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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I was cleaning out some bookshelves this weekend and came across All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Thought I would share his famous list.

Share everything Play fair Don’t hit people Put things back where you found them Clean up your own mess Don’t take things that aren’t [...]

servant leadership

Five Characteristics of servant leaders:

They are humble and selfless. They are great listeners and empathizers. They provide solutions while others ponder problems. Do not accept nor seek short-term fixes. They are bridge-builders who are more interested in harnessing the power of many  rather than feeding their ego or self-interest.

Adapted from Unstoppable by Nick [...]

Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

How many of these do you possess?

Self-starter Get along with different types of people Have a positive outlook Decisive Accept responsibility Enjoy competition (with yourself and your competitors) Possess will power and self-discipline You plan ahead and are proactive You take advice from others You welcome change and adapt well You are persistent and persevere [...]

Four Assumptions

Four simple assumptions that can help you live a more balanced, integrated life. Excerpt from Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit

The Body – Assume you have had a heart attack; now live accordingly. The Mind – Assume the half-life of your profession is 2 years; now prepare accordingly. The Heart – Assume everything you say about [...]

Perseverance

Would you believe that four legendary, NFL Hall of Fame coaches had a combined record during their first year of 4-53-1?

Tom Landry – Dallas Cowboys – 1960 record of 0-11-1 Chuck Noll – Pittsburgh Steeler – 1969 record of 1-13 Bill Walsh – San Francisco 49ers – 1979 record of 2-14 Jimmy Johnson [...]

Seven Characteristics of a Successful Personality

I just finished reading the classic self-help book Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He outlines the following seven characteristics of a successful personality:

#1 – Sense of direction – Be goal-driven, always looking forward, always striving for something.

#2 – Understanding – Focus on your communication skills. Realize that people react to things based on [...]

Do You Carry Donkeys?

Do you spend time concerned with what other people think about you? I recently came across an expression and a story both of which display the futility of doing such:

At 20 years old you wonder what other people think about you.

At 40 you don’t care what they think.

At 60 you realize that [...]

Should I Start My Own Business

In challenging economic times such as the ones we are living through today with high unemployment and stagnant growth, many people are contemplating starting their own business.

A friend of mine, who has spent much of his career in Corporate America, recently asked me if I thought he should start his own business rather [...]

Idea Journal

Over the years, I noticed that many of the people I respect most maintain the habit of journaling. Some of them capture their thoughts in prayer journals while others use it as a diary of sorts. Personally, I started journaling about five years ago. I fill mine mostly with observations about life, work and [...]

Winnie the Pooh School of Personalities

In a recent devotional, Kay Warren author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, shared an interesting personality test that I would like to share with you. She calls it the Winnie the Pooh School of Personalities.

Which one sounds like you?

Tiggers:

Tiggers are bouncy, flouncy, trouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! [...]