law.

And now that they have no recourse left, they are willing to take some one million federal employees and toss them to the wolves without pay. They think it is perfectly fine to commit a political terrorist act and hold the entire nation hostage so they can get their way.

My son use to think that way when he was three years old. I swatted his butt and he stopped doing that. Makes you think doesn’t it?

The images and emotions of this year are being indelibly etched into the minds of Americans, especially the ones who are now out of work. And as the holiday season turns toward 2014 in a few months, the real meat of the next political cycle will begin. Unless the Democrats throw a complete loser into the race, the GOP is gearing up for another sound thrashing.

How will it go down? Probably something like this…

The GOP will open any discussion on the Affordable Care Act by saying that it is costing Americans billions of dollars. They won’t have any specific figures, and when they do one won’t match from one pundit to the next because they aren’t bright enough to check their lies before they tell them. They’ll point to Democrats as the ones who wouldn’t budge and meet their demands.

The Democrats will counter with the fact that Affordable Care Act is a law, pointing to the various members of the GOP that voted for it to make it so. They will repeatedly show that what the Republicans did was wrong, and they’ll prove it.

But all that won’t really matter because what will still be fresh in their minds of the more than one million federal employees that got laid off will be that their jobs were cut off for some extended period of time. And when the dust settles, the majority will realize it was the GOP that did it to them.

And the icing on the cake will be a slew of commercials about how the Affordable Care Act helped person after person who previously had no health care or couldn’t get it due to preexisting conditions.

At that point it won’t matter if they have a Ronald Reagan clone running. The damage will have been done.

The hole may just be far too deep.

The 2016 election just became the Democrats to win lose.

And with more than two years left before my next set of prognostications are due – which I’ve made every presidential election since Jimmy Carter and been right every year – I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show.

Hey, can someone reading this back up a dump truck full of popcorn for me.

This is gonna be good.

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