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Boys and Their Toys

Boys and Their Toys

Boys and Their Toys

In 2012 attending a motorcycle rally in the North Georgia Mountains a man told me a story I will never forget.

We were attending the rally selling our Moto-Tec-it cleaning and detailing products when a new customer began to share his story from earlier in the week.

He was in his driveway washing his motorcycles when his 10 year old neighbor asked him a question.

Boy: “Mister why do you have so many motorcycles?”

Man: “Do you play with the same toy every day?”

Boy: “Oh no I have a lot of toys I play with.”

Man: “Why don’t you play with the same toy every day?”

Boy:  “Because that would be boring and no fun.”

Man: “That is the same reason why I have different motorcycles. I can ride a different one when I want. Each is different even though they might look the same. I am able to ride a different one when I want having fun and not be bored.”

Boy: “Oh, I really like your motorcycles.”

This story stuck we me because as we grow older we often lose perspective about things and living life to the fullest.

A New Perspective

Each of us has things it is part of life. The question is do we have things or do our things have us? When we are bond to things, whatever they may be, we miss the chance to experience new perspectives and true joy without guilt.

Buying anything brand new is a joy in itself. Soon when the newness wears off, the commitment remains and can become a burden. My dad always taught me “to keep my options open” which is why I always buy used cars and motorcycles.

When I was younger the first motorcycle I bought in 1977 was a Honda 550/4. Later I rode a Harley Sportster and a Triumph Bonneville.

My son began riding in 2011 which is when I caught the bug again Here is his 1967 Triumph Bonneville.

2011 I bought a blast from the past, a Yamaha 1979 XS1100.

2012 we needed a camping scooter so we added a 1979 Honda Elite 150

2013 I found a new toy, a 2001 BMW R1150GS

2014 we decided we need a bike to demo our Made in U.S.A detailing and cleaning products. 1979 Triumph Thunderbird.

Like my friend in the story, I like different toys because they bring different joys. I am looking at a Royal Enfield      as my next ride to take with us when we go camping. My toys are wonderful, but the fun and joy they bring only lasts so long.

Life’s Challenges

What happens when we can’t ride because of health, finances, or a pandemic?  This is when life becomes real. We begin to assess what is truly important, what lasts and that which is only glitter.

In 2012 during surgery the doctors had to preform maneuvers to revive me. Fortunately I had learned long ago not to focus only on that which the sun shines, but on the one Son, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. Following this event when driving home my wife made the statement, “I could have driven home as a widow”. Her statement clarified our new reality, our lives were forever changed.

It was a few days later when we began to make changes in our life after looking at our monthly obligations and where we were spending the majority of our time and money. We downsize our home and expenses by more than two thirds over the next two years allowing us to invest in ourselves and the dreams we share.

The changes we made allowed us pursue the dreams and aspirations we had forgotten or believed impossible. My riding motorcycles again led us acquiring Moto-Tec-it from a family member. Later we founded PearlsofLife.net a platform for our ministry of books and resources we have authored.

My Pastor at the beginning of this pandemic challenged our congregation to consider whether we would be consumers or contributors to our community and country during this time and following. We may not change the world but we can make a difference in the lives of others. It only requires a time with intention.

Everyone’s life has been forever changed by the Corona-virus Pandemic. This is an opportunity for everyone to determine what is truly important; how they will live the rest of the life they are given.

It is my prayer that you will find the peace and comfort that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Enjoy the ride while embracing life,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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A New Year Resolution to Ride More

A New Year Resolution to Ride More

Resolutions and Diets

Every resolution does not come to fulfillment, just as does every diet does not last. Resolutions and diets are begun with the best of intentions but success requires more. I tell people I don’t believe in diets because the first three letters will kill you.

Many people made a resolution at the beginning of the New Year to ride more. Unfortunately, many of these good intentions have already been forgotten or given up on. The reasons why resolutions are not completed are many, here a few.

Best of Intentions

Making a resolution is more than having the best of intentions. A resolution is more than having a desire for change or improvement. Having a desire to make changes does not mean a plan has been made, strategies are in place, or contingencies have been made. To resolve is when conviction drives determination. Conviction combined with determination will inspire the individual to learn how to make change happen. Change begins with a plan, developing strategies and consider contingents if needed.

Milestones

Time is one of the most important benchmarks to consider in every endeavor. Research reveals it takes a minimum of twenty-one days to develop a habit, just three days to break a habit. Habits are only the beginning of lasting change.

A new habit must transition into a routine. This is why the first twenty-one days are so very significant. When the first milestone of twenty-one days is achieved, making adjustments along the way, a habit becomes a routine. After a routine has been developed it must then morph into a lifestyle- riding more.

Earlier I joked about why I don’t believe in diets – the first three letters of the word. My true reason is because diets are about what we will not eat or do. Most diets are about eliminating certain foods. This will work for a while but imagine never again eating pizza or ice cream again. Riding more is not about eliminating things from our schedule, it is making time to ride.

Existing or Thriving

Resolving to make change happen by cutting out most anything will work for the short-term. If you ask most people following through on a resolution based on total elimination of things they enjoy how they are doing most will say they are surviving. The reason they are only surviving is because they are focused on what not to do. They are just existing and maintaining but certainly not thriving. In order for anything to become a lifestyle it must be because it is what we will do and why we will do it. This is what makes the difference for change to last so we are able to ride more.

Riding more will happen when we focus on why we ride. Riding more helps me to feel better, I have a chance to gain a new perspective and relax as I enjoy the wind. When I am riding with friends I get to connect with people outside of work. Having friends from different walks of life broadens our world view.

To improve the quality of life requires change. Change should be because we are striving for excellence in all things. When excellence, not perfection, is our goal every aspect of our life will improve beginning with relationships.The key to better relationships is when we know better, we can do better. Doing better in small things makes every aspect of life better.  By paying attention to small things, the big things take care of themselves.

See You on The Open Road,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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Motorcycle Community, Veterans, Conviction

Motorcycle Community

If you are a lone rider, ride with a few friends, or ride with a club, you are also part of the motorcycle community at large.

Motorcycle community members experience riding appreciating the freedom riding provides, understanding the challenges of traffic and the inconvenience of weather, yet choosing to live life doing what we do.

Being a part of the much larger motorcycle community displays itself every time we ride. While out riding approaching or passing another rider it is customary to acknowledge one another.  This acknowledgement might be in a subtle nod, a hand signal, or laid back wave. Each and every time we acknowledge another rider we are acknowledging our community membership.

The motorcycle community has many different looks and is in a process of change. For many outsiders the motorcycle community is mainly made up of the hardcore biker. Today the hardcore riders are the 1% clubs. No longer does this generalization of riders accurately represent the community.

Today you have motorcycle clubs (MC’s), riding clubs (RC’s) and faith based or interest based riding groups. These groups are diverse in themselves with each having a different passion and mission.

The community has also changed by gender. Women now make up almost 18 percent of riders. With the lady rider segment growing faster than the community itself, they will naturally make a significant contribution to what the community will look like in the near future.

The annual sale of motorcycles also indicates a change in process. For example, the sales of larger displacement motorcycles with higher cost have slowed while the 500-750 cc displacements have increased. With the styles of motorcycles changing so have how their riders gather for fellowship. The new generation of rider is more likely to meet at a hipster establishment, riding a cafe motorcycle, wanting to socialize more than ride.

Veterans A Community within a Community

A Veteran, young or old, is part of a community within the motorcycle community. The community to which we belong is a 1% community. Our community is our brothers and sisters in arms who along with us took an oath. The oath we took to protect and defend The Constitution of the United States with our lives if necessary.

For the first time in the history of the United States of America, there are people alive today who do not have an immediate family member serving in the military, nor do they even know a Veteran. For this reason I am a member of The American Legion Riders and proudly wear a patch of our Flag and one stating I am a Veteran.

A CORE

This fall having the honor and privilege to participate in Remembrance Day (September 11th), Veterans Day November 11th), National POW/MIA Day (November 16th) and Wreaths Across America (December 22nd), I realized the unconditional beliefs of my life never changed.

Having lived in France, Germany, and The Panama Canal Zone as a child, I experienced what few others have. Traveling to different countries, working in various occupations, encountering different people with different beliefs, different socio-economic status, my core remained.

My core remained because a core is not just a belief, it is a conviction. A conviction becomes the foundation for each decision made.  When I reflected on the events listed above, along with life challenges many of us face, I became aware of the foundation of my core.

My core is conviction in God as Creator of All Things. Jesus the Christ is my Lord and Savior. The United States of America is a great country, worth dying for as so many have done. Our Founding Fathers believed in Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness which was endowed by our Creator God. The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, and The Constitution of The United States of America are the foundation of all that I am.

The New Year is upon us with many making resolutions. It came to my attention that 80 percent of people making resolutions will stop doing what they resolved to do within 21 days. Only 8% will achieve their goal. This means 12 percent will continue with their resolution while never crossing the finish line. I crossed the finish line once, dying in a hospital having to be revived. From that day I made a personal commitment to remain steadfast to my core. Will you do the same today?

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Happy New Year ride safe,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

 

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Do you walk with a limp?

My question, “Do you walk with a limp?” is not about walking. During the journey through life, each of us encounters trials and storms which will have an influence on our lives. These storms and their influence may be for our good or our detriment. This is why the foundation on which we build our lives is crucial.

When the foundation of our life is strong and secure, we will weather the storms of life. Having a sound foundation we often come through the storm without lasting effects, although memories will remain. If our foundation is not secure, never tested, the storms of life can crush us – leaving open wounds.

We cannot thrive in life attempting to live with open wounds. Open wounds limit our ability to fully embrace life. Healed wounds might leave scars. Scars remind us where we have been, not where we are going.

The focus of many churches today is the 4-14 window. The 4-14 window references the statistic that t80% of Christ Followers make the decision to do so between the ages of 4 and 14. Unfortunately, with many churches focusing on children and youth, they leave adolescents and adults to figure things out on their own.

When children and youth become followers of Christ at a young age their faith is complete. Complete although not tested. When our faith is tested, we must rely on our knowledge and understand of the character of God and his word, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” Heb 5:13

This is the reason Mounted Eagles Motorcycle Ministry and other ministries exist – to minister to the members of the community other churches miss. Understanding many members in our community do not have a church to call home, we desire to be a resource, a trusted friend.

As a veteran and motorcycle rider, I identify with both communities. As a member of both communities, I have observed similarities. Veterans often have a difficult time reconciling their past with the sermons they hear in church. Church members find it hard to relate to or accept the veterans. Veterans and motorcyclists often do not conform to what many church members think of when describing a typical church member.

When a person is not accepted by the church body, they will choose to not attend. Not attending church, the individual misses the opportunity to develop or reinforce their foundation for life, what one believes or considers valuable. When the storms come, and our values have not been established or reinforced, poor choices and bad decision are made.

This became reality for my veteran community this month. A member of our community encountered multiple storms and personal challenges. Not having a church body, withdrawing from his community, isolating himself, he ended up committing suicide. (Approximately 22% of suicides are Veterans).

Not long ago a motorcyclist in our community was killed during a charity ride. When his family was planning his funeral he had no church home, no minister to call. These times happen more than we realize or admit.

Presiding over a funeral is challenging, more so when the deceased is a stranger. Last year I was asked to speak at a veteran’s funeral. These events are why I choose to minister to the members and friends of my community. During these difficult times I am able to come alongside the ones grieving, as a friend, offering encouragement and a shoulder. We discuss faith, share truth from the word of God and pray. It is during these times hearts and minds are seeking comfort. Comfort from the only one able to provide complete comfort and peace, Jesus the Christ.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving give thanks, then He will give the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Phil 4: 6-10

We are available if you have questions, request prayer or want to support our ministry.

“Many serve, the servant with a limp, ministers.”

Your fellow Follower of Christ,

Reverend Timothy J. Smith Chaplain (Moto-Tec-it Tim)

Mounted Eagles Motorcycle Ministry

 

 

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Gig Businesses – choose your bank wisely

The war on cash

Business owners choose your financial institution wisely! Did you know there is a war on cash?

“Tim, never let the U.S Government do away with the penny. Tim if the penny goes away, it is only a matter of decimal points.” Walter V. Smith, Comptroller 24 years

Two large banks are waging war on cash in the United States. These two banks have implemented policies, which although subtle, are controlling. These policies will have an adverse effect on small businesses. One bank has America in their name, the other began as a six-horse stagecoach.

These cash policies are intended to limit, while tracking, cash transactions. Banks become more profitable by limiting cash transactions. Limiting or eliminating cash, banks reduce labor hours and personnel requirements. When financial transactions are digitized, less time and labor is spent counting, dispersing, and managing cash.

Requiring personal identification to deposit funds into a bank account is an invasion of privacy. Recently I made a deposit to my account consisting of three checks, and $50.00 cash, for a total of $125.oo. This deposit was on a personalized deposit ticket issued by the bank. To make the deposit of $50.00 cash into my account, my personal identification was required. Understandably, excessively large sums of cash should be accounted for but $50? One bank even limits individuals making deposits into an account to be a signature on the account. (This means a business cannot have an employee make deposits into a business bank account, or a parent depositing funds into a child’s account)

Small business is a major revenue generator for the local economy, often in cash. Financial institutions exist to support businesses and must earn our business. We are expected to trust banks with our money, shouldn’t they be expected to trust their depositors?

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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Gigging a Service or a Product

What’s your gig?

Is your gig a service or a product? Gigs exist in many forms and every gig is different.

Service gigs involve labor and must generate revenue to compensate for all the time required to complete the gig. Ultimately, everyone is compensated for their time. Professionals charge hourly or for a procedure, employees are paid by the hour.

When pricing a gig consider the preparation time (getting everything together for the gig), travel time (to and from the gig) and the incidental expenses incurred. These small, seemingly insignificant, expenses will add up during the course of a year. If you were to add up the total of your seemingly insignificant expenses and divide them by your hourly compensations you will begin to see how important tracking expenses make a difference in your profitability.

Gigging a product is much different than gigging a service. Product gigging can be passive, (listing products and letting them sell themselves), or active, (promoting and demonstrating them to potential clients). Product gigiging is usually easier to determine profitability because product costs are fixed with packing and shipping the main incidental expenses. When selling a product, compensation for time is still part of the equation, although to a much lesser extent.

Compensation follows either the service being rendered or the product being received. With a service gig when the gig stops so does the revenue. Product gigs can continue to provide a stream of income long after the promotion and demonstration is completed.

In closing have both types of gigs, both have their benefits and shortfalls. I would encourage everyone to find a gig and join the world of entrepreneurs. It is the most rewarding while challenging aspect of business.

Sincerely,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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Gig Business Benefits

Tax Day 2018 has passed. April 15th Federal Income Tax Day (this year April 17) is the one day a year when most people accurately see their total income for the previous year. Tax day is when the government determines how much of the income hard working people make is left for them to spend and live on. This is not the case for business owners – People working a GIG.

 

Business generates revenue, as do individuals, but business operating expenses are deducted before tax liability is determined. This means a business is able to deduct their expenses, the costs of doing business allowing more discretionary spending. Business expenses include cost of goods sold, capital investments, auto expenses, mileage, repairs, meals and entertainment, lodging, and even clothing when the expense is business necessary.

 

How does this affect a GIG Business? When you work a gig you are able to deduct those business expenses which decrease your tax liability. In essence you determine how much you spend of the revenue you generate, allowing the government to get the leftovers.

 

Your friend,

Tim

Moto-Tec-it Tim

 

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Work does not have to be a burden to endure

A Place for Grownups

Work can be a place for grownups to play while earning a living.

People work to earn a living. Making friends while having fun, work can become like the playground of our childhood. Remember playgrounds? There were some playgrounds where I never wanted to play. The work place can be similar. But the right playground with friends can make a day fun and rewarding.

Gigging can be the same. I myself have multiple gigs in different work environments. I grow Shiitake Mushrooms, Substitute teach, work on special projects, all while running a business and ministry. Why, because variety is the spice of life.

When I first began to work I had to clock in and clock out every day. My next real job was in management where hours never match the paycheck. Working in sales time and compensation were closely related. My sales position also required a lot of windshield time and nights away from home. Owning a business I determine my time and the government gets what’s left after expenses.

Working a GIG I choose the What, Who, When, Where and How Much. What gig I will do. Who I will gig for. When I will work my gig. Where I am willing to go. How much I will make when I choose to GIG. Now isn’t that the ultimate playground for adults?

Your friend,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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Our newest GIG, Natural Fungus Blocker

Gigging is fun!

We have launched our newest product, Natural Fungus Blocker. NFB is a product every person growing plants in a humid climate zone will benefit from.

“When growing plants in a humid climate, it is not a matter of if but when, you will need  a fungus or dry mildew solution.” Our formula is all natural and food grade making it safe for vegetable plants and the person applying the spray.

We call Natural Fungus Blocker the “trifecta’ for plant fungus and downy mildew on plants. The formula incorporated three very special ingredients. Farmers of the past would pour their excess milk on their plants resulting in healthier and more abundant yields. Our results were amazing when we dehydrated whole milk, mixed it with two other ingredients, then applied the formula to our plants.

Natural Fungus Blocker optimizes the benefits of milk, adds needed minerals while maintaining the plants ph. Packaged as a dry powder to be added to 64 oz. of water in your sprayer, you are eliminating one more bottle to be recycled.

If you would like to learn more here is a link to the Teaching Farmers

Having a gig can be in many forms. Here we launched a product as our latest gig. In the past I have done drip irrigation as a summer gig.  Designed drip irrigation grids for square foot gardening. I have even become a log farmer of Shiitake Mushrooms.

Your friends,

#Moto-Tec-it Tim and Teaching Farmer Mike

 

 

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Building and growing your business

Working the business

Business owners wear many hats. People starting a GIG soon learn how much time and energy is spent completing activities never anticipated. The GIG is the fun and easy part – getting to the point of doing our gig – is the challenge. This is why the Gig Business Group exists.

Having been there, done that as business owners – we are here to encourage you! When I was starting out, fortunately, I listened to a Ted Talk with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.  My take away was people over-estimate what they can accomplish in 12 months while underestimating what they will accomplish in 5 years and  keep your lifestyle simple no matter your success. I remind myself of these two principles daily.

Working in our business

Starting out in business our focus is getting our GIG going. We do what we must to begin doing business as soon as possible often running before we walk. Our focus is on results without considering the foundation of a profitable, manageable, sustainable business or gig. Soon, we find ourselves busy, stressed, and tired, even making money without considering if we are profitable.

Working on our business

Never feel guilty for not working in your business! This is a lesson I had to learn. It is a very different perspective to work on your business, not in your business. Working on your business allows you to make objective decisions after considering all your options. Then you are able to plan for the future while creating the lifestyle you desire.  Your desired lifestyle was probably the reason you began doing your gig.

Your Friend,

Moto-Tec-it Tim

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