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Dom’s Plan to Earn Cash and Make Money

“You can be ‘a victim’ or ‘a volunteer’, it’s all about how hard you want to work.”
– Thomas E. Arenberg, Senior Executive (retired), Accenture

Too often I’ve seen dumb, lazy people making more money than me. How do they do this? What is it I am not doing?

Passive income is the Holy Grail way of earning cash and making money.

According to Wikipedia, “Passive income is income resulting from cash flow received on a regular basis, requiring minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it.”
Passive income: How do I make it?

I am going to do four new things to make money.

1. Become an Amazon Bestselling Author

I wrote my first ebook four months ago, and I’ve made $500 in that time. I don’t make a lot of money at what I do, but I do get to do what I love- that’s priceless! I will tell you about a lot of other authors who have made a lot more. The main thing was just getting brave enough to put my ebooks out there. I know dozens of other great writers who were still wondering if they should publish too.

2. Dropshipping

Another idea for passive income is dropshipping.
What is dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a retail method where products are shipped to customers directly from the supplier instead of to you.

Here is a basic overview of how it works: 1. Customers place an order on your website.
2. Next, you place the order with your Supplier.
3. The Supplier ships your Customer the Product.

Bottomline: You keep the profit, minus the price you paid your Supplier and other fees.

Why do dropshipping?

1. You don’t carry any inventory.
2. You purchase products only after a Customer has placed an order and paid for the Product.
3. Your Supplier handles the warehousing, and shipping of the products.

Bottomline: Dropshipping saves you a great deal of time and money. You act as the middleman in the exchange.

What I like about that is you can make on Dropshipping, is by learning how to find products that have a pretty good profit margin, and listing them by following a simple system.

Imagine you had five products that each sold ONLY for a profit of $100 each month. Maybe the spread on some of them is only a meager $20 profit margin. You would need to sell five of those over 30 days to reach $100 a month. Dropshipping is solely a part-time income.

3. Make YouTube Videos

Making money with a simple YouTube channel is easy for anyone with access to the internet. I am learning how to use AdSense, to being an affiliate, and to selling products on my YouTube. I am learning there are numerous ways to make a passive income from a small YouTube Channel.

4. Become a Udemy Instructor

Udemy is an online learning platform. I want to teach courses in the military history category focusing on World War I and World War II. Udemy has no classes on the World Wars.

The World Wars are my jam and a subject I feel very comfortable with. There is a big demand for World War I because the 100th Anniversary of the conclusion of the war is in November 2018. That’s my deadline to become a recognized “expert” on World War I.

How to think about Cash Flow and Passive Income

My goal when I first published on Amazon was a monthly passive income that increases monthly in $100 increments. My first month by first two books made $100 and then the second month it $200, you get the idea.

I want to change the way I think about money (and in particular expenses) in a fresh way. This ties into what I was talking with about earlier. I trying to think of the simplest things somebody can do is to make an extra block of money each month.
I asked myself these questions:

1. What would an extra $500 a month mean to my family and me?
2. Would I be willing to learn NEW skills to accomplish this in 2018?
3. How would I like set a Facebook Business Page group where people could ask me any question about anything dealing with World War I or World War II?
4. Can I see myself changing my life and my finances $100 per month at a time?
5. Can I challenge myself to make AT LEAST $100 in passive monthly income within the next 30 days?
6. Would do I need to learn to enact this system and change my life forever?

My Goal– Tying It All Together

I want to create and sell my courses by April 2018. I want to completely replace and surpass my income as a full-time writer, instructor, and part-time dropshipper.

With the Udemy Course, I will write a book about World War I. I will do a podcast, YouTube Channel, and audiobook from my course material. All of those will generate cash flow and passive income.

None of these paths is easy. All of them take me way out of my comfort zone. I have to learn new skills and do things I am not comfortable with or necessarily want to learn. But I think the rewards will be worth it. Looking back through my life, it’s time this like that I remember that I am my best self because I have to strive and work hard. I’ll keep you posted.

Why did the Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor?

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Seventy-six years ago today, the Japanese carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Why did the Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor?

The Rise of Imperial Japan

Compared with the great Axis powers like Germany and Italy in the 1930s, Japan was a newcomer to world politics. Japan was the only Asian nation with ambitions to become a world power. Overcrowding cramped the principal islands, which make up Japan. Japan called itself an empire, but its imperial possessions consisted of the island of Formosa, now called Taiwan, Korea and the southern part of the island of Sakhalin.

It had few natural resources of its own, but the Japanese warlords believed that Japan had a destiny, to rule not only Asia but also the entire world. Fulfilling that destiny was not only a lifeline for desperately needed resources- rice, minerals, fibers, and oil- but a sacred duty.

Their emperor was divine, they believed, he was the 124th descendant of their sun goddess. The emperor was regarded with such awe that his given name was never mentioned. The highest honor a Japanese soldier could achieve was to die for the emperor in battle.

As in all totalitarian countries, young children in Japan were filled with these beliefs. In unfolding their plan for world conquest, the Japanese knew they must first conquer China. Japan needed a base to attack China. It invaded Manchuria, a Mongolian state in the far north of the Chinese mainland.

To this end, Japan declared war on China in 1937. This declaration resulted in the Nanking Massacre and other atrocities against the Chinese.

In just four days, it occupied southern Manchuria. Shortly afterward, the whole state. The world was outraged. Japan was called to account for actions in front of the League of Nations. The League of Nations was supposed to keep the peace. Japan was a member of the League of Nations. Delegates of peace-loving nations condemned Japan’s aggression. Japan knew that almost no army could stop them. Japan simply quit the League of Nations.

Tensions Rise

Next, in 1940, Japan invaded French Indochina (Vietnam) to seize all imports into China, including war supplies China had bought from the U.S.

At this same time, Japan had signed a pact with Germany and Italy. This pact formed the Axis powers. This pact guaranteed assistance if any of its members were attacked by a country not already at war. This pact was intended to keep the U.S. out of World War II.

After Japan invaded Indochina, the U.S. started embargoing certain goods to Japan. To make matters worse, the U.S. was increasing its military presence in the Philippines. This escalated tensions due to Japan’s proximity to the Philippines.

Soon the U.S. placed a strict oil embargo on Japan. This ban was joined by the U.K. and the Netherlands, who stopped providing much-needed tin and rubber to Japan from their Asian colonies. This restriction was a devastating and humiliating blow to Tokyo. The Japanese estimated they only had two years of oil remaining. Japan needed oil and other resources to continue their conquest of the Pacific. Just America stood in the way of the Japanese conquest of the Pacific.

American officials responded to this Japanese aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes. The Americans reasoned that without access to money and goods, and especially essential supplies like oil, Japan would have to cut back on its expansion campaign in the Pacific.

Instead, the sanctions made the Japanese more determined to stand their ground. At this point, the Japanese conquered territory for over a decade without opposition.  Months of negotiations between Tokyo and Washington, D.C., neither side would budge. It seemed that war was all but inevitable.

Japan knew that they would lose a war with the U.S. given America’s manpower, material, and resources.  Japan believed that a pre-emptive strike on the U.S. Pacific Fleet was their best choice.

Why attack Pearl Harbor?

The Japanese carried out a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack was motivated by the imperialist aspirations of the Japanese in the Pacific region.

America possessed the strongest naval fleet and was the only real threat to Japanese expansion. The U.S. was opposed to Japanese expansion in the Pacific. Japan’s demands were not being achieved through diplomacy.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was the home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Japanese thought if Pearl Harbor were destroyed, the Americans would feel demoralized and not want to fight.

The Japanese were convinced that a devastating attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet would dishearten the Americans. Eventually, that demoralization would lead to cracks in the fabric of American society and take America out of an active role in World War II.

The Attack

Two aerial attack waves of 353 Japanese fighter planes were launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers. The Japanese strategic aim was to protect their advance into the Dutch East Indies and Malaya. Japan needed their natural resources of rubber and oil. The Japanese believed that by neutralizing the U.S. Pacific Fleet, America would be out of the war.

The attacks were successful, but the effects were temporary. Five of eight battleships were sunk. The rest were severely damaged. The worst damage was to the U.S.S. Arizona. Other ships and most of the Hawaii based combat planes were destroyed. More than 2,300 Americans died in the attack.

Battleships burning at Pearl Harbor

On the positive side, critical fuel storage, shipyard, maintenance, and headquarters facilities were not hit. Six of the battleships were repaired. Later, these ships were used to defeat Japan in World War II.

The following day, America declared war on Japan. America had entered World War II.

 

 

 

 

Dom’s New Business- Fast Facts- No Fuss, No Fluff, Just the Facts

I am launching a new business. I love history, and I love writing about history and telling people about how much fun history is. I love history so much I decided to make a business out of it.

“Fast Facts” is series of ebooks for busy folks on the go- short, well-researched ebooks and paperbacks about historical events and people that will educate, engage and entertain the reader.

Fast Facts Logo

“Fast Facts” is a series of ebooks written to help the reader learn the basic facts of a given subject in history or biography. Everything you need to know about a time period, historical event or person is presented in a simple, direct narrative in chronological order. Fast Facts is a not an intimidating 500-page book with a 20-page introduction. Each book is between 10,000 to 15,000 words- about an hour’s read. Just straight to the point and you’re done. In the words of President Trump, “Get in. Get it done. Get it done right. Get out.” Then, after knowing the Fast Facts about the subject you may feel inspired to read and explore a little more.

Give yourself about an hour with Fast Facts and see what you can learn…

About Dom

I have already written two books about Billy Graham and the Ancient Romans. I am about to finish two other biographies on Malcolm X and Arnold Schwarzenegger, two personal heroes of mine.

I am now taking on my favorite subject- World War II.

I have a biography series planned on 1. Adolf Hitler. 2. Winston Churchill. 3. Joseph Stalin.

I have a warfare series planned on 1. The 41st Infantry Division- a division of the National Guard that fought in World War II. 2. The Devil’s Brigade- a commando unit made up Canadian and American soldiers in World War II. 3. The War Machine of Nazi Germany.

This history and biography series will give my readers a taste of the World War II. I am also putting together a fact book about a possible war with North Korea.

In the end, I am finally putting my history degrees to good use. I will probably never make a lot of money at what I do, but I get to do what I love every day, and that is priceless.

Here is my introduction to Fast Facts ebook that I am writing about Adolf Hitler.

Fast Facts: Hitler

Introduction

Adolf Hitler wrote in his autobiography Mein Kampf, or “My Struggle” in English, a book filled with hatred. Its last passage is a fanatical cry, “A state that refuses racial contamination will inevitably dominate the world.”

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1899. He committed suicide on April 30, 1945.

As a young man, Hitler wanted to be a painter. He considered himself an “artist” to the end of his life. Even as a young man, Hitler would show a fierce, unbending will.  His will made him the dictator of a humiliated Germany and led it to war.

Hitler, the man, was an evil, bloodthirsty genius. Hitler belongs in history with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan and Napoleon Bonaparte. Hitler and his war machine conquered most of Europe.

Hitler was the murderer of millions of innocent persons, including six million Jews in the Holocaust. Hitler’s story is both fascinating and repelling. Hitler rose from humble beginnings to become the greatest conqueror of the 20th century. He overcame incredible obstacles in his rise to power. Hitler abused and used his power for evil. The absolute power he craved ultimately killed him.

How did this failed Austrian artist, who seems to come out of nowhere, succeed in conquering Germany?

How did he sow the seeds of hatred and violence?

How did Hitler and the Nazis drag the world into the Apocalypse of World War II?

How was a Hitler phenomenon possible?

This, Fast Facts ebook, is the story of Adolf Hitler.

Happy Belated Birthday, Devil Dogs

I love Marines. They are America’s Spartan warriors. They are always ready to do battle. They are closet idealists and pessimists.

Marines have an intense feeling of identity. They have almost a mystical connection of belonging to an elite fighting force of nearly invincible warriors.

Some of this attitude comes from their brutal and efficient training. Another part of that comes from their deep confidence and pride in their mission and leaders.

There is no better friend and no worse enemy than a U.S. Marine.

The Emblem of the USMC

 

Who are the Marines?

The United States Marine Corps is an all-purpose military strike force that can mobilize quickly and fight anywhere. Marines can be deployed almost anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. The Marine Corps protect United States interests whenever a crisis flares up.

The Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy, but the Marines are still considered a separate branch of the armed services. The Marine Corps is the smallest branch of the armed forces. As of 2017, the Corps has around 185,000 active duty members and additional 38,500 reserve Marines.

What is the Marine Corps history?

The United States Marine Corps was created by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, during the Revolutionary War. America Marines first served on Continental Navy ships to protect them. The Marines also used amphibious assaults to attack ground targets, enemy ports, bases, and cities from the sea.

From 1800 to 1934, the Marine Corps landed 187 times in 37 countries “to suppress lawlessness or insurrection.” Marines saw constant action in countries as close as Latin America and as far away as the shore of Libya in Tripoli, as the “Marines’ Hymn” from the Marine Corps Hymn.

Throughout American history, the Marines have been American presidents’ force of choice when they send troops to fight in faraway lands. In 1805, the Marines fought Islamic Barbary pirates and captured the North African city of Derna, Tripoli in present-day Libya. In 1847, during the Mexican-American War, Marines were the first troops to storm and enter Mexico City, the enemy’s capital.

Throughout the 20th century, Marines have fought small wars in colonies or third-world countries: Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. The Marine Corps had a long tradition of fighting small wars.

In World War I, the Marines earned their tough reputation in several battles like Belleau Wood in France. During World War II, the Marines spearheaded a series of amphibious assaults in the Pacific. The Devil Dogs defeated the Japanese in legendary battles such as Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In Korea, the Marines froze in the bitter battle of the Chosin Reservoir. In Vietnam, the Marines fought through the siege of Khe Sanh, the worst battle of the war.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial

In the 21st century, the Marine Corps has been deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2004, the Marines fought two fierce battles against insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq. In 2010, the Marines fought in the campaign of Marjah, Afghanistan to re-take Helmand Province from the Taliban.

What is Marines boot camp like?

Marines undergo 13 weeks of intense training at boot camp at recruit depots in San Diego, California or Parris Island, South Carolina. Recruits are transformed into Marines by becoming physically fit, receiving first-class combat training, and learn how to respond instantly to orders. They hone their bodies and their minds by learning highly valuable leadership skills.

The Marine Corps places great importance on infantry combat. One of the Corps’ important mottos is “Every Marine a rifleman.” All Marines, no matter what their job is, are well-trained soldiers in combat skills and specialize in shooting rifles and other weapons.

Today, the standard rifle of the Marine Corps is the M16A4 assault rifle and M4A1 carbine, a compact version of the M16 rifle. Marines are also well-trained in the use of the M9 pistol, M203 grenade launcher, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), M240B light machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber heavy machine gun.

How do Marines fight?

Marines specialize in amphibious assaults, attacking land targets from the sea. The U.S. Navy transports the Marines to get them close to combat zones. Then the Marines can attack their objectives by using amphibious assault vehicles and support aircraft.

The Marines have a variety of vehicles that they use to fight. The Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV)-7 is a tracked, lightly armored vehicle. The AAV-7 can travel through water and on land. The AAV-7 can transport 21 combat-equipped Marines or 10,000 pounds of cargo.

The Marines use a version of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank. The M1 weighs 70 tons and fires a 120mm smoothbore cannon that can destroy most enemy vehicles.

The Marines get dropped into combat zones by several aircraft. Marines use the CH-46 Sea Knight and the MV-22 Osprey, a plane that has propellers that rotate like helicopters so it can hover.

What other missions does the Marine Corps have?

In addition to combat duties, the United States Marines Corps has the honor of standing guard at the White House and Camp David. Marines also operate Marine One, the helicopter that transports the President of the United States. Also, the Marine Embassy Security Command protects U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 140 foreign posts around the world.

Proud, marching Marines

What is the future of the Marine Corps?

The Marines are a quick-strike force that can fight anywhere. They are America’s Spartan Warriors capable of doing the hard work of protecting American citizens and interests around the world. With the best-trained infantry riflemen and technology available, the Marine Corps is prepared for whatever the future holds.

 

The History of Veteran’s Day

Why we celebrate Veterans Day?

Each year on November 11, Americans march in parades, veterans put on their old uniforms and bands play patriotic songs. U.S. flags wave from homes, buildings and are carried in ceremonies. What is everyone celebrating?

Americans celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who keep America safe and free. We acknowledge the sacrifice of veterans who protected people and places important to the United States around the world.

Veterans come from all branches of services including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Those serving are called service members. They protect American interests in the land, sea, and air. Their jobs can be dangerous, and they fight in wars. Other times, they help people in trouble. Sometimes they get hurt or killed doing their job.

Bruno’s Grave in Crescent City, CA, his hometown.

 

Often their duties keep service members away from home for a long time. They give up their lives so the majority of Americans can live in peace. Veterans Day is a simple thank you to the men and women who gave up so much to help and protect us.

Why celebrate Veterans Day on November 11?

The idea for Veterans Day goes back to World War I (WW I). The Industrial Revolution would change warfare in WW I. Death caused killing on a massive scale- tens of thousands of men were killed in a single day.

WW I started in 1914. The United States entered the war in 1917. Almost 5 million Americans fought in the war. About 116,000 Americans died. The worldwide casualties were nearly 9.7 million dead and 21 million wounded. On November 11, 1918, the long, terrible war ended at eleven o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year- 11/11/1918.

The end of the fighting was called an armistice. People all over the world poured into the streets. Stores closed, whistles blew, and strangers danced and hugged to have peace at last.

A year later, President Woodrow Wilson asked American to remember the armistice for one day. November 11 was named Armistice Day. At eleven o’clock people stood silently for two minutes. Staying silent was their way to give thanks for peace. The quiet time gave them a chance to thank the veterans who helped win the peace.

In 1920, Britain and France each buried a soldier in a special place of honor. Nobody knew who the soldiers were. The unknown soldiers stood for all those who had died in the war. The British soldier was buried with past kings and queens. At sundown, French soldiers lit a flame over their soldier’s grave. This gave the Americans an idea of an unknown U.S. soldier monument.

In 1921, an unknown soldier was placed in a tomb, a building that is the last resting place for the dead. The monument is at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was shut at eleven o’clock on November 11. Flags were flown halfway down flagpoles to show respect.

In 1938, the America’s lawmakers voted to make November 11 a national holiday that would give Americans a time to think about and thank veterans. The holiday was called Armistice Day. It was a day to celebrate world peace.

Soon it became a tradition for the President of the United States to place a wreath of flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The flowers came from all over the country. Soldiers standing guard shot their rifles into the air in salute. A bugler played Taps, a haunting song to honor the dead.

Three years later America entered World War II. More than 16 million brave service members volunteered to fight. More than 416,800 Americans died in the war.

In 1954, lawmakers voted again to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Two more soldiers were buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, representing the fallen soldiers of World War II and the Korean War. The tomb was renamed the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Honoring veterans became a sacred tradition in America. Post offices sold stamps with heroic images, and lawmakers built statues and memorials to honor veterans from different wars.

In 1984, an unknown soldier who died in the Vietnam War was placed in the Tomb of the Unknowns. Now there are four soldiers from four different wars. Guards keep watch on the tomb around the clock, 365 days a year. This neverending watch honors all Americans who gave their lives in battle.

Other countries find other ways to celebrate. Most of their holidays take place on November 11, just like the United States. Britain, Canada, and Australia call their holiday Remembrance Day. They wear red poppy flowers to think of veterans from World War I who died in the poppy fields of France.

Thank You, Veterans

In the United States, Veterans Day is a special day. It is a time to tell the millions of women and men in our armed forces both past and present their work for peace is essential. Veterans use the day to think about their service. Americans everywhere thank veterans for their sacrifice on Veterans Day.