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Bill Van Loan
Los Angeles, United States
Communications Strategist with a Photographic Memory
Interests: helping others, art, comedy, plays, pilates, exercise, promoting creative people, win-win relationships, piano concerts, humanitarian work and promoting women in leadership is a passion of mine...
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There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it. via Continue reading
Be present, let go of the past, don’t beat yourself up over what you did yesterday, and don’t try to be perfect.� Just be a beautiful example of being human… 1.� Live one day at a time. No matter what’s happening, anyone can efficiently fight the battles of just one day.� It’s only when you add the battles of those two abysmal eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated.� Realize that it’s not the experience of today that holds you back and drives you crazy, but the regret and resentment about something that happened yesterday or the fear... Continue reading
It's much easier to persuade a philanthropist to fund your project than it is to persuade a rich person to become a philanthropist. Encouraging someone to shift slightly, to pick this instead of that, is a totally different endeavor than working to turn a no into a yes, to change an entire pattern of behavior. When looking to grow, start with people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve. via Continue reading
In the process of living, the winds of circumstances blow on us all in an unending flow that touches each of our lives. We have all experienced the blowing winds of disappointment, despair and heartbreak.� Why, then, would each of us, in our own individual ship of life, all beginning at the same point, with the same intended destination in mind, arrive at such different places at the end of the journey?� Have we not all been blown by the winds of circumstances and buffeted by the turbulent storms of discontent? What guides us to different destinations in life is... Continue reading
Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone wrong. These codewords, and the dense... Continue reading
Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it's worth and more than it costs you. Repeat. You don't have to wait for perfect or large or revered or amazing. You can start. via Continue reading
What do we give to our children?� First we give them the most precious of all gifts:� the principles of brotherly love and the love of God, as taught so many years ago by Christ, whose birth we celebrate. We give them our attention; for one day it will be too late. We give them a sense of value.� A place for the individual in the scheme of things, with all that accrues to the individual:� self-reliance, courage, conviction, self-respect, and the respect of others. We give them a sense of humor because laughter leavens life. We give them the... Continue reading
"He deserved it," is usually the explanation we hear for behavior that strikes us as unproductive, inhumane or counter-productive. The bully is always happy to point a finger at the person he hurt, to cast blame for his inexcusable actions. Retribution is a habit, usually a learned one. It's tit for tat, the instinct to punish. That's a very different posture than the one the productive professional takes. She says, "I choose to take actions that are effective." She chooses a response designed to produce the outcome she seeks, actions that work. via Continue reading
�"Every day, be full of awareness of the beauty around you.Be full of gratitude for friends and family, for the goodness you find in others, for your health and all you're capable of.Be full of acceptance of yourself and others - without conditions or judging - knowing that differences and changes make life interesting.Appreciate the gifts of laughter and fun in your life, and find contentment in knowing that you can always control your ability to look on the bright side." By Barbara Cage.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤"There is good in life every day.Take a few minutes to distract yourself from your concerns; long... Continue reading
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image source :�girl / snow� I love this time of year — the lights, the giving, the celebrations, the sparkles! — but for the first time in a long time, I'm single for the holidays. When you're coupled up, you hardly take notice of how many aspects of the holidays are tied to having someone to share them with romantically, but when you're single, it seems like the whole world is a big, neon, green-and-red sign blinking: YOU'RE ALONE. YOU'RE ALONE.� I'm not technically�alone for the holidays. I'll still spend Christmas with my family. I'll be with friends on New... Continue reading
Every day, be full of awareness of the beauty around you. Be full of gratitude for friends and family, for the goodness you find in others, for your health and all you're capable of. be full of acceptance of yourself and others- without conditions or judging, knowing that differences and changes make life interesting. Appreciate the gifts of laughter and fun in your life, and find contentment in knowing that you can always control your ability to look on the bright side. By Barbara Cage. There is good in life every day. take a few minutes to distract yourself from... Continue reading
It's that time of year, when big companies race to put together their annual plan for the coming year. These documents, even though they're now digital, involve thousands of hours of analog meetings and discussion and compromise. To save you time, here's a simple list you can use. Just pick one or more phrases, string them together using words like, "using," and a bit of reconjugation and you're on your way. The problem with plans created by committees is that they are built on vague. That's because vague is safe, and no one ever got in trouble for failing to... Continue reading
�You are not what happened to you in the past.�– No matter how chaotic the past has been, the future is a clean, fresh, wide open slate. You are not your past habits. You are not your past failures. You are not how others have at one time treated you. You are only who you think you are right now in this moment. You are only what you do right now in this moment.��Not getting what you want can be a blessing.�– Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck, because it forces you reevaluate... Continue reading
Do you want customers (donors, backers, voters, members, vendors) who are: Litigious Price shoppers Loyal Bureaucratic Demonstrative Followers Leaders Luxury-focused Skittish Trusting Bottom fishers Eager Confident Easily amused Uncomfortable talking about money Part of the crowd Afraid Outliers Desperate Rich Easily distracted Secretive Joyful Here's the thing: you get what you reward. You attract the customers that respond to the way you act. You end up with what you tolerate. You build what your audience demands. You might not get the customers you deserve, but you will probably end up with the customers you attract. Sure, you can swoop in... Continue reading
You must be what it is that you’re seeking. This is a universe of attraction and energy. You can’t have a desire to attract a mate who’s confident, generous, non-judgmental, and gentle, and expect that desire to be manifested if you’re thinking and acting in nonconfident, selfish, judgmental, or arrogant ways… Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.� Relationships should help you, not hurt you.� Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.� Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who... Continue reading
Before you finish your new idea or launch your new project, it's worth taking a few minutes to realize that two costs are dramatically underestimated: 1. The cost of selling. How much will it cost you to sell this to an agency, a nation, a customer? How much will it cost them to sell it to the next user? 2. The cost of maintenance. How much will it cost you to stick this project out until it pays for itself? How much will it cost your users to maintain this idea over its useful life? Hint: It took a decade... Continue reading
It's fine to work toward future goals, but don't forget that today will never come again.� You have only twenty-four hours to enjoy it. Some people put life on hold while striving for their dreams.� At first their theme song is, "After I attain ______, then I'll be happy."� Then, later, after the success of attaining pales, the regrets are felt.� "Why didn't I take time to plant a garden?" (or play with my children, visit old friends, be kinder to my partner, relax, go to the movies, go hiking?). Instead of waiting to be an old lady to wear... Continue reading
The best time is when you don't feel like it. Going for a walk when you don't feel like it will change your mood, transform your posture and get you moving. And if you don't feel like talking with someone, bring them with you on the walk. via Continue reading
If Sylvia makes the math team, there are two ways for the school to find out. One method is that she alerts people she has a relationship with. Call this a hard network, a direct connection. The other method is that people tell other people, that the word spreads in unpredictable, uncontrollable ways, from person to person. Call this a soft network. via Continue reading that it still has edges. It's tempting to believe that creativity comes from starting fresh. But even when we start fresh, we approach projects and problems with self-created boundaries. You can't do real work without edges, without something to leverage, but those edges don't have to be the same edges as everyone else uses. Creative people often excel because they change the shape of the clean sheet. via Continue reading
There are a number of things that may interrupt our sleep.� It's tough enough without having to deal with time changes too.� Yes, this may throw you off a bit but here's a few other things that you can control to give you a better nights sleep.� Those things are: 1. Your Pillow,� - a pillow that is too big or small and doesn't fit to your head and neck can increase your chances for a neck strain.� Not only can this hamper your day when you get up but it'll irritate your sleep too. via Continue reading
How does it rank on your list? When you think about your work or your art or the way you vote, where does obedience rank? What about your tribal connections and social choices? When you measure the worth of someone else, how highly do you count their willingness to obey authority and the status quo? It's baked in to our culture. Sometimes so completely that we don't even notice. via Continue reading
�Go forward with your shoulders back, with your head high, and with a smile . With your enthusiastic spirit , perseverance , and integrity of character , put your intelligence , talents ,and passion into action. Never let setbacks excuse you from trying again. It often takes many attempts to be a success. Never let negative people influence you or direct what you do. Always face forward and see your whole life shining bright for you. Never let go of your character , ideals, or activism for the good of this world. via Continue reading
What does a good day look like? A good week? Who do you want to work with? Who are you trying to please? What sort of feedback brings you down? What’s your tolerance for being misunderstood? By whom? Is it about process or projects? Which part of the project makes you happy? At the end of the project, what would you like in return? What diminishes the work? How high do the stakes need to be? How close to the edge do you need to dance? Risk? Resources? Failure? What will you take? What will you give? Who will you... Continue reading