the lessons we learn from our parents

As a young child we look up to our parents. They are there for us when we fall. They encourage us when we make mistakes. And they always seem to know what to do. Some of us see our parents as superheroes. They seem invincible. But they’re not. One day the day will come when we…

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how to succeed at anything in 2 minutes or less

Money? You got it. Happiness? No problem. The perfect body? Easy. Learn a language? It’s a cinch. These are just a few of the promises you’ll find staring you right in the face should you pop into your local bookstore. And each new author promises bigger and better things. In my previous post, how tricks…

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what does the future hold for you? answer these questions

Each day that passes is one day gone. It’s a day that we’ll never get back. Time marches on regardless of what we choose to do. The future is always just right around the corner. We’re powerless to stop it. And while many people try to fight it, the result is always the same. But…

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pretzels, dreams and positive thinking

It never ceases to amaze me just what ideas people come up with. Pretzels may have originated in Germany but to me, they are as American as hamburgers and peanut butter. They have been around for hundreds of years and yet I was never a fan. That is until they came out with sour cream…

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there are always two types of consequences, the seen and the unseen

As a young child roller coasters scared the life out of me. The speed, the height, the screaming…all things I felt I could do without, thank you very much. But on one of my trips back to England my best friend at the time took me to Alton Towers, a popular amusement park there. Little…

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just what would financial Armageddon look like?

Like most families in mine duties were divided. My father was in charge of the money; which meant investing and the big bills. My mother held down the fort at home. Me, I had the best job of all – to enjoy myself and boy did I do that. For us, it worked. That is until…

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storytelling and story capturing are skills that can pay off big in business and at home

Stories are powerful. In fact, nearly all of the lessons we learn in life come in, and are remembered in, story form. A well told story has a beginning, a middle and an end. There are highs and lows. And to be effective, it needs a point. Some stories need a little background information. Some…

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be the best – what a novel idea

There is a lot of competition out there today. We’re competing with companies thousands of miles away. We’re competing with the shop just down the street. We’re competing with coworkers. We’re competing with friends. And yet, I am amazed that with so much competition out there how many companies strive to be just like any…

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just how valuable is your customer?

Customers are the life-blood of any business. No customers – no business. It’s that simple. Nothing makes me sadder in the business world than hearing of companies that are taking advantage of their customers – it’s something I refuse to do no matter what and know that the best companies feel the same way. Some…

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why we should all be preparing for another financial crisis

Economics. For some people that word alone can cause people to zone out. It’s full of numbers. It’s complicated. And last, but not least, it’s boring. But love it or hate it, there is no denying that economics plays a big part in all of our lives. That is why over the past five years,…

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