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UGA Star, David Pollack, Hosts Business Opportunity!

To attend this meeting, please RSVP to Meeting address will follow

UGA Football Star, David Pollack along with Lanier National Speedway owner, Donnie Clack and’s Joey Gouge host a Free BBQ dinner meeting to discuss your Health and Wealth!  Monday, August 9, in the Loganville area!  This is a great business opportunity available to all!  Dinner is a 6:30 and David Pollack speaks at 7:45!

To attend, please email; to rsvp and receive event location and further details!


Celebrate Your Independence, Picture, July 4, 2010

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Happy July 4, 2010 From JoeyG

Happy July 4, 2010 From JoeyG &

From young to old, we must all remember this Country was created of, by and for the people!  We are all charged, by the founding fathers, to protect this at home and abroad.  Happy 4th of July to you all!

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds       – Samuel Adams


Playing Marbles with Diamonds; Inspiration by Dr. Ike Reighard

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Dr. Dwight "Ike" Reighard

I am a firm believer that life is filled with extraordinary opportunities. I am equally convinced that many opportunities often masquerade so well that we often overlook them. The key to unmasking extraordinary opportunities is to look very closely at ordinary situations and discover what is truly valuable. There is a well-known story about a traveler who made a trip to north Africa in the early 1900’s. As he traveled across the country he made his way into a small, remote village. In the center of the village, a crowd of boys and girls had gathered in a large circle. The traveler walked to the edge of the circle to see what had attracted such a large group. He saw a very common sight, the children were playing a game of marbles. As he watched the game, he noticed that several of the marbles had an almost translucent quality and those marbles flashed with sunlight as the game was played.  The traveler was a gemologist and he instantly recognized that these children were playing marbles with diamonds. The eyes of a seasoned professional had recognized what a novice would have missed. They were treating the world’s most precious gemstone as if it were a a cheap, glass marble.

Unfortunately, this story serves as an all too real metaphor for the way we look at life.  We fail to see the diamonds of extraordinary opportunity and we play childish games  with them as if they were ordinary glass marbles that have no real value. We look with the eyes of a novice rather than developing the eyes of a trained professional who sees the deep value that escapes the notice of an untrained eye.

So my question to you: “Are you playing marbles with diamonds in your own life?”  Here are just a few ways that I’ve observed people who treat ordinary opportunities as ordinary occurrences:

You play marbles with diamonds when:

You play childish games with priceless gifts.

Love that another has given you.

Trust that someone has placed in you.

Confidences that a friend has shared with you.

You compromise your values for momentary gain

You lose your future because you will not let go of the past.

You waste your time on things that do not really matter.

You fail to see the power of a moment because you prefer comfort over a challenge.

You confuse your net-worth with your self-worth.

You focus on your rewards rather than on your contributions.

You allow your memories to be bigger than your dreams.

Here is my advice to you. Go and buy the most beautiful marble that you can find and place it where you can see it each day. When the marble catches your eye, ask yourself in that moment – ‘Where I am playing marbles with diamonds in my life today?’ and ‘What is my extraordinary opportunity that may appear ordinary at this moment?’

I am excited to be the inspiration for you in this blog as I breathe life into your dreams. Follow me on Twitter and let’s build a tribe of diamonds in the rough. (

Dr. Ike Reighard

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