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Welcome to my blog - My name is Jim Bull and I share this information with you in the hopes of helping you or a friend or family member in some way. Here you'll find motivational material, my views of life and some background info from my past. I help others live the life they've always wanted through the sharing of information regarding all areas of life.Please let me know how I can help you. Ezekiel 36:26

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Modern Day Education

Think our kids are smart - how about us. Our we being taught what we really need to know?

Check out this article from NBC about a high school entrance exam that was discovered from over a hundred years ago in Kentucky.

NBC Report

Take the test here

Scary isn't it.

Better yet, quiz your own kid by asking them.

How many feet are in a yard?

What year was our constitution signed?

Name three presidents?

What event took place on Sept. 11, 2001?

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

How did they do?

If you are interested in getting them the education they really need, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The New American Dream

From Yahoo

A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that’s more than those who dream of owning a home.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Labor Day

Hello all and Happy Labor Day to you. 

So I’m thinking, is this a day we get to celebrate our jobs, or a day we get to celebrate getting a day away from our jobs? My curious nature led me to the internet where of course they say that everything is true and this is what I found.

Labor Day: How it Came About and What it Means
From the United States Department of Labor

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Wow, what an awesome definition of a holiday. The more I read that paragraph the more I realize what it means. It's so true, this country was built on the hard work of Americans and we've prospered greatly from the labors of so many that have gone before us and from those who continue to work.

The fact that it was created from a government agency made me ponder so I dug a little deeper. After more detective work on Google I found that the holiday was proposed by the central labor union and that it was first celebrated in 1882. I just thought it odd that strength, prosperity and the well being of our country aligned with anything the government was doing but now I understand. I'm betting that the US Government of 1882 was very different from the government we experience today.

The government reference is just an observation on my part and actually not really where I intended to go with this post. My original intention was to talk about labor and how we create income in this still great country. I wanted to share a diagram that I speak to people about in my spare time. That is time other than when I labor for my employer. (see below)
From Robert Kiyosaki's Cash Flow Quadrant

This diagram explains different ways to labor in our country and what the rewards of those labors are. If you follow along you can see that on the left side of the quadrant 95 % of us earn a living either by working for someone else or by being self employed and we get to enjoy 5 % of the wealth that this great country has to offer. 

If you look to the right side it is of course the opposite. Only 5 % of us fall there but the business owner who utilizes a business system and the investor end up controlling 95 % of the money. I'll add another diagram here to help better visualize that truth.

Here you can get a better picture of the results depending on which quadrant you fall in as an individual. I know, it's good news for some, but not so good news for others.

Now, don't get me wrong. No matter where you fall I applaud you, you at least are making an honest effort with the best information that you have. That is unless you are fitting in with the current governments plan which is the entitlement quadrant and we won't go any further into that. I do after all appreciate my freedom.

We'll that's it for now - I hope I didn't depress anyone. Just so you know there is hope. If you want to learn how to move quadrants let me know - I can show you how.

Happy Labor Day...

Friday, July 19, 2013

"The Rut"

It's a very general term that could apply to a number of things in life. To some it may mean its soon time for hunting season, the Buck or male dear get into a frenzy. Ok we'll stop there, this is after all a G rated website. There is also the rut that you could get your bicycle or motorcycle tire stuck in which usually leads to disaster as the rut will lead you just where you don't want to go. Then there's "the rut" that I'm referring too with this story.

Now, the older I get the more certain I become that this particular rut will lead to disaster. I am approaching another birthday and my youngest asked me the other day "just how old are you going to be daddy" (yes, she still calls me daddy) and like always I had to stop and think. I don't believe they've ever accepted the 12 year old angle I throw at them every year, but then on the other hand, maybe they do.

Now to most I know that the number really isn't important however the thing that struck home was the fact that I'm approaching the halfway point in life and that is only if the Lord blesses me greatly. We started talking about how long I've been doing a particular thing and that's when it hit me. man dude you're stuck in a rut.

Now don't get me wrong, I could be doing something a whole lot worse with my life. I mean I get to do something I'm passionate about. I get to uplift others while I do it and I get to do it seven days a week and anywhere from 8 to 15 hours a day. Oh - maybe that's it, the rut causer. Aren't you supposed to be happier the more you get to do something you love? Well I guess that depends entirely on the circumstances now doesn't it.

So here's the awakening I had last week.

Yes I enjoy what I do (except for the part where I never get to spend time with my family)

Yes I make OK money (except for the fact that its only a little more than what I was making 10 years ago and the cost of everything else has tripled)

Yes, I could be unemployed or doing something I hate ( I believe that in our rich society one can have whatever one puts their mind too)

Yes its better than it used to be (the most I work in any given day is only about 15 hours)

Stop!! There is a better way.

Isn't it funny how we can have the golden egg sitting right in front of us but we're afraid to crack the shell and see whats inside.

God created us all for greatness, not to live in a rut. Don't believe that things can't get any better and don't be afraid to change and find out.

I'm guilty, but not anymore. Follow me, I'll show you how.  The Golden Egg

 Am I the only one or does anyone else feel like they're caught in a rut?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day

What does it mean to you?

Is it hot dogs and fireworks? Is it an extra paid day off work? Maybe a party at your Aunt Dee's house?

Have you ever really thought about it and even scarier yet do our children know it as anything other than the 4th of July?

To me it means freedom, the right to choose, a day to celebrate all those that have fought and died for our country. I'm not in favor of illegal immigrants coming to our country, but have you ever thought about it this way? I heard this recently on an audio I listened too and it made me really think.

What is it that we have here that a person would be willing to float in shark infested waters on a rubber raft for, or risk getting shot by climbing a security fence. Maybe crawl into a ships hold with 100's of others and risk death and disease just to get to this country?

I would guess in today's political society that those folks have even more incentive. Obviously the tilt today is in entitlements and helping outsiders before our own. But what about 25 or 50 years ago, why did they flock to this great place we call America?

The even bigger question is, why do we as Americans take it for granted? Our society has gotten so far away from its roots and foundings that its just natural for us to assume we will be taken care of. We complain when others take our jobs because they will work for less, we allow our government to tax us to death yet we won't go out to the voting booth to make a difference, we wonder how criminals could ever commit these horrific acts of violence, yet we have removed God from all our teachings and we sit at home and watch TV because we don't feel we can make a difference.

I know many of you want to make a difference, I know I do. Sometimes I believe however that we just don't know how. What if you could make a difference - would you want to?

What if there was a way that you could get involved and make a real impact in our country's direction? It won't happen overnight, but there is a solution.

I challenge you on this firework watching, hamburg eating, day off celebration to really think about the future, about your kids and grand kids future, about what the next 250 years will bring.

Have fun, be safe and enjoy your day off work and if you really want to make a difference, let me know.

Happy 4th Everybody.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Living With Focus

I recently heard that we will not get what we want out of life, only what we focus on.

These days there are so many negative influences in our life that we can't help but be lead astray. We set goals and visions but in today's fast pace lifestyle we need to be careful that we don't get derailed.

You need to stay razor focused on the things you want out of your life. An example would be:

A better life for our children, I know that's a goal of mine.

What we don't realize though is that mainstream society has other plans. They try and influence us through the news, through the TV programs we watch and the music our kids listen too. All I can say is be very careful what and who you listen too.

Recently my wife and I went out on a focus or dream building mission. Please know that the below images are material things only and take a back seat to things like our faith in God, health and prosperity for our family and helping others.

It sure is fun though to take a look at the bigger picture of life and just dream.

Whether it be eating well, living in the home of your dreams or driving the vehicle that you always wanted I urge you to get out there and dream.

Maybe helping others is your thing or giving to charities. I say go out there and volunteer or visit the places or people you'd like to help.

I say spend some time with your family and find out what makes them tick and what will move them to greatness?

God surely has a plan for all of us - dig in and find out your path.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Love Your Country and it's Hereos

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Give Me Liberty or Give me Death.

The good ole' US of A, isn't it a great place to live? I know, we are taxed to death and our government has lost site of their role to the people but I still say that it has got to be the greatest place in the world to live.

We still have the freedom to chase our dreams, we have the ability to select what religion we practice, we can choose where our children will go to school and we still have free enterprise. Oh yes, and one other thing. We can vote, and we can choose who to place in office and we can get involved in local politics and we can make a difference, if we want to.

I say that with a grain of salt. I know most of the people that I talk too think we need some real changes in our country, not just the ones the current administration refers too. But here's the big question, how many are willing to do something about it? It must be that the majority likes things just the way they are because we keep ending up with the same leaders in office. Maybe its all the freebies that are available? Maybe its because unemployment will pay you more than that new job you're going to find? Maybe some of us are just tired and are losing our fight? Maybe its because you just don't feel you can make a difference?

I read recently that as long as plundering is easier than working, that's what the majority will do!! Think about that for a few minutes. I related it to the government. As long as we allow them to plunder (or take) our hard earned money, they won't do anything to make it better.

I also read that only about 10% of the population really cares enough to try and make a difference, that the rest of us won't do anything until we are directly affected by the plundering. Trust me folks, whether you believe it or not, your being plundered by you know who.

Lets go back to the part about not being able to make a difference. I know I felt that way for a long time. I've pretty much always believed that no matter who gets into office, that they would be corrupted by the system sooner or later. That there was no way that I could make a difference.

Recently however I've decided that like Patrick Henry who said - Give me Liberty or Give me Death, that I'm not going to go down without a fight.

I also read recently, that when good men or women do nothing, that evil will prevail.

I don't know about you, but I want to be in the 10%. I want to be part of the solution, not the problems. I believe that when good men and women pull together and have the right direction that real and positive change can happen.

Follow along if you will, I can't let the secret out all at once. Check back regularly and I'll share more tidbets and if you want to learn how to be a part of the 10% - just let me know.

BTW - Happy Memorial Day to you all, I pray that you took a  moment to remember those who served and please support our troops whenever you can.