Monday, October 30, 2006

Are Hispanics Just Remarkable Entertainers?

New York City will host, for the first time, the 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards which will air live on the Univision Television Network on Thursday, November 2, at 8pm Eastern - 7pm Central. New York City is home to many famous Latino stars past and present: Tito Puente, Los Panchos, Cuban salsa legend, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Fania Records Founder and singer, Johnny Pacheco, Yomo Toro, Eddie Palmieri, Hector Lavoe, Thalia, Placido Domingo, Johnny Rivera and Marc Anthony, to name just a few.

Nevertheless, this writer wonders how many in America view Latinos as anything more than entertainers? When we read and hear about Latinos in the news, often it involves illegal immigrants, political scandals, drug raids, hustlers, poverty and entertainment. I find this quite unfair and detrimental to the Latino image globally.

Latinos/Hispanics are not just fodder for admission tickets. We have a
legacy of Latino businessmen and women, politicians, scientists, activists and heroes as well. They need to be celebrated, admired and followed equally as our distinguished Latino entertainers.

They are the
shining example for our future generations.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Double Your Dating Successfully!

We at The Latino Edge, in our quest to provide our dear readers powerful tools to enrich their lives, recently discovered a great book called Double Your Dating by David DeAngelo. In our opinion, it's the best place for a guy to start who wants to become more successful with women and dating.

We're really excited about it, because these days it's definitely not easy for a guy to find dating advice that works.

So what makes this book different than everything else out there?

Well, mainly David DeAngelo himself.

You see, David D. is a smart, educated regular guy. A regular guy who for the longest time, like so many others, couldn't figure out why he didn't have the success with women he wanted.

Several years ago, he made the decision in his life to do whatever it takes to get this whole "dating" thing down, no matter what the cost.

David read everything he could find about women and dating, and was disappointed to discover that for the most part, there was no quality information available for guys like him who wanted to learn.

Frustrated but determined, David decided to go straight to the source. Not to the women themselves... After hearing so many women say they wanted a "nice guy", then turn around and complain about their jerk boyfriends (who they had obviously chosen over many nice guys like him), he was convinced that even women themselves weren't exactly sure of what they wanted in a man.

David sought out the few guys he knew who were unbelievably successful with women. You know, the guys in high school that you never stopped hearing about. He asked around and found more and more of these naturals, and sat down and picked their brains for every last piece of information he could dig up.

He was surprised to find that many of these guys weren't rich or handsome. In fact, several of them were down right broke and ugly! But they definitely had some kind of "power" that other guys didn't, and after hanging out with these guys for a while, David started to figure out exactly what it was.

It took some time, but before long David himself was getting women like crazy. His friends begged him to let them in on his secret... And sure enough... It worked for them too! David had put together a complete system for meeting and dating women that any guy could use. They convinced him that he had to write a book, and soon "Double Your Dating" was born.

In his book, David explains his step-by-step process for meeting and attracting women. Once you know it and master it, you can attract any woman you want, any time you want. And you don't have to be rich or handsome to do it.

David has finally unraveled the "bad boy" mystery and explains exactly why some guys "get all the chicks". More importantly, he explains how to develop the traits in yourself that drive women wild, and why you don't have to be a bad boy or a jerk to be successful with women.

There are simple things that you can do to separate yourself from 99% of the other guys out there, and David spells them out for you in plain English. He covers specific strategies and techniques for starting conversations with women, getting their phone numbers and email addresses, inexpensive and cheap date ideas, and how to take things to a "physical" level smoothly and easily.

The techniques in the book are practical and easy to use. There is nothing you will have to memorize or study. You can start using what you learn right away.

The Latino Edge really cannot recommend this book enough. Double Your Dating is an absolute must read for any man, no matter where you're at in the dating game.

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here to start your earth shaking and life changing journey to successful dating!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Can You Handle Success?

The wise and powerful Sir Winston Churchill eloquently said, "The price of greatness is responsibility."

Oh! The halls of Fortune are filled with the groans and tears of the "had it and lost".

We all want success. Better yet, we want what we think is success. Success for you is not the same deal for me. I want to be richer than Bill Gates. I figure if a geek like him can become a billionaire, as geek like me can become one too. Too lofty, you say? Not on your life. Why fish for guppies when you can fish for great whites?

Yet, there's one gaping hole in our collective bag of goodies. All the pixie dust in Neverland won't matter if we don't learn one monumental lesson. We need to learn how to handle success when it comes.

You need to take this to heart. I'll tell you why.

Some people rise like a demon chased rocket - then fall from the heavens like a screaming millstone. It's one thing to win the lottery. It's quite another to still be a millionaire one year later. You can get the opportunity of a life time and lose it forever the next day. You can own a house (finally) and lose it in foreclosure 18 months down the line. Guys, you finally have the woman of your dreams. She agrees to marry you. Oh my God! Heaven on earth! Brother let me tell you something right quick. If you fail to take care of her and be responsive to her needs, someone else is on the sidelines waiting to take your place. And they will. You let it happen. You will be crying in your beer, listening to sloppy sad songs at some roach infested dive while he keeps her secure and warm. That's reality.

HOWEVER, we can learn how to achieve success... and keep it for the rest of our days. I'm not saying it sure fire. Nothing is 100% in the bag. This is life, my friends. In life, pooty happens. Right? Of course. But, if we learn the necessary skills to keep our hard and painfully earned success, pooty happens less frequently in our lives.

Say no to pooty. Keep your piece of cake and eat it too.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Don't You DARE Settle!

What are you willing to do to punch through and get what's rightfully yours? Have you set your mind to live a mediocre life? What do you do with your free time? Get high? Get drunk after doing your 70 hours a week at a concentration type factory job? Is that your future? Do you watch from the sidelines as your goals and dreams are lived by others?

That's not me. That's not what I want out my life. Don't get me wrong, folks. There's no substitution for hard work, dedication, persistence and outright sagaciousness. You have to make up your mind to be stubborn and bullish to make your dreams a reality. I don't care if you want to be the next rock star or the first female president. All it takes is the belief in yourself, the chutzpah to stand alone when no one else cares if you live or die and the will to do what it takes.

Family and friends do not understand why I spend so many hours in front of this ragged thing called my PC. But that's ok. They don't need to understand. I understand. That's all that matters. It takes practice, practice, practice, and more practice to be awesome. I can sleep and eat dirt all my life or I can use my time wisely and effectively on my way to my goals.

Don't ever let anyone cheat YOU out of YOUR life. It was given to you for a reason and it is OK to enjoy it to the fullest. You will always find someone who will tell you, "Don't do this. You will not make it." They will tell you that you are being selfish. They will tell you that loving yourself is wrong. That is a pathetic lie. It is absolutely not true. There is nothing wrong with loving yourself as long as the end result is positive one for you. Remember this is not about anyone else but you. You have to be happy with yourself. And if you are not, then maybe you are hanging out with the wrong people. Tell them to get lost!

Never, ever let anyone convince you to settle for less than your full potential. Don't you dare settle! If you have settled, it's not too late to rectify it.

You may lose friends. Heck, your family may come against you. In all likelihood they will. It doesn't matter. This is your life were talking about. It's not your husband's life. It's not your wife's life. It's not your mother or father's life, or anyone else you can think of. You deserve the absolute best of yourself for yourself. If it takes stepping on some toes, then step on them and make it count!

Remember this, when you go to your grave, (and that day will come for us all), you will be the only one that's going in that hole. No one else is going in with you. Why should you live life by someone else's terms?

When you wake in the morning, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Are you happy you are alive? Or do you bemoan the thought of another miserable day? When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? I am not talking about physical attributes. I am talking about the real you. Let me ask again. Do you like what you see?

If your answer is a resounding "NO!" then it's time for a radical make over. You do not have to live another miserable day. Your outlook about yourself can change for the better. However, you need to make a decision. Do you want to change? Do you want to be happy? Do you want to smile again? It's not an impossible dream. It can be yours. Today. Right now.

Most people do not like to be honest, even if brutal honesty would save their lives. Shakespeare once wrote, This above all: to thine own self be true. No more honest and accurate words have been written apart from the Bible. If we cannot be true to ourselves, how can we be open to groundbreaking, earth shattering prodigiousness in our lives? The sad reality is that most people settle and accept garbage into their lives because they are not true to themselves. They accept whatever or whoever comes their way because they do not believe in themselves, in their talents and the possibility that they too can be accomplished and happy.

No matter where you are at in your life, no matter what your situation, as long as there is life within your body, you can be the very person you've dreamed. Finally, that secret list of goals you've had tucked away for so long can be achieved!

The secret, my attractive and powerful friends, lies within
us.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Gene Simmons: Business Mastermind


Many people have read millions of books on business and marketing and for the most part these "how to" books don't work. Before Gene Simmons, the blood spitting, fire breathing co-founder and bassist of the legendary rock band, KISS said it, I knew it. We don't see many millionaires or billionaires saying, "I'm a rich man today because I followed "20 Ways To Strike it Rich by Making Rice and Beans".

However, Mr. Simmons has very practical advise that actually does work! What's the difference?
Watch it for yourself.

Then include it in your arsenal.

Power is Won (or Lost) at the Tip of Your Tongue

Learning how to be an awesome and dynamic public speaker not only can make you extremely interesting to others, it can also propel you into the stratosphere of your chosen profession. People will notice, especially upper management. Believe me, words get around. But especially about the most interesting person on the planet... you.

Public speaking generates a sensation of agony as large as the fear of losing your life. Habitually, when confronted with an audience, we desperately want to find a way out and hide under a rock.

The reason is simple: you're afraid of the questions asked when you're in a group, insecurities invade your mind when you have to speak in front of a group of four people or more, or your shyness freezes your tongue solid because although you know exactly how to answer, you don't know how to pronounce it past your teeth.

These types of situations lead a group of men in 1924 to create the
Toastmaster Club. It is a non profit organization founded in California, whose principal thrust was to find a solution for each one of the abovementioned conflicts. These conflicts blocks personal advancement and impede the personal expression in the public arena.

The development of the Toastmaster Club's ideal of helping others to speak effectively grew at such a rapid pace that today, in only the metropolitan area of New York and New Jersey alone, exists over 200 conversational clubs affiliated with Toastmaster International.

"This is a laboratory", said Julian Hernandez, founder of the most recent addition in
Union City, New Jersey. "My objective is for people that speak English in this zone and that want a friendly medium to practice their conversational skills, to have a space to practice. They can grow beyond their limitations within a comfortable ambiance."

Toastmaster is an educational organization that functions at the global level. It's programs have also been successfully implemented in jails and rehabilitation centers for people with mental impediments. The programs emphasize oral communication and leadership.

The system introduces people to the immensely important skill of self discipline. It permits the practitioner of the oral communication arts to study text books, audio and video sent by the club. Later, the disciple of the art of communication can put into practice his or her studies within a group.

"Basically, it is designed to enhance a person's oral communication. Many people fear public speaking. Many who speak English as a second language (and also as a first language) are intimidated when speaking in front of an audience", said Hernandez.

Function

"Things like conducting a seminar, workshops, lead a business meeting, or making a sale... even simply talking on the phone with another person that expresses himself quite well in English, intimidate people. This is the reason why we have formed clubs such as this one."

Club members learn in a group setting the skills that are normal in everyday life. A typical club has 20 to 30 members that meet once a week for an hour. This allows each associate to participate.

The theme of these meetings are usually set around small business sessions. This allows for the participants to acquire the basic understanding of lingual procedures. Each of the participants act out a role in which they are evaluated. The members are asked to improvise for two to three minutes, intergrating what they have learned from their previous studies into the scenario. Each are then evaluated on this and on their progress. The evaluations are oral and minutes later a member of an advanced level delivers the results.

Another paramount part of these meetings is based on the participation of all members responding to questions within two minutes. This generates the understanding of various themes and topics that enlarges the participants' cultural level.

For more information, you can call 1-800-9WE-SPEAK or go to the Toastmaster Club's
website. It is crucial for us in the Hispanic/Latino community to make the valuable decision to better our verbal communication.

There is a saying: "The one that silences offers" and almost always what is offered goes against the one that silences. Even in Proverbs 18:20 -21 of the Good Book advises: "A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."

This is main thrust of The Latino Edge: to give information that empowers and edifies the Hispanic community at large to make right decisions and to give hope and life to our future generations. Two of the necessary tools available to all Hispanics who have the gumption to stand up and stand out is the power of the English language and its proper and powerful use.

Business demagoges advise novices and veterans to "dress to impress". We believe that "speaking to impress" is just as critical. It balances the inner you with the outer you. When that happens, Latino, the universe is the limit.

Echa pa'lante!



Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New Cancer Causing Near Panic in European Nations

All nations, including the extremely tolerant Belgians are taking notice. It's the reemergence of an old devil, once thought subdued, that threatens the very fabric of civilized life. It's the worm that burrows in the brain of reason. It's a deadly virus that paralyses highly evolved societies and causes them to cower in ice cold fear.

No, my dear readers, Europe cannot continue to ignore this parasite called Islam and hope to remain untouched.