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IRTA Launches New Dedicated Website
36th Annual International Convention fast approaching, a new
dedicated website for the convention has just been launched at:
www.irtaconvention.com. This year's convention is being held in
Cabo San Lucas at The Solmar Resort, from September 17 to 19.
According to IRTA President Ron Whitney, "IRTA plans to leverage
the new website to spread the good word about the most important
annual event in the industry." No more digging through your e-mail
inbox to find that notice from Ron and staff with the convention
information. Now, those interested, can browse the new
website featuring all the latest convention news and information
such as program schedules, educational seminars, speakers, pricing,
registration, and more.
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Guest Speakers include Bill Guertin (Founder, 800 Pound Gorilla),
Annette Riggs (President, IRTA), Ron Whitney (Executive Director,
IRTA), Fred Detwiler (President, TradeFirst), John Strabley (CEO,
IMS), Scott Whitmer (President/CEO, Florida Barter), Bruce Kamm
(CEO, Virtual Barter), Kim Strabley (Vice President, IMS), and Patty
Weston (International Broker, UC).
For questions regarding
the convention, contact IRTA’s Executive Director, Ron Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-393-2292,
or IRTA’s Project Manager, Patty Weston at email@example.com or 407-951-6797.
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Pursue The Passionate & Avoid The Zombies
By Mark Hopkins
Whether we like it or not, we become more like the people we
spend the most time with — and most people's time is spent at
work. Who you choose to spend time with in the workplace can affect
your learning curve and, consequently, how prosperous you become. In
order to learn everything you can to achieve your vision, you need
to surround yourself with colleagues, employers and clients who are
on fire — people who have a clear vision.
true of friends and even romantic relationships, but it's especially
true of the people you work with. The goal is to accelerate learning
while making it fun. Being with people you like who are also skilled
and prosperous allows you to almost effortlessly develop the same
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The people you choose should be admired for their
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- The proactive: Those who are
designing their life with a plan in mind.
- The goal-oriented: People who
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to build a sense of accomplishment.
- The passionate: People who exude
energy and ideas, and follow them through to achieve great
- The curious: Those who are
constantly exploring and learning, are multifaceted in their
interests, and enjoy sharing what they’ve learned with others.
- The unconventional: Those who are
innovators, who ignore the naysayers and make their own paths.
- The connected: People who may know
other people whom you could turn to for career advice or help.
Spending more time with these kinds of people will not only
provide you with a shorter path to prosperity, but will also be a
lot of fun. So remember: pursue the passionate, avoid the zombies.
(Mark Hopkins is the author of
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avoid getting burned out, don’t just make relaxation an item on your
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Taking a break — even if just for a minute.
Relaxation can take any length of time and whatever forms you find
appealing. Simply tensing your muscles and allowing them to relax is
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lie down. Then uncross your legs and rest your palms on your
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the top of your head to your toes for a second. Then let go and
simply clear your mind for a moment by picturing a serene landscape.
Making relaxation part of your routine. Take
15-minutes each day for you to reflect and have downtime. Achieve
clarity by recognizing your successes, letting go of your stress,
and deciding on the best step for you to take next.
Turning your frustration into inspiration.
When obstacles cross your path, it’s much easier to get riled up
than it is to calm down.
Instead of becoming aggravated about
occurrences out of your control, relax and try to spot
opportunities. Ask yourself, “How can this situation fuel my
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Saying no to less important things. You are in
control of your to-do list, and therefore determine what the
priorities are. Being able to say no to the less important items is
a big part of your overall success, and people will respect your
Remember, pay attention to any physical or
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that it's OK to relax, slack off, or get more sleep. Success comes
from attaining your goals — and relaxation has to be one of
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