Friday, June 19, 2015

Can We Stop Gossip?

Gossip spreads like a disease but can it be stopped? To answer this, I'll go religious on you for this blog. Are you ready? Here it goes...

Jesus is said to have lived a life without committing any Sins and yet we crucified him. If we can crucify someone who never did anything wrong - then how can we possibly expect to stop gossip?

Those that are in the spotlight, achieving or in the pursuit of a worthwhile goal, will get their fair share of gossip. Why? For some, it's jealousy and for others it's fear. When you're out there succeeding, it makes some people uncomfortable because you're proving to them that succeeding is possible - often they made themselves believe that it isn't.

We can't stop gossip, we can only ignore it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When to Quit...


“A leader quits on ideas, not on himself.” -unknown

A leader must have resilience or a "I'm not going to quit no matter what" attitude but there are times when nothing else can be done and we have to move to something else.
After all, it would be quite difficult to be in a business of making Vinyl disk, VHS players or cameras that aren't digital when the market for them is no longer relevant.

Sometimes, “quitting” decisions, on certain projects/products, have to be made for the sake of a better future. Ask yourself “If I put wood in this fire, will it be bigger in the future?” if the answer is no, then start another fire somewhere else.

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Revision Wednesday
Blog post originally created on June 24, 2015 and can be found here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Here We Go Again

"We've grown apart" excuse for a break-up has been overused. Are we actually looking to be in a relationship with someone who won't change? Or are we expecting that we won't change?

We change every day and if we don't learn to be at peace with those changes then how can we expect to have successful relationships?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hard Work

"You will never make everyone happy, but you must start by making yourself happy with your efforts. If you are not happy, then it is no surprise that others are not."
-Chris Brady

Hard work gives us confidence in our ability to perform and in ourselves in general. It also gives us peace of mind when it comes to job security. After all, who would get rid of someone who performs on par or above the call of duty?

If you want to be proud of yourself, find ways to do more for your employer or in everything else you do.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Relying on Habits

"There is a theory of human behavior that says people subconsciously retard their own intellectual growth. They come to rely on clich├ęs and habits. Once they reach the age of their own personal comfort with the world, they stop learning and their mind runs on idle for the rest of their days. They may progress organizationally, they may be ambitious and eager, and they may even work night and day. But they learn no more. The bigoted, the narrow-minded, the stubborn, and the perpetually optimistic, have all stopped learning." -Philip Crosby

A habit requires less energy from the body than learning something new - which is why we have so many of them. We should still be actively learning new things rather than relying on the things we've grown accustomed to.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Being Attractive

"Exterior beauty, without the depth of a kind soul is merely decoration."
-Vanessa Quintero

Being attractive alone isn't enough to determine whether or not you'll be successful in a relationship - you also need an attractive heart. Who you are matters more than how you look and since we loose some of that physical appeal as we age ... what will be left of you if all you had was an attractive physical appearance?

"But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
- 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)

Being our best is much more difficult than looking our best since it requires us to think. Reading, meditation and being humble are all steps required for us to become our best self.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Temptation

Temptation comes in many different forms and It promises nothing more than pleasure. Pleasure doesn’t bring happiness; only an increasing desire for more pleasures.
It’s a vicious cycle that, once in, is hard to get rid of. We instinctively know when we’re being tempted by something. Identifying those things isn’t a problem, it’s just a matter of not succumbing to it.

In a relationship, pleasures can be a disease slowly eating away the connection you both share. It's important for us to identify our temptation sources and stay away from them.

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Revision Wednesday
Blog post originally created on September 14, 2011 and can be found here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

To Forget

Knowledge is fleeting - it only stays for as long as it needs to.

Forgetting is neither good nor bad since it helps clear the mind of bad memories we might have (if we let it) - allowing us to better enjoy the present.

Forgiveness is the act of forgetting the hurt someone did to us and I sometime hear people say "I forgave but will never forget" but forgiving without forgetting isn't really forgetting at all. It's merely saying words to ease someone else's conscience without letting that person off the hook.

Forget the negative things that are holding you back.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sharing Blog Post On Facebook With Blogger – Detailed Steps

I've struggled with this for the longest time and finally figured it out! Bellow are detailed steps on how you can take your blogger post to Facebook.

Step 1: Add the Facebook share button on your blog post by editing the Blog Post Layout (assuming you haven't done so already).


Step 2: Go to Settings/Search Preferences and click on the edit link next to the Description label under the Meta Tags section.


Step 3: Create a new post, click on the newly added "Search Description" section and fill it out with the snippet you want Facebook to see. You can also include a link image in here by using the same link that's generated by blogger when importing an image.


Step 4: Post your blog and wait a few seconds then click on the Facebook share button to see how it will be shown. You can update it if need be and do note that it always takes Facebook a few seconds to detect the changes.


Tips:
You can also use this tool to help troubleshoot your post https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object/

Voila! Hope this helps :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

SEO - Not The Only Thing

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is always a big focus for a company's website. Everybody wants to be on the first page on Google but is it still the main thing? Absolutely not! Today, reviews are just as important as SEO.

"The customer experience is the next competitive battleground." - Jerry Gregoire

Think about this for a second; you do a search for "X" product and your company is shown first on Google but the company's reviews are mostly negative. Would you want to do business with a company with mostly negative reviews?
SEO alone is not enough to make a company's website stand out anymore - it also needs outstanding reviews.

The next time your web designer ask if you want to invest in SEO tell him "Of course!" but then go straight back to the meeting room to figure out to best serve your customers.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Social or Unsocial Media?

"Happiness is best predicted by the breath and depth of one's social connections." -Robert Putnam

Those who feel this isn't true probably don't have many close relationships. Social media doesn't bring people closer together, it drives them further apart.
Some people spend more time in-front of a screen than in-front of other people and, when they do get together, they spend their time texting other people instead of being attentive to the person next to them.

This is a problem since the only way to build anything great is with the help of a community and the only way to have a community is to have people around other people.

Lets meet old friends and not bring our screen devices with us.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Understanding Impulses help with Finances

“An impulse is a wish or urge, particularly a sudden one. It can be considered as a normal and fundamental part of human thought processes, but also one that can become problematic, as in a condition like obsessive-compulsive disorder.”
-Wikipedia.org

An impulse buy is brain washing ourselves into thinking that we need the item. It's to the point that we think it'll be the source of our ultimate happiness. We know we did an impulse buy when the feeling goes away as soon as we purchased the item.

Advertisements are designed to create such feelings in us, while it’s impossible to block all ads from entering our mind, we should minimize our exposure to them to better control our emotional impulses towards items we really don't need.

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Revision Wednesday
Blog post originally created on November 8, 2012 and can be found here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In The Dark

"To become a leader worth following you must give time and attention to the inner man. To leave a Legacy that goes beyond accomplishment alone, a leader must devote himself to matters of the heart." -Andy Stanley

A leader is someone who leads by example but is your example worth following? Are you a the leader in your field but doing dishonest things when nobody is looking?

The name of those who had a weakness of the heart no longer only comes with their field of expertise. If we think about Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong - we all think about how great they were in their respective fields ... but also what happened to them at the height of their careers.

What you do in the shadows will eventually be brought to light. Let's be good people even when nobody's looking.

Monday, June 1, 2015

We're Getting Old!

"Wisdom is the one thing that makes growing old worth it."-Jiraiya

Age slows us down both mentally and physically but we learn to do things more effectively - requiring less energy in the process.

"In youth we learn; in age we understand." -Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

We seem to think that we've reached the height of our knowledge during our teen years only to realize again that we know next to nothing once we hit our mid twenties. Only then do we ever realize how smart our parents were and we should of listened to them more.

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