Dave #Chappelle is Brilliant.

Take a minute to watch this, but not when little kids are in the room…

Watch it the first time for the laughs, watch it again for the subtlety of what he is doing.

This 11 minutes of comedy wraps up everything going on in current events right now.

Chappelle is a brilliant guy, I have no more words.

Ben Alexander

November 13, 2016

The Pragmatic Party.

Donald Trump has been thinking about the presidency for many years. He’s not a detail oriented personality (he has staff for all the details, for sure). Trump is a “big picture” thinker. You can clearly see that in the videos I’ve included in this post.

BTW, if Clinton had won the election I would not be writing these posts, Trump would fade away and be a mere footnote in history. Only history and trivia buffs would remember this guy, and the crazy and unprecedented way he ran his campaign.

But Trump actually won, he is now in the history books. You can see this in the public appearances and tone of President Obama since November 9th. Anyone who truly loves this country does NOT want Trump to fail. If Trump is a chaos monkey in the White House this is bad for our entire country.

No that he is IN we need to take a closer look at this man, even if you did NOT vote for him. What do we really have here? What is really behind Trump’s rhetoric and motivations?

Here is a clip from the Dave Letterman show back in 2008:

The Trump that we saw on the campaign trail was a cartoon version of the man on Letterman, and I’m beginning to think that Trump planned it that way.

He came from OUTSIDE the entire political arena and captured the presidency. He won against an established candidate who had the support of her entire party.

Was this just dumb luck or was his bombast during the campaign a calculated move?

The Trump who appears on Letterman is calm, well informed, and he seems to have a decent knowledge not only in regards to business and real estate, but also in regards to foreign and domestic issues.

Letterman is making fun of Trump, but Trump brushes it off. Did trump just appear on the show for the free publicity, or did he really have something to say?

Here is another clip going ALL the way back to 1988, fast forward to the 15 minute mark:

 

Kinda weird that Dave mentions the Cosby show just before Trump walks out. Who woulda thunk back in 1988 that TODAY Cosby would be a rapist, Bruce Jenner would be a woman and Trump would be our President.

Even 28 years ago Trump was talking about our trade deficit with Japan, he also mentions how the United States is paying for our military presence in Asia, and how Japan can pay for that!

I suspect that Trump is neither Republican nor Democratic, but if we were to invent a new political party for Trump’s era we might call it the “Pragmatic Party”. Behind Trump’s bluster and bright neckties and gold plated buildings there is an underlying logic about what works and what does NOT work in our country.

Trump sees things through an investor’s perspective, not through a politician’s viewpoint. I would not be surprised if he comes up with some creative ideas that actually work.

Forbes estimates that this guy is worth $3.5 billion dollars. Building any level of wealth is never easy. Even if Trump started with several million in loans from his father he still took that amount and multiplied it to his current net worth.

Turning $10 million dollars into $3.5 billion is similar to taking a net investment of $10,000 and turning that into $3.5 million.

In Trumps’ mind he is convinced that he can “Make America Great Again”. I suspect that Trump will work with anyone who helps him achieve his objective; Democrats, Republican’s, it doesn’t matter.

-November 2016

Warren Buffet is optimistic.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffet weighs in on the election, click on the link to see his 20 minute interview on CNN:

http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/11/investing/warren-buffett-donald-trump-stock/index.html?iid=TL_Popular

I love the way Buffet thinks, he’s got 85 years of wisdom and business experience under his belt. This interview is worth watching, especially if you were not happy about the election results.

Buffet really sees our economy through a long term lens, not just as an observer but as an active investor for the past 7 decades!

Warren Buffet is a national treasure, I hope this guy lives to be 120 years old!

Onward and Upward!

We’ve been building Balloon Distractions for 13 years. Over the years we’ve designed online systems to run everything from billing to training to scheduling. Through trial and error we’ve worked out 99% of the kinks, especially in the first few years, and now everything tends to run smoothly.

I’m still making small adjustments to our systems, just last week I was updating our trainer’s manual. In addition to being the founder of BD I’m also the Regional leader for Tampa Bay, so I’m involved in the business at the most basic level.

I’m in restaurant tonight, filling a booking and making children smile.

At this point Balloon Distractions has been through the deep recession of 2008,  some people have come and go, and we’ve seen clients go bankrupt (Bennigan’s). I’ve had critics roast me on YouTube and in the Tampa Bay Times. I was even rejected by the investors on Shark Tank, in front of 10 million television viewers.

Yet here we are at the end of 2016, still profitable, still a national enterprise.

Two years ago my wife and I started building a compensated community with Life Leadership. I began using the leadership and financial concepts from the LIFE business to improve Balloon Distractions.

Today I’m proud to tell you that we have paid off over $168,000 in debt since 2014. LESS debt is always a plus, no matter what kind of business you own!

Both ventures are profitable, we were able to build our LIFE team pretty fast because the systems had already been built. With LIFE I can do business in 15 countries, with a wide array of educational programs that will teach you how be a better leader, fix your marriage, be a better parent, go debt free, and even deepen your faith.

The LIFE products are reasonable, I spent $100 on the Financial Fitness Program and paid off $168K in debt… that’s a great return on my investment.

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The demographics in LIFE and BD are quite different.

The people involved in Balloon Distractions tend to trend younger; both my daughters are involved, as well as many high energy high school and college kids. The LIFE business trends towards people 30 and older. Our big focus with LIFE is to help people get out of debt, and in many cases secure a solid foundation for retirement.

Some people build a LIFE income because they want a hedge against being laid off from their corporate jobs. Getting fired at 55 years old can devastate your finances, especially if no one else wants to hire you.

Age discrimination in the workplace is real, employers are biased towards people under the age of 40. The corporate world has no loyalty to people my age or older.

Will Social Insecurity be there for my generation? I’m not betting the farm on it. I can control my LIFE income by going out and building a larger team. I have ZERO control over the federal government, so I’m not counting on getting a dime from Uncle Sam when I retire.

This is why I’m amazed at all the people who are screaming and yelling about the elections. If you voted you did your part, if you knocked on doors and got other people to vote you did a little more… but beyond that?

I’m content to follow the national news, but NOT to let it dictate my destiny. If Clinton had won the election I would have done the same things this week: made phone calls, met up with clients, and grown my future.

YOU control your destiny, you are the captain of your ship.

If you feel locked in a job you can always start a business on the side and get out of that job. It might take some time, you might have to learn some new skills, but if you live anywhere in the United States you are free to pursue your fortune.

I haven’t had to answer to a boss since I was 29 years old, I’m 42 now.

YOU can build your life around what you want, but it might require you to reject that status quo and try something different.

If you have NO original ideas join a Direct Sales concept and built THAT.

I’m biased towards the LIFE business, but there are many networking concepts that you can check out and join.

My goal is to earn $200K a year and live on 33% of that, that will give my family long term security and allow us to save some money, travel, do cool stuff and buy some nice stuff with cash.

As we get closer to that goal I’ll continue to write about the journey,

Thanks for reading!

Ben Alexander

November 11, 2016

 

The #business of #America is… BUSINESS!

A graph is worth a thousand words:

Our GDP represents the totality of all the goods and services produced in our country in a single year. The United States has had the largest GDP on the planet since the end of the Civil War, almost $18 trillion dollars.

The total global GDP is $80 trillion, so our country alone represents 22% of the total economic output on the planet, yet Americans only represent 5% of the world’s population.

No matter who LEADS the United States our economy will still remain strong, but the biggest roadblock to our continued success is $18.9 trillion in federal debt.

If we GROW our economy faster we can pay down our national debt.

More business = more tax revenue.

Can Trump grow our economy faster?  Trump borrowed $14 million in real estate loans from his father back in the 1970’s and leveraged that into a net worth of $3.5 billion, mostly in real estate holdings. He also had big failures, but so has every entrepreneur who tried new ideas.

In his first press conference as president-elect he mentioned how the United States is an under performing asset.

What if he’s right about that?

If we pare down wasteful government spending and eliminate red tape perhaps we can build to a $25 trillion GDP. This prosperity would be good for everyone and every gender; young and old, Hispanic, Black, White and Asian.

During the Obama administration our economy grew at an annual rate of 2%, during Ronald Reagan’s 8 year term our GDP grew as much as 12% per year! Check this out:

Obama vs. Reagan: GDP Growth Rate Update Shows Devastation of Socialist Policies

Obama was trained as a lawyer, but how much does he really understand business?

How could Obama DOUBLE our national debt and enact provisions that penalize employers when they hire more than 50 employees? (Under the ACA)

The business of America is BUSINESS, and when business is doing well there are more jobs, more choices, more competition for your spending dollar and more prosperity overall.

In the last 8 years the pendulum swung to the left, now 60 million GOP voters have pushed that pendulum back over to the right. Trump said some awful things, he was crass, he was rude, and I don’t want him anywhere near my daughters…

BUT, for all the stupid things Trump said, I’m curious to see what he can do to grow our economy.

You can protest, you can burn effigies in the street, but business will continue on. You can build a business and participate (I own 2 profitable ventures) or you can complain from the sidelines and go broke.

The election is over, I’m out there today growing my team, growing my business, and paying off debt.

God Bless America!

-Ben Alexander

November 10, 2016.

The #Protests won’t work.

The election is over, the legal election process has run its course.

These protests will result in injuries (and possibly deaths), property damage, and lots of media attention…

I hope that every single protestor went out and voted against Trump on election day, because if they failed to VOTE there is no point in protesting.

I voted, my candidate LOST, I’m moving on.

A few years ago the Occupy Wall Street movement didn’t accomplish anything, neither will these protests. I can understand how people want to vent their fear and frustration about the election results, but getting injured or killed in at a protest march is a pointless exercise.

I respect the freedoms that we have in this country to assemble and express an opinion, but there are better ways to contribute. If all of these people worked to elect Clinton the outcome might have been different, there were more minority voters for Obama in 2012 than for Clinton this time around.

My daughters are 16 and 18, and I’m asking them NOT to participate in these protests. My interests are very selfish here, I just want to keep my children safe.

If YOU are thinking about hitting the streets consider the fact that mobs and riots attract people who gravitate towards chaos and violence. Some of these protestors genuinely care about the outcome of the election, but some of the young men in these protests just want to get drunk, break windows, burn police cars and go nuts.

If you hate Trump look up the local branch of the Democratic party and get more involved during the next election. You can be an agent of change, without getting arrested.

Ben Alexander

November 10, 2016