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David Nearly Fell Off A Cliff…But Lived To Tell About It!

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." T.S. Eliot Have you ever found yourself in a position where going back the way you came is not a possibility, and moving forward, or even any other direction, seemed impossible? I found myself is such a position last weekend.  I am an experienced hiker, yet my hiking companion and I found ourselves off-trail and on the edge of a canyon precipice that went straight up about 500 feet, and straight down about 30 feet, with a steep and rugged descent of about…
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SMILE! You May Have Untapped Super Powers!

This Batman Photo Had Me Laughing Out Loud! This image appeared in my LinkedIn feed, and it's been shared many times, so you may have seen it.  I don't know where it originated, but I laughed out loud when I saw it, and I hope you enjoyed it, too. It says: "My boss told me to "Dress for the job you WANT, not for the job you HAVE." Now I'm sitting in a disciplinary meeting wearing my Batman costume." Such a simple act, yet so impactful -- a smile.  Smiling opens the door to connecting with other people, and it's…
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Setting And Managing Expectations Is A Major Key To Your Success
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Setting And Managing Expectations Is A Major Key To Your Success

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about YOUR plans.” - Woody Allen This quote isn't about religion or manifest destiny, or anything of the sort. This quote is about expectations, the belief that something in the future will turn out in a predictable way. The video by Tommy Rosen adds some clarity about unmet expectations: We often have expectations about what our life "should" be like, what other people "should" do, or how certain situations "should" turn out. These expectations generally have an emotion tied to them -- somewhere along a continuum of very positive feelings, to…
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What Is Your New Normal?

“If nothing changes, nothing changes.” About a year and a half ago, my daughter, her husband and their combined 5 kids moved from the high-desert wasteland of northern Nevada to my community near Phoenix Arizona. My daughter and her husband have achieved so much in the past 19 months, and I'm very proud of them for having the courage to make drastic changes from their "normal" life in Nevada that have been, at times, very difficult, but have given the family a wonderful "new normal". My youngest grandchild, Xavier, was born prematurely, and this smart, cute-as-a-button, energetic 6 year-old boy…
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What is ONE BRILLIANT IDEA Really Worth?

I find it interesting that so many great opportunities come out of simple, brilliant ideas.  I mean, think about it.  Our world has changed so much over the last hundred or so years. All of the innovations are driven by people who have a thought, develop it into an idea, and then set themselves on a path to make that idea a reality. I'm in the middle of turning an idea into reality myself. My company, MySMARTblog.com, was created from a simple idea that communication that fosters top of mind awareness with a person's sphere of influence should be easy.…
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Little Things Can Leave A Legacy Too!

Last week I shared a video about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  But what about the little things we do that can have an amazing impact on other people as well? I had an experience like this one time early in my professional life that cemented two concepts in my mind ever since. The first is that little things do make a difference. The second is in the power of a simple thank you. Early in my sales career I was presented with an opportunity that drastically changed my outlook on the world.  I was coming off of my first…
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