Hall of Fame

“Forget the lottery. Bet on yourself instead.” Brian Koslow The introductory remarks of Gil Carpal – who pioneered the Hall of Fame Award for the Customized Logistics Delivery Association (CLDA) and former CLDA Board member – are soon followed by the same words he has used in past conventions: “This year’s Hall of Fame inductee is . . .”  I am sitting in this audience gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana as Gil declares our new inductee -- Ronnie Burns, one of the original creators of our … [Read more...]

Just Coffee

“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.” Zig Ziglar   As Matt approaches the counter, he remembers what had happened just a week earlier in this same convenience store. As he pulled out his wallet to pay for a cup of coffee, the clerk told him that an elderly gentleman who had just left the store had already covered the cost of his beverage. Matt hurriedly sought and found this thoughtful … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday

“It takes a long time to become young.”  Pablo Picasso At this point, it is not too important to be accurate on the exact number – that is, the number that represents my age. I have been around a long time – let’s leave it at that. I hope to be here for at least a few more years. Without excessive revelation, let’s just say that I am in the fourth quarter of my life. Happy Birthday! Hmmm. While I really don’t seek anything special for my birthday, I was amazed by the large number of folks … [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...]


“The human race has one effective weapon, and that is laughter.”  Mark Twain Loud laughter fills the room and lingers.  Before the audible merriment subsides, he quickly fires away with another joke. Gaining momentum, the laughter now seems to perpetuate itself. Classic Gary!  I am in the audience enjoying these magical moments. We are meeting at Hackbarth Delivery Service (HDS) headquarters in the conference room. This segment of the corporate training program for new managers within our … [Read more...]

Imagination Failure

“Great ideas originate in the muscles” Thomas Edison Can imagination be harmful, possibly leading us away from success rather than toward it? Yes! I know because I have been here before. It would be hard to convince Napoleon Hill of a negative outcome related to imagination, a topic that he dedicated an entire chapter in his best-selling book, The Laws of Success. Even if we have not read this book, which I do recommend, we have been exposed to material that declares that imagination is a … [Read more...]


“When you encourage others, you, in the process, are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life.  Encouragement really does make a difference.”    Zig Ziglar Our team of 11 gathers at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile to participate in the annual walk supporting an important fundraiser for fighting breast cancer, a common and deadly disease.  The very familiar designated color of pink is featured in various shades throughout all the apparel donned by … [Read more...]


“I can live two months on a good compliment.”    Mark Twain I love compliments. They actually mean more to me than a material gift.  I have told my children and grandchildren to no longer buy me presents for any of the notable celebrations like my birthday or Father’s Day.  No more Christmas presents. But, never once have I said to eliminate, or even reduce, compliments.  As someone who has enjoyed a certain level of success in life, one might conclude that I do not need any praise. Or, at … [Read more...]

No Cost

‘I would have attained my college degree but I did not have the money because . . .’ ‘We had a chance to buy that stock before it doubled but . . .’ ‘I was going to be a . . . but then . . . happened and I . . .’  You have probably listened to the conversation of a family member or friend who looks back with some regret on how life has turned out. Bad breaks and disappointments are often part of the dialogue.  Perhaps, you have been the one sharing some of the personal outcomes of your … [Read more...]


“One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity”. Nick Saban Zzzzzz . . . The distinctive sound of a singing drag, coupled with a severely bent rod, indicate a good-sized fish is on the end of Steve’s line.  He is my cousin-in-law, accompanying me on an inshore fishing trip along coastal Alabama in Orange Beach.  “That’s a nice fish!” I exclaim. Even though I … [Read more...]