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Lead Story

Thriving in a disruptive market - MLS strategies

News

Industry Update

Zaxby's breach under investigation

UBPS acquisitions further ambitious vision

AmEx restructuring, reimbursements force job cuts

Fed assesses Durbin effect on networks, banks

Features

SMEs and important changes to the EU data protection act

Bill Farmer
Mako Networks Ltd.

Research Rundown

ISOMetrics:
Fed analysis of post-Durbin effects on networks

Website mistakes to avoid

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Using KYC to boost prepaid usage

Low fees may be lynchpin for tax refund card adoption

Views

Is prepaid usage a valid measure of banking status?

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

Top five reasons to sell POS systems

Brian Jones
Harbortouch

Is m-commerce at a cultural tipping point?

Rick Berry
ABC Mobile Pay Inc.

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Tack like a sailor to strengthen your sales

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Time to take inventory of your leadership stock

Dale S. Laszig
Castles Technology Co. Ltd.

Distancing your ISO from the pack through partnerships

Christopher Briller and Sean O'Neil
MerchantPro Express LLC

Fraudsters persisting in the new year

Nicholas Cucci
Network Merchants Inc.

Company Profile

Glazer_Kennedy Insiders Circle LLC

New Products

Say yes to global customers

Multicurrency processing
Pivotal Payments

Artificial intelligence pinpoints fraud

Kount AI platform
Kount Inc.

Inspiration

You think you've got it bad

Departments

GS 10 Years Ago

Readers Speak

Resource Guide

Datebook

Miscellaneous

2013 events calendar

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

January 28, 2013  •  Issue 13:01:02

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Inspiration

You think you've got it bad

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
-Erasmus

It's easy to slip into the mindset of "not enough." The paycheck isn't big enough, and neither is the house. The Internet isn't fast enough, and neither is the phone. The car isn't hip enough, and neither is the suit. The problem is that this mindset cultivates an endless desire for more.

In the United States, we have grown so accustomed to getting what we want when we want it that we complain when faced with even slight delays in our plans. Unfortunately, this attitude robs us of gratitude for all we do have. And studies suggest it doesn't make us happy either. Maybe there's a better way.

Adopting a new perspective

That better way begins with an awareness of the larger world and an appreciation for one's place in it. This entails learning about what goes on in diverse parts of the globe. This can be done through travel, reading, watching documentaries, surfing the Internet and social networking, to name several possibilities.

The point is that cultivating an interest in the larger world enlarges perspectives beyond the purely selfish. If you know that Africa is experiencing persistent famine and a civil war continues to rage in Syria, poor cell phone coverage and struggles with logging onto Twitter don't seem all that important.

It's also helpful to focus less on material possessions. For example, cultivating compassion for those less fortunate or reconnecting with estranged family members can enhance your satisfaction with life in ways that no extensive home remodel or expensive wardrobe can.

Making change

The limited hours in the day necessitate making constant choices about how and where to expend energy. Providing for yourself and your family is, of course, essential. But developing true compassion for others (and yourself) deserves your attention, as well. Increasingly, payment companies are adding charitable giving to their business models. It seems a change is occurring, as ISOs and merchant level salespeople leverage their talents and expertise to create value beyond the bottom line.

It's good to remember that no matter what the current challenge is, living and working in the United States is an opportunity many around the world would grab in an instant. Why not use this awareness of your good fortune to more fully enjoy your life and change yourself, and the world, for the better in the process?

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