Monthly Archives: August 2008

“Prosper Learning” + Starfish Story=Making a Difference

The Starfish and Our Student/Customer

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While walking along a beach after a particularly high tide, a man noticed a boy picking up starfish after starfish and throwing them back into the sea. When he neared the youngster, he asked, “What are you doing?”

“These starfish will die if they don’t get back into the water,” the boy replied as he hurriedly continued his work.”

“There are thousands of starfish on this beach,” the man said. “Nothing you can do can possibly make a difference.”

The boy held out the starfish he had just picked up. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said and threw it into the ocean.

Like these starfish, there are more students and customers in desperate need than any one of us could possibly hope to make happy or reach 100%. Their numbers are daunting, causing many of us to resign ourselves to the notion that nothing we can do can have any real impact on a problem of such magnitude. And if solving these problems and trying to make every person happy is the goal, they are right. But our the focus is on touching individual lives and you have a team to help you ;0). Some may think what we do may not significantly effect the world’s problems, but if one more person is much happier because you helped him/her with downloadable book or change of a coach. That would mean one less problem, if everyone helped perhaps the world would be a better place? It has a ripple effect (please read about in the success stories) .

But ,we know it makes a difference to each one of those students that you touched for the better.thumbs.jpg

Presented by Devin Willis

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Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner are Helping Couples Have Better Marriages

Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner of Birmingham, Ala., have taken their Internet business to new heights. They have helped many families!

Dr. Wasson and Hefner, who are married, co-authored Keep Your Marriage: What to Do When Your Spouse Says “I don’t love you anymore!” and Wasson provides marriage coaching. The couple market their products on-line, and publish a web-based newsletter using the education and coaching support Prosper provided.

“Over the past several years, our newsletter has grown from nothing to having over 18,000 subscribers world-wide today. The great thing about our success is that we know we’re helping couples have better marriages,” said Hefner.

I have been reflecting on the last twenty years with my best friend and wife Julie , and I know and continue to learn that showing my love through my actions and remembering  say the words “I love you; I need you; I think you’re beautiful; I appreciate you; thank you” and you help me so much; you are such a great mom; you’re one of the most intelligent people I know.” I look forward to an eternity with Julie and my hope is all of my readers happiness in their relationships!

Humbly

Devin Willis

Related Resources

How to Stay in a Marriage When Times Are Tough-from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

How to Strengthen Your Marriage with Three Good Habits from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

Alabama Couple Reaches Wider Audience Thanks to Prosper-Provo, UT, June 26, 2008 —Jason Russell-Prosper Inc . Press Releases

Ethan Willis and E-strengths assessment helps Martial Artists- By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!

One Minute Entrepreneur + Martial Arts business Could help By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!

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Tip to Reduce Gas Usage and Save Money!

Janis, sent the below tip. She claims to have saved money and wanted to share it with others!

On Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at a press event held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Alliance to Save Energy and the Wal-Mart Foundation, together with 16 other partners, launched the Drive $marter Challenge (D$C) – www.drivesmarterchallenge.org – a fuel-efficiency campaign to help U.S.

Another innovative feature of the campaign is a Broadband Media website at www.DWJTV.com/DriveSmarterChallenge with all of the campaign’s downloadable elements – video in multiple formats for TV, audio, images, photos, logos, and jingle. The site also includes a multi-media news release, campaign fact sheets, and bios.

Thank you Janis!

“Devin Willis”

Resources-“Campaign Update, Volume 1, May 2008“-and  Drive Smarter Challenge– Free Driving Tips

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StudentHacks+Back-to-School Ideas =Success

Here are some popular ideas from StudentHacks to help people get ready for school!


Resources:

Student Blogger Directory from StudentHacks

Jane Hart +Social Networking And Social Media can help “Prosper + Learning”August 15, 2008 by Devin WillisMy Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn

The Instructify Blog -Their philosophy–”Teach smarter, not harder.”-List of tools for students, useful for teachers and students.

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Teachers help make the world a better place through education and teaching others.

My family and I were taught how, important it is to make the world a better place through education and teaching others. I and other family members are doing this in different ways. I found Laura Milligan’s post  on the impact of a teacher /Mentor inspiring and wanted to share:

Everyone has a story of their favorite teacher and how they were inspired to graduate, appreciate a certain subject or achieve a certain academic, professional or personal goal. The teachers in this list have inspired whole communities. Some have even transcended the generations of their students and continue to influence the way we view philosophy, education, politics and humanity. Keep reading for our picks of 25 different teachers who drastically changed the world.

Through research and discoveries and philosophy and mathematics, as well as the firm belief in the fundamental rights of all human beings, these teachers are still admired today.

Socrates: Educators, philosophers, politicians and scientists all over the world acknowledge that Socrates was one of the most enlightened teachers and thinkers in our history. Through students like Plato, Socrates encouraged the pursuit of virtue through critical thinking and questioning. This system has affected all industries and fields of study and has inspired other great philosophers.

Leona Edwards: Leona Edwards was the mother and teacher of the civil rights legend Rosa Parks. In a 1995 interview with the Academy of Achievement, Parks credits her mother with inspiring her to believe “in freedom and equality for people.” She says that her mother “did not have the notion that we were supposed to live as we did, under legally enforced racial segregation.” Edwards was a teacher in a small school in Montgomery, AL, and her basic faith in the fundamental rights of all human beings could be credited as indirectly responsible for her daughter’s reputation as “the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Nathan Hale: Nathan Hale was a devout revolutionary and patriot who was hanged in September of 1776. He famously declared, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” inspiring courage and honor in his fellow soldiers and future fellow Americans. Before the Revolutionary War, Hale was a teacher in Massachusetts and then later in Connecticut. According to the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Hale “considered the question whether the higher education of women were not neglected” and eventually opened up a special class just for female students. When the Revolutionary War broke out, Hale joined the militia and eventually spied on the British troops, for which he was hanged.

Verrocchio: Verrocchio is still considered one of the greatest Florentine sculptors and painters, but his pupil Leonoardo da Vinci is perhaps the most well-known Renaissance artist in the world. Verrocchio is credited as teaching Leonardo basic skills and nurturing his genius, and “it was in Verrocchio’s studio, according to the art historian Giorgio Vasari, that Leonardo gave the first great demonstration of his ability” when “he assisted in painting Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ.”
Walt Whitman: Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is considered one of the most important works of poetry in the nineteenth century. Like many writers, Whitman was a teacher in his early professional life, on Long Island, NY. He later became a journalist and political activist in Brooklyn, in addition to writing poems that introduced new and often controversial themes like the poet’s individuality, rebirth, democracy and the elements of both body and soul. His poems influenced other major American poets like Emily Dickinson and Allen Ginsberg, and “is a poet not only of America but of the whole of mankind.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe: When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he famously remarked, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” As a child in Connecticut, Harriet Beecher attended her sister’s seminary and eventually became an assistant teacher there. In the 1840s, she founded a new school with her sister in Ohio, where the family had moved and where Harriet married Calvin Stowe. In Ohio, Stowe often studied and communicated with slaves who fled to her free state from Kentucky. When she and her husband moved to Maine, Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which revealed the harsh treatment of slaves in America and enraged critics and slaveowners. The Ohio History Central website maintains that Stowe’s book “did cause more and more Northerners to consider ending the institution of slavery.”

Lyndon B. Johnson: Lyndon B. Johnson was often harshly criticized for his handling of the Vietnam War as President of the United States, but before he even made it to Washington, LBJ was a teacher in South Texas. Johnson attended the Southwest Texas State Teachers College and served as principal at a Mexican-American school during a brief break from college. After graduating, Johnson taught at Pearsall High School in Pearsall, TX, and led his debate team to to win the district championship when he taught at Sam Houston High School in Houston.

John Adams: As a respected patriotand lawyer involved with the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd president of the United States, John Adams made a drastic impact on the shaping of the United States. Before getting into politics, however, John Adams graduated from Harvard College and became a teacher. He was greatly respected and admired for his independence, intelligence, and his devotion to and involvement with the Continental Congresses, the Declaration of Independence, various peace processes and the presidency.

Pythagoras: Pythagoras, also known as “the father of numbers,” was a Greek philosopher and mathematician who invented the Pythagorean theorem, which is still taught and used today. Though Pythagoras spent much of his life traveling and learning, he also became a teacher in India, where he is still known as “the Ionian teacher,” or Yavanacharya. He later built an educational institute in Croatia to teach philosophy and basic “moral training.”

Sir Isaac Newton: Sir Isaac Newton is credited with discovering the theory of gravity, but he was also a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, appointed by Isaac Barrow. During this time, Newton made advances in his optical research.

Roger Bacon: During the second half of his life, Roger Bacon lived the simple life of a friar in England during the 13th century. As a younger man, however, he studied geometry, mathematics, philosophy and astronomy in Paris, where he was also a teacher. Bacon made groundbreaking discoveries and conducted experiments in these areas, understanding how each field was closely intertwined with the other. Bacon was also known as Doctor Mirabilis, which in Latin translates to “wonderful teacher.” Wikipedia acknowledges that he is “sometimes credited as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method.”

I would add Don and Karen Willis, who taught me the value of learning and sharing with others!
My Proven Research Resources That, When I Applied Them , Produce Positive Results ! July 28, 2008 by Devin Willis

Humbly,

Devin Willis

For more great teachers-25 Teachers Who Drastically Changed the World By Laura MilliganTeachingTips.com

More Resources

25 Useful Forums and Blogs for New TeachersBy Laura MilliganTeachingTips.com

Many Fun and Unique Search Engines For Success! August 4, 2008 by Devin Willis

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Hard to Find 800 Numbers =Resolve Your Problems

I was talking to a student today, and she stated  how easy it was to get help and resolve her concern with the educational program.. Betty stated that she was going to have to call a few more companies and would most likely never get through!

I told her  a place to start is the Gethuman Database.  Sent out an e-mail with the  information.

One of the best specialty lists I’ve found is the Techbargains Vendor Info. The list primarily covers technology retailers, but they happen to be the ones that tend to make it hardest to find their customer service numbers.

Hard to Find 800 Numbers has a fairly small, but growing list of numbers and cover a wider range of company types.

The Internet 800 Directory is worth a try.

If you can’t find the toll-free customer service number you are seeking on those lists you can try a custom search on Google. For more: Locate those Hard-to-Find Toll-Free Customer Service Numbers By Lee Seats, About.com

I hope you find them useful as well!

Devin Willis |

Resources

Gethuman Database.-The GetHuman™ movement was created from the voices of millions of consumers who want to be treated with dignity when they contact an enterprise for customer support.  Our goal is to convince enterprises that providing high quality customer service and having satisfied customers costs much less than providing low quality customer service and having unsatisfied customers


Free ServicesAbout.com -Check out these free services which include free Internet access, free email, free online calendars, free file storage and much more. Why pay for services that you can get for free on the Net?

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Cost vs. Value Report- Can Help Increase The Value Of Your Home

We are finishing remodeling our home . It was a year long project headed up by my wife and we are planning on moving back in to our home next week.

I found this  resource that would have helped us and hope you find it useful:

Cost vs. Value Report- Can Help Increase the Value of Your HomeLee  stated For about 20 years , “….Remodeling Magazine (and also Remodeling Online) has been doing something that few other publications dare to do. Every December, these publications come out with their Cost vs. Value Report for the preceding year, measuring the estimated average cost of remodeling projects across the U.S. in three major categories….”(see Lee’s Home Renovations Blog By Lee Wallender, About.com Guide to Home Renovations)


Please check out the below, I think you will enjoy what you find!

Cost vs. Value Report- This resource helps analize the following:

  • the payback for remodeling?
  • an annual report compares construction cost with resale value for 25 common remodeling projects in 60 U.S. market

Research Team

Specpan (www.specpan.com), an Indianapolis-based market research company, programmed and hosted the Web-based survey, collected and compiled the data, and provided pre- and post-survey consulting.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Realtors (www.realtor.org) broadcasted e-mail links to the survey to more than 100,000 of its members, comprising sales agents, brokers, and appraisers.

Hometech Information Systems (www.hometechonline.com), the Bethesda, Md.-based estimating software developer, provided cost-to-construct estimates for all 25 remodeling projects, including area-modifiers for each of the 60 metro cities surveyed.

Humbly presented for your review,

Devin Willis

Resource:

Cost vs. Value Report 2007 REMODELING Online

REMODELING’s 2007 Cost vs. Value Report Online-Publication date: November 1, 2007-By Sal Alfano

Related Resources:

What’s the one thing you can do to increase the value of your home the most? –by Josh ClarkHowStuffWorks

The Effects of Landscaping on Perceived Home Value.” Virginia Cooperative Extension. 2007. (PDF)

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