Thursday, February 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

February 6th is the birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the nation's 40th president.

When he became president, many said the nation's best days were behind us.  He spent much of his presidency (1981-1989) reminding Americans, again and again, that this country is still a land of boundless potential, a beacon of freedom and hope for the world.

Reagan served as Governor of California and was a former actor. He is often remembered as "The Great Communicator" for his ability to connect with the American people.  

He had a great sense of humor as evidenced in quotes like, "Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."

One of my favorite Reagan quotes is, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

Reagan believed that government was NOT the answer to our problems, but was very often, THE problem.  And that the American people are the answer to every problem we face as a nation.

I think the Reagan legacy will be that Ronald Reagan helped America believe in itself again.  He showed us that we are an exceptional nation, and that brighter days were in our future.

President Reagan died on June 5th, 2004.

Rest in Peace Mr. President, you will be missed and remembered.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

How Lucky Am I?

One of the books that is part of my daily personal development routine is by author Mike Brescia entitled "Today is Your Day to Win."  

It's quick reading, maybe 5-10 minutes tops and this book is set up in a daily reading format so when you get to the end of the book you just start again.  I've been using the book since 2005 and I get something new and fresh from each read.

It contains great quotes from successful people as well as great questions to ask yourself about improving every area of your life.

Here are some highlights from today's reading:

Today's Empowering Quote:

"What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim." - William Shenstone

Today's Empowering Question:

"How did I get so lucky to have the people that are in my life?"

Today's Winning Beliefs:

I get pleasure from helping others

I notice the good in other people

I'm lucky to have the people in my life

I'm learning all I can from everyone I know

Others are teaching me now

I'm enjoying myself now

If you haven't yet developed the habit, I encourage you to make a good book a part of your daily routine.  Even just 10 pages a day and you'll reap incredible benefits in your personal and business life.



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