Archive for December, 2009

Reviewing 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

2009 PennyI started blogging about this time last year.  Blogging has been a fun experience so far.  Why Blog? Click Here to find out.

In no particular order, here a few of my favorite things from the past year.

1.  Registered my first domain name and moved my blog.

2.  Joined Toastmasters International in October…met some great people and made three speeches so far.

3.  Helped my friends Bob and Ronda set up a website for Bob.

4.  Traded my first stock option.

5.  Began organizing an internet department for the company I work for.

6.  Sad to hear of Jim Rohn’s death this month.  Saw Zig Ziglar speak this year.  He wasn’t healthy.  Attended Charlie “Tremendous” Jones’ memorial service last year.  Brian Tracy and Les Brown are starting to age.  Began contemplating how to be part of the next generation of motivators and personal development encouragers.

7.  Celebrated my 15th wedding anniversary with Becky.

8.  Traveled to New Mexico, New York City, Michigan, California, Ohio, Colorado, and unintentionally…Chicago.

9.  Bought my first kayak and used it as much as possible!

2010 will be even more eventful…starting tomorrow.

Book Review Tuesday:The Small Business Millionaire

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Small Business Millionaire Don’t be thrown off by the bland cover and unimaginative title… Steve Chandler and Sam Beckford’s book is a fun fictional story about an entrepreneur and his daughter figuring out how to revive their restaurant from the brink of bankruptcy.  The Small Business Millionaire helped them achieve an unprecedented level of success in the business.  Throughout the process dad and daughter also found meaning and joy in their lives.

This quick read will give readers plenty of food for thought and some good reminders.  Here are some of the highlights I picked out:

  • “Advertising is salesmanship in print.”  All salespeople should yield measurable results.
  • DECIDE to make the business succeed.
  • Sell the experience, not just a meal, book, or service.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • People want to see you succeed.
  • Win over your local market and watch word of mouth spread.

Go read The Small Business Millionaire.  I have more Chandler books to talk about in future posts.

Toastmasters International

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

One of my most recent personal development forays was joining the Chambersburg chapter of Toastmasters International in November.  Toastmasters is like speech class except that instead of a teacher you have a group of like-minded individuals each working at his/her own pace through various workbooks and critiquing one another’s speeches along the way.  I’m certainly not Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, or Tony Robbins yet, but I am having fun and improving in the process.  In case you’re curious, you can see my presentations on YouTube…I put them up so I can see what I need to improve on.

Book Review Tuesday: Suzy Welch’s 10-10-10

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

10-10-10In 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea, Suzy Welch shares a strategy for decision making.  When faced with a decision, Suzy asks:

1.  If I choose to do this, what will the outcome be in 10 minutes?

2.  If I choose to do this, what does the result look like in 10 months?

3.  If I choose to do this, how does my life change in 10 years?

As Suzy explains, don’t get hung up on exactly 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.  That’s just meant to be a catchy way to remember to determine the immediate, short-term, and long-term effects of our decisions.  I found 10-10-10 to be a great reminder of the Law of Cause and Effect.  Suzy puts her journalism background to excellent use as she fills the book with real-life examples of people from various walks of life that have used 10-10-10 in all sorts of decisions large and small.

The concept of 10-10-10 is simple and very practical.  You’ll pick that up quickly in the book.  Suzy’s storytelling makes the rest of the book worth reading.


Positive Influence–Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Tis the season for holiday TV specials.  And yes, many of them are sappy.  This weekend I saw one I really enjoyed.  On ABC Family, George Lopez was in a TV movie called Naughty or Nice.  Lopez’ character, Hank Ramiro,  is a sports radio shock jock in Chicago who makes his living as a sort of heckler.  After a young caller gets in his head, Ramiro begins to see the influence he has on the city and has a choice to make…continue his popular though negative radio show or risk his job to explore the positive effects he is seeing from his new “niceness”.


1.  We truly do influence others through our words, attitude, and actions.

2.  Like Mom used to say: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.”