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Living the Dream – Life is Good

In honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let’s take a look at a few of his memorable words:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: It’s the quality, not the longevity, of one’s life that’s important.

We know this to be true, yet I am still struck by the number of people who are focused on life at the office, looking ahead at the retirement account planning and dreaming of ‘someday’. I understand the importance of all these things: planning for the future is an important part of creating it, but not at the risk of running out of time to enjoy today.

As many pithy posters on social networks have said, ‘someday’ is not a day of the week. Nor does it need to be part of your business vocabulary. We helping professionals are the first to understand that life is indeed short, that nothing beats the value of a moment spent with someone we care about and that when all is said and done, those moments will magically add up to a ‘great life’ that gets reported in our own obituaries.

The Life Is Good story actually began in 1994 with two brothers, Bert and John Jacobs, who hawked t-shirts on the streets of Boston, even selling door-to-door in college dorms up and down the East coast and out of a small van until things got, well, good for them.

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Waiting for Something to Break

Every year I grapple less with the daunting fact that Christmas is just not as fun as a grown person as it is when you’re a child. I have accepted it, it’s a fact of life. Move on.

I don’t like the fact that December seems to be one of those months that chews you up and spits you out if you don’t plan accordingly, and in my line of business, it made for a lot of really late nights, really long days, and me and Aaron tearing down all our decorations last Sunday thinking, “What the hell just happened?”
Christmas time this year was just weird.

It was chaos, it was heartbreak, it was a lot of half-assed gifts (which is EXTREMELY out of character for me. I am that person who gets ulcers over picking out the perfect present.

This year I sat in my armchair, let my credit card do the work, and prayed I didn’t order a pile of crap. It was me forcefully trying to hang on to a little glimmer of nostalgia – crafting those smelly cinnamon ornaments like we used to when I was a kid and making pomanders and robotically baking dozens upon dozens of cookies with Reece’s cups jammed down inside them.

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Garcinia Cambogia Extract – Really Helping People

Now, something that may change your life. For the better! Tech stuff and business development advice will come later again, but first attention to our health! We have long accepted that we can’t reach the dream of losing weight on our own, diet pills keep on selling like hot pancakes. As soon as there’s a new brand out in the market, people will come flocking to try this one themselves.

And we already lost track of all those diet supplements that claim to be effective in making us lose weight, as in really lose weight and stay that way. But Garcinia Cambogia is different from the rest of them.

If Garcinia Cambogia does not deliver its promise, famous nutritionists, doctors, and celebrities won’t be endorsing it as the “holy grail” of weight loss.

This miracle pill has touched many lives for the better, which is why it is still among the leading supplements today in the field of weight loss. By taking the right supplement the right way, the results are dramatic and you yourself will be surprised at the change in you physically.

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Winning Your Battles. Stop Comparing Yourself

I am going to make this as plain and clear as possible… Stop comparing your own unique situation to those around you.

I am saddened by how the students blogging community has dramatically changed since I first started writing years ago, and I am just as guilty as the next guy about falling into the “comparison trap.”

Back in the day, we all had our eyes on our own prizes, we all just wanted a little piece of the internet to document our personal journeys. We could get all set in our own ways to write our stories, express our love for whatever physical activity, or get further educated by taking online math tests if it would be some educational necessity it was that moved us.

I wrote with passion, I didn’t care who read it, I made some awesome friends along the way, and I had no problem with my 10 hits a day.  I was blogging for the sheer joy of having a place to talk about myself all the time.

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The Penny Has Got To GO

Have you heard the debate about the penny? If not, take a look here. The penny is costing us billions of dollars a year in lost time and funds.

We (or rather the U.S. Mint) have been making the penny at a loss for the past two years (it currently costs 1.7 cents to make one cent) and it’s only going to get more expensive from here as the price of metals keeps rising.

But apparently, there are still millions of people that want to keep the penny.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why…and before you start thinking of all the reason (more like myths) for not getting rid of the penny (ex. if we didn’t have it, prices would be rounded up) please take a look at this.

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Looks DO Matter

I’m the type of person who’d like to live in a world where looks don’t matter. But, like you, I live in a world where looks do in fact matter. As I shared in my post about hate, I’ve had a pretty telling example of just how much looks can play into the way others engage with you. But today we’re going to focus on the perceptions we create by the way we present ourselves.

This isn’t a feel-good topic…it’s seemingly a bit shallow actually. But should that detour us from speaking about it? NOPE! Sometimes we have to have tough conversations in order to fully hash things out.

I’m counting on community contribution to help drive the point that looks really do matter, or the contrary if you believe otherwise. Either way, please share your rundown as to why you feel the way you do.

Let’s go…

I’m a realist and realize that much of what we see as our reality is really only a perception and this is very obvious, for example, in the alternative energy discussion. In fact, I believe that we’re accountable for most of the elements related to the perceptions others form of us. If you don’t think that looks matter now – you may come to find out in a moment, that they actually do.

*NOTE: When I say looks – I’m speaking on your personal presentation only. I am not talking about physical characteristics that we have very little control over (like DNA). Sure, these do play a significant part, but I’m not going there…yet!

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How To Start Your Home Business – How To Make Extra Money At Home

Beginning a home business can be a daunting task, especially if you have a family or another job to take care of.

The distractions you have to overcome have the possibility to prevent you from accomplishing anything you set out to do. It is important to establish a plan of attack that gives your idea (or a business) the best chance of success. This is a lesson I learned while helping Best GED Classes students to prepare for the GED test. It works like a charm every time.

Develop a Business Plan. No, I’m not talking about a 110-page detailed report on how you plan on paying back your investment. Those things never work out the way they should anyway. I’m talking about outlining your plan of attack. In this short business plan you should:

1. Describe your product or service you are offering. List the price, availability, estimated time to produce or provide the service. These can be bullet point half sentences, nothing official here, folks. This is meant to be an internal document, but also one you can easily pull out of your desk drawer and reference from time to time to make sure you are on the right track. If you’re in doubt about going this career track, take a free career quiz.

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How to capture and keep the online consumer

Online customers have an ephemeral attention span – they’re always just one click away from the next site. Brand loyalty is not as entrenched in the online world as it is offline. Even a customer who has chosen brand name Yahoo! as a homepage may be quickly lured away by the new portal.

That’s why e-commerce sites spend an average of $108 to acquire each customer. Yet most sites lose 60 percent of their customers every six weeks. Such a business model is not conducive to profitability and long-term viability. Imagine if an offline retailer had the task to replace over 60 percent of its customers every six weeks!

Sticky marketing is designed to capture and keep the Web’s fickle consumer. It is the ability to target, personalize for, and interact with customers in order to turn them from ad hoc buyers and casual surfers into loyal customers. To stay on a particular Website, customers need not only incentive, convenience, and competitive prices, but interactivity, a customer service experience, and brand loyalty. All this can be achieved by using the following nine sticky marketing techniques:

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The future of Internet shopping lies in value and fulfillment-not pricing

Hear me out, all you online marketers happily skating on razor-thin margins: The future of Internet shopping lies in value and fulfillment – not pricing. The hype on shopping bots and price-comparison services ignores a fundamental market shift: most of the millions of products available on the Internet have already become commodities.

That is, they can be obtained by many vendors without much or any market friction-differentiated entirely by price, and moderated by speed of availability. With commoditization on the Net, price friction has mostly evaporated; the difference in daily prices among most items is ignored because it’s too slight or perceived as too slight. Are you really going to cancel the book order you made yesterday because you found Hannibal selling for a buck less today on another site? Doubtful.

Though we have to be aware that more and more customers are mathematically better trained and increasingly conscious of availability and pricing (online education options, such as math education for GED applicants) have brought about increasing awareness of those factors as well.

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The State of The Internet Economy

The Internet Economy is just the latest of several successive waves of transformation yielding increasingly powerful, inexpensive infrastructure for automating work. For the first time, machines have a common nervous system through which to communicate and organize functions. Enjoying the convenience of the dial tone of the Information Age, we are becoming increasingly dependent upon the platform of computers it connects – yielding a new community comprised of humans and machines.

Our new, ideologically programmed, technologically equipped economy – “ideotechnomics,” as I call it – is growing a nervous system with increasingly intelligent, muscular, mobile, and information-rich extensions. You can see these developments also in education-related technological products such as the online platform for GED Math instruction, BestGEDClasses.org, another fine startup that works with new technology.

The invisible hand of this macrosystem offers the vital support platform of modern life: wondrous goods and services at reasonable costs, providing food, shelter, healthcare, transportation, communications, education, and entertainment for people around the world. If we are wise enough to know why and how to properly evolve the programming of this new economic platform, there is no reason to believe that it cannot continue to provide these values more comprehensively and equitably.

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