Game Plan for Success by Harvey Mackay

Game plan for success

My definition of success is having a predetermined plan, successfully carrying it out over a long period of time and having a good time doing it. That’s what John Calipari does as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.  Coach Cal is able to recruit the country’s top high-school talent with this simple […]

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Innovation is the path to growth

The Hewlett-Packard Company was famously founded in a one-car garage by William Hewlett and Dave Packard. It has become one of the world’s most innovative and successful technology companies, but it’s never lost sight of its founders’ original vision. According to legend, these rules on innovation were posted in the garage: Believe you can change […]

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Creativity can be a life-saver

We take many everyday items for granted, but when these items were introduced to the market, they were anything but ordinary. Have you ever wondered how you got along without a specific product, a must-have invention … or the latest version of your smartphone? Somewhere between necessity being the mother of invention and pure creative […]

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Create a ‘trust fund’ with your team

I am convinced that T-R-U-S-T is the most important five-letter word in business – not sales or money or any other replaceable commodities.  Trust can be fragile, especially in the workplace.  Once it’s broken, few companies, managers or employees ever win it back. At every level of every organization, workers need to understand the importance […]

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Communication is a vital management skill

A construction worker walked up to the reception desk at a doctor’s office and was asked why he was there. “I have shingles,” he replied. She asked for his name, address and insurance information and told him to have a seat. Ten minutes later, a nurse called his name, took him back to the examining […]

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I’ll never forget what’s-his-name

A man had gone to a circus as a small boy and decided to return years later.  He was sitting in a cheap seat when an elephant came along, reached up into the stands, wrapped his trunk gently about the man and carried him over to the best seat. The man turned to his neighbor […]

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Slow and steady wins the day

You might have heard the saying:  If you are persistent you will get it.  If you are consistent you will keep it. This statement describes professional golfer Jordan Spieth to a tee.  Spieth was the defending champion of the Master’s Golf Tournament.  He led this year’s tournament for the first three rounds and had a […]

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Volunteerism: You often receive more than you give

Years ago, my father sat me down and gave me what was some of the best advice I have ever received.  It had nothing to do with making money but everything to do with getting ahead in the world.  It was self-help advice that really focused on helping others. He told me I would never […]

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Life lessons from the baseball diamond

Ah, the joys of spring:  longer daylight, budding flowers, farm babies, and, of course, opening day of our national pastime, baseball.  What a thrill to go to the game and “root, root, root for the home team.” I’ve found a day at the ballpark can also be very educational.  In the game of life, baseball […]

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A sense of humor is no joke

There is an Apache legend that the creator gave human beings the ability to talk and to run, and to look at things.  But in addition, the legend says he was not satisfied until he also gave them the ability to laugh.  After giving humans the ability to laugh, the creator said, “Now you are […]

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