Aboard The Energy Bus

Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami gave his team the book, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy. Spoelstra said he chose the book, authored by Jon Gordon, because the team could learn from the motivation principles. According to Gordon many other college and professional coaches have given their team the book. Here are some key takeaways from the book:
  • You are the Driver of the Bus.
  • Move your bus in the right direction. It should be moving toward your desire, vision and f
  • Fuel your ride with positive energy.
  • Only invite those people on your bus who share your vision for the road ahead.
  • Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus.
  • Keep energy vampires off your bus. Those who suck the life out of your group.
  • Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and keep them energized throughout the ride.
  • Show love toward your passengers.
  • Always drive with a purpose.
  • Have fun and enjoy the ride.


Leadership Philosophies and Principles From Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn, the man many consider to be America's Foremost Business Philosopher, shared his success philosophies and principles for over 46 years, with more than 6,000 audiences and over 5 million people worldwide. Here are some of his terrific teachings that can benefit any leader.
  • Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.
  • The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you. Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.”
  • Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. Rather than thinking about what you need to do in order to be successful, why not ask yourself what person do you need to become to be where you want to be?
  • If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Many people spend more time planning their vacation that planning their life. If they were to plan their life meticulously like they do with their vacations, they would probably be more successful. If you have no clear goals, you will end up working for people who do have goals (probably less exciting goals than you wish)
  • Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book. Leaders are readers. Books are incredibly cheap especially when you take into account the fact that the authors sometimes spent years working on them. It is amazing to see that we can buy books from world experts who studied a certain topic for 40 years for just a few dollars, and pick their brain. Don’t miss a book!
  • Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. We all have problems in life, and they won’t magically disappear no matter how successful we become. We must continuously learn and outgrow our problems. It is the way we approach problems that will determine whether we are successful or not.
  • The greatest value of discipline is self-worth & self-esteem. People teach self-esteem these days but they don’t connect it with self-discipline. The least lack of discipline and it starts to erode our psyche. Self-esteem and self-discipline are closely interconnected. Unfortunately, not many people are realizing that. 
  • Neglect start as an infection, and if you don’t take care of it it becomes a disease. It is easy to ease off a little bit, and doing a little bit less than our best. However, each neglect and bad habit will have an impact on your performance as well as on your self-worth. Before long it will affect your whole life.


Mike Krzyzewski's Thoughts On...

On Competition:
    • I think your focus should always be on yourself, being the best that you can be. Your competition shows your flaws, your weakness. I'm into beating my opponents, not crushing them. Without competition, you don’t know how people are looking to beat you. So you welcome that. But if you’re committed to excellence, it’s not about one game, you have to be there all the time. You’re never at the end, you’re always "becoming."

On Loving To Win Or Hating To Lose:

    • Both! I would say for me, the thought of losing is a bigger motivator than the thought of winning. But the hatred of losing causes you to prepare to win. Everybody wants to win, not everybody wants to prepare to win. You have to love the process of preparing to achieve that goal of winning. People who are less talented can beat you if they are more together, tougher and more unselfish.

On Coaching Egos:

    • People always ask “How do you get these big egos together?” If you have a good common cause--to play for your country, your school and win for that -- that’s a pretty good common cause. We always try to get people to make a commitment to being part of something that is bigger than themselves. 
On The Difference Between Coaching College And Team USA:
    • When I’m coaching the young guys in college, they pretty much have to adapt to me. The lessons I’ve learned in adapting to the pro players have been unbelievable. How you train, how they are able to be successful in certain situations. I’ve learned more in the past 10 years from these guys than I knew before.
--Adapted from entrepreneur.com

Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.


Sports Legends And What They Teach Us About Leading Others

Magic Johnson – Enjoy your work. Over a 10-year period, Magic's Lakers' team appeared in eight NBA Championships, winning five. Best known for his no-look passes and charismatic style of play, what some remember most about him was how he smiled, grinning ear to ear, during the game. People often refer to work as a “four-letter word,” as if it’s a bad thing. While we all have good and bad days, Magic reminds us all to enjoy what you do for a living.

Michael Jordan – Make other people better. Jordan is the widely recognized as the greatest basketball player in the history of the game. There are probably numerous reasons for his success. His outstanding work ethic. His intense desire to compete. His dedication to the game. But the lesson we ca learn from Michael's' reign is the fact that he recognized that in order to win it wasn’t enough to be the best player on the court. In order to win, he needed to make his teammates better. And that’s true leadership.

Jerry Rice – Practice like you play. Like other legends, Jerry Rice is widely seen as the greatest player at his position, and, according to some, the greatest football player of all time. Jerry’s trademark quality was his unbelievable work ethic. In practice, other players would catch passes and jog back to their position. Not Jerry. He sprinted all the way into the end zone. If you want to be the best of the best, practice like you play.

Wayne Gretzky – Be forward thinking. Wayne Gretzky transcended his sport. He was named the MVP of the National Hockey League the first eight years he played in the league. As if that isn’t evidence of dominating a sport, he still owns 60 NHL records. Gretzky credits his father for much of his success, including this quotable nugget for all leaders: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it’s been.”

Jackie Robinson – Change history. Robinson's achievements transcend the mere world of sports. In 1947, a full 20 years before the US Supreme Court would recognize the validity of inter-racial marriages, Jackie Robinson became the first person of color to play in the all-white major league baseball. As depicted in many books and movies, he withstood blatant and repeated verbal assaults from fans and players alike. With obvious awareness for the role he was playing in literally changing American history, he withstood all the negativity and likely contributed more to civil rights than any athlete in history.

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In The December 2016 Issue Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal

Here is some of what you will find in the December 2016 issue of The Coaching and Leadership Journal:

  • Life lessons from Bob McKillop
  • One of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, Hank Janczyk Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse coach talks about the 2015 season where his team finished 20-1.
  • Things mentally strong people do
  • Leadership profile—Mike Neighbors, Washington Women's Basketball
  • What togetherness looks like
  • Buying in and the rule of threes 
  • Coaching tips from Doc Rivers
  • Andre Agassi's analysis 
  • Life lessons from Bob McKillop
  • Coach K on fostering a championship culture
  • Attributes of the ultimate athlete 
  • Gifts from The Grinch
  • Recruiting and the multi-sport athlete
  • Napoleon Hill's 17 keys to success
  • Tony Dungy on integrity
  • And much more!
Joining the growing list of impressive subscribers that already includes both the NCAA's men's and women's all-time winningest hockey coaches, Illinois all-time winningest high school football coach, the 2014 NCAA champion Florida State women's soccer program, the Michigan State women's basketball program and many more. 

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The Greatest Quotes From The Greatest Talker--Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing champion, he was a championship talker. He knew that if you changed the way you look at things the things you look at would change. He knew of the power of belief and that you have to believe it before you see it to see as opposed to seeing it before you believe it. Here are some of the Greatest's quotes:

On Being Humble:
“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

On His Achievements:
“I’ve wrestled with alligators; I’ve tussled with a whale; I done handcuffed lightning; and throw thunder in jail.”

On Victory:
“The will must be stronger than the skill.”

On Greatness:
“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

On Aging:
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

On Fortitude: 
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

On Preparation:
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”

On If He Played Golf:
"I'm the best. I just haven't played yet."

On Race:
“The Nation Of Islam taught that white people are devils. I don’t believe that now; in fact, I never really believed that.”

On Payback:
“You kill my dog, you better hide your cat."

On Dreams:
"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

--Adapted from entrepreneur.com


Learning From The Greatest Salesman In The World

The Greatest Salesman in the World is a book, written by Og Mandino, that serves as a guide to a philosophy of success. It tells a story of Hafid, a poor camel boy who achieves a life of abundance. Mandino composed The Legend Of The Ten Scrolls. They are:

Scroll I - The Power of Good Habits
Scroll II - Greet Each Day With Love In Your Heart
Scroll III - I Will Persist Until I Succeed
Scroll IV - I am Nature's Greatest Miracle
Scroll V - Live Each Day as if it Were Your Last
Scroll VI - Master Your Emotions
Scroll VII - The Power of Laughter
Scroll VIII - Multiply Your Value Every Day
Scroll IX - All is Worthless Without Action
Scroll X - Pray to God for Guidance

His primary message was to "do it now". In the marking of Scroll IX, "I will act now" is written 18 times. While his messages did have Christian undertones (by referring to Paul as the greatest salesman in the world), it was still a message of repetitive actions to build good habits.

Actor Matthew McConaughey cited this book as having changed his life.

Here are a dozen key takeaways from the book:
  1. Do not aspire for wealth and labor only to be rich. Strive instead for happiness, to be loved and to love, and most important, to acquire peace of mind and serenity.
  2. Obstacles are necessary for success. Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better... or quit.
  3. Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.
  4. The only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. 
  5. Greet every day with love in your heart.
  6. Persist until you succeed.
  7. You are a unique creature. You are nature's greatest miracle.
  8. Concentrate your energy on the challenge of the moment and your actions will help you forget all else. 
  9. Live this day as if it is your last.
  10. Master your emotions. Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.
  11. Laugh at the world. Train yourself four words to say until they become a habit so strong that immediately they will appear in your mind whenever good humor threatens to depart from you. These four words are: This too shall pass!
  12. Act now.

Always Fail Forward

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Here are some examples of those who failed only to become a huge success later. 
  • Sigmund Freud was booed off the stage the first time he presented his theories to a group of scientists in Europe. He went on to win the Goethe Award for his work in psychology.
  • Winston Churchill failed sixth grade and lost every public election he ran for until he was elected Prime Minister of England at the age of 62.
  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 years old, couldn’t read basic words until he was 7 and was expelled from school. He eventually revolutionized physics with his Theory of Relativity.
  • Henry Ford failed at farming, at being an apprentice and as a machinist, and went bankrupt five times. He modernized mass production.
  • Stan Smith was rejected as a ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because he was “too clumsy.” He won eight Davis Cup championships and is considered one of the greatest doubles tennis players of all time.
  • Charles Schultz had every cartoon rejected that he submitted to his high school yearbook. He was rejected by Walt Disney. He went on to create the most popular cartoon series ever--Peanuts.
  • Van Gogh only sold one painting his entire life—to a friend’s sister for about $50. He painted over 800 masterpieces, seven of which are cumulatively worth almost $1 billion.
  • Leo Tolstoy flunked out of law school and was labeled “unable to learn” by his professors. He went on to become one of the world’s greatest novelists.
  • John Creasey failed as a salesman, a desk clerk, a factory worker and an aspiring writer, getting 754 rejection notices from publishers. He wrote more than 600 novels and is considered one of the greatest mystery writers ever.
  • Hank Aaron failed tryouts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and went 0-5 in his first game in the majors. He went on to set the MLB record for home runs and held that record for 33 years.

Lying With Statistics

Written by a non-statistician in hokey language and illustrate by humorous line drawings, How To Lie With Statistics is as relevant and enjoyable as when it first appeared in 1954.Indeed the book is a best seller even though some examples are out of date, like the salary of Yale graduates and the price of bananas. Likewise the tricks described by Darrell Huff, from misleading charts to misuse of averages, are still used today. "Many a statistic is false on its face. It gets by only because the magic of numbers brings about a suspension of common sense," Huff says. The purpose of this book is about explaining how to look a phony statistic in the eye and face it down by asking some of these questions:

1. Who says so?
2. How does he know?
3. What's missing?
4. Did somebody change the subject?
5. Does it make sense?

Remember:statistics don't lie, people do. Here are a few more things we can take from the book:

"Proper treatment will cure a cold in seven days, but left to itself a cold will hang on for a week."

When numbers appear, the reader believes some truth is about to be imparted. Even a nonsensical statement such as this carries the air of authority until the meaning sinks in. Yes, using statistics to lie is easy and, yes, statistics can be used to manipulate, obfuscate, sensationalize, and confuse.

Samples are, by definition, incomplete pictures of the whole. How much of the whole, this is the question. When a sample is large enough and selected properly, it tells us something. The basic sample is called 'random.' As its name suggests, it is formed by chance from the 'universe,' that is the whole from which the sample is part. Everyone in the universe must have an equal chance of landing in that pool. It is expensive to do and difficult to obtain.

Samples are based on responses, which reveal either the truth or the airbrushed version of who we wish we were. When samples rely on people to tell the truth about themselves, we learn more about what they want to be than who they really are. The study that showed some extraordinarily high number of Americans reported washing their hands after using the bathroom. Reporters staked out public restrooms far and wide and came away with a far lower percentage of actual post-washroom washing. Why? From the days of yore, people tend to respond with what will please the one asking the question (who wants to say they don't wash?), will offend the poll taker least (studies show the gender or race of the one asking the questions greatly affects the answers given), or will make them look the best (self-reported income tends to be far higher than actual).

Also implicit in all statistics based on sampling are the probable error and the standard error, both of which state the measure of reliability--without it, the number is meaningless. This means it is a range, though some either ignore this fact or try to use it to say something that isn't there.
Ignoring? Let's say 10 companies are all found to use too much packaging material. A list is presented in which all of them are shown to use what environmentalists consider to be too much. Yet, the company at the bottom might still step up and herald themselves as the Green Company of choice.

A difference is a difference only if it makes a difference. When the sample is too small to speak to anything, it allows you to say what you want to say without pesky facts getting in the way Flip a coin four times. Will you get the mythical 50%? Probably not, but maybe. This may suffice when tossing a coin. When you make a medical decision or assess the validity of a scientific study, you should demand more proof. If we don't know the degree of significance of a given number (how representative--or not--a sample is) we don't know how likely it is that the test or sample figure represents a rea lresult rather than one produced by chance.

An average is a single value meant to typify a list of values: there are three types - mean, median, or mode - and they 'typify' in very different ways. The mean average is the one you most commonly think of when you hear the word average. Advertisers and others sometimes rely on this. You arrive at the mean average by adding a group of numbers, then divide by the number of items you've just added together. For example, a real estate agent wants to be able to say a neighborhood has a high average income. The neighborhood in question is mostly farmers and hourly-wage workers. There are three families, though, who are millionaire weekenders. The mean average will assist the broker's wish for a higher number because the wealthy few will bring the mean average considerably higher. Of course, it will not paint a particularly accurate portrait, but it gets the job done.

These are are but a few of the examples that the book covers. As leaders, it's important that we look more at the facts behind the statistics.

Thought for the week: 

Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.― Mark Twain


Motivating Athletes by Frank Lenti

The following was written by Frank Lenti, the all-time winningest football coach in Illinois state history. Going into this season he had complied a 357-68 record at Mount Carmel High School. He is also one of our Coaching and Leadership Journal subscribers. 

One of the hardest parts of coaching is motivating young athletes to practice. To do this effectively, the coach has to foster an understanding of the relationship between training, practice and peak performance. He must encourage the athletes, provide structured training, and help them gain the self-discipline necessary for success and excellence on the field.


Effective motivation flows from the partnership between coaches and athletes. As coaches, we must understand our athletes as individuals and as a team gain their trust and respect.

We must remember that we're coaching people, not machines. We must teach youngsters the mechanics of a sport, but we must also assist in building their character. Showing support and interest in all facets of their lives helps build an effective coach-athlete relationship.

A good way to demonstrate such personal interest is by working out with the athletes. It will show them that you've been where they are, that you know it's hard work, and that you're willing to sweat, too.


At Mount Carmel High School, we think in terms of attitude, motivation, performance, and success. Success is a journey, not a destination. Success is realized the moment an athlete gains a winning attitude, is motivated to set a worthwhile goal, and begins to move toward that goal.

A winning attitude is the best motivator. If athletes believe they can achieve their goals, they'll try harder and increase their likelihood of success.

A positive coach-athlete relationship lays the groundwork for this attitude, and the setting of clearcut goals helps establish it. Coaches should help the athletes set long-term goals and encourage them to achieve these goals through a series of short-term goals.

The incremental goals will keep motivation high, while giving the athletes an ongoing sense of achievement. Once the athlete begins developing a sense of accomplishment, he will be motivated to try even harder.

At Mount Carmel, we have our athletes write down a goal and the obstacles they anticipate in reaching it. We then identify the steps to take and the short-term achievements leading to the goal. For example, if a football player wants to play wide receiver but isn't fast enough, we set short-term goals to increase his speed. Each tenth of a second improvement in speed will motivate him to try even harder. If he increases his speed enough, we will give him a chance at wide receiver. If he doesn't, we will examine why and set up a new workout schedule.


Incentives (material rewards for good performance) are commonly used for motivation, but may only be effective on a short-term basis. Athletes may become satisfied once they achieve rewards, such as helmet stickers or plaques, and the rewards will lose their power to motivate. We often have to increase the value or quantity of incentives to motivate players on an ongoing basis.


We do not believe that fear motivates. Fear motivation, or punishing players to "motivate" them, is only a temporary expedient. After repeated exposure to fear tactics, athletes become immune to threats, and continued punishment may destroy their desire to participate. It's difficult to justify using fear to motivate young players.


It's important to remember that athletes can motivate one another. We usually split the players into drill groups and score them as a team rather than as individuals. These training sessions help build team morale and make the players feel they have invested in one another. Each player has a responsibility to the team. We share the short-term goals of improving attitudes and basic skills with the long-term benefit of overall improved performance.


Motivation is simply a means to an end. If we provide exposure to positive ideas over a long period of time, we will produce a successfully motivated athlete.To summarize, this is our Mount Carmel Credo: Attitude controls motivation; motivation controls performance; performance controls success. And there's no I in T-E-A-M.

Thought For The Week: 

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.

Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.


In The November 2016 Issue Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal

Here is some of what you will find in the November 2016 issue of The Coaching and Leadership Journal:

  • Leadership lessons from the Boss (Bruce Springsteen)
  • Leadership advice from SNL’s creator Lorne Michaels
  • Training the Navy SEALS 
  • Focus on being productive
  • Leadership Profile—Barbara Stevens, Bentley University Women's Basketball 
  • Signs of great leadership
  • Defining Self-Talk
  • 13 ways to build culture
  • Leadership and the 4e’s
  • Team USA’s fight song
  • Tough minded research
  • Turn your shoulds into musts
  • And Much More

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Who Moved My Cheese? Lessons Leaders Can Learn From Mice

Who Moved My Cheese? was published on September 8, 1998, and is a motivational business fable. The text describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two little people, during their hunt for cheese. A New York Times business bestseller upon release, Who Moved My Cheese? remained on the list for almost five years and spent over 200 weeks on Publishers Weekly's hardcover nonfiction list. It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide in 37 languages and remains one of the best-selling business books.

Here are some lessons leaders can learn from the mice:

  • Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese. 
  • Being complacent leads to extinction. 
  • Embracing change and being flexible leads to survival.
  • Don’t over-analyze or over-complicate things.
  • Embrace the thrill of the hunt, be curious, and push the envelope. This is your job as a leader.
  • Let go of old behavior instead of letting go of the situation: A different viewpoint can often help a situation more than a change of scenery.
  • Consider what you might do if you weren’t afraid. This is a key takeaway as fear holds you back and prevents you from moving forward.
  • Smell the cheese often so you know when it’s getting old. Timing is everything.
  • Imagine yourself enjoying the new cheese even before you find it. It’s important to visualize on what you want.
  • Let go of old cheese quicker so you can find new cheese sooner: When it’s time to let go, be sure to let go.

Thought For The Week--What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.--From Who Moved My Cheese


Meet CLJ Subscriber Pearl Sinn-Bonanni

Pearl Sinn-Bonanni, a three-time All-American at Arizona State and a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association since 1990, wrapped her seventh season as the head coach of the women’s golf program at Cal State Fullerton in 2015-16.

There’s technique. There’s focus. There’s athleticism. But for Pearl Sinn-Bonanni, succeeding in an individual sport like golf comes down to one ingredient. “You literally have to just outwork somebody,” she said. “That’s the bottom line. No excuses. And if you don’t work at it, then it shows in your scores. You can’t hide it.”

“My parents were immigrants, and they had to work very hard to put food on the table. They sacrificed a lot. So it wasn’t so much that they were telling me to work hard, but it was how they worked that really inspired me.”

She applied those principles to golf, spending hours developing her swing with her sister. She was one of the few Asian athletes competing as a junior golfer. Once she told her dad that a rules official gave her a bad ruling because she was Korean. Her dad told her no, she received the ruling because it’s the rule.

“My dad was really adamant that we never used our ethnicity or our minority status as a crutch. I never let myself think I was different. And my parents didn’t let me think that I was different. They said, ‘Work harder. Win more tournaments.’”

Sinn-Bonanni played in more than 100 LPGA events, competing as recently as 2005. She won the State Farm LPGA Classic and the Seoul Ladies Open and has been a player board member and consultant to the LPGA. She also served as an on-course commentator for ESPN’s coverage of the LPGA Tour. She was the United States Women’s Amateur Champion (1988) and a two-time (1988-89) winner of the U.S. Public Links Championship, making her the first golfer – male or female – to win both titles in the same year.

Her Pearl Sinn-Bonanni Foundation raises funds for various children’s organizations in Southern California. She’s also on the boards of Urban Youth Junior Golf and Los Angeles Junior Golf.

--Adapted from ocregister.com & fullertontitans.com

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Walt Disney's Three Types Of People

According to Walt Disney, there are 3 types of people:

  1. The Well Poisoner. The Well Poisoner discourages you, stomps on your creativity and tells you what you can't do. 
  2. The Second type is the Lawn Mower. The Lawn mower is well intended but self absorbed. They are more concerned with their own needs, their own lawns and never leave their yard to help someone else. 
  3. Finally, there is the Life Enhancer. They reach out to others and lift them up. They encourage others and inspire greatness. 
Leadership guru John Maxwell suggests we ask ourselves: "Am I different things to different people?" In other words are you a life enhancer to a recruit but a lawn mower to your staff? Perhaps you are life enhancers to those you agree with but well poisoners to those who think differently. Worth thinking about!

Thought for the week:

When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.--Walt Disney

A Season In Words by Dan Spainhour

Takeaways From As A Man Thinketh

James Allen's book As A Man Thinketh is  one of the top 10 motivational books of all time.  The book's intention is to motivate the reader to believe that, "They themselves are makers of themselves." Most people labor under the misconception that their life is the result of fate, luck, or circumstances. This book explains that your life is what you make of it, and the only way you'll be successful in life is if you're first successful in your mind. Here are some terrific thoughts taken from the book:
  • A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
  • Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.
  • The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
  • A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.
  • As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.
  • A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.
  • The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.
  • Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.

Thought for the week--The dreamers are the saviors of the world.― James Allen

  As a Man Thinketh (Audio)