Herbs have been used since the beginning of humanity because of their effective therapeutic value, and the World Health Organization estimates more than eighty percent of the world’s population still use herbal medicine as a primary source of healing. What was once a practice based on empirical observation has in the last century transformed into a sharp-edged double-blind placebo-based paradigm accepted by the scientific community. As a result, two things… Read More
Last year we decided to move from Long Island, NY to Apex. Like many Northeasteners, we wanted to escape the high taxes, congestion and cold Winters. We wanted to give our family a better life. We had been looking to move to North carolina for over two years.
My wifes cousin moved to Cary ten years ago and we planned a trip to visit and see what it was like down here. After that trip, we gave a lot of though and consideration to move there. We decided to do some research and make a… Read More
Have you ever felt really bad about something, and promised yourself that it will never happen again? We often feel guilty about things, even when the circumstances leading to the fact are out of our sphere of control, or others – because of their own scales of judgment – accuse us of having done something wrong.
Guilt is often used to control others' behavior. At its core guilt is a natural instinctive guidance system to help us discern right from wrong, but this has… Read More
Products and services do not exist because a business created them; they exist because those products or services fulfill a need that the public has.
Look at it this way; Black and Decker does not sell drills because people need drills. They sell drills because people need holes. Any firm that can create a product that will make a more accurate, cleaner and faster hole at a reasonable price without a drill… Read More
I take things for granted. Most of us do, to some extent. I thought about this last night, as I sat at the kitchen table at ten o’ clock at night, helping my oldest son with a school assignment.
Now, my son Stephen is a very good kid – sweet, compassionate, and always happy – but he has a maddening quality: he is a procrastinator. If he has a project due, it is left for the last hour of the last day before it is due, leading, of course, to a mad dash and panic to get it done on time.… Read More
“This is the beginning of a New Day. I am given this day to use as I will. I can waste it or grow in its light and be of service to others. But what I do with this day is important because I have exchanged a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. I hope I will not regret the price I paid for it.” ~ Author unknown
Let’s imagine that at the beginning of our lives someone gave us a limited amount of money – a dollar bill for each day we are alive - and… Read More
Originally facebook was considered a 'walled garden'. Information was largely restricted to those you had 'friended'. Although for many this was a good thing, I personally felt that twitter had an advantage over facebook in that it allowed me to discover new people and make new friends that I never could have connected with via facebook (because I didn't even know that they…
Our world is going through a hard shift. On that, I believe, everyone is likely to agree. Not only does it seem that our planet is being traumatized by increasingly frequent disasters, but also the people inhabiting it are struggling to just make it to the next day. All one has to do is open any newspaper, or listen to any random newscast – crime is on the rise, the economy is at its lowest since the depression of ’29, and tension is growing in many parts of the world. It is not uncommon to… Read More
A Virtual Assistant (or VA for short) is a qualified individual who will handle the mundane administrative, marketing, clerical, bookkeeping, payroll, website, SEO or social media tasks for your business on a contract basis. The VA is not on the premises of your office, hence the term "virtual".
Here are some of the many benefits of hiring a VA:
I was talking with Will Turner one day and he told me about a recent survey where 50% of respondents said they would choose a different career if they were able to start all over again. Why is it that so many people are going through the motions with a job or career that doesn’t excite them? For most, the thought of having a job that they love seems like an unattainable goal. It’s called “work” for a reason, right? Can you really make money doing what you love to do?
I spent last weekend at the beach (also known as the “shore” to some from other regions) in South Carolina. It was a wonderful weekend and the weather was perfect. The resort I was staying at had lots of children and watching them couldn’t help but make you happy.
When kids are happy they sing to you, they sing to their friends, they sing to anyone that will listen, even the squirrels and birds were receiving melodies from the kids. Another thing that made me smile were all…
“The pleasure of expecting enjoyment is often greater than that of obtaining it, and the completion of almost every wish is found a disappointment.” ~ Samuel Johnson
As we were driving home last night, my son raised his eyes to the lottery billboard and whistled when he saw the staggering jackpot amount. “How much money do you think that is, Mom?” he asked with childlike curiosity. “Too much”, I replied. “Yes,” Michael interjected, “after winning a sum like that, one is… Read More
I've been in sales all of my adult life and, as a realist, I know we sales "professionals" quite often forget the basics of hunting for new customers. Why hunt for new customers? a) Some of us sell a product that is a one-time purchase. b) Some of our customers go to our competition. c) Depending on what we are selling, our customers may go out of business or die. d) To grow our business.
How do we hunt? Right out of college, I worked for a distributor of office equipment and I went to… Read More