Don’t Compare, We’re Not All The Same

Important Notice:  I have been guilty of exactly what I mention in this post.

With that said, I hope this message serves as a point of self reflection and not something to make anyone feel bad.

This is a social world and often, before we think about it, we comment on a topic, a story, or a current event without considering the digital or non-digital footprints we leave behind. 

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Win a Free Copy of My Latest Book

We are just two days away from Thanksgiving Day 2013. Where has the time gone?  

As I reflect back on this year, I feel very grateful for my family and friends and I am also thankful to have supporters who have read my blog posts and books.

As a way of saying thanks to everyone, I would like to offer my readers a chance to win one of 3 free copies of my latest book, 20 Ways to Earn an Extra $1,000 For the Holidays.  

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To get a chance at picking up a free copy, simply take the following three actions:

1.  Leave a comment below.  Tell me what you are thankful for and what you would do if you had an extra $1,000 for the holidays.

2.  Subscribe to my email list using the box on the right side of this page.  If you're already subscribed, don't worry about it.

3.  Tweet/Post a link to the book pagewww.devindabney.com/20ways, and include the hashtag #20waysto1k

On Friday, November 29, 2013, I will select 3 people at random.  If you are one of those selected, I will notify you via email and send you a download link to pick up your FREE copy.

Thanks again for your support.

7 Things to Do For a Veteran Today

Today in America, we are celebrating Veterans Day.  

In the case of most people, we are thanking and honoring everyone we know who sacrifice(d) and dedicate(d) their service in our armed forces.

Instead of simply doing the usual thanking and honoring (which is great, by the way) in a general social media post, I thought it would be a good idea to encourage people to take it a few steps further if possible.

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My Wife Makes Me Proud

I am blessed beyond measure to be married to my wife, Shayla.  Many people get to experience what she contributes as a friend, relative, or writer, but I get to see her as a wife, mother, friend, and my greatest supporter.  

Yesterday, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, This is Your Life, from Michael Hyatt.  During the past couple of episodes, he had his wife Gail on and they shared some of their wisdom from 35 years of marriage.  As I listened, I couldn't help but smile because many of the great things Michael shared about his wife were some of the same great things that my bride has offered in our relationship.

She is a gift to me and to everyone who she meets so I decided to honor that and express how proud I am of her today.

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Complain, complain, complain

I’m sitting in a waiting area at jury duty and all I’ve heard is complaints.

One after the other, people have expressed their discontent at being here to each other.

Of course, each person is loud enough for other people around them, including me, to hear.

Before I left this morning, my wife had me read a devotional about complaining.

It was a timely message that had prepared me for this time of hearing one complaint after another.

My main question is “What good is it doing?”

When we work ourselves up and get all frustrated with situations we can’t change, the best thing we can do is find something to be thankful for.

I guarantee that in every circumstance or situation, it could be worse and there is likely someone we know who is going through worse.

Question: What actions do you take to avoid complaining?

Lessons From Starting a Podcast

Over the past few years, I've become an extreme fan of podcasts.  I listen to podcasts while I'm doing mundane tasks throughout the day or night and it gives me an opportunity to actually learn something or to do something effective with my time while I'm doing something like washing dishes or cutting grass or walking around at work.

I can learn so many different things and learn about so many tools through listening to podcasts.

One of the formats that I've come to enjoy is the "interview" format where the host does a phone or Skype interview with someone who is respected or has something to offer to their audience.

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Guest Posting on Blogs is Like Being a Guest Preacher

I'm seriously planning to do more posting on guest blogs in the near future.  I've had at least one offer and so has my wife.  Think about it this way:  A lot of times people may be familiar with your message or they have heard you speak in your own platform.  They recognize your jokes and know the quirkiness that may define you at times.

When you step out and go into another venue with a different audience, a lot of it appears very fresh and new to them.

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