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"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -
E.E. Cummings






This Was Not His Day… Yikes!

July 31st, 2009

This guy should never have gone to work on the day this video was taken. Thank God he did not end up in the movie “Groundhog Day.”

You know, it’s one thing to get knocked over. It’s another thing to have “salt” poured into the wound. Oh Boy.

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Never, Never Forget…

July 31st, 2009

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What a tribute for one of our recently fallen heroes. People actually lined the streets for miles to give support to his family.

Never forget what these young people do for all of us.

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Yes, People Actually Said These Things in Court…

July 31st, 2009

The following quotations are taken from official court records across the nation, showing how funny and embarrassing it is that recorders operate at all times in courts of law, so that even the slightest inadvertence is preserved for posterity.

* Lawyer: “Was that the same nose you broke as a child?”
* Witness: “I only have one, you know.”

* Lawyer: “Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?”
* Witness: “By death.”
* Lawyer: “And by whose death was it terminated?”

* Accused, Defending His Own Case: “Did you get a good look at my face when I took your purse?”

The defendant was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in jail.

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Thanks for the Memories…

July 30th, 2009

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As much fun as I have with this topic, I really do thank God for the diversity of His creation. It’s more than the obvious… our shapes, sizes, and colors.

Look at the differences in personalities. Some of us exhibit charm, some of us act like snakes. Some people are eternally upbeat, some are always down. We all know that some people we meet are great fun to talk to for various reasons while others seem uncomfortable in a conversation.

Or, to be blunt, some have it and some don’t.

I have always thought that life is an adventure to be enjoyed most of the time. Enjoyment comes from a sense of humor. We know that our Creator has a sense of humor because he made an aardvark,  a laughing hyena, and a platypus. There is no way to take any of those creatures seriously. Really.

Each and every one of us has a free will… thank God! When I talk about free will I mean that each one of us has chosen at various times in our lives to act like a complete ass. Or maybe we just go brain dead at some points in our journey. Or, maybe some of us are just plain stupid.

That doesn’t, of course, make you a bad person. To the contrary, it makes you (or me) today’s entertainment. Thank you for that. I appreciate it when someone takes a “stupid pill” that day and they show up on a video somewhere providing a laugh for the rest of us.

I know I have done this in my life. Hasn’t everyone?

We are all part of God’s family, but the reality is that some of us are more entertaining than others. Certain people are more “talented” than others. Some of us have only 40 watt bulbs in our heads.

For all of you that make yourselves available for our amusement I can’t help but think of Bob Hope’s theme song… “Thanks for the Memories.”

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“Now, for My Next Trick…”

July 30th, 2009

Thank God for these wonderful people who insist on entertaining us. If this was Olympic Diving, I would give it a “10.”

What do you think?

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His Last Day on the Job…

July 30th, 2009

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Why take the chance? You cannot force a forklift through an area that is not wide enough.

“But I only needed a few inches!” makes as much sense as “I only needed one more mile!”


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Bud Strikes Again…

July 29th, 2009

This clever beer commercial from Bud has a great finish. This is a well done take off of the “wave.”

Short and sweet… make sure you watch it.

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Women… You Can’t Live with ’em, Pass the Beer Nuts

July 29th, 2009

Norm Peterson, beer expert on the hit series “Cheers!”, talking about another topic he was expert on (the ladies), once said “women… you can’t live with ’em, pass the beer nuts.”

Well, Norm must have been a consultant on this video that you will get a kick out of.

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Ridiculous… but Funny!

July 29th, 2009

This video is a take off on Howie Mandel’s show “How to Be a Millionaire.” It’s totally goofy and ridiculous, but it will make you laugh.

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Boomer Product… Become an Expert Blogger

July 28th, 2009

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I have mentioned before that from time to time I will tell you about products that I think are terrific and very helpful for us Boomers. For those of you that have your own blog (and those of you who are thinking about starting one) you need to know about Yaro Starak, an extraordinary blogger.

I have been following Yaro for over a year now and I was convinced that his approach to blogging made complete sense. Read the following article by Yaro to see what I mean:

There are basically two types of bloggers in the world – reporters and experts – and some people perform both roles (usually the experts… it’s hard for reporters to become experts, but it’s easy for experts to report).

If you have ever taken an Internet marketing course or attended a seminar specifically for beginners, you have probably heard about the two different methodologies. Whenever the business model is based on content (and if you blog for money then the model is based on content) people are taught to either start as reporters, or if possible step up as experts.

I’ll be frank… you want to be the expert.

Reporters leverage the content of the experts and in most cases people start off as reporters because they haven’t established expertise. Experts enjoy the perks of preeminence, higher conversion rates because of perceived value, and more publicity. People are more likely to seek you out rather than you having to seek others out, joint ventures come easier, etc. Experts in most cases simply make more money and attract more attention.

Most Bloggers Are Reporters

The thing with expertise is that it requires something – experience. No person becomes an expert without doing things and learning. Bloggers usually start out without expertise and as a result begin their blogging journey by talking about everything going on in their niche (reporting) and by interviewing and talking about other experts (reporting again).

There’s nothing wrong with reporting of course and for many people it’s a necessity at first until you build up some expertise.

Unfortunately the ratios are pretty skewed when it comes to reporters and experts. There are a lot more reporters than there are experts, hence reporters tend to struggle to gain attention. When they do, they often just enhance the reputation of the expert they are reporting on.

Don’t Replicate Your Teacher

If you have ever spent some time browsing products in the “learn Internet marketing” niche you will notice a pattern. Many people first study Internet marketing from a “guru” (for lack of a better term). The guru teaches how he or she is able to make money online, and very often the view that the student gleans is that in order to make money online you have to teach others how to make money online.

The end result of this process is a huge army of amateurs attempting to replicate what their teacher does in the same industry – the Internet marketing industry – not realizing that without expert status based on a proven record and all the perks that come with it, it’s next to impossible to succeed.

Even people who enjoy marginal success, say for example growing an email list of 1,000 people,  go out and launch a product about how to grow an email list of 1,000 people. Now, I have no problems with that. I think it’s fine to teach beginners and leverage whatever achievements you have. The problem is that people gravitate to the same niche, Internet marketing, and rarely have any key points of differentiation.

How many products out there do you know of that all claim to teach the same things… email marketing, SEO, pay per click, affiliate marketing, and all the sub-niches that fall under the category of Internet marketing. It’s a saturated market, yet when you see your teachers and other gurus making money teaching others how to make money (and let’s face it, making money as a subject is one of the most compelling) your natural inclination is to follow in their footsteps.

If the key is to become an expert and you haven’t spent the last 5-10 years making money online, I suggest you look for another niche to establish expertise in.

Report on Your Process, Not Others

The secret to progress from reporter to expert is not to focus on other experts but instead report on your own journey. When you are learning how to do something and implementing things day by day, or studying other people’s work, you need to take your process and what you do as a result of what you learn, and use it as content for your blog.

It’s okay to talk about experts when you learn something from them, but always relate it to what you are doing. If you learn a technique from an expert it’s fine to state you learned it from him (and affiliate link to their product too!) but you should then take that technique, apply it to what you are doing and then report back YOUR results, not his. Frame things using your opinion – your stories – and don’t regurgitate what the expert said. The key is differentiation and personality, not replication.

Expertise comes from doing things most people don’t do and then talking about it. If you do this often enough you wake up one day as an expert, possibly without even realizing how it happened, simply because you were so good at reporting what you did.

You Are Already An Expert

Most people fail to become experts (or be perceived as experts) because they don’t leverage what they already know. Every person who lives a life learns things on the way, takes action every day and knows something about something. The reason why they never become an expert is because they choose not to (which is fine for some, not everyone wants to be an expert). But if your goal is to blog your way to expertise and leave the world of reporting behind you have to start teaching and doing so by leveraging real experience.

Experience can come from what you do today and what you have done previously; you just need to take enough steps to demonstrate what you already know and what you are presently learning along your journey. I know so many people in my life who are experts simply by virtue of the lives they have lived, yet they are so insecure about what they know, they never commit their knowledge to words for fear of… well, fear.

Blogs, and the Web in general, are amazing resources when you leverage them as a communication tool to spread your expertise because of the sheer scope of people they can reach. If all you ever do is talk to people in person and share your experience using limited communication mediums, you haven’t much hope of becoming an expert. Take what you know and show other people through blogging, and you might be surprised how people change their perception of you in time.

Reporting Is A Stepping Stone

If your previous experience and expertise is from an area you want to leave behind or you are starting from “scratch,” then reporting is the path you must walk, at least for the short term.

Reporting is a lot of fun. Interviewing experts, talking about what other people are doing and just being part of a community is not a bad way to blog. In many cases people make a career of reporting (journalism is about just that), but if you truly want success and exponential results, at some point you will have to stand up and proclaim yourself as someone unusually good at something and then proceed to demonstrate it over and over again.

Have patience and focus on what you do to learn and then translate that experience into lessons for others. Remember, it’s okay to be a big fish in a small pond, that’s all most experts really are.

This article was written by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the “Blog Mastermind” mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link:

www.BlogMastermind.com

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