Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Now here is the kicker:
Next week, I am teaching at a business forum and explaining to business leaders how to use the resources of a multi-billion dollar corporation for free. The corporation is Google and I don’t imagine that anyone reading this has not or does not use some Google service on a daily basis. When I was a kid six decades ago, we had the Funk and Wagnall Encyclopedia. I think is was a “poor man’s” encyclopedia. If I am not mistaken, we may have picked up the next volume each week. People couldn’t afford to buy the whole set at once, so once a week you’d get one volume. Google is the encyclopedia Britannica x 1,000,000, so we’d be hard-pressed not to refer to it daily or several times a day since it’s on our phones we carry around.
Is Free Really Free?
When I say “free”, I mean of course, that there are tools that can be used for business promotion that you do not have to pay for since they are given freely, but there is a cost still. It’s your time. One has to learn how to use the tools in order to make it work. Time is valuable. Once spent there are no refunds. My advice is going to be NOT to try to learn how to use these free tools but to delegate and hire people who already have the expertise and have paid with their time to get through the learning curve.
My aunt once told me, “Nothing’s free. You breathe, it costs you something.”
So the next obvious question is how are you spending your time?
There is so much stress in society today, people are in a hurry, scurrying about, trying to get somewhere, fast. The greater the responsibility, the greater the activity, the greater the wear and tear on your resources. Once in awhile it’s okay to “unplug” from the rat race. Take a day off for introspection and meditation. Actually, you have to. In fact you do it everyday. It’s called sleep.
If your sleep is uncomfortable, restless and anxiety-filled, here’s some tips:
Spend five minutes tidying your room before getting into bed. Make a little order out of the chaos. Once getting into bed, it’s a good idea to do a few exercises, mental or spiritual exercises: Express gratitude for all that you have in the way comforts, relationships, faith, kids, grandkids, etc.
Send out an intention for those in the world who may not have as much as you. Check in with yourself if you upheld your standards this day. Is there room for doing better? Then set an intention for what you want to happen tomorrow. Are there things that you want to make sure you do the next day?
Keep a notepad and a pen next to the bed. Write it down. Once you have trained your mind to think of others in this manner, you should be able to get a good night sleep, having made peace with the world. Darken your room and leave the electronics in another room. No blinking lights or vibrating buzzes. Allow yourself the pleasure of unplugging from the world.
Mary Sparr has been a customer for many years. She orders 24, 36 or 48 bottles of True Omega-3 240 once a year. She and her husband travel a lot. She advocates for the health of her family and has just about everyone taking True Omega-3. Here is what she wrote:
“BEST product across the board, BEST quality, BEST price, BEST customer service, BEST communication, FASTEST shipping!! Have been using True Omega 3 for several years, have benefited greatly in our overall health and see no changing of our relationship with this product in the future. Many thanks for developing a product that delivers the results it claims.”
Now, that is what she posted on Facebook.
We have testimonies like these scattered across many platforms and I wanted to bring some of them together in one place. What I’d like to ask you to do is to give me a couple of minutes of your time and give us feedback. Here is the page I set up for this purpose. Please give us feedback. I know your time is valuable.
It doesn’t have to be 5 stars, of course we’d wish for that. But any feedback is helpful. One customer wrote in complaining about the US Post Office. I can’t blame him. For small time outfits like us, this is the most economical option. The big boys like Amazon, they can dictate the rates to Fedex and UPS but we pay full board. In fact, Bezos apparently didn’t get the rates he wanted and so bought thousands of delivery vehicles and hired private drivers to deliver his Prime packages.
Yes, you are allowed to complain about anything you like even Congress if you wish. But we are committed to lifelong learning and you may have a viewpoint that I can’t see until you tell me what your experience has been. We are assured of one thing: We are not perfect. We just do the best we can and we want you to know that explicitly.
Please give us feedback – Thank you!
Garey J Simmons