It sounds like a simple question. The reason I ask this particular question is because a lot of people just don’t think about this and when they think they know what they do, their actions often say they do something else. For example, many people in the Internet marketing industry have products that don’t relate…

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The last few weeks I’ve shared the importance of turning your wishes into wants and being willing to do the hard things in order to succeed. Well, there’s a saying that goes like this: “the proof is in the pudding.” I prefer to say, “the proof is in the performance.” Talk is cheap. You can…

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Creativity is something we all use on a daily basis in one form or another. Successful people know how important creativity is. There are some simple thing you can do to jog your creativity such as looking at other people’s solutions, ideas or things that other people have created. We critique before we admire. This…

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Creativity is something we all use to one degree or an- other. Some people use it more some less, but nonetheless, creativity is an important part we need to harness to become more successful in our lives. The question is, how do you increase your creativity? I’m going to tell you something that you’ve probably…

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A few years ago I looked over and realized that my unread message count had reached 56,000 emails. Yes, your read that correctly…and that was just the unread messages frank deardurff If you are like many professionals you run into this problem where your inbox grows and grows faster than you can keep up with…

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Seven ways to use a Virtual Assistant you may never have thought of. rhea perry Set appointments. Why waste time playing phone tag when your virtual assistant can manage your calendar by scheduling all your appointments and setting up your webinars? When someone asks to meet with you, just forward their email to your VA.…

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If you are new to product development it may be helpful to have an easy to follow blueprint to get started with. Jeanette cates Here’s A Step By Step Guide To Your First Product 1. Decide on the topic for your product. It’s probably something you wish you had had when you first started in…

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“Let’s just face it—we are busier than we have ever been. Stats show that business is up 15% and leisure time is down 30% and, in my personal opinion, that is not good.” Frank Deardurff In this fast paced lifestyle that most of us live these days, it’s always go, go, go. Eating on the…

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Have you ever taken a cruise? If so, you recognize that feeling of a BIG ocean with a small ocean liner on it. Yes, that cruise ship sounded large when you booked your trip. But now that you’re on the open seas you recognize the immense space you’re a part of. That same feeling of…

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Educate Yourself on Your Business Purchases And Utilizing Them TO Your Advantage. I was recently working on a woodworking project that  I  like to do for fun in my spare time. (Yes shocking, as it may seem, I do find that from time to time.) I realized that I needed some replacement blades and staples…

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Ah, the glamorous life of the entrepreneur. The entire business day is a constant battle for your attention, especially if you’re a “solopreneur” or have a small staff. You likely have to wear a dizzying number of “hats” including sales, marketing, finance, customer service—maybe even counselor or referee when it comes to keeping your team…

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It’s that time of year. Kids are out of school. Or, you ma have weddings or graduations to attend or a great vacation planned. With us just recently celebrating Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, there are a lot of people going on or at least planning their summer vacation. For most entrepreneurs,…

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There is no argument that we are more productive when we are well rested. The simple fact is…when you are tired you make mistakes.  And when you make mistakes it A-makes you look bad and B-makes you have to go back and spend time on something twice… when you could be moving on to the…

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A Time  Drain  is  something that takes more time than it should. It’s often a task that started small, but continued to expand. Now you’ve just accepted it as part of your everyday routine. If you’ve ever heard yourself say “it’s just too much!” then you understand the importance of identifying and eliminating time drains…

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Your Plan for Business Success When I decided to come online in 2006 it was so that I could leave my job as a classroom teacher and real estate broker/appraiser and work exclusively from home. I had no clue what I could do to serve others and build a business around, but I was willing…

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All of my sales letters were written the same way until I thought it through and challenged what has always been done. armand morin At one point, most business owners will fall into the same trap. What trap am I referring too? The trap of falling into a routine and doing the same thing over…

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It might sound elementary, but by golly, no matter how accomplished and competent you are, if you skip the basics, you won’t get the results you want. Jim Edwards I had a meeting last week with one of my close business partners. We outlined a new course we want to offer, who we wanted to…

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With Internet Marketing your business is located where ever you currently are. You need to be ready to conduct it as if you were in your office. george callens I’m sure you’ve heard Armand talk about the quality of his recordings. He credits this to: A good microphone Good processing  software Reduction of noise around…

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As I work with clients to discover the low payoff activities performed by their team and the best ways to reallocate that wasted time to high payoff activities, I’ve uncovered a critical gap that needs to be addressed to increase revenue and decrease costs in order to drive more profit. Most clients do not know…

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How To Be Productive, Profitable & Happy Have you ever noticed that over the years, you tend to do pretty much the same things? What I mean is, if you’re a reader you remain one, if you’re a writer you tend to write, if you’re a procrastinator you tend to keep procrastinating, and so forth.…

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“Most of us have heard the saying, we eat an elephant one bite at a time. But we still grapple over the question. How big a bite is too big?” Lynette Chandler t is no secret. I love making web apps. Particularly the large, complex projects. They taught me the invaluable lesson of doing things…

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Don’t waste time on the decisions that should be simple. Don’t get caught up second-guessing yourself when you know what the right answer is. Make the easy decisions quickly and move on. Trust your gut. Your instincts are sharper than you give them credit for. I know it may seem difficult to go with your…

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1. Establish “Do Not Disturb” Cues My children are my biggest distractions. Good thing I can close my office door. They know that a closed door means do not disturb, and they should be quiet. I do this only for a few hours on some days, not all days. This lets me work in bursts,…

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Why The Humble Bookmark Can Be Your Greatest Productivity Tool In a survey conducted by SearchYourCloud, 1/3 of us spend 5-25 minutes searching for a document every time we need one. To make that worse, only one in five “searches” is correct the first time. Part of it has to do with the way you…

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In a previous issue of Traces, I introduced the idea of backing up important but often overlooked things in your business. These are items like your email lists, saved information, and customer data. This issue, let’s talk about how to perform some of these backups. Before going further, throw out the idea that you need…

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The timer will force you to be efficient, to keep your responses short, and to respond only to e-mails worthy of a response This one is going to be hard to swallow, perhaps I could give you the answer in one short sentence. In fact, I will. But I don’t feel I can do it…

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Ridiculous! Who in their right mind wants to win  by only a hair’s breadth? Most of us look forward to massive wins that leave our competitors in the dust. I get it, but if you would give me a moment, I’ll explain how tiny margins can become those colossal wins we all seek. Let me…

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Every day I work on multiple project—each with multiple facets. I need to know what must be done, the order I need to do it, what I need to accomplish it and what’s already been done. Making a simple list helps me keep track of all of this. The idea of making lists and how…

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This article is all about maximizing your marketing results… while minimizing the stress for you, your team (and for your audience). This is what I call the “perfect marketing plan”. If you’re committed to your marketing and you’re still not getting the results you want, it’s likely you’re trying to do too much. When you…

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You can throw anything at me, and I will be able to repeat the process back to you, the steps and the correct order of how it needs to be done. armand morin Everything Is Possible Once you start internalizing the “Success leaves Traces” process to the point that it becomes natural to you, you’ll…

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