Review: Filling the Glass

Written by Reviewed by Philip Abelard

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Considerrepparttar technique he calls, Bragging aboutrepparttar 124043 Negatives. Are you having a problem explaining a price increase, for example? Try this: "Are our rates expensive? Absolutely. Why do we charge so much? Because we can. Because our clients are willing to pay that much forrepparttar 124044 results we generate. Isrepparttar 124045 competition cheaper? Absolutely. But do you really think they would charge less if they could charge more? They charge less because that's what they can get forrepparttar 124046 results they generate." No excuses, no convoluted explanations, no mealy-mouthing. Reality. If you ever want to promote an idea, a proposal or yourself, if you ever want to sell anything to anybody,repparttar 124047 story of Clyde Thompson winning a job by bragging about his prison record is, by itself, worthrepparttar 124048 price ofrepparttar 124049 book. Maher's unique perspective illuminates evenrepparttar 124050 familiar in new and revealing ways. "As far as this, I'm okay, you're okay stuff," he writes, "maybe you're not so okay. It's not like everybody is. The universe has produced Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Adolf Hitler. They weren't okay. And to be frank, I'm still not all that convinced about Attilarepparttar 124051 Hun . . . [When it comes to self esteem,] you know yourself a lot better than I do. If you don't think much of yourself, who am I to contradict you?" Oddly enough,repparttar 124052 book's hardheaded skepticism ultimately makes it more inspirational--and more positive--not less. The ending is an emotional body blow. Fillingrepparttar 124053 Glass is not perfect. Some strategies could use more amplification: two or three are worthy of books of their own. A few anecdotes seem to have been included more for their entertainment value than because they add much torepparttar 124054 message. And occasionally, Fillingrepparttar 124055 Glass yields torepparttar 124056 self help temptation of promising more than it or any book or program can deliver. The over-promising is unnecessary, and Maher should know better. But, as he himself notes, "Marketing has it's own truths which are often hidden fromrepparttar 124057 heart." No matter, Fillingrepparttar 124058 Glass: The Skeptic's Guide to Positive Thinking in Business is a strong $$$$$: our highest recommendation. For once,repparttar 124059 cover blurbs are right. And when Guerrilla Marketing author Jay Levinson writes that Fillingrepparttar 124060 Glass should be "required reading for any MBA program,"repparttar 124061 proper response, even for those of us without televangelist hair, can only be "Amen."

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Philip Abelard writes the syndicated Books for Business column. He may be reached at

The Secret to a Happy Life

Written by Marsha Jordan

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My great grandma and her family rarely droverepparttar 13 miles into town because gas was too expensive and they couldn't all fit intorepparttar 124042 car anyway. When they did go to town, they had to change flat tires every few miles and inrepparttar 124043 winter they froze with no heat inrepparttar 124044 car and frequently got stuck inrepparttar 124045 snow even though they had put chains onrepparttar 124046 tires. As a newlywed, when my grandmother moved to her new home with her new husband, she packed all her belongings into a horse-drawn wagon. As they drove away from her parents' home, she said "I forgot to bring a broom." Her husband replied, "The house we'll be living in has a dirt floor, so you won't need a broom."

This was my grandmother's life. How many of us could live like that and still be happy? Maybe part ofrepparttar 124047 reason she could be happy was that she did not haverepparttar 124048 high expectations that we have these days. She expected to lose children to death. She expected to have to work hard and not have much to show for it. She accepted whatever happened and kept going, taking each day as it came. Maybe our problem is that we cannot accept hardship when it comes because we expect our lives to be better and easier than they sometimes are.

When I compare my life to my great grandmothers, I realize that we are very fortunate to have allrepparttar 124049 good things we enjoy in our lives. Let's count our blessings and be thankful!

During this joyous season, when we celebraterepparttar 124050 fact that God loved us each so much that He was willing to give up his only son to die in our place, we can be very thankful for THAT and for many many other blessings.

Question ofrepparttar 124051 Day: How many blessings can you count in your life that you are grateful for?

Marsha Jordan, Director HUGS AND HOPE FOUNDATION A ministry designed to share God's Word and His love with families of critically ill children

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Marsha is a disabled grandma who lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband and toy poodle, Louie. She founded a nonprofit organization to help sick children called The Hugs and Hope Club. She enjoys collecting antiques and having fun with her grandson

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