It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times …

If you’re familiar with the classics, you’ll recognize this quote from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Sounds like this could be today, doesn’t it? 

So I ask you “which describes your situation best?”  Are you making today “the best of times” or are you complaining that these are “the worst of times”?  Are you  taking advantage of today’s economy or are you waiting for times to change so you can stay in your comfort zone and keep doing what you’ve been doing for years?  Now, I’m not criticizing … I’ve been there, too! 

If you’re waiting for the right person to come along to make you happy — or the right job that pays you what you think you’re worth – or the right political party to do whatever you want it to do – or the winter to end – or your inheritance to come due  …  it’s time to take a reality check.  These thoughts are immobilizing you.  You’re not moving forward, in fact, you’re moving backwards!  We don’t know what the future holds for us but I believe we must all live for today!  We can’t do anything about yesterday (except learn from it) and we can’t do anything about tomorrow because we don’t know what it will bring.  But we CAN do something about TODAY! 

So, I have a question for you:  Are you ready to take control of your personal and financial future and make good things happen for you and your family?  Are you ready to look at creating a second income – one that you can do from home, on a part time basis at first, and build it into your vision for your future? 

If so, I’d like to share some thoughts with you from Stephen R. Covey, someone who devoted his life to helping others realize their dreams.  He is famous for writing the bestseller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”  In this book Covey proposes that you:

  1. Be proactive. You are responsible for your life – make things happen!
  2. Begin with the end in mind. Define and visualize your goals. You need to know where you are going so you can take the steps that guide you in the right direction.
  3. Put first things first. Focus on the tasks that will move you towards your personal and professional goals and eliminate time wasters.
  4. Think win-win. This is not “my way or the highway”!  Remember what Zig Ziglar said:  “You can have anything in the world that you want if you’ll just help enough people get what they want”!
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. We have been given two ears and one mouth … so listen more than you talk! Be an empathetic listener.
  6. Synergize. Ally yourself with accomplished people. The combination of unique talents will contribute to the success of the whole group.
  7. Sharpen the saw. You’ll become more effective if you take time to balance all four aspects of your life – physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional. Sharpening the saw means doing this through exercise, faith, self-improvement, connection with family and friends and service to others.

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Personal Development information arrives via mobile apps!

Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to hear many top motivational speakers and trainers – Og Mandino, Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar among many others.  I always come away from these experiences vowing to set my goals, plan and prioritize my projects each day and I promise myself that this time I’m not going to get sidetracked!

I usually do pretty well for the first week or so.  But then, somehow, life gets in the way and I find myself slipping back into my old ways. You know … skipping the gym because I didn’t get a good night’s sleep … reading and responding to emails from friends and family … checking Facebook … and at the end of the day I find that I haven’t accomplished the one or two key things that need to be done to move the business forward. Sound familiar?!

You see, I don’t have a “job” where I have to show up at an office at 9 and leave at 5.  We have a home-based business so the only people I have to answer to are my husband and myself!  And, believe, me there are many distractions at home – laundry to be done, meals to be cooked, etc.  The one rule I live by every day is that I show up at my desk showered and dressed for work … no phone calls in pajamas, like I hear so many home based business people boasting about!  I believe in dressing for success … particularly in this day of video conferencing!

The best way I’ve found to keep on track with my personal development goals is to subscribe to several motivational and training newsletters.  This way I can be re-motivated every time I read one!  My intention is to read – or reread – one every morning before I start on my task list. 

The latest development in this industry is that these inspirational messages can now be received on a smart phone!  The application delivers a high quality, professionally produced, personal development video to our mobile device on a weekly basis.   Now we will receive practical information from top professionals in their fields on topics ranging from:

  •           Goal setting
  •           Time management
  •           Personal development
  •           Business development
  •           Leadership development 
  •           Financial management 
  •           Personal motivation, and more 


As ZigZiglar said about motivation: 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

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The Importance Of Online Presence For A Small Business

Guest Post Author: Carol Wilson

If you’re running a small business, regardless of your area of experience, it’s imperative that you establish some sort of online presence. If you don’t want to have an entire website designed for your company, you can always utilize free services to make your services known online. You can set up a blog for free using blogging platforms like WordPress or Blogger, or you could utilize one of the many free social networking services like Twitter or Facebook and create a profile for your company. Your company could be accessible to so many more interested parties if you brought it to the web. Still not convinced? Here are a few advantages that may sway you.

Free Exposure

The free and potentially limitless exposure is the most compelling argument for bringing a small business to the web. The exposure alone should lure small businesses, especially if they have a small client base. Your business can be accessible to any person looking for your offered services; your company would no longer be hindered by its geographic location. You could have clients in other cities, states, or even in distant countries. The most advantageous thing about the web from a business perspective is its ability to market an enterprise constantly. You could look at your company’s internet presence as perpetual free advertising. People may be browsing the web and stumble across your business at any time. All you need to do is make it possible for people to find your business.

Portray your Company as Web-Savvy Business

We’re not in the late nineties where websites were relatively few and far between. Whether it’s a local restaurant, retail store, school, you name it: everyone has an online presence in one way or another. To neglect the web is to make your company appear archaic and behind the times, which could isolate potential customers. People may interpret your company’s nonexistent web presence as an unwillingness to embrace change. The point is an easy one: if you want to appeal to a wider customer base, go online.


The web can also help a small business network with other small businesses. Sites like LinkedIn foster an online environment for networking among like-minded businesspeople. You can make connections with respectable peers at a rate that you simply can’t match in person. You could consult with businesspeople in your line of work for first-hand advice on establishing an internet presence, or you could just get a feel for the online small business community. Don’t be discouraged by negative press you might hear: most people on well regarded networking sites like LinkedIn are nice people willing to impart wisdom to newcomers.


This is a guest post from Carol Wilson who writes for business insurance quotes. She contributes articles about a variety of marketing, business, stock market, small business topics. She can be contacted at: wilson.carol24 @

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