Hi! My name is Henry Hawthorne (aka Hawk). (What’s in a name? In English and French, Henry is an often used royal name which means “Rules his household.” Hawthorne meaning: dweller near a hawthorn[tree] one who came from Hawthorn – many believe the Crown of Thorns forced upon Jesus during his Crucifixion was made from Hawthorn branches. The Hawthorn is prized among landscapers for its stunning flowers, attractive berries and exceptional longevity. Hawthorne means hardness and longevity) I am practical and steady, adaptable and flexible, hard-working, modest, critical, pragmatic, meticulous, conservative, and, tend to be a perfectionists. But, I am enthusiastic, a thinker and doer that thinks big.
I am based in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. California ranks as the eighth largest economy in the world. I enjoy sports (basketball, football, track and field, golf), traveling, reading, socializing, pondering. In my early stages of life I wanted to be an attorney and serve the disenfranchised. I grew up in a large family and extended family(Southern Black roots). I have 6 brothers and 3 sisters. As I got older I thought I could make a difference by becoming an entrepreneur ( involved in business development).
I was drafted in 1967 and did a tour in the Sun and Fun Land of the Republic of South Vietnam. That served as my introduction to the world at large. What an eye-opener. I learned a lot about what I call “the hustle”. I thought Black folk had the ultimate hustle based on our history of survival. We paled in comparison to the folks in this distant land, or, maybe we simply lost our edge through the struggle.
Immediately after discharge, I started college to learn and pursue my dream of being a businessman. That was my big picture, my dream, to be a businessman. No particular specialty at the time, just be a businessman. I spent a total of 7 years pursuing a degree in business. Two years at the junior college level and 5 years at the university level, finally earning a bachelor of science degree in business management (magna cum laude).
During that time, I took a position with the railroad (1977) as a locomotive engineer(now that was an experience). I also acquired a real estate license (1980) for the state of California. I gave up 34 years to the railroad before I decided it was time to pursue my dream full-time.
During the time I spent with the railroad, I also practiced real estate (part-time) and pursued other business interests. I collaborated with several other businessmen to purchase an office building and bring a business incubator to the Sacramento area. My big dream and desire was to create this business development vehicle to educate and support new and existing small businesses. We acquired a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to teach these new and existing small businesses how-to construct marketable business plans.
During my experience, I observed that the most effective communication doesn’t come from heavy verbiage or a very high degree, in fact it comes from listening and understanding people. I discovered early on that you need to market yourself and be considered an expert at something. The ability to provide solutions for people is a valuable commodity.
I knew I had to narrow my scope and not be content to be just a businessman. I discovered network marketing (circa.. 1994). During that time, a lot of people thought it was a pyramid scheme. I thought it was a great sales and marketing vehicle. However, the marketing portion was not emphasized. I thought, what a great way for the small businessman to get into business and acquire residual income. I loved that term. Income that continues to generate itself even after the work has been completed. This type of income helps you earn more while working less as it continues to pay recurrently for work done once. What better way to help the masses (disenfranchised) by helping them create residual income. As I found out, my so-called “mentors” were not totally forthcoming. I have tried no less than 10 different MLM opportunities. I am presently involved in three programs.
I have finally found a mentor that I feel I can believe in and learn from, Ann Sieg, author of The Renegade Network Marketer, 7 Great Lies of Network Marketing, and the Attraction Marketing Manifesto.
In this high speed world, it pays to be an independent thinker who is able to adapt to a fast-paced environments, while paying keen attention to details and creatively navigating change. I always love to learn and understand the reason behind things. Basically, I’m caring, curious, tenacious, competitive, passionate, positive,and have a fun-loving, get-it-done approach. I love to get involved in new and creative things & make something happen. I do dream big!!
I am now exploring my marketing strategy and operation and, building my business consultation.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. Les Brown
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up. Les Brown
Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. Les Brown
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”― Mark Victor Hansen