1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. Or stay unmarried if you wish. 2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent. 3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 5. Be forgiving of yourself and others. 6. Be generous. 7. Have a grateful heart. 8. Persistence, persistence, persistence. 9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary. 10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. 11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 12. Commit yourself to quality. 13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. 14. Be loyal. 15. Be honest. 16. Be a self-starter. 17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong. 18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. 19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did. 20. Take good care of those you love. 21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud. Read post in Google+
Thoughts of change:
- Go on that trip. Don't postpone it. - Say those words. Don't let the moment pass. - Do what you have to, even at society's scorn. - Write poetry.
- Love deeply. - Walk barefoot. - Dance with wild abandon. - Cry at the movies. - Take care of yourself. Don't wait for someone to take care of you.
I would really like if you integrated everyone's time zone into the profile and showed it on our hovercards and posts. It would make life very much easier for engaging with people from around the world.
Planning meetings or business Hangouts would be more efficient.
Also for us non North America dwellers it's not so clear, what time is 2 PM EST etc. GMT is used all over, wouldn't it be easier to use that instead?
Customer: “Hi, my son says that I have Spartans on my laptop and I should bring it to you guys.”
Tech Support: “…Ma’am? Spartans?”
Customer: “Yes, I called my son at school and told him that screens keep popping up all the time, and he said that I have Spartans.”
Me: “Oh! You mean Trojans! That’s a possibility; let me run this analyzer on your laptop real quick and we’ll see what’s going on.”
Customer: “Young man, my son is in college and he says it has Spartans. You just stand here in a little uniform and make minimum wage. I think my son knows what he is talking about.”
Tech Support: “You’re right ma’am. I was hoping to run a diagnostic and find out that it wasn’t Spartans, but just by looking at the login screen, I can tell that you probably have about 300 of the little guys running around.”
Customer: “300?! Is that bad?”
Tech Support: “It’s horrible. They cram themselves into a bottleneck and kill wave after wave of data, until there is a wall of dead programs blocking any more traffic through your computer.”
Customer: “Oh, that just figures. I’m going to go buy a new computer.”
Tech Support: “Ok, ma’am, I think that would be best.”
What I’ve enjoyed most in Google+ is the lack of status updates like ‘I had an omelet for brekkies’ or ‘I became Mayor of Thingummybob in Be-Square’. The standard of posts is very high, ranging from politics to religion, humor to science and all sorts of news. But the best bulletins to me are various opinions that the Plussers write on almost any theme possible.
Don’t try to please anyone on Google+ but be yourself:
Write about the things that interest you, share links and videos that you find amusing or intriguing. Post stuff with good content, as those posts people like to read. Google+ is what you make of it.
The annoying side to sharing is someone posting or sharing too often. I don't mean posting even 20 posts per day when they are well spaced: Firing 5-10 posts one after another is not the best way to attract circlers. For instance,when sharing photos, please don’t inundate the stream by publishing several single pictures in separate posts at one go, but rather publish one album. If you want just your nearest and dearest to see the latest baby/dog/cat/holiday pics, use your own circles share or even +name to share with just certain persons.
Let's keep signal to noise ratio balanced! :-)
Sharing to Circles and Notifying
Now here’s a hot potato of a subject! When you share something, please don’t notify anyone unless you know them personally and are sure that they don’t mind. +Michelle Marie even wrote a post about this. Try searching ‘Notify’ in Google+ and you’ll see what I mean.
Many of you have asked about how to control who can send you notifications, so Google has rolled out an option in Google+ settings: “Who can notify you.” They really do their thing well, don’t they, and always listen to us!