Cultivate the positive mental qualities you need to reach the pinnacle of excellence

The Finish Strong Attitude

“We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire… give us the tools and we will finish the job.” —Winston Churchill   One of my best-loved Bible stories is that of Terah, recorded in chapter eleven of Genesis: “One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), […]

The Most Important Lesson of All

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”  –Bob Talbert   Teachers don’t get enough credit. And yet, I think they are the most important people in our society. Why? Some might say it’s because they are responsible for teaching children the three R’s – reading, writing and arithmetic; or […]

Get Up, Dust Off, and Fight On

  Ever have days that take a toll on you; days when you feel a hundred years old and the energy to keep striving is gone? I have had my share of those days over the years, and when I do, I like to remember this story. About 10 years ago, I sat in my […]

Never, Ever Give Up!

  If there was ever a young man of exceptional talent, evidently destined for greatness, that young man was Isaac. At the age of 16, he was tall, athletic, and exceptionally quick in everything he did, and he had a mind and talent for inventions. He made his own record player, generated electricity for his […]

The Barefooted Millionaire

  I was speaking to our company auditor a while back at a time when our finances were in a bad state. Noticing my thoroughly dejected expression, he leaned back and propped up his feet, a sure sign that an anecdote was forthcoming. Here is the story he told me: An elderly man from my […]

Victim or Victor?

  In my book – Champion – I share a story about a friend whom I have called Joe (p.129). Joe won’t let go of his past. He lives in the realm of the “if only…”   If only his parents had given him some love and a decent education. If only they had worked out their […]

Mediocrity… Your True Enem...

  I recently met a friend over coffee and as we chatted I could not help but wonder what ever happened to him. Back in the days, he was a high achieving go-getter. A little prodding and he revealed that he was not happy working in a company he didn’t like, for pay that could […]

Want to Advance? Seek A Mentor

  A friend called me the other day to wish me a Happy New Year. With gusto and self-confidence, he recounted the significance and symbolism of the number seven (7). He then invited me to exercise my imagination by trying to perceive what kind of year 2014 could be like. Fourteen is double the number […]

Be Intentional

  How time flies. Already, 2014 is here with us, and with a new year, perhaps another chance to start afresh. You may or may not have accomplished what you set out to do in 2013; you may have made mistakes that either caused bitterness or led to a better you; you may have fallen […]


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