Good News: You Can Change!

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

Chance Has No Memory

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

The Most Desirable Employees

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

It Don't Matter

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

A Teamwork Dilemma

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

Life Is an Attitude

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

Big Brother Is Watching

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

It's Ironic

St. Patrick's Day is a time to honor the monk who brought Christianity to Ireland. Unfortunately, today, as an article by John Lang for Scripps Howard News Service put it, "St. Patrick's Day has emerged as one of the deadliest days in the United States and is an unholy ritual of drunkenness."

He goes ahead to say that "There is a higher ...Read more

The Land of Opportunity

For many years, I've been waving the flag, extolling the virtues of the opportunities America has to offer. Stories are legendary about people who start with nothing and end up being ultrasuccessful, not only financially but in the positions they occupy as independent businesspeople or corporate executives, as well as at home in their personal ...Read more

Example Is Still the Best Teacher

This event, recently recalled by a missionary's daughter, took place many years ago: "To celebrate the coming of Christian missionaries to a region of Zaire, a day-long event was filled with speeches, testimonies and music.

"That rally is best remembered for the way it ended. A very old man came before the crowd and insisted he be allowed to ...Read more

And the Winner Is ...

Think back to the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Tara Lipinski won the gold medal in figure skating. Michelle Kwan won the silver.

This event truly was one of the most exciting and closest competitions in the history of the Olympic Games. Eight of the nine judges placed the competitors within one-tenth of a point of each other; six of the ...Read more

Just Add a Zero

Ben Feldman is arguably the greatest life insurance salesperson of all time. In his career, he sold more insurance than some companies do. He struggled to get started, however, and had difficulty selling a $5,000 policy.

Over the years, he started thinking that if instead of a $5,000 policy he could just add one zero to it, it would really take...Read more


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