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Dianne Sawaya

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Dianne Sawaya

Is Size Overrated?

By Robert Ringer | 05/24/2006

Some years ago, my son played in a youth basketball league that was pretty intense. The reason for the intensity was that most of the fathers were trying to relive their youth through their sons, and wanted their boys to become the athletes that they themselves never were. In my…

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The Best Exercise Routine Ever, Part 1

By Michael Masterson | 05/22/2006

I’m filling my gas tank this morning and this guy jogs by. He’s in his early fifties and he’s in very good shape – muscular and lean. Standing still, he’d probably look like a specimen of perfect health. But he’s moving like something is seriously wrong with him. Like he’s…

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How to Sell to the Small-Business Owner

By Mark Morgan Ford | 05/15/2006

Small-business owners are busy people.They may need your product or service, but they don’t have the time to think about it. Here’s how to sell to them.

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The Secret to One Superstore’s Success

By Michael Masterson | 05/1/2006

There’s an old axiom about business that every successful entrepreneur comes to appreciate: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Why, then, is Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, fiddling with his $30 billion a year machine? Anderson believes that if your company ain’t broke, you should fix it anyway.…

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3 Golden Rules for Avoiding Most Legal Nightmares

By Clayton Makepeace | 04/29/2006

One year before 9/11, I was cooling my heels on the 86th floor of Manhattan ‘s World Trade Center . I was waiting to be grilled by a team of government investigators and wondering how IN THE HECK I wound up there. I flashed back to the moment, two years…

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When younger/smarter beats older/wiser

By Michael Masterson | 04/28/2006

Recently, I read the following post on ETR’s Speak Out forum from Ryan Chludzinski, a young man who needs some direction. He writes: “I am a 21-year-old student who works over 40 hours a week to keep up with paying for bills, tuition, and living expenses. I need a way…

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Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

By Michael Masterson | 04/24/2006

Last year, Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon’s CEO, made about $20 million in salary, bonuses, restricted stock and other compensation. During the same period, shareholders watched their stock plunge more than 25 percent. Bondholders got hit hard, too, when credit agencies downgraded Verizon’s debt. For years now, top employees of big companies…

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$65,000 a Year

Living Rich on $65,000 a Year

By Mark Morgan Ford | 04/24/2006

After inheriting over $1 million, a friend of mine found that he could retire, buy a house, and start his own business if he lived off $65,000 a year.

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Business at Warp Speed

By Michael Masterson | 04/21/2006

If you can develop a product or service that sells well in Bangor , Maine … why couldn’t you also sell it in Toulouse , France or Bonne , Germany ? This is what BB did. Twelve years ago – when his publishing company was in the $30 million to…

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ETR Insider Report: Make Way for “The Wealth Advantage”

By Andrew Gordon | 04/20/2006

When I recommended Six Flags in The Skeptical Advisor e-letter about seven months ago, nobody at ETR had a clue that it was the first test of a new investing technique I had been fine-tuning for over two years. Even as the stock climbed over 60 percent within four months, it was…

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Let’s Make a Deal

By Michael Masterson | 04/19/2006

To find the best real estate deals, look for telltale signs that an owner may be thinking of selling … even before he advertises the property.  1. The Home-Alone Technique Whenever you see a vacant home in your target area, stop and jot down the address. Look up the owner…

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Starting Young – The Miracle of Compound Interest

By Mark Morgan Ford | 04/13/2006

If you take a penny and double it every day for a month, how much would you end up with? A hundred dollars? A thousand dollars? How about a million dollars? Not even close. If you start with just a single penny and double it every day for 31 days,…

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