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From Welfare to 'Franny'

Eva Young teaches us some lessons in commitment, hard work and determination in her efforts to leave her children a legacy other than welfare.

She's "been there and done that." As a child, welfare ruled her life, and she knew she had to get out. When she became an adult, Young shed her dependency on the state. But as a divorced mother of three ...Read more

Perfect Can't Be Improved Upon

Feb. 3, 1997, was a memorable day for Jeremey Sonnenfeld because this sophomore bowler from the University of Nebraska bowled three consecutive 300-point tournament games. He became the first person in history to do so.

In the future, others could equal that score, but no one will exceed it, as there are only three games in a "set." Earlier, ...Read more

Those 'At-Risk' Kids

Several years ago, Carl Hugebeck was teaching a course in character education in Bastrop, Texas, with outstanding results. Carl wrote me a letter explaining, "These kids are 'at-risk,' so I reminded them that because they live in America, lifelong education and self-improvement are possibilities, and they can make them a reality."

He pointed ...Read more

Accepting Responsibility

Today, one of the laments we hear from employers, parents, educators, etc. is that it's difficult to find someone who will accept responsibility for their performance and/or behavior. Too many people, we moan, are irresponsible.

This has been true since the beginning of time, and it started with Adam and Eve. God placed them in a garden replete...Read more

Don't Overlook the Obvious

One night in New York City, a steel plate covering a deep pot hole became dislodged. Every time a car passed over it, the plate reverberated and clattered, interfering with sleep and even conversation.

Finally, at about 11 p.m., someone on the block called the police. Two radio cars arrived with five policemen. They all pushed and pulled at the...Read more

Decide Now, Benefit Now -- and Later

As a nation, our citizenry is getting older and older. At the turn of the century, the average person lived less than three years after he retired. Now, the average is more than five times that, and the typical 50-year-old of today will probably have 20-plus years in retirement.

What this means is that we are living longer, but unfortunately, ...Read more

Myths of Happiness

Years ago, John Stossel and ABC News aired a fascinating program on happiness. Stossel exposed some of the myths about what it takes to make people happy and gave some specific steps that all of us can use.

Two of the myths involve money and leisure. Most people believe that if they had lots of money, they would be happy, but that simply does ...Read more

Exercise + Shower = Motivation

My daughter, Cindy, and I periodically take long vigorous walks together that are fun and stimulating. Exercise causes the brain to flood with neurotransmitters, which results in a feeling of being "up."

After a recent walk with Cindy, I took a shower and realized an additional benefit. The water not only "cleaned me up," but "lifted me up." ...Read more

The Three C's

According to Norman Shidle, a group becomes a team when the members are sure enough of themselves and their contribution that they can praise the skill, abilities and contributions of others. When you're comfortable with yourself, fear and prejudice go right out the window and you become an individual who knows the three C's of life: A person of...Read more

You're Not Lost -- You Just Need Directions

One day, a traveler in a remote country town, convinced that he was on the wrong road, came to a halt in a village. Calling one of the villagers to the car window, he said: "Friend, I need help. I'm lost."

The villager looked at him for a moment. "Do you know where you are?" he asked. "Yes," said the traveler. "I saw the name of your town as I ...Read more

Does All That Positive-Thinking Stuff Work?

James Bostick was 6 years old, had an intense dislike for school, did not like his teacher and was making poor grades. He cried at night, didn't want to go to school and complained of nightmares, and parent-teacher conferences were regular events for his mother, Laura. Every morning, James would beg, "Mama, can't I please stay home today?"

In ...Read more

What Kids Need to Know

Our company has a course called "I CAN," which teaches commitment, honesty, enthusiasm, responsibility, the right mental attitude and other positive characteristics. Charlie Pfluger, an assistant principal from an inner-city school in Indianapolis, Ind., attended one of our seminars and recognized the benefits that would come to his school if ...Read more

Willful Waste Makes Woeful Want

As a child of the Depression and with six of us too young to work when our dad died, we had to be penny-conscious in everything we did. My mother was one of the wisest people I've ever known, though she had a very limited education. She had the capacity to make excellent decisions, and she raised her children on her little "sermonettes." We ...Read more

 

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