Posts Tagged ‘success’

It will be 13 years one week from today that my 2nd child, Keegan, died. In my life (both before his death and after), I’ve had my share of ups and downs, as has Roy. Life has been a major upheaval at times. Overall, though, we are blessed.


Like we’ve said before though, we get up when knocked down. We keep getting up. We will succeed. So, with that, following is one of our many mantras … & it couldn’t be more true …


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Well, let’s see, after working every single solitary day for the past 10 days approximately 10 – 11 hours each day, I get to have Saturday and Sunday off this week. Roy and I have gone out of town for our home business, which is always productive, fun, and relaxing. Hey, why do something if you don’t like it, right?

Anyway, we have wonderful friends that we are seeing with whom we always have an awesome time, because they are all just as crazy as we are. Together, we all work to better ourselves and each other. Now there’s a novel concept, eh?

I think that’s what more people in America need to learn … or maybe, more to the point, need to get back to doing. They need to learn to help themselves more and work with others that will help them become the best they can be, as opposed to sitting back with their hands out expecting someone else to just take care of them.

Step out and do something with yourselves. Do something crazy … and find friends that will work with you for the betterment of all of you. By bettering yourselves and those around you, the world will become a better place all the way around.

Do you want to know why Roy and I are successful? We step out of our comfort zone and WORK for it … that’s why.


I dedicate this post to my fellow business builders.


Carry on, all.

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Really? It is? We won’t notice. This State Worker/Government Analyst will be working all 3 days. Roy will be working tomorrow for the County. He’d work more if they were open and it was available.

Since when are all government workers lazy and overpaid again? Remind us.


How many of you would do what we do? So many complain about their financial circumstances. *THIS* is why we succeed, even when we are knocked out flat.


In the midst of it all, we continue building our 2 (yes, that’s right … TWO) home businesses. We’ll be out of town for that next weekend.


Go ahead … remind us again how lazy we are and how “life isn’t fair”.

No. It isn’t. Go even it out by WORKING for it. That’s the *TRUE* American Dream. That’s what “equality” is all about … having a fair shot at getting ahead in life ON YOUR OWN.

“I have a dream, a song to sing, to help me cope with anything. If you see the wonder of the fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail … and my destination makes it worth the while, pushing through the darkness …” ABBA

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“All the security you have in the world is right between your ears.” Ken Nelson; ILD Global

Be strong in who you are and in your beliefs. Build your mental strength. Don’t sway with the cultural mores and beliefs of the time. Know what you stand for NO MATTER WHAT. Others may not understand. It doesn’t matter. Be mentally strong.



Don’t worry about what small minds think.

You are your own security.

Develop your spirit into a big one.

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As 2013 ends and 2014 begins, we shout “hooray”. This has been a fantastic year, and we are looking forward to another great year coming. We continually remake ourselves depending on what life tosses our way. So … when someone tells us that we can’t do something … we prove them wrong … and we announce ourselves as we go.


We’ve been able to once again land on all 4s and carry forward, no matter what gets tossed in our paths. We firmly believe that we can do anything we truly desire … and we continually strive toward it.


I know that you may think we’re nuts … but whatever … we learned a long time ago to say “thank you” when someone says we’re weird or nuts or not normal. We live our lives happily and hope you do too.


We wouldn’t want to be normal. Like we’ve said many times, being normal would be boring and no fun whatsoever.

Thus, as 2013 ends and 2014 begins (geez, Jill will be SIXTY this year … and she feels more often than not like she’s 16 instead of 60 … and Roy keeps trying to catch up to her age-wise, but he never will …) … we’ll end with this:

Being normal sucks. Go out there and make waves. Stir the pot. Enjoy life. Cause a ripple. Turn things upside down every once in a while. Let your light shine brightly.



Happy 2014!   We wish you a joyful and prosperous new year.



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I second that motion. Being “BUSY BUSY BUSY” isn’t a “good” thing. Plan your life better and learn to say “no” to unimportant things.

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You know something? On this Christmas Eve, I am amazed by how many people think it’s best to “fit in” and “follow the crowd”. Why is this so? God made each of us to be a special being and to give our own special qualities to better the world and those around us. Being like the crowd and bending whichever way the cultural wind blows isn’t truly living life and giving of yourself. Don’t squelch your true soul. Let it shine and LIVE life. Be in the moment. What has being “PC” ever gotten anyone, other than a bland vanilla life?





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This pretty much describes my week … my day … my whatever.

I will *NOT* allow it to knock me off track. Maybe it can be bad at times … and tonight isn’t one of my shinier times … and even though I want to just throw in the towel right now … which is illustrated particularly in my dinner of BBQ potato chips, cake with a huge chunk of frosting on it, ice cream, and a shot (or 2) of brandy …


Even so … I will win and I will come out on top as a success.

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” Thomas Edison

So I’ll end with this and exhort those of you out there in my position tonight to think the same. I hope those around you will celebrate it in you, but if they don’t, celebrate yourself anyway. Tonight I am celebrating myself NO MATTER WHAT.

“All of the significant battles are waged within the self.” Sheldon Kopp


Carry on, all ….

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I don’t know about you all, but as a manager … or as an elected official of a community organization … or as a business owner … or as a political leader … or as a personal coach … or as a teacher … or even as the head of my household … (all things, plus more, I’ve had the pleasure of doing) … not taking PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for my actions, not making it my personal goal to KNOW what was going on around me, not being *in charge*, so to speak, would have been the absolute LAST thing I’d want to have happen. It would have shown a lack of care, a lack of leadership, a lack of understanding, a lack of regard for what I had been charged with doing and a lack of regard for the people in my care.



Tell us again how you see nothing, hear nothing, and know nothing but want us to believe that you are a “leader” and have *such* a massively high IQ.

DING DONG!!! Knock knock KNOCKKKKKK. Hello?????? Is anyone *home* in that head of yours?

No, you are not a leader. You are not “smart”. You are truly nothing more than a wannabe tyrant who is currently occupying the United States of America’s White House (which, by the way, since you seem to have forgotten, belongs to the American citizenry … NOT YOU).


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