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Our first video log. Keep on winning..
A few years ago, I was an adviser to a UK community Government project and we spent a lot of time looking into the impact of community volunteering and how widespread its effects truly are.
There are reminders all around us that we can help the community; whether it is helping somebody to fix a fence, helping somebody across the street or walking for charity, volunteering is a great way to give back and it is a selfless act.
Often we find it hard to find volunteers for causes and the problem is we spend a lot of time on the features of volunteering and less on communicating the benefits.
Have you thought about the benefits you will get from volunteering? If you consider the many benefits you will receive, you will be asking yourself why you aren’t more involved with helping a cause. Consider these 25 reasons to volunteer some of your time:
1. To make new friends
2. To build personal and professional contacts
3. To build your self-esteem and self-confidence
4. To develop new skills
5. To make a difference
6. To increase personal satisfaction
7. To add experience to your résumé
8. To develop people skills
9. To develop communication skills
10. To do something as a family
11. To explore career possibilities
12. To feel needed and appreciated
13. To share your skills with others
14. To be challenged
15. To do something different
16. To earn academic credit
17. To improve your health
18. To have fun!
19. To develop responsibility and character
20. To strengthen your sense of belonging
21. To learn. Wisdom from elders is priceless
22. Be a good citizen with conviction
23. Motivate yourself and others
24. Keeping active
25. Learning tolerance by working with other mindsets
You will get more out of your volunteer experience than you put into it. Gandhi said: “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Don’t hesitate to give some of your time to a worthy volunteer opportunity.
Winners volunteer so keep on winning…
We completed one year of blogging in June and this signifies a milestone for us . The blog started in June 2009 and i had no idea about the impact it would have on those who read it in helping them to “win.
I am speechless and want to thank all of you who read this blog with intent and i promise changes (you can see from the new look) along with more material.
Thanks and keep on winning.
There is a common misconception thrown about about that IQ tests decide intelligence.
Although IQ tests measure a certain aspect of intelligence potential, there isn’t complete agreement that what is measured is actually intelligence.
Standard intelligence tests focus a lot on exploring and measuring linguistic/logical/mathematical ability. But is that really the same quality as intelligence? Or is intelligence something more than that?
We have all met people who have a lot of “book smarts” but seem to have no “street smarts.” A driving instructor friend once told me about one of his pupils. The man was a brilliant British surgeon and could perform surgery with amazing precision, yet he could not pass his driving test and eventually gave up.
Should we really be saying that they are intelligent? There are some interesting cases that truly go against the grain of established ideas; some people who did poorly in school often become very successful in later life. So,why do our current IQ tests seem unable to predict or explain these outcomes?
A person that may have failed dismally in school, and yet later on becomes a genius in sales. Is this person stupid, or brilliant? If a man is a great scientist, but can’t ever pick a suitable partner, is he really very smart?
Was Picasso inept because he wasn’t also a brilliant mathematician? Was Einstein lacking because he wasn’t also a great artist?
Which of these two men had more intelligence? Is there more than one kind of intelligence? How should we define intelligence? Can we really quantify it? What is intelligence, really?
Several experts in the field of intelligence have proposed that we need to expand our understanding of what intelligence really is, and the role it plays in successful living.
Psychologist Howard Gardner of Harvard University has suggested that we should consider a wide range of talents and abilities as valid forms of intelligence.
In his intriguing book, “Frames of Mind: Theories of Multiple Intelligences”, Gardner speaks about at least seven types of intelligence: verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, social-interpersonal and intra-personal.
Another psychologist, Robert Sternberg, has suggested we consider three distinct forms of intelligence. One type is the ability to think logically and rationally, doing well in an academic type of environment.
A second kind of intelligence identified by Sternberg is the ability to come up with creative solutions to real life situations. And the third type, according to Sternberg, is the ability to psychologically understand people and interact effectively with them.
A very famous and different perspective on the IQ issue by Daniel Goleman in his best-selling book, “Emotional Intelligence”. Goleman offers an explanation for why a high IQ does not always lead to success in career or in life.
He says that EQ, or emotional intelligence, has been an overlooked reason that is an extremely important ingredient for success in life. healthy optimism and determination are among the many factors that help us to succeed, perhaps even more than intellectual ability.
Are you starting to realize that intelligence is not just a numbers game that forever limits possibilities? If we define intelligence primarily as an aptitude for mathematical and linguistic/logical thinking, we might be discounting other forms of intelligence that are also important.
If you happen to know your own IQ score, don’t think of it as something that limits or defines your potential. If your IQ is in the average range it does not in any way mean that we limit ourselves to a life of average success and average accomplishment. If your IQ is in the above average range, it does not guarantee you a life of ease. You can’t use either a high IQ score or a low one as an excuse not to try very hard.
Your IQ score is only a number. That is all and it does not define us. It should not really limit us either. It’s just a starting point. Remember that many other qualities we already have or have the potential to develop further are also important for success in life.
Keep on winning…
As an entrepreneur, you know that your success cannot depend on the opinions of others. Like the wind, opinions change…like the weather, opinions change often. To succeed at anything, you must stay the course…no matter how difficult the terrain gets!
Here are some tips to help you on your journey.
1. Avoid Negativity. Negative people are all around us. They can include our loved ones as well as dear friends. Most often, the words of total strangers create negativity as if someone who doesn’t know or understand you can voice a reasonably thought out opinion about you.
No, you shouldn’t avoid those who are close to you, rather there are areas of conversation that are less profitable and you may need to deviate with the brilliance that you have. Accept criticism constructively, but steer the conversation away from nonstop negative talk. Negativity will grow on you unless you take control.
2. Build Yourself Up. No, don’t become an ego maniac either,but encourage yourself. How can you do this? Read about champions who have succeeded and who have gone before you. Oh, and if you find yourself swelling with too much pride, remember somebody is always better than us.
3. Jump Back to Square One. Entrepreneurs are human and we falter and if this happens recall those things that encouraged you to take your “leap of faith” in the first place. Recall what it takes to succeed: discipline, self-confidence, independence, hard work, sacrifice, etc. Look forward to the anticipated results:security,income, independence etc. Finally, remember the job you hated doing the most..imagine yourself working there again and that should jolt you back on track.
So, as champions we need to cast off negative thoughts and embrace things that inspire and uplift us on the path of excellence.
Ever felt down and out? Do you lack a little pep in your day? On the path of excellence, there are both roses and thorns and we all feel the same at some time and I am definitely not an exception. The key to dealing with such a mood is to find a way to lift our spirit so that we can soar like an eagle;one immediate way of doing this comes from a very simple source that is available to each of us-words.
The latent power of words can help to us to start with vigor and finish strong.
I always find motivational quotes a great pick-me-up not just at the start of my day,but they are a shot in the arm as the day progresses. For many. the jolt of caffeine is a breath of fresh air. My caffeine is found in inspiring words which can immediately help to give an extra pep.
Employers should also use such quotes to give their staff a boost. This could be in the form of wall posters or just a few verbal quotes uttered at the right time.
Using quotes like these are perfect ways to create a motivational and successful work environment. As basketball coach Mr. Rick Pitino says “The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every person in an organization is motivated by something different.” –Rick Pitino
Here are some to get you started:
1. Mahatma Gandhi: You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
2. Jim Stovall: You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
3. Robert Frost: The only way around is through.
4. Warren Buffett: You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.
5. Les Brown: You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
6. Theodore Roosevelt Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
7. Charles F. Kettering: Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier
8. Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!
9. Jim Rohn: You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.
10. William Hazlitt: Who likes not his business, his business likes not him.
11. Denis Waitley: Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
12. Lee Iacocca: Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
13. Dwight D.: Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
14. Drucker: The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question
15. Max Schmelling: Why did I want to win? Because I didn’t want to lose!
16. J. Paul Getty: To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
17. Pierre Corneille: To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
18. Tony Dorsett: To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
19. James Broughton: The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
20. George Kneller: To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
21. Peter McWilliams: To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.
22. Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth: To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
23. Tryon Edwards: To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
24. Spanish Proverb: Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
25. Lyndon B. Johnson: The noblest search is the search for excellence
26. Charles M. Schwab: The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.
27. Chinese Proverb: The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water; but to walk on the earth.
28. John Naisbitt: The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.
29. Henry Ford: The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
As champions of excellence, you may be employers or supervisors and you could add these quotes inside the employees’ paycheck envelope. Sometimes a motivational quote can help, at other times a silly antidote. Include employee birthdays or other important events to help your employees feel a part of the team. Remember progressive leadership is when you progress and also help others progress.
Keep on quoting and winning…
If you have read about personal development, whether it is goal-setting, time management, motivation, weight loss, or the many other categories and have not taken hold of what you desired, chances are that you’re lacking an inner drive towards that elusive goal.
At one time of another we have all purchased books, CDs, tapes, scoured the internet, and maybe even attended seminars, but yet you find that you fall short of your wish or you don’t even come one step closer to what you set out to do.
We may recoil and ask ourselves “Why do I keep failing? Am I supposed to just stay who I am today? Is this my lot in life?
For many years, I too, did the same.
Do not lose hope and sight of your goal. The fact that we have obtained personal development material clearly shows a wish move forward on the path of excellence. One of the biggest obstacles is that we do not take time to see the problem and ask questions. We must always find our “why?”
By not defining the problem correctly we cannot offer a correct solution, leaving us to wonder our whole life about “what could have been.”
Here is an analogy to put things into perspective. Think of the books read, the cd heard and the seminars attended as a flame.
This flame has an extremely powerful potential, but it needs FUEL to burn;It has the potential to ignite and create a large fire. These steps we take create an internal flame within us. They pump us up and make us feel good about ourselves.
However, it doesn’t take long until we find ourselves not moving forward or losing ground as we enter into a helpless state of depression and fear.
What we need is to turn the flame into a roaring fire. A fire so intense that it will continue to burn and burn. To see what can fuel that flame into a fire, we must ask ourselves:
“This internal wish I have to improve, where is it coming from?”
Is it that we are tired of worrying about being able to put food on the table, provide clothing, and shelter?
Now that it is clear why we want to improve, make it a strong fear. Using the financial example: we are struggling to create and provide the necessities. Create the fear that one day we will be unable to provide, or that for once in life we want to give without worrying about the financial burden. This is our fear. This is the fuel needed for the flame to ignite into a roaring fire and keeping it burning strongly.
So the next time you feel you do not have what it takes to meet that elusive goal, recall the fear of what could be.
Pull out that fear and use it to propel yourself forward on the path of excellence. By asking yourself “what could be”, you will avoid yourself saying later “what could have been”.
You are a champion of excellence.
Keep on winning…
Hope all of you are well. Just writing a quick note to let all of you know that the blog is back. As many of you know, the obligations of fatherhood took precedent as we began to settle into the new role. Now almost 3 months on, we are back and with our return we promise some new exciting changes to the blog including a new look.
Our intention is to write regularly and we promise you at least new entry a month if not more.
We thank all of you for your patience and trust us we have missed being here more than you.
Thank you for your patience.
Keep on winning…
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