The 50% Experiment

Are you so busy talking that you sometimes miss some of the really good stuff? As an experiment, talk 50% less than you normally do. Then notice what happens. You might just pick up some valuable knowledge, insights, and opportunities. There’s a side benefit. When you say less, others may listen more when you do speak up.

Have a wonderful day,


Listen Loud

Ever feel that people don’t really listen? You are not alone. Many people feel that way.

Want to show that you are listening? Think of someone who has shared a goal, dream, or challenge with you. Send him or her a card, note, or electronic greeting. In doing so, you will give this individual hope, inspiration, or even a one-person “standing” ovation.


Invest in You

When you wisely invest in a building, business, or other venture, the value of that investment will likely go up. The same is true of you.

When was the last time you invested in you? Perhaps it was yesterday, last week, or even years ago. So how can you invest in yourself right now?

Just like that business or building, when you invest in yourself wisely your value will increase in ways that will pleasantly surprise you.

Have a great day,

Build A Solid Team

When you treat others as you would like to be treated were you in their situation, you will likely inspire loyalty and enthusiastic cooperation. Set high standards for yourself and others, treat each person well, and let them do their jobs. If you do, and remember that each person has different strengths, desires, and priorities, your team could perform miracles with you.

Have a great day,

Life’s a Game – Or Is It?

Some people firmly believe that life is a game and each of us is meant to play it full out. This approach can be exhilarating, yet it can also be devastating when life’s game isn’t scoring in your favor. Consider looking it as a gift, one that you get to “unwrap” a little each day and discover the goodies inside. While you might not appreciate the value of each experience at first glance, seek to find the best “present”. How can you do this today?



“Now” is a very powerful word. It will help you advance in your dreams even if you are having a “bad” day.

Each apparent obstacle in your way is like a delayed airplane. The time you wait around for the airplane to fly can be frustrating, aggravating, and often a waste of time, yet it doesn’t have to be.

You can use the “delay” to prepare, get things in order, or even take a rest. Then you will be ready to clear the runway for an on time take-off. You need not take a transatlantic flight – completing your goal today. Do something Now.

Act today. Think of today’s action as the next leg on a wonderful journey. As you complete this, you will be refueled for the next leg – and so on.

Have a powerful day,

Action Speaks Volumes

What do you believe in? What values are most important to you? If your friends and colleagues were asked what you stand for, how would they reply?

You will likely be measured not by depth of your beliefs stated in words, but by the action you take because of them.

So today, what small step can you take that shows the world what you stand for? After you’ve thought about it, do it.

Thank you,

The Self-Help Convenience Store

Do you ever go to you local self-help convenience store? It’s the place where millions of people try to cram themselves into a theory, technique, or breakthrough method to help them instantly solve all of their problems, achieve all of their dreams, and become absolutely happy without actively deciding if it’s right for them.

So the next time you contemplate an approach that worked for somebody else, be a good consumer with your mind and heart. If it makes sense to you, test it out. Keep what works and modify what doesn’t to create your customized personal “success” program.

Have a great day,

Are You the Next Lego?

Do you ever get discouraged and consider giving up on something that you desire? Virtually every successful person has considered quitting at one point or another.

There’s a whole army of people, “the faultfinders,” who would love to see you give up. They may attempt to convince you that your goals aren’t worth the effort. They may push you to quit.

Your best defense is a clear understanding of why your goals and dreams are important to you. So if one of “the faultfinders” comes to your door, you’ll be prepared. Tell them to go away. As you close the door, let them know that Disney and Lego were considered foolish ventures doomed to failure.

Have a great day,

The Power of Thanks

“Thanks” is one of the most powerful words in the universe. For a study on the power of gratitude, 75% of a group of “at risk” young men in Boston went from angry and violent to individuals with a sense of purpose who began to create positive value with their lives.

Each day these young men asked themselves three things, “What did I receive today? What did I give back? Who could I thank right now?” Today, ask yourself those questions and see how it makes you feel and act.

Have a great day,