The Responsibility is Yours

The Responsibility is Yours

Abraham Lincoln said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

The "blame game" goes back to the beginning. God told Adam and Eve when He placed them in the Garden that they could have it all, except they were not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the Garden.

Keep Your Finger in the Pie

Keep Your Finger in the Pie

Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, one of the guiding lights in the struggle to
restore moral and ethical values in our society, tells this fascinating personal story. His wife, Elayne, who is a former teacher, urged him to visit schools and teach classes.

It’s O.K. to be Negative

It’s O.K. to be Negative

To those of you who know me, that probably sounds like a stunning statement, but I really do believe it's o.k. to be negative, pessimistic and discouraged, and I understand how a person could acquire those feelings and attitudes. Your past could well have dealt you a series of crushing blows.

Stand or Sit

Stand or Sit

Most people have more than just a tendency to see things from their own perspective, which, for many of us, is largely determined by our corporate position. It's also true that where we stand from an integrity point of view will determine where we sit in the corporate hierarchy.

Passion is the Key

Passion is the Key

The dictionary says that passion is "a strong emotion, an ardent love; zeal; eager desire, hope and joy." It has been my observation that in every field of endeavor the men and women who reach the mountain tops of life have a passion to give their all and be the best they can be.

It’s Not “Out There”

It’s Not “Out There”

Gerhard Gschwandtner, the editor and publisher of Selling Power, gives us some interesting information and sound advice. He visited an automobile dealership owned by a friend who complained about the slowdown in car sales. Gerhard says that as he looked at his sales records he glanced up to scan the activity on the showroom floor and on the car lot.

Act Your Age

Act Your Age

As a youngster I frequently heard adults say to their children, "Act your age." On occasion, my own mother used that terminology on me. Most times the adult is challenging the adolescent to change the conduct they followed when they were younger.

Forget It

Forget It

The best thing we can do with regrets of the past is bury them. I mention this because Bruce DeHaven, who coached for the Buffalo Bills 1987-1999, as well as Scott Norwood (played 1985-1991), who missed the field goal in Super Bowl XXV, have a picture indelibly burned into their minds.

How to be Happy

How to be Happy

“Happiness” is high on the list of what everybody wants. Many people maintain they will be happy "when" - they get the new house, but they won't. Then they will be happy when they get it completely furnished - but they won't. They'll be happy when they have added the playroom, but they won't. Next, they'll be happy when the mortgage is paid off - but they won't. There are many people who will be happy "when" - they are able to take that vacation in Hawaii - but they won't, because it doesn't make any difference where you go, there you are.

Teaching or Reproducing?

Teaching or Reproducing?

A wise person once said that we teach people what we know, but we reproduce what we are. The prophet of long ago taught that the student is not above the teacher, but that the teacher has not taught until the student becomes as the teacher. Yet another person says that "people will not always believe what you say but they will always believe what you do.

Encouragement is the Key

Encouragement is the Key

Mary Kay Ash says that thousands of people have gone farther than they thought they could because somebody else thought they could. What that someone else did was to offer encouragement, which is the "fuel" of hope.

The question is, how often do you give someone a word of encouragement, a verbal thank-you or a simple little note that says "I genuinely appreciate your efforts - you're doing a beautiful job"? This little story told by Herm Albright adds this thought: "After watching a middle-aged waitress going about her business efficiently but with a smile for everyone, I decided to compliment her on her good humor.

The Issue is Character

The Issue is Character

What you do off the job ultimately plays a major role in how far you go on the job. Every athlete, singer, dancer, entertainer, outstanding attorney, physician, speaker, professor, etc., clearly understands this fact of life. When everyone, regardless of occupation, understands this basic fact, they will make more progress in their personal, family and professional lives.