Monday, March 29, 2010

Braintenance: Permutations and Combinations!

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Dear Fellow Cranial Crunchers:

You now have some problems. Wait. Let me re-phrase that. It was politically incorrect. Perhaps, "You now have some issues." No... perhaps, "You must now address some challenges." Ah, much better.

1. In a group of ten individuals, how many pairings are possible?

2. In a group of ten individuals, how many combinations of 3 individuals each are possible?

3. In a group of ten individuals, how many combinations of 2 or 3 individuals are possible?

4. Five paintings are to be arranged in a row on a wall. How many different arrangements are possible?

5. Same facts as in question 4, above: How many different arrangements are possible where two paintings by one particular artist must be side by side?

Hop to it!

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle
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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Make Yourself Understood

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MAKE YOURSELF UNDERSTOOD.


"It is important that you word your questions with great precision and without presumption." - Douglas Castle   http://aboutDouglasCastle.blogspot.com
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Dear Friends:

Comedian Steven Wright tells a story about walking around his neighborhood wearing socks of two different colors. When a woman asks him, "Do you know that your socks don't match?" he replies, "Sure they do. I don't go by color-- I go by thickness."

Last evening, my wife asked me, "What's the difference between loquacious and garrulous?" I quickly replied, "The spelling."

Of course she had intended to ask, "What is the difference in meaning between loquacious and garrulous?"

The lesson is a simple but important one: The quality and usefulness that you will get in response to a question will be influenced by the way in which you word the question. Imprecisely worded questions lead to misinterpretations, and misinterpretations lead to inefficient and unproductive conversation.

Worded slightly differently: If you ask questions with a high degree of specificity, you greatly increase the probability of your getting answers that are meaningful. You may discuss the implications of this this with any attorney who has gone through the exercise of examining a person on the witness stand.

Faithfully,

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Make Yourself Understood.

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"It is important that you word your questions with great precision and without presumption." - Douglas Castle   http://aboutDouglasCastle.blogspot.com
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Dear Friends:

Comedian Steven Wright tells a story about walking around his neighborhood wearing socks of two different colors. When a woman asks him, "Do you know that your socks don't match?" he replies, "Sure they do. I don't go by color-- I go by thickness."

Last evening, my wife asked me, "What's the difference between loquacious and garrulous?" I quickly replied, "The spelling."

Of course she had intended to ask, "What is the difference in meaning between loquacious and garrulous?"

The lesson is a simple but important one: The quality and usefulness that you will get in response to a question will be influenced by the way in which you word the question. Imprecisely worded questions lead to misinterpretations, and misinterpretations lead to inefficient and unproductive conversation.

Worded slightly differently: If you ask questions with a high degree of specificity, you greatly increase the probability of your getting answers that are meaningful. You may discuss the implications of this this with any attorney who has gone through the exercise of examining a person on the witness stand.

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

At The Intersection Of Agendas - Douglas Castle

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At The Intersection Of Agendas - Douglas Castle

Dear Friends:

There are two categories of "agenda" -- one is the Group Agenda (in theory, this represents a "higher" goal for the entire group which can only be accomplished cooperatively and collaboratively). The other is the Individual Agenda, and every member of the group has one.

Here is what I have surmised. In virtually all cases:

1. The Individual Agenda is the higher priority for each member;

2. The Group Agenda is only as important as it coincides (and does not conflict) with an member's Individual Agenda;

3. Any member of a group will be involved in the Group Agenda only to the extent that his or her Personal Agenda intersects with the Group Agenda;

4. If a Group Agenda is structured to subsume (i.e., to incorporate to the greatest extent possible) as much as possible of each of the Individual Agendas, the group effort will be greater than under any other circumstances;

5. If a Group Agenda intersects to a much larger extent with one particular member's Individual Agenda than with any other member's Individual Agenda, that polarity will cause rebellion and failure.

Practical application? Yes. Part of being an effective leader is to define the Group Agenda so that it evenly incorporates (intersects), and incorporates to the greatest possible extent, each of the members' Individual Agendas. How you initially frame your agenda or word your objective is one of the most critical processes in getting people to work cooperatively. 

Quoth the Ranter: "Individuals work best together where their agendas intersect."

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle

p.s. In the diagram in the lower right-hand corner, area marked "7" is the Group Agenda, area marked "1" is purely an Individual Agenda, and area marked "2" is where two Individual Agendas  intersect. The key is to maximize the area of "7," and to minimize the areas outside of "7" -- these other areas are where rebellious subgroups are formed or where individual goals are two heavily weighted against group goals.



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Fun With Language.

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Hysterical Scientific Conversions - Fun With Language
My Friend and Colleague, Author Ann Barczay Sloan, forwarded me these terrific linguisitic contortions which had been, in turn, forwarded to her by Jim MacKillop. Thank you both. The world needs more of you, and more like you.
Enjoy These:
 
Scientific Conversions
1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong

7. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

11 Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone

14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle

16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

17. 52 cards = 1 decacards

18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton

19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

22. 10 rations = 1 decoration

23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration

24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms

26. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League

27. 100 Senators = Not 1 decision


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Douglas Castle


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Of Interest To All Bloggers

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Authors: Promoting your Articles and Information Internationally and Easily.
 
Douglas Castle's Update at 03.24.2010 - A Suggestion of General Interest
 
Dear Christine, Colleagues, Fellow Authors, Bloggers and Friends: 
 
There are numerous problems between Google/ Blogger/ MSN and other US-domiciled services and China right at this moment. They are both corporate and political in nature and beyond the scope of our immediate control.
 
We are working with programming at this very moment in order to feature TNNWC content on a "multiple platform" basis to mitigate this problem to the extent which we can.
 
A process that might help if you wish to get your articles and information out to a large number of people internationally is to:
 
1) Use a remote-hosted fileserver like Mediafire to upload your articles either as locked WORD documents or as .pdf files (there are freeware programs available to convert Word files into .pdf files);
 
2) Get a link to each uploaded article (it is provided to you by Mediafire automatically);
 
3) Shorten the link with an url-shortening service (such as bit.ly);
 
4) Incorporate this url as a hyperlink in your emails and in your postings to all social media and give people the option to read and/or download your actual article from the fileserver service.
 
This approach is important for every writer to know about. It is a good way to preserve your articles, give people direct links to "hardcopy" downloads of your blogged articles (without their having to go to the TNNWC website or to Blogger, etc., and without their having to read through any material other than your article as it appeared in The National Networker Newsletter at http://www.TheNationalNetworker.com, or wherever it might have been published originally. 
 
The article will appear with all of its hyperlinks, buttons, and visuals fully intact.
 
I do this frequently, and clients and readers truly appreciate it.
 
I'll endeavor to keep you updated.
 
Isn't it fun to be creative? It teaches you things, expands your skill set and improves your problem-solving abilities. It just isn't as much fun having somebody else be creative for you, but it is easier (I'll admit it).
 
A smart fellow once told me that "The true nature and purpose of all business is solving problems."....then again, I think I might have simply been talking to myself in a rare moment of clarity.
 
All the best,
 
Douglas 


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Monday, March 22, 2010

How Successful People Really Do Business.

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How Successful People Really Do Business

Humor --- but with a strong lesson about the fine art of "Dealsmanship." If a businessperson is really great, he or she can bring forth a stunning success out of thin air...with a good plan, of course. I had to share this with everyone. Thank you, Ann.

-- Douglas Castle


Dear Friends:

My dear friend, fellow TNNW columnist and harshest critic (only kidding....that would be my mom), Ann Barczay Sloan sent me this. It was forwarded to her from a friend of hers with whom I am not personally acquainted, but who receives well-deserved attribution at the end of this article.
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Note: Our story begins with Morris, who is a true Master....
Morris (the father) says to his son:

"I want you to marry a girl of my choice."

The son says: "I will choose my own bride."

Morris says: "But the girl is Bill Gates' daughter."

The son answers: "Well, in that case, yes, ok."

Morris then approaches Bill Gates and says:

"I have a husband for your daughter."

Bill Gates answers: "But my daughter is too young
to get married!"

Morris says: "But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank."

Bill Gates answers: "Ah, in that case, yes, ok."

Finally Morris goes to see the president of the World Bank.

Morris says: "I have a young man to recommend as a vice-president."

The president answers: "But I already have more vice-presidents than I need."

Morris says: "But this young man is Bill Gates' son-in-law."

The President answers: "Ah, in that case, yes, ok."

And that is how successful people do business.
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Forwarded by
Daniel J. Benor, MD, ABHM
DB@WholisticHealingResearch.com

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Prioritize Before You Take Action.

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Prioritize Before You Take Action.

Dear Readers:

It's not enough to create and abide by a stream-of-consciousness "To-Do" list. I believe it is also necessary to prioritize...that is to say that you must take a look at the relative importance of each agenda item with respect to how time-critical it is, and address the time-critical items first.

A simple example -- if your house is on fire, do you:
A) Put up new drapes, or,
B) Grab your children and get the hell out of there?

Another simple example-- if the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are under attack, and you happen to be the President of The United States of America, do you:
A) Continue reading a story to some children in a Florida elementary school, or,
B) Assume command and control of your country, put national security status on Red Alert and communicate with your commanders and the public immediately to prevent mayhem, while preparing for possible further assaults?

I am inclined to choose B, in either of the above cases.

In a hospital, this type of decision is called triage...the most critical patients with the most time-sensitive  and life-threatening issues must be attended to first. The  blood-soaked chap with the deep sucking wound in his upper chest should be looked at prior to the  lady with a swollen ring finger.

The following two recent news stories (both from Associated Press, in care of Yahoo! News) show an example of  what I'll call "contrarian prioritization" (to be politically correct, I have avoided the expression "acting like a moron," so as not to insult morons in general, especially as their lobbying power grows).
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Social Security to start cashing Uncle Sam's IOUs

Susan Chapman AP – FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2005 file photo, Susan Chapman, director of the Division of Federal Investments, …
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer Mon Mar 15, 5:09 pm ET
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The retirement nest egg of an entire generation is stashed away in this small town along the Ohio River: $2.5 trillion in IOUs from the federal government, payable to the Social Security Administration.
It's time to start cashing them in.
For more than two decades, Social Security collected more money in payroll taxes than it paid out in benefits — billions more each year.
Not anymore. This year, for the first time since the 1980s, when Congress last overhauled Social Security, the retirement program is projected to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes — nearly $29 billion more.
Sounds like a good time to start tapping the nest egg. Too bad the federal government already spent that money over the years on other programs, preferring to borrow from Social Security rather than foreign creditors. In return, the Treasury Department issued a stack of IOUs — in the form of Treasury bonds — which are kept in a nondescript office building just down the street from Parkersburg's municipal offices.
Now the government will have to borrow even more money, much of it abroad, to start paying back the IOUs, and the timing couldn't be worse. The government is projected to post a record $1.5 trillion budget deficit this year, followed by trillion dollar deficits for years to come.
Social Security's shortfall will not affect current benefits. As long as the IOUs last, benefits will keep flowing. But experts say it is a warning sign that the program's finances are deteriorating. Social Security is projected to drain its trust funds by 2037 unless Congress acts, and there's concern that the looming crisis will lead to reduced benefits.
"This is not just a wake-up call, this is it. We're here," said Mary Johnson, a policy analyst with The Senior Citizens League, an advocacy group. "We are not going to be able to put it off any more." ####
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AND NOW...

Obama seeks to reassure seniors on health care

Mexico gunmen kill American consulate staff Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files
By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer Mon Mar 15, 5:01 pm ET
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – With a fresh sense of urgency, President Barack Obama sought to reassure seniors Monday about health care legislation approaching a final vote in Congress, pledging it would make preventive care cost-free and close a gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage. "This proposal adds almost a decade of solvency to Medicare," Obama said in a visit to a senior center.
Obama's trip to Ohio marked his third out-of-town foray as he tries to build support for long-stalled legislation to remake the health care system. Administration officials have predicted the legislation will clear the House by the end of the week, but Democratic leaders had not yet released the measure as the president's helicopter lifted off from the White House grounds.
Even so, the House Budget Committee arranged a mid-afternoon meeting to begin a series of events expected to culminate in a House vote within days.
Guests aboard Air Force One included Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the local congressman, who voted against the administration-backed health care bill that cleared the House late last year.
There was no word on whether Obama lobbied for his vote en route to Ohio. But shortly after the president began his public remarks, someone in the crowd yelled, "Vote yes," to Kucinich.
"Did you hear that, Dennis?" the president said with a smile. "Go ahead, say that again," he encouraged the voice in the audience.
"Vote yes!" came back the reply." ####
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As I had mentioned previously in this article, you should Prioritize Before You Take Action. This is not an issue of politics -- this is an issue of common-sense survival, with an entire country at stake.

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The "Manifestation Phenomenon"

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The "Manifestation Phenomenon"

Dear Friends:

We all have certains ideas, ambitions, desires, needs and wants. They preoccupy us, they distract us, they sometimes provide a temporary escape from the roar of the hustlin' mob...and very occasionally, they move us to take action. Since most people are a bit hesitant (a euphemism for "lazy") to take dedicated, commited and well-planned action, they believe that if they visualize something with enough intensity (i.e., the object of their desires), it shall manifest to them -- through an opportunity -- through apportment via a door to another dimension -- through the magnetic power of the subconscious -- by divine intervention, or by public transportation.

Dreaming and visualization ar absolutely necessary to all manifestation, but if we want something, invariably some work will be involved along the way. The idea is to work efficiently, with a focus in the right direction, and with perseverance. Not necessarily hard labor. Just smart work. It also helps to have at least a rudimentary understanding of the laws of physics, human physiology and behavioral psychology.

For example: I'd like to be six feet tall. It has yet to manifest.

If you'd like to manifest something in your life, you will actually wind up (sigh!) working to attain it.
Personally, I would like to suddenly manifest (like materializing an elephant out of the ether) all of the money that people have spent during these last ten years on books and CDs about Manifestation. That would be a tidy stake. Then I would take that stake and sell their stocks short. I would be very rich.
Don't be driven by the notion of a panacea...be driven by desire coupled with a commitment to action.

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle

p.s. The advertisement below was freshly-harvested from my spam box just this morning. It appeals to the laziness and quest for one-step magic in all of us. You might find it silly, but you'll also be enticed. Since it came from my spam box, I have also fulfilled my daily obligation to recycle. You are invited to do the same by forwarding this message to someone you'd like to keep in touch with. --DC

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Would you like to attract a lot more money into your life? Most people would answer "yes" to that question. That's fine as far as it goes. But in order to be able to attract a lot more money, you must really want it. Most people who would answer "yes" to the above question would ...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Assuming Responsibility Can Be Dangerous

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Assuming Responsibility Can Be Dangerous. 

I just received this comment from a good friend, who is trying to help me:

"In regard to this misunderstanding, I think the problem stems from the original document you sent me called  'HUMAN ASSET REQUIREMENTS'." - [Name Witheld]

My Dear Brother (I sometimes call friends this):

I am sorry for having caused your problem. After all....you were only following orders. This is fully my fault for having the audacity to outline a plan for you to use as a guide...In so doing, I had inadvertently accepted responsibility. I am going to be revising this whole plan shortly. In doing this again, I will graciously accept the full responsibility and all of its potentially adverse consequences.

You have taught me something: It is always safest never to improvise -- if you do, you may be blamed for having assumed some amount of the responsibility.

You are a clever fellow, indeed.

Faithfully,

Douglas
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Yossi Feigenson on Real Talk Radio, Tomorrow!

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YOSSI FEIGENSON on Real Talk Radio, Tomorrow! 

Catch Him on Monday, March 15th, at 11:30 am, (Eastern Time).

Tune In either via web at http://www.onecaribbeanradio.com or on HD radio: FM dial, 97.9 fm HD2.

Dear Friends and Worthy Adversaries:

On Monday, March 15, 2010, at 11:30 am, Yossi Feigenson will appear as a guest on the daily radio show, "Real Talk." 

Yossi Feigenson is well-known for his intensity, candor and incredible wit. Douglas Castle, Adam J. Kovitz and the rest of the Team at The National Networker Companies find Feigenson to be offensive, controversial, occasionally irritating.......and usually right on target.


Yossi is Managing Partner at ORB Real Estate Professionals, a commercial real estate company in Manhattan. 

Yossi is also a Featured Columnist for The National Networker Weekly Newsletter at  http://www.thenationalnetworker.com , where he writes extensively on topics relating to real estate and to business in general. He is widely considered a thought leader on the key issues of the economy and an astute observer of the human condition and how it relates to the business world.

His website is http://www.orbny.com. You can email Yossi directly (he treasures every letter in his inbox!), at yossif@orbny.com.

Tune in to what is certain to be an engaging, hard hitting, stimulating and informative discussion about the current economic situation. Be warned: He's quite opinionated.  

The show is hosted by Berel Lerman and Mr. H. Diggy and airs daily from 10:30 AM - 1 PM, Eastern Time.

And now for the free endorsement:

Be sure to tune into "Real Talk" between 10:30am-12:30pm, Monday-Thursday on our new FM dial, 97.9fm HD2Call in to the show at 877-623-0740 or send in your thoughts live via on-air email to berellerman@gmail.com

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, concludes my free endorsement, with no further requirements on my part.

I highly recommend listening to Yossi. And I am (as you know) neither fair nor unbiased. I play favorites. I find Yossi refreshingly provocative. He is one of Brooklyn's (the cradle of civilization's) greatest minds. He'll even tell you so. Let me know what you think. I assure you...you'll know what he thinks.

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle

p.s. This kid might have a future. Truly.



Note: The above photo of a fan in rapture (unretouched) was taken by an amateur photographer at one of Yossi's recent seminar presentations. 


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Friday, March 12, 2010

"Don't wake up too early...you might get ideas." - Douglas Castle

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Friday, March 12th, 2010 - Douglas Castle's Revisitations.

Dear Friends:

"It is amazing to watch society decline as people become more proficient at explanation and less proficient at performance." - Douglas Castle

p.s. It's Friday...and a wonderful day to think, even for a few moments, of revisiting and reviving the "childish" ambitions inside of us -- those moments of perceived greatness, when we were who we believed ourselves to be and not who people told us we had to be.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Take This Survey: Self-Evaluation Is Necessary For Self-Growth and Social Evolution.

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Blue Thing #1: TNNW Surveys, Analyses and Findings/ Market Research.

Why? Because people are absolutely obsessed with what other people are thinking.

Why? Because feedback helps us to refine our strategies and change our trajectories.

Why? Because The National Networker Companies want you and your business to know your client audience and to constantly monitor changes in their attitudes, buying habits and needs.

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TNNW Survey #6: Take Your Own Personal "Human Asset Value" Inventory.



You bring your automobile in for an inspection to determine if it needs repairs. You check your investment portfolio to see how well your assets are performing. You review your bank statement to be certain that you can cover your bills. You appraise your property. You prepare balance sheets for your businesses. Comment: It might be a good idea to take a Personal Asset Value Inventory -- a self-appraisal -- from time to time. Start today. Invest a bit of time in taking an honest look at yourself...strong points, weak points, all points. What you reveal to yourself in this exercise might help you to make some refinements, and to better plan for a happier, more fulfilling and prosperous future.

We have not assigned "weights" or "priorities" to any factors, and there is no grading. Once the results are in, we will conduct another survey to assign weights to the various factors, so that you will have a means of rating yourself in comparison to others. But for the moment, your answers to the survey will just provide you with some food for thought...and thinking is good exercise; the more you use your mind, the stronger it becomes.

You'll be glad that you made this self-investment. And we at THE NATIONAL NETWORKER COMPANIES thank you for your participation. Now let's get on with the collaborative process of helping each other to be more successful.

It is self-evaluation time. We must do this before we can evaluate others effectively.

Please be advised that the survey contains 45 questions...so be prepared to dedicate some time to thinking about each question, and answer honestly -- never try to fool yourself.

Relax, focus and enjoy the adventure of self-discovery.

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle
THE NATIONAL NETWORKER COMPANIES
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Note: This Survey #6 will be closing on April 15th at 12:00 am Eastern Time. out next week. After the Survey is closed and the results have been published, if you have some of your own additional self-assessment tools or criteria to share and you would like to include them in a follow-up to the Survey, please write to us at http://bit.ly/contactTNNW , being sure to include the words “Survey #6 Suggestion” in the subject line of your correspondence. If you would like, we will give you credit for your suggested question right in the Survey itself, and when the results are published – just let us know if you’d like to be listed as a Contributor in your letter to us.

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Douglas Castle is a seasoned and highly-acclaimed advisor, director, executive officer, trustee and consultant to emerging entrepreneurial enterprises, growing companies, and cause-based humanitarian and educational organizations worldwide. His travels and assignments have encompassed a highly-diverse spectrum of industries, situations and highly sensitive negotiations. Mr.Castle is a noted speaker, commentator and a prolific author on a great many topics. ####


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