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Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner are Helping Couples Have Better Marriages

Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner of Birmingham, Ala., have taken their Internet business to new heights. They have helped many families!

Dr. Wasson and Hefner, who are married, co-authored Keep Your Marriage: What to Do When Your Spouse Says “I don’t love you anymore!” and Wasson provides marriage coaching. The couple market their products on-line, and publish a web-based newsletter using the education and coaching support Prosper provided.

“Over the past several years, our newsletter has grown from nothing to having over 18,000 subscribers world-wide today. The great thing about our success is that we know we’re helping couples have better marriages,” said Hefner.

I have been reflecting on the last twenty years with my best friend and wife Julie , and I know and continue to learn that showing my love through my actions and remembering  say the words “I love you; I need you; I think you’re beautiful; I appreciate you; thank you” and you help me so much; you are such a great mom; you’re one of the most intelligent people I know.” I look forward to an eternity with Julie and my hope is all of my readers happiness in their relationships!


Devin Willis

Related Resources

How to Stay in a Marriage When Times Are Tough-from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

How to Strengthen Your Marriage with Three Good Habits from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

Alabama Couple Reaches Wider Audience Thanks to Prosper-Provo, UT, June 26, 2008 —Jason Russell-Prosper Inc . Press Releases

Ethan Willis and E-strengths assessment helps Martial Artists- By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!

One Minute Entrepreneur + Martial Arts business Could help By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!



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I Love Talking with Our “Prosper Learning” Coaches!

Some Tips and Wisdom I found helpful!

I was talking to one of out coaches (@ Prosper Learning) and he refereed me to our success center . I found  a  great article “Manage Your Finances” that stated

“.. It sounds obvious but few people do it. Financial management is an ongoing, unending process. Start with the most fundamental elements; know your net worth and track where you money is going. These are both very simple tasks. Track every penny you spend. Use a day planner or spreadsheet or whatever is easiest for you. It is impossible to manage your finances if you don’t have the necessary information at hand. Your net worth is figured by simply totaling all of your assets (what you own) and subtracting all of your liabilities (what you owe). If your net worth is increasing month to month you are on the right track…”

Coach Gail Long  Posted the following

“…Just as the Boy Scouts have “Be Prepared” as a motto, we need to have a Prepared Pantry. This is not just for major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or earthquakes; it can be as simple as an increase in gas prices, loss of a job, or even no overtime at your job. In these uncertain times it is necessary to build and maintain our pantries so we can always feed our families. It may not be their favorite meal, but no one wants their family members to go hungry. Each family is different and has unique food needs.
FEMA has lots of additional information on preparedness, for additional information from them go to
Are You Ready?
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) is FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The guide has been revised, updated, and enhanced in August 2004 to provide the public with the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.

In an article titled “Taking the Bite Out of Food Storage” (“Random Sampler,” Ensign, Mar. 1992, 72-73) four steps were listed to ease your way into a Prepared Pantry.

Step 1: Learn the basics of home storage. Doing so will save you time, money, and effort.
Step 2: Acquire an emergency supply of life-sustaining foods and water and store them properly.
Step 3: Build up your storage gradually. It’s amazing how fast storage shelves can fill up when you buy commodities in double quantities—for example, one can of beans for regular use, the other for storage
Step 4: Eat what you store and store what you eat. For more Tips


Prosper Learning Personal Finance – written by The Prosper Financial coaches-These coaches have established a strong reputation for success by helping thousands of students learn effectively manage their personal finances and investments. The department currently has over 100 years of personal financial experience.

Prosper has assembled one of the most experienced, qualified financial coaching organizations in the world, and has made financial independence affordable for virtually every family in America. Prosper’s program combines interactive learning and veteran coaching to guide clients through the process of creating their unique Financial Independence Plan. Our coaches are more than cheerleaders. They are educators, advocates, and mentors of the mind. The proven principles we coach include the following areas

  • Goal Setting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Risk Reduction
  • Accelerated Debt Elimination
  • Emergency Planning
  • Small Business Philosophy
  • Investment Planning
  • Tax Reduction
  • Retirement Planning
  • Creating Wills and Trusts
  • For more … http://blog.prosperlearning.com/financial/

Save Your Money in 5 Easy Steps
Five Tips to Saving Money

Prosper Learning coach Brice Hogan shared the following:

“…Marching your way to financial freedom takes a lot of discipline. So I want to impart some wisdom on how to keep a little more money in your wallet when you shop around for things.


My wife says that I am the king at grocery shopping, and I am. That is because when I go I try to look for the best deals possible I bring a list and stick to it. Generally I go during the busiest time of the week which is either the weekends or on Mondays. These days the store will have a lot of discounted. So shop on the busiest days. Better Deals. Also if the store has a frequent shopper club join it and you can get additional discounts. The grocery store I shop at, if I purchase a certain amount I can get 5 to 10 cents of gas. These days it’s totally worth it.

Dollar Stores

If you have a dollar store in you area use it. I find it a good place to find household cleaning products, bathroom cleaner, laundry detergents, some food items. Take advantage of these places they also stock some name brand products so it can be an effective way to save on your budget.

Find your Coffee Factor

David Bach has an excellent book called Automatic Millionaire. In it he describes what is called a latte factor. This is basically a vice or habit you spend a lot of money on. It could be cigarettes, eating out, excessive shopping, etc… If you have a vice or habit you spend a lot of money on cut it out completely or scale it way back to save you some coin.

Reviewing Insurance Policies

A great way to save some money is to review your auto insurance. Just by increasing the deductible to a manageable amount you can save $5 – $10 a month and maybe more. So call your insurance agent up and ask.

Bundle Away

You can save a lot of money these days on tv/internet/phone bill by looking into bundles. Companies have made it cheaper for you to buy bundle packages. I have seen packages for $100 in some areas which can save you a lot of money in the long run for you.

These are just some tips that might be able to save you a little money during the month.


5 Practical Steps to help Save You Money-April 3rd, 2008 | Category: Personal Finance-Prosper Learning Personal Finance – written by The Prosper Financial coaches-These coaches have established a strong reputation for success by helping thousands of students learn effectively manage their personal finances and investments. The department currently has over 100 years of personal financial experience.

Get out of Debt Slowly?

Micah Richards share’s the following insight “..Our main focus is to get out of debt, and take the next step in building our own financial independent. These are some huge goals, and will not be something we can do in a week, or even a month. We may even need to wait a month to see any results.

A good idea is to write down ten short time goals you can accomplish in one week. We need to focus these ten goals on items, habits, or struggles we are currently having with our personal finances.
Here are a few sample goals that will hopefully give you some more ideas of what types of goals we are looking for:

1) I will bring a sack lunch to work all week.

2) I will walk to any location I need to go, that is within 1 mile.

3) I will bring breakfast each morning to work.

4) I will go to the grocery store once!

5) I will avoid vending machines, and coke machines.

6) I will eat before I go shopping.

7) I will go through my fridge, and eat all the leftovers.

8) I will read one book on how to achieve financial freedom.

9) I will watch one program on how to achieve financial freedom.

10) I will listen to a financial guru, either on the internet or on CD.

The above examples are once again to get your mind thinking of what personalized goals you can use.

I have also included a very simple document to use. It is so simple, you do not need excel or another program to run. You can cut and paste it, and even print it. After you have completed the goal for a week, you check it off. You will see a difference in your spending habits, and also see a psychological difference that you believe more in yourself, and that you can achieve the longer goals of getting out of debt. Good luck, and have fun! After a few weeks, if you feel confident, change your goals to a month.

Number CHECKLIST OF 10 Weekly Goals Check when Completed



For more great tips go to Prosper Learning  Personal Finance Blog-written by The Prosper Financial coaches-

I remember trying to figure out grants and hen it was explained to me by one of our mentors Dane here at Prosper Inc.. anyway I cacme across this post I thought would be helpful to anyone ! Most experts agree that a mentor helps us h avoid costly mistakes!

I really enjoyed author Grant Gary thoughts in his article. He wrote

“…Funding from grants is often at the core of a successful technology plan, but writing proposals requires a bit of magic and a lot of time. Grants can be a good way for educators to collaborate on building strong programs, but some creative thinking is also required. Here are eleven hints that can help you rake in the funds…”
#1 Find a brighter idea
#2 Get better organized
#3 Prepare an elevator spech
#4 Get a support group
#5 Set your watch
#6 Fill in the holes
#7 Judge for yourself
#8 If you got it, share it
#9 Known when to stop
#10 Make it a practice
#11 Party and give thanks”….For more tips click here

(Resource –The Better Ways to Win a Grant Gary A. Carnow from Tech&Learning)

I hope you find the tips helpful,

Devin Willis


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Two students shared, links of Success!

Rentometer– Two students shared this INFORMATION with me;0). They found it to be an interesting way to determine whether you’re getting the  the right rent amount from renters t. At the time, we checked it for our area .  We found out that we charge on the low side for my area.  Give it a try! (www.rentometer.com/)

Another  resource is Trulia If you’re planning to make a real-estate-related move, “…It has financial information as well as details about school districts and communities….” see

LivePads provides real estate professionals, home buyers, and home sellers the necessary tools for all real estate needs.  People can search for homes, sell their homes, utilize social networking, and find valuable web resources for real estate.

Roommates 4 You is a public absolutely free internet service that puts the power of the World Wide Web behind your roommate or room share search. Find your new roommate. Find a room available for rent. Search by city, zip code, rent price range. We give you thousnds of choices in all 50 states to help you find your next home or roommate. Updated daily by over 700 internet resources and America’s leading local newspapers.

RealtyTrac: There are dozens of foreclosure sites on the Internet, but this site comes the closest to representing the Web 2.0. RealtyTrac is a search engine that allows agents and buyers to find foreclosure properties nationwide. The foreclosure process offers three bargain-buying opportunities, an the pre-foreclosure, public auction, and the purchase of bank-owned properties are represented by six different property statuses on

RealtyTrac. Buyers must pay a fee, as with any other foreclosure site, to view all information about the foreclosed property.

Thank you Ann and James!!

Devin Willis


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“MeetInnovators + Ethan Willis”

There was a great interview done  with Ethan Willis. He stated

“…Number one is getting good people to manage the employees. Number two is hiring good people from the beginning…” and  “…A lot of companies become bureaucratic because they are trying to set up systems and processes to manage the wrong people. If you can have the right people who believe in what you’re trying to do and who have the right philosophy, the culture of the business will often manage itself. Then it’s all about fostering that culture…” see Ethan Willis from Prosper, Inc.-MeetInnovators CEO Club

The above interview gives insight to how Prosper inc. can help people, so effectively. And in my humble opinion is the reason is the best in the educational industry!  When you “talk to Prosper CEO Ethan Willis,” you come a way better when you leave him!



Ethan Willis Can Help You Become a Better Teacher?- Becky

Changing lives, One Student At A Timethe article  that was selected to appear in the August 2006 issue of the national magazine, U.S. Business Review in an article entitled “Investing in Tomorrow”.

Eric Bryant shared “Attributes of Successful Entrepreneurs” in his wonderful blog — July 30, 2008…-Past posts on this blog”My Travel’s on the Roads in how to Prosper and Learning”

One of my Favorite Blogs, The Entrepreneurial Mind Will Join Several Others-July 28, 2008..-Past posts on this blog”My Travel’s on the Roads in how to Prosper and Learning”

“Prosper Learning’s” Information Sheet-

Blogs about: “Ethan Willis”

Ethan WillisLatest post was updated: made by Anonymous

Ethan Willis and E-strengths assessment helps Martial Artists -July 18, 2008- James ” Martial Arts blog’

Outstanding Young AlumniBYU-Idaho Alumni Association-Randy Garn and “Ethan Willis”


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Overcoming Obstacles And Achieving Your Goals

Choices are a part of our everyday life. We all face choices each day. From minor choices, such as what when we get up in the morning, to major, life-changing choices, which will literally affect our lives for years to come.

In my past life , I protected people’s lives and  in many ways still do. I fully understand affect it has on lives for years to come.

The choices each one of us makes create outcomes in our lives. Often, the tendency exists, in many of us, to subscribe to the theory that the positive circumstances we create for ourselves are a direct result of the choices we made in our lives. We then attribute any shortcomings or misfortunes in our lives to bad luck or being beyond our control. We also have a tendency to think that the positive circumstances in others’ lives are a result of good luck on their part and the negative consequences to be a direct result of the choice they have made.

The truth of the matter is that, even though misfortunes do occur, many of the consequences, as well as the positive circumstances that occur in our lives are as a direct result of the decisions that each of us make. We control more of our destiny than many of us realize. We have the power to change our lives according to the decisions that we make.

In order to understand how to better effect change in our lives, we will examine the decision making process. We will identify the steps that should go into each decision. Generally, small decisions require very little time to complete the process while larger decisions may take a significant amount of time to effectively make a decision that will best serve us and our individual needs. The following is the process to follow when making decisions.

Create a Plan

Start with the end in mind. Ask yourself these simple questions: What is my ultimate goal? What path do I have to take to get there? This step should occur well before any difficult decisions have been addressed. Keeping the end in mind will give you a measuring system by which you can determine whether or not your decisions are guiding you toward your final destination.

Identify Choices

When faced with a choice, there are generally at least two choices that can be made. Often, the more choices you have, the harder the decision will be to make. It is important to be very open during this step. When beginning the decision making process, you should identify as many options as possible. Be careful not to eliminate choices because of preconceived biases or assumed information.

Gather Information

Once you have identified the different choices that you have, begin to gather as much information as possible. It is important to realize that there are many biases that people often face during this step of the decision making process. One bias is that the majority cannot be wrong. Just because the majority of people think one way does not make it the best or only solution. Make sure to consider new, creative, or innovative solutions based on their value to you. Another bias that many face while gathering information is that people tend to accept information from those they trust. Make sure to examine the credibility of all information you receive, even information from trusted sources. During this step of the process you should strive to be as objective and rational as possible.

Determine Benefits and Drawbacks

Once you have identified the choices you have and gathered information about each choice, you should begin to determine the benefits and drawbacks associated with each choice. Be thorough in this analysis. Take into consideration your values. If you are having difficulty with this step, consider inviting others to give you another point of view.

Select the Best Option

Weigh the benefits against the drawbacks of each decision. Begin to eliminate the options. Often, there may be two or more options that seem to have positive benefit to drawback ratios. Select the option that best fulfills your needs and seems to have the best chance of success. Once you have selected an option, stick to it. Immediately disregard any of the other options. The best option may fail if you spend your energy second-guessing your decision. On the other hand, a mediocre decision will generally be successful if you commit yourself to it.

Take Action

Once you have selected the best option, begin immediately to work towards the implementation of your decision. Training yourself to react to your decision will be one of the skills that will garner success in your endeavors. Immediately taking action will mitigate the fear that is often associated with large decisions. It also reduces the amount of fear that can cloud your visions of the future.

Learning to make effective decisions and to carry out the decisions that you have made is a key skill for you to learn. This skill will allow you to find greater success and work towards your goals with greater conviction. Also, it will make you a better leader and those around you will trust and admire your decisions.

I hope you found this useful,

Devin Willis


Beginner’s Guide To Being Decisive– by blogger Avani Mehta. Also read her ,  Page on The Art of NOT Making Decisions through Mental Chatter

Defensive Tactics at Select Patrol-Agent C.T ESI Graduate

Prosper Learning Newsletter– Make Up Your Mind The Art of Being Decisive (Your Friends at Prosper, Inc.)

Decisive action is characteristic of the entrepreneur- by Post by blogger Chris Melton


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My Proven Research Resources That, When I Applied Them , Produce Positive Results !

My goal to to keep  myself and others up-to-dated with news, information, and tools that are vital to  my success These are some resources I use and wanted to share I will continue to Provide links to a collections of other news sources (newspapers, magazines, radio ect) you will find reports and articles relevant to our course of study.Research and keeping should be an integral part of everyone’s education.

Humbly posted;0)

Devin Willis

Internet Happenings, Events and Sources– Marcus P. Zillman .  has made my job easier for putting resources together in a easy formate in one place so, it can find can be found, some information critical to improve lives of our students.


All-Academic.com-“..Where do you find the most recent cutting-edge research? It is presented every day at scholarly conferences worldwide. Now you can have access to this hard to find scholarly work. All Academic provides access to free abstracts and downloadable PDF paper files. 

A small example of Free searches include:Business and Economic History-Papers Presented at the BHC Annual Meeting and Cato Journal-Cato Journal is America‘s leading free-market public policy journal. Every issue is a valuable resource for scholars concerned with questions of public policy, yet it is written and edited to be accessible to the interested lay reader.


Google Scholar.com-Brought to you by a resource you already trust, Google Scholar provides a broad spectrum of information such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and other scholarly literature.


Center for Research Libraries-The Center for Research Libraries has a very diverse collection of research materials. You will find a database that includes a conglomerate of information from North American universities and independent libraries as well as foreign newspapers and dissertations, to name a few.


AJR NewsLink– An excellent directory of over 3,000 newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and other media-related sites available on the Internet.


Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.-The website of this parent newspaper company includes a listing and links, where available, of more than 200 daily, semiweekly, and weekly community newspapers in 23 states.


E&P Media Links Online Media Directory–  This is an Interactive MediaInfo Links database. Editor & Publisher’s research department has developed a new database of all media with a Web presence. You will find associations, city guides, magazine, newspaper, news services and syndicates, radio and television Web sites in the new database… After doing a search, or browsing by media category or geographic region, you will get a list of sites with basic information about each site: the name of the publication or company, the name of the site, the city and state or country, the frequency of the publication (how often it is published) and the site type (i.e. business, general interest, sports).”


1st Headlines-“1stHeadlines provides a central location where a user can quickly scan headlines from over 300 top newspaper, broadcast and online news sources. The user can quickly view current news events from the regional perspective of multiple news organizations. 1stHeadlines is updated every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.”Gebbie Press:


Metagrid -Metagrid has catalog all online publications for the Internet. You can search for newspapers and magazines  worldwide.Magazines are organized by topic and newspapers are organized by region. The site has both English and German versions.


Documents in the News is a website provided by The University of Michigan Government Documents center. This site “identifies issues about government making news headlines and web sources with additional information.” Taken from official sources, this page has full text documents on a wide variety of national and international topics such as: Yeltsin’s Resignation, Bosnia, the Oklahoma City Bombing, AIDS in Africa.



The Internet Public Library-founded by a class at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content and managed the Ask a Question reference service. On January 1, 2007, the IPL moved to Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology. Now, a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science is developing and maintaining the IPL!

101+ Web Resources for Students-Great list! for our adult learners  and and this wil save time


ResearchBuzz Produced by writer Tara Calishain, this site provides great coverage of news and opinion on search and research tools.



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Article Highlights Life-Changing Prosper Learning Education

Changing lives, One Student At A Time

I love the article  that was selected to appear in the August 2006 issue of the national magazine, U.S. Business Review in an article entitled “Investing in Tomorrow”.

The article thoroughly outlined the reasons for Prosper, Inc. students’ success and portrayed the vision of Prosper, Inc. as a company . It also covered  the vision for  our employees and leaders;0) The article stated ,

“After pioneering its own niche in the post-secondary education market, Prosper Inc. has positioned itself as an organization devoted to helping individuals achieve success in the business world through its customized courses…[T]he company is a valuable asset for individuals hoping to fulfill their potential and further their careers through return-on-investment-based learning systems.”

Ethan Willis, CEO and President of Prosper, Inc. said, “This is a rewarding article because it talks about the success of our students as well as the integrity and abilities of our employees here at Prosper.”

In the article Ethan, whom I call my young brother and friend  stated   he “believes the company’s most valuable assets are its employees..”

Humbly Posted

Devin Willis


Investing in Tomorrow By Kate Burrows Tuesday, 15 August 2006 –http://www.usbusiness-review.com


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