Burning The Midnight Oil

Burning the midnight oilSo I’m up late again burning the midnight oil.  Why?  Because that’s what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  You will use every minute you can to focus on your business and execute your plan to reach and meet your goals.  My goals include getting out of debt, being able to work my own schedule, and having the freedom to travel when I wish.  If any of this sounds appealing to you then reach out to me.  I love helping people reach their goals.  I would love to take some time to chat with you about where you are at in life and see how I can help you  be successful.

I am now associated with several online endeavors that are putting me on the path to success and I would love to share them with you.  One opportunity will help you get into your own business for free  however the window will be closing on this soon so contact me now if you would like to get in on this.    It will be a great way to jump-start your career online.

Will Rising Star Really Rise to the Top?


As I’m writing this it’s five minutes until a new reality show called Rising Star is about to premiere on ABC. Is a new singing competition which is not new. What is new about this show is that it’s live and you the viewer get to participate in the voting. As contestants sing they do so on front of this huge wall of screens. People at home using the Rising Star app will vote yes or no for the performer as they are singing. If the contestant gets enough votes the wall will rise and the performer moves on. If enough votes are not received them the wall stays down and its the end of the road for the performer.

What’s interesting to me will be how well the interactive app works and if this new element will cause this show to “rise to the top”. I installed the app on my tablet earlier and about one minute before the show began I got an alert in my notifications bar. This certainly seems promising,

So the show has just started. I’ll be posting my thoughts as the show progresses. Stay tuned for updates.

What Is Musubi?

Spam Musubi

So I have some network marketing friends and today saw them posting about some food called Musubi (moo-soo-bee).  Apparently it’s big in Hawaii and so I was curious and wanted to find out what it was all about.

I turn to my good friend Google and I discover that Musubi consists of a fried slice of spam on rice pressed together to form a small block.  This is then wrapped with a strip of seaweed.  It’s typically eaten as a sandwich.  Apparently it’s a popular snack food in Hawaii.

While researching Musubi I found out that Hawaiians consume more Spam than any other population in the world.  Who knew?  This was a new fact for me.  I would have never thought of Spam being so big in Hawaii.

I also found out that Spam was originally called “Hormel Spiced Ham”.  Apparently no one liked this name so they had a contest at a New Year’s Even party with a $100 prize for someone to come up with a new name.  The new name, SPAM, was conceived by Kenneth Daigneau who won the contest.  Kenneth was an actor and brother of the then Hormel vice president, Ralph Daigeau.

I’ve always wondered how SPAM had come about.  Well, now I know.  And I’ve also learned how popular SPAM is in Hawaii.  Now I have something to look forward to when I get to visit beautiful Hawaii.  It’s one of the things I will do when I travel there with the money I’ve earned from my online business.

Have a great day!

Late Night Local Streaming Billiards

So it’s 2am and I’m working on my online business and some how I clicked on one of those Facebook trending headlines talking about how Nest had bought Dropcam.  Neither of these companies had I heard of before, but apparently Nest is a Google-owned company that offers some home automation type stuff.  Things like controlling your thermostat and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  It looks like Dropcam offers “plug and play” web cams which looks pretty cool.  So I’m on the Dropcam website checking on their cams and find they have a directory of live web cams on their site.  While browsing I just happen to come upon the stream of a local billiards club we have here in Greensboro.  So I’m sitting here watching someone practice their shots.  I had heard of this place before but now I can sit here and look in on what’s going on.

So that’s tonight distraction.  Now it’s time to get back to work to marketing my online business.

Oh…if you want to look in on Gate City Billiards you can do so here:

Gate City Billiards Drop Cam

Will You Switch to AT&T to get the New Amazon Fire Phone?

Amazon Fire PhoneSo Amazon has just made its step into the mobile phone arena wit the unveiling of the Amazon Fire Phone.  I’m very much interested in the mobile devices right now because it’s time for me to upgrade to a new phone.  I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which has now become about extinct by mobile phone standards.  The Nexus was the first phone to come out with Google’s Android 4.0 and was it just happened to come out around the time I was last due a phone upgrade.  So after evaluating all the choices I settled on the Nexus and have not regretted it.

Due to the age of my Nexus, it’s having trouble handling all the new apps I put on it so I’m really anxious to upgrade to a new phone.  I was due an upgrade back in February and was very much hoping that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 would be the phone I would get, but after seeing the specs. it just was not quite on part with what myself and many others hoped it would be.  Sure it’s a great phone and would be much better than what I have right now, but since I only upgrade every couple of years (like 2 – 3) then I want something that is going to last.

I then set my sights on the rumors that Samsung would be coming out with a premium phone that would be a follow-up to the S5.  It has been referred to as the “S5 Prime” and more recently as the “Galaxy F”.  According to rumors this phone will have the specs. that I’m looking for in my next phone.   I’ve been watching the news feeds daily in order to get an idea of when this new Samsung phone will release.  Some reports were saying end of June while others are now saying it might be September.  I really don’t want to wait until September for my next phone but I don’t want to settle for less than I had hoped for either.  Such a dilemma for a techno-geek like me.

Yesterday, out of the blue, I found out about Amazon releasing this new “Fire Phone”.  Since I had been keeping tabs on the mobile phone news I was really surprised that I had not heard about this before.  I don’t know if I had just missed it on the rumor chain or if Amazon just did a very good job at keeping this under wraps.  I mean it doesn’t surprise me that Amazon would try to enter the mobile phone market.  They have been pushing their tablets for a while now so edging into the mobile arena makes sense in many ways.

The Fire Phone has two main features that they are promoting which helps it stand above the rest of the current devices.  First, the Fire Phone has something called dynamic perspective.  This new feature which I don’t think exists on any other phone to date, allows you to view things on your phone in a way we’ve never seen before.  It gives you a sort of 3D view to photos, images, and stuff on your phone.  Just by tilting or turning your phone the perspective of what you see will change.   I think dynamic perspective is a cool feature, but I’m wondering how practical it will be.  Right now it just seems to be more hype to sell the phone then something that will really be useful everyday.

The other feature of this phone that Amazon is pushing is something called “Firefly”.  By pressing the Firefly button you can use your phone to instantly identify printed web and email addresses.  It can recognize phone numbers, QR codes, artwork, and millions of items.  You can identify songs, TV shows, products that you take a photo of, etc.  To me this sounds very much like Google’s Goggles app.  That app. would allow you to take a photo of a product or place and it would perform a Google search for it to tell you more about it.  It sounds like Amazon has done the same thing but taken it to a whole new level to make it easier for consumer use.

The specs. on this phone are not that bad.  I don’t think it’s as good overall as the S5 is but the Fire phone is certainly a contender and has certainly given me another option to look at in my search for my next great smartphone.  Amazon is also throwing in one year of their Prime service to sweeten the deal.  This gives you access to their streaming videos, music, and allows you to “borrow” e-books from the Kindle store.  You also give free two-day shipping on many Amazon products with the Prime service.  It certainly is a bonus for anyone wanting this phone.

The big issue for me is that Amazon’s new phone  is exclusively available through AT&T.  I currently have my service with Verizon Wireless.  I’ve been a long-time Verizon customer and so the question comes down to is this new phone worth the hassle of switching to AT&T.  I’ve had many customer service issues with AT&T in the past when I was one of their customers.  So far I’ve never had any major issues with Verizon.  I’m quite happy with Verizon and their coverage so I’m not really motivated to move away.  I’m also not one that likes to get locked in to a certain company’s products.  Like the Apple and their iPhone, Amazon seems to be trying to provide a one-stop provide everything experience.  I’ve not used Amazon’s fire operating system yet, so it will be interesting to see how easy it will be to install other apps. on their phone.  If I want to get my music from say, Google, instead of Amazon, will their be any issues doing this?  I’ll be watching the reviews to see how this shakes out.

It’s great to see some other competition enter the smartphone sector.  I will be watching carefully to see how Amazon stands up against the big players like Apple, Samsung, and Google.

In the mean time I will be weighing my options and watching the latest news feeds to see if I can determine what my next phone would be.  I would love to hear your feedback about this?  Would you switch to AT&T for this new Fire phone?  Comment below and leave me your thoughts.

Let Me Help You Earn An Extra Income This Month

Let me help you make money online

I’m looking to help 10 people earn some extra money online this month (June).  If you are looking for an opportunity where you can make some extra money on the side or you have a dream of owning your own business then I would love to help you.

I enjoy helping people succeed in life and achieve their goals.  Especially when it comes to making money online.  I know there are a lot of scams in the online world, but let me help you weed through the crap and show you how an income can be made using tools like social media and email.

If you are interested in learning more then please comment on this post or click on the contact link in the menu above and send me a note there.  I will get back to you so that we can setup a time to discuss your goals…but please don’t wait.  I only have 10 slots and already have 3 – 4 interested people so take advantage of this now if you are ready to make some changes in your life.

Please feel free to connect with me on Facebook as well.  Shoot me a friend request and let’s get to know each other.

Take care and have an awesome day!

Awesome Female Magician

Ekaterina Dobrokhotova Female MagicianEvery since I was a little kid I’ve always been fascinated with magicians.  I remember always watching every David Copperfield episode that was on TV and enjoying watching people perform magic whenever I could.   I even had my own magic kit as a kid.

Recently on YouTube I discovered a female magician from Russia.  Her name is Ekaterina Dobrokhotova.  I found this to be odd because in all my life I don’t think I’ve ever seen a female magician.   It seems everyone I’ve ever seen was a guy so I was certainly intrigued and had to check out some of her videos.    I’m sure there are other female magicians out there, but I’ve never come across them.

In her videos she mostly does card tricks, but the way she incorporates the tricks and music  is quite awesome.  Just the way she handles the cards is fun to watch.  I would love to see her in person sometime.  You can check out her website here.

To see her perform one of her tricks check out this video:

Be sure to watch for more cool stuff I find from the Internet.

A Car That Flies

So I’ve been slacking a little when it comes to my personal blog, but I’m really going to try to change that.  Anyone that knows me will tell you that I spend the majority of my life in front of a computer.  So I figure I might as well blog about some of the things that I come across online.

Today I was looking though my Facebook timeline and saw a photo for a “flying car”.  The geek in me immediately perked up and I had to click the link to check it out.  What I found out is there is the company based out of Massachusetts which has developed a plane/car hybrid.  The CEO of the company says to think of it as “a plane that drives.”

The concept vehicle is a four-seat hybrid car with wings and can fly up to 200 MPH.    You don’t even have to have a runway to take off.  By using  a megawatt of power the folding motor pods will lift you off the ground.  Once in the air, the propellers on the pods will fold down to allow for cruising speed.  When you are done in the air you can land the vehicle and then drive it like a car.

I am really excited to see if this actually becomes a reality.  The car of the future that will allow us to travel greater distances with ease.  The company claims that the vehicle will fly itself–you just tell it where it wants to go.  How cool.

Check out their website here at DrivenToFly.com.  You can also see the promo video below.


Making Money Online

I’ve been dabbling in making money online for many years.  Many years back I had a lot of good success with AdSense and affiliate marketing, but then I got involved in many offline things such that I slighted my online endeavors.  Recently I decided to get back into making some money online so I started searching for potential opportunities.

I’ve always heard of MLM (Multi-level marketing) or Network Marketing companies but have never participated in one.  So I decided to see which companies are out there and possibly give one  a try to see how well it worked.  There are many MLM companies out there and it’s sometimes difficult to separate the good from the bad. MLM companies have gotten a lot of bad press, but I’ve found that many of these companies are legit and based on the results of other people I’ve talked to you can make money in an MLM company.

After much review, I stumbled upon a company called the Internet Lifestyle Network (ILN).  Someone had made a post on Facebook and it happened to show up on my timeline.  Being curious I clicked the link on the post and found out that ILN has this speed wealth system that is helping people earn money fast.  My first thought was, yeah right.  Quick money schemes usually scream SCAM so I was highly suspicious.

After watching a video about ILN it pointed me to their Facebook group and I was instructed to request to join.  I figured there was no harm in joining so I did and was given steps on how I could join ILN for free.  They were offering me a free trial to try everything out without investing any money.

I reviewed many of the posts and comments from others in the group and everything seemed legit.  From what I could tell the company was growing quickly and people were having a lot of success with the Speed Wealth System.  The Speed Wealth System teaches you how to many money online in a little as 24 hours.

I wanted to give it a shot.  They were offering me the chance for free and on-time of that the founders have come up with a guarantee that if you don’t make a profit within 30 days they will pay you $100.  This incentive along with the free trial was enough for me to sign up.

Sign up was easy.  I immediately got my login information and was able to access the training and quick steps on how to earn money fast.   I started reviewing the training and was quite impressed by what I saw.  They were showing you step-by-step how to leverage the power of the Internet to market and build your business online.

Not only was the training impressive, but I was immediately contacted by my sponsor who brought me into his team and was there to help me each step of the way.  The team members welcomed me with open arms and were there to answer my questions or offer help when I needed.  The team support really caught my attention.  In a lot of online businesses I have seen before, it seems like once you join you are left out on your on.  You have to figure out what to do and it can be daunting if you are paying into a business and not getting anything in return.

With ILN you do have a monthly fee but that goes towards the vast amount of training that you get.  Once I joined ILN, I started going through the training and seeking support from my team.  I immediately started putting things into action–using the techniques taught to begin marketing my business on Facebook.

Now you have to realize that I have a full time job and I’m heavily involved in my church where I lead the media team.  Between work and church and the normal “chores” of life I don’t have a lot of extra time available.  I had to make the most of my time so I had to spend nights, lunch breaks, and whatever “spare” time I could muster up on the weekends to dedicate to ILN.  Not having a lot of time to dedicate is certainly a disadvantage, but it just means it will take me a little longer to get to where I want to be.

Some people on my ILN team have been working on ILN almost full time and they have seen tremendous results and are earning money every week.  My limited time meant that my results were going to be slower, but in less than 30 days I’ve already started building a down line and pending commissions in my account.  The training offered by ILN does work.  Just like anything you have to put time into it, but if you follow the training and support offered by the team, you can make money with this company.

ILN is shaping up to be a very successful company.  Some of the top affiliates are earning near $10k/month.  It’s been awesome to see all of the success that everyone is having.  If you are interested in starting an online business or need help making your current business grow, then I encourage you to contact me.  ILN is an awesome resource that will help anyone grow their business.  I would love to talk to you about it.  You can contact me here or click this link to find out more about ILN.

I will be posting more about my experiences with ILN as the days go by.  I’ve only been with them less than a month,  but it has been a super experience so far.  Everyone has been extremely nice and helpful and it’s been a wonderful atmosphere.


Welcome to my new website and blog.  My name is Travis Phillips and I’ve been on the internet since the days of dial-up.  If you remember CompuServ, GEnie,  or Prodigy then you’ve been online as long as I have.  I created my first web page back in the early 90′s and purchased my first domain, traviz.com when domains were considered pricey.

I enjoy computers…so much so I studied them in college and continue to work with them today in my job.   I also love music and singing and exploring business opportunities online.

I’m also involved with my church where I lead the media team and oversee all the technical stuff.  This includes audio, video, media presentation, etc.  Every once in a while I’ll come out of the sound booth and use my musical talents on stage.

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave me a comment or connect with me on social media.  I would love to hear from you.  I’ll be posting more as time permits. Take care and have an awesome day!

Computer Geek, Music Lover, and Entrepreneur