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ATTN: Entrepreneurs / Business Minds! The greatest wealth factor is…

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There is nothing more pitiful than a ready and willing mind but an incapable body.

There is a well-known quote from the philosopher Virgil that says, “The greatest wealth is health.” I also believe that health is the beginning of wealth. In other words, your health will help you create wealth.

If you are in the business of attracting, influencing, selling or leading others, how you show up, your physical appearance, speaks volumes about who you are, how you are and what you are or not capable of.

I know, people shouldn’t judge you, right? Well, here is a clue… they do!


Here is a good question to consider: If your body is the billboard of your personal development, your calling card and your personal 15-second commercial, what is it communicating? Take a good hard look in the mirror (literally) and determine if that is the message you want conveyed. I know this is pretty direct and maybe a bit harsh, but this is the reality of life. This is also why I hope you read this blog—because I am willing to tell it to you straight with no holds barred.

If you want to attract committed, dedicated, disciplined and consistent people into your business, then you have to exhibit those qualities yourself first. And like it or not, how you show up, your physical outcome, is the demonstration of those qualities in you.

So I encourage you to take your physical fitness seriously. If not for the sheer benefit of having you live longer, look younger and feel better, then because it will attract more and higher quality people into your entrepreneurial pursuits.

Source: Excerpt from Darren Hardy’s article: There is Nothing More Pitiful.  Read the whole “no-holds-barred” article here.

Darren Hardy is the publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine.  Darren has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of personal achievement for more than 15 years. A product of the success principles he teaches, Darren became a businessman at age 18, and by age 27 was a self-made millionaire. A successful entrepreneur for more than two decades, he has led several business ventures, including two personal-development based television networks, The People’s Network (TPN) and The Success Training Network (TSTN).



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What is Success by Intention? (Watch Video)

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Goal setting is for the birds!

But when you have an Intention, you pull something that you strongly desire and you pull it inside yourself, deep into your heart, deep into your soul and you KNOW it’s in there.  Your Intention becomes part of your living, part of your breathing, part of your walking and part of who you are.  Not just something you’re going to do.

A goal is something you do.  An Intention is something you are.


What is your Intention for Success in 2010?




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Give the Gift of Financial Literacy – 10 simple tips

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The holidays can be an opportune time to instill financial values in children and grandchildren. Wish lists and gift shopping can help them distinguish between needs and wants. Donations and volunteering introduces them to the concept of giving.


Below are 10 tips to help teach children about financial responsibility, sharing, and the connection between money and values:

1. Be a positive role model.
Children absorb values by observing adult behavior. Set an example, and model a healthy attitude toward work, earning, spending and giving. Keep the role of money in perspective in the family and don’t use it as a means of comparing yourself to others.

2. Understand their environment.
Try to unearth the experiences your children are having with money among their own peer group. Values, attitudes and beliefs are continuously evolving, so it’s important to help your child interpret what he or she may be hearing, seeing and feeling.

3. Establish good behavior.
As soon as your children are ready, set up an age-appropriate allowance for children and a schedule for dispensing it between savings, spending and giving. For teens and college students, consider giving them an allowance to last over several months and let them have a chance to allocate it over time.

4. Talk about money.

Talk openly about money in the family. Do not treat the topic of money as taboo. A candid, honest and ongoing dialogue about money in the household can help children develop healthy attitudes and learn valuable lessons.

5. Make it fun.
Talking about money doesn’t have to feel formal or dull. Window shopping and trips to the library can teach important lessons about needs vs. wants and borrowing. Many classic board games like Monopoly, Life and Payday are springboards for basic lessons in finance.

6. Do it together.

Create a “family fund.” Saving toward a common goal, such as a vacation or donation to a charity, offers children the opportunity to get involved with conducting research, creating the budget, and more. Grandparents and relatives can be invited to join the fund too.

7. Give back to the community.
Help your children determine how they would like to contribute their time by showing them their options. Perhaps someone in your family is musically talented and can arrange a performance for people at a local hospital. Or utilize the skills of the entire family by serving at a soup kitchen or helping to build a home for a family in need.

8. Be fair.
While you may not be able to be completely consistent between children because of differences in ages, do make every effort to avoid comparing siblings or creating monetary competition in the household.

9. Accept mistakes and celebrate success.
Protecting children completely can lead to financial problems when they are adults, so allow them to make mistakes. But do set limits and make rules. Equally important is to celebrate their successes.

10. Be patient.
The results of your efforts may not be apparent until much later on in your children’s lives. Trust that you’re doing the best you can and take the setbacks in stride.

Source: Lisa Caputo and Linda Descano


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Dedicated to Helping in Extraordinary Ways

2009 Good Neighbor Awards

2009 Good Neighbors: Dedicated to Helping

REALTORS® who improve the lives of others in extraordinary ways.

Many real estate professionals are working twice as hard today to make half as much money as they made during the boom. The Good Neighbor Award winners are no exception. They have to work harder than ever to keep their businesses afloat and to support their charities at a time when need is escalating.

One thing that hasn’t flagged is the resolve of our 2009 Good Neighbor Award winners to help others get through these challenging times. The winners volunteered an average of nearly 8,000 hours last year—almost 20 hours a week for each of them!

Their passions have taken them in different directions. But they share the joy that comes from bringing love and hope to others in dire need.

The 2009 Good Neighbor Award Winners

* Greg Adamson:  Performs miracle home makeovers.

* Cindy Johnson: Fights for the rights of the disabled.

* Helen Marotto: Finds homes for neglected children.

* Regina Ragon: Improves quality of life in Nicaragua.

* Samuel Thomas Jr.: Serves hot meals and hope.

* Honorable Mentions

Click the names above to meet the award winners and watch their videos.  They help make a difference in extraordinary ways.

More about the Good Neighbor Awards


Do you know a Good Neighbor? The nominations for 2010 are due by May 21, 2010. Nominate an extraordinary Realtor today!


Source: Sara Geimer (Realtor.org)


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A Morning Cup of Inspiration (Nov. 6, 2009)

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Before you can see the big picture for yourself, you have to “get out of the weeds.” Make some personal time/space so you can dream big!


The first step is knowing what you want; the second step is admitting what you want. If it’s embarrassingly big, you’re on the right track!

– Mel Robbins, life and business coach

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Check out more inspiring quotes from other success-minded leaders.

Source: Success Magazine (one of our favorite resource on success and personal growth!)

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4 Steps: How to stay up when…

Keeping a positive perspective can mean the difference between your business’ success and failure.


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When business is slow, the potential consequences are frightening and vivid for entrepreneurs. Will you bring in enough this month to make payroll and cover the overhead? Will your business be able to pay you this month? On the upside, entrepreneurs don’t have to wait and wonder if they’ll be the next to get laid off. Rather, they have the ability and responsibility to go out and make business happen.

Whether you’re a home-based entrepreneur who is hearing no more frequently these days or the owner of a company employing thousands, by keeping a positive perspective, you’ll be more productive—and more successful. And if you’re an employee, maintaining a positive, entrepreneurial mindset will not only make you more effective and but also more valuable to your company.


How can you stay up when business is tough?

It’s largely a matter of focusing on what you can control—starting with your attitude.

In The Likeability Factor, Tim Sanders points out that those with a high “L-factor,” those who tend to smile at and engage others, are often more successful at work. They’re more likely to be promoted and less likely to be laid off than their grouchy counterparts.

Zig Ziglar puts it this way in Ziglar on Selling: “I don’t believe positive thinking will let you do ‘anything,’ but I know that positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Positive thinking will let you use the ability you have, while negative thinking prevents you from fully using your ability.”

So, start with attitude, and then use your attitude to focus on the actions you can take. It may require more effort to build and maintain momentum in the current economy, but as things continue to turn around, you’ll have the edge over the competition.


Here are 4 things to consider applying to your business:

* Focus on income-producing activities. When business is slow, reorganizing your desk drawers, sorting e-mail or other mind-numbing tasks can fill the hours. But a clean desk won’t pay the bills—unless you’re a professional organizer and it’s someone else’s office. There are usually only a few things in any business that really generate income. Make a list of your income-producing activities. Whether business is booming or times are tight, those activities should always be at the top of your—and your employees’—daily to-do list.

* Make your clients’ needs the priority.
If you approach prospective clients with the underlying attitude for “I really need this sale,” they’ll feel it. They’ll perceive that your main objective isn’t to serve them, but to make money off of them. But, when they get the vibe that you’re going to do right by them and serve them with integrity, they’ll know they can trust you. In turn, they’ll be much more likely to give you their business.

* Don’t stop when you hit your yes quota.
In Go for No, authors Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz point out that when people hit or come close to reaching their goal, they start to slow down. Rather than striving for a certain number of yeses, they suggest striving for a high number of nos. In doing so, you’ll likely keep going, which will result in more clients and more sales.


* Work to create a positive environment—even if you’re not the boss.
In Thank God It’s Monday, author Roxanne Emmerich notes that leadership is not a position; it’s an attitude. Regardless of your title, you can make a positive impact on your company. Her suggestion: List three things you would do if you were in charge. “Set about doing all you can to change those things—enrolling others to your ideas, getting necessary approvals, lining up a budget or coaching others around you to go ‘get it.’ And watch the magic happen.”


Original article by Erin Casey.


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Turn your Knowledge into Power – The Action Plan

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Here’s the way – The Action Plan

1. Be Remarkable
Mark Sanborn says you can’t satisfy your audience (or customers) until you know what they want. Write down a dozen things your top five clients would want. Then write down ways your business can help them get it.

2. Do Less
Darren Hardy says there’s a difference between being busy and being productive. Write down 10 things you need to stop doing so you can focus on your primary goals and get better results.

3. Get Clear
Cynthia Kersey says you can achieve clarity on your life goals by first deciding how you want to be remembered. List the qualities, deeds and characteristics for which you’d like to be remembered.

4. Power Up on Good Thoughts
Louise Hay says all good begins with accepting yourself. Make a list of eight little things you like about yourself. Each time you have a negative thought, replace it with a positive thought from your list.

5. Stand-Alone Success
Singer Lionel Richie says to succeed over the long term, each of your projects has to stand on its own merits—as if it were your first. Jot down three ways you can make your latest project have more polish.

6. Do Like Craig Does
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark says you can do business well by doing good for people. Write down all the ways your business helps people. Now think of two new ideas you can add to your list.

7. Take Control
Is there an area of your life that you have let slide? Is it your business? Wealth? Your relationships? Once you identify which aspect needs work, write out your game plan for taking back control.

8. Serve Your Best
Serena Williams takes her skill set off court and uses it in her business. List your top three skills and evaluate whether you are putting them to work for you.

9. Play Games
GameStop COO Paul Raines empowers store managers by giving them input on corporate activities. Ask three team members who deal directly with customers for their feedback on your product or service.

10. Create a Bridge of Friendship
The authors of Nordie’s at Noon say good friendships are vital in seeing adversity through to the other side. Call a friend whom you haven’t spoken to in a while and reconnect—today.

Individuals mentioned above were featured on Success Magazine (one of our most favorite resource!) at one time or another.

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