Support National BLACK dog FRIDAY

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Did you know that Black Dogs are the least adopted and most killed dogs in our shelters?

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Did you know that black dogs are the most killed dogs in America?

Animal Shelters know it and animal rescue groups know it but the general public is unaware of this tragic fact.

We intend to be the voice for Black Dogs and have created a national campaign to save black shelter dogs. We are partnering with Green Pets America Charities to raise awarenes and get these beautiful dogs adopted.

Help us adopt 1,000 black dogs this Black Friday

Lets make Black Friday


We can shop AND adopt. Make Black Friday mean more than just a shopping day. Make it a SAVING LIVES DAY as well.

Please call your shelter. Give them this flyer. Tell your friends. Tell the news in your area.

Post this on your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest and other sites.

And make a tax deductible donation at Green Pets…

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Give Your Customers What They Didn’t Know They Wanted

quote on brand and technology #BrandIn cutting edge technology you want your brand to be exactly what your customers didn’t know they were looking for.

Think of all the technology you are relying on today that wasn’t invented 10 years ago – and you didn’t know you even needed it.

In most industries you want your Brand to deliver exactly what the customer is expecting and wants. Good brands deliver on the experience the customer wants. But, some brands need to think about what would make life better for people who  didn’t know they even wanted it!  Apple computer as an example was perfect at that. Lets hope Apple can continue to be ahead of the game.


What is the Most Important Aspect of a Brand?


The most important aspect of a BRAND is the emotional connection between the brand and it’s customer


So, the question is how do you create that emotional connection to your prospective and your current customer? You do it by telling a story about your brand. You tell why you started your business, why you love doing what you do.  And by sharing yourself with your customer. You do it by being genuine, not phony. By being open, not closed. By being truthful. By focusing on your clients wants and needs –  not your wants and needs. And be consistent.

Think about the brands you purchase or admire. What makes you emotionally connect to them and select them?. #BRAND

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Steve Forbes on BRANDS

Steve Forbes Quote Brands #BRAND

“Your brand is the single most important investment you can make in your business” – Steve Forbes

Do you know your brand? Your customers do. If they admire it they purchase your goods and services. If they don’t admire your BRAND they don’t buy from you. If you want more sales talk to a brand expert. If you understand what you do and why you do it and how it will help your customer you are starting to uncover your brand. It takes introspection to discover your brand and connect it to your clients needs and wants. And it must resonate and create an emotional response between you and your potential clients and current clients.

We have a hard time seeing the forest through all the trees when looking at our own career or our own business. That is why it is so important to make the investment in retaining an expert to uncover your personal or business brand. If you get your branding right everything else falls into place. If you don’t get your branding right everything becomes a hit or miss proposition. A good brand brings consistency, for your customer and for you. #BRAND

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Richard Branson on Brands

Richard Branson Quote on Brand #BRAND

“Too many Companies Want Their Brands To Reflect Some Idealized Perfected Image of Themselves. As A Consequence Their Brands Acquire No Texture, No Character.

Your brand must represent who you truly are, what you think and most important what you do. People are not stupid, they see phony a mile away. Be you and connect. Be someone else and you will fail as a brand.


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The Science of Success – Why Some Always Win


You have the ability to achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Their is a “the Science to Success

Do you ever wonder why some people always seem to succeed in whatever they do, while others…well just never can pull it off?

Is it dumb luck some do well, while others struggle?

Or, Is there a proven template, or formula for achieving your goals…for achieving success?


Are you trying to be successful; trying to achieve an important goal but not getting anywhere?  Are you a good person, but getting bad results?

Do you wonder why some people achieve continual success in their lives? Do you wonder just what it is they do to achieve that success?


So, what is the #1 trait of every successful person?


Successful people don’t just pray, hope, wish or try to achieve something every day. What they do is, actually achieve something every day that gets them closer to their goal or helps then retain their success. They do not mistake activity, or trying to succeed.

 “Never mistake activity for achievement.” John Wooden
Just being active is not enough. Just trying or thinking positive is not enough. Trying and hoping and wishing and positive thinking may work once in a while. They are not bad things. But, you cannot rely on them. They are not sustainable. To be successful you must achieve something every day towards your goal. Even if it just a baby step, it is good. Because, even baby steps keep the forward momentum going. If forward velocity stops you will shortly slow down. And when you slow enough you eventually stop. And when you stop you start going backwards.

Why do we go backwards? It is because it is one of the 3 forces of physical law.

“An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force” Isaac Newton

Newton’s three laws of motion are three physical laws that together laid the foundation for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to said forces. Newton’s first law of motion is what all successful people employ.

Newton’s First law:

“When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force”    

The three laws of motion were first compiled by Isaac Newton in his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687. Newton used them to explain and investigate the motion of many physical objects and systems.

You may say that’s fine for physical objects, but goals or ideas are not physical objects. Aren’t they? You first think of something with your mind. However, if your bright idea just remains in your mind you will never achieve it in the physical world.

For the fact is this; we live in a physical world as well as a mental world. And to create your bright idea;  whatever you have set as a goal you must DO SOMETHING. If you just wish, or pray, or try, it won’t manifest itself. You must take action. And not only just take action, but the right action; you must take the right action so you can achieve the right result. Remember that all action is not helpful. And remember also that activity is not always right action. Checking off your sticky to do list may make you feel like you did something today…but if what you did was not right action towards your goal it was really a waste of time.

When you achieve something you move your object of desire forward. You increase its Velocity. And if you keep achieving the right Action the Velocity keeps moving forward. However, if you do not continually achieve something right towards the success of your goal you will start to lose forward velocity. And when you stop moving forward the third law kicks in and you start to get an opposite reaction. And the opposite of moving forward is?… moving backwards.

So the primary determinant of reaching your chosen goal is to “achieve” something every day towards your goal. You must do something that will maintain forward velocity every day towards your goal. As Newton’s law of the Universe states you move forward, move backwards, or stay at rest.

Time is ticking…What are you going to achieve today that will move you forward in velocity, towards your desired goal?

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Steve Monahan, #Mentor



Why Men Should Mentor Women Today

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Look at you…you’re smart, well liked, and really good at what you do. So why are you not at the top of the corporate ladder by now? And, if you are at the top, why aren’t you earning as much as a male counterpart?

Well, in business the old saying that “It’s not what you know as much as, who you know, is still valid in today’s fast paced business world….perhaps even more so.

So, the next question is who do you need to know, and where do you find them so you can be more successful in your career or your business?

Who is that person who will advance your career, give you wise advice, hold you accountable and always help you succeed? …It’s a mentor! What is a mentor? A mentor is someone who is older, and already traversed successfully the same path you’re now just taking. He or she is experienced, successful and willing to provide advice and guidance.A Mentor is someone who has the desire to give back for the success they have achieved in their life. Or help you overcome the hard lessons in business they had to experience to grow to success.

When you want accelerated results, you want to be coached by a mentor – someone who’s been there and done that. Someone who has achieved and surpassed what you seek to achieve or accomplish. Someone you can learn from and someone who has high values, morals and who walks the talk in all aspects of his/her life.

I believe strongly in mentorship and mentor both mean and women.The numbers don’t lie: Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but very few of them make it to the very top level in corporate America. Why? Because even in the 21st century there is still gender bias happening. But there is a solution to this bias. It involves men mentoring women.

For over a decade, mentorship of women by women has been seen as part of the solution, and workplaces from Goldman Sachs to the U.S. government has implemented programs to do just that. But what if the person best suited to mentor you is a man? Don’t let gender get in the way of a potentially critical professional relationship! There are plenty of men who haven’t let it stop them from fostering female proteges. In her new book Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg mentions a mentor of hers, Larry Summers. Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, the first American woman to fly in combat, has said that all of her mentors in the military were men. Ruth Bader Ginsberg got her first job thanks to an intervention by one of her male law school professors.

If you are a woman and your goal is to reach the top of the ladder in your organization then getting a mentor should be in your 5 most important strategies..As a business strategy a business savvy mentor can make all the difference in building your business. By tapping the expertise of someone who’s already jumped the hurdles, you can reach your goal quicker and with less cost in time, heartache, frustration and money.

So how can you identify a great male mentor ? Here are 5 suggestions.

1. Seek a good match . “Make sure your mentor’s social style and values match your own as much as possible,” says Sid Walker, a sales performance coach and author of Trust Your Gut. Like all partnerships, you need trust, chemistry and commitment.

2. Be casual and less formal in seeking a mentor. Few successful business men take well to a direct request for mentoring. It’s too much of an upfront commitment. “It is more appropriate to say, ‘Would you be willing to join me for lunch or breakfast? I need some advice and I would love an opportunity to pick your brain,’” suggests Barbara Danforth, who directs a mentoring program for businesswomen for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. Alternatively, you can ask a mutual friend or associate to introduce you to a potential mentor.

3. Establish written goals and measurable expectations. Many protégés and mentors write down goals and expectations from the relationship. If that’s too formal for you, at least discuss, beforehand, exactly what you expect and want to achieve.

4. Consider your potential mentors current power. A well liked and admired high-profile mentor may be able to open doors. In selecting one, think about how he might help your career grow. “If your mentor can speak about you glowingly with colleagues in your industry, you gain credibility,” says Alissa Krinsky, who runs Media Success, a Chicago-based media training company.

5. Give back. Mentoring to succeed has to be valuable to be a real “win- win” for both parties. I mentor because I want to advance women in business. I do it because I feel the world will never reach its fullest potential until women and men are equally valued in society, business, government and even religion. So I do it for a bigger purpose than money. But, I still need to feel I am helping. I still like receiving  recognition from my mentee that what she is learning and growing. And honestly while I never seek it, it is nice once in awhile if they decide to support something I care for, such as my non-profit cause. Additionally the Mentor & the Mentee must work as a team. I have come to see that there are two types of people in life; Givers and Takers. I now mentor, socialize with and work only with people who are givers in life. I do not mentor people who think only of themselves; for they are only takers. Society cannot move forward without givers to renew, pay back and leave this life-giving more than they took. Women; young and old need more men mentor models to move higher faster and farther in growing their business or climbing the career ladder.

It is difficult for a man to reach the top, but even more difficult for a woman to do it in, lets face it, a male dominated corporate world. Women need men mentors who can give them access to demonstrate their talents and skills. Women need the same access to business success as men have. Women need men mentors who understand the need for women to achieve equality in rising the corporate ladder, or in starting a new businesses that will improve society.

After surviving a 3 year battle and overcoming a terminal illness I had a new outlook on life and business. For the first time in my career I realized the need for all of us to live life in balance, savor each day, and work together; not separately to help and encourage our fellow travelers to be successful in life and in business. After I survived I left the corporate world behind and started a non-profit organization. I found that most of the volunteers were women. I saw the strengths women bring to the table; such as compassion, an innate ability to work together for a common good and the ability to get things done quicker when everyone was focused on a solution and not playing politics.

And being involved in this inclusive management style women intuitively possess, it was apparent that women could not only perform equally with men, but their ability to include everyone in the process; not being autocratic as men, got better results for my organization and those we serve. It was then that I decided to mentor women.

I wish it weren’t so but the truth is that there is still a deep seeded gender bias that hangs heavy over our society, even in the 21st century. Our world and our economy has many critical challenges. Just bringing women’s salaries in line with men’s salaries for the same job will add billions to our economy and accelerate our stagnant growth. It is going to take empowered women working together with men as equals, not subordinates however to see that we move forward together to solve the social ills we find our great country in today.

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Steve Monahan, #Mentor



Why Whatever the Mind Can Conceive It Can Achieve

You have the ability to achieve whatever you set your mind to…it’s “the law of the Universe”. 

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I have come to experience that life is an amazing gift. A gift you and I are here to enjoy each and every day. The name of that gift is “Creation” Each and every day you have the ability to create. To create a life of happiness, purpose and abundance…or a life of sadness, wandering and poverty. It is your choice.

For you have a clean slate each and every day. And with that clean slate you can create success, or create failure. You alone have the choice. Now, while consistently creating success is not easy, if you discern, and then follow the Universal Laws that govern your ability to create you will have a template to follow. That template to follow is the “Law of the Universe”

If you observe and study the Universal laws of life you will see how life itself s created… and with that knowledge, apply those same universal laws to your circumstances to create, or more exactly, manifest whatever it is you want. It has been said, if the human mind can think it, the human mind can create it. While easier said than done…it is possible.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

Use the power of your mind to create a powerful business or personal brand.

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