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e-NewsLetter Volume 11 Issue 23
Wednesday December 1, 2010

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Always a Winner

    "Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble."
      --- John Madden

Thankfully, change is taking place in the National Football League. Showboating, the self-serving celebrations of dancing and other antics are slowly disappearing. It took new rules and penalties against teams to end most of it, but it also took pressure from the likes of Bill Cosby, upset fans, and teammates to stop the silliness. It is now refreshing to see winners acting like winners, team players, and gentlemen.

Hopefully the momentum will keep players thinking like winners. It's like that in business too. We often forget that it was a team effort that brought success and boast that we are self-made men and women. There is no such thing. Everyone has help along the way.

    "If you really want to succeed, you'll have to go for it every day like I do. The big time isn't for slackers. Keep up your mental stamina and remain curious. I think that bored people are unintelligent people."
      --- Donald Trump

As business leaders, one of our jobs is to keep the fires burning in a winning team. Once we've assembled our dream team, it is important to motivate them at every corner. Even winners need to hear an encouraging word, praise, and gratitude. A great Proverb states that as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Keep sharpening your team.

    "I came to realize that my money problems, worries, and shortages largely began and ended with the person in my mirror. I realized also that if I could learn to manage the character I shaved with every morning, I would win with money."
      --- Dave Ramsey

One good place to start the motivation process is with us. Self-talk, reading inspirational success stories, meeting with other success-minded business leaders, and staying away from negative people is extremely helpful to prepare for motivating others. Once we are motivated, it becomes contagious to those we are leading and makes it easier to motivate others.

    "I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know."
      --- Colonel Sanders

Winning in the business life is not as cut-and-dry as it is in the world of sports. In sports, there is a scoreboard and it is easy to determine who won the game. In the business life, my definition of winning may differ from your definition. The final point or the finish line in business is what you've determined that it is. Deciding what that is and focusing on that point is magical. When we keep our mind and eyes focused on the destination, it becomes easier to reach.

Winning becomes a series of mini victories leading to the chosen success point. The key then becomes focusing on always winning.

    "It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner."
      --- Vince Lombardi



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Feature Articles

Why Traditional Sign Businesses Are Now Adopting Digital Signage
By Justin Ryan

Many sign business owners perceive Digital Signage as mysterious and potentially competitive to business. But instead digital signage should be viewed as an opportunity for growth and prosperity for your ever-changing business. Read on to learn why.
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BC Ferries Ship Wrap Promotes 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
By Jennifer LeClaire

Three brand new 160-meter Super-C class ships were wrapped with the mega-sized photographic images and branding colors representing the 2010 Winter Games and the beauty of British Columbia.
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Funny Signs

Sign on an elevator in West Chester University:

    "In case of fire do not use elevator, use water!"

In a Tokyo shop:

    "Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find they are best in the long run!"

As seen on the Averett Septic Tank Company, Inc. Eaton Park, FL:

    "Number 1 or Number 2 we want all your business"

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

A Cool New Green Product—Omega TerraMax™
Made from 100% recyclable materials, Omega TerraMax is officially recognized as one of the coolest green products by 2010 ISA. Ideal for interior digital print applications including signage, point of purchase, displays, and kiosks. Offered by Laminators Inc. For free samples, call 877.OMEGA.77 or click here.
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Vinyl Application Tools
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Engraved Signs of All Kinds - CAB Plastics
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Saw Trax Panel Saws for Your Sign Shop
Combo cutting machines are simply the only choice for Sign Shops. They cut all materials used in sign shops. It's Faster, Accurate, Cleaner, Easier, Safer. Five cutting options to choose from...Makita 15 amp saw, Scoring Razor Knife, ACM/DiBond rolling shear, Floating Router & Floating Freedom Saw. Check it out now.
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