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About Edward B. Toupin

Edward B. Toupin is a published author, technical writer, web developer, coach, and producer living in "The Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas, NV. One of his primary objectives in his work is to provide information to help others achieve fulfilling lives. Visit his site at http://encouragement.netfirms.com and http://www.toupin.com or contact him at etoupin@toupin.com or lifecoach@toupin.com for more information.
Artificial Intelligence … what have we learned through natural ignorance?

During the late ’80s and early ’90s, I had the opportunity to work with expert systems in real-time production environments. I found artificial intelligence, or AI, to be thoroughly intriguing. I even went so far as to write an expert system package, under Microsoft Windows, called WindExS.

Growth from Discontent … Life’s way of giving you a little push

That strange, gut-wrenching feeling you have is not the sushi you had for lunch. It’s your soul trying to give you a nudge to do something. A word for that feeling is “discontent.” Discontent is a state of not being satisfied or fulfilled in your current situation.

Knowledge is Power

… So, keep your mouth closed to keep it from getting away!

And what do you do? … How to know when you’re a writer!

It’s the funniest thing. When someone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them, “I’m a writer.” The standard response is, “No, really, what do you do?” Somehow, I always flounder in the conversation because I never expect that type of response.

A Sense of Humor in the Workplace… Is it me? Or, was that not funny?

When I was first initiated into Corporate America, I had a sense of humor that went unmatched by any mortal soul. I was quick-witted, smart, sharp, and knew every gag and joke available to humanity. Most of it, I learned in college. But, college never really did teach the fact that having a sense of humor in the workplace is different than ‘jocularity.’ After a few brushes with career-chaos, I realized that the definition of ‘corporate humor’ deals with how one handles oneself and not how one can elicit laughter.

— Where did this come from? —

A Perfect World… Imbalance Creates Motivation

I am a big proponent of balance. Everything has to be just so. I believe that we should all strive to obtain balance in our lives. Balance between career and family. Balance between public and private. Balance between spiritualism, finances, and materialism.

Developing Free Content … It’s not really as bad as it sounds!

— The Battle for Content —

The competition for content is fierce. Every Web site owner wants content and hundreds of writers want their content visible on the Web. There are so many free Web sites that you can literally advertise your goods, services, and knowledge globally for years without spending a penny.

Natural Writing… Using Your Verbal Style to Create Your Written Style

When I first started writing, I sat down and worked on a small article for nearly a week. The problem was that I couldn’t figure out how to squeeze my idea into the 1,500 word limit. I was lost, frustrated, and almost gave up. After some years of work, many rejections, and a lot of determination, I finally figured out how to fine-tune the process and reduce the time involved so that this “writing stuff” would work for me.

Gainfully Unemployed … Making the decision to strike out on your own!

They say marriage, birth, death, changing residence, and changing jobs are five of the more stressful situations that a human being can encounter—they all take a lot of courage. Courage, however, doesn’t pay the bills. To be successful, you not only need courage, but you also need a combination of hard work, skill, perseverance, and several personal factors that can ensure your success.