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Put Your Dream to the Test
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson
Hard Back

Why Create and Contribute?

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I recently unpacked some materials received for the coming Leadercast 2016 which I am hosting. In this shipment was the most recent book written by one of my favorite thought leader Seth Godin. The title What To Do When It’s Your Turn grabbed me immediately so I just had to do a quick flip though the book before performing a thorough reading.

Filled with thought provoking pictures and bold headlines the following words jumped out at me. HOW MUCH DO YOU GET PAID TO WATCH TV?  You see I have been spending entirely too much time veg’ing out in front of the TV, too tired and needing to chill out rather than doing anything worth while instead.

On the facing page was an equally grabbing half page snippet regarding creating and contributing, noting that our attitude toward these endeavors had sadly changes. Since Seth is the one known for his words and not me, here in his words:


“Sometimes people ask why they should create or contribute if they’re not going to get paid for it. They hesitate to write a novel if no publisher will pay them for it, and they sneer at the mere amateur who does what he does for love, not for money.

We’ve commercialized all the things that used to be passions. You’re supposed to get paid to be a sculptor or a golfer, a writer or an impresario, the creator of projects.

And if we’re getting paid for these intellectual pursuits, then we’re taught we ought to treat them the way workers in the industrialized world have been trained to treat their jobs – with distain, with an awareness that we ought to do less foe more. What a shame, what a foolish way to dishonor our humanity.

Instead, just for a moment, imagine what would happen if we decided to create and connect merely because we love it. It turns out that acting as if we love it creates the environment where that might actually happen.”


I hope this brief snippet is enough to turn my counterproductive use of time veg’ing out in front of the TV. Is it enough for you?





What will you replace your non productive time with?

My partial list:

  • Spend quality time with my wife and family.
  • Volunteer to do something for church or non profit.
  • Reading a book from my long list of “get to sometime.”
  • Study to become better versed in my profession.
  • Write a blog, whether to post or not.
  • Follow the writings or podcasts of the thought leaders I follow.
What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn)
Seth Godin
Domino Project

Chicken Little


“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Greeting

Thanksgiving is among my favorite holidays. It’s a time we’re all forced to slow down a bit, and whether voluntary or involuntary we’re moved to reflect on thankfulness. Like everything else in life, it’s about perspective.

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” by Helen Keller.

What a blessing to truly be content within oneself. Even if we’re fortunate enough to have gotten a good dose of it at Thanksgiving, so easily we lose that momentum. Human nature is to not know what we have till it’s gone…. health, family & friends, the ability to shelter and feed our families, simple pleasures in spending time with loved ones, etc.

This year, my hope for all of us is that we’ll look at the sore spot in our lives, the real thorn in our side that often robs us like a pick pocket, and turn it into a reason of thankfulness, Helen Keller style.

Happy Thanksgiving! I thank you so much for your patronage of this site. Here’s to best wishes for a joy filled holiday season and a year of priceless contentment all year long.



Dinner Conversation


What to strike up some dinner conversation with guests? Use the secret of John C. Maxwell. Ask questions. Here are a few that he just provided his readers.

  1. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving or holiday memory?

  2. If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

  3. What’s the best gift you ever received?

  4. What’s the best advice you have ever received?

  5. What’s the best book you’ve read and what makes it special?

  6. Share about a time you had a need. How was it met?

  7. If you could meet your great great grandchildren what wisdom would you pass on to them? What would you want them to know?

  8. If you could spend one day doing a job that you are not currently doing, what would you do?

  9. What’s one thing that you would love to do in your lifetime that no one knows?

Thanks John for these great open ended questions that will lead to interesting dinner conversations.


Veteran’s Day

Where do we get guys (and women) like this?

Squad of marines



“   ‘Where do we get guys like this?’ the reporter asked.

                The answer is as simple as it is profound. You give them to us. You parents, you families, you brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, you loan us these wonderful young people. They are the fruit of our country, raised by caring parents or a single parent, nurtured in love, and taught that Americans are supposed to have concern for the rights, freedoms and needs of not only our own citizens, but the citizens of the world … The credit for their goodness, and their greatness, rests with all of you back home. The mothers, the fathers, husbands, wives, all of the family members, all the friends, the teachers, the preachers, scout leaders, football coaches, volunteer youth workers of all sorts, each person who had a positive impact on the lives of these young people deserves a piece of the credit.”


Colonel Ron Smith, US Army


"The war in Iraq, what the media doesn't tell you,”
The Meridien Star
March 9, 2005

What is a Veteran?

Someone who wrote a blank check!

Business Concept. Vector


A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal political views, that is an honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

 – Hiram Figueroa (LinkedIn)


Don’t Say Whatever!

It means you don't care.





Sometimes we learn from those younger than us. That is the case of the often used response “whatever“. My oldest grandson Alex has been known to correct extended family members from using the word “whatever“. His explanation, “whatever means you don’t care.” And of course the assumption is that we should always care.

Great reminder for each of us.




Link To Speech


Moral Dilemma Ahead

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”



– Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


Any thought?

How Can You Positively Impact Your MOJO?

MOJO is impacted by four key factors:

  1. Identity – Who do we think we are?

  2. Achievement – What have we done lately?

  3. Reputation – Who do other people think you are and what have you done lately?

  4. Acceptance – What can you change and when do you need to just “let it go”?

MOJO - How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It
Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter