Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Money Talks

Financial Matters


1.    Trust is the most valuable asset.
2.    The right asset provides the most reliable source of income.
3.    A paycheck is fast becoming the way we used to get paid.
4.    Entrepreneurship is the best way to create wealth.
5.    The best advice about money is to get out of debt and invest in your leadership skills.
6.    Old dogs learn new tricks when they get hungry.
7.    Making $100,000 per year and broke? “Houston we have a problem”

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Monday, July 27, 2015

The Happiness Edge

The Happiness Edge



Happiness is an inside job. Happiness is a byproduct of our state of mind. What are the things one can do to increase happiness on a daily basis? Here are 7 things known to increase our happiness.

1.      Count our blessings. Yes, have an attitude of gratitude. The truth is we all have many things to be thankful for on a daily basis.
2.      Be a friend. Friendship is one of the great contributors of happiness. We all need real friendship encounters on a daily basis.
3.      Desire to live. Have you noticed those people who have a strong sense of wonder are happier? Cultivate curiosity about what is around you.
4.      Strong faith. Yes, people with strong faith about the future are happier. Life without faith is empty.
5.      Acceptance. Accept who you are and others where they are. Be fast to recover from the blunders of life and move on.
6.      Search for meaning. Yes, people who have meaning and purpose to their lives are happier. The journey in search for meaning leads to a happy state of mind.
7.      Emotional resilience. If you spilled the content of the glass, see it as an opportunity to fill it up again. Positive emotions lead to a general sense of happiness.

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Something to think about

Something to think about


The life we have always wanted is found outside our familiar zone. Be willing to be uncomfortable long enough to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.

1.      Easy out. Playing victims relieves us from taking responsibility and that is why it’s easy to blame others.
2.      Not me. Our greatness comes disguised in our perceived handicaps what that is the reason they are ours.
3.      Not for me. Become a master cultivator of hope and faith because without them there is no progress.
4.      The way I am. Success only comes after we change ourselves because changes always come bearing gifts.
5.      My rights. We must fulfill our duties before demanding our rights since reparations lead to weaknesses.
6.      Can’t make ends meet. We voluntarily sell ourselves into financial slavery and then fight those willing to help us become free.
7.      So blind. An eye for an eye is making the world blind.  Are we that just to demand justice?

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It takes courage

It takes courage …



Courage is the quality of mind and spirit that enables us to act despite difficulty or fear.

Like attitude, courage is cultivated every single day.

1.      It takes courage to say we need help.
2.      It takes courage to reinvent ourselves.
3.      It takes courage to admit we are wrong.
4.      It takes courage to unlearn and relearn.
5.      It takes courage to learn from our failures.
6.      It takes courage to take advice and implement it.
7.      It takes courage to bite our tongue and leave things unsaid.

What else do you think it takes courage to?

Life without courage is simply … boring.

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Sunday, July 19, 2015

What is the problem?

How Big A Problem Solver Are You?

Picture by Tarcizo Lucas Fontana


PROBLEM = Potential Rewards Originate Because Lasting Energy Manifests

We all have problems. Problems surround us everywhere we go. There is a solution to every problem just like the meaning of the acronym PROBLEM above. Define the problems, and then focus on the solutions.

1.      Solve your own problems first. There are few people great at solving their own problems. Lead yourself before you can lead others.

2.      Help others solve their problems. There are even fewer people great at helping others solve their own problems. The world rewards problem solvers.

3.      Know what problems to solve. Major on majors first.

4.      Know why to solve problems. Solve the cause and not the symptoms of the problem. Know the rewards coming with the solutions.

5.      Know how to solve problems. Don’t just poke at the problem with any temporary solution. Find lasting solutions.

6.      Solve difficult problems. Tackle the the big harry problems with a vengeance. Get the underlying issues causing the problems and resolve the issues.

7.      Solve unexpected problems. Be good at solving unexpected problems.

Make the solutions bigger than the problems.

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Is Vision Important?

Why is vision important?

Vision is future realities expressed as pictures today.



1.      Where there is no vision there is no progress. Progress comes from the actualization of ideas.
2.      Mental creation precedes physical creation. Ideas are turned into pictures in our minds.
3.      What we see in our minds is what we get in our lives. We only get what we picture.
4.      Vision is the culmination of our dreams. Vision is where things really start being created.
5.      Vision provides meaning, purpose to what we do. Vision inspires, motivates, and provides the focus needed to go through obstacles.
6.      Vision takes us to the end then back to the beginning. Vision provides directions to our destinations and the how-to get there.
7.      Vision trumps strategy. Vision comes first; the strategy has to fit the vision.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Share them with others.   

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Time and Money

Time and Money


Are we living our priorities?

One can tell a lot by where one’s time and money are going towards.

1.      Tracking time. Where is your time going? Is your time going towards your priorities or your obligations? Time is the most important element in life; once time is gone it is gone.

2.      Tracking money. Where is your money going? Is your money going towards your assets or liabilities? Money is not the most important thing but in order of importance it comes just below time.

3.      Purpose. Shift your time and money towards your purpose. Are you being true to your purpose? Living a life without a purpose is like being in a ship without a rudder.

4.      Goals. Your goals should align with your purpose. Your time and money ought to go towards achieving your goals. Are you being true to your goals?

5.      Dreams. Your Goals ought to go towards achieving your dreams. Are you being true to your dreams or someone else’s dreams?

6.      Defining priorities. Living without priorities is like treating everything as a priority or nothing as a priority. If we don’t determine our priorities someone else will and we may not like it.

7.      Legacy. What are you going to be remembered by? Your time and money will determine your priorities.

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets. Share them with others.   

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."