Giving Gifts To Everyone – Eight Gifts That You Should Give Away

1. The Gift of Listening
But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
2. The Gift of Affection
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
3. The Gift of Laughter
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
4. The Gift of a Written Note
A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
5. The Gift of a Compliment
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.
6. The Gift of a Favor
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
7. The Gift of Solitude
There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

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Four Themes for Photographers and Photobloggers

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Maybe you’re working on a 365 project, with a photo for each day of the year. With a couple months under your belt, you might be looking for a new theme to showcase your work. Let’s check out four themes where the typography and color palettes step aside so that your photos get your visitors’ full attention.

Cubic

Made with photographers and photobloggers in mind, Cubic is eye-catching and bold out of the box. Its pleasing homepage grid showcases your posts’ featured images.

Consider this subtle, almost ethereal application of Cubic at WE THE BIRDS, a site “dedicated to the travelers, the nomads, the free spirits, the culturally aware, the expat kids.” The Birds’ muted photography looks fantastic with the theme’s dark filter option for featured images. Using the site logo feature, they’ve uploaded a beautiful feather illustration that lends a unique, personal touch to their…

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The One Sign You Will Be Wealthy

The One Sign You Will Be Wealthy
Brian de Haaff

CEO, Aha! — #1 product roadmap software


A lot of people think about being financially independent. 52% of people say having the financial freedom to do volunteer work or donate to charity is a very important priority. And more than 65% of Americans say they wish they had more time to do what they love.

The thing is, money is a tool. And the wealthier you are, the more you can afford to invest in yourself and others.

We all have different goals, but I think you will agree that most people want to gain material wealth. But few who do think deeply about how they will make it happen. So, do you know the one sign that you will be financially wealthy?

The one sign that you will be wealthy is that you “own it.”

“Owning it” means possessing a unique asset that is in demand and will significantly increase in value over time. Here are a few examples:

Business
Do you dream of being your own boss? Starting your own company is not for the faint of heart. If you are successful, your business will not only build a solid foundation of wealth, but could someday generate a substantial amount of money as it grows or is acquired. If you are not in a position to start your own business there are other options. There are plenty of companies that offer stock or equity to employees as a part of an incentive program. Owning a small part of a company is better than owning nothing at all.

Property
Owning real estate has historically paid off. As a property owner you have the freedom to rent, renovate, or sell your property on your own terms. Depending on your strategy, you can generate income and yield over the short term, increase value long term, and gain tax advantages by deducting the cost of ownership.

Skill
My mom often complains that NBA players are overpaid, but I disagree. They have a unique skill that people pay lots of money to watch. That skill increases the value of their team and keeps countless others in business as well, from stadium managers to ticket venders. The same can be said for cardiac surgeons who are highly trained, scarce, and in the business of saving people’s lives. If you possess a difficult to obtain skill, think of it as your key currency.

Now, some people are born with trust funds and other easy paths. In their case, the one asset they own is money. And owning money is an obvious path to making more of it.

For most of us though, we must study and work hard to gain financial wealth. It does not come easy or overnight. And if we do make it, we were likely blessed by good fortune and others helping us along the way.

I believe that “owning it” is the surefire sign that you will gain financial wealth. You must have possession of something special that will increase in value over time to become rich.

Do you agree that you must “own it” to gain financial wealth?

21 Things To Always Remember In Life

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21 Things To Remember

  1.  No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.
  2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.
  3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
  4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
  5. Success stops when you do.
  6. When your ship comes in…. make sure you are willing to unload it.
  7. You will never have it all together.
  8. Life is a journey… not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
  9. The biggest lie on the planet When I get what I want I will be happy.
  10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
  11. I’ve learned that ultimately, ‘takers’ lose and ‘givers’ win.
  12. Life’s precious moments don’t have value, unless they are shared.
  13. If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.
  14. We often fear the thing we want the most.
  15. He or she who laughs, lasts.
  16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
  17. Look for opportunities… not guarantees.
  18. Life is what’s coming…. not what was.
  19. Success is getting up one more time.
  20. Now is the most interesting time of all.
  21. When things go wrong….. don’t go with them.

Only Time Can Understand Love


Only Time Can Understand Love

Only Time Can Understand Love

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love.

One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so they all prepared their boats and left. Love was the only one who stayed.

Love wanted to stay until it started sinking. When Love was almost sinking, he decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a beautiful boat. Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?”

Richness answered, “No, I can’t.. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by, “Vanity, please help me!”

“I can’t help you Love. You are all wet and can probably damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, “Sadness, let me go with you.”

“Oh…Love, I am so sad that I prefer to go alone!”

Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not listen when Love called her!

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. Love became so happy that he even forgot to ask the elder her name. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went on her own way.

Love asked Knowledge, another elder, the name of the elder who had helped him. “It was Time,” answered Knowledge.

“Time? But why did Time help me?” asked Love.

“Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is,” answered Knowledge.

Things My Mother Taught Me

Things My Mother Taught Me

Things My Mother Taught Me

Things My Mother Taught Me

My Mother taught me LOGIC…
“If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me.”

My Mother taught me MEDICINE…
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.”

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD…
“If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!”

My Mother taught me ESP…
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think that I know when you’re cold?”

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE…
“What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you… Don’t talk back to me!”

My Mother taught me HUMOR…
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT…
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

My Mother taught me about GENETICS…
“You are just like your father!”

My Mother taught me about my ROOTS…
“Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My Mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE…
“When you get to be my age, you will understand.”

My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…
“Just wait until your father gets home.”

My Mother taught me about RECEIVING…
“You are going to get it when we get home.”

And my all time favorite thing – JUSTICE
“One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU..then you’ll see what it’s like.”

In between all this, my Mother taught me how to Live! Thank you Mom for all I have learned these years.

In between all this, my Mother taught me how to Live! Thank you Mom for all I have learned these years.

Making The Most Of Every Opportunity

Making The Most Of Every Opportunity – Story about Five Grains of Rice

Making The Most Of Every Opportunity - Five Grains Of Rice
A rich man has four sons. As he grows old, he decides to give his property to the son who would value the wealth he had earned. He calls his four sons and gives them each five grains of rice. He tells them that he shall ask for
these grains at the end of 5 years & he would give his property to the son who would value these grains the most.

The first son throws away the grains. He decides to show his father some other grains when he would ask for them after 5 yrs, in anticipation that his father would not be able to see the difference between the two sets of
grains.

The second son eats the grains. He too decides to show his father some other grains when he would ask for them after 5 yrs, in anticipation that his father would not be able to see the difference between the two sets of
grains.

The third son preserves these grains in a silver box and keeps the silver box at home, and offers prayers to the
box while offering his prayers to God for 5 yrs.

The fourth son sows these grains and cultivates them in the backyard of his house. They grow into crops during the harvest season. He keeps re sowing the grains from these crops. In due course, he has a vast plot of land
cultivated with rice.

As apparent from the above mentioned, at the end of 5 yrs, the father gives his property to his fourth son, as he
was the most deserving among his four sons.

Moral of the Story:
Making the most of every Opportunity – When you have anything little in your hands, look at opportunity to grow it. Don’t feel sad if you have less money today, know that you have it and you can grow it.

Using social media to market your business

Using social media to market your business: the basics

Social media are internet services that let you interact with others and share and create content through online communities.

Social media present great marketing opportunities for businesses of all sizes. You can use social media to:

  • promote the name of your brand and business
  • tell customers about your goods and services
  • find out what customers think of your business
  • attract new customers
  • build stronger relationships with existing customers.

Advantages of using social media

Social media marketing has many advantages:

  • broad reach – social media can reach millions of people all around the world
  • ability to target particular groups – many forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, Foursquare) allow businesses to target specific groups, often in particular locations
  • free or low-cost – many forms of social media are free for business, and paid options are usually low-cost
  • personal – social media allow you to communicate on a personal basis with individual customers and groups
  • fast – you can quickly distribute information to many people
  • easy – you don’t need high-level skills or computer equipment to participate in social media. The average person with a standard computer should have no difficulty.

Risks of using social media

Of course, marketing through social media also has its risks. These include:

It’s important to be aware of these risks and to have strategies in place to avoid them if you decide to get involved in social media marketing.

Key social media services

Different types of social media are good for different marketing activities. The key social media services are:

  • Facebook – a social networking site that allows you to have conversations with customers, post photos and videos, promote special offers, and more
  • Twitter – a ‘micro-blogging’ service that allows you to send and receive short messages from customers and potential customers
  • YouTube – an online video-hosting service that lets people share their videos
  • blogs – internet sites that contain a series of entries or ‘posts’ about topics of interest to the author, much like an online ‘diary’
  • coupon sites – websites that offer discount coupons for goods, services and events
  • online photo-sharing services – websites that allow users to store, organise and share their photo collections
  • location-based marketing sites – websites that deliver targeted marketing messages to customers in particular locations, through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • customer review sites – websites that feature customer reviews of goods and services.

Many businesses are also using online technology to support their marketing efforts. This includes:

Getting started with social media

If you aren’t already familiar with social media, the terminology and the range of different services can seem daunting at first.

But it’s worth learning more. Most social media services are affordable and easy to use, and they can put your business in touch with customers like never before.

Are You Ready to Turn Your Hobby into a Business?

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Ready to turn your hobby into a business?
Over the years, I have seen more businesses fail than I can count. The formula usually goes something like this: employee decides he/she can do a certain “skill” independently, quits job, starts his/her own company, has no idea how to run said company, and ultimately fails. You can be the very best at what you do, but if you can’t successfully run (and grow) a business—you’ll be drowning within the first year. So before you turn your hobby into a business, ask yourself—am I ready for that level of commitment?

Here’s what makes the difference between a hobby and a real business. It’s more than just wishful thinking – it’s a real plan.

Have a plan

Eight of every 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within 18 months. Only 20% avoid the crash and burn! Sadly, most of them head down the road to failure from the start by…

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Difference between successfull and unsuccessful people

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

1. Successful people embrace change. Unsuccessful people fear it. “Embracing change is one of the hardest things a person can do,” Kerpen says. With the world moving fast and technology accelerating at a rapid speed, it’s imperative that we embrace these changes and adapt, rather than fear them, deny then, or hide from them, he says. Successful people are able to do just that.

2. Successful people talk about ideas. Unsuccessful people talk about people. Instead of gossiping about people — which gets you nowhere — successful people discuss ideas. “Sharing ideas with others will only make them better,” Kerpen says.

3. Successful people accept responsibility for their failures. Unsuccessful people blame others. Truly successful leaders and businesspeople experience both ups and downs in their lives and careers. But they always accept responsibility for their failures. Kerpen says blaming others solves nothing. “It just puts other people down and absolutely no good comes from it.”

4. Successful people give others all the credit for their victories. Unsuccessful people take all the credit from others. Letting people have their moments to shine motives them to work harder, and, consequently, makes you look better as a leader or teammate.

5. Successful people want others to succeed. Unsuccessful people secretly hope others fail. “When you’re in an organization with a group of people, in order to be successful, you all have to be successful,” Kerpen explains. That’s why the most successful people don’t wish for their demise; they want to see their co-workers succeed and grow.

Other major differences: successful people exude joy, share data and information, read every day, and continuously learn, while unsuccessful people exude anger, hoard data and information, watch TV every day, and fly by the seat of their pants.