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11 Things I’ve learned Dealing with Con Artists

 

If you live in Baltimore, you have to be street smart (or any other urban city for that matter). People are constantly testing you, so you have to watch yourself. And in my opinion, I think you have to apply this type good judgement to your life anywhere you live. It’s a form of social protection.

 

A lot of people ask, “Well, what is street smart? Well, according to the webster’s dictionary, Streetsmart simply means, having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment. You can learn how to be book smart, but being street smart is a different kind of intelligence. No one learns how to be street smart in the classroom. You won’t become street savvy while sitting at your computer and reading this article. Going through certain situations, and being confronted by different kinds of people, all make you street smart.

 

“Living in the city requires just as much survivals skills (if not more) as living in the jungle.”

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23 Things I’ve Learned Being Broke

Let’s Start this off with the quote……

“There is a difference between being broke and being poor. Being broke is a temporary economic situation, but being poor is disabling frame of mind, and a depressed condition of one’s spirit, and we must all vow to never, ever be poor again.”

John Hope Bryant

 

 I am not poor, I am broke. Especially when it comes to achieving my goals, and helping others. The trials and tribulations I’ve been through has only made me stronger. It has built my character, and made me who I am today.

 

What I’m going to tell you comes from my own humbling experience.

 

23 Things I’ve Learned Being Broke…….


1.  Gratitude

My favorite word is “Thank You”

The attitude of the steward is gratitude. Being broke has made me more appreciative of the generosity of others. I tell people all the time, do not underestimate the value, and the impact that loving friends & family have on your life. I’ve never had problems accepting gifts and money from friends and family who are inspired to do so because I love them, I trust them, and I look at it as a blessing. But, when someone you hardly know is generous with you, while you’re in a precarious situation, sometimes you want to refuse such generosity. If you’re smart, and it’s the right situation, you’ll take it, and be thankful for it.

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“My 2015 Vision Board”

       A few years ago,  I came across Constance Arnold blog talk radio show discussing manifestation, the law of attraction, and vision boards. One of the male guests on the show said, “I created a vision board, and my main goal was to buy a home. Twelve months later, I was able to buy that home!” I busted out laughing like, “Yea right! if it were that easy, everyone would make a vision board and have everything they desire!” The show went on, profiling other people and their success stories from creating vision boards. The host of the show said, “Whatever you put on your vision board, it will manifest and become a reality!”  I’m like, “Is this a joke or something?” I believe in the law of attraction to a certain extent, but most of that stuff is heightened to make it sound like some magical powers or something. I actually called myself reading the “Worldwide Bestseller Book,” The Secret, and I couldn’t even get through the first chapter. It was just too superficial to me.


     One day, I was over a friend’s house, and she had her vision board posted on the wall.  I said, “I don’t fully understand these vision boards. Most people are just waiting for this miracle to happen, which may never happen.” She looked at me like, “How dare you question the law of attraction?” (LOL) “Your way of thinking can directly affect what the universe gives you. If you put positive mental energy into the universe, you’ll be the recipient of positive outcomes.”  I simply replied, “Oh ….Ok…….right.”


   Later at home, I decided to give this vision board thing a try, so I went to Michael’s and brought some craft paper, glue, stickers, and ribbons. I decided to create a vision book.

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“Jesus Didn’t Work At Walmart!”

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Growing up in Baltimore, I was a witness to poverty and hopelessness, which gave me the drive to succeed and be above the norm. I never understood poverty. It literally scared the shit out of me as a child. Even at five years old, I knew it wasn’t normal.  I would ask myself “People actually like to live like this? Living in a neighborhood full of abandoned homes, trash, roaches, and rats?” I grew up in the city, but we lived in a fairly decent neighborhood. Other areas of Baltimore was the true definition of Hell On Earth.  I always thought I would be shot.

       You should’ve seen my poor little face whenever we went to visit family members in the projects. I was always terrified. We would get on that pissy elevator to the 15th floor. It  shook the entire time, and the lights would blink on and off; Kind of like a haunted building. On the weekends, my mother would say, “Ok we’re going downtown to Lexington Market!” If you lived in Baltimore in the 90’s, then you knew Lexington Market was junkie central. I used to beg my mother to NOT take me with her, but she insisted anyway. I wouldn’t get off the bus. She had to literally pull me off the bus! And I cried my little heart out the entire time we were down there. I was scared every time we walked past a junkie. It was like The Walking Dead, and they were the real life zombies. It was dirty, and the smell was horrific.   (more…)

“My Problem With Arbonne”

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    Connecting with Arbonne this year, has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Why? Because I’ve had the chance to meet some marvelous women, and It has helped me gain an interest in creating my own detox and beauty products. To be honest, I feel as though, that was the only reason why I had a close connection to the company because the business side of it didn’t sit too well with me.

I understand no network marketing company is perfect. You have to weigh your Pros and Cons when joining any company. From January to March 2014, I did my full research on Arbonne, received my student refund at the time, and was ready to hit that join button, but it was always something holding me back. Since connecting with Arbonne, I’ve had some major problems. I am so glad I had this realization before investing my money.

 

Problem #1- They lead the business with recruiting

Spring, my potential sponsor, did a three way call with me and one of the VP’s of Arbonne. They were teaching me how to become successful with Arbonne, but I disagreed with a lot of their suggestions.

 

They basically advised me to be an Arbonne mascot. Wear Arbonne, talk about Arbonne. They even advised me to get rid of all the products in my home, and replace it with Arbonne. On top of that, they wanted me to follow their system.

 

[VP of Arbonne] In order to be successful with Arbonne, we lead the business with recruiting. The products will always sell themselves.

 

[Me] That may be true, but my goal is to lead with the products, and if the customers love the products and become regular customers, then they can decide to join as a distributor. (more…)