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a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications October 2006

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Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe

Living the A+ Life

Puzzle Results


Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe
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First Tuesday Greater Connection Mixer
Tuesday, October 35 - 7 PM
Newforest Estates
5034 Newforest Dr.
Click here for more information.

The Future of Downtown Residential Development
Friday, October 13
12:00 noon
Blue Star Brewing Company
1414 S. Alamo
Presented by the Central Area Business Council of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Register here.

Candidate Forum, State Representative, District 118
Tuesday, October 17
12 noon
Sea Island
2119 SW Military Dr.
Presented by the South Area Business Council of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Register here.

Contracting Opportunities with Hollyhills Wednesday, October 25
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Golf Club of Texas
13600 Briggs Ranch Rd
Presented by the South Area Business Council of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
For more info, click here.

6th Annual Small, Minority, & Women Business Owners Conference
Friday, December 8th
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Meet buyers from local, state, and Federal agencies and private corporations. FREE reception at the AT&T Center the night before (Thursday, December 7th).
Sponsorships are available. Please contact me if you are interested. I'm organizing volunteers again this year, so if you can help that evening or the day of the conference, please email me.
Check out the information on the County's website and register for the event.

  • Living the A+ Life
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    Alice said to the proverbial Cheshire Cat, "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
    "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
    "I don't much care where—" said Alice.
    "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

    -- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    The first thing we do when we decide to go on vacation is determine the destination. If you don’t know where you are going, it’s very hard to plan anything else – like how much money you need or what clothes to bring or what maps to read. We nearly always decide where we plan to go. That doesn’t mean that side trips are not possible, but for those interesting diversions to qualify as side trips, they have to be “aside” some route.

    If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

    And yet, most people live their lives with no destination in mind. We are buffeted by winds that take us from one job to the next, very often reaching middle-age and wondering what happened to the plans we had in our youth.

    As management guru Stephen Covey says “Begin with the end in mind.” If you can start to envision what your future can be, you have made an important step toward living the A+ Life. To do this also requires that you have to stop seeing yourself as a victim of the circumstances around you, powerless to change anything. You have to accept that there is the possibility of a better life. You may also have to accept that getting there may take a long time, but that it will be worth it.

    What do you want people to say about you when you have passed from this life? How do you want to be remembered? Let’s assume for a minute that you have control over your entire life, that you can direct yourself to any future you want. What would that future look like? At the end of your life, what regrets will you have if you don’t accomplish what you want?

    If you have what you need to become what you want, what will you be?

    There’s a saying that no one gets to their deathbed and wishes that they had spent more time working and less time with friends and family. I think that’s true, but I also know that most of us have a “project” inside of us that if we don’t get it done by the time we leave, we’ll be very disappointed. What is that “project” for you? If you know there is something, but you don’t know what it is, don’t worry. For now, just try to imagine how you want people to describe you. In a perfect world, if nothing held you back from being the person you want to be, if money and education and experience were not an issue, how would your life look?

    Living the A+ Life requires living a life with no regrets. When you come to the end, will you be able to look back with satisfaction at what you achieved?

    Do this exercise. Imagine you are coming to the end of your life and you are looking back. Write down what you want said about you? Make a list of what you want those left behind to remember about you.

    Then, start designing your legacy.

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  • Puzzle Results
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    I had to choose a winner out of the correct entries last month - you all are so smart! Here are the answers: 1) Michael Dell worked as a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant before heading up a successful technology firm. 2) Stephen King worked as a high school janitor before writing a best-seller. 3) Jack Nicholson worked in the mailroom at MGM before becoming a multiple Oscar winner.

    Here's this month's puzzle for the math fans. Suppose you have been given a device that enables you to take small leftover pieces from bars of soap and compress them together to form an entire new bar. Six leftover pieces form one new bar. If you have saved up 246 soap leftovers, how many bars of soap will you eventually obtain by putting the scraps together?

    The first correct response will receive a $25 gift certificate from Entree's .

    Need help with Unlocking Your Creativity?
    I need your help!

    Do you know of any organization that needs employee development training? I'm trying to finish the year with a big increase in soft skills and software training. If you find me a paid training session in one of my core topics, I'll pay you 10% of the fee. Or if it's for your employees, I'll discount the fee by 10%. Rates are $15 per person per hour with a minimum charge of $300, with volume discounts available.

    If you are interested, I'll send you a PDF that explains each of the core topics. Just email me and I'll forward it to you.

    Why am I so eager? I'm going to be a grandma in November and I need to buy cute little baby outfits for what will be the most adorable child in the whole world - and I'd like to take some time off during the holidays to enjoy the new family member. Help me out, will you?

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