I was visiting with my good friend Joanne last night. We were talking about those times when you're in a funk and you can't seem to shake out of it. Your goals are cloudy, your motivation is confused at best. You know where you want to go but can't seem to get your stuff together to head there.
Sometimes a good night sleep helps. Other times, we both agreed that folks can get trapped in this for extended periods of time. And the latter can be detrimental if it's affecting your cash… Continue
Added by Theresa on October 16, 2008 at 7:37am —
I met Hannah Stephenson in 2005. At the time, Hannah was working for a Catholic university. She had never put much thought into her retirement portfolio or the values it reflected. As she glanced at the list of stocks held in her mutual funds, she recognized a few familiar names. They appeared to be good companies with good products. However, as she progressed farther down the list, some names stood out like a sore thumb . . .
Added by Jay Peroni on October 16, 2008 at 6:30am —
It seems that many people are cutting back on spending. There is a bad feeling in the air about the economy. Life goes on. It has to. I haul freight for a living, and shippers are slowing down. I'm making less each paycheck. This worries me. I have to cut back on some spending due to less in the paycheck. I want to go into business for myself. Get out of the linear income, and have multiple customers. But will they spend money on my business? I will continue this thought in a few days.
Added by Susan Miller on October 15, 2008 at 8:04pm —
I avoid moderation at all costs (I don't moderate any content on any of the social networks I manage, my facebook page, blog comments...none of it).
The only reason you'd moderate is to stop people saying crazy things or posting inappropriate content.
The problem with moderating is that it makes your good users feel like you don't trust them...don't you love the way they compare your receipt to what's in your cart at Sam's Club as if you're trying to steal from… Continue
Added by Jon Dale on October 15, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Have a great idea that can benefit many people using information. Google will give you $10 mil for that idea if you win.
Added by Eli Salem on October 15, 2008 at 11:03am —
Is That Blood on Your Hands?
I don’t think anyone would argue that sin is not profitable. In fact, a September 14, 2007, New York Times article titled “At Least on Wall Street, Wages of Sin Beat Those of Virtue” claimed that “sin” stocks (those involved in gambling, alcohol, and tobacco) outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the last five years (September 2002–September 2007). It even highlighted a mutual fund that had purposely invested in “sin” stocks and averaged over 20… Continue
Added by Jay Peroni on October 15, 2008 at 7:30am —
As Kirk & I prepare to 'go on the road' for a week I'm making preparations to make the most of my time. I'm printing 'sign up' sheets so folks who like us and our music can sign up for our newsletter. By giving us their names and email addresses we collect valuable contacts for the future. We can then let them know when we have new CDs and hopefully develop a relationship with these new fans.
I'm also printing 'hand outs' - these are simple sheets with a paragraph or two about us… Continue
Added by Deby Dearman on October 14, 2008 at 7:41pm —
Teaching or helping your client with a task that you're unqualified to teach.
I would never hire a coach to help me reach a place they have never been. In my practice I think it's even unethical to work with a client that want's to go somewhere I have never been. I point those people in another direction where they will get the service they need.
Nothing prepares you to help others better than having lived something out in your own… Continue
Added by Justin Lukasavige on October 14, 2008 at 7:36pm —
Over the next few days, I will be covering a three-part series on something that is very passionate to me - faith-based investing. The fact of the matter is many people do not consider the moral responsibility that comes with investing. You make moral choices every day. You may choose where you work, where you spend or donate money, but do you consider where your money is going when you invest?
You may be investing in companies that violate your morals and values. Make a conscious… Continue
Added by Jay Peroni on October 14, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Maybe you were like us…you sat out in your vehicle holding a prescription for Ritalin, trying to hold the tears back while your hyperactive bundle bounced off the walls of the back of the van….unaware of the emotional maelstrom in the front seat.
So you drive home. Or should you go to the pharmacy first? But wait! I don’t want my kid on drugs! But maybe it will make life easier. What should we do? What should we do?
Well, all I can tell you is what we did. I hit the… Continue
Added by Theresa on October 14, 2008 at 6:31am —
I've just finished reading a pre-release copy of Seth Godin's new book, Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us
. I think it may be the most important book I've read this decade.
In his usual, easy to read, conversational style, Seth provides a manifesto outlining a new type of heretical leadership.
As I read through the book I found myself highlighting pretty much the whole… Continue
Added by Jon Dale on October 13, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Not defining your target market.
"You mean I can't work with just anyone?"
I get this question a lot. Why would I intentionally shut certain people out of my business if my services are for everyone?
Most people in North America are in debt and manage their money poorly. I can help almost anyone improve their relationship with their spouse and manage their money better, but if I market to everyone, essentially I reach no one.
I met a financial… Continue
Added by Justin Lukasavige on October 13, 2008 at 3:30pm —
As the story goes, Chicken Little was walking through the forest one day when an acorn fell on her head. She thought at that moment the sky must be falling and decided she needed to alert the king so he could take proper action. She overreacted because of fear.
There are times when fear runs our lives as well. Inflation is out of whack. The economy is slipping into a recession. Debt is at an all-time high. You may hear bad news every day. Don’t be a Chicken Little. Don’t be afraid.… Continue
Added by Jay Peroni on October 13, 2008 at 2:00pm —
So the stock market’s gone crazy. Warships are on our doorstep. (Venezuela.) The presidental race has brought out more vigorous discussion than I’ve even see around an election. The sky is falling and the nation is going to hell in a handbasket.
But all this suddenly fades into the background when a parent’s been told their kid is autistic. Or has ADD/ADHD. Or, yeah…..fill in the blank. There’s plenty of labels to choose from.
Suddenly that election seems pretty trivial.… Continue
Added by Theresa on October 13, 2008 at 6:52am —
FINANCIAL TIP OF THE DAY
It is often said that bankruptcy gives a debtor a fresh start, but filing bankruptcy is not a panacea for all financial problems. Declaring bankruptcy can seriously damage a person's credit rating, making it difficult to establish credit or take out loans in the future. Many people can work themselves out of even very serious debt without ever going near a bankruptcy court, so declaring bankruptcy… Continue
Added by John Schanzer on October 12, 2008 at 10:01am —
Look at the economic mess the world is in. When it comes to your finances, are you confident in your future or confused? If you are like most Americans right now, you are complete confused. My 14 years of experience has taught me that you may be confused as to how to manage your money simply because you have taken the world’s advice. You may have formed your financial habits from your parents, friends, school, church, or a financial professional. How successful has that been for you? For many,… Continue
Added by Jay Peroni on October 11, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Systems are king in your business. You should be training your virtual assistant using an ops manual... or way easier, by video
I use a free service called Jing Project
to video-capture what I'm doing on my desktop to and send the video to my assistant to whom I'm delegating a task.
* It's free
* It saves time
* If you have to re-hire an assistant for the same task, just send them the video!
Added by Scott N. Smith on October 11, 2008 at 9:36am —
I LOVE Success Magazine! So when I won a Border’s Gift Card, I buzzed right down there and bought the latest issue. On the cover is Tony Hawk, the world famous skateboarder.
I gotta tell you something that was really cute. In each issue, they include an audio CD and on this one was an interview with Hawk. I had to stop at the house in between errands to drop off something and had the magazine out in the van still. I mentioned to Caleb that Tony Hawk was in this issue of… Continue
Added by Theresa on October 10, 2008 at 3:35pm —
How you tell people what you do when asked can mean the difference between more clients or just more random contact with humans in general.
I'm going to show you an amazing online tool in a minute that will help you with this, but first, let's hear some PPP's (pretty poor pitches)...
"I'm a life coach."
"I'm a consultant."
"I'm in sales."
"I'm-a-fill-in-the-blank" is a lousy pitch, unless your a cop in uniform arriving… Continue
Added by Scott N. Smith on October 10, 2008 at 1:06pm —
I just got back a short bit ago from my speaking engagement to Christian Women in the Marketplace. I had SO much fun! And the comments were all favorable…no rotten fruit thrown!
What utterly amazed me were the amount of women who shared their personal stories with me afterward. ADHD and labels is ONE HOT TOPIC! More than one was in tears thanking me for sharing. (Either that or they were so relieved I was done.)
I can’t believe how much fun this was. And when I think I was… Continue
Added by Theresa on October 9, 2008 at 4:22pm —