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Raising Positive Kids

by Zig Ziglar on March 29, 2011 | Articles
Raising Positive Kids

Tips to help you raise positive kids in a negative world.

Listen Up

by Bill Mansell on January 13, 2011 | Articles
Listen Up

Conversations that are based on solid listening skills not only result in more effective communication, they foster trust, improve relationships and are more likely to be followed up with action. Here are 5 tips to improve your listening skills.

5 Tips for Smarter Money – Without Sacrificing Lifestyle

by Brian Davis on December 22, 2010 | Articles
5 Tips for Smarter Money – Without Sacrificing Lifestyle

A Wales man actually built a hobbit hole with nothing stronger than a chainsaw and lived in it… for $4,200. Further, it’s completely sustainable environmentally

Be Quiet

by Bill Mansell on November 30, 2010 | Articles
Be Quiet

Take 15 minutes a day to be quiet. Find a peaceful place where you can be alone. Turn off all electronics and just enjoy being with yourself. Listen to your inner voice and cultivate peace in your life. Bring a pad and pencil to jot down the ideas and thoughts that come to you. Then, jump back into life, refreshed, invigorated, and prepared to take on the day.

Get Organized!

by Bill Mansell on October 27, 2010 | Articles
Get Organized!

Get organized by creating a vision for your life, then arranging everything in your life to support and create that vision.

Science of Mind Control

by Jose Silva on October 14, 2010 | Articles
Science of Mind Control

Mind Control expert and founder of the Silva Method, Jose Silva, clarifies and defines such concepts as meditation, concentration, problem solving, receiving guidance, and learning to prosper.

Prosperity on a Spiritual Foundation

by Jose Silva on October 14, 2010 | Articles
Prosperity on a Spiritual Foundation

Mind Control expert and founder of the Silva Method, Jose Silva, clarifies and defines such concepts as meditation, concentration, problem solving, receiving guidance, and learning to prosper.

Are You Smart Enough?

by Bill Mansell on October 5, 2010 | Articles
Are You Smart Enough?

When you feel intellectually inferior, as we all do at times, change your focus to how you choose to apply and use your natural intelligence. Do you read and study, or do you waste time on mind numbing activities. Do you create or do you tear down? Do you take positive action, or do you over-analyze and thus paralyze your progress?

10 Proven Rules for Sales Success

by Steve Schiffman on October 2, 2010 | Articles
10 Proven Rules for Sales Success

Here are twelve simple, career-changing pieces of advice I have been sharing for years with salespeople. The list, which is the culmination of over a quarter of a century of experience, may be brief … but I’ve noticed that those who follow all twelve rules always seem to out-earn those who don’t.

Making the Ball Bounce Your Way

by Zig Ziglar on August 24, 2010 | Articles
Making the Ball Bounce Your Way

Motivational article about how to turn negative events into positive outcomes.

Quit Now, Before You Get Fired!

by Bill Mansell on August 19, 2010 | Articles
Quit Now, Before You Get Fired!

If you want to hold on to your job, you should quit. That is, quit complaining, quit worrying, quit wasting time, quit spreading bad news, and quit holding back.

Selling Starts, Recession Ends!

by Grant Cardone on August 9, 2010 | Articles
Selling Starts, Recession Ends!

The so-called Great Recession, the longest and deepest since the Great Depression, may be over but you won’t feel relief unless you and your company are able to sell your products and services. Businesses and individuals may find relief in the idea that the Recession is finally ending, but trust me, you won’t feel any relief in how the market responds to your products and services unless you master selling, building the value-add propositions and closing the deal.

Visualize Your Plan

by Bill Mansell on July 28, 2010 | Articles
Visualize Your Plan

If you will take the next step and visualize exactly how it will look, and feel, when you reach your goals–if you will describe in detail, in writing, how it will look, perhaps even make a detailed drawing or find a picture that reminds you of your goal–you will have taken a major step toward achieving your goals.

Time Management: A New Approach From Ancient Greece!

by Eric Garner on July 17, 2010 | Articles
Time Management: A New Approach From Ancient Greece!

If you’ve been on time management courses and found they don’t work, then here’s something that will surprise you. A time management system that does work! This system requires no work from you. In fact, it’s sometimes called the natural time management system. Just read this article to find out why.

Build a Relationship of Trust

by Bill Mansell on June 2, 2010 | Articles
Build a Relationship of Trust

Communication is critical to our success in every area of life. We often think of communicating simply as transferring information. But, it is so much more. Communication is also a transfer of feelings and emotion–a meeting of two souls. This is why two people can say the same sentence to you and have it mean two entirely different things. More than the words, what really transfers meaning is the nature of the relationship and the level of trust in that relationship.

Sales Meetings that Motivate

by Grant Cardone on May 7, 2010 | Articles
Sales Meetings that Motivate

The purpose of a sales meeting is to motivate your people and get them prepared to focus on selling.

Work Will Win

by Bill Mansell on April 20, 2010 | Articles
Work Will Win

In the world of athletics, there is a work ethic that has become all but extinct in the business community. Work means disciplining yourself to spend the time, focus your attention, exert all the effort you can, and stick with it. Those who do so will learn to love their work and to crave the satisfaction of a job well done.

Three Tips for Spring Cleaning the Office

by Barbara Boone on April 18, 2010 | Articles
Three Tips for Spring Cleaning the Office

Learn three tips to organize your office so that you can be more productive.

Take Charge of Your Life

by Bill Mansell on March 18, 2010 | Articles
Take Charge of Your Life

Today, millions of people walk around incarcerated in their own personal jails called addictions. These people are addicted to substances (such as alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, or even caffeine) or to behaviors (such as gambling, porn, overeating, or too much TV) which rob them of time, money, and control.

The Window of Opportunity

by Zig Ziglar on March 14, 2010 | Articles
The Window of Opportunity

Seize the opportunities when they come. To do that with success you must prepare before the opportunity presents itself.

Does Success Change You?

by Michael Beck on March 10, 2010 | Articles
Does Success Change You?

Imagine this scenario… You spend years working hard to succeed. During these years, you have some success, mixed with lots of false starts. But you never really reach the level of success you dream of. And then something shifts. Everything begins to work, and your fame and fortune take off…

Don’t Bother Setting Goals

by Michael Beck on March 10, 2010 | Articles
Don't Bother Setting Goals

Setting goals and working towards them often will be a frustrating exercise until one is truly motivated for self improvement and has cleared out any major conflicting intentions and beliefs. When you’re self motivated and not in conflict, you’ll reach your goals faster and easier than you ever thought possible.

5 Keys to Effective Customer Service

by Bill Mansell on March 2, 2010 | Articles
5 Keys to Effective Customer Service

Statistics show that a happy customer will tell three other people. Unfortunately, an unhappy customer will tell over 10. Exceptional customer service can make the difference between surviving and thriving in this competitive marketplace. Now, learn five simple keys that can help you improve your customer service skills.

Attitude: The Gold In Your Bank

by Eric Garner on March 2, 2010 | Articles
Attitude: The Gold In Your Bank

What’s the most important factor in your success? Well, no, it’s not money, or luck, or talent. Find out why Attitude comes to exactly 100% of your success.

Looking for Greener Grass?

by Bill Mansell on March 2, 2010 | Articles
Looking for Greener Grass?

When things get difficult, we tend to look at other people or other companies and assume that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. When viewed from a distance, their opportunities often look richer, their problems seem fewer, and success looks easier. The temptation is to run here and there looking for better, easier opportunities. We sometimes wistfully look at other companies or industries and wish things were that easy for us. But, it is often an illusion.

Walking or Jogging for Health

by Zig Ziglar on February 28, 2010 | Articles
Walking or Jogging for Health

Your vocabulary can help you be successful in your weight loss and fitness goals – pay attention to what you say!

Easy Ways to Create Paper and Electronic Files

by Barbara Boone on February 13, 2010 | Articles
Easy Ways to Create Paper and Electronic Files

This article tells you how to create paper and electronic files using main and sub categories, color coding, and a one keyword search feature.

How to Enjoy the Holidays AND Stay Thin

by Bill Mansell on November 24, 2009 | Articles
How to Enjoy the Holidays AND Stay Thin

It is a time dotted with family parties, community traditions, celebrations in the work place, and lots of food. It is a fun, festive time of year. But, it can also be a perilous time for those who are trying to watch their weight. Research shows that people actually accumulate a large proportion of their yearly weight gain over the winter holiday season. It’s clear that we need pay attention to this issue. But, can we still enjoy the holidays while watching our weight? Here are simple 8 tips that will help you to safely navigate the holidays while maintaining a healthy weight.

Sales Jobs at Top of Recession-Proof Jobs

by Grant Cardone on November 20, 2009 | Articles
Sales Jobs at Top of Recession-Proof Jobs

According to Forbes Magazine, sales jobs are among the top most recession-proof jobs. While you may dislike the idea of selling, learn to sell and you will never be without work and never without money–no matter how bad the economy gets

How to Deliver Bad News and Still Look Good

by Patricia Fripp on November 2, 2009 | Articles
 How to Deliver Bad News and Still Look Good

In every association executive’s life the day will come when you must deliver bad news. But whoever is on the receiving end of the message, the way you deliver the news can determine how the messenger (you) is treated.

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