Welcome to LouAbbott.com!

Eight years ago, a mentor suggested I buy my own name in a “dot com” format.

But it wasn’t until now, June, 2010, that I finally began to build it.

Oh, I made the time to build lots of other sites and I have always enjoyed the process:

CouragetoDream.com hosted my first replicated “gateway” pages for Rexall Showcase International distributors (now Unicity Network). Those sites are no longer available having long been outdated by newer functionality and evolved marketing concepts.Pablo's Pipeline of the PipelineParable.com

PipelineParable.com – based on watercolor sketches, this site dramatizes the power of “pipeline” income through the parable of Pablo and Bruno, two brothers living in ancient times but with timeless business challenges.

MLM-theWholetruth LogoMy largest project has been MLM-theWholeTruth.com. Although I have always made it a goal to share good, solid, useful information about the Network Marketing industry, it started out primarily as a site to sell my book and course by the similar name, “MLM The Whole Truth.” Over the years since, it has evolved into so much more with over 650 posts, many videos, and several mini-courses available for the edification of the professional networker anywhere they reside in the world.

Those are just a few of the more significant sites.

So now, finally, I am pleased to be able to build a site that focuses on the things that inspire me, beautiful things . . . including beautiful business concepts.

I hope some of the things that inspire me will inspire you as well.

I welcome here your comments and in life, your friendship.

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jacqueline Hicks December 14, 2010 at 2:55 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello Lou,
I’m in agreement with Ruth. The grocery markets are expensive with high prices. But with the food reserves, you can combine food reserves items with one other table item and make a complete dinner. This can be done without burning yourself out in the kitchen. And at the same time, enjoy a nutritious & delicious meal.
According to the Bible, you will never know what the economy has in store for us. The Lord says “always be prepared. The food reserve is the right way to go.

Robert Reybok December 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou,
I very much agree… The very fact that food, clothing ,and shelter are really the only things that are guaranteed to rise gradually over time do to the time value of money, everything else is speculative!

Laura Jo Richins December 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Lou, as with anything, I think it’s important that people UNDERSTAND where they are investing their money instead of blindly following people who say they know that they’re doing. As many people have mentioned, food is a great thing to invest in. The Mormons have encouraged their members to have a two year supply of food for decades. Watching the news, looking at the economy, and watching documentaries like The Future of Food, having food stored is just a smart thing to do. Gold is a little hard on the teeth. While it might be a good investment, you can eat or drink it and unless you have it in your hands, it’s not really even good for bartering. Just my thoughts…

Mitch Mundy December 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou,
Yes, I have recieved tonights email from Mike…However, I didn’t know it was about promoting gold and silver. As we all know gold and silver will loose value sooner are later! It’s simply a matter time…Food is were my (Focus Point) is…That’s why I’m in eFoods Global, if anyone thinks (You) will not need food reserves think again my friend…I know I’ve made the (Right Choice)…And I really like helping others get food reserves into their homes, makes you feel you’re really doing a great thing for everyone!

Best regards Lou,
Be Safe and Be Blessed…
Mitch

Genesta Gower December 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have been in this industry a long time and tried quite a few mlms. Serving, sharing and saving food makes so much sense to me. I don’t want to waste any more of my time on deals, so I feel very secure since I started with saving some food for the future and very happy to share this with everyone!!

Dean Black December 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Lou,

I have been bombarded with emails about this since the beta launch of Mike Dillards Elevation Group. I watched the video then and found that it had good information but it was also information that is easy to access if you are inclined to search for it. I do believe that there are a lot of people who do not pay attention to economics and that is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in now. I have been thinking recently that this is a great opportunity for us to help people weather a crisis by being prepared with food reserves. This is our chance to help educate people about the real possibility of food shortages if and when the economy goes through big changes.

Dean Black

Ruth Davenport December 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

I know there are many who do not believe we need reserves. Just one good reason that we do is the ever-rising prices at the grocery store. At least if one shops the “perimeter” of the store it is easy to see. Another plus in having readily available food is its ease in preparation. It is delicious and nutritious.

Kerin Larson December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

How long could you and your family survive if a disaster strikes. Disasters could be anything; weather, change in income, terrorism, natural disasters, medical problems. You only need 2 things to live. Food and water. I’m prepared. How about you?

David K. Enders, D.C. December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Like many others I am also setting this one out – I just don’t know enough about the market. I have been hearing from friends about getting food lately & have heard this several times in the past also – but if the predictions don’t come true you can still eat the food, while with gold, silver, etc you could have great financial losses.

Tony Rush December 13, 2010 at 5:59 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Lou, with respect, “Mike is young and experienced” is a laughable comment. Mark Zuckerberg is, too …..but there’s a lot to be learned there.

Also, Mike has a knack for effectively communicating things from a variety of sources that might not be readily available to the average person.

Storing up food is a great idea. And recommended. (And something Mike agrees with, by the way.) But it’s only a partial solution.

Lou Abbott December 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Tony. Thanks for your comment.

Mike is very good at a lot of things, and I like much of what he has taught, but to compare his success to Mark Zuckerberg’s, would be a real stretch, maybe even laughable.

Lee Collett December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Be Prepared… not just a motto for the Boy Scouts, but should be for all of us. First items of preparedness are food and water. It is a little hard to eat the gold and silver that the investors are encouraging. Let’s do first things first and get our food reserves.

Penny Fleming December 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

In the Bible, Joseph told the Pharaoh to store food in the 7 good years to be ready for the 7 bad years to come. Currently a lot of us may be a few years behind on our preparedness, but the food reserves you recommend are a great place to start catching up.

Brucedeery December 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Lou..this is not about Dillards Elevation Group.
I am surprised this I have not seen a Review of Sisel International on your site..all of upline leaders have been bombarding me to get involved….on the surface it lookdls like a solid great company…No.pun.intended but lots of Sizzle…Debt free, a new 400,00 sf plant, Great website,etc..
HOWEVER, it did not take me long to find out that this a rebirth of Tom Mower’s Neways..
But more important that he was convicted of tax evasion, divertind millions in Commission,filing returns under false as numbers,etc,etc.

What am I missing? It appears to me that this guy is a charismatic ,pied piper, experienced con man…

Would be interested in your comments and and opinion
..thanx

PS…I find it hard to believe that experienced, top earning network Marketers would do business with a convicted felon who just completed a 33 month prison sentence along with his x wife and attorney
.

Lou Abbott December 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Bruce – Your comment might be better found by others who need to read it here:
http://www.mlm-thewholetruth.com/mlm-companies/sisel/

Nick "The Bear" Kinziger December 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Lou……..
Couldn’t agree with you more……Food Reserves are a necessity in these tough economic times. So many people are challenged with . . .
• Unemployment
• Unforeseen Hardships
• Shift in Politics
• Natural Disasters
• Lack of Independence
• Debt
What a great vehicle to build up your food reserves & and income at the same time!

Richard Brooke December 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

Our industry has always had cycles of those marketers that spend all of their marketing efforts to convince others of their expertise in an effort to get us to spend on them vs on our business. Parasite marketing is all it is.
Time proves them to be false “profits” in most cases.

Build your business with legitimate products that end consumers will buy over and over..consumables. Anything else tears at the credibility and integrity of our profesion

John Counsel December 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Our family has practised food storage and cycling for more than 30 years, and it has served us well in times of crisis over that time, including short-term unemployment, ill-health, natural disasters, industrial disputes effecting food supply, etc.

When it comes to investing and speculation, it’s a wise idea to remember that, rise or fall, the people making the REAL money are those who make it on the MOVEMENT of money or prices. They profit from both directions… so their primary objective is to keep it fluctuating. Win or lose for everyone else means a win for them.

Deliverance April 12, 2011 at 1:26 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

With the bases loaded you sturkc us out with that answer!

Peter Arnold December 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Hey Lou:

Like (most) everyone else – I too, have been getting lots of e-mails about Dillard’s new EVG (The Elevation Group).

But most have come from my (our) good friend, Ann Sieg – who I have great respect for.

And I must say – as a (Canadian) Financial Advisor / Business Consultant myself, I am greatly impressed with what I’m seeing thus far, with EVG.

Yet I (we) know, only too well, that things can “change in a heart-beat” in this fragile global economic climate!

What was timely advice yesterday – may NOT be so tomorrow (Dillard refers to these as “asset cycles”).

EVG – As I see it, EVG is not so much about (a young) Mike Dillard giving “specific investment recommendations” (he’s not a Registered Investment Advisor, that I know of) – however, my sense is that he has surrounded himself with (or has studied) those who ‘will’ be much better equipped to do so – like Robert Kiyosaki – Paul Haarman – Mike Maloney – Dr. Ron Paul – Richard Duncan – Chris Martensen – Jim Rogers – etc, etc).

To me, this is all about Dillard creating a better public AWARENESS of the “real” GRIM state of our economy, through his (about to be launched) EVG.

And because KNOWLEDGE is “power” (if it’s “good” education – and it’s “acted” upon) – I personally believe that WE will be the beneficiaries of what he and his group have put together.

Like others have said, I too, Im not an economist, an historian or a politition. I do not have a crystal ball – and I am not an expert when it comes to “time lines” on global events, etc.

But I can tell you that what I have learned, personally – from studying many of the top sources in the world on this – that they are pretty much ALL on the “exact same wavelength” about what Dillard is saying.

My own research and study of this has been a facinating ‘learning’ experience for me personally – because many of my own “long held beliefs” are now being shattered, due to global events and economic realities that have ‘overtaken’ traditional wisdom.

In other words, it seems that the information that Dillard is sharing can be “proven”, with frighteningly clear historical data – by many experts.

Nevertheless – we all have to make our OWN decisions on any advice given – be it on businesses, investments, tax shelters, money management, estate planning – whatever.

In any event – I’ll be watching Dillard’s 90-min Webinar tonight too – and I will be signing up as a member of his EVG.

As always, thanks Lou, for sharing with us,

Sincerely / Peter A.

Peter Arnold, CLU, CFC / Founder
Business Achievers Academy / Canada

Jerry December 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I think storing food for the future is an excellent idea. Throughout history there have been droughts that have caused people to have major problems. Food is an essential part of living. I recently started my food storage program and found a way to get 6 free gourmet meals for just the cost of shipping. The food is free.

Fred Raley December 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

FYI, these guys are also MLM bashers and just want to have you pay them for training and get back-ended into their MLM or high cost direct sales.

May be some good tidbits to learn however. Just keep an open mind as always.

Fred
Woodbridge, VA
703-203.4648

Michael Bowman December 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou, i couldn’t agree more. I could really go off on a rant about all of the so called guru’s offering “secrets” for some inflated dollar amount. There are no secrets.

The information to build a business or build a life is everywhere…..in books, at reasonable prices.
Mike Dillard is a world class marketer but studying a topic for acouple of years doesn’t make anyone an expert. If it did, everyone who attended a community or technical college would be an expert.

The whole thing to me is rather simple and very low risk. IF you successfully invested your money and that’s a big if, and if things really fall apart what will you barter your gold and silver for?

Food and shelter. So why not avoid the risk and build a food reserve for you and your family that can be used in times of unemployment, economic downturns and hyper-inflation?

You will have the perfect hedge against all of the above at great prices and NO risk and without paying some guru a monthly fee.

Makes perfect sense to me, does it to you?

Alan Eames December 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou,

Loved your response to Mark.

The best book I’ve ever read on why the dollar has been devaluing since 1913 is “The Creature from Jekyll Island” by G. Edward Griffin. If you haven’t read it, it’s an eye-opener and you’ll never look at banking or government the same again.

If you want to know exactly how the current crisis came about, check out http://www.crisisbydesign.com/. Another eye-opener.

All the best,
Alan

Dr. Nancy Olthoff December 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I started my food reserves a few weeks ago and am encouraging others to do the same.

Scott widick December 13, 2010 at 11:41 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I use to do disaster Restoration and efoods is much better then the MRE’s. Great food for any occasion. Maybe even a wedding.

Rick White December 13, 2010 at 11:26 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Lou,
I , like most people don’t think the world will come to an end in 2012. There are many other things to consider though. I’m in Florida and have Hurricanes to worry about, mid west has tornadoes, west cost has earth quakes , snow stormes up north ETC. Food is essential, and we need to be prepared for the unexpected…….Don’t get caught saying I should Have ________.. Take care and God Bless….

Gene December 13, 2010 at 11:10 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Lou,

I agree that the dollar us shrinking, fuel is increasing, groceries are going up, portions are going down, power costs are increasing. It’s a slippery slope. I have been asking a few of my friends whether they or others they knew were developing a food reserve to prepare for bad times, just in case. Many were and have been for some time, I was not surprised.

Our family is, we have six children, 12 grand children so we are concerned. We found that the solution is to invest in food with a long shelf life, consume some, save some and share some with those already in need. That is what we are doing.

I recently received a call from a business associate who indicated that “booze” was going to be a barter good in the future, I believe that “food” is a much better choice.

Gene

Mark Baley December 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou,
Long time! Been on a long and winding road to broke! So what do you think of latest Guru furor from Mike Dillard, Ann Sieg, Mike Klingler etc.?

Lou Abbott December 13, 2010 at 9:12 am Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 24 Thumb down 0

Hi Mark,

I have been studying macro-economic issues for years.

I have not seen any of Mike’s specific recommendations but plan to watch his 90 minute video.

I don’t think I would be inclined to include Mike as one of my financial advisers, however. He’s too young and too inexperienced. The people I read and study have been in the financial services industry with track records longer than Mike’s years on the earth.

That said, the devaluation of the dollar has been consistent since 1913 and, I think, cannot be stopped in the long term. That said, there are always surprises in short run.

Anyone who put lots of money into commodities, particularly ones like the precious metals at this time better be prepared for the possibility to lose as much half of their investment in the short run. There are real scenarios that could unfold (are unfolding) that would cause that.

When everyone is betting one way, the markets have a nasty habit of taking people to the cleaners! I don’t know that Mike is seasoned enough to allow for that. There are NO sure roads.

In any case, I would most definitely recommend that every family be prepared for major changes. The most essential place to start that preparedness is with a food reserve.

Abi Carmen December 13, 2010 at 10:58 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Lou,

I too have been receiving multiple emails from not only the 3 mentioned but numerous others too many to count. As a suggestion to Mark (since I have transgressed this myself) we all need to focus on one item or one mentor at a time till we are successful. I say that to remind myself more then anything else.

Best Wishes,
Abi

Ron December 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Boy, that last part is so true! Foods Reserves. Global, not “pocket changes” ( puny:>) are headed our way. My friend at the ****** gets daily briefings on this and he said “Build your reserves NOW”. The company eFoods Global that Lou talks about has the easiest, and at the same time, lucrative way to do so! Lou, your friend Mark, needs to get on THAT food train, right now! The road to FOOD is always tastes better than the road to BROKE.

Tom Vogel December 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I find this new marketing very interesting. My question is if the dollar is going to be bushels full to buy a loaf a bread, why are they asking for dollars for this program/group? History lessons on how this works? There are many factors happening the past 110 years that have never happen anytime in recorded history. And many more to come as the world changes faster than anytime in history.
Fear is one of the top marketing tools. I have to agree with Lou about the experience in this area. :>)

Stephen Dawson December 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Yes, building a food reserve is very important as is your retirement funds. You never know what will happen in this world, but you must be prepared for you and your family in anything that could happen.

Pete Kuretski December 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

The idea I like about food reserves is that it is something EVERYONE can do and can be done now !!

Bobby Richardson December 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am in total agreement with you, Lou. The most essential place for anyone to start the preparedness for the probability of major changes is with a FOOD RESERVE ’cause nothing else matters when your hungry. We’re very glad someone recommended eFoods Global to us. Not only have we started our own FOOD RESERVE, but we’ve been able to introduce a number of people to eFoods Global. And, they’ve started their own FOOD RESERVE. Keep up the GREAT work in getting the word out to those like us, who were basically asleep at the wheel until recently. God bless! ~Bobby

Trey Franzoy December 17, 2010 at 12:46 am Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Hi Lou,

I’ve been a life long student of the commodities market and would have to agree with your analysis of the precious metals market. While these will be necessary if the dollar does collapse, food is going to be a much higher priority, especially in the beginnings of such a crisis. Think about it this way, hypothetically…if the dollar collapsed tomorrow, someone with 20,000 ounces of gold and only enough food to last a week or two will have to use their gold to buy food. Those of us with more than enough food will end up being able to feed our families as well as accumulate precious metals from selling our food surplus. Throughout history, in times of extreme crisis, food prices have inflated much faster than precious metals relative to whatever currency you measure it against. We get our food reserves from eFoods Global. These are by far the most inexpensive, best tasting, food reserves available.

Christopher Brown December 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

The idea of Food Reserves might strike some as some doomsday notion but if you take a look at how fragile our food distribution system is and at the inflation that is already headed up that food chain it makes a lot more sense. Plus if you could turn your monthly food purchases into a income producing investment and a source of tasty daily meals to eat and save you are putting yourself in a position to insulate yourself from not just dollar fluctuations but from unforeseen economic and natural calamities.