Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Matter

“Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Matter”
Ty J. Young Editorial

There is a lot of news in the media you can consume – terror, markets, politics – and every week we cover them all. This week we wanted to highlight one aspect of the capitalist spirit that is also one of the many reasons America is so great!

Entrepreneurs – the free market is dependent on new businesses, new start-ups, new ideas, and those special talented individuals willing to take the risks necessary to get those businesses off the ground. This matters to your money, because free markets need entrepreneurs and their businesses in order for the economy to grow naturally. If you have children or grandchildren with great ideas, things they would like to bring to the market, encourage their efforts!

For entrepreneurs to succeed, they will need a number of attributes in their personalities and their character. Our top 10 list includes the following:

Top 10 Attributes of the Aspiring Entrepreneur!

1. Under-promise and over-deliver! It would be better to simply be accurate. When forecasting for a potential customer, banker, or prospective stakeholder, make sure that your performance always exceeds the projected goals of the project!

2. Calendar everything … plan everything! It is not good enough to have a to-do list. Everyone has a list … the breakthrough between wanting to be successful and actual success is when you set dates to achieve your objectives, because then you can track whether or not you are succeeding.

3. You must have goals, and you must write them down. Having a goal in mind is not the same as proclaiming what your goals are. Writing down what you want your business to accomplish will serve as a reminder each day of what you are striving to achieve.

4. Pay attention to details. Your clients and customers will expect it, and they will appreciate the sincere interest in getting their experiences right. Happy customers are repeat customers, and they are your best advertisement – in the form of referrals.

5. Do not be afraid to admit mistakes, but never promote your flaws. Admitting when you are wrong is a sign of strength – it shows you are not afraid of truth and doing what is right. That does not mean promote your faults … you should be working to correct them.

6. Always make an impression – Perception is reality to the consumer. This has never been more true than in the age of the internet. Entrepreneurs just starting new businesses have to be careful to manage their public images – branding – to try and avoid negative entries on the first page of a Google search. While much of what is on the internet may not be true, making sure the impression you give is a positive one is a critical factor for any start-up.

7. Hire well. Start-ups require a lot of personal sweat equity to get started, and you will want to – you are an entrepreneur. It is your idea, your baby. If you are hiring anyone, take the time to find the right person. They need personal character and to meet your standards of excellence and hard work.

8. Persevere. Never shy away from stating the obvious, you will need a great deal of perseverance to make your project work. Abraham Lincoln had 11 substantial professional set-backs including failing at business before rising to become President of the United States. Being able to “persevere” will be a great personal asset needed if you are to succeed as an entrepreneur.

9. Ask the client or customer for the sale. Of course it is evident you believe in what you do, but that does not necessarily mean you are a good salesperson. Having a sales process, having a plan to sell your product or service, is just as important as creating the product or service. If you do not “sell,” few people will get to enjoy what you have to offer.

10. You know you are an important part of the free marketplace. Your ideas, and your success, matter to all of us. Entrepreneurs and new business start-ups are the lifeblood of the free market. New ideas, new innovation … you help drive our standard of living forward. Never underestimate your importance to all of us.

New business formation has been in decline during the Obama Administration. Massive increases in regulations and higher taxes have seemingly deterred many entrepreneurs from entering the marketplace.
Start-ups are the lifeblood of our economy, and entrepreneurs are a special breed of capitalist – the original risk takers – and they are a necessary ingredient for our economic success. Voting for the most business-friendly candidate this November, the candidate with best tax reform plans and pro-business platform, is crucial if we are to remain a country of entrepreneurs and to ensure a more traditional form of economic growth.

A healthy environment for your retirement money is one where an economy is growing without artificial stimulant; the most natural form of economic growth comes from the start-up creations of American entrepreneurs. Your money can increase from a growing economy driven by the innovative, start-up spirit of the entrepreneur, and finding the right vehicle for your money that grows – but is also protected – is just a phone call away. 877-912-1919

World Chaos

“ World Chaos ”
Ty J. Young Editorial

It feels like the 1960s and 70s all over again. Bobby Knight, the famed Indiana basketball coach, was asked in a 1993 interview if kids were different today than they were in years past. His answer was instructive: Kids are not different, he said, adults are. He also said how we raise and teach kids has changed.

Americans face the same question today – have things in the world really changed, or is it how we deal with them that has changed?

When watching TV, it can feel and seem like the world today is in chaos, civilization is in retreat, and we are living through an explosive moment in human history. But the world has seen greater chaotic moments and it took solid pro-American leadership at the time to save us. The question is whether we will have the necessary leadership today to overcome the problems the country is now facing.

I. What Were We Facing in the 1960s and 70s?

1. Violence in the streets. Riots from 1965 through 1969 consumed cities across America, such as Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago, Harlem, and smaller cities like Memphis, Cleveland and Baltimore. From John F. Kennedy to his brother Robert, and Martin Luther King … leading American political and cultural leaders had been assassinated. Thirteen students were shot on a college campus (Kent State 1970) and millions participated nationwide in protests against the Vietnam War.

2. Cops hunted in the streets. The Black Liberation Army (BLA) hunted cops throughout the 1970s until the FBI was able to effectively bring most of the group to justice in 1981. To this day, radical cop killer Assata Shakur remains safely protected in Cuba. She received asylum after escaping jail in 1979. By 1981, eight cops had been killed, millions in damage occurred from bombings of police precincts and bank thefts. The group responsible joined forces with the Weather Underground (Bill Ayres) to help escape from police pursuit.

3. American economic decline. Removing the dollar from the gold standard started the 1970s down a path of low growth and rampant inflation. Jimmy Carter added to the misery by the end of the decade with large tax increases which led to a recession. Between high unemployment and low wage growth it was a decade of economic misery.

4. American global influence in decline. We withdrew in shame from Vietnam. Our military readiness collapsed after the war; our equipment was in disrepair; and our troops openly questioned command authority. The Russians invaded and took over Afghanistan. Most memorably, the Iranians took our people hostage. It was an era of defeat and collapse. Islamic terrorism was launched in the 1970s and continues relentless throughout today.

5. Rapid domestic cultural and global change. America went through a cultural revolution during the 1960s and 70s. Globally countries throughout the world were de-colonizing and forcing their colonial masters, the British and French in most cases, to return home. This radically altered the global landscape and impacted the U.S. strategic position in the Cold War.

6. Lost faith in our leaders. Every poll taken today seems to suggest that Americans have lost any faith in our leadership, and solid majorities believe the country is going in the wrong direction. But the same numbers felt the same way in the 1960s and 70s. Pew reported that “70% of the public felt the country was on the right track in 1964” yet that number fell to the low 20s by 1972, when the Watergate scandal began. By 1979, Gallup reported that just 19% felt the country was “on the right track.” Jimmy Carter’s numbers were so anemic that the 1970s concluded with some of the worst Presidential polling numbers in history.
II. How does Today Compare to What We Faced as the 1970s Came to a Close?

1. Violence in the streets. There is violence in our streets; you are watching it on TV every day. Violent crime has been increasing since around 2011. Race relations appear to be at their worst, but not compared to the 1960s and 70s. We do not have billions of dollars of damage, cities on fire, and massive numbers of murders and death on the scale of the riots in the past. But we could be heading in that direction.

2. Cops hunted in the streets. While not as organized as the BLA movement of the 1970s, there are radicalized groups and lone wolves attacking the nation’s police force. The shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas as well as ambushes and executions in other U.S. cities are a reminder that our police force is under siege.

3. While the market is up, economic decline is prevalent. We have highlighted the lost wages, the lower standard of living, the lower net worth, the lessened job opportunities for minorities for some time. It has been this way for most Americans as well since the financial collapse of 2008. We have lived through and remain in a period of American economic decline.

4. American global influence is in decline. This is obvious, and seems to be the stated goal of our current political leadership. Withdrawal has a price; much of the chaos seen on TV is a direct result of America withdrawing from global leadership and control over the last 7 years.

5. Rapid domestic cultural and global change. The current culture has been radically altered as it pertains to sexual relations and gender identity in the modern era, much like the changes from the past. Globally – the 60s and 70s went through the instability of wars and decolonization, and today we face a similar period of global jihad and the collapse of the nation-state system in the Middle East. We have been at war for 15 years, since 2001 and the attacks of 9/11.

6. Lost faith in our leaders. In 1979, 19% of the public felt we were on the wrong track. Not quite as bad today, only 23%. But still, the public seems despondent. How did we as a people survive this period? How did we get out of this awful rut? The answer was simple – we hired the right leader. The end of those awful 15-20 years of American history were the prelude to Ronald Reagan. Another golden era of American preeminence – of safety, security, and prosperity for all Americans – was born with the election of 1980. “Leadership” was the answer to our problems…. we were blessed to find the right one.

III. How did Reagan Tackle that Era of Chaos?

1. He stood against violence in the streets, cops being hunted. Liberal Presidential historian Matthew Dallek described the Reagan Revolution this way: “… the real Reagan Revolution began as a debate about retaking control of a society in chaos. What Ronald Reagan stood for above all was law and order.” Reagan launched the war on drugs and passed legislation to streamline sentencing for violent crime. The FBI was authorized to wiretap and execute surveillance orders on a number of domestic terror groups. Bottom line: law enforcement would take back the streets.

2. He immediately put policies in place to reverse economic decline. Less taxes, less government spending, less government regulation, strong dollar policies … Reagan “revolutionized” the American economy and led us to a growing and prosperous era we had not seen in the previous 20+ years.

3. He reversed the decline of our global influence. The day of Reagan’s inauguration, the Iranian hostages were returned home. When terrorists killed U.S. servicemen in a bombing at a German disco, Reagan bombed the country responsible and attempted to kill its Prime Minister, Muammar Gaddafi. He increased defense spending, waged guerrilla war in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, effectively bankrupting the Soviet Union. He confronted our enemies and forced them to retreat. Instead of America on the run, we were now America on the march!

4. Cultural change did not damage the Country’s core. While changes in our culture cannot always be reversed, Reagan re-established the primacy of our moral core … right and wrong, love of country, love of family, faith in God. Those principles helped reduce tension. It focused on what the majority of the country knew we were founded upon, shared, and believed. He did not blame guns; he blamed criminals. Instead of withdrawing America from the global stage, he reinforced it! That led to not just a stalemate, but a victory in the Cold War. In the end, cultural and global decline was reversed.

5. Faith in our leaders and faith in America – was restored. From 1965 through 1980, our establishment, the elites, oversaw a rapid decline in our wealth, our status, and our safety at home and abroad. Reagan restored American greatness.

We have seen this movie before. Seven years of political correctness, cultural decay, and global decline seemingly have us at a tipping point. People see the violence in our streets and they are now fearful for their children. But we have faced these problems before. We do not always get the choices we want in our political leaders, but we know we need people who can make the changes – as Reagan did – to return America to her historic greatness. Future safety, security, and prosperity, at home and in the world, depend on America being great again. Will we elect future leaders who can take the same actions as Reagan did to get America back on track?

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God Bless our Police Officers

“God Bless our Policemen”
Ty J. Young Editorial

The country was once again rocked by a series of assaults on the police last week, starting with the attacks in Dallas that left 5 officers dead and many more wounded. Additional attacks occurred against the police in other states including Georgia and Missouri.

Police are the very best of who we are. Police and those in law enforcement are superheroes! They are called “to “protect and to serve,” and do so every day in our communities around the country. They are truly Americans with a capital “A,” serving the greatest country in the world! It is a shame that so often we are seeing those in power try to handicap them. “Hero” is just the beginning of the praise they should receive!!!

I. Police Officers are the Very Best of our Community – Consider All They Do for us:

1. They are our first responders. Police officers go directly into the line of fire when there is a 911 call or any other form of civil disturbance.

2. They are our first line of defense. The Army cannot come to your side in your time of need, and Captain America is comic book fiction. You’re calling 911, your local superheroes, when problems arise in your neighborhood.

3. Victory for the police each day is how many crimes are stopped … and how many lives are saved. If nothing goes wrong, their job is done.

4. They sacrifice time with their families, higher salaries working in other fields, and sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice – ALL for you and me to live our lives in peace and safety! No police? No law, no order … no civilization. In 2013, The FBI reported police officers were assaulted over 50,000 times, with 76 resulting in death. That is paying the ultimate sacrifice to make sure your neighborhood is safe for you and your family.

Police officers shooting blacks is not rampant nationwide; it is a false narrative. The data shows one of the most significant social issues in the black community today is black on black violence. In Chicago – this year alone – shootings are up by about 80 percent.

Around the country the good deeds of our police forces often go unreported: from the cops attending a 10-year-old’s birthday when no else went … to helping secure a woman’s dog running loose on the Bay Bridge … to helping buy food for a potential shoplifter … all the way to the police officer who laid his body over the wounded lady in Dallas during the shooting – essentially laying down his life for hers … all of these stories and more happen every day across our great nation. Bottom line – the Police are heroes, good guys with guns. The next time you see one, make sure to say thank you! But today support your local police force. They are the guys running toward the bullets when all heck breaks loose, the good guys in blue!

God Bless our Policemen!

What we have learned from all of the unfortunate events that have occurred is everyone needs to treat others – including the police – with dignity and respect. After all, we are all Americans!