Sunday, April 24, 2011

sing it out loud! get away with me ;)

sing it out loud! get away with me ;)

what will matter...

How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you have, but what you gain. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what. A life of meaning, and purpose, and happiness.

What will Matter
Author: Michael Josephson
Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

World can't hold me down.

Life has pushed me over the edge a few times before and every time I have flown.
World can't hold me down.

 -Private Chris Horvath

Monday, April 18, 2011

Paulo Coelho

Shark Tank

1-on-1: Shark Tank entrepreneur Kevin Harrington on the perfect pitch

Infomercial guru Kevin Harrington of ABC's Shark Tank offers tips for navigating treacherous entrepreneurial waters.

KH: I love this quote from Paul J. Meyer: “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” When I understood that, I began waking up every morning and saying that quote, and I believe “It’s going to happen.” That’s how I overcome my fear, and that’s how I live my life. It doesn’t mean you’ll get it every time. Sometimes you have to reboot or hit the reset button and start over. But eventually, believing it and acting upon it make it happen.
Erin  Casey  December 17, 2010 
If the phrase, “But, wait! There’s more!” makes you instantly think of the Ginsu Knife, you’re already acquainted with Kevin Harrington’s work. A pioneer in the infomercial industry, Harrington has helped make products like the Food Saver and Tony Little’s Ab Isolator into household names. In the past 26 years, he’s launched more than 500 products, with cumulative sales of more than $4 billion worldwide.

In 2009, the savvy investor came out from behind the camera for ABC’s Shark Tank. In 2010 he teamed up other super-successful entrepreneurs and motivational experts for a 20-city tour called Empower 180. At the one-day events, attendees have the chance to pitch Harrington their product ideas and learn from some of today’s top business leaders.

Harrington is also a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (formerly the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization) and the Electronic Retailing Association, two networking groups that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs around the globe.

Here, Harrington shares advice on overcoming fear, choosing the right partners and mentors, and believing in yourself.

SUCCESS: Pitching an idea to a group of strangers can be intimidating—especially on a show like Shark Tank. How can people push past that fear and offer a killer presentation?

Kevin Harrington: I was a little intimidated the first time I went to the Shark Tank set. There was a crew of 175 people, including Mark Burnett and all the top Sony and ABC execs. It was a million-dollar production. I shoot low-budget infomercials, and this was huge.

But then I thought, “I’ve been a shark for 25 years. This is what I do.” My confidence came back when I zeroed in on the entrepreneur walking down the hall. I focused on what he was pitching. I put blinders on, and at the end of the day it didn’t matter how many cameras or people were on the set.

I positioned myself as understanding that none of the others have my same experience. I’m the product guy, I’m the expert.

So my advice to the person making a pitch is to forget about the people and the cameras, and believe in yourself and in your product. Don’t worry about the millions of viewers. At that moment, all you have to do is talk to us and convince us. Do it just like you’re talking to your banker—with your excitement and your belief in yourself.

My advice to any salesperson is to prepare yourself by doing your pitch in front of a camera or a mirror. Do your presentation for your spouse or your kids. Practice. Don’t go in cold.

Infomercials take a message from one person to thousands. They make the pitch scalable. How can entrepreneurs make their businesses scalable?

KH: I always say, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

In 1990, I had a library of infomercials that had run their course in the United States. That’s when I thought, “In the movie business, they take films outside the U.S. Why can’t I do that with infomercials?” We did, and the business grew to $500 million on a global basis in a couple of years.

You can’t just sit and do it the way you’ve always done it. Get motivated to see what you can add to what you do currently to expand your markets.

In your book Act Now!, you note that infomercials can boost the sales of other similar products in stores—not just the brand you’re selling. How do you differentiate your product or incentivize customers to buy your brand and not a substitute?

KH: We stress that we are the original; we are the brand. A good example is the Snuggie. They got it across every spectrum they could right away—collegiate, child, pet—they didn’t let knockoffs come in. When they went to the retailers, they said, “We’re going to give you the original, but if you sell other brands, we can take our brand out of your store.” And by the end of 2009, they sold more than 20 million units.

It’s all about the quality of the relationship, the quality of the product and the continuity of the brand.

How has the Internet impacted your business model?

KH: It’s a double-edge sword. We get knocked off quicker, but we also use the Internet to drive massive amounts of sales because we can get into places we couldn’t get in before. It has also given us a platform for new ways to launch products, with webcasted shopping channels, and to develop relationships.

You’ve worked with a number of different people through the years. How do you choose the right people or companies with which to partner?

KH: Picking the right people to work with is important. I believe you find those people by networking, being on boards, getting involved with associations and being on committees. It’s amazing how many times I’ve started working with people because I’ve spent time with them in a different environment.

What advice can you give to entrepreneurs and business leaders who may be facing challenges in their businesses?

KH: Go to people who have been there before, and seek advice on what they’ve done. Develop great relationships with your bankers and accountants; get mentors who can advise you.

I utilize people outside my company. I’m not afraid to pick up the phone to have someone help me work through issues. A lot of times you have to get out there and network with the people who can help you in times of challenge.

Anything else?

KH: I love this quote from Paul J. Meyer: “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” When I understood that, I began waking up every morning and saying that quote, and I believe “It’s going to happen.” That’s how I overcome my fear, and that’s how I live my life. It doesn’t mean you’ll get it every time. Sometimes you have to reboot or hit the reset button and start over. But eventually, believing it and acting upon it make it happen.


I attended the getmotivated seminar in grand rapids the past week, and here is some tidbits I took away from the program

Speaker: Lou Holtz
"you're either growing or you're not"

3 rules to live by
1) do the right thing
2) do everything to the very best of your ability
3) the golden rule- treat others how you want to be treated.

3 questions people care about
Can I trust you?
Are you committed to excellence?
Do you care about me?

3 rules to guarantee happiness:
Something to do, someone to love, something to look forward to.

"I was always worried about building a great "team", not a team of greats"

Speaker: Howard Putnam

3 things to have for success:
1) Mentors
2) Role models
3) people w/ like minds

Speaker: Krish Dhanam

Zig Ziglar, put one foot in hot boiling water, one foot in cold freezing water, on average you're miserable.

2 statements to think about at the end... I wish I had OR I'm glad I did.


Stake your claim, fulfill your promise.

-Restore Relationships-

Agape-unconditional love.

Jesus ruthlessly perfects to royall elect

Rights vs Responsibilites, revival

All men dream, but not equally

97% comfortable, 3% effetive, you only grow when you are uncomfortable on "the edge"

Desire to be a game changer

as with all things date before you marry.

good company vs good company right now

disposition, margin of safety

The ancient greeks asked one question when you dided.  Did he have passion?

Speaker: Allen Andrews
Allen Andrews promoted day trading. They were obviously the sponsors.

Speaker: John Walsh (america's most wanted)

His 6 year old son Adam was abducted and decapitated.

he believes in
Free will/Higher power

doing the right thing.

heartbreaking story, was able to do a lot of good for the world, and make the world a safer place.

Speaker: Krish Dunham q&a session

"Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness."

- Zig Ziglar

Failure is just succeeding at the wrong things.


intellectual, emotional, spritual

origin, morality, purpose, destiny.

transform -> destiny

top authors
john maxwell
stephen covey
billy graham

Speaker: Rudy Giuliani

Made to succeed: read, listen, write, stop & think, be good to other people.

3% vs the other 97%

Exponential power within you.

be extraordinary, be abnormal

3% make it.

Best time to get ahead is during a train wreck.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Nobody's better than you.

When you give yourself away, thats when success finds you.

americans consume too much coffee and soft drinks and 23 hours a week to tv.

Be the movie you wanna go watch.  Become the movie.

Life is just a game & you need to be in it.

Speaker: Kevin Reynolds

Your past is not your future.

Your today is not your tomorrow

What is your purpose?

Committment to yourself.

Speaker: Colin Powell

its not where you start in life, its where you end up & what you do along the way.

Basica principles

Have goals, a purpose, and a mission

have a sense of your missions & goals

Whats your mission?

How to get there?

Set goals.

Sense of purpose, believe

be passionate

Recognize the value of each person, employee. write letters.

keys to success: integrity, ethical, selfless, & an environment of trust.

has worked through afghanistan, iraq, 9/11, middle east

Reagan has supreme self-confidence; not egotistical, not arrogant.
and a confidence in America.

Speaker: Terry Bradshaw

Realizing a dream there isn't always a clean path.

Realize your self-wroth, be happy.

We find out where we are, who we are whe we struggle, when we fail.

its the simple things.

1) The biggest threat to your future is the past you won't let go.

2) you can't make $ and excuses at the same time

3) Its not about THINGS getting better, its about YOU getting better, & getting out of your own way.

4) What you see depends on where you sit.


Sunday, April 17, 2011


I believe success lies not in how well-known you are,
But how well respected...
Not in the power you take,
But your willingness to give.
It is measured
By the height of your aspirations,
The breath of your vision,
The depth of your convictions.
Do not look to the changing opinions of others
for new of your success.
Word comes in the small voice
you hear within at the end of the day,
knowing you have done your best.
This is the only success that matters.

-L Staten

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Did he live with passion?

Upon a man's death, the ancient Greeks would ask one question:
“Did he live with passion?”

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Monday, April 11, 2011


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes

-Charles Swindoll

Friday, April 8, 2011

excerpt from Time mag. article accompanying Bezo's Person of the year award

Every time a seismic shift takes place in our economy, there are people who feel the vibrations long before the rest of us do, vibrations so strong they demand action-action that can seem rash, even stupid.  Ferry owner Cornelius Vanderbilt jumped ship when he saw the railroads coming.  Thomas Watson Jr., overwhelmed by his sense that computers would be everywhere even when they were nowhere, bet his father's office-machine company on it: IBM.
     Jeffrey Preston Bezos had that same experience when he first peered into the maze of connected computers called the World Wide Web and realized that the fuutre of retailing was glowing back at him.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

the 10 scrolls breakdown, reader's digest version. (og mandino

The Scroll Marked I

Today I begin a new life.

In truth, the only differnce between those who have fialed & those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.

good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.

1st law to obey.
I will form good habits & become their slave.

The Scroll Marked II
I will greet this day with love in my heart.

If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone.  Without it, I will fial though I possess all the knowledge & skills in the world.

I will greet this day w/ love & I will succeed.

The Scroll Marked III.
I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.

Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Where dry dessert ends; green grass grows. 

I will remember the ancient law of averages & I will bend it to my good.

I must fail often to succeed only once.

When others cease their struggle, then mine will begin, & my harvest will be full.

I will persist until I succeed.

The Scroll marked IV.
Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted & its heat is a constant invitation to my spirit to become better than I am, & I WILL.

Different from all others, & proud of the difference.

Unlimited potential.

Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday's accomplishments nor will I indulge, anymore, in self-praise for deeds which in reality are too small to even acknowledge.

I can accomplish far more than I have, & I WILL.

The Scroll Marked V.
I will live this day as if it is my last.

Can sand float upward in an hourglass?

The Scroll Marked VI
Today I will be master of my emotions.

I make my own weather, & I transport it with me.

Weak is he who permits his thought to control his action; strong is he who forces his action to control his thoughts.

The Scroll Marked VII
I will laugh at the world.  I will laugh at myself.

"This too shall pass"

The Scroll Marked VIII
I will multiply my value a hundredfold.

First I will set goals for the day, week, month, year, & my life.

I must have objetives before my life will crystalize.

The Scroll marked IX
I will act now.

Tomorrow never comes.

I will say them.  Then I will do it.

Only action determines my value in the marketplace & to multiply my value I will multiply my actions.

I will walk where the failures fear to walk.

I will say it is done, before the failure says its too late.

Success will not wait.  If I delay she will become bethrothed to another & lost to me forever. 

This is the time.

This is the place.

I am the man. I will act now.

The Scroll Marked X

Guide me God.