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I just finished reading a book by Patrick King:
I don’t get any perks for linking to the book or reviewing it. Sigh. But I did enjoy it.
It’s short (yesssss!) and contains some excellent tips for interacting successfully with people.
(We all want that, right? I mean, some of us would rather sit at home with a book, but when we must interact, we don’t want it to be awkward or unpleasant.)
So, sharing chapter highlights may entice you to add it to your book list:
Chapter 1: Take ownership of the skills you have and the ones you need. Embrace the fact that it is your responsibility to improve your people skills, not everyone else’s.
Chapter 2: Find points of interests in others. To understand people, you need to know what drives them. They have a primary self-interest as well as other, more covert driving self-interests.
Chapter 3: Eliminate Toxic Social Habits. Mr. King lists several habits that interfere with good social interaction. Eliminating these will improve your social skills, even before you ever add new skills.
Chapter 4: Don’t judge people. We haphazardly put people into boxes, assuming what is not true. This interferes with understanding and can also offend people.
Chapter 5: Listen. Listen. Listen. Are you listening? Listening well is not a lazy, passive habit. Listening takes hard work when it’s done well. Listen to understand. Listen to dig deeper. Listening is rare, valuable, and builds trust and appreciation.
Chapter 6: Boost your emotional IQ. Understand your own emotions and you will better understand those that belong to other people.
Chapter 7: Belief Police. Some people feel it is their job to correct people. Even about mundane, unimportant things: “This is truly the best soap. No, it is. It is. Really. You are wrong. I am right and here is why…..”
Chapter 8: The Four Communication Styles: passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, and assertive. Which one are you?
Chapter 9: Walk a mile in a person’s shoes. Find out what others are truly feeling. Build empathy toward people.
Chapter 10: Just. Shut. Up. When in doubt, close your mouth.
Chapter 11: Connect instantly with people. Work on the skills above, and truly care about people. Practice often.
Chapter 12: Workplace Tactics. Building skills like tact and appreciation will make the workplace work
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
—Bryant H. McGill
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This is a blog post taken from another blog entitled: Just the Thought.
by Gino T. Luciano, age 17.
Many have heard the saying “time is money”… but how many people stop to think about this statement?”
The reality is, time is nothing like money.
At the beginning of human existence, time was given out to every person who would ever exist.
Some life-spans could be measured in years while others could be measured by seconds.
The fact is: no person on earth knows how much time they have left in their account.
Because of this fact, the value of time is astronomically more than any amount of money.
But there are so many people working for money as if it is the biggest asset one can attain, and while they search for ways to attain great wealth they squander their most precious earthly possession. The world is full of young adults using their best years making one hundred bucks a day.
Do you really count eight hours of life at such a low price? Of course, it should be said that there are more important things than money. Many people work for free, doing volunteer work for different organizations. In a way, this might place a higher price on your time than a job that pays minimum wage. This person is doing something that makes a real difference in people’s lives.
In the end, though, it really comes down to what you think your life is worth. Time moves by at an incredible rate, it is important to make your life count for something, however long you have left.
Word Prompt: Rejuvenate
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“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”
— Billy Graham
Adversity builds strength — if we allow it to.
Take the life of the monarch butterfly.
After lying in its chrysalis for 10-14 days, it starts to break out.
(At this point, it’s a sopping wet, wrinkled specimen.)
It starts to wriggle, twist and struggle.
Its goal: break out of that prison shell and fly.
Watching it, you might be tempted to help the poor winged creature.
But if you did, you would injure it for life. It needs the struggle.
Through the twists and turns, it is forcing fluid into its wings and gaining strength.
So, the next time you face a challenge, remember the monarch butterfly.
Struggle makes us stronger.
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(c) Lisa M. Luciano
“Some folks have a wishbone instead of a backbone.” — J.C. Penney
Have you seen the 1970’s film Where the Red Fern Grows? It’s one of our family’s wholesome favorites. Billy Coleman is an dirt poor adolescent boy who desperately wants coon dogs. His dream is to acquire a pair of excellent hounds so he can go “coon hunting” and join the hunting contest that happens every year in his part of the Ozarks.
His journey to getting the pups is littered with hardship, sweat, tears and hard work.
At one early point in the film, he has this conversation with his grandfather:
Billy: I don’t know, Grandpa. Sometimes I don’t think God wants me to have dogs.
Grandpa: Now, why do you say a thing like that?
Billy: Well, I’ve been asking him for dogs as long as I can remember and nothin’s happened yet!
Grandpa: Maybe you haven’t done your fair share.
Billy: What do you mean?
Grandpa: Well, it’s been my experience God helps those who help themselves. Now, don’t get me wrong. If God wanted to, he could give you hounds as easy as cuttin’ lard. But that wouldn’t do much for your character.
Billy: I don’t want character! I want coon dogs!
My husband and I have repeated that line countless times.
It’s deep down in all of us, perhaps?
We want the glory without the guts. The crown without the cross. The gain without the pain.
Although we naturally resist pain, strain and struggle, the lineup of blood, sweat and tears can accomplish something positive in us.
Life challenges actually help build character. Through hard work and deep challenges, we often end up:
- sharpening our vision
- gaining a deeper, harder, stronger work ethic
- developing qualities that make us a good leader
Next time, I will explore how adversity can build STRENGTH.
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(c) Lisa M. Luciano
Coon dogs:Lorca Wiles
“Failure is success in progress.” — Albert Einstein
Anyone who is on the *fun side* of success has probably waded through some amount of struggling to get there.
We all want success, but perhaps we resist the very thing that puts us on the path to success.
- Many of us have either taken hold of an opportunity, or turned our back on it, or tried but failed.
- Possibly we were blinded to the opportunity altogether.
- We look a challenge in the eye, it scares us, and we back down.
- We take problems as a sign that we aren’t headed in the right direction.
But, what if adversity is the very tool that propels us to greatness?
Recently, we listened to Mike speak to our small networking group.
He chronicled the downers of his own life to show us how adversity motivated him to jump onto the course that led him to where he is today.
- Mike is now a wealthy man who chooses whether or not he works each day.
- His residual income (that he worked hard for) works for him in his absence.
- Mike’s story is real.
A job upheaval at over age 55 got my husband to launch himself onto OUR present path.
We are still in the “trials stage.”– the *not-so-fun* side of success.
So, it was affirming to hear Mike’s story.
I’m planning to keep talking about the upside of adversity…like:
How does adversity build CHARACTER?
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(c) Lisa M. Luciano