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A Lesson Exists With All We Meet

March 30th 2009

I listened to Dr. Wayne Dyer speak this past weekend and he said, “I have a very strong belief that everyone who comes into our life from the stranger sitting next to us on the bus to the person driving next to us on the freeway, our children, husbands and wives, and parents; they all come to us as teachers. The key to being effective and awakened in our lives is to be students rather than teachers.”

Dr. Dyer caught my attention with this opening statement because as a consultant, I’m always looking to help people.  I’m in constant “improvement” mode, always looking for things to improve.  I really enjoy teaching, mentoring, and sharing. However, Dr. Dyer says we should see everyone as someone who has (more…)

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10 Percent of Our Brain

March 2nd 2009

I’ve heard for years and have read in national publications how we only use about 10 percent of our brain. The other day I shared this ‘fact’ at the dinner table, and I’m not sure why, but today I decided to check the accuracy of my statement.

I did a search on and to my surprise learned that the statement is actually a myth.  I was quite surprised when I read the article. For those of you who have heard – or wondered – for years how we could only use a small percentage of our brain, you might be interested to read “The 10-Percent Myth” posted at

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Reuniting With Old Friends

August 11th 2008

I’ve had the pleasure the last few years to assist my high school class with reunion events, which has involved coordinating the search of classmates.

I’ve learned through these efforts that many classmates remained in the area where we grew up, or relocated to a nearby city to live.  I’ve also learned a number of classmates relocated to other states and stretch from California to Massachusetts, and many places in between. (more…)

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Life Lessons from Andy Rooney

December 17th 2007

The following are some great life lessons written by Andy Rooney, a man who has a very special gift for writing:
I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows. (more…)

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The Man in the Glass

October 29th 2007

In Yesterday’s worship service, Pastor Steve asked each person in attendance if they were looking through binoculars at others or directly at themselves while staring at a mirror.

In other words, do we find it easier to judge others rather than ourselves?

I know my answer would be “Yes.” There are many times I’m picking up the binoculars versus consistently looking in the mirror. (more…)

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Striking a Balance between Work and Life

August 13th 2007

Many of us strive for a balance between work and our personal time, but I’m curious how many people consistently strike a balance between work and life.

I know I find it difficult at times and continually look for ways to be more efficient, work smarter, and learn from others how to best balance the two. (more…)

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Remember Images versus Word Association

April 23rd 2007

I struggle to remember names from time-to-time, and I read an article that stated 95 percent of Americans forget names.

I actually thought I was part of the five percent that forget names versus the 95 percent, but regardless, I’d like to improve my ability to remember people’s names. (more…)

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Preparation for a Better Tomorrow

April 16th 2007

I received via email an inspiring and motivating short story told by Zig Ziglar, and felt motivated to share Zig’s wonderful story in today’s blog as told by Zig:

“One morning in Houston, Texas, I caught a taxi (to go to a breakfast meeting) and during a short ride I heard one of the finest sales talks on America and free enterprise that I ever heard. The cab driver had been a professional health care provider in his native Nigeria, but he preferred living in a free society, with the opportunity to do what he pleased, and so he was very excited about being a cab driver in Houston.


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My Poor Judgment to Judge Others

March 6th 2007

I was sharing with a friend recently how I received an upgrade to first class, and for the most part, people in first class are nice, but there are those few who are…well, not so nice.

Half kidding with a smile on his face, my friend said, “Not good to judge Ron.” I said, “Hey, it is what it is.”

Thinking I was just calling it as it was versus how I viewed the situation, I realized how I think isn’t necessarily how everyone thinks or views things. (more…)

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Lesson in Forgiveness

March 5th 2007

I picked up the newspaper this past weekend at an airport and the top headline read: “Pain, Loss and Hope.” The sub-head read: “’I refuse to harbor anger,’ says shooting victim who lost her teenage daughter.”

I thought to myself, “Wow, I’m not sure how I could forgive someone if they shot and killed my daughter.”

The forgiving words above are from a mother, who along with her daughter, were shot at close range while shopping on Feb 12 for Valentine’s Day cards at a Utah mall. (more…)

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The Guy in the Glass

March 2nd 2007

Years ago I read the poem “The Man in the Mirror.” I read this week that the correct title of this poem is actually “The Guy in the Glass,” and it was written in 1934 by Dale Winbrow.  If you’ve never read the poem, here it is:

When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say. (more…)

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It’s Only a Game

February 12th 2007

I was recently enjoying our daughter’s youth basketball game when I read a neat message for parents on the back of each coach’s T-shirt – “It’s only a game.”

A great message and reminder to parents…and it is only a game.

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Make Others Feel Good

January 3rd 2007

Mother Teresa once said, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” For some people, this comes natural.  They just have that God-given personality to make others feel good whenever people are around them.

My wife is one of those people, and anyone who has ever spent any time around Susie knows what a kind, gentle and giving person she is to everyone she interacts with on a daily basis.

To me, it’s an amazing quality, because I surely don’t have this ability. It is, however, one of those qualities I’ll continue striving to improve this year.

As a sports business coach and mentor, I really enjoy working with and assisting people any way I can and it would be quite an accomplishment this year if I could say that most people who came to me walked away better or happier.

A lofty goal and one I’m sure to fall short on from time to time, but I won’t need to look very far to see this in action each and every day. I know I can count on my wife to be a great example and there’s no doubt Susie will help me improve this quality that comes so naturally for her.

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Learn Something New Every Day

December 14th 2006

As I shared in yesterday’s post, I love to learn and I make it a point to try and learn something new every day.

Although I’ve always had a thirst for learning, I haven’t always made it a habit to learn daily.

There were times in life when things were coming at me so quickly I didn’t think I had time to breath let alone get my daily tasks done AND learn something new.

But at some point, I made it a priority – and now a habit – to learn daily.

So what did I learn today? The rule of threes, which says you can live:

3 minutes without air,

3 hours without shelter,

3 days without water and

3 weeks without food.

What have you learned today?

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Lessons in Life

December 7th 2006

Our daughter shared this with me and my wife yesterday and I thought I’d share it in today’s blog post.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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The Phenomenon of Zootherapy

November 27th 2006

Have you ever heard of zootherapy? I must admit, I had never heard of zootherapy before this week.

I was watching a newscast and was fascinated to learn the benefits of zootherapy to adults, children and animals.

I read an article – which you can access here – that provided some greater insight and I thought I’d share it in today’s post.

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Touch a Person in a Positive Way Today

November 21st 2006

As Thanksgiving approaches, and we think about our many blessings, I’d like to share with you an inspiring story about how each of us have the ability to reach out and touch people in positive ways. The author of the story is unknow. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did:

Her name was Mrs. Thompson. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie.

Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn’t play well with the other children that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around.”

His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.”

His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”

Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.”

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.

But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to,” After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.

By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets.”

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer — the letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn’t end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.

And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, “Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.”

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, “Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t really know how to teach until I met you.”

Please remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the opportunity to touch and/or change a person’s outlook.
Please try to do it in a positive way:“Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly”

Ron Goch,
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Stop and Take Time to Listen

October 17th 2006

Our kids are always eager to share what they learn. There are times they’re so excited, I’m not sure if they will ever stop talking.

Gab, gab, gab, gab!

There was a time in certain situations that I found it easy to shut them out when I was focusing on work, or watching a game on TV, or just “not in the mood” to hear them ramble on about something, which at the time, I didn’t think was all that important.

Luckily for me, though, I’ve learned over time – thanks to our two oldest kids who’ve taught me more than they may ever know – to enjoy each and every exchange…whether it’s a short exchange or a long-winded story.

I’ve learned the hard way, though, because as our kids have grown older, it’s been a lot harder to pin them down, connect, and share in a meaningful conversation…similar to how they found it difficult at times to have that meaningful conversation with me.

My loss!

So now, when our kids try to get my attention – it’s much easier – because no matter what I’m doing, I stop and listen intently to what they have to share, and enjoy the moment.

Just one of the many lessons our kids have taught me!

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Students Aren’t Interchangeable

September 26th 2006

I recently read an editorial in the USA Today titled “Students Aren’t Interchangeable” and I couldn’t agree more.

It highlights the enormous variation in academic abilities among youth, and how students run the risk of ending up in one of two tracks – “In classes full of students with weak skills and lousy attitudes or in so-called advanced courses where they find themselves in over their heads.”

The editorial explains that part of the problem is a movement towards anti-tracking, which began in the 80s.

This editorial speaks to the average student who has been left off the schools radar screen and unless parents speak up about what’s happening with our average students today – just as it happened when we were students – they will continue to receive a below-average education and not maximize their individual potential.

Let’s band together and speak up for the average so they receive above average attention and opportunities to maximize their individual abilities.

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Try Stomping Your Opponent

September 25th 2006

I was at a game last week where fans were celebrating prematurely and I had a bad feeling as I watched them taunt the opposing fans in the stands that their actions may come back to haunt them.

They did.

Unfortunately, and maybe fortunately for some, the fans doing the taunting soon were on the receiving end as the final horn sounded and their team lost.

As the saying goes, “Don’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched.”

I read a story where Miami players were stomping on Louisville’s midfield logo prior to a football game between the two schools a few weeks ago. If true, that showed a great deal of disrespect to Louisville athletics. Two, there’s nothing like giving the other team – in this case the home team – some additional motivation.

As they say, “Win with class and lose with class.”

And, it might be a good idea to keep the stomping on the field, but not on the opposing team’s logo.

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Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Learn CPR

September 21st 2006

I read an interesting article in the USA Today regarding the Push to Increase CPR Training.

It makes a lot of sense. The article states that more than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest each year. The objective of the American Heart Association is to double the number of people who learn CPR. It’s an ambitious, yet achievable goal and one each of us can impact positively if we each take steps to learn CPR.

Check out the article and please do your part to learn CPR.  You never know when the opportunity will present itself for you to save a life, or when someone may just save your own life by using CPR.

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Do You Have Permission to Fail?

September 6th 2006

Has your employer given you permission to fail? Have you given yourself permission to fail?

I used to view failure as purely negative. For years I focused squarely on winning – especially when I competed in sports. I did everything I could to win and avoid failure. When I did fail, I was so caught up in the “losing” that I often missed the opportunity to learn.

Over the years, as I transitioned from athlete to working in the sports business, I learned how to turn failures into future successes. I’m not afraid to make mistakes or fall short, but instead look for the opportunity to learn from each of my mistakes, miscues and short-comings.

Now, my failures – and I do have my fair share – are more like investments in future successes.


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Be Willing To Take Advice

June 16th 2006

I recently opened a fortune cookie and read “Be willing to take advice as to give it.” As a consultant, coach and mentor, I’m more often the one sharing advice and business best practices.

When I read the above message, it immediately hit home with me and the message was clear, I need to be as open to advice as I am willing to give it. This is a great reminder to someone like me who enjoys sharing advice and who could always improve my listening skills and willingness to accept advice and constructive feedback from others.


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Don’t Dump Downstream

May 25th 2006

I was running this week and noticed that spray painted by city officials above a storm drain was “Don’t Dump. We all live Downstream.”

Because I’m always on the lookout for possible blog post ideas to share with our readers, I thought this would make a great title for how people shouldn’t “dump” on others.  You know, because it all travels “downstream.”

You have a bad day, so you come home and bark at the dog, which barks at the cat, who…you get the idea.

But, I decided to research the topic a bit further to find out the true meaning behind the “Don’t Dump. We all live Downstream” slogan above the storm drains and learned a few things I wasn’t aware of before researching the topic.

“We all live Downstream” is a reference to preventing water pollution.

Did you know trees can lower air conditioning costs? Check out this web site I reviewed with other interesting facts about how we all can do our part to prevent water pollution.

As for my original idea about not dumping on others, that’s also a good idea too.

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Read at least One Book Each Month

May 9th 2006

I haven’t always enjoyed reading. That would surprise a lot of people who know me, since I have a fairly extensive business book library.

While growing up, I struggled with reading and it could be attributed to not reading enough…not in school or at home.

But, I learned some where along the way that if I wanted to accomplish my goals in life, I best start reading more.  Once I started reading, I didn’t stop. I continue to read more than ever – at home, on the plane, in the hotel, on vacations. I really enjoy reading and learning.

My wife thinks my reading isn’t “fun reading” or enjoyable reading, but that’s because she enjoys reading fiction romance novels and I enjoy the personal and professional development books. To me, though, it is fun and very enjoyable.

How often do you read? How many books do you read each month or each year? Is reading personal and professional development books a part of your daily routine and/or your personal and professional goals?

My goal is to read at least two chapters of personal and/or professional development each day, and to also read at least one chapter each day about marathon running.

If you don’t have a reading goal, I encourage you to add reading to your goal list and try to read at least one book each month.

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God Sure Does Have a Sense of Humor

May 5th 2006

We laugh often at the dinner table. It’s rarely just a sit down, normal eat and be done with dinner around our home.

Someone’s usually doing something that’s going to make the whole family start laughing.

Our youngest daughter is quite the jokester, and the more she sees she’s entertaining us, the more she does her thing to keep us laughing.

At times, it’s hilarious.

But there are times when I think God is showing he has a sense of humor and paying me back for all the times I was a difficult child to raise.

Like when my Mom would ask me not to use the kitchen towel to clean up spills, but I’d use a towel any way…and so does our daughter…and she’s quick to ask “what’s the big deal Daddy?” just as I used to ask my Mom and think I was pretty funny.

Well, when my daughter does it, I can’t help but laugh and think back to my childhood days and how my Mom would just love to hear today all the experiences I’m reliving with our daughter, except I’m the frustrated parent and my daughter’s having fun seeing her Daddy get all frustrated!

As they say, “What comes around goes around,” and I’m enjoying every minute of it!


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A Thirst to Learn

May 4th 2006

I’ve always had a thirst for learning, which for me goes hand-in-hand with being curious and asking a lot of questions.

But surprisingly, with the many questions I ask today, I rarely raised my hand in class. I just wasn’t comfortable asking a question in class.

For some reason, though, it was different in sports. I had more of a comfort level asking questions and learning all I could when I participated in sports, and that’s likely the case for many youth today. We all have our comfort levels. 

But today, I’m very comfortable asking questions, and those who know me well would likely say I’m trying to make up for lost time when I didn’t raise my hand in class, because I sure do ask a lot of questions.

I hope you have a thirst to learn and rearely – if ever – hesitate to ask a question.


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Are You a Connector?

April 27th 2006

There’s likely someone you know who is so well “connected,” you’re envious at how many “connections” this person has and how s(he) in an instant can refer someone who can likely assist you with something…even if it’s in another state!

I’ve been blessed over the years to know a number of well connected people, and also know a few who I’d call “connectors” – friends who are very good at connecting me with other people, and who graciously do this without me asking for an introduction. They simply call or send me an email from time-to-time and say, “I met someone today who I think you should meet.”

I enjoy meeting people so I’m excited whenever an opportunity like this is presented to me from a friend, associate, or someone I’ve just recently met.

This excitement has motivated me to become a better “connector.” I find myself each day looking for opportunities to connect people who may be able to help each other or who may simply enjoy the opportunity to meet and associate with one another.

Now, I’m not sure if I get more excited when I’m connected with someone or when I assist two people with connecting – it’s equally fun to meet people and connect people.

If you don’t consider yourself a “connector,” you may want to give it a try and see if it’s something you feel comfortable doing and if it’s something you enjoy.

I hope you have an awesome day!


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Listen and Learn

April 19th 2006

Can every experience be a learning experience? Probably not.

What if we looked at every experience today from a learning perspective versus what we already know or what we’ve heard before?

I recently heard someone say that often we think we know something just because we’ve heard it before, but just because we’ve heard it before doesn’t mean we’ve actually learned it.


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Acceptance, Understanding and Education

April 12th 2006

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be 57 Asians; 21 Europeans; 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south; 8 Africans; 52 would be female; 48 would be male; 70 would be non-white; 30 would be white; 70 would be non-Christian; 30 would be Christian; 89 would be heterosexual; 11 would be homosexual; 6 people would possess 59 percent of the entire world’s wealth (all 6 would be from the U.S.); 80 would live in substandard housing; 70 would be unable to read; 50 would suffer from malnutrition; 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth; 1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education; 1 would own a computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. – Author Unknown


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Transform Challenges to Strengths

March 30th 2006

While running, I often observe homes, yards, landscaping, sheds, children’s play structures and everything outside the front, back and side of homes.  I look at the different bricks on homes, the different styles of porches…and gather ideas on how we could improve our landscape or our children’s play area in the backyard.

I often find myself in “observation mode” and seeking ways to learn and improve each and every time I’m at a sporting or entertainment event – alone or with my family.  It’s difficult for me to just watch and enjoy a sporting event without trying to pick up an idea or two that I can pass along to a sports organization we work with each day.

For those of you who work in sports, do you find yourself doing the same thing when you go to a sporting event, or some other performance?

It’s amazing to me when we look to improve ourselves how easy it is to find new things, discover new ways to do things, and grow and improve as a result.

I challenge you today to look around and find someone who does something – anything – better than you do.  When you do find that one thing you could change to positively impact your life, challenge yourself to improve and work towards making what appears to be a challenge for you today, a strength of yours in the future.

Ron Goch, The Telios Group

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