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PERSPECTIVES

See problems as opportunities for growth and self-mastery. PopPop’s Additional Comment:  I think I have said this in another way in one of our other lessons, but:   I will repeat it: “Problems are Opportunities in Disguise”. A couple of years ago I had to have hip...

FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS – PART 1

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...

LESSONS TO LIVE BY – PART ONE

Let people know what you stand for – and what you won’t stand for. Be brave.  Even if you’re not, pretend to be.  In most cases, it is hard to tell the difference. Full disclosure (business or personal) is extremely important – work hard to get it.  PopPop’s...

TRUTHFULNESS – PART TWO

Stop blaming others.  Take responsibility for every area of your life. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.  Steve’s Additional Comment:  Recently my son was playing basketball and tore his Achilles Tendon....

TRUTHFULNESS – PART ONE

Untruthfulness is a premeditated mistake. A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down the wrong path. What you see is not always what you get.  PopPop’s Additional Comment:  I’ll bet if you start thinking about this quote, you will agree...

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...