Monthly Archives: November 2018

Overwhelmed by an inheritance

A few years ago a gentleman I knew passed away. I knew he attended auctions and sold items in an antique mall, but I never knew how much he had accumulated over the years. He had never married, and his … Continue reading

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How to make an absentee bid

Most auctions accept absentee bids. Sometimes these come from people who live some distance from the auction and are only interested in an item or two, but most of the time they come from local people who have other commitments … Continue reading

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I’m very thankful

My post the day before Thanksgiving encouraged my readers to take time to think about things for which they are thankful. I took my advice and saw once again how blessed I am. I’m thankful for being raised at the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

2018 has been a mixed bag for our family. We’ve had both high and low points throughout the year. I’m sure many would say the same thing. A few people I know have said they will be glad when this … Continue reading

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Character and leadership

To be an effective leader requires one to possess many skills and knowledge. However, one thing is absolutely necessary: character. General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, … Continue reading

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Dealing with depression

When I was younger my kids used to tell me I would never retire because I was too much of a workaholic. Little did we know how prophetic their words were. I’ve retired from two careers, and I’m working. I … Continue reading

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What are you reading?

Motivational speaker Charles “Tremendous” Jones is well known for saying “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”  I believe he is right. Yet, studies consistently show … Continue reading

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My stuff is worth more!

I was reading complaints about an auction service online yesterday that did not paint that service in a very good light. Customer satisfaction is very important today as it’s easy for people to go online and write complaints about your … Continue reading

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Working together

Anyone in business is in competition with others in the same field, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot also be colleagues. At my last auction, the person who taught the auction school I attended and is a competitor, brought … Continue reading

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Cleaning up an estate

An auctioneer friend of mine was asked to have an auction for the estate of an individual who had passed away. When he arrived to look at the estate he was shocked to find a large dumpster sitting on the … Continue reading

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