You Can't Be AfraidYou can't ever give up. Okay? Keep going. Keep at it. Your dreams will come true. You just have to keep the faith. You just have to keep on keeping on.
Don't Ever Think You're Not a WinnerDon't ever give up.
Don't ever think you can't overcome the odds.
Don't ever think you can't come from behind.
Don't ever think you're not a winner.
If you want something bad enough, you'll get it one way or another.
You'll find a way over, around or through anything in your way.
You'll meet, if not exceed your own expectations.
You'll realize your dreams.
You'll achieve your goals.
You'll come out ahead in the long run.
Don't ever doubt for even one second that you won't emerge victorious.
The Secret of Success in Marketing and in Life ItselfEmpathy.
It’s one thing we could all use more of if we want to be more successful in both our professional and personal lives.
Yup. Think more about others and less about yourself.
It's that easy.
That’s the secret to success in marketing, the field in which I earn my livelihood, in business in general and in life itself.
When you walk in someone else’s shoes, you learn a lot about how they think, feel and live. You gain an understanding of their needs and wants, their shortcomings and strengths, their wins and losses.
You can relate better to them and vice versa. It is easier to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with them.
Empathy towards others – friends or family, colleagues or clients, teammates or neighbors, even complete strangers – leads to much better outcomes and many more solutions, far less division, dissension and disappointment.
Ask those around you how they are doing today. Ask them for feedback. Ask them how you can help.
This is just some of what I took away from a ridiculously awesome article I read recently written by Michael Brenner, which you can check out for yourself in its entirety here… https://marketinginsidergroup.com/marketing-strategy/follow-dave-grohls-example-and-pour-your-fans-a-beer/ #Marketing #Branding #Leadership
There is Always HopeDon’t worry yourself to pieces.
Don’t think that things aren’t going to go your way.
Don’t run away from problems, issues, challenges, hurdles and obstacles.
Don’t believe the naysayers and haters.
Don’t listen to your fears and doubts.
Don’t give in to any anxiety and depression.
Don’t feel that dreams can’t come true.
Don’t put yourself down.
Don’t ever give up.
There is always hope.
Life is Like the GauntletLife is like the gauntlet.
You take the ball and run with it.
You run as fast and as far as you can without getting hurt.
If you get knocked down, you get right back up on your feet.
You come out of it with a few bumps and bruises.
You come out of it with the understanding that nothing comes easy, but nothing can stop you as long as you have enough drive and determination, heart and soul.
Working Together as a TeamLife is a relay race. It's a challenge. It's a contest. We have to count on our teammates and colleagues, friends and family, neighbors and even complete strangers. We have to work together as a team to finish successfully. [Recorded September 19, 2018. Edited September 20, 2020.]
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Overcome Your Obstacles
Love and KindnessWhat the world needs now is more love and kindness, not hate and blame.
What the world needs now is discussion, not division.
What the world needs now is for all of us to come together and agree that things need to change for the better.
We need to reach out a hand to one another and ask how we can help.
We need to lift each other up, not put each other down.
You may not feel it personally, but surely you can see it.
Things are not going well for so many around us.
I’ve got your back. You’ve got mine.
That’s how we all should be able to think.
We are all in this together.
#Peace #Love #Understanding
You've Had Your DayYou've had your day.
That's what I was told once at a rock concert.
You've had your day.
This guy was trying to tell me I was too old to be there, that my time had come and gone.
That was a big insult which I've thought about over and over again.
I've had my day.
Well, I may have had my day, but my best days are still ahead of me.
I will continue to have my day, day in and day out - and you will, too.
Nobody should feel like they don't belong.
I'm talking about inclusion. I'm talking about diversity.
I'm talking about how everybody should always feel that they belong, how everybody should always feel that they are welcome, how everybody should always feel like this is their day and tomorrow will be an even better day, wherever they are in their life.
Young and old alike, we should celebrate ALL the differences between us, not criticize or condemn each other for them.
We we may not all look the same, think the same, do the same, say the same, but we are all in this together, all the days of our lives, always and forever.
Life Isn't Easy
Iron MikeNobody is perfect.
Everybody has their flaws.
I know I have plenty of them.
But we can’t be afraid to step up to the plate.
We can’t worry about taking our best swing at the ball – and missing.
We can’t be embarrassed about striking out.
Otherwise, we’ll never have a chance to hit a home run.
Everybody HurtsYou. Me. Everybody hurts from time to time.
When somebody hurts, we need to be there for them.
We need to be there to provide love, support and encouragement.
We need to be there to help mend their wounds.
Everybody hurts for a variety of reasons, especially during these difficult days.
Their aches and pains may be greater than ever during these tough times.
We need to ask ourselves how we can be of greater assistance to them.
We need to try to come up with more solutions to the problems around us, even if they’re not our problems.
We need to understand the importance of acting on behalf of the greater good, not just for ourselves.
We can’t hesitate to reach out to others in their time of need.
We can’t be afraid to ask for help if we need it ourselves.
We need to believe in the possibility of a world in which nobody hurts and everybody is happy forever and always.
You got this. I got this. We got this.I’ve been running competitively since I was just a kid.
I’ve run hundreds of races over the years, from 5Ks to marathons.
As president of the Greater Framingham Running Club, I’m frustrated our membership can’t see each other in person during this pandemic. We can’t run any races together.
So we’ve gone virtual.
We’re running on our own, taking pictures of ourselves with our times and sharing them on Facebook where we have been able to stay together online while we have to stay apart in real life.
We’re pivoting during the pandemic.
While I miss the huffing and puffing of a pack of runners all around me, the thrill of competition, the cheering crowds, the camaraderie and celebrations, it’s the next best thing to actual racing.
I’m still pushing myself hard. I’m still challenging myself. I'm still getting my miles in. I'm still putting one foot in front of the other over and over again. I’m still running for time.
What about YOU?
How are you doing during these difficult days?
How have you reinvented yourself during these tough times?
In both our personal and professional lives, we all have no choice but to make the most of what we’ve got during this pandemic.
We all have to be resilient. We all have to collaborate. We all have to be strong.
We Need More LeadersThis world needs more leaders.
Our country needs more of these people, too. As do our communities.
More of us need to act on behalf of the greater good if we expect to overcome all the hurdles that stand between us and forward progress.
The 90-9-1 rule may say that only one out of 100 of us is willing and able to take the ball and run with it, but I say we need to make that a much higher percentage.
We can’t be afraid of opposition if we have a good idea or a positive word to share.
We can’t be afraid of the naysayers and critics.
Silence is not an option if we want to create a better place for all of us to live in peace, love and harmony.
Don’t just sit there, do something.
Step up. Speak out. Vote. Volunteer. Donate. Participate.
The more of us who are willing and able to take the lead, the bigger the difference we can make in the lives of others, not just our own.
Name-Calling HurtsName-calling hurts.
I ought to know. I was a recipient of a lot of it when I was growing up in a small town here in Massachusetts.
I’m not saying I was completely innocent. Not by any means. I may have wrongly dished out some of it myself.
But I can remember to this day the emotional toll what I received of it took on me.
It was a big burden to shoulder, a psychological scar that took a long time to heal.
That was a long time ago. We were just kids.
This is now. And we all know that name-calling is still a thing.
Unfortunately, it’s a big thing with the President of the United States.
He calls a lot of people names, especially people he doesn’t like.
He doesn’t seem to like a lot of people, either, so that’s an awful lot of name-calling.
Whether it’s among kids or adults, name-calling should be unacceptable behavior.
Wherever we see it, whenever we see it, we should not tolerate it. We should call it out for what it is, verbal abuse.
People should be lifting each other up, not putting them down.
People should be encouraging and supportive, not discouraging and combative.
People should treat others the way they would like to be treated themselves.
Whoever we are, however we vote, none of us should support a President who resorts to name-calling.