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By Pat Hammond

What's the difference between success and failure?

Thomas Alva Edison famously said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” In that one sentence Edison neatly illustrated the difference between success and failure.

The ability to learn from our mistakes, to step back, review and press on. It's a mindset that separates quitters from winners and gives an edge to anyone willing to make the effort.

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By Pat Hammond

How do you spell success?

I know it'a a cliche, but if you looked up the word success in the dictionary you would find a picture of Graham Gifford.

I'm totally serious.

It's not that she is superhuman or magical, though you may the odd fleck of pixie dust trailing behind her, it's because she has that rare ability to apply the lessons she learned yesterday to tomorrow's tasks.

Think of it as a hybrid of common sense and insight.

Whatever you want to call it, she's figured out how to define goals and choose the right path to gather the skills and experience needed to reach them. And lucky for us, she has a consulting practice where she will happily share that skill with you.

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By Pat Hammond

Stress is Self-Inflicted

Did you know that stress is self-inflicted? Everyone has commitments, deadlines and details, but how we handle those things, especially when they don't quite go as planned, is what regulates our level of stress.

The ability to see the absurd, to accept that sometimes things go wrong, no matter how well we prepared, is a key skill in not only managing stress, but being successful.

Successful people don't dwell on the failures. They sieve through the wreckage of yesterday's flop for that kernel of wisdom and move on.

They laugh at themselves, because they know that without laughter there is no joy and without joy their is no point.

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By Pat Hammond

Future Tech Women

Location: Dyn 150 Dow Street, Manchester
Date: Tuesday, July 28 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (check their website for details)

The Facts:

  • price: free
  • atmosphere: casual, professional, friendly, supportive
  • amenities: office setting - wifi, parking, easy access from highway
  • content: open discussion, networking, general support
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By Pat Hammond

On a Roll!

Not quite as many as last week, but July's networking opportunities are still going strong.

On the business side of things Attorney Matthew Benson from Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson will be presenting "Difficult Legal Lessons Learned So You Don't Have to Go Through it Yourself," an overview of "harsh lessons learned from startup clients" at Alpha Loft's monthly Launch Series lunch.

If you're thinking about starting a business and aren't sure where to start this is a great opportunity to network, get some free legal perspective and learn from other people's mistakes.

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By Pat Hammond

A BEST obsession

It's not enough to master a new skill, make a big sale or write an interesting novel, we have to do it better than everyone else.

In a nation that is obsessed with success it's easy to get distracted by the idea of being the best.

No pressure, right?

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By Pat Hammond

Welcome Piper!

Please join us as we welcome this week's Live from the Hive guest, Piper Turgeon.

It's been a busy week of collaboration for Piper and Queen City Buzz. Not only did we publish her first article as a Queen City Buzz contributor, but Piper very graciously stepped in as this week's Live from the Hive guest.

For anybody who hasn't met her, Piper is the owner of the local design firm Eco Chic Interiors as well as being the New England Regional Director for the Gold Star Referral Clubs. To put it plainly, Piper is one of those people who rolls up their sleeves and gets things done, and she always does it with a smile.

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By Pat Hammond

July is Sizzling!

As usual the beginning of the month was a bit of a yawn, plus we had the holiday, but as we head into the second half of the month things are definitely picking up. Big Time

Morning, noon and night, there are business, tech and networking events for everyone.

With breakfast and lunch meetups for business referral groups and evening meetups for tech, self-help and finance, there is an activity for almost every business and tech interest and no excuse for not getting out there.

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By Piper Turgeon

Networking is easy

You know you need to network. You know you need to meet people. You know that follow up is critical. But, are you seeing any return on your time investment?

If you're like a lot of people you face the idea of networking by going full steam for a couple weeks or even a couple months. You go to 3 - 5 networking events a week, meet as many people as humanly possible, collect dozens of business cards and then follow up with a phone call or email.

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By Pat Hammond

Think Like Texas

When I was a kid I used to watch the tv show Dallas. (Yes, I am that old.) Of the many useful things I learned from JR and the rest of the Ewing clan the most memorable is that everything is bigger in Texas.

Week after week the Ewing family made bigger deals, endured bigger scandals and somehow always ended up as bigger winners. Even when they lost.

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