Daily Attitude Email 09 24 20

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." – Joshua Marine

Often a change in perspective can make a huge difference.

The way we view challenges is a great example.

We can choose to become the victim.

We can choose to complain.

We can feel like life is unfair.

Or we can find them interesting and the path to meaning in our lives.

We choose.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 23 20

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

I like smiling, smiling’s my favorite. – Buddy the Elf

I’ve been asked a few times to speak to the young kids over at ISU about interviewing. Every time I introduce them to my number 1, topic secret, ultra-sophisticated interviewing tip – smile, a lot.

Whether it’s an interview with a perspective employer or a waitress taking your order – if you smile more, it will go better.

The quote above gives a good hint as to why.

If smiling is the beginning of showing someone love, we will get a lot further in life by smiling.

Human beings were made to feel and be their best when they feel loved.

If we want the best from ourselves and those around us it makes sense to work to make them feel loved.

And a smile is a great way to start.

Smile more today.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 21 20

Today marks ten years that I’ve been sending out the “Daily Attitude Email”.

A lot has happened at Mavidea since I started sending these.

Staff have come and gone (customers too).

Annie and Oliver were born (and Maggie became a teenager).

Some things went our way and some didn’t.

Life happened.

Through it all though the exercise of trying to write about a positive attitude daily in order to be of service to others has been a big help to me.

My brother asked me the other day “why daily and why keep going?” I didn’t really have a good answer (and still don’t).

I think the momentum got started and I think it’s helped a few people along the way.

Sending a daily email might not be your thing, but there’s probably some small discipline you could add to make the world a little better.


Phone calls to old friends?

Giving money to charity?

Fixing a friend’s car/house/computer.

We all have the capacity to contribute.

Thanks for letting me try to contribute.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 17 20

I went in search of this prayer through the old daily attitude emails and thought I might not be the only one that needed to hear it today.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi

Meaghan has this hanging in the office at home where I was working yesterday.

I had the thought, “What if I could really keep this thought in my heart? What if I could actually make this my priority each day?”

It’s easier to spend the day thinking about yourself.

Our own needs and desires are so close and powerful, they are hard to ignore.

This prayer reminds me that true peace, joy, love and happiness happens when I can retrain myself to focus instead on others.

Our opportunities for greatness lie in our ability to serve and love others.

I believe this more and more every day.

I fail at this every day as well, but I’m getting better.

My challenge for you today is to read this prayer out loud to yourself. Then to move on to your day with as much of a focus on others as you can muster. Then try to do better tomorrow.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 16 20

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

2020 hasn’t been the year many of us had planned.

For some, it has been a truly bad year. Lots of people are suffering.

A brighter future awaits. Our ancestors have been through more and we’re all better off because of it.

I’m not making light of the suffering. It’s real. The stress and anxiety are real. Hunger and disease are real. Evil is real.

We must keep going. Moving forward together. Building a future that leaves things better than we found.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 15 20

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. – Andre Maurois

This is a great way to look at the important relationships in our lives.

Whether it be a marriage, friendship, customer, vendor or coworker – we must work at the relationship every day.

Meaningful relationships are built over time.

Investing in these relationships means putting the other person above ourselves – every day.

The best relationships are built through this mutual “after you” mindset.

How can you best serve today?

What can you do today to build the edifice?

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 09 14 20


This is a Winston Churchill speech that is particularly poignant on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Two quotes in particular stood out to me:

“But there was one thing about which there was never any doubt. The courage, the unconquerable grit and stamina of our people, showed itself from the very outset. Without that all would have failed. Upon that rock, all stood unshakable.”

In the face of all the evils of the world we must have faith and belief that courage, grit and stamina from those on the side of good will win out. No matter the test, no matter the difficulty, that which is good and worthy will prevail.

“You do your worst – and we will do our best.”

When faced with the evils of the world it can be tempting to lower ourselves to those standards. Instead we need to raise ours.

The best way for us to honor those who have fallen and those who have sacrificed is to do and be our best. Others have given up their lives that we may have the opportunity to exercise this freedom. Don’t let it slip by.

Make it a great day.