Downsize Your Dreams? Why Your Might be Happier

children-playing-329234_640“Friends” and “Sex and the City” – have been eclipsed by novels about young women abandoning the bright lights and fast track for simpler lives, smaller towns, and more homespun fellas. Even daydreams, this seems to show, can be downsized.”

— John Yemma, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor

Should you downsize your dreams?

I discuss this question in a new AUDIO version of this blog! Get inspired: 


 

At first, this might sound deflating.  A big sigh goes out of you as you think of all the big goals you pursue, perhaps to no avail!

Yet what are our dreams? They are hope for happiness. Continue reading “Downsize Your Dreams? Why Your Might be Happier”

The Starfish Story

By Morgan DeLuce Story Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley There was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often to bend  down, pick up an object, and throw … Continue reading The Starfish Story

If You Can’t Run, Fly

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. Be Inspired by an audio version of this blog post: As an entrepreneur, you can’t be held back. You consistently pursue your vision, regardless of what you are thrown.  If anyone tells me it can’t be done, or it will slow things down, I understand that may be the case. Yet at the same time, we must relentlessly, and with positive attitudes, pursue. We push ourselves to think more creatively. We use the resources … Continue reading If You Can’t Run, Fly

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3

By Matt Gallagher Developing CSR Programs Conveniently, Efficiently and Effectively Time, planning and management do not necessarily have to be a big part of your investment in CSR. Websites and services like UniversalGiving can handle all of the legwork so that your contribution is focused on providing a greater good. Your administrative requirements remain minimal, with 100 percent of your donation going directly to the cause of your choosing. Charitable organizations such as UniversalGiving can handle the administrative end, vetting projects through a trademarked, proprietary Quality Model. They consult on proper methods of engaging with nonprofits and how you can … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 3

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 2

This week we’re diving into how CSR can benefit your company directly. Let’s get started! By Matt Gallagher Increasing Employee Morale Nearly 87 percent of companies with CSR programs have employees who exhibit strong company loyalty, according to the 2012 Edelman good purpose study. It feels good to support a cause with both our dollars and time.  An effective CSR policy entices consumers to support a brand, and it encourages employees to stay on board and contribute. Therefore, the social benefit companies contribute is effectively an investment in their brand that has tangible effects on employee morale and retention (ultimately … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 2

Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 1

Our latest series on the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility will be covering the the benefits of CSR and how you can start a program at your own company. Join us over the next month as we reveal how CSR helps businesses thrive. By Matt Gallagher In an increasingly social media driven world, brand image is everything. Reputations are earned and burned virally in the new digital age. From grandparents to moms to high school students, everyone has a social media voice, and they will use it to the benefit or determent of a business or brand with more resonance … Continue reading Brand Image and the Importance of CSR in the New Digital Age Part 1

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Call me Brother.”

A story I heard and found inspiring: A famine was on in the land and a beggar on a street corner reached out to Tolstoy, who was passing by. Russia’s great man stopped, searched for a coin but found none. With genuine sorrow, he said: “Don’t be angry with me, my brother. I have nothing with me.” The beggar’s face lit up as he replied, “But you called me brother–that is a great gift.” Continue reading The Classic Pamela Positive: “Call me Brother.”