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Stop Wishing for the Life You Want » Jim Rohn Blog

Stop Wishing for the Life You Want » Jim Rohn Blog

Stop Wishing for the Life You Want

To many people, ambition is kind of a mystery. The dictionary says it is “an eager desire for distinction, power or fame.” But what does that really mean? Let’s start with the word eager. All by itself, eager is kind of exciting. Kids are eager for birthday parties. They expect to be the center of attention, to get many presents, to eat too much. For that matter, I guess adults are eager for birthdays, too. (Unless, of course, they’re embarrassed that the candles on their cake outnumber their achievements.) We can be eager to see a ball game, eager to see our kids in a dance recital, eager to see an old friend, eager to shop for a new car. Eager sounds like a lot of fun!
But do you ever hear people say they are “eager to live a better life,” “eager to have a better family,” “eager to make a lot of money”? Probably not. And that’s a problem, because as I see it, living a better life, having a better family and making a lot of money takes an eager desire.
We have the remarkable ability to get exactly what we must have. But there is a difference between wishes and desires. We’ve all heard people say, “Oh, I wish I could just drop five pounds. I want to be a little lighter.” We’ve probably said it ourselves. Although we might wish we could breathe a little easier in our clothing, we have to have the desire to exercise a little more and eat a little less. The “I wish I could lose weight” has to become “I have the eager desire to lose weight.”

The backbone of an eager desire to change is discipline. True ambition is disciplined, eager desire.

 
I’m also sure you’ve hear people talk about wishing they had more money to pay the bills, take a vacation or just take a little pressure out of their lives. But before their lifestyle can change, their wishes need to become desires. If they really desired change, they wouldn’t spend their evenings just watching TV and wishing they were doing something more.
The backbone of an eager desire to change is discipline. True ambition is disciplined, eager desire. It’s that little part within us that says, “If I want to be ready for that meeting tomorrow, I need to finish preparing for it today.” “If I want to make sure I can pay for my kid’s college education, I need to start saving today.” “If I want a better life tomorrow, I need to start working on it today.”
Ambition is a minute-by-minute, day-by-day mentality. To have the ambition to work toward a better family life, a newer car, a bigger house, a financially secure future… you have to live it every moment.

 

 

January 31, 2019 / by / in
BEAUTY OF THE FOUNTAINS – paintdigi
DEAR FRIENDS AND READERS
I PRESENT YOU, MORE PHOTOS, OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD. FOR THE GREAT PLEASURE OF YOUR EYES:

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The Gardens of Longwood, Pennsylvania, USA
Longwood Gardens consists of about 1,100 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows located on US Route 1, about 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square (PA) in the Brandywine Creek Valley.
Industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (1870–1954) purchased the property now called Longwood Gardens to save its arboretum from being sold for lumber. The arboretum was then considered one of the finest collections of trees in the U.S.
He made it his private estate, and from 1906 until the 1930s, du Pont added extensively to the property. A world traveler from an early age, du Pont was often inspired to add features to the garden after attending world’s fairs, the most notable additions being a massive conservatory and an extensive system of outdoor fountains
Following the completion of the fountains, du Pont began planning for the sustained life of Longwood Gardens after his death. According to his 1946 will filed in Delaware, he founded Longwood Foundation Inc. and left most of his estate « for the maintenance and improvement of the gardens. »
Upon du Pont’s unexpected death in April 1954, Henry B. du Pont, president of the Longwood Foundation, announced, « There will be no change in our long-standing policy of opening the gardens and greenhouse to the public every day in the week. » 58 years later, that policy is still in effect.
Author of 3 photos and information:  Ron Cogswell. Source: flickr.com


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Geneva water jet, Switzerland
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Lake Geneva and Jet d’Eau


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Magic Water Circuit , The Fountain of Life, Lima, Peru


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The Stravinsky Fountain, Paris, France
The nearby Stravinsky Fountain (also called the Fontaine des automates), on Place Stravinsky, features sixteen whimsical moving and water-spraying sculptures by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle, which represent themes and works by composer Igor Stravinsky. The black-painted mechanical sculptures are by Tinguely, the colored works by de Saint-Phalle. The fountain opened in 1983.
The Place in front of the museum Centre Pompidou is noted for the presence of street performers, such as mimes and jugglers. In the spring, miniature carnivals are installed temporarily into the place in front with a wide variety of attractions: bands, caricature and sketch artists, tables set up for evening dining, and even skateboarding competitions.
Author of 4 photos and information:  JR P. Source: flickr.com

 

January 25, 2019 / by / in
17 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2019-Forbes Travel Guide

 

Forbes Travel Guide

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In the Instagram age, where every colorful corner of the world is snapped, geotagged, posted and then becomes overcrowded, it’s a struggle to find something new. To help you stay ahead of the trends, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors searched north, south, east and west to find the hotels that everyone will be talking about in 2019.

Some are sandy retreats with stunning waterfront views. Others are tall, shiny structures in the heart of major cities. All are spectacular brand-new hotels that will give you original material for your Instagram feed and endless memories for years to come.

Encore Boston Harbor

A Vegas staple makes its East Coast debut with the summer opening of this 671-room casino resort perched along Mystic River. Beyond the glittering game floors, dynamic dining venues and eye-catching art installations Wynn resorts are known for, this waterfront Boston spot will also have a six-acre Harborwalk park, complete with bike paths, alfresco restaurants and more.

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Rosewood Miramar Beach

A year after the devastating mudslides, Montecito is pushing for its comeback. Leading the way is this beachfront Santa Barbara gem, which will debut just before Valentine’s Day with 161 elegant rooms, a scalloped zero-edge pool, a remarkable spa and more.

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The Westbund Hotel Shanghai, a Rocco Forte Hotel

Anyone familiar with Shanghai’s West Bund can tell you how much the artsy area has recently reinvented itself. Starting this summer, see the vibrant transformation with your own eyes from one of this refined address’ penthouse suite windows or the pool in the 51st-floor spa. The Westbund marks the first Asia-Pacific hotel from the London-based company.

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The Biltmore, Mayfair

A multimillion-dollar rebrand will see The Millennium Hotel LondonMayfair convert into The Biltmore, Mayfair this spring. It will be the first European property with Hilton’s new luxury brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts. With the graceful hotel’s fresh name also come fully remodeled rooms overlooking Grosvenor Square, a revived courtyard and more.

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Hotel Bennett

More than 13 years in the making, Charleston’s newest luxury lodging will debut in early 2019. Boasting a rooftop pool overlooking historic Marion Square, 179 classically inspired guest rooms (each with a freestanding soaking tub), a French patisserie and two stylish bars (one art-deco-themed, another pretty in pink), this brand-new King Street stay will leave a lasting impression.

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Halekulani Okinawa

Having a serene location within Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park, this beachfront retreat plans to make a splash when it opens July 26. Breathtaking vistas are the focus here, from the 360 neutrally clad accommodations (each equipped with a terrace) and open-air spa to a jaw-dropping, ocean-facing pool adorned with more than 1.5 million blue mosaic tiles.

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Hotel Okura Manila

Opening in the first half of 2019, this 196-room Manila beauty, Okura’s debut property in the Philippines, will pair Japanese wonders (Yamazato restaurant, world-class service) with Filipino warmth.

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Four Seasons Hotel Sao Paulo at United Nations

With Sao Paulo‘s only heated indoor-outdoor pool, stylish open-plan accommodations with hardwood floors, a contemporary Italian restaurant and the exclusive Global Traveller Relaxation Lounge, this city-center escape opened its doors in October as the first Brazilian outpost from the brand. A world of firsts for the region, this art-filled hotel is also home to South America’s only Four Seasons Private Residences.

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Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok

Set within Bangkok’s tallest tower, this Accorhotels venture will debut in late 2019 as the new Orient Express brand’s first property. The sky-high, 154-room hotel will also play host to a dedicated wellness floor with an Orient Express Spa by Guerlain, two elegant dining venues and a rooftop restaurant and bar on the 76th floor.

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Equinox

To pump up wellness beyond the gym, global fitness chain Equinox will open its first luxury hotel in the new Hudson Yards (the 28-acre site is the largest private real estate development in the U.S.) on Manhattan’s West Side in 2019. Active travelers can look forward to a full spa, healthy room service fare and a sprawling 60,000-square-foot gym, Equinox’s largest yet.

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha

We don’t know if we’re more enamored with this 249-unit property’s downtown Doha location (walking distance to high-end boutiques, 30 minutes to the airport) or its lavishness (marble, mosaics and a multitude of eateries).

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Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood will go big with its ultra-luxurious flagship Hong Kong hotel on March 17. The 65-story tower holds a two-story spa, eight restaurants and bars and 413 guest rooms — among the most spacious in the city. The biggest offerings may be the Harbour House and Garden House suites, which have wraparound Victoria Harbour views from 57th-floor terraces with landscaped gardens, sun decks and lap pools.

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The Mansion at MGM Cotai Macau

The Mansion will be the lavish capper at the sparkling MGM Cotai, which launched in Macau in February 2018. The hotel-within-a-hotel will cater solely to VIPs when it opens sometime in 2019, and if it’s anything like its Vegas counterpart, expect some of the 27 villas to have their own gyms, indoor pools, spas and theaters.

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Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens

The company’s first foray into Greece puts you in the Athens Riviera, just outside of the city center. Bask in a trio of private beaches, three swimming pools, a tennis academy, a basketball court and a spa and hydrotherapy house inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates when the chic waterfront hotel opens March 29.

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Grand Fiesta Americana Punta Cana Los Corales

Mexico’s largest hotel operator, Grupo Posadas, is heading to the Caribbean for the first time to build a 554-room property. The $130 million upscale all-inclusive will reside in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana, offering a prime spot on Bavaro Beach for paddleboarding, snorkeling and more.

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The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection

The Wild West gets a luxurious makeover at this 3,500-acre ranch in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains debuting May 1. Embark on a heli-skiing adventure or haul your gear to nearby Park City, where the hotel will have its own ski lounge at the mountain’s base. Then recover in Auberge Spa’s open-air pools, at The Refectory at High West Distillery (High West is a local institution) with dinner or a tasting, or in the rustic-chic rooms with natural materials and astounding views.

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Conrad Washington, D.C.

An urban oasis is opening its doors this February in the heart of the U.S. capital’s retail mecca, CityCenterDC. This sleek 360-room escape will be home to a Voltaggio-brothers-helmed restaurant (Chesapeake at Estuary), a rooftop bar and two lush terraces, ensuring you can make the most of your D.C. stay any time of year.

 
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January 20, 2019 / by / in
How to Publish a Book: Everything You Need to Know | Brian Tracy

 

Everything You Need To Know About Publishing Your Book

I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that learning how to publish a book or e-book seems to be a daunting task.
But does it need to be?
The publishing landscape has changed so much over the last ten years that you might be surprised by how simple it has become.
In this quick and easy guide, we’ll discuss some of the basic steps involved in getting a book published.
Then we’ll go into detail about publishing companies as well as self-publishing options so you’ll have a good idea of which choice is right for you.
If you were able to learn how to write a book, then taking the next step should be a breeze.
Ready to begin? Let’s start by taking a look at some common new author questions.

What Is A Publisher?

A publisher is an individual or a corporation that takes responsibility for printing, storing and distributing a digital or written work, such as a book.
If you are a writer or an author, you may work with a publisher at some point during your career.

How Much Does It Cost To Publish A Book?

The amount of money it will cost to publish a book varies considerably based on the way you plan to publish.
If you are working with a traditional publishing company and the company views your book as a good investment, the cost to you will be minimal.
The publishing company will handle the majority of the expenses in return for the rights to your book, and you will receive royalties when copies of the book are sold.
If you choose to publish a book without the help of a publishing company, you may pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars to publish your book, depending on the choices you make.

Lowering The Cost Of Publishing A Book

The least expensive way to publish a book is to convince a top publisher to invest in it.
However, if you are not able to work with a traditional publisher, you can lower the cost of publishing a book by choosing less expensive storage, printing and distribution services.
However, it is important to note that choosing cheaper providers sometimes results in a poorer quality of service, which may impact the success of your book.

How To Publish A Book For Free

As stated before, you can publish a book for free by working with a traditional publisher who is willing to cover the costs for you.
However, if you choose this path, you will be required to allow the publisher rights to your book and a portion of the revenue it earns.
Certain online companies, such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, also provide free self-publishing services for digital and print content.
If you choose to self-publish without the help of one of these services, however, it may not be possible to publish your book for free.
The important thing for you, the aspiring author, is to keep your momentum as you figure out your path to being published.
Fortunately, if you were able to find enough writing motivation to finish your book, then you should have enough inspiration to get through this phase of the journey.


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Just remember:
All of this effort will be worth it when you make the bestsellers list – trust me!

How To Publish A Book

Once you have written a book, you must publish it to get it to your readers. However, publishing a book can be a challenge.
In general, there are two primary methods of publishing. You can choose to work with a traditional publisher, or you can publish the book on your own.
When you choose to work with a traditional publisher, you will start by finding a suitable publishing company and convincing that company that your book will be successful.
If the company agrees to publish your book, you will sign a contract that determines how much you will be paid in royalties.
If you decide to publish on your own, you will have a range of options. You can use a free publishing service to publish your book digitally and/or in print. You can also purchase other self-publishing services to print, distribute and store your book.

Tips On How To Get A Book Published

Publishing a book is not always easy. Below are some tips to help simplify the process.
1. Edit your book carefully.
Before submitting your book to any publisher, make sure you have edited it carefully for grammar, spelling and content.
Editing your book thoroughly ensures that you have the best possible chance of getting it published successfully.
2. Research your options.
To make the best decisions for your career, research your publishing options before you move forward.
If your book is accepted by more than one publishing company, for example, you should compare offers carefully to make the best selection.
3. Pitch to the right companies.
Some publishing companies may be more willing to accept your book than others. Research different companies to determine which ones will be most likely to be interested in your book.
Don’t waste your time or your resources pitching your book to companies that are unlikely to invest in your career.
4. Be willing to publish yourself.
If you cannot find a publishing company that is willing to invest in your book, consider publishing it yourself.
Even if you don’t have the funds to self-publish using more traditional methods, you can use a free publishing service to distribute your book to millions of readers online or in print.

HOW TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME

Once you have published one book, publishing subsequent works won’t be as difficult. However, getting the first book published can be a challenge.
To get your first book published, you may have to spend more time learning about the process and working on your draft.
You may also have to spend more time looking for a publishing company and/or a self-publishing platform than you will later in your career.

BEST PUBLISHING COMPANIES FOR NEW AUTHORS

The best publishing companies for new authors are those that are willing to take a chance on an author that doesn’t have a long history or a solid, reliable base of readers.
Many of these publishing companies explicitly advertise themselves as interested in works from new or inexperienced authors.

Steps To Publishing A Book

Publishing a book involves several steps that you must follow before your book can hit the shelves or become available as a digital download.

Book Publishing Process

If you are utilizing traditional publishing, the book publishing process begins when you submit your book draft to a publisher.
The publisher will review your draft and decide whether or not to proceed. In some cases, the publisher may ask for revisions before accepting the book.
Once the book has been accepted and you have signed a contract with the publisher, the book will go to print. Eventually, it will be distributed to retailers for sale.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PUBLISH A BOOK?

The length of time it takes to publish a book can vary. If you are self-publishing, you can publish very quickly. However, if you are working with a publishing company, it may take longer.
The publishing company will determine the schedule and the amount of time required to prepare your book for release.

Self-Publishing

These days, future-authors-to-be benefit from a plethora of self-publishing companies. The variety of options helps lower the barrier to entry and makes publishing a book more affordable.
Let’s take a moment to explore a few common questions about modern practice.

What Is Self-Publishing?

Self-publishing involves publishing a book without the help of a traditional publishing company.

Self-Publishing Options

When you choose to self-publish a book, you may pay for and arrange all aspects of the publishing process on your own, or you may work with a company that handles some of these tasks for you.
If you work with a non-traditional self-publishing company, you may need to pay for specific services and/or turn over some rights to your book.

Self-Publishing Costs

One of the greatest concerns with traditional publishing is the high overhead and upfront costs.
In general, self-publishing options will cost much less and in some cases will be free for the author – given that the publishing company will take a cut when sales come in.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SELF-PUBLISH A BOOK?

The amount of money it will cost to self-publish a book depends on how you choose to publish.
For example, if you decide to self-publish with a free service online, you may not have to pay anything.
However, if you don’t use one of these services, you will need to pay for printing, distributing, storage and any other costs related to the release of your book.

How To Self-Publish A Book

Are you determined to self-publish a book so you can become an author and change your life?
That’s great!
But before you get started, you should know:
Not all self-publishing companies are the same.
Here are a few more factors you ought to consider before choosing your path.

Self-Publishing On Amazon: Pros And Cons

Many people who decide to self-publish try to do so on Amazon. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this choice.
Advantages of self-publishing with Amazon include access to the largest e-book market available, as well as optional access to the second-largest e-book market in the world.
However, Amazon will demand specific rights to your book, and you may be shut out of other markets if you choose to self-publish on Amazon.

Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional Publishing

Self-publishing differs from traditional publishing in several ways.
In traditional publishing, you work with a publishing company that handles all of your expenses and the tasks related to the printing, storage and distribution of your book.
If you choose to self-publish, however, all of these tasks and expenses become your responsibility.
Additionally, when you choose traditional publishing, the publishing company will have control over some of the rights to your book and will likely take a large portion of the profits.
If you self-publish, you can retain full rights to the book and the revenue it earns.

Self-Published Authors

A number of people are making a living as self-published authors. Some of these individuals include Stephen King, Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey and Vox Day.

Publishing Companies

There are a few major book publishing companies that every author should consider. Each of their specific processes, services and contracts may impact the outcome of your whole deal.
These might include factors such as how much money you make from publishing your book and how much you enjoy working with their team.
Let’s take a quick look at the different ways they may add value to your future-bestseller.

Traditional Book Publishing Companies

When you think of the old school, painstaking process of pitching a book to publishers – or the success stories of stubborn authors who wrote hundreds of book proposals before finding a company willing to take a chance on a new author – those are traditional book publishing companies.
Over the years, some have adapted to new times and technology; however, their essential roles have not really changed.

WHAT IS A PUBLISHING COMPANY?

A publishing company is a company that handles the printing, distribution, and storage of an author’s book.

WHAT DOES A PUBLISHER DO?

A publisher’s job is to find books that are likely to sell well and execute contracts with their authors. Once a publisher has signed a contract with an author, the publisher begins the process of printing the book and preparing it for sale.

HOW TO FIND THE BEST PUBLISHING COMPANIES

A large number of publishing companies are available, and some of these companies provide better services than others.
However, different companies appeal to different types of authors. To find the best publishing company for you, research your options carefully.

Self-Publishing Companies

Self-publishing companies are companies that assist authors with the process of publishing books on their own. These companies help with printing or digital preparation, as well as the distribution of works.

BEST SELF-PUBLISHING COMPANIES

Some of the best self-publishing companies include Kindle Direct Publishing, Kobo and Xlibris. However, a number of other options are also available.

SELF-PUBLISHING WEBSITES

Most self-publishing companies have websites where they market their services.
These websites are easy to find with a simple search. Researching different companies on websites can be helpful as you consider your options.

LIST OF SELF-PUBLISHING COMPANIES

A large number of self-publishing companies are available.
Some of these companies include:

SELF-PUBLISHING COMPANIES REVIEWS

One of the best ways to determine which self-publishing company is best for you is to read reviews of various options. Reviews for self-publishing companies are readily available online.

Kindle Direct Publishing


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Back in 2007, Amazon launched what is now called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to complement their Amazon Kindle e-reader.
It was positioned to benefit authors and publishers by allowing them to independently publish their books directly to the Kindle app.

Benefits Of Amazon’s Book Publishing Platform

The benefits of using a book publishing platform from an e-commerce giant such as Amazon have wide appeal to authors.
A few of standout perks include:

HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK ON AMAZON

Publishing a book on Amazon is an option for any author. Using Kindle Direct Publishing, you can have your book ready for readers in a matter of days.
You can self-publish a book on Amazon following these steps:

  1. Go to kdp.amazon.com and create a free account
  2. Create a new title from within your dashboard
  3. Enter your book title and subtitle when prompted
  4.  Add your book description
  5. List any contributors, including yourself
  6. Add your author name
  7. Verify your publishing rights
  8. Select an age range if needed
  9. Select your book release option
  10. Upload or create your book cover
  11. Choose a DRM setting to control share-ability
  12. Upload your book in an acceptable file format
  13. Convert your book into Kindle Format
  14. Verify your publishing territories
  15. Set your pricing and royalty
  16. Tips for maximizing sales
  17. Save and publish your book
  18. Watch your book go live within 12-48 hours

AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING

Kindle Direct Publishing is the name of the self-publishing company operated by Amazon.com. It is one of the most popular self-publishing companies in operation.
As mentioned above, you can write your book in an acceptable format and convert it to an e-Book for Kindle devices in a matter of days.
Acceptable formats include:

KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING REVIEW

Many self-published authors have used Kindle Direct Publishing, and quite a few of these authors have written online reviews. Most authors who have published using this service are happy with the result.

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH ON AMAZON

To get started with self-publishing on Amazon, simply navigate to Amazon’s website and follow the instructions provided.
The steps I listed above give an overall sense of what to expect, but the KDP platform does an excellent job of walking authors through each step and explains all of your options in greater detail.

AMAZON SELF-PUBLISHING COST

How much does it cost to self-publish on Amazon?
Here’s the deal:
It doesn’t cost anything to self-publish your book using Amazon’s services. However, Amazon will take a portion of your earnings if the book sells.
That means you risk less up front in case your book doesn’t sell well, but they will take a bit more on the back-end.

Book Publishing FAQ

Once you have published over 80 books like I have, you might get a lot of questions about publishing, too.
The following are a sample of the most frequently asked questions about the entire book publishing process.

Is Publishing A Book Hard?

Publishing a book can be difficult, depending on how you choose to publish. However, anyone can self-publish a book.

Is Publishing A Book Expensive?

Publishing a book can be expensive, depending on the choices you make. However, it is also possible to publish a book for free.

Is Publishing A Book Worth It?

If you have written a book that will sell effectively, publishing it is well worth the trouble.

How Much Does An Author Earn Per Book?

The amount of money an author earns for each book he or she publishes varies considerably based on many factors.
Some books may bring in very little money, while others may earn millions. This will depend on the structure of the deal you set with your publisher.

How Much Can You Make From A Self-Published Book?

As with a book published traditionally, the amount of money you can make from a self-published book depends on many different factors. If your book is highly successful, you may earn thousands in profit.
If your book is not as successful, you won’t earn as much. Once you have established a solid base of readers, subsequent books you publish on your own may earn more money.

How To Get A Book Deal

Getting a book deal is not always easy. If you want to get a book deal with a traditional publisher, you will need to convince the publisher to invest in your book.
This means that you will need to create a book draft that captures the publisher’s attention and seems like it would sell a significant number of copies.
In order to convince the publisher to invest, you may need to write a book proposal that explains your book and explains why it would be a good investment for the publisher.

How To Write A Book Proposal

When writing a book proposal, you will need to explain what your book is about. However, this should not be the primary focus of your book proposal. The publisher will care more about selling the book than its topic.
For this reason, you need to focus your book proposal on the benefits the book will provide for readers and why readers will want to purchase it once it has been published.
Are you ready to publish a book? Learn more about writing and publishing a book from my free webinar.
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What is Bangkok Thailand known for?


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About Bangkok

Modern mega malls sit alongside historic village homes in Bangkok, where it’s a joy to get lost amongst the maze of street markets, religious temples, skyscrapers and full-flavoured food stalls. From the legendary backpacker haven of Khao San Road to the traditional charms of Chinatown and Banglamphu, the buzzing energy and beautiful contradictions in Bangkok will ensure an exciting stay from beginning to end.
Things to do
Among Bangkok’s chaotic streets lies an array of peaceful Buddhist temples, revered for both their historic significance and exotic beauty. Two of the city’s most famous landmarks are the dazzling Grand Palace and golden Wat Phra Kaew temple, while the world-famous 46-metre-long reclining Buddha, among other interesting artefacts, is housed in Wat Pho. 
Exploring one of the atmospheric night markets, found throughout the city, is a memorable Bangkok experience. For an array of vintage fashion, furniture and collectables, head to Rot Fai Market. If you’re looking for knock-off brands to take home, then Patpong Night Market is the place to go.
Vibrant flavours permeate the air in Bangkok, as its legendary street food is a low-cost and delicious way to sample Thailand’s local culture. Spend an evening snacking on local favourites such as barbecued seafood, roasted chestnuts and dim sum at Chinatown’s Yaowarat neighbourhood, or stroll along Charoen Krung Road for fragrant noodles, steamed dumplings and roasted duck. 
A popular attraction throughout the year, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest markets and is sure to impress even the most seasoned shopper. Navigate your way through the maze of alleyways to find the category of goods organised into sections, from fashion to homewares, food and even pets. Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds (and the sizzling heat). 
Getting Around
With two international airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport, travellers can easily reach Bangkok from anywhere in the world. The quickest and easiest way to travel to Bangkok’s famous sights in the inner city is on the BTS Skytrain and Underground (MRT), while express boats and river taxis on Chao Phraya River offer access to the historic floating markets and riverside attractions. For shorter distances, motorbike taxis are an exhilarating way to get around the city, while tuk-tuks offer a memorable experience you won’t find at home

Tower Club at Lebua

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Tower Club at Lebua

Situated in Silom, Tower Club at Lebua offers 5-star accommodation and a sauna, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool. It is 10 minutes on foot from Mariamman Temple, plus showcases views of Bangkok. 

Guests can enjoy the outdoors on the terrace or have a beverage at the bar. Guests can also enjoy free private parking on site. 
Tower Club at Lebua Hotel Bangkok provides air conditioned rooms with luxury toiletries, slippers and a pillow menu. They each include a kitchenette, a mini bar and a kitchen. 
Guests of the hotel are welcome to experience Mediterranean and international cuisine at Sirocco, or try Asian dishes at Breeze. A wide variety of dining options are also found nearby. 
Tower Club at Lebua is just a short walk from Chao Phraya River and State Tower. Guests are able to explore the local area with the hotel’s rental bikes.    
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January 17, 2019 / by / in
3 Warren Buffett Stocks to Buy in January





3 Warren Buffett Stocks to Buy in January

With their share prices discounted, now is a great time to follow the legendary investor from Omaha into Apple, Bank of America, and American Express.

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Over the last half-century, Warren Buffett has delivered a 21% compound annual return to Berkshire Hathaway(NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) shareholders, in part by following the simple approach of investing in great companies when they are on sale. Mirroring that strategy might not turn you into a billionaire, but it will help you grow your nest egg, and sleep well at night.After the market’s recent slide, it’s an opportune time to go shopping, and Berkshire’s stock portfolio is a great place to look for ideas. Buffett makes a habit of buying into strong companies during turbulent times in the market; lately, he’s been nibbling at shares of Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) and Bank of America(NYSE:BAC), and Berkshire has long held a stake in American Express(NYSE:AXP).

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A leading consumer (tech) brand

Apple faces a few significant challenges right now, with slowing iPhone unit sales, and slow growth in China, a market that supplied about a fifth of its total revenue over the last year.
Despite those issues, Berkshire owns 252 million shares of Apple, worth $37 billion at current market prices. As of the end of the third quarter, Apple was Berkshire Hathaway’s largest stock holding.
Some of Buffett’s greatest investments, such as Coca-Cola, have been consumer goods companies. And even though it’s a tech company, Apple seems to fit that mold, given the strong pull its brand has on consumers. Consider that more than 500 million people visit an Apple Store every year, and there are currently more Apple devices active around the world than ever before.
The iPhone maker is going through a transition as it maneuvers through a stagnant global smartphone market, but its large installed base of active devices is fueling double-digit percentage growth in non-iPhone revenue, especially from its services and wearables segments. Of course, the last reason Buffett would see Apple as a buy right now is that the stock is downright cheap, trading at a forward P/E ratio of just 10.

A well-managed, diversified bank

Looking over Berkshire’s stock holdings, it’s obvious that Buffett believes bank stocks are good investments. Berkshire owns large stakes in six different major banks. As of the end of Q3, Berkshire owned 877 million shares of Bank of America, worth $23 billion, making it the second-largest holding in its portfolio.
Moreover, the latest 13-F filing with the SEC shows that Berkshire increased its stake in the bank by almost 30% in the quarter, which indicates that Buffett still likes it at current market prices. He has been a big fan of CEO Brian Moynihan. Since Moynihan took over in 2009, Bank of America has emerged as one of the best-managed banks in the industry. Non-interest expense has come down from over $80 billion in 2011 to $54 billion over the last year. The implementation of tight cost controls has fueled a surge in profitability that put Bank of America’s return on assets much closer to that of other industry leaders like Wells Fargo and JP Morgan.
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Bank of America serves about half of all U.S. households, and has been making concerted efforts to deepen its relationships with corporate and institutional clients as well. In Q3, the return on average assets reached 1.23%, which is better than the year-ago quarter’s 0.95% and shows that management is not done improving profitability.
The stock is trading at a forward P/E ratio of 9, and sports a dividend yield of 2.46%.

A top credit card brand

Berkshire has been a stakeholder in American Express for many years:  At the end of the last quarter, Berkshire owned 151 million shares worth about $2.3 billion.
Amex has a difficult-to-duplicate business model that’s rooted in deep customer relationships. It builds customer loyalty by offering premium perks, such as free airport lounge access and special deals at select merchants. Cardholders must pay an annual fee in return for these benefits, but many feel it’s worth it. The company provided unrivaled customer service in its industry, and those who travel frequently can recoup the yearly outlay through reimbursements for baggage fees, airline fee credits, and Uber credits, among other benefits.
American Express also charges fees to merchants that accept its cards. In return, Amex helps those merchants connect with customers and grow their businesses. Merchants are willing to pay the fees because Amex card members spend more on average than other cardholders, which is a big plus.
Right now, you can buy one of the top credit card brands at a forward P/E ratio of just 12. That’s very attractive considering Amex has delivered double-digit percentage growth on both the top and bottom lines through the first three quarters of 2018, and analysts expect the company to grow earnings at an annualized rate of 12.5% over the next five years.
Apple, Bank of America, and American Express all have enduring qualities that should keep them generating returns for their shareholders for decades. They’re also cheap at current prices, and pass Buffett’s test as great companies worth owning for a long time.

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Beauty of Art and Images for you On this page, I search for my readers the art, the beauty, the creativity, the impressionism …. where are, in our life —————————— The beauty of nature’s images (1c) BEAUTY OF THE ROCKS I was looking for you – my dear friends – images that bring together the […]

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Toronto the most multicultural city in the world !


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About Toronto

A multicultural melting pot, Toronto is a cosmopolitan city abuzz with life, food and style. This Canadian gem is the most diverse city on the planet, boasting more than 140 spoken languages. Tourists come for the sports, the festivals and the irresistible international food.
Things to do
Toronto boasts a massive theatre and performing arts scene with more than 50 ballet and dance companies to choose from. You can book a show at the National Ballet of Canada and marvel at the beauty of England’s Royal Ballet style. Next, head to the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts to catch a world-famous opera show put on by the Canadian Opera Company.
Want to see the city from above? Ride the glass elevator up to the iconic CN Tower, a wonder of 1970s engineering and at one time the highest freestanding structure in the world. Don’t like heights? You can enjoy a free light show from the ground in the evening all year-round.
If you’re looking for a lively scene, head over to the Distillery District. One of Toronto’s best downtown attractions has become a haven for studios, cafes and restaurants. There is always festivity here, especially in the summer time. Enjoy listening to live jazz and spoiling your taste buds on some of the best cuisines Toronto has to offer.
When you’re ready to head indoors, the Royal Ontario Museum awaits. Canada’s largest natural history museum offers a permanent collection of more than 6 million artefacts and exhibits spread over four floors. A real highlight, there are entire rooms full of dinosaurs to browse and real Egyptian mummies.
Getting around
While most people get around by car, Toronto can get busy, so take the subway when you can. The light rail services the district of Scarborough and the Toronto Pearson International Airport is your gateway in and out of the city. A perfect way to get acquainted with the city, rent a bike to see the city on two wheels.

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The Fairmont Royal York

Conveniently located, The Fairmont Royal York The Fairmont Royal York allows for easy access to Toronto’s popular tourist attractions. It has a spa, as well as a Jacuzzi, a Turkish steam bath and a heated pool.
Those staying at Fairmont Royal York have access to a sauna and a hair salon. Multilingual staff can assist with reservations or dining recommendations, and an express check-in feature is offered. It also has a gym with a swimming pool.
Guests staying at Fairmont Royal York Canada can enjoy the luxurious rooms that feature a refrigerator, a mini bar and a spa bath. Private bathrooms are equipped with bathrobes, a shower and a hair dryer.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel features both a restaurant and a bar where guests are able to unwind of an evening. Eateries at the hotel include Piper’s Pub and Benihana Japanese Steakhouse. Guests are also able to try one of the many bars and cafés in the vicinity.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel Canada is close to Union Train Station and Queens Quay Station, making it easy for guests to travel around Toronto and its surrounding areas. The local area is also famous for its shopping.
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January 9, 2019 / by / in
How to Create a Master Plan for Your Life by Jim Rohn

 

How to Create a Master Plan for Your Life

Wouldn’t you prefer a life of productivity rather than a life of endless tasks with little accomplishment? Of course! When you carefully set your goals and keep them at the forefront of your mind, you can work smarter instead of longer. You’ll know that a life worth living comes from a life of balance.

In order to maintain that balance, here’s a key technique you can use in your life to help keep you on the right track: “visual chain thinking.”
Ambitious people know that each step toward their goals is not a singular step. Each discipline is not a singular discipline. Each project is not a singular project. They see everything they do—and every discipline they adhere to—as a link in the chain of events and actions that will lead them to their final destination. Every action and every discipline achieved today is a link in the chain. Every action and every discipline achieved tomorrow is a link. And every action and every discipline achieved in the more distant future is also a link.
Your direction, activities and disciplines all make up crucial links in your chain of success. When you can see that one thing affects everything else, when you come to realize that every discipline affects every discipline, when you look at your future as a chain that needs strong links all along the way… then you’ll build a reservoir of strength and courage that will serve you will during the down times.
When you can see that every link in the chain will eventually lead you to the things you want most out of life and to the person you want to become, then you won’t grow discouraged, fearful or impatient with today. When you can see where you’re going through visual chain thinking, even on the toughest days, you’ll keep moving toward your goals because you know where you’re going.
Building your visual chain of thought begins when you have well-defined plans for your career, your family activities, your investments and your health. Your plans and goals are your visual chain. You know where you’re going before you get there.
It’s ironic how we all understand the importance of mapping out a strategy for a football game or a basketball game. Not one professional team in the world begins a game without a game plan. But few of us take the time to map out such a strategy for our lives.
It’s so important to make this sort of plan. Here’s the first rule for your game plan of life: Don’t begin the activities of your day until you know exactly what you plan to accomplish. Don’t start your day until you have it planned. Do this every day. I know all this writing takes time and a disciplined effort. Remember, however, that reaching your goals is the fruitful result of discipline, not merely hope.

Once you’ve mastered the art of planning your day, you’re ready for the next level. Don’t begin the activities of your week until you know exactly what you plan to accomplish. Don’t start your week until you have it planned.
Just imagine what life would be like if you took time out every Sunday to plan your week. Come Friday, you wouldn’t be saying, “Boy, did this week fly by. Where did it go? What did I do?” No, if you plan your week before you start it, you’ll know exactly what you want to do, what you want to accomplish and what you need to work on. If you learn to plan your days as part of your overall game plan for the week, the parts will fit much better. Your days will be better. You will be more effective. You’ll be working smarter, not harder.
And when you’ve learned to plan your week, guess what? You’ve got to plan your month! Don’t start your month until you’ve mapped out your game plan.
By developing and following your game plan, your days, weeks and months all become part of a larger plan, a bigger design you develop, a long-term view of your life, a visual chain. You’ll start gaining a greater perspective of it all… because you are planning.
If visually seeing your future is new to you, if you’ve never developed a game plan before, let me offer a few tips. There are two things you need to understand before you create a game plan.

  1. A game plan, a visual chain of your future, is like a spreadsheet. Instead of listing numbers, list activities. It’s like a to-do list.
  2. The technique of developing a game plan can be used for a single day, a single project or a variety of projects that are happening simultaneously.

Here’s how you do it. Game plans work best on graph paper. Take a sheet of graph paper and make vertical columns corresponding to the number of days this plan is to cover. Then on the left-hand side of the paper, write the heading “Activities.” Under this heading, list all the activities to be accomplished within your time frame.
For example, you’ve got one week to finalize a marketing plan. It’s an overwhelming amount of work to complete, but it’s got to be done. So break it down piece by piece. The best way to start is by listing all of the individual components on the left-hand side of the page. Some of these things will need to be completed before others can be started. You need to obtain your market research results before you can determine your target market. You need to know your target market before you can develop your marketing strategy. You need to have your marketing strategy before you can create a budget for collateral materials, and so on.
When you break down the project piece by piece and deadline by deadline, you can be more effective in putting together the appropriate parts of the puzzle—and in doing your own work while delegating the rest.
The final result of developing your game plan is a clear visual presentation of the tasks before you. This method is used quite often in business to coordinate and develop projects of any length. It’s the only way to see the entire project on paper and manage its progress.
Admittedly, game plans are frustrating to create. They’re frustrating because it’s difficult to completely prioritize your life and all your projects. You might go through several sheets of graph paper before you produce the perfect format. But as soon as you develop your first one, you’ll see the value in this discipline.
Keep your game plan in plain sight. Put it up in your office where you can easily look at it. Have a copy of it at home and tape it to the bathroom mirror. Keep a copy in your journal for quick reference. Your game plan will serve as a constant reminder of all you need to do to get where you want to go.
If you’re doing all you’re scheduled to do, game plans are very rewarding. Day by day, week by week, month by month, you’ll see the magic of your dreams and plans turning into reality. You will have an incredible feeling of being in charge of your life, your surroundings and your future. It’s like creating a work of art on the biggest canvas imaginable. It’s creative. It’s beautiful.
This is powerful stuff. To dream a dream, plan for the dream, and then watch your dream turn into reality. Here’s what’s really powerful about creating game plans: You can see your future right before your eyes. So on those days when your energy isn’t up to par, your enthusiasm is a little low, your ambition isn’t pushing you forward and your attitude isn’t on the positive side, use your game plan to see how far you’ve come. Take the time to visualize exactly where you’re headed. On those days, it’s your discipline and visual chain of the future that will push you ahead. People and circumstances might try to set you back, but your visual chain will propel you toward your goals.

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