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The Cleaning Woman

A High School Fraternity Brother of mine sent me the following Life Lesson: During my first year of college, our professor gave the class a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first...

HARD LESSONS – PART TWO

Be aware 360 Degrees – you never know from which direction the next accident will happen.  PopPop’s Additional Comment.  My car has a backside camera, which allows me to see who is coming in my direction on the back side of my car.  My wife’s car has three cameras...

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...