Sub-prime Crisis for Dummies

Granted, Subprime for Dummies is a bit crude and definitely rude,  but this presentation sure hits the nail on the head.  =)

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Barbara Winter’s Six Pillars of Entrepreneurial Success

Sometimes, a 9-to-5 job just doesn’t cut it any more. It can cut into too many things — quality time with family, to indulge in your passion etc.  Freelance work is starting to look more and more attractive and increasingly lucrative.  Who wouldn’t want to be paid to do what you enjoy?

Barbara Winter, author of the best-selling Making a Living Without a Job shares her “Six Pillars of Entrepreneurial Success”.  This was done in relation to freelance photography but can very well be applied elsewhere.

Pillar # 1: Find Inspiration
Find your “natural habitat’ — the place you feel most at home.  It could be your home, nature, heck, even the mall.  Immerse yourself in your favorite books, music, movies, and other art.

Pillar # 2: Gather Information and Ideas
A determined entrepreneur believes that she can find what she needs at any step along the way, and monitors what she needs to know next.  This is so easy to do in this electronic age – if anything, you run the risk of info overload.  Which leads to…

Pillar # 3: Find Your Heroes and Heroines
You’ll find success faster as an entrepreneur if you’re willing to learn from other successful entrepreneurs. Even if they aren’t doing what you want to do, you can learn from their methods.

Pillar # 4: Reinforce Your Dream
Keep coming back to your big dream. Whatever you have your eye on — keep it in your sights. It’ll make it easier to get through the tough times.

Pillar # 5: Develop a “Prosperity Attitude”
Barbara pointed out that most of us aren’t brought up with a “prosperity attitude.” Money can be an emotionally charged issue. So it’s important to leave behind limiting thoughts on what you deserve to have or to earn. Open yourself up to making money and being prosperous.

Pillar # 6: Find a Supportive Community
Supportive people can make a world of difference. entrepreneurial success. You need those people who you can call to share in your excitement.  These are the ones who get excited about your projects and ideas, who help you think up solutions, and who hold on to your dream when you lose track of it… so it will be there waiting for you when you’re ready to pick it up again.

So here goes my mantra:  Work to Live.  Live to Love.

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Hospitality Under the Influence

I want this book!

It’s a how-to book, a cookbook and an instruction manual for keeping nosy guests from snooping around in your medicine cabinet (not unlike Miles who loves to ascertain in the people in the house use his company’s products). It’s outrageous and hilariously quirky, something that I’ve come to expect from the sister of David Sedaris. =)


I’ve recently bookmarked an excellent music recommendation site: LivePlasma. Unlike some engines which are way off target, LivePlasma has been pretty smart in intuiting what I might like. Recommendations on related artists are displayed in a very cool animated solar system graphic. The site also has a fairly comprehensive database of mainstream movies which be explored by movie title, director’s name, or actor’s name. Liveplasma is still a work in progress but the results so far are very promising.