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Great Gatsby's Blueprint For Success

When I read biographies, autobiographies, or management articles and textbooks, I’m always impressed by one commonality among all successful people: they all set goals. I suppose all normal human beings do that every day; they have a mental plan of what they will accomplish during the day, or in the short run.

For the successful individuals, though, those goals they set for themselves are for the short run and for the long run. And they write those objectives down. This is the secret of success, for plans, goals, and objectives not committed to writing, often are nothing but dreams. A concrete written list will make you a doer, a mental list a wayward dreamer.

While many readers search for the Jay Gatsby’s magic hidden formula for riches and success, I’m sure they simply gloss over Gatsby’s schedule for self-improvement. But let’s not be mistaken; therein we find the roots of his success.

Here’s an exchange between Jay’s father and Nick Carraway, the narrator:

Jay’s father: “Jimmy was bound to get ahead. He always had some resolves like this or something. Do you notice what he’s got about improving his mind? He was always great for that. He told me I et like a hog once and I beat him for it.”

Nick: “He was reluctant to close the book, reading each item aloud and then looking eagerly at me. I think he rather expected me to copy down the list for my own use.”

Nick wasn’t about to copy the list down since he’s already a formed man, well connected, Yale-educated, and wealthy. Not a self-made man. For others, though, we can see that from an early age that Jay Gatsby had contracted with himself to become a success.

Gatsby’s schedule:

Rise from bed………………………………………….6.00……………..A.M.

Dumbell exercise and wall-scaling…………………6.15 – 6.30……….”

Study electricity, etc…………………………………7.15 – 8.15……….”

Work……………………………………………………8.30 – 4.30…….. P.M.

Baseball and sports………………………………….4.30 – 5.00……….”

Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it…..5.00 – 6.00……….”

Study needed inventions……………………………7.00 – 9.00……….”

What can we learn from this schedule? We learn that he’s an early riser; that he takes care of his body as well as his mind. What is poignant is that his vision of success included a persona or an image-a cultivated and well-poised image. As the story develops, we learn that he uses everything that he included in his schedule, from wall-scaling (maybe social climbing) to inventions, and baseball and sports.

His general resolves:

No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable].

No more smoking or chewing.

Bath every other day.

Read one improving book or magazine per week.

Save $5.00 [crossed out] $3.00 per week.

Be better to parents.

Conclusion:

That Jay Gatsby set off on a quest to become rich, there’s no doubt. That he achieved wealth by cutting corners and dubious business deals with shady figures, there’s no doubt. The text is quite clear. The question that lingers is, would he have become successful without a written contract with himself?

No architect, builder, or contractor would set off to build a house without the blueprints of the house. Success needs a blueprint.

Source by Marciano Guerrero

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The Order of Adjectives in English

Introduction

The global popularity of the English language is not based on how easy it is to learn. On the contrary, even native speakers make many mistakes and errors while speaking and writing English.

Adjectives are words used to describe nouns. Most of the time, we place adjectives before the noun. The order of placing these attributive adjectives correctly is very particular in English, and it is one way in which non-natives can give themselves away in written language.

Problems with the order of adjectives

Consider the following examples:

1. Mandy had a German black old car.

2. Peter’s blue new jumper got dirty in the mud.

In essence, there is nothing wrong with these sentences. They make perfect sense – except that they ‘sound’ wrong to an educated English speaker. This is because in English, apart from some leeway in terms of emphasis, the order of adjectives has to be followed quite strictly.

The order of adjectives

Let’s say you want to describe a car. While it is not feasible that you would need use any more than 4 adjectives together to describe it, there is no reason why you could not use up to 8 adjectives in a row. The problem is getting those words in the right order to satisfy the demands of the English language.

It is helpful to group the adjectives you may wish to use. The first adjective you must use is the one that captures your subjective opinion or observation of the noun.

1. Opinion adjectives: these adjectives explain your feelings towards the noun or your observations of the noun. Your opinion of this noun may not be the same as that of others. Opinion adjectives include nice, pretty, silly, ridiculous, delicious, expensive. Even opinion adjectives have a particular order. First come the general opinion adjectives, then the specific opinion adjectives. General opinion adjectives include good, bad, nice, nasty, wonderful and terrible. Specific opinion adjectives describe a finite range of nouns: food (e.g. delicious), furniture and buildings (e.g. well-designed), and people and animals (e.g. intelligent).

Next come some objective adjectives which describe the physical features of the noun.

2. Size adjectives: describe how big or small a noun is. Some examples: gigantic, minute, enormous

3. Age adjectives: describe the age of the noun. Some examples are young, old, ancient, antediluvian

4. Shape adjectives: describe the shape of the noun. Some examples are round, oblong, triangular, cylindrical.

5. Colour adjectives: describe the colour of the noun, such as black, white, bluish, orange-tinged.

Now come a range of adjectives in relation to the noun’s origin, material, and purpose.

6. Adjectives of origin: An origin adjective describes the origin or source of the noun, such as Australian, northern, Danish.

7. Material adjectives: A material adjective describes what the noun is made from. Material adjectives include metallic, cardboard, glass, plastic.

8. Purpose or qualifier adjectives: These adjective describe what the noun can be used for. These adjectives often end with ‘-ing’, such as sleeping (bag), baking (tin), chopping (board), laughing (gas) or can be noun qualifiers (e.g. baby + carriage, ice + cream, Easter + bunny).

Finally, when you put all of these different adjectives together in the correct English order, you may end up with a description as ridiculous – but grammatically correct – as this one:

Yesterday I bought a magnificent shiny new oval maroon Swedish carbon-fibre racing car.

Note the lack of commas in this sentence. Commas are not required when the adjectives used are not similar in meaning and where each adds something different to the description of the noun. These adjectives are called cumulative adjectives.

Of course, sometimes we must change the order in order to give emphasis to a particular emphasis. Consider the reversal of the order of the adjectives and the use of the comma for greater effect in the following sentence:

I was terrified of the big, ugly dog. [The ugliness of the dog is less important to the writer than its size.]

Sometimes adjectives have to be positioned next to each other simply because they are linked to one another. Consider the placement of faded and silver in the following sentence:

Last night I found a small faded silver Cuban coin under my bed.

All in all, the order of adjectives is one of the more difficult concepts found in English. Always read over your written work and find any groups of adjectives you have used. Check that the order of your adjectives follows the pattern presented above, and if it does not, make sure you have a good reason for going outside the rules.

It would be great if we could all know the rules of written English in order to make our writing error-free. However, if you lack the time or the energy to remember all of these rules yourself, why not get an expert to look over your writing for you? Professional proofreading and editing services are only a click of your mouse away!

Source by Michael Gul

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Food Allergy and Stuttering Link

With reasons being unknown about the cause of stuttering, there is a theory going around which states the connection between food allergies and stuttering. According to this notion, the allergy to certain foods causes the sympathetic nervous system to be activated rather than the para-sympathetic nervous system. As a result, what follows is an increase in the level of anxiousness in the stutterer stimulating the stutter and worsening it.

There has been no conclusive evidence to show that certain foods worsen or aggravate this condition in a person when he is already a stutterer. But there have been instances where sufferers have felt remarkable improvement in their condition with the elimination of certain items from their diet. Most people are unaware of the connection between stuttering and food. This link cannot be assumed to exist in all stutterers but there is a possibility that some sufferers maybe experiencing this problem because of their diet. It is advisable that you check with a gastroenterologist to ensure that their food intake is not a possible reason for their stutter.

The most common food allergy prevalent in stutterers is that of gluten which has been found to aggravate the stutter. Gluten is a substance found in wheat and hence is present in most of the bread varieties. The consumption of gluten by the stutterer worsens his stutter, sometimes aggravating it to such an extent that the stutterer is not even able to put in a complete sentence. The slurring and stuttering become extremely bad with the intake of gluten. Once the stutterer ceases to take in gluten in any form, his stuttering is back to its normal level. But this gluten aversion could also be because of some other bigger disorders like Celiac and should immediately be checked with a doctor.

Also, food rich in dopamine cause stutterers to experience extreme stuttering and hence must be avoided. One such item rich in dopamine is caffeine and this along with sugary foods should not be included in a sufferers diet. Some people develop a temporary stutter because of their allergy towards certain food varieties; allergy to peanut butter causes stuttering in some people. Such people can be avoided by keeping away from the allergic food items. The same goes for stutterers who are experiencing food allergies too but since they already stutter in their speech, it is better to be cautious and stay away from such items.

Hope this information can help relieve you symptoms.

Source by Abid Hussain

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5 Ways to Help People Preserve Precious Memories Forever

Introduction

At the end of the day, everything in life boils down to your experiences. You will have good experiences and bad experiences. Hence, you are the culmination of the things that you have done and learned, and what you have avoided. That means it is important to keep those memories that you want to cherish in your life. Alternatively, you have learned to negotiate the way to reach the point where you are now. This will help you to enjoy the fruits of success that you have received over a time period. What are the best ways to keep memories of struggle you have had to reap success? In this article, we will take a look at different methods to keep the precious memories forever.

1. Get Creative: People have come up with craziest ideas to preserve their thought process in life. They had painted their ideas on the walls of their houses or snapped their own creations and preserved them forever. You can even carve your creations on a piece of ornament made of gold or silver. The medium for creation is your choice.

2. Make Your Own Website: You can dedicate a website for storing the experiences you have undergone. In this website, you can post your views for others to read or upload the images you want to share with others or do pretty anything you want to share.

3. Tell Stories: From the time immemorial, the ethnic groups of the world passed on their best part of their lives orally to the next generation. This mode of information transmission down the ages was in existence till few centuries ago. Later, the people took to writing to keep this precious information as they learned about the need to preserve it for the first-hand reference.

4. Create Some Vacation Jars: This is a funny idea that can double up as a medium for your creativity and a decoration piece for your sweet home. You can grab some pine needles, a pine cone, a good picture, or any other thing that you want to preserve and then stuff them in a jar. You can put them together with glue or some other adhesive to make a lasting piece of art that reminds you about your success or feat.

5. Get an External Hard Drive: Thought this is the least creative way discussed so far, it provides most effective way to keep your valuable memories. They come cheaply and give large volume of digital space to keep your precious data about your life. You don’t have to worry about the power outages and internet blackouts as you can restore the data from it at any time of your choice.

Source by Balakrishnan Lekshminarayanan

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7 Reasons Why The CAGED System Sucks

WARNING: The CAGED system is crippling your guitar playing progress. By learning the scales with this system you are likely to develop these problems in your guitar playing:

Problem #1: Your Guitar Speed Is Going To Suffer Tremendously

Being a fast guitar player is difficult for a lot of guitarists because of many reasons. So the CAGED system isn’t necessarily the only reasons why your guitar speed is suffering. However, if you are using the CAGED system and you’re also struggling to play guitar as fast as you’d like, here’s why:

With the CAGED system, you are learning scale patterns that contain both 2 note-per-string and 3 note-per-string fragments. This will cause 3 problems that interconnect to kill your guitar speed:

A. Since you have to learn a brand NEW picking pattern for each CAGED scale, it takes you longer to memorize. Your speed is being limited mentally.

B. The awkward scale shapes in the CAGED system make your picking hand’s job a LOT harder so playing fast is out of the question. Your speed is being limited physically.

C. Since you are limiting yourself because of the other 2 reasons, proper right-hand picking technique will be impossible for you. Now your guitar speed has been limited in yet another way.

Instead you should start using 3 note-per-string scale patterns that use 3 notes on EVERY string. This solves all 3 of the above problems because 1) you now only have to learn one picking pattern to play every major and minor scale and 2) 3 note-per-string patterns allow you implement directional picking technique so you can increase your guitar speed exponentially.

Problem #2: You Will Struggle To Easily Improvise Guitar Solos Using The Whole Fretboard

One of the biggest problems that I see develop in my new guitar students that use the CAGED system is the ability to solo all over the neck of the guitar, fluently. This problem can be very hard to correct in CAGED system users because the CAGED system is far from a complete system of scales. In fact, it’s not even complete for just the major scales. CAGED teaches the major scales based on FIVE different scale patterns that are based on chord shapes. The problem here is that each major scale is actually made up of SEVEN different interconnected shapes. You can see how this would be problematic. By leaving out those 2 shapes, CAGED leaves you with only 71% of the available scale shapes to play in any given major key. Does that sound ‘complete’ to you? Didn’t think so.

What makes it even worse is that the 5 shapes that CAGED actually does use make it impossible for you to easily convert these scales from major to natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor or modal keys. If you want to learn these scales you are forced to abandon CAGED completely and memorize completely new patterns that are totally different from the CAGED box patterns.

Contrast these limitation of CAGED with the 3 note-per-string system of playing scales that I mentioned above. This system makes it incredibly easy to see which notes of the major scale are being adjusted or omitted to create the other scales. Using this system, your total mastery of how scales musically work becomes much easier to achieve.

Problem #3: Your Guitar Solos Will Bore People To Death

If you want to play great guitar solos, don’t use the CAGED system. Let me explain. Guitar players who solo using the CAGED system typically play in one box at a time and the result is extremely boring (worse yet, the transitions between the boxes are painfully obvious). The problem here is that, by using the CAGED system, you are limiting your view of the fretboard. Instead of just looking at in different vertical boxes (from the 6th string to the 1st string), you need to also learn to view it as one continuous horizontal from the 1st fret to the last fret.

Viewing the fretboard in the boxes is the reason that guitarists fail to play awesome solos using the CAGED system because:

  1. The CAGED scale shapes are limited to 5 patterns that make it impossible to fully map out the fretboard horizontally from the nut to the highest fret.
  2. Without the 5 shapes of CAGED the user is lost and can’t visualize the scales on the fretboard anymore.

Using the 3 note-per-string system will make playing creative guitar solos much easier. Implementing this system is one of the reasons that so many of the students that take guitar lessons with me have become MUCH better guitar players so fast.

Problem #4: Your Use Of Arpeggios Will Suffer, Regardless Of Your Musical Genre

It doesn’t matter if you play rock, metal, or blues – your ability to play arpeggios is one of the keys to learning to play seamless and creative guitar solos. Why is this? Because arpeggios are simply chords that are played one note at a time. So the speed at which you play them (or the tone you play them with) doesn’t matter. Arpeggios are used in EVERY style of music because CHORDS are used in every style. You need to be able to understand how these arpeggios fit into the scale positions you use for soloing and be able to VISUALIZE this. This will help you find the best notes to play over each chord (more on this below). This applies equally to all styles of music.

The CAGED system will NOT help you achieve either of these goals because it bases itself around the major open chords that move up and down the fretboard. While this may work for playing open chords, non-open chord arpeggios become nearly impossible to play under this system. The resulting major chord arpeggios that happen in the CAGED system are awkward to play at high speeds. You will notice this especially after you learn the standard arpeggio shapes for sweep picking.

Even worse, if you work with a guitar teacher with experience you won’t be able to use the shapes he/she teaches you within the CAGED system. Those shapes won’t work within the CAGED system because the notes in arpeggios follow the logic of how the scales WORK in music. They are not meant to fit into the random 5 chord shapes of CAGED. This creates a disconnect between your ability to visualize the fretboard and will thus limit your ability to creatively use your musical skills.

This causes CAGED users to think that music theory is useless or difficult to understand when actually the problem doesn’t lie with music theory.

Problem #5: You Guitar Solos Will Be Emotionless – And I Can Prove It

If you use the CAGED system, you will not be able to do the most important things that give your guitar solos emotion:

1. Understand your emotional options on the guitar when you are playing guitar solos over chord progressions.

2. Learn to take advantage of all of these options when you are soloing over each chord and apply them to you guitar solos.

Since the CAGED system only focuses on visualizing the major chords and it completely ignores other chord forms (minor, diminished, 7th, etc.), it is very hard to target the notes of those kinds of chords when you’re playing a guitar solo. This results in you haphazardly playing notes in a CAGED scale shape and just hoping your solo is emotional. This obviously makes writing emotional guitar solos almost impossible.

Problem #6: Your Overall Songwriting Ability Will Plummet

Another huge problem with CAGED system users is the inability to use chords in a creative way to write songs. This mainly stems from the fact that the 5 major chords that make up the CAGED system (C major A major G major E major D major) are taught as if they are musically connected in ANY way when in reality none of these chords even belong together in any standard major or minor key. You can use these 5 chords in your own music of course, but not understanding how to use them together to make GOOD songs means that your songwriting ability will greatly decrease.

Problem #7: You Wil
l Not Be Able To Effectively Communicate With Other Musicians

The CAGED system is promoted for guitar players only. Therefore, if you are a CAGED user and you plan on interacting with other musicians to write songs or form a band, I strongly suggest you ditch CAGED altogether because you will not be able to communicate with anyone who doesn’t play guitar and they will have a really hard time communicating with you too.

Even though I have thoroughly explained all of the reasons that the CAGED system sucks to the students that study guitar with me, there are always a few that try to defend the CAGED system:

Pro-CAGED Argument #1: “It can‘t hurt to know the CAGED system because all systems of learning scales are equally valid. The more systems you know for playing scales, the better guitar player you will be.

My response: It’s not worth your time to learn the CAGED system. Just because you can learn something, does NOT mean that you should. If you want to become a great guitar player fast you need to learn to use your practice time in a very effective way and not do any unnecessary work. The limitations of CAGED are obvious. Unless you really don’t have a better way to spend your time, you should be focusing on reaching your musical goals in the most efficient way possible.

Pro-CAGED Argument #2: “I can easily modify the CAGED system so that I adjust for all of its limitations. So it is fine to learn it, if it‘s correctly taught.

My answer: Oh sure, you can do anything you want if you make enough changes, just like with enough time, energy and frustration you could turn a Volkswagen Beetle car into a Mercedes Benz S Class sedan:) Adjusting for the numerous restrictions of CAGED wastes an enormous amount of time you could have spent becoming a better guitar player by learning a far more effective and efficient system for playing scales in the first place.

Pro-CAGED Argument #3: “___________ (fill in the blank with any guitar player‘s name) uses the CAGED system all the time and he/she plays great! So the system can‘t be all that bad if he/she uses it.

My response: First of all, if you can’t prove that he/she actually does use the CAGED system then I would suggest that you stop believing everything you read. Instead, start being more skeptical of advice given by people that haven’t proven themselves to be a skilled guitar teacher. Secondly, even if you could become a great guitar player using the CAGED system, that doesn’t make CAGED the best way to get there. So make a choice: Choose the fastest, easiest and most proven method for learning scales on guitar or struggle to achieve musical greatness against a broken system.

Understanding how the CAGED system holds you back from being a great guitarist is just the first step. Let me show you how easy it CAN be to reach your musical goals and become the guitarist that you have always wanted to be. Make sure you check out these online guitar lessons and tell me more about your guitar playing goals.

Source by T. Hess

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Traditional Marketing – Offline Marketing Methods and the Advantages & Disadvantages – Part 2

Free/Cheap Offline Marketing Methods

  • Word of mouth – referrals by friends, family members, colleagues, etc.
  • Handouts -flyers, newsletters, brochures, business cards, etc.
  • Branding – putting your website URL on clothes, household necessities, your car, etc.
  • Telecommunication – talking to clients over the phone
  • Direct mail – deliver handouts, thank you letters, important documents, etc.

Paid Offline Marketing Methods

  • TV advertising – commercials, infomercials, etc.
  • Radio advertising – mainly done through talk shows (specified for local areas such as cities or towns)
  • Billboards -supersize your ad on freeways and high traffic areas
  • Print Media – newspapers, journals, and magazines.
  • Joint ventures – partner up with other offline businesses
  • Press releases -newsworthy stories about your business that are sent to the media

A Quick Outlook

With the power of the internet and the fact that several businesses are now moving online, some people are probably wondering, “Why even bother with traditional marketing anymore?” Well that’s the question I’m about to answer as I show you the advantages & disadvantages of traditional marketing and tips on how to overcome the downsides.

Advantages of Traditional Marketing

Faster Results

Many forms of internet marketing, such as search engine optimization and banner ads, can take several weeks before any real results start to happen. You are just not going to get that top 5 website ranking from SEO overnight or within the first month even. Furthermore, banner ads are reportedly becoming less effective now-a-days and can also take some time to produce sufficient outcome. Traditional marketing however, can produce much faster and more effective results with well-placed ads that are suitable to a particular audience. You can expect a stronger impact in lesser time with traditional marketing.

Durability

The truth is many websites are deleted, moved, or abandoned all the time and search engine results also change periodically. Advertising offline has no uncertainties in that nature in any way. You can give someone your business card and that same reference can be good 10 or 20 years later. The same bears true for flyers and posters, although handouts have a slightly lower life expectancy than business cards. The point is that a business is more durable offline than it is online.

Trust

This might be the number one advantage of offline marketing. Trust is a huge factor of any business, regardless of how it is promoted. Many people are more comfortable with buying products from offline ads than on the internet. The reason is that you get to see the people or company you are interested in buying from and get to know them a little before you actually purchase. More times than not, many online ads and websites don’t provide that same trust aspect. The lingering of endless scam sites over the internet just makes that problem even worse. So most certainly, trust is more established in traditional marketing than on the internet.

Disadvantages of Traditional Marketing

Cost & Expenses

Marketing in print media or live broadcasting, such as TV and radio advertising, is not cheap at all. The bigger the geographical area you want to embrace and the more popular the company you advertise with, the more money you will be spending. What makes it more dreadful is that if you don’t place and promote the ad well enough then you can find your self on the bad end of the cost/reward ratio and actually lose money.

Advice: It’s always better to use the marketing methods that are within your budget and begin to use the more expensive ones once you start acquiring more sales for your business. So if you can’t afford the high costs of print media as well as TV and radio advertising, then stick to the free & low cost methods for now, like handouts and word of mouth.

Availability

Time constraint is probably the biggest traditional marketing disadvantage. Online websites function 24/7 while many offline businesses usually operate in between 6-12 hours a day and only 5 days a week. If you were to do the math and calculate the difference in time between the two you would get an approximate answer of 2 whole days and an additional 12-18 hours a day which is equal to about 4 1/2 days total a week lost to online websites. That’s A LOT of time that could be used to gain more potential customers and make more sales.

Besides having less time to market an offline business, you are also presented with the problem of customers being able to contact you when they want. Most offline businesses don’t provide email which means that customers have to wait to the next business day that you are open or have to leave a voicemail on your phone and wait until you contact them back. To many people, this can be very annoying.

Advice: While you can’t do anything about the internet operating 24/7, you should make it your best effort to be available as much as possible, even at night. That’s why it’s VERY important to have an email and phone number provided in your contact information so that you can get back to your clients right away or the very next morning.

Personnel

Most offline businesses require some kind of work force to maintain them while the internet provides enough tools and support for individuals to usually preserve their business on their own online. Not to mention the added stress and responsibility of having to keep an eye on your workers’ attendance and overall performance. The wider the demographic area you are trying to cover, the more of a need there is to have personnel. This means that more money comes out of your business revenue and into the pockets of your employees.

Advice: If you want more people to buy your product or service over a larger region, then you are going to need a much bigger personnel to help sustain your business. It is better to focus more on recognition and sales before a wider distribution comes into play.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are many offline marketing methods that you can use to successfully promote your business off the internet. Along with the advantages and disadvantages of traditional marketing in general, it’s clear to see why you should incorporate offline marketing in your business.

Source by Devin D. Haller

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Network Marketing Business Mission Statement – What's Yours?

Well now that you have a firm vision forward with your new business venture and the solid following of your most important supporter it’s time to make a road map of where you want to go.

I am a firm believer of a Business Plan. Without a “road map” of who, what and how you’re going to get where you want to be getting lost will be inevitable.

Well known fact: Plan your work and then work your plan. I couldn’t tell you where I learned it, Zig Ziegler or Tony Robbins but it is a core to business success.

First, in network marketing you must have a mission statement. Even if you don’t publicize it you must state in the written word what your company is about and what it wants to accomplish. You must convey the purpose of your company. With this in place you will always remember what your direction is.

Key elements of a good marketing mission statement:

Keep in mind that this is not any easy task; it will take some time to develop. It is a very important core concept of your company and needs the appropriate attention paid to it. The following elements are only a guide line; the true mission of your company can only come from your heart. Don’t copy another network marketer’s mission statement, it may sound good but it is not from you. Keep it short; just a couple of paragraphs should be enough for you to express your passion. If it is longer then it will sound more like a business plan instead of an “element” of the plan.

•What is the product or service you will provide and why will it exist? If you keep this specific to the kind of service you’re going to provide and the quality of the products you offer and not a specific product name then you can offer many products or change products without rewriting your mission each time.

•Who will benefit from your services or product and how. What impact do you want to make on your customers, suppliers and employees.

•What is your company’s vision? When customers, suppliers and employees team up with you what will they expect and what may be expected from them.

My belief is that you should be able to author a quality mission statement from these core elements. Of course there are many other elements that you can consider such as; How is your product better than others? What makes your service the best? What do you do well? What would you like to be done better? What actions would you like to be recognized for?

I think these elements are more for the stage when you have reached a level where you can make bold statements. I believe that you would agree that honesty and integrity must be conveyed at all times and if you are a beginner or mid-beginner making statements that you cannot deliver on will only hurt your early growth.

As an example: I don’t know for sure but I think Google’s mission statement from day one may not have included “organize the world’s information” when they probably didn’t know from the beginning that it would go past the borders of one country. But when they had that “ah-ah” moment and that vision was possible I’ll bet they expanded their statement.

As a network marketer you are now that you are on your way with your Mission Statement the next step is to develop your Sales and Marketing Plan or Marketing Techniques.

Source by Craig M Emerson

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Excessive Leverage Caused 1929 Stock Market Crash and 2008 Economic Collapse

Even though many years separate these two painful events the common denominator of what caused both, is the same.

Back in the 1920’s you could put one dollar down and buy ten dollars worth of stock. This kind of leverage is fine when the stock market goes higher causing a wind up in stock prices and also high confidence in investors who felt they couldn’t lose.

As stocks moved higher and higher it seemed as though they were correct.

But when the market stopped going higher stockbrokers started calling their clients to let them know they had to put up more money. Some could sell stocks to cover their accounts but when every brokerage firm got a hold of all their clients with the same message it was like yelling fire in a packed theater. With all these people trying to sell all at once the crash in prices was very fast and severe.

Not only did the stock market crash, people were also fearful about their money in banks and when droves went to withdraw their money the run on the banks caused further economic pain.

Now fast forward around 80 years and substitute the over leverage in stocks with over leveraged banks and many people speculating in the housing market. Also with interest rates at historically low levels collectively these issues conspired to drive house prices up to foolish levels.

In the years prior to 2008 people had been conditioned to believe you couldn’t lose money on real estate. Not only did the average person believe this but it looks like banks believed this as well.

More and more people started to get into the housing market and borrow more money to buy a larger home, some also bought an investment property and some built up a portfolio of investment houses.

Well it’s readily apparent these weren’t investments at all, much more like wagers at the casino, big wagers in fact.

New players in the mortgage business also played an integral role in the run-up in housing prices as it allowed more than just banks to offer mortgages. This added competition started to impact banks earnings and so they tried to figure out other ways to make money.

Some came up with not so brilliant schemes that allowed them to take their money and leverage it up so they could try to make more money.

Unlike in the past when investors were allowed to put 10% down to buy stocks in the 1920’s these bankers only had to put down a few percent.

Why bankers were allowed to get so over leveraged is an important question to ask but what is much more important is preventing them from doing it again.

The combination of bankers leveraging their balance sheets up and consumers doing the same with their personal balance sheets are key reasons for the 2008 economic collapse. Historically low interest rates were also a culprit in the issue so the Federal Reserve policy makers should get some of the credit as well.

Just like the stock market of the 1920’s when stocks kept going higher it wasn’t a problem until they got up to ridiculous prices and the same thing happened to housing prices in the years leading up to 2008. The wind up was joyful as it looked like you couldn’t lose but the following unwind was quick and very painful.

After the big stock market crash of 1929 the government stepped in and tried to change many rules and regulations and started many agencies put in place to try and prevent a repeat in the future.

Some would rightly debate the effectiveness of all these actions but one of the most important was restrictions on leverage. No longer could you put down ten cents to buy a dollars worth of stock and this is a very good thing.

Now politicians and leaders of government institutions are coming up with plans to try and prevent a repeat of 2008. One problem with their efforts is they seem to be throwing out all kinds of ideas that sometimes cause people to lose sight of the biggest problem which is the leveraging up of bankers and consumers that drove housing prices to ridiculous levels. This is the key issue that caused the recent economic collapse that brought back fears of another great depression.

Signs are showing up that suggest we likely averted another depression with the economy well into the bottoming phase and it looks like following that there will be a recovery that leads to a significant economic expansion.

But it wouldn’t be wise to ignore what just happened because it looks like we are headed in a more positive direction. Instead we should stay focused on the fundamental reasons that caused the problems and work on ways to try to prevent them from happening again.

Rules and regulations that prevent bankers and consumers from getting leveraged way over their heads that could take them down as well as almost drown the entire global economy should be the focus of the changes.

Leverage caused the 1929 stock market crash just like it caused the 2008 economic collapse and reducing this risk is the most important problem to fix.

Banks and consumers have been starting to deleverage without any changes to the rules and regulations but even though they are systemic changes are still needed.

There is nothing wrong with leverage until it gets to extreme levels and that applies to banks as well as individuals. New rules and regulations should be very strict to prevent excessive leverage.

Some will say this gets the government too involved with bankers and consumers business. That’s too bad. Excessive leverage is way too important and dangerous to politicize and it’s critical to try and prevent as nobody wants a repeat of the 1929 stock market crash or the 2008 economic collapse.

These two events were way too painful, not to learn from, and the most important lesson they taught us is the ramifications of excessive leverage.

It isn’t possible to totally remove chances of economic calamity in the future but making it more difficult is worth doing. Excessive leverage is the key reason these painful events happened and also the key to reducing the risk of them happening again.

Source by Allan Barry Laboucan

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What Is Lucid Dreaming? A Guide for Beginners

What is Lucid Dreaming?

This is the ability to consciously direct and control your dreams. It transforms your inner dream world into a living alternate reality – where everything you see, hear, feel, taste and even smell can be as authentic as real life.

This remarkable state of consciousness occurs when you realize you are dreaming – and your brain switches into waking mode inside the dream. In normal dreams, your self awareness is shut down. That’s why they often feel fuzzy and distant. But when lucid, the conscious brain wakes up during sleep.

Lucid dreams are a safe and natural state, where you can wake yourself up at any time if you choose. When you become conscious in a dream, your senses become alive, giving you as much control as you need to manipulate your own self-awareness and any elements of the dreamscape you desire. Moving through a sea of the subconscious, you can explore the workings of your inner self with total freedom.

Who Discovered Lucid Dreaming?

The practice of conscious dreaming has formed a part of Tibetan Buddhism for at least 1,000 years. They call it Dream Yoga.

The modern name for it was coined in 1857 by Marquis d’Hervey de Saint-Deny who called it a “rĂªve lucide”. Later, in the 1960s, Celia Green popularized the notion and pointed out the scientific potential of having heightened consciousness in dreams. She was also the first to forge the connection with false awakenings and Rapid Eye Movement (aka REM sleep).

The first scientific evidence of lucidity was recorded by Dr Keith Hearne at Hull University in 1975. He monitored and recorded REM signals from his volunteer, Alan Worsley, under laboratory conditions. However, Hearne’s findings went under the radar of mainstream science, and it was Dr Stephen LaBerge at Stanford University who more famously replicated this experiment in 1983.

LaBerge went on to found The Lucidity Institute in 1987 to better understand this incredible state of consciousness while asleep… A riddle that may one day offer huge advances in our understanding of the human brain.

Can Anyone Learn to Have Lucid Dreams?

Everybody dreams, even if they don’t always remember them. And everybody achieves consciousness – the act of being self-aware – upon waking up every day. So the idea of merging the two to create vivid, conscious dreams is theoretically within everyone’s grasp. It just takes practise.

What’s more, there are lucid dreamers at both ends of life: children can acquire lucid dreaming quite naturally by facing down their nightmares, and some medications for degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s Disease can cause spontaneous lucid dreams.

Studies reveal that everyone experiences at least one lucid dream in their lives just by accident. With know-how and commitment this state can be induced at will.

There are two ways to create lucid dreams:

1. Dream Induced Lucid Dreams (DILDs) – launched from within a normal dream, which suddenly surges into focus when you realize you’re dreaming.

2. Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs) – launched from a waking, meditative state, whereby there is no lapse in consciousness between the waking world and the dream world.

Let’s focus on the first method (DILD) as it is a lot easier for beginners. To become lucid this way, you must recognize that you’re dreaming at the time. That’s all. And there are many ways to do this by increasing your self-awareness in the waking world and on the sleep-wake border, including:

  • Daily meditation
  • Self hypnosis
  • Visualizations
  • Reality checks
  • Dream herbs

Using some or all of these methods, many people are able to have their first lucid dream within a matter of days or weeks. Inducing lucidity becomes easier with experience, whether you practice DILDs or WILDs.

What Are The Benefits of Lucid Dreaming?

First, it offers escapism – that’s why many people decide to take it up. In a virtual reality dream world, you can fly over stunning landscapes, teleport to the edge of the universe, meet your favorite celebrity in the flesh, or become a ninja assassin. It is much more realistic than merely day dreaming or playing your favorite video game. Guided dreams are exceptionally vivid.

Beyond the novelty appeal, conscious dreaming has many benefits, including:

  • Problem solving technical, mental and emotional issues
  • Being inspired to create original music and art
  • Facing your fears, such as phobias or public speaking
  • Enhancing new skills, such as martial arts or playing the guitar
  • Communicating with your unconscious self

Lucid dreams offer a powerful psychological tool to explore the inner self. As a beginner, intermediate or expert lucid dreamer, you have a limitless personal journey to look forward to.

Source by Rebecca Turner

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Items to Include in a Promotional Gift Bag

Promotional gifts are a great way to advertise your company while also giving people items that they really can use. Some promotional products are best out to people at conventions and fairs or thrown at parades, but in some cases, promotional gift bags can be a huge asset. You can give a promotional gift bag as a cohesive gift to new clients who have opened accounts with your business, to new employees, or to all employees during the holidays. You can also run contests and drawing and give out promotional gift bags as prizes, and it is a great idea to get involved with your community by offering promotional gift bags to organizations who are running fundraisers. But what should you include in your promotional gift bag? Here are few ideas!

First a foremost, you need the bag. Some companies choose simply to purchase gift bags, but another approach is to actually use a tote bag or plastic bag that promotes your company as well. When choosing the bag, remember that you should consider how they will be transported (if applicable). If you’ll be moving the bags a lot, a sturdy bag will be best. If, when you give them out, people will be carrying them around for a long time (such as at an event), look for a bag with heavy handles that won’t break. Keep in mind that the bag you use for your promotional gifts will be the first impression. Wrapping is important, because many people do judge a book by its cover.

What should you put into your promotional gift bag? That really depends on your business! Of course, it also depends on the size of the bag. Make sure that you can lift the bag with all items and without worry that the bottom will break. It should also be easy to carry if needed, without larger items making it difficult to use the handles. Consider that if your bags are difficult to carry, items may very well be thrown away right away due to this fact.

Try to include in your bag a good mix of items. Smaller items like pens and magnets can fill the bottom, while two or three larger items, like ceramic mugs, t-shirts, or Frisbees, can fill the most space in the bag. Include at least one item that kids will enjoy or can use and at least one item that adults will enjoy or can use. This will please everyone and increase the probability that your items will be saved.

Remember that you may need some filler. If you have items that are made from cloth, you can use this as filler. You may also not need filler if your bag is really stuffed with promotional gifts. If you do need filler, tissue paper is your best bet, but make sure it doesn’t hinder people from seeing the wonderful promotional products you’ve included in your gift bag.

Promotion gift bags can really take your promotional items to the next level. Make a “test” bag first with all the items you want to include, and you should be able to see if it will work well or if changes need to be made.

Source by Tina Rinaudo

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