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e-NewsLetter Volume 17 Issue 1
Monday January 4, 2016

In this issue:

Product Showcases

New Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
Introducing VectorState, a new online library of exceptional quality royalty-free vector art, created by top artists around the world. Their limited availability ‘Early-Bird’ pricing gives you a year membership for just $49 – click above to take advantage.
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Learn the Secret to Cutting Your Finishing Cost By 3000% The Choice is UV Clear
The Facts are clear. Wide Format UV Coaters are the future of wide format finishing. TEC Lighting, Inc.
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Smoldering New Colors from 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080
Stop car enthusiast in their tracks. Eight new colors, including Satin Smoldering Red and Matte Riviera Blue, bring the 3M collection to 83 colors and finishes. This high-performance film needs no printing or overlaminate, so it’s ready to use right out of the box. See colors and get samples online.
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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Goals are for Wimps

    "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."
      --- Melody Beattie

Many of us use this time of year to set goals and plan, with great expectations, success in the coming year. If you read a lot of blogs like I do, you'll notice a great deal of hoopla about making New Year's resolutions, setting big hairy audacious goals (BHAG), and planning for fairy-tale success - YUCK! It is enough to make one believe that goals really work.

The fact is that goals are for wimps! What I mean by that is that setting goals, in writing, is a great way to gain traction toward success. Goals truly are for W.I.M.P.S.

    "The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of lack of effort."
      --- Michael Jordan

W: First goals are for Winners. A quick research of any of your business, government, or entertainment heroes reveals that they all set goals. From Abraham Lincoln, to Andrew Carnegie, to Jim Carey and many more in between set big goals. Then they wrote down guideposts that will help them along the way to reach those goals. Winners set goals.

    "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
      --- Zig Ziglar

I: Goal-setters begin work immediately. There is little or no procrastination with people who set goals. Just jotting down a goal or two automatically gets the mind and body in gear toward achieving them. There is something magical about writing down goals that gets people off their duffs.

    "Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers."
      --- Les Brown

M: Setting goals helps you to become a better mentor to those around you. People watch what you do, especially if you are in a position of leadership. They know if you set goals and strive to reach them or simply coast on past successes. As a person who sets goals, you are providing mentorship to others, if only from a distance.

    "You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals."
      --- George S. Patton

P: The "P" in Wimps is for Perseverance. The winners who are setting goals know that in order to reach them, they must persevere through all kinds of resistance: negative people, lack of energy, negative thoughts, market impact, and more. Staying the course is a trademark of successful goal-setters. They keep their goals on their bathroom mirrors, in their cars, at their desks and read them before they go to sleep at night. They are borderline fanatical about obtaining their goals.

    "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."
      --- James Cameron

S: Finally, people who set goals are ultimately successful. They may not be an instant success, but over time, through careful planning and steady plodding, they do reach success. They taste it and it tastes oh-so-good. They bask in their success, but only for a moment and then they are off to setting more goals.

Do yourself a favor this month. Set some goals - really big ones. Go ahead. Be a Wimp!

    "Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."
      --- Denis Waitley

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Feature Articles

Optimizing Art Files For Garment Production

Regardless of the type of garment decorating you do, it is always important to set up and optimize your files properly prior to production, to make sure to get the best possible end product.
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Funny Signs

In a Chicago nightclub:

    "Emergency Evacuation Plan: Run Like Hell!"

Changeable Letter Sign In Front Of Church In Springhill, FL:

    "Smoking or Non Smoking"

At a Santa Fe gas station:

    "We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container."

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  Sean Scott

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