Helping veterans launch a new business, and find re-employment should be at the top of our list to help re-ignite this country. It costs $37,056 annually to support a veteran and his family who is unemployed. In May 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the national unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2%, but the unemployment rate for veterans spiked to 12.7% — more than 4 percentage points higher than the national average. When you start focusing on specific veteran groups, for example post 9/11 veterans, the unemployment rate in Arizona is 27%. Arizona is proud to be home to 531,910 veterans, and if the same 12.7% unemployment rate is applied, supporting veterans and their families is very costly. To support 12.7% of veterans in AZ (67,553), it costs approx. $2.5 billion annually. Even if we were to only focus on 5% of the veterans who are unemployed in the state, it would save the State of Arizona $125 million annually. Source: U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs 2013.
Not only does this Camo to Company initiative help reduce costs to state governments, it also helps create new jobs. On average the entrepreneurs who take our training go on to create 10 new jobs. If we can effect about 35% of those going through the training, that equates to 3,500 jobs for every 1,000 trained.
Back in 2011, I started a foundation to help our veterans. GO*VETS Foundation was created as a 501c3 charitable cause to assist our military veterans with their transition to the private sector and being more self reliant by helping them launch their own company, expand their existing small business, or find employment. (www.govetsfoundation.org)
The purpose of the Foundation is to give back to our military veterans who have courageously served their country, by providing intense business training in a system that is vastly improved over what has been available. This Entrepreneurial Training system has been tested and proven for 10 years as the basis of an entrepreneurial system at a major university in the U.S. Over 3,500 MBA students were trained. From those trained, students launched over 1,000 businesses that created over 12,000 jobs.
I built this system, and helped develop the entire Entrepreneur system at the university including competitions, local business leader mentoring program, the curriculum, materials and a degree in entrepreneurship.
Through our network of corporate partners, GO*VETS Foundation is also in a position to help facilitate employment opportunities for veterans not ready to start their own business. Through this Re-employment initiative, we teach innovation, leadership, strategic business tools, looking for opportunities, forming strategic partnerships, along with many other traits that we need in our businesses. The bottom line is this, if they are not ready to start a business, that is totally fine. They will be better served in the company they end up working for, as they learn these new, innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
You can always check out my website and see how we are doing this, and providing training for entrepreneurs of all walks of life, including our military heroes! (www.brianhazelgren.com)
Sometimes we just need to take a break and listen to a little humor. Jeff Foxworthy is funny, down to earth and a man with common sense. I thought you might want to see his new comedy about A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots. When you boil it down to how simple this really is, I keep asking myself…”what country do we live in?” Enjoy a little humor…but try not to get to angry with the reality we now live in…
A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
by Jeff Foxworthy:
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America !
John Maxwell is an author that I highly respect. His writings are simple and straight to the point. More importantly, his words resinate with many people because he can say what the rest of us are thinking, and then he mingles in some excellent advice. So, to share with you some of his writings, this blog is about what John Maxwell terms as “Failing Forward.” I hope you enjoy what he is trying to tell us. Here it is…
The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you’re going to make mistakes. The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.
Achievers are given multiple reasons to believe they are failures. But in spite of that, they persevere. The average for entrepreneurs is 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business.
When achievers fail, they see it as a momentary event, not a lifelong epidemic.
Procrastination is too high a price to pay for fear of failure. To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway. Forget motivation. Just do it. Act your way into feeling, not wait for positive emotions to carry you forward.
Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience.
Life is playing a poor hand well. The greatest battle you wage against failure occurs on the inside, not the outside.
Why worry about things you can’t control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you?
Handicaps can only disable us if we let them. If you are continually experiencing trouble or facing obstacles, then you should check to make sure that you are not the problem.
Be more concerned with what you can give rather than what you can get because giving truly is the highest level of living.
Embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward.
Everything in life brings risk. It’s true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don’t try anything new.
The less you venture out, the greater your risk of failure. Ironically the more you risk failure — and actually fail — the greater your chances of success.
If you are succeeding in everything you do, then you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough. And that means you’re not taking enough risks. You risk because you have something of value you want to achieve.
The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get.
Determining what went wrong in a situation has value. But taking that analysis another step and figuring out how to use it to your benefit is the real difference maker when it comes to failing forward. Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge; let your learning lead to action.
The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?
Commitment makes you capable of failing forward until you reach your goals. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline.
Successful people have learned to do what does not come naturally. Nothing worth achieving comes easily. The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence.
Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might.
If we look long enough for what we want in life we are almost sure to find it. Success is in the journey, the continual process. And no matter how hard you work, you will not create the perfect plan or execute it without error. You will never get to the point that you no longer make mistakes, that you no longer fail.
The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface.
Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.”
― John Maxwell, Failing Forward
I think I have had enough of how far we are willing go to keep up this stupid game of professional athletes and agents trying to outdo the salaries of others. Somebody has to say it, and call out the ridiculousness of professional sports contracts. This past week we have seen Major League Baseball contracts rise to an obscene level. This morning I wake up to the news that Robinson Cano will receive a $225 million contract for the next 9 years to play baseball for the Seattle Mariners…but the deal is not yet totally finished. He wanted a $305 million deal for 10 years, but did not get it. Wow. Really? This of course is on the heels of other contract negotiations that happen every year at the conclusion of a professional season – whatever the sport. Is it never enough?
As a former four sport athlete who did pretty well in my day as an All-American in two sports, and All-State in all four in high school, I had to hang up my jersey during college due to devastating injuries. But life seemed to go on for me. As an athlete who has played on high school state championships, and a collegiate national championship team, and to watch my kids play sports, I am so excited to watch athletes participate in the sport of their choice! But I have to say something here about these ridiculous professional sports contracts that seem to have no end of how much athletes will be paid.
In comparison, I run a foundation today for military veterans to help them with their struggles of lack of employment, and help them start businesses. It is truly an honor to server those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. Doing this kind of work is also a great eye-opener to how screwed up our thinking is. An athlete who is coddled, and pampered and given millions of dollars each year to entertain is a stark contrast to the comparison of our military heroes who have fought for our freedoms. Our soldiers come home to oppressive debt, uncertainty of making a living and supporting a family, and very high unemployment…to the tune of 30% unemployment for young veterans.
Can you image what the impact would be, or how many jobs could be created, if small businesses had access to the same amount of even one highly paid athlete? I have done a little number crunching, and I can tell you that if small businesses had even a fraction of the money spent on these athletes, they could create billions in revenue, and tens of thousands of new jobs.
Since I helped create the Entrepreneurship system at a major university, and have taught over 3,500 students to specifically learn how to launch and grow a successful business, I have seen what the numbers look like. Here is a quick overview of the impact that $225 million, or in this case $225 million over 9 years could be for creating jobs based on a 10 year study of creating, launching and teaching entrepreneurship to 3,500 students.
The numbers from my experience are laid out like this: 3,500 students taught, roughly 34% ended up starting a business (1,190) and these small businesses created an average of 12 jobs. (Several of the businesses created hundreds of jobs, but on average it is about 12). The economic impact is 14,280 new jobs created, and roughly $92 million in annual revenue. Staying on our theme of 9 years – the combined 9 year revenue is about $835 million. On average these new companies raised about $57,000 each to launch, which comes to about $67 million raised to launch 1,190 businesses. The revenue produced with these 1,190 companies is 12X the initial investment!
Let’s get back to my question, “can you image what the impact would be if small businesses had access to the same amount of even one highly paid athlete?” If you take the same kind of formula, it would equal $2.7 billion! Now I realize that there is not an exact comparison of these two examples of athletes and business owners, but the notion of creating jobs for many, versus a ridiculous number being paid to one person, it really is crazy.
I also know how much time and effort, blood sweat and tears athletes put into building their career. That is not in question here, what is in question is how much are we willing to keep shelling out to be entertained? And, when will we stand up and start helping small businesses get to the next level of creating jobs, generating revenue, and growing our economy?
Millions of people love to watch athletes perform, and I am certainly one of them. It’s time to start thinking more clearly about creating more jobs. What if we took it even one small step further…what if we had the athletes take 10% of their pay and donate it to a charity that will do good in local communities? Now that would be something that is newsworthy and worth writing about!
Lately, I have been asked several times what it took to raise over $1 billion over a 7 year span while working with an amazing charity. What I have noticed is that SME’s (Small to Medium Enterprises) are looking for a reason to be involved raising charitable funds, and charities are always looking to find a positive way to promote their brand and raise more funds. In light of this I decided to create a workshop that goes into a lot of depth of the positive results that come from charities and SME’s working together to create something special.
Another trend I have seen during the past year is that many charities are looking outside of the traditional fund raiser who has been focused mostly on securing major gifts from high net worth individuals, and instead have broadened their search for entrepreneurial, big picture, visionary leaders who bring more innovative ideas to the table. This is GREAT NEWS for the charity and for the entrepreneur because both will benefit from the more “entrepreneurial thinker.”
I have so many stories to share about this topic, and will share several of them over time, but the message I want to drive home today is the power behind the brand, passion, contacts, and innovation that combine together to create immense success. Many charities and corporations that I have worked with over the past decade seem to have excellent programs in place – but lack a few important elements to really drive home the mission in the minds of potential donors to the cause. Charities are usually run, well, like a charity…meaning they tell people to just give them money because they will do good things with it. That is not the question on the mind of the donor or corporation. The real question is “how will you show a return on my investment?” Other than just feeling good about doing good, charitable causes need to show some measurable ways of a return on the investment made by people/companies.
DeLon Mork is one small business owner who goes above and beyond to make a difference in his community. He owns a quick serve restaurant (Dairy Queen) in Madison, SD and he has a passion to raise money for children in his area. A father, and a business owner, DeLon wanted to make a difference in local community by participating in an annual event to sell his signature product (Blizzard) and take the proceeds to be donated to his local children’s hospital.
Madison, South Dakota has a thriving population of 6,809 people. So to measure success it would be great for DeLon to sell to 25% of the population, or around 1,700 Blizzards in one day. But that seemed too low, and DeLon set out to really make a difference, and ask his friends, family, employees, vendors, the mayor, the county supervisor and a whole lot more people in Madison and the surrounding areas – to buy two Blizzards. The results the first year DeLon’s store participated were simply amazing…he sold over 12,000 Blizzards and raised over $34,000! He caught the vision and shared his passion with as many that would listen. He even drove 75 miles to deliver Blizzards to businesses who pre-purchased the cool treats.
The local hospital was more than thankful for DeLon’s passion, and they rewarded him with some catering contracts, some local PR on the radio, in print and on TV by asking their media contacts to run a story about DeLon’s success. This in turn has not only brought in more business to Delon’s DQ, it has endeared him in the hearts and minds of the local and surrounding customers. The return on his investment has been immense. The ROI to the local customers is huge as they can stake a claim to the money raised to help sick and injured children in their community.
Here are three things businesses and charities need to remember when they are asking customers and donors to do business with them…And a friend of mine, Nancy Haggerty taught me why this formula is so important. As a customer or donor, I want to know:
- Do you care about me?
- Can I trust you?
- Do you excel at excellence in all that you do?
When you prove this to your customers, you will always come out ahead! And, you and the business will look back and say that your investment, or their investment was definitely met with a solid return.
Make it a great day!
send me a note if you agree…firstname.lastname@example.org
Cashing In On The Next Huge Trend
By Brian Hazelgren
Wouldn’t it be cool to have a crystal ball to peer into the future and see the next trend coming so you can position yourself to be at the front of the wave? There are plenty of opportunities out there to latch on to and enjoy the prosperity that comes from hard work, perseverance, and oh yes, being in the right position and the right time.
I’ve asked myself many times how I could know when the next big idea will take shape to build a new industry, or at least position me to take advantage of a good position and ride the wave. I mean how do you know? Is it gut instinct…is it following other trends…or could be as simple as someone introducing you to an opportunity that could be the right fit for you, at the right time?
Riding the next wave is exciting to think about, but the only problem with riding a wave is that it coms to an end. So maybe a longer approach is needed…something that could last a decade or two. Something that you can be a part of and not only have a lot of fun participating in, but also be in the position to cash in on all your hard work.
A megatrend is a large, social, economic, political, environmental or technological change that takes time to form. Once in place, megatrends influence a wide range of activities, processes and perceptions, in business, the buying patterns of people, and in even in government – in many cases for decades. They are the underlying forces that drive trends. (i.e. aging population)
A megatrend is an event or movement that attracts abnormal attention from the common people and remains a craze for a certain time period. These trends have the potential to alter the movement of any market, state or society. In other words, these trends give people an insight of what lies ahead in the future. For example, a decrease in youth population and an increase in the elderly people is a megatrend that the world would confront in the coming years, thanks to the advancement in medicine and the health industry.
A megatrend is longer in duration and lasts for seven to ten years approximately, it could even last decades. These megatrends can be political, economical, social and technological in nature. Megatrends when compared to a fad have a slower formation.
A “trend” is an emerging pattern of change likely to impact buying patterns or social interaction with a network of people and require a response. (i.e. sharing social media with friends, family, and colleagues).
• Does it impact the emotional buying patterns?
• Is it significant? Is it broad-based? Is it national or regional in scope?
• Is it short-term or long-term?
• Is it measurable/trackable/observable?
• Is it actionable? Is there an innovative response to address new circumstances?
An “issue” is a controversial, debatable or “hot” topic or an innovative state action. (i.e. changes in Medicare or General Healthcare)
Think about the social media craze that has taken shape during the past decade. Companies have seen their technology take hold over time and all of a sudden millions of people are using the new platform to interact with their social graph. Then the companies are acquired for hundreds of millions or billions of dollars, or they do an initial public offering and raise billions. All of this is accomplished because a trend turned into a megatrend.
So where is the next mega trend lurking? Is it in technology, real estate, media, or healthcare? Well, I’m going out on a limb here to say that the mega trend I have in mind has been forming quite literally for the past decade, and is about to take center stage with an explosion of information and new products.
The megatrend I’m referring to is in healthcare. We are a nation obsessed with better health and essential products that help us reach our quest of a more healthy body and mind. Nothing wrong with this, and I too subscribe to the notion of being more healthy. With the new healthcare program we so dearly refer to as Obamacare coming in 2014, we are going to need to be more healthy.
Let’s talk for a moment about the trends that have happened over the past 25 years that have spawned not only new companies, but have created new industries for growth and development. I’d like to focus on what has been a hot product for creating a buzz about how that particular product will change your health for the better. These same products also created wealth for the companies and the distributors who have marketed these products.
These five trends have each lasted for about 5-8 years, and we all bought into the notion that we had found the fountain of youth. Then when another product was introduced as a little different that the rest of the pack, we switched our focus and started buying in the new category, believing again that the new product would be our saving grace for finding better health.
- First, herbs and vitamins
- Second, pills and capsules
- Third, essential oils
- Fourth, the latest super fruit in a drink
Each of these trends not only were the catalyst of creating some pretty good products, they developed industries to attract more buyers, which in turn created a perpetual motion of a monthly buying cycle and we simply could not live without the product.
The fact is, these products have given us some essential ingredients to help us feel better, look better, perform better, and even think better. Not too many people would argue that there are good products out there that accomplish these things. We have all taken them with the hope that the products would live up to hype. In some cases they have lived up to the hype, but not in all cases.
I’d like to cut to the chase and ask where each of the above products categories receive their essential ingredients? Where do the herbs, vitamins, pills, oils, super fruits all come from? Are they manufactured to just be supplements, or are they truly essential to the health and well being of our bodies? What is the primary source of where these products can claim to have come from? For me the answer is simple…they all come from seeds.
The secret to the science behind the best products that give us the ultimate source of essential nutrients literally comes from the seed.
So where are the products that provide a wide range of essential and powerful antioxidants, minerals, and phytonutrients (the delicate plant compounds known to give plants their color and provide humans with powerful immune-boosting agents). Where is the exclusive formula of organic ingredients that contain the most natural, absorbable forms of many vital nutrients?
There are certain seeds and their essential oils that have been around for thousands of years, and are the basis of providing essential elements for optimal health. This report focuses on three:
- Black Cumin
- Black Raspberry
- Chardonnay Grape Seed
Black cumin seed has been medicinally revered for over 3,000 years. Its wide range of healing properties has been recognized by a host of civilizations from the ancient Egyptians to the prophet Mohammed. These cultures praised the seed as a remedy for a host of ailments including:
- inflammatory diseases,
- digestive disorders,
- parasitic infections,
- pathogenic infections,
- common cold and flu symptoms,
- and some cancers.
It’s no wonder that the founder of Islam regarded this exceptional seed as the most powerful healing substance available, saying:… “Indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death.”
Black raspberry seeds contain natural plant chemicals that act as antioxidants to locate and destroy disease-causing free radicals. In fact, raspberries rank among the top 10 high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables. Among several potential benefits, the components in raspberry seeds may help prevent infections, heart disease and cancer.
Raspberry seeds contain antioxidant-like phytonutrients including ellagitannins and anthocyanins that may help fight cancer, viruses, inflammation and a number of other conditions. Antioxidants scavenge and destroy cell-damaging substances, called free radicals, that can occur naturally in the body or from exposure to environmental toxins. Although ellagitannins exist in most berries, raspberries contain the highest levels, according to immunology specialist Dr. Susan Thorpe-Vargas. Anthocyanins, also found in many berries, help provide some of the color pigment in plants and fruits.
Antibacterial and Antiviral Benefits
High amounts of the ellagitannins in raspberry seeds may help fight bacteria and viruses. The coiled structure of DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, in bacteria must untwist itself to replicate and spread throughout the body. This process requires an enzyme called gyrase. Ellagitannins may inhibit this enzyme and halt bacterial spread to prevent illness. This antioxidant also may prohibit the action of another enzyme involved in the proliferation of viruses. Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot replicate and must “hijack” and insert their DNA into a host cell. Ellagitannins stop an enzyme, called integrase, from enabling this process, according to Thorpe-Vargas.
The antioxidants in raspberry seeds may lower levels of cholesterol to promote the health of blood vessels and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Medical doctor Ray Sahelian cites a study published in the July 2009 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which observed the effects of anthocyanins on 120 subjects with high cholesterol. Participants, aged 40 to 65, received either 160 mg of anthocyanins or a placebo twice daily for a period of 12 weeks. Subjects receiving anthocyanins exhibited lower levels of dangerous low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL cholesterol, and improved overall cholesterol levels.
Grape seeds have an abundant source of flavonoids, a large class of compounds found naturally in many plants and foods. More specifically, grape seeds are brimming over with a class of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins.
- Proanthocyanidins have special value for brain health for at least two reasons – their free radical-quenching antioxidant effects and their collagen-protecting effects.
- In some test models, proanthocyanidins are 50 times more potent antioxidants than the two most famous antioxidants, vitamins C and E.
- Proanthocyanidins have also been shown to markedly delay the onset of lipid peroxidation and to effectively chelate iron ions. Free iron ions are some of the most powerful promoters of lipid peroxide, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radical production. This is a major contributor to the pathogenesis of Parkinsons disease, one of the most common neurological diseases of the aged.
- Proanthocyanidins are even able to cross the blood-brain barrier in order to protect delicate brain and nerve tissues.
- Perhaps even more important than its sheer power as an antioxidant is how grape seed extract interacts with other components of the body’s antioxidant defenses. The proanthocyanidins found in grape seed extract help other antioxidants regenerate after neutralizing free radicals, allowing them to continue the antioxidative fight.
Grape seeds contain high levels of proanthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants that aid in reducing free radicals and regenerating depleted antioxidants. Proanthocyanidins have proven to have a special value for brain health and cognitive function due to their free radical quenching antioxidant effects and their collagen protecting effects. Proanthocyanidins have proven to be especially effective in neutralizing the hydroxyl radical, the most damaging of all free radicals, as well as lipid peroxides (rancid fats).
It’s a common fact that seeds are Nature’s Antioxidant.
Because through the process of natural selection, plant species have honed and perfected their various “fruits” as powerful defenses against the harsh oxidative conditions of the environment.
The seed ensures the survival of the species. In fact, the fruit of the plant is meant to feed the seed—to help it thrive despite being faced with harsh environmental circumstances. Without the protection of antioxidants in the fruit, the powerful radioactive light of the sun would destroy the vital seed DNA, the key to every species’ continued survival.
The simple deduction that we can cling to here is that health-related products should start with the foundation of life: the seeds. And, they should come from only the best quality seeds of organically-grown plants. Additionally, these seeds come with unequaled concentrations of phytonutrients, which should be carefully derived through a certified, cold-pressed process that preserves fragile plant enzymes. These enzymes are almost always destroyed through conventional food processing and cooking.
With the ideal source and the ideal process, the product should maintain the delicate organic compounds that are missing in the modern diet. It’s about balance. It’s about having the healthiest form of continuous energy. It’s about combining the most powerful, proven antioxidants into one place.
In my humble opinion, by combining all of this into one source, we as a human species would hit the holy grail of health care with a source of essential ingredients, and not just a supplement. This type of product would accomplish the following things for us:
- Dramatically Increase Energy
- Amplify Immunity and Endurance
- Drastically Improve Clarity and Focus
- Reduce Inflammation In Ways You Have Never Seen
The good news is that we have a product now that accomplishes these things for our bodies! The product is called Soul and is manufactured by Rain International. It has been tested and refined for maximum essential elements that the human body can greatly benefit from. So the first side of the equation is in place for the formation of the next mega trend: a powerful product that can be consumed for the maximum benefit to the human body.
But there are two sides to this equation that need to come together. The second is the financial aspect that accomplishes what I stated early in the discussion of a movement that attracts abnormal attention from the common people and remains a craze for an extended time period.
What if we had the potential to alter the movement of a market, or society that could create wealth for those that distribute the product that also creates significant health benefits?
The next trend that is turning into a mega trend is upon us. By taking the power of essential ingredients all packaged into one source, and by allowing others to profit from the distribution of the product, you can see how this trend will play a huge role in the formation of a mega trend in the market.
I have spent my life working with tens of thousands of business executives, from start up entrepreneur to the corporate c-level executive. My life’s work has been spent training and educating executives on achieving more efficient, effective execution. This program developed by Rain International is exactly that not only from the product standpoint, but also with the training and education provided to help distributors achieve their maximum potential earnings in a distribution business of their own.
For these reasons I say again that the next trend that is turning into a mega trend is upon us, and is fully ready to create higher levels of better health, and higher levels of wealth. The only question I have for you is: do you want to be a part of it, and if you do what are you doing about it?
Brian Hazelgren has authored 10 books, and developed over 80 workshops for small business owners and corporate managers to improve their business skills. He has trained over 40,000 business executives over the past two and a half decades. You can reach Brian anytime via email at email@example.com.
Entrepreneurship Training is Different Than Business Training
Youth entrepreneurship education has been largely ignored by our high schools, and most of our colleges are just starting to figure out that this is an ever-widening chasm in this area of education that needs to be addressed. Few schools across the country embrace this economic driver, and those that do usually have the curriculum taught by academia instructors who have not experienced business ownership. But even when part of the curriculum, it’s traditional business education that gets taught.
I helped develop the Entrepreneurial curriculum at the University of Utah and taught the concepts for 10 years. Aside from the curriculum taught, we also developed competitions for the students to bring out the inner-competitor in them. We also picked up many sponsors for our events who in turn also sponsored other events for the university. And, we reached out to the local business leaders and built up a nice mentoring program. All of these things were then turned over to the student council that we help form to bring more productivity and ownership to the program. What I learned from that decade long experience is that Entrepreneurship education is different from traditional business education. Entrepreneurship education pretty much has no right or wrong answers. It is education that dives into many areas that need to be taught by entrepreneurs who have been there…done that. This is a critical characteristic that can shape kids into either employers or employees.
Entrepreneurship is at the heart of job creation, innovation and wealth. Early innovators such as Ford, Edison and Franklin were able to not only develop new inventions, but they took a risk to create them into usable products suitable for the marketplace. The foundation of entrepreneurship was to seek opportunity by solving problems and to invent products that made societies better.
Entrepreneurship Versus Business Curriculum
There is a substantial difference between entrepreneurship and business curriculum, Entrepreneurship training is based on hands-on experience, while while traditional business training is based on theory and corporate case studies.
Here are few things Entrepreneurship education provides:
- Education with an opportunity to learn and hone real skills.
- The tools to innovate new products and services that solve consumer needs.
- Ownership over decisions and ability to take calculated risks.
- Allowing students to actually start a workable business, to become involved in the intricacies of a business start-up and to realize a profit.
- An understanding that creativity and hard work are imperative drivers.
- Students with ability to seek opportunities, create self-employment and provide employment to others.
- Students a valuable education with an opportunity to learn innovation, risk, and fast business operations that can also be used in a corporate setting, even if they decide entrepreneurship is not for them
Traditional business curriculum provides:
- Theory based stories and case studies on past corporate experience.
- How to use other people’s money in making decisions.
- No real-world application to test what really works in the marketplace.
- A lack of profit realization.
- Project-based curriculum, such as fundraisers, rather than long-term business growth and reinvestment
- Prepares students to become dependent upon employment by corporate businesses.
Early entrepreneurship preparation is so important. One thing that used to drive me crazy was MBA students who did not have any basic clue about running a small business. Young companies, those less than five years old, are responsible for the majority of new innovations and net new jobs. Studies show that GenY students are far more entrepreneurial in their thinking than past generations; however, entrepreneurial activity amongst 6 to 19 year olds has declined by 40 percent. This generation encompasses 25 percent of the total US population and without long-term entrepreneurial growth, US global competitiveness, competency and employment will suffer.
Furthermore, studies show that entrepreneurship education improves academic performance, attainment and attendance while preparing them to be team players and leaders in a competitive workplace.
The bottom line is that we need to start embracing Entrepreneurship Training in our public schools more than ever before. This educational experience will be a huge benefit to generations to come as they roll up their sleeves and stake their claim on independence and innovation.
To learn more about how you can bring true entrepreneurship education to the classroom or to find out about integrating science and innovation with entrepreneurship, contact Brian Hazelgren at (480) 499-5392 or visit www.e3factor.com.