Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On Regrets(Do you have any...?) BQ #708

"Life is too short to have regrets. If anyone has any, they should start today, and make today good, tomorrow better, and everyday after great."
-Kurt Kraus, famous landscaper, and wise man-

No Regrets. We've all heard others, when they get to the end and say "If I had it to do all over again, I'd blank, blank, and blank."

Well, here's a brilliant and uncomplicated question(we like uncomplicated)--Why wait until the end? Why not start working on our 'regrets list' today, and make them obsolete when our time comes?

There's one to put on 'the list to do' in 2015.
Regrets--don't have any. Live like Mr Kraus above suggests.

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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Why People Judge Others...BQ #707

"Thinking is difficult. That is why most people judge."
-Carl Jung-

As humans we do tend to trend toward the easiest choice. The path of least resistance. And why take the effort to get to know the real someone?  Heaven forbid we dig in, do some homework, get the facts. Man, that's real work.

Easier to judge. Sit back and critique. Fit in with the others, who fail to get to know the real deal. Sad? Yes. True?  More so, than not.

Lesson here: 
Think. Do. Learn. 
Don't judge. Just because it's easier, doesn't make it right.

Thanks Carl for making us all think...

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Good Definition of Semi-Retired...BQ #706

"I haven't retired. I have semi-retired. To me, semi-retired means you stop doing things because you have to and you start doing  things that you have always wanted to."
-C.A Braga-

Thought this quote was on the money. Everyone has a different vision for what retirement is to them. Personally, I could only take so many card games, rounds of golf, and eating a scheduled lunch at noon every day. 

I want to keep learning , helping, and doing-for the rest of my waking years. Sure maybe not work as many hours per day, and perhaps travel the planet a bit more, but still impact the world in a positive way, the best that I can, while I can.

How about you?
And...anyone else think Mr Braga is on the right track here?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eliminating WORRY from the vocabulary...

(Blog quote #705)

"The German word for worry means 'to strangle.' The Greek word means 'to divide the mind.' Both are accurate. Worry is a noose on the neck and a distraction of the mind, neither which is befitting for joy."
-Max Lucado-

What a clear and vivid description- for what worry truly means. Let's all try to eliminate worry as much as we can in the 2015 year. It's evident--that worry is a predominantly useless thing.

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Quote #704 (Different Dreams)

Here's Blog Quote #704...(Different Dreams)

"There wouldn't be a sky full of stars, if we were all meant to wish on the same one."
-Frances Clark-

We all have different skills and talents. Dreams and desires. Big thoughts and ideas. That's one of the great things the planet has to offer. Choices and differences.

Dream on... 

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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blog Quote #703( Tending to your own business)

Here's blog quote #703 ( Tending to your own business)

"We've all been given vast talents. When we concern ourselves with our neighbors talents, we neglect our own. But, if we concern ourselves with our own talents, we could inspire both."
-Max Lucado-

The message here is-- do your best with your own God given talents.

Stop worrying about the Jones' the Smith's and the Williams.' When you become the best YOU can be--you will invariably end up benefitting others.

The other way- you lack focus and end up just wasting your own skills and potential creations.

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog quote #701 &702..(Unlimited Belief)

Here's blog quote #701 &702 (On Unlimited Belief)

"I'm looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity--for not knowing what can't be done."
-Henry Ford-

"It's not what are we going to do's what aren't we going to do today?"
-Ferris Bueller-

Can you say big imaginations?
People that  want to jump as high as they can, or go as far as they are capable.

Ever see a young kid at a task? They just go and go and go. Here's why. They don't know any different. They haven't reached a stage where 276 adults have told them no, or they can't do it or 'what are they, crazy..?'  etc.  etc.

Or how about a dog with one of those hard, compacted rawhide bones. How the heck do they ever tackle that? Again, they just jump in and start gnawing, and keep gnawing, relentlessly,until 2 hrs later- they got to the whole darn thing. 

No one told them they couldn't chew that ridiculously hard bone, or 'be careful Rover, your teeth might break.'

Let's, as Ford suggests, look for those willing to try, to say'yes,' to step beyond their comfort zone, and  yes--to eventually amaze us all, including themselves.

Or as the legendary Ferris Bueller suggests, simply...THINK BIG..

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blog Quote #700.. (on OPINIONS- see what you think?)

Here's Blog Quote #700.. (on OPINIONS- see what you think?)

"No one agrees with other people's opinions; they merely agree with their own opinions- expressed by somebody else."
-Sydney Tremayne-

Do you agree with this?
Before you answer, think hard. 

This might just be a trick question. Hmm...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Quote #699...(It's always better somewhere else- or is it?)

Here's Blog Quote #699...(It's always better somewhere else- or is it?)

"I have learned not to look for the greener grass on the other side of the fence. I look for a SMILE on the face of the cow."
-Gary Gulbranson-

Two things popped into my head  when absorbing this quote. First, it's not always greener on the other side. Difficulties are everywhere. People have a tendency to run away from their current troubles-- as if they a.) won't follow them and/or b.)  be re-created in the new setting. Not 100%-- but it's likely not the setting, but the person who is creating the challenges.

Second, it's not in the hype, but in the actions of people, that we can find the real story of what's better and what's worse. In this simple statement...the Smile of the cow  shows that whether the grass is green, blue, or orange--since the cow is happy,  it might be worth looking into. 

Today's food for thought...

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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blog Quote #698 (Ask why?...)

Here's Blog Quote #698...(Ask why?...)
"When someone says no, ask 'why?' How else will you learn?
-Kathy Ireland-

Pretty smart advice here from the former Sports Illustrated  swim suit queen-pin.  Most successful people don't take no for an answer very easily. Persistence and ant like perseverance is a likely contributor to their lifetime achievements. 

Also, a good inquisitive attitude also helps. Maybe there is a darn good reason for the denial? Or perhaps it's a smokescreen that can easily be pressed through- for those willing to charge ahead. 

Either way, there is an opportunity to learn from the one who said no. Ask and see what they say. Certainly nothing bad will come out of the question. More likely, much good can and will result...from asking why/why not.

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Blog quote #697...(Great way to start every day)

Here's Blog Quote #697...

"This moment, this day, is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day, each moment of this day, a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity."
-Dan Custer-

Not a bad way to think--upon waking up.

Every morning...this would be a heck of a good mindset to have. 
Don't you think?

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Quote #696...(Be careful what you wish for)

Here's Blog quote #696...
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
-Richard Bach-

This relates to the old self fulfilling prophecy. The more you think something will happen, and talk about that same thing happening- it's not just likely to happen. It's very likely to happen.

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blog Quote #695...

Here's Blog Quote #695...
"Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder, than living them day after day."
-Arthur Gordon-

Do you know anyone who is full of hot air? Gibberish. Yonkey. They tell you one thing and never plan on acting it out. In other words, after one or two statements from them, you learn not to believe in what they say?

Unfortunately, I also  know many of these people. Too many. In fact it's a rarity to find humans, who do control their words to match their actions. Sad but true.

Let's all look for more people, to do as their words say.  What a concept, huh? Hold people, more accountable. Everyone wins. The world becomes a better place to live. 

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Quote #694...

Here's Blog Quote #694...
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
-Truman Capote-

Now, there is a different perspective, wouldn't you say? 
Quite refreshing.

Onward... to more failures, en route--to more SUCCESSES.

That's my view...what say you? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Quote #693...

Here's Blog Quote #693...
"You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. It might be raining."
-Leo Durocher, major league manager-

Manager Durocher suggests living for today. There are no guarantees that we'll even be here tomorrow. Even if we are, our team may have already lost by then.

Too may people live, either stuck in the past, or busy planning for the future-- when the present time, slides right on by them. Be aware of your 'today.' Stay in the here and now.

Good advice, Coach!

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blog Quote #692...

Here's Blog Quote #692...
"It's an evolution, not a revolution."
-Pete King, architect, thinker, and leader-

What a powerful descriptive quote for six words.King uses this with his workforce when he is implementing slow but effective change. The cultural positive shift that he refers to is a dose of reality and good, quality management. 

It's real world change--and how it happens. Like the line, 'there's no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs'--this is a similar description of how authentic, IMPACTFUL change happens. Slow and steady, yet, with measurable results.

Perhaps all of us can learn a thing or two from King's mantra.

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Quote #691...

Here's Blog Quote #691...
"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required."
-Winston Churchill-

This hinting at...just get the job done, rather than finding excuses and covering that with the blanket..."Well I did my best." Did you really to do all you could do--to make sure the mission got completed?

A thorough inquiry into that last question will almost always return with the answer: NO.

Churchill suggests to do what's required, to make sure what needs to be finished/accomplished, does in fact, get accomplished. We concur with Winston!

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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blog Quote #690...

Here's blog quote #690...
"The embarrassing thing is is that the salad dressing is out grossing my films.
-Paul Newman.-

Unknown if this was serious or kidding, but it's pretty funny. 

And for those who've never had it--the salad dressings are very good!

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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Quote #689...

Here's Blog Quote #689...
"If you live your life on 'Someday Isle'(someday, I'll...) , in your waning years, your best friend will be 'Fonly Ida'(If only I'd a...)"
-Zig Ziglar-

This is agonizingly true.
Life moves pretty fast. Get to--whatever it is that you wan to complete, accomplish, attain, or see/do.

Pronto. On the double!

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Quote #688...

Here's Blog Quote #688...
"I do dinner in three phases: serve the food, clear the table, bury the dead."
-Phyllis Diller-

A little humor for a Monday morning. Anyone remember the wild hair and big smile of Phyllis Diller? A  pretty talented addition, to the comedic world.

Have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blog Quote #687...

Here's Blog Quote #687...
"All the advice in the world will never help you, until you help yourself."
-Fred Van Amburgh-

Advice--- it's good, but it's also a dime a dozen. Sometimes we want it; sometimes we don't. Sometimes we get it unsolicited, and other times we ask and ask, and we can't get any. 

Sometimes it's expensive and other times it's free. Some is good and other is not so wonderful. Some comes with an agenda, and other times- strictly for your own good.

One thing for sure...if the person on the receiving end is not willing to take it and somehow put some of the advice to use-- it becomes worthless.

Which usually means the one receiving, has to be ready and committed to take some sort of action. Sometimes getting the advice is the easy part. What to do with it and getting it into another story. 


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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Quote #686...

Here's Blog Quote #686...
"For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

When viewed in this light, it seems downright dumb to stay angry for any extended period of time. Plus on top of that, we as humans don't make many smart decisions when we are in a angry or distasteful mood.

So, let's all stop wasting time and energy on being angry. Unless there's a truckload of benefits that come with madness?


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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Quote #685...

Here's Blog Quote #685...
"There are hazards in everything one does, but there are greater hazards in doing nothing."
-Shirley Williams-

Get out there and do something today.

A better question is WHY NOT?

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Quote #684...

Here's Blog Quote #684...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going."

Which leads to the question: Are people stepping aside for you?

If not---back to the think tank, drawing board, or goals hotbed. Onward...

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Quote #683...

Here's Blog Quote #683...
"Neither fire, nor moisture,nor wind can destroy the blessing of a good deed, and it will reform the world." -Buddha-

Do something nice today. Everyone wins!

The receiver of course. The giver too. And the world also wins. 
Marvelous advice, Buddha!

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Quote #682...

Here's Blog Quote #682...
"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

An eye opening statement. I think this relates to all people who are masters at what they do. They weren't 'born' with it. Might have had some tendencies, but between birth and mastery--there were countless hours of time, sweat, and effort piled into their excellence. 

Don't kid yourself into thinking otherwise. When people, say, "I'd give anything to be able to do that"...would they?  If they truly knew all the perspiration and elbow grease expended, their true answer might be different!

 Food for thought...

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog Quote #681...

Here's Blog Quote #681...
"When one finds himself in a hole of his own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of workmanship."
-Jon Remmerde-

Key words...of his own making. This is called accountability and ownership. 

Great advice. 
Also...things that make you go HMM...

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Blog Quote #680

Here's Blog Quote #680...
"Difficulties are meant to rouse,not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong-by conflict."
-William Ellery Channing-

Sooner or later, life will present each one of us with certain difficulties, of all shapes, sizes, and magnitudes. It's just part of the deal. 

So...those who look for the silver lining, and suck it up, and deal with difficulties with the best possible attitude- have the likeliest chance of coming out on top, in the long run.

As Channing suggests here--challenges help the human spirit grow stronger. Something to remember,  WHEN the next difficulty comes our way. Not IF, but WHEN.

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blog quote #679...

Here's Blog Quote #679...
"If you're not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
-Vince Lombardi-

Love this quote for 3 reasons:

1. It's succinct.
2. It's filled with irony.
3. It's suggestive and offers both good advice and warning.

Thanks, Coach.

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog Quote #678

Here's blog quote #678...
"Here's a toast to someone who's truly a best friend-- a person who goes around telling good things behind your back." 
-Elmer Pasta-

This one speaks for itself. Have any in your life that do this? If so, be sure to do all you can, to keep them close by. 

Good example and influence on all of us.

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blog Quote #677...

Here's blog quote #677...
"Warning:  Thoughts become things. Choose them wisely."
-Mike Dooley-

Pound for pound,  word for word  this is as strong as a statement can be. Only seven little words. But they pack an ultra powerful meaning. Heed the advice well, here.

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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Quote #676...

Here's Blog Quote #676...
"We have a strategic plan; its called doing things."
-Herb Kelleher-

For those that don't know, Herb is the CEO of Southwest Airlines. Love that airline. 

Sometimes life can be much simpler than we make it. Kelleher is famous for happy employees, fun workplaces, and getting results.

Sometimes, it's as simple as let's hire nice people and then we don't have to train for smiles and attitude. Let's stop talking, and let's start doing.

Do. Get to it. move. Get in action.  Onward...

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog Quote #675...

Here's blog quote #675...
Only those who do nothing at all make no mistakes, but that would be a big mistake."

And that would also be no fun

Great play on words here but also more true than not. No mistakes, no action, no pretty blah, boring, and un-adventuresome. There are much better ways to live.

To the risky go the spoils and rewards, both large and small. Live life. That's what we are here for!

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

Monday, August 4, 2014

Blog quote #674...

Here's Blog Quote #674...
"Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk."
-J.C. Penney-

This quote from a man who has seen quite a few stock clerks and cashiers in his day. No disrespect to those two positions, or any title for that matter. The world needs all parts filled  to make things work well and function up to snuff.

So... the question: Goals. Visions. Game plans.Strategies. Any of this important to you?

Most of the super successful have seen things in their mind, before that have achieved them in real life. Many studies support  the value of goals. I believe they help to know where you want to go and how you envision it happening( not that it ever goes as planned, as life is full of surprises.) However it does help to think, plan and strategize up front. 

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog quote #673...

Here's blog quote #673...
"Let him who would move the world, move himself first."

Amazing advice that came from thousands of years ago. The lesson here is we all talk of great things, but before barking out orders to "do this, change that, try this, check that out... etc"-- it all starts with ourselves.

Be the one who wants to change the world. I believe that was from Gandhi, himself.
Sage wisdom  here, from some pretty big hitters!

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Quote #672...

Here's Blog Quote #672...
"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, (the world),and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it come off in his hand, and that it was only tied on --to scare away the timid adventurers." -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

How true is this statement? Don't you find often we are incredibly scared to step out of our comfort zone, and try something new or take on a different challenge? As Emerson so rightly points out-- when we do, we frequently discover that there wasn't much to be scared of after all, except--the unknown.

And one of the beauties of life, is that many a time--the unknown turns out to be fun, refreshing, exciting, and knowledge gaining. Even all the above.

Message: Grab life by the beard. It's not so scary. And more times than not, you will be mighty glad you did!

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Quote #671...

Here's Blog Quote #671...
"Most great people have attained their greatest success, just one step...beyond their greatest failure."
-Napoleon Hill-

Isn't that interesting?

I guess the main, loud and clear message here is--keep going! Even when you think all is lost, it's probably closer than it's ever been.

Full speed ahead.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Quote #670

Here's Blog Quote #670...
"A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men."   -Plato-

Taking nothing away from heroes and wise men, the wildly accomplished are tough to find.

The reality is, it's extremely hard to be fully accomplished. On the mental aspect, people tend to limit themselves. They find reasons and excuses why something cannot be done. They lack belief and courage. Desire and will power becomes soft if there isn't a full, all out commitment. Not to mention there are plenty of distractions and roadblocks along the way looking to grab your focus.

As stated, it's rigorously tough to be a highly accomplished individual. On the plus side, many have done it before it is doable.  Heroes are awesome. Wise men are always welcome. And accomplished people sometimes just need support and encouragement to continue on their quest, whatever that may be.

Hats and Caps off to all heroes, wise men and accomplished people. Onward we go...

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blog Quote #669...

Here's Blog Quote #669...
"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."
-Seen on a sign-

While driving the other day, I noticed this sign outside a church on their message board. It made me stop and think.

Be unique. Be you. Why not?  

They only made one of you, and me, and everyone else too. We all need to respect and accentuate who WE are. Forget about getting caught up in attempted copies of someone else.

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

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blog Quote #668...

Here's Blog Quote #668...
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
-Henry Drummond-

Sounds like trickery, or a 'which comes first, the chicken or the egg' statement. Regardless, a good one to mull over for the weekend.

Things that make you go hmm...

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blog Quote #667...

Here's Blog Quote #667...
"Its better to be a hopeful person rather than a cynical, grumpy one,because you have to live in the same world either way, and if you're hopeful, you have more fun."
-Barbara Kingsolver, writer-

Makes a lot of sense to us. I often wonder why more people don't see this logic. 

How about you?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Blog Quote #666...

Here's Blog Quote #666...
"Don't be afraid to give something away for free if you can gain a customer for life."
-Mark Cuban-

Sometimes, you just have to get the camel's nose in the tent. If you have a impactful product or service that truly matters and makes a difference in peoples lives, let them know.

Occasionally, the best or only way to accomplish to give a free trial, a courtesy sample, or a no cost experiment. Think big picture. Think larger IMPACT. 

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Blog Quote #665...

Here's Blog Quote #665...
"The only place that success comes before in the dictionary."

Yup; we looked it up in good ol' Webster's. It's true.

Message: No free rides out there. Almost everyone who is successful, got there by the good old fashioned, roll up the sleeves, work up a sweat, and get to work. Wish we could report different, but this isn't Fantasy Island. 

Nice creative quote by this unknown person.

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog quote #664...

Here's Blog Quote #664...
"We get little wisdom from success."
-William Saroyan, American writer-

This quote is powerful because it's so accurate, yet it's not thought about often. 

Think about whenever you lose. Whether it's a sporting event, a job proposal, a tryout for the play, or even asking someone out on a date. What's the first thing we all do? Well maybe not everyone, but those that want to improve our chances for success the next time. Those who want self- improvement or better.

We think about the scenario. We replay it in our minds, asking self, what could we have done better? Could we have tried this, tweaked that, eliminated that move or added this twist? We scrutinize, analyze,and compartmentalize. Why? How?  What if?  And that's a good thing. That is how we all get better.

Versus the winner. They go celebrate, they yuck it up. They do press conferences, get congratulated and do all the fun and positive things that winners get to do. That's ok.

Here's the interesting thing...many times the difference between winning and losing isn't much at all.  Perhaps, even in winning, there is room for improvement and re-looking at all that transpired and still try to raise the bar next time? In fact--that is what the best of the best do. Win OR lose, they are always trying to improve.

So, next time, in victory or defeat--just look at it as a learning experience and a chance to step up your game for a more improved experience next time. In contrast to Saroyan's comment--- much wisdom CAN come from defeat.

That's my view...what say you? 

More positive-ness and wisdom?--Smile-Therapy  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blog quote #663...

Here's Blog Quote #663...
"My life is one big obstacle course, with me being the chief obstacle."
-Jack Paar-

Anyone else out there---relate to this?
Are there other people like myself, getting in our own way?

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

More Smiles and better thinking?  --Smile-Therapy--

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Quote #662...

Here's Blog Quote #662...
"If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin'somebody else's dog around."
-Cowboy Wisdom-

Check your ego at the door.
Have a supercalifragilistic-expialidocious  day!

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

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog Quote #661...

Here's Blog Quote #661...
"Put a smile in the path of a complaint...once, daily."
-Sam Parker-

This one seems up for interpretation. We'll take a shot at it.

If someone mentions a complaint( which is as common as Alaskan snow), try to break it up. Throw in a comment of 'goodness.' Ask them why they are complaining, and, if there is a more optimistic spin they can shed light on?

The key here--is not to pile on that complaint with another one, as it feeds itself. Pretty soon, it's turned into a session of gripes and grumbles. Do what you can, to shift the conversation back to a more positive one.

That's my view...what did this quote say to you?

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Quote #660...

Here's Blog Quote #660...
"The true art of memory is the art of attention."
-Samuel Johnson-

Be sure to give your time and attention to those in the armed forces--past, present, and future; and their families. Make a concentrated effort to do that today, tomorrow, and every day.

Thank you to all who serve our country. It's truly a debt hard to repay, but certainly one that we all should be able to give you the attention and respect you so deserve.

Happy Memorial Day.
Need encouragement--visit Smile-Therapy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blog Quote #659...

Here's Blog Quote #659...
It's up to you: Get discouraged or get determined. Get bitter or get better. Focus on liabilities or possibilities."
-Ron Kaufman-

Three choices here.

One set of choices will likely lead to a road called 'Disappointment Drive.' The other path will head you toward 'Success Street.'

Which side will you choose?

That's my view...what say you?
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Blog Quote #658...

Here's Blog Quote # 658...
"The only safe ship in a storm is leadership."
-Faye Wattleton-

A reminder for all leaders. That includes business execs, managers, and officers. It also encompasses coaches, mentors, teachers, parents, and other leaders of the world. 

Whoever is at your tutelage, whenever challenges, obstacles, or troubles arise-- it's at that moment- when leadership is most important.  Food for thought.

That's my view...what say you?
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Blog Quote #657...

Here's Blog Quote #657...
"The trouble with trouble-is that it usually starts out as fun."
-Frank Otis-

It kind of sneaks up on you. Never see it coming until its upon you. This was spoken during a weekend getaway of 'fun' with the gang. It sounds a bit redundant, but the more you think about it-- it has its merits!

Anyone else feel similar?

That's my view...what say you? 
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog Quote #656...

Here's Blog Quote #656...
"Our goal is help you reach yours."
- 'Successories' motto-

Can you think of a better, clearer, more succinct goal- than that? What an incredibly good motto. Kudos to whomever came up with that.

May others in the service industry take note--not on just the principle, but on delivering what is promised.

That's my view...what say you?
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blog Quote #655...

Here's Blog Quote #655...
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."
-Edward R. Murrow, American newsman-

Most things that appear in the history books are about things that happened.  The stuff that doesn't happen or get done- is usually laying in the 'excuse drawer.'

If you want to make the history books, become a doer, instead of a coulda, shoulda, woulda type person.

On further thought- regardless of making history or not--still strive to be a person who gets things done, versus talking about why they didn't.

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog quote #654...

Here's blog quote #654...
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
-Jim Rohn-

Rohn had some of the best messages of any motivator of the 20th century.
In this piece, he's giving us a gentle reminder to keep a more keen eye on our physical health. In our quest to get ahead and stay productive in the 'rat race'--many times we ignore our health, until the body breaks down. It's a tough organism--but the body does have it's limits.

And we only have one of them. While today's medical technologies are full of advancements-- most of the new parts are not as good as our creator's originals, and come with limitations.Thanks Jim

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blog Quote #653...

Here's Blog Quote #653...
"When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did- were failures. I didn't want failure, so I did 10 times more work."
-George Bernard Shaw, famous playwright-

What a splendid attitude. We all should strive to be like Shaw. You see, his 90% failures were a.) not uncommon and b.) not truly failures.They are just life lessons along the way--presuming you learn,  and,  you don't quit.

In fact, many of us 'fail' like Shaw. The trick, as he does, is to keep going. The successes are there-- just a bit up the road.
Thanks GBS.

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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Blog Quote # 652

Here's Blog Quote #652...
"Don't talk to me about contracts, Wonka. I use them myself. They're strictly for suckers."
-Sam Beauregarde-

From the lovely Violet Beauregarde's dad. 
Thought it was time for some humor-- so we went to the Willy Wonka playbook!

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

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blog Quote #651...

Here's Blog Quote #651...
"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."
-Charles  Kettering, American Inventor-

Just this AM, I had my thoughts ready to type, and on a final re-reading of this--I saw a different spin, a new angle, if you will.

I originally saw this as when we give people high expectations, they almost always perform better, that if we give low expectations or none at all. Can we all agree on that?

But then--what about the expectations of the achiever themselves?  There are instances where people, are just gifted,or have mad skills at something and it seems to come EASIER  that to others. I 'll clarify here that most superstars or high achievers, while it looks like it came easy to them--it didn't. However, relative to others, some things do flow easier for some, in certain areas.

Back to Kettering's statement --As with other's expectations for us, when we raise our own bars of what we want to accomplish--it doesn't ALWAYS take place, but more frequent than not, a higher expectation of self will generally produce a higher outcome.

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

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Blog Quote #650...

Here's Blog Quote #650...
"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind-on the things we desire, not things we fear."
-Brian Tracy-

Seems basic  but pretty solid advice. The key words to break down here are success-focus minddesire, not fear.

Drive through that fear--some wonderful things await you on the other side.

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Blog Quotes #646,647,648,649

A quadruple Bonus today...
Here are Blog quote #'s 646,647, 648 and 649...

#646..."Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold."

#647..."Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."

#648... She looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth."
-Swift, 'Polite Conversation'-

#649..."Things are seldom what they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream."

You get the point. Be careful to take a good, long look inside, underneath, up and down, all around, and under the hood. Many a thing looked better under initial impressions than what actually was the real deal. Just ask Little Red Riding Hood.

With that stated, first impressions can make a whole lot of difference--so,  be who you are and be of character and moral integrity. That will serve you well in life.

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Quote #645

Here's blog quote #645...
"Ice cream fixes everything."
-Cherie Matthys-

This quote speaks for itself. It was also seconded, by ice cream mogul and expert, Scott Smith of Byrne Dairy fame.

Perhaps the next time there is trouble on the horizon, or a problem brewing, grab a cone and take a minute to ponder.  I've heard worse advice...

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Quote #644...

Here's Blog Quote #644...
"Just one person taking action- can inspire others to do the same."
-Leslie Aguilar-

Perhaps this quote will inspire some of us. And that may just start the perfect chain reaction?

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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Blog Quote #643

Here's Blog Quote #643...
"The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing-- to pull his weight."
-Teddy Roosevelt, US president

Agreed 100%.

As far as I know, not many, if any, like a mooch, a leech, or someone that is lazy and sponges off one another, or the system.  You know them-- The guy who never buys a drink. The one who always eats dinner yet never picks up the tab. The ones who conveniently forgot their wallet.

The people, who take--take--take, and rarely give of much of anything.
Be on the lookout for these, and either mention something TO them, or AVOID them.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blog quote #642...

Here's Blog Quote #642...
"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
-The Original  Dr. Cruse Howe-

People only know what they know. When asking for advice, take that into consideration.

Race car drivers know how to drive fast, and handle pressure at great speeds; not write poetry.

Doctors know how to do surgery and what the latest prescriptions are that supposedly treat  conditions. They may not be up on all the alternative methods for optimal healing. 

Real estate people know how to list and sell houses. They aren't specialists in deep sea diving.

Food for thought, when you are inquiring...
That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Quote #641

Here's Blog Quote #641...
"There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get off the thing that he was educated in."
-Will Rogers-

When I read this, I thought of my 23 yr old daughter who is often intimidated by others who have much more schooling than her 4 year degree. I always tell her :

There are book smart people. There are street smart people. Some are blessed with both.

Also-every person you meet, knows something that you don't know. All of us can learn something from another fellow human.

The world is too big, with gazillions of pieces of info to know.. so none of us are too smart for the next person. Always listen well, and see what you can learn from the other. With that stated don't be intimidated by others. If they know more in a few subjects than you do-- so what. Good for them. Chances are you more about another subject, than they do. Touche'

Like all else I life  the more time you spend at something the more experience and knowledge you gain. it doesn't make any of us better or worse than each other. Respect for all humans. 

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Quote #640

Here's Blog quote #640...
"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."
-Charlie Phillips(photographer)-

This one is very self explanatory.

The next time you hear someone bellyaching about their age, or their position in life...might want to gently remind them of this quote. It's very powerful. And true!

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Quote #639...

Here's Blog Quote #639...
"A tax problem- is the best problem to have."
-John 'Duke' Kinney, insurance  legend

The tax 'problem Mr Kinney was talking about came up in context  over a discussion of hitting the lottery or coming into an unexpected windfall.  It's an exercise in the mind--immediately thinking of the negative tax cost, versus the positive pondering-of receiving some good fortune.Glass half full or half empty?

Another incident of a nice tax problem-- is when people say they had to pay the government a ton of money in taxes. The discussion of how much is a fair rate to pay for your wages, is always on the table.

Regardless, the having to pay a decent amount in taxes-- is usually a direct correlation that they had a pretty solid year, income wise. 

Personally, I'd take the $88,000 winning lotto ticket, and gladly pay back $35k to Uncle Sam. It's still a net $53k-- for the good guys...  

That's my view...what say you? 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blog Quote #638...

Here's Blog Quote #638...
"Success begins with totally believing  in yourself, understanding the val-u  that "u" have, the positive impact that "u" make in this world, and discovering that "u" already are- who"u" are trying to be."
-Chuck Bartlett, motivation guru-

Wow--powerful statement, with quite a bit going on here.
Since I'm a simple man, let's try to break this one down, in bites:

1.) Do you 100% believe in yourself?
2.) Do you understand the value that you have, and what you are to deliver, and why you are here on this planet?
3.) Do you recognize and totally grasp the positive impact that you make--in and on the world?
4.) Have you figured out who you are trying to be, where you are most comfortable, and what is the best use of your skills and talents( in real estate--often called "highest and best use.")

We agree that success will come...when we determine the answers to these 4 questions.
To get there, is another task in itself.  Bartlett has spelled out a very nice, albeit challenging homework assignment here. Are you up for taking it on?

The rewards of success await those who truly figure out these four questions. Nice work Chuck.

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

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blog Quote #637...

Here's Blog Quote #637...
"If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile, I would be a millionaire."
-MCAS Pets. org-

One of the truest statements I've ever read. 

I have one change though--  "If I had a quarter for every time my dogs made me smile, I'd be a millionaire."

They truly are special creatures.  Ever notice what doG spelled backward reads..?

Those who don't own dogs, may or may not get this. Those dog owners out there-- this should resonate, clear as crystal.

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blog Quote #636...

Here's Blog Quote #636...
"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me."
-Stave Jobs-

A lesson from one of the smartest men on the 20th century. 
It can be interpreted in many ways:
You can't take it with you...
Don't kill yourself over money...
Worshiping money doesn't mean anything in the long run...

I'll leave you to ponder your own conclusions, here...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blog Quote #635...

Here's Blog Quote #635...
"The main dangers in this life are the people, who want to change everything...or nothing."
-Nancy Astor-

Be ware of wild extremism---on both sides.
If I had to pick one of these though, I'd personally look for people willing to change things... for the better. 

Something to ponder over the weekend...

That's my view...what say you? 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Quote #634...

Here's Blog Quote #634...
"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority."  
-Ralph Sockman, American Pastor-

How true of both.
If I had to add something...I'd say being in the minority tests your metal a bit more. Not easy to stay convinced and stand amidst the yappers, criticizers, and non-believers. Many a person who gave up, or in, too soon were likely right. If only they didn't get knocked off their belief pedestal, by some negative naysaying Nancy.

Go with your gut. Arm your mind with significant proof. Stand tall and strong against the masses--when they don't believe. After all--it's likely your knowledge and hours invested  in the subject matter,  blows theirs away. The easiest thing in the world--is for someone not engaged or uninformed--to knock something down. 

Something to keep in mind!

That's my view...what say you? 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blog Quote #633...

Here's blog Quote #633...
"Just because someone has fancy sneakers doesn't mean they can run faster."
-Jon Bon Jovi, American musician-

Its what's inside that counts. Heart matters 100x more than outer shell.

Looks can be, and often are-- deceiving.

As the Aussies say...'All froth and no beer.'

When we read this quote-- that's what popped into our head...what say you?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Blog Quote #632...

Here's blog Quote #632...
"If you're the smartest person in the room, find another room."
-Michael Dell-

Wow  I found Mr Dell's comment very shrewd.

He may be saying watch your ego, and don't revel in it, if you happen to be the sharpest person in the room. 

He may also be hinting to always be improving and go to another room to see what you can learn  from others?

There's an old adage...always hang out with people smarter than you..

That's what first popped into my head...Surely there are other interpretations. How did you see it?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blog Quote #631...

Here's blog Quote #631...
"Don't learn to do, but learn in doing."
-Samuel Butler-

Not quite certain what Butler is getting at here?

I'll take a shot at it. My interpretation:
First, 'learn to do'  vs. 'learn in  doing' is to go through the motions vs. enjoying, or being engaged in the action.

My second thought was  'to do'= get it done without learning much vs. 'learn in doing' implies some absorption and educating of yourself in the process of the do-ing.

In summation, perhaps Butler is suggesting --if we are going to do something-- make sure there is something of value to come from the effort rather than blindly just time wasting, and robotically going through motions?

That's my view---How did you take this quote?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Quote #630...

Here's Blog Quote #630...
"Youngsters with good manners- turn into adults with class."
-Deb Moracco-

After a discussion  about lessons to teach children how best to grow into fine young adults, Ms. Morocco offered the above quote.

It seems quite accurate to me. Might be an exception or two, but I'll bet  $100 to a dollar, the following: That parents instilling good manners, and investing time- into teaching their kids these-- will see the dividends, as their sons and daughters reach adulthood.

Yes it takes effort-- but the rewards later on will be priceless, and will surely make the parents-- proud as peacocks.

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

Friday, March 14, 2014

Blog Quote #629...

Here's Blog Quote #629...
"Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few."
-George Berkeley-

It's probably unanimous that everyone wants the truth when spoken to. So, as the Golden Rule would  request...let's all do better at  giving it ourselves as well.

This includes commitments, follow-throughs, and polite, yet honest feedback. 

No more complicated than that. Everyone--let's raise the bar a little, at least in the truth department.

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blog Quote #628...

Here's Blog Quote #628...
"We have a choice: to plow new ground or to let the weeds grow."
-Virginia Dept of Agriculture brochure, 1959-

~~Move on, and be part of the solution- or sit around on our duffs, complaining and doing nothing.

~~Get better or stay stagnant.

~~Be part of creating something new and exciting with who knows what type potential eventually blooms--or--stay idle and let the old ways hamper and stifle.

It's a line being drawn in the sand. It's a clear choice--going in two totally opposite directions. Choose wisely.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blog Quote #627...

Here's Blog Quote #627...
"I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it."
-Robert Benchley-

Every once in a while--we throw a curve ball at you, with some humor. Just making sure you are paying attention.

Enjoy your day...

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Quote #626...

Here's Blog Quote #626...
When reporters asked this astronaut what he thought about as he sat atop the Redstone Rocket, waiting for liftoff, the reply was ...
"The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder..."
-Alan Shepard, NASA astronaut-

Something to think about, the next time you are purchasing anything that has significance. There is an old saying that is more true than false...'Price. Quality. Service. Pick any 2 of 3 you like.'

Sure, no one liked to be had or ripped off. Of course, we all want the best deal. I wonder how many times the 'best deal' up front was largely determined by price-- and later wished upon, that it was never purchased.  

Food for thought...

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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Quote #625

Here's Blog Quote #625...
"No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future."

What a shame that this is an anonymous quote--but isn't that how life is? Some of the best stuff  comes from humble, quality people--quietly improving the world, one bit at a time.

How superb is this statement? It's 1000% TRUE!

Right now--- today---going forward-- our slate is crystal clean. Sparklingly absent of junk, faultiness, and other bad things.

Let's take advantage of that. Let's leave all baggage and things we are not proud of, behind us.
After all-- it's in the past, it cannot be altered--so leave it there.

Let's make today a productive, helpful, and wonderfully prosperous day. And tomorrow-- REPEAT.

Remember-- for each and every one of us--our future IS spotless! Wow, that's exciting!

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blog Quotes #623 and 624...

Today, a Two-fer--and they are quick and to the point:

Blog Quote #623...
"I am not young enough to know everything."
-Oscar Wilde-

I believe Mr Wilde is spoofing and being a bit sarcastic here. Usually the older you get the wiser you become. And many times-- when talking to youth, they have all the answers. Or, at least they think they do.

That's my view...what say you? 

Blog Quote #624...
"You practice and you get better. It's very simple."
-Philip Glass, American composer-

Probably a question, aimed at Glass' expertise--asking him how he got so good at his talent. This obviously an understatement, as he could have added  'over, and over, and over, and over' after the word practice.

Also hints at an old adage, when striving for brilliance:There is no elevator to success-- you have to take the stairs!

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

Here's Blog Quote #622...

Here's blog Quote #622...
"Consider how hard it is to change yourself--and you'll understand what little chance  you have-- of changing others."
-Jacob M Braude-

Bulls-eye. Swish. Bingo.
This is thee most, 100% accurate, on point quote I have read-- in some time

We've all been there.Telling others what they need to do to change themselves. Advice, suggestions, what to do, how to do it, whom to see, etc etc.  

And then I read Jacob Braude's quote. Will have to burn this one into memory. Welcome to my list of all time favorite 25 quotes.

Time to stop typing now--and let the readers digest & cogitate on this one. 

That's my view...what say you? 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Blog Quote #621...

Here's Blog Quote #621...
"I would not ever say "Why are you angry?" or "I'm sorry that it's upsetting." What I would say is "What are you going to do about it?"
-An Old Irish grandfather-

Sounds like some old fashioned wisdom of--Stop complaining and do something about it. Nothing gets done by whining and expending negative energy. Instead, turn your efforts and positive energy- into solving the issue at hand.

We love that straightforward, cut to the chase, tough wisdom-- from years ago.

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blog Quote #620...

Here's Blog Quote #620...
"The universe is full of magical things-- patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
-Eden Phillpotts-

Smelling salt anyone?

Look around--the world TRULY IS- full of magical happenings, stuff, and action. 

I believe Mr Phillpotts is telling us-- that we need to pay a bit more attention to our surroundings.
Get off auto-pilot. Stop going through the motions of life.Take a renewed, vigorous, excited look- at all around. 

Perhaps once we heighten our senses up a few notches, we will see a whole new world. Or, if nothing else, we'll be a witness to more miracles, magical events, and wondrous occurrences.

How did you read what Phillpotts was trying to say here?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Blog Quote #619...

Here's Blog Quote #619...
"If you want to have an impact on someone else, it's more important to be interested than interesting."
-Barbara Jordan-

What do you find more impactful...?

1.)You find someone interesting.
That's pretty cool. Kind of neat. Catches your attention.

2.)You find someone interested in you.
Wow-they really cared about me, and what I had to say?
Man, I really enjoyed that person and them taking an interest in ME.

Chances are, most people feel the same way.
Interesting is good. Interested is light years better.

That's my view...what say you? 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blog Quote #618...

Here's Blog Quote #618...
"You're never as good as they say you are--and you're never as bad as they say you are."
-George Clooney-

In other words--  

There is no need for cockiness.
On the flip side--don't get all caught up in despair, or too bummed out--of a critic or two.

Life has a peculiar way-- of picking you up when you are down and out. It also can kick you in the teeth with sudden power, when you are riding high as a kite.

Moderation in everything, friends.

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

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog Quote #617...

Here's blog quote #617...
"If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind."
-James Watson, American scientist-

A couple of quick points:

~ ~ First, indecision or procrastination rarely ever produces quality and value.
~ ~ Second, idleness has killed many a project, invention, or progress.  Just get in motion.
~ ~ Thirdly, once a decision has bee made, things happen. However it can be changed. 

While Watson may have been attempting some humor in this quote, it has merit. Ever notice how once a decision has been made--tensions and stress seem to subside? That's always a good thing.

That's my view... what say you?   

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blog Quote #616...

Here's Blog Quote #616...
"If you cant explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
-Albert Einstein-


Quite ironic that the man whose name is synonymous with genius, and who could run circles around most human brains-- is telling us all to S-I-M-P-L-I-F-Y. 
Everything that we comprehend and understand-- can be brought down to a 2nd graders level of comprehension.

We suggest that everyone takes Einstein's 'advice' and transfer messages with clarity, conciseness and ease of understanding. It would be great for improved communication--across the planet. And who can't benefit from better communication?


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

Friday, February 14, 2014

Blog Quote #615

Here's Blog Quote #615...
"Hope--that's what I have for breakfast, every morning."
-'El Duque' Hernandez, cuban baseball player-

Can you think of a more mentally fortified, nutritional breakfast than that?
Yum Yum. Delicious and tasty--for the mind!

We suggest that everyone add a little of El Duque's recipe-- to their traditional eggs, Leggo's Alpha Bits, Seattle's Best, Thomas' english muffins, cream of wheat-- or whatever else you are feeding on every morning.

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog Quote #614...

Here's Blog Quote #614...
"You don't win because you do one or two things right. You win because you do 1000 little things right-- throughout the year."
-Susan Butcher, American dog musher-

Dog mushers, to athletes, to famous composers, actors, engineers, or scientists. Doesn't matter what profession, nor any age, gender, or creed. They'll all likely concur with this.

Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Henry Ford, and Steven Spielberg all knew- hard, consistent work- is the answer to success. 

So does coach Mike Messere, entrepreneur Pat O' Toole, finance guru Greg Perry and paper/whole foods customer service king, Joe Petrin (all darn hard working success stories--CNY style).

A wise man once said--"There's no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." We agree.

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Quote #613...

Here's Blog Quote #613...
"Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of."
-Johnny Bench,  Hall of Fame baseball player-

Can anyone relate here? Assuming we all can--then what to do with a slump?

We recommend that you do exactly as you do--on getting out of bed. After two taps on the snooze button, and a few grunts and groans--grin and bear it! 

Everyday, most of us (hopefully) get out of bed. It's because a DECISION was made--to get out of bed. Try that same strategy with that slump. 

Like most things--it all starts in the mind, first. Decide, then watch that slump dissipate.

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blog Quote #612...

Here's Blog Quote #612...
"The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer."
-United States military slogan-

In other words, impossible--IS POSSIBLE!

How's that for:
~ ~ Can't fail.
~ ~ Make it happen.
~ ~ Fall seven times, get up eight.
~ ~ Persist, persevere, and eventually-- hit paydirt.
~ ~ The little engine that could.

Perhaps that's why the U.S.military is one of thee best in the world!

Something to remember- the next time we face a significant 'challenge.' Hmm...

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Quote #611...

Here's Blog Quote #611...
"Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better."
-Walt Disney-

Simple, FANTASTIC advice!

Less worry. More concentration, focus, effort, and attention-- on doing the very best you can.

Perhaps if we all did this (the very best we can)-there wouldn't be much time for worry?

That's my view...what say you?  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Blog Quote #610

Here's Blog Quote #610...
"I've had my coffee. You may now speak."
-Anonymous, non morning person-

Good morning!
Let's face it.There are just some people who happen to be a tad sluggish in the morning. And others do not like to burn the candle late at night. One or the other. This discussion involves the sleepyheads.

Having a few of these 'coffee dependants' in my world at home, the best advice I can share is...

Get out of their way. 
Let them get their java, and all will work out. 
It is what it is. As they say-- don't fight a losing battle, or better yet--pick the ones that are worth the effort..

Be it Folgers, Maxwell House, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks or whatever their favorite morning juice is, get it into them, before proceeding. Cups up...

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

Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog Quote # 609

Here's Blog Quote #609...
"The only substitute for shouting, is substance."
-Juanita Kreps-

Less yelling.. 
More truth, facts, proof, and validity.

Louder is usually a turnoff. 
Possible insecurity. And a sign of ducks not always in a row.

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

Blog Quote #608

Here's blog Quote #608...
"Almost everything is more complicated than it seems, but nothing is hopeless."
-Vincent Barnett, president Colgate University-

When I first read the quote-- it made me think of how much goes on behind the scenes of anything and everything. No matter what it is we see, there is usually so many moving parts that are happening by other people to make things look smooth-- totally unaware to the casual onlooker.

Case in point. We used to own race horses. People who go bet on them they think it's an easy business. That you win 100% of the purses, you get your picture taken, and you get written about in horse magazines. They have no clue about the multitude of expenses, the vet bills, the injury to the horses, the rest they need to take parts of the year,  and so on and so forth. And how would they? It looks so glamorous on the outside. Little do they know about the other 97  intricacies that occur-upon further review.

And that's the same for the jewelry business, the real estate business, or running an ice cream shop. Nothing in life is easy. Great time, care, knowledge, and expertise need to be gathered to do almost anything. But if it was easy, what fun would that be?

In this quote, Barnett reassures us that although most things are complicated-- if one is willing to invest the time and efforts-- nothing is hopeless and most desires can be attained. We concur.

That's my view...what say you?   

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blog quote #607...

Here's Blog Quote #607...
"If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place."
-Lao Tzu-

Good wisdom from the intelligent Lao Tzu.  Anyone care to agree or disagree?

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blog Quote # 606

Here's Blog Quote #606...
"I don't want to find the secret. I'm afraid all the joy will go out of it, if I find the secret."
-Bob Newhart-

Anyone remember Mr Newhart? The mellowest, straight faced comedian ever? Funny guy.

While this quote seems funny, there is some truth to it. What if 'the secret' isn't all its cracked up to be? We wait so long. We have grand visions. We have huge expectations-- then we find out what we've been waiting so long for. And it just doesn't live up to the hype & glitz we thought it would be.

So, maybe it's better to live on--and, as Newhart suggests-- not ever really find out the secret? In the meantime carry on with life, be the best you can be, live by the golden rule and be polite and nice to all people. 

Maybe the secret is as simple as that. Maybe it's right in front of our face.

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blog Quote #605...

Here's Blog Quote #605...
"If you've got something to say, say it. Slowly. With effect. The audience isn't going anywhere. At least not the people you care about. No- don't waste their time.Yes- handle your message with the respect is deserves."
-Seth Godin-

Just a great reminder--If we have something important to say, don't rush through it--for whatever reason.

Some of the usual culprits are--we have monkey mind(bad self talk), fear someone isn't interested, think people are in a hurry, poor self-confidence, etc etc.

Reminds us of a Coach Wooden-ism- "Be quick, but don't hurry."

Again, if what you have to say is important--take your time, and communicate--clearly, crisply, and with concise-ness.

That's my view...what say you

Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Quote #604...

Here's Blog Quote #604...
"A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but its better to be thoroughly sure."
-Czech proverb-

A bit of humor here from our Czech friends. 

In general--a good principle to double check things in life to be safe and sure. A wise man remain thorough; a fool-- rushed and hasty.

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Quote #603...

Here's Blog Quote #603...
Consider how hard it is to change yourself, and you'll understand what little chance you have-- of trying to change others."
-Jacob Braude-

How simple and crystal clear this seems--when see in writing. Yet how many of us( yours truly guilty as charged) offer advice & suggestions, to ask/tell others - what to do, how to live, or even how to change, adapt, and mold.

Double WOW WOW!

Thank you, Jacob Braude- for this excellent, vivid, clear, realization.
I'll be thinking twice before giving my next 2 cents of 'advice.' How about you?

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blog Quote #602

Here's Blog Quote #602...
"If you're not using your smile, your like a man with a million dollars in the bank--and no checkbook."
-Les Giblin-

Smile--It's simply one of your greatest assets. It's the secret-est of secret weapons that can be used for the force of good. It's universal...everyone can relate; most all will appreciate. 

In addition- one never knows the power of what it can do for another. And how badly someone else may need it--at the time.

You can give it away, for FREE. And you can keep on giving, and giving, and giving.

Just a few pretty cool reasons of a thousand--that we could have listed--to use that smile and start sharing more often.

Oh-- it also make YOU feel good too. Extra double bonus!
Thanks Les.

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

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blog Quote #601...

Here's Blog Quote #601...
"When things get tough and you know you just have to do/ finish/ get through something that is unpleasant-- just smile--it makes you tougher."
-Lawrence O'Toole- 

When something HAS to be done...our options are:
a.) complain all the way. 
b.) grit and bear it, or 
c.) SMILE. 

Like other 'stuff' in life, it's a mind choice. A cognitive decision. So why not put the positive spin on the mind?  It will be much more bearable, and there's a strong liklihood- that it gets completed a whole lot faster, as well. 

Sounds like a pretty good strategy to me, that Mr O'Toole has formulated.

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