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REPUTATION – PART TWO

A handshake should always be good enough – reams of legal documents can be easily signed by bad people without good intentions. PopPop’s Additional Comment:  Even as an attorney, I still wish that a handshake would be enough.  When I started practicing law, there were...

REPUTATION – PART ONE

Your most valuable intangible asset (personal or business) is your reputation.  Guard it carefully. This is kind of a sad story. When I was in Law School, I was given a senior law student to act as a mentor.  They were called: “Big Brothers or Big Sisters”. They were...

Respect

The person who shines your shoes deserves the same dignity and respect as the person who signs your paychecks. PopPop’s Additional Comment: I worked at a very large and wonderful financial institution for about 5 years.  I usually would stay at work until around 7:00...

COMMON SENSE

Pay your bills on time.   PopPop’s Additional Comment:  If you can pay your bills on time, you will get a lot of very good night’s sleep.  If you can’t pay them on time, set up a plan to pay them off as quickly as possible—that too will let you have a good night’s...

ACHIEVEMENT – PART ONE

Teach others – in the process, you will learn more about yourself.   PopPop’s Additional Comment:  I have given pretty complicated subject matter presentations at our industry’s annual convention.  I do my research and prepare my outline for the presentation---And you...

Heterogenous Thoughts of Others

Don’t be irreplaceable.  If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted. Always remember you are unique.  Just like everyone else. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. Life...

The Scars of Anger

There was a little boy with a bad temper.  His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.  Then it gradually dwindled down.  He discovered...

Don’t Put It Off

A friend of mine opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package.  “This,” he said, “isn’t any ordinary package.”  He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.  “She got this the first time we went to New York City...

Procrastination

The Dictionary definition of PROCRASTINATION is avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the "last minute" before a deadline.  I like the next 3 definitions of procrastination:   “Procrastination is the art...

10 Things Children Need and Want

  HARMONY – Their parents should not have unresolved and destructive conflict in front of them. LOVE – They wish to be treated with the same affection as other children in the family. HONESTY – They do not want to be lied to. ACCEPTANCE – They desire mutual tolerance...

Good Manners

My mother tried to teach me good manners.  Most of us were probably taught many of these same lessons.  The following is an excerpt from an article written by Jenna Mahoney.  It is well worth reading and then adhering to the precepts therein. The life lessons therein...

Apologize Already

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”   – Maya Angelou, American Poet and Civil Rights Activist The following is an excerpt from an article written by Ken Blanchard....

The Importance of Failure

“It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved...

Going Full Circle

At age 4, success is not peeing in your pants. At age 12, success is having friends. At age 16, success is having a driver’s license. At age 25, success is having sex with your loved one. At age 35, success is having money. At age 60, success is having money. At age...

How Bad Are Your Problems, Really?

Problems: Possible nuclear war with North Korea? Immigration Issues? Paying too much in taxes? Paying not enough in taxes? Should health insurance be made available and affordable for everyone? I Certainly do not have the answers to all of these questions.  I don’t...

10 Thoughts on Success

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” — Sarah Brown, American Actress “Why not go out on a limb?  Isn’t that where the fruit is?” — Frank Scully, American Journalist “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled...

Perspective of a Son

Perspective is a wonderful thing!!  Perspective makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.  See the story below. PERSPECTIVE OF A SON One day a father of a very wealthy family took his...

The Boys And The Frogs

THIS LIFE LESSON IS OVER 2600 YEARS OLD - From Aesop's Fables Some Boys were playing one day at the edge of a pond in which lived a family of Frogs. The Boys amused themselves by throwing stones into the pond so as to make them skip on top of the water. The stones...