It’s About Time

Several years ago, a business owner and sales manager uttered these words that have resonated with me throughout my life: ” I can give you all of the training and tools you need to succeed, but I cannot give you more time.”

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When you stop and think about it, that may be one of the truest statements ever spoken because we can never give ourselves more time. I chuckle when I read or hear advertisements that claim, “we can save you time.”  Really?  How do you actually save time?  Do you have a special box that you put time in so that I can use it later?  Of course not, we can’t save time; we can only make better use of the time we are given.

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What Are Your Intentions?

Do you ever wonder what people’s intentions are, based on their actions? What about businesses and their intentions?
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Intentions of Businesses
I have been thinking about how businesses approach their audience or potential audience.  How they communicate with their clients, prospective clients, referral partners or vendors. Do they approach these activities with the intention of selling something? Do they approach the interactions with the intention of building a network or as my friend Sarah Robinson would say, building a “Fiercely Loyal Community?” [Read more…]

Self Promotion Is A Social Turn Off

n Sh I enjoy working closely with the team at The Social Buzz Lab; true professionals that know their stuff! I recently published this post on their site and wanted to share it here. Do you know people that constantly promote only themselves via their social channels? Does it turn you off as much as it does the rest of us?

 

Self Promotion makes me sick! Doesn’t it you?8

If you will indulge me just a bit, this post is going to be a combination of ranting against something that irritates me along with thoughts and action steps on how to “not be that person.” Because let’s face it, no one wants to be that person!

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10 Overrated Things in America

I was recently contacted by an organization that publishes articles from Phil Barnes, a freelance photo editor and contributing write for TravelInsurance.org. Some of these made me laugh and some made me think; we do have some overrated things in our country!  Do you agree? Disagree?  Let us know!

10 Overrated Things in America 

It’s 5 p.m.–QUICK! Rush out to buy the new Doritos Locos taco! Stand in line all night to get the latest iPhone! Maybe you don’t want to do these things, but plenty of Americans do. What are some of the other overrated things in America today?

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The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Do you have a teenager?  Do you police their use of social media or limit how much time they spend on social sites?  We are pleased to provide this guest post by Agnes Embile Jimenez, a blogger that does work with The Family Compass

The Negative Effects of Social Media to Teenagers

Whether we choose to admit it or not, social media may produce a plethora of negative effects on teenagers today. With the Internet and smart phone, they have constant access to social media networks. Although many parents dismiss their teenager’s issues as part of the adolescent stage, they need to accept the fact that their teens may be going through more than they let on. Here are a few of the possible adverse effects that social media may cause on teens.

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Changing Seasons

While I love Spring and Summer, Fall brings its own beauty. Celebrate the changing seasons….even if you don’t like the cold :)

Power to the Online People

Where were you when news of the tsunami hit Japan in 2011? How about when Michael Jackson died? Probably online, according to many experts who claim that social media has become the main media source for hundreds of millions of people. Not just in the U.S., either; Facebook alone has more than 900 million users spread across the globe as of 2012. Other social media giants like Twitter have facilitated revolution against unjust leaders and warned people of impending natural disaster. In fact, so many people regularly interact online that if the Internet were a nation, it would exceed the Americas, Europe and the Middle East combined in population. No wonder more than 13 million members of the online community used Reddit and other media platforms to protest SOPA, a proposed Internet censorship bill. Keep this graphic in mind next time you log on, because knowledge is power — and a little knowledge goes a long way in the Internet Age. [Read more…]

You Can’t Please Everyone….So Stop Trying!

During a recent weekend getaway, I received a Twitter DM from a follower that stated, “Bye u ignore me so gone.” My first reaction was lthe same as most people, scratching my head and wondering why they felt like I had ignored them Since I was away for the weekend and taking an unsual break from Twitter, I decided to not respond until my rest and relaxation was over; and until I had time to think through my response to this person. In pondering how to respond, I decided to not respond at all. Why? Because if that person felt like I had ignored them, were my words going to change their mind? Probably not. At least in my opinion.

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The Hope Of A New Day

If you know me, even in a casual manner or as a follower on any of our social platforms, you know that I am the eternal optimist. I believe things will be better and that we have within us the power to make things better; for ourselves or for others.

It is this core belief that leads me to celebrate mornings. I strive to see as many sunrises as I can because it’s a renewal for my soul and my spirit. I’ve heard that we only get 20,000 sunrises, give or take a few depending on our lifespan, so celebrating each limited sunrise makes sense to me.

This belief doesn’t come without it’s detractors nor does it insulate me from negative thoughts or bad days; but it does provide me with a cornerstone that I know I can depend on; the belief that with each sunrise, with each morning, there is hope renewed.

No matter what your current circumstances, take some time to watch a sunrise and celebrate a brand new day. Let it enrich your soul and spirit too!

Have a great weekend!

Keeping Shop: A look at Apple’s In-Store Retail

It’s no secret that I am a huge Apple fan, supporter and user. So much so that each device I own and use for business or personal use is an Apple Product. Not only do the products work well, the design behind them and the support system is wtihout equal. I found this infographic that highlights the numbers behind Apple’s In-Store Retail System. 

In the modern world of retail businesses, it’s safe to say that Apple’s success is a cut above the rest. From iPods to iPhones to iPads and more, the Apple empire has surged into a solid and undeniable place of power over the past decade. If you’re pursuing an MBA, whether or not you plan to seek a business venture in the technology field, Apple’s company model stands as one of the most noteworthy in today’s corporate arena. Apple brings in astounding amounts of revenue from all over the globe, and today it’s the most profitable public company in the world. The following infographic examines a single, crucial element in Apple’s enormous success; namely, their physical retail locations. If you’re like a billion other people in the world, you’ve probably been into one of Apple’s stores in the past year. With close to 400 stores all over the world, Apple’s retail space is the most profitable per square foot compared to any other company. Apple’s in-store sales don’t just top others, they trounce the competition by a landslide. No matter what field of business you plan to find yourself in, entrepreneurs the world over will certainly be able to appreciate that when it comes to bringing in the bucks, nobody does it like Apple.

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