Personal Growth - Money

Wealth Building Tips from Benjamin Franklin

by John Wesley

Most of the financial advice you get around the web is based on opportunity. People are always looking for the newest way to earn cash for the least amount of work. It’s no surprise most people struggle to build wealth, jumping from one opportunity to the next, wondering why nothing ever works.

The principles that build wealth haven’t changed for centuries. These 78 maxims, gleaned from Benjamin Franklin’s Way to Wealth, contain all the wisdom needed to amass a fortune. Unfortunately, it’s still going to take hard work, intelligence, and discipline.

Industry (1-39) - Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence.

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BlipBack is a new site that lets you offer video comments on your website, blog or social networking profile page.

This service integrates with your webcam to enable video comments. The widget player is very similar to what you’ll see with most video widgets from YouTube and other video-sharing networks, though there are thumbnails for you to view the upcoming comments from others, along with the number of views and the rating for each comment. Your sorting options are to view from oldest to newest or vice versa, or view from highest to lowest rated or vice versa. You can also sort comments by most viewed, and an option to subscribe to video comments via RSS feeds.

In order to add your own comment, you’ll need a webcam, though there is an option to take a video with your camera phone and send it in to the address provided for each widget. This way groups can have a remote way to create collaborative video streams on a website, similar to Cellblock or Pickle.

The other option offered is a BlipBomb, which is a comments widget you can insert in comments threads across various social networks and blogging platforms. Having an automatic play option to view all the comments in the widget as a streaming channel would be a good feature for this service.

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Auto supplier Brandmotion moves into appliance and furniture industries

by Sven Gustafson | Michigan Business Review
Thursday March 26, 2009, 7:00 AM

A Michigan supplier that develops "real estate" inside vehicles as connectivity systems for consumer electronics is growing through partnerships with larger companies and is now eyeing the state's appliance and furniture industries.

Brandmotion LLC has developed Apple-certified iPod integration systems for Ford Motor Co., Magellan navigation systems for the F-150 pickup truck and overhead rail modules that can accommodate options like power invertors for laptops and hands-free phone.

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Six Sigma's Seven Deadly Sins

By James P. Zimmerman and Dr. Jamie Weiss

Quality and productivity initiatives have come and gone over the past few decades: quality circles, statistical process control, total quality management, customer focus, business process reengineering, Baldridge protocol diagnostics, enterprise-wide resource planning, high-performance work teams, self-directed work teams, systems thinking, and lean manufacturing. Most have been sound in theory but shaky in implementation, never quite delivering on their promises—at least not consistently and over the long run.

One of the more lasting of the many initiatives has been Six Sigma, which General Electric has defined as a breakthrough for "consistently developing and delivering near-perfect products and services, based on looking 'outside-in.'" Organizations such as GE, Motorola, Allied Signal/Honeywell, Federal Express, and Johnson & Johnson have achieved stellar results with Six Sigma.

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