Wisdom of the Ages…for the Nasty Now & Now

Wisdom of the Ages…for the Nasty Now & Now
Nov

4

2016

Wisdom of the Ages…for the Nasty Now & Now

“There is nothing new under the sun.” If he had never made another statement, this comment would have proven Solomon’s wisdom. Each generation goes to great lengths to convince itself that their generation is the worst and most depraved one yet. But the fact is human nature is pretty predictable. Conflict among humans has been around as long as there have been humans. In frontier…

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The Scary Flight Attendant…and What We Learned Together
Nov

1

2016

The Scary Flight Attendant…and What We Learned Together

As you may know, I am a professional speaker. Each year I travel nationally and abroad and speak about 150 times. Bottom-line: I fly a lot…about 100 flights annually. So, it doesn’t take me long to size up a flight attendant’s mood. This is an important skill because the flight attendant’s mood is a good predictor of how enjoyable the flight will be. Recently I…

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Successful People Are People Who Practice A Lot!
Oct

31

2016

Successful People Are People Who Practice A Lot!

One of the lessons I’ve learned as I travel America speaking to all sorts of audiences: It’s human nature to desire success without effort. But unless you have a big inheritance (or a mask and a gun), that probably won’t happen. The ancient biblical proverb says, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” The most successful people…

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3 Simple Concepts…That Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business
Oct

20

2016

3 Simple Concepts…That Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business

In the spring of 1977, Bon and I determined to begin our own business…an ad agency in Nashville. But, due to terrible spending habits, I’d wasted all the money I’d earned in the three years since graduating from college in 1974. The only money we had was $4,000 that Bonnie’s family and friends had given us as investors in our new business. (To this day,…

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Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!
Oct

18

2016

Welcome to the United States of Victimhood!

We are living in the age of the victim. We live in a culture that worships at the altar of the victim. Americans everywhere are looking for others to blame. If I trip in my neighbor’s yard—it’s his fault. If I hang out at Burger King until I look like a Whooper—somehow Burger King is to blame.   On the surface this may be a comforting…

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Our Dirty Little Secret
Oct

13

2016

Our Dirty Little Secret

Sssshh! Don’t tell anyone, but today there’s a dirty little secret in many of our homes that is robbing us of peace, damaging our witness, and destroying our spiritual vigor. Sure, this might be the introduction to an article about marital infidelity, internet pornography, or one of the other high profile problems. But it’s not. Instead, I’m referring to a plague that we rarely acknowledge…

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6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job
Oct

7

2016

6 Ways NOT to Lose Your Job

            Like they say: There’s little consolation in being the best-looking horse in the glue factory. Knowing that many of our friends have lost their jobs is little comfort when you lose your job. So, let’s get ahead of the curve—and talk about how to stay employed. 1. Earn your keep. When we’re on the boss’ clock that means we should be working for the boss. Billions…

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The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done
Oct

6

2016

The Ultimate Secret for Getting Things Done

There may be five, 10, or even 50 different ways to accomplish a task. But there is always only one best way to do anything. Successful people are those rare people who understand that there is always only one best way to do anything. And, it’s those people who find that best way to do something, then repeats that process over and over and over…

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How “Herd-Think” Kills Success
Oct

3

2016

How “Herd-Think” Kills Success

I call it “herd-think”…the tendency to do exactly what everyone else is doing. People fall into “herd-think” for various reasons:                                                                        1) They incorrectly assume that others are smarter.                                                  2) They are too lazy to think for themselves.                                                                 3) They are afraid to take “the path less traveled.” Suppose I asked you to select a number between one and a 100….

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3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out
Sep

22

2016

3 Truths Successful People Understand…That Failures Never Figure Out

Successful people tick differently from other people. They see things differently. They process data differently. They approach challenges differently. Here are 3 truths that successful people live by. Success Truth #1: Not Everyone Is Going to Like You—Get Over It! Successful people are true to themselves. They set high standards of performance and integrity. But, they don’t allow others to define them. Most of us…

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