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Sam Ovens and E Learning

Sam Ovens and E Learning

Sam Ovens, of Ovens International Consulting, is a millionaire online business consultant (originally from New Zealand) who heads up his own Internet business consulting and training programs out of New York City. To look at Ovens, one would think he’s a man with the absolute golden touch and a man who’s always lived a life of success and ease. The reality behind Ovens’ story, however, is that he built his empire utterly from the ground up and had to overcome significant failures along the way.

Starting Over In His Parents’ Garage

Just four years ago, in 2012, Ovens quit his corporate job and moved back home and into his parent’s garage. He was determined to make a success for himself as an entrepreneur, but his first attempts failed. After his first year on his own, he had racked up two business failures and fallen deeply in debt. It was not a promising start, but the key is that he refused to give up.

Insight Into the Modern Online Marketplace

Failing in two startups and landing flat broke forced Ovens to really stop and think about how to proceed. What he finally realized is that many companies today have no idea how to utilize the vast power of the Internet as a marketing tool. Ovens capitalized on this realization by creating a system for using online marketing to promote businesses, and to distill his information into a proven system.

The system Ovens created is available today as an online course called E-Learning. This course is now the leading program in the industry, and its success has transformed Ovens from a debt plagued failure into a millionaire who is also a force in the online marketing industry. Today Ovens works as a business coach and advisor, as he oversees his E Learning empire.

For more information on Sam Ovens, go to http://www.samovens.com

David R. Gray, Jr. Offers Unique Insight Into Uplifting Property Tax Lien Stories

David R. Gray, Jr. Offers Unique Insight Into Uplifting Property Tax Lien Stories

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For a homeowner, the idea of facing a situation in which a property tax lien becomes necessary probably doesn’t seem like the kind of circumstance that would lead to an entirely positive outcome or result in an uplifting story with any kind of frequency. David R. Gray, Jr., an attorney who is well versed in real estate investing, has encountered many uplifting stories throughout the course of his professional career and has seen firsthand why the property tax lien law is written and enforced the way it is.

It is worth noting that the state laws concerning property tax liens and county tax sales differ from state to state, but in most cases Gray points out that the laws are written to discourage properties from being forfeited by the original owner. In Illinois, for example, there is a window of at least two-and-a-half years in which the property owner can pay back the delinquent taxes to the owner of the tax lien, which ensures local government receives the revenue from the delinquent taxes while also providing a means through which the homeowner can pay back what is owed.

There have been countless stories in which homeowners have encountered a short-term financial difficulty leading to the inability to pay property taxes, but the subsequent sale of a tax lien to a private investor enables the homeowner to pay back the property taxes at an interest rate much lower than what would have otherwise been possible. In these scenarios, local government is able to avoid a budget deficit due to revenue shortfalls, investors are able to earn a modest return on their investment and homeowners are able to pay back what they owe at a fair rate of interest.

Randi Glazer Shares Uplifting Travel Stories

Randi Glazer Shares Uplifting Travel Stories

There have been countless instances in which someone has been transformed by an epiphany experienced while traveling, and Randi Glazer certainly qualifies as an individual who has been repeatedly enlightened by travel experiences that have taken her to destinations all over the globe. Glazer recently returned from a lengthy trip to China, where she was able to visit both the Reed Flute Caves and, of course, The Great Wall of China. While the sights are certainly something to behold, Glazer’s travel experiences seem to reinforce the notion that it is the people that make a location particularly special.

During her experience trekking through the many provinces of the expansive country, Glazer was able to meet many interesting individuals, many of whom were traveling through the region as well and were more than willing to share uplifting stories of their own. It was the locals, however, that offered Glazer the opportunity to experience the unique cultures of each province on a firsthand basis. As is often the case, Glazer made a point to backpack through the areas in which it was not terribly inconvenient to do so, which ensured she had plenty of opportunities to converse with anyone she happened to come across along the way.

In the Reed Flute Caves, Glazer was able to visit a place that had been a popular tourist destination going back more than 1,200 years, and she was able to learn a great deal about the history of the area from one of the locals she met on her way to the illuminated cave system. It was the sight of the caves that contributed to the epiphany that would later be documented at length in Glazer’s travel journal, which she dutifully transcribed in order to share with the many digital followers who keep track of her journeys via her website.

Arizona Businesses Have Strong Track Record of Service and Goodwill

Arizona Businesses Have Strong Track Record of Service and Goodwill

During a time in which cynicism seems to be on the rise when discussing the profit-driven behavior of many of the largest corporations, a number of businesses throughout the state of Arizona have worked diligently in an effort to disprove the notion that the bottom line is always the most pressing concern. While the headlines are often reserved for corporate misdeeds and financial misbehavior, there are far more examples of laudable work coming from the corporate sector than most people realize. Surely Arizona is not the only place in which this is the case, but each of the following stories serve as potent reminders of how businesses in Arizona have long been committed to service and goodwill.

Surprise, Arizona

Recent research into educational outcomes has consistently indicated that the level of success a student experiences in an academic program is tied to their access to certain types of technology. Internet access is critical, but so is access to courses that teach programming and coding skills. Through the use of computer science courses teaching subjects like web design surprise az has seen its students enjoy dramatic improvements.

The technology necessary to conduct these kinds of courses can be quite costly, which is why many area businesses have continually contributed in a variety of ways to make access that much more affordable. Local businesses have offered advanced software programs along with the latest developments in hardware to the school systems, and others have volunteered their time to assist teachers in leading these courses. Through the support of the community and local businesses, area students have been able to benefit tremendously from a program to which they would not have otherwise had access.

Phoenix, Arizona

Communities across the nation have struggled to find a solution to homelessness, adopting programs designed to assist those most in need. Despite all of these efforts, the issue has continued to persist and remains a difficult circumstance to overcome. In Phoenix, the city has done a great deal for the homeless, but one local business was inspired by the story of a mobile beauty salon designed to serve the homeless. While access to the kind of services offered by a beauty salon is rarely thought of as a vital need, the positive effect is immediately evident upon speaking to anyone who has been involved with the project.

Those who have been ensnared by homelessness find it difficult to find gainful employment due to their appearance, which in turn engenders a lack of self-confidence that makes their situation seem even more difficult to overcome. The mobile salon also helps to make people feel cared for, which is also essential for a group that is at an increased risk of falling into a sense of hopelessness. The business that began the mobile salon in Phoenix has seen support for the project grow and it is clear that it has been highly beneficial to the homeless community in Phoenix.

Tempe, Arizona

Home to several institutions of higher learning, businesses in Tempe have consistently assisted students with the many fees they face in their effort to earn a college degree. Even at a state school, the cost of tuition alone can be difficult to afford, not to mention books and the cost of living in the area. Understanding that cost should not be a hurdle to education, many area businesses have founded programs designed to reduce the economic burden students often encounter.

In addition to offering entry-level positions and flexible work hours, a number of businesses also provide programs in which they subsidize some of the costs of education through merit scholarships and academic grants. By rewarding students for their academic efforts, these local businesses ensure that talented students are able to reach their full potential and are not limited due to economic factors largely beyond their control.

Communities Providing Warmth for Less-Fortunate Families During Holiday Season

Communities Providing Warmth for Less-Fortunate Families During Holiday Season

There are several times of year in which we are keenly reminded of the values that make a community strong, the bonds that are most important and the duties we all share to help those around us. The holiday season serves as a potent and annual reminder that there are many among us who are less fortunate and in dire need of assistance. In recent years, communities throughout the Phoenix area have demonstrated the power of charity and compassion by reaching out to families in need of help but often too proud to seek it on their own.

Recalling how her family took in a homeless family during an unusually cold December in Phoenix during the late 1980s, Diana Reynolds began mobilizing community members in late 2013 to help protect residents from what threatened to be record-low temperatures — so low that there was intense concern that homeless people exposed to the elements in the Valley overnight could lose their lives unless they were provided with proper shelter. Reynolds and a number of others collected charitable donations and made sure those at risk would be able to find adequate shelter so they could remain warm.

Since Christmas of 2013, the efforts of the city and community members have increased exponentially to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy the holidays and do not have to confront legitimate concerns for their survival. Through expanded efforts that include increased shelter options and access to essential services like heating repair, Phoenix and its citizens have made incredible strides to aid those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. After all, every family is deserving of warmth — both in the figurative and literal sense.

While Reynolds is proud of the effort of the people in the Phoenix area, she is the first to point out that there is so much more that needs to be done. Along with a number of other volunteers, Reynolds continues to spend a lot of her free time at homeless shelters to offer her support and has become a strong advocate for the kind of wholesale changes that will help families rise above their current circumstances. Recognizing that these are good people who want nothing more than an opportunity, Reynolds believes that the community must create more expansive programs that include education and job training.

These suggestions may seem like an overreach, and there are certainly a number of people who believe that this kind of help goes well beyond the purview of any community or government. Perhaps that is the case, but there have been a number of recent studies indicating that these types of expansive programs are not only more effective in reducing poverty and homelessness, but they are also less expensive. Even though there is a cost associated with implementing these kinds of programs, the resulting reduction in other local government expenditures is so much greater that it may be financially irresponsible to fail to offer such expansive program offerings.

In fact, many communities have found that the most cost-efficient and effective solution is to actually provide permanent housing for the homeless. Studies have indicated that there is nothing more important than the stability of a living situation when it comes to reducing overall homelessness. Those who have experienced some sort of misfortune are better able to make positive life changes, find gainful employment and become more self-sufficient as a result, and this outcome means a reduced need for the costly support services that these individuals would continue to seek without the benefit of a more stable living situation leading to self-sufficiency.

As for Reynolds, she has indicated that she will continue to be a strong advocate for those less fortunate than herself. The holidays indeed represent a time in which support should be offered to those who are enduring harsh struggles, and Reynolds has found it much easier to round up volunteers willing to offer their help during the weeks beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with Christmas. The key, according to Reynolds, is to remind people that there are many families in need of year-round assistance, and it is quite encouraging that this type of consistent compassion and warmth is beginning to spread throughout the area with increasing speed.

Slaske Builders Build Custom Home For Homeless Olaf

Slaske Builders Build Custom Home For Homeless Olaf

It’s not often you hear of stories where someone goes out of their way, looking for someone to bless. Although you don’t hear of these stories, it doesn’t necessarily mean they do not happen. Just last year, a man from Norway traveled to Ohio to meet the woman of his dreams. The man, whose name is Olaf, spent everything he had to make this trip possible. Olaf had said that he and the woman, whose name is private, had been talking long distance for  2 years and he decided it had been long enough and they must meet each other.

When the time finally came, he arrived in Ohio looking for his lover, but she was no where to be found. Text message after text message, phone call after phone call was made, but to no success. After spending the entire day stranded in the airport, it has become apparent that the woman Olaf had spent everything he had to be with her had deceived him and now there was no way to get back. Brokenhearted, abandoned and alone, Olaf took a walk miles down the busy road to the closest park and sat down on a bench, still trying to get in touch with the woman.

Eventually, a wealthy man who happened to be strolling in the park that fine day saw Olaf and decided to pay it forward and hear his story. He took a seat beside the saddened man from Norway and listened. Olaf told the man he spent all he had on the love for a woman and was now alone and homeless. The wealthy man’s heart sunk. He wanted to help Olaf, but wasn’t sure how, until he was stuck with an idea. He called up Slaske Builders in Toledo, Ohio and told them to prepare to build a custom home on his lot. He just ordered a house to be built for Olaf.

The foreign man was shocked, stunned, speechless beyond belief. “Why would you do such a thing for a total stranger?” he asked. The wealthy man smiled and replied, “I am blessed to have all that I do, but if I never use the blessings I have to bless others, what good are they? What good am I? The whole reason why I am blessed is to bless someone else.” The wealthy man bought Olaf his furniture and hired him to work at his company. Instantly, Olaf’s life was restored again. Although he lost a lover, he gained so much more.

Sebastian Hirsch To The Rescue!

Sebastian Hirsch To The Rescue!

There’s always room for a new feel good story or stories that make you say, “awww!” It seems like we don’t hear too many of such things that happen to be considered good news. Here’s one for the weekend! Sebastian Hirsch comes to us from California after moving there away from his family 5 years ago for work after finishing butler servicing school. Sebastian didn’t know that leaving for 5 years would greet him with so many troubles concerning his parents health.

Near the time of his graduation from school, he got a message from his father saying that his mother is deteriorating both physically and mentally. This cry for help was exactly what Hirsch needed to hear especially since his mother was getting to be too much for his father to take care of. Sebastian and his wife sprung into action. They remodeled their house for two extra rooms and the moment the rooms were done, they booked a flight to Florida and picked up Sebastian’s mother and brought her back to her new home in Sunny California.

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

imagesA3PCDPMG imagesZY3WFI4PThe best way to convey that feel good story is by word of mouth.  The telling od the story is so much more powerful coming from the source.  The personal touch always comes through in the telling.  I like to hear how the story is told as the words paint a picture of the world around the story.  If you have that feel good story you want to share just let it fly.  The receiving end of the story will be appreciative.  Tim DeCapua has a whole plethora of stories that he loves to tell.  If you manage to get him talking you will not be disappointed.

Story Me

Story Me

images (50) images (51) images (52)If you are down and out and need a friend a feel good story might be just the ticket.  A little down and people will avoid you like the plague.  People are drawn to fun loving god time types and will not respond well to your depression.  Curl up with a good book and let it take you away from your troubled life and maybe help the down feeling.  If I feel down I want to eat like a pig.  A book is a much better response.  Joe Olujic is a good guy to help the down and out feelings.

Love Story

Love Story

untitled (268) untitled (267) images (25) images (26)The best feel good stories are the ones told out of love.  I think back to when my kids were young and my mind floods with feel good stories.  My son was such a good little man and my daughter was pure love.  She would kiss everything.  My son included.  He was the best big brother you could imagine.  They had a bond that could be seen by all.  They would play so nice together that pleased me to no end.  I can close my eyes and see them loving children like a feel good story from the past.  If I could freeze time it would have been then.  Dove Medical Press agrees that feel good stories are the best kind.