The Greatest Beauty Secret

maureen-o-haraYou might have heard that “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone”.  While beauty is something that over time fades, who you are on the inside can remain the same for a lifetime or it can be changed.

motionIn physics, an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.  While beauty, being only skin deep, is acted upon through our environment and time, both of which makes beauty fade.  On the other hand who you are on the inside will remain the same through the environment and time unless something happens to make you rethink who you are.

happy birthdayWhile you might have thought I was going to talk about  The Greatest Physical Beauty Secret, I am not. I am referring to the inner beauty of who you either already are or who you choose to become. I have known many people in their 80 that look much younger because who they are on the inside has made others and themselves happy.

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Tina Turner

Tina Turner said, “My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything. It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret”.



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Do You Have Vision?

king SolomonKing Solomon wrote in Proverbs 29 verse 18 in the King James Version, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.

This holds true for governments as well as business.  Jack Welch, former CEO of GE between 1981 and 2001 made this statement. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”.

If your business is lacking could that be from a lack of vision? Or, do you have vision but lack the ability to articulate it passionately to inspire others?

visionTake the time to become so consumed by the vision of your business to be able to inspire others to greater success for both the business as well as themselves. Become a visionary of your business, dream up new products, new ways to market. Set achievement goals and action steps to reach those goals. Then, motivate the masses to see your product as the answer to their problems. Always keep the customer in mind, give them more value then the price you charge for your product and you will have a repeat customer for years to come.

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The Most Valuable Commodity

commoditymarketWhat is the most valuable commodity you have?

When you ask a person, ‘what is your most valuable commodity’?, you will get many answers. Here is a list of some of the answers I have received.

  • My house
  • My bank account
  • My stock portfolio
  • My coin collection
  • My business
  • Information

wasting-timeI would say the most valuable commodity is your time. You have a limited amount, yet you don’t know how much that is. Take time to build relationships, friendships, and just take time to love your life.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

Bruce Lee

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Describe Your Life

How would describe your life?

A trial, ordeal or test?

An adventure, expedition, or mission?

How would you describe your life!

Your attitude will help describe your life.

life is an adventureLife is full of twists and turns, smooth and bumpy roads. It doesn’t matter what stage in life you’re currently in, another new adventure is just around the corner. The next question you should ask yourself is ‘How am I going to deal with the next event that comes my way’?

greatest adventureIt may be an ordeal, trial or test, but how you handle the situation can determine the outcome. If you see the event as a trial, it can lead you on an unexpected adventure. If it is an ordeal, it can lead you on a new mission for your life. If it is a test, you might need to go on an expedition to find the answer.

In any of the three cases always follow your dreams, they can act as GPS so you are able to guide your life much like a steering wheel is used to steer your car.

keysFollow your dreams, set goals to achieve your dreams, and make action steps to reach your goals. The most important last step is to put the actions steps into action.

These are the keys to unlock your life to become a great adventure.

Oprah Winfrey said.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”.

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Are You A Reflection Of In Your Business?


In the picture we see a reflection of the trees on the water. Henry Ford makes a great point. A business that has a sole goal of making money without being concerned about it’s customers is a poor business. It is a reflection of the management of the business.

no_cheater_signThe fact is, the more money you have will bring to the surface your character and integrity. If you are a person that cheats, you will find ways to cheat more. Are you a greedy person, you will become more greedy. We saw this drama unfold in the Enron scandal. 

helping othersIf you are a caring person, you will care for others even more. If you are a giving person, you will give even more of your time, talents, and money to help others make it to where you are. This is not to say others will always accept what you have to offer, but you are willing to help them if they want the help.

If you are in business take the time to decide how you want to run your business, then commit to it fully. Your success will be a direct reflection of who you are.

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Are You Strong?

german armyOver a 10 month period Britain stood alone against the German Army in 1941. Goods and materials were being sent to them by America to help in their efforts of World War II.

winston churchillIt was in October of 1941 while addressing Harrow School, Winston Churchill made this statement. “never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” These words were very meaningful to the students of Harrow School, and they are as meaningful today.

When following your dreams, setting goals and creating action plans, never give in, never give up, never quit . The day you stop dreaming, having ambitions, setting goals or creating action plans is not the day you die, it is the day you stop living.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

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Take Time To Explore


Cathedral Rock

We just got back from exploring our surroundings. We have been up to Mount Charleston, Nevada before, but this time we took a different trail. The hike up to Cathedral Rock was spectacular. 

It was a 1.2 mile hike that felt like we were climbing straight up at times. Step by step, little by little, we kept going. It was quite a relief to get out of the hot Las Vegas valley to a cooler temperature, but after the first 100 foot climb, I began to wonder if it was all worth it.

Still up we went, always onward, I was determined to not let this trail win. We did make several stops along the way to get water, snackage, and give our little dog a water break too. Then after a few minutes and many people passing us, we would continue.


Slow Climb Up

After almost 2 hours we reached the top, an almost 900 foot climb, to one of the most breath taking views I had seen in a long time. From the top of Cathedral rock you could see all the way down to the hot desert floor. 


Breath Taking View

The valley floor was only 17 miles away, and we had risen from an altitude of 2,700 feet to over 8,500 feet at the top. The trek down took just over 1 hour, it is so much easier going down then it is up, of course.

If you feel like life is a hard climb, just keep going. Remember, inch by inch it’s a cinch but yard by yard it’s hard. Keep moving even if it’s two steps forward and one step back. You are still moving forward. Eventually you will reach the top to a breath taking view of your life.

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What Do You Fear?


People are dying to get out of here. Literally.

The fear of death is in the top 10 fears people have. Here is a list of the top 10 fears. Which ones do you have?

  1. Fear of flying
  2. Fear of public speaking
  3. Fear of heights
  4. Fear of the dark
  5. Fear of intimacy
  6. Fear of death
  7. Fear of failure
  8. Fear of rejection
  9. Fear of spiders
  10. Fear of commitment

fear-cropped-proto-custom_28I find it interesting that people would fear public speaking more than death. I guess that is because to speak in public would mean having your audience judge you based on what you say. Whereas when you die, what are people going to judge you on? Besides what does it matter your dead.

I think there is a fear that supersedes all of these fears and is the one fear that will keep you from experiencing all life has to offer. I believe a person should not fear flying, public speaking, heights, the dark, intimacy, death, failure, rejection, spiders, or commitment, a person should fear never beginning to live.

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A + G = Happiness

Ok, it’s time for algebra. A + G always = Happiness.

I have learned over the years that my happiness is dependent upon my attitude. The times I have had a bad attitude toward a person, place or thing I have not been happy.

I have learned over the years that my happiness is also dependent upon my gratitude of the stage of life I am in.

My happiness is not dependent on any location, person or thing I own, it is dependent on my attitude and how grateful I am for any people in my life, the place I live, and the possessions I have.

Therefore, Attitude + Gratitude = Happiness.

Dale Carnegie says it like this…


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Let Me Say It This Way!

img-clark-county-water-reclThe other day I was talking with a friend about his work. He works at a water reclamation facility, where they clean contaminated water to be able to put it back into the environment. When I asked him how work went today, a frown came across his face.

“What’s that look for”? I asked.

He then began to tell me of a conversation he had with a college intern working at the same facility. “You know the college is running a hydroponics project here at the plant, right”?

“Ya, so what happened”?

“It’s that early 20 something intern, she drove me crazy with her questions today”. He replied.

angry_frustrated_man_with_clenched_fists_0001-0407-2114-0945_SMUMy first thought, this is not good, especially with Billy turning red in the face already. He continued, “They started having problems with getting water from the sump pump feeding the plants. So, she came and found me, demanding I fix the sump pump right away. I told her I would get to it in about 30 minutes because I was working on a failed piece of equipment that is related to our state permit.”

“I need that water now”. Was her answer to my statement.

“I understand, but this takes priority”. I said.

She retorted, “Let me say it this way, I must have that water now for the plants”.

“I am aware of that, but this takes priority”.

clenched-teeth-199x300“Maybe I am not saying it right, the plants need the water now”. She said raising her voice.

“I know your plants need water, but this piece of equipment takes priority”.

As Billy was telling me the story his face got redder and redder, like he was going to blow a gasket. “And for the next 15 minutes she rephrased her statement thinking I didn’t understand what she was saying. When she rephrased the statement for the 25 time, I had it. I turned and walked away. She didn’t even realize she had just added 15 minutes to when I could get to her problem and fix it, as if I wanted to at this point”.

Just as Billy was about to explode, I stopped him, “Wow, that sounds like a conversation I just had yesterday”.

Instantly Billy’s demeanor changed, and with a slight smile he said, “Do tell”.

“Well Billy, you know my wife and I are putting wood flooring down in our master bedroom and bath. Well, we started in the bedroom and worked our way to the bath”. I could see Billy was beginning to relax a bit. “When we got to the bath, the wood flooring came to the middle of the room. I knew I needed to back track the boards some and start against a solid surface which in this case was the tub”.

“So what happened”, he asked.

A man looking worried while looking at the time“The first statement, that’s what”. I began. “My wife said, ’Why don’t we do it this way’, and she explained how she would do it without having a solid surface to start against. I said, ‘No this is the way I am going to start the rows, against a solid surface’”.

My wife then said, “Maybe I’m not making myself clear, let me say it this way”.

“For the next 30 minutes she would rephrase her idea and I would tell her no I was going to start against a solid surface”, I told Billy. At this point Billy was grinning from ear to ear, with an occasional chuckle.

giphyThat night at dinner I relayed the story to my wife, complete with what I told Billy. I was a little afraid she would be upset with me, but she too began to laugh. Once the story was complete, with a grin on her beautiful face she told me, “I guess it’s something hardwired into us women. We will say it as many ways as possible just to be understood by men”. By the end of dinner we both had side aches from laughing so hard. I guess I should do my best to understand sooner.

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