As a lover of the Star Wars movies since my father took my sister and I to see the first one in 1977, I love this commercial with this little boy(s).

 

I hear the two little boys that played the Darth Vader role got a little bit of fame on their own from this commercial. Even though he is a bad guy, Darth Vader is my favorite character. He is conflicted on so many levels and in the end does the right thing.

 

May the force be with you,

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

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It’s amazing what a few years will do for the skin. Usually you hear that with more youthful exuberance. My eyes don’t work as fast as they used to. A few aches I didn’t have before. Takes a bit longer to get up in the morning and who’s idea was ear and nose hair. All signs of getting older, but I am so grateful. Many people loathe the incremental increases in age. I embrace it. No day, including today, is promised to us, so I like to embrace them all like a bear hug.

My father, Joe Washington, didn’t make it this far. He died from a heart attack when he was 41. Actually barely 41 for only a couple months. His father, died at 41 and his brother died when he was about 40 or 41 as well. Needless to say I’m grateful for each and every day. I always try to honor his memory and legacy and make him proud of his oldest child. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.

I must admit it feels a little strange. As exciting as it is,  it also feels like I’m hiking down this path that’s uncharted and never been used. I hope I live a good long life and in the best health that I have control over. I am overweight, but I try to stay fit. I’m still training for two half marathons in October 2011. My 4th and 5th and I can’t wait.

I’m excited to be at 44 and looking forward to more than just watching a ball game or something like that. My oldest daughter graduated from high school this year and I’m looking forward to great things from all three of my children. They are great young people that make me so proud  and they should do well in life if they stay focused and never quit.

I imagine weddings and grandchildren are in our near future, but the thing that brings me the most joy is the 21+ years with my wife Amy. It is in my opinion the glue that holds our family together. She has been there for me  all this time as I always try to do the same for her. She is the love of my life and I look forward to many more years with each other. If she’ll have me. 🙂

Always remember…you don’t have permission to quit,

 

Jeffrey Washington

NeverQuitEver

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The topic may seem obvious. I’m energized…of course, right? Well not so fast. I’m energized for reasons not so obvious.

I saw a webinar post on another site about how a guy makes $500,000 per month on line. He was touted as some mystery guy that would reveal a “secret”, live during the webinar. I thought what the heck, it’s free, I’ll take a look. I wanted to see a webinar anyway since maybe, I’ll be hosting some in the future myself. As the webinar came on, 10 minutes late, I watch and listen as the host, Mike, speaks at length about this other guy he learned a money making secret from. After about 20 minutes, he introduces “Rob” to the webinar. Rob shows some screens of his Clickbank account and the nearly million dollars he has earned in commissions in 2011 alone. I thought there would be an opportunity to ask questions, but these two guys talked the entire time. He says that he is going to show us how this program that he developed works and we can watch him make money in real time. He made up a new clickbank account and picked an affiliate. He took some keywords, he already had and plugged all of it into this program. He then talked about other stuff while it supposedly worked in the background. Within 20 minutes he refreshes his click bank account and there is a little over $300.00 there.

I’m energized for two good reasons. I listened to my conscience and I didn’t push “send”, figuratively and literally. It was one of those things that sounds too good to be true. Even these guys said they thought it was illegal to do this when they first saw it. He went on and on about how he was giving back and wanted to pick a select few (15) to offer this opportunity to. He said several times that he didn’t need the money, but the sales pitch was laid on pretty thick. Even after the webinar was over, I got an email, telling me there were only two spots remaining. Now for there to supposedly be nearly 1000 people on the line for the webinar, I’m surprised that he didn’t sell these 15 spots in 60 seconds. Oh yeah, did I tell you the software cost $1000. About an hour after he first told us how to get this program, he was still trying to sell 2 of 15 spots. Now I know times are tough, but I was surprised that it took so long for him to sell. Heck, maybe I was the only one on the line.

Near the end of the webinar, I heard Mike call this guy by a different name and he answered. Another red flag. Needless to say, there were a ton of red flags flying on this one. There was no explanation of how it worked. Just a lot of visual magic so to speak.

I’m energized because I didn’t take the plunge or drink the Kool-Aid, or whatever other euphamism I could use. I’m going to continue following my conscience and I will find success with my endeavors by good old hard work.

As I finish writing this post, I checked my email roughly 22 hours later. Another email talked about the 5600 people that were registered for this free webinar and how only 1000 got to listen. So what do you know, that one time event turned into, he is going to do another for the benefit of those that weren’t able to catch the first one.

Now don’t get me wrong. There was an element to this at was intriguing. If it does work like he explains, the affects on one’s life would be astounding nonetheless. My problem is not knowing how it works. I don’t have to know the technical aspects of the program, but an explanation of how this appeared to be pulling cash out of the air and sending out cash profits would have helped. From what I can tell about business, and this includes the Internet is that there isn’t a shortcut. If you want the holy grail of success, you must put in the time and effort.

Always remember…you do not have permission to quit.

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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Ever heard the term? It’s my understanding that it is used at times in circles of the military. Basically it is a term to make it easy to remember. Having self awareness and paying attention to your surroundings is paramount.

I’ve picked up a swivel head doll and twisted his head. Until the spring stops moving he looks like he is shaking his head “no” to about a thousand questions. In essence that is keeping your head on a swivel. Looking back and forth, scanning the area and the people within your vision, possible threats and the like. This is a subtle and easy technique that neither looks paranoid or overly cautious. It just looks like you are aware of all that is going on around you and using your eyes and ears to their fullest.

I would like to challenge you to try it. The next time you are at a local store, remember to keep your head on a swivel. Now this doesn’t mean that if you’re with someone, you have to look ridiculous doing this. Just occasionally scan back and forth and make note of what you see, smell, hear and I dare say taste. Your senses are there for a reason and they can become refined with focused practice.

This reminds me of a police officer wearing a shoulder mike on his uniform. Someone talking to us may wonder how me make heads or tails of all the traffic or what sounds like gibberish coming across the air. Over time we learn to discriminate. We can be on a call, talking to people, talking on a phone, doing many things and all of a sudden the dispatcher says your call sign. You may have only been listening sporadically but you picked that number up as soon as it was call. Not only that, but you hear other important bits of information as well. That type of listening takes practice. When I was a rookie, I remember being in the patrol car and wondering just that, “How the heck am I supposed to know when they are talking to me or when am I supposed to be paying attention.”

That same type of skill can be practiced with your other senses. It will take deliberateness of intent and doing it every chance you get. In time you can hone these skills and you will find yourself picking up little things that maybe you didn’t pay attention to and catch in the past. It might even surprise you in a good way. Keep at it. For yourself and your family it is important.

Take care of each other,

Jeffrey Washington
NeverQuitEver

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Take care of each other,

Jeffrey Washington
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