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What’s your favorite quote on the topic of planning?

Over the years, I have used many different quotes in my talks, Power Points, etc.  I’d like to learn new ones from you!  Please include the author of the quote.   And feel free to comment on the quote (or other quotes) posted here, too!


Here are some of the quotes LinkedIn Group members have contributed to:

“If it’s going to be, it’s up to me” – Dr.


Are you tired of throwing your time and money away on marketing ideas that don’t work?

Lots of IdeasIf you had a consistent and focused marketing and business plan, what would that be worth? Hundreds? Thousands? If you had a niche could you attract more AAA clients? Have you wondered — as you stare at a stack of paperwork — how much time and money you’re losing every day because you don’t have a pro-active plan?

Imagine if you knew what you need to do in the office every day to be more profitable, efficient, and productive.


Recipe: Italian Chicken Cutlets

In New York, I’d go to the bread store, get bread crumbs and make my own bread crumbs.  I’d go to the Butcher and they’d sell me Chicken Cutlets.  Here on the west coast, the bread crumbs come from the supermarket and to get chicken cutlets, you have to take out your anger out on a few chicken breasts!  Eat as a part of a dinner, add cheese to it, or create Chicken Parmigiana  with it!


The Joy of Growing Up Italian

Thank you to John Fusco who put this together.


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If you are an Italian American, get a few tissues.  The memories are very strong and heartwarming.

The author grew up in an Italian neighborhood in the 40-50′s, I can see how, in just the 10 years , (I few up in the 50-60′s) things had changed “just a bit”.  


A Very Balanced Approach (Testimonial)

"Maria is a top notch business consultant and coach. I hired her for a
consultation which turned out to be a great opportunity for me to see my business from a
very experienced mentor’s perspective.

A "woman of her word" she followed through, by email, with informative links
and resources to every single topic that we discussed.
Maria shares a well balanced approach, taking into consideration that "life happens
while you’re running a business".


Top 10 Time-saving Tech Tips (Computer/Smartphone)

My friend Carla, knowing how much of a geek I am sent me this video. Guess what… I learned a whole lot of interesting tips!

Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already — but there’s probably at least one you don’t.


Plan a Daily Desk Vacation & Boost Your Productivity

I learned a lot when I worked on Wall Street; sometimes, my lessons took me by surprise. The phones on the trading desks often stop ringing right before the Fed releases an economic number. During one such lull in activity, I was chit-chatting with other team members about life in general. "What do you do for fun?" my colleague asked us.


18 Places Advisors Learn More About Your ideal Clients

Congratulations! You’ve invested time and thought into determining the type of clients you want to work with. Your niche is set. You’re so far ahead of all the other financial advisors! Great going!

You’ve created your Ideal Client Profile using demographics, technographics, psychographics and geographics. You’ve checked out your assumptions. You’ve also created a five high-priority question list to ask prospects in a discovery interview; these questions are designed to learn if indeed you’re sitting across from an ideal client (or a prospect from hell).