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June 1, 3 a.m., Back in Burlington, N.C. I let off the gas pedal as I rolled down my driveway a few minutes ago, pressed the brake as I stopped to park and my feet felt different as they hit the land I grew up on. I was back home....

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June 1, 3 a.m., Back in Burlington, N.C.

I let off the gas pedal as I rolled down my driveway a few minutes ago, pressed the brake as I stopped to park and my feet felt different as they hit the land I grew up on.

I was back home.

I’m coming off a jam-packed, three-day trip to two Midwest cities that helped make our country great – Cleveland and Chicago. Very different metropolitan areas … but very much the same in terms of the people living there.

See, people in those cities have been hit hard by the economy and loss of jobs – not unlike most cities. People are hungry for a chance … they just want an opportunity.

They are tired of looking for work, tired of worrying about how to make ends meet and tired of what their normal day-to-day life has become.

That’s why I hit the road – to help those people.

I was looking for people that still have a dream, aren’t afraid to work for it and don’t believe that the American Dream is dead.

What I found out was what I suspected about people in both cities – there are plenty of capable people out there and we just needed to tell them how we can help them find a better way.

For three days, we met with people during our “Midwest Swing” and told them about how The Alliance believes in Having Fun, Making Money and Making a Difference. We held training for people already working with us and we met with tons of new people to explain how we help protect American families every day.

The room was packed in Chicago. People were on the edge of their seats, taking notes, asking questions and doing all the things I look for in new people when I first meet them.

They were fired up! And, I was fired up that they were so fired up! I loved it.

The look in people’s eyes reminded me of when we were about to land in Chicago late the night before. You could see all the lights on downtown buildings below us, shining and glowing bright. Those lights represent what started as an opportunity for a person many years ago.

Somebody started with a dream and an idea.

Long before a business becomes big, it starts with one person – just one bright light. That person works hard, and keeps trying to grow the business. Eventually, you have to get a bigger building and you have to have more lights.

The day before that – Wednesday – we were in Cleveland and it was the same deal. The room was full.

On Tuesday, I shared with you that we had a meeting with some people that are interested in helping us start our own insurance company. After that, we got invited to a Cleveland Indians baseball game and we got the V.I.P. treatment.

See, it’s still about working hard but also remembering to play hard too. That’s what I did in the last 65 hours.

I’ve shared three vlogs with you this week and now I’m going to share a fourth installment below. Don’t forget to leave comments … I read them all.

P.S. Check back over the weekend, I might just have another vlog to share with you.

Until next time …


On the Road With Andy: Midwest Swing, Video Log Entries
First Video | Second Video | Third Video | Fourth Video

  1. Paul Minichino
    Paul Minichino
    June 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Awesome videos Andy!
    Love that your out there living the dream and making it happen.
    You inspire me, appreciate everything you do for us

  2. Troy LaValla
    Troy LaValla
    June 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    This is crazy! Andy, you bring communication from to to bottom to a whole new level. I love seeing, hearing and reading about what you do. You communicating your vision is inspirational. I can’t get enough. Thanks!!

  3. Ed Hargrove
    Ed Hargrove
    June 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    This is awesome. The Alliance is growing HUGE!
    The Vision is becoming a reality. A dream without action is only a wish. The Alliance is not in the business of wishing. WOOOOO!

  4. Matthew Sullivan
    Matthew Sullivan
    June 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Andy, I’ve been with NAA for less than a month now, and I have to say I am continuously blown away. My previous job was entry level in a corporate world where promotion was impossible and the owners were always negative and arrogant. It blows my mind to see you, Fitz, and everyone else at the top with such a powerful, positive mindset. I’ve only recently received my first commission and this company is already changing my life. Thank you, Andy.

  5. Lisa Koerner
    Lisa Koerner
    June 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    The Chicago meeting was awesome. hank you so much Andy for the time that you spent there. My favorite part of the meetng was watching the way that you work with and coach people to correct their mind set, while communicating to others the purpose behind what you are doing. Thank you for all you do!

  6. Tracy Turack
    Tracy Turack
    June 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Andy! Cleveland was incredible!!! Thank you so much for coming out and investing your time in developing new leaders, providing the opportunity to make a difference, and teaching us all how to DREAM again!!! I am FIRED UP! Keep doing what you do the significant amount of lives your changing is MULTIPLYING 😀

  7. Jeff Taylor
    Jeff Taylor
    June 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Andy, incredible stuff! I’ve never met a more consistent, hard-working, vision-driven individual such as yourself. Thank you for setting the tone for a company that I believe will change MILLIONS of lives.

  8. John Burke
    John Burke
    June 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Love the precision of the vision; executed with flair; so fired up might even grow back some hair!

  9. Odie Anderson
    Odie Anderson
    June 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Andy, your energy and drive amaze me! I appreciate the fact that our leader, is out front doing the things that has made this opportunity GREAT, serving others. I had the opportunity to spend time with Bill Lampe and Mickey Cruz on Wednesday and I can’t explain the impact that time is having on me and my business. ALL I CAN SAY BO is I’ll see you on the stage sometime soon! Thanks for your leadership and support!


  10. Michele Parker
    Michele Parker
    June 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Andy, I LOVED your vlogs ! Kendyl Milson and I watched the first three while driving up from Wilmington to the Leazer Agency Boot Camp in Raleigh. I had two new recruits join me and put them in license school this week too. You wanna see fired up – a whole day with Eric Bellaire ! He drew a GREEN dollar sign on his forehead and put those football black shiner marks under his eyes ! That’s in addition to the baseball caps and t-ball bat ! And the NUGGETS were non stop – he ROCKED ! So did Art – driving depth! Wish I could have gone to see you in Chicago, I lived and worked there as a commercial banker ‘back in the day’. We are having fun, making money and making a difference. I woke up this morning and was surprised to find a debit ($$$) in my bank account today from MoO – what a rush. See you soon. Thanks for all you and Jane do to make this happen ! The Allliance is AWESOME – I love you guys

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