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Being Who You Were Meant To Be

by Theresa Nixon on June 21, 2008 | Articles
Being Who You Were Meant To Be

Self-knowledge is the key to personal success.

Positive Communication in Relationships

by Bill Mansell on June 19, 2008 | Articles
Positive Communication in Relationships

Positive relationships can mean the difference between success or failure in our business, family and personal life. And, communication is the key to these relationships. The more effectively we communicate with others, the more satisfying and successful our relationships will be. Here are 10 steps that can help you right now.

Slow and Steady Wins

by Bill Mansell on June 19, 2008 | Articles
Slow and Steady Wins

Remember the old story of the tortoise and the hare? The hare had more speed and ability than the tortoise could ever hope to have. His body was built for swiftness. Many of us find ourselves in a similar situation as the tortoise. Competitors, customers, or co-workers might be smarter, faster, or endowed with natural talents that you don’t possess. You may have personal burdens that you have to carry. Yet, you can still come out on top with consistent, steady effort.

Finding Your Purpose In Life

by Theresa Nixon on June 18, 2008 | Articles
Finding Your Purpose In Life

Whether you strive to be the next Michelangelo, Bill Gates, or teacher of the year, you can achieve it if you believe it. All it takes is desire, vision, faith, action. And a whole lot of guts. Excerpt from the Introduction of “Finding Your Purpose In Life (Practical Advice From The Trenches)”

If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

by Keith Shaw on June 17, 2008 | Articles
If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

“If you can’t stand the heat, then find a way to get used to, and beat it!” Here’s my straightforward 5-step plan as to how to take control of your life and prepare your self to “beat the heat”.

Your Quest for Success

by Bill Mansell on June 3, 2008 | Articles
Your Quest for Success

No one can give you success. No one can force you to achieve. No one can do the preparation, planning, and the work for you. If we are to achieve true excellence, we must take responsibility for our own success and do the work to make it happen. Here are four steps to help each of us in our quest for success: Plan, Prepare, Perform, Persist.

Take Control of Your Time

by Bill Mansell on May 30, 2008 | Articles
Take Control of Your Time

Ultimately, you have complete control of your life – how you will act, what you will think, and how you will spend your time. But we often let outside forces take over to set our objectives, limit our choices, and plan our day.

The Power of Enthusiasm

by Bill Mansell on May 29, 2008 | Articles
The Power of Enthusiasm

Do you have a project that is not progressing as rapidly as you would like? Are you sometimes frustrated when a really great idea only produces mediocre results? Just apply a little more enthusiasm! Soon it will become catchy and infect everyone around you.

The Winding River

by Joel Weldon on May 28, 2008 | Articles
The Winding River

The Winding River: A story about leadership and vision.

Using 3rd Parties to Build Credibility

by Tim Mulcahy on May 17, 2008 | Articles
Using 3rd Parties to Build Credibility

By integrating specific 3rd party content within your presentation you can create the same level of trust and credibility that you get with a referral. By properly using third party during canvassing, presenting, closing and handling objections will ensure you achieve a high closing ratio.

Collaborative Negotiating – Your Future Business Depends On It

by Ryan Campbell on May 10, 2008 | Articles
Collaborative Negotiating – Your Future Business Depends On It

Making a profit is something that is very, very important for a business. If a business is not making a profit then it is forced to shut down because of a lack of income. This is why sales are so important in order for a business to stay afloat and make a profit. However, buying right is just as important as selling right, but most people never think about this side of the business.

Get Ready. Get Set.

by Bill Mansell on May 8, 2008 | Articles
Get Ready. Get Set.

We all have opportunities that come our way. The question is whether you and I will be prepared to take advantage of those opportunities when they arise, or whether we will say, “I wish I had prepared better.” Here are four areas of preparation you can begin now

Renewal and New Beginnings

by Bill Mansell on April 7, 2008 | Articles
Renewal and New Beginnings

As the dead of winter gives way to the renewed life of spring, nature begins a new season of growth and prosperity. If you have experienced disappointments and heartache in your life, just remember that you too can begin again, the past is over and done with, you can make a fresh start and become a new creature — the one you were meant to be.

10 Mistakes in a Recession

by Grant Cardone on April 6, 2008 | Articles
10 Mistakes in a Recession

Recessions cause the economy to contract and make it more difficult for people to do business. What we are experiencing at this time cause people to respond in a similar manner, reacting to economic contraction with more contraction. While it may be a normal reaction to contract at this time it only guarantees that you will be smaller when this is all over.

LOWER VOLUME + LOWER PROFITS = DISASTER

by Grant Cardone on April 3, 2008 | Articles
LOWER VOLUME + LOWER PROFITS = DISASTER

Price is always a very sensitive issue, especially during times of contraction when money is tight; consumers are scared and more selective with their money. The first response (incorrectly) is to reduce price in order to make up for less volume. It is a myth that a lower price will sell your product and in fact, a formula for disaster and guarantee of failure for most.

Wisdom: Learning How to Live Smart

by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman on April 1, 2008 | Articles
Wisdom: Learning How to Live Smart

Wisdom is learning how to “live smart”, and it will always be just that! And since the issues which we have to deal with don’t change – growing, relating, emoting, working, parenting, etc. – how to successfully deal with all of these facets of our lives also remains constant.

Get Moving!

by Bill Mansell on April 1, 2008 | Articles
Get Moving!

Oprah Winfrey tells of her struggle with weight and her commitment to get on a regular exercise program. Learn five easy steps to help you get moving and keep moving.

Weight Management – Part Two

by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman on March 25, 2008 | Articles
Weight Management - Part Two

Changing your lifestyle patterns is tantamount to changing your religion. There is not a single stitch in the fabric of your life that will not be effected by losing a significant amount of weight. The way you think and feel about yourself, the way others respond to you and the choices that are available to you are now all different. Therefore, developing the skills to cope with all of this is no easy matter. You need to think about these issues on this level in order to succeed.

Use the File-Act-Toss System to Help Make Decisions about Paper Retention

by Barbara Boone on March 22, 2008 | Articles
Use the File-Act-Toss System to Help Make Decisions about Paper Retention

There are only three things you can do with incoming paper. The File-Act-Toss System gives you step-by-step directions so that you can decide what to do with all your paperwork.

The Attitude of Champions

by Bill Mansell on March 19, 2008 | Articles
The Attitude of Champions

What makes a champion different from the average person? The difference is that the champion keeps trying when the average person quits–his attitude drives him on. He refuses to consider the possibility of quitting because he is so totally convinced that success is imminent. Learn from the examples of baseball greats Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.

Gratitude: A Key to Success and Happiness

by Bill Mansell on March 18, 2008 | Articles
Gratitude: A Key to Success and Happiness

Learn to foster the attitude of gratitude with the amazing story of Helen Keller. Although it often seems that other’s have it easy compared with our own problems, the truth is that everyone on this planet will have challenges, heartbreaks, and obstacles at one time or another. You can regain hope and confidence by garnishing your daily thoughts with thanksgiving and gratitude for what you have.

Retirement Will Kill You!!!!

by Grant Cardone on March 9, 2008 | Articles
Retirement Will Kill You!!!!

I was on a plane with Academy award winning actor Ernest Borgnine, 93 years old, (202 movies to his credit) as he was on his way to Toronto to shoot a movie with Bruce Willis. We got into a conversation about work and retirement and he said, “retirement will kill you, work gives you purpose.”

How to Get Up, When You’re Feeling Down

by Bill Mansell on March 8, 2008 | Articles
How to Get Up, When You're Feeling Down

We all feel down once in a while. Choose the happy path. Follow these 5 simple ideas and watch your attitude (and your altitude) soar!

Training Your Sales Team

by Grant Cardone on March 6, 2008 | Articles
Training Your Sales Team

While it is agreed that training can improve the production results of a company there is no shortage of companies and executives that question the return on investment (ROI). Before you calculate the cost of training you should calculate the cost of mishandling opportunities that result from not training your people.

Brainwave Frequencies

by Jose Silva on March 6, 2008 | Articles
Brainwave Frequencies

90 percent of people use 20 cycles per second to think (Beta brainwave level), and 10 percent use 10 cycles per second (Alpha). I wanted to know, Which is the better of the two? Which level is strongest? My research found that 10 is stronger and more synchronized than 20. Imagine, 10 cycles (Alpha) is the best place to think, yet 90 percent of the people are doing their thinking on 20 (Beta)!

Brainware: The Resource Of The 21st Century

by Eric Garner on March 5, 2008 | Articles
Brainware: The Resource Of The 21st Century

The key resource of the Industrial Age was physical energy, both of machines and humans. In the Information Age of the 21st century, the key resource will be mental energy. Learn how to make the most of the power you have.

Finding Wisdom in an Otherwise Confusing World

by Dr. Lloyd Glauberman on March 4, 2008 | Articles
Finding Wisdom in an Otherwise Confusing World

I love simplicity; it has a certain unappreciated elegance. Simplicity, like modesty and subtlety are words this culture tends to ignore; yet, they are wonderful concepts. And these articles are my vehicle for using simplicity as the foundation for practical learning.

Zest for Life

by Bill Mansell on March 4, 2008 | Articles
Zest for Life

On April 26, 2003, a lone hiker became trapped in the rugged mountains of Southern Utah. Trapped under a bolder for 5 days and facing death, Aaron Ralston of Aspen Colorado was willing to cut off his own arm so that he could continue living. Do you have that same passion for your own life?

How to Return to an Organized Office Stress Free After Vacation

by Barbara Boone on February 28, 2008 | Articles
How to Return to an Organized Office Stress Free After Vacation

This article gives you two checklists to use to manage organizing your office before you go on vacation and what to do when you return.

The Sweet Smell Of Independence

by Theresa Nixon on February 28, 2008 | Articles
The Sweet Smell Of Independence

Break free of the bondage of being an employee by striving to find your own path to independence in today’s commerce.

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