Archive for the 'Rants and Raves' Category

Be Happy

March 25th, 2014

Be HappyHappiness is an aphrodisiac; anyone who has experienced it will crave it again and again.

Happiness is a choice; it’s an emotion that can be found in any circumstance.
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Aggressively Enforce Your Will

March 10th, 2014

Enforce Your WillThe very nature of a challenge sets an appropriate stage for practicing mental toughness, which by definition means a psychological edge that enables one to remain focused and confident during high-pressure situations to perform at one’s full   …continues

Boldness…be my friend

December 30th, 2013

BoldnessBOLDNESS AND COURAGE are the greatest resources you have in rising up to meet a challenging goal.

What good is a BIG ambitious goal if it is not fueled by big, bold courageous actions?   …continues

A Call for Vigilance

August 29th, 2013

Call for Vigilance Someone once said, “I’d rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it”. In other words, it’s better to be a victim than a cheat.

Yet, despite the universal condemnation of cheating   …continues

Make Your Life a Masterpiece

August 29th, 2013

Make Your Life a MasterpieceYou’re about to learn an important insight, one that can and will make an immediate impact on the quality of your life and bottom-line results   …continues

Once Upon a Time…

July 8th, 2013

Once Upon a TimeNot too many years ago…

There was a young woman…

Who dreamed great dreams…

Who imagined a wonderful life…

But instead of taking action   …continues

Why Freedom Isn’t Free

July 6th, 2013

Why Freedom Isn't FreeI recently came across an article that mentioned the first newspaper printing (dated July 6, 1776) of the Declaration of Independence will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
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Give Them a Show, Before You Go!

June 18th, 2013

Give Them a Show It’s nonnegotiable: you will leave a legacy. The question then becomes “What legacy will you leave?”

What we ALL really desire is to make a dent in the world, to make a contribution with lasting results–a contribution that   …continues

7 Maxims for Creating the Ideal Life!

June 1st, 2013

Creating the Ideal LifeA maxim is a principle that carries the greatest weight or authority, and because of its universal approval needs no proof or argument; as the mere statement of which gives it authority.   …continues

If…

May 23rd, 2013

Remarkable or IrrelevantIF. . . is a wonderful question and answer game that focuses on both reflection and imagination.

If related questions provide for a time of reflection on lessons learned, victories gained, and fruitful imagination for the future which is   …continues

Life is a Game…are you winning?

May 22nd, 2013

The Game of LifeLife is a game of choices and consequences…

If you do not choose to make it … Exciting, Adventurous,   …continues

Act As If Success is Inevitable

April 16th, 2013

Act As If...You’ve no doubt heard these three words before, maybe even took a crack at applying this strategy in your life. But have you ever really taken the time to ask, “what exactly does it mean to “act as if?”
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Just do it…already!

March 17th, 2013

Just Do It AlreadySTOP
making excuses…
putting it off…
bitching and moaning…
crying over spilt milk…
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Don’t Outsource Your Responsibilities

January 30th, 2013

Don't Outsorce ResponsibilitiesOur future lies in our own heads, hearts and hands…don’t outsource yours. This letter from Abe Lincoln to his son’s Head Master serves as a powerful reminder of the value of both a Parent and a Teacher has in shaping the lives of our children.   …continues

In the long run…

January 25th, 2013

In the Long RunIn the long run, we’re all fertilizer, that’s a guarantee. But what about the other long run effects? In the long run, we all learn that  …continues

Every Vote Counts

October 24th, 2012

Every Vote CountsVoter ignorance potentially opens the door for both elite manipulation and gross policy errors caused by politicians’ need to appeal to an ignorant electorate in order to win office.   …continues

Radical Responsibility

October 17th, 2012

Radical ResponsibilityRadical responsibility changes everything. It means you own your thoughts, impulses, feelings and actions. You are accountable for the consequences they bring and the impact they have on others.   …continues

The Joyful Life

July 23rd, 2012

The Joyful LifeContrary to popular opinion, it’s perfectly okay to have fun in everything you do.

It’s not selfish, insensitive, or self-centered. Wanting life to be joyful is perfectly natural, normal and healthy.   …continues

The Unexamined Life

May 8th, 2012

The Unexamined LifeSocrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I’m in complete agreement, and the good news for you is that today is examination day!   …continues

The Grant Study… and what it means to you!

April 17th, 2012

The Grant StudyResearchers at Harvard have been examining this question for 72 years by following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s. Their discoveries might surprise you.   …continues

Balance is Bogus

March 6th, 2012

Balance is BogusIf you feel that your work-life balance is teetering on the edge and wondering if you’ll ever be able to satisfy the goal of being “more balanced”, then this is one message your going to want to read closely.   …continues

Situational Ethics

February 21st, 2012

Situational EthicsThere is no room for “situational ethics” in business or in any area of your life for that matter.

Something is either ethical or it isn’t.

The situation does not matter.   …continues

Got Stress?

February 21st, 2012

Got Stress?Everyone has a breaking point, turning point, stress point, life is permeated with it. Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it. It keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. It is not always possible to avoid or change events that may cause stress.   …continues

It’s Never Too Late

February 11th, 2012

Never Too LateDreams deferred are dreams that die — a process that can take the dreamer along with them.

The good news is that it’s never too late to revisit, and relive, one’s deepest desires.   …continues

Words of Wisdom

December 30th, 2011

Words of WisdomYour entire life is an accumulation of tiny details and small decisions . While we measure our lives in years, we live them in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.  …continues

Play Like a Champion Today

December 18th, 2011

Play Like a ChampionYour performance is representative of your practice, and your philosophy. It shows and it counts.

Every champion knows that everything they think, say and do counts.   …continues

The Broken Window Theory

December 6th, 2011

Broken Window TheorySweat the small stuff (graffiti, aggressive panhandling, petty crime) and you’ll stop problems before they grow bigger.   …continues

Are You Expecting too Much?

December 5th, 2011

ExpectationsWhat does it mean to exceed expectations?

Expressing gratitude and appreciation raises our consciousness, recharges our energy, enhances our self-worth, and strengthens our spirit.   …continues

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

September 3rd, 2011

TrustYour ability to demonstrate this quality impacts every relationship, every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which you’re engaged.  …continues

How to Build Self-Discipline

August 21st, 2011

Self DisciplineEvery goal you want to achieve requires the enforcement of self-discipline, self-control and self-awareness.

To build a solid reputation with yourself and others, to earn more money   …continues

Reality Check

August 21st, 2011

Reality CheckDeath and taxes are not the only guarantees in life: the truth counts as well, yet far too many people spend their lives denying the truth, avoiding reality, and playing the game of perception management.   …continues

Killer Career Strategies

July 25th, 2011

Killer Career StrategiesIndividuals are not much different from companies.

Having a trusted personal brand, or reputation, nets you the same advantages as a company.   …continues

Become a Rock Star

July 20th, 2011

Become a Rock StarIf the most important act of creation is self-creation, than one of your most important goals is to create a position for yourself as a rock star to your core audience.  …continues

Who is Challenging You?

May 20th, 2011

Who is Challenging YouWe have to accept that becoming uncomfortable is not a nuisance, but a necessity to growth, excellence and success.

With that in mind, here are a few questions for you to consider   …continues

What Would Socrates Do?

April 1st, 2011

SocratesSOCRATES is well known for using questions as a technology and a method of reasoning. He saw his task as helping people to ‘give birth’ to new insights, since it was his conviction that real understanding must come from within.  …continues

Two Opposed Ideas

February 21st, 2011

Opposed IdeasThis isn’t just true in philosophy and art, but is true in science as well:

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”   …continues

Birthday Wish: Random Acts of Benevolence

June 22nd, 2010

Happy Birthday
Once you recognize the importance of these acts and consider their implications, it becomes difficult to imagine daily life without engaging in random acts of benevolence.

The Fine Art of Gratitude

November 24th, 2009

AltHerePractice is probably something you think you?re done with when you leave school or give up music lessons. But, have you ever thought of practicing the fine art of gratitude?

The simplicity of gratitude and the powerful effect it has on our lives is unequaled by any other practice of its kind.   …continues

Intentions Aren’t Results!

July 21st, 2009

Intentions and Results
The world is filled with non-achievers who believe that intentions are more important than results.

For knuckleheads, effort is the same as accomplishment.   …continues

No Excuses Allowed

July 16th, 2009

No ExcusesThe tragedy of the average knucklehead is that they have become dependent on the deception, false belief, and unfortunately ease of use associated with making excuses.   …continues

Stop Interrupting Me

July 8th, 2009

Do Not DisturbALL interruptions are self-inflicted. You either let the interruptions happen or you don?t.

If everyone believes that you are available at all times, you are.   …continues

The High Cost of Disorganization

July 4th, 2009

disorganizedThere is a tremendous opportunity cost associated with remaining disorganized as every misplaced message or task left unaccomplished has a cost.

Some times the cost can be diminished reputation, lose of opportunity, and even financial pain. A lot of unfortunate, negative perceptions are created by the appearance of disorganization.   …continues

Chronic Lateness Syndrome

June 30th, 2009

Making ExcusesOne thing you can count on from far too many people is their consistency in being late for just about any meeting. They are an equal opportunity offender and THIEF of others time, and patience.

These knuckleheads are not the sharpest knives in the drawer; they waltz in late, apologize profusely and insist that this incident was highly unusual.   …continues

Unique, Original, and Outstanding

June 24th, 2009

Guido Daniele's HandimalsGuido Daniele is a brilliant artist who has turned his hand to creating a wholly different style of painting which he dubs as ?Handimals?.

Rather than working on canvas, he uses human hands to produce these stunning animals – like a Technicolor version of the “shadows on the wall” game.   …continues

Granting Wishes to Strangers

June 17th, 2009

Granting WishesWish Upon A Hero is a very special site which was conceived by a very special man, Dave Girgenti.

Shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City and from his home in NJ, Girgenti watched as thousands of people posted pictures of missing loved ones throughout the city.   …continues

Inspiring Peace Through Music

June 3rd, 2009

Mark JohnsonMark Johnson is the producer of a remarkable documentary about the simple but transformative power of music: Playing for Change: Peace Through Music.

Playing for Change is a movement uniting people all over the world through music and inspiration. I absolutely love their mission and commitment to inspiring peace through music.   …continues

A Model of Excellence for Kids and Teens

May 27th, 2009

SuperCamp for Kids and TeensImagine a camp where kids and teens learn to become exceptional human beings. Imagine this camp as a place where kids and teens are taught quantum learning skills allowing them to significantly accelerate their mastery of math, reading, writing and memory. And imagine this camp that focuses your child’s efforts on adopting excellence as a core value and invaluable life skill.

This sound likes a really super camp doesn’t it? Well, this SuperCamp does exist and it is the brainchild of Bobbi DePorter.  …continues

Reinventing Humanitarianism

May 24th, 2009

Dr. James OrinskiDr James Orbinski is an exceptional human being who through his unrelenting efforts is reinventing the entire conversation on humanitarianism.

Dr. Orbinski is past international president (1998-2001) of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders. MSF is the world’s largest fully independent medical humanitarian organization with over 400 projects in more than 80 different countries.   …continues

Making a Difference One Step at a Time

May 10th, 2009

Anne Mahlum - CNN HeroWhen someone does something so right, so honest and, yes, so commendable, attention must be paid. A focus on unique contribution allows one to make deposits into their sphere of influence in such a way that looking away is not an option. Ann Mahlum is one such person who deserves all the attention she can handle.

I was first drawn to Ann’s story by way of the CNN Heroes initiative.   …continues

Do as Little as Possible for as Many as Possible

May 1st, 2009

Muhammad YunusIn the spirit of celebrating excellence and shining a bright light on people who are making positive and lasting contributions in the world, its fitting that we focus on Muhammad Yunus, the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

Yunus pioneered the concept of microcredit – lending money to people so poor no one else would even consider them for a loan.   …continues