“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters “Wow” hollers grandson John (JR to his siblings) as he pulls a strip of paper off of one of his Christmas presents. Even though the contents are not visible, his elevated enthusiasm for the yet to be seen toy is highly contagious to family members engrossed in this scene. Each strip of paper, revealing more and more of the gift, is followed by another “Wow”. Later during the day, in a quieter moment - which is difficult to find on … [Read more...]


“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”   Mark Twain If you had 10 words that would accurately  describe you, which 10 adjectives would you use?  What would be the 10 words you would like for others to use in describing you? Finally, do you know what words other people would use in describing you? Fill in the blanks: “I am” (insert the adjective that best describes you) “I am . . . “(using an adjective that others would use in … [Read more...]

Fish On!

“Passion is the genesis of genius.”     Tony Robbins “Fish on!” he eagerly hollers. Immediately, his eight-year old brother Rylen and the rest of our fishing team focus on Brayden, the 10-year  old who is enjoying his first-ever offshore fishing adventure. Our team of 11 are bottom-fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on The Great Gab-Sea in search of red snapper. Rylen is also making his maiden offshore fishing excursion. All eyes are on Brayden. His passionate and energetic exclamation is a … [Read more...]

Alabama or Auburn

“A fan will grab you and hug you and will not let go. When that happens, you wish it could be that way all over the world.”    Charley Pride Newcomers to the State of Alabama will inevitably be asked the seemingly most important territorial question -- a query that will come sooner rather than later: ‘Which team do you support . . . Alabama or Auburn?’ If your position is neutral, you will likely be militantly recruited by the fan posing the question while waxing eloquently about the team he … [Read more...]

How To Generate Passion

“Change your thoughts and you change the world.”     ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Have you noticed all the ‘positive attitude quotes’ on the Internet?  When you go to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or the social media site of your choosing, you find a lot of motivational quotes and blogs.  It is abundant, to say the least.  Quotes from presidents, philosophers, motivational authors and famous leaders of the past, fill the social media world.  Everyone is doing this, including me. You may notice … [Read more...]