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Archive for February 2014
Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Are you missing your shot at a successful marriage, career, or business because you are not taking advantage of your opportunities? As a former manager, I would witness this time after time. However, you don’t have to keep missing your shot at a better life.
Here are six ways to stop missing your opportunities:
1. Do your homework. Find out everything you can about the job, the project, and potential business partners. It might not look like what you expected, but it can be exactly the break that you need. For example, some volunteer jobs can lead to salaried positions.
2. Ask the right questions. In our excitement to achieve, some of us don’t ask questions about how our decisions will affect us long-term. For example, a lot of people accept salaries without negotiating or merely asking for a higher salary.
3. Overcome fear and doubt. Many of us need to stop sabotaging our opportunities. If a friend or loved one doesn’t think it is the right thing for us, some of us will abandon our opportunities.
4. Stop procrastinating. Sometimes, we wait too long to make a decision. By the time we have convinced ourselves that it is the right thing to do, the opportunity has passed.
5. Understand the power of networking. Conferences, workshops, and seminars are often attended by people with similar goals. These events often provide learning experiences, potential employers, resources, and lifelong friends.
6. Learn from the experiences of other people. You don’t have to make the same mistakes.
Think about an opportunity that you have missed. Which strategies do you need to utilize to avoid making the same mistake? Please comment.
How do you know when God is speaking to you? First, His voice will not contradict the Word of God. Second, He will usually ask you to do something that will lead you onto His path for your life. Third, it is seldom a shock to you because your thoughts align with what He will ask you to do. God simply waits for your heart and mind to cooperate.
When you position yourself to respond, you will be able to react to His voice. That has happened to me on many occasions, and it was no different this time. Last week, I saw a student who was sitting alone in the cafeteria. As an introvert, I understood her desire to be alone. Although I didn’t want to bother her, I felt compelled to sit and talk to her.
I questioned whether it was the right thing to do, and I was about to keep walking past her. However, my earring fell near her foot. It landed in such a spot that I had to sit down by her in order to pick it up. I don’t know what difference I made by taking the time to speak to her, but I believe that God positioned me to be at that place at that time.
How will you respond when you hear His voice? Please comment.
Dollhouses, teddy bears, art, and antique furniture are some of my favorite collectibles! Collecting antiques is a hobby for some people, but there is a lot of money to be made through investing in antiques. There are several reality shows about collecting art and antiques, but you can go beyond being a collector. I don’t watch reality shows; however, I do know that investing in antiques is a real, viable investment option. It can become a reality for you!
You don’t have to be rich to invest in antiques. Thrift stores and estate sales are excellent places to find antiques. You just need to know how to make wise choices. Would you like to go beyond buying, selling, or salvaging antiques? Read “10 tips for making money from antiques” to avoid making mistakes. Watch the video below to gain more information on investing in antiques. The antiques market as a long-term investment option is worth consideration.
I had never heard of Darlene Love until I saw her on a morning show recently. It’s amazing that she has overcome her obstacles while singing background for many artists. Her life story was part of an Oscar-nominated documentary. It will also serve as the first movie that Oprah will feature on her network.
I look forward to seeing the movie because I can relate to her. I have worked in the background for years without getting rewarded or receiving the appropriate recognition. Her life is a testament of how to hurdle your obstacles and achieve success. Do you know how to hurdle your obstacles?
Here are three ways you can hurdle your obstacles:
1. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Your struggles are different because your destiny is different. II Corinthians 10:12 says, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
2. Don’t give up! Due to frustrations and financial problems, Darlene Love left the music industry for a time. After cleaning homes in Beverly Hills, she returned to the industry at 40 years old.
3. Celebrate yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you! Darlene Love stated that while she was cleaning homes, she heard her voice on the radio. She convinced herself that she could do that again, and she was encouraged to pursue her passion by the late Luther Vandross. The rest is history!
Will you hurdle your obstacles like Darlene Love or allow the vicissitudes of life to keep you from achieving your goals? Please comment.
As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, I thought about the Presidential Scholars Program. The program honors graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves in academics or the arts. I believe that our country needs to do more to celebrate the accomplishments of more than athletes and entertainers. It’s great to excel in athletics and music, but everyone cannot make it in those fields.
Did you know that the slang meaning of presidential is “the highest or greatest state of being or effect of an object or substance”? Furthermore, “Presidential is used when an object or substance is perfect in that it accomplishes the maximum effect that it was created to do.” We have many people who are performing at the highest standards, and they are doing what they were destined to do.
Our past Presidents as well as President Obama fulfilled their destinies. Although I do not agree with the policies of many of our former Presidents, I respect the Office of the President. I might disagree with their performance while they were in office, but I acknowledge that they were still humans. I try to make sure that I learn as much as I can about them. Here are some facts that you might not have known about our U. S. Presidents:
Who is your favorite U. S. President? Please comment.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, “For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.” I agree with this great French writer and poet. I am never without anything that I need for long, and I attribute that to my selfless acts of kindness.
I can attest that there are numerous benefits to helping others. I wrote about the benefits in a previous post, “Giving, What It Can Do for You.” I am not a millionaire, but I can give like a millionaire! Here’s how you can do it too: Give without worrying about the return. Give to education, to your church, and/or your community. Give your time to help others.
You will not regret your decision to give like a millionaire! Your life and your legacy will change. You will gain more respect and admiration from people you may not even know. I salute your efforts! I also salute those millionaires who dedicate their time and money to make a difference. These philanthropists give unselfishly, and we can do the same.
Here are my favorite philanthropists who inspire me to give like a millionaire:
1. Oprah Winfrey-She has three charitable foundations that support many causes.
2. Magic Johnson-He’s not just a business icon; he gives to so many organizations!
3. Sheila C. Johnson-The co-founder of BET is actually a billionaire who gives.
4. Tom Joyner-He not only supports HBCUs, but he supports voter registration.
5. Alicia Keys-Her work as an AIDS activist is admirable!
6. Denzel Washington-He’s noted for supporting BGCA, but he also supports military families.
7. Rosario Dawson-She empowers Latina youth through voter-registration programs.
8. LeBron James-He supports his alma mater as well as other education initiatives.
9. Eva Longoria-Her foundation supports parent engagement and awareness for Latinas.
10. Steve Harvey-We need more mentoring and apprenticeship programs like his.
Do you believe that you need to have millions to give like a millionaire? Please comment.
The weekend is over, and I am sure that you are tired! Where do you go to relax or get away from everyone else? That room may not exist; so, you might have to redecorate. Clearly, I would choose a library for my place to retreat! According to SC Johnson’s Right@Home®, “We all need a private place where we can think, read or just be at peace.” Read more on how to create a retreat without spending a lot of money.
If you could redecorate one room, what kind of retreat would you design for yourself? Please comment.