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5 Top Providers for Online Studies – A Good Way to Aid Your Mission and Vision for the Future

Looking for a new or updated mission and vision? Desiring a better future? Look to Online Studies

More and more people are going to online studies and instruction these days. People of all ages, both young and old, are seeking a better defined mission and vision for the future. There are many sites that offer online studies, both for free and for a fee. Five of the top providers are:

The Great Courses – offers over 500 courses. Lectures are about half an hour and courses range from 6 to 96 lectures. Courses are purchased as online modules or on CDs/DVDs. Prices range from $15 to $230. Special offers are given by Great Courses Plus and Amazon Prime.

Big Think – offer topics ranging from business and technology to health and entertainment. There is a new podcast every week for 45 to 60 minutes, on a different subject. There are also lots of articles and videos, all free.

Universal Class – courses in do it yourself, history, and cooking are some of the courses available. Average time commitment is 10 to 20 hours, including class time, assignments and exams.

Yale University – professors from this school offer an array of free courses, varying from the liberal arts to the sciences. Lectures are supplemented with syllabi, transcripts and other specific resources.

EDX – this was developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its mission is to make higher education available to more people. Time commitments range from 45 minutes for a single lecture to a few hours a week for up to 12 weeks.

Some quick tips for studying online:

1 – Try before you buy – preview courses before you enroll. Be sure the instructor’s style is right for you, especially if paying

2 -understand the requirements – do you need to complete tasks before moving on? … is there a real-time element requiring you to join classes at set times? …be sure a class works for your schedule.

3 – make the time commitment – schedule the days and times you plan to take the courses and stick to it.

4 – Do not multi-task or take short cuts – if you do not engage, you will not learn. Engage and learn!

5 – study and practice – commit to doing assignments; a helpful aspect of online learning – you can go back and review lectures and assignments when you need to.

If you need additional help with better understanding and defining your desired mission and vision, please go to for additional assistance. There you will find many resources to assist you.

Tips for Having a Mission and Vision Driven Online Learning Experience

Do you know what your specific mission (purpose) and vision (desired outcome) are for your planned online learning experience? Here are five tips for making any online learning experience you undertake more mission and vision driven and achieve its purpose and desired outcomes.

#1. Preview  – many times you can preview courses before enrolling. Also see if you can be sure the instructor’s style appeals to you and what you are looking for, especially if it is a paid course.

#2. Course Requirements – be sure to understand all the requirements. You may need to complete certain tasks before you are allowed to move to the next lesson(s). Are there real-time elements that require you to join classes or teleconferences at scheduled times? Remember, if a course or class does not work for your schedule, you will not succeed.

#3. Time Commitment – be sure to schedule the days and times you want and plan to take the courses. Do this even if you are not required to sign in at scheduled times.

#4. No Short Cuts – do not multitask or be engaged with other things. If you do not fully engage, you will not learn.

#5. Study & Practice – typically no one will be monitoring your online course progress. You must commit to fulfilling assignments or you shortchange yourself. One very helpful tool of online learning is the ability to go back and review materials when you need to.

By using these five tips, you will create for yourself a mission and vision driven online learning experience that will produce your desired purpose and outcome. If you need additional help in seeing and defining your desired mission and vision for the future, please go to There you will find helpful information and tools to assist you, no matter what your desired purpose or future; hoping this helps you have a better online learning experience.

Top 5 Secrets to Great Leadership

“What is the secret to great leadership?” is one of the most often asked questions you hear in leadership and management consulting. Building a team of people and leading that team can be a daunting task. Many leaders have struggled for years and continue to struggle with that issue. That is why I think it extremely important and valuable to list the top five secrets to being a great leader. Here they are:

#1 – Have a mission and vision statement
#2 – Hire well
#3 – Have a proper employee orientation at the start
#4 – Hold regular meetings
#5 – Hold recognition and special events

As a leader, you will want to do these things to create an effective team. It is your role as the leader to build a team that will get the results you desire, i.e., your mission and vision statements that define your purpose and desired future – and the results delivered by the team you are surrounded by.

Need help with your leadership skills or an update to your mission and vision statement? Then go to for a number of key resources to assist you today.

Retirees Seek New Missions and Visions for Their Future

Candidate Jobs for Retirees Seeking New Missions and Visions for Their Future

Are retirees and baby boomers seeking new missions to accomplish and visions for their upcoming future? According to a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 40% of boomers plan to continue working part time after leaving their current jobs. Many will use their developed career skills. The others will find an entirely new field. There are some jobs more suited for retirees. The real success is in doing something that feels more like fun. Your ideal new mission and vision for your life? It should be something other than the normal work grind and daily routine that one is used to.

Here are 10 jobs that AARP recently listed as good candidate “jobs going back to work for”:
1 – Interpreter/Translator
2 – Tax Return Preparer
3 – Ride-Hailing Driver
4 – Park Ranger
5 – Direct Salesperson
6 – Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
7 – Retail Cashier
8 – Craft Worker
9 – Package Courier
10 – Your Old Job, Part Time

Are you a retiree or baby boomer and starting to feel restless? Or do you need extra money for other expenses? An enjoyable part time job effort could be your solution. Need help with determining what desired purpose and future is right for you? Please visit to find self-help items for your new mission and vision.


Trump Promises A New Vision

The Trump Era Begins – A New Vision

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is showing that his new vision of America First is alive and off and running. President Trump’s inaugural address promised “a new vision” that will indeed transfer power from Washington, D.C. back to the people. A few key points in his address was the theme of buy American – hire American and think big and dream even bigger.

Trump’s other than ordinary address followed his campaign talk and promising change to shake up the nation’s economy and international involvements. It was said that he delivered one of the “most ominous inaugural addresses ever,” which just was a reinforcement of what he said on the campaign trail. One thing for sure, Trump’s address tells us that he is going to be an entirely new kind of President, however, one with a vision for America’s future.

Do you need a new vision for your future? For help go to for a treasure trove of information that will help you, whether an individual with a dream or an organization with a purpose to fulfill.

Vision for Leading Global Indicators is Bright

The future vision for leading global indicators is bright. Gauges of future activity predict faster global economic growth. This is according to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal. It cites indicators recently released by the Paris based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Their gauges of future activity show signs that growth will speed up. This growth will occur in the U.S., China, Brazil and other developed economies around the world. These leading indicators from the OECD are consistent with World Bank forecasts. Their research shows that global economic growth will accelerate. The global economy is predicted to grow from last year’s 2.3% to 2.7%.

Is Your Future Impacted?

If you are impacted by this future activity, be sure your mission and vision statements are up to date. They should reflect the activities needed to expand your enterprise, whatever it may be. If you need help, please visit for very useful information.

Test Your Mission and Vision Statements

Time to test drive your mission statement and vision statement? You have now completed your mission statement and vision statement.  You have your vehicle (the mission) and the destination (your vision).  “Now,” states Don Midgett, author of Mission and Vision Statements: Your Path to a Successful Business Future, “you have to see whether the maps (the statements) take you where you want to go.”banner_newhome2013.gif

Your vision statement has to carry you forward into the future and sustain you when you hit dead ends, blind alleys or other obstacles in your path.  If you have monitoring processes in place, you will know whether your maps are taking you toward your destination.  Here are 5 of l7 test questions listed in Mission and Vision Statements: Your Path to a Successful Business Future to help you test drive your mission and vision statements.

l.. Does your mission and vision support what should be your main sources of income? 

2.  If your business achieves the vision statement, will it be successful?

3. If someone contacted you about what seemed like a reasonable opportunity, are your statements specific enough to give you a business-oriented reason to accept or reject that opportunity based on your mission and vision statements?

4.  Do the mission and visions statements, when compared to the statements of similar businesses, clearly set your company apart?  Do they show your unique selling proposition?

5. Do you statements guide you toward an ideal customer?

The benefits from doing a test drive of your mission and vision statements will test their present accuracy, despite changes in the business or the thinking within your company.  It will define goals and the products or services that match your mission.  When you test, you remove the guesswork as to whether your ideas work in the real marketplace.

If you have yet to develop or you want to test drive your mission statement and vision statement and need additional help, visit now.  You will find case studies, ezine articles and press releases that will be helpful, as well as the e-book on mission and vision statements, now used in 35 countries.

How to Have an Effective Vision Statement

Here’s how to have an effective vision statement:

  • An effective vision statement has support from the top. Leadership must be the vision’s foremost preacher!Kozzi-business_people_aiming_high-23
  • The vision must be articulated clearly and forcefully on every occasion.
  • Effective visions are inspiring, clear, and challenging:  they prepare for the future and honor the past.
  • Leadership must live the vision!  Leaders at all levels must model their actions consistent with the vision statement at all times.
  • Be sure to build on strengths and emphasize the creation of enduring capabilities.

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When Personal and Career Mission and Vision Statements Meet

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There is nothing so satisfying than recognizing your real passion in life.  From that moment on you can authentically attract those opportunities to fulfill that personal passion. Maybe it is volunteering or expanding your existing activities.  If you have worked discovering your own personal mission and vision statements, you may find it may lead you to actualize that newly found information taking your life in a whole new direction.

This is the work of each of us in this life, to find our mission, define it and build our vision on it.  Sometimes our personal and career mission and vision statements meet.  In fact, it happens more often than most think.

Margaret Casto Phillips, professor of mathematics and computer science at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia had found her passion. She had joined the ODU faculty in 1945 and taught until her retirement thirty four years later in 1979. She had also served as the university liaison for the American Association of University Women. At her death at the age of 94, Phillips assured her passion for students and teaching for years to come by a bequest of $150,000 to the ODU Faculty Emeriti Association for its student scholarship endowment fund. She personifies the meeting of her personal and career mission and vision statements.  Looking around us we may see this reflected by many in our community.

Captain Steve Lazenby of the Santa Paula (CA) Fire Department is passionate about preparing citizens for emergency preparedness. His firefighting position is captain of Santa Paula Engine company but his ability to communicate a emergency preparedness mission throughout the county enabled him to realize a new position as well. As the Coordinator/Instructor for C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team), a 17-20 hour class training for citizens, Lazenby has in 5 years taught over 1500 citizens to take their place helping themselves and others in the event of a disaster in their community. His commitment to his personal passion now blends with his career mission and vision.

Successful small business owners Les and Alice Gardner of the Attitude Shoppe in Ojai, CA believe strongly in their community and are active Rotarians. The success of their personal mission and the blending of their business mission and vision statements extend to hiring employees that share in their strong ideas of service, customer satisfaction and longevity in their community.  One happy customer recalls having driven four hours away for an important business meeting then discovering he had left his computer at home…the last thing needed was to have to turn around and drive home to retrieve it. Employees handled the problem with customary efficiency, a friend was able to bring it to the store and the computer was then packed and on its way the same day. When the Gardner’s personal mission met their business mission and vision, people who aligned themselves with the same values were attracted to becoming employees.

With these examples come the realization that not only does the person gain from the meeting of their personal and career mission and vision but also, society.

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Top Ten Prosperity Quotes and Affirmations

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Prosperity is something to be thankful for, especially at this time and something that requires focus as we enter a new year. Someone gave me the following quotes and affirmations – I do not recall who it was. However, I do wish to pass them along, for they have great value. Here are the top ten prosperity quotes and affirmations. Work them into your day to make your life more abundant, prosperous and joyful.

1. “I am discovering the purpose for my life.” The only joyful life is the purpose-driven life. When you feel and believe that you have a reason for being, you will feel fulfilled and your life will be beneficial to others. The road to discovery is often long and winding and it may take you on adventures that you could not predict.

2. “I know my mission.” What is YOUR mission? Decide for yourself and write it down as concisely as you can. Visualize achieving your mission on a daily basis. Do not expect your mission to be easy, instead, expect yourself to be strong in completing it. Just like a mission statement for a business, allow your mission to grow and change as you evolve.

3. “My higher self is guiding me in the right direction.” Accept that you’re guided if you really want to accomplish what you’re called to do. Trust your instincts to guide you along the right path to your prosperity. If you come across passages in books that seem to leap out at you, memorize them or write them down to read over again; these are likely messages you were meant to read.

4. “I sit at the feet of the great masters.” Learn from those who have gone before you, those who have already struggled, those who have already overcome, those who have already achieved, and those who already have fulfilled similar desires to yours. Do not try to figure out everything yourself. Every day is a chance to learn something new. Rather than reinventing the wheel, find a mentor who can help guide you to something better in life.

5. “I am managing my time well.” If you need to create a written schedule in a journal or input your tasks into your computer’s calendar, then do so. Spend your time doing things that will make you money, bring you personal fulfillment, or otherwise make you the success you want to be. Do not get sidetracked by frivolous actions.

6. “My goals are written down.” Write down your goals, short term and long term. Read them over on a daily basis. You have to internalize your goals so they flow through your life and inform your every action. Goals are important on your path to success. Each goal builds upon the last.

7. “I cut out the excesses from my life.” Keep your life simple. Stop flying off after the next adventure, the next romance or the next big thing. Forget about partying and instead, stick with your schedule and stay intent upon your goals and your mission. Enjoy simple pleasures and find the greatest pleasure in meeting your goals.

8. “I know how to use my time creatively.” There has to be time for recreation and for the things you love to do. Re-create your mind and spirit to keep up your strength. A life of prosperity includes making time for creativity.

9. “I measure my progress.” You have to stay objective. How are you really doing with your progress? Success largely rests on your imagination, but it is not only about wishful thinking. Tracking your progress is important to see how far you have come toward reaching your goals.

10. “I get things done.” Those who hesitate are lost. If you can do it today, do it. Do not force it, but do not procrastinate either. To have prosperity is to take action. Whether in work or in love, take action to make your life better.

Use these prosperity quotes and affirmation statements as daily motivators to help you on your road to success. For additional help with your mission statement and vision statement or if you need to develop your mission and vision statements, go to now.