Craig Proctor Seminars
 “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -- Walt Disney "Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” -- Mark Victor Hansen October 6 is logged as the beginning of the 2008 market crash. On this black....

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“Life is like a Twinkie, we all want the fluffy golden outside but it's the cream filling that really matters.” -- Tom Brady “I'm not going to die glamorously. I'll probably be eating a Twinkie, take a bite, and fall over.” -- Billy Corgan Six months ago we all heard the uproar about Hostess, makers of the famous Twinkie, going the way of the dodo. “Weighed down by management turmoil, rising labor costs and Americans' changing tastes, the company is making its second trip through Cha....

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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -- Barack Obama "Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined." -- Mitt Romney While not as public or televised, the battle you wage against your opponents in the kitchens and living rooms of your ....

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"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.” -- Robert Fulghum "Kites rise highest against the wind—not with it." -- Winston Churchill I divide my time between Florida, where my wife and I have a beach home on the Gulf Coast, and my home town of Newmarket (a suburb north of Toronto). I spent the winter and spring in Newmarket this year … where the good weather has finally found us. It was a lon....

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“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson “You can’t ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” – Steve Jobs A six-year-old, gap-toothed entrepreneur impressed the crowds at Seattle Startup Weekend last summer with his business pitch: GapTooth Stickers. The youngest person to ever present at the Seattle startup event, Ashwin Gowland, explained th....

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[caption id="attachment_306" align="alignright" width="238"] The Lazy Man App![/caption] “A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” -- Colin Powell “Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other's work.” -- Ann Rule I get amused (but, truthfully, also frustrated) when I hear agents offer up a host of excuses about why they can’t succeed in this business. It’s because of the bad market. It’s be....

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“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” -- Richard Branson [caption id="attachment_291" align="alignright" width="225"] Decapitated snake head bites man[/caption] Did you know that 9 million copies of The National Enquirer, The Star and other gossip tabloids are sold each week? And this doesn’t even include the more upscale gossip rags such as People and Us. You may not read them, but your prospects do. I’m sure you....

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“Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.” - Warren G. Bennis Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better. - Samuel Beckett If you were going to take a cruise vacation this year, how many of you would book it with Costa Tours? If you hadn’t heard of the Costa line a year ago, you will certainly be familiar with the tarnished name now. The disabled Italian cruise ship in that line limped into Port Victoria, Seychelles about a year ago now after four days ....

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“When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” -- Bayard Rustin “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” -- Abraham Lincoln Remember when “Wikipedia took its English-language content offline as part of a ‘day of darkness’ in protest at US anti-piracy laws that it says could ‘fatally damage the free and open internet’ and ‘severely limit people's acces....

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“The more you chase the Holy Grail of short term performance, the less you get in long-term results.” -- Walter Cabot “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” -- W. Clement Stone “For all her beauty . . . our moon hides a lumpy, unflattering secret: She’s lopsided. Her backside is much thicker than her front. And no one knows why. . . . Twenty-four hours after a probe safely entered orbit around the moon, its twin was poised to do the same on. The back-to-back arrivals ....

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