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BEING SUCCESSFUL IS WITHIN YOU

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

How things look on the outside of you always depends
on how things are on the inside of you.
 
Your thoughts have brought you to where you are today.
Your actions always mirror your thoughts.
Take a good look at where you are and what you’re doing,
and you can understand what you’ve been thinking.
Your mind is your true essence.
 
Your behavior is the perpetual revealing of yourself.
What you do, tells everyone who and what you are.
 
Change your thoughts and you can change your position in life.
You can start this process at anytime.
Why not start today?

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MOUNTAINS ARE CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

“That's My Goal” cover
Image via WikipediTo attain success or to reach your goal,

Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal,
don’t worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.

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Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

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Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers

I understand that a slow cash flow is hard to cope with and the first inclination is to cut out the overhead. Unfortunately, they think of advertising as overhead. I considered it an extra salesperson that never slept, needed no health benefits, but always worked hard to bring in business. Advertising should be the last thing to go especially if you can cut cost and get more leads in the process. Now doesn’t that sound like a win-win? Read: Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers Read

By: 104inc.com | 25/02/2009 | Advertising

How To Advertising Online For Free!

Advertising online is big business nowadays. Since the medium is quite cheap to maintain, some other options have become open to earn while advertising online. By being observant online, one can find the ways to make money on online advertising. You can either be the host or the source, and here some ways one can utilize this business for personal revenue. Read: How To Advertising Online For Free! Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

A Less Costly Way Of Going Green And Promoting Your Brand With 104Inc

All companies and businesses know the importance of spreading the word about what they sell and offer in order for people to know that their products or services exist in the market. And they know that target consumers will only try out a certain brand when they are aware of it or, as is most often the case, when they have heard of it repeatedly. This is the reason why businesses need all the advertising and promotion they can get…and afford. Read: A Less Costly Way Of Going Green And Promoting Your Brand With 104Inc Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

Are The Yellow Pages Still Useful In This Internet Age?

I grew up before microwave ovens, fax machines, cell phones and personal computers. I finally got a Mac in 1984. Ten years later, a cell phone. I started working a sales consultant for the Yellow Pages in 1980 and figured that they would be around forever. But look at us now. We are hooked on Google searches and Blackberries as our PDA’s. What a difference a generation has made. So, do I or anyone else I know, still use the old printed directory? Read: Are The Yellow Pages Still Useful In This Internet Age? Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

Why Don’T You Have A Sidewalk Or Window Sign For Your Small Business?

Advertising is so important for any business to survive. If you want people coming in your store then you have to advertise right? s a small business owner, I am sure you are always looking for an inexpensive yet very effective way to attract customers and make more money. Am I still right? Well I just have one question. Why don’t you have a sidewalk sign? Sidewalk signs have been proven to increase walk ins and sales but yet you still haven’t bought one. Again I ask why? Read: Why Don'T You Have A Sidewalk Or Window Sign For Your Small Business? Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

How To Advertise Your Business On A Budget

With the unemployment rates going up, market ratings going down, and an overall gloomy outlook for the next few months, every business needs to cut costs. We all need to ride out this economic storm and wait for those clearer skies beyond. Hence, the norm usually these days is that you need to fit a small budget for a big objective. Advertising for example is one of the key investments that may suffer some budget cuts but still has some big shoes to fill. Read: How To Advertise Your Business On A Budget Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

The Power Of Action Learning

I learned recently about The Freedom Class, a laptop seminar with Tim Brocklehurst. He claims that with just 2 days, he can set you up with your own Internet Business set to earn over $66,000 in eight months – and over $100,000 in a year. The theory is based around the phenomenon of exponential growth, and there are numerous examples of people who have experienced it using effective viral marketing on The Internet. Read: The Power Of Action Learning Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Internet

How People Get Back Together After A Break Up

It might seem impossible right now to think that there is anyway for you to get back together with your ex. You maybe thinking that there is no way that your ex will take you back. The fact is that regardless of the reason you have been given by your ex, the true nature and reasons why they left can be right in front of you. Read: How People Get Back Together After A Break Up Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Relationships

Internet Marketing Provides A Way For You To Earn Your Living Online!

An internet marketing seminar can be your ticket to learning everything you need to get started making money online. If you are like the thousands of people who have been laid off or “sacked” recently as they say in the U.K., you should look to learning a skill that no one can take away from you now. Read: Internet Marketing Provides A Way For You To Earn Your Living Online! Read

By: 104inc.com | 19/02/2009 | Advertising

Free Internet Marketing: 104 Online Marketing Strategies

Remember: You can’t put up a terrific web site on-line and “hope” that people will just arrive. You have to let your prospects know, IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY, that your web site is there. This HAS to be part of any Internet Marketing Strategy you develop. This is actually a basic marketing principle. Unless you have something as needed and wanted as the original and authentic Fountain of Youth, your customers are not going to look for you; you have to look for them. Read: Free Internet Marketing: 104 Online Marketing Strategies Read

By: 104inc.com | 19/02/2009 | Advertising

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Take Your Ad Out of the Yellowpages and Save a Bundle!

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

Take your ad out of the yellowpages and save a bundle. Actually, there’s a bit more to say, but most of my customers usually did just that before coming to see me. You see, I counsele 1000’s of clients during my years as a marketing consultant. So, during a recession, customers would ask to cut or remove their ads entirely. Hey, it made perfect sense to them. When business is good, advertise. When it’s bad, don’t. They also probably buy high and sell low in the stock market, too.

I understand that a slow cash flow is hard to cope with and the first inclination is to cut out the overhead. Unfortunately, they think of advertising as overhead. I considered it an extra salesperson that never slept, needed no health benefits, but always worked hard to bring in business. It was tough to convince my customers to stop dumping money in the yellowpages and start getting more for less.  Advertising should be the last thing to go especially if you can cut cost and get more leads in the process. Now doesn’t that sound like a win-win?

But invariably some businesses will still remove advertising and hope things would get better on their own. Amazingly, when I see them the following year, things weren’t any better and often, worse. They couldn’t comprehend what was happening, so I tried to explain the situation.

I would start with, “You just made your competitors very happy.” The business owner would look startled. “Why is that?” they might ask. “Because,” I reply, “you aren’t in the yellowpages anymore and that’s great but did you replace it with a lower cost and more effective alternative?  No. So when a consumer’s water heater dies and they go searching for a plumber, the other plumbers are there and you aren’t. They get to benefit from less competition. So, even though they pay for the ad, it works better when there are less ads. You did them a favor. I hoped they thanked you.”

Sure, the poor times might cause you to drop the color or reduce a size, but dropping the ad is not the way to help yourself when every customer becomes even more precious. There are other ways to beef up the results of your ad without spending more. In fact, I’ve had some clients spend less and still maintain a successful advertising program. It’s all about the little things and how they are handled. Haven’t you brought your car into the shop for a tune-up? Well, I bet it’s time to trade in that old and dusty yellowpages ad and 104inc.com is your neighborhood low cost and high impact advertising source. They will show you how to create a headline that works and create a slimmer and trimmer ad that can compete for more business. Also, 104inc.com will help you track the results of the ads so you know exactly how it’s doing.

Give your ad a makeover and take it out for a test run with a 45 Day FREE Trial. In a poor or good economy, your advertising can help you bring in customers, if it’s well thought out and created with your business in mind.

 

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THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it’s yours.
 
No matter what you want from life you’ve got to give up something to get it.
 
Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.
You’ve got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.
 
There is no success at bargain basement prices.
 
The highway to success is a toll road.
Everything has a price.

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Obama address renews audacity to hope

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama gave America the audacity to hope again.

After describing the U.S. economy in nearly apocalyptic terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, the president used his address to Congress on Tuesday night to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die spirit that every president tries to capture in words. And great presidents embody.

“We will rebuild. We will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” Obama said, echoing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now is for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

The themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Job losses. Home foreclosures. Credit crisis. Rising health care costs. Declining trust in government. Obama touched all those bases.

“The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere,” he said.

It seemed that the president might be sticking to the dour talking points of the stimulus debate, when he warned that failure to pass the legislation would lead to a catastrophe “as deep and dire as any since the Great Depression,” one that “we may be unable to reverse.”

Fearing (and hearing) the worst, Americans supported Obama’s package and lawmakers passed it. But his rhetoric carried a risk.

None other than former President Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s former rival and now the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, complained that the president’s words were too much of a downer. The president from Hope, Ark., told the author of “The Audacity of Hope” to get back on message.

“I just want the American people to know that he’s confident that we are going to get out of this and he feels good about the long run,” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Friday.

Obama didn’t need Clinton’s advice. While his advisers privately criticized Clinton for second-guessing their strategy, Obama said a president must be both a realist and a cheerleader. “I’m constantly trying to thread the needle between sounding alarmist but also letting the American people know the circumstances that we’re in,” Obama told ABC News on Feb. 10.

Indeed, advisers said at the time that Obama had already written much of his address, and they predicted that it would mark a rhetorical pivot — from selling fear to raising hopes.

And that he did.

“You should also know,” Obama told millions of viewers Tuesday night, “that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system.”

He sounded like Roosevelt who, after closing banks briefly in the first days of his presidency, stoked the embers of American optimism. “Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan,” Roosevelt said. “Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system. It is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama asked Americans to unite against pessimism. “We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal,” Obama said. “Now we must be that nation again.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama said his government had already provided the machinery to create jobs, improve access to health care, free up credit and help struggling homeowners.

And, like Roosevelt, he challenged Americans to help fix the nation’s woes. Obama even challenged his fellow citizens to recognize their role in creating the problem. “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford,” Obama said, “from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway.”

He was blunt but bullish on America.

“None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said after spelling out his agenda. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

In short, he reminded people that America has always seen itself as a “shining city upon a hill,” as one of its earliest leaders, John Winthrop, put it — a metaphor that Ronald Reagan reintroduced effectively in the 1980s.

When he addressed Congress, Reagan liked to pepper the audience with average people who did extraordinary things and epitomized the American spirit. Obama borrowed that device, inviting Ty’Sheoma Bethea to join first lady Michelle Obama in the crowd.

Bethea is an eighth-grade student who wrote Congress for help in repairing her dilapidated school, telling lawmakers that she and her fellow students will rise above their conditions because, “We are not quitters.”

And that was Obama’s bottom-line message to a shaken nation. We are not quitters.

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REMAIN IN THE GAME IF YOU WANT TO WIN

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 24, 2009

The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding. The law of averages is on your side. Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don’t take some risks, you won’t get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning. Never get discouraged. Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don’t make anything. Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats. Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your installment payments to victory. You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.

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Funny: Wrong Email Address Story

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a
particularly icy winter.  They planned to stay at the same hotel where
they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic
schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.  So,
the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his
wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the
hotel.  There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an
email to his wife.  However, he accidentally left out one letter in
her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.  The widow decided to check her email
expecting messages from relatives and friends.  After reading the
first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into
the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen
which read :

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2008

I know you’re surprised to hear from me.
They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to
your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in.
I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
 Looking forward to seeing you then!!!!
Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!

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BELIEF MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

If you want to succeed, you must first believe that you can succeed.

The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,
is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it’s possible.

The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow will be your doubts of today.
The moment you carry the conviction of belief, in that moment your dream will become reality.

If you think you can, you can.

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Best & Worst of the Oscars: Hugh Jackmania!

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

Oh, man, did you see that moment when that guy did that thing? Don’t worry, we did. Read on and get the full story of Oscar’s best, worst and otherest. Best Performance: Even with the slightly forced “recession Oscars” conceit, host Hugh Jackman delivered a completely winning song and dance to open the show that totally made us forget they didn’t hire a comedian. Showing off both talent and a sly sense of humor, Jackman nailed it.

Best Lyric From the Opening Song: “I would swim a sea of human excrement.” — Jackman crooning sweet(?)ly to Kate Winslet Worst Transition: From the goofily good opener—the techno Reader representation was more entertaining than the movie—the show bogged down with that somber bunch of Best Supporting Actresses intoning like they were going to banish the winner to the Forbidden Zone with General Zod. Best Brangelina Quip: Jackman drew our attention to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie before saying, “I don’t actually have a joke for them, I’m just contractually required to mention them five times during the show.” (Not bad; it’s 25 times for us.)

Best Present: Copresenters Steve Martin and Tina Fey, who’ve been funny together on TV and film, delivered a hilarious tribute to writers that made us want to see them make another movie together. Or, you know, read something. Best Reaction: Jolie looking totally charmed by her Kung Fu Panda costar Jack Black, who was onstage presenting with that actress from Friends.

Best Twilight Crossover: Rob Pattinson brought that undead charm of his to the Oscars, where it was familiar to Twihards and everyone who’s ever had lunch with a Hollywood agent. Best On-Air Design: Whoever thought to put Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker on stage together. Best Reaction: Seth Rogen and James Franco’s half-baked response to the comedies of 2008. Dude, cinematographer Jadocs Kaminsky was so high! Joke Least Likely to Reach the Billion People Around the World: Ben Stiller’s crazy, bearded Joaquin Phoenix impersonation was funny, but a little inside considering how few people recognize Stiller anyway. Assault With a Medley Weapon: The top-hat-and-tails number with Beyoncé, Zac Efron and the rest totally summed up the year in movies. And that year was 1936.

Most Likely to Spawn a “Who’s in Your Five?” Commercial: The Best Supporting actor nomination five-way was like a presidential debate without all the humor. Most Heartbreaking: Heath Ledger’s family accepting his award. Biggest Showstopper: Wirewalker Philippe Petit, the absolutely entertaining subject of documentary Man on Wire, balancing an Oscar on his chin while a billion people watched and wondered if it would fall. But for a man who once spent 45 minutes walking between the Twin Towers, well, that’s probably no big deal.

Best Commercial: Coming in just ahead of the one for the website that helps you earn $5K a month working at home, the Tom Cruise-Jimmy Kimmel bit was funny like a house on fire. Best Make-Good Decision: The loud and fast medley crammed full of action and comic book movies, because let’s be honest: These were the best things that Hollywood had to offer last year, and The Dark Knight (not to mention Iron Man) got robbed. Take that, Reader. Worst Make-Good Decision: After that whole medley thing, the movie about the wrinkly old baby beat Dark Knight and Iron Man. Obviously, there is no justice…except that meted out by costumed heroes.

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