Get SMART about Achieving Your Goals

How smart are you when it comes to setting your goals? Not everyone has a solid plan or understands how to get what they want. Some of you may need assistance or encouragement to get started, but ultimately, your life decisions relat...

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The Zen of Zig

“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” Motivational author and speaker, Zig Ziglar, recently passed away at age 86, and through his words, his life will live on. Twitter has been abuzz with his quotes, perhaps seen by a younger audience unfamiliar with his books. In our culture of instant gratification and entitlement, Ziglar’s ideas on selling, attitude,...

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Opting for Op-Ed

I’ve just returned from an all-day seminar given by the Op-Ed Project and I’m writing a blog post. Sound odd? Shouldn’t I be inspired to write an op-ed piece? I am inspired, however, one of the goals of the Op-Ed Project is to reach more women (and occasionally men) through their thought leadership program and get them inspired to write op-eds. Women are woefully underrepresented on editorial pages. Male by-lines, and thus their opinions, com...

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Focus on Mindfulness

Mindfulness is singular clear focus. For some of us, it is similar to meditation in a waking state. Extraneous internal and external noises are quieted, enabling us to focus on being in the moment. It gives us a chance to fully experience our task, our activity, our thought process and/or our feelings without distraction. Multi-tasking is not mindfulness,...

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Apple-tude

Ask Yourself August 24, 2012 2 Comments

Apple’s retail success may lie with their hiring philosophy. According to Carmine Gallo, blogger and author of “The Apple Experience,” product enthusiasm trumps outright salesmanship. Apple would rather see wide-eyed wonder in a prospective employee than a resume devoted to years spent in cloistered computer scie...

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Learn How to Post an Ebook on Amazon Kindle

Do you want to turn your manuscript into an e-book? You can do it! I’ll show you how. I’ve uploaded over a dozen stories onto Kindle and have learned time-saving tips I will pass along to you. Even if you aren’t ready to publish right away, this free session will provide guidance during preparation and prevent aggravation later. Amazon allows individuals like you to upload their own books and stories onto Kindle Direct Publishing. For best results, I will explain their preferences for d...

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Woman Bites Fish

Now that I have your attention, you can read a story of great customer service at Rubio’s, a Baja California-style Mexican chain found in western states. Their signature offering is an authentic fish taco, which sounds questionable until you try one and then you’re hooked. They made a good first impression on me, and as a result, they are the only fast-food restaurant I frequent. Yes, I’ve had a few so-so moments, but overall, I’ve been pleased with t...

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Pinched Penney

Ask to Get, News February 6, 2012 1 Comment

You’ve all heard by now that JCPenney has changed their pricing model. Big sales and coupons are out. Everyday values are in, except for their month-long values where chosen items go on sale for the entire month. And let’s not overlook their best price category – a way to take advantage of mark-downs every first and third Friday. Okay, so they haven’t entirely removed themselves from the sale mind-set, however they have adopted a sim...

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Gifting Circle says “Good-bye” to “Buy”

Give To Get, Guest Blogger November 29, 2011 2 Comments

by Steve Bhaerman, a.k.a., Swami Beyondananda While in Ashland, Trudy and I were privileged to be part of a "gifting circle" hosted by Bill and his wife Zoe. On a Sunday evening, some two dozen people gathered for a delicious and carefully-prepared potluck (each individual proudly "introduced" the dish they brought). After ample time for chatting in two's and three's and four's during a leisurely dinner, we reconvened in a circle. As we went around, each individual offered a ...

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When the Deal of the Day – Isn’t

Ask Yourself November 3, 2011 No Comments

Deal of the Day, Groupon, Amazon Goldbox, LivingSocial, and other discount sites can be real money-savers, but only if you actually use the product or service. Sounds like a “Duh!” moment, yet more and more people are finding these deals are costing them money. Coupons expire, restaurants go out of business, some businesses c...

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