I just wanted to make a post that I hope may impact some people in a great way. This week two situations really hit me that made it very clear that there is no substitue for hard work, and if you want something bad enough and have the desire then ANYTHING is possible. #1) About 8 months ago a very good friend called me and asked me to give him some advice on a "investment opportunity" he was presented with. It was zeek. I had no idea what it was, so I told him I would check it out and let him know what I thought. I checked out the site and did some research and called him back within 15 minutes. I told him that it reeked of a ponzi scheme and to hold onto his money. (they wanted him to put up $10,000). Well the news came when zeek was shut down and he called me and thanked me for telling him to stay away. He called again the next day with bad news - he found out his sister put in $10,000 two days before they were shut down - he was devistated and pissed that she would do that before asking him, as she was not in a position to invest. She put it on a credit card. I feel bad, but it reminds me of something my dad used to say to me as a kid, and I wanted to share it: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH! LESSON #1: There are no get rich quick schemes, you must work for it. #2) I have been working on building my business 24/7 over the past 3 years. It has been my focus around the clock. Working my ass off when some might have said "I think I will go find a 9-5" - I had this dream and vision of what it would turn out to be, and it is slowing getting there. I want to encourage everyone reading this to NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS! There will always be people who will tell you that it can't be done or that your idea is crazy. Do not ever believe them! We are only around for a short time, and tomorrow is not guaranteed...so live YOUR dream. LESSON #2: Ordinary thoughts breed ordinary situations and results. Your mind is powerful, and if you can vision it then you can make it happen. Don't let anyone ever tell you differently. I really hope this motivates at least 1 person to keep striving for their dream. Never give up!