Giving Your Best.

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People living significant lives pursue excellence. They lead their organizations, their families, their businesses, and, in fact, their very lives, striving for their best. Whether they want to win games, make an impact on their children, or win their share of the market, the thread of excellence runs through the fabric of their lives.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” Whatever our role, our position, our organization, or our lot in life, we should strive for the best. The measure of our success should be attached not to our particular career or what we earn, but on our character and what we give.

True champions are more willing to give than to get. They go the extra mile. They move beyond expectations. They strive for higher standards.

Excellence does not mean being the best, but being your best. Understanding that distinction makes all the difference in the world.

Our goal should be to give our very best today. . .

 

Have A Great Day On Purpose!

 

Felix L. Griffin

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Five Tips for Staying on Top

Five Tips for Staying on Top

 

Five Tips for Staying on Top
by Todd Falcone

There’s no question that if you’re involved in this industry you want to get to the top, right? We all have our reasons and we also ALL have our views of what it really means to be at the top. Getting there is a journey of hard work, discipline, commitment, and personal development.

Once you get there, wherever “there” is for you, you want to do all you can to STAY there. Often trainers talk about and how to get there, even I do. What I wanted to do in this training is talk about what you need to be doing in order to stay there, once you arrive.

Imagine working for five years to get yourself to a $20,000 monthly income only to find it crumble, and have your life and your relationships come tumbling down. What happened? Why? Did it have to happen? Could I have prevented it? Could I have planned for it?

There have been many top guns who have gotten drilled and ended up with nothing. Don’t get caught with your blindfolds on once you get there.

Here are five simple tips for staying on top once you get there:

1. NEVER FORGET: Once you reach any level of success, whether it’s on your way to the top or when you’ve arrived, don’t ever forget WHAT IT TOOK to get you there. The efforts you put forth to get you where you are today are the same efforts that will keep you on top. Oftentimes people get to a position of success in their businesses and stop doing what it was that got them there in the first place. Don’t ever forget. If you stay in action all the time, even when you are at the pinnacle of success in your business, you will always be able to remember what got you there. Why? Simply because you are still doing it. You never ever want to forget about the people that helped you get there.

The second part of this is never forgetting WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
Too often, we get somewhere and forgot where we started. It’s shameful to say the least. We need to always be able to empathize with others…especially once we’ve gotten there. Most importantly, we simply don’t ever want to wipe out of our minds where we started the journey.

2. PAY ATTENTION: And I do mean PAY ATTENTION. On your way to the top and when you get there, you MUST be aware of what is going on around you. Pay attention to the elements, like what is happening in the network marketing industry, your company, up or down trends in your business, your upline, your downline, and your competition. Don’t be blind. Keep your eyes open. I have seen many a leader fall victim to “the elements”. Turn your head and your attention away from these critical elements and you could be in for a major downfall. This is business folks. Be aware. Be smart. Your bank account will love you for it.

3. WATCH OUT FOR EXPANDING EGO. You have all heard me say that it is important to have a strong, healthy ego. This simply means you’ve got some good self-esteem, some confidence. However, money and success can do interesting things to even the best of people. They “let it get to their head”. The head grows. This is a sign of big trouble. You’ve still got to have some humility in life (by the way…that’s being humble, not being funny). Being able to admit when you are wrong is a sign of strength, not weakness. I have seen some of the greatest minds, literally the biggest success stories of this industry’s entire history fall victim to this downfall. My question: would you rather be right or rich? Is your ego bigger than your bank account? Be careful out there!

4. NEVER STOP LEARNING: Let’s face it. Things change. Change is constant. You have to stay on top of things in life and in business. Stay green and always willing to grow and you will find yourself always in the position of making the most of every situation.

5. SAVE AND INVEST. This is simple. Save for a rainy day. Save for a sunny day. Invest your profits. Don’t spend it all. Be wise. Read the book “The Richest Man in Babylon”. It’s very easy and quite probable that our spending habits and lifestyle change as our income changes. Be wise. Be smart. Think.

Network Marketing takes effort, energy and time to succeed.

Take away: Just remember all the work it took you to get there. You busted your chops, didn’t you? Right? Network Marketing takes effort,energy and time to succeed. When you get there…be sure you STAY THERE!

Todd Falcone, http://www.toddfalcone.com, has been a successful field leader for over a decade. He is also a public speaker, trainer and personal coach to several top producing network marketers. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Carla, and son, Gianni. These simple tips come from either personal experiences or things witnessed first-hand in the network marketing industry.

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Content Marketing – 6 Things To Know About Your Audience #ContentMarketing

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 Would you go to the 92nd birthday of your friend’s grandma with a bikini as a gift? Ok.. Maybe you would. But if you want to make a splash, it’s best to know your target audience and try bringing, let’s say, a card, with money inside.

Talking to your audience on social media is similar. You can’t effectively speak to a 20 something gamer in the U.S. the same way you speak to newlyweds in the U.K.

If you don’t know the following things about your audience on social media, you might be gifting a golden bikini when you really should have a card. Or in this case, publishing the wrong content at the wrong time.

6 things to know about your audience

1. Location

Know where your audience is and drill down from region to country to city. The location of your fans will help you identify the optimum time for posting. In addition, knowing where your Fans are located can help you shape your ideal fan base. Don’t allow your fan base to be diluted with the wrong kind of fans. Do you have a bunch of unwanted Likes from region you don’t do business in? Block those regions for accessing your Facebook Page and ensure each post reach doesn’t get “wasted” on people out of your target zone.

2. Language

Fans within a particular region may speak a variety of languages. It’s important to understand how diverse your audience is and consider tailoring posts by language within the same region. Inclusive and exclusive targeting based on language is possible and worth testing.

3. Interests

Pay attention to what your audience is interested in and get inspiration for the type of content you want to post. There’s a good chance your audience will have similar interests with each other. Look for interest trends and test content tailored to that particular category. Did you notice that a lot of your fans like a particular brand? Consider a sponsored promotion.

4. Social Status

This audience demographic is important to know because it not only helps you shape your message, it let’s you know if you’re attracting your target market. If you’re targeting parents of a certain income but reaching unemployed singles, it’s time to reconsider your approach.

5. Time Online

Reaching your audience when they are active online can be an important way to drive engagement and provide good customer service. If your customers make purchases in the evening you can amplify your content by publishing at the peak moment of activity. With social media, the initial uptake and reaction to your content is an important factor for determining its further reach. So if a piece of content is getting high engagement with the first 10% of people reached, that means it’s more likely for Facebook to serve that content to other eligible people.

6. Gender

Knowing the gender of your audience can help you tailor call to actions and use pronouns that resonate better with your audience. This can also be helpful in creating an effective tone of voice.

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Holiday Shopping Tips – How To Avoid Online Scammers

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Holiday shopping? Scammers hope you’ll send them money for online purchases.

(BPT) – This holiday season, will you be one of the 197 million Americans to shop online, according to eMarketer? Holiday shoppers will go online to buy everything from gift cards to cars, flat screen TVs to smartphones. And a few of them will have their holiday spirit dampened by scammers who use a variety of schemes to convince victims to send money for a bogus purchase.

“The holiday shopping season is an opportunity for scammers,” says Dan Marostica, vice president of fraud risk management of Western Union, a leading money transfer company. “In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, con artists are counting on Americans’ desire for a good deal to help them cheat holiday shoppers out of their hard-earned money.”

Scammers attempt to contact consumers on a variety of online venues, from popular auction and free-ad websites to social media and even pop-up ads. Some scenarios hinge on one tactic – convincing the buyer to send money to the scammer via money transfer.

“Criminals may purport to be selling an item privately and claim they can only accept a money transfer,” Marostica says. “Or they may be offering something for ‘free’ like a puppy, simply asking the buyer to send a money transfer to pay for shipping. These cheats know that once a money transfer is paid it is difficult for the victims to get their money back from the seller.

As the holidays approach, follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim of an online purchase scam:

* Never pay for an online purchase by sending a money transfer to an individual.

* When shopping online, stick to established, reputable retail sites or auction sites that have clearly defined policies for how they will help settle a dispute between buyers and sellers.

* Look for visual cues that a website is secure, such as a URL address that begins with “https” or a lock symbol on the lower part of the page. These signs indicate a website has taken security measures.

* If you can’t find a company’s physical address and customer service phone number on its website, consider doing business elsewhere.

* Be wary of private sellers offering goods at extremely low prices, or those who require you to pay by money transfer. Don’t believe a seller who claims your money transfer will be held in escrow – Western Union does not offer an escrow service – or one who suggests you put the money transfer in a friend’s name for security purposes changing it after you receive the goods. Once the criminal has your friend’s name, he or she may be able to pick up the money transfer.

“Money transfer is a great way to send money to family and friends for the holidays, but you should never use it when dealing with someone you haven’t met in person,” Marostica says. “And you should never send a money transfer to pay for goods or services from an individual on the Internet.  Hopefully this will prepare you for a safe online shopping experience this holiday season. Be safe on and offline. Happy Holidays!

To learn more about fraud prevention, visit www.westernunion.com/stopfraud.

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5 Ways To Save Big on Mobile

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(BPT) – Cellphone plans these days can top $100 or even $200 a month, once you include the cost of data. That’s a lot of cash just to stay connected.

Fortunately, consumers can take a few easy steps to slash their bills – without sacrificing quality.

1. Switch to a no-contract provider           

You can cut your phone bill in half, or more, simply by switching to a no-contract provider. Consumer advocates point to no-contract plans as a smart option for consumers, offering competitive quality at substantial savings.

What about the quality of service? Not to worry: Many no-contract providers use the same networks as the big carriers. Look for language like “uses the world’s largest GSM network.” That just means they route calls over the same towers as one of the big networks.

No-contract plans are soaring in popularity. Nationwide, one in four cellphone owners has a no-contract plan. Consumer advocates are cheering the trend. “Many consumers don’t realize the savings that are available simply by switching carriers,” says Norman Klugman, chief operating officer of Pure TalkUSA, a leading no-contract provider. “Some of our customers have saved hundreds of dollars a year – in at least one case, enough to go on a Caribbean cruise.”

2. Rely on Wi-Fi for data usage

The biggest reason cellphone bills are soaring is the cost of data. Everyone loves to stream music and video on the go and many people are paying big bucks for the privilege.

Take a look at your cellphone bill and see how much data you’re using each month. Chances are you can cut down on that number by using Wi-Fi wherever it’s available, which won’t count against your monthly data allotment.

Once your data usage levels off to a more reasonable level, make sure you aren’t paying for more than you need. You may be able to switch to a cheaper plan that includes less data.

3. Ditch unlimited talk and text messaging plans

Many cellphone users pay for unlimited talk and text, which is often necessary. Try limiting your monthly minutes and text message use and see if you can get by on a more slimmed-down, cheaper plan.

How do you cut back on minutes? Many apps, such as Skype, offer free talk services over Wi-Fi that enable you to chat with friends without running up your bill. Texting apps such as WhatsApp and GroupMe allow you to send messages for free.

4. Stop using 411 and other paid directories

We’ve all been there. You’re in a tough spot and can’t find the number of the closest gas station or pharmacy, so you dial 411 on your cellphone. Using 411 and other paid directories can add up quickly, costing a couple of dollars for each call.

Instead, try using your Wi-Fi connection to look up information on your phone’s Internet browser or maps application. Leading Web search engines like Google and Bing also offer free directory services.
5. Consider a family plan

It’s economics 101: buying in bulk saves money. This holds true for phone service, too. Most carriers offer some kind of family plan that offers meaningful discounts for getting the entire clan on the same calling plan. Some even offer shared data packages.

5 Ways To Save Big On Mobile

Helping People Save on Wireless

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Never before in the history of Direct Selling has there been a company that offers a FREE enrollment, FREE Service and pays an upfront and annual or residual income! Finally, there is! It’s called Tempo Wireless!

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Importance Of Technology To Small Business Owners [Infographic]

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 Small Businesses are focused on social media and digital marketing.

For small business owners, email rates as the top software tool (47%) for running their business, followed by financial management software (29%), according to a Staples’ study of 510 small business owners conducted online by Harris Poll during late summer 2014. Additionally, the survey shows the importance of technology to small businesses of all kinds.

“More than ever, small businesses rely on technology to make more happen every day,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online, Staples. “Staples offers an expanded assortment of the latest technology products in store and online, as well as Staples EasyTech™ services to help our small business customers so they can focus on running their business.”

The survey also shows that this is a crucial season for small businesses, with 62 percent looking forward to fall as the start of the holiday. Overall, about a third (31%) plan to invest in online marketing this fall.

Additional facts revealed in the Staples Small Business Owners Survey include:

  • Drive profits: Small business owners want to improve business by increasing promotional marketing (26%), developing social media (21%) and managing inventory better (14%).
  • Technology focus: 71% of small business owners say the computer is the most crucial piece of office equipment.
  • Everyday focus: 63% of small business owners don’t have a five-year plan.
  • Buying decisions: 96% of small business owners are involved in purchasing products for their business.
  • Omnichannel shoppers: More than half (53%) of small business owners use the convenience of shopping both channels, with 82% shopping in store and 66% shopping online.
  • More efficient: Small business owners plan to “get smart” increase efficiency this fall by focusing on marketing and advertising (28%), cash flow management (26%) and social media use (26%).
  • Fall clean-up: 56% of small business owners actually plan a fall clean-up.

 

 

Importance Of Technology To Small Business Owners [Infographic]

Small businesses rank the computer as their most important tool and email as the top software for running their business. The infographic below shows the significance of autumn as small business owners gear up for the holiday shopping season with plans to increase promotional marketing, develop social media and manage inventory better.

 

Importance of technology to small business owners [Infographic]Survey highlights importance of technology to small business owners [Infographic] via Staples

For small business expert tips and details on savings visit: Staples SBO Success

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StumbleUpon for Business

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StumbleUpon for Business: Networking and Social Media Marketing

Most people are pretty active on the main social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and sometimes Pinterest.  But, what about StumbleUpon; the social media platform that can put your website or business in from of millions of people.

StumbleUpon is a mix between Pandora Online Radio and Pinterest.

With StumbleUpon, you can easily discover new and interesting stuff on the Web.  Look for what you like, and StumbleUpon introduce you to amazing web pages, videos, photos and more that you wouldn’t have found on your own.  The main functions of StumbleUpon are “dislike,” “stumble,” and “like.” Users can go through and “like” or “dislike” websites and “stumble” upon new ones. In a nutshell, it is a website discovery tool that can be great for your business via Social Media Delivered.   As you Stumble through great web pages [whether you Like or Dislike], StumbleUpon recommendations content that is best for you.  StumbleUpon will show you web pages based on that feedback as well as what similar Stumblers and the people you follow have Liked or Disliked.

What some are saying about StumbleUpon:
“the entire Internet, all in one place,”  ”an epic journey” and “a map to an adventure you wouldn’t otherwise have found out about.”

Whether you’re interested in Humor, Photography, Fashion or Sports, StumbleUpon will have something for you.  Every Stumble is an adventure, and something amazing is always just a click away.

Resources

The official blog for stories about StumbleUpon and our users, product updates, and tips on finding the best stuff on the Web. Visit StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon Business – Explore the world of business, from small business management to profit margins.

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