Inspirational Biz Tips from Buddha

A series of Business Tips from Buddha

Gautama Buddha (c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE), also known as Siddhārtha Gautamam Shakyamuni Buddha or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.  Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism. He is recognized by Buddhists as an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood, and shared his insights to help sentient beings end rebirth and suffering.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
~ Buddha

Buddha is just one of many wise sages that tells us we become what we think.

Dwelling on negative thoughts and beliefs infects our mind in a negative way.  On the other hand, when we dwell on the positive goodness of life, we experience joy. So joy follows a mind that dwells on pure thoughts.

It takes practice to learn how to focus on the goodness of life.  Life is assaulted by bad news, unfortunate accidents and occurrences.  But we need to keep our mind on the things of life that are pure, beautiful and joyful.

What are you thinking about today?  I hope it is thoughts of success, joy, and fulfillment!

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
~Buddha

I love Buddha’s analogy to lighting candles.  No matter how many candles you light from the original one, neither the candle nor the flame is adversely affected by it.

Likewise, happiness increases when you share it — as does love, peace, compassion ….. When we share our good fortune, no matter what form, it increases around us!  Have you noticed when we smile at someone, they smile back?

How about success then?  If we share it, do we lose it or does it multiply?  Well, when we share are products with store buyers, we are building our success as well as the store’s success.  When we sell to consumers, they share their ‘prize’ with their friends which can increase success.

Share your gifts with everyone.  Anything less would make our world smaller, not bigger!

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To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
— Buddha

Having a great life, health and happiness is not dependent on outside occurrences or circumstances.

According to Buddha (and other great sages), our happiness is determined by our disciplined mind.

How do you suppose that works?

If we decide we are happy and train our minds to see happiness in all circumstances, we are on the way to controlling our mind to be happy — even during difficult situations.  And when we are happy, we share that happiness with those around us.

Isn’t this also the way to bring peace into our corner of the world?

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Inspirational Biz Tip from Marianne Williamson

A series of Business Tips from Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson

Marianne Deborah Williamson (born July 8, 1952) is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published eleven books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grassroots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace

The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
~Marianne Williamson

How do you meet limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts?

We live in a finite world with boundaries and limitations.  But, with our thoughts, we can create something far beyond what we can see, hear or touch.

Rather than looking at our lack in a certain area, we can envision abundance.  Nurturing creative thoughts of something better and greater, our mind can begin to process the path to creating the abundance we desire.

Think of a time when your drive to accomplish something was so great that it went beyond any physical limitations.  I am sure you have heard stories about people who develop ‘super human strength’ during a time of great need — like lifting cars off victims.  Where do you think that strength comes from?  Unlimited thoughts!

Look for ways that you can apply unlimited thinking to something you are working on today.

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We’re often afraid of looking at our shadow because we want to avoid the shame or embarrassment that comes along with admitting mistakes.
~Marianne Williamson

Why are we so afraid to admit we are wrong at times?  Do we think that people will like and respect us less if we make mistakes?  Or are we just too ashamed to admit we are not always right about everything?

Everyone makes mistakes in life — some of them can be big ones.  Just take a look at the divorce rate, for example!

So what really happens when we recognize and admit that have made a mistake?  We take a good look at ourselves and our action (‘looking at our shadow’); we open up the possibilities to correct the problem, whatever it may be; we allow ourselves to be vulnerable — which does not make us weak, but makes us strong!

Next time you (or I) make a mistake, lets take a different approach and find out what we can learn and change by it!

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A Return to Love by Marianne WilliamsonIn every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
~Marianne Williamson

Beautiful words to reflect upon!

We may have a long road ahead of us in our lives, businesses, community and world.  But Marianne proclaims that we have the power to do the work within each of us.

There is always two paths to go when we see a need or problem:  Either add to it, or help solve it!  Simple!!

Yet, how often, we return hate for hate (or some form of it).  In each of our hearts, we have the love and compassion within to make this a better world for all of us.

What can you do today to make your corner of the world a bit easier for someone less fortunate?  How about in your business?  Maybe extending excellent customer service; or even just sharing your special gifts and talents through your work!

Like Marianne suggests, let your heart guide you.

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Bill Gates

A series of Business Tips from Bill GatesBill Gates

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is the co-founder of Microsoft and is an American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
~ Bill Gates

My first thought upon reading this quote is that Bill was wrong!  Successful people know all the tricks!

But after thinking about it, the quote makes perfect sense.

When I was in college, I enrolled in a required drawing class.  Now, I am not gifted in creating fine arts of any kind and barely tolerated the class.  I sat next to a gal that could draw beautifully.  I figured she would ace an A for the semester.

As it turned out, I got a better grade than her!!  Why?  Because, the teacher explained, she did not grade on ability, but on improvement.  The artistic gal next to me figured she could not learn anymore about technique since she was already gifted!

So, if you struggle with a concept, you may experience greater success than the person who seems to do everything perfect!

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We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve….Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
~ Bill Gates

I listed two of Bill’s quotes today because I think they go together nicely!

Feedback is an effective way to learn on how we can improve a product or service.  Local fairs are great venues for feedback as we can engage our customers one-on-one to hear their thoughts about our products.

On the other hand, we can also get a lot of good feedback from our most unhappy customers as they will let us know what they don’t like.

For example, I had a retail buyer visit my Idaho Gift Wholesale site to place an order.  Evidently, she did not read ANYTHING listed on the website home page or on the FAQ page because she did not realize that I was a sales rep offering products from any different producers.  She discovered this only when she realized I had forwarded her payment information to the vendors whose products she purchased.  She was livid!

Although in the 15 years I have been selling off this wholesale site, only a small few did not understand the procedures and delivery method for orders (and were fine when I explained).  Despite that, I went into my website copy to find how I could make the sales rep arrangement and payment process clearer to understand.

Yes, her ‘accusations’ unnerved me, but taught me an lesson in the importance of feedback — positive or negative!

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I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
~Bill Gates

Bill lists the number one marketing tip that successful people use.

If you can find a way to solve someone’s problem — even if it is a problem they don’t know about — you will be successful.

When I first started out as an Idaho sales rep, I was surprised at how many retail outlets in Idaho sold out-of-state huckleberry products!  It wasn’t until I showed them how they could purchase similar products made in Idaho, these buyers didn’t realize they had a problem that needed ‘fixing’.

For a long time, I was the biggest seller of in-state huckleberry products:  Got several local producers in stores and increased sales for them in their home state.

Another win-win for Idaho stores and producers because I saw a solution to a problem that few people noticed!

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Eckhart Tolle

A  series of Business Tips from Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle, born Ulrich Leonard Tölle, February 16, 1948 is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. In 2011, he was listed by Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”.

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
~Eckhart Tolle

If you are not familiar with Eckhart Tolle, he is a very interesting person, who spend nearly two years sitting on a park bench in London contemplating life.  It was through this intense time of contemplating that he began to realized the importance of ‘living in the now.”

The quote sums up the foundation of his belief.  Too often we either lament over the past or worry about the future rather than just enjoying and working in the current moment.

In reality, our current situation is composed of our past choices.  So, according to Eckhart, the best way to enjoy a better future is to create a good present!

Sounds simple!

So let’s agree today that we create time right now today to work on something of value today to make for a better future for ourselves and our businesses!

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People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
~ Eckhart Tolle

I truly believe that we are better people when we choose to dwell on positive things.  Of course, that does not mean that negatives things don’t happen — because they do.  But how much better off we would be if we focused on the positive.

We have all gone through periods of our life when things looked bleak.  Bills were piling up, health was poor or people we loved left us.  Take time to grieve these things — then let’s move on.

Good can come out of any circumstance or situation, if we chose to look at it from a positive perspective.  Let’s look at what we positive result we can create in our lives and focus on that!

Where can you turn your thinking around from the negative to the positive?  Life is so much nicer and easier when we chose to view it from a positive perspective!

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It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
~Eckhart Tolle

Recognizing and expressing gratitude is the best way I know to show appreciation for life and all it has to offer.

Too often, we get caught in the negativity of the moment:  The political climate, the horrible crimes we hear about everyday and the weather disasters around the world.  It can all seem rather negative and depressing.

But, if we stop for a moment and start to recognize the good things going on, we can change our whole attitude.  Who can be angry or depressed at a beautiful sunset, the laughter and play of a small child, or the antics of a pet?

Rather than dwelling on the negativity in the world, let’s focus on the little blessing during our day.  According to Eckhart, it will open up a whole new spiritual dimension for us!

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Warren Buffett

A series of Business Tips from Warren BuffettWarren Buffett

Warren Edward Buffett born August 30, 1930 is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world, and as of March 2017 is the second wealthiest person in the United States, and the fourth wealthiest in the world, with a total net worth of $73.3 billion.

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
~ Warren Buffett

As hard as it is at times, it is often easier to dump the whole idea/product/direction rather than keep trying to fix what is wrong.

I have a hard time with this concept at times, because I am not a quitter — which is good — but then I don’t easily quit when I should.

I remember dealing with customers and vendors who had such high demands that they were making my life miserable.  Rather than ‘changing the vessel’, I kept trying to patch the relationship.  And as you know, some relationships are just not worth patching.

So join me in affirming that we stop beating a bad idea or situation to death and learn to just let it go and put our energies in more productive places!

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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
~ Warren Buffett

Price and value are not the same thing — nor will they amount to the same when you get to the cash register!

When pricing your products, it is extremely important that you distinguished between the two and factor in value when you place a price on your products.

If you have taken my “How to Price your Products eCourse“, I suggest that you sharpen your pencil and figure out your actually costs per unit for your products.  From there, I suggest a simple formula to figure a wholesale and retail price.

But the pricing game does not end there!  Your product’s value may be much higher (or possibly, lower) than the pricing you may think is appropriate.

If your item has great value, you can increase your pricing.  And, of course, that works on the other end as well — alerting you to go back to square one to see where or if you can cut costs.

Remember, value is always more important than pricing.  Any marketer will agree!

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Warren Buffett SpeaksIt’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.
~ Warren Buffett

Remember when your mother told you to watch who you hang out with — that your choice of friends will influence what you think or do?  Well, mom was right!

We are social creatures and gravitate towards those who think like we do.  But how about if we make friends with people who have already succeeded in areas we struggle with?  Do you think these friends would have a positive influence on us?

This is one of the reasons why I instantly make friends with successful and/or spiritual people that I come in contact with.  I want to learn their secrets and apply to my life what they have learned.

Isn’t that what Warren is suggesting?  Go find some success friends and meet with them regularly.  You would be surprised what a great influence they have towards your future success!

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