A smile adds face value

Readers of this column know that I am a big fan of Dale Carnegie, the master of making friends.  I carry a poem from one of his books with me and often share it when I am speaking to groups.  It’s called “The Value of a Smile,” and I…

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts. Although I never met David Rockefeller, he certainly would have fit in this category.  When…

Look for these traits in future leaders

I don’t care if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a small business owner or a manager or supervisor; you are only as good as the people around you.  In other words, it’s important to surround yourself with success-oriented people.  When hiring, always try to pick future…

How to deal with disappointment

His team was behind one run in the ninth inning, the bases were loaded with two out, and the leading hitter on the team was coming to bat.  The crowd sat on the edge of its seat as he swung two bats in the on-deck circle, picked up the…

Curiosity can set life on path of discovery

Thomas Edison once visited Luther Burbank, the famed horticulturist, who invited every guest who visited his home to sign the guest book.  Each line in the book had a space for the guest’s name, address and special interests.  When Edison signed the book, in the space marked “Interested in,”…

Why do we need a sense of urgency?

The founder of a highly successful company was asked what it took to succeed.  He answered:  “The same thing it took to get started; a sense of urgency about getting things done.” The people who make things happen share the same sense of urgency.  Ask any entrepreneur to list…

Perspective deserves a second look

A woman hired a bricklayer to build a wall outside her upscale home.  Talking with him while he worked, she was amazed to discover he was the brother of a brilliant concert violinist whom she’d recently seen perform.  “Oh, you’re so lucky to have such a talented brother,” she…

Kids teach us great lessons

A little girl visited a farm one day and wanted to buy a large watermelon. The farmer said, “That will be $3.” “But I’ve only got 30 cents,” said the young girl. The farmer pointed to a very small watermelon in the field and said, “How about that one?”…

For best results, avoid temptation at work

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city and attached the following message to his windshield:  “I have circled this block 10 times.  I have an appointment to keep.  Forgive us our trespasses.” When he returned to his car he found this reply attached…

Appreciation increases your value

A man attending a seminar on interpersonal relationships became convinced of the need for him to begin showing appreciation to people.  His family seemed like an appropriate place to start.  So on his way home, he picked up a dozen long-stem roses and a box of chocolates.  This was…