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People Live Up To The Encouragement They Receive

A teacher asked her students if any of them had extra pencils they’d be willing to share with their classmates.  One student reluctantly raised his hand. The teacher approached his desk and before

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Kind Words Are The Music Of The World

A teacher asked her young pupils to tell about their acts of kindness to animals.  After several heart-stirring stories, the teacher asked Tommy if he had anything to add.  He replied rather proudly,

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Words Of Wisdom From Successful People

With a new influx of college graduates hitting the job market, I thought it would be a good time to share some advice.  I started working when I was just 12 years old, with my first newspaper route, and

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Talk is cheap, but misunderstandings can be costly

A new young worker at a construction site sat down to eat his lunch with the rest of the crew.  As an older fellow opened his thermos to pour out coffee the young worker asks, “What’s that?” The

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Time Is Of The Essence

A major league batter has approximately two-fifths of a second from the time a baseball leaves the pitcher’s hand until it reaches home plate.  In that split second, the batter must attempt to gauge

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Being Too Tough On Yourself

We all try to do our best, at least most of the time.  And when we don’t succeed, often we are our own harshest critics.  But if you never give yourself a break, even doing your best is never going

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The ABCs of Generation Z

A son is reading a newspaper while sitting on a bench with his aging father who is taking in a beautiful sunny day. Suddenly he hears a bird chirping and asks his son, “What is that?” The son puts

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A Grudge Is A Heavy Thing To Carry

While visiting with a friend over coffee one morning, a young woman complained, “Every time my husband and I get into an argument, he gets historical!” The friend interrupted, “Don’t you mean

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Stop And Smell The Roses

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, enjoying his new Jaguar.  He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw

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Paving The Road From Rags To Riches

A well-known businessman received an award for his philanthropy.  During the ceremony honoring his good works, he was asked to share some of the lessons he had learned throughout his life and career that

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