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On 21 July 2014 - 5:05pm

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.
We paid the price.  He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our own life today, in a beautiful and free country. 
What liberty will you fight for? What is so “dear and sweet” to you– that you must preserve for your future children?  
Born in 1736, Patrick Henry became governor of Virginia and an American leader in the struggle for freedom. He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental ...more

On 17 July 2014 - 8:24pm

In the 1900s, Madam C.J. Walker made her mark for black women (and all women) by becoming the first African-American self-made millionaire in America.  She had a problem herself; in setting out to solve it, she helped others.

Madam Walker was losing some of her hair.  So she created a hair product company which addressed this need, while helping women feel stronger, prouder, more beautiful.  She was a millionaire within fifteen years.

Yet it wasn’t just enhancing women’s beauty and self-esteem that made her unique.  She employed thousands of women; she shone with brilliance by being a great CEO.  And she left us with some inspiring mottos by which she lived her life.

Two of my favorites are:

“I got my start by giving myself a start.”


“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

Go “start” whatever you would love ...more

On 17 July 2014 - 5:05pm

“Everything they learned for the most part comes from you—how they treat people, how they look at the world, how they process things. I love being that example for them.“

—Michael Strahan


Football players are tough.

Picture him on the field in aggressive play,


(source: The New York Times)

and still in uniform with that tough look on his face!  

(source: Yahoo Sports)

They are also smart.  

(source: The New York Times)

Toughness ...more

On 23 June 2014 - 5:05pm

“Dress well. Groom yourself. Walk and speak more slowly. Don’t slouch. The more you act like the persona you aspire to be, the more likely reality will follow.”
- Lisa Gaché


Lisa Gaché, CEO and Founder of Beverly Hills Manners, is a nationally recognized etiquette expert specializing in lifestyle, entertainment and family. Lisa provides practical solutions for modern day living and helps clients to improve social skills and enhance lives. She has become the credible go-to resource for the media and entertainment community–from dining with decorum to event hosting and red-carpet etiquette. Her tips, tools and guidance are useful for everyone, in every situation.

She was featured in Vanity Fair for her debut book, 24 Karat Etiquette: Golden Rules from the World’s Most Glamorous Zip Code (Skyhorse Publishing). Lisa makes regular appearances on television (The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Anderson Live) and in print ( ...more

On 19 June 2014 - 5:05pm

What government ranks the highest with staffing and attention to culture? To education? Or health?

You might be a bit surprised!   Come learn where governments are investing their time.

Civil society sector FTE workforce, by field1

The Winners in Culture
Sweden (45.5%), Slovakia (37.0%) and the Czech Republic (35.8%) win out here.

The Winners in Education.
Be proud Pakistanis! They are the top country with devotion to education in the civil sector at 56.6 percent.  Still a long way to go in implementation and progress, but the will is there.  Peru comes next (45.2%) and a no brainer with South Korea (40.5%) where education is deemed a strong part of their culture.

Finally, Health

Japan (37.3%) and the Netherlands (29.5%) win out.


Exciting to see new countries take the lead and ...more

On 11 June 2014 - 5:05pm

When we think of worth, we often think of our salary. But we neglect to think about how our volunteers service service can actually help run an organization, including the government.

Many people get down on government.  “It’s inefficient!” they cry. And yes, it can be bureaucratic.  But let’s take a closer look if we look at what can done for civil society, if  we also add in important volunteers.

Civil society sector sources of support, with and without volunteers1:

Government with volunteers
Argentina 19.5%
Australia 31.2%
Belgium 76.8%

Government without volunteers
Argentina: 73%
Australia: 62.5%
Belgium: 18.6%

Covered by Philanthropy
Argentina 7.5%
Australia 6.3%
Belgium 4.6%

What a difference. Without volunteers, Argentina’s civil society would be cut nearly in half ...more

On 9 June 2014 - 5:05pm

“In poor countries these days….billions of people who would be trapped in their villages enjoy the freedom that the bicycle confers to pedal around the town or countryside – to buy, sell, learn and love.” - Emma Duncan


No transportation, except you carrying you.


But something that weighs 23 pounds with a speed of 31 MPH can change your life like that!

And it’s simply as this.


On 6 June 2014 - 5:05pm

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”

–Bob Feller

We can build on your lessons learned, accepting them with joy. How are we growing? How can this experience help me — and help others?

If you just pitched and threw a ball, what did you learn? What adjustments do you need to make in your throw, or in your mindset? And how can you communicate more effectively with your catcher?

Your experiences aren’t just about you. You can take the insights and build a better future.  We don’t just throw yesterday away.  Whatever you learned can help you be a wiser and kinder person. Then, you can improve, as well as encourage others.

Let’s stand strongly on the mound!

Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed “The Heater from Van ...more

On 5 June 2014 - 5:05pm

 “You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective . . . Are the things around you helping you toward success—or are they holding you back?”

– W. Clement Stone

What is around you propels you forward.  If you think you can “put up” with an environment, please think again.

It could be delaying your future.

It could be delaying your calling.

It could be delaying that the right person in your personal life, or the right business partner, are coming into your life.

It could be holding your heart down.  Reducing your energy.  Taking up mindspace that can be more joyously used. 

It’s one thing to be perseverant. Life is not humanly perfect… but to exist in a situation which is propelling you backwards, doesn’t make sense —  to you,  or to the world who is waiting your unique gift.

Don’t let a person or situation tie you up. Come up with a clear plan. It’s time to run ...more