Make new friends.

Friends are critical to a successful life

Have you made any new friends lately?

While visiting one of the local Job Search groups in the Triad area of NC, one of their members handed me a poster about friends. I thanked her for the image and told her that I was glad she considered me her friend.

I converted the photocopy image into a new jpg to share with all my friends.

Talk with your friends about your career, business, community journeys. They can help you.

Please share with your friends.


Something to think about

“It is better to light candles
than to curse the darkness.
It is better to plant seeds
than to accuse the earth.
The world needs all of our power
and love and energy,
and each of us has something that we can give.
The trick is to find it and use it,
to find it and give it away.
So there will always be more.
We can be lights for each other,
and through each other’s illumination
we will see the way.
Each of us is a seed,
a silent promise,
and it is always spring.”

– Merle Shain


Reposted with permission fron Nigel Alston of Motivational Moments

Did you know this?

Everybody was sure there was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Everybody got angry about that because it was Somebody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody would not do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

– Author Unknown

Reposted with permission from Motivational Moments by Nigel Alston

LInkedIn – #1 Social Media Stream for Business

LinkedIn is the best social stream to Contribute, Collaborate, Connect and Cram (research) for business, community & charity.

Keeping your activity Transparent, Honest, Relevant and Focused is how you build both an authority and awareness of who you are and what you have to offer.

Share first thru groups and individual profiles and you will create relationships that then give back to you.

Words of Wisdom from @NCWiseman

You need to know how to do this – look me up.

I’m easy to find – just Bing or Google Teddy Burriss. I contend that I own the Internet. Ask anyone.

Preparing a Successful Transition

A good friend of mine sent this to me:

P.A.S.T. – (Preparing a Smooth Transition)
“Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”- Philippians 3:13

The following is a tool offered to those facing life choices that involve the possibility of moving on, leaving behind, and/or making a life transition.

  1. Get Still – Center yourself. Listen. Hear your own thoughts and the words of your maker. Understand what it is that is stirring you and why you are being prompted to make a move. Make sure that it is more than just restlessness, boredom or resentment.
  2. Be “going TO” not “running From”– Where is it that you are going? What is it that you hope to achieve? Be sure that you are moving towards something not just trying to escape an unhappy situation. Remember, where ever you go you will be taking yourself. Be certain that you are moving toward a future not merely leaving the past.
  3. Develop a plan of Escape – Perhaps you need to save a cushion amount of money. Perhaps you need to pay down debt or pay off your car. Having systems in place and a plan to carry out will be the difference between traveling with a tour guide and going somewhere new unprepared. Will your new venture require any capital? How much time will realistically lapse before you see return? Give yourself time to leave correctly.
  4. Seek Advice and Collaborate – Do your research. What is the market and the competition on your new idea? Talk with a financial adviser, your Pastor and your friends about your ideas. Collaborate with those who can aid your adventure; perhaps an artist, a website designer or a proof reader. Research others who are in the field and determine what they did successfully and what you wish to avoid. Count the cost before you start. Know what you are getting into as best as you can (of course, there will be surprises).
  5. Avoid Negative Talk- This includes self-talk as well as what you say to others. Speak positively about where you are going and about your hopes and dreams rather than negatively about what you left behind. Leave the past in the past. Move on. Do not allow others to criticize or “tell you so” or rain on your parade either.
  6. Purge and Cleanse – Perhaps you can take clothing and trappings from your old position to a clothing closet, goodwill or a consignment shop. Give away what no longer fits your definition of yourself. This will help you close the door and move forward. You may need to purge negative friends and colleagues as well. Clean out your cell phone address book. Purge yourself of negative attitudes, fear of failure or insecurities. Get rid of all that excess weight and excess baggage.
  7. Develop footsteps or memory stones – These are small goals to mark achievement along the path that you can look back upon and know that you are moving forward toward your goal. It is a good idea to keep a journal to read to encourage yourself and to jog your memory in times of doubt or confusion. Remember to be flexible. Transition is accomplished on paths made of shifting sand not inscribed in concrete.
  8. Celebrate – Invite friends over for a transition party. Get a haircut. Buy a new tool or piece of equipment needed for your dream venture. That could be a paintbrush, a laptop, some business cards or whatever will denote that you are serious and you are investing.
    Keep celebrating every little milestone or step forward. Celebrate the new you by dressing for success every day. Look like a person on a mission rather than a person who gave up on themselves.
  9. Apply Grace – To yourself, to others. You will make mistakes and have to rethink your plan. You may even have a few false starts. Learn from your errors, forgive yourself and move on. Some of the most fabulous discoveries start out looking like a failure. Transition requires thick skin and assurance of faith.
  10. Advertise Yourself – Get out there. Share your new venture with friends and family. Look for opportunities to put your name and your idea out there. You are your best salesperson. If you don’t believe in yourself or in your idea, who will? Invest in yourself and be willing to spend some time, effort and money in the process. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help or for support from those who love you. You may be surprised at the members of your “Encouragement Entourage” and of how proud they are of you.
  11. Relax and Relinquish Control – Your new life is dynamic, living, breathing and forward moving. Let go and let it flow, let it grow and let it take on the life that it expresses. Don’t allow your dream to become stagnant or stale. Do not sit, soak and sour. Reinvest in yourself as you continually reinvent yourself and discover new talents, gifting and abilities. Be a mentor, write an article, and share your story with others. Be living water and a channel of blessing in the lives of others. Find ways to pay it forward when your blessings start pouring in. Develop a grateful heart and an attitude of thanksgiving.

(Copyright @Becoming All God Created Ministries- Cinthia W. Pratt)

Republished with permission from Cynthia Pratt and

LinkedIn Groups – Join, Share, Benefit

LinkedIn has become a very good venue for connecting with other professionals. This has great value when building relationships for business or personal development.

I believe that a more important use of LinkedIn is in the sharing and researching of knowledge related to business, charity, community and personal development.

Participating in this activity within LinkedIn not only provides a learning environment, but it also helps to fuel relationship building.

Knowledge transfer cain occur in a couple different ways thru LinkedIn:

Directly Connections – People are the source of all knowledge. This stuff does not grow on trees and you can’t harvest it from a strawberry patch. Knowledge comes from our experiences, failures and successes in life. Lots of knowledge requires lots of people who have experienced, failed and succeed. Connecting with them directly opens the door for sharing this knowledge between individuals directly. Connect with people on LinkedIn and turn these virtual connections into IRL (In Real Life) connections. This allows you to continue building the relationships and sharing & gaining knowledge between each other.

Group Discussions – One reason people get together in groups is because they want to share with or benefit from liked minded people and/or interesting people in relevant areas of life, business or community. LinkedIn groups expands your connections to include the members of the group, regardless of you individual connections. This is an immense value because of the increased number of potential contributors you can share with or gain knowledge from.

You gain knowledge by hearing (reading) open dialogue discussions and comments. You share knowledge by creating your own discussion and/or commenting on open discussions. This participation allows you to support a point of view, add value to a point of view or share a differing point of view relevant to the discussion in a mutually respectful manner.

I coach users to research and consider joining Groups that are relevant to what you do or what they want to be doing in life, business or community. Once you decide to join a group, commit to some level of participation.

One important point with regards to LinkedIn Groups – Relevance. Do not post a discussion or comment that is not relevant to the group or discussion.

Examples of non-relevant sharing – If the group is a Technology based group, do not post a discussion about marketing or an auto repair business. If the discussion is about Brand awareness or Web development platforms, do not post a comment about your sunglasses business or vacation packages.

If you keep your discussions and comments relevant to the group or discussion, you will maintain a level of trust and respect with the group members. Do something to bluntly contradict Relevance and you will lose all trust and respect you ever had or could have.

LinkedIn Groups – Join, listen, share and benefit from the knowledge available thru LinkedIn Groups.