Trouble Tree

  Trouble Tree Author: Unknown The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.” David...

Exploring Genius Mindsets

Today i am sharing to you some of the best quotes from famous personalities. Let’s explore what ideals and principles they believed and learn from their own words. Seven quotes from a great book–THINK AND GROW RICH: A BLACK CHOICE by Dennis Kimbro, published by Fawcett. #1. “The difference between luck and ability is time.” REGINALD LEWIS, entrepreneur #2. “Lost time is never found again.” THELONIOUS MONK, jazz pianist #3. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” BILL COSBY, entertainer #4. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, former Congresswoman #5. “Never blow your own horn.” MILES DAVIS, jazz great #6. “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, educator #7. “Some of us aren’t prepared to handle success–especially someone else’s.” SARAH VAUGHAN, singer   Have an excellent Wednesday! David...

Creativity of a Genius

A genius is someone who sees what everyone else sees but thinks what no one else thinks. By this definition, Michelangelo was a genius. Here’s just one small piece of evidence… Michelangelo’s “David” is one of his most famous sculptures. Its beginnings were most unpromising, however. The huge block of marble from which he was to fashion “David” had already been worked on by another sculptor, Simone da Fiesole. In an attempt to carve the legs of a giant figure, Fiesole had hacked away at the marble, mutilating it so severely that his patrons had made him leave the project unfinished. For many years the damaged block lay abandoned, but Michelangelo was determined to get a hold of it–and finally managed to do so in 1501, when he returned to Florence from Rome. Although somewhat hampered by da Fiesole’s carving, he immediately set to work, surrounded by a screen so no one could see what he was doing. In 1504 the finished sculpture was moved to the Piazza della Signoria and unveiled–to reveal the masterpiece that Michelangelo had seen locked within an apparently useless block of stone. From “Artists’ Wisdom” by Diana Craig published by Running Press Being successful doesn’t always begin with a wonderful start. Creativity helps one bring out the best out of the worst situations. Be like Michaelangelo and start creating a masterpiece out of your life! David...

Achieving Your Dreams Expertly

  I was recently reading a Web Page written by Michael A. Wineke and he published an interesting message called “Working Toward Your Dream”. I’d like to share it with you. We’ve talked a lot, over the past few weeks, of making conscious decisions to start living your dreams. Now, we need to look at how we bring those dreams to reality. Each and every one of us can achieve what we set out to accomplish. A simple formula that I use for myself can be summed up in three letters: F. D. P.   F. The first step is to Focus on your goal. See yourself, after you have achieved whatever it is you desire. Every minute detail, from smell, to sound, to sight, create a picture so clear in your mind that you have trouble believing that you aren’t already there! D. An unwavering Determination to reach that goal is next. Decide, TODAY, that you will accept no less of yourself than this accomplishment, and that you WILL NOT give up until it is complete. P. Persistence is the most important part. Commit yourself to working toward your  goal, in some way, every single day. Break down your goal into manageable chunks, and eventually into small daily chunks. While the small activities may not seem like much, in the end, it is normally the small things which were done (or not done) which create success.   Give yourself the permission to use these 3 easy steps to help you make your dreams come true like an expert or you can also be creative and create your own steps that are most comfortable to you. Either way, most important is that you feel at ease and...

Stress Reduction Rules

  Once upon a time, there was a very famous economist who taught at a large university. On the desk in his office, was a large crystal ball with a big crack in it. When a colleague or a student would come into his office for the first time, they almost always would ask him about the crystal ball. The professor would always answer, “I keep the cracked crystal ball on my desk to remind myself not to take myself or my predictions too seriously.” THE TWO RULES OF STRESS REDUCTION: #1. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. #2. REALIZE THAT IT’S ALL SMALL STUFF. David...