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    July 2011

    Guest Blogger: Lisa Hammond

    July 27, 2011 3027 Views

    Here's a post from Lisa Hammond, author of Oh Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me!

    I have a quote hanging up that says, "At worst a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived." Rose Macaulay already had that figured out back in 1881. She was way ahead of her time!

    Summer seems like the perfect time to follow Rose's lead and really start living your life. When was the last time you went off to play hooky? If you can't remember, I suggest you carve out some playtime for yourself immediately. The work can wait, skip the meeting, let the laundry pile up, and take a break.

    I have a friend who used to say he wouldn't take a day off because he was sure the company couldn't function without him. He told everyone he was the guy holding up the sun. Well, it turns out, after he retired the sun still managed to come up every single day without him.

    I think a lot of us are convinced we are the ones "holding up the sun." News flash, we aren't. The sun is okay without our help.

    The world—yes even your own company—will get along just fine without you for a few days, even weeks. In fact, I truly believe it will even benefit from your absence if you take some time off to recharge your batteries. As Larry Eisenberg said, "For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe."

    Women especially seem to have forgotten the being part of human being. We somehow bought into the human doing theory. It is easy to forget that we are multidimensional women, and we need to nurture all aspects of our lives. And that includes pleasure.

    You are the only one who can schedule down time for yourself. Make it a priority and enjoy the blissful summer sunshine—because it turns out you aren't the one holding it up!

    Lisa Hammond

    The Barefoot CEO ®

    New Release: Leadership Quotes

    July 12, 2011 2553 Views

    I love quotes! Always have...always will.

    In fact, my love of quotes inspired me to publish my very first book, a small, 80-page quotation book that I called Motivational Quotes. I'm pleased to say it sold 800,000 copies.

    That book covers quotations on a wide variety of topics, but as a lifetime entrepreneur, I've always been fascinated by the topic of leadership. What traits, or qualities, do most great leaders possess?

    Thus, the inspiration for our new book, Leadership Quotes. My goal was to find the very best quotes on the most important traits of leadership...like vision, passion, serving, integrity and commitment to excellence...to name a few.

    Therefore, if you're a leader, or aspire to be a leader, it is my hope that Leadership Quotes will inspire you....to inspire others.

    Here's a little sampling to get you started:

    "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things."
    -Peter Drucker

    "None of us is as smart as all of us."
    -Ken Blanchard

    "The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity."
    -Dwight D. Eisenhower

    "Good leaders must become what they want their followers to become."
    -Nido R. Qubein

    "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."
    -John Quincy Adams

    "A gifted leader is one who is capable of touching your heart."
    -Jacob Samuel Potofsky

    "If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
    -Ray Kroc

    "A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done."
    -Ralph Nader

    "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them."
    -John C. Maxwell

    "You will never become a fine leader until you become a fine servant."
    -Ellie Lofaro

    Check out Leadership Quotes for more motivation! What quotes about leadership have inspired you?

    We all have a little voice inside us...

    July 5, 2011 2690 Views

    "I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us...if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.

    Christopher Reeve said these words, and his quote captures the essence of what our motivational book Walk the Talk is all about.

    It reminds us that having values is important, but living them is much more important...that words without deeds are nothing!

    QUESTION: What does "courage" have to do with being a person of good character...with someone who stays true to their principles and their values?

    ANSWER: EVERYTHING!

    You see, being values-driven means two things:

    Doing what's right - following our conscience; refusing to compromise our principles, despite pressures and temptations to the contrary, and

    Taking a stand against what's wrong - speaking out, whenever we see others do things that are incorrect or inappropriate.

    Unquestionably, both of those require guts and fortitude...they require courage.

    Courage is...

    Following your conscience instead of "following the crowd".
    Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
    Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
    Speaking your mind even though others don't agree.
    Taking complete responsibility for your actions...and your mistakes.
    Following the rules - and insisting that others do the same.
    Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
    Doing what you know is right- regardless of the risks and potential consequences.

    I'd like to share the "Cadet Prayer" that is repeated during chapel services at the U.S. Military Academy:

    "Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy."

    That is truly the essence of courage.

    Have you read our motivational gift book Walk the Talk? How do you walk your talk?

    Happy 4th of July!

    July 4, 2011 2804 Views

    If you celebrate the 4th of July as Independence Day, then please share this flag and quote with your loved ones!

    From your friends at Simple Truths, Happy Independence Day.

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