Monthly Archives: November 2010

Are You a Success After Sixty?

Are you a success after sixty?

Every day we encounter people with stories of success about their accomplishments.  And everyday we encounter people with stories of reasons why their life didn’t or isn’t turning out the way they had hoped.

So what is the difference?  Why are some successful at any point in their life?  Why are some people just missing it?

I’m always intrigued by learning about people who are continuing to search for the next thing to be, do or have; the next person to become, the next hurdle to get over.  Or how about the next book they’ll write or the next seminar they’ll organize and run?  Or perhaps the next family to impact with their generosity?

There are so many ways to be successful, whether it’s before or after turning the age of sixty.

Recently, I’ve been reading, The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.  He indicates that the book is written for the lay person, although the first few chapters are rather technical.  As a scientist, he lays out the scientific proof of his conclusions.

This is a fascinating book, first published by Hay house in 2008 and the latest edition in 2010.  Dr. Lipton, who is in his mid-sixties, is a cellular biologist who has discovered that we are a product of our environment not our genes. In other words, we can be and do what we choose!  More about this later.  His research and learning about this information have taken more than 25 years.  I consider Dr. Bruce Lipton a success after sixty!

How do you measure success?  How do you want to be successful?  That word is filled with lots of emotion, since it evokes each person’s personal definition of what success is.

What is your definition of success and are you a success after sixty?

Will You Participate in Cyber Monday?

Here is a link to the Wikipedia information about Cyber Monday.

I felt it is fitting here to mention Cyber Monday, as it is the counterpart of Black Friday and this year, somewhat of Small Business Saturday.

In case you missed my posts from this past Friday and Saturday you can check them out.

Interesting to read that the term Cyber Monday originated in 2005, as it was mentioned in an article from Shop.org, part of the U.S. Trade Association.  There was a spike noticed in Internet orders placed on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2004, leading some to believe it was due to some employees with access to computers and Internet at work.  Perhaps these people, having returned from the holiday weekend and observing all the ads or just doing some window shopping, now want to get down to it and ‘shop online’ from the comfort of the office.

Hmmm!  And when are these employees doing all this shopping online?

But, that is not my concern.  And how great for the economy to have tons of people anxious to spend their money, which in turn helps the economy!

So, how have you spent the weekend, shopping-wise?  Did you participate in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or are you planning to ‘honor’ Cyber Monday?  After all… It really does help the economy!  Let us know.

Happy shopping!

50’s Kids

1950’s Kids Slide Show…  This is the second time around for this, but it caught my eye as I was deciding what to put for winding down Thanksgiving weekend.

This is just fun to view and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  The words of this song are the key here.  What do you think of the message?

The pictures look like any pictures in my family’s photo albums… What about you?

This video is titled:  1950 Kids’ Slide Show to Bucky Covington’s song ‘A Different World’.

Is it my imagination or was life just so much less complicated for children back in the 50’s and 60’s?

What are some of your favorite memories about your childhood?

Are You Aware of Small Business Saturday?

Have you heard of Small Business Saturday?  Here is some information about it.

This seems to be a huge movement by American Express.  Who knows what their motivation is about it.  But it seems like something worth checking out, for a good cause.

Do you have a small business you can support today?

Do You Participate in Black Friday?

Black Friday has become so insane, I recently heard of a store (one of the big box chain stores) opening at 3AM today with their deals.  Can you imagine?  I used to wonder who goes to these sales at these ridiculous hours?  Over the years I’ve met people who have and do.

Well, I’m all about getting a good price and even getting it on sale, but 3AM???  Not even 5AM would entice me.

But I guess everyone has their thing.  Maybe it’s the thrill of the deal, so it can be talked about and envied by others.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh.  Perhaps I just don’t know what motivates someone to get up, (or for the 3AM gig, not go to bed) and be at the glass door, nose pressed, waiting for the magic moment.

But for what?  The ensuing rush to whatever department caught your attention in the ads?  I just don’t get it!

I wonder if the stores end up reaping more profits because the people who are up for these deals, perhaps will spend more than they might have in a normal Holiday season.

Perhaps when people go Holiday shopping throughout the few weeks before, at a normal Holiday pace, and not the frenetic pace of Black Friday, people might be more in control of their budget for the Holidays.  Hmmm!!!

The other day on the radio, I actually heard a ‘money-talk guy’ giving some pointers to the listeners about how not to get caught up in the craze of the season.  It sounded like good sound advice, but in the thrill of the rush of Holiday shopping on Black Friday, I believe it will take a large amount of self-control to follow his advice.

How about you?  Do you participate in Black Friday?  What are some good deals you have gotten?  Was it worth the hassle?  Let us know.

What Are You Grateful For?

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  What a great time to remember the really important things.

This is from Simple Truths and is fairly short and worth the couple minutes to view, in my opinion.  Enjoy…

What are you grateful and thankful for today?

It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever.

Sarah Breathnach said it best…

“When we choose not to focus on what’s missing from our lives
but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…
we experience heaven on earth.”

So sit back, relax and turn up your speakers to enjoy our 2 minute inspirational movie from Learning to Dance in the Rain. The words, the photographs and the music are beautiful!

Just click here to watch.

Remember to pay it forward, by sharing with friends, family, and co-workers. They’ll thank you for it!

By,

Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths

For more information about Simple Truths and their products, scroll down a bit and on the right side click to enter their website.

More on FourSquare… Are You on This?

More on Foursquare… Thought you might want to check this out.  Lots of implications for small business owners.

I first posted on this on June 2nd, if you want to reference that too.



So, what do you think of this?  Is this something you are on and enjoy?  I’d love to hear about it…

What Should I Do With The Rest of My Life?

What Should I Do With The Rest of My Life? This seems to be an interesting book by Bruce Frankel,  True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and Finding New Meaning in the Second Half of Life. This is on my list of what to read next.

I found this book on the website, SecondAct.com.  ‘Today, turning 60 is something altogether different now, less about sticking with what you’ve been doing or congratulating yourself for making it this far and more about taking on a new career or passion — or revisiting one that got lost along the way’, according to Michelle Rafter, who wrote a blog post here.

This book highlights thirteen people who reinvented themselves after the age of sixty.  Bruce Frankel, who himself just turned 60, talks about the idea of not being hung up on the number

I like that since I too feel that way.  Often we look at the number with emotion as we remember what it meant for our parents generation… Not good!  Aren’t we fortunate that it no longer has to be that way.

You may want to check out this website, as it seems to have lots of content.  Actually, I checked it out just briefly and it is filled with some good stuff.

Let me know if you are going to read the book, What Should I Do With The Rest of My Life? I’m going to be reading it in the next couple months after a few I just started and perhaps we can discuss it further.

Where Were You When You Heard About Kennedy?

Where were you when you heard about Kennedy?  In thinking about what to post for this day, November 22nd, I realized that this is the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.  Why is that such a remembered date?  Why don’t we know his date of birth as readily and celebrate that?

Well, I don’t know the answer to the second question above, but I certainly do to the first question.

Anyone who was at least (probably) ten years old, and certainly those of us over sixty today, remembers where they were when they heard the news.

I was 18 and in history class at Moravian College and we somehow heard the news as we left class.  Probably someone had a transistor radio and heard the report.  Everyone was stunned.  In fact we heard the news that he was shot, and then some time after, that he had died.

The campus took on a somber tone.  I remember we were scheduled to have a Dance that weekend and there was talk about canceling because of this.  It turned out that they didn’t cancel it.  I attended and was really amazed at how this dance turned out.  As the evening went along it appeared that no one was in a dancing mood!  It was eery how everyone was so sad.  Personally, it took me some time to digest the significance of all of this.  I wasn’t one who was interested in much more than experiencing my college life.  However, I soon understood.

Over the years, I have come to understand that this was a sad day for our country.  This is not a political statement, but just reflective of how sad it was that a national leader was at the mercy of a crazed gunman.

So, where were you when you heard of the assassination of John F. Kennedy?  And if you are reading this and were not even old enough to understand or maybe even not around…what have you heard about the significance of this event in our American history/culture?