Personal Message From Dave & Dave

Hey everyone!

This is an important announcement, and figured - to do it right, we need a message from both Dave Sharpe and myself.  

 

So rather than a long story, or my normal ramblings - I figured I’d get right into it with the message from Sharpe, and come back and share my thoughts on it.

 

Here we go:

 

————————Personal message from David Sharpe—————————

 

As many of you know from my recent public announcement, I have Hepatitis-C. The virus levels in my body are high enough to be taken very seriously, and in order to treat my illness and heal my body I need to dedicate myself to proper rest, both mentally and physically as well everything else that comes along with this type of medical treatment. 

 

As I said in my last public announcement, the good news is, I can beat it. The chances of being completely cured are good. However, I have to sacrifice certain things in order to give my recovery the attention it needs. For this reason, I’ve made the decision to step down as co-founder of Empower Network.

 

The most common question I’ve gotten from people is “why don’t you just take a few months off and come back when you’re all healed up?”. I considered that. However, as a fellow over-achieving, action taking, hustling, roll-your-sleeves-up and get-r-done kind of person – you can probably understand – there is no “medium speed” for me. I’m either “all in” or ”all out”. 

 

Right now my life is depending on my self-honesty, and my attention needs to be 100% focused on my health. 

 

I love you all and I am going to miss you.

 

The company has never been stronger. The infrastructure is solid, because we’ve worked very hard the last 2.5 years to build it that way. Dave Wood and CEO Jonathan Cronstedt are fully capable of leading this company into the next phase of growth. With that, I’m confident my departure will in no way cause any issue with the company continuing to grow on the path it’s been on since it launched.

 

Before I go, I wanted to publically thank a few people...

 

Erin, my fiancé – You’re the heart behind the heart of David Sharpe. You and our daughter, Bailee are the reason I do everything I do and I love you with all my heart. 

 

Dave Wood - Your heart is in it for the people – that’s a fact. You’re a true leader and a bold game-changer in this profession. I respect your vision, heart and perseverance. Working with you has been one hell of a ride, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. We’ve done things together no one thought were even possible (let alone from a couple of ex-homeless outcasts working on cluttered desktops with nothing but a dream and a tenacious drive to change people’s lives). Thank you so much for supporting me with all your heart through this challenging time in my life. 

 

Jonathan Cronsted - From the first time I spent the day with you I knew you were one of the smartest guys I’d ever met. What I didn’t know was how much you loved your wife, Nicole, how hard you were willing to work for something you believed in, and the length at which you were willing to go to get the job done. In the short time you’ve been with Empower, I’ve learned a ton from you, but what I’ve learned more than anything - is Empower Network is lucky to have ya. When you came in, our business had some “cancer”...and you were the “chemo”. Thank you for reminding me what it means to be a true professional.

 

The Corporate Staff - You’re the true unsung heroes at Empower. The ones who wake up early and come to work with a smile on your faces regardless of what’s going on in your personal lives and you serve people with all of your heart. Each one of you make up a team who is willing and eager to do things most modern gladiators would cry about...and you thrive in one of the most high-demand environments someone could work in. That makes you worthy of a major “shout out”. I appreciate you. Empower Network wouldn’t be Empower Network without you.

 

The leaders, who have been here since the beginning - Words can’t express how much your love and support means to me through this difficult time. It has been a pleasure to “lock arms” with you over the last few years. You are without a doubt the most talented and passionate group of leaders I’ve ever worked with, and you’ve all changed my life in one way or another. Thank you for your love and loyalty. 

 

The new and up-and-coming leadership of Empower Network - I want you to recognize something here. When Dave and I started this company several years ago the goal has been to empower people. To help them find freedom and empower them to build a business, and have a life.

 

Right now, I’m in a position that I personally need that freedom. I need to be able to focus on my saving my life and because of the heart and passion of the vision, and the level of leadership in this company, I’m able to step down and focus on my health.

 

I want you to know that anything...anything...is possible here. Whatever your dream is…whatever your goal is… whatever you want to do with your life…you can be empowered to do it.

 

So dream. Dream big! And work your ass off like your life depends on that dream. You never know - one day it might.

 

I love you all. It’s YOUR time.

 

~ David Sharpe

 

————————Personal message from David Wood—————————

 

A couple of things I wanted to say:

 

Dave - love ya brother.  I’ve had a lot of fun over the last couple of years.  Starting this off from a hand shake over a worn out, messy table in my old home in Portolon, Costa Rica - we’ve grown this company to 300,000 customers, and over $100 million in sales in a little over 2 years, creating 11 million dollar earners — and a new one popping every month or so these days.

 

Freakishly awesome, if you ask me.  Really though - it’s just the start.

 

I’m just here to support you man.  I wanted to say:

 

Thank you.

 

I love you.

 

And we’re all here to bless you.  Get better.

 

You know, when I had the idea this company - it wasn’t for myself.  I was already making more money than I even really cared for.  I started it to help other people live their dreams, break through the barriers that hold them back, and step into a new and beautiful future.

 

In that process, I’ve seen amazing things — that honestly, blow my mind.

 

With you, to me this is a fulfillment of my dream, because even though I’ve loved working with you — Empower Network has now Empowered you to do something that you may have never been able to do without it…

 

… to take the time, energy, and money required to save your life, and step into a new and beautiful future.

 

I love you man.  Thank you for being a part of my life.

 

To Empower Network:

 

We both wanted you to know that the vision is here to stay, grow, and prosper.  I’m here.  The leadership all has known about this for a time - and is more unified than ever.  The corporate leadership is unified, behind the message - with a bigger vision than ever.

 

I love you guys.

 

My dream - is to help you live yours.  To help you create something you’ve never been able to create.  To build the richest team - in the world, and the most transformational - and powerful.

 

It’s my request that you send love, prayers, and good energy towards Dave.  He’s been (and will continue to be) one of my best friends in the world.  

 

The most beautiful thing in life - and what we all need from each other, is love unconditional.  Not measured.  Not based on rules.  Love because our hearts are built to give.

 

Empower Network is here to Empower you.   It is here to Empower our leaders.  It is here to Empower the people who work for the company - the corporate leadership from our CEO, Jonathan Cronstedt, all the way down to the janitor who cleans the offices.

 

EVERYONE matters here.

 

They are all important.

 

David Sharpe played a powerful, important role in my life, and I’m thankful.

 

I wanted ALL of you to know this is all on good terms, with positive energy, with David Sharpe and I having an intention to continue lifting each other up, lifting you up, and lifting up the people around us.

 

Give him a shout out in the comments, and congratulate him on facing something that 

 

I wanted to thank YOU for being a part of my dream.

 

I wanted to thank YOU for letting me be a part of yours.

 

Whether that’s to live on a beach, get rich, or just…

 

…be able to save your own life - I am here, we are here - only to lift you up.

 

Dave - love ya brother.  

 

Thank you for being who you are.

 

Love,

David Wood

 

P.S.  Listen to the announcement call in this post - and thanks for being awesome.  I’m looking forward to taking this vision, along with the leadership council, the up and coming leadership — and YOU — to a whole new level, together.  You rock.

 

P.P.S.  Some of our leaders wanted to share personal thoughts with you and Dave:

 

"David Sharpe is one of the most loving, generous, fiercely loyal and on-purpose people we’ve ever met.  It would be impossible to overstate the impact he’s had on our business . . .but also on our family.  (The first thing our 7-year-old son wants to know when we get to an event is “Where’s Sharpe?!”)  

"David, you’ve got our support and we’re looking forward to seeing you overcome this challenge just like you’ve overcome so many in the past!  Thanks for being who you are!  We love you."

~ Tony & Jessica Rush, Will, Pate and Easton


"Our best friends in life, are those who we feel our best when we're around. 
David Sharpe has been one of those people not just for me, but for thousandsof our family of friends & business partners.  Regardless of where Dave goes orwhat he does in the future, we will always remember what he's done for us andappreciate the friendship we've shared over the years." 

 

~ Aaron Rashkin

"Thank you David Sharpe for your contributions.  I love you for how you have changed the industry... and we at the Tam family and our team love you."

~ Lawrence Tam

"From the start of Empower Network, David Sharpe brought the "urban" energy, the realness of life to the EN community and the heart of the person who wasn't perfect to the table.  I did not know Sharpe at the inception of the company, as David Wood was my friend and colleague for a couple years prior, but ironically it was him who stopped me in that Orlando hotel hallway telling me how "Sharpe" (no pun on words) he thought I was and how he wanted to share something with me.

"Thank God I listened!

"As time went on we got to know each other, shared laughs and tears, traveled to many places, grew together, watched a company we both love soar, witnessed people progress personally and financially and now I have to accept that Dave has too been EMPOWERED to face and confront healing and the process that comes with it.

"As I share on behalf of my organization and maybe many others inside our EN community, I just want to publicly express my support, my undying love and JOY for you Dave!

"Who you are has changed my life and that of many others.  Know that we love you brother, we love Erin and appreciate her for being part of your life, and we def love Bailee!!

"Thank you for your imprint on Empower Network.  I will continue to carry the lighted torch of FREEDOM amongst this Army of Badasses we still consider you the General of.

We will make you proud, we will prevail..we WILL Empower the world to be better people!"

~ Tracey Walker

"Dave Sharpe, our heart goes out to you man…
"...thank you for your HEART
"...thank you for your VISION
"...thank you for your ENERGY
"...thank you for your SOUL

"...that you POURED into Empower and THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life!

"You changed OUR life and lives of many people for the BETTER!

"Lets look at this as small obstacle that I’m sure you gonna overcome very SOON.

"We are here for you man. We support you.

"EMPOWER is not going anywhere, we are not going anywhere.

"You ROCK BROTHER!"

~ Alex and Anna Zubarev

"It's rare to have the opportunity in one's career to see servant based leadership personified, and rarer still to see it exemplified through action.  Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe put the affiliates first in all they do, and it's an honor to serve in continuing the vision that they've started. Our corporate team has never been more prepared, more purposeful, and more powerful...and we're here to support you."
 
~ Jonathan "JCron" Cronstedt, CEO

UPDATE:   I got a message on Facebook that ‘the pink elephant in the room’ was -- did Sharpe get bought out?  How does he step down?  Is there a new Co-owner?  I thought it was a good point, and want to make sure that you have the right information, coming from us.  Sharpe approached us about the seriousness of his health issues and that he needed to step down from ownership of the company.  We talked through different ideas for several weeks, and then agreed that the company would buy his shares at an undisclosed price.  The deal was made with everyone’s best interests at heart.  The company will still be ran by David Wood, the Executive team, and the Mastermind Council --- there are no outside or conflicting interests involved.

The Journey Continues.

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Dave, I love you brother.  You have given above and beyond, with everything you have and everything you are to help others see their value and believed in them.

You have made such a different in so many lives and the ripple effect of that goes around the world.

Take care and God bless you and your family.  Get well.  

I will miss you...

But I know I'll see you again on the flip side of you getting better.

Debbie 

 

Debbie Turner and Dave Sharpe - Washington DC  Event, November 2013

 

Internet Marketing Simplified

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Too many people make a big deal about internet marketing.  Here's the four things you need to focus on.  And when you focus on these, you can work from the beaches of the world... on vacation.. or make it a lifestyle... it's up to you.

 

Internet Marketing Simplified

1)  You need an offer.  This is your product that you will exchange for money.  In this example, one of my offers is a travel club membership catering to those who love to travel for as little as $398 a week.  

2)  You need a capture page to "capture" your prospects information so you can follow up with them.  Here's mine.

3)  You need traffic (eyeballs on your offer).  I'm using banner ads, videos, blogging, traffic agencies, etc.

4)  You need sales.  When you buy, I will make a sale. (and I happen to be sitting with my feet up, earl grey tea in hand and typing this blog post at the beach.)  This is lifestyle my friends.

FOCUS ON THAT!

You want to become a master of those four things.

Forget perfection!

Forget 'busy work"!

Forget all the time you are wasting NOT doing these things above.  

To Your Best Life!

Debbie Turner... at the beach

PS:  If you want to see what I'm offering that teaches people how to work with just their laptops from the beaches of the world, watch this short film.  It's about empowerment to live the life you love!

 

Good Morning Friends!

Woke up to the sun this morning and enjoying my vacation like crazy.  I love being at the beach.

I'm looking out at palm trees and blue skies and the most beautiful flowers of bright pink and white and just sat down with my earl grey tea to write you a note.

On my drive down here to Mt. Pleasant, SC, I spoke to a woman who was asking for a bit of advice in terms of what to do to get started in her home based business.

I shared with her what I've done over the last 7 years and here's steps I recommended for her.

Simple Advice For Starting Your Home Based Business

1)  To find a product that you can offer and get excited to be behind. 

BUT... be very careful to consider the following

   a)  Does the compensation plan meet your financial goals?  Many companies structure their compensation plan to where it takes a bazillion sales and recruits under you to make even $2000/mo.  You want to work smarter, not harder.  When someone says 'yes' to buying your product, does the commissions you earned make a difference in your family budget toward accomplishing your "why"?

   b)  Does the company allow you to advertise the way you want?  Most people I know and talk to do not like old school network marketing.  They do not want to talk to family and friends.  They do not want to do home parties and meetings and demos.  Rather, they want to take their business online.

   c)  Does  the company allow you to talk about their products and use their name?  Imagine having to build a business and not being able to mention your product name?  Who does that make sense to?  Iff you're asking me if this really happens, yes.  And most often in the health and wellness industry.  
 
   d)  Does the company allow you to market and offer other products besides just theirs?  Read the terms and conditions!  If you don't and you start to build a business with this company and then you want to add another company, product, service to your menu of services as a free entrepreneur, you may find yourself shut down.  If you love this company and want those hand cuffs, then fine. But I would suggest you want to know before you sign on the dotted line. . 

 

2)   If you don't have a product or service and you already know you need the education on how to market online, then I recommend Empower Network.  

    a)  Empower Network is a training company and offers various products for learning how to market online....

... "how to" technical applications

... "how to" be a leader in your home based business...

... "how to" stay in the game and grow yourself personally in business (this is called personal development).  

... "how to" develope a team under you

... "community to help you"

... "networking events" so you can mastermind and share with others

    b)  Empower Network will pay you whille you learn.  On most products, you are paid 100% commissions with a unique passup feature that gives you the lifestyle income you are probably seeking.  But, in order to be qualified to earn commissions, you either need to own the product you want to be paid on, or make retail sales only, of wihch the first one you pass up.

DISCOVER EMPOWER NETWORK HERE

This is simple compared to working the 9-5 for 50 years.  Once I understood basic internet marketing principles and applied them with the right product, I replaced my career income from the comfort of my home, while on vacation like I am today, and I haven't punched a clock since.

  • I took what I learned...
  • I implemented.
  • I failed a bit.
  • But I didn't quit... that's the big thing.

And l've been living the life I love since 2007.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

If you want to be able to do what you want....

... when you want...

... when whom you want...

the only freedom I know of other than investments paying off, is a home based business and being willing to learn and work it.

And here's the truth...

If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.  Period.

I believe in you!

To The Life You Want....

(I love Mexico.  On this vacation, I stopped at a turtle preserve.  Fun stuff!)


PS:  It's time for vacation planning.  I absolutely love my lifetime travel club membership.  It allows me to take 7 night resort stays around the world for as little as $398 for the entire week.  Discover more about it here.

PPS:  Already know about Empower Network and still on the sidelines from getting your education?  Click here to join and let's get you off the fence and in the game.

 

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So, I picked a goofy picture of myself to make a point.

You are awesome!  

You are unique!

You have value and the world deserves to meet the real you.

Too many times in business, we pretend to be someone we are not because for some reason, we think nobody will do business with us as we are.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

People want to do business with others they can relate to.  

When you are just yourself, you are opening the doors for others to relate to you.  Let them see you be real.  

This means let perfection go!

Laugh at yourself, love yourself, love life.

If you're trying to be someone else, you'll always be number two!  

You deserve to be number one!

Here's some thoughts I really like:

"Don't let the world around you squeeze you into it's own old, but let God remake you so that your whole atttiude of mind changed"  (Romans 12:2)

"The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else"  ~ Walt Disney

"Do not follow where thhe path may lead, go instead where there's no path and leave a trail" ~ unknown

"Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualitied he does not possess"  ~ Samuel Johnson
 

 

You're an amazing miracle!  You're exactly what God made you to be.  Stand tall, stand proud and go run your business and your life being your best YOU!

Debbie Turner - hanging out at a turtle preservation in Mexico... 

PS:  Hey, have you seen the cool film on how Empower Network is helping people break through these kinds of hangups so they can have the life they love?  If not, you gotta watch it here.

 

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Here's How Internet Marketing Works

Internet Marketing is a well oiled machine that when you tap into it, will give you everything you want in terms of time and income freedom.

Why?  Simple...

Time Freedom because it's automated.  You set it up once and pretty much monitor it without a bunch of time and effort.

Income Freedom because nobody caps what you make.  

You decide both of these.  This is when you take total control of your life and become the captain of your own destiny.

 

Here's What Internet Marketing Looks Like

1)  Your mindset that you can do this and come to the table of business, because that's what it is, a business for you.  You will get what you believe you will.  

2)  Have a product you want to offer people.  That's the money.  You will exchange a product for money.

3)  Choose a product that the masses of people are looking for.  This will give you a generous amount of opportunities for sales.

So far so good, yes?

- Mindset - your decision to do this.
- Product - you have to have something to sell
- People - you have to have people who want what you have.

Okay... track with me...Let's keep going...

4)  You want to build a list of people who want to hear about your product. 

You do this by getting a web based super simple contact manager called an autoresponder.  They run about $20 a month and it's part of your automation. You will be able to program emails to send to your list inviting them back to learn about your product.  Your autoresponder will ad you in your time freedom so much!

5)  You obviously need a way to capture their email right?  

When you go to a store, often times at checkout, the cashier will ask for your email.  Why?  They want to follow up with you and invite you back to their store.  

Well, with internet marketing, nobody's at a brick and mortar store with a cashier
asking for your email.  So you do that online.  You use what's called a 'capture page'. It's the page that asks you for your email in exchange for information.  

6)  You also need a page online that you can show off your product.  

Your customer obviously needs to see how your product is the solution to the problem they are seeking right?  Makes sense.  

7)  You need a way for your customer to buy from you.  

 

LET'S REVIEW SO FAR

 

So, let's review so far... See if this makes sense.  Here's what you need.  And as you go down this list, I want to you to say "check!" if you understand.  If it makes sense.


- Mindset - your decision to do this.
- Product - you have to have something to sell
- People - you have to have people who want what you have.
- Creating a List - you want to start a list of people who want information about your product.
- Follow up- you want to follow up with them about their possible purchase.
- Product page - you want to have a page on the internet where they can learn about your products
- Buy Link - you want to have a way for them to buy.

Awesome, right?  So then the last component is this....

Marketing.

If your business is internet marketing... making money using the internet, offering a product online, then you have to know how to market.

When you become a master at marketing my friend, you can write your paycheck.

There are many ways to market and you will discover them when you get started on your home based internet marketing business.

It's the marketing part that gets your engine running.  It's the life blood into your business.  It's how you start to build your list.

You will place ads through various ways...

When you learn where and how to do this, you can target the people who are searching on the internet for what YOU have!

Why shouldn't they buy from you?  They should!

Now, I can hear you say... "but how do I do this?"

YOU LEARN how internet marketing works.

 

1)  The process, you understand.  It makes sense that you have to have these things...

Mindset - your decision to do this.
Product - you have to have something to sell
People - you have to have people who want what you have.
Creating a List - you want to start a list of people who want information about your product.
Follow up- you want to follow up with them about their possible purchase.
Product page - you want to have a page on the internet where they can learn about your products
Buy Link - you want to have a way for them to buy.
Marketing - your advertising so people can find what you have to offer and join our list to learn more.

2)  Are you willing to invest in yourself to learn?  There you have your answer.

I'm a baby boomer who lost my real estate practice when the market crashed back in 2007.  My options were to get a job from 9-5 for minimum wage or learn a new skill and that I can use the rest of my life to create the life I want.  

I didn't ever want to be in this position again!  

I would refuse to allow the economy to put me out of business!

Like you, I understood the concepts of selling products online based on the check list above.  

But rather than simply understand the concept, I made a decision that I would invest in myself to get the education and help on HOW to do it.

I hung up my suit, high heels and fancy office and traded them for shorts, sandals and my lounge chair and got to work watching training videos on how to do this.

I did a lot of things wrong my first year.  But the training back in 2007 wasn't there like it is today.  If I had had the training available today, I would not have struggled so much.

 

Everything you need to learn is under the umbrella of Empower Network.  

When You Learn What's Under The Empower Network Umbrella And Apply It.... You Can Sit Under This Umbrella And Love Your Life!

Inside Empower Network....

You will learn how to have the right mindset.
You will have a product to sell already created for you.
You will have a product that people are starving for around the world.
You will learn about how to start a list of people who want to learn more about your products.
You will learn how to use your autoresponder and follow up automatically with your prospects.
You will have a products page already done for you.
You will have a buy link already done for you.  You don't need to do anything.  You don't need a merchant account anything. 
You will learn how to market and all the ways there are... it's fantastic.

The last questions are these.

Do you want to learn?
Are you willing to learn?
Are you willing to come to the table and say "I can do this" regardless of your past history?  Your past doesn't not dictate your future.

We are here to help you on your journey to internet marketing success.  

But you have to take the first step

I recommend you join Empower Network.
I recommend you buy all the products.  

Here's the thing.  Empower Network offfers a la carte products.  

It's a personal development, business and leadership company.  So everyone coming in has a different need.  But if you're new and you've never had success before, you need all the products.

You'll find a products for....

- blogging to share your product with the world.
- inner circle audios for daily personal development.
- technical application of marketing strategies
- leadership and team building
- traffic generation
- why having a high ticket product can help you skyrock the speed of where you're wanting to go
- how to blog
- how to write
- what to say and how to say it

I mean... just everything!

MAKE A DECISION

Successful people know how to make decisions.  Here's what they do...

1)  They make a decision that they want to learn and will do this.
2)  They get started by being resourcesful and finding the money they need for their education.
3)  They dive in and start implementing what they learn.
4)  They are super okay with making mistakes because they know it's a part of learning.
5)  They stay the course and never give up.

BAM!  It's how I did it.  It's how it's done.  No secrets sauce.  Just a gameplan and working their plan.

You have whatever you want in life my friend.  

Make a decision.

Get started here.

To Your "No Boss Lifestyle"

Debbie Turner - Taking off in a hot air balloon.. what fun!

PS:  If you have not watched the Empower Network overview of what happens when you're empowered to achieve, watch this short film here.

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