• What will make you love your work

    “Nobody can be successful unless he loves his work.” David Sarnoff   Do you love your work? While many would answer yes, there are lots of surveys that show most do not. It’s not easy to get up each day and go to work if you really don’t like it, and the longer that goes(…)

  • Good or Great?

    “There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.” Anthony Robbins   How good are you?  For many of the things we do, good is okay, as in following the rules and meeting standards. But is good(…)

  • Choose wisely

    “Choose your love, then love your choice.” American proverb   How often do you get to choose? So much of life is made up of things that others tell us we have to do or like. The media promotes all kinds of images of things we’re supposed to be impressed by or aspire to: cars,(…)

  • Be passionate and disciplined

    “Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   Do you sometimes get carried away with things?  That mostly happens when you’re really passionate about something or someone: at those times you probably struggle to find some self-control.  When that happens you need to have self-discipline, common sense, and keep your(…)

  • Changing Plans

    “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Saunders   How good are you at making plans and keeping them. Life has a way of getting in between you and your plans: conditions change, circumstances change, people change, and interests change.  Flexibility is the best defense against the many things(…)

  • Live Now, Learn Forever

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi   How long do you think you’ll live? Nobody knows, and that mystery affects each of us differently. Some worry about it all the time, and it prevents them from living the life they want. Others never(…)

  • Pay attention

    “Life is not a computer program that runs on its own; it needs continual input from everyone.” Neil Kurshan   Remember when watches needed winding: if you forgot to wind them, they stopped.  When computers first came out they had to be programmed and updated; now the cloud provides updates regularly.  Life is changing, and(…)

  • Active Learning

    “Participation is one of the best methods of educating.” Tom Glazer   How do you teach others? I’ve been conducting training programs my entire career, and now that I am an educator I am getting a broader perspective on teaching others.  There are trainers who only lecture, and there are some who audio visual aids;(…)

  • Be an example

    “When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.”  A. R. Rahman   How much do you put in to what you do?  It seems that so many people do things by rote: no emotions, no excitement, and no more than the minimum.  Think of all(…)

  • Accept Responsibility

    “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”  Les Brown   Do responsibility and recognition go hand in hand?  Intuitively the answer is yes, but sometimes it’s hard to connect those dots.  Knowing it is only you who will get you(…)

  • Adult Dares

    “If you have the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.”Criss Jami   Remember on the schoolyard when others would challenge whether you had the guts to do something?  Dares back then were about doing something questionable or dangerous; the ones we deal with as adults more often(…)

  • Own up

    “Telling the truth may cause a few seconds of pain, but there’s no medicine that can manage the pain of keeping lies.”R.M. Ford   What causes you pain?  Not the kind you have from a stubbed toe or earache, but the kind you sometimes get when dealing with others.  As in: people don’t get back(…)

  • Hold yourself accountable

    “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”Thomas Paine   Are you accountable to anyone? At home it’s your family; at work it’s your colleagues and boss; and in life it’s your conscience.  Your family relies on you to be honest, trustworthy and loving: you all need(…)

  • Your actions change lives

    “Each day you are leading by example. Whether you realize it or not or whether it’s positive or negative, you are influencing those around you.” Rob Liano   How do you act around others? Most people act however they want, and all too often they don’t realize the impact this has on others.  The things(…)

  • Trust and Loyalty

    “Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three.” Ziad K. Abdelnour   Mention loyalty and most people think of those programs that reward frequent activity and reinforce continued brand usage.  Before those the term loyalty referred to what you gave friends or(…)

  • Building Loyalty

    “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” Zig Ziglar   What’s the foundation of your success?  If it’s your business, it’s probably based on marketing, and execution, with an emphasis on service and the people who provide it.  If its’ you: it might be your knowledge, skills(…)

  • Real Friends

    “A friend who will never fail is the one who will stand by you regardless of the situation, time or location.” Ellen J. Barrier   How many friends do you have who will stand by you? Not just the ones who are there when things are good, but also the ones who are there no(…)

  • Loyalty

    “Loyalty is everything, but everything isn’t loyal.”  Terrance McAllister   What are you loyal to?  Family, a job, friends, a pet or hobbies: you’re probably loyal to each in different ways and commit a lot of energy to maintaining them. Family usually comes first with a special kind of loyalty; a job defines you and(…)

  • Change or Steady

    “Change your world with your hard work and loyalty not with your words and your dreams.” Jarman Sandhu   How might you change things today? Many people never aspire to change anything – they go about their routines every day and are comfortable with the status quo and can count on things being consistent from(…)

  • Integrity

    “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.”  Dag Hammarskjold Where do you look to find integrity? Dag Hammerskjold was Secretary General of the UN during the height of the cold war: he died in(…)

  • What do you control

    “You may not control all of the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Maya Angelou What do you really control?  Most of the time you only control two square feet: that’s roughly the area around your own two feet when you look down at them.  You(…)

  • Determined Integrity

    “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”  Ella Wheeler Wilcox How determined do you have to be to have integrity? Not only do you have to know what integrity is and how to achieve it, you also have to be determined to(…)

  • Missed Hints

    “Families break up when people take hints you don’t intend and miss hints you do intend.”   Robert Frost Nobody thinks of Robert Frost when talking about integrity: he’s mostly remembered for that famous poem about the road not taken.  But integrity relies heavily on open and honest communications, and this quote seems to speak directly(…)

  • Do things right

    “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”  George Lorimer How determined are you to do a good job today? Not many people get up in the morning with the thought of doing less than what’s expected.  But it takes determination throughout the day to(…)

  • Focus on accomplishing

    “Big thoughts are fun to romanticize, but it’s many small insights coming together that bring big ideas into the world.” Scott Berkun   Had any big ideas lately?  You probably have but in truth it’s the many small ideas and insights that you have that end up bringing something special into the world.  Like: coming(…)

  • Change everything

    “An idea of something that didn’t exist before, that once they have invented it —brought it into existence — could change everything.” Nathan Myhrvold   It’s pretty cool when you’re a part of something that changes everything.  While most think that’ll never happen to them, think of the little things you do, or can do,(…)

  • Keep believing in yourself

    “If you’re not having doubt, then you’re not pushing it hard enough, or you’re not looking at the details close enough.” Tony Fadell   How hard is it to create something new? When people have new ideas they often worry that those may not be important or good enough.  If people aren’t immediately interested or(…)

  • Keep trying to improve

    “Innovation almost always is not successful the first time out. You try something and it doesn’t work and it takes confidence to say we haven’t failed yet.” Clayton Christensen   When’s the last time you tried to create something new and it wasn’t successful?  Many people are trying to be innovative: new products and brands(…)

  • Live your creativity

    “The most important thing about creativity is that you honor your creativity and you don’t ever ignore it or go against what that creative image is telling you.” Lady Gaga   Are you feeling creative today?  Most of what we do is routine and doesn’t allow for much innovation: that’s why you should make the(…)

  • The greatest mistake

    “The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.”Elbert Hubbard   Are you afraid of making mistakes? Nobody wants to make mistakes, but you shouldn’t be so afraid of making one that you end up doing nothing.  You may have to do something that you’re not altogether sure of:(…)

  • Try

    “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”Alexander the Great   What do you plan to do today?  Maybe you’ll do things you’re assigned or that people expect, or possibly something out of the ordinary or unique? You might do too many things, or nothing.  But no matter what, you won’t do or accomplish(…)

  • Learn more, do more, be more

    “Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.” Bruce Barton   What’s the best job for you?  Some think it’s the next one you’ll have, or one that is being created just for you. In truth, the(…)

  • Try again for greatness

    “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”Michael Jordan   What do you do when faced with an obstacle?   When that happens the important thing is to stop, think about ways to(…)

  • Great things take hard work

    “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”Albert Einstein   It isn’t easy to create great things.  It takes vision: you have to conceptualize the thing(s) you want to create.  It takes planning: to plot things out and describe them to others.  It takes dedication: you have to withstand the many trials and(…)

  • Stay focused, positive and connected

    “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”Maya Angelou   Encounter any defeats lately? In sports, one competitor or team wins, the other loses, any yet each must go on to the next game.  In life, the win/loss ratio isn’t nearly as acute, but still each presents an opportunity to learn and(…)

  • Understand how to work, listen, collaborate

    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” George Shinn   Are you a self-made person?  Many claim they are, but it usually takes more than one to get most things done.  It’s not uncommon to have one person provide the vision, but(…)

  • Coach a Team Spirit

    “Basically, a manager is a father figure to 20 or 25 blokes. It’s about trying to get the best out of them and creating team spirit.” Alan Shearer   More about the World Cup games in Brazil: countries from all over the globe, many of which don’t really play well together in other arenas, are(…)

  • Teamwork

    “We have a great sense of togetherness. It is our team spirit that has taken us to this World Cup.” Robbie Keane Wimbledon and the World Cup: quite a contrast.  At Wimbledon, the championships are played between individuals: out there alone and competing with just their individual skills.  At the World Cup, soccer teams from(…)

  • Team Spirit

    “Team spirit spurs me on. I’ve always found it easier to be strong for other people than for myself.” Cheryl Cole   What spurs you on? Many people claim to be self-motivated, and that’s an enviable quality; but the best often comes out in people when they are working with others.  Whether it’s projects at(…)

  • Happy 4th!

    “Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”Albert Camus The U.S. was founded 238 years ago on the radically new principles of democracy and freedom. Anything new like that is complicated and difficult, and its success requires a professional approach. The same is true for the work you do: you have to fully(…)

  • Exercise your heart, mind and body

    “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”John Holmes Do you exercise? Exercise is good for the body and the mind, and by extension, it’s good for creating the balance needed to think and act professionally. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is a(…)

  • Keep cool and carry on

    “Act as if it were impossible to fail.”Dorothea Brande Some days nothing seems to go right. You work hard, care a lot, pay attention to details, interact appropriately, and communicate effectively: but still, things sometimes go wrong.  It’s at those times that real professionals shine: they keep their cool, offer ideas and assistance, leverage their(…)

  • Failure is healthy

    “The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.”Joyce Brothers Failure is a part of a professional’s life.  Even though we like to succeed, it’s the many little failures that teach us the ropes and give us perspectives.  If everything(…)

  • Becoming a professional

    “You’re not born with a walk like that. You have to earn it.”  Donna Ball, A Year on Ladybug Farm You’re a professional, but you weren’t born that way: you had to learn your skills, master your subjects, study your methods, and perfect your delivery.  You then had to practice the things you do, watch(…)

  • Humility, pride and dignity

    “Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity.” Vanna Bonta Humility, pride and dignity: how many of these personal characteristics would others say you have? Humility: make more of others than you make of yourself.  Pride: feel good about what you do, but not at the expense of others. (…)

  • Changes

    “My rule of thumb for hitchhiking is: stick it up straight and proud and make if visible to all drivers.” Jarod Kintz Funny how things change: when I was a kid we hitchhiked all the time.  Stuck out our thumbs and hoped someone would pick us up: to go to school, to see a movie,(…)

  • Honest Tom Sawyer

    “The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.” Hubert Humphrey Do others wish to join you? Most of the things we do in life require the assistance or participation of others.  Assistance: they voluntarily choose to help,(…)

  • Accomplishment

    “All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” Michael Crichton Have you accomplished anything lately?  While many would answer “yes”, some might feel they hadn’t received sufficient credit for their efforts. We often let things like that ‘slide’, and that isn’t right. (…)

  • Show class when you win

    “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” Paul “Bear” Bryant Do you want to win today? If you said “yes”: you need to know that it’s not just the score that counts.  It’s so easy to get fixated on the score, and it’s exhilarating to cheer the(…)

  • Fire in the belly

    “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” Steve Jobs Some days it’s really hard to stick with something until it’s done: you get bored or distracted, or something else comes(…)

  • Passion

    “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” Jon Bon Jovi What’s important to you? The things you do, the people you love, the work you go to regularly, the routines you keep, the animals you have, the games you play, the foods you eat,(…)

  • Focus on what excites you

    “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey How are you feeling today? Maybe: happy or sad, energized or tired, focused or disorganized, excited or lackadaisical, raring to go or ready to drop, confident or confused, ready to make up your mind or hesitant. Those are just(…)

  • Develop a passion for learning

    “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Anthony J. D’Angelo How much do you hope to grow today? Most young kids want to grow up to be big and strong like the role models and athletes they see in the media. But at some point we all realize(…)

  • Turn dreams to reality

    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman Are you a dreamer?  Not the kind that wastes time dreaming, but one that uses it to envision doing something great.  This latter kind(…)

  • Get together with others

    “A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish.” David Packard What will you accomplish on this Friday the 13th? Just getting out of bed is an accomplishment for some; so is going through the same(…)

  • Participate

    “The human soul, as a part of the movement of life, is endowed with the ability to participate in the uplift, elevation, perfection, and completion.” Alfred Adler Why do you participate in things? Usually it’s because you’re interested and want to get involved. But there are other times when it’s an obligation or challenge, or(…)

  • Cast stones of talent together

    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa How often do you prefer to do things alone? We’ve all heard people say: “if you want something done right you must do it yourself”. While that may sound good, it’s really more bluster(…)

  • Polish someone’s skills

    “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” Mary McLeod Bethune Ever work with someone you thought might not be right for the job? Often when this happens, time intervenes and they turn out to be okay…. but that usually requires some intervention. People like you, who know(…)

  • Effectively participate

    “You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.” Edward O. Wilson People want to know the key to managing: it begins with clear instructions about expectations and outcomes. The best way: tell people what you expect, show them how to do it, and then involve them in doing(…)

  • There are no “sides” at work

    “I don’t have a ‘side’—I’m responsible for what I say and do and nothing else.” Glenn Greenwald What side are you on? When it comes to sports – most have a favorite them they love to cheer for. When it comes to politics – there are definitely sides that people choose and feel passionate about.(…)

  • Readiness for responsibility

    “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer It’s good to think, and it’s better to act.  Thinking and planning are important if you wish to be informed about your options and opportunities; but when the time and circumstances are right you need to use that knowledge to act appropriately.(…)

  • Together Working

    “Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.”  Criss Jami Just because you’re responsible for something doesn’t mean you have to act alone. In fact, most things like this are group efforts, requiring everyone’s skills and expertise(…)

  • Ownership

    “A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”  Kurt Vonnegut The problem with being the owner of something is that all responsibility ultimately comes back to you.  That’s good when things go right, but it’s not much fun when things go wrong.  While the latter presents opportunities to(…)

  • Glorious and successful

    “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”Elbert Hubbard ‘Nothing comes easy’ is something a former colleague often said.  Meaning: everything we do – style and quality – has to be the best (or don’t stop until it is the best). Think of all that(…)

  • Reliable or Useless

    “A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.”Confucius How useful are you?  To be useful, you need to be there: preferably on time; be alert: hopefully in the moment; be concerned: mostly about the right things; be practical: regularly straight forward; and be helpful: generally full of common sense. These are the characteristics most look(…)

  • Confidence in you

    “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Abraham Lincoln Do people have confidence in you?  The answer is: “some do, and some don’t”.  You actually control this more than you might expect: the more things you do right, the more others will have confidence(…)

  • Reliability of friends

    “The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” Cicero How reliable are you?  If you want people to be loyal to you it’s important to be reliable, honest, humble, ethical, straight forward, and kind.  You have to understand what their needs are, help and coach them, and always try to put yourself in their(…)

  • Simple Loyalty

    “Loyalty looks simple… but it ain’t.” David Mitchell How loyal are you?  Loyalty to family: it comes from years of nurturing and caring.  Loyalty to community: you grow up there and it brings familiarity and comfort.  Loyalty to friends: to and from those who are there through good times and bad.  Loyalty to country: it’s(…)

  • Memorial Day 2014

    Is there someone you wish to honor on this Memorial Day? Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in 1865 and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. It began as a tradition of decorating the graves of those who died while in military(…)

  • A constant measure of your character

    “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Randy Pausch Were there any good cards in the hands you were dealt today?  Poker is a game of people and cards: bets are made on what one reads into the opponent’s behavior as well as the cards in one’s hand. (…)

  • Ultimate kind of courage

    “To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.” Confucius Doing what is right is not always the easiest thing to do.  Sometimes you’re scared or insecure, or there’s pressure to do something else; at other times you might not be sure, or you just might not care enough to(…)

  • How will you be remembered?

    “Be careful of your actions. You never know when you’re creating a memory.” Ricki Lee Jones What will people remember about you?  We all do so many things and it’s hard to figure what others will remember: the good, bad, funny and sad. In the end we hope it will be something that we’re proud(…)

  • The Right Thing Feel

    “You have only always to do what is right. It will become easier by practice, and you enjoy in the midst of your trials the pleasure of an approving conscience.” Robert E. Lee How do you feel when you do something right?  Maybe the better question is how does it feel when you do something(…)

  • Do What’s Right

    “A true hero is not someone who thinks about doing what is right, but one that simply does what is right without thinking!” Kevin Heath Did you ever want to be a hero?  Like those characters in the ‘Westerns’, or sports figures like Billie Jean King or Derek Jeter, or one of the astronauts, or(…)

  • Hard Work of Creativity

    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra When’s the last time you actually created something cool? The only way you’re ever going to that is to keep your eyes and ears open, look for opportunities, understand the possibilities, collaborate with others, and never quit trying.  There will(…)

  • Focus on Dreams not Defeat

    “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”Anaïs Nin Ever throw up your hands and feel like giving up?  Sometimes nothing goes right, obstacles get in the way, people don’t follow instructions or(…)

  • Response Ability

    “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”George Bernard Shaw Who’s going to be responsible for what you do today?  Some people think others hold the keys: others who make the decisions, provide the(…)

  • More Important than Achievement

    “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”Carlton Fisk How many times have you considered giving up because you thought the odds were just too great? Odds, obstacles, headaches, complications, disputes, difficulties, impediments, and hurdles: they’re all examples of why you sometimes feel like quitting. But when you find(…)

  • Focus and Innovation

    “Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.”Leonardo da Vinci How innovative have you been lately? To be ready to innovate you’ve got to be ‘in the game’ all the time, otherwise your skills and readiness begin to(…)

  • Success

    “One of the marks of excellent people is that they never compare themselves with others. They only compare themselves with themselves and with their past accomplishments and future potential.”Brian Tracy Who do you compare yourself to?  Most of us see people in magazines, at work, or in class and compare ourselves to them: the problem(…)

  • Look and Discover

    “Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi   Think you might discover something today? Lots of people don’t bother to look, and others look in all the wrong places.  But if you’re attentive, engaged, curious, and open then you might discover things that others have missed. (…)

  • Dare to fail greatly

    “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”Robert F. Kennedy   When’s the last time you tried to do something and failed?  When that happens the key is to use that as a learning opportunity.  Many of the things we try have some degree of complexity and risk, and those can complicate(…)

  • Risk and Courage

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.”Helen Keller   Are you a daring adventurer?  I interviewed Sheldon Adelson yesterday and he said the key to success is taking a risk.  I think he’d agree that(…)

  • Imagination

    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”Albert Einstein   How’s your imagination? It better be sharp and active if you want to create something great or grand: most things we create begin with a vivid imagination.  Think about what you do at work: there are policies and procedures that tend to(…)

  • Keep young

    “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” Henry David Thoreau   How old do you feel? We all know people who act and look great for their age: maybe 60 really is the new 40.  And then there are others who look and act old well before their time: hard living and(…)

  • Do it with gusto

    “Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” Norman Vincent Peale   What are you going to do on this 1st day of May? Probably lots of things: work, play, read, write, walk, run, jump and sit (and probably many more).  You may do these well, or poorly, or anywhere in between; at home or(…)

  • Ignite your enthusiasm

    “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” John Muir   How engaged are you? John Muir was one of the first to experience the natural beauty of the western US and completely immersed himself in the wonders of(…)

  • Be enthusiastic

    “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Colette What will you do today? Some of the things you do may be smart and others not so smart; some may be fun and others sad; and some may be serious while others are whimsical. You may do most of them because you have(…)

  • Your belief matters

    “It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.   How do you feel about the things you’ll be doing today?  If you believe they’re the right things to do then you’ll probably try harder to make them as good as they can be.  We’re sometimes(…)

  • Professional person

    “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”Marcus Aurelius   This week’s quotes explored professional behavior.  Work rules, keys to success, talents to possess and desired outcomes: these are some of the things that go into making us what we are and they allow others to assess our overall abilities. (…)

  • Keys to your success

    “Six essential qualities that are the key to success: sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.”William Menninger   What are the keys to your success?  You need to be sincere: being genuine, fair and straightforward; have personal integrity: saying what you mean and meaning what you say; humble: quietly effective and never boastful; courteous: saying(…)

  • Rules to live (work) by

    “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”Albert Einstein   Do you have a set of rules you live and work by? Rules you live by: probably yes, and mostly based on principles and ethics.  Rules to work by: those are often left(…)

  • How professionals work

    “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”Henry Van Dyke   Professionals are like those who sing in harmony.  They go about their work quietly and effectively in ways that don’t create drama or draw attention to themselves: their work speaks for(…)

  • Ready to act

    “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”Mahatma Gandhi   How professionally we act determines how effective we are: focusing on improving the first will have a positive impact on the second. We’re continually faced with challenges that test our skills and abilities:(…)

  • Make your parents proud

    “You don’t have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.” Meryl Streep   Are you famous?  Most of us are not: we just do what we do and enjoy each passing day.  But in some circles we might be famous: that would be within the circle of(…)

  • Remember to thank

    “A simple “I’m proud of you” does wonders. It’s something that we don’t get to hear a lot, and probably what we need the most.” Ziad K. Abdelnour   Anybody tell you they’re proud of you lately?  Sometimes that’s hard to know since people don’t often tell you directly or act like they are.  It(…)

  • Be proud and humble

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