3 Must-Read Books for Bloggers

Source by Jim Estill

A lot of bloggers read blogs, but there are also some very valuable books out there on blogging. The three books that I recommend for bloggers are Blog! by David Kline and Dan Burstein, The Corporate Blogging Book by Debbie Weil, and Naked Conversations by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble.

1. Blog!: How the newest revolution is changing politics, business and culture by David Kline and Dan Burstein.

This book talks of the power and influence of blogs. It uses political examples. Through these examples we can learn what good blogging is (honest, open) and what it is not (poorly written, blatant marketing). It talks about freedom of the press and countries and companies that try to suppress blogs. It also warns and gives examples of blogs that share insider or confidential information and what happens.

To quote from it: “most people or at least most of the media’s coverage of business issues in blogging are missing the fact that the real excitement here is not how much money business can make from blogging, but how dramatically blogging will reshape the world of business from top to bottom and create new sources of competitive advantage for firms that learn how to use this new medium intelligently… Bloggers not only tend to be more passionate about their interests and hobbies than other people, they also have marketplace influence far beyond their numbers.”

This is a highly inspirational read for anyone who blogs. We live in revolutionary times and as bloggers (and blog readers) we see history being made. We are truly cutting edge. The world is changing before our eyes.

As A. J. Liebling, a great 20th century journalist, said: “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.” With blogs, anyone can.

2. The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get it Right by Debbie Weil.

Debbie is one of the pioneers of corporate blogging. She is not only an advocate but she explains the pros and cons of corporate blogs.

A section from the book: “Blogs are a key enabler of this new way of talking with customers, employees, the media and other constituencies. Packaged, filtered, controlled conversation are out. Open, two-way, less-than-perfect communications with your customers and employees are in….Listen, learn, debate, be willing to change, admit mistakes, be equals, with your children, be fair to others with whom you have an adversarial relationship. Acting like a dictator will get you nowhere.”

She has top 20 questions about corporate blogging and in one of those she talks about the three most important things to know before starting blogging. The book also has good examples of blogging policies.One of her points is savvy bloggers read other blogs. My advice is the simplest way to do this is to subscribe to them.

One concept that she talks about is citizen journalist and citizen media. Blogs are a new media and it is run by the citizens. Blogger Halley Suitt explains, “The word PR will be gone; the word blog will be gone. Your employees will be your ad agency and your customers will be your back-up ad agency”

3. Naked Coversations:How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble

This is an excellent book. I am passionate about business blogs. I truly believe they have value for a business. The book re-affirms this. Naked Coversations is easy to read, fast and well organized. It combines advice on blogging (and why blogs help companies) with stories of real bloggers.

Blogs have dangers but those dangers tend to be overrated. Not blogging is a greater danger. As I have said many times, blogs are a new media. Companies that ignore it do so at great peril. At the same time, blogs cannot be blatant self or company promotion – readers (and other bloggers see right through that and can decimate a company).

How do I know if a book is good? If I make a change as a result. I turned off word verification on my blog to make it easier to comment (I still review all comments and don’t let spam through but am trying to make it easier to have a conversation). I get twice as many emails as comments on my blog as a result of my blog. The book drives home that comments and conversations are good.

I also know a book is good if I buy multiple copies for people that I think should read it. And in this case I did.

All three of these books, Blog! by David Kline and Dan Burstein, The Corporate Blogging Book by Debbie Weil, and Naked Conversations by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble should be read by anyone who has a blog or anyone interested in blogging.

Book Review – Aspire by Kevin Hall

Source by Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

You have read books but you have not read a book like Aspire: discovering your purpose through the power of words. In this great book, Kevin Hall enlightens us by showing us the magnificent power of words – tools we can use to shape our thoughts, beliefs and destinies – to help us create favorable occasion for ourselves and entire humankind. In this book you will come to focus with eleven (11) words which is the foundation for the eleven chapters of this book that will change your life forever. It is a must read!

Aspire is a masterwork from a master. The title alone is very inspiring, mind – provoking and captivating. Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers, printed in the United States of America is a first class life enrichment book. The title design was done by Iskar and book design by Francine Eden Platt, Eden graphics. From page layering, font size, paper texture, ISBN, color to size, everything about this book is great. It’s a book you must read to be upward and forward in life.

Kevin Hall, a highly sought after business consultant, speaker, leadership and life coach is gifted and has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden and secret meaning of words. The author is a powerful wordsmith. As a leader and authority on power of words, he has empowered humanity by putting down theses timeless truths in this book titled “ASPIRE: Discovering Your Purpose through the Power Of words” for us to read, get wise and be tremendously blessed. This book is the genre of leadership of leadership, communication, inspiration, biography, life and general books.

Synergy is truly the sagacity that builds and leads cities. The forward of this book was written by Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 8 Habits – Effectiveness to Greatness. Just as Stephen R. Covey broke new ground in human development over twenty years ago by uncovering the habits that makes a meaningful and effective life, Kevin Hall breaks new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of words. This book dedicated to the indisputable master of words Professor Arthur Watkins must be your companion if you want to lead and excel in life. The afterword was written by Dr. Gerald Bell, founder of the Bell leadership institute. This book is an excellent compendium of the wisdom and sagacity of sages. In it you will meet Marianne Williamson, Buddha, Victor Frankl, Mother Theresa, Art Berg, Og Madino, Pravin Chekoori, and other great personality. In this book, it features quotes and thoughts of sapience and you will surely enjoy Kelvin’s journal of thoughts and book of greats.

The book has an author’s note. You can’t drop this book, in it you will commune with immortals. While reading this book I was brought to the level where humanity meets divinity, tears rolled down my eyes and I was quickened to do more to better the system that drives progress of our world. I have used what I learned from this book to facilitate positive changes in my community.

This book will help you find the right path, teach you humility, inspire your passion for greatness, coach you on how to be a person of influence and integrity. One thing I know is that this best-selling book Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kelvin Hall will ignite the fire within you to be a success. You can get you copies at Amazon, Barnes and nobles and other leading book stores in the world. Get your copy, read and be blessed.

Critical Book Review – Selling Fearlessly by Robert Terson

Source by Leanne Hoagland-Smith

Imagine for just a moment being the King of the Jungle, the magnificent lion. Now replace the jungle with today's crazy busy marketplace where you as the professional sales person must find new sales leads (hunt), establish mutually beneficial positive relationships and ultimately increase sales. If you are not fearful, maybe you should be?

Selling in today's highly competitive and global market is definitely not that much different than years gone by. Sure technology has changed some of the communications channel, yet the essence that separates the truly successful top sales performers from the not so successful ones is well detailed in Robert Terson's book, Selling Fearlessly, where he shares a lifetime of personal stories. Bob talks from his heart and that is so rare to find in today's business books.

Human beings remember those stories from their older family members because they have such emotion and instill such a compelling memory into our brains. The wisdom transferred through that act of story telling is incredible and can not be replaced with some technical jargon.

Beyond the personal stories, Robert reawakens some long forgotten quotes from some old and probably even unknown journals and books. This quote is one of my favorites when asking the all too familiar question: "Are salespeople born or made?"

"While it is doubtless true that salesmen, like poets, are born, not made, it is also true that successful salesmen are those who, in most cases, have undergone a separate training in the school of hard knocks." Farm Journal (October, 1913)

Many of today's books on selling or sales are just a ploy to have you buy something else. This book is different because all Bob wants you to do is to consider sales from his years of practical success when it was just him and the customer.

To continue with a blow by blow review of each chapter, there would not be fair to you the reader as each of us has a different perspective and I do not want to take away any of the smiles, the nodding of the heads or Robert's generous sharing. There is something magical when you hold that book into your hands even it is a Kindle.

So invest a few dollars and read a book that is really for the major of salespeople in today's small business market place. Who knows beyond your ability to increase sales by becoming a top sales performer, you may even develop Robert's attitude of selling fearlessly?

How to Achieve Great Things by Burning Your Boats and Cutting-Off Your Retreat Routes

Source by Mark Melton

Famous quotes and sayings are great and invaluable nuggets that provide inspiration in the face of difficulties and uncertainties. Often, a dissipated and worried mind finds focus and motivation just by reading one appropriate quote, or a saying by another person who has experienced the same situation and overcame. Many noble achievements have been made possible by inspiration drawn from reading and carefully digesting what another person said about a particular challenge, problem or circumstance.

One does not need to read a whole book to find strength in the moment of weakness, or inspiration in the moment of desperation. When it comes to finding inspiration in moments of doubts and uncertainty, many people have found Napoleon Hill’s quotes as invaluable and very helpful resources.

This article is the first in a series of articles about self-motivation. In this series, we shall consider some of the most inspirational quotes by select authors on one of the quotes and famous sayings websites I just recently created. In this article, we shall touch upon the need to burn all sources of retreat in our undertakings, as advised by Napoleon Hill.

Burn the Boats


“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.” – Napoleon Hill

“When your army has crossed the border, you should burn your boats and bridges, in order to make it clear to everybody that you have no hankering after home.” – Tu Mu

The Story of Alexander the Great

On October 1, 331 BC, with an army of 35,000 men, Alexander the Great defeated the Darius the king of Persia in one of the most decisive battles in history! Alexander’s army was greatly outnumbered by the Persian enemy. Historians agree that Darius’ army was made up of between 200,000 to 1,000,000 men. Yet in a series of dramatic and superior tactics, Alexander managed to defeat the Persians and route them.

Alexander was a military genius, and arguable the best military general that ever lived. However, something dramatic and decisive happened before this battle, which many historians believe may be responsible for this great victory.

Upon arriving the shores of Persia, Alexander and his army discovered that they were visibly outnumbered. Clearly at a disadvantage, his men lost heart and pleaded with their young leader (Alexander) to delay the attack. He was urged to go back and get more men and reinforcements. Alexander responded by ordering the men to burn their boats. As their only means of retreat went up in flames, legend has it that Alexander turned to his men and said, “We go home in Persian ships, or we die.”

This act of burning their boats sent a clear message among his army that to survive, they must win this war. They placed themselves in a “no retreat, no surrender situation.” Buoyed by this realization, Alexander’s and his men charged with a singular resolve, to win at all costs. It was with this same resolve that, at the battle of Issus, Alexander’s men forced Darius to flee, leaving the field and victory to Alexander and his army.

The Story of Hernán Cortés

In the 1519, a Spanish con­quis­ta­dor, Hernán Cortés, set out with 600 Spaniards to conquer Mexico, which was rich in priceless treasures of gold, silver and precious Aztec jewels among others.

This daredevil, daring undertaking was made further insurmountable by the fact that for more than 600 years, superior conquerors with greater military hardware and human resources who attempted to colonize the same region had failed woefully.

Aware of this, Hernán Cortés decided to do it differently. After landing with his military force of 600 men on the lands Mayans, Cortés prepared his troops by long oratory and careful speeches. However, before embarking inland to face his enemies, he commanded his armies to burn all their boats! By this singular act, he and his men destroyed their only exit strategy! By these decisive three words – BORN THE BOATS – there was only one resolve within his camp: victory! For defeat meant a certain death. Owing to this singular act, Cortés became the first man to conquer Mexico in 600 years!

This is the attitude necessary for success! For a person to succeed at great things, that one must cut off all escape routes and any means of retreat. Often, many great projects are abandoned at the verge of success by retreating just prior to a breakthrough. Adversity is a tempting premise for retreat. However, having no means of retreat, but forging on despite great difficulties is the surest way to great accomplishments.

The Story of General Tariq Ibn Ziyad

General Tariq Ibn Ziyad was a Muslim general who led the Islamic conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711-718 A.D. His famous military conquest of Spain happened when Musa Ibn Nusayr, the then Governor of North Africa (present-day Morocco) was approached by Count Julian to help him bring down the kingdom of King Roderic of Spain. It is recorded that when Roderic came to power, Julian, a nobleman, sent his daughter to the court of the Visigothic king to receive an education. However, the king (Roderic) raped Julian’s daughter. Julian was incensed. Following that, he vowed to bring down the kingdom of Roderic.

After Julian entered a treaty with Tariq, he secretly conveyed the Muslims under the command of Tariq across the Straits of Gibraltar to Spain.

Tariq and his men were vastly outnumbered by the Spaniards. His arrival at the shores of Spain made the Spanish King both surprised and angry. He publicly vowed to crush the invaders and push them into the sea to drown.

As Roderic approached with his vast, superior and formidable army, the Muslim invaders were shaken and many of the soldiers began to loose heart. When Tariq noticed this, he gave the most decisive orders of the expedition: He ordered his men to burn all the boats that had brought them across the strait of Gibraltar into Spain. After his orders were carried out, Tariq addressed his men thus:

“Brothers in Islam! We now have the enemy in front of us and the deep sea behind us. We cannot return home because we have burnt our boats. We shall now either defeat the enemy and win, or die a coward death by drowning in the sea!”

With this speech, the North Africans charged at their enemy with only one resolve – to win! The Spaniards were bewildered and defeated. King Roderic, with his great army was routed.

Today, the famous rock – Gibraltar – is named after this great general, Tarig. The name “Gibraltar” is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal-at-Tariq, meaning “mountain of Tariq”

Practical Applications

The three events above, both from history, clearly indicate that success is often made possible only when there is no any route for retreat. This is somewhat like the sage suggestion to put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket carefully! Cutting off your retreat routes helps you to focus your mind, energy and devotion on achieving whatever it is you have set out to achieve. A whole book can be written about the importance of burning one’s boats. In this discourse however, we shall just consider only a few applications, especially as it touches upon dealing with seemingly impossible situations.

Make up your mind that nothing you set out to achieve is impossible: One of the retreat boats every serious man and woman need to burn is the fallacy that the things you desire to do or achieve are impossible. This boat must be burnt in every project you set out to accomplish. And this boat must be burnt always at the onset of every project. Whatever you set your mind upon to achieve, you must firmly believe that it is possible to achieve it, or else you might as well just not bother to even try!

Jesus Christ, while teaching His disciples, told them “All things are possible to him who believes!”

Is it possible for you to be the wealthiest man in your country? The answer is, ALL things are possible to him who believes! Do you believe it? If you do, then it is definitely possible!

In 1906, Simon Newcomb, a professor of mathematics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, a leading authority in the search a flying machine, declared that “The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which man shall fly long distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration of any physical fact to be.” Two months after this declaration, the Wright brothers made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, demonstrating once and for all that “impossible” is always just an opinion!

Below are carefully selected quotes I have compiled from some of the greatest sages in history. Read these quotes carefully and digest their essence!

  • “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles R. Swindoll
  • “It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.” – Jonathan Winters
  • “The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.” – Fridtjof Nansen
  • “By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward.” – Mikhail Bakunin
  • “To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.” – Tom Robbins
  • “The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke
  • “Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein
  • “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
  • “I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.” – Michael Phelps
  • “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” – Louis D. Brandeis
  • “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” – Alexander the Great
  • “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck

Burn all the retreat boats at once – or go home! Every now and then, we all need to evaluate our lives and fish out the retreat boats which are hindering us from achieving the things we desire to achieve. Once these boats are identified, they must be burnt at once. Leaving these retreat routes open often hinder us from the progress we desperately seek.

A man may desperately desire to make his marriage work, however, because he still keeps extra marital affairs, his resolve to make his marriage with his legitimate spouse work will be hindered. In this instance, all extra marital affairs are escape routes that must be burnt. If these boats are burnt and done with at once, his mind will be free to focus on making his marriage work. A half-hearted resolve is almost always destined fail!

For some people, their present jobs are the retreat boats which must be burnt at once! If you desire a better and more fulfilling job, often, the only way to get that better job is by letting go of your current job. A cup that is full cannot be filled any further. For a cup to receive new and fresh content, the current content must be thrown out. The cup must be emptied. Empty your cup of the content you do not like. You are taking the right step. You are burning the escape boats of your life. This is often a necessary step towards your desired progress and success.

For some, they may find it necessary to withdraw from certain substances which they frequently abuse. Many people use substances such as beer and other drugs to temporarily ease their minds and escape reality. However, that is only temporal. Those substances are retreat boats luring us aware from the lives of fulfilment and success we hope for. Once such substances are identified as escape boats, we must emulate the great generals and military strategist above. Like Hernán Cortés, we must burn these escape boats and forge on with single-mindedness to victory.

Conclusion

In the Fast Company (August 2000), the entrepreneur Troy Tyler said “Strategy is all about commitment. If what you’re doing isn’t irrevocable, then you don’t have a strategy – because anyone can do it. That’s why burning the boats is so important. I’ve always wanted to treat life like I was an invading army and there was no turning back.”

All great military strategists, business gurus and life coaches place great importance on burning your boats and cutting-off all escape routes. If you desire to achieve something great, you must do likewise! I wish you the best in your pursuit of greatness!

Online Book Searches Courtesy of Google and Microsoft

Source by June Campbell

Our two Internet biggies, Google and Microsoft, are duking it out in the book-search arena, with Microsoft’s new Live Search Books tool competing with Google’s more established Book Search .

In December 2006, Microsoft launched Live Search Books, which is still in beta testing. At launch, Live Search Books included content from the British Library, the University of Colorado and the University of Toronto, with other additions planned for later. Microsoft does not include copyright-protected materials within its data. All books are either in the public domain, or the publisher has given permission to include specific content. In time, Microsoft intends to incorporate book contents within its regular search engine.

Google’s Book Search is a component of the highly controversial Library Project–in which the multibillion-dollar corporation intends to digitize the world’s books, all in the name of public good, of course. The Association of American Publishers and the Author’s Guild object strongly to this plan, as does anyone else who sees a problem with one corporation controlling the world’s written information. Amid much debate and discussion of our admittedly murky copyright laws, Google eventually stated it would make only versions of public domain books online, while serving only “snippets” of copyrighted text. The debate continues.

Legal minds will sort this out as time passes. In the meantime, let’s see what the two Book Search tools have to offer the everyday user.

Microsoft Book Search

A visit to the Microsoft tool proves fruitful. Taking lessons from the Great Google, Microsoft has provided a clear, simple-to-use site with little to distract us.

To test it out, I tried to remember an exact quote from a book. I came up with, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times,” written by a fellow named Dickens. Running the search without quotes produced a number of unrelated results, but when I added quotes, sure enough, A Tale of Two Cities turned up immediately. Since the book is in the public domain, you can download the entire 498-page book in PDF format. What you’re doing to do with a 498-page PDF file is another topic.

Let’s see what we get with something that isn’t in the public domain. Fishing Steven King’s new offering, Lisey’s Story , out of the pile under my bed, I entered the first line of the book, “To the public eye, the spouses of well-known writers are all but invisible.” Nothing. Nada. Entering the title of the first chapter had similar results. Entering simply “Lisey” turned up various hits, but none pertaining to King’s new book.

Moving on, I tried searching for the first line of Joe Vitale’s Hypnotic Marketing . This time I got a hit. The book showed up, and by signing into one of my Microsoft accounts, I was able to search through the book, using key terms. But here I encountered something interesting. The publisher has decreed that only 58 pages of the book can be accessed. Although I didn’t scroll through 58 pages to see what would happen when I reached zero, I have faith that I would not have accessed any additional pages.

I like this feature. True, a search of an online library catalogue will turn up some information about the book in question, but it usually doesn’t allow you to peruse a number of pages in those books. This is great for those times when you can’t remember whether you’ve actually read a book, or just read a lot about a book. That happens to me a lot.

Next, I tried a keyword search to see what would turn up by topic. “Law of attraction” turned up plenty of hits–some pertaining to the Law of Attraction, and others related to various other subjects.

But what about those times when you remember the topic or a key term from a book, but you can’t remember the name of the book it appeared in? Can Live Book Search help? I searched for the term “Kunte Kinte,” hoping to discover the title of the best-selling book that had described Kinte’s life. I remembered the author and the storyline, but darned if I could remember the title of the book. Bingo! The very first hit was for another book that mentioned Kunte Kinte in the blurb, and referenced the TV mini-series, Roots . I remembered the book was also named Roots , but it did not turn up among Microsoft’s hits.

Google Book Search

Moving on, I decided to duplicate my efforts with Google Book Search. I found the same easy-to-use, uncluttered interface that Google is known for. However, Google also provides Advanced Book Search and Book Search Help -features lacking at Microsoft’s site. An FAQ page, also missing at Microsoft’s site, explains that Google gets its content from participating libraries (listed), and from individual publishers that make their books, or a specified number of pages, available.

My search for the first lines from the public domain book A Tale of Two Cities showed much the same results as Microsoft served. The book appears early in the list of hits, and is available as a downloadable PDF file.

I searched for Lisey’s Story next. This time, I had a hit, but the book isn’t searchable. You can click through to various reviews, search for it at a library, purchase it from a number of online booksellers, or purchase it as an audio file from a company using a sponsored link.

Next, I tried the first line from Hypnotic Marketing : “It’s time to awaken, you are getting sleepier . . . sleepier . . ..” Nothing. The search asked me if I misspelled anything. Next, I ran a search for the title. The book’s not listed, although I did get a few hits for other books written by Joe Vitale, along with a large selection of sponsored links.

Searching for the Law of Attraction, with and without quotes, turned up a few good hits. Google outperformed Microsoft by showing the more pertinent links near the top. As expected, the searchable content varied from book to book, depending on how many pages the author or publisher had authorized.

My search for “Kunte Kinte” turned up 101 references, making it easy to discover that the book title is Roots . I didn’t look through the entire 10 pages, but it doesn’t appear that Google has a Roots listing, either.

So, which is better? My personal vote goes to Microsoft’s search tool, but in actual practice, searchers will probably have to switch back and forth between the two to find specific information. It’s good to have two options instead of one.

Do It! – A Guide to Living Your Dreams

Source by Anne O’Dwyer

The other day I pulled the above book from my bookshelves in order to re-read it. I find whenever I re-read a book after a period of time, I discover something new within its pages. A little gem of an idea I had missed before. I can never throw interesting books out I just buy more book shelves. Neither would I get the same enjoyment reading from a mechanical device, I like the feel of the pages and the book in my hands.

It is an unusual book; on the pack of each page are quotes from influential people on all manner of things. Words of wisdom; you can either contemplate them as you turn the pages or ignore them and press on with the main message of the chapter, if you are eager to discover the road to your dreams.

It is a work book taking you through a series of activities to find your ultimate dream. First you discover your dream, then through the pages you are given techniques for achieving it whatever it might be.

All the distractions that could get in your way are pointed out and how to deal with them. How to deal with fear of the unknown and all the other negative problem areas you could encounter.

Be prepared for some soul-searching and thought-provoking activities as you learn to discover your dream and how you can achieve it. It is a work-book with exercises if you choose to complete them.

If you are serious in achieving your purpose in life and living your dream or finding out what has been delaying you up until now it is an interesting thought-provoking book, which can certainly lead you in the right direction.

Do you have an unfulfilled dream, or many? The book instructs you in discovering which is your main dream and how to tackle it first before moving on the others.

What is your dream? Maybe its like mine, you want to work at home using the internet. This enables me to work almost anywhere with an internet connection, as another of my dreams is to spend winters in a warmer climate. We are off to Spain in a matter of weeks.

Beginning an internet business takes time but a good mentor certainly helps speed up the process. Instead of wallowing in a sea of information you follow a tried and tested path. You also have a supply of excellent products to interest your customers and you get paid whilst you learn the techniques of affiliate marketing. Choose your mentor wisely, sample their products or look on YouTube for videos and a Google search for reviews.

It is possible that your mentor has a community of like-minded followers that you can communicate with as you learn the system. Having a good mentor has been a real help to me.

The book I am reviewing is: “Do It A Guide to Living Your Dreams” by John-Roger and Peter Mc Williams.

Other books you may like to read:

“Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers.

“Ask for the Moon” by Percy Ross

Living with Passion” by Peter L Hirsch

“Thank God it’s Monday” by Charles Cameron and Suzanne Elusor, a book to offer strategies for making life more tolerable whilst you make changes.

“Awaken The Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins.

Developing a Personal Motto For Success

Source by OC Tross

1. Read religious books. The Bible, Koran Torah, and other religious books are excellent sources of selecting a personal motto for success. These books have proven to be an excellent spiritual and even mental source for anyone who is searching for spiritual answers in times of calamity and trials in life! Religious books are filled with themes such as: faith, love, peace, personal joy, contentment, understanding life’s calamities and over-coming personal negative thoughts.

2. Connect to quotes and affirmations. Books that have quotes and affirmations can be a positive tool to shape our way of thinking. It may be our negative thoughts that are keeping us from going forward or individuals projecting a negative vibe towards us. Whatever it is, once it is negative in nature we should try to read books like Another Thought or other related books that will bring about positive thought processes in our lives.

3. Add positive words to your vocabulary. Every time you speak, let your words and thoughts be positive. Your words as well as your actions are vital elements to this positive experience. Avoid talking down to your peers and don’t encourage anyone to put you down; you can foster negative comments made to you by others simply by you allowing it. The positive words your speak will eventually bear fruits of inner contentment and personal joy!

4. Write your own motto for success. Like the little train who said “I think, I can!” You will truly believe every word you have written. The little train’s words were his personal moto and he believed that he truly can make it! Begin with a simple phrase and slowly add to it. Let it be your personal mantra. LIVE BY IT. Believe in the words you have written and success will be yours.

5. Apply your personal motto to your life. Don’t second guess yourself. The written word and the spoken word are combined to make your life a total success! Life has many paths that are paved with failures, calamities, successes and victories. Your personal motto is your road map to your success in your life. Apply your motto with a sense of understanding life’s paved paths and where you are presently placed. Your written motto should be placed prominently in your home, office, car, etc. Most importantly, place it in your heart and you will achieve everything you desire. Don’t procrastinate act NOW! Begin your personal journey to success today by simply writing your motto.

Anyone can develop their own personal motto for success. This is a personal exercise which usually brings great satisfaction. Your motto should define your personal goals and purpose for life. keep it simple and personal. This a personal endeavor that will bring success, joy and inner contentment.

"Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" by Lucille O’Neal – Book Review

Source by Sarah Ann E

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go is an autobiography written by NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal’s mother, Lucille O’Neal. The book details Lucille’s hardships through life from becoming a teenage mother to conquering alcoholism, and dealing with her son’s rising fame; all the while relying on motivation and faith to help her. Lucille also introduces the term “mental welfare”, which she uses to help describe her mental health condition as it progresses over the years.

Overall, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go feels incredibly short in length, and I would have liked more specifics on how push comes to shove in terms of motivation and also how God plays His role. Lucille tells us about the EVENTS that lead to her life rejuvenation, but she goes into even less detail about her thoughts and feelings. Lucille quotes scripture throughout the book and we read a timeline of her life, but again, more bulk behind what drives her to do certain things would make the book infinitely more motivating.

I didn’t find Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go incredibly memorable and I found it to be very similar to other autobiographies written by celebrities. I recommend this book to fans of Shaquille O’Neal and to mothers of well-known media icons or celebrities.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Success and Failure – Two Sides of a Coin

Source by Meha Suthar

Each one of us wants to live more fulfilling and happy life. Most often, we read many articles, books and quotes explaining the recipe to become successful. Although the words incorporated in them are so motivating most of the times, they fail in making any impact on our lives. Moreover, why it is so? The answer to this question is another question. Yes, do we really observe the depth of the words? No, what we do is we just scan another bunch of words seeking for success.

One such quote I came across says, “If you really want to succeed in life, form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”we cannot judge any person by merely looking at him. However, we daily come across three types of people in our life. The one who are satisfied and famous, second who are unsatisfied and deprived and the third, who try to do something new every day, fails in achieving it by end of the day and then make a try again in a different way. What will you rate these three type of persons? Let me guess, the first one is a successful person and other two are failures. Here it is where we make a big mistake.

  • People who are preserving their possessions by the fear of losing it and showing that they are thoroughly satisfied and enjoying life are failure.
  • In addition, the persons who see the past, have excuses and wishes but do not have guts to make it happen are the failures.

Here is where we find the answer to the quote above. The only thing, which failures do not like to do, is to make a TRY. Trials play the flip part of the coin, the coin of life. Trials may be tragedy or triumphs, but one good thing you can assure about it is, you will learn something from it, if it works, be happy and keep going with your experience because, triumphs don’t come without efforts; and if it don’t then stop yourself from repeating the same mistake, try to analyze where you’re going wrong.

Most successful people have never searched for success actually, in fact, they are the busiest people around us because they just did things, which they loved to do and believed that they can do, and in doing so, they made many mistakes and came across many failures. However, the only different thing they did from others was, they tried to learn from their mistakes and avoided repeating it. That is the best quality of a successful person.

If you want to be successful, you need to learn how to turn your negatives into positive.

  • Your failures are the opportunity to begin again. You may find many obstacles that will set you back and disappoint you but, you need to overcome it and move on.
  • You need to keep your eye on what you want and not the other way round. Failures are just the events and never a person, until he quits or give up, you need to persist your aim until you have satisfaction of doing your job well and you attain your ultimate objective.

CONCLUSION:

Believe in your potential, try to do things in a different way, don’t fear of making mistakes, increase your failure rate learn from them and keep going because success and failure are two sides of a coin. Always remember: Every success story is also a story of great failures.

MLM Success – Is Your Content Valuable, or a Waste of Web Space?

Source by David L. Feinstein

If you’re looking to create MLM success, which I know you are… then there’s one thing that you better make sure of.

That one thing is that you’re putting out great content.

Now what do I mean when I say great content? You see there’s only one secret to great content and that’s that the content is valuable. When content is valuable it simply means that your readers will be able to use that content and make some sort of use of it.

If your MLM success is dependent on you having valuable content, what are some of the ways that you can ensure that your content is usable by your readers.

Here are 3 Ways to Create MLM Success by Making Your Content Valuable and Usable

First… Give Tips That Are Immediately Useful – If you give your readers a tip that they can use today, to see some success, then they’re going to look at you as someone that they want to know more about and work with.

Of course, this assumes that you’re marketing to people who are already in the home business arena. This is a huge way to bring some heavy hitters into your downline, simply by showing them that you too are serious and know what you’re talking about.

This also brings the people who are looking for mentorship into your downline. These are the people who have put their faith in another sponsor with another business with high hopes, only to find out that this sponsor knew little more than they did about creating MLM success for themselves.

So, putting out great content that people can use pronto will grab these people and have then knocking down your door to join you and your business opportunity.

Second… Be Inspiring – Creating inspiration will go a long way in creating raving fans that want to work with you. This is because we’re all dying to be inspired. We read books that inspire us, we buy posters with inspiring quotes, we watch inspiring movies over and over again, basically we’ll walk over hot coals for inspiration.

If you’re the one providing that inspiration then you’re going to win a lot of friends and well… influence a lot of people to steal the title of the great book.

Inspiring people means giving them a kick in the pants to get them to act. Helping them see the reasons and the ways to reach their goals, and achieve their dreams. When they’re inspired they’ll be looking for your mentorship to get them closer and closer… and in the situation of MLM success, or home business success this means very likely joining your MLM business opportunity.

Third… Be Entertaining – Sure, people want inspiration and they want great tips, but what they also really want is to be entertained. The proof is simply looking at movie sales, music sales, sports stadium seating, concert halls, Broadway, and television. People want to be entertained, and so if you can provide that entertainment along with the two points above, then you’ve got yourself a heck of a captivated audience.

This means an audience captivated by your voice.

So, as you can see, creating MLM success isn’t that difficult as long as you’re creating valuable content that people flock to… and now you know exactly how to do that.