CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThe Warriors picked up their first road win since October 29 on Monday, beating the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 in the Peachtree State.You might remember that Oct. 29 game — that was the contest where Klay Thompson set the NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with 14. Here’s what we learned from Monday’s contest:Kevon Looney is (still) the Warriors’ best centerOf course, this was true before Monday’s …
9 November 2015The African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) of stock exchange and brokerage professionals from 25 African countries, will hold its annual conference in Johannesburg from 15 to 17 November, with the theme of sustainability at its core.Hosted by Joburg’s stock exchange, the JSE, Africa Evermore: Growth for Sustainability is an opportunity to gauge and discuss the potential, growth, and stability of Africa’s capital markets.The theme of the conference falls in line with goals of the National Development Plan, which is intent on finding Africa’s place in the global narrative. It is also an opportunity to share skills and knowledge, with an eye on developing a capable and competitive South African stock market industry within the context of Africa and the world.“The conference is important as it features high-level discussions covering themes that are relevant to our capital markets and opportunities to network with leading industry players from across the continent,” said Oscar Onyema, the ASEA president and chief executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.The packed two-day programme, said Nicky Newton-King, the JSE chief executive, would provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the strength resulting from the integration of Africa’s security exchanges. “Those who operate in the regulated market need to know that we are part of the global financial markets. We are already beginning to see this for example in East Africa, where they are driving significant regional connectivity.”One of the more significant topics to be discussed will be in-depth analysis of the Role of the Exchange as a Corporate Citizen, in which the upsurge of investment decisions driven by considerations of risk, impact and sustainability rather than just financial returns will be explored.The ASEA prides itself on the promotion and education of its members and stakeholders regarding the importance of socially responsible investments and the need to pay attention to environmental, social and governance issues.Additionally, delegates will have the opportunity to examine new trends in sovereign wealth fund investments. They will look into how this may determine the future and growth of Africa’s stock exchanges and brokerage industry.The conference played a large role in focusing attention on what was happening on African stock exchanges, said John Kamanga, the chief executive of the Malawi Stock Exchange. Kamanga will moderate some of these discussions.A number of ASEA’s member countries have already launched sovereign wealth funds, including Angola, Ghana, and Nigeria. It has been found that the funds invest surplus revenues and can act an effective fiscal stabilisation mechanism in volatile markets, while enabling governments to access liquid assets and channel investment into specific projects like infrastructure development.“The conference serves to confirm that we are open and ready to do business,” said Kamanga, adding that the gathering also had the inherent benefit of being able to network and interact with industry players from the continent, as well as international fund managers and stock exchange members where a transfer of skills and knowledge played a vital role.With the JSE being the continent’s largest exchange and a member of the World Federation of Exchanges, Newton-King agreed. “It is about finding ways to share knowledge and experiences so as to build depth and sophistication of African markets across the continent that will allow linkages to develop over time.”Onyema said that capital markets had been the key drivers of Africa’s economic transformation and continued to play a central role in the continent’s growth story.Source: African Press Organization
owen thomas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Culture#Microsoft#Satya Nadella#Skype#Skype Translator A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “Suppose Microsoft disappeared.”It’s quite a hypothetical, given the software giant’s piles of cash and 130,000 employees. Yet Satya Nadella lobbed it in one of his highest-profile appearances as Microsoft’s new CEO, an on-stage interview Tuesday evening at the Code Conference with veteran tech journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.Minus Microsoft“What is that sensibility that gets lost?” Nadella asked. “What is it that’s not going to be expressed?”Asking what the world would be like without Microsoft is Nadella’s way of forcing his colleagues to define what Microsoft stands for—and to erase the stench of failure from the company’s name.Mossberg and Swisher pressed Nadella to explain why the company had missed the massive shift to mobile computing.“We all walk into the future with our backs to it,” said Microsoft’s poet-CEO.Instead of dwelling on Microsoft’s mistakes, Nadella said that it was the “hunt for … that inflection point that matters more,” and said we were entering a “post-post-PC era.”In other words, Microsoft would do better trying to discover what comes after smartphones than trying to play catch-up in that market. He suggested that tablet computing had untapped potential—an argument which dovetails nicely with the company’s recent launch of the Surface Pro 3.What Microsoft was good at, Nadella said, was “building platforms, and building software for productivity.” Tellingly, he didn’t say “Windows,” and he didn’t say “Office”—the multibillion-dollar franchises that have defined Microsoft’s past two decades.See also: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: We Still Do Windows, And You Should TooTying Microsoft’s products together and forcing groups to work in lockstep was a thing of the past. The “One Microsoft” strategy is about having a coherent offering for consumers and developers, not tying all of its products together in ways that don’t make sense. That’s why Microsoft rolled out Office for Apple’s iPad before it had a touch-interface version ready for its own Surface tablet.“That’s no longer going to be a tactic,” Nadella said.Translating The FutureNadella gave a concrete glimmer of his new vision for Microsoft with the unveiling of Skype Translator, a tool for real-time translation of voice conversations. A live English-to-German demonstration ran smoothly, though Steffi Czerny, the managing director of DLD Media, panned the quality of the translation.Still, it was a showy act of technical prowess, combining the popular Skype chat tool with the years of research and development behind Microsoft Translator, and plenty of cloud-computing resources to make it all run.And there was a bit of a hasty quality to it that itself spoke to Microsoft’s changing ways.Asked whether Skype Translator, which Microsoft said would be out later this year, would be free or paid, Nadella punted. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll figure it out.”Nadella’s Microsoft doesn’t have all the answers, nor does it pretend to. But it’s asking the right questions.Photo by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
These 7 design guidelines will help your title and motion graphic designs look polished and professional.Video editors are often called to do titles and graphics, but often haven’t really had any training in the basics of graphic design. Motion graphics artists probably have a higher rate of graphic design education, but it’s not guaranteed.For those of you that fall into the category of wanting to make better graphics for your videos, but not really knowing what goes into making a good design, here are a few general design guidelines and rules that should help you out. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it covers the things I’ve seen most often and implemented in my own design work.1. Contrast Is KeyContrast is everything. Yes, I’m talking about brightness and contrast, but I’m also talking about color contrast, contrast in size, contrast in composition, contrast in motion, contrast in speed, shape, pace.Contrast is really when something is distinctly different from what is around it, either in space (the images on the frame) or time (the previous and next shots/scenes). For things to stand out and have an effect, they have to be different enough from the rest of the image. Even low contrast (like in a visual, brightness/contrast sense) throughout a piece can be used to bring enormous impact to something that’s suddenly very different. Contrast adds a punch.2. If Everything Is Important, Nothing Is ImportantTo put it another way from a visual angle: If everything has to stand out, nothing will stand out. You can’t have everything in all caps or it all becomes white noise. It can’t all be bold or nothing is really “bold”. Every design element and graphic in you video can’t “pop” or else it can’t separate itself from the rest.Just like certain elements of your story are key elements, certain visuals and text need emphasis drawn to them. For emphasis to be placed on something, another thing has to be de-emphasized. Form a hierarchy, and decide what’s most important, then emphasize that. Your message will be a lot clearer and the eye will be drawn to the visuals that need to be seen the most.3. Stick With One Or Two Fonts, MaxYes, fonts are awesome. Yes, there are a billion free and/or paid ones out there. But a good designer knows restraint. The general rule is to pick two typefaces: A heading typeface and a body typeface. The heading typeface should be used for big, bold text that needs to stand out, and is generally a few words or a sentence at the most. The body typeface should be for longer chunks of text, multiple sentences or text that’s not as important as the “headlines”.If you need more visual variation, stick with variations within the typeface itself: bold, italic, condensed, black, book, demi, etc. These can be used to add emphasis where necessary, without adding visual clutter by using a million different fonts. That said, don’t go too crazy with variations either. It’s all about simplicity. This goes back to tip #2: If everything has to stand out, nothing will stand out. Image from hulk4598 on Flickr.4. Pick A High-Quality FontIf you really want your work to have a high production value, go with a well-designed, high-quality font. Pay for it; it’s totally worth it. You normally wouldn’t trust the “free” stock image sites for your best clients, so why do the same with your typefaces?For those of you that subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, you’ve got a leg-up on the others. Creative Cloud includes a subscription to Adobe’s awesome TypeKit library (Clay Asbury did a great post about this here). A high quality typeface has had a ton of research, thought, and design put into it. Type designers do this for a living. Trust that they know what they’re doing.Also, for the love of all that is holy, never stretch text. They made that typeface the way it is for a reason. If you don’t like it, you’ve probably picked the wrong typeface.5. All-Caps Is Great, Except When It’s NotYes, all-caps is frequently used to draw attention to key text and it does a great job of that. But it’s all about balance.There are many parts of a letterform, so here’s a quick take-away – the parts of a lowercase letter that stick up or hang below the main body (x-height) are what enable us to read easily and quickly. Remember contrast being important? It applies here too. The parts that stick up and down help us super-quickly scan and identify those letters without having to really study the letter. If you use all-caps, you’ve taken that advantage away; every letter is exactly the same height, so your eyes have to stop and identify every letter, one at a time.Don’t believe me? Type a whole paragraph in all-caps and time yourself reading it. Then find another paragraph of similar length and read it in normal case. Which one is faster, which one hurts your eyes? So yes, all caps can bring emphasis but it also reduces readability. It’s a trade-off, so trade wisely.Fun aside – did you know that there’s a difference between readability and legibility? Without going into too much detail, legibility is how easy it is to read/identify the letters, readability is how easy it is to read/identify the word(s).6. Pick & Stick With A Color PaletteColor palettes bring a very pleasant harmony and cohesion to any good design, and motion graphics and titles are no exception. Find one that fits your piece’s mood or use the branded colors of your client (often they’ve had a designer pick scheme that works wonderfully together). Then stick with this color scheme.You’d be amazed at how a well-planned color scheme can give a design a sense of polish and energy. Two great resources for finding palettes are ColourLovers.com (my personal favorite; you can even search by keywords like mood and feel) or Adobe’s Kuler:7. White Space Is Okay, I PromiseDon’t feel like you have to fill up every pixel. Empty space (white space) is good. It gives the eye a break, and if you use it well, it leads the eye to exactly what you want the audience to be focusing on. And, no, that logo doesn’t need to be bigger (even though your client may be telling you otherwise). The empty space around it brings attention to it. Let it breathe.I hope these help polish up your own motion design projects. There are a ton of resources out there for graphic design, and you’ll find that a lot of them help tremendously with motion graphics and title design. So get out there and learn!
Highly-stylized extreme color looks are easy to nail down through heavy color tinting. Achieve radical color grades with this DaVinci Resolve tutorial.In a two-part post here and here last month, I took a look at recreating several Instagram-style looks in DaVinci Resolve. These discussions led us to analyze looks that were certainly stylized, but not all that extreme. One day, you may come across a project where your client is open to a more extreme approach. If you do, hug that client and work with them again. Let’s explore some of these looks.Approaching the GradeOne way to achieve radical grades is by employing heavy color tinting. To encourage a bit of an unrefined look, adjust the control surface sensitivity in the preferences beforehand. A higher sensitivity number will make the trackballs and dials slide around quicker, allowing you to dial in extreme looks fast.Try setting the RGB balance sensitivities to around 80 and watch the colors get thrown out of whack with the slightest push. It’s like coloring with a fat marker as opposed to a thin pencil. It’s going to get a little messy.Click the gear icon on the bottom left in Resolve’s interface and select the Control Panel preferences. To see dramatic changes, alter the RGB sensitivities for the lift, gamma and gain to somewhere around 80, out of a maximum value of 100. Just for today, throw realism out the window. Let’s abandon natural skin tones in favor of a color treatment that imposes itself on the image. The challenge will still be to make our images look visually interesting.Executing the LooksHere’s the image we’ll be working on. I picked it because it is fairly neutral, but mainly because this lady looks awesome. She’s the perfect canvas for some extreme grades.As always, perform an initial balance on the image, then create a new node for screwing with the colors. Here are some looks I came up with, along with the color wheel “answer keys.”Depending on the type of image you choose, the colors will react quite differently at the outer limits, but since we’re thinking outside the box, there are really no wrong answers. At such extremes, adjusting the saturation by a smidgen will lead to another look itself, so try that too. Trust your eyes and visual acumen to guide you to what looks good. Pushing the Concept FurtherWhile we’re not touching the luminance values too much for the purposes of this tutorial, it can be helpful to use luminance to qualify sections of the image in the interest of processing them separately. First, pull just a luminance key on half of the image. To do this, increase luminance Low Clip or decrease luminance High Clip.When about half of the image appears in the qualification, soften the corresponding Softness control. This will ensure that extreme corrections will still have a smooth falloff in the extreme color ranges.I’ve pulled the High Clip down on just the luminance, then increased the High Soft enough to gradually recede the correction. Then I created an Outside Node to color the values outside the first node. On the newly keyed portion of the image, go crazy with one of the trackballs. When you’ve destroyed the image to your liking, create an Outside Node to invert the qualification and tint that part of the image.This creates a more controlled look that can be tuned in greater detail. Now that both sides of the shot are tinted, experiment with the qualification point in the original node. The image changes as values are included or excluded. To further complicate our look, create another node and qualify a different section of the luminance, maybe this time from the bottom third of the image. Tint that with a different color altogether. Maybe this node could even be desaturated. Now you’ve got a bunch of colors playing against each other in psychedelic glory.In addition to the luminance split above, I’ve added a third node that selects a more narrow range of luminance values. Then I went wild on everything for a different look altogether. Dial it BackNow that we’ve got a bunch of insane looks, let’s see if we can make them more usable for a traditional job. If you balanced your shot in a separate node at the beginning, you can mix it with the extreme node(s) to bring the look closer to normalcy. To do this, select the Key tab in the lower-middle section of the screen and adjust the Gain parameter underneath the Output heading.A value of less than one will essentially lower the opacity of the node correction to mix it with the base correction node. Increasing the value of Gain more than one won’t accomplish anything.Setting the Output Gain to 50% pulls one of our extreme looks back into a more commercial realm. When you’re destructing your image, keep track of digital degradations. It’s up to you to determine if these are acceptable for your grungy look. If not, consider dialing back your look, as colors in the vectorscope can also clip out. Alternately, try using noise reduction or soft clipping to limit the amount or severity of artifacts.Yikes! This is what clipped colors in the vectorscope look like. Yeah, you can slice colors too, just like whites are sawed off on an overexposed image. Sure, we’re going for something extreme, but you may want to avoid this. Going ExtremeExperiment with how different colors and the image ranges play off each other. This will actually inform traditional grading approaches for more conventional jobs. Taking colors too far can be instructive. See what kind of crazy results you can come up with, then dial them back into the realm of acceptability.Here’s our palette of nine looks. Hopefully you can see the huge range of possibilities in color grading, no matter how extreme your client wants to go.If you’re feeling gutsy, why not try some of these out on your next commercial job? Your client may think you’re insane, but maybe they’ll be into a unique style that makes their commercial stand out from every other ad. As colorists it can become easy to color each project in a similar manner, and playing around with images in an extreme way can help things from getting stale. Have fun and check out these additional DaVinci Resolve tutorials:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveSunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveDid this DaVinci Resolve help you see color grading in radical new ways? Got any examples of extreme looks you’d like to share? See you in the comment section!
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now All sales pros need fresh material in order to stay relevant and on top of their sales game. These ideas can come from any number of things you encounter in the world, which is why it’s so important to always be digesting books, blogs, videos, and other types of content. But so many of the great ideas out there come from the business gurus and professionals who have paved the way for us.B2B sales are unique in that you are continually developing sales relationships and they typically have a longer lifespan because the process involved in closing a sale is longer and more involved. Because you are making sales to other businesses instead of individual consumers, you need to keep your mind trained on developing relationships and tailoring your communications directly toward a specific person or group. So of course it makes sense that you would want to stay motivated in order to both deal with rejection and maintain the energy to continuously pursue new channels and connections.If you’re in need of some sales inspiration, check out some of the greatest motivational quotes from B2B experts that will help inspire your sales success.Zig ZiglarZig Ziglar was an amazing motivational speaker, persuasive salesperson, author and business guru. He published many books and lessons that are still relevant even decades later.’You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.’ – Zig ZiglarClick To TweetThis one speaks to the power of positive thinking. Believing in yourself has the possibility to make or break your career.’Timid salesmen have skinny kids.’ – Zig ZiglarClick To TweetThis is one of my favorite quotes because it implies that timidity holds you back but also holds back your ability to provide for others. Where is it getting you? Nowhere.Brian TracyBrian is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company that specializes in training and development for individuals and organizations. He is all about personal development and sales training.’Just as your car runs smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance.’ – Brian TraceyClick To TweetPretty much says it all. Harmony in your life can help you succeed in all ways.’Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?” – Brian TraceyClick To TweetIf you maintain a focus on how you are helping others, people will see the value of what you are selling them.Les BrownSometimes referred to as one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and an incredible resource of inspiration in the business world.’Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.’ – Les BrownClick To TweetThis speaks to the simple fact of having clear goals and direction and not letting anything impede your path.’Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.’ – Les BrownClick To TweetKeeping your priorities top of mind is the only way to ensure that you are focused and committed to reaching your goals.Jim RohnJim was an entrepreneur and philosopher in his own right. He helped people all over the world sculpt life strategies that expanded their imagination and heightened their business acumen.’Start from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.’ – Jim RohnClick To TweetI love this quote because it reminds people not to get caught up in thinking they aren’t in the right place to earn money or success. Anyone can do it.’Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.’ – Jim RohnClick To TweetThis is so basic yet so smart. Success takes hard work – and hard work can change the entire course of your life.Earl NightingaleEarl Nightingale was an extremely motivational speaker and writer and believed that our success boiled down to simply what we think about.’People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.’ – Earl NightingaleClick To TweetThis is a basic truth of life. You can’t get where you’re headed if you haven’t decided where that is yet.’Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.’ – Earl NightingaleClick To TweetI like how this applies to B2B sales. It can take a lot of time and investment to begin a career, cultivate relationships and eventually seal the deals. But it’s all worthwhile and should never feel like wasted time.Stephen CoveyAuthor of multiple best-selling books including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey took a principle-centered approach to building successful careers.’Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.’ – Steven CoveyClick To TweetStraightforward advice on building relationships – they are always founded on trust.’Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.’ – Steven CoveyClick To TweetThis is so crucial in business. The psychology of human connection is fundamental to success and at the end of the day it matters so much more to hear what people are saying than to try to be heard.Anthony RobbinsTony Robbins is one of the country’s top life and business strategists and he is full of amazing wisdom on improving your life and bolstering your success.’Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.’ – Tony RobbinsClick To TweetI love this quote of Tony’s because it reminds you to keep your eyes on the prize – the end goal is not always just landing the deal, it’s about setting yourself up to live exactly the way you want to. What could be more motivating than that?’If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.’ – Tony RobbinsClick To TweetThis can be widely applied to anything but rings especially true in B2B sales. Be willing to take risks and try EVERYTHING.Darren HardyDarren is the author of The Compond Effect and other best-selling books and is an amazing mentor and is full of motivational quotes galore.’You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.’ – Darren HardyClick To TweetPut this up on the wall of your workspace and never forget it. It’s the little changes that we make every day that add up to the giant successes.’The first step toward change is awareness. If you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, you have to start by becoming aware of the choices that lead you away from your desired destination.’ – Darren HardyClick To TweetEverybody can feel a little stuck sometimes. Use the power of awareness to understand that feeling just means you need to start making different choices.Barbara CorcoranFounder of The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, Barbara is an expert business person, speaker, educator and more and has so many great motivational quotes to help you start your day.’Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.’ – Barbara CorcoranClick To TweetI believe that success boils down to understanding your own unique value as a human being and what specific skills and talents you have to offer the world. Relying on your instincts is a critical part of success in business.’The joy is in the getting there. The beginning years of starting your business, the camaraderie when you’re in the pit together, are the best years of your life. So rather than being so focused on when you get big and powerful, if you can just get the juice out of that… don’t miss it.’ – Barbara CorcoranClick To TweetI love this quote because it’s inspiring for when you are first starting out – with a new career, a new deal or whatever it is. Take joy in the entire journey, don’t try to rush ahead into the feelings of success.Mel RobbinsMel is a badass inspirational speaker and entrepreneur.’In order to do all those things you know you want to do with your life, you have to do things that are difficult, uncertain or scary.’ – Mel RobbinsClick To TweetMotivational quotes like this are essential because you need constant reminders that living in comfort is never going to get you where you want to be.’The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will stop you.’ – Mel RobbinsClick To TweetIt’s one thing to have a thought or idea about your business occur to you and completely another to let the momentum go before acting on it. When you have an instinct, use that energy right away to make something happen.Amy PurdyAmy Purdy is an American actress, model, motivational speaker and Paralympic silver medalist.’We all have challenges. You can let them be obstacles or roadblocks, or you can use them.’ – Amy PurdyClick To TweetComing from a former professional snowboarder who lost her legs to a disease, this is pretty powerful stuff. Consider the challenges you are facing and try to get a new perspective on how you can use them to build your success.’We all have things that limit us and that challenge us. But really, our real limitations are the ones we believe.’ – Amy PurdyClick To TweetAgain, any motivational quotes having to do with our perception are killer because it is one thing we have so much power over! Remember this quote when you are feeling roadblocked or stuck in your work life.Marie ForleoMarie is a life coach, speaker and the host of Marie TV and her motivational quotes can help you improve the quality of your life and your business attitude.’Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.’ – Marie ForleoClick To TweetTaking small actions in the right direction every single day can help you attain giant goals.’The key to success is to start before you’re ready.’ – Marie ForleoClick To TweetWe can all sit around every day and come up with excuses why today is not the day to start reaching for the stars. Don’t wait to take action – just dive into something, even with just a small daily action.Sally HogsheadA New York Times best-selling author, speaker and world-class branding expert, Sally has tons of awesome advice on how to communicate for greater success.’If you’re not generating a negative response from someone, you’re probably not fascinating anyone.’ – Sally HogsheadClick To TweetIt’s always good to be reminded that getting a rejection or negative feedback doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.’If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not putting yourself out there… you are not taking the sort of risks that are inherent in any degree of meaningful success. Mistakes are tuition.’ – Sally HogsheadClick To TweetSame principle. It takes risk to earn rewards so pay attention to your mistakes as much as your successes – you can learn a lot from both.Louise HayLouise Hay was a motivational author and thinker and founder of Hay House.’You should breathe deeply and chant, ‘Money flows easily and effortlessly into my life’ as often as you can every day. Things will start to change after a month. If you believe you will be financially secure, then you are opening yourself up to change.’ – Louise HayClick To TweetBelieving that you deserve money is a powerful element of success. If you think it is a limited commodity or that you aren’t supposed to have it, this will hold you back your whole life.’No matter what the problem is, our experiences are just outer effects of inner thoughts.’ – Louise HayClick To TweetThinking about a problem with this mentality means that anything is pretty easy to solve! If you can control your thoughts, you can push yourself forward into success.Lewis HowesLewis Howes is a former pro football player and entrepreneur.’Fill your mind with good and surround yourself with people who lift you up.’ – Lewis HowesClick To TweetIt’s important to remember that you are choosing to surround yourself with a certain type of energy every day. Choose wisely.’Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.’ – Lewis HowesClick To TweetThis boils down to your basic drive in life – do you want today to feel lazy and unfulfilling or do you want to chase your dreams?Jeb BlountI often call Jeb the “modern day Zig Ziglar” because he is one of the most engaging and fascinating speakers of our era.’There is no easy button in sales. Prospecting is hard, emotionally draining work, and it is the price you have to pay to earn a high income.’ – Jeb BlountClick To TweetIn case you’re having a tough day and tempted to throw in the towel, remember that there is no easy button. If you want a big payoff, you have to put in big work.’Here is the brutal reality. If you don’t have a plan, you will become a part of someone else’s plan. You can either take control of your life or someone else will use you to enhance theirs. It’s your choice.’ – Jeb BlountClick To TweetYep.Brendan BurchardBrendan is a best-selling author and one of the world’s top high performance coaches.’Amplifying what is great within you will accelerate your life faster than fixing what you think ‘limits’ you.’ – Brendan BurchardClick To TweetDon’t sit around and focus on your flaws or limitations. Instead, put all your energy into your strengths and you will see great rewards.’Give yourself some credit. You’ve got a big heart, you’ve made it this far, and you are always always stronger than you think.’ – Brendan BurchardClick To TweetBrendan is great at motivational quotes that can pull you out of a funk. Keep believing in yourself, it’s a critical element of success.Eric ThomasEric is a speaker, author and minister with his own YouTube channel devoted to helping people realize their goals.’When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.’ – Eric ThomasClick To TweetHelpful PSA that success only comes to those who want it as badly as they want life.’The difference between those who succeed and fail: not taking advantage of opportunities.’ – Eric ThomasClick To TweetI try to constantly remind myself of this in sales – there are so many opportunities available that go unnoticed. Look for them. Use them.Robin SharmaRobin is a writer, author and one of the world’s top leadership experts.’The activity you’re most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.’ – Robin SharmaClick To TweetIt’s always the things we want to put off the most that hold the most potential – that’s why i recommend starting the day with the hardest task you have set out before you.’Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.’ – Robin SharmaClick To TweetBeing busy often has nothing to do with actual accomplishments. Take inventory of how you are spending your time and make sure you are prioritizing only the tasks that are building toward success.Your success depends on lots of factors – mostly having to do with your own beliefs, discipline and attitudes. It never hurts to learn from the masters and use their words to help keep you on track, motivated and inspired in your B2B work. Refer back to these motivational quotes or arm yourself with some favorites of your own in order to propel yourself toward greater success.
OTTAWA – The Constitution allows Ottawa and the provinces to set up a national securities regulator, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that could help advance a plan for countrywide oversight of capital markets.In its unanimous ruling Friday, the high court also found that federal draft legislation for national regulation of the trade in stocks, bonds and other investments falls within Parliament’s powers, as it does not tread on provincial turf.The decision provides long-sought legal clarity for an idea under discussion since at least the 1930s.However, the court stressed it is up to the provinces and territories to decide whether participation in a national regulatory system is in their best interests, calling it a “political choice.”Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard swiftly reaffirmed the province’s opposition to a national regime. “We acknowledge the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, but intend to retain our autonomy and keep our expertise in Quebec.”The division of constitutional powers has made Canada an anomaly — a leading industrialized country with a patchwork of provincial and territorial regulators instead of a national one.Supporters of a pan-Canadian regulator say it would eliminate duplication, reduce red tape and ensure more consistent enforcement and investor protection.In an earlier ruling, the Supreme Court said in 2011 that a draft bill to create a national regulator strayed beyond federal jurisdiction, as the provinces and territories have constitutional authority over most elements of securities regulation.Still, the court said it was open to Ottawa and the provinces to exercise their respective powers over securities harmoniously, in the spirit of co-operative federalism.With that in mind, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Yukon and the federal government signed a memorandum of agreement to create a new regulatory system.The plan includes a common regulator, a council of ministers to play a supervisory role, a model law that provinces and territories could pass, and federal legislation to manage systemic risk, allow for data collection and address criminal matters.In July 2015, the Quebec government asked the province’s Court of Appeal to consider the proposal’s constitutional validity.The Quebec appeal court said last year the Constitution does not authorize creation of a Canadian securities regulator under a single body as envisioned in the memorandum of agreement. It also flagged concerns with aspects of the draft federal legislation on the proposed role and powers of the council of ministers.The federal government appealed to the Supreme Court on both matters.In its decision Friday, the high court said the proposed co-operative system “does not improperly fetter” the sovereignty of legislatures.The council of ministers, to be composed of provincial ministers responsible for regulation of capital markets and the federal finance minister, would not have power to unilaterally amend provincial legislation.In addition, the high court concluded, the draft federal legislation falls within Parliament’s trade and commerce powers under the Constitution.The federal role in regulating capital markets would be limited to the detection, prevention and management of risk to the stability of the Canadian economy, the decision noted.While provinces have the capacity to legislate in respect of systemic risk in their own markets, they do so from a local perspective. “The preservation of the integrity and stability of the Canadian economy is quite clearly a matter with a national dimension, and one which lies beyond provincial competence.”The court cautioned that its ruling is limited to the constitutionality of the planned system, and does not take into consideration many of the political and practical complexities.The provinces and territories have an “unquestioned and equally sovereign right” to join or reject the plan, the decision said.“When and whether to relinquish a degree of autonomy over the regulation of securities for the purpose of achieving national uniformity is entirely a matter of political choice.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter