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Achieve Any Goal

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Achieve Any Goal by Brian Tracy. It’s Not Where You Start—It’s How You Finish When I was eighteen, I left high school without graduating. My first job was as a dishwasher in the back of a small hotel. From […]

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Strength, inspiration and motivation!

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Finish Strong Motivational Quotes by Dan Green.  Regardless of what came before, or what is yet to come, what’s important at this moment in time is how you choose to respond to the event. Will you fight? Or will […]

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An Empty Pickle Jar

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss.  A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded […]

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Preparing Your Dream

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Own Your Dreams by John C. Maxwell.  If you are unsure of what your dream might be—either because you are afraid to dream or because you somehow lost your dream along the way—then start preparing yourself to receive your […]

Own Your Dreams

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Own your Dreams by John C. Maxwell. What is your dream? How will you achieve it? The first question may be difficult to answer. You may have many dreams. Yet, there must be one that stands out […]

Ten Rules for High Performance Teamwork

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Pulling Together by John Murphy “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” -Virginia Burden You may have heard this before… It’s not what you say, but how you say it, that turns […]

It’s more than a statement…it’s an attitude!

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Finish Strong by Dan Green. On June 23rd, 1940 Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born prematurely and weighed only 4.5 pounds. Wilma became the 20th of 22 children of Ed and Blanche Rudolph. The Rudolph’s were African Americans […]

A daily dose of positivity

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Sales Motivation by Todd Duncan  Success is a daily decision! Show me a successful person and I will show you someone who chooses the course of success over and over in their life. I will show you […]

Who packed your parachute?

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Kindness by Mac Anderson. Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He […]

Learn from “Old Warwick”

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School by Mac Anderson Not long ago, a friend sent me the story of “Old Warwick.” It brought a smile to my face, and I think it shares a wonderful […]

How to create a service culture…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Customer Love by Mac Anderson. The following story was told by my friend Phillip Van Hooser, in his book titled: Willie’s Way. I really like it and hope you will too. The conversation was pleasant. Earlier in […]

True and Real

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson. Knowing yourself, finding your true purpose in life, is the essence of true and real. “You have to be, before you do, to have lasting inner peace.” In other words, […]

Leading with Discipline

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Leading with Passion by John J. Murphy Are you a disciple of action? When it comes to walking your talk, do you walk with responsibility and accountability? Do you execute your intentions with attention? Leading with discipline requires […]

Getting Fired… UP!

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Push by David McNally and Mac Anderson In his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Steve Jobs, one of the co-founders of Apple Computer and founder of Pixar Studios, shared how getting fired from the […]

Follow these age-old secrets of sales…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Simple Truths of Selling by Todd Duncan It’s usually the first thing to come up. “How much will it cost me?” asks the customer. We then dodge the question to avoid running them off before we […]

Make gratitude a habit

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson Behavioral scientists tell us that if we do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit. That’s good news if you’re interested in bringing more gratitude into your […]

Transform your leadership skills

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from 212° Leadership, by Mac Anderson Leaders lead by example, whether they intend to or not. What example did you set today? When you lead by example, you engage your people to follow your vision…not by words, but […]

The power of goals

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Goals by Gary Ryan Blair. Success is the intentional, pre-meditated use of choice and decision. Unless you choose—with certainty—what it is you want, you accept table scraps by default! The world is plump with opportunity. With boldness […]

Habits Die Hard

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Habits Die Hard by Mac Anderson and John J. Murphy We are all creatures of habit and if you make good habits, good habits will make you. This wisdom has been around since ancient times. Aristotle once […]

Find a Mentor

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson NOTHING BOOSTS your self-confidence or nurtures your positive attitude more than a mentor. And remember this . . . you’re never too old or too young to have one. The […]

Set the Stage for Innovation

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Change is Good…You Go First by Mac Anderson Linus Pauling said, “The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas.” Not rocket science, but it works! The only way to keep a […]

Managing your attitude is a very personal thing…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School by Mac Anderson. You may have heard the quote…”The speed of the leader will determine the rate of the pack.” Well here’s another one for you…“The attitude of the […]

Turn your life around, one day at a time…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time. […]

Learn to trust your inner voice…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Life Lessons by Rick Tocquigny In the first grade, our tall, red-headed teacher, Cleo Reagan, asked us… “How many artists are in this class?” We all raised our hands. Four years later, our short, diminutive art instructor, […]

Stress is a Choice

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss Several years ago while listening to my pastor give a Sunday sermon, he spoke about how life is made up of a series of choices. It made me realize that […]

Great Quotes from Great Women

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Great Quotes from Great Women by Peggy Anderson If you had the opportunity to ask the greatest women of all time for advice, wouldn’t you jump at the chance? Now, you can draw from the timeless wisdom […]

The 80/20 Rule

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the “Pareto Principle” after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo […]

Great Service Starts with a Clear Vision

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Simple Truths of Service by Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz Great service is not an accident. It starts by deciding what kind of experience you want your customers to have – a clear vision. In the […]

Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Right to Lead by John C. Maxwell What gives a man or woman the right to lead? It certainly isn’t gained by election or appointment. Having position, title, rank, or degrees doesn’t qualify anyone to lead […]

Teamwork

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Wisdom of Wolves:  Leadership Lessons from Nature by Twyman Towery What a gorgeous sight! As wolves travel the vast horizons in search of their prey, they traverse the snow. One of their favorite methods of travel is […]

Brian Tracy’s secret to success

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Discipline by Brian Tracy Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the […]

Communicate Openly and Candidly

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Pulling Together by John J. Murphy Can you imagine competing in an athletic contest without open access to the score, the clock and the playbook? How about competing in battle without clear tactical plans and timely communication? […]

A company based on the ‘Golden Rule’

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from What’s The Big Idea:  How One Idea Can Change Your Business and Your Life by Mac Anderson Beginning with an initial investment of $5,000 and a dream of creating a company based on the ‘Golden Rule,’ Mary […]

The Handshake

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Richest Man in Town by V.J. Smith It’s amazing what can happen just by paying attention. Besides, I never thought I would have a life-changing experience at Wal-Mart. I don’t remember the exact date I met […]

Mental Toughness

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from What It Takes To Be Number One by Vince Lombardi and Vince Lombardi Jr. Head and heart – mental toughness – was one of Coach Lombardi’s favorite topics. He believed that mental toughness was the single most […]

The Power of a Note

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Push by Mac Anderson and David McNally On my first job as sports editor for the Montpelier (Ohio) Leader Enterprise, I didn’t get a lot of fan mail, so I was intrigued by a letter plopped on […]

Express your gratitude

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager, teaches his seminar participants to “catch people doing something right . . . and acknowledge them for it.” […]

And Then Some…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Charging the Human Battery:  50 Ways to Motivate Yourself  by Mac Anderson “When we have done our best, we can wait the results in peace.” ~ John Lubbock John Lubbock was right on target when he said […]

Champions are Decisive

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Secrets of the World Class:  Turning Mediocrity into Greatness by Steve Siebold While average performers are timid and lack confidence in their own judgment, champions are known for their ability to make decisions, especially under pressure. The […]

The Dash

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson. While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a […]

What is it you want?

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Strangest Secret:  How to live the life you desire by Earl Nightingale What is it you want? Do you want to be an outstanding salesperson? A better worker at your particular job? Do you want to […]

The Good News Girl

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL things about having a positive attitude is the number of people it touches, many times in ways you’ll never know. Recently, I stopped by a […]

Secrets of the World Class

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Secrets of the World Class:  Turning Mediocrity Into Greatness by Steve Siebold I have had the privilege of competing against, coaching, being coached by and observing world-class performers since I was six years old. As a […]

A crash course on customer service…

posted by Nakkia Gray

“Customer service is not a department…it’s an attitude.” Today, we’d like to offer a 3-minute crash course on customer service! It’s a simple, but powerful explanation about making your customers feel loved. Just click here to watch. Enjoy! To learn […]

The 10 rules for achieving success…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Goals by Gary Ryan Blair The odds that you’ll succeed without taking action are about the same as winning the lottery without buying a ticket! For those times when you feel trapped, stressed, or in a prison […]

Discover the Essence of Leadership

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Essence of Leadership by Mac Anderson On March 5, 2003, I turned on Good Morning America while eating breakfast. Charlie Gibson was interviewing General Earl Hailston, the commanding general of Marine Forces Central Command. The general […]

Inspire Personal Accountability

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following excerpt is from Change is Good…You Go First by Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein Something magical happens when we accept personal responsibility for our behavior and our results. But, it’s not easy, because it’s human nature to “pass […]

Turn problems into solutions…

posted by Nakkia Gray

Everywhere you look today there are problems. Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a magazine or paper, and what do you see? Problems. Talk to your spouse, co-workers, family members or friends, and within minutes someone will bring […]

Strive for Perfection

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Teamwork:  Inspired by The Blue Angels by Scott Beare and Michael McMillan An effective review process is fundamental to successful teamwork. After every performance, the Blue Angels hold a debrief session. Starting with Boss, […]

Rule #1…Put the team first

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Pulling Together….The 10 Rules for High Performance Teams  by John Murphy At the center of every high performance team is a common purpose – a mission that rises above and beyond each of the individual team members. […]

One Choice Can Change Your Life

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews Not long ago, I finally told the story of when, at the age of twenty-three, homeless and scared, I was given guidance in a most unusual fashion by an old man named […]

The Definition of Success

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Nature of Success by Mac Anderson I met Charlie Cullen through his nephew during my sophomore year in college. Charlie had been ranked by his peers as the top speaker in the country, and he had […]

The Road to Happiness

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Road to Happiness by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, […]

Results by Vince Lombardi

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from What it Takes to Be Number One by Vince Lombardi, Jr. Running a football team is no different than running a business. Results are the bottom line. What running any organization comes down to is the consequences […]

Zig Ziglar’s favorite inspirational quotes

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Inspiration 365 Days a Year by Zig Ziglar Reading has been the fuel of my motivation, it has changed the direction in which I have traveled, and it has enhanced my creative imagination more than any other activity […]

212 Leadership

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from 212° Leadership by Mac Anderson In his landmark study of companies that made the leap from Good to Great, author Jim Collins found that great companies focused first on their people: “We found that they first got […]

A vitamin for your soul…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Sales Motivation by Todd Duncan Show me a successful person and I will show you someone who chooses the course of success over and over in their life. I will show you a person who is full […]

Timeless Wisdom from Great Leaders

posted by Nakkia Gray

Excerpt from Great Quotes From Great Leaders by Peggy Anderson 1. “The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 2. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford (1863-1947) 3. “Kind […]

Dancing in a Hurricane

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher “Buddha said that fortune changes like the swish of a horse’s tail. Tomorrow could be the first day of thirty years of quadriplegia…the more you […]

The Power of Discipline

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Discipline by Brian Tracy Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the […]

Life Begins When You Do

posted by Nakkia Gray

A story from Life Begins When You Do by Mary Anne Radmacher Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams. Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: “When things slow […]

Companies Don’t Succeed… People Do

posted by Nakkia Gray

A story from You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School by Mac Anderson To build a “customer first” culture, you must put them second. Your employees must come first, because there is a rule of thumb in business that says, […]

Finish Strong

posted by Nakkia Gray

The Story behind Finish Strong, by Dan Green It was 1995 when I discovered a better way of thinking – to strive to Finish Strong in everything I chose to do. By adopting the Finish Strong mindset, I created a […]

One Choice Can Change Your Life

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from One Choice by Mac Anderson. Think about this for a moment…one choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can […]

Leading with Passion

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Leading with Passion by John Murphy. Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes the darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now […]

Wait to Worry

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Attitude is Everything  by Vicki Hitzges.  I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might […]

Our Words Create Our Worlds

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from An Enemy Called Average by John Mason.  What we say is important. Our vocabulary should be filled with words of hope and dreams. Be known as someone who speaks positively. Recently I saw a sign under a […]

212 The Extra Degree

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from 212 The Extra Degree  by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker So many times, in business and in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great. What I love about […]

The awesome power of goals

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Goals…The 10 Rules for Achieving Success  by Gary Ryan Blair Success is the intentional, premeditated use of choice and decision. Unless you choose – with certainty – what it is you want, you accept table scraps […]

Leadership Quotes

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is a small sampling of the over 250 great quotes that can be found in Leadership Quotes  by Mac Anderson: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren G. Bennis “Management is doing things right. Leadership […]

It’s Never Too Late

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson OUR ATTITUDE in many ways ties directly to your “inner voice” that forever asks the question . . . “Are you moving toward your dream?” If your answer is […]

Walk the Talk

posted by Evan Derrick

The following excerpt is from “The Power of Teamwork: Inspired by the Blue Angels” by Scott Beare and Michael McMillan Successful teamwork starts at the top with qualified leaders who provide strategic vision, and establish team goals and priorities. Team leaders […]

Lessons in Purpose and Leadership From the Civil War

posted by Evan Derrick

The following is an excerpt from “The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters” by Andy Andrews He was a thirty-four year old schoolteacher, but on the hot, humid day of July 2, 1863, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was in the fight […]

Today’s Message: SALES MANAGERS DON’T SELL; THEY TEACH

posted by Evan Derrick

by Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.  While I was doing my market research on the different network marketing businesses, I found many successful people who worked very hard and could sell, but they were not successful with their […]

Today’s Message: REPOSITIONING PEOPLE

posted by Evan Derrick

by Dr. John C. Maxwell One of the traits of outstanding leaders is that they properly place people within a team. Good leaders have the ability to see their people, sense where they are and put them in the right […]

Today’s Message: ASKING

posted by Evan Derrick

When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” — Sydney J. Harris “Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking […]

The Psychology of Winning

posted by Evan Derrick

by Denis Waitley Experience Denis Waitley’s best-selling program of all time! Build self-esteem, motivation and self-discipline while developing the 10 qualities of a total winner. You will also discover the two vital qualities every successful person must develop. These same […]

Safari to the Soul

posted by Evan Derrick

Safari to the Soul by Denis Waitley – Hardback Take a fascinating safari into the depths of Africa, and the essence of life, with one of America’s best-loved philosophers, speakers and success mentors, Denis Waitley. Safari to the Soul is Denis’ […]

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Achieve Any Goal
From Achieve Any Goal by Brian Tracy. It’s Not Where You Start—It’s How You Finish When I was eighteen, I left high school without graduating. My first job was as a dishwasher in the back of a small hotel. From there, I moved on to washing cars and then wash­ing floors with a janitoria

posted 6:00:33am Jun. 21, 2012 | read full post »

Strength, inspiration and motivation!
From Finish Strong Motivational Quotes by Dan Green.  Regardless of what came before, or what is yet to come, what's important at this moment in time is how you choose to respond to the event. Will you fight? Or will you lie down? To fortify yourself, here are just a few Finish Strong Motivation

posted 6:00:01am Jun. 20, 2012 | read full post »

An Empty Pickle Jar
From Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss.  A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. T

posted 6:00:08am Jun. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Preparing Your Dream
From Own Your Dreams by John C. Maxwell.  If you are unsure of what your dream might be—either because you are afraid to dream or because you somehow lost your dream along the way—then start preparing yourself to receive your dream by doing five things to put yourself in the best possible posit

posted 6:00:51am Jun. 11, 2012 | read full post »

The How of Wow!
The following is an excerpt from The How of Wow! by John Murphy. The truth is world class service organizations know and apply certain practices that most companies do not. This is what differentiates them from the pack. This is what keeps them moving forward on the leading edge of innovation and c

posted 6:00:00am Apr. 16, 2012 | read full post »

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