Thursday, December 18, 2008

Your Words...

"The words you leave behind will be
a lasting picture of who you are."

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Current Silver Price per Ounce

Watch the price of silver go through the roof.

[Most Recent Quotes from]

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Do You Want To Understand How The Federal Reserve Works?

Do You Want To Understand How The Federal Reserve Works?

You REALLY need to watch this short video:


Monday, October 20, 2008

Google Guide for Easier Searching

Here's a really handy cheat sheet for Google Search -

Google Search Cheat Sheet

Best of Success,

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, July 13, 2008


The only exercise some people get is...

jumping to conclusions,

running down their friends,

side-stepping responsibility,

and pushing their luck.

--Author Unknown

Don't be one of those people.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hurricane Season

If you live on the U.S. Gulf Coast
or Eastern seaboard, it's that

time of year again...

Here's a good reference article

to brush up on your hurricane

Hurricane Preparation Guide

It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Monday, July 07, 2008

"Money from Nothing..."

Need to make some extra income?

Who doesn't these days?

On a whim, a couple of months ago,
I decided to turn supper into cash.

Without even owning a video camera,
just using my wife's digital camera,
I decided to start "filming" my wife
cooking our Saturday night supper.

With NO investment...

With NO video camera...

With NO money spent on a website...

With NO experience whatsoever at making videos...

With NO extra work to speak of...
(we've got to cook supper anyway!)

I "videoed" my wife cooking macaroni and cheese
one Saturday evening...

I put the recipe on a FREE HubPage...

Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Then set up a FREE Blogger (like this one)...

And set up a FREE Squidoo page...

Cajun Cooking Recipes

And now, 2 months later...

I'm generating income from it almost every day.

I just put up a WordPress blog also.

Cajun Cooking TV

WordPress blogs are FREE also...

I chose to put mine on a hosting account,
so there is a small charge for that...

(Like $7.95 a month and you can use it
for an unlimited number of websites.)

So, "Money from nothing..."

There are unlimited opportunities
to earn money on the Internet.

Go get you some!

Best of Success,

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Friday, July 04, 2008

Chop Your Own Wood...

"Chop your own wood,
and it will warm you twice."
-- Henry Ford

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mike's Marketing Manifesto

More customers is not the goal.

More profit is the goal.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gasoline Going to $8 - $9 per Gallon

"There's nothing to stop gas prices
from hitting $8 - $9 per gallon in

the next 12 to 24 months. "

What can you do about it?

There are only two things you can do:

1. Save money on gas.

2. Make more money to pay for it.

You'd better do BOTH.

Here's an article on how to
save money on gas.

Call me if you're really ready to make more money.

Don't fool around...

This is not the time for that any more.

Mike Stokes
(225) 218-1469

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


"When your memories are bigger than your dreams,
you're headed for the grave."
--[Author Unknown]

Do not live in the past.

Your past should only be viewed
for what you can learn from it.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Start With What You Have

This is some of the best advice I've ever
gotten from one of the best newsletters
that I subscribe to -

1. Don’t define yourself by what you’re not

2. Start with what you have

3. Build upon what you have

4. Build upon what you build

This can be a life-changing plan of action.

Go for it!

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Where Do You Do Business?

The Internet has become a self-contained
business environment.

You can make a great living without
your neighbors ever knowing what
you do.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Best Online Savings Accounts

I don't know about you, but the banks here
in Baton Rouge are paying next to nothing
in the way of interest on savings accounts.

Here are some better paying options:

Best Online Savings Accounts

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Joshua 18:3

It is written in Joshua 18:3,

How long will you wait before you begin
to take possession of the land that the
Lord, the God of your fathers,
has given to you?

Mike Stokes
Stokes Media Group

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Most Important Decision of Your Life

Why The Place You Choose to Live
Is The Most Important Decision
of Your Life

A Creative Manifesto

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Your "Not-To-Do" List

Your "Not-To-Do" List Is Even
More Important Than Your "To Do" List!

The #1 Strategy for Exploding
Your Productivity This Year

Bencivenga Bullet # 26

Brought to you by:
Mike Stokes
Somewhere in Florida


Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Key To Getting Rich

The KEY to getting rich is LEVERAGE.

Without leverage, you're just an employee.

The solution is to invest your money into
resources that you can continue to leverage
over and over again and again to grow
your business.

Whether you realize it or not, there is
an unlimited amount of traffic and leads
for your business available right now
on the web...

And it doesn't cost a dime to access.

Once you learn how to tap into this
FREE TRAFFIC you'll never have to
buy another lead again.

A few people know how to do this,
but most don't...

I know how, and it gives me an (almost
unfair) advantage in the marketplace.

What is this "secret"?

The answer is simple...

It's knowledge and new skills.

No matter what you're doing, knowledge
is the only source of real power.

Until you acquire knowledge and new skills
that will serve you and your business now
and in the future, you will have no power,
no leverage, and you're at the mercy of
less effective, more costly options like
buying leads.

This is the key to building your business on a budget.

Take the first step now, and get
these FREE training videos.

Click Here To Get Your FREE Videos

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Making Money

Half the trick to making money and
being in the flow is staying away
from the deals that don't work.

It's the deals you walk away from
that make you rich, as much as
the successful deals.

The Little Money Bible
By - Stuart Wilde

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Friday, February 08, 2008

The "Coming Recession"...

Mike Stokes
Panama City Beach, FL

Here's a great article on the
so-called "coming recession" -

The Coming Recession"


PS - Nobody here in Panama City Beach
seems to be participating in the "recession."

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Building on a Budget

Mike Dillard, the author of Magnetic Sponsoring
MLM Traffic Formula, is coming out with a
new product, called
Building on a Budget.

For More Information, go to:

Mike Dillard Is At It Again

Any questions, give me a call.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Monday, February 04, 2008

More on Marketing

George Foreman sells fat-free grilling machines to healthy guys
and pants with expandable waistbands for fat guys.

That guy is a marketer!

How are your marketing skills?

FREE Marketing Training Video.

Best of Success,

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Friday, February 01, 2008

What Can't Be Done...

I'm looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity
to not know what can't be done.

---Henry Ford

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Most Important Skill

The Most Important Skill is:

How You Think.

Your thoughts control your actions.

If you're in the business of Network Marketing,
you need to consider the ideas presented in the
Magnetic Sponsoring 7-Day Boot Camp.

Mike Stokes
Panama City Beach, FL

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


There are no secrets.

There's only stuff you don't know - yet.

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Miracles are not in the boat.

You have to get out of the boat
to walk on the water.

Mike Stokes
New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

More on Prosperity

Last week we discussed what a life of prosperity really entails.

Quite a few of you wrote to say the message really resonated.

And more than a few of you shared that you had
medical or dental issues you hadn't yet addressed,
because money to pay for them was an issue.

Of course the knee jerk response is that the government
should provide all this for everyone.

With the presidential election heating up here in the States,
there's a lot of talk about the government providing
prescriptions, medical care, and education.

But that actually is lack and entitlement thinking.

It fosters co-dependency and enablement behavior.

On the surface it looks like prosperity thinking.

But it's actually the opposite.

Because if you believe education is a "right,"
then you have to ask who pays for it.

If you believe the government should provide
free medical care, it brings the same dilemma.

Who will pay the doctors and nurses?

Then who determines how much they get paid?

What if they don't want to work for the
government at the salary it determines?

And then what happens when no one will take those jobs
because they are basically slave labor to the government?

It takes away free enterprise, and the basic tenants
of prosperity, namely property rights and the right
to determine what you are paid for your efforts.

To finance things like medical care or education,
the government has to raise the money at the point
of a gun from the productive people, and redistribute
it to the non-productive ones.

(And for anyone who thinks I am being melodramatic
with the gunpoint language, I suggest you not pay
your taxes for a few years and watch what happens next.
You'll be arrested and imprisoned.)

Sadly today, the social order is steadily deteriorating
into a mass of people who want something for nothing
and governments around the world who want to give it to them.

The government needs you to be a worker drone in the collective,
to support the harvesting of wealth from the productive people
and providing it to the unproductive -
because this solidifies their power base.

If you watch the Democratic Party debates here,
the candidates are practically falling all over
themselves trying to sell their vision of all
the goodies they will provide the working class,
by taking them away from those evil, greedy rich people.

The Republican Party, which once upon a time was for
less government and taxation, is now desperately trying
to out Santa Claus even the Democrats.

Representative Ron Paul, the only voice of sanity
in the race, has been almost demonized by his opponents,
and the mainstream media is making a concerted message
to keep his message from getting out.

He's making a very strong showing anyway,
so perhaps the tide is turning.

When I listen to Hillary, Obama and John Edwards,
there is a part of me that wants to rally around
the flag with them, reach for greatness, and do
the right thing by providing for all of the people
who are struggling.

Then my sanity returns.

I want the same things they do.

I do want a great country that offers education,
health care, and a safety net for poor people.

It wasn't that long ago that I was a poor people myself.

But for the government to provide all these things
is Socialism, and Socialism is simply Communism
with lipstick on.

Communism is one of those things that looks good,
sounds good, and looks good on paper.

Unfortunately it just doesn't work.

One visit to Cuba, China, or the former Soviet Union
will prove that beyond even a shred of doubt to
any rational person.

John Edwards preaches eloquently about being selfless,
and taking care of others.

He loves to rail against the drug companies and the
insurance companies and just about any corporation
that is profitable.

It sounds like a message of prosperity,
but the end results of his policies
would be the antithesis of prosperity.

People today live decades longer than they used to.

That's because of dramatic improvements in medical equipment,
drug treatments, and other advances.

The drug companies spend billions of dollars
in research to develop those drugs.

Hopefully part of their motivation is they want to help people.

But another reason is they want to be the first to market
with drugs that make a lot of money for the corporation.

That free market demand is what drives innovation.

Now if you listen to Senator Edwards, you'd get
the feeling that all corporations are evil.

But what is a corporation really?

It's a legal entity owned by the shareholders.

And who are the shareholders?

Everyday people who are investing for their retirement.

Trust funds set aside for widows, children,
and non-profit organizations.

It would be nice if all those researchers would
work for free and develop cures for everything.

But how would they feed their own families?

Who would pay for the millions of dollars of laboratory equipment?

A guy came up to me after a speech, chastising me
for suggesting that people should manifest more
prosperity in their lives.

He talked about the holes in the ozone layer,
the depleting natural resources,
and many starving people in the world.

I asked him who he thought was going to save the world.

He replied nurses and schoolteachers.

I told him he was insane.

You probably couldn't pick two occupations more

overworked and underpaid than those two.

They don't have time to save the world,
because they are too busy struggling
to meet their minimum credit card payments.

If there is one thing I know in every fiber
of my being it is this:

the world will be saved by rich people.

Poor people carry picket signs protesting
the vanishing rain forests.

(Do you know how many trees died for those signs!)

Rich people, we BUY the rain forests, and deed them into trusts.

You see the indigenous people sell these lands
because they need the money to live on.

So foresters often buy it and chop down the trees for wood.

But charitable organizations (financed by the donations
of wealthy people) can buy them instead.

Cures for disease, solutions to starvation, and better technologies
to solve famines will come from money.

Lots of it.

Composers can compose, artists can sculpt and paint,
and dancers can dance, because their organizations
receive grants from rich people.

For the most part, the wonderful inventions that provide us
with better lives - from computers, and cars, to medical
equipment, and airplanes, are developed because people
have a profit incentive to invest in them.

It's true we don't rally need remote controls.

And it would be better if you got your fat ass off the couch
every time you wanted to change the channel.

But if you choose to spend some of the money you've earned
to have that convenience, I for one don't begrudge you.

The truth is, the population is growing
and there is no going backward.

It will take more power, natural resources,
and food to supply the world.

Unless you believe that we should all move back
to the jungles, wear palm fronds, and cook by campfire,
we will need great innovations to survive.

And those innovations will likely come from
companies trying to make a profit.

The free enterprise system and the profit motive
causes innovations to happen more often and far
more rapidly than it would otherwise.

I don't know about you, but when I'm going to the 27th floor
in a building, I'm grateful to have an elevator available.

Now it's not that I don't want people that need help
not receive it.

I just don't want the government deciding
who I help and how much.

I hope you help others and contribute to charity.

Personally, the number one deduction on my tax return
for the last ten years or so has been charity.

And I anticipate it will remain
so for the rest of my life.

And I have often helped others with support,
even though no one else knows of it,
and I don't get a tax credit.

But here are the three criteria I use:

1) The person or organization is worthy of the support.
2) I can afford to do it.
3) It brings me happiness to do it.

That alone is what determines on whom and where
I spend my charity dollars.

It certainly has nothing to do with who is the
"neediest," or what causes are politically correct.

I support a great deal of causes.

The Opera, symphony, my church, wildlife funds,
disease prevention and cures, homeless shelters,
runaway shelters, and scholarships.

I have bought computers for aspiring entrepreneurs,
stage clothes for upcoming Opera singers, and
funded martial arts training for foster kids.

I have supplied academic scholarships for deserving kids,
sponsored more amateur sports teams than I can count,
and bought holiday presents for hundreds of kids who
wouldn't have got any.

But remember last week I said manifesting prosperity
required being selfless AND selfish?

It's true.

That's why I support all of these causes.

Because it actually brings me joy to do so.

As you look around the world today, it is easy
to view man as a helpless, subservient robot.

Many people are just worker drones in the collective,
living their lives of quiet desperation.

We are surrounded by mediocrity and fear.

But if you look a little deeper,
you see something else...

You see the heroism of someone like Bill Cosby,
standing up to tell truth.

You witness Dwayne Wade defy the laws of gravity.

Marvel at the triumph of humankind's vision in
the Great Pyramids, the Golden Gate Bridge,
and skyscrapers to the clouds.

You experience one of Puccini's Opera,
Hemingway's books, or a song by Prince.

You're in awe at the courage of a young athlete
paralyzed in an accident, someone battling cancer,
or a single mother raising her children alone.

You begin to recognize the enormity of the human spirit,
and the greatness we are capable of.

You realize that man is not inherently weak and helpless;
he just becomes that way when he refuses to use
his most powerful tool - his mind.

Or more specifically, the consciousness you can develop with it.

And you recognize that you yourself can do great things,
and do them for the right reasons.

You can be bold, daring and imaginative, and live a life
of health, happiness, and abundance, all while leaving
this world a better place because you were walking
on it for a while.

And that is real prosperity.

- Article by Randy Gage

Mike Stokes
Baton Rouge, LA
How to Sell MLM Products

Friday, January 04, 2008


The definition of insanity is
doing the same thing over and over
and expecting a different result.

Did you make any money with your "business" last year?

If not, what is going to change this year?

(See definition above.)

Read Dead Downlines Don't Lie.

Dead Downlines Don't Lie

Then call me.

Mike Stokes

"Being broke is not a genetic disorder. It's a choice"

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Winds of Change

When the winds of change blow,
some people build walls
and others build windmills.

Mike Stokes
FREE Recruiting Videos
(That actually get results!)