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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

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

 
 

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