Successful Developments: Yours & Mine

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Spotlight: Murderer is Father of Development Projects

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Developers:


I talk with people all the time who tell me that they cannot accomplish this-or-that because of something in their past. They say they are the "black sheep of the family" or something like that.

I tell them about a murderer who became the father of development and his children became developers of manufacturing projects after he was banished from his family and the land where he lived because he murdered his own brother. If he could rebound so could they.

I originally published this article June 3, 2007 under the title:

WHAT DO YOU DEVELOP?
WHAT IS YOUR VISION?


According to the Holy Bible, the first city ever constructed was called Enoch. Cain built it after he murdered his brother Able. He named the city after his first-born son Enoch.

The Bible does not say what types of structures Cain built. Just that he built them for his family. He was the first real estate developer.

The interesting part of this story is that he had a vision of putting his criminal past behind him and providing for his family. Cain was a successfully rehabilitated criminal.

I’ve met many people who feel as though their past has limited their ability to become successful. They have accepted this vision as the God Honest Truth.

The truth is that any one can achieve whatever they want to accomplish. Anyone.

In fact, a farmer/convicted murderer and his descendants founded these industries:

·Architecture.............Cain
·Engineering..............Cain
·Construction.............Cain
·Tent Manufacturing..Jabal
·Cattle Industry..........Jabal
·Music Industry...........Jubal
·Metal Industry...........Tubalcain


Remember, Cain was told to leave his homeland by God Himself. Cain accepted God’s decision and traveled to the Land of Nod. There he built a City in honor of his son Enoch.

Each person is born into this world with handicaps. They may be emotional or physical handicaps, but handicaps nonetheless. Cain’s handicap was jealous rage and low self-esteem.

I believe everyone struggles with some type of emotional baggage.

The decision to allow yourself to get caught up in a whirlpool of self-doubt, low self-esteem and relentless pessimism or not determines your success in life.

Cain took the land that God created and decided to build a city for his family.

Cain was the Developer – Designer – Contractor and Founder of the City of Enoch.

Take the brain that God gave you and develop a future for your family. Take control of your family’s destiny. Do it today!

What is your vision? Do you have a development plan? What do you want to improve?


Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Last Person to Take for Granted

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Developers:


Too often we have a tendency to work ourselves more than we should. I usually fall into that trap myself. Every once in a while, I've got to sit back and take a breather. This is one of those times. When I'm motivated... hardly anyone can keep up with me. So when time catches up with me... it grabs me and will not let go until I slow down or stop.

I've come to a compromise... I will not stop, but I will slow down and repost a survey I posted on MySpace earlier this year. This survey reminds me to slow down and reflect on lessons learned and lessons to be taught.

Take a moment to share your information so all of us may benefit from your viewpoints as well. (Add to comments section below article.)



Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Sidetracked by Google Earth

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Developers:


I've been writing an article about Virtual Assistants and have not been getting very far with my progress because of one excuse or another. (Yes I said excuse... there is no good reason.)

So while I'm taking a break from serious business... I thought I would share some fun with you.

I came across Google Earth and boy has it changed since I signed up for their map service when Google originally offered it. (And let expire later.) While I was checking out some of their samples... I found one application that put my imagination to the test.

Well... this application allows you to see both sides of the earth at the same time. When I started moving the earth around and viewing it at different angles... it resembled other objects.

It reminded me of making images out of clouds in the sky. I'm sure I could have found more, but only took the time to take snapshots of four views.



^ This reminded me of a baseball. (Imagine stitches near the edge of the land and oceans meet.)



^ This view reminded me of doughnuts.



^ This view reminded me of jewels.



^ This one looks like the Yin and Yang symbol.


If you find other subliminal images in the earth images... share them in the comments section (below this posted article).

Of course, I've got to sum all of this up by making up a moral to the story and show you how all of this is related to each other.

Humanity should stop playing around like the earth is a baseball game. It is a world that should be able to feed everyone. Humanity should view earth as a precious jewel that can not be replaced. After all, we live in the world we create for ourselves.

Yin and Yang.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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p.s. - Check it out for yourselves & post what you see using: Google Earth Example

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Revealing Secret Interviews - Part 5

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Developers:


I originally intended to post an article tonight about Virtual Assistants, but I underestimated how long I should have scheduled my time to prepare and write about this fascinating occupation and the services available to business people everywhere.

So... I've decided to post another installment to my Revealing Secret Interview with Mr. B.

I had planned on posting this article next week, but have not finished the last little thing that will make this first interview complete.

Instead, tonight I am posting the outline of what Mr. B. says are the 20 most important things affecting the outcome of any successful business enterprise.

gfb3

Mr. B. - I want to take the time to thank you for thinking of Developers when you thought of the words you are sharing with us.

I would appreciate it if you would share with my readers, the words you shared with me about the 20 things you believe are necessary for success.



Mr. B.

Do you want the long version, or the short version?


gfb3

How about sharing the short version now and save the long version for next week?



Mr. B.

I am a showman by profession, and prefer to tell all now, but I will wait until next week since you insist. So without further ado:

1. Don't mistake your vocation.

2. Select the right location.

3. Avoid debt.

4. Persevere.

5. Whatever you do, do it with all your might.

6. Depend upon your own personal exertions.

7. Use the best tools.

8. Don't get above your business.

9. Learn something useful.

10. Let hope predominate, but be not too visionary.

11. Do not scatter your powers.

12. Be systematic.

13. Read the newspapers.

14. Beware of inside operations.

15. Don't endorse without security.

16. Advertise your business.

17. Be polite and kind to your customers.

18. Be charitable.

19. Don't blab.

20. Preserve your integrity.


gfb3

When you said the short version, you meant the short version. I can't wait for the long version next week. But, since it isn't finished being compiled, we'll have to wait it out.

Thank you Mr. B.


I can see why Mr. B. has been so successful. Even the short version contains quite a bit of information. Then again, Mr. B. has been known to make fearfully difficult actions seem easy to do.

Next time I write about Mr. B... I will reveal his true identity and talk about a special limited edition e-book prepared only for my blog subscribers.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've Been Called Worse

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Developers:

I've been called "crazy" today by someone who I've been helping get started in their internet business. But she said it was a good kind of crazy.

After getting home, I got to checking my messages (email, twitter, myspace, etc...) and started thinking about what she meant. About that time I took a look at one of my recent articles about surveys... and can see why she may have said that.

However, I'm curious as to what others think as well. And since I missed posting last night's article... I figured I'd share that "fun to write story" to make it up to you. Then, when you feel compelled to comment, there is a place you can click to do that (just below the article).

Well... here is the article I posted Sunday, July 27, 2008 at MySpace

WHY I DON'T TRUST SURVEYS AND THE IRONY OF MY OPINION

I use surveys and statistics just like everyone else, except I don't depend on them to make my final decisions. When you get right to it, surveys and statistics are based on opinions and information collected from an extremely small percentage of the world's population. Or, at the very least, a small percentage of the population of an area the survey subject matter results might affect. Take for instance:

Newspaper survey:

Number of printed issues sold by said publisher equals ___?

Times the average number of people who read the survey article ___?

Plus the number of people who read the online survey article ___?

Comes up with the number of people who read the Survey Questions ___?

Now out of all those readers, how many people actually responded to the survey?

The percentage you find is an extremely small percentage of the readers of said publication.

Then you have to take into consideration the mental state of mind of each person who responded to the survey. What type of mood were they in and how honest were their answers? Are they optimists or pessimists? Were their answers based on logic or emotions, or just going with flow of the general public opinion? Would you follow the advice of such a small percentage of those who read newspapers?

I prefer to review all available material I can find and base my opinions and advice on what I perceive to be fact. Of course, the self-doubting voice within says I shouldn't even bother publishing my opinion on survey results. It says that my opinion is a verrrry small percentage of the readers of my article especially when you divide my readers by the population my views could affect. But my inner angel tells me to forget that talk and do it anyway.

I think I made the right decision. It has attracted your attention. You have read this far into my article. And you are about to decide (or have already decided) that reading this article was beneficial to you or a waste of your time.

But, before you stop reading… my self-doubting voice and my inner angel want me to ask your opinion on which you think was correct in their advice to me.

So, in an effort to control the turmoil inside my head, I have prepared a few surveys in an effort to hear your opinions. After all, I believe that everyone should speak his or her own mind. The more we share… the better our world becomes. Your honest opinions matter to me and my other readers.

Everyone who answers the survey questions and provides comments (below) and their email address (email me at gfb3survey@yahoo.com) will have access to the survey results. All you have to do is ask and I'll tell you where to go.

SURVEY QUESTIONS
YOUR ANSWERS


Did you get this survey in an email from me?
Yes/No

Did you get this survey from it being forwarded by a friend?
Yes/No

Have you or will you forward this survey to someone else?
Yes/No

Did you read this survey online? Yes/No

How many people did you discuss this survey with?
______

How many people did you email this survey?
______

How many people do you know?
______

How many people do you consider to be your friend?
______

How many people live in your city or town?
______

How many people live in your state?
______

Do you consider yourself to be mentally stable?
Yes/No

Are you in a good mood or a bad mood?
Good/Bad

Are you an optimist?
Yes/No

Are you a pessimist?
Yes/No

Are you being honest in your answers?
Yes/No

Are your answers based on logic?
Yes/No

Are your answers based on emotions?
Yes/No

Are your answers based on general opinion?
Yes/No

Do you follow the advice of survey participants?
Yes/No

Do you use material other than surveys to make decisions?
Yes/No

Do you have a self-doubting voice trying to change your opinion?
Yes/No

Do you have an inner angel who supports your opinions?
Yes/No

Do you often follow your self-doubting voice?
Yes/No

Do you often ignore your inner angel?
Yes/No

Do you think I made the right decision to publish this article?
Yes/No

Do you think this article has attracted your attention?
Yes/No

Do you think this article was beneficial to you?
Yes/No

Do you think this article was humorous or informative?
Yes/No

Do you think this article was a waste of your time?
Yes/No

Do you often speak your own mind?
Yes/No

Do you believe sharing your opinions can improve the world?
Yes/No

Do you believe sharing your opinions can help your friends?
Yes/No

Do you believe others' opinions improve your life?
Yes/No

Do you believe honest opinions are valuable to you?
Yes/No

Will you be posting a comment on my web page?
Yes/No

Will you be emailing gfb3survey@yahoo.com (me) your info?
Yes/No

Do you want access to this survey's results?
Yes/No

I appreciate your cooperation of helping me in my efforts to improve the world by sharing your opinions and comments with all my developer readers and me.

The irony of it all is that I am utilizing a survey to prove my point.

However, I believe what will be revealed in this survey is superior to other surveys. That is because you are one of a limited number of people who will answer these questions.

I (and others who thought of you when they read this article) believe in your opinions and value what you can share to lift someone else's day every day.

When you get right down to it, the results of this survey and the statistics revealed will be based on opinions and information collected from an extremely small percentage of the world's population. That makes you and your friends unique. Take for instance:

Number of people I emailed this article
___?

Plus the number of people who got this survey forwarded to them
___?

Plus the number of people who read the online survey article
___?

Comes up with the number of people who read the Survey Questions
___?

You are one of a select number of people who will have the opportunity to share your opinion because I believe in you and the people you wish to share this with.

One more thing… in an effort to improve the quality of surveys, I encourage you to voice your opinions in surveys, newspapers, magazines, and all types of media that you have an interest. Don't let it stop there… voice your opinions in all matters of your personal, business and social interests. Share your expertise with as many people as you can.

The more people who take action… the quicker the world becomes a better place to live. People sharing means people are at peace. Spread the peace by sharing your mind with us.

I'm looking forward to you giving us a piece of your mind.

But don't stop there… share this with someone else who you believe can improve the world by sharing their opinions.

Since there are only a limited number of people who will be sharing their minds with us… that makes all who receive this survey special. So make sure you ask to receive the results of this survey by sending me your email address to gfb3survey@yahoo.com

Remember… you have a voice that should be heard.

Consultant Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
Advocating Personal, Business and Social Development

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Behind the Scenes - Market Yourself

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Developers:

Earlier this year, I received an email from someone I had never heard from before. He asked me to review a book he had written. I accepted, and enjoyed it immensely.

Today I had planned to share a book review I wrote about "Self-Massage for Athletes"... but changed my mind tonight... (I'll still give you the link to read my review, but later - its a really good book).

How would you enjoy being a fly on a wall... and watch two people connect and increase their sphere of influence... all because one person asked another?

That's what happened with me and an author of a book.

Both of us have and will benefit because Rich Poley thought to ask for a book review by offering his book to me as a gift. Nice Deal... I love books!

Bonus: The book was about getting rid of aches and pains! My body hurts... got some solutions in his book.

Plus... both of us gain internet exposure... and possibly gain some customers and better yet... clients!

When you review the dialog between Rich Poley and myself... how would you improve the dialog? Think as if you are the book author or the reviewer.

Pay particular attention to the names, web sites, books and tips. Then add your knowledge and your network of associates and resources.

You will find it forms a pattern for success regardless of whether you are publishing your own book or reviewing books. It also increases your internet presence.

Tip: I will not allow this article to exist within public view for a long period of time. At the moment I have not decided how long to keep it on the internet.

But for now... here it is...

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR INTERNET EXPOSURE:

1. WRITE BOOK REVIEWS
2. WRITE BOOKS
3. ASK OTHERS TO REVIEW YOUR BOOK
4. NETWORKING
5. IDEA-PLAN-ACTION

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Date: Monday, January 21, 2008 8:50 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Hi Girard,

From your Amazon profile, I can see that you’re a person with varied interests who enjoys swimming and reading. If you’d like to receive many of the benefits of massage while pursuing those interests I can help. The massage techniques I describe in Self-Massage for Athletes are simple to learn and effective. They'll empower you feel better fast. If you’d like to put them to the test and consider sharing your findings in a book review at Amazon, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy. Just let me know your mailing address.

Thanks,

Rich

Read Self-Massage for Athletes
and Feel Better Fast
303-545-6462
www.SelfMassageForAthletes.com

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Date: Monday, January 21, 2008 12:21 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich -

Thank you for your offer to send me a complementary copy of your book.

I will be happy to review your book and write a review on Amazon.com.

My mailing address is: Girard Bolton, PO Box 501023, Mobile, AL, 36605

I look forward to your reply & book.

- gfb3

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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:40 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Thanks gfb3,

I mailed your review copy this morning. Please let me know if you have any questions about the book or anything related to it.

Rich

Read Self-Massage for Athletes
and Feel Better Fast
303-545-6462
www.SelfMassageForAthletes.com

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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:45 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

Thank you.

I will email you with questions and my review before I post it.

By the way... you can call me... Girard

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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 11:42 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Thanks!

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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 11:42 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Thanks!

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Date: Saturday, February 2, 2008 2:39 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

I received your book yesterday.

When I got home... I opened the envelope and started reading.

I was impressed when I finished and had no questions.

So... I started writing my book review for you.

Let me know what you think.

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I will not post this on Amazon.com until you have replied.

Thank you for asking me to review your book... I will put it to good use.

Also... if I may suggest something... as upbeat as your book is... your letter enclosed with the book sounded not so upbeat. It reminded me of a shy and insecure person asking someone for a job by saying "you don't have any work for me do you?" Projecting a negative thought is usually reflected by a negative subconscious response. Reinforce the positive! I positively found your book to be "worthwhile" to read.

Looking forward to your reply! - Girard Frank Bolton, III.

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Date: Sunday, February 3, 2008 5:43 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Girard:

Thank you for your very kind review of my book. I hope you'll post it on Amazon as soon as possible.

I agree with you that the book would be of value to anyone who is active. I think that "Self-Massage for Active People" might have been a better title or subject for that matter. But I came to self-massage from an athletic perspective and it seemed more natural to write it that way. As it is it took me five years to research and write. I hope someday to write a companion book, "Self-Massage for Everybody." What I've found most surprising about self-massage is how much it has improved my overall health. I think everyone who practices self-massage would enjoy a significant health benefit.

As for the cover: The book is designed to be, at least in part, a celebration of the human body. The cover is intended to convey that message. Whether it succeeds or fails is a matter of personal taste.

As for the cover letter, you picked up on the fact that I am more than a little uncomfortable asking you to review my book. You're right, I should convey a more confident and upbeat attitude. I see it as an act of genuine kindness for you or anyone else to agree to review a book written by me, an unpublished author and complete stranger. I wanted the cover letter to be as neutral as possible. I didn't want you to feel that you were obligated to come back with an opinion one way or the other. I just wanted your honest opinion.

I really love the book and I can't tell you how happy it makes me that you found some value in it. I hope your review will help other people who might benefit from it to read it. In some ways, you do a better job of conveying the essence of the book than I have ever done.

Thank you,

Rich

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Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 11:42 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

I am checking my email from my in-laws' house.

When I can get back on my regular computer (within a week) I will post my review.

Testimonials and book reviews from other people almost always convey a stronger message for possible purchasers of your book and services.

I had no problem with your cover photo. I agree that the human body should be respected, honored and celebrated.

I am somewhat of a Connector, Maven and Salesman (read "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell). The book discusses in detail the typical sales path that occurs during the rise and fall of a product.

I highly recommend that book and Jay Abraham's book "Getting All You Can Out of All You've Got." Jay Abraham offers sales and marketing advice to IBM, Microsoft, etc... for over $5,000 an hour. His paperback book sells for less than $20.

When you ask for someone to review your book... convey a positive message and let them know it is ok to decline your request. Maybe... "I would really appreciate hearing your unbiased opinion of my book. However, if your schedule is as busy as mine and you are unable to review my book, please let me know."

Replace "if" with "when" to encourage positive messages to your prospect sales market. Your web site is put together very nicely.

However, I am available to coach you in promoting your books and services if the two books do not answer your sales and marketing questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon... Frank.

p.s. - You may also want to sign up for a free newsletter about small-business marketing at www.EarlyToRise.com ETR has a fantastic web site and forum discussion group you can join. - gfb3 (aka gfb3serv on ETR)

p.p.s. - Thank you for your kind words about me... you seem to be a nice person also. - gfb3

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Date: Monday, February 11, 2008 12:05 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

I'm back to my regular schedule.

You can view my book review on Amazon.com now.

Let me know when I may help you again.

And... thanks for giving me a free copy of your book.

It has been put to good use for me and my wife.

Keep in touch.

- Frank

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Date: Sunday, February 3, 2008 5:43 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Frank:

Thank you so much for posting your wonderful review of my book. It is nice to hear that you and your wife have put it to good use. I very much appreciate your interest in the book and your support. I will let you know when I can use some more help.

Keep in touch,

Rich

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Date: Monday, February 11, 2008 5:29 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

Would you be interested in writing some feature articles for my web site?

I expect to launch my site within a month.

The focus of my site is "Advocating the Improvement of Personal, Business and Social Development"

If you have any questions... let me know.

- Frank

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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 1:21 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Frank,

I'm flattered that you would ask.

While I'm not a feature article writer, I'd be happy to contribute to you website if I could. I'm launching a blog in the next month or so and am interested to see where your website and my blog interests intersect. We could hopefully share some material. Let me know when you launch your site and I will keep you posted on my blogging.

Keep in touch,

Rich

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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008 5:09 PM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

I seem to never meet a stranger.

The articles I am looking for are short and to the point.

I will start with a blog and will add a discussion forum later.

My original idea was to develop a networking site for real estate developers.

That was four years ago (before the current real estate situation).

Currently... the web site includes promoting development of all types.

I am marketing myself as an Advocate for Improving Personal, Business, and Social Development.

Your contribution would be considered as a "cross-sell".

How do you think your contribution would help make "the room for improvement" a smaller room for personal, business and social development?

My subscribers could be described as Developers, Real Estate Agents, Finance Professionals, Designers, Contractors, Marketers, and Government Agencies.

However, with Social Development... they would also include faith-based and other civic groups.

My internet marketing studies have shown me that groups working with each other have higher sales ratings.

Each promoting the other's products and information and thereby converting more people into buyers. Or as I prefer to call them... clients.

Let me know your thoughts.

- Frank

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Date: Saturday, Feb 23, 2008, at 9:35 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "GF Bolton"

To: "Rich Poley"

Rich:

You have been busy!

I see several people have written book reviews for you on Amazon.com.

And am happy to see that at least one person thought my review was helpful.

http://www.amazon.com/review/RRAEYYF9TQ004/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Glad to see your book is getting the attention it deserves.

Keep in touch... Frank

p.s. - Have you read Jay Abraham's book "Getting All You Can Out of All You've Got"?

http://www.amazon.com/review/RUSPPCYE00NO2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Jay Abraham has some great advice that will help you in your marketing efforts.

Let me know what you think. Your future looks bright! Until next time... gfb3

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Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:08 AM

Subject: Request to review Self-Massage for Athletes

From: "Rich Poley"

To: "GF Bolton"

Frank,

Thanks for your email. You're right, I'm swamped. I haven't read Jay Abraham. I sometimes read Seth Godin on marketing.

Keep in touch,

Rich

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So... now I guess I'll get hate mail from authors names I did not mention and from consultants who charge thousands of dollars for the same basic info.

This is a perfect step-by-step case study of networking where everyone benefits!

Let me know your thoughts...


Until next time..,

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Secret Foundations for Achieving Success

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Developers:

Last week I said that I would share with you the secret to achieving success today.

Well... here it is today and I've found my notes and some internet sites you may find interesting. But that will be later...

Many people who try and try... repeatedly... to achieve their goals and fail... repeatedly... are caving in on their own fears and are not preparing and acting on achieving their goals properly.

Most of them fail because they do not have enough faith in themselves... have not consulted or partnered with all who are capable to achieve the goals... nor have they established a pattern to follow to accomplish their goals.

One of the ancient writings (I read years ago) gives great insight into the secret pattern for achieving success. Here are some excerpts... (do you know anyone who may need to read this?):

"The Devil is ever a God of refusal."

"For the Wise, Heaven is the Supreme Reason, and Hell is Folly."

"the imagination, abandoned to all the caprices of over-excited and diseased nerves, fills itself with Monsters and absurd visions."

"But learn to triumph thyself over Fear by Wisdom, and the Spirits will descend from Heaven to serve thee."

"Happy is he who comprehendeth the Letters and the Numbers."

"The Schema is one, its columns are two, its power is three, its form is four, its reflection giveth eight, which multiplied by three giveth unto thee the twenty-four Thrones of Wisdom."

The Key of Solomon


I interpret the basic pattern to be this:


Schema = Thought or Idea

Columns = Support and Direction

Power = Bond or Attraction

Form = Plan or Pattern

Reflection = Duplication or Reproduction

Wisdom = Past + Present + Future and Knowledge Applied & Adjusted


The same pattern applies in biology:

Schema = Beginning > Nucleus

Columns = Structure > Double Helix

Power = Bond > Ester

Form = Shape > Chromosome

Reflection = Replication > Reproduction

Wisdom = Reasoning > Past-Present-Future


Finally, this pattern applies to achieving your project development goals:

Schema = Thought or Idea > Conceptualization & Project Scope

Columns = Support and Direction > Schematic Design & Idealistic Principles

Power = Bond or Attraction > Design Development & Team of Experts Needed

Form = Plan or Pattern > Construction Documents & Business Plan

Reflection = Duplication or Reproduction > Construction & Operations

Wisdom = Past + Present + Future > Maintenance, Expansion, and Modifications


However, there are other factors that affect the balance of achieving your goals... such as remembering and adjusting your actions and reactions regarding the positive and negative mindset for achieving anything:

Positive Attitudes v.s. Negative Attitudes:

Unity - Intelligence
defeats... Revolt - Anarchy - War

Wisdom - Harmony - Reason
defeats... Material - Evil - Decay

Understanding - Strong - Ideas
defeats... Conceal - Inertia - Mystery

Mercy - Beneficence - Imagination
defeats... Disturbed - Impurity

Justice - Zeal - Chastisement
defeats... Wrath - Sedition - Incendiary

Beauty - Harmony - Judgment
defeats... Disputers - Prejudice

Victory - Progress - Life - Sensibility
defeats... Death - Regression - Deterioration

Eternal Order - Inner-sense
defeats... Jugglers - Chaos - Disorder

Fecundity - Abundance - True Ideas
defeats... Debauchery - Fears - Limitations

Forms - Virile - Purity
defeats... Wicked - Impurity


This information is just a part (a major part) of the puzzle that will allow you to organize the chaos that tend to arise while working towards accomplishing your goals.

All I'm doing is sharing wisdom that has been passed down through the centuries from mouth to ear... before it was committed to the written word.

It is up to you to take the original words... the interpretations and similarities and patterns I've pointed out and adapt them for your project... so you may accomplish your goals.

How these secrets relate to your goals varies according to what you want to accomplish. When you need help converting your ideas into your plans for success... and you get to a hurdle or hiccup or a dead-end that seems to be preventing you from achieving what you want... ask me for help... and we'll discuss your situation.

I appreciate anything you wish to share about how these factors influence whether or not you succeed to achieve your goal.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Getting Legal

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Developers:

One of my clients recently asked me what type of business his family should create for a business they wanted to expand. Specifically, they wanted to know how to create an LLC. That is: a Limited Liability Corporation. They were convinced that an LLC is what they needed to protect themselves.

First off, I told them I was not an attorney, nor an accountant... but I knew where they could educate themselves and advised them to consult a local Tax Attorney so their legal paperwork would comply with all the laws and regulations that influence their business.

He knew of several professionals they could speak with... but in the meantime... he wanted to know where they could start. I told him they could review The Company Corporation's web site, where they offer to do all the legal court filings, etc... just by filling out some forms and paying them for an excellent service!

After that, its just a matter of properly filling out the forms in the corporate record book they've sent you and run the business as planned.

As far as getting legal forms and advice... there are many resources, but
Nolo's: Form Your Own Limited Liability Company
definitely stands out in my mind.

But before you decide on a corporate name, you might want to find out if the name is available. Check your Secretary of State (if you live in the U.S.) to see if the name you want... has not been taken by someone who was quicker to think and act than you are. In Alabama... you would check with Alabama Secretary of State and fill out their forms and send them money to reserve your corporate name.

Regardless of what I say... make sure you read everything before you sign. If you are not sure about something... get a professional to interpret the legal jargon for you.

And while you're at it... it wouldn't hurt to ask your attorney to explain how you can avoid "piercing the corporate veil" to avoid getting into possible lawsuits... not to mention problems with the IRS.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Everybody Dreams – But Do You Have Goals?

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Developers:

Tonight I thought I would share with you something I posted on MySpace on May 21, 2008:

""The wish is the father of thoughts", so they say in the Netherlands!"


A woman living in the Netherlands shared those words with me over an Internet chess game the other day. Nice woman.

I met her after she accepted my challenge to play her a game of chess. I've met many people who share my love of chess. The internet allows me to play them no matter where they live in the world.

She and I had been discussing my desire to return to Enewetak Atoll to vacation with my wife. Ever since I left the atoll in 1980, I've wanted to visit it again.

But truthfully, I never considered it a goal.

Until that conversation… over a chess game… with a woman on the other side of the world…that thought was just a dream. It was something nice to dream about.

I am currently considering it as a goal. But I'm not sure about the priority I should give it. Dreams have no priority… so they are rarely achieved.

Goals have priorities. Achieving your goals depend on how much you consider it to be a priority. How important do you consider your goal to be?

Are you wiling to do what it takes to achieve your goals? Do you know what it takes to achieve your goals? Again… How important do you consider your goal to be?

I have many goals. I have achieved many goals: Personal Goals – Business Goals – Social Goals. And… I have helped others achieve their goals.

One of my personal goals is to improve my chess playing skills. But, I am not willing to do what it takes to achieve success quickly.

To achieve my goal in the most efficient manner… I should read books and use computer tutoring software programs and more.

I prefer to learn by playing with higher rated chess players who can tolerate playing me with the mistakes I make. There have been several players who have suggested books and web sites to visit before I challenge them again.

However, many have commented that my ratings are too low and do not reflect my chess playing skills. I agree. I have learned much from players who have accepted my challenges and from those who have also challenged me.

Most of the people I have met at GameKnot are very nice and have improved my chess playing skills. Some enjoy chatting during our games. Some do not. I respect their choices. I enjoy every game… win or lose.

Your choice to convert your dream into a reality depends on how important your goal is to you. I play chess to challenge my mind while taking unscheduled breaks from my normal routine. I consider it a constructive way to take a break.

My normal routine revolves around and supports my other goals. Goals that are more important to me. Goals dedicated to improve my life and anyone else I may help… directly and indirectly.

You can help by sharing my articles with people you believe could benefit from the subject matter and information I share with you.

Writing these articles and sharing them with all who are interested in developing a better life for you and the world in which we live is a top priority to me.

I have much to share after living almost 50 years on this planet. And there is so much more for me to learn from you and others before my 120th birthday.

I have Dreams and I have Goals. You have Dreams and You have Goals.

Realize that dreams without priorities are unachievable goals. Their only value are the pleasant thoughts you feel when you think of them and the interesting conversations you share with others. Nothing more.

You have Ideas… convert them into Plans…then take the appropriate Action to achieve your Goals. Schedule your success by making your goals a priority on your daily work and activity schedule.

If you need help getting started, send me an email. Tell me what your goals are… what you are doing to accomplish them… and why you are not achieving your goals.

Until next time…

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developer's Advocate
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Revealing Secret Interviews - Part 4

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Developers:

Several developers have been encouraging me to let them in on who Mr. B is and if there is a quicker way to read the entire interview.

To tell you the truth, I would like to speed this up, because I've got so much more to share.

I'm not prepared to publish the First Edition Interview with Mr. B quite yet... but that should be resolved soon.

Another refresher: Mr. B. has already voiced his viewpoints about the value of a soul, discussed success, spending habits, and now his comments about the foundation of success.

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What do you consider to be the foundation of success?



Mr. B.

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick. He has no ambition; no incentive; no force. Of course, there are those who have bad health and cannot help it: you cannot expect that such persons can accumulate wealth, but there are a great many in poor health who need not be so.

If, then, sound health is the foundation of success and happiness in life, how important it is that we should study the laws of health, which is but another expression of the laws of nature! The nearer we keep to the laws of nature, the nearer we are to good health, and yet how many persons there are who pay no attention to natural laws, but absolutely transgress them, even against their own natural inclination. We ought to know that the "sin of ignorance" is never winked at in regard to the violation of nature's laws; their infraction always brings the penalty.


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You're so right! Health does make a difference. I know I need to change some eating habits and exercise more. My wife has been collecting recipes and I've been encouraging her to compile some cookbooks and maybe a web business. Maybe I can get her to start cooking those recipes instead of us eating out so often.


In the next article about Mr. B's Interview... I will let you know what he outlines as The Twenty Points of Attention that has brought him success in many business ventures.

As always... I appreciate you and encourage you to suggest questions you want answered.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Revealing Secret Interviews - Part 3

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Developers:

Glad to be back to sharing this first interview series that I've kept hidden from most people's eyes.

Since I've taken a break from telling you what else Mr. B. has been so kind to share with the rest of us... a reminder of what he has said may be in order.

Mr. B. has already voiced his viewpoints about the value of a soul, discussed success, and gave us a method to compare our comfort expenditures with luxury spending.

Now to continue the interview:

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I've known people who have made and lost fortunes. What are some of the common mistakes and traits you've seen those people experience? And, what should people look for so they don't lose their fortunes as well?


Mr. B.

People ought to be as sensible on the subject of money-getting as on any other subject. Like causes produces like effects. You cannot accumulate a fortune by taking the road that leads to poverty.

Thousands of men are kept poor, and tens of thousands are made so after they have acquired quite sufficient to support them well into life, in consequence of laying their plans of living on too broad a platform.

A spirit of pride and vanity, when permitted to have full sway, is the undying canker-worm which gnaws the very vitals of a man's worldly possessions, let them be small or great, hundreds, or millions. Many persons, as they begin to prosper, immediately expand their ideas and commence expending for luxuries, until in a short time their expenses swallow up their income, and they become ruined in their ridiculous attempts to keep up appearances, and make a "sensation."


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I see what you mean. I've personally seen people follow that same path to poverty. Thank you. We'll pick up where we left off later this week.


For those of you who may recognize the man I am interviewing, please do not reveal his name to the rest of the developers. I will share his name before I finish sharing his words with all of you.

I appreciate you and encourage you to suggest questions that you would like to be answered. I will try my best to find out what Mr. B. has to say about your inquiries.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
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Monday, August 4, 2008

Review: Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point"

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Developers:

I bought Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Tipping Point - How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" from Amazon.com late last year. I loved it! I thought I have a good grasp at interpreting trends, but Gladwell gave me deeper insight into trends as if seen through his eyes.

Gladwell caught me off-guard when he discussed the racial tipping point that affects the real estate market of a neighborhood. But that was not the most surprising. What surprised me the most was how low a percentage of new property owners could influence the change from a sellers market to a buyers market.

There were many times when he seemed to veer off his subject and I started wondering where he was going with the point of the story. Then he would pull it all together and I could see exactly why he said something the way he said it.

Gladwell points out common traits in typical public interest/popularity and how that relates to sales and marketing.

In each example, he explains the patterns that show the slow beginnings, the steeper climb, to the sharp growth in popularity to the hesitation at the top, then the crash and (except for a few examples) a sudden end of all growth.

His intention is to provide enough information to duplicate or create a path towards a tipping point in your business. And, with the proper actions, manipulate how long your business is able to remain at the top of the sales chart.

I was surprised that Gladwell used stories about the popular children's show Sesame Street in his examples. But, once I read his in-depth, behind-the-scenes stories, I realized how complex and how much innovative thought went into producing that very successful television show.

Now, I find myself paying closer attention to eye, face, and body position and movement when I discuss business (and personal) matters. And, I am noticing the signals I (un-intentionality) send to others.

Gladwell is able to describe and chart the same patterns of tipping points in every example he gave. He investigates the how, why, where, and when of his research. Then he presents it to his readers in easy to digest pieces.

His description of Connectors, Mavens, and Salespeople is clear and fascinating. It is easy to visualize how the traits of connectors, mavens, and salespeople live in each of us.

One of the most interesting viewpoints Gladwell shared, was that there are only three elements that create change. The first element is "The Law of the Few." You'll have to read his book to find out Gladwell's other two agents of change.

By the way: It was fun taking Gladwell's Manhattan Phone Book Test. I scored eighty-seven points the first time around. After thinking about it, I believe I could add another ten to thirty surnames to my known contacts list.

I strongly recommend you read and then use Gladwell's information to create your own (series) of tipping points for your business' growth.

And while you're at it, get involved in replacing broken windows, painting walls and cleaning up areas in need. (Read the book and you'll understand.)

Little things can make a huge difference when properly executed/initiated.

Until next time.

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate

p.s. - I posted the majority of the above article at Amazon.com this evening. It should be visible on their web site within forty-eight hours. - gfb3

The Tipping Point - How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Its Not Your Fault That You Are Confused

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Developers:

I've met some very confused people during my lifetime.

And for years I had no idea why they were so confused.

They seemed to be very intelligent to me, but something always seemed to keep them from realizing their potential.

Then, one day the reason... the how... the why... humanity is so confused became clear to me.

I was reading one of my favorite books when the answer jumped out at me... I had read it before, but it had never "spoken" to me like this until that moment.

No matter where I go and meet people, I see so much intelligence and insight within each of them. However, many of them do not see it in themselves. They are confused.

I believe that there should be peace on earth and the only way that can be achieved is by reclaiming clarity of thought by seeking and accepting help from other people.

One of my greatest wishes it that the curse put on humanity many years ago be cast aside. Fear and distrust and a focus on the differences of mankind keeps humanity from achieving any goal it wants to accomplish.

I prefer to agree with Nelson Mandela who pointed out that...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


That is not the quote I told you I was reading that explained to me why humanity is so confused.

This is that quote... from the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible


"6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."


The part that people pay attention to the most in this quote is the differences.

That attitude encourages separation because we fail to see the common traits that bond each of us.

The part of the quote that is often ignored or overlooked is...

"Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do." - The Lord


Once we recognize our weaknesses and work with others... whose strengths... combined with our strengths... give us the ability to achieve anything we desire.

What do you want to accomplish?

Who will you partner with to insure success?

Do you see your future any clearer now that you know you can achieve your goals?

Remember, the breath of life is that spark of energy inside each and every cell. You can achieve because you carry the same spirit as everyone else. (That is another topic for a future article.)

Who are we to doubt our talents... our capabilities... our limits... when we network with others?

After all... He did say that "NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM" YOU!

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate

p.s. - What quotes do you know that support what I've shared with you? Add them to the comments section below so all of us can look past our differences and attain clarity of thought together. - gfb3
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Improving Personal (Self) Development

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Developers:


My wife texted me this afternoon with the following message:

"Do you want to go out to eat tonight? My treat."

Of course I texted her back:

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Then she texted me:

Mexican or Roy's?

I quickly replied:

Roy's!!!

You see, Roy is my cousin. He and his wife own a restaurant in downtown Mobile Alabama. Busaba is a fabulous Thai Cuisine Chef! Her food is absolutely delicious!

I met Cheryl at the house and we drove downtown to Bienville Square and walked almost one block toBusaba's. And since I wanted to share our experience with you, I took some photos for you to see. Sorry I can't share the taste... unless... you eat there too! In the meantime... enjoy these views of downtown and the restaurant!


Before we crossed another street, I took this shot of Busaba's between two other historic buildings. The building that Busaba occupies is on The National Registry of Historic Buildings and Places.

In fact... the Historic Building Marker - a metallic shield designating it as a historic building was stolen this week. (They're offering a reward.)

Just before we walked into Busaba's, I took a look behind me at the RSA Tower above the Southern Oaks in Bienville Square and captured a shot of it for you.

We got there just in time, because it wasn't long before the restaurant started filling up.

Both Cheryl and I ordered the same thing... only I wanted "three spice" instead of "one spice."

We shared four Spring Rolls stuffed with cabbage, carrots, celery and glass noodles. I like dipping mine in the sweet & spicy sauce.

I made Cheryl wait for me to take photos of our meals before we took one single bite.

Isn't Pla Lad Prik the most appetizing fried fillet of flounder you've ever seen? Our crispy fried flounder was covered in a spicy, sweet and sour sauce with different types of onions, basil leaves, mushrooms, baby corn, carrots, etc....

Before our food arrived, my Cousin Roy dropped in from next door to help out with all the people who arrived when we did. Even though he was busy, he made it a point to drop by and chat with us at our table.

We enjoyed our food and then got caught up with each others' families and a couple of recent business ventures. Twitter was brought up (Roy knows how to write programs) and I believe he and I will be having a few more conversations before too long.

After our meal, Cheryl ordered a chilled cup of Rambutan stuffed with Pineapple. Rambutan is an exotic fruit indigenous to Thailand. I drank coffee while Roy and I continued our exchange of ideas and enthusiasm.

Roy walked us out to Cheryl's car, but not before I took a couple more pictures to share with you.

Here is Roy and Cheryl. And a look back at the RSA Tower after they turned on the lights. Sorry about the quality, it was drizzling and I think my Palm Treo fogged up. I think you still get the picture though.

As you can see... both Cheryl and I are actively working to Improve our Personal Development by doing something as simple as going out to eat at a restaurant. The bonus (among other things) was seeing Roy and Busaba too.

For those of you do not know... Cheryl and I have recently become "empty nesters." Our youngest daughter no longer lives with us and we've adjusted by going out more often.

It could be worse... I might have had to pay for tonight's dinner instead of Cheryl.

Until next time...

Girard Frank Bolton, III.
The Developers Advocate
Advocating Personal, Business and Social Development
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