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2017 Trends for your success

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There are people whose sole focus is uncovering and watching important trends in business and I, for one, am grateful for their persistence.

In an excellent article I recently read by Ian Altman, he outlines 10 trends that will drive success in 2017. Realistically, not all of them will be critical to your business…


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To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.


— Thomas Watson, Sr., former CEO, IBM

Dear old golden rule days...

School Days 1907

Remember that old song about school days? It was actually written before my grandmother was born but I remember hearing as a kid growing up. Even now when I hear it, it takes me right back to the annual process of getting ready to go back to school.

What’s the first thing you remember about going back to school? New clothes? The smell of new pencils? Lunch box treats? Finishing up your summer reading list?

My top 5 memories about going back to school all seem to come from my elementary years.

  1. A new dress. Girls didn’t wear shorts or pants to school when I was in elementary school so it was a big treat to get a new dress for the first day of school. I have fond memories of gathered green skirt - a twirling skirt. Because when you’re a 6-year-old girl, twirling is the best! Then, or now.
  2. The smell of new pencils, just sharpened. With the ubiquitous electronic devices in the classroom now, I imagine pencils are scarce. Somehow a iPad just doesn’t smell the same as a brand new #2 pencil.
  3. Lunch boxes. Mine was metal and decorated with the scene or characters popular that year. No insulated bags or containers. We ate what went into wax or plastic bags, or food could go in the lunch box bare like an apple, and we bought a carton of milk from the ‘lunch lady’. Every day. No vending machines, no pizza. On the rare occasion I ate hot lunch, it was never as good as my baloney sandwich from home. In fact, that’s why I hated spinach for so long!
  4. Walking the route. We moved several times when I was young so part of getting ready for the school year was familiarizing myself (and my mother) with the route I would walk to school every day. City or small town - I walked. It wasn’t unusual, all the kids did. We walked together, picking up more kids as we got closer to the school.
  5. Scholastic Books. I lived for the book sales, being a voracious reader from the beginning. Every month, I would spend my allowance or whatever I could earn on books. In between, I frequented the school or town library but it wasn’t quite the same as the feel and smell of a brand new book that no one had ever opened before.

Phew, what a trip down memory lane! What are your favorite memories about going back to school each year? Or getting your children ready to go back? It’s especially fun to share your memories with your kids and let them share theirs with you.

Here’s looking forward to another school year!

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