Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blog quote #598...

Here's Blog Quote $598...
"People say-One day, we'll look back at this and laugh. I say-- why wait?"
-Fran Solomon-

It's the old saying-
It's not what happens to you--but how you react to it. So many things we get really torqued and peeved at, in the heat of the moment. Weeks or months later, we realize just how silly we were, and ask-- 'How did I get so mad at that?'

Perhaps Solomon's quote here will be a good one to recall- the next time something doesn't quite go your way.  As she says, if you can laugh at it later on, why not laugh at it now?

Remember it's only life--and none of us are getting out alive anyway. So find the humor in life's manure!

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blog Quote #597

Here's Blog Quote #597...
"Miss a meal if you have to but don't miss a book."
-Jim Rohn-

Love the humor here, supplied by one of America's greatest motivational humans, Jim Rohn. Certainly, most of us could afford to miss a meal here or there, but don't starve. 

More seriously, the wise will heed Rohn's advice and increase their reading. If you read zero books a year, start reading one or two. If you read 5,  then maybe up that to one a month. If you read 20, make a goal to read 25 or 30. 

Either way, you'll end up further along-- as reading is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and soul. While you're at it, pick up something that Rohn authored. You will thank us later.

That's my view... what say you?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blog Quote #596

Here's Blog Quote #596...
"Be a leader Shaq, not a follower. Since people already have to look up to you, give them a good reason to do so."
-Shaquille O'Neal's father-

Great play on words  from Shaq's dad. And it is true. At 7 foot plus, people did have to look up to Shaq, at least physically. However the advice his dad gave him was tremendous. 

You don't have to look very far or hard to find successful athletes and celebrities who are not 'star' role models. Mr O'Neal made it crystal clear what his expectations were of his son. And funny isn't it--how when  you give expectations of people--they generally live up to them?

'In Shaq's case- he knew what his father's expectations were of him and if he didn't live up to them- he could not only feel his dad's disappointment, but additionally, his own.

Dad's expectations  were much grander than just be the best player. Do your best, become a leader, and be a role model that others could look up to- physically and actions wise. 
Good job Shaq, and Mr. Shaq

Friday, December 13, 2013

Blog Quote #595

Here's Blog Quote #595...
"It is our choices Harry, that show us what we are, far more than our abilities."
-Albus Dumbledore-

Thought that was a good quote-- to mull over,  this 48 hour weekend.
Choose wisely.

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blog Quote #594

Here's Blog Quote #594...
"You raise your voice, when- you should reinforce your argument."
-Samuel Johnson-

Know anyone that starts to get louder or yell and scream when trying to get (force) their point across to you?

Someone once said 'Just because you talk louder- doesn't mean I'm going to understand, or, further agree with your point.' 

This advice by Johnson is truly spectacular.
Often, the best communication takes place when people actually understand each other's point of view. (Note: Doesn't always mean agreement, but at least comprehending it.)

Yelling, screaming, and talking louder doesn't help. In fact it usually makes things worse. Instead-work on a better explanation--of your thoughts.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blog Quote #593...

Here's blog quote #593...
"Learn to say no. It will be more useful to you than being able to read Latin."
-Charles Spurgeon-

This is by no means a slam on the importance of being able to read Latin. Actually it stresses just how important it is  to be able to say NO to others.

Do you know people that always say YES, then can never live up to their commitments? Not good. We like the 'give it to us straight, and honor your word' approach. 

Then there are others-- who always say YES in an effort to try and  please everyone. In the end all they end up doing-- is not pleasing themselves.

And parents dealing with their kids. The old 'Do I want to be their friend or am I being a responsible parent' decision. That's always a lively discussion, in the 'how to parent' circles.

We suggest reacquainting yourself with the word NO. Yes we all want to be a nice guy, but pick your spots where you have to say NO to people. Everyone wins.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Quote #592

Here's Blog Quote #592...
"The secret of success, is the consistency to pursue."
-Harry F Banks-

Nothing earth shattering here, other than the word consistency. To do, do often, and with a regular, systematic pattern. It's how things in life get done. 

Most occurrences and completed tasks do not happen in a bang or flash..but through steady repeated efforts. Like chopping a tree--the mighty oak may fall on the 2376th swing of the ax--but each of those single, consistent blows--contributed to the end result.

March forward.
Stay with it.
Dig in.
Hang tough.
One step at a time, with consistency.

That's my view...what say you? 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Quotes #589,590 and 591

Here's Blog Quotes # 589,590 & 591..

A Triple bagger today. We found three very interesting quotes on Praise and Criticism.

Blog Quote #589...
"Honest criticism is hard to take-- particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger."
-Humorist, Franklin Jones-

Blog Quote #590...
"The unexamined life is not worth living. But a life properly examined makes living worthwhile."

Blog quote #591...
"Most of us would rather be ruined by praise,  than saved by criticism."
-Norman Vincent Peale-

We believe some are truly sincere, and want the best for you. This might come in the form of praise or even honest, constructive criticism. Others, for who knows why--are just trying to constantly critique, and take pot shots at you.

However, it never hurts to self mirror-ize, and keep an eye on yourself for occasional checkups.     

That's my view... what say you?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Quote #588

Here's Blog Quote #588...
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. "
-Betty Smith-

Wow-- is that a perspective changer!
Remember your first visit to Disneyworld-- how blown away you were? How awe inspiring all the sites, cartoon characters, rides and overall amusement was. Almost over-whelming.

On the flip side, since we are on about the last day of a 4 day trip with your best friends to a remote place that you'll likely never get back to again. Makes you appreciate those last moments 1000% more--doesn't it?

Life is like that, and truly, whether we are 5 yrs old or 94 we never know--if and when--what we are doing, will ever be experienced again.

So...try to remember this tip--with everything you do and see. It will add an entirely crisp experience to your life. Kind of like finding a whole new world out there.
Great advice, Betty Smith!

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blog Quote #587...

Here's Blog Quote #587...
"There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them."
-Clare Boothe Lace-

This is a great statement by Ms. Clare(extra credit, as she spells her name the same as my mother!).

The mind is a wildly powerful piece of anatomy.
And for those who 'believe'---that doesn't even include, higher powers at work.

Simply stated--put the right stuff in, and incredibly good things can come out. This has been proven time and time again--by the smartest humans on the planet. Folks like Shakespeare, Aristotle, Buddha, Ford, Lincoln, James Allen, and both Carnegie's--have all stated  for lack of better terms--Garbage in--garbage out. But plant good things in the mind, and it will render good fruit.

Thus--for those going through challenges and struggles, find comfort in two things. First--that all humans go through their share of troubles. None of us have it scot free. Second--keep the chin up and the mind thinking positive. 

At some point, things WILL turn--for the better. If, that is, you grind it out, long enough.

That's my view...what say you?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Quote #586...

Here's Blog Quote #586...
"The impossible is often the untried."
-Jim Goodwin-

How true is this quote?

That's impossible can usually be substituted for "I don't want to work that hard," or  "How would anyone ever expect me to do that,"or "I don't really have the skills for that--- do I?"

Even better--- how many times in life has "impossible" been proven wrong?

That's my view...what say you? 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blog Quote #585...

Here's Blog Quote#585...
"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought-- which they avoid."
-Sored Aabte Kierkegaard (1813-1855)-

Here's a quote to excogitate and chew on for a bit.

All I remember- is Mom telling me two hundred and seven times..."THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK"

That's my view...what say you? 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blog Quote #584

Here's Blog Quote #584...
"A man wrapped up all in himself makes a small parcel."
-BBC Radio-

This is one rare exception to the old adage... 'good things come in small packages.'

Not many  raving fans of these type people, who are conceited and full of themselves.

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Quote #583

Here's Blog Quote #583...
"Sandwich every bit of criticism- between two layers of praise."
-Mary Kay Ash-

This, from a woman who knows a thing or two- about building relationships. Ms. Ash is basically telling us--"If you have to give criticism, soften it a bit."

It helps people take it better, if you deliver some  positive news along with the critique. Usually, if you look hard enough, there is some good that you can sprinkle in with the bad news. And many times-- that good you find, it's long overdue--getting back to the person who deserves it.

Criticism travels at about 20 times the speed of compliments. Not proud of that statement, but it's more accurate than false. Let's all see what we can do, to change that.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Blog Quote #582

Here's Blog Quote #582...
"Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute, something generous dies, for want of it."
-John Masefield-

Praise--- who doesn't want it?

Why so rare? 
Why so hard to share?
Why so difficult to care?

It doesn't cost a penny, yet it's worth it's weight,  x 10, in gold.

Suggestion: Try praising someone today. See what happens.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blog Quote #581

Here's Blog Quote #581...
"We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police."

Was in the mood for a funny quote today.

And this is by no means a slam at law enforcement. Tough field, and I believe most do an incredible job- for the challenges they have. Nutsy times we live in today.

What this is a pun at-- is how fast and frenzied our society has become. Instant gratification for all. Perhaps it started back with "Daddy I want an Oompa Loompa , and I want it now," said Veruca Salt of Willy Wonka fame.

On the go, on the run. We want things, pronto! The fast food industry has responded very well to this; truly living up to it's name.

Oops, gotta go---I ordered a pizza just before typing this and the delivery man is at the door... 

That's my view... what say you?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Quote #580

Here's Blog Quote #580...
"Belief is the closest thing that a human being can get---to performing actual magic."
-Scott Smith-

Wow-- very powerful thoughts by Mr Smith.

When you think about it, how many accomplishments are actually made, without belief? Probably slim pickins there.

On the flip side, think of all the incredibly amazing things that get done, every day, by people who have steadfast belief in what they are attempting to do-- and actually do it!

'Ya gatta believe!'

Walt Disney had it. Ray Croc of Mc Donald's had it. Olympic athletes have it. 
If we want to get things done...we all should have belief too!

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Blog Quote #579

Here's Blog Quote #579...
"I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick or treaters, than neighborhood kids."
-Robert Brault-

Ok-- we are a little late on this one, but still it's pretty funny. As for the validity of Mr Brault's comments--- we'll leave up to you to decide.

Happy belated Halloween!

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blog Quote #578

Here's Blog Quote #578...
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see.Now my troubles-- are going to have trouble with me."
-Dr Seuss-

What a great reminder to us all that troubles are everywhere, for everyone. We are not alone, and yes, we all have them. And they come from all over-- our past, our present, and certainly to come in the future. 
But Seuss reminds us that: 
a.) it's OK to acknowledge them   and
b.) to take them head on

Put fear away, and confront our problems. For half of people's stress and headaches, come from the worry, and the inaction-- of addressing problems.

Like Seuss says-- 'grab the bat,'  go on the offensive, and let your problems know who is boss. Take them on, deal with, and move through them.

Bonus note: We all learn from our problems and challenges and eventually become stronger and wiser!  Bring 'em on!

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blog Quote #577

Here's Blog Quote #577...
"Someone who is proud of their humility, probably doesn't really have it."

There are two words, that normally don't go together--PROUD and HUMILITY.

Generally speaking... it's a good thing to be proud. Not cocky, not  brash, super over confident, or presumptuous--but prideful.

Humility is always a sought after trait. Even Albert Einstein was noted, saying "A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing."

So, the lesson here is --- these are two excellent qualities to seek after. Just not together.

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blog Quote #576

Here's Blog Quote #576...
"The man who has done his best, has done everything."
-Charles Schwab-

If you ask a person of something and they give it their all... 
They exert 100% effort... 
They do the best that they can do,and try their earnest...

What more could you ask of someone?

We only wish more would do this, and the entire world would benefit-- in ways beyond our wildest imaginations.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blog Quotes #574 & 575...

Today, a double dose of Mr Thomas Edison.. 

Here's Blog Quote #574...
"I start where other men leave off."
-Thomas Edison-

Edison is trying to let us all know that in life, usually the hard part starts after you have 'failed.' In this definition of failed--  what IS being stated, is that you just didn't accomplish your goal, and it's time to try something else. It's not time to give up-- for that, would be failure.

Edison knew a little bit about 'failure.' He is quoted as saying "I have not failed, I have just found over 10,000 ways that won't work." This was on his way to discovering the light bulb.  When all was said and done, the genius inventor-- is credited to one-thousand-and- ninety three (1093) patents. Holy guacamole! 

Blog quote #575...
"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded-- is another step forward."
-Thomas Edison-

There is a man who isn't afraid to jump in, try different things, tweak, twist, turn, and try all sorts of stuff, until the right connection is made, or formula is found.
Perhaps we can learn a thing or two, from Mr Edison?

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Quote #573

Here's Blog Quote #573...
"Nothing will be attempted if all possible obstacles must first be removed."
-Samuel Johnson-

All possible obstacles?  That's not how life is... you will never be able to remove all possible obstacles. Some-- we won't ever even be able to see, or know about.

Also, nothing wrong with trying to eliminate as much risk as you can. However there comes a time when the trigger must be pulled. When "go time" appears, it will never be perfect..

Many an opportunity was passed up-- waiting for that 'perfect moment.' Don't miss yours...

That's my view...what say you? 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Quote #572

Here's Blog Quote #572...
"Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
-Louise May Alcott-

Nice message and reminder from Ms. Alcott on...

Gives us all something to shoot for.  It's always good-- to have hope, to have something to shoot for.

That's my view...what say you?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Blog Quote #571...

Here's Blog Quote #571...
"Its more important to know what you don't want to do, than what you want to do."
-Colette Powers-

Interesting twist of a thought here. I was chatting with Ms. Powers recently and we were talking about kids and young adults finding their way through life. 

What do they want to do when they grow up? What occupation do they want to end up in?

In a perfect world-- we know what we want when we turn about 17-18. 
Then, we go to college, get a degree, come out and dive right into our field of choice, and work passionately for the next 30-50 years, until  retiring happily ever after. 

Sound common?  Ha!  That might happen, in 1 out of 100 cases. Probably closer to 1 in 250.

Sometimes, as Powers suggests, we try on many occupations and along the way-- we determine what we DON'T want to do or be. And after a few trial and errors in the job market- an interesting thing happens:: 

In finding out what we didn't care for-- life or the universe pushes or directs us toward what we DO enjoy. Often in those experiences, is where we find out what our true passions and desires are, and we end up following those paths. 

Life-- it's always full of curve balls and irony. But would we want it any other way?

That's my view... what say you?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Blog Quote #570

Here's Blog Quote #570...
"The best person to get even with--is someone who has helped you."

My guess is-- that wasn't what you were thinking the answer would be? Me neither.

Revenge is pretty silly anyway-- hurts another, and deep down, generally makes the 'revenger' feel worse.

What a novel, yet great idea. Help others--as they help you.
Here here!

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Quote #569

Here's Blog Quote #569...
"The only thing certain about the future is that it will surprise even those-- who have seen furthest into it."
-E.J. Hobsbawn, historian-

Research trends.
Look at history.

All good things to do. 
However the future will continue-- to baffle, amaze, and surprise us all.

Until 'I Dream of Jeanie' comes alive or the infamous crystal ball of fairy tales actually comes true, that's just the way it is. 

And that's a good thing. Wouldn't life be boring if we all knew what was to come?

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Quote #568...

Here's Blog Quote #568...
"If you do the best you can, you will find nine out of ten times, that you have done as well or better-- than anyone else."
-William Feather-

Amazing what you can do when you give it 100%.
So many others are mailing it in, or simply going through the motions.

As Chuck Mangione once wrote in a instrumental tune...'Give It All You Got'( worth you- tubing that song!)

Do your best. You'll often surprise many-- including yourself!

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Quote #567

Here's blog quote #567...
"A man's achievements are often discussed, but seldom the principles by which he lives."
-Thomas Kempis-

We often inquire of people being brave, handsome, rich, a good writer, clever, a fine singer, or a hard worker.

I often wondered why this is. Shouldn't we place more-- on character, integrity, patience, morals, and who is behind the surface of the (wo)man?

As Coach Wooden says-- "There is a big difference between character and reputation. Reputation is what people think you are, and character is WHO you are." Don't worry so much about the reputation, and concentrate on rock solid character.

A suggestion: Let's all look inward-- for the real, genuine substance of a person--  rather than just the fluff and surface stuff.

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blog Quote #566

Here's Blog Quote #566...
"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again, today."

Some great stuff from the sagacious Buddha. (love that $10 word)

The stark reality is-- 
The past is in the books; today is a fresh start.

As a friend of mine always tells me.."Today is the first day, of the rest of my life."When you really ponder that statement, it becomes apparent--it's quite prophetic.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Quote #565

Here's Blog Quote #565...
"The best resume-- is how you live your life."
-Martha Bolton-

It's all great and wonderful what you do, but in the end-- isn't it all about HOW you lived?

It's not who you worked for, or how many trophies, awards, and certificates you piled up. Those are all good. 

However, it's really all about how you lived. How you played the game of life. We all appreciate when others exercise the qualities and characteristics listed above. Let's all do our personal best, to live them out as well.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blog quote #564...

Here's blog quote #564...
"Its a rash man who reaches a conclusion, before he gets to it."
-Jacob Levin-

Rash as in hasty, ill advised, reckless, foolhardy, and incogitant($10 word).

We'll file this one in the category of 'patience.'

Most of the rushed conclusions are incorrect and dangerous.
Thus, lets all exercise some patience-- before 'rushing' and 'rashing' to poor and improper conclusions.

That's my view... what say you?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blog Quote #563

Here's Blog Quote #563...
If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
-Anatole France-

Just a few thoughts popped into my head here:

Think before you speak.
Crowd followers... don't always be one.
And have the courage to stand out and say what you think, even if it goes against the current of public opinion.

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blog Quote #562

Here's blog quote # 562...
"The key to everything, is patience. You get the chicken, by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."

Do you have excellent, good or poor patience?

If you are like most, you'll fall into the lower of the categories.
It's tough to have it. Yet as the tried and true line goes, it truly is a virtue.

Anyone ever state these lines...
"I should have  held out a bit longer."
"I really rushed that decision." 
If I'd only known this would have happened, I would have waited."

Versus this line... "Man I was too patient." or
"I should have jumped on it sooner..." said not many people, ever.

Let's all try to avoid smashing more eggs and letting them hatch, naturally. Patience my friends, patience.

That's my view...what say you? 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Quote # 561

Here's Blog Quote #561...
"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot, than a whole one."

Aren't the brilliant ones a 'little off?'' 
A bit quirky? 
Somewhat eccentric?

People don't get ahead by blending in. The sheep that follow the herd rarely do much that is noteworthy, earth-shattering,  or worth remembering.

Maybe being called a 'little odd,' is a different form- of a strong compliment?

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog Quote #560

Here's Blog Quote #560...
"No one ever considers himself an expert if he really knows his job. A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done- than he has done--that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought,  to how good and how efficient he is.

Thinking always ahead, thinking of always trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which NOTHING is impossible.The moment one gets into the "expert" state of mind-- a great number of things DO become impossible."
-Henry Ford-

A tad long, but full of meaning and very accurate.

I agree with most of this quote but let me add this caveat...
At some point you have to stop always pressing ahead, always striving to do better, and step back, take a breath-- recognize,appreciate and enjoy your accomplishments. 

If you never do that, whats the sense? Whats it all matter for?

While I appreciate the gist of Ford's message, "always" in my opinion, should be backed down. Just a tad.

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Blog Quote # 559

Here's Blog Quote #559...
"Strive to be patient, bear with the faults and frailties of others, for you too, have many faults--which others have to bear."
-Thomas Kempis, 14th century monk-

Boy does this one smack square in the face. And, it's 100% true. Be patient and withhold judgment of others.

Perhaps the modern day version of this is "Don't throw stones, if you live in a glass house."
Thanks for the perspicacious reminder, Thomas.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Blog Quote #558

Here's Blog Quote #558...
"When necessary, use words."
-St Francis of Assisi-

Be a good example to others.
In word, but especially-- in deeds and actions.

Simple, yet powerful advice...

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog #557...

Here's blog quote # 557...
"A jealous man always finds more-- than he is looking for."
-Madeleine de Scudery-

That jealousy is a tough trait- as the deck is "pre-stacked" before anything is actually found or determined. 

Probably pertains to both sexes as well?

What say you-- on this interesting quote by Ms. de Scudery?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blog Quote # 556

Here's Blog quote #556...
"What day is it? It's today, squeaked Piglet. Aah, my favorite day, said Pooh."

You have to love Winnie the Pooh's optimism. His living in the moment. His positivity.
Perhaps we can look at today, as OUR favorite day?

Since no one has a guarantee on tomorrow's arrival, perhaps we can be more like Pooh? Maybe we can capture his proper perspective and super attitude-- toward this day, this moment we are currently in.

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blog Quote #555

Here's blog quote # 555...
There are two kinds of people in the world----those who walk into a room and say "There you are!"--and those who say "Here I am!"
-Dear Abby (Abigail Van Buren)-

Givers and takers.
Helpers and helpees.
People who think of others, and those absorbed in themselves.

It may behoove all of us, to start thinking of others more and get out of our own 'me bubble.' Besides--it's more fun to help others,  than to be helped. 

Just a thought.
That's my view...what say you?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Quote # 554

Here's blog quote # 554...
You can't steal second base and keep one foot on first."
-Unnamed 60 yr old junior executive-

Risk-- reward..
Taking chances.
Perhaps you've seen the quote by Mark Twain , "Go out on a limb for that's where the fruit is."
Or  "A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are built for" by William Shedd.

Either you stay on first and play it safe, or you gamble a bit and  try to steal second.
Like dipping your toe in a cool pond. Either you go for it, or you don't.

We say--  'go for it.'. We are here on this planet for a short time, then dead for a long time. Why not? Calculate, then take a chance. Sometimes it's more fun. 

And you may just be surprised-- at the positive outcomes that may follow?

That's my view.. what say you?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Quote #553

Here's blog quote #553...
"The only time you are allowed to use the word 'can't'  when pursuing your dream,  is when you are saying the word 'miss' immediately after it."
-Jerry Freking-

We've all heard the line  there is no ' I '  in TEAM.
Well...can't miss sounds quite a bit better than can't.

In fact, when you remove the ' t ' from can't-- a whole bunch of doors and possibilities start to open up.
Pretty amazing.  Try it...

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blog Quote #552

Here's Blog quote #552...
"We should always seek to simplify, but not oversimplify."
-Albert Einstein-

Aah... the world-- getting more and more complex by the minute. Technology is supposed to be making things simpler, and to some extent it does, yet in other areas  we can all do more now, so we add more. That's not simplifying. In fact, perhaps it's the leading cause to why so many are STRESSED OUT?

A thesaurus shows these entries for simplify:
To make simpler, boil down, streamline,abridge, reduce, uncomplicate.

We are all for saying what you have to say, getting your point across, but do it with brevity and clarity. In a world with hundreds of thousands of pieces of information coming at us on a weekly basis,  keep it simple. Leave the complex for the Mensa classes, or people specifically looking for a more challenging discussion or explanation.

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Blog Quote #551

Here's blog quote #551...
"Your temper is one of your most valuable possessions. Don't lose it."

We've all lost our temper, at one time or another, correct?
How many times did something good come of it?
Most likely, the consequences were not favorable.

Good little 'play on words'--of wisdom-- for today.
Enough said...

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blog Quote #550

Here's Blog Quote #550...
"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter --that tells what kind of life you've lived.'

This a quick hitter, yet rather deep.
Some live by he who gathers the most toys,  wins.
Others know that there is no brinks truck following their hearse on the way to the cemetery.

Did we make the world a better place than we found it? Did we spend our lives helping others and seeing how we could add more goodness to the planet?

Some believe there is a much better afterlife to follow, and others think 'this is it'-- so go hard and fast,  and have a ball.

This one... is left up to each individual to make their own choices. Regardless, this quote likely makes most of us-- stop and think. 

That's my view... what say you?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Quote #549

Here's Blog quote #549...
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-W.B. Yeats-

Some of the best teachers inspire rather than read out of a book. They reach the soul rather than have students memorize formulas. They stir passion and excitement inside the mind of a youth, rather than going through the motions and treating all school-ers the same.

Ask people what teachers they remember, and most likely, you'll hear about the educators that somehow, were able to get to the core of that young student. 

Help people dream, desire, think outside the box, wonder, stretch, and say 'why not?,' rather than I don't know if/ how that will work.

Thank you to all teachers across the planet-- who light fires daily, in the minds and spirits of those looking to further educate themselves.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Quote #548

Here's blog quote #548...
"A true master is not one with the most students, but one who creates the most masters. A true leader is not the one with the most followers, but one who creates the most leaders."
-Neale Donald Walsch-


What do all the good ones have in common?
It's to SERVE and not to LEAD. Think of the students first-- and do what you can to help them become leaders. Aid them in becoming the best humans they can be.

Coach John Wooden  always stated that "Success is to not compare yourself to others, but to always compete and do the very best that YOU can do."

True masters, true leaders and true outstanding teachers-- all help people become the best they can be, the tops of their abilities. Hmm...

That's my view... what say you?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blog Quote #547

Here's Blog Quote #547...
"You all laugh at me because I'm different. I laugh at you because you are all the same."
-John Davis-

Are you different or are you one of the same? 
Tough question that many struggle with or at least think often about.

I believe that in life, we have to learn to do both. First, let's tackle being the same, fitting in, one of the crowd. It's part of human nature to want to fit in and be accepted by the crowd. After all when we first meet someone, we are looking for common ground. 

Do you like pizza? Did you see that Batman movie? Oh, you are a baseball fan too? You grew up in Florida? Oh, my parents are from there, and we visit frequently. 

As relationships mature though, we find that while commonalities are wonderful, we start embracing our differences and unique qualities. And wouldn't the world be so boring if we all thought the same, looked alike, and agreed on everything? Fact is-- we ARE all DIFFERENT, with vast varieties of skills, talents, likes, and distastes.  

I can go both ways here, and blend in when needed, but I'm more of a black sheep or different cat when it comes to most. I like thinking outside the box, and challenging  my brain and abilities, versus following the rest of the crowd.

How about you? Trendsetter, or mesh in with the rest of the Smith's, Williams', and Johnson's?

Incidentally- there is no right answer here. Just an excellent quote that got me thinking.

That's my view, what say you?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blog Quote #546

Here's Blog Quote #546...
"Let your enthusiastic idea at the start-- be equaled by your realistic actions now."
Apostle St Paul- 

This is some great advice from St Paul. Many times we have some idea or thought that we are extremely fired up about --AT THE START.

As reality sets in, and the hard work begins, life gets in the way, and aspirations, desires and drive begin to fade.

If your idea up front is sound and a good one-- we suggest that you plan ahead for and expect some turbulence, yet keep moving toward your goal. Think back to that day, when you first had that cool, wonderful and original thought, and remember how excited you were. 

Take action, and remain steadfast.  For together-- hard work, enthusiasm, and some good old fashioned planning, will likely bear some extraordinary results. A whole lot of fun and satisfaction  too, once the task is complete.

That's my view... what say you?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blog Quote #545

Here's Blog Quote #545...
There are those who pick apples, and those who talk about picking apples. Be an apple picker."
-Todd Oudemool-

People, like apples, come in all different shapes, sizes, and forms. Mr Oudemool's quote here is aimed at the talkers and the doers.

The doers simply get involved and do. Do is a verb, an action word.

Those that talk may be talking for a multitude of reasons. They could be dreaming. They could be complaining, They could be planning, or they could simple be making conversation. Some people just are uncomfortable with silence so they feel required to talk. Others may be gossiping, and still others may have the grandest intentions of doing something...someday.

Cutting through all the baloney and malarkey, we suggest a 3 word  'To Do' list.
Take action. 

Notice how it's not a 'To talk about list.'  It's a 'To DO list.'
Now--- go pick some apples.

That's my view... what say you?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Quote #544

Here's Blog Quote #544...
"You don't get to choose how you are going to die. Or when.
You can only decide how you are going to live, now."
-Joan Baez-

This one of those self explanatory statements, that really causes one to stop and think.
And it's darn true.

We certainly cannot control the former, but we darn well can take charge of HOW WE LIVE.
This one is right in the palm of our hands and minds!

Live life. Now.  
If not-- what the heck are you waiting for?

That's my view... what say you? 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Quote #543

Here;'s Blog Quote #543...
"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
-James Crook-

Interesting comments here by Mr Crook. Not 100% certain his meaning behind the quote but here's how I interpreted it:

For leaders to be leaders  they have to do what they think is right and what has to be done.
They cannot be so concerned with public opinion (hence 'turning their back' and leading by example and wisdom).

Pretty solid advice, if I'm correct,  on the translation of the quote.
As always at the Smile Therapy Think Tank, we fully understand--that all quotes are subject to everyone's own interpretation, so we want to know what you thought here. 
Thus our standard closing...

That's my view...what say you? 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blog Quote #542

Here's Blog Quote #542...
"Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
 -Roger Staubach-

Totally unflashy and unexciting--yet--very prophetic!

It's the cold hard truth, that behind the doors of success, lie tons of hard work, sweat and relentless preparation.

Anyone attempting to tell you otherwise, should be asked to take a polygraph test.

That's my view...what say you? 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Quote #541

Here's Blog quote #541...
"Most men believe that it would benefit them if they could get a little more from those who have more. How much more would it benefit them if they would learn a little from those who know more."
-William J.H. Boetcker-

I believe what Mr Boetcker is stating here-- is that knowledge trumps money and material things every time. 

I happen to agree.
How about you?

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blog Quote #540

Here's Blog quote #540...
The more concerned we become over the things we CAN'T control, the less we will do with the things we CAN control."
-Coach John Wooden-

We love this quote because its so simple, and logical.
So... the point here is- if you can't control it, stop worrying about it. 
No stress from things that you cannot impact in any way.

Concentrate, do the best you can, and focus all your efforts-- on things that you can have a profound effect on. 
Just more brilliance, yet simplistic wisdom-- from the Coach.

That's my view...what say you? 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blog Quote #539

Here's Blog Quote #539...
A good scare is worth more than good advice."
-Ed Howe-

This plays into the hands of the old adage  "Actions speak louder than words." 
People can talk all they want and give great advice... however the listener may not act, or pay real close attention -- until something monumental happens.

Not saying it's right or wrong. Unfortunately -that's kind of how humans are. The wisest of men try to pay a tad more attention-- but still sometimes a scary event is the catalyst  needed for action to be taken.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Quote #538

Here's Blog Quote #538...
"To make headway, improve your head."
-B.C.  Forbes-

Simply, straightforward, solid advice.
Makes sense doesn't it?

Is there a better place to start-- than your mind?
Good thoughts bear good fruit and bad thoughts reap negative  results/rewards.
Let's not make it more complicated than that!

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Quotes #536 and 537

Here's Blog Quote #536...
"Life is full of ups and downs. The trick is to enjoy the ups and have courage during the downs."

Anyone agree?
Anyone disagree?
We all have our share of good and bad that happens to us. Some have a heavier burden to carry... but then again, that's opinion based.

What is factual-- is that it's not what happens to us, but how we choose to handle what comes our way, that makes the difference. And that attitude-- makes all the difference in the world.

Which brings us to quote #537... 
"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
-W.Clement Stone-

Get your attitude in check, and the rest comes rather easy.

That's my view... what say you?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blog Quote #535

Here's Blog Quote #535...
"If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you will have done as well, or better, than anyone else."
-William Feather-

This quote is sad, yet exciting. 

Sad in a sense, that few people ever give it their best. 
Exciting in that if you do, you'll likely feel great about yourself, and at the same time- stand out from the crowd, in a very positive way.

Here's to all-- that give it their all!
That's my view...what say you?

(Thanks to Mr. Feather-- for yet another brilliant observation, put into words)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blog Quote #534

Here's Blog Quote #534...
"Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible."
-Frank Gaines-

For those who have vision, and imagination- perhaps things are not truly 'invisible.' 
And with vision and imagination-- many times, things that seem impossible, turn out in fact, to be --possible.

We are incredible humans with far more talents, skills, and abilities- that we give ourselves credit for. Doesn't mean it's easy tapping into them- but  give it a shot...they ARE there.

Do something 'insurmountable' this week, even today.
Then when you wake up tomorrow- you'll realize- you just did the impossible.

Next,  repeat often and frequently. 
Watch the confidence grow and the 'perceived impossibilities of past' melt before your eyes.

That's my view....what say you?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blog Quote #533

Here's Blog Quote #533...

"No one knows how to be where they are."
-Lewis Black-

Does this sound familiar to anyone? With all the cell phones, I Pads, texting, Blackberry's and other high tech stuff going on... is anyone really where they are( mentally)?  
Can you say multitask. 

Are people clearly tuning in-- to the conversation at hand,  or is their mind in 3 different places?
Info overload anyone? Is the world moving a bit too fast?
Are we over computerized and digitized?

Anyone have thoughts on this?

I have some:
Slow down and be present where you are. 
Give your undivided attention (and RESPECT) to the people you are with, or excuse yourself from their company. 
Listen- with two ears and two eyes.

It's called common courtesy. Something that perhaps, our society is getting away from a bit too much. And the ironic thing is that most of the 'stuff' that's diverting out attention- really isn't that important in the grand scheme of life.

Let us all pull in the reins a bit on these machines, and get back to some basic common sense and courtesy. Be present where you are. Certainly you'd appreciate it, if others gave you the same treatment. 

That's my view...what say you?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Quote #532

Here's Blog Quote #532...

"One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune."
-Swedish Proverb-

We took this as saying...  Don't just be a 'fair weather' friend.
When things are good-- don't out of the blue,all the sudden, become your friend's best and most cherished one. Wait for them to share their good tidings and fortunes with you.

And on the flip side, don't be a stranger, when tough times come to your friend. That's probably the most important time to be by their side, in unison, with them.

Very wise Swedish words here.

That's my view...what say you? 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Quote #531

Here  goes Blog Quote #531...

"Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband-- a MONTH before she marries him, and what she thinks of him a YEAR after, and you will have the truth about him."

We found this funny, yet probably much truer than one might think.

Ever hear of the 'Love is Blind theory?' 
Isn't everyone great at first; then you get to know them :)

Add to that, many tend to be on their best behavior in the beginning, and, as time goes on, then tend to "return" to their true form.

For newly dating couples and budding new friendships, just putting it out there.  And hat's off to those who truly remain  who they are,  from beginning to end.

That's my view... what say you?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Blog Quote #530

Here's Blog Quote #530...

I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a state of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation."
-Mike Todd, Film producer-  

HMMM... interesting.

Yes  being broke can be a temporary situation that can be altered with some effort, fortune, change of plans, etc etc.
In my opinion, the frame of mind can also be temporary-- if you choose it to be.

This is one of those quotes that I'll open up the floor to hear what your feedback is. 
How do you read or take this quote? 
What do you make of it? 

That's my view...what say you?