|A Note From The President |
|How Did They Do That?|
|What can Ambeck Do For You
|Formula For Success|
|Fun & Games|
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When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
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to be cremated and buried with the proceeds of her estate because
she didn't want her relatives to get any of her money. The judge
ruled that her wishes should be followed, however he found a way
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2. A frog is 1 ½ meters from a pond. It always leaps a
half of the distance. How many leaps will it take for the frog
to get to the pond?
Answers for last month's Fun & Games
1. There are thirty-two students in a class. Seven
of these students do not play any sort of musical instrument.
Among the others, eighteen students play guitar. Six of the guitar
players also play the piano. How many of the students in the class
play only the piano? Answer 7
2. Rearrange the following to form the names of places
in the USA. Which is the odd one out? AILFORD, ALEEWARD, EASTLET,
OZARNIA. Answer Seattle (Florida, Delaware and Arizona are states)
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"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. "
"If you have ful-feelment and ful-thrillment
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A Note From The President
I have often read, and have been told that writing a book gives
you credibility as a consultant. I wanted to find out, so I asked
a few people who I know have written books. I asked, how has writing
a book helped your business?
Andrea Nierenberg, "The Queen of Networking" and the
author of Nonstop Networking: How to Improve Your Life, Luck
and Career, and Million Dollar Networking, responded "It
is very easy, my books have simply been the best calling cards
I could ever ask for, I give away a 'book a day' and it has tripled
Heather Resnick, author of Women Reworked responded, "Writing
a book is my business! Generally speaking though, writing a book
makes you an "Authority" in the eyes of the public.
It opens doors for speaking engagements and people are genuinely
impressed that you have actually written a book, knowing the amount
of research/time involved. Books are regarded with esteem!"
According to Gail Blanke, "First, Between Trapezes
(as with Wildest Dreams and Taking Control of Your Life)
provided a marketing platform for my business. Books describe
your point of view and what makes you unique and provide the media
with much needed angles and content for their particular communications
vehicles. Second, potential clients and customers can access you
through your writing and are motivated to buy whatever product
or service you're selling. Finally, it's close to impossible to
make money (other than recovering your costs) from a book. That's
not the reason to write them. In addition to the exposure they
provide, disciplining yourself and refining your message are invaluable.
You learn a lot about yourself from writing a book. And that can
Chris Widener author of Four Seasons, The Angel Within,
and co-author of Twelve Pillars of Success, had this to
say, "It has been the best promotional tool, business card,
advertising I could do!"
Review of The Five Pieces to the Life Puzzle: A Guide to Personal
Success by Jim Rohn
I consider Jim Rohn to be one of my teachers and I often read
the books that he writes or recommends. Despite this, I do not
agree with all his philosophies, but this book contains some unique
ways of looking at life and it's an easy read. The Five Pieces
to the Life Puzzle is about how to live a more successful,
fulfilling and happier life. So, What are the five major pieces
of the puzzle?
- Philosophy - what we know
- Attitude - what we feel
- Activity - what we do
- Results - what we achieve
- Lifestyle - how we choose to live and design our lives
According to the author, our personal philosophy establishes
our attitude, which determines the quantity and quality of our
activity, which produces a final and proportionate result, which
provides the lifestyle that we live. Rohn suggests that to become
successful, we have to practice a few simple disciplines every
To look more closely at personal philosophy, "A major factor
in determining how our lives turn out is the way we choose to
think. Everything that goes on inside the human mind in the form
of thoughts, ideas and information forms our personal philosophy."
The beliefs that form our personal philosophy also determine our
value system. We are encouraged to learn from other people's experience
with success and failure, surround ourselves with positive influence,
become good listeners and observers, read all the books and keep
a journal. For example, to become a good observer and excel, ask
yourself the following questions:
- What is going on in my industry?
- What challenges are currently facing our community?
- What are the new breakthroughs, the new opportunities, the
new tools and techniques that have recently come to light?
- What are the new personalities that are influencing the world
and local opinions?
Rohn explains that all the books that we will ever need to make
us as rich, as healthy, as sophisticated and so on, have already
been written. He further adds, "The habit of reading is a
major stepping stone in the development of a sound philosophical
It's also very important for us to study our results so that
we can make adjustments along the way. "If we are not satisfied
with what we have achieved at this point in our lives, then now
is the time to fix the future
If we are not making measurable
progress in a reasonable amount of time, then something is clearly
wrong with either our objectives or the execution of our plans
Ten years from now we will all be somewhere, the question is where?
Now is the time to fix the next ten years."
Five Great Ideas
- To have more, we must first become more
- In the end, our lives will be judged not by the things that
we began, but by the things that our effort and resolve brought
to a successful conclusion
- Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event - it is nothing
more than a few errors in judgment repeated everyday
- For things to change, we must change
- The only thing that is necessary for triumph of evil is for
good people to do nothing. It is our lack of intense, disciplined
activity that has allowed evil to flourish and good men to flounder
I recommend The Five Pieces to the Life Puzzle. It's
very easy to read and has information that causes you to pause
April's Book List
The Five Pieces to the Life Puzzle: A Guide to Personal Success,
Happiness And Success
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., of the University of California, Laura
King, Ph.D., of University of Missouri, Columbia and Ed Diener,
Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The
Gallup Organization examined 225 studies involving three different
types of evidence - cross-sectional, longitudinal and experimental
designs - to determine how happiness and positive affect are related
to culturally-valued success. This is what they found:
- Happy individuals are more likely than their less happy peers
to have fulfilling marriages and relationships, high incomes,
superior work performance, community involvement, robust health
and even a long life
- Intelligence, family, expertise and physical fitness, can
also play a role in people's successes
- All three types of studies suggests that happiness does lead
to behaviors that often produce further success in work, relationships
and health, and these successes result in part from a person's
- Happy people are capable of experiencing sadness and negative
emotions in response to negative events, which is a healthy
and appropriate response
- Happy people are more likely to achieve favorable life circumstances
How Did They Do That?
Challenge: Convincing a client (large, global training
organization) to try e-Marketing initiatives to generate leads.
The client was skeptical given that they provide business-to-business
services and didn't feel that e-Marketing was "personal"
enough to stimulate interest from new contacts. The organization
had been struggling with extending their reach beyond their existing
Solution: I convinced the client to try this new marketing
- It WOULD generate leads
- It WOULD extend their reach beyond their existing database
- They could use the content for multiple purposes, not just
a one off activity
- E-Marketing was a tactic that reinforced how they wanted to
position themselves (i.e. as an organization at the cutting
edge of technology and it's application for learning)
- It was extremely cost effective and a good return on investment
- Engaging the sales people is essential in a campaign like
this one. They need to be regularly briefed on the initiative
and the supporting outreach activities so they are supportive
and enthusiastic about the initiative.
- Training is also important to ensure that everyone is well-prepared
in advance of the leads being generated and know what to do
as soon as inquiries are received.
What Can Ambeck Do For You:
Ambeck Enterprise provides diverse business research and analysis
services to senior executives, through the relevant distillation
of diverse facts and data.
How Effective Is Your Training?
A municipality hired Ambeck Enterprise to evaluate the effectiveness
of its human rights training. Based on the results of the evaluation,
the municipality was able to make changes to the training.
Formula For Success
If you love what you do, the rest falls into place. Work harder
than most but make sure you find time for fun to energize your
creative and professional pursuits.
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