Monday, August 10, 2015

Tom Ferry/California

Hello all,

"Tom Ferry/California"

Lisa and I will be spending the week in San Diego at the Tom Ferry Summit. This year the Summit will also be available on a broadcast basis. We have purchased it and will be showing it in the Germantown Training Center, 12-8 Eastern time Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This not a formal training, no moderator and you can come and go as you please however we do ask everyone to be respectful of others as you do so.  As a special treat and I can't begin to tell you how proud I am, Lisa will be on stage on front of 5,000 people sometime Thursday between 1:45-3:15! She will be on a panel of Top Producers and they will be discussing Team building. As always Lisa and I will come back with a much good stuff as possible to share with you all! 

Enjoy the coffee,

 Monday Morning Coffee

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
In an old "Peanuts" cartoon, Sally is making a list while Charlie Brown looks on. Sally says, "I'm making a list of all the things I've learned in life . . ." In the next panel she continues with, "Well, actually, I'm making two lists." Charlie questions, "Why is one list longer than the other?" Holding up the much longer list, Sally explains, "These are the things I've learned the hard way!"
It's easy to chuckle a little at the part about "learning things the hard way," isn't it? We've all done that. There's really a more revealing message in this simple cartoon.
The short list of things we've learned generally contains lessons that required no effort, or lessons we learned passively, while just listening or observing. For instance, we learned simple courtesies from our first grade teacher. We learned historical names and dates from our history teacher. We learned to tie knots from our scout leader. Our parents taught us to share. The list goes on.
The important list, the one that's much longer, contains the things we've learned from experience. These lessons are endless, and no matter how trifling the lesson, we learned one every time we took action. We dared to try a two-wheel bicycle and crashed - several times. We tried out for the school play - and made fools of ourselves in front of friends.
By attempting - at the possible expense of our pride, our self-esteem, or our physical well-being - we either succeeded or failed (and learned a lesson). It is our actions that produce results and teach us those valuable lessons. Teddy Roosevelt said it right: "Far better to dare mighty things . . ."

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