Tips, Rips, and Reviews
By Michael Dalton Johnson

If you keep telling the same sad small story, you will keep living the same sad small life. - Jean Houston, American author

You are who you think you are.

I once had a poor self-image. I didn’t have a college education. I didn’t have money or prospects. Back then, the concept of a self-image wasn’t even familiar to me. It wasn’t how people thought.

As luck would have it, I landed a job on a small ranch owned by a very wealthy man. He took a liking to me. Over the next year he showed me a different world. He and his wife sometimes invited me to their home for dinner.

He lent me books that we would later discuss.

Sometimes he would take me for a flight in his small private airplane.

Most important, he treated me with respect. My view of myself began to slowly change.

One day he asked me what my life plans were. I told him that I really didn’t know. I explained that not having a college degree would limit my options. He looked at me as if I were crazy and said, "You are far more capable than 95 percent of people with degrees."

My self-image went up a notch again that day. I soon enrolled in night school, and my belief in myself continued to grow as I saw new possibilities for my life.

It wasn’t until I was looking back, many years later, that I fully understood the profound influence his friendship and kindness had on my destiny. I realized what a powerful force self-image is and what an important role it plays in defining our lives.

Start looking at your potential. Redefine yourself, and you will change. You will start to see your true capabilities, and that knowledge will lead to a new you.

I’m sure my boss knew exactly what he was doing to help me. I have tried to pass his gift to me along to others.

Excerpted from Rules of the Hunt. Available at Amazon.

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One Simple Tool That has Kept Me Sane - and Selling
By Jill Konrath

Feel like you’re drowning in email? Like it’s a never-ending issue too? Most of us are—yet we have to keep checking because it’s our primary way to communicate with our prospects and customers.

But our inboxes are also filled with clutter. You make an online purchase and next thing you know you’re getting tons of promo emails. You donate money to a good cause and now hear from them weekly. You download an eBook and get added to that company’s list. Plus, we get spammed to death.

How to Turn off the Overwhelm

My life changed when I discovered Every day, this app does two very important things.

1) It scans my inbox looking for new subscriptions, then sends me an email with a message like this at the top: We found 3 new subscriptions in your inbox. Why not roll them up or unsubscribe?

When I click on the link, I get taken to their site where I can quickly decided what to do with them. If I chose unsubscribe, I never hear from that company/person again. If I select "Add to Rollup", then we go to the second nice capability of

2) It sends me a daily roll-up of all the emails I want to keep reading. They don't clutter my inbox individually, but arrive in ONE message that I can quickly scan and make a decision about.


In the 18 months that I've used this tool, I've unsubscribed from 1813 email newsletters. Assuming these companies contact me once a week, just think of all the time I'm saving.

As you can see, I also have 322 emails that I've rolled up, which include messages from sales and technology companies, industry news, my favorite shopping spots and pet causes. But again, these subscriptions don't arrive individually. Every day they arrive in my inbox at the time of my choosing—all in one message.

Jill Konrath is the author of three bestselling, award-winning books and also a frequent speaker at sales conferences and kick-off meetings. See her website here.

Take a Break

Interesting But Useless Facts:

India has a Bill of Rights for cows.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.
  Dogfucious Says:

What was Forrest Gump's email password? "1forrest1"

I don't understand why people get attacked by sharks. Can they not hear the music?

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.

You haven't experienced awkward until you try to tickle someone who isn't ticklish.
  The Word

[ ahr - key - dee - uh n ]

rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment

Trivia Question:

Q: Machu Picchu is also known as what?

A: Lost City of the Incas

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