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Be Amazing!

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“Quality isn’t job one.  Being totally . . . amazing is job one.”  Hugh Macleod

Most of want to stand out.  We secretly dream of being amazing.

Those, at the top in their field, make it look easy.  We think, “I could do that.”  Yet, we soon realize though there have been a lot of hours spent behind the scenes.

It’s one of the reasons reality TV and computer games are so popular, I’m convinced.  We can live out vicariously being amazing through someone else.

I just read a review for the new release of the Tiger Woods golf computer game.  With a little practice, as in minutes rather than years, play like you’re Tiger.  Read More→

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What If You Had One Year to Live?

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A friend died unexpectedly four days ago.  We had visited two days before in my office.  Everything seemed normal.  Chatted about business and our kids.

Then, I got a call Friday morning he had passed away during the night.  I was stunned.

A year before he had a slight heart attack and by-pass surgery.  But he had recovered and was looking great.  Same old Bill.  Then he was gone.

Caused me to wonder, “If he had known a year ago this was the last year of his life would he have lived it any differently?”

Then I thought, “If I knew this was the last year of my life would I live it differently?”

We all know we have a finite amount of time here on earth.  We all want to make the most of it.  It’s tricky though because we don’t know how much time we have.  We don’t get a countdown.  If we did we might live more proactively, at least our last year.  Personally, I’m glad I don’t know. Read More→

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One Absolute Essential to Rise Out of Mediocrity

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“Most people in this or any other industry are by definition mediocrities.  Assuming you don’t want to be a mediocrity, this would seem to suggest that you had better take pains to seal yourself off from most of the people around you.  Moreover, my experience. . . clearly indicates that you rise to the level of your superiors or sink to the level of your inferiors. . . depending purely on with which group you spend more time and energy interacting.”  Nick Murray

Have you ever noticed how some of the most personable people, the ones you love hanging with, are also the most mediocre in their accomplishments?  They’re fun.  Always up for a party.  Quick with a joke.  We enjoy their friendship.  Yet, occassionally we can feel we’re wasting our time.  We feel like we’re being sucked into a vortex that’s going nowhere.  In a word—mediocrity. Read More→

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One Man Who Changed History–You’ve Never Heard Of

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Last Saturday, unknowingly, I sat next to a man at a luncheon who literally changed history.

I was attending a weekend training conference of Rotary International for incoming club presidents.

Rotary International, is the largest and oldest service club in the world. There are over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries and territories.  It’s made up of business and community leaders who choose to make a difference in their world with their time and money.

One of the major projects, for which Rotary is known today, is their effort to eradicate polio worldwide. 35 years ago they began this dream, when hundreds of thousands of primarily children had contracted this dreaded disease and died or been crippled for life. Read More→

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Rick King, a past president of Rotary International, in a recent speech said, “Quit putting off living.  Whatever your dream—start now.  Today is your life!”

Wow!  So simple, yet so profound.

I think we all struggle with this.

We each carry inside the seeds of greatness.  We have dreams of changing our world and making it better.  We have abilities we enjoy and are fulfilled in sharing.

Yet, life happens.  Good things.  Family, work, activities.  And our dreams often get put on hold.  Our aspirations give way to everyday living.

And we think, “Someday.  When the kids are through school.  When life settles down.  When the house is paid off.  When I retire.  Then I’ll accomplish all I wanted to. Read More→

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One of my most popular posts.  Originally posted July 20, 2010.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

This past weekend I spent time with a friend’s widow. It caused me to reflect on his life and my own.

Bob and I grew up together and swam competitively in high school. He was the only one of our group who could still fit in his Speedo forty years later. He retired in his early 50s and built a beautiful mountain home at Huntington Lake. After that he lived there most of the year, exercised daily, ate well and breathed clean mountain air.

Yet, three years ago he came down with a rare form of cancer. Read More→

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Discovering Life Beyond Success

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U.S. Navy Seals by Kathryn Whittenberger, U.S. Navy

A Navy Seal officer spoke at our Rotary club a few months ago.  He was in his late thirties, trim, confident yet humble.  He had served several tours overseas in combat areas.

During his last duty in Iraq his squad was ambushed.  Several were killed in the firefight and he was wounded.  He was shipped home to a military hospital for care.  During his stay he met many soldiers who had been severely injured Read More→

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Enjoying a Great Retirement–Before You Retire

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“Love life.  Be grateful for it always.  And show your gratitude by not shying away from its challenges.  Try always to live a little bit beyond your capacities.  You’ll find that you never succeed.” Arthur Gordon

Last summer I received an email that a friend, I had grown up with, was dying of cancer.  I was shocked.  He was in great shape, looked a lot like he did in high school when we all swam competitively.  He ate right, exercised regularly, lived in the mountains half the time.  Of all of my buddies I figured he would be the pall bearer for all of us.  He had whipped cancer two years before but now it was back and virulent. Read More→

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