|A power outage of huge proportions has long been one of my|
I've imagined that scenario's disastrous consequences enough
that I felt immediately afraid upon hearing that more than
50 million people on the eastern seaboard of North America
were affected by last Thursday's outage.
My initial reaction was to flee the city. Then I realized
that my truck's gas tank was only half full. We would have
run out before reaching the periphery of the affected area.
Our only option was to stay put, which had me even more
worried, as I knew that my friend's non-perishable food
supplies were non-existent.
Fresh water was a greater concern.
On hearing that the city of Toronto maintains only a 24-hour
supply of fresh water, I filled the bathtub. As I sat on the
edge of the tub, I pondered our fate and felt not only sick,
but very, very stupid.
For despite knowing the power grid to be antiquated and
extremely tenuous during hot and humid weather, as well as
understanding the nasty consequences of its loss, what had I
done to prepare myself?
I, like most other North Americans have been playing a 'hope
for the best' game.
Hope for what, though? That someone else will take care of
me when the situation turns dire?
Who might that 'someone else' be? The government? That's
rich. They too were in the dark - for which we can't really
blame them. They're only human too, and it's not like we
usually choose the brightest bulbs to light our collective
Instead we elect politicians who tell us what we want to
hear rather than those who would tell us the truth.
Most of us will elect the tax break that we can spend on a
new outfit, nicer car or exotic holiday. We definitely don't
want to hear that it'll take billions of tax dollars NOW to
build a grid infrastructure to keep our descendants and us
secure well into the future.
Yet billions of dollars will seem like petty cash when the
'breaks' we've given ourselves today result in civil unrest
and economic collapse tomorrow.
The same principle holds true for all that we do on an
individual level. Building a strong, secure and healthy
future takes work, not breaks.
I don't have a crystal ball, but when I consider history
combined with current events, it seems more important than
ever to take responsibility and become as self-reliant as
That means becoming less dependent on government and
employers and building our own reserves of cash and
However, not many of us have careers that allow us to build
up those types of reserves, and many folks live paycheck to
paycheck, with no reserves at all. Worse still, those jobs
and earnings can disappear in a heartbeat.
That's another reason I love my 'Net business.
Although the power was out here, my business didn't
disappear. My servers in Florida were still up and running.
And despite the fact that millions of folks couldn't surf
the 'Net on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, millions more went
online to learn about the blackout.
When they came online, they found my affiliate sites.
The Net effect?
I saw an INCREASE in my average daily income during the
In retrospect, I'm delighted that this happened. My greatest
hope is that we've all attained a new level of awareness
about the importance of responsibility and self-reliance,
and that it will convince multitudes to harness the power of
the 'net to secure their financial futures.
If you've thought about having your own Internet business,
please don't wait any longer. The time IS now.
There are a number of ways to make money on the 'Net.
If you want to learn about affiliate programs, invest in
educational material like my "Super Affiliate Handbook: How
I Made $436,797 Last Year Selling Other People's Stuff
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newbie. The book covers all you need to know about building
an affiliate business starting from scratch.
If you want to publish your own infoproduct for profit, I
highly recommend the 7 Day ebook by Jim Edwards as the
definitive guide to infoproduct creation.
You could also sell other people's products and ebooks as a
reseller, where you enjoy 100% of the profits is another
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Learn about anything you are interested in and then start
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