Thursday, August 30, 2007
by Ella Wheeler WIlcox
There are two kinds of people on earth today;
Just two kinds of people, no more I say.
Not the sinner and the saint, for it’s well understood
The good are half bad and the bad are half good.
Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man's wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.
Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span,
He who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man.
Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.
No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
Wherever you go you will find the earth's masses
Are always divided in just these two classes
And oddly enough, you will find, too, I ween,
There's only one lifter to twenty who lean.
In which class are you? Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear
Your portion of labor and worry and care?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"The hero and the coward both feel exactly the same fear, only the hero confronts his fear and converts it into fire."
- Cus D'Amato, fight manager
Monday, August 27, 2007
"Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to almost nothing."
- Michael Le Boef, business consultant and author
"Since you can't change time, you must instead change your approach to it."
- John Maxwell
"The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook."
- William James
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
"Asked to name their heroes, young Americans surveyed by The Associated Press and MTV make their parents the collective top pick. Twenty-nine percent choose their mothers, 21 percent name their fathers and 16 percent pick their parents without specifying which one. Allowed to choose as many heroes as they'd like, nearly half mention at least one of their folks."
Its humbling to think about how great a thing God has entrusted to us when he gives us children.
I thought I would explain what I'm doing with all the quotes. The truth is that at my new appointment I have much less money to spend on purchasing books, so I've been checking them out at the library. I'm "harvesting" good stuff from them by posting them on my blog because I have to give them back!
The blogger system offers a great way to file away quotes and stories that might be useful at a later date.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.159
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other thing."
- Abraham Lincoln
"If something is worth doing, I will commit myself to carrying it through."
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.160
"You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize."
- Sam Nunn
"The moment one definitely commits onself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way."
- William H. Murray
"Anything worth having is gong to be a struggle. Commitment doesn't come easy, but when you're fighting for something you believe in, the struggle is worth it."
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.165
"If you want something out of your day, you must put something in it. Your talent is what God put in before you were born. Your skills are what you put in yesterday. Commitment is whatyou must put in today in order to make today your masterpiece and make tomorrow a success."
- John Maxwell, Today Matters, p.166
"The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"To bring one's self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When the battle is won for all time, then everything is easy."
- Thomas A. Buckner
"Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them, day after day. What you promise today must be renewed and redecided tomorrow and each day that stretches out before you."
- Arthur Gordon, A Touch of Wonder
"When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
- Ken Blanchard
"There's always a way through things if you work hard enough and look close. It all depends on your level of determination."
- Liz Murray
- clergyman and author Maltbie D Babcock
Monday, August 20, 2007
1. Acquire the Wisdom of Big Picture Thinking: Am I thinking beyond myself and my world so that I process ideas with a holistic perspective?
2. Unleash the Potential of Focused Thinking: Am I dedicated to removing distractions and mental clutter so that I can concentrate with clarity on the real issue?
3. Discover the Joy of Creative Thinking: Am I working to break out of my "box" of limitations so that I explore ideas and options to experience creative breakthroughs?
4. Recognize the Importance of Realistic Thinking: Am I building a solid mental foundation on facts so that I can think with certainty?
5. Release the Power of Strategic Thinking: Am I implementing strategic plans that give me direction for today and increase my potential for tomorrow?
6. Feel the Energy of Possibility Thinking: Am I unleashing the enthusiasm of possibility thinking to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations?
7. Embrace the Lesson of Reflective Thinking: Am I regularly revisiting the past to gain a true perspective and think with understanding?
8. Question the Acceptance of Popular Thinking: Am I consciously rejecting the limitations of common thinking in order to accomplish uncommon results?
9. Encourage the Participation of Shared Thinking: Am I consistently including the heads of others to think "over my head" and achieve compounding results?
10. Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking: Am I continually considering others and their journey in order to think with collaboration?
11. Enjoy the Return of Bottom-line Thinking: Am I staying focused on results in order to gain the maximum return and reap the full potential of my thinking?
(John Maxwell, Today Matters, pp.150-151)
- John Vertefeuille
"If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job."
- Malcolm Forbes
- Dennis Rainey
- Gerald Brooks
- Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat
– Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory, and to save an empire."
– Emile De Girardin
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you.
If you took no more care of yourself physically than spiritually, you'd be just as dried up physically as you are spiritually.
To train a boy in the way he should go you must go that way yourself.
Don't stop with telling your boy to do right. Show him how.
Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil's track your boy will make six.
Better die an old maid, sister, than marry the wrong man.
Whiskey is all right in its place -- but its place is hell.
The Animal School
By George H. Reavis
Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of "a new world." So they organized a school.
They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructor, but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his webbed feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but had a nervous breakdown because of so much make-up work in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He also developed a "charlie horse" from overexertion and then got a C in climbing and a "D" in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.
At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well, and also run, climb and fly a little, had the highest average and was valedictorian.
The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum. They apprenticed their children to a badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
S - Say the name three times in conversation.
A - Ask a question about the name (for example, how it is spelled) or about the person.
V - Visualize the person's prominent physical and personality features.
E - End the conversation with the name.
25 Ways to Win With People - How to Make People Feel Like A Million Bucks
1. Start with Yourself
2. Practice the 30-Second Rule (give people your undivided attention for the first 30-seconds you make contact with them. offer them attention, affirmation, and appreciation)
3. Let People Know You Need Them
4. Create a Memory and Visit It Often
5. Compliment People in Front of Other People
6. Give Others a Reputation to Uphold
7. Say the Right Words at the Right Time
8. Encourage the Dreams of Others
9. Pass the Credit on to Others
10. Offer Your Very Best
11. Share a Secret with Someone
12. Mine the Gold of Good Intentions
13. Keep Your Eyes off the Mirror
14. Do for Others What They Can't Do for Themselves
15. Listen with Your Heart
16. Find the Keys to Their Hearts
17. Be the First to Help
18. Add Value to People
19. Remember a Person's Story
20. Tell a Good Story
21. Give with No Strings Attached
22. Learn Your Mailman's Name
23. Point Out People's Strengths
24. Write Notes of Encouragement
25. Help People Win
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I'm currently reading Today Matters by John Maxwell. This morning I came across these pointers for Managing the Disciplines of Attitude on a daily basis.
1) Recognize That Your Attitude Needs Daily Adjustment
2) Find Something Positive in Everything
3) Find Someone Positive in Every Situation
4) Say Something Positive in Every Conversation
5) Remove Negative Words from Your Vocabulary
6) Express Gratitude to Others Daily
Thursday, August 09, 2007
- Calvin Coolidge
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I heard a phrase on the radio today. "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."
It's easy to scoff at something like that as ivory-tower nonsense. The world needs ditch-diggers too.
I think there's a better meaning though. Everything we do has a downside, if you look hard enough (believe me, I've tested this daily!). And conversely, every task can be loved. That's because love or hate is a choice. As one woman said about her mother, "She wasn't passionate about dish washing, she brought passion to dish washing." If you don't like what your hands are obligated to do at the moment, then perhaps you can busy your mind doing something else, whether that be enjoying the day, or your health, or how much worse things could be.
So why not invest in an early retirement, by trying to fall in love with at least one aspect of your job?
-expecting the best in everything - not the worst.
- remaining upbeat - even when you get beat up.
- seeing solutions in every problem - not problems in every solution.
- believing in yourself - even when others believe you've failed.
- holding on to hope - even when others say it's hopeless.
No matter what happens to you, a positive attitude comes from within. Your circumstances and your contentment are unrelated."
(John Maxwell, Failing Forward, p.67)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."- Adidas advertisement
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past ... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitude."
- Chuck Swindoll
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
- Chinese Proverb
"I've found that there are really only two kinds of people in this world when it comes to dealing with discouragement: splatters and bouncers. When splatters hit rock bottom, they fall apart, and they stick to the bottom like glue. On the other hand, when bouncers hit bottom, they pull themselves together and bounce back."- John Maxwell (The Difference Maker, p.63)