The Power Of Gestures

Have you ever found yourself standing in the middle of the street in Istanbul with walk rage? Yes, I’m referring to yelling at some jerk who tried to run you over because you were walking on the green walk light and made him slow down for a fraction of a second.

I can’t understand how a person is so self-consumed that they believe their importance has precedence over everyone and everything else, such as a pedestrian in the street. And it doesn’t stop there! They honk at you to ensure you drop of fright right in front of them, and then blame you that you got run over. Ugh!

Conversely, do you want to sign up for more Turkish classes, so you can eloquently yell out your obscenities? I know I do. Just once, I would like them to know exactly how I feel. Right now, I’m reduced to “yaya yol ver, aptalin!” (give way to pedestrians, stupid).

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Challenges, Frustrations, Setbacks and Breakthroughs

I remember the first time I looked down a river with fast rapids and big rocks. I was about fifteen and scared to death. I had only been in a canoe a few times before that, but that was in a small, calm lake. This was a river right after the snow had melted. The water was fast.

It was the local canoe race they hold in my town every year. It’s sort of a big thing and everyone lines the bridges and streets along the river route to see the idiots in the river. I was going to run the face with a friend of mine and we were borrowing an old metal canoe that had more leaks in it than the Titanic. If you were to ask us then we would have both said it was going to be a piece of cake. Today, I am not ashamed to admit I was scared.

But I did it.

I went down the river. We flipped it three times. I was completely soaked. By the time we got to the finish line we were both cold, shivering, blue lips, and ecstatic. We finished and we survived.

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Financial 404 Errors Are Expensive

No big news flash there, huh? Making a financial mistake by nature means it will cost you, but have you ever considered all the potential mistakes you could make and just how much they could be costing you? We make literally billions of dollars in mistakes every year. I’m not talking about bad financial habits, but about genuine, one-time (hopefully) bad moves. For example:

Late payments

Penalties and fees on credit card accounts topped $20 billion revcently. Simply missing a payment by one day can trigger additional charges just because of a foul up.

Unclaimed tax refund

Billions go unclaimed each year according to the IRS. Just for the 2011 filing year, the IRS is still holding over $1.3 billion. While not necessarily a “foul up” in the classical sense, failing to claim money that is owed to you is definitely a mistake. Continue reading →

Effective Sales Promotion Methods

The best CPA networks and affiliate paying sites have enough affiliate offers as well as affiliate marketing options to make their head spin. Most affiliate businesses have a wish list longer than Santa Clause’s  to choose affiliate marketing strategies from:

    • pay per view (PPV)
    • pay per click (PPC)
    • cost per action (CPA)
    • email submits
    • Facebook ads
    • Facebook apps
    • Rebill / free trial
    • real time bidding exchanges
    • Mobile marketing
    • Twitter


    As time progresses, many affiliate networks may have already found that several of these techniques to promote an affiliate offer have become outdated. Now affiliate programs have the ability to reset the hands of time and put their affiliate network in front of fresh eyes – marketing to India.

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Sometimes it’s not Entertainment

There’s a new show premiering this spring and I see the preview everywhere I go. The show is called Awake and it’s about a gentleman who suffers a tragic accident. When he wakes up his wife is alive and his son is dead; when he puts his head down to sleep he wakes up again and son is alive and his wife is dead. I REFUSE to watch this show or any part of it. I lived that for almost two weeks.

My dad had a nasty fight with aggressive lung cancer. He kept working until the weekend he passed away, and my mom and I did everything possible in supporting him to make sure that could happen. We made sure he lived the life he wanted to the very last. My dad died on his own terms, at home, surrounded by his family. The last thing he told me was that he loved me, and he was proud of me, and couldn’t imagine being anything but.

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Should high school teachers be blogging?

When I began blogging, I had never even read a blog. I had no writing skills and I didn’t know I had anything worthwhile to say (sadly, I still lack both) but I knew that some things need to be said without being connected to the official school website, with a blog you can have the discussions with people from all over the world. This is the real benefit to school teachers who blog, or use Twitter, or participate in any type of Social Media.

 

Now, I have been speaking with a number of schools and education organisations this week about how blogs and social media can help them share knowledge, learn from others and develop a community.

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Are You Addicted to Unhappiness? How To Deal With It?

I’m sure that there are some people out there who believe that happiness is something out of their control, and others who think that it is something we have to fight long and hard for to obtain. In other words, it’s a personal journey we all must take internally to get there.
Unfortunately in this day and age, the number of people suffering from clinical depression is frightening in itself. It’s quite ironic how we, as humans, are rapidly expanding and developing useful technologies that “connect” people to one another, yet so many people out there feel more alone than ever.

So what does this tell you about the real reason why people these days are stuck in a funk of unhappiness? I think a lot of it has to do with how society puts too much a major emphasis on achievement (academically and financially) and not enough emphasis on enjoying life and being friggin’ happy!! I get so frustrated at how society functions at times


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Writing an eBook with help from the VA

My name is Patricia, I employed a virtual assistant from the Philippines in order to help me develop my eBook that I would like to offer for sale on Kindle. It was my plan  to produce a 50 pages eBook, and it would have already taken me hours, if not days, to design a cover, not forgetting all of the research and writing, formatting and so on. In my regular life I am a consultant, and I can charge anything between $150 to $250 per hour depending on my customer, so this gives you an idea the amount of money that I might be earning by doing something else, my regular job.

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Practical Outsourcing Tips for Part-Time Entrepreneurs

After a brief hiatus, The Weekly “Tuesday Top 5″ is back (hey, give me a break, business is on fire here!)

Some of the qualities that I value most in business are: clarity and focus. This is the impetus for the Tuesday Top 5: it is my attempt to provide some nuggets for you to use right away. If you have noticed from my prior posts, I am a very action oriented person. Having something clear and concise to work with does wonders for my psyche.

Many entrepreneurs start their businesses part time. They work a full time job and run their business at night, from home and through email and cell phone calls during the workweek. What I want to do is to give some practical guidance that will help part-time entrepreneurs be more productive so they can drive revenues higher and fire the boss once and for all.

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¤ How to create viral stories

As quickly as social media and the internet is changing, it’s no secret that news changes just as quickly. A news story can go viral within a day if it’s swapped between social media mediums as quickly as some have. Kind of like how Ted Williams’ story transformed him from homeless into overnight success story in…well…overnight!

So it makes sense that when something is going viral or when something is trending on Twitter or Google and when you see something being retweeted or shared constantly, it’s a good idea to jump on that story while it’s hot.

Readers will actually get irate if a popular news source is ‘late’ in reporting a viral news story.

For example, CNN had first reported on Ted Williams about 2 days after it had already gone viral and he had already gotten an offer to appear on The Today Show. There were comments on CNN’s news report that said something along the lines of , “Way to be 2 days behind Facebook, CNN”. Continue reading →