And for the purpose of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
~ last sentence of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
For most of us in America, the 4th of July is a holiday that consists of joining with family and friends. We grill out, watch fireworks, and enjoy each others company.
But it started so much differently. 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. They pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. They knew it was likely a death-warrant they were signing.
They displayed courage. They displayed honor. They displayed the willingness to sacrifice for the sake of what was right. It would affect their futures. It would affect their fortunes. It would affect their families.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Rod Santomassimo, Duke graduate, has challenged Big Blue Nation. He and I give our 5 reasons why our team will win the NCAA championship this year.
Now don’t just watch the video below. We want to hear from you. We want to know who you think makes the best argument for our teams.
I got my first question from the new voicemail feature last week and I wanted to respond right away. And even though the question from Allen Buchanan was in jest, I got to share my fool-proof 4 step system to a winning March Madness bracket.
If you would like to be featured in the next video, simply hit the button on the right of the screen and leave me a voicemail using your computer.
My Son Lip-Sync's 'Let it Go'
Inspired by Jimmy Fallon, my son thought that we should have the first annual Barron Family Lip-Sync Competition. He also wanted to have the competition on his blog – Ben-Barron.com. Not bad for an 8 year old, eh?
The rules are as follows: whoever has the most comments, likes, etc. wins. I thought I would give his sight a boost by inviting all of you to check it out. I’ll be posting my daughter’s video in a few days. Be sure you check out Ben’s blog. He can’t type yet so he is big on video.
Helping Hands Helping Hearts
My son and two of his buddies are doing a school project to help raise money for the American Heart Association. If you have any odd jobs around the house or at work that could use the elbow grease of 3 strapping 5th graders, please let me know!
Two weeks ago, I launched my first ever reader’s survey. My goal was to better understand my readers so that I can provide better value in my content. You have responded, and I am grateful. Hundreds of you took the time to take the survey.
I am going to share with you the results by profiling my average reader. If you don’t fit this profile, don’t worry. You are welcome. Frankly, I don’t fit this profile. So let’s take a look at my average reader, and then I will draw some conclusions.
My reader is male (77%) between the ages of 45-64 (58%). He has a bachelor’s degree or higher (78%). He is most likely a CRE broker or business owner (69%), and he lives in the United States (95%).
He makes over $100,000 a year (63%) or even $200,000+ a year (27%). He is predominantly Christian (80%) attending church at least once a week (59%). His faith is very important to him (69%). He does not have a blog (77%) and reads 1-2 books a month. As an aside, my wife says that you need to pick it up a bit. She read 144 books in 2013 – incredible!
It is no surprise that I just described the Commercial Real Estate industry. It is dominated by 50+ year old white men who tend to be behind the curve when it comes to technology. CRE needs more women. CRE needs more diversity. CRE needs more tech.
I’m so very grateful to those who participated in the survey. It was so very helpful to me. It has given me the data I was craving so I can create better content for you.
One of my goals for the year is to take this blog to the next level. I want it to be more valuable and beneficial to my readers. To accomplish this, I would love to know more about YOU. To that end, I have created my 2014 Reader Survey.
Would you please take a few moments to fill out this survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why, you ask? Because you will be helping me make my content even more relevant to you.
I covet your input – it is important to me. The survey is very easy to take. It should take you 5 minutes or less. The survey results are completely anonymous. There is no way for me to know which of you said what.
Take the Survey Now!
Thanks so much!
2014 is here! Do you want to make this your best year ever? Setting goals is one thing, but building habits into your life is what will actually get you to the place you want to go. Michael Hyatt has produced 3 free videos that are incredibly helpful in helping you make 2014 your best year ever. I challenge you to watch these videos and maximize 2014!
The first video is below. You can find all 3 at bestyearever.me.
Happy New Year my friends!
My cousin, Lindsey O’Brien Kesling, was just 22 years old when she died due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in her Scottsdale, Arizona apartment in November 2010. My little bro, Timmy Baron (26), stars in this informative video produced/edited by Lindsey’s brother, William Kesling (19), www.williamkesling.com, and filmed by Dane Kissel.
LOK Wishing Tree Foundation is a youth arts organization founded in Lindsey’s memory. Besides their focus on creating performing and creative arts opportunities for youth in underserved areas, LOK Wishing Tree Foundation also feels a strong commitment to carbon monoxide awareness and safety to help prevent other tragic deaths.
I ask you to sign the petition mentioned in the video to make CO testing mandatory in all states. The next 30 seconds of your life could save the lives of many others. Please act now by going here to sign the petition – Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation.
To get more information about the LOK Wishing Tree Foundation – click here!
This is What Happens When You Let Your 4 Year Old Play With Your Phone