Sunday, July 26, 2009

L and F Insurance Used to be Life and Fire Insurance...Not Anymore!

Life and Fire insurance were the two things I immediately thought of when I would see L & F insurance. Forget Life and Fire insurance - I mean keep it for your home and for your everyday part of life and expand it.

L and F is now for location and financial, insurance has been changed to, "Independence!"

That's right, I am talking about Location and Financial Independence. The world is changing. We all know that if the world starts to blow, and the shuttle takes off for new places, the only one of us likely to have a seat is the one hanging onto the turbo boosters and that will be because you jumped and grabbed on when it took off - and the fire was too hot for somebody official to risk it and stop you!

"The world is changing!" I say. It has long gone past get a degree, get a job and live happily ever after. That guarantee disappeared with the 20 year career at one company.

Location Independence is about setting up the way you earn money so that you can be independent of a building, a city, a country or even a region. It's about leveraging the technology that is here today and coming tomorrow, to create a business model to use the skills you have have honed on the job, to create a life independent of a job, a company or a place.

Financial independence is about setting up the way you earn money so that you can be independent of a corporation or a job that dictates what you have to do and how you have to do it.

Do I advocate that we all just get up and quit our jobs and go home to figure out how to have the new L & F insurance of today? No way! It is first a shiftng of your thinking, a gradual movement that changes your way of looking at the world.

Okay, so what does that have to do with you all?

"The world is changing," I say!

I sound sort of like Paul Revere when he was riding across town saying, "The British are coming! The British are coming!"

Start looking at your skills. What is it about what you do at your job that you can leverage and make your own, for your own business, for your own financial independence?

Start looking at your skills. What is it about what you do at your job that you can leverage and make your own, for your own business, for your location independence?

It is no longer about staying at a brick and mortar facility, going in day in and day out at a place that you might not want to be.

It's about creating systems, processes and leveraging technology so that you can earn while you sleep, or can be in one place enjoying a tropical sunset or maybe the snow on the slopes or maybe just enjoying unhindered and uninterrupted time with your family.

People have been doing this for years. Technology is making it easier for more of us to be able to join the location and financial independent. Don't get me wrong, it is not about get rich type deals or network marketing or selling from door to door. Indeed, you can get your L & F in place with by pursuing these paths --- but there are so many others. It is limitless.

Too often I see people put up with the maltreatment from a lousy boss, because they have bills to pay and they think they just have to take it. If you are financially independent, you are still going to have problems, but you don't have to put up with a boss who demeans you. That's how so many people go on a shooting rampage at their jobs. They feel so helpless and beat down, that 'taking somebody off the set' seems to be their only way out. Note: I know none of you would do this!

Too often I see people waiting until they are dry, crusty, sick or almost dead before they see another place, before they pursue their dreams, before they do what makes them happy. In the meantime, because they might be miserable, they make others around them miserable as well....Wait a minute - this may be the source of the lousy boss - perhaps he or she is unfulfilled and unhappy as well. Maybe you could talk to that lousy boss about getting some L & F 'insurance' in place.

The world is changing.

Although you can't anticipate how, why, when or where the world will change, you know that tomorrow will not look like today. Control as much as you can- that which is in YOUR sphere of control. Be accountable and responsible for YOU. That means, take some of the control out of the environment. Start creating processes and procedures and businesses that put some earnings in your pocket while you sleep or are away from the office, that are independent of your


If you are worried about money, worse, if you don't have any money, that can be a real downer on your looks and on your beauty. You may be down, but not necessarily out! As long as you have breath in your body, you are never out for the count.
Start thinking about it today.
NOT when you are
Laid off
Overlooked or
Asked to leave.

Automate your processes, don't make it so that you have to be "on" 24/7 to earn your living. If you sit down and think about it, study about it, something will come up. It may be a trickle today. But hey, the mighty rock carvings impacted by water, happened a drop at a time, right!

Think about L & F insurance. That's what insurance is for, right? To cover you in time of need? And don't we say, "It is always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it?"

Get yourselves in a position of having it and not needing it. Because we all know that when that rocket ship takes off for new worlds, that it is very unlikely somebody is going to give US a ticket for free. Too often, not only is that ticket not freely given, the price is often too steep for many of us to pay. So I say, start building your vessel today.

Worry and lack are two big stressors. You know that financial stress or any kind of stress is like a drug, it eats into your beauty and ravages it until you are just a spector of what you once were.

Keep that traditional L & F Insurance and add some modern insurance to it. Start building your location and financially independent lifestyle. That's good beauty insurance. It allows you to sleep at night. We all know that there isn't anything better for beauty than some quality rest and sleep. Ensure and insure your beauty for tomorrow!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Inoculation by Validation: Be Your Own Biggest Fan

Who doesn't feel great when you receive a compliment that seems genuine? It is only human to want to be celebrated and wanted and welcomed. This is what I define as validation. We want others to put that stamp upon us and say, "You're __________"! You fill in the blank. When it comes to beauty, words and phrases that might fill this in are ones like,"You are so beautiful! Your are gorgeous! What beautiful hair you have! Fabulous physique"!

Every one has their achilles heel, that missing scale where the skin is soft under the great, fierce dragon's belly. We all have a weakness. With us, that vulnerable entry point is our beauty. As large and as vast as America is, it is quite insulated. That is an important point that you must understand. For all its diversity, there is still a tremendous amount of homogenization that occurs within its boundaries.

During the early 1900's the school system was the medium used to indoctrinate and Americanize the influx of immigrants whose parents were of different nationalities, cultures, ethnicities and spoke different languages. The grade schools were designated as the iron cooking kettle pot authorized to melt down and homogenize the many into a soup of homogenized peoples. There are many gains and there are many loses as well.

When a mainstream is created, there will always be people and things that rest close to that mainstream ideal and those that are far from it. The closer you are to that mainstream ideal, the more likely you are to be celebrated, embraced by it and accepted by it and into it.

Be cautious, and know that a mainstram ideal is not necessarily haphazardly or accidentally created. It is often orchestrated and has a congnizant, conscientious genesis. A different way to say this is that an ideal is created on purpose, by someone or some group with a purpose. Yeah, so what? What's that got to do with you? Everything and nothing.

Everything in that you may not see what you got as being positively reflected in the mainstream. Nothing in that, it has really nothing to do with you and should have no bearing upon the validation of who you are. What do I mean?

It's not about comparing your physical beauty to someone else's beauty, to see who is the best. It's about celebrating and embracing what you have been given. It's about taking the beauty that you have been gifted with and elevating THAT beauty, your own personal beauty, to the highest echelons, or levels, that there are. You do that by loving who you are. When you do this, you will radiate a beauty that is incomparable to YOUR old self, not someone else. Pick out a woman who you think is absolutely gorgeous. You'll be able to find someone that genuinely and authentically thinks she is barely attractive. What's my point?

Not just that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make sure that when you put your eye upon YOURSELF that the beauty you are beholding is your own beauty that you acknowledge, accept and embrace. Make sure that in the least, that the beauty you see always includes your own. When you learn how to validate your own self, your own beauty, it serves like protection.

Self validation, is the 'stamp of approval' that you provide to yourself. It is what will keep you afloat when you may feel excluded, not included and/or not celebrated. Inoculate yourself so that during those times you will be protected.

Start building your immunity today. Use self validation as your form of inoculation. When the day comes and you feel like the world, or even just that one person you so badly want to embrace and accept you doesn't embrace you, because of your inoculation- it will be just another day. It won't knock you off your feet, or take you for a loop or even put you out of circulation for a moment or a day.

An inoculated person or body, is somewhat insulated from rampant disease, no matter what form that dis-ease may take. And when you are insulated, you can extend a helping hand to fortify those around you who may have not had the opportunity or the time to build or get their 'stamp of approval' forged and made.

Be your biggest fan.
There will be many days when you will be your only fan. Don't be fooled by the seemingly harmlessness of beauty. It is not an innocuous or harmless concept. It can very easily be used as a weapon against you.
Hone your beauty and shield it with a mighty sword. Protect it at all costs. Don't let it be the entry point that someone can use against you to stop YOU in your tracks. Understand what's going on around you and use that understanding like a pole vault to get to where you got to go. Make your understanding an ally, not a hindrance or a point of weakness.

You are beautiful. When you don't know this, you are vulnerable, beatable and maleable. Self validate to inoculate.
Keep marching onward. Perhaps, when you turn to steal a glimpse into the crowd, those standing and cheering you on, you will see and recognize yourself, standing and cheering you on the loudest. Because you see, self validation creates inoculation, and in this case takes the form of YOU seeing and being- your biggest fan.