“The heart filled with thankfulness is closest to the riches of the universe.”
As the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of just how incredibly thankful we are for our colleagues, families, friends, a network that is hard-working, and for the amazing clients whose teams we support and encourage as they go through constant improvement.
We are thankful for the way you routinely display great passion for your work and how you let us be a part of that; for the way you remain intensely focused on growing; and for the countless ways you have trusted us to help in your professional, corporate and even personal success.
As many of us get ready to journey down the highway or airways to gather together with those we care for…or are waiting for them to come to us, we send you a heartfelt message of Thanksgiving and sincerest wishes for safe travels.
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has”
Charles Darwin is often quoted AND is more often misquoted. The most frequent transgression is, “Only the strong survive.” Fact is, there is no accurate record of him ever saying or writing it.
Here is what Darwin likely said about strength and survival, but even this might be most accurately attributed to a Louisiana State University business professor named Leon C. Megginson and his interpretations of Darwin’s work:
It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
Be an Innovator
Those who know the story of David versus Goliath understand it is about an underdog – a much smaller, weaker opponent – who takes on a champion of greater strength and size and wins. It is not in the winning we find a moral, but in the HOW. Just how could David slay a giant bully named Goliath?
David was incapable of meeting Goliath’s strength and power, but he was capable of adjusting to
Researchers conducting a large national registry study recommended changes to current breast cancer screening guidelines that would make family history a more important consideration in setting ages to begin regular mammography.
Elham Kharazmi, MD, PhD, of the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues looked at data from large Swedish data sets on 5,099,172 women born there from 1932 onward with at least one known first-degree relative. Of these women in the latest dataset from 2017, 2.3% were diagnosed with primary invasive breast cancer, the majority of whom (86.4%) had no family history of the disease.
As described in the team’s nationwide cohort study online in JAMA Oncology, the risk-adapted starting age of screening was defined as the age by which women with a family history of breast cancer attained a 10-year cumulative risk that was similar to the average risk for women at the recommended age of screening initiation in the general population
A protein that drives growth of pancreatic cancer, and which could be a target for new treatments, has been identified by researchers at the Crick.
The study, published in Nature Cell Biology, looked into the most common type of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. This is an aggressive cancer that develops from secretory and tubular cells of the pancreas.
There are no effective therapies to treat this cancer and only 8% of patients survive beyond five years after diagnosis.
The researchers analysed a specific group of tumour cells, called cancer stem cells. Similar to how healthy human stem cells repair tissues and organs, these cells have the ability to start new tumours and they can also differentiate into different types of tumour cells.
As these cells are a driving force behind cancer growth, being able to identify if they are present is an important step towards the development of new treatments. By analyzing the gene expression of these cancer stem cells, the
How many times do we need to be reminded, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In the spirit of using opposites for illustration, think on this: Some things in life are just too good NOT to be true.
Get Rich Fast – too good to be true, or too good NOT to be true? Depends on how you answer these two questions:
What does it mean to be rich?
How does one live a richer, fuller life?
To answer, you have to understand the word rich. It is derived from a root word meaning reach. You become richer when you reach out and expand any dimension of your life, accomplished by leaping outside your comfort zone and targeting big, hairy audacious goals (BHAGS) or Wildly Important Goals (WIGs).
Fact: while we all live under the same sky, we all do not have the same view of the horizon. This is precisely why we must all constantly seek to extend our reach. Here is a 9-point plan for growing richer:
Reach for greater wisdom. This is very personal, yet every life requires a
Why You NEED to Hire a Professional Graphic Designer For your Branding
Sure, cutting costs is ideal when you’re starting up a new business. You are bleeding money left and right: employees, new bills, computer, office furniture, software…etc. You make a list of priorities: What you need vs. what you want. Careful. Far too many businesses make the mistake of putting their branding at the bottom of their lists, and I’m first going to tell you why it should be on the top, and then I’m going to tell you why it is absolutely crucial to hire a professional.
Why is your branding so important? So your cousin Esther has played around in Photoshop a few times and she’s pretty sure she can throw something together that will look good. She finds a couple of fonts on Fontspace and you guys go back and forth until you see one that catches your eye. She slaps it inside a blue circle outline, adds a drop shadow, and throws you a jpeg to put up on your brand new Facebook page. “Perfect”
At a time when the World Series has just ended in usual grand fashion and college hoops kicks off, beginning in the Garden last night, and with all the debate around student athletes potentially being paid for endorsements in two years, our thoughts turn to what it truly means to be a pro.
When one thinks of being a pro, our mind often turns to athletes who have reached the pinnacle of performance. By that definition, a professional is anyone who makes a living in a field where many are amateurs, and their work is characterized by reaching seemingly unattainable levels of performance while holding to the highest possible technical and ethical standards in that field.
In the world of business, one generally thinks of a professional as someone who has received special training then delivers outstanding results, having honed particular talents into an enviable set of valuable skills. No matter whether you think of athletes that kiss championship cups, stars that win Emmy’s or Oscars
To enjoy a fully optimized career, you must make a meaningful contribution to the lives of others. Do this by focusing time and talent on helping others harness their greatest gifts, conquer their biggest fears, maximize their true strengths and capture their largest opportunities.
The top job of a leader is to develop more leaders, and EVERY institution needs better performance in the creation of the leaders of tomorrow. If deprived of this sacred duty, potential will decay and die. To ensure we all reach our greatest potential, an ongoing focus on the unique and valuable contributions of each person on the team must be foundational. Celebrate and encourage the success of others.
It is all about productivity and leverage. Today, design a plan to fully develop those around you. This j mindset will help you expand your vision, increase your performance, create more value and ensure you operate with real speed and true precision.
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When you’re building a real estate website with a basic, out-of-the-box WordPress content management system – one of the most important things you can invest in is a well-designed and easy-to-use WordPress theme.
Luckily, there are A LOT of great WordPress themes available for those of us in the real estate industry. Whether you’re an investor, realtor, broker, property manager, landlord or fill-in-the-blank… chances are there’s a solid WordPress theme somewhere out there that can be tailored to suit your specific purpose.
The problem is – most real estate professionals are NOT professional web designers. We don’t necessarily know what to look for in a great theme, and even if we did – most of us have no idea where to find all the best options on the market today.
With this in mind, I’ve taken some time to identify what I believe are ten of the highest-rated, widely-used and most flexible real estate WordPress themes available today. These themes were selected based on five key criteria…
1. High Ratings & Reviews
I’ve used a few of these themes in the past, but not all of them. Since there’s no way I could ever get enough hands-on experience with all of these options, I’m placing a heavy emphasis on the number of high ratings the each of these themes has received. Essentially, a theme can’t make it on this list unless it received at least a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
2. Ongoing Updates
Not all WordPress themes are created and supported by well-respected developers who continually release updates to keep their themes fully compatible with the latest version of WordPress. While this kind of ongoing attention-to-detail is never guaranteed, the themes below are coming from marketplaces and developers that are generally known for this kind of continual updating of their products.
3. Detailed Documentation and Ease of Use
If you’re not overly familiar with the inner-workings of WordPress, it can be a real challenge to figure out how to work with certain themes and get them to display exactly the way you want them to.
Unfortunately, most WordPress themes (even the paid ones) don’t come with much (if any) one-on-one support to get your site in final working order. To the extent possible, this list contains themes that come with some sort of clear instructions and (when possible) support.
4. SEO Friendly
Your choice of WordPress theme can have a major impact on the “SEO friendliness” of your website. The built-in search engine optimization features that come with a WordPress theme can definitely play an important role in your website’s ability to be tracked and monitored by search engines. With this in mind, these themes all come with some element of on-site SEO features that can be used to improve your websites search-ability.
5. Supported Plugins
Part of what makes WordPress such a great website platform is the fact that it can be integrated with plugins. A plugin is a piece of software that can be used to extend the functionality or add helpful new features to your WordPress site.
Not all themes will support every plugin. This is why it’s important to choose a theme that will be able to work with the plugins that will boost your website’s performance to the level you need to serve your prospects and customers.
In order to reach the full potential of your target market, you need to have an optimized website design that works smoothly across all browsers and devices. More than half of your potential clients are using their mobile phones to find your business online. Luckily, we have the know-how to ensure that your web design is optimized for all devices, keeping you and your business on the first page of mobile searches.
A responsive and strategically designed website will put your business miles ahead of the competition. Creative skill and modern technology collide as our skilled in-house web design team works tirelessly to create a website that not only represents your brand but also creates greater engagement and a higher conversion rate.
Your brand design is paramount in capturing the attention of your targeted audience. What’s more, all of your brand’s elements need to be seamlessly