What dealerships know about motivation

If there’s something you want to accomplish, if there’s a position you want to hold, if there’s someone you want to be, if there’s a goal you want to achieve, then go through the dealership process. All of it.

My new book: Escape Velocity

These are the things from which we try to escape. And the principles and practices which allow us to do just that is what I call “Escape Velocity.” Escape Velocity, the title of my new book, describes how a person can generate the momentum necessary to escape their limitations and realize their true potential.

Efren Peñaflorida wins CNN hero of the year

We all find ourselves subjects of circumstances that would bring us down and keep us from achieving individual greatness. Stories like those of Efren Peñaflorida simply help us realize that if people can overcome such great odds, and choose to make a difference, so can we.

Making the most of what you have

You’ve got to work with the cards you have. When you look around you with the right attitude, you’ll find all kinds of opportunities to create something extraordinary out of something very ordinary.

Straining toward achievement

Any time you want to push yourself well beyond what you have done before, the amount of effort required will be dramatically disproportionate to the increments by which you increase.

Michael Phelps – Making your dreams come true

Michael Phelps set the astonishing goal of winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. People like Phelps make their own reality by daring to hope, daring to dream, and daring to do the work necessary to make it all come true.

It’s all about attitude

Porter is an example that we should relentlessly pursue our dreams in spite of whatever disability we might have that would otherwise stand in our way. The future is only what we make it to be.

Lessons from the Apple iPhone 2.0

We all market ourselves. Consider ways that you might change your message or your approach. Pick a few things that matter the most, and make them more friendly, accessible, and engaging. Customize your message to your audience.

Keep a-goin’

Keep a-goin’ Keep a-Goin’Frank L. Stanton If you strike a thorn or rose,Keep a-goin’!If it hails or if it snows,Keep a-goin’!‘Taint no use to sit an’ whineWhen the fish ain’t on your line;Bait your hook an’ keep a-tryin’—Keep a-goin’! When the weather kills your crop,Keep a-goin’!Though ‘tis work to reach the top,Keep a-goin’!S’pose you’re out […]

Be Strong

An inspirational poem by Maltbie Davenport Babcock about being strong no matter what.

That’s not my job

That kind of “no problem, it’s my job” approach is an inspiration in a day when so many are finding excuses to say “that’s not my job.”

A psalm of life

A PSALM OF LIFE articles A Psalm of LifeHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers,Life is but an empty dream!For the soul is dead that slumbers,And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest!And the grave is not its goal;Dust thou art, to dust returnest,Was not spoken of the […]

Life Sculptor

LIFE SCULPTOR articles In association with “It is what you make of it” and “The Builders“, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, here’s another beautiful poem supporting the same point. Life Sculpture George Washington Doane Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy With his marble block before him, And his eyes lit up with a smile of […]

The Builders

An inspiring poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about how we are the builders of life.

It is what you make of it

One of the greatest gifts we’ve been given in life is the ability to create. Each of us has been given our own set of blocks. What will you do with your blocks?

Be merciful to me, a fool

Sometimes we do things that cause damage. Sometimes it’s to ourselves, sometimes it’s to others, and often it’s unintentional. What matters most is that you correct your course early and often, humbly making amends as much as possible.