It's Not What Happens To You

In 1985, one of the true symbols of success was a new, four-door Cadillac sedan. His success enabled Jim Winner Jr., to beam with pride at his new Cadillac with all the "extras" -- deluxe leather interior, state-of-the-art sound system and the top-of-the-line anti-theft system. He felt secure that this car would be with him for years. However, ...Read more

You Can Be Happy

The dictionary says that happiness is "the agreeable sensations that spring from the enjoyment of good; that state of being in which his desires are gratified." It's "the enjoyment of pleasure without pain."

My 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary says that "happy" is "the pleasurable sensations derived from the gratification of sensual appetites ...Read more


My dictionary tells me that personality is the "personal or individual quality that makes one person be different and act differently from another." Personality is "the total physical, intellectual and emotional structure of an individual, including abilities, interests and attitudes."

Personality is the sum total of all of our qualities. With ...Read more

How Good Were They?

Most of us make the comment, "Things are not what they used to be -- oh, for those "good ol' days"!

Question: How far do we want to go back? Quotable Business author Louis E. Boone lists "Eight Rules for Office Workers in 1872":

Office employees each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.

Each clerk ...Read more

Can You 'Unhurt' Someone?

I love the story of the little boy who had a bad temper. To solve the problem, his dad gave him a bag of nails and told the little boy that every time he lost his temper he had to go out and drive a nail into a fence post. Over a period of time, the youngster gained full control of his temper.

Then, the father instructed the lad to pull the ...Read more

What Part of 'No' Don't You Understand?

The question being repeatedly raised in America is "just what did the First Amendment say about the 'separation of church and state'?" To begin with, it says nothing about the separation of church and state. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment says church and state must be separated.

There's another factor that I find ...Read more

Stop, Look and Listen

When we started school, our teachers reinforced what our parents had been telling us already, namely that we should stop, look and listen before we stepped into the street.

That's good advice, regardless of our age. I love the story of the father who volunteered to "kid-sit" one night so Mom could have an evening out. At bedtime, he sent the ...Read more

Trust Is the Key to Successful Relationships

We will never know how many marriages have been destroyed, how many careers have been wrecked, how many lives have been jeopardized because of some trivial incident to which we reacted negatively.

Example: During the dark days of the depression, two brothers started a small store and shared equally in everything. They were congenial and happy, ...Read more

What About Loyalty?

As one of the most colorful managers of all time, Casey Stengel, manager of the New York Yankees for 12 years, earned a lot of extremely loyal fans. Included on his team were Billy Martin, Whitey Ford, Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and a number of other outstanding players. However, as any coach or manager will tell you, it takes a...Read more

Questions Are the Answer

For centuries, knowledgeable people have recognized that successful leaders have a talent for asking the right questions to get the information they need. They are probing, penetrating, thought-provoking questions that force the other person to think. This enables the leader to bring out the best in that individual.

As individuals, we need to ...Read more

Home, Sweet Home

The story is told of a little girl who was away from home for the first time at camp. At bedtime she was seen with tears streaming down her cheeks and a camp counselor asked, "Are you homesick?" The little girl replied, "No, I'm not homesick. I'm heresick."

The word home is part of everyone's vocabulary, whether they have one or not. Personally...Read more

When Logic Doesn't Make Sense

My friend, fellow speaker and country comedian from Nacogdoches, Texas, Bob Murphy, tells the story:

"A fellow over in East Texas walked into the local greasy spoon and ordered a bowl of chili. When the waitress brought the chili and set it down, by coincidence another waitress was carrying by one of their delicious homemade pies, and the ...Read more

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

We received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good I decided to share it with you and obtained permission from the author, Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:

When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn't looking, you fed a stray cat, and I ...Read more


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