Photo-A-Day #1662

Iron Gates can do two things. They can keep people out or welcome people in. Are you letting people in or are you preventing them from coming to you? Are you being an open and honest blogger or are you just in it to make some quick cash?

Today started Business Optimization Week. I haven’t posted much about this and I really should have. I am doing a little freelancing as a blog manager, designer, all around Mr. Fix-it. I was introduced to Stacey Hylen (@StaceyHylen), the creator of Business Optimization Week through my friendship with Ed (@EdGerety) and Suzanne Gerety (@SuzanneGerety). I’ve been helping Ed with his blog: Ed Gerety’s Dream Big Blog. Because of that friendship and connection I was suggested as someone who could help Stacey create her site for Business Optimization Week. If I was closed off like an Iron Gate then I would not have had this awesome opportunity.

So, Business Optimization Week started today, it is a fantastic program with high quality speakers. You can listen for free, which is cool. But even better are the Recordings Packages and Implementation Packages. With these you can download the MP3 of each teleconference call. That is a total of 15 1 hour calls with tons of motivation, inspiration and excitement which is so worth it for you to get started with your own programs. I don’t have any affiliate links to this program, I’ve been listening to the free program myself and I think that you are missing out if you don’t at least catch one of these speakers.

On the home front I learned very sad news today. One of my former students, Marine Capt. Kyle VanDeGiesen died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan today. Kyle was also from my town and he was a star quarterback for the North Attleboro High School football team. He was also the first quarterback of the newly formed Saint Anselm College Football team. I knew Kyle when he was a student in my Residence Hall. Kyle was one determined guy who wanted to be a Marine and wanted to fly helicopters. He accomplished both. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this tragic day of loss. May he rest in peace.

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9 Responses to “Iron Gates”

  1. KL Karrington says:

    Networking can do a lot. Instead of opting for the quick buck, build relations and grow your network. You’ll gain not only more tips and tricks, but perhaps a few friends as well.

  2. Jeff says:

    My sincere condolences. I like to say that this post made me think differently about iron gates now. Seriously, you have a point there. Establishing contacts and working with different people will get you far especially if people you worked with will notice your professionalism, your attitude– I think that is the most important thing even in the virtual world.

  3. Grandfather says:

    War has really hit home. As is said ” Freedom is not free”

  4. Brandy says:

    Great points and love this post! Happy Tuesday to you!
    .-= Look at what Brandy wrote blog ..Let Kids Make Pizza For Dinner =-.

  5. Stacey Hylen says:

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for featuring me in your blog. I really appreciate your help and committment to excellence!

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Too many are dying too young.

    Stacey

    • Drew says:

      Stacey,
      You are welcome. I am happy to be helping you on this project and I hope that it is successful. I think we need a day one recap post to go on the blog. That way we can generate some new fresh content to attract more listeners.

      Thank you also. It is true, too many are dying, this is the first person I personally knew. His death is such a tragedy as are all deaths in war however he was such a part of this town that it has hit everyone very hard.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Life is just a network of conversations…I’m so psyched to be able to connect us all since we are truly up to making a difference for people.

    Very sad to hear about the loss of your friend. As a mom of a young son, my heart breaks for this young man’s mother and father and family – life is so precious and it’s seems so terrible that we have to keep hearing this news. I feel truly lucky to live in a country that people risk their life to protect our freedom.

    • Drew says:

      Suzanne,
      I agree, the more you talk with people and make those personal connections the more your network grows and becomes more personal and valuable.

      Thank you for the sentiments about Kyle. Life is so precious. I also appreciate his service to this country.

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