Booker T. Washington may have said it best, “Excellence is doing common things in an uncommon way.” How good is that? Read it again if you have to, but as you prepare yourself for 2014, Mr. Washington’s statement may be something you want to get your head around. I love it.
Those are probably two of the most asked questions in our society today. And, unfortunately, probably two of the most unanswered. Oh, we think we know who we are and what we want, but a little self-reflection may show otherwise.
One of President John F. Kennedy’s most profound utterances is the now famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Given the highly divisive nature of today’s political climate, the meaning of his words are debated with each side of the aisle pointing to an interpretation that best serves their respective political ideologies. In this the 50th year since JFK’s heart-wrenching assassination, I’ll choose the more literal interpretation. (more…)
During this holiday season, think love. Love has been on my mind. Nelson Mandela epitomized love. The tributes that have followed his passing spoke of a world leader rooted in love. He was a shining example of someone who lit a path and did not spend time cursing the darkness. Mr. Mandela joined a group of world leaders – Jesus, Gandhi and Dr. King – who have tackled world problems with love first. The Bible and the other’s respective teachings are based in love. Lessons are there for the taking.
First, you set out to do something well. Then, you execute on the idea. Some do what they set out to do very well, some do it excellently, and then there are some who are at a level far beyond perfect. That’s where you find the Rockettes.