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WHO WILL BE THE NEXT CEO?

Flower Pot

The long time CEO of a large company pulled all of his executives into the conference room and told them he would be retiring within the next year.  He said he wanted one of the executives in the room to take his place and that there would be a competition to decide who would take his place.  He pulled out 11 planting pots full of soil and put one in front of each executive.

“Inside each pot is soil and just one seed.  The challenge is for you to care for it and grow it for the next three months,” the CEO explained.  “Who ever has the healthiest and tallest plant at the end of the time will take my place as CEO of the company that I started 40 years ago.  I wish all of you luck!” Click to Read the Rest of the Story. . .

5 COMPANIES STARTED BY SET-BACKS

COKE

What most people don’t realize is how many successful businesses only happened because of a sudden disaster or crisis in an individuals life. Here  are five global empires that only struck gold because they had no other choice. (Coca Cola, LEGO, Sharp Electronics, Nintendo, and Ferrari)

#5 The Company:  Coca Cola

John Pemberton started his company when he said, “Aha! I’ll take some booze and mix it with cocaine!”

But if it was 1885 and your name was John Pemberton, you were about to become the father of a worldwide beverage empire. Pemberton was a pharmacist living in Columbus, Georgia and to be fair, alcohol laced with cocaine was already a thing (called coca wine).  But a law was enacted that would change his company forever. . .Click to See The 5 companies and the reasons each started …….

JUST A LITTLE MORE MONEY

John D. Rockefeller, an Ohio native, started Standard Oil.  Rockefeller was at one point the world’s richest man and first ever American billionaire.  Considering he was a billionaire in the early 1900’s he is still considered as the richest person in modern history.  When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.”

How much is enough money?  If John Rockefeller always needed a little more will you ever have enough?  And how will you know when you have enough money to make you happy? . . . . . Click Here to Continue Reading Article

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FIRST EVER CELL PHONE CALL

Dr. Martin CooperHave you ever wondered who made the first cell phone call?  Well you don’t have to wonder anymore.  His name is Dr Martin Cooper.  He actually is one of the inventors of the first cell phone.  What is even more interesting as a bit of trivia, he is the first person EVER to make a phone call on a portable device.  STAR WINAR asked Dr. Cooper who the call was made to and he said, “To a friend and colleague Dr. Joel Engal.”

It amazing to think that just 15 years ago cell phone’s were a rare commodity and now cell phone’s are a necessity.  Now that you know who invented the cell phone and who made the first call here is a brief background on the piece of technology that has changed all of our lives.  Click to read more about the inception of cell phones. . .

FACEBOOK FACTS

Founder of Facebook

Here are 29 Facebook Stats you might find musing. . .

1. It has 350 million users: Yes! Facebook has that many users. On average, 50% of its active users log on to Facebook everyday. The fastest growing demographic is the 35 years and older age group.

2. Fans: Everyday, more than 10 million users become fans of Pages.

3. Average number of friends: An average user has 130 friends on Facebook.

4. Time wasted spent: Alright.. more than 6 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide). That is twice as much as the time spent on Google.

5. Status Updates: There are more than 55 million status updates daily.

6. Photos: More than 2.5 billion photos are uploaded to the site each month

Click to Read the Rest of the stats. . .

NOT A BAD PICK FOR THE SUPER BOWL

DREW BREES

Have you ever wondered if what you were doing with your life is actually what your supposed to be doing?  One person that asked himself that same question is playing in the Super Bowl today.  Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, was one of the most celebrated high school quarterbacks in Texas, a state that celebrates high school quarterbacks more than their own children’s birthdays. But Brees blew off the University of Texas to head north to Purdue, where he set just about every school record for passing. He took the Boilermakers to their first Rose Bowl in over three decades, and was named the Academic All-American of the year.

But in the NFL, Brees struggled …. Click Here To Read Rest of Article.

TWO BROTHERS PERSPECTIVES

Twin Brothers

There is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist. “Everything is coming up roses!” he would say. The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins” personalities. “On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure.” The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results. ……..Click To Find Out What Happened

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THEY HEAR BETTER THAN YOU THINK

Little Old Lady

An old lady had a hearing-aid fitted, hidden underneath her hair.

A week later she returned to the doctor for her check-up.

“It’s wonderful – I can hear everything now,” she reported very happily to the doctor.

“And is your family pleased too?” asked the doctor.

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BEHAVE LIKE A GENTLEMAN

Valentine's 2010

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, STAR WINAR, thought it would be appropriate to make a simple post regarding, gentleman.  Ladies, we hope this post makes your decision easier, as you sift through all of your invites and try to decide who to go out with on that special night.  And for those men who already have secured their date’s for that special night – take heed at the following list.  And remember ‘a true gentleman never go out of style.’  So this Valentine’s Day take some notes on these simple steps to act like a gentleman and use them for the rest of your life.  Because heaven for bid please don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your mother proud or cause your grandmother to blush out of embarrassment. (Click Here To Read Full Article)

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ONE HANDED COLLEGE RECRUIT

Kevin Laue

Kevin Laue, 18, was a 6-foot-10-inch college basketball prospect from California who was born with a left arm that ended at the elbow. He had recently enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy, about 50 miles from Richmond, in hopes of being noticed by an Ivy League team, but not for the reason he was most often noticed.

When Laue was born, his mother’s umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck, with his left arm wedged in between. The arm’s circulation was cut off, severely stunting its growth, but doctors said its position had allowed blood to reach the brain.  “I think I got pretty lucky,” Laue said. “My arm saved my life.”

Laue’s parents did not coddle him. They bought him sneakers with laces and pants with buttons. They did not get him a prosthetic arm but they did sign him up for Little League, where he swung a bat like it was a polo mallet.

During awkward moments, or times when children were predictably merciless, Laue resorted to his wit.

When classmates asked why he was missing a chunk of his limb, he said it had been devoured by a shark while he was surfing off the coast of Hawaii.

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HOW TO DETECT A LIAR

Clinton to the American Public

In business, politics and romance, it would be nice to know when we’re being lied to. Unfortunately humans aren’t very good at detecting lies. Our natural tendency is to trust others, and for day-to-day, low-stakes interactions, that makes sense.

But while it would be too much work to analyze every interaction for signs of deception, there are times when we really need to know if we’re getting the straight story. Maybe a crucial negotiation depends on knowing the truth, or we’ve been lied to and want to find out if it’s part of a pattern.

Face to face it’s easier to make our own judgments about whether someone is telling the truth.

That said, police officers and spies use a slew of interrogation tricks that the rest of us can adopt to improve our detection odds. The professionals look and listen for signs of nervousness, and pay close attention to the content of a suspect’s story. Does it contain a lot of detail? Does it stay consistent through repeated tellings?

Want to know 10 ways to find out if your being lied to?  Click to See The 10 Ways To Detect a Liar

WHAT TIME DO YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING?

Wake Up Call

Do you enjoy sleeping in?  Well we researched and found out that 85% of fortune 500 CEO’s wake up before 6 am.  Is that a coincidence?  If you want to maximize your success while achieving the best possible balance in your life, you may want to take a fresh look at what time you wake up and what you do with your time before getting to the office.  Here is a list of what these individuals do when they wake up.

STEVE REINEMUND – (CEO of PepsiCo) Is up at 5:30am down stairs with his organized papers.  He reads the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

RYAN SEACREST – (American Idol Host)  He wakes up at 5:30 am to go running.  “I don’t stay out until 2am which everyone might think.  I’m not 21 anymore I have goals I am trying to accomplish.  A line in a William Blake poem inspired me to think differently about my day: ‘Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.”” Click to Read About Other Influential Early Birds

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10 RULES THAT TURNED INTO $25 BILLION

SAM WALTON

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, grew up poor in a farm community in rural Missouri during the Great Depression. The poverty he experienced while growing up taught him the value of money and to persevere.

After attending the University of Missouri, he immediately worked for J.C. Penny where he got his first taste of retail. He served in World War II, after which he became a successful franchiser of Ben Franklin five-and-dime stores. In 1962, he had the idea of opening bigger stores, sticking to rural areas, keeping costs low and discounting heavily. The management disagreed with his vision. Undaunted, Walton pursued his vision, founded Wal-Mart and started a retailing success story. When Walton died in 1992, the family’s net worth approached $25 billion.

Today, Wal-Mart is the world’s #1 retailer, with more than 4,150 stores, including discount stores, combination discount and grocery stores, and membership-only warehouse stores (Sam’s Club). Learn Walton’s winning formula for business.

Here are his 10 Rules for Running a Successful Business

(Click to Continue to his 10 steps Full Article)

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A ROLLER-COASTER TECH LIFE

Tech Guru

There is a story you may or may not have heard.  It’s about a boy who grew up in California.  He was adopted by a middle class family.  This adopted boy tried college but only lasted for a semester when he decided he would drop out.

It was in 1976 when this entrepreneur started his first company.  In 1984 the board of directors of this company decided to relieve him of his duties.  In other words he was fired from the company he started.

He decided to start another company which never truly panned out to the extent of his first masterpiece.

Then in 1986 he started a graphics group.  He would change film animation forever.  This company created Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatoulille, WALL-E, and Up.

Then the company that originally fired him decided to bring him back.  This adopted boy, who dropped out of college, decided to take his job back at Apple, the company he co-founded.

His name is Steve Jobs.  The co-founder of Apple, NeXT, and Pixar.  He recently released the media crazed product the iPad.

THE BEGINNING OF KENNETH COLE

You probably know Kenneth Cole for his extensive line of shoes. Though shoes are his biggest draw, his company Kenneth Cole Productions also produces collections of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Have you ever wondered why its ‘Productions‘ and not ‘Incorporated‘?  Well here is the reason why and the single most important reason why he succeeded.

Kenneth Cole was broke after spending all his money making shoes.  He wanted to purchase a showcase at the New York’s Market Week at the Hilton Hotel. Since he was broke he was unable to afford a room and he became discouraged that he wouldn’t be able to launch his business.

The story doesn’t stop there because he didn’t give up.  He found a loop hole in New York City’s Parking Permits.  He learned he could buy a permit for a tractor trailer if he was running a film production.  So that’s just what he did!  With permit for “The Birth of a Shoe Company” in hand, Cole filmed the entire two and a half day event in front of the Hilton Hotel, during which he sold a mind-boggling 40,000 pair of shoes.

He changed his name from Kenneth Cole Incorporated to Kenneth Cole Productions and the name that still exists today.  So when you hit a wall just find a way over it.

HERMAN OR HENRY?

Herman Melville's Moby Dick

Here is a story you can share at the dinner table.  You have probably read the famous book Moby Dick.  It’s a house hold name.  Moby Dick is not only an American Classic, but world reknown amongst literature academics.  The man that wrote Moby Dick was named Herman Melville.

You probably think of Herman as a famous “New York Times” best seller that made millions of dollars, held book signings and lectured events around the world.  The opposite is true.  His life was not as glamours as we imagine.  Herman was a simple man that ended up dying broke in New York City.

The rest of the story happens upon his death.  When they published Herman’s obituary in a New York newspaper they misspelled his name.  They called him ‘Henry Melville.’   That’s right they got the name of one of the most famous authors of all time wrong.  At the time no one probably noticed the misspelling and it is doubtful that an apology was ever given to his family.

During his lifetime he didn’t amount to much.  He was a man that would never see the height of his career because it came after his death.  At the time, if you met Herman at a coffee shop you would probably shrug your shoulders and think to yourself ‘he’s just another dreamer drifting through life.’  The fact of the matter is, he died doing what he loved.  He wrote,  “I never second guessed what he was put on earth for.”  They may have wrote the wrong name in one city paper that was printed just for a day, but he  wrote a story has been published through out the world and still read today.

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CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE

Paris Hilton On Cellphone

Aside from overbearing conversations, obnoxious ringtones provide regular disruptions. The ambiance of restaurants and cafes must now compete with ringing phones and one-sided conversations. New York city has implemented a law that if a cell phone goes off in any museum, some high dollar restaurants,  and nearly all broadway shows a $50 fine is rewarded.

At least one report indicates that while most people are annoyed by cell phone rudeness, most admit to engaging in it themselves. If you’re wondering what you can do to contribute to a more polite society, cellphone etiquette can be boiled down to 7 simple rules:

1. Lights Out, Phone Off. Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, playhouses, observatories or any other public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the imagination of the audience. People pay good money to be entertained and a ringer breaks the illusion.

2. Modulate Your Voice. Cell phones have sensitive microphones that can pick up a very soft voice while blocking out ambient noise. Yelling into a cell phone is not necessary. When people are nearby, be considerate and keep your voice low, your tone unemotional and even, and your conversation private. Arguing or airing dirty laundry in public is very poor cell phone etiquette.

3. Observe the 10-foot Proximity Rule. Maintain a distance of at least 10-feet (3 meters) from the nearest person when talking on a cell phone. No matter how quietly you speak, if standing too close to others they are forced to overhear your personal business.

4. Keep It Short. Keep public conversations brief and get back to the caller when you’re not in a public place.

5. Love the One You’re With. It’s rude to take a cell phone call or text during a social engagement with others. It’s also inconsiderate to take a call in the middle of a conversation. If the caller were present he or she would likely wait to politely interrupt at a more appropriate time. Let the call roll to voice mail and return it later.

6. Drive Now, Talk Later. Multitasking isn’t always a good thing. Some evidence shows that accidents are on the rise due to cell phone use. Most calls can wait until you’ve reached your destination, and if a call is upsetting or distracting pull over to have the conversation.

7. Use Common Sense. Turn off your phone before a job interview, presentation, or boardroom meeting. Leave it off at funerals, weddings, or anyplace a quiet atmosphere is mandated, such as a courthouse, library, museum, or place of worship.

(thanks to the http://www.wisegeek.com)

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GIVE A COMPLIMENT

Give Your Daughter A Compliment

There’s nothing like a warm, sincere compliment to make your day. Instead of waiting for one, why not give one out?

1) Make your compliment specific.

“That necklace looks really good on you” makes a bigger impact compared to “you look really good today”. The more specific the better, it makes the person feel like you notice them.

2) Back up your compliment.

Don’t just stop at “that necklace looks really good on you”. Your compliment becomes stronger when you say why you think so; “that necklace looks really good on you because it matches your eyes”.

3) Ask a question with your compliment.

And if you want to use it as a conversational starter, ask a question about the subject of your compliment; “that necklace looks really good on you because it matches your eyes. Where did you find it?”.

Why Giving Compliments Raises Your Self-Esteem

It takes confidence and self-esteem to notice good things about others and to make the first caring move to tell them about it.

When I first started giving compliments I kept wondering if I’d offend them in some way or make people suspicious about what I wanted from them.

I’ve since discovered that a sincere compliment is always a welcome boost to someone’s day.

You’ll also find when you start noticing good things about people, you’ll notice more good things about you!  Give one today!

From our friend Alvin Soon at LifeCoachesBlog.com

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MEETING PEOPLE

Ronald Reagan Shaking Hands

Verbal and nonverbal behavior help define your social skills when meeting people.  You can demonstrate proper etiquette by using effective handshakes, maintianing eye contact, and making the appropriate introductions.

Hand shakes are vital in social situations. You need to develop a comfortable handshake and keep it consistent.  It should not be to hard or to soft.  Make sure to establish a solid connection.  The host or person with the most authority usually initiates the handshake so put your hand out in 2010.

Eye contact is another critical factor when meeting people. Eye contact increases trust.  It shows confidence and good interpersonal skills.  It also shows respect for the person and business situation.

Proper Introductions. Introductions help to establish rapport when meeting people.  Authority defines whose name is said first.  Say the name of the most important person first and then the name of the person being introduced.  Introduce people in the following order, non-official to official, junior executive to senior executive, colleague to customer. Keep the introduction basic.  Make sure to repeat names so individuals can remember them for future reference.  Provide some information about the people you are introducing to clarify your relationship with that person.

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PERSISTENCE by Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

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THE VALUE OF A SMILE

It costs nothing, but creates much.

It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give.

It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is so earthly good to anybody till it is given away!

And if in someone should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give!

(Commercial for Oppenheim, Collins & Co.)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jim Winar permalink
    January 8, 2010 6:38 pm

    Sounds good, fits the mag.Timing is good (new year). It might be a tad long at the end.
    nice work, we all need the help
    dad

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