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Stretching the Soul

"I was just a kid," said Mr. Sharpe. "One spring day, Father called me to go with him to Old Man Trussell's blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired. And there they were, ready and fixed like new. Father handed over a silver dollar for the repairing, but Mr. Trussell refused to take it. 'No,' he said. 'There's no charge for...Read more

Teaching by Parable

The parable has always been my favorite method of teaching. The reason is simple: People remember the story, and when they remember the story, they remember the lesson the story provided. As an example, the greatest storyteller of all time, the Carpenter from Galilee, told parable after parable. Incidentally, two-thirds of them had to do with ...Read more

We All Live in a Small Town

Chances are excellent that when you read the heading on this column, you thought to yourself, "Man, what's he talking about? I live in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles! That's not a small town!" You're right. However, in every big city there are lots of "small towns." The place you work, the neighborhood in which you live, the local church, ...Read more

Happiness Is ...

Many years ago, Abraham Lincoln said that most of us are about as happy as we make up our minds to be.

Somewhat more recent studies done by David Meyers of Hope College in Holland, Mich., and Ed Dyner of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, indicate that happy people have four things in common: First, they have a support system. ...Read more

The Truth About Family Values

One of the ongoing discussions we hear is that of family values. There are some who try to identify them; others say there are no established family values.

The reason people have been unable to isolate and identify family values, in my opinion, is very simple: There are no "family" values because the values that make for a strong family are ...Read more

You Can Make a Difference

In March of 1993, a 14-year-old student from Haltom City, Texas, killed a policeman and seriously wounded three of his neighbors. In the exchange of gunfire, he was killed.

There has been much speculation about this tragedy. Outwardly, things seemed normal. His father was on the police force. They were a middle-class, law-abiding family. The ...Read more

The 80/20 Rule

In the early 1900s, Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian engineer-economist-sociologist, developed what he called the "80/20 rule." His research indicated that in a business, 20 percent of the items accounted for 80 percent of the business and that roughly 20 percent of the population controlled roughly 80 percent of its wealth.

Since then, others ...Read more

The Driving Range

This afternoon, it was my privilege to hit some golf balls. It was extremely windy, and wind play is the weakest part of my game. Recently, our head pro, Eldridge Miles, one of America's truly great teaching pros and a genuine "people person," taught me how to hit a "knock-down" shot, designed especially to solve that problem.

My excitement ...Read more

Here's an Unsung Hero

My thanks to Joe Rael for the inspiring story of his father.

Filadelfio Rael was born on a poor ranch in Anton Chico, N.M., and his schooling ended with third grade. As a child, he worked for farmers and ranchers, and he sold wood he collected to help provide for his parents.

When he married, he and Mrs. Rael had six children, most of whom ...Read more

Why I Will Succeed

Charles Surasky has said some nice things about one of my books, and he gave me permission to use his comments in a column. This writing was produced at the request of the managing partner of a West Coast legal practice and was a significant part of a larger project.

I will succeed, because I am a winner.

I will succeed, because every lesson...Read more

The Driving Range

This afternoon, it was my privilege to hit some golf balls. It was extremely windy, and wind play is the weakest part of my game. Recently, our head pro, Eldridge Miles, one of America's truly great teaching pros and a genuine "people person," taught me how to hit a "knock-down" shot, designed especially to solve that problem.

My excitement ...Read more

Example: The Best Teacher

This little poem crossed my desk recently, and it exposed a great truth:

I lost a very little word

Just the other day.

It was a very naughty word

I had not meant to say.

But then, it was not really lost

When from my lips it flew,

My little daughter picked it up,

And now she says it, too.

"Out of the mouths of babes come words their ...Read more

 
 

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