Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Greatest Fear of Drug Dealers

There is an econimic lesson here:

Did you know that under our current system, if you included beer in the same category as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crack, etc that a beer would likely cost you more than $25 a bottle?

The number one fear of drug lords is that drugs becomes legal.

I watched a CNN report tonight that shows how growing poppies in Afghanistan is fueling the terrorists. Let’s review the economics as reported by CNN

A gram of heroin on the street of New York is $100,000 and a farmer who grows the poppy for that $100,000 sale gets $300. Now if heroin was treated the same way as alcohol, I am guessing that same gram of heroin would be worth say $1,000 and the farmer in Afghanistan would be paid maybe a dollar for the poppies.

Now if those were the economics, what do you think would happen to the drug trade?

CNN reports that the growing of poppies in Afghanistan and surrounding countries is a major contributor to the funds required by terrorists. Why is it that Anderson Cooper who is marketed as being an outstanding reporter skirts the solution to the drug problem? Actually the answer is simple. CNN would not allow the stance that drugs should be legal. Anderson’s posture is not surprising. We have people seemingly reporting all over the world on issues like drugs, trafficking in children, global warming and more and ending the report with politically incorrect conclusions. Politically icorrect means following the money from your employer to your wallet.

I am stating that the idea of being politically correct to appease the masses and generate ratings is wrong.

This matter of our current drug control process, should really piss off a lot of people simply because of the amount of money spent in the US trying to control the drug problem.

Look at it this way: 10% of the tax money you pay goes for fighting the drug war. So out of a 40 hour work week, you send 4 hours of work to solve the drug problem. Now I am looking at CNN tonight and seeing all the people and weaponry used to track down and stop some production in Afghanistan. The most significant results reported was the confiscation of product with a street value of $1.5 million. Come on … it cost that much to have all the staff and equipment on site for one week. What a pitiful return on investment.

Folks – it doesn’t work. The economics fuel the problem. When is America going to get this point? Given the street value of drugs, there is every incentive on the face of the earth to deliver the drugs. Take away the incentive, package all of the street popular drugs and sell them like we do alcohol and the result is that terrorists and a lot of other crime loses their funding.

Once drugs are legalized then we can move in the direction of helping those addicted. There are programs every day and every week for those having a problem with alcohol. I have not read one report or seen one CNN special linking the production of alcohol to terrorism. If I missed the show please email me.

Let’s see – cut off the source of funding and terrorism disappears. Cut off the source of funding and source of crime associated with obtaining money to buy drugs dries up. Imagine that!! Now ask yourself why is it that our leaders are putting up with the bullshit of thinking legislation and jail is the answer for drug trafficking?

I am suggesting an answer here – we are letting our government believe it is the right answer to continue to control everything. We tell them that by our vote. By telling our elective officials to pass laws that say it is the government’s job to protect us from everything, we rinforce the insanity. We end up with our money being confiscated to pay for the pursuit of drug traffic lords. We need to remove the economic incentive to be in the drug distribution business.

It just isn’t that damn difficult to figure out.

May you and yours experience permanent prosperity in all areas of you life.

Steve Pohlit

Steve Pohlit has more than 20 years experience successfully running companies large and small. Steve now develops and implements processes that will deliver improved business performance for the long term. Learn more about the process of Increasing Profits by 30% or More In 90 Days or Less by visiting http://stevepohlit.com or you can call 727-587-7871 and speak with Steve directly. Have a question? Click Here To Visit Ask The Consultant If you want to learn how to use a blog to build your business then register for the the free mini-course “Blogging for Profits” at Steve Reports and Blogging For Profits. Did you know you can make a ton of money by referring a business that converts to consulting project? Just thought I’d mention that.

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Why Selfishness Is The Foundation of Succeeding In Business

Every time I immersed myself into learning and developing new skills the most fun was not being paid but in seeing the results of my work. Yes I was helping my company or another company make more money. Yes I was developing a new marketing strategy that included the use of effective web sites, blogs, articles, email campaigns and more. Yes I was getting paid for that work but the biggest payment of all came from the satisfaction of increasing my own expertise. Why? Because anytime I was able to take something that interested me, develop that into marketable expertise then I was first helping myself. Once that happened then I was in a position to help my business and help others.

Deepak Chopra asks us to examine those activities we become involved with where we are not even aware of the passage of time. Those activities usually comprise what we should be doing while we are on this planet or our purpose. Having said that, when I recently lost a few weekends to a project I was working on, I did not have all the skills or the interest for that project even one month ago. I do now.

One skill in the following list did not exist for me at all 36 months ago. Another I had no interest in even 30 days ago. Now I am using every business skill I developed during my entire career and have added a few more to that toolbox. Here is a partial list of what I am talking about:

Team Building
Effective Presentations
Web Site Development
Project Management
Research and Development
Developing Agendas and Running Meetings
Reconciling Very Diverse Age Groups and Backgrounds

My educational background, work experience and self taught skills have positioned me to be effective in this work. Smiles and compliments are my pay for this project My reward is what I learn from the people I am working with. That by the way has always been the case. I have always gained from learned the most from the people I work with.

I feel that I am on purpose more time than I am not. I am sharing this with you because I know if you are reading this report, then you are likely a person to be interested in growing your business, being in business, marketing, internet marketing, doing business using the tools of the Internet and making money online.

Some of those interests for me started before the Internet was born. Others developed since then. What I didn’t really think about much at all were the following questions:

Do I really like what I do?
What are the reasons for my work and efforts?
When things work why is that?
When they don’t why is that?

Without having a mission of asking myself these questions I think I have done a pretty good job. I have developed along the lines of what I should be doing given my interests and skills. How about you? How are you doing? How happy are you with how you spend your time?

It Is Not About The Money!!

I know people and you probably do to who have made and who are making a ton of money. Some of those people are not healthy and happy. At the next seminar you go to really look at the people – the presenters the attendees. Many are not happy. Many (and I have spent more time than I like to admit on this one also) say “if I only had this or when I am finished with that I will be happy.” Here is a big point: if you are not happy now while you are pursuing painting a new picture for your life or just touching it up a bit, you will not be happy with the new picture when you get it.

Why am I writing this? Because I continue to see the same headlines, the same marketing messages and the same shallow promises related to “things”. Do not think I have something against things. Not at all! Randy Gage has taught me all the riches of this planet are here for me to enjoy and I am delighted to enjoy any that come my way.

I focus, on new goals, business and personal all the time and I encourage you to do the same. I am more open to alternative ways of achieving these goals rather than following an exact step by step process within a defined time frame that some other person defines.

Randy Gage pulls this together very well in his book “Why You’re Dumb, Sick & Broke …And How To Get Smart, Healthy & Rich.” In the 10th chapter he writes

“I’ll take my cue from Thoreau …

To be happy you must have a purpose
To have a purpose requires having personal values
Your values create a congruent philosophy to live by
Your philosophy is congruent only if you live by the principles that support that philosophy”

Try this philosophy on for size: “You Have The Right To Do Anything You Want, Provided You Do Not Infringe Upon The Rights of Others”

Well that statement could be the topic of a completely separate series or more. For purposes of this article, I encourage you to think deep. When you say I need my business to be better, or I want more money or I want to meet this person or I want to be in a relationship or I want to be out of this relationship, what you are saying is you want the feelings associated with a tangible product or event. The goal is the feelings. Feelings result from the way you think and you can be marvelous every day. Am I? Nope- but I am getting closer.

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May you and yours experience permanent prosperity in all areas of you life.

Steve Pohlit

Steve Pohlit has more than 20 years experience successfully running companies large and small. Steve now develops and implements processes that will deliver improved business performance for the long term. Learn more about the process of Increasing Profits by 30% or More In 90 Days or Less by visiting http://stevepohlit.com or you can call 727-587-7871 and speak with Steve directly. Have a question? Click Here To Visit Ask The Consultant If you want to learn how to use a blog to build your business then register for the the free mini-course “Blogging for Profits” at Steve Reports and Blogging For Profits. Did you know you can make a ton of money by referring a business that converts to consulting project? Just thought I’d mention that.

Just one more thing…did you know I am now working with Randy Gage? No! Who is Randy Gage? Visit International Success

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