“Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison


Positive Quote: “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison


I smile when I read this quote. I can just picture in my head, Thomas Edison and his 100th attempt at the light bulb. The 99 other times, is he telling himself he has successfully shown how not to do it? Or, is he second guessing his ideas and asking himself if he will ever succeed. Or, is he confident and the 100th time is no different than the first attempt in regards to drive, determination, and passion?  


How many of us give something our all and somewhere, somehow we give up, move on, or don’t try again?



I don’t think this quote is saying to never give up. I believe there are times when giving up, letting go, and moving on is the healthier alternative for you mentally, emotionally, and sometimes physically.


I think the quote is a reminder to not easily give up, to try other alternatives, to ensure that you have given it your all and held nothing back. Success usually follows. In other words, trying and not succeeding is not true failure, it is a part of the process of discovering what works.


What do you think this quote is trying to say?


Have a fabulous Friday and enjoy the upcoming 3 day Labor Day weekend.



“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


Positive Quote: “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower



The dog in the picture is Lord Bryson Jacks; we call him Bryson for short. He was an abused rescue dog we adopted 10 months ago. As I was looking to choose a picture for this blog, I had to have him here because he is a fighter and is not a big dog at 33 lbs.


Talk about a fighter, no one truly knows what he lived through. We can only see the external effects such as aggressiveness caused by fear. Who knows what internal scars there are; I am happy to say that about 19 weeks worth of dog and people training have helped him be more confident, trusting, and significantly less aggressive.


Maybe that is why I like this quote so much, because he is such a fighter and so are we for believing in him and not giving up, even when he tried to nip (aka bite) my youngest child. That is when the training started and now they are good friends. My oldest child (my teenager) can pick him up like a baby and carry him around the house and he trusts her completely. He just snuggles in and licks her face.


It is not always the size of something that determines its success; it is the desire and drive of an individual; or as the quote states, the fight inside.


What do you think?


Have a terrific Thursday y’all.


“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker


Positive Quote: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker


There are so many books in the market touting how to be a better manager or how to be a better leader. There is some value in all of them. I guess what strikes me the most is that there are so many books on the subject. It could be because there are some pretty mediocre managers and leaders out there. Yet, if as managers and as leaders we think we are on the right track, why do we invest heavily in reading the books? Is it because somewhere, deep down we “feel” like we can improve?


I know I am not the best manager or leader in the world. I have flaws and areas that need improving. I admit I too buy leadership books on a fairly regular basis. Over the years of learning, growing, reading, leading, and following I have found my leadership style, or voice. I also know that in five years, my voice will have changed with age. I don’t know what it will look like, yet I know it will be different. If I don’t grow as a leader, then I am not a leader. Weird, right? Yet it makes sense to me.


This reminds me of a book I read awhile back by John Maxwell. I’ve read John Maxwell’s books and seem to get a few good nuggets out of them, even though he is not my favorite author, he would be in my top 50 for business books. Anyway, the book is titled “Developing the Leader Within You” and it has one powerful nugget that I continue to remember and remind myself about. It defines leadership… yes, an actual definition. In this book the definition of leadership is …… drum roll please….. the definition of leadership is Influence, yes influence. All the other words you can use to describe leadership can be categorized as influence. I like that, it resonates with me.


What does this quote make you think of?


Have a wonderful Wednesday y’all.


“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


Positive Quote: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

This quote speaks to me…. What is says to me is that I should focus on continuing to build my strengths and not focus too much on my weaknesses.


There are a lot of business books out there that will tell you to focus on your weaknesses and some that tell you to focus on your strengths. To me, the best way is to focus on my strengths.


One of my favorite authors is Marcus Buckingham. He wrote a book called “Now Discover Your Strengths”. The main concept of the book is to reverse the belief that focusing on weaknesses is better for you, while your strengths are neglected and are not as strong as they could be. I would recommend this book for anyone.


What does this quote say to you?


Let’s have a terrific Tuesday and do what we can do.


“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote


Positive Quote: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

This quote brings a smile to my face.


Success having flavor…. Yes, yes it does. It is sweet and savory at the same time with a hint of something indescribable.


If you have not failed at something, success can be just another thing in the world that happens.


Without failure can there be success?


Is it the yin and yang of the universe?


I personally think we can not have one without the other. My failures help add the spice and seasoning to my successes. I would not have it any other way.


What do you think?


Have a marvelous Monday and let’s all spice up our day.


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”- Milton Berle


Positive Quote: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”- Milton Berle

I believe the essence of this quote is saying that sometimes you have to take your fate or destiny into your own hands.


If you want a promotion, don’t wait for it to one day happen. Talk to your supervisor and let them know you are interested; ask what skills or experiences you need to gain in order to progress to the next level in your career.


If you don’t like where you live, research areas you want to live in and find a way to move.


I learned at an early age that you had to go for things you wanted in life, otherwise you couldn’t complain about things. I was a child of the military. From age 8 until adulthood I was surrounded by Marines. As a young child I lived on the base in Camp Pendleton, CA. I was exposed to the rigidness of military life as well as the flip side of team building, camaraderie, and pushing of others to succeed. Maybe that is why I like this quote so much.  


What does this quote mean to you?



Have a fabulous Friday and let’s go build some doors.


“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill


Positive Quote: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –  Napoleon Hill

Not everyone is born to be a king, queen, president, astronaut, or other seemingly ‘great’ title. However, we are able to be who we are and be the best us we can be; by doing so we can help make great things happen.


I have known some people in life who do just enough to get by, who are not motivated to do more or do things better.


I believe that if you are given a task you have to give it your all. It is like you are building your brand, the brand image of you. Do you want to be someone who is seen as competent, motivated, and willing to try new things… or someone who is ok, yet forgettable or blah?


This quote reminds me of my daughter and something that happened earlier this summer. My daughter is 15 and let me tell you she is a teenager. She knows what buttons to push and she keeps me on my toes.


Well, a few weeks ago she was slacking off in her daily chores. We assign her 2 chores a day and she has a day off (Saturday) with no chores. The chores are not complex; things like sweeping the floors, vacuuming the living areas, cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, emptying all the trash… you get the point. Well, she decided to do the bare minimum. When she had to empty the trash, she would not take it outside. When she had to sweep the floors, she would miss all the corners. It was sloppy. So… we fired her. We told her that she no longer had to do chores, which meant a loss of her allowance. We told her why we were firing her; performance issue…. And we told her she had 2 weeks of being fired. If after the 2 weeks and she wanted her “job” back; i.e. her allowance… then she had to interview with us. I mean a full interview where she dressed up in nicer clothes sat in a chair while we asked her questions about why she wanted the job, what value did she bring to the table, etc… She stumbled her way through and we coached her on why some responses were not as good as others. In the end we hired her back, 2 weeks probation (reduced allowance) and then back to normal.


Some may think we went a tad overboard… maybe we did….. our goal was to try to get her to realize that if you have a job or assignment to do, then do it to the best of your abilities; not half ways. So far, it is sticking (fingers crossed).  


What does this quote mean to you?



Have a terrific Thursday.