The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Peter Drucker

“Seize tomorrow” is the simple definition. However, the message and meaning are much more important than that. The fact is that each of us has only one future. It is ours to define and design.

In lieu of just spending time – invest wisely. Create your future as you want it to be. Carpe Mañana!

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Peer Pressure, White Privilege and American Exceptionalism

Of all the gifts God gave me, my Momma is the best. She is an exceptionally good and wise person, a teacher, a great parent, and a wonderful role model. While raising me Momma, to the best of my knowledge, didn’t obsess about Peer Pressure; she managed it. She would not point out the flaws of my friends but rather she would celebrate their strengths, successes, and exceptionalism. She used the positives of my friends to challenge me and to “raise the bar” for her expectations of me and for my expectations of myself. She taught me to be a survivor - not a victim.

The Tyranny of the Maybe

Years ago I was given a booklet titled – The Tyranny of the Urgent written by Charles E. Hummel. Buy a copy and read it regularly. The premise is simple – we spend too much time distracted by the urgent and too little time on the important.

Leadership - "I know it when I see it"

Preface - I just completed this posting only to realize that a similar but longer article was added to this blog in April of last year. If your memory is a bad as mine you might enjoy what follows. If your memory is good I don't understand why you're still reading this. :)

For those who don't want a "rerun" this week or as Lagniappe for all others - a second posting will be added today!

Thanks for your understanding

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Until this morning I didn’t know the source of this oft used cliché. This is an adaptation of the poem - To a Mouse by Robert Burns. The actual wording is “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” I don’t understand the poem but I do embrace the adaptation. In my simple mind - what looks good on paper sometimes / oftentimes isn’t.

Ants, trains, and an old guy - a lesson in belief!

Preface - This blog was to be posted on Saturday morning but I've decided to release this today (4 / 16 / 09). Having just watched CNN attack the protestors at yesterday's Tea Parties as "wing nuts" I must offer this posting as another perspective. I thank God everyday that some of us still believe "we can" and that less government - not more - is what we want.

God Bless America!

More than great service - Servant Leadership!

I often say that “service is dead in America.” An example of bad service is Buster in line at a McDonald’s at 10:30 one morning. He asks for breakfast and is told it’s too late. He requests a burger and is advised it’s too early. He’s in the twilight zone.

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