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4th-Quarter Game Changers

Are life’s record smashing performances reserved for those sprightly early decades? Not for seasoned vets who know how to strew the seasoning. Colonel Harland Sanders began franchising Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 65, using $105 of his first Social Security check. TV journalism maven Barbara Walters was 68 in 1997 when she cocreated The View […]

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Courage–What Sets You Apart From The Crowd

In his final broadcast as anchor of the CBS Evening News a few years ago Dan Rather paid homage to people around the world who daily struggle with danger, sickness, death, disease, poverty and other challenges. Rather concluded his broadcast with the same memorable ending he used 24 years earlier when he took over from […]

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The 10,000-Hour Investment

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success continues his steady stream of thought-provoking bestsellers. This book will make a lot of people feel much better about not achieving instant success. Gladwell maintains it takes about 10 years, or 10,000 hours, of practice to attain true expertise. “The people at the very top don’t just work […]

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Never Look A Gift Mule In The Mouth

The real pros know how to motivate themselves before they start having bad days. They look at work differently, not just not just as a means of making a living, but as a significant part of a quality life. Their particular mix of attitude, responsibility, cooperation and accomplishment make them a valuable commodity in any […]

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Celebrate The Child In You

Kids get excited about life. They see everything with fresh eyes, knowing they will find something new and different every time they look. Adults, on the other hand, look for what they know and expect. Imagine what we’re missing! We’ve forgotten the enthusiasm, the sense of surprise at experiencing new things, the fascination with solving […]

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Strive For Excellence

A friend sent me an amusing story about working for the “Average Company,” which she’d read in Simple Tools and thought it was worth passing on. Now I’m doing you the same favor, because if you are getting bored with striving for excellence or settling for just doing a pretty good job, you may want […]

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Passion: The Prime Mover

I recently came across a terrific description of a salesperson… and it’s from the 1940s. Aside from the sexist language, a sign of those times, I think it’s still right on. During a convention of Chrysler sales managers in Los Angeles–back when Chrysler was an auto superpower–Harry G. Moock, a company vice president, issued this […]

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There’s No Education Like Adversity

Life is not a steady ascent. It doesn’t go straight up… a lot of lumps and a lot of bumps… a lot of throttling up and a lot of throttling down. I have never yet met a single successful person who has not had to overcome a little or a lot of adversity in his […]

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How To Spot A Winner

Vietnam is wars ago on the American landscape. Nobody associates it with winning, yet it offered one of the best and most perceptive stories about winning I’ve ever heard. It seems General William Westmoreland was once reviewing a platoon of paratroopers in Vietnam. As he went down the line, he asked them a question: “How […]

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You Can’t Escape Rejection…But

You can’t escape rejection, But you can let it go. That requires reprogramming your mind-set. Here are some exercises that paid big dividends for me: Dissect thoughts under the microscope. When faced with a challenge, what do you tell yourself? “I’m no good…” “This is too hard…” “I’ll never make it…” Don’t let negative self-talk […]

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