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The Gift of Giving - Day 190


This is a photo of a man giving his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio De Janiero. A small gesture that could make a huge difference in one life.

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The Right Thing to Do - Day 191

The next two days are about doing good...
I came across these following photo's which showcase that there is still so much good in the world, sometimes it has be just be highlighted a bit more as the news often showcases the sad and scary things around us.
Enjoy your weekend and the next three days of Goodness!
 This photo is of a dry cleaner in Portland.

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What Entrepreneurs Are Paid For - Day 192

I know that our Fiitfu clients and supports would appreciate this... enjoy.

“Entrepreneurs are paid for their vision, courage and stamina. They are paid for being willing to do what others would not do. They are paid for staring down fear, ignoring fatigue, fighting loneliness, pushing through discouragement and walking by faith. 
They are paid for putting their dreams, lives and security on the line. And only those who have been there understand that being an entrepreneur is a high wire act without a safety net. They are modern day heroes who deserve everything that comes their way!”
- Dr. Tom Barrett

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Individuality, is it that important? – Day 193


Be Myself
Being individual is not only important, it is imperative... I have witnessed people that I have known change their personality based on who they are with, I realize they are trying to be something they are not... which then makes it hard to respect them as they try to be someone different then I know them as!  That is a mouthful but I bet you know what I mean.

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Respect yourself... - Day 194

"Respect yourself enough to walk away from anyone or anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy."
- Robert Tew

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Black Shitake Seared Ahi Tuna - Day 195

So by now you have probably figured out that I am a bit of a foodie!  Good food always helps make a party memorable and this past weekend was no exception!

My girlfriend Anne was celebrating her 50th Birthday and an amazing celebration was put together to celebrate her! Imagine 50 people dancing to a live band on the waters edge in beautiful British Columbia, the scene was incredible, the friends were fun and the food was amazing!
I wanted to contribute to the appetizers so I did a seared Albacore Tuna Loin, and it was a combination of a couple of recipes so I thought I would share it with you, and in doing so it helps me to remember what I did to do it again down the road! Enjoy!

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... I couldn’t resist this photo!
Life is to short to take ourselves seriously all the time!

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Enjoy the weekend - Day 197

Perhaps you will be out on the water this weekend, make your reality a great one!
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
- William A. Ward

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Celebrate! You deserve it - Day 198


Regardless of where you are in your business and life, it is important to celebrate your successes regardless of how small or large they may be.  In the endless pursuit for the BIG dreams, sometimes we forget to celebrate the accomplishments that take us to the ultimate goal. 

In Life or Business, Celebrating is so important, and as our friend Chrissi says “We live such an amazing life, and why not celebrate? We have so much to be grateful for”

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Lose the Clutter Clear the Mind - Day 199



Time to start the day or week off fresh!  Take some time today to clear your desk, wipe it down and organize your files!  The less clutter you have on your desk and in your office the more focused you will be with your work. Clutter does create stress and slows down progress. 

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Gâteau au Yaourt - No Measuring Cup Required - Day 200

Sunday night our French Connection, Marine Caro, made for us a Yogurt Cake. It was delicious and she didn’t even need a measuring cup. It was as easy as 1, 2, 3...


“An ideal recipe to start cooking, many parents pass on this recipe to their children. But with or without your children, it is still fun to prepare a yogurt cake.
Sa simplicité et son goût moelleux lui valent depuis toujours un franc succès auprès des petits et grands."

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Don’t let your kind words go unheard - Day 201


Today is a sad day as my family morns the loss of my Auntie Barb, an amazing woman that helped to shape my childhood.  I remember all the good times we had together, how she always welcomed me and my brothers like we where her own children and how she had such a gentle way that was never harsh.

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Ambition - Day 202


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Happiness the Key to Life - Day 203

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

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The Amazing Mind - Day 204


I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

If yuo cna raed tihs forwrad it!

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Have a Laugh - Day 205



Today take some time to have fun and laugh!  Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. 

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Fiitfu Puts Follow Up Front and Center.

Ericka Morphy from E-Commerce News interviewed Mary-Jane Mehlenbacher last month for an awesome article on Fiitfu. 
Fiitfu is built on it's own platform to ensure that they have complete control of all the changes their clients may need!

Read the article Now on E-Commerce News

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Instructions on opening up emails in Gmail

AOL opening on emails is a browser setting, and not defined by Fiitfu, but you can change it.

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Lionel Richie on hugging - Day 206


“You are who you hug.”

- Lionel Richie

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Taking Chances - Day 207


“Every great thing balances on the razor sharp edge of Disaster.”

- Ken Kragen

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The Power Of Giving - Day 208

I know you have read a number of different blogs from me this past couple of weeks about Ken Kragen, but he has a lot to offer!  One of the other subjects he talks about is the ideas around giving, and how you should look to attach a giving or even a charity piece to each and every thing you do.  Here are a few of his tips around giving, and remember the more Unique and Creative you can get, the more you will be remember!  Being unique and creative can only really be personalized when you get to know your clients.  So keep following the rules of customer relationships as outlined in yesterday’s blog!

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Top 10 Rules of Customer Relationships - Day 209

CRM Puzzle

1.   Listen to your clients’ needs
2.   Keep good records of all correspondence
3.   Record how you met your client (who referred them or what event you met them at)
4.   Stay in contact with your clients on a regular basis
5.   Have a 12 month follow up plan put together for your clients (not just email campaigns)
6.   Get to know your clients, make them laugh

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Change - Day 210

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

- Maria Robinson

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12 Characteristics of Optimists - Day 211


Last month when I saw Ken Kragen speak in Dallas, he references the 12 Characteristics of Optimists.  I loved them and thought you would enjoy them as well.  I have also attached a longer version for you here from The Power of Optimism by Alan Loy McGinnis

So here you go, how do you measure up today??

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Hire Your Weaknesses - Day 212

"# 1 key to success in our internet connected world is YOUR DATABASE
Build it PROTEC IT."     - Marc Ostrofsky  
This past month, I had the privilege of seeing Marc Ostrofsky speaking and he gave us all kinds of ideas for our businesses.
Here are just a few highlighted for you.

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