Monthly Archives: February 2013

Review: LIVE Home Business Bootcamp Training with George Kosch, Feb 22, 2013. Presented by the online Home Business Experts at Worldprofit

George Kosch welcomed new Members to the training and directed them on what to do next to get started and enjoying maximum benefit from your Worldprofit Membership.

A discussion followed about why some people are successful in building an online business and why some are not.


If you have a goal for something you want to achieve do this:

1. Define and set your goal. Write it down. Post it in a visible spot, perhaps the fridge.

2. Find a person who is already doing or successful at what you want to achieve. Determine what it is EXACTLY that they are doing that you are not. Find at least 3 things they are doing that you yourself are NOT doing. You see, you may THINK you are doing what it required but in actuality you aren’t doing what you need to do to achieve your goal.

3. When you have determined what it is that you should be doing, examine your goal. Is it realistic? Do you need to modify your goal to be achievable to your own situation?

4. When you have a realistic goal, and you have defined the tasks you need to do to achieve your gaol, now create a schedule and task list then do it.

5. Continue to monitor your progress, your schedule and your goals, modify as required.

For example:

If your goal is to make $1500 per month in your online business, but you have a full time job, therefore you have limited time to promote, you may have to modify your goal to be more realistic. It’s been said if you want to lose weight, find someone who is what you consider an ideal weight and ask them what they eat and what they do to maintain their weight. That person is successful at maintaining a healthy weight, so find out what they do specifically, then do it. If you want to be a better bowler, find someone who is a great bowler. Ask him or her how they got to be a great bowler, what did they do, how often do they practice, what’s their winning strategy. Get the idea? So when it comes to your online business, DO the tasks that people do who are making money online are doing. The bootcamp training teaches you what you need to do to follow in the steps of our Top Sellers. Too many people get caught up in the studying, the thinking, the planning, get off track with TOO MUCH info then never get to the WORK . Focus on and DO the daily tasks that are directly related to achieving your goals.


We have just added more lessons to the online bootcamp training so you now have 70 lesson plans. You can see a summary of ALL lessons and move forwards and backwards to select your preferred lesson topics. You can do this from the LEFT MENU under HOME BUSINESS TRAINING select LESSON SUMMARY.

A new product has been added to the MONEY MAKERS KIT. So login and look for that then start promoting it – use the new blog system too! Remember you keep 100% of the commission on the sales of those products . The promotion tools are all there for you. You will find the Money Makers Kit on the LEFT MENU select MONEY MAKERS then select MONEY MAKERS KIT. The newest products are at the top (you’ve got 50 products there to blog and promote!).

George invited and answered questions throughout the training program.

What’s coming:

Worldprofit Marketplace – George explained what this new service will offer and how all Worldprofit members will benefit.

IMPORTANT NOTE for NEW Worldprofit Members:

If you are brand new to Worldprofit and feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of information you have been provided, or the various terms being use, we urge you watch the BASIC TRAINING VIDEO. The basic training video covers terms you should know, the basics of our program and what you need to focus on to get on track to making money online with the Worldprofit system. Find this video in your Member area, on the TOP MENU select TRAINING then click on the link for the video that is marked as the MUST WATCH BEGINNER’S VIDEO. If you have any questions submit a Support form so we can also help you that way.

Thank you to each of you for participating in today’s LIVE interactive Home business bootcamp training. Attending the training, then actually DOING what is taught is the key to your success in building your online business and earning income.

We had lots of questions today and we encourage this. The LIVE training is the perfect opportunity to tap into George Kosch’s expertise and get direct instant answers with on-screen demonstration as relevant.


Today’s LIVE home business training session with George Kosch ran for 90 minutes.

The recording of today’s session will be posted to the Worldprofit Member area (under top menu TRAINING) for the convenience of those not able to attend the LIVE training.

About Worldprofit.

Worldprofit is a home based training company providing tools, resources, software and LIVE and recorded training to help people earn money from home. Started on a kitchen table in 1994, Worldprofit now has over a million free Associate members. Find out how Worldprofit can help you make money from home from a number of reputable income sources.

Not a member of Worldprofit? Get a free Associate Membership today and join people from all over the world who are learning how to make money at home from reputable sources.

Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer

‘And run, if you will, to the top of the hill/Open your arms…’ Thoughts on turning 66. ‘All the leaves have gone green’.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant.

Author’s program note. It is 6:31 a.m. The dawn is still struggling to arrive pushing away the chill detritus of a yesterday now gone forever; the only part of that yesterday now extant the clear admonition from God Himself when He turned out (half) the lights at the 2013 Superbowl Game as a warning; viz that we should be more careful, less profligate and capricious about His patrimony, the most verdant of spheres, which He created for us and where we have been so consistently wasteful and remiss; that if we cannot act as required, He will, removing it from us and certain destruction.

Front page today, the subject of massive raillery and embarrassment, no doubt yesterday’s clear warning will go the way of all the many such which preceded it. Why worry as the planet, sagging under the weight of our hubris, swoons and dies? Why indeed? After all we have 163 varieties of chili readily at hand; more than ample for even the most finicky of eaters.

But I do worry. It is a sure sign one has reached the age for Social Security, as now with a flourish I have, my first check slated to arrive the 20th of next month, the date some bureaucrat in the capital has decided I will officially exist, the bureaucrats keeping that extra money for themselves, in the way of light-fingered flunkeys throughout the ages.

“Jean” words and music by Rod McKuen, sung by Oliver, from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969).

The tune running through the attic of my memory is one I first heard in the fall of ’69, that momentous autumn I first arrived at Harvard for my graduate education. No decrepitude, no enfeebling arthritis, no “senior moment” of obliteration and wobbly uncertainty can ever dim the luster I first experienced just short blocks from where I am writing you now.

I arrived with just $100; knew no one; had no place to live; had never been to Massachusetts and had an incipient case of mononucleosis… and was supremely happy.

It is important to remember such grand moments, not just because in a lifetime they are few and fleeting, but because when one passes through the portal of advancing age too many fixate on what wasn’t, isn’t, and will never be; a sure formula for the carping and grinding bitterness that defines for most “the last of life for which the first was made”; the celebrated phrase of Robert Browning (1812-1889) my mother so cherished.

So far I, at least, have kept this unhappy reality at bay… and I am grateful… and wary. For you see, this state can only be retained by unending vigilance and unflinching honesty… and there are days when there is not a scintilla of either to be had. You will have such days, too, if you have not had them already. “Old age,” the wags rightly say, “is not for sissies.”

Before we continue, it is time to add some music… a tune for which words like “wistful” and “bittersweet” come quickly to mind and rightly so for this song and its poetic lyrics will move you and remind you, too, that once upon a time you loved not wisely but too well.

It was nominated for an Academy Award as “Best Song” in 1969, when a virtually unknown singer called Oliver rode it to the top, his one time only. Find it now in any search engine and listen carefully. Don’t rush the process either as some careless readers on the sunny side of fifty will undoubtedly do. The song is too beautiful, the lyrics too poetic, the sentiments too important for that.

Comfy? Then it’s time for “Jean”… and thoughts of love given, received, refused, repulsed, denied, dishonored, abjured, offended, glorified, celebrated, indulged, forgiven, remembered… grateful now for it in every moment and manifestation.

“Dr. Lant, please call at once…”

I was at home in Cambridge when the nurse called, the matter urgent, pressing. I was scheduled to make a trip to Illinois, to give a speech, and, of course, would stop by the nursing home to see my beloved Grammie, Victoria Lauing. Then I got the call… no, not that she was dead, for she was too well bred to leave us so precipitately. She kept her engagements. No, she was not dead… but she would be, the nurse said if I didn’t Do Something.

Anxious, I quizzed the nurse. What was the problem? How much a crisis? What must I do?

It seems my grandmother, so desirous to see me, had created, as we humans can do anywhere and at any age, a lurid fear all her own; in this case that I would come… but that she would be asleep, not in her small room smelling of medicine and listless days … that we would thus pass like ships in the night; never seeing each other, never seeing each other again. And against this threatening prospect, she was prepared to fight… her weapons frail, her determination absolute.

Thus, my grandmother was adamant the nurse told me with a dollop of anguish in her voice, for Grammie’s never exhausted store of charm had touched her like all the rest; that she would stay up, fully dressed, eyes fixed upon the door I must enter, ready to greet me properly whenever I should come.

As a result, my darling Grammie, whose succulent meals brought to fruition with care and culinary magic tasty and profound, was dying by inches, starving amidst all the bounty of America’s heartland. Could I please talk to her… at once? The matter was urgent.

Thus driven by fear that I would be too late… and fear that I might say the wrong thing and so in some inscrutable way make a difficult situation even worse, I called…. and somehow love found the words for me for the word smith never without the mot juste needed such help that day.

I told her I loved her, the most compelling phrase in our bounteous language. Then spoke the words of utmost necessity; that she must eat a little something, yes, while I was there, on the phone…. that she must do it for me.

Too, that she must then close her eyes and sleep, sleep; that I would be there soon and we would talk and laugh together. And then I knew she was smiling and that smile was rich, radiant, comforting, containing the promise of still more smiles to come.

Then it was time to end; we had comforted each other as those who know love may do. But she had one more thing to say… and it was this, “Remember. Remember that while my body may be old, my brain is a teen-ager’s. Someday you will know what I mean…”

Thus did the conversation that had begun in fear end in relief for both of us. Then she said, her voice steady and clear, “Good-bye now, Laddie”, and I knew she was thinking of me; of those moments so many years ago, so often taken for granted, when she would right every wrong by the simple expedient of stroking my hair, turning my very name into a felicitous incantation, always potent, always available, a healing spell to be summoned at will.

Now I know what she meant.

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, not a cursory glance but a precise reconnaissance, a necessary event requiring courage and resignation. I was if not old then on its threshold, but not the brain, for it is sharp and ready for any adventure, any mischief and, always, for love and were I to loose all but that I should still be a man supremely happy, like I was that long ago day I arrived here for the first time.

And so I tell you this, and resolutely, too, “This is the prime of Dr. Jeffrey Lant” who will to celebrate go out into the silvery gray of this February day when “the clouds are so low/ You can touch them”. For like Miss Jean Brodie, I am “young and alive”, running swiftly to the land where “All the leaves have gone green”. Come with me. “Open your arms, bonnie Jean. Come out of your half-dreamed dream”, and dream the rest with me, for time is short and there is much to do.

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., providing a wide range of online services for small and-home based businesses. Services include home business training, affiliate marketing training, earn-at-home programs, traffic tools, advertising, webcasting, hosting, design, WordPress Blogs and more. Find out why Worldprofit is considered the # 1 online Home Business Training program by getting a free Associate Membership today. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer

Marketing Online Success

In order to achieve the highest level of marketing online success, you need a few basics. These “tools” will make it possible for you to make money and build a real business online. It isn’t a high cost, but it will take some time to find all the tools you need and to learn the skills.

I sometimes fear that I sound like a broken record, but I truly do hate to see people work hard only to fail because they simply don’t know what to do or are being misled by others who are only trying to make money.

So in order to ensure your own marketing online success, please heed the tips I’m about to give you. I have been doing this for many years and I know what I’m talking about. Most of this information I learned the hard way – by making the very mistakes I’m trying to get you to avoid.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Get an education. It doesn’t have to be at your local college, there are many training resources available right online for minimal cost. Also, since these online courses can be accessed any time of the day or night, it is easier for working adults to find the time to complete them. You don’t have to accommodate someone else’s schedule.

Many of these courses can be completed in just a few weeks, and you may be able to actually start making some money while you are going through the course.

Whatever options you choose just make sure you get educated on how the various parts of marketing online fit together.

2. Check your delusion at the door. Hype seems to be rampant online and if you really want to have any success, you must get, and keep, your expectations in line. If you believe the hype, you will waste a lot of time and money chasing some new “sure thing” after another.

To be honest, that is exactly what I did. I was so convinced that my success would happen virtually overnight that when it didn’t I thought I was just doing the wrong thing. It never occurred to me, in the early days at least, that it wasn’t what I was doing that was the problem it was my unrealistic expectations that was causing me so much trouble.

Once I accepted that building a business online would require time and attention from me and I started investing those things in my business I started having success.

3. Be consistent in your time. Even if you can only put a few hours a week to working on your business, you can make it work just as long as you invest that few hours a week every single week.

Of course, the more time you can put into building your business the sooner you may be able to start earning consistent money, but even with small amounts of time you can still build a business as long as you do it on a consistent basis.

Marketing online success hinges on these things. Follow them and you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Daniel Fischer is the Owner of Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter. Check out Info Cash ->

Turning Your Ambition Into Internet Marketing Gold

Have you ever wondered how some businesses got to be so successful on the internet? Their success did not come by luck, but it came by knowing how to market effectively on the internet. You can also gain that knowledge. Find out some of the things that these marketers did to achieve success.

A great internet marketing tip to increase the amount of visitors who will purchase your products is to reword headlines and testimonials in order too see what type of information gets better results. Try rewording titles and headlines while including the same information to see which ones work better than others.

Use Email marketing effectively. If you allow your customers to sign up for a mailing list, you are going to be able to attract them back to your site by emailing them the latest products and sales. You can even include a special discount to them for signing up to receive the emails from your site.

Try including small free products when your customers buy something from your website. You can use buttons, bumper stickers, window decals, pens, etc. Go with products that you can put your name or logo on so that they remember where it came from and other people can see where it came from as well.

If you are attempting to promote a product, service, or business using a web site, create a “news” page about your business. Having a press release up on your site, especially if you post new ones on a regular basis, will increase your search engine visibility and make your site seem more up-to-date to visitors.

Use terms like “guaranteed” and “money back,” in your marketing campaigns. Customers like knowing that you stand behind your product enough to offer a guarantee that they will be satisfied. It will also help people who are on the fence about purchasing your product, go ahead and take the leap, since they feel they can return it if they aren’t happy.

Mention the address of your website in your voicemail greetings and include it in your email signature lines. Get the word out to people that you have a web page. Prospective customers have more trust in companies that have online presences and it allows them to see who you are before they even talk to you.

When you are trying to use internet marketing for your small business, you should take a look at the content of your site. You want make sure that the information will grab the attention of prospective customers. So, try to add new content often, to prevent people from becoming bored of your site.

As you can see, there are many things that you can do to give your internet business a boost. It will take time, effort, and some trial and error. However, if you keeping learning about internet marketing techniques and applying what you have learned, like what you have learned from here, you will achieve the success that you are looking for.

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Solid Tips For Becoming A Better Email Marketer

If you want to learn what it takes to become successful with a subject like email marketing, then the tips from this article are going to help you a lot. You want to read through this article with care and see what tips from it, you can use to help to market your site or sites.

Your email marketing efforts will give you the best results when you coordinate them with the rest of your marketing campaign. Do not work against yourself by unnecessarily duplicating your efforts in several different marketing channels. Make sure that your use of email, social media, and traditional venues are all designed to work well together.

Create an unsubscribe link that works immediately. If a customer unsubscribes from your list, that should be the last mailing they receive from you. In today’s computerized world, there’s no excuse for unscriptions not to be immediate. Customers who continue to receive mailings after they unsubscribe are likely to treat those emails as spam, and respond accordingly.

Use your readers to get content for your emails. When your readers ask you question, it makes great fodder for a future email. Answering reader questions in newsletters in this fashion also makes your customers feel more important, because you dedicate part of your newsletter just to them. You can use a traditional Q & A format, or simply state that a user asked you that question and give the answer.

If you use images in your email newsletters, put text to the right of the images. Research shows that customers are far more likely to click on a link or button that is placed to the left of an image than one that is placed anywhere else on the page.

Everyone knows that email filters are getting more and more strict. Graphics and other things included in emails are blocked out, so a reader might not even see what you are trying to say. Therefore, a good piece of advice is to use plain text with a hyperlink to your site.

To get a better response with your email marketing efforts, you want to create emails that look professional. An email that is not professionally done will come across as spam. If your messages are viewed as spam, that is the quickest way to lose potential customers from your subscriber list.

Personalize the Campaign, your emails should address their recipient by name. Software can personalize each email so that it is addressed individually to the recipient. Emails are much more likely to be opened and read when you use the actual name of the recipient rather than “Dear Valued Customer.” So take the time to use your customer’s name, so they don’t just feel as though your letter is simply spam.

You should now start to feel more confident when it comes to seeing success with your site or sites. You want to be sure that you apply all the knowledge you gained today with confidence because when you do that you have fun and just become successful with ease as you progress.

Daniel Fischer is the Owner of Check us out anytime for marketing tips and a free subscription to our cutting edge newsletter. Check out Info Cash ->

Use These Tips For A Dynamic Internet Marketing Campaign

If you knew a secret that would make your Internet business an overnight success, would you share it? One of the real secrets of successful Internet marketing is sharing your knowledge with others. This establishes you as an expert in your field, and contrary to belief, does not take away from your sales.

To effectively market anything on the Internet, show your potential customers exactly what value your product offers them. Don’t assume that your product’s value is obvious or self-explanatory. People don’t usually have any reason to put a lot of thought or effort into making themselves interested in your product — it’s your job to show them why they should be interested. Be specific and believable and present the benefits of your product to people right up front to catch their attention.

Write and send a professional, original press release about your website to journalists that work for online magazines or newspapers. If you send a journalist an interesting press release, you increase the chances of it being published. Once a press release is published, you should get a lot of new, potential customers visiting your website.

Internet marketing does not start with just a nice-looking website. Too many people set up a new site, then wonder why they get no traffic. Internet marketing starts with your identification of your target niche, and exactly what product you are selling to them. Focus on making the meat of your site explain how your product solves your visitors’ problems and provides them with many benefits.

When advertising a product, don’t be shy about mentioning its flaws. If you try and make your product seem perfect and people buy it and find major flaws, they won’t be too happy with you. But if you admit things your product isn’t great for up front, they’re more likely to appreciate your honesty.

Provide a free download, free quote, or other free product. A free download or free quote builds credibility for your business by showing the customer that your business is knowledgeable in the field. The customer will feel like they got something for free, and that feeling will build goodwill towards your business.

Out there in the real world, networking with other businesses is how start-ups increase their profile and customer base. Use these same principles with Internet marketing. You need to network effectively in order to increase your overall profile. An increase in profile equals an increase in profits, so network frequently.

One way to help get traffic to your site is to create a mirror site or sites that are similar to your niche. Use these niche sites to brand your product and send traffic to your primary site. Make sure the quality is good on these niche sites so you can get that good targeted traffic.

As you can see, a little effort can go a long way when it comes to Internet marketing tactics. One of the keys is consistency; keep up your efforts on a consistent schedule over time and you are sure to see results improve and continue to ramp up over the long run.

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1965. My year in the heartland. ‘It’s still not too late to leave, Laddie.’ ‘Count me in.’

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant.

Author’s program note. I am still unclear even after all these years how I ended up at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa (founded 1853). But it probably went something like this. My grandmother Lura Marshall Lant graduated from Knox College (founded in 1837) in Galesburg, Illinois; it was in the same Midwest conference of fine small liberal arts colleges as Coe (founded 1851) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where my mother went. And Grinnell (1846), in Iowa, too, where I was advised to apply but wasn’t accepted.

So Cornell may have been chosen because they made my hard-working dad a better deal, which amongst other things included a job for me on the cafeteria clean-up crew (called “Slobs”) paying some 28 cents or so per hour, maybe less.

The summer of ’65.

Cornell was the kind of genteel institution of high standards and moral rectitude which expected you to read a series of improving books on timely topics before classes began; so you hit the ground running in September. In those turbulent days, the Great Republic’s race relations were front and center, especially after the Watts section of East Los Angeles exploded into a galloping inferno; the summer reading list was heavily tilted to the bitter quandary of Black and White.

Unexpected “expert”.

Because I had just graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles I found myself in the unaccustomed position of being sought out as an expert on the Gordian Knot of America’s racial puzzles currently playing out in the dangerous streets of the City of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels where mayhem raged from August 11-17, 1965; 34 dead, over $40 million in property damage; the nation appalled, outraged, anxious, uncomprehending.

I never said that I had not, to that date, met a single Black person and that my upbringing had been as lily white and unexceptional; as racially clueless as the rest. This silence was taken as evidence of a modesty so admirable in the young; that I knew more than I would say; and had been more affected by the horrifying events than I would admit. Thus did the silence of discretion bestow stature… which a shy, “ah shucks” smile and undoubted charm only enhanced.

My byline on every door step.

What enhanced it more was the fact that I was the only freshman whose name was known in advance to the entire Cornell community, thanks to my regular column in “The Cornellian”. To get it, I sent Editor Marty Malin a raft of my columns from my high school newspaper “The Warrrior” of which I was sometime Editor-in-Chief. In the best traditions of Yankee journalism I was retained at once… copy needed at once for the frosh orientation edition…. delivered at once; ontime and length perfect, for these are marks of my pride and reliability.

Thus I became the most well-known of students, even before my nervous classmates arrived for an orientation which I no longer needed. Their open papers with my new column prominently featured gave me a thrill I can acutely recall to this very hour and which has never lost its savor.

But all was not smooth…

The first fly in the ointment (and the insectile imagery is most apt) was my Guild Hall roommate; (name withheld to protect the guilty). Per college directive, we exchanged “get acquainted” letters during the summer, the better to commence and build the cordial relationship alma mater expected from two bright young men carefully selected to room together in the Honor Residence for Men and so bond for a lifetime of fund raising pleas and auld lang syne events of the “gaudeamus igitur” variety.

My mother, with her well-honed people-reading skills put paid to that notion: “He looks like a pompous twit fortified by bigotry”. And of course she was right… The first thing this porcine paragon said to me, the very first, was “Los Angeles is today’s Sodom and Gomorrah. So are its people scourged for their sins.” And that was the high point of our “relationship.” It says volumes that this allworthy became the first member of our class to become a Trustee of Cornell and to otherwise rise high amongst those of doctrinal certainty with direct pipelines to God. Of course this insufferable prig had to be punished… and by now I had a kindred spirit to help me dream up and administer suitable penalties, always designed for maximum impact and complete deniability.

Lance Neckar.

When you meet your kindred spirits the correct procedure is to whoop for joy and give them hugs of unstinting gratitude and glee. For make no mistake kindred spirits are a major reason why life is worth living, even at its most bleak. Kindred spirits, you see, need no introduction; no owner’s manual. You understand them… they understand you… They are more precious than rubies, more desirable than gold. They must be loved, cherished and kept contented for the well-lived life always depends to a considerable degree on… them.

Lance Neckar was a kindred spirit and I treasured him accordingly, not least because of his deft assistance with the plump bump who needed to be removed from the dormitory room he foolishly believed was half his, whilst I persisted in believing he was an unwanted (infuriatingly tidy) squatter whose tenure must be abbreviated and at once.

Of course I applied to the necessary authorities who delivered the usual judgements; viz. that my esteemed roomie was a paragon; that such paragons were rare as unicorns and should be humored, embraced, deferred to, even adulated; not cast away by the likes of me. And, not least, that he and I were “brothers”, hand picked by Cornell’s administrators as certain future leaders, hence the adamant need to work together for the common good. Blah, blah, blah. It was clear extra curricular steps were necessary and at once. Thus Lance and I set to our work immediately and with a song in our hearts.

About Guild Hall.

Guild Hall, Honor Residence for Men, was not only unique to Cornell; it may very well have been unique to the nation. Whereas all other residences were monitored and guarded by old dragons called “house mothers”, given the honorific “Ma” before their surnames; Guild had no such figure. Located off the campus, we were entirely self governing; a privilege bestowing pride and responsibility. It was an honor indeed.

Whereas other boys might be boisterous and high spirited, prone to outbreaks of hormones and hijinx, all we young princes of the realm were always calm, respectable, causing absolutely no trouble whatever, just unadulterated good sense and reasoned measures. And as for brains, why the minutes of our monthly meetings were rendered in poetic pentameters. I am not kidding.

That is why no one suspected us when from the large striped awnings of Guild Hall we launched Operation Eradication…

Fueled by need and the desire to enter the annals of prankdom, we learned the secrets of lacing young Tauby’s bed with ice cubes one night, warm water the next, foul smelling stink weeds, the olfactory pride of Iowa, and fouler smelling wash clothes; the secrets of emulating the midnight yelps and cautionary shrieks of predatory birds… and shuffling up stairs sounding like ancient gents with a full agenda of ill will and ample malice. We even filed a report with the college on our firm belief Guild was haunted, perhaps with the uneasy spirits who had once, when Mt. Vernon was a rail stop and Guild its hostelry, brought so much loneliness and unhappiness along with their sample cases. Yes, their ghosts abided…

Against such strenuous and inventive measures, my soon-to-be-ex room-mate had no chance… and soon my kindred spirit moved in, a million laughs in his suitcase. But this and all the other goodies which emerged from my short stay at Cornell very nearly didn’t happen.

“Count Me In.”

My grandmother Victoria Burgess Lauing, for all that she spent most of her waking moments as a haus frau, had, when needed, a sharp sense of style. And because she loved me so, she dressed to the nines in a tailored suite (color her favorite mauve), obligatory diamond broach, and ordered her brand-new Oldsmobile immaculately clean. She insisted on driving me to college, the 245 miles from Downers Grove, Illinois. It was a great honor and I regarded it as such. But it almost upended the apple cart.

You see, the actual town of Mt. Vernon, Iowa (population just 2593 in 1960) was not impressive; in fact, if you blinked you missed it… and thus was born in Grammie’s voice a distinct sense of apprehension. This got worse when we stopped at what seemed to be the town’s only eatery, for which the words “greasy spoon” would be a compliment, dead flies, slatternly, perspiring waitress, food that would haunt you through many a rest stop. Then she and with anguish in her voice said, “It’s still not too late to leave, Laddie,” using my childhood name. “We can turn around now and go home…” perhaps forgetting for a moment my “home” was now in Los Angeles. She missed me so….

Sympathy in the porch swing. “Count me in.”

My fate was now in the balance and perhaps I wavered, I cannot say. But then the president of Guild Hall came out to greet, first, Grammie, for stylish ladies in diamonds are worth the most amiable of greetings; then me. Grammie, charming as always, worried about me asked if he had a moment to talk. And so the two of them sat down on the old porch swing to determine my future.

In a moment they were earnestly engaged, going a mile a minute, her hand in his. Then they were done and she beckoned me and whispered, “You’re going to like it here. This nice young man will help you.” And the “nice young man” nodded that he would and was as good as his word. I remember Harvey well and can now thank you from the unimaginable summit of 66 years and by reminding you of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and their1965 hit “Count Me In” which wafted through Guild’s corridors that August day so long ago.

“If you need someone to count on, count me in/ Someone you can rely on through thick and thin.”

You were the first of so many Cornellians I met who helped make it all so very, very good.

About the Author

Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., providing a wide range of online services for small and-home based businesses. Services include home business training, affiliate marketing training, earn-at-home programs, traffic tools, advertising, webcasting, hosting, design, WordPress Blogs and more. Find out why Worldprofit is considered the # 1 online Home Business Training program by getting a free Associate Membership today. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer