How Do You Define Success?

To the world success means money, power, or fame. The dictionary even defines it as the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. That is the way that I defined it for most of my life. To me, success always had a lot to do with the house I lived in, the car I drove and the clothes I wore. Then a few years ago, I began to understand a new definition of success. On April 4th 2006 my daughter Andie was born. She was our first child and like all first time parents the anticipation, anxiety, and excitement was unbearable. The whole day seemed rushed and hectic as we experienced so much that was unknown. But once Andie was born and we were back in our room, life calmed down, our world got very quiet, and we started to take in our beautiful baby. As I sat and held Andie
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Leadership Starts With Vision

It has been said that “We are limited not by our abilities, but by our vision.” Today I want to write about vision because as it states in Proverbs, “Without vision, the people perish.” Vision is typically thought of as physical but eyes are merely the instruments. Vision, like belief, is internal. It is in our judgment, understanding and imagination. The word “vision” comes from the old Germanic word “vissen” and it means, “I know what I see.” When you have a vision you know what you see and it doesn’t matter whether anyone else sees it or not. The saying goes hindsight is 20/20 but for those who have vision, foresight is 20/20. When I think of vision I think of Bill Gates. Over 30 years ago, Bill dropped out of school to start Microsoft, with a vision of putting a personal computer in every home. At the time,
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Perception Creates Reality

When I was young, I loved magicians; I actually wanted to be one. My favorite magician was Harry Houdini. I read several books about his life and watched everything I could find on him. Houdini was a master magician and was best known as an escape artist. He said that he could escape from any jail cell in the world in less than an hour. A small town in the British Isles built a new jail they were extremely proud of and issued the challenge to Houdini to see if he could escape from one of their cells. Houdini loved the publicity and the money and so he accepted. By the time he arrived, excitement had grown throughout Great Britain. He rode into town and walked into the cell with the confidence and swagger that only Houdini had. When the door was closed he took off his coat and went
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