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Dec 20th

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This year, resolve to lose the wait

This year, resolve to lose the waitMTV’s reality series, “The Buried Life,” features four guys who set out to accomplish 100 meaningful tasks before they die, while helping 100 people knock something off their own life-lists along the way.  At an average age of about 24, they seem to have nothing but time on their side.  But rather than wait, they are doing it all now.

What is on your list of career and personal must-do’s?  Looking back from the sunset of life, people often review the milestone events and the decisions that drove them.  When you look back from your 70th/80th/90th birthday, what will you be thinking?  Will you say, “I wish I had,” or “I am sure glad I did!” 
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Company supports women business leaders

Company supports women business leadersWashington, DC – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) joined Diversity Woman Magazine to uplift and empower women during the Diversity Women’s Business Conference held in Washington, DC, recently. Over two days, women in various industries ranging from executives, educators, entrepreneurs and innovators, came together to discuss strategies and solutions for demonstrating leadership in the modern workplace. Wells Fargo was also a supporter of the Mosaic Women Awards Luncheon and joined panelists during breakout sessions and workshops which addressed executive leadership and personal development.
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Navigating After a No

Navigating After a NoNothing is more disappointing than taking no for an answer.  Imagine Brett Favre’s frustration when his doctors said, “No more consecutive starts.”  Or the look on Joseph’s face when he heard the words, “No room at the inn.”  And yet, Joseph found a suitable solution in a manger nearby, and Favre likely has more football before him.  Professionals in sales, customer service and parenting agree, No rarely means no.  However, “No” does not mean, “Keep asking,” either.  No is a simple, two-letter statement indicating that, based on currently available information, the answer at this time is not, “Yes.”  Capitalizing on the no requires creativity and patience, and new information.
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Book primes readers for business success

Book primes readers for business success    Black Business Secrets

“Black Business Secrets is dedicated to transforming the devastating statistics that African Americans are much more likely to fail in business than their white, Asian, or Hispanic counterparts due to a lack of fundamental business education, insufficient economic development, and resources… [The book] offers business tips that will help you get the ball rolling—from consulting to franchises to preparing to enter emerging markets…

Contributions from experienced businesspeople have been central to compiling this wealth of information. They generously gave of their time to provide this warehouse of knowledge… to ensure that your business will shine throughout the 21st Century.”
-- Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. 10)

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Gracious ways to say thank you

Gracious ways to say thank you‘Tis the season for shopping, spending, wrapping, ripping open, returning and regifting.  It’s a time of wondering what someone else might want or need and then making an effort to provide it.  And it’s as good a time as any to say, “Thank you.”

Thank you.  Two little words that really pack it in.  Saying thank you lifts someone else up by recognizing that he or she invested time, energy or money to lift you up.  But thank you is also humbling:  it is an acknowledgement that you had a need, that you required or desired something and that someone else was in a position to give it to you. 
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Are your kids ready for a cell phone?

Are your kids ready for a cell phone?If your preteen child hasn't hit you up yet for a cell phone, you're among a rare breed indeed. Studies have found that roughly 70 percent of 11–14-year-olds now use cell phones. Closer to home, our 10-year-old has been hounding my wife and me for months to get his own phone.

My initial reaction was, "no way." But upon investigation, I see why many parents eventually give in. Here are a few points to ponder on before you agree or disagree to your preteen’s demand for a phone.

Pro and cons

Anyone who's ever had a flat tire or gotten lost can attest to cell phones' advantages in such desperate situations. On the flip side, unless you install parental controls, your child could access inappropriate content or be more vulnerable to bullying and predatory behavior.

Cell phone use can be wildly expensive, because besides calls, text messaging, web browsing and application downloads all come at a price. So checkout the types of payment options available.
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Griffi n breaks barriers in architecture

Griffi n breaks barriers in architectureFew architecture firms get the opportunity to work with renowned architect Renzo Piano on ground breaking design and construction of a world icon—in this case the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, but that is exactly what Interactive Design, Inc. (IDEA) of Chicago did. What is more unusual, however, is that firm is helmed by Dina A. Griffin, a Black woman—in fact one of only 262 Black women architects in the US.

Griffin, however, takes it all in stride. And why shouldn’t she? She is president of a small firm that, in their words, creates designs that enrich and inspire people’s lives. The backgrounds of the IDEA staff are as diverse as the projects that they undertake. The firm only hires licensed architects. Currently they have 10 professionals with experience ranging from ten years to 30. Half of the staff are women—a testament to Griffin’s commitment to bring more diversity into the field. Each architect specializes in a specific area of architecture--from design for zoo enclosures to cultural, governmental and historic preservation. Given this scenario, Interactive Design is the “can do” and “go to” firm.
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