How To Enjoy the Present and Get Out of the Past

I once saw a photograph of the 1950′s that showed bears in a national park leaning on a car and looking in the window as the sight seers were taking pictures of them with their windows down. The caption under the picture read, “Even bears were nicer back then.”

We often hear people longing for the good ole’ days. But were the good ole’ days really that good? Is the present really all that rotten?

Better Interest Rates Now
In the early 80′s interest rates were about 15% or more. The payment for a $100,000 house on a thirty year mortgage would have been $1,680.61 per month. You would have paid $345,449.85 in interest after 30 years. The total amount you would have paid after 30 years would have been $492,699,85.

Today at 4% on a $100,000 dollar house you would pay $581.58 per month. You will pay $67,119.51 in interest after 30 years. The total amount you will pay after 30 years is $209,361.51. Are these really the bad ole’ days.

Better Unemployment Rates Now
In 1981 unemployment was above 10% for more than 10 months. Unemployment rose above 10% for only one month recently. The story goes on and on.

Better Cancer Therapy Now
Just a few decades certain cancers were an automatic death sentence, but now they are usually cured through modern medical advancements. If you needed an organ transplant a few years ago you were out of luck. Now there are many lives saved through organ transplants that have become routine procedure.

Better Heart Surgery Now
In many cases certain heart surgeries are outpatient, whereas a few short years ago any heart surgery put you in the hospital for days and sometimes weeks.

Better Cars Now
My dad’s 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 died at 125,000 mile mark. We thought that was amazing. Most cars were dead by the 60,000 to 75, 000 mile mark. Now, it is no big deal if a car gets 150,000 to 250,000 miles. Were those really the good ole’ days.

The Bible warns us about looking at the past and wishing we were there.

1.The Israelis looked back to Egypt where they had been slaves and wished they were there again. They didn’t like the responsibility of freedom.

2.; Lot’s wife looked back to the burning cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and longed to go back to a city that had become lawless and violent. A city where her daughters were raped and abused. She became a pillar of salt. Her death led to her husband committing incest with his other daughters in order to produce a family. The Moabties and the Ammonites were the result.

Jesus Warned Us About Glorifying the Past

In Luke 9:62 Jesus said, “No man after putting his hand to the plow, if he keeps looking back, is fit or prepared for ruling in the Kingdom of God”. Let’s quit looking back and look forward with new vision and rule and reign in Christ.

I’ll guarantee you that bears in the 1950′s were as deadly as bears today!

Byron has been a motivational speaker for over 25 years speaking nearly 200 times per year. He is putting his years of research and experience into writing and on audio.

Promote Your Business Online – You Are Insane If You Aren’t Advertising For Free Here

How much money are you losing by not promoting your business online with one of the most visited sites in the world? Did I mention it was Free!

If you are selling products or services you could be missing out on the single biggest source of new business available without spending a dime.

Regardless of what you sell or offer as a merchant, marketing and advertising your product or services is crucial to your success. You will naturally want to attract as many potential new customers as you can when you promote your business online.

No this isn’t some new fad site that just came out. It’s Craigslist!

Craigslist is ranked number 34 among all websites on the internet for traffic. If you aren’t advertising there you really need to do a reality check. It doesn’t get much better then Free.

Craigslist is a great place to market yourself and your product if you have a definite strategy and stay with it. The key is consistency and adaptability.

Promoting anything online is an art; one that you must learn to adapt to repeatedly as the online markets change and progress. What worked yesterday, last week, or a month ago may bring little or no hits to your website.

That is why having a strategy and staying on top of the ever changing business promotions will put you well ahead of the millions of other merchants just like you struggling to survive in the online world. The first part of your strategy should be to find a creative way to advertise your business. Try targeting cities and areas and post ads to whichever section best matches your product or services.

You must be willing to submit new ads after a few hours or a day to compete with the ordinary people who list the same products or services that you are offering. Every ad should be fresh and engaging. Be aware of the fact that if you post ads to one account more than once every 24 hours your ad will probably get ghosted.

The amount of time spent building the text and HTML or graphics should be well thought out and planned for each venue in promoting your business online. Look to see what the competition is doing and use it for ideas.

Craigslist is a great place to promote a business online if you follow the rules set up to keep people from creating spam or duplicate ads. Don’t post the same ad more than once a week, rotate carefully so as not to draw attention by other users of Craigslist who will notice if you are abusing the rules.

They can be ruthless when finding someone who doesn’t conform and will flag you right off. The power to keep duplicate ads out of Craigslist is in the hands of the users through a system built specifically to flag spam.

Build numerous ads and run them with a rigidness the military would want to mimic. Constantly replacing old ads with fresh ones will keep your business on top of the list. If you use picture ads I suggest that you upload them to a free photo sharing site. You can re-use picture ads if you upload the same picture with different file names.

With Craigslist every new ad is placed on the top while the others are bumped down a notch. This system is in place to your advantage; make sure you’re promoting your business online daily.
The important thing to remember is that whether you are using the Craigslist or other websites to promote your business online, offering a fresh approach to products and services is one key to your success.

Make a daily check list to bring in something unique if not amusing to your online marketing sources. Remember in order to stay in the eye of the cyberspace public you need to constantly change with the moment.

Grow Your Business Online – Find Out More

Money and relaxation is what everyone would love having in life. But very seldom do they come together. If you want to earn something you will have to work rigorously which would deprive you of the much wanted relaxation. This has made many people start thinking of taking up their own business plans that would help them earn good and live good with a relaxed life. Home based business ideas are meant for people who are on the lookout for such ventures. There are a number of such opportunities knocking your doors right when you are at home!

Home based business plans are a recent trend in running business that could be handled with resources easily available at our home. Most of these ideas started emerging with the growth of internet technology. This occurred simultaneously because internet is a platform that many of the businessmen and their business ideas were waiting for a long time to hit the markets. Internet offers a greater number of advantages than any other social media as it is far reaching across the boundaries if nations and continents. This would help you promote your business to anywhere across the globe and earn good at a faster rate.

Online transfer of money and transaction of good have landed upon us adding to the facilities offered to ease and elevate our living standards. There are very few people who still remain uneducated in using the technology in an age when almost anything and everything in service are getting computerized.

The affordability and the user friendliness of internet services and service providers respectively have allowed more people to subscribe to the technology and enjoy all the advantages it offers. Also the service offered through the internet is present on it for almost 24 hours of the day and for all days of the week. Thus internet services are 24/7 available throughout the year unless it is disturbed by some technical problems or issues.

Home based business plans would include attracting the online society towards your web portal that would be promoting products that you have built on your own or with the help of some other production units. All the basics of business remain true for online business also. That is the product or the services you are trying to promote or sell should be of good quality and must meet the customer’s requirements and those assurances you state through the advertisements.

These business plans could be of varied sorts like selling homemade cookies or snacks to retailing handicrafts of artistic values through a website to show case your products. Selling electronic versions of books called as eBooks, forex trading, blogging for money, content writing, online video tutorials etc are all small home based business plans that are being carried out by many people across the globe.

The ability to handle e-cash through online transactions have helped the businessmen and the easy ordering and delivery of ordered products at their doorsteps have let more customers to come back to online trading and business in large numbers. Home based online business scheme although being a relatively a younger idea has started to come up as a major pursuit that many are into seriously.