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I don’t think we ask “WHY?” often enough!  I don’t mean to get all “philosophical” here, but I think life is full of opportunities to question the  status quo!


I don’t want to introduce by bias to this question, so I will simply ask you to examine your life….everything you say and do and hear,  and ask “WHY?”  If you can’t come up with a good, solid answer, maybe it’s time to change your thinking.  

Just my thought for the day,  by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  You can connect with me at various social media sites through http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom


The “I Told You So” Moment….

I just read an amazing article in Social Media Examiner!  Here is a link so you can read the entire article:


The research is clear….”The latest findings from Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report show that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase.”  The full report is worth your time to read!

So this is a “shout-out” to all the bloggers out there…..Keep sharing great content!  You have influence!  People are listening and responding!

My name is Tom Burns, and I’m proud to be part of the blogging community!  Connect with me on various social media channels at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..tomphone1_1-scaled5001

The Daily Discipline of Writing

The internet is full of advice for bloggers!  Many would advise against blogging daily…..(I don’t know why you shouldn’t, except that it’s hard to do…).  But I can tell you that staring at the flashing cursor on your screen won’t get the job done! Thoughts are fleeting, inspiration comes and goes, and time flies by….and words you meant to record are forgotten.  I can think of no better reason than this to recommend the daily discipline of writing.

I also think that the daily discipline of writing is a metaphor for the work of living.  A very famous writer once said,

All the world’s a stageAnd all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances; — William ShakespeareAs You Like It,

At the end of the day can you say what you performed on the stage of life?  Can evidence be found a day, a week, or a year later?….or will all be forgotten?  It’s not always necessary to share your thoughts with the world,  but to write it with clarity of thought is a worthy discipline!

So from one blogger to the millions of bloggers out there I say, “Thank you for sharing your thoughts and  inspiration!  Keep on writing as you keep on living…..one step at a time!”

My daily blog from Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…. more about me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Your Blog as "Home Base."

Why do you blog?  There are probably as many answers as there are blogs….and the answers evolve over time.  When I first started writing my blog, it was focused on work related topics.  As I started the new year, I resolved to write every day.  It has become a place where I can write about things that I observed during the day.

How did this happen?  Last year I enjoyed following a friend’s photography posts on facebook.  He called it “Project 365” because he posted a new picture every day for a year.  He inspired me to carry a camera and to be more observant of things around me.  I was amazed that previously, while walking through the woods, I focused on the path….where I was going.  After putting a camera in my hands, I began to notice things around me that I had never seen before…..light, shadows, reflections, the landscape, colors, people, and animals.  I found myself wanting to stop more often to “see” where I was!  


I think writing a blog can have a similar effect.  I know that at the end of the day, I will have to record my thoughts.  It has made me much more observant of the people around me, the actions, the work, the “why” of what I do all day, and the analysis of things going on around me has been very thought provoking!   I am “seeing” my work from a different perspective.

So why do I refer to my blog as “home base”?  Because “home” is comfortable and safe.  It is a quiet place in my mind where I can connect the dots, find understanding, and organize my thoughts.

Today, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to write every day.  By accepting this challenge, I hope it will open your eyes (and mind) to things you previously missed.  Even if you never hit the “publish” button, write for your own benefit.  

I hope you will try this experiment today.  Put a “virtual camera” in your hand as you go through your day….and “see” what you’ve been missing!

Blogging thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


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Just One Thing


Today was my day off, but I made a New Year’s Resolution to write my blog every day in 2013.

As I was thinking about my blog topic for today, it occurred to me that if we do “just one thing” daily to improve our life, our business, or our relationships, the cumulative effect will be awesome.

On the other hand, I look around at others and see them “wishing” they could ______ (fill in the blank).  At the end of 2013 they will still be “wishing” when they could be “doing” if only they would start with “just one thing.”

It may be just me, but if I can’t look back on the day and say, “I accomplished…._____” (fill in the blank)…then I feel very frustrated.  If a task is very large or complex, it can be broken down into multiple steps.  The accomplishment of just one step will move you forward to success.

Although I had many tasks on my list for today, I can say I did accomplish one very important task–

I posted this blog!

Will you commit to “Just One Thing” today?  Post a comment about how those small steps have moved you forward.

To your Success!

By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…






I started reading Seth Godin’s latest book today, The Icarus Deception.  Click on the link above to read some of the basic ideas.  I think it will be enough to prompt you to get the book.  

My thought for the day:  Courage


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Definition of COURAGE

: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Examples of COURAGE

  1. She has the courage to support unpopular causes.
  2. It takes courage to stand up for your rights.
  3. Sometimes when I debate whether to risk my individuality or conform, the memory of my son’s picture brings mecourage. —Sue Monk Kidd, Reader’s Digest, August 1990

Origin of COURAGE

Middle English corage, from Anglo-French curage, from quer, coer heart, from Latin cor — more at heart

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of COURAGE

couragemettlespiritresolutiontenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship.courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty <the courage to support unpopular causes>mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience<a challenge that will test your mettle>spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened <her spirit was unbroken by failure>resolutionstresses firm determination to achieve one’s ends <theresolution of pioneer women>tenacity adds to resolutionimplications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat <held to their beliefs with great tenacity>.