Its often thought that, in business at least, perfect opportunities are hard to come by, but that’s not entirely true. People only tend to miss out on great opportunities because they keep seeking the perfect one. As a matter of fact, any opportunity that presents itself to you could be the perfect opportunity if only you treat it as one. Any opportunity is as ordinary as the other, and it only becomes perfect once it yields success.

There is a certain skill, however, in knowing how to turn that great opportunity into a golden one. And that is where the question now lies – Can you turn an ordinary opportunity into the perfect one?

Skills can be acquired, sure, but talent cannot. And trying to better yourself to fit every job out there will ultimately prove futile. Noone can be tailor-made for every job.
Nevertheless, people in the same career must have a common trait that makes them good at what they do. Teachers must be more than just sympathetic, they must be compassionate. Winners are perceptive, with very keen senses and a heightened level of common sense. These and many other traits make them victorious.
Leaders need to have same traits as well, being able to listen, to follow, to deliberate, and to lead. Sum it all up, and you get a trait that’s rather difficult to acquire regardless of your career – Leadership.

Everyone knows what it means to become a leader, but to know what it takes to become one is a different story. Leadership is a huge burden to bear, and an almost impossible task. The cliche describes it well, Leaders are not made, they are born. One cannot just Google his way to leadership.

Leadership is not a status one earns over night as we have often witnessed at Appetite For Business. Years and years of hard work, and of both triumphs and failures create a good leader. But one does not necessarily have to be old to become a leader. Many a brilliant minds today reach their leadership statuses by learning empirically, and at the same time immersing in leadership development. Seminars that offer leadership development help aspiring leaders to get that sought-after top management spots.

People who value leadership understand the requirements and demands of becoming a leader, For these requirements to be met, an aspiring leader may choose for the rest of his life experiences to teach him lessons, or he can focus on leadership development to help him identify the traits that make him a leader and more importantly, how to make the best out of it.

I have recently started a new hobby – collecting diecast model cars. Now, before you all start thinking, thats it he’s finally shuffled off into senility, let me assure you that theres more to this fascinating hobby than you might think. You see, although diecast toy automobiles, trucks, tractors and other vehicles have been popular with boys of all ages for years, you may not realise that diecast toy cars have been around since the early 1930’s. These early on vehicles weren’t actually modeled on any particular vehicle or truck either, they were simply basic vehicles with incredibly little detail.

Most diecast models are actually made of a mix of plastic and metal, more commonly an alloy of zinc and aluminum, and come in all shapes and sizes including detailed scale models of airplanes and trains, although cars are still the most common.

The term “diecast” describes any sort of item produced utilizing a specific metal casting method, and the first models on the market were small automobiles or vans without any plastic windows

These days there are lots of different manufacturers such as AutoArt, CMC, Matchbox and of course the old childhood favorite, Hot Wheels. These companies now make diecast vehicles of every description; there are automobiles, airplanes, construction vehicles, boats, military vehicles, and more. When I first starting to collect diecast vehicles, I thought carefully about which kinds I really wanted, simply because of the vast choice available, but eventually I settled on hyper-realistic models from the top end designers. Its all Lamborghini for me – no Chevy Nova’s in my collection.

Of course, diecast models can also be found in lots of different scales. The most popular scales around today are 1:18 scale and 1:24 scale. The smaller the second number in the scale – the larger the vehicle. For instance, a 1955 Ford in 1:18 scale will be about 12″ long while a 1:24 scale replica of that exact same vehicle will be about 9″ long. A 1:64 scale will be about 3″ long – the dimension of a common Hot Wheels or Matchbox vehicle.

When you start collecting these vehicles it is like taking a trip back in time to the early decades of the 20th century when suppliers such as Tootsie Toys in the Us, or Dinky Toys in the United Kingdom produced the first diecast toys

I spend a lot of time trawling the usual sites such as eBay trying to find unusual or discontinued models to grow my collection and keep it more interesting. Another excellent place to get one-of-a-kind diecast vehicles at very competitive prices is, of course Silent Autos – they are my goto shop simply because of their knowledge, passion and great prices – theres a well deserved plug guys!

Like with other popular collecting fields, diecast collecting has specialized commercial companies that trade vehicles and related accessories. In fact, lots of individuals start collecting automobiles as an interest to come to be companies at a later date, either turning this interest into an occupation, or as a way to get very unusual vehicles for their own collections, while they assist other collectors in their quest of showcase-model automobiles.

Like most diecast collectors I’m a long way from completing my collection because, it seems, brand-new models are always coming out, and my collecting never sees to end. I’m now diversifying and looking at starting an entirely brand-new collection in a subtopic. I currently have my eye on F1 cars.

As I said above, diecast vehicles can be found in different scales with the most popular ranging from 1:28 to 1:64 scale, although lots of collectors, such as myself, like to concentrate t on the 1:43 and 1:50 scales. Of course, diecast toys were originally produced for children, but the collecting boom began during the 1950’s when grown children stated to keep their automobiles as an alternative of tossing them away and adults discovered them as valuable collectible products.

Increasing an assortment is not that difficult, also when focusing on a solitary marque, because there are different models from the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, etc. Thus, every diecast collector has a globe of possibilities when gathering diecast models from practically any sort of time period.
Hopefully you identified that practical. If you are wanting to get Danbury Mint Diecast Cars, as we discussed above eBay is a great place to do this and get a fantastic offer on your Danbury Mint Diecast Cars.

Many businesses go to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.  This 3 week gathering is a good way to make or break your business.  While I was there I saw many businesses that are only there for that time, and open no other time of year.

There were others that did not sell much there, but handed out a lot of advertisement, and networked to make sales outside the fair grounds.

Your business can be featured at the fair.

How hard is it?

Well let me be honest, I have been to the fair on both sides;  both as an employee of a business there, and as a customer.

The preparation of going to the fair is pretty intense.  It usually takes several weeks to prepare, pack, unpack, and setup your business.  Some businesses buy, or rent tents.  Some build buildings and haul them by trailer to the fair grounds.  This is usually the hardest part.

Next is of course the paperwork that you file, and the fees that you have to pay.  Those are usually explained at the fair grounds by the administration there.  I will differ you to them.

Packing your goods is usually next, Make sure you pack some warm clothes, as well as several changes of clothes.  Your stay there will be 4 weeks give or take.  During that time you will need to have a place to stay,  Many stay in the tents that they do business in, or an RV close by.

Now that your all set up and dug in for the long haul, you will be open for business.  First impressions here last a life time,  both good and bad.  Make sure you have lots of business cards, and other advertising information, as they can help you get more business after the fair is over if you treat your customers right.

As a customer, I can not tell you how many businesses I saw up there with a good product, or good idea, that had no way of contacting them after the fair was over.  They had no business cards, brochures, booklets, etc.

As a marketing specialist, it is frustrating to see so many potential opportunities pass people by because they are unprepared.In early February of this year, the second half of Super Bowl XLVII came to a sudden, unexpected halt when the power went out, stopping play for 34 minutes.

Millions of Americans were sitting around their televisions, waiting for the game to resume and wondering what to do in the meantime. Then Oreo gave them a suggestion.“Power Out? No problem,” they tweeted in the midst of the blackout. Along with a link to a picture of an Oreo that read, “You can still dunk in the dark.”

How disturbing can the feeling of one person having nothing be to the peace amongst friends, spouses, siblings and family members? I suppose this does not sound as bad as it can become once it happens around you or in your household

Very often we aspire to become and have different things and yet life has a way of throwing the unexpected curve ball at you which will either see you make or break it further.

It is my view that the ability to accept the things we cannot change and focus on what lies ahead that will see any of us through these times.  I am however puzzled at how these are gripped where people would rather go into a sulking mode and irritate the rest of us and start creating barriers that makes them unreachable to the rest of the ‘outside world’ as they may deem it.  Yet there is an expectation for others to continue to show interest or else your distance is interpreted as being only there when times are good.

These guys often contradict their feelings so much about others that they completely miss the point. You don’t want people asking you questions or offer your help as you are not hollow and if they keep their distance they are still bad people. Nothing happens to you because you are being punished, but it’s what you make out of the situation that can restore your strength and ability to see it through and find ways to recover.

We instead continue to bury ourselves in a dark hole that’s big enough for us and shut the rest of the world out – just because.  I cannot for one stress enough what it means to be down and out and even people who sometimes look like as if they are on top of their game are actually at times down and out but they just keep going.

The circumstances that surround the sheepish feeling may differ from person to person and in some cases it may take others longer to recover but the one thing all those who eventually recover will have in common will be the willingness to do so.

No matter how bad it seems or sounds, I have personally been in situations that seemed beyond my comprehension of how I will possible recover from them.  In fact the more they happen the better one’s ability become to deal with them.  These are the times, one’s strength surfaces more and more and you will hardly recognise the strong person you have in you.

But if we always choose to be gullible about your situations and blame anyone that you come across and misinterpret every given situation in a negative manner then how do you expect others to accept you and your circumstance.  People move on and away as soon as you move on and away, but if you will be licking your wounds everyday for the rest of your life then we will circling around you to watch you sink deeper into whatever you think is wrong with you.

Sometimes it sounds easier than what it really is which is true, as you will also need the courage to start the thought of wanting to do something which will drive the will power eventually.  So it starts small and step by step you go on.

Feeling sorry for yourself and blaming people for an error in judgement by you if that’s the case then itS not conducive for you or for them.  You make it impossible and unbearable for people to be around you as they need to tip toe with words because they don’t want to ‘strike’ you or rub you in the wrong way. Come on, life happens to the best of us. Sometimes you will be at a crucial stage of your life, career, an idea then it gets snatched away in an eye wink. Who’s’ fault is it? It actually does not matter, get up and try again, change course or strategy if you have to but don’t give in to the pressures of failure.

So, the will power is one thing all of us have but many of us never attempted to use it and some of us  have chosen not to.

All the best with all your attempts as I believe at least one will be fruitful but yet again patience is virtue as you may well know and yet time waits for no man.


Paul M