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Still Wanting My Toys is the Key to Happiness!

Hello My Friends, I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and were grateful of the past year.

Now that you have assessed your last year and put down all of your New Year’s Resolutions, if you have kids or know of someone with kids, I want you to pay close attention to them and the gifts they have received during this holiday season. Have you ever notice how during kids birthday, holidays or whenever toys and presents may be given out, how excited our kids are. They tear through the giftwrap and boxes to get to the prize they want so bad. Even with a house full of other kids, you may notice how they may even grab their toys away from others and not share. Fast forward one month later and what happens; those same toys are stacked up in a corner somewhere no longer the object of our child’s desires. Six months before the holidays every time a commercial with a certain toy come on TV, all you would hear is how bad the kids would want that toy. Try taking a stroll through the malls without stopping at the toy store and see how far that will get you. However for some strange reason, as soon as they receive it and get through the holiday season, it is no longer wanted. Is it merely child’s play or something deeper than that.

We can learn a thing or two from our kids when it comes to our grown up toys and many possessions we have at our disposal. Oddly enough, we as adults display similar behavior in many aspects of our lives when it comes to our Grown-up toys or gifts. Think about you or someone you may know when it comes to relationships, careers, new cars or houses, etc… and ask yourself is it the thrill of the hunt to think about the item over and over until we finally get it? Or do we actually use the item to its full use and get the maximum thrill out of it once we attain it. Some of my friends is always giving me a hard time about having over 200k+ miles on my last 3 cars. What can I say,  I love driving and I want to make sure that I am getting the full use of my vehicle.

A BIG Question to ask yourself is how do you keep the excitement and enthusiasm going after you get what you want?  To keep toys and gifts in perspective, I noticed a quote by Dale Carnegie that reads, “Success is getting what you want but happiness is wanting it after you get it.” This may not be the complete answer to being happy however it is a good statement to recall and a way to at least maintain some sense of valuing the things we want, get and maintain after the “newness” wears off.

Before you go out and get that new shiny toy that you just have to have, remember to keep it in perspective of why you want it. Go ahead and take inventory of all of the toys you have earned, bought or were given to you and see if there is still some happiness left over with it, before you buy the new “toys”. Remember to get the full use of it so that youwill not leave any stacked up in the corner somewhere.

Enjoy your toys,

P. Jackson

Michael V. Roberts – Business Role Model

This post is regarding one of my business role models who is making things happen on all levels. Michael V. Roberts is the Chairman and CEO of The Roberts Companies along with his brother Steven C. Roberts. They also have a strong reach in the entertainment field with the Roberts Broadcasting Company along with Roberts Publishing. With their portfolio of businesses, they have created thousands of jobs and opportunities for others and are continuing to push the envelope for more to come.

As an entrepreneur myself, I like the fact that they are providing solutions to needs out here in the marketplace and also have developed some multiple streams of income and opportunity to capitalize on. Michael was in Dallas a while ago at the open house of one of his company’s Marriot Hotels and I had the chance to shake his hand and bring up his book, “Action Has No Season.” The main theme of the book is “Taking Action” however there are many, many valuable nuggets and wise words for Personal development and Decision making, that every leader should have in their arsenal. You can check it out here by clicking on the bookcover below:

Enjoy, Learn and Grow!

Hello my friends,
Who is this Gary Vaynerchuk (pronounced Vay-ner-chuk) person and why is he getting major media play and what is he doing? I’m glad you asked. For many of my colleagues that are operating businesses online, we all know that this guy is making things happen in a big way! He first captured everyones attention with his unique approach to personal branding and business strategies. He transformed his traditional retail local wine business into an industry leader Wine Library TV (www.tv.winelibrary.com), by leveraging social media tools to promote the company. He is blunt and very dynamic on stage during his speaking engagements and engages his audiences every step of the way. Gary also authored the books “Crush It“, that made it on the NY Times Bestseller last year and now has his latest book “The Thank You Economy“, are out in bookstores everywhere.

I was watching this guy on “The Morning Joe” TV show on CNBC one day, discussing the power of social media and the the leverage it have for businesses and brands that are looking for a better way to do business in the 21st century. There are many different ways of reaching out to your customers via both online and offline methods which are very exciting, efficient and profitable. The traditional advertising and branding methods of writing a big check for Television and/or print media are no longer the only game in town! It was also mentioned that he had over a million followers on twitter, so for whatever reason, I decided to send him a tweet regarding the comments on the show and to my surprise, a couple of hours later he responded. Talking about being responsive to your following, I couldn’t believe this happened and wondered, “Does he respond to the other 999,999 followers like that?

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary at a recent marketing conference (Gary Vee in the Big D) to hear him speak, get my books signed and briefly go over some current business strategies that Iwas using similar to his business. The main takeaway from our discussion was the word Hustle; Keep Hustling! There are times when business may progress slower than you anticipate or you feel overwhelmed with projects or people’s demands in front of you. No worries, take a break, regroup and get back to Hustling.

 The reason the term “Hustling” is so important is because in business, companies are growing day by day with more creative minds sitting in the lab coming up with the next product to take the masses by storm. There is no time to sit back and get comfortable because someone else is out there grinding and making things happen. Are you Hustling? If so, go ahead and start Crushing It with your next product or service offering. 

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Working From Home is a Joke!

Has working from home became a joke to you?  Right before bedtime, you start planning and visualizing what your day will look like for the next day and when the morning comes what happens? You are all over the house, cooking breakfast, washing clothes, watching TV, cleaning up the bedroom, etc…

By noon, you get a call from a friend or family member asking you to come out to the newest lunch spot to grab a bite to eat and catch up on the latest news, then off to the cleaners to pick up your clothes, stop by your P.O. Box to grab the latest junk mail and credit card offers for your business and then by the time you get through traffic, you have very little time to pick up the kids from school and get them home and settled. You look up and the evening has come and very little work has been done, much less trying to spend quality time with the family. Then right before bedtime you are doing it again visualizing the new day ahead. I hope I didn’t step on many ties however for many in the home based business arena, this above schedule doesn’t sound too far fetched. This has also caused many to have a bad taste in their mouth of running an operation from home and return back to Corporate America.

Having a home based business can be all that you ever dreamed it would be. You can be successful, feel liberated, and enjoy a stress-free commute simply by walking from the kitchen to your office with your cup of coffee in hand and still wearing your pajamas. On the other hand, it can be very stressful if you’re having a difficult time managing your business from home. Here are few tips to assist you with being successful working at your home based business.

1.You must be discipline and set a work schedule for yourself. This will help you keep from overworking yourself and also allow for you to spend time with family and friends, too. You can also provide your schedule to family and friends to help them avoid distracting you while you’re working.

2. You must be firm with friends and family about your business. You need to make them understand that even though your business is at home, you’re still working. Explain to them that your business is no different than any brick-and-mortar business with the exception of the fact that it’s at your home should get the point across. However, if you have young children this may be a bit more difficult for them to understand.

3. Have guidelines in place for customers and business associates for business hours and your availability. On your voicemail and website you can clearly post methods of contact. If need be, get a second phone line and have the calls forwarded to your voice mail after your regular working hours. This will prevent you from having to listen to the phone ring all evening long and help you avoid the temptation of taking that extra call that will cut into your personal time.

These are just a very short tip list for working at home and being successful at it. You have to have balance and make sure to maximize the time allowed for getting results. A business from your home starts and end with you setting things up for success and when the money comes in and your time is well invested in living life on your terms, you will need an assistant to assist you will the many calls from family and friends wanting to do what you do. Until then, let’s go to Work… at Home!

Young Men – Have Respect for Yourself

Happy New Year my friends;
I wanted to start this 2011 year off giving some positive motivation to our young people, particularly our young men. This day and age many of our young men are going through an identity crisis and are just not happy with themselves, with those around them and those leading them. Rev. Al Riggins shed some light as to what young people need to do and that is to have respect for yourself first and foremost in order to start having a better community and family life. Even though our discussion was geared to the younger people, we as adults can take and apply this same information for ourselves because after all the youth is watching us a role models. Enjoy and please share with me your “2 cents” and have a great day!

Believe, Decide, then Do It!

Do you have an idea, a job or task that you believe in? Have you gotten fed up with the status quo and just plain tired of being sick and tired? If you were in the room with 10 people including yourself and the other 9 stated their doubts and even went so far to say that you are foolish to try your hand with that endeavor. Would your belief sink and you cower to their statements or would you allow their doubts to fuel your belief even more? In this post and video, please take some time to get your own understanding of what the title means to you and where you are in your belief and decision making about your life’s plan.

With your idea or opportunity, you may already have the tools, training and business plans in place, all you need to do now is make the decision and apply them; Go to Work! A brief story of 5 frogs sitting on a log over a pond. When 4 of the 5 frogs decided to jump into the pond, how many frogs are still sitting on the log? If you said there are 5 frogs sitting on the log, you are correct! Just because you decide to do something doesn’t mean that you actually did it. Enjoy this video with Duane Cruickshank, which may cause you to laugh a little, however I want it to get you to believe more, make a decision and go Make it HAPPEN!!!

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