Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teaching our kids to live debt free

I will have to give credit to Dave Ramsey first for being the first person who convinced me that living debt free is actually possible, if we focus on it.  I'm not there yet, but I am planning to be there as soon as possible.

When I look at my son, I want him to know what it is to live his life debt free.  He is 14 years old now and I hope to be able to make this philosophy stick by the time he is 18.

I'm trying to help him gain money skills now, since if we wait until our kids are 18 to start teaching them, they may not buy into it.  By then, if we haven't taught them how much debt will hurt them in the long run, they will basically ignore us when we talk to them.

With my son now, I have been paying him to cut our grass at home to work toward saving a minimum of $1000 to put toward a vehicle.  He will likely end up with one of the ones either that I'm driving currently or his mother is driving.

He is about halfway there now after cutting our grass for this past year, and I wanted him to have a time cushion in case he finds a way to put more money together to buy a nicer vehicle.

I finally paid cash for the truck I'm driving now, and I bought it  a few years ago.  When I got it home I asked my son if he realized what I had just done for the first time in my life.  He, of course, said no.

I explained that I had found the truck I wanted, gone to the bank and simply walked up to the bank teller to withdraw the cash I needed, then went back to pay the man for the truck.  It felt better to do that than I can begin to explain in this blog post.

I still had a certain amount of cash in the bank after the withdrawal too.  It was a nice feeling at the time.  I have had some more financial ups and downs since then, but at the time I was able to make it work.

My son didn't realize all of this and what I explained to him was that I wanted him to pay cash for every vehicle he buys in his lifetime.  I want him to learn to plan his purchases.

I think that's the biggest key.  Teaching our kids to plan their purchases, and maybe  to buy lesser vehicles at first and then maybe a year later upgrade to the next vehicle, so on and so forth.  It's a doable plan that will help them live debt free so that they control their money instead of the bank.

The only thing it may not apply to is buying a house, but if things are handled right, it could work there also.  I see nothing wrong now with renting an apartment or simply setting up a camper long term in order to avoid debt.

The idea is to teach kids to avoid the trap of debt and to maintain control of their money instead of lenders controlling their money and their time.

Thanks for reading
Scott Moore

Monday, October 16, 2017

How to maintain relationships in our lives using "Send Out Cards"

I'm 52 years old now, and if I've learned anything it's that relationships don't need to be neglected anymore than necessary.  I'm learning to use a company called "Send Out Cards" along with texts and phone calls to help me get better at maintaining those relationships.

I am not trying to build a business with "Send Out Cards" but I certainly use the product.

Life happens.  We can become close with certain people at certain time periods in our lives and think the whole time that the relationship will never change.  In many cases we do remain close, but in other cases the closeness drifts if we aren't careful.

Phone calls and texts are good ways to stay in touch of course, and there is nothing wrong with sending an appropriate card on a regular basis to give people something physical to receive in the mail.  I think, actually I know, that receiving these cards mean alot to people that receive them.

We all know people can move to different states or any number of life situations come up that change the relationship.  Most of us just accept that we can't do anything about it, which is mostly true, but it doesn't mean that we have to quit working at the relationship.

We don't have to be cheesy and we don't have to make the relationship weird, but we can be on purpose about keeping up with birthdays, and simply checking in regularly with a card to say hello.  With "Send Out Cards" it can be done inexpensively and there are manly cards for the men we know, lady like cards for the ladies and basically a nice card for any occasion.

We only take a few minutes to pick out the card and enter our address and the recipient's address and hit "submit".  The company handles the rest and sends the card for us.  We can store the addresses, of course, to make things easier and save time.

It doesn't make us less manly to send an occasional card.  There are plenty of manly cards and several with a service based theme for those men we know who have served our country.

The bottom line is that people like to know that we are thinking about them and that the friendship means something, especially if we were really close to them at one point and we would like to express that we miss being able to be that close.

I am not trying to build a business with "Send Out Cards."  I do use it on a regular basis though.  I wanted to let those of you who read this know about it in case you didn't know already.

If you are interested in checking them out I would recommend using the link www.sendoutcards.com/gopro.  That link belongs to a trainer who puts out plenty of value on a regular basis named Eric Worre and I joined through him to give back a little bit considering how much value he puts out for free.

If you are familiar with Eric Worre you will understand.  "Send Out Cards" is an excellent tool to assist us in maintaining relationships in our lives, and we certainly don't want to neglect our relationships if we can avoid that.

If you have any questions about anything feel free to contact me:
Scott Moore

Try the products while you research network marketing and the leaders

I have been involved in network marketing for several years and have learned some things through trial and error along with research.  I have a great deal of respect for many of the leaders I have come across, but the two that stand out the most are Tim Sales and Eric Worre.

The idea behind network marketing is that we build a network of people who are moving the given products of the given company we joined to the end consumer.  We work as a team with this network of people who has joined us.

We train these people on how to communicate effectively and handle things the right way.  Training is the most important element in network marketing, which makes it no different from any other business or thing we pursue.

As we research companies and products, I believe we need to simply try products before we jump in to a business.  That would be first and foremost, along with researching how the products are supposed to work and their benefits.

Then we should try them for a period of time to see if they will do for us what we hope that they will.  Along with that trial period on the products, we need to be researching the leaders, sponsors, and how we train people and how we find people to build an organization with.

Even with the mistakes that I know I've made as I have tried different companies, and understanding some of the other issues in the network marketing profession, I am still a firm believer in network marketing.

What I want to do from this point, is simply increase my communication skills and learn to help people see that building a successful organization in your chosen company is worth all the challenges and hurdles we face.

I want to help people establish a belief in network marketing in general, and learn to research and evaluate what company they want to join.  I am about to get back in and I know what company I will join and I'm trying some of their products now.

If you have any questions for me, feel free to text or email me:

Scott Moore

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Four types of people and we all want to be number four

Romans 10:17 - Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.

I haven't blogged in quite awhile but I think it's time I start back here.  I can only say so much on twitter and facebook.

Social media has it's place but blogging is better and I was advised yesterday to blog by a friend of mine I just met.  He didn't know that I have written blog posts off and on for a long time, but I decided I better start again.

The book "Lead Like Jesus" has a ton of good insights in it.  I was also taught by a mentor to invest, learn, and teach.  He meant to invest our time into things that are valuable, learn whatever we can, and then teach those things in some form.

I need to add that I started studying my Bible in earnest in October 2016.  That's why I fit into the first three categories of people who hear the Word of God preached.  Number four is the best category to be in.

#1 - Apathetic hearer
This person will hear the preacher cover the scripture that his sermon is based on but is not ready to listen to it and try to understand it.  Yes, I'm afraid I have listened to alot of preaching like a robot, not really trying to understand what is being said.

#2 - Superficial hearer
This person will listen temporarily but doesn't let anything he hears take root.  I have also been this person too many times over too many years.

#3 - Preoccupied hearer
This person may be trying to listen but has so many things going on in their lives that they can't focus on what is being said.  Problems can weigh heavily on our minds, along with anything else that may not be a problem but we are just laser focused on, and we are in church because it is the thing to do.  This one can be hard to beat and takes alot of prayer and focus to beat this one mentally and emotionally.

#4 - Reproducing hearer
This is the one we all want to work for, because we are focused on what is said and focused on the passage of scripture that is the focal point of the moment.  We see where it is a strong point for us or a weak point that needs to be stronger.  We act on what we learned and get results outside of the church walls.

Getting results outside of the church walls is actually a major factor in going to church to begin with.  Those results are what the church is supposed to be working toward.  We are all fighting spiritual battles and the church is supposed to support each other as we fight those battles.

I would highly recommend the book "Lead Like Jesus" to get an idea of what servant leadership is supposed to be.  Jesus was the ultimate leader and that is what this book focuses on.

I wanted to write this blog post because I am just now truly studying my Bible and working toward a real relationship with God.  I want people to understand that casual Christianity doesn't do any of us any good.  God wants a real relationship with us.

I hope this helps somebody as they read it.  Feel free to contact me @ 256-504-7222 or scottmoore254@gmail.com

Thanks and Happy Easter, 2017

Scott Moore

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Woodlawn" by Todd Gerelds

Psalm 118:8 - "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."

I read constantly.   I have learned through experience now that starting my day in the Bible, and in prayer, is the best place to start.  I was raised in a Christian home.  I am now working on a successful relationship with God.  I say that only in hopes that others reading this will benefit because we all need God.

I read constantly now, and typically have more than one book going at a time because there are so many books I want to read.  I believe in reading personal development as opposed to just entertainment because I need to keep my mindset in the right place and become more.

Todd Gerelds is the son of Tandy Gerelds, who coached at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham during a very tough time period in the early 1970's.  It is a story of faith and how God used two men, Wales Goebel and Hank Erwin, to lead many of the players to Jesus Christ and ultimately their coach, Tandy Gerelds.

Todd Gerelds came to visit Dwight Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, where my family attends about 3-4 months ago.  I had already seen the movie and bought the book that day.  I typically like to read a book and then see the movie.

I finished the book a few days ago and have been thinking alot about that time period and the courage of Tandy Gerelds at the time.  Many of the teachers and coaches at the school had left when all the trouble had gotten intense.  Tandy chose to find a way to make things work, even though he had so many struggles to deal with.

That is the definition of courage and I believe God used him and God used the two men, Wales Goebel and Hank Erwin, to guide all involved to rely on him and build their faith.  Turning to God in the middle of anything we are dealing with, relying on His word and seeking God's wisdom, is the only real answer we have.  We have to do our part and have a work ethic, but we have to ultimately rely on God as we work each day.

This is an excerpt from the very end of the book by Tandy Gerelds:
" Leadership can be a lonely job, but until you get in the arena you will never know how you will react.  You need to have the vision and the courage  to see it through.  You also need wisdom and that comes only from God." - Tandy Gerelds,  "Woodlawn"

Here is a movie trailer:

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You can also reach out to me here @ scottmooreonline.com

Thanks for reading

Scott Moore


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Networking on Purpose....Why do it?

Psalm 118:8 - "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."

Networking is simply getting to know people, and getting their contact information when there is a good point in the conversation to do so.

It is not trying to see how you can use people, or making them feel like you want to make money off of them.  There is a communication skill involved in networking.  Simply ask questions and listen.

Some people I've seen come by it naturally.  Some of us have had to work at it to learn to simply ask questions and get to know people better.

The person who asks the questions actually controls the conversation.  And people love to talk about their family, life, hobbies, and interests.  At some point, there will most likely be a comfortable spot to get their name and number so you can follow up with them later.

Eric Worre refers to this as one of the skills to become a network marketing professional.  It's not a complicated skill really.  I've learned to do this to a degree and learned to be more aware of people.

I'm still working on it, since it is a skill I know that needs to be developed.

It does not mean that we try to sell them something anytime soon.  We certainly don't want to make them feel that way.  One of three things will happen as we ask questions and listen:

1. We become a sounding board and learn to take our focus off of ourselves.  We don't have to offer advice.  Just listen.  If anything offer something positive if possible when you can.

2. We might and probably will learn something that will benefit us regardless the more we listen.  Most likely the other person knows something we don't anyway.

3.  If they do mention an income issue, and we have a very viable solution in network marketing, we can start educating them on what network marketing is about.  They will be skeptical and wary in the beginning, I can promise you, but the education process can start.

They have to trust us before they will listen.  Trust is key and needs to be established as we network with people.  As Jim Rohn famously said, "The fortune is in the follow up."

If you are in network marketing, I think you understand.  If you are not and want to fully understand what it's about I want to offer two ways to learn:

1. Visit networkmarketingpro.com and listen to Eric Worre's videos.  He has the best explanations of the actual realities, positive and negative, in network marketing that I've heard.

2.  Visit scottmooreonline.com and enter your email address and you will learn about the company I'm in and receive weekly updates from me.  I will do my best to provide value in general as well as in network marketing.

I think you will find that network marketing is the best vehicle to gain real freedom in your life, but it won't happen overnight.  The positive is that it will happen if you don't quit.  The financial entry point is very low risk, and the potential very much outweighs the low risk.  It all depends on you, and me, and I will do everything that I can to help you move forward.

Thanks for reading

Scott Moore

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finished reading "Shaken" by Tim Tebow

Proverbs 1:7
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

I got Tim Tebow's book, "Shaken", as a Christmas gift.  My wife knows I read almost constantly and prefer to read personal development and things that are positive.

I recently began putting the Bible and God first, like I knew I should be doing all along.  God has to come first.

I am now working on a real and successful relationship with God.  I need to make sure I continue to build that relationship every day for the rest of my life.

Now, for the book.  Tim Tebow is a solid athlete who is strong in his faith and relationship with God.  Tim has had his struggles in his pursuit of becoming a professional quarterback in the NFL.  I personally think he could turn into one.

He outlines alot of Biblical truth about life in his book.  He also inspires me as he talks about focusing on God and his relationship with God as he faces each turn in his life.  I had not always done that, and his book has inspired me to make sure I focus on God from this point forward.

Tim Tebow is the real deal.  I will support him and his book any day.  Guys like Tim Tebow who are trying to live out a commitment to God, a deep commitment, impress me a great deal.

What we put into our minds dictates our thinking, which strongly affects our decisions.  So, I think it's best to read positive stuff on purpose.

Start with the Bible.  That's the best place to start.

I would also like to introduce you to something.  Go to www.scottmooreonine.com to find out if this option resonates with you.  Contact me to set up a time to talk about it.

Thanks for reading and have a good day.

Scott Moore

256-504-7222 (text is best)