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Today I Got Wet

That’s right… you read that right. Today I got wet and it changed my life!

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I checked the weather before I left the house this morning. I saw lots of clouds but no rain drops. Sometimes I need to remember that I live in Connecticut, a place where the forecast is never very accurate. In fact, the weather sometimes changes from hour to hour. …

So What Exactly Is This Thing I’m Doing Here?

The simple answer is: I don’t know!

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First things first… a little background about me. Not too long ago, I had a job that I loved more than anything. I think that was part of the reason I stand here today… baffled. It was more than a job. It was a calling; a mission. I was good at it! People loved me! I was a kids and youth pastor for 12 years. I put it before everything, even God himself! …

Some Suggestions About Criticism

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One of the biggest problems I have seen that has an impact on people’s communication skills and the experiences that they have with others is their ability to criticize much, while keeping praises and complements to a minimum.  In my experience, what has strengthened many of my relationships is my ability to give out more compliments than criticisms.  I try to find genuine reasons to give a compliment.  Most people will know if you are making things up.  It is usually much easier to find what is wrong with a person and how they do things differently from you, than it is to see the positives and similarities.    

My Experience With Success

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As we begin our journey, I would like to share with you my personal experiences with success as the world and popular society defines it and what I have come to know as true, lasting and real success.  My journey began, like everyone else, as a child.  It’s when we are young and impressionable that our beliefs, attitudes and behaviors are formed.  They affect the rest of our lives, and for many people, it is never realized that they may develop these characteristics in an atmosphere that isn’t or wasn’t supportive of real success. 

A Brief Economics Lesson 

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Economics is defined, by dictionary.com, as the science that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind. 

Another way of defining economics is that it is the effective use of scarce resources.  I believe and know that, although some resources may be scarce, the money needed to purchase these resources is not in short supply. 

God Not Government

If there is anything the past few years has taught me, it is the importance of being prepared.

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Since 2018 my family has experienced several blizzards, a micro-burst and other severe weather related events. These situations have caused disruptions in our everyday lives; in many cases for at least a week or more. We have weathered each storm and have learned many lessons. It’s important to learn from each event. What did you do right? What did you do wrong?

Money & Success

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It is my belief that any program of success would be incomplete without a discussion about money and finances or more commonly referred to, as economics.  I am not including this principle because money is a measure of success, but because if we learn to manage and use our money correctly, we can do so much good with it for ourselves, the people in our lives and the world around us.  

Take Care of You

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It is your responsibility to take care of your health.  No one else is going to do it; so don’t expect them to.  Whether you just ran the Boston Marathon and only need a gentle reminder or you haven’t moved off the couch or eaten a green bean in years, let’s go through this principle together.  When I was in the planning stages of this program, I struggled with including a section on physical health.  There are many people out there who ignore health and instead, are focusing on so many less important things.  Just taking a look at the state of many people today would tell you that we, as a society, do not place enough importance on health and physical well-being.  I finally decided to include this principle because I believe that the state of your overall life is absolutely dependent on your physical health.

What Is Generosity?

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When people think about the topic of generosity what usually comes to mind is money.  More specifically, their money and what they need to give away.  Generosity certainly includes money and how much of your money you give away to help others.  That is only a small part of generosity though.

Yes, generosity is much more than giving away money.  Generosity is about time, talent, knowledge, wisdom, faith and just about anything else that you may possess.  In fact, you are very unlikely to become financially successful unless you learn to be generous in all areas of your life.

Communication Basics

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There are many different types of people and therefore many different personalities.  There are people who are social and people who are not.  One thing that everyone has in common is our need to communicate.  The ability to communicate effectively is necessary for almost every endeavor in life.  We, as a society, have lost that vital skill and it’s about time we learned how to get it back.