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As a child I had an active imagination and as a teen that imagination turned into plain old grandiose dreams. I used to imagine myself as a singer and movie star and even as a teen, I would sometimes create fake television shows and videos in my basement. Well, only a few things have changed. I no longer dream of being famous, singing or acting. However, I am still guilty of getting lost in my imagination. These days I use my imagination to guide my work and voila……you have what I have coined “VISIONWORK” (trademark forthcoming).
The Aspire2Higher movement follows the precept that ALL your work should be VISIONWORK, meaning that your work should be steps, action items, or strategies leading to the development of your VISION.
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I am definitely a fan of WordPress, that goes without saying. I use it myself to run my business, to engage with customers and to tell you about my brand and my message. I hope to illustrate to my readers, and especially to those who attend my WordPress boot camp classes, the many ways you can use WordPress to achieve your desired business results.
What is WordPress:
Wordpress is most commonly known as a blogging website because it started as a platform for blogs. Its been around for 10 years now and has fast become what it is now known as, a content management system (CMS). This CMS framework is now a place to build blogs and fully customizable, engaging websites. WordPress is one of the most popular platforms available for building a web site, but that’s not the best part!
The best part is:
—–it is created, managed and controlled by YOU!
—–it is extremely cost effective
—–there are 2 choices when creating a site on WordPress (free or paid…paid has more features)
There are many benefits to creating a paid website on WordPress, but even if you pay to set up your site with WordPress, it is still the most cost effective way to develop a website!
Why Use WordPress
First and foremost I say YES to WordPress because you can have a live vibrant site up and running quickly, without paying heavy web development cost or trusting someone else to bring our vision to life. If as a small business owner or full time employer/employee you can create and control the way your brand is represented on the web, than WHY hand all that control over to someone else and pay a high ticket price? People also often assume to create a website you will have to know and understand how to write and use code (html). Not with WordPress. All of that is already done for you in the background. As a user, you just shop around on WordPress for the templates, features, add-ons etc. that make your site the best and turn them on! It really just takes a few clicks to install most things. Its also very user friendly with lots of customer service and intuitive instructions built in.
OK, so how can you enhance your career or business with WordPress you ask? Well here’s how I see it:
1. You can use WordPress to showcase your knowledge and area of expertise
2. You can use it to demonstrate your qualifications in a job search
3. You can use WordPress to start a web based business
4. You can use WordPress to educate others, etc. etc.
Want to know more? Want to see this for yourself? Aspire2Higher is holding several WordPress Career Boot Camps in the coming months! The first one ( for those in the Philadelphia area) is Thursday June 27th at 5:00 at the Philadelphia Center for Arts & Technology (PCAT Center). This will be a 2 hour interactive seminar.
By the end of the course, your website will go live on the web!
(Anyone outside of Philadelphia interested A2H can offer the same course via Google+, Skype, a GoToMeeting webinar, etc. please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aspire2Higher is ALL about IMPROVEMENT! September can be a really stressful month with school starting back up and summer (vacations) coming to an end. Why not begin the month with SELF IMPROVEMENT in mind?
Do you have something in your life (personal or professional) that you’d love to change, improve, increase or decrease? As a full time higher education professional, my life is about to be on FULL TILT with a new semester starting. One goal I have for myself this month is to improve the way I communicate my goals,and how I communicate with people who work with me and under my supervision. I also have been secretly trying to improve my “MOM” skills. I want to be better prepared for my week to provide better meals for my children and spend more quality time with them. I’ve always wanted to get better in these areas.
Let’s spend time this month focusing on the things that can help us achieve our goals! This includes reading great books, or blogs, trying new things and learning something new. Self improvement month can be about whatever you want! I invite you all to share here what you’d like to do for self improvement month. Just remember this: Self Improvement is about the process of improving your thoughts, your status or your mind through your own efforts. This should not be stressful or overwhelming if you pace yourself. A popular piece of advice you will hear from successful people often is do something daily towards the achievement of your goals.
Notice the words that stand out the most in the image above…..IMPROVE EVERYDAY LIFE. So start there.
Happy Self Improvement Month!