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Tip of the Week

We'll post a new tip each week.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Kenneth Blanchard
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“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” - Vince Lombardi
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"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others." Norman Shidle
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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs
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"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." – Albert Schweitzer
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I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
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Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless. Mary Kay Ash
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"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." – Robert Collier
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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
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“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” - John C. Maxwell
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The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”  — John Maxwell
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“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” ― John C. Maxwell
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“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning” - Benjamin Franklin
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“The first one gets the oyster, the second gets the shell.” – Andrew Carnegie
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“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'" — Audrey Hepburn
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“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
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“Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
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"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new." – Socrates
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“If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” —Zig Ziglar
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“Remember why you started” - Unknown
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"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
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“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rodgers
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Quality is not an act; it is a habit - Aristotle
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"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." Jim Rohn
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"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." — Albert Einstein
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“Business is all about relationships, how well you build them determines how well they build your business.” - Brad Sugars, Chairman and Founder ActionCOACH
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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Kurt Cobain
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“The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ―Jimmy Johnson
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“Some people want it to happen, some people wish it to happen, some people make it happen” – Michael Jordan
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Your mind is powerful. When you fill it with positive thoughts your whole world will change. ―Unknown
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“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” – Babe Ruth
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"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'" - Audrey Hepburn
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“When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” – Ella Woodward
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"If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it." —Muhammad Ali
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"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." —Vince Lombardi
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“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.” – John Wooden
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"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit." - Bear Bryant
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“The key to success is to learn to do something right and then do it right every time”. ~ Pat Riley
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“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it” - Lou Holtz
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“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Tony Robbins
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"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
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“If plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet…stay cool” – Melissa Joy
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“To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street
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“Success isn’t owned; it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” — J.J. Watt
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“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter
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“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all”? – Joe Namath
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“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” —Tommy Lasorda
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“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” —Andre Agassi
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“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” —Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
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“Today, you have 100% of your life left.” – Tom Landry
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Procrastination is the thief of time - Chinese Proverb
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“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” —Paul “Bear” Bryant
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“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you” – Arnold Palmer
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“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke
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“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth
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“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” - Muhammad Ali
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“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano
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“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” —Vince Lombardi
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“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
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“The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight
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“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
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“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” - Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi
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“Absorb what is useful, disregard that which is useless” – Bruce Lee
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“Be so good they can’t ignore you." – Steve Martin
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There are three ways to ultimate success: The first ways is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third ways is to be kind. – Mister Rogers
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Become connected to the community.
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Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan
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Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career. Meg Whitman, Quibi
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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new – Socrates
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“When someone says you can’t do it, do it twice and take pictures” - Unknown
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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” - Zig Ziglar
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“I never lose. Either I win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela
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“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
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“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
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"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life." -Mary Kay Ash
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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” ―Michael Jordan
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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
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“Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.” — Mark Twain
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"Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put some sunglasses on." — Lady Gaga
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“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” Vidal Sassoon
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“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement” – Golda Meir
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 “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” -  John C. Maxwell
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“Never Give up. Today is hard and tomorrow will be Worse, but the day after Tomorrow will be Sunshine.”  Jack Ma, Founder Alibaba Group
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“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
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“When you combine extreme focus and great teams, magic happens” - Sam Altman
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“Great things in business are never done by one person.” - Steve Jobs
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“The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy
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“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop” – Confucius
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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  Michael Jordan
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“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
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“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight, NIKE Founder
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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill
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“There is no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just treat your staff how you would like to be treated” Richard Branson
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“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.
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“The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions” – John Hancock
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“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” Jim Rohn, entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
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“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts” Richard Branson
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“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
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“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” Milton Berle
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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” Confucius
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“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin
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“Always deliver more than expected” Larry Page, co-founder of Google
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“Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins
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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton
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Providing good service to your customers is crucial to gaining their loyalty and retaining their business.
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If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.
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“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts” – Richard Branson
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“Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach
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“The more honest and unique a person is, the more that person attracts people. It’s the same for businesses”. - Maxime Lagacé
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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
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"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." - Michael John Bobak
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“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” —Lou Holtz
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“Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust” - Zig Ziglar
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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan
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“If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.” – Jeff Bezos
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“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
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“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
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“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson
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Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” - Madam C.J. Walker, first female self-made millionaire
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“An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch
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“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal—a commitment to excellence—that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” — Mario Andretti, American race car driver
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“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston S. Churchill
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“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” – Robert Kiyosaki
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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier
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“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin
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“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.” — Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Co.
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“If you want more money for your business, stop waiting on other people, start serving more people, start sharing your story, start loving your work, start giving and you’ll start receiving” – Howard Britt
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“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano
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“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali, American Professional Boxer
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“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi
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“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist
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“Change is not a threat, it’s an opportunity. Survival is not the goal, trans-formative success is.” – Seth Godin
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“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group
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“Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others. ~ Jack Welch, General Electric”
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“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb
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“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them” - Madam C.J. Walker, first female self-made millionaire
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
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“Don’t try to beat the competitors at their own game. You have to invent a new game - and master it.” Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)
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“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi
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"Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” — Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy
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“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rodgers
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“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” - Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
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“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” – Jonathan Winters
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"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." Arnold H. Glasow
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“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Tony Robbin
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"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at them."-- David Brinkley
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“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth
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“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
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"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." --  Conrad Hilton
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"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." --John D. Rockefeller
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“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen”. — Wayne Huizenga, prolific American business person, owner of Blockbuster Video and the Miami Dolphins.

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Rule No. 1: Never lose money; rule No. 2: Don’t forget rule No. 1.” – Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
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“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
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“There is only one boss. The customer. And they can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending their money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart

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"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

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“If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

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“Always deliver more than expected.”

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Deliver an experience your customers won’t forget. Think of some of your favorite products, services or brands. What is it about them that keeps you loyal?

Customer Experience. Customer experience has a domino effect. If you do it well, you will see a boost in positive brand awareness, traffic, and loyal customers to your place of business. “Create memorable experiences for customers and go the extra mile. That effort will pay dividends.”

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Doing business without promotion and advertising is like waving to people in the dark. You know what you're doing ... but nobody else does.

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Eight Ways to Improve the Success of Your Business:

  1. Create brand personality.
  2. Develop a strategic business plan, organizational structure, and operational support systems.
  3. Avoid common mistakes.
  4. Become connected to the community.
  5. Put your employees first.
  6. Don't just acquire customers, retain them.
  7. Get organized.
  8. Carve out a niche.

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Customer Service “Reigns Supreme”- According to a study by NewVoiceMedia, 51% of customers will not repeat business with a company after a bad service experience. Other studies have shown that it takes several positive customer experiences to make up for a negative one (if they even give you the chance). Given that loyal customers make a much easier sell, make excellent customer service a top priority. Examine your current customer service and make the changes that need to be made to ensure that your business is providing service superior to that of your competitors. You may need to invest in staff training, revamp your return policy, or make basic improvements such as responding promptly to voicemails or emails from customers.

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Don’t sell products or service, “Deliver Solutions.” Like it or not, folks out there aren’t searching for your brand, they’re just looking to solve a problem or find a particular type of product or service to meet their need. Instead of listing all the benefits your services and products bring, focus on the solutions. Convey to the customer in simple, straight-forward terms how or why your product can help them or assist in the attainment of their need(s). Consider FedEx’s iconic slogan: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight. This is a clear example of addressing wide-spread anxiety about the reliability of delivery services. Run through some market research to profile your target customer. How does your product or service solve other people’s needs and make their lives easier or more pleasurable? There is your focus!