STAR ENTREPRENEUR CHAD HERSHEY; AN INDEPTH INTERVIEW
By Grant Hall
Successful entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and derive their success from a variety of business endeavors. Chad Hershey, internet marketer and affiliate of our e-Book, Privacy Crisis:
Identity Theft Prevention Plan and Guide to Anonymous Living, provides insights and opinions
on a variety of topics during this interview with Grant Hall. Enjoy the interview!
James Clark King, LLC
Publisher, Privacy Crisis: Identity Theft Prevention Plan and Guide to Anonymous Living
1.You are known for promoting the creation of wealth through multiple sources of passive income. What types of passive income fit your business model?
Over the past few years I have been fortunate to connect with the right people who have the same mindset as myself and are on the same track in terms of building multiple streams of passive income. During the last 10 years I have been exposed to numerous opportunities, profiting greatly and at the same time losing greatly. As I created the right people to show up in my life and as I sorted & sifted through various programs, I started to get a feel for the type of program(s) that I not only wanted to be involved with myself but also wanted to promote to others.
Every day around the globe, millions of people are looking to find a true and proven way to earn extra income on the Internet, they just don't know how. The programs that I am currently involved with cater to all and allow everyone to earn, whether they are new to the Internet or are an experienced marketer. These programs range from a private international credit union to private investment clubs to surf programs, where you actually view & rate websites and get paid a daily incentive for doing so.
So to answer your question, programs with a track record, programs that offer true passive income (where you don’t have to build a huge group to make money) and businesses like the surfing programs I mentioned where everyone can make money by simply viewing and rating websites on a daily basis; which by the way, in my opinion, is going to be the next big trend in online advertising.
Some, if not most of the programs I am involved with are catered to out-of-the-box thinkers. Many in-the-box-thinkers take a look at these programs and can’t fathom the kind of money that can be made and say, “it’s too good to be true.” With that in mind, I look to associate myself with open-minded, free thinking entrepreneurs who take calculated risks. It’s my belief that it is very rare you will find an ‘in-the-box-thinker’ who is emotionally and financially free as these people mainly live out of fear, whether they realize it or not, and therefore cannot truly ‘break free’.
2. As an entrepreneur, what experiences and people influenced you toward creating a business rather than choosing to work for a salary as an employee?
That’s a good question. There aren’t any particular experiences or people that have influenced me. I went to junior college and received my associate’s degree and found out that college really wasn’t my thing. Once graduated from junior college I packed up and headed out to Vail, CO and become a ski bum for a winter. After that I came back to Chicago and got involved with my first network marketing company with my Father and Brother. After doing the corporate thing for awhile, my Father became an entrepreneur later in his life so I think a little of his entrepreneurial spirit rubbed off on me at an early age.
Over the next 10-12 years I basically worked at restaurants in the evening while I worked my Network Marketing opportunities during the day. I never had a so called ‘real’ 9-5 job. Staying consistent and persistent with my daily method of operation, the day finally came in 2002 where I was able to quit the restaurant business altogether and went full-time working from home.
So I think it was just something inside of me that knew I wanted to create this lifestyle for myself and as I persisted thru the tough times and ridicule of ‘what are you going to do with your life,’ the right people, events and circumstances began to show up to lead me on the path I’m on today.
3.Name some characteristics of products that may be successful for affiliate marketing. Also, name specific products if you want to.
I don’t think there are any specific characteristics that can be named as there is a market for every product. The biggest factor I have learned is to find out who your target market is and go after that market. Trying to sell weight loss products to a body builder is not going to get you very far. And that seems to be a big mistake for many beginner marketers, trying to sell their product to everyone and anyone.
Find a niche market, study what the needs are of that market, introduce your product with a unique twist to that market, stay consistent with your marketing efforts and you should have a successful campaign. I heard one story of a lady marketing products in the Dressage arena who did over $50,000 in sales over a 2 weeks period. Now that is target marketing!
4.Based on your business experience, what weight do you place on attitude as a factor for managing a successful company?
Well I think it should be obvious that you have to have the right attitude if you are going to be an entrepreneur and manage/run your own business. Working for yourself is not for the weak minded as you need the drive and desire, along with the correct attitude to succeed. As the saying goes, ‘when the going gets tough the tough gets going.’ And you have to have that kind of mindset and vision, otherwise you will get chewed up and spit out faster then you can imagine.
Napoleon Hill says, “Before success in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.” At that point in one’s career is when your attitude really comes into play.
5.Do you see changes in work ethics and job skills of entry level employees today as compared to ten years ago?
All I can do here is give my opinion because besides the restaurant industry, I have never been involved with a corporate company that takes on entry level employees. The current educational system is unfortunately designed is to dumb down the students with worthless, misleading studies to train (educate) the kids today to conform to society and not be free thinking individuals. Instead of the public school system, it could be referred to as the public FOOL system.
The average entry level employee today has probably spent the past 10 years of their life getting into debt with student loans & student credit cards, playing video games, watching reality TV shows, partying and attending college sex parties. As much as this may sound like a great lifestyle, it has in reality kept these kids in a shell to conform and to be ‘accepted’ in to today’s society to be good working employees who are told what to do… and this has been done by design.
It is my opinion that today’s entry level employee does not have the same work ethics or skills as the entry level employees of 10 years ago. It’s unfortunate that entrepreneurship is scorned and frowned upon in today’s educational system.
The late great George Carlin sums up the educational system here
Grant – here is that link - http://www.shoutfile.com/watch/a42Hu9Hr/Wake-Up-America.html
6.What authors and books have influenced your way of thinking?
The only author who has had a BIG influence on my way of thinking and how reality works is Robert Scheinfeld and his book Busting Loose From The Money Game. A preview of his philosophy can be found here
Grant – here is that link http://manifestyourfortune.com/humangame
7.Do you believe government should bail out businesses when they are failing and provide subsidies to homeowners who have mortgages they cannot afford to pay?
It would be nice if the government provided subsidies to struggling homeowners! The bailout was one of the biggest frauds in history... unofficially over $8 Trillion of taxpayers money wasted.
When you understand that the Federal Reserve is a privately held bank (owned by 13 families who call themselves the Illuminati) that controls Wall St and controls the US Politicians (ever hear the saying, ‘we have the best politicians money can buy?’), then you’ll know that the bailout was simply a way to rob the citizens of their hard-earned money to benefit the cronies (puppets) of the Illuminati.
It was a typical problem – reaction – solution scenario. The government creates the problem, the citizens react and then they (gov’t) usher in a solution to the problem they created.
This problem – reaction – solution scenario is called the Hegelian Dialectic:
1) The government creates or exploits a problem blaming it on others;
2) The people react by asking the government for help willing to give up their rights;
3) The government offers the solution that was planned long before the crisis.
- Nero Burnt Rome, Blamed It on the Christians and Then Savagely Butchered Them.
- The USS Maine Sank in Havana Harbor Launching the US into the Spanish American War
- Hitler was elected Chancellor (President) and then Burnt the Reichstag (German Parliament) Building. He Then Declared Himself Furor (Dictator) and Promised Utopia. Hitler Declared Martial Law and Suspended All Basic Human Rights.
- In 1962, the government wanted to change public opinion to create a pretext for war with Cuba. The Joint Chiefs of Staff created a plan that they named the "Northwoods Document", to commit a series of terrorist acts against America and blame it on the Cuban government. One of the scenarios included blowing up a civilian airplane.
- Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City blaming mind controlled Manchurian candidate Tim McVeigh
- 911 with CIA asset Bin Laden… need I say more...
Bob Chapman of the Int’l Forecaster summed up the bailout this way, “But the most cogent reason for this lack of accountability is that our governmental and business systems have been corrupted in their upper echelons by the Puppet Masters and their bootlicking, puppet sycophants. The satanic trillionaires, the Illuminati, who we just referred to as the Puppet Masters, such as the Rockefeller's, the Rothschild's and the Black Nobility of Europe, who run the world as everyone's shadow government, are rewarding the people who are responsible for causing these disasters because these people have done exactly as they were told.”
So to answer your question Grant, no, I don’t think the government should bail out businesses. That money could very easily go back to the citizens to pay down their debt load and to jump start the economy. But after all, free thinking wealthy citizens with no debt do not make good slaves.
8. Describe your current business including web sites, products and services and other information you would like to share about your company.
As stated before, I’m working now with a handful passive opportunities building for the future. Like a traditional business, passive income opportunities take a few years to build to a point where you can start to draw a nice monthly income. One of the best features of these programs is compound interest.
Einstein said, “The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest”. How true it is. Once you get to a certain point the interest takes on a life of its own. And what better lifestyle can one have then living off of a monthly passive income.
Some of the programs I’m associated with can be viewed at my blog.
Grant – here is that link http://www.manifestyourfortune.com/blog
9. How do you feel about government regulating businesses in general and internet sales taxes in particular?
Bottom line is that government has grown to be too big and is way out of control. What ever happened to We the People being the government? Yes, we do need certain regulations for business but we don’t need big brother breathing down our necks at our every turn.
As for the Internet sales tax, states are currently limited in their sales tax collection authority because of a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Quill v. North Dakota case. It says retailers aren't required to collect sales taxes from customers who live in states where they don't have a physical presence, or "nexus." The justices did, however, make it clear that Congress could step in and change the rules. The change in rules could be coming very soon as they want to suck every penny they can out of the citizens.
What’s even more disturbing is Internet 2. If you haven’t heard of Internet 2, I suggest you do a search. When they introduce Internet 2, capitalism, free market and free speech as we know on the Internet will not exist. And if it does, it will be on a very limited basis. Not only will Internet 2 have many taxes you refer to but also will be very restrictive to what sites we can visit. For a glimpse, look at the Internet over in China today. They are fire-walled off from any site the government doesn’t want them to visit.
And it is a very real scenario that we may start to see Internet blackouts in the near future and then of course the government will step in with the typical Hegelian Dialectic scenario as stated above to usher in Internet 2.
10. What personal characteristics are necessary for self-employment success?
Vision, discipline, organizational skills, persistent, creativity, trust, joy, love, communication skills, leadership, integrity, understanding, good listener, attitude up to altitude and have fun!
11. How does an internet based business that has an affiliate program in place attract more affiliates?
I think the most important thing is to let everyone know that you have an affiliate program available. You’d be surprised at how many products I’ve purchased or programs I’ve been involved with where I never knew they had an affiliate program in place. You also need to have an attractive affiliate comp plan. I’ve seen many affiliate programs out there paying their affiliates way too little. A generous affiliate comp plan along with providing marketing material to the affiliates can go a long way.
12. Share anything about your business, future business plans and personal goals and aspirations you would like for readers to know.
I would just like to urge readers to purchase your book and to have them take their personal and financial privacy very serious. People need to be aware of how to protect their assets and how to properly structure their lives where they ultimately own nothing and control everything.
We are living in some very interesting times where Big Brother has gotten way too BIG and way too out of control, unfortunately by design. It is time we remember who we are and that we are in control of our future, not some bureaucrat sitting on top of Capitol Hill thinking he is a dictator.
I would also like to urge readers to get involved with some passive income programs to build for their financial future. Wall St. is a controlled scam and don’t count on government taking care of you when you retire because the biggest ponzi scheme in the world is Social Security; not Madoff’s deal!
The most important thing I would like to leave people with is to have them get out of fear-based thinking and into love-based thinking. People are controlled the easiest when they act out of fear, hence the reason the government and the media are always promoting fear.
Bertrand Russell stated, “Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of great fear.”
And as Martin Luther King said, “Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expedience asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.”
Since the world is just a holographic projection of our inner self, if we all start doing the right thing out of love the world will miraculously change.
For example, what if everyone all the sudden stopped paying income tax? What would happen then? Anyone who has studied income tax realizes that income tax on its face is illegal and is a completely voluntary tax. Would the IRS send out their cronies to 300 million households to try to collect? The answer is no and if we all did that the income tax would then be gone forever!
We know (or should know) that we are NOT obligated to pay a tax on the fruits of our labor and therefore the right thing to do is to NOT to pay the tax. The only reason people pay income tax is out of ignorance and FEAR of the consequences.
If we stop doing things out of fear of the consequence and start doing what is right we will see some incredible positive changes in the years to come.
As for me personally, I have reached a point where I don’t make plans or set goals. I’m enjoying the illusion on the ride called life and where it takes me it takes me.
Late great comedian Bill Hicks sums up ‘life’ perfectly here
Grant – here is that link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc4BFYUI3jw
Peace and love to all.
Thank you, Chad. I am sure the readers will enjoy your insights.
Copyright: James Clark King, LLC, January 30, 2009