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April 16, 2012 -  Do you seek validation or vindication in what you are trying to achieve? Are you continuously justifying your actions? Do you always have to have the last word or be right? Are you out to prove something to others or even yourself? Do you know others like this? There is vulnerability associated with achievement when it is aligned more with its outcome as it relates solely to you versus being of value beyond you and for others. Turn this vulnerability into opportunity and authenticity. Instead of seeking validation or vindication for yourself, seek value ... for you and for others.

Take an MM&I Moment to ask yourself why you are trying to achieve or do what you have set out to do. What will ultimately result? Who will benefit in addition to you? How will they benefit? Why will they benefit?  When your actions are as much about what they can do for others as they are about what they will do for you, then they are genuine and will bring value even beyond what you may imagine. Let go of vindication. Let go of validation. Open your arms to the real value you have within you to share and shower upon others and watch how achievements blossom all around you.


Synergized Quote of the Week 

"One who seeks achievement for personal gain will ultimately get less out of life than the one who seeks achievement for value itself." - Eugene Delacroix


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

Is your website inviting to visitors? Does it pique their curiosity causing them to click elsewhere to learn more? Does it navigate in a way that the visitor can target in on exactly what they need to know to decide to call you or place an order? Does it have personality reflective of the people that work at your company and its culture? Your website is your virtual receptionist. If it is not inviting, engaging, welcoming and helpful in getting the visitor where they need to go, then it is not doing its job. Learn more about how to make this 24/7 promotional tool more powerful and effective  for your business in Secret #26, Virtual Receptionist, in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!


PRESENTING LEAN MARKETING STRATEGIES ON APRIL 26TH IN HICKORY: I will be in Hickory, NC, April 26th presenting Lean Marketing Strategies to business owners in conjunction with Catawba Community College's Small Business Center. Workshop takes place from 9 a.m. - noon. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.


INTRODUCING NEW COLUMN, BIZGROWTH 5.0, IN BUSINESS TODAY:  My new column in Business Today debuted this month!  I am excited to introduce its new name and format to the marketplace.  CLICK HERE to read its first installment online introducing my CRISP Principle: POWER of Five® for operational success in a business. What about Savvy Business Owner? It is currently being considered for national syndication, so stay tuned!

LOOKING FOR BIG PAYOFF THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA? Then you don't want to miss Infopreneur extraordinaire, Gail Martin's FREE tele-training call 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. EST on April 26th entitled "30 Days to Social Media Success: Four Simple Steps to Facebook Fans, Fame & Fortune,."  Gail was featured in Secret #46, Income Streams, in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. She knows her stuff and is helping others know too!  She will share the connect-the-dots approach you MUST take to reach the people who need your knowledge and capabilities and can PAY you for your expertise and offerings! CLICK HERE to sign up!


PRESENTING FROM eBUZZ to ePROFITS ON MAY 22ND IN LINCOLNTON: I am back in Lincolnton, NC, on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. to present "From eBuzz to eProfits: Using the Power of the Internet to Grow Your Business" for the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Gaston College Small Business Center. More details about the program will be posted soon. To register and learn more, CLICK HERE.


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