Little did I know that in 1983 I would be asked to be the President of my local Rotary Club, an international volunteer service organization. A few weeks before I started, I asked our Board of Directors if it would be okay for me to arrange an off-site club assembly at the home of one of our members. Volunteer Leadership
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
I started working in my father’s moving business when I was very young. One of my first jobs was folding the pads used to protect furniture and the like during cross-town (and cross-country) moves.
I took pride in the task and tried to fold every pad with excellence. In fact, the moving crews used to call me the “automatic pad folder”.
Little did I know, but my early years working on the trucks and in the warehouse were my first steps on the road of entrepreneurship.
I remember my days as a young leader. Some days, it seemed like I was on top of the world. Other days, I wanted to beat my head against the wall in my office! More often than not, my problems stemmed from people. But what I learned one day in 1989 would rock my leadership world and save my head from being used as a hammer!
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Hoping you enjoy your rest from meaningful work this Labor Day
We must all suffer one of two things:
The Pain of Discipline or
The Pain of Regret.
Which pain will you choose?
Who doesn’t like to watch the Olympics? It’s the best of the best competing on a world-wide stage. I think I ride my bicycle faster on the back roads of Texas after I’ve watched a close Olympic race! Maybe I’m unusual, but at times during the Olympics, I imagine joining the athletes in competition. Then I wake up and realize it’s not going to happen!
But I do believe that there are four qualities of Olympic athletes that even you and I can embrace. And when we do, we can achieve Olympic results in our own lives!