Be the Ladder

on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Category: General

I follow @jakemcclain on Twitter and Thursday, he tweeted two #TRINSPIRATION phrases that caught my eye. One of those is #WinFromWithin, which is part of Chelsea Browning's anti-bullying crusade & Gatorade also uses it effectively in their marketing. However, Jake created a new one, #BeTheLadder, that has been cogitating around my noggin for the last two days. "Be the Ladder" as opposed to "Climb the Ladder." We've all been admonished to "Climb the Ladder" of success but how does "Be the Ladder" relate and more specifically does it relate to September being our month of FOCUS. I think it does.

Establish Your Mindset

on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Category: General

It's September, a month of new beginnings for so many. Students of all ages across the country have started back to school. The excitement of the first weeks is over and now the work has begun. First quizzes and tests are upon them. The successful ones seem to have something in common—they have “Established Their Mindset;” determined within their day-to-day and semester-to-semester routine they will succeed by setting in motion habits and disciplines that will support their goals. There is something about a syllabus that demands this kind of response.


on Saturday, March 23, 2013 | Category: General

Talk about right up my alley…#ThreeWordsToLiveBy is trending on Twitter right now. And I’ve seen everything from the ridiculous to the sublime. A dancer tweets: “Point You Toes.”  A female softball player tweets: “Love the Game.” A goofball tweeted: “Always respect word limits.” If he were tweeting, my daughter’s soccer coach would undoubtedly say, “Value the Ball.” At least that is what he’s told her on more than one occasion.  In fact, that #TRINSPIRATION made my Top Ten TRINSPIRATION phrases of 2012.

Check Your Baggage

on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | Category: General

For the first time in over two years, we had all three of our adult children at home last week.  Our middle daughter finished her 25 month commitment as a Peace Corps Volunteer and arrived Thursday evening in time to spend two full days with her younger sister who was home on spring break from her school in Texas.  All three siblings enjoyed a night out together Saturday leaving mom and dad home to watch something on the DVR…I don’t remember what it was.  Then early Sunday morning, and I do mean early, as in 4:00AM, we made the 35 minute trek to LAX to put our soccer princess back on the plane to Texas.  My wife, Valerie, booked our youngest daughter’s flight and is always careful to get the most economical fare.  We saved something like $200 by having her leave at 6:15AM instead of later in the day.  Moreover, some airlines charge up to $50 more for checking your bags instead of using carry-on luggage, which brings me to the point of this blog.

Cash the Check

on Monday, February 18, 2013 | Category: General

I had a pleasant surprise this week when I received a royalty check in the amount of $217.49 from the publishing company for a song I wrote 19 years ago. This unexpected deposit would not have happened, though, if I had not received the 1099 two weeks earlier alerting me to the payment. It seems the music publisher sent me that check last May but had no record of me cashing it—which I hadn’t.
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If there is a secret to success, it just might be little things done well.
John Wooden

On page 90-91 of Recognize Your Significance "Play Your Game"

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