Law of Success: The Untold Secrets

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Happiness Before Success

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Many of us chase Success in order to become happy and fulfilled. The formula that was taught by schools, parents, the company we work for, or society says ‘If you work hard, you will be successful and then you will be happy.’ Almost two decades of research indicates this isn’t true.

Putting on a happy face is not what we are talking about here. Happiness is “learning how to cultivate the mindset and behaviors that have been proven to fuel greater success and fulfillment. It is a work ethic.” (Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage) Imagine! Happiness being a work ethic!

Not only does being happy improve relationships, performance, your health, and enables you to live longer, but it causes success and achievement. You’ve heard of the flight or fight response. Positive Psychology research has found that happiness has an evolutionary contribution that is called “Broaden and Build” (instead of shrink, freeze or flee). When our mindset or mood is positive we are more motivated, more creative, smarter, and more successful.

Negative emotions narrow our options and actions. Positive emotions opens us up to possibilities, allows us to think more creatively, become more motivated, and open to new ideas. “They help us build more intellectual, social, and physical resources we can rely on in the future (Achor).” Not only can we think better, we can also see more!!!!! We can physically see more, process more visual stimulation, and actually expand our peripheral vision when we have a positive mindset, or a burst of positive emotion. This is powerful data! I’ve been saying on this blog that scarcity consciousness contracts and optimism and thriving helps us expand. Now data shows that it actually does exactly that.

A couple of examples. Students who were told to think of the happiest days of their lives just before an exam out performed those people who didn’t think positive thoughts. A study using experienced doctors looking at descriptions of symptoms were able to get to an accurate diagnosis twice as fast as the control group. The thing that made them happy? They were given a piece of candy for no reason (but did not eat it) just before starting their analysis.

Guess what else it does? Positive emotions help undo stress and anxiety! This allows us to improve our focus, and function at a higher ability. If you are needing to perform for example on a presentation thinking of successful times that you have already presented, or imagining your presentation going well, or watching a video that uplifts you or gives you a smile, will allow you to make a better presentation.

When we give ourselves quick positive boosts, we can function better in the moment. When we do this over time, we raise our baseline of happiness. What we want to do is develop a list of activities, thoughts that can give us a quick boost, or remember times that makes us smile. A short humorous video clip, listening to a favorite song, petting your dog, having a quick conversation with a friend, cleaning your bathroom or kitchen, are things you might do to lift your spirits and give yourself an enormous boost in performance.

Shawn Achor gives a list of suggested things to do which give us a quick boost of positive emotions which can help us change and lift our mindset. Over time, if we do this, we raise our happiness set point.

  1. Meditate
  2. Find Something to Look forward to. (Put something on your calendar that you can have the pleasure of anticipating.
  3. Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness (giving to friends and or strangers decreases stress and raises your mood)
  4. Put things in your surroundings that bring you pleasure – like pictures of family near your computer at work.
  5. Spending time outside improves your mood, improves working memory, and broadens your thinking.
  6. Perhaps watching less TV, especially violent media. Psychologists have found that people who watch less TV are more accurate judges of risks and rewards, because they are less likely to see sensationalized or one-sided sources of information.
  7. Exercise. One study show that 3 groups of depressed people were studied. One was given antidepressants, and the second group was asked to exercise 45 minutes 3 times a week, and the third was a combination of both. All 3 groups showed similar improvements after 4 months. After 6 months, of the medication alone group, 38% had relapsed back into depression. The exercise only group only had a relapse factor of 9%. Exercise any way you want, because it gives you a long lasting effect.
  8. Go to activities like concerts, group dinners out or spend money on someone else.
  9. Exercise a Signature Strength. We are all good at a number of things. Whenever we do the things that we are good at, we experience a boost of positivity. You can take a survey at www.viasurvey.org to find out what your top five strengths are. The 24 character strengths that are assessed are the ones most contributing to human flourishing.
  10. While Achor did not list this, two posts ago, I listed writing into your book of positive aspects as something to do at the beginning of each day. Today, I am amending that to make a list of recent things that have made your smile or feel really good. And keep adding to it, because when you are not happy, you will not remember these things.

My friend Nisha told me today that our brains are wired to loop again and again with a playlist of how to stay safe (from our survival training of watch out for bears, lions, and tigers, or falling off cliffs). Smiles, and positive thoughts don’t make that playlist. That is why we have to consciously choose to reach for better feeling thoughts and experiences. I am hunching that this is what Dr. Achor meant when he suggest happiness is a work ethic.

So I was feeling down when I started reading The Happiness Advantage, and was so refreshed to read about the research that shows how remarkably reaching for a better feeling thought, a better feeling experience helps us to be successful in our lives, in our relationships, in our work, in our performance, in our earning ability. Being conscious about where we are emotionally pays great dividends.

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LIFE IS GOOD

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

 

If there has been a focus in this blog during the last ten years, it has been “How can I live my life sublimely, in my greatest self, aligned and tuned in?  That is what I have concluded from my life experience. To be happy, to be full of well-being, to act in the world in an inspired way, to be successful, whole, healthy and wise; then there was a state of being that I aspired to.  I have spent an entire life trying to find the way to move out of my painful patterns of reaction, into a mode where I choose who I am, rather than be the Reaction to my Outward Environment.

Last night I remembered a beautiful moment in my life when that fullness of being, that connection with Life happened and it was magical.  I was 26 or so, attending a Sid Simon workshop on Values Clarification (which was really a personal growth workshop – but for me, it was spiritual). We continually affirmed each other.  We were constantly in pairs, looking into each other’s eyes for 2 minutes, answering the question that Sid asked us to speak about, and then with loving humor, we would feed back to that person something we absolutely adored about them (just from that 2 minute interaction).  It was profound for the young woman I was who was so starved for positive feedback.

On the last night (a Thursday) we had a talent show which lasted until 3:00 am. At 4:00 am we all loaded into cars and drove out to Miami Beach to watch the sun rise.

I think the sun rose for the  majestic first in my life metaphorically.  As I sat on my meditation bench, full from the experience with 40 – 50 people appreciating each other, I watched the sky lighten.  I was so full.  My heart soared. My spirit was peaceful.  As the sun began to sliver above the horizon, my soul began to sing. I moved into the most profound connection that I have ever experienced.  My cells sang with exuberant joy.  I was completely a part of all that is. I was the sky, I was the moon, I was the water, I was the sand. I was the wave, I was the ginormous awareness bigger than a personal self could ever be.  I wept with joy. I was called to celebrate this incredible beautiful experience we call life by dancing with arms raised into the water.

That time felt endless. There was no time. There was no space, there was only joyous communion.

There is so much more to this story.  Miraculous things happened which I will save for another time.

Today, I am sitting in a study, writing, looking out onto the beautiful world, just having returned from an incredible event in Nanaimo Canada called The Science and Spirituality Conference.  From Wednesday June 13 till Wednesday June 20, I travelled and soaked up the human wisdom that some people I greatly admire have generated from their life’s work; Gregg Braden, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Lynne McTaggart, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Lee Carroll.  I feel today as I felt that gorgeous Friday morning in Miami. Truly blissful, connected to Oneness.

Together 1500 people along with the staff and the presenters, created a field of connection and possibility that has allowed me to feel like dancing with joy, as I did in the Atlantic waters. Now some 40 years+ I am bathing in the waters of my soul while living next to and visiting the waters of the Pacific.

I have aspired to a State of Being where my personal self is aligned with my Source Self.  I am feeling as though I have asked and asked and asked, and finally the universe has given me far more than I ever could have anticipated.

The three months leading up to the conference helped me anchor my intention.  It also allowed some deep processes that cleared the obstructions that kept me mired in reaction.  Unpleasant they were, but I embrace them so excitedly because they freed me to go to the conference free of expectation, free of trying to get what I needed, free from trying to take what I wanted out of desperation, and move to a state of appreciation of myself for going, appreciation for the staff for creating this miraculous event, and the appreciation of and wonder of that many people coming together of like mind.

I feel as though I have circled again into that state of bliss and oneness that led to miracles.  But the state of Being In Oneness is so compelling, that I am so happy to just be here in this moment, in this time, still connected to that incredible field of Quantum Possibility, the Divine, the Matrix, Source, none of which really names even closely what the experience is.

How powerful.  We are living in such wonderful times.  They can be uncomfortable, but such a huge state of shift is happening.  And we are a part of it. LIFE IS GOOD!

What an amazing journey life is!  I feel like I have spent all my life coming to this point in the here in now, where I finally can be the me that I came here to be.  I stand on the cusp of a fascinating birthday – one which I have faced in the past with quite a bit of trepidation.

Now, I am so excited to see what the next 30 or 40 years brings.  Thank you for joining this journey with me.

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Gifts of Adversity

Tuesday, July 08th, 2014

To receive the gifts of adversity, we need to turn our way of looking at the difficult situation completely upside down. Having a disease, or a severe health problem, or being limited in money, or stuck in a job you don’t like may in fact be a huge gift in disguise.

My daughter taught me this recently. She had been agonizing about the health of her horse who would get better and then another issue would emerge. After a couple of years of helping this horse and not being able to ride him, she finally had to draw a line in the sand and begin to contemplate putting the horse down. She couldn’t imagine anyone else being willing to own that horse because it was un-rideable. This severely limited her options.

Finally turning to her own inner guidance, she imagined what the horse might want for its life. Then she went to visit the horse and meditated while she was in the horse’s presence. Here’s what she learned.

1. When you look through the eyes of Source, things look very different. The horse had come into her life to help her heal a number of traumas around animals. The horse did not want to be ridden because it had such trauma around being ridden that it would rather not live than constantly be facing pain and terror.

2. We live in the context of the web of all life. We are never separate from the interconnection, no matter how alone we feel. After meditating with the horse, she realized how profoundly the horse had helped her heal and so she started researching online and found resources where horses were used for healing people in a number of settings. She had never heard about horses being utilized that way. When she connected with one of those people in that profession, they became quite interested in acquiring her horse.

3. Amazing and magical things happen when you let go your old perceptions and turn your beliefs upside down. All kind of new possibilities can flow in after you let go scarcity and contracted old ways of thinking. She literally saw 7 other horses who were in worse shape be adopted by concerned animal lovers. Hers did not get adopted until she was able to come into a whole new understanding of her relationship with her horse (and she is a conscious, ethical, concerned animal owner).

4. You turn your perspective around by asking these questions. How would Source see this situation? What if you embraced this difficulty and asked what gifts you have received in this life as a result of having this problem?

5. When you look for the gifts, you find them. Three days ago I was very frustrated by the medical options facing me regarding my health. My daughter challenged me to do what she had done. Look through the health issue through the eyes of Source and look for the gifts. I took the her challenge and began looking for the gifts. My daughter and I left MN when my finances were really smarting, and my health had deteriorated.

As a result we have moved to an area of the country that I had wanted to explore. I retired early from my occupation, and began writing about things I really cared about. Because of my health issues and finances, I settled in this state and had to look at alternative ways to support myself. While I was still ill, I took a caretaking position on a farm and met one of my closest friends here. She introduced me to other friends, and through her I found my way into a choir that I love, into a city that I love, into a community that I love, and she has taken me through a huge set of adventures enjoying the wide outdoors through her naturalist eyes.

She took me to the island that I now want to move to, and gave me the mug that says “Dwell in the Realm of Possibility.”

So in the weirdest and oddest twists of events, my money scarcity and health problem evoked a whole new life with new friends which I adore. I am happier now than I have ever been.

6. When we receive the gifts with gratitude that adversity brings, perhaps we are close to learning the lessons that the adversity provides and we may be able to graduate and move onto the next stage of growth. With looking at my health issue as an opportunity for transformation from my higher Self, I no longer feel so angry and antagonistic about my colitis. With the release of those feelings of victimization, then new possibilities are beginning to emerge. As a result of the research I did before seeing my doctor, I was knowledgeable enough to say no, I don’t want cortizones, no I don’t want immunosuppressants, what else can we consider? I was able to ask about 2 other drugs. She was able to give me some strong alternatives. (The drug I had been using was creating major side effects).

She had already worked with me as I had changed my diet (letting go wheat and dairy). Now as a result of my research, I have other alternative ways to reduce inflammation and look forward to a time when I may become drug free.

7. What if when I have symptoms in the future I cradle my abdomen and say “Thank you body, for being the instrument through which I have received the life of my dreams?” This puts me into a completely different relationship with my body, my finances, and my disease. Instead of circumstances which I feel at the mercy of, or need to push against; I cradle with gratitude and acceptance and grace, my infirmity. Now that is a mind bender. And maybe I won’t need the condition any longer for my growth, and I can move forward. Life is full of infinite possibilities. It could happen.

May you discover the wonder of the gifts you have received through these difficult times.

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To Flow or Not to Flow; That Is the Question

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

There is a parable that has served me whenever I am transitioning into something big. It goes like this.

    Along the bottom of a great crystal river lived a village of creatures who clung to the rocks and twigs to hold against the current. The water flowed with great ferocity. Tightly the creatures gripped their river bottom to hold against the flow.

Eventually one creature said, this current seems to know where it is going. I am tempted to let follow this movement. The other villagers cried, “no, no, you will be dashed and bashed against the rocks.  The only way to survive is hang on here forever.” And so the creature stayed for a while longer, struggling to control his grip against the powerful flow.

One day, in a depressed, fatigued moment, he said “if this is all there is then I choose to let go and at least die in the adventure. All I know is clinging, and gripping and resisting the momentum of this terrible current and it is not enough.” In one breath, he pried his fingers from his small rock. Immediately he was taken, rolled, and tumbled into many obstacles becoming bruised. And for many long moments, he thought ‘what have I done?’

Sweeping around the curve in the river, he became aware that he was aloft in the clear waters. Below him were other villages of creatures who noticed him, and cried “look there is one like us who flies!”

And he pondered his long life of clinging, and his life now of flying, and he was glad.

This parable from Richard Bach’s book Illusions inspired me as I moved, left a long relationship, changed jobs and cities when I was young and lived in Florida. Shall I cling to the old, or let go into the flow of the unknown and see what it reveals? That choice to let go of a life where I was not truly happy, allowed me to move into a life that held more fulfillment.

I left my profession as a private investigator and repossessor, collection agency manager, and went back to college, finished my undergrad work, worked in the Career Office of Eckerd College, and fell in love with Academia, small private schools and the community that worked together to support the education of young people. That move allowed me to also study Humanistic Psychology (which was a forerunner of transpersonal psychology), to practice Tai Chi at dawn along the bay seawall, immersed in salt air, and pelican cries as we watched the sun rise. My roommate was studying Psychosynthesis in her Master’s program, and I began my long term love affair with Roberto Assagioli and Carl Jung.

Deeply part of that three years was Rolphing and attending Laws of Life classes, Shusta, the Kaballah, Dream Analysis, Huna, Astrology, and exposure to other ancient wisdoms and esoteric philosophies such as Theosophy, taught or offered in the bookstore of The Temple of the Living God, my spiritual home.

It was the most fertile period of my life, for it held the seeds of all that I pursued for the rest of my life.

Had I held tight to what I knew at the bottom of the river as it pressed forward, I would lack so much depth and breadth.

Richard Bach’s metaphor continued(s) to help me remember the possibility of flow. With each shift of life, there would come a time, when I would become clutching and rigid again, holding to what I knew, rather than experience that majesty of drifting in the flow. And by now, I knew that to let go meant some mighty bumps and bruises before I was swept into the flow of the current.

“Am I flowing, or clutching the river bottom?” became a question I would ask as my life would continue in a cycle. Many times, I found I was clutching the river bottom.

Richard Bach became one of my internal mentors as I read Bridge Across Forever, and One. I had begun writing in my late teens. His storytelling imparts great wisdom in a compelling way. I wanted to model myself after he and his wife. I was fascinated with his way of living, perhaps in a trailer with books overflowing both sides of his bed, living with the love of his life, trying to save a forest of trees. Then later he moved from Oregon to the San Juan Islands. As I read his story, I felt those islands call to me.

It is only now in hindsight that I see the deep desire that was covered by the strong belief I could never do it. The belief was so strong that I never held living in the San Juans as a goal. Besides, I was married, had small children and lived in Minnesota when I first heard the siren call of the islands.

When I hit the stall last year, I was confused and concerned. I couldn’t lift out of it. My continued use of Psychosynthesis techniques and philosophy over my lifetime suggested that I trust the process. That I trust my process. When one is down, it is much harder to hold to higher levels of understanding, because we have shrunk in awareness, and our capacity to problem solve shrinks.

All I could do is continue to ask the question “what is going on?” When I received no answers, I had to surrender to the process. Yes, I had gotten sick, yes, my dearest brother had almost died and it terrified me, yes, I got into a brouhaha with my closest friend, and we weren’t speaking. Yes, I got into another challenging situation with the community in which I lived. Even collectively, there wasn’t a good enough reason to have taken my urge to write. I have been through many adversities. This time, I dithered. I lost some hope and eventually began to be resigned to where I was emotionally.

However I was asking for help from the universal managers, and any non-human helper that would listen.

Then my roommate brought home this exercise that she had done that had shifted her perspective immensely about someone who had done her great harm with intention. When I saw her attitude had changed in one hour from using a process called NeuroMastery, I wanted to take that class. You can read more about that story by reading Transformation is at hand.

I felt inspired at a time when little had been interesting. I followed that inspiration to act. I signed up for the class. Amazing things happened.

My daughter signed up as well. Between the exercises that I was doing every day, I realized that I had shut off a part of me. One of my dearestly held qualities is that of aliveness. Would you believe that there are a lot of places where aliveness is not treasured. Bringing the fullness of me to many situations where I live was breaking some norms. Others saw it as too emotional, too loud, to consuming, too much.

I had slowly been conforming to what others would prefer from me at cost to myself, and it had all happened under the surface without my awareness. When I realized what I had done (others did not do it to me, I had done it to myself), I had a huge aha. Immediately followed the strong decision that I was not going to give up my aliveness for anything or anyone.

As I shared this with my daughter, she said “Mom. When I saw you three months ago, I was appalled. I didn’t recognize you. You had resigned yourself to getting older and living as you were currently. I didn’t see any dreams or enthusiam for which you are know.” Resignation! As she said it, the truth of that statement resonated inside. The truth was I couldn’t even find any dreams to have. Two major ahas, back to back. They energized me. The decision to embrace my aliveness filled me with resolution.

I had been thinking I would live in this community for the rest of my life, because I love it here. But what to do with the variance between the norms of being business-like, without passion at meetings, and the exuberance I share at the top of my lungs? For the first time, I considered the possibility of living somewhere else.

Now here is how I experience my decisions about identity and where I live. It was like having little latches inside, where as I committed to living in this community, a part of me “latched” into the reality of living here, in this community and in this town. Not too dissimilar from grasping the bottom rocks of the river. Which begs the question, of “how do I live in commitment, but not in rigidity, or resignation?” But that is for another entry.

Simultaneously, the community choir that has brought me such joy changed directors. It was great at first, then later, as the concert approached we got more and more tense about our ability to perform, because we were singing incredibly difficult pieces. I don’t normally go around getting mad at stuff, but I got mad at my director and my section. I noticed that my mad was disproportionate to what stimulated them. I was reacting like crazy. To the point where another latch that I had made to this community because of the choir was unlocked. I grumbled “Choir is about singing, having joy, and this is no longer fun, just hard work.” I was mad enough, and committed enough to having joy in my life, that I wouldn’t waste time in an activity that did not give back to me in fulfillment and joy.

When I moved in with my roommate two years ago, I was in bliss because I lived with someone of like mindedness and we care about each other. When she lost her job last October pushing her into retirement far earlier that she considered, suddenly there were two adults home all day long. I noticed that I was getting cranky about not having enough space in my room. Circumstances had suddenly invited me to consider living alone. The third latch was loosened.

These synchronicities were not brought about me consciously. But there was a deeper process at work behind the scenes.

And it was at this point that I made a pivotal choice. Instead of cancelling my trip to the San Juan Islands, I would go. I was pretty grumpy, energized, and not sure where all the movement was going. There was a lot of bruising. And then when I arrived and stepped off the ferry, I felt my world sync and morph as I began to “Dwell in Possibilities“.

Every time I go to the islands, I remember my journeys through Richard Bach’s world. I don’t know where he lives now, but I think it is still in the San Juan Islands. These islands call to me. I go out to the park, and look over the waters to the mountains rising on Lummi, Orcas, Guemes and other islands.
Every time I head downtown, I crest a large hill and there before me is the Bay and the waters shimmering in the sunlight, or even fog, and my heart leaps.

As I gaze across the expanse of water, my energy flows, lifts, and expands. What would it be like to live closer?

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Dwell in Possibility

Monday, June 09th, 2014

The San Juan Islands have called to me for more than 25 years. So much so, that here in the last third of my life, I have migrated to the Pacific Northwest. My favorite spots on the mainland are always where I can see the water and the islands.

Two months ago, my naturalist friend invited me to go with her and her daughter to visit an island I had not seen. I said yes. As the time to visit approached, I began to second think myself. I was very busy preparing for a choral concert. Many of my clients had requested my time. I was tired. I had too much to do. I wasn’t feeling well. I almost cancelled. Why would I tell you this? Because the decision to go was important. I almost overrode myself, and easily could have, because I have a huge internal responsibility carrier.

In the end, I was miffed at some things, and I just said to myself. “I have never had this opportunity to go. I want to go. I am going.” That decision changed my life.

Travel in the San Juans requires using ferries. When I walked onto the ferry, it was raining in Anacortes. When I walked off on Orcas, it was sunny and blue skies. For the hour or so on the ferry, you watch the seagulls, the seascape reflecting a huge sky, and are charmed by sailboats, and kayaks, and possibly a whale. It is one of my most loved activities, standing forward in the salt air, watching this pristine world go by. It just soothes my soul.

Orcas the island has mountains and forests, and lots of coast, as three fjord-like bays push themselves up from the bottom of the island. The Pacific Northwest has some of the cleanest water and air that can be found in the US. Waters come barreling down from the glaciers and snow covered Cascade Mountains, through the salmon filled rivers into the Salish Sea. The peoples of this area want to protect their beautiful habitats.

Yes, I love this area. I love the people here who love their wildlife and spawning grounds. In the islands, people grow huge organic gardens surrounded by 8 feet fences so not to provide a continuing brunch to the native deer. When I ride by the farms or the forests or beaches clogged with driftwood, my heart just brims with fulfillment.

And so it was that I woke the next morning, went for a walk with my jasmine tea, and looked west over the marina and tiny island outside of Deer Harbor. My friend worked on a watercolor painting before we headed to our afternoon adventure of driving to the top of Mount Constitution, the highest lookout in the San Juan Islands. As we stepped into the car, she handed me a brand new mug asking “Can you use this?” Scribed on a pink bank of color were the words from Emily Dickinson “Dwell in Possibility.”

A shiver went through me. “Absolutely I can use this,” I answered. And I did. For the next two days, I contemplated the notion of dwelling in possibilities. “What would it be like to live in an environment like this? How did I feel when I contemplated such a possibility? What would it be like to have my children visit me in such a setting? What kind of views would I enjoy with my morning tea? What would it be like to live where cell phone coverage is spotty? Which did I prefer, a water view, or a valley view?”

As I drifted through the bliss of the next two days, we went to Lopez Island where the best Ice Cream in the world is made, and you can sit in the ferry line and buy a pint from the truck ahead of you at island prices.

In my imagination, I tried on many places to live; farms, resorts at the coastal edge, forest cabins, single storied charmers in the village of Eastsound, and a fifty feet sailing yacht at Rosario Resort. It was like going clothes shopping, but much more satisfying. I didn’t engage the part of my mind that says, ‘you don’t have the money for a fifty foot sailboat, or traveling regularly by float plane.’

The days were full of my just enjoying where I was, and saying many ‘what ifs?’ It helped that I wasn’t the driver, I just sat back and enjoyed wherever our car meandered. Around every turn was another unexpected treat.

I sent my inner censor on vacation, while I smelled the colors of sea and sky, and sipped forest paths, drank sunsets and savored the taste of ‘dwelling in possibilities.’ The power of such a feast for the senses, was that I was surrounded by the ‘what is’ of island sights and smells. I haven’t felt that much joy and serenity in a long while. Curiously, I never asked the question as I considered possibilities ‘what would it be like to live here?’ That was just further than my imagination could stretch.

So I pondered and poked and stayed with the pure bliss of the experience of standing on various islands, enjoying flights of fancy inspired by a young woman whose writings did not become famous until after her death. Another of her quotes has always been a favorite.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words—and never stops at all.”
—Emily Dickinson

Perhaps affected by the transcendalists of her time, she lets the spirit of nature soar through her words.

As I reflect on my experience those three days in the islands, I remember how affected I was by the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Trine, Henry David Thoreau; transcendentalists, who believed that there is more than what we know that transcends our senses. We come to this knowing through our imagination and intuition and therefore can trust ourselves to be our own authority about what is right for us. Perhaps that is what Thoreau meant about our following a different drummer.

Dwelling in possibilites for three days, set the stage for a whole new adventure.

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NEW DELHI: Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and several other local streaming services that offer *content* in multiple languages, a clutch of new ...



As Customers Begin to Shop Through Voice Assistants, What Can Brands Do to Stand Out?  Harvard Business Review

The Internet has overturned how people shop and reshaped the retail industry. Voice assistants are about to unleash another revolution. As people increasingly ...



Classic car dealership to open in Idaho Falls  East Idaho News

IDAHO FALLS – The first business of its kind in eastern Idaho is just a few weeks away from opening in Idaho Falls. It's called Mac's Classics, Hotrods, ...



What role does content marketing play in a data-driven world? Insights from Jakarta  Econsultancy

Back in 1996, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates surprised the world with his opinion on which internet businesses were most likely to succeed – and why. In an online ...



'The fundamentals have never changed': How travel agents are surviving the internet era  Fora.ie

PAUL HACKETT REMEMBERS a time when there were no computers in the offices of Budget Travel, one of Ireland's biggest travel brands. “I joined Budget at ...



I tried to get rich dropshipping cheap crap to Coachella kids  The Outline

The online world of dropshipping is a scammy perversion of traditional small business, but it might just be the last thing standing in the way of Amazon's total ...



Amazon tests the market for private-label B2B products  DigitalCommerce360

Amazon has launched AmazonCommercial as its own brand of janitorial and sanitation products, and some online B2B merchants expect it to enter additional ...



Start-up Saturday: Bite at multi-billion dollar pie; how not to choke  Hindustan Times

According to Forrester Research CAGR for e- commerce in India (for 2016 to 2021), growing faster than any other Asian country.



Finding the Most Profitable Online Niches Doesn't Have to be Hard, See Our List of the Top 20  Small Business Trends

If you're determined to start a business online, take a look at this list of the 20 most profitable niches to determine which sector would be best for you.



How 5 Women CEOs Found Success in Chicago Tech  Built In Chicago

We spoke with five women CEOs from Chicago tech about why they joined the tech world — and the lessons they've learned along the way.



The Ultimate Guide to Building an Online Community  G2

An online community can be a powerful way to create advocates for you and your business. Learn all you need to know about getting one off the ground here!



Online attacks fighter Corero Network Security smashed again on new warning, 16 Aug 2019 11:10  Shares magazine

Today's profit warning from Corero Network Security (CNS:AIM) is another ugly reminder of how tough it is for small, sub-scale cyber security businesses.



$12.99 million Florida mansion has a fully functional trading floor  Business Insider

One Fort Lauderdale mansion takes the concept of a home office to a whole new level with its in-house fully functional trading floor.



Product Marketing Lessons From Google, Amazon, and Apple  Business 2 Community

Is 2019 the year of the startup? Judging by the rise of several startups in the past few years, it might very well be. This doesn't necessarily mean larger, more ...



How to make money online  The Standard

Today, he is among the thousands of Kenyans who are earning a decent livelihood working online.



Four online travel agency myths to stop believing now  PhocusWire

Online travel agencies developed in the early to mid-1990s, gradually becoming one of the first great internet success stories of the tech era. As we all know, ...



Marketing executive who works with early-stage companies, firms in transition sees opportunity...  Business Observer

Through agencies Brand Communication Design and Comunicano, Andy Abramson helps companies position their strategy to match their goal.



The power of effective communications in construction  MEConstructionNews.com

ProTenders analysis finds that Kingdom will continue to lead GCC construction market with a strong pipeline of urban projects. The construction market is a key ...



There Are More Niche Markets Than Ever, And That's A Great Opportunity For Your Business  Forbes

Running a business in a society made up of a wide range of interest groups, social groups, language groups, and more can be a great thing if you know how to ...



Great Ideas for Your E-commerce Business  The Future of Things

Image source: Unsplash.com. Your dream of becoming financially independent can start with a simple idea. E-commerce has been a gateway for a lot of ...



How to Create a Niche Market Business  Business News Daily

Building a business in a niche market is difficult. The CEOs of Artisans List share how to successfully create a niche market and build your business.



The 10 Largest-Cap Growth Stocks  Motley Fool

Investors know it's not easy to find companies already worth tens of billions that can still expand their revenues rapidly. But these giants show it's not impossible.



How I grew my niche office supplies business online  DigitalCommerce360

As a niche merchant serving the Texas oil-and-gas industry, The Office Tex learned how to use the web to broadly expand its product categories, types of ...



Global Embedded Infrastructure And Devices In The Internet Of Things (Iot) Ecosystem Market Region Operation, Demand, Outlook and Forecast 2019 – 2025  ScoopJunction

Profound Analysis of Global Embedded Infrastructure And Devices In The Internet Of Things (Iot) Ecosystem Market Highlighting Segments, Robust Contenders, ...



Egyptian niche food marketplace secures investment  AIM Group

Adegoke Seun | July 29, 2019 | Marketplaces. Egypt-based online meal marketplace Elmenus has secured an investment from ex-VP of DeliveryHero, Julian ...



15 Best Niche Industries for Startups  Small Business Trends

After four years, more than 50 percent of startups are gone. Getting a good start is important, so consider this list of the 15 best niche industries.



An Introduction to Growth Investing  Motley Fool

Well-crafted growth investing strategies can help you identify stocks that will go on to post life-changing returns.



Hastings College expands technology, travel opportunities  Kansas City Star

Hastings College has lived through plenty of changes in its 137 years, but few have been as profound as the transformation students will see this school year.



Bigger Banks are here to stay  Finextra

Banking Is More Than Software. Disruption is the current name of the game. The promise is it will upturn any economic sector that's not sufficiently hip to the new ...



Here's My Top Stock to Buy in August  Motley Fool

Fast-growing companies in high-growth markets can prove to be big winners over the long haul -- but only when investors buy these stocks at the right price.



The Tragic Downfall Of Tumblr  Grit Daily

Back in 2012 you would have been hard-pressed to spend more than an hour in any American high school without hearing a reference to Tumblr, the blogging ...



Commentary: The incredible rise of Big Tech giants and how they became gatekeepers of power  CNA

For all their good intentions, accidents happen when fallible humans intervene in complex systems they don't understand, says Flinders ...



North Texas' Fastest-Growing Community Banks  D Magazine

Everybody's money is green. That is the basic challenge of banking—getting people to do business with you rather than the guy down the street whose loans ...



Black Tea Extract Market Analysis, Business Opportunities, Size, Share, Growth, Emerging Trends and New Tech Developments 2022  Denton Observer

The Report on Global Black Tea Extract Market provides a professional Outlook of Industry and breakdown data by manufacturers, region, type and application, ...



Gatekeepers reign supreme: Bewildering complexity makes regulating Facebook, Google and Amazon difficult  SmartCompany.com.au

A consensus is growing that intervention is urgently required to bring legal oversight into the practices of the world's largest tech monopolies.



Analysts question Netflix strategy as costs and competition grow  S&P Global

Netflix Inc. has had a challenging 2019 so far, with below-guidance subscriber growth, controversial show cancellations, and the loss of popular *content* such as ...



Yersinia Diagnostics Market Overview 2019-Worldwide Business Growth And Consumption Status, Segmentation And Drivers, Industry Survey And Trend To 2026  US Trade Media

Yersiniosis industry usually is diagnosed by detecting the organism in the stool of an infected person. Many laboratories do not routinely test for Yersinia, so it is ...



NSN 50th: Blazing a new path at North Shore News  North Shore News

If Peter Speck oversaw the golden age of newspapering on the North Shore, it was his successor Doug Foot who was at the helm when the winds of change ...



Why Targeting Niche Audiences Is Key To E-Commerce Success  Forbes

Sizable and diverse audiences are the mediums of choice for many successful marketing agencies, brands, and e-commerce businesses. However, targeting ...



How To Start The Right Online Business To Match Your Personality  Forbes

A successful life as an entrepreneur involves a number of critical factors including how close your business model fits with your personality and core values.



High-tech growth is driving the manufacturing sector in India  Fortune India

The Indian manufacturing sector has reason to be optimistic with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget announcement this year. With a growth-driven ...



Mastering Your Niche: How to Run a Craft Business From Home  Entrepreneur

The 21st century is loudly being proclaimed the era of the digital entrepreneur, and it's indisputable that it's easier to run your business from home now than ever ...



Ways The Internet Is Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed In Niche Markets  NewsWatch

Technology and the Internet have revolutionized the way people do business over the past few decades. The number of organizations popping up every day is ...



PPC Services are Providing Best Pay Per Click Management to Numerous Businesses  Bigtime Daily

PPC Services is making website designing and digital marketing accessible and affordable for everyone. The company's business model is to provide everyone ...



To Succeed With Your Genealogy Business, Find a Niche  Business.com

Have you ever considered starting a genealogy business? This guide will walk you through the steps of starting a home-based genealogy business.



How To Create Content Marketing Strategy For the Finance Niche In 2019?  Small Business Trends

While there are no hard and fast set of rules, here are a few pointers that'll help create a reliable financial *content* marketing strategy.



9 'Evergreen Niches' for That Next, New Online Business You're Dying to Dive Into  Entrepreneur

Weight loss, therapists and beauty products will always be in demand.



7 Online Business Ideas That Could Make You Rich  Entrepreneur

If you're at all interested in starting your own online business, there's no time like the present. We live in a golden age of wealth. As much as the media tries to ...



Why China's next crop of 'techpreneurs' are skipping home and eyeing a fresh gold rush in new markets  KrASIA

This article first appeared on the South China Morning Post. China's tech entrepreneurs are finding that affordable innovation appeals in developing markets.



3 Businesses that online shopping is taking over that you didn't think it would  The Yucatan Times

With online shopping accounting for about 10% of the total retail sales, e-commerce has become a strongly growing domain with no signs of a decline. It has a ...



How to Grow Your Business - Business Guides  The New York Times

The best businesses are always looking for ways to improve, whether that's offering better products or adopting more efficient processes. Here's how you can ...



When Small Is Big Enough: Success Strategies In Niche Segmentation And Customer-Centricity  Forbes

What does a 110-year-old telecommunications company on an island in the Puget Sound have to teach marketers about serving niches? A lot. Whidbey ...



How Myspace Opened The Door To Niche Music Genres  Forbes

While Myspace may have recently lost 12 years worth of *content*, the social network was ahead of its time, creating the foundation for niche music genres and ...



How to Find a Profitable Niche Market for Your Business  TAPinto.net

One of your first steps to becoming a successful online entrepreneur is to pick a profitable niche. Luckily, there are thousands of niches out there that you can ...



Local business owners urge workshop attendees to find a niche and go for it | News, Sports, Jobs  Maui News

To taste-test a beverage at Maui Soda & Ice Works, Manuel Nobriga used to grab a bottle off the line, down it all at once and let out a solid belch. “If the.



Smaller than you think: India’s online paradox  Livemint

Why are some of India's most successful internet entrepreneurs entering niche businesses and ignoring the mass market?.India's consumer internet market has ...



50 Awesome Small Business Ideas in the Rental Niche  Small Business Trends

The rental services industry has been growing steadily. If you're interested in starting one, here are 50 rental business ideas to consider.



Finding Value In Silicom, A Growing, Niche Technology Business  Forbes

Silicom is a small cap tech company which also happens to be the worldwide leader in a profitable and growing niche business, customized network interface ...



21 Ways To Earn $100 Every Day Online  Forbes

Here are 21 ways you can start earning $100 a day taking advantage of online business.



Global Power Amplifier Market Expected to Reach USD 35.4 Billion By 2025: Zion Market Research  GlobeNewswire

According to the report, the global power amplifier market was USD 21.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach approximately USD 35.4 billion by 2025, at a ...



Exclusive: How 1 Scrappy All-Business-Class Airline Carved Out a Niche for Itself  The Motley Fool

Boutique airline La Compagnie has successfully taken on heavyweights like Delta and Air France with its affordable business-class *service* between New York ...



4 Proven Ways to Make Money Online  AllBusiness.com

If you want to make money online, here are four great ways to start your own online business.



6 Ways to Elevate Your Brand in a Niche Market  Total Retail

Thriving in a niche market may appear challenging on the surface, but when you really dig into marketing strategies, it becomes clear that maybe niche is better ...



E-Commerce: Tools to Find the Best Product Niche  Business 2 Community

E-commerce has just grown so fast and taken over the entire world. More and more traditional businesses are adding or switching to the e-commerce market for ...



24 Ideas for Your Next Small Business in 2019  TheStreet.com

Are you one of the millions of Americans who'd like to own their own business? Here are some ideas to get you started....CMG.



Seeking strategic niches in the cloud  ZDNet

While the market and many vendors continue to focus on public cloud infrastructure as the end-all, be-all of the future of computing, other companies are finding ...



8 Ways to Make Money Online Without Quitting your Day Job  Entrepreneur

Want to make money online? Want to rake in millions almost effortlessly? Sure, most silver-tongued marketers might lead you to believe that the good life is just ...



How Do You Choose Just the Right Niche for Your Ecommerce Business? A Checklist  Entrepreneur

The first question to ask yourself? What are your personal interests? And are you game to do a whole lot of market research?



3 Reasons Tomorrow's Content Landscape Is Ripe (Ripe!) for Today's Entrepreneurs  Entrepreneur

From its humble origins in the Gutenberg Press to today's latest online iteration, mass information and by extension *content*, is now an intricate part of most ...



Social media ad spend growth plummets? A rebuttal – Econsultancy  Econsultancy

Rumours of the demise of social media ad spend growth are being widely exaggerated. The situation when it comes to social is far more nuanced.



50 Online Business Ideas  Small Business Trends

There are so many different opportunities out there to start businesses online. Here are 50 online business ideas you can hop on right away.



Verizon's Wireless Operations Perform Well As Internet Business Struggles  Forbes

Verizon published a better than expected set of third-quarter results that were driven by the company's expanding postpaid wireless business. While total ...



How to bootstrap a successful e-commerce business  Born2Invest

Thanks to the internet, launching your online store has never been made simpler.



5 Steps You Can Use to Find Your Niche  Entrepreneur

You want to start a business, but the thing that's holding you back is the market niche you know you need to choose. And, honestly, this can be tricky: You could ...



Here's What Entrepreneurs Must Know About the Booming VPN Industry  Entrepreneur

Twenty years ago, virtual private networks (VPNs) were almost exclusively connected to businesses. The consumer VPN industry, as it is now, was pretty much ...



Ranking Arizona: Top 10 social media marketing firms  AZ Big Media

Here are the Top 10 social media marketing firms in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state's biggest and most ...



This report reveals where teens are starting to spend their time online, and it's not Snapchat or Instagram  Business Insider

Gen Z has grown up with the internet and smartphones and spent their entire lives adapting to new technology.



5 Tips To Help You Better Sell Your Knowledge Online  Forbes

Do you have a business selling your knowledge - or thinking of starting one? Here are 5 useful tips to help you better sell your knowledge online.



Sony CEO: Consoles a 'niche market' within the games industry  Gamasutra

Sony chief exec Jim Ryan has suggested consoles now exist in a 'niche market' within the wider games industry.



While people puzzle over WeWork, niche co-working spaces continue gaining traction  TechCrunch

This week, a young, New York-based startup called Alma raised $8 million in funding to expand its “co-practicing community of therapists, coaches, and ...



Co-Working Has Become Increasingly Niche as the Market Matures  Propmodo

It's 2019, and co-working is as big as ever, projected to double in membership from just 2 years ago by 2022 based on recent statistics. As the concept of ...



Sonic has carved out a niche providing internet, despite competition from giants AT&T, Comcast  San Francisco Business Times

Dane Jasper didn't even set out to start an internet company, he just wanted to help fellow students get access to dial-up internet. Twenty-four years later, he's ...



Why It Can Be Easier To Start A Business In Mexico  Forbes

Ever think of starting a business abroad? Here's what it's like.



What Is The Netflix Effect?  Forbes

What is the Netflix Effect? It's a move towards more convenient, personalized *content*. The success of Netflix shows that consumers want products that are easy ...



Gay pilots? Muslim quarterbacks? There's a financial advisor focusing in on every niche customer  CNBC

Only 15 percent of financial advisors specialize in niche clients but they account for a third of advisor assets. A look at five niche practice areas.



How To Market Online Without Relying On Google AdWords  Forbes

Google AdWords may be the dominant force when it comes to digital marketing, but it's very possible to perform highly successful online campaigns without it.



Online store on WeChat looks to fill niche for souvenirs - Chinadaily.com.cn  Chinadaily USA

Beijing-based e-commerce firm ToGo teamed up with local travel agencies on Wednesday to launch a new online store within the WeChat platform for ...



This 19-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Exposing the Secrets of the Billion Dollar Underground Sneaker Market  Entrepreneur

Brandon Webb has made a living by taking advantage of America's obsession with kicks. The 19 year old based in Los Angeles is the founder of Hypluxe, ...



Buy Low-Tops, Sell High-Tops: StockX Sneaker Exchange Is Worth $1 Billion  The New York Times

StockX is one of several online marketplaces that have turned resales of shoes into a big — and highly valued — business.


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