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Randy Pausch – Professor at Carnegie Mellon

This is a long video but well worth the watch when you have the time. This lecture is part of a series that Carnegie Mellon presents called “The Last Lecture” where one of their professors gives a keynote address as if it is the last lecture they will ever be able to give. A chance for them to impart their most important bits of wisdom and life lessons.

For Randy Pausch, it holds a lot more meaning. At the time of this lecture, Randy is actually dying of Pancreatic Cancer. This message that he delivers is nothing short of astounding and really put life into perspective. (Randy passed away July 25, 2008.)

Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunity Weblog

Be Wary Of Online Work-At-Home Offers – How would you like to earn $600 a week while working part-time in the comfort of your own home? Sound too good to be true? Internet employment sites now feature lots of postings for “virtual assistants” (home-based staff) but some of these offers aren’t legit[…]
Google Trends Reveals Which Tech Trends Are Hot (Or Not) – Google Trends, a kind of a search engine within a search engine, reveals the popularity – or unpopularity – of a given search keyword. Its results reflect mega-patterns of what people are thinking about (if you accept the thesis that Internet searches equal the public’s level of interest)[…]
Are You Your Business Card? – You shake hands firmly and thrust out your business card to the other person. When I do this, I am continually amazed about what people put in my hand[…]
A Web Page Of One’s Own – Plenty of people have personal Web pages. But are we reaching the point where you need one? The answer is still “no” — but that “no” is no longer quite so firm as it used to be[…]
From Accident to Entrepreneur – A motorcycle accident 19 years ago restricted Dave Lewis’s mobility but swung open the door to a business opportunity for the now 39-year-old entrepreneur. Lewis was driving home from his job managing a rental equipment store in LaPorte when he hit a hole on a set of railroad tracks and was thrown into an 8-foot ditch[…]
Testing Your Home Biz Website – If your home based business has a website (and most likely it does) have you tested it lately? Testing a website involves many things and you probably don’t want to get bogged down on the process of testing[…]
Best Thing Since Sliced Bread – Everyone has heard the phrase “it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,” used to hype everything from toasters to cell phones. In 1927 Otto Rohwedder designed a machine that not only sliced the bread but also wrapped it[…]
Bringing An Idea To The Masses – Few individuals have a moment of clarity when they give birth to an idea for a product or service, and even fewer take that idea and make it happen. Taking an idea to market is a long process, but in the end it’s worth it[…]
Start Your Day Productively – Productivity is something that escapes many people in the morning, and I would be the first to admit to that myself[…]
Whipping Your Website Into Shape – No more excuses: let’s get your small business Website whipped into shape. People who are moderately online use the Web as their first search source. Phone books are dead trees; if your business is not online with an easy-to-find phone number, I’m clicking elsewhere[…]
Never Too Late to be an Entrepreneur – Karen Rosick calls her mother-in-law an “extraordinary woman,” and why shouldn’t she? At 80 years old, Rose Rosick isn’t spending her retirement traveling the world or playing golf. Instead, the bright-eyed lady with alabaster locks is running her own business[…]
Entrepreneur’s Independence – Independence: it’s been a goal of Americans for over 230 years. Entrepreneurs are particularly independent. We throw off bosses like the colonists threw off the king. No matter how risky starting a business seems, to us it’s the route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” […]
Do You Have The Courage To Be Extraordinary? – At a recent networking meeting, I had the opportunity to hear Pernille Spiers-Lopez speak. Danish born, Pernille immigrated to the United States about 26 years ago as a young woman. After a few jobs that didn’t pan out for her, she found herself working in the Marketplace at Ikea […]
Make Money With Facebook – If you’re wondering how you can monetise Facebook, then here are some ideas for you […]
7 Ways To Make Your Biz More Visible – It’s important to make your business visible, in your community and beyond. After all, when people are looking to buy products or services, they usually opt for the business they remember seeing or hearing about. Use the following ideas to market your business, create visibility, and drive more customers to your doors […]
When the Home and Office Become One – You’ve no doubt heard stories about some successful business that started in the owner’s basement or garage. He or she doodled a product or idea on a napkin and set to work making it happen. The entrepreneur would go on to hire employees, move into an office building and enjoy greater success. But there was an early step, which probably came right after the napkin plan. It was a decision to open an office in the house […]
Job Security and Home Based Bizs – A lot of folks consider the idea of a home based business in relation to their job security (or lack thereof). It seems the less job security there is, the more interest there is in starting a home-based business. Job security isn’t what it used to be […]
Press Releases As A Home Based Biz Tool – Press releases used to be a tool strictly used by Public Relations and Media professionals. However, that’s changed and now press releases are available to anyone who wants to use them […]
Show Up at Work … in Your Robe – This year’s skyrocketing gas prices are enough to make even the most diehard office suck-ups fantasize about finding a job that lets them telecommute. But is finding a new job that lets you work from home a realistic goal or just a pipe dream? … In other words, although work-at-home jobs do exist, they remain few and far between […]
Designing A Dream Home Office – As more and more Americans work from home — be it running a business or telecommuting for a job — the home office, which was once relegated to a small corner in a kitchen or perhaps a dank basement, is finally receiving some well-deserved attention […]

Success Begins Today – tools for personal productivity

Simple Tools For Overcoming Procrastination – Procrastination is one of those insidious forces that keep us from doing important tasks and accomplishing our goals. It comes in many forms, from the seductive TV show that draws you in, to the suspense caption on your web browser about the latest Hollywood gossip, or even the benign water cooler calling you to get up for another drink […]
Price Versus Value – Does the price of an item change your perceived value of it? If you price an aspirin at 50 cents will it relieve your headache better than an aspirin priced at a penny? Dan Ariely has quite a bit of research on the subject in his new book, Predictably Irrational[…]
One Great Thing – Take a piece of paper and write down the following phrase… “What Great Thing Would I do If I Knew I Could Not Fail?” Underneath the phrase write down five to ten things that would fit the description […]
No More Resolutions – It’s the end of January and the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” is fading quickly from our consciousness. Most of our resolutions, if we made any, are probably failed memories. What we really need now is a simple way to set some goals for the year and to find a way to accomplish them […]
Make A List – It’s Monday morning. Time to face a new week. There will be problems and there will be opportunities. New faces will appear. Old friends will call and e-mail. There will be things to buy and money to be spent. It’s nice to make a list at the beginning of the week […]
Discover The Funnel List – When you are thinking about goals or projects you want to accomplish, you may have many things on your mind. It’s great to write these down and organize them on paper so you can see a visual picture. A helpful tool that I’ve found is a funnel list […]
The Impulse – As you are walking down the corridor at work, you turn the corner and there in front of you… on a silver platter… is a plate full of brownies. They stare back at you, covered in their powdered sugar glory. They taunt you with ever step. You know you want one, but the 700 calories of sugar, flour, and oil will surely ruin your diet. What do you do…??? […]
The Agony of Clutter – There is a dirty little secret that most people have. Hidden behind doors, and piled high in closets and garages is a stack of clutter. Clutter that sometimes defies description […]
7 Ways To Reach Your Audience – As a speaker or presenter, how do you really reach an audience? I’ve seen many different approaches in my years as a Toastmaster, but I had the chance last night to sit in on an amazing presentation. One that reached almost everyone in the audience in an informed and engaged manner for over 90 minutes […]
A Gift Of Audio Learning For Your Kids – I love my iPod. I’ve had numerous models over the last few years and each one of them has filled a unique niche. My video iPod has seen the most duty as my main conduit for audio books. The large capacity and small size of this unit make it ideal for taking audio along in the car […]
Listen Up! – Listening is a skill that we develop. Done well it can increase knowledge, build relationships, and generate ideas. Done poorly it can lead to a breakdown in loyalty and respect. We are all in situations everyday where we must listen to others. It may be our spouse or kids, it might be a boss or co-worker, or it may be an important customer or supplier […]
Overcoming Fear: Helio Castroneves – Riddle me this… What is scarier?… 1) Driving an Indy Race Car at 230 miles per hour. 2) Dancing on TV in front of millions of viewers. While both are scary, only Indy car racing can kill you on any lap. Yet for me I would rather take my chances in a race car than humiliate myself in front of millions of people with my two left feet […]
Motivation for Exercise – As I was working out today, I was trying to think of some ways to motivate my wife and some of my co-workers to try the Body for Life exercise program. I went online to the BFL website and looked through some of their articles and found out there is a new book out by Dr Pamela Peeke […]
Success: Just Do It – […] I am a big fan of motivation. I like to find new ways to motivate myself to do things I don’t like to do. I like taking a difficult task and making a game out of it. Rewards are always helpful in motivation. How many people could lose 20 pounds if someone was willing to give them a million dollars to do it? I bet many people would even do it for a thousand dollars. While motivation is great it doesn’t always work in the long run […]
Passionate Purpose – I read with some interest Steve Pavlina’s article the other day entitled the “Million Dollar Experiment.” In the article Steve talks about putting an intention out to the universe and have it radiate back to bring a million dollars into his life. He explains […]
Stages of a Dream – In John Maxwell’s book, Your Roadmap for Success, John talks about the stages of a dream. He lists the stages as […]
Developing a Dream – What is your success story? If you could do anything and you knew you could not fail… what would you do? Who would you be? […]
Goal Setting: Take The Risk – I picked up an interesting book the other day at the bookstore. It’s entitled Take The Risk by Dr. Ben Carson M.D. This book is written from a doctor’s perspective about taking risks in life. The thing I found really interesting was Dr. Carson’s easy to use four step questionnaire for evaluating risk. He takes the risk in question and asks four things […]
Discovering The Hidden Forces – I picked up an amazing book the other day entitled Predictably Irrational by MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely. In this best selling hardback, Dan explores the hidden forces that shape our decisions. From the first chapter on, this book had some amazing insights in store for the reader. Things such as […]
Digging Deeper: Becoming A Person Of Influence – Welcome to our digging deeper series. In this series of posts we will dig under the surface and really explore a topic. For our first go round I’ve taken one of my favorite books and dissected it and broke it down into ten conversations […]

You’re the Difference – Sales & Life Coaching

Business Planning – How much time have you spent lately working on your business plan? As you know, we are already beyond the half way mark of this year. Amazing how fast time goes by, isn’t it? Studies have shown that something like less than 5% of the population ever takes the time to write down any goals and or plans […]
Sales 101 from Mom! – One of the things we teach at You’re The Difference Sales and Life Coaching is that selling isn’t telling, it’s asking great questions. Questions get you answers. Answers get you, “Thanks, we’ll call you.” Questions show you’re interested. And people love it when others are interested in them […]
ABC’S OF SELLING – So, for the last few days I’ve been noticing the ABC’s of life. You know where there are little sayings for each letter of the alphabet. Of course I’ve seen them before, but for some reason over the last few days I’ve seen several. So, it has inspired me to write the ABC’S of selling and I’m going to try this on the fly […]
The magic pill for more sales – Whenever Christy Crouch and I lead one of our tele-courses, do a live event, or coach our personal clients, people always seem to want the magic pill to make their sales business better. At You’re The Difference Sales and Life Coaching, we’ve long said the only magic pill is you […]
Staying In The Game – Staying in the game of life and business can sometimes be a challenge because “life” will continue to happen. I’m writing about this today because it seems lately “life” keeps coming at me full speed, and I want to share with you what I’m noticing and how I’m dealing with it […]
Sales numbers you might need to know – Sales coaches and trainers usually come from two schools of thought when dealing with training a client. One school of thought is metrics. Metrics is all the numbers involved. Conventional wisdom being that the more people you call, the more sales you’ll make. And, of course the more appointments you set, the more you go on. And the more you go on, the more contracts you can get signed. The other school of thought is quality based […]
Desire and Discipline – Even without thinking about it these words have tons of power and meaning to you, don’t they? I mean come on, without desire and discipline, how would anything great ever occur? Have you taken the time lately to think about what your desire is in life and in business? Did you know that less than 5% of the population ever takes the time to plan their business […]
Sales Training 101…from a kid! – If you really want to get good sales training, the best thing to do is to watch a young child in action. They don’t take no for an answer. They close and close and close and close…and then they close some more. And they handle objections very easily. Instead of talking and talking, they just ask questions […]
Is coaching for you? -Yes. Next question. Yeah, that’s a little arrogant, but I’m pretty sure of two things: 1) you’re reading this because you at least have a passing interest in doing more sales than you are right now, and 2) you probably can’t name anyone who acheived great success in any field without having a mentor or coach to support them […]

The 4-Hour Workweek blog

Pimping Firefox: The Basics (Matt Mullenweg, Garrett Camp, and More) – 38.16% of the people who visit this site are still using Internet Explorer (IE). It’s like buying a hybrid car for the gas mileage and then driving with flat tires and the doors open. This post will serve two purposes: first, to introduce beginners to features of Firefox (FF) that make it worthwhile; second, to introduce more experienced users to the favorite add-ons […]
Time Management Guru-itis: Mark Hurst vs. David Allen and Tim Ferriss – I once asked Po Bronson how he beats writer’s block. His answer was “write about what makes you angry.” It works like a charm […]
Is Technology Failing to Simplify Life? Tim Ferriss on Economist.com – I was recently invited to participate in a debate sponsored by The Economist, and it just went live. The proposition: If the promise of technology is to simplify our lives, it is failing. Do you agree or disagree? There are some fascinating points made by both debaters […]
The Best (and Worst?) Autoresponders of 2007 – An increasingly popular approach for escaping the inbox is the routine use of e-mail autoresponders. Love it or hate it, reflecting or deleting e-mail can be an art form. I’ve collected some of my favorite autoresponders of 2007 from Gmail and included them […]
How to Stop Checking E-mail on the Evenings and Weekends – Investment bankers aren’t known for their impulse control. Several global firms in Zurich don’t allow their bankers to check email more than twice per day. The reason is simple: the more they check email, the more compelled they feel to send email […]
7 Tips for Fighting Information Overload (Plus: Competition Winners) – Here are 7 tips for avoiding information overload from Ron Geraci: 1. Spot the signs. Feel alone even as you communicate with people all day? That’s a signal technology is dominating your life. 2. Take baby steps […]
The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm – […] Beginning to feel overwhelmed with a ridiculous errand I’d expected to take five minutes, I stumbled across the psychology section. One tome jumped out at me as all too appropriate—The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less […]
12 Filtering Tips for Better Information in Half the Time: RSS, Del.icio.us and StumbleUpon – […] Let’s start with something we can all agree on: In a digital world, the race goes not to the person with the most information, but the person with the best combination of low-volume and high-relevancy information. The person with the least inputs necessary to maximize output. So how do you do it? […]
The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now“Not-to-do” lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance. The reason is simple: what you don’t do determines what you can do. Here are nine stressful and common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate […]
Why Bigger Goals = Less Competition (Plus: Major Media Opp)SPRING 2005, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY I had to bribe them. What other choice did I have? My lecture at Princeton had just ended with smiles and enthusiastic questions. At the same time, I knew that most students would go out and promptly do the opposite of what I preached. Most of them would be putting in 80-hour weeks as high-paid coffee fetchers unless I showed that the principles from class could actually be applied. Hence the challenge […]
The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months – I wrote this “margin manifesto” several months ago and somehow neglected to post it. Your requests for more content on start-up economics and processes reminded me. These are the principles I review whenever facing operational overwhelm or declining/stagnating profits. Hope you find them useful […]
The Art of Speed: Conversations with Monster Makers – […] This session will focus on how to accomplish huge things in little time. From near-overnight IPOs and massive cult followings, to instant NY Times bestsellers and runaway viral campaigns, learn tricks from those who have created monsters of buzz, fame, and fortune […]
Tips for Personal Branding in the Digital Age: Google Insurance, Cache-flow, and More… – Branding is no longer for Fortune 500 companies and Madison Avenue agencies with excessive budgets and inadequate tracking. Personal branding is about managing your name — even if you don’t own a business — in a world of misinformation, disinformation, and semi-permanent Google records. Going on a date? Chances are that your “blind” date has Googled your name. Going to a job interview? Ditto […]
How Much Does Your Commute Really Cost You? Calculate It… Then Kill It?What is the true cost of your commute? One example comes from 4HWW reader Troy Gardner, who recently wrote to me: I’m still work focused (I like creating things!), but since I control my time/location, I’m reaping some of the rewards of being among the New Rich. My girlfriend and I will be spending the entire month of October visiting Chicago and Hawaii […]
How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call…Forget the paperless office — it’s aiming too low. Let’s take a look at the bigger picture: a paperless life. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate three other nuisances: answering the phone, checking voicemail, and returning phone calls. Is this possible? It is.\ […]
Size Does Matter — Bigger Monitors Save 2.5 Hours a Day – According to University of Utah researchers, using a larger monitor could save you 2.5 hours per day. Specifically, test subjects completed everyday tasks like editing documents and massaging spreadsheets 52% faster when using a 24-inch monitor than they did with an 18-incher […]