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Tips from “Proven Ways” can help you prosper and learn to have a A successful life

I just read a great post by Alex Moskalyuk  about the  book “Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive” by Noah Goldstein, Steve Martin and Robert Cialdini. Mr. Moskalyuk review had a few areas that were interesting:

The authors take the position that persuasion is a science, not art, hence with the right approach anybody can become the master in the skill of persuasion. So, what are the 50 ways? click here


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We Love “Joe the plumber’s” dream !

It’s an  American dream!

My family is made of entrepreneurs and that is why we are teaching our friends and family these concepts by example and through sitting them down and showing them. I was excited to read Carl J. Schramm‘s Commentary: Why we need Joe the plumber’s dream

I think ” Joe the plumber represents dream of many Americans”

Carl J. Schramm pointed to a “.. survey, which was conducted late last month, 70 percent of respondents said the success and health of the U.S. economy depends on the success of entrepreneurs. More than 60 percent said they had the most faith and confidence in the American people and the small business owner to guide the U.S. economy..”

I think we all can agree that no matter who is President , we need lawmakers that will help entrepreneurs succeed!

Devin Willis


Commentary: Why we need Joe the plumber’s dreamCarl J. Schramm‘s-CNN

The Entrepreneurial MindJeff Cornwall

Entrepreneurial + Spirit does Challenge The Downturn

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Useful Hacks=Productive day

Here are some resources I’ve found very useful from Doug Hennig for the past few months;0)

Reinventing the Clipboard: discusses why the Windows clipboard needs to be rethought and even better, links to a cool tool (Clipx) that provides a multi-entry clipboard.

TIP: Compressing Virtual PC images: Craig’s tips are always great and this one saves lots of disk space.

Why Your Business Must Be on the First Page of Google: yes, it’s marketing, but since we’re all involved in marketing one way or another, you might as well figure out how to do it better. Mike’s blog has lots of useful tips and I found this article really interesting.

Evolve Your User Interface To Educate Your Users: the Smashing Magazine blog is mostly web-oriented but is almost always interesting. However, the ideas in this post are also applicable to making desktop apps easier to use.

I also think many people will find  Eric Hebert’s “The 50 Most Popular Web Design Blog Posts, Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2007” very helpful

Devin Willis

Useful Resources:

Some Interesting Posts––Wednesday, January 30, 2008–Doug Hennig

A Useful Hack for Storing Text or Editable Pictures You Need to Reuse, in OpenOffice Impress Presentations—-July 02, 2007– OpenOffice.org Training, Tips, and Ideas

Yahoo! News: Internet NewsYahoo

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Principles of Wealth Building

Adam Mortimer shared the following great tips :

The principles of wealth-building are simple truths that you can follow to achieve financial independence. As you begin your journey towards financial independence, you may start to notice that many of the financial gurus say the same thing. They just say it differently. Some of the most common principles of wealth building are doing things like paying yourself first, reducing your expenses, and learning how to invest.

The book The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason covers some of these basic principles. The wealth-building principles (or “commandments”) are as follows:

· Pay yourself first. Paying yourself is a crucial key to financial freedom. If you are not paying yourself first, you are going to have a hard time reaching financial freedom. Remember the old saying by Benjamin Franklin, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” If you earn $50,000 a year but you are only saving $1,200, how much are you really earning? I will give you a hint: the answer is not $50,000.

· Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment: This means set up a plan to pay off your house as soon as possible. One of the best ways to increase your wealth is to pay off that big mortgage. Imagine all the things you could do if you didn’t have a mortgage payment.

· Control thy expenditures: Controlling your expenses is a very simple, yet crucial, step towards building wealth. I have yet to meet a wealthy man who lives beyond his means, so track your expenses and look for ways to use your money more efficiently. You can do this by not eating out as much, reducing the cable bill, and using coupons, just to name a few.

· Guard thy treasures from loss: Before you invest in anything, make sure you are very familiar with the investment at hand. Never put your hard-earned money into something that you are unfamiliar with. This is a sure way to lose money.

· Increase thy ability to earn: One of the best ways to increase your wealth is to excel at what you do. If you are an employee, be the best employee that you can be. Look for ways to make your company more money or ways to reduce company expenses. Find the people out there that are excelling at what they do and learn from them.

· Insure a Future Income: Make sure that if something should happen to you, your family will be taken care of. This means having the right types and amounts of insurance. Also, a great way to insure a future income is through real estate investing.

· Make thy gold multiply: A sure way to wealth is to learn how to make your money grow. You can do this by using the miracle of compound interest.

I sure love learning  and sharing “.. these basic wealth building principles is a crucial in our quest for financial independence! ..”

Humbly posted,

Devin Willis


Principles of Wealth  Building By Adam Mortimer–

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals by Adam Mortimer—

Maintaining Your Credit Score by Adam Mortimer

Four Principles of Wealth Building By Natalie Aranda

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason


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Sales Through Service

I read a great article ”   Sales through service: The start of social business

” By Jennifer Kirkby.  We have been doing this at Prosper for about a year and our students that were sold through service  are very happy! Please read and let me know your thoughts? She wrote the following:

‘Sales through service’ is a simple concept, and one that is becoming increasingly popular as organisations look to drive their contact centres into profit centres. But sales through service requires a lot of hard work to get it right. Jennifer Kirkby explains what it is, why it’s important – and how it can be implemented successfully. Jennifer Kirkby,shares examples of sales through service:

  • Key account managers, whose role is to understand client’s needs and find solutions from his company. The best do this through personal conversation, like the IBM client manager for an airline who spends most of his time talking in the airline’s staff canteen.
  • The Dyson field service team who, whilst carrying out servicing in the customer’s home, find out through conversation what issues and needs the customer has. They are well versed in all the products and connected to operations to put right any issues. Customers have been highly delighted with this ‘time saving’ service.
  • John Lewis thought that leaving customers to browse was what they wanted, but customers thought staff were being aloof and unfriendly. After a five year sales through service programme, staff now acknowledge the customer, open up conversations and close sales by matching product to need as closely as possible – even if it means selling a lower priced product than the customer had intended to buy.
  • Amazon, which was founded on a sales through service philosophy.
  • O2, which supplies service contact centre staff with information on the customer’s risk of attrition, and the three best offers (sales or service) to make to that customer based on propensity modelling and the content of the call. Around 6% of its 50 million annual calls now generate revenue, and customer satisfaction is reported to have risen.

All the examples emphasise that sales through service is not just about revenue generating sales, it is about exchanging value. That may be free upgrades, helpful advice or customer care, in exchange for customer engagement, recommendations, valuable data – and yes, at some point sales

I agree, after being involved in Prosper customer/Student care for many years. We have found that Jennifer Kirkby is 100% right on point!

Resource Sales through service: The start of social business” By Jennifer Kirkby-28-Aug-2008-MyCustomer.com


Devin Willis

Explore Related Resources:

Sales Through ServiceThe Forum

Achieving new sales through serviceChartered Quality Institute,

Prosper Learning’ Student Care Vision-Steve Gross-

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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!


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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