Make The Call

by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet This story you are about to read is true and is dedicated to the memory of Gayle Belnap. “Make The Call” is an exercise in which I ask the audience to imagine; you are on a 747 en route to Europe. You’re traveling alone. It’s a normal flight in every way. You settle down for a pleasant but rather long flight. About fifty minutes into it, you notice a slight vibration in the plane, but it’s barely noticeable, as a matter of fact, no one else is noticing it so you don’t give...

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My All-Time 12 Best Ideas For Being Successful

by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. 1. Set specific goals and action steps, and write them down. The single most important step in getting somewhere is knowing where you’re going and having a plan for getting there. Your goals have to be written out, and so does your plan. Be specific, date each goal and each step on your action plan. Then follow it. 2. Read and review your goals daily. This one could change your life. Keep your goals in front of you. Always know what you plan to do next. And always take the action your plan calls for. Review...

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The Fisherman And The Investment Banker

Anonymous   The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied, only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but...

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The Two Things Strategy

by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet “There are two things you must do to get anything in life you want,” my father would tell me. After turning 15 1/2, it became time to test this strategy out. The first part of the deal, I had already nailed; maintaining an A average throughout junior high school. This first condition, I must admit, was pretty easy to do. For years learning, and learning of any kind, had been my passion. So, long hours of study and excellent grades came fairly easily. The second part of the deal was going to prove...

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Competitive Spirit

by Scott W. Biehl While growing up I spent a lot of time at my Grandparents home. Yes, they would spoil my sister and I like most loving Grandparents with gifts and treats but the things I loved most was playing catch, having putting contests in the living room, and playing basketball with my “Grandpa.” My Grandfather had a basketball hoop set up in his backyard and when I would come over we would always play a game of 21. The way it was scored was if you made a basket it was worth 2 points and then you could shoot free throws for...

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Von

by Jack Sommerville As I read the e-mail entitled “HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE” that my mom sent to her e-mail list on July 19th, I was taken back with a couple of the stories told. One was about a 10 year old who could only afford a single scoop of ice cream and the other was about the 5 yr old who thought he was giving “His” life to save his sick sister. If you have yet to read these short stories then please do. It seems to me we are all amazed by the young minds of our children and the things they do to make us happy. My...

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Life Outlook And Relationship Success

by Tim Connor Some people are naturally optimistic and positive, while others are the opposite. When two people in a relationship have opposing life outlooks, it is often difficult for one to convince the other that his way is better, right, or makes more sense then his partner’s. As a result, the positive person will always see the glass as half full and will take that attitude into most life circumstances. The more negative partner will view the glass as half empty and let that influence his attitudes accordingly. Hundreds of years of...

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Comfortable?

by James Jones   My uncle says that life is full of challenges. That will never change so be ready, the next challenge is coming and when you accept that fact, the challenge will be easier to overcome. If you are happy with your life, truly happy, then you are successful. Success in my mind is measured by whether or not you feel joy, love, and whole as a person, not by your status or possessions. I think most people are comfortable with their lives. I do not mean that they are or are not happy, sad, or even satisfied with the direction that...

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Don’t Hope Friend… Decide!

(As published in the book “A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul”) by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of those life changing experiences that you hear other people talk about. You know, the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly? Well, this one occurred a mere two feet away from me! Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jetway, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me...

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Goal Setting Basics

by Michael Hargrove     Tweet Grandpa Hargrove once told me, “Michael, life is a magnificent play. We can either be the star or just a bit player. But me…I’d rather be the playwright!” And that’s just what goal setting allows us to do. It enables us to create our life instead of letting life be something that just happens to us. Here’s the basic “how to’s” of goal setting: Goals must be clear & concise, be written down and have deadlines. If it’s not clear & concise,...

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