The #1 Requirement For Survival

Survive and thrive!

These words may seem strange in an article for the self-employed, work-at-home individual but just as there are fire drills and emergency evacuation plans in larger companies, the home office should also be prepared. In this article we treat the most essential of preparations: WATER.

“How long can you live without water? A person can survive only three to five days without water, in some cases people have survived for an average of one week. It is not recommended that anyone try this at home. Once the body is deprived of fluids the cells and organs in the body begin to deteriorate. The presence of water in the body could mean the difference between life and death.”



Technology has been good to us and we can generally count upon some advance notice of impending disasters such as hurricane, tornadoes, floods, etc. Earthquakes can be sneaky as well as gas line explosions and the like but all-in-all we have a bit of time to prepare for potential emergency situations.

Once you receive a warning of a disaster, fill every possible spare container , bath tub, storage container, etc. with water. If you are fortunate and have family members available, enlist their aid and set this as a priority.

 Sterile containers are ideal but you can store water in non-sterile containers if it is filtered or purified before drinking.

 Your concern is quantity. You can purify the water as it is needed.


Sources of water often overlooked in the house are the toilet backs, water pipes and water heaters. Before you start complaining that this is unsanitary, remember that regardless of the source you are going to purify the water before drinking.

The toilet backs hold several gallons of water depending upon the model.

Familiarize yourself with the water supply shutoff valve coming into your house so you can capture all of the clean water that is in the pipes. Alternately, go to the water meter near the street and turn off the valve on the house side of the water line.  


When turning your attention to the water heater you should first look for instructions on how to drain. Several models have them printed near the valves.

Since you are dealing with combustible fuel in gas or propane tanks and electricity in others, unless you are very familiar with the process I recommend that you have a licensed plumber explain the process the first time around. Coordinate this with their visit to flush the sediment out of the tank.

  • That being said, it is a process of turning the heater off. On gas heaters, the setting must be set to “pilot”. Electric heaters must be shut off at the breaker box.
  • Double check to ensure that the power supply is off before draining the tank to avoid permanently damaging the heater elements.
  •  Screw backup shutoff valve onto drain valve.
  •  open pressure relief valve to relieve pressure.
  •  Open drain valve.
  •  Use pressure relief valve to control water flow.
  •  Close drain valve (or backup valve) when done.



The goal of these articles is to equip you with the information you will need to not only strive and thrive yourself but also to provide for your loved ones. During times of disaster, we can rise to meet challenges if we are prepared and have information. With the proper preparation we can be not only an asset to ourselves but also to our neighborhood and to the community at large.

To your continued success!



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Stay The Course: A Mindset Lesson From George S. Patton


The tip for today: In addition to your motivational tapes,  incorporate a daily routine of reading into your schedule. Choose a good book – there are plenty – and read for at least 30-60 minutes a day.

You already know how refreshing it is to take a break from the daily pressures of work and the stress that comes with it. Reducing stress makes us more efficient and what better way than to read a good book?

You will quickly find, incorporated into the daily routine, reading for a short while will provide both information and motivation while giving you a relaxing moment. You will also find that with each lesson learned your mindset will strengthen.

To become successful in any business you need the proper mindset. With the proper mindset, you can develop the key factors necessary to start generating more sales , referrals, traffic, leads and customers for life.

You can develop your mindset by listening to motivational books and tapes as well as  books on wealth, finance, business, etc. These are great but there is also the often overlooked inspirational source of historical figures and the traits that made them great.

I just finished reading Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. I started reading it as part of my daily “stress relief” but finished it over a few days as I could not put it down.

While we all know of and probably have seen the movie “Patton” starring the great actor George C. Scott, very few know the character of Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Bradley, Churchill, Truman, and Stalin who were the major players of the time and impacted upon Patton in one way or another. This made for a fascinating writing and reinforced the events shaping the war.

Picking George C. Scott to play Patton in the movie was genius as Scott while detesting the character he played in the movie, exhibited much of the same independence in his chosen vocation. Scott refused the Academy Award making some choice comments about the event.

The reader  is inspired as the character of Patton unfolds through his interaction with the personalities of the day. The entrepreneur is inspired through the reading as it quickly becomes apparent that George S. Patton walked to the beat of his own drum…as often is a necessary attribute of the entrepreneur.

I took away a mindset lesson from the book: Stay the Course. While this concept is talked about in several motivational tapes and books, having it brought to life by an historical figure(s) is great reinforcement.

I have no doubt that if not for Patton’s ability to “stay the course” and leadership, the Operation Watch on the Rhine launched by Hitler would have been successful and we would all be governed by the Third Reich. Instead, the liberation of Bastogne by elements of the Third Army under Patton’s command stalled the German advance and ended the last great German attack on the Western Front.

Throughout the book there are stories of heroism and determination, some by the world leaders and some by gone but not forgotten soldiers. All however, teach the lesson of “Stay the Course“: Set your objective and work through adversity to achievement.

To your success!


7 Tips: A Quick Lifestyle Lesson Motivated By The Alaskan Bush People


I was flipping the channels the other evening and ran across a show on the Discovery Channel titled Alaskan Bush People, a reality show set in Alaska that follows the daily exploits of the nine members of the Brown family. During this episode, the Brown family was rushing to build their home to fortify them against the approaching Alaskan winter.

Using lumber they had bartered for in the nearby town of Hoonah, all members of the family were working feverishly under the leadership of Billy Brown, father and leader of the clan. Disaster struck when Billy Brown was taken down with what appeared to be a viral infection. The situation worsened and Billy Brown’s wife had to take him to the doctor leaving the seven children to finish the task without the patriarch.

Of course, all turned out well for a couple of reasons. First, the kids range in age from fourteen to thirty and have had experience in this type of thing before. Secondly, it is a TV show after all. But here is the question: As a Home Office Entrepreneur, who steps in for you when you are ill? Are you as fortunate as Billy Brown or do you go it alone?

While I am fortunate in that I only have to focus upon marketing (my sales funnel and product delivery is automated), I do not have employees and am dependent solely upon my efforts. I “go it” alone and my marketing efforts stop.

If you don’t have a team to step in or if you have not reached full automation, then you must take the necessary precautions to stay healthy. While you can still drag yourself out of bed and down to office in pajamas with a blanket thrown  over your back to ward off chills,  production will suffer. Keep your production up and stay healthy with a few simple tips:


  • Vitamin D – Aim for 20 minutes of daily full body (mostly) sun exposure.  (optimal Vitamin D levels can lower your chance of getting the flu by 80%)
  • Avoid sugar and processed foods
  • Get enough rest (so you don’t need caffeine to function). Getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night increases your chance of contracting illness by as much as 300%.
  • Exercise daily to control stress hormones
  • Control stress with prayer, meditation and EFT.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day with mild soap. Don’t over-dry.
  • Eat garlic often if you are able to

It was watching that episode of the Brown family that reminded me that I was not invincible. Strange sometimes what it takes to turn on the lights in your brain. This kind of television is not normally that enlightening.

Regardless, I have changed my routine from sitting at a desk in front of the computer for 8 hours to standing and moving about every hour.I even attempt to work standing up for a bit.  I take a vitamin supplement of D (sun is scarce during this time of year) and ensure that I have a minimum of 8 hours sleep. I am working on the sugar thing, processed food (partially hydrogenized oil is a killer ) and the garlic.

Life is much improved. I feel good and have more energy. Stress is minimized and I feel my strength returning. When out of the office and in public, it is key, especially at this time of year, to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day.

Spring and the end of the high risk season is just a few weeks away and (knock on wood) I have been virus and infection free. Continuing the lifestyle change throughout the Spring and Summer will prepare me even more for the next go around. I invite you to give it a try!

To your health and success!

See you in the next blog.


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2 Survival Tips For Living In An Area Where The Weather Forecast Is A Crapshoot?


I often joked when I was working in the Middle East that anyone could work as a weather forecaster. In fact, you would not have to even work at it because the weather was always sunny and hot. Tomorrow’s forecast: sunny and hot. Next week: sunny and hot.

How does it go here? A bit different. It is said that if you don’t like the weather now, stick around for an hour or so. I have found that too often this saying is true. Predictions in this area really are crapshoots!

This temperature roller coaster we are on in the States challenges even the most sophisticated of computer models. Computers are capable of solving the equations numerically, meaning that they approximate solutions. (This tedious process would take an individual months or longer to arrive at by hand.) It is the forecaster’s responsibility however, to decide which computer model on which to base their forecast. Use the wrong model, get an inaccurate forecast.

Bless their hearts but the weather forecasters here have their work cut out for them trying to predict what will happen next with any degree of accuracy. So I don’t fault the forecasters when the predictions are off and I dress for sunny and 40 degrees (which seems like Spring now) only to have the sun go behind a cloud and the wind chill pick up.

What I have learned to do is dress in layers if I go out and more importantly, learn what to do in the event of the unexpected. There is a lot of wisdom in the Boy Scout motto: BE PREPARED.

In a series of blogs, I will be providing tips on disaster preparedness in the urban setting as generally, we entrepreneurs work from home offices in an urban setting. If your work setting is different, you will still find value in the tips as they are designed to help you not only survive, but thrive after disasters and breakdowns in civil order.

Since our topic today is weather, here is an emergency improvised cold weather tip you can use if you are caught away from home during cold weather under dressed and overexposed:

  • Stuff your clothes with crumpled newspaper or phone book pages. This is the equivalent of using leaves in a wilderness situation.
  • As waterproofing, you can take a trash bag, put it over your head, and make holes just big enough for your head and arms to fit through. Similarly, you can make a “skirt” with a 2nd trash bag.

I also keep a couple of drawstring trash bags in each vehicle just in case. In addition to the above, they can come in handy for shelter and several other waterproofing needs. More on this later.

I hope you enjoy these tips. As we go along, I am sure that you will recognize a lot of them as “common sense” but because we all view things a bit differently the definition of common sense varies from person to person. Because of this, I can ensure you that you will find value in these tips.

That said, there is a lot of neat “stuff” to be shared. Please come back often!

To your safety and success!




The #1 Key To Riches And Living a Really Complete Life



“Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No one can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.”

This paragraph taken from Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich, not only points out the disadvantage of poverty but highlights what we already know and that is it takes money to pursue our dreams.

Early each day I make it a point to spend some time, 15-30 minutes, to read motivational works to set my mindset. This is important but puts no money in the bank. I have learned that mindset alone is a poor cousin unless it is partnered with ACTION.  A motivated mind will provide high octane fuel but ACTION is the vehicle that will carry us to the money we need to develop and live a complete life.

If we are not living a successful life, can we achieve a successful life?

The way I see it, taking ACTION to build a system to ensure that there is a “pipeline” of money will greatly improve the probability if not outright guarantee success. I realize that having “plenty of money” is relative to each of us but regardless of the amount of money that you feel you need, your system should be developed to ensure that the money flows day-in and day-out once it is set up. The effort should be on the front end and provide for residual income while the system is up and running. Otherwise there will need to be a continuing work maintenance effort to maintain the revenue stream.

As an ACTION item of my own, I am currently reviewing an Internet company that appears to be what I am looking for as it allows me to focus almost exclusively upon traffic. It provides all other elements of the business in one package. The commission structure is great as is the provided training and residual income is a mainstay of its structure. You should take ACTION and check it out on my team: Build Online Income  I know you will like it!

Get back to me with your comments or questions. I would love to hear from you.

To your success!