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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The BIG Picture: Wisdom Is Earned Through Lessons Learned



Wisdom is earned through lessons learned. #signsofthetimes

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Big Ideas About Data Analysis: What Sells On eBay?

By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)


What Sells On eBay?


I have sold products on eBay since 1998. It is a serious hobby!

I sell what I like. I like books, computers, software, cell phones, jewelry (watches & rings), tools, and other consumer electronic devices (like video cameras.

For years, I have searched for a simple market research app that would easily let me determine what sells best on eBay.

I found it today! It is called MarkSight Research Tools Application.

This browser-based app has a free version - which allows you to research eBay completed listings during the past 7 days, and see information on sold items.

For example, I have recently discovered Roku 2 XD Internet streaming devices, and have bought several for my home. Here is how they have sold for the last 7 days ...



Here is a chart of the same info (which lets me identify sales of the latest Roku 2 XD model (Model 3050x - 2 of which sold for average & median prices of $50.99)) ...



The app also has a "Gold" version - which provides you with eBay's top sell-through (defined as # sold items / # completed items) item lists. No need to guess anymore about which items sell best!



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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The BIG Picture: On Arguing With Fools ...



Sometimes you "let 'em know". Sometimes you "let it go".


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The BIG Picture: Malcolm & Martin (not Malcolm vs. Martin)


Many of us believe that Malcolm X and MLK were polar opposites destined to collide - and to never collaborate.
A closer look reveals that they were diametrically opposed points on the same circle - who both recognized that the *circle* was more important than their *points*.
Oh, what might have been if they just talked
Their trajectories seemed to be bringing them to common ground.
Civil discourse - especially between dissenters - promotes growth.
Finishing school starts your education.


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Dear Hannah: Purpose Is More Important Than Ambition (Part 2)


 By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)

 

Dear Hannah,

Purpose is more important than ambition.

Do not mistake activity for achievement.

Sometimes less is more.

Make a living through your giving.

Learn to turn two into four.

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement.


Love,

Daddy


NOTE: Comic Below Is By Bill Watterson (of "Calvin & Hobbes" fame) via http://www.pencils.com .



 

  
NOTE: Comic Above Is By Bill Watterson (of "Calvin & Hobbes" fame) via http://www.pencils.com .

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

The BIG Picture: Semper Fi



Semper fi.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Dear Hannah: Purpose Is More Important Than Ambition


 By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)

 

Dear Hannah,

Purpose is more important than ambition.

The ambitious want to "be somebody".

The purposeful want to "help somebody".

Walking in ambition may cause your efforts to be seen, applauded, and even rewarded - but may compromise your ultimate purpose.

Walking in purpose may cause your efforts to go largely unrecognized and underappreciated, but may propel many others forward in their purpose.

The results of your efforts will be well worth it - even if you do not reap direct rewards. God will bless your efforts and increase you.

Be someone who helps.


Love,

Daddy


U Can't C Me (Ode To The Invisible)


My life is but an instrument
Singing songs in many keys
Wisdom earned through lessons learned
From mistakes of several degrees

Do not mistake activity for achievement
Arriving on time means you're late
To be on time arrive early
Fall seven times - get up eight

One time is an accident
Two times is a trend
Three times might be a problem
But forgiveness is your friend

The race is not to the swift
But to the ones who maintain
So stay aligned on your grind
And stay in your own lane

Keep it slow and steady
That's it - nice and smoove
Always do your homework
Believe that God will approve

Every moment matters
You had better realize
Then you can quickly respond
To opportunities that you recognize

Don't despise the small tasks
Pursue them diligently
For passion and purpose are discovered
Through acts of ministry

Keep a pad and paper
And a nearby pen of ink
Write your visions plainly
Make time to pray and think

Don't believe the hype
Avoid the glittery and bejeweled
When we think with our eyes
We are often easily fooled

All money ain't good money
Sometimes less is more
Make a living through your giving
Learn to turn two into four

Your fear is your only courage
Be scared to disobey
Be scared to rock that boat
But sometimes rock it anyway

Know how to keep your quiet
Until it's time to say
If your heart ain't feelin' right
Then say it another day

Freedom of speech
Means come correct
Be quick to listen
Be quicker to respect

Be slow to speak
Even slower to get twisted
Meek ain't weak
Self-control beats double-fisted

The only thing to know
Is that you don't know squat
Nobody cares what you know
If they think you care not

So pick your spot
Practice - don't preach
When the student is ready
The teacher will teach

If faced with a fool
Proverbs 26 - verses 5 and 4
Sometimes you can let it go
Sometimes you gotta let em know

Train your child with loving instruction
Encourage growth, but discourage rambunction
Know you are equal in essence
But very different in function

No good deed goes unrewarded
But the payoff is seldom immediate
Dreams manifest at God's appointed time
Though it tarries, wait for it



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