How to Quieten Your Life

noiseShawn Achor, Harvard scholar and researcher and author, has provided valuable insight on how to improve your daily productivity, by simply decreasing the amount of unnecessary “noise” in your life. In his book, Before Happiness, Achor discusses the surprising rewards of that can result from simply decreasing 5 percent of the “noise” in our daily lives.

Specifically, there are 4 effective ways we can allot more room in our brains by eliminating the following types of auditory input:

1) Mute TV and Internet commercials

2) Turn off the car radio when talking to others

3) Leave the radio off for the first 5 minutes in the car

4) Remove news media links from your internet bookmarks

For more information on Shawn Achor’s book and career research, click the link below to be directed to his website:

http://goodthinkinc.com/speakers/shawn-achor/

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!!!!

Amazon Drones: Savvy or Just Creepy?

The Lone Drone

Perhaps a little bit of both.  If you have not heard the update, Amazon has publicized their future intentions of using drones to deliver purchases within 30 minutes to specified destinations.

To the left, is a photo of a “lone drone” eerily flying in the air in route to a delivery destination.  Aside from the question of necessity, the greater issue may come from a safety standpoint.  Developers are concerned about potential malfunctions in the sensors, which could result in an Amazon drone abruptly landing on somebody’s head!

What are your thoughts on this new idea?  Is it likely to go through, or do you think there will be too many problems to iron out?  As always, please remember to encourage excellence in your everyday endeavors!!

Click below for direct access to the article on forbes.com:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nishacharya/2013/12/05/how-amazons-drone-will-transform-government/

How to Avoid the Latest Travel Scam

Part of hotel interior

By: Suzanne Ostrander

Forbes.com has published information on the most recent scam targeting those who are traveling on business or pleasure. In the latest hotel scam, travelers receive a phone call from an individual claiming to be from the front desk.  Typically, these calls arrive at odd hours, so the traveler is usually groggy and not fully alert when answering the phone.  As part of the hoax, the scammer claims that the computer at the front desk has crashed and they have lost their credit card information.  It’s also common for the scammer to simply claim that there has been an “error” processing the travelers’ credit card information.  The caller will then read back four random numbers to “confirm” the last four digits of the card. When the cardholder does not recognize the numbers, he is then asked to read the entire 16 digits on his card. The caller will never address the traveler by his name, because he obviously does not know it.  As a final tactic, the hotel guest is asked to “spell” his name, giving the caller all of the information he needs.

In each scenario, the traveler is put in the vulnerable position of having to give out his personal information over the phone. Once the caller has this information, it is only a matter of time before he is out on a shopping spree (your “treat”).

Katherine Hutt, director of media relations at the Council of Better Business Bureaus, states “We believe the scammers direct-dial the rooms so they can call in without going through the hotel switchboard.”

So how can we protect ourselves from this latest scam on hotel guests?  First and foremost, it is never wise to give out your personal information over the phone to a stranger.  If receiving this type of call when staying in a hotel, the traveler should refrain from providing this information over the phone.  With any financial discrepancy, it’s always better to go down to the front desk to resolve the issue in person.

Please share any other tips you may have on avoiding travel scams!

For direct access to Caroline Mayer’s article on the latest travel scams, click here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/05/14/beware-of-2-travel-scams-on-your-next-trip/

Click below for a video segment on avoiding the latest travel scams:

5 Factors for Success in Sales

I recently attended a day long sales seminar by John Asher (www.AsherStrategies.com).  It was a terrific overview of sales and typecasting the high performing sales professional.

The 5 Factors for Success in Sales are:

1.  Product Knowledge – They know their business, their client’s business and their competitors’ business extremely well

2. Aptitude – They are born with a natural talent for sales

3. Skills – They know and use the proven top ten selling skills

4. Motivation – They are self-motivated, are in the right type of position to continually sell

5. Sales Process – They are already working in companies that have best-practice branding, marketing, sales and customer relationship processes to support them.

AND……they have the values and discipline to follow through

– Dr. Larry Craft

“Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell

I was given a book recently on the experiences of Marcus Lutrell of the US Navy, specifically, the Seal Team member of the US Navy.  He was wounded in Afghanistan and lost friends and comrades who fought to save him and accomplish their mission.  This was an excellent book which details what training the Seals undergo and the sheer will and determination it takes to become one of the most elite fighting groups in the world.  If you have ever know someone who has been through this training, you will better understand them as a person.  bw

Review of “It Works” by RHJ

A very old friend of mine once gave me a small pamphlet that I carried around for years inside my checkbook.  It was a positive mental thinking article that outlines how to focus on your objectives and obtain your goals.  I found it when I was reorganizing my library shelves and thought I would write-up a little summary.

IT WORKS. anonymous (Published by De Vorss & Co. 1926)

Executive Summary

A concise, definite, resultful plan with rules, explanations and suggestions for bettering your condition in life.

  1. Know exactly what you really want.  This is the first and most important step. (Identify)
  2. Tune in to your mind and call upon your thoughts to create a vision of accomplishing or obtaining your desire. (Objectify)
  3. The Plan (Action). Review daily and make corrections, updates and changes.
  4. Read the list of objectives out loud at least 3 times a day (Repetition).
  5. Dwell on the list as often as possible (Focus)
  6. Do not worry and over analyze how you are going to accomplish your goals, just focus on having them. (Attraction)

Good luck.

Bryan

“Nothing can prevent your having that which you earnestly desire. ” That’s it in a nutshell.