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Friday, September 23, 2016

No News Really Is Good News


Life is an amazing journey with a few bumps along the way. That’s the way I see it. That is unless I start viewing it through the lens of the nightly news. Then I start seeing the world upside down. I start thinking that the bumps in life is life.

So to me, no news really is good news. It’s good news for my psyche. It’s good news for my relationship with my wife. It’s good news for my students. And it’s good news for what I feel like God has called me to be and that is a positive influence on this world.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I Don’t Have to Agree With You to Love You


A very good friend of mine once described me this way. “Jim is the most conservative and the most open minded person you will ever meet.” To her friends who didn’t share my conservative leanings, that made no sense. To them, conservative meant narrow minded. Conservative meant a dogmatism that looks down on everyone who does not tow the conservative line.

But that’s not me at all. I don’t avoid people who see the world differently than I do. Quite the opposite, I am intrigued by them. I am always curious to find out what they believe and why they believe it. Perhaps they can help me see the world from a different perspective. They probably won’t change my views but they will enrich my life. They can give me a breadth of experience my like-minded friends can’t provide.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rules Are Best Written in Sand


All of us know the frustration of having to follow stupid rules. We all know what it is like to be working on a worthy goal only to have some arbitrary, irrelevant, or outdated rule get in our way. As a government employee, I spend so much of my time trying to figure out how to be productive despite all the ridiculous rules I must follow.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Approaches, Same Results

Steve Young

No two sets of parents have the same philosophy on how to raise their children. However, I recently heard of two families whose parenting styles couldn’t have been further apart.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Biggest Challenge of Lauren’s Life

Lauren Holiday

Lauren Holiday met her husband at a women’s basketball game. They were both attending UCLA on athletic scholarships. He was a starter on the men’s basketball team. She was the star of the women’s soccer team.

She was sitting behind Jrue Holiday when a girl came up and asked him for his autograph. However, this young autograph seeker had mistaken Jrue for teammate Darren Collison. Jrue kindly explained that he was the other guard on the basketball team.

Lauren leaned over and said, “Don’t worry, you are cuter than Darren is.”

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Friday, September 2, 2016

A Great Poem


Patricia Biggam of Johannesburg, South Africa is a Freelance Trainer in the Service Industry. She subscribes to my blog.

My last blog post, inspired her to write a poem. I loved it. I think she said it better in a few words than I did in my long post. She has given me permission to share her poem with you. I think you will enjoy it. Thanks Patricia!!!!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The One Thing You Could Say That Would Bother Me


I was explaining to my sales class a few days ago why we should never let what others say bother us. What you say about me isn’t a reflection of me. It is a reflection of you. It is your belief. It is not my belief. It reflects what you believe, not what I believe. If it is wrong, it shouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Why should I be offended by you being wrong?

Then I said something to my class. “I am never bothered by anything another person says.”

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gaining Focus: Sage Advice from the Oracle of Omaha

Warren Buffett

Success requires focus. Not just a little focus. It requires a lot of focus. The most successful people are always the ones who have the greatest focus.

The best advice I have ever heard on staying focused came from Warren Buffett. He gave this advice to the pilot of his jet. Buffett asked him if that’s all he wanted to do with his life. Do you want to spend the best years of your life being a glorified chauffeur in the sky?

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