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Thursday August 27, 2009 #150

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them–every day begin the task anew.”

~Saint Francis de Sales

It is extraordinarily rare for projects to go the way we hope and expect them to transpire.  Usually anything worth attempting requires many small, if not large, failures along the way to ultimate gain a successful outcome.  In fact, “success” will likely be being defined in a wholly different manner than you originally envisioned.  It is for these reasons that we must be patient with ourselves, recognizing our failures and imperfect efforts, and celebrating them for the lessons they provide.


September 20, 2009 Posted by | Success | , | Leave a comment

Troubles? Bring ’em on.

Tuesday August 25, 2009 #149

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”


Why is it that we so often fail to recognize the gift that adversities give us to grow, mature, challenge conventional wisdom, create new solutions, and more?  There is apparently a common human reaction to adversity to see it only for the immediate pain it causes us.  Break from this paradigm.  If there is a challenge you are facing, and it is likely that you are, face it with the enormous optimism it deserves.  You’re about to find talents you didn’t know you had and reach a new level of competence and exhilarating success.  Troubles?  Bring ‘em on.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude | | Leave a comment

Feel the Gain

Thursday August 20, 2009 #148

“All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing” 


It is time to break out of your routines and try a different direction.  It needn’t be radical (but it can be).  The project you’re working on, the relationship you’re trying to develop, the new venture you’ve been thinking about…  All of these require a step out, from the direction you’ve been going, in order to step forward.  Make the change, venture out, experience the gain.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Take Action | | Leave a comment

Mike Schmidt Remembered

Tuesday August 18, 2009 #147

“There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” 

~George Shinn

Today’s JAM is dedicated to a man who was instrumental in my development as a leader and as a person.  Mike Schmidt’s passing on Saturday was unexpected and a cause of sadness for his family, friends, and the thousands of people he touched as a leader.  I am one of those and am grateful to have known him well and worked closely with him.  Whether you knew Mike or not, please pause for a moment and reflect with gratitude on the people in your life who have provided you with the lessons and examples that have made you who you are.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude | , | Leave a comment