As a freshman in high school, Jason Summey had a dream of every one of his fellow students graduating with him, without a single dropout, so he launched his "Be Cool -- Stay In School" program. He's written a book by that title that gives over 100 reasons why kids should finish school. Members of his Dropout Patrol are committed to helping their...Read more
Forty-eight-year-old mentally challenged Hank Nichols has found a warm welcome at St. Francis Episcopal Church. The church is Franciscan spiritually and "takes in everybody." An article by Mary A. Jacobs published in The Dallas Morning News spotlighting Hank quotes Elise Mitchell, a member there: "Among people with disabilities, I think those ...Read more
An extensive article in a past edition of The Dallas Morning News describes a program to fight illiteracy called HOPE, an acronym for helping others pursue education. It is a voluntary program started by Lucy Smith of Hurst, Texas, who trains the volunteer teachers at the Hutchins State Jail in South Dallas County.
Since 85% to 90% of inmates ...Read more
Eleven-year-old Kacey McCallister lives in Keizer, a suburb of Salem, Oregon. He plays basketball and is also catcher, first base and the outfield in baseball. His play has been so spectacular that a little league team in North Carolina dedicated its season to him and handicapped Boy Scouts in Georgia were inspired by him. People all over ...Read more
My mother taught her children that while we might not be the smartest people around, we could be courteous, polite and considerate of others. We were taught to say "please," "thank you," "yes, sir" and "yes, ma'am," not to talk with food in our mouths and a few other little niceties of life.
Now, there are some indications that manners are on ...Read more
In the worlds of education, athletics, business, government, etc. it's recognized that a person's attitude is often the determining factor in how well they do. In the business world, the dominant factor of successful employees identified by employers was attitude.
Unfortunately, there are more people with a negative attitude rather than a ...Read more
In January of 1998, Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian high school tennis player, became the lowest-ranked player (550) ever to win an ATP Tour event.
Question: What are the odds that No. 550 would beat players who were ranked, virtually all of them, in the top 50 in the world, and many of them in the top 20? I wonder if Lleyton honestly thought he ...Read more
Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, has identified through research the characteristics of the most desirable employees or job candidates. First, a positive attitude is the most important characteristic. Other research indicates the most often promoted employees have high job performance,...Read more
Years ago, I heard a speaker, whose name I have unfortunately forgotten, who worked the refrain "it don't matter" throughout his entire talk. He did it humorously and effectively. It was a version of "don't sweat the small stuff," and it made sense because who will remember those petty difficulties a year or two down the road?
Many years ago, I...Read more
I suspect that all of us in the world of business, athletics, music, etc. recognize the importance of teamwork. Old cliches come to mind, such as "Individuals score points, but teams win games."
In the business world, the concept of teamwork is particularly important, but according to Ed Petry, executive director of the Ethics Officer ...Read more
Ron Heagy is an outstanding author, speaker and counselor who has his master's degree in social counseling. He is also paints using his mouth and has sold well over a thousand different pictures. He has been happily married since 1992 to a loving and beautiful wife.
To see Ron is an inspiration. To listen to him is an encouragement. To read him...Read more
Concern is often expressed about the intrusion of big government into Joe Citizen's life. I can be numbered among those who share frustrations that, in today's electronic era, virtually nothing is sacred or secret.
However, what concerns me most is the watchful eye of the overzealous authoritarian figure in the workplace. I say this because the...Read more