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Ways on How Branding Agencies Can Boost The Image of Your Business

Building your brand’s reputation is crucial in today’s world, and branding agencies in Minneapolis know exactly how to do so. A branding agency knows that your brand represents your promise to your customer. It sets you apart from other brands, and it speaks to who you are as well as whom people perceive you to be. In short, your brand lets people know what they can expect from you and your services and products.

A logo for your brand is important, but that’s only the beginning of the journey that your brand should be on.

Giving Your Brand Definition

You aren’t going to be able to start getting your brand out there, in front of your potential customers, before you’ve defined it. Sounds simple enough, but there’s more involved than you might think. People aren’t mind-readers, and you need to let them know what you’re all about clearly.

A good branding agency can help you put a clearer and more unified picture out there so that your target audience will know what you exactly offer. They do so by researching the desires and needs of your customers. There is no sheer guesswork involved; a good branding team digs deep so you know exactly what your target audience is thinking, not what it looks like they are thinking.

All of that legwork will give you the information you need to reach the right customer. Once you know enough about the people you’re speaking to, you’ll know the most optimal way to let them know your company’s mission, the qualities that associate with your business, and why your products or services stand apart from others who might offer something similar.

Having a Social Presence Is a Must

Any branding agency worth salt knows that your company or business needs an engaging social media presence. A strong visible social presence allows your brand to demonstrate its expertise and can help your audience feel more connected to you. This, in turn, humanizes your brand and inspires people to engage with you, leading to plenty of conversion opportunities.

Being present on social media also allows you to answer questions that your customers might have, promptly. Some customers, especially those in the millennial generation, almost expect a company to have a social presence. Many prefer asking questions on a social media network rather than by email.

Branding your company or business for success might feel overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. A trusted Minneapolis branding agency can ease your workload and help take your brand to the next level.

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 Edwin Meehan Edwin Meehan
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The Problem with Network Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

By Scott Allen
It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it in the extreme, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it and advocating it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing.

So, what is the problem with MLM and network marketing?
Maybe it's the pyramid structure?

But you can't really take issue with the tiered compensation structure. Almost every large sales organization in the world has that. Salespeople get commission and sales managers get overrides or bonuses on top of that, and sales directors on top of that, and VPs on top of that.

Or maybe it's the fact that you have to pay to participate in it? But that can't be it. That's a standard franchising model. And I assure you, the franchise fee of most traditional franchises dwarf the sign-up cost of any MLM program by comparison.

Now certainly, there are illegal pyramid, or "Ponzi", schemes. This is where the money is all being made off of signing up other people, with little or no real product ever being delivered. But in spite of whatever perceptions people may have, the fact is that Amway, Excel, Melaleuca, PrePaid Legal, USANA, and many others have sold millions upon millions of dollars of products to happy customers, many of whom are NOT also reps.

So, there may be a perception problem here, but if so, the perception is out of line with the reality.

But surely the bad reputation MLM'ers has some more basis in fact than the occasional illegal pyramid scheme?
The real problem with MLM is not MLM itself, but some of the people it attracts. Network marketing is just a business model, and it really amounts to "micro-franchising".

Its upside is that it has a very low cost of entry, with the potential for exceptional revenue, and there are those who achieve that.

But those same things that make it attractive make it attractive to many who are NOT really qualified or prepared to become business owners. The salient characteristics of MLM make it attractive to people who:

have not done well in their business or profession and have little money saved up to invest
have no previous experience owning or running a business
have no previous experience in sales
have little or no experience developing business relationships other than that of employer/employee/co-worker
are not satisfied with their current level of income
have unrealistic expectations of the amount of work involved compared to the revenue realized
Don't get me wrong—I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with any of these things, or that this describes even a majority of network marketers—only that it describes a disproportionate number of network marketers, and that many of them never do anything about it.

As a result, many network marketers end up:

over-selling the opportunity
inappropriately discussing business in social situations
coming across as desperate

over-focused on new recruits and neglecting existing customers as a result
being either inaccurate or deceptive when talking about their business
Again, I'm certainly not saying that this describes a majority of network marketers, but it does describe enough of them to tarnish the reputation of the rest. To pre-judge someone based on the basis of a small minority of people in that group is horribly unfair, but we must realize that most prejudices have some basis in reality, even if it has been distorted.

So What's the Solution?
There's a first time for everything. And network marketing/MLM is a great opportunity for people to have their first business, their first sales role, etc. My point is this—recognize it for what it is: it's a business, and you are a business owner. And if you've never owned a business before, if you've never done sales before, if you've never networked before, you need to learn about how to do so, not just from the network marketing/MLM experts, but from established experts in those fields.

Network marketers who are serious about building a business should be reading and learning about business fundamentals, the latest sales and marketing techniques, strategies for networking and business development, etc., not just swapping tips at your team's weekly or monthly meeting. Act like a small business owner, and people will treat you like one.

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Finance Needs A 20/20 Vision On The Business

Published on March 20, 2017Featured in: Banking & Finance, Business Strategies, Operations
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In order to drive value creation in a business, it’s important that all employees and functions focus on doing what they do best. Sales should focus on meeting customers, explaining the value proposition and closing deals, operations should focus on delivering the product as agreed, procurement needs to secure the lowest possible price from the vendors etc. No frontline function that’s involved in running the business will have an in-depth view of what’s going on in other functions and how they’re performing. Their view is so to speak limited to any handover points they might have. Now does that mean that it’s only the CEO that has the full overview of what goes on in the business? No, of course not, and here we enter the support functions. Support functions like HR, IT and Finance support all parts of the business having a focus on people, digitalization and business performance to name a few. They are, however, doing it from their own point of view and despite supporting the whole business their view could be limited too.

Finance needs to have a full overview of the business

If we then zoom in on Finance and discuss how good a view the function has on the business it’s clear that without having a 20/20 vision on the business, Finance will fall short on supporting the business and the CEO, in particular, on driving business performance and value creation. By 20/20 vision is meant the following starting with the official definition.

” 20/20 vision  is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.”
To translate it into the current context it’s not asking for something superhuman when wanting Finance to have a 20/20 vision on the business. Essentially Finance should see what goes on in each part of the business like a normal person but not like a specialist who would see things even clearer (and yes it’s possible to have a better vision than 20/20). By having this vision into the business, Finance would be able to not only have a full overview of the business but more importantly be able to have a performance dialogue in a business context rather than a pure numbers context.

If you only know the numbers you won’t get a seat at the table

I’ve previously described how simply knowing the numbers is no longer enough to get you a seat at the table. Here I’m then making it clear that without having a view on the business and being able to contextualize the numbers you will get stuck outside the door. It’s important to note the essential point about the 20/20 vision again. As a finance professional supporting the business, you’re not supposed to see what goes on in each function as well as those that work there. You’re not asked to become as good as the specialist although naturally the more you understand of a given function the better you will be able to support it. This is especially true if you’re a finance business partner and tasked with supporting a specific function. Then it’s not uncommon to encounter an expectation that you need to develop a better than 20/20 vision on this function. Only then will you be able to become a true sparring partner to the business leaders in the function.

There are many things you need to do and can do to develop a 20/20 vision on the business but here I will refer you to past and future articles where this has and will be covered extensively. For now, I will leave it by asking how good is your vision into the business and what are you doing to improve that vision? Luckily, unlike your eyesight, in most cases, you can actually improve this vision and if Finance should truly help create value this is a must!

To stay updated on this topic and in particular on how Finance can help the business create value I would encourage you to follow my “value-series” where you can find past articles below. To be sure to stay informed about future articles you can either connect with me or join my group Finance Business Partner Forum. Last but not least you can also follow me on Twitter.

Anders Liu-Lindberg is the Senior Finance Business Partner for Maersk Line Europe Region and is working with the transformation of Finance and business on a daily basis. I have participated in several transformation processes among others helping Maersk Drilling to go Beyond Budgeting and transformed a finance team from Bean-counters to Business Partners. I would love the chance to collaborate with you on your own transformation processes to help you stay out of disruption. If you are looking for more advice on how to get the most of LinkedIn I also have a few tips to share as well as if you want help in your job search. Don’t be shy! Let’s get in touch and start helping each other.

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RANKED: The 22 most prominent venture capital investors in Europe in 2017


2017 is a time of serious political upheaval — but in the startup world, life must go on.

Like the US, Europe has been shaken by populism over the past year, with Britain voting to leave the European Union in June 2016. The vote rocked the London tech community, widely regarded as the epicentre of the tech industry on the continent, with concerns ranging from potential hiring difficulties to the availability of venture capital to help startups grow.

But the tech industry hasn't ground to a halt because of it. Startups need to sustain themselves and continue to grow — backed by a network of venture capital firms providing funding and guidance.

Using data provided by tech and venture analysis firm Dealroom, Business Insider has ranked the 22 most prominent venture capital investors operating in Europe in 2017. So from Benchmark to Balderton Capital, here are the highest-profile VC firms in Europe today on the hunt for the next Spotify or Skype.

A note on methodology: Unlike in previous years, where our European VC firm rankings have focused only on fund size, 2017's formula takes into account a number of factors, including deal activity, number of investments, number of exits, value of exits, European portfolio size, capital efficiency, and more. For the first time, the ranking also includes firms based outside of Europe that invest in the continent, as well as angel investors. 
Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital.Brian Ach/Getty
San Francisco firm Benchmark has invested in everyone from Snapchat to Quora. Launched in 1995, its European investments include Citymapper and French social network Zenly. (It also opened a European arm in 2000, which was spun out independently as Balderton Capital in 2007.)

Asa Lindencrona, CFO of Creandum.Creandum
Swedish firm Creandum focuses on Seed and Series A funding, investing in 61 companies to date. Its portfolio includes Spotify, iZettle, and Klarna, and it has offices in Stockholm, Berlin, and San Francisco.

Joseph Ansanelli, a partner at Greylock
Greylock Partners is a Silicon Valley VC firm that invests in both consumer and enterprise tech companies, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Medium. Since its 1965 launch, 170 of its portfolio companies have IPO'd, with investments including Wonga and Facebook

Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures.Naspers
Naspers was founded in 1915, and describes itself as a "global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world." Its venture portfolio includes Code Academy, SimilarWeb, and Udemy.

Greg Becker, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank.Greg Becker/LinkedIn
Silicon Valley bank is exactly what it sounds like — a tech-focused bank that also does venture capital investments. It has offices throughout the US and China, as well as the UK, Ireland, and Israel. It counts British phone marketing analytics company Iovox among its portfolio.

Jai Choi, one of the general partners at Partech.Partech
Partech launched in 1984, and has offices in Paris and Berlin on the continent, as well as San Francisco. Previous investments include the German online review site Qype (which was subsequently acquired by competitor Yelp), French video hub Daily Motion, and health insurance provider

Christophe Baviere, CEO of Idinvest Partners.Idinvest partners
European investment firm Idinvest Partners has offices dotted around the continent, including Paris, Frankfurt, and Madrid — as well as further afield, in Shanghai and Dubai. Its portfolio includes Happn, Onfido, Secret Escapes, and Deezer.

Byron Deeter, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.Byron Deeter/Twitter
American firm Bessemer Venture Partners has offices across the world — Boston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, India, and Israel. It invests across all stages, from seed to growth, and boasts 117 IPOs among its portfolio companies. It recently invested in Israeli car data company Otonomo.

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Goldman Sachs, the legendary American banking giant founded in 1869, operates in a range of fields — and that includes venture capital investment in startups including German scientific professional network ResearchGate.

Niklas Zennstrom, founding partner and CEO of Atomico.Atomico
Launched by Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström in 2006, Atomico focuses exclusively on tech. It is headquartered in London, with additional offices in Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and Instanbul, and invests globally. Investments include Skype, Rovio, and, in Europe — as well as Stripe and Jawbone in the US.

Lauren Bowden, a partner at 83North.83North
Formerly Greylock I, the European/Israeli arm of Greylock Partners, 83North invests in European and Israeli startups. It has offices in London and Tel Aviv, and investments include iZettle and Just Eat.

Wendell Brooks, president of Intel Capital.Intel
Intel Capital is the venture arm of tech giant Intel. It invests across sectors, right across the world. European investments include French wireless company Sigfox, and British geocoding startup What3words.

Angel investor Oleg Tsheltzoff.Oleg Tsheltzoff/Twitter
The only solo investor on this list, Oleg Tscheltzoff is an angel investor in over 30 companies, including Fanduel and Farfetch. He was also one of the cofounders of stock photo service Fotolia, which was acquired by Adobe for $800 million (£625 million) in 2014

Bernard Liautaud of Balderton Capital.Balderton Capital
Balderton Capital began life as the European arm of veteran US tech fund Benchmark in 2000, before going independent in 2007. Centred in London, its notable investments include BetFair, Kobalt, Lovefilm, Bebo, Citymapper, and Wonga. 

Oliver Samwer, CEO of Rocket Internet.Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images
Rocket Internet is a behemothic startup factory based in Germany. Led by the Samwer brothers, the public company both incubates startups and invests in them across Europe and the rest of the world, including Delivery Hero and HelloFresh.

Deven Parekh, a managing director at Insight Venture Partners.Insight Venture Partners
Founded in 1995, Insight Venture Partners — based in New York City — focuses on growth-stage investments, with a European portfolio including BlaBlaCar, Delivery Hero, and HelloFresh.

Sonali De Rycker of Accel Ventures.Accel Ventures
Accel Partners is a major US-headquartered VC firm with additional offices in London and Bangalore. Its European investments include ride-sharing app BlaBlaCar and food delivery giant Deliveroo.

Partner at Sequoia Capital Roelof Botha.Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch
One of the highest-profile Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Sequioa has been around since 1972 and boasts its portfolio has a combined public markety value of more than $1.4 trillion (£1.1 trillion). European investments include Klarna, Mapillary, and Skyscanner.

Klaus Hommels of Lakestar.Lakestar
Lakestar has offices in London, Berlin, and Zürich, as well as New York. In 2015, it launched its second fund, Lakestar II, focusing on early stage funds. It has invested in everyone from Spotify and Skype to Facebook and Airbnb.
Bjorn Stray, one of the cofounders of Northzone.Northzone
This 21-year-old fund has offices in London, Oslo, New York, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. It has invested in more than 100 companies, including Spotify,, and iZettle.

German VC fund Holtzbrinck, founded in 2000, describes itself as "one of the leading independent European early stage funds." Notable investments include Zalando, Groupon, and Delivery Hero. 

Launched in 1996, Index Ventures has offices in Geneva, Switzerland, London, Jersey, and San Francisco. It invests in both technology and healthcare. Its extensive tech portfolio includes Asos, BetFair, Facebook, Etsy, and Just Eat.

Index Ventures cofounder Neil Rimer.Index Ventures

Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital.Brian Ach/Getty

Asa Lindencrona, CFO of Creandum.Creandum

Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures.Naspers

Joseph Ansanelli, a partner at Greylock

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Support this project/ The World’s FIRST All-in-One Pen, Stylus, and Phone Tripod!

Trifecto Infinity – The World’s FIRST All-in-One Pen, Stylus, and Phone Tripod! Trifecto Infinity is also available in an alternate configuration featuring the Flashlight Tripod. .The Trifecto Infinity is a pen – but it's more than just a pen! Inside the pen is a tripod that conveniently holds your cell phone!  Join NOW and EARN:   Pledge NOW and get it at a discount price. 

Who Has a Smartphone?
Cell phones are part of our everyday lives and EVERYONE has one. Creating LIVE videos on Social Media has been a struggle with figuring out how to prop up and balance the phone for best recording. 

Now, with the Trifecto Infinity, you can hold your phone in a simple hands-free way while using the pen or stylus at the same time. The tripod, stored inside the pen, conveniently holds your phone or tablet upright while in use!   

Trifecto Infinity is the helping hand when you need to hold your phone or tablet while chatting, video conferencing, reading, taking selfies, watching videos, and so much more.  

Choose The Pen or the Flashlight… or Both!
Trifecto Infinity is more than just a pen! Available in a second configuration, the Trifecto Infinity is also a Flashlight Tripod. After struggling to see what he was working on in the dark, Peter with Len designed the Trifecto Infinity Flashlight Tripod along with the Trifecto Infinity Phone Tripod.

Pledge on Trifecto infinity right now and enjoy hands-free access to your phone! Trifecto Infinity, it's more than just a pen! 

Designed For Everyone!
Thank you for checking out the Trifecto Infinity project. The all-in-one pen, stylus, and tripod are the first of its kind and today we are excited to launch our project for the world to see. Trifecto Infinity is a simple and obvious solution inspired by the way we work, play, and use technology.

Now, more than ever, most people have smartphones. How many times have you found yourself looking for a place to set down your phone to take pictures or record a video? You prop it up against something hoping it will work while most of the time getting a poor picture or video. You look around thinking like “MacGyver” trying to find the best way to place or balance your phone so it hopefully works just right. Sadly, nothing has worked… UNTIL we designed the Trifecto Infinity pen, stylus, tripod!

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Working tirelessly on the perfect design for our “James Bond” gadget, the Trifecto Infinity tripod we've created provides the perfect hands-free solution for holding a phone or tablet. This all-in-one pen is super cool and works extremely well!

The Trifecto Infinity tripod is designed for stability on most surfaces to securely hold smartphones. Whether the pen or flashlight, the Trifecto Infinity is easy to carry wherever you go—in your pocket or in your purse.

The Trifecto Infinity is manufactured from quality materials with the tripod stand being made from high-quality aluminum. Our patent-pending pen integrated tripod design allows you to seamlessly use the tripod with almost any smartphone, the stylus with any touch screen and the pen wherever you like!

The Color Choice is Yours!  We are offering the Trifecto Infinity in three colors—white, black and silver. The only problem… you'll likely want one of each!

Perfect For Phones or Tablets           With the Trifecto Infinity pen, going from paper to screen is as easy as turning the front of the pen. The tripod can be used completely separate from the pen allowing you to easily use the tripod to hold your phone while using the stylus pen on your phone or tablet.

The Trifecto Infinity was developed with the desire to make cell phones more convenient to use. We have tested and designed the smallest possible tripod capable of holding almost any cell phone with cases (excluding the bulky thicker cases)

The Trifecto Infinity has come a long way from the initial prototypes as you can see below.

And Then, We Got It Right!
Now, check out the final design of the Trifecto Infinity tripod; it truly is super cool! Seriously, a neat product and design! 

When we recorded our campaign with Chanel, she was amazed that this tiny device, pulled out of a pen, would securely hold her phone making it easy and comfortable for her to chat and snap selfies.

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We have found Kickstarter to be a great way for us to test and realize our creative ideas; most of which begin in our small shops while we envision people loving our ideas and concepts. Working with big companies can be expensive, risky, and a slow process to the finish line. We love creating cool stuff without the big company politics and indecision. We truly believe in the emerging power of community, collaboration, and the individual to bring ideas to life.

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We've got the prototype complete and are ready to move forward! Now we need your help to complete the development process. Your donations go toward the tooling, purchasing raw materials, manufacturing and will finance production so that we can bring Trifecto Infinity to the retail market! 

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This isn't our first product. We've brought several products to market in the past, and have learned from our experiences. While we have been relentless with the details throughout designing, prototyping, and planning the production itself, there is always the chance that Murphy may make an entrance with that law of his.

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Top 5 Investments Of 2017

This post was written by Ben Graham

Every year brings a wide range of potential investment opportunities and 2017 is no exception. But as they say, you can’t have it all. So we went ahead and picked the best of the best so you can spend less time reading the web and more time watching Family Guy. Let’s zoom in on TFD’s top 5 investments for 2017.

Real Estate |

For over 50 years, investing in real estate has been seen as a solid long-term moneymaker. Driven by a rebounding global economic environment, last year’s total direct investment in real estate hit $700 billion! However, while the real estate market gives us many opportunities for making big gains, investing in real estate is much more risky, difficult and of course, a more illiquid alternative than investing in stocks and bonds. And let’s not forget the fat capital you’ll need if you want to be a player. So if you’re looking to make money in real estate you will need to make some smart AND lucky choices upfront when buying property. And just in case you wanted to know, the top 3 cities for real estate investment continue to be London, New York and Tokyo. Bottom line: if you’re interested in staying ahead of taxes and inflation while building security for the future, real estate investing may be for you. To hear more about opportunities in real estate, please contact us via the form.

Your Own Online Business |

Here’s a fun fact for you: by the time you finish reading this article, hundreds of new online businesses will have popped up all over the internet. Why? Because they can! This low barriers to entry e-business entrepreneurship has proven to be a great way for anyone with a Wifi connection to make an extra income from the comfort of their home. The trick to establishing a successful online business is to provide goods or a service that you’re passionate about, but more importantly- that has a demand. A great example is Mizzen+Main, an online clothing designer started by three friends. Their rapid success has subsequently secured them a $3 Million round of funding. Bottom line: if you prefer to be your own boss, set your own schedule and work from home while enjoying virtually unlimited income potential, starting an online business could be the right move.

Gold |

Shiny, precious and highly lucrative, gold is the go-to asset investors go to in times of financial instability and high volatility markets. That’s why in recent years, trading gold has become a global phenomenon, offering opportunities worth their weight in, well, gold. Millions of investors in over 120 countries continue to place their trust in this asset, making gold the most popular and widely traded commodity in today’s financial markets. Over the past 5 years, gold saw a staggering 300% increase in value before dropping. Millions of traders earned enormous profits by merely following economic developments and predicting the correct direction of price. But remember, this isn’t always as easy as it seems. Bottom line: although trading commodities involves high risk, if your kick is short term, lucrative investments, a contract on gold could protect the value of your assets more than any other form of investment.

Tech Stocks |

Not surprisingly, the technology sector holds a massive investment opportunity for corporate America and Wall Street. And although investing in tech startups is considered by most to be a risky move, the notion of owning a piece of the next Google or Facebook is enough to make the tech industry the largest single segment in the market. While technology drives the modern economy, the vicious cycle of competition and obsolescence promises that there’s always something exciting going on somewhere, enabling us small time investors endless possibilities to simply sit back and reap profits off the productivity and profitability of others, without even showing up at the office. Bottom line: if you’re into fast paced, often irrational but highly profitable investing outcomes, you might want to give it a try. But before you do, invest some time to research and self-educate yourself and use those insights to invest where theses evaluations make sense.

Yourself! |

According to leadership guru Robin S. Sharma “investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” Investing in yourself yields not only future returns, but provides a pay-off in the present too. The most surefire way to enjoy a better quality of life, to become successful, productive and ultimately happy is to maximize your talent by investing in personal and professional development. So develop your skills. Explore your creative side. Nurture your mind and body. And always remember- you are your own most valuable asset!

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