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The Phrase That Pays

“Be brief on the logic and reason portion of your presentation. There are probably about a thousand facts about an automobile, but you don’t need them all to make a decision. About a half dozen will do.” — Jim Rohn

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” — Jim Rohn

“If we could capture the mental picture in our minds of how the future will be, given our current direction, perhaps we would become more serious about our lives.” — Jim Rohn

“Doing more is only part of the answer. The real answer lies in becoming more than we are so that our increased potential becomes an integral part of everything we do.” — Jim Rohn

“It is the small disciplines that lead to great accomplishments. When average people give care and attention to important matters, their own growth into greatness merely awaits the passage of time.” — Jim Rohn

“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” — Jim Rohn

No management meeting today so I used the last 6 quotes from Jim Rohn’s Facebook page since I know everyone was missing some Jim Rohn quotes.

If you like any of the Jim Rohn stuff I have sent over the years, like his Facebook page. They usually post a couple of good quotes a day.


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JD – Education is not the filling of a pail, it is the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats

KJ – Communication isn’t about speaking, it’s about listening. – Simon Sinek

JW – Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.

JM – No, you’re not hardcore! Unless you live hard core! And the legend of the rent was way hard core!

JS – Yay! School’s back in session.

EB* – My concentration level blocks out everything.

Being a father, I liked JW’s quote about handicapping your children.

And I think it applies to ourselves as well. Too often we take the easy path of life only to find out that in the end we have handicapped ourselves.

We have a tremendous opportunity to do great things. And this often requires taking the (seemingly) more difficult path. We must resist the urge to be easy on ourselves.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. Henry Ford

Make it a great weekend.


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JD – Life is uphill.
KJ – There is no path, the path is made by walking.
JS – Ghetto…
JW* – Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life’s currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose. – Thomas Szasz
JM* – Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. Audrey Hepburn
EB – Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal. Patrick Lencioni

The quote above from Thomas Szasz really struck me.

I love the analogy of our boat being stuck in a sandbar.

Being from the Midwest, our tendency is very much towards the “don’t rock the boat” mentality. Minimize risk. People please. Don’t offend anyone.

But sometimes in life we need to shake things up. We (or someone we love) are stuck on a sandbar and the boat needs to be rocked.

The hard part (for me at least) is to know when to be calm and when to shake things up. That requires wisdom and understanding that are beyond me most days.

Lately, I have taken to the habit of saying a little prayer to myself in the morning asking for wisdom as I face the choices of the day.

Make it a great day.


The Phrase that Pays

There will be no management meeting today since a few of us will be at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

Instead of sending out quotes from everyone, I thought I would send out some of my favorite quotes from the summit.

Everyone wins when the leader gets better.

It is a privilege to struggle. From the struggles often come the victories.

The hardest leadership challenge of all is self-leadership.

Every life is worthy.

Be strong for when other people need you.

What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Authenticity trumps cool every time.

These are just a few that I caught on the first day.

Make it a great day.


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JW* – Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

JD – Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. – Robert F. Kennedy

EB* – Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is. – Zig Ziglar

JS – I forgot to send Jake mine after the meeting.

KJ – Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

JM – I had one, but it is inappropriate.

The Zig Ziglar quote above is one of my favorites. We can’t always win, but we must always make the effort to win.

We must avoid the temptation to let the fear of losing stop us from getting in the game.

It is amazing how much happiness and fulfillment comes with just being part of the game of life.

Don’t miss out on all the good life has to offer because of the pain from the few losses that will come along.

Have a great weekend.


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"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." – Vince Lombardi

Since we didn’t have our management meeting this morning, everyone just gets the one quote above from me.

I am constantly amazed at what groups of people can do when they work together.

We can build bridges, skyscrapers, roads and other amazing physical objects.

We can conceive and create things that have never been created before (airplanes, software, etc.).

We can create value for customers in a way that allows us to provide for 25 employees and their families (as we have done at Mavidea).

And each of these achievements are the results of the combined efforts of each individual.

YOU are a part of these amazing results and achievements.

I don’t know about you, but every time I think about this I can’t help but smile.

Thanks for your individual effort and for allowing me to be a part of this achievement we call Mavidea.


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KJ – All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

JS – If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” -Simon Sinek

JW – Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mohandas Gandh

JM – Give a man a match he will be warm for a minute. Set a man on fire he will be warm for the rest of his life. Anonymous

EB – He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. Aristotle

JD – Happy Birthday, Maggie!

MJD – I love my dad.

Today’s is Maggie’s 6th birthday.

Hard to believe as it still seems like just yesterday it was a cool July day just like today and we were driving Maggie home from the hospital for the first time.

Having kids and watching them grow is nothing short of a miracle. CS Lewis said that “miracles are the retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

As I pour myself into being a dad for our two girls I am reminded of the small part I am playing in this larger cycle of life.

Playing the role of the father to two little miracles that will grow up to become the person that only they are capable of becoming.

Wow. That’s all I can say….wow.

Make it a great weekend.


I have attached a picture of Maggie helping me “un”-decorate my office today when she came in to work with me this morning.

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EB – Rumor has it….we will overcome.

JW – @#%$^&*(@!#$%^&#

JM – The last 29 days of the month are the hardest. Nikola Tesla

JS – Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. Ghandi

JD -Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of effort is the same. – Francesca Reigler

KJ – Success is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious I and Obvious II in school. — Jim Rohn

The quote above from Francesca Reigler reminded me of something that Jim Collins also talks about in Good to Great.

Jim’s contention is that in the long run it is actually easier to go through the effort it takes to become great instead of just good.

We are all moving through life at the exact same speed, the only question is towards what? To what end?

What have you set your sights on?

Do you have your attitude and sights set on happiness?

If not, you might want to rethink things a little… might as well, the time and days are going to pass by anyway.


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KJ – “If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself…self-discipline” Harry S Truman

JW – A room full of appalling hardware….it was a spectacular mess.

JM* – Happy Birthday America!

JD – We hold these truths to be self-evident….

EB – How about some rain, huh?

JS – Good judgment comes experience and experience comes from bad judgment. Barry Lepatner

Below is the text for the entire Declaration of Independence. I hadn’t read it in a long time, and the last line stuck out to me.

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

What are you willing to pledge your life, fortune and honor for?

Make it a great weekend and enjoy this great country of ours.


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1


Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton

Column 2

North Carolina:

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn

South Carolina:

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

Column 3


John Hancock


Samuel Chase

William Paca

Thomas Stone

Charles Carroll of Carrollton


George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee

Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Carter Braxton

Column 4


Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross


Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean

Column 5

New York:

William Floyd

Philip Livingston

Francis Lewis

Lewis Morris

New Jersey:

Richard Stockton

John Witherspoon

Francis Hopkinson

John Hart

Abraham Clark

Column 6

New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett

William Whipple


Samuel Adams

John Adams

Robert Treat Paine

Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:

Stephen Hopkins

William Ellery


Roger Sherman

Samuel Huntington

William Williams

Oliver Wolcott

New Hampshire:

Matthew Thornton

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JM – Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work we go.

JW – Nothing will work unless you do. Maya Angelou

EB* – Everybody needs a little coaching. It is hard to think of everything while you are playing the game. Jim Rohn

JS* – It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts. Jim Rohn

KJ* – Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford

JD – A man wrapped up in himself is a very small bundle. Benjamin Franklin

EB’s quote above popped up on the Jim Rohn Facebox page and I really liked it. Especially after sending out the toe tapper about the Olympics.

We all need some coaching.

And not just coaching in our particular business/career field.

We need coaching as parents.

We need coaching as friends.

We need coaching as husbands and wives.

Make an effort to seek out some coaches in your life. We all need them.

Make it a great weekend.