The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 10 Issue 13
Wednesday July 1, 2009

In this issue:


Renewed Energy Source

    "Your needs will be met once you can find a way of projecting energy and fulfilling someone else's need."
      --- Stuart Wilde

Zig Ziglar once said that you get anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want. This is a great truth and inspiration, but only works if you even have anything left in your gas tank to help others.

If you are like most business leaders today, when your head finally hits the pillow, you are comatose. Exhaustion takes hold of you because of all that you tried to accomplish throughout the day. There is good exhaustion --- the kind you experience after a productive, well-balanced day. Then there is bad exhaustion. This is the kind that continually wears down your mind and body until the little things in your day become mountains. Your moments become monuments!

    "I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.."
      --- Zig Ziglar

In their book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz offer tips on managing energy. They suggest that instead of focusing on managing time, business leaders should learn to master their energy in order to be more creative and productive. The authors go into detail about various techniques to use including balancing energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.

The idea is to push your mental capabilities like you would a bicep muscle when working out. And, as you would for your bicep, take time to rest, recoup, and rebuild. This work/rest cycle seems obvious, but look at how much time and energy you put in your business versus the amount of resting and rebuilding that you do.

    "One of the marks of excellent people is that they never compare themselves with others. They only compare themselves with themselves and with their past accomplishments and future potential."
      --- Brian Tracy

While the concept of resting is easier to put in a newsletter than to actually do, we are all responsible for including this valuable "technique" into our lives. We shouldn't look at the business owner putting in 80 hours per week and then some on weekends as a model for our business. Each of us has to know our own limitations and decide how much rest is required to give us the daily strength that we need for our individual lives.

    "If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?"
      --- Robert Townsend

Experiment this week to determine the amount of down time that you could add to your schedule. The weird thing is that with some extra rest and relaxation, you may find that you will actually get more done in your week. Sometimes just one night with a solid ten hours of sleep works for some while others might only require a game of bowling, a good book, or some other distraction to get them recharged.

    "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision"
      --- Peter Drucker

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Feature Articles

Wrapping a Mini Car is No Mini Job
By Jennifer LeClaire

Wrapping a miniature car may not be as hard a wrapping a semi, but it has its own unique challenges. Find out how SkinzWraps approaches Mini Coopers.
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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Going Digital
By David King

There's a lot of misinformation out there and I will be taking you through the most common issues that I have encountered, and the products that I feel you should have in order to make the best graphics in the most efficient way possible.
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Funny Signs

On the fence of a scrap metal yard:

    "Warning: Fence Treated with Lubricant"

Newcastle Tramway Authority:

    "Touching Wires Causes Instant Death and $200 Fine."

On a 1967 Mercury Montego near Orlando:

    "This Vehicle Protected by Anti-Theft Sticker!"

We know those funny signs are out there. Take a moment and send them in to us and we'll share them with the world. Send all hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

Using your wide format printer for signs? Why not expand into garment decoration? CAD COLOR® Solution™ Opaque
This printable media for heat transfer application can be applied to almost any kind of material, light or dark, including Spandex, Nylon, Lycra, cottons, polys and poly/cotton blends. Primarily on t-shirts, fleece, bags, jerseys, swimwear, performance wear or basically any soft good.
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Vinyl-Off: a BREAK THROUGH Product in the Removal of Vinyl and Adhesives
Designed to remove vinyl graphics from fleet trucks, glass, signage, etc. Just wipe it on, wait a few minutes, and peel off the vinyl and the adhesive in one step! It takes up to 90% less time. You'll save HOURS of labor! And it's environmentally safe and biodegradable.
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So You Really Think That You're Saving Money By Using a Desktop Publishing Program to Make Signs?
Each and every day you don't use professional sign software, it costs you money. It may not be much initially, but day by day, week to week, month to, money and more money....GONE! Click to find out how much you could be saving!
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Clip Art and Templates: Graphics Studio I & II...Take your graphics to the next level
Graphics Studio is a set of graphical tools designed to produce high-end custom graphics for vehicle wraps, vehicle graphics, signage, banners, apparel and promotional products. These two innovative products are designed to decrease art production time and increase creativity. Graphics Studio is an ideal set of professional tools for creating themed graphical concepts across a wide variety of production applications and markets.
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