Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bend…Don’t Break

As I was flipping through a magazine the other day, I came across a photo that reminded me of one of my favorite childhood memories. I used to love sitting along the stream in the woods behind our house watching the water rush downstream and listening to the rustling of the trees. I was always amazed at how trees would bend under pressure from the wind, appear to be reaching their breaking point, and then gracefully return to their original position after the wind died down.

As I’ve gotten older, I now realize that there are many types of “winds” that can make us feel like we are about to snap or reach our breaking point. Whether we experience bad luck, make poor decisions, or encounter unfair circumstances, it is resilience that helps us through tough times and bounce back.

Here’s the way I see it: Life is a mixture of good times and bad times. The next time the going gets tough and you are close to your breaking point, bend but don’t break. Show resilience and try your best not to let the situation get the best of you.

Next time you’re under pressure for a big print or visual communication project, look to us for graceful help reaching your deadlines.

Joe Gass @ Heritage Print & Visual

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Personalizing your Facebook news feed settings

Do you feel like you’re missing out on Facebook updates from friends, family, and organizations you “like” on the social networking giant? You’re not alone. Recently, Facebook updated its news feed options to allow users to choose between viewing updates from “Friends and pages you interact with most” or “All of your friends and pages.” Unfortunately, it didn’t bother telling people about the change. What’s worse, rather than default to showing everything, the site chose to make the default “Friends and pages you interact with most” for many of its “500 million friends.”

Luckily, changing the setting to view content from all friends and pages is fairly simple. To get started, scroll all the way to the bottom of your news feed, and click the Edit Options link. This will bring up a box titled “Edit Your News Feed Settings.” In it, you’ll find a dropdown list to change your settings. The box also lists any applications, users, or pages that you’ve manually hidden from view. Click the “x” next to any of these to resume getting updates from those sources.

Once you’ve tweaked your overall settings, hiding updates from specific sources is fairly easy, too. Just hover your mouse over one of the updates you’ve received from the user/application/company page you no longer want in your news feed, and click the floating “x” that appears on the right-hand side of the screen. A popup will appear, allowing you to hide just that specific post or all posts by that source. If you decide later that you want to resume receiving updates from that user/application/company page, follow the instructions detailed in the previous paragraph.

For more great Facebook tips, visit http://www.insidefacebook.com.

Joe Gass @ Heritage Print & Visual

5900 Harris Technology Blvd, Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28269 * 704-551-0700 * www.hpvisual.com

 22725 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650  * 301-475-1700 * www.heritageprinting.com

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Avoiding Letdowns in Your Life

Completing a challenging assignment. Closing a tough sale. Making a big presentation. All of these can leave a person feeling on top of the world. But when that elation subsides, many people are left wondering, “What now?” The anticipation that drove them to push harder and find success is now replaced by an emptiness and longing for something more.

After investing so much time and energy into achieving a goal, it’s only natural to feel some sense of letdown once that objective is achieved. Sports teams, for example, have to struggle sometimes to maintain focus after beating a big rival, so they don’t let the next game slip by.

Commentators refer to these as “trap games” because it’s so easy (and natural) for teams to let down their guard and not try as hard in the game immediately following a big, emotional win. The result, of course, can be a disappointing loss against a seemingly easier foe.

To lessen any feelings of letdown after big wins in your own business and personal life, experts suggest jumping into the next project right away. Give yourself a little time to recoup, of course, and to celebrate a well-earned win, but then start pushing yourself forward again. As tennis great Arthur Ashe once said: “Success is a journey, not a destination.” Enjoy the ride.

Joe Gass @ Heritage Printing & Graphics

5900 Harris Technology Blvd, Ste G, Charlotte, NC 28269 * 704-551-0700 * www.hpvisual.com

 22725 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650  * 301-475-1700 * www.heritageprinting.com

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