"If something is not impossible, then there must be a way to do it." -- Sir Nicholas Winton (1909 -- ) I remember watching the first space flight that landed humans on the moon. If you were alive in 1969 when Neil Armstrong captured this image of Buzz Aldrin, you probably remember this event, too (if you were at least 5-6 years old!). Prior to July 20, 1969 the feat seemed impossible. Still, human ingenuity and determination proved several times that President Kennedy's goal of putting … [Read more...]
The Verdict is In — Are You Guilty?
SHARE this post if you like it! “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” -- Winnie the Pooh First, I hope this shocked baby photo made you smile and forget about "productivity" for a moment. Most likely, you are either guilty or you feel guilty (or both), and the guilt is disruptive in your life, impacting your relationships with family and friends and driving you crazy! How do I know that YOU are … [Read more...]
Don’t Miss YOUR Opportunity of a Lifetime!
Share this post here if you like it! “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” -- Allen Saunders (often attributed to John Lennon) How many times have you passed on a "once in a lifetime opportunity"? If you didn't jump at that once in a lifetime opportunity, it wasn't the end of the world, was it? "Opportunity" is not scarce. I've seen multiples of "one of a kind"; more and better offers than the "the best offer ever", and grand re-openings after "final going out … [Read more...]
No Arms, No Legs, No Worries! What’s Your Excuse?
<<Share Here If You LIKE This Post << Mickey Rooney died recently. His career began in 1927 at the age of seven and spanned 8 decades. He appeared in over 250 films, on Broadway stages and television. He was married and divorced 8 times, battled with alcohol and drugs, experienced both personal and professional bankruptcy and other calamities that would have been good excuses for most people to just give up. I have always had an affinity for Mickey Rooney. At a modest 5' 3" … [Read more...]
X-Ray Vision: Can You Spot The Opportunity?
What do you see in this picture? Look again -- do you see anything else? <<SHARE this post here if you like it! << Can you look at what others might see as failure and spot the opportunity? "When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." --- Alexander Graham Bell We've all heard the "door opens" part of Alexander Graham Bell's famous quote, but have you heard … [Read more...]
It’s Just a Flesh Wound…Attitude Is Everything!
"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?" -- Captain Jack Sparrow << Share this post here if you like it! << The optimist says: "The glass is half-full." The pessimist says: "The glass is half-empty". ............. And while they are arguing, the pragmatist takes the glass and drinks it! Alright, I know that there's nothing new here. The answer to the question about the glass being half full or half empty is … [Read more...]
David Nearly Fell Off A Cliff…But Lived To Tell About It!
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T.S. Eliot << SHARE this post here if you like it! << Have you ever found yourself in a position where going back the way you came is not a possibility, and moving forward, or even any other direction, seemed impossible? I found myself is such a position last weekend. I am an experienced hiker, yet my hiking companion and I found ourselves off-trail and on the edge of a canyon precipice that went … [Read more...]
SMILE! You May Have Untapped Super Powers!
<<Share Here If You LIKE This Post << This Batman Photo Had Me Laughing Out Loud! This image appeared in my LinkedIn feed, and it's been shared many times, so you may have seen it. I don't know where it originated, but I laughed out loud when I saw it, and I hope you enjoyed it, too. It says: "My boss told me to "Dress for the job you WANT, not for the job you HAVE." Now I'm sitting in a disciplinary meeting wearing my Batman costume." Such a simple act, yet so impactful -- a … [Read more...]
Setting And Managing Expectations Is A Major Key To Your Success
<<====Please SHARE This Post If You Like It! <<==== “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about YOUR plans.” - Woody Allen This quote isn't about religion or manifest destiny, or anything of the sort. This quote is about expectations, the belief that something in the future will turn out in a predictable way. The video by Tommy Rosen adds some clarity about unmet expectations: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhcea2oKhw8[/youtube] We often have expectations about what … [Read more...]
What Is Your New Normal?
Post by David Doyle, MySMARTblog Director of Community Relations. “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” About a year and a half ago, my daughter, her husband and their combined 5 kids moved from the high-desert wasteland of northern Nevada to my community near Phoenix Arizona. My daughter and her husband have achieved so much in the past 19 months, and I'm very proud of them for having the courage to make drastic changes from their "normal" life in Nevada that have been, at times, very … [Read more...]