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In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even some favorite mov... Read More »

In Others’ Words: True Success

In Others’ Words: True Success

There are many definitions of success, but this one by Dr. Kelly Flanagan tops my list: “… success is what happens when you make your true self your lived self.” We can accomplish so many things — academically, professionally, personally — but unless we are being true to ourselves, all our victories ring hollow. We can allow someone to place a ribbon around our neck o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Failure is Never a Certainty

In Others’ Words: Failure is Never a Certainty

The older I get, the more I value perseverance.  I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up. The first sport I got involved in? Tang Soo Do, a form of martial arts, when I was 18 years old. Yes, I was intrigued by the discipline, but I also thought the instructor was cute. *Blush* While I took exams to advance in karate, I didn’t care much for competition. I left that to my younger brother... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Doing What is Necessary

In Others’ Words: Doing What is Necessary

I agree and disagree with the most-esteemed Mr. Churchill’s statement: “There is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” There are times when it’s absolutely fine to both say, “I’m doing my best” and to do your best — to give your all to a task, to a challenge, to a commitment. But I al... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Becoming Someone of Worth

In Others’ Words: Becoming Someone of Worth

  Goals. I’ve read articles about goal-setting. Sat in workshops about goal-setting. I know that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. : SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ACHIEVABLE REALISTIC TIME-BOUND   All good tips for helping me (and you) break down goals so that we can reach them. But all too often we focus on the goal — where we want to go — and we forget about who we are and who we beco... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing Something Other Than Difficulties

In Others’ Words: Choosing Something Other Than Difficulties

Didn’t I just post about difficulties last week? Yes, yes, I did. The return to the theme of difficulties was unpremeditated today. I was flipping through a new book of quotes — a combo coloring book and quote book, no less — and discovered this one by Stephen Hawking. I like the quote for it’s brevity. I like it for the hope it offers. And I like it because Stephen Hawking... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Success by the Days (Guest Post by Karen Schravemade) & a Giveaway

In Others’ Words: Success by the Days (Guest Post by Karen Schravemade) & a Giveaway

Hi, friends! My name is Karen and I blog over at A house full of sunshine – a home-making and lifestyle blog where I share my decorating, organizing and kid-wrangling tips as we make our house a home. Thanks so much to Beth for having me here today! You know why I love the quote I chose to share with you today? Because it’s so very tempting to look at successful people and imagine it&#... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding the Good in Failure

In Others’ Words: Finding the Good in Failure

Isn’t it funny how pursuing success can end up teaching us a lot about failure? I dreamed about being a writer for a long time. Postponed it for years while I focused on being a wife and a mom — and facing my failures there. And my successes. There were those, too. And then one day I stopped dreaming about writing. I stopped saying, “I want to be a writer” and I started doi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: 3 Steps to Success for Graduates

In Others’ Words: 3 Steps to Success for Graduates

It’s that time of year: from kindergarten to college, kids are graduating.  And, as every graduating class must, students are sitting through speeches where chosen classmates or invited speakers share wisdom with them. Some of these speeches are culled for sound bites — words of wisdom that end up on quote boards for years to come. Like today’s quote by author Nora Ephron, found ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Playing It Safe

In Others’ Words: Playing It Safe

For too long I believed failure was only negative — something to be avoided at all costs. Now I’m more accepting of failure. It may take me down for awhile, but it doesn’t defeat me or define me. Don’t get me wrong: I like success just as much as anyone else. Bring it on! But I know  to achieve success, both personally and professionally, I have to take risks. I have to try... Read More »

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