Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, understood the importance of choosing a right attitude even in bad situations. She was known to be someone that avoided grudges. One time a friend reminded her of a cruel thing that had happened to her previously, but Clara seemed not to remember the incident. “Don’t you remember the wrong that was done to you?, the friend asked. Clara answered calmly. “No, I distinctly remember forgetting that.”
Did you hear about the dramatic duel that Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson recently took part in? No, I am not talking about his one-on-one battle with Tiger Woods out in Las Vegas. I am talking about his final round battle at the 2019 Desert Classic. It looked as if “Lefty” would win his 44th career PGA Tour event because he just had to withstand a challenge from the 417th ranked player in the world. Yes, you heard that right, Phil Mickelson, who earns about $50 million per year was dueling it out with Adam Long.
Despite breaking the school record for total offense during his senior year with the Kent State Golden Flashes, Julian Edelman was not invited to the NFL combine. He was a successful college quarterback but NFL scouts did not see much of a future for him. It was looking bleak for this college star but then hope. At the end of 7th and final round of the NFL draft, he received a phone call.
“Hey, this is Coach Belichick. We are going to draft you. We really don’t know what you are going to play but we know you can play football. Nancy Meier [the Patriots’ director of scouting administration] will call you tonight to get you situated. Have a good one.”
Early Sunday morning on January 13, 2019, a snowstorm hit Kansas City. Several cars ended up in the ditch because of the icy conditions. Fortunately for Dave Cochran, he was not one of those. Not only did he not wipe out in the treacherous weather, but he helped a couple of people by hooking up a chain and pulling people out of the snow with his 20-year old Suburban. This wasn’t just any vehicle, though. This was also his home. You see Dave’s life has been a mix of poor choices and some unfortunate situations. However, he didn’t let that stop him from helping others that day.[Read more…]
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” (Chinese Proverb)
The year 2019 should be your best year ever. Do you plan on setting some “New Year’s Resolutions”. Resolutions are really just goals that we set for ourselves. The following is a list of 25 of my favorite quotes about achieving goals. I hope that some of these inspire you to achieve your goals for 2019.
I love to read. It wasn’t always that way. We were made to read in 1st grade and I hated it. However, all that changed in 2nd grade. That was when we were able to pick something from the prize box when we read so many pages. I couldn’t tell you a single book that I read that year, but boy do I remember those baseball cards that I picked out and how it motivated me to become a better reader. My teacher allowed me to read football books, baseball books, detective books, really any kind of book that I was interested in.. I read books that interested me … and, yeah I started my huge baseball card collection. Fast forward to present day and I am still reading books. My shelves may be full of books, but unlike many professors or business people, the books on my bookshelves aren’t just for looks, they have all been read. As 2019 approaches, I realized that I need a new batch of books to get me through the year as I ride the stationary bike at the YMCA or read right before falling asleep. Here are the 19 books that I plan on reading in 2019. I just went through Amazon and put them in my shopping cart and can’t wait for them to arrive. I will give you a quick summary of why I am wanting to read each book. Keep in mind, I am not saying these books are good books, like my previous articles Books for Coaches, Books for Leaders, Recommended Books for 2018, Underrated Books for Leaders but rather that these are the ones that I want to read for various reasons. I hope that they are good,otherwise I will have to toss the book and Mrs. Johnson might not give me credit for it thus denying me the next great baseball card from the prize box.[Read more…]
“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching you.” (C.S. Lewis)
Have you (or someone that you’ve known) ever said something to the effect of ‘It doesn’t matter if I do what’s right. Nobody notices anyway.’ or ‘Nice guys finish last’. Well, I have a little story that I always think of when it comes to integrity and character.
Last week, I attended the John Maxwell Team Live Event in Orlando and received my certification in coaching, speaking and leadership from the #1 Leadership Expert in the world (editor’s note – originally published on March 21, 2016). After 5 months of online training, these three days of workshops and live training were beyond insightful. I have always been a John Maxwell fan and have read many of his 100+ books. Now, I am licensed to teach his materials and add value to others.
The title on the front cover of our workbooks said “Leaders Growing Leaders”. That seems appropriate. As iron sharpens iron, we add value to others and help others lead significant lives. Leadership really is influence, as John teaches. Here ere are my seven favorite thoughts from last week’s conference.
Everyone has a past. Often times, the things that have happened to us shape our future. We can do three things with our past. We can LIVE in the past, we can DWELL on the past or we can LEARN from the past. Whichever category you fall into may go a long way toward determining your future.
Just be careful not to end up like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite in the following video clip . . .
A crow lived in the forest and was satisfied with life, until one day he saw a swan and thought that it must be the happiest bird in the world because it looked so pure and clean.
When he told the swan his feelings, the swan replied that the parrot must be the happiest bird in all of creation because it had two colors, instead of one. When the crow tracked down a parrot and told it what the swan had said, the parrot laughed. There was no way it could be the happiest bird because it only had two colors unlike the peacock who had many beautiful colors. Therefore, the peacock, must be the happiest bird in all creation.
Have you ever received a pearl of wisdom? You probably have but might not have thought of it in that way. This might be a phrase that you are unfamiliar with. Webster’s dictionary defines the phrase pearl of wisdom as a wise word or statement. It also goes on to say that it is sometimes humorous. The example it gives is “A crowd of reporters gathered around the coach after the game to hear him dispense his usual pearls of wisdom.”