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Be a doer!

Thursday July 15, 2010 #237

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

~John Wooden

Are you living life too safely?  Are you risk-averse?  Perhaps you’ve been hurt or let down or embarrassed or you lost money.  Yes, it could happen again – and probably will.  A decision you make could be a mistake.  But if you don’t step back into the ring and take another swing, you’ll never achieve anything worthwhile.  Mistakes are part of your life.  Accept it, learn from your mistakes and put yourself out there again.  Be a doer!


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What are you reading?

Tuesday July 13, 2010 #235

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”

~Mark Twain

Curiosity and lifelong learning are hallmarks of successful people in all walks of life, ages, industries, and cultures.  Reading good books is a proven way to keep your mind sharp and to grow your abilities and potential.  Fiction, non-fiction, serious and humorous subjects… anything goes.  In a world with significant illiterate populations, high drop-out rates in our schools, and a critical worldwide need for skilled knowledge workers, cultivating a love of reading is a responsibility we all have.  What are you reading?

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Demonstrating personal ethics

Thursday July 8, 2010 #234

“If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for a reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

~Albert Einstein

What drives you to perform at your best?  To be good vs. not-so-good?  Is it the promise of rewards and/or a fear of punishment?  The example you set influences your children, co-workers, employees, and members of your community.  Take the opportunity today to demonstrate the personal ethics that drive your behaviors and influence those around you to do the same.

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Becoming the best you

Tuesday July 6, 2010 #233

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

~Oscar Wilde

So much time, money and effort is wasted as we strive to be someone other than who we are.  The more effective path is to recognize your underlying strengths and talents and focus on these to offset your recognized weaknesses and become the best you.  You already have everything you need for success – now get on with exercising those strengths!

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The world was built to develop character

Thursday July 1, 2010 #232

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

–Henry Ford

Submitted by JAMmer AE, today’s quote instructs us to welcome and embrace hardship and challenges with the realization that only through these can we grow and become more than we are today.  You don’t have to like the rough patches, but you can face them with optimism knowing you will come out the other side and better for it.

October 2, 2010 Posted by | Gratitude, problem solving | | Leave a comment

Forever a Student

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 #231

“If you are willing to be a student, your life is limitless”


Many of you are in positions of relative power and prestige.  People look to you for wisdom and guidance.  You may choose to be the ‘all knowing Oz’ and communicate from a position of authority and omniscience.  Or….  You can communicate from the position of enlightened leadership – with the demonstrated realization that you are forever a student, learning from every person and every situation.  If you choose the latter, you will find your effectiveness skyrocketing and your followers empowered to be their best, knowing you expect to learn from them every day.

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