The Vital Ingredients of Personal Success

 A Vision for your life—you must know what you want overall; what’s the big picture for you? A Crystal Clear Understanding and Awareness of your Highest Values—know what you cherish above all else. Goals set to achieve your vision and current adventure;—and Plans to accomplish your current mission.  Knowledge of a goal setting system–from dreams to daily action list. Self-discipline combined with effective Time Management Principles—empowering you with excellent self-control as you swim through the trial of life. Accept Personal Responsibility for your life and use Personal Dynamism to achieve your goals.  “Snap-out ” of your inertia; and, don’t blame anyone or thing for outcomes (at least not very much or for very long). Self-knowledge—to know yourself and your position (standing, location, attitude, etc.) and understand the difference between where you are now, compared to your destination. Live with Honor—aspire to make a difference and to do your Continue reading

The Dead Bum

It was cold outside but that was typical for February in Pittsburgh.  And nothing else was remarkable about this Saturday either, nor foreseen; in fact it was downright boring here. And as usual, it was afternoon by the time this particular group of teenage boys got together.   Today, mostly out of boredom, they decided they would go down to the river and look around.  Before they got there though, they went exploring along the railroad tracks that ran alongside the Allegheny River.  Walking along the tracks, they soon happened upon a parked freight train.  So naturally they began investigating the behemoth–checking out the train and seeing if they could enter into one of the box cars.  This was their immediate fascination and spontaneous goal.   And yes, I was one of those boys. I was 13 yrs old at the time.   And, we were looking to open all the Continue reading