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Train Your Brain – Training that Works

Off the beaten path of our normal topics…

MVP was fortunate enough to learn about a training program by Dana Wilde of “The Mind Aware“. This program is specifically designed to help business owners focus on objectives, generate positive mental awareness, prioritize their efforts and grow their businesses in a very short period of time.

We took the training and achieved more growth in 2 months than we previously had experienced in the six months prior. We wanted to share this with our readers so that you could have the opportunity to do the same thing we did.

Paraphrasing an email from Dana:

Are you frustrated because your business is growing so slowly?

Do you ever wish you could just hit a “forward fast” button and get your business moving?

Are you stuck and wanting to get moving again?

Some of you may know that Dana’s specialty is training brains. Her direct sales team went from zero to over one million in sales in just nineteen months.

She’s got a new program out and you can register for her FREE ONE-HOUR TRAINING in which she tells you how she did it and how you can do it too. And the best part is … you get immediate access.  We want you to know right off the bat that yes, this is an affiliate link and we will make a little if you should decide to purchase her entire program. We’re transparent about this and we don’t often share links such as this in a post but we believe in this offering because of the way it has impacted not only our business, but our life.  And the initial training is FREE.  Chuck always says – “If it’s free, it’s for me”.  If nothing else, you walk away with a very valuable free hour of Dana’s training.

In this training, Dana explains the EXACT techniques she used to rise to the top so quickly.

This FREE training is for you if you . . .

  • Have been using “hard work” as your method to success.
  • Feel like you know all the things you “should” be doing to be successful, but you don’t feel like doing them.
  • Have hit a plateau
  • Would like more consistency in your business
  • Can’t seem to get started
  • Feel like you’re doing everything right, but you’re not getting the same results as others.
  • Just want to get to the top quickly!
  • If you’ve ever been frustrated when someone has told you to “think positive” and you’ve wondered just how to do that . . .
  • If you have hit a plateau in your business and you want to break through . . .

In this training, a few of the things you will learn are:

  • Why most people work LONG HOURS in their businesses and only see incremental growth.
  • The SPECIFIC formula Dana followed to grow her business from ZERO to ONE MILLION DOLLARS in just 19 months!
  • The ONE thing you MUST do to get UNSTUCK and get off The Cycle of Perpetual Sameness!
  • ONE simple technique for training your brain that you can apply IMMEDIATELY that works for even the BIGGEST SKEPTICS!

If you take the course, please let us hear from you in the comments.  Even though we are not a direct sales company, it has made a significant impact for us.  And we’re betting it will for you too!

There’s a New WordPress in Town – 3.8 Arrives

The new 3.8 version of WordPress (called “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator) was released yesterday. It’s been quite a while since the WordPress admin area has seen a new design. That finally changes in version 3.8. This version brings a new look to the entire admin dashboard, including a more colorful appearance with an uncluttered design which centers on clarity and simplicity.

WP3-8 Dashboard Colors

The new font that is utilized (Open Sans) provides simple, friendly, and easy to read text that works well for both desktop and mobile viewing.

People accessing the internet use a variety of devices. Whether it be via a Smartphone, a tablet, a notebook or a desktop, the new WordPress version adapts accordingly. The Dashboard also has eight new color schemes to fit your particular tastes, and each can be previewed and changed under Users->Your Profile.

The new design simplifies working with widgets so there is less dragging and scrolling required. With a large monitor, multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. When using a tablet, just tap a widget to add it. Truly a responsive design.

Version 3.8 comes with a new default theme called Twenty Fourteen. You can create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms today and with the enhancements in this new version, it will help keep the web developer happy, while still providing a better interface for the casual maintenance done by a user.

Have you updated your site to version 3.8? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Happy New Year – And Enjoy Our Simple Hoppin’ John Recipe!

We’d like to share one of our favorite recipes to start you into a great New Year! Hoppin’ John is a Southern tradition for the New Year’s Day meal. We pair it with some kind of “greens” (spinach, collard, mustard) as that is said to bring you lots of “folding green” while the black-eyed peas are said to fill your pockets with change. This is a basic recipe that we have enjoyed for years. There are many ways to “kick it up a notch” so use your imagination! We wish everyone prosperity in 2012!

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Inspiration Comes in Many Ways

As most of my friends and “fans” know, I’m not a huge blogger. I do get a few atta-girls every now and then for writing a small post, but not blogging as often as I should definitely rates an “oh sh_t” instead. Because, as we all know, life is a series of atta-girls(boys) and oh-sh_ts.  But today, I will write.  And I don’t need the atta-girl.  I’m passing out atta-boys and atta-girls today because this week, I have been inspired.

This week, I was invited to attend a meeting for the Milwaukee Chapter of EWI – Executive Women International by a good friend and business associate.  What a fantastic opportunity she presented me with. EWI was established in San Francisco in 1938 by Lucille Johnson Perkins.  Ms. Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association bringing key women together to promote their firms and improve their community. I plan to join this organization’s Milwaukee Chapter because it embodies many of my beliefs and it will provide another way for me to give back to the community. One of the greatest things that I left with after this meeting was a renewal of spirit and drive courtesy of this group of lovely, friendly, professional women. They shared a fantastic poem during dinner that every person should read. They should read it to their daughters and their mothers and their friends. It is quite simply called “She”, by Kobi Yamada. Not only was I inspired by its words, but I was inspired to create the image in this post reflecting the words of that poem. Click on it and read it. And then celebrate and share it with a woman you know and love.

My second atta-boy is posthumous. As has been relayed across every media channel yesterday and today a thousand times over, a great man, Steve Jobs, has left us. I have only become an Apple fan in the last couple of years after purchasing both an iPhone and a MacBook Air. I can tell you that I’m a huge fan of both. But it’s not the products that bring Mr. Jobs the atta-boy or me the inspiration – it’s his pure, unadulterated quest to follow the beat of his own drummer. It’s his speech to Stanford University in their 2005 Commencement. It’s his brilliance in forward thinking. It’s his resilience in the face of once being fired from his own company. And it’s his obvious determination to keep moving forward until the last hour – even as he battled his life threatening illness. This is deserving of an “atta-boy” – and so much more. And I just needed to say that. Rest in peace Steve Jobs. Your body may have left us, but your legacy and your spirit will live on and inspire so many more. And your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

So, for you, today – move forward, give back, aspire to do more, inspire those around you.

Facebook Moves from FBML to iFrames

We’ve said this over and over in our blog posts, as well as in our classes: Social media is vitally important in today’s ‘connected’ world, especially Facebook.  With over 600 million users, Facebook is a leader in the social network game and isn’t something a business owner should ignore.  Facebook has generated leads and effected sales for many industries, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

FBML was the way to create custom Facebook Pages (also called Fan Pages) for businesses. There have been many case studies on how company’s can succeed using Facebook simply by customizing their Business Page.  FBML (Facebook Mark-Up Language) was the tool to do this. It’s very similar to html except that it has added Facebook-specific functions.

Well, today is March 11th and Facebook has lowered the boom on FBML.  While existing FBML pages will still work, effective today, new ones can no longer be created unless developed in iFrames (Facebook says the old FBML pages will be grandfathered in and will continue to function, but they still strongly recommend that you convert them to iFrames).  iFrames stands for Inline Frame where you embed or ‘frame’ one page in another. This means that custom tabs will no longer be hosted on Facebook’s server but will be pulled from the page owner’s own server (pretty sneaky of Facebook huh?  Now they can free up some of their own resources).

At this point, it is still in your best interest to continue using Facebook for business.  If the expertise in iFrames is not available within the business, you can study up and learn the iFrames technology or you can hire a consultant to do that work for you.  We’ve always said that no one person can know everything.  You just have to concentrate on the things that you do best and get an expert to do the things that you can’t.  That way you can focus on what’s important; running your business.

What’s next Facebook, Pay-Per-View Movies? 🙂  Just kidding Warner Bros.