Ukraine prisoner swap boosts truce

Ukrainian government and rebel forces exchange dozens of prisoners, in the first step successfully carried out under the Minsk agreements.

CN Railway urges union to agree to arbitration as lockout looms

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway Co on Saturday again urged Unifor, the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff, to agree to binding arbitration and renewed its threat to lock out those workers on Monday.

Ex-UKIP councillor has ‘no regrets’

Councillor Rozanne Duncan, expelled by the UK Independence Party over what Nigel Farage described as “deeply racist comments”, says she has no regrets.

Prescott back to front-line politics

The former Labour deputy prime minister, John Prescott, is returning to front-line politics as a special adviser to Ed Miliband with responsibility for climate change.

States Smoking The Most Smuggled Cigarettes

Tobacco consumption in America has declined consistently since the surgeon general’s office published its first report in 1965. However, more than 18% of adults still identified as smokers in 2013, and in many states, demand for tobacco is high enough to justify large-scale smuggling operations. In New York, a nation-leading 58% of the cigarette market was smuggled in 2013. The share is so high that it hardly fits the description of an underground market.

Fired Up! Entrepreneurial Passion Fuel

Are you fired up? Is your business based on something you love doing? Do you wake up excited to face the new day and the challenges and opportunities it will bring? Do you consciously understand what you and your business brings to your customer, your team, your local community – society as a whole?

If so, then you have defined and are fueling your business with passion. If you are not able to answer these questions, it may be time to do some homework and uncover the passion that can fuel and re-energize your business.

It is well known in the small business owner/entrepreneurial world that “9 to 5’rs” never seem to understand that true entrepreneurs love the challenge of running the show and not being stuck with a stagnant paycheck. Because entrepreneurs are passionate about what they are doing, they accept that the ups and downs are all part of the attraction of being free to create your own destiny. They certainly love making a living doing what they love.

Passionate Entrepreneurs
Live on Fire and Create More Good!

There are also many people who begin a business without ever defining or knowing what their passion really is. Moreover, they don’t take it to the next step and define a higher-purpose, something beyond, indeed above, just making money as the reason they are in business. It’s when you have a higher purpose you are passionate to achieve – and that your team feels emotionally invested in accomplishing as well – that your business has the internal fuel to not only manifest higher profits but to do so by making a difference that truly matters.

In fact, many times people start businesses without ever really thinking through the emotional side of what they will be doing. Owning and growing a business is a challenge 90% of the population will never take. Moreover, having a passionless business, one that may only be designed to make money without being something you care about, feel excited to do, fully engage in because you feel it will help others, is just as frustrating and unfulfilling as working a passionless job for others.

The decision to start a business is not a light one and you may run into a lot of resistance from family and friends when you decide to start one. Most the people you know will even think you are crazy for starting a business.

Most People WILL Think You Are Crazy!

Making the decision to be an entrepreneur because you want to make more money or spend more time with the kids sounds good, and is good; but, it only goes part way to giving you lasting motivation to get your business going and creating a strong momentum. Many struggling business owners reply with these simplistic reasons when asked the question “why did you want to own your own business?”

However, when entrepreneurs step back and consider the deeper reasons for why they started their business, they begin to uncover what they truly love about the work they do. When they view their business through this lens, the passion starts to emerge again. They find new motivation and fuel that drives them forward, fuel that doesn’t run out. Instead, it keeps their ideas and creativity growing. This empowers everything from decision making, to sales and revenue, to how their brand is perceived.

Passion Powers Every Decision

Taking a look at your own business from this perspective on occasion can really re-ignite your entrepreneurial fires. The day-to-day running of any enterprise can cloud one’s focus. It is easy to forget to appreciate what we receive from owning and running our business. One’s mindset can become all about the mechanics or the business instead of the passion and motivation behind growing it.

If you are an entrepreneur who feels out of sync with your passion and motivation for owning and growing your business, the solution is to set expectations for each day consciously. Connect with your deeper passion at the start of your day. Begin each day with positive mental images and emotional reminders of your passion for what you do – what you love about it and why you love uplifting your customers.

Focus on the rewards of being an entrepreneur. Feel the gratitude for the success you have. By keeping the fires of passion for what you do in your conscious awareness, you can prime the pump for success every day

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West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports.

U.S. refinery strike widens to include nation’s largest plant

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. refinery strike widened on its 20th day, with workers at the nation’s largest refinery walking off jobs and joining picket lines on Saturday as the United Steelworkers union (USW) pushes for a new contract that improves wages and safety.