Interesting blog stuff

I get up each morning at about 5:45 am and I’m usually in my office by 7. It’s nice having my neighborhood to myself most mornings. Last Thursday, I decided to look for 5 cool/interesting things on my way to work. (I try to do that daily, anyway, but after the storm, it was even more […]

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I was at a business dinner last week, and I asked people what ice cream they had in their freezer at the moment. Lots of people said very specific things, like, “I have three types of Ben & Jerry’s” or “I have mint chocolate chip ice cream and coffee frozen yogurt.” Then I asked, “How […]

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A reader contacted me the other day with a question that was both philosophical and practical: How do you to measure success as a jewelry maker? It’s an essential thing to consider, and the answer will vary depending on many issues, such as your deeply held values, experiences, thoughts about money, art, and many other things. Whether you make jewelry […]

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One of my favorite book titles is “Why People Buy Things They Don’t Need,” by Pamela Danziger. Not surprisingly, there’s a section on jewelry. I have my own private sources of data about jewelry-buying trends (I am the third generation in my family involved in the jewelry business), and I can assure you that the […]

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The Quiet Ones

While doing a leadership seminar recently, I was approached by woman who was a typical introvert. Great listener, thoughtful and smart. An asset to any team. But was told by her boss that she had to become “excellent at standing up in front of groups and delivering presentations!” She was floored. Not only did she […]

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In difficult economic times, with bad news seemingly everywhere, it is easy to get discouraged. I encourage you to zig while others are zagging. You see, the ups and downs of the economy exist in the world outside of you. But the power to choose how you feel about those ups and downs resides inside […]

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I am fascinated by what makes successful people successful. Over the years, I have asked the most successful people I know what their “secrets” are. I realized, recently, that each one of us possesses a unique definition of success. So, while it may be helpful — and even extremely helpful — to learn what other […]

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Don’t Be Afraid

At a business seminar I attended recently, the seminar leader said, “Who here is afraid to ask for the money from your customers?” More than half the people in the room raised their hands. He went on to explore why so many people in business – even up to high-priced lawyers and accountants – get nervous when it comes […]

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The Law of Clarity

According to motivational speaker Brian Tracy, fewer than 3% of adults have clearly articulated goals that they work toward on a daily basis. However, people only act consistently in ways that move them toward their goals when they are clear about their goals. In fact, clarity is so important that Tracy says it accounts for 80% of success […]

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