Here is your Friday story,  Graduation Advice – courtesy of Bob Proctor Whenever I’m asked to give a commencement speech, I’m intimidated by the challenge of finding something to say that’s profound and practical without being trite. I haven’t succeeded yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. So here are some thoughts for graduates: · By all means, set goals and go after your dreams, but know that your ultimate happiness will depend not on your plans but your ability to cope with unexpected turns and unavoidable ups and downs. You may not get what you thought you wanted, but if you’re willing to adapt, you can get something even better. · Don’t ever underestimate the power of character. If you want to win, don’t whine. Success is made from hard work, perseverance, and integrity, not luck. · Listen to both your heart and your head. Pursue your passions, but don’t confuse feelings with facts. Almost nothing is as good or as bad as it first appears, and all things change. · Remember, pain and disappointment are inevitable, but tough times are temporary. The enduring impact of experiences and the true nature of relationships are only revealed by time. more »

Here is your Friday story, Courtesy of Bob Proctor What Will You Be Doing 7 Years From Now? I graduated from Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas in May 1972. Not dressed in white (honors), but I graduated. That summer like the previous summer, I worked as a longshoreman loading corn, flour and corn sacks weighing 50 to 140 lbs. and 900 lbs. caustic soda drums on freight ships bound to other countries at nearby Brazos Harbor and Dow Chemical A2 Dock. This was one of the better paying jobs in the area. It was grueling, hard, heavy work, but I loved it at the time. My father had been doing this job most of his life since it paid well. Fall came around and I had already decided that I did not want to make my living as a longshoreman. Work was inconsistent and when it was there it only went to the ones with the most seniority, unless there was too much. There was very little opportunity for a better job when you got older. I had always heard that a college education would get you a better job and decided to find out. So I went to more »

Character Counts Refuse To Be Afraid

Refuse To Be Afraid Tim Wrightman, a former All-American UCLA football player, tells a story about how, as a rookie lineman in the National Football League, he was up against the legendary pass rusher Lawrence Taylor. Taylor was not only physically powerful and uncommonly quick but a master at verbal intimidation. Looking young Tim in the eye, he said, “Sonny, get ready. I’m going to the left and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Wrightman coolly responded, “Sir, is that your left or mine?” The question froze Taylor long enough to allow Wrightman to throw a perfect block on him. It’s amazing what we can accomplish if we refuse to be afraid. Fear – whether it’s of pain, failure, or rejection – is a toxic emotion that creates monsters in our mind that consume self-confidence and intimidate us from doing our best or sometimes even trying at all. As a law professor, I saw scores of capable students fail the bar exam, not because they didn’t know enough but because their anxiety hindered their ability to remember or coherently express what they did know. For most law graduates, passing the bar exam should be no more difficult than walking more »

Your Friday story – Rejections and Reactions – Courtesy of Insight of The Day Rejection takes many forms. You didn’t make the team. The college you want to attend turns you down. The woman you asked out said no. You didn’t get the job. You were passed over for a promotion. Your husband left you. Whatever form it takes, being rejected hurts. It is a blow to your ego and challenges your ability to cope. It makes you question yourself. It makes you angry. In its most extreme and painful forms, it generates self-destructive thoughts and behaviors – ranging from rage to drinking binges to suicide. The tricky thing about rejection, though, is not to avoid it but to choose a positive way of reacting to it. After all, everybody suffers rejection. That is not meant to minimize anyone’s pain at being let go or turned down; it is simply to say that you aren’t alone. Others have lived through similar – or worse – things. The only way to avoid the risk of rejection is to fail to live, dream, or dare! And that is a far worse thing than being courageous enough to apply for the position, to accept more »

Catching Fish In A Jar – Courtesy of Insight of The Day When I was between eleven and twelve years old I decided one bright sunny day that it would be fun to go fishing. I didn’t have any fishing gear and I had never done much fishing other than to play on the stream banks while my father fished. I also didn’t want to “hurt” the fish I just wanted to catch them and then let them go. I looked around the house for what I could use and I found a washed out old mayonnaise jar. You know the old style jars with the big open “mouth”. I walked to a nearby pond and put the jar down in the soft dust-like mud of the water’s edge with the open “mouth” of the jar facing toward the center. I then stirred the waters a little and made them cloudy so that the fish would have trouble seeing me. Then I waited hovering over the jar. Gradually, cautiously a small fish would swim up to the clear jar to investigate the disturbance and when it swam into the jar I dropped my hand into the water and over the more »

Belief and Commitment

“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it– his mind, his body and his heart—what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most all, to myself.” Vince Lombardi

Your Friday Story “Keep On Dancing”

Keep On Dancing Courtesy of  Insight of the Day If you are feeling like you have gotten a little “off track” with your intentions this year, not to worry. Be gentle with yourself. Take a few minutes to read today’s post, and just remember to “Keep On Dancing”. What I have noticed lately, is that things don’t always seem to happen for the reasons we think, and that can be perfect for us. I started several projects in the last few weeks, that did not work out the way I thought they would, or the way I wanted them to, thank God. Because they did not work out, space was created for something much better to come into my life. And so, I was able to better understand, that it is not always about the end result of a choice or a project, but how taking that step to go for it in the first place, makes you feel. What is important, is that you take some inspired action, because your vibration while you are doing something that excites you, and you are passionate about, is what will bring you the essence of what you wanted in the first place. more »

Words of Wisdom From Will Smith

Living an exceptional life and success strategies from Will Smith

Be Strong and Courageous

Be Strong and Courageous Read Proverbs 3:21 – My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight. In fearful times, sound judgment and discernment become a compass in the dark. It is easy for one to lose his way when he cannot see because of the thick clouds and the darkness of the storms of life. The man who can cling to the Word of God and let it guide him will find that the journey through those dark moments will be brief. Those who do not make time to learn the truths in the Word of God are without true navigation in times of trouble. Have the courage to trust the Word today so that you can find your way in the darkness tomorrow.  From HonorBound

Do not doubt yourself

Do not doubt yourself, for where doubt resides, confidence cannot. Do not neglect yourself, for with neglect comes loss. Do not imagine yourself to be less than you are, nor more than you are, but seek always to become all of which you are capable. Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or discourteous, for both are characteristics adopted by those who seek to cover their weaknesses. Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing a better future. You are a fertile seed of the creator of all things, destined not to lie dormant, but to spring forth from the soil called life, and grow upward toward the unlimited horizons – overcoming all obstacles in the process. It is your destiny to tap your talents and to achieve all that of which you believe yourself to be worthy.…to love more, anticipate more, overcome more, plan more, attract more, and to enjoy more than you ever dreamed possible. Such is the standard of life awaiting your mental decision and outstretched hand. You are deserving – you are becoming – and you shall succeed. Jim Rohn – The Seasons of Life