Success And Happiness On The Road Not Taken
By Thomas Gunter – Set your goals high as you journey down the road to success. Raise the bar when you reach a goal and raise it even higher when you reach the next. Never give up! Remember it is your right to be wrong, because if you do not you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward. One who does not make mistake probably is doing nothing anyway. You cannot be a success without making a few mistakes along the way. Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them.
What is success? Is it someone who spent their life working 60 to 80 hours a week, living in airports and hotels as they fight their way up the corporate ladder to VP of a Company? He would probably consider himself more successful than the guy who owns the local garage in his hometown. You know the guy that spends his nights at home having dinner with his family, the guy that spends his weekends and spare time at home with his wife, playing with his kids, working on his hobbies. Could it be the local garage owner may be more happier, healthier and live a fuller life? Ultimately, it is up to each one of us to decide what success means to us, it is important that everyone be mindful of the decision they are making or planning to make it will effect them the rest of their life.
Each one of us has to choose which road in life to take, with each different road come a different adventure, a different successful story and a different love story. Be careful which road you take and make sure it is the right one for you.
Remember I said you have the right to be wrong? Yes you do, you are going to make a few mistakes along the way but the earlier in life you can figure out what your mistakes and weaknesses are the sooner you can move forward and be more successful and happy with every aspect of life. Take charge of your life, if you want to be successful you have to be happy. Without happiness wealth has very little or no meaning.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind, what is right for someone else may not be right for you. We are all unique and different individuals; everyone must custom tailor their own life if they want to be happy and successful.
Myself, I took *”The Road Less Traveled” and like Robert Frost said in his poem “The Road Not Taken and that has made all the difference”. Good luck my friends in making the right choice this is where it gets tough. Taking the road less traveled was a very hard decision for me with so many roads to choose from. Many of those roads were quite inviting but dead ends. Once I made the right choice I never looked back except to measure my success and failures. From that point on I knew who I was and where I was going. For you the road most travel may the right choice for you, like I said we are all different. We see,we feel and we do things differently so don’t be judgmental of the people who choose a different road than you.
A man who also took “The Road Not Taken” was one of the most successful business men in today’s business world; he was the late Steven Paul Jobs better known as “Steve” Jobs, co-founded of Apple Incorporated. Steve Jobs was a household name and American business legend in the world of success. He helped revolutionized the world as we know it today with his contributions as a designer, inventor and entrepreneur in the world of communications and computers technology.
I will leave you with the following thoughts you may wish to consider using on your own road to success, they were spoken by the late Steve Jobs. Steve had a set of principles he lived by which I would like to share with you.
1. Do what you love.
2. Put a dent in the universe.
3. Make connections.
4. Say no to 1,000 things.
5. Create insanely different experiences.
6. Master the message.
7. Sell dreams, not products.
I wish your luck on your journey my friends as you travel down your own road to success.
One digital billboard can do the work of 6 to 8 conventional static billboards. In my opinion they look much more attractive that the static billboard. The cities are trading off the tradition static billboards at a ratio of 4 to 6 static billboards for one digital, that sounds like a win, win for everyone, right?. Not really unless you are a large billboard company that would like to trade off your income billboards.
Some of the politicians and garden clubs would take them all down if and plant flowers or a trees. Can you imagine Times Square without its electronic billboards? How about the flashing billboards in Las Vegas? Would you take the famous “Hollywood” landmark billboard down and plant a few bush or trees instead? What if you took all the billboards down? Stripped every American city naked of all the billboards and cleared them from the highways? Would that not be a desecration of the face of America? You bet it would and it is not going to happen.
I think you will be seeing less static and more digital billboards across America in the future as laws regulating and governing billboards get tighter. The trade-off of 4 to 6 static billboards for one digital is a great deal for the cities but not for all billboard companies. For instance a small mom and dad billboard shop in LA or Dallas may not have 4 to 6 billboards to trade-off for one digital billboard, where a large billboard company such as Clear Channel Outdoor which has many. How do you make this fair to the mom and dad operators? Their rights are also important; these kinds of laws knock them out of the race leaving a monopolized market by the large companies. The small guy loses once again.
It would be great to see the clutter cleaned up and quality control move in as long as it is not at the expense of the little people who make up the majority. If the mom and dad operator’s rights are to survive is important to take them into consideration when writing new laws by both state and local governments.
Get Back in the Game! Stop losing money and turn your money around. For more information on how you can get back on the pathway to a higher return on investment e-mail me Tom Gunter at TopGunUSA@aol.com or check out my web site for Billboard Brokers of America at. http://www.billboardbroker.com
I was doing research on billionairs when I ran across this article IHere is an in Forbes I though I would pass along to my readers.
Dean White, 83, started building his billion-dollar billboard business in his teens, selling signs for his mother and father while in high school. After a stint at the University of Nebraska and graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, White took over his family’s Whiteco Industries in 1946 and spent the next 50 years buying up a mix of conservative (billboards, apartments) and cyclical (hotels, construction) assets before selling the billboard division to Chancellor Media for $960 million.
Today he’s worth $1.4 billion and ranks 278th on the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest citizens. These days White says he is giving equal weight to conservative and cyclical investments to get the best return on his cash.
On the conservative side of his portfolio, White is still invested in signage. With partners he owns and operates a Chinese billboard outfit, Whiteco Qingyu, which owns 550 billboards worth $95,000 each. He says he’d eventually like to get back in the U.S. market. White recommends investors by buy shares in a billboard company, such as Lamar Advertising (nasdaq: LAMR – news – people ), which owns 150,000 billboards in the U.S. and Canada.
White also owns a slew of apartments. “You don’t have the ups and downs in apartments that you have in other real estate holdings,” he says. Today he owns and manages 3,575 units from California to Connecticut.
But White says the average investor is better off buying shares in real estate investment trusts that own apartments, rather than buying and managing apartment buildings on their own. The reason: managing an apartment complex can be a costly headache. White recommends apartment REITs like billionaire Sam Zell‘s Equity Residential (nyse: EQR – news – people ) or Archstone-Smith Trust (nyse: ASN – news – people ).
The flipside of White’s portfolio is made up of assets that take advantage of economic cycles, like hotels and construction companies–investments he says you should get in and out of depending on macro trends. “We started out with a couple of Holiday Inns way back when,” says White. He built up a portfolio of midtier and high-end hotels, mostly Marriotts and Holiday Inns.
Last year, White Lodging Services sold 100 hotels (mostly Marriotts) to Black Entertainment Television founder and billionaire Robert Johnson for $1.7 billion, netting a “nine-figure sum.” The company still retains a lucrative management contract for most of the properties. White believes hotels are at their peak right now, saying, “Everybody is making money.”
If you can’t afford a hotel, White says investors should own REITs that specifically target high-end hotel properties in urban areas. Two REITs that meet his criteria are:
LaSalle Hotel Properties (nyse: LHO – news – people ). LaSalle owns and manages 32 upscale hotels in urban, convention and resort markets. Two recent purchases include the Holiday Inn Manhattan on Wall Street in New York, for $50.5 million, and the Graciela Burbank across the street from the Warner Bros. Studio Ranch in California, for $36.5 million. For the first nine months of 2006, LaSalle revenue rose 65% to $467.4 million, and net profits nearly tripled to $68.9 million, mostly due to the sale of the Chicago Marriott hotel. LaSalle shares rose 29% in 2006.
Host Marriott (nyse: HST – news – people ). The nation’s largest lodging REIT, Host Marriott operates 128 luxury hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico under posh brand names like Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. The company is expanding abroad, using joint ventures to buy properties like the Hotel Arts Barcelona in Spain. For the first nine months of 2006, revenues increased 25% to $3.2 billion. Net income rose 21% to $565 million over the same period, due in part to the company’s acquisition of Starwood (nyse: HOT – news – people ) hotel properties.
Another industry that White says has economic trends in its favor is construction. He says the labor shortages, especially in home building, make these companies extremely valuable. He recommends investing in national construction companies that are not exposed to one region and prefers those that build in urban areas. Check out Granite Construction (nyse: GVA – news – people ), which works on both private and public sector projects, including roads, highways, tunnels, bridges, mass transit facilities and airports.