Greatest Military Blunders

I always loved watching the Greatest Military Blunders show on the History Channel, back in the day.  Even though I may have been 16; the show, as far as I was concerned, allowed me to analyze and expand my reasoning skills by learning how and why the leaders of the past made decisions, their decision’s outcome, and what could of been done differently in order to achieve success.

Sometimes this methodology of analysis had to be adverted when it came to the Enemy’s misfortunes during the wars of past.  Those misfortunes were analyzed not only on understanding what went wrong, but seeing how (if at all) the blunder was taken advantage of by the forces of general good.

In comes the Greatest Military Blunder of the 21st Century. An assessment of which is brought to you by the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Army, and published and secretively covered up by the Army in 2005Continue reading

How to Get Good Grades and Why it Matters

I know you’ve heard it before – “Get good grades.” But does anyone ever tell you HOW to get good grades? Or why it even matters? Let’s break it down. Way too many students undervalue the importance of doing well academically. I guess I can see why. Besides your parents and teachers nagging you, maybe you don’t feel a personal motivation for getting good grades. Lets turn this around before it is too late. (scary, right?)

There are two secrets to getting good grades:

#1 Make academics your priority. It is easy to let so many other things take priority over your studies. Friends, activities and Facebook often seem more fun than homework. But lets face it, your friends wont get you into college. And once you graduate high school, college is the best thing ever to happen to your social life! I promise you it is worth sacrificing a few parties, a band practice, or some time on Farmville  to get the grades you need for college. And I know you can do it. It may not be easy but only takes some time, effort and commitment. Continue reading

Throw My Bed Away!

The title means just what it says, “Throw my bed away”! I’m never asleep so you might as well. My motivation is far too high to let time go by sleeping. After all, time is money, so I can’t waste it.

I have to be the one to follow my own advice, so I can show you people that hard work will take you distant places. Even if I wanted too, sleeping isn’t an option. The fact is my brain runs like a hamster wheel.

Excuse me if I am a workaholic but, I want to secure my financial independence at an early age. I figure if you’re going to construct your own business, it’s best to go at it hard while you’re young. Below are reasons you should give your work 100 percent.

Respect When you have an all or nothing work ethic people can’t help but, notice it. Your work will speak for itself. A true hard working ethic can’t go un-noticed for too long. People will notice you for the determination you put into what you do. All the long days & sleepless nights you put in the extra work will pay off. Do not for a second think it won’t pay off. Continue reading

Direct Marketing – The Old School Way

You can often improve your direct marketing and advertising by 100% or more with one simple strategy…

Study the “old classics.”

You can often find a new selling angle for your product/service, a new way of presenting the offer and some killer copywriting techniques.

How is this possible, you ask?

Simple: even though technology changes, media changes and the world changes…the appeals that sell and the concepts for connecting with a prospective customer and compelling them to open their wallets have not changed. Continue reading

Heres A Silver Bullet Marketing Strategy. The”80/20″ rule

vilfredo-pareto-report-1-638Back in the late 1800′s, an Italian guy named Vilfredo Pareto discovered one of the most powerful principles of business and economics…

The”80/20″ rule.

It sort of works like this:

  • 80% of your revenues come from 20% of your customers
  • 80% of your problems come from 20% of your employees
  • 80% of your sales come from 20% of your marketing efforts

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Exposed: Lead Generation Chop Shops

Have you ever seen those online lead chop shops?

Or, worse, have you ever fallen victim to one?

What I’m about to say will make a lot more sense if yo have. If not, maybe I can spare you some agony and drama. Because today I’m going to tell you why lead generation chop shops are bad marketing – unless you are one of them.

Here’s the deal:

I call them ‘chop shops’ because they remind me of places car thieves drop off their goods. At these places,  the car is usually stripped down into its many individual components and the parts sold. Sometimes the identity of the car is altered for further use to an end buyer (typically in another country). Continue reading

Best Books with finance insights for young investors

I’ve reviewed most of these. Feel free to check out my Book Reviews category.

Payback Time


When I was contacted to review Phil Town’s latest book, Payback Time, I was thrilled. I read his first book,Rule #1, and when I used the principles he outlined, I actually made quite a lot of money investing in individual stocks.

In the past year, I’ve done more investing along the lines of How A Second Grader Beats Wall Street and have made a lot of money there as well. But I’m currently in the process of selecting some businesses to investigate.

The book’s major premises:

  • Price and value are not always in sync. Having worked as a commodities buyer for several years, I can readily testify to this.
  • Mutual fund managers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
  • Once you determine a business’ value, if its stock goes on sale, buy more. Town calls this “stockpiling” (essentially, it is a buy low and sell high strategy which so many people know, but fail to do).
  • Invest only in businesses you actually understand. Really. If you don’t have a genuine understanding of the business, or at least a deep interest, don’t invest.
  • Make sure that business has a strong competitive advantage.
  • Investigate the management like you own the company … as a stockholder, you do.

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Choosing university

rocketI am finding it difficult to blog about such things as the new cell phone or piece of technology on the block, or which politician has screwed up the most, especially by today, at the end of the week.

Which is not to say that I don’t blog about all those things and more, I do, in fact that’s pretty much the majority of what I do.  But, difficult it is.  Difficult it is when the world is spinning and you’re in for the ride, whether you like it or not.

 

I’ve come home for summer, home being Southern California, school being somewhere else.  When Fall comes around I don’t know which university I’ll be attending or where (I’m in the process of transferring) so that’s always stressful, figuring out such.

I planned getting an MBA degree but I’m sick of student loans, so I found some information about more affordable MBA programs from main universities. The MBA degree is a thing I have always dreamed of. But now that I’ve come home from three years in the Northern part of California, there’s a lot of stuff one has to think about, right school is one of them.

Summers are hot down here in Southern California, energy bills are high, gas prices are high, food prices are high, and work is ever more prevalent (for some reason that seems to be the case, and here I was thinking I was on summer vacation).  And then there are the little things. Continue reading

What’s Going On, On Mars

fafff7027ff0d95851f3bdcaadac6942Leonard David of LiveScience.com seems to be on the uppity regarding some “buzz” about what’s going on off-world, namely on the world of Mars.  He reports that the buzz is related to some “provocative new news” regarding life on the planet.

Provocative enough to warrant alerting the White House to new evidence for the “potential for life,” as reported by Craig Covault AW&ST, and noted by David.

The potential for the life definition that is floating around the various mission control and analysis centers seems to be two-fold.

  • Are the basic building blocks of life existent, in a usable capacity, by some known organisms operating is such similar harsh conditions on Earth?

– Or –

  • Can we simply skip the building blocks all together and provide evidence that life did exist or does exist on Mars? The former being through fossilized remains or certain life proving signatures in the experiments.

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On Planet Earth people will go into the poverty category of humanity. Why?

Apparently there isn’t enough food to go around and about 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) people will go into the poverty/starving category of humanity in the following months/year on top of an already 1 billion to 1.5 billion who are already in that category.  Of course that’s what the UN is telling us and they couldn’t count any number of “things” if they tried really hard.

We can assume that at least 50 million more people are going into the impoverished category, where they won’t be able to afford gas and foods as there is no doubt, even by the UN’s always outlandish estimates, a consensus on the fact that these two staples of life are increasing in price, in some places by as much as 25%, without inflation which in America is at 4%.

CNN seems to be reminding me every day that there is worldwide turmoil and there are riots around every nationalistic corner and sure enough in a few minutes the sky will open up and the world will finally be rid of those bible belting Christians. Poverty of course is nothing new and the US has a great experience in fighting it, however, to CNN’s dismay, I’m sure, the world still turn and problems still persist. Continue reading