Do You Carry Excess Baggage?

After 20 years of traveling professionally I have learned a lot about packing light.  And I have seen a good share of people who by their own admission bring along a couple bags of “just in case” stuff often paying $50 to check these bags so they’ll have a $25 item if it’s needed.  They have also told me that they actually
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When we don’t want to hear it….

  Dr. Robert Anthony has said, “The thing you resist is the thing you most need to hear. ” I remember when our daughter Ashlyn was about 3 years old how she would act when she knew I was about to say something she didn’t want to hear.   For example, when she saw  me walking up to her with a toothbrush, or a
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Experience 10 Positive Emotions in 60 Seconds

Originally Posted  on June 3, 2015  I was reading through some old T4D’s looking for a couple quick culture building ideas and activities to use with an upcoming group. So today’s inspiration comes from Jane McGonigal’s 7 minute TED talk about a massively multiplayer game that allows each player to experience at least 10 positive emotions in 60 seconds.  These
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Celebrating vs Competing and Comparing

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.  ~ Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) My wife says something similar to this… “We often measure our weakness against other people’s strengths…and end up feeling totally inadequate and discouraged.  We would be better served to celebrate the strengths of others and recognize our own unique strengths to better serve the world. 
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What the aim of an argument (should be)

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. — Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French Philosopher Unlike the graphic above … I don’t think we should wait until there is an emergency to start exploring the truth.  This brings to mind all that Jim Collins learned about how companies that made the leap from “Good to Great” have
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Pavarotti, Discipline or Devotion

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.”  ~ Luciano Pavarotti 1935-2007, Opera Singer Wisdom ~ I heard this one yesterday thought it had great merit and simplicity.  A guy said…, “If you are wrong admit it.  If you are right keep your mouth shut.” My wife often says, “You can insist
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If Your Won’t Share Your Hotdog…

  (In 2008 Janet Carner sent me the following piece of wisdom in response to a T4D message from Jim Rohn called “The Challenge of Life”) Janet writes… A woman once told me “If you won’t share your hotdogs, you won’t share your steak.”   That phrase really struck me.  Much like the ‘if I had a lot of money, I would be more generous” attitude
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Let Go and Be the Nobler Sort

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.  ~– Lao Tzu The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse.  ~ — Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher There are far too many people willing to be inferior….let’s be the nobler sort.
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Doing Your “Little Bit” for Excellence

I’ll never forget  one of Jim Collins observations in his landmark book “Good to Great” where he noted the difference between a good leader, a good team, a good company and a truly great one wasn’t generally the result of some huge thing.  Rather it was the cumulative results of several little things that on the surface may not appear to be of great significance. 
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