Sensational Saturday – Good For You Books – The Greatest Salesman in the World

Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to read a book that is good for you!


Throughout the month of December, each Sensational Saturday article has focused on a book that has been around for a while and is good for you.  The series started with a look at the non-religious inspirational aspects of the Bible. Next we looked at  Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers for its interesting take on the role of genius in success. Last week we looked at Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice for its advice to get the right mental attitude.  Next week we will be looking at I Love You This Much.


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Today we are taking a look at Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.  This is one of the books that I have read more than a dozen times and will probably read once or twice a year for the rest of my life.  The first time I read it, I did not know what to expect. I read it looking for sales advice. Instead I found life advice. The following are a few pieces of advice from the book that work in business, family and life:


  • I will form good habits and become their slave
  • I will greet each day with love in my heart
  • I will persist until I succeed
  • I am nature’s greatest miracle
  • I will live this day as if it’s my last
  • I will be master of my emotions
  • I will multiply my value a hundred fold
  • My dreams . . . my plans . . . my goals . . . all of no value unless they are followed by action


I have always known that everything in life boils down to sales. Therefore I was not surprised when the book advised, “even the word of God must be sold to the people of they will hear it not.”  No matter what you do or think in life, it all boils down to sales. If you want your kids to clean their rooms, sell them on the benefits. If you want your co-workers to work hard on a project, sell them on the idea. It all boils down to sales.


If you never read the book, here is the golden nugget, an affirmation for you to take away and use forever: “I will be happy, I will succeed. I will be the greatest . . . in the world.” So the question for you this Sensational Saturday is how will you up your game to be the greatest in the world?


Fantastic Friday – When Work and Home Respect Each Other

Fantastic Friday – it is fantastic to find balance so work and home each respect each other.


Each Fantastic Friday throughout the month of December we will be continuing our exploration of ways to balance work and home.  In previous weeks we looked at the notions that all work and no play makes you a dull girl, and that all play and no work make you broke. Next week the final Fantastic Friday of December will look at sharing the secrets of your success. Today, the Fantastic Friday discussion is all about building  teams at work and home that respect each other.



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If you work or own a business you have responsibilities to that job or business to pur forth your best efforts and to work for the best possible results  If you have a family you have a responsibility to be a loving and caring member and to give your best efforts to make your family happy, safe and secure.  In the best of all worlds, these two goals do not conflict and you are able to handle both sets of responsibility with ease and grace.  In the real world, sometimes your responsibility to one group causes conflicts with your responsibility to the other.  In order to remain gainfully employed and to remain part of a happy family you must find a way to get both sides to respect one another.


When you want to have the people at your job or within your business respect your family, you must respect your family. That means you must talk about your family in only positive terms in the workplace. If you complain about your family, those in your work environment will think it is okay to do the same and that you will be willing to  forsake family obligations for work.   Instead, it is important that you create a reputation at work as someone who loves and respects family. If you treat your family with respect you are in position to demand that your job and business treats them with respect as well.


When you want you family to respect that your work or business is important and the time spent there is for the good of the family.  I norder for that to be the case, you must talk to your family about good things at work, not only the bad things.  By sharing good things as well as the bad about work and busienss with your family, you let them know there is something worthwhile and good about your work or business.  This will help your family to realize that your work or busienss should be treated with respect.



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Fantastic Friday, teamwork, work, home, balance, respect, appreciate



You work and you are the member of a family. It is fantastic to find a way to balance things so that they respect one another. So, the question for you this Fantastic Friday is how do you balance your work and family life to keep both happy?


Wonderful Wednesday – You Are Out of Work So Start Something New

Wonderful Wednesday – it is wonderful to start something new when you are out of work.


Each Wonderful Wednesday throughout the month of December has been  dedicated to dealing with what you should do if you find yourself out of work unexpectedly. In previous weeks, I wrote about adjusting your budget once you and your employment are separated and using your social network in the job search. Next week, the final Wonderful Wednesday for December will deal with staying positive and focused while out of work. Today is all about starting something new.


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photo credit: MebS09 via photopin cc                                                                              Wonderful Wednesday, time, new start, dream, project



When you find yourself out of work, it is a good opportunity to try something new. If you have always wanted to start a business, go into a different field, get  some more education in an area, this is the perfect time to do it!  When you are out of work, you now have time to explore options and try new things. I am not advising that you skip looking for new employment and instead try a new venture. That is a personal choice that varies based on your individual situation. I am instead advising that you have time to do some extra  exploration into some dream projects. We can always find ways to make more money. What we are not able to create is more time. No matter what we do, we still only have 24 hours in each day and 7 days in each week.  When you find yourself unexpectedly out of time, you have a golden gift of time you can use to help some of your dreams come true.  Many projects that we dream of take that most precious resource, our time.


Now that you are unemployed take the time to work on your dream.  So, the question for you this Wonderful Wednesday is, what have you been putting on a back burner that you can devote more time to now that you are out of work?

Terrific Tuesday – What to Do When Your Smart Phone Isn’t

Terrific Tuesday – it is terrific to be able to survive if your smart phone stops being so smart.


Each Terrific Tuesday throughout the month of December has been dedicated to what you should do if your technology fails. Previous articles have dealt with why you should use technology even though it fails and what to do if your computer dies. Next week the final Terrific Tuesday technology article for December will deal with the failure of your tablet.  This week, is all about smart phone the smart.


Once upon a time, before telephones were wireless and had computers inside them that could almost  power a space shuttle launch, people had telephone books. These were actual paper bound books that were used to store telephone number, addresses and related information.  The books came in all shapes, sizes and colors.  There were special phone books called “little black books” that were used to keep truly special telephone numbers from being lost forever.



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photo credit: blakespot via photopin cc                                                                                      Terrific Tuesday, smar phone, loss, back up, data, save information


Today, our telephones keep our phone numbers, calendars, email, notes, photographs and a myraid of other items. Unfortunately, these precious little wonders get lost, break, dropped into water and stop being smart for a variety of reasons. There fore it is important that we take action in advance to prepare ourselves for the loss of our smart phones.  The first thing that we must do is back up our information on a regular basis. Start with the telephone numbers. If you use Facebook, Twitter and other forms of socia media, I am sure you have seen people write “Hey, I lost my phone, please inbox me your phone number.”  All of this  embarrassment and feeling ill at ease could have been avoided had the person only backed up the phone numbers in advance.


Many smart phones have options that allow  you to back up your telephone numbers or to export the telephone numbers. It is a good practice to export all your contacts on a weekly basis. Similarly, you should back up your photographs, calendar and other telephone files on a regular basis.  Many smart phones have  micro SD card used for storage.  Set up your telephone so that all your data, phone numbers, photographs,  calendar etc. are saved on the micro SD card rather than on the telephone itself. Then once per week copy the micro SD’s  contents to your computer.  (Last week’s article  dealt with how and why to back up your computer.) When selecting a calendar program for your telephone, select one that syncs through the cloud with a calendar program. I use Cozi Family Organizer and Calengoo both of which sync in the cloud, with Google Calendar, and with Microsoft Outlook.


If you are backing up your smart phone when your computer is not working, email the exported contact files to yourself and save the email. I regularly back up my information and send the computer files to an email account I use only to store my files. When your computer is returned, consider printing out your contact information one every few months. Keep the hard copy in a safe place in case a need for it ever arises.





It is a reality of life that as smart as our smart phones are, they get lost, break and just plain die, As a result, you must have a plan for keeping your information safe. So, the question for you this Terrific Tuesday is, what is your plan to prepare for the loss of  your smart phone?

Magnificent Monday – You Failed Before, But Move

Magnificent Monday -it is magnificent to be able to fail and keep moving.


Each Magnificent Monday thoughout the month of December has been devoted to the idea of taking action in spite of other things convenient excuses not to take action.  Previous Magnificent Mondays have covered the topics of:

Future articles will deal with the topics:

  • you have a full plate but move
  • using your accountability group to help you move

Today, the Magnificent Monday article deals with the idea that you have failed before, but move!



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photo credit: Argonne National Laboratory via photopin cc Magnificent Monday, fail, succeed, move, perservere, learn


Sometimes, the thing that keeps a person from taking action and moving forward is the knowledge that she has failed before.  The past failure often causes a person to feel as if she shouldn’t take a chance and attempt a great a wonderful thing again. It may seem counter intuitive, but it is because a person has failed in the past that she should go for it and take action now.  It has often been said that before making the final version of the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison made almost 200 different versions. When asked what is was like to have failed 200 times, Jefferson replied that he did not fail, but found 200 ways not ot make an incandescent light bulb.  That is the attitude you should take when fear of past failures makes you hesitant to take action in the present. You should always find a way to look at failure as an opportunity for improvement. In other words, each time you do not successfully complete your mission, you have learned a way not to complete the mission.


Look for example at a child that is learning to walk. That child will start and fall, start and fall, and start and fall many times before learning to walk. The interesting thing about the child learning to walk is that she will try over and over, no mattter how many times she falls.  Each time she gets up, she learns a little something about how not to walk.  Eventually she has enough knowldge from her failed attempts and she is able to walk and eventually to run. I have raised four children and have encountered numerous others. I have never heard of a child who tried to walk and after a few hundred failed attempts decided she was never going to try again. No matter how often a child lerning to walk falls, she will continue to get up and try again and again until she has achieved her mission and is walking.  Let that be your example.



Magnificent Monday, fail, continue, perservere, try, succeed


It is a magnificent thing to learn and truly believe that no matter how many times you fail, you can get back up and try again and that eventually you will succeed. The difference between success and failure is often just getting the right mental attitude. So, the question for you this Magnificent Monday is how do you find ways to turn failure into eventual success?


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