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Ten Speed Press
Even though this deal was in the works for about 3 months I just learned that Ten Speed Press was sold to Random House:  See these articles: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/books/02arts-RANDOMHOUSEB_BRF.html?ref=arts http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6640884.html  This could mean that I...
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Groucho Marx Glasses
Perhaps you know an arrogant acquaintance or friend who has been fortunate enough to have a book or two published while you struggle to write one or have it published. To put the arrogant author in his or her place, here are a few writers quotes that you can borrow: Also see quotes about writers:...
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Winners and Losers
In my speech about The Joy of Not Working that I made to 2,000 members of the National Turkish Society for Quality in Istanbul on November 26th, one of the success principles that I covered was "Practice the Art of Nonfinishing." The whole point of this topic was that people don't quit...
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Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Ernie Zelinski Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul Yes, that is right: Air Canada Sucks and the Ritz-Carlton Rocks! Here is why: In late November KalDer - The National Turkish Society for Quality flew me to Istanbul through London, England, to make an one-hour speech about my book The Joy of Not...
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A recession is obviously upon us, which means fewer corporate jobs and sinking consumer confidence. There are many benefits of an economic recession, however, that are overlooked by the majority. If you want to make the U.S. ecomonic recession a bad thing, it becomes a bad thing. If you want to...
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Sales Letter for How to Retire Happy
“I am always doing that which I cannot do,” stated Picasso,“ in order that I may learn how to do it.” No doubt if Picasso was alive today, he would have learned how to master the Internet to market his paintings, sculptures, etchings, stage designs, and ceramics. How do you turn your internet...
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Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Little did I know that when I got fired from my job as an Engineer 28 years ago for taking too much time off that the firing would lead to an all-paid trip (plus $3,000 in my pocket for speaking for an hour about my book The Joy of Not Working) to Istanbul, which is now on my top-3 list of most...
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A crazy start to my trip to Istanbul to speak about The Joy of Not Working to the National Turkish Congress on Quality. The plane was on the runway ready to take off for London at the scheduled time of 5:35 when the pilot wound down the engines and taxied back into the airport, telling us that the...
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Photo of Istanbul: All intellectual improvement arises from leisure. — Samuel Johnson The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise. — Bible On Saturday I will be leaving for London and then on Monday to Istanbul where I am...
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Man Wearing a Barrel.jpg
I am in the process of creating an E-book called 101 Reasons to Love a Recession : I have actually thought of at least 150 funky reasons.   So, in advance of my release of the book, here are eight reasons to love a recession: Getting fired is the universe's way of telling you that you had the...
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Retirement Gift Book
Tell me, how creative are you? Can you give me your best idea for giving away 430 copies of The World's Best Retirement Book? My international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free has just reached the milestone of over 100,000 copies sold, is still selling well, and appears as the...
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Below is part of an online interview that I did about The Joy of Not Working for A New Dawn Blog:   1 - Tell us a little bit about yourself. (i.e. where you were born, where you grew up, etc.) I was born in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada and was raised on a farm around Grassland, Alberta until...
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Out-of-Money Experience
Forget the financial crisis out there and how much your retirement funds have gone down. Enjoy your life instead. There are many things that matter a lot more than money. Here are some inspirational quotes about money to put things in proper perspective. It's better to be out of money than out...
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Retirement Living Made Difficult
This may come as a shock to some, but if you really want to be successful as a writer, the first thing you need to learn is how to be a success without anyone else's help — or NOT expect it — as the case may be.  I cannot believe the number of people with a sense of entitlement and the world-owes-...
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Today I am writing this blog from Vancouver, where I am vacationing for four days. Just before noon, I was trying to decide whether to go for a bike ride or a run for my daily one-hour plus exercise routine. I decided on a run since I have been biking every day lately and hadn't run for about two...
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