Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Prosperity Parenting

It's vital to ensure that you teach your children about what having -- or not having -- money means for their future:

How parents sabotage their kids’ successand how they can ‘change the story’

Every parent wants the best for their kids. Yet millions of adults unknowingly sabotage their children’s chances for success.

I grew up poor. I was jealous of rich people and didn’t like them. So over the years I kept trying to get rich, not realizing that my subconscious mind was telling me, “Better stop doing that, or you’ll become one of the evil, mean, nasty rich people!”

The messages against wealth and prosperity are all around us, in our culture, media, and religions. But how many parents stop to think about how their own views on getting ahead influence their children’s ability to succeed?

Your core beliefs about everything related to prosperity – money, relationships, health, and spirituality – are set by the time you’re 10 years old. And no one influences those beliefs more than parents.

Millions of parents do this by conveying a negative vision of prosperity and success. If you tell yourself things like “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” and “I’m always a day late and a dollar short,” you will, consciously or subconsciously, convey these messages to your kids.

The truth is it’s really not that hard to change your beliefs – If you are aware of them and make that choice. Here are some tips:

Identify negative beliefs you may be creating in your children — Do some critical thinking about what kind of beliefs you developed in childhood about money, rich people and wealth. Honestly ask yourself, are you programming your children with thoughts such as money is bad, rich people are evil, or it’s spiritual to be poor? I call these “mind viruses.” Defeating them starts with acknowledging you have them.

Help kids identify anti-prosperity media messages: Did you ever stop to think about how blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar portray wealth, and how those stories can set kids up with attitudes that sabotage their future success? Talk to your kids about the subliminal messages they receive on TV, in movies and other media. Help them to become self-motivated critical thinkers.

Create a positive vision of prosperity: Examine how you react to families with more wealth than yours when speaking to your kids. Do you discuss them with envy or jealousy, or admiration and respect? Talk to your kids about how their thoughts about wealth can shape their future.

People have a hard time believing they are sabotaging their prosperity at age 30, 40, or 50 because of a belief that was formed when they were six, but I see it all the time. And that’s the book that gets written, unless you become aware of the plotline and decide to change the story.

Whether you and your children are on the path to poverty or prosperity is determined by the thoughts you give precedence to. Your thoughts come from the type of vision you have.

Everyone has a vision. Millions have a negative one; many more have a neutral one. It’s vital to help your children develop a positive one.

About Randy Gage:
Randy helps audiences recognize and reject roadblocks to wealth and prosperity with warmth, wit and wisdom drawing from his rags-to-riches story. A former high school dropout, Randy rose from a minimum wage job and spending time in jail as a teen to become a self-made multi-millionaire who has inspired millions of people around the world. He is the author of eight books on success including Prosperity Mind and Accept Your Abundance that have been translated into more than 25 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Learn more about Randy at his public website: http://www.RandyGage.com and on Prosperity TV: http://www.youtube.com/randygage.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

LoveDrop -- Let's Help the Stalnakers Family

Hey guys! The Love Drop team is at it again! Last month they gave over $6,000 worth of cash and goods to their recipient, the Kahlen family, who had been going through a financially hard time due to the economy (and whose daughter is currently battling Tuberous Sclerosis). They focused on their love of spending time together, and brought them over 8 pairs of tickets to a whole bunch of local events. It was awesome, and you can watch how it all went down here.

This month LoveDrop is rallying behind the Stalnakers -- a family who, along with thousands of others along the Gulf Coast, are still reeling from the effects of the BP oil spill. Our goal is to get them a reliable used car this month as their previous two have died, and it's getting harder and harder for them to manage with the one they're currently borrowing. They've been giving back to their community since they moved in, and now it's time for us to help them!

Want to help? Here are three ways you can participate:

  • Help them get a car! -- Our #1 goal is to give them a reliable used car in decent working order. If you have any leads, discounts, or connections in this area, please email Love Drop and let them know.
  • Give $1 -- This money will help get them back on their feet, and relieve some financial burden. Every dollar counts!
  • Give a gift or service -- Gift cards are always helpful. Places like Target, Wal-mart, restaurants, etc would definitely help them out. Services too - especially those you can offer yourselves, or from your company.
Thanks everyone! The LoveDrop team will let you know how it goes!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where are the Deals?

Deal-a-day websites have exploded in popularity. Deep-pocketed tech veterans Facebook and Google have stepped into this lucrative arena, further crowding this competitive field. The question is, how do the services compare? Courtesy of Online MBA, here’s a handy chart outlines the similarities and differences between the largest players:
Deals, Deals, Deals... and More Deals
Via: OnlineMBA.com

Did any of this info surprise you? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know what you think!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Green and Frugal: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Earrings made from translucent milk jugs.
I'm always looking for green and frugal products to promote. I couldn't resist eco-design artist Jessie Katz, especially since she's also local to me. Here's a little bit about Jessie and her environmentally-friendly accessories:

Eco-friendly jewelry designer, Jessie Katz (Nyack, NY) was a recent finalist in the NBC sponsored contest, The Art Of ReUse, in honor of Earth Week 2011. Jessie's handmade earrings, fashioned from recycled gift cards, earned her a spot among the ten finalists from across the country. The contest was launched by NBC's green initiative, Green is Universal, in association with handmade marketplace Etsy, and featured the most creative "ReUsed" project submissions on the Today Show. Celebrity judges included Martha Stewart, Hoda Kotb & Kathie Lee, Andy Cohen, Tori Spelling, Angela Matusik and Lauren Bush.

Each pair of Jessie's colorful, one-of-a-kind earrings are the result of the artist's ever changing stock of gift cards, donated to her by local businesses, friends and customers. They are hand-cut and given a second life as fantastic eco-friendly accessories. Jessie started her business, Designosaurus, in 2008 with the mission to provide sustainable handmade jewelry and art pieces. She is currently focused on creating jewelry from unexpected post-consumer materials including used gift cards, expired credit cards, scrap wood and vintage or broken jewelry. Her earrings are available locally at ML Gifts and Accessories (South Nyack, NY), and on her website at http://www.jessiekatz.etsy.com/.

Do you tend to select jewelry that is sustainable? I'd love to hear what you think of Jessie's designs.

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