Archive for April, 2011

Can’t Mow When it Rains

You can’t mow when it rains, that is unless you want to destroy the lawn. I am starting up a lawn business this summer, and yesterday and today have been the first rainy days in this year’s season. Yesterday was Easter Sunday, so I wasn’t exactly doing a lot of mowing then, but today is back to the workweek, and I am stuck in the office brainstorming while it storms outside. There are times in life when it is “raining,” so-to-speak, but you still have plenty of work that needs to be done.

So what do you do when it rains? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Breakthrough Concept

While at the dentist today, waiting for some anesthetic to take its effect, I found myself with some reading time. There were not many magazines to choose from at the office, but I did find an Inc. Magazine from 2008, which I believe I read a couple of years ago waiting in the same room at another dentist appointment. Ironic, huh? Even though it was old (and mostly pre-recession) news, I thought I might still find some articles of interest. Flipping through the contents and first couple of pages, I stumbled upon a short quote:

“Take 10 minutes right now and ask yourself, ‘What one thing should I do tomorrow that will have the biggest positive impact on my business?’ And then don’t stop until it’s done.” – Keith McFarland, the Breakthrough Company Read the rest of this entry »

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The 90% Factor

It has been said that life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond. You may hear slightly different numbers, such as 75 and 25, or 80 and 20, but the idea is the same. How your life turns out depends much more on you than it does your immediate circumstances.

So what do you do when something bad happens? Many people, if not most, get mad, upset, depressed, or the like. These responses are natural, and often times expected, but what is much more important than your immediate emotional reaction or tendency is what you choose to do about it. Life is not always fair. In fact, I believe that life may usually not be fair! People lie. Drivers cut you off in traffic. Managers make bad decisions. But none of this means you have to lie, cut people off, or also make poor choices. You can decide, with God’s help, that you will maximize the success of the part of your life that you control. It is the 90% Factor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cell Phone Courtesy

“Excuse me, could you please stop your conversation while I answer my phone?”

 

Everybody knows how annoying it can be when someone forgets to turn their phone off in a quiet, important setting like a business meeting or a church service. But there are certain occasions in which the lines may not be so black and white. For example, when is it okay to take a call during dinner? Should you step out and answer or just allow the caller to leave a message on your voicemail? These, and other questions, will be answered here. Read the rest of this entry »

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