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Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

Cone of Learning

I took one look at this and everything made sense.

I first saw this picture, ever, in the book Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki on page 183. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

People learn differently, everybody knows that, but not everyone knows why some people have difficulty. I have always been good at art because it was something we learned as we worked. Also, the teacher didn’t just talk; they talked and demonstrated.

I never really did well in a class that had us talk and take notes. Participation was key, depending upon the class and whether or not I cared about what I was learning.

But lectures bored me and I only remembered what I read if I was interested (which is how most people are, I would think). To the people who can remember whatever, kudos.

But, a word of advice, I found, adding a picture to the words tended to help. Here’s the math I have in my head: we remember 30% of the pictures we see and 10% of what we read. If you have a picture next to the words, that’s a 40% chance you’ll remember what it is that you are looking at.

I mean, it makes sense.

They have a combination on the list: we remember 50% of what we hear and see, which is why many people are able to remember the words in movies and why I did so well in art classes. Why I still do well in art classes.

I was, am, good at English because I love to read and the more interesting it is, the more likely I am to remember.

What do you all think? Comment!

A New Addition to the Reading List

A New Addition to the Reading List

Allow me to introduce to you Jane Smiley’s 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel. I was trying to make it a habit to only post books I had read, but I felt this book could be an exception to the rule.  It was a book recommended to me by my college professor, but I didn’t get the chance to read it because, to be completely honest with you, I forgot about it. I have decided to put this book into the Improving Your Own Writing section of the reading list and the Become Empowered Bookstore, in case you’re curious.

I found this book’s title written in the column of my old college notes. It was written beside my notes for novel writing (which I put into a post called 10 Tips for Novel Writing).

If you read it, let me know what you think!

A New Addition to the Reading List

A New Addition to the Reading List

After looking through some of my books, I found one that I believe to be quite valuable: A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker. And it will be going into the Improving Your Own Writing section of the reading list.

For those of you who do not know this book, it teaches clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, research, MLA, APA, Chicago, and usage/grammatical terms. It’s good for those who have difficulty writing essays.

20131005- Recommended Reading Update Continued

20131005- Recommended Reading Update Continued

After posting the first installment of the updates, I took another look at the Recommended Reading list and decided that I would just give the entire thing a makeover; organize it better.

The categories are now as follows:

Learn From Other Writers
Improving Your Own Writing
Learn From Past Art
Improving Your Own Art
Classical Studies
For Internet Marketing/Expanding And Empowering The Mind

Hopefully, this will be much better and much more useful than the previous look.

Does anyone have any suggestions??

20131005- Recommended Reading Updates

20131005- Recommended Reading Updates

This post is to introduce you to the new additions to the Recommended Reading list. The Classical Studies list has been newly added and there are a couple of additions to the already existing Improving Your Writing list.

Classical Studies
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
Tacticus: Annals Book 1 edited by N.P. Miller
Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Early History of Rome by Livy
The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius
Fall of the Roman Republic by Plutarch

Improving Your Writing
Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vitale has been moved from Internet Marketing to For Writing.
Writing Poetry
 by Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser is a new addition to the list.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

This is a video continuation of the post about the reading list: click here to see the post.

Writing about them is one thing, but showing them to you is another. I also plan on making videos addressing the specific books to give you an idea about what they are about for they are definitely worth the read.

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Just Want You To Think

In my opinion, cults come to be because the leader is very good at telling their “followers” what to think to the point where they believe they feel the same way. I’m making that sound bad, but it doesn’t have to be if you think about it.

I wish the entire world was part of a cult under a leader that had everyone thinking they had to be kind, considerate, compassionate and against stabbing others in the back; would build a strong people that built other up instead of making a bunch of crabs in a buck that pull the strong ones down.

But I don’t see that happening in the near future. At least, not while I’m alive; unless I can make that happen and leave my mark on the world.


But I digress.

The point of this post is to alert people to the fact that our entire lives we are being told what to think and how to think; by our parents, teachers, friends, enemies, the media. Subliminal messages and double standards are everywhere and they run our lives. We are being fed fear and doubt instead of hope and confidence. We are fed one idea and we aren’t taught, at least some of us aren’t taught, to tolerate other perspectives.

I feel that needs to end.

For those who haven’t seen them yet, I have been posting things that have videos by the Nostalgic Critic. In those posts, I would give you my thoughts first and then you would hear his. I did that on purpose.

I encourage you to listen to the people around you and learn to value peoples’ perspectives. Get out of your bubble, you box, your comfort zone and learn to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes. Think.

I’m not saying think like me. I’m saying think.

There is more than one perspective. There is more than one think you can learn to be in this world. We live in an age of information, specializing when you can take advantage of that is hurting you.

I am learning to be a writer, poet, storyteller, artist, and internet marketer. I don’t have anything that defines me except for what I am, which is human, a woman, and a college graduate. But just because I graduated from school does not mean my education ends there.

I go to the library almost every day. I have at least 30 books check out right now that include topics like Tumblr/Wordpress for Dummies, to financial literacy, to new writing techniques.

My perspective on life keeps changing the more I read.

And it is still MY perspective.




What book will you be reading today?

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Chapters

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Chapters
Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Chapter 3- Why Teach Financial Literacy

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Chapter 6- The Rich Invent Money

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Have you read this, yet? 0.O

The Correction of a Simple False Assumption Moved the Human Race Forward

The Correction of a Simple False Assumption Moved the Human Race Forward

The more we allow an assumption to hold us back, the less likely we are to more forward.

Assumption is the mother of all screw ups.


At one point, humanity believed that the world was flat. Because of this, people didn’t travel for fear of falling off the edge. It wasn’t until that assumption was corrected that people began to travel. Eventually, trade routes were created and new ideas like mathematics were spread. Once we were rid of that assumption, our behavior changed dramatically!

Assumption is the mother of all screw ups.

Easy to say, hard to live by; I mean look at society today. It has been built on assumptions.

Let me show you what I mean; indulge me real quick and read the following passage:

On a cold January day, a forty-three-year-old man was
sworn in as the chief executive of this country. By his side
stood his predecessor, a famous general who, fifteen years
earlier, had commanded his nation’s armed forces in a war
that resulted in the defeat of Germany. The young leader
was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He spent the next
five hours watching parades in his honor and stayed up
celebrating until three o’clock in the morning.*

How many of you thought the above passage described John F. Kennedy?

It was actually describing Hitler.

But you now understand my point on assumptions if you hadn’t before. Granted, this wasn’t a life or death situation, but what if you had bet money on it? That assumption would have made an ass out of you had you been wrong. Otherwise, you had nothing to lose.

I start this article writing about about assumption because I would like to challenge some. Here’s one we hear quite often; you are only rich when your income is high.


You are also rich when you are full of knowledge or have a strong support system in your life – friends and family being the prime examples. You can also be “rich” with love. But in terms of money, knowledge is the only one that will get you great wealth (unless you manage to marry someone who is rich, but what are the chances of that happening?).

The topic of knowledge is where the other assumption to be challenged comes in; go to school, get good grades, go to college and learn a trade, and then you’ll be able to find a job with good benefits. And then save as much as you can.


That hasn’t been applicable since 1971 when Nixon took us off the gold standard and turned our money into currency. And, like an electrical current, it must flow for the economy to function. Saving it is actually hurting you more than it is helping. The rules of money before Nixon, the old capitalism ideas, were demolished. They were altered again in 1974 when business stopped taking care of their retirees. Prior to 1974, business took care of their employees’ retirement; they were called defined businesses. As you already know, that no long exists.

Now, we have the shaky DC plans: 401(k)s, IRAs, Keoghs, etc. USA Today found in a survey that people were more afraid of running out of money during their retirement than they were terrorists.

I’d be afraid, too, with the baby boomers entering into retirement soon. If that hasn’t begun already.

But the root of the problem is we are not being taught about money in school and the little we learn from our parents is, “Study so you can get a good job.” The “rat race,” old capitalist mentality. Where you get a job and 50% of your paycheck goes to the government who probably knows less than you do on how to handle money.

The assumption is our parents will guide us, but they can’t guide us on something they know very little about. I had to look elsewhere. I started reading books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, and Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. And because of my reading, I know now that the old ideas of specializing in one skill is one of the worst ideas in the world.

If you only learn one thing and one thing only, what happens when you cannot find a job in that field? As I’m sure most of you have noticed, getting a job in this day and age requires having experience. But how are you supposed to get any experience when you can’t even get a job?

That’s why we need to learn as many skills as possible. Become a “jack-of-all-trades” so to speak. Now, I’m not saying don’t go to college. Education is important, but I feel we need to be educated on as many subjects as possible to keep our options and open and further our success.

Which brings me to a question: if you were given the opportunity to learn a new skill from home, would you take it?

Because I can offer you the opportunity to be your own boss and make money from home by adding one more skill set to your pool: internet marketing.

Making the internet generate money for you.

Look at any store, restaurant, fast food place that has a website; Office Depot, McDonald’s, Macy’s, Burger King; they’re marketing using the internet.


Blogging is a form of internet marketing. If you have a Facebook, you have a partial idea of how it’s done. Making a video and posting it to YouTube is a form of internet marketing. And just using word-of-mouth is a kind of marketing in itself. Blogging, making videos, and the power of speech are all skills.

Would you be willing to give it a try?

Would you like to learn?

Or would your rather join the rest of the people in the “rat race,” receiving only 50% of their paycheck because the government takes the rest and having virtually no assurances to your future in retirement?

Now, before I get into the next part, I need to remind you that I am not only extremely honest but also extremely blunt. If I don’t believe in something, I don’t participate. But when I do believe and I do participate, I give it my all. During my final semester at college, I was secretary of two clubs. Not only because I believed in the two clubs but also because I wanted to help and with the support of my friends and the other officers, I would happily to it all again in a heartbeat. I felt rich in my final semester because of that experience. I was happy to help.

Keep all that in mind when I ask you these next questions:

Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you were given the blogging platform?
Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you were taught how to use said blogging platform?
Would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you could earn money as you learned?
And would you be willing to learn internet marketing if you had a mentor and access to a group of other marketers to help you every step of the way?


Would you?

What if I also told you that many companies are looking for people with this skill set? Would you still hesitate?

And with this skill set, you could promote yourself, your own current business and even others. You can make other blogs. I am currently hosting 3 blogs; Empowerment, Empower Network, and Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths. Empowerment is mainly for empowering others and helping people learn new skills, such as internet marketing and the other skills I went to college for (English, Art, Classical Studies, Math). The Empower Network blog is meant for empowering others as well and focuses on the skill set of Internet Marketing. Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths is for the followers of the Dragon Age series of games. There I also provide empowerment, but I also post tips and tricks and insights to assist people in getting through the game.

I also have a Facebook, Twitter, TumblrInstagram, Pinterest, and two Facebook pages promoting my content: Empowerment and Dragon Age- Opinions and Truths.

Am I saying you HAVE to do all that in internet marketing? No. Course not. But it does help you get yourself and your blog content out there a lot faster.

And it’s FUN!

Internet marketing is easy to learn and I’m not learning this alone. I have a mentor helping me through it. His name is Nate. And do you remember my Empower Network blog I mentioned earlier? That blogging platform was given to me. All I had to do was add the content. Empower Network did the rest. They also have an FB group where you can ask questions from other internet marketers.

People, I’m offering you the opportunity to join this internet marketing team, which I am also a part of. You will receive training on how to market and if you join now, you will be able to participate in the launch of the updated version of the Empower Network blog; you’ll be able to blog from your phone!


Blogging on the go!

Empower Network has opened many doors for me; I would like to hand you the key for your own door.

Empower Network will teach you everything you need to know.

And if you try to learn this any other way from any other source, like my friend Kameron George, you will find yourself thousands of dollars in debt. Kameron maxed out his credit cards and sold his car to get the $20,000 he needed for his first mentor in the business. He is now one of the leaders of #Project A.W.O.L: Another Way Of Life. He now teaches people how to use the internet to take charge of your life.

And if you join Empower Network, you will have access to his #Project A.W.O.L training.

Joining Empower Network and gaining access to their viral blogging system only costs $25.


Compare that to Kam’s $20,000 mentor.

You can get started on learning internet marketing and making money online for $25.

And, incase you are still skeptical, take a look at the blogs I made and the Empower Network blog. Then take a look at, say, It’s the same thing, only the blog layouts are different.

You can learn to do this as well.

And as you learn, you will have a mentor, a support system, and a blogging platform. All you will have to do is add the content. You can start making money online.

Or would your rather join the rest of the people in the “rat race,” receiving only 50% of their paycheck because the government takes the rest and having virtually no assurances to your future in retirement?

Gain control over your life. For $25.

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson – 60 sec Trailer

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson – 60 sec Trailer

This book is definitely worth reading. It gives you insight into the minds of the past.

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson

Am I Black? by Greg Robinson – 60 sec Trailer

Story of a young, white, male kid who struggles to fit into a black world.

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