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14 Pieces Of Advice From A Farmer…

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A few weeks ago I got an email from my uncle with some advice from a farmer – a number of them are very sound advice:

    • Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
    • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
    • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
    • Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
    • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
    • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
    • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
    • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
    • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
    • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
    • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
    • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
    • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
    • Always drink upstream from the herd.

Which one:

  • Made you stop and think?
  • Made you chuckle?
  • Will you listen too?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Came Close To Crying… What About You?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I hope everyone takes 2:41 seconds and watches this video. I PROMISE this is not only a feel good story, but it will brighten your day – at least it did for me. With so MUCH that is wrong in the world and in sports, this is something that is VERY right!

Sportsmanship at its best!

    • For those of you who trusted me and took the 2:41 out of your busy day, I would love to know how this made you feel.

I truly look forward to reading your comments and feeling your emotion.

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Time To Take A Really Fun Quiz On Acronyms – I Promise You Will Learn Something!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Most of us have heard acronyms over and over and know what they mean, but the real question – and it will be a fun one – do you know what they stand for?

Today’s quiz will involve 14 common acronyms that you have heard over and over again.

Do you know what they stand for?

You will be on the honor system. All you need to do is say yes or no that you know what it is.

What I’m asking you to do is look at the acronym, take 5 or so seconds, and say yes or no to “I know what it stands for.”

I promise this will be fun and you will learn something for sure!

Good luck and who knows, we may even give out a prize! And yes, the quiz will be timed so please don’t use Google to help.

Click here to take the quiz.

Thanks for playing. We will post the correct answers on Friday, April 19.

I Was Surprised To See This Finding In The Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

A few weeks ago I was reading the Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report and came across a finding that I thought was not only interesting but surprising.

Blogs Outrank Social Networks for Consumer Influence: New Research

The report that came out March 6 stated that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase.” In fact, blogs rank favorably with consumers for trust, popularity and even influence.

The report found that blogs are now the third most influential digital resource (31%) when making overall purchases, behind retail sites (56%) and brand sites (34%).

I must admit I thought Facebook & Pinterest would certainly be higher than a blog. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

  • What do you think?
  • Were you surprised by this finding?
  • I have been writing a blog for 6 ½ years. What purchases has the blog influenced for you?
  • Why are blogs so influential?
  • What influences you the most when you make a purchase?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Think This Is A Great Idea – Can’t Wait To Buy This…

Monday, March 18th, 2013

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am sure most of us go out and buy breakfast sandwiches. I know I do especially when I am traveling. Well, check out Hamilton Beach’s Breakfast Sandwich Maker!

The Breakfast Sandwich maker makes multi-tasking a priority. The tower of chow cooks your egg in one compartment on the top, warms a slice of pre-cooked meat in the middle, and warms your cheese and other assorted fillings in a spot of the bottom – all between two English muffins for easy removal and in less than 5 minutes!

This new cooking experience goes on the market later this month for $30!

I am in! I think this is a great idea and can’t wait to use this for the entire family.

  • What do you think?
  • Are you as excited as I am?
  • If I was selling them would you buy one?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Why Aren’t TV Models Showing…

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A few months ago I was on a treadmill and watched an episode of the Price is Right.  I always loved the show back in the day but haven’t watched it in a very long time. I must admit I was surprised and excited to see a pregnant model. I thought it was great that the show included a woman who was pregnant and had her in the same color and style of dress with a little higher neckline.

I don’t ever recall seeing a pregnant model on a show where there were models – maybe I just missed that??

Of course it gave me a moment to pause and wonder why we haven’t seen models with visible tattoos. Clearly, tattoos are very common in today’s society and have been for a while, but why don’t we have TV shows that show that?  Why doesn’t the show Deal or No Deal which has 26 models have a model or two that shows a tattoo? A tattoo on their arm/leg – isn’t that the norm now?

I think they should and seeing a model that was pregnant got me thinking about it.

  • Why don’t shows allow models to show tattoos?
  • What are your thoughts?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Well I Did It – Thanks Marriott!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

As many of the readers know I am brand loyal and one of those brands happens to be Marriott hotels. Well, last month I hit a milestone that I probably never thought as a young business person I would ever do.

I am now PLATINUM ELITE LIFETIME!

I just got the cards and finally exceeded the milestone which means I have either stayed in a Marriott hotel over 1000 nights or have amassed over 2 million in points.

Thanks Marriott for everything you do, the service you provide, your consistency and for recently purchasing the Gaylord Hotels brand as well – I am excited to stay in those properties this summer!

  • Have you reached any lifetime status with airlines, hotels or car rentals?
  • Do you try and keep your travel to one brand to maximize the awards?
  • What is your favorite perk you get from one of these brands?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Researchers: Google Surveys, FRIEND OR FOE?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Attention Researchers: Google Surveys, FRIEND OR FOE?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Let the debate begin!

Time To Discuss Your First Entrepreneurial Experience As A Kid

Friday, March 8th, 2013

You are 10 or 12 years old and after having another discussion with your parents asking (actually begging) them to give you money for candy, baseball cards or some other unimportant purchase, you finally have a brilliant idea and say, “I don’t need your money – I will make my own.” Low and behold, you did it.

    • My question is, “What did you do?”
    • What was your first entrepreneurial experience as a kid?
    • How much money did you make?
    • What did you use the money for?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Please Read This Announcement And Let Me Know What You Think…

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Last week it was announced that Founder Andrew Mason is out as CEO of Groupon and will be replaced by Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and board member Ted Leonsis.

Here is Andrew’s last company message:

People of Groupon,

After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today. If you’re wondering why … you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.

You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company — it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.

For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be — I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.

If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: Have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness — don’t waste the opportunity!
I will miss you terribly.

Love,

Andrew

I must say I love Andrew’s message for a few reasons:

  • He is being accountable  – all roads lead to him and the numbers weren’t what they needed to be.
  • He is leaving with class – wishing the team well and NOT bashing anyone on the way out (like most do).
  • He is showing a little humor during a very difficult time of his life.

What do you think of his message?

I look forward to reading your comments.