Here's something kind of fun for a cold, icy Monday. Matthews Belinkie has put together forty motivational quotes in a video that runs just over two minutes. Something here is sure to ring your bell. Even the Grinch is included. Enjoy.
Anita Bruzzese is a published author, blogger, and all-around great lady who writes the 45 Things blog. (Check this out!) Last week she pointed out that with the number of people being laid off, there's a lot more work for the rest of us. As the holidays approach, if you've cut back on hiring, chances are you're picking up a lot of the slack yourself. Here's Anita's list of the top 10 good things about working all those extra hours. Some may not apply directly to your situation, but most of them are probably right on.
1. Your mom feels so bad for you she's started doing your laundry.
2. Your neighbors are dropping off meals at your house, thinking you died. (The tuna casserole was excellent.)
3. The dog has quit shredding the drapes. It's no fun when you're not around to yell about it.
4. The overnight security guard at work has been letting you in on some really good deals. It's amazing the stuff that falls off the back of a truck!
5. You won $5 from the cleaning lady who said no way would a sleeping bag fit under the desk. Way!
6. No standing in line for coffee at Starbucks. You're first in line when the doors open.
7. Living in the same suit for five days straight has really cut down on your dry cleaning bill.
For Halloween, you didn't have to buy a costume. You went as one of the
"undead" and won first prize in the scariest costume category.
9. Your stalker finally gave up and went away, saying your schedule was just too exhausting.
10. You don't have far to go for your weekly groceries -- the vending machine is just down the hall!
, I can't explain it, but this post is one of the most popular ones we've ever done. More than one year after it originally appeared it still gets almost daily page views. In case you missed it, or if you just enjoy something silly that actually teaches something, here it is again. Enjoy!
I know, MYOB is a blog about business for ALL independent retailers, but you have to see this video, no matter what you sell.
Here's how YouTube describes it:
"Junkyard Wars audition tape (successful!). Ever wonder how a sewing machine works? See a larger than life model constructed, and the operation played thru."
Three self-proclaimed "nerds" (New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society) build a larger-than-life sewing machine using themselves as the vital parts (needle, looper, bobbin case, tension, and feed dog). It's a hoot and does a pretty good job of explaining how the magic happens.
These guys will actually appear at your school, or trade show, or special event. The details are on their web site. (Check our post later today on special events.)
I wish I was smart enough to make this stuff up. Pictured at the left is a Kellogg's Frosted Flake that you can purchase on eBay. According to its owner, it is an exact replica of the state of Illinois. As of yesterday afternoon, the high bid was $200,440.00!
The bidding started on 7/13 at a meager $9.99. It was three days before the bid was bumped up to $12.00. By the end of the day on the 16th, the high bid for the stately flake was all the way up to $55.00.
On St. Patrick's Day things went crazy (something that never happens). A total of 39 bidders upped the price from $55.00 to over $200,000. You still have time to bid on this amazing flake, but keep in mind that there's an additional charge of $4.99 for shipping and handling.
To help with your purchase decision, here's a picture of the Land of Lincoln flake alongside a picture of the state itself.
Here it is, Monday morning, time to get all serious and charge into the work week. It's a day when you probably expect your favorite blog (that's us) to give you some nugget of wisdom (nugget=MINE Your Own Business) that will help you improve your bottom line. That was the plan for today.
But, sometimes something comes along that's just too good to pass up. Thanks to Ralph Garcia for passing along the link to this web site. He writes:
"HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam. Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands. HEMA also has stores in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
"In June of this year, HEMA was sold to British investment company Lion Capital. Take a look at their web: HEMA's product page. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch, but just wait and watch what happens. Turn up your sound."