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Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture”

February 18th 2008

How many people do you know that have received a standing ovation before they delivered their speech?
 

We’ve all witnessed speakers receive standing ovations following their speech, but Dr. Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor, received a standing ovation from over 400 students just before he delivered his last “Last Lecture.” (more…)

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The Power of 3 Little Words

January 28th 2008

I receive hundreds of email communications on a daily basis, and like many of you, some good and some not so good.
 

I try to pass along to family and friends those messages that I believe are worth reading, may have an impact, and hopefully will contribute in a positive way to the recipient’s day.  That’s the goal anyway.
 

I don’t always succeed, but more times than not I receive many positive responses to the email communications I send to friends and family. (more…)

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It’s All About What We Scatter Each Day

November 19th 2007

George Carlin’s wife recently passed away, and the message that follows are his words following the loss of his wife:

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. (more…)

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The Ultimate Pay Off is Character

October 15th 2007

John Gardner once said in a speech: “The things you learn in maturity aren’t simple things. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior or burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent but pays off on character.”
 
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Four Most Important Words in Business

June 4th 2007

I recently learned of a story where a professor asked students, “What are the four most important words in business?”
 

The professor’s response might surprise you. The four words, according to the professor, are “What do you think?” (more…)

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Instructions for Life

May 3rd 2007

I received the following “Instructions for Life.” Many of you may have read this before, but I thought I’d pass the list along for anyone who has not had the pleasure of reading it:
ONE: Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO: Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. (more…)

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Ten Minutes Well Invested

March 7th 2007

I recently read “The Most Important Words in the English Language” and felt motivated to share this neat thought for the day with you.  Here it is:
 

5 most important words: I am proud of you!
4 most important words: What is your opinion?
3 most important words: If you please.
2 most important words: Thank you.
1 most important word: You.
 

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Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

February 19th 2007

 With today being President’s Day, it’s only fitting I share in today’s blog some wisdom from Abraham Lincoln:

 “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God’s side.”

“I am not bound to win but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.”

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The Ultimate Measure of a Man

January 15th 2007

In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day it’s only fitting to share one of his quotes in today’s blog: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

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Thoughts on Wisdom

September 8th 2006

I received the following thoughts on wisdom from a friend today and thought I’d share it in today’s post. I hope you enjoy.

It Is Better To Be Alone, Than In The Wrong Company

Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are.

If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl.

But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

A mirror reflects a mans face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad.

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.

An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

As you grow, your associates will change.

Some of your friends will not want you to go on.

They will want you to stay where they are.

Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl.

Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider This:

Never receive counsel from unproductive people.

Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.

You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.

Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere.

With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.

Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.

Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

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The Choices We Make Each Day

August 29th 2006

Do you ever think about the choices you make?

Is it hard for you to make choices or do you find it easy? For the most part, I find making choices fairly easy, but I know for some people, making a decision – whether small or big – is difficult.

Why is that? I guess it’s just all in how we’re wired.

To me, Nike’s “Just Do It” mantra is a good motto to follow when trying to decide whether or not to do something I know I should do. There are also those times I think to myself “Just Do It” when I’m uncertain if I should tackle a project or take on a challenge.

It’s great to have choices, and that’s something many of us are blessed to have.

So today, when you’re faced with a challenging opportunity, don’t analyze it too long…”just do it” and enjoy the ride!

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Some Thoughts for Today

August 18th 2006

I received an email recently that states it was created by the Anthony Robbins organization and forwarded to me by a friend for “good luck.”

It was one of those emails you’v likely received that states if you pass the email on to 10 friends in the next 12 hours, something special will happen to you by 11 pm. Depending on who sends the email, I either delete or set aside for leisure reading when time permits.

Well, I finally read the email and enjoyed the thoughts. If you haven’t received this one by email or read before, I think there are a few thoughts you’ll enjoy.

ONE: Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO: Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE: Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR: When you say, “I love you,” mean it.

FIVE: When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.

SIX: Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN: Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT: Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE: Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN: In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN: Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE: Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN: When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”

FOURTEEN: Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN: Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN: Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN: Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN: When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE: Spend some time alone.

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Ordinary Versus Extraordinary

July 20th 2006

Are you, your business and your business operations team ordinary or extraordinary?

Think about it.

Do you offer ordinary or extraordinary customer service and experiences? What would your customers say – ordinary or extraordinary?

Why be ordinary like most people and businesses when you can be extraordinary?

I think this is a great question we all need to ask ourselves on a regular basis – how are we being extraordinary and delivering extraordinary experiences to our customers?

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Comfortable versus Uncomfortable

June 12th 2006

Are you comfortable with your job, responsibilities and your individual daily results, or are you uncomfortable?

I don’t believe I’ve ever felt comfortable, content or satisfied with my individual results. I usually walk away from a day’s work feeling I could have done better and hungry for the next day to improve upon the day before.

Years ago I always would strive for perfection, and I always fell short. I guess this explains why I feel I could do better.

Over the years, though, I’ve learned that perfection is unattainable and I’ve turned my efforts and focus towards achieving excellence in all I do. I’ve yet to achieve excellence, but today – just like yesterday – I’ll give it my very best effort.

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