Conquering The Fear Of Success

July 19, 2018

A famous trapeze performer was instructing his students how to perform on the trapeze bar. After full explanations and instruction in this complicated skill, he asked them to demonstrate.  However, one of the students, looking up at the insecure perch upon which he was expected to perform, was suddenly paralyzed with fear. He had a terrifying vision of falling to the ground and being seriously injured. Frozen with fear, he was unable to move a muscle.  “I can’t do it! I can’t do it!” he cried. The instructor put his arm around the boy’s shoulder and said quietly, “Son, you […]

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Calm Your Emotions Before They Get Out Of Control

July 12, 2018

A young woman was waiting for her flight at a big airport, so she decided to buy a book to read and a packet of cookies to snack on.  She sat down in an armchair in a VIP lounge to relax and read in peace. A man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading.  When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought, “What nerve!  I’d like to punch him for being so rude!” For each cookie she took, the man also took […]

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Advance Your Career In Every Meeting

July 5, 2018

I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve called someone and the response I received is that they are in a meeting. I often wonder if they are in a meeting to see if they should have a meeting.   According to the MeetingKing website, in the United States alone we “enjoy” 11 million formal business meetings each day and we waste $37 billion in unnecessary meetings every year. The site also offered up these statistics: 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings, managers attend more than 60 meetings per month, 39 percent of meeting participants admitted […]

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Mistakes Are Opportunities To Learn

June 28, 2018

A young vice president was appointed by the board of directors of a bank to replace the retiring president and founder. With fear and trepidation, he made an appointment to visit with the seasoned retiree to seek his advice. “Mr. Clark, I need your counsel. How can I possibly be successful in this job?” The elderly man leaned forward in his chair. “Young man,” he growled, “these two words are the key to your success – RIGHT DECISIONS!” “Thank you, sir. But how can I make sure I am making right decisions?” “Experience. Experience will insure you make right decisions.” […]

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Help People With Street Smarts

June 21, 2018

“If you were to go around asking people what would make them happier, you’d get answers like ‘A new car. A bigger house. A raise in pay. Winning the lottery.’ Very few would say, ‘A chance to help people.’ And yet that is what brings about the most happiness of all.” I wish I would have said that, but the late comedian George Burns did. Still, that’s how I’ve felt all my life.  And I am a very happy guy. I love sharing what I have learned over my lifetime of business and community involvement.  That has been my motivation […]

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Red, White and True Blue

June 14, 2018

June 14 is Flag Day, celebrating the 13 stripes and the 50 stars that symbolize our humble beginnings and our growth into one unified nation.   On June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” But the resolution never said a word about the significance behind the choice of red, white and blue – because the three colors did not have […]

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Be Conscious Of Your Conscience

June 7, 2018

I have always been a fan of comics, or what I call the funny pages.  Recently I was looking at The Family Circus” by Bil Keane.  The littlest boy has a cupboard open and is looking at various boxes of food when his older brother sees him and says, “Conscience is like Mommy tellin’ you not to do somethin’, but she isn’t there.” Or as I like to say, act like your mother is watching.  All the time. Conscience is that little voice inside that tells us what we already know is right or wrong.  Unfortunately for some, when it […]

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Baseball and Business Have A Lot In Common

May 31, 2018

Baseball season is in full swing, but it might be a very different game if Pete Browning had not broken his bat in 1884. The story of how the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bat came to be is fascinating. According to the famous bat company’s history, it all began when the 17-year-old son of J. F. Hillerich skipped out of work one day to watch a local baseball game. Browning, the star of the hometown team, broke his bat during the game. Young Bud Hillerich, a woodworking apprentice, invited him to his father’s wood shop, offering to make a new bat […]

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Hustle Leads To Success

May 25, 2018

When Pat Riley was coaching the New York Knicks in the early 1990s, he wanted to motivate his team. The team kept the usual stats on scoring, assists, rebounds and the like, but one year Riley decided to begin measuring hustle – how many rebounds players went for even if they didn’t succeed; how many times a player would make an extra effort to snatch a loose ball; how often someone would make a steal attempt. Riley posted his “Hustle Stats” in the Knicks’ locker room after every game, without any additional comment on his part. Riley’s players took notice […]

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The Sleep Doctor Puts Your Worries To Rest

May 17, 2018

When I am asked what I would like on my tombstone, my standard reply is, “He couldn’t sleep fast enough.” For my entire life, I’ve been afraid that I will miss something, so I cheat on sleep. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been getting by on five to six hours of sleep. After listening to “The Sleep Doctor,” I might have to reassess my sleeping habits. Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and a diplomate of both the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest […]

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Encouragement Unleashes Potential

May 10, 2018

Thomas Edison’s teacher said he was a poor student. His mother was furious at that characterization and took him out of school and taught him at home. Edison gave this account of the incident in an interview published on Nov. 29, 1907: “One day I overheard the teacher tell the inspector that I was ‘addled’ and it would not be worthwhile keeping me in school any longer. I was so hurt by this last straw that I burst out crying and went home and told my mother about it. Then I found out what a good thing a good mother is. “She came out as […]

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Wash Your Mouth Clean Of These Career-Killing Phrases

May 3, 2018

How many of you remember your mom or dad washing your mouth out with soap when you said a bad word and got caught lying? I don’t know if it’s still a common practice, but many people of my generation remember the awful taste this left in their mouths and dutifully passed this teaching opportunity to their children. My dad always told me, “Think before you speak.” Easier said than done. However, over the years you learn NOT to use certain words that you know will invite a negative reaction or worse. Words matter. They can uplift or they can knock down. They can unite […]

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3 Bones Lead To Success

April 26, 2018

A young woman was starting her career and leaving her parents’ home when her father pulled her aside and said, “There are only three things you need to make a big success in this world – three strong bones.” “Three bones?” the young woman asked. “Three bones,” her father repeated.  “A wishbone, a jawbone and a backbone.” “You need a strong wishbone to dream big and imagine a life of endless possibilities,” he said. “Your jawbone is to ask for help when you need it,” he continued.  “Speak your mind when you have to and raise insightful questions to feed your curiosity and […]

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Make The Call To Improve Phone Skills

April 12, 2018

The world is getting smaller every day. Thanks to advances in technology, we can be connected to points around the globe in seconds through our computer or telephone. We can even be on the other side of the world almost in person in a matter of seconds. Businesses can easily reach people and places that were inaccessible just a few years ago. This is why I say the phone is one of the most awesome tools available. We’ve all had years and years of experience using a phone, so why are so many people bad at using it? Here are […]

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Humor in business is no joke

April 5, 2018

Life is funny.  As a businessman, public speaker and author, I especially love clever stories with a message because they make important points more memorable.  Over the years I have collected a filing cabinet full of great material.  Since April is National Humor Month, I thought I would package up some of my favorites which cover a variety of topics.  Enjoy! Unless you are a one-person shop, teamwork is not optional.  This story says it all:  The loaded minivan pulled into the only remaining campsite.  Four youngsters leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up a […]

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