Finding Out Who You Are

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i would like to start at the beginning. But who knows where the beginning is. And even more so where did the Beginning begin. God spoke and it was.

Is it wrong to wonder when God Began, or where. He says, "I Am." He IS the Great I Am. And so, He always Is and Have been - there, here. Can our mere words really explain all this or even what we think and feel.

I was once inside of a pool of liquid. Liquid smooth and warm.



one day I discovered that I was really not complete – something was missing.

I saw the others like a sky of stars. At times leaving. They were being drawn through “the black hole.” I watched so many go through this process and wondered what it was all about. Some were here, some went.

Then one time … night or day, as in times past, there was that wondrous explosion. I felt myself being pulled toward the entrance, or was it an exit. There were so many of us like a colony, a whole universe. This time I was with the others, headed toward … What

I’m not sure what gave me the inclination to begin moving on my own, but i managed. There was no time to look and see what the others were doing. Or if they were close or far away. Some were bumping against me. No use trying to go back.

But somewhere inside i knew what I had to do. Keep going. Maneuver this way and that way. Be strong… no, just be…

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Do I see something ahead, I asked myself. If I can just make it over there I know an amazing … Oh My!! What was that! Light! What is the brightness. Just for a second. How did I know what to call it.

Over there, there’s something. If I can only make it and get inside. I think I can!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you….

The Word of the LORD came to me, saying, before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart…  Jeremiah 1:4

Aah, at last. I’ll just snuggle in the softness and soothing warmth of this abode. I guess I survived. Now I can rest, its quiet and still here not like before when I was always jostling around – at times being bounced from one side to another…

What’s happening now. I am in liquid again. What has happened to me. I feel as if… I am… becoming… Magnificently whole!

For You have formed my inward parts, possessed my kidneys, made my mind and heart: you have  knitted me together, covered me in my mother’s womb, in her belly.  -Psalm 139:13

Do You Know Who I Am………… I am you, and you, and you…………  & me

You were a sperm in your father, but God knew you even before then [before the foundations of the earth], He knew you then. Sperm cells like millions of stars in the sky. You were also a star. Out of all of them, you survived.

You made it to your mother’s shelter. The father’s X or Y met with the mother’s X or X. You were fearfully and wonderfully made!

Most Impressive CEOs

After GLASSDOORS surveyed hundred of thousands of employees across various industries for the past 12 months for the most impressive boss based on the feedback.  This annual list rates CEOs from one to 50.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook ranked 99% at the top of the list.  Larry Page of Google at 95%; Jeff Bezos of Amazon at 93% and on to Larry Ellison, oracle; Michael Dell, Dell; Bill McDermott, SAP; Jim Hagemann, Snabe; Tim Cook, Apple; Robert Hohmann, Glassdoor.  These are just the top few of many.

What interest me were two points brought out.  “The CEOs who are more successful in gaining employee approval are those who point a clear vision of what the company is setting out to achieve and how it’s going to get there.” 

Thus, the Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives. Again, I am stressing the importance of knowing the vision you wish to obtain and clearly stating your Mission, Goals, and Objectives in writing.  Next is bringing everyone in your company into the knowledge of these and even getting their input.

The article further explained that Facebook recognizes the importance of employee endorsements stressing that “support from the people closes to you is usually the most gratifying; so high employee sentiment is a particularly meaningful compliment.

Employees are the ones who will convey your Mission or direction in which the company is headed and what you hope to achieve. -PC/, written by Stephanie Mlot


I read UPTOWN (February/March issue) an innovative and refreshing magazine, and became acquainted with a few new or renewed hotels.

The Jade Hotel, New York City, Greenwich Village:  Its decor is inspired by speakeasies and literary salons.  Sounds great to me; I would love to revisit that era and take along a mystery novel.

Capella, Washington D.C., Georgetown: Offer a personal assistant, flexible check in and checkout times and with a cool rooftop lounge.  Now who wouldn’t want a personal assistant whether on business or just to get away from doing it all yourself at home. Not having restrictions on the check in/out times should ease the mind and relaxing in the rooftop lounge should melt away the worries of the day.

Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia, Center City: See the Liberty Bell and Indpendence Historic National Park.  Every since I was a kid, we studied about the Liberty Bell.  Who wouldn’t want to see it in the City of Brotherly Love. How big is it, how has it weathered all these years, do they dare ring it ? – so many questions!

Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel, Miami, South Beach:  Its called a modern day marvel that pays homage to vintage.  Again, I am taken in by the quaint and aged in today’s high tech and fast-paced world.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal:  17th Century Renaissance Architecture overlooking the Shiekl Zayed Grand Mosque beautifully landscaped gardens and a private beach.  Well, this makes it sound like I can be a Queen bathing in the waters and basking in the sun surrounded by gardens.


Setting Out To Change The World Part 1

I was so glad to receive an email recently after I had posted about having a passion for your business. It gives a definition of an ENTREPRENEUR.
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“Someone who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk taker, and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares in an incorporated venture. According to economist Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950), entrepreneurs are not necessarily motivated by profit but regard it as a standard for measuring achievement or success. Schumpeter discovered that they (1) greatly value self-reliance, (2) strive for distinction through excellence, (3) are highly optimistic …

Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires intelligence, passion, hard work, and an unwillingness to give up when times are tough
There was a time when beauty pageants were held the contestants would be asked to share what they wanted to do, in the big scheme of things. Many of them would answer, “make world peace,” or reference saving some animals in shelters, a endangered species, or the environment. These desires are on a global level and take in a broad scope of things usually not within our individual grasp. But we feel that even though we may not have the ability to bring any of this about, we can in our little corner of our world add to something positive and along with many others, eventually the whole picture will be accomplished.

This is the way most of us feel when we had our vision before going into business. Our thoughts were on a grander scale – I can make a difference.

Recently I was reading another blog telling us about our Mission Statement. I respect anyone’s opinion, learning, and rights. But it made me begin to rethink what I’ve had to say about this subject. And I did think on it a few weeks. I still come back to the same idea I had as before. What I learned came from many years ago, and although a lot have changed since then, the foundations or basics remain the same in most cases.

Most of us really want to make the world a better place to live in; we want to be a part of actions taking place that guide, protect, share, produce, and so on, positive tasks. We come up with ideas basically because we see a need for something or a way to make something better; and that something will make life better for others. That’s our Vision. Our Mission Statement is putting that Vision in writing.

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Mission Statement is not to specifically tell what we are selling, making, producing and who we want to sell to. You don’t even have to call it a Mission Statement. Of course, it’s your company and you can make your Mission Statement be whatever you want. That’s the beauty of living here.

An example of a Mission Statement is:

Company Name’s Mission in having a better world is by making a positive contribution in the family, thereby the community, our society at large, thereby our Country, and on to the world; and I will do this by helping others, providing products and/or services of a quality level, great customer services, and providing jobs.

This is where you state your dream. This is the underlying principle of your business– the foundation upon which everything else you do in your business is based. It is your justification for your action and motivation for others involved. This is what gave birth to business social responsibility. In this sense your Mission Statement may be broad, many lines or a one liner, and you may or may not completely reach it.

“After all, our mission statement is to “Make Life Better.” -Regions (an excerpt ad, Savoy magazine, Summer 2013)

Your Mission will reflect what you hope to accomplish in our society and as a result, how your business will help you achieve this hope.

The Purpose of your business is what you are actually doing – providing, offering, producing, selling, etc.- the who, what, when and how. The IRS request that this Statement be concise, accurate, and specific if you want to obtain certain status with them such as having a filing status as S-Corp, but even if not going in the S-Corp direction, it is good to have a Purpose Statement. Why?

What it is to be and do first depends on you. The business cannot stand on its own. You brought it or are bringing it into existence and, according to Pastor Myles Monroe, “…a person or thing apart from its creator cannot know its purpose.” When you put these Statements in writing and let others know them, you are declaring that your efforts will be directed to fulfilling your desire(s). These let all involved know the direction in which they are to go also and that their efforts are to follow suit.

It may be good to first do a personal assessment; carefully considering your desire, need or preference for self-employment. Become aware of the intangible factors in your decision. Objectively rate your personal characteristics and attributes for succeeding.

What is the purpose of your company? Much like a potter, who collects the right ingredients, then molds and shapes his vessels, he thinks on who will be using it, what will it be used for, when will it be used, and where will it be used. For example, a Purpose Statement for a manufacturing company may be as follows:

He thinks) “The purpose of this Company (this vessel) is to produce Product which contains a more durable kind of material yet lighter weight than any others currently being sold, because men will be using it to carry (specifics) which is heavy, during the rainy season to ensure that it gets from Point A to Point B safely and without breaking.

Even though this is not about changing the world, but about your vision in the business realm, here are some others’ views on changing the world.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Ghandi

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

“A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” – Richard Bach

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“You really can change the world if you care enough.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Alone, You may or may not be able to change the world, but you can have your vision, business mission and purpose to be viable; each doing their part can make a difference and bring about change for the better.

I would love to hear what you think on any of these areas. Or maybe you would just like to give an example of your Mission Statement or Purpose Statement. How do you feel an Entrepreneur differ from a business owner or, is there a difference?

One Picture: It’s About Golf, a Golfer, & More

In recent months, I have begun to look at golf in a whole new light. I’ve always watched this game through many years, not on a regular basis but enough. Of course, certain people have drawn more attention to it at times. When my business began selling golf items, I just didn’t want to be selling without at least knowing a little bit about it. But more and more I’ve become fascinated by many facets surrounding this game. I knew Tiger would come back as strong or stronger than before. Was I making a lucky guess?

I used to think that all that walking must be tiring. Then hitting such a small ball just got to be the hardest thing ever. Look at that funny stance. Can I wear that little, short skirt? Wow, can I do any of this, I wondered within myself? Well, I don’t know yet.

Every once in a while something will spark my interest a little more. Recently I read an article that held my attention from beginning to end. I was fascinated; the writer (journalist) put it together so well. Has this been made a movie? It’s about a golfer, a 1-iron, a photographer, a picture, an academy, persistence and perseverance.

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It’s About Business Too

Personally, I do believe we should pay attention to our changing environment. It may be slow and unnoticeable to some, but it’s there. When I was first approached with a pamphlet about Inconvenience Truth in a north suburb of Chicago about eight years ago, I thought “Oh, another documentary.” And just saying the word ‘documentary’ brought thoughts of long, boring talks. But that was just what I remembered as a child. Still, even then – having to sit still and listen, I must have taken something in.

Finally, I watched this movie and think it is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen – The Inconvenient Truth by
Al Gore. It’s not political at all, in my opinion. It’s about this place -Earth- where we live, and as large as it may be, and as small as technology has made it seem by bringing us together and closer, and as large as technology shows us it is – we can see hundreds of miles into the universe, it’s the only place we have. There’s no place like home.

I remember an article I read sometime in the 1960s that explained some of the climate changes we would eventually have. It certainly was hard to believe then. All a person has to do is check the thens and the nows and compare (and I know there may not be such words as thens and nows, but you get the meaning). Then ask yourself, “is there a change?”

The answer to that question whether yes or no, should bring us to another question, “What can I do to help our environment?”

Have a Passion For Your Business

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I guess this is two-fold. It tells how your business passion creates your mission and out of this comes your branding and a zealous team. (Even if the team is one man wearing many hats.)

It is reported that Steve Jobs once said:
It’s hard to tell with these Internet startups if they’re really interested in building companies or if they’re just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don’t really want to build a company, they won’t luck into it. That’s because it’s so hard that if you don’t have a passion, you’ll give up.”

When we have a passion for our business, what we are doing, out of this comes our mission and vision. As I’ve said before, conveying this to all those who are involved in your company is like pumping into the lifeline vital fluids that drive all organs to properly work. Without this, the business lies dormant and lifeless. You are the heart and your passion flows with every beat.

Apple, Inc. has had tremendous success. But recently in our economic environment, during the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) they announced their drastic redesign in it’s mobile operating system (iOS7), and debuted a powerful new desktop computer, along with other distinct changes, overhauls and upgrades.

Mr. Tim Cook, CEO, APPLE, in a recent statement said, “Apple is a bit larger today than the company created by Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage almost forty years ago. But the same entrepreneurial spirit drives every thing we do.” The passion continues. “Innovation,” he says is behind Apple’s success.

I would imagine that this spirit was sent in some form throughout the company because Cook describes them as an “amazing” team and tells how they come to work everyday with one mission: to make the best products on Earth.

But what drew my attention is what I call a new mission statement and vision in two thought provoking and creative television ads.
I remember when tv ads, formerly called commercials, would come on and that was the time to come unglued from the set, go to the bathroom, and get something to snack on. But these are so beautifully put together that; well, even back in the day we would have watched them and did those other thing when the movie came back on. With an enthusiastic smile, Mr. Cook begins this conference. Apple Our Signature. (See it on YouTube: Apple TV Ads Our Signature
and Designed by Apple Intention

Of course, it takes hard work, perseverance, and more words we’ll talk about later. It doesn’t stop you from sometimes thinking maybe about quitting. Your passion is great and it may seem kind of fuzzy in a business world. But as in my April 2013 post, Mr. Simon Sinek points out, it’s from the inside out. The Why of it all.

Now, I’m waiting for this new MAC to get here! I’ve always wanted one; don’t know why it has taken so long. Inspired action is now.

A Plus 4 U

Business gifts show appreciation, express thanks and, best of all, create long lasting bonds between a company and those who are essential to its success. They are part of a long time tradition that has become the protocol for building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, associates, shareholders and employees.

Since figuring out the gift-giving process can be a challenge, you may want someone to work closely with you during this process. The two main questions are “When is the best time to give a gift?” and “What exactly should be given?” Other questions that need to be answered are how much should be spent on a gift, whether or not it should be imprinted with a logo and what message certain gifts send.

There are no tight restrictions as to when a gift should be given; anytime a company wants to demonstrate to its customers or employees that they care about them or their business is appropriate to give them something. Of course, there are recognition times dedicated to certain professions such as Nurse’s Week or Secretary’s Day, and of course holidays. But because the holiday season is so hectic, a company might consider a good time is after the holidays as a “thank you” to those who worked through the season.

When making the decision of what to give, focus on the recipients – who are the gifts for. Do you know what they would like, what is the occasion, is there a theme, and what is your budget. In addition to knowing your overall budget, knowing what you plan to spend per recipient gives you a better perspective.

After all this, know that you cannot go wrong with a high-quality gift presented in a custom gift box. Deciding on whether to imprint your company’s logo on a gift can be tedious. This should not be a problem if its in good taste and not blatant self-promotion. Generally the more expensive the gift the more discreet the logo should be (which is a good idea for any item considered to be a gift). This doesn’t mean you should not imprint, but do so in an appropriate manner.

It is reported that a typically price range for a business gift is anywhere from $3 to $300 and more. Can a company spend too much on their clients – probably not. However, many companies have set limits on the dollar amount of a gift that can be accepted. An item can be inexpensive yet of higher quality also.

A $100 gift can be appropriate for long time associates. But large gifts can imply that a company is buying business from the recipient and this should be avoided. On the other hand, remember that you get what you give, so don’t be stingy. Up-to-day and savvy gifts are helpful. Keepsake gifts such as artwork is an unique and well appreciated expression of thanks that never goes out of style. Art is like music, it lasts forever. Even if you choose something that will last forever or not as an eatable gift such as a fruit basket, or wine and cheese package, you will want it to be well received.
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Does your company have a dress code? Are your employees required to wear uniform fashions? There is a growing demand for promotional wearables in the business environment. Why has this trend become so popular? For one thing, it gives an uniform look. But it also relays a sense of trust between you and your customers.

One area of specialty clothing is Activewear or Corporate Casuals. These apparels are appealing. They can be modern or contemporary, laid-back styles that are also high-quality and durable enough to withstand an active work environment. Many are now Teflon coated for stain resistance and wrinkle-proof to ensure neatness.

When employees are working around food, there is subject to be on spilling, or unpacking items from a box with dust flying, so stressing that these things may happen but having more than one uniform outfit is a must.

As reported by one manufacturer, activewear offers ultra-comfort and function as well as transitional pieces that can be worn from summer to fall and winter to spring. What should you look for when choosing apparels for your company? The construction is important especially when your business name is on an item. You wouldn’t want to be out on the golf course about to make that hole-in-one swing and the sleeve rips. So look for seams that are purposefully reinforced, preferably triple-stitched.

Activewear apparels are for:

Employee Uniforms for
food stores, fast food,
restaurants, and so on,
Clubs, Teamwear Events,
Casual Fridays
Company Events & Outings
Employee Sports Teams
Annual Corporate Competitions
Community Team Sponsorships
Wearable Accessories:
Glamour, Timely and
Useful for Campaigns With Panache

Scarves and ties are rising in popularity — not only to promote dressing for success, but also to allow for individual expression while showing uniformity. These apparel accessories can pull together a good campaign for:

Corporate workforce setting, including Company Stores,
Food/beverage industries, especially for product kick offs
School and university book stores,
Hospitality industry
Trade show staff
Gift Shops
Any new product launch

Many corporate employees are once again encouraged to project a professional, successful company image and tossing the jeans, shorts and unkempt look.
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Do you have a pen? someone asks this question and you immediately answer, “No, I don’t,” But you stop, and thinking to yourself you remember you were just in the bank and here it is – in your pocket, a pen.

PaperMate, a pen company, has been around since I was a little girl. And that’s been a little while now. This company was the first I remember producing the “Ball Point” pen. Before ball point pens we used what was called “ink pens.” Even though we filled them with ink, I don’t go back to the dip and use – quill pens.

My dad was one of the first to use a PaperMate and loved it. He wore shirts with pockets where he carried his pens and pencils for work. At the time, the ink filled pens would leak onto the shirt. So these plastic carriers where made to fit into the pocket to protect from the spill. In the beginning, the ballpoint didn’t alleviate this problem altogether as they leaked also but we didn’t have to go through the messy job of refilling an ink pen.

PaperMate recently did a survey, according to an article I read, about people taking pens and found out most of us do. 100% of respondents admitted to taking pens from coworkers. A telephone interview revealed that out of the 1,000 called 22% admitted to taking pens deliverately. I’ve worked in many offices and understand the dynamics of this. Someone stops by your desk whether to sign a document, give a request or gossip, and then walks away with your pen. This happened so much that when needing to take a message you have nothing to write it with. In turn, you go the nearest desk, take a pen. Some of us began writing our name on a piece of paper and taping it our our pens and pencils to make sure it would be left behind or returned to our desk.

The promotional products industry association, (PPAI 2010) Report indicated that $1.5 billion is spent on imprinted pens each year. Pens with a business name, message and logo with the intention of it changing hands at least once. Knowing the probablity of it changing hands again, when someone else just uses it and walks away, makes it two times changing hand.

Now, as common as this has become, we still read what’s on these pens. It is an advertising mechanism and the level of exposure cannot be beat. Compare that to a radio or television ad.

I can’t guarantee that a pen with your name on it will be stolen and get double the exposure, but I do know the person you give it to will read and use it many times.

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Small Businesses: Is It True?

Good news for small-business subcontractors – You got the attention of Pres. Obama’s administration.  A QuickPay Plan was set up in September 2011, so that prime contractors can make payments to small-business contractors faster.

In addition, OMB and the Administration are pushing for a 15-day payment schedule.  The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has been advised to develop standard wording for a contract clause on a prompt payment policy that agencies should add to their contracts with prime vendors.  How subcontractors are paid will be factored into the selection process. -Jeffrey Zients, acting OMB Director according to Washington Technology an online authority for government contractors and partners


Small business selections were down in 2011 it is reported, mainly because governmental agencies did not receive appropriations until third quarter.  This is not an indication of future trend.


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