Posts Tagged ‘Attitude’

You can get all academic about what you want to do with your life and what you want in your career or job. But no amount of money, status to function can make up for the feeling that you get when you solve a hard problem, overcome and obstacle or build something that’s never been done before.  These are the emotions that epitomize my favorite seen from the movie Moneyball.

At the end of the day I want the job where I get to make this scene happen more often than not. Everything else is arbitrary!

Live life and love it!

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won four Emmy awards, and Rogers received one for lifetime achievement.

During the 1997 Daytime Emmys, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rogers. The following is an excerpt from Esquire‘s coverage of the gala, written by Tom Junod:

Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.”And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, “I’ll watch the time.” There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn’t kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, seven seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly “May God be with you,” to all his vanquished children.[13][21]https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Fred_Rogers#Personal_life

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“We haven’t had a car in our garage for 20 years. It’s half boat and bicycle storage and half blacksmith shop. My wife says people who put cars in their garage have no imagination.

I make all sorts of stuff. Candlesticks, wall hooks, fireplace screens.”

Darren Bush – Flatwater Paddling Evangelist

See the full article here:


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Have you ever done something and then looked backwards and thought… what the what?  I never thought I would do something like that.  For the last 25 years I’ve made  a conscious effort to keep an open mind to all possibilities. That one effort has taken me to places I never could have dreamed of, meet extraordinary people, and has also put me in places I never wanted to be.  Yet there is grace and beauty in understanding the details of a situation that you think you understood from the outside. It’s that one effort that continually puts me on the road less traveled.

I hope that I am not crazy, but I have gone a sold the farm, changed my life completely and committed to doing to two things I never thought I’d ever do in my life.

1. Live in Utah. I could tell a long drawn out story about it, but I think the statement “Live in Utah” is sufficient.

2. Work for a real monster company again. Knowing my personality and my experience I really feel the best place for me to succeed is a company that is mid-major sized. Big enough to matter, small enough to make progress. After a couple of experiences with Monster enterprise level companies, I was sure that road wasn’t for me.  In a sincere effort to discover what I truly wanted I felt I really wanted to help people better their lives in real ways. So I’ve joined the technological effort to save lives by Joining GE Healthcare.

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost (1874–1963).  Mountain Interval.  1920.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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“Consistency is more important than greatness, but if you’re consistent over time, you can accomplish great things.”CFL's All time leader Receiver

-Ben Cahoon

(The CFL’s all time leading receiver)


1. Jerry Rice (NFL) 1,549

2. Marvin Harrison (NFL) 1,102

3. Cris Carter (NFL) 1,101

4. Tim Brown (NFL) 1,094

5. Terrell Owens (NFL) 1,037*

6. Tony Gonzalez (NFL) 1,026*

7. Issac Bruce (NFL) 1,024

8. Ben Cahoon (CFL) 1,011*

9. Terry Vaughn (CFL) 1,006

* Active player


Year Rec. Yds. Ypc TD

1998 33 471 14.3 3

1999 52 846 16.1 2

2000 71 1,022 14.4 5

2001 56 809 14.4 1

2002 75 1,060 14.2 6

2003 112 1,561 13.9 13

2004 93 1,183 12.7 6

2005 73 1,067 14.6 9

2006 99 1,190 12.0 4

2007 90 1,127 12.5 5

2008 107 1,231 11.5 7

2009 89 1,031 11.6 2

2010 61 618 10.1 1

TOTALS: 1,011 13,216 13.1 64

PLAYOFFS: 90 1,295 14.4 5

Not to be outdone by Woody Allen who was quoted as saying

“90% of success is just showing up!”

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This was no doubt the best film of the whole series, with a central message no one can argue with.

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In my recent trip to the Olympics in Vancouver, I noticed a fun piece of vernacular.

When we asked for directions, or instruction, which was often, given all the activities we were doing, the response in confirmation was “Perfect.”

Fictitious  example:

Ben: “Will this road take us to the Stanley Park?”

Canadian: ” Take Granville to W. Georgia then you’ll see the signs.”

Ben: ” O.K. just to reconfirm. Go down this street (Granville) turn right on Georgia and look for the signs.”

Canadian: “Perfect!”

That might seem a little trite, but almost everyone we spoke to used the word “Perfect!” specifically.

I found it very polite, affirming and delightful.

So cheers to my Perfect friends up North! To put to use the compliments I learned in the Motherland last year “You’re Brilliant!”

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I’ve often thought I was a pretty positive person, with a few brooding tendencies. But been discovering that I may need to work on this. Here are interesting thoughts on how negative thoughts and feelings affect you. straight from Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude.

  • They drain your energy – Think about this. How do you feeling after an argument?

    Yes! Attitude

    Yes! Attitude

  • The BLOCK positive thought
  • They cause stress. – Think how often you feel under stress… is it your fault or someone elses?
  • They cause worry.
  • They cause illness.
  • They BLOCK creative thought.
  • They cause errors.
  • They reduce productivity.
  • They cause anger. – Anger is a secondary emotion. You always feel something first.
  • They prolong painful situations.
  • They affect the way you listen to others. –  Think of how important that is to your successes.
  • They affect the way you communicate with others.
  • They affect the way you deal with others.
  • They take the fun out of your life.

Just thought I’d share this quick nugget of wisdom. There’s a lot of material in there. Imagine the opposite of these points and how much happier you can be if you find ways to have positive feelings. “Attitude busters have two elements: things and people. The secret to keeping your positive attitude: (while others are trying to bust it) is hesitation, thought, and questioning before making a statement. Your reaction to the negative crap, or the negative people who enter your life, is the fate of your attitude. If your instinct is negative, you can reverse it by revering your thoughts and actions.”

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Do you realize how close we are to electing a new Leader of the Free World?

I kind of forget it’s actually going to come to an end soon. I kind of got used to the constant debates and bickering. But honestly I’m sad, because this time I vowed to be well informed and I feel as lost in a sea of information as ever. Somebody throw me a line!

About a year and a half ago I challenged my self to read at least one book by each of the major candidates, because even though the books are a polished word, each candidate had sufficient time to craft exactly how they wanted it to sound.  They weren’t caught off guard by odd out of context questions, or asked seemingly irrelevant questions beyond their own control.

It was a grandiose plan, but this was as far as I got:

Book Report

Hillary Clinton

It takes a VillageReview: Read the whole thing. It was a fascinating read, though I don’t think her policies reflect her beliefs as stated in the book. It was somewhat contradicting. Spent the first 3 chapters talking about how the nuclear family, (Father, Mother, Child) is empirically proven to the be the best case scenario for healthy lifestyles and a better community, then spends the rest of the book explaining how her policies support those that don’t fit into that demographic. OK good thought. But her policies/theories fall short or encouraging people to develop themselves into something better and get closer to that “ideal.” Its’ very odd.

Barrack Obama

Barack Obama in His Own Words – Read about a third of the book-Big Disappointment! It’s like it was written for kindergartners’.

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream – Read about a half  of the book. Skimming the rest and jumped around a bit. Review: OK I understand him better. Some good thoughts, intelligent, there were several ideas I liked but he’s not very original, not quite the inspirational leader I expected. It couldn’t hold my attention all the way through. Why is everyone so psyched?

Mitt Romney

Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games Review: Read up to Chapter 17. Wow, the Olympics were totally screwed. This was and exhaustive read and I was very impressed with what he did there. Was a savvy strategist in solving problems and choosing the right people. Still wasn’t not convinced he was right for this job.

John McCain

Did he have something interesting to read that I haven’t heard already? Sorry I slept on this one.  Not sure it matters anyway.

As far as the other candidates go… by the time I got around to their books it what a moot point anyway. So I guess it’s back to the internet and CNN for me. I hope it’s accurate, and unbiased information.  Yeah right 😦

My vote for President?

The only one that I could finish and enjoy not just one but TWO of their books! (Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography, Winning Everday: The Game Plan for Success)

A person of inspiration, integrity, fairness and faith. A person who knows how to rebuild, a person who knows adversity and how to overcome hardship. A person who know what true leadership is.

Lou Holtz for President!  – With Running Mate Mark May! ( Because they hardly ever agree, but when they do they’re lockon.)

Real Change, True Outsiders

Real Change, True Outsiders

You Gotta Believe! (No matter what your opinion of Notre Dame, this is an one of the great speeches.)

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