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e-NewsLetter Volume 12 Issue 1
Monday January 3, 2011

In this issue:


Learn to Grow

    "I'm a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement, it's about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love, and joy, and so forth. And so if that is the case, then I think our goals should include something which stretches us."
      --- Jack Canfield

Personal growth is one of those things that most business people tend to reflect on at the beginning of a new year. Along with eating right, exercising more, and being a nicer person, personal growth appears at the top of the list. Of course, setting a goal is one thing; actually carrying it out becomes more of a challenge.

There are several guides to follow that can help with setting and keeping goals, but most of them include five major categories to focus on for improving personal growth. They include Spiritual, Family, Career, Financial, Physical, and Personal Growth.

    "My philosophy is that life is all about learning and growing, and that life can be a real adventure of learning, growing, compassion, and joyfulness."
      --- John Mackey

All areas should receive just as much importance as the next. Focusing on improvements in these various categories is what many great business leaders have done and still do. Some goal-setting experts suggest that daily review of the goals in each category helps to keep the eyes upon the important stuff while filtering out those things that hinder improvement.

Others suggest that reviewing goals once a week or twice a month is sufficient. Whatever the choice, the key appears to be on constant review to keep goals fresh in the mind and the subconscious mind.

    "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
      --- John F. Kennedy

It is said that true growth comes with stretching the limits and can sometimes involve discomfort and even pain. It is easy to stay with the status quo and to not make any waves. It will be safe and warm, but there will be no growth to speak of.

    "Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth."
      --- Jim Rohn

There is a story about a man that was trying to read the newspaper, but his five-year-old son kept bugging him. He found the picture of the world in the paper and tore it into little pieces, gave the pieces to his son and told him to treat it like a puzzle and put it together. The man figured he could now sit back and enjoy the paper, but within just a few minutes his son was back with the world all taped together. He asked his son how he could put it together so quickly. "It was easy," the son said. "On the back of the picture of the world was a picture of a man and I figured that if I got the man right, the world would be right."

The point is that if we focus on personal development, all other areas in our business world will either fall into place or be less taxing.

    "Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough."
      --- Mark Zuckerberg



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Feature Articles

Vehicle Wrapping Guru Justin Pate Tells All
By Jennifer LeClaire

Justin Pate travels the world teaching people how to wrap cars and vehicles fast. Now, he's sharing some of his secrets with our readers.
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Reinventing EL (Electroluminescent) Into The Mainstream Backlighting World
By Ron Nelson

Electroluminescent products have always been categorized as cool, neat, fun, etc. but have had distinct disadvantages over other types of backlighting solutions up until now. Read on to learn what has changed.
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  • Expert-Led Education: Choose from more than 75 education sessions that are guaranteed to challenge your thinking and deliver the latest information on issues affecting the industry.
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Funny Signs

In an auto repair shop:

    "While you wait for the man in charge, why not talk to the woman who knows what's going on"

In a cafeteria:

    "Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want."

Seen on a garbage truck:

    "Satisfaction guaranteed or double your trash back!"

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

Hem Your Printed Banners Fast and With Ease using the Banner Cyclone!
The Banner Cyclone installs double-sided banner tape into the hems fast, easily and automatically. You can now gain control over jobs in-house, do a great job for your customer and save money! The Cyclone will hem your banners consistently, neatly and in a perfectly straight line every time. See a video demo at, click above. Now on sale for a limited time for only $3695. Come get your hem on!
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ADA Signs from CAB Plastics
From applique, to rastor, to photopolymer, we've got your ADA application covered. Our capabilities are large, our services offered are many and our pricing is moderate. Click for more info.
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Better signs start with better ink adhesion…take the Gerber Challenge!
GerberCAT Ink™ adheres to Coroplast™ and resists scratching, cracking, chipping and chemicals better than any traditional UV ink.
'The Gerber CAT UV is very reliable and we can run it all the time. We now run large jobs on thousands of pieces of Coroplast™, because of the CAT UV’s ability to print directly onto the substrate, we’ve lowered our labor and materials costs. Now we can compete with wholesalers.'
Jack Codron, FASTSIGNS Orlando, Florida

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Vinyl Application Tools
Apply pressure sensitive vinyl up to 62'' wide without bubbles or wrinkles. Apply transfer tape, laminate and mount with the same tool. Saves space and time and is easy to use.
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New SignLab Version 9 - More Than Just New Features.
True value to our existing upgrading customers and unmatched sign software features to new customers. SignLab 9 provides streamlined workflows that Signmakers specified, and new processing speeds that are faster than anything the market has seen to date. Extremely large bitmap files are not only processed faster during the design application but also during the entire RIP process for either print or print and cut output.
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