Paul Potts’ – Britain’s Got Talent – 1st Audition

Do you need a pick-me-up today, this video will make you feel good and bring a smile to you.

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The Christmas Spirit – All Year Round!

Christmas is about kindness, caring, sharing and giving. Giving of ourselves… our time, experience and understanding.

What’s really cool is that this experience can be the underlying factor in our lives all year round. And it can be the basis of our business as well as our personal lives.

How?
Giving our prospects and customers value… and some of it for free.

Caring enough, so what we do promote and sell will really help people.

Sharing that which we’ve been blessed to receive. This applies to our knowledge and experience as well as our tangible goods.

The warm and generous spirit of Christmas is not one to be turned on and off at Christmas time, but one that we live our lives by all year round.

Did You Know? (V1.0)

This is video #1 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod. This video was not originally posted to YouTube (in 2007), but has become very popular. The original name started as “Shift Happpens”, but know has become known as “Did You Know” series.

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Online Business; Anytime, Anywhere… Do It Your Way

Picture this… you’re soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach, or perhaps skiing down a pristine snow-covered slope. This is the life! And you’re thinking… it feels like I’ve won the lottery. Later, back in your spacious suite, you pull out the laptop, connect to the Internet and voila… you’re in business. What? This isn’t how it works for you? It could be.

We’ve been there… whether it was the breathtaking mountains of Whistler, B.C. or Banff, Alberta… or the lush wine country in California… we’ve enjoyed all there was to offer and still kept in touch with our online business.

It is so cool having a business that focuses on e-courses, e-learning, online videos, or any other kind of online web presentation. The logistical freedom is liberating.

The Internet can be accessed almost anywhere. Granted, if you are in the deep jungles of Borneo searching for a rare frog it may not work, but those are the times when you are really “getting away from it all”. By making use of the Internet’s accessibility you can create your products and market them while you are virtually anywhere in the world.

No longer does owning your own business mean that you are tied down. It doesn’t have to keep you stuck at home, never being able to take vacations. Seriously, isn’t that the reason you would want to start your own business in the first place… the freedom?

We’d really appreciate it if you would share with us…

What is your biggest challenge in getting your business to the point where you have the time and freedom to enjoy life and take your business "on the road"?

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So… start by thinking… how can I take something I am passionate about and turn it into a business that will lend itself to online products or services? Then, of course, you will have to do the market research to ensure that enough people will want to buy what you have to offer. Once you’ve established a market and have come up with products that people will pay for, you either create the products yourself or outsource it to someone else. Then market like crazy.

We know that we’ve seriously condensed and generalized the whole process. There are numerous courses, books and websites dedicated to each part of creating a business that operates online… study, learn, do it, make mistakes, do it some more, and above all… enjoy the journey.

Enjoying the journey, the freedom of doing business online, is to us the best part. You can do it from anywhere, and anytime you want. The structure of being at a specific location during specific times of the day is a thing of the past… move your business online and liberate yourself!

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Plans, Preparation, Action and Progress!

You have a goal in mind; something you want to achieve. So you do what you feel is logical:

1. Make a plan on how to get there.

Or do you? Yes, some people decide they want something yet don’t make a plan on how they’ll get there. Seems kind of strange, but it does happen.

Now, it’s a known fact that not all plans turn out as anticipated. The solution? Make a Plan A, B, C – or as many as you can come up with. After all, you won’t know how many you’ll use to get to your goal.

2. Make all the preparations to reach your target.

That one statement can cover a lot of ground. It encompasses everything from collecting and organizing the tools and resources to reach your goal to reviewing your plans and clarifying your path forward.

A great way to make sure you’ve covered all your bases is to make a “checklist” of all the things you need to do to prepare for your journey to reaching your goal. That way you can be sure you haven’t missed anything, and it may even tweak your mind on things you never thought of to start with.

3. Use your plans and preparation to take action!

You can make all the plans and prepare all you want… if you don’t take action, nothing will happen. Your goal will remain as a dream or a few words written on a page. Again, it’s a great idea to track your action steps to keep you moving in the right direction… noticing where you need to adjust to get closer to your goal (not farther away).

And of course action leads to…

4. Progress!

But does it? Sometimes yes and sometimes no… and sometimes you progress, but not in the direction you had planned.

Once again, track it. Track your progress. Find a way to determine where you are, what you have done, and where you are at on your journey.

It may seem to you that this is way too “logical” and doesn’t leave any room for creativity and “going with the flow” of things. Not so. Yes, it’s great to plan, prepare, check that you’ve thought of everything and then track how well you’re doing… but corrections and adjustments are a part of this process as well.

Keep in touch with YOU throughout this journey, make sure it feels right and is aligned with who you are. Plans can be altered, next steps can change… in fact they will! Life and our plans are not cast in stone, change is a constant.

So plan, prepare, take action and watch your progress… it’s a wonderful feeling to see how far you can go in very little time. Surprise yourself… be your own biggest inspiration and motivation to achieve your goals.

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Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent – 1st Audition

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Cool Tool – Visual Thesauras

Online dictionaries are a dime a dozen these days, but can that also be said about the online thesaurus?

Visual Thesaurus provides a  little more innovative and high tech use of displaying words and it’s relationships to Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs and Adverbs.

This is a one of a kind experience where you can actually visually see the different related words. For those visually minded people, you will see the words spatially.

Visual thesaurus is $20 per year. It can increase your brain power and give you a whole new outlook on your vocabulary. Great for both children and adults, the Visual Thesaurus is the best online thesaurus resource on the web.

So get rid of that outdated old Thesaurus that is taking precious shelf space (and collecting enough dust bunnies to start a farm) and opt for the best online thesaurus resource at your fingertips.

Check it out at TheCoolestCouple.com/VisualThesaurus

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Supporting, Cheering and Getting Involved… Even Amidst the Chaos


Picture this… two large groups of people running amok and tossing and kicking a ball around, while they tackle each other to the ground, and hold on to each other as they push and shove the other group… basically running them over. And on the sideline you, as a “fan”, are supposed to be cheering and offering support… but for what?

When we first started dating, Pat was a part of that scenario… he was playing Rugby… and I was there to “cheer” him on. But I guess I didn’t quite make my presence known on the sidelines, and Pat asked… “Why aren’t you cheering me on? I can’t hear you out on the field.” My reply… “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be cheering for.” I really didn’t understand the game and couldn’t offer a lot of support… at least not anything that would make any sense.

Later that night at a Rugby party (two words that are synonymous with each other) a new womens’ Rugby team was recruiting for players. So Pat had a brilliant idea… why don’t I try out for the team? Even if I don’t like it, at least I’ll understand the game and be able to both enjoy the game more and offer Pat support from the sidelines.

So I signed up… and for the next six years both Pat and I had a wonderful time playing a very cool sport while supporting each other along the way.

Support and actually understanding where the other person is coming from are, in our opinion, two critical aspects of a great relationship… whether in a marriage, family, friendship, tribe or community.

Being that social media is a crucial part of tribes and communities, we’ve put together this quick poll to collect your thoughts on your experiences with social media. We would appreciate your input :)

As discussed in the TSA Webinar…

Of the following areas, which do you feel you have the biggest challenge with?

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Thank you for your feedback! Hey, if you would like to elaborate on your answer, then by all means add that in the comment section below.

Support and understanding is a huge part of what a tribe is all about… and the tribe that we support and where we receive support in turn, is Tribe Syndication Association (TSA). You can find them HERE.

Thanks for participating in our little blog poll… and we look forward to hearing about your experiences and challenges in the realm of social media.

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Are You Maximizing the Value of the Seminars You Attend? There’s a Map for That!

It’s exciting! You’ve purchased a ticket to go to a seminar covering a topic you are passionate about. Whether it’s internet marketing, holistic healing, personal development, or how to expand your comic book collection, there are things you can do to ensure you get as much out of the seminar as possible.

Some seminars may be held in the city you live in, and some in other (maybe far off) places. Whether you’re going to Hawaii, Orlando, New York, or just staying home… going to a seminar can be fun and eventful… with amazing benefits.

What are those benefits?…

Well, the benefits include the information the speakers present, the people you meet, and the relationships you build while you’re at the seminar… but that’s not all. To make the most of the seminars you attend, there are things you can do before, during and after the event to maximize your investment in the seminar.

Before, During and After?? Oh yes…

After all, you’ve made an investment… an investment of your time and money to go to this event… why not make the most of it?

So… to best show you the coolest factors in maximizing the value of the seminars you attend, we’ve created a mind map outlining the things to do and discover before, during and after these events.

Click to Download your PDF of => Tips to Get Maximum Value from Any Seminar

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Unorganized and Overwhelmed? What’s the Real Cost of Not Having it Together?

Are you overwhelmed… drowning in a flood of online contacts and information? Yep! Like most people operating a business online, you are bombarded with “stuff” every day; and if you are unorganized, anything of value just floats away with all of the garbage.

What does this mean to you and your audience?

It means that you cannot connect with and reach people who could really benefit from your message and what you have to offer. And… you miss out on a lot of information, that added to your knowledge base could make a huge impact in your customers’ lives.

So not only do you and your business miss out on an opportunity to grow and move forward, you are cheating a lot of other people out of an opportunity to learn, grow and move forward as well.

How do you get it all together? Find a way to organize it all that makes sense to you and in a format where you can find things and take action on them.

For an example of the system we use to make the most of everything online… Go Here!

You owe it to the world to share your passion and expertise… but if people can’t connect with you… and you lose the information that’s valuable to them… you are falling short in the potential you have to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

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