Category Archives: Motivation

If you want the best

If you want the best…

Give your best, bring out the best in others and expect the best in return.

If you want the best, give your best.  Do not ask of others what you will not do yourself.  I do not mean that you have to try to do everything.  I am saying do want you to do best, the best that you can do it.  Do not give half an effort then expect others to give you their best effort.  We are all good at different things, the only we way are better together is if everyone does what they do best at their best effort.  Give your best if you want the best.  It all comes around.

If you want the best, bring out the best in others.  Do you want others to do their best?  Do you make it hard for them to do what they do best because you expect them to do what you do the way you do it?  Again, we are all different; our differences are our strengths.  The only way the world changes is that someone tries something new, something that comes naturally to them in a different way.  Not your way or my way, but in a new way.  Do you help people become better at what they do or do you expect them to think, act and feel just like you?  If you want the best, bring out the best in others.  It all comes around.

If you want the best, expect the best in return.  Notice I am not saying hope for the best…. I am saying state it clearly for the record.  If you give others your best effort and you are helping them be their best, communicate the fact that you expect their best effort.  If you expect a half effort, you will get a half effort.  If people are trying to con you, you will get no effort.  Everyone thing happens one-step at a time, stop believing that an overnight success is the norm; it is the exception.  Good things take time and good effort; great things take time and great effort.  Make it easier on yourself, stop hoping for the best and start expecting the best; starting with the commitment and effort of everyone involved. If you want the best, expect the best in return.  It all comes around.

If you want the best, give your best; bring out the best in others and expect the best in return.  It all comes around.


If you think you can’t you are right.

If you think you can’t you are right.

If you think you cannot you are right, you can’t.  You are beaten.  You will not try.  This may not seem like a positive message to start the New Year, to start 2018; but give it a minute.  Let it sink in.

If you think you can’t you won’t try; but if you think you can, maybe you will.  Notice I said, “Maybe you will try.”  This new world of social media and big data has created cyber bubbles for everything.  The little engine that could is probably now an app for android.  Confidence is a great first step but confidence is not enough.  Will you actually try to do?

If you think you can’t you are right, you won’t.  If you think you can, maybe you will try; and if you try maybe you will learn.  You see learning is really the 1st step, but in this case, it is the second step.  Never stop learning and never stop trying.  If you keep trying and keep learning one day you may reach your goal, but you will be farther along than if you never try and you never learn.

So think you can and try and learn and keep trying and maybe one day you will.

But if you think you can’t, you won’t try so you will never will.  So if you think you can’t you are right!

Try, Learn, Try again!

Happy 2018

Change Why Me to…

Change “Why Me” and “Why Now” to

Why Not Me and Why Not Now!

It has to start somewhere; it has to start sometime.

Why not start here and now with you?



Stop waiting and start starting.

Stop waiting.  The time will never be perfect.  The right time is now.

Learn a little, do a little, learn a little more.

The time is now.  Start Starting.

Get around people you can trust.  You may have to watch from a distance.  Find out what is going on behind your back, but stay on target and stay on task.

Leave those who would do you harm behind.  Leave those who would hold you back behind.  Keep moving forward and get around people who are moving forward also.

Stop waiting and start starting.

There is no perfect time, there is no perfect place and there are no perfect people.

All of us have something to learn and something we can teach.  Get around people who will do both, learn and teach.  Get around people who will give and take, not around people who are all take and no give.

Stop waiting.  The time will never be perfect.  The right time is now.

Start Starting Now!



If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford

I agree with Henry Ford to a point.  It is hard to argue against one of the most successful business men in the history of the world, but let’s take another look at his quote.  If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.  I 100% agree with if you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.  If you think you can do a thing do a thing, may require a little more work than just thinking.

Thinking is the start.  Acting, learning, adjusting those are the much needed next steps.  If you are convinced, you can’t do a thing you are right.  But if you think you can but you never act, then you are wrong.  It is ok to be confident, but you also have to deliver.  Sink some energy and effort into what you think you can do, and prove it.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. Henry Ford created enough wealth for his children’s children and beyond.  By applying the assembly line to the automotive industry, Henry Ford helped shape the modern world.  Now, what is it that you think you can do?  Will you apply a little elbow grease and maybe invite others to join in; or will you sit back, wait for someone else to do it and then say “I told you so?”  Or will you sit back, say no one can do it and you will be right; until someone does it of course.  If you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.  That will not stop others from trying though.

I have heard it said that the worst thing that can happen is that a small dream comes true.  I think the worst thing that can happen is someone else reaches your dream while you sit around and say that is impossible.  The beauty of it all is that I will not spoil many pity parties.  Those that are convinced they will never change the world, never will.  Then there are the rest of us.  The ones with something to prove.  Thinking we can is not enough.  Now we have to actually try.

The best is yet to come.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

Where are you?  Can your life get better?  Of course, it can.  Do you have the attitude that your best days are behind you?  Well, let me tell you; you need new friends.  The best is yet to come and won’t it be fine?

It is more than a song; it is a battle cry!  You got to sing it to the top of your lungs if you have to!  Change your attitude.  Read a book or two.  Figure out a way to make things better.  Really, what do you have to lose?

Every day from today forward, when you look in the mirror say it.  The best is yet to come!  Forget about the good old days and focus on the good news days!  Look forward to today and look forward to tomorrow.

The best is yet to come.  It is more than a song, it is a battle cry; it is a way of life!  You have to change the way you think.  This is not about being high on anything other than life itself.  If you have to listen to every song with the title, “The best is yet to come!”  Put it on a CD or on a play list and listen to them over and over and over until you get this, then leave me a comment or two.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

Relax, recharge, refresh and rejuvenate

Relax, recharge, refresh and rejuvenate:  It is ok to take a day for recreation and re-creation, but then take a moment to give thanks for those who made our freedoms possible.

Give thanks that you are free, and then think twice about surpassing others freedoms.

Think twice about our holidays, and those who have served and sacrificed to protect them.

We all have to sacrifice to make a safe world where we can be free.  Life is not easy for most.  For most people life is painful.  The only way it gets better is if we work together.

Relax, recharge, refresh, and rejuvenate:  Then get back to work.  Get back to spreading the good news and helping others.  This world is what we make it.  This world has been ruled by might makes right and the rich make the rules.  History has been written by the winners, not the whiners.  What will history say about you?  Did you help others win or did you help others whine?

I am thankful that I am free to express my thoughts.  I am thankful that I am free to use my talents.  I am thankful that I can help others even if I can not help as many or as much as I would like.

I am recharged and ready to get back to work.  Get up and make your future the best it can be.  Help others become successful and you will become successful.  Make the world better for everyone and you will be rewarded with a better world for you.

What happens to us when we grow up?

What happens to us when we grow up?  When do we lose those childhood dreams?  When do we lose the drive and will to believe we can be heroes?  What happens to us when we grow up?

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I am here to challenge you to reach back and chase your childhood dreams.  I am here to challenge you to help motivate others to chase their dreams.  I am here to spread good news.  I am here to challenge you to spread good news also.

I have a bunch of nephews’ in-law.  One of them was born on my birthday / anniversary.  He had three little brothers.  All four of them are six years and under.  I get to see them on birthdays and holidays.  They all want to be super=heroes.  Except for the youngest one, he is too young to talk.  He just smiles at you, and blinks and grabs your hand; that is what infants do.  The six-year old loves to play and the four-year old wants to run and jump and cannot wait to be big; like his brother.  The two year old wants you to chase after him. They all want to be super-heroes, Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, The Green Arrow and of course they love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

What happens to us when we grow up?  When do we lose the will to be superheroes?  I like asking kids what they want to be when they grow up.  Then I tell them to get good grades and work together so they can be superheroes together.  Being a hero is easy.  Dream like a child and help other people chase their dreams.  I try to be the grown up that will give the kid that one piece of advice that will stick with them so they do not give up on their dreams.

As we get older, we are told to stay in school, keep quiet and don’t draw attention to ourselves.  We are told to follow the rules and grow up and get a job.  We are told to work hard but; we are basically helping someone who sits on top of it all reach their dream.  What about our dreams?  What about our goals?  What a about being a superhero?  What happens to us when we grow up?

Do you want to be the grownup that kills a kid’s dreams; or do you want to be the grownup that helps a kid reach their dreams?  I want to build a secret lab for superhero training.  I want to be the adult that tells kids to run faster and jump higher and look out for each other while looking out for cars in the street.  I want to help people reach their childhood dreams and spread good news.  What happens to us when we grow up?  What makes us want to kill each other’s dreams?

My life philosophy is simple.  Spread good news.  Challenge others to do the same.  That only advice worth giving is the advice that you are living.  Tap into those childhood dreams.  Help others reach their dreams.  Really, how hard is that?  What happens to us when we grow up?

There is no Lesson without Loss.

There is no Lesson without Loss.

Life is full of Winners and Losers.  Life is full of wins and losses.  Nobody wins all the time.  Nobody losses all the time.  Winners learn to lose less often.  Winners learn from each loss.  Winners learn from losing in practice until they can win more often during game time when it matters most.  Winners learn from losses.  The only real loss in life is losing the lesson.  There is no lesson without loss.

Imagine for a minute that life handed you everything you ever asked for.  Imagine if no one ever told you “No!”  What would you learn?  What kind of person would you turn into?  Maybe the most important lesson in life is learning to lose, and then learn and then try again.

Think for a minute about the greatest athletes and the greatest teams of all time.  Did they win every match, every game, every point, every time all the time?  No, win streaks are rare at the match and game levels.  Great coaches and great players break matches and games down to halves and quarters and points and plays.  Do great teams and great athletes win every point and ever play?  No, they win each point and each play, more often than they lose.  This adds up to more games and matches won.  Great teams can string together wins more often, sometimes winning 3, 4 or 5 times in a row.  Great teams can put together win streaks of even 10 games or more.  Streaks at this level become more and more rare.  Rarely do teams go undefeated for an entire season.  The more games you play in a year, the harder this becomes.  Becoming great does not mean you never lose.  Becoming great means you lose less often.

Great coaches and great teams break down matches and games down to plays.  They practice learning to win.  The may fail in practice over and over until they learn to succeed.  Great teams learn to string success one play at a time until it turns into a win.  Coaches study player’s strengths and weakness; and how they match up against other players to figure out a way to win.  Games are won one point at a time.  Success is created one day at a time.

If you are not making mistakes, you are not learning.  Learning to lose and try again is very important to continued success.  How often have you heard a great coach say their team handled adversity well?  Adversity is loss, adversity is a tough time; handling adversity is learning to win.

No one wins all the time.  They learn to lose, adjust and succeed in practice so they can win more often when in counts.  Does it matter if it is a game, or a meeting or a day at work?  If you had a big presentation at work next week, would you practice and run it by a few people before you present it to the boss or even the boss’s boss?  If you were a new hire or a trainee wouldn’t you practice and learn your new job in a safe environment before being turned loose in the so-called real world?  In each case, wouldn’t you break things down into simple steps or plays and practice them until you got them perfect.  And then, when everything was on the line, would be able to recover from slip-ups or expect everything to go perfectly all the time?

Winners don’t win all the time.  They learn from defeat and break things down to string together more wins than losses step by step, play by play.  The only real loss is not learning from the loss.  There is no lesson if you win all the time.  The lesson is in the preparation.  The lesson is from learning from the loss.  You cannot spell lesson without loss.  There is no lesson without loss.

Learn C.H.E.S.S. for success!

Welcome to 60 seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I do not expect you to learn the game of chess to be successful.  This is the acronym C.H.E.S.S. – Challenge, Help, Excite, Scare and Sustain; do something that challenges, helps, excites, scares and sustains you.

The game of chess is a classic game of strategy and skill.  Learning to play chess can help you think many moves ahead.  You will learn how to use each piece in different situations.  The acronym C.H.E.S.S. is something different.  Do something that “Challenges” you.   Do something that “Helps” you.   Do something that “Excites” you.   Do something that “Scares” you.  Do something that “Sustains” you.

Do you want to be successful?  The first step in success is to step out of your comfort zone and find a challenge.  Find something that challenges you to get better than where you are now.  Find something that will demand that you become better than you are today.  When you learn the game of chess, you do not become a Master overnight.  IT takes years of study.  Do not be afraid of something that just requires you to put in extra time to learn and grow.  Take it one day at a time and keep getting better.  This is the first step in success.  Step up to a new challenge!

Do you want to be successful?  The second step is to make sure you are doing something that will help you.  If you cannot clearly see how you will benefit from this new challenge, you run the risk of losing your drive and giving up.  Set a clear goal that will illustrate how learning a new skill or becoming better at what you do will help in the long run.  Set a goal and keep an eye on it.  It will help you through those frustrating times when nothing seems to be going right.

You want to be successful, correct?  Do something that excites you.  Learning something new and challenging will take some time.  This new endeavor may not bring immediate returns.  Part of learning is that learning is its own reward.  Imagine if you want to learn to play guitar.  Before you will get paid to play the guitar, you will have to learn how to play and perform.  The thrill learning to play new songs will keep you going while you learn to play the guitar.  The same can be said for many skills that you will learn to become a success.  Do something that excites you, helps you and challenges you.

Do you want to be successful?  Do something that scares you.  Winston Churchill said, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  For many of us, fear holds us back from doing what we always wanted to do.  Sometimes we find things are easier than we thought they would be to learn.  If knowing is half the battle, getting started may well be the other half. You never know until you try.  Do not let fear keep you from trying.

Do you want to be successful?  The final step is to do something that sustains you.  Do something that will benefit you long term.  Many successful people have stated, anything worth doing is worth doing for money.  Another great quote is that if you a good at something never work for free.  Maybe you agree with these statements, maybe you do not.  I have discussed possible projects with very talented people who I respected and they said they loved what they were doing and did not want to turn it into work.  They did not want it to feel like a job.  So I asked them, do they love their job?  Why not do what you love?  Why do something you do not love for money so you can have the money to do what you love?  What is the value of all of your time?  Do something that sustains you!

If you have never played chess, I would suggest you learn.  You do not have to become great overnight.  Good things take time.   My formula for success is C.H.E.S.S. do something that challenges you, helps you, excites you, scares you and sustains you.  Then teach that to someone else!