Meet the Author

Although it seems counter intuitive, readers are primarily interested in the author after which they’ll read their books. An author could, for example, write prolifically yet have readers want to know intimate details about them. Readers, I’ve come to understand, long for this intimate knowledge combined with an emotional rapport with the author. It’s that…

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The Secret to Success in Social Media

Do you want to be more successful on social media? Perhaps you’d like to increase the number of your Facebook friends or gain more Pinterest and Twitter followers? Giving is receiving A golden rule to success on social media is to be generous. Don’t hesitate to click “like” if you really like something or post a…

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How to tap into Inspiration

Do you ever look at a blank page and can’t seem to write a word? You have no idea at all what to write. You may start with something, struggle, and then, after a while, stop. You may even write several pages and then crumple them up because you feel dissatisfied with what you’ve written.…

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2014: Make It Your Year

In a few hours, it will be 2014. Personally, I’m feeling quite upbeat about what lies ahead in the New Year. As I ride out the ice storm–or, more precisely, what’s left of it, viz., the arctic cold wave–my thoughts are leaping ahead. In a warm and cozy setting, my thoughts are clearly in the…

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Fortitude

Fortitude has to do with facing pain or adversity courageously through endurance. Light at the end of the tunnel When we face difficult or challenging circumstances, we can become discouraged and think, When will this end?  The truth, however, is that nothing lasts forever.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give…

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The Story of Iannis V.

Writers are storytellers. As I thought about a story to tell you, I settled on the story of Iannis V. *, a rich and influential Greek businessman.  I thought about him because he made an impact on me. Even though Iannis owns over thirty homes, he mostly lives in two, one of which is a…

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Crossing the Threshold of Excellence

If you’re like me, you place much emphasis on excelling through excellence.  You are meticulous, articulate, focused and aim at succeeding in all of your endeavors. Stand out What is that special quality that enables one to stand out in a crowd without resorting to inappropriate methods? Impeccability Do you behave the same way at…

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How to Get What You Want

Getting what you want is not as hard as you may think.  They say that when you really want something, the whole universe conspires to help you get it. What do you want? The first step in getting what you want is knowing what you desire.  You must sit down and think about, really think…

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Do you have a plan?

How far into the future should we plan for?  Days, months, years perhaps?  John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” A couple of months at most Don’t bother making plans that exceed several months at most.  This precious advice (which was, incidentally, given to me) is best because: …

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Reality is in the Detail

How much attention do you pay to your environment?  Do you notice what’s happening around you?  How careful are you regarding details pertaining to, for example, your job? Pay attention Many people go about their daily business as if they wore blinders.  They focus on a goal yet ignore everything else.  It’s as if nothing…

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