19 Essential Life Lessons

I have a good friend who passed away a little more than a year ago. Richard Ellis was a successful entrepreneur, father and friend. He touched thousands of people’s lives with his wisdom, understanding and caring. Just before he passed, he shared 19 Life Lessons with some of the people he loved and I wanted to share them with you because I think there is great wisdom in each of these. 1. You won’t always succeed, but never give up believing in yourself. 2. Look for the success lesson of any failure. There is a hint there. 3. Be inspired by your mentors and leaders, but never controlled. 4. Personal growth will always precede relationship and business growth. 5. Believe and trust in other people until they have absolutely proven that they don’t deserve it. 6. Believe anyone you meet can accomplish anything, unless they prove to you they don’t
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Look Up To Those Beneath You

A true leader, in any business or organization, is the one who recognizes the impact they can have on others as well as the impact others can have on them. Then they learn to check their ego at the door in order to bring in the most talented people possible to make the biggest impact possible on the group, company, customers or community. The key to lasting, high impact leadership is to not be afraid to recruit up, to surround yourself with the best and always look up to those beneath you in the pecking order of life or business. David Ogilvy, founder of the giant advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, used to give each new manager a Russian doll, which contained five progressively smaller dolls inside. A message inside the smallest one read: “If each of us hire people we consider smaller than ourselves, we shall become a company
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Best and Worst

Best & Worst The most destructive habit…………………………………………..…..Worry The greatest joy………………………………………………………………Giving The greatest loss……………………………………………Loss of self-respect The most satisfying work………………………………………..Helping Others The ugliest personality trait…………………………………………Selfishness The most endangered species………………………………Dedicated Leaders Our greatest natural resource……………………………………….Our Youth The greatest “shot in the arm”………………………………….Encouragement The greatest problem to overcome……………………………………………Fear The most effective sleeping pill…………………………………..Peace of Mind The most crippling failure disease………………………………………Excuses The most powerful force in life………………………………………….…..Love The most dangerous pariah…………………………………………..A Gossiper The world’s most incredible computer………………………………The Brain The worst thing to be without……………………………………………….Hope The deadliest weapon………………………………………………….The Tongue The two most power-filled words…………………..…………………….”I Can” The greatest asset………………………………………………………………Faith The most worthless emotion…………………………………………….Self-pity The most beautiful attire…………………………………………………….SMILE! The most prized possession……………………………………………..Integrity The Most Contagious Spirit……………………………………………Enthusiasm Great food for thought 🙂
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A Wish For Leaders

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion, and then having it be magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have some-thing “bomb-out.” I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose – horribly. I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except for you. I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life. I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations. I hope you make a stupid, unethical mistakes and get caught redhanded and are big enough to say those magic words “I was Wrong.” I hope you give so much of
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Live in Deep Water

The message below was shared by Mitt Romney – many of you know he has been a extremely successful businessman, a governor, and ran for President last year. I thought this was some great advice. Enjoy! I don’t remember when it was exactly that I finally went past the sandbar. My family had a summer cottage on the shores of one of the Great Lakes. For the first forty or so feet, the lake is shallow, warm, and protected from big waves by the sandbar. That’s where I spent most of the hot summer days as a boy. I liked it there. One day, my brother got me up on water skis. Perhaps fearing that a turn would make me fall, he drove the boat, and me, straight out into the deep. By the way, this lake is over 100 miles wide. I screamed at him the whole terrifying ride.
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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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