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The Worst Day Ever?

Posted on August 31, 2015

Wisdom comes from many sources; it's up to us to recognize and embrace it.  

The following poem is attributed to Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grader in Brooklyn, New York.   The poem originated as a school assignment in which students were asked to write about their worst day ever. 

Here's what Chanie wrote:

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day.

Now, read from the bottom of the poem to top to see the real meaning - and wisdom - of Chanie’s words.







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Leaders Are Readers

Posted on July 1, 2015

Love what you do or don’t do it.”
-Mark Cuban

To be successful in any profession, one must be a continual learner.  One way to gain fresh knowledge is through reading. 

Mark Cuban is said to read three hours every day.  He takes in information from various sources, converts it to knowledge and distills it into wisdom.   Then he takes action.  He acts on what he has learned
In the past month have you been exposed to a new idea?  If so, have you thought about how this new idea could be implemented in your life or work? 
Fresh ideas enrich what you love to do. 








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Dreaming and Doing

Posted on June 4, 2015

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
-Walt Disney

Most of us have been encouraged to “dream big” or to believe that we can “become what we dream about.”  But, how many of us understand that dreams are accomplished only by taking intentional action?  

Dreams are the thoughts and pictures we have in our minds.  Doing is what moves these thoughts and pictures into the real world. I can dream all I want about learning to ride a horse.  But, the dream can only become a reality when I get on the horse.

We have more impact on the doing than we might know.  Try giving yourself permission to see what you are truly capable of doing.

What you visualize, you can realize—if you move from dreaming to doing!


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Release the Brake

Posted on April 30, 2015

People have more greatness than they know.”
    -Bill Hoogterp, co-founder of Own the Room

Do you ever feel you are driving a racecar with the hand brake on?  Are you reluctant to realize your greatness?  Do you withhold permission from yourself to be brilliant?  Are you scared of success?  Do you fear unleashing your full potential?

If you responded with a “yes” to any of these questions you might benefit from a “perspective” check-up.  It might just be time to adjust your perspective, to move from a scarcity viewpoint to an abundance viewpoint.

People with an abundance perspective are confident, sure of their skills, and positive.  People with a scarcity perspective are fearful, negative and worried about taking responsibility.

Are you ready to “release the brake” and cross your success finish line?


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