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My culture: My style @ July 2nd, 2008

July 2, 2008


I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel…
Johnny Cash

Two weeks ago, I taught a workshop entitled \”Making the Transition to Executive Leadership\” to a very senior group of managers. It was one of the toughest things I\’ve done in about the last two years. The group was great to work with, but they challenged me on nearly every point I made. Each morning, I woke up at 3AM to prep for the upcoming day. At the end of each day, I was physically and emotionally exhausted.

The good news was that I not only survived the week, but received outstanding critiques. I really had to work hard for this one and it paid off.

I do so many workshops that at times I am tempted to put it on autopilot and just coast in. I never do though, my audiences deserve far more. It\’s quite rare however that I put in so much prep time before each day. That week I learned that challenging myself is a great thing to do. My last two subsequent workshops have been really good – not only have the audiences been pleased, I\’ve been pleased at my effort as well. A good challenge brought out the best in me.

One of the greatest fights I ever watched was Buster Douglas\’s knockout victory over Mike Tyson in 1990. Tyson took the 42-1 underdog Douglas too lightly and paid the price. Tyson\’s prior string of easy victories caused him to disregard preparing for Douglas and was never the same after that fight.

When was the last time you really challenged yourself?

Are you at a place right not where what you do on a daily basis is so easy that you could do it in your sleep? Does excellence come so natural to you that you don\’t work at it anymore? If so, why not challenge yourself this week to do something totally different? Shake things up a little. Here are some suggestions:

– Take a different way in when you drive to work
– Take the bus or Metro for a change
– Talk to a stranger
– Begin a project that requires different skills than you normally use
– Place yourself on a new team
– Ask your boss for an assignment that will make you research and study
– Begin a new exercise routine

Mediocrity is the eventual result of a life without significant challenges. Don\’t allow your rut to guide you into poor performance. Don\’t be lulled into just existing. Maybe like the lyric above, you need to hurt yourself to see if you still feel (figuratively of course!). I know now that excellent performance needs to be worked at each and every day. Let\’s commit to working toward that together this week!

Towards your Total Career Fitness,

ps. One great new habit to begin is to read for an hour each day. This summer, all the great TV programs go into hiatus. There\’s no better time to start that habit then right now!

pps. By the way, if you need a good book to get your started, why not check out my latest one, Endeavor to Persevere: 10 Steps to Create Breakthrough in Your Personal and Professional Life? You can get it NOW at

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2008 Black Docs Film Series Presents…
Africa Unite: A Tribute To Bob Marley\’s Vision

AFRICA UNITE is a singular and masterfully executed film that is at once a humanitarian documentary, Marley family travelogue, and concert tribute, igniting the screen with reggae icon BOB MARLEY in its every frame. In commemoration of Bobs 60th birthday, Africa Unite is centered on the Marleys first-time-ever family trip to Ethiopia in 2005. Includes rare footage of the legendary reggae icon Bob Marley.

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The high cost of living has forced many baby boomers to come out of retirement to once again start earning a paycheck. Some boomers have yet to retire, choosing to work well into their 60\’s. For some though, this is…

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—–Original Message—–
From: Joseph Franks

To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Mon, 26 May 2008 4:00 pm
Subject: A Heart-Warming Story

This is truly a heart-warming story about the bond formed between a little girl and some construction workers. This makes you want to believe in the goodness of people and that there is hope for the human race.

A young family moved into a house next door to a vacant lot.

One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family\’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers.

She hung around and eventually the construction crew, all of them gems-in-the-rough — more or less — adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.

At the end of the first week, they presented her with a pay envelope containing five dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the money she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed with the story and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age.

The little girl proudly replied: \”I worked all last week with a construction crew building a house.\”

\”My goodness gracious,\” said the teller, \”and will you be working on the house again this week, too?\”

The little girl replied … \”I will if those useless a**holes at Mitre 10 ever bring us the f *cking plasterboard.\”

Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn\’t it? JJJJJJ

Thalia Sanders sent you this page from Minnesota Public Radio:

Native Americans have had to alter traditional ceremonies that involve the drinking of lake and
The Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, \”My son, the battle is between two \”wolves\” inside us all..

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.\”

The grand son thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: \”Which wolf wins?\”

The old Cherokee simply replied, \”The one you feed.\”

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