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Don’t Crack Under Pressure

Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to pick the wisest person among his subjects to be his prime minister.  He decided to put three finalists to an unusual test. He placed the three candidates

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Work for a Cause, Not Applause

Albert Einstein believed that “only a life lived for others is worth living.”  I believe that is one of his most significant observations.   And I couldn’t agree more. While most of us can’t

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The Best Questions Get the Best Answers

A monk was strolling through the garden at a Zen monastery, listening to music.  He stopped near another monk, who motioned for him to remove his earbuds. A monk was strolling through the garden at

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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,

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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

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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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