Apr 10 2013

Success is a Choice

Words of Wisdom by Rick Pitino –

Success is a Choice

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success is a choice – think about it

Words I have shared with my students over the years. And, yes, I considered his words to be THAT insightful to those I had charge over to use one of my most valuable commodities as an educator – class time – to share them. I have seen students profoundly influenced by Rick’s words as I shared them. And… they had a lasting effect and impact. I want to share them with YOU – the home based business person; entrepreneur; and enterprising individual. You are in the “right place at the right time” as millions need a way to produce additional income AND a strategy for success. Rick provides some great info in his book – and allow me to share his thoughts with you as I did with my students over the years…

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Each time I share Rick’s thoughts and insights from Success is a Choice, I’m inspired AND I learn something new. So, I made this video as much for me as for you! I’d love to hear what YOU gained from his words. Remember, I am only the messenger – Rick is carrying the message.

And what message is that? Well, I’d love to hear YOUR input first. Feel free to post here (use the space button below) and then in a day or so, I will post a subsequent posting here on alansills.com with MY thoughts and “my take” on what WE can gain from Rick’s Success is a Choice “manual” (volume).

All I will say for now is, Rick is right – Success IS a choice! Further, we make the choice for success every day and in every action we take that relates to our business life. Jeff Olson wrote about this in “The Slight Edge” – another important and inspiring book (when I was a pre-paid legal rep, that was our “bible”.)

Here is a button to obtain Rick’s powerful book

Success is a Choice



 As promised… here is “my commentary” on Success is a Choice – a no nonsense dose of insights and wisdom that *might* just “make your day”…

But first – TWO thoughts

1) I’m “in” on the ground floor of something MASSIVE, if you want some details – get with me and I can share it privately!! (alan@alansills.com or skype alan.sills)

2) Universal Private Banking was shared with me last night as something that will replace paypal. The enrollment is free (for now; $20 in June IF you decide its worthwhile), I took a position to review it further. This news came from a trusted resource – so – I decided to act now and review it in time. Click HERE to gain access. (Registration is at the top of the page towards the left edge.)

Ok, onto Success is a Choice – my commentary…

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Apr 08 2013

Is it really possible to FALL IN LOVE with your rv insurance company?

Is it really possible to fall in love with your rv insurance company?!

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Well, at least I have developed a healthy respect for them! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Alan Sills, I am a full time RV’er and have been since December 2011. At the age of 53, I was a bit young to “hit the road” full time, but I run my business largely from the keyboard of my laptop, so, thanks to the Internet and wifi, I am able to support my traveling lifestyle from anywhere! I have had my rv insurance with ExplorerRV since nearly the beginning.

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Hidden Valley RV Park in Tijeras, NM

Always one to be a comparison shopper, I shopped several insurance companies before choosing ExplorerRV. My primary motivation for choosing them? Let’s be honest… it was the price! (They ARE quite competitive.)

It was more than that though – from the get-go, they demonstrated that they clearly knew their business. They were licensed in the state in which I was establishing a residence (South Dakota) and they recommended the right options for both my new truck (a 2011 Ford F-250) and my “5er” (a 2011 Crossroads Seville).

Knowing I was going to travel full-time, it was important to me to have enough coverage, and as my first year on the road has demonstrated, those choices early on were very important when “incidents” occurred during the course of my travels.
My first few months were uneventful, despite my initial fears over driving a much larger vehicle than I was used to and pulling a 38 foot behemoth behind me! I was diligent about doing research about my prospective route before traveling it to insure there were no unforeseen obstacles (low bridges, excessively winding roads, etc.)

It was one beautiful morning near Moab, Utah where I let my guard down – just a little, and it cost me. Just outside of town, I entered a “BLM” (Bureau of Land Management) Campground. The campground, and access road were clearly not designed for a rig my size, and in trying to navigate through, I ran over some large rocks – large enough to cutup the underside of my trailer.

When I got back to Moab, I realized I had done some damage, but I still had no idea the extent. I stopped in a small town about 60 miles South of Moab, spoke to a mechanic who looked and saw one of the tanks was damaged, but again, he (and I) had no idea of what I had really done.

My first call was to ExplorerRV claims, and this is when my choice to use ExplorerRV really began to pay off. My claims agent explained that it was MY choice as to where to bring the RV for repairs, AND that if a hotel stay was needed, I was COVERED for up to a dollar figure that would (if necessary) allow me to spend the better part of a month in a hotel while my RV was being repaired.

To get a free quote from RV Explorer, click HERE or just call them (1-888-774-6778 – and please mention “sills” to get the best quote)

My next call was to the manufacturer of the RV. After sharing where I was (just a bit south of the middle of nowhere!), they recommended a repair center in Albuquerque, NM. Just a “short” 350 mile drive from where I was! Since my RV was drive-able, I decided to make the trip to Albuquerque – and I found myself hoping I would not end up saying “gee, I shoulda made that left turn (in Albuquerque)” – sorry, I had to.

Rocky Mountain RV was to be my repair center and ExplorerRV arranged for an adjuster to see my rig, I then awaited the news – over $15,000. In damages and an estimated week in a hotel once parts arrived. In the interim, the repair center recommended a local RV park to stay at. My claims agent then worked with the service center to arrive at an agreed upon figure and then mailed me the check that I would later present to Rocky Mountain RV upon completion.
As I’m sure is often the case, repairs took longer than expected, and the service manager had no issues clearing it with ExplorerRV that I could extend my stay at the Best Western in Old Town where I chose to locate for the days I would be “on vacation”.

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shredded tire

All that occurred in May and early June, only a few weeks later, in mid-July, I had a blowout underneath one of my slideouts on the 5er. By now, I was on a first name basis with my rv insurance claims agent! This repair was handled just as smoothly as the first. I chose the repair center, McClains RV in Denton, Tx. – another honest and superior and highly recommended RV repair center, ExplorerRV handled negotiations with their service writer, arrived at a figure, and the process towards completing repairs was begun (again).

Are you an “RV’er”…thinking of getting an RV? Have you joined RV Across America (on google+)? Click HERE to join now (free). 

Since then, things have quieted down a bit! No claims in the past few months. I’m set for the winter in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (hey, I’m a skier!) And…I can report this – I received an offer of renewal for another year, and despite two claims totaling nearly $19,000., my total insurance (for the two vehicles) went up only $150. Now do you see why I titled this article as I did?

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Early winter – my RV in the mountains

Alan Sills


561 676 1205

To get a free quote from RV Explorer, click HERE or just call them (1-888-774-6778 – and please mention “sills” to get the best quote)

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Apr 06 2013

Two-Thirds of a MILLION…


  • Two thirds of a million Americans LEFT the workforce – NO they’re not looking for jobs; NO they’re not contributing to the tax base; YES many are drawing upon Federal assistance programs (GUESS who’s paying for THAT?! (Source: HERE)
  • Nearly 90 MILLION Americans are OUT of the workforce – This is about as bad as during the (disasterus) Carter Administration – AND as a result of how our government calculates unemployment rates, most of these people are NOT counted as “unemployed” which is why the OFFICIAL unemployment rate does NOT reflect the REAL state of the economy
  • The stock market (Dow Jones Industrials AND S&P 500) recently hit all time highs… signs of GOOD TIMES – or – a Federal Reserve that is injecting 85 billion $ each month?? (how long can THAT go on before we collectively pay the price for this behavior??)
  • Reports are surfacing periodically (see DRUDGE REPORT) of sporadic street violence in our cities AND now citizens with the means banding together to hire private security forces – sound like the America YOU grew up in? 
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Inspiration from Storm Peak

I share these facts and simply ask this… What are you doing to protect yourself and your family from what’s coming? 

Recently I posted “3 Days and Then…” – I urge you to read it now and consider the reality we now live in. With the latest jobs data (released 4/5/13), one must really consider what it means when 663,000 people (by GOVERNMENT stats) effectively drop out of the “system”. These folks are no longer contributing to the growth of our nation, and in fact are drawing upon its resources. 

AT SOME POINT (if not already) the see-saw has to tilt and we will become a “two-tiered” state – the FEW who have and the MANY who have-not. 

What bothers me is America is STILL a “LAND OF OPPORTUNITY” – a place where YOU and I can “get to work” in our OWN enterprise – building and earning our “slice of the pie”. If this message resonates with you, WE NEED TO TALK – and soon. I am now just about done skiing for the winter and I’m poised to ramp up my own business building activities – will you join me? 

Contact me and lets see if my ideas and direction resonate with you. I can’t know that you are reading this now, so, you have to take the first step – go to the top of this page and look for the “contact me” link. 

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Mar 22 2013

Three days and then…

I want to personally thank Carnival Cruise Lines for conducting a study in human behavior recently.

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Now I know what you’re thinking… “Gee, Al, what is your take on the recent Carnival Cruise mess? And…from your brief video above how do you plan to tie this together with the recent developments in Cyprus?” Well, I’m glad you asked!  😉

Three days that’s the amount of time from the backup in the first toilet on the cruise ship to the time civil society on the ship broke down. And this was on a ship where people KNEW they were DEFINITELY going to be “rescued”, their lives were NEVER in true danger, communication between the ship and the mainland was NEVER lost, and food was NEVER at true risk of running out.

Despite all those FACTS, society (on the ship) broke down. I will not go into details here as there are a myriad of reports on what was going on.

The point is – what can we learn from what happened on this cruise ship?

Society is fragile – and – civilization is but a thin veneer

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Be Prepared

Ask yourself what would happen to society after just 3 days if (and when) a crisis occurs in your community, your state, OUR entire nation??

Yes, experts say help MUST arrive within 72 hours or real trouble begins. New Orleans after Katrina is another “case study” where we see a breakdown in society after just 72 hours.

What if the event is BIGGER than just a city? Could it happen? Or…is it just a matter of time before it does? AND…if so, are YOU ready?

Consider these FACTS:  

  •  In 50 (or so) short years we (the USA) have gone from the worlds greatest lender to the worlds greatest debtor nation. In fact, We are borrowing MORE than any nation in the history of the world has EVER borrowed.
  • The government has purchased 1.6 BILLION bullets – these are NOT for our military- they were purchased for other purposes. WHAT do you think they’ll do with all those bullets?! (remember – there are only 350 million Americans, so, you do the math – 1.6 billion bullets is enough to 5 to “earmark” every person in this nation. (If you link to the source of this info, it is NOT a right wing site, it IS Forbes and the Denver Post)
  • Most food markets have (at most) 2-3 days worth of food. (Are you THAT confident that delivery trucks will NEVER stop running – for ANY reason?!)
  • 28% of the Greek Parliament is now NATIONAL SOCIALISTS (NAZI’s) – considering what happened to Greece in WWII it is AMAZING to see the RISE of what is essentially the NAZI party in Greece…will this contagion spread? 


What if there was an UNEXPECTED EVENT? Would you…

Tip: Treat the following as a “check list” of things to have “just incase”!!

  • Have enough cash on hand to last you and your family for several days? Look at what JUST HAPPENED in Cyprus! Here is an article detailing what is going on – AND – what it means to us (and as they put it – the consequences of having a communist in the White House). There is STRONG REASON to believe that Cyprus is the “tip of the iceberg” for what will spread to the rest of Europe and yes… eventually HERE. It has been MORE THAN 1 week since Cyprus’ banks CLOSED and there is SERIOUS concern over whether there will be a run on the banks – READ THE ARTICLE LINKED HERE – when they re-open. SEE UPDATE BELOW…
  • have food supplies that could last 2-4 weeks (at least) – look for the banner linking to Wise Foods on this page (right side, scroll down!)
  • fuel
  • energy (batteries, solar) – What if your cell phone or computer runs out of juice? – personally I’m still working on this one
  • water – I’ve given this some serious thought. I decided upon the Sawyer PointTwo systemIt is available from Amazon for a moderate fee. It will filter water to 0.02 microns (this gets out almost EVERYTHING) AND… will filter up to 1 million gallons. Best yet, it is very light and takes up almost NO space. It can filter virtually ANY source of water.
  • protection – ‘nuf said? Cheaper Than Dirt (.com)  or Cabelas are great suppliers of “the right stuff”
  • something to barter – anything from cigarettes to silver (I can help you connect with an honest and fair silver and gold dealer)
  • a “go bag” – ready to grab with some (all) of the above?
  • saved money – perhaps money you’ve earned by starting your own businessAsk yourself: WHY do you think I keep hammering this issue! AND…trying to steer folks AWAY from scams and ponzi schemes. Want to know more? Contact me via phone (561 676 1205) OR Skype (alan.sills) and let’s talk.

Have I overlooked something about the subject – be prepared? Got something to contribute? Use the space provided below to comment, reply, whatever…

Let me conclude with this statement: I firmly believe we are IN “uncharted waters”. The stock market bears LITTLE RESEMBLANCE to reality; the FED continues to print money like there is no tomorrow; our nation has not been this divided since… (you fill in the date); and our leadership (ha! WHAT leadership?!) in Washington (BOTH parties) is COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH.

Heed my words – get ready – and if nothing happens, so, you’ll have some extra cash on hand, extra food, and a good water filter for your next camping trip!

You agree? I’d love to hear from you on this!

CYPRUS UPDATE 3/28/13: “They’ve Stolen Our Money” – review these two articles. Think it can’t happen here??? If so, keep dreaming! ARE YOU PREPARED??

Read this carefully – some depositors (INCLUDING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS) will lose 30% (or more) of the THEIR funds in THEIR accounts. HOW will they make payroll? Pay other expenses?? Here is the article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/25/us-cyprus-parliament-idUSBRE92G03I20130325

Banks reopen – BUT – you can ONLY withdraw about $400. U.S. per day AND very little money can be removed from the country! Talk about a TRAIN WRECK – and again – WHAT IF this spreads?? http://news.sky.com/story/1070853/cyprus-banks-reopen-with-capital-restrictions

GET FOOD…GET WATER FILTRATION…GET PREPARED – please read the above article and be kind – use the links provided.


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Mar 21 2013

Winter in Steamboat – A Recap

Just a few photos from the winter, from my greatest “success story” – Tim and Dor, two students who went from “never ever” to black diamond trails on their 3rd day on the mountain; to my experiences in deep powder, the trees, Don Gore’s 43rd 39th birthday, to Howelson Hill’s 100th Anniversary.

I’m writing this as I chill with my friend Adam at the Roadhouse in Hahn’s Peak. We’re here ’cause on our way to Steamboat Lake – the spot where I plan to move my rig to in a few weeks (around May 1 if the snow retreats enough) – the weather on our drive up today turned from a light (wet) early spring snow (with wet roads) to full-on blizzard with whiteout conditions. We are on our way to the lake, but the Roadhouse looked like a good outpost to “camp” at for a while – especially since I could no longer even separate the road from the surrounding snow fields!

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Snowed in at the Roadhouse

I admire Adam as he always is full of surprises. He arrived at ski school two years ago, having never skiied – and yet earned his spot! Today, while we were hanging out – writing, and enjoying the scene, he produced an Alabama license plate and by doing so, earned a free Guinness for his breakfast beer!

Adam Chillin at the Roadhouse

Adam Chillin at the Roadhouse

Things in Steamboat are beginning to show signs of winding down. The mornings are still cold, cold enough to freeze up the ski slopes, by midday, the sun typically bakes the snow into a soft “corn” surface. Some of the pics below are recent – one even has me in shorts on the warmest day yet (about 55 on the hill.)

A few of my friends have already left “the ‘boat” and more will move on by late April – some to the east coast; some to other parts of Colorado; others even to New Zealand and Australia or So. America for adventures – and yes, even more skiing!

The mountain is still 100% open, but you won’t catch me in the trees (probably until next winter!) And, we all feel the changes as Spring began yesterday (not that you’d know it from the scene outside here at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse! Most days are best between Noon and about 2:30pm. When the really warm weather arrives in April, trails will start to close and all of us will know we are moving onto a new season.

For now, enjoy the photos and sensations of Steamboat…


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