It’s Amazing What You Can Accomplish When You’re Connected

Yes, it is definitely COOL to connect with friends and be a social butterfly on the social network sites. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networks are cost effective (free) sites… which makes connecting with your friends that much more fun.

Think about this… what if you could build your list, get more customers and even find some joint venture partners on the same sites you visit with your friends and followers? Well, you can.

Be warned though, social networks still need to be social. That means you do not go on these sites and continually push your sites, blogs, products or services. You need to build rapport with the people who connect with you on these sites… build some solid relationships.

Offer up some free advice or information on your topic of expertise… help other people first and become the expert in their eyes. Once you’ve done that, people will be a lot more receptive to you offering up what you are selling. Still… even once you’ve got the relationships built, the majority of your tweets, posts, etc. need to be social or about helping others.
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It’ll Make You Smile

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

Pat and Lorna About the Authors

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The Silent Majority – Get Them Involved


Like most everyone else online, you have a blog. And on that blog you get some comments. Some people get what would be considered a lot of comments, and some people get only a few (or maybe none).

Consider this… the people commenting on your blog are not the only people who have visited your site. Other people have stopped by, and for some reason (usually unknown to us) have chosen not to leave a comment. There are so many people who read blog posts, get what they want from it, and move on (the silent majority).

So how do you capture the attention of those who usually pass on leaving a comment, enough to engage them into what you are saying, so they feel compelled to comment?

Here are some of our suggestions:
1) Make your information relevant. If a person feels connected to the information, they will be more compelled to leave their input.
2) Stir up a little controversy. People love to comment on something they disagree with or have a strong opinion on.
3) Call to action. At the end, or anywhere else in the post, give them a call to action (leave a comment, participate in a poll, watch a video, etc.). The more things they actually “do”, the more likely they are to leave a comment.

Basically… get them involved… if they feel included in what you are up to, they will be more inclined to leave you a comment… and end their silence.

Our Kids Are Getting Older, But We’re Not

We find it funny… our kids are getting older, but we’re not.

How do we know they’re getting older? Here are the clues…
1) Our oldest son left home to take his 3rd year of university in Germany. He’ll be there for a year.

2) Our second son is starting university at home this year. No more high school for him.

3) There are no more hockey games to go to where we get to watch our sons play. Yes, we could go watch our second son play beer-league hockey, but he’d probably be embarrassed.

4) Our daughter is still enrolled in dance classes, but we don’t need to drive her there anymore.

5) Our daughter is in grade 11 this year.

That’s definite proof that our kids are growing up… and mighty quickly too!!

How do we know that we’re not getting old? Here are the clues…
1) We don’t feel old. (That should be enough… but OK… here are more clues…)

2) We still do a lot of the things we did when we were “younger”… like biking, running, hiking, etc.

3) We can still remember being our kids’ ages. (Yes, that does scare us)

4) We still have dreams and goals. (No dreams and goals = not living)

5) We’re still learning. (Again, not learning = not living)

There you go… proof that we’re still young.

If we look at life this way, then age truly is a state of mind. Yes our kids are getting older… but they’re still young…. and yes, our “age” counted in years may indicate we’re not kids anymore… but darn it, we’re definitely still young too.

So get out there and do things. Tap into your goals and dreams and take action on them. Make plans for your business and set your sites for the horizon (remember to enjoy the journey along the way). And learn… learn more about what you’re passionate about…. become an expert in it and grow your business around it… then it’ll be play and not work at all.

Play = Young. The fountain of youth isn’t a place, it’s living your passion. And that is well within all of our reach… so go for it!! We’ll see you all out on the playground.

Drop us a line in the comment section and tell us what your passion is. We’d love to know.

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Abundance Vs. Scarcity… It’s All About Our Mindset

Most people believe there are finite resources from which we all share… and that the more we have, the less others have (or vice versa). This scarcity thinking is holding us back as individuals and as a society.

What we find truly important in life, is to replace this scarcity mindset with that of abundance. And that is what it truly is… a mindset.

From the side of scarcity, people say things like:
“I can’t afford it.”
“I just don’t have any options.”
“I never have enough time to pursue my ideal life.”

Abundant thinking says:
“How can I afford this?”
“I know I have unlimited options, I just need to find a way to realize them.”
“How can I create more space so I have time to pursue my passions?”

Basically, it is how you look at the world… scarcity is limited, and abundance is limitless.

It’s our choice… to view life abundantly, to think and act abundantly and eliminate our fear of loss and scarcity. We do have a choice… and that’s what it’s all about… choice. It’s up to us as to what our lives are like… vibrantly abundant or minimized by the fear of not having enough, and that others have what we want but cannot have ourselves.

The path to overcoming the myth of scarcity is for us to realize and accept the abundant nature of our environment and of our potential as creative beings. It is up to us… we create the reality of abundance or the fear of lack and scarcity.

How perfect that this is the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. This is the time of year when people focus on what they have to be thankful for… they focus on the abundance they have in their lives.

Our challenge… make this thankful, grateful, abundance-focused mindset one that lasts all year long. Then watch what starts to show up in your life… it’s amazing what a shift in your mindset can create.

If you’re already there… in a mindset of abundance… fantastic! Keep it up and help to show others what we can accomplish in our lives and in our world when we focus on abundance.

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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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Did You Know? (V2.0)

This is video #2 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod. This video was originally posted to YouTube (in June 2007), but has become very popular with over 3 million views.

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Did You Know? (V3.0)

This is video #3 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.

This video was posted to YouTube (in November 2008), but has become very popular with over 2.3 million views. It was even adapted by Sony BMG at an executive meeting they held in Rome of that year.

So how fast is everything moving at you today? Did you ever wonder why some days you feel so overwhelmed? Guess what, it’s not you! Watch the video below to find out why.

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Connections and Relationships… And Other Things We Are Thankful For

As we sat here in the comfort of our home office, we thought about how thankful we are to have a house to live in. Others are not so fortunate… they do not have a place to call home.

So then we asked ourselves… what else do we have to be thankful for? A LOT!

We’ve outlined a few of the things we’re thankful for in this mindmap:

Thankful

So who said Thanksgiving comes around only once a year? We can be thankful (grateful) for what we have all year round. Think about and write down what you are thankful for, it’s a very uplifting experience.

For us, our connections and relationships are especially important. On a daily basis we connect with so many people… in person as well as through all the wonderful social sites and technologies. Without even really being conscious about it, we are continually connecting with others.

These people teach us, support us, enable our success, bring us more joy… and basically complete us as human beings.

That is why on our blog we invite you to “Be Social With Us”! It is also the reason we organize and manage our relationships inside our knowledge maps. It is important for us to develop new relationships and to keep our established relationships alive.

It’s all about relationships… how do you stay connected?

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Did You Know (V4.0)

This is video #4 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.

This video was posted to YouTube (in September 2009), but has become popular with over .5 million views.

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