“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”


There is an old proverb: “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” This quote is attributed to George Bernard Shaw from Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists.” I, of course, do not agree with this proverb and find its popularity offensive. I teach my students how to think. I teach for the love of teaching. I teach by giving my students real world examples and applications. But most of all, I teach from personal experience.

If you read the proverb, and “Maxims for Revolutionists” you will find that there is a distinct note of sarcasm in Shaw’s statements.

I love sarcasm. I don’t think that there is a moment in my life where I have not used sarcasm. It might be a defense mechanism I developed over time, but I find humor in sarcasm. And that is how this proverb should be read. Because just 2 lines later he also states, “Activity is the only road to knowledge.”

No one ever quotes that statement. It’s just not as funny.

However, when you are writing an essay or technical document, there is no place for sarcasm. You have to be straightforward, direct, exacting. If you are writing a novel, then you can integrate sarcasm into one of your characters to add depth.

All I am saying is that you have to be careful when using proverbs, and sarcasm, when expressing your point. If you are speaking to someone who does not know you, then they may take what you are saying very seriously instead of with the grain of salt you added to it.

And remember, when you are teaching, include activities that relate to real world applications, not just the mindless fill-in-the-blank stuff that is included with your textbook. Allow your students to see how this knowledge that you are imparting unto them will be used when they get out school, that is why they are there, not just because the law requires it. And that is why you are there, to teach them using your personal experience.


Get Traffic to your Blog

The Top Five Traffic Ideas for Your Blog

Love Thy Blog

Love Thy Blog

Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away. But, what good is that content if no one is reading it. Here are ten ideas to bring in the traffic your blog needs to survive.

Of all the successful blogs on the Internet, hundreds more have failed. Running a blog is like running a business website. Unless you are willing to put the time in and treat it seriously, you won’t be blogging long.

That is not to say that the failed bloggers weren’t serious about blogging. Mostly, new bloggers aren’t prepared for the work that goes into creating a successful blog. Just building the blog doesn’t mean that people will necessary come to you. You pursue the audience and give them a reason to see what you have to say.

1. Fresh Content – no one wants to visit a blog day after day and see the same posts. Update your blog content at least twice a week. This will be easier if you write several posts ahead of time and upload them at the appropriate times.

2. Article Marketing – the niche you have chosen for your blog is one that interests you. If it is interesting you will spend more time doing it. Create content not only for your blog but also to be submitted to article directories. Use the resource box to advertise your blog so people can find you.

3. Social Networking – these sites are everywhere. Join Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, Twitter or a dozen others and make connections. You can join groups of like-minded people who are also bloggers or entrepreneurs.

4. Viral Marketing – this is where you spread the word about your blog. Talk to friends, family and even strangers. Give out business cards that have your blog address on them.

5. Use RSS Feeds – RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” Readers can subscribe to your feed and get email updates when new content is posted. It is an easy way for them to keep up with your blog without spending all day online.

Selling EBooks


spellbook_04_hd_picturesNow that you have created your eBook, you’ll need to find a way to get it into people’s hands. Marketing your eBook follows the same lines as marketing your website or blog.

Use article marketing to draw attention to your eBooks. Create an article series based on your eBook. Submit these articles to article sites and on your blog or website. Give just enough information in the articles to have the reader wanting to know more. In the resource box, mention the eBook and link to your website. Submit articles to social bookmarking sites with links to your website page showcasing the eBooks.

For customer ease, link your eBooks with your checkout process. Once the customer pays (PayPal, credit card, debit card) they will receive a link via email or automatically where they can download your product.

EBooks cost you next to nothing to produce so the money you make is all profit. Turn your writing skills and expertise in a certain area into money for your business. Get moving!