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2015 Blog Year in Review

'Twas a few days before Christmas,  I sat scanning my blog, I reviewed 2015 sipping a glass of egg nog. 

The year has slipped by us, as quick as two winks. I counted 52 blog posts and 90 podcasts with web links.

The subject matter varied, but the theme, all the same. To succeed in life friends, we've got to go after big game. 

Exemplary service, work ethic, stress management all there. Inspiring quotes, book reviews, even a few app recommendations I did dare.

I wrote of superheroes, self worth and being a business smarty.  Most recently, two posts, eulogizing my amazing dad Marty.

I talked of piggy bank moments, and slowing down a bit, to breathe and relax, reducing stress and staying fit.

Reading my posts you will find lots of tricks of the trade, whether entrepreneur or business owner, never let your dreams fade.

There was the time when I posted about problematic email tone. And also one to my readers to be more attentive while giving phone.

A post about an anxiety attack that happened to me, and the hurdles we all may face on our quest for liberty.

I received plenty of responses when I wrote about my fave booksThe Go-Giver, The Present and Think & Grow Rich all deserve second looks.

Living life to the fullest, stepping out of your zone. I am always emphasizing you're not going it alone.

I wrote of 5 simple rules to live a happier life, and talked of beating to your own drum and living with delight.

Reading my posts you will find lots of tricks of the trade, whether entrepreneur or business owner, never let your dreams fade.

About mid-year I wrote an open letter to my mom, and of amazing training wheel moments that last a whole life long.

We learn a lot about ourselves when we deal with defeat. When loss and failure hurts us and we feel like we're beat.

There was a post about Seuss. Think. Wonder. Yes, indeed. Stand out when you're you and you will win, guaranteed.

And I wrote in the spring about being a nerd, and that success can come to you, when others think you're absurd. 

There was a post on social skills, about Facebook and Twitter, about being a good listener and about being a winner.

We all need a cheerleader, someone by our side, to help raise our ship high, even in a low tide. I encourage my community to walk, hand in hand, and together success will be our promised land.

In 2015 I wrote of an epidemic that's catching. Excusitis it's called and the symptoms can be quite lasting. With a positive mindset, and a great attitude, the excuse illness will pass you and a fever you can elude.

I wrote a bit about marketing, taking a social media stance. I wrote of high touch, not high tech and the client prospect "dance."

And when sometimes you need help and in ways you get stuck, I wrote of predictable habits that can bring you good luck.

But the approach I have shared, I have shared with delight, of compassion, empathy, passion and the belief,  nice is right.  And I continue to catch people as they do the right thing. I thank them for just being, and their praise I do sing.

We all need a cheerleader, someone by our side, to help raise our ship high, even in a low tide. I encourage my community to walk, hand in hand, and together success will be our promised land. 

So as I close out this year, Nice Guys Finish First seems so right. Happy holidays to all and to all a NICE night.


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Peace on Earth this Season

During the holiday season, normally a time for wishful thinking and lofty goals like world peace and a season of goodwill for all, the world should be more at peace. I was naive enough to think this year would be a little different, and the people around the globe would show us a glimmer of hope, making this world a better, more peaceful place to live. But more violence, retaliation, aggression. radical actions and more fear seem to be the message that is spreading instead. How many more people getting killed, hurt, sanctioned, imprisoned and castigated will make the other side right? And why are there sides anyway?

Why is it so important to be the religion, ideology, government or power that is right? How can we make stronger the dialog that will lead to a halt of all the violence, killing and extreme fear mongering. When small children are strapping on bombs, teenagers are carrying assault rifles and more hate and unrest is carried out in the name of religion on network news than any other subject, when can we as a world decide enough is enough and put an end to all of this craziness?

We can make a difference by showing respect, gratitude, empathy and fairness.

While I do believe this is something our government is able to take some responsibility for, the resolution, ultimately,  comes down to us. Yes, each of us, individually can make a huge impact, simply by treating each other differently. We can make a difference by showing respect, gratitude, empathy and fairness. Maybe I am just being simple minded and failing to realize the bigger picture, but somebody has got to do something, and that somebody is all of us. One person at a time. Don't underestimate the power of one. Before you start commenting, critiquing and telling me about the issues, consider, for a moment, the possibility that you have within you the ability to change the world, peacefully.

Even without understanding all the issues,  can't we all agree that hate is not the answer.  Love is the answer. How many thousands of years must we endure pain to understand that hate and violence are not solutions to the problem. Compassion, empathy and respect should be our tools, not bombs, guns and ill will. Let's attack hate with love and kindness. I'm not a hippie, or rose colored lens wearing, picket sign carrying, dope smoking idealist. I'm just a guy that writes a blog, spreads a message of "nice is right," and cares about the world around him. Regardless of your skin color, religion, orientation or genetic makeup, I can and will see you for what you are inside. I'm going to "xoxo" if I like you and if I don't, I'm simply going to respectfully ignore you, but I will never interfere with your beliefs and I certainly hope you respect me enough not to interfere with mine.

Even without understanding all the issues, can’t we all agree that hate is not the answer.

Every single one of us can make an impact on the world. You don't have to believe me, just look at the lives of these individuals. Before they changed the world through their actions, they were just people like you and me.

  • Martin Luther King - through non-violence, started a civil rights movement and changed our country.
  • Nelson Mandela - Nobel Prize winner for his work helping to end racial segregation in South Africa.
  • Gandhi - Inspired people all over the world to independence through a path of non-violence.

Although I have listed three iconic members of the civil rights and equal rights communities that have become household names, there lives and lived thousands more that are making a difference in their country, province, community or neighborhood that you may never know by name. 

Even a small change is better than no change at all.

You may not feel you have the power to make a difference, but I can assure you, even a small change is better than no change at all. You have within you the power of gratitude, compassion, empathy, sympathy, warmth, appreciation and most importantly you have the power to love. 

If you feel those words or actions are too distant from where you currently are positioned, I challenge you this holiday season to work toward being more tolerant, forgiving and open-minded. We did not create this violent world overnight. I am not so short-sighted to think that we can resolve all of our problems tomorrow, but we have to start sometime. Why not now? And we all have the power to hope. Hope for peace. Hope for love. Hope for change. 



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