basic etiquette in life and in business

Sometimes the best things in life really are free. Take a smile. What’s that worth? Let’s take a look. Many years ago when I first moved to Japan I would pop over to McDonald’s for lunch from time to time and what surprised me wasn’t the difference in food items (I was used to that…

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turn your weakness into a strength

We all have weaknesses. As teenagers, we think we know everything but then we grow up and realize that’s not quite true. Whether we’re 15 or 50, young or old, male or female, a president of a company or a teacher we all could benefit from a little studying. Studying provides our mind with knowledge.…

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4 abilities that play a major part in our success

Any teacher will tell you that students usually fall into one of three groups – the overachiever, the average student and the underperformer. This is also true in the business world. There are those people who work their ass off and get stuff done. There are those that just do what’s necessary. And then there…

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some ~ents on your road to success

This site and my first book, iSucceed: secrets for the average joe and jane, were created with one purpose in mind: To help give people tools to achieve more. I started off focusing on two major areas; self-development and business management. I thought that these two areas would give me the most bang for the…

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Angry Birds – all it takes is one simple idea

When we read about others achieving their dreams, it inspires us which is why from time to time I choose to share with you stories that amaze me. Success stories give us hope. If they can do it, we can do it. And yet, very few of us can ever imagine creating a company as…

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sleep, it does a body good

Tonight’s one of those nights when I can’t seem to finish a post. It’s not writer’s block – just the opposite in fact. It’s just a case of being excited about all the new ideas I have come up with. A little while ago I got off the phone with one of my¬†advisers¬†and am excited…

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Steve Jobs and the 7 rules of success

How often do we make things more complicated than they need to be? Just this morning I read a comment made by an author who stated that the single most important thing to do in building a business is to clarify what your company does. Nothing fancy, just plain simple English. Short and sweet. When…

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new technology can come with a steep learning curve but it’s worth it

I am the proud owner of the iPhone 4GS. And just in the nick of time. My iPhone 3G, which I purchased two years ago was on its last legs. I must have dropped the thing about 30 times and had to replace my cover because my first one got so damaged. So yesterday morning…

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don’t knock it till you’ve tried it

Wherever I go I nearly always have a deck of playing cards with me. Why? Because a few years ago I spent 2 hours each night practicing magic. The hard work paid off and I became quite good. But one thing did surprise me – it wasn’t the elaborate tricks that amazed most people but…

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what’s the difference between a $25 and a $5000 camera?

It’s strange what we remember. One memory that stands out in my mind is my father taking me to a store in London to purchase a new camera with exchangeable lenses. The store was long and narrow with a counter that stretched almost the length of the shop. Behind the counter on the wall there…

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