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Conquering Fear

Those of you who are fight fans and have seen Evander Holyfield in the ring will probably be stunned to learn that until he was 17 years old, he had considerable fear of boxing. As a matter of fact, he said he was astonished that he ever boxed at all and had even decided that by the time he was 18, he would quit because he knew he could get ...Read more

The Superstar Team Player

The basketball accomplishments of Michael Jordan have been well-documented by writers worldwide. His Most Valuable Player trophies in the regular season, as well as in the playoffs, put him in the category of being the best basketball player of all time. Even those who disagree with that designation would at least put him on the greatest team ...Read more

Rearrangement Can Help

John Adams, one of our country's founding fathers, pointed out that the word "reactive" and the word "creative" are made up of exactly the same letters. The only difference is the arrangement of the letters. And really, the change is not that complex. All you have to do is take the "c" out of "reactive," and put it in front of the "r," and you...Read more

Thank the Security People

For years, I've made a practice of never going through security at an airport without saying "thank you" to the security staff. I always include the comment, "I appreciate you protecting me from the 'bad guys.'" Then with a smile I add, "And the bad girls."

Most of them laugh and express with at least a smile and a nod that they appreciate ...Read more

I'm 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

Good-Finders Are Winners

It pays to be a good-finder. This anecdote from Retta Shepherd says a lot: "A few months after my husband and I moved to a small California town, I grumbled to a resident about the poor service at the library. Lo, lo and behold! The next time I went to the library, the librarian had set aside two bestsellers for me and a new biography for my ...Read more

A Dog's Life

Sometimes, I'm amused when people talk about living a "dog's life." Perhaps that's because our little dog has a beautiful home, two caring adults to look after him, regular trips in the car, a big yard to play in, and loving friends and companions, both human and canine.

However, the thing that intrigues me is what speaker/trainer Andrew Wood...Read more

I Love the Daily Paper

On a regular basis, I hear people state they no longer read the newspaper because it is so "negative." Surveys reveal that newspaper readership has steadily gone downhill for the last 30 years and the No. 1 reason is too much negativity.

Personally, I almost always read one local paper and one national paper every day. I like to keep up with ...Read more

Fantastic!

Speaker Catherine D. Fyok had looked forward to an evening with her husband when her flight was canceled. Then, she remembered how I handled a canceled flight by responding to negative news with the exclamation "Fantastic!" and shared it with another passenger. In unison they said, "Fantastic." It became their "password" every time they ...Read more

The Power of the Negative Word

One Friday, my son and I, along with two friends and clients, were playing a round of golf. It was a beautiful day with a slight breeze, great temperature, wonderful companions -- ideal circumstances for golf.

The three of us -- not counting Tom -- were having a fair-to-good day. Tom, who at one time played sub-par golf, was having a ...Read more

Front-Row Seats Available

In January of 1992, I spoke to the faculty and student body at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss. Back in 1943, as a 16-year-old, I attended the school and took a course in history under Coach Joby Harris that had a profound impact on my life. I was speaking that day and later that evening to a community group in an effort to raise ...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

Whom Would You Be?

Once, George Bernard Shaw was approached by a reporter who said: "Mr. Shaw, you are internationally famous and have traveled all over the world. You've been around some of the most famous people, and you're on a first-name basis with royalty, well-renowned authors, artists, teachers and dignitaries from every part of this continent. If you had...Read more

 

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