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Our new normal

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Ahh the good ole days! They were great. Just about everyone drove shiny new car, had a job that paid very well with benefits, stocks and other investments normally grew at a reasonable pace and life was easy and predictable. . The good ole days aren’t coming back folks.

Marketing and other voodoo

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“I just don’t know what is working and what isn’t working.” Have you ever thought or said that about your business marketing strategy? Do you have a strategy? Is it the radio ads that are working? Is it the Google ads? Is it organic search? Is it word of mouth and referrals? I don’t know.

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How do you view opportunities? « Reiter Thinks

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February 24, 2011 Reiter Thinks Leave a comment Go to comments We are buried in snow here in Michigan. Kate Reiter Thinks February 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | #2 Reply | Quote Kate, I hope that I instill in my children that hand-outs don’t exist.

Self doubt and how to recognize it

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You know what? You don’t know what you’re doing. Seriously, you’re no expert. You probably aren’t even sure what your next move is going to be. What makes you an expert? Did you go to school to get your information or read a book or something?

Keeping your confidence

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“I have the best idea in the world”. We’ve all heard that from a close friend before. .

Who are you competing against? Part 1 of 2.

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Army ROTC has a “Varsity” sport called Ranger Challenge. This competition pits regional college ROTC programs against each other testing their basic Army skills in eight to ten events. Each region of the country has their own version of the event that takes place each fall, usually in October.

For a good cause

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A good friend is donating his hair to St. Baldricks. His four year old daughter is also donating her locks as well. If you are looking for a good cause, I’d recommend this one. Click here to check it out. Have a great weekend. Filed under: Self Help. Self Help

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The wisdom of a seven year old

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Sometimes the wisdom and clarity of a seven year old makes me stop and think. My daughter and I were talking about her future and what she wanted to be when she grows up this past weekend. I too was surprised. She mentioned that she wanted to open a book store.

Feelings are an important part of selling. « Reiter Thinks

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February 28, 2011 Reiter Thinks Leave a comment Go to comments I sell freedom. Comments (2) Trackbacks (0) Leave a comment Trackback Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach February 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | #1 Reply | Quote Interesting idea Matt! Kate Reiter Thinks February 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | #2 Reply | Quote Kate, I bet no one walks out of your seminars feeling poorly.

Are you too focused?

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Focus. What is focus? Is it the central point of all of your energy? Do you have it? Do you need it? Can you be scatterbrained most of the time and then turn on the focus with an internal switch? I don’t know. Most successful people that I’ve come across are singularly focused on their goals.

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Expect the unexpected

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The unexpected can’t be planned or scheduled. You’d like to think that you can handle just about anything and maybe you can but sometimes the unexpected happens. Actually, the unexpected happens all the time. . Everyone is listening, all the time. .

Activity doesn’t always equal productivity

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People often say things like, “She’s such a hard worker&#. And yet that person is deeply in debt and miserable. Working hard is overrated. . Gotta work smart to move these. Work smarter, be more focused with your energy and time and that will pay off.

Memorial Day 2011

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As a Veteran, Memorial Day has a special meaning to me. I’ve had friends who have made the ultimate sacrifice and I will never forget them. I will hold their families in a special place in my heart. . On to Fiddlers Green. I’ve mourned for them.

The focus of busy

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What is busy? Each of us have our own personal definition. It could be getting up and rushing out the door to your job in the morning feels “busy”. Or it could be the stay at home mother (or father) with a couple of children who has to juggle appointments, nap time, lunch, play dates and a myriad of other daily ventures is equally busy. Whatever your flavor of busy might be, you’re busy because you’re doing something. Try to be busy with something you love though. Focused and busy.

When conventional wisdom isn’t wise.

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Conventional Wisdom says you probably shouldn’t eat a lot of food. It’s not healthy. Conventional Wisdom says you probably shouldn’t drive too fast because it’s dangerous. Conventional Wisdom says you probably shouldn’t take certain risks. Or is it? .

Doing the difficult tasks will pay off

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Why did you get stuck on that project? Is it simply a lack of motivation? You had the motivation to start whatever it was that you started. But somewhere along the process you got bogged down. . Could it be that your initial assumptions about the ease of the project were wrong?

You are responsible for your emotions

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Sometimes things are out of your hands. I don’t say that very often but it happens. So what can you do when that offer doesn’t come through or someone hits your car in a parking lot or your kids gets sick right before you need to be out of town? You deal with it. You go to plan B or C or Z. . .

The little things you do make a huge difference

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Not everyone is meticulous. That’s fair. I don’t always pick up my sweatpants or make my bed. I miss birthdays too. I don’t always send a card. I miss a few. I’m not very meticulous in that regard. I don’t have a good system or rather, I choose not to implement one.

It’s okay to have big dreams

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Go ask a 6 year old what they want to be when they grow up. They say things like; a veterinarian, a lawyer, a police man, a mommy, or President. But go ask a 35 year old; I want health benefits, reliable income, security, great wages, safety, a decent house, stability and a shiny car.

How to predict future success

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Past performance is a predictor for future success. You may be saying to yourself, “Wait a second, that’s not right.” I know, I know, you’ve heard all of those investment commercials talk about their inability to predict future profits. And that is mostly true.

Who or what controls your time?

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It's slipping away. One thousand four hundred and forty minutes. That’s all you get today and that’s all you get tomorrow. That’s your day. In that time you need to do a lot. Here are some of the basics that most of us do; sleep, eat, hygiene, travel, work, interact with friends/family. . . That list is what most of us do on a daily basis just to be a human. You could do less. Why not do more? It’s your time.

Unlocking your superpowers

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Take stock of your skills. . That is easier said than done. You may not perceive what exactly counts as a “skill”. Some of your skills may actually be personal gifts. You may be very good at something and not consider that skill/gift as an asset. . We tend to believe that only skills/gifts that we can have are quantifiable. Take physical attributes and sports for instance. It’s really easy to see the difference between a 5’8” basketball player and a 6’4”. That’s easy.

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I want you to remember what your New Year’s Resolution was for 2011. Comments (6) Trackbacks (0) Leave a comment Trackback Reiter Thinks February 25, 2011 at 7:24 am | #1 Reply | Quote I’ll be happy to start. February 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | #3 Reply | Quote Definitely.

I am still here!

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Have you seen him? I did not fall off of the face of the earth. My feet are firmly planted here on terra firma. Since you last heard from me I’ve added a fourth child to our family. Jack Matthew was born on April 4 th. He’s fantastic and doing great. So is Mom!

Willy Wonka's $300 million dollar golden ticket « Reiter Thinks

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Comments (6) Trackbacks (0) Leave a comment Trackback ChrisT January 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm | #1 Reply | Quote preferreds…4%+ dividends & alotta chocolate (a very diverse portfolio?) ChrisT January 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | #3 Reply | Quote Imagine what could happen if you could imagine!

4 leadership traits « Reiter Thinks

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Reiter Thinks Helping you be the best you Home Me, in brief Contact Reiter Reads Home > Business , Career , Leadership , Motivation , Success > 4 leadership traits 4 leadership traits January 5, 2011 Reiter Thinks Leave a comment Go to comments I don’t believe that leaders are born.

Make every chance for a connection count

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How do you connect? Is it something that you do once in a while at a scheduled event? Is it a chore? Let me tell you about two examples. A great group of people. A man stood pumping gas minding his own business on the way home from a day at work.

Little things matter, you can be Really Good

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What do you do that others don’t? Do you go the extra mile for a customer or coworker? Do you treat people better than the competition? Are you willing to get up in the middle of the night to answer a question for a customer who might be on the other side of the planet? These people love you. .

5 steps to go from Dreamer to Do-er

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You need to dream big. I’m not here to squash your dreams. If you’ve read half a dozen of my blog posts you’ll see that you need to have dreams. You are only limited by your own fear. Conquer that fear. Visualize your success. This is a very powerful exercise.

A tale of two neighbors

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Both neighbors were at the age where high school was almost over. Both were very good students and active in several school and community groups. Both were eager to move on to college and explore new horizons. . But before they left for school they had a choice to make.

Your good and bad choices add up.

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Most people make good decisions. The person in the cubicle next to you isn’t a complete idiot. Neither is the lady down the hall, your neighbor or people in general. They know not to play with fire, run with scissors or bungee jump without a bungee cord.

Hard right over the easy wrong.

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You know what is hard? Success is. It can be hard for many different reasons. But each of those reasons are probably glaringly obvious and yet you may overlook the root cause that eludes you. Come on out. We are creatures of habit. We do what is comfortable and familiar.

Where can I find the Rules for my Life?

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Life has rules. You cannot go to a book (I haven’t written it yet) and simply flip to page fifteen and get your answer. It’s just not that easy when you are dealing with complex situations that involve people, feelings, risk and a myriad of other variables.

Who are you competing against? Part 2 of 2

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Yesterday I talked about my time as an ROTC Range Challenge coach and the parallels between knowing yourself and your company before you can focus on competition. You can read about it here. Today I’ll finish my story about the relationship between you and your competitors.

3 reasons why Borders is broke

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Borders filed for bankruptcy yesterday. They will close 200 of their 642 stores over the next few weeks. That is roughly a one third reduction of their brick and mortar stores. Ouch. I’ve heard that the last card to fall is payment to creditors when a company is ailing.

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Reiter Thinks Helping you be the best you Home Me, in brief Contact Reiter Reads Home > Self Help , Leadership , Success , Business , Inspiration , family > Rock climbing and growing your company Rock climbing and growing your company February 18, 2011 Reiter Thinks Leave a comment Go to comments I’ve been rock climbing one time in my life. Chris Reiter Thinks February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | #2 Reply | Quote Chris, That’s not me.

Thank you for reading

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The once a day blog experiment has come to and end. . I will continue to write but a bit less regularly. These last three months have been a great experiment and I am grateful for all of the positive feedback. On to the next phase! Thank you for your support. Filed under: Self Help. Self Help

The value of a hand shake

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There is no substitute for a hand shake and a smile. Making connections is what people remember. Webpage’s, blogs and Google searches are all cold and sterile and don’t transmit the personality of the seller to the customer. . Here’s a little something I found that has rung true for me. The impact of in-person meetings that I experienced personally this week has been studied in some depth by the fine minds at the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

Best Leadership Books of 2011

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W E HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do. For the most part, it’s still business-as-usual within the same framework— control.

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