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The Experts Are Not Always Right

The Wall Street crash of 1929 was followed by the Great Depression. The crash came as a complete surprise to many "experts." A month before the crash, Charles Mitchell, former Chairman of the National City Bank, announced, "The industrial condition of the United States is absolutely sound."

Prominent economist Ervin Fisher said nine days ...Read more

Be A Problem Solver

A moment's reflection will remind us that virtually none of us get overly excited when confronted with a "problem." That's human nature. However, those who solve problems are the ones who survive and thrive.

Think about it. The primary role of the physician is to help people solve their health problems. Attorneys solve people's problems, ...Read more

Outta Gas

Chances are phenomenal that at least one time in your life, while driving, your car has run out of gasoline. When it happened, you undoubtedly were a little frustrated, since things like that always happen at the "worst possible time."

Question: Have you ever deliberately run out of gas, or do you keep your eye on the gas gauge? Chances are ...Read more

Is This Just A Parable?

Two geese were preparing to start their journey southward for their annual migration when a frog asked if they would be willing to take him with them. The geese said yes but wondered how it could be done. The frog was very creative, so he produced a long but strong stalk of grass. He persuaded the two geese to hold each end while he clung to ...Read more

Send it Out and You'll Get it Back

Years ago, somebody made the observation that if you see someone without a smile, you should give him or her yours. Others have said that a smile is a little curve that sets a lot of things straight. You undoubtedly have noticed that when you smile at someone, in most cases -- particularly if it involves a non-threatening situation (man ...Read more

Be A Problem Solver

A moment's reflection will remind us that virtually none of us get overly excited when confronted with a "problem." That's human nature. However, those who solve problems are the ones who survive and thrive.

Think about it. The primary role of the physician is to help people solve their health problems. Attorneys solve people's problems, ...Read more

The Other Johnny

Many of you remember the movie "Stand And Deliver," the story of Jaime Escalante, an immigrant from Bolivia who taught at Garfield High School in inner-city Los Angeles. He accomplished remarkable results with students known to be especially difficult to teach.

One story not depicted in the movie was the one about "the other Johnny." ...Read more

Friends

A busy executive was being pressured by his 7-year-old son to pay attention to him, and the father kept putting him off. In one last effort for attention, the youngster said, "Dad, who do you like best -- Batman or Superman?"

The father impatiently replied: "Oh, I don't know. I suppose Superman," and immediately went back to work.

His son ...Read more

It's Up to You

My mentor, retired businessman Fred Smith, says: "You are the way you are because that's the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now."

It probably will not surprise you when I say that I am in complete agreement with Fred. He's the wisest man I've ever known, and he ...Read more

That's Our Policy

On June 1 one year, my wife and I checked into a beautiful resort hotel at about 6:30 p.m. and were greeted with enthusiasm, courtesy and efficiency, and given tickets for a complimentary continental breakfast.

We went to our suite, freshened up and enjoyed a marvelous dinner, then had a wonderful night's sleep. The next morning, we enjoyed ...Read more

Responsibility Is the Key

All of us have awakened on a given morning not really "feeling" like going to work. Maybe a mild headache threatens, or we are fatigued from lack of sufficient sleep. Perhaps we are facing a difficult assignment. Being a responsible individual, however, we roll out of bed, head for the kitchen for a cup of coffee, and, in the process, realize ...Read more

Was Encouragement the Difference?

The following two tidbits come from Glen Van Ekeren's "Speakers Source Book." Star Daily is a man who became prominent in England as a notorious, vicious killer, a hardened armed robber whose difficulty can be traced to his childhood.

His teacher routinely called on him to stand and read a passage in front of the class. Unfortunately, Star ...Read more

Can You Trust Your Feelings?

All of us have undoubtedly made the statement "I don't feel like it" a number of times. This expression in this particular instance has nothing to do with whether or not we are having a coronary or a migraine; it has to do with something that we need to do and should do but don't want to do. So we simply say, "I just don't feel like it."

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