Thursday, 21 April 2016

Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose By John Addison

In Real Leadership, author John Addison shares his straightforward practices for successful leadership through his personal and professional journey, helping leaders at any level understand and emulate the nine principles that fostered enduring results on his path to success.

As co-CEO of Primerica--the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America--from 1999 to 2015, Addison  spearheaded the company through a period of rapid growth in the early 2000's, then helped navigate the company through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the separation from their parent company, Citibank, which created one of the most successful IPOs of the decade.

Guiding the organization through these monumental changes while also working to keep morale high, Addison developed a passion and talent for motivating others that allowed him to inspire and empower over a million people during his career.

The perspectives and personal laws of success that he’s developed over decades of hard work and diligence boil down to the principles of living your best life. Because that, says Addison, is the essence of leadership: having the courage, honor, and integrity to live your true life, the one you were put here to live, and to do it in a way that makes the world a better place than it was before you got here.

Addison's story shares his experiences--from small-town southern boy to influential CEO--providing a riveting read that is down-to-earth and profound in its simplicity and honesty.  His practical takeaway lessons will help you lead better in every aspect of your life. It’s the kind of leadership that others will follow over the long haul, through the good times and the bad, through the ups and the downs; it’s real leadership.

John Addison is the former Co-CEO of Primerica, the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America. He currently serves as CEO of Addison Leadership Group as well as the leadership editor of Success magazine. As a renowned, world-class speaker, he has motivated millions with his  insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development, and achieving success in both their careers and their personal lives.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Don’t Make These 5 Common Legal Mistakes

Unfortunately, most people learn about these legal mistakes the hard way. Often they learn too late and there is little that can be done. The key is understanding these issues so you can make the right choices before a problem develops or a deadline is missed. If you have questions call your LegalShield provider law firm to speak with an attorney.
  1. Not having a will. Without a will, you could leave your survivors with a costly legal mess to clean up. Surveys show three main reasons why people don’t yet have their will: procrastination, the belief that they don't need one, and cost. Your LegalShield family plan solves all three of these problems. You can obtain a will questionnaire by calling LegalShield, your provider law firm or downloading one (U.S. residents click hereand Canadians click here). The questionnaire asks for information about your situation and desires. Once your questionnaire is received your provider attorney will draft your will.
  2. Signing a contract without an attorney review. Lawyers cannot change the past; NEVER sign a contract, lease or other agreement before you call your LegalShield attorney for review and advice. Contracts and other agreements are sometimes written to intentionally obscure the true meaning. Your LegalShield attorney can help you make sense of a contract, lease or other agreement to ensure you fully understand your obligations.
  3. Missing a statute of limitation deadline. Statutes of limitation are laws requiring an injured or aggrieved party to file a lawsuit within a certain time frame or forever lose the right to sue. The length of time to sue varies based upon the claim, type of injury, potential defendant and other factors. Nearly all claims are subject to statutes of limitation and some may be less than a year.The first step is to call your LegalShield provider law firm. You will need to speak with an attorney and provide necessary information to determine the statutes of limitation that apply to your case. After the appropriate statutes are determined, if you decide to proceed with a claim, an attorney may need several months to prepare the case for filing. It is essential to act quickly to protect your legal rights. If you have any questions about a legal matter, call your LegalShield provider law firm today.
  4. Buying into quick fix debt or credit relief plans. Many families feel overwhelmed by consumer debt. Companies that promise to help lower monthly payments and quickly pay off debt may sound like an appealing way out. Unfortunately, debt consolidation offers and credit repair plans are often too good to be true. There may be built in fees. If you have a poor credit rating, your consolidated debt may end up with a higher interest rate than you are already paying. Also, debt consolidators have been known to miss or make late payments. When monthly payments are not in your hands, you run the risk of the third party missing the payment or paying it late, which will negatively affect your credit and could result in additional fees. Call your LegalShield provider law firm for a review of any debt relief or credit repair plan and to learn what other options may be available.
  5. Protect your personal information. If you are asked for sensitive information, such as a Social Security Number, ask why it is needed and what systems are in place to protect it. Be wary of sharing personal information over the phone or email, especially if you’ve received an unsolicited communication (even if you do regular business with the organization). Many scammers pose as representatives of trusted businesses. Do not leave personal financial documents out in the open or anywhere you cannot limit access. If you believe you may be the victim of identity theft and you have an IDShield membership call (800) 806-3991. If you do not have an IDShield membership visit to learn more.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Disruptive Business Models: Apple. Uber. Airbnb. LegalShield.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Adrift in My Mind by Bri Land Reclaimed Wood Furniture + Wall Art

It is so humbling to be selecting the best of the best from across the globe.  As a Tastemaker for I see a lot of talent. Bri Land takes my breath away!  You may purchase her work HERE.
At Adrift In My Mind, you will find unique reclaimed wood wall art and table tops made from wood found around the Houston, TX area.
AIMM is run by Bri Land, a self-taught artist and woodworker. She started playing around with woodworking in 2013 when she decided to build a tabletop for her own home. It has been about two years now and this thing that started out as an itch she had to scratch has turned into something that she can’t not do. Creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork has turned in to a very fulfilling full-time career.

Her process and style has evolved over the years. The pieces she now creates stem from a desire to create beautiful wall decor and table tops from discarded, forgotten wood. They are usually geometric in design and can be described as both rustic and modern.
I hope you enjoy her work as much as she enjoy creating it.

Photo Credit: Bri Land

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Rather Be Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne

Oh, Woah, Ooh, ooh

We're a thousand miles from comfort, we have traveled land and sea
But as long as you are with me, there's no place I'd rather be
I would wait forever, exalted in the scene
As long as I am with you, my heart continues to beat

With every step we take, Kyoto to The Bay
Strolling so casually
We're different and the same, get you another name
Switch up the batteries

If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
Know with all of your heart, you can't shake me
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be
N-n-no, no, no place I'd rather be 

We staked out on a mission to find our inner peace
Make it everlasting so nothing's incomplete
It's easy being with you, sacred simplicity
As long as we're together, there's no place I'd rather be

When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be, yeah

Beeeeeeeeee, hooooooo oh
Yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah-e-yeah, yeah, yeah
When I am with you, there's no place I'd rather be

"Rather Be"
(feat. Jess Glynne)

Writer(s): Stephen Fasano, Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson, James John Napier, Nicole Marshall
Copyright: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Allegro (Uk),
Emi Music Publishing Ltd., 
Salli Isaak Songs Ltd., 
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Belgium) Bv 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Painted Photo 'The Golden Sail' Patti Friday

A gift for a special, beautiful young lady.

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Patti Friday Giclee Gallery-quality Prints Now on Amazon

My work can be found on Amazon - I love fresh, quirky, graphic imagery mixed with colourful, folkloric elements, symbolic layers + typography. I digitally blend some of my collected images with my own photography + paintings. They are modern and decorative; perfect for today's contemporary interiors. I invite you to have a peek

  • Gorgeous, gallery-quality reproduction using archival 12-color pigmented inks.
  • Heavyweight Art Paper - 10 mil (250gsm). Suitable for framing.
  • Various Print Dimensions
  • Original Medium: Digital/Photomanipulation
  • Style: Decorative

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Pirate Lips Sink Ships: NEW Original Art Patti Friday

I love a good gold tooth. Don't you? A new ORIGINAL series! Inspired by top fashion models' + famous lips that I sourced inside the pages of magazines.

NEW Available here.

I have had so much fun painting these cheeky illustrated Pirate lips on archival paper in gouache and ink. The gold teeth are painted in rich metallic acrylic. 

The savvy gift for yourself or someone very special. Priced so you can collect a few at a time. Perfect to group together on your art wall. Beauty inspired for your boudoir, dressing room or girly space. Sexy and strong at the same time. Worldwide shipping is included. These will arrive safely to you. Signed and titled by me, the Artist, on back. Shown in-situ. Framing NOT included. 
Unframed. 5" x 7" Copyright Patti Friday 2015

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