Our ability to lead significant lives depends on how we interpret others and their actions. We are all different—biologically, culturally, ethnically—and we all grow and change at different stages. It is our goal to be able to suspend judgement, going beyond mere tolerance, to attain and express true, mindfulness acceptance of others, just as they are.
Significant leaders welcome and value uniqueness and diversity. Their stance of openness is grounded in a deep acceptance of their own authentic selves and allows them to inspire, teach and lead others in a way to leave a lasting legacy. …read more
We all have constant tasks and distractions competing for our limited time and attention. Successful people force this idea as an either/or situation, but significant individuals learn how to experience a harmonious life, which is an either/and accomplishment. …read more
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” –Mother Teresa
The world, at times, can seem very divisive and very contentious. It often feels like peace is a far off, unattainable dream. But nothing could be further from the truth. For every “bad news” story we hear, there are hundreds of “good news” stories that never make the evening news. …read more
There are three things that, when brought together, create magic: passion, imagination and creativity.
With passion, you don’t just hear, you listen; you don’t have sex, you make love; you don’t just touch, you feel. You laugh longer, cry harder and connect deeper. Passion is an internal drive that inspires you to be fully alive! …read more
My experience one Saturday afternoon at the Iwo Jima Memorial Monument made it clear that our Revolutionary War for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness changed the trade, commerce, opportunities, standard of living, and history; not just in the Western Hemisphere, but in the whole world.
When the taxi pulled up to the memorial, I told the driver to wait. I only wanted to read the plaque, take a photo and return to my hotel. As I walked around the circular drive, I noticed all of the other tourists were gathered to one side, standing off in a state of shock and awe. …read more
“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”—Zig Ziglar
There were four clergymen discussing the merits of various Bible translations. One liked the King James version because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Revised version because it was more literal and came nearer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked Moffat’s translation because of its up-to-date vocabulary.
The fourth minister was silent. When asked his opinion, he replied, “I like my mother’s translation best.” …read more
Knowing who you truly are and being the best you can be means understanding that you’d make a lousy somebody else. The human spirit is a powerful force and is controlled by our ability to face our fears, struggle and make it through life’s storms. For this reason, our self-worth should always be the sum total of our thoughts, not the result of a miscalculation and multiplying of our insecurities.
Why are you where you are? Why are you doing what you’re doing? Why should you give it everything you’ve got, when less would be sufficient? Why does positive thinking matter? …read more
When creating a life of significance, several honorable traits rise to the surface, defining our true character. Character involves reining in our desires and impulses in accordance to an outside law. That, in turn, involves the following five basic traits which constitute a fundamental concept of significance. …read more
It’s been decades since a college football injury left me paralyzed both physically and emotionally. That dream-shattering day sent my lifelong goals crashing down around me. My heart was broken, my dreams were shattered and life as I knew it was impossible.
Looking back now, I regard my injury as one of the best things that ever happened to me. No, the best thing wasn’t the accident but what I learned about myself and who I became while I worked through the setback and heartbreak. …read more