Keep on Hanging On

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."  - Harriet Beecher Stowe -


Why a Professional Business Portrait???

When you own or run a business, people associate your face with your business. That’s why it so important that you have a high-quality, professional business portrait. Doing it yourself may not be your best option for your “First Impression”  

Most people want know with whom they’re doing business.  When you include a business portrait on your website, your business becomes more personal, making their first impress feel warmer and more human.


Because your biography or “about” page usually gets the most web traffic, it’s critical that it includes a business portrait. When people log on to your bio page, they want to connect a business with a face and not just read narrative about the person running the company. Furthermore, adding a headshot to a biography gives the page more professionalism, besides makes your business seem friendlier.


Branding is much more than just a catchy logo or tagline. It’s also an emotional tie that you make with your clients. Your face is your company brand. Business owners use marketing collateral to talk about pertinent information, regarding their merchandise and services. Your business portrait or headshot is a significant part of your marketing collateral.  If you own your business, you are the branding

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

by Jim Stovall


This week, the United States is celebrating its birthday.  While the focus of the 4th of July has become fireworks, family, friends, food, and a midsummer holiday, it is important to remember why we celebrate. 


The United States of America is a beacon of hope and possibility for people around the world.  As a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we are imperfect because we are people.  We make mistakes, we disagree, and we debate, but like any other family, we have always pulled together and united whenever confronted or threatened. 


I realize the latest election cycle has left a lot of Americans disappointed and disillusioned.  It is important in America that we focus our feelings of discontent into positive and productive pursuits.  If you are among those who did not like the last election, the midterm campaigns are already organizing, and they will provide you with an outlet for your efforts and energy. 


Democracy is an exercise in compromise which inevitably means that no one gets all of what they want, but all of us get some of what we want.  Just as in our legal system, we derive our closest version of truth and justice by having a jury of citizens evaluate and decide between two opposing positions, our government functions best when the various factions work out their differences in the public forum. 


Democracy is never efficient, clean, nor streamlined, but it is the best chance we humans have to provide everyone with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  You can find a smooth, efficiently-running government in North Korea.  A completely new policy can be imagined in the morning, drafted during the day, and implemented by nightfall.  There will be no debate, dissent, or dispute, but I can’t imagine any of us here in America wanting to trade our turmoil for that brand of false tranquility. 


Even in the midst of the most turbulent political process in recent memory, this grand ideal we call America worked well.  Our greatness is symbolized and lived out when one administration relinquishes control and voluntarily turns it over to an incoming administration even though the two groups may be polar opposites and diametrically opposed to one another.  Our system is not always comfortable or attractive.  It is simply the best one the world has ever known.


As you go through your day today, celebrate what America is and what it can be.


Today’s the day!


Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker.  

All the world is a stage . . .


If, according to the familiar saying, “All the world’s a stage,” why do so many settle for just being a part of the audience, watching others enjoying success?  Remember, life is not a spectaror sport.  Get in the game and participate!  Follow your heart’s desires.  Make your dreams come true and create a masterpiece of your life.  -- Bruce Garrabrandt

A Perspective from the Past

A Perspective from the Past

by Jim Stovall


The media and the Internet bombard us with dire predictions countless times each day.  It sometimes seems everyone we encounter is preaching gloom and doom, so every once in a while, it’s good to bring a little sanity into our lives by introducing perspective from the past. 


In 1955, our parents or grandparents would have heard the following statements from the media or people they encountered. 


·       Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?

·       If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

·       When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon?  Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.

·       Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball?  It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president.

·       It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

·       It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

·       I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

·       Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

·       The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

·       There is no sense going on short trips any more for a weekend.  It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

·       No one can afford to be sick any more.  At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.

·       If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.


It’s important for us to remember that the pessimists are generally wrong, and the optimists are usually right.  If you maintain a good attitude and share it with everyone around you, you will be proven right most of the time, and you will enjoy a far better life as you encounter the nay-sayers in the media or in person.


We can never control the things around us, but we can always control our attitude.  Ironically, whether you believe your future will be bright or you believe you are facing bad days ahead, you are inevitably right.


As you go through your day today, remember the past and look forward to a bright future.


Today’s the day!


Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker.

Getting to the top

It is easy to get to the top after you get through the crowd at the bottom.

From Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Big Quotes.

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