Monthly Archives: May 2009

Friday’s inspiring story

I love this story! I know that it’s not really to do with business, however, it’s a friday and an inspiring story like this one will really give a feel good factor for the weekend! When you’re in business, it’s important not to forget the important things in life.. like family and friends 🙂

Would love to know what their secret is.. a different era of expectations?

Frank and Anita Milford tied the knot at Torpoint registry office in Cornwall on May 26, 1928, after meeting at a dance in the St Budeaux area of Plymouth in 1926. Mr Milford is 101 and Mrs Milford will turn 101 next month, making them both the only living couple to reach a century.

The pair, who have two children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, say they still have little arguments, but will always have a kiss and cuddle before they go to bed. Their 74-year-old son, also called Frank, said the secret to their parents’ successful marriage was simply being happy with each other. He said: “They’ve enjoyed themselves, enjoyed their lives very much but they’ve been always very content with their lot.”

Mr Milford worked at Devonport dockyard until he retired at 60. The couple stayed in Plymouth throughout the Second World War and the Blitz, twice having narrow escapes from bombs – including one which dropped on their house.

See the story and video here.


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Friday story…

Hello readers,

Thank you for popping by, I’m just about to move house, so not 100% sure that I will be blogging next week, so I’d like to leave you with a great story I read on the internet.. see you soon! 🙂

Joel Armstrong is no duck connoisseur. The 43-year-old banker and father of two learned everything he knows about ducks through Google. But this Saturday, none of that mattered as he helped rescue a new family of ducklings.

For the past 35 days, Armstrong watched as a mother duck nested on a ledge outside his office window…two blocks from the Spokane River in Washington state. On Saturday morning, Armstrong arrived in town for the annual Lilac Festival parade.

Seeing the newly hatched ducklings nervously pacing back and forth on the ledge, he knew they were stuck. Their mother stood waiting below, but the jump off the ledge was too far for the ducklings. Armstrong hasn’t played baseball since grade school, but he stepped up to the plate ready to help. Standing below the ledge, he caught each duckling as they leapt into his waiting hands below.

By the time it was over, a crowd had gathered for the parade. To the sound of cheers and applause, the mother duck led her ducklings to water.

To watch the gorgeous video and have a great laugh, go here.


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Marketing Maestros: Innovative Strategies for Small Companies

Panel discussion followed by a networking reception
British Library Conference Centre
Monday 22 June 2009
£10.00 (concessions £7.50)

You’ve started your own business and your product offering is in place. Now the world needs to know about you. This evening panel debate and discussion features successful entrepreneurs who’ve used innovative marketing techniques to build a great profile; plus the UK’s top expert on online brand-building.

The evening will cover marketing on a shoestring, the power of word-of-mouth, building your personal brand and e-marketing.

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Want to learn to trade on the Stock Market?

I’m promoting this on behalf of Andy Phillips (who as you might or might not know, writes a great blog on website optimisation! and has contributed to my blog before 🙂

Please contact him directly or through the link below:

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The Open evening is your chance to meet fellow traders learn new techniques as well as put into practice some tried and tested trading strategies.
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The Mindset of Wealth

I went to a seminar last night which spoke about the mindset of wealth and there was a very interesting idea… you wont make money until you do what comes naturally to you! Haven’t you noticed that you are at your most happiest when you are doing what you love? There is a belief that when you are in your ‘flow’ (doing what comes naturally), you will make more money than you ever thought possible!

Here is a video I found which covers this idea a bit better:

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Eat That Frog! …

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the “Pareto Principle” after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few”, the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many”, the bottom 80 percent.

Here’s an excerpt from the book ‘Eat That Frog’ by Brian Tracy

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the “Pareto Principle” after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few”, the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many”, the bottom 80 percent.

He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle as well. For example, this principle says that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do, and so on. This means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth five or ten times or more than the other eight items put together.

Number of Tasks versus Importance of Tasks
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of the ten tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those tasks will contribute five or ten times the value of any of the others.

Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is invariably the frog that you should eat first.

Focus on Activities, Not Accomplishments
The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous. For this reason, you must adamantly refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80 percent while you still have tasks in the top 20 percent left to be done.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?”

The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you will be naturally motivated to continue. A part of your mind loves to be busy working on significant tasks that can really make a difference. Your job is to feed this part of your mind continually.

Motivate Yourself
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task motivates you and helps you to overcome procrastination. Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is having control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work.

Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task that is before them. They force themselves to eat that frog, whatever it is. As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person and are much happier as a result. This should be your way of working as well.

Interested in reading more? Get it here 

Have a great week!

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