The Best Day Ever

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” Art Linkletter Today is the day when my family moves into the first home we ever owned. My wife Carol and our two daughters, Kelly and Kim, spend the day moving furniture and boxes into our new residence on Church Street in Mobile, Alabama. The first goal of moving is to transport everything into the house. Unpacking may take weeks, possibly months.  It is late in the afternoon when the last box is … [Read more...]

Mondays are great if you start with a positive attitude.

Here is what Michael, Charles and others say about attitude. "You altitude in life depends on your attitude in life." Zig Ziglar "Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation." Michael Jordan "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." Oprah Winfrey "Hope is a waking dream." Aristotle "If you think you can do a … [Read more...]

I Think I Can

Do you remember the story of The Little Engine That Could? This classic story, published in the New York Tribune in 1906, can be traced back to a sermon by Reverend Charles Wing, a pastor in Brooklyn, New York. In the tale, the engine of a train carrying toys to the village over the mountain breaks down. Along comes a little engine, small in size that has never been given such a huge task. The little engine does not know for sure that it can be successful. It starts with the thought “I think … [Read more...]

Mondays are Great if You Have a Centerfielder

Who is a ‘Centerfielder’? The person who makes great plays in your life. He is the one whom you can call at 2:00am and know that he will come to your aid. He tells you what he thinks – not just what you want to hear. He desires success for you. Seeking no recognition, money or reward, he celebrates your victories. When you win, receive a prize or get a promotion, your ‘Centerfielder’ is in the audience. As you go to the podium, he remains in the background, out of the limelight. But you know … [Read more...]

Mondays are Great

The Mondays Are Great philosophy had its beginning for me 38 years ago. In the early challenges of starting a transportation company, often I made the actual deliveries. While delivering a package and obtaining a signature, I would fill those idle seconds with conversation, as most of us do in those moments -- “How are you,?” and “How is it going?” were my frequent questions. I was excited every moment of the day, including during those delivery experiences, because I was living my dream -- … [Read more...]

Never Give Up

I love basketball. I played city league basketball when I was growing up in Birmingham. I also coached over 10 years of basketball. I continue to love to watch the March madness basketball tournament. Now, I have grandkids that play basketball and having coached and played just adds to the enrichment of watching from the sidelines. Caroline, one of my granddaughters, played in a game this weekend that I will never forget for the rest of my life. She is eight years old and plays on her school … [Read more...]

Are Positive People Ever Negative?

Have you wondered if positive people are ever negative? Do they get down or experience disappointment? Do they ever have a bad attitude? The truth is, bad things happen to everyone. All of us have challenges in life. There are disillusionments. We do not get everything we want. Sometimes we lose. We have family, friends and coworkers who suffer. There is sickness and death. What we expect does not always happen. Our deepest desires sometime become our largest disappointments. Life is … [Read more...]

A Worthwhile Purpose

When people first meet me and hear that I own a transportation company, they always ask what we deliver. It is their first question. I use to answer by describing the products we deliver or our geographical locations. My answer today is totally different. I say the following: “We save lives daily. We keep the wheels of commerce moving. We make your life at home comfortable.” That answer usually elicits more questions. They really want to hear about saving lives. They are intrigued by my … [Read more...]

Beginning

“Beginning” is a frightening and powerful word. After delivering a presentation titled, “Beginning Your Speech,” I could not help but think about other beginnings. Like when my wife and I started Hackbarth Delivery Service in 1975. We started with $500 capital borrowed from my sister Janice. The first month’s revenues were only $7.50. It is interesting to me that when we had what was probably the least in life, as measured by assets and financial wealth, was also the time that we had a great … [Read more...]

Seat on the Bus

Jim Collins, in his book, Good to Great , talks about seats on the bus. It is important in your business for people to have the right seat on the bus and to be on the right bus. A company can have the right people but have them in the wrong place. This can lead to many problems and the worst might be losing a valuable person that could succeed in a different job, the right seat. Even more important are people on the bus that do not belong on the bus. Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, often … [Read more...]